Saturday, December 17, 2016

Maine: Nicholas Martinez, 39, and Robin Standring, 50, cited after their pit bulls attacked a woman and her small dog

MAINE -- An effort to break up an attack by two pit bulls on a smaller dog in Wiscasset sent an individual to the hospital for treatment of a bite the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 7, Wiscasset Police Chief Jeff Lange said.

The owners of the pit bulls, Nicholas Martinez, 39, and Robin Standring, 50, have since been summonsed on two counts each of keeping dangerous dogs and allowing dogs to be at large, both civil violations, according to the Bangor Daily News.



The two pit bulls escaped the yard of a Ward Brook Road home after seeing a smaller dog across the street, Lange said. The gate on the property was apparently not closed correctly, he said.

The pit bulls attacked the smaller dog, which was later transported to a veterinary clinic for treatment, Lange said. The bill for the dog’s treatment was $575.25, according to a relative of the smaller dog’s owner.


A neighbor, not the owner of the smaller dog, attempted to break up the attack on the smaller dog. The 32-year old woman was bitten on the wrist by one of the pit bulls and transported to the hospital for treatment of lacerations, Lange said.

Martinez and Standring were summonsed after an investigation by a Lincoln County animal control officer, according to the BDN.

Pit bulls could be good family dogs. It’s all how you raise them. Just because it’s a pit bull doesn’t mean it’s vicious, but in this case, it turned out that was the case," said Wiscasset Police Chief Jeffrey Lange.

Can you raise a Border Collie to not have a desire to herd things? Can you raise a Bloodhound to not use its nose? Can you raise a Pointer and keep it from pointing? Bully breeds were bred for centuries to have an instinct to attack, maul and kill. You cannot undo this inherent instinct simply by loving it. All you can do is accept it and treat it as though it were a pet tiger -- never let it get loose, never leave it unattended with children or other people, never let it around other animals that aren't in your household, never get other pets that are smaller than it, and teach yourself what to do in the event of an attack.

“This is, from my point of view, an unprovoked attack on another dog, but God forbid, what if this was an attack on a small child? So we’d like to get that prevented and be proactive.”

A civil violation of keeping a dangerous dog is punishable by a fine of $250-$1,000, according to state law.

The court can order the dog in question to be euthanized, confined to a secure enclosure, or muzzled and restricted to a 3-foot tether under the direct control of the owner when off the owner’s property, according to state law.

I can guarantee they won't order that the pit bulls be euthanized. They hardly do that even when a pet is mauled to death or a person attacked. They may order them to be declared vicious and Standring will have to abide by certain restrictions. But even that isn't a guarantee that they won't get loose again.

A civil violation of allowing dogs to be at large is punishable by a fine of $50-$250 for a first offense and $100-$500 for two or more violations.


In an interview with WCSH 6, Standring said she had never seen her dogs act the way they did the evening of the attack and that the pit bulls had always been good with people.

Not true. Neighbors say the pit bulls have escaped her crappy fenced yard before and they're afraid of them.

Standring said she has made an effort to apologize to the woman who was injured and the owner of the smaller dog, and is willing to cover the veterinary bill for the smaller dog.

However, neighbors told WCSH 6 that Standring changed her mind and says she will NOT willingly pay the vet bill. Also, what about the medical bills for the woman who was bitten???


(Lincoln County News - Dec 9, 2016)


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