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Owners of Vicious Newport Pit Bulls Still MIA

The dogs were shot and killed by police after attacking a mother and son at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas.

The owners of three pit bulls that attacked a mother and son at a Newport hotel have not been identified, but the incident has sparked further debate about the breed.

The about 5:30 a.m. June 8 at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas. So far, the animals' owners have yet to be found, according to Kathy Lowe, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department.

Witnesses told police the pit bulls were traveling in a pack, and Lowe said it was unclear what prompted the attack, which left the victims with non-life-threatening injuries. Police later found the pit bulls roaming around near Newport Coast Drive just north of East Coast Highway, decided they were dangerous and shot them to death.

"All three dogs began aggressively attacking the police vehicle," Lowe said.

Police said the decision to euthanize the pit bulls immediately was made because the officers feared for their own safety and that of the bicyclists, joggers and golfers who frequented the area.

Newport Beach dog trainer Vladislav Roytapel -- who said not all pit bulls are aggressive -- agreed the officers' response was warranted.

"I would like to see them armed with some type of bullets to put pets in a sleeping stage," Roytapel said. "But I guess under emergency situations it was necessary to shoot the dogs for their lives and the public's safety."

After the attack, readers voiced their . One reader, who identified herself as Kristi, said her daughter was attacked by a pit bull at a dog park.

"Once they grab hold, not even a crow bar can cut their release. If you think I don't know what I'm talking about, come over and see my daughter's mauled head, cheeks, ears, nose, neck and fingers," Kristi wrote. "It's in the genes, and not something you can simply 'breed out of them.' So pit lovers, don't turn your backs too far, around only to discover your pit will not only bite the hand that feeds them, but will take your face as well."

Kristi said she hates the breed and wishes all pit bulls could be exterminated, but community member Erack Shakur disagreed.

"These dogs' character is that of its owners. We make these animals this way and we should be held responsible," Shakir said. "This should not be a debate; it should be a wakeup call for people to educate the public on how to be responsible owners or pay the consequences."

Anyone with information about the pit bulls, which did not have tags or microchips, is asked to contact Newport Beach Animal Control at 949-622-2608.

Red July 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I have a Lab who is 5. She hates water. I also have a Heeler who won't go near cows. He runs in terror when he sees one coming towards him. I never introduced my Lab to water, nor my heeler to cows when they were young & it didn't come naturally to them to take to either when they matured. So much for the 'it's in their genes' argument. Dogs behave in the manner we teach them to (or fail to teach them to). To blame a breed is to not hold the humans who are ultimately responsible for the dogs actions accountable. Besides the fact that most bull breeds weren't originally bred to fight, they were bred to hold large predators at bay without using force or bite, meaning they were bred to not stand down when faced with adversity. This ability has nothing to do with prompting attacks. I'm with the CDC on this one. Common sense & a look at bite #'s shows the most populous breed will always be at the top of the bite list. To find the most populous breed in your area, it just takes a few trips to the local dog pound, humane society, or all breed rescue to see what their highest intake breed is. If it's bull breeds, they're going to be on top of the bite list. If it's Labs, they'll be on top of the bite list. Also, people discount the fact that when people are bitten/attacked or killed by non-bull breeds, it doesn't get near the media attention that bull breeds do. The solution should be based on lowering bite #'s, not based on hatred from the ill-informed.
d allen July 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
An attack by a Pitt Bull is much more serious than any other breed. It is all relative to the breed of dog.
Amanda Carpenter July 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Are you sure any other breed? I mean what about great danes? Or mastiff's? I love pit bulls to death but some people shouldn't own them or any dog if you don't know how to raise a dog. I have 2 pit bulls and a small chi. Which they are all sleeping with each other right now. People stop judging a dog by the looks, because most of the time a breed might look like a breed but it isn't the right breed. Some people think a pit bull looks like a boxer which I have had someone say " Cute boxer." .... Seriously ... thats what i mean. Anyways keep judging pit bulls because humans are more dangerous then any dog. Maybe we should banned smoking that kills and harms people. Maybe we should banned cars that kills people. Ugh anyways im done
J July 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
D Allen, you're an idiot. That's all there is to say about that. How many times does it say "Pit Bull" in the article? It can't say dogs at some point? Gotta really jam the breed name in these peoples heads that already hate them? It's stuff like this that makes them look bad. Whatever.
Red July 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Check out the following study that was just finished testing the accuracy of visual breed identification against DNA results: http://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/library/research-studies/current-studies/ Hmm....seems like all the people who think they can judge a breed based on looks just got pie in the face.....

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