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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG FL - A WOMAN SHOT AT HER NEIGHBOR'S 2 PIT BULLS THAT LEAPT UP FROM OUTSIDE AND ATTACKED HER MOTHER AS SHE WAS CLOSING A WINDOW OF HER HOME

A St. Petersburg woman shot 2 PIT BULLS  belonging to her neighbor after the dogs attacked her mother through a window, St. Petersburg police said.
Ellen Staples, 69, told police the dogs were running loose in her yard at 1151 55th Ave. S. on Monday evening. When she went to close her window to make sure the dogs didn’t get inside, they began to leap at her from outside, biting her hands and wrist, police said.
When staples called out for help, her daughter Robin Alotaibi, 51, retrieved a handgun and fired three shots at the dogs, hitting both and sending them fleeing back into their own yard, police said.
Police arrived on the scene at around 6:45 p.m. and found the wounded pit bulls alive at 1195 55th Ave. S. Their owner, Mariamma Braxton, took the dogs to a veterinary hospital for treatment, police said.
Because Alotaibi fired the weapon in defense of her mother, no charges will be filed, police said.
A report has been forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office, which could lead to an ordinance violation against Braxton, police said.

http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/woman-shoots-neighbors-dogs-for-attacking-mother-20141125/
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Robin Alotaibi, 51, fired three rounds at the PIT BULLS  when they leapt up at Ellen Staples, 69, biting her wrist and hands as she tried to shut a window, St. Petersburg police said.
The dogs were taken to a veterinarian hospital for treatment by their owner, who lives near Staples' house at 1151 55th Ave. S. Staples told officers she had previous problems with the pit bulls and went to close the window when she noticed them running loose in her yard.
Police said the dogs ran back home after Alotaibi shot them, and no charges were filed Monday. Authorities said the dogs' owner could be cited for an ordinance violation.'
No further information was immediately available.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA CANADA - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL INVADED THE HARRISON'S PROPERTY AND KILLED THEIR BELOVED YORKIE/LHASA APSO MIX - 'MR. MULLIGAN'


Scott Harrison is consoled by his two remaining Yorkie-Lhasa Apsos, Master Tricky Woo and Lady Cassandra, near the area in his yard where a neighbouring pitbull had killed his other dog, Mr. Mulligan, on Sunday. (THE CHRONICLE HERALD)
Scott Harrison is consoled by his two remaining Yorkie-Lhasa Apsos, Master Tricky Woo and Lady Cassandra, near the area in his yard where a neighbouring pitbull had killed his other dog, Mr. Mulligan, on Sunday. (THE CHRONICLE HERALD)




Scott Harrison said he was downstairs at his home on the border of Lake Echo and East Preston on Sunday afternoon when he heard his wife, Marie, yell.  Marie said she had only let out the couple's 3 dogs, all Yorkshire Terrier/Lhasa Apso mixes, for a short time and was letting them back in, when all but Mr. Mulligan came back in.  She went to investigate where he was and found the neighbour's  PIT BULL standing over the little dog's body.

Scott began CPR and continued the 20 minute drive to an emergency vet but nothing could save the little dog.


He said the pitbull’s owner apologized for the attack.

A Halifax Regional Municipality spokesman confirmed the owner surrendered the pit bull to animal control officials.  But Scott Harrison said the owner has 2 more pit bulls.

"And now, when my other 2 dogs go out, I go out with them and I take a baseball bat," he said.

"It's wrong." 

Harrison said the pit bulls have come on his property before, and he warned his neighbour to "keep your dogs on your property. "He said he wants all the dogs taken from the owner. "I'm not blaming the breed," he said. "But my dog is dead. I don't want any money. Your can't put any value on Mr. Mulligan.....It's just wrong, and it could have been my nephew or my niece attacked when they come here."

Municipal spokesman Brendan Elliott said an investigation is underway. According to bylaws, the owner of a dog that attacks could face a ticket of $348.95, but no fine has yet been levied in this case.

Elliott said an assessment will be done on the dog to determine what happens to it next. If the attack is believed to be an isolated incident and the dog can be safely adopted, the previous owner would have to apply to have it returned. He said this was the first complaint to animal control associated with the owner's address, and the investigation is only dealing with the seized dog, not the owner's other dogs. 

Elliott said anyone who sees aggressive dogs runing around a neighbourhood should call animal control officials.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1253118-the-sad-demise-of-mr.-mulligan-victim-of-an-apparent-pitbull-attack

Monday, November 24, 2014

TORONTO CANADA - AFTER TODDLER ATTACKED BY A DOG INSIDE A HIGH-END DEPARTMENT STORE, A MOTHER WANTS THE STORE TO CHANGE THEIR POLICY

A Toronto mother wants Holt Renfrew to change their policy of allowing dogs in their stores after her young daughter was bitten and badly injured at the flagship Bloor Street store on the weekend.
Catherine McDonald, a reporter with Global News, was in the cosmetics section at Holts with her daughter Eve on Sunday afternoon. The store was busy that day and there wasn’t a lot of aisle space to maneuver, she said, when she noticed a woman walking two dogs with matching sweaters coming towards her.
“They’re medium-sized dogs and the woman whose is holding them is being tugged and I can tell that she can’t control these dogs,” McDonald said in an interview Monday.
"As the dogs got a few feet from my child, one of them lunged and bit down on her arm and began shaking her."
McDonald took her daughter to The Hospital for Sick Children. The doctor’s examination found that Eve had three puncture wounds – two of which were deep. She said doctors told her the wounds couldn’t be closed yet because they could become infected. Instead, they would have to remain open so antiseptic could be routinely applied.
One of the dogs, a 14-YEAR-OLD CHINESE SHAR PEI  named Sherman, has been placed in temporary quarantine.
Dogs are allowed in Holt Renfrew but there is no clear signage about the policy. The company has not responded to requests for an interview but did say in a statement they are “reviewing the unfortunate incident carefully, staying in touch with the family, and fully supporting the investigation here.”
“Why are people bringing dogs into a store where there are children? Where there are old people? Where there are strollers?” McDonald said.
“I don’t want any other families to have this happen to them. Why are people allowed to bring dogs into a busy store, there’s not a lot of room. My expectation is that my daughter is going to be safe,” she said.
According to Shane Katz, a personal injury lawyer in Toronto, the dog’s history doesn’t matter – if there’s a bite, the owner is liable.
“The damages flow directly, regardless of the owner’s actual fault. So just the fact that the dog bites or attacks, the court would simply assess the damages resulting from that bite or attack and that would have to be paid by the owner of the dog,” Katz said.
But can a business be responsible for the actions of a dog on its property? Maybe, Katz said.  He said the Occupiers Liability Act requires property owners to take “reasonable measures” to ensure people are safe while on their property.
“I think you’d want to warn your customers. There has to be some kind of knowledge sharing I’ll say between the owner of the property and customers that come on the property,” he said. “If somebody startles a dog, it could be the most domesticated, well-behaved dog and one startle, the dog bites somebody or scares somebody and that person falls and suffers a serious injury
http://globalnews.ca/news/1689699/mother-wants-holt-renfrew-dog-policy-changed-after-toddler-bitten/


SANTA ROSA CA - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ESCAPED ITS FENCE AND ATTACKED A WOMAN TRYING TO PROTECT HER BEAGLE

A  PIT BULL  that escaped through a hole in a fence Monday morning attacked a Santa Rosa woman, according to Santa Rosa police.
The woman spotted the loose dog and was attempting to put her Beagle away in her home, to protect it from the larger animal, when she was attacked, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.
The woman suffered at least one bite to an ankle and perhaps to one hand and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
A 911 call about the attack was made at 10:20 a.m., bringing Santa Rosa firefighters, police and animal control officers to a Roseland residence on Goodman Avenue, just off of Sebastopol Road.
The dog, which apparently belonged to a neighbor, remained loose for awhile but was found and taken by a Sonoma County animal control officer, Banayat said.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

LINCOLNSHIRE ENGLAND - 2 DOGS THAT LOOKED LIKE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS ATTACKED AN ELDERLY COUPLE AS THEY WALKED HOME FROM A FRIEND'S HOUSE



Pensioners John and Jane Perret were walking home along a riverside path after a night with friends when a snarling  STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER  on an extendable lead lurched out at them.  It went at Mrs. Perret knocking her down and sinking its teeth into her arm and began dragging her into the bush.

Witham Bank West, Boston, where Jane Perret was attacked by a dog. A gran suffered horrific injuries after she was viciously mauled by a devil dog who clamped its jaws around her arm and dragged her into a bush in front of her horrified husband.

Mr. Perret, 75, began prying the dog's jaws off his wife when the second dog with the same owner began attacking him.  The owner of the dogs finally brought them under control, but then gave a false name and address  before fleeing the scene in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Mr. Perret rushed his wife to Boston Pilgrim Hospital with a gaping wound to her arm and she received 7 stitches and they both got a tetanus shot. Both the Perrets are retired teachers and are very traumatized after this attack.  Police are looking for the owner and the dogs.  The Perrets feel the dogs should be put down because they could possibly kill someone if given enough time.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grandmother-suffers-horrific-injuries-after-4672894

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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CORNWALL PA - VICTIM JOHN GERGLE SPEAKS AFTER CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST PIT BULL OWNER - "I AM NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. THIS IS A HELLUVA WAY TO SPEND THE REST OF MY RETIREMENT "

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The pit bull that attacked and injured an 82-year-old Palmyra man in June in Cornwall will be euthanized, and charges have been dropped against the owner, the Lebanon County district attorney said today.

The owner, Matthew M. Karinch of Cornwall, has agreed to euthanize his dog within a week and pay the medical expenses of John Gergle, who was injured, said Dave Arnold, Lebanon County district attorney.

"I feel this is as good a solution as there is," Arnold said. "I know this man was injured pretty severely - I have a lot of compassion for him. And I know the dog's owner, through his counsel, felt terrible about what happened," Arnold said.

The dog had been on a leash, but got away from Karinch, Arnold said, adding it was the first time the dog had attacked someone. "From his perspective, it was an accident," Arnold said of Karinch.

"It's unfortunate the dog has to be euthanized," Arnold said. "I don't think anybody walks away happy, but this is as fair as we can come up with."

Karinch, 43, of the 100 block of Cornwall Hills Drive, had been charged with having a dog with propensity to attack without provocation (harboring a dangerous dog) and failure to confine a dog, both summary offenses. The charges were withdrawn prior to the hearing scheduled on the offenses Tuesday morning.

Gergle said Tuesday he is still suffering the after-effects from the attack, has pain and has to walk with a cane.

"I am not a happy camper," he said.  He said he hasn't seen any agreement regarding the dog owner paying his medical bills, and hasn't received any payments to date.

Prior to the attack, Gergle, a former Lebanon Valley College baseball coach, said he had still been doing some free community coaching and umpiring, along with fishing, hunting and gardening.

"This is a helluva way to spend the rest of my life in retirement," Gergle said.

He said he is planning to file a civil lawsuit in connection with the attack.

Chief Bruce Harris of Cornwall Police Department said he had been contacted by some of Karinch's neighbors who have children, who were concerned with the dog remaining in their neighborhood after the attack.

"They thought given what occurred with the dog, it should not be in a neighborhood where kids were around," Harris said. He said they weren't demanding it be euthanized, but felt it should be in a different location.

Arnold said he understands that neighbors are satisfied with the resolution of the case.
In an interview in July, Gergle said the attack happened after he had stopped his truck in Cornwall to talk with Karinch, who was an acquaintance.

As he started up the driveway, he said Karinch's dog, which was on a leash, got away. Gergle said the dog bit his shoulder and arm, and he was knocked down and dragged down the driveway, breaking his leg and pelvis in the process. Gergle was in the hospital four days and a rehabilitation facility eight days. Gergle said the owner had visited him in the hospital and apologized to him.

If the district judge had found the dog to be a dangerous animal, the owner could have been required to post a $50,000 bond or purchase the same amount in liability insurance, confine the dog, spay or neuter and microchip it, keep the dog muzzled when outside its enclosure, register it with the state annually, and post a notice that a dangerous dog lives there, among other things, according to the state Department of Agriculture.



BRISLINGTON ENGLAND - A SHAR PEI ATTACKED AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY RIDING A SCOOTER ON HIS WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL


AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy needed 18 stitches after being attacked by a dog on his way home from school. Kingfisher School pupil Brooklyn Sampson was riding a scooter along Sunnydene Road, Brislington, on Monday afternoon when a dog escaped from a nearby car and ran into Brooklyn's path. He was knocked off his scooter by the Shar Pei, which then began attacking his right leg.
Brooklyn's mum, 40-year-old Zoe Ogborne, said at first she did not believe her son when he told her what had happened.
She said: "I was walking a little way behind him with my younger child and didn't see what happened around the corner. I just thought that he had fallen off his scooter and scraped his leg at first, but when I saw how deep the wounds were and how much blood there was it was clear it wasn't just a scrape.
"When we got home I got his leg cleaned up and saw four clear bite marks. It looked horrendous and there was blood everywhere. I rang an ambulance and the police and then took some pictures of Brooklyn's injuries."

Brooklyn was taken to hospital where he was given 18-stiches.

Zoe said: "The nurse said the bites were really bad and would leave his leg scarred for life. The worst thing is that Brooklyn was already scared of dogs and disliked them, but now he will be scared of them for life.
"The police don't seem to be taking it very seriously. They just said an officer will be in touch but we have heard nothing.
"The owner of the dog said he was sorry and acknowledged what had happened, but said it was just an accident.
I just feel that nothing is being done about it. My son has had to have 18 stitches, he's not sleeping or eating properly since the attack and will now be scared of dogs for life."
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said officers were liaising with a dog warden over the incident.
He said: "An investigation is under way and we are liaising with the dog warden. The victim has been kept updated with all the developments in this case."
Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact PC Gareth Ayers on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.