Pit bulls savage female owner and man on Paradise Island


Tribune Staff Reporter


A WOMAN is in critical condition in hospital after she was mauled by two pit bulls she owned last Saturday on Paradise Island.

A man who was also injured during the attack was taken to hospital but treated and released a day later.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Dean said the male victim was walking near the tennis club at the One&Only Ocean Club around 4pm when he passed the woman walking her two pit bulls.

One of the pit bulls lunged at the man and attacked him. When the dog’s owner tried to intervene, both animals turned on her, The Tribune was told.

ACP Dean said bystanders attempted to get the dogs off the woman to no avail.

When officers arrived on the scene, one of the dogs was still on top of her. ACP Dean said one of the dogs even lunged at police officers and was shot and killed at the scene. The other dog was put to sleep by a veterinarian later that day.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for injuries to his arms and legs. The woman suffered injuries to her face, neck, arms and legs and remains in critical condition in hospital.

Neither the man nor family of the woman wished to comment when contacted by The Tribune.


John 7 years, 11 months ago

These Pitt Bull dogs are so unpredictable. When bloodthirsty they will turn on their owners and also will attack little children if they feel that the children are getting more affection than them. Laws require they wear muzzles when in public places but this is not enforced.


Bahamianpride 7 years, 11 months ago

Totally misunderstood breed. Non aggressive toward humans unless raised to be vicious. Any dog not properly socialized can be this way. Pitbulls, Rottweilers, German Sheppard, Argentine mastiffs etc are powerful breeds that should not be owned by irresponsible pet owners who dont invest time in proper training & socialization. People attempt to use these animals illegally for fights or as gaurd dogs without proper training & believe that just making them aggressive is enough, that's what is behind a lot of this.


Stapedius 7 years, 11 months ago

Most unfortunate. Hope she recovers from this and has no permanent disability.


Emac 7 years, 11 months ago

Wow that's some scary stuff. The lady is lucky the police came on time. I hope she is doing well. I had a huge pit bull once that I was keeping for a friend. I had to let him go after he snapped at me and punctured my wrist with his teeth. Luckily it wasn't damaging. The thing is I usually see kids walking the streets with these dogs, some carrying two at a time, and even on public beaches. What happened in this situation was very unfortunate and I hope we learn something from this mishap.


TheMadHatter 7 years, 11 months ago

These animals are NOT dogs - they are pitbulls. Their jaws lock. You might as well own a lion.

It is just STUPID. They should all be illegal, and should be shot by police on site. I don't know why the officer didn't shoot BOTH of them. All of them should be killed. They maul children and adults owners and strangers alike.

For years, every other month there is some STUPID news story like this.

KILL THEM ALL, right away.



proudloudandfnm 7 years, 11 months ago

Bahamianpride so how come we never hear about a Doberman attack or a German Shepherd?


B_I_D___ 7 years, 11 months ago

Close friend was a victim of a german shepherd...I'm thinking it's more of a mindset of the owners of the dogs maybe...the owner that would go out and invest in a German Shepherd or Doberman may have more respect or understanding for the type of dog they are buying and be more careful with the training, whereas most of the fools out there just look at the pitbull as a ball of muscle...sadly a lot are used for fighting and are just TRAINED to be mean nasty dogs. I have lots of friends with pit bulls that have been raised in loving family homes and they are some of the nicest dogs with not a single mean bone in their body. Products of their environment.


sheeprunner12 7 years, 11 months ago

Why are these people so stupid????????............. why keep a "pet" that can kill you?????? ....... why should someone's stupidity become a cost to the taxpayer????? ...... Keeping a pitbull as a "pet" is akin to shooting yourself full of heroin or snorting crack or sky-diving, or bungy-jumping etc ............... why does government allow citizens to keep such dangerous animals in their homes and also potentially endanger others with these animals??????????


sheeprunner12 7 years, 11 months ago

........... or driving a super race-car or super trail bike on our little streets


Economist 7 years, 11 months ago

You are correct. Many years ago the Bahamas Humane Society tried, on several occasions to get the government to ban the importation of these animals.

The government did nothing.


jus2cents 7 years, 11 months ago

Actually the most dangerous dogs are Jack Russell terriers.

The dogs in this instance may have been rescue dogs, dog fighting is big here and I bet they were pre-conditioned to attack when provoked, or if they believe they're being provoked..

I hope both people recover. It's a terrible thing and can literally happen to anyone and any dog can become vicious if scared or threatened, so don't be so judgy, judgy.

There is not much you can do when they get in a frenzy- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y72A4...">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y72A4...


Voltaire 7 years, 11 months ago

Madhatter and Sheeprunner12 – sorry but you have no idea what you are talking about. For hundreds of years pit bulls and their predecessor breeds were bred for pit fighting, hence the name. This meant that they had to be powerful, yes, and extremely aggressive to other animals, but at the same time very, very subservient and docile towards humans. Otherwise, in the heat of a fight, a handler would never be able to reach in and pull his prize animal out of the pit without getting attacked. If properly raised – and this is the key – it is extraordinary how docile, friendly and obedient pit bulls are. The reason you hear about them attacking people all the time is that people who have no business owning ANY large, powerful dog tend to get them for protection or as a symbol of the owner's 'toughness'. Sadly, these owners tend to treat the dogs accordingly, trying to instill aggressive behavior so the dog looks and acts more intimidating. Either that, or they get rescues from dog fights that are psychologically damaged and don't know how to rehabilitate properly. Ironically, it is the very friendliness of the breed towards humans that makes this possible. Let an inexperienced dog owner try that nonsense with a Dogo, Cane Corso or Presa Canario and see what happens. Owner will be lunch. But with a pit, you can mistreat / mis-train and everything seems fine, until the day it is not. This is the reason for the explosion of pit bull ownership by inexperienced owners and as a result, increased attacks. But none of this is the dog's fault and to call for all of them to be shot is just idiotic. What is needed is a mandatory training course for any one who owns or one or wants to own one. Over the last 20 years, I have had six pits and have never had the slightest problem. Have them around the children without a second thought. Proper socializing and conditioning is very simple as they are extremely eager to please their masters.


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