A man killed by his pet dog, a pit bull named “Fat Boy,” has reignited the debate over whether keeping a pit bull as a family pet is a safe choice. Portage, Indiana man Edward L. Cahill, 40, bled out on his living room floor on Christmas day after one of his two 8-year-old pit bulls turned on him. Responding officers were forced to taser the pit bull in order to subdue the animal. It has since been euthanized.
Writes TheSpreadIt.com on Dec. 27: “On Christmas day, at around 5 p.m., Bianca Rodriguez, who was spending some time with her relatives, returned to her home in Indiana, where she discovered the body of her husband, Eddie Cahill, in the living room. The Indiana pit bull owner was covered in blood and dog bites on the face and arms. Rodriguez also found the family’s 8-year-old pit bull named Fat Boy with blood around his mouth.”
A second pit bull, named Keylo, was locked in the bedroom and evidently did not participate in the attack. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says Cahill died from an enormous amount of blood loss stemming from dozens of puncture bites on his arms, neck and face. The pit bull owner was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, Cahill’s wife Blanca Rodriguez told officers that Fat Boy was “extremely aggressive and unpredictable,” especially when he had a bone or chew in his mouth. The dog had bitten both Cahill and his girlfriend’s son in the past. UPI.com reports that Cahill had given each of his pit bulls a rawhide bone on Christmas morning, and the two may have been playing a game of “keep away” when the Fat Boy turned on Cahill.
Rodriguez defended the dogs to the media, despite what she told officers in the police report. “I don’t want people to think bad of pit bulls,” Rodriguez said. “They were playful dogs. One slept with the girls and the other slept with me and my husband. It was just a freak accident. He loved his dogs. That’s all I can say, and I think it’s something that just went wrong. He was a great man. He was my best friend, my rock, and he loved his four kids.”
Commenters on a related article are split – while some defend keeping pit bulls as pets, others are shocked that anyone would invite a dog with a reputation as being spontaneously aggressive into their home, especially one with kids. A sampling of the opinions:
It is not that they get a bad rep, it is that they are a hostile breed. It doesn’t matter what the fan boys try to tell you. These dogs have too much force on their jaws and will kill you. Now a family doesn’t have a father because they were stupid enough to think that they can “control” an animal with strong instincts.
The Pit Bull was originally created as a fighting dog by crossbreeding bulldogs, mastiffs, and terriers to produce a dog that combined the size and strength of the mastiff, the gameness and agility of the terrier, with the strength and tenacity of the bulldog.
I go to great lengths training my dogs because of hysterical media hype buy-ins. I don’t have to train my dogs to be safe with people. I train them to be safe FROM people whose ignorance and bias would want to cause them harm. Again, if you have never owned, trained, or spent time with a responsible owner you have no credibility… You will probably twist what I have said to fit your needs as you have NO creditable experience with this breed to base your comments on.
I have a pit bull and he’s the sweetest biggest baby in the world. They are NOT a bad breed. Don’t let a few bad apples spoil your entire perception. The problem with pit bull haters is they stereotype the dogs but how many of you have actually gotten to know the sweet loving nature of the breed?
Sound off below: Where do you fall on the pit bull debate? Does news of a man being killed by his pet pit bull change your mind?