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Its been almost 4 weeks since the most tragic event happened in my life. I loss my most beloved Yorkie, Dior from a pit ball attack...... my pain is still so strong and it hurts so much. It was 3 days after his birthday and he turned 3.... I wanted to make him happy by taking him for an extra long walk in midtown in NYC. We went to the park and the pet shop ( to get him many treats to celebrate his birthday). We were 2 mins away from home..... but we never made it home together. There was a lady walking a pit bull and we were walking behind them... all of sudden the pit bull turn around and aim for my baby. He got him by the neck and never let go........ I tried to fight the dog but he would not let go. I cried and screamed...... but I was no match for the pit bull. He also bite me and my knees were very badly injured.... Finally he dropped my baby and he was gone.... his eyes were still open but gone........ How can this happen??? I still scream in my head and unable to accept what I saw. I am so heart broken.... I can't hardly breathe. I didn't sleep or eat for almost two weeks.... Lord I cried and cried.... how do I get pass this?
Registered: 1194492978 Posts: 5,100
My God, I am just speechless. I have read of many of these types of attacks lately, with one recently occuring in my state of Texas. I am not going to bash Pitbulls as a breed, but I am flabbergasted and appalled at the the number of attacks. I always have to wonder about the
owners and whether they are exerting the control that SOME of these powerful dogs need. I know a very sweet Pitbull who has a responsible owner who is always very careful. She watches her dog around children and other small dogs and has had no incidents whatsoever. I am so very, very sorry this has happened to you. Not only were you traumatized by seeing your baby die so horrifically, you were also attacked. You may want to consider seeing a therapist to help you process what happened to your baby....and YOU. Gosh, my heart is just overwhelmed with sadness for you. What happened to the pitbull after you were attacked so severely? Please don't hesitate to come here for support when you feel the need. We do understand your pain and will be here for you. Sending hugs, Melissa
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Dear slk77, My heart sank when I read your post. I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your baby Dior. Your day began so happily and ended in horror and pain. I have no idea why something so tragic would happen. Destiny??? (many people believe in destiny) I guess there are somethings we have absolutely no control over. There is no other answer. I wish I had some magic words to help ease your pain but I am at a loss. Come to this site whenever you need to, the people here have been a true comfort to me. I hope someone will be able to say something to comfort you too. I am lighting a candle for you and your precious Dior (under Dior) on the pl candle site. Again, I am sorry beyond words. Donna, Mr. Meowgy's mom
Registered: 1207026279 Posts: 699
Oh, I am so terribly sorry you lost your baby Dior in such a tragic and horrifying way! I'm at a loss for words, I just can't imagine how awful it must have been for you. Such a tiny little boy, so young. So sad. I have to admit on reading your post I am very angry that the woman allowed this vicious attack to happen. She obviously had no control of her dog, and there is no excuse for that. I hope you reported this to the police. I know this won't bring your Baby Dior back, but it might prevent this from happening to someone else's baby in the future. My heart goes out to you, and I hope you will come here to express your feelings - it's better to get them out - this is such a traumatic thing to have happen to you and your baby. There are many very kind and caring people who are here for you. Again, I'm so very sorry. With deepest sympathy, Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever
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Dear slk77; Iam so overwhelmed at the shocking way in which your Darling Dior; was attacked and suffered;I cant begin to imagine the terrible pain you are going through;God it must be devastating;;It is so hard to over come the sickness and passing of our beloved Angel,s as it is but to go through this ordeal ;;; word,s can not describe the saddness I feel for you and Dior;Please be comforted to know ther are many people here at the site share in your sorrow and pain;and will always be here to help you through;Hold on to those Special memories and the greatest of times you and Dior shared;go and visit all your special places and spend some time;;sitting ;hold her blanket in your arms and share all the times she snuggled up close and told you how much she loved you for all her happiness and love you gave her; these are the pictures you must try and think of; I know it is so very hard to do and will take time, I send you my Prayers and hugs and will keep you in my thoughts; Take care and write back often; MOLLYSMUM; Marion.
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Last summer there were two Pit Bulls that attacked the little dog across the street. Thanks to my being a good shot, Julio is alive and well. Both of the Pits were put down. I cannot stand the breed. Several years ago, Sil was attacked and almost killed bya Coon Hound.
My heart goes out to you and Dior. from now on, hook a bottle of Amonnia mixed with a tad bit of water to your belt. it is not illegal to carry this and if an attack occurs, aim for the eyes. it stings and blinds.
My sympathy to you. I most certainly hope the Pit and its owner are made to pay.
Please,when you ar able tell us more about Dior.
Try and remember the good times and funny things about Dior.
May you find peace in your heart.
Registered: 1203657832 Posts: 104
I am so sorrry for the loss of your yorkie,Dior. We lost our yorkie,Jingles in February to a collapsed trachea.Yorkies are very special dogs and I know you will always have a special place in your heart for Dior.Try to think of the good times with Dior.I know it is hard and I will keep you in my prayers.
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This is just tragic. Why would this woman walk an obviously mentally disturbed animal where any people/animals were? And in downtown NYC? I wouldn't be responsible for my actions at that point. Your probably still in a shock state right now--you need to be extra good to yourself.
You really need alot of healing for something like this. I'm not sure how you will get it, but keep trying for something that will can help you.I'll send a prayer your way. Take care.
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Thanks all for responding and this is got to be the toughest 4 weeks of my life. Yesterday was the 1 month mark of this tragic incident.
The women who was walking the dog wasn't the owner ( she was a friend) who obviously had no control over this dog. When this whole thing happened she stood by ... and watched. I can understand she was probably in shock too but nevertheless it didn't help at all. Many bystanders saw the incident and called the police but by the time the police came the dog had stopped. They took the pit bull for 10 days observation and release it right back to the owner! As you can imagine how upset I was.... its like my wounds and the death of my dog was just trival to all! I did go see a lawyer and will continue to go forward with the civil court. This owner has to be held responsible of what happened..... the next target will be a child! My dog never barks and when we walked behind them.... Dior never barked or even when the pit bull grab him by the neck... not even a sound. All I heard was my screaming for HELP....... I continue to live thru that day each and everyday and night.... I blame myself for not been able to protect my Baby better... why couldn't we just wait for 5 mins... why couldn't I picked him up.... we were 2 mins away from home and I still can't believe we never made it back! NOOOO
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I have been thinking about you and your baby boy since you first posted, and am just so sad for you. I'm glad you have contacted an attorney and will take this issue to court. Releasing the dog back to its owner is irresponsible, and dangerous after what happened to Dior. As you say, it could be a child next, or even someone else's furbaby. My friend, our grief is so hard to live with, but you have the added tragedy of losing your baby in such a violent way. Please get some help with this. I keep you in my prayers. Hugs, Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever
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My God you poor thing. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Please come here often for support. It helps. I wish you much peace during such a difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts.
So many hugs to you! Cindy Merry's mom
Registered: 1208508336 Posts: 820
Sorry about your horrific loss. Here in New Zealand you would probably find a dog like that would be automatically put down. If they attack and kill a small animal, the next thing is a small child. An attack of any kind on a human gets them a death sentence. Once they get the taste of blood they can never be trusted again. I saw a rottie and lab kill a cat years ago and I tried to save the cat. The lady got the dogs back but I started a petition for dangerous dogs to be controlled by the local councils. Now they have to have a special licence and they are controlled differently. You are still in a state of shock and need to grieve but I used my anger to do something to try and see no one else had to go through what I had seen. Later you can get mad and try to get something done. Hope you will soon be feeling a little better. Ruperts Mum
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I'm glad you have a lawyer and are attempting to hold responsible the owner of this animal.
My condolescences to you for the loss of your sweet yorkie. You probably have such a mixture of emotions it would be hard to contain them all. Take care.
Registered: 1182281874 Posts: 540
Sandy, I am in utter shock and horror. Oh I am so sorry about your sweet baby Dior. I really don't know what to say that can bring you comfort. I can't believe that Animal Control did nothing, that is unacceptable. I do hope that your lawyer can help you to prosecute the owner because you are so right, next could very well be a child. Please, please, please don't beat yourself up over this about it being your fault, and why didn't you wait 5 minutes before you left, or take another route, or not go out that day, whatever. What happened to Dior was a tragic accident, accident being the key word. As horrible as it was, it was an accident and they happen with no rhyme or reason. If you had any inkling whatsoever that your happy day would have turned out like that of course you never would have even gone near the spot that day, but you didn't my friend. You started out your day happy with your baby. Dior knew you loved her and that is the most important thing and you loved her and you did everything you could for her, even got injured in the process. You can't blame yourself, guilt is such a horrible beast that will get anyone suffering a loss of a precious loved one. I am still battling it myself over losing my 17 yr old beagle Peanut almost a year ago. I doubt this helps you in any way but I am sure the attack was quick and Dior did not suffer. I also know she was warmly received up at the Rainbow Bridge by my Peanut and all the other furbabies up there where she will be happy, healthy and surrounded by love. Please take care, I wish I could give you a hug. Be gentle with yourself and try to do other things to keep your mind of the accident.
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I am so, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dior. I am so stunned I dont know what to say. Here in Spain they have specific laws to deal with what are classified as dangerous dogs, and one of them is, they have to be muzzled when in public. I cant imagine how you must be feeling.
Many years ago, when I was walking my Lab, a German Shepherd attacked him, I fought him off. Luckily my Jack was big enough to withstand the attack, but I got a bad bite on my thigh. My little Basil was never attacked, thank God, but he, like your baby, wouldnt have stood a chance. Saying that an Akita attacked us when I was walking my Shepherd and Basil, and I had to hold him over my head to protect him, but I saw the dog coming at us, so I had the chance, not like you. I am thinking of you. Love Di xxx
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If you google Dog Bite Law you will find a very helpful site that gives tons of information about law related to dog bites.
Registered: 1211963539 Posts: 23
My friend let her boyfriend's new pitbull stay in the yard with her little terrier mix and one day she called me late at night hysterical- she had heard noise outside and when she went to check found her little dog destroyed by the pitbull. I helped her bury it because she couldn't bear to look at it again in that state and I was and am still haunted by the site of her dog. I had visited her with my dog once before that happened (mine was a little bigger than her pit) and the pit kept aggressively going for her throat when they were wrestling around so I didn't take her over anymore- I kept shuddering after my friend's dog died and envisioned that happening to mine-mine was hit by a car last week which horrified me, but I can't even imagine the trauma of losing her in the way you did. I am very sorry and I think losing our animals to something that isn't age related and is tragic makes it harder to accept because it feels like we should have been able to prevent it. I lost a bunch of weight from not eating and have little concentration for anything else so I can relate.