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Vanessa Carlton Attacked By A Dog!

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Oh no! We hope she's okay!

Singer Vanessa Carlton was attacked by a dog while she was out jogging in her home town!

Her father, Ed Carlton, explained that his neighbor's pit bull, Bella, got past their electrified fence and bit her leg! She went to the hospital and has been treated for puncture wounds.

Bella the dog, not the Sour Puss, is currently under quarantine to make sure she isn't rabid.

That's so frightening! We hope she recovers quickly and isn't too terrified of canine friends as a result of the incident!

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75 comments to “Vanessa Carlton Attacked By A Dog!”

  1. 1

    Cue all the "pitbulls aren't mean dogs" comments.

    Maybe not all pitbulls are dangerous and maybe all dogs have the ability to be dangerous when not trained well, but pitbulls like several other breeds of dog have the innate tendency to be vicious and aggressive and this is only one more case out of thousands to show why only licensed professionals should own that breed of dog.

  2. 2

    she looks like she could be Mona Lisa

  3. 3

    Apparently she ran a 1000 miles….

  4. 4

    Wondering if she has a CD or book coming out soon.

  5. 5

    cats rule
    dogs drool

  6. 6

    Fuck her and her dad. Every time there's a dog attack, people want to blame it on a pitbull. It was a probably an f'in lab. And I'd hardly call a bit an "attack" Bitch is just fine.

  7. 7

    Re: dirty_couture

    DO YOU HAVE A PIT BULL? Probably not so your opinion don't count. I am not a profeesional and I happen to own one. Stupid people are the reason for dog attacks not the dogs. Do all black people rob and shoot people? NO. So not all pit bulls attack. Stop being prejudice.


  8. 8

    Pitbulls should be eradicated. Most pitbulls are extremely dangerous (and are known child killets).

  9. 9

    you cannot train breeding out of a dog. Pit bulls are bred to be vicious fighters and that is what they always will be no matter what training they recv.

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  11. 11

    I hope sopmeone shiits on your ugly face soon !!!!!
    I mean,fuck !!!
    Stop bashing the most genuine actress in bizz.

  12. 12

    Re: lalalala1234 – It's his neighbor's dog. I am sure he has probably seen it before. And stop being so rude who disagree with yo. dirty_couture even said he is not talking about all pit bulls. And FYI, I happen to work with pit bulls along with much of my family for the past 14 years, and I can guarantee you that part of what he said is correct. Pit bulls do have an innate tendency to be aggressive. It is a complete misconception that pit bulls are only taught to be aggressive. I have seen several pit bulls who have been raised in the best possible envirenment with the best owners, and they are still agressive.

  13. 13

    It is not the breed of dog it is the training. I will stick to my Maine coon cat.

  14. 14

    Re: Lilith2311
    actress? i'm pretty sure she's a singer..

    but anyways, damn pitbulls. such a vicious breed of dog. one bit my friend as she was walking to school one day, and left a huge bite mark.

    thank god i have a calm, old lab who couldn't hurt a fly.

  15. 15

    Put that Fucking Dog to Sleep Now! By the way, who the hell is Vanessa Carlton?

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    lalalala1234 - Your comment screams racist. Why and how you could even compare a dog to a black person is bigotry and you should feel very ashamed.

  17. 17

    My grandma lives alone with a pitbull and we have never had one problem with her. She is one of the nicest dogs I've ever met, and she loves to snuggle with people. A lot of the time, people do something to instigate the attack. My brother's boxer bit me in my face once. I was doing something that he didn't like and I should have known to quit doing it. I wasn't afraid of the dog after he did that, because I knew it was my fault. He's never done anything aggressive towards me since then, and I still love to play and snuggle with him.

  18. 18

    omg!! How is she going 2 walk A THOUSAND MILES if she got bit in her LEG?????????

    Get well soon prettie baby!

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    Actually dirty_couture, pit bulls aren't mean dogs. Mine is currently sitting on my lap and the only thing he can be accused of is being too affectionate for a dog his size. Did anyone stop to think that maybe this owner trained his dog to attack? Could it have been that the owner kept his dog on a chain all of the time? How many times has anyone had a dog nip at their heels while running? I'm sure if this was a poodle, lab, dalmation, german shepard or any other breed of dog this would not have even been news. Take the time to get to know a pit bull and I am sure your opinions will change. Even better, rescue one and save an innocent animal who's only downfall is that it's owner wasn't competent or kind enough to give the dog the care and training they all require.

  21. 21

    Ha ha, that's funny since I can't stand her or her crappy music. Karma, gets ya everytime…

  22. 22

    pitbulls are actually one of the most loving dogs…I know. I have one. They only attack when someone pisses them off enough. Bitch probably had it coming to her..im just sayin…

  23. 23

    Re: iluvrob89 – That's true. My uncle had a pit bull from a puppy, raised it with my 3 cousins. When I was an infant crawling around on the floor, no where near the dog (and mind you this is like `84 before all these known attacks) and the dog suddenly started growling, showing it's teeth and then lunged at me. Thank God, my uncle grabbed him quick enough or I would have been disfigured for life. I still feel sorry for the dogs though. My parents hate them. I wanna save them. Seems to be not possible though.

  24. 24

    i've been..read about this.
    perez, you are so late sometimes.

  25. 25

    My dog bit my 9 yr old daughters' friend and everyone was fine about what happened (barely a bite, more like a scratch with a huge bruise) cause we all own dogs and know how they can be overprotective. When this girl went to school, the school saw the bruise and they called animal control. My dog was in 'jail' for 10 days and cost me $250. My dog is a Queensland Heeler.

  26. 26

    What ever happend to Vanessa Carlton? Lol that is a bad picture of her.

  27. 27

    dog probably thought that fur pocketbook was a cat

  28. 28

    If you're running in rural areas, EXPECT to have loose dogs after you. I'm a marathoner & see this often.

    Idiot owners.

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    I hope she's okay :) Get well Vanessa!

  30. 30

    Re: lalalala1234 - Wow, I cannot even think of a way to respond to such a racist, unintelligent comment.

    And to everyone else who didn't read my entire comment and is jumping to the breeds defense: for every story I hear about a nice pitbull, I hear one about someone being attacked by one. I actually know three people who have been attacked by those dogs, and while I said they may not ALL be dangerous you absolutely cannot argue that they don't have the innate instinct to be aggressive.

    Owning a pitbull is like owning a gun. They can both be perfectly safe if you know how to work them, but if you are irresponsible- and the majority of dog owners are irresponsible- they can be deadly. A characteristic of their breed is to clam their jaws and NOT let go until their prey is immobilized.

    That is why you need a license to own a gun, that is why you should be a professional if you are going to take on the dangerous task of owning a pitbull.

  31. 31

    She's gotten fat!

  32. 32

    Wow you had to bring kristen stewart into this… how mature of you.

  33. 33

    lot of meat on dem bones

  34. 34

    Re: dirty_couture – The Locking Jaw
    The most common myth about 'pit bull' dogs is that their jaws lock. This is untrue.
    Breeds like the American Pit Bull Terrier do have very powerful jaws, and this is where this myth comes from. However, the jaw does not 'lock' - and you cannot get the jaw to 'lock' through abusive actions such as breaking the jaw. (yes, we have heard from people who believe this is how you get a 'locking jaw' and we have incredibly sympathy for any animals they own.)

  35. 35

    Re: dirty_couture – On this topic Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia wrote:
    "The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier."
    The 'pit bull' has powerful jaws, but they are not alone in this. This is yet another myth - that 'pit bulls' are more dangerous because they have the most powerful bite. Most large breeds and cross breeds have a very strong bite, and even smaller dogs can inflict a bite powerful enough to kill.

  36. 36

    It's not her hometown. Her dad lives there. This happened in my neighborhood. NorthEast Philly. Pitbulls are all over down there. It is a nice neighborhood and because of the reputation many people get pitbulls for protection. The dog was probably startled when he seen her running. Usually people running in Philly isn't a good thing lol

  37. 37

    It was an invisible fence. Right, like that's going to keep a pitbull inside the yard. This asswipe neighbour needs maybe a 7 foot chain link to keep his animal from attacking people.

  38. 38

    Iwould shoot the fucker in the head ALL PIT BULLS

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    Fucking pitbulls again.

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    Educate yourselves before you all go running your mouth. Poor breeding, exploitation, and irresponsible scumbags have sullied the name of a beautiful breed. The fear-mongering media perpetuates false information, and you all lap it up. There are 25+ breeds that could easily be mistaken as "pit bull", and the average person would have a difficult time discerning the difference. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) even admits as much, basically stating that their statistics are not based on concrete proof, but merely by what witnesses THOUGHT they saw. Pit bulls have an innate tendency to be DOG aggressive. That is a trait some, not all, pit bulls possess. No amount of training will reverse DA if your pit happens to have this trait, it's natural and it's part of their long history. Pit bulls are not naturally HUMAN aggressive. This type of behavior results when a dog is poorly nurtured, untrained, and unsocialized. There is something more to this story, as there always is…

  43. 43

    hahahahaahha what a random post…
    and WTF happened to VC?

  44. jdrew says – reply to this


    1. Pits are not all bad, being aggressive is not a trait of the breed. I work with a pit bull specific rescue, they are like people and any other breed, most good, some bad.

    2. If I were a dog I would bite her too. From what I understand she is a huge stuck up douche bag… and her music sucks.

  45. 45

    You cannot blame a breed that has become so overly and irresponsibly bred as this. I am a huge dog lover and pitbull owner. My dog is a sweetheart to his family, but as a responsible owner, I cannot disregard the fact that he has a high prey drive. Anything that moves or runs, he will chase!

    This dog's owner was foolish to think that an invisible fence would reliably contain the dog. I am huge pitbull advocate and I love these dogs. But as an owner who truly cares about this breed, we need to take EXTRA precautions to be sure these things don't happen. They are great dogs, but you cannot treat them like golden retrievers or expect them to act like "beginner" dogs. They need owners who understand and know how to manage them!!

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    Re: curiousred – Idiots like you should be eradicated as well. Too bad some mean, vicious dog didn't get a hold of you as a baby. Never mind my pitbulls I'll sick my maltese mix on you. My pits will just scare the shit out of you, but my maltese will kill you.

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    Re: dirty_couture – Dirty Couture-Maybe not all pit bulls are dangerous. Maybe all dogs are dangerous. All dogs have the innate tendency to be vicious and aggressive. This is in an animal's nature and we as humans are responsible for controlling these animals. As I said earlier, all dogs bite. Pit bulls have become a scape goat for bad animal tendencies and it is not called for. You may know three people who have bitten by "pit bulls" but my thought on this is that you are not educated enough in animal breeds to actually know that these are pit bulls. Unless you own a pit bull and have had the privilege of learning their nature first hand you don't have a clue. I know many more people (including myself) who have been bitten by small breeds. Small dogs are MUCH more aggressive than my gentle giant. And your comment about "clamping jaws"? I do not hope you are referring to "locking jaws". This is a myth much like everything else you are saying. Also, I would like to add that a loaded gun in my house may kill one of my children while my pit bull will only protect and love them. Please keep in mind that a loaded gun does not kill, the person behind it does. Keep this in mind for any animal. I would like to add that spell check may be beneficial to your argument.

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    Re: curiousred – , studhunk & lalala~ Do any of you own pitbulls or know anyone who has ever owned one? Surely you haven't. You cannot blame the dog. It's the way the owner trains them. I happen to own one and I am not a licensed professional. She is not aggressive and never has been..the only thing she is guilty of is being too loving. I happen to have two young kids too and they are very much alive! So yep I don't think my pitbull is a child killer. The problem with you people is that you let the media paint this horrible picture of what a pitbull is and don't take it upon yourselves to get educated to find out what they are really like. Any dog is capable of biting and attacking anyone with or without cause. I had a Lab growing up and he bit me in my face because I got too close to his food bowl while he was eating. Recent temperament studies on various dog breeds have shown that pitbulls ranked 2nd in best temperaments with Pomeranians, Daschunds, and Collies all ranking at the bottom of the list. So don't sit there and say these dogs should be eradicated… Get yourself educated before you go running your mouth on things you know nothing about.

  49. 49

    Re: dirty_couture

    I'm live with a pitbull and a toy poodle. Toy poodle bites me all the time. Pitbull refuses to bite me. If I'm holding a toy, she will back away if my fingers are in the way. I think you should do some research on pitbulls before making a statement. Have you ever owned a pitbull? Because unless you have owned one, you have no right to have an opinion on the subject. It is fact that many dogs are often mistaken for pitbulls including boxer, american bulldogs, and among others that have a very similar appearance. It is fact then when a dog attack is reported, the media just assumes it was a pitbull and reports it without having any facts. Unless you've seen papers that prove the dog is in fact a pure bred American Pit Bull Terrier then you have no right to say that a pitbull was the cause of the attack. How do you know that those 3 people were in fact attacked by a pure bred American Pit Bull Terrier? Because they told you so? Sorry not good enough. I can't tell anyone who is not familiar with dog breeds that my dog is a boxer and they will very well believe me. I'm allowed to say what I say because I infact own a pitbull and am very familiar with the breed. I know what I'm talking about. Did you know that a pitbull as been tested as having a better temperament then golden retrievers? No dog is inherently aggressive. Keep believing what the media tells you.

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    Re: lalalala1234 – you don't have to own a pit to be able to have an opinion. that's an ignorant statement. there have been plenty research and statistics that show some are sweet and nice while others aren't. just because youre pit is a marshmallow, doesn't mean that all are.

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    Re: elanaa

    You're right, not all are "marshmallow" but the ones who do occasionally bite someone are products of BAD OWNERS. People who do not give them the attention they crave. People who choose to keep them on a chain. People who choose to beat them.

    And you can't go off statistics considering most statistics are made up. And you can't go off the media considering they are biased and don't speak based off fact. Chihuahuas have attacked. Labs have attacked. So should we put those breeds in the aggressive category too? Should we try to ban those breeds too? See the media has brainwashed you. Most of you here believe that pit bulls are bad because the media has led you to believe that. I feel sorry for you that you don't have a mind of your own.

    And yes you cannot have an opinion that pitbulls are bad if you do not own or have gotten to know one personally. I know plenty of people that thought all pitbulls were bad and should be banned until they had the pleasure of meeting a pitbull for themselves. I'm sorry that you are like to judge. What if someone told me that you were very stupid? Would it be ok for me just to assume that you were because someone told me so even though I've never met you? DON"T THINK SO.

  52. 52

    Get well soon. Hope will be well with Vanessa.

  53. 53

    Oh, god my bad! I was thinking of my little Sheba who died suddenly a month ago. She was a small dog. But, I wish Vanessa a speedy recovery.

  54. 54

    all those dogs (crossbred wiht pitbulls need putting down) and in nEWzEALAND in fact there are many mongrels and if they bite someone they do put them down imediately there is no messing around U BITE UR DEAD

  55. 55

    I didn't know who she was and I just googled her and omg she is only 30 years old. She looks alot older in this picture and alot bigger than she did in the other pic I saw of her. Wow another Jessica Simpson weight gain here I guess. She really looks different.

  56. 56

    `Hot news´ like ten years ago….

  57. 57

    I was WAITING to see how long it would take you to put this up… this shit happened DAYS AGO…

  58. 58

    aww sad! Hope she gets better

  59. 59

    Re: dirty_couture – Actually, I was thinking "cue the ignorant 'pit bulls are vicious killers' comments".
    Even Michael Vicks dogs are healing, living, sharing love, with foster families who haven't swallowed the intellect-numbing hysteria about Pit Bulls.

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    Re: Rivarita – Going by your comment, I guarantee you that _that dog_ is less vicious — and less dangerous — than you are.

  61. 61

    People are so ignorant. Not ALL Pitbulls are vicious. Just like not all Mexicans are lazies, not all blacks are thiefs not all white people are rednecks etc. If a dog is not taken care it becomes vicious, or it is trained to be vicious. YES Pitbulls are very very high maitenance dogs, they require lots of love and lots of training. And people who dont want to put that effort in them should not be surprised when they attack, nor should they even own them. I have a pitbull mix along with 2 other dogs and she is the most mellow of the three, and the best around my young daughters. HOWEVER we have trained her, walk her regularly and work with her to make her a happy mellow loving dog. Its sad that irresponsible and in some cases evil people have gone and given pitbulls such a bad rap because they have the potential too be loving and loyal family dogs. Its too bad she was bitten by one, it is a travesty, and that owner should be held accountable. But don't assume they are ALL that way, because that is just ignorant.

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    Re: dirty_couture – It disgusts me how someone can make such prejudice remarks. There is no significant difference between pit bulls and other types of dogs. The reason we hear about pit bulls so often is not because they have "the innate tendency to be vicious and aggressive", it is because there is such a high population of pit bull-like dogs (because pit bull is not a breed of dog) and pit bulls have a negative connotation because of the dog’s physical characteristics and the media.
    And I feel bad just singling you out because there are plenty of other terrible comments that are so ignorant. I have worked as a volunteer for an animal shelter for over two years and own a pit bull terrier, and I think they are great dogs. Dogs reflect their owners. I have had more bad experiences with small dogs or other loved breeds than I have with pit bulls, which says a lot. Everyone really should think twice before thinking breed-specific legislation is the way to go.

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    Re: christimarici – That's what they all say until their Pit attacks, bites or kills someone. "He was always a sweet and loving dog, I don't know what happened". What happened is your mentally unstable, inbred dog breed who had no other purpose in it's breeding history but to be aggressive and violent, became aggressive and violent. FU to all the morons who always say "the person must have done something to provoke it". Walking down your own street, jogging, playing, etc etc is NOT a provocation for a dog attack. NO dog should attack anyone unless they are being attacked, or their owners are being attacked. And FU again to all the idiots that claim that "it probably wasn't a "PitBull" because no one but a Pit owner knows what one looks like. Guess what Einsteins, I've never owned a Tiger or a Zebra, but I sure as hell know what one looks like! The first step in responsible pet ownership is admitting your pet is potentially dangerous. Denial is the surest way to end up having your "precious baby" kill someone.

  66. 66

    Re: dirty_couture – HEY ASSHOLE, i have a pitbull, who lets my 2 year old HAND FEED HIM, who listens better than any dog i've ever met, who is very strong but would never hurt anyone or anything. check your shit before you sound like a dumb ass.

  67. 67

    Studies have shown that the majority of pit bulls have tumors in their legs and they live with this pain, so maybe it's the cause of lashing out their aggression for being in so much pain. Learned this from a recent study and what my professor mentioned. Anyways, I prefers chihuahuas and golden retrievers, soooo cute! :D … pitbulls can be cute sometimes, but you know I do think it's partly the owners fault, no training and bad pet caring. I DESPISE people who buy pets and don't take proper care. AND THAT IS WHY MY NEIGHBOR'S CUTE DOG DIED. He escaped MANY TIMES, even in my yard, and I had to bring him back a lot. (smart dog though, can climb little fences!). Anyways he left and got hit by a car. Other times when he was alive, they usually leash him in the yard to a tree. He hated it for sure. and NO ONE CAME TO PLAY WITH IT. They just put food out and left him there. SAD SAD SAD. Dogs can choke themselves on leashes tied to trees too. My neighbors moved … that dog deserved better.

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    Re: christimarici – I totally agree with you. I have 2 pit bulls and my young grandchildren have been around them. they love children and they have never bitten anyone or done anything bad. Even small dogs can bite. My husband was bitten by a poodle and I was by a chihuahua. Obviously from the posts here there are a lot of misinformed people. It's like you said that the news will never report if it had been any other breed but they jump on it if it's a pit bull. Sometimes it's not even a pit bull but a pit bull mix.

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    Re: dirty_couture – Idiot. They don't clamp their jaws. The reason they don't let go is because they are persistent and they also have a high tolerance of pain. Like I said, misinformed.

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    Re: Unbelievable! – Really? So you think you know what one looks like? A lot of idiots like you mistake pit bull mixes and even boxers as an American Pitbull Terrier.

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    Re: sockie – Actually she is! She's been working since last year, and very soon she will release it. We still don't have a lot of info, but it's very propably gonna be called "Rabbits On The Run"

  72. 72

    Poor Vanessa. I really hope she's better. And I really hate that people critize her because she is a PETA member and reported the animal. She did what she had to do. And although I don't like the fact that people kill animal, (as she doesn't either), that dog, Bella, could have bitten anyone else, if she didn't do anything about it. So please, stop with the rude comments. She did what she had to. I'm hoping she gets better soon, and I can't wait for her next album!

  73. 73

    This dog/family is my fathers friend. Bella is such a sweet puppy. Apparently after Vanessa was bit she RAN back to her house. She would never be able to run back if she was bit that bad. The next day she was out running again by their house….I think she fine. Bella should not be put to sleep! Vanessa is overacting.

  74. 74

    This is outrageous. It was a puppy for gods sake, she wasn't mauled to death. This was just a sad accident, there was no reason for her to go to the dog owner's house and tell them that they puppy would be branded as a "dangerous animal. Now the dog was taken from the owners. I am sure if her little Lord Victor was to bite someone she would not be happy if they were to brand him as a "dangerous" dog…….Please not all pit bulls are bad dogs

  75. 75

    Ahhh pit bulls!!!! The can like kill humans!!!!