Dog Killer

Friday, July 25, 2014
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On Thursday, a sweet, loving 12-year-old dog was mauled to death at our Santa Barbara County shelter. This was a needless tragedy in which kennels were left open and dogs were let loose in a small space, unsupervised. So far, Katie is the only confirmed death. We don’t know how many more dogs were injured or killed.

The county was charged with keeping Katie safe and protected during her stay. Instead she was killed in the most horrible way imaginable through the county’s negligence. Katie was a beloved old girl who, while battling cancer herself, kept her dad’s spirits up with love and kisses every day. Now her dad has to live knowing she died in terror and agony for the rest of his life. Most of us would never get over that; we know he won’t. Our hearts go out to Katie’s dad and the volunteers who loved her. We are all left wondering how many more of our beloved dogs are dead or injured.

This tragedy underscores the continuing mismanagement of our county shelters. Jan Glick, the director of animal control, is responsible for how our shelters are run. I, for one, won’t allow her to pass the buck on this one. Katie deserves better.


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On Thursday an innocent but unknown living Human at 19 weeks of gestation was aborted in Santa Barbara first by injecting lethal drugs into the base of its skull and then using surgical scissors to dismember it inside the womb and then extracting each body part.

Sorry about the homeless dog.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
July 25, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In spite of being pro abortion, I too agree with the sentiment from realitycheck. People care more about their g-d d--m animals than other humans. Yea it is sad that this dog was killed, probably by a Pit Bull but that is another issue, but there are human lives dying in the gutter and potential human lives(my personal opinion) being extinguished before they can be realized every day of the year

nomoresanity (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2014 at 8:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I feel for human tragedy, there is something especially awful about the unnecessary death of an innocent animal. The dog's guardian entruated her care to the animal shelter in the reasonable expectation that her safety would be ensured. That truat was betrayed.

winddancer1562 (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

the news reported that the dog that got mauled had previously mauled another dog. Sweet, loving? If you are sweet, loving, do you maul people? Dog eat dog world people.

spacey (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2014 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

agree with spacey; see Dr. Wada's letter of this same date [7/25], if "Kitti" was the same as "Katie" (both 12) -- wow, this was an officially designated "dangerous dog" which had killed at least one other dog, and was a pit bull mix. Sorry MS Mazzetti but you're way off, this was no sweet and loving animal.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2014 at 7:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, Dr. D., Kitti was officially designated by the County hearing officer as a dangerous dog, but the owner was appealing that decision (see the Op-Ed piece in today's EdHat), so it is premature to say with certainty that she was indeed dangerous or that she actually killed the other dog. The sad thing is that we will never know given the horrific accident that occurred.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)


"Sorry MS Mazzetti but you're way off, this was no sweet and loving animal."

Pit bulls tend to be *exceptionally* "sweet and loving" towards people/owners. Unfortunately, they also tend to be animal-aggressive (versus human-aggressive). However, even dogs that lean towards human-aggressive tend to be "sweet and loving", but possible only towards 1 person.

equus_posteriori (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2014 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The question remains, why were dogs allow to "maul" each other unsupervised? I have walked in this facility many times and I never assume all the gates are shut, which is quite scary considering some of the inhabitants. I would support more security measures when dangerous dogs are being housed. And I do not support adopting them out to ignorant owners who call them "loving and friendly." Having had my dogs attacked numerous times by pits/pit mixes, and unruly dogs at large, I do not feel I'm off base. Sad as it is, some animals are not fit for public consumption. (Neither are their owners). YES, the humans who "create" these dogs are to blame, and they should be prosecuted for animal cruelty (like child abusers). It's CRUEL to raise an animal whose fate is imprisonment or euthansia or death by mauling.

maximum (anonymous profile)
August 1, 2014 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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