Update from California:
The canines involved in Whipple's death are part of a fighting-dog
ring in which dogs were bred for such jobs as protecting illicit drug
labs. The ring was run by two white supremacist inmates at Pelican
Bay State Prison, and in a bizarre twist, Noel and Knoller [owners of
the dogs] have adopted one of the inmates, 38-year-old Paul John
Noel told the Chronicle he has three adult children of his own who
haven't spoken to him in years.
The lawyer couple has represented prison guards, cops and homeless
people; they've represented relatives in probate court and car crash
victims in vehicular negligence cases. They also have sued their
landlord and two San Francisco police chiefs....
Noel submitted an 18-page letter to [San Fran DA] Hallinan blaming
Whipple for the attack.
The dog's owner said his wife repeatedly tried to keep Whipple away
from the dog, but Whipple continued to move toward them. He said Bane
only lunged for her neck and throat after Whipple hit Knoller in the
Noel went on to say the attack may have been brought on by pheromone-
based cosmetics, or that the lacrosse coach "may have been a user of
steroids" that could have attracted the dogs.
On 29 Jan 2001, at 22:05, John Marlow wrote:
> In my experience the owner (if any) of the dogs is far more to blame
> than the dogs, generally speaking. Shall it be euthanasia for him?
> Of course, had the woman been armed (and trained) there would be no
> dilemma about the dog.
> And what about euthanasia for those who do things like this?
> On 29 Jan 2001, at 20:54, Spike Jones wrote:
> > > John Clark wrote: first commercial break in superbowl 2006
> > > and a large rather scary looking man is pointing a huge gun at the head of a
> > > adorable little puppy, "If 10 million people don't log on to wizzbang.com in the
> > > next 2 hours I will kill this dog!".
> > No way. He would get life without parole. Just extrapolate
> > >from the current wacky trends in Taxifornia. Last week, two
> > huge dogs killed a woman as she frantically struggled to unlock
> > her apartment door. This week, the big debate is over what
> > should be done with one of the dogs. Tragic if they should
> > actually euthanize the murderous cur.
> > A woman gets 5 yrs in the slammer for leaving a dog in
> > a hot car. In the same state, a mother does the same to a
> > 3 yr old child, cooking his brains. No legal consequences.
> > Just imagine what would happen should a person attempt
> > to circumcize a puppy. spike
> John Marlow
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