FROM NBC 4 WASHINGTON – A young woman’s life may have been saved by a group of people who intervened when she was attacked by a dog.

Dannie Canter was driving home from work Wednesday when he heard screams in Stonewall Estates subdivision of Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

“I see the lady on the ground with the dog mauling her, and my first instinct was just to put the truck in park and jump out and run,” Canter said.

A woman was being attacked in her front yard by a Presa Canario, one of the family’s six dogs. Her newborn baby was inside the house.

“It looked like she’d been attacked by sharks, the bites were so brutal and so bad,” Canter said.

Neighbors and men from a landscaping truck went after the dog with tools, but it didn’t let go until Canter jumped on it.

“I yelled the word ‘out’ just like I would with my dogs, and when I did, he let go and immediately he turned to me, and that’s when I grabbed his collar and kind of choked him and slammed him to the ground and just jumped on his back and tried to hold him down,” Canter said.

The victim was able to flee into the house.

Canter also helped a deputy who was also bitten before two dogs were shot. They later died.

Neighbors said it’s not the first time there has been trouble with the dogs.

“We’ve lived in fear from these dogs in our backyard for a while now,” Russell Garcia said.

He said the Presa Canarios have gone under or over his fence three times to attack his dog. He said he was bitten trying to break up an attack in January.

“Animal control or the county should have taken action in either removing the dogs or making sure that they’re muzzled or something along those lines,” he said.

Canter said the memory of those screams has been tough, but it helped when the victim sent him a message thanking him and the other for being her heroes.

“It’s a good feeling to be called a hero, but I don’t feel like I’m a hero,” Canter said. “I just feel like I did the right thing. I did what I was supposed to to save somebody’s life.”


UPDATE: On June 9, 2019, the Maryland State Police issued the following update on the breed of the dogs involved in the
attack on a five-year-old child:
Preliminary investigation revealed a 5-year-old child was playing inside the residence when the 5-year-old child was attacked by the family Rottweiler. During the attack, a second family Shar Pei Mix began to attack the child.

GREAT MILLS, MD – There is a never-ending parade of attacks on children by Pit Bulls, but still, people bring them into their homes and post tirades online after attacks leave children and adults mauled, disfigured for life and even dead. This is the story of yet another attack, this time by two Pit Bulls who attacked a child in his home, leaving him chewed up and flown to Washington’s Children’s Hospital Center.

Trooper stopped Dogo attacking Jenna Rae Sutphin; victim died at trauma unit in DC – dog attacked trooper too and was dispatched

Maryland State Police say that on Friday, June 7, 2019 at approximately 7 p.m., Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the 48000 block of Leeward Circle, in the River Bay subdivision in Great Mills, Maryland for a vicious attack on a child by the family dogs.

Trooper saves woman from Pit Bull; dog shot dead as he lunged for second attack

 Police say that a 5-year-old child was playing inside the residence, when the child was attacked by one of the family pit bull dogs. During the attack, a second family pit bull began to attack the child.

Due to the heroics of neighbors who entered the home and grabbed the child from the death grip of the dogs, the child’s life was saved.

Pit Bulls running loose attacked and mauled woman when she was taking out the trash

Police say that the child sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 7 to Children’s Hospital in Washington DC. St. Mary’s County Animal Control officers responded and took possession of the pit bulls into confinement and hopefully to be quickly exterminated.

Troopers fire on and kill mad pit bull after attack on woman; second in three days

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Pit bull attack on trooper ended when .40 caliber pistol was deployed; wounded dog fled scene

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Md. dog attack victim loved animals

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) January 9, 2015 — The victim of a Frederick County pit bull attack was an 87-year old man who still drove a big rig hauling milk and was remembered by co-workers and neighbors as an animal lover.

Eugene “Smittie” Smith told co-workers at Clouse trucking that he often slept with the 84-lb neutered male pit bull that ended up mauling him to death Wednesday in his home while he and his son’s fiance were taking down Christmas ornaments.

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Shocked co-workers said Smith was known for always having a pocketful of treats for any animal he met.

The four-year old dog was adopted by Smith and his son from a rescue organization in May. Officials are still looking into the dog’s background. The animal was euthanized after the deadly attack.

Officials have no history of complaints about the dog from neighbors.

Smith is remembered as a remarkably kind, hard-working man who was deeply dedicated to his job hauling milk from the region’s farms to market in an 18-wheel tanker truck. He continued to work at age 87.

Unleashed Pit Bull Attacks/Kills Leashed Dog At 31st Street Park

Sunday, May 26, 2019

​VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. – Virginia Beach Police report that on May 26th, 2019 at 7:41 pm Officers were dispatched to the park at 31st Street / Boardwalk for a report of a fight.

As officers arrived on scene they discovered there had not been a fight, rather, an off leash pit bull had attacked another dog that was on a leash at the park.​

Officers followed the pit bull until they were able to take control of it, near Pinewood Drive.

The victim dog, a Yorkshire Terrier  / Shih Tzu mixed breed, succumbed to it’s injuries.   No persons were injured during this incident.

This is an active investigation, being conducted by Virginia Beach Animal Control Officers. Further details will be released as they become available.

From The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Are Pit Bulls Dangerous to People?

Despite the fact that pit bulls were bred to fight with each other, early breeders took pride in producing dogs that were trustworthy and friendly to people. Handlers bathed their opponent’s dog before a match, stood in the pits with the battling dogs and often pulled them apart to end a fight. Any dog who behaved aggressively toward a person was culled, or killed, to avoid passing on such an undesirable trait. Pit bulls typically lived in their owner’s homes, where they earned the nickname “nursemaid’s dog” because they were so reliable with young children. In fact, “Pete the Pup,” the children’s friend from the old TV series “Our Gang,” was a pit bull.

Why the Bad Rap?

Sadly, the pit bull has acquired a reputation as an unpredictable and dangerous menace. His intimidating appearance has made him attractive to people looking for a macho status symbol, and this popularity has encouraged unscrupulous breeders to produce puppies without maintaining the pit bull’s typical good nature with people. To make matters worse, irresponsible owners interested in presenting a tough image often encourage their pit bulls to behave aggressively. If a pit bull does bite, he’s far more likely to inflict serious injuries than most other breeds, simply because of his size and strength. A pit bull bite is also far more likely to draw media attention. Many dogs of other breeds bite people, but these incidents almost always go unreported. They’re just not exciting enough fodder for television and print.

Despite this bad rap, a well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. It is truly a shame that the media continues to portray such a warped image of this beautiful, loyal and affectionate breed. Pit bulls once enjoyed a wonderful reputation. Some of the most famous dogs in American history were pit bulls. A pit bull named Stubby, a decorated hero during World War One, earned several medals and was even honored at the White House. During duty, he warned soldiers of gas attacks, found wounded men in need of help and listened for oncoming artillery rounds. Pit bulls have been featured in well-known advertising campaigns for companies such as Levis, Buster Brown Shoes and Wells Fargo. The image of a pit bull, which was considered a symbol of unflagging bravery and reliability, represented the United States on recruiting and propaganda posters during World War One. Many famous figures, including Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, General George Patton, President Woodrow Wilson, Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, shared their lives and homes with pit bulls.

Modern pit bulls can still be ambassadors for their breed. Some are registered therapy dogs and spend time visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Some work in search-and-rescue. Tahoe, Cheyenne and Dakota, three search-and-rescue pit bulls from Sacramento, California, worked tirelessly at the World Trade Center during the aftermath of 9/11. Others, like Popsicle, an accomplished U.S. customs dog, work in narcotics and explosives detection. Still, others serve as protection or sentry dogs for the police. The majority are cherished family members. Pit bulls become very attached to their people, and most love nothing better than cuddling on the couch or sleeping in bed with their pet parents (preferably under the covers)!  ….MORE


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