Cheryl Wakerhauser was out on her regular morning run Monday when a dog suddenly sprung from a fenced-off vacant lot along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and pushed her to the ground.
The brown pit bull viciously bit into her legs, right arm and back, leaving her with more than 35 puncture wounds.
The next day, after spending five hours in a hospital emergency department, she posted a photo on social media of her bloodied arm riddled with deep, jagged wounds and lambasted the city for not keeping people safe.
The short answer is: no, Portland isn’t safe, but not specifically because of pit bulls.
The reality is that it’s not within the city’s abiloty to keep people safe from loose dogs owned by homeless vagrants.
Yes, the city should do something about the vagrants, but they can’t be everywhere all the time.
You are your first and last line of defense.
Pit bulls are dangerous and a loose one can rip off limbs or even kill.
Carry everwhere and be prepared to shoot a pit bull.