Pit bull listed for adoption after attack

United States
April 11, 2007 2:29pm CST
ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- Animal Services in Orange County, Fla., said a clerical error led to a pit bull being made available for adoption hours after it attacked a woman. Tootie Francis said she spent 13 hours in the emergency room after the dog attacked her, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Tuesday. "He was ripping into my flesh and pulling my pants leg and he let go of that leg and came around and did the same thing to my other leg," Francis told the television station. The dog was taken by animal control authorities but Francis said she saw the dog was listed on the county Web site as available for adoption. "It was a clerical error," Orange County Animal Services representative Vanessa Bouffard said. "The dog should not have been labeled as a stray animal. It should have been labeled as an unavailable animal, thus keeping it from the Web site automatically." Animal control officials said they would not have allowed the dog to be adopted because the attack was clearly stated in its file, WKMG-TV reported. The pit bull was euthanized after its owner declined to claim the dog and pay the required fines.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I'm glad to hear that the error was caught before the dog actually went to another home. Just the fact that the dog could have been returned to the owner surprises me. I would think that the state would have some kind of law about dogs that cause serious injuries to people. I hope that the owner gets some kind of punishment as well. Just because he/she forfeited rights to the animal doesn't mean that they should go unpunished.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
23 Apr 07
That's pretty scarey that someone could have gotten this dog and maybe been injured.I am a firm believer that these dogs require a strong handler and should not be handed over to just anyone.They require training .. I'm glad thee discovered it in time. xoxoxo
@bihn07 (22)
• United States
23 Apr 07
you know this is not all that uncommon. i went in to a shelter one time and saw a pit bull. he was vary sweet and i wanted to adopt him but they looked at the file and said i could not because he had bitten a person for getting to near his food dish. pit bulls are not to blame fore ther problems people are.