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Schenectady woman severely injured in attack by pit bulls

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Police in Schenectady say a woman in her 30s suffered severe injuries to her face, arms and legs when three pit bulls attacked her as she walked along a city street. The woman remained hospitalized at Albany Medical Center Tuesday after the dogs chewed off both her ears in the attack at 12:30 a.m. Monday. Police used a stun gun on one of the dogs and captured the other two using a snare pole. Police ...

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August 24, 2011
9:16 a.m.

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3 pit bulls in the city. Hope this guy has insurance and is not a vagrant tenant. Then the land lord should pay because he allowed these dogs on his property.
Why would anyone own even 1 of these dogs and put the rest of us at jeopardy of attack!!!

August 24, 2011
12:11 p.m.

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If he has insurance there is probably a exclusion clause for pit bulls. This is why the shelters and rescue operations always list them as pit bull crosses (mutts). They can't prove they are pure bread pit bulls but then again they can't prove they are not. I don't have a problem with any particular breed of dog, it's the owners lack of knowledge or outright stupidity in handling them that creates dogs that attack. I've had dobermans for 20 years and not one of my dogs has ever bitten me or anyone else. I also paid extra to have my dogs covered for liability on my insurance.

How many times have you seen people play with their dogs by putting their hand in the dogs mouth and roughhousing with them??? Guess what? If the dog thinks it's ok to play with a hand in their mouth then they think it's ok to do when their PO'd.

The owner said "somebody" let the dogs out of the yard which is a total copout line of BS the owner is responsible for his dogs at all times not just when they are in his fenced yard.
Too bad for the dogs. They will undoubtably be put down as a result of this attack.

I can tell you one thing, if these were my dogs and they had done this I would demand that they be put down after the quarantine period. Too much liability. If they do it once they will do it again.

Besides that if there is insurance covering these dogs then the insurance policy has a "One Bite Clause" that states if the dogs bite and the owner does not put them down then the owner is responsible for all future acts by the dogs not the insurance company.

There is no way the landlord can or should be held responsible for this. He has no control over the tenant or the dogs. Renting to someone with a dog isn't a crime and shouldn't be treated like one.

August 24, 2011
12:53 p.m.

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This is outrageous - why do people with pit bulls always seem to be morons? They were in an area where anyone walking by could open the gate? Ever heard of a lock, stupid? Owners of property should at least know that there are dogs there - and they can ask for access to see if the dogs are properly kept away from the public. What happened to that woman is inexcusable. Not surprising that the SPD took all of about 10 minutes to decide not to arrest anyone. Half of them think they went to law school.

August 24, 2011
1:20 p.m.

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Dangerous dogs aren't bred, they become that way because of their owners.

Let's not limit it to Pit Bulls either. With the right owner, any dog can become those dogs.