WJAR: Pitbull That Attacked Three Family Members To Be Euthanized

Sayles Street family's dog will be tested for rabies.


Turnto10.com reports the dog that attacked three members of its Sayles Street family will be euthanized.

The news station's website reports the dog isn't fit for adoption, according to police, and will be tested for rabies.

On Monday, WPRI.com reported the pitbull attacked a woman and her two 18-year-old children, a son and daughter, injuring all three. Police subdued the dog with a taser.

Woonyville September 19, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I love pitbulls! But they do need to be trained and socialized like every other dog. I feel bad for the victims cause dog attacks can be crazy. Hope they have a fast recovery : )
Almighty401 September 19, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Good post Suzy Sunshine, there's lot of ignorant people in the city that use their pets for other reason. But there's lot of us that love an care about are Bully Breed. There are wonderful dogs. When u treat them right and teach them the right things to do. Now in Woonsocket anything that have to do with a Pitbull right away they put it on the news and they make a big deal out of it. I'm sorry for what just happen to that family but my question is how they know is a Pitbull. There's so many breed that look just like a Pitbull an they not pitbulls. People and the city of Woonsocket get educated on this breed. They are wonderfull dogs. Now u get attack by a chihuahua or any kind of dog u won't see it on the news or newspapers. Stop B.S.L. Breed specific legislation. Love your bully breed there's people out there that really care and be a responsible Pitbull owners.
Russell Archambault September 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
SUZY; you chastise me for making somewhat a negative comment, then you go right into the exact same view as I stated. I Call it the way it is. Look on the web for problems that pit bulls create.Also look on the web on what major cities have done to protect the public. when there is something good that is reported I'll be the first one to give praise.
Yvette M Ayotte September 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Really Russ, I just read where you put down Diane because she cares so much about her city. She's been picking up litter and noticed many properties that have overgrown weeds, etc. She's taken pictures of the condemned buildings all around the city and asking that they be demolished, etc. All you did was try to put her down for trying to clean up our city. Please be more considerate with your negative comments.
Suzy Sunshine September 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Russ, Your first comment said "oh well". I took it as you didn't feel badly that the dog had to be put down.
Russell Archambault September 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Suzy You might really hate me a little bit more. that comment was toward the people that got bit. now after reading the full story in the call, those people who kept that poor dog in that cage the way they did for so long deserved more from the dog. what they did was animal cruelty. they should also be charged! Another thing, ill bet those people wont pay one cent toward any medical bills.
Russell Archambault September 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I will submitting documents to a council member today on pit bull regulations for the city, for their consideration to enact an ordinance.
John Ward September 20, 2012 at 01:15 PM
There is an amendment to our ordinances being drafted to put in place the same restrictions as they have in Pawtucket. It should be on the agenda by the second city council meeting in October.
Suzy Sunshine September 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Russ, honestly, I am on your side on this one. I don't feel badly for the people. Dogs are very much like humans in some instances. What happens to kids whose parents abandon them and they end up in foster care being bounced from house to house? Often times, they end up being jaded, guarded and have many issues. The same goes for a dog. I am not saying that every child ends up like that or every foster home is bad, but just like not every dog that gets shuffled around is bad, but it definitely does something to their psyche. Personally speaking, it would do something to my psyche too. It is not fair to the animal that there are bad owners. The slum lords who allow their tenants to have these dogs should be punished too. The breed is a great breed, but it needs exercise and proper training.
Suzy Sunshine September 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
By the way Russ, if you are going to request that the city enact an ordinace, you should not just request that it be pitbull specific. Their are many "bully breeds". Did you know that the Boston Terrier is considered to be a bully breed? Bulldogs, Boxers and Bull Mastiffs are all included in the mix too. It is not the breed that is a problem, it is the owner that doesn't take the time to properly train their dog. Don't punish the breed, punish the irresponsible owner.
Suzy Sunshine September 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I couldn't agree with you more. I have two dogs which are the same breed. I took one to training and the other I did not because I thought that I could do it myself. I can honestly say that the one who didn't have training is definitely not as well behaved as the one who did. My dog that completed the training loves to show off his behavior commands, etc. He loved training. Pitbulls are such great dogs, but their are so many irresponsible pet owners out there. Unfortunately, they are larger dogs and if they do bite, they are going to cause more damage than a chihuahua. The media loves to make the dog out as such bad dogs. They are the complete opposite and are so completely loyal. Education on the breed is the answer, not a breed ban.
Russell Archambault September 20, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I have given documents to a city council person that addresses the dogs that are considered troublesome and also how to determine the actual breed of the dogs. As I understand the restrictions as they have in Pawtucket banning pit bulls is far that comprehensive that it should be. first problem i see, as a nobody, who will determine what dog is a pit bull.I hope woonsocket doesnt shove half a_s legislation through that will have to come up again to repair. with that said it would be nice not to have another merry go round on the subject of dog control.
Christine Sylvestre-Snoek September 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
First of all Biz was not the families dog! They took it in just days before the attack because a family friend could no longer care for it. He had been shuffled around from home to home for weeks. He showed no signs of aggression at all. The incident was unfortunate. The victims do not blame the dog at all and are saddened that he was put down. Secondly the family has 3 other pitbulls that they have had for years. They are all very well behaved. They are very loving and loyal dogs. They are very well cared for by the family. Lastly to say oh well when 3 people were attacked like that is cold hearted! My mother always said if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all. Maybe you should take that advice!
Paradis September 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Oh yea, what kind of documents are you sending? Must be the same crap pushed by a WEBSITE that is bent on ridding the world of imaginary devil dogs. The group is led by a seemingly unwell web designer who comes across as delusional. There aren't any members who are qualified to judge any dogs, are not educated researchers or animal behaviorists. It's like a witch hunt, led by an unstable manipulator who's followed by hysteria prone blind sheep. Or perhaps it's some so called statistics thrown together years ago and later denounced/retracted by the originators as being inaccurate and improperly done. I have access to information that disproves both.
Paradis September 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Yes Pawtucket goes into peoples' homes and takes their family 'pit bulls' or any dog that simply resembles what they deem as such, for NO reason. Faithful, loving, innocent dogs family dogs are dragged out in front of their kids!
Lynn B September 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Good news John.Glad to hear it. When will they ban those pitbulls and rottwellers?When someone is killed in Woonsocket? So many cute,gentle breed dogs,and cats are cast aside that need homes,for what a animal thats a danger to humans?
Paradis September 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I'm lining up a class action lawsuit against the city in regard to this pending BSL nonsense. As a city resident, taxpayer and long time pit bull owner I have a right to FAIR laws that don't discriminate against me, nor should they force restrictions against my dog based upon hysteria. NONE of the EXPERT animal organizations embrace BSL against whole breeds of dogs, nor do they claim that any certain breeds are inherently dangerous or vicious. INDIVIDUAL dogs and IRRESPONSIBLE owners should be held responsible for any individual attacks that actually have occurred. While the rest of the world pulls out of the dark ages, Woonsocket continues to go backwards. The whole state of MA just banned BSL. How about ridding our city of the real problems here poor fiscal management, poverty hub, criminals- druggies, perverts and other shady or undesirable and unproductive PEOPLE. Why waste the ton of money it will cost to fund BSL when you could simply enforce the ordinances we already have?
English first September 21, 2012 at 09:50 PM
My mother said that also. Are we related? No really. I totally agree Christine. I think "bully dogs" should have to be insured and have a tag around their neck symbolizing it. If you don't see the tag you know that the owner is irresponsible. Beware.
English first September 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM
http://www.edgarsnyder.com/dog-bite/dogbite-law/dog-bite-law-rhode-island.html RI dog information
Paradis September 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
English, this type of statewide NON-breed specific policy is fair since it targets ANY individual dog that actually has actually injured somebody. Personally I think any dog owner should insure their dog/s just in case. Enforcement of the leash laws, containment of dogs on owners property, immunization requirements and other ordinances on the books need to be enforced for ALL dogs. Animal control and the PD should be more aware of loose dogs, signs of neglect/abuse and lack of tags then act upon them on them appropriately BEFORE incidents occur. I love all kinds of dogs, but my heart was stolen 15yrs ago by Pitties. I adopted my current dog last year. He's been right there for me through a sudden life threatening heart condition. I had four others, all of them lived to their geriatric years with out issues, they actually did good deeds in the community.
Paradis September 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Hopefully they ban ignorant people first.
Christine Sylvestre-Snoek September 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
English first I agree! The three family dogs have their licenses and are up to date on all their shots. So to say that the family was irresponsible pet owners is just someones opinion that doesn't have any clue as to what they are talking about. People are so quick to judge others they do not know. Let's get the whole story before bad mouthing someone!!!!
Russell Archambault September 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
EF another great web site to learn from. Any web site for aggressive and dangerous people?
Suzy Sunshine September 24, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Christine, I am disappointed in the dog's previous owners for shuffling him around. The family; however, should never have taken another dog in. It is against the law in Woonsocket to have more than 3 dogs. In fact, if they live in an apartment, they are only allowed to have one dog. Woonsocket has a "Dog Population Law". There are fines for anyone possessing more than 3 dogs in an aparment. You can view the law for yourself by going to http://www.ci.woonsocket.ri.us/doglaws.htm There is a $50.00 fine for the first offense and it goes up from there for each day that you have an additional dog. Unfortunately, it is not often enforced as the Woonsocket Police have bigger issues to deal with typically. Like you, I do not believe in breed specific legislation. The most basic problem with breed-specific laws, is that they ignore the fact that dogs are individuals. Within any breed, there are sweet dogs and aggressive ones - and even within breeds that have been bred for aggression, most of the individual dogs are not dangerous. Any dog's temperament is influenced by its breeding, its health, its socialization, and its environment.
Suzy Sunshine September 24, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Russ, I would like to invite you to read a book that might change your mind a little, or at least make you a little more open minded about "bully breeds". The book is called Bandit: Dossier of a Dangerous Dog. The author is Vicki Hearne.
Trisha Ledger September 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
My mother in law's most vicious dog was a Boston terrier. The two pit bull German Shepard mixes she had were terrified of him and they were four times his size. It's the dog, not the breed.
Trisha Ledger September 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Then it's a damn good thing my mother in law moved out of state because she had six at one time!
MAE October 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Can we put in an ordinance banning ignorant people from the city? Oh right, we can't because we'd have a ghost town which could be beneficial to the intelligent part of the population. And that ban would include sitting council members. To actually say that you are (Council members) actually considering a Breed Specific ordinance should be bitten yourself...It's the owners who are responsible, NOT the dog! You can save your crappy websites that say...oh, this breed is bad, this one is good. It's a bunch of BS. A dog is only as good as it's environment, nurturing and responsible breeding. I have had so many dogs, so many breeds...had to put a cocker down because she was poorly breed and mean (not by me)...but the others would let little kids dress her up like a doll. I've been attacked by a rottie and yet have a close relationship with several others that will lick you to death and trust beyond measure. I've lived with dobies that were so sweet. There was even a story a few years back of a newfie being mean. Mine was the sweetest, most gentle dog. My son used to ride my mother's like a horse (she had 3). These 'ignorant' comments about pits and rotties being mean and untrustworthy are so unfounded and those of you who say they are are just plain stupid.
MAE October 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Suzy, asking them to read and learn is futile, they'd rather bash. I too will stand up to any ordinance that generates breed specific legislation in this city and if they decide to illegally enter MY property to take my property they can stare down the barrel of the other piece of property I own!
Pitgirl December 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Only humans discriminate, unfortunately a dog will still love their abuser after being beaten, burned,chained,starved, and enduring torture for years. The same dog after being rescued from a life of abuse will open it's heart, to a person with a true heart. They won't judge you on looks, just what's inside. From all my years on this earth, it's humans who lie, decieve, and discriminate. Every person I've talked to that are against Bully Breeds, have NOT ONCE EVER in their life even had one contact with a Bully ! It's just what they hear on the news, or read about...please get a life. Maybe volunteer and educate yourself on ALL dog breeds, before you condemn a breed on looks !


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