Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rhodesian Ridgeback Confused for Pit Bull

On April 17th, a 9-yr-old girl was attacked by a dog. The victim was playing in the dog's yard with a friend. The owner of the dog left the 1-yr-old dog alone with the two children. When she looked out the kitchen window, guess what she saw? Her dog mauling her daughter's friend.

The original Daily News article

The breed of the dog was not in the sheriff’s report, but Lyons said it was a pit bull. 

Seems that being a fire official makes you a breed expert. 

Problem is, the dog turns out to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback, not a Pit Bull.

Animal control officials confirmed that the dog responsible for the attack was a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Initially San Leon fire officials who responded to the scene reported that the dog was a pit bull.

That is the Galveston County Daily News shirking any responsibility by foisting culpability on the fire official...even though the Daily News knew the fire official didn't know the breed of dog. They reported it as a Pit Bull anyways.

The dog was killed.

The girl will be okay, although emotionally and physically scarred from the attack.

1 comment:

monkey see said...

In my limited experience this is an oddly common breed confusion, in that my pit bull is mistaken for a (very small, very ridgeless) ridgeback on something like a weekly basis.