A Nikko-Nutter, also spelled Niko-Nutter and Nico-Nutter, was created by the DogsBite.org community after the 2012 McKeesport fatal dog attack that crossed over into the Twilight Zone quickly after its occurrence. The term is not be confused with pre-Nutter or the all-encompassing Pit Nutter, as it does not involve pit bulls. A Nikko-Nutter is a person driven to adopt a dog that fatally attacks a human being, because “It’s not the dog’s fault.” A Nikko-Nutter, such as William Uhring, has no concern for any child or entity — in this case a school — living close to this dangerous animal.
“It’s not the dog’s fault,” Uhring said on Wednesday. “That dog was put in a very uncomfortable situation, and I didn’t want to see it victimized further.”
Alan Hernandez, who lives across the street from Uhring on Greensburg Pike, said he isn’t happy to hear that the husky involved in the fatal attack is living close by.
“I have a little boy, and now I’m going to have to make him come inside if that husky is outside,” Hernandez said. “This is shocking to me. I can’t believe someone adopted that dog. That dog should have been euthanized.”
Schools and several school bus stops are located on the street where Uhring lives. Alan Johnson, assistant superintendent of the Woodland Hills School District, said he plans to contact the district’s solicitor to explore legal options. – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Nikko, spelled in a variety of ways, is a husky dog that had recently been rescued by a McKeesport family made up of a 26-year old father, 21-year old mother, a 2-day old infant and children ages 6 and 3. In the several weeks the family had the dog, it killed the family cat, broke its leg while trying to jump a fence and then killed the family’s newborn. At the time Nikko bit the infant on the head killing it, the dog was wearing a disturbing “homemade cast.” Also loose in the house along with Nikko was a family pit bull; two more pit bulls were locked in the home’s basement.
Upon seeing the images of the “homemade cast,” William Uhring decided to become a rescue angel (of the worst kind) and “save” Nikko from being euthanized. Uhring hunted down the newborn’s father and struck a deal with him to take over the ownership of Nikko. Uhring then forked over $650 in kennel and veterinary fees to the contracting animal control officer of McKeesport, Ken Ferree, who released Nikko to him even before the 10-day rabies quarantine was complete. Fortunately, Allegheny County officials stepped in and seized the animal and remanded it to quarantine.
A Nikko-Nutter is a reckless, self-aggrandizing, dangerous animal saving “nut,” who not only places the “faultless” dangerous animal on a pedestal — above and beyond the heights of residents, children and establishments in his neighborhood — but also plays a lion-tamer, god-like role. Like an imploding feeding frenzy, Nikko-Nutters are worshiped by others like them who always believe, “It’s not the dog’s fault,” after a fatal human attack and that the dog “deserves another chance.” Nikko-Nutters are a danger to communities, as well as to the animals they rescue.