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2 Pit Bulls Attack Man Inside Home

A neighbor's two pit bulls tore a chunk out of a man's leg, a caller told police.

A neighbor's two pit bulls attacked a man inside his apartment in North Mission Viejo Thursday morning near the corner of Santa Margarita and Marguerite.

Police were called at 9 a.m. when a man was reportedly bitten in the back of the leg. His wife told police a "chunk of meat was taken out of her husband's leg."

She said the dogs' owners were hiding the animals inside their apartment.

The police dispatcher said it sounded like the neighbors had been fighting.

The call came from the 21600 block of Marguerite Parkway.

Charles September 06, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I thought pit bulls were the most loving doggies in the world. At some point in these comments someone will probably write: "It's not the dogs' fault; it's their owners who don't properly train them." What is the probability the dogs' owners a) are not white trash or b) don't come from some degenerate strata of society?
Karen Koczwara September 07, 2012 at 04:00 AM
My mom's cat was just killed by three pitbulls that were running loose in her neighborhood. They then turned on her and almost injured her too. How many more injured people will it take before people realize these dogs should not be pets?!
Bug September 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The owners were probably hiding the dogs because they are not allowed at the complex. The dogs were in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and most likely scared who knows what caused them to bite. Not all pit bulls are mean and not all labs are sweet. Don't be ignorant. I have two pit bulls and trust them completely.
Kathy Herzog September 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
If the neighbors were fighting then most likely the digs were protecting their owner. Hiding the dogs was not bright but they had to know after a dig bites someone they are usually put down. My son had a vicious cocker spaniel who was put down because she bit someone. A cocker who was very sweet but turned on a dime.
Charles September 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
" I have two pit bulls and trust them completely." I wonder how many parents would allow their kids to come over to your house and play with your kids if you have two pit bulls running around the house. Compare that with the number of parents that would allow their kids to play at your house if you had two [fill in the blank] dogs running around the house.
Karen Devine September 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Pit bulls are dangerous animals. I know people love them as pets, but they have powerful jaws and it's in their nature to fight.
Sandra Stipp September 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Pit Bulls by nature are not vicious. They truly are loving dogs. I'm sure the dogs were just trying to protect the owners.....not saying this is true...but the man that was bitten perhaps disturbed the dogs in some way that caused them to attack. ALL dogs are capable of attacking....even the smallest dog like a Chihuahua. Pits. have gotten a bum rap due to those people who have trained them to be aggressive so they could fight them in a ring. Every day I read about Pit Bulls being taken from people who are using them a bait dogs. These Pits suffer terribly and or die. This must be stopped.
Eric Bergstrom September 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
If I had a choice, I think I would opt for the Chihuahua nip over the Pit Bull chomp. I'm just sayin'. Our family has had a Staffordshire Terrier (Pit family) for 16 years and she is definitely part of the family, but in her prime she was also very good at bringing us presents of 1/2 bodies of field mice, lizards and birds. She would clamp on to the end of a knotted rope and the kids would swing her around. She loved that. Owners have to be sure to take the extra precautions to eliminate the risk of those powerful jaws attacking.
Sharon Cody September 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Wow! I would strongly advise people who are commenting on this article not to try to imagine what happened. I do not have all the facts of this case but I do know there is an ongoing investigation. Officers for the MV Animal Shelter are interviewing the owners and others involved in this case. A determination will be made. IF the dogs are declared dangerous, and I AM IN NO WAY saying that will happen, then the owners will be allowed to keep the dogs but there will be many conditions placed on the owners. These conditions often include locks on the gates, more insurance, a muzzle when the dog is walked AND if the dogs get out of their yard/home again, there normally will be harsh consequences. Owners often have a very difficult decision to make. Having once owned a Golden mix that was a fear bitter, I know too well the responsibility an owner has to take extra care to make sure the dog does not get out. Maybe the Patch can do a follow up story after the investigation is complete, so we can all find out exactly what happened and whether the dogs were declared dangerous.
Jaloney Caldwell September 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
This will continue to happen and get worse until people get organized and become as loud and vocal as the well funded pitbull internet posse. Unfortunately people often wait until they are attacked or a family member is attacked. There are so many victims of pitbull attacks now begging for help to pay the huge medical expenses for recovery. Like and Join this organization, share there link, print out some fiers if you can, and come to the event. It is the first public event for victims of Pitbulls &other dangerous dogs and it is drawing victims from around the world. http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Walkforvictimsofpbodd?ref=ts
Jaloney Caldwell September 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Add.. what is the probablity that they don't suffer from DENIAL DISORDER along iwth Narcisstic Personality Disorder... https://www.facebook.com/Walkforvictimsofpbodd?ref=ts
Robert Hartman September 10, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I have very mixed feelings about these dogs. There are three breeds that I am extra careful around: Dobermans, pit bulls, and Rottweilers. What do I mean by extra careful? I assume they are deadly until they prove otherwise. I also make it clear to the owners that I will hold them responsible if anything bad happens in my presence, and that at a very minimum the dogs will be put down if they bite anyone and I am a witness. It is all conveyed in a look, and if you own a dog that has been bred for fighting or intimidating people, get used to it. Say what you will, that is what they are bred for and you have an extra duty of care to make sure that they are rendered safe at all times. Be clear: if a dog like that ever bites a person or pet in my presence, I will use every legal means to make sure the dog is put down and you are made to pay for damages and punitive damages, and I will be relentless because you damned well ought to know better. And, I encourage everyone else to take the same stance. If you still think it is worth the risk to own dogs like this, God love you. But if you are half as smart as you think you are, you will keep them muzzled. And if you really are as smart as you think you are, you'd rescue a greyhound.
Nina September 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM
So do you want TRUT H or SENSATIONALISM? I am well acquainted with the people who own the dogs - and I know exactly what happened. All of the "facts" posted here, except for the fact that "Mr" DID get bitten… are false. FACTS are - it happened OUTSIDE the home NOT INSIDE. The owner(s) did not HIDE the dogs inside - they PUT them inside & waited for animal control. Yes... Dog #1 did slip through the door as both parties were exiting (one w/her dog) & jumped on the little dog. Fortunately, the lady ran back inside relatively unscathed. The man who owned the "pit" threw himself flat on the ground over his dog & opens the dog's mouth to release little dog. (Anyone knows you can't open the mouth of a pitbull.) The episode was nearly over. THEN... OUT comes Mr w/a 9MM SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON ready to shoot! ... Just as Dog #2 is coming outside after hearing the commotion. Dog 2 sees the man hovering OVER HIS OWNER, GUN IN HAND yelling, screaming, & swearing. CLEARLY there was a threat so of course, he starts barking, snapping & jumping at Mr. Instead of going inside to saftey & closing the door - this heavily armed "victim" decides to start KICKING at the dog!! (Dog #2 is MAYBE 1/4 pitbull) Naturally, he got bit. The Police call?? From the dog OWNER and his son filing a police report. (Brandishing a handgun is ILLEGAL) But THAT will be another story. Maybe YOU want this guy for a neighbor - not me... I'll take the dogs any day.
Charles September 14, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Those pit bulls must be pretty smart to recognize a 9mm weapon. Maybe the guy should have been walking out with a box of band aids instead of a gun; Surely Dog 2 would have heeled. By the way, did any of the pit bull owners look like Leon Spinks?
Nina September 14, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Clearly you enjoy getting on line to show how IGNORANT people can really be. Unlike you, dogs are smart enough to sense when there is danger; and unlike you, they have the spine to put their lives on the line to defend a loved one. The "band aid" comment... What??? Is that supposed to be humor?? Aren't you sharp as marbles! Incredible wit! Oh - and let's not forget the RACIST remark, referencing Leon Spinks. Well you know what part on the body they say opinions are like... and you've got it mastered. You not only have one - you are one.
sam September 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Hello, I know the owners of the two pitbulls (mentioned in the news story above) as well as having spent time with both pitbulls. Both dogs are very sweet and loyal. Its unfortunate that pitbulls along with other certain breeds of dogs are given a "bad name." But not all pitbulls along with other certain breeds are vicious animals. The story written in the news letter by Peter Schelden is incomplete and all facts should be obtained before the story is to be published. I feel for the neighbors who were allegedly attacked, as I am sure it was not life threatening as exaggerated. But an attack can also be instigated by taunting an animal or while its' protecting its owner. I hope both neighbors can work it out amicably and that the pitbulls return safely back to the owners where they belong. This will be my only reply.
Charles September 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM
"a man was reportedly bitten in the back of the leg... "Both dogs are very sweet and loyal." "chunk of meat was taken out of her husband's leg." "pitbulls...are given a "bad name."" "Pit Bulls by nature are not vicious." "Pit bulls are dangerous animals." "it's in their nature to fight." "[Pit Bulls] are loving dogs."

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