Monday, May 20, 2019

BAMBERG COUNTY SC - EVEN AFTER HIS NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL RIPPED THE MEAT OFF THE BONES IN HIS ARMS AND BIT OFF HIS THUMB ...HE STILL STRUGGLES WITH THE PIT BULL DOUBLE TALK ..."I LOVE PIT BULLS/I FEAR PIT BULLS" ...NEXT TIME IT COULD BE YOUR SISTER OR A NEIGHBOR'S CHILD MR. STEEDLEY!!!

Dog attack

Bamberg County resident Norris Steedley's eyes fill with tears as he thinks about the pain he is going through after being bitten by a  PIT BULL  at his home April 11.

"I am trying to zen myself for the pain," said Steedley, whose arms are heavily wrapped in bandages where a neighbor's pit bull took multiple bites, tearing flesh from bone.
Steedley says the "swelling has gone down a little bit," but he is aware the recovery is expected to be slow, long and paved with multiple plastic surgeries. In the interim, wound care and antibiotics will be crucial as preventing infection is a matter of life and death.
For the 59-year old Lemon Creek Road resident, the evening of Friday, April 11, is one he will not forget.
The day started out much like any other.  In fact, Steedley petted Sledge, the pit bull, earlier in the day. Little did he know, the hand that petted Sledge would almost be lost a few hours later when the dog pounced on him and began biting and biting.
Steedley said he was out grilling pork loin in the back yard when he saw the neighbor's small pit bull puppy come into his yard. He knew if the small puppy was out, Sledge was soon to follow.
Concerned about his boxer, Timber, which he said was attacked by Sledge the previous week, Steedley proceeded to bring his dog to safety when Sledge appeared.
"It came around the corner," Steedley said. "I saw it coming ... and I knew it was going to zone in on my dog Timber.  It lunged at me. It got my arm" Steedley said. "It pulled me off the steps and down. I was hollering and screaming, 'Help! Help!'"
Steedley, who lives alone, estimates it was about three to five minutes before his neighbors heard the screaming and came to his assistance.  "It took them a couple of minutes to get the dog off," Steedley said. "They were prying its mouth open. He has a big head and big jaw. It took a while before they got it off of me. It seemed like forever. It was just ripping me."
Steedley says in order to stop the blood, a makeshift tourniquet was made from a towel from inside his house and an old pair of jeans on his porch.
"My house was sprayed," he said. "Blood was pumping out. My house was saturated with blood."
While he was going in and out of consciousness, Steedley's sister, Edith O'Neal, said the neighbors called EMS. Steedley was transported to the former Bamberg County hospital and airlifted to Columbia's Baptist Richland Parkridge.
Steedley remembers looking at his left arm at the hospital and was struck by the brutal sight.
"I know the Life Flight surgeon told me it was the worst dog bite he has ever seen," Steedley said. When all was said and done, Steedley had suffered multiple severe dog bites to his left upper arm as well as bites on his right arm and right lower leg.  The dog ended up also ripping the thumb on his right hand, leaving him without his first digit.  He estimates the doctors had to give him three or four units of blood. 
"If they had not pulled the dog off of me, I would be dead," he said. "I can imagine a child being mauled by this dog."
The incident has traumatized Steedley, who is a self-described dog lover and particularly a lover of pit bulls. A week after the incident, he is still afraid to go back to the scene of the attack. He is currently living with his sister.
"It has made me fear pit bulls now," he said.
Several attempts to reach the owner of the dog were not successful.
An unidentified woman saying she was daughter of the dog's owner was reached and said Steedley's version of the events is not true.
She said Steedley's dog and Sledge had attacked one another in previous incidents and that he did not take the necessary precautions to prevent the two from interacting.
"He (Sledge) would never do anything to anybody," the woman said before the phone call ended.
Steedley says he has no hard feelings toward his neighbors. He just wants to be assured of one thing going forward.
"I want them to fortify their yard," he said. "That is all I am asking for. I would like for them to take responsibility. I don't want them to put the dog down because I love dogs."
Steedley did say he has hired Orangeburg attorney Clyde Dean. Dean could not be reached for comment.
Steedley expressed concerns that he has not received the support of the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office or of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
A Bamberg County Sheriff's Office incident report notes the law enforcement agency was not notified of the incident until April 13 when Steedley's sister called dispatch wanting to speak to a deputy to find out why the dog was not removed from the residence.
The report notes dispatch confirmed EMS and Bamberg County fire departments responded to the scene but not the sheriff's office.
The BCSO was later able to reach Steedley at the hospital and tried to get his side of what happened.
According to the BCSO incident report, "The two dogs were fighting and that he tried to break them up."
But both Steedley and his sister say he was not trying to break the dogs up.
The incident report notes the BCSO informed Steedley that with it being a weekend, there was no place to take the dog or a vet to put the dog down. Steedley was also informed DHEC would investigate.
DHEC Public Information Officer Laura Renwick said the department did receive notification of the dog attack and followed protocol to determine if rabies exposure occurred.
"To maintain privacy, we can't provide or confirm any information about any individual or an individual case," she said.
According to DHEC records, it was notified of the incident on Friday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. and began an investigation April 15.
The DHEC report notes that "Sledge has bitten several times before."
The dog was quarantined on April 16 and a DHEC investigator unsuccessfully tried to notify Steedley about the quarantine.The DHEC investigator visited the dog owner's property on April 16 and found Sledge.
"Dog appears alive and healthy," the report states.
On April 22, the DHEC investigator called the dog's owner to set up an end visit for the quarantine but did not get an answer. Later that same day, the investigator went to the dog owner's property and "blew horn, no one came to the door. Could not see dog."
On April 23, the investigator once again tried to call the dog owner but did not receive an answer.
A check on the status of the dog April 26 revealed Sledge was fine physically and that rabies was not a concern.

OKTAHA, MUSKOGEE COUNTY OK - EMILY ODER WAS PLAYING IN HER NEIGHBORS YARD ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL AS A 5TH GRADER WITH 2 PIT BULLS AROUND ...SHE TRIPPED AND FELL AND THE MEAT GRINDERS GOT TRIGGERED AND MAULED HER!!!


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Friday, May 17th 2019  An Oktaha 6th grader is in the hospital recovering tonight after deputies say she was attacked in her neighbor's yard by  TWO PIT BULLS.
Now the community is coming together to make sure the little girl has all the support she needs.
The dogs owners, have agreed to euthanize the dogs. Deputies tell me there is a lot of love between these two families- this has been really tough for them both.
Emily Oder had just finished her last day of 5th grade when the unthinkable happened.
Deputies say she was playing in the backyard with a friend in their backyard when she tripped and fell. That is when two pit bulls who investigators say have never been aggressive towards the child before, attacked Emily.
"I have known her mother that graduated here, I have known her since she was born. It is like one of my kids," said Oktaha Schools Superintendent Jerry Needham.
Deputies say the dog's owners have agreed to have the dogs euthanized. They, along with the rest of the Oktaha community are rallying for little Emily's recovery.
"The school is the center of the community and most things that happen have a school focus," said Needham.
Oktaha Schools Superintendent Jerry Needham says the moment they heard about Emily's injuries, parents, teachers and students were wanting to help but not sure what to do. They started raising money and today they're donating about 1,500 dollars to Emily's family.
"That is who we are, that is what we do," said Needham.
Emily's reading teacher Tonya Bush says Emily is smart and a joy to have in class. Her classmates love her and have been doing everything they can to make sure she can feel their love all the way from her hospital room.
"It is just a wonderful thing to watch their little caring hearts take flight and decide whatever they want to dream up for her," said Bush.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA CANADA - 2 AMERICAN BULLDOG/BORDER COLLIE MIXES "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT AND CHARGED AFTER A 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL BEING WALKED HOME FROM SCHOOL BY HER FATHER ...DOZENS OF STITCHES AND SURGERY TO REATTACH AN EAR!


May 06, 2019  The parents of a five-year-old girl who was attacked by two dogs in Winnipeg's North End last month say their daughter is still dealing with the emotional effects of the attack and the fines against the owner aren't enough.
Gregory Ducharme was walking his daughter Semiah home from kindergarten on April 23 when two dogs that live across the back lane from the family came through an open gate and grabbed her.
"It all happened so fast," said Ducharme. "Both of them were just rushing at her."
The girl suffered cuts to her chest, underarm, jaw, ears and the top of her head. She was taken to hospital, and received dozens of stitches and surgery to reattach her ear.
The dogs' owners have been fined $350 under the Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw, the city said, for failing to prevent their dogs from injuring the girl. They've also been handed two $250 fines for not having licences for the animals.
Ducharme and his wife, Lolanda, said that doesn't seem fair, given the fine for not picking up a dog's waste is $400, according to the city's online fine list.
"It's insulting," he said.
In addition to the fines, a hearing was held with the owners to determine what should happen to the dogs. Due to privacy reasons, the city said the outcome of the hearing will not be made public unless the owners appeal the decision.
If the dogs earned an "exceptionally dangerous" designation by the city, and the owner appeals the decision, the matter will be heard at the standing policy committee on protection, community services and parks.
Both the decision and appeal would then become public, the city said.
Lolanda said she was told by the city that the dogs' owners plan to appeal.
The Ducharme family says they haven't seen the dogs in the owners' yard recently, but don't know if the dogs will return.

CBC News spoke with the dogs' owners after the April 23 attack, but the mother and son did not want to be interviewed. They said the dogs are  AMERICAN BULLDOG-BORDER COLLIE MIXES  and had never shown aggression before. The owners insisted someone had left their gate open. The son said he didn't want to see his 1½-year-old dogs put down, and expressed remorse.


Lolanda said it's unfair the family doesn't get to know the outcome of the city's decision and thinks the owners shouldn't be allowed to have more dogs.

After the initial story of the attack was published, several people reached out to CBC News, wanting to send messages of support to Semiah.
Cards and gifts were dropped off at the CBC's building on Portage Avenue that were delivered to the family.
"It feels nice knowing that other people are trying to show her support and help her get through this," said Lolanda.
"Thank you for everything. Everything helps. She really enjoys her presents," said Gregory.
Semiah is recovering at home, but her mother says she has noticed some changes in her behaviour.
"She seems more angry," said Lolanda. "She seems angry towards us and her siblings."
They say she doesn't remember most of the attack, but knows it was the dogs that hurt her.
"She's really scared of dogs, hearing dogs in the neighbourhood barking," said Gregory. 
"She always wants our gate shut. She doesn't want to go far from us, even in our yard," said Lolanda.
Her parents hope to get her into counselling to help her deal with emotional stress.
The girl has not yet returned to school as the family is waiting for a followup appointment to see how she's healing before sending her back.
When her daughter does go back, Lolanda said, she'll take a different route.
"She's terrified to walk by the back lane," said Lolanda.

"She either wants them to move or us to move."

WAKE COUNTY NC - A PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT AND ROAMED AROUND A NEIGHBORHOOD ... FINDING 3 PEOPLE TO BITE!



Apr 29, 2019  (WNCN) -- Two women and an EMS worker were bitten by a  PIT BULL  that was roaming around a Wake County neighborhood Monday afternoon, witnesses and animal control officials say.


The incident happened along  Sweetgrass Street, which is off Poole Road near Smithfield Road. 
According to the owners of the pit bull, their dog got out of a fenced area while workers were at the home.
The dog then attacked two neighborhood women, one as she was trying to get into her car, the victims said.
The EMS worker was bitten after the two women were injured, the women told a CBS 17 journalist at the scene.
One of the two women was taken to an area hospital by her husband, although injuries to all three victims were not serious, officials said.
Wake County Animal Control is investigating the incident.

GRAFTON, OZAUKEE COUNTY WI - A FAMILY'S PIT BULL TERRIER ATTACKED THEIR 15-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER ...CHILD TRANSPORTED TO CHILDRENS WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE CAMPUS

A 15-month-old child was transported to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon, May 1 after being bitten by a dog.
According to officials, the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office and rescue personnel were called out to a residence in the Town of Grafton around 3 p.m. after receiving a 911 call regarding a dog bite.
Upon arrival, they discovered the family of a 15-month-old child called 911 after their family dog, an  AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER, injured their daughter.
After Grafton Fire and Rescue personnel assessed the injuries, the child was transported to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus for care.
The circumstances leading up to the dog bite are still under investigation.

TEHUACAN MEXICO - NANNY DOG FAIL!!! A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS FATALLY MAULED BY A FAMILY PIT WHEN SHE WAS LEFT ALONE IN HER HOME WITH IT


MEXICO.- A 4-year-old girl died after the attack of her pitbull dog, inside her house located in the Mayorazgo subdivision in Tehuacán, Mexico, the Vanguardia portal announced.

It was the little girl's cries that alerted the neighbors who could not help her. Regarding his mother, he was away from home and left his daughter with the animal.
Upon arriving at the house and receiving the news from the neighbors, he entered immediately and found the child's body filled with blood.

Canine control staff took care of taking the dog out of the house, but in the transfer to the welfare center, the animal died.



HINDS COUNTY MS - LEVELL FLOWERS WAS RIDING HIS HORSE WHEN SUDDENLY A PIT BULL CAME OUT AND BEGAN ATTACKING IT



May 1, 2019 (WLBT) - A Hinds County man was injured when he says the horse he was riding on was attacked by a dog.
Levell Flowers is recovering from a fractured wrist, but his injury was through no fault of his own.
“They got dogs in this neighborhood. You know the dog just came out and went underneath my horse, he didn’t bark or nothing. He didn’t chase the horse, he just went right underneath him and just started biting,” said Flowers.
Flowers and Hinds County Animal Control say that he and an older woman in the same neighborhood were attacked by a dog.

This is also the same neighborhood where a 6-year-old girl was mauled to death by a dog in 2010. That girl was related to Flowers.  https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2010.php#anastasia-bingham
“So what it going to take for somebody else to get killed before the law come in this neighborhood and do something about this?" Flowers asked.
Hinds County Animal Control Officer Robert Bailey says they are still looking for the dog that attacked Flowers’ horse. He says every time he investigates a complaint in this neighborhood the animal is hidden by neighbors who won’t fess up about who owns the dog.

“I was trying to find the actual dog, cause we had reports on where the dog might be. Of course once we got there, even the dogs that were in the yard, the people moved them," Bailey.
There are no leash laws in this specific part of Hinds County, so dogs can roam free. Animal control is stressing to residents to come forward if they know of any dogs who have harmed people.

SAN RAMON, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CA - A RECENTLY ADOPTED PIT BULL/BEAGLE MIX ON A LONG LEASH LUNGED AT A 2-YEAR-OLD AND CHOMPED ON HER FACE CAUSING SERIOUS INJURIES



Published May 1, 2019
Paramedics and animal control officers in San Ramon responded Wednesday evening to reports of a 2-year-old suffering serious facial injuries from a dog bite.
The incident occurred at Mill Creek Hollow Park, where a leashed  PIT BULL - BEAGLE MIX  bit a little girl, officials said. The toddler underwent surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
The dog was reportedly on a long leash playing fetch when the child picked up the ball, and the dog lunged at her. 
"The child had picked up a ball where the dog was playing, and that caused s reaction, where the dog lunged and bit," said Steve Burdo, spokesman for Contra Costa County Animal Services.
Park goer Cheryl Kahn says she’s not altogether surprised about the incident, adding that she sees a lot of irresponsible dog owners, and dogs off leash are common.
"This park has had a problem for awhile; it’s gotten worse as more people move to the area," Kahn said. "You may think your dogs are super friendly, but you don’t know how it’s going to react in a certain situation."
Investigators said the dog recently was adopted after getting rescued from the Camp Fire in Butte County, and the owner was still getting to know the dog.