12, 2:39 PM PST
Toddlers Attack, Kill Pit Bull
DENVER, Colo -- In a scene
that seems to be playing out with growing regularity across the
nation, three toddlers attacked and killed a pit bull yesterday
afternoon. It was the seventh child attack on a pit bull in
as many months in the Denver Metro area.
Hindler was walking her four-year-old pit bull, Max, in Washington
Park around 3:00 PM when the three toddlers appeared out of nowhere
and immediately began attacking her dog. Hindler says that she
and Max did nothing to provoke the toddlers and that she didn't
even see them until they were almost on top of her dog.
"We were just walking along,"
a visibly-shaken Hindler recalled. "We weren't doing anything.
And suddenly, these little kids shot out of these bushes and
attacked Max. He was helpless."
Hindler and several other bystanders
tried to pull the toddlers off of max, without luck. Kent Randolph
was one of the bystanders who tried to help Hindler, and he concedes
that it was almost impossible to get the kids to stop their attack.
"I tried screaming at them,
hitting them with sticks, prying at their jaws," Randolph
said. "Nothing worked. They would turn and start to go
at us for a second but then would immediately go back to attacking
the dog. And you know how it is with them. Once they get their
teeth into something, they just don't let go. Their little jaws
are so strong."
Denver County passed an ordinance
in 2001, banning the ownership of toddlers entirely. Anyone
caught owning a toddler in Denver is subject to a $1000 fine
and up to a year in jail. The toddlers are confiscated and are
either euthanized at Denver Children's Hospital or sold for medical
"We have been telling the
community about toddlers for years," Dr. Sally Jacobs, Chief
of Child Psychology at Denver Children's Hospital, told The
New News. "But a large part of the community doesn't
listen. The facts are clear: Humans have been bread for centuries
to do nothing by maim and kill. It's in their genes, in their
nature, and nothing is going to change that. Not a good home
or a loving family. That is why Denver outlawed toddlers several
years ago. They are simply too dangerous to have in our community."
Thursday's scene is fairly typical
of recent toddler attacks. At some point, the toddlers come
together as a pack and end up in a place well-traveled by people
and their dogs. They attack with little or no warning. They
don't have collars, but they often have several juice boxes in
Denver police showed up on the
scene shortly after the attack and were forced to kill the toddlers
when they turned on police. Unfortunately, it was too late for
poor Max. Needless to say, Hindler is just angry.
"Who can be so irresponsible
to raise these things?" she said. "I mean, what if
these toddlers had attacked another person? Or a cat?"
Lt. Steve Halfy of the Denver
Police Department said that while they could not immediately
identify the owner of the toddlers, they were following several
"We'll find out whose kids
these are, and we'll bring them to justice. This just sickens
me. How many more dogs are going to have to die before people
realize that these toddlers are killers, plain and simple."
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