After a pet pit bull violently attacked Ryan Maxwell killing him, the owner of the dog, Ashiya Ferguson, emphatically declared: “Oh God, it was so horrible. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t stop it.” Ferguson is hardly alone in the inability to stop a tenacious pit bull attack, which is Part One of why many communities regulate this dog breed. Part Two is the damage this breed inflicts during its assault. In the case of Ryan Maxwell, the dog clamped onto the boy’s throat and refused to release. The dog was still clamped on when police arrived. As usual, to “disengage” the pit bull, officers had to shoot the dog.

“Oh God, it was so horrible. I couldnʼt stop it. I couldnʼt stop it. I couldnʼt stop it.” While Ashiyah and her sons scrambled to try to free Ryan, Susan called the police. “How do you call someoneʼs mother and explain this?” Ashiyah asked. – Ashiya Ferguson
An officer said he was forced to shoot a dog Sunday after he could not stop it from attacking another canine. “The pit bull showed no signs of stopping, no matter what they tried,” – Police officer Kevin Wyatt
My babies just started fighting!… Help!! … This time i was home alone and could not stop it. They were literaly tearing each other apart!! I got them seperated with all my might and theyd break free ad keep going. I was scarred, horrified, and helpless. It started in the living room and ended in the front driveway. I even got my pistol and fired the entire clip into the ground next to them … They never missed a beat. – csixer66
I’ve had othwise lovely pits get into dogfights where the owner could not stop the fight no matter how hard they tried….and that includes hitting them with a hose, hitting them with a baseball bad, etc. Sorry, but when pits get into an aggressive fight, there is not much you can do to stop them. – DuikesMum
Boo, a four-year-old pit bull, broke free from it’s leash and ran into Lombardo’s yard. The Lombardo family said they could not stop the attack on their own. Charles Lombardo told sheriff’s deputies that he tried to separate the animals by yelling, kicking and hitting them with a cane before be grabbed a 12-gauge shot gun and shot the dog twice, then called police. – Charles Lombardo
A condo neighbor of my in-laws was not so fortunate, their young 4 year old daughter was riding her tricycle on their sidewalk when a neighbor’s two Pit Bulls attacked her. A group of male neighbors rushed to help her with hammers, shovels and tire tools and could not stop the dogs from ripping the girls throat out killing her … – Ken
Police considered charges Tuesday against the owners of two pit bull terriers that killed a retired Veterans Administration hospital chief surgeon in a 25-minute attack that neighbors could not stop. Witnesses said about nine people tried to subdue the dogs with poles, pipes and brooms while the animals mauled Dr. William G. Eckman, 67, as he left his home… – Los Angeles Times

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