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Pack of small dogs kills pet cat
LAWAI — A family is mourning the loss of their pet cat after it died following an attack by dogs.
Michele Speegle said that sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Thursday, her family was awakened by the sound of dogs outside. It is not unusual to hear dogs barking at night in the residential area, but not so close to the home.
By the time they were outside, a trail of fur and blood led to their Bubu, a silver-shaded baby doll Persian cat with bright green eyes just shy of 15 years old. Two or three small dogs came onto the front porch of her home, carried Bubu across the driveway, mauled it and left it covered in bite marks with a broken back, she said.
“Our driveway was covered with Bubu’s long white fur and blood,” Speegle said.
Bubu, severely injured, died shortly after the attack.
The pack mentality can take over with a group of dogs, said Penny Cistaro, Kauai Humane Society executive director. The breed of dogs also has something to do with their high or low prey drive.
“Terriers, whippets, and some other dogs have a higher prey drive than others,” Cistaro said.
The situation is difficult to assess without knowing the dogs or what was happening with them prior to the attack, she said.
Kauai has a leash law, and cats, as well as dogs, should be confined or indoors, especially at night, she added. Cats are prey for dogs that like to chase anything that moves.
Boy, 13, Still Recovering after Police K9 Attack
POSTED 8:43 PM, JANUARY 30, 2015, BY RINA NAKANO
TRACY- A 13-year-old boy is recovering a week after he was bitten by a Tracy Police K9.
“He’s a lineman. He’s a inside linebacker, so it’s not like he cries for anything like that and the way his scream… I knew something was really wrong,” John Jacobo, the boy’s father, told FOX40. “I knew it was a vicious attack.”
According to Tracy Police, the K9 unit was on duty in the area on Jan. 22. The dog’s handler secured the K9 inside his vehicle but, somehow, the back door popped opened, and the dog got out.
John Jacobo Jr. was attacked down the block from his house while he was walking home from doing homework at a friend’s house.
Loose dogs maul N.J. cats, elderly owner witnesses attack
HOLLAND TWP. — An elderly woman witnessed a dog attack today that left her two longtime cats dead.
Township animal control officer Nate Barson was already looking for the dogs when the attack occurred, called by one of the woman’s neighbors.
It happened on Jan. 30 at about 11:30 a.m. According to township police, the woman noticed the two dogs on her porch, and snapped a photo of them. She hadn’t seen anything amiss at that point, but was apparently uneasy about their proximity.
A short time later, they said she looked outside and saw that one of the dogs had one of her cat’s by its head, while the second dog had the cat’s tail in his mouth.
She called for help and Barson arrived in time to snap a photo of the dogs escaping into a wooded areas behind homes in the 400 block of Riegelsville Road.
Barson said the two dogs appear to be about 60-70 pounds and at least one is a male. He said they could be Rhodesian ridgebacks, Black mouth curs or a boxer mix.
Woman charged with negligence after dog attack
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS – A 58-year-old woman has been charged with culpable negligence after six dogs attacked a 49-year-old man who was out walking on New Year’s Day.
Geraldine Kay Pearce had three documented dog bite reports filed against her in Walton County with Walton County Animal Control, according to the arrest report.
She had been warned about her responsibilities as a dog owner, including “additional responsibilities concerning the ownership of ‘dangerous’ dogs due to previous bite cases,” the report said.
When questioned, Pearce allegedly referred to the six dogs that attacked the man as the “lab puppies,” claiming them as hers.
Troy police officer fatally shoots dog attacking family pet
A Troy police officer fatally shot a dog that was attacking another dog near a child on Wednesday, according to reports.
Police told WSFA that a woman was walking her family dog and pushing her child in a stroller on Prospect Ridge Road when two dogs started to attack her dog.
City health officials recommend Brooklyn dog be euthanized after 2 attacks
BY LISA L. COLANGELO – New York Daily News – 1/29/15
A 17-month-old Brooklyn dog is facing the death penalty after viciously biting two people last year.
City health officials said they are making the rare move to euthanize the dog named Disel because the two frightening incidents show he is a danger to the public.
An administrative law judge agreed, issuing a ruling Jan. 8 that Disel cannot be retrained and doubting his owner, Kasseam Stanley, is responsible enough to make sure the pooch doesn’t hurt anyone else.
“I believe my dog is provoked by anybody he don’t know, because that’s how I trained my dog,” Stanley said in court, according to the decision. “If you don’t know him, keep him away.'”
Authorities say the first attack came on July 31, 2014, when Disel bit a woman sitting outside a store on East New York Ave. in Brooklyn. He latched onto her foot and wouldn’t let go until several people pulled him off.
Stanley called Disel, a large mixed breed, a family dog but admitted he trained the dog to “go low … grab they (sic) ankle. If it must, break it, but don’t kill them,” according to the decision.
Santa Rosa man bitten by police dog after chase remains hospitalized
BY DEREK MOORE – THE PRESS DEMOCRAT – January 26, 2015, 6:13PM
A Santa Rosa man who was bitten by a police dog following a high-speed chase remained in the hospital Monday recovering from his wounds, police said.
Police said Michael Edward Kearney, 53, was driving a Ford Explorer that was spotted by Officer Eric Rhodes at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday traveling more than 90 mph on Highway 101 and weaving in and out of traffic.
Police said Kearney continued to speed and ignore traffic signs after he exited the highway at Bicentennial Way. On Hardies Lane, he made a U-turn and attempted to ram the officer’s vehicle.
Joliet dog owner will lose one dog but keep two
By FELIX SARVER – [email protected] – 1/27/15
JOLIET — A Joliet owner of three dogs neighbors say were involved in several dog-on-dog attacks will lose one of them to a McHenry County animal rescue shelter, but can keep the other two.
Titan was deemed vicious by city officials after it was allegedly involved — with two other dogs owned by Vavrik — in three separate incidents of attacking neighbors’ dogs on North Reed Street last year.
Vavrik said during a Jan. 15 hearing the dog was given to a friend, who gave it to someone else out-of-state. But Joliet Township Animal Control found Titan and Vavrik identified the dog last week.
Donna Salemi, who works for Saving All Our Angels, said while she knows Titan had issues with other dogs in the past, she said the behavior problems could be fixed.
“With him being so young, it is my opinion that this is very easily corrected,” Salemi said. “He may not have had the correct training to prevent the situation. He is eager to learn.”
Woodbridge Army reservist recovering after attack by Norfolk police dog
by Stephanie Tipple on January 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm
London Colvin, a 21-year old private in the Army Reserve is recovering from injuries she suffered when attacked by a Norfolk Police dog.
Colvin was at the scene of a fight 2:15 a.m. Sunday, at an off-campus party near Norfolk State University, in Norfolk, where Colvin is a second-semester junior and Sociology major.
Colvin graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School in 2011. She is currently a private with the 3rd Brigade, 318th Regiment and 78th Training Division, based at Fort Belvoir.
“She was at a party off campus. She said that a fight broke out, and she had nothing to do with the fight. She did say she was at the party, and her and her friends were leaving,” said Whitney Dunn, the victim’s cousin. “She was definitely being loud – she did admit to that.”
Camper who was injured by hunting dogs works to change law
ASHEVILLE – Kadie Anderson hopes no one else ever has to suffer the terror and helplessness she experienced when her dogs were attacked by a pack of bear hunting hounds in a Graham County wilderness area in October.
That’s why Anderson is leading a petition drive aimed at changing North Carolina’s dangerous dog law, which presently exempts hunting dogs.
“It doesn’t take away any of their rights,” Anderson said of hunters. “It’s about making people responsible for the actions of their dogs.”
The issue came to light after U.S. Forest Service officials declined to pursue the case against bear hunters whose dogs injured Anderson and her two Australian shepherds. Anderson was on a camping trip with her dogs when the harrowing, 45-minute attack happened on Oct. 13, the opening day of bear season, in the Snowbird area of the Nantahala National Forest in Graham County.
Anderson, a 29-year-old visitor from Cleveland, Ohio, suffered bite wounds to her hands and legs as she fought to protect her pets. The dogs were seriously injured but have since recovered.
She said she fought the hounds off with a tent stake and a stick, trying to shield her dogs with her body.
When the hunters — six men — finally arrived, they got the hounds under control and helped Anderson pack up her gear. One of the men carried her pack as they walked three miles back to her car.
Police capture dog that attacked two children, grandmother
WUSA *9 – January 26, 2015
RICHARDSVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) — Culpeper County authorities say a dog attacked several people on Sunday evening, including two children and the grandmother of one of those children.
The dog was captured around 1:30 Monday afternoon, police said.
According to authorities, the dog attacked its owners in the 22000 block of Halls Road at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday. It injured a child and grandmother. They say the dog attack another child on the same street a short time later.
Philly Cop Shoots, Kills Dog After Attack In Frankford
CBS Philly – January 25, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a dog after the dog reportedly attacked her Sunday night.
The incident happened at about 10 p.m. in the 4400 block of Leiper Street in the city’s Frankford section.
According to investigators, the dog attacked the female officer and bit her in the hip.
Investigators say the officer discharged her firearm, killing the dog.
Police say the officer was taken to Jeanes Hospital for treatment.
The incident remains under investigation.
W.G. Scout turns dog attack into Eagle project inspiration
By Zak Kerr on January 28, 2015
WINTER GARDEN — On Oct. 8, 2010, A.J. Ortiz, then 9, was visiting the home of his uncle, who had received a pair of Rottweilers as a gift.
While his aunt was getting her medication and his parents were at a comedy club, they left A.J. alone with the dogs, although it was night and the dogs had never known him.
“(The dogs) were a little bit aggressive,” said A.J., now 13, of Winter Garden. “So I was at the car, and they thought I was a robber or thief, and they just came up and attacked.”
The lengthy attack left A.J. with many severe injuries necessitating emergency surgery.
“To me, the attack felt like a half-hour, but I think it was only 10 minutes or a little bit longer,” A.J. said. “The first surgery I had was eight hours long. The four worst injuries I had were: 40% of my scalp torn off — as you can see — both bones in my wrist broken in half; 5% of my calf muscle eaten alive; and 22 square centimeters of my butt torn off.”
In the subsequent five months, A.J. was in and out of the hospital for more surgeries, missing school and extracurricular activities, including Boy Scouts, his favorite.
“I still have the scars today,” he said. “It took me to recover over a year, but it was mostly for the head. I had stitches, staples — maybe over a thousand.”
UPDATE: New info in Saturday’s dog attack
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has released new information in connection to a dog attack that sent four people to the hospital Saturday morning.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, an argument broke out at a residence in the 9300 block of American Farms Road Saturday morning.
“The dog became irate due to the yelling occurring at the home,” according to a release.
When a resident attempted to put the dog outside, the dog bit the first victim. Some time later another resident let the dog back inside, when it then bit another resident.
The dog was then put back outside only to be let back in a short time later, when it again began biting people in the home. According to the sheriff’s office, it was at this point that the dog was cornered and stabbed to death.
One of the four patients was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital by air, two others were transported to Sacred Heart by ambulance, and a fourth was sent to Santa Rosa Medical Center by ambulance. The current condition of the residents is unknown.
Santa Rosa County Animal Control responded to the scene and took the dog from the residence.
Jayla’s death certificate: She died in dog attack
January 24, 2015 5:00 am •
A death certificate issued this week by the state confirms that Jayla Rodriguez died in a dog attack while she was sledding on a Pine Ridge hill near her home.
The 8-year-old’s death on Nov. 18 rocked the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where dogs have roamed free for years. Tribal authorities responded quickly, rounding up trailer loads of wandering dogs. Most were destroyed, but some were spared, thanks to rescue groups and some pet owners.
The death certificate, filed by the state on Thursday and made publicly available on Friday, described the manner of her death as an “accident,” but specifically refers to her being attacked “by dogs.”
In a section labeled “Cause of death part I,” the death certificate uses simple phrases and incomplete sentences: “multiple laceration(s), abrasions, contusions, partial transection right jugular vein, cerebral edema, mauled by dog.”
After saying good-bye to their brown-eyed Jayla, her maternal family went to work, lobbying the tribal council for more stringent animal control and raising funds for “Jayla’s Dream,” an animal shelter.
“I think people need something to work towards,” Jayla’s aunt Camilla Griffith said on Friday. She was busy planning an upcoming fundraiser for the shelter. “We don’t want this to happen again.”
Tracy teen attacked by police K-9 after finishing homework
Officer returned to vehicle to find door open, dog gone
By Sarah Heise – January 23, 2015
A Tracy teenager told KCRA 3 on Friday that he was attacked by a police K-9 after leaving a classmate’s house Thursday evening.
John Jacobo Jr. was walking home from the classmate’s house after finishing some homework at about 8:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Cherry Blossom Road when a police K-9 ran toward him from the park.
The 13-year-old said he tried to run, but the dog was too fast and attacked him.
“The dog jumped on him, knocked him down and tore him up,” said John Jr.’s father, John Jacobo.
An on-duty officer parked and secured his patrol vehicle in the area with his K-9 in the backseat, Tracy police said.
The officer was away from his car when he heard a call come over the radio. When he returned to his vehicle, he found the back door open and the K-9 was not inside, according to police.
The officer went over to a crowd that had gathered down the street and realized the residents were holding his K-9.
After returning the K-9 to the vehicle, he called for an ambulance and provided first aid to John Jr.’s injuries, police said.
John Jacobo said he got the horrifying news as he waited for his son to get home.
Dog attack victim: I’m concerned about prevention’
PRATTVILLE – Barbara Sowell has more than two dozen puncture wounds in her arm after a dog attacked her while she was running downtown.
The 59-year-old was running down Fifth Street in Prattville on Monday and said as she turned left onto Lower Kingston Road, she heard a bark and turned to look, and “the next thing I knew, it happened so fast…I heard his chain behind me and I turned around and he knocked me down onto the street.”
While on the ground, she said she instinctively lifted her arm to cover her face and received 26 puncture wounds to her right arm. Her left shoulder and hip are bruised from the fall.
Sowell chose to share her story in hopes others will consider properly securing their dogs left outside.
“I’m concerned about prevention,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many people have told me, ‘You should have mace, a gun. …’ But I had no reaction time. Until it happens to you, you don’t realize how quickly it happens. Carry a gun? I shouldn’t have to carry anything for a person or an animal in defense.”
The dog, Sowell was told, was brought by its owner to be euthanized at a local veterinary office on Wednesday.
The city of Prattville strictly enforces its leash law for dogs, which states that dogs must be confined or controlled upon a leash, according to the city’s public safety website. Dogs are not allowed to run free, it states. A “dog warden,” based at the Autauga County Humane Shelter, is responsible for enforcing the leash law ordinance within the city limits of Prattville.
Dog Dies After Attack in Lake Forest
A local family is heartbroken over the death of their 12-pound Shih Tzu named Oliver who was attacked on January 21 by a large dog who appears to have escaped from its yard in east Lake Forest.
Daily North Shore is sharing this story as a public service to remind people that dog attacks can have tragic results.
“We feel compelled to tell our story to as many people as possible to emphasize owner responsibility,” said the Shih Tzu’s owner. “Contain your animal efficiently and don’t assume that an electric fence is the answer. Walk with a leash no matter how highly evolved and trained you think your pet is. And – the big one – know your breed and their genetic makeup and possible triggers. A pet that can be friendly and outgoing can also be unpredictable and potentially deadly.”
Three bitten in dog attackBy Will Greenlee – 4:48 PM, Jan 23, 2015 PALM CITY — An 11-year-old boy and two adults were bitten Friday after a pit bull and a black Labrador retriever “somehow escaped from their owner’s Palm City home,” according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.The child was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but the adults didn’t need medical attention following the incidents in the area of Southwest 34th Terrace and Southwest Mapp Road. Investigators were called at 7:37 a.m.Read more: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/local-news/crime/three-bitten-in-dog-attack_59442784
Fitchburg woman hospitalized for dog bite
FITCHBURG — A Marshall Street woman was transported to the hospital Wednesday night after being bit by a friend’s dog, according to Fitchburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Curran.
Curran did not identify the woman, but said she appeared to be middle-aged.
“She was randomly bitten in the elbow by a neighbor’s dog,” Curran said. “The police were on the scene by the time we arrived and the dog had been restrained by that point.”
Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_27370127/fitchburg-woman-hospitalized-dog-bite#ixzz3PgG31RfH
Chesapeake deputy sheriff saves 2-year-old from brutal dog attack in Suffolk
Suffolk, Va. – Thanks to a Chesapeake deputy’s quick thinking, a two-year-old child is alive.
Carla Outland and her friend Deputy Roberta Lucas were walking in their neighborhood with Carla’s 2-year-old son Josiah when the unthinkable happened.
According to the video, this happened in September 2014 in Suffolk near Main Street and Downtown.
When they passed the dog park, they say a German Shepherd jumped the fence and went for the baby who was in the stroller at the time.
“The dog was charging toward the baby with its mouth open. I let out a pretty loud scream. People in the neighborhood probably did hear me,” says Roberta.
Roberta took quick action, pushed the stroller out of the way and she was attacked by the dog.
Vicious dog-on-dog attack caught on camera; owner of victim wants ‘bully’ controlled
POSTED 4:35 PM, JANUARY 20, 2015, BY STEVE KIGGINS
LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash. — A shocking dog attack caught on camera now has one pet owner in hot water.
Neighbors want something to be done before more pets – and even people – get hurt.
The attacked dog’s owner said his pooch has been attacked three times by his neighbor’s dog.
Curt bush said 9-year-old Tucker was outdoors on Sunday when he heard him crying out in pain.
“All of the sudden I heard my dog yelping,” he said, “Open the door and I notice the malamute and this other dog is taking off and my dog is all chewed up.”
The video shows Tucker being surrounded by two large dogs. One dog, an Alaskan malamute, clamped its jaws down into Tucker.
18-month-old boy killed in attack by dogs, Hernando authorities report
When authorities arrived at a mobile home Monday after receiving a call about a boy being bitten by family dogs, they found 18-month-old Declin Moss dead from the attack.
Sheriff’s deputies and Hernando County Fire Rescue members responded to the scene in Istachatta, north of Brooksville, just before 11 a.m.
Moss, 51, had been home alone with the boy when Thumper and Max, two “mixed-breed” dogs, attacked. Afterward, Terry said, the grandfather was “pretty shaken up” in interviews with the sheriff’s office.
“Ultimately they had to take him to the sheriff’s office for additional questioning,” Terry said. “It’s very emotional, obviously, and we want to get the exact story. We still don’t understand entirely what occurred.”
Terry said family members have expressed shock at the dogs’ aggression and that the sheriff’s office has no issues or complaints about the dogs on file. The dogs were being evaluated Monday afternoon at Animal Services in Brooksville.
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — A Florida toddler is dead after being attacked by a dog.The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says 18-month old Declin Moss of Brooksville, north of Tampa, was killed Monday morning.
Page County youth dies from dog attack
– Posted on Jan 22, 2015 – by Chuck Morris
(Clarinda) — Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a 7-year-old Page County boy was killed this afternoon following an attack by the family’s dog.
Palmer says Page County deputies were called at 4:53 p.m to 709 Glen Avenue in College Springs after the boy had been attacked. On arrival, deputies found the boy unresponsive and EMS from Clarinda and College Springs were administering CPR.
The victim was taken by ambulance to the Clarinda Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.
The name of the victim nor his family members are being released by authorities pending notification of all family members. Sheriff Palmer says the matter remains under investigation.
HIGHLAND PARK – Mary Ann Levitt doesn’t like to have to be in fear every time she walks her 25-pound dog, Zuzu.
Levitt and other residents say they have good reason to be fearful. Levitt has been bitten twice by another resident’s large dog. Peter Drago said that same large dog is responsible for the death of his Shih Tzu puppy last November.
They would like to see some restrictions imposed on the dog. They also question why animal control has not brought a complaint to the court to require the dog to be muzzled or restricted to its backyard. Levitt also would like to know when and where the large dog will be walked so she can avoid confrontations.
The borough is looking to have a meeting with the owner in the near future.
The owner of the large dog, Gary Leslie, however, questions why residents chose to contact the newspaper.
“I really don’t want to play it out in the newspaper,” Leslie said Friday, adding that he planned to contact this lawyer.
DHS, others sued over dog’s attack on foster child
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) –
The Oregon Department of Human Services faces a $900,000 lawsuit that claims the state was neglectful when it placed a 10-year-old boy in a foster home
with a dog that later mauled him.
The incident in question happened at the Gresham home of Lillian Yun, who was the boy’s foster mother and who the suit says ran a rescue for Doberman Pinschers out of the home.
The suit states the boy was bitten by a Doberman at least twice between Feb. 14, 2014 and July 10, 2014.
Read more: http://www.kptv.com/story/27894236/dhs-others-sued-over-dogs-attack-on-foster-child#ixzz3PUXPAZDX
‘Time to move’ for dog attack victim
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — After 13 days in the North Okaloosa Medical Center, Phillip Lieberman is back home in DeFuniak Springs.
But he still has a long road to recovery.
On the first day of January, Lieberman was walking down Girl Scout Road and was attacked by six dogs.
The 49-year-old was attacked for about 40 minutes.
Sitting at his kitchen table Thursday, while his dogs played outside, Lieberman lists his injuries.
It’s a long list.
The only parts of his body that were unharmed were his face, throat and groin area.
With 600 puncture wounds — about 50 of them he estimates are 2-inches deep or more — he’s in a lot of pain.
“When they were repacking the injuries, it was extremely painful,” he said. “I literally had to put a washcloth in my mouth and bite down.”
State, municipal agencies investigating alleged wolf hybrid bite in Anchorage
January 16, 2015
The Alaska Attorney General’s Office says a woman was bitten Thursday by “an alleged wolf hybrid,” an animal illegal to possess without a permit under state law. The state defines a “wolf hybrid” as “any offspring from a wolf or wolf hybrid with a dog or another wolf hybrid.”
Coshok’s Canine Castle in Anchorage housed the animal, which bit the woman and sent her to the hospital, Assistant Attorney General Carole Holley confirmed Friday. Coshok’s is a kennel for dogs, cats and small animals, as well as a dog grooming and training facility, according to its Facebook page.
“It was not pretty, of course, because it was a bite,” said Beverly Ausick, manager at Coshok’s. “But she is going to be OK.”
At the time of the incident, Coshok’s was holding the canine, along with another “alleged wolf hybrid,” for the state. The animals are considered both “contraband” and “evidence” in a court case, Holley said.
The man who owned the animals, 74-year-old Ronald West, is the defendant in an ongoing court case against the state. The state says West illegally possessed his two canines, named Gringo and Grizz, which it characterized as wolf hybrids, though West disputes the reliability of the test used by the state to determine his animals’ ancestry, Holley said.
In May 2013, Alaska Wildlife Troopers seized the two canines from West’s home in Anchorage after receiving a report that Gringo had attacked a neighbor’s dog.
It was not the first time the state had dealt with Gringo. In 2010, the canine escaped its restraints and killed a neighborhood dog. Gringo was ordered to be removed from the state, according to a motion filed by prosecutors in August.
Following attack, Venice plans to review dog parks rules
Channel 7 – WWSB – January 19, 2015
VENICE, Fla. — The city of Venice will review its dog park rules following an attack at Paw Park.
The attack happened on Jan 4th. Three people were reportedly bitten by a dog.
The city plans to review its rules and discuss how to communicate those rules to dog owners, in hopes of preventing another incident.
The issue will be discussed at a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting this week.
Bellevue Family on Edge After Recent Dog Bite
WOWT.com – January 19, 2015
When the Blackerby’s – a family of four – isn’t enjoying their time together outside, they’re enjoying their time inside, working on projects or tending to their cats.
But Saturday morning, which was a beautiful morning, Jason Blackerby adds, he decided to go for a jog, alone. Glad he did, he says, because as he was rounding the corner of his block, his neighbor’s two dogs came running right for him.
Blackerby explains, “Surprisingly, they were pretty silent, but they came up, and it was very clear that they weren’t coming to play.
Blackerby says he was able to keep one dog away, but the other? It apparently jumped up, latched on to his arm and bit through three layers of clothing.
Dog May Be Euthanized After Torrance Residents Claim Multiple Attacks
CBS – Los Angeles – January 16, 2015
TORRANCE (CBSLA.com) — Residents say they have complained to city officials for years about a dog in their neighborhood they believed was unsafe.
The dog is now being held at the Carson animal shelter after she was accused of attacking someone for at least the second time.
Half a dozen residents say they’ve been attacked by a local German shepherd named Nala, and some have taken to referring to the canine as “Devil dog.”
Dimitri Ramirez says that the dog bit his 7-year-old on a thigh in 2013, and states that she will need plastic surgery to remove the scars from the attack.
However, according to Ramirez, she was not the dog’s only victim.
“It’s bitten and gone after many people in this neighborhood,” Ramirez said.
Along with several other neighbors, Ramirez has complained to the city about the dog for years, going so far as to start a blog about the dog.
Dog owner searching for answers after his pet is attacked in Woonsocket
By Olivia Fecteau, NBC 10 News – January 15, 2015
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – A dog is attacked in Woonsocket, but with the city’s animal control officers under investigation, the dog’s owner says he doesn’t know where to turn.
The owner says his dog was attacked while she was being walked in a park. And from what NBC 10 News has learned, the dog that apparently attacked her still has not been found.
Hennessee wore a bandage on her side Thursday night when she arrived at Bellingham Veterinary Hospital. Her owner, George Zapata, says the lab – pit bull mix was attacked by another dog in Costa Park in Woonsocket on Saturday afternoon.
“We went into the emergency room quickly because you couldn’t let that sit for a day,” he said.
Zapata filed a police report Sunday, to be passed along to animal control. But on Monday, the animal shelter in Woonsocket was closed and the city’s two animal control officers suspended, accused of misappropriating donated food and supplies.
Four small pigs killed by stray dogs
Four small pigs on Trevecca Nazarene University’s urban farm did not survive a recent attack by a pack of stray dogs that broke into their pen.
When farm manager Jason Adkins arrived at work on Jan. 6, he found four of the farm’s Juliana miniature pigs close to death and four stray dogs inside the pig pen made of chain link and electrified fencing. The pigs eventually perished, he said.
“They were pretty highly motivated to get under there,” Adkins said.
He chased off a couple of the dogs and a veterinarian sedated the other two with a tranquilizer dart gun so they could be taken to Metro Animal Care and Control. The dogs, described as older black labs or black lab mixes, arrived at the animal shelter on Jan. 6 sedated, said shelter manager Lauren Bluestone.
Shelter staff euthanized the dogs on Tuesday morning based on about a week of observing their behavior and their role in the pig attack, Bluestone said. Dogs must be held for at least three days, she said.
Yorkie dies after shepherd attack
Sybil Swanson said a pleasant late afternoon walk turned terrifying Jan. 15 when an almost two-year-old German shepherd grabbed her nine-pound Yorkshire terrier and would not let go.
“He started shaking him like a rag doll,” said Swanson, who lives with David Niskey in the 200 block of 39th Street in Lorain. Mekus, the Yorkie, was on a leash as they walked in a street in their residential neighborhood.
“The dog came out of nowhere,” Swanson said. “It didn’t make a sound. It just snuck up from behind me and grabbed him.
“I laid down on top of him. I was hitting him and kicking him, but the dog wouldn’t let go of him. The owner showed up and said, ‘Oh, I’ll pay for this.’ I didn’t care if (the shepherd) bit me. I just wanted it to let go of my dog.”
After the shepherd’s owner, Randy Wallace, 62, retrieved the big dog, Swanson scooped Mekus into her arms and rushed to her house.
She cradled Mekus as Niskey drove to Lorain County Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, 5152 Grove Ave.
“I kept begging, ‘Come on, Baby. Stay with Mommy. Stay with Mommy,’” Swanson said. “He died on the way to the hospital. He was in my lap. He went limp and I knew he was gone.”
Meriden woman arrested in connection with November dog bite incident
MERIDEN — A woman sought in connection with a dog bite incident in November surrendered to police Tuesday, police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay said.
Kelly Konopka, 31, of 114 Plumb Ave., was charged Tuesday with failing to quarantine an animal, obstructing the animal control officer, nuisance dog and roaming dog. The misdemeanor charges stem from a Nov. 15 incident when an unnamed victim was bit on the chin by a dog on Plumb Avenue, McKay said.
Police and Meriden Animal Control staff responded and determined the dog, a black Labrador mix, belonged to Konopka, according to McKay. After the incident, animal control staff attempted to contact Konopka to inform her she needed to quarantine her dog off-site, “but she was very non-cooperative and nasty with our animal control staff,” McKay said. “She refused to comply and do anything we asked of her.”
Tuckerton officer faces additional charges in dog attack
TOMS RIVER – A Tuckerton Borough Police Officer was indicted on charges Tuesday for allegedly letting his K-9 dog “Gunner” loose on a Barnegat woman and falsifying records related to her arrest.
Justin M. Cherry was formally charged with false swearing, tampering with public records and hindering his own apprehension, in addition to second-degree official misconduct and third-degree aggravated assault charges in the attack on 58-year-old Wendy Tucker on Jan. 29, 2014, according to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Cherry, a nine-year veteran at the time of the incident, earned a salary of $$77,120 in 2013, according to pension records. He is currently suspended without pay.
The indictment alleges he released the German Shepherd and allowed it to attack Tucker after she had already been apprehended by two Barnegat officers. According to the indictment, he then falsified records and swore out an affidavit for Tucker’s arrest containing false information.
Cherry, who is suspended without pay, was initially indicted on charges of official misconduct and aggravated assault April 9. He was released after posting $15,000 bail in April.
Dog fight in the forest: Woman crusades for legal change after hunting dog attack
Written by Holly Kays – January 14, 2015
Kadie Anderson was packing up camp after a night in the backcountry with her two Australian shepherds when the peace of an autumn forest waking up from a nighttime rain was decisively broken.
“A pack of hunting dogs came into the camp and attacked my dogs, almost killed my dogs, bit me a couple of times while I was trying to protect them,” recalled Anderson, an Ohio resident who at the time was camping in the Snowbird Wilderness Area in Nantahala National Forest.
Some of the dogs dragged Loki, who’s 8, down to the nearby river, while the others tackled 2-year-old Finn.
“I honestly thought that was the end. I thought they were going to end up killed,” said the 29-year-old veterinarian.
But she wasn’t going to let that happen without a fight. Armed with only a plastic tent stake — her pepper spray was somewhere in the tent and in the heat of the moment she forgot about the knife in her pocket — Anderson had to face the worst moment of the whole ordeal: deciding which dog to defend first.
She went for Loki, jumping onto the dog pack, doing whatever she could to get them off her longtime friend. Finally, she was able to get Loki away and safe inside the tent. Loki had a deep wound on her abdomen, one that Anderson was worried might prove fatal.
At that point, she turned to Finn, who was quite literally being ripped to shreds in front of her, but she couldn’t extricate him.
POSTED 4:21 PM, JANUARY 13, 2015, BY Q13 FOX NEWS STAFF
SILVERDALE, Wash. — A 5-year-old girl was severely injured in a dog attack near Silverdale Tuesday and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said.
Two Rottweilers were involved in the attack in the 5000 block of NW Apex Road, west of Silverdale, where the dogs lived, the sheriff’s office said.
The dogs have been turned over to the custody of Kitsap Animal Rescue.
Coyote Conflicts With Pets, Police, People On Rise In Westchester
by Jon Craig – January 13, 2015
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Police and wildlife experts in Westchester and Putnam counties say sightings of coyotes — and increasingly aggressive conflicts — are on the rise.
Dean Renzi, a bow hunter from Yonkers, said, “The population has definitely grown. I’ve seen them in just about every location I’ve hunted. Both Westchester and Putnam counties have large populations.”
Renzi, who hunts deer for food in the area, said, “I’ve heard (coyote) packs howling while on (deer) stand, which is a strong indicator that numbers are flourishing. I think the population has grown, because not many people hunt, or trap for them.”
A 6-year-old Rye girl was attacked in her front yard by a pair of coyotes in June 2010. She got bites on her shoulder, thigh and ear as well as scratches on her back. Her mother scared the coyotes off. The girl was treated and released from a local hospital. Two months earlier, a 10-year-old toy poodle was attacked and killed by coyotes in Rye.
Witness: Dogs’ owner offered cash to hush up victim
A 73-year-old Metamora man recounted moments of terror last fall as three large dogs snarled and snapped at him, one biting the back of his leg as he desperately fended them off with a walking stick.
“Here come these dogs flying down the hill, fast as they could run,” Jim Salego told a packed Lapeer District Court room. “They tried to circle me; I had my stick going back and forth trying to get them off me.”
After Salego was bitten in the leg, the dogs’ owner, Sebastiano Quagliata, came out of his house and called the dogs off.
“He said, ‘Don’t call the cops; I’ll pay you money,’ “ Salego recalled of that November evening. “I pulled my phone out and dialed 911 and said, ‘Yes I am calling police. I have blood running down my leg.’ “
Salego testified on behalf of prosecutors at a preliminary examination Friday to decide if Quagliata and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, 44, should stand trial on second-degree murder charges after those same Cane Corso dogs mauled jogger Craig Sytsma to death along that same stretch of Thomas Road on July 23.
February trials scheduled in fatal attack by dogs
February trials scheduled for owners of 2 dogs that fatally mauled Michigan jogger last year
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple facing murder and other charges in the fatal mauling of a jogger by two of their dogs will stand trial in February.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1AhftgH ) separate trials have been scheduled for Sebastiano Quagliata and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, beginning Feb. 3 in Lapeer County Circuit Court. They face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.
Forty-six-year-old Craig Sytsma was attacked by two cane corsos on July 23 in Metamora Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.
Both cane corsos and another dog from the property were later euthanized.
Fresno man sues city after police dog bites him
After arguing with his ex-wife, Fresno architect Cesar Rodriguez went to his office to cool off.
But when police arrived at Rodriguez’s office to serve him a stay-away order, he would not let them in, so officers unleashed a police dog named Kubo to take him into custody.
A lawsuit filed in Fresno County Superior Court says the German shepherd mauled Rodriguez, leaving deep gashes in his left arm. He spent three days in Community Regional Medical Center after doctors performed surgery on his severely damaged limb, said Rodriguez’s San Francisco attorneys Beau Burbidge and Walter “Skip” Walker.
In his lawsuit, Rodriguez, 44, contends the city of Fresno and several police officers violated his civil rights, committed assault and battery on him, and were negligent for letting the dog attack him last April.
Though city officials have yet to talk about the pending litigation, the lawsuit says, “the Fresno County Jail/Fresno County Police Department” have paid for Rodriguez’s $53,371 in medical bills.
Police: Neighbor who shot, killed dog won’t face charges
Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 12:00 am – By Paul Mrozek [email protected]
ALEXANDER — The man who shot and killed his next-door-neighbor’s dog as it attacked him last week will not face any charges, according to a Genesee County Sheriff’s Office investigation of the incident.
The sheriff’s department probe determined that the neighbor did not violate any law when he shot the animal, a bullmastiff named Pepper. The neighbor had the right to shoot the canine with his .357 magnum pistol because he was on his own property when the dog attacked him, the report concluded.
“He was within his rights. The law is very clear,” said Gordon Dibble, chief deputy of the sheriff’s office.
The incident was captured on the neighbor’s security camera. He showed the video to sheriff’s investigators and the camera was taken into evidence.
Pepper, owned by Greg Gass, also of Dodgeson Road, was shot on New Year’s Day.
Gass did not see the shooting but heard the gunshots. He was in his front yard shoveling snow when it occurred.
The neighbor, in his deposition with the sheriff’s office, stated the bullmastiff came onto his property the day before, about 4:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The neighbor was outside playing in the snow with his two grandchildren and two dogs.
Pepper, when it saw the man, became aggressive and barked, growled and snapped at the man, he stated. The neighbor said he yelled and pointed at Pepper because he wanted it off his land.
The neighbor stated he was “concerned for my safety (as) well as my grandchildren.”
NZ Newswire – January 12, 2015
Two women have been taken to hospital after being attacked by dogs in Invercargill.
The women were walking along Henderson Street when two large mastiff-cross dogs rushed out from a house to attack them about midday on Monday, Invercargill City Council environmental health and compliance manager, John Youngson says.
“The door and gate of the house were left open, and the neighbour, who witnessed the attack, rushed over to beat off the attacking dogs with a stick.”
The women had significant injuries and were taken to hospital, he said.
“Council staff are shocked at the severity of this incident and we will be offering the victims every support we are able to give them.”
Marshall County Sheriffs Deputy Recovering After Dog Bites
KTEN Channel 10 – Posted: Jan 15, 2015 6:22 PM CST
MARSHALL COUNTY, OK — A dog that attacked a Marshall County Deputy is being quarantined for 10 days.
Marshall County Sheriff, Ed Kent says the Deputy is now at home recovering and received at least 24 stitches. Yesterday she was bitten by a German Shepard while she was responding to a report of a malnourished horse.
It happened near a church on Samuel Road in Marshall County. They say the dog was running lose during the time of the attack but it will not be euthanized.
Dogs Attack Woman Delivering Court Papers
Jeané Franseen – January 12, 2015
Camden– A South Arkansas woman is injured by a dog while trying to serve court papers.
It happened Saturday in Camden.
Deputies say Rebecca Whitaker went to a home to serve papers to James Word.
She says when Word opened the door, 3-dogs ran out and attacked her.
Whitaker says Word was able to get his dogs back inside before accepting the papers.
Authorities say the skin on the back of her leg was broken, but she refused to get medical treatment.
Woman worried she’ll need rabies shots after dog bite at St. Cloud restaurant
Posted: 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 – wftv.com
An Osceola County woman bitten by a dog while eating at a St. Cloud restaurant turned to Channel 9 in hopes of finding the dog’s owner.
Without proof the dog had its shots, Kathleen Kramer could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars more in medical bills.
Kramer was at Crabby Bill’s seafood restaurant, which is dog-friendly, when the attack happened Sunday.
“I looked over and seen two dogs and thought, let me go over and say hi,” she said. “I started to walk over and the next thing I know the dog lunged at me and bit me.”
Barrington man charged with stabbing girlfriend’s dog
BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Barrington man was arrested and charged after police said he stabbed his girlfriend’s dog three times, but the man maintains that it was in self-defense.
Police were called to a home on Lake Avenue just before midnight Friday and arrived to find the couple in the kitchen, noting the woman was frantic and visibly upset. She told investigators her dog was in need of medical assistance after it was stabbed by her boyfriend, Bradford Ellsworth.
According to police, the 4 1/2-year-old male Shiba Inu-Akita mix named Rudy was bleeding from his snout, front leg, and chest area.
Ellsworth, 49, said Rudy started getting into the trash, and when he told him to stop, the dog turned and tried to attack him. Ellsworth said he grabbed a butcher knife on the counter and stabbed the dog to protect himself.
Shooting of dog upsets neighbors; Sheriff’s office sends case to DA
Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 8:00 am – By Megan Sando/Stillwater News Press
A family is seeking justice for its dog Jade, who died the afternoon of Jan. 3 from a gunshot wound in a neighborhood east of Stillwater.
Brittney Bay lives on Shiloh Street on 3 acres with her husband Kyle and children.
Bay said her husband and daughter were outside playing with a Christmas gift when they heard a shot.
The family began yelling and whistling for their dog, which was missing. They had let out Jade to use the bathroom not long before the shot was fired.
The family found Jade’s body north of a neighbor’s house.
According to a report from the Payne County Sheriff’s Office, the family confronted Brooke Golay, who lives three houses away.
Golay told them she shot the dog, according to the report.
Golay, a lab manager at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, told police she shot the dog, she was sorry and that she owns dogs herself.
Police seek dog that bit woman outside mall
Police are seeking a dog that bit a woman outside a Madison mall this week.
Public Health of Madison and Dane County is looking for information on a dog that bit a woman Tuesday at about 12:30 p.m.
According to a release, the woman was outside the food court entrance at East Towne Mall petting a dog that was sitting inside a pickup truck.
Public Health said the owner of the short-haired Dalmatian-type dog was present but left before the victim was aware of the rabies risk involved when a strange dog bites a person.
The dog was described as a white and black spotted and was sitting in a dark blue mid-90s-year Ford F250 with a topper. The owner was a white man possibly in his mid-60s with gray hair.
The dog was possibly named Smoky, according to the report.
Woman seeks $200,000 from House after staffer’s dog bites her finger
A West Virginia woman visited a House congressional office two years ago this month. While waiting for her meeting, she was bitten on the finger by a staffer’s dog.
For her physical and emotional harm, she is suing the House of Representatives for $200,000.
According to the lawsuit, filed in D.C. federal court Friday, Elizabeth Crawford was invited to Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-Calif.) Washington office in January 2013. While waiting for her appointment, she dropped her pen. When she bent down to pick it up, an unattended dog named “Who Dey” bit her on the right index finger. The dog, according to the complaint, did not have its current rabies vaccination.
Her lawyer, Benjamin Pelton, said the small dog drew blood and damaged a nerve. He claimed that the bite resulted in $26,000 in medical bills, including a surgery to straighten her tendon and rabies shots. The other $174,000 she’s seeking? “Pain and suffering,” he said.
Dog attack kills colt and donkey
Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 6:29 pm – By Vanesa Brashier
A pack of dogs is being blamed for an attack that killed a donkey and colt in the Shepherd area Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The attack occurred sometime before daylight at a horse rehab ranch in the Lake Run-A-Muck community.
One dog was captured by deputies with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office; others are still at large.
The sheriff’s office is uncertain about the number of dogs that are running together as a pack as there are quite a few loose animals in that area, said Chief Deputy Joe Schultea Jr.
Dog attack in Elkton sends woman to hospital
Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 9:28 am | By Carl Hamilton [email protected]
LKTON – Animal control workers captured a dog on Friday after it bit a woman at least once in Elkton, according to emergency officials.
A Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. ambulance transported the 30-year-old woman to Union Hospital in Elkton, according to a fire company spokesman, who did not identify the victim.
As of Sunday, information regarding the extent of the woman’s injuries and her medical condition was unavailable.
Letter: Dog attack
In December I saw a pack of three dogs at the edge of my yard. They appeared to be playing tug-of-war with what looked like a stuffed toy or a rag. To my horror I discovered it was a small animal. We chased them off and they dropped their “toy” which turned out to be our neighbor’s cat. They killed the cat.
The dogs were identical, medium sized with brown faces and a darker brown bodies. I saw a thick fabric collar, either pink or a faded red on one of them.
I called Animal Services to report the incident. Trinity Smith said in an email that they have tried to catch those dogs in the past, but they were not successful because the dogs are fearful and will not allow them to approach. They have also been unsuccessful in trapping them.
10-year-old braveheart brother saves toddler from dog’s attack
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:04 AM – Enewspaper of india
ENI Bureau Ahemedabad: In a rare feat of bravery, a ten year old saved his 15-month old sister from a ferocious dog attack here on Monday.
The toddler, Kanchi, went out to play in the garden when she was suddenly pounced upon by a neighbour’s pet dog, a German Shephard. The dog turned ferocious and constantly pulled on the girl’s clothers.
10-year-old Kashish Dhanani, who is himself petrified by dogs, showed courage at the critical moment and relentlessly preventedd his sister from being taken away by the German Shephard, who was constantly pulling on the girl.
Couple shoots two dogs, claims they are justified
Ali Monsen – January 3, 2015
SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Seven snow-covered deer lie dead in secluded corners of an orchard, and they all have one thing in common.
“They have their butts chewed out the same way…” said Brett Farley, who owns the property.
But two of the neighbors’ pets have lost their lives too. A woman and her boyfriend shot and killed them Monday morning.
“We couldn’t figure out why the deer were dying, and then people witnessed it. We saw that the dogs just chased them until they got stuck, and the dogs would just chew them…” Farley explained.
Farley claims his employee and her boyfriend could not stand to watch the attacks any longer.
He says they tried shooing the dogs away and when that failed, they pulled out a handgun.
According to Utah Code 18-1-3, ‘Any person may injure or kill a dog while the dog is attacking, chasing, or worrying… any species of hoofed protected wildlife.” Legally, the couple is justified, but owner of the deceased dogs says that does not make it right.
Naccarato’s relative recently posted the story on social media. The shooting has hundreds of irate dog-lovers making threats toward the couple responsible. The subjects of those threats say the comments have become so aggressive, they have had to leave town.
“I’ve been called the B-word, a piece of crap, and that I should go into hiding—I couldn’t run fast enough from them, so I left. I honestly almost brought my dogs because I’m worried they’re going to do something to my dogs,” said Jaquel Christensen, the woman who shot Naccarto’s dogs.
Young boy recovering from dog attack
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A stray dog that seemed friendly suddenly attacked a four-year-old boy. The bites severely damaged his face.
Now Jeremiah reed is back to his old self, playing with toys and reading to his mom. If it wasn’t for the scar across his face, you wouldn’t know he just survived a vicious dog attack.
“He’s a strong little booger and the first thing he said is where’s my booboo, he wanted his little two-year-old little brother,” said mother Rebecca Reed.
The dog was a stray his family caught and tied up, intending to bring to the shelter. A loud noise scared the dog and Jeremiah was just too close.
“[It] grabbed a hold of his face, the dog did, and just threw him down on the ground and it was like that, a split second,” said Reed. Jeremiah’s dad and grandfather grabbed the dog off him, but his cheek was already badly torn. He was in surgery at Niswonger Children’s Hospital all evening. The doctors say his eye, nasal cavity, and facial muscle will be fine.
Second surgery for dog attack victim
The young victim of a dog attack needs a second surgery Friday. Four-year-old Jeremiah Reed was attacked a couple weeks ago. A stray dog his family was bringing to a shelter got spooked and bit Jeremiah’s face.
His first surgery didn’t quite take. Friday he had a skin graft from the skin behind his ear. His parents say this may not be the end of it.
“It’s just one thing after another you know, when it rains it pours. But you’ve just got to look at the bright side. He’s alive, he’s healthy, he may have this but we’ll be alright. He’s going to be alright,” said mother Rebecca Smith.
She says his spirits haven’t been down and she’s had to stop him from playing too rough with his little brother.
It’s been an unexpected struggle for the family. The surgery has meant extra bills and having to take off work for the two. A friend took it upon herself to set-up a Gofundme.com page where anyone can go to help them out.