Wildomar Man Not Sorry For Shooting Pit Bull

"I should not, in front of my family, have to execute a dog in my backyard."

A Wildomar man who fatally shot a pit bull attacking his Chihuahua was unapologetic today.

"I definitely was not going to let it off of this property," Donald Mason, a military police officer with the California Army National Guard and former Marine, told The Press-Enterprise. "I got my 9 mm."

Mason, 48, said pit bulls have become a problem in The Farm neighborhood off Bundy Canyon Road. The dog he killed Tuesday, was believed to be the same one that attacked a woman and her dog recently, he said.

Mason said he saw another loose pit bull Wednesday night. Animal control officers failed to find that dog, but set a trap for it in Mason's front yard on Wagon Train Drive.

Patricia Mason, 42, said she was washing her car in the driveway when she noticed a white streak pass by. Moments later, she heard the sound of her 11-year-old daughter's Chihuahua, Jersey, being attacked. The pit bull got into the back yard through an open side gate.

Donald Mason heard his wife and daughter screaming from an upstairs study. By the time he made it outside, the pit bull had dropped the Chihuahua and was eyeing his wife though a door.

Mason said he grabbed his pistol and fired twice at the pit bull, but the slugs didn't seem to faze it. He said the pit bull was bigger than most and may have been crossbred with a mastiff.

He said it took at least six shots to knock the dog down.

Jersey could not be saved.

"I picked him up and I wrapped him in a towel," Patricia Mason told the newspaper. "I was just crying and screaming."     

Jersey was a present for his daughter and would have turned 1 year old on Monday.     

The owners of the pit bull have not been identified, according to Monique Middleton of Animal Friends of the Valleys, which provides animal control services in Wildomar.

After Jersey died, the Masons got two Australian cattle dog puppies from the Wildomar animal shelter.

Mason said he plans to write state legislators to urge them to regulate the breed.

"I'm not even messing around with this. It's a mission. My daughter calls it 'Justice for Jersey.' I should not, in front of my family, have to execute a dog in my backyard," he said.

brain dead April 03, 2012 at 12:04 AM
responsible owners train their dogs,and tend to their animals every need. no matter what breed.
julian April 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Sorry Golf Tango for decrying the liquidation of the quality of life of the middle class. I was just at a lunch and the topic of the table was summer vacation rentals and some of my associates are shelling out 200,000$ for a summer weekend beach house RENTAL. And I'm thinking these tycoons are just laughing at the fact that the poors out in lake elsinore are voting for the party that serves the interest of these rich S.O.B's with their huge tax breaks (not to mention the inheritance tax breaks, and corporations that are given the status of a person)? So these guys I'm with are renting weekend beach houses for 200,000 a pop and Lake Elsinore can't even afford a full time dog catcher????? These guys are laughing to the bank while you lower middle class conservatives have these rich people's back while at the same time voting against your own pathetic interests. Why I care about you poorer folks, I don't know, maybe it's because I'm human being.
UNCLE FESTER April 03, 2012 at 04:13 AM
there it is !!!! its the owners !! the dog are not mean unless provoked by the owners to fight or attack. i have had and bred pit bull and "am staffs" with out any incidents.. NOT ONE !! nearly all of my dogs were more like house cats.. some were a little protective but, its in a dogs nature to defend its territory.. just like little dogs do. this was in no way the fault of the dog but, of the owner. the man shot the dog in his yard after it attacked their dog ( in its yard ).. the pits owner needs to be responsible for any and all damages his dog created for this family. the breed is fine, we need to beat the owner so they'll know what its like to be hated for what they are not... pits are great, loyal ,and affectionate animals with a bad rap--99% of the time is because the owner want a "really cool, bad ass dog"... its not cool.. these idiots are going to get the breed killed off for their inability to raise an animal properly.. i feel sorry for the family having to lose their pet because of these type of pit bull owners. its NOT THE DOGS FAULT...
UNCLE FESTER April 03, 2012 at 04:16 AM
UNCLE FESTER April 03, 2012 at 04:27 AM
LOCKING OR CLOSING GATES AND DOORS WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR OWN FRONT YARD IS RIDICULOUS... the pits owners should be at fault here. not that this mans yard was open or his gate was open.. the dog should not have been allowed out alone.. either it escaped its yard, or was let out but, its not up the "other guy" to keep his yard locked up.. i'm also an advocate for the pit breed but, this crap is whats making is harder to even get one out here. most insurance companies have strict rules about pit bulls. the liability is too high just because of this kind of thing. when someone tells you to keep your yard locked up because the neighbor is unable to keep control of his or her dog, wouldnt you tell them to cram it ? i would ! handle your own animals. its not my problem to maintain the safety of my yard , animals or family because the dogs owner cant !! i would have done the same thing.. its my yard and the dog was an uninvited out if control intruder. no different than a coyote or a snake entering my yard and killing my animals.. unmaintained, and open for shooting.. again, the dog suffers for the lame owner.
UNCLE FESTER April 03, 2012 at 04:40 AM
gary... wrong ! responsible breeders will not sell to those who will make fighters out of them ! most pits are too stupid to be mean until someone eggs it on.. if they are left alone to fend for themselves, you will likely end up with a mean dog . this also goes for ANY BREED left to grow alone.. including cats ! try grabbing a wild domestic cat--good luck !! you'll be headed down for some serious stitches. pits are one of the most docile breeds with children. (when raised properly) little breeds like Chihuahuas, cockers, and poodles--yes--poodles! will bite for more frequently than a pit bull. they are always on guard and their small size makes them act out for more than a big dog. when you dig deep into most attacks blamed on pits, you will find the dog was not raised properly or just neglected out right. mastiff and rotts are bred for fighting too but, only by owners with no brains or just plain greedy and blood thirsty..
Lauren Nadolson April 03, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Anyone who says pitbulls are mean by nature or that they should be regulated is ignorant. Everyone should stop pointing their finger and the dog and start pointing at irresponsible people who can't handle taking care of a high energy breed. It's really easy to blame a breed, the dobermans, the rottweilers and the german sheps have all be accused of the very same thing. Quit repeating history by making the dog (who is only going off instinct because it's an ANIMAL) and demand that the owners of these dogs take responsibility. I own two pitbulls that are the sweetest, most caring, biggest babies I have ever seen - there is no way after you meet my dogs and they spent an hour licking your face you could say all pitbulls are bad. Don't let your ignorance and fear guide you, start acting like grown ups make rational decisions and force these owners to man up and take responsibility.
Wildoman April 03, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I think all the stories written on this story line are valid, each have there own point of views and each display a sense that we do have an issue. We live in a society today that strive to have our government regulate, create law, Create special taxes to attempt to control individuals that are irresponsible with there actions in society. I have personal experience with Pit bulls breed, every Pit bull owner will tell you how gentle there are and there babies. The fact is they were breed to fight! They are unpredictable breed, make no lies these are facts. I feel for the family that lost there pet as result of this vicious attack. By the way I witnessed the attack of the 2 pit bulls that attacked an elderly women on Grand ave a couple of years ago, If I would had had my 9mm on me, both animals would had been bunted down! Yes I'm for this breed to be removed, we don't allow wolfs to be breed, why do we tolerate this breed. Drug dealers,Gangs, people who are not law abiding citizens are the majority of these owners. If a pit should ever run through my neighbor hood, you can count on this animal going away quickly. If the resources for animal control are unavailable and this animal presents a threat to Children, Elderly or public personal property this animal should be removed to ensure the safety of these individuals. A safe but human way should be used to ensure the safety of those threaten by this animal.
julian April 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I understand what you are saying. I was raised with german shepherds and I have them now. But if I saw one loose on the street, I would definitely be a little afraid and I would look down quickly to find a rock or a stick to defend myself because I know what these dogs are capable and even though my GS would do nothing but shower me with love and affection. It's not mine that I'm afraid of.... it's that one I don't know that is a scary thing.
julian April 03, 2012 at 08:34 PM
But we do allow wolves to breed. Don't you remember the guy who had wolf hybrids and they got out and killed a neighbor's animals viciously? There is another issue and that is that pit bulls have become so popular in the last few decades that they have infiltrated the population of dogs at large. This is to say you will not find many mutts who don't already have pit bull genetic traits. How can you ban a breed when the breed has already effectively infiltrated into what now composes the common mutt? I honestly don't like Pitt Bulls but it's not their fault that they have become so popular. I really do think that their popularity says a lot about us as a culture. I see the popularity of pit bulls as being a symbol and symptom for our own viciousness and apathy! Maybe we should address the violence and apathy of our communities and then that will trickle down to what kinds of pets we find suitable to have and nourish? Honestly, I see a real connection between our culture's love and defense of these sometimes vicious and lethal "pets" AND our ability, as a culture, to deny health care to all especially the poor and already sick. These are both examples of apathy and a toughness that borders on viciousness.
Donald Mason April 03, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Lauren, my name is Donald Mason, I was the individual who had to kill the Pit. I do agree with you and at the same time agree with certain aspects of Pit regulation. However, that set aside, yes, I agree that owners of Pits need to be held accountable. The legislation I am trying to enact would simply allow animal control to respond and pick up Pits and other animals classified as "dangerous" when they receive a call. Currently, unless someone calls and states the Pit was aggressive or actually attacked someone, then animal control cannot respond. As such, there is a reactive response instead of a proactive response; I am looking to change that. Further, if dogs of any kind are simply picked up by ACS then they would be held in the pound. from there owners have to report to ACS to retrieve their dog and the dog would not be released until immunized against rabies and licensed so the more irresponsible pet owners accountable for the proper care and maintenance of their animals. However, this set aside, Dobies and German Sheps to the best of my knowledge have not had statistics as high as the ones for Pits. the following are stats as reported by dogsbite.org and they are alarming. Hence, given a Pits nature for aggressive behavior such a law that allows ACS to pick up unleashed Pits would be beneficial. Donald Mason
Dog April 03, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Hey, some of my best friends have been pit bulls...but I wouldn't have puppies with one...woofwoof
UNCLE FESTER April 04, 2012 at 03:32 AM
to mr. mason, i have no doubt you were not thrilled with having to take the life of a dog. on the other-hand you did what you had to do. these dogs are not generally "killers' which im sure you know already but, because of the lack of attention from "leaf", the police and the OWNERS, i see you had no options. and yes, i seen the very same thing here year after year. lots of talk and no real action. this can only lead to more attacks from nearly any loose dog regardless of the breed. LEAF has never been real active except to put them to sleep and refuse to adopt them out . all because of the hype and over exaggerated claims of attacks. my pits would have never done such a thing since they were raised with affection and manners.. sometimes there are just no good ways to solve a problem like the one you had to face. it is the fault of the owner 100%. there should never be a time that you MUST KEEP YOUR OWN YARD LOCKED UP TIGHT BECAUSE OF A LAME OWNER. thats not fair to you , your kids, your animals, neighbors or anyone else. as a home owner or renter, you should not have to be concerned about someone elses issues with their animals but, it is what it is... sucks dont it ? im sorry you and your family had to go through such an ordeal caused by an apparently lazy and inattentive dog owner. its not real fair to the breed either but, this is the real world of people who have to "look the part" by having a mean dog.. pit or not...
UNCLE FESTER April 04, 2012 at 03:38 AM
good job lori...you get my vote !
Steven Smith April 05, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Lorie April 15, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I knew Jersey because I was present when the litter was born. I was crushed when I found out. I think that pit bulls should be regulated but not in a way that most people think. I think that all dog owners should understand that some people are afraid of the breed. I think that pit bull owners should be extra careful and make sure that all of the laws are followed especially the laws regarding the containment of dogs. Leash laws are not only for the general public but also to make sure that the dogs are unable to attack. I agree that Don did what he needed to do to protect his family especially because two bullets did not affect the dog. The only problem with how most people perceive pit bulls is that all dogs have the ability to attack. Jersey never attacked anyone he was a good dog and his litter mates miss him. Pit bulls can be great dogs but require socialization early in life as do all dogs. Thanks for reading my rambling I just think that breed discrimination is not the answer. I think that the answer is making sure that all dogs are cared for and treated with respect because as everyone knows dogs are mans best friend. Except in the case of dogs that attack. Pit bulls were originally breed to take care of children man is the reason that pit bulls fight. Powerful breeds need owners that understand that dogs need excerise, training and owners who can take care of powerful breeds.
T April 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
For those who think it is only pit bulls that attack check this story out: http://mountpleasant-sc.patch.com/articles/ridgeville-ems-call-child-may-have-lost-limb Can you say golden retriever? So should we ban ALL dogs? NOPE! Just charge owners.
Scott June 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
For Donald Mason, who thinks he's a canine expert with his 75% statistic of bs, may I suggest looking into some factual, scientific information from an a nationally recognized canine research group! http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/media-center/bsl/ And make sure to click the Dog Bites drop-down menu and read up on "The problems with dog bite studies" and if you even delve further into their research, you will see that in the NCRC's Preliminary Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities in 2011, "There is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog is more likely to injure a human being than another kind of dog." And the American Pit Bull Terrier (or any similar bully breed), is no more vicious than golden retrievers, beagles or other popular dogs! In yearly tests of over 240 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), pit bulls consistently achieve a passing rate that's as good or better than the other most popular breeds. And how did your favorite breed do by the way? Check here: ATTS.org
Wildoman June 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Scott & everyone, your all correct with your research and data collected, However for us in Law enforcement the Reality is all the data is, "data".... Spend a day in LA County, Riverside County & San Bernadino County, Spend time on calls to suspected criminal behavior activity calls, 9 out of 10 are pit bulls. I've spent my time in the field, I've also witnessed how this breed of animal is raised and trained. Reality in life, Pit Bulls cannot be trusted by "Uniform Athority" nor should anyone trust an unknown animal of the "Pit bull" breed! Again this person had the right to defend his or her family against any type of bodily harm or life threatend situation. Until "you" have worked in the field with this "known" animal(s) you are not Qualified to even speculate on any one situation, or critizise a person or person's actions to safe guard their lifes or stop bodily harm from taking place. SO take your data and become a rsponsible citizen and ackowledge that if a Animal of anytype should threaten or create a threat to you or anyone of your neighbors, you should call 911 and allow the "Trained experts" handle the situation. have nice day!
Scott June 14, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Spell-check much? You say it yourself that it's how this breed is raised and trained! So once again it falls on the responsibility of the owner! You say they cannot or should not be trusted - that's funny because I feel the same way about the police for the most part. Growing up as a skateboarder, the harassment has never ceased, regardless of age. And I'm NOT saying that he didn't have the right to defend his family whatsoever, nor am I criticizing their actions AT ALL. I am a responsible citizen who has 4 wonderful dogs of my own that were all rescued. 2 of them are Terriers, and yes by nature are a little more scrappy than other breeds, but as a RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN I've taken the time and effort to train out of them the issues with cats or small children, etc. But in no way should scientifically sound data be ignored. Again your situations IN THE FIELD are with some of the worst humans that society has to offer (criminal behavior activity calls as you referred to them), and therefore being "responsible" when it comes to their animals is the furthest from their mind! I've spent time in LA and Riverside Counties rescuing dogs for the past 7 yrs. and have seen the gamut of what the bully breeds have to offer - from the sweet to mean, but forced into those positions by no one other than their human counterparts. It's not by nature that this occurs, regardless of what you've seen in your time in the field.
Donald Mason June 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Scott, perhaps you have a problem with law enforcement in general as it sound in your post. If you took the time to read the article the first paragraph read "military Police Officer and Former United States Marine; under the surface the implied logic is that I am highly trained with a fire arm, as well as the laws governing the use of said firearms. What the article did not state is that an elderly woman was attacked a month earlier by this same animal. I am glad you are a family man and lover of animals. However, the "well stated" for Brain Dead as per him inferring that my family is partially at fault for not keeping our gate shut is off base and ridiculous. Individual's like Brain dead who actually believe that or follow that line of thinking I would caution as it could have been their gate and their family members, and what would they say then?
Donald Mason June 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Pit Bull Laws Save Lives DogsBite.org - Cities and counties in at least 11 U.S. states report successful results after enacting a breed-specific pit bull law. These states include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington. The providence of Ontario also reports successful results since it's 2005 adoption of a pit bull ban. Pro-pit bull groups frequently say, "BSL doesn't work." The below city and law enforcement officials disagree. In addition to fewer humans and pets being victimized by pit bulls after the adoption of such laws, shelters and pit bulls also benefit. Currently, pit bulls hugely dominate shelter resources across the U.S., despite nearly one million being euthanized in 2009. This overpopulation causes considerable burden for shelters, including: increased impounds, euthanizations and less housing space. Unlike other dog breeds, pit bulls often must be segregated in individual pens due to pit bull dog-aggression.
Donald Mason June 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Some Statistics Concerning Fatal Attacks by Pit Bull Dogs Now, the simple truth is there are a lot of good folks out there that love pit bulls and own them as household pets. These pit bull owners may also claim that Pit Bulls are no more dangerous than any other breed like chihuahuas for example. However, the hard truth for these pit bull owners is the simple fact that the statistics do not lie. According to one large study completed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), of the 304 fatal dog attacks between the years1979 and 1996, Pit Bull dogs accounted for approximately 60 deaths, almost twice as many as the next highest group of dog breeds, the Rottweilers. Yes it is true, Pit Bulls are notorious (well-earned reputation) for being some of the most tenacious, violent and vicious breeds in the entire country (and the world for that matter!). Their infamous and violent reputation is well deserved for many reasons. As the previous CDC indicated above, they stand out on fatal attacks. Yet, despite these statistics, Pit Bulls remain one of the most beloved guard and companion dogs in the United States; and sometimes, this powerful breed attracts irresponsible owners.
Donald Mason June 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM
What are Pit Bull Dogs & Why Are They So Dangerous? Pit Bulls are a special breed of dogs that belong to a long bloodline family of dogs traditionally bred for guarding, protection and fighting (defending from others). These dogs are a very sturdy breed and they are generally found to be medium-sized, but very stocky in stature. Whenever you see one walk down a public side walk or other public area your attention is drawn to there sturdy and quick stature. Pit bull dogs have a well-earned reputation for being extremely fierce and tenacious. Today’s breed of Pit Bulls descend from the European bull and bear-baiting canines that had within them a natural aggressiveness. Dog breeders from Europe spent centuries of selective breeding in order to transform or create this vicious and dangerous animal into what some people choose to have as a common household pet. Any experienced dog breeder will tell you that it is nearly impossible to fully eliminate natural tendencies, and even the most docile and loving Pit Bull still has the instinctual potential to be a silent killer to anyone within the range of its extremely powerful jaws and neck muscles.
Martha L. Bridges June 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
WOW, AG, it's one huge leap from talking about a pit bull attack to expressing your thoughts about parents who cannot afford to feed their children. No matter what the subject of an article is, you seem to diverge into making rash and illogical blanket statements about a totally unrelated matter. If you want to stop breeding ignorance, how about starting at home?
Anon June 18, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Well I have not bred ignorance, I have raise 2 very well adjusted adults who have contributed to this world. Unlike you they are not takers, they are fivers and fend for themselves. You know in every post you write, you never portray yourself as a caring tolererent liberal. Its always mean and hateful. You also seem to spend your time being Mrs Kravitzand nosing into others business. Get out of mine! I can't wait to run into you somewhere!
Nick September 06, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Look I agree with him ice the the fucking mut personally I would of put another clip in the mother fucker
Nick September 06, 2012 at 07:13 AM
And Scott shut the fuck up you sound lime a cocksucking Jew
Ted Nugent February 13, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Fuck you and Fuck your chilodren bitches fix your website fucking whores
Scott February 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Nick and Ted...the epitome of the "trash" that the Inland Empire is known for. Worthless, humans taking up space...if only we could swap them out for the dead dog in this story..


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