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Old 02-02-2006, 02:48 AM   #1
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In my neighborhood

This happened this morning, 4 doors down from my home. These dogs have been on the loose before.

A 73-year-old man was seriously injured by two pit bulls at his home in Waipahu Wednesday morning.


The dogs were owned by a neighbor and were running loose, according to witnesses.

Masao Kakazu heard a commotion in his yard in Waipahu at 7:45 a.m. When he went out to investigate the noise, the two dogs attacked him.

Neighbors across the street heard his screams and ran out to look.

"I could see something moving and could see two dogs and their tails," said neighbor Ann Teruya. "I didn't know what was going on, so I wanted to jump over the fence and go take the dogs off, but I realized they were pit bulls."

Kakazu tried to fend off the dogs with a hose unsuccessfully. He was bitten in the legs, side, neck and arms.

Paramedics left behind Kakazu's bloody T-shirt, a blood-soaked towel and bandage wrappers, evidence of the violent attack.

KITV 4 News' Dick Allgire reported his wife saw what was happening and frantically tried to stop the mauling.

Kakazu's wife apparently threw plastic cutting boards at the dogs, but was unable to stop them.

The owner of the dogs finally drove up to the home, pulled the dogs away and left.

"His elderly wife saw what was happening and frantically tried to stop the mauling. She needed a weapon. She grabbed these plastic cutting boards from the house, went outside and threw these at the dogs but that didn't stop them."

The owner finally drove up in her car and pulled the dogs away, and left.

"I saw the gash on his legs and I saw the blood coming from his arms and legs and side," said Teruya. "I told him, 'Don't get up. If you get up it's going to do more.' He just stayed there until the ambulance came."

Neighbors told Allgire the owner of the dogs lives several streets away and have been loose and caused trouble before.

According to police, the owner was given a citation and authorities are investigating the case.

Kakazu underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon at Queen's Hospital.

Neighbors said his wife was taken to the hospital by a friend and was apparently in shock.

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Old 02-02-2006, 08:04 AM   #2
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i do hope he'll be okay. if this has happened before chances are authorities will take the dogs and destroy them.
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:11 AM   #3
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i used to work at a boarding kennel where we could at anytime board around 2-300 dogs. if you work around dogs long enough, you sure enough to get hurt, bitten, etc. i worked there off and on for about a year and a half and i ended up getting my hands mauled pretty badly. 3 lacerations on my left pinky and 6 more on my right hand with 1 that went down to the tendon. seriously tho, the whole situation happened in about 2 seconds. as soon as i realized what happened, my hands were shredded and i was trailing blood up to the front office. luckily tho, everything turned out to be ok and my hands healed normally. the dog that bit me was a 40lb Viszla (brown short hair). all i can say is exercise caution even with the tamest of dogs, cuz you really never know....

on a side note, some of the pitbulls we had board with us were the cutest and most adorable pits i've come across. not saying they are all like that but these guys were cute.

it was actually kinda cool that it happened b/c as much as it sucked to be mauled it was a greater feeling 3 days after it happened to be flying to Amsterdam for vacation.


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Old 02-02-2006, 08:17 AM   #4
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I hope he is okay - all animals can turn - like you said, even the tamest, it is their nature. have fun in amsterdam!
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:25 AM   #5
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Poor couple, I hope that they both get well quickly. My brother and I were once chased home by a pitt bull when we were kids. Probably the faster I ever ran in my life, in the end we had to literally jump a neighbour's fence and hide until it went away. Some time later the same dog attacked our golden retreiver who was the most gentle dog on the face of the planet. It got my dog's ear in it's mouth and wouldn't let go, it took a couple grown men to pry the pitt bull off. Luckily poor Champ (our dog) didn't loose his ear.

Though in spite of this, I don't per se fault pitt bulls, it's not fair to sterotype them any more than other types of powerful dogs. I think that a great deal of the responsibility in how any dog behaves lies with the owner.
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:54 AM   #6
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Pit Bulls

Does anyone understand why someone would want to own this type of dog with that kind of outcome? So many breeds of dogs and people know this is evident with some. Like the man who owned a python, slept in the same room with it. They found him dead this morning. People do create their own futures when they don't apply precaution in their selection. Pit Bulls to me, are just like people who aren't to be trusted. I am sure this man who was attacked did not provoke these dogs in any way. Now his life is ruined with this occurrance. This is upsetting to anyone except the owner of the dogs and he must have been aware of the possibility. My one neighbor has 2 Doberman and 2 Pit Bulls. That sends me the message he doesn't want someone bothering him. if they come into my yard again I will not hesitate to contact authorities, that is if I have the chance. I am not a fan of vicious dogs. That is my opinion.
wasabi, if I remember correctly you had a small dog. How is he doing? I thank you for sharing this information with us. Dogs reveal a lot about their owners. I know you mean no one harm with your precious dog. May no harm come to him or you. Hope you doing okay?
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:04 AM   #7
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ITK, there are two types of folks who make pits to be vicious, and both of those activities are illegal. The first is underground dog fights. They make the dogs mean on purpose, so that these dogs will literally rip each other to shreds, for sport and betting. The second purpose is as a vicious guard dog for illegal activities, such as drug dealing out of a house. A pit or two will tend to keep most folks at bay, and should one or two cops come by to serve a warrant, one or two dogs will keep the cops tied up while the perp's escape.

For what it's worth, "gentle" pits are some of the most loyal dogs around. However, because of the vicious traits in this breed, I am very leary whenever I see one. What's worse, dogs sense fear, and I wouldn't be surprised if that helps to goad them into an attack, so just my being leary of one could lead to an attack.
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:28 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts . I do hesitate to comment in regard to topic on this site for the simple fact I feel so strongly about dogs. They have been part of my life from beginning to end, I hope. They have always been around to help me when I have experienced any type of rejection or failure. They manage someway to bring me back to normal. One way or another I feel their lives are worth every bit of time I give them. I cannot say this for my own family. i appreciate you commenting on my message. You will never know how your approval helped me today. Thanks.
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allen you're so right. my cousin has had 2 pits and they were the most gentle dogs i have ever come across in my life. the thing is there are way too many inbreds in this country, which can also make them turn in an instant.
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We had a pitbull when David was small... she was one of the best dogs that I ever owned. David rode her like a horse and they loved each other...

I know any dog can turn mean..but this one was a gem.
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