Poodle Saves Owner From Pit Bulls

KayseeKaysee, a poodle, may look like a lap dog, but she definitely has the heart of a lion.

Two weeks ago, she says, her neighbor’s pit bulls rushed at her and her sister while they stood in the driveway. Her sister fainted.

That’s when Kaysee came to the rescue.

“Kasey saw my sister on the ground and she saw the pit bulls and she came right out and jumped at them into their mouth.”

Kaysee saved her owner, but she put her own life in danger. She was treated by her vet and her bills will exceed $900.

Kaysee’s owner is frustrated that nothing can be done since the law “says a dog must attack a person before it can be declared dangerous.” But in Houston, there is new city ordinance that allows Animal Control to hold a hearing to decide whether dogs can be restrained or euthanized even if the dogs have not attacked a person.

9 Responses to “Poodle Saves Owner From Pit Bulls”

  1. Lynne says:

    In my redneck neighborhood, the dogs wouldn’t be a problem for very long.

  2. 7dog mum says:

    what a loyal and very brave little dog! I am so happy to read she lived through it. I can’t imagine having to remain living next door to such a
    threat and unhappy memory………take care, be safe. I’ts reasons like this one, that is to blame for breed banning. Powerful dogs with prey drive in the care of people with peanut brains.

  3. candy says:

    I’m glad the little one and you guys are ok but we have to remeber that it’s the owners fault for notkeeping there dogs comfined and socilized . not the dogs fault.

  4. Pit Bull Lover says:

    “Poodle SAVES Owner From Pit Bulls”?

    I loathe this kind of pit bull sensationalism. Factually, this story is about three unrestrained dogs (poodle included), and a dog fight.

    A woman visiting her sister faints at the sight of approaching pit bulls (owned by the sister’s neighbor). Does this woman have a preexisting medical condition? The dogs did NOT attack either woman, and the owner of the poodle says her dog “jumped at (the pit bulls) into their mouth (sic)”? The pit bulls *were* trespassing on the poodle’s territory, but the poodle’s behavior seems the more overtly dog-aggressive.

    If these dogs were vicious/dangerous, the poodle — which was also unrestrained — would likely not have escaped with a couple of bites to her loins/hips. Do the pit bulls bear poodle bite marks? I know it’s a mismatched fight, but were either of the pit bulls bitten by the attacking, territory-defending poodle?

    An unrestrained dog is not necessarily a dangerous dog — even if it is one of the pit bull breeds — but it is frequently a nuisance, which is why leash laws are in place. Irresponsible owners are to blame for incidents like this, but breed specific legislation (breed banning) results also from poor animal control laws, poor enforcement of those laws, sensationalistic media coverage (which this story is a prime example of), and the public’s misinformed, hysterical reaction to such situations.

    I’m sure if these dogs are found by Houston law enforcement to have bitten other people/animals, they will be declared dangerous, seized, and probably euthanized. Justifiably so. At this point, however, it sounds like the dogs’ OWNERS are the “problem” and Houston Animal Control should work harder to enforce its existing laws.

    There is no logical legal justification for breed specific legislation (breed bans).

  5. Purina Puke says:

    It sounds to me, that whether the pit bulls were an actual threat or not, and whether they were attacking or not, that the poodle MIGHT have considered them a threat not just to her territory but to her owner. She could have sensed her owner’s fear or saw it in her body language, which was why she attacked.

    Dogs should not be able to run around loose without a leash, period. Neither the pitbulls or the poodle should have been off a leash. Since the pitbulls DID tresspass on the property however, I do think that their owners should have to pay the poodle’s vet bills.

    In a situation like this, you have to think carefully and be fair to all those involved.

    When the pitbulls rushed at the sisters, were they acting aggressive? Were they barking, growling, snarling? I feel like we aren’t really getting the full story here. A lot of dogs will rush at people, some doing it to be aggressive, some not.

    Once when I was in the front yard working someone was walking their dalmation and the dog rushed over and stuck his nose in my face. Now if I was scared of dogs or didn’t know much about them, I could very well assume the animal was attacking, which it wasn’t. A young boy was walking the dog, which probably he shouldn’t have been allowed to walk a big dog like that at his age.

    Luckily I know enough about dog body language that the dog just wanted to give me a friendly sniff and get some attention, but if I DIDN’T, the situation could have turned ugly.

    Dogs need to be kept under control so situations like this don’t happen.

  6. mittens says:

    one of the most frightening nights of my life-i was around 11 at the time- was when a pack of neighborhood dogs- who had been running wild at night for years- decimated our large flock of penned and sleeping pet geese. they tunneled under the fencing and tore out throats…ugh…i get sick thinking of it today. it is the only time i saw my viet nam vet uncle and ex cop grandfather break down into tears.

    these dogs were continually on our property harrassing our geese and chickens- one attacked our well behaved and never off our property english springer spaniel who was not even acting defensively. one we believed killed our pet cat. complaints to the dog officer (there was a leash law for dogs off their own property)- a publically elected stooge- were to no avail because one of the dog owners was a selectman.they boo and hooed about their children’s loveable, well behaved pet pups who in reality were a roving pack of wolves killing for thrills. once they get a taste of blood like that- theyre no good.

    we took turns waiting by the pen at night. let’s just say the next time the pack laid a paw in our yard was the last time they drew a breath on this earth.

    if an unknown dog charges on to my property i will decide whether to shoot first and ask if he’s a nice doggy later.if people refuse to follow the laws and have their dogs on leashes that’s just the price youre gonna have to pay for your irresponsibility. i refuse to take chances with children, small animals and smaller dogs with large, uncontrolled unknown quantities especially on my own land. i watched a lovely pit bull break into a neighbor’s fenced yard , take a poodle by the neck- who was sitting in his own damn yard minding his business- and refused to let go of the poor thing. 3 of us had to beat the g.d. pit bull with bats and pipes to get him to drop it- animal control although called never showed up.what was even more frightening was there was a grade school playground nearby. eventually one the children was mauled by one of these uncontrolled beasts while walking home. then the city did something about mr.a-h*** and his free ranging untrained pit bulls. i will never forget that poor poodles screams of pain nor those lovely geese with their necks torn out.
    “sensational?” how about the truth.most people can’t control a pekinese let alone a pit bull and that’s why they flood the animal shelters.if you allow yours out running around on other people’s property don’t be suprised if ‘ hysterical’ people take offence and do something besides faint.

  7. Purina Puke says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that Mittens, that sounds awful. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who grew up to be afraid of dogs because they were bitten or attacked as children, or saw someone else bitten or attacked. Not fair to the dogs to be sure, because ALL dogs aren’t like that, but trauma that happens in childhood does tend to stick with us.

    Makes me wonder if that’s why so many people decided to become “cat people” instead of “dog people.” Since hearing of aggressive house cats is usually quite rare.

  8. Purina Puke says:

    I mean house cats that AREN’T feral or strays or sick/injured that is.

  9. Pit Bull Lover says:

    Mittens,

    I’m sorry you witnessed those things. It was painful just reading about your childhood experience and the more recent incident with the pit bull, so I’m sure I’d feel much the same way if I were in your shoes. I apologize if my earlier comments on this story upset you.

    Perhaps I was impulsive and too harsh in my criticism of this particular story, but…well…I still have issues with the way the story was handled, but I’m going to drop it. Regardless, now that I’ve calmed down, I agree that most people would be alarmed to see two unrestrained pit bulls running toward them, many times with good reason. Even if the reporting is hyperbolic, the end result (for the victim) is undeniable, and responsibility for that almost always lies unequivocally with the dog owner.

    In defense of my own conduct as the owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier (rescued as a pup, altered, voluntarily microchipped), I never allow her to be off-leash outside of our fenced yard, and the rest of the time she’s inside the house. In 3 years, she’s only gotten loose by accident one time, about a year ago - and that was to dash across the street, body wiggling and tail wagging so hard she was spanking herself with it, to greet the mailman (who promptly bent down to pet her).

    In case you don’t revisit this topic, Mittens, I’ll also send this follow-up post to you in a private message/email.


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