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Here, kitty … look what four pit bulls did to a minivan trying to get at a kitten hiding in the engine well

Aug 22, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

Dogs Gnaw Van AP

Not sports, but holy Moses. Anyone who doubts that pit bulls are really just sharks with feet should check out this photo — yep, dogs did this.

It began in Banning, Calif., where four pit bull terriers chased a kitten into the engine compartment of this Dodge minivan. The dogs went to work trying to get at the feline — chewing away big chunks of the fender and bumper, and even flattening a tire. Eventually the dogs gave up.

But kitty’s adventure was not over. Upon discovering the damage, the owner of the minivan changed the tire, then drove 25 miles from Banning to Palm Springs to work … all with the kitten still aboard. By this time it was hiding in the hollow of the bumper.

After discovering the terrified 7-week-old kitten, the man alerted animal control, which had to remove the bumper to get it out.

Hollywood Happy Ending: The kitten, which was named “Fender Lynx” by animal hospital staff, was declared in good health, and will be up for pre-adoption on Saturday.

  1. ccshocktalk - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    lets be real, any dog is capable of such damage. It is all in how the animal is trained. You see bears that give their trainers hugs, and you see bears that rip your body to shreds and eat it. I’ve seen more polite, well trained, “wimpy” pittbulls, boxers, dobermans, german shepherds, and rottweilers than I have overly aggressive fighting kind of dogs. I personally have owend a rotty, and worked with a doberman for over 10 years…both weighing in over 100 pounds, and both quite capable of doing extreme damage, but never did. It’s all in how you train them. I would suspect the owner of those 4 pittbulls trained their dogs to do that. I currently have a lab that is a very popular breed to hunt animals, but mine will walk past ducks and geese without barking…he chases lizards but that’s about it…it all comes down into what you allow a dog to do from day one, what you encourage and discourage as well.

    punish the owner not the dog.

    • dowhatifeellike - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      I agree that the owner is a fault here but, no, most breeds are not capable of doing that kind of damage.

    • paperlions - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Most dogs are not capable of doing such damage because most dogs don’t have the necessary tools to do it….and going from rottiees to dobies to pit bulls isn’t exactly sampling the morphological variety of dog breeds….you are pretty much staying at the same end of the gradient.

      I would wager the pits did this because they haven’t been trained at all, rather than they have been trained to do it. Pit bulls have the tools and the temperament to do damage if left to their own devices….but, yeah, still 100% on the owner, you have to know what you are adopting and train/socialize it appropriately to ensure it isn’t a danger to anyone/anything….this sounds like fairly typical pit bulls have been left alone in the yard all day, every day.

  2. cornernum23 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I hate when people try to put down the dogs as a breed. I owned two pit bulls for years, and I my dogs had to get put down when I moved not for anything they did, but for what other people who don’t trained their animals have done. My dogs never hurt anyone, and for you to say there are just “sharks with feet” shows only how limited your knowledge is.

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    “Not sports but holy Moses”
    Don’t tell that to Michael Vick.