Wednesday, May 2, 2007


WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A plucky foot-high Jack Russell terrier named George saved five New Zealand children from two marauding pit bulls, but was so severely mauled in the fight he had to be destroyed, his owner said Wednesday.

George was playing with the group of children as they returned home from buying sweets at a neighborhood shop in the small North Island town of Manaia last Sunday when the two pit bulls appeared and lunged toward them, his owner, Allan Gay, said.

"George was brave — he took them on, and he's not even a foot high," Gay told The Associated Press. "He jumped in on them, he tried to keep them off.

"If it wasn't for George, those kids would have copped it."

One of the children, Richard Rosewarne, 11, was quoted in the Taranaki Daily News on Wednesday as saying George fought with the pit bulls to keep them off his 4-year-old brother, Darryl.

"George tried to protect us by barking and rushing at them, but they started to bite him — one on the head and the other on the back," Rosewarne said. "We ran off crying, and some people saw what was happening and rescued George."

But George, aged 9, was so badly mauled that a veterinarian had to put him down, Gay said.

"The two pit bulls ripped the skin from his throat and chest and down his back," he said, adding the tough little terrier also "had a bad heart condition."

Gay said the pit bulls' owner had surrendered the pair to dog control officers and demanded they be destroyed, claiming they had launched unprovoked attacks previously.

P.S. What is with Pitbulls and attacking? Is it the owners who make them this way, or are they just like that?
posted by Summer at 1:01 PM, |


Oh my goodness! So terrible!! I always thought that the owner/trainer or whoever bred the dog makes them mean, but it also could be something in the blood line.

Yes, I think I have heard that as well. They are friendly to their owners but that is for the most part it. In rare occations I have seen some friendly ones but still keep my guard up
Ohhh how awful. I could go on forever talking about dogs, their behaviour and the role the owners play. If you are not ready to educate and lead a dog like a pitbul you better don't have one. But that is really a too long story, point is, when a dog behaves like this, it is always, always the fault of the owners. You need a lot of experience with dogs to cope with such behaviour and to turn it into the right ways, just few people are ready to do it. Usually the dogs are blamed where the owners have the fault. What luck, that the kids were ok and so sorry for the poor little guy that have to die because someone was not ready to train his pitbulls to have them under contoll....