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Police Chief On Pit Bull Attack: "It Was Bad"

Trying to get the dog off Riverhead Town Animal Control Officer was a 'battle', Chief David Hegermiller said.

Riverhead Town animal control officer Jessica Eibs-Stankaitis is lucky to be alive after a pit bull attack on Friday that left her badly injured.

Eibs-Stankaitis was mauled by a pit bull at the Riverhead Town animal shelter on Friday just after 3 p.m., Police Chief David Hegermiller said Saturday.

The ACO, who suffered lacerations to her face, has undetermined damage to her hip, Hegermiller said. "That's where the dog latched on. It wouldn't let go."

Animal shelter staff had no clue the dog would attack. "They thought it was a good dog," Hegermiller said. The dog, he added, was found on Wading River-Manor Road in a crate, on the side of the road. The male pit bull had been at the town animal shelter for a few days. 

"She was walking back to the kennel and the dog just attacked her out of nowhere," Hegermiller said. "She was very fortunate the dog didn't latch onto her neck."

Trying to get the dog off Eibs-Stankaitis wasn't easy, Hegermiller said. "It bad," he said. "It was a battle."

First, he said, after Eibs-Stankaitis screamed for help, a kennel attendant tried to use a snare pole on the animal's hind leg. "It didn't work," Hegermiller said. "Jessica, with the dog still hanging on her hip, was able to get something around its head and break it free."

Hegermiller said he saw Eibs-Stankaitis at Peconic Bay Medical Center last night; she has since been released. "It was upsetting to see her in the hospital," he said.

The dog, the police chief said, is currently in confinement at the town animal shelter and will be put down in ten days.

Eileen DiCosola November 14, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I am very sorry for your son's injuries. I don't understand why it makes a different what the demo graphic for people who rescure Pittsbulls and so their advocacy as white woman is so appalling to you. What does it matter who does it I just Thank God someone is..Are you an animal expert I don't think so.. You are a person with a personal vendetta against Pittbulls due to what happen to your son. I think you have a great cause your son to put your energy in helping to close these puppy mills that are breeding game-line pittbulls and shuting down Dogfighting all together. Breeding the game blood line out of these dogs is what is needed. Not as your solgan goes Ban the Breed Stop these deeds which will never happen. I am glad there are advocates for animals and it doesn't matter to me what race they are. I believe that all animal advocates are alot more informed about the animals they help than you may know. I guess you haven't met my Vet (a white woman) who is not only an expert on animal meicine(as you spelled it) but animal behavior. Do you know my GYNO? I agree that dogs bred to fight need to be rehabilated and puppy mills that are breeding dogs for that reason need to be closed but the reason they are still open and dogfighting still goes on is MONEY!!! I think where you are from Maryland is one of the biggest for dogfighting. Many pittbulls that were breed with upstanding breeders who bred the game line out of these dogs.Sell one of the best dogs you can ever have.
Eileen DiCosola November 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
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Tony Solesky November 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Rightly or wrongly demographics are tracked and then marketed too. So to have a complete understanding of the issue you have to examine all sides. You can’t have a group say they are expert and then advocate for a breed and at the same time grow the animal population from 52 million in 2001 to 77 million presently. All at a time where there because of the internet more information available in the last decade to the common man in that same ten year period then in all previous history combined. I am a devote dog lover and pitbulls are not pets. White females are marketed to grow this business and theologically built to nurture. Most volunteer at the shelter (free staff) vet comes to shelter gives one day a week free care. Dog food company donates free food to shelter. Pet supply store donates equipment. Volunteers take two three dogs pester friend to adopt form little social groups all at their cost. Dog gets placed shelter recommends to use that vet of course now for paid services, buy that dog food and patronizes this pet supplier all over a 12 to 14 year costumer base for them built on your sweat. But I just don’t know why with all this information and effort the dog population grows and the problem gets worse you say.
Tony Solesky November 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I don’t have a vendetta, I have a full understanding of the problem because I am both an extreme dog lover and the parent of a child who was involved in an extreme breed attack. I also have lived long enough to know that this very debate is self evident to a problem with this breed and it is caused by people who are marketed to and indoctrinated into a thinking then confusing it with an education on the issue. Then being so secure in their choice of pet that they assume facts are attacks. You are being marketed to because you are a white female. It is just that simple. Turn your attention to children and humans as your first priority then dog find their proper place in society. Rather then surrogate your dogs as human children and place the dog and children in circumstances that are destine to be dangerous. Make human victims your first priority and this goes away. Make dog your first priority and it gets worse. I love both dogs and humans I just have my priorities in order. Humans first ban these breeds stop these deeds.
Tony Solesky November 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
11:22 am on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Rightly or wrongly demographics are tracked and then marketed too. So to have a complete understanding of the issue you have to examine all sides. You can’t have a group say they are expert and then advocate for a breed and at the same time grow the animal population from 52 million in 2001 to 77 million presently. All at a time where there because of the internet more information available in the last decade to the common man in that same ten year period then in all previous history combined. I am a devote dog lover and pitbulls are not pets. White females are marketed to grow this business and theologically built to nurture. Most volunteer at the shelter (free staff) vet comes to shelter gives one day a week free care. Dog food company donates free food to shelter. Pet supply store donates equipment. Volunteers take two three dogs pester friend to adopt form little social groups all at their cost. Dog gets placed shelter recommends to use that vet of course now for paid services, buy that dog food and patronizes this pet supplier all over a 12 to 14 year costumer base for them built on your sweat. But I just don’t know why with all this information and effort the dog population grows and the problem gets worse you say.
Anne Marie November 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I know my dog.. and all the others on this block. I'd rather have all of them in this house than spend one more sencond debating a topic with you. Enjoy your day.
Anne Marie November 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Actually the fact remains that it's up to the owner to control their pet. When the owner does not do everything in their power to diffuse any situation that would bring potential harm (read that carefully) then the owner needs to be held liable and usually is. The unfortunate thing is that sometimes dogs "snap".. after all they can't yell at someone to leave them alone since they haven't ben gifted with the ability to speak. So who's responsibility is it? The owner's.. not the dogs. Whose fault is it? The owner's, not the dogs.
Anne Marie November 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
https://www.facebook.com/HopeForMolly tell me this dog had a choice of being a bait dog. Tell me it's her fault that she ended up in the hands of the morons who put her in the pit... Tell me it's not the owner's fault now.. I dare you.
Tony Solesky November 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Yes it is mans fault for breeding them. Dogs don't have faults, they have instincts and when people protect the breeding of these dogs, it is their fault no matter how good their intentions. Your problem is that you assume all dogs are kind by nature but because not one single breed is not an act of nature it is called a breeding. Man has to make them mate to what man wants. How most all dogs became know as gentle is because every single breeder of all breeds killed the puppies. that did not have the traits they wanted. Yes every breed, only what they wanted survived. Mean dogs had no place for people developing pets and well mannered dogs. Gentle dogs are developed over years of breeding. When animal rights groups stopped this pracrtice of killing undesirable dogs, then breeders went to sterilizing unwanted dogs and allowing them to survive. All gentle dog breeds are a result of selective breeding and killing the unwanted. Pitbulls are bred and developed the exact same way but in reverse. A submissive dog is killed. Only the agressive traits are preserved. Most people don't realize Mike Vick didn't kill lossers, he killed quiters. lossers that don't quit are highly prized to breed to a dog that fights good so they can get a good fighter that won't quit. Everything that is done to breed a gentle submissive dog is the reverse of what is done to breed a dangerous fighting dog.
Tony Solesky November 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM
That is why this loving firefighter died yesterday because she did not know that. There is no way she was not a loving owner. # 32 this year the record is 33. That will get broken this year. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/chi-kane-county-firefighter-killed-by-her-dog-20121114,0,6246192.story
Eileen DiCosola November 14, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Ann Marie if you wish to continue your comments to Mr. Solesky could you give him your e-mail address and do it that way..We are not interested in what he has to say and is using this space as a format for his cause which is not appropriate.. Thank you
Anne Marie November 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM
And it's up to people to continue the line of gentle dogs by preserving the breed... NOT by eliminating them.
Eileen DiCosola November 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I do agree and feel the same way you do Ann Marie.
Anne Marie November 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Thanx Eileen.
Anne Marie November 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
According to the story, it's the mastiff that was suspected of the deed... Not the pit-mix. Clarification and correct representation of facts in the report is much more of an astute way to be.. no? My email is EastEndChef631@ymail.com should you choose to reply.
Tony Solesky November 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Absolutely AnnMarie to your question of facts? I was not focused on the Pitbull in this article. Since we both agree that it was likely the other breed as reported least give all the other media stories the same astute view. Then get back to me when you can come up with anything that does not prove Pitbulls to be the worst of the worst and the most dangerous breed. Also I thank you for extending your e-mail address but I am writing to you but rather what I believe is a much larger audience who wants real infromation and may agree with my point of view and my cause. To that end you are invaluable to them.
Eileen DiCosola November 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM
LISTEN and LISTEN GOOD SOLESKY we are sick and tired of you and your point of view (which we don't agree with) and your cause. We dont want your information.. Take it to Maryland and leave us in Riverhead, NY alone!!!! This is a community paper and you (Thank God) are not part of it!!!!! I guess they are sick of you in Maryland too and that is why you feel the need to bother everyone else..LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!
helen evans November 15, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Since we all forgot, how is Officer Jessica doing?
helen evans November 15, 2012 at 08:33 AM
And did they put the dog down?
Tony Solesky November 15, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Eileen, What is this we stuff? What capcity do you serve on the paper? My son was supposed to die. 32 have died this year. A animal control officer was brutally attacked. I have something to offer. Would you like to hear the brutal 911 tape of my sons ordeal over a dog?. What is it that I am doing other then making people aware? You have a view, I have a obligation. Why would you not want to thwart my true life information? Get used to hearing from me on a bigger scale I am not some guy who has on a laptop talking out of turn. Perhaps google my name look at what I have done for public awareness nationally. . I am doing it without pay and to help stop people and their pets from being killed by dogs that have no business being pets. What are you doing about it? You have offered nothing that would have helped this animal control officer or past and future victims who become victims thinking just as you do. When they see how you respond to me they are more likely to look deeper into those who advocate for these dogs. That very action and the wake up call they will get when they check out what is going on is what my goal is. To that end you are invaluable. Keep up the good work.
Eileen DiCosola November 15, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Your comments are gender biased and promote racial profiling. I appreciate your personal tragedy however your personal issues do not reflect the overall concern of this community. We have a well educated, intelligent, caring community that has read your opinion; OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Ultimately, parents and pet owners will make their decisions based on individual experience and unbiased information regarding this issue. Thank you
Anne Marie November 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The 10 day quarantine is over.. no idea if the dog was put down. I assume it was.
judy kayton November 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
sadly,people get dogs without researching the breed first and very importantly where the dog was bred or raised. "pit bulls" or terriers which is what the breed background is, were raised to "go to ground" for small prey or protect stock from foxes, badgers and weasels. it is a sturdy, fearless dog usually playful and outgoing., they are loyal and protective to their families. They have high energy and are successful at agility and obedience. They need activity,close bonding and early training and socialization. they need a strong and loving leader they are not for the aggression, ignoring, impatient trainers, ego boosters or macho image people. That being said do your research and talk to breeders before some one gets any dog and see if it is a match. people buy or adopt pets without researching if they fit their lifestyle, the type of pet owner and leader/trainer they will be, and their committent to having a animal for several years. dogs don't know the future, only the present and past, unfortunately the animal control officer was trying to do the right thing with possibly an animal that had an abusive past and didn't trust.
pir2 December 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Unless the law has changed the police in Honolulu will shoot on sight any pit bull that shows aggressive behavior and is not chained as they respond to an incident at an address. Hawaii was known for its dog fighting and cock fighting at one time and has a history of dog attacks on unsuspecting passerbys.
Oliver December 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
That's the problem with pit bulls, Janet- MOST OWNERS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY HAVE. I live in an area where the "breed" is banned, for good reason- when you see one focus, tail not wagging, with an idiot owner who has no idea what this posture means, and there is a 2 year old granddaughter oblivious to the clear danger, or a small dog unaware of this creature, perhaps you'll understand why the breed has found areas that ban them altogether.' If you haven't had as much education as Caesar the dog whisperer, pick a breed that you can handle, or get a cat. It's the fault of owners, yes, for picking an inherently dangerous breed and considering their dog "harmless".
Oliver December 19, 2012 at 02:51 AM
If a pit bull ends up in a shelter it should be humanely euthanized, end of story. It's there for a reason.
Tony Solesky December 19, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Interesting concept Oliver considering that the people who ask for donations to their shelters to help curb animal over population are the same folks who promote no kill shelters. it is hard to escape the fact that we have gone from 52 million dogs in 2001 to 80 million presently. The significants of that is that is a 1/3 increase in revenue to the Pet supply and veterinarian industry. Free to good home yeah free to who? Not the person that rescues it thats for sure.
Oliver December 19, 2012 at 02:59 AM
To Ann Marie, above- what in the heck do you have an animal in the house with a child, to boot, that has all of these caveats ("don't go near it if it walks away, stay away from the food bowl")...what is wrong with you??? Other dogs might nip, but clearly, you've chosen an inherently dangerous animal- again, what is wrong with you?
Oliver December 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
No one wants to meet your dog, Anne Marie.
Eileen DiCosola February 06, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Thank God that most well educated pet owners think of you as rubbish.

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