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Vanessa Carlton's Bite Case -- Pit Bull Gets Off

7/8/2010 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A pit bull accused of viciously attacking singer Vanessa Carlton has just escaped a death sentence -- after the dog owner proved Carlton's bite wound didn't match up with a mold of the dog's teeth.

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The exonerated puppy is Bella -- who was just 9 months old when she was accused of biting the hell out of Vanessa -- who was jogging in Pennsylvania on May 2.

But in a trial that was like an episode of "CSI" -- Bella's owner argued that there's no way the doggy would have carried out the attack ... and then brought in several forensic experts -- including specialists in dog behavior and canine dentistry -- to back her story.

Ultimately, the experts paid off -- and the judge ruled that Bella could move back in with her owner ... instead of being put down.

Carlton -- who attended the six hour trial in person -- had no comment after the case. 


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WTF    

Who gives a rat's ass. It's a dog - a pitbull no less. The fact that so much time, money and effort was wasted on a dog that you can pick up for $50 at the pound is ludicrous. Dog lover need to get a grip.

1568 days ago
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crabbygirl81    

Never heard of this story until now. Glad the owners stuck up for their dog. Any dog can bite...it's really a shame that pit bulls have a bad rap.

1568 days ago
18.

Brooks    

She is so nasty...get over yourself. If a dog did bite you, you probably deserve it. Oh and by the way. .No one even knows or cares who you are.

1568 days ago
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Brooks    

To the person that was in the court---You're probably Vanessa...or a friend of hers. Hopefully you'll be the "3rd Bite"

1568 days ago
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Benny Blanco    

NO WONDER she got bitten....she looks like bacon...what happened to her...she use to be so hot...

1568 days ago
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The REAL DEAL    

All Pit bulls should be put to death. These are vicious dogs and should be outlawed. If you have a pit bull, you should be put down too for being stupid. Lady just attacked in Atlanta by 3 pit bulls for just walking in her neighborhood. When will all of these ignorant animal lovers pull their heads out of their backsides and realize they are just dangerous animals. Maybe if they had to purchase outrageously high dollar insurance they would think twice before keeping one of these as pets. I have a dog and have always had a dog but I do not support pit bulls, their owners or any law that protects the animal over the human. God save us all from these idiots.

1568 days ago
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Barb    

Of course the bite marks aren't going to match up!! The dog has grown up since the incident. This dog needs to ber put down along with all the haters. If it not the dog but the owners fault that the dog bites people, I want to see the owners in JAIL.

1568 days ago
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Jenn    

To the REAL DEAL....You're an ignorant bastard. You probably agree with every stereo type given to people too. You should be the exception to freedom of speech! I feel sorry for the people who know you! LOSER

1568 days ago
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Violette-Blue    

It's funny to me that all you haters of dogs & animals out there are so quick to want to hurt the animal for no reason. It probably was just protecting itself. We don't sue when a person kills another person or a child. In fact, instead of putting the criminal down we send them to jail we we pay for them to have an education, 3 square meals a day, exercise and other stuff. When the person gets out of prison, which does happen they kill all over again and no one cares. If an animal is protecting itself or it's children we are so quick to kill it. We are the animals not the animals themselves. God's creatures deserve a voice & deserve respect more than we do.

1568 days ago
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Violette-Blue    

For the moron who said TMZ was wrong. Read below. It's from the Pocono Record. Yay for the doggie. F*ck everyone else who blames the dog for this. Vanessa just wants her 15 minutes of fame. What a horrible way to have it.

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100708/NEWS/7080315/-1/NEWS01

1568 days ago
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TheTroubleWithPants    

Actually I was bitten by a German Shepherd when I ran past it. It was a deep bite that required a trip to the local A & E. The dog was not to blame. It was leashed and minding it's own business when some dumb girl ran past it and scared it into reacting defensively. It was the dumb girl's fault. Dogs are like horses, slow down when you go past so you don't startle them. The dog wasn't put down, we went on to become friends, when it knew I wasn't the idiot I appeared to be, and it had a long and happy life with it's owners who loved the ****ens out of it.

1568 days ago
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TheTroubleWithPants    

Haha - the starred word was d.ickens :-) Really TMZ you should buy a dictionary - it's not the least bit offensive :-D

1568 days ago
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The REAL DEAL    

JENN - Don't feel sorry for me or my family and friends. We are not the problem here - it is people like you that have such a warped sense of right and wrong that the damage you do to this country is amazing. May you suffer from your own ignorance for the remainder of your life and if you so lucky to find someone to give you children I pray that they don't inherite your skewed ideals and suffer from the same uneducated ignorance as you do but become a productive and engaged member of society to strengthen it rather than destroy it. I will pray for you because it is clear you need all the help you can get. And by the way, I still think all pits should be put down regardless of your vulgar words. Anyone who place more value on an animal over that of a human is sick and twisted and in need of some immediate mental evaluation. All pet owners have a responsibility to ensure their animals don't cause harm to others, clearly someone failed here.

1568 days ago
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Sapphyre    

Who the heck is the dog hater?

1568 days ago
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Dawn    

I've never understood how some dog owners/lovers seem to think that it's okay for dogs to roam around attacking people - I'm convinced that these people are human-haters. I see a lot of nutty people who use their dogs against people, while at the same time, taking the credit for being compassionate animal lovers. They even have the audacity to be annoyed at people who use those ultrasonic 'dog chasers' to protect themselves. Once, I rang up a pet shop to ask if they had such a thing in stock, as I'd recently had a near-fatal experience with a dog. It was like she wasn't even listening. The indignance in her voice was unbelievable. I made it quite clear that these devices would not be harmful to the dog. These people are nothing short of insane. Even after their dogs have actually attacked someone, there is often little compassion for the person who has been attacked. Maybe if their dogs were to bite a chunk out of their own azzes (or their childrens'), then they might begin to get a clue.

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