Pit Bull Attack: Considered “Extremely Dangerous” And “At Large”

A pit bulldog that attacked a man on a bicycle on Labor Day is still “at large” and considered “extremely dangerous,” according to Summerville Police.

Police and EMS were dispatched to 50 Eleanor Avenue, off Highland Avenue, to talk with Samuel Knight who was attacked while riding his bicycle around 8:20 a.m.

Knight was near the intersection of Highland Avenue and C Street when a white pit bulldog mix ran out and grabbed his left leg.

“I did observe his pant leg to have a very large hole and a very distinct imprint with visible puncture wounds to Mr. Knight’s leg,” Summerville Police Officer Matt Pritchard stated.

Officers and Chattooga Animal Control immediately started searching for the dog.

“At the time of this report, the dog has not been located and is still at large and considered to be extremely dangerous,” Officer Pritchard stated. “Any sightings of an animal matching this description are to be reported to the Summerville Police Department. Do not try and approach the animal.”

21 Comments

  1. Leave the DOG alone and ARREST the people that MADE it that way…..!!!! Justice for Dogs is messed up..!!! If the blame went to the owners there would be less vicious dogs.

    • Stephanie Cundiff on September 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Absolutely true! They are only mean if you make them that way. All dogs are mean no matter the breed if provoked

  2. arrowcatcher on September 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    These attacks happen daily. Pit bull attacks happen daily across the US. See for yourself. Google “pit bull attack” and click News. Pit Bull is a fighting breed, not a suitable family pet. Google “pit bull history” to understand why. Border collies herd, pointers point, and pit bulls maul by deliberate human design. Pit bulls (and several other bully breeds) are banned in all US Military housing worldwide. Do YouTube “pit bull attack” to see first hand why.

    As you can see yourself (Google “pit bull attack” click News) most TV and newspaper reports have lines like these:
    “Officials said the dog started attacking its owners for unknown reasons and wouldn’t stop.”
    “She never would have left it in that home if she’d thought it was a threat to children”
    “I was just really shocked. Like, he never attacked any child or any human being in his whole life.”
    “In a statement devastated Tsuda told KHON-TV: “I have no words to explain my pain.” She said the family was blindsided by the attack as the pooch, who had been in the family for nine years, had never bitten anyone.”

    It is incomprehensible that pit bull fans can care about the dogs and not give a thought to pit bull victims – people, other pets, and livestock. Google “pit bull attack” and click News.

    • Mark on September 5, 2019 at 2:28 am

      Sure that’s what your going to get when you google it Why? Because every mutt that bites someone the news and me media label a pit pull attack. When other breeds are well known for biting more than the American Pitt bull terrier. There’s a big difference in facts , than what is portrayed

      • Erik on September 5, 2019 at 3:20 pm

        Hey, Mark.
        Do you know why pitbull attacks are more newsworthy?
        Do you think that some snobby elite in charge of “the media” wants to spin it that way OR could it be that pitbull attacks have such devastating consequences?

        What’s your alternative of googling news? How would a layman such as myself be proven wrong that pitbulls, who make up around 5% of breeds in the US is responsible for 72% of dog attack fatalities?

        Enlighten me!

    • Debbie Bell on September 5, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Pit bully people are so misunderstood.

      Pit bully people/ pit bull mongers do not care about dog welfare or even about pit bull welfare. This cannot be understated!

      They only care about themselves and their ability to monger, acquire, breed and use pit bulls. Pit bull mongers are pit bull USERS.

      People who truly care about the welfare of their favorite dog do not want their dog to become popular. Popularity means impulse acquisition, and overbreeding and disproportionate overpopulation, abuse, abandonment, neglect, torture, and death.

      You’ll notice that bully people resist any attempts are reducing the breeding of bully dogs. That would be the kindest way to reduce the pit bull crisis. However bully people don’t care that pit bulls are breeding and dying like flies. The results of the bully people’s mongering are evident in the pittie full shelter kennels at the pounds and in the dumpsters and landfills, literally tons of dying and dead surplus bully dogs.

      This is acceptable to bully people. Proof is their refusal to offer or except the way to reduce the crisis.

    • Pitbull Victim on September 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

      I agree. The instinct to maul adults, children, babies, pets, and livestock is in their DNA which has been designed by selective incestuous breeding.

    • Anonomys on September 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Um, I have a pit mix, she’s an amazing family dog. It’s the way you train and raise these dogs. Mine has never attacked anybody, she’s amazing with kids and really anybody. 10/10 would recommend Pit breeds to responsible owners. They actually scored higher on the temperment test than the Labrador Retriever did. They also have less of a bite force than Rottweilers and German Shepherds. Not all pitbulls are agressive. I’ve met many sweet and loving pitbulls. My boxer actually tore my pits leg open when she was a puppy, and attacked her and other dogs multiple times, never once has my pit attacked her, infact, she loves her. It’s the owners and how they are raised and not the actual dog itself.

  3. William Linington on September 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    No one makes pit bulls vicious. Well, that’s not strictly true. Man made them vicious over the course of the past 2 1/2 centuries by genetic selection, selecting only the most vicious to breed in each cycle. So now it’s deep, deep in their genetic code. And no amount of loving or delusional sayings such as “it’s all how ya raises ’em” or “mine’s the sweetest” is ever going to change that. They were genetically created to attack, maul, maim and kill.

  4. Brian Cunningham on September 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Pit bulls/mixes have been responsible for more than 60% of all dog attack deaths every year for the past 10 years. Over 50% of the deaths are family members and over 50% are children under 10. I love dogs but believe pit bulls should be bred out of existence. Pit bull advocates say it’s not the breed. That’s simply not true.

  5. Kate Barker on September 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I agree that genetic engineering has altered the pit bull breed.. However, doesn’t anyone remember or know that they were originally called “nanny dogs” because of their protective nature & attentiveness with especially children. When raised appropriately, these dogs would watch & protect & basically be a nanny to toddler age & up. I know personally of a friend’s child who grew up with a pit bull who did exactly that. The yard was not fenced, the dog was not leashed.. When her toddler son starting getting too close to the road, the dog either herded him back or picked him up by his diaper/pants & brought him back toward the house. All I’m saying is, originally, no, they were not bred to maim & kill. They were protectors. Genetic engineering has altered things for the worse, including our food. It still isn’t the dog’s fault, just like it isn’t the food’s fault we’re getting cancer from the additives & genetic modifications. MAN has done this & we’re passively letting it happen & blaming everything else but ourselves.

    • Jay W on September 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      What an absolute load of nonsense. Pit bulls were never, ever known as “Nanny dogs” and the fact that you are gullible enough to believe this incredibly transparent bit of propaganda says a lot about you. Seriously – who in their right mind would leave a child alone in the presence of a 60lb predator with a head that consists primarily of a mouth? Your friend? The person that allows a toddler to roam an unenclosed yard adjacent to a road? Well, what a superb endorsement. Pitbulls were bred over dozens of decades with the express purpose to kill, nothing more. I’d request you educate yourself on the subject but I’m certain that would be futile.

      • Sarah on September 20, 2019 at 3:38 am

        My thoughts, exactly!

      • Anonymous on September 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm

        Actually, they were until man made them this way. It’s how they are raised. I have an amazing Pit, she’s great with animals and kids, she’s been attacked by our boxer multiple times, but she’s never even tried to attack her, just play. They were bred as family dogs until recently, if you look up American Pitbull Terrier, it will say companion and family dog. It’s not always the dog (in some cases, it is) but in most, it’s the way the dog is raised and treated. Ours is treated with love and well trained, never had a problem with her

    • Jesus No on September 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      Kate Barker, you are . . . insane. The closest thing to a nanny dog is from a children’s book and Disney movie called Peter Pan. In the book, the dog was a Newfoundland, in the movie it was a St. Bernard. Anyone leaving a child alone with a dog let alone an unpredictable breed is child neglect/ abuse.
      The pitbull myth itself stems from a New York Times article. In 1971, Walter R. Fletcher wrote an article entitled, “A Breed That Came Up the Hard Way”

    • Sam Mclone on September 9, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      The nanny dog thing is a straight up lie, it’s a myth started by people who want to pawn off pits on unsuspecting parents. A quick google search will yield the truth for you Kate Barker.

  6. April on September 5, 2019 at 2:30 am

    They should arrest the owners for not keeping the dog put up. It’s the owners responsibility to look after the dog especially if it is an aggressive dog. It’s not the dogs fault!!!

  7. April on September 5, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Also there are more than just pit attacks but rarely do those make the news..All dog attacks should be made public!!

    • Liz Compton on October 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      The sad truth is that pit attacks are under reported. My sister, a trauma surgeon, has operated on more than 2 dozen children and adults attacked by pitbulls. Keep in mind, she’s not a “let’s stitch this up so there’s no scar or infection” kind of surgeon but “if we don’t close these wounds right now she’s gonna die – how soon can the vascular surgeon get here? We made need to take the arm” kinda surgeon.

      Her latest was attempting to reattach a trachea in a 3 year old.

      Know how many of these attacks made the news? ZERO.

  8. Debbie Bell on September 5, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    BADRAP + nanny dog. Google it.
    They were not called nanny dogs until a breeder invented the name in the 1970s

    Before that, mottos and mission statements given to pitbulls by their creators included:

    “A good pit bull will only release his grasp to gain a better hold.”

    “A bully dog might not start a fight but she will finish it”. (Admire road rage? You’ll love a game bred pit bulls then)

    Good pit bulls will “kill or die trying”.

    One part of the tragedy is many bully dogs don’t attack until 18-36 months of age. Dog fighters call this “turning on” or “starting”. You never know when it might happen, when your licky pit bull might attack and not stop.

    Dog men say, “always be prepared for a pit bull to attack”.

    Some are late starters and suddenly attack as seniors and don’t stop. The dogs that killed Beau Rutledge and the Lusby Maryland baby were 9 years old, had never showed aggressive behavior until they suddenly felt the man-made drive to grip and shread and killed their little buddies. They simply finally became good pit bulls.

    Ones who never attack are “cold”. If the dog doesn’t fight back even after receiving injuries, it’s “stone cold”. If they stop during a fight they’re despised as worthless failures!

  9. Bort on September 5, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Every time I see people comment that “it’s not the breed” I realize that on every single pit attack people say that. Are there really that many bad owners of bull dogs? Like you guys realize that even on the AKC website history tab for AmStaffs and Staffy Bulls they recognize these dogs were bred for blood sports…
    Here, I’ll quote it for you: History

    “””Years ago in Great Britain, several dog breeds were created to excel in blood sports. They were expected to fight one another, or they were turned loose in packs against a staked bear or bull, with spectators betting on the grisly outcome. Such revolting pastimes have long since been outlawed. These sad spectacles did, however, leave us a happy legacy: Several of today’s most loved breeds—the Bulldog, the Bull Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier among them—got their start as fighting and baiting dogs of the 18th and 19th centuries.

    When it comes to the bull-type terrier breeds, all can agree that the common component in their makeup was the Bulldog. (Note that the Bulldog of 200 years ago was a vastly different, more ferocious creature than the lovable “sourmugs” of today.) Argument begins when breed experts try to nail down which preexisting terrier breeds reside in the AmStaff’s genetic background. Some suggest that such extinct breeds as the White English Terrier and Black-and-Tan Terrier were part of the genetic mix that led to the creation of the Staffordshire Terrier, forerunner of the AmStaff.

    Whatever the AmStaff’s true genetic composition might be, we are certain that working-class Brits with an interest in blood sports combined the stocky build and punishing jaws of old-style Bulldogs with the innate courage and “gameness” of terriers to create bull-type terrier breeds.”””””

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