Pit Bull Owners Killed Or Seriously Injured By Their Own Dogs 5

The following is a collection of news stories where pit bull owners and their immediate family members were seriously wounded or killed by their own dogs. It is common to read pit bull owners say, “it’s all how you raise them” and “it’s the owners” in comment threads after a serious or fatal attack. This blog post is an attempt to squash that theory once and for all.

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Coroner: Dog killed woman, not ricocheting police bullet


When officers arrived in West Price Hill to a reported medical emergency, 42-year-old Della Riley was already dead, officials said.

Police were called to the 1600 block of Dewey Avenue around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

When they opened the door, officers said they were charged by an aggressive dog and forced to shoot and kill it.

One of the bullets fired at the dog ricocheted off the floor and struck Riley’s abdomen.

They were left with a complicated scene to unravel with three factors that could have played a role in the death: the reported seizure Riley was suffering, the dog attack and the bullet.

Thursday night, the Hamilton County Coroner released her initial findings.

“The cause of death was due to trauma sustained by the victim who had been viciously mauled by the dog,” Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco reported.

Sammarco also said Riley was already dead by the time Cincinnati officers arrived.

Three investigations are continuing into Riley’s death. Cincinnati police and the coroner are continuing to investigate the death. The Cincinnati police internal investigations section and the Citizen’s Complaint Authority are both conducting investigations into the actions of the officers who responded.


‘One more shot, he’s still breathing’: Brutal pit bull attack leaves bloody scene

Friday, July 13th 2018, 8:56 pm EDT by Stefano DiPietrantonio Updated: Friday, July 13th 2018, 10:28 pm EDT

TAYLOR MILL, KY (FOX19) – A brutal pit bull attack in Taylor Mill recently sent two people to the hospital and left their home looking like the scene of a massacre.

It all happened Thursday just before 11:59 p.m. on St. Matthews Circle. A call came in about a dog bite and police responded.

“Where you at?” an officer can be heard asking on body camera as he followed the sound of a man struggling with an animal in the backyard.

Taylor Mill Police rolled-up on the yard to find the family’s pit bull actively attacking the man. In the recording, moaning can be heard before the officer yells at the animal.

“Get back,” the officer yelled.

The dog let go of the man and charged at the officer.

“Get back! Get back,” he yelled again before firing one shot.

At that point, the dog was down, but the ordeal was not over.

“One more shot, he’s still breathing, put him out of his misery,” an officer can be heard saying.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video below contains audio of the officer killing the dog. It has been edited down from its original length. Viewer discretion is advised.

The entire incident resulted in blood throughout the house and all over the yard.

“Taylor Mill 4 Dispatch, have our squad get here immediately, severe lacerations, from head to toe,” an officer said. “Have them get here ASAP, he’s bleeding out everywhere.”

At this point, police had not seen the inside of the home. Once inside, they found blood on the floors, the kitchen cabinets, and up and down the walls.

A family member, Noah, told FOX19 the dog’s name was Rocky. At 4 years old, he said the dog has never acted aggressively in the past and has no idea what set the dog off.

Noah heard the dog attacking his mom, Angela Tucker, in the living room, so he threw a glass of water on the dog. The dog then turned on Noah’s step-dad, Jeff Studer, and a bloody trail led outside to where police found him pleading for help.

“The ambulance is coming buddy,” said the officer to the man, as he was bleeding on the ground.

“That dog, he’s been, he’s been so good forever,” he said, straining to speak. “And thank you for killing him.”

Animal control came and took Rocky away. Noah says both parents are undergoing surgery at UCMC. His mom has a massive bite wound to the arm and leg — he said he could see the bone in his mom’s arm.

His stepdad has an injury to his arm and leg.


Woman suffers serious injuries to face, head after being attacked by her own pitbull in Porirua

MATT STEWART Last updated 16:16, July 9 2018

A family member of the victim received bite wounds on the leg when he went to the woman’s aid. The wounds on his arms were inflicted by the same dog a week earlier.

A Porirua woman received head, face and body injuries after her own pitbull viciously attacked her in her own home.

Another family member in the Astrolabe Street house in Porirua was attacked by the dog last week and sports defensive injuries on both his forearms.

He also sustained a bite wound to his leg in the Monday attack  as he went to the woman’s aid, which happened around midday.

Just five minutes before the mauling the woman – in tears – had been discussing how the dog should be put down, to protect the safety of the family, which includes young children.

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The man said he had previously asked the police to shoot the dog, which is understood to have been put down today.

A police spokesman said the woman had been taken to Wellington Hospital with serious injuries.

Porirua City Council animal control officers were called to the property and impounded the dog, he said.


Woman in critical condition after being attacked by her own dog

Dog died on while en route to an animal shelter

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- – Update 7/6/18: Family & friends have started a GoFundMe page for the woman, Lauren Musick, to help pay for surgeries and bills. According to the page, she regained feeling in her fingers on Thursday. You can click here if you would like to donate.


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A woman is in critical condition after being attacked by her own dog in Palm Springs Monday evening.

Palm Springs police said they received numerous reports from residents in the 5300 block of Waverly Drive that a pit bull was attacking its owner Monday at around 6:15 p.m.

Residents reported that a neighbor was able to fend off the pit bull but it returned and attacked its owner again when the Palm Springs Fire Department arrived at the scene.

Police said the dog was still actively mauling its owner inside an apartment when officers arrived at the scene. An officer entered the apartment and stopped the attack by tasering the dog. The dog continued to try to attack officers and others, so officers had to tase the dog several more times until the dog was restrained.

The woman suffered severe injuries as the result of multiple dog bites and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The pit bull died while en route to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

Investigators later learned the dog was a 6- or 7-year-old male pit bull that had been rescued off the street by its owner four years ago. There are no known prior incidents of violence or aggression involving the dog prior to this attack.


Pipestone Twp Man Badly Injured By Own Pit Bull

A 61-year-old Pipestone Township man is in bad shape after being attacked by his pit bull. Michigan State Police were called to the home in the 63-hundred block of Pipestone Road at 6:30 Tuesday night on a report of a dog attack. They found the man “severely injured” on the floor with the dog still biting his arms. The trooper shot the dog when it turned on him, and the dog’s owner was rushed to Lakeland Hospital for treatment. There is no word on his condition as yet. State police tell WSJM News the man was in shock from blood loss and had several deep cuts to both arms from the bites.


Erie woman in intensive care following dog attack

The dog was shot and killed after police were called to a residence on West 17th Street Thursday night.

A 58-year-old woman was undergoing treatment at an Erie hospital on Friday as city police were investigating the circumstances surrounding an attack by her pit bull on Thursday night that left the woman seriously injured.

The woman, whose name was not available Friday, was in the intensive care unit of UPMC Hamot Friday after she was taken there by EmergyCare following the attack, which was reported in the 700 block of West 17th Street on Thursday at 10:12 p.m.

Officers who were sent to investigate a report of a dog attack were told en route that the dog was biting the woman in the face and head, Erie police Sgt. Robert Hill said Friday. The officers found the woman on the porch of a residence. She was covered in blood and the dog was biting her head and throat, Hill said.

The officers fired one shot and the dog let go of the woman, Hill said. The dog was shot again and killed, and police immediately contacted the Humane Society to do a study of the animal, he said.

The dog is owned by the woman, police reported. No one else was reported injured in the incident.


Woman attacked by family pit bull wants dog to be spared


Updated: 5:13 PM CST Mar 9, 2018

A Lincoln woman who was attacked by her own pit bull Tuesday morning said it’s not the dog’s fault and pleaded for his life to be spared.

Michelle Gandara, 25, said she has had Zeus since he was six weeks old.

She said the two year old pitbull has never acted up towards her or her four young children

“Because if he was aggressive, I never would have had him around my children.” Gandara said.

That’s why it surprised Gandara when Zeus attacked her.

“He grabbed my whole stomach and pulled me down and tried biting me on my face,” Gandara said recovering from a room at Saint Elizabeth Hospital.

“He bit me on my hand my leg. I was getting drug around like a rag doll in my living room I was getting drug every where,” Gandara said.

Gandara said the attack lasted about 30 minutes.

Lincoln police used a taser on Zeus to get him release his grip and run off.

“I was scared when they found him they were going to put him down right away,” Gandara said.

Lincoln Animal Control officers found Zeus with a neighbor Thursday morning.

He is quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies, and determine if he is vicious and has to be destroyed.

“He’s not a bad dog. He doesn’t deserve to die,” Gandara said.

“Because honestly it was my fault.”

She said Zeus originally went after her husband Corey.

She said she tried blankets, water and pepper to distract him.

When that didn’t work, she grabbed a baseball bat.

“When I had that bat and made that loud noise, that’s when he attacked me,” Gandara said.

She struck the dog several times during the attack.

“It was scary it was,” Gandara said.

She said even though she is not angry with Zeus, she can’t take him back.

“When he sees me, he’ll only see me now as someone trying to hurt him, not somebody that had a bond with him,” Gandara said.

She hopes officials will allow her to give Zeus to a new owner.

“I have a lot of people know what type of dog he is. I have two people that want to adopt him already,” Gandara said.


Man suffers medical episode after being attacked by his own dog

 Josh Solomon Times staff writer – Published: April 11, 2018 – Updated: April 11, 2018 at 09:52 PM

PORT RICHEY — A 42-year-old man suffered a medical episode after being attacked by his own dog on Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

John Dunleavy was bitten by his 2-year-old black and white pit bull terrier, Diesel, at about 5 p.m. on the 8600 block of Paxton Drive, deputies said.

At first deputies believed it was the bite wounds that led Dunleavy to suffer what they described as life-threatening injuries. But then deputies said it appears that a preexisting medical condition was actually responsible for his medical condition.

He was taken to a hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Diesel was seized by Pasco County Animal Services. The investigation into the attack is ongoing, deputies said.


Dog Turns on Owner, Friend in Vicious Attack in Queens

NBC 4 New York – Published at 9:49 AM EDT on Sep 17, 2017 | Updated at 3:56 PM EDT on Sep 17, 2017

A dog attacked its owner in Queens, then turned on the owner’s friend who tried to help her before a police officer shot and killed the animal, police said Sunday.

Exclusive video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the vicious attack and the officer shooting the dog at point blank range.

The women were walking with the dog in Ridgewood on Saturday night when the animal suddenly bit its owner in the stomach, the video shows.

Several bystanders are seen trying to help, including one person who used a bat or a stick to beat the dog.

Then the dog turned on the owner’s friend, latching onto her wrist, the video shows. 

A police officer then ran up and shot the dog at close range.

The women were taken to a hospital, police said. They were expected to survive their injuries.


Police kill dog after it attacks 3 people

by: Tremayne Hogue, Dayton Daily News Updated: 

DAYTON, Ohio – Dayton police said an officer was forced to kill a dog late Friday night after hearing a woman’s screams for help.

According to a police report filed by Officer William Overholtz, he and Officer Jeremy Campbell were traveling along Nassau Street around 10:28 p.m. on routine patrol when they heard the woman scream for help.

Overholtz wrote the two officers observed the woman had blood “all over her arms and shirt,” where she told the two officers two more people were in the house being attacked by a pit bull.

After drawing their weapons, the two officers entered the home, spotted a man severely injured with deep wounds and blood on both arms. The reporting officer then spotted a dog in the corner with blood on its ribs, stomach and mouth. The dog then began “showing his teeth and growling” before taking a quick step toward the officer “as if he was getting ready to attack.”

The officer then fired a shot at the dog, striking him above the nose, causing it to flee.

When medics arrived they found a second man in the backyard of the home with lacerations to his arms that appeared to be dog bites.

After a Dayton police sergeant arrived, Overholtz was told to “put the dog down to prevent further incident.”

Overholtz then fired another shot at the dog’s head, killing it.

Read more: http://www.wpxi.com/news/trending-now/police-kill-dog-after-it-attacks-3-people/576669277

Chisholm woman severely injured by her dog

A Chisholm woman was severely injured when one of her dogs attacked her Saturday night in her home.

According to a report filed by Chisholm police, released Tuesday, officers were called Saturday to the residence of Jamie Ann Johnson, 39, and were alerted by two men upon arrival that Johnson was under attack in the backyard. Police found her lying on the ground, bleeding “profusely” from her arms and legs. Three pit bulls were lying near her, and one had blood on its head and body.

The dogs advanced “aggressively” toward police, growling and baring their teeth, according to the report. One officer fired a Taser at the lead dog, who had attempted to bite him, but didn’t incapacitate it. The dogs were too close to Johnson for officers to shoot with a service weapon. Another Taser was fired at the dogs but did not connect.

When one dog — who officers believed to be a male — “came within inches of biting” an officer, the officer struck the dog in the head with his baton. It returned to Johnson and began to lick her. Johnson told officers the dogs were hers and they attacked her. When the pregnant female dog “charged” toward the officers, it was shot in the head and killed, the report said. The male dog that was covered in blood then ran inside the open door of the house. The officers were able to shut the door and trap the dog inside. The third dog had run away.

Johnson was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Her condition was not available Tuesday evening.

She said she was attacked by her male pit bull who “went wild” because another pit bull she owned was pregnant, according to the police report. The bites resulted in deep lacerations to her arm that cut to the bone, the report says. Johnson also told police the dog that had run off was not a threat. It has since been found and is being cared for. The male pit bull, deemed dangerous by police, was killed.

“This was an unfortunate incident with a tragic outcome for the victim as well as the animals,” Chief of Police Vern Manner said in a statement. “There is no threat to public safety at this time.”

Police said they tried several times — by shouting and dry-firing Tasers — to scare the pit bulls away from Johnson. Manner said Johnson consented to the shooting of the pregnant dog.


Barrie Police shoot and kill dog after owner attacked

‘Multiple shots’ fired, according to police

Barrie Police fatally shot a dog that was attacking its owner and refused commands to stop.

Police were called to the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home at 30 Worsley Street at 3:13 p.m. Saturday by a passerby who called 911 after hearing a woman screaming for help and saw the attack.

Police say the dog, who belonged to the victim, was repeatedly and viciously biting both of the woman’s arms and not releasing to voice commands or diversions.

“When police arrived on scene the dog was still latched on to the victim and they were unable to get the dog off. The owner was unable to get the dog off either so it was the only option that we had,” said Barrie Police Const. Nicole Rodgers.

Police were unable to subdue the dog and as a result multiple shots were fired, police said.

“She (the victim) was conversing with the officer. I don’t think she was shocked by the outcome of it and I think she was very grateful because at that point she herself knew that was the only way the attack was going to stop,” said Rodgers.

The dog appears to be a pit bull or bull dog or a mix, according to police, and the owner told them it was a rescue and she wasn’t sure if it was rescued from a fighting or an abusive background.

“The owner had alluded to the fact that there was some aggression issues before that,” Rodgers said.

Mary Fletcher Harris was walking by and witnessed the entire incident.

“It was horrific. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” said Fletcher Harris, still shaken several hours later.

Fletcher Harris was walking across the parking lot and saw a police car come racing up Clapperton St. with its lights on.

The cruiser made a hard left into the funeral home parking lot which Fletcher Harris says was empty of vehicles.

“When I saw it (the cruiser) go in I could see a dog behind one of those ornamental pillars and it looked like it was thrashing.  My first thought it was two dogs fighting. The police immediately exited their SUV and an officer immediately drew his weapon and fired. I don’t know whether he fired first at the dog or just away from the dog to frighten it off the woman,” Fletcher Harris recounted.

“Then the dog started to run down the sidewalk and the officer fired, could be four, five times at it. It fell but it wouldn’t stop. It tried to get up so I turned my head because I knew they were going to finish the dog off.  There was a couple more shots, maybe seven in total and the dog stopped moving.”

Police say the dog quickly succumbed to its injuries on scene.

Due to injuries received from the dog attack, the woman was rushed to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

“They stood her up after a while and walked her to the gurney so she wasn’t needing to be carried. I didn’t see any blood on her or the dog or the ground,” Fletcher Harris said.

Fletcher Harris works downtown and says the victim and her pet are regular fixtures.

“She’ll be upset about her dog, I’m sure. I’ve seen her around and I think that’s her companion. Probably for safety reasons but I guess for some unknown reason he turned on her,” she said.

“She keeps it muzzled all the time so I guess it’s a little dangerous. I don’t know why it would’ve attacked her but it did.”

Fletcher Harris was rattled by the incident.

“I’ve never seen police draw weapons and fire.  I’ve never heard gunshots before so it was pretty wild scene down there.”

But she says she fully understands why police shot the animal.

“I think they had to do that. For sure.”

Rodgers said police had no choice.

“This was the only option. It’s unfortunate but at the end of the day it’s about the safety of everyone else and the offiers,” Rodgers said.


Pit bull attacks owners, one badly injured 

Link: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1282162/pit-bull-attacks-owners-one-badly-injured


Dog Fatally Shot by Officer in Harlem After Biting Owner, NYPD Says

A police officer fatally shot a pit bull after it attacked its owner in Harlem on Friday night, according to the NYPD.

Investigators said the 71-year-old man was walking his dog on Lenox Ave. and 145th St. around 8:17 p.m. when the dog started to maul him.

The officer was on his way back from the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital shooting when he saw the attack happening and shot the dog several times.

The pit bull died at the scene.

The owner was taken to Harlem Hospital in serious condition with several bite wounds.

Police believe he had gotten the dog just hours earlier from an owner who no longer wanted it.


90-year-old woman dies following ‘vicious’ dog attack in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – There’s still blood inside a home on Bunker Hill Lane in Pine Meadows after a dog attacked a 90-year-old woman.

Police say they got called to the home around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Medics rushed the woman to the hospital with serious injuries, but she died early Thursday morning.

The victim’s daughter, Linda, said it was a vicious and unprovoked attack. She says her mother underwent surgery, including an arm amputation, before she died around 6:30 a.m.

“I’ve never in my life seen an animal like that,” said Linda, who said it was like watching an animal kill another animal in the wild.

Linda says the pet couldn’t be stopped during the roughly five-minute rage. She says she just adopted the one-year-old, 50 pound American Pit Bull Terrier hours before the attack. She was in the backyard playing with the dog when she heard her mom inside yelling for help after falling in her first-floor bedroom.

Linda says the back door was locked and she used a hammer to crack the glass to get inside. Once inside, she says the dog rushed ahead, straddled the 90-year-old woman and started biting her neck and shoulders.

The dog eventually bit the woman’s legs and stomach area, according to Linda.

“He just started biting her; biting her and shaking his head,” she said.”

Linda says she hit the dog with a hammer, but he didn’t stop. The attack ended when she nudged her mom’s walker into the dog.

“I can’t believe it happened,” said Lydia Walther, a longtime neighbor. “I am still in shock.”

Linda says she adopted the dog from Forever Home Rehabilitation Center after seeing a posting on Craigslist to adopt the dog for $20.

The dog will now be quarantined for 10 days at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center before the center rules on a final disposition.

Linda says she wants the dog to euthanized.

10 On Your Side reached out to Forever Home Rehabilitation Center for comment. They released the following statement:

Read more: http://wavy.com/2017/06/01/woman-in-her-90s-dies-following-dog-attack-in-virginia-beach/

Charges authorized for pit bull mix owner in Roseville after mauling

Dog euthanized Monday; tissues samples sent to lab

By John Steckroth – Editor – 

ROSEVILLE, Mich. – Charges were authorized Thursday morning for a 29-year-old man whose dog mauled his mother and her boyfriend Sunday evening in Roseville.

Robert Laughton is charged with two counts of harboring a vicious animal causing injury. Each count is a four-year felony.

According to police, the couple arrived home at about 9 p.m. Sunday in the 30000 block of Normal Street and were attacked by their son’s dog.

UPDATE: Owner of pit bull mix that mauled mother, her boyfriend denies neglect led to attack

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Officers were met outside the home by 52-year-old Suzette Laughton who was covered in blood with severe bites to her arms, face and head. She told officers that the man was still in the home with the dog and that he had been attacked.

The 51-year-old man, Michael Mager, was lying unconscious on the living room floor and the dog would not allow authorities into the home. An officer banged on the back door, distracting the dog and allowing EMS to remove the victim. While authorities were attending to the man, the dog returned and a Taser was deployed on the animal.

Paramedics initially feared Mager would lose both arms from the injuries. An artery was severed during the attack and he lost the tops of both of his ears.

“Two of the officers that were there last night have 25-plus years on the job and both of them said they have never seen a scene as horrific as this, with as much blood and as much damage that had been done to this man in this attack,” Roseville police Chief James Berlin said.

A preliminary investigation found that the woman went to let the dog out of his crate and the dog attacked her. Her boyfriend came to her aid and the dog turned on him.

Suzette Laughton was taken to a local hospital and is listed in good condition. She is expected to be released in a few days.

Mager was airlifted to the University of Michigan Hospital. He underwent extensive surgery to repair the damage to his arms in the attack. He is listed in serious condition and will require several more surgeries.

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The 29-year-old dog owner was ticketed for harboring a dangerous animal two weeks ago after his mother was bitten, according to police. The bite to her hand required 30 stitches.

The dog was euthanized Monday and tissue samples were sent to the lab to make sure the dog didn’t have any form of communicable disease.

“The owner of the dog, which is the couple’s son, was issued (a ticket) that time for harboring a vicious dog and having an unlicensed dog,” Berlin said.

Robert Laughton was arraigned at 39th District Court.

Read full story: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/charges-authorized-for-pit-bull-mix-owner-in-roseville-after-mauling

Cops: Pit bull kills owner during attack outside home

Police say a pit bull mix killed its owner during an attack on the deck of the woman’s Pennsylvania home.

Police say they were called to the home in Upper Macungie Township Thursday afternoon by neighbors who reported hearing screaming and a dog barking.

Police say the dog was still attacking the woman when officers arrived. They managed to put the dog in the home so responders could treat the woman’s severe injuries.

She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

The name of the woman, who was in her 30s, is being withheld until family members are notified.

Police say the 3-year-old male pit bull-boxer mix was tranquilized on the scene and taken to the Lehigh County Humane Society where it will be euthanized.


Police: Man hospitalized by own pit bull, dog stabbed by wife

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Police say a man was attacked by his own pit bull Tuesday in Cleveland. They also say his wife then stabbed the dog.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. on Hamm Avenue, near the intersection of Broadway Avenue and East 55th Street.

The animal has been confiscated.

The man was taken to MetroHealth. Police said he was in serious condition.

Stay with Cleveland 19 for updates.


Pit Bull Attacks Owner In Foley, Severe Injuries Reported

FOLEY, AL (WKRG) — A Foley woman was critically injured Monday afternoon in an attack by her pit bull.

The 5-year-old pit bull attacked the woman in an altercation with the dog. News 5 is told her injuries are so severe her internal organs are exposed. She has been flown to USA Medical Center in Mobile for treatment.

As seen on the WKRG Facebook page on live video, the dog was removed in a cage by specialists who euthanized it inside the home.  We’re told the pit bull was difficult to calm down after the dispute occurred.

The dog will eventually be euthanized at the owners’ request.

News 5 has learned this is not the first time the dog has attacked someone. A neighbor’s kid was bitten not too long ago.

“He’s a real good dog,” said a resident, who was discussing the attack on the neighbor’s child. “But when it gets to biting, that’s when you have to start talking about getting rid of the dog.”

Pit Bull Attacks Owner in Foley, Severe Injuries Reported

Quebec Mother Hospitalized After Attack By Her Own Dogs

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. — A Quebec woman suffering from multiple sclerosis who was mauled by her two dogs will remain in hospital for a long time due to severe head and facial injuries, police said Tuesday.

The 60-year-old was attacked Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal, and will need extensive surgery, said municipal police spokesman Luc Tougas.

“It’s clear she will be in hospital for a long time,” he said. “The two dogs bit her everywhere. She has skin torn from her arm and a few places around her head and face. There are pieces of skin missing.”

The woman was living with her 29-year-old caretaker son.

She owned a Boston terrier while he owned a dog that police described as a pit bull-type animal.


Waterville man injured in attack by his own dog

Police say they are not sure what set the dog off, leading to ‘horrendous’ bite marks to the owner


WATERVILLE — A man was sent to the hospital with “horrendous” bite marks after he was attacked by his dog Friday morning, police said.

The attack occurred at 84 Front St. around 11 a.m. Waterville police Sgt. Alden Wiegelt said the man – whom police did not identify – is the owner of the dog, which was reported by police dispatchers as a pit bull.

Wiegelt said the man’s injuries were serious enough to require transportation by Delta Ambulance to the hospital, but he said they did not appear to be life-threatening.

The incident apparently happened inside the home. Police entered the building with a shield and animal restraining poles before leaving with the leashed dog, which was put into a kennel in the back of a police vehicle.

Police Chief Joseph Massey said police discovered the injured owner sitting outside with severe bite marks on his legs and arms and with “pieces of flesh” hanging off his legs. Massey also said the man was evasive in his answers to police about what happened.

“The dog was more cooperative than the owner,” Massey said.


Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/07/waterville-man-injured-in-attack-by-his-own-dog/

Police fatally shoot pit bulls that were mauling man

Two pit bulls that had been viciously chomping on a man for over 15 minutes in a Brooklyn home were shot and killed by police because the officers were unable to whack the dogs off with a two-by-four, witnesses and police said.

Officers responded to the home on Hancock Street in Bushwick around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and saw the dogs viciously attacking Paul “Nitty” Davis, 50, who had been renting out some space in the basement.

Davis was taken to King’s County Hospital with bites to his arms and legs and is in stable condition, officials said.

Devon Dixon, another resident of the home, said Davis was a bloody mess, but was awake and alert when he was put into the ambulance.

Dixon admitted to The Post it was the fault of his animal-loving character that the aggressive dogs were inside the house.

He rescued them two weeks earlier, he said, because he saw the pooches chained up and unattended in the yard of a neighbor, who he knew had taken off on a trip to Pennsylvania.

“They were both drooling out the mouth and people were going across the street to get away from them,” he said. “I fed them right there, then brought them home.”

Dixon said he was hosting a party Saturday on the first floor of the home when the dogs suddenly began growling and attacking Davis one floor below.

As Davis screamed, Dixon said he called the cops, grabbed a two-by-four and went to help.

“I see Nitty, he’s over on the couch with both dogs on him. One’s got his leg and the other one’s got his arm,” said the still-shaken 26-year-old.

He said he tried to hit them with the beam, but they charged at him.

“I jumped over the couch and ran out of the room and slammed the door,” he said.”The dog ran back and jumped on Nitty …At that point they were full-flesh into him.”

Dixon said four or five officers responded to the call.

“I told them ‘I’ve been hitting them with a two-by-four, I’ve been spraying them with mace, and they’re not letting go.’”

Dixon said responding officers also tried to pry the frenzied beasts away from their victim with the beam — but ended up having to take out their weapons.

“I heard at least ten gunshots. It was at least a whole round. But they had to — Nitty was losing a lot of blood.

“They bit him all the way down to his bone where you could see the definition of his bone. You could see the veins in his legs and everything.”

Davis’s niece, Diana Rodriguez, 21, said she rushed over as soon as she heard. She said she had met the dogs during her last visit and was already alarmed by the younger dog’s demeanor.

“He had that ‘I don’t give a f–k’ face,” she said.

“These dogs didn’t really know us. We didn’t know about these dogs. We had the heart to bring them back here when the real owner had no heart. They played like they were nice, but they were really f–king vicious.”


Bloodstained pit bulls cornered by neighbours after savaging their owner to death

THIS is the shocking moment neighbours were forced to use chairs to fend off two brutal pit bulls after they tore their owner’s face apart.

By Paul Connolly /

The clip – which lasts just under 30 seconds – shows a large pool of blood on the floor as neighbours and friends use chairs and a bicycle to corner the dogs so he can be safely rescued.

The victim, 28, had his face completely mauled during the horrific attack at his house in the neighbourhood of Uribe, Colombia.

The attack took place around midday when Frederman Edicson Duque was at home and slipped on the wet floor.

As soon as the young man was on the floor he was instantly pounced on by the two vicious pit bulls.

Horrified neighbours were alerted after hearing Frederman’s disturbing screams, but before they could come to his aid the dogs had completely mutilated the man’s head – tearing away huge chunks of flesh and rendering him unrecognisable.

Colonel Mauricio Garcia with the local police said that Frederman had been unwell and had been suffering from thyroid problems, which may have led to him being unable to defend himself effectively from the barbaric creatures.

Police said that the victim was still alive after the dogs were cornered off, they explained: “He was taken to the hospital but his injuries were far too severe and he died despite the best efforts of medics.”

The dogs were apprehended by local authorities and are currently confined, awaiting a vet who will put them down, in accordance with local laws that all dangerous animals have to be destroyed.

The police spokesperson added that dangerous dog breeds should be muzzled both inside the house and outside to avoid such tragedies.

They said: “Those who have these kinds of animals should not have them near children, taking into account what can happen, especially in this case where the two animals lived with the same person.”

Violent dog attacks are not uncommon lately, a Staffordshire bull terrier killed a 22-month-old baby in Colchester in similar circumstances, after snatching the baby from its mother’s arms.

Earlier this year (August 16) a man was savaged by a dog just a week after police deemed the the monster to be safe.


Pit bulls maul owner in Brooklyn, nearly tearing off his arm

A Brooklyn man nearly had his arm ripped off when one of his seven pit bulls went berserk and attacked him, police and sources said.

The man was mauled about 8:25 a.m. inside a building on Flatbush Ave. near E. 34th St. in Flatlands, police said.

He suffered a severe bite on his forearm and was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition, police said.

The dogs — named Beach, Willim, Jamie, Lula, Speed, Cancun, and Nel — were all taken to an Animal Care Centers of NYC facility in Brooklyn by members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit, sources said.


Rescue dog leaves owner’s finger hanging by a thread after she tried to open his jaw to unclamp a cat he killed

  • Alexandra Ross, from Michigan, was bitten by her pit bull Aries in December 
  • She was forced to have 17 injections to eliminate her risk of contracting rabies 
  • Surgeons managed to re-attach her digital during a 15-minute procedure
  • But she suspects Aries has been destroyed by officials following the incident

A Michigan woman has released shocking pictures of the moment her beloved rescue dog tore into her right index finger.

Alexandra Ross, 22, was bitten by her three-year-old pit bull, Aries, after trying to find him a new owner in December.

The dog, which had been under her care for two months, had struggled to settle in with her other canine.

But after finding someone willing to re-home him, Aries lashed out and clamped his jaws around his potential new owner’s cat.

Desperate to release its jaws, Miss Ross jumped in to save the feline’s life – but she proved too late, and was bitten during her attempts.

Surgeons managed to re-attach her digit during a 15-minute operation, but it is believed that Aries was destroyed in the process.

Though the dog trainer and groomer, from Battle Creek, Michigan, believes he was still ‘safe’, and that if he was killed it was unnecessary.

Miss Ross said: ‘I was hysterical. I was crying, and screaming, ‘My finger is gone’.

‘Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt at first, because of the adrenalin, but I could hear him biting through the bone.

‘It sounded like crunching and I knew it was bad, everything happened so fast – it burned for a split second, but I couldn’t feel it after that because I was in shock.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4147256/Woman-22-finger-left-hanging-thread-dog.html



Ambulance. Photo: Politie

A woman in Wernhout, Brabant shot and killed two “pit bull like” dogs on Sunday after the dogs attacked her husband, the dogs’ owner. The woman shot the dogs to free her husband from their jaws, the Volkskrant reports.

The police arrived at the home on Kalmthoutsebaan to find the two dogs dead and their owner wounded, but alive and conscious. According to the owners, the man was letting the dogs out near the house when they started fighting. He tried to intervene and was attacked himself. The woman ran to the house to get the firearm. When she came back, the dogs were still biting her husband so she shot them.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment. A spokesperson for the West Brabant police told the Volkskrant that he is not in life threatening danger, as far as they know. “But the doctors will have a lot of work to do to get him back into decent shape”, the spokesperson said.

As far as the dogs are concerned, the police will take no further action. It is not illegal to keep fighting dogs in the Netherlands. A mayor can order a dangerous dog muzzled, confiscated or put to sleep in the worst case scenario, but as both dogs were killed in the incident, none of those measures have any sense.

The police will investigate whether the couple have the proper permits for the firearm used.


Pit Bull Owner Loses Arm After Attack

Hey. My name is Yasmin Adam and my love for my dogs has ended me up in the hospital. I’ve been here over a month now with no insurance and my bills are already over $300,000. My 9 year old male pitbull attack me while I was trying to separate him from my two females who were in heat. my dogs and I were staying with family because I had no job and lost my housing at the time. Now my financial situation is even worse. I have no housing, no insurance for these hospital bills, no nothing. My family is doing what they can but they can only do so much. I’m in desperate need for some real financial help. I’m reaching out to all dog lovers especially Pitbull owners who loves their dogs and understands how hard it can be to get housing with pitbulls and how hard it can be to be able to continuously afford proper care as they get older and multiply on us. As well as the dangers of a Pitbull strength and animal instincts. Being a single woman makes it all that more challenging. Due to my injuries, my left arm has been amputated and my right arm still requires many surgeries to come but still might face the same fate if it can not be saved. I’ve attached a news feed of when this first happened. It has some exaggerations but it basically tells the story. Thank you for taking the time to read this and even if you can’t afford to donate, please just share so maybe the right people who can help will. I would greatly appreciate it thank you. – Yasmin Adam

GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/2k43w9yz

Yasmin Adam

Yasmin Adam

WATCH: Shelby Police Rescue Owner From Attacking Pit Bull

  • 12/12/2016 9:00:33 AM – Jay Jackman

WARNING: This Video Is Graphic – Viewer Discretion Is Advised

SHELBY, OH – On Saturday, December 10,  at approximately 10:13 PM, the Shelby Police Department received a 911 transfer regarding a dog attack on Joelynn Drive.

2017-01-02_14h27_40Upon arrival, officers observed a dog commonly referred to as a “Pit Bull” attacking it’s owner in a back room of the residence.

Officer John Reed deployed his TASER on the dog during the attack, which gave the victim enough time to break free and get out of the room. The door to the room was inoperable due to remodeling, so there was no way for the officers to contain the dog. Once the officer stopped the TASER from cycling, the dog recovered and began to charge toward the door.

Officers Reed and Cody Baker stayed between the victim and the dog. Officer Baker fired two rounds at the dog. Both rounds struck the dog and it was immediately killed.

Shelby Fire and Community EMS arrived on scene and treated and transported the victim direct to Ohio Health Med Central Mansfield Hospital for treatment. The victim was transferred from Med Central Mansfield early this morning for additional treatment and subsequent surgery at a Columbus Hospital.

“It appears based on a review of the incident and the officer’s reports, that shooting the dog was a necessity.” – Shelby Police Chief, M. Lance Combs.




Dog Attack/Shooting

On 12-10-16 at approximately 10:13 PM, the Shelby Police Department received a 911 transfer regarding a dog attack on Joelynn Drive. Upon arrival, officers observed a dog commonly referred to as a “Pit Bull” attacking it’s owner in a back room of the residence. Officer John Reed deployed his TASER on the dog during the attack, which gave the victim enough time to break free and get out of the room. Because the door to the room was inoperable due to remodeling, there was no way for the officers to contain the dog. Once the officer stopped the TASER from cycling, the dog recovered and began to charge toward the door. Officers Reed and Cody Baker stayed between the victim and the dog. Officer Baker fired two rounds at the dog. Both rounds struck the dog and it was immediately killed. Shelby Fire and Community EMS arrived on scene and treated and transported the victim direct to Ohio Health Med Central Mansfield Hospital for treatment. The victim was transferred from Med Central Mansfield early this morning for additional treatment and subsequent surgery at a Columbus Hospital.

It appears based on a review of the incident and the officer’s reports, that shooting the dog was a necessity. Officers Reed and Baker did a phenomenal job of working together, reacting quickly, protecting the residents, and neutralizing the threat. Shelby Fire and Community EMS are to be commended for such a quick and professional response.

M. Lance Combs

Chief of Police



Man ‘stabbed his pet Staffordshire bull terrier to death to save his own life in attack on Christmas morning’

The owner has been rushed to hospital and will not face animal cruelty charges because he killed the animal in self-defence

A MAN stabbed his pet dog to death and dumped its body in a wheelie bin after it attacked him on Christmas morning.

The owner killed his Staffordshire Bull Terrier to “save his own life” after it ambushed him.

They were rushed to hospital following the incident in Grimsby, which police say is not being treated as animal cruelty because the owner was acting in self-defence.

The pooch’s body is believed to have been found in a bin in the Weelsby Street area today.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman told Mirror the man was forced to stab the dog to death “to save his own life”.

She said: “We were called on Christmas morning shortly after 6am to a report that a man had been attacked by his dog and in order to stop the attack the dog had been killed.

“The incident happened on Weelsby Street in Grimsby.

“We attended and spoke with the owner (who was the) victim of the attack to check on his welfare and in order to establish that there were no animal cruelty concerns, of which there were none.

“The owner suffered deep puncture wounds to his arms and was treated for his injuries at Hull Royal Infirmary.

“On 29 December we received a call from a member of the public who stated that they had found a dead dog on Weelsby Street.

“We have conducted initial enquiries and believe that this is the same dog that attacked its owner on Christmas Day.

“We are satisfied that there are no further circumstances that would concern the police. The RSPCA have been informed.”

An RSPCA spokeswoman confirmed it was aware of the incident but said the charity are not investigating.

Man ‘stabbed his pet Staffordshire bull terrier to death to save his own life in attack on Christmas morning’

Photo: Woman viciously attacked by her beloved pitbull dogs

dMakhala Ramaela got a pair of pit bull dogs for protection after her house was burglarized several times.
The 47-year-old from G Section in Botshabelo, South Africa, was last Saturday, viciously mauled by the same dogs.Makhala, who is recovering at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, is puzzled by what made her beloved dogs turn against her. She said she had been living alone for a long time and thugs were terrorising her.Five years ago she decided to get the dogs. The dogs – a bitch named Siby and a male named Rex – eventually built a loving and protective relationship with her.

“I managed to tame them and fed them every morning before work. My dogs loved me. I would find them peering over the devils’ fork waiting for me after work. They would jump with joy as I entered the yard,” she said.

But on Saturday the dogs attacked her viciously.

“I was shocked and realised something was not right. I screamed for help as the dogs started to attack. I thought I could get away by running into the outside toilet but that was not to be. They just tore into me.”

Her scared neighbours tried to save her by spraying the dogs with water.

“That actually made them more enraged. I was rescued by the arrival of the police who fired some shots.”

Police spokesman Constable Peter Kareli, who confirmed the incident said one of the dogs has died and they are waiting for the owner to decide fate of the other.

Source: Daily Sun SA



2017-01-02_11h44_01Sunday, January 01, 2017 10:51AM – ABC 13 Tampa





Lauderhill woman in critical condition after being mauled by her dogs

 – 7 News Miami

LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A Lauderhill woman is still in the hospital after undergoing multiple surgeries, following an attack by one of her three dogs.

Officials said the woman had to be rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon, after she was mauled. The incident happened on the 4100 block of Northwest 21st Street, in Lauderhill.

According to police, the woman was visiting her nephew at the time.

“She was in her apartment by herself and her nephew came in and saw the attack in progress, ran out of the apartment and called 911,” said Lauderhill Police Maj. Rick Rocco.

Lauderhill police arrived to find one of the dogs mauling the woman. Police said the officer tried to use a baton and then mace on the dog, neither of which worked, and so the officer had to shoot.

According to Lauderhill Fire Rescue, the woman was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. “Both of her arms are in very critical condition,” said Rocco.

Police barricaded the door of the apartment, where the three dogs are still trapped inside, as of 10 p.m. The dog who was shot is still alive, according to police who looked through a window.

“We could see two of the dogs through the window right now. They appear to be docile,” Rocco said, before police later confirmed the third dog was sill alive.

According to a tweet by Lauderhill Fire Rescue, the dogs were pit bulls.

Lauderhill woman in critical condition after being mauled by her dogs


“(The victim), she works with dogs. So they always played,” neighbor Donell Smith told ABC11. “But for some particular reason today, the dog jumped up on her.”Smith, along with Tony Morgan and Thomas Morgan, armed themselves with a bat, broomstick, and a rake to fend off the dog. They quickly found those household items were no match for the “vicious dog.”

“We realized the dog was so much in rage that we really couldn’t do anything about the situation but just stand back and wait for Animal Control to get there,” Tony Morgan said.

The woman was able to escape the attack by running into a bathroom.

The three men said when they saw the dog, they also noticed it clawing at the bathroom door; not letting anyone near it. They also said the dog would not respond to commands.

“I could see the dog jumping at the door with claws and growling at the mouth, real aggressively, trying to get to the other side of the door,” Tony Morgan told ABC11. “He was really mad at whatever he was mad at.”

The woman was bitten in the arm, chest, and abdomen. Raleigh PD, Fire, EMS, and Animal Control arrived at the home shortly after 5 p.m. to help the woman, who has not been identified by authorities.

Thomas Morgan told ABC11, “(The Animal Control woman) was like a dog whisperer. The dog came right to her… right out the house acting like nothing happened.”

ABC11 reached out to the Raleigh Police Department for more information on the woman’s condition and status of the dog, but they were unable to provide any additional details at the time of this report.

Pit Bull Mauls Owner, Flees Into Woods

WESTMORELAND CO. (KDKA) — A pit bull that mauled its owner was on the loose in Westmoreland County Saturday.

According to our partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the dog attacked a man at his home on Route 286 in Bell Township.

The man suffered severe lacerations and had to be flown to the hospital.

Police clubbed the dog, sprayed it with mace and used a stun gun to subdue the animal, but it ran off into the woods. Around 8 p.m., theTribune-Review reported the dog had been captured.

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Authorities said the dog is white and brown in color. It is also likely covered in human blood.

Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/08/13/pit-bull-mauls-owner-escapes-in-washington-township/

California woman mauled by her own pit bull

June 14th, 2016

family-pit-bull-kills-detroit-womanMODESTO (KTXL) — It was a fight between a rooster and a pit bull on Kerr Avenue in Modesto, a scuffle that led to a woman’s severe injuries on Wednesday morning.

The Modesto Police Department said the victim’s dog attacked her rooster, she stepped in and tried to pull the pit bull away from the other animal.

She ended up with bites to her legs and arms.

Neighbor John Douglas said he’s not entirely surprised, “That’s why I don’t have a pit bull because I don’t like them,” John Douglas said.

Another neighbor told FOX40 off camera she heard her neighbor’s screams and called officers and animal control. They were able to secure the dog.

Douglas said they’ve had issues with canines before but never a pit bull, “There’s quite a few dogs around here but most of them are smaller than she is (points out chihuahua mix).”

Friends said the bites were so severe that the dog took out a large amount of flesh from its owner’s legs and arms. They hope she gets better soon. Meanwhile, Douglas plans to stay away from the more aggressive breeds.

“They’ll turn on their own master,” he said.

The police department said the pit bull will be quarantined for 10 days.


Beyond the Interview: Father of Child Killed by Babysitter’s Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack

jeff-borchardt-and-son-daxtonFriday, July 26, 2013 – 

From a psychological standpoint, the simplest form of the myth, “It’s the owner,” answers all of the questions to an average person about the dangerous breed issue. Challenging this belief disrupts and threatens the beholder’s world. Tony Solesky, the father of the young boy in the seminal court decision declaring pit bulls “inherently dangerous” recently summed up this phenomenon pointedly: “This type of belief system is fine until it threatens my family,” Solesky said.

Why do Jeff and Susan feel it is so important to speak out about this issue?

Because it was under the condition of dedicated, responsible owners when two pet pit bulls turned “dead game” on March 6th attacking their owner and killing a child.

Read full story: https://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/07/beyond-the-interview-essay-of-a-fatal-pit-bull-mauling.html

Weakley Co. man airlifted after pit bull attacks during seizure

Emergency-EMS-Ambulance-300x169WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — A man was airlifted to a Nashville hospital Wednesday after being attacked by a pit bull while the man was having a seizure in bed.

Deputies responded Wednesday evening to a home in the 400 block of Highway 431 just outside Martin to a report of a man bleeding from the neck, according to a report from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.

The Martin Fire Department was already on scene rendering care for the attack victim, James Kirk.

Kirk’s wife told deputies he had a seizure while lying in bed with the pit bull and that the dog attacked him during the seizure, according to the report.

Kirk had a severe laceration to the front of his neck and was bleeding profusely and having difficulty breathing, according to the report. Deputies say the cut was so deep that is reached his esophagus.

Kirk was transported by EMS to a local hospital and then airlifted to Vanderbilt University hospital in Nashville.

There is not yet word on Kirk’s condition.

The report says it was not clear which of the couple’s many dogs attacked Kirk.


Modesto woman mauled by family pit bull

A woman in Modesto’s airport neighborhood was taken to the hospital with severe injuries after she was attacked by her 50-pound pit bull Wednesday morning.

The woman saw her dog attacking the family’s rooster in the backyard of their Kerr Avenue home at about 10:30 a.m. and went to intervene, said Modesto Sgt. Pat Kimes.

The dog turned on her, biting her legs and arms. The most severe injury was to one of her arms, a bite wound that exposed her biceps.

A neighbor heard the woman screaming for help and called 911.

Kimes said the woman’s husband and children were home at the time but it is unclear if they heard the attack. It’s also unclear how the woman got away from the dog, but an animal control officer lassoed it with a catch pole and secured it in his car.

Boy hospitalized after being attacked by dog in his own home

2016-07-13_11h39_06AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) – A young Washtenaw County boy remains in the hospital, after his pet pit bull attacked him Wednesday afternoon.

A family member returned home to pick up the dog with Washtenaw Animal Control.

Investigators say the 10-year old boy was home alone on Stony Creek Road in Augusta Township, when the dog went after him. He ran to a neighbors house for help.

Melody Rittenhouse tells us the boy was covered in blood, saying, “I called 911, and told other neighbors and they were over here quickly, it was a bad situation. A very sad day.”

We’re also told an off duty Northfield Township firefighter stopped and tried calming the boy down until emergency crews arrived.

It was a traumatizing situation for neighbors, who say they would see the family outside with the dog all the time.

Neighbor Steven Shay told us, “Never would have expected it. It seemed like the dog loved the kid.”

The dog will be handed over to animal control. It will decide whether to euthanize the pit bull.


New Haven woman loses arm, leg, eyesight after 2 pit bulls attack

2016-06-23_11h13_46NEW HAVEN — After being given just a 50/50 chance of survival following a dog attack, a New Haven woman is still fighting to recover in the hospital as she deals with severe injuries.

On Monday night a woman was attacked by two dogs in the yard of a home on Ella Grasso Boulevard. The woman was with the owner of the two pit bulls when the dogs attacked, and they also turned on their owner.

New Haven Alderman Brian Wingate confirm to FOX 61 that the woman lost her arm, her leg and her eyesight as a result of the attack. He said he spoke to Animal Control, who said the dogs would likely be euthanized due to the nature of the victim’s injuries. Animal Control confirmed this to FOX 61.

“Usually on regular dog bites we give the animals every opportunity, but because of the seriousness of this injury, we have to do what we have to do,” said New Haven Animal Control Officer Joseph Manganiello.

On Tuesday, Wingate, who lives across the street from where the attack occurred, said he was doing yard work when he heard screams. “My next-door neighbor started yelling, saying ‘the dog is attacking a female across the street,'” said Wingate. Neighbors ran over to help. “We were jumping over, throwing rocks at the pit bulls as the pit bulls were just basically eating her up.”

The alderman described the woman’s injuries on Tuesday night to FOX 61, before he learned that she’d lost her arm, leg and was now blind. “It was, when I say horrific, it was horrific,” said Wingate.

Wingate also told FOX 61 that she went into cardiac arrest twice en route to the hospital.

As a city lawmaker, Wingate said that while he loves animals, he is considering introducing a measure to have pit bulls banned from being pets in New Haven.

New Haven woman loses arm, leg, eyesight after 2 dogs attack

Woman mauled by pit bulls dead

Pensioner, 76, attacked by her own dogs at home

0672c093c45e4f58f58417ebe4a7250d(ANSA) – Milan, June 17 – A woman who was mauled by her two American pit bulls terriers died in hospital Friday.
The dogs attacked the woman, 76, in her yard in the Lombard town of Inverigo.
Neighbors alerted authorities, and Carabinieri police had to fire a shot into the air to scare the two dogs away long enough to rescue the woman, who had gone into cardiac arrest.
The dogs had toppled her to the ground and bitten one of her ears off. Police found it in the grass and handed it over to ambulance personnel.
The pensioner, who had lost a lot of blood, was choppered to Niguarda Hospital where she went into surgery and died shortly after.


Two pit bulls attack woman in her home

Reporter/feature – June 28th, 2016

pit bull fightinhTwo fighting female pit bulls attacked a woman in her early 30s as she was attempting to separate them in her home shortly before noon Tuesday while her 74-year-old father suffered a fatal heart attack apparently after witnessing the trauma.
The incident occurred in the Magna Terra subdivision in the 300 block of Grissom Way east of Cottage Avenue and several blocks north of East North Street. First responders said the injured woman walked to the hospital emergency room of the nearby Doctors Hospital following the attack.
Firefighters and ambulance medics tirelessly worked on the man who they found on the front living area of the home for over 30 minutes before transporting him to the hospital several blocks away.
The two dogs, 3 and 9-years-old, are being quarantined at the Manteca animal shelter for 10 days.
The street was cordoned off with ambulance and fire department vehicles while medics attempted to stabilize the victim.  One pit bull was owned by the family and the other they had been keeping for a friend who was away.
Police could not confirm any connection between the dogs attacking the grandfather and his suffering of a heart attack. Police response was rapid because the dispatcher reportedly had information that the incident was dogs attacking a child.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email [email protected].


Four hospitalized in Surrey after pit bulls turn on owners

 – BRIAN MORTON – Published on: June 11, 2016 | Last Updated: June 11, 2016 3:15 PM PDT

11979132Four women were rushed to hospital Friday afternoon after they tried to break up a fight between their three pit bulls.

Jas Rehal, manager of bylaw enforcement and licensing for the city of Surrey, said their animal control officers got the call at about 2:30 p.m. that the women had been attacked by the pit bulls inside their house.

He said RCMP, ambulance crews and fire officials all converged on the scene at 113 Avenue and Loughren Drive in north Surrey to find the women suffering primarily from arm wounds.

“It was a pretty gruesome scene, blood everywhere,” said Rehal, adding that he didn’t know how serious their injuries were. “Our understanding is that it was the owners’ dogs and that the dogs got into a fight and the owners were trying to stop the dogfight.”

The dogs then turned on the women, he added.

img_2009Rehal said the pit bulls, along with a Shih Tzu that was not involved in the dogfight, were taken into custody by animal control officers and that there has been no decision yet on what to do with them.

He added that there hadn’t been problems at the house before involving the pit bulls and that there is no safety risk to the public.

He said none of the responders were injured while corralling the pit bulls. “Once we were there, we got them under control pretty quickly.”

Friday’s pit bull attack follows several other recent pit bull attacks in British Columbia. They include:

June 2016: A woman needed emergency facial surgery after being mauled by her friend’s pit bull terrier. The woman in charge of the pit bull terrier claimed the incident was a “total accident.”

April 2016: A nine-year-old girl was been taken to hospital after being bitten by a pit bull outside her family’s residence in Surrey. The dog belonged to the family’s landlord.

December 2015: On Christmas Day, Robin Elgie and his girlfriend were mauled by two pit bulls that invaded their Fort St. John trailer home. The attack nearly cost Elgie one of his arms. 

July 2015: A man and woman were  treated in hospital after suffering serious but non-life-threatening  head and facial injuries when they were mauled by a pit bull  in a New Westminster apartment.

July 2015 : A pit bull attacked a teenage newspaper carrier. It broke through the screen on a door to get at her and was later killed by police.

April  2015: A nine-year-old Penticton girl was the victim of an unprovoked pit bull attack, requiring five stitches on her arm. 

Four hospitalized in Surrey after pit bulls turn on owners

Dog owner attacked believed she was going to die

Published on Jun 13, 2014

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) — Dogs that were raised from puppies and even slept with their owner nearly killed her.

Police had to kill one of Tammy Tucker’s pit bulls to stop the attack. A move Tammy says saved her life. Local 12’s Deb Dixon talked with her as she recovers from one of the most severe maulings the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has ever seen.

Tammy Tucker doesn’t know what set the three dogs off. She was attacked by the pit bull mix dogs in a sort of feeding frenzy Sunday after she started the mower.

“Every time I can still see face and mouth on my leg, and mouth licking lips with blood all over him they were eating me like a toy,” Tucker said.

Neighbors and Tammy’s son tried to beat the dogs away. When two police officers got to the yard, Tammy told them to shoot to kill. Officers fired into the ground and two dogs let go. The third didn’t until he was shot and killed. Tammy says after she was bitten a year and a half ago she followed expert advice to identify triggers for the aggression.

“I didn’t want to kill them, I wanted to change myself but here it was the dogs,” she said.

Two of the dogs in on the attack have been put to sleep. Blood vessels, tissues and muscles were torn from Tammy’s arms and legs. Tammy says she doesn’t want to come back to the yard where she was nearly killed. Tuesday she met the officers she believes saved her life.

“If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be here,” she said.

Tammy’s doctor says it’s too early to tell if there will be permanent damage from the injuries.

Vicious dog attack

Photo: Getty Images. File photo.

Photo: Getty Images.
File photo.

A pit bull was seized by authorities on the weekend after a vicious attack that sent a man to hospital.

“We had a report of a serious dog attack on a person at a residence on Dunwaters Road in the Fintry area,” said Bruce Smith, spokesperson for the Regional District of Central Okanagan. “The victim was taken to (Kelowna General Hospital) where he was treated and released.”

The attack occurred in the early evening of Thursday, June 2.

North Okanagan RCMP attended while a dog control official removed the pit bull from the property on the Muir Estates Saturday morning.

The animal was “seized with a warrant in the interests of public safety” and is being held at the dog pound pending an investigation which is ongoing, said Smith.

“It’s the most severe dog attack that I’ve ever seen,” said a witness who did not want to be identified. “We were hoping he wasn’t going to die.”

While Smith called the animal a “pit bull type dog,” the witness identified it as a pit bull and said the owner was the victim of the attack.

The victim’s shoulder and chest were torn up, but BC Ambulance personnel arrived on scene and were able to quickly stop the bleeding, said the witness.


Youngstown pit bull to be put down after attacking owner

2016-06-06_11h52_19Posted: May 20, 2016 10:08 PM CDT – Updated: May 22, 2016 9:43 AM CDT – By Danielle Cotterman, Reporter


A Youngstown woman is in the hospital recovering after an unrelenting attack by her dog.

Thirty-six year-old Billie Schweikart says her 3 year-old pit bull “Jax” was being trained to serve as her daughter’s service dog, and had never shown signs of aggression before.

“We love Jax he was like apart of the family but, to see him that day he wanted me dead,” said Schweikart.

10608501_GMahoning County Dog Warden Deputy Dave Nelson tells 21 News the attack is one of the worst he has come across in 28 years on the job.

Schweikart is badly bruised, with more than 100 stitches, and an arm and leg bitten to the bone.

She says she can’t believe “Jax,” who had been so good with her daughter, would suddenly attack.

“It went on for about 20 minutes of him just attacking me until the neighbor came over and ended up hitting him on the head with a baseball bat just enough to get him off of me,” said Schweikart.

Schweikart says she doesn’t know what caused Jax to act out of character but, Thursday afternoon he bolted for her and didn’t let up.

Even after she took refuge inside a family van.

“Jax went under the van and sat right under where I was at, like waiting for me to open the door so he could finish. Like he was dead set he was going to kill me,” described Schweikart.

Medics who arrived on the scene were unable to get to Schweikart until Jax finally gave up his fight when the van tried to pull away.

He is now in the hands of the dog warden and will be put down.

“It was a hard decision but, I new it needed to be done because not only for my daughters sake but for mine,” said Schweikart.

Schweikart says she is thankful that whatever caused their dog to snap, his target wasn’t her daughter or another child.


N. Side woman mauled by her own dog

By Joe Gorman – [email protected] – Published: Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 12:09 a.m.


Neighbors and family members Thursday had to hit a dog in the head with a baseball bat and run it over with a van to stop it from attacking its owner on Dearborn Avenue.

The woman was taken late Thursday afternoon to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for bites to the arms, legs and stomach from the attack, which happened about 2:40 p.m. The hospital reported later the woman was no longer at the facility.

Dave Nelson of the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office called her injuries some of the worst he has ever seen. Nelson said he was told by Youngstown police that the victim initially was listed in stable condition, but later had to be rushed into surgery because of a problem with her stomach.

The dog, a 3-year-old pit bull named Jax, was collared by Nelson and was to be taken to the pound. The dog was covered in its owner’s blood.

Rick Tunison, also of the dog warden’s office, said the dog will be quarantined for 10 days and designated vicious. He said if the owner does not want the dog back after 10 days, it most likely will be put down.

“It is not adoptable,” Tunison said.

The interior of the victim’s van was covered in blood as was a car seat in the van that witnesses were using to try and fend the dog off, speckled with chunks of flesh.

James Grove, who lives down the North Side street, said he saw the dog begin to attack the woman and drag her around. He grabbed a wooden baseball bat and hit Jax as hard as he could in the head. Jax let go and went under the van, Grove said.

“He had her on the ground dragging her,” Grove said. “He was chewing her up.”

Nelson said the victim somehow had gotten to the van to drive away, but the dog would not stop attacking her. He said three small children were in the van, screaming in fright.

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‘There was blood everywhere’ Cumbrian man killed by pet dog in attack at own home

A 45-YEAR-OLD man has been killed after being attacked by his pet dog at his Cumbria home, according to police.


Cumbria-street-672903Officers were called to an address in Robert Owen Avenue, Cleator Moor, at 2pm yesterday afternoon after reports a man had been attacked.

Inspector Gary Hunter said the man’s two teenage daughters, who also have not been named, are thought to have pulled the dog away from their father before calling police.

The brave pair, aged 19 and 16, risked injury in a ten-minute struggle to drag the dog away from their heavily bleeding father.

One of the girls eventually managed to lock the dog in a bedroom while the other called the cops.

When officers arrived there was blood all over the landing and the dog was barking behind a closed door in a distressed state.

According to neighbours the victim is understood to be a 45-year-old dad-of-three. He has not been fully identified, however, and the extent of his injuries are not yet known. One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’ve never seen him with the dogs, but I’ve spotted him walking up and down the street from time to time.”I heard a helicopter outside earlier today and knew something was wrong.”I then saw police cars and an ambulance flood the road.”Someone told me that it was his son’s dog that set on him, but I don’t that for sure.”It’s quite sad really, it could have happened to anyone.”
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

When efforts to subdue the distressed pet using deterrent sprays failed, officers were forced to use a Taser gun.

Insp Hunter said: “In 20 years I’ve never seen anything like that. The dog had been angry for a good three hours or so.

“There was a lot of blood everywhere and the dog was still in a room quite close to the landing.

“The door wasn’t that secure and behind the door the dog was barking very loudly and trying to get out.”

The animal, a Staffordshire pit bull cross breed, has since been destroyed and three other dogs have been seized from the property.

They will be assessed by police dog experts in due course.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “A 45-year-old male who lived at the property was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The dog who attacked the male was destroyed.

“The death is being treated as non-suspicious and the coroner has been informed.”

Pitbull type dogs are featurd on the list of breeds that have been banned from homes in the UK, along with Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and the Fila Braziliero.

It’s also against the law to sell, abadon or give away a banned dog, plus breeding from a banned breed.


Pit Bulls Savage Female Owner And Man On Paradise Island

By SANCHESKA BROWN – Tribune Staff Reporter – [email protected]

A WOMAN is in critical condition in hospital after she was mauled by two pit bulls she owned last Saturday on Paradise Island.

A man who was also injured during the attack was taken to hospital but treated and released a day later.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Dean said the male victim was walking near the tennis club at the One&Only Ocean Club around 4pm when he passed the woman walking her two pit bulls.

One of the pit bulls lunged at the man and attacked him. When the dog’s owner tried to intervene, both animals turned on her, The Tribune was told.

ACP Dean said bystanders attempted to get the dogs off the woman to no avail.

When officers arrived on the scene, one of the dogs was still on top of her. ACP Dean said one of the dogs even lunged at police officers and was shot and killed at the scene. The other dog was put to sleep by a veterinarian later that day.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for injuries to his arms and legs. The woman suffered injuries to her face, neck, arms and legs and remains in critical condition in hospital.

Neither the man nor family of the woman wished to comment when contacted by The Tribune.


Advocate for people with disabilities killed by dog in his St. Louis County home, police say

May 11, 2016

5732535658553.imageUPDATED at 4:30 p.m. with information about the victim.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A man who advocated for others in the region who have disabilities was attacked and killed by one of his own pit bulls in St. Louis County, authorities said.

St. Louis County police were called to the 2200 block of Redman Avenue near Spanish Lake about 10:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said. Police say Adonis Reddick, 45, was found dead and had bite marks on his body.

On Tuesday, authorities said “penetrating and perforating wounds to the victim’s neck” had caused his death.

Two of the man’s relatives who had not seen or heard from Reddick since Saturday went to his home to check on him and found him dead, said Vera Culley, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Police Department.

Two pit bulls, one of which was acting aggressively, were in the home, according to police. Authorities believe that the aggressive dog bit the victim.

Culley said investigators aren’t sure how long Reddick had been dead.

Culley said officers shot and killed the aggressive pit bull inside the home because police and animal control officers could not control it. The other dog was calm and was taken into custody for evaluation.

Reddick had developmental disabilities but lived independently and volunteered with St. Louis ARC, which serves people with disabilities in the region, said Sharon Spurlock, director of family support for the organization.

Reddick won a national award last year for his efforts to educate, train and support others living with disabilities.

Spurlock said Reddick founded a nonprofit organization to work with other agencies to advocate for equality for the disabled.

He frequently made speaking appearances in the region and pushed for better job opportunities and wages for people with disabilities.

She said he also started a website to give other people with disabilities a forum to share their own stories.

“He was an amazing man,” Spurlock said. “That’s what’s so disheartening about all of this. I just feel like there were all kinds of things coming together for him.”


Dog attack victim: ‘I had nothing but love for my dog’

1460920502226Hysterical and screaming, Michelle Lovett scrambled for refuge as her beloved dog Detroit tore strips off her in the driveway of her home.

The Hamilton woman has undergone three surgeries and multiple skin grafts to repair the damage from the “out of the blue” attack almost 20 months ago.

One witness described it as the most horrific sight she’s ever seen.

Lovett still battles to find the reason why her five year old pit bull turned on her, sinking his teeth into her arm, torso and leg.

“I had nothing but love for my dog, he had respect for me, did whatever he was told but there something not right that day. I can’t explain it.”

“He wasn’t beaten, he wasn’t made to be aggressive, he wasn’t scared of me, we were tight – I could not have loved that boy more.”

Sitting in the kitchen of the same suburban Nawton home, Lovett looks out the window onto the driveway where the attack happened on September 30, 2014.

Detroit had become riled at another dog wandering past the fence of the Avalon Dr home.

“I remember stepping out from behind that tree and telling him to get inside, walking back over my car and he was at my side, jumping up at me.”

She remembers thinking “what are you doing?”.

“I turned around and said ‘get down’, then it started. I remember trying to get in my car and him pulling me out, and hearing Tumanako’s girlfriend’s voice.”

Tumanako Pairama and his partner, Sarah-Lee Maraki, were walking along when they saw a panicked woman on the street screaming, “Help that girl, her dog!”

The roadworker jumped a two metre high security fence, found a broom nearby and smashed the dog off Lovett.

It it wasn’t for the man she calls “her angel” she wouldn’t be alive today.

“He absolutely saved my life. He still pops in from time to time, to say hello and see how I am doing. He’s lovely.”

For the first six months after the attack, Lovett felt her world was spinning out of control. She stopped wanting to see people. It was a struggle to even get dressed.

“To begin with, I was not very well, quite depressed. It felt like I had lost everything in one go and coming home to an empty house was difficult.”

Animal control officers seized Detroit and with her permission he was ethunanised.

“This was the first time I had been truly alone, before that I always had my dogs with me.”

Before Detroit, Lovett owned his mother Indica. Now both their ashes sit in wooden boxes on the dining table.

“To come home to nothing is tough, there are memories everywhere. Everything reminds me of him.”

“It was messed up and then, I think it was just a decision that I needed to snap out of it so I surrounded myself with family and good friends – just started living again.”

A new job at a boarding kennel helped the trained vet nurse get back on her feet.

“I am not scared of dogs. I don’t blame the dog for doing it to me. It could be anything from a family dog to a pack of pig dogs.”

But life is not without it’s challenges for Lovett, who has lost most of the feeling in her left arm. In March this year underwent another surgery to repair a large tear to her breast. Doctors also cut out a skin graft from her arm and tethered the multiple scar tissue stuck to her muscles.

Lovett doesn’t blame her dog, and despite recent claims says it is not about the pitbull breed.

“The only thing about the breed is that when pit bulls do attack, it is more vicious because of their makeup. They have a really strong bite, they don’t just bite and let go – when a pit bull attacks the damage it inflicts is a lot greater.”

It was a case of redirection, she says. Detroit’s thirst for the dog passing by came back onto his owner.

But dog owners do need to take responsibility for their dogs, says Lovett. They need to ensure they are trained properly, muzzled under council requirements and put on a lead.

“They need to be watched around kids all the time, and taught how to approach them but every situation is unique.”

When asked whether Lovett will ever own a dog again she says “one day when the time is right”. Until then she is taking solace in her new pet rabbit – Ruger.


Mother, daughter hospitalized after pitbull attack in Perry County

Pitbull euthanized after attacking owner at Maryland home

A pitbull was euthanized after attacking and biting its owner’s arm at a home in Churchton, Md., according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Police said the woman was taken to an area hospital for injuries to her arm, hand, and leg.

Officers arrived to a home in the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue after receiving a call that the dog was biting the woman’s arm and wouldn’t let go, police said.

According to police, officers had to forcibly remove the dog from attacking the owner. She was able to escape and went inside her home and the dog was contained on the front porch.

Police said Animal Control removed the pitbull from the porch and the woman gave the dog to the county and it was humanely euthanized.


Woman mauled by pit bull

By DEBBIE MYERS and DUNCAN DENT – April 6th, 2016

A dog was shot and killed by a police officer Monday night at the corner of Main Street and Poplar Avenue after it attacked two people, including an elected official.

A woman was driving eastbound on Main Street when a dog in the vehicle, described as a pit bull,  started to attack her around 7 p.m. forcing her to pull onto Poplar Avenue.

Chancery Clerk Guy Nowell, who lives on Poplar,  was in the vicinity on a bike ride with his six-year-old grandson when he witnessed the woman being attacked.

Nowell said he could not have been more than 100 yards from his house when he saw the truck parked haphazardly and heard a woman on the ground screaming.

“I told Truman ‘you stay right there and don’t move,’ and then I approached the lady and she was all bloody and crying for help,” Nowell said. “I didn’t even know about a dog at that point. I didn’t know what had happened.”

As he was approaching he saw a large dog, which he described as a pit bull. It jumped out of the passenger side window and “started barreling down on me,” Nowell said.

He hit the dog several times with his bike-gloved hand but it clamped down hard on his right wrist.

“Before I knew it he’s on me and he clamped down on my wrist,” he said.

When he finally got the dog off of him, Nowell said he went to care of his arm and grandson and the dog ran straight back to the woman.

Nowell said by this time a crowd had gathered and the authorities had been called. A neighbor helped him get a scarf on his wound and his grandson safely in a car.

“I think the police got on the scene right after the dog got off of me,” Nowell said.

Police Chief Grant Myers said when officers arrived, they saw that the dog had the woman on the ground.

“They were unable to separate the dog from the lady and were forced to shoot the dog to free her,” he said.

Nowell said he remembers hearing two or three gunshots.

Paramedics on the scene rushed Nowell and the woman to the hospital. Nowell said he has multiple stitches to close a few large gashes on his arm.

“I got fortunate, but I hate it for her. I tried to find out how she was doing at the hospital and they told me they were taking her to Meridian. I hope she is OK,” Nowell said.

“It wasn’t fun but it could have been a whole lot worse. I’m just glad my grandboy was safe. That dog would have killed him if he had gotten a hold of him.

“I just want to thank my neighbors and the people who stopped and the paramedics and the police for shooting that son-of-a-gun. It could have been a lot worse.”

Chief Myers said it was fortunate that no children were injured in the incident.

The woman remains in a Meridian hospital.

The dog’s body is being tested for rabies, Chief Myers said.

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Officers fatally shoot dog that mauled owner to death, Leesburg police say

Cops: Bloody dog blocked door to woman’s home

2016-04-01_12h21_42LEESBURG, Fla. – Authorities say Leesburg police officers fatally shot a “vicious” dog that attacked and killed its owner on Thursday.

Leesburg police Lt. Joe Iozzi says the woman, identified as 66-year-old Sonda Tyson, died Thursday night.

Paramedics said they were called to the home on South Street for medical assistance and when they arrived, the deceased victim was found with a large brindle pit bull mix breed inside, covered in blood, according to a police report.

Paramedics called police, who determined the dog had likely just attacked and killed Tyson inside her home, police said.

According to police, the dog was not secure, would not allow personnel to go into the home and there was a “substantial likelihood that the dog could escape into the surrounding neighborhood.”

“Given those circumstances, it was immediately necessary to incapacitate the animal in order to provide for public safety and to allow medical personnel inside the location,” police said in a release. “An officer assigned with a patrol rifle positioned himself to stop the existing threat and to mitigate the possibility of collateral damage to anyone else.”

Read more: http://www.clickorlando.com/news/leesburg-police-shoot-bloody-dog-blocking-door-to-womans-home

Turlock infant in hospital after attack by family’s pit bull

A 6-month-old girl was airlifted to a Sacramento hospital after she was bitten in the face by the family’s pit bull, police said Tuesday.

The infant was in a jumper eating a snack inside the family’s apartment in the 1000 block of Geer Road when the dog attacked Friday, said Turlock police Officer Steve Rodrigues. He said the girl’s mother had to intervene to get the pit bull to let go.

The baby suffered lacerations to her head, chin and neck.

A helicopter landed at nearby Crowell Elementary School and took the girl to UC Davis Medical Center.

Rodrigues did not know her condition Tuesday.

He said neither the dog nor the apartment’s address has a law enforcement history. The dog is being quarantined at the Turlock animal shelter for 10 days to check for rabies.

Pit bull attack lands Placentia woman in the hospital

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A pit bull attacked a woman in her Placentia home Tuesday, landing the victim in a hospital with cuts to her face, hands and arms.

The woman’s family has a male and a female pit bull. The male dog attacked the woman, who’s in her 40s, for unknown reasons about 1:30 p.m. in her home in the 700 block of E. Yorba Linda Boulevard, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

The woman’s adult daughter ran out of the house to get help, and a tree trimmer working in the area ran into the residence and beat the dog off the woman with a broom, Concialdi said. The tree trimmer then shepherded the dog into another room, closed the door, and authorities were called, he said.

Source: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2015/03/10/pit-bull-attack-lands-placentia-woman-hospital/

Dog which viciously mauled young woman and left her with horrific injuries is put down

Paola Sahovic may lose one of her arms following the attack by the pitbull mastiff cross breed at her home

Paola Sahovic who suffered serious injuries after a savage attack by her dog (pictured) in Mitchelstown, Cork.

Paola Sahovic who suffered serious injuries after a savage attack by her dog (pictured) in Mitchelstown, Cork.


A dog which viciously mauled a young woman leaving her with horrific injuries was put down earlier today.

Paola Sahovic may lose one of her arms following the attack by the pitbull mastiff cross breed at her home.

The woman in her 20s is recovering in hospital after she was savaged by the dog she owned with her partner Erik Kostesic.

Gardai confirmed a female had been attacked and helped by officers.

A spokesman said they responded to a call on Upper Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, shortly after 9am on Monday.

He added: “They discovered a woman had been attacked by a dog, a bull mastiff breed. The woman suffered serious injuries to her arms and was taken to Cork University Hospital.”

Locals said the dog was like a child to the young Croatian couple.

Ms Sahovic had uploaded a number of pictures to social media with her and the pitbull mastiff.

But on Monday morning the dog turned on Paola and left her with savage injuries to her hands and arms.

Locals said the pet spotted a cat and tried to chase it but when Paola stopped the animal it began mauling her.

Neighbours heard her screams for help and immediately alerted gardai, who are stationed just four doors away from the home she shares with Erik.

Officers jumped over a wall to gain access to the property and found the dog savaging Paola.

Two gardai were forced to hit the animal a number of times with their batons to subdue it.

The victim had surgery but it is believed doctors are fearful one of her arms may have to be amputated.

Read more: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/dog-viciously-mauled-young-woman-7252491

Pet pit bull euthanized after attacking Clinton Township man

Police were called to a house in the area east of Harper near 15 Mile Road at about 9 p.m. Jan. 7 after someone called 911 to report a pet pit bull was attacking a family member, Clinton Township Detective Lt. Eric Reincke said.

“The son who lives there was being attacked,” Reincke said. “When the officer arrived, family members were trying to hold the dog down. The victim had holes in his shirt sleeves and puncture wounds to his arm.”

Reincke said the son’s parents stabbed the dog several times in an effort to stop the attack, but the dog would not release the victim’s arm from its jaws.

As the officer approached, the dog growled at him, Reincke said.

The officer shot the dog with a Taser device to disable the animal, which ran into a bedroom as the family fled the house. The officer closed the bedroom door to trap the dog,

An animal control officer was called to the house and used two tranquilizer darts to subdue the dog. The owner signed over the dog to the animal control officer, and the dog was later euthanized. The victim underwent surgery at McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens for several bite wounds, Reincke said.

Girl Bit In Face By Pet Pit Bull While Sleeping

The Greenville Sun – (1/11/16)

A 7-year-old girl asleep in her bed Saturday night was attacked by her family’s pet pit bull dog and injured, sheriff’s Deputy Edwin Swatsell said in a report.

The girl was taken to the emergency department of Takoma Regional Hospital, where father Earl Stanley told deputies that Iva Stanley was sleeping in her bed at 566 Stephen Brooks Road when the dog “came in from outside and bit the child while she was still asleep,” the report said.

The girl suffered lacerations to her eye, cheek and jaw areas, the report said.

The dog was placed in a cage and the father brought the child to the hospital.


Pit bull attacks owners, putting both in hospital

Friday, January 8, 2016 – KEN JONES – [email protected]

On Thursday night, Dec. 31, at 7:52 p.m., Dyersburg Police received a dispatch advising of a caller that said: “A dog was biting a man and they could see it through the window at 1730 Wheeler Street.” When officers arrived on the scene, people were yelling, “The dog is inside killing Willie!”

According to the police report, the officer stated he observed a large, black, pit bulldog dragging the elderly male subject across the floor by his ankle. He believed the man to be deceased and advised the people to get behind the fence as he ran onto the porch of the residence. The officer opened the front storm door and yelled at the dog, which continued to viciously bite the male subject (William Nelson).”

Because Nelson was badly injured, lacerated, bleeding profusely and with broken bones, he couldn’t move. Only when the dog briefly turned away from its victim was the officer able to take a shot, then another, and a third, which struck the dog’s harness and caused the dog to exit the house through the storm door.

The officer alerted another officer at the scene that the dog was coming back around to the front yard, and as he looked out the front storm door the dog jumped at the fence as if to attack the people on the other side.

An officer moved the people away from the area, and the dog came up on the front porch by the storm door. In the report, an officer stated he opened the door slightly and shot the dog in the head before calling EMS, which he knew could not get in the residence while the dog was alive.

EMS arrived at the scene, and William Nelson was transported to Tennova Health Care Dyersburg Regional’s helipad and flown to the Med in Memphis. EMS advised of several broken bones and severe dog bites. Mrs. Nelson went to the Tennova Regional ER to receive treatment for her wounds as well.

William Nelson and his wife Martha “Jeannie” Nelson, who own several dogs, including Pepper, the 3-year-old pit bull that attacked them, are dog lovers. In fact, Mrs. Nelson, interviewed by phone on her way to the Memphis hospital where her husband is to undergo surgery, said this about pit bulls: “I’ll never own another one. That was my first and that’s my last! We’ve had Pepper ever since he was 3 weeks old because his mother was struggling to feed all her pups, and we bottle fed him, and he’s never showed that kind of aggression.”

Nelson was giving all the dogs treats when Pepper became vicious and bit her in the stomach. Mr. Nelson tried to intervene and the dog attacked him. Then Mrs. Nelson tried pulling the dog off, then sprayed the dog with pepper spray, and even threw hot water on him, but nothing would stop Pepper from attacking Mr. Nelson.

It took the Dyersburg Police Department and bullets to finally stop the vicious dog.

Read more: http://www.stategazette.com/story/2265897.html

Pit bull mauls four people at Klemzig

December 28, 2015 2:28am

FOUR people have been hospitalized — two with serious injuries — after a pit bull mauled its owners at Klemzig.

Police believe the attack was sparked when a woman known to a couple who own the dog pushed her way into their home and a fight broke out about 1.45pm yesterday.

The pit bull then attacked its owners and the woman before biting the father of the female owner as he tried to rescue them.

The dog’s owners were taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious injuries.

The female owner’s father was also taken to hospital with bite injuries.

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12A9A53DF4842D0BCE7F3AE74F341DC8_787_442A Gridley woman has died from injuries she sustained while trying to break up a fight between her pitbulls, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

When the woman failed to show up for work Wednesday deputies were asked to conduct a welfare check at her Dewsnup Lane home. They arrived around 3:30 p.m. and found the woman inside with bite marks on her body. Two large pitbull terriers were roaming the house.

Animal control officers were called to the home and the sheriff’s office launched an investigation.

According to a news release sent out Wednesday night, investigators determined the woman had tried to break up a fight between the dogs and sustained “grave” injuries as a result.

The sheriff’s office said relatives told deputies that both of the dogs were the woman’s pets.

The woman’s name is being withheld until all of her family has been notified.

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FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) — An American bulldog attacked its owner Tuesday night in Fayetteville, and it took sheriff’s deputies shooting the dog to stop it.

“[Deputies] attempted to get the dog off the man’s leg, and when they finally did break the dog’s bite, the dog became aggressive towards another animal at the house. And the gentlemen said ‘Just shoot him’,” said Sgt. Sean Swain with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies showed up at his home on Andrews Road Tuesday night to serve a subpoena. As they were leaving, they saw the bulldog attacking Glindeman. Deputies rushed over to help and were able to break the dog’s bite. Just as they started to treat the injury, the dog again went on the attack and started biting another family pet.

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SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) -Two people are recovering, after an attack inside their pick-up truck while they were driving down the road Thursday afternoon.

It all unfolded around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, just outside the Carriss Grocery store at the corner of Highway 44 & 714 in Shelbyville. That’s when the business owner and his wife heard the frantic cries for help and came running out to see what was happening.

“As soon as they pulled over they were crying for help and I ran up there to them,” said store owner June Lisby.

He couldn’t figure out what all the commotion was about.

When asked what he saw when he got to the vehicle, June said, “A lot of steamed up windows; couldn’t tell what was going on.”

Just then, the women’s son was able to get out. That’s when June realized the two were being attacked by their own pit bull inside their white pick-up truck.

“I knocked on the window and got the dog to come after me and then the young lady got out,” June said.

“Her whole shirt was covered in blood,” June’s wife Vivian Lisby said.

June’s wife Vivian called 911.

“Her arm was just like you couldn’t even see the bone; the bone was gone it was completely gone; just really sad,” Vivian said.

Police say the woman and her son were traveling with two small dogs and their pit bull inside this truck.

They stopped to look at rental property, and let the dogs out as they toured the neighborhood.

“Some neighboring dogs that were in the area started barking and they realized we’d probably better get our dogs back in our vehicle and they did and left, but one of their dogs they had in their vehicle was still agitated and stirred,” said Major Jason Rice with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

And as they drove off, police believe the pit bull went into attack mode, biting the son, and then turning his attention on the mom, who may lose her arm.

The husband came rushing to the scene as well, moving their truck and then rushing to Louisville to be with his wife and son as they both continue to recover.

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A Rotterdam man was seriously injured at his home on Rhijnauwensingel when his two dogs attacked him. A woman who tried to help was also injured. According to the police, the pit bulls were confiscated and put down.

The dogs’ owner was injured on his arms and legs. He was rushed to the hospital. According to RTV Rijnmond, there are concerns about whether he will ever be able to use his arms again.

It is unclear why the dogs attacked their owner.

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JACKSON, MI – A dog attacked a Jackson man early Saturday, causing severe head and facial injuries.

The man tried to remove something from the mouth of his dog, a 1.5-year-old male pit bull mix, and the dog responded aggressively, Jackson police Sgt. Adam Williams said.

Emergency personnel were called at 8:36 a.m. Nov. 28 to the man’s home in the 100 block of Bates Street.

The man went to Allegiance Health for treatment and the dog was taken to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Dangerous, impounded animals are not released for adoption, according to the county animal control and protection ordinance, and the dog was expected to be euthanized.

Williams said the owner or owners of the animal no longer wanted the dog in their home.

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ambulance_generic21A pit bull mauled its New Jersey owner Sunday, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition — the second serious attack by the breed in the tri-state area this month.

Jersey City police responding to a report of a dog attack just after midnight entered the South Street apartment of 36-year-old Antonio Garcia and found him covered in blood with wounds on his hands and stomach.

Outside the apartment, officers found Garcia’s friend, Daniel Gomez, being treated for a superficial dog-bite wound to his leg. Gomez told them he was hanging out with Garcia when the pit bull got out of its cage and attacked him.

Garcia was being treated in the intensive care unit at Jersey City Medical Center, police said.

The attack marked the second mauling by a pit bull in the area this month.

Nine-year-old Amiyah Dunston was attacked by a pit bull on Nov. 8 while playing with friends in their backyard on Long Island. She died from her wounds that day.

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A 36-year-old Rochester man is recovering from surgery after police say he was attacked by his own dog.

The incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 2000 block of 14th Street Northwest, when the man walked into the house and the dog “charged him,” the report says.

He told officers the dog was biting his hands and arms, and he believed the animal was trying to bite his neck, said Capt. John Sherwin. The victim estimated that the dog, which was described as a pit bull, was on him for about five minutes.

The man’s wife tried to pull the dog away, the report says, and the animal bit at her, too, leaving scratches and superficial bites. She screamed at the dog, which then went and laid down, Sherwin said.

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portage-man-killed-by-pet-pit-bull-11140 years old Eddie Cahill, was on the ground in his home in Portage, Indiana covered in bites and blood when his wife Blanca Rodriguez returned home at 5 p.m. from spending the day with her family.

Blanca was horrified to find her beloved husband on the floor in a puddle of his own blood.

Rodriguez also found one of the family’s dogs, 8-year-old Fat Boy, with a ring of blood around its mouth.

Rodriguez told reporters she never had problems with her pit bull before and called this a ‘freak accident.’
He loved the dogs,’ Rodriguez told reporters following her husband’s death
Unlike Fat Boy: Blanca told reporters her pit bull Fat Boy was playful and loving but told police that the dog was unpredictable and violent and that she told her husband to euthanize it in the past.

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54af5206408e6.image_-300x244@2x1-300x244Frederick Co. Man Eugene Smith Mauled to Death by Family Pit Bull

Police say an 87-year-old Maryland man was mauled to death by his family pit bull while taking down his Christmas tree.

The attack was reported just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eugene W. Smith’s home on Stonehouse Road in Frederick. Deputies say Smith was in the process of taking down a Christmas tree when his family’s 84-pound pit bull attacked him.

Smith was seriously injured in the mauling and hospitalized. He later succumbed to his injuries.

When sheriff’s deputies, Frederick police officers and Frederick County Animal Control arrived at the Stonehouse Road residence, the dog was still attacking Smith. Animal Control officers put a lead on the dog and contained it, Hatcher said.

Eugene “Smittie” Smith told co-workers at Clouse trucking that he often slept with the 84-lb neutered male pit bull that ended up mauling him to death Wednesday in his home while he an his son’s fiance were taking down Christmas ornaments.

Shocked co-workers said Smith was known for always having a pocketful of treats for any animal he met.

The four-year old dog was adopted by Smith and his son from a rescue organization in May. Officials are still looking into the dog’s background. The animal was euthanized after the deadly attack.

Officials have no history of complaints about the dog from neighbors.

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2015-brayden-wilson-fatal-dog-attackA 2-month-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon and his mother was injured when the family’s pit bull attacked the child inside their Dallas home, police said.

Police said a man left his son — later identified as Brayden Wilson — alone with the dog as he went outside to turn on their sprinkler system at their home on the 6800 block of Beechnut Street.

When the man walked back into the house, the dog was attacking the child as he sat in a bouncing chair, police said.

The dog then attacked the boy’s mother, biting her twice.

In a scene almost too sickening to imagine, a 2-month-old baby in a bouncy seat was attacked and fatally mutilated by the family’s pit bull.

The baby’s grandmother expressed the family’s complete shock. The dog had been in the family and around other children for eight years without problems, she said.

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A Spartanburg woman who was killed by a pit bull had been attempting to rescue her mother from the attacking dog, authorities say.

Porsche Nicole Cartee was pronounced dead inside her home when emergency responders arrived Saturday.

Spike, which has since been euthanized, had been the Cartee family’s pet for more than a decade.

Authorities say the pit bull “just snapped” when it began attacking the mother. Cartee’s sister was also injured. Her mother was hospitalized and her injuries may require surgery, while Cartee’s sister received treatment on scene, said Jamie Nelson, the director of Spartanburg County’s Office of Environmental Enforcement.

Those close to the 25-year-old described her as selfless.

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5 thoughts on “Pit Bull Owners Killed Or Seriously Injured By Their Own Dogs

  • KaD

    You can’t BREED a dog for centuries to be the ultimate canine killing machine, then get that out with a few bellyrubs. FORM follows FUNCTION in dog breeds. The greyhound has a deep chest, thin profile and long legs to SPRINT. The Malamute has furry underpaws, a particular gait, and thick fur to go the distance in very cold weather. The pit bull has a block head, muscular neck and shoulders, and strong bite to grip, hold, and shake its victims. A dog that was NOT predisposed to do these things would NOT look like a pit bull anymore.

  • Mary Conner

    One attack right after another! Something has to be done. I keep hearing any dog caN bite but when the details come out, it’s always a pit bull. (Let the dangerous chihuahua stories begin)

    • Robin

      Yes, those very dangerous Chihuahuas!
      One time I was posting about the dangers of pit bulls and I actually had a Nutter give me grief about my avatar because it had a photo of my daughter’s horse and myself. Good grief, any mud slinging will do!

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