WATCH: Woman Sics Pit Bulls on Rhode Island Reporter

After her daughter was shot, the woman was in no mood to talk to the press about the incident.

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A Rhode Island mother whose daughter was wounded in a shooting Sunday made clear that she had no comment for the press when she swung open her front yard fence and unleashed two pit bulls on a local reporter on Tuesday.

Footage of the incident shows the pit bulls chasing the reporter down the street as she narrates the details of her own assault.  The reporter suffered a shallow bite to her right forearm.

The mother, Melissa Lawrence, was charged with two counts of assault. Providence Journal reports that she showed up to her arraignment the next day wearing a pink t-shirt with the message, “My attitude is your problem,” printed across it.

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52 comments
PeterthreeDogsMulshine
PeterthreeDogsMulshine

Those dogs should be taken from that woman.They should go to a responsible owner.That lady needs to sit in jail for a couple of months.She could have just said no comment.& went back inside. the reporter is a dimwit  I must admit tho>>>

DeniseVFriend
DeniseVFriend

Really, should the press turn up outside the home of a young woman that had been shot the night before?

I'm sorry but I think it is completely insensitive to pester the family who obviously did not want or need a camera in their face!!! 

PatriciaSurratt
PatriciaSurratt

First, not  American Pit Bull Terriers. Second, owner trained, human responsible.

Jessewales
Jessewales

Ok firstly these dogs dont even look like pitbulls and this is yet again more proof of unfair and wrongful media headlines, second whilst they did nip at her, if they wanted to full on attack they would have and they didnt and thirdly this dog owner has trained her dogs to follow the 'sic' command by attacking people making her responsible and not the dogs. Any responsible owner of a dog, especially pitbull would NEVER teach their dog this command. Please tell me why the headline cannot state DOGS alone and not the words pitbull which immediately perpetuate the breed's misguided viscious reputation, particularly when they are not even pitbulls!

HumanityCalled.
HumanityCalled.

bad press for the dogs. but it's hilarious to see her run. running makes it worse, sweetie. and you probably shouldn't have been bothering a grieving mother anyone. don't mess with the lioness when it comes to her cubs. tsk. @WilliamReginaldJenkins is jelly.

Varnerism
Varnerism

Of course Reginald Van Gleason III, since you have no facts to back up your insults you will be nowhere to be found when the charges get dropped and the dogs have been determined to have done nothing wrong.  Go about your business barking up wrong trees, as it's the closest you will ever come to justifying your miserable existence.  JV

DonnyMorrison
DonnyMorrison

Watch this video.  Not one of those dogs is a pitbull.  How about listing them for what they truly are...  A MIXED BREED

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc_BkmS-vMM

 I have addressed every issue, with the MOST factual evidence you can possibly get, from the worlds most foremost dog experts at the bottom of my petition. The one that this entire forum is based around. If you read these statistics, from sources like, the ASPCA, Canine Research Council, American Kennel Club, and you still feel that your media related hypotheses are correct, then there is no showing you the truth. I did not start this petition as a Pro Pitbull campaign. Read it, and read it carefully. My petition was started to simply keep reporters from taking some dog that may, in some weird, alternate universe, look a little bit like pitbull, and using that word, "Pitbull", simply because that will make their story rate higher, and come up quicker in RSS feeds.. All dogs bite, it's in their nature. Not one more than any other. Cats scratch, and humans kill each other. It is how it is. This will never change. We have been domesticating dogs for tens of thousands of years, and there is one thing that has not changed. Dog's bite. But what is the problem is that news companies will tag a dog as a Pitbull, for the purpose of getting people to read it. Bay News 9 in Miami just released a story about a "Pitbull attack", and the dog it showed looked more like a labrador retriever than anything else. It even had to contract it's statement saying that it was in fact, a Mastiff mix. They didn't even take the time to find out what kind of dog it was... That's what this is about. I was bitten twice as a child. Once was a chow chow, and the other time was a poodle, I now have a Pitbull, that is a registered working dog and goes to pediatric cancer centers here in Los Angeles and plays with the kids suffering from terminal illness. Not once has any of these children ever looked at my boy and said, "No, I don't want to play with him, or watch him chase the ball because he's a Pitbull."

I was listed in this article as ranting. There's a difference. I have a lot to say about this matter, which could to some, come off as a "sometimes incohesive rant", but the thing that wasn't mentioned or added to my petition till after this article is the fact that I have done months and months of research, gathering data from REAL reliable sources, and science publications. We as society rely upon main stream media for our information, and most of us base our opinions off of the words the reporters write. I am showing nothing but fact. The only time I put personal opinion or words into it is times like this when I am personally replying to something. My petition stands alone. It has not been done before. And all I wish to accomplish is reporters actually listing dogs as what they really are in the titles...Mixed Breeds.

Just imagine for a second if three years went by and there was not one story published that had PITBULL MAULS across the title. People would loose interest, and the Pitbull would go back to being what it is, just another dog. That's what I want to accomplish. Not to glorify one breed over another, but to simply show that a dog is a dog, and it's in their nature to bite. One, no more than another.

Please read the articles attached to my petition, they will show the truth. Those that hate Pitbulls, will continue to hate them, there's nothing I or anyone can do to sway there opinion, nor would I wish to. We were born with free will. Those that love them, we will continue to love them, because we understand that they are just a dog, a companion. I wish to only stop dog's that aren't Pitbulls being listed as such by the media. Is it truly so hard to use the term Mixed Breed in a headline...? I don't think so.

I guess this will end another "rant" by me.

I am giving a voice to those who have yet to learn to speak human.  Please sign this petition

 http://www.change.org/petitions/all-main-stream-media-and-associated-press-stop-falsely-using-the-term-pit-bull-to-refer-to-mixed-breeds

DavidSims
DavidSims

Women belong in the home, having babies, cooking food for the family, and keeping the home in good order. This one poked her pretty head out of its proper place and got bitten by a dog for her presumption. Leave men's work to the men.

AmandaCOwens
AmandaCOwens

@DavidSims  So going by your comments I'm guessing you spend a good amount of time in your kitchen as well. Misogynistic sleazeball.

Varnerism
Varnerism

The reporter's unwillingness to stop badgering a distraught woman constitutes fighting words, a positive defense against assault charges.  You can stand in front of someone's house and argue with them if they are accused criminals or celebrities, it doesn't give you the legal right to antagonize the mother of a violent crime victim.  No way the accused gets convicted of assault!


almas
almas

The reporter got an unexpected response, obviously, when asking a question of a victim's mother. Usually they're more than willing to tell their story. 

The reporter was on public property. The woman did not even need to come out of her house.  She instigated the whole thing, if you're looking for blame. 

Tsargent
Tsargent

You are all retarded. These reporters stayed there way too long right after the womans daughter was shot. The reporters knew how upset she was, already throwing rocks. They stayed around to provoke her, because there reporter feelings were hurt by the rocks. They still didn't leave even after she brought out a baseball bat. Nothing says go away like a baseball bat. The dogs were not attacking at all. Their tails were waging the whole time, and I cannot see them biting her. For the dogs, it was all a game. For you idiots who say its the reporters right to be there; Something being legal dose not make it right. Pull your heads out and put yourself in the woman's place. How would you like the reporters hanging out at your home when you don't want to talk? You all know deep in your hearts, that I'm right. Quit talking about how bad the dogs are. If your public opinions cause these dogs to be euthanized, then you are all dog murders.

geenesa
geenesa

Why didnt her cameraman PUT DOWN THE CAMERA AND HELP HER?????!!!!

MC
MC

She'll be fined at the least, probably incarcerated or put on probation. She also just ordered her dogs to their deaths.

Even if someone is on your property and will not leave, you don't have the right to assault them unless they're posing a threat. Taking photos or video is not a threat. The proper response is to call the authorities, the trespasser will likely leave.

EulaFrey
EulaFrey

Dearest Abby:  If the dogs wanted to take you down, they would have.  Nice try on sensationalism.  It seems to me, in watching the video in which you portray yourself as the innocent victim, that the dogs thought you were playing with them and quite possibly that your mic was a toy.  As well, the video shows no biting or scratching with the exception of one of them jumping.  Trying for ratings?  I do not agree with the actions of the mother, but let's be realistic here.  How would you feel if your child just died and some strange news person wanted to know how you feel...and they wouldn't let you go about mourning the loss?  And you can't blame it on the dogs, either.  Dogs are known to be loyal and they were only doing what they were told to do. 


jackbauer
jackbauer

Psycho!!! Those dogs will be put down. HA HA HA HA HA!!!! Justice served!!!

dkb
dkb

While the "Mom's" actions may have been over the top I sympathize with her. Today's reporters act like they have the right to trespass, physically block or accost you and even if you tell them to stop they don't. Funny thing is the reporter's camera crew didn't stop to help her, they just kept on filming so they obviously weren't too concerned with her welfare, just ratings. Besides, at the dogs in the pictures. All the pic's show the dogs' tails are up and one pic shows the dog running at her elbow with its tongue hanging out, they were just circling her. My guess more plan than anything because my husky/shepherd played that way; every so often she would jump up, place her front paws on my back and nip my behind, never enough to hurt, draw blood - it was all a game. I didn't see any blood on the reporter and the dog was up and down so fast I suspect the nip was playful. There didn't seem to be any aggressive behavior, their owner was running around, so were they, it was a game. If reporters would learn to back off when they're told too they wouldn't get into these situations. There was NO right to know... by this time the story of what had happened to the child was out there, that is the only "right to know" needed; asking stupid questions about "how do you feel" is not a right to know, it is a invasion of someone's privacy, grieving. And there ARE stupid questions, "how does this make  you feel?" or anything along those lines is stupid. How do you think the mother feels? How would you feel if your child was shot?

jhculley
jhculley

This reporter and photographer were being rude, obnoxious and insensitive to a woman whose child had just been shot.  She used rocks, a bat and her dogs to indicate she had no interest in being photographed or interviewed.  The video appears to have been edited which may be a problem if it is used in court.  Both the reporter and photographer were trespassing and violating the mother's right to privacy.  The black lady should talk to an attorney about suing the reporter and photographer.  This should not cost anything because it could be handled on a contingent fee basis.  The mother's situation is complicated by the racial epithets she used which might indicate racism on her part unless whites were somehow involved in wounding her child.  The criminal case jury may not be as sympathetic to the reporter and photographer as they assume.  The mother should not plead guilty to anything until she talks to an attorney about the case and whether she can sue or prosecute anyone.  

AaMikeMurphy
AaMikeMurphy

what about a person reasonable expectation of privacy, she didnt want to be on film and you didnt listen to her, You were not getting ready to leave, cause we can all see you walking back towards the house, You are a f**king moron, the dogs probaly thought your microphone was a stick, but then you started running and the dogs play instinct took over. next time respect peoples wishes, dumbass

AaMikeMurphy
AaMikeMurphy

oh and nice editing job, to make yourself look better

LindseyAnderson
LindseyAnderson

I don't think the dogs would have done anything if the reporter hadn't run like a retard. If those dogs were truly agressive they could have taken that reporter down at any time. Instead they were just chasing her. Yes she had a "shallow" bit on her forarm prolly from her swinging her arm into its teeth. Ive been bit by a dog it doesnt take alot of pressure for a dogs teeth to go through flesh.

bessy
bessy

Have fun in jail, psycho.

ShuanJBistra
ShuanJBistra

Ugh, pitbulls and their delusional supporters. Put down the pit bulls and make sure their advocates aren't allowed to have children so they can endanger them in some other way.

ErickRodriguezB
ErickRodriguezB

Well served ! Journalists sometimes do not understand the word NO.  They just want to insert their fingers in the wounds of people when they suffer and then dare to ask why are they are traated this way sometimes.  In my country, you can see them asking a mother whose son has been gunned down in the middle of the street, "how does it feel?" or "how do you feel?" its really absurd the lack of emotional intelligence they have..just to make a headline.

MadisonBrooke
MadisonBrooke

People like this is what gives pit bulls a bad name ! The dogs were not born to attack on command they were taught that command. The dogs did NOTHING until told to do so. If pit bulls were so horrible and the news media and other love to TRY to portray them as the dogs would of  mauled the reporter and the cameraman and whoever else got in their way. Pit bulls ARE wonderful loving loyal gentle huge hearted dogs that bad people have taken advantage of and it is the k9's that are paying the price. I hope this woman gets fined for her actions !

suemagic
suemagic

two wrongs do not make a right... if I told my pit bull to attack, she would have given kisses/licks... or roll over and show her belly... the only thing my dog ever chews/bites is her own rear end (itchy butt)... that woman is an irresponsible dog owner and that reporter not too bright either. 

jim1
jim1

This dumb ass reporter bitch reminds me of a joke. what do you say to a blonde with ywo black eyes? Nothing she's already been told twice. 

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Jay Carney's recurring dream!

BossoLivingDead
BossoLivingDead

Well - that's one way to deal with the press! Yikes!