Sunday, December 17, 2017

CHARLOTTE NC - 2 HEROS: AFTER A PIT BULL BEING WALKED "SOMEHOW" BROKE LOOSE AND LATCHED ONTO A CHILD'S LEG AND WOULD NOT LET GO, ONE NEIGHBOR FOUGHT IT WITH A LAWN CHAIR ... AND ANOTHER NEIGHBOR CAME WITH A GUN!!!

 - Homeowners who live on Anastasia Court heard a driver blowing their horn continuously on Saturday around 4:30 p.m. The driver was trying to alert the northwest Charlotte neighborhood to a problem.
Stafford Beasley heard the commotion and stepped outside his home to see what was going on.
"So I walked out to the front of my house and I saw a PIT BULL had a little boy pinned to the ground, attacking him," Beasley said. "He was biting him on his right leg."
Beasley quickly stepped into action. He grabbed the closest thing to him, a lawn chair. He used it to wedge in between the dog and the 6-year-old boy, to break them a part.
"I had never witnessed a dog mull a child before. It was unpleasant,” he said. “The kid was helpless, there was really nothing he could do. I stepped in because it was the right thing to do."
Even after the dog and child were separated, Beasley said the animal continued to approach them.  "IT LOOKED LIKE THE DOG WANTED TO KILL.  I'D NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT,"  he said. 
As Beasley continued trying to keep the dog away, a different neighbor stepped in and shot at the animal. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the dog died from its injuries and was transported to a shelter, where it will be tested for rabies. Investigators said there is no previous history with the animal and that citations are expected towards the dog’s owner.
On Sunday, neighbors said the boy was still in the hospital recovering from his wounds. Police said the child’s injuries were non-life threatening.
Leading up to the incident, witnesses reported seeing the 6-year-old playing outside with another child. Police believe the dog broke loose from its collar while being walked and then attacked the child. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

GOOCHLAND COUNTY VA - BETHANY LYNN STEPHENS, 22, WAS TORN INTO LITTLE BITS BY HER 2 VERY LARGE BRINDLE COLORED PIT BULL DOGS





A 22-year-old Glen Allen woman was mauled to death in what the Goochland County sheriff described as a "grisly" scene.
Bethany Lynn Stephens' body was discovered by Goochland deputies about 8:20 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area near the 2200 block of Manakin Road.
"(Her body) was being guarded by TWO VERY LARGE, BRINDLE-COLORED PIT BULL DOGS," Sheriff James L. Agnew said during a news conference Friday.
Agnew said the dogs were Stephens', and he suspected they had been bred for fighting.
Initial reports from the medical examiner's office said Stephens – whom Agnew described as petite, 5-foot-1 and 125 pounds – had a cause of death "consistent with being mauled by these dogs." She had defensive wounds on her hands and arms, and it appears that she was alive when the animals attacked.
"The first traumatic injury to her was to her throat and face," Agnew said, reading from the initial autopsy results. "It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death."
It was not a homicide, Agnew said.
"It was an absolutely grisly mauling. In my nearly 40 years in law enforcement, I've never seen anything quite like it," he said. "I hope I never see anything like it again."
Stephens' father had called the sheriff's office after he hadn't seen his daughter in a day. While she had a Glen Allen address, Agnew said, Stephens grew up in Goochland and frequently walked the dogs in the wooded area where her body was found, which was near an old family farm.
The father went looking for his daughter and encountered the dogs aggressively protecting the body.
Agnew said it took deputies hours to wrangle the dogs, which he estimated each weighed as much as Stephens. Henrico County Animal Control was called for assistance and provided tranquilizers to subdue the dogs. The scene was strewn with blood and articles of clothing. Agnew said deputies spent eight hours collecting more than 60 pieces of evidence.
The dogs are being held at Goochland County Animal Control. Agnew said they were seeking to have the animals euthanized.

http://wric.com/2017/12/15/sheriff-goochland-woman-found-dead-in-woods-was-mauled-to-death-by-own-dogs/
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/goochland-sheriff-described-grisly-scene-after-woman-mauled-to-death/article_ca98bbc2-3676-5121-b337-cdcfbc875293.html

http://wtvr.com/2017/12/15/bethany-stephens-obit/



2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 32   (13 children - 19 adults)

PIT BULL - 20
PIT BULL MIX - 1
PIT BULL/BOXER MIX - 1
2 DOGS - A PIT BULL AND A MIXED BREED DOG - 1 
PIT BULLS AND GERMAN SHEPHERDS POSSIBLY MIXED - 1
BOERBOEL - 1
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 2
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
2 ENGLISH MASTIFFS - 1 
ROTTWEILER - 1
MIXED BREED DOG - 1 (Redding CT)
GIANT SCHNAUZER MIX AND LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX - 1


AL-2
AZ-1
CA-1
CT-1
FL-1
GA-3
IL-1
KY-1
MA-1
MD-1
MI-1
MS-1
NC-2
NV-1
NY-1
OH-4
OK - 1
PA-2
TN-1
TX-3
VA-2

1)  1-17 LOGAN BRAATZ - 6 - ATLANTA GA - The boy was walking to his school bus stop with other children and some adults when 2 loose pit bull dogs began attacking them - It was reported that Logan was eviscerated, his friend Syrai Sanders was scalped and another child was injured - Although neighbors came running with sticks, knives and whatever they could find, the attack was deadly and swift and the dogs continued to circle and attempt to attack - The dog owner said his dogs had a fence but "SOMEHOW" got out.

2) 1-17 SKYLAR DEAN JULIUS - 2-MONTHS-OLD - SAN MARCOS TX - The father was caring for the infant girl while the mother was at work - He fell asleep for around 20 minutes and when he woke up the baby had been mauled by the family German Shepherd they had had for over 8 years and it was reported that the dog "had never shown aggression before".

3) 2-13 LOUISE HERMIDA - 75 - QUEENS NY - The elderly woman was mauled by her large dog that had been adopted almost 6 years ago. The breed is said to be a Mastiff or a Mastiff/Great Dane mix.  Neighbors say as many as 10 dogs lived at the apartment.  Her 39-year-old son, who has autism, attempted to put the dog in its cage and he was bitten on the leg. 

4) 2-16 UNIDENTIFIED 5-YEAR-OLD BOY - CLARKSVILLE TN - Emergency personnel were called at 8:20am on a Thursday morning to a report that the Family's two English Mastiffs reported to be about 6-months-old had mauled the child. The boy died from extensive injuries.

5) 2-28 VALENTIN HERRERA - 76 -  LINCOLN HEIGHTS CA - He was mauled by 2 pit bulls on February 2 while walking his small dog Dodger - Dodger was killed - He was knocked down during the attack and could have further received head injuries -

6) 3-23 JASE PATRICK FOHS -  8-MONTHS - LUSBY CALVERT COUNTY MD - The family pit bull latched on to the child and was still attacking when officers arrived only minutes after the call - An officer had to shoot the dog to stop its mauling but the baby died.

7) 4-6  CECILLE SHORT - 82 -  AND HER LITTLE DOG - OKLAHOMA CITY OK - Cecille was taking her pet dog for a walk when they were attacked by 2 large pit bulls - A passerby in a car saw the attack and called 911 - Police arrived and shot one and hit the other with their vehicle because they could not get out of their vehicle but it was too late for the victims!!!  Witnesses describe the elderly woman as being almost decapitated.

8) 4-26  MAURICE BROWN - 60 - DAYTON OH - Neighbor's heard screaming and crying for help after 4am and dogs barking and began calling 911 - Police arrived and had to shoot a pit bull that apparently broke free from a chain in a backyard and attacked the man - 4 dogs were taken from the property.

9) 4-27 LISA GREEN - 32 - UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP PA - Neighbors heard the woman being attacked by her 3 1/2-year-old male pit bull/boxer mix on the rear deck of her home - They offered the dog ham and it didn't stop the attack - They hit it with a stick and it crunched the stick - Then an off-duty police chief  who lived nearby was called and he shot the dog in its leg and that finally stopped the attack but the woman had suffered great blood loss and was pronounced dead at the hospital - It was reported that she had had the dog for 2 1/2 years - Neighbors reported that the dog was biting on her neck. 

10) 5-1  JANE MARIE EGLE - 59- ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE CO NC - A call was made to 911 about an aggressive dog and when deputies arrived they found Jane Egle unconscious and appeared to have animal bites - the aggressive dog would not let anyone inside the home - They finally subdued the animal and it was reported it died - Seven dogs were taken from the home - 6 Boerboels and 1 Great Pyrenees - According to a relative, her Facebook and Instagram she bred these very large aggressive dogs for sale - Behavior analysts evaluated the dogs and recommended they be put down due to their aggressiveness - But the Great Pyrenees will not be put down and it was determined it was not a threat to society. 

11) 5-8  KAMIKO DAO TSUDA-SAELEE - 6 MO OLD GIRL - LAS VEGAS NV - First Responders were called to a home around 1pm where a 6-month-old baby was fatally mauled by the family's pit bull they had had for 9 years -  The mother was home with the baby and it was reported that she went to the bathroom and left the baby in her walker with the dog - when she returned the pit was attacking the baby and she got it off but it was too late - The child was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

12) 5-12 - SANDRA KAISER - 71 - REDDING CT - She was attacked by her own dog at her home - The breed is said to be a "Mixed Breed" and it was a "Rescue Dog" that had been living at that home for about 6 years -  An autopsy was to be conducted...not much information on this one.

13) 5-28 - SUSANNAH JEAN MURRAY- 3 WEEKS - GRAND RAPIDS MI - The infant was left inside a home sleeping with 3 pit bulls free to roam the house on the late afternoon of Thursday May 27 - An adult went inside to check on the child after a reportedly 5 minutes and found the child bitten on the head with one of the pit bulls near her with blood on its mouth - The baby underwent surgery but died on the early morning of Friday 28.

14) 6-1 - MARGARET M. COLVIN - 91 - VIRGINIA BEACH VA - The granddaughter reported that the dog was adopted from a rescue on Wednesday and was brought home and on that day the elderly grandmother was either knocked down or fell inside her bedroom and the 1-year-old 50-pound American Pit Bull Terrier mauled her in a approximately 5-minute attack - The woman died on Thursday.

15) 6-9 - MARCO JUNIOR (MJ) RAYA - 1 YEAR - PHOENIX AZ - The grandmother was caring for the child and had put him down in a bedroom - She then opened an ?outside? door and the Rottweiler came in and grabbed the baby from the room and dragged him outside - An officer arrived and shot the dog to end the attack on the baby and he was rushed to a local trauma center and was later pronounced dead from his injuries - The Rottweiler belonged to a family member.

16) 7-11 - VINSON TUCKER - 79 - MCCREARY COUNTY KY - It appears that the elderly man had gone to a junk yard owned by Mike Stephens who also runs a towing and wrecker service just down the road to pay a bill - Neighbors say the dogs stay at the businesses and also at Stephens home and this has been going on for quite a few years as there have been liters of puppies also seen on the property and on facebook - At this first writing one video reports that there was a surveillance camera and a detective reported that there was a dog on each arm and on each leg .....so at least 4   !!!!!PITS????? MIXED WITH SOMETHING - 

17) 7-20 - MICHAEL PARKS - 60 - FOSTORIA OH - He was letting his unleashed pit bull outside around 11pm when the dog ran across the street and began fighting another pit being walked on a leash by its owner - Parks attempted to stop the pit fight and was bitten on a recently installed dialysis shunt and began bleeding profusely - He was pronounced dead later that night at the hospital - The article does not say which dog bit him or if both pits bit him.

18) 7-27 -  JACOB BROOKS - 4 - EL PASO TX - Neighbors report the 4 dogs were aggressive and they often heard them fighting and growling at night - They also report that they often had seen the children playing on the enclosed trampoline and the dogs would not let the children get off - One article is now reporting a neighbor saying the dogs are PIT BULLS AND GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX DOGS.

19) 8-1 - PARIS ADAMS -  20-MONTHS - HARTWELL,  HART COUNTY GA - The toddler was being cared for at his grandmother's home - Apparently the family (mother, aunt, boyfriends, etc.  were involved in the PIT BREEDING BUSINESS!!!- She says that 2 of the pits charged out of the door into the backyard when she opened it and began mauling the child - Apparently...at first readings...911 was not called and the child was not taken directly to hospital ER...instead she drove to another residence to pick up the child's mother (her daughter) and then they drove to an urgent care facility - Where the child was pronounced dead...before police arrived!!! - She was arrested and charged with 2nd degree Murder, manslaughter and cruelty to children and released on $50,000 bail.

20) 8-19 - MICHAEL JAMES OBERGAS - 8-WEEKS-OLD  - HOUSTON TX - The infant was in a bassinet when the parents stepped away - 2 family dogs, a GIANT SCHNAUZER MIX AND A LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX fatally mauled him - The latest article states one of the dogs was able to open a secured bedroom door and mauled the baby but it did not say which dog did this.

21) 8-26 - ALICIA MALAGON - 76 - CALHOUN COUNTY FL - She was looking after her daughter and son-in-law's dogs while they were away on vacation and took her small dachshund with her to check on them - A pit bull named "Blue" attacked her dachshund and when she came to her dog's aid the pit turned on her biting her over her entire body but especially on her right leg she had a laceration that was extremely deep - She managed to crawl to use a phone but passed out before first responders arrived - She died from her injuries.

22) 9-20 - CONNIE STOREY - 61 - BEATLINE COMMUNITY OF NESHOBA MS - She was attacked on Sept 8 while feeding her son's pit bull and had been hospitalized since the attack - It is reported that both her legs had to be amputated - She succumbed to the horrific injuries  on Weds Sept 20. 

23) 9-20 - UNIDENTIFIED 1-MO-OLD INFANT BOY - KNOX COUNTY OH - The baby was sleeping in a bassinet and in the care of its father when around 6:12am the father found the child with its head mauled - The father had 2 pit bulls inside the home - This first story says that he said "one of his dogs" attacked the boy - When asked on the 911 call if he needed the dispatcher to walk him through CPR he told them that the child's head injuries were too severe - The baby was pronounced dead at the home - It was determined that their 7-year-old pit bull killed the infant in the bassinet. 

24) 9-27 - KATHY SUE NICHELSON - 61 - CHERRY LOG, GILMER CO GA - She was mauled relentlessly by her friend's son's pit bull when she got out of her car to walk up the driveway - A passerby saw her on the ground and stopped to render aid but the pit attacked him as well - He was able to get inside his vehicle and call 911 - Law enforcement and EMS arrived and finally had to shoot the pit in order to get to the victim - Neighbors report that the dog had a long history of biting people - The dog owner was later stopped in his vehicle along with his wife and small bags in their car tested positive for meth and he was arrested and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless conduct.  

25) - 10-21 - JAVIAN CANDOLARIO - 7 - LOWELL MA - Javian had been playing outside with other children and his older brother when he was mauled by a neighbor's 2 PIT BULLS inside their poorly constructed fence - There were as many as 15 witnesses but none knew what to do to save the boy and as far as I have read none can say exactly how or why the child got inside the fence - There were gaps around the gate that was over a driveway and he could have easily stepped inside to get a ball or he could have been pulled inside by the very large pit bulls - He was reportedly already dead as first responders arrived - The pits could have just as easily jumped the fence!!!

26) 11-3 - SOPHIA BOOTH - 2-WEEK-OLD GIRL - CLEVELAND OH- Neighbors report that the 4-year-old German Shepherd seem to be a "guard dog" and they kept their distance - The dog was in a kitchen area blocked off by some type of barrier or gate and the infant was in a bedroom - The dog somehow broke through the barrier and fatally mauled the baby. 

27) 11-4 - DAVID BARBER - 69 - HAMLET RICHMOND CO NC -  MAULED BY 2 OF HIS 5 DOGS - A PIT BULL AND MIXED BREED  DOG - Neighbors report that he walked his "many" dogs early every morning - He would walk 2 dogs....then walk 2 more....but he always would walk his black and white pit bull by itself because it was "SO ENERGETIC"!!! -A next door neighbor reported that the 2 dogs, R J and Little J, began fighting earlier and the man broke them up - but they must have "retaliate" - because he stopped their pit fighting so they redirected and  began mauling their own owner. 

28) 11-23 -  UNIDENTIFIED MAN - PHILADELPHIA PA - A neighbor said she gave the man a plate of food to eat just before he walked on next door and 4 PIT BULLS at another neighbor's house began attacking him - Officers were called and shot one of the pits off him and the other 3 pits ran back into the house - The attack happened around 9pm and the man died around 10pm at the hospital - Further information as to the name of the victim and the name of the owner of the 4 vicious pit bulls has not been released.

29) 11-29 -  TRACEY PATTERSON CORNELIUS - 46 - GUNTERSVILLE MARSHALL COUNTY AL - The surviving victim was going for a walk when the 4 pit bulls attacked her. Tracey Patterson Cornelius heard the attack and came out to her aid and the dogs turned on her -  Her dog also came out and was killed in the attack  -  Comments to stories state that the dogs belonged to her brother/and or a family member - Marshall County Sheriff stated it was a horrific attack - The County has only one AC officer for the entire county. 

30) 12-7 - EMILY MAE COLVIN - 24 - SECTION JACKSON COUNTY AL - Deputies responded to a dog attack and were forced to shoot 1 pit bull and another 4 pit bulls were believed to be involved in the deadly attack and were caught and taken to a vet -  The victim was talking on the phone with her friend while she was evidently standing outside her home - He friend heard over the phone when the pit bulls attacked her - She came to her aid and was also attacked by the land sharks !!!

31) - 12-11 - DOROTHY FORD - 77 - ALSIP ILLINOIS - A man walking his dog on  the afternoon of Monday, December 11, saw a person being mauled on the ground of the back yard of a home and he immediately called 911 - The dog, a 6-year-old pit bull that lived at the home, had to be shot by officers because of its aggressiveness - 

32) 12-14  BETHANY LYNN STEPHENS - 22 - GOOCHLAND COUNTY VA - She owned pit bulls and lived in Glen Allen - Her father said she would often come to Goochland County to walk her pit bulls in a wooded area - He said she had not returned from walking in a day so he searched near an old farm site and found her body and called the sheriff - Her 2 very large brindle colored pit bulls were guarding her body.  


PENDING - 5-7 JAMES DERLE PATTERSON - 63 - JACKSONS' GAP TALLAPOOSA COUNTY AL-  Patterson was riding a small gas-powered scooter about a mile from his home on Alf Road- A caller reported the incident at 4:13pm that "dogs" had attacked a man - He was found unresponsive with wounds consistent with a dog attack and was pronounced dead at 5:37pm -  He was found about 15 yards from where his scooter was found..... in the road - The road is a dead end and located in a rural secluded area - There were "beware of dog" signs posted on the property - The breed or breeds of the dogs have not been identified. 


PENDING - SHARON LINDEMAN - 75 - JOHNSON COUNTY AR -The elderly woman was found in her driveway on Monday, Oct. 30,  by her younger sister who had left for work around 8am and came home around 4:15pm to find her dead in the driveway with deep gashes, scratches and injuries consistent with a dog attack - Her body was sent to state crime lab for autopsy - Stray dogs have been an ongoing problem in the area.  


NON-BITE DOG RELATED DEATH

1) 3-18 - JOHN BRUNO - 5 - WARRINGTON TWP PA - John was playing in the snow on Wednesday, March 15, when his family looked out and saw him down on the ground with the family dog tugging at his scarf around his neck - He was unresponsive and first responders gave him CPR and he was rushed to a hospital - He died on Saturday, March 18 - Investigators report that he suffered ligature strangulation from the  HOUND MIX  pulling on his scarf.

2) 6-8 - SHIRLEY WRIGHT - 89 - TOLEDO OH - On May 6, 2017, the elderly woman was working in her yard when a neighbor's dog charged at her knocking her down on concrete.  She was hospitalized and died on June 8 of complications from her injuries - Her family filed a suit in Lucas County Court against the neighbors. 

3) 8-2 - WILLIAM GAMBLE - 66 - PALM COAST FL - He was walking his Staffordshire bull terrier on July 30 in his neighborhood when a dog said to be a Plott Hound began attacking his dog - Witnesses say the Plott Hound, that had a history of aggression, came out of its collar while being walked by one of its owners...a female - His dog was injured and he was knocked over or he fell injuring his knee - It is not clear if he was bitten by either dog during the attack but he made it back home and collapsed in his garage - He was able to tell his wife that he had been attacked by a dog before he went unconscious - He apparently suffered a series of heart attacks and died on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

4) 10-10 - PATRICIA CROSBY - 53 - DETROIT MI - She was walking to her babysitting job when a pit bull attacked her - Michael Williams a neighborhood watchman heard her screaming for help and ran to her and he had his licensed to carry gun on him which he pulled out and attempted to shoot the pit bull off her - He shot the land shark but then the victim realized she was also shot - She died after arriving at the hospital.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

BELLE GLADE, PALM BEACH COUNTY FL - 3 PIT BULLS CAME INTO ELIJAH SMITH'S FRONT YARD AND CHOMPED DOWN ON THEIR BELOVED "LOKI" - "I THOUGHT MY WIFE AND CHILD WERE GOING TO DIE"

It’s a heated war of words between Belle Glade neighbors, and a Shih Tzu named Loki is caught right in the middle. 
Owner Elijah Smith says his neighbor’s  3 PIT BULLS  came into his front yard and attacked Loki Tuesday night. 
“They were trying to kill my dog, and I don’t know why because we’ve never provoke those dogs,” Smith says. 
Smith says his entire family stepped in to pry Loki away. 
“I really thought my wife and child were going to die,” he says. 
A deputy responding to the incident gave him news he wasn’t expecting. 
“I said to him so even though we're in our yard, and three massive pit bulls attacked a Shih Tzu, we can get in trouble for that? He was like ‘yeah’.” 
Smith says the deputy told him he can be found partially at fault because Loki wasn’t on his leash.
Thursday, we were there as Animal Care and Control interviewed both neighbors,  before the 3 pit bulsl were removed by Animal Care and Control. 
The owner’s family was visibly upset. 
Smith says his family is even worse off tonight.
His wife is in the hospital after a bite from one of the pit bulls caused an infection. 
The bruises on Loki are even more life threatening. 
“He was just scared, and sore, he was running a high fever and he was sick,” he says.
Facing the prospect of paying hundreds of dollars for potentially life saving treatment for Loki, he’s not sure what’s next. 
He's hoping for help for his dog - from the attacker's owners, or from anyone willing to step in.
“They’re happy creatures, and they trust us to take care of them, and I really feel like…I let my dog down."
Animal Care and Control say despite what Smith was told, an owner can have their dog off their leash on private property.
If the dog was on public property, it’s a different story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LIBERTY TX - 5 PIT BULLS OWNED BY AN AUNT MAULED A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY LEAVING HIM WITH SEVERE INJURIES OVER HIS HEAD AND FACE - IN THIS CASE THE VICTIM'S MOM SAYS ITS TOTALLY THE DOGS FAULT AND NOT THE OWNER???

Four-year-old Zion Alexander was playing outside with his cousin on December 8 when tragedy struck.
The boys were playing with a ball outside his aunt’s home in Liberty, Texas, when one of her PIT BULLS pounced on Zion and several others quickly joined in.
“His cousin came running to the back door and was saying, ‘The dogs are eating Zion!’ ” Zion’s mother, Tiffany McHan, tells PEOPLE. “My husband ran out the door screaming, ‘No! No!’ I ran behind him and there were like five dogs on top of my son.”
McHan, 24, says her husband, Trevion Alexander, attempted to fight off the dogs. She says he suffered two bites as he struggled to free his son, and the dogs “kept coming back.”
“When I saw Zion freed, I picked him up and ran into the house,” she tells PEOPLE. “There was blood everywhere. I didn’t think he was gonna make it. I remember him telling me, ‘Mommy, I’m okay. I’m okay.’ ”
McHan says she does not blame her sister for what her dogs did, but says she is frustrated that the dogs are still in the home. 
“It’s nothing we could have done to prevent it, the dogs did it,” she says, adding that her sister visited Zion in the hospital over the weekend.
The family has not pressed charges against the woman, McHan says, adding that her sister is “distraught and hurting” as a result of the incident.
Zion was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston where his parents learned he had suffered severe injuries, including a fractured skull, damaged ears, several lacerations to the face and internal damage to the right side of his head.
“His ears were all bitten up. His ears weren’t even attached,” McHan says of her son. “We noticed he wasn’t moving the right side of his face. During surgery, they found out that the nerve that operates the side of his face was shredded.”
She says that doctors fear Zion won’t be able to hear well after the incident, as one of the animals bit through his ear canal. Zion has remained in the hospital since the incident, and McHan tells PEOPLE that the last few days have been “rough.”
“A majority of the time he just shuts down because he knows he doesn’t look the same,” she says through tears. “That’s my baby, he’s like the light of the world. When you’re in a bad mood, he knows how to cheer you up. Just to see how strong he is. ”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with Zion’s medical expenses.
The incident marks the second tragedy for the family in recent months. In October, the family’s Houston apartment was destroyed during Hurricane Harvey and the family has been living in a hotel. She says the family escaped the floodwaters on a small boat.
“That’s nothing compared to going through this,” McHan says. “But now we don’t have anywhere for our baby to go.”

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MARY ESTHER, OKALOOSA COUNTY FL - PIT BULL DRAMA: "RESPONSIBLE PIT OWNERS" HELL BENT ON LETTING THEIR MAN-MADE LAND SHARK TERRORORIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD "SOMEHOW" LET IT GET OUT THE DOOR AND MAUL A 19-YEAR-OLD PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER - THEN IT WENT FOR AN OFFICER'S NECK

Image may contain: dog
(Maybe Cujo looked like this internet picture.)


UPDATE:  http://canoe.com/news/world/dog-named-cujo-fatally-shot-after-attacking-deputy-pizza-delivery-man

A pizza delivery man was hospitalized Sunday night after being attacked by a PIT BULL on Brian Circle. The dog then attacked the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy who responded to the call.
The dog, whose name was Cupo, was shot and killed.
“He was a big strong dog,” said OCSO spokeswoman Michele Nicholson, adding that the pit bull had not been neutered. PAWS Director Dee Thompson said Cupo weighed over a hundred pounds and was “all muscle.”
According to Nicholson, the homeowner said the dog ran from the back yard at 560 Brian Circle, chased and then attacked the pizza delivery driver, 19-year-old John Wade. Thompson said the driver had been instructed to call the homeowners before knocking due to the dog, but he did not and instead knocked on the front door. When the homeowner opened the side door to reprimand the driver for not calling, the dog slipped out and attacked him.
Thompson said Cupo dragged the driver across the street. A tourniquet was used to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived and transported the teen to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. He suffered extensive injuries to his lower leg and foot that required surgery.
After the attack, OCSO K9 handler Deputy Cutler Petersen and another deputy arrived to assist the homeowner in restraining the dog outside 541 Brian Circle. According to Nicholson, the deputies got its harness and leash attached, but the dog pulled away and charged at Petersen, who then used pepper spray in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the attack.
In trying to get away from the charging dog, Petersen tripped over a raised flower bed and the dog lunged at his head and neck area. The dog bit down on Petersen’s arm as he covered his head and neck. The other deputy tried to pull Cupo off Petersen, but he would not release his bite.
The deputy then shot Cupo multiple times. The dog died at the scene.
PAWS Director Dee Thompson said Cupo had four bullets in his body and two in his head. She added that mace is generally not effective at detaining dogs and may just agitate them even more. 
Petersen was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to repair his damaged arm. He was in surgery until midnight, Nicholson said.
“He used an entire can of pepper spray on this dog and they had to shoot it,” she said. “The deputy put his arm up. The dog was going for his neck and head. He tripped while backing up from the dog.”
The attacks happened just before 8 p.m. Thompson said Cupo had bitten a woman before in her feet. At the dog’s hearing where he could have officially been deemed dangerous, the bite victim did not show up as is required in those hearings, and so the case was dropped.
Residents of the quiet neighborhood behind the Santa Rosa Mall came home to find the street lit up with emergency personnel and what some, at first, thought was a body in the front yard.
Blanca Zapata-Gomez, who lives a few blocks away, said she and her husband had several encounters with the dog and that her husband started carrying a big stick when they walked. Eventually, they gave up and started walking at the mall, instead, she said.
“We walked in the neighborhood every night, but we’ve stopped now,” she said.
Most recently, she was walking by the fenced-in neighborhood park and was startled by what she described as a loud “whomp” on the fence.
The owners were on the other side of the park and the dog had spotted her and run over, stopping only when he hit the fence.  She said  the dog was "short, fat and very strong,"  and that she was worried the fence wouldn’t be strong enough to hold him.
“Thank God the gates were closed,” she said.
Neighbors said the dog had a history of being aggressive, and PAWS officials said the dog had bitten a woman before in her feet. At the hearing to have the dog officially deemed dangerous, the previous bite victim never showed up, and so the case was dropped.

Monday, December 11, 2017

ALSIP IL - A PIT BULL KILLED A 77-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN THE BACK YARD OF A HOME



UPDATE:  PIT KILLS OWNER - DOROTHY FORD -   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5171417/Grandmother-77-mauled-death-pet-pit-bull.html

A dog attacked and killed a 77-year-old woman Monday afternoon in Alsip, police said. The elderly woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Alsip police said the woman lived in the residence where the attack happened.
Around 3:34 p.m., Alsip police officers were dispatched to 11604 S. Komensky for a report of a person being attacked by a dog. When officers arrived, they found the woman down in the home's backyard. Officers tried to render aid to the woman, but she was already deceased. The dog, described by police as a 6-year-old pit bull, continued to act aggressively to the police, so officers shot the dog and killed it.
"It was pretty horrific," said Deputy Chief Shawn Schuldt of the Alsip Police Department. "If I go through the rest of my career without seeing something like this, that would be a good thing. I feel extremely bad for the family and we offer them our condolences."
Schudt said the dog was a family pet.  Police have not had any prior complaints from neighbors about the dog acting aggressively toward people or other pets.  The dog was well fed and well cared for.  Officers did not find any signs of foul play or mistreatment of the dog in the home. 
"It's one of those things no one will ever know," Schudt said. "We consider our dogs members of the family, but at the end of the day dogs are still animals and that sometimes lends itself to odd behavior.
https://patch.com/illinois/alsip-crestwood/pit-bull-attacks-kills-elderly-woman-alsip-police



Police in suburban Alsip had to kill a PIT BULL that attacked and killed a 77-year-old woman.
Officers were called to Komensky Ave and 116th St Monday afternoon to investigate reports of a woman being mauled by a dog in the back yard.
When they arrived officers say the dog was still aggressive and had to shoot it.
They tried to give the woman first aid but it was too late.  Police said the woman lived at that address.
A  young man walking his dog saw the attack and called police.
Police say the dog was a 6-year-old pit bull and was a pet in the home.
No word yet if anyone else was at the home when the attack happened.
http://wgntv.com/2017/12/11/elderly-suburban-woman-mauled-to-death-by-pit-bull/



2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 31   (13 children - 18 adults)

PIT BULL - 19
PIT BULL MIX - 1
PIT BULL/BOXER MIX - 1
2 DOGS - A PIT BULL AND A MIXED BREED DOG - 1 
PIT BULLS AND GERMAN SHEPHERDS POSSIBLY MIXED - 1
BOERBOEL - 1
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 2
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
2 ENGLISH MASTIFFS - 1 
ROTTWEILER - 1
MIXED BREED DOG - 1 (Redding CT)
GIANT SCHNAUZER MIX AND LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX - 1


AL-2
AZ-1
CA-1
CT-1
FL-1
GA-3
IL-1
KY-1
MA-1
MD-1
MI-1
MS-1
NC-2
NV-1
NY-1
OH-4
OK - 1
PA-2
TN-1
TX-3
VA-1

1)  1-17 LOGAN BRAATZ - 6 - ATLANTA GA - The boy was walking to his school bus stop with other children and some adults when 2 loose pit bull dogs began attacking them - It was reported that Logan was eviscerated, his friend Syrai Sanders was scalped and another child was injured - Although neighbors came running with sticks, knives and whatever they could find, the attack was deadly and swift and the dogs continued to circle and attempt to attack - The dog owner said his dogs had a fence but "SOMEHOW" got out.

2) 1-17 SKYLAR DEAN JULIUS - 2-MONTHS-OLD - SAN MARCOS TX - The father was caring for the infant girl while the mother was at work - He fell asleep for around 20 minutes and when he woke up the baby had been mauled by the family German Shepherd they had had for over 8 years and it was reported that the dog "had never shown aggression before".

3) 2-13 LOUISE HERMIDA - 75 - QUEENS NY - The elderly woman was mauled by her large dog that had been adopted almost 6 years ago. The breed is said to be a Mastiff or a Mastiff/Great Dane mix.  Neighbors say as many as 10 dogs lived at the apartment.  Her 39-year-old son, who has autism, attempted to put the dog in its cage and he was bitten on the leg. 

4) 2-16 UNIDENTIFIED 5-YEAR-OLD BOY - CLARKSVILLE TN - Emergency personnel were called at 8:20am on a Thursday morning to a report that the Family's two English Mastiffs reported to be about 6-months-old had mauled the child. The boy died from extensive injuries.

5) 2-28 VALENTIN HERRERA - 76 -  LINCOLN HEIGHTS CA - He was mauled by 2 pit bulls on February 2 while walking his small dog Dodger - Dodger was killed - He was knocked down during the attack and could have further received head injuries -

6) 3-23 JASE PATRICK FOHS -  8-MONTHS - LUSBY CALVERT COUNTY MD - The family pit bull latched on to the child and was still attacking when officers arrived only minutes after the call - An officer had to shoot the dog to stop its mauling but the baby died.

7) 4-6  CECILLE SHORT - 82 -  AND HER LITTLE DOG - OKLAHOMA CITY OK - Cecille was taking her pet dog for a walk when they were attacked by 2 large pit bulls - A passerby in a car saw the attack and called 911 - Police arrived and shot one and hit the other with their vehicle because they could not get out of their vehicle but it was too late for the victims!!!  Witnesses describe the elderly woman as being almost decapitated.

8) 4-26  MAURICE BROWN - 60 - DAYTON OH - Neighbor's heard screaming and crying for help after 4am and dogs barking and began calling 911 - Police arrived and had to shoot a pit bull that apparently broke free from a chain in a backyard and attacked the man - 4 dogs were taken from the property.

9) 4-27 LISA GREEN - 32 - UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP PA - Neighbors heard the woman being attacked by her 3 1/2-year-old male pit bull/boxer mix on the rear deck of her home - They offered the dog ham and it didn't stop the attack - They hit it with a stick and it crunched the stick - Then an off-duty police chief  who lived nearby was called and he shot the dog in its leg and that finally stopped the attack but the woman had suffered great blood loss and was pronounced dead at the hospital - It was reported that she had had the dog for 2 1/2 years - Neighbors reported that the dog was biting on her neck. 

10) 5-1  JANE MARIE EGLE - 59- ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE CO NC - A call was made to 911 about an aggressive dog and when deputies arrived they found Jane Egle unconscious and appeared to have animal bites - the aggressive dog would not let anyone inside the home - They finally subdued the animal and it was reported it died - Seven dogs were taken from the home - 6 Boerboels and 1 Great Pyrenees - According to a relative, her Facebook and Instagram she bred these very large aggressive dogs for sale - Behavior analysts evaluated the dogs and recommended they be put down due to their aggressiveness - But the Great Pyrenees will not be put down and it was determined it was not a threat to society. 

11) 5-8  KAMIKO DAO TSUDA-SAELEE - 6 MO OLD GIRL - LAS VEGAS NV - First Responders were called to a home around 1pm where a 6-month-old baby was fatally mauled by the family's pit bull they had had for 9 years -  The mother was home with the baby and it was reported that she went to the bathroom and left the baby in her walker with the dog - when she returned the pit was attacking the baby and she got it off but it was too late - The child was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

12) 5-12 - SANDRA KAISER - 71 - REDDING CT - She was attacked by her own dog at her home - The breed is said to be a "Mixed Breed" and it was a "Rescue Dog" that had been living at that home for about 6 years -  An autopsy was to be conducted...not much information on this one.

13) 5-28 - SUSANNAH JEAN MURRAY- 3 WEEKS - GRAND RAPIDS MI - The infant was left inside a home sleeping with 3 pit bulls free to roam the house on the late afternoon of Thursday May 27 - An adult went inside to check on the child after a reportedly 5 minutes and found the child bitten on the head with one of the pit bulls near her with blood on its mouth - The baby underwent surgery but died on the early morning of Friday 28.

14) 6-1 - MARGARET M. COLVIN - 91 - VIRGINIA BEACH VA - The granddaughter reported that the dog was adopted from a rescue on Wednesday and was brought home and on that day the elderly grandmother was either knocked down or fell inside her bedroom and the 1-year-old 50-pound American Pit Bull Terrier mauled her in a approximately 5-minute attack - The woman died on Thursday.

15) 6-9 - MARCO JUNIOR (MJ) RAYA - 1 YEAR - PHOENIX AZ - The grandmother was caring for the child and had put him down in a bedroom - She then opened an ?outside? door and the Rottweiler came in and grabbed the baby from the room and dragged him outside - An officer arrived and shot the dog to end the attack on the baby and he was rushed to a local trauma center and was later pronounced dead from his injuries - The Rottweiler belonged to a family member.

16) 7-11 - VINSON TUCKER - 79 - MCCREARY COUNTY KY - It appears that the elderly man had gone to a junk yard owned by Mike Stephens who also runs a towing and wrecker service just down the road to pay a bill - Neighbors say the dogs stay at the businesses and also at Stephens home and this has been going on for quite a few years as there have been liters of puppies also seen on the property and on facebook - At this first writing one video reports that there was a surveillance camera and a detective reported that there was a dog on each arm and on each leg .....so at least 4   !!!!!PITS????? MIXED WITH SOMETHING - 

17) 7-20 - MICHAEL PARKS - 60 - FOSTORIA OH - He was letting his unleashed pit bull outside around 11pm when the dog ran across the street and began fighting another pit being walked on a leash by its owner - Parks attempted to stop the pit fight and was bitten on a recently installed dialysis shunt and began bleeding profusely - He was pronounced dead later that night at the hospital - The article does not say which dog bit him or if both pits bit him.

18) 7-27 -  JACOB BROOKS - 4 - EL PASO TX - Neighbors report the 4 dogs were aggressive and they often heard them fighting and growling at night - They also report that they often had seen the children playing on the enclosed trampoline and the dogs would not let the children get off - One article is now reporting a neighbor saying the dogs are PIT BULLS AND GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX DOGS.

19) 8-1 - PARIS ADAMS -  20-MONTHS - HARTWELL,  HART COUNTY GA - The toddler was being cared for at his grandmother's home - Apparently the family (mother, aunt, boyfriends, etc.  were involved in the PIT BREEDING BUSINESS!!!- She says that 2 of the pits charged out of the door into the backyard when she opened it and began mauling the child - Apparently...at first readings...911 was not called and the child was not taken directly to hospital ER...instead she drove to another residence to pick up the child's mother (her daughter) and then they drove to an urgent care facility - Where the child was pronounced dead...before police arrived!!! - She was arrested and charged with 2nd degree Murder, manslaughter and cruelty to children and released on $50,000 bail.

20) 8-19 - MICHAEL JAMES OBERGAS - 8-WEEKS-OLD  - HOUSTON TX - The infant was in a bassinet when the parents stepped away - 2 family dogs, a GIANT SCHNAUZER MIX AND A LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX fatally mauled him - The latest article states one of the dogs was able to open a secured bedroom door and mauled the baby but it did not say which dog did this.

21) 8-26 - ALICIA MALAGON - 76 - CALHOUN COUNTY FL - She was looking after her daughter and son-in-law's dogs while they were away on vacation and took her small dachshund with her to check on them - A pit bull named "Blue" attacked her dachshund and when she came to her dog's aid the pit turned on her biting her over her entire body but especially on her right leg she had a laceration that was extremely deep - She managed to crawl to use a phone but passed out before first responders arrived - She died from her injuries.

22) 9-20 - CONNIE STOREY - 61 - BEATLINE COMMUNITY OF NESHOBA MS - She was attacked on Sept 8 while feeding her son's pit bull and had been hospitalized since the attack - It is reported that both her legs had to be amputated - She succumbed to the horrific injuries  on Weds Sept 20. 

23) 9-20 - UNIDENTIFIED 1-MO-OLD INFANT BOY - KNOX COUNTY OH - The baby was sleeping in a bassinet and in the care of its father when around 6:12am the father found the child with its head mauled - The father had 2 pit bulls inside the home - This first story says that he said "one of his dogs" attacked the boy - When asked on the 911 call if he needed the dispatcher to walk him through CPR he told them that the child's head injuries were too severe - The baby was pronounced dead at the home - It was determined that their 7-year-old pit bull killed the infant in the bassinet. 

24) 9-27 - KATHY SUE NICHELSON - 61 - CHERRY LOG, GILMER CO GA - She was mauled relentlessly by her friend's son's pit bull when she got out of her car to walk up the driveway - A passerby saw her on the ground and stopped to render aid but the pit attacked him as well - He was able to get inside his vehicle and call 911 - Law enforcement and EMS arrived and finally had to shoot the pit in order to get to the victim - Neighbors report that the dog had a long history of biting people - The dog owner was later stopped in his vehicle along with his wife and small bags in their car tested positive for meth and he was arrested and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless conduct.  

25) - 10-21 - JAVIAN CANDOLARIO - 7 - LOWELL MA - Javian had been playing outside with other children and his older brother when he was mauled by a neighbor's 2 PIT BULLS inside their poorly constructed fence - There were as many as 15 witnesses but none knew what to do to save the boy and as far as I have read none can say exactly how or why the child got inside the fence - There were gaps around the gate that was over a driveway and he could have easily stepped inside to get a ball or he could have been pulled inside by the very large pit bulls - He was reportedly already dead as first responders arrived - The pits could have just as easily jumped the fence!!!

26) 11-3 - SOPHIA BOOTH - 2-WEEK-OLD GIRL - CLEVELAND OH- Neighbors report that the 4-year-old German Shepherd seem to be a "guard dog" and they kept their distance - The dog was in a kitchen area blocked off by some type of barrier or gate and the infant was in a bedroom - The dog somehow broke through the barrier and fatally mauled the baby. 

27) 11-4 - DAVID BARBER - 69 - HAMLET RICHMOND CO NC -  MAULED BY 2 OF HIS 5 DOGS - A PIT BULL AND MIXED BREED  DOG - Neighbors report that he walked his "many" dogs early every morning - He would walk 2 dogs....then walk 2 more....but he always would walk his black and white pit bull by itself because it was "SO ENERGETIC"!!! -A next door neighbor reported that the 2 dogs, R J and Little J, began fighting earlier and the man broke them up - but they must have "retaliate" - because he stopped their pit fighting so they redirected and  began mauling their own owner. 

28) 11-23 -  UNIDENTIFIED MAN - PHILADELPHIA PA - A neighbor said she gave the man a plate of food to eat just before he walked on next door and 4 PIT BULLS at another neighbor's house began attacking him - Officers were called and shot one of the pits off him and the other 3 pits ran back into the house - The attack happened around 9pm and the man died around 10pm at the hospital - Further information as to the name of the victim and the name of the owner of the 4 vicious pit bulls has not been released.

29) 11-29 -  TRACEY PATTERSON CORNELIUS - 46 - GUNTERSVILLE MARSHALL COUNTY AL - The surviving victim was going for a walk when the 4 pit bulls attacked her. Tracey Patterson Cornelius heard the attack and came out to her aid and the dogs turned on her -  Her dog also came out and was killed in the attack  -  Comments to stories state that the dogs belonged to her brother/and or a family member - Marshall County Sheriff stated it was a horrific attack - The County has only one AC officer for the entire county. 

30) 12-7 - EMILY MAE COLVIN - 24 - SECTION JACKSON COUNTY AL - Deputies responded to a dog attack and were forced to shoot 1 pit bull and another 4 pit bulls were believed to be involved in the deadly attack and were caught and taken to a vet -  The victim was talking on the phone with her friend while she was evidently standing outside her home - He friend heard over the phone when the pit bulls attacked her - She came to her aid and was also attacked by the land sharks !!!

31) - 12-11 - DOROTHY FORD - 77 - ALSIP ILLINOIS - A man walking his dog on  the afternoon of Monday, December 11, saw a person being mauled on the ground of the back yard of a home and he immediately called 911 - The dog, a 6-year-old pit bull that lived at the home, had to be shot by officers because of its aggressiveness - 


PENDING - 5-7 JAMES DERLE PATTERSON - 63 - JACKSONS' GAP TALLAPOOSA COUNTY AL-  Patterson was riding a small gas-powered scooter about a mile from his home on Alf Road- A caller reported the incident at 4:13pm that "dogs" had attacked a man - He was found unresponsive with wounds consistent with a dog attack and was pronounced dead at 5:37pm -  He was found about 15 yards from where his scooter was found..... in the road - The road is a dead end and located in a rural secluded area - There were "beware of dog" signs posted on the property - The breed or breeds of the dogs have not been identified. 


PENDING - SHARON LINDEMAN - 75 - JOHNSON COUNTY AR -The elderly woman was found in her driveway on Monday, Oct. 30,  by her younger sister who had left for work around 8am and came home around 4:15pm to find her dead in the driveway with deep gashes, scratches and injuries consistent with a dog attack - Her body was sent to state crime lab for autopsy - Stray dogs have been an ongoing problem in the area.  


NON-BITE DOG RELATED DEATH

1) 3-18 - JOHN BRUNO - 5 - WARRINGTON TWP PA - John was playing in the snow on Wednesday, March 15, when his family looked out and saw him down on the ground with the family dog tugging at his scarf around his neck - He was unresponsive and first responders gave him CPR and he was rushed to a hospital - He died on Saturday, March 18 - Investigators report that he suffered ligature strangulation from the  HOUND MIX  pulling on his scarf.

2) 6-8 - SHIRLEY WRIGHT - 89 - TOLEDO OH - On May 6, 2017, the elderly woman was working in her yard when a neighbor's dog charged at her knocking her down on concrete.  She was hospitalized and died on June 8 of complications from her injuries - Her family filed a suit in Lucas County Court against the neighbors. 

3) 8-2 - WILLIAM GAMBLE - 66 - PALM COAST FL - He was walking his Staffordshire bull terrier on July 30 in his neighborhood when a dog said to be a Plott Hound began attacking his dog - Witnesses say the Plott Hound, that had a history of aggression, came out of its collar while being walked by one of its owners...a female - His dog was injured and he was knocked over or he fell injuring his knee - It is not clear if he was bitten by either dog during the attack but he made it back home and collapsed in his garage - He was able to tell his wife that he had been attacked by a dog before he went unconscious - He apparently suffered a series of heart attacks and died on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

4) 10-10 - PATRICIA CROSBY - 53 - DETROIT MI - She was walking to her babysitting job when a pit bull attacked her - Michael Williams a neighborhood watchman heard her screaming for help and ran to her and he had his licensed to carry gun on him which he pulled out and attempted to shoot the pit bull off her - He shot the land shark but then the victim realized she was also shot - She died after arriving at the hospital.