‘Dangerous dog’ tag for Fairfield pit bull goes to court

By From page A3 | March 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Christian Armstrong calls his 2-year-old pit bull a “house dog,” but some neighbors along Arlington Circle say Zanny – designated as dangerous after a city hearing – doesn’t stay inside and is aggressive toward people and other animals.

Walter Allen, 45, who lives across the street, recalls being in his garage when the dog took off after him.

“This put bull comes at me like a runaway freight train,” Allen said.

An incident involving Allen, his girlfriend and the dog is noted in the report on the Feb. 27 hearing at the Fairfield Police Department.

The couple was working on a car in Allen’s driveway when the pit bull charged aggressively and the woman struck her head on a car door frame while trying to get away from the animal, the report said.

Allen said the pit bull has attacked him twice.

Armstrong was given five days to appeal the dangerous dog designation that followed the hearing. He has appealed and an April 4 review is set for Solano County Superior Court. The dangerous dog designation requires measures including the animal’s confinement, but Allen said Zanny was loose last weekend in the neighborhood.

If Armstrong doesn’t comply with confining the dog and other measures, Zanny will be euthanized, according to the city report on the animal’s dangerous dog designation.

Angelika D’Eramo, 15, who lives next door to Armstrong, said the pit bull in the past has hopped the fence and entered her family’s backyard to chase their cats.

D’Eramo said she loves the pit bull breed, but that Zanny lacks training.

“We don’t want to see the dog get put down,” she said.

Several years ago in Suisun City, a pit bull attacked her and almost ripped her thumb off, said D’Eramo, who doesn’t believe the breed is a problem.

“They’re good dogs if you train them right,” she said.

But Allen, who has a Chihuahua, said you don’t see that breed, Labradors or others on the evening news in a story about a dog killing someone.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • Nice TryMarch 29, 2014 - 1:39 am

    You dont see "Labradors or others" because that is not sensational. You Pitbulls because they are. Pretty simple... I own two Pitbulls and one of them has been attacked twice. Once by another Pitbull and once by a lab. My vicious Pitbull did not fight back either time. Imagine that, a non-vicious Pitbull. But you wont read about that in any off the local papers because it doesnt fit that narrative.

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  • TylerMarch 29, 2014 - 6:23 am

    78% of last year's human fatalities through dog attacks were caused by pit bulls. I'd say it's more than "sensationalism."

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  • Nice tryMarch 29, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    That is because the people that classify dogs dont know what a pitbull is. Go to the pound and look at the dogs they call pitbulls. 80% of them are some other breed.

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  • Cliff GenesonMarch 29, 2014 - 9:22 am

    You can live in your fantasy world, but the facts are in: Pits are much more likely to eat your child than the other breeds are.

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  • Nice tryMarch 29, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    both of my kids lived their entire childhood and into adulthood without getting eaten by any of my pitbulls.

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  • my2centsMarch 29, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Pit bulls are often purchased by people with a certain personality type who train the breed to be aggressive. (Personality type = drug dealers, men with high testosterone and low IQs, and poser rappers and gang members trying to look tough vicariously through an abused animal that becomes violent to survive.). I have a friend that has a pit bull raised in a loving home and the dog is as gentle as a lamb and very affectionate. There is a lot of miseducation about the breed that has now turned into irrational paranoia. It's not the breed of dogs, it's often the breed of humans that buy them.

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  • Mr.RMarch 29, 2014 - 10:10 am

    My2cents: Your right on in your assessment.Pitbulls are not born aggressive.The problem is that you don't know how the dog was raised.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 29, 2014 - 7:36 am

    Pit Bulls have a history that makes most of us uncomfortable. They are far more likely than other breeds to become dangerously aggressive and hard to manage once they do so. It is true, if you raise an animal properly it should be okay. But I will never take that chance with any animal around my family.

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  • Nice tryMarch 29, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Kind of like that black male that makes you cross the street when you are out for a walk in the evening? Pitbull are not more likely to become aggressive then any other breed of dog.

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  • JazzAzzMarch 29, 2014 - 8:10 am

    I wonder if this is the same Pit that used to live on Buena Vista in Suisun. The home had a very low front yard fence and despite being told by animal control that the dog could not be left in the front yard, would often be out there. He was eventually cited as far as I know. Once walking my dog, it and his Boxer (Which was not really aggressive), got out of that front yard. I was just seconds from having my dog attacked, having difficulty in the confusion to reel my dogs leash in, finally pulling him up by the collar, and swinging the bat I carry at the Pits head to keep him away, till I got away. Thank goodness this nuisance of a dog owner finally moved. My heart felt like it wanted to explode. At a very minimum, if these dogs are not kept INDOORS, they need to be held within an enclosed dog kennel (cycloned fenced) within a fenced back yard.

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  • SeanMarch 29, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    So mr. Nice try just because you think a pit bull is friendly if one is coming at you unleashed do you have the ability to decipher if it is friendly or are about to tear you to pieces. Last time I checked all animals are supposed to be leashed. Should neighbors live in fear when they walk out there door some careless pit bull owner lets there dog roam free or escape? Show one stat where a lab savagely killed someone. Responsible dog owners never let there dogs go after people sounds as if this one went after multiple people

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  • JazzAzzMarch 29, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Sean>>You obviously have MY post mixed up with someone else's. Where did I say this Pit was friendly. I was near to clubbing it on the head with my baseball bat. I think nearly all PITs need to be contained. Not all 100%, because I have known at least one Pit that is as affectionate as a dog can be, but MOST. RE-READ MY POST :-)

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  • SeanMarch 29, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    jazzazz if you read it it was addressed to mr nice try

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  • JazzAzzMarch 29, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    Yeah I saw that, but the email I got said, "In response to Jazzazz," and if you see the posts yours was directly under, connected to mine. Just saying, but it's cool :-)

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  • Nice tryMarch 29, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Sean, I actually agree with you…. I never said the owner should not be held responsible for what his dog does. It is the human beings responsibility to make sure their pets are properly taken care of AND restrained. My point is that this wouldnt be in the paper if the guys dog was a lab.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 29, 2014 - 10:16 am

    So, it looks like there's a problem with vicious snarling dogs and their equally viciuos and snarling masters.

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  • paqkleaderMarch 29, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Would have been a dead dog after the first attack...too many irresponsible pitbull owners..wayyyy too many..and thats why the animal shelters are filled with them

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  • mescMarch 29, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    It is the owner who needs training. Immature Imbeciles who think a dog makes them cool need to have their one brain cell educated. This dog is not at fault, the owner is at fault. This dog should be immediately entered into a training program as should the owner. OR ... The owner should pay to have this dog sent to a rescue, and he should pay for lifetime care for the dog.

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  • MarkMarch 29, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    owner is at fault, they're responsible for their dog. Either they control the dog or they should get rid of the dog.

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