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There Is A Reason For The Laws

September 30, 2019
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

It is illegal to have a pit bull within the city limits of Emmetsburg.

It is illegal to allow a dog to roam unattended within the city limits of Emmetsburg.

There is a reason for these laws.

On Monday, June 3rd around 8:30AM, I had our two small dogs, Cuddles, an eight-pound toy poodle and Bitsy, a twelve-pound Chihuahua mix, out for our daily walk.

At the intersection of 6th Street and Harrison, a large pit bull came out of nowhere. It never made a sound or warned us in any way. It attacked.

I grabbed the closest dog, Bitsy, and was picking up Cuddles when it lunged at us. I fell and my hand with Cuddles in it went to the ground. The pit bull was on her before I could do anything. It grabbed Cuddles in its powerful jaws, shook her and tore at her. I screamed and screamed for help, but the owners were nowhere to be seen. They'd evidently turned the dog loose to run.

I somehow managed to get Cuddles away from the pit bull and it lunged for Bitsy whom I'd dropped in the struggle, but Bitsy snarled and snapped back, causing the Pit bull to hesitate long enough for me to grab both dogs and bolt away.

We rushed Cuddles to the vet, but tragically, there was nothing we could do. We were forced to have our loving, funny friend euthanized to end her suffering.

Upon returning home, we called the police to report the incident. Officer Darrin Adams arrived quickly. I showed him where I thought the dog lived. While he was driving me home, he received an emergency call that a woman was stopped by a dog, afraid to move. It was the same dog. (NB: The owners of this pit bull stated that they'd never had any problems with the dog prior to the attack.)

I'm not saying that all pit bulls are bad. We have personally known and rescued very loving pit bulls.

Phyllis Daugherty of Los Angeles, CA is the founder of Animal Issues Movement and a pit bull expert. In the article referenced below she states, " the difference is in the genetics and bloodlines -- and opportunity-- " (emphasis mine)

If you're in an area that allows them, and are thinking of buying or adopting a pit bull or pit bull mix, there are some very important things you should know about the breed. Phyllis's full article at:, is a good place to start. The last half of the article is a concise listing of characteristics of the breed.

(signed)?Diane L. Johnson

Emmetsburg, IA



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