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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.

e June 29, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Bear spray for grizzly bears, pepper spray for pit bulls?
e June 29, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Bullet for the owners... They should know better than making their dogs responsible for their training failure.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" June 29, 2012 at 07:23 AM
My first question is Why doesn't NB Animal Control have tranquilizer guns... When patrons visit with their large dogs to our city that advertises itself as "Canine Coast",(Lie, they sell Federal Puppy Mill Torture at Russo's, City Propaganda and a total Oxy Moron)--Should NBAC be prepared for Just these exact things...This is the fault of the Owners.. These dogs OBVIOUSLY are not properly cared for , they get shot and the owners are no where to be found. This is a case of irresponsible owners exploiting powerful breeds..THAT IS WHAT HUMANS DO..It is the FAULT OF THE HUMANS. The goal is to better community, and aid in diminishing animal exploitation that creates these exact circumstances. When Community is Educated and held accountable with improvement of laws and adequate enforcement of laws, there will be far less pit bulls and victims. It is a huge task, but an effective SOLUTION, unlike banning a breed to be replaced by another jaw locking breed such as Rottweilers. Our city's Welfare is so critically detrimental to community education, The Council refuses to keep up with the rest of Orange county and parades Federal Torture Puppy Mill Puppies in the front window of it's high fashion shopping areas... In a city like this, this incident is TOTALLY EXPECTED AND PREDICTABLE
Diane Skillestad June 29, 2012 at 02:06 PM
How badly were the people hurt , are they O.K. ? We love our annual visits to the Marriott Newport Coast Villas , it is hard to imagine that happening there. It must have been extremely upsetting.
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Hi Diane, authorities said the victims' injuries were non-life-threatening, but the details were not released.
Desiree June 29, 2012 at 02:45 PM
non- life threatening. Boy... nice. So how much of a raise did you get in this news article? I have 2 pit bulls and a chi and they all get a long. Seriously who ever gets attack by a pit bull blame it on the owner. My sister got bit in the face by a lab but do you hear a story on that? What about small dogs that bite small children? No story on that. And why use these photo's to try to make pit bulls tough? Couldn't use a different photo. People are just getting wash away with media and there " Oh my god lets do it i'll get money for this pit bull attack story because no one well want to read about a lab." Pit bulls do not let me say this again do not have a bad gene.... It's on how the owner is training them to be. I have see lack of ownership on different breeds. I also had to train a lady on how to tell her pit bull to get down. Yes I said it " Owner " I have had people change there mind about this breed because if you look at it, it's on how you train a " dog " I have been bitten and attack but 3 breeds and none of them being a pit bull or related to one.
Desiree June 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
By the way there is no such thing as a jaw locking... I hear that a lot :)
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Hi Desiree, I wrote this story because of two people that were attacked by pit bulls in Newport Beach. If it were any other type of dog, I would have done the same thing. The media was not given the types of injuries the victims suffered, or else I would have reported what they were. The photos were not used to make pit bulls look tough, that's why there is a mix of photos to showcase different types. I appreciate your comments.
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM
And I agree, all dogs need to be trained properly no matter the breed.
Desiree June 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I'm upset because no other dog gets the hype more then pit bulls. I truly am sicken by this. No one ever blames ownership on these poor breeds.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" June 30, 2012 at 01:14 AM
As a Companion Animal Advocate, I am not allowing the dogs to take the fall for THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH -- ---The Highly Inhumane City Of Newport Beach, And Those Who Profit From Animal Cruelty And Exploitation In Our City Government That in Full Knowledge of Extensive Harmful Animal Related Community Harmful Existing Conditions, Continues To Fail To Protect The Entire City of Families, Children, Citizens And Patrons Of Newport Beach-- Full Knowledge of Our cities extent of Animal Cruelty and Non Enforcement of Animal Laws and Citizen Welfare would BLOW YOUR MIND! You would wonder how they sleep at night, and then pretend they deserve or expect you to vote for them. Ask the Dog Whisperer what he thinks about a dog being "Born Bad" Any person attempting to regulate dog bites by blaming dogs and pursuing this avenue is placing misguided blame and seeking resolutions unable to solve the problem at hand. This is an obvious city problem, that was waiting to happen. By going after dogs, or hating a specific breed because they are exploited by narcissistic humans who treat them as ego extensions , is setting themselves up for more dog bites and possibly Fatalities of children or more victims in the city of Newport Beach.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" June 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
There are several problems with this situation. Newport Beach Animal Control's Supervisor, Chief Johnson, was contacted by a Newport Resident (NOT MYSELF but someone who sought my knowledge of interactions with Newport Animal Control) Chief Johnson has already had very specific details and occurrences regarding NBAC's lack of containing dangerous dogs on beaches and in communities. So...... WHY HAS THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH: A) Not addressed the three Animal Control Officers failed job performance in necessary duties of community safety. I have addressed City Council and City Manager with their failed job performance of exercising their sole regulating authority in Newport Pet Stores, by not taking reports upon complaints, and whom they have actually sold our homeless animals to for private profits payable to "The city of Newport Beach" and collected by private business persons. Council knows this, and I have published it. ---http://newportbeach.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-i-heart-puppies-crumbles View the commentary photo in this photo section published 5 months ago.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" June 30, 2012 at 01:18 AM
B) With the previous reports and personal meeting with the NBPD supervisor that is entirely aware there are dangerous dogs freely roaming the city, why has the city failed to implement proper procedure to keep our patrons and citizens SAFE? Why is the community and the tourists they advertise themselves to as "Canine Coast" "Animal Loving" not being protected from actions of irresponsible owners who's dogs end up attacking in the streets and beaches of our city? EXACTLY THE WAY A MOTHER AND CHILD WAS ATTACKED IN THIS OCCURRENCE. This was waiting to happen. C) Shooting Dogs with Guns and Bullets in the streets of the community is OUTRAGEOUS ANY WAY YOU CUT IT. These are not Lions, Raging Elephants, and Bears. They are dogs and the SOLE JOB OF ANIMAL CONTROL WE PAY To do a necessary service and perform their job for protection and ANIMAL WELFARE in our Community. Why do they not have tranquilizer guns or a more ethical and reasonable procedure to contain aggressive canines instead of pulling their guns and firing in the community? Agressive dogs are not limited to a breed, and are caused with out a doubt 100%, failed responsibility of THE OWNERS. You know, the Humans that control their very existence and decide every last detail down to whether they even get food or water to stay alive, where they sleep, how they housed, how they are secured, how they behave and interact with other persons.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" June 30, 2012 at 01:18 AM
D) Don't we have laws stating it is violation FOR HUMAN OWNERS to allow their animals to run loose in streets , unleashed, and unsupervised. This is a law for the entire canine species of pets owned by every pet owner of every breed in the city and it is a law because dogs are not children or toys, but Animals that are unpredictable absent supervision. Some when let loose will curl up out of fear in a bush, some become aggressive and this behavior is not limited to ANY BREED OF DOG EITHER WAY. E) RED FLAG-- The OWNERS ARE IRRESPONSIBLE-- They are entirely in violation of the law, displaying this obvious fact due irresponsibility of not having their dogs licensed, or we would all know exactly who the dogs belonged to wouldn't we?
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" June 30, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I would like to amend my comments regarding city government Animal and Citizen Welfare Failures. This exludes our ethical , conscientious and commendable current leader of Newport, Mayor Gardner. Among her tremendous obligations and responsibilities of the city, she has extended herself showing concern for our animals and for our families. Newport Beach is a better community for citizens, patrons and animals with Mayor Nancy Gardner on Council
Desiree June 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Kelly seems weird she won't answer any of your questions but she can make a article she knows people well read because of the name Pit Bull. How about making a article about puppy stores that sell puppy mill dogs and explain how they are working together. That would be great. Also do you know how many dogs " attack " people a day? Why don't they get headline. Pit bull are lovers. The reason 100% can tell you why these pit bulls might have done what they did is because there was no training at all. So maybe you should go talk to animal control on other breeds that attack that day and make an article on them.
Desiree June 30, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I'm also on kelly side :)
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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