3 injured in Taiwan's second bloody pit bull attack in 2 weeks

Pit bulls required by law to be accompanied by adult owners, kept on leashes

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(我是大里人 FB group photo)

(我是大里人 FB group photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Three men living in Taichung were assaulted and injured by a pair of pit bulls on Thursday (Sept. 3), marking the second serious attack by the dog breed in Taiwan within the past two weeks.

CCTV footage shows two pit bulls attacking a 52-year-old man, surnamed Pan (潘), after he stepped out of a house in Dali District. Pan fell to the ground but managed to get back up. Two men in their 60s were also attacked as they helped him.

The two dogs left after the assault and the three victims were taken to the hospital for treatment. Pan suffered multiple bite wounds to his hands, back, and knees. The other two victims had bruises on their legs.

Media reported the two dogs had been raised by a man living in the same neighborhood but that they were not properly confined on his property. The canines were later sent to a temporary shelter out of safety concerns.

A 50-year-old scooter rider surnamed Liao (廖) was attacked by a pit bull 12 days ago when stopping at an intersection in Yulin County. The dog was seen jumping from another scooter as the two men slowed down before a red light.

The pit attacked Liao, inflicting a 20-cm-long wound on his right thigh. The family of the victim claimed the dog had previously assaulted other residents in the community and that neighbors are afraid of it.

There had been multiple reports nationwide of pit bull attacks on humans and other dogs before the two incidents. Government data show there are over 1,000 pit bulls in the country.

The Cabinet classified pit bulls as an "aggressive" breed of dog in 2015. According to Article 20 of the Animal Protection Act (動保法), they must be accompanied by their adult owners at all times, be placed on a leash that does not exceed 1.5 meters, and be muzzled in public places. Violators face fines of between NT$30,000 (US$1,022) and NT$150,000.

The law deems the following types of dogs as aggressive breeds: American pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosas, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Dogo Argentinos, Brazilian Mastiffs, and mastiffs.