Thursday, February 21, 2019

ANZA, RIVERSIDE COUNTY CA - ANGELA JOHNSON, 54, ATTACKED BY 3 PIT BULLS WHILE HANGING OUT CLOTHES IN HER YARD ON 15 DEC 2018, DIED FROM THE HORRIFIC INJURIES ON FEB 9

2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Angela Johnson


A woman severely mauled by  THREE PIT BULLS   while hanging her laundry outside her house in December has died of her injuries, her family said.

Angela Johnson, 54, died Feb. 9, her family said on social media.  "I am sorry to tell you this sad news that my beautiful wife Angela Johnson has passed away this morning," her husband, Reynold Johnson, wrote on Facebook.

The attack was Dec.15  in the 55000 block of Mitchell Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.  A responding officer for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services described the victim's injuries as "severe," John Welsh, a department spokesman, said.  She was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center following the attack, he said.

Son Tim Platt, writing on a GoFundMe page established after the attack to help with the fundraising, described his mother's condition after she was mauled by her neighbor's three pit bulls, which were euthanized in January:  "The neck bites cut off one of her main arteries to the left side of her brain, causing a severe stroke," he wrote. "She was lifeless when family found her. Her eyes were stuck as wide open as could be ... and that terrified expression stayed on my mom's face until she was airlifted to Desert Regional Hospital."

Johnson was left in a vegetative state after the attack, kept alive by medical equipment.  About two weeks after the attack, Platt wrote that doctors described his mother as brain dead and urged him to allow life support to be turned off.  He declined, saying, "If I were her, I wouldn't want anyone giving up on me."

He said doctors told him her quality of life would be severely diminished. "They had to remove half of her skull to make room for the swelling," he wrote on the GoFundMe page. "They say she'll never be able to talk again ... walk ... comprehend anything that's going on around her ... may have issues swallowing ... will stay on life support."

“This is another preventable attack on an innocent person and one we find very upsetting,” Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.  “Our hearts go out to her and her family.”

After the attack, Miller noted that owners of dogs that have "high prey drives" need to have secure yards so they can protect neighboring people and pets. “It’s imperative that owners of these types of dogs do everything in their power to prevent such horrific attacks,” Miller said.

According to the advocacy website Dogsbite.org, 284 people in the United States were killed by pit bulls from 2005 through 2017.

Neighbor Jesse Leon Miranda, 61, of Anza, who owned the three dogs, was arrested on an outstanding warrant in an unrelated case. As of Tuesday, he had not been charged with the dog attack or Johnson's death, records show.



One of the three dogs that attacked a woman doing laundry in Anza.One of the three dogs that attacked a woman doing laundry in Anza.
One of the three dogs that fatally attacked a woman doing laundry in Anza.


2019 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 5 (1 child + 4 adults)


PIT BULL - 2
PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX - 1
PACK OF DOGS - 1 
2 DOBERMAN PINSCHERS - 1 

CA - 1
KY - 1 
MS - 1
TX - 2

1)   1-9-  Diane Reeves - 70 - Grenada County MS - A total of 7 dogs were taken into custody - The Sheriff's Department reported she suffered about several hundred dog bites.

2)  1-21- Ed Stanley - 85 - Amarillo, Potter County TX - He was severely mauled over his entire body by a PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX on his driveway - A passerby came to his aid but he died 2 weeks later -  http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2019/01/amarillo-tx-85-year-old-man-suffered.html

3)  2-7- Ashton McGhee - 1 - Guthrie KY - The 1-year-old baby boy lived in Hopkinsville KY and was visiting his grandparents' home when one of the family dogs came in from outside and attacked him - The Chief of Police said the PIT BULL MIX may have been spooked by a thunderstorm and then spooked again by the ball the child was playing with - "IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE FREAK ACCIDENT".

4)  2-8- Elaine Richman - Houston TX - She owned two Doberman Pinschers that she trained as show dogs - She was found dead in her backyard with bite marks over her face and body. 

5)  2-15- Angela Johnson - 54 - Anza Riverside County CA - On Dec 15, 2018, she was hanging out clothes on a line in her yard when a neighbor's 3 pit bulls mauled her - A main artery was bitten into on her neck and she suffered a severe stroke - She remained in a coma and died on Feb 9, 2019. 


ST. HELENA PARISH LA - A WOMAN WAS ATTACKED BY A PACK OF DOGS WHILE WALKING HER USUAL ROUTE ALONG HIGHWAY 449 ...19 BITES FROM HER HEAD TO HER FEET ...A HERO STOPPED AND SAVED HER!



(WAFB) - A St. Helena Parish resident’s regular commute almost turned deadly after she was attacked by a  PACK OF DOGS. Heidi Repp says she never had a problem walking along Highway 449, but on Feb. 10, her usually quiet walk was rattled by the barking of dogs.
“They were pulling me all which ways, and when I fell on the side of the road, that’s when they started dragging me in the ditch,” said Repp.
Repp says she does not remember how long the attack lasted as she fought and screamed for help. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan noticed the scuffle while driving and stopped to help.
“I said God, after everything I been through, I know you not gonna’ let me go out like this… and here came a vehicle,” said Repp.
The driver rushed Repp to his mother’s house nearby and called paramedics. She was treated for 19 dog bites covering her neck, abdomen, arms, and legs. Unfortunately, her story is part of an ongoing issue in St. Helena Parish.

“When this happened, the deputies had to get involved 'cause no one is responsible for animal control in the parish. We don’t have a humane society or anything like that over here, and I’ve tried to organize them, but it never came about,” said Chief Chester Pritchett with the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Pritchett says he’s been fighting for years to get animal control in the parish. There are currently no small animal ordinances or laws, and they’re able to roam freely.  Prichett hopes Repp’s story reminds the community and parish officials about the importance of animal control.

“Every time I think about being down in that ditch, I start crying because I really thought I was dead. I really thought I was going to die," Repp said.
The dogs are being tested for rabies and will be euthanized because they attacked someone. According to the sheriff’s office, the dogs came off private property. However, the property owners have denied the dogs belong to them, saying they were only giving them food. No charges have been filed at this time.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY OK - THE FAMILY OF EDGAR BROWN WHO WAS FATALLY MAULED BY 5 PIT BULLS IN 2015 REACHES A $15-MILLION SETTLEMENT IN A CIVIL CASE ...BUT THEY WILL NEVER SEE A DIME!

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The family of a man mauled to death by  FIVE PIT BULLS  reaches a $15-million settlement in a civil case.  Edgar Brown died in 2015 after the attack in Southwest Oklahoma City. Brown’s brother says he’s still in pain but they will never see a dime because the dog's owner was deported.
"Sometimes, it not about collectibility. It's about accountability and we wanted to basically send a message to other dog owners that, look if you are going to harbor these type of animals, you have a responsibility to the public to keep them secured," said Noble McIntyre.
Juan Diaz spent one year in prison for second-degree manslaughter before his deportation. His dogs were put down.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

CALIFORNIA - PAROLE DENIED FOR FORMER SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEY MARJORIE KNOLLER WHOSE PRESA CANARIOS FATALLY MAULED DIANE WHIPPLE IN THE HALLWAY OF HER APARTMENT IN 2001



California commissioners denied parole Thursday for a former San Francisco attorney serving a life sentence in a bizarre dog-mauling case that tested the limits of the state’s murder laws.
Marjorie Knoller is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder after her dogs attacked and killed her neighbor, Diane Whipple, 33, in their San Francisco apartment building in 2001.
FILE--Diane Whipple, 33, who was fatally mauled Jan. 26, 2001, outside her San Francisco apartment by at least one of two huge Presa Canario dogs, is shown in this undated file photo.  A jury in Los Angeles, on Thursday, March 21, 2002, found Marjorie Knoller guilty of second-degree murder in the dog mauling death of Diane Whipple.  Knoller's husband, Robert Noel, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal mauling. (AP Photo/Contra Costa Times, Jose Carlos Fajardo, File)

Ran on: 05-06-2005
Marjorie Knoller could be sent to prison for from 15 years to life under the murder conviction.

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Marjorie Knoller could be sent to prison for from 15 years to life under the murder conviction.
Ran on: 03-17-2008
Marjorie Knoller
Ran on: 03-17-2008
Marjorie Knoller
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Marjorie Knoller
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Marjorie Knoller
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Marjorie Knoller Photo: Jose Carlos Fajardo, AP

Commissioners decided Knoller can try again in three years, said parole board spokesman Luis Patino.

Thursday’s hearing was Knoller’s first chance at release during her second stint in prison. She was initially freed in 2004 when a judge reduced her second-degree murder conviction to involuntary manslaughter, but she was sent back when another court reinstated the tougher conviction.

The California Supreme Court eventually decided Knoller acted with a conscious disregard for human life when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped and killed Whipple. The sentencing judge said Knoller did little to stop the attack.

Whipple, the women’s lacrosse coach at St. Mary's College in Moraga, bled to death from 73 bites, including fatal injuries to the neck.

By policy, parole officials won’t release the name of the attorney who represented Knoller at her hearing. Two attorneys who represented her at her sentencing, Don Horgan and Dennis Riordan, said they were no longer involved with her case and couldn’t comment on her behalf.

Knoller’s husband and law partner, Robert Noel, wasn’t home at the time but was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and failing to exercise care with an attack dog. He was sentenced to four years in prison and paroled in 2003.

The couple said they were keeping the dogs in their apartment on behalf of a state prisoner whom they eventually adopted as their son.


Monday, February 18, 2019

SEBASTIAN COUNTY AR - A DEPUTY SHOT 2 PIT BULLS THAT WERE IN A PEN KILLING A FAMILY'S BELOVED PET GOATS "STORMY, BONNIE AND CLYDE"



SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA) - Three goats are killed and eaten by pit bulls that live in the same neighborhood, according to a report by the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
The attack happened on Saturday, February 2, around 4:30 p.m., at the 1200 block of Lilac Place near Greenwood.
Sheriff deputies met with the goat owner and showed the deputies where TWO PIT BULLS seemed to be eating several goats in the pen, according to the report.
The man told authorities that the dogs belonged to a neighbor who often let the dogs roam without supervision.
The three goats were named Stormy, Bonnie, and Clyde.  Stormy and Bonnie were pregnant.  The goats had sentimental value to the owner because they were raised to be pets for his grandchildren.    
The man said another dog ran off when he approached the goat pen, but the two dogs that were still in the pen became aggressive toward him, per the report.
A deputy also approached the pen hoping to run the dogs off, but the opposite happened -- the dogs became aggressive.  In the report, the deputy said the two dogs were not retreating or leaving the property, and that's when the deputy fired several rounds from his gun and killed both dogs.
"We want people to know that there are repercussions to your animals running loose and killing other people's animals. Our plan going forward is we have tried to go back out there and we plan on issuing a citation for letting a vicious animal run large," Sebastian County Sheriff Hobe Runion said.
A neighbor, who also call the Sheriff's office for animal control, said he had chased the same dogs off his property because the dogs were trying to get his calf.   
The deputy's actions fall within Arkansas law, Arkansas Code 20-19-102, that allows killing dogs that are catching, injuring, or killing a domesticated animal.  Also, the owner of the dogs has no liability against the one who puts down vicious dogs.
Deputies made contact with the owner of the dogs.  
The deputy went to the home of the dog owner and explained that he had been forced to shoot the dogs because of the attack against the goats.
The deputy and the dog owner went to the home where the attack happened and retrieved the dogs.
SCSO is investigating the incident and citations may be issued for allowing aggressive dogs to run amok. 
The owner(s) of the of the dogs may face charges should the goat owner choose to pursue damages. 

NEW CASTLE DE - OFFICERS WERE FORCED TO SHOOT 2 PIT BULLS THAT WERE ATTACKING THEIR OWNER AND ANOTHER WOMAN



https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/02/07/neighbors-tried-help-but-attacking-pit-bulls-didnt-stop-until-shot/2800295002/ 

Two pit bulls attacked their owner and another woman forcing officers to open fire in New Castle, Delaware, police say.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the unit block of Scottie Lane.

Arriving officers saw the  TWO PIT BULLS  attacking the 70-year-old owner and a 20-year-old woman.

An officer yelled to distract the dogs.

According to police, one of the dogs attacked the officer after hearing the yelling. The officer then fired one shot at the dog.

The dog ran off, but was eventually captured by animal control.

The other dog then charged at police and was shot by multiple officers, according to authorities.

The women were bitten in their arms, legs, and torso. Police say the injuries are serious but not life threatening.

https://6abc.com/police-shoot-pit-bull-after-owner-woman-attacked/5124882/


TECAMAC MEXICO - SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS THAT A TOLL BOOTH EMPLOYEE WAS FATALLY MAULED BY A PACK OF DOGS IN AN ATTACK THAT LASTED 12 MINUTES



When they found the naked body of a woman near the highway, with gouge marks and missing chunks of flesh, police first thought she had been tortured, raped, and thrown from a passing vehicle by a gang—another victim of Mexico’s violence.
But when investigators reviewed the CCTV footage near the toll booth in the city of Tecamac, Mexico, they concluded that she had been mauled to death by a PACK OF DOGS in an attack that lasted 12 minutes.
The woman was named as Margarita N, according to local reports, some of which put her age at 34others at 32.
Her body was first found on Jan. 29, but the video of the dog attack was not uncovered until Feb. 2.  The woman worked at a toll booth on the Mexico-Pachuca highway, about 3o miles north of Mexico City in central Mexico.
The full video shows that she was mauled to death by a pack of at least 10 stray dogs, according to Mexican authorities, as she made her way to her shift at a toll booth across some waste ground.
The CCTV footage shows Margarita N, 34, fleeing from a pack of mid-sized dogs in the city of Tecamac, Mexico, before she disappears out of shot.According to the municipal transport authority, she was dragged down out of sight of the camera, before the pack of dogs can been seen gradually pulling her back into shot in the video, which captures 12 minutes of the attack.
Some locals, however, do not believe the official explanation, according to Excelsior. , because they said that the woman’s wounds—which were initially labeled as machete wounds by one media organization—are not consistent with dog bites. They are demanding the authorities investigate the death more thoroughly.
Photographs of the woman’s body in La Prensa show her clothes lying near her body, and she is lying face down in the tarmac.
A video shared by the transport authority shows evidence that the dogs were being cared for, with rudimentary bedding as well as food bowls in a make-shift shelter.
The area will be monitored around the clock until all the dogs are rounded up because there is an education center nearby.
In 2017, a British tourist was missing in Greece for 2 days before her body was found with wounds consistent with being mauled by animals.
At first, it was assumed she had been attacked by a pack of stray dogs, but one local coroner had another explanation: that local wolves had attacked her, or had killed her after she had been attacked by a dog pack.
Attacks by individual dogs or domesticated dogs are better documented.
In the United States, around 30 to 40 people die each year from dog attack injuries, according to Richard Polsky, an animal behavior and dog-bite expert in Los Angeles. Polsky told Live Science that there are an estimated 100,000 are injured badly enough to require plastic surgery or extensive suturing.

HOCKLEY, HARRIS COUNTY TX - 3 LAND SHARKS "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT AND FOUND SOMETHING ALIVE THAT THEY COULD KILL ...A YOUNG BOY FROM ONE FAMILY AND A FATHER FROM ANOTHER FAMILY



It was a scary moment for a young boy who moved a trash can at his family's home.

"I put the trash can where I can put it, and here comes the dogs where they came running at me and bit me," Christopher Bentley Jr. said.

Christopher's father says his son is limping badly Sunday after being attacked by  three PIT BULLS. Christopher has several wounds on his legs and about nine staples.

"We want to let everyone in the community know that there are loose dogs running around," said the father.

The father also added that as medics arrived, he thought they were coming for his son.  He didn't know the neighbor had just been attacked too. "I was on the floor and I tried to kick them," said the neighbor. "And then the other one grabbed me."
He says he has wounds on his leg and arm. When his family saw the dogs coming, he tried to get everyone in the house, but he was stuck outside.

"This could become a real serious problem now," said the neighbor.

Harris County Precinct 4 and Animal Control have been called in to investigate the incidents.

The injured neighbor says he is worried if something isn't done, the dogs could attack again.

"It could have been much worse," Christopher's father said. "They could have killed him."