Citizen concerned after dog, mother are attacked

July 27, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Ken Welch said his mother heard the thumping of paws, but had no time to react.

She had taken Welch's Labrador retriever for a walk along Mulberry Street, near Bester Elementary School.

Welch said that shortly after she left, he heard a scream. He thought it was a child crying uncle. A crowd gathered. He hurried over.

"The yelling was coming from my mother and my dog," Welch said.

A pit bull had its jaws sunk into Angel, the Lab. Welch said adrenaline drove him to pry open the pit bull's mouth.

A teenage boy stood nearby. Welch said he yelled at the boy to get the dog on a leash and get it away.


Afterward, Welch heard the story leading up to the attack. He said the last words his mother heard before the pit bull attacked were "Go get 'em."

Welch said his mother only had a nick on her hand and got a tetanus shot as a precaution. Angel was bitten on the neck and near her ear and needed medical care.

Immediately after that July 1, 2000, attack, Welch urged the city to ban pit bulls, he said.

He returned last Tuesday to press the City Council again during a public comment period.

How can citizens feel safe if police officers have to carry shotguns when they serve warrants in the presence of pit bulls? he asked. What if a tourist were attacked by a pit bull? Wouldn't the city's image suffer?

The day after the council meeting, Welch said allowing drug dealers to have pit bulls enables a "vicious cycle" of lawlessness and downtown decay to continue.

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