A Search and Rescue Dog Attacked By Pit Bulls

Jan 20, 2011 7:19 PM

It was simply heartbreaking to see the devastation on Sean Crabtree's face as he talked about Rocky's attack. With major bite wounds, a huge incision on his side, and a missing leg, Rocky is finally home and on the road to recovery. "It's a miracle that he's here now. He didn't give up. He was there from 6 to 8 hours just bleeding out. He didn't give up, I'm not giving up on him!" Sean Crabtree is talking about his beloved dog Rocky. A dog who spent days searching for hurricane Katrina victims.

While Crabtree was on vacation last month, Rocky was brutally attacked by four pit bulls who ripped holes through the back fence of Crabtree's house. He received a disturbing phone call from the neighbor who was checking in on his dogs. "She said Rocky is covered in blood. There's blood everywhere. I don't know what's going on."

The neighbor immediately rushed him to Northpointe Veterinary Hospital in Yuba City. Crabtree jumped in his car and began driving at more than 100 miles per hour. "I was trembling. I hadn't shaken like that since I was in Iraq."

The 7-year-old German Shepard was taken to the U.C. Davis Veterinary Hospital the next day where his back right leg was amputated. The total cost of medical bills: $35,000. The man who owns the pitt bulls says his homeowners insurance will cover the cost.

Only one of the pit bulls had a current rabies shot. The other three were quarantined for 10 days at the Yuba County Animal Shelter. They have since been released to their owners. "I have a 5 year old son. My worry is that what happens if they decide to do that again. Or what happens if my kid is outside?"

Crabtree is hoping his story will bring about awareness to others, in hopes that pit bull laws may be changed in Yuba County. "I can't hold onto the past because then there's no healing, literally for me or for him. But we'll see what happens in the days to come."

We tried to get ahold of the pit bull's owner, but they did not want to comment.


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