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James Harrison's Dog Attacks His Son

The son of Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been attacked by Harrison’s dog, according to WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.
Per Ari Hait of WTAE, Harrison’s son was transported to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh with “severe” dog bite injuries.  The injuries reportedly are not life threatening.
A Steelers spokesman told Hait that the team is aware of the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Harrison’s son for a full, complete, and rapid recovery.
UPDATE:  The on-air version of the story did not mention the type of the dog.  The online version indicates that the dog is a pit bull.

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  1. FlyingElvis says: May 22, 2009 12:08 PM

    Yet another Joey Porter parrallel!

  2. Alabama leprechaun says: May 22, 2009 12:09 PM

    Hopefully he is okay. Out of curiosity are we talking a pitbull?

  3. Stillers says: May 22, 2009 12:11 PM

    Dont even come in here slamming James. This is not his fault. A young child is injured, leave it at that. No point in throwing out your best joke about how “stupid” this guy is. I hope is son is ok.

  4. KBall7326 says: May 22, 2009 12:16 PM

    Pitbulls in general do not attack humans. They have been bred to fight other dogs, not humans.
    That said, if you neglect or abuse a Pit Bull for long periods of time, it will go insane, just like any other dog.
    It’s sad the stigma that they have in the media, because they are some of the sweetest dogs you could ever want.

  5. JayMan says: May 22, 2009 12:16 PM

    Why do people with kids have pitbulls? These are dogs that were originally bred for a purpose and it wasn’t to play fetch.
    As chris rock once said, that tiger didn’t go crazy… that tiger went tiger.
    Hopefully the child has a full recovery.

  6. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: May 22, 2009 12:17 PM

    Great. Fire up the pit-bull propaganda machine. Let’s not talk about the hundreds of other dig bites that happen every week in the US by other breeds. And let’s make sure not to focus on the idiotic owners of these dogs that bite people. That surely is not important. A dog license should require more than just filling out a piece of paper with your dogs name on it and a $15 check. It should require a show of competence as an owner that you know how to take care of and train an animal, never mind have children. “I ain’t goin’ to no White House! I’ll be too busy at home kicking my dog.”

  7. jfdane says: May 22, 2009 12:17 PM

    Call Vick either he can “Take care of it for you” or…. Its obviously viscious enough to breed!
    Had Harrison had one of Vick’s dogs with no teeth this never would have happened. Maybe Vick was just trying to breed the perfect babysitter. A protective Pit with no teeth. Hmmmm

  8. john-o says: May 22, 2009 12:17 PM

    I hope the kid is okay.
    Dog bites from all breeds are not unheard of, but really, a pit bull? Whether a dog is aggressive depends on a lot of factors, but if you have kids — a pit bull? C’mon.

  9. gameday says: May 22, 2009 12:17 PM

    I hope the boy will recover completely, but if this was a pit bull then James Harrison should be investigated by the state Family services division. More and more cities are banning Pit Bulls because of their violent tendancies yet more and more people want to keep the dogs in the home regardless. You are a 6’3″ 240 lbs man, what do you need a pit bull for?
    Put your family, and neighbors at risk because its a status symbol to have a pit bull? I would wager a months salary that the boy would be happy with a cocker spaniel or a mutt to play with. Think about your family and others James Harrison instead of yourself. But you arent that bright to begin with based on your White House statements recently.

  10. bavanlan says: May 22, 2009 12:21 PM

    I bet the dog wouldn’t have bitten him had the Steelers lost the Super Bowl.
    Thoughts and prayers…

  11. subzero2401 says: May 22, 2009 12:21 PM

    @David in Texas – Dude you’re a tool
    Hopefully Harrison’s son is fine.

  12. FalconDevil says: May 22, 2009 12:21 PM

    Where is MV7 when you need him? This is the problem with pitbulls. Every ignorant redneck or drug dealer wants one to look tough. They are bred to fight, but any owner will tell you they are the sweetest dogs. I have heard so many times how sweet pitbulls are from people who like them and I also have heard and know people who have been viciously attacked by them. It’s a bad breed. Period. They should be erraticated.

  13. topcide says: May 22, 2009 12:24 PM

    Imagine that, a pit bill attacking a kid. Last month there was a news report about a pit bull a family owned for 7 years killing their 11 month old in michigan.
    When are people going to learn that pit bulls are dangerous, and obivously not safe around children. And spare me the crap about no bad dogs, just bad owners.
    The bottom line is the breed exists and was created to be agressive, violent, and powerful, and that is not debateable.

  14. superbelt says: May 22, 2009 12:26 PM

    Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. They were bred specifically to be exceptionally docile to humans.
    In the 20’s the American Pit Bull Terrier was known as a Nanny Dog, because of how gentle they are with children.
    Also, identification of Pit Bulls is very hit or miss. Lots of dogs which look stocky and powerful are mislabeled as Pit Bulls.
    http://www.pbrc.net/breedspecific.html

  15. TimTheEnchanter says: May 22, 2009 12:26 PM

    bavanlan says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    I bet the dog wouldn’t have bitten him had the Steelers lost the Super Bowl.
    Thoughts and prayers…
    Give the man a book, florio!

  16. JOSHCRIBBSFTW says: May 22, 2009 12:27 PM

    FalconDevil is a retard.
    Wish the dog mauled Harrison. That would have been perfect karma for beating his girlfriend last off season.

  17. Welsh Gator says: May 22, 2009 12:29 PM

    Really. A pit bull, really? Never would have guessed.

  18. mborz says: May 22, 2009 12:30 PM

    I hate to hear stuff like this. I hope his son is okay.

  19. footballnut says: May 22, 2009 12:30 PM

    Pit Bulls like the lap dogs you see with celebs are a fad for the Hip Hop culture…cities have a bit of endemic with people having one or two of this type of breed, while living in a 800 sq ft. appartment, with kids…
    Now, I doubt Harrison has a small confine like the one just mentioned above, but these Pit Bull owners need to understand that a dog is not for a trendy, material want. There is a ton of responsibility with any breed of canine, but these Pit Bulls are breed for one thing.
    If you want a family dog, get a Retriever, Lab, Setter, Pointer, etc. Any breed has the potential to bit a human, but these breeds are less apt to do so, and are much easier to maintain.

  20. *Legion* says: May 22, 2009 12:30 PM

    @Stillers That’s so stupid, it hurt my brain.
    The behavior of a dog most certainly is the owner’s “fault”.
    The breed doesn’t matter. Pit bulls are more prone to aggressive behavior than most breeds, but the problem is bad dog ownership, not the breed.
    I’m tired of these morons who don’t control their dog, yet insist that it’s not their “fault” what the dog does. Your dog biting a person means you failed as a dog owner, on many levels.

  21. south-fl-steel says: May 22, 2009 12:32 PM

    horrible story. thoughts and prayers to james and his family. do you feel any remorse for attacking harrison for his “right to choose” over the past week, florio?
    .

  22. Welsh Gator says: May 22, 2009 12:34 PM

    superbelt says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. They were bred specifically to be exceptionally docile to humans.
    In the 20’s the American Pit Bull Terrier was known as a Nanny Dog, because of how gentle they are with children.
    Also, identification of Pit Bulls is very hit or miss. Lots of dogs which look stocky and powerful are mislabeled as Pit Bulls.
    http://www.pbrc.net/breedspecific.html
    ———
    You know, when I want unbiased information on a matter I go to the lobbyists or sources who are advocating that subject. And then hope that they base their argument on statistics and information than is nearly a century old.
    You sir, are an A##Clown.

  23. MauMontaV5 says: May 22, 2009 12:36 PM

    @Stillers- If your nickname is a “cute” way of misspelling your team’s name I despise you, if it is a combination between the Steelers and Ben Stiller and his Dad, then its marvelous.

  24. alfie says: May 22, 2009 12:40 PM

    The pitbull ignorance is astounding.

  25. superbelt says: May 22, 2009 12:40 PM

    http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html
    Check out this link. American Pit Bull Terriers are often misrepresented in the press and police reports. Only ONE of these dogs is an actual Pit Bull, The rest are other breeds, see if you can identify it.

  26. Bill In DC says: May 22, 2009 12:40 PM

    That would be a VERY dead dog, where it my son.

  27. manbearpig says: May 22, 2009 12:40 PM

    This is a horribly un-pc comment, but as someone who spends a lot of his free time working at the Minneapolis Humane Society I feel like I’ve got a little bit of knowledge on the subject.
    Pit Bulls are not a bad breed. Even with bad breeding, they typically have extremely sweet personalities. As with any powerful dog (Rotty, German Shepherd, the latter of which I own), there’s a responsibility to properly socialize the dog when they’re young. Properly raised dogs, regardless of breed DO NOT ATTACK family members.
    Here’s the un-pc part. There seems to be some sort of fascination with this breed in the African American community. The vast majority of attacks in theMinneapolis area come from Pit Bulls raised by african american families where they are not raised properly. They are beaten and often relegated to a closet or a basement until it’s time to take them for a walk and show off their big, vicious dog. This behavior is ruining both the breed and the perception of the breed.
    I have raised and trained dogs for 20 years. I’d be willing to bet both of my dogs (and a sizeable chunk of cash) that the Pit Bulll in the Harrison home was not raised properly.

  28. ironballsmcginty says: May 22, 2009 12:41 PM

    “superbelt says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. They were bred specifically to be exceptionally docile to humans.
    In the 20’s the American Pit Bull Terrier was known as a Nanny Dog, because of how gentle they are with children.”
    That’s because in the 1920s Pit Bulls weren’t owned by lower socio-economic idiots (or ex-lower socio-economic idiots in Harrison’s case) trying to look tough. I hope the boy recovers and doesn’t have any permanent scars to remind him what a dumb tool his Dad was. (Hopefully he’ll just have to read the stories about Dad refusing to visit the Presidant for that reminder.)

  29. PHOOL says: May 22, 2009 12:43 PM

    “It’s sad the stigma that they have in the media, because they are some of the sweetest dogs you could ever want”
    Sweetest dog I would ever want?????
    http://www.dogbitelaw.com/Dog%20Attacks%201982%20to%202006%20Clifton.pdf

  30. Fin Fan Mike says: May 22, 2009 12:44 PM

    Problem with pitbulls is that when they do decide to bite they have the capacity to do so much more damage.
    Compare a pitbull to Florio’s tea-cup poodle, Mr. Fluffers. When Fluffy-poo decides to gnaw on Florio Jr the kid won’t need to go to the hospital afterwards.
    Pitbulls are always the “sweetest dog on the planet” until, you know, they decide to bite someone, at which time they become the jaws of mutilation. That’s the risk people take when they get a pit bull (or any of the other large potentially aggressive breeds for that matter).

  31. GreeneBlitz says: May 22, 2009 12:45 PM

    First, its not the Pitbulls fault, as I know normal people own them and they are great dogs. When these (sorry to say it) black athletes are obbsessed with the whole dog fighting, “my dog will kill you” world, it puts a very bad light on these dogs and to a greater extent the entire inner city black culture.
    Stop with the Pit Bull/Rottwieler kick!

  32. alewatcher says: May 22, 2009 12:45 PM

    The breed itself isn’t generally the problem. Pit Bulls were bred to be aggressive to other dogs, but many owners want them to be more aggressive, and that leads to problems. It takes an owner that is experienced with the breed to make sure they are raised properly. The bloodlines are also important. Some are predisposed to violence, so you really have to know your breeder to make sure you’re getting a dog that will be safe around people, especially children.

  33. Ravenmaniac says: May 22, 2009 12:47 PM

    Stillers….what a BS post…Dont come in here blaming James….it was not his fault,,,,,,,the guy knowingly had one of these crazed dogs around his own child. HE SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL!! This has nothing to do with Steelers or Ravens hatred….this is a child that was hurt.
    Why?? All because of an idiot that has to be making a statement with his dog….nice James…it is your fault!!!
    Nothing gets under my skin more that an individual that has a pit bull around kids or toddlers!! There should be a law!!
    Like I said this has nothing to do with football, I would feel the same way if it were a Ravens player. It is common sense…
    I only hope his child is ok and wont suffer any long term effects from this!

  34. bhooks80 says: May 22, 2009 12:48 PM

    The Obama curse looms…
    re-superbelt:
    Dude, i dunno if you are on drugs.
    But while in college I was an animal control officer, and about 75% of all our domestic bites occured from Pit-Bulls.
    The dogs were considered docile at one point, however the massive imbreeding of these dogs has, well lets say, flipped their wig.
    American Terrier, was a great estate dog in the 20’s,
    You said Pit Bulls are not human aggressive, I can attest to the false validity of that statement.
    superbelt says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. They were bred specifically to be exceptionally docile to humans.
    In the 20’s the American Pit Bull Terrier was known as a Nanny Dog, because of how gentle they are with children.
    Also, identification of Pit Bulls is very hit or miss. Lots of dogs which look stocky and powerful are mislabeled as Pit Bulls.
    http://www.pbrc.net/breedspecific.html

  35. oklachief says: May 22, 2009 12:49 PM

    First of all I really hope his son is ok. Second theres only one reason why people have pitbulls…its cause of there rep. they are tough badass dogs and if you own one well hell that makes you a tough badass as well???? Its so freakin cool to have a dog with that rep. well i hate to say it but look at the people that own a pitbull. All the people that i know that have them have them cause they are tough dogs its like you are trying to make a statement by having one. If you really wanted a fun lovable dog good with kids and family WHY THE HELL DO YOU GET A PITBULL!!!!!!! seriously you know im right its just a shame his son had to find that out this way and anyone else whos family has been attacked by a pitbull. ITS REDICULOUS!!!!!!!!

  36. topcide says: May 22, 2009 12:51 PM

    per superbelt
    Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. They were bred specifically to be exceptionally docile to humans.
    In the 20’s the American Pit Bull Terrier was known as a Nanny Dog, because of how gentle they are with children.
    Also, identification of Pit Bulls is very hit or miss. Lots of dogs which look stocky and powerful are mislabeled as Pit Bulls.
    yeah ok, because a dog with a brain the size of a baseball can really be taught to only want to kill other dogs on sight and not have it bleed over to any other living organisim. So that mens you would be ok with your kids running around with a pitbull? in the 20’s ciggarettes were also marketed as being heathy, but you might just be dumb enough to believe that too.

  37. stonethrower says: May 22, 2009 12:53 PM

    Don’t diss the obama!

  38. stonethrower says: May 22, 2009 12:55 PM

    Remember the movie “The Omen”?

  39. pirate freedom says: May 22, 2009 12:55 PM

    Why all the pitbull apologist?
    “Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period. The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).”
    Who do you think you’re kidding?
    They are significantly more dangerous than the average dog and no amount of “but my dog is the sweetest thing!” horseshit changes that.
    I’m against telling people what kind of dog they are allowed to own but I’m also against bullshit.

  40. TNCM333 says: May 22, 2009 12:57 PM

    Glad to see there is some common sense posting about the pit bull breed.
    Sometimes dogs bite, regardless of breed, but you’ll get the typical yahoo mentality that the breed has to be destoyed or is evil or something of the like.
    Ask any vet what dogs cause them the most stress. It’s the little yappy FKers not the pit bulls.

  41. teddybayer says: May 22, 2009 12:57 PM

    1. I have never heard the tale (BS) that years ago Pit Bulls were referred to as “nanny” dogs so let’s not make up stuff.
    2. The Pit Bull’s jaw is unique in all nature: it can clench AND chew at the same time. Given that and any amount of aggression, it’s a very real cocktail for disaster.
    3. Why was the boy alone with the dog? It wasn’t because his dad made a very important trip to Washingon DC, right?
    4. Pit Bills have a disporpotionate number of bites for their breed and numbers by to say they aren’t human aggressive is ignoring facts and statistics.
    5. Kids + Pit bulls = at best, constant supervision; at worst, this kind of outcome.
    My best to the kid. The dog must be euthanized.

  42. Real Football Fan says: May 22, 2009 12:57 PM

    So is the dog on the juice, too?

  43. Ravenmaniac says: May 22, 2009 12:57 PM

    For all of you defending Pit Bulls….you are right, I cant tell you the number of times I have seen on the news where a collie or golden retriever attacked a child…great point!
    The fact is that you see all of the time where pitt bulls are attacking kids, adults, other peoples animals….enough is enough. These breeds should be outlawed!!

  44. airboss37 says: May 22, 2009 1:00 PM

    If you own a Pit Bull and you have young children around, your an idiot…..plain and simple! If you don’t have children, keep it away from ours. Sing your praises all you want, just keep it away from our kids…..idiot!

  45. manbearpig says: May 22, 2009 1:03 PM

    Bhooks80, it’s a shame that someone working on a professional basis with dogs knows so little about dog breeds, behavior and statistics.
    Superbelt’s statement that “Pit Bulls are not human aggressive” was not meant to mean that they’re never human aggressive. His statement is that they are not inherently human aggressive. When they become human aggressive, someone made them that way.
    Pit bulls comprise a large percentage of reported dog bites in this country every year. But why is it that the German Shepherd, a breed with five times more registrations and a MUCH more genertically inherent suspicion towards strangers is further down the list from the Pit Bull?
    Bad ownership. Period.
    I have a ten year old son. I do not own a Pit Bull but if I had one that I had raised from being a puppy, I would have no concerns about the dog being around him. I cannot say the same about a few other breeds.
    There is a sociological element to this issue that people would rather ignore.

  46. b1shady says: May 22, 2009 1:03 PM

    I’m sure this order came directly from the president himself.

  47. omegalh says: May 22, 2009 1:04 PM

    I heard his dog voted Obama.

  48. TheCoop says: May 22, 2009 1:05 PM

    In the context of James’ supremely logical argument for not wanting to to go the White House:
    If you want to see James Harrison’s pit bull, ask to see it when it’s sleeping, not when it bites a child.
    If Hines Ward’s pit bull bit someone, I suppose you’d want to see HIS dog?

  49. clint9299 says: May 22, 2009 1:07 PM

    First and foremost, I hope the kid is ok.
    Pit Bull owner here. I’ll give my two cents, which will probably be worth less than that to some of you. My pooch was rescued by my wife and I from an animal shelter and had been horribly mistreated as a puppy. We have raised the dog as best we can and have not had one instance of aggression towards other dogs or children for that matter. In fact, we have noticed that she does exceedingly well with small children. It seems that every few years that a new breed of dog becomes the poster pup for bad behavior (i.e. rots, mastiffs, etc). It generally comes down to the ability of the owner or owners to assert themselves as the dominant force in the home as well as outside of it with little to no physical force.
    As a side bar note my sister and brother in law recently had to remove their Jack Russell terrier from the home because it bit my young niece in the face and had shown signs of aggression other times. To put the blame singularly on a breed is obnoxious. I repeatedly warned my sister that if the dog was not trained properly, it would eventually become a hazard to their child and unfortunately it did. That being said, I have seen the same type of behavior in other breeds as well. It is commonly found in these scenarios that the dog was not reared in the proper manner.

  50. TheCoop says: May 22, 2009 1:07 PM

    In James’ defense, he is illiterate and didn’t really ‘want’ a pit bull, but picked one out because he could only point to pictures.

  51. TheCoop says: May 22, 2009 1:07 PM

    If James wasn’t at the White House, none of this would have ever happened!
    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  52. Steelers2Tampa says: May 22, 2009 1:08 PM

    Well, at least it wasn’t James Harrison that bit his son.

  53. JOSHCRIBBSFTW says: May 22, 2009 1:11 PM

    “airboss37 says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 1:00 pm
    If you own a Pit Bull and you have young children around, your an idiot…..plain and simple! If you don’t have children, keep it away from ours. Sing your praises all you want, just keep it away from our kids…..idiot! ”
    YOU’RE, idiot.

  54. misterhatter says: May 22, 2009 1:16 PM

    Damnit, James! Don’t take your son to see the doctors.
    Tell me, did the doctors visit your sone when he was healthy? What about all the other kids? Those doctors only want to see kids when they’re sick. Incredible.

  55. Muck says: May 22, 2009 1:16 PM

    As an owner of multiple pitbulls, one of which was an abused rescue dog from a fighting ring, I can tell you that they are a fantastic breed. All mine do is lick kids to death.
    They’re an athletic, energetic breed. If you take care of them and give them exercise, they’re just fine. If you abuse or mistreat them, they will have problems. Just like any dog (or human). You have to make them mean.
    They’re definitely a ‘cool’ looking dog. But they’re just as great companions. Terrible that they have the reputation they do.

  56. edgerules says: May 22, 2009 1:17 PM

    Pit Bulls and Kids do not mix. I hope and pray the kid is gonna be ok

  57. noll1 says: May 22, 2009 1:17 PM

    I think all dog lovers are idiots! You walk around picking up its crap and you drag it to the mall because you feel sorry for leaving it home, but leave it in the car. You act like its a human being and treat it like a person and then it bites your kids or tears up your house. You get what you deserve dog lovers. I hate the wretched animals they stink and lick their balls and ass then give you mouth kisses. I dont know whats worse the dog itself or the owners that just make excuses for their baby maulers.
    Oh hey can you dog sit while I go on vacation?

  58. manbearpig says: May 22, 2009 1:18 PM

    I should mention, I do understand the anti-pitbull hysteria. The statistics and attacks are reported without any background as to the why. There are a lot of misconceptions and the people that are anti-pitbull, to some degree, are exhibiting some common sense. You hear that an animal is dangerous and you assume that anyone that has these dogs around their children is a horrible parent. In a way, that’s good. It’s common sense based on the information that’s provided and it shows good sense towards children.
    All I ask is that you dig a bit deeper about this breed. I have never seen a single instance of this breed attacking someone when the dog was raised by a responsible owner.
    clint9299 makes an extremely important point here. There are many, many breeds of dogs that are regarded as “family dogs” that can become very aggressive towards people if they are not raised properly. I myself had the living sh*t bit out of his hand as a 10 year old by our Golden Retriever. Yes, a golden retriever. He was food aggressive and I came near him while he was eating. Was this the dog’s fault? No. It was my parent’s fault. They knew this was an issue of his and they did nothing to break him of this habit. They were bad dog owners.

  59. westclaims says: May 22, 2009 1:19 PM

    Another thug type with a pit bull. Good move there James. Now it’s cost you and your son. Real nice move.

  60. VaBthang4 says: May 22, 2009 1:19 PM

    I GUARANTEE that this Pit Bull was purchased after the boy was born and was not raised with the child. Otherwise, there is no way a pit bull would’ve severely attacked him.
    Harrison is a dumb ass for having his kid around a pit that has not been raised around his child.
    Those who dont know what they’re talking about, please shut up…because you are embarrassing yourself.

  61. Alabama leprechaun says: May 22, 2009 1:21 PM

    I was just asking to wonder the severity of the bite. If it were a shih-tzu that attacked I would be less concerned than a massive dog like a pitbull or mastiff.

  62. smiley says: May 22, 2009 1:21 PM

    Poor little guy…my prayers are with you.

  63. bigstorm says: May 22, 2009 1:22 PM

    Didn’t it say that there wasn’t a confirmation of the breed? It is only the online version stating that it was a pit bull?
    C’mon ladies. Stop gossipping while the View and Oprah are on.
    Just the facts maam. I do hope the little dude is o.k.

  64. Justin says: May 22, 2009 1:25 PM

    Seriously, wtf is up with people. I’m a dog LOVER, but there is no need for Pit Bulls to exist. Risk outweighs the reward IMHO.

  65. gorilla_monsoon says: May 22, 2009 1:27 PM

    I’m a dog person and have no problem with Pit Bulls themselves. They take a lot of work to train and require a lot of attention, but they aren’t any worse than most other dogs. They should be considered an advanced dog for experienced owners. The problem lies in the kind of people who buy Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, etc. A lot of them don’t have a great deal of experience with raising and training dogs. I see more pit bulls walking their 120 lb teenage owners every year. The funny/scary thing is that this kid has the nerve to put on his best hardass face while he is pulled along by a dog he has no control over!
    Having said that, I hope Harrison’s son is okay.

  66. superbelt says: May 22, 2009 1:28 PM

    It’s all about neglectful owners people.
    Over 200,000 APBT’s are registered with the AKC every year. That’s just the purebred’s. Pit Bull terrier breeds and mixes are the most populous dog in this country. Almost every one of these dogs lives an uneventful life. By percentage, they are no more likely to attack someone than any other dog. Less so, actually.
    It’s the hoodlums who are the exception and get all the press. Noone is going to write a story about my dog and how well behaved she is.
    94% of all attacks, across all breeds are by intact males. Non-breeder Douchebags are the ones who WANT their dogs to be aggressive. So they leave them with their nuts. Get your dog fixed and almost all the potential for aggression is removed.

  67. Deadguy says: May 22, 2009 1:29 PM

    “Remember the movie “The Omen”? ”
    Those were Rottie’s, not pit-bulls. Rotties are one of the oldest dog breeds around… meaning thier value to human’s is well documented.
    Rotties, Pit-Bulls, and other large breeds are usually very good dogs, however, they should not be some of the most popular breeds. If they are, it means the wrong people are becoming owners… people that are not responsible and do not know how to train their animals.
    I’m a Steeler fan, but who know’s how much time James has put into training his dog. Also, kids should always be supervised with a large animal.
    Oh… “Stillers” is a play on the local dialect. Not just some “cute” name, idiot.

  68. ironballsmcginty says: May 22, 2009 1:30 PM

    Many insurance companies will not offer homeowners insurance to people who own pit bulls. Of course, most people that own pit bulls are renters. Also, Tony Dungy believes the pit bull that attacked Harrison’s son is truly remorseful.

  69. islebfrank says: May 22, 2009 1:32 PM

    south-fl-steel says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    “horrible story. thoughts and prayers to james and his family. do you feel any remorse for attacking harrison for his “right to choose” over the past week, florio?”
    Quite the contrary, it just reinforces Harrison’s poor judgement, I don’t care what kind of dog it is!
    I hope and pray this young boy makes a full recovery and all involved learn from it.

  70. teddybayer says: May 22, 2009 1:36 PM

    Once again, Florio, this die is screwed up. Why is this?

  71. Treez says: May 22, 2009 1:37 PM

    “”Pit bulls are more prone to aggressive behavior than most breeds””
    I’ve been hurt by almost every pitbull I’ve been around. The tail wagging so much that it destroys everything in sight.
    Have you ever been around small dogs? Like Jack Russel terriers or other ankle biters… those are far more agressive than ANY pitbull.

  72. originalhairybuffalo says: May 22, 2009 1:38 PM

    Wow those steeler fans sure are class acts, buy only about there team. What kind of comments would this story get it was about the Bengals.

  73. jmikeh says: May 22, 2009 1:39 PM

    @ Stillers / @ Welsh Gator
    Are you freaking kidding me fellas? This kind of attitude makes me wanna hurl.
    Don’t even come at me with the “some” pit bulls are “safe dogs” argument, and don’t for a second try to tell me that this “wasn’t his fault.” Bottom line is that Harrison had a pit bull in close enough proximity to his kid that his kid got bitten. End of story. Giant dumb*ss.
    Pit bulls have a reputation as being a violent and vicious breed – even when they’re NOT trained to fight. You can cite all the pro-pit bull statistics that you’d like sir, but you don’t read the papers and hear about a dachsund slicing up a kid’s face, do you?!? As a parent, you do EVERYTHING in your power to protect your kids by taking the conservative approach to everything. Among other things, that includes skipping the pit bull – and settling on a safer breed if you absolutely must have one – even if your homeboys give you sh*t about your little wussy dog.
    It is an absolute tragedy when a kid gets injured for no other reason than because he has a parent who is too careless and irresponsible to qualify for the license you should have to get to reproduce.
    I mean, seriously…grow up and be the responsible role model that you apparently have the misfortune to be.

  74. RenoMaheLives says: May 22, 2009 1:40 PM

    At the rate Harrison’s going, he’ll have a shiny Biggest Offseason Idiot award to go right next to his Defensive Player of the Year trophy

  75. DFWtmillaw says: May 22, 2009 1:41 PM

    Did Vick or Obama set this up? …………hhhhmmmm

  76. bmnett says: May 22, 2009 1:41 PM

    The fact of the matter is any dog can attack or bite at anytime regardless of breed. I’m pretty shure that labs are higher on the list of dog bites than Pitts. If you have ignorant irresponsible owners your going to have unstable dogs. So for those of you that think that the breed should be wiped off the face of the earth go stick your head in the sand.

  77. Treez says: May 22, 2009 1:42 PM

    I got bit in the face by a doberman shepard when I was a kid. Fortunately little blood was drawn and no scar.
    How did it happen? I was holding the dogs face and staring into his eyes from 6″ away. I thought his eyes looked cool – and CHOMP! I could have been seriously jacked up. This doesn’t have anything to do with the breed, it’s the dogs environment and the kid’s knowledge of dogs.. maybe he didn’t know at his age that you’re not supposed to stare at a dog.

  78. bender says: May 22, 2009 1:42 PM

    A well bred pit bull i would trust 100% around kids.
    Unfortunately a HUGE majority of pit bulls are poorly bred, or specifically bred for aggressiveness.
    Don’t get rid of the breed, but require permits to breed them. Thats the solution.

  79. DC_Bengals_Fan says: May 22, 2009 1:44 PM

    “Great. Fire up the pit-bull propaganda machine. Let’s not talk about the hundreds of other dig bites that happen every week in the US by other breeds.”
    That’s the point. Chihuahuas (for instance) are much more aggressive than Pit Bulls, but if you get bit by a Chihuahua, you don’t end up in the ER. Pit Bulls are one of a number of breeds (Rottweilers, Shepherds, Mastiffs, etc) that have been bred for strong jaws and aggression. Yes, a well-trained dog can overcome the aggression problem, but 1) that requires hard work, and 2) any dog can go loco, so it’s no guarantee.
    This is why, when choosing a dog, I picked a dog that isn’t strong enough to badly hurt a toddler with one bite. People with small children simply shouldn’t own dogs bred to attack people, because things like this happen.

  80. mrmagoo says: May 22, 2009 1:45 PM

    I wish guys would learn that a badass dog does not make your weenie bigger.

  81. Muck says: May 22, 2009 1:45 PM

    When a kid is bad, we blame the parents.
    When a dog is bad, we blame the dog.
    Dogs are a lot less complex than kids. They look to their masters for everything. Yet we don’t seem to think that they need proper upbringing and training.

  82. celtic3332 says: May 22, 2009 1:45 PM

    People need to realize that pitbulls are different from other personal protection dogs in one very basic way. They can lock their incredibly strong jaws on their victims–other dogs are not capable of doing this. Some pitbulls have had to be killed when they refused to let go of the person they attacked–then their jaws had to be broken to let the victim’s limb loose from their grasp. In our area, other dogs have been killed by pit bulls while on leash with their owners. Pitbulls should be illegal to own in this country just as wild animals such as tigers or wolves should be illegal for a private citizen to own.

  83. spyboots says: May 22, 2009 1:45 PM

    I’m not going to continue reading some of the posts that should not even have been allowed to go through. A child is injured. My thoughts and prayers go out to him. Shame on you, Florio, for allowing the majority of these distasteful comments and shame on those making such horrible comments. Not funny; people who live in a bubble world will have their bubble burst some day.

  84. JOSHCRIBBSFTW says: May 22, 2009 1:46 PM

    So many dimwits making ignorant comments in this thread.

  85. The Captains Log says: May 22, 2009 1:50 PM

    I would love to make a wise guy comment here about this, but lets not be stupid about it. When I was 4, I was bit under my left eye by a Boxer. I still have a scar, and fortunately it really wasnt that big of a deal. You cant blame Harrison, or the son, or the dog for that matter. Things happen. In my case, I was a curious child, who reached my hand toward the dog’s food bowl while he was eating. This was more than 20 years ago, so they didnt do all of the aggression tests that they do now, so nobody expected the dog to show that kind of aggression toward what he perceived as someone trying to take his food. My parents wouldnt have adopted him if they knew that. It is unfortunate, but not necessarily evidence of neglect, stupidity, etc.

  86. phillyburdzfan says: May 22, 2009 1:50 PM

    Does this have anything to do with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdkjY7nsVHA&feature=PlayList&p=8982F2608486B1A2&index=0

  87. phillyinsd says: May 22, 2009 1:56 PM

    I work with a Pitbull Rescue organization and it makes me sick to read most of the comments on this post.
    Here in Southern California every shelter you go to is filled with pit-mixes…of course if any of these dogs bite someone they are going to be called a pitbull no matter what else is in their DNA. Pits get a bad rap…honestly we see more aggressive behavior from many of the labs and shepards than the pits. I’m not saying there is no such thing as an inherently aggressive pit, but it’s so blown out of proportion it’s ridiculous.
    By the logic of many people on this post- since you feel that all pits should be banned and euthanized because they are the dogs causing the most bites and deaths statistically, do you also feel the same way about poor people, minorities, etc because the same thing happens to those categories of people. You can’t hold an entire group responsible for the actions of a select number that are magnified by the media. If all pits were eradicated would you then move to want the next most commonly aggressive breed banished as well?

  88. LostInDaJungle says: May 22, 2009 1:58 PM

    Now Harrison just has to go find a small horse for his dogs to attack and the Dolphins can sing him to a contract with $20 Million guaranteed. I’m guessing Harrison’s two dogs are named “Bill Parcells” and “Call me”.

  89. empty13 says: May 22, 2009 2:04 PM

    pitbulls attack humans all the damn time. yes some humans were not paying enough attention. some people here are complete nimbnuls and forget everyone who posts here isnt black.
    yer tuffness u think u inherit because u have a tuffdog is all an illusion. also, if u treat the dog like crap, what will the dog do?
    not “any dog” attacks under all circumstances. yes knowhow helps when dealing with dogs. i deal with german shepherds almost exclusively. we dont have these problems.
    there are a helluva lot more labs and sheps out there, ya maroons.

  90. TonyAPBTx says: May 22, 2009 2:12 PM

    Wow, this is without a doubt the dumbest thread and posts I’ve ever read on any site on the internet.
    I have a pitbull and he is laying in front of the TV right now with my 2 year old watching spongebob.
    As far as all pitbull owners being low class garbage, I can guarantee I make more than 95% of the people posting this garbage on here.
    The only time my dog would attack someone is if you tried to hurt one of his family, especially his “baby” in my son.
    BTW, why is it that every idiot posting negative things about pitbulls doesn’t know how to make a contraction?
    Its YOU’RE you jackasses.
    If you are smart enough to read and research maybe you should do that before you say something? If you aren’t, don’t post here and prove that you’re an idiot.
    If you actually research what the REAL American Pitbull Terrier is then you can not post this garbage.
    Did you also know that Dalmations led the country in dog bites after 101 Dalmations came out? Or that German Shephards led after Rin-tin-tin K9 cop? Or that Cocker Spaniels led after Lady and the Tramp was released?
    A lot of bad dogs come from bad breeding and over-breeding and we are talking about the most popular dog breed in the country right now.
    I will guarantee you that this dog did not come from a reputable breeder or actually isn’t a pure bred pitbull. Most of the dogs that you see that are getting touted as pitbulls are actually mutts that are crossed with mastiffs to make them bigger.
    A real pitbull should be under 60 lbs, if you see a 95 lb dog that someone is claiming is a pitbull, they are full of it. If you do any studying of how pitbulls were carefully bred before they became extorted by the media and hype.
    I have trained dogs all my life. I have worked in Schutzland training and with police dogs. As a hobby I have trained dogs for people before for a fee. I can tell you with 100% certainity that the dog I have now is the smartest dog I have ever worked with.
    The idiots posting about a baseball size brain, my Lord, you might want to check in the mirror before posting THAT. The jaw crap is ridiculous. It isn’t even scientifically possible with a dog.
    The dog “Petey” off the Little Rascals is what a pitbull is supposed to look like.
    Unfortunatley, this is a representation of the general ignorance of America right now. Most people are only “educated” on what someone else tells them, regardless of the truth of the statement. No one is capable of coming to their own conclusion.
    The guys posting this ignorant garbage are the same people when asked to name a country starting with the letter “U” they say “Yugoslavia” or don’t have an answer.
    Idiots…

  91. HolyDiver says: May 22, 2009 2:12 PM

    Well, just goes to show everyone that a member of the Dawg Pound can indeed tackle a Steeler.
    Mangini should take notes.

  92. FireAndyReid21 says: May 22, 2009 2:13 PM

    it’s a pit bull? you don’t say?!?!

  93. phillyinsd says: May 22, 2009 2:14 PM

    From the Associated Press: An unidentified neighbor told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette one of the star player’s three dogs got loose Thursday and attacked the boy, James III.
    “got loose”? sounds like the dogs were secured to be kept away from the children which would lead one to believe that (a.) the dogs are known to not be good with children and/or (b) are probably pissed off/full of energy from being locked up.
    sucks that these dogs may just have a dumb owner…but its probably too late for them.

  94. Joe 6-pack says: May 22, 2009 2:15 PM

    Okay, seriously, after what happened with Sean Taylor, I don’t blame Harrison for having a Pit Bull. Sure, he’s a big-ass linebacker, but that isn’t going to intimidate a guy with a gun pointed at him. Now if there was a pitbull in that house, you can bet your ass somebody’s going to think twice about busting in.
    But when it attacks your kid, the dog’s got to go, man.

  95. Alabama leprechaun says: May 22, 2009 2:15 PM

    I agree with Bender.
    He makes a good point there.

  96. islebfrank says: May 22, 2009 2:19 PM

    Author: VaBthang4
    Comment:
    “I GUARANTEE that this Pit Bull was purchased after the boy was born and was not raised with the child. Otherwise, there is no way a pit bull would’ve severely attacked him.
    Harrison is a dumb ass for having his kid around a pit that has not been raised around his child.
    Those who dont know what they’re talking about, please shut up…because you are embarrassing yourself.”
    Isn’t that what you’re doing, making “guarantees” about information you are speculating about?
    Why isn’t this double standard obvious to you, VaBthang4?
    Priceless!

  97. bmnett says: May 22, 2009 2:30 PM

    I’ve read he has to keep his dogs separted from his kid, regarless of the breed having dogs that you have to separate from your own kid is not a good idea. This guy probably isn’t that bright to begin with.

  98. praveen says: May 22, 2009 2:42 PM

    I am a steelers fan who loves having Harrison as a player. But off the field, this guy is seems to have something or the other. He was involved in that wife beating incident last offseason. Then he makes some dumbass statements explaining the reason for his not going to the White House. Now this. If he was going to skip the trip, the least he could do is watch out for his kid’s safety while he stayed home.
    Let’s not forget that one of the reasons why used to get cut so often early in his career was his bad attitude.

  99. moonbeam says: May 22, 2009 2:46 PM

    the pit bull is the dog of choice for the individual that needs that quick penis extension.

  100. Anonymousdolfan says: May 22, 2009 2:47 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that the doctor told Harrison that if he wants the doctor to visit, he should invite him when his son hasn’t been bitten by a dog?

  101. brmorgen82 says: May 22, 2009 2:48 PM

    A lot of you people are missing the point. It does not matter if Pitbulls are less aggressive, more aggressive, or have the same amount of aggressiveness as other dogs. The point is they are KILLING MACHINES. A 70 pound pit bull can kill any unarmed human being (James Harrison included), we all know they are extremely powerful and fearsome creatures. You can punch these things in the head as hard as you can all you want, but that would do nothing to help a pitbull release it’s death grip.
    So, let’s say there’s a 0.1% percent chance that a random pet dog will attack a human being. When that happens, do you want it to be an unstoppable killing force (a pitbull), or a cocker spaniel? These pitbull apologists make me sick (as does James Harrison), trying to justify having one of these things in the same house as a toddler. Disguisting and deplorable.

  102. daniel0303 says: May 22, 2009 2:49 PM

    is anyone really shocked that James Harrison has a pit bull?

  103. dvashun says: May 22, 2009 2:52 PM

    First, I hope the young boy has not sustained any serious injury as a result of this bite and that he recovers soon. Second, the breed of the dog is still in question but the fact that this site ID’s the dog as a “pit bull” demonstrates a willingness to accuse the breed for every dog bit story out there. The problem with the “pit bull” label is that several breeds and mixed breed dogs get identified by the press and other organizations as pits even when this is NOT their breed.
    For jmikeh and all the others who talk about how this would never happen with breed X here is a story about the lovable golden retriever http://www.tristate-media.com/articles/2008/04/01/mtcarmelregister/news/news3.txt.
    It is up to the owner to properl train domestic pets, regardless of breed.

  104. browns_4_life says: May 22, 2009 2:52 PM

    People usually own pitbulls with the goal in mind that if anybody tries to break in or harm the family they will be bitten. The risk they take is that the dog will actually be able to identify an enemy from a friend.

  105. Dawn says: May 22, 2009 2:57 PM

    Muck says “All mine do is lick kids to death.”
    Some might think of that as marinating. 😉
    Seriously, I hope Harrison’s son is fine and makes a full recovery.

  106. vbar119 says: May 22, 2009 2:58 PM

    I trust my pitbull 100% around my kids.
    You people on here are so uneducated it is unbelievable. It’s a dog, not a tiger, not a wild animal. “They were bred to fight dogs…” No they weren’t….. they were bred to fight bulls and bears… hence the name pit”bull”. They weren’t bred to fight and kill children.
    Back in the day, they were the most popular family dog. The Golden Retriever of today. Actually due to their high pain tolerance they are great around children. It’s the small dogs with low pain tolerances you have to watch out for. I rescued my Pitbull two years ago from a fighter. He is the best dog I have ever owned. I trust my life and my family’s life with him. He is excellent with my daughters. They punch him, kick him, pull his ears, pull his tail, poke him in the eyes (my daughters are 2 y/o) and he does nothing. He would never even think of biting them. He sleeps with them everynight and often times I walk into their bedroom to find that they are sleeping on top of him.
    You people need to educate yourself before you let the “viscous pitbull” comments fly. I guarantee that every person who has something negative to say about a pitbull has never owned one.

  107. dbussey says: May 22, 2009 2:59 PM

    The LB is a bad-assed dude with a big bad-assed dog. But a scared chicken-shit to fly.

  108. smfowler says: May 22, 2009 2:59 PM

    My dog is an American Bulldog mix (aka mutt). He is the most loveable dog in the world. However, he get’s nervous around kids. He once lunged at a kid because we were rounding the corner of our apartment building and my dog got spooked by the guy. He’s exibited this behavior since he was 7 months old. I took him to my mom’s house because I thought my little brother would enjoy playing with him. But, my dog walked around the whole time with his tail in between his legs and wouldn’t have anything to do with him.
    Some dogs just do not like kids, especially if they were not raised around them.

  109. Mike D says: May 22, 2009 3:07 PM

    Geez, sure hope his son is ok.
    When are people going to learn that pit bulls and little kids dont mix? I love Harrison, but its not a difficult concept to grasp.

  110. superbelt says: May 22, 2009 3:11 PM

    Two points people:
    Pit bull jaws do not lock. In fact a German Shepherd has a stronger bite than a Pit Bull.
    A real pit bull does not grow to 70 pounds. They top out at 45 or so. They are not big dogs.

  111. manbearpig says: May 22, 2009 3:11 PM

    “A lot of you people are missing the point. It does not matter if Pitbulls are less aggressive, more aggressive, or have the same amount of aggressiveness as other dogs. The point is they are KILLING MACHINES. A 70 pound pit bull can kill any unarmed human being (James Harrison included), we all know they are extremely powerful and fearsome creatures. You can punch these things in the head as hard as you can all you want, but that would do nothing to help a pitbull release it’s death grip.
    So, let’s say there’s a 0.1% percent chance that a random pet dog will attack a human being. When that happens, do you want it to be an unstoppable killing force (a pitbull), or a cocker spaniel? These pitbull apologists make me sick (as does James Harrison), trying to justify having one of these things in the same house as a toddler. Disguisting and deplorable. ”
    By this logic, brmorgen82, there are several dozen breeds that in your opinion, should not be owned by anyone. There are many powerful breeds that at 70lbs can throttle an adult male.

  112. superbelt says: May 22, 2009 3:14 PM

    BTW Mike F: Your comment software sucks. I post a message and it takes 5 to 10 minutes for it to ever show up. What the hell?

  113. islebfrank says: May 22, 2009 3:29 PM

    TonyAPBTx says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    “Wow, this is without a doubt the dumbest thread and posts I’ve ever read on any site on the internet.
    I have a pitbull and he is laying in front of the TV right now with my 2 year old watching spongebob.
    As far as all pitbull owners being low class garbage, I can guarantee I make more than 95% of the people posting this garbage on here.”
    _________________________________
    Wow, I’m impressed! You apparently have two things in common with James Harrison, based on your two sentences above.

  114. islebfrank says: May 22, 2009 3:42 PM

    superbelt says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    “BTW Mike F: Your comment software sucks. I post a message and it takes 5 to 10 minutes for it to ever show up. What the hell?”
    Only 5 to 10 minutes!? Don’t complain, you’re getting preferential treatment. It usually takes mine hours before it shows up.

  115. brmorgen82 says: May 22, 2009 3:44 PM

    manbearpig says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    By this logic, brmorgen82, there are several dozen breeds that in your opinion, should not be owned by anyone. There are many powerful breeds that at 70lbs can throttle an adult male.
    Yes you are correct manbearbig. I don’t believe anyone with kids under the age of 15 should own a dog which has the potential to kill an able-bodied adult male, I singled out pitbulls because they are the breed commonly associated with being killing machines.

  116. topcide says: May 22, 2009 4:05 PM

    TonyAPBTx says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    “Wow, this is without a doubt the dumbest thread and posts I’ve ever read on any site on the internet.
    I have a pitbull and he is laying in front of the TV right now with my 2 year old watching spongebob.
    As far as all pitbull owners being low class garbage, I can guarantee I make more than 95% of the people posting this garbage on here.”
    you did make one great point about this thread being dumb, it is because of complete shit for brained idiots like you that think it’s a good idea to have a pitbull and a 2 year old in the same house and then made idiotic posts trying to dendend their position.. You want an animal that will chew your face off if you cut a loud fart, be my guest, but putting a defenseless child in that type of situation is completely outrageous. I hope for your childs sake that nothing ever happens with skippy your wonder pitbull,but he facts don’t lie,
    Someone being low class has nothing to do with their paycheck.I know rich people that are total garbage, and know people barely getting by that are some of the most quality people I have ever met. In fact, no one mentioned money once untill you decided to let a fiece blast verbal feces fly. I dont know what it is that you do for a living that you “make more than 95% of poeple posting this garbage” but your complete lack of common sense would lead me to believe that you are not in the field of rocket science.

  117. Flimflam says: May 22, 2009 4:08 PM

    Let me say first, I hope the kid is ok. I hate to see people’s ignorance about Pit Bulls hurt others.
    Now that that’s out of the way… Harrison is just full of assine thoughts and ideals. First, he turns what started out as just a bad premise into an full-blown ignorance showcase showdown. Now, he shows (by keeping that dog around his kids) that he clearly doesn’t understand the first thing about that breed of dog. His need for a “rep” outweighs his need to think coherently and keep his kids safe.
    I’m going to keep my eyeballs glued to the TV… he has loads of potential in the shenanigan department- I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next. Maybe a DUI (where he’ll say he was just pulled over because he had an open container), or shoplifting (where he’ll say he was only stopped because he didn’t pay for the item), or assault (where he’ll say he was only arrested because he hit the other dude). This guy is classic!

  118. Ravenmaniac says: May 22, 2009 4:08 PM

    Ahhhh Magoo…..I was thinking the same thing that you commented. We do sometimes see things eye to eye…….
    Pit Bulls and Porsche’s do not make your weiner bigger….I should know, I had a Porsche when I was younger and it did not help!

  119. superbelt says: May 22, 2009 4:28 PM

    islebfrank says: Only 5 to 10 minutes!? Don’t complain, you’re getting preferential treatment. It usually takes mine hours before it shows up.
    ___________
    I’m gonna do a test
    It’s currently 4:25pm ET
    Let’s see how long my comment takes to post.

  120. vbar119 says: May 22, 2009 4:31 PM

    You uneducated people are really something. You people that are bashing the pitbull breed are probably the ones who also bashed Michael Vick. How contradictory. They are man eating viscous wild animals….. who cares if Vick decides to torture and kill them. They deserve it, it was what they are bred for…
    Your ignorance is the reason millions of innocent loving pitbull are killed each year. Until you have owned a pitbull, you shouldn’t judge them. Putting a stereotype on them is like putting a stereotype on anything else, it’s wrong.
    Please, please watch this video. Hopefully it will help you ignorance and help you see clearly…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL1trl1FMUw
    All the facts, pictures, and information you can ever want are in it.

  121. vbar119 says: May 22, 2009 4:38 PM

    I’ll sum up what you people are saying…
    Keep Pitbull’s away from your children, they will kill them.
    Keep African Americans out of your house, they will steal everything and kill your children.
    Don’t give Asian women driver’s licenses, they will kill your children because they are horrible drivers.
    Keep Italians away from your children, they will stab them with an ice pick and beat them with a Louisville Slugger.
    Don’t let you children go to Catholic church, the priest will just rape them….
    Don’t give a Muslim a bomb, they will just detonate it in your house and kill your children.
    Do you guys see my point?…

  122. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 22, 2009 4:52 PM

    vbar119 says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    You uneducated people are really something. You people that are bashing the pitbull breed are probably the ones who also bashed Michael Vick. How contradictory. They are man eating viscous wild animals….. who cares if Vick decides to torture and kill them. They deserve it, it was what they are bred for…
    ______________
    There will always be the “nature versus nurture” debate with humans, but ironically, nature plays a FAR LESS significant role in dogs. Dogs are a product of their environment. If you raise them right and provide for them, they’ll be your best friend. If you mistreat them, ignore them, etc, they MIGHT become violent. Saying “OHH PITTBULLS ARE BAD” is just stupid. It’s a dog. It doesn’t have a moral compass, and it will act the way it was taught to act by the people that own it. Now, do some dogs snap? Sure, it happens. Sometimes an animal, much like a person (and we are, after all, animals) just snaps. It loses control for a second or reacts disproportionately to some event (like a kid startling the dog coming around the corner) and it does something out of character for the dog. Sometimes that just happens, but that’s no reason to condemn all pitbulls, because 99% of the time, they react to how they’re owned.
    A scumbag dog indicates a scumbag owner, and vice versa.

  123. TonyAPBTx says: May 22, 2009 4:57 PM

    “topcide says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    you did make one great point about this thread being dumb, it is because of complete shit for brained idiots like you that think it’s a good idea to have a pitbull and a 2 year old in the same house and then made idiotic posts trying to dendend their position.. You want an animal that will chew your face off if you cut a loud fart, be my guest, but putting a defenseless child in that type of situation is completely outrageous. I hope for your childs sake that nothing ever happens with skippy your wonder pitbull,but he facts don’t lie,
    Someone being low class has nothing to do with their paycheck.I know rich people that are total garbage, and know people barely getting by that are some of the most quality people I have ever met. In fact, no one mentioned money once untill you decided to let a fiece blast verbal feces fly. I dont know what it is that you do for a living that you “make more than 95% of poeple posting this garbage” but your complete lack of common sense would lead me to believe that you are not in the field of rocket science. ”
    Wow, just wow. It is one thing to be ignorant and its another to willingly be ignorant. The information is out there, if you can read. Which would strike me as a concern for you on a daily basis.
    My dog will never bite my son, I can say that with 100% certainty. I can also say with 100% certainty that he would give his life for anyone in my house.
    I doubt you have anyone in your life that you can say that about.
    Both of my dog’s parents, which are obviously full bred pitbulls, visit kids in the hospital going through cancer treatment. They reason the hospitals prefer pitbulls? Because they are notoriously great and gentle with children. Pitbulls are also the preferred breed for many senior citizen centers and hospitals.
    The reason? Intelligence and composition around people. Many of the older folk also recognize the breed because it was so popular when they were younger and are in love from the start.
    I doubt you have seen 10 pure bred pitbulls in your entire life but have seen many that you thought were.
    You are very very ignorant man. Anyone with a brain can do their own research and come to their own conclusions. Obviously you aren’t one of those people though.

  124. airboss37 says: May 22, 2009 5:19 PM

    Ref: {islebfrank says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm
    superbelt says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    “BTW Mike F: Your comment software sucks. I post a message and it takes 5 to 10 minutes for it to ever show up. What the hell?”
    Only 5 to 10 minutes!? Don’t complain, you’re getting preferential treatment. It usually takes mine hours before it shows up. }
    That’s so it can be reviewed for content…….dip sh*ts!

  125. Ravenmaniac says: May 22, 2009 5:19 PM

    Tony…did your dog tell you it would give its life for you?
    Are you on drugs? Preferred by hospitals for visiting kids…..maybe James Harrisons pit bull will visit his son in the hospital!!
    Dude read the headlines these dogs are what puts people in the hospital…..but I know you will send a response that I am ignorant about these dogs…..

  126. ham1 says: May 22, 2009 5:23 PM

    Dont you know that when you want to be a wanna be thug, ownig pits and walking around packed are what makes you so cool: Ya know image is everything. Its not enough to have all the money, fame and respect…you figure somebody with that much cash would train their freakin dog. Idiot. Burress shoots himeself in the leg, another classless wannabe thug, vicki, another wanna be thug who now actually qualifies, hes been to jail.
    Way to go moron. Own an attack dog that if it gets out mauls your kid.

  127. Kidekk says: May 22, 2009 5:28 PM

    From my experiences being around dogs, any dog that barks at someone and grits its teeth will bite someone. Could be the littlest dog, or whatever. take away whatever is preventing them from getting at you, be it a leash or fence, and they will bite you if they are barking at you.
    Also, what happens to dogs that are outlawed in society? Are they shipped to dog heaven?

  128. Vox Veritas says: May 22, 2009 5:52 PM

    Steelers photo-op sacks sobbing kindergarten class…
    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Kindergarteners-Snubbed-for-Steelers.html
    “Here we have President Obama and his administration saying, ‘Here we are for the common, middle class people,’ and here he is not letting 150 5- and 6-year-olds into the White House because he’s throwing a lunch for a bunch of grown millionaires,” Stine said.

  129. islebfrank says: May 22, 2009 6:01 PM

    airboss37 says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 5:19 pm
    Ref: {islebfrank says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm
    superbelt says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    “BTW Mike F: Your comment software sucks. I post a message and it takes 5 to 10 minutes for it to ever show up. What the hell?”
    _________________________________
    Only 5 to 10 minutes!? Don’t complain, you’re getting preferential treatment. It usually takes mine hours before it shows up. }
    _________________________________
    “That’s so it can be reviewed for content…….dip sh*ts!”
    No sh!t Einstein!
    But it doesn’t take HOURS to “be reviewed for content.” I’m not writing a book here. Hey “dip sh*t,” if you can’t follow along, shut the he!! up and mind your own business.

  130. Vox Veritas says: May 22, 2009 6:09 PM

    “Pit Bulls are not human aggressive.”
    That post could be nominated for dumbest ever on PFT.

  131. Vox Veritas says: May 22, 2009 6:11 PM

    “do you feel any remorse for attacking harrison for his “right to choose” over the past week, florio?”
    Why should he? Did Harrison not “choose” to have a pit bull around his kid?

  132. Vox Veritas says: May 22, 2009 6:26 PM

    “As far as all pitbull owners being low class garbage, I can guarantee I make more than 95% of the people posting this garbage on here.”
    That’s pretty much a bonafide guarantee that you’re a fry cook.

  133. hamburglar says: May 22, 2009 6:48 PM

    The dog probably was just nosing around in Harrison’s steroid sack and had a “rage”. Either way, they should probably shoot the dog in the head.

  134. Patscantcheatkharmabitches says: May 22, 2009 7:18 PM

    Let me guess, the dog has never bitten anyone before. DMBAZZEZ! The risk is not worth the reward.

  135. Bmore Styles says: May 22, 2009 7:40 PM

    So you’re saying James Harrison is epically stupid??? No way.

  136. TonyAPBTx says: May 22, 2009 7:49 PM

    “Ravenmaniac says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 5:19 pm
    Tony…did your dog tell you it would give its life for you?
    Are you on drugs? Preferred by hospitals for visiting kids…..maybe James Harrisons pit bull will visit his son in the hospital!!
    Dude read the headlines these dogs are what puts people in the hospital…..but I know you will send a response that I am ignorant about these dogs….. ”
    As I previously stated I will almost guarantee you that Harrisons dogs were not pure bred nor were they well bred. If you study any breed standard for the pitbull you will know that it should be excellent with children or it is not true to the breed standard.
    I know dogs, I don’t have to have my dog speak english to tell me about its behavior.
    Your ignorance in your own post proves my point. “Read the headlines!”
    You’re right just read the news headlines, you will get an accurate depiction of what is happening in everyday America.
    You, boy, are a sheep. Go find a new shepherd with your next news headline…

  137. vbar119 says: May 22, 2009 7:58 PM

    Per Wikipedia:
    Temperament
    The APBT is a breed that is loyal to friends and family, and friendly to strangers. People have been known to be afraid of them because of their bad reputations. Nonetheless, an APBT can be a very congenial pet. Proper training can make the dog obedient and have a high desire to please. Without proper guidance, though, the breed can become dominant and destructive. According to the UKC, “aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.”[6] A study done by the CDC showed that “pit bull type” dogs accounted for the majority of dog related fatalities in the United States between 1979 and 1996, though the study admits some limitations in its data.[7]
    The American Temperament Testing Society shows a pass percentage of 84.3% for American Pit Bull Terriers.[8] Still, a firm, even hand and early obedience training are best. They generally have a lot of energy and high prey drive; they need exercise and stimulation in order to channel their energy properly and not become frustrated, bored, and destructive.[9]

  138. islebfrank says: May 22, 2009 8:45 PM

    Bmore Styles says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    “So you’re saying James Harrison is epically stupid??? No way.”
    Oh, the irony!

  139. rdeal317 says: May 22, 2009 10:01 PM

    A lot of dog experts on a football rumor site.
    It absolutely boggles the mind that people think that a dog with dogfighting roots – hundreds of years – would attack people. The human-aggressive Pits were ‘Darwin’d’ out decades ago. You treat a lab like a POS and it bites. You treat a Pit like a POS and it bites. It’s just stronger.
    HOW IN THE WORLD do stupid dogfighting owners with below-common sense handle a dog that is so aggressive? Because it does whatever they want, at any dog-owning skill level.
    You have to be in charge, not just a thug with a ripped “image” dog. Snoop in the early ’90s with Dobermans. Suge Knight with German Shepherds. DMX with Rottweilers. Now the Pit Bull sh!t. It will pass, but it will take longer due to overbreeding.

  140. Elaw6 says: May 22, 2009 10:51 PM

    Is He DIED?
    They need to kill the pit bull. It’s tasted human blood.

  141. bobbitodd says: May 23, 2009 8:37 AM

    It seems to me that when the media reports on an incident which involves a “Pitbull” that the media should report ALL the facts. And those of you that have such a strong opinion against Pit Bulls should educate yorself before you open your MOUTH!! For example:
    – Was it truly a Pitbull? Many people classify many different breeds as a Pitball when in fact they are not. Many owners are not truly aware if their own dog is a Pitbull, or a close cousin, or a mutt.
    Try and see if you can find the pitbull http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html
    – Was the dog professional trained? All dogs have the potential to bite (the breed that statistically bites the most is the Labrador Retriever), which is why ALL dogs should be professionally trained.
    – Was the dog socialized around all types of people, of all ages and genders? Many dogs that are not properly socialized will bite out of fear. I bet this dog was purchased by Harrison just for his own image and NOT to be a true part of a loving family! I also bet he did not invest in the time to train or socialize this dog
    – Was the dog being harassed by a person or people? No dog will attack unless they are provoked, this is common knowledge of veterinarians and trained canine professionals.
    eople you need to open your eyes and realize that it is not the breed it is the people that own these dogs!!!
    http://server.inalbum.com/show/jodipreis/Message_to_the_Media2.html?
    Lastly, we are all tired of the Media’s “attack” on the American Pitbull Terrier, perhaps they should try something new and write about Promoting responsible dog ownership…afterall it is the idiot people who are not taking responsibility for their pets…
    http://www.blessthebullys.com/responsiblepitbullownership.html

  142. ironballsmcginty says: May 23, 2009 11:13 AM

    Hey Vox Veritas…if you really want to be the voice of truth you should be a little more intellectually honest. Your little anti-Obama rant was just a tad misleading. Those kindergarteners were over an hour late for their scheduled visit. Why did you leave that fact out Vox? Oh, I know why, it was inconvenient for your argument. Maybe those “middle class” kids have learned a little lesson about the consequences of not being on time. It’s the organizers of their trip that need to be excoriated.
    Oh yeah, Stafford County, VA, a few facts on this “middle class” enclave: “Stafford County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a U.S. state. As of the 2000 census, the population was 92,446, however, the estimated population as of 2007 was 124,117, a 33.0% increase. Its county seat is Stafford[1]. In 2006 Stafford was ranked as the 12th highest income county in America by Forbes Magazine.”
    Real middle class. Nice try Vox. The real “veritas” is those kids were from a rich county, and their rich moms and dads are upset that they weren’t given the preferential treatment to which they are accustomed. So, as the rich and spoiled always do, they blamed someone else for their mistake.

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