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Woman hospitalized, her dog taken to the vet after they were attacked by a pit bull in Dodge County
POSTED 6:55 PM, APRIL 2, 2015, BY KATIE DELONG
DODGE COUNTY (WITI) — A woman had to be taken to the hospital and her dog to the vet after they were attacked by a pit bull in the Village of Reeseville in Dodge County on Thursday, April 2nd.
It happened shortly before noon.
A 53-year-old Reeseville woman was walking her Dachshund on North Main Street in the Village of Reeseville when she was attacked by the pit bull. The pit bull had escaped from a fenced in backyard and ran across the street — attacking the victim.
The woman received numerous puncture wounds as a result of the attack and was transported by EMS to Beaver Dam Community Hospital for serious but non life-threatening injuries.
Man, girl injured in pit bull attack in Lawndale
Alexandra Chachkevitch – 4/1/15
A man and a girl were injured after being attacked by a pit bull Tuesday evening in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, police said.
The pit bull came out of a yard in the 3900 block of West Fillmore Street around 8 p.m. and bit a male adult and a 15-year-old girl, police said.
The 15-year-old had a bite wound to the right arm and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was listed in good condition, police said.
Neb. Humane Society: Pit bull-mix attacks, kills corgi
By Alexandra Stone – 4/2/15
The Nebraska Humane Society said the owner of a pit bull-mix has surrendered the animal, and it will be put down after it killed a corgi Wednesday.
Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the humane society, said the pit bull-mix jumped a fence near 43rd and Cass streets and attacked the corgi that was running loose in the area around 11 a.m.
“The owner of both dogs were on the scene of the incident,” Langan said. “They were both very upset about what happened.”
Langan said the owner surrendered the pit bull to animal control. The owner was cited for dog damaging property.
“We see this every year with the weather warming up. More people are out, more dogs are out,” Langan said.
Owners will not be charged in Union Co. pit bull attack
LITTLE ROCK, Ark, (KTHV) – The owners of three dogs that attacked a 6-year-old last month will not be charged.
According to the prosecutor, the owners will not be charged because the three pit bulls showed no previous signs of aggression.
Dog attack in Sandusky park inspires civil lawsuit
Pit bull that attacked 9-year-old boy euthanized in Tuscaloosa
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) – A pit bull that attacked a 9-year-old boy at a home in Tuscaloosa County has been euthanized, according to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.
Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit investigators responded to the dog attack on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Garden Hill Drive in Tuscaloosa County.
Investigators said 9-year-old Tyler Wilkerson was walking home from school when he was attacked by a loose pit bull.
Wilkerson suffered injuries to his head, face, abdomen and legs and was airlifted to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. He underwent surgery Wednesday night and is listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.
He is also expected to need additional medical treatment for his injuries.
A Gruesome Attack by a Pitbull Lands in Kelowna Court
posted April 1, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery
It’s one of the most severe cases the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) has ever come across, commented Mary Jane Drouin, the Manager of Corporate Services for the district.
Drouin and her colleague, Bylaw Enforcement Officer Diane Merenick, sat down with KelownaNow, while waiting for court to resume on Wednesday, and recounted the disturbing events that brought them to the Kelowna court rooms.
Describing a nasty dog attack, the two explained why the RDCO is hoping the Honourable Judge Jane Cartwright will classify a pitbull as legally dangerous and consider humane euthanasia for the animal.
On November 2nd, 2014, Jennifer Heitzmann was attacked by her pitbull, Loki.According to the RDCO, the 16-month-old pitbull has a history of aggressive behaviour.
Suffering from multiple bite wounds on her legs and one on her arm, the marks left on Heitzmann’s body were gruesome.
The wounds and lacerations were so deep and wide, that pockets of fatty tissue were seen oozing outwards. Aside from the deep lacerations, Heitzmann also suffered a fracture to her hand.
Extremely bloody and serious, Drouin explained that according to Cowichan Canine Behavioural and Training expert Lisbeth Plant, the victim was lucky one of the bites did not sever a vein.
As presented in court by one expert witness, the bite is classified as a level five bite; the highest level is 6. Referencing Dr. Ian Dunbar’s dog bite scale, Loki is considered an extremely dangerous dog who mutilates.
4-year-old Lacey boy airlifted after attack by family bulldog
LACEY, Wash. – A 4-year-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe injuries Wednesday after he was attacked by his family’s 102-pound bulldog in Lacey.
Deputies and medics responded to the boy’s home, in the 300 block of Trailblazer Street SE, at about 11:15 a.m. after receiving reports of a dog attacking a young boy, said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Arriving at the scene, medics found that the child had been severely bitten about his face. He was taken first to St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and then airlifted to Harborview.
The child was in stable condition when he was airlifted and his injuries are not considered life-threatening, Ziesemer said.
The boy’s 26-year-old mother also was bitten on the hand when she attempted to get the dog off her child.
4-year-old severely bitten by family dog in attack
By KIRO 7 STAFF
Thurston Co., WA – A 1 1/2 year-old American Bulldog is being held in quarantine in Thurston county after attacking and mauling a 4-year-old boy.
Thurston County sheriff’s investigators said the boy was trying to stop the dog from going outside at the apartment where he lives with his mother around 11 a.m. Wednesday when the dog suddenly went after him.
“Apparently that aggravated the dog, and the dog attacked, biting his face,” said Thurston County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer.
The bites to the boy’s face were so deep, parts of his skull were exposed. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for surgery.
Investigators say the boy’s mother had purchased the dog, named Smash, from a Craigslist ad 10 days ago. Smash remains in the custody of Thurston County animal control while investigators check to see if there have been problems with him in the past.
Two injured after pitbulls run loose in Highland
By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun – 3/31/15
HIGHLAND >> Two people were injured early Tuesday when three dogs reportedly bit two people and caused some cautious moments at a local school before the pitbulls were seized.
A 58-year-old man was jogging near the school when he was attacked by the dogs, according to the man’s wife. He was bitten in the face, hands and arms, however he refused medical treatment and opted to drive himself to the hospital.
San Bernardino Animal Control officers seized the three dogs, one of which was muzzled.
The dogs’ owner, Colleen Cantwell, of Highland, said she believed her gate was left open by San Bernardino Police officers after they visited her home last night. She said the older dog and father of the two others, Skippy, had been muzzled because the dog would sometimes attack his own 8-month-old pup, Walter.
Cantwell said the dogs were American Staffordshire Terriers.
Stories of two dogs that killed
By ABQnews Staff – PUBLISHED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:02 am
“A pit bull named Mugsy Malone was officially declared dangerous even before he attacked a 3-year-old girl. The dog has twice come and gone from our animal shelters. The attack on the child was not enough to warrant euthanasia under our practices. Neither was the fact that Mugsy Malone killed a small dog and also bit a man in our own facility.
One day, while Mugsy Malone was outdoors, a man came along with a small dog. “No, no! Close the gate! Don’t come in!” the caregiver yelled. But it was too late. Mugsy Malone saw the dog and killed it, even as the owner of the dog tried to save his little friend by fighting Mugsy Malone to no avail.
Mugsy Malone was declared to be a dangerous dog. Then, last year, he saw a little girl playing outside. Mugsy Malone ran to the little girl and attacked her, grabbing her on the face. The father leaped into the attack and tried to pry the dog’s mouth from his daughter’s face. The father grabbed a rock and began hitting Mugsy Malone on the head to save the child.
“Eight years ago, a little dog named Lienda was turned over to a city animal shelter. There was something medically wrong with Lienda and its owner could not afford the expense of veterinary care.
Our staff fell in love with Lienda. They believed Lienda was so cute that she could easily be adopted if they could only save her life. It appeared there was an intestinal blockage. Our veterinarians discussed it and they decided to operate on Lienda to see if the blockage could be removed. If not, the plan was to euthanize Lienda; she would not wake up from surgery.
Dr. John Romeo performed the operation and he was able to save the little dog. “Wagging tail,” a medical note said as Lienda began to recover from surgery. And, just as expected, Lienda was quickly adopted into a loving home.
Three months ago, Lienda was horribly killed by a pit bull named Pappy, who had recently been released from a city animal shelter despite a history of aggression and repeatedly failing behavioral tests. During the attack, Pappy also bit Lienda’s owner when she tried to save her beloved little friend.
After the killing, Pappy was returned to the animal shelter and I personally put him on a euthanasia list for public safety reasons. However, by the end of the day, Pappy had been removed from the euthanasia list on orders of the department director. Later, the director approved giving Pappy to a rescue group, who recently arranged for Pappy to be adopted by a family living on the West Side of Albuquerque.”
These excerpts are from a complaint written by Jim Ludwick, of the Animal Welfare Department.
Children taken to hospital, others injured after dog attack
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two 11-year-old boys spent time in local hospitals after a dog attack in Norfolk late Monday night.
Emergency dispatchers got a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. regarding three “vicious” pit bulls in the 800 block of Johnstons Road, according to Officer Daniel Hudson, a Norfolk Police Department spokesman. That’s in the Chesapeake Gardens neighborhood.
The incident involved three dogs that bit two adults and two children. Two of the victim’s were treated at the scene and both children victims were taken to area hospitals. One 11-year-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for wounds that were not life-threatening. Darius McGuire said his son was taken to Sentara Lee Memorial Hospital to be checked out.
“He’s been in pain,” McGuire said. “He’s made a decision that he doesn’t like dogs anymore, because of the situation.”
McGuire said his son, Elijah, did not have serious injuries. Elijah is dealing with bruises, scrapes, and swelling around his lower legs. He said doctors put his son on antibiotics as a precaution.
McGuire said Elijah’s best friend was more seriously hurt by the pit bulls.
Pit bulls euthanized following attacks on other dogs
By JB Miller – The Bulletin – 3/25/15
Two dogs are recovering from injuries following attacks last week by a pair of pit bulls that were later euthanized.
George Deithorn of Patagonia said both his German shorthaired pointer and border collie received stitches.
“It was only a matter of time,” Deithorn said of the pit bull attacks, adding that even though his German shorthair Gretchen suffered a punctured esophagus, he was thankful it wasn’t worse.
“It could have been a child,” he said.
The Patagonia Marshal’s Office said deputies responded to 320 Roadrunner Lane on Saturday, March 14.
Marshal Joe Patterson said Deithorn’s dog was in his neighbor’s yard when it “got attacked and beat up pretty good” by the pit bulls.
Hospital to release Toledo man hurt in 2-dog attack
‘Pit-bull’ mix to be killed, Lab mix quarantined at home
BY ALEXANDRA MESTER – BLADE STAFF WRITER – 3/27/15
A West Toledo man severely injured by a neighbor’s dogs is expected to go home today after more than a week in the hospital.
Lawrence Wnorowski, 63, of 2044 Stoneham Rd., has undergone two surgeries at ProMedica Toledo Hospital since the attack March 19.
“It’s going to be a long road ahead,” his wife, Sandy, said.
Mr. Wnorowski, who served in the Army in Vietnam, has been paralyzed on his right side since a 2006 stroke. He was leaving his property to go to Kroger in his motorized wheelchair when the neighbor’s two dogs escaped their fenced backyard at about 12:30 p.m. A Toledo police report said the gate’s latch was faulty.
The dogs’ owner, 23-year-old Christie Smith of 2030 Stoneham Road, did not return calls from The Blade seeking comment.
Mr. Wnorowski said one of the dogs, which the Lucas County Canine Care and Control identified as a Labrador retriever mix named Tucker, initially bit at the wheelchair’s tires. The Lab mix then noticed the Wnorowskis’ two dogs inside the home through a sliding-glass door and then went to bark and scratch at the glass.
Then the second dog, a “pit bull” mix named Gunner, came around the house and charged Mr. Wnorowski. Gunner initially bit at the wheels too, but then he pulled Mr. Wnorowski to the ground by his stomach. Lying face down, Mr. Wnorowski flung his arm over his head to protect himself, and Gunner dragged him across the yard by his hand.
Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Medical/2015/03/27/Hospital-to-release-Toledo-man-hurt-in-2-dog-attack.html#jzBiGXkbcyqJbotU.99
Officials: Pit bull attacked 84-year-old Fayetteville woman as she tended flowers in her yard
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina — An 84-year-old Fayetteville woman is recovering after she was attacked by a dog while tending to her flowers.
Local media outlets report Hallie Hall was working in her front yard Tuesday when a pit bull jumped on her and tried to bite her head. Hall says she able to get inside her house and call 911.
A boy who lives nearby was walking another dog and accidentally left a gate open, letting the pit bull out. The dog’s owner said he didn’t know the dog was vicious.
Mauled in pit bull attack, she settles lawsuit for $450,000
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 66-year-old woman, whose arm was mangled in a pit bull attack two years ago on a Dongan Hills street, has accepted a $450,000 settlement, said her lawyer.
Lucille Fundaro suffered severe injuries to her arm, requiring extensive surgery and agonizing skin grafts, said her lawyer, Anthony L. Ameduri.
The terrifying attack occurred on Aug. 24, 2013, on Dumont Avenue, a quiet residential street, according to court papers and Advance reports.
In a hospital interview afterward, Ms. Fundaro, a New Dorp resident, told the Advance she was attending a barbecue on Dumont when she left to greet a friend across the street.
That’s when she saw a pit bull charge at her, she said.
Ms. Fundaro, whose home had been battered 10 months earlier by Hurricane Sandy, said she stood her ground as the dog tore a thick chunk of flesh from the underside of her right forearm, exposing the bone.
Mother, son hospitalized after dog attack near Fort Lauderdale
WSVN.com – 3/28/15
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — A 9-year-old boy and his mother were transported to the hospital Saturday after, authorities said, they were attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull mix.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the younger victim, Shamar Jean Baptiste, was approached by the dog at 1841 S.W. 43rd Ave. in unincorporated Ft. Lauderdale around 3:30 p.m.
Area resident Larry Szpyra said he witnessed the the attack. “He was riding a bicycle in his driveway, and the dog basically just came running right straight down the street and basically jumped on his back and started chewing on him, biting him, mauling, whatever,” he said.
As the pit bull mix continued to attack Shamar, Szpyra said, the boy’s mother, 35-year-old Gracieuse Jean Baptiste, and his sister then came outside moments later to confront the canine, and another neighbor also tried to help. “The sister was trying to beat the dog off; she had like a skateboard or something she was trying to move the dog away with,” he said. “The mother came out with a broom handle. She’s trying to move the dog, and the other gentleman that lives in the house across the street came to move the dog, so three or four of them were trying to move the dog away from the kid, and basically the dog just kept going back and attacking him.”
Pit Bulls Attack Collie In Riverside: Police
CBS Chicago – 3/27/15
(CBS) – Two loose pit bulls attacked another dog that was being walked by its owner earlier this week, police in southwest suburban Riverside say.
Police responded to emergency calls Thursday morning in the 400 block of Selborne Road. There, they found a miniature collie bleeding from its ear. Officers learned the owner had been walking the pet past a property when two pit bulls running free in a backyard attacked.
The owner of the pit bulls, a Chicago man whom police did not identify, was ticketed under a village ordinance for having a dangerous or fierce dog unleashed.
Search on for dog that attacked 13-year-old Sorrento boy
wftv.com – 3/28/15
SORRENTO, Fla. — A young boy is in the hospital after he was attacked by a dog in a rural neighborhood in Sorrento.
Officer shoots dog near elementary school
Pit bull was seen roaming near school bus stop, tried to bite officer, police say
Dog shot after attacking woman in Henderson County
HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – A dog has been shot and killed after attacking a woman in Henderson County.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of gunshots Friday afternoon in the 4900 block of Lost Pine Drive.
Sheriff Ray Nutt says a 24-year old woman was injured when she was attacked by her neighbor’s pit bull. The dog attacked her when she wen to visit the neighbor and stepped into the yard. Her father heard the attack and went to help.
The father and daughter were able to pin the dog down. Another neighbor heard the screams, came out of their home and shot the dog. The owner fled the scene after the shooting.
Dog attacks 84-year-old woman in College Lakes neighborhood Tuesday
By Nancy McCleary Staff writer – 3/26/15
An 84-year-old woman is recovering from injuries she received Tuesday when a neighbor’s dog attacked her as she was working in her yard in the College Lakes neighborhood.
The dog, Bane, a 16-month-old black and white pit bull, is in quarantine at Cumberland County Animal Control, according to Director John Lauby.
The victim, Hallie Hall, told investigators she was working in the front yard of her home on the 400 block of Concord Drive when a boy with two dogs walked across the yard, according to a written statement submitted to Animal Control.
The boy appeared to be about 7yearsold, Hall said, and was with a large dog – Bane – and a smaller dog.
The larger dog was not on a leash, Hall said.
“The large … dog saw me and ran at me, knocking me down and started biting my arms,” Hall’s statement said.
The dog tried to bite her head, she said. The boy tried to get the dog to stop, but couldn’t get control of the animal.
Hall said she finally got to her feet and went inside her house.
“I had deep bite wounds on both arms and bite wounds on four of my left fingers. I was bleeding heavily,” she said.
Pit bulls attack 6-year-old boy in Union County
EL DORADO (KATV) – A 6-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after he was attacked by three pit bulls owned by his grandparents.
The grandmother of the boy told police she and her husband were outside their home in El Dorado Wednesday evening when the incident occured. She said her grandson was running in the yard playing with her two 8-month-old pit bull puppies like he always did when she was at the house. She said the adult mother of the puppies was lying under a nearby tree.
The woman said her grandson started screaming and the adult pit bull ran toward the child. As the grandmother rounded the corner of the house, she saw all three dogs attacking the little boy. She told police she and her husband were unable to get the dogs off the boy, so her husband ran inside, grabbed a gun and shot it into the air. They were then able to get the child and rush him to the emergency room.
A Union County Sherriff’s deputy who responeded to the hospital said the child had lacerations from head to toe on this body. He was flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
The grandmother told police the dogs had never attacked before. Union County Animal Control picked up the dogs from the house. They say all three dogs had rabies shots and were either spayed or neutered.
Easton dog park attack prompts response from mayor
City resident Laini Abraham said she was at the park about 5 p.m. Sunday with her boyfriend and had just opened the inner gate when four dogs descended on her 6-year-old collie mix, Boomer.
“One of them bit him on the neck and wouldn’t let go,” Abraham said, describing the incident as tug of war that she could only watch helplessly.
“There was a lot of blood. I was freaking out,” Abraham said.
Her boyfriend’s hands were bitten as the couple that owned the four dogs looked on, Abraham said.
Boomer didn’t need stitches but suffered puncture wounds, she said.
“He’s really lucky because if he didn’t have all of that fur he could have been really hurt,” Abraham said.
She’s pretty sure the four other dogs were pit bulls, and although that breed has a reputation for aggression, she blames the owners more than the dogs.
“The issue is not that they’re pit bulls,” Abraham said. “The issue is they are dogs that the owners do not have control over.”
Schenectady owner cited in dog attack
timesunion.com – 3/26/15
SCHENECTADY — The owner of two pit bulls that are accused of attacking a teenage boy Wednesday on a city street has been cited for not having the animals licensed and will likely be charged with having dangerous dogs, according to a city police spokesman.
“Neither of the two pit bulls had a license as was required by the city code,” said Lt. Mark McCracken.
He said the 13-year-old boy suffered “relatively minor injuries” after the pit bulls attacked him on Raymond St. Wednesday afternoon.
Stockton Man Going To Prison For Pit Bull’s Deadly Mauling
Nick Janes joined KOVR/KMAX in December 2008 as a reporter – 3/25/15
STOCKTON (CBS13) — In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a San Joaquin County man is going to prison because of a deadly attack by his dog.
Prosecutors say the deadly attack by the man’s pit bull was predictable, and even inevitable. They say the dog had a violent history, but the owner did nothing.
The hurt was overwhelming for family on that day nearly two years ago in Stockton when a pit bull named Russia mauled and killed Claudia Gallardo without provocation.
Brian Hrenko, the dog’s owner could only offer a tearful apology.
Now, he’s preparing for sentencing in a first-of-its-kind case in San Joaquin County. Hrenko was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the gruesome mauling in his front yard.
“He wanted a very vicious guard dog, and that’s what he got,” said deputy district attorney Steve Maier.
He says Hrenko encouraged his dog’s dangerous behavior. The prosecutor says the conviction sends a message to pit bull owners who raise their dogs to be aggressive.
Another child attacked by a pit bull
Calhoun Times -3/25/15
For the second time in two months, a local child has been attacked by a pit bull.
The most recent attack happened Saturday evening, according to a Calhoun Police incident report. Police responded to a home on Maplewood Drive and met with the complainant who said he witnessed a neighbor’s dog attack a 9-year-old girl.
He told officer H. Everett the girl was walking through the neighborhood with her two brothers when the pit bull ran after them. The complainant said the boys were able climb a tree, escaping the dog, but the girl wasn’t. At that time the dog jumped on the girl holding her to ground, according to the complainant. The dog then ran off, but returned once the girl got up, charging and dragging her to the ground.
On March 6, a 7-year-old boy was mauled by four pit bulls near the Nickelsville Community, according to previous reports from officials at Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.
The boy suffered severe bite wounds near his head and face. He was then flown by helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Two Recent Dog Attacks In El Paso County
KKTV – 3/24/15
We’re asking about a couple of recent attacks that left dogs dead. We checked with the humane society about these dog attacks. Only on 11 News, we have the stories from the dog owners involved.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) said they deal with trouble from all kinds of breeds. They take in 24,000 animals a year and most of the stray dogs they get, are pit bulls.
Susan Patterson was walking her two dachshunds near Cheyenne Mountain Elementary School when large dog started running toward them. Patterson had one dog in her arms, and 17-year-old Sammy at her feet. That large dog, a pit bull, attacked and killed Sammy.
“Sammy was just getting tossed around and mangled and there was nothing I could do, and it was a helpless feeling,” Patterson said.
Witness: Large, loose dog attacks smaller, leashed dog in Winlock
By The Daily News – 3/24/15
A large dog attacked and may have killed a smaller dog on a leash Sunday afternoon in Winlock, according to an eyewitness.
“It was unbelievable. We were driving up as it occurred. It looked like the big dog was shaking a white bag. But when we got within 50 or 60 feet, we saw it was a little dog on a leash and the big dog had it by the neck and was shaking the heck out of it,” said Don Rubert.
Rubert, an Idaho resident who was visiting his son, Winlock resident Dave Rubert, said that after about 20 seconds the big dog “dropped the little one, ran by us and then disappeared. It makes you wonder about these dog running lose. If it had been a kid it would have been severely injured or killed.”
Rubert said the big dog likely weighed more than 100 pounds and was multicolored, but mostly black and brown. He said it looked like a pit bull because of its squarish head and muscular build.
Pit bull attack sparks Weld Co. quarantine changes
EVANS – Brianna Leos is 11 years old and a dog lover. Her Teacup Pomeranian Chloe is her best friend.
“I’m not afraid of the small dogs, I’m afraid of the big dogs,” Leos said.
She’s afraid of big dogs as of Sunday afternoon, after Evans Police say a neighbor’s pit bull mix attacked her, causing serious injuries to the back of her skull. It also left scratches on her back.
“I was playing in the front and my next door neighbor [was] coming outside [and] the pit bull just ran through the door,” she said. “I was trying to run to my house as fast as I can, right as I got to the porch, the dog just came and attacked me.”
“I heard her scream, the way she screamed, I knew something was wrong,” said Tasha Guerrero, Brianna’s mom.
Weld County doesn’t ban any breed of dog. The family says the next door neighbor warned them about one of his pets when he moved in about a month ago.
“The one who attacked her was adopted and it was abused previously,” Guerrero said. “And it had issues with women. He told us not to approach it, pet it, anything like that.”
Dispatch: Arrests; ‘Daisy’ recovering from dog attack; Wallet taken from shopping cart; Shoplifters caught
Follow-up from Thursday
A Pet Nanny walking a beagle named Daisy in the 4000 block of Pinehurst Court reported that Daisy was attacked by a Pit Bull and sustained injuries that required a trip to a veterinarian. The dog sustained numerous bruises and a puncture wound in the neck where the pit bull had grabbed it and shaken it. The owner of the pit bull was contacted for vaccination records, etc. The RPD noted that a citation may be issued for having a nuisance dog. A citation for harboring a vicious animal can only be served if the dog had attacked a person. A dog-on-dog attack is considered by the Riverton Municipal Code to be a nuisance animal. The woman walking the dog said she walks dogs for a living and had been in that area before without any problem
Woman hospitalized, dog killed in stray dog attack
By Brian Shlonsky – 3/23/15
A woman was hospitalized and her dog killed after Oklahoma City Animal Welfare said she was attacked by two stray dogs.
The attack happened in a gated community near NW 145th Terrace and Oakmond Road.
According to welfare officers, the woman was walking her schnauzer when two large dogs, possibly a tan and white pit bull and a black Lab, attacked her dog. She tried to fight them off, but ended up hospitalized with puncture wounds.
That woman’s dog was killed.
“We’ll look for the stray dogs, try to locate them, and once we get them located they’ll go into quarantine,” Trace Lyons with Animal Welfare said. “If they’re stray, they’re normally territorial. That’s why our officers will go to that same location every day.”
Man mauled to death in vicious dog attack by pack of seven pit bulls ‘who bit someone only days before’
By MYRIAH TOWNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM – 3/23/15
- De’trick Johnson, 36, of Pine Bluff, AR went to have his car serviced on Saturday morning when the dogs charged under a fence and attacked him
- He was pronounced dead at the scene; garage owner’s son said another person had been bit by dogs just days before Johnson’s death
- Owner of CJ’s Garage, John Chester Smith, 63, had been warned previously by police about his dogs’ aggressive behavior
- Four of the dogs were shot and killed by police, two were taken by Pine Bluff Animal control and one fled the scene
- No arrests have been made and investigation is ongoing
An Arkansas man was brutally mauled to death in a vicious dog attack by seven pit bull terriers.
De’trick Johnson, 36, of Pine Bluff went to have his car serviced at CJ’s Garage on Saturday morning when immediately upon his arrival, the pack of seven dogs charged underneath a fence and attacked him.
Johnson was found on the ground when responding officers arrived, and it appeared he was still alive, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesman Major Lafayette Woods Jr.
Johnson was later pronounced dead at the scene.
While police encountered the ‘aggressive dogs’, four of the pit bulls were shot and killed, two were captured and taken by Pine Bluff Animal Control and one fled from the scene.
On Saturday, police were still searching for the brown and white pit bull that got away.
A long-time friend of Johnson’s, John Smith III, who is also the son of the garage’s owner, John Chester Smith, said that this is not the first time the pit bulls have attacked someone, according to KATV.
He said another person was bit by the pit bull terriers just days before Johnson’s death.
Smith III said: ‘You are my dad. I love you. De’trick, I love him too. But it’s one thing about it, you [John Chester Smith] are going to need to be held accountable for the decision that you made.
‘I didn’t fool with those dogs and I wasn’t aware that he had that many dogs, but I knew he had a couple of them. I didn’t know they were that vicious.’
Woman faces charges after pit bull attack
By Devon Armijo – 3/23/15
An Alamogordo woman faces felony charges for what police said her two pit bulls did.
According to the Alamogordo Daily News, Desiree Romeyn’s dogs escaped from her back yard and killed another dog.
When animal control got there, they said they had to tranquilize one of the dogs because it was acting aggressive.
3 Pit Bulls Break Into Home, Attack German Shepard
CBS Denver – 3/23/15
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators are looking for the owner of three pit bulls that were shot dead by a homeowner who said he was trying to protect his own dog.
Springer, an 8 year old German Shepard, is recovering after suffering a brutal night on Friday.
“We just heard all the dogs going crazy, they were just barking and screaming and going insane,” said neighbor Richelle Simpson.
She said three pit bulls broke through a fence that was already damaged, and used a doggie door to get inside the garage, then attack Springer.
I HAD TO SHOOT THREE PIT BULLS ATTACKING MY DOGS, DAN HAYMAN SAYS
Yet as of last year, pit bulls remained the most euthanized dogs on the Front Range.Against this backdrop comes the story of Dan Hayman, who says he shot and killed three pit bulls because they were attacking his dog — and one of them lunged at him.
The report comes to us from KKTV in Colorado Springs, which notes that the incident took place on Friday night, March 20.
That’s when Hayman says he heard “loud barking and whining” coming from his garage.
So he grabbed his gun, and inside the garage, he found three pit bulls attacking one of his two German Shepherds, nine-year-old Springer.
Man kills 3 pit bulls that sneaked into his house and attacked his dogs
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – March 21, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A man in Colorado Springs shot and killed three pit bulls that sneaked into his house through a doggie door and attacked his dogs.
Police say the attack occurred early Saturday.
The man told police he was asleep when he heard the dogs fighting. The man got a gun and shot the intruders.
Man dies after pit bull attack in Jefferson County
JEFFERSON COUNTY (KATV) –A man was killed this morning in Jefferson County after being attacked by a pack of pit bulls.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office identifies the victim as De’trick O. Johnson, 36 of Pine Bluff. The owner of the dogs and the property where the attack happened, is John Chester Smith, 63.
Authorities said just before 10:00 a.m. a group of seven pit bulls charged underneath a fence, then started mauling Johnson.
Police say the incident happened at C.J.’s Garage at 300 North Thomas Road in Jefferson County.
The first reporting deputy encountered one of the pit bulls, who immediately charged his patrol vehicle. The deputy tried to use his Taser, but it had no effect on the dog, forcing the deputy to use lethal force and shoot the dog.
UPDATE: Caldwell police shoot dog after it attacks owner of 2 years
BY ERIN FENNER – 3/21/15
Brittany Panzo, 20, adopted her pit bull/mastiff mix when it was just a puppy. Two years later, Caldwell police say they were forced to kill it after it attacked her early Saturday and tore the skin from her hand.
“He ripped her open,” said Panzo’s fiance, Gildardo Soto, of the dog.
Soto said he had been joking around and laughing with Panzo in their apartment in the 200 block of Abraham Way when the dog lashed out.
“He broke through his kennel and bit her,” he said.
The dog then bit Panzo at least 20 times,. He got Panzo into the closet and called police, telling them they would likely need to kill the animal, Soto said. Panzo’s two toddler-aged children were still in their bedroom sleeping, she said.
Pit bulls: Pet or monster, you be the judge
James “Kimo” Rosen – 3/21/15
This past week one of the headlines in The Garden island news was: “A 2-year-old child is in serious condition after being attacked by a family dog on Tuesday in Puhi.”
That dog was a large, muscular, mature gray adult pit bull and was surrendered to humane officers by its family. The dog was the family’s pet, yet still attacked.
The question remains, are pit bulls loving pets or monsters? You be the judge.
Many pit bull owners call it a cultural thing, similar to the fireworks argument?
You will hear the argument that its the owner and not the dog. This is true to an extent. However, a dog breed that was originally bred as a fighting dog would not be my choice as a pet, especially around keiki. I realize not all pit bulls are bad, just like all politicians aren’t bad.
When my dog was attacked by a pit bull last September, she survived with my quick thinking of lifting her by her collar with an exhausting swinging and saving venture of keeping her away from the pit bull. This went on for what seemed like an eternity until by the grace of God a good Samaritan came along to wrestle the pit bull to the ground.
After the pit bull attacked my dog, the owner said, “she’s always been the sweetest dog and only wanted to play. She’s such a nice pit bull, she’s trained.” A witness to the attack had told me that same dog had attacked numerous others.
Two apprehended after dog attack escalates to shots fired
Two people were in custody Friday after shots were fired in the 4700 block of Heller Drive, near the intersection of Route B and Route HH, said Boone County Sheriff’s Department Detective Tom O’Sullivan.
“It’s all over a dog fight,” O’Sullivan said.
The incident happened at about 7 p.m., when O’Sullivan said a pit bull attacked another dog, which was either a boxer or a pit bull.
The owner of the dog that was attacked allegedly stabbed the pit bull with a knife and killed it, O’Sullivan said. The owner of the pit bull allegedly went into his apartment and came back outside with a handgun, firing several shots. No one was injured.
Pit Bulls Seized After Tequesta Rampage
by Kathleen Walter/CBS12 News – 3/20/15
TEQUESTA (CBS12) –The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a brutal dog attack in Tequesta, where witnesses say two pit bulls broke into a neighbor’s house and went on a rampage. The attack happened on Southeast Mayo Street. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, a resident’s pit bulls escaped their owner’s home, jumped through a neighbor’s window, and once inside, attacked and killed the neighbor’s pit bulls. Also attacked were two birds which survived. The homeowner was bitten on the hand trying to separate the dogs. In custody are the two pit bulls seized by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit. The agency tells CBS12 that the dog’s owner, Michael White, was cited in 2012 for a similar incident, when the dogs broke loose, attacked other dogs, and injured several animals. Attempts by CBS12 to reach Michael White Friday night were unsuccessful. Animal Services Personnel have yet to determine the fate of the pit bulls.
Dog owner blames girl for Pit bull attack
by Mark Slavit – 3/20/15
COLE COUNTY, MO — A 4-year-old Cole County girl is still recovering in a Columbia hospital after 2 Pit bulls attacked her on St. Patrick’s Day.
Mary Jane Lott’s family gave us their side of the story after several dog bites left extensive wounds on the girl’s back.
The owner of the Pit bulls is speaking out for the first time.
Josh Champion said his dogs were just trying to protect him from a stranger.
Champion said, “To see my kids watch that was horrible. There was that little girl and everybody was screaming for help.”
Champion does not blame his 2 pit bulls for the attack on Lott in the Perchange Mobile Home Park south of Jefferson City. Champion said the girl and her brother entered his home without knocking, got the dogs excited and ran away. Champion said his dogs Bruno and Bella chased the girl and attacked her because they were trying to protect him and his family.
Hamden man stabs pet dog to stop attack
POSTED 5:00 PM, MARCH 20, 2015, BY SAMANTHA SCHOENFELD
HAMDEN–Around noon on Friday Hamden Police responded to a home on reports of a dog bite.
According to police, the homeowner’s adult male pit bull started biting one of the puppies also living in the house. When the homeowner tried to separate the dogs, the pit bull attacked her.
When the pit bull attacked the woman, her husband worked to coax the dog away from the fight, but the dog attacked him.
Animal shelter director pleads not guilty to misdemeanors, including county ordinance violation
By Carlos Andres López – 3/20/15
LAS CRUCES >> The director of the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley pleaded not guilty to a pair of charges filed by a county official during an arraignment Friday morning at Doña Ana County Magistrate Court.
Earlier this month, authorities charged Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock with violating a county ordinance after she allegedly refused to release a dog’s microchip information to an animal control officer, according to criminal complaint filed March 5 by Curtis Childress, animal cruelty coordinator for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.
According to court documents, the case involves two dogs accused of attacking and killing several livestock animals on March 1 at a home in the 900 block of Harper Road.
In the court documents, the dogs were described as “a black in color lab” and “a brown and white in color pit bull cross type dog,” which was outfitted with a microchip.
When authorities arrived at the scene, a county animal control officer found the dogs inside a pen and reported they “killed 3 chickens, one rooster, one turkey, 3 sheep and one adult sheep. They also injured 3 juvenile sheep and 3 adult sheep,” according to the documents.
The dogs were then transported to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley. But when the officer went to the center to obtain information from the dog’s microchip, she was denied that information and was told to file a records request, the documents state.
Dog Owner Says She’s Heartbroken After Death Of Puppy During Playtime At Pet Hotel
HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A dog owner says she’s heartbroken after the death of her French bulldog puppy while at a pet hotel in Hollywood.
As KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper reports, the puppy named Boggs died Sunday allegedly after an altercation with a larger dog, a pit bull mix, during playtime at Pooch Hotel.
Boggs’ owner told Hopper she’s too upset to talk on camera but posted a picture of Boggs online with a caption: “The brightest light in my life went out last night. My baby Boggs passed away yesterday
after an unfortunate, avoidable incident … ”
Word of the dog’s death traveled quickly on social media and many who are outraged have started the campaign “Justice for Boggs.”
Pit bull attacks raise concerns in McKeesport
Authorities are investigating two separate dog attacks that happened a day apart in McKeesport.
“It’s very unusual to have two attacks in such a short period,” McKeesport animal control officer Ken Ferree said. Though the incidents appear to be unrelated, he said, “It’s a trend I’m not liking.”
Ferree said the dogs involved in the attacks are pit bulls. In each incident, people and dogs were injured, he said.
Caught On Tape: Venice Man Accused Of Allowing His Dogs To Kill Neighbor’s Cat
VENICE (CBSLA.com) — A Venice man is being accused of allowing his two dogs to kill a neighbor’s cat.
The mauling was caught on security video that was posted Thursday on YouTube.
The tape set off a debate between those who believe the man’s dogs pulled him and those who think he could have done more to stop the attack.
KCAL9’s Tom Wait on Thursday spoke to Lou Parra, the cat’s owner.
Parra didn’t witness the attack live but is devastated from the aftermath and from what he saw on video.
“I was just in shock,” said Parra. “My heart dropped. As soon as I saw the video, I was just, I don’t know what to say. I was just so full of anger.”
Animal Control is investigating the incident that occurred just before 4 p.m. Monday.
Woman fights for ‘danger’ listing after dog attacked
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – To Patricia Hawkins, the pit bull that lives around the corner is a vicious dog who bit her more than 40 times and her beloved Lab mix too many times to count.
To the Hites, Kai is a gentle dog who loves on the family’s 4-year-old daughter and newborn boy.
On Monday, Montgomery County’s Animal Control Board will have to decide whether Kai is dangerous or just a dog who got in a fight as Hite says dogs sometimes do.
His other pit bull, Cowboy, was also involved in the Feb. 9 incident on Ronda Court, but John Hite said he surrendered Cowboy to Animal Control this week. That animal will not be eligible for adoption.
Hawkins has had her 6-year-old lab mix, Kuzco, since he was 6 weeks old, and in her mind, there is do doubt that both of the Hite’s pit bulls are dangerous and would have killed her dog if she had not intervened, getting bitten 46 times in the process.
Pit bull attacks woman, dog in McKeesport
Pittsburgh Channel 4 – 3/19/15
A woman she said was walking her dog Thursday in McKeesport when a pit bull ran at them and attacked.
Cheryl Zeiler and her mini-dachshund, Bella, were in the 3400 block of Odair Street, where a man was letting his pit bull out.
The pit bull knocked Zeiler down and she says it went after Bella. “When I was trying to get up, all I could see was that dog on top of her, trying to bite her. I didn’t know what I was going to have when I got out of there.”
St Pete dog killed after pit bulls jump fence into man’s home
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – Greg Martens heard the high-pitched yelps of his Dachshunds coming from his St. Petersburg living room. In a motorized wheel chair, Martens zipped into the room as fast as he could and saw two pit-bulls mauling his dogs.
The pit-bulls had jumped over a baby-gate at his front door and were attacking his dogs, who had been sleeping in dog beds.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. ” They were in my house, and there was nothing I could do.”
Martens slid out of his chair, onto the ground with the dogs, and tried to intervene. One dog bit his arm in the process, and his leg and knee were fractured.
“I just wanted to get those dogs out of here,” he said, fighting back tears.
He pinned one dog against the front door and used the weight of the door to force it out. The other dog followed, jumping back over the gate and outside. But the damage was done. His two Dachshunds lay bloody and motionless.
3 people at Wilmington business injured in pit bull attack
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) –Three people are recovering after being attacked by two pit bulls at a Wilmington business Wednesday morning.
According to officials, police responded to 351 Shipyard Boulevard around 10:25 a.m. in reference to a dog attack.When officers arrived, the victims said they were attacked by a male and female pit bull that wandered up to Bryant and Sons. The owner, Brian Bryant, and his son, Shawn Bryant, were injured in the attack, according to Shawn Bryant. A truck driver getting his trailer repaired was also injured.
Shawn Bryant said they had seen the dogs around before and they had been friendly in the past.
“These two dogs walked up to me no problem and started playing with me a couple days ago, yesterday, they came up here two completely different dogs,” Shawn said.
He said the dogs came up to him and one bit his hand, then they saw the truck driver and started attacking him. Shawn said he went over and tried to distract the dogs, but they started attacking him. He said he has more than 20 puncture wounds. One of the bites ripped through his jeans hitting a vein. Shawn said by then the truck driver had gotten in the trailer of the truck, and when Shawn got near he pulled Shawn in.
When Bryant came to the scene to try to help, Shawn said the dogs turned on him. Shawn said his father jumped on a truck and eventually the dogs left carrying away a shoe.
Pit bull shot after attacking adult, juvenile in DC
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — A pit bull was shot by police early Tuesday morning after attacking an adult and a juvenile female in Northwest, according to D.C. police.
The pit bull attacked the two victims in the 4700 block of 3rd Street NW around 4:45 a.m., police said. Officers tried to stop the attack, but the dog continued. Officers then shot the dog in the body.
Dog bites man; victim claims owner sicced it on him
Postal carrier attacked by dog in southeast Wichita
WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police say a dog attacked a postal carrier Monday afternoon. It happened shortly after noon in the 2100 block of South Terrace.
Police say a pit bull ran through the screen door and attacked a postal carrier.
The 34-year-old postal carrier called 911 after the attack. Police say he suffered several injuries to his left hand and arm and had to have stitches.
Police Beat: Two strikes and you’re out, dog attacks again
For the second week in a row, the same pit bull allegedly chomped on and injured another pet dog.
This latest incident occurred Sunday evening, March 15, in the 800 block of Orange Street.
The pit bull’s owner is a 47-year-old man who has an apartment downtown. He says he only got the dog a few weeks ago.
A week earlier, his unleashed pit bull allegedly ran after a couple walking their aging white Samoyed along Riverwalk in the early morning and bit down on the dog’s head as it howled in pain.
The Samoyed’s owner whacked the pit bull with a knife to get it to release its bloody grip.
On Sunday, the pit bull broke free from his owner’s leash and bit a husky/lab mix on the head. The pit bull’s owner finally used a choke hold to get the dog to release its grip.
Both injured dogs both needed to be treated by a veterinarian.
Pit bulls attack Winder couple in home
OnlineAthens – 3/19/15
Two dogs savagely attacked their owners Saturday inside their Winder home.
Authorities said they plan to euthanize the dogs following a 10-day observation period for rabies.
The owners voluntarily surrendered the pit bulldog mix dogs, Barrow County Animal Control Director Jaclyn Nguyen said.
Deputies were dispatched at about 10:40 a.m. to the home on Choctaw Ridge, where the man and his wife were “bleeding profusely,” according to a Barrow County sheriff’s report.
Eugene girl recovering after dogs attack
by Courtny Jodon – 3/18/15
EUGENE, MO. — Four-year-old Mary Jane Lott was attacked by two pitbulls Tuesday, but the severe trauma is not enough to bring this little girl down.
In the Perchange Mobile Home Park Tuesday evening April Umfleet and her family had the scare of their lives.
April Umfleet, Mary Jane’s mother explains, “I heard three gun shots and I come to the door and my five year old who is running to me saying mommy M-Jane just got shot and I took off from the door over here and my neighbor had her sitting…”
Mary Jane was not shot though, instead a neighbor saw pitbulls attack her and shot one of them.
Danny, an employee of “Dody’s” gas station, says, “That probably the one thing that saved her life the most and the fastest.”
Mary Jane still had severe dog bites, and Danny says she was just doing what she has always been trained to do…putting pressure on a wound.
Boy mauled by Pit Bull in Saginaw
SAGINAW — Animal Control was investigating a vicious dog attack on Wednesday evening that left a child with serious injuries.
The boy — said by witnesses to be 10 or 11 years old — was riding his bike near Opal Street and Mustang Drive when he was suddenly attacked by a Pit Bull around 4:30 p.m.
“He had blood down his face, and then down the arm,” said Ashley Faulk, who was getting off a school bus when she saw the attack.
Ashley said a man stepped in and tried to beat the dog away with the boy’s own bike.
Blood was still visible on the sidewalk and grass near the scene. The incident apparently happened directly in front of the dog owner’s home.
WOMAN, 2 CHILDREN ATTACKED BY RECENTLY ADOPTED DOG IN NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA
WPVI-TV Philadelphia – 3/18/15
Authorities say a mother and her two children were attacked by a pit bull they had recently adopted just days earlier.
It was just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday that police received calls for a dog attacking his adoptive family in the 9400 block of Lansford Street in Northeast Philadelphia.
Police say the 2-year-old pit bull attacked a 33-year-old mother, her 11-year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. All three suffered bites to the arm.
“After being bitten, two of the children ran from the house and went to a neighbor’s house, the 33-year-old mother ran and locked herself in the bathroom,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small, Philadelphia Police.
Brian Brennan identified the victims as 33-year-old Nicole Keppol and her children Chris Crow and Haley Crowe.
“It’s just crazy, and I guess it happened so fast – I got here as quick as I can and everybody was hysterical,” said Brennan.
PIT BULL IN NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA ATTACK ACCUSED OF VIOLENT HISTORY
Dogs attack puppy training to be service dog
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A puppy in training to become a service dog is fighting for his life.
The golden retriever puppy named Jack was mauled Monday morning by two stray pit bulls, according to Debbie Lange with The Dog Knowledge.
She’s training the 16-week old to be a service dog for military veterans and others with disabilities.
89-year-old brutally attacked by dog in Plainville
PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) – An elderly woman remains in intensive care at a Connecticut hospital after being attacked by a dog in Plainville on Thursday.
A driver for Meals on Wheels was delivering food on Long Swamp Road around 11 a.m. Thursday, when police said the driver was nipped by the dog, which police identified as a pit bull.
An 89-year-old woman, who was receiving the meal, helped the person back but then she was attacked by the dog. The worst of the damage was to her hands, where her bone is exposed.
“Severe hand bite, almost to near amputation,” said Plainville Police Corporal Patrick Buden.
The woman was rushed to the hospital and remains in intensive care. Police said they have never seen a dog attack this brutal ever.
“It was until I went into the house and saw the victim and saw what the dog did to her hand, I was totally shocked. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Plainville’s Animal Control Officer Gabby Paciotti.
Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/28530335/89-year-old-brutally-attacked-by-dog-in-plainville#ixzz3Ub4xAclU
Plainville dog bite victim still in hospital
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 9:36 pm
PLAINVILLE (WFSB) — An elderly woman remains in intensive care after being attacked by a dog in Plainville last Thursday.
A driver for Meals on Wheels was delivering food on Long Swamp Road around 11 a.m. Thursday, when police said the driver was nipped by the dog, which police identified as a pit bull.
An 89-year-old woman, who was receiving the meal, helped the person back but then she was attacked by the dog. The worst of the damage was to her hands, where her bone is exposed.
“Severe hand bite, almost to near amputation,” said Plainville Police Corporal Patrick Buden.
The woman was rushed to a hospital and remains in intensive care. Police said they have never seen a dog attack this brutal ever.
Owner of dogs involved in near-fatal mauling arrested
The owner of a pack of dogs that almost fatally mauled a 50-year-old man on Detroit’s east side in October was arrested Monday after a months-long search, authorities said.
Derrick (Butch) Felton, 61, who police had been seeking since last year, was picked up by members of a fugitive apprehension team that includes members of the Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police and Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a house in the area of August and Gratiot avenues on Detroit’s east side, according to Detroit Police Detective Michael Pacteles.
Pacteles described the arrest as peaceful, which contrasts with the nighttime attack that left Steve Constantine, a native of Warren who had been living in Detroit, almost naked and clinging to life on a darkened street. He lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear as a result of the attack.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office had authorized charges against Felton of three counts of harboring a vicious animal causing injury. The charges carry potential sentences of up to four years in prison. Arraignment information was not immediately available.
Felton, who has claimed that the story is a lie and disputed the number and breed of dogs, also faces five misdemeanor citations in the case. The citations, which each carry a maximum penalty of $500 or six months in jail, accuse Felton of harboring dogs without a license, failing to provide proof of a rabies vaccination, harboring more than four dogs, harboring vicious dogs and failing to properly leash or restrain dogs at his home in the 4500 block of Pennsylvania.
Authorities have described the dogs as pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
Pacteles has said that the gruesome nature of the attack is unique among dog bite incidents he’s seen in his 16 years with the department.
“I’ve never … even seen a situation like this before where somebody has been mauled and, as reported, been eaten alive. Not only was it horrifying, (for Constantine) but what about the EMS that first responded?” Pacteles said, a reference to the fact that emergency workers could not initially leave their rig because the dogs were in a frenzy. “They had to sit there and watch this as these animals were eating Mr. Constantine. It’s got to be a horrific thing to watch.”
County declares dogs dangerous after attack
MAXTON – Two dogs that escaped from a backyard pen have been declared dangerous after they attacked and killed a dog in a nearby yard in the Scotland Forest neighborhood, a Scotland County enclave inside the Maxton town limits.
The Scotland County Health Department, which includes Animal Control, sent Joe Hunter a registered letter declaring both his pit bulls, Zina and Roxy, to be dangerous animals, Hunter confirmed Thursday to the Laurinburg Exchange.
“My son came out here to feed the dogs and he left the gate open,’’ Hunter said. “They got out. I guess they went over there and killed my neighbor’s dog. I hate it happened.’’
Daniel J. Woessner, whose backyard is less than 50 yards through a narrow strip of woods behind the backyard where Hunter’s dogs are penned, is seeking $2,200 from Hunter in Scotland County small claims court. Woessner said that amount is what it cost to cremate Lucy, a West Highland Terrier, and buy another female dog of that breed.
Also named in the complaint is Hunter’s domestic partner, Jeanette Locklear, a nurse who owns their home on Hoyle Circle.
The attack happened about 5 p.m. on Feb. 21, a Saturday. Woessner said Lucy and his other dog, a miniature schnauzer named Abbie, were in his backyard where they are confined to his property by an electronic dog fence. He said the two pit bulls came from the woods, ran into his backyard and immediately attacked both his dogs. The surviving pet escaped under a porch.
Buddy and Mary Lou Wright, who live across Cameron Way from the Woessner home, were outside with their dachshund, Sophie, and heard the attack.
“It was awful,’’ Buddy Wright said. “I could hear that little dog screaming and I could hear him [Woessner] yelling at the pit bulls … I can’t imagine what that little dog went through. It only weighed about 5 pounds.’’
Moments before, the Wrights had seen the dogs in their next-door neighbor’s backyard.
“I hollered for my wife and she scooped our dog up,’’ he said Thursday. “I yelled at those other dogs, told them to go home. And they took off’’ toward the Woessner home.
Dogs could be put down after attack on Charlestown goats
By Associated Press – 3/14/15
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. – Two pit bulls owned by a Charlestown man are facing the possibility of being euthanized after a deadly attack on two Nubian goats.
Charlestown police told The Westerly Sun that they would seek a vicious dog hearing if the pit bulls aren’t turned over permanently to the animal control officer. After such a hearing, officials would decide whether the dogs needed to be put down. There is an appeal process.
Three men injured in Pahrump pit bull attack; dog owner arrested
PAHRUMP, Nev. (KSNV My News 3)– A Pahrump man was arrested and faces multiple charges after three pit bulls attacked three men, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s office.
The Nye County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a dog attack at 1091 Black Street in Pahrump shortly before noon.
Deputies arrived and discovered there are two residences on the property. One of the residences belonged to the land owner and the other belonged to a tenant living on the land behind the main residence.
According to officers, the land owner has cats that a neighbor helps feed. The tenant, identified as 40-year-old Ricky Davidson, has three pit bulls who were kept behind a 6-foot-high fence.
The neighbor to the property came over to help feed the land owner’s cats. As the neighbor approached, the three pit bulls jumped the fence and began brutally attacking him.
He began screaming for help and one of his friends came running to assist him. While trying to rescue the man the second man was attacked by the pit bulls and was seriously injured.
A third man came running over and got involved in the rescue effort. The pit bulls attacked this third man causing him serious injuries as well.
Delhi Township authorities shot and killed a dog Sunday night in order to save its owner’s life, officials said.
Police entered a residence in the 800 block of Gilcrest Lane and found a family dog attacking a 27-year-old woman on the kitchen floor, according to an alert from the Delhi Township Police Department.
The officer fired two shots, the release states. Both struck the dog, but it continued to attack its owner Cathy Doyle, police said.
The officer fired another shot, it struck the dog and it fled toward the basement where it died.
Police said it appeared the dog became agitated when Doyle tried to separate it from another family pet it was fighting with.
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) — A Delhi Township dog owner is in the hospital after one of her dogs attacked her. Delhi Township Police say Cathy Doyle, 27, was trying to break up a fight between two of her dogs at her home on Gilcrest Lane 9 p.m., March 15. Police say one of the two dogs, a pit bull, turned on her. Police shot the dog twice but they say it continued to attack Doyle. After a third shot was fired, the dog ran off toward the basement.
Delhi Township officer forced to shoot dog to save woman
WCPO Staff – 3/16/15
CINCINNATI — A Delhi Township officer had to kill a pit bull after it attacked a woman in Delhi Township late Sunday, police department officials said.
Officers said they were called to the home in the 800 block of Gilcrest Lane at about 9:15 p.m.
When they arrived, they said they found 27-year-old Cathy Doyle being attacked by a pit bull on the kitchen floor of the home.
Officials said an officer fired two shots at the dog, but the bullets failed to stop its attack.
Holly Hill man stabs neighbors’ pit bulls during attack on his dog
– By Claire Metz – 3/13/15
Police in Holly Hill say a man stabbed his neighbors two dogs, killing one of them, because the dogs were attacking his dog and wouldn’t let go.
The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. at a home on 4th Street.
Mark Porter told police his wife let their black lab out in the yard, and that his neighbors’ pit bulls jumped over a 6-foot fence and attacked the lab.
Porter told police he called 911 then grabbed a hunting knife and hit one of the dogs with the handle several times, but the pit bull wouldn’t let go.
Pit bull shot by Stockton police after attacking man
By Sarah Heise – 3/13/15
2 dogs captured after attack, chase near City Hall
A pit bull was shot by a police officer Friday after authorities said the dog attacked a man in downtown Stockton.
A KCRA 3 photographer witnessed the shooting just before 10 a.m. on Center Street near City Hall.
The two pit bulls were running in the downtown area when they attacked the man on Center Street, police said.
Stockton police and animal control chased the dogs for a number of blocks, almost catching them on one occasion.
When they got near the police department on Washington Street, the dogs turned on an officer who had his weapon drawn, said Joe Silva, of the Stockton Police Department.
The officer fired one shot, hitting one of the dogs, possibly in the leg.
Autopsy Results Show Dog Bite Caused Victim’s Death
WTRF.com – 3/13/15
WHEELING – Autopsy results for one of the victim’s in a dog attack at a home in the 100 block of 14th Street in Wheeling, WV Sunday show the victim died as a direct result of a dog bite.
Preliminary results from the autopsy for Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62, of Wheeling revealed a severed radial artery near his left wrist. According to a press release from the Wheeling Police Department, the injury was a direct result of the dog biting Higgenbotham and ultimately caused his death.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Morgantown, WV did not conduct an autopsy on the other person who died in the incident, David Wallace, 62, of Wheeling.
Police: Costa Mesa resident answers homeless man’s screams for help when attacked by dog
BY ALYSSA DURANTY / STAFF WRITER – 3/13/15
A homeless man was screaming for help before sunrise Friday morning while being attacked by a dog, prompting a nearby Costa Mesa man to come to his aid, police said.
Costa Mesa police officers responded to reports of a dog attack around 5:25 a.m. near west Wilson Street and Republic Avenue, police Sgt. David Casarez said.
A man told officers he woke up to sounds of a homeless man screaming while a dog was biting him on the street.
The resident went outside his house and attempted to help the man, when the dog then started charging at him, so he hit the dog with a piece of wood, Casarez said.
Police were able to get the bull terrier in the back of the patrol car and take it to animal control officers.
Dog owner arrested after pit bulls attack elderly woman
– Marquel Sennet – 3/11/15
On March 10 at approximately 10:15am, officers from the Marshall Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau and the MPD Patrol Bureau located and arrested Theodore George Jones at Motel 6 in Marshall, Texas. Jones had an outstanding felony arrest warrant stemming from an incident that occurred on February 9th. Jones was identified and placed under arrest without incident.
On February 9th at 8:45 am, 83 year old retired educator Sarah Harper was attacked in her front yard by two pit bulls in the 2900 block of Evans St. The attack was interrupted by Trent Sparks, a passerby who came to Harper’s aid and called 911 for assistance. Harper was rushed to the hospital by Marshall FD EMS. She remains in ICU while she recovers.
An investigation revealed that the two dogs were owned by Theodore Jones and that he had left them unattended and loose in his yard. The Texas Health and Safety Code Section 822.005 (Attack by Dog) states that an individual may be held criminally responsible if the individual is negligent and fails to secure a dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person resulting in serious bodily injury.
An arrest warrant was issued for Jones on February 26th and MPD has been looking for him since then. The dogs involved in the mauling were seized by Marshall Animal Control and subsequently euthanized.
Witness describes dog attack
Tom LaVenture – The Garden Island – 3/13/15
PUHI — A family member of the 2-year-old boy attacked by a family dog said the boy’s injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening but he will need to undergo surgery.
One member of the family and a witness to the mauling spoke to The Garden Island Thursday from the Puhi home on grounds she didn’t want to provide the name of the boy or the family at this time.
The dog’s owner said the 4-year-old pit bull involved in the attack was raised as a house dog and was used to being around children. The boy’s mother also has a pit bull, she added.
“We have always had dogs but all different kinds,” she said.
At the time of the Tuesday morning attack, the dog owner was baby-sitting and had scolded the twins for playing with sticks inside their Wena Street home. She sent them outside and put the dog in the kitchen.
“The children were playing with sticks and my daughter was hit,” she said, adding that the family is sticking together through the tragic ordeal. “The dog saw her crying and became upset.”
The kids continued banging on the door, which upset the dog, she said. The 2-year-olds opened the door and when they came back inside, the dog started biting the boy before she had a chance to restrain it in the kitchen.
The circumstances would have made any dog upset, she said. It was because this dog was around 100 pounds that made it a bad situation.
“I should have realized that he (the dog) had gotten angry with them about the whole stick thing,” said the dog’s owner, who had medical tape on three of her fingers covering wounds she said she suffered putting her hand in the dog’s mouth to keep it from biting the boy.
The child was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, and then medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center.
The attack happened so quickly the dog owner said she had trouble recalling everything when the police came. The children witnessed the incident and were crying. She asked the dog be taken to the Kauai Humane Society to be put down, which it was on Tuesday.
The dog would growl or bark when people went by the house but was fine with anyone once they were inside, she said. He hadn’t shown this type of behavior with the kids.
Horse euthanized after pit bull attack in Central Oregon
LA PINE, Ore. – A La Pine horse owner had to euthanize his mare named Princess after two pit bulls attacked and seriously injured the animal Wednesday.
The horse was in a fenced pasture when the pit bulls, named Bailey and Bully, escaped from a fenced area nearby and attacked, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
The horse owner, Richard Beck, fired a warning shot to scare the dogs away, but the male pit bull named Bully kept attacking, he told sheriff’s deputies. Beck shot and killed the dog.
Volunteer mauled by pit bull at Kenai Animal Shelter
By Rashah McChesney – 3/12/15
The attack came without warning. One minute, Kay Best was putting a five-year-old pit bull back into its kennel at the Kenai Animal Shelter.
The next, she was shoving her arms in front of her face as it lunged at her throat.
The attack seemed to last forever for Best. She remembers screaming for help and yelling as the dog repeatedly bit her arms and legs. Then Chief Animal Control Officer Cora Chambers found the two on the floor, kicked the dog and suddenly it was over.
“It was very surreal,” Chambers said. “He stopped and looked at me. I grabbed his harness and was able to put him right back into his kennel.”
Best didn’t see Chambers kick the dog. As soon as it stopped lunging for her, she crawled across the floor into an empty kennel and shut the gate behind her.
“The dog just sat there in the kennel, looking out,” she said.
It was March 4, just after 5 p.m. and a Kenai City Council meeting was about to begin. Best huddled inside of the kennel trying to process what had just happened — both women said there hadn’t been any indication of aggression before the dog attacked.
“I was putting the dog in the kennel and it tried to push its way out,” Best said.
“You know how dogs push. They move forward, trying to push you out of the way. It had a harness on and I pulled him back with the harness and then tried to get out of the kennel. He tried to push again and this time he got aggressive.”
Best said she didn’t realize what was happening until she felt the dog biting her leg and as she struggled to get out of the kennel, she tripped over the metal bar in the doorway. She started to cry as she talked about having to put her hand in the dogs mouth to get it off of her.
“I went down and it grabbed onto my right arm and it started to do the shake and when I saw that, I don’t know I just. I don’t know what I did, but I know I put my left hand in its mouth again and at this point I’m on the floor and I got away from him and then he went after my face and I grabbed his harness with my left hand to keep him away,” she said.
Marshall police recognize local hero
By Naomi Prioleau – March 13, 2015 at 4 a.m.
The man who saved his 84-year-old neighbor from a pit bull attack last month was honored by the Marshall Police Department for his actions Thursday morning.
Trent Sparks was awarded the Lifesaving Hero’s Award by MPD Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa.
“We had a pretty tragic incident where an 84-year-old female was attacked by some pit bulls, and Mr. Sparks happened to be in the area and saw what was going on,” Campa said.
“He took immediate action to get the dogs to move away from the lady, risking his own life as they could’ve easily turned on him and attacked him, but he paid no mind to that,” Campa said.
On the night of Feb. 9, Sara Harper was checking her mail and taking her trash out when she was attacked and knocked to the ground by three neighborhood dogs, police reports said.
Hearing Harper’s cries for help, Sparks, who had just left his fiancée’s house, rushed to Harper to distract the dogs and get them off of her.
It worked momentarily, before the dogs once again turned their attention to Harper, the report said. Sparks ran to his truck to get tools to throw at the dogs, finally getting them off his neighbor for good.
Dog impounded after biting Athens woman
OnLineAthens – 3/12/15
Athens-Clarke County police impounded a dog on Wednesday after it bit a woman outside her home on Windy Hill Court.
The woman said that after the animal, described as a “pit bull-type dog,” broke its chain on a neighbor’s porch, she tried to be friendly toward it, but it bit her on the shin and calf, according to a police report.
The owner arrived and placed the dog in his vehicle after it tried to bite him, noted the report.
The dog’s owner said he got the animal from a coworker, but after it tried biting his daughter he reportedly brought it to The Varsity on West Broad Street and let it go. After the dog made its way back to the man’s Windy Hill Court home, he chained it to the front porch, according to the report.
Indio man shoots 2 dogs attacking his dog
An Indio man who fatally shot two dogs that attacked his pet was arrested on gun-related charges, authorities said Wednesday.
Roberto Chavez, 20, shot the dogs Tuesday night outside his home in the 43-800 block of Main Street, according to Indio police.
Just before 9:30 p.m., officers responded to multiple calls about gunfire and found several neighbors arguing in the street. Officers said the crowd refused to cooperate with the first officer at the scene and additional law enforcement was called in to assist.
An early investigation determined Chavez shot two “pitbull-type” dogs that were attacking his English bulldog, according to police. The two dogs lived across the street and escaped onto Chavez’s property.
Officers said that Chavez struggled to stop the dogs before he went inside, retrieved a handgun and shot both dogs.
The dogs returned to their property and died. The bulldog was not injured. All dogs were left in the custody of their owners.
Bluffton woman: Large dog took her Chihuahua in its mouth, dragged them into woods
A Bluffton woman told police she and her Chihuahua were attacked Monday morning by another woman’s loose dog, the police department reported.
According to the police report, Toni Beard said she was walking her dogs, including a Chihuahua named Artie, near her Sugar Maple Street home in a grassy area near some woods. Another woman, identified in the report as Denise Sedmak, was walking her own dog, named Sammy, nearby. Sammy purportedly escaped Sedmak’s control, grabbed Beard’s dog in its mouth “and began thrashing around,” the report said. The police report referred to the dog as a pitbull, although the Beards said they believe it is a bull mix.
Beard was thrown to the ground and wound up under the larger dog, which continued to attack Artie. According to a report of the incident by WJCL, the larger dog dragged all three of them — the woman and her two dogs — into the woods.
Boy in serious condition after dog attack
Tom LaVenture – The Garden Island – 3/11/15
LIHUE — A 2-year-old child is in serious condition after being attacked by a family dog on Tuesday in Puhi.
Kauai police officers were called to Wena Street about 11 a.m. for a report of a dangerous dog complaint, said county spokeswoman Sarah Blane.
The child was initially transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and has since been medevaced to Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu in serious condition. The incident remains under investigation.
Kauai Humane Society Executive Director Penny Cistaro confirmed a large, muscular, mature gray adult pit bull was surrendered to humane officers by its family.
“The child is a member of the family that owned the dog and they wanted it surrendered to KHS to have it euthanized,” Cistaro said. “It was euthanized.”
The dog weighed around 80 to 85 pounds and had a nervous and hesitant demeanor when brought in, she said. This is not unusual for an animal in a new and strange environment.
Placentia woman injured when one of her pit bulls attacks her
By LOUIS CASIANO JR. / STAFF WRITER – 3/10/15
A Placentia woman was injured Monday afternoon, when one of her two pit bulls attacked and dragged her around her home, police said.
The Placentia Police Department, Orange County Fire Authority and OC Animal Care got a call at 1:30 p.m. to a home at the 700 block of East Yorba Linda Boulevard, where they found the woman with bite marks on her face, head, arms and hands, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
The attack happened when the woman, suspected to be in her mid-40s, was bringing her male and a female pit bulls inside from the backyard.
The woman’s adult daughter, who was inside the home, ran outside and yelled to two tree trimmers for help.
“I heard a scream come from inside the house” and ran inside, said Johnnyray Cabrera, one of the trimmers.
Cabrera said he grabbed a mop to get the dog, the male, off the woman.
“I started to yell at him, and he got more aggressive,” Cabrera said. “I kept hitting it on the head with the mop and locked it in a room.”
Placentia police officers used a Taser on the male dog beacause it was aggressive when they arrived, Point said. The female dog was also taken because of her aggressiveness, a Placentia Police Department statement said.
WTOV-9 – 3/10/15
WHEELING, W.Va. — After police in Wheeling say a pit bull attacked and killed a man who was trying to help the dog’s sick owner, we’re learning more about the dog that is being called ‘vicious’ by some. The owner of the dog in Sunday’s attack had not registered his dog – required by a city ordinance — and did not seem to feel she was dangerous in any way. On a Facebook post, David Wallace described his pit Sheba as gentile, and that she “poses for pictures and enjoys ice cream on the porch.” Sheba is being blamed for attacking Roger Higgenbotham while he was trying to save Wallace’s life. Emergency responders believe Wallace had suffered a heart attack Sunday night. The city of Wheeling does have an ordinance pertaining to pit bulls. However, you can still own one. “You are allowed to have a pit bull under the ordinance,” City Manager Bob Herron said. “However, you do have to register that pit bull for $5 and prove that you have insurance worth $100,000 in the event that the dog would do something.” Herron says pit bulls must wear a muzzle. And if let outside, they must be fenced in. He also says police officers can enforce the rule, but they rely on neighbors to help with any problems.
Dog problems at top of councils’ agendas, but solutions unclear
Issue Date: 3/11/2015 – | By Megan Strickland
ST. IGNATIUS – Beautiful mountains and a bustling small town are the backdrop of Bea Eder’s 4-mile walk around St. Ignatius every day, but the picturesque scene is all but serene when Eder factors in having to pick a route that isn’t obstructed by free-roaming dogs that often show signs of aggression.
Last week, St. Ignatius Town Council and Ronan City Council continued an ongoing discussion of how to deal with dogs at large in their jurisdictions, though both groups have more obstacles to finding a solution than plans to make the problem go away.
Eder sent the St. Ignatius Town Council a letter, detailing a Feb.19 incident in which she was walking her dog, Molly, along First Avenue. Another dog rushed from the alley, as if to attack. Eder ended up eating concrete in the exchange. Her lip and hands were bloodied, and her knee was badly bruised. Two weeks later, the damage was finally close to disappearing.
Encountering aggressive dogs on the street has been an ongoing problem for Eder and other town residents. She said she likes dogs, and doesn’t mind places like Third Avenue, where most yards have barking dogs that are fenced. But in other parts of towns, canines run amok.
“Second (Avenue) is pit bull alley,” Eder said. “I don’t even go there.”
Eder’s dog Molly is skittish around other dogs because of a 2010 incident where the border collie mix was attacked by a pit bull on Second Avenue. Molly’s vet bills were $183.01.
“If (these were) isolated instances, they could be forgotten, but this has been repeated over and over again in the years I’ve lived here,” Eder wrote in her letter to the council. She recounted incidents where her son was bitten in 1982 and the town’s police chief was attacked in 2013.
Pit bull kills man giving owner CPR: Woman escapes attack out 2nd story window
New details have emerged about the pit bull who killed a man giving CPR to its owner who suffered a heart attack. There was a woman inside the house at the time the pit bull killed the man and she took drastic measures to save herself from being attacked by that dog, as reported on Fox News.
The woman, a relative of the dog’s owner, climbed out a second story window to get away from the pit bull. “A woman who identified herself as a relative of one of the victims, said the second man died of a heart attack after the dog attacked him,” reports Wheeling News.
If this is indeed what transpired then both men were victims of the pit bull. The dog attacking both men was not reported by police, they report the man administering CPR was mauled and killed. Autopsies on both victims should offer official cause of death for both men.
Police have identified the two dead men involved in this horrific event. Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62, was giving CPR to the dog’s owner when he was mauled and killed by the pit bull. David Wallace, 63, was the dog’s owner who died of what authorities believe was a heart attack.
A neighbor, Beth Patsch, reports; “One of them had, had some heart problems and it seems like she (pit bull) was protecting him from the person trying to resuscitate him. She was always wonderful, they had had her and her mother and her mother had just passed away in the fall, I believe, and this was the puppy. They’ve had her since she was tiny, tiny and never a problem.”
Patsch said that she saw the woman climb out of the second story window trying to escape the horror going on inside the the house.
Pit bull bite sends Jadeveon Clowney to ER, report says
Steven J. Gaither Perform Media – 3/10/15
After a rookie season in which he was snake-bitten by injuries, Jadeveon Clowney is starting off his second year in the NFL with a literal bite.
The Texans defensive end was bitten by teammate D.J. Swearinger’s pit bull last week, according to SportsRadio 610 in Houston, and his injury required attention from a local emergency room.
Police records show Clowney’s right arm was bitten by the dog. The bite did break the skin, and the dog had been vaccinated, according to the report. Swearinger’s dog was issued a standard quarantine by the Pearland police department.
“Animal control handled it as a standard call,” Lt. Patrick Savage told CBS Houston. “Standard procedures were followed by our humane department and the animal control officer who went out there.”
Brinson’s dogs declared dangerous by Macon-Bibb health board
In three separate but identical 3-2 votes Monday night, the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health declared attorney Veronica Brinson’s pit bulls — Coco, Justice and Pearl– to be dangerous dogs.
Board members Bert Bivins, Ethel Cullinan and David Gowan voted to uphold the designation by Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare, while Elaine Lucas and Chris Tsatavera voted against it.
That means all three dogs must be kept under tighter control and have insurance, said Crystal Jones, senior assistant county attorney.
“That’s what the dangerous dog designation results in: additional requirements,” she said in a closing statement to the board. Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare did not ask for the animals to be euthanized.
Brinson left the hearing immediately after the votes, but told The Telegraph she plans to appeal the board’s decision to Bibb County Probate Court. She reiterated the objections made in her own closing statement to the board.
Brinson said the facts were too fuzzy, that the central witnesses — Claudia Naranjo and her husband Jose Munoz — weren’t there to testify, and that her defense was handicapped by lack of subpoena power.
“I think we’re setting a precedent, folks, where you can loosely do this,” Brinson said. While she’s an attorney, pet owners accused in the future of having dangerous animals may not have the wherewithal to challenge that designation, she said.
The declaration as dangerous dogs came in the wake of incidents Dec. 29 and 30, 2014, in which Brinson’s dogs were accused of killing a dog being walked by Naranjo, then injuring Naranjo herself.
Munoz, arriving in a truck during the attack, intervened and apparently stabbed Pearl during the struggle to separate them.
“He watched these dogs not only kill his pet but drag his wife across the yard,” Jones said. Naranjo and Munoz, residents of Miami, were in Macon visiting friends for the holidays.
Justice and Pearl were found soon afterward, but Coco wasn’t located until the next morning — near a neighbor’s dead cat. Though no one saw how the cat died, Coco was suspected and bore a scratch on her nose.
Onslow Co. boy out of hospital following pit bull attack
By Leland Pinder – 3/9/15
An Onslow County second grader, who was violently attacked by a pair of pit bulls, is out of the hospital and recovering from several surgeries.
However, Latrell Weatherspoon, 8, is exceeding doctors expectations in his recovery and was allowed to return home to Jacksonville last week.
On the afternoon of February 11th, Latrell was playing outside his home on Henderson Road in Onslow County, with a friend.
He says two pit bulls from the neighbors yard charged him. He tried to get away on his bike.
“They pulled me in the ditch and started biting me. When it first happened I thought I was going to die,” said the young boy.
Latrell’s mother, Kimberly, says her young daughter, who had also been outside, ran inside to tell her what was happening. Kimberly Weatherspoon says a neighbor who ran in to save Latrell was holding the more aggressive pit bull back while the other dog backed off on its own. Weatherspoon says when she got to her son she laid with him in the ditch until emergency crews arrived.
“He thought he was dying and I didn’t know what to tell him because it was just that bad,” said Kimberly Weatherspoon.
Latrell had 51 staples put in his right arm where the dogs tore his flesh and muscle tissue. He also suffered severe flesh wounds on his face. Doctors grafted skin from Latrell’s shoulder area and behind his ear to rebuild parts his eyelid and repair other areas of his face.
Owner cited after pit bull climbs 6′ fence, kills neighbor’s dog
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro animal control officer cited a man with harboring a vicious animal after one of his pit bulls apparently climbed a wooden fence and killed a neighbor’s dog.
The attack happened Saturday morning in the 4500 block of Stinnett Drive.
The victim told police his neighbor, 47-year-old Andrew Mooneyham, called him at 8 a.m. to say he believed one of his dogs was involved in an attack on his Jack Russell terrier.
After finding the terrier dead in his backyard, the victim placed the dog into a plastic bag and took her to Animal Medical Center, 1115 S. Gee.
The terrier had suffered “several lacerations and dismemberment of the skin from the body,” according to the incident report filed by Eric Schmett, a Jonesboro Animal Control officer. “There were several punctures throughout the body.”
“It was clearly obvious that the dog had been attacked by something substantially larger,” Schmett said.
Schmett then traveled to the victim’s home and observed a 6′ tall wooden privacy fence encircling the backyard. He also noted an “area of blood by the fence where the attack happened.”
The victim told the officer the neighbor’s dogs had climbed the fence before to get into the yard.
Newaygo Co. sheriff’s deputy attacked by pit bull
WILCOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Newaygo County sheriff’s deputy was attacked by a pit bull while policing a trespassing complaint over the weekend.
The deputy responded to the complaint in the 2900 block of 3rd Street just after 6 p.m. Sunday when several dogs came running out of the house, Newaygo County Undersheriff Brian Boyd told 24 Hour News 8.
One of the dogs attacked the sheriff’s deputy and bit him several times.
Concerned for the safety of a child nearby, “the deputy was able to subdue the pit bull by hand,” Boyd said.
The situation intensified as another dog got involved in the ordeal. As the deputy tried to gain control of the dog that bit him, a second dog started biting the first one.
Child recovering after pit bull attack
WRGA – 3/9/15
A 7-year-old boy is in serious but stable condition after he was attacked by four pit bulls on Friday night, according to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a news release, the boy, who was not identified in the news release, was in a field near a private residence on Nickelsville Highway when the dogs attacked.
The boy was rescued by his father who took him to Gordon Hospital. He had severe bite wounds on his head and face.
The child was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he remains today.
Ogden police shoot dog that allegedly charged officers
By Pat Reavy – 3/8/15
OGDEN — Ogden police shot a dog Saturday after two officers said it charged at them while they were conducting a separate investigation.
Three officers were called to a residence at 165 17th Street about 8:40 p.m. on a report of some type of disturbance. Moments after the officers had finished their investigation and were walking away, a pit bull managed to slip out the door, said Ogden Police Lt. Will Cragon.
As of Sunday, there was no indication that the dog was purposely let out of the residence, he said.
The dog immediately charged at one of the officers and pinned him against a telephone pole, Cragon said. Another officer shot at the dog. The dog then focused his attention on a third officer who attempted to use a Taser, but it did not stop the animal.
The officer who shot the first time fired his weapon again. This time, the dog ran off and was later picked up by animal control officers, Cragon said.
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Police: Pit bull kills man trying to help owner in East Wheeling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 3/9/15
A pit bull attacked and killed a man who was trying to help the dog’s ill owner in a home in East Wheeling, W.Va., authorities said.
Wheeling police and other emergency responders were called to the home late Sunday night regarding a dog attack and had to force their way into the residence, where they found both victims.
One victim was badly injured; the other person was unconscious. Both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, police said. Their names have not been released.
Wheeling police Lt. Phil Redford says police believe the dog’s owner suffered a heart attack and that the other man was attacked by the dog as he tried to resuscitate the owner.
Animal control officers removed the pit bull from the home and it has been quarantined.
Lorena police: Woman, child injured in dog attack
By DON BOLDING [email protected] – 3/8/15
A mother and 4-year-old daughter from Burleson were treated and released from Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco after a weekend dog attack in Lorena, according to Lorena Police Chief Tom Dickson.
The two were identified as Braulia Ortega, 30, and her daughter, Emily Marie McDonald. The dog was being held in Lorena pending transfer to the Waco Animal Shelter for observation.
In a release, Dickson said city police, fire department and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the Brookshire Brothers grocery store parking lot, 406 N. Frontage Road, about 12:25 p.m. Saturday.
They found the child was bitten in the face and the mother in the face and hands by a dog that a local woman had taken in as a stray about 10 days to two weeks ago and advertised on Facebook, he said.
The Burleson family answered the posting and had arrived to take the dog, described as a possible pit bull-mastiff mix, when it turned aggressive and attacked the newcomers.
Dog attack on mail carrier prompts safety, vaccination conversation
The cartoonish picture of a mailman being chased by a neighborhood dog may be a popular cliché, but in real life it can cause serious problems.
A Paulsboro mail carrier was attacked last month by an 8-to-10 month old golden pitbull that had pulled out of his leather collar and run down Swedesboro Avenue to the carrier, according to Paulsboro police.
While the incident did not cause life-threatening injuries ‘ just abrasions and punctures to the mail carrier’s left forearm, it did cause more problems when vaccination reports for the dog could not be located or verified.
“Fortunately for us it wasn’t a traumatic injury,” said Ray Daiutolo, spokesman for the United States Postal Service. “WE started the process to make sure the dog is up on his shots…but I understand the carrier is going through the prophylactic (rabies) treatment just to be safe.”
That treatment includes a serious of shots beginning with a fast-acting shot to prevent the virus from affecting someone, followed by a series of vaccines to fight the virus.
Mail carriers are not the only individuals to encounter dog bites, in fact the vast majority of victims are children, but postal workers have a unique experience in being in the neighborhood and dealing with all of its pets on a daily basis.
“For us it’s a hazard for what we do. We are not anti-dog, we are pro-responsible dog ownership,” Daiutolo said. “We really respect and love when the owner keeps their dogs away from the mailbox and away from the carrier.”
Mother, daughter injured in Pit-Bull attack
By Kristianna Gross – 3/7/15
LORENA –A four year girl and her mother are hospitalized after being attacked by a Pit- Bull earlier this afternoon.
Lorena police are investigating the incident.
A Lorena woman, whose name has not been released, had taken in the stray Pit- Bull and posted about the animal on Facebook.
According to Lorena Police Chief Tom Dickson, the Burleson woman and her daughter arranged to meet the other woman in the Brookshire’s parking lot to”adopt” the dog.
Police say while the women were in the middle of their transaction the Pit- Bull suddenly became aggressive and bit the four year girl in the face. The dog also bit the girl’s mother who rushed to help. Both victims were taken to Baylor Scott & White at Hillcrest Hospital.
Shania Navarrette seeks donations for her recovery from dog attack
A vicious dog attack when she was barely five years old ripped half of her scalp off of her head.
Throughout her young life, Shania Navarrette, now 13, has learned to cope with the slow process of getting her hair to grow back in place. A large bald spot remains on the right side of her head that stretches from the back of her head to the front.
Skin grafts were taken from her butt cheeks and sewn over her skull when she was little.
Periodically, “extenders” are inserted under her new scalp that inflate as tall as a soda can and stretch her skin so that when these extenders are removed, the doctors can pull the skin with hair follicles in it further over her bald spot.
It’s a slow process involving many trips to Stanford University’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. Each trip costs her family at least $80 for gas and meals. These trips can happen up to three times a week and are a hardship on her family, she said.
She’s had 12 surgeries to insert the extenders followed by up to 10 outpatient visits each and another surgery to remove the extenders.
Her mother, Maria Navarrette, 48, used to raise money for these trips through car washes but that type of fundraiser is no longer possible due to the drought in California.
Shania invites the public to donate money for her continued recovery from this devastating attack.
She was attacked by a pit bull while attending a neighbor’s birthday party when she was a little girl.
Victim describes dog attack
The Veneta woman’s hand is severely injured and her leashed dog requires surgery and stitches
VENETA — The owner of a pit bull has until March 19 before a Veneta municipal court judge will decide the dog’s fate, following a vicious attack last week that left a woman’s hand mauled and her Shiba Inu’s throat torn open.
Sheri Ascariz and her dog, Hachi, are recovering at their home on Oaks Orchard Road — from surgeries over the past week. Ascariz had her left hand operated on Wednesday, pinning broken bones and repairing a tendon that was torn in half.
On Feb. 27, the day of the attack, Hachi’s neck was stitched up — too many stitches to count, Ascariz said.
Just one house behind and one house over from Ascariz’s home is where the pit bull that attacked lives. That’s too close for comfort for both Ascariz and Hachi, she said, maintaining that they both have been traumatized and are now scared to go outside.
“I want that dog out of here,” Ascariz said, “for the safety of all of our animals and neighborhood kids. … I don’t feel safe.”
Brian Lozano, a resident of Eighth Street who owns the pit bull that attacked Ascariz and her dog, declined to comment when reached at his home on Thursday.
Lozano’s dog, one of two pit bulls at the rental home on the end of a quiet residential street, is under quarantine in the home for 10 days, Veneta City Administrator Ric Ingham said. The quarantine, in keeping with state law, was ordered because the dog is not licensed and has no record of being vaccinated for rabies, Ingham said.
Because the attack happened after city hours of operation — it wasn’t reported until about 5 p.m. last Friday — it was three days before Lozano was cited Monday and told to keep his dog indoors for the mandatory quarantine.
That didn’t set well with Ascariz’s husband, Tom, who said he was told Friday that Lozano’s dog was in custody of animal control. It wasn’t until Saturday, when he went to Lozano’s residence to talk about insurance, that Tom Ascariz said he saw that the pit bull was still in his neighbor’s house.
“The pit bull came to the door,” Tom Ascariz said. “I was floored.”
DOG ATTACKS ELDERLY WOMAN IN FAYETTEVILLE
An elderly Fayetteville woman is recovering in the hospital from a dog attack Wednesday afternoon.
Relatives say Linda Buie lost part of her finger and received some nasty bite wounds to her hand, face, and head.
The dog, named Hercules, was chained to a front porch ramp, a few feet from the street.
Animal control officials say when Buie walked close to the dog, the animal attacked her and a neighbor who tried to help.
Owner Wayne Buie said his 7-year-old mixed pit/boxer was protecting his property. He said his dog has never bitten anyone and is not vicious. At the animal control compound, where the dog is under 10-day quarantine, Hercules appeared docile and friendly.
Baby girl attacked by pit bull in far East El Paso
By Aaron Martinez / El Paso Times – 3/4/15
An 11-month-old girl required 10 stitches after being attacked by a pit bull on Tuesday in the Montana Vista area in far East El Paso county, officials said.
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a “vicious animal” attack on the 3700 block of Desert Meadows Road at about noon Tuesday. An 18-year-old woman, whose name was not released, told deputies three of her dogs got out from a fenced area on her property.
The woman was carrying the baby girl and attempted to round up the dogs. A brown pit bull then attacked her and bit the baby on the leg, officials said. The baby fell out of her mother’s arms and was bit again on the neck and head area, officials said.
A neighbor who witnessed the attack ran over and tried to help by throwing things at the dog. The pit bull then attacked the neighbor, whose name was also not released.
A history of Bay Area dog attacks
SFGATE – 3/4/15
June 17, 2013: Nephi Selu, 6, (pictured) died after being attacked by Kava, a 2-year-old male pit bull mix. The boy lived at a home on Elizabeth Way in Union City with his extended family, including seven cousins. The dog was quarantined at the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont, where it was later euthanized. The dog’s owner, Keala Keanaaina, a relative of the boy and a San Mateo police officer, was not charged. STORY
Tom Loewy: Ryan Maxwell remembered by what we didn’t do
In the wake of the second anniversary of Ryan Maxwell’s death, R-M columnist Tom Loewy remembers the child and all we haven’t done since March 2, 2013.
By Tom Loewy – The Register-Mail – Posted Mar. 4, 2015 at 5:32 AM
Monday morning. Cold. The sun is just pink haze on the horizon and sleep has been sporadic.
The voice in the back of my head — hoarse, barely a whisper — told me to let it go.
People have moved on. It’s been two years. I have to release this story and find some way to expunge the image of that baseball-helmet-wearing kid from my mind.
That’s Ryan Maxwell in the picture above this column. Smiling in some dugout. Go ahead and take a long look and remember your own dugout smile. Or the grin of some kid so close to your heart you can’t imagine it beating if that kid was ever erased from your life.
Now imagine blood and horror and half that face gone. Most of the throat, too. Let that image sink in.
That’s what happened to Ryan Maxwell on March 2, 2013. He died in the jaws of a pit bull named Ghost.
Now you’re angry. How dare anyone be so explicit in a newspaper? Why would I put the family of Ryan Maxwell through the horror of reading those words? Why would any of us want the last image of a beloved child to be mangled, bloodied and torn?
Ryan Maxwell’s grandmother told me what the 7-year-old looked like as he laid on a stretcher inside an emergency room. She wanted the world to know what a dog did to the grandson she loved more than anything in this world.
Other papers refused to print that description, declined the words of a grandmother because some horrors are just too horrifying over coffee and doughnuts.
But she said those words. Stood by them. Because the depths of some horrors simply must be known.
I woke up early Monday morning and spent most of it trying to find anything else in our community about which to write.
I got through the day and only looked at Ryan Maxwell’s head-in-helmet picture one time and I found a way to sleep and I woke up early Tuesday to coming rain and shuffled my feet on the ice and pretended I wasn’t preoccupied with that face smiling out from under the helmet.
One of reasons I wanted to avoid the story of Ryan Maxwell’s death is tied to the pit bull that killed him. Pit bulls are akin to guns in this society — they kill more people than any other dog, yet any suggestion of regulating their presence in our lives is met with howls from those who love the breed or have some skewed vision of liberty.
Video: Grandmother Viciously Attacked by Family Pit Bull During Ice Bucket Challenge
Video Captures Unprovoked, Unpredictable Attack
DogsBite.org – A dog bite victims’ advocate alerted us to this video on the day it was published on YouTube, February 27, 2015. For several reasons, we believe it will be taken offline in the future — we preserved a copy in case this occurs. For those who can bear to watch it, it is a classic “unprovoked, unpredictable” attack by a pit bull, the very type of attack that appellate courts have described for over 25-years and why cities and entire countries choose to regulate this breed.
“pit bulls are especially dangerous due to their unpredictability. It is impossible to tell from looking at a pit bull whether it is aggressive or not. American Pit Bull Terriers have been known to be friendly and docile at one moment, willing to sit on your lap and lick your face, and at the next moment to attack in a frenzied rage. – Court of Appeals of New Mexico, Garcia v. Village of Tijeras (1988)
CONTENT WARNING Readers who have been viciously attacked by any breed of dog and suffered Posttraumatic Stress Disorder should not watch this video. It might reignite this emotional trauma. Our emphasis on this warning cannot be stressed enough. Once seen, there is no going back. This video does not show gore or injured body parts during the attack. It is the idyllic setting of the video, hijacked by sudden violence, and parts that are not shown that will shudder your core.
The setting is an innocent Ice Bucket Challenge performed by a grandmother in a residential backyard. The grandmother is seated in a chair when the video begins. Three young children, her grandchildren, hold modest sized bowls filled with ice water. “Okay, press the red button,” she says, indicating to the camera holder to start filming, as is required in the ALS Challenge. The grandmother is not thrilled about being nominated for the challenge and vows to return the favor.
“I appreciate the nomination and as you can see the children are thoroughly going to enjoy doing this. Me, however, I’m not. However, I do think I am going to nominate somebody and he’s standing right in front of me.” – Grandmother
At 35 seconds, she covers her face with her hands and braces for the icy cold water. The unpredictable violent attack by the pit bull begins just seconds later — at 43 seconds — which is the first time the dog is seen. If you’ve ever questioned the veracity of an unprovoked, unpredictable attack by a pit bull, in this case an attack on a family member, you won’t again after watching this video. Now that you have read this far, along with our warning, below is a link to the grim video.
kvia.com – 3/3/15
An 11-month-old baby girl in Montana Vista was transported to the hospital after being bitten by a pit bull.
The child was taken to University Medical Center in stable condition after receiving 10 stitches on her head.
The incident occurred at about noon Tuesday at a trailer home in the 3700 block of Desert Meadows, near the intersection of Santiesteban.
A teenage mom was leaving her grandparents’ home with her nearly year-old child in her arms when their pit bulls got out of this gate.
During her struggle to get the dogs back in the yard, one of them bit the child on the head and leg.
As ABC-7 arrived at the home, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office animal services department was leaving with the pit bull that bit the child.
There was an initial report that sheriff’s deputies had shot the dog but that wasn’t the case.
The confusion may have arisen because the family’s other pit bull was struck and killed by a passing car during the confusion.
ABC-7 talked to the family when they left the trailer shortly afterward.
“It was an accident that happened but right now we can’t talk because we gotta go right now,” the dog’s owner told ABC-7 as she got into a car.
Should Las Vegas Pass Rules For Bully Breeds?
By JOE SCHOENMANN – 3/3/15
A little more than a week ago, a 65-year-old Las Vegas woman endured seven hours of surgery, including 100 stitches, after being mauled by four pit bulls.
Pit bull attacks are nothing new in Las Vegas, however, or across the country.
The group DogBites.org keeps track of people killed by dogs each year. Over eight years, between 2005 and 2012, pit bulls contributed to 60 percent of those deaths.
Around the country, some 700 U.S. cities have already enacted breed-specific legislation. These are laws that mostly force spaying and neutering upon certain breeds like pit bulls.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say like all cats and dogs, pit bulls need to be spayed and neutered.
“Pit bulls specifically of the ‘bully breeds’ are of huge concern to us because they constitute such a huge majority of animals in shelters currently,” Lisa Lange, the executive vice president of communications for PETA said.
She said they’re easily the most abused animal in America and one of the best ways to end that is by bringing down the population through spaying and neutering programs.
Cathy Brooks is a dog trainer and the owner of the Hydrant Club in downtown Las Vegas. She knows firsthand how aggressive and dangerous dogs can be.
She testified in one of the most infamous dog mauling cases in the country. Diane Whipple was attacked and killed in the hallway of her San Francisco apartment building in 2001 by two dogs. The dogs were presa canario and Brooks said they were trained by their owner to kill.
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff
After pet’s death, Ormond takes up dangerous dog law
Zainabou Drame’s family happy to see city’s stricter vicious dog plan
By Tammy Mutasa – 3/2/15
CINCINNATI —The call for stricter rules for vicious dogs comes after Zainabou Drame, who was 6 years old at the time, survived a violent pit bull attack last June.
Her father, Abdoulaya Drame, said tougher restrictions on all dangerous dogs will protect other children.
“I feel so happy. I just feel so excited because I never believed she was going to be like this before,” Abdoulaya Drame said. “When it first happened, I never ever thought Zaina would be alive again.”
Abdoulaya Drame doesn’t take for granted the moments in the snow with his daughter, Zainabou, after two pit bulls mauled her until she almost died. He never wants another child to go through what his now 7-year-old is still recovering from.
“In summertime, all the kids are outside. You never know what kind of dog could attack them,” Abdoulaya Drame said.
Zainbou’s father agrees with Cincinnati’s Law and Public Safety Committee’s plan to crack down on dangerous dogs.
Mayor John Cranley wanted tougher restrictions for pit bulls, including special identification collars. But the Law and Public Safety Committee passed a plan that doesn’t target specific breeds, rather all dogs’ behavior.
Dog Owner Defends Pet, But Plans to Give Him Up, After Attack
Updated: Monday, March 2, 2015 | Elizabeth Faugl
BUCKEYE LAKE (Rob Wells)– Steven Heptinstall, 22, says even though he was attacked by his one-year-old male pit bull dog named Kane, he still loves the animal.
Heptinstall says Monday morning, Kane and his other male pit bull got into a fight at his Buckeye Lake home. He says as he was trying to pry Kane off the other animal, it turned on him leaving him with a broken finger, several scrapes and cuts, and eight stitches.
Heptinstall says it’s the second time Kane has attacked his other pit bull dog in the last two weeks. Now he’s planning on caging Kane alone for several days as recommended by local police, then will be giving the animal up to a Pit Bull rescue group.
Calf dead after dogs attack
RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. –Chad Freeborn enjoys working on his small farm in Crawford.
“It’s almost like running a daycare. They all have a personality you see, like Smoke right here wants to be seen,” said Chad Freeborn, local farmer.
Each calf adds its own personality, and also value to the farm. So, when Freeborn heard strange dogs on his property, he tried to protect his animals.
“I just had a feeling of what was going on, and I come around the corner right there. And they had that calf down right there. And the two dogs shot out here, and down the fence, and took off down the road,” said Freeborn.
The attack ultimately killed the calf, named E-Walk.
After the loss, Freeborn says he had an idea about who one of the dogs belongs, too.
“I seen him pull out of the driveway down there, while the Sheriff’s Deputy was out here from Animal Control, and he stopped him. And he tried to say, it was not his dog. But, he decided to make restitution,” said Freeborn.
After the settlement, Freeborn has one dog’s actions accounted. Now, the farmer is focusing his attention on the other dog involved.
“The Pit Bull was brown and white, think it had a little brindle in it He’s got a limp. Evidently he has been shot before,” said Freeborn.
Police: Family lied about dog attack incident
By Lot Tan – Staff Writer – 3/3/15
MIDDLETOWN – A father that lied about a neighbor’s dog biting his two-year-old in order to protect his family’s pet could face charges, according to police.
Tyler Smith, of Dayton, said his daughter was building a snowman Feb. 28 in the backyard of her grandparent’s home in the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue when she was attacked and bitten on the face.
The dog “came charging, barking and growling” at Smith and his daughter, Monroe, he told this news outlet Monday.
“It got closer, and I grabbed (my daughter). It was growling so I took off running, and it jumped up and grabbed her face,” Smith said.
Smith said he grabbed the dog by the neck and choked it until it let go. He drove his daughter to Atrium Medical Center, and she was transferred by ambulance to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she received more than 80 stitches to her face, according to Smith.
Pamela S. Willard, of Fairmount Avenue, was cited for the dog running at large incident by Middletown police. Willard denied that her dog was the one involved in the incident.
Today, police told this news outlet that the family may have devised their story in order to spare the family pet.
“We received further information last night,” said Middletown Police Major Mark Hoffman. “At this point, we believe it was the family dog, the victim’s own dog bit her.”
The Most Common Defensive Shootings – That Go Unreported
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- An enormous number of defensive shootings are not included in the data about defensive gun use.
These are the shootings of animals, not in defense of people; those are often reported. No, they are defensive shootings of animals in defense of other animals, and often crops or other property. In defense of animals, the species most often shot are dogs.
People do not like to shoot dogs. People do not like to pay taxes or get up every morning and go to work. People do these things because they need to be done. Here are some examples of dogs that were shot by people who had to. They never made the news; they only came to my attention because responsible people tried to educate naive folks who seem to believe that the world is, or can be, perfect.
Owners raise concerns after dog injured at doggie day care
POSTED 9:44 PM, MARCH 1, 2015, BY WEB STAFF, UPDATED AT 10:31AM, MARCH 2, 2015
BOULDER, Colo. — A dog from Gunbarrel is recovering after his owners say another dog attacked him at a doggie day care.
Mike and April Slone say they fear for their Fox Terrier Pascal. They had left Pascal at Gunbarrel Veterinary Clinic last week because they’re in the process of moving overseas to France.
“It wasn’t an ideal situation, but at the time we didn’t really have any choice but to put Pascal in the kennel for a little bit,” Mike Slone said.
But their plans are now on hold after they say a pit bull being boarded at the clinic mauled their dog.
“At the time we didn’t know if Pascal was going to live or die,” Mike Slone said. “She told me that a pit bull had attacked Pascal and clamped down on his neck. I don’t remember the exact words, but my impression was he was thrown around like a rag doll.”
Pascal will be OK, but Slone wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet.
“The anger is part of me now that I know Pascal’s OK,” Mike Slone said. “How does something like this happen?”
New Details, Photos Released in Dog Mauling Death
Days before a Miami father goes on trial in the tragic dog mauling death of his young son, new details and photos have been obtained by NBC 6.
Javon Dade Sr., 30, will head to trial Monday on a manslaughter charge in the death of 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr., who was mauled to death in his family’s backyard in August 2014.
olice said Dade Sr. and his girlfriend were high on crack cocaine and lost track of him, and a medical examiner’s report obtained by NBC 6 said the child was out in the yard so long that the dog was basically feeding on him.
New images of the dog, Tank, were also released, including one taken in August shortly after police arrived when Dade Sr. called to report Javon missing. A short time later the child was found dead.
The medical examiner’s report lists the boy’s wounds on diagrams, and most disturbing, the examiner’s findings suggesting the dog was feeding on the child.
“The skin of the face…neck…and most of the scalp is absent. The muscles of the face…and…neck are mostly absent except for a few scattered shreds of dry muscle that remains,” the report said.
Dogs attack man, small dog in Mt. Hood Village area
Published: Feb 27, 2015 at 11:52 AM PST
MT. HOOD VILLAGE, Ore. – Two dogs attacked an elderly man who was walking with his small dog Friday morning, neighbors on Mountain Meadow Lane told KATU News.
Neighbors said the 86-year-old man was walking his puppy when two dogs broke through a fence nearby and jumped on them.
One witness said the man and his dog were both badly injured by the attacking animal; no word from officials on their current conditions.
The owner of the attacking dogs said this isn’t the first time they’ve gotten loose and hurt a passer-by.
The owner said he turned his two American bulldogs over to animal control after Friday’s attack.
“I relinquished the dogs. I had to do it for the community,” said the owner, who didn’t want to go on camera.
The owner said he patched the hole that allowed his dogs to get out and attack a passer-by back in 2012.
In that case the dogs attacked a man and his dog, ripping off the dog’s ear.
Man fights off pit bulls, suffers heart attack
Pit bulls initially attacked 86-year-old man and his puppy
RHODODENDRON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Jeff Warnock is recovering from a series of events Friday morning that left him injured and hospitalized — he suffered a heart attack after jumping to his neighbor’s side to rescue him from a pit bull attack.
“The blood curdling screams [were] like nothing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Warnock told KOIN 6 News.
When two pit bulls began attacking an 86-year-old man and his puppy in the Rhododendron neighborhood, Warnock said he knew he had to react quickly.
“They had a hold of the man with their head and you can see them shaking their head, kind of like a shark does when it gets a hold of something,” Warnock explained.
Warnock jumped in, using his bare hands to beat off the dogs. He said he tried using his whole body to flatten one of them to the ground to keep him from moving.
“[The man] got about 50 feet away and the dogs broke loose from both me and the owner,” Warnock said. “He attacked the man again.”
At that point, neighbors called 911 and both Warnock and the elderly man were transported to the hospital for their injuries.
Warnock called the pit bull attack a life or death situation. Little did he know that within an hour, his life would be on the line in another way — upon arriving to the hospital, he suffered a heart attack.
Warnock said he has dealt with heart problems in the past.
Pit Bull Turns On Owner, Leaves Pinole Woman Seriously Injured
CBS SF Bay Area – 3/1/15
PINOLE (CBS SF) — A woman was attacked by her own pit bull in Pinole Sunday, leaving her with serious injuries.
The fire department responded to reports of a pit bull attacking a woman at a home on Silverado Drive in Pinole just before 10 a.m. Sunday, and found a 40-year-old woman suffering serious injuries to her face, arms, and legs.
A medical helicopter transported the woman to John Muir Trauma Center in Walnut Creek.
Dog Attack Leaves Woman Seriously Injured in Pinole
A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after suffering serious injuries from a dog attack Sunday morning in Pinole, California, according to fire officials.
Officials with the Pinole Fire Department said emergency medical crews responded to a report of a dog attack on Silverado Drive around 10 a.m.
Arriving crews found a 40-year-old woman with serious injuries and requested a medical helicopter, while paramedics began advanced life support treatment, officials said.
The woman suffered injuries to her face, arms and legs. She was transported to the John Muir Medical Center’s trauma center in Walnut Creek, according to fire officials.
Pinole fire Battalion Chief Steve Akre said the woman was attacked inside her house by the family dog — a male pit bull — who lives in the home, he said.
Akre said he didn’t know whether the dog belonged to the woman or to a man who also lives in the house, but neighbors said the pit bull was owned by the woman.
A second ambulance was requested to evaluate the man, but Akre said he was not injured in the attack.
Akre said he didn’t know the details of how the dog came to attack the woman.
2 Yorkies killed after attack by pit bulls in Deltona
Two Yorkshire terriers died after being attacked by two pit bulls in Deltona on Thursday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Shirley Farina told deputies she heard one of her dog’s yelping after she let them out of her home in the 1100 block of Brickell Drive.
Farina, 70, went outside and saw her neighbor’s pit bulls attacking her two Yorkies. She was able to grab the dogs away. When she did, the pit bulls started attacking her.
A neighbor came and started throwing rocks to distract the dogs. They eventually stopped attacking her, and she went inside to tend to her badly injured Yorkies.
But they died shortly after, deputy sheriff’s said.
“I’ve had them since they were babies and they were the love of my life,” Farina told Fox 35 about her Yorkies, Caley and Casper.
Farina suffered several injuries to her left arm, right hand and neck.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and confronted the owners of the pit bulls.
The owner, Demetira Brewer, refused to give her name or date of birth to deputies. She also started yelling that her boyfriend also didn’t have to give his name to them, and ignored commands to leave the area.
Montana Highway Patrol troopers attacked by woman, pit bull
By Kathryn Haake – 2/25/15
To some, cheesecake is the name of a dessert.
But to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Dell Aman and Sgt. Derek Brown, Cheesecake is the name of a vicious pit bull that attacked them upon the arrest of its owner, Iola Maerriea Johnston, on Sunday afternoon.
Both Johnston and Cheesecake are now in custody, with Johnston making her initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Tuesday afternoon on several charges, including a felony charge of attacking a peace officer.
While Aman stood over the woman to handcuff her, Cheesecake (the pit bull) leaped from the van and bit the trooper on the face. Brown shot his Taser at the canine as it retreated around the back of the van.
Johnston apparently rose from the ground and chased after Cheesecake, ignoring commands from the troopers to halt.
Both troopers discharged their Tasers at her and she fell to the ground and started seizing. Cheesecake then attacked the second trooper as he attempted to handcuff Johnston. Brown pulled his gun on the dog, and the dog apparently retreated into the van.
Both troopers and Johnston were transferred to St. Patrick Hospital for treatment, while Cheesecake and a black and white mutt were captured by the Missoula Police Department and transported to the animal shelter.
The third dog, a little Pomeranian, fled. That dog’s whereabouts are unknown.
Following brief treatment at the hospital, Johnston was placed under arrest. She told the Brown during a recorded interview, that she was afraid of men because of past abuse with family members and friends.
She claimed to have given a false name because she knew she had a couple of warrants out for her arrest. Lisa Marie Brown is the name of her niece, she said.
“She was apologetic and remorseful,” court documents stated. “Johnston said the pit bull’s name was Cheesecake and displayed remorse when she learned it had bitten Aman.”
Lubbock Police Shoot, Kill Dog in East Lubbock Tuesday
By Staff [email protected] – 2/24/15
LUBBOCK, TX – Lubbock Police were called to the report of two Pit Bull dogs attacking a man in the 2500 block of East 7th Street Tuesday about 2:45 pm. Police said one of the dogs charged at an officer, and so he shot and killed the dog. The second dog ran off.
Police said the man who was attacked suffered injuries to his thigh and was taken by EMS to a local hospital. They said the injuries were not life-threatening.
Exclusive: Mother of Glendale dog attack victim speaks
The Arizona Department of Child Safety removed two children from a home where a pit bull attacked.
The incident occurred last week in Glendale.
The 8-year-old boy who lived in the home and a friend of his older sister, a 13-year-old girl, are now recovering from the attack.
The boy and his 2-year-old sister are now in the custody of the state.
A third child remains at home with their mother.
The young boy remains hospitalized and has already undergone two surgeries.
“It’s really hard. I cry a lot,” said Shanna Bowyer, the mother of the 8-year-old boy attacked by their family dog.
“The kids said that they were riding him like a horse and pulling on him,” she said.
The attack happened when Bowyer was at school.
Bowyer said she feels responsible for what happened.
“He never would have done it if I was here,” she said.
The dog attack may have been the last straw for the state.
SLT family calls for responsible pet owners after dog death
Isaac Brambila – [email protected] – 2/24/15
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Just days after losing their miniature schnauzer dog, “Luna,” to an attack by two pitbulls, a family spoke about a loss of their four-legged family member. But days after analyzing the circumstances that led to their dog’s death, one thing was clear, the problem is not the breed, they said.
According to Jose Luis Gomez and two of his daughters, Nataly and Stephanie Gomez, it all occurred during a seemingly routine afternoon on Thursday, when Jose and his youngest daughter, Cristal Gomez, were out walking their dog Luna. They were following their usual path at about 6:30 p.m. in the area of Julie Lane, when the two heard barking dogs, which was not unusual in that area of the street, but Jose asked Cristal to pick up Luna to avoid any issues.
It was Jose who heard the first dog running behind them, a white 10-year-old pitbull. After that, it all happened quickly. The dog ran up to them and either ripped Luna out of Cristal’s arms or Luna Lunged at pit bull, the family said. Before too long, a second dog, a gray 14-year-old pit bull, had joined the struggle.
“I wrestled with the dog,” Jose said, “because I thought he was going to bite [Cristal], but what happened was the dog grabbed Luna by the head, and I knocked the dog down with Luna. When we fell down [Luna] fell to the ground and the other dog, the gray one, attacked her. And when the other dog broke free from my grip, they both attacked her.”
At one point Jose grabbed one of the dogs by the mouth and tried to pry Luna free, but he wasn’t able to. The attempt injured his hand and left him with a swollen finger, but the dog did not break his skin. Jose was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for care.
Pit bull attacks woman, kills dog
YourGV.com – 2/24/15
A pit bull attacked a 51-year-old Nathalie woman and killed her Jack Russell Terrier as she was walking Monday morning in the 1200 block of Bradley Creek Road.
According to Chief Animal Control Officer Todd Moser, Tracey Roberta Jenson was walking her two dogs at 10:38 a.m. when a pit bull along with another mixed breed dog ran from the woods attacking the woman and one of her dogs.
The pit bull jumped on the Jack Russell Terrier, and bit Jenson as she attempted to separate the two dogs.
Jenson suffered bites to both hands and arms along with a bite to her right thigh.
She was transported to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital emergency room where she was treated for her injuries.
Her pet Jack Russell Terrier did not survive the pit bull attack.
Marcel Woo | Feb 23, 2015 08:25 AM EST
A dog may be a man’s best friend but for the family of a two-year-old girl in West Mifflin, Pittsburgh, this adage may no longer hold true.
Taylynn Devaugh, 2, was reported attacked by a pit bull inside a home in West Mifflin around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, killing the young girl who suffered severe injuries, the police said.
There is in word yet on who owned the dog and in whose house the attack occurred. The police also have not stated if any charges will be filed in the case.
Based on initial police report, Devaugh lived in Forest Hills and the attack occurred in a house in nearby West Mifflin.
The pit bull reportedly bit Devaugh. She was rushed to the Jefferson Memorial Hospital but later died from her injuries, the police said.
Investigation is continuing and an autopsy on the girl is scheduled for today.
Last month, police in Beaver County, Pittsburgh had to put down a dog after it attacked a father and son.
The incident happened at a home in the 100-block of Patterson Farm Road in Independence Township.
Read more: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/38797/20150223/2-year-old-girl-killed-by-pit-bull-in-pittsburgh.htm
Rogue Bulldog Puts A Scare In Scarsdale Dog Walker
by Zak Failla – 2/24/15
SCARSDALE, N.Y. — Things got a little “ruff” in Scarsdale over the weekend, after a rogue bulldog attacked a canine enthusiast walking his own dog on Kensington Road.
Shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, a Cohawney Road resident was walking his Bichon, LJ, when an unleashed bulldog began growling at the pair. He continued walking home when he noticed the dog charging when he was about 200 yards past Kensington.
According to the police report, “the bulldog attacked (the victim’s) dog, and he fell to the ground at least twice as he was trying to pull the bulldog off his dog.” The bulldog continued harassing the pair, “jumping up, trying to bite the dog” until the man returned home and could contact the police.
The victim suffered minor lacerations to his right hand and left knee while he attempted to thwart the bulldog’s attack, though it could not be determined if the injuries were from dog bites or the result of him falling to the ground to defend his puppy.
No medical attention was required for the injuries, although there were several lacerations on the dog, which responding police officers documented. The victim filled out an animal bite, scratch contact form for the Department of Health’s report.
When dogs attack, owners walk away scott-free
By David Ham – 2/23/15
According to state law, “The owner of any dog that aggressively attacks and causes severe injury or death of any human, whether or not the dog has previously been declared potentially dangerous or dangerous, shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a class C felony punishable in accordance with RCW 9A.20.021.”
Yet KIRO 7 found that in the past 10 years, only two people have been charged with the felony in King County.
That’s more than disappointing for Vietnam veteran Bob Hedges, who was brutally attacked by three dogs in July 2013.
“That thought came to mind a couple of times. I said I better get my stuff together here or pretty much gonna be a has been,” said Hedges
KIRO 7 also found that none of the dog owners in that attack were ever held responsible for the attack. One of the three dogs was allowed to live despite having a history of aggressive behavior.
That dog’s name is Savage.
Dog’s coat saves him from pit bull attack
– Bonnie Belec – Published on February 19, 2015
As Bonnie Paul’s shih tzu dangled from the mouth of a pit bull, it was her own screeches for help that brought her back to reality as she pounded on the bigger dog’s back.
“All I can remember at that point was screaming. The dog was shaking him and I was hitting him with Beau’s retractable leash, but he wouldn’t let go,” she recalled.
“He shook my dog so hard, Beau’s little red jacket came right off and got caught on his leash,” Paul told The Telegram Thursday.
It happened on Saturday, Jan. 3, when Paul and her almost three-year-old black shih tzu went to Bowring Park for a walk.
She said when they approached the trail, there were several people — with pit bulls — standing around talking. Paul said she didn’t pay much attention and she and Beau went on their way.
Victim to collect signatures for pit bull ban in Wausau
WAUSAU — A Wausau woman who was mauled while trying to save her beloved Chihuahua from a pit bull attack last summer is seeking people to join her cause and bring direct legislation by petition to regulate the breed in the city.
Cindy Ryder, 57, lost her dog, Bartok, and sustained injuries when a neighbor’s dog attacked. It pulled her to the ground, and bit her wrist and arm. She needed stitches in her ear.
Ryder has been reaching out to City Council members since the attack to toughen policy on pit bulls, and says she has found them unwilling to heed her concerns.
“What is the public safety committee waiting for — a child to be killed?” Ryder said. “I know that there’s a lot of people who feel strongly about this.”
She is hoping to draw those people to join her effort. Her goal: to regulate existing pit bulls in the city and forbid new dogs of that breed from entering. Her method: direct legislation.
Wisconsin law states that residents can introduce policy to their municipal leaders if they collect signatures of support from 15 percent of voters. City officials can then pass the policy or send it to referendum for consideration by all voters.
Past direct legislation in Wausau includes a 2006 ordinance requiring a referendum for all changes to municipal fees such as garbage pickup or street sweeping, and an effort last year called Move to Amend in which residents declared that corporations are not people and money is not a form of political speech — it passed in a referendum.
Ryder and others who join her cause would need to collect at least 2,150 signatures, said City Clerk Toni Rayala, who recommends they collect more because some signatures will likely be declared invalid.
Couple Attacked By Their Pit Bull While Driving Through Costa Mesa
CBS Los Angeles – 2/20/15
COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — A Costa Mesa couple was attacked by their own pit bull Friday evening, authorities said.
The couple was driving their pit bull through a shopping center in Costa Mesa on their way to Huntington Beach when the dog turned on them.
Authorities said the couple both sustained serious injuries. Witnesses said both were bitten repeatedly in the arms.
The attack occurred just before 7 p.m. in the 1100 block of Victoria Street.
The husband was driving, his wife was a passenger. They said the dog attacked inexplicably.
KCAL9’s Stacey Butler said the attack occurred in the couple’s SUV.
Firefighters tried to restrain the pit bull after the attack.
During the attack, the wife was able to call 911 while the husband pulled into a parking lot. The husband jumped out of the vehicle and the dog followed, continuing to attack the man.
Police said when the woman tried to coax the dog back into the car, the dog turned on her as well.
Man injured in dog attack at Northfield Estates in Whitmore Lake
A 26-year-old man was injured after being attacked by a dog at a Whitmore Lake mobile home park Friday, according to police
Emergency crews, including police, were called to the 100 block of Barker Road in Northfield Township around noon.
The 26-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head and neck, according to Lt. Tim Greene of the Northfield Township Police Department.
He was taken to University of Michigan Hospital in stable condition, according to Joyce Williams of Huron Valley Ambulance.
The man had walked back to his home after being attacked by the dog in the Northfield Estates mobile home park down the street, Greene said.
The man’s half-brother, Andew Green, said relatives called an ambulance after seeing the injuries.
“He went into shock. It was bad,” Green said. “(He had) gouges. Parts of him were gone. Parts of him were on the floor.”
Woman critical after dog mauling, could lose eye, arm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV My News 3) — A woman was in critical condition Friday night at UMC after being attacked by a pack of mixed-breed pit bulls while planting flowers at her northeast Las Vegas home earlier in the day.
The 65-year-old woman may lose an eye or an arm, or both, officials said.
At least three dogs attacked her about 9:45 a.m. while she was in the front yard of her home near Bonanza and Sloan roads. When a neighbor stepped in to help, the dogs also turned on him.
The attack did not end until police shot one of the dogs to death.
“She may end up losing one of the arms and/or an eye from the attack,” said Lt. Mark Reddon of Metro police.
The neighborhood is in shock and the police are continuing an investigation.
Janice Sisterman, a neighbor, said her husband tried to stop the dogs. Police believe the dogs had squeezed through their owner’s fence to get loose.
“She was just screaming and screaming and my husband was trying to shoo them away with rocks,” Sisterman said.
Woman faces charges in dog attack near Bonanza, Sloan
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – A woman has been arrested in connection with a dog mauling Friday morning in the northeast part of the Las Vegas Valley.
Jesse Vonstaden, 29, faces charges of dangerous or vicious dogs; performance of act or neglect of duty in willful or wanton disregard of safety of persons or property; and past traffic warrants.
The victim, a 65-year-old woman, may lose an eye or an arm, or both, officials said.
At least three dogs attacked her around 9:50 a.m. while she was in the front yard of her home on 900 block of Looking Glass Lane, near Bonanza and Sloan roads. When a neighbor stepped in to help, the dogs also turned on him.
The attack did not end until police shot one of the dogs to death.
Janice Sisterman, a neighbor, said her husband tried to stop the dogs. Police believe the dogs had squeezed through their owner’s fence to get loose.
“She was just screaming and screaming, and my husband was trying to shoo them away with rocks,” Sisterman said.
Report: Animal Control was at home of owner in dog attack 3 weeks prior
On Jan. 26, Animal Control went to Von Staden’s home after they received several reports that her dogs were out loose on the streets. However, Von Staden got off with a warning, police said.
But those were the same dogs that attacked Aguilar on Friday. Officers said mixed-breed pit bulls attacked the 67-year-old woman while she was in her yard.
The report said; Aguilar’s injuries were so bad her left arm was “in danger of being amputated.” Aguilar also suffered a broken leg and nearly lost an eye. Her condition is critical.
Police said a neighbor came to Aguilar’s rescue by using gardening tools to fight off the dogs, but the man was also hurt.
Metro said when they arrived at the scene they found four pit bulls walking around the yard. Officers said they had to shoot one of the dogs after it lunged at them.
The other three dogs were impounded by animal control. Jesse Von Staden was arrested Monday, but it turns out this isn’t the first time the 29-year-old has been in trouble about her pets.
In November 2014 Von Staden’s neighbors complained about her dogs’ fighting, so Animal Control got involved. Court records show she was charged with three misdemeanors for not getting her dogs sterilized or rabies vaccinations, and for having four dogs without a permit. The county limit is three.
Our Views: Let’s ensure another vicious dog attack doesn’t leave heartache
Gazette Extra – 2/20/15
In July 2013, a Janesville man shot his neighbors’ two “pit-bull type” dogs when he felt threatened after the dogs cornered him in his garage.
On Jan. 31, two pit bulls brutally attacked a miniature donkey in a fenced town of Turtle pasture almost two miles from their Beloit home. The donkey suffered so many facial wounds that it couldn’t eat or drink and died despite a veterinarian’s care.
For years, school children visited and fed the donkey, owned by Anne Hannewall and her husband, Robert.
Rock County sheriff’s officials say the dogs’ owner was cited previously for letting them run loose. This time, deputies arrested her for the damage they caused, letting them run loose, not having them tagged and lacking proof of rabies.
Anne Hannewall told The Gazette the dogs’ owner doesn’t have the resources to justify a lawsuit. Making matters worse, Hannewall said, the dogs were returned to their owner because authorities supposedly can’t kill them after a single attack.
Yet in 2005, Janesville police killed three pit bulls that had terrorized Ravine Street. An officer wounded one when it rushed her. Officers used Tasers to subdue it, and the owner agreed it should be killed. Neil Mahan, then police chief, ordered the other two killed.
“I was not going to have those dogs released back into the Janesville community to terrorize that neighborhood again or any other neighborhood,” Mahan said.
As The Gazette reported, state statutes allow authorities to destroy an animal that “poses an imminent threat to public health or safety.” Those words remain on the books. That raises questions about why the dogs in the donkey attack were returned to their owner. What if a child had been attacked? What if it’s a child the next time? Sheriff’s officials should rethink their decision.
POODLE NEARLY KILLED WHILE SAVING GIRL FROM PIT BULL ATTACK
“He was very, very brave. He was very brave,” said Adriana Gongora, the girl’s mother.
The incident happened on Valentine’s Day. Nissan Gongora, 11, said she was getting out of her mother’s car when a pit bull came charging at her.
“He was charging at me, like running and he was growling,” said Nissa Gongora.
Gongora said the pit bull scared her. She said she yelled out for help. Her mother was still in the car and began to get out. Then Bobo, who was also in the car, sprung to her rescue. He got between Gongora and the pit bull. Gongora said Bobo was ready to fight.
“I was shocked and I was very glad to see him, but I didn’t think that was going to happen to him,” said Gongora.
Bobo lost that fight. The pit bull clamped down near his neck and backside.
“He would go away for a little while and then he would come back and start chewing on Bobo again,” said Gongora.
Adriana Gongora said she started hitting the dog and when that didn’t work, she grabbed a chair nearby and started hitting the dog with that.
‘Bobo’ The Poodle Update: Family Pet Mauled By Pit Bull Saving Child’s Life Goes Home
Inquisiter – 2/24/15
Bobo the poodle’s name will go down in the seemingly endless annals of dogs that proved to be heroes in the most dire of circumstances.
But Bobo is an even more amazing case, as you’re about to find out.
Bobo the poodle was brought home by the Gongora family of Houston, Texas, a little more than four years ago, according to ABC13. And on Valentine’s Day, he made the ultimate sacrifice.
That’s when 11-year-old Nissa Gongora stepped out of the family car and into a nightmare. There waiting for her was a stray pit bull, poised to attack.
Nissa called out for her mother’s help, but before her cries could be heard, an unlikely savior rushed to her aid. Bobo. All nine pounds of him.
Read more: http://www.inquisitr.com/1872703/bobo-the-poodle-update-family-pet-mauled-by-pit-bull-saving-childs-life-goes-home/
Police Search for Persons of Interest in Nanticoke Dog AttackPosted By: Jayne Ann Bugda – 2/19/15 Nanticoke, Luzerne County- Police in Luzerne County have named two persons of interest in the vicious dog attack of an elderly man.
Police believe that Jeffrey Seiwell and Lezah Davis could have information about the attack.
A 79-year old man was attacked by a pit bull outside of his home in nanticoke over the weekend.
The dog’s owner reportedly told the victim that he would be right back with the dogs information including his shot records – but he never returned. Read more: http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/police-search-for-persons-of-interest-in-nanticoke/94840/ZGtZKP77A02LPNaZj-NIYA
911 call released in Glendale dog attack; young boy faces long emotional recovery, friend says
By Nick Ciletti – 2/18/15
GLENDALE, AZ – For the first time, we are hearing the frantic 911 call a Glendale mom made, just minutes after her 8-year-old son was mauled by the family dog.
“I’m too far from them and I can’t see them…I need…oh my word,” she says to the 911 dispatcher.
It’s a real life hell scenario for one Valley mom, away from home when her kids need her most.
“I’m on my way there now. My pit bull is attacking my kids,” she says.
The incident happened at the family home near 67th and Vogel avenues Tuesday afternoon .
“He’s getting bit right now.”
For reasons Animal Control is investigating, the dog turned and attack the kids. Three children were home at the time of the attack; a child under 10 and a teenager. A third person, a teenager, was not injured.
“He was being mauled and I’m sure that replays in his mind and it probably scared him to no endless point,” explains a family friend, who asked to remain anonymous. “He was a young child. What was he supposed to do?”
Rock Hill owner cited in deadly pit bull attack on other dog
heraldonline.com – 2/18/15
A Rock Hill man was cited for “dog at large” after his pit bull fatally attacked and killed another dog on Friedheim Road Tuesday afternoon.
Roderick Stanley was cited after his pit pull attacked a pit bull owned by Donald Minor, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Stanley told police his dog got loose and attacked Minor’s dog while they were walking down the 300 block of Friedham Road about 4:30 p.m.
Stanley turned his dog over to York County Animal Control. Minor’s dog had fatal injuries so he signed the pet over the county and it was put down, according to the report.
Chuck Williams: When walking the dog turns deadly
You should have known Marina Sophia.
She was about 18 pounds, soft black fur.
She was shy, sweet and reserved. Absolutely beautiful in so many ways.
You see, Marina as her owners called her was a Spanish Water Dog, not a breed you see a lot in these parts. So she stood out in the best possible way. She was just a pup, and at about five months old she was coming out of her shell and interested in the world around her.
Sunday night in a quiet north Columbus subdivision, Marina was killed in a savage attack by a neighboring dog believed to be a pit bull or pit bull mix.
Marina’s owners, Royce and Tamara Ard, are devastated. So is Marina’s trainer, Carolyn Weinbaum at Developing Canine in Columbus.
CORONA: Boy back on bike after dog attack
James Hernandez, 10, is bouncing back from the physical and emotional scars he suffered in a mauling 18 months ago.
/ STAFF WRITER – 2/17/15
James Hernandez rode his new bike Monday, Feb. 16, on his 10th birthday, but it wasn’t a birthday present.
It had sat in the garage since Christmas.
James has been afraid to ride since he was attacked 18 months ago by two dogs as he rode his bike on a quiet Corona street.
But as he circled the driveway on the bike, a gift from his parents, his smile was exceptionally wide. His parents planned to take him to dinner that evening at a Japanese restaurant where the cooks put on a show before serving the meal.
His parents smiled as well.
They were thankful to have another birthday to celebrate after the attack in which the pit bull-Australian shepherd mixes bit into him, almost severed an ear, tore his clothes and left his blood-stained underwear dangling from his ankles.
James looks remarkably well for what he endured. A few scars remain on his face, and clothes mostly cover bite marks and scars elsewhere.
Two children bit in family dog attack
GLENDALE, Ariz. –Glendale Police are investigating a dog bite that sent two children to the hospital.
According to Glendale Police they got a call of a dog bite from the family dog around 1:22 p.m. Monday. Officer Breeden with the Glendale Police Department described the dog as a pit bull.
It all happened near 67th Avenue and Mountain View Road.
8-year-old Xavier was passing by the home and heard the screaming, he ran over to the home and called 911.
“I heard somebody yelling animal and hurt,” said Xavier.
The dog bit an 8-year-old boy on the arm and leg and a 13-year-old girl was bitten in her lower extremities.
Paramedics rushed both of the children to area hospitals in serious but non life-threatening condition. The 8-year-old was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Neighbors that live nearby say they know of the dog.
“My son and his daughter and I were walking their dog, and the dog literally came out of the house and attacked the dog and my son. And after that we’re kind of leery about the dog because he’s so out of control, you don’t know what he is going to do,” said a neighbor.
MOM SEARCHING FOR DOG AND OWNER AFTER GIRL WAS ATTACKED
“It didn’t warn her in any way that it was in attack mode. It just leaped up to her face and scratched or bit under her eye from the corner of her eye to the end, and along her mouth across to her chin bone,” Barnes-Horn says.
While her daughter ran home, she tells us the man she believes owns the dog ran off in the opposite direction.
“He never offered aid. He never came back to assist. He never came and gave his information. He fled the scene with the animals,” she says. “To me that’s an act of guilt. That’s not courageous to me. That’s a cowardly act.”
Barnes-Horn tells Eyewitness News that while her family was outside Sunday with their own dog, they saw the pit bull with its owner again. And once again, the dog was not on a leash.
“As soon as my daughter saw it, she tensed up and said mommy that’s the dog that jumped on Leah.”
They called the police and filed a report. HPD got animal control involved. Animal control was at the house when we arrived Monday, and will be in the neighborhood looking for the dog and the owner.
Woman says neighborhood dogs killed pet rabbits
By Richard Elliot – 2/13/15
Rockdale, GA – A Rockdale County woman said two dogs got into her backyard and killed seven of her pet rabbits in two separate attacks.
Stephanie Terry took photos of the two dogs shortly after the second attack. One is a pit bull. The other is a Rottweiler.
“It was like a murder scene for rabbits,” said Terry. “It was horrible.”
Terry said the two animals got in through a broken fence and clawed their way through chicken wire to get at the rabbits in their hutches. She had grisly photos of the dead rabbits.
Terry did call animal control about the incidents. She claimed the Rottweiler came from a neighbor’s yard.
Neighbor Wayne White confirmed to Channel 2’s Richard Elliot that the Rottweiler is his but denied owning the pit bull. He also confirmed the county cited him twice for not having his dog under control.
Park Patrons Warned Away After Dog Attack Reported In Buena Vista Park
2/13/15 – by Camden Avery
Tipster Jacqueline R. reports that the SFPD asked people to leave Buena Vista Park yesterday morning after a dog allegedly made attacks on other dogs in the park.
Jacqueline heard this from two other park patrons yesterday, Thursday morning at around 10 o’clock. She was walking around the perimeter of the park after police officers warned park patrons away from the area. One person she spoke to “mentioned the dog had attacked dogs and ripped some guy’s clothes.”
“I did see two patrol cars and one Animal Control van driving around—but no clue as to whether or not anyone or the dog itself was caught,” she said.
Officer Dennis from the SFPD’s Park Station said this morning that the police were responding to two separate calls about a stray dog, described as a pit bull, who attacked the first caller’s dog, but said they were unable to get further descriptions of the attack dog because the caller refused to respond to the dispatcher’s queries.
Pit bull owner cited following dog attacks on child
Dogs that killed donkey to be returned to owner
CHANNEL300.com – Published On: Feb 12 2015 10:37:42 AM CST
Two dogs that attacked and killed a miniature donkey near Beloit will be returned to their owner.
he pet donkey, named Little Eeyore, suffered more than 100 puncture wounds after it was attacked in the town of Turtle Jan. 31. A veterinarian tried to save the donkey with stitches and pain medication, but it died last week.
Rock County sheriff’s Capt. Jude Maurer said the attack happened when two pit bulls got through a fence and attacked the animals inside. All the animals escaped except the 8-year-old donkey.
Bob Hannawell’s neighbors called law enforcement after seeing the attack, which sheriff’s deputies estimate lasted about two hours.
“It’s not unusual for dogs to go at-large, but this is the first case in some time that I can remember that dogs viciously attacked a domesticated animal,” Maurer said.
The dogs, who escaped from 44-year-old Roseann Samuel’s home six miles away, were returned to her.
Samuel is facing a misdemeanor charge of dogs causing damage, and she also received several other citations.
Wisconsin law does not require a dog to be put down for the first offense of a dog causing damage.
Two Children Injured In Dog Attack
Written by Rick Hicks on 11 February 2015
On 2/10/2015 at 5:10 p.m., The Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a vicious dog attacking two children at 11014 Kyte Avenue in Delano. The dog was apparently a family pet which suddenly turned and attacked the children while the children were playing with it. Prior to Deputies arrival, the parents advised they were transporting the children by private vehicle to Delano Regional Hospital. Deputies were advised the dog, described as an adult Pit Bull mixed bread, was left unsecured on the property.
Mother of four-year-old attacked by pit bull sues
GRETNA – A mother is suing after her four-year-old child was allegedly severely injured in a dog attack.
Angela Perez, individually and on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Elton Edwards, Jane Doe, W&W Virgil Properties and their insurers in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 11.
Perez asserts that on Oct. 18, 2014 her four-year-old son was chasing after the family’s cat at 1204 Virgil St. in Gretna when he was attacked by a pit bull that was being held on property owned by Edwards.
Donkey dies after pitbull attack
Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:04 pm
Bob and Anne Hannawell of the 1900 block of E. Colley Road in Turtle Township suffered a devastating loss when their miniature pet donkey “Little E” was viciously attacked by two Beloit pitbulls. With more than 100 puncture wounds, Little E. died on Feb. 2.
Rock County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call about the donkey at 12:08 a.m. on Jan. 31. Neighbors had contacted authorities after they saw a male and female pitbull attacking the donkey.
The dogs will be returned to the owner., Roseann Samuel, 44, of the 1300 block of Randall Street in Beloit.
Samuel was arrested for the misdemeanor of dogs causing damage. She also received two municipal citations for dogs running at large, second offense; a municipal citation for a dog not having a valid rabies vaccination; and two more municipal citations for the dogs not being licensed. Wood said the dogs will be returned to the owner.
See Wednesday’s edition for more information: http://www.beloitdailynews.com/donkey-dies-after-pitbull-attack/article_65b8d0fc-b168-11e4-9df6-63e6f5e82fe9.html
Family pet attacks kids causing major injuries
A family’s Pit Bull attacks in Delano
DELANO, CA – Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a dog attack in Delano Tuesday evening. It happened at a home located in the 11000 block of Kyte Avenue around 5 p.m. Deputies say the dog, which was a family pet suddenly turned and attacked the children while they were playing with the dog described as a Pit Bull mixed breed.
Deputies say before they got to the scene, the parents told 911 dispatchers that they were taking the kids to Delano Regional Hospital. Deputies were told the dog was left unsecured on the property.
Deputies and the CHP officers located the dog, they say it was aggressive and charged towards the officers and they were unable to secure the animal. Animal Control officers were called in, and took the animal without incident.
West Toledo couple guilty in ‘pit bull’ attack that injured woman
Legal guardians left victim alone
BY JENNIFER FEEHAN – BLADE STAFF WRITER
A West Toledo couple who left a mentally and physically disabled woman alone in their home with two “pit bull” mixes entered Alford pleas Friday to reduced criminal charges.
Susan Demski, 57, of 940 Southover Rd. was then found guilty of attempted assault, a fifth-degree felony, while her husband, Norman Demski, 57, of the same address was found guilty of patient endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Susan Demski faces up to a year in prison, while Mr. Demski faces up to six months in jail when they are sentenced April 1 by Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gene Zmuda.
Frank Spryszak, an assistant county prosecutor, told the court that Mr. Demski was the legal guardian for his disabled sister, Lori Demski, but while he was at work, his wife took care of his sister.
Although Susan Demski was not to leave Lori in their home unattended, she did just that Sept. 4. Mr. Spryszak said Lori was “severely bitten” by the Demskis’ two “pit bull” mix dogs, and “sustained significant blood loss, broken bones, and injuries requiring several surgeries.”
Dog Bite Sends Man To Hospital
ABC 22 – 2/7/15
DAYTON– A dob bite lands a man in the hospital.
It happened on Upland Avenue near Hoover Avenue just after 4:00 Saturday Afternoon.
The dog bit the man in the leg. The victim was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Police says the dog was not owned by the victim, but they are still working to figure out who owns the dog, resembling a pit bull mix. Along with what occurred just before the man came in contact with the dog.
The dog has been quarantined at the Animal Resource Center while police investigate.
Pit bull attacks small dog, owner
By Andrew Padula – 2/6/15
KEIZER, OR (KPTV) – A walk through a Keizer neighborhood ended with a pit bull attack.
A small dog was killed and its owner was left with injuries.
Marcie Lim said she was trying to walk her Maltese down her block when she said the pit bull came out of nowhere and attacked them.
Lim still has the bruises on her face and stitches in her arm.
“Now it’s OK,” Lim said.
It happened on Saturday afternoon on McNary Estates Drive.
Lim said she was walking on McNary Estates Drive North near Kite Court North on Saturday afternoon with her dog named Heengdoong, which means white dog in Korean.
Lim has had her six-pound dog for the last four years, and he’s become part of the family.
“The one dog came and he bit my dog. So, I grabbed my dog and he kept biting me. Then I fell down and he took my dog,” Lim said.
Lim was trying to do anything to save the dog she’s had since it was two months old.
“I shouted help me and one lady came out who lives in this area,” Lim said.
Neighbors soon started to notice the chaos on their street.
“I saw a lady down the street waving her hands please come and help us and so I goosed the gas and got down there as quickly as I could,” said Steven Strean, “I saw the lady laying down in the street and she had the dog in her arms and the pit bull was trying to get it away from her.”
Strean tried to find anything to try and stop the dog from attacking
“I had two bamboo poles that I broke over its face and it didn’t even phase it,” Strean said.
Dog attacks 2 people and another dog in Hialeah
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) — According to police, a dog attacked and bit two people and a second dog in one South Florida neighborhood.
The attack occurred at 5355 West Ninth Court in Hialeah, Friday afternoon, just before 4 p.m.
According to the dog’s owner, the dog responsible is a female American bulldog. The dog has since been leashed to a door and appears to be calm.
Robert Passarelli, who was attacked by the canine, said he had returned from grocery shopping when he witnessed the incident. He then chose to do whatever he could to help, but that is when he became a victim. “I was removing my groceries from my car, and when I look, I saw dogs right here on the sidewalk, and when I look closer, I saw a lady under the dog,” he said. “I went, ‘Run away’ and tried to catch the dogs.”
The woman who was attacked was the mother of the bulldog’s owner, but there was another dog involved in the attack. Passarelli said he did not see the woman until he went to intervene. “There were two dogs. That’s why I didn’t see the lady as I get closer,” Passarelli said.
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Pit bull kills small dog in McNary Estates
By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes – 2/6/15
An aggressive pit bull got away last Saturday, Jan. 31 after attacking a small dog and three humans in the McNary Estates area.
The small dog had to be put down the next day.
Steven Strean said he was just returning to his home on McNary Estates Drive in the early afternoon when he spotted neighbor Cheryl Harper jumping up and and down, waving her arms and asking for assistance since neighbor Marcie Lim and her small Maltese dog were being attacked by a black pit bull with white markings on the nose and chest.
“I drove down there and jumped out,” Strean said on Monday. “The dog had just, for a third time, yanked the (small) dog out of the lady’s arms. It just grabbed the dog and proceeded to go back in between two houses to finish the job.”
Strean said he and Alex Estrada approached the pit bull from opposite directions in an attempt to grab it and save the maltese.
“I was desperate to find something big to hit him with,” Strean said. “I broke some bamboo poles over his head, but it didn’t phase him. He moved around the yard with the other dog in his mouth.”
Strean said the little dog somehow got away.
“I called 9-1-1 and we were trying to hold the dog in the backyard until the police came, but this dog got away,” Strean said.
Neighbors come to aid of small dog in pit bull attack
By DONNA RITCHIE – 2/6/15
On January 27, Brandon Harmison was walking his small dog, Perris, on Windward Dr. As he approached one of the homes, he noticed a pit bull in the yard. He thought it was chained but wasn’t sure, so he decide to move into the middle of the street and approach with caution.
Brandon says when he realized the pit bull was unchained, he started to slowly back away. “As soon as I started to back up, the pit bull pounced on Perris,” he says, adding, “It tore into Perris, ripping her insides out.”
What makes this situation all the more terrifying is that Brandon is wheelchair-bound due to a motorcycle accident five years ago. His limited mobility prevented him from helping his dog during the attack. Fortunately, Jody Jackling, a surveyor who works for J&J Enterprises, was working on a nearby hill and saw the attack. He was the first one to come to Brandon’s aid.
When Jody arrived, the pit bull retreated to his yard and Perris ran and hid under a vehicle. It wasn’t long before other residents, as well as Community Patrol and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, arrived on the scene. While waiting for Animal Control to arrive, several attempts were made to coax Perris out from under the vehicle but she would not budge.
One of the residents at the scene, Charise Simmons, knew if anyone would be able to coax Perris out from under the vehicle it would be her friend and fellow Canyon Laker Christy Roberson. Christy is a pet owner who also works with animals, and has rescued and fostered dozens of them.
Mom, two daughters hospitalized after their dog attacks
A mother and her two daughters were taken to the hospital after being attacked by their own dog Thursday evening in McKinney.
According to a McKinney police spokesperson, officers received a call just before 6 p.m. reporting that a resident was being attacked by a dog on the 3000 block of Kingsbury Drive.
The mother was being attacked by a dog when officers arrived. Police said at least one officer shot the dog to prevent further harm, killing the animal.
A neighbor’s account of the incident suggests the dog, a pit bull, attacked the daughters first and then the mother.
The three were taken to Medical Center of McKinney for treatment. The severity of the injuries was not released, but the neighbor says one of them had injuries to their legs.
Mother, 2 Daughters Recovering After Pit Bull Attack
MCKINNEY (CBS 11 NEWS) – A family is still recovering after a pit bull attack sent a McKinney mother and two daughters to the hospital overnight.
A member of the family let CBS 11 inside the home where rooms were covered in blood. The relative says the mother is a hero who found the family pit bull attacking her 11-year-old daughter and threw herself on top of the daughter to shift the dog’s attention to herself.
The attack has upset many in the neighborhood and sparked a war of words on social media.
“It looked like a war zone,” Catherine Williams said, describing her neighborhood after a McKinney police officer was forced to shoot a pit bull that was attacking its owner. Police say the dog also bit one of the woman’s daughters, and another daughter was hurt escaping from the home. All three were taken to a nearby hospital.
“There was quite a bit of blood. My daughter didn’t sleep last night. Everyone was really shaken in the neighborhood and just really worried about them and praying for them,” Williams said, adding that online reaction to the attack isn’t making things better.
“So many people defending pit bulls and feeling sorry for the dog that got shot. He was shot while he was attacking a woman. There was no other choice,” Williams continued.
Miniature Pony Fatally Attacked By Three Dogs
By Samantha Sosa on February 5th, 2015
A miniature pony is dead after being attacked by three reported pit bulls on Sunday at the Fire & Ice Horse Farm.
Piper sustained severe injuries to his eyes and throat in the attack and died Monday at 5 a.m. Lake City Animal Control has seized one of the three reported pit bulls.
He was popularly known in his community as a rehabilitation animal that helped abused horses adjust to their new life.
Piper gave rides to kids at the local Subway restaurant off U.S. Highway 27 and often provided entertainment for children’s birthday parties.
Annie Martin, owner of Fire & Ice Horse Farm, a horse rescue and retraining facility in Fort White, dedicates her life to rehabilitating malnourished, abused and injured horses. She never thought one of her own would become a victim.
“I went out to feed and I noticed there was blood everywhere,” said Martin. “It’s just hard to believe it happened at home. This time in our own backyard.”
Two dogs quarantined after bite
by Patty Brant – Caloosa Belle – 2/5/15
LABELLE — Two pit bull mix dogs have been quarantined for ten days at LaBelle Animal Control after they attacked two people in Country Village. The incident occurred Monday, January 26, after the pair got loose from their home while their owners were out.
According to Animal Control Supervisor Doug Morgan, it all started when a neighbor was returning home from walking his Boston Terrier. The man said he could hear the two dogs, which were in the house, barking excitedly as they walked by.
Apparently, the dogs managed to escape from the house and charged the man walking his dog. As the dogs approached, the man managed to get his dog inside his house and shut the door, but the excited pair then went after him. Another neighbor came to his aid and picked up a stick but the dogs then attacked her as well, as the man and woman tried to get into his house. Both victims were transported to the hospital suffering from puncture and tear wounds.
‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan sued in pit bull attack
Cesar Millan, the star of television’s “The Dog Whisperer,” is being sued by a woman who claims she was attacked by a vicious pit bull that had been prematurely released by Millan’s dog training center.
The woman, a critical care nurse in Florida, claims she suffered “disfiguring open wounds, deep muscle and tendon lacerations” and bone fractures in the Sept. 23, 2014, attack, just six days after the dog had been released by Millan’s Dog Psychology Center.
Attorneys for Alison Bitney said in the complaint that she permanently lost feeling and function in her left hand after the attack at the dog owner’s home in Santa Clarita. She is seeking punitive damages.
Jen Woodard, the director of the Dog Psychology Center, said in a statement that Millan never had contact with the dog and never trained the animal.
She said the dog’s owner had removed the pit bull “against the strong advice and objection of his trainer.” After the attack, the pit bull was returned to this center where it was placed in quarantine, Woodard said.
This is not the first time the training facility has been at the center of a lawsuit against Millan.
In 2006, a television producer sued Millan and claimed his dog was injured after being suffocated by a choke collar and forced to run on a treadmill at the training facility.
But this time Millan and his center is being accused of negligence for prematurely releasing a pit bull with a known history of attacking people and other animals.
Clinton Township man ‘fights for his life’ in dog attack on Macomb Orchard Trail
A Clinton Township man was attacked by a dog while running along the Macomb Orchard Trail in Shelby Township Saturday evening, Jan. 31.
Dave Silwester, 63, needed several stitches for wounds he suffered from a dog bite, according to a report filed with Oakland County Animal Control on Tuesday, Feb . 3.
Silwester told WXYZ-TV a woman was struggling to restrain a brown dog before it broke free, biting his left forearm and pulling him to the ground. He told the TV station he needed 20 stitches to repair wounds to his arm.
Jonessa Dobbs, Silwester’s daughter, said on Facebook her father was attacked – unprovoked – by “a brown pitbull.”
“If my dad wasn’t in the physical fit condition he was in, the dog could (have) done severe damage or (he) could (have) died,” the post read. “He was able to fight back, get back up and run away. He literally said he had to ‘fight for his life.’ ”
Dobbs said she is trying to locate the dog and its owner to prevent another occurrence.
“It’s infuriating to me that this woman and her aggressive and very dangerous dog are still out there,” Dobbs wrote. “I wish there was a way we could bring this lady and her dog to justice, but (I’m) so very thankful that my dad is alive.”
Woman Bitten, Puppy Dies Following Pit Bull Attack at Shadow Cliffs
The pit bull was on a leash and being evaluated for possible adoption at the time of the incident.
A puppy died after it was attacked by a pit bull at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton last Saturday, East Bay Regional Parks spokesperson Carolyn Jones said.
According to Jones, a volunteer was taking the dog for a walk on Jan. 31 when the attack occurred. Jones said the volunteer was also bitten during the incident when she tried to control the dog and stop the attack.
“The pit bull wasn’t hers – she was just giving it some exercise and assessing its behavior for possible adoption,” Jones said. “The pit bull was from an animal rescue outfit in Hayward (not sure the name). While on the walk (on leash), the pit bull lunged at a small dog that was with a family. The volunteer tried to control the pit bull and the dog turned and bit her.”
Against the odds, Emily Ruckle regains arm movement
By Josh Shannon [email protected] – 2/4/15
As 8-year-old Emily Ruckle recovered from a horrific dog attack last fall, doctors told her she’d never move her right arm again.
Last week, she proved them wrong.
“We were shocked,” Emily’s father, Councilman Todd Ruckle, said. “It was a miracle.”
It took an immense amount of effort and concentration, but Emily was able to slightly move her arm during a physical therapy session, Ruckle said. This week, she was able to bend all five of her fingers into a claw-like position.
“They said her arm most likely wouldn’t work again,” he said, describing the original prognosis. “The chances were so slim they weren’t even going to try.”
Emily was home with her half-sister, Megan, 15, on Sept. 27 when she was mauled by a pit bull that was staying at the Ruckles’ house. Megan fought off the dog, called 911 and used first-aid training she received as part of the Civil Air Patrol to help her sister.
Search on for dog that attacked man in Rochester Hills
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) – He knows it is a dangerous dog. It attacked him out of nowhere as he enjoyed a run on a popular trail. What he doesn’t know is where it went afterward.
It happened on Saturday evening as Dave Silwester enjoyed a run around dusk on the Macomb Orchard Trail in Rochester Hills. He says he wasn’t far from 24 Mile and Dequindre.
He saw a lady with a brown dog that appeared to him to be a pit bull. When the dog saw him, it became agitated. The woman walking the dog struggled to hold it back.
“I am not sure if the leash broke, or it just pulled it out of her hands,” said Dave. “It bit the hardest on the left forearm and pulled me to the ground.”
The woman who had been walking the dog pulled the animal off of him as he fought for his life. The dog then let go of his arm, and bit his hand. That is when he got a fighting chance.
“It ripped the glove in two, but I got free,” said Dave. “I just bolted at that point.”
Letters: Living shorelines; pit bulls
Pit bull – 2/3/15
I am the daughter of the woman attacked by a pit bull on a neighborhood walk in Severna Park last Sunday. Our small bichon mix Arnie was killed. My mom had to go to the hospital to get stitches for her bite wounds and is covered in abrasions — she currently has a black eye. She has been meeting with Animal Control, the police department and supportive friends and family for days.
This incident has been incredibly traumatic for everyone — our dogs are family members. The day after the incident, we said our final goodbye to Arnie. I asked what his body would look like, and my dad said, “Bloody, dirty and cold.” We cried and petted Arnie (resting in the trunk of a car) one last time as light snow fell over his body.
I feel extremely sad but also very angry. The pit bull that killed our dog was being walked by a young girl (under 14.) She was not trained to handle a dog of this strength, weight and instinct. Her 22-year-old brother was walking a dog as well, and as soon as he tried to gain control of the situation, it was too late. The pit bull fixated from the other side of the road, started to drag the owners on his leash, got out of his collar, ran over, clamped down, shook and killed.
These two young adults were not trained to properly handle these dogs. The collar failed or was an improper choice, and the dog escaped it. This could have happened to anyone’s dog or child.
You never know what your pet is capable of — even if it has never caused harm before. This dog has no official record of previous aggression, so it will walk free, as the pit bull is no longer considered a “dangerous breed.” My dad was later approached by a neighbor who said that she had an earlier incident involving one of the dogs from that household.
I don’t blame the young girl for what happened, but I do blame a lax attitude toward pet ownership. There is no such thing as “My pet would never do that.” Dogs still have instinct, and a pit bull attack is brutal. Like gun or automobile ownership, there is a heavy responsibility toward society at large to keep people safe. There need to be precautions to prevent tragedies, and consequences if they occur.
RDCO Asking Two Dogs Involved in Attack be Destroyed
A trial date could be set later this month to determine if two dogs should be destroyed after attacking another dog in Peachland.
“In the interest of public safety, we are asking under Section 49 of the Local Government Act for the court to decide what to do with two dogs that were involved in an unprovoked attack on another dog that was being walked by its owner on a leash in Peachland on New Year’s Day morning,” says RDCO Communications spokesperson Bruce Smith to KelownaNow.com.
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff
Boy Whose Ears Were Torn Off In Dog Attack Undergoes Surgery
NEWPORT — Brandon Williams, 14, was driven to the Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, Jan. 29, for surgery to improve hearing that he lost when a pit bull tore both his ears off in 2011.
Two men from Kerbela Shriners in Newport drove Williams to the Shriners Hospital early Thursday morning, and were expected to pick him up and drive him back to Cocke County on Saturday, Jan. 31.
OUR VIEW: Dog law failures put public in danger
The Leaf-Chronicle – 1/31/15
Is this the moment when the people of Clarksville say they’ve had enough?
Every time The Leaf-Chronicle reports a dog attack – the mauling of a child, the killing of a family pet – readers are shocked to find out how little can be done to prevent it from happening or to punish the owners.
Yet, even as our population grows and the number of dogs increases, no one seems inclined to do anything about it.
In the most recent case, in November, two roaming pit bulls attacked a neighbor’s beagle on the beagle owner’s front porch. The beagle’s body was ripped open, but it survived following surgery.
On Tuesday, those pit bulls were put on Montgomery County Animal Control’s Dangerous Dogs List, after their owner lost her appeal. That means the dogs must be kept in a secure enclosure, spayed or neutered and micro-chipped, along with other measures.
Other cases have been more severe:
•In May, a family’s Jack Russell terrier, the gentle buddy of a 2-year-old boy, was killed by two pit bulls that jumped a fence. The pit bulls’ owner normally housed 12 to 16 dogs in backyard pens, neighbors said.
•In September 2013, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel was killed in its own yard by two pit bulls that broke through a fence.
•In August 2011, a 6-year-old boy had to have 45 stitches to his face, head and neck after a pit bull mix broke through a fence and attacked him.
Dog jumps in to protect boy when another dog lunges
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A dog jumped in to protect a teen boy when he said another dog charged at him and attacked.
Officers responded to East Fourth Street and Philadelphia Drive Saturday around 9:30 p.m.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the boy’s mother. She told police her 14-year-old son took their pit bull named “Menace” down the street for a walk. She said as they were walking, a neighbor’s pit bull named “Jada” ran from the backyard and tried to bite the boy. The boy told police before the dog could lunge at him, Menace jumped in between them. He said Jada attacked his dog, biting his dog on the side of the head. Jada’s owner came running from his home and was able to get his dog back inside the house.
Man’s best friend … or mail carrier’s worst nightmare
When Wendy Starkey heard about a Champaign County deputy’s Jan. 7 attack by a pit bull, it immediately took her back eight years ago to her own horrifying experience.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2006, the Danville letter carrier was delivering mail in the 100 block of South Griffin Street, on the city’s southeast side, when two pit bull-types bolted from a house across the street, knocked her on her back and started mauling her.
“They literally took turns shredding me to hell,” Starkey said of the dogs, which later were declared vicious and put down.
“I kicked and fought and kicked and fought,” she recalled of the attack, which lasted three to five minutes but seemed much longer. “Every time I grabbed for my mace, they’d bite my arm. Thank God it was cold that day. I had three layers of gear on.”
A man who lived down the street came running when he heard Starkey’s screams and managed to pull one of the dogs off of her. A short time later, Brandon Starkey — Starkey’s then-boyfriend, now-husband — came upon the scene and assisted in her rescue.
Starkey received staples in her head, stitches in her hand and arm and other cuts and bruises, and was on limited duty for nine months. She also had to wear a therapy glove for nine months and, to this day, has trouble gripping a doorknob or a soda bottle cap.
The attack left much deeper emotional scars. Afterward, Starkey lost 22 pounds due to anxiety and suffered nightmares.
“I still have them occasionally,” she said. “It feels like it was yesterday.”
City Puts Dangerous Dogs Back on SoCal Streets
Vicious dogs that attack and maim people and other dogs are being put back on the streets because of lax oversight by the agency that’s supposed to protect the public, the NBC4 I-Team has found.
Poor enforcement of city laws and policies by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services leaves the city’s residents and surrounding communities vulnerable to attacks by dangerous dogs.
“It was like alligators biting you, because their jaws were so strong,” said Dmytri Shyrokov, who was brutally mauled by two off-leash dogs while jogging in Studio City. Shyrokov required dozens of stitches, lost part of a testicle, and may not be able to father children. The city has lost track of at least one of the dogs who attacked him.
Dogs with a history of violent behavior are being returned to their owners or are unaccounted for — raising the possibility they could attack again, the NBC4 I-Team found.
“I thought the system was going to protect me, but nothing happened,” says Diana Chingos, whose Jack Russell terrier was killed when a loose pit bull attacked it in a Hollywood parking lot.
“The pit bull locked its jaws around my dog’s midsection, and it literally crushed my dog’s internal organs,” Chingos told NBC4, about that off-leash pit bull who killed her beloved dog “Kelsey.”
Campo Man Plans Legal Action After Pit Bull Attack
Dan Hare calls it a horrible attack. His year-and-a-half-old Bull Mastiff named Ziggy was being mauled by a pack of pit bulls he says had dug underneath his fence. Ziggy suffered more than 350 puncture wounds, according to Hare.
“Like a deer. It was like a dead deer, and they were just ripping him apart at both ends,” said Hare, 52, of Campo.
Hare said last Saturday, five pit bulls belonging to his neighbor dug under the fence on Oak Drive in Campo. He told NBC 7 as he tried to save Ziggy, a fifth pit bull attacked him. Hare suffered severe bite wounds to his hand, wrist and leg. He also suffered ankle and back injuries.
“These dogs got a taste of blood, especially the one that really worked me, and once that’s done, I know dogs and I love dogs, but once they get a taste of blood, they’re going to come back under the fence again,” said Hare
Now, Hare is planning to file a civil lawsuit against his neighbor to cover his veterinary and medical costs and lost wages.
Hare said he was also bitten three weeks ago by one of the pit bulls, and the neighbor assured him it wouldn’t happen again.
Newark’s third dog bite in a month attributed to pit bulls
NEWARK – For the third time in January, Newark police were asked to take a report on a dog bite within city limits.
For the third time, the bite was attributed to a pit bull.
According to a Newark police report, the bite was reported about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The victim told police that his neighbor’s white dog had bitten him and “he believes (it) to be a pit bull.”
The victim suffered a minor injury, and police are investigating the incident, according to the report.
Sgt. Paul Davis said there does not appear to be any evidence the victim did anything to provoke the dog. He said police do take and receive reports of dog bites involving dogs that are not classified as pit bulls, but Newark has not received any so far this year.
“Pit bulls are the majority,” Davis said.
Constable defends dog shooting as training legislation moves forward
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Travis County Constables office in Precinct 2 is defending a deadly shooting Thursday involving a pit bull. The deputy fired one shot at the animal after authorities said the dog lunged at him.
The shooting comes as legislation moves forward at the Capitol requiring mandated dog-encounter training for all law enforcement across the state.
Deputy Lawrence Edwards was delivering an eviction notice to a home on Click Cove Road in North Austin when an unleashed pit bull ran towards the officer. The deputy shot and killed the animal as it was almost upon him. Edwards is now on standard paid administrative leave.
Pit bull attack sparks controversy in Prior Lake neighborhood
by Leah Beno – 1/29/15
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (KMSP) –
The face of 3-year-old Chase Loney is scarred by bites from his neighbor’s pit bull.
Last August, Chase and his parents were invited to their neighbor’s Prior Lake, Minn. residence for a block party. They’d been there several times before. Chase’s dad, Chris Loney, said the attack happened suddenly.
“He’s by my side the whole time, within about a foot… and I turn about 45 degrees to throw some paper plates in the trash, and I heard this ‘ruff ruff.’ The dog just came out of nowhere,” he says.
Chase ended up with 22 stitches. A report was filed with police, but no charges were filed.
“We gave our neighbors the option,” Chase’s mom, Chandra Loney, says, “[to] pay the medical bills and get rid of the dog, and we’ll leave it alone. And they chose to keep the dog.”
Over the phone, the owner of the pit bulls tells Fox 9 and he and his wife feel they’re the ones being bullied in this situation. The owner says he’s put up a fence, and his dog hasn’t harmed anyone since that August incident. He says he feels horrible about what happened, but has no plans to give up the dog.
Father, Son Injured In Pit Bull Attack In Beaver Co.
KDKA Pittsburgh – 1/29/15
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police in Beaver County had to put down a dog after it attacked a father and son Thursday evening.
The incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. at a home in the 100-block of Patterson Farm Road in Independence Township.
Police say the dog, Buddy, was the family dog. They had had Buddy since he was a puppy.
Reportedly the father and son got into an argument, which is when the dog started going after the two.
Police say the dog bit off a chunk of the father’s chin and bit the son’s nose. One of them then grabbed a knife and started stabbing the dog to try to stop it from attacking them.
That’s when they called 911.
“Pretty gruesome injuries,” said Police Chief Lance Malobabich. “The father will probably have to get some plastic surgery to his chin. I’m not too sure about the son, but I believe he may have to get some stitches for his nose.”
2 dogs attack woman in Twin Falls, one dog on the loose
TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Police responded to a report of two dogs who attacked a pedestrian around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday near Wendell Street and Robbins Avenue.
According to witnesses, two dogs became aggressive with pedestrians in the area. One was described as a black and white pit bull terrier, and the other a brown and white pit bull terrier. Witnesses say the dogs attacked a female who fell to the ground and the dogs continued to attack.
She suffered multiple bite wounds and was transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital.
Twin Falls Police Department’s Animal Control unit and several officers responded to the scene and were able to contain the described black and white pit bull terrier. The dog is being held at the Twin Falls Animal Shelter.
Vicious animal attack leads officer to kill dog
troymessenger.com – 1/30/15
One day after an attack left one dog dead and another quarantined, police are still unsure of the owner for the animals.
The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Prospect Ridge subdivision when a woman was attacked while walking her family dog.
Lt. Bryan Weed with Troy Police Department said a K-9 officer was on his way into work when he heard a woman screaming as he got to the end of his street. Weed said the officer saw a woman with her dog on a leash and children in a stroller struggling to stop a pit bull from attacking her dog.
“Her dog was being attacked by a pit bull,” Weed said. “The officer immediately went to her aid and attempted to get the dog to release the victim’s canine.”
After attempting to calm the pit bull down, Weed said the officer was forced to use his firearm to put the animal down. Weed said shortly after the officer had discharged his firearm another pit bull came up, but was not aggressive in its approach. Weed said that the officer placed the two animals into his vehicle and then checked on the woman and her children.
Pit bull kills smaller dog, bites woman in Severna Park
3:38 p.m. EST, January 29, 2015
Anne Arundel Animal Control officers have taken a pit bull into custody after it killed a smaller dog and bit a woman Sunday in Severna Park, police said.
Officers responded to Retford Drive and Kegsworth Court in Chartridge around 4:56 p.m., where they found a 55-year-old woman crying hysterically over the small dog. The pit bull was nearby with its owner Jonathan Kershaw, 22, of Yorkshire Drive, police said.
Kershaw told police he had been walking his two dogs, both pit bull mixes, with his younger sister when they came around the corner to see the woman, who two small dogs. One of the pit bulls, Froto, slipped out of his leash and ran toward the smaller bichon mix, police said.
Discovery still proceeding in pit bull attack suit
January 29, 2015 1:00 PM – By
Discovery is still continuing to unfold in a suit accusing a Beaumont dog owner of allowing four pit bulls to attack a passer-by.
On Aug. 8, Jeff Carnley, by and through his parent and legal guardian, Barbara Carnley, filed a lawsuit against Timothy Rozell and Ali Habibnia in Jefferson County District Court.
The latest filing in the case, a certificate of discovery, came on Jan. 5, court records show.
The document shows Habibnia submitted to Carnley his request for disclosure and production.
The complaint alleges that Rozell owned four pit bulls at West Park Addition, a property on North Major Drive owned by Habibnia of Beaumont. Barbara Carnley says her son was walking his dog outside Rozell’s residence on April 25 when the pit bulls attacked Jeff Carnley and his dog.
Mother, 2 children attacked by dogs
Two children and their mother were viciously attacked by three dogs Wednesday afternoon as they walked near their Southwest Houston apartment complex on Westpark.
Witnesses told KPRC 2 that the children and their mother were walking home from school when the dogs got away from their owner and attacked, unprovoked.
“The three dogs just let loose and they started running and started attacking both of the little ones,” said Brenda Mejorado, who was across the street when the attack happened. She said she saw everything and ran to help.
“I was helping hold the baby because the little girl had gushes of blood coming out of her head,” Mejorado said. “Those kids are going to be traumatized for life.”
The children’s mother was bitten when she tried to protect her children.
“She couldn’t do much,” said Mejorado. “Three dogs, and she (was) by herself.”
Three-year-old Josue Valasquez and his 4-year-old sister Victoria were taken to the hospital with deep lacerations on their heads.
Animal control investigators said all three of the dogs are pit bulls. They will remain quarantined for 10 days.
Drug suspect still at large; agent recovering from dog bite
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) –
A drug suspect sought Tuesday by the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team is still at large. WLOX News first reported on the chaotic scene Tuesday when deputies tried to serve the warrant, and a pit bull at the scene bit an agent in the hand.
Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said the dog was unchained when it attacked. Another agent shot and killed the dog
Authorities tell us the agent was treated for multiple lacerations and puncture wounds at the scene and released by paramedics.
82-year-old woman bitten by dog in Tampa
Tampa, Florida — An 82-year-old woman is hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after she was bitten by a neighbor’s dog in north Tampa.
The bite occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Centerbrook Court in the Northdale area as the woman was out walking.
The dog has been identified as a 9-year-old pit bull.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue took the woman to a hospital, and she was treated and released.
POSTED 11:58 AM, JANUARY 28, 2015, BY HOLLY HENRY, UPDATED AT 04:49PM, JANUARY 28, 2015
Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) – Norfolk Police say a pit bull attacked two women Wednesday morning.
At 9:30 a.m., police received a call regarding a dog that reportedly attacked the two women at Carswell Street and Galt Street.
Police arrived on scene and saw a pit bull in the street. The officer was able to place the dog into the patrol car without incident.
Police say the dog was tied up in the backyard of a home at that location, when the homeowner and another woman began to argue in the front yard.
The dog broke free from the tether and bit one of the women as she was running away. The homeowner who attempted to retrieve the dog was also bitten in the process. Both women were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life threatening bite wounds.
CCSO capture, euthanize dog involved in vicious attacks against 3
Star-Exponent staff – 1/26/15
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office deputies captured and euthanized the dog Monday afternoon they say attacked three people on Halls Road in Richardsville Sunday evening.
Deputies were dispatched to the 22500 block of Halls Road off Eleys Ford Road Sunday about 4 p.m. where the brownish-red pit bull attacked its owners, injuring a child and an adult, both of whom were transported to UVa. Culpeper Hospital.
The 6-year-old female victim was later transported to UVa. Medical Center in Charlottesville for facial injuries. The 52-year-old female patient sustained injuries to both legs and her right arm.
At about 6:30 p.m. CCSO deputies received a second report of a dog bite on the same block of Halls Road.
Neighbors help save girl from pit bull attack in Gert Town
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) –
A pit bull savagely attacked a 9-year-old girl in the Gert Town neighborhood.
Before Saturday, a group of friends who like to play cards outdoors near Bloomingdale Court had never met 9-year-old Tatiana Walters. But Saturday afternoon, they heard blood-curdling screams.
Tatiana recalls, “It started chasing me. It was very fast and I got back down and it started biting me all over.”
Tatiana was being attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull.
“I said, ‘that dog got that child,’ and I come down – all of us run down here,” said one of the men playing cards.
The group threw bricks and even a two-by-four at the dog until finally it released its grip on Tatiana’s face.
“A lot of people just came up to me, started crying, and they had to bring a lot of towels to me to hold on my jaw,” Tatiana said.
Police: Boy suffers significant injuries during dog attack
BURGAW, NC (WECT) –A 7-year-old boy is recovering in a Wilmington hospital after suffering permanent injuries during a pit bull attack in Pender County over the weekend.
The attack happened early Sunday afternoon on Croomsbridge Road in Burgaw. According to Pender County officials, the pit bull was tethered inside of a fenced pen at a friend’s house. Officials say the dog somehow became free and attacked the child while he was playing with other children.
The 7-year-old was hospitalized at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with severe head trauma.
Police: 2 pit bulls attack Miami-Dade police; 1 dies
Police officers say they were forced to shoot pair of pit bulls
A Miami-Dade police officer responding to reports of a burglary said he shot and killed a pit bull and injured another Tuesday. But the dog owner said the dogs were not pit bulls. They were American Bulldogs.
Police and K-9 units were looking for burglars in a perimeter set up in the area of Southwest 223 Street and 117th Avenue in the Goulds neighborhood.
Two pit bulls escaped from the back yard of a home in the area, police said. One of the dogs attacked a police dog and was biting it on the neck. Unable to remove the pit bull’s jaws from the police dog, an officer said he decided to shoot him.
Owning a pit bull became illegal in Miami-Dade County, after the February 1989 vicious attack of an 8-year-old girl named Melissa in West Kendall. American Bulldogs fall under the pit bull category in Miami-Dade and owners face a $500 fine and a court order to remove the dog.
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Boy, 4, Recovering from Surgery after Dog Attack in Isanti County
By: Katherine Johnson – 1/26/15
Sean Oldenburg doesn’t like to slow down. That’s why it was even more heartbreaking for his mom, Alyssa Oldenburg, to see her fearless 4-year-old hesitate when she asked him about his recent pit bull attack.
“I don’t talk about Ralph,” he finally told her, referring to the dog involved.
Alyssa says she was watching a family friend’s pit bull when, out of nowhere, it attacked and bit Sean multiple times in the face.
“They said that the dog was about a centimeter away from hitting the optic nerve,” Alyssa said. “They’re not really sure if he is going to have his vision or not in that right eye. We just kind of have to wait and see when he opens it.”
Chief: Further investigation needed before pursuing ‘dangerous dog’ sanction
By MAUNETTE LOEKS Media Editor – January 26, 2015
The Mitchell Police Department is still investigating an attack of a Mitchell man by two dogs before pursuing further remedies, Mitchell Police Chief Mike Cotant said Monday.
Cotant said that an elderly man, Steve Livermont, had been walking his dog when two pitbulls approached the man. He put his dog over a fence and the two dogs attacked him. Cotant said one of the dogs attacked the man in the face and the other attacked his arms.
The man was treated at Regional West Medical Center, but has since been released, Cotant said.
The dogs are being held at the Panhandle Humane Society on a 10-day rabies hold. The dogs weren’t vaccinated and they weren’t licensed in the city.
Concord woman seeks witnesses to dog attack
DEAR JOAN: I am a retired high school teacher who used to enjoy taking walks around the Concord neighborhood I’ve lived in for 34 years. On Dec. 18, I was taking my 17-pound dachshund, Bart, and my son’s 9-pound Chihuahua, Coco, on my regular morning walk. As I turned the corner from Wilson Lane onto Thornwood Drive I looked up and saw a pit bull mix charging at us from across the street.
In the next instant the pit bull was viciously attacking my dog. I screamed for help and tried to get the dog off Bart. My dog would have died had it not been for a man who got out of his vehicle and threw a heavy object onto the dog, which then finally ran off.
When the attack was over I was covered in blood. I had a broken finger and bruises and bite marks on my hands. My dog had several deep bite wounds all over his head and neck. As I waited for help, people stopped to comfort me and Bart. One man followed the pit bull to find out where it lived and reported the address to me.
My son arrived before the police, and we rushed to the emergency veterinary clinic. I thought surely the dog would be taken into custody for such a terrible attack. To date, an Animal Control officer reports that he has gone to the dog’s home but no one answers the door, although he can hear dogs barking. He says that there are other complaints against the dog and I should not approach the owners. Animal Control has also sent me information regarding rabies with a recommendation to visit my doctor.
I am now terrified to walk in the vicinity of the dog’s home, which is only a half-mile from my home and two blocks from an elementary school. I have been told I need more witnesses to the attack for Animal Control to do anything else, but as I had to rush my dog to the vet and could not stay and collect names, addresses and phone numbers, how do I find these witnesses?
Child mauled by pit bulls remembers attack
Four-year-old Victoria Wilcher of Simpson County had never mentioned the day in April 2014 when three pit bulls attacked her, leaving her with one eye, multiple facial fractures, cuts covering her face and neck, little jaw strength and two teeth.
But her memory seems to be returning.
During the Christmas holidays, Victoria told family members: “The dogs bit me here … and here … and here.” She pointed to her mouth, neck and foot as she spoke.
Her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, assured Victoria that she was safe, the dogs were gone for good and there was no need to be afraid.
Victoria went back to playing and hasn’t mentioned it since.
“The grandmother (Kelly Mullins) was hoping she handled the situation correctly,” says Janet Kellum, a retired pediatric nurse who volunteers to help care for Victoria when needed. “I told her I thought she did exactly what she should have — making sure Victoria felt safe.”
Anita Phifer Craft, a retired psychologist who spent 25 years with Jackson Public Schools, calls Victoria’s recollection “a great thing.”
“She appears to be ready to have me or another mental health professional help her sort out the events of the attack,” says Craft, who has met with Victoria and her family. “The therapist would work with her to accept what has happened to ensure her the event is in the past and she is now safe.”
Victoria was mauled by three pit bulls owned by her grandfather, Donald Mullins. Two of them tore through the door of his Simpson County home and dragged the little girl into the yard. A third pit bull joined in.
Pit bulls that bit child and dog to be released to owner
Owner cited multiple times; Boy’s mother angry
By Matt Howerton – January 24, 2015
Two pit bulls that attacked a Rio Rancho boy and his dog on Monday will be released back to their owner after being picked up by Animal Control, according to Rio Rancho police.
The pit bulls charged the 11-year-old boy when he walked outside his home with his Rottweiler. One of the dogs bit the boy on his shin and his Rottweiler received numerous lacerations, a police report said.
The boy was taking the Rottweiler out to the family car, the report said. Numerous neighbors intervened in the attack and had to shoot the dogs with pellet pistols to force them to retreat.
Neighbors want woman’s dogs declared dangerous
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two months after a beagle was attacked in his own yard on Delmar Drive, a group of neighbors are anxious to see that the pit bulls who they say menace their neighborhood are finally labeled as dangerous dogs.
About a dozen people attended a Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting Thursday night and described how one woman’s pit bulls regularly scares them, damages their property and keeps them from enjoying time in their own yards.
Interim Animal Control Director Rachel Torres has said she wants to put the dogs on the dangerous dogs list, but the owner has a right to appeal first and she has. That appeal will be held Monday at the county’s Animal Control Board meeting.
Linda McIntosh’s 12-year-old beagle, Skip, was mauled by two pit bulls while he was on a lead outside her house in November. He survived the attack and has healed but McIntosh and other residents say the pit bulls often run loose and are dangerous to people and pets.
Animal Control and police have been called to the home multiple times.
Woman loses ‘dangerous dogs’ fight
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The attack that almost killed a Clarksville woman’s beagle was over within minutes. But the process to get two pit bulls listed on Montgomery County’s Dangerous Dogs List took more than 12 weeks, six witnesses and nearly two hours of testimony before the county’s Animal Control Committee.
About 50 people turned out for the committee’s first meeting of the year Monday and only two items were on the agenda. The committee elected Brandon Butts as its new chairman and then heard from four residents of Delmar Drive and a man from a nearby neighborhood about the fear they said they face when Charlotte Frazier’s pit bulls run loose.
But it wasn’t their stories that counted. Immediately after the meeting, the Animal Control Committee officially heard Frazier’s appeal.
Dog Owner To Pay $2,675 After Dog Attacks Neighbor’s Australian Shepherd
By Phyllis M Daugherty, Fri, January 23, 2015
Dog owner Kai Taylor did not object today when a court in Queensland, Australia, fined him $2,675 for the vicious attack by his Staffordshire Terrier-mix dog on a neighbor’s Australian Shepherd on Oct. 1, according to the Coolum News.
Sunshine Coast Council prosecutor Michael Heiner presented gruesome photos of the aftermath of the mauling to Magistrate Annette Hennessy in requesting a $2000 fine plus $675 court and council costs.
The photos showed the neighbor’s dog, Sheba with bite wounds all over her body. The dog spent five days in the hospital.
The defendant surrendered his dog Mia to be euthanized after the incident.
The defendant said his 3-year-old Staffie had “never done anything like this before.”
The Sunshine Coast Region is a local government area in Queensland, Australia.
Director of Community Services Coralie Nichols said there had been 17 reports of dog attacks since Jan. 1, nine of which involved people.
“Council holds owners responsible for their dogs’ unacceptable behavior, and we will not rest until all avenues have been pursued to the full extent to prosecute offenders and create a safe community for everyone and their animals,” she said.
Texoma woman says vicious dog is terrorizing her neighborhood
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 6:44 PM CST – By Meredith Yeomans, Reporter
BRYAN COUNTY — A Texoma woman attacked by a dog this week will have to live with what happened for the rest of her life.
The attack left her with cuts, bruises and a gash in her arm down to the bone.
Leona Kirby, 41, says she was riding her bike down a trail near her Cartwright home Monday afternoon when a red-nosed pitbull ran towards her.
“I got off the bike and I was trying to put the bike between me and the dog because this dog is vicious,” Kirby said.
The dog, named Chocko, lives at a home along the trail. Kirby says it latched onto her left forearm then pinned her to the ground. She says she used her right fist to fend off the animal until help arrived.
“I thought he was going to kill me. I thought he was going to kill me because he was going for my throat,” Kirby said.
Kirby ended up with five stitches, and several cuts and bruises. Her boyfriend, David Peebles, says he’s been bitten by the dog too. If fact, Kirby has kept a list of each time she says Chocko has attacked.
“He broke my hand and I spent seven days in a TMC hospital, two reconstructive surgeries on my right hand and it still don’t work right,” Peebles said.
Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015 1:30 am – By Rich Flowers, News Editor
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving a 43-year-old Payne Springs man who was hospitalized after he was bitten by multiple pit bulls on Monday.
Mikel Christopher Kirkpatrick, 43, has been at East Texas Medical Center since he was injured.
Captain Bryan Tower said the victim had bite marks and lacerations from his upper body to his lower extremities. Kirkpatrick was in the intensive care unit at last report.
Tower said Kirkpatrick was found outside his residence on Lake Arrowhead Drive by someone who had heard noises. He was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City by EMS.
West Chicago pit bull attack that killed neighbor’s dog sparks lawsuit
A West Chicago woman who said her dog was killed when mauled by a neighbor’s two pit bulls last summer has filed a lawsuit seeking damages.
Bonnie Price said she and her dog, Toto, were on their afternoon walk June 24 in the 1000 block of Trillium Trail when the unrestrained pit bulls attacked after escaping from a nearby residence on Wild Ginger Trail.
Price, 84, filed the lawsuit in DuPage County this month seeking more than $50,000 in damages against neighbor Kapil Sachdev, who owns the pit bulls.
“We were just rounding the corner and I looked up and saw these dogs coming, and their leashes were flying behind them, as they came down the street,” Price told the Tribune. “I said, ‘Toto, we’re in trouble.’ I picked him up and turned my back to them but they launched themselves into the air and knocked me and Toto down, and that was it.”
Toto, an 11-pound, 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier, died after being repeatedly bitten, according to the suit. It alleges that Price also sustained minor injuries. Price said the attack ended after her neighbors, one armed with a shovel, heard her screams and came to her aid.
Pit bulls attack neighbor’s dog
Bryan County Public Safety Reports – January 21, 2015
A resident of Wren Lane in Ellabell reported that his six-month-old puppy was chased down and attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull dogs.
According to the complainant, on Jan. 5 two pit bulls chased his dog down the road back to his house. When the puppy tried to hide underneath his residence, the pit bulls followed and attacked. The dog’s owner came and retrieved them.
When the complainant went under the house for his dog, he found its throat had been bitten as well as its head and the back of its neck.
The pit bull’s owner told the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office deputy investigating the incident that, even though they were in a fenced back yard, his dogs escaped through the skirting of his residence and chased the puppy to where the attack occurred. The owner of the pit bulls said the puppy’s owner had come to his residence with a pistol and stated he was going to shoot the dogs.
The investigating officer concluded that complainant’s dog had not been properly restrained and was running at large at or near the residence of the pit bulls and that the pit bulls owner was not able to keep his dogs restrained.
The case was turned over to animal control.
San Mateo: Aggressive dogs hit by police car after biting one person, chasing others
SAN MATEO — Police officers attempting to stop two pit bulls who bit one woman and attempted to attack at least one other person were forced to strike the animals with a patrol car Wednesday morning, killing one and wounding the second.
Around 9:35 a.m., San Mateo police received a frantic call from a man asking for help, saying he had been attacked by two large pit bulls in the 600 block of Woodside Way. By the time officers arrived, police had already received three more calls about the dogs chasing several people in the area, including a city sanitation worker.
The first arriving officer found the dogs — each weighing between 55 and 70 pounds — in the area of Grand Avenue and North Claremont Street. He briefly got their attention before the animals ran south, attacking a landscaper who used his leaf blower to hold the animals at bay. Again, the officer got their attention, and the dogs leapt at his patrol car, clawing and biting at the door as he remained inside the car.
Police dispatchers warned authorities at San Mateo High School to keep everyone inside as the dogs approached the campus. As more police arrived and tried to contain the dogs, they charged a woman walking with two children in a stroller; the woman shielded the children with her body but was not injured.
2 MC men hospitalized in pit bull attack
Globegazette.com – January 21, 2015
MASON CITY | A pit bull that was fatally stabbed while attacking two men in a Mason City home had bitten before, police say.
The dog, Cooper, attacked his owner, Dallas Lewis, and Kyde Ratliff inside the residence at 215 S. Monroe Ave. at about 9:13 p.m. Tuesday, said Mason City Police Lt. Logan Wernet.
Lewis, 19, and Ratliff, 50, were hospitalized with bites to the hands, legs and arms. Ratliff also was bitten in the face, Wernet said.
They were listed in fair condition on Wednesday night at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, a hospital official said.
Lewis and Ratliff stabbed Cooper with a knife to stop the attack. Police caught the animal with catch poles.
“They stabbed the dog and were doing all sorts of stuff to get it to stop attacking prior to us getting there,” Wernet said.
Woman Arrested After Pit Bull Attacks
NBC Connecticut – January 21, 2015
Police arrested a New Britain woman after her pit bulls attacked and killed several animals, including one of the women’s other dogs, according to a warrant from New Britain police.
Laura Sataline, 53, of New Britain, was arrested on Jan. 16 and charged with cruelty to animals, as well as violation of an animal restraint order.
Police said they received several complaints about Sataline’s dogs since 2012, including from neighbors who said the woman’s pets often fought, got out the house and roamed the neighborhood.
Police reports document several problems between then and arrest last week, including attacks that led to the deaths of at least four animals.
In 2013, Sataline was cited after her dogs got loose and attacked two other dogs in the neighborhood, police said.
Then, on Feb. 15, 2014, the animal control officer in West Hartford got involved after someone spotted a badly injured dog on the front seat of a car at Westfarms mall.
Animal control tried to locate the owner of the dog and the car by having her paged in the mall several times, but Sataline didn’t respond, according to police.
Around two hours later, Sataline finally did come out of the mall, and the animal control officer questioned her on why she went shopping rather than take her dog to the veterinarian.
Silver City Police shoot dog to ward off being attacked
By Susan Dunlap – January 20, 2015
SILVER CITY >> A female pit bull bit a passing jogger and was subsequently shot by Silver City Police while they attempted to catch the dog to put her in quarantine, according to a Silver City Police report. The dog’s body has been sent to a state lab for testing.
Silver City Police were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Cooper Street close to noon Friday because of an animal bite complaint. A male jogger reported to police a pit bull was running loose and had bitten him on his thigh as he and his wife were passing the dog’s yard. The victim allegedly reported the dog latched onto his leg and he struck the dog with his fist to make the dog let go. The man told police he called out to the house, but no one responded, according to the report.
Police approached the house and saw a brown and white female pit running lose. The dog appeared to be possibly nursing, according to the report.
Police knocked on the residence, but no one came to the door, the report states. They also attempted to contact an animal control officer, but no one was available, so police took a catch pole and tried to catch the dog. The dog had retreated to the back porch, but was barking, snarling and growling viciously at officers, the report states. One officer drew his weapon while another officer placed the catch pole around the dog’s neck, but the dog allegedly backed out of the pole’s cable and charged at one of the officers while still snarling. The officers feared the dog was about to attack and, consequently, police shot the dog three times, killing her, the report states.
Miss. girl mauled by dogs back in SWFL
Posted: Jan 19, 2015 6:18 PM CST – By Bryan Anderson, Collier County Reporter
COLLIER COUNTY, FL –
It’s been a year since a dog attack nearly killed 4 year old Victoria Wilcher. After the story aired, a Naples eye specialist offered to work with the family free of charge to help repair the damage to the child’s face.
The family is back in town tonight for a follow up visit. We were the only crew at the airport today when they arrived.
Dr. Raymond Peters says, a few weeks ago, Victoria got an eye infection, putting a hold on her future surgeries.
“She’s just a baby for God sake. We got to help her” said Peters.
Peters is more determined than ever to help the 4-year-old.
“The process that we made earlier no longer fits her because apparently there’s some contraction developing in that area” said Peters.
Six months ago, Peters met with the little girl to fit her with her first prosthesis. The first of 20 the child will have to get in her lifetime.
In the last six months, Victoria has undergone three surgeries on her eye.
Man recovering from pit bull attack after saving another potential victim
POSTED 10:26 AM, JANUARY 19, 2015, BY ABBY BROYLES, UPDATED AT 05:15PM, JANUARY 19, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – A Southwest Oklahoma City man is recovering from a pit bull attack in his own neighborhood.
Officials say one of the dogs is in quarantine, while the other remains on the loose.
A man was walking down the street when he found himself being attacked by two pit bulls.
He started screaming, and that’s when the man who lives next door came outside to help.
James Aubrey heard panicked cries for help and ran outside to find a man on top of a truck trying to get away from two pit bulls.
“You can see all the damage on his truck where the dogs tried to climb all the way up to get to that victim up there,” Aubrey says. “The minute they saw me, they both came after me. I had literally just seconds to respond and to protect myself.”
He grabbed a door jamb and fought off the dogs, but it didn’t keep him from getting his left arm chewed up.
Kevin Vicente update: Boy mauled by Mickey the pit bull undergoes first surgeryBy Elizabeth Erwin – 5:37 PM, Jan 19, 2015 PHOENIX – It’s been a tough year for a little boy mauled by a dog last February.Kevin Vicente, now five years old, was attacked by a pit bull early last year and suffered serious injuries to his face. Since then, he has required a lot of special care forcing his mom to stop working and focus on caring for her son.On Monday, Kevin entered the operation room to start reconstructive surgery to hopefully lessen the scars left by the attack.This first surgery focused on Kevin’s eye, nose and lip. He worked to remove a scar from Kevin’s cheek and help reduce scarring around his collarbone.Read more: http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/north-phoenix/kevin-vicente-update-boy-mauled-by-mickey-the-pit-bull-undergoes-first-surgery ——————————————————————————————
Student attacked by dog in Miami
January 16, 2015 – WSVN Channel 7
MIAMI (WSVN) — A South Florida teenager started his weekend off on the wrong foot after he was attacked by a dog Friday.
Travorie McRae was walking home from school Friday morning after early release when an American bulldog-boxer mix ran from underneath a gate and started biting him.
Moments after the attack, the dog’s owner came outside and the dog ran away. “The dog started barking at me, and then went under the gate and then bit me,” said McRae. “As soon as it started barking, it came under the gate and grabbed my leg.”
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VIDEO: Dog attack victim: “I was just doing my job.”
Jan 18, 2015 1:13 PM by Keele Smith
BOZEMAN – A local veterinary technician had to be hospitalized after a frightening encounter with three dogs.
Rae Ann Collins was attacked by three American Bulldogs, one male and two female, while on the job at Montana Veterinary Hospital and Boarding on Friday morning.
“All I could think about was how I was going to get out alive,” said Collins, who spoke with us Saturday from her hospital bed.
Collins suffered a broken left arm and dislocated right shoulder, along with multiple bite wounds on her arms, legs and torso after she says three mature American Bulldogs attacked her. Collins said she was letting the dogs out into a gravel yard when the attack happened.
“I was pulled down to the ground and drug around a couple times on the asphalt,” said Collins. “I was trying to twist the dog’s collar to cut off his air supply to give my arm a break and it wouldn’t let go.”
She said she then found herself fighting for her life.
York dog attack ends with gunshot
By LIZ EVANS SCOLFORO – POSTED: 01/19/2015 02:13:02 PM EST
A York man was unable to fend off an attacking dog Thursday night until he pulled out a handgun and fired a single round, York City Police said.
The 40-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was walking to his car in the 100 block of South Hawthorne Street about 8 p.m. when a pit bull attacked him, according to York City Police Capt. Tim Utley.
“He tried to fend off the dog with his hands and feet,” Utley said, but the dog was undeterred and began biting the man.
That’s when he resorted to more drastic measures and pulled out his firearm, according to the captain.
“He fired one shot at a downward angle,” scaring off the dog, Utley said.
Gazette Editorial – January 17, 2015
Schenectady has had more than its share of dangerous dog incidents in recent years, and while it has made some progress in addressing them, there’s still room for improvement.
The latest case involved a pit bull attack last June 26. It only came to light when it was adjudicated last week, but almost makes the highly publicized attack that took place around the same time on Dean Street pale in comparison. That involved two pit bulls jumping out a window to attack a dog being walked down the street.
In the latest case, the victim was a 13-year-old boy who’d been innocently playing basketball with friends in his driveway.
He suffered 20 puncture wounds, which needed 30 staples and five stitches to close. Seven months later, his mother says he is still healing.
Is it any wonder that she was annoyed by the relatively mild punishment Judge Kenneth Litz meted out to the owner of the dog, which aside from being dangerous was unlicensed?
It was not euthanized, as it should have been, and its owner only had to cover the $380 in out-of-pocket expenses that the family incurred after their insurance kicked in.
Family wants justice for mauled dog
– By Ryan Smith – January 15, 2015
A West Des Moines family is pushing for justice after its 8-year-old beagle, Chip, was attacked in October.
n October, a pit bull attack left Chip wrapped in bandage tape. The pit bull locked its teeth into the beagle’s neck, leaving the dog’s trachea and esophagus exposed.
“The night of the attack, for sure, I don’t know if he was going to make it because there was so much blood loss,” said Julie Noland, who owns the beagle.
After surgery and thousands of dollars in veterinary bills, Noland said her home is finally whole again.
“Every day is a blessing because he is such an integral part of our family,” Noland said.
West Des Moines police said they ran into several roadblocks while investigating the case. They said the pit bull’s owner moved the dog to avoid its removal. Police filed a criminal complaint against the pit bull’s owner, Micki Cunningham, in connection with the case. A hearing is set for Thursday morning.
Woman injured in pit bull attack; dog in quarantine
ABC 25 Waco – Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:26 PM CST
WACO –A Waco Police Department officer managed to rescue a woman who was being attacked by a pit bull Tuesday evening.
Police report an officer was in the area of N. 20th and Mitchell about 6 p.m. Tuesday, when he heard a woman screaming. The officer found the woman on the front porch of a home in the 2600 block of N. 20th. She was pinned against a front window by a large white pit bull that was attacking her.
The officer went to help the woman and used his stun gun on the dog. The pit bull stopped for a time, but then started attacking the woman again. At this time, the officer tried to pull the dog off the woman, but could not manage to because of the “viciousness” of the animal.
Police say the officer had to use his stun gun on the dog several more times because it continued to attack and was being so aggressive. It eventually stopped attacking and ran away.
Pit Bull Attacks Local Girl Playing In Her Yard
KWTX.com – January 15, 2015
WACO (January 14, 2015) The owners of a pit bull that attacked a Waco girl Wednesday afternoon as she played in the front yard of her home say they will have the dog euthanized once it’s released from a mandatory quarantine.
The girl, whose name was not released, was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco to be treated for a bite on the arm.
Police and animal control officers responded at around 4 p.m. to a home in the 2000 block of Comal Street off China Spring Road.
After the attack one of the dog’s owners managed to corner the pit bull in the garage of the girl’s home.
Animal control officers took the dog, which will be kept in quarantine to confirm the animal doesn’t have rabies.
The owner told a KWTX photojournalist that it was the first time the dog had gotten loose.
Rockdale County man attacked and bitten by pit bulls while walking his bloodhound
Woman Suffers Near-Fatal Dog Attack, Adopts Abused Puppy
JAN 19, 2015 1:36PM BY STEFANIE FAVICCHIO
Donna Lawrence had every right to be fearful of dogs. In 2009, she suffered a miscarriage after a near-fatal Pit Bull attack left her with 45 stitches.
But that didn’t stop Lawrence from adopting Susie, a young mixed breed dog who was set on fire and left to die by her vicious owner. The dog suffered third-degree burns and was left with a broken jaw.
ACO looking for two dogs involved in Carousel Drive attack
By Amanda Collins – January 14, 2015
A Millbury woman and her dog, Brody, are on the mend after being attacked by two dogs on Carousel Drive last week.
Around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, Laura Holland was walking her one-and-a-half year old Bichon-mix when she said, “out of nowhere came these two large dogs. They were charging us – they wanted Brody.”
Holland described the dogs as a pitbullmix, mostly white with brown spots, weighing about 100 pounds each. She said they “grabbed” 17-pound Brody, then she pulled him back, held him up over her head and darted back towards her front door.
“I’m 5’8” and they were jumping up to try to get him. They stayed behind me all the while I was walking to my door, jumping up and bouncing off me. It was terrifying,” she said.
One of the dogs made it halfway through the door to her house before she was able to push it back outside, and the pair fled.
Holland and Brody were both bitten by the dogs. That night, Holland received six rabies shots and a tetanus shot at a local emergency room, and in the last week she’s gone back twice for additional shots, and still needs more.
Brody, who was left bloody from the attack, was seen at Tufts Animal Hospital and required surgery on the wounds to his back and stomach, and a three-day hospital stay.
“He’s home now, healing and taking medication,” said Holland, who is now stuck with a $3,000 veterinary bill.
Girl Awarded $72 Million After Vicious Dog Attack
By Amanda Andrade-…, Tue, January 13, 2015
Erin Ingram was just 8 years old when she was mauled by two pit bulls in 2010. Ingram lost most of her arm, and the other was disfigured in the attack; her ankles are still severely scarred.
A DeKalb County, Georgia, jury has ordered a $72 million payment to Ingram and her family. The Daily Mail reported that Ingram’s medical bills are expected to exceed $1 million as she grows and needs new prosthetics and medical treatments.
The dogs were owned by Twyann Vaughn, Ingram’s neighbor, who served 16 months in jail for the attack. Vaughn was convicted of six misdemeanor counts, including reckless conduct and owning a vicious dog.
Officials search for vicious dog taken from animal control
Animal control officials are searching for a vicious pit bull that was taken from an animal control facility before it was to be euthanized for attacking a baby.
During either the late evening or early morning hours of Jan. 4 or 5, a fence adjacent to the Porterville Animal Control facility was cut and someone forced entry into the facility.
The dog kennel holding the tan and white male pit bull, named Clyde, was cut into and the dog was taken.
On Oct. 28, the county animal control division received a report from Sierra View Hospital about a dog bite in the Porterville area.
A roughly 18-month-old child received facial lacerations from the attack.
Dog owner wants justice after pit bull attacks greyhound
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland dog owner said he wants justice after an aggressive pit bull put his greyhound in the hospital.
But at this point, no one can figure out exactly who owns the pit bull.
KGW received an email from the dog’s owners right after they brought their greyhound to the emergency room at Dove Lewis Animal hospital. That’s where they met us to talk about what happened while the dog was still in surgery.
“It simply comes down to our old geriatric dog was not able to even defend herself and doing something that was a normal and common thing – going potty – and was attacked,” said Dino Cloward.
Kolu Westcott was dog-sitting the greyhound, named Lauren, when the attack occurred.
“I was really worried about Lauren. She’s old and they have really brittle skin so I was concerned about her safety,” Westcott said.
The 14-year-old greyhound is also a retired race dog.
Pit bull running loose attacks, bites man on hand
EWARK – Hours before a meeting in Newark City Council chambers to discuss whether legislation designating pit bulls as a vicious breed should be repealed, police were talking with a man who was attacked and bitten by one.
Todd Wilson was walking his chow/shepherd mix, Cisco, around 8 a.m. Monday on the same route he always uses. He said he saw a brown dog running behind a housebut didn’t think much of it because the people who lived there owned a brown dog.
He noticed the same dog on Hudson Avenue, and within seconds, he got a close-up view.
“It stopped, looked at me, looked at my dog and then grabbed ahold of my dog by the back of the neck,” Wilson said.
Wilson began punching the pit bull to try and get it to release its grip on Cisco, but the pit bull did not let go and was shaking Cisco.
9-year-old attacked by pit bull in Cape Coral
BY ADAM WRIGHT – JANUARY 12, 2015
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A father is desperately seeking action after his 9-year-old daughter was mauled by a neighbor’s pit bull.
Lauren Pacuirck was attacked Sunday afternoon just feet from her dad’s house on Southwest 8th Place, near Embers Parkway.
She’s out of school Monday, recovering from the attack that her father says will affect her for the rest of her life.
“She kept screaming that she couldn’t feel her arm,” said Doug Pacuirck, Lauren’s father.
He says she was walking home from a friend’s house around the corner, when the neighbor’s pit bull got loose.
PetSmart shopper gets bit by pit bull in store
Posted: Jan 11, 2015 5:01 PM CST
PetSmart is pet friendly, and you can bring your furry friend anytime to roam the aisles and do a little shopping. But what this store is known for, now has them facing a lawsuit.
James Jenkins was attacked by a pit bull while shopping at the PetSmart in Southfield.
“Without warning he was bit by a very large pit bull,” said Renette Jackson, attorney.
In the top right corner of your screen, you can see Jenkins stumbled back out of the dog aisle checking just how badly he had been bitten on his leg.
“Mr. Jenkins said ‘Your dog bit me,’ and the dog owner replied, ‘I don’t know how that happened,'” Jackson said.
A picture taken that day at urgent care shows the bite marks on his upper thigh and how serious his injury was.
But instead of the dog owner stopping to see what he could do to help, he and his dog left. Security camera video shows them walk right out the door.
Stafford girl, 9, ‘still beautiful’ after dog attack
Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:00 am – BY DAWNTHEA PRICE/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
The 9-year-old Stafford County girl attacked by a dog while waiting for a school bus in September is doing “much better” nearly four months later, family members say.
Her mother, Edna Jones, said the Grafton Village Elementary fourth-grader, whose name is being withheld at the family’s request, is largely healed both in body and spirit, though some scars remain.
“She is doing better, much better than she was,” Jones said. “Everything healed up pretty well, so we’re just moving forward.”
The girl had been waiting for the school bus on Sept. 5 down the street from her Kendallwood Estates home when an 11-month-old pit bull terrier named Ricky jumped over the fence at a residence across the street and bit her arms, legs and back, according to the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.
Several neighbors had to pull the 50-pound dog off the girl, who was the only student using that bus stop.
She was treated at Mary Washington Hospital and returned to school within a few weeks, but Jones said it was close to a month before she was back to “full duty” physically.
Beyond the physical scarring, which Jones hopes will fade with time and growth, her daughter’s comfort level with dogs—including the Joneses’ own Labrador—pit bull mix, Zeus—is taking time to restore.
“For the most part, she’s OK around our dog, but if he starts to bark, it kind of sends her back to the day and time,” she said.
Pit bull attacks puppy, Good Samaritan injured
Venice, Florida — A Sunday afternoon at the dog park almost turned deadly for a 10-week-old puppy if not for some bystanders who stepped in to help.
“Climbed up my back, bit me here, up in my shoulder,” Adam Cohen says about the pit bull that attacked him.
The scars are healing.
According to the incident report from the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, Cohen suffered 10 scratches on his chest, 10 scratches on his back, several punctures on his shoulder, and hand and face injuries.
Cohen says he got injured when he pulled a 10-week-old German Shepherd puppy named Sirus out of a pit bull’s mouth — not once but three times.
“The dog was going growling and shaking it…You couldn’t control this dog,” Cohen says.
This home video by the puppy’s owners shows Sirus playing with other dogs at the dog beach in Venice Sunday afternoon.
Fifty-eight seconds into the video a black pit bull named Mac showed an interest in Sirus. Animal experts say the pit bull quickly took a dominant stance. Mac knocked the puppy over then left, but returned eight seconds later.
“That’s when the pit bull realized he’s helpless this is my prey and started shaking the puppy. The screaming was heart wrenching,” Cohen says.
Cohen says he grabbed the puppy held him up high — that’s when he became a target.
Toddler airlifted to hospital after dog attack
Sarasota, Florida — A 10-month old baby boy is in the hospital after he was bitten by a dog on Friday.
Few details are available at this time, but the dog, a pit bull mix named Fudge, has previously been investigated for biting children. However, the home where the dog lived is not listed on the Animal Services’ web directory of vicious or dangerous dogs.
The toddler was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg as a trauma alert, with extensive facial injuries.
Investigators say the child was a relative visiting the home of the dog’s owner when he was bitten. Authorities have taken the dog into custody.
Animal Control: Pit bull that killed 87-year-old Frederick man had no prior history
Authorities say attack seemed unprovoked; victim spoke fondly of his family pet
Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015 2:00 am – By Jeremy Arias and Paige Jones News-Post Staff
The dog that fatally injured an 87-year-old man Wednesday in his Frederick County home had no prior contact with Animal Control and seemingly attacked unprovoked, officers said.
The animal, an 84-pound, 4-year-old brindle and white in color pit bull-type dog, was a fairly recent addition to Eugene Wesley Smith’s home in the 8400 block of Stonehouse Road, said Sgt. David Luckenbaugh with Frederick County Animal Control.
The dog was a rescue animal adopted by the family in May and was apparently well-behaved until Wednesday’s attack, Luckenbaugh said.
“We had no call history to that address, no complaints involving that dog and the dog didn’t come in through our shelter,” the sergeant said. “Our initial indications are that the attack was unprovoked, the victim didn’t do any specific thing to cause that to happen.”
Family and friends remembered Smith, nicknamed “Smitty,” as a hardworking truck driver who delivered milk to farms and creameries in Frederick for about 60 years.
“He’s certainly a legend as far as the agriculture industry,” said Kimberly Young, a close friend and colleague who worked with Smith at Clouse Co., a local trucking company, for almost 30 years.
As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.
2 Pit Bull Attacks In 2 Days: Rescued Pit Bull Kills Owner, 87; Neighbor’s Pit Bulls Maul 3 Family Members
By Phyllis M Daugherty, Fri, January 09, 2015
A rescued Pit Bull killed his 87-year-old owner, Eugene Smith, while he was taking down the Christmas tree in his Frederick County, Maryland, home on Wednesday, NBCWashington reports. His son’s fiancée was at home with Smith when the vicious, unprovoked attack occurred.
Smith reportedly lived with his son and his son’s fiancée and the Pit Bull was a stray they had taken into their home in May 2014. It is unknown if the dog had displayed violent tendencies prior to this tragic fatality.
THREE FAMILY MEMBERS ATTACKED BY NEIGHBOR’S PIT BULLS
In Darien, Georgia, three members of a family were hospitalized after being attacked on Monday by 2 Pit Bulls and an American Bulldog belonging to a neighbor. According to police, it was a very violent situation that left all three victims severely injured, WTOC reports.
Family members said that 11-year-old Darius Wingate was taking the trash out when the neighbor’s dogs attacked him in his own yard. The next-door neighbors had just let their three dogs out and they immediately charged the young boy and began mauling him.
Darius’ mother and sister heard him screaming and ran to rescue him, but they were also severely bitten.
FRESNO PIT BULL ATTACK CAUGHT ON HELICOPTER CAMERA
Night vision video shows a pack of pit bulls on the prowl in Fresno County. Those dogs are off the street, and the man they went after is alive, thanks to a helicopter high above.
That pit bull attack may have gone un-noticed were it not for a patrolling helicopter that captured the entire incident on camera.
In the video, those white dots are pit bulls running free around a Fresno County alley. And then a man appears, and almost immediately the dogs descend upon him. If it weren’t for a neighbor who stepped in to help the victim may not have been able to walk away.
Four pit bulls are now behind bars — quarantine for animals.
Anthony Flores with Liberty Animal Control said, “The animals will be here until the 10 day quarantine is completed and the administrative hold that goes into a dangerous dog.”
PD: Chandler officer shoots, kills pit bull attacking another dog
Posted: Jan 08, 2015 3:40 PM CST – By Phil Benson
Woman, 52, Bitten by Pit-Bull While Jogging in Branford
Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2015 7:30 am – Steven M. Mazzacane
A 52 year old woman was bitten by a Pit-Bull just after Christmas while jogging on Stannard Ave in Branford.
According to reports filed on the incident, Margaret O’Brien, a regular runner who takes similar routes through the area multiple times per week, was bitten by a Brindle Terrier Mix multiple times. The dog’s owner had been out walking and was using a leash, but let the leash go when they returned to their property, and just prior to the runner passing by the property.
Reports filed vary between calling the dog simply a “pit-bull” and a Brindle Terrier Mix.
According to the report filed by the Cosgrove Animal Shelter, the dog, named “Duncan,” was up-to-date on vaccinations. The dog was not registered with the town.
The animal control officer, according to the report, wrote that “Duncan is quarantined to the home at 92 Stannard Ave, on a strict confinement until 01/10/15. This is the first bite on record for Duncan.”
The officer gave the dog’s owner, Yoshi Sonoda, two weeks to get the dog licensed with the town.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital. She was also assisted at the scene by a helpful neighbor who was a medic.
Brinson booked into jail, released on bond in pitbull case
Macon attorney Veronica Brinson was booked and released on bond from the Bibb County jail Thursday evening after turning herself in on a charge of reckless conduct.
Both Brinson, 43, and her son Ryan, 26, face the same charge. According to Veronica Brinson’s warrant, she allegedly “caused bodily harm to Claudia Naranjo by keeping dogs as pets and failing to adequately contain or attend the dogs while knowing the dogs had previously escaped and attacked other persons and pets.”
Brinson’s dogs have been the subject of a probe since a Dec. 29 dog attack in north Macon’s Brookefield subdivision that injured Naranjo and killed her dog. One of Brinson’s dogs was stabbed.
Neighbors have said Brinson wasn’t living in her Brookefield Drive home because it’s being repaired.
Last June, six pit bull puppies died in a fire sparked by unattended food on the stove.
Macon Attorney Veronica Brinson charged after pit bull attack
WUSA-9 – 8:25 p.m. EST January 7, 2015
FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) — Frederick County Bureau is investigating the death of a man who was attacked by a dog in Frederick, Md. on Wednesday afternoon.
Police are investigating the death of Eugene Wesley Smith, 87 of Frederick. Officers along with Animal Control officers responded to Stonehouse Road in Frederick around 2:24 p.m. Wednesday for the report of a dog attack.
Authorities observed the dog attacking Smith when they went inside of the home. They were able to contain the dog right away, police said.
Investigation shows that Smith was on the ground taking down a Christmas tree when the dog, a pit bull, weighing 84 pounds attacked the man.
Rescued Pit Bull Kills Owner, 87, As He Takes Down Christmas Tree, Dog Euthanized
Eugene Smith, 87, was taking down his Christmas Tree today in his Frederick County, Maryland, home when his pet pit bull attacked him, according to officials. The Frederick County Bureau of Investigations is still investigating the attack, which ended in death. Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital.
At the time of the attack, the elderly man was laying on the ground, taking down the Christmas tree. Smith lived with his son and his son’s fiancé. The only other person home at the time of the attack was the son’s fiancé.
The pit bull was a rescue dog that had been adopted by Smith in May 2014. It is unknown if the dog had displayed violent tendencies before. The attack was completely unprovoked and the 84 pound dog did not stop attacking the victim until several authorities were able to contain him.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1737099/rescued-pit-bull-kills-owner-87-as-he-takes-down-christmas-tree-dog-euthanized/#tr6EMsWMUl6uh74d.99
Officer bitten by pitbull shoots dog, police say
SPRINGFIELD — A police officer investigating a theft at a home on South 46th Street was attacked by a pit bull on Tuesday, shooting the dog after it bit him in the hand, authorities said.
The dog is expected to make a full recovery. The officer was wearing gloves at the time of the attack and was not injured, police said.
The incident began at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday when an employee at a nearby St. Vincent de Paul thrift store reported that a man came up to the store, stole a table from outside, and then walked to his home across the street.
Police said they arrived at the home and knocked on the door, but no one answered even though noises could be heard inside.
An officer walked to the back of the home, and knocked on a piece of wood that was covering an open window. According to police, someone inside said, “Who is it?”
When police told the two men inside to come out and talk, the men turned toward the front of the house just before a pitbull came running out the back door toward the officer, Sgt. Rich Charboneau said.
Dog, previously declared dangerous, impounded after biting deputy
CHAMPAIGN — A dog that had previously been declared dangerous for biting a mail carrier has been impounded after an attack on a Champaign County sheriff’s deputy.
“I was scared to death and very happy I didn’t fall down. If I had, I would have been in a world of hurt,” said Champaign County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Oliger.
In 49 years of life, 16 of them as road deputy, Oliger has never been bitten by a dog. Until Wednesday.
A male pit bull latched on to his right calf, ripping it as Oliger tried to get the animal off him by pummeling it with a fist.
“I had no time to react. I couldn’t get my pepper spray or Taser. It was so quick, the only way I had to defend myself was with my feet and hands,” said Oliger.
Three recovering after Darien dog attack
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 3:51 PM CST – By Elizabeth Rawlins
DARIEN, GA (WTOC) –Three members of a Darien family remain in the hospital after police said they were all attacked by a pit bull.
Family members said the young boy was taking the trash out when a neighbor’s dog attacked him. Police said it was a very violent situation that left three people severely injured.
“This is a tragedy,” said McIntosh County Sheriff Stephen Jessup. “It happens every now and then.”
McIntosh County investigators said this is one of the worst dog biting cases they’ve ever seen. On Monday, 11-year-old Darius Wingate was attacked in his yard. According to police, the next door neighbors had just let out their three dogs: two pit bulls and an American bulldog.
Fatal Littlerock pit bull attack leads to lawsuit against Los Angeles County animal control
LOS ANGELES — The husband of a woman fatally mauled by four pit bulls in Littlerock in 2013 sued the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control today, alleging officials at the county agency knew of problems with the animals and failed to do enough to mitigate the danger.
Benjamin Devitt filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful death, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and public nuisance.
Devitt, who moved to Olympia, Washington, after his wife’s death is seeking unspecified damages.
A representative for the county did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The dogs belonged to Alex Donald Jackson, who was convicted in late August of second-degree murder in the May 9, 2013, death of Paula Devitt, a 63-year-old Palmdale grandmother who was walking in the area as part of her exercise routine when she was attacked by the dogs.
Jackson, who was also convicted of three drug-related charges, was sentenced on Oct. 3 to 15 years to life in prison.
“The dogs left the deceased with as many as 200 puncture wounds,” the lawsuit states. “The dogs dragged her 50 yards, took off her scalp and removed an arm.”
DACC employees did not adequately follow up on complaints by area residents about the dogs by citing Jackson, requiring enclosure of his animals and warning the public of the danger, according to the suit.
The complaint also alleges that DACC employees entered updates in internal records to make it appear that they did not know about the Jackson pit bulls before Devitt was killed, and that they followed up on complaints after they were made by the public.
In addition, some DACC employees who worked out of the Lancaster office “were often under the influence of alcohol and ingesting illegal substances while on the job,” the suit alleges.
Horse, rider survive vicious pit bull attack
EL CAJON, Calif. – Animal control officers are trying to determine if a pit bull that viciously attacked a horse in the East County is the same dog that attacked a rider three years ago.
Stacey Russell and a friend were out riding on Quail Canyon Road in unincorporated El Cajon Sunday afternoon when a loose pit bull came charging from a house. Russell said the dog lunged at her horse’s neck.
“When the dog came, I took my foot out of the stirrup and kicked the dog in the head to get him away from his neck,” Russell told 10News.
The 26-year-old horse, named Rapture, is blind in one eye. Russell said the dog would not back down.
“He hit against Rapture and Rapture spun and went down and I went the other direction and came down on my back and my head,” she said. “I really thought I was watching my horse being torn alive, torn to death, just shredded.”
The horse suffered large flesh wounds on his legs and hind quarters, but is expected to recover.
Parents of child allegedly injured in pit bull attack at birthday party sue
GRETNA – The parents of a child who was allegedly injured in an attack by a pit bull at a birthday party are suing the dog’s owner.
Hilton Banks and Connie West, both individually and on behalf of their minor child, filed suit against Igor Castillo, Denise Thompson, Tankisha Wilkerson and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 24.
Banks and West assert that on July 26, 2014 they were attending a birthday party with their child held at a home owned by Thompson located and Castillo. The plaintiffs claim that while at the party a pit bull attacked their child causing serious injuries including permanent scarring and disfigurement. Banks and West allege after the attack the pit bull was euthanized by Jefferson Parish Animal Control.
Pit bull euthanized after attack on man
AUSTIN — A man was charged with attack by a dog, according to the Austin Police Department.
An officer witnessed a man being attacked by a pit bull in the 1140 block of Airport Boulevard on Sept. 7, 2014, according to an affidavit. Another man was swinging a belt at the dog in an effort to stop the attack, but when police arrived, the dog and the man swinging the belt ran off, police said.
The victim’s thumb was bitten off and he had deep puncture wounds to his left bicep, an officer said. Police followed the dog’s tracks leading to a small duplex north of the attack, and questioned Salvador Zuniga Estrada, 55, who originally denied any involvement, an affidavit said.
Vicious Dog Attack In Loxley
Posted: Jan 01, 2015 5:07 PM CST –
LOXLEY, Alabama –A leash and an empty dog collar sit on the ground after an attack that wounded this Golden Retriever named Nala and this Australian shepherd named Oz. Nala got the worst of it with this bloody gash near her stomach. Their owner Patrick McWilliams was taking his dogs for a walk around his neighborhood yesterday afternoon when he says two dogs–that looked to be pit bulls came out of nowhere and attacked.
“I was basically screaming for a couple of minutes because I’d get one of them off and another one would attack,” says Patrick McWilliams. McWilliams says one of the attacking dogs bit him on the leg. Neighbors like Bob Kidd heard the commotion and tried to help McWilliams.
Through Facebook comments on of the owners of the dogs in question wrote “We do love our fur babies and we know the other owners do as well. We have No problem paying for the vet bills. We are extremely sorry this happened.” Miranda Dearmond clarified that her dogs are American bulldogs and not pit bulls. She also wrote that it was an accident and that the dogs dug under their fence. Dearmond said she will do what the law told them to do follow the incident. She says her dogs escaped by digging under their fence.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Joliet residents concerned after neighborhood dog attacks
Posted: Jan 02, 2015 8:39 PM CST – By Craig Wall, FOX 32 News Reporter
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) –
A series of dog attacks in Joliet have residents in one neighborhood angry because nothing has been done to remove the dangerous dogs.
The first attack was in September, another two dogs were mauled in November and the most recent dog was brutalized in an attack on Christmas Eve.
A neighbor down the street had reportedly just let the dogs out in her unfenced back yard and they ran down the block. Tyrrell heard the commotion and ran outside to find her dog shaking and bleeding on the back stoop, she saw the other dogs running away. She rushed Harley to the vet.
“He said, if she didn’t have that main, and I didn’t bring her right then and there, she would have been dead,” Tyrrell said.
Ron Repp’s terrier Buffy, who is now okay, was the first one attacked, back on September 22nd, while Repp’s wife was out walking her.
“A rottweiler and a pit bull came out and she went to protect my wife, and the pit grabbed her from the back and the rott grabbed her by the front on the shoulder and lifted her up,” Repp said.
DOG FATALLY SHOT BY POLICE AFTER ATTACK IN FAIRMOUNT
WPVI – Philadelphia – January 4, 2015
A dog was shot and killed after police say it attacked officers in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section.
Around 1:25 p.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to 30th Street and West Girard Avenue by residents who said multiple dogs were attacking people.
When authorities arrived, they were attacked by several dogs.
Police say the officers shot and killed one dog to stop him. The other was captured.
One of the officers suffered a dog bite on his right arm. He was transported to Hahnemann hospital in stable condition.
Pit Bull Shooting: Police K9 Suffers Pit Bull Attack, Cops Shoot Dog In Search For Bicyclist Without A Night Light
IQUISITER – January 4, 2015
A pit bull shooting occurred in Florida, when a Lee County K9 unit suffered a random pit bull attack while deputies were searching for a bicyclist who had run away from police earlier.
The whole story of the pit bull shooting started with a simple traffic stop. Police officers say they attempted to stop a suspect on a bicycle for riding without a light at night. When confronted outside of a Dollar General store, the bicyclist ran away from the police officers, and a helicopter and K9 unit were called in to search for the man since he fled into the woods.
Posted: Saturday, January 3, 2015 2:23 am – By Rich Flowers News Editor
A Eustace-area woman escaped serious injury when she intervened to try to stop a pit bull terrier from injuring her dog.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call shortly after 8 p.m., Sunday night reporting the attack at a residence on County Road 2803, east of Eustace.
“I picked my dog out of the little pen we built for her,” Holman said. “It ran at me, and when my dog barked, it went straight in the house for her.”
Holman said she struggled to get the pit bull off of her schnauzer, but the pit bull had a tight grip. She used all of her strength to pin the dog to the floor to keep it from shaking her dog.
“A couple of minutes more, and she would have been dead,” Holman said. “She’s like a family member. That’s why I jumped into it. I put everything I could into it to hold that dog and my dog down, so it couldn’t shake it.”
Residents in a rural Mission neighborhood are on edge after their neighbor was hospitalized following a dog mauling.
Neighborhood dogs are locked behind fences on Sofia Drive in rural Mission, but one yard is empty and quiet.
Two days ago a 56 year-old man was attacked by a pack of dogs.
Hidalgo County Sheriff deputies believe the stray dogs got onto the property through a hole in the fence.
The man suffered severe injuries to his head and body landing him in the intensive care unit where he remains today.
“I just saw the ambulance come in they got the man outside, they put him in the bed they put him inside the ambulance,” Iliana Flores said.
Flores told Action 4 she passed the victim’s house minutes after one of the stray dogs was shot.
Deputies reported after the attack, the dog was approaching the victim in an “aggressive manner.”
“I passed through there and saw one of the dogs laying on the ground and the other they were holding,” Flores said.
The victim’s dog was also at the scene and was taken into custody.
“I’ve seen dogs, they are always inside here we are always taking them out but we don’t know what kind of dogs can get in. Just like him they were pit bulls,” she said.
Man charged in dog-bite case
CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) — A Campbell man is due in court on Tuesday after a dog he was caring for bit a young boy.
Noel Gonzalez, 36, is charged with letting a dog run loose, a misdemeanor, for walking a pit bull without a leash.
He was arrested around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Devitt Avenue after the dog bit the 8-year-old on the leg.
Gonzalez is not the dog’s owner, who, according to a neighbor, “always” keeps the dog either in a cage or on leashes.
“I noticed that the dogs are never loose. The dogs are always contained in cages inside and outside they have a cage,” said neighbor Joe Rizi.
Norwich – Two pit bulls allegedly involved in a vicious attack on two young children and their grandmother in October 2013 have now been in city custody at the Norwich dog pound for 14 months as the dogs’ owner continues to appeal the destruction order, arguing the city has fingered the wrong dogs.
Pit bulls Skyler, now about 6 years old, and her daughter, Dolly, now 2, have been held at the city dog pound in Mohegan Park with minimal human interaction since the attack occurred on Oct. 8, 2013. City Animal Control Officer Michele Lombardi issued the destruction order for both dogs Oct. 15, 2013, after a police investigation into the attack.
Owner Sheri Speer appealed the order to the state Department of Agriculture, claiming her dogs were secured at the time of the attack and city officials are ignoring evidence that other pit bulls roam the Talman Street neighborhood where the attack occurred.
Department of Agriculture hearing officer Dr. Bruce Sherman issued an 18-page ruling Nov. 20, 2014, recommending Commissioner Steven Reviczky affirm the city’s destruction order. Speer has appealed that proposed decision, asking the commissioner to hold oral arguments in the case.
Reviczky agreed to hold a session, which has not yet been scheduled, department spokesman Steven Jensen said.
Brinson dogs cited in deadly attack that injured woman
Dogs belonging to the family of attorney Veronica Brinson are accused of injuring a woman as they killed her dog in north Macon.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, Claudia Naranjo had taken her schnauzer outside on Millwood Court when three pitbulls came after the dog, named Renalto.
Naranjo, 38, of Miami, was visiting Tora and Zarina Gore for the holidays at the end of the cul de sac around the corner from the Brinson home on Brookfield Drive, which runs off Bowman Road behind the Publix on Bass Road.
Zarina Gore was inside her bedroom when the victim’s husband started knocking on the door asking her to call 911 for an ambulance and deputies.
“When I opened the door, he said that they attacked her dog and attacked her. The dog is dead, her dog is dead and she got bitten all over her fingers,” Zarina Gore said.
Her guest was taken by ambulance to the hospital with multiple injuries to her hands and also had a wound on her nose, Gore said.
Months after pit bull mauling, nightmares haunt victim
By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press – 1:33 a.m. EST December 10, 2014
Remembering is not so easy for Steve Constantine.
The details are murky about that night in October when a dozen dogs attacked him, tearing his flesh and limbs.
By the time the mauling ended, the 50-year-old man was left mostly naked on a darkened east-side Detroit street with his arms and legs shredded, and he was clinging to life.
“There was no streetlight, and it was a dark street and nobody around so I’m screwed. I’m like, ‘Somebody help me,’ but who’s going to hear me. I didn’t see a soul,” Constantine said. “I don’t recall people showing up and helping me, and somebody said they had to shoot one of the dogs, you know, and somebody said the dogs were on me so they couldn’t shoot because, you know, they might have shot me.”
For Constantine, many of the details of the attack are fuzzy, but he recalls a dog biting him and one “calmly” licking him. He pleaded for help and begged the dogs to stop.
Pit bulls allegedly maul 10-year-old boy in Enid
Only on 5: Bernie Molnar shares survival story from OU Children’s Hospital
By Kim Passoth – December 29, 2014
“I was thinking I was going to die,” 10-year-old Bernie Molnar told KOCO 5’s Kim Passoth during a visit at OU Children’s Hospital.
On Saturday, a medical helicopter rushed him from Enid to Oklahoma City after he was allegedly mauled by two pit bulls.
He was released from the hospital Monday afternoon, hours after the interview but his recovery will take years. He will need several facial reconstructive surgeries.
“It just happened so fast,” Molnar said.
The Watonga fifth-grader was riding a new scooter he got for Christmas outside his mom’s home in Enid.
Enid police reported two pit bulls escaped from a neighbor’s yard.
“They went right through the hole and I froze,” Molnar said. “The first thing she did was latch onto my arm and shake and shake and shake.”
‘Dogs Were Aiming To Kill My Boy’: Pit Bulls Attack 10-Year-Old Boy
By Phyllis M Daugherty, Tue, December 30, 2014
Christina Dettling, Bernard’s mother, told KOCO News that her son was drenched in blood and “looked like a Zombie with his face peeled back” after the attack.
She described his injuries to Enid News, saying, “… his face is very messed up. He doesn’t exactly look the same anymore.”
Although Bernie is feeling better, Dettling said, “His right arm is broken, where the dog bit down, crushed both bones and shook him. He’s got a horseshoe-shaped mark on the back of his head — it’s got 10 staples in it and it went all the way down to the skull.”
She added that, in addition to cuts that needed stitches and bruises all over his body, her son has “…a 3-inch gash on his upper right butt cheek that’s got three staples. They had to sew a portion of his right ear back on. He’s got a fractured nose. “His face and his ear and his arm (are) the absolute worst; and the back of his head.”
Dettling said she heard blood-curling screams and realized it was her son. She and her boyfriend, Richard Atkinson, were visiting Atkinson’s mother at the time of the attack, according to Enid News.
Oklahoma boy recovering from pit bull attack
POSTED 6:38 PM, JANUARY 13, 2015, BY ED DONEY
ENID, Okla. – Life is slowly returning to normal for a 10-year-old boy who was viciously mauled by pit bulls in Enid.
Bernie Molnar could need surgery for another two years, according to his mother.
It’s heartbreaking to watch Christina Dettling show us all the injuries her 5th grade son suffered while visiting family on December 27.
Two pit bulls squeezed through a neighboring fence and attacked Bernie while he was riding his brand new scooter.
He now has staples in the back of his head.
The dogs broke his right arm and chewed a hole in his cheek that he could breathe through.
The pit bulls also ripped off part of Bernie’s ear.
“The ambulance driver was actually carrying the part of his ear in her hand,” Dettling said.
Court reverses involuntary manslaughter conviction
SAN DIEGO – A woman sent to jail after her two pit bulls mauled a neighbor to death won a partial victory in appeals court.
The Fourth Appellate District ruled that Carla Cornelio should not have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and remanded the case back to San Diego Superior Court for resentencing.
Cornelio was originally sentenced to four years in jail.
Cornelio and her mother, Alba Cornelio, were both charged in the June 2010 pit bull attack on a 75-year old neighbor. Alba Cornelio died while awaiting trial.
Emako Mendoza suffered amputations, infections and two heart attacks after the mauling. She was hospitalized for more than a year before she succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 24, 2011.
Lakeland, Florida — A young girl is recovering after being bitten by the family dog on Tuesday evening.
One-year-old Kariss Hooks was bit by her 10-year-old dog Smokey on her head and face area.Smokey, a pit bull mix that lived inside the house, did not have a history of biting, but the family signed him over to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control, which euthanized him.
Karissa was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center and will need several reconstructive surgeries for the damage to her face.
Animal League dog attacks another dog while on walk
Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:10 pm – By Kitty Bottemiller [email protected]
The head of The Animal League of Green Valley said an attack last week by a pit bull-mix on a beagle out walking with its owners was out of character for the larger dog but that the shelter is reviewing handling procedures to avoid future incidents.
TALGV Executive Director Jean Davis, who had been boarding the larger dog at a local veterinarian’s kennels because their facilities are full, said she didn’t know what prompted the dog to charge the beagle and grab it by the neck about 1 p.m. Dec. 22.
The beagle, who was freed from the larger dog’s grip with help from a bicyclist, is being treated for several bites and lacerations including about 40 stitches to repair a torn right ear. As of Tuesday, he was still on antibiotics and pain medicine.
The larger dog, about 4 years old, was found off Nogales Highway as a stray 11 months ago, has no history of being dangerous, and didn’t turn on anyone who tried to open her jaws that day, Davis said.
Police: Pit bull chases, bites man in alley
Posted: 6:27 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 – WHIO
Delaware Police Dog Injured In Attack By Pit Bull At Homeless Camp
The Associated Press – December 30, 2014
WILMINGTON, Delaware — New Castle County Police say a police dog was injured when he was attacked by a pit bull at a homeless camp. Police say officers went to Sellers Park, behind the community of Pennrose, on Monday and began to search the tents for occupants. Authorities say a pit bull charged out of a tent and attacked a police dog named Monty, a 6-year-old German shepherd. Officers used electronic stun guns to stop the pit bull, but the dog again tried to attack Monty. Police say Monty's handler then shot the pit bull. From: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/666eca2225a34082831879c59f539df0/DE--Police-Dog-Injured
Portage man dies from dog attack on Christmas
Sarah Gollner [email protected], (219) 548-4354 – December 26, 2014
PORTAGE | A Portage man was found dead in his home Thursday night after suffering massive blood loss from dog bites to his arms and face by his pit bull, according to Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris.
Edward L. Cahill, 40, was pronounced dead at his home at 5586 Tulip Ave. in Portage according the Portage Police Department. According to Harris, Cahill’s girlfriend arrived home around 8 p.m. and discovered Cahill on the floor unresponsive.
Police said Cahill was lying in the living room of the residence covered in what appeared to be several lacerations to his arms and face. Police said what appeared to be blood was visible on the floor around Cahill’s body, on the carpet, walls and furniture.
Two pit bulls were in the home when police arrived. Harris confirmed Cahill’s dog alone was responsible for his death as the other pitbull was put away in a bedroom. The dog involved in the attack was taken to the Humane Society of Hobart where he was euthanized Friday morning.
“It was the only dog that was able to get to the individual,” Harris said. “It was very obvious.”
According to Portage police, Cahill’s girlfriend told officers she and Cahill owned two pitbulls and that they gave them some large bones the night before. According to police reports, the girlfriend told police Cahill’s dog, named “Fat Boy,” was extremely aggressive and protective of his bone and would growl and snap at anyone who tried to take the bone. Police said the girlfriend had told Cahill to euthanize “Fat Boy” in the past because he was “extremely aggressive and unpredictable.”
Donors give $21,000 to Phoenix boy attacked by Mickey
Concerned donors have taken to the Internet to give more than $21,000 to help cover medical expenses of the boy mauled this summer by Mickey, a pit bull mix.
The contributions included an anonymous $13,000 donation that was made Tuesday,
The fundraising effort exceeded its goal of $20,000 in just over 10 days, and there is still a month remaining when donors can contribute to the site.
Kevin Vicente was attacked Feb. 20 while he was playing with other children in a yard where his baby-sitter had taken him, according to a court report on the attack. Kevin walked within the 18-foot radius of the dog’s chain and the animal caught Kevin from behind, pulling him to the ground and attacking his face, according to the report.
Mother And 9-Year-Old Son Hospitalized After Pit Bull Attack (Video)
By Phyllis M Daugherty, Mon, December 29, 2014
Just two days before Christmas, a young boy and his pregnant mother were hospitalized following a Pit Bull attack in the Roseland area of Chicago. The woman required surgery, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Willie Williams, the woman’s husband, told ABC7 the harrowing incident occurred after a neighbor’s Pit Bull escaped from a yard near 113th and Yale and attacked his 9-year-old son as he ran from the yard onto the front porch to escape the dog. “My son ran up on the porch, he was hollerin’,” Williams told the ABC reporters.
Pit Bull Shooting Video: Cop Kevin Dupre Shoots Puppy Dog On Camera, Police Say It’s ‘Justified’
The Inquisitor – Posted December 21, 2014
A pit bull shooting caught on video shows Cleburne police officer Kevin Dupre gunning down a pit bull named Maximus. An investigation was launched after the video was publicly released, and now the report says the cop was “justified in shooting” the 6-month-old puppy dog.
Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain says a 28-page report on the pit bull shooting video clears police officer Kevin Dupre, concluding that the officer “did not violate any laws and that he was justified in the shooting.” It also claims “Dupre reasonably believed that he needed to use lethal/deadly force in defense of his own life.”
“When you look at those two segments and you slow it down, you see a body position change of the brown pit bull. He takes an aggressive stance. Most notably in both of them you see his ears pin back,” he said. “Then in the second scene you see his front quarters get into an attack type position and you can tell that his mouth is open. Then he goes out of screen and that’s the time the officer says the dog was coming up.”
Cain also notes that Dupre used lethal force because of his concern for children in the area.
“Lucky To Be Alive:” Florence veterinarian talks about attack by 6 dogs
by Tonya Brown – December 10, 2014
Retired Florence veterinarian Dr. Morris Anderson said he is thankful to be alive after six dogs attacked him outside his family’s property near Timmonsville on January 7.
Anderson, 78, said as the attack went on, he didn’t think he was going to make it.
“They surrounded me, and I had three trying to chew on me from the front. And three from the rear. And I could not get away from them. You know a man cannot out run a dog. And there was no point in my running. So I tried to defend myself with my hands and my feet. That’s all I had. And they chewed up my pants. They chewed up my shirt. They literally chewed up my jacket that I had on, because it was so cold. They even chewed my shoes off of my feet,” said Anderson.
“I don’t have any bad feelings or hard feelings towards dogs. But I tell you one thing, I’m more alert than I used to be about the situation.”
Four dogs euthanized following Fall River attack
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A pack of pit bulls that escaped from their yard and attacked three people earlier this month have been euthanized, Fall River police confirmed Wednesday.
According to Fall River detectives, the dog owner and all parties involved agreed that the dogs were dangerous and it was in best interest to humanely euthanize them.
“While the animals have been put down, there are still criminal charges pending in Fall River District Court,” said Chief Daniel Racine.
On December 1, a 70-year-old woman’s arms were severely injured after she told police the dogs grabbed her purse. She tried pulling the purse away and the dogs then bit her arm, knocking her to the ground. Police said the 54-year-old man tried to fend off the dogs with a stick, but he fell over and was bitten several times. Both he and the woman were taken to hospitals with severe injuries, police said.
Once Bitten, NOT Shy! ‘RHOBH’ Kim Richards Former Friend Lashes Out Against Reality Star – ‘She’s A Sick Puppy’
“I am covered in blood and I am laying on the floor and I couldn’t get up and Kim told everyone ‘do not call 911,’” Rozario claims.
“When an ambulance came, they asked me if I wanted to call animal control and I said, ‘no Kim is going to do it’ because I really believed that she was going to,” Rozario tells Radar.
“Any normal person would call animal control to get rid of this animal, but instead she was laying on the floor playing with pit bull.”
Pit bull bites Turlock boy
The Turlock Police Department put a pit bull into quarantine after it bit a young boy in an unprovoked incident.
The 11-year-old boy sustained a bite to his arm and was treated at a local hospital, Turlock Police Lt. Ron Reid said.
The 11-year-old was visiting a friend in an apartment in the 100 block of Starr Avenue early Saturday evening.
The boy had been in the apartment with the dog with no problems, but later as he was walking through the courtyard, the dog ran up and bit him, according to the police department.
Two pit bulls fatally shot by police after attacking people, pets at San Leandro Marina
SAN LEANDRO — Police fatally shot two pit bull dogs at the San Leandro Marina Sunday after they attacked a jogger’s dog and injured a 60-year-old man and his two dogs.
The 60-year-old man was hospitalized with serious injuries and the jogger’s dog had to be euthanized, police said.
About 6:35 a.m., a San Leandro man jogging at the marina saw a man in a blue Toyota pickup let the unleashed pitbulls out of the truck and then drive off, Lt. Robert McManus said.
The dogs then attacked the man’s 7-year-old pit bull, and ran off.
The jogger took his dog to a veterinarian’s office, where it had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, police said.
Several hours later, at 11 a.m., police said a 60-year-old San Leandro man was walking his 3-year-old bull terrier and his 10-year-old Chihuahua dog near Horatio’s restaurant when the same pair of pitbulls attacked his dogs. When the man intervened, the dogs turned on him and began to bite him, McManus said.
Guests of the Marina Inn witnessed the attack and rushed to the man’s aid with chairs and attempted to fend off the dogs but were ineffective, McManus said. At one point during the attack, the man fell into the water and the dogs ran off.
POLICE SEARCH FOR OWNERS OF PIT BULLS THAT ATTACKED MAN, DOGS
A local man on a walk along the water was mauled by two pit bulls and they were later put down by San Leandro police who are now searching for their owners.
The victim describes the terrifying ordeal said he thinks the dogs were set loose on purpose.
San Leandro police are still looking for the person responsible for letting loose a pair of pit bulls that attacked Larry Osborne and his two rescue dogs, Margo and Mia.
“This attack, which lasted probably about five minutes, was the most vicious thing I’ve ever encountered,” Osborne said. “Leashes in my hand. I can’t get my mace. I can’t get my knife. I’m in the middle of a battle right away.”
A battle that left the three of them hurt, and Margo with the most serious injuries.
“The pit bull had her right here in his mouth and was shaking her like a ragdoll,” Osborne said.
After another attack, the owner of the dogs has turned them over to be euthanized
A north Harris County man is in the hospital tonight after he was attacked by a pair of pit bulls Wednesday afternoon.
Now the owners of those dogs has surrendered the dogs to Harris County Animal Control to be euthanized.
“I’m pounding this dog as hard as I can with my fist and it didn’t faze him at all. It’s like he didn’t even care,” Drout said. “To be honest with you he’s stronger than me.”
Drout finally pulled the animal off, and the victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital with severe injuries to one leg. The owner took his dogs to Harris County Animal Control.
“Grace of God, ’cause I’m thinking as I’m pulling this dog off if this dog decides to turn on me, I don’t, I’m no match for this dog. But what are you gonna do? Leave the dog chewing on the guy’s leg. You can’t, right?” Drout said.
Vicious pit bulls who attacked defenseless man to be put down: Victim may need to get his leg amputated
A North Harris County man may lose his leg after being attacked by two pit bulls Wednesday afternoon.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. in the 1000 block of Manatee Lane near I-45 and Cypress Creek Parkway.
When the 59-year-old man was attacked, he began screaming and several neighbors ran out to see what was happening.
“I thought about taking my gun when I ran out the door and thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of extreme,’ ” neighbor Bill Drout tells KHOU Ch. 11.
Drout quickly regretted that decision when he approached the two animals.
“I called, ‘Get a gun. Get a gun. Call 911,’ ” he says.
The dogs had apparently dug under the owner’s fence before attacking the man. The owner’s wife rushed to help out and was able to get the female dog off, although apparently the stronger male dog was not so easy to deal with.
DOG ATTACKS MOM, BOY ON FAR SOUTH SIDE
A 40-year-old woman was injured while trying to get between her 10-year-old son and a neighbor’s pit bull on the city’s Far South Side.
The dog bit the boy on his back Tuesday afternoon. Despite a lot of blood, he was not seriously injured, officials said. When his mother intervened, the dog big her on the arm causing “substantial” damage, Chicago Fire Department officials said.
She was transported by ambulance to a hospital where she is in serious but stable condition. Her son also rode in the ambulance to be checked out.
The dog returned to his home after the attack. Chicago police are talking to its owners
City ready to rein in bad dog owners
Ordinance cracks down on barking, biting, wandering canines
By Buffy Pollock – for the Mail Tribune – Posted Dec. 22, 2014 @ 12:01 am
CENTRAL POINT — Owners of wandering, excessively barking or dangerous dogs could be brought to heel by early February if council members in coming weeks grant final approval to an ordinance enforcing stiffer penalties for irresponsible dog owners.
Police Chief Kris Allison said the proposed “dangerous dog ordinance,” not unlike those adopted by other cities in the valley, would give the city’s municipal court more tools to address issues with problem canines.
The primary focus of the ordinance, Allison said, was to encourage responsible pet ownership.
From July 2013 to July 2014, city police officers received 137 calls for service involving barking dogs and 111 for dogs wandering loose or “at large.”
Chief Allison estimated almost one dog bite (involving a person) per month and a dog-vs-dog bite incident once every other month. Wanting to avoid breed-specific legislation considered by other cities, Allison said the ordinance was focused on the owners rather than the type of dog..
“We wanted to make sure that pet owners, if they had a dog that had these types of tendencies to cause problems, that they take steps to prevent issues from coming up,” Allison said.
“I think, as I’ve said all along, it’s not a solution to the whole problem but it’s a step in the right direction. The city did a good job in the fact that it isn’t breed specific but it focuses on all dogs and on the owners,” said Burns, whose two Weimaraners were attacked by a black pit bull in September 2012. One of his dog wound up with 80 stitches and the veterinarian bill totaled more than $1,500. The owner was never identified.
There are discrepancies in the case of a Detroit police officer bitten twice by a dog and hospitalized while responding to a domestic dispute about 5 p.m. Dec. 14.
On Wednesday, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged the dog owner, 36-year-old Darrel Campbell of Detroit, with four felonies, including dangerous animal causing serious injury, felonious assault, resisting and obstructing causing Injury and Resisting and Obstructing.
The Motor City Muckraker initially reported Campbell was sitting on his porch with two pit bulls when police arrived; however, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, based on the police report, says the attacking dog was a bulldog.
Several other media outlets also said a pit bull attacked the officer.
Police: Merrill girl attacked by family’s pit bull
Posted: Dec 12, 2014 12:12 PM CST – By Robert Imrie, Content Manager
Animal Care Services concerned over uptick in severe dog attacks in San Antonio
BY TYLER WHITE, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS : DECEMBER 16, 2014
Desiree Zertuche has a difficult time going outside to play.
The 9-year-old San Antonio girl was walking with a friend to her grandmother’s house Nov. 9 in the 1400 block of Valencia on the West Side when a 3-year-old pitbull mix crossed the street, pushed her into a metal fence and bit her on her hand and leg.
A neighbor saw the dog attack and intervened before it got worse, said the girl’s mother, Samantha Berlanga.
Zertuche received stitches, pins and a cast on her hand after she suffered lacerations, deep puncture wounds and a ring finger broken in three places. Even after the cast came off, she still has numbness and lack of movement in some of the fingers on her left hand.
“These are beyond simple nips, these are attacks,” Norwood said.
She described a Dec. 6 case when an unsterilized dog bit an 11-year-old girl, causing gaping wounds on the victim’s arms and chest. The girl may lose an arm and will be in the hospital through Christmas.
One such severe dog attack resulted in death earlier this year, when two pit bulls mauled 83-year-old Petra Aguirre on March 31 while she fed her cats, according to a previous Express-News report.
Most dog bites involved dogs with owners, which she said is contrary to the belief that stray dogs are the greatest culprits.
Smithville: Pit bull ordinance against the law
1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 | Filed in: Smithville – By Sarah Acosta
In a standing room only Smithville City Council meeting on Dec. 8, city council members voted to amend the current animal control ordinance to remove the “dangerous dog” designation for pit bull and pit bull breeds.
Since the recent amendment, deeming pit bulls as dangerous dogs was approved by council members in November, city officials said they became aware that the ordinance violated Texas state law.
According to Texas Health and Safety statute 822.047, municipalities are prohibited from adopting breed-specific legislation.
“It is unfortunate that the state has adopted legislation that inhibits municipalities from addressing a health and safety issue at the local level,” said Smithville City Manager Robert Tamble. “We have an obligation to protect our citizens, but we also have the obligation to uphold the law.”
Smithville Police Department records indicate that 81 percent (48 of 59) of all animal-related call outs in the past five years have involved pit bull or pit bull mixed breeds.
“The data has shown (given the frequency and severity of attack) that ‘at large’ pit bulls represent a clear and present danger to our community,” Tamble said.
Within the city of Smithville there have been four pit bull attacks reported to animal control, on both animals and humans, in the past four months.
For council member Scott Saunders, one recent pit bull attack hit close to home.
“My cousin was actually one of the people in town attacked by a pit bull,” Saunders said in a letter he read during the meeting. “He was riding his bike down one of our streets; the pit bull gave chase, pulled him off his bike and tore into his hand and leg. This happened to a 31-year-old man. What if it had been a child?”
Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ Kim Richards Responds To Lawsuit Over Kingsley’s Attack
by Lauren on December 17th, 2014
According the NY Daily News, eighty-year-old Kay Rozario has filed a suit in Los Angeles federal court against Kim and Evolution Film & Tape, which is theRHOBH production company which hired a trainer for Kingsley a few seasons ago. After the accident, Kay told the site that the dog attacked her without any provocation, claiming, “Kim was lying on the bed talking, and all of a sudden out of nowhere, the dog starts biting me…I’m trying to pull back, but the dog has hold of me with its teeth. I fall backwards onto floor with blood spurting everywhere. There was blood all over the place.”
Kay recalled, “It was terrifying, just terrifying,” adding, “Thank God I was leaning on the bed with both arms in front of me or the dog would have gotten my throat and face.” Kay received several stitches for her wounds. Likewise, Kyle Richards’ daughter had to have surgery on her hand resulting fromKingsley’s attack on her.
Montgomery County Animal Watch
December 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM – The Washington Post
Pit bulls attack dog: 12900 block, Morning Side Lane, Silver Spring, Nov. 30. Animal services officers captured two loose pit bull-type dogs that charged up to a woman walking her dog and attempted to attack the animal. The two dogs chased the woman back to her property. The woman’s dog suffered an injury during the incident. The owners of the aggressive dogs had called 911 to report that the animals had escaped from their yard. The owners offered to pay the woman’s veterinary bills. They were issued citations for “at large” and “unwanted contact,” which carry $100 and a $500 fines, respectively.
OK Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Guard Dog After Attack
Posted: Dec 15, 2014 8:55 PM CST –
OKLAHOMA CITY –
An Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering after she was attacked Monday morning by a pit bull outside a NW Oklahoma City car repair shop.
Sheriff John Whetsel said 21-year-Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department veteran Susan Perkins was at Portillo’s Auto Shop to serve a no-contact order to an employee. Whetsel said a blue nose pit bull by the name of ‘Big Head’ attacked the deputy after she knocked on the front door of the business.
Whetsel said Perkins suffered deep bite wounds to both of her legs, before she pulled a handgun and shot and killed the dog.
‘Real Housewives’ star Kim Richards faces lawsuit after pit bull allegedly attacked family friend
Family friend Kay Rozario filed her claim in federal court in Los Angeles saying she was viciously attacked by Richards’ dog last March while visiting the longtime cast member of Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’
Reality TV star Kim Richards got tagged with a lawsuit Friday over a blood-soaked attack by her pit bull Kingsley.
Family friend Kay Rozario filed her claim in federal court in Los Angeles saying she was viciously attacked by the dog last March while visiting the longtime cast member of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Rozario, 80, said Kingsley lunged at her without provocation as she stood next to Richards’ bed.
“Kim was lying on the bed talking, and all of a sudden out of nowhere, the dog starts biting me,” Rozario previously told the Daily News.
“I’m trying to pull back, but the dog has hold of me with its teeth. I fall backwards onto floor with blood spurting everywhere. There was blood all over the place,” she recalled.
“It was terrifying, just terrifying,” she said.
Paramedics rushed to the house and dressed “big gaping wounds” on her hand, arm and back, she said.
The dog rescuer: Lakewood woman faces criticism for adopting out dangerous animals
One hour after Keith and Kayla McGlothlin brought a rescue dog into their Tacoma apartment last summer, it attacked and killed their 2-year-old cat.
A few days later, the pit bull named Sadie Mae broke out of her cage, busted through two doors and killed again — this time, the couple’s 10-week-old kitten.
Keith McGlothlin has worked with rescued pit bulls before and knows they can be a handful. Still, even he was surprised by Sadie Mae’s aggressiveness.
“She was by far the most uncontrollable dog I’ve ever encountered,” he said.
She’s a lightning rod in the animal rescue community — viewed as a big-hearted soul by some, a reckless dog trafficker by others.
She’s a link in a chain of West Coast volunteers determined to save unwanted dogs from California — a largely unregulated interstate rescue network.
She continues to adopt out dogs of all sizes and breeds — including some pit bulls — at the PetSmart store in Lacey.
South Sound animal control officers have had several run-ins with Van Dusen, culminating with a series of deadly housepet maulings last summer committed by dogs she had adopted out.
They fear those attacks might not be the end of it.
“There are aggressive animals out there that she has adopted out that I don’t know where they are,” Lakewood Animal Control Officer Bill Mathies said. “Their time is coming.”
“She’s had a long history,” said Humane Society executive director Kathleen Olson. “She has a good heart. She’s trying to do what’s right, but she just gets in over her head.”
Inquest into dog attack girl death
By PRESS ASSOCIATION – |
An inquest will take place into the death of an 11-month-old girl attacked by a pit bull terrier.
Ava-Jayne Corless died following the incident in Blackburn, Lancashire, on February 11.
Her mother, Chloe King, 21, and Miss King’s partner, Lee Wright, 27, were initially arrested on suspicion of manslaughter before they were released by police.
Wright is facing trial next February on a charge he possessed a banned dog in contravention of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
He denies the allegation.
Ava-Jayne was asleep in bed at Wright’s home in Emily Street when she was attacked, with Wright and Miss King said to be elsewhere in the property.
Victim details attack by pit bulls named Fire and Ice
contact the reporter – December 11, 2014
When the first pit bull charged him, Sam Hilbert froze with fear. He said he didn’t see the second pit pull until it chomped onto his leg. Together, the two dogs dragged him toward a fence, where a third dog waited.
“I was screaming,” Hilbert told Lehigh County Judge Maria L. Dantos. “They dragged me six to eight feet. It was painful.”
Hilbert, 44, of Allentown was bitten on his head, arms and both legs. He received numerous stitches and shots.
He was in court Thursday to attend the sentencing hearing of Gina Aquino, the dogs’ owner. Noting that it was the second time the pit bulls — Fire and Ice — had attacked someone, Dantos sentenced Aquino to one to 23 months in Lehigh County Jail.
Witnesses said the dogs escaped from Aquino’s yard and mauled Hilbert. The attack continued until a man pulled the pit bulls off Hilbert, just as police arrived.
Court records say Aquino had been previously cited for harboring dangerous dogs, after Fire and Ice attacked Kristie Lewis, 39, of Allentown, and her 65-year-old mother, Jeannie Miller, in December 2013
ABC15 viewers donate Christmas tree, donations, gift card to AZ boy attacked by pit bull
By Elizabeth Erwin – 5:47 PM, Dec 8, 2014
That dog, Mickey the pit bull, will spend the rest of his life in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s M.A.S.H. Unit.
According to Kevin’s mom, Christmas wasn’t looking very bright.
Boy mauled by dog has long road ahead while dog basks in Internet stardom
Updated: Dec 09, 2014 7:56 PM CST – By Erika Flores
Flor Vicente said she’s grateful for the support she and her son, Kevin, have received so far.
Kevin’s mother said she would be lost right now if it weren’t for the community’s help, but it’s been a struggle especially at first when she felt like everyone was against her.
Kevin’s scars are a constant reminder of what he went through in February when he was mauled by Mickey the pit bull near Central Avenue and Broadway Road outside of his babysitter’s home.
Doctors said the pit bull attacked crushing Kevin’s eye socket, cheek bone and jaw.
Vicente said Kevin is constantly at the hospital for checkups and surgeries.
The hospital said he still has a long road ahead of him.
“The surgeon said they’re going to try to open his eye more,” said Vicente.
Vicente said she had to stop working to take care of him.
“I would like to work but, I haven’t been able to,” said Vicente. “Kevin had a lot of appointments, and then he wasn’t eating well so I had to spoon feed him.”
They’ve been living off of donations from the Maricopa Health Foundation.
Family heartbroken after pet pig is mauled to death
By Christina Mora – 6:13 PM EST Dec 09, 2014
Two dogs reportedly mauled a pet pig to death in the backyard of a home and now a New Albany woman wants her neighbors to be more responsible with their dogs.
These days Mary Anne Tonini still has plenty of special family members filling her backyard. But she still can’t shake the memory of what happened to her beloved pet pig, Melwood, less than a month ago.
“He looked down the hill and there was blood all over the snow,” she said.
Tonini said her partner found their pig in their backyard.
“He yelled for him and when he yelled his name, Melwood heard him, and when he cried out, he tried to stand up, but he was so injured he couldn’t stand up,” she said.
Melwood, who has been with Tonini since he was two weeks old, didn’t survive the attack. “They managed to tear him up and they injured him so bad,” Tonini said.
New Albany Floyd County Animal Control says two pit bulls, living about half-a-mile away, got out of their yard and then jumped Tonini’s fence.
The accused dog owner, Anthony Deaver, said his dogs have left the yard before, but he doesn’t believe they were involved in Melwood’s attack.
“She’s not an aggressive dog, I’ve had her since she was a pup, my kids jump on her, pull her ears, my 18-month old tries to ride her,” Deaver said.
Police: Child’s injury caused by ‘dog bite, not a fall’
Police arrested two Altoona residents for child endangerment after discovering a child’s injury came from a dog bite and not from a fall, as was originally reported.
Scott Kimmel, 38, and Lea Kimmel, 22, have both been charged with child endangerment – serious injury. They both are being held in the Polk County Jail on $10,000 bonds.
The two suspects were taking care of a 1-year-old when their dog bit the child at their apartment in the 900 block of Eighth Street Southwest at about 10 p.m. Monday, according to an Altoona Police Department news release.
Doctors and Des Moines police officers informed Altoona officers that the child’s injury “appeared to be the result of a dog bite, not a fall,” the news release said.
Altoona officers returned to the apartment and found a black and white dog that was later identified by an animal control officer as a female pit bull mix.
5-year-old attacked by pit bull mix in Garden City
4:28 p.m. MST December 10, 2014
GARDEN CITY — A five-year-old remains in stable condition at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center after a dog attack that happened earlier this afternoon.
Authorities continue to investigate the apparent unprovoked attack of the girl by a mixed breed pit bull. The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in a residence off of Smoky Way in Garden City.
The attack does not come as a surprise to neighbor Sharee Montgomery.
“The dog almost attacked our two-year-old daughter about two months ago,” Montgomery said. “I’m really shaken up because that could’ve been our daughter. It’s terrifying.”
Man who saved boy from dog attack asks for help
POSTED 3:37 PM, DECEMBER 10, 2014, BY ZACH MYERS, UPDATED AT 06:08PM, DECEMBER 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2014)– More than a month after being seriously injured while saving a 12-year-old boy from two attacking dogs, a man and his wife are reaching out to the public for support.
“I’m kind of a proud guy,” Russell Hill told FOX59. “But right now, I could use a little help.”
About two months before pulling his young neighbor out of the grips of the attacking pit bulls at the corner of 31st Street and Gladstone Avenue, Russell had taken himself off of his wife’s health insurance. Russell is self employed and says he felt bad taking money out of his wife’s paycheck.
“I’m a healthy guy, so I said let’s go without it for a while,” Russell said.
It’s a decision he deeply regrets now.
“If only I had a crystal ball and could have seen that,” he said.
Russell and his wife Claressa are now facing medical bills topping $100,000. And Russell still has several months of physical therapy ahead before he’ll be able to walk on his badly injured ankle.
A GoFundMe page has raised over $8,000 since the November 2 dog attack. If you’d like to donate to help the Hills with their expenses, click here.
Pit bulls get through fence, kill Lower Valley family dog
Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014 | Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas — A Lower Valley family will have to spend the holidays without their beloved dog Austin after he was killed by a neighbor’s pit bulls last night.
It happened near the 300 block of Pendale while Austin’s family was out.
His owner, Valerie, asked we only use her first name.
“I was getting ready to bring my dog in so that we can go to bed, I called him out and he never showed up, and I immediately knew that the pit bulls had gotten him,” she said. “We went out with a flashlight, we thought they had taken him somewhere because the pit bulls have attacked other dogs before, but we found his body in the yard.”
The pit bulls had gotten through a hole in the neighbor’s fence, a hole Valerie said she had asked the woman to fix many times.
“She kept telling me okay I understand, and nothing ever got done about it, and here we are now my dog is dead,” she said.
Animal control told KFOX14 they’ve responded to numerous calls of loose pit bulls near the 300 block of Pendale in the past.
They responded to the attack on Wednesday night, and made contact with the owner of the pit bulls.
Pitbull attack traumatizes Alston Park walker
Ann Ferrigan’s after-Thanksgiving walk at Alston Park with her two dogs, Foxy and Josie, ended traumatically when her pooch was attached by a pitbull, authorities report.
The attacking dog lunged at Foxy, her Chihuahua, in an off-leash area. When Ferrigan intervened to rescue Foxy, she was bit in her right arm. She pried the dog’s jaws open, then required the intervention of other park users to flee to safety, witnesses said.
The incident, which is being investigated by the county’s Animal Services Bureau, never should have happened, said Ferrigan, whose family has been using Alston Park almost daily since the 1980s when it was still an orchard with cows.
The pitbull was being walked off-leash by a woman who had four other pitbulls off leash, she said. The other woman, who who did not leave her name, told Ferrigan she had just rescued the pitbull.
“If you just rescued him, how do you know he’s trustworthy?,” Ferrigan said afterward, reflecting on the incident.
Bloomington woman attacked by pit bull
Dec. 9, 2014 at 10:54 p.m. – Updated Dec. 9, 2014 at 11:44 p.m.
A Victoria County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked a Bloomington woman.
Christina Naranjo, 33, was visiting a friend on the morning of Dec. 3 in the 200 block of South Williams Street in Placedo when she was bit on her left forearm by the dog, according to a Victoria County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Naranjo was taken to a Victoria hospital. Her condition was not available Tuesday afternoon, and she was no longer listed to be in any Victoria hospital.
Pit bull Mickey has webcam! Boy he mauled needs surgery
EJ Montini, columnist | azcentral.com – 1:36 p.m. MST December 9, 2014
Mickey the pit bull is a TV star with thousands of fans.
Not so much for the little boy he mauled.
Last week Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that a webcam had been installed in the Fourth Avenue jail enclosure where Mickey is being kept. Now the thousands of people who worked to keep the dog from being euthanized can watch his every move 24 hours a day.
Now, local attorney Jack Wilenchik and others have established a website where those interested in helping the boy and his mom can make donations. The idea is to raise funds for the reconstructive surgery the child needs.
On the website aimed at getting surgery for Kevin the stated goal is $20,000. As of Tuesday morning it had collected just over $1,000.
That’s about what it cost to install the webcam in Mickey’s cell.
Oregon City family: Nothing is being done about dog attacks
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 12:15 AM CST –
OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) –
An Oregon City family says their dogs have been brutally attacked by their neighbor’s dogs twice in the last several months, and nothing is being done about it.
The most recent attack happened Sunday.
Rob McDowell said the family’s 6-month-old bloodhound named Knoxville was attacked by a pit bull mix and a shepherd/lab mix. The dog had to have surgery for a bite mark on the leg that went through the muscle tissue.
But this isn’t the first time McDowell said he’s had problems with the neighbor’s dogs.
Back in March, his 1-year-old Victorian bulldog, Uli, was mauled by them and nearly died.
“She was in shock, panting. I could see blood,” he explained.
California Deputy Kills Pregnant Dog While Answering Call At Wrong House (Video)
A Los Angeles County Deputy reportedly shot and killed a pregnant pit bull while answering a call at the wrong home in La Puente, California, on Friday.
“In order to stop the [dog] attack, they deployed (pepper) spray which didn’t stop the dog, and when the dog charged again that’s when the deputy actually fired to stop the attack,” Capt. Timothy Marakami of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told KCAL.
The unidentified deputy was reportedly bitten on her arm.
70-pound pit bull in quarantine after attack on beagle and its owner in City Heights
Good Samaritan describes efforts to stop mauling – Allison Ash 7:38 PM, Dec 8, 2014
SAN DIEGO – “He had her by the scruff and was just tugging at her and the woman was just holding onto her beagle screaming for someone to help,” said Craig Moreno, who rushed across the street to help.
Moreno had just come home when he saw what looked like someone hugging a dog near the intersection of 40th and Myrtle in City Heights. It turned out to be a woman, who was trying to pull her beagle named Apple, out of the jaws of a 70-pound pit bull.
Moreno said there were already a couple of other people trying to help the woman and her dog.
“I jumped on,” he said. “I held onto the dog also. We eventually got to get some water onto the dog and the dog released, but at that time he actually bit the girl in the face, so we pulled a little harder, poured a little more water and he finally did release.”
Pit bull attack kills family pet, injures owner
Posted: Dec 08, 2014 4:39 PM CST –
PHENIX CITY, Ala. –
A Phenix City veteran is recovering after he and his Yorkie were attacked by a pair of pit bulls. The dogs killed his pet and left him with serious injuries.
“I looked down at Sparkle and she took her last breath,” said John Chanti.
68 year old John Chanti was walking his puppy, Sparkle, around 9 a.m. Friday morning like he did every day. This morning was different. It left the veteran with scars, and without his princess.
‘I’m retired and she gave me a reason to get up in the morning,” said Chanti.
Neighbor helps save Colorado Springs-area woman from pit bull attack
Updated: December 8, 2014 at 11:35 am
A woman walking her four small dogs in Security-Widefield had to get stitches Sunday after two dogs attacked her in her neighborhood on Kiva Road, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.
The attack happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when two pit bulls ran up from behind the unidentified victim and attacked, KKTV reported. One of the dogs bit the woman on the shoulder and the arm. A neighbor heard her screams and came out of his home to help chase the dogs away. The man, identified only as Jerrel, turns 77 on Christmas Day.
Miami-Dade Residents Vote to Keep Pit Bull Ban Tuesday
Voters kept the ban in place
Miami-Dade voters kept the county’s 23-year ban on pit bulls in place on Tuesday.
A total of 63.29 percent of respondents had cast ballots to keep the ban intact and only 36.71 percent had voted to repeal it with all of the 829 precincts reporting.
The group that wanted to see the ban on the dogs repealed said they are not disappointed in the results.
“It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t scare me. I will keep on fighting for my dogs today, tomorrow and to the end,” said Adri Lopez.
Dahlia Canes, who lead the effort to overturned the ban, said they did better than expected. But others said the dogs were dangerous.
“I don’t have anything against animals,” said Oscar Gomez, a father of three who voted to keep the ban on pit bulls. “They’re dangerous to be out there.”