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Resident's Dog Suffers Fatal Hit on Route 31 Sunday Afternoon

The dog belongs to a family in the area, fire officials said. Here’s what happened.

A dog was hit by a car Sunday afternoon on Route 31 and did not survive, the Geneva Fire Department said.

The crash occurred near North 1st (Route 31) and North streets. Geneva Fire was dispatched to the scene at about 4 p.m., Fire Lt. Fred Tichenor said.

The dog, identified as a pit bull by fire officials, was dead when they arrived to the crash. Tichenor said the dogs' owners live in Geneva. They were at the scene and were obviously upset about what happened.

The crash took place after the dog got loose, Tichenor said.

"The dog ran in the roadway, is my understanding," he said. "It ran towards another dog."

The dog was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle traveling northbound on Route 31. The female driving the SUV is from out of town, Tichenor said. The vehicle was not damaged and the female was unhurt.

Further information on this incident was not immediately available.

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Lindsey January 07, 2013 at 09:51 PM
That sounds horrible! I am sorry you had that experience. It is amazing what can happen. I am so glad you could save your dog. All my best!
Beth Ritchason January 07, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I am sorry for all involved. But the facts remain: 1) dog off leash, criminal offense. 2) pit bulls statistically have a high attack rate.3) Yes, people are responsible for turning this breed into one to be feared. 4) We have no idea if the dog was going to attack another dog. However, If anyone wants a link to worldwide statistics on dog breeds and number of attacks and deaths, let me know. Numbers tell quite a story.
Maggie J January 07, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Irtainally agree. Anyone who has a dog or has d a do will understand how vey sad it is for a family to lose their pet that way.
Beth Ritchason January 08, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Here you go. Look at the numbers. Read to the bottom. Pits are it. Sad but true (and poodles aren't on the list) Dog bite-related fatalities in the United States Year Total # Most fatal attacks by # Second-most fatal attacks by 1988 1 Labrador Retriever (2) (100%) 2001 3 Presa canario (1) (33.33%) Unknown strays (1) (33.33%) Pit bull (1) (33.33%) 2002 2 German Shepherd (1) (50%) Rottweiler (1) (50%) 2003 8 Pit bull-type (4) (50%) 2004 8 3 Pit bull-type one Pit bull/Labrador Retriever mix (4) (50%) 2005 29 Pit bull (12) (39%) Rottweiler (6) (21%) 2006 29 Pit bull (12) (40%) Rottweiler (9) (31%) 2007 34 Pit bull (15) (41%) Rottweiler (4) (12%) 2008 23 Pit bull (11) (43%) Husky (3) (13%) 2009 30 Pit bull (11) (32%) Rottweiler (4) (13%) 2010 33 Pit bull (19) (57%) Rottweiler (4) (12%) 2011 15 Pit bull or "Pit bull type" (9) (60%) Rottweiler (2) (16.66%) 2012 18 Pit bull or "Pit bull type" (11) (61%)
Julie January 08, 2013 at 01:22 AM
I highlighted ten breeds of dog that have become subject to bans throughout the world for their immensity and aggression. The fact is, big dogs often get a bum rap. Many little dogs bite as much, if not more frequently than their larger brethren. Because of their smaller size, the bites aren’t serious and rarely require medical attention, which skews the statistics unfairly. Below is a list of ten breeds that, while small or not otherwise overtly intimidating, are frequently underestimated. 1. Chihuahua, Beagle, Pekingese, Shar Pei, Bull terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Dalmation, Jack Russell Terrier, Chow Chow and Dashshund. Smaller dog, smaller bite. Again, any dog can bite. I had a pure bred golden that had many bad traits. He had terrible allergies, terrible separation anxiety, and was extremely protective of me. When he bit my daughter in the face because she startled him, I had no choice and had to put him to sleep the same day. I loved him dearly, but he was a risk to others. Never have I had an aggressive lab before, and I've had quite a few.

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