Saturday, March 17, 2018
FLETCHER, HENDERSON COUNTY NC - JOHN BOYLE, COLUMNIST AND WRITER FOR THE CITIZEN TIMES - ASHVILLE - TELLS ABOUT HIS NEIGHBOR'S HUGE PIT ATTACKING HIS BASSET HOUND AND GIVES HIS OPINION ON THE DANGERS OF HAVING ANIMALS LIKE THIS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
These days, I see it all happening in slow motion, again and again. But when it occurred, the attack came so quickly and furiously that both my wife and I were simply stunned.
Looking back, it probably was just a couple of seconds of paralysis on our parts as the 100-pound, gray-and-white PIT BULL pulled his owner, a slightly built woman, to the ground, sprinted across the street and launched himself onto our basset hound's neck.
When I snapped out of it, I kicked the pit bull in the face — to no effect. He got on our dog's neck and started viciously shaking back and forth. I kneed the dog and pushed it, also to no effect. In hindsight, I think the only thing that saved Molly was all the loose flesh bassets have around their necks, as well as her tough collar and her big ears. The pit could not get onto the meat of her neck.
After what seemed like an eternity but was probably less than a minute, my wife and I, finally assisted by the husband of the woman who lost control of the dog, managed to pull their pit bull off Molly. I was lifting it by the harness, and I think that may have cut into his air supply. It was one of the few times I had no pepper spray on me, not that it would've worked — more about that later.
This all happened in our neighborhood, a few blocks from home, late on a weekday afternoon. Immediately afterward, I was not nice with the owners about the attack, in part because this couple's other pit bull, who weighs about 120 pounds, had gotten loose one night about a year and a half ago and harassed my two bassets to the point where I had to pepper spray him. That pit bull, simply put, is a terrifying looking dog, with a head the size of a good-sized skillet and shoulders like a man's.
The smaller of the two pit bulls attacked Molly. He's solid muscle, with a blocky head and large jowls, and he looks nothing like a boxer. I mention this because when I was not so nicely yelling at the female owner and her husband, suggesting there's no need for them to have such dangerous pit bulls in a large neighborhood, she repeatedly shrieked,
"He's a boxer! He's a boxer!"
Folks, if that dog is a boxer, so am I. I know some of you have a deep and abiding love for pit bulls, but I do not. I've written repeatedly about how dangerous the breed is, usually after a death or tragic mauling in our area, and to be honest, I'm sick of these owners making excuses for them and telling me how loving and sweet they really are. They are, as I've said many times, sweet and loving — until they're not.
They are a dangerous breed, mostly because when they do mentally "snap," they pack enormous power. Bred centuries ago for bull baiting and then used for dog fighting, they are usually large, very muscular and have incredible bite strength. When they lose it, people and other dogs get mauled. Sometimes they die. The statistics, which pit bulls lovers ignore or discount, do not lie. Here are just a few, compiled by Dogsbite.org (visit their website for documentation and citations):
• From 2005-2017, pit bulls mauled to death 284 Americans, about one citizen every 16.7 days.
• Pit bull breeds were more than 2.5 times as likely as other breeds to bite in multiple anatomical locations.
• Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs.
• In 2017, family dogs inflicted 72 percent of all dog bite fatalities. Family pit bulls were responsible for 64 percent of these deaths.
Folks, the stats go on and on and on.
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I'm tired of the apologists claiming the dogs attacking are not pit bulls because they're mixed breeds, or they're not any more dangerous than any other dog. It's like arguing that a BB gun will inflict the same damage as a shotgun. In our case, we were lucky. The veterinarian told us we were lucky Molly wasn't killed. Molly had abrasions on her neck, but no puncture wounds. I'm happy about this, but one negative aspect of the injuries is that she apparently was not hurt badly enough for the pit bull to be declared a "dangerous animal" under the Town of Fletcher ordinances or Henderson County's ordinances.
This dog is absolutely a danger to our neighborhood, and I have no doubt he will kill an animal or child if he gets loose again.We did file a police report with the Town of Fletcher, and an officer went and talked to this couple. But as far as I know, the pit bull has not been deemed dangerous, which would come with restrictions such as keeping him fenced in and muzzled when out in public
.I spoke with three police officers for this column, and all three assured me the only thing that will stop an attacking pit bull is, to be blunt, A BULLET TO THE HEAD. One used those exact words.To be clear, generally speaking you cannot shoot a dog that's attacking you if it's on its owner's property, or if it's a police dog or hunting dog doing its duties. But if you're in public, or on your own property, and you believe your life or property, including your dog, is threatened, you can protect yourself, police told me.
"I would submit to you, with the number of deaths attributed to pit bull-type dogs, I feel you would be justified in using whatever force necessary to protect your life and your well-being and that of anybody with you," said Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. "I've seen too many maimings and deaths of both adults and children. You have to be extremely careful when dealing with this breed.
"Our veterinarian told my wife about a pit bull he'd treated years ago for a shotgun wound to the back, inflicted by its owner because the dog would not release the leg of the horse it was bringing down. You read that right — it was trying to kill a horse. Despite the vet's warnings, the couple wanted the dog stitched up, because, you know, he was really a sweetheart. Months later they came back and asked for the dog to be euthanized because it had shredded the woman's arm.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Paul Blackwell, who works in the Animal Control division, told me about a recent case he worked in which a pit bull nearly killed a grown man. "I can show you pictures of a pit bull, much smaller than the one you're talking about — maybe 50-65 pounds — it ate a man up," Blackwell said. "Broke his arm. Ate his legs up. There was so much blood when we got there — he was already gone; the ambulance had taken him away — it looked like a slaughterhouse. "The man survived but has a long recovery ahead.
Blackwell said he is not "anti-pit bull," and he maintains that some of the meanest, most dangerous dogs he's seen have actually been Labradors. He's also declared a dachshund a "dangerous animal" because of its biting prowess. But he also told me about another case he worked recently in which two pit bulls started fighting and were locked up. He pepper sprayed them both in the mouth, nose and eyes, to no avail. When I asked him what to do in the case of a pit bull attacking my dog in the future, he had a blunt response: "Shoot it in the head." Honestly, I favor pepper spray, but I also want my animals, and us, to stay alive.
Blackwell knows how ardent pit bull admirers are, and he stressed that he does not assume all pits are dangerous. "In all fairness, I can show you some pit bulls who are very loving and sweet," he said. Still, pit bulls become much more dangerous than other breeds when they go off, because of their physical traits. "Some of small ones are extremely strong, and they have an extreme bite pressure," Blackwell said. "Pit bulls remind me of alligators — when they latch on, they hold and they shake. When you see any dog grab on to something and shake, it’s trying to kill it. "This is exactly what the pit bull did to Molly, and without the intervention of three people, I have no doubt he would have killed her.
Still, the dog has not been declared "dangerous," which as I said would come with a host of restrictions on the owners. Such a designation is up to the police chief in Fletcher, but other than a dog that actually killed a person, the criteria for a "dangerous" dog designation in the town's ordinances seem nebulous at best to me. I'm hoping they'll look more closely at their ordinance and make adjustments.
Rest assured, I'll keep pushing them on this. That's because I have no doubt this dog will attack again. I just hope and pray it's not a child, and that it's not fatal.
This is the opinion of John Boyle. Contact him at 828-232-5847 or firstname.lastname@example.org located in Ashville NC.
Friday, March 16, 2018
SIX MILE, PICKENS COUNTY SC - PATSY PILGRIM IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF HER BELOVED PEKINGESE POODLE MIX "SOPHIE" AFTER A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL CAME IN HER YARD AND RIPPED SOPHIE TO PIECES
A Pickens County woman whose dog was killed by a neighbor’s pit bull last month said she is worried that other animals or worse, children, may be victimized next if law enforcement doesn’t act. Law enforcement leaders are stressing the need to continuously report animal nuisance issues to show a pattern in order to seek proper solutions.
Patsy Pilgrim lost her 14-year-old Pekingese Poodle mix, Sophie, on Feb. 9. She was outside when a neighbor’s dog ran onto her property and took Sophie by the neck.
“We were so distraught. I have raised that little dog,” Pilgrim said. “The look on that little dog, knowing her throat was slashed and just torn and her backend. I just, if it was a child. That’s what I’m afraid of.
”Deputies responded to Pilgrim’s home on Parrott Drive in Six Mile to document the attack and by March 9 a hearing was held in magistrate court. A magistrate ordered the PIT BULL owner to pay $250 in restitution to Pilgrim, said Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Creed Hashe.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND AU - LYNETTE JOHNSON, 71, HAS HAD HER SECOND BELOVED PET ATTACKED BY VICIOUS DOGS ..HER FIRST DOG WAS 12-YEARS WHEN IT WAS MAULED AND HAD TO BE PUT DOWN ..THIS TIME HER SWEET LITTLE KYLA HAD HER LEG BITTEN OFF BY DOGS FROM THE SAME PROPERTY!
A Gold Coast Woman has been left petrified after her pet terrier had its leg ripped off by another dog.
This is the second time Lynette Johnson, 71, has had one of her dogs attacked on their walk home. The first time it happened she had to get her 12-year-old terrier put down.
Both of the vicious dogs are alleged to come from the same Oxlety Drive property and this latest attack has the small Paradise Point community up in arms.
This week as history repeated itself, Ms Johnson's 13-month-old terrier Kyla lost her leg in the attack but survived. They were walking back from Jabiru Park around 7:15am when a dog ran up and grabbed Kyla, ripping her leg off. "It came out of nowhere, flew at her and jumped straight on top and bit her leg off. Just ripped it straight off," she told the Daily Mail Australia.
It was just hanging by the muscle. She's screaming and I'm crying. A lady who was in a car came to help and as soon as the dog saw the car it just ran off. "I carried her home and she had the whole thing amputated up to the shoulder." Kyla was taken to the Paradise Point vet where they amputated her leg.
The attack cost Ms Johnson $2,500 and she is now committed to bringing justice. She started a petition to get the vicious dog euthanized and has already got 75 signatures.
At the Paradise Point and Northern Districts Progress Association meeting last night the 3 dogs that live at the property were discussed with local council members. "I went and took Kyla along and the neighborhood went and there was a lot of discussion about the dogs.
"Cameron Caldwell (a local Councilor) was there and he said that it can't go on, that it's just horrific."
Ms Johnson said other locals were terrified of the 3 dogs that live at the property and that they were often allowed to roam free around the neighborhood.
While she hadn't spoken to the owners of the property, she said thy have denied ownership of the dogs and any involvement in the attack.
Ms Johnson said despite the traumatic attack, Kyla was recovering well. "She's better than me. She's dealing far better than I am." She's hopping around and the vet said she eventually won't remember she had a forth leg." "But to me it's absolutely horrendous. Everything has changed for her."
The Gold Coast Council is investigating the incident.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
LAS VEGAS NV - WHEN GUIDO MANTILLA SR. LEFT HIS 10-YEAR-OLD SON AT A NEIGHBOR'S HOME FOR A PLAY DATE HE TOLD THEM, "DON'T LET THE PIT BULLS OUT OF THE KENNEL" - THEY DID ANYWAY AND THE MEAT GRINDERS MAULED HIS CHILD!!!
A 10-year-old Las Vegas boy spent his second night in the hospital after his family said the neighbor’s TWO PIT BULLS attacked him.
Guido Mantilla, Jr. suffered bite marks all over his body and has 30 stitches in his head, according to his parents.
“It was intense,” father Guido Mantilla Sr. said. “Not only did he have puncture wounds and bite marks on his face, but also on his skull and on his arms. He had bite marks everywhere.”
Mantilla said his son was on a play date with his neighbor’s son, something Mantilla Jr. had done before.
“They were having a good time,” Mantilla who was there for the first part of the play date recalled. “The dogs at all times were in the cage.”
Before Mantilla left his son at the home, he told the neighbor not to let the dogs out of the cage.
“I said, 'Don’t let the dogs out of the kennel,” Mantilla Sr. said. “He told me, ‘No problem, I’m not going to let the dogs out of the kennel.' I trusted him.”
Mantilla Jr. said the neighbor let the dogs out of the kennel moments before they attacked him.
“I saw one dog have ahold of (Jr.'s) legs, and another had a hold of his head trying to rip him apart,” a witness who asked to remain anonymous said.
“When I took the dogs off him, they were still trying to gnaw at him and get to him.”
The dog owner could not be reached for comment.
Mantilla Sr. said they have been neighbors for six years. The two pit bulls have been around for a year, according to Mantilla Sr.
Metro police and animal control were also not available for comment.
In similar animal attack cases in the past, owners are cited and in some cases, the animals were euthanized.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
WHITE ROCK BC CANADA - A BLUE NOSE AMERICAN PIT BULL ESCAPED FROM A VEHICLE AND FATALLY MAULED A MINI-POODLE BEING WALKED ON A LEASH AT THE WATERFRONT PARKADE THAT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
A BLUE NOSE AMERICAN PIT BULL attacked and killed a mini-poodle in White Rock Monday morning.
White Rock RCMP const. Chantal Sears confirmed that one dog died of injuries suffered when it was attacked by another dog; the dog that attacked was euthanized.
“Both dogs are now deceased. White Rock animal control has taken over the file,” Sears told Peace Arch News by email Tuesday.
Sears confirmed the incident occurred near the site of the city’s under-construction waterfront parkade, at Vidal Street and Victoria Avenue.
City of White Rock issued a statement Tuesday.
“On Monday, March 12, 2018, a dog attacked a smaller dog in the vicinity of Vidal Street and Victoria Avenue.
"The smaller dog was leashed, whereas the other dog had escaped from a vehicle." Unfortunately, the smaller dog did not survive the injuries it sustained.
“The City has confirmed that the attacking dog involved in this terrible incident was voluntarily euthanized by its owner yesterday.”
The city confirmed to PAN that a pit bull and mini-poodle were involved
INDIANAPOLIS IN - POLICE CHAPLAIN WYNNE BERRY SR. BEGAN CARRYING HIS GUN TO THE MAIL BOX AFTER A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BEGAN JUMPING ITS FENCE AND CHASING HIM - IT DID AGAIN AND CHARGED HIM 5 TIMES AND HE SHOT IT
WESTMINSTER CO - JOHN FLANAGAN TOOK 2 OF HIS BELOVED SMALL DOGS TO A DOG PARK NEAR HIS HOME BUT ONLY 1 CAME HOME ALIVE .. A PIT BULL KILLED HIS YORKIE POO "BIKI" !!!
It is already a law in Denver, Aurora and a handful of other Colorado cities. Now, a couple in Westminster are pushing for a pit bull ban there too.
For 21 years, John Flanagan has lived down the street from Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park.
He said he used to take his dogs there before it was even a dog park. Now, the 420-acre off-leash open space is one of the most popular dog areas on the Front Range.
“They have such a huge amount of people visiting that Westminster Hills Dog Park now that there’s people parking on the street,” Flanagan said.
In December, he said he took two of his three dogs to go play. But only one of them came home.
“I was fumbling with one of those green bags that you try to pull out,” he said. “And the next thing I know, people are yelling saying 'Let him go, let him go, let him go.' And this PIT BULL has got him.”
They rushed Biki, their 9-year-old Yorkie-Poo, to a veterinarian, but it was too late.
“That pit bull killed him instantly. He was dead,” Flanagan said.
While Flanagan said he is positive the other dog was a pit bull, no one knows for sure.
“Nobody called 911 when they saw what happened. And nobody has come forward. No witnesses have come forward,” Flanagan's wife Barb Stephen said.
The posted rules at the park specifically prohibit “aggressive dogs” from entering the area. However, Westminster does not specifically ban pit bulls from city limits.
Flanagan said he is working to change that. He has vowed to lobby at every Westminster City Council meeting until members consider tightening the laws on aggressive dogs.
“What is that pivotal tipping point where somebody says, that body count is unacceptable. Is it one dog? Is it five dogs?” he said.
Castle Rock is considering lifting its decades-old ban on pit bulls. City leaders believe the current law is outdated, too difficult to enforce and is unfair to dogs that look like pit bulls.
Instead, the city is considering moving toward a two-tiered system that would hold each individual dog accountable for its own behavior instead of breed-specific legislation.
Whether Westminster adopts an all-out ban or a watered-down version, Flanagan said he hopes there is some change in the future so no more dogs end up like Biki.
“If this never happens again, yeah, we’ll be OK with that,” Flanagan said.
According to the City of Westminster’s Department of Animal Management, “In the City of Westminster, there is not any breed specific laws in place. Westminster has adopted rules designed to control dangerous and vicious animals in the city. The city opted for this control method rather than a ban on specific breeds because research shows the problem more influenced by owner negligence then breed.”
The city Council does not have any bills that would change its laws regarding aggressive dogs.