Pit Bulls are often given a bad report as being ferocious man eating dogs.
However, this story of a Python gone mad must surely make Pit Bulls look like Poodles.
The Muskegon Chronicle reported how Brian Ahlin of Ottawa County was attacked by a 7-foot-long python. This may not be entirely unusual that a person would be attacked by a snake. What makes it particularly science fiction like, is that fact that Brian was driving his 5,000-pound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup at the time.
While Brian was fairly confident in his own safety at the time his thoughts for his pet dog. He believed that his dog would become a 50 pound snake snack should it have jumped out the window at the lunging python.
“I’ll tell you, this snake was big enough it could have swallowed a kid,” Brian said. “I mean the girth on that thing was huge.”
Fearing for the safety of others that might happen across the snakes path Brian tried repeatedly to run the snake over, but the Python would not be killed – again this story takes on a science fiction feel.
State Police Trooper William Coon responded to a call by Tom Moore a witness to the attack. Coon soon found himself as the Python’s target.
Responding to the aggressive snake Coon had no choice but to open fire. After being run over at least 10 times, it still took three shots from Coon to bring the lunging snake down.
The snake was identifed as a Burmese python native to Southeast Asia but introduced into the United States to be sold as pets. They have the potential to grow to more than 20 feet in length and up to 200 pounds.
Given the attitude toward dangerous dog breeds such as the Pit Bull, how should we respond to dangerous reptiles?
It is likely this snake was abandoned as the responsibility of caring for such large snake got out of hand. Should owners of these animals be prosecuted for dumping an animal capable of killing dogs or small children?
Should dangerous animals be banned from pet stores? Will anyone take responsibility?
Or is this a one off and there are many stories out there of people who have raised similar snakes and found them to be a great joy for the life of the snake? May be this was just a freak case. May be it is like Pit Bull owners who claim that the problem is with a few animal owners and not the breed its self.
What do you think?
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