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New 'DWTS' Competitor Accused of Canine Attack

8/12/2009 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ashley HamiltonRemember that dude who married Shannen Doherty back in 1993? Yeah, we didn't either until actor Ashley Hamilton's dog allegedly mauled somebody in Los Angeles.

A guy named Michael Cohen is suing the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars" contestant for acting "negligently, carelessly and recklessly" when Hamilton's American Staffordshire Terrier (similar to a "Pit Bull") allegedly bit Cohen's dog "Sabra" in L.A.'s Runyon Canyon a few months ago.

Cohen says he cradled his wounded pooch in his arms when Hamilton's dog -- who was allegedly "roaming freely" at the time -- bit Cohen on his hand and wrist.

According to the docs, Cohen tried to make a run for it, but tripped over a rock in the process, injuring himself further ... not that we find that kinda/sorta funny or anything.

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doc murry    

OKAY CARON-C GIRL YOU GOT IT ON THE FIRST TIME SO WE DONT NEED TO SEE THE SAME DUMB COMMENT TWICE,,MAKES U LOOK DUMBER THAN U ALREADY LOOK

1796 days ago
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nightcrawler    

Pitbulls are psychotic , I've been chased by one before to bad I didn't have my 45 with me .Now I'm CCW'D and ready because I was almost dogfood. People who own these should be licensed and insured or we should exterminate the breed altogether. C-GIRL...Gosh TMZ never makes a special effort to comment on my B.S. You're special.Tmz...tell Max to comb his hair!

1796 days ago
18.

Justin is Calling    

In 1996-7, Ashley Hamilton spent time at Hazelden Treatment Center in Center City Minnesota, for cocaine abuse.

1796 days ago
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AA    

Why is the breed of the dog even relevant? If it were a labl would you have specified what type of dog it was? Do you have any idea how many dogs get into fights at dog parks. I have no idea why this person would be cradling her dog at a dog park...or anywhere either.

1796 days ago
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Eaglerockguy    

Why does TMZ always conveniently omit the fact that Runyon Canyon is an off leash dog park? There's always that subtle implication that these celebs (or "celebs" in this case) are just letting their dogs run wild around Los Angeles, when in fact they're being GOOD dog owners by taking their dogs to a place where they're allowed to run around without being stuck on a leash.

1796 days ago
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JLS    

What is funny about a dog attack and an owner cradling his dying dog in his arms? He was so understandably upset he tripped. OH MY GOD, TMZ! You have reached another new low. I have observed the age of your reporters that joke around in the TMZ newsroom with Harvey. See if you can gather up a bit more maturity next time.

1796 days ago
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LA Sugar Mama    

Read the story, tards. The person who got hurt was 'cradling' their dog because it was injured by the other dog. Definitely nothing funny here, and to imply there might be is just sick, TMZ.

1796 days ago
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sammyjo    

Slow newsday TMZ??????? FYI...Staffordshire Terriers and Pitbull Terriers ARE different, and neither is a vicious breed if raised properly.

1796 days ago
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RuleyDogs    

That's what's so great about the internet. You can post anything you want, even when you don't know what you're talking about. The AmStaff and the PitBull are two separate breeds (yes, similar). The IDIOT (justwaittillakidgetsbit) that said that pits should be outlawed is EXTREMELY IGNORANT. Pits tend to be dog aggressive, because that's what they were bred for, but they are usually people-friendly. Bred to fight other dogs-- they had to be good with people. People had to get in the ring with an fired up dog and take him out to fight another day. Dog aggressive IS NOT THE SAME as people aggressive. BTW -- you spelled "vicious" wrong too.

1796 days ago
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john stamos    



..AM STAFF'S are the COUSIN BREED OF AN AMERICAN PITBULL TERRIER..i have an AM STAFF..

they have the same tendencies of a pit ...if they are tested then they will attack!
they were breed for hunting. They like to chase smaller animals which is why you should ALWAYS HAVE THEM ON A LEASH!!!!!!!!. regardless if they bite or not.. you wouldnt want somebodies dog attacking your dog... BOTTOM LINE

1796 days ago
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jesus    

Cohen's dog must have been a real bitch.

1796 days ago
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Annie    

Pitbulls are not anymore vicious than your ordinary dog. It's how you raise them...let's not be ignorant people!

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