Fighting Pit Bulls Injure Three in Ridgewood

Two playmate pitbulls entangled on Best Court Thursday afternoon; their owners were injured attempting to separate the dogs.

Three people suffered minor injuries when they attempted to subdue two fighting pit bulls outside a Ridgewood home Thursday afternoon, village police said.

It's the second reported incident of violence involving a dog in as many months in Ridgewood.

According to police, at about 3:30 p.m. a 31-year-old woman brought her pit bull to play with another pit bull residing on Best Court. The canines were described as frequent playmates without any documented history of violence, police told Patch.

At some point, the dogs began fighting.

The two Best Court residents, a 19-year-old male and a 17-year-old female, sustained bites to their hands and arms while trying to separate the dogs. The 31-year-old female, whom police said lives in the area, received minor bruising during the tussle.

The teenage siblings were transported to Valley Hospital with what were described as minor injuries.

The dogs were left with their respective owners. Animal control will follow up on the case, police said. No arrests or complaints have been filed at this time, cops said.

There are not currently any dogs classified by a court as 'dangerous' or 'potentially dangerous'.

The Ridgewood Village Council on Feb. 13 will be voting on an ordinance to increase the licensing fee of a 'dangerous' dog up to $700.

Victoria Hollerbach February 01, 2013 at 01:45 AM
What a joke. All dogs can fight just like all humans can. Pitbulls are not dangerous dogs, it is their irresponsible owners that can make any dog be "dangerous". Id love to see who they consider dangerous. Maybe the town should be focusing on why it seems that every week someone gets hit by a car in Ridgewood or the speeding that continually takes place on Glen Road near my house... In the meantime my "dangerous" dog will be sleeping under the covers snuggled up against me like she does every night.
dara brown February 01, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Its no surprise. I can't go for a 15 minute walk with my dog without othere dogs growling and vicously barking at us. Its a disgrace that these irresponsible dog owners let this happen. I can't wait for the Village to start enforcing the $700 fines.
RB February 01, 2013 at 02:02 AM
That's a quick $1,400.00
KBuck February 01, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Great breed, owners just have to be aware that they play rough. They are animals and animals react and don't think. They were settling a disagreement the way dogs do. Unfortunetly they are strong and aren't stopped easily. Hopefully all involved are ok and people don't over react.
Melvin Freedenberg February 01, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Once two dogs, especially pit bulls, get into it, it is only a prelude to another and more dangerous encounter. Like the dogs have no memory? That is what the owners would probably like to believe. The story does not end here.
jp1 February 01, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Maybe the fee should be $1,000 then people would think twice about having a pit bull for a pet.
Mike Deutsch February 01, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Licensing Dangerous Dogs? Hmmm. What's next? Licensing Dangerous Humans?
kevin February 01, 2013 at 05:30 PM
So they were brother and sister? The two dog owners age 19 and 17? Do they live at the same address? I am asking this because your reference them as siblings.
OZ February 01, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Yes, lets forbid a breed, arrest dog owner, put a heavy price for owning a dog and all of these is done for your own good! The bright future.
The Flea February 01, 2013 at 06:41 PM
This incident doesn't qualify in any way for the vicious dog law and the special licensed required to own one.
Craig Hueneke February 01, 2013 at 06:58 PM
OMG!!! ANIMALS ACTING LIKE ANIMALS!!! CALL THE NATIONAL GUARD!! What's next....politicians passing stupid laws to generate revenue? OH THE HUMANITY! BTW.. Ann (above) is right! If a Jack Russell and Shihtzu got into a tussle it wouldn't mean Jack-Shihtz... HA!!
Craig Hueneke February 01, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Animals acting like animals is a surprise how??
barbara February 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
My 18 lb. bichon frise was viciously attacked in my own driveway by my neighbors standard poodle, who is 6 yrs. old. My bichon has lifelong injuries and is frightened to walk outside th house. The vet bills are enormous. The neighbor paid a nominal fine to the court and I was never reimbursed for my vet expenses. Unfortunately, if this is the only way to encourage pet owner responsibility for an aggressive dog, then it is a necessary ordinance. Once a pet is killed from a dangerous attack, no amount of money will replace that dogs life.
kevin February 01, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Its not a fine its a fee and after the owner pays the 700 dollars, sorry to say but your walks will not be any quieter.
OZ February 01, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Dogs bark, humans speak - it's a normal behavior. Ignore and enjoy your walks!
Barbara February 02, 2013 at 01:26 AM
If a dog grabs a person's arm the person can push his arm back into the dog's mouth causing the dog to open its mouth and release its grip on the arm. This technique cannot be used with a pitbull because of the way the mouth and teeth are situated. This what I have read. If this is true then pitbulls are more dangerous than most dogs. Of course, I wonder if most people would be quick-witted enough to use this technique on any dog.
tourretes guy February 02, 2013 at 02:05 AM
let the stupid comments start flying! I had 2 male dogs living under the same roof for years both died of old age.They would sometimes fight, guess what they were not pitbulls and belive it or not my german shepard never started the fight the little 15 lb dog did they got over their differences and would be best friends ten minutes later. Dogs are dogs I know someone with a lab that doesn't like people or dogs
tourretes guy February 02, 2013 at 02:14 AM
sounds like a pitbull to me
tourretes guy February 02, 2013 at 02:16 AM
i agree
tourretes guy February 02, 2013 at 02:18 AM
My mail carrier loves my dog she pets him all the time has even asked numerous times where he is so she can pet him
tourretes guy February 02, 2013 at 02:21 AM
ever see two kids play together get into a fight then are best friends next day?
Myob February 02, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Actually, the pit bull who's owners were injured has been sitting on the couch whimpering since the incident. If anything it made her less prone to another dangerous encounter. She is the sweetest dog, always cuddling and licking anyone who walks in the door. I suggest you don't make assumptions about situations that you don't have all the information on.
Mike Kender February 02, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Melvin Freedenberg February 02, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Tourretes Guy, You make it sound like the dogs need psychological counciling so they can air their grievances and then all will be nicey nice. Let me know when I can borrow your rose colored glasses so I can have the same fantasies. Why don't you volunteer to be their psychologist or mediator and let them play together again with you in the middle?
Mikka H February 02, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Very nice Melvin ....
bsmi021 February 02, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Well I see that the both "theflea and Craig Hueneke" are up to the same dumb remakes as normal. Both of these people either have pit bulls (or some other dangerous dogs) or are just more of the social and moral decay of this country. Both never seem to get it and most like them never will!! This is not the first time they have been on this site heckling other people with garbage about what is right and wrong about dog fighting and the current dangerous dog bill up for debate and filling. I will again post the web address for dangerous dogs (http://dangerousdogs.net/) with some hope that people may come to some sense of what some people need to understand. let’s get one thing very straight I love dogs and animals as a hole, own two dogs, my mother’s family breed dogs in the past, but there are too many times that people do not understand the issues that happen with some dogs breeds, and the end results are never good and happy for anyone. So people just stop and think about your family as a hole, not just your wife and child but also your family pet (dog/dogs) and feel the pain what many people across the country have felt!
Mike Kender February 03, 2013 at 04:34 AM
http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States I am sure that many pit bulls are pleasant, loving pets. But I would still not like to have a neighbor that owned one. I will never own one. They are a calculated risk on four legs. 99% of the time, there is no problem. But, when there is a problem, the results can be very bad.
The Flea February 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Well I see bsmi021 is up to the same dumb remarks as usual. I was stating a fact about this particular case which obviously bsmi021 doesn't understand having never read the NJ Vicious Dog Law. It's obvious bsmi021 doesn't know how to spell so reading probably isn't a strong point either. Talk about your social and moral decay of this country!
bsmi021 February 05, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Well as always from people who do not know as they speak, (The Flea) if you can find something about what I have said is wrong you need to show us all, oh before you do that you might want to read this first (http://www.hillattorneys.com/dangerous-dogs/definition-vicious-dogs.shtml) Oh and by the way you also need to show me were the misspelling is as spell check in word cannot find it!
la la momma April 04, 2013 at 04:10 PM
First of all all dogs have teeth and can bite.I have a Lab and a Pit and they are big .It is my responsibility to keep them safe from people . People and their ignorance of dogs is wow to me. My dogs keep me safe , they guard my home ,they guard me and being a diabetic they help me walk and keep my blood sugar low.I love my dogs and all dogs can and will bite if you hurt them or do not respect them .They are mine and they help me live a full and wonderful life .


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