WATERLOO | Animal Control officials detained a dog after it entered a home and attacked a woman and two other dogs late last week.

Beth Rosenberg was letting her dogs out at about 11 a.m. Friday when a pit bull pushed its way through the front door of her Chestnut Street home and lunged at her.

"He went straight for my neck. He just missed my jugular by a few inches," said Rosenberg, who received scrapes to her jaw line and leg.

Rosenberg's dachshund, "Toki," came to her aid, and the attacker turned its attention to the smaller dog, biting down on its head.

That's when "Wolf," her 5-month-old rottweiler, joined in to help the dachshund.

Rosenberg's boyfriend, Iverson Holmes, heard the commotion while he was sitting on the living room couch and grabbed a rattan table.

Rosenberg was trying to grasp a collar to separate the dogs when Holmes told her to stand back.

"I picked up the whole dining room table and started whacking (the pitbull)," Holmes said.

He said he struck the attacking dog four times without results. On the fifth strike, it took off, tearing up the house as it found a way out.

"It was chaos in here," Holmes said.

Rosenberg called 911, and Holmes pulled a Japanese sword from the wall and went outside to look for the dog, but it had disappeared.

He said neighborhood youths told him the dog lived about a block away, and police and Waterloo Animal Control detained the dog, named "Simba."

Animal Control Officer Maria Tiller said the city still has control of the dog and plans to serve citations for fear of attack, dog at large, vaccination proof and city license.

Rosenberg's injuries didn't require medical treatment. Toki had bite marks on his head, and Wolf had an injured left front leg and underwent a veterinarian exam on Monday, Holmes said.

It is the latest in a series of high-profile attacks involving pit bulls that has the City Council considering new restrictions on the dogs. The most serious incident came on Aug. 27, when a Waterloo woman walking on Riehl Street was attacked by three dogs. She was hospitalized with extensive injuries. A pit bull was shot by police and two other dogs were detained by Animal Control.


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But...he is a great family pet.


Forced Entry? Really?
Whats next? Pit Bulls will be fingered for the Boston Marathon Bombing? The Collapse of the economy in 2008? The Colorado Floods?
(and we all know that Pit Bulls were the masterminds behind 9/11)

WOW, the intellect of our culture is going down in a ball of flames.


I'm sure the Waterloo city council will stop at nothing until they come up with a watered down policy that may or may not slap the hands of the offenders. Political correctness you know.


September 2013 - "A pack of six Pit Bulls escaped from a yard in the 1200 block of South Troy Street on Chicago’s west side on Saturday and critically injured 25-year-old Nikita Hampton Taylor during a vicious attack, according to police. "
Young man walking home has his face and arm ripped off...
I agree with jondoe, the City Council will "do nothing" as usual.


I have been involved with dogs, dog obedience and dog rescue for the past 40 years. Before the pit invasion, we NEVER experienced dog home invasion attacks, such as this.

Normal social animal dogs simply do not have the seek and destroy drive that "good" pits possess.

Simba is an example of a good pit bull. Good pits leave home, and without reason and without warning/trying to avoid a conflict, attack. (normal dogs are less aggressive away from home) Pit bulls who didn't wantonly attack were/are worthless to their sociopathic breeders.

While other dogs in the past were popular power dogs, no other dog would break into homes or attack leashed dogs on public sidewalks, or even attack humans in their homes/on public thoroughfares, in the ways and number that good pits do now.

That's because PITS /bully dogs are the only type of dog specifically mutant to attack their own kind for absolutely no reason. Proof that pits are mutant? They remain the choice of ALL USA dog fighters from coast to coast. Normal dogs, even Dobermans and German Shepherd Dogs, simply are not so anti-social to attack their own kind without reason. Normal dogs need a reason to attack. Good pits do not. Good pits will attack a puppy, a "belly up", submitting.puppy for not reason and not stop even when the puppy is dead. Good pits have carried their small victims home so they can continue mauling in the comfort of their own yards. This is mutant behavior, not that of a social/pack animal, which normal dogs are.

No, not all pits will mature to become GOOD pits, but the trait of pits to not give warning makes it impossible to determine which pits are good pits until it is too late. A good pit, after spending the morning snuggling on the couch with his own 5 year old child, will feel the urge to rush out his own front door to attack the passing child on the sidewalk, and then not stop even after suffering severe personal injury. Yes any dog can bite, but kick an attacking border collie in the ribs and his self-preservation instinct causes him to retreat. Stab or shoot a pit bull repeatedly and he doesn't let go of his victim's arm.

Pit BULLY people are insane. Proof is the warped "defense" of pits, when they say "pits were not bred to be human aggressive (I don't think my pit will kill you or your kids), pits were bred to be dog aggressive" (but I won't be surprised if my pit breaks into your yard or house to kill your dog). That's insane.

As someone who cares about the well being of all dogs, I cannot think of any trait worse then unprovoked dog aggression, especially in a dog large enough to kill all other size dogs, to kill even adult humans, cattle and horses too.

The BULLY people's right to breed more wanton-attacking/mauling dogs should end when it robs neighbors and passersby (pets/people) of their safety and well being. You can own your not-yet-violent BULLY dog but it must be spayed/neutered.

Dog fighters hate this plan, as they know it would take many decades to create a game mauling/killing dog from a non-bully dog. But normal, compassionate people do not want to continue supporting dog fighters. Enact and enforce mandatory spay/neuter microchipping (MSNM) of all pits, pit mixes all dog-aggressive dogs.

Pit bully people should not resist this plan, as they insist that training and management equals behavior, not breed/heritage. So when pits are few and far between, they can adopt any dog and manage/train that dog to be their charming pet.


wow, my eyes are now tired and so is my brain.

hardin county

This is absolute baloney. I have never read such twisted logic in my life. Every reliable study has proven time and time again that no breed of f dog is inherently more vicious or aggressive than another. Pitties score higher on temperament tests than Cockers, Beagles and Golden Retrievers. The world is a scary and dangerous place alright and from some of these comments i can tell you right now it isn't dogs we should be afraid of.


You can bank on the council doing exactly whatever the loudest voice in the room tells them to do. It's an election year, nearly all of them are running and nobody wants to make a decision or cast a vote that might irritate the law-breaking owners of these vicious animals. (Oh, yes, I'm sure there are some sweetie pits out there, but would you leave your baby or dog alone in a room with them?) Political correctness triumphs; public safety, be damned!

april 29
april 29

TeamPitAFull, David, as you know or should know, home invasion attacks by pit bulls are not rare. To make light of the truth in an effort to distract the public puts the public at risk.

Bye Bye Pit Bulls
Bye Bye Pit Bulls


Breed-Associated Behaviors
"Setting aside the issue of anomalous behaviors, studies show that there are both behavior and personality traits associated with specific breeds (18, 53, 54, 132, 146).

Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ".

Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.
It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.

Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.



If no one has ever told you before that you spend WAY too much time worrying about non-issues, and especially issues that won't affect you, let me be the first to do so today.


Who are you to judge what concerns a person has?


When I read 3,007 different posts about DOGS from one person, I find that a tad bit disconcerting. If you don't, then you must have similar obsessions.

Ninja Lesley
Ninja Lesley

I can't imagine a much worse scenario, when it comes to dog attacks. Safe in your own home? Not with a Pit Bull around, you're not. This takes canine aggression to a whole different level. Pits have committed many 'home invasions' in order to maul the occupants or their normal family pets; no other breed or type of dog DOES this. One has to laugh when the Pit advocates and owners leap to the defence of these dogs, claiming they are like all other breeds, and that they should never be singled out for 'unwarranted attention or bias'. You can be sure that when you hear of 'home invasions', a child needing to be life-flighted to hospital or a normal family pet dog or cat being suddenly and savagely mauled, there is a Pit Bull at the heart of the action. Everything these dogs DO is 'breed specific', and that is why they MUST be legislated against. They bring misery and chaos to once-quiet communities, and those who harbour them as pet dogs in their own homes are frankly playing with fire. 200+ years of being bred for savagery and nothing BUT savagery, is NOT going to be quelled with love, training or socialisation. What a gamble, to have one of these things around. 11 dead children so far this year from Pit Bulls; very MUCH 'breed specific'. No wonder the dog-fighters prefer them above all other breeds or types. I wish Mr & Mrs Rosenberg all the best, and that their pets heal quickly in both mind and body. I have no qualms in hoping that the mutant livestock-torturing, fight-to-the-death dog that someone foolish decided was a suitable family pet, is exterminated. It has tasted blood and the thrill of its old violent genetic characteristics; it is now more dangerous than it ever was before.


What stikes me is the photo of this dog. He did not ask to be born and placed in a position where everything is stacked against him. WE have done this as a society by making this breed popular and sleectively breeding for more and more aggressive traits. WE need to do what we can to reduce the number of dogs who end up being unfit for living in society and end up being killed simply for being what we have bred and trained them to be. We cannot solve it all no matter what, but we owe it to our community and to these dogs to try and stop this from what is becoming an every day occurance.


Of the 4,402 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,792 (63%) were pit bulls; 536 were Rottweilers; 3,565 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 514 human fatalities, 261 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 384 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,502 people who were disfigured, 1,670 (66%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 314 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,080 (83%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.


All pit bulls need to be spayed/neutered. Only exception would be if the owner is a certified breeder.


Don't blame the dog ; blame it's owner! Someone taught that dog that behavior.

Bye Bye Pit Bulls
Bye Bye Pit Bulls

Myth: Pit Bulls have been called the Nanny Dog.

Truth: This myth was started by statements made by two people. Mrs. Lilian Rant, President, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, magazine editor said they are referred to as a nursemaid dog in an interview published in the New York Times in 1971.

Second in 1987 Toronto Star article where Breeder Kathy Thomas, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Association said “In England, our Staffies were called the nanny-dog”.

No sources, citations or evidence just two biased people heavily invested in trying to change the image of Pit Bulls made these statements and started this whole myth.

The "nanny dog" is a complete historical fabrication. The sole known published reference to the "nanny dog" notion, before the rise of opposition to breed-specific laws in recent decades, came in a 1922 work of fiction, Pep: The Story of A Brave Dog, by Clarence Hawkes, a blind man who wrote by dictating his stories and, though able to spin a gripping yarn, routinely muddled his facts.

This work of fiction also appears to be the point of origin of many of the other popular myths about the history of pit bulls. Indeed some dogfighters did photograph their pit bulls with their children, to help advertise the sale of their cull dogs as pets, but that hardly means pit bulls were safe pets.

One of the most notorious of these gents, professional dogfighter John P. Colby, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, produced his first pit bull litter in 1889. The Boston Globe on December 29, 1906 reported that police shot one of his dogs, who mauled a boy while a girl escaped. On February 2, 1909 the Globe described how one of Colby's dogs killed Colby's two-year-old nephew, Bert Colby Leadbetter.

The entire history of the "nanny dog" myth is outlined here:


Maybe I don't get it, but I have having an issue with this "home invasion" wording. I mean did the pit kick the door in? did it come through the window? anything stolen in this home invasion. Home invasions are to me, not the way this should be talk about. should be that more then likely, the house has a shaddy door on it that couldn't shut and the pit got in the house. I mean home invasion, i can't wait to see this on CSI, home invasion in wealthy neighborhood, all neighbors see is a pack of dogs running from scene.


That's foolish. Like somehow this is the victim's fault???? Anyway you look at it, the responsibility lies with the owner. I hate pitbulls because my dog was attacked on a walk. She couldn't even run away because she was leashed. It was terrorizing. However, I hate to see any family being forced to give up their pets. The city can get tough with the lousy dog owners. Pitbull owners who say their dog wouldn't ever attack are also fools. I have a lab, and I would NEVER say that my dog would not bite. She is a dog. It's my job to be certain she doesn't.


My point Gloria, which you OBIVOUSLY didn't get is more about calling this a pit bull home invasion.. GOOGLE, dog home invasion, and all you will see is dogs being shot during home invasions. SO THAT'S MY POINT. i have never blamed a victim, nor am i hear. i pointed out one thing i notice as i drive through those parts of town. so houses the screen-door is barely even attached. so get off the pedestal and re-read the comment. And if you go back and read my other posts on this topic I am pretty adamant about not blaming the dog but the owner. SO we actually are in a agreement, but you couldn't tell that by looking down your nose at my opinion


Oh ya, pit bulls are just like other dogs. Other dogs pull home invasions all the time... Sigh, these people were very lucky, most of the time entire families have to watch as their beloved pet is disemboweled by these mutants right in front of them. These fighting dogs must be restricted or banned. If its not the owner and the dog then fine why not restrict who can own them? Ah but they will scream and whine about anything because of the imagined dog racism and other ridiculous arguments and myths that do not hold water in the slightest way. All they know is damage control, nanny dog myths and attacking those who speak out.


It is a sad picture, dogs that attack do so because of bad owners. Glad the Courier is keeping this issue out front. I wish they would publish pictures of the owners of these dogs since this is really the owners fault!


Bye Bye Pitbulls,

other than cry and moan and post nonsensical articles about dogs on these forums anonymously, tell us what you do in person to bring an end to pitbulls in America.

If the answer is nothing, which I suspect, then your words are cowardice.


Wow, I didn't know that pitbulls are doing home invasions now in Waterloo. I am a taxpayer her in waterloo. When I was 7 years old, I got bit by my neighbors dog and it was not a pitbull. I currently own a red nose pitbull terrier. He was neutered when we first got him, he is licensed in the city and he is updated on all shots. We also, as a responsible dog and home owner, fenced in our yard. We do not let our dog roam the neighborhood. He doesn't like to go for walks. I don't care what type of dog anyone owns, we all need to be accountable.


If this is the first offense by this dog/owner the maximum fine from the city is only 100.00. Less than a speeding ticket so these losers just keep their dogs. Also, how many of you pit bull lovers cover your dogs on a liability policy? That would be my first recommendation to the city. REQUIRE INSURANCE you'd be surprised at how few people would keep them.


For me, I would put my dog on my liability insurance. If I can pay 1800.00 for my dog down in Ames, out of pocket because he got hurt, you best believe I can afford to put my dog on insurance. So giving up my dog is not an option.

WI resident
WI resident

All this comes down to the BYB's. There are too many that are out there. Doesn't matter what breed. If we could get rid of this people, let the people who are reputable breeders( ones who do health test and breed to improve the breed) none of this would happen in the future. Funny how years ago my breed( Dobermans) were the ones that had the bad reputation. Now it's this Pittbull. EDUCATION on our part as owners and our rescues is turning the tables on this. Oh, and it really helps if the dog owner is a good dog owner and keeps their dogs under control. It will take "baby steps" in Loo to get that job done.


i just have to state, this isn't a home invasion people and to throw that around is just idiotic. I also never blamed the victims, i pointed out what i see in bad parts of town. i myself and not worried at my house if there are 15 pits outside as i have screens that lock and doors that shut and lock. So, unfortunate as this is and thank heavens the individuals and their dogs will be ok in time, let's not go around calling this something it isn't. it was not a pit bull home invasion people.

half the problem with the majority that own the pit population, MAJORITY, is that they can't even take care of themselves, their children or their homes, so no they won't take care of their dogs either. Falls on to owners, just like if a 14 year old stole a car, wrecked it... you can go after their parents because they are responsible for the actions of their child until the reach legal age.


also as i look at the picture of this sad looking dog, looks like it needs more love then anything. thats just me


I have fostered over 25 pitbulls and have never had one problem with any of them or have had any family contact me back that they have had a problem with them. Why...because they were in a good foster home and went to homes with responsible pet owners. Pet owners that may have had children or other dogs in their homes and still they have had no problems. The media needs to show the other side of the story too. Not just all of the bad but thats what people feed off of. I could give you hundreds of success stories but nobody wants to read that. People that hate them need to spend time with one that is raised right before they give their opinion.


I believe you. But what can the City government do to curb the current situation before someone is killed? How do we get these dogs in horrible circumstances out of this before they hurt someone? I don't have all the answers, which is why I keep coming back to read the comments on all of this. I don't "blame" the breed, I'm just trying to come up with something that will reduce all of this. Can we set something up to require that all dogs over a certain height/weight be required to pay an extra license fee so the City can pay for a person to evaluate the animal and the home environment for safety? Whatever is done people are going to feel picked on, but they gotta do something.

Get Real

Another intact male dog or dogs, that's 1/2 the problem right there.
There is more to this story.
This dog lived across the street or close to the two dogs, the Doxie is also quite "aggressive" as well from what we hear.
And why would you put your dogs out knowing there is a dog out there that may not be fond of other dogs, especially when it feels taunted.
The door was open by the two dogs owner to let them out?

People use your heads, or don't have pets.
You wouldn't stick your kids out in the front yard defenseless would you, but people think nothing of doing it with their pets?
You will never get away from dogs that don't like other dogs, keep your pets safe, if people don't know by now that there are plenty of dogs running at large in the city, you have your heads in the clouds.

There's enough awards for the stupidity in that area with dogs to fill a football field.
Get your dogs fixed! That's just for starters!

And Pits and other breeds have been raising havoc for years in Waterloo, not just the last 2.5 months, but the media evidently didn't find it news worthy until the City took over Animal Control.
How slanted!

hardin county

I don't believe a word of this story. Why? Because this dog is now with a rescue where he has shown himself to be one of the most stable, even tempered dogs they have ever had. I have had close contact with him on a daily basis and he is the sweetest, goofiest big ball of mush i have ever had the pleasure to spend time with. There is absolutely NO WAY he ever attacked a person in his life. A little yappy dog, maybe, but even that is debatable after knowing him as well as i do. I would trust him with older children and large dogs without any hesitation as he has proven himself to be even tempered and sociable as all good dogs should be. And Simba is exactly that...a good dog. Thank God for Waterloo AC and a city who's leaders are progressive enough to do the right thing, for it's animal and human population.

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