11:59 am - 05/09/2010

Vanessa Carlton bitten by pit bull

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Pop songstress Vanessa Carlton set out on her daily run along the streets of Shohola, a rural area about 20 miles outside of Milford.

Her father, Ed, has a home in the Walker Lake community. The neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks, so Carlton runs in the roadway.

About two blocks from her dad's house, Carlton passes a home with three dogs in the yard: A Pomeranian, a Jack Russell Terrier and a 9-month-old pit bull named Bella. The yard is surrounded by an invisible fence.

Bella bolts the yard and bites Carlton on the calf. The singer is bleeding from five puncture wounds, and retreats home.

Two days later after the May 2 attack, Vanessa and Ed Carlton go back to Bella's home and confront its owners, Ben and Jo Anne Teichberg.

"They are branding Bella as a dangerous animal and want her put to death," Ben Teichberg said. "They said because Bella is a pit bull, it is known to be bad."

The victim, Vanessa Carlton, is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist who spent three years touring with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. Carlton's been nominated for three Grammy awards and just released her third album, called "Heros and Thieves."

James Rickert, the dog warden for Wayne and Pike counties, put Bella under a 10-day home quarantine. The dog must be either confined or on a leash during that period.

The quarantine is a precaution against rabies, according to Ellen Howarth, region supervisor for dog law enforcement at the state Department of Agriculture. The Teichbergs must monitor Bella for changes in her health, behavior or attitude. At the end of the 10 days, Rickert will return for a health check. If Bella shows any signs of illness, she'll be sent to the family's vet for an exam.

During the quarantine, Rickert will also check Bella's license and rabies vaccination status. Only under rare circumstances — such as if a dog was found to be dangerous by a court and there was a subsequent attack — will a dog warden ever seize a dog. Even under those circumstances, euthanizing an animal is unusual.

Because there were no witnesses to the incident, it would be up Carlton to file a written statement and no such statement has been filed, Howarth said.

Meanwhile, Carlton continues to recover. She's been seen by a doctor, who is monitoring her for infection. She's also taking antibiotics, according to her father.

Carlton will be notified of the medical results regarding Bella's condition at the end of her 10-day confinement.

And after that, she might have to find another running route.


They shouldn't euthanize the thing, they should either teach its owners proper care or give it to someone who knows what they're doing.
imemine69 9th-May-2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
My friends and I were just talking about this last night. I really dislike the idea of banning animals or putting them down, but even the most well trained, well looked after pit bull, German Shepard etc can turn in an instance. They're really quite scary. There was a real problem quite a few years ago with pit bull attacks, wasn't there? I think that's what the ban stemmed from.
ruler_hel 10th-May-2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Fuck that. I have a german shepherd and I can't stand this kind of wrong, fear mongering information being spread around. They are not scary unless you have no idea about dogs, and then that's your problem, not the dogs or the owners. Owners are to blame for dogs that are out of control, not the dog. So "even the most well trained, well looked after pit bull, German Shepard etc" will be amazing pets who do not attack people at random. Fuck you.
I mean have you even seen a very well trained German Shepherd?! If you think one would attack without command or being seriously attacked first then you're a fucking idiot.
imemine69 10th-May-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
lol Calm your nuts.

And yes, I have seen well trained german shepards. And they're some of the best dogs I've ever come across. But a friend of mine had two awesome ones, bought as puppies, as well trained as a dog can be, and at 6 years old jumped up and bit here neck when she startled them. Any dog could do that, of course, but there are certain breeds more protective/defensive and quick to react. There's a reason specific breeds are bought by unsavoury people.

And don't call me a fucking idiot. That just makes you sound pathetic and unintelligent.
ruler_hel 11th-May-2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Lol, you just restated your inaccurate facts and you say I sound unintelligent. Just because you have a personal experience or someone you know(even better!) has a personal experience means shit all when it comes to generalizing a whole breed/race/gender whatever, as I am sure you know. So why are you trying to purport an isolated experience that you are correct in saying any dog breed could do, into some universal truth or statement. That's not the way it works. Get some statistics to back up your claim, because I am sure you'll see that it's the dogs that people wouldn't expect to have the highest bite/attack rates and larger dogs attacks are usually reported more often than small ones. I get passionate about people villanize specific dog breeds. It's unwarranted, a dog is a dog not matter the breed or size, it's the shitty owners that have ones that are out of control dangerous. Dogs don't just go berserk for nothing.
You say those dogs are as well trained as can be, but I greatly doubt that, not that I think the average person need train their dog in advanced Schutzhund or have Begleithunde tests, but that would be a highly trained dog, like mine who is training in SchH1. I know completely she would not bite me if startled, what well trained dog would? Actually I am sure she would never bite me period, even if I purposely hurt her. But my personal experiences don't make it true for the whole breed.
So I am calm, but passionate because GSD are in my opinion the best dogs in the world and from my experience the smartest, best trained. Of course they have a natural protective instinct and prey drive but they are highly obedient, that's why they are used as police dogs.
imemine69 11th-May-2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm basing all my knowledge off this one friend I know.

ruler_hel Well that's all the information you gave for your STUPID argument11th-May-2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
It took 2 minutes for me to write that response to you. As you can see there was a long period of time between my answering you, that's because I was out in the real world, so this picture is lame, just like you. It must suck to not be able to take it well and admit when you're wrong, good luck with that, I am sure people must love you.
imemine69 Re: Well that's all the information you gave for your STUPID argument11th-May-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
lol you mad.
ruler_hel Re: Well that's all the information you gave for your STUPID argument11th-May-2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
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