More people are victims of pit bull attacks than the public realizes.
That is according to Mia Johnson with the advocacy website National Pit Bull Victim Awareness, who says her daughter’s miniature dog was mauled to death by a pit bull two years ago.
The website keeps track of pit bull attacks across North America.
Following yesterday’s horrific attack by a pit bull on a woman outside a Surrey convenience store, proponents of the pit bull breed have told us it’s not the dogs who are bad, it’s the owners.
Johnson doesn’t buy the statement.
“There’s just been too many owners who raise their dog well, they love their dog, they trained it, they did everything right and the dog has attacked anyway.”
“It’s just something in the nature of these dogs, it’s just something in their brains and they don’t all attack but the fact is you’ve got some that do.”
Numbers revealed through a Freedom of Information request to the city of Vancouver in 2014 show that out of 181 dog attacks, 44 of those were pit bull-related breeds, including Bull Terriers, and Stafford-shire Bull Terriers.
That was the same year Johnson says her own dog was mauled by a pit bull in front of her and her daughter.
“She’s still traumatized about it, we’re both still traumatized about it.”
“And I’ve talked to literally hundreds of victims of pit bull attacks and some are worse than I am, I mean I’ve met people that can’t go anywhere without a can of bears pray and I know people who won’t even go anywhere where there might be dogs.”
Johnson says she wants to see the city reduce the number of pit bulls in Vancouver by mandatory spaying and neutering, and liability insurance.
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Police in Surrey are looking for the owner of a pit bull that mauled a woman outside a convenience store in Surrey Monday morning.
Surrey RCMP says the man took off with another woman along with the dog, leaving the victim, in her 60s, with horrific damage to her arm.
One witness tells us she came into the Mac’s store where he was working with bites wounds so deep the bone could be seen around her wrist
“At the time she was conscious and she was really shaken up, she was really badly hurt at that time.”
“Her arm; I’ve seen the bone come out from her wrist. We called ambulance at the time, and she was really shaken up at that time.”
She’s understood to be in a stable condition.
Police say the dog is a grey Pit Bull with white markings around its neck.
The owner is described as a heavily-built Caucasian man wearing a tank top, shorts and a grey hat.