Dog Attacks In The News

Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness believes it is important to stay informed on current affairs and issues relating to animal welfare and public safety. The following news links will feature information that may play a role in our mission. Daxton’s Friends believes that the media does an accurate job in reporting canine related incidents involving any breed of canine and does not find there is substantial evidence that only certain breeds are reported. However, many canine related incidents involving attacks on other canines do not make media news. If you have been involved in a canine attack, find a canine related incident that you think we should share, or just have a good dog story to tell, please e-mail us at [email protected]. *Abusive and/or deceitful emails are subject to being published in full.*

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Rabid dog attacks its owners

PEMBROKE — A dog in Pembroke has tested positive for rabies after being shot by its owner following an attack on Sunday.

According to Bill Smith, director of the Robeson County Health Department, the Chow mix attacked its owners — a father and daughter — after they had been away for a few days. The attack occurred on Eddie Road.

The father shot the animal and it has since tested positive for rabies, Smith said. Both victims have been advised to begin rabies treatments.

According to Smith, there was a horse in the area but no evidence has been found to suggest it had been attacked by the dog.


Elderly woman still in hospital after alleged attack by family dog

By Tiffany Neely – By [email protected] – Story Created: Mar 30, 2015 at 9:12 PM CDT

JACKSON, Tenn. — A 72-year-old woman was still in the hospital Monday after being attacked by the family Rottweiler Sunday afternoon, according to neighbors.

Tawanna Wright said she heard screams from her neighbor’s front yard. When she rushed out, she saw her elderly neighbor being mauled by the family’s Rottweiler. She said the attack lasted at least 15 minutes, during which she tried to distract the Rottweiler. The family’s other dog, a pit bull, would not let her get close. That is when she called 911.

“It was nerve wracking,” Wright said. “The Rottweiler had blood dripping from its mouth. I think everybody was a little freaked out.”


Fate of dog that attacked 78-year-old woman still unknown

Becca Habegger and Jeff Mondlock, WBIR – 6:49 p.m. EDT March 31, 2015

A dog owner, whose bulldog attacked a 78-year-old woman on a Farragut greenway, has come forward after his wife saw the story on WBIR.

According to the daughter of the victim, the owner has turned the English bulldog over to animal control.

The attack happened on the Turkey Creek Greenway in Farragut late Saturday morning.

Susan McGrath, 78, was walking by herself along the greenway. It’s a walk she takes nearly everyday, as she continues to recover from a full-right-knee replacement surgery she had in November.

When she passed a man walking a 60-to-80 pound English bulldog, McGrath told the owner, “You’ve got a beautiful dog.”

The owner replied, “He’s a rescue dog, and he’s 13 years old.”

As McGrath passed the two, she said the dog jumped on her. The owner still had him on the leash and tried to pull the dog down, but the dog jerked his head out of his collar, knocked her down and tried to attack her face.

Raising a now-heavily-bandaged arm, McGrath continued.

“So I put my arm up, and he just bit right through my arm and he wouldn’t let go, and so the man came over and pulled him off,” she said.

The owner told her to run, so McGrath – recovering right knee and all – ran to the nearest building, which happened to be CarMax, where she found employee Mike Blair.

“It was pretty obvious that she was very shaken up,” Blair recounted. “She had on a jacket and was holding her arm, and you could see puncture wounds in the jacket arm, so it was obvious that she had been attacked by something.”


Briefs: Dog attack, lane closures, $50K college grant

The Jackson Sun – 11:48 p.m. CDT March 29, 2015

Woman attacked by family dog

A 72-year-old Bemis woman was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital on Sunday night after being attacked by a family dog.

Jackson police said the woman was bitten by a rottweiler and had injuries to her forearms.

She was taken to the emergency room for treatment.


Coyote mauls service dog in a Carlsbad park

Owner concerned there’s a preschool close to park

 – Michael Chen – 10:26 AM, Mar 28, 2015

ARLSBAD, Calif. – Randy Slavin says he turned around for a brief second when his 15-year-old service dog disappeared, carried away by a coyote in a Carlsbad park.

On Sunday at about 5:30 PM Slavin let his dog Murphy off his leash when he heard a high-pitched yelp.

“I looked back and my heart dropped to my feet. He was gone,” said Slavin.

A moment later, Slavin was on the move, running to the underbrush where he heard the noise.

He started screaming, hoping to scare away his dog’s attacker.

After a minute of rustling noises, Murphy came out of the brush.

The attack left Murphy with bite wounds all around his neck, but he would survive.

The veterinarian confirmed it was likely the bite of a coyote.


Woman hurt, several horses bitten after dog attack in Trabuco Canyon


A dog believed to be a boxer mix attacked three Icelandic horses and their riders on a trail Friday in O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon, officials say.

One of the riders was thrown off her horse during the attack and was taken to a local hospital, according to an official with the O’Neill Regional Park Rangers. Two of the three horses suffered bite marks.

Helga Thordarson, of Trabuco Canyon, who was one of the riders, posted about the attack on Facebook and is asking for help identifying the dog’s owner.

Thordarson told the Register that the attack occurred at about noon on Friday. She and her friends were coming down from a trail peak when an off-leash dog ran past them.

She said the dog, which she estimates weighed 95 pounds, then turned around and bit her friend’s horse on the neck and legs.

“The attack was completely unprovoked,” said Thordarson.

Thordarson said she and her friends tried to beat the dog off the horses with riding crops to no avail.

The dog continued to attack the horses for three to five minutes and her horse, Tyr, was bitten multiple times, she said. One picture of Tyr’s neck she posted shows multiple bite wounds. She said her friend was thrown off her horse.


Roswell boy bitten by dog at baseball practice; dog released from quarantine days after capture

Created: 03/27/2015 4:47 PM  – By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A young Roswell boy has been badly wounded after he was attacked by a runaway dog during baseball practice. KOB has learned the dog was since released from quarantine.

Now, the victim’s mom is worried another child could get hurt.

Suanne Mestas says her 9-year-old son, Ryan, was standing in the outfield at baseball practice at Enchanted Lands park when out of nowhere, a dog running loose attacked him.

“[It was] jumping towards him and stuff and he didn’t even see it at first, and he turns around and sees it, and then the dog kind of like jumps on him.  Then finally, Ryan starts running from the dog and the dog is chasing him,” said Mestas.

The Doberman bit the third-grader in the back of the leg.

“He starts screaming and I start running down there; at that point, I didn’t even know the dog had bit him. I get down there and I said, ‘Ryan, are you ok?’ He’s like, ‘mom!’ and I look at his leg and he’s wearing pants, and there’s a big hole in his pants,” said Mestas.

Her son was rushed to the emergency room, where his wound required stitches and may require a skin graft.

“It not only broke his skin, but it took the skin with it,” said Mestas.

The 9-year-old has months of recovery ahead.


More shelter dogs euthanized because of spike in dog attacks

Residents on high alert

 – By  – 3/26/15

Residents are on high alert, but it’s also having a negative impact on shelter dogs. When a dog attacks someone, they are legally required to be quarantined in a kennel all by themselves.

That means there is less room to house adoptable dogs, and the shelter is forced to put them down.

It is not unusual for the Valencia County Animal Shelter to be at capacity with about 80 kennels. It is also not unusual for the shelter to quarantine dogs that bite people.

What is unusual is the high number of dog bites reported in Valencia County in the last couple of weeks, according to Erik Tanner, the Director of Valencia County Animal Control.

“Four of the dogs attacked two children and sent them to the hospital, and another group of three attacked a 14 year old girl and sent her to the hospital as well,” he said.

Tanner said a total of 11 dogs were involved in attacks. They all required ten days in quarantine.


New Hanover County police dog bites 8-year-old child

McClatchy Regional News – 3/26/15

An 8-year-old girl is in the hospital after she was bitten by a New Hanover County Sheriff ‘s Office police dog Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the K-9, trained by Deputy Charles Chapman, has been quarantined and an internal investigation into the incident is underway.

Brewer said Chapman was letting his dog exercise and use the bathroom in the back field of Myrtle Grove Baptist Church just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when a mother and child approached the K-9.

Chapman was motioning for the child to not approach the police dog, Brewer said, when the dog bit the girl in the leg. He said the child is being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for five puncture wounds to her leg.–year-old-child/article_18e51db0-d3ac-11e4-b8f4-6fe0c3e3537d.html


Child attacked by dog in Gwinnett County

By Natalie Tejeda – 3/26/15


A 4-year-old child is recovering after being mauled by a neighborhood dog. Nearly $5,000 later, the tot has 17 stitches and lots of emotional scarring.

Now his mother is speaking out. She says this isn’t the first time the dog has attacked a child in her Snellville neighborhood.

“I went inside the house and he came running around the corner here,” said Sara Hays. “And I heard him screaming. The next thing I know he’s over here by this tree. And he’s grabbing his pants and he’s saying he can’t walk.”

Hays is talking about her son, Xander. When you look at him now, the 4-year-old is racing around the park, but 14 days ago he was being raced to the hospital in an ambulance.

“The whole butt of his pants were eaten out and the bite marks just came down his leg,” said Hays. “If it would have been anywhere but his leg, he wouldn’t have made it. It would have been terrible.”

Others who live in the complex say the dog, a 15-year-old Akita who is now kept in the house, used to be tethered on the patio for hours at a time. In a report CBS46 obtained from Gwinnett County Animal Control, it shows at least three bite incidents involving the dog. However, neighbors say there have been more that weren’t reported.


12-year-old boy attacked by dog – 3/26/15


The owner of a dog that attacked a 12-year-old boy could be facing criminal charges.

The attack happened Tuesday night on Van Cura Drive off of I-37.

The boy suffered injuries to his face and arms but his condition has not been released.

Schenectady boy hospitalized after dog attack

The Daily Gazette – 3/25/15

— A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized after one or more dogs attacked him Wednesday on Avenue B in Schenectady, police said.

Police received a call around 3 p.m. for a report of a dog attack. The boy had sustained minor injuries and was transported to Ellis Hospital, said Sgt. Matthew Dearing.

He couldn’t say Wednesday night whether there was more than one dog involved or what kind of dogs were involved.


Oak Bluffs selectmen vote to euthanize German shepherd that killed

by Barry Stringfellow

The unanimous vote will have no immediate effect, because the dog was moved out of state.

Oak Bluffs selectmen took on the somber duty of deciding the fate of a 14-month-old German shepherd named Litchfield at a dangerous-dog hearing during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night. The hearing followed the dog’s deadly attack on a Jack Russell terrier on Sunday, March 8, on Olinda Avenue.

“It’s the most gruesome attack I’ve seen in my short time with the town,” Oak Bluffs animal control officer Anthony BenDavid told selectmen. “It was severe, it was quick, it was brutal, it was bad. It’s a tragic situation, and I don’t think it should happen again in this town.”

Mr. BenDavid unequivocally recommended that the selectmen vote to euthanize the German shepherd. However, during the course of a lengthy and at times emotional discussion, selectmen were informed by the dog’s owner, Rosemary Kaszuba, that she had already shipped her dog out of state.

“He was already scheduled to leave on April 1 for training,” Ms. Kaszuba said, adding that Litchfield is from world-champion lineage. “Out of respect for the community I sent him out of the state. He won’t be coming back to the state of Massachusetts.”

Edgartown attorney Rosemarie Haigazian, representing the Jack Russell owners Gary and Nora Jardin, asked Ms. Kaszuba to reveal the trainer’s identity and exactly where she sent her dog. Ms. Kaszuba said it was a trainer somewhere in upstate New York and that she didn’t know the exact location, to the audible disbelief of many at the well-attended hearing.

Ms. Kaszuba expressed deep regret for the Jardins’ loss, and proceeded to read letters from several dog trainers who said Litchfield was not a danger to humans.

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Dog attack puts Schenectady teen in hospital

SCHENECTADY — A 13-year-old boy was sent to Ellis Hospital Wednesday afternoon after being attacked by dogs on Avenue B, Schenectady police said.

The boy, who has not been named, had minor injuries, Sgt. Matthew Dearing said.


UPDATED: Man died of heart attack during Madison dog attack

Danielle Battaglia – Posted on Mar 25, 2015 – by Danielle Battaglia

MADISON — Like any other day of his American trip, Jose Cruz Cazares Robles left his family’s home and ventured into the chilly November air for his daily walk on Bethany Road.

Those would be the last steps the visitor from Mexico would ever take.

Four months to the day since sheriff’s deputies found Robles, 62, dead at the bottom of an embankment on McCollum Road, a state medical examiner’s report confirmed what many have long suspected: The heart attack that killed Robles was brought about by a standoff he had with a pack of dogs roaming the rural neighborhood.

The dogs were hounds and blue heelers, a type of cattle dog, and they were running free in violation of the county’s leash laws.

“Bleeding and stress from a dog attack and resultant injuries most likely contributed to death,” according to the autopsy report released Monday.

Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer said he’s evaluating the case to see if charges will be filed against Daniel McCollum, owner of the dogs.

McCollum couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

His 14 dogs are being held at the Rockingham County Animal Shelter in Wentworth as officials ponder whether the dogs should be returned or euthanized.

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Dispatch: Arrests; ‘Daisy’ recovering from dog attack; Wallet taken from shopping cart; Shoplifters caught

A 28-year-old Riverton man was cited for Dog At Large. Deputies were called to the 600 block of Freedom Drive on the report of a vicious dog at that location that had killed another smaller dog. According to a sheriff’s office report, a bloodhound-type dog had attacked and killed a dachshund. The owner of the attacking dog was located and cited.

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Rock Hill man walking puppy reports Saint Bernard attack

[email protected] – 3/23/15

A Rock Hill man told police he was bitten and scratched by a Saint Bernard while walking his daughter’s puppy Sunday afternoon.

In the incident on Forest Lane, the man told officers that the larger dog ignored owner’s commands and came into the roadway where he was walking, so he picked up the puppy. The Saint Bernard then jumped on him, scratching and biting him, the man said.

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Bichon bite worse than bark at Tilley Pond Park

Darien News – 3/24/15

Police are investigating a dog fight at Tilley Pond Park on West Avenue last Thursday during which two bichon frises owned by a Greenwich man bit a Stamford woman’s finger when she attempted to stop them from attacking her chocolate Labrador, according to Darien Police Detective Mark Cappelli.

The bichon frises were taken into custody for a state mandated 14-day quarantine for biting a person, Cappelli said.


Stray dog bites 12 y/o girl; strays a problem in Ardmore – 3/20/15

ARDMORE In the past six months, more than 3,000 calls have been made to the Ardmore police regarding stray animals. Earlier this week, a 12-year-old girl was bitten by a stray dog while playing in her own yard.

Nikomi Blackwood, 12, was playing in her backyard when she said she saw two stray dogs without collars charging at her.
One of the dogs bit her in the leg, breaking the skin, but instead of panicking she looked for help.

“I threw a rock at both of them and they both ran away,” Blackwood said.

Blackwood said the dog that bit her was brown and red and looked like she had just had a litter of puppies. The other dog looked like a Dalmatian mixed with a Great Dane.


Updated: Dog attacks 2-year-old girl

By Amber Vann – 3/19/15

A two-year-old girl was viciously attacked by a dog on Wednesday, March 18, marring her face and upper body with severe wounds that may require cosmetic surgery, according to reports. The attack happened near the intersection of 177th Rd. and 120th Rd. in Western Suwannee County. The girl, Marina Aldama, was treated by medics at the scene until she was life flighted to UF Health in Gainesville. She was in stable condition when she was transported, according to Public Safety Director James Sommers. As of Thursday, March 19, she remained stable after undergoing hours of surgery according to her father, Jose Aldama.

“It was a significant dog attack,” said Sommers. “She will probably need cosmetic surgery. Her face, shoulders, upper torso, and back of the head were wounded.”–year-old-girl/article_87ddce0e-ce45-11e4-9c7e-dfca68bec119.html


Questions linger after dog mauls boy

By John Boel – 3/18/15

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The pictures were disturbing. The sights and sounds of sewing him back together were worse.

Five-year-old Barrett Graeter was attacked by a dog named Toothless, after the police report noted a “large dog got loose from being restrained on a leash” in Jeffersonville.

Three weeks later, he was finally healed enough so his mom would let him talk to me.

[VIEW: Boy’s injuries after being mauled by dog]

“I was trying to climb the fence but he grabbed my shoe and pulled me down and then started attacking me,” said Barrett. “He was starting to grab my shoe first, and then the face, then the leg. His tail whacked me on the side, when he was biting this side.”

I asked him how he was able to escape.

“I punched him,” he said. “He was like, ‘rrrrrr,’ kept biting, was trying to bite through my leg.”

The boy’s face, arms, torso and right leg were badly injured.

“I met him at the hospital. I had to be escorted out of ER from him crying, the screams,” said his mother, Leslie Graeter.

The police report notes “Jeffersonville Animal Control responded to the scene and cited the dog’s owner for a vaccination violation.”


Rosebud Sioux Council Reaffirms Animal Control Ordinances

JIM KENT – 3/19/15

The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council met this week to discuss plans for preventing another fatal dog attack like the one that occurred last Saturday. The council’s primary goal was to act with respect toward any dogs on the reservation as well as their owners, and the tribal membership as a whole.

The loss of Julia Charging Whirlwind from a dog attack last weekend has been a blow to the Swift Bird community and the entire Rosebud Sioux Reservation. The long-time counselor at the Spotted Tail Crisis Center was a mother and grandmother as well as a vital member of her tribe.

Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council Representative Wayne Frederick says the goal of the tribal leadership is to act rationally about an incident that has torn at the hearts of many.

“The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is handling this situation in the most respectful manner that we can,” Frederick explains. “It is not a killing spree. We are just trying to get control of the feral dog population.”

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Duluth dog owner offers warning after wolf attack

By Written by Kevin Jacobsen – 3/18/15

She says the pooch suffered puncture wounds and bruises and had to get stiches and staples.

Zupancich says her husband saw the dog being carried away by the wolf.

“This animal had picked Max up by the neck, and Max weighs 36 pounds, and carried out of the front yard, across the street and was getting ready to enter the woods,” said Zupancich. “At that time when my husband was running down the driveway and screaming at this animal dropped Max on the other side and ran into the woods.”

Zupancich says she and her husband have been in touch with both Duluth Police and the Department of Natural Resources about the incident.

She fears the wolf is still on the prowl in the neighborhood.


Woman injured after minor dog bite while hiking in Eaton Canyon

PASADENA >> A woman went to the hospital Monday afternoon after she was bit by a dog while hiking in Eaton Canyon, Pasadena Fire Department officials said.

The woman, described as being in her 30s, was hiking with a group below the first waterfall when she came across a mid-sized German shepherd mix with the dog owner, according to fire department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

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Someone steals nitrous oxide tanks from hospital | Federal Way Police Blotter

by MIRROR STAFF REPORTS,  Federal Way Mirror Contributor – 3/16/15

Children witness deadly dog attack: At 12:45 p.m. on March 8 in the 2800 block of S. 288th St., two children witnessed a large dog attack a small dog at the bus stop near the entrance to Camelot Square. One of the children contacted an officer and brought him over to his sister who sat there, covered in blood, crying.

The small dog was wrapped in a sweater on her lap as she told police it died. The girl said the dog who attacked the other dog was a large white dog with brown spots and ran across 288th Street. The children said the big dog shook the little dog and then tossed it into the air. People in cars honked, yelled and stopped their vehicles.

The girl said a man in his 20s came out of his residence, scolded the big dog and took it into his home. The children tried to take the small dog to Crestwood Vet but it was closed and the dog looked to already be deceased. The owner of the dog called to let police know they take full responsibility for the incident as it was out of character for the dog and her son was watching it at the time.


Judge to decide fate of dog involved in attack

 By  – 3/16/15

WEST BATH, Maine —A judge is considering whether the state of Maine will euthanize the pet of a disabled veteran from West Bath.

There are questions about whether the man’s pet is a dog or a wolf hybrid.

The case went to trial Monday and the animal in question, Myriah, was at the courthouse. She hasn’t been with her owner since late last year.

George Boynton, 61, said he got the dog when she was a puppy. The disabled Vietnam War veteran lives in West Bath and said Myriah has had a profound impact on his life.

“She is my emotional support animal. She’s who puts the sunshine in my days. She’s my little everything. She’s my stability,” Boynton said.

Prosecutors said in November, Myriah attacked a dog. Boynton said his pet was just playing.

“This canine isn’t full of a whole lot of hostility toward living things.”

But that incident prompted authorities to take the dog away from Boynton and raised questions about whether she is a dog or a wolf hybrid, something Boynton himself had touted.

His fight to get his dog back took him to trial on Monday.

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Veteran allowed to keep dog taken away by authorities

Judge says Myriah likley dog not wolf hybrid

By  – 3/18/15

WEST BATH, Maine —A judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that a disabled West Bath veteran will get to keep his dog after it was involved in an attack last year.

Prosecutors said that in November, the dog, Myriah, attacked another dog.

“We just wanted to be able to walk our dog without having 130-pound Myriah jumping on her – which they explained as puppy play but it was aggressive. It was terrifying for us and it was damaging to our dog,” said Susan Knowles, whose dog was bitten.

George Boynton, 61, a Vietnam War veteran, said his pet was just playing.

The incident prompted authorities to take the dog away from Boynton and raised questions about whether she is a dog or a wolf hybrid.

The case went to trial on Monday where the judge fined Boynton for having an unlicensed and dangerous dog that was off-leash in public but waited to decide the dog’s fate.

Wednesday afternoon, the judge said that Myriah is more likely a dog and not a wolf hybrid.

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ETX woman dies in suspected dog attack

CBS KYTX – 3/13/15

SULPHUR SPRINGS (KYTX) – Police in Sulphur Springs suspect a 78-year-old woman died from injuries when her dog attacked her.

Police say family members of Betty Wood went to the woman’s home to check on her when they found her body Thursday evening.

Authorities say it appears her dog, a Rottweiler, attacked her for some unknown reason.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of death. Police say their initial investigation leads them to believe Wood died from the dog attack.


Elderly Sulphur Springs woman dies after dog mauling

By Ashley Slayton – 3/13/15

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) –An elderly Sulphur Springs woman was mauled to death by her pet Rottweiler on Thursday night, police say.

Betty Wood, 78, was killed during the attack at her home in the 1000 block of north Davis Street.

According to Police Chief Jay Sanders, the department received a call about 7 p.m. of a possible deceased person. The woman’s daughter, who lives next door, went to check on her mother and found Wood’s body. Wood lived alone in the home.

“It was really bad,” Sanders said. “Just a terrible situation. It really was.”

The department was able to determine through an initial investigation that she was killed by the family pet, which she had owned for about five years. A medical examiner confirmed the findings.

“I’ve been doing this 30 years and that scene was about as gruesome as I’ve ever seen,” Sanders said.


Husky Dog Bites Another Dog And Owner Multiple Times; Eludes Capture – 3/15/15

McKamey animal control officials are asking for help from the community in locating a Siberian Husky that was involved in the attack on another dog and the dog’s owner in the area behind Kohl’s on Gunbarrel Road.

The attack resulted in multiple bites to the other dog and the dog’s owner.  Officers tried to capture the dog shortly after the incident, but the dog eluded capture.

The dog was later picked up by a resident from the Gunbarrel Road area and transported to the Wilson/Ooltewah Ringgold Road area but the dog escaped from the fenced yard at this home when it was confined.

The dog is described as a very large male Siberian Husky, black and white in color. He might be neutered. He has a very distinguishing feature, in that the entire center/top portion of his nose is pink, not black. The dog was last seen in the area of Indian Creek Lane.


Vicious dog seized after killing smaller dog, owner cited

Posted by Region 8 Newsdesk – 3/14/15

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro dog owner was cited this week after her dog jumped a fence and killed a smaller dog.

Jonesboro police said the dog that jumped the fence on Meador Road was a Labrador mix and the dog that died was a Chihuahua.

This is the second dog attack of this type within a week.

Seargent Larry Rogers with Jonesboro Animal Control asks pet owners to be aware of the animals they own.

“For the large dog owner or owner that has an animal that knows it can, has the capabilities of jumping the fence, then you’re going to have to step up your responsibility some,” Rogers said. “You’re going to have to watch it and you are accountable for what your animal does.”

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Woman killed by wild dogs on reservation

Associated Press – 9:39 a.m. CDT March 16, 2015

WHITE RIVER — A 49-year-old woman on the Rosebud Indian Reservation has died following an attack from a pack of wild dogs.

Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom tells KELO-TV he found 49-year-old Julie Charging Whirlwind surrounded by dogs around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He says he shot and killed two of the dogs so emergency responders could reach the woman.

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Mother of 5 killed by dog pack on Rosebud Reservation

ABC KSFY – Posted: Sun 7:13 PM, Mar 15, 2015

A mother of five was killed by a pack of wild dogs, the Melette County Sheriff told KSFY News.

It happened in the Lower Swift Bear Community in western White River early Saturday morning.

The sheriff says Julia Charging Whirlwind, 40, was walking home when the dogs attacked.

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Community In Shock After Woman Killed By Pack Of Dogs

Rachel Skytta, KDLT News Weekend Anchor, [email protected] – 3/16/15

WHITE RIVER, S.D. – It’s the second time in the past four months that someone has been attacked and killed by packs of dogs on South Dakota’s Indian reservations. This time, a 49-year-old woman on the Rosebud Reservation.

Officials say Julia Charging Whirlwind of the Lower Swift Bear community was simply walking home from a friend’s house when she was brutally attacked.

“She was a well respected member of the community. It was a terrible tragedy,” said Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom.

Blom was one of the first to arrive after Julia was attacked.

“I shot a couple dogs and the ambulance removed the victim to the hospital, and she was pronounced dead shortly after,” said Blom.

This attack comes just months after an 8-year-old girl was also killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Fort Hall Fish and Game fatally shoot dogs after chicken attack

By Michael H. O’Donnell – 3/15/15

FORT HALL — A dog owner on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation is upset that tribal Fish and Game officers killed two of his dogs last Wednesday, but the officers say the dogs were fatally shot after they killed chickens near Swore Farms.

“My dogs were murdered because they weren’t given the benefit of the doubt that they were someone’s babies who simply got out of their fenced yard,” said owner Brian Murdock.

    The dogs that were destroyed were a Rottweiler and a pug.

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Dog to be added to dangerous list again after new attack

Stephanie Ingersoll,, The Leaf-Chronicle – 5:12 p.m. CDT March 13, 2015

It’s been more than three years since Lobo has been on Montgomery County’s Dangerous Dogs List.

But that certainly doesn’t mean he has been behaving, neighbors on Teakwood Drive say. They say the Alaskan Malamute has attacked two other dogs since killing Christi Rodriguez’s cat in August 2009. On Tuesday, Rodriguez helped pull Lobo off her neighbor’s mixed-breed dog, Tubby, and then held the blood-covered Malamute until Clarksville police arrived only to hand the dog back over to its owner.

Both Rodriguez and Tubby’s owner, Kerri Bishop, say not enough is being done to protect the dogs and children in their Pondiwood subdivision from a dog they say doesn’t deserve another chance.

“Those dogs should have been taken from there before,” said Rodriquez, who watched helplessly as her cat, Isis, was killed by Lobo in 2009. “They are running loose and attacking pets.”

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12-year-old treated after a dog attack in Overbrook

By Karen Kane / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 3/15/15

A 12-year-old girl required hospital treatment after she was bitten in the face by a pet dog, according to Pittsburgh police.

Spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the girl was bitten shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday at a location in the 400 block of Antenor Avenue in Overbrook. She said the child was taken to UPMC Mercy in stable condition.

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Can’t keep a good pony down

Tyler Mask – Posted on Mar 12, 2015 – by Tyler Mask

MILLSAP — Evander is a mighty horse, not in stature, as he weighs approximately 180 pounds, but in resilience.

When euthanasia was considered after the Shetland pony suffered what appeared to be a violent dog attack to its head, Craig Sweatt, DVM, owner of Mobile Veterinary Services, stepped in to give Evander a fighting chance.

“I saw an animal that needed help, and he didn’t want to die,” Sweatt said.

Parker County Sheriff’s animal control officers responded to a call in the 100 block of Arvel Drive near Azle Feb. 3. The officers found the maimed Shetland wandering along the road.

“The Shetland had no ears and the facial muscles had been ripped off of its face,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “It’s a senseless tragedy that could have been 100-percent avoidable had the horse’s owner simply followed the law and kept it properly contained.”

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Third alpaca attack reported in Polly Peak

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor – 3/12/15

A third dog attack on a herd of alpacas in Polly Peak occurred the afternoon of Tuesday, March 3, resulting in the death of a pregnant alpaca.
No one witnessed the attack, which happened on Broad Oak Drive, and the dogs involved remain unidentified, according to Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt King.
During an initial attack on Feb. 9, a rare red breeding male was killed and several other alpacas injured.
The morning of Monday, Feb. 23, a second attack occurred on the penned alpaca herd. That incident resulted in two rare red males having to be euthanized. “The dogs tore the face off one of the alpacas, but he was still alive until he was put down,” the owner said. “It was more horrible than anyone can imagine.”
The face of a pregnant female alpaca was also destroyed, but veterinarian medical personnel at the Bandera Veterinary Clinic attempted to save the mother and the baby. Two other injured alpacas were also transported to the clinic on Highway 16 for treatment.
According to Mark Richardson, DVM, unfortunately, the pregnant female died from her injuries about a week after the attack; one of the males is doing well; and the other is still suffering from significant injuries. The two alpacas remain at the clinic.
During the second attack, a neighbor killed one of the dogs involved, a Rottweiler-shepherd mix, weighing 55 to 60 pounds with a black, white and tan long-haired coat. Additionally, a second dog, a 25-pound retriever mix with a light beige- or blond-colored coat, might have been hit.
On Feb. 9, two dogs were impounded when BCSO Deputy JD Nowlin identified them as having possibly been involved in the fatal attack. Nowlin’s law enforcement report indicated that one dog had blood on its face, snout and chest when impounded.
Shortly after the dogs were transported to the Bandera County Animal Shelter, a black and white pit-boxer mix was released to its owner, also a resident of Broad Oak Drive. However, the owner declined to pick up a three-legged white mixed breed female. That dog was released to a local animal rescue organization.

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City ordinances address vicious dogs

By Elisa Sand – 3/13/15

Complaints to law enforcement concerning animals are emotional for all parties involved, and city ordinances give Aberdeen officials the authority to impose various requirements once a dog has been categorized as vicious.

Aberdeen City Attorney Ron Wager said that since he started the job last year, he’s had more contact with Aberdeen’s animal control officer John Weaver than any other aspect of law enforcement. In reviewing the city animal ordinances, Wager said they provide a good template for officers to evaluate any animal incident.

The Aberdeen City Council fielded questions Monday from Pat Moore of Aberdeen regarding an incident in which his child was bitten by his neighbor’s dog. Moore said there was a prior incident involving the neighbor’s dog and another dog, and he asked why something wasn’t done after the initial report.

Monday’s discussion left out several details about the dog in question. Wager said the first incident, involving the neighbor’s Rottweiler dog, happened in the neighbor’s yard. The Rottweiler was bitten by a dog that came into its yard and it subsequently bit back, Wager said. At that time, Wager said, the Rottweiler was impounded and observed, then released with the condition that updated shot records and licensing be provided.

Aberdeen Police Chief Dave McNeil said that with a cat or dog bite complaint, the first thing law enforcers check is rabies shot records.

“Rabies is deadly and quite common in South Dakota,” McNeil said. “The law requires a 10-day quarantine.”

In minor cases, McNeil said, the quarantine can be completed at home if certain conditions are met. Otherwise, the quarantine is at the city animal shelter at the owner’s expense. If the animal shows signs of being sick, the victim is notified and the animal is tested.

No vicious dog determination was made after the original call, Wager said, and the owner of the dog that bit the Rottweiler didn’t want to see further action. With any case, Wager said, officials evaluate the situation to determine if the dog can be returned safely to its owner or if restrictions should be put in place.

When Moore’s daughter was bit, the dog was once again taken to the pound for observation, Wager said. At that time, he said, Weaver contemplated declaring the Rottweiler as vicious.

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Dogs attack animals at DeLand Middle School FFA compound

By Joe Crews – BEACON STAFF WRITER – 3/12/15

A pack of wild dogs, described by witnesses as a golden retriever and at least two Rottweilers, somehow got into an animal pen at DeLand Middle School March 8 and killed a goat and her day-old baby.

The dogs also injured a number of other goats — four pregnant ones and two more in another pen, according to a DeLand police report.

A parent said three lambs also were attacked. The parent also said this was the third dog attack in six weeks.

The livestock — goats, lambs, hogs and cattle — are being bred and raised by students in the DeLand Middle School FFA program. Some animals are owned by students and their families, but others are raised collectively by the 125 students in the school chapter, said Carrie Owen, DeLand Middle’s agriculture instructor and FFA adviser.

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3-year-old bitten by dog in unprovoked attack, police said

By THOM LEAVY Staff Writer – 3/12/15

WASHINGTON TWP. ― In an apparently unprovoked attack, a 3-year-old child was bitten by a pet Bullmastiff at a Schooley’s Mountain Road home on Saturday, setting off a series of precautions to ensure the animal was not rabid.

The girl was playing with the 2-year-old dog just before noon when he was bitten on the top and back of the head.

The parents quickly separated the dog from the child and placed the dog in a crate, police said.

They called 9-1-1 and the child was then transported to Morristown Medical Center by the Long Valley First Aid Squad. Her condition was not available.

The Bullmastif is a large, powerful but sensitive dog, that can weigh as much as 130 pounds. For a Bullmastiff to become a well-behaved family member, consistency is needed. Training and socialization is very important because the breed can be independent, according to an American Kennel Club report. The breed also is considered a natural guardian of the home and owners.

Police Lt. Douglas Compton said it was unclear why the dog had bitten the girl. He said dog bites are occasionally reported but there have been no known cases of rabies.

Public Health Officer Chris Cooke-Gibbs said in her 29 years with the Health Department, there have been no cases of rabies in pets.

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Local Woman Attacked by 2 Dogs Found Lying in Front Yard

By: Lanetra Bennett – March 11, 2015

Quincy, FL – A Gadsden County woman was treated for injuries after she was attacked by two dogs.

Deputies ultimately shot and killed one of the dogs.

It was a couple driving by the house on Ben Bostick Road in Quincy that found the woman Wednesday morning. Gadsden County deputies say she was lying face down in the front yard, with two dogs hovering over her body.

Gadsden County deputies say the dogs ripped the woman’s clothes to shreds, leaving her with nothing but her underwear on. Deputies say she had bite marks on the back of her thigh, arm pits, and rib cage and stomach areas.

Maj. Shawn Wood says, “There’s a lot of children in that neighborhood. So, we had concern.”

The dogs were described as medium to large mixed breed dogs, and very aggressive.

Deputies say they had to spray mace to get the dogs away from the woman. The dogs then ran away. Authorities searched for them in the neighborhood.

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Police Dog Attacks 11-Year-Old Boy During Search For Fugitive In Hotel [Video]

INQUISITER – 3/11/15

A police dog attacked an 11-year-old boy during a search for a fugitive Monday afternoon. News Channel 3 reports that the incident happened in Virginia Beach at an America’s Best Inn, the boy’s grandfather, Spencer Luedke, says. The boy and his mother were staying there at the time when Virginia Beach Police were searching through the building with K9s to find a bank robbery suspect. A theft had happened at a Wells Fargo a short time before.

Police say as soon as the K9 team began their search, the boy came down the hallway and ran into one of the dogs. The police dog attacked the boy in reaction to being startled. Law enforcement helped the boy and is mother until rescue teams arrived at the scene. The child was treated at a hospital, received some stitches, and was released.



Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes can’t escape the canines


Hero Dog Fights Off Coyote Attack On Shih Tzu In North Stamford

by Frank MacEachern – 3/10/15

STAMFORD, Conn. — Kipp, a 2-year-old Shih Tzu, has a great friend in Lexie, a 7-year-old golden retriever who fought off a wild coyote in a vicious attack last week that left Lexie with serious bite marks to her left front leg and her Stamford owner calling her a hero.

In one of a series of coyote attacks on dogs in North Stamford last week, Kerie Boshka of Red Fox Road said she heard a commotion when she was outside shoveling snow.

“I was shoveling and my husband came running outside, grabbed the shovel from me and literally had to fight the coyote off with the shovel,” said Boshka, who owns both dogs. “(The coyote) was trying to get around my husband to get at my dogs. It was pretty intense.”

Lexie was bitten in the mouth but that wound is healing quickly, said Boshka, who called Lexie a hero. However, the bites to Lexie’s front right leg were very serious and required two trips to the vet and medication, she said.

Kipp, who had been pinned by the coyote at one point, was saved from injury as Lexie jumped in to confront the coyote, Boshka said.

In the same area last Wednesday morning, Judy Klym of Wire Mill Road grabbed a shovel to chase away a coyote after it attacked her 75-pound, 7-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Brix.

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Boyle: Disabled veteran stunned by dog bite, owner’s actions

John Boyle, [email protected]10:39 a.m. EDT March 9, 2015

If people could just be decent to one another in this world, we’d all be a lot better off.

Just ask Shiloh resident Willie Brown, who got attacked by a large boxer in October just outside of the Pet Supermarket on Tunnel Road. An army veteran who’s on service-related disability, Brown had recently had a left knee replacement surgery through the VA hospital when he went to the store to get food for his girlfriend’s dog.

“You hear a dog barking at a place like that and you think he’s barking at one of the other dogs,” said Brown, 53. “But he came up on me as soon as I stepped off the sidewalk. Pushed me down. I’m rolling on the asphalt, and he grabbed my leg and just started shaking it.”

It was the same knee he’d had surgery on. The boxer, about 75 pounds and all white except for a brown spot on his head, clamped down and shook with all its might.

The puncture wounds are still visible on Brown’s knee.

Now, what gives this “dog bites man” story its twist is the dog owner’s behavior. She had her dog on a retractable leash and was talking on a cell phone when the boxer went after Brown.

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Officials tranquilize dog after it attacks woman in SE Houston

Author: Phillip Mena, Anchor/Reporter, [email protected] – 3/5/15

HOUSTON – Animal Control workers were forced to tranquilize a dog Thursday afternoon it attacked a woman walking down a southeast Houston street.

“They didn’t bark at all,” Andrea Manuel said of the two dogs that attacked her while she walked to work.  “They just came straight and attacked me.”

Manuel said the dogs jumped a fence in front of a home on England Street. She said a neighbor had to fire his gun into the air to get the dogs off her.

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Selectmen call for permanent restraining order for Norfolk dog

By Heather Gillis Harris – [email protected] – Posted Mar. 7, 2015 at 8:21 AM

NORFOLK — Selectmen recently voted to approve a permanent restraining order for a dog that allegedly attacked and injured other dogs.

The dog in question, Buddy, is a mixed breed Labrador/husky owned by Gary Sheehan of 48 Noon Hill. Three different complaints have been filed against Buddy, according to selectmen.

“The complaints were inspired by the dog attacking their pets,” said Animal Control Officer Hilary Cohen.

Two of the three alleged incidents took place in Norfolk, the third in Medfield, Cohen said.

According to the first report, Buddy attacked a leashed dog and bit him on the head. The injured dog was wearing a jacket, so none of the wounds penetrated, Cohen said.

Buddy is accused of attacking a second leashed dog on a public way in Norfolk.

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8 Richmond County-owned goats killed in dog attack

By Tiffany Takahashi – 3/6/15

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – Eight goats owned by Richmond County were killed in a dog attack Thursday, according to Augusta Animal Services.

About 13 goats were being used at a retention pond of Spirit Creek Road to help maintain the grass and brush. Five of those were killed by the dogs, and three others had to be euthanized after the attack.

Four other goats are being treated for injures, and one goat was not injured at all.

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Owner identified in attack by dogs on city goats

By Susan McCord – 3/9/15

Augusta Animal Services has released the name of the owner of two dogs who attacked and killed several city-owned goats used to graze a detention pond.

Michael Todd Robinson, 53, of the 1400 block of Issac Way in Hephzibah, was charged with failing to keep two dogs under control, causing the death of four goats and injuries to seven at the Mitchell Place pond Friday.

In all, Robinson’s dogs led to the deaths of eight of 13 goats housed at the fenced site. Three were euthanized Friday due to the severity of their injuries, while a fourth died Saturday, according to documents obtained through an open records request.

The report indicates Robinson surrendered the dogs, Chow mixes named “Cinnabun” and “Baby,” to animal services Friday, acknowledging that they will be euthanized if “poorly socialized, aggressive, sick or injured and due to lack of space.”

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Coyotes Seen Going After Large Dogs In Stamford, Connecticut

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Coyotes were attacking in Connecticut this week, with three reports of the animals hunting down dogs.

Luckily, all the dogs survived. But as CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, animal control officials said there is a big reason some big dogs are becoming prey.

At least one coyote has been making the rounds in suburban Stamford – looming dangerously close to homes and setting its sights on several family dogs.

“There was something following (my dog); chasing her,” said Stamford resident Karen Hart.

Hart snapped a photo of her 2-year-old shepherd mix, named Kylie, running for her life.

“She got into the house and I slammed the door just as the coyote was approaching the front door,” Hart said.

There were four attacks in a period of one week.

All the dogs got away with minor cuts and scratches. But several owners have decided to keep their pets inside, alarmed at the coyotes’ brazen tactics.

“This is very odd, because three of the dogs — a shepherd mix, a golden retriever and a German short-haired pointer – all obviously much larger than this coyote,” said Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin.

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Orange Walk boy remains hospitalized following mauling

Thursday, March 5, 2015.BMG: A six year old boy from Orange Walk town remains hospitalized after a vicious mauling this morning.

The child was at home, when sometime between 10:30 am and 11 am, a German Shepherd pounced on the child in the yard.

It is not known what triggered the attack, but reports say the little boy sustained multiple bites, including large wounds to the face and back.

The child was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital for medical treatment and that is where he remains tonight.

Sources from Orange Walk say that the German Shepherd involved in this morning’s incident has been known to attack other dogs that stray into the yard where the incident occurred.

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Off-leash dog bites 3rd-grader during recess


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Chapman Elementary 3rd-grader is recovering after being bitten in the leg by a dog during recess on Wednesday.

Aidia Love was on a play structure during recess when the unleashed dog came running up to her. She was bitten in the leg and was taken to the hospital. The 8-year-old is on antiobiotics and on crutches.

“The dog ran over and it started to attack five of the children, it ripped a hole in one of the kid’s jeans and then it got a hold of my daughter,” Aida’s mother Whitney Love told KOIN 6 News.

The school district said no other children were injured.

Her mother is furious with the owner of the Golden Labrador puppy that bit Aidia.

“At the moment that it got a hold of my daughter she came apparently running over and took the dog away,” Whitney said. “As the teacher scolded her and said, ‘you need to put your dog on a leash,’ she said, ‘oh I’m so sorry, I have children,’ and then as the teacher attended to the five other children that were being injured, she took off.”

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Letter carriers learn how to fend off dog attacks

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Local letter carriers got a lesson Thursday in how to fend off dog attacks while delivering the mail.

A trainer with Sit Means Sit met with carriers in National City to teach them how to avoid dangerous dogs and what to do if they attack.

The postal service says dog bites and dog-related injuries usually peak in March or April, when kids are out of school for spring break.

Local letter carriers have reported 59 dog bites and incidents so far this year.

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Dog owners meet after fatal pet attack in Olney

By Terri Hogan Staff Writer – 3/4/15

Mary Allman of Olney has found a sense of closure and peace, after learning the identify of and meeting with the owners of the golden retriever that attacked her Maltese, causing injuries that led to the dog’s death.

After seeing an article in last week’s Gazette, neighbors alerted the golden retriever’s owners, who contacted the county police’s Animal Services Division.

“We have learned where Junior, the Golden Retriever who injured Renny lives, who the owners are, their sorrow about the death of Renny and their willingness to commit to a payment plan,” Allman wrote in an email to The Gazette on Friday evening.

She said the family told her that their 7-year-old dog has never displayed behavior problems.

Allman learned that the teenage boy who appeared at the park and had tried to stop the attack had told his family what happened, and they drove around the neighborhood looking for Allman and Renny, to no avail.

On Saturday, Allman met with the dog’s owners, whom she did not identify.

“We had a pleasant and productive meeting, without lawyers or police officers,” Allman said. “Both David and his mom repeatedly said how sorry they are for what happened.”

Allman said the family is considering putting the dog down, or perhaps returning it to its breeder’s place in the country, where it would have space to run free.

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Woman stabs, kills her dog after surprise attack

Heidi Fenton | hfenton@mlive.comBy Heidi Fenton | [email protected] – on March 03, 2015 at 10:38 AM

BARRY COUNTY, MI — A Hastings woman being bitten in the face by her dog managed to get away after she stabbed the animal with a pocket knife, The dog later died of its injuries, police said.

Hastings Police officers responded to the woman’s home and found her sitting in a chair with a bloody towel on her face. She had several puncture wounds under her eyes and on her chin.

The woman told officers the shepherd mix she had owned for two years had been sitting on her lap while she was petting it when suddenly, for no apparent reason, the animal bit her in the face and would not let go, Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt said.

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Rottweilers attack teenager and two adult males in Faribault

Faribault Daily News – 2/28/15

Daryll Pope said he didn’t even have a chance.

The Faribault resident was on the porch of a friend’s home in the 1000 block of 1st Ave. NW late Saturday morning, having a normal conversation on his cell phone when he spotted two Rotweillers quickly coming toward him.

“Before I could even move or get my hand on the door, they were on me,” Pope said. “I came in screaming, My left hand was torn and it was bad.”

Three people − including Pope − were injured and the two Rottweilers were euthanized as a result of an attack by the two dogs Saturday morning in Faribault.

According to a release from the Faribault Police Department, officers responded to a report of a Rottweiler attack late Saturday morning and witnessed part of the attack.

Pope, Curt Schlussler and 13-year-old Damian Bessette, all of Faribault, were injured in the dog attack, sustaining multiple bite marks, according to the release and the firsthand accounts of the attacks from the victims. All three victims were transported by ambulance.

According to Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen, one adult male sustained serious injuries to his left wrist, elbow and forearm and was eventually transferred to a trauma center for further treatment. The other adult male and teenager were treated at District One Hospital and released.

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Dog Attacked and Killed; Family Heartbroken

By Erik Rosales – 2/26/15

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) –A northwest Fresno family says its small dog was viciously attacked and killed by a large dog in its own backyard.

The family says the dog, a Rottweiler mix, and its owner then jumped into a black Jeep and left.

The family recorded what happened moments afterward on their cell phones.

Victoria Montufar says she was in shock when she found her dog named Hyper, a 9-pound Shih Tzu mix with its front arms ripped from its body.

She says, “I noticed the dog dragging his face on the ground. So I told the owner you dog just bit my dog. He started saying it’s your fault, you dog started it barking.”

Reporter says, “But your dog is in your yard?”

She says, “Yes it’s in my yard exactly.”

Reporter asks, “And his dog didn’t have a leash?”

She says, “You can see in the pictures, he had the leash around his neck.”

Her husband Raul says, “I came out of the door I said they don’t leave hold on. I was with no shoes on. By the time I went in to get shoes on he was already gone.”

The family says their daughter is heartbroken.

But how could this happen in the first place?

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Los Angeles Takes Major Step to Protect You From Dangerous Dogs

Animal Services issues directive that says dogs that attack people should be immediately impounded.

In the wake of an I-Team report, the city will now immediately impound any dog that seriously injures a person or kills another pet, in an attempt to protect the public from dangerous dogs.

Three weeks ago, the I-Team revealed that LA’s Department of Animal Services often failed to impound dogs that mauled, and sometimes those dogs attacked other people or animals again.

“We have three victims from the same dog,” said Jon Hinton, whose 8-year-old son was mauled in 2013 by an Akita. The same dog injured a woman nine months earlier, and then mauled the face of a man 11 months after attacking the boy. After each attack, the city did not impound the Akita.

“We clearly could have prevented all these things,” Hinton told NBC4.

When questioned last month by the I-Team, the general manager of LA’s Department of Animal Services, Brenda Barnette, admitted her department could be doing more to protect the public from potentially dangerous dogs.

So Barnette just issued a directive to all Animal Services employees, ordering them to “impound immediately” any dog that injures a person who ends up requiring medical care, or seriously injures another dog or cat.

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Upscale NY Suburb Embroiled in a Wily Debate Over Coyotes

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Mar 1, 2015, 12:18 PM ET – By JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press

This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes?

Self-styled coyote spotters in and around Chappaqua have counted 160 incursions into backyards and streets over the last two years and at least 10 recent attacks on pets. That’s been enough to stir animal passions among residents over the question of when and if a coyote deserves to be killed.

Email and social media have swirled with such teeth-baring terms as “coyote jihad” and “death map.” And members of a local task force that advocates trapping and killing some of the animals announced they were staying away from a recent public hearing on the issue “in the interest of our personal safety.”

“I envisioned going down there and having blood thrown on me,” said task force member Joyce Stansell-Wong, who has since resigned.

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B9316407593Z.1_20150226183150_000_GV9A2RCMJ.1-0Mailman bites back, sues Yonkers dog owner

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, [email protected] – 6:36 p.m. EST February 26, 2015

A local mail carrier is suing a Yonkers dog owner, claiming the woman’s Australian shepherd bit him in 2012 and forced him to flee in such haste that he seriously injured his knee.

This mailman is fighting back.

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is suing a Yonkers dog owner, claiming the woman’s snarling pooch bit him and forced him to flee in such a panic that he seriously injured himself.

William Delgado, of Greenwich, Connecticut, said in papers filed this week in state Supreme Court in White Plains that the Australian shepherd’s ownSers allowed the dog “to roam free on the property and to come into contact with outside visitors, including mail carriers, who walked on or near” the Ashton Road home.

“Delivery people need to be protected,” Delgado’s attorney, Kevin O’Dell, said Thursday. “Homeowners need to be careful that they don’t create situations that can be hazardous to people like mail carriers, UPS workers, FedEx delivery people who may be coming to their home on a regular or even irregular basis.”

Delgado claimed in the 10-page complaint that he was simply doing his job and delivering mail to the Yonkers home of Abigail Cousins and her daughter, Gabriella Cousins, on June 2, 2012. He said that’s when the dog lunged at him and bit him. He said that when he tried to flee, he twisted and seriously injured his right knee and ankle.

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Vicious dog attacks savage alpacas

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor – 2/26/15

Comal County officials make no bones about they feel about dogs running at large. Perhaps similar signs could be placed in areas of Bandera County that are plagued by irresponsible dog owners.

For the second time this month, livestock has been attacked in the Polly Peak area and residents feel that their pleas for help against packs of marauding dogs are being ignored. However, that appears about to change.
On Feb. 9, a herd of alpacas in a pen on Broad Oak Drive was attacked by four dogs, resulting in the death of a breeding male and injuries to several others. According to Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matt King, alpacas used in breeding operations can cost $5,000 and more.
Gruesome scene
According to King, after arriving at the scene of the gruesome attack, BCSO Deputy DJ Nowlin observed several alpacas lying on the ground in their pen.
The alpacas’ owner said that the gravely injured breeding male, a large rare red alpaca, was transported to a veterinary clinic at Texas A&M University for surgery. However, the next day, after the alpaca was unable to stand, a CAT scan revealed damage to the animal’s spine and he was humanely euthanized.
According to reports, no one witnessed the dogs attacking the alpacas. However, while patrolling the area, Nowlin identified two dogs as having possibly been involved in the fatal attack because, as reported, one was reportedly had blood on its face, snout and chest. After containing the canines – a black and white pit-boxer mix and a white female lab mix missing its left front leg – Nowlin transported the animals to the Bandera County Animal Shelter. Neither dog had collars, identification tags or microchips.
According to King, law enforcement authorities later identified the owner as also living on Broad Oak Drive.

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Police Dog That Bit 4-Year-Old Boy’s Leg Requiring Amputation Will Be Spared

CBS Los Angeles – 2/25/15

HESPERIA ( — The police dog that bit a 4-year-old boy so severely doctors had to amputate the child’s leg will be spared.

Jango bit the son of the Rialto police officer who owns and works with him.

Police believe the boy might have tried to hug the canine, triggering the violent episode.

“It was his work dog; it was his son. It was a little bit of everything,” neighbor Shannon Houlemard said.

She believes police did the right thing by keeping the police dog alive. It’s been decided that Jango will go back to Adlerhorst International Inc., the Riverside company that trained him.

“I really hope that they’re OK and that they are going to be able to move past everything that happened and go on from here, which I’m sure they will,” Houlemard said.

RELATED STORY: Boy, 4, Needs Leg Amputated After Attack By His Father’s Police Dog

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Dogs attack 3-year-old, grandmother in Amite

Ashley Rodrigue / Northshore Bureau Chief – 6:42 p.m. CST February 23, 2015

AMITE, La. — A family dog is on day six of a ten-day bite quarantine hold at the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter.

It’s a Cane Corso, a large breed not known to show aggression.

But authorities say the dog, and another like it, are responsible for putting a 3-year-old and her grandmother, their owner, in the hospital last week.

Shelter Director Chip Fitz said the child was on a swing outside of her grandmother’s home near Amite, with her grandmother watching in the yard, when the animals suddenly attacked.

“The grandmother actually went out and laid on the little girl to try to protect her and was unsuccessful and ended up having to get a board that she saw there to kind of beat the dogs off,” he said. “They even tell me that the dogs attempted still to take the little girl from the grandmother.”

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Pedestrian files suit after dog attack


A Harris County woman sued a dog owner for alleged negligent handling that resulted in injuries.

Lois Hayden filed a lawsuit Jan. 12 in Galveston County District Court  against Mike Alvarado based on a dog attack near the 800 block of 22nd St., Galveston on Oct. 2, 2014.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 22, 2014, Hayden and her husband were walking with her own dog on the 800 block of 22nd Street in Galveston when a larger dog attacked her. Alvarado neglected to keep his animal enclosed or exercise the degree of care considered reasonable in keeping others safe from his dog, regardless of whether he was aware of potential harm or not, the suit states.

Hayden alleges the attacks were unprovoked.

Hayden seeks between $100,000 and $200,000 for medical expenses, physical pain and impairment, scarring and disfigurement and mental anguish, plus costs and attorney fees. She is represented by attorney Matthew Dillahunty and James Ferrell of Ferrell Law Group in Houston.

Galveston County District Court case number: 15-CV0034


Boy airlifted to hospital after Rottweiler attack in North Carolina

POSTED 6:06 PM, FEBRUARY 22, 2015, BY

NEWTON, N.C. — A 6-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital after a dog attack involving two Rottweilers in Catawba County, according to WSOC.

The child was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries shortly the attack in a yard at a Newton home on Sunday, according to police.

Officer seized the two Rotweillers and placed them under quarantine at the Catawba County Animal Shelter.

The boy was at the home of the dog’s owner who is a friend of their mother. Police said the attack happened in the yard.

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potentially-dangerous-dog-300x300No recourse to deal with aggressive dogs

By Robert White – 2/20/15

I live outside city limits and have a neighbor who has three dogs. On Jan. 11 his three dogs attacked my dog as he was passing by their house. My dog was nearly killed and so far his vet bills have been more than $600. Had the attack been on my property instead of in the street I would have had the right to shoot his dogs and been able to sue him for my dog’s vet costs.

Every time I leave my house I must pass his house and his dogs chase my vehicle. I have chased them off my property several times. Once I stepped outside to find one of the dogs standing five feet from me, growling at me. When I stepped back in to get a gun, the dog ran off. I complained to my neighbor and warned him I would kill his dogs if they threatened me again.

I called the Alaska State Troopers today to register a complaint. A trooper told me I could kill those dogs only if they attacked or threatened me or my animals. He said I could not kill them just for being on my property. He was not interested in who the neighbor was and said he was not even going to talk with him.

Even though I told the trooper that there are always children playing in the street in the summer, he reiterated that there was nothing he was going to do.

Got a neighbor with menacing dogs? Until something really tragic happens, there is no help for you!


4-year-old child gets stitches after being bitten by family’s Jack Russell terrier

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 1:51 pm – Niagara Gazette 

A 4-year-old boy suffered injuries to his upper lip after being bitten by Jack Russell terrier on Saturday night.

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were notified of the dog bite about 11:45 p.m. and met the boy and his family at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s ER unit. The child was receiving numerous stitches to sew the laceration closed.

The boy’s mother said the 16-year-old dog bit the boy at their Balmer Road home when the child attempted to kiss it good night. The mother said it was the second time within the past two years that the dog had bitten the child.


Dogs Attack Several Lambs and Sheep in Madera County

By Erika Cervantes – 2/19/15

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) – More than 20 lambs and sheep were attacked by 2 dogs in Madera County Thursday afternoon. Animal control officers say the 2 Huskies went after the livestock after escaping from their yard. All together 14 lambs and sheep were killed, and 9 animals were badly hurt.

“This is one of the worst ones we’ve had this year. The livestock are always getting injured by roaming dogs and roaming dogs are the biggest problem,” says Kirsten Gross, Director of ‘Madera County Animal Shelter.’

Since the dogs have owners, Gross says it is their responsibility to pay for all the damages. The animal shelter director adds when the dogs owner picked the Huskies up at the shelter, he agreed to pay for everything.

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Dog Attack Causes Bad Blood Between Neighbors

By: Mike McKnight – 2/20/15

Two large dogs out of their yard face a smaller dog that’s also not on a leash. The scene that followed left a neighborhood on edge. It’s an exclusive Fact Finders investigation.

Two German Shepherds were kenneled Thursday night but Ron Fergeson saw them loose Wednesday.

Fergeson said, “The cream-chested German Shepherd there was the one that had its face and mouth of their Schnauzer.”

Baxter, a beloved pet belonging to the Nate Arnold family, was so severely injured the Schnauzer had to be euthanized. Nate said, “He ripped my dog in half.”

Nate’s in-laws let Baxter out un-tethered and one of the bigger dogs mauled the Schnauzer in an easement area between Nate Arnold’s home and acreage belonging to the German Sheperd’s owner, who doesn’t want his face shown.

Lionel Mora said, “The dogs are not vicious. Their dog got out. My dog got out and they met in the middle and my dog is bigger. That’s what happened.”

The eyewitness sees it differently.

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Police K9 attacks cop, doughnut shop worker, removed from force

 – 2/19/15

After biting two people within three months — a police officer and a doughnut shop worker — a Coconut Creek police dog has been bounced off the force.

Renzo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, had been with the department about a year and a half. In November, he bit a Coconut Creek officer while tracking a suspect, wounding the officer’s leg.

In a more severe attack last week, Renzo burst from a squad car and tore into a doughnut shop employee’s calf. The worker has hired a lawyer.

The recent incident occurred Feb. 11 in the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1454 N. State Road 7 in Margate.

According to Margate police, Renzo and his handler, Officer Carl DiBlasi, 53, went to the doughnut shop to meet a Coconut Creek Police Sgt. Brandi Delvecchio. The sergeant began to pet Renzo, who was in DiBlasi’s patrol car, and the dog lunged at her.

DiBlasi warned Delvecchio to back away, and struggled to restrain the dog, which was halfway out the car window. Still holding Renzo’s harness, DiBlasi tried to undo his seat belt but lost his grip. The black K9 “sprung out of the marked vehicle,” Margate police said in a report.

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Was dog mauling in Metamora murder?

By L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press – 9:30 a.m. EST February 16, 2015

A Metamora couple goes on trial this spring for second-degree murder after their two dogs mauled a jogger last summer. The murder charge is a first in Michigan for a dog atttack.

When jogger Craig Sytsma was attacked and mauled to death by two large dogs last July as he ran down a rural country road in Metamora Township, it was an horrific but extraordinarily rare tragedy. There are only about 30 or so fatal dog attacks reported each year in a nation with 75 million dogs.

But what could take place in a Lapeer County courtroom this spring will be even rarer.

The dogs’ owners, Valbona Lucaj, 44, and her husband, Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, are expected to go on trial, likely in May, on charges of second-degree murder in Sytsma’s fatal mauling. The trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but was adjourned to give the defense more time to prepare its case.

It is the first time in Michigan dog owners have been charged with murder following a fatal mauling and is one of only a handful of murder prosecutions related to dog attacks in the country.

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Mallory Square dog bite draws law enforcement, SPCA

BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff – [email protected] – 2/18/15

Two dogs squared off at Mallory Square this week, leaving one man with a bloody wound to his hand and police unable to conclude which canine did the deed.

With contradictory witness statements, Officer Matthew Hansell couldn’t say for sure what happened when Sugar Bear, the white Labrador retriever, and Raspoutin, the German shorthaired pointer, crossed paths Monday evening.

“Short of interviewing the dogs, there is nothing more I could do at this time,” wrote Hansell in a police report released Tuesday. “Both dogs did get into a fight which was witnessed by several people.”

Sugar Bear’s dog walker, Keith Kneeland, 42, of Key West, told police he had the dog on leash when another dog — Raspoutin, a dog model who hails from Montreal, approached as if to greet Sugar Bear.

Instead of a friendly reciprocal sniff, though, the two dogs tangled. Rasputin’s owners blame Sugar Bear; Sugar Bear’s human companion blames Rasputin.

“It was not a dog fight,” Kneeland said Tuesday, saying he took four stitches to his hand and got two shots. “It was a dog attack. This dog came out of nowhere.”

Kneeland said as he reached down to separate the dogs, Raspoutin bit him.

Sugar Bear, a 2 1/2-year-old Lab, was unharmed, Kneeland said.

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Wausau Resident Attacked by Three Dogs

By: Brian Hill – 2/16/15

WAUSAU– A Wausau resident is recovering after being attacked by several dogs. Town officials say they realize there is a problem with animals running loose, and they’re trying to get a handle on it.

They’re saying loose and stray dogs have been an issue for a long time and don’t think enough is being done to corral the four-legged problem.

Whenever Wausau resident Velda Nunno is out riding her bike or walking her dogs, she says she has to be cautious, and on the lookout for stray animals.

“There is because some have been aggressive toward us. We’ve never been bitten or attacked by any kind of stray animal, but we have encountered some that, that we know belong to people but just aren’t being contained and they have shown aggression,” said Nunno.

Three rottweiler mixed breed dogs recently attacked one resident.

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Richey’s estate files lawsuit year after fatal dog mauling

By Mark Gokavi – 2/13/15

An attorney handling Klonda Richey’s estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Montgomery County officials for the Feb. 7, 2014 dog mauling that killed Richey.

The suit names as defendants the Montgomery County Commissioners, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC), ARC director/Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf and various John Does.

The suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court by Barbara Schneider – Richey’s sister-in-law – claims eight causes of action and seeks monetary damages, funeral and burial expenses, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, court costs and declaratory and injunctive relief.

The suit is in addition to the wrongful death lawsuit against Richey’s neighbors Andrew Nason and Julie Custer, whose mixed mastiffs mauled and killed Richey, 57, outside her East Bruce Avenue home. That suit is scheduled to go to trial in August.

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Letter: A case of casting blame regarding hunting dogs?

Bill Lea, Franklin – 2/17/15

In regards to the bear hunting hounds attacking Kadie Anderson and her dogs, I am not surprised bear hunters blame the victims for the attack — a common strategy used by defendants pleading their innocence. It’s called “casting blame.”

Bear hunters are quick to claim attacks never happen. Really? Then why is there a law protecting hunting dog owners from any liability from such attacks? And if attacks never really happen, why do hunters care if the law is changed? Maybe they know Doris witnessed eight bear hunting dogs pull her beloved cat from the porch and literally rip her apart. Or maybe they know Anthony from South Carolina, who after losing 12 goats and other livestock shot a bear dog in the act of killing chickens on his property and was later sued by the bear hunter. Perhaps they know Robert, who used hiking sticks to fight off attacking bear dogs while on the Appalachian Trail. Maybe they know Daniel’s horse was attacked by a pack of bear hunting hounds. I could continue. Come on NC, let’s do what is right –— change the law so every dog owner is treated equally.

Bill Lea, Franklin


Son of Rialto officer has leg amputated at ankle after attack by police dog

 – 2/12/15

A 4-year-old boy’s leg was amputated at the ankle after he was mauled last weekend by a police dog under the care of his father, a Rialto officer, authorities said Thursday.

The boy remains hospitalized in Loma Linda. He’s expected to walk again with the help of a prosthetic leg, said Rialto Police Department Capt. Randy De Anda.

The attack occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday at the home of Officer Michael Mastaler near Concord Court and Nantucket Street in Hesperia, De Anda said.

Mastaler, a veteran officer and son of a retired Rialto police officer, came home from two days away working with at-risk youth, De Anda said. His wife and infant son were out shopping.

Inside the home, his 4-year-old son was playing video games when Mastaler released Jango, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, from the kennel. The dog roamed in the backyard as Mastaler went inside his home to change, sliding the glass door shut.

At some point, the boy wandered outside, and the dog – trained to bite suspects and felons during police pursuits – bit into the child’s leg.

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Dog shot in Ft. Branch after trying to attack town marshal

By Gabrielle Shirley, Reporter – 2/12/15


Fort Branch officials say some aggressive dogs have been terrorizing their neighborhood and Thursday one of those dogs was shot and killed after the town marshal says it tried to attack him.

Officials with the Gibson County Sheriffs Department and animal services were just here at this house on the corner of West and Walnut Streets.

We know that one dog is dead and a second dog has been taken by animal services.

Neighbors say the dogs often get out for the fence and run through the neighborhood. These dogs have been aggressive towards them.

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3 Hospitalized after Dog Attack in Central Ohio

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Csaba Sukosd

PATASKALA, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Central Ohio say three people are in the hospital with serious injuries after they were attacked by a dog.

The Advocate in Newark reports ( ) two men and one woman were taken to a hospital with facial tears and punctures Wednesday night after the attack.

West Licking Joint Fire District Battalion Chief Tom Bingham tells the newspaper there was some commotion in the Etna Township home Wednesday when the dog became a little wild.  By the time authorities arrived, the three victims had run out of the house and locked the dog inside.

Authorities aren’t certain what breed the dog is.


Report: Scuffle may have led dog to attack

Bethany Bruner, [email protected] – 10:20 a.m. EST February 12, 2015

A scuffle inside a residence may have resulted in a dog biting three people in the face Wednesday evening, sending all three to a Columbus hospital.

According to a report from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, the two male victims, 27-year-old Matthew Wright and a 17-year-old, were outside the home on the 700 block of Pike Street around 8:40 p.m.

Both males reportedly told police the dog had attacked the 17-year-old and then Wright when he attempted to assist the teen.

The officer wrote that the homeowner, 44-year-old Geanie Nickel, did not immediately come to the door for police. When she did open the door, the officer said Nickel told them nothing was wrong and told police to leave.

Medics were asked to look at Nickel however because “a large piece of her bottom lip was missing.”

A dog license issued to Nickel indicated the dog was a 2-year-old male Boxer, according to the Licking County Auditor’s Office. There was some dispute Wednesday night about the breed of the dog involved, with some indication it could have been a pit bull.

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Seven-year-old boy mauled by dog in Onslow County

By Riley Eversull – 2/11/15

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY – The Onslow County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a dog attack they said left a child with serious injuries.

Sheriff Hans Miller said deputies were called around 2p.m. to reports of a dog attack on Henderson Road.  The sheriff said the seven-year-old boy was mauled by at least one dog.

The boy was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

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Looking for a Way to Halt Repeated Attacks by Vicious Dogs

By Lori Saldaña – 2/11/15

Imagine living next door to a dangerous, aggressive bully. Sometimes you can hear him outside in his yard, over the low fence that separates your property, fighting and scaring members of his own household. Sometimes you can hear them cry out in pain and fear when he attacks.

If you see him walking around the neighborhood you cross the street to avoid getting too close since you know how potentially dangerous he is.

Now imagine this bully attacks a member of your family- not once, but twice. He inflicts painful injuries that require over $1000 in medical bills that are not covered by insurance.

When you request compensation from the neighbors after the first attack, you are refused. You find an attorney to write a demand letter, and only then do they grudgingly pay the medical bills. But nothing will restore your peace of mind. You live in fear of another attack.

A few years later it happens again, under almost identical circumstances. Twice you have seen this bully viciously attack a defenseless member of your family before your eyes. This second time, you try intervene, and come within inches of being attacked yourself.

After this incident you have nightmares, so you decide to file a report with authorities to have the bully declared dangerous. The case goes to court, and you are told: they will only declare the bully “dangerous” if and when he actually kills someone.

Now imagine continuing living next door, waiting and wondering if there will be another attack, maybe this time resulting in a death.

That’s the situation I’m in. And I’m struggling with what to do, because the bully is not a person- he’s a large, aggressive pit bull. And the victim is my 12-year-old poodle, Yvette.

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Lowndes Co. mother pushing for anti-chaining ordinance

By Colter Anstaett – 2/11/15

LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) –Lowndes County mother Christine Smith was trying to get county commissioners to approve an anti-chaining ordinance as soon as possible Wednesday.

The wounds that her 6 year-old son, Jaxon Smith, was still recovering from Wednesday were the result of being attacked by a neighbor’s dog that had been chained up for long periods of time while playing outside on January 25th.

“He came runnin’ home. He had been bit on his face, top of his head, back of his head, his back,” Smith explained. The dog has since been signed over to animal control by the dog’s owner and was expected to be euthanized once the investigation was complete.

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Hiker attacked by Rottweiler on trail

 Itica Milanes – 2/9/15

LAKESIDE – An East County woman tells 10News she has been left with hundreds of dollars in medical bills after being attacked by a Rottweiler while on a hike. She says that when the dog’s owner saw what happened, he took off with the animal.

That dog attack occurred at Lakeside River Park. Kristi Shine said she saw a man walking towards her with two Rottweilers.One of them lunged at her and clamped onto her arm.

Shine said something told her to pull off the trail.

“And as he went walking by his Rottweiler just lunged at me and caught onto my arm and took a chunk out of my arm,” she said.

Shine did not feel anything initially.

“A few seconds later, my hand started throbbing and it felt like someone hit me with a sledgehammer,” she said. “And I looked down and I was bleeding everywhere and I turned around and he was way up ahead of the trail.”

The man with the dogs took off running. The owner of the conservancy trail told Shine the same dog had lunged at another hiker after attacking her.

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inline_86530050982Ohio legislator plans new try on vicious dog laws, year after Dayton woman mauled to death

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – February 09, 2015 – 12:56 pm EST

“I know it seems like nothing’s happened, but the community and those who are involved have been engaged in trying to come up with solutions,” Beagle said. “To their credit, we haven’t rushed to anything. There’s something to be said about taking their time and trying to get it right … But everyone agrees there’s a problem. We shouldn’t be having these fatalities.”

Prosecutor Stephanie Cook for the city of Dayton is concerned that the “window of opportunity might be closing” with a year passed without change in state laws. Klonda Richey, 57, was killed last Feb. 7 by two mixed-mastiffs she had made complaints about. Friends said she had lived in fear of the dogs.

“I don’t want to see another Klonda Richey before we get changes,” Cook said.

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Hutch at the ND vs. Stanford game during the Wounded Warrior Weekend at Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2014. Hutch, Mitch Nihart’s dog, died as a result of injuries caused by an attack by two larger dogs. (Photo Supplied)

Elkhart man fights for justice, accountability and compensation after Great Danes attack his dog

Police shot and killed the two Great Danes, and the smaller dog the big animals targeted was put down due to the serious injuries it suffered.

by  – 2/9/15

ELKHART — Mitch Nihart wants justice, some answers.

He’s on a mission for Hutch, his Jack Russell terrier, attacked in Nihart’s backyard last month by two Great Danes that were running loose. The larger dogs — subsequently shot and killed by an Elkhart Police Department animal control officer — seriously injured the smaller dog, and with recovery prospects ranging from slim to none, Nihart made the tough call to have Hutch euthanized.

Sure his dog, 15, was getting on in years. He wasn’t going to live forever.

“But it’s the horror and trauma of the circumstances of his death that are haunting me now,” he said.

It’s not the end of the world, and Nihart knows it. Fortunately, the Great Danes didn’t zero in on a child.

But the love for pets runs deep, and he’s been pushing for some sort of compensation from the owners of the Great Danes. Recognition of his loss. Accountability. So far, though, he’s only encountered roadblocks, which prompted him to come to The Elkhart Truth.

“That dog was always there for me,” said Nihart. He’s now 60 and got Hutch when the dog was a pup.

Hutch served as a nurse of sorts for Nihart as he recovered from injuries sustained while serving the Indiana National Guard and U.S. Army in Iraq. After getting surgery here in the United States on his shoulders to repair damage caused by blast trauma — the percussive force of bombings he lived through during his Iraq service — the dog helped ease the pain.

“He would rest his chin on my face and sleep like a hot pad on my shoulders,” said Nihart, who was featured in a 2008 Elkhart Truth article about serving with his son, Mitch Nihart II, in Iraq.

Hutch also helped ease the anxiety and frustration Nihart sometimes experiences as part of his return to civilian life, a manifestation of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he says he suffers.

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Woman injured in dog attack

By  – 2/10/15

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio woman is recovering after she was bit by a dog while trying to break up an attack in her neighborhood.

The attack happened in the area of Vista Road and Hicks on the Southeast Side Tuesday morning.

Some residents spotted the dogs attacking a stray dog, eventually killing it.

While those residents tried to break up the attack, one of the dogs bit a woman on her leg.

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Even smaller dogs can be a threat

DEAR JOAN: Last week I was walking my dog, a border collie-Australian shepherd mix. As we passed a house on our normal route, the garage door was open and several people were outside talking with each other.

Suddenly their unleashed, unchained, unfenced, unattended and uncontrolled dog came charging out of the garage and across the street to attack my dog. Fortunately the attacker was a small English bulldog, so short that he went for the underside of my rather long-legged dog but did not gain purchase. He just left some saliva.

Naturally I yelled for the owners to get their dog, and I yanked away my dog as best I could before stumbling backward and landing on my butt.

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Boxer 2Police kill dog hurt in attack on owner, son

By Lyndsay Winkley – 3:49 P.M.FEB. 8, 2015

— Police officers put down a dog after it was seriously injured in an attack against its owner and his son, who were bitten several times Sunday afternoon, Chula Vista police said.

A family was in the backyard of their La Costa Avenue home near Masters Ridge Road when, for unknown reasons, a boxer turned on its owner’s adult son and began biting him, police Lt. Kenny Heinz said. The owner tried to pull the dog away, and it began attacking him as well. Both men repeatedly tried to pull the dog off each other and were bitten a number of times in the process. Someone at the home called police about 2 p.m.

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Animal Attacks: Tenoroc Livestock Killed; Two Dogs Held


LAKELAND | The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has caught what officials suspect are the two dogs that attacked and killed animals this week at Tenoroc High School.

The animals killed, including three ducks, one turkey and two sheep, were part of the school’s animal science career academy, which teaches students the skills required for careers in agriculture, Polk County School Board spokesman Jason Geary said.

All of the animals had been donated to the program, he said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Wood said the captured dogs were tentatively identified as the canine culprits by several people who said they saw them outside the school’s barn area about the time of the attacks. Both were also spotted on surveillance video near the barn.

Wood said one of the dogs is a black-and-white female, possibly a bulldog mix.

Details about the other dog were not immediately available.

During the first attack on Wednesday, the three ducks were killed and two rabbits disappeared.

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Police: 2 children, 2 adults injured in High Point dog attack – 2/6/15

HIGH POINT, N.C. —Two children and two adults were injured in a dog attack Friday afternoon, High Point police said. The two children were taken to the hospital.

The victims were found after an animal bite call around 3:10 p.m. in the 100 block of Northgate Court near North Main Street.

Both children were taken to the hospital, and one of the adults also required medical attention, police said. The exact conditions of the hospitalized victims isn’t known.

The other adult received minor injuries.

The attack reportedly happened in an open field, police said. After the attack, the children ran to a nearby daycare for help, police said.

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Letter: Dog attacks persist

by Carole Ross – 2/7/15

My husband just returned from the ER at Holy Cross Hospital — the third time in five years — from a dog bite attack. To close this wound, was the equivalent of six stitches. Not only did he have to endure the pain he now has to take antibiotics and suspend his day-to-day life. I’m sure we’ll be looking at several hundred dollars in ER bills, as well.

In previous instances, the dog appeared out of nowhere and without provocation attacked while he was riding his bicycle. This time, owners were walking their dog, unleashed, as they yelled to him “Don’t worry, she doesn’t bite.” Seeing the unleaded dog in advance, he crossed the road to give space to the dog. The dog quickly ran past, turned and attacked him from behind with no barking, no warning.

We’ve lived all over the country, and have never experienced dog attacks as they exist here. It’s a problem that’s been going on for a long time, but it never seems to get better or gets resolved.

It’s a potentially scary situation for anyone who spends time out of doors in and around Taos.

Carole Ross

Arroyo Seco


Loose dogs kill poodle in Sharpstown

Author: Taylor Gibson, Associate Producer – 2/6/15

HOUSTON – The search is on for two dogs that, one family said viciously attacked and killed their poodle in southwest Houston.

Arthur Atkinson said he walks his two poodles every afternoon around the block near Bellaire Boulevard and Gessner Road.

But last week, the walk was cut short when two big dogs ran up, grabbed his poodle with their teeth and then crushed his body.

He says his other poodle was able to hide behind him during the attack.

“I got in, and I was trying to choke the big dog off,” Atkinson said. “Couldn’t do that. Tried to open his mouth, couldn’t do that. He finally turned him loose. I come to the house, go to the vet, and the little dog died in my arms.”

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Owner wants new law after his tiny dog was mauled by huge dog

By Gary Horcher – 2/5/15

When Curt Bush put the gut-wrenching surveillance video of his small dog being mauled by a bigger dog on Facebook — 36,000 people watched it in only two days.

Now, he’s hoping to use his Facebook momentum to convince lawmakers to make repeat dog on dog attacks a criminal offense.

In the video, the little Jack Russell terrier named “Tucker” is approached near its own front door and suddenly attacked by a neighbor’s 110-pound malamute. Veterinarians did not expect Tucker to survive his terrible injuries. After his dog beat the odds through numerous surgeries, Tucker’s owner faced staggering vet bills. Bush also found out the malamute had been in trouble for the same thing before.

The malamute’s owner had been previously ordered by Animal Control officers to contain the dog, after it attacked other dogs three times in King County, and once in Snohomish County. Despite the repeated attacks, the malamute’s owner never faced criminal charges.

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Dog owner says her shar-pei bitten several times at PetSmart day camp

Author: Ryan Korsgard, Reporter, [email protected] – 2/5/15

HOUSTON – When Michelle Lin, the mother of a 3-year-old shar-pei named Zen took her dog to “Doggy Day Camp” at the PetSmart on the West Loop on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Houston, she said he had no injuries.  She said when she showed up, that night, to pick up her dog, he had been hurt.  She said her dog had been repeatedly bitten.

She said the store tried to reach her, but the calls went to voice mail and she said no calls were placed to her emergency contacts.  She said she agreed to let the store’s veterinarian fix up Zen thinking it was only one bite.

Lin told KPRC 2, “Dogs are like your kids.  I’m a mother and I have a child and if I leave them at day camp and something happens, I expect that they will give you a detailed report and let you know what happened.”

Lin said, “When I got him back, he had over 20 staples in him.  It was like beyond what I expected.  I understand that dogs are dogs.  They can play rough and things can happen.  But I just wasn’t given any information that really, truly, my dog was attacked from behind.”

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Coyotes attack a Roscoe family’s pit bull

By Lindsey Clark – 2/5/15

ROSCOE (WREX) –A Roscoe woman rushes her 80-pound pit bull to the emergency vet after it’s attacked by coyotes.

Now residents there fear this kind of attack could happen again.

Last Tuesday was a typical night at the Layman house.

Stefani Layman had just let out her two dogs Zoli and Neko.

When suddenly she heard cries coming from outside.

“I ran outside and saw coyotes jumping the fence and our other dog coming from the front corner back to Zoli,” said Layman. “And then there was just blood everywhere.”

By the time Stefani got out there, Neko had come to Zoli’s rescue and scared off the coyotes.

“He had dragged her by her collar and brought her back to the house,” said Layman.

With Zoli out of immediate danger she was rushed to the emergency vet.

She stayed there for two nights.

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Mother of bite victim snaps at Lebanon County court ruling

By Les Stewart – 2/4/15

Over the objections of the mother of a dog bite victim, a Lebanon County judge on Wednesday accepted a Doylestown woman into a program for first-time offenders.

Konstance McCaffree, 72, Doylestown, was placed in the Rehabilitative Disposition program for 12 months for recklessly endangering another person. ARD participants can earn dismissal of charges if they complete the program.

The charges stem from an incident May 3 last year at an American Kennel Club dog agility show at In the Net in South Londonderry Township.

Christine Jensen told Judge John Tylwalk that McCaffree’s German shepherd, named Teekal, bit her 13-year-old daughter, Holly, on her right hand after McCaffree had invited her children to see her dogs.

Jensen’s daughter required stitches and suffered a broken thumb that required surgery, according to a police affidavit.

During an investigation, a township police officer spoke to the dog’s veterinarian. The veterinarian told the officer that McCaffree’s dog has an aggressive personality. The veterinarian told police that he had advised McCaffree not to take the dog to dog shows because of the animal’s behavioral problems, the police affidavit states.

Jensen told Tylwalk that before being bitten, her daughter was outgoing and happy. But now, she is frightened and often angry.

Her daughter wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps in law enforcement and become a police K-9 handler. But now, she barely wants anything to do with her own dogs, including her own German shepherd, and is terrified of them, Jensen said.

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Kensington Residents on Alert After Coyote Tries to Attack Area Dog

Residents of Kensington are on alert after another coyote was spotted in the area.

The most recent warning comes after a man says a coyote tried to attack his dogs early Wednesday morning.

The dog owner posted details of the attack on the Nextdoor app for Kensington, a private social network for neighborhoods. This is the second attack in just three weeks.

“I hear they’ve been around, but never this vicious since my neighbor said his dog was attacked,” said Kensington resident Mary Benchabane.

Since hearing about the attacks, she isn’t leaving her house alone.

“I just have my yard stick ready and I’ve got a flashlight and I’m going to take my chances,” Benchabane said.

Early Wednesday morning, the man says as he opened his front door to take his two dogs out. A coyote, the size of a German Shepard, rushed in. Thankfully, he was able to pull the dogs away.

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Los Gatos: Yellow labs Stanley and Roxie at the center of neighborhood dispute

A case of dog against dog and neighbor against neighbor is being played out on Winterbrook Road in the Blossom Manor neighborhood. The dogs in question are both yellow labs, one named Roxie and the other Stanley.

The owners of the two dogs agree that Roxie and Stanley mixed it up on Jan. 24 when both were leashed and out walking with their owners.

“Stanley got out of his muzzle and leash and attacked Roxie. She had open wounds and six stitches on her hindquarter,” Roxie’s owner Laura Montalvo-Stults said. “In my opinion, Stanley is a lethal weapon.”

Stanley’s owner Michael Desmarais says that some of his neighbors are trying to “demonize” his dog.

Stanley has been staying with his trainer since the Jan. 24 attack. “I’m scared to bring him home for fear there will be rat poison thrown into my yard,” Desmarais said.

Desmarais has a 6-foot fence in his back yard that he says is escape-proof, and since the incident with Roxie he has offered to never allow Stanley “out in the front of my home or on our block.”

He went on to say, “I’m sorry he bit my neighbor’s dog. I, too, would be upset; the wounds looked bad.”

Desmarais said he offered to pay Roxie’s vet bill, but even that is in dispute.

“He came over and asked if my dog was OK and asked what the bill was, but he didn’t offer to pay,” Montalvo-Stults maintained.

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City Of Enid Adopts Dangerous Dog Ordinance


ENID, Oklahoma – City leaders adopt a new ordinance for potentially dangerous dogs.

The move comes after an elderly woman and a young boy were mauled by dogs in two separate attacks last year.

The ordinance puts more responsibility and restrictions on the owners, and Charlene Fields is happy to hear that after her attack.

“I saw the dogs coming,” Fields said she didn’t have time to run and barely walked away from the attack that day, “the dogs are very fast and they are very ferocious so to speak… they just started attacking me.”

Fields said the two dogs were not provoked. Still, they knocked her down in the street and began biting her from head to toe.

“I kept trying to keep them away from my face,” she said.

Fields sustained a pelvic fracture, numerous bite marks, and a permanent injury to her right foot.

To make matters worse, the injuries left her unable to care for her elderly mother.

She was also left to pay the hospital bills on her own.

“In my situation, the people said I have no insurance and no money so what are you going to do about it,” Fields said the dog owners were never held accountable.

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Animal control officer attacked by dog, owner arrested


LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — A Columbus man was booked at the Lowndes County jail after authorities say he encouraged his dogs to bite an animal control officer.

A Columbus animal control officer was dispatched to Matson Road over a complaint about dogs growling and running after children when they got off the bus.

The animal control officer made contact with the dogs’ owner, 26-year-old Matthew Nickoles, and advised him to keep the dogs contained.

Authorities say the dogs were inside Nickoles’ residence when he yelled at the officer to get off his property and claimed the dogs were not his.

Police say Nickoles then opened the door and yelled for the dogs to attack the animal control officer.

The dogs chased the officer, and one bit him on the leg.


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Investigation into mauling of 2-year-old Shetland pony

The Weatherford Democrat – 2/4/15

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a man on an animal cruelty warrant Tuesday evening after deputies discovered a miniature 2-year-old Shetland pony which is believed to have been mauled by a pack of dogs earlier that day.

Sheriff’s animal control officers responded to a call in the 100 block of Arvel Drive in Azle, and found the Shetland wandering along the roadway, having suffered severe injuries from an apparent dog attack.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the sight of the Shetland was horrific.

“The Shetland had no ears and the facial muscles had been ripped off of its face,” Fowler said. “It’s a senseless tragedy that could have been 100-percent avoidable had the horse’s owner simply followed the law and kept it properly contained.”

The Shetland’s owner, identified as Juan Gabriel Mesta, 40, of Azle, was charged with cruelty to livestock animals. His bond was set at $2,500.


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Farm owner fears more deadly dog attacks after funds cut in Darlington County

By Matt Petrillo, News13 Digital Journalist – 2/3/15

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) –The owner of an alpaca farm in Darlington County says he is losing some of his animals. The county cut the animal control officer’s budget and that could mean more dogs roaming in neighborhoods or farms.

The farm owner says the dogs are killing his livestock.

“They climb the fence and they get in and they just maul them to death,” says Alex Stephens, who owns the alpaca farm.

The county’s only animal control officer had his overtime cut in half last December, to $2,000.

“If I don’t have all my traps laid out and I get a call, obviously it’s going to affect me,” says Dale Dilling, Darlington County’s Animal Control Officer.

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Sebastiano Quagliata and his wife Valbona Lucaj sit in the courtroom during a preliminary hearing in Lapeer County District Court on Aug. 29, 2014. Quagliata, 45, and Lucaj, 44, have been charged with second degree murder after their two dogs killed Craig Sytsma while he was jogging in Lapeer County on July 23, 2014. Bail has been posted for Quagliata and Lucaj for $500,000 in cash. Laura McDermott |

Waiting continues for family of jogger mauled to death by dogs in Lapeer County

Eric Dresden | edresden@mlive.comBy Eric Dresden | [email protected]  – on February 03, 2015 at 7:00 AM

LAPEER, MI – Today was supposed to be a big day for the family of a jogger mauled to death in Lapeer County.

Instead, they will wait until at least May for the murder trial of a Metamora Township couple accused in his death.

Already, Craig Sytsma’s family has marked three occasions — including what would have been his 47th birthday — since Christmas without him.

“With the trial looming, it’s just another stressful thing,” the family’s attorney Glenn Saltsman said. “It’s been very difficult for the family.”

Sytsma, was mauled to death by two Cane Corso dogs while jogging down a dirt road in Metamora Township on July 23 outside of the home Sebastiano Quagliata and Valbona Lucaj.

Quagliata and Lucaj, owners of the two Cane Corsos, are charged with second degree murder – an rare, first of its kind charge in Michigan that prosecutors said they pushed for after hearing about two prior incidents involving the dogs biting residents who were walking on the road near their Thomas Road house.

Quagliata and Lucaj remain jailed in the Lapeer County Jail, each on a $500,000 bond.

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Modeling leadership in Norfolk Police Dept.

The Virginian-Pilot – 

Norfolk Police Chief Mike Goldsmith took an unusual and forthright step last week, calling his officers’ arrest Jan. 25 of a Norfolk State University student “unreasonable” and pledging to investigate fully.

“I will make this right,” he said.

Goldsmith’s announcement came after reviewing evidence from the arrest of Army reservist London Colvin, 21, who was attacked and bitten by a police dog as officers held her on the ground and attempted to handcuff her.

Her father, Norman Colvin, said the early-morning altercation resulted in a gaping hole in his daughter’s leg that required 43 stitches and will necessitate plastic surgery.

Four days after the incident, as claims of police brutality mounted and the NAACP stepped in, Goldsmith publicly acknowledged that the department had made errors, said vague policies involving K-9 units would be tightened and that he would address the officers’ actions “through our disciplinary process.”

One officer is on administrative leave, but multiple officers were involved, and Goldsmith said he is still interviewing witnesses and officers. While he investigates, K-9 officers have been told to use their dogs only when their lives are in danger.

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Charges against NSU student attacked by Norfolk Police dog to be dropped


Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk City Attorney Bernard Pishko has agreed to dismiss the charges against a 21-year-old Norfolk State University student attacked by a Norfolk Police K-9last week.

London Colvin, 21, had been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest on January 25th.

She has now hired local attorney, Jon Babineau, who says they are considering a lawsuit, but said it was too early to get into any specifics.

Norfolk Police had been called out to Godfrey Street for a fight involving approximately 35 people.

A police K-9 was used and bit Colvin. The injury required more than 40 stitches and will require plastic surgery.

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Local Vet Proposing New ‘Anti-Chain’ Ordinance After Three People Are Attacked By Aggressive Dogs

By: Winnie Wright – 2/2/15

Valdosta, GA – According to the Lowndes County Animal Shelter, in the last two weeks three people, including two kids, have been attacked by dogs that broke their chains.

Valdosta resident, Christy Smith, says it was just a week ago Sunday when her six year-old son, Jaxson, went to play at a friend’s house, just two doors down, and a dog from right across the street broke it’s chain and attacked her son.

“And next thing you know, we are dealing with a dog bite, and I have no control over what dog’s going to break loose off a chain. And he has no control. And he now has no control of his emotions when he goes outside to play. He is scared to death to go out and play”, says Smith.

“I think there’s dogs around, but there’s usually not”, says Jaxson, “I don’t want to be scared anymore.”

Through it all, Smith says blames the owner, not the dog, for what happened to her son. Dr. Amanda Hall, says she has been working with the Lowndes County Commission to create a new “anti-chain” ordinance, to save these dogs and local citizens.

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Dog attacks two children, injures one in Natrona County

A child was injured Saturday in a dog attack in Natrona County.

A sheriff’s deputy and a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper were responding to a car burglary about 1 p.m. when they saw a German Shepard attacking two young girls in a trailer park on Lathrop Road, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The trooper stood between the dog and the children and used pepper spray on the dog when it lunged at him.

The pepper spray did not have an effect on the dog, the report states. When the dog lunged at the deputy, he shot it in the chest with his Taser, and it fell to the ground.

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Firefighter bitten by dog in Yorktown

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Yorktown, Va. – A house fire was reported just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the 400 block of Goosley Road in Yorktown.

Units arrived on scene within minutes, and found heavy smoke coming from the house.

It was a single story home, officials say.

Heavy fire was seen coming from the attic.

Upon an attempt to enter the home, a firefighter was bitten by a dog.

The bite didn’t penetrate the fire suit, according to Chief Long of York County Fire Department.

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Woman Recovering from Injuries Sustained in Dog Attack

Kiii News – 2/2/15

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) –A woman is still recovering from injuries she suffered Friday when she was attacked by a pack of dogs in the 400 block of Pueblo.

The woman was walking down the street when the attack occurred. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment while Animal Control took the dogs responsible.

Kiii News Reporter Briana Whitney looked into the fate of those dogs, and found out what you should do if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

‘JUSTICE FOR MARLEY’ CHANGE.ORG PETITION Marley, a Presa Canario, was killed over the weekend when she attacked and killed fowl livestock. The owner of the livestock shot the dog before Animal Control arrived.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting of dog

Dog was killed by neighbor after attack on chickens

By Ann Marie Bush – 2/3/15

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and animal control are investigating the shooting death of a Presa Canario dog, which happened shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s animal control unit was dispatched to the 6600 block of S.E. Ward Road about a dog that was shot and killed by a neighbor, Lt. Danny Lotridge said.

An animal control officer learned that a Presa Canario named Marley had attacked and killed chickens and charged at the chicken’s owners when he attempted to stop the attack, Lotridge said in a news release.

The owner of the chickens shot and killed the dog before animal control units arrived.

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