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Peter Strauss Bitten, Dog Bites Dust

4/24/2008 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

peter straussActor Peter Strauss was viciously attacked by a pit bull -- and the attack was so bad, the authorities put down the dog.

Here's what we know. A 30-pound pit bull mix escaped through its owner's fence late last month and attacked 61-year-old Strauss ('memba "Rich Man, Poor Man"?), who was on his property outside of Ojai, CA. We're told the ferocious dog found Strauss in his orchard and attacked him. Strauss was eventually able to escape by climbing up a tree.

A struggle ensued, and the dog eventually went on the hunt for fresh skin, attacking a neighbor. The Ventura County Dept. of Animal Regulation came and subdued the dog with a dog-catching pole.

The dog's owner surrendered the animal to the VCDAR and requested it be put down ... which it was.

We know Strauss was bitten in the legs. He was taken to the hospital and treated.

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Carol Allaire    

This males me sick.... Why do they pick on these dogs???? Can you not defend yourself????? Do you know how to act before any dogs??? This breed, Pit Bulls, are not bad dogs.... The people who own them are. Dogs are watch dogs, and thats what they do.....watch the property. Something was done to cause this dog to attack, and I wish it didn't happen, but in another way, he got it coming to him...Why can't they give these dogs the benefit of a doubt??? The tiger that bit the man from Sigfield and Roy, why not look at his condition.. He knew the animal didn't want to hurt him, and he is giving him a second chance. They need to do some people, like they do the dogs. Euthanize them just, the same. You can tell I Love animals. yes much better than humans. Don't get hurt, cause there you will lay. I would pick up and treat the animal 100% more than the stupid people. I think it is getting way out of hand. Some people don't need animals. They don't treat them right. They are companions, and they need your help. They depend on you to nurture and love them, but we don't. Come into my yard, and see what happens to you. You wish you never did....

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fuck you tmz    

harvey blew me off

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commentfromAK    

Dogs aim to please... wish we could put the owners down and rehabilitate the dogs they are the innocents most people can't even raise a dog let alone a kid... such a shame such a waste

2350 days ago
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Liz    

Did they doing ANY investigation on the owner? Dogs come into this world as docile creatures.............It is the owners that train them to be vicious! I am so sick of Pit Bulls getting a bad rap!!!!

2350 days ago
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JHK    

Please stop perpetuating the bad rap of Pit Bulls by putting inflamatory pictures like this with your story. The above poster is right - Pits get a bad rap, while they are actually very sweet, loving dogs who want nothing more than to please their owners!

2350 days ago
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Insert comical name here    

People should control and contain their animals. For the animals benefit as well as the neighbors. People with a dangerous breed of dog have a higher degree of responsibility to protect their neighbors. I agree with D in D about the owner needing to be prosecuted.

2350 days ago
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Kim    

One of the most gentle dogs I've ever encountered was a full blooded pit bull, his owners were kind and gentle to him and it showed in his behavior. Pit bulls that attack learn that behavior from their owners, same with rottweilers.
Owners of dogs that attack people like this should be charged with assault and battery, they are responsible for the dog.

2350 days ago
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thephoenix031107    

That dog in the pic above is not even looking aggressive. Looks like it is hanging it's head out of a car window just panting and enjoying life. Why try to make it look like it is attacking. Stop feeding into all the hype it is not the breed it is the owner.

2350 days ago
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Chrissy    

My pitbull looks exactly like that one... when its yawning. They are awesome animals and should be cared for properly unlike the above situation.

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kasey    

PITBALL IS NOT A A DOSILE BREED. THEY ARE MORE LIKLY TO ATTACK THEN A LABADORE FOR EXAMPLE.. IVE HAD PITS ALL MY LIFE AND THEY CAN BE GOOD OR BAD.. IVE HAD SHEAPARDS THAT WERE MORE CRAZY THEN ANY PIT IVE EVER HAD. HOWEVER A PITBULL WAS MADE TO DO DAMAGE AND KILL.. ITS IN THEIR BLOOD.. THATS WHY THEY HAVE THE MUSCLES IN THEIR FACE AND A JAW THAT LOCKS.. SO IF YOU THINK LIKE SOME MORONS THAT PITBULLS ARE SO SWEET AND LET THEM AROUND UR KIDS AND SAY THEY WOULD NEVER HURT ANYONE THEN UR A MORON TOO. THEY ARE JUST ANIMALS WITH THE CAPABILITY TO KILL!!

2350 days ago
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Boston Kate    

How many times do you need to read about the 'beloved' family pit bull, that turns and mauls one of the children. I see no logical reason to have a pet who has the potential to attack and kill a human being. I truly believe tht there IS something wrong in the chemistry of these dogs. Sometimes it comes out as an attack, sometimes it doesn't, but why would any clear-thinking person want to have a pit bull.

2350 days ago
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me    

dogs turn on you just like people and every other animal on the planet. some are just more prone to it than others. unfortunately, it's in the nature of pit bulls to do this, regardless of how "nice" you are to it.

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Shea    

I pray for the day there is federal legislation passed which requires anyone owning a vicious breed such as a Pit Bull or Rotweiler, must undergo training and carry special insurance to cover personal injuries caused by the dog to a victim.

Until then, we will continue to see the most irresponsible, stupid and low-classed individuals continue to buy these dogs.

I was attacked by a Rottweiler three years ago. And the owner of course, did not have any insurance. I ended up having to sue the owner of the property for allowing them to have a vicious dog on it, which incidentally, had attacked before. It took me three years to get a settlement. The emotional scars remain.

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lol    

Yeah, they're so sweet and gentle they're banned in certain cities/counties.

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Kim    

8. PITBALL IS NOT A A DOSILE BREED. THEY ARE MORE LIKLY TO ATTACK THEN A LABADORE FOR EXAMPLE.. IVE HAD PITS ALL MY LIFE AND THEY CAN BE GOOD OR BAD.. IVE HAD SHEAPARDS THAT WERE MORE CRAZY THEN ANY PIT IVE EVER HAD. HOWEVER A PITBULL WAS MADE TO DO DAMAGE AND KILL.. ITS IN THEIR BLOOD.. THATS WHY THEY HAVE THE MUSCLES IN THEIR FACE AND A JAW THAT LOCKS.. SO IF YOU THINK LIKE SOME MORONS THAT PITBULLS ARE SO SWEET AND LET THEM AROUND UR KIDS AND SAY THEY WOULD NEVER HURT ANYONE THEN UR A MORON TOO. THEY ARE JUST ANIMALS WITH THE CAPABILITY TO KILL!!

Posted at 2:05PM on Apr 24th 2008 by kasey

Learn how to spell, MORON!

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