Hilbert Jones, 66 years old, was tending his garden when he was attacked by three pit bulls on November 6, 2006, in Lumberton, NC (USA). They bit him 150 times and yet he has survived.
In Robeson County, where this attack happened, there have been 94 dog bites since the beginning of this year. About one-third of the bites — 32 cases — involved pit bulls or a pit bull mix, according to county health officials.
As it typical in these incidents, the local newspaper quoted the director of the health department — not an animal behaviorist, but a health official — as saying the following: “The problem with pit bulls isn’t typically the pit bulls, but the owners. The ones we have problems with are the owners who aren’t responsible. Those with pit bulls need to be particularly cautious.” (To read the article, click here.)
Can anyone possibly believe that the problem has nothing at all to do with pit bulls themselves? What other breed of dog will bite a person 150 times? That comes to 50 bites each for the three dogs, all biting the same person at the same time. Is it not fair to say that any dog with such a huge appetite for biting should be regarded as unnecessarily dangerous?