Woman bites dog

A pit bull attacked Amy Rice's canine companion Ella. Rice couldn't get the dog off Ella so she bit it on the nose. Ella is recovering with staples and stitches while the pitbull is in quarantine. From the Associated Press:
"I didn't plan it, that's what happened. I broke the skin and had pit bull blood in my mouth," she said.

"I knew what happened, and I knew that it wasn't good..."

Rice said her doctor will have to determine whether she should get shots for rabies.


  1. For some reason I didn’t take the title literally. I thought it might have been a terrible upcoming sequel to the 1992 Belgium mockumentary C’est arrivé près de chez vous. One of the finest pieces of Cinema ever created.

    Dogs are bastards.

  2. Seems like she took a large risk of getting her own face bitten, especially since they’re talking about rabies…

  3. Just goes to show…people are unpredictable and should either be banned or wear muzzles in public.

  4. On a side note, does anyone know if punching a shark in the nose will stop it from biting off your limbs?

  5. Dogs are bastards? You mean, I’ve been snuggling with a bastard all this time? Damn…had no idea…

  6. On a side note, does anyone know if punching a shark in the nose will stop it from biting off your limbs?

    Can’t hurt to try. If a shark is attacking you, it’s not like you have anything to lose.

  7. Bonnie – Mythbusters took that one on at one point. If you find their work to be helpful, anyway.

  8. Dogs show dominance by biting on the nose – I did that once to a big German Shepard that had my dog by the throat and would not let go. When your friend is in trouble you just do it, Bravo lady!

  9. Keith Olbermann covered this last night, and quoted The World According to Garp: “Garp bit Bonky.”

    Also, if a shark is attacking you, GO FOR THE EYES. It’s where you can do the most damage, and if anything will get a shark to let go, it’s that.

  10. I guess the woman is due points for sending the message in a way the dog could relate to. Had it been me, I’d’ve probably just stepped on the attacking dog’s neck, or maybe given it a good hard swift kick. Or two or three.

  11. This seems awfully sensationalist. Kind of a disappointment that there’s not more info listed. Folks have enough Pit Bull Paranoia as it is without adding fuel to the fire. Did the other dog nip at the Pit first? Was the other dog in the Pit Bull’s yard? If it were another breed of dog, would it even had been mentioned what kind of breed it was, much less posted at all? Not all of them are bad. Maybe the title should have been “Careless Irresponsible Jerk’s Dog gets bit by Unfortunate Woman”.

  12. Same here, Chromal, but I understand that may not be enough with some dogs. Don’t think I’d try biting though. Humans can use tools though.

  13. When my brother and I were kids, our Doberman bit him when they were playing. He bit the dog back. He was probably 4 years old and this would have been in the 70’s. This lady is is a copy cat!

  14. Kmonster @ 15:

    Did you read the article linked to?

    Amy Rice feared for her dog’s life when a pit bull jumped over a fence into her yard and attacked her pooch.

    No, the other dog didn’t nip at the pit bull first. No, the other dog wasn’t in the pit bull’s yard.

    The knee-jerk “it’s not the pit bull’s fault!” crowd are becoming almost as vocal as the knee-jerk “it’s a pit bull so it’s EEEEVIL and must be put down!” crowd.

  15. I’d do the same thing to get a frikkin pitbull off my dog. Those things are nothing but trouble.

  16. I haven’t had the circumstances to require the attempt, but wouldn’t grabbing the dog’s head from behind and forcing your forefingers into it’s ears (deep) make the dog let go?

  17. There’s an old Whole Earth Review article in which a guy describes his friend chomping down on the leg of a police officer.

    The guy tried, and succeeded, in getting the dog to let go by implementing a bit of street wisdom on the subject:

    He jammed his finger in the dog’s ass.

    Apparently this convinces the dog he’s being assaulted (accurately, as it happens) and turn his attention to other things.

    The cop shot the dog, and the narrator and his friend were arrested. It’s been a while, but I recall the guy took the cop to lunch to show he had no hard feelings.

  18. Nothing I hate more than Dog owners who say “my dog doesn’t bite” when they really should have “my dog hasn’t bitten anybody…yet” tattooed on their brain.

  19. Pit bulls are EVIL!!!

    Now that I`ve gotten that out of the way…

    I know that a lot of it comes down to proper training, etc. But the fact is different dogs have different tendencies. Pit bulls are known to be violent, which is why they`re so popular with a lot of idiots to begin with. Some smaller dogs are a lot more prone to biting, but it`s sort of like comparing a pocket knife to an axe. One is going to hurt a lot more.

    There should be some sort of requirement for owners of larger, potentially lethal dogs to have at the very least taken a course on how to properly maintain and control them. Even better if there is a test that can prevent the worst of the bunch from owning one.
    It`s just not fair to the rest of the population when idiots can not train their dogs. Irritating when it`s a cocker spaniel nipping at your feet… But potentially fatal when it`s a pit bull chomping on your throat.

    When I was in 1st grade, walking home from school with my grandmother, I was attacked by a pit bull. I wasn`t doing *anything* to the dog. It came flying through a glass storm door. I didn`t even know it was there until the glass shattered and it was on top of me. A bunch of people attacked it, and got it off of me. The owner was actually an acquaintance of my family, and their daughter was a classmate. It wasn`t some idiot who had no clue. But still, the thing leapt through plate glass to have a go at my throat.
    So, yeah, I don`t like pit bulls very much.

  20. Treating for rabies is not something to waste time considering. That wasted time could be lethal.

    If there is any possibility, you do it straight away.

    Once the disease has developed, you die.

    A few days ago my local paper here in India went one better than the Man-Bites-Dog headline:

    Snake Dies of Man Bite

    It seems some guy found a cobra, got mad at it, and bit it in half.

    If he’d left it well alone, it wouldn’t have done any harm.

    But then… Men are bastards!

  21. I agree that pit bulls can be extremely dangerous and are likely to attack unprovoked, but a lot of it really does come down to the breeding. I don’t think breed bans are the answer, but I do think that people should be made to register as breeders or have to spay and neuter their animals.

    I’ll probably catch some flack for that, but I worked for five years in a spay/neuter clinic in an inner city and I can’t begin to tell you the stupid things I’ve seen people do with dogs. I saw one guy bring in his pit puppy, maybe 8 weeks old, for vaccinations. He carried it by the scruff of the neck. I mentioned that someone might say something to him about it when he went inside and he said he had to carry her like that so she would be mean. The breed is dangerous, but it isn’t all the dog’s fault.

  22. I have an amazing pit cross, whom I adopted as a puppy. I was so terrified that I would have one of “those” dogs that I spent six months in training with her. This is what I learned: pits love to play and they play rough, more like a boxer than a lab or retriever; pits aim to please, which is why they are often taken advantage of; pits are very intelligent dogs and cannot be left to their own devices. They are not intrinsically bad, but they need a lot of attention and they take a long time to mature (2 to 3 years).
    My dog is a star and I take a lot of pride in being a good pit bull owner, we are ambassadors for the breed. Also, there are programs for dog owners, canine good citizen for example, which dog and handler preform to test the dog’s training.
    It breaks my heart to know that there are people who mistreat their animals. But, people also mistreat one another. There are good pits and good pit bull owners. Education all around is in order.

  23. My sister works, or worked, for an organization that rehabilitated abandoned pit bulls. It’s awful work, because so many of the dogs don’t have a chance. (Some are all chewed up and scarred . . . often, they’re dogs who weren’t aggressive enough and were used as targets for the fighters.)

    She has a foster doggy now who is coming along fine. It takes a lot of work to get them to the point where they can be adopted and be around other dogs.

    I really think dog owners should be licensed. Not expensive, but requiring attending a class and taking a test. If you’re too lazy or stupid to do that, you shouldn’t be trusted with a dog.

  24. Cool.

    If I couldn’t grab a log, bottle, Spoon, chair, kitchen knife or some other improvised weapon (I live in the UK I can’t pull a gun) I’d probably have done the same…

    …though now I’ve heard about the finger in the bottom trick. I’d probably give that a go. If it doesn’t work. Ah well. I start chomping on the dogs nose.

    Then wash my hands before I have a ciggy, or eat anything :)

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