Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BRIDGEPORT CT - A PIT BULL BELONGING TO A FAMILY MEMBER ATTACKED A SMALL CHILD...AFTER THAT CHILD WAS BROUGHT TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL IT WAS FOUND THAT THE PIT HAD ATTACKED A SECOND CHILD AS WELL

BRIDGEPORT — Two children suffered unspecified injuries after being bit by a dog Wednesday afternoon.
Police responded to a house in the 200 block of Pearl Harbor Street around 5:40 p.m. after receiving a call that a small child was attacked by a PIT BULL, city spokeswoman Rowena White said.
Initial reports indicated the child was unresponsive, White said. But upon arrival, officers confirmed the child was alert and responsive. An officer on scene said the dog belonged to a family member, dispatch reports indicated.  Shortly after the first child was brought to a local hospital for treatment, it was found that a second child had been bit as well, White said.
Fire personnel responded to the scene later in the evening to clean the area, dispatch reports indicated.
White said police and AMR are investigating the situation.
The extent of the injuries the children suffered was not immediately available.
In situations such as this one, animal control is alerted to the incident and conduct an investigation.

LAWRENCEBURG KY - A FAMILY'S PIT BULL THAT HAD NEVER BITTEN BEFORE ATTACKED THEIR 2-YEAR-OLD CHILD IN THE FACE


ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An Anderson County toddler went to the hospital Wednesday after being attacked by a  PIT BULL.

The attack happened at a home on North Main St. in Lawrenceburg.
The two-year-old boy suffered puncture wounds to the face and arms when the family’s pit bull bit him around nine a.m. Wednesday, Lawrenceburg Police Dept. officials said.
The boy was later taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Neighbor Ronald Clark says its a shock to him and the neighborhood. He says the pit bull always seemed to be friendly but now his attention goes to thinking about the child.

"I feel very sorry for the family because they are wonderful people and the little one. I hope everything gets good."
Although the child will walk away from the attack, Anderson County public health director Tim Wright, says the emotional toll could be just as damaging as the bite.
"As a child I was bit by a dog and it took years for me to get over it and really trust the animals. It's a terrifying event for the child."

Officials are now awaiting the results from a rabies test they took on the dog but if found negative the child will not have to go through post exposure shots.
Police were not sure what led to the attack.
The mother of the child plans on removing the dog from the house, police said.

http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Toddler-injured-in-dog-attack-in-Anderson-County-435403743.html

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(LEX 18/Anderson News) -- A 2-year-old child suffered a facial injury after being attacked by a family pet. 
The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. at 400 North Main St in Lawrenceburg. The child was taken to UK Hospital with a laceration to the cheek. 
The dog was a family pet that had never bitten anyone. The dog has been secured and the child's mother now wants the animal euthanized. The city, by law, will have to quarantine the dog for 10 days before steps are taken. 
The animal,  a  PIT BULL/ BOXER MIX, has been vaccinated for rabies.
There is no word on the severity of the toddler's injuries.



ROODEPOORT, GAUTENG SOUTH AFRICA - LORRAINE BROWN, 64, HEARD A WOMAN SCREAMING AND FOUND HER NEIGHBOR STRUGGLING DOWN HER DRIVEWAY WITH HER 2 PIT BULLS HANGING OFF HER...SHE FETCHED HER .375 MAGNUM AND SHOT ONE UGLY PIT BY SHOVING THE GUN IN ITS MOUTH AS IT BIT HER HAND THROUGH HER FENCE AND THEN SHE SHOT THE OTHER MEAT GRINDER AS IT WAS ON TOP OF THE NEIGHBOR TRYING TO KILL HER!!!




The brave actions of 64-year-old Florida Lake resident, Lorraine Brown, more than likely prevented a fatal dog attack on Sunday, 16 July.

On three previous occasions, Lorraine’s neighbour’s pit bull terrier attacked her own boerboel, either through the palisades or by actually scaling the wall. On a fourth occasion, it also managed to bite Lorraine. On Sunday, a painter was painting the gate to her property when she heard a woman screaming. She went out to enquire from the painter what was going on. He told her that it was a domestic disturbance. She went back into her house but again heard a woman screaming frantically. When she came outside, she was met with a gruesome sight – her neighbour was struggling down her driveway with her  TWO PIT BULL TERRIERS HANGING ONTO HER.
Lorraine thought quickly, ran back into the house and grabbed her taser. She put her hand through the palisades to tase the dogs but the device had no effect on them. It was then that one of the dogs grabbed her hand. The neighbour then started screaming that Lorraine must shoot the dogs. George, Lorraine’s husband, ran indoors and fetched the couple’s firearm, a .375 Magnum. Lorraine took the powerful revolver, knowing that she’s a decent shot. She was faced with a serious problem though – she had to aim very carefully in order not to hit her neighbour. As she put the gun through the palisades one of the dogs stormed her but she managed to shove the barrel into the dog’s mouth and pull the trigger. The second dog posed even a bigger problem since he was on top of the neighbour. But when Lorraine saw the dog going for the woman’s face, she fired the second shot, and killed the dog.
The dogs’ owner’s arm and chest were torn apart and she had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance.
Lorraine suffered wounds to her hand. At first it was thought that the dog broke her hand, but at the clinic she was taken to, it was established that it was soft tissue damage only.
“I am extremely shocked and traumatised by the incident,” said Lorraine who is not only an avid animal lover but ironically also a dedicated vegetarian.
Lorraine said that she was surprised that even neighbours from across the lake rushed over after they heard the woman’s screams and the gunshots. Members of the police on the scene told Lorraine she “did the right thing”.

http://roodepoortrecord.co.za/2017/07/19/graphic-64-year-old-woman-shoots-two-pit-bull-terriers-to-save-owners-life/


SPRINGFIELD, GREEN COUNTY MO - A NEIGHBOR'S 2 UGLY LAND SHARK PIT BULLS INVADED THE ATWELL'S BACKYARD WHILE THEIR CHILDREN WERE PLAYING...THEIR MOM RUSHED TO SAVE THEM AND IN ALL THE 3 OF THEM SUFFERED 15 BITES...THANK GOD THEIR DAD WAS HOME!!!



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Kristin Atwell didn't see them coming. After all, the nightmare unfolded when her two-year-old son and four-year-old daughter were in the family's backyard playing; Atwell was just a few feet away inside the kitchen when the shrieking and snarling started.

"I've never screamed like that in my life. I was just screaming 'get out of here.' And I was just so scared for my kids," Atwell said.
TWO FULL GROWN PIT BULLS were attacking her son, Lane. They had him pinned against a shed when Kristin bolted to her boy and pried him from the dogs.
"I was screaming at the dogs to get out of here, and I was kicking at them, and they just were relentless and lurching at us," she explained.
She thought they were in the clear until the dogs pounced on her daughter, Evy. "But they started attacking us again, and my daughter was still in the pool. One of them jumped in the pool and bit her on the thigh.  So I just grabbed up both my kids and huddled down and started screaming, and one of them bit me on the arm and was tugging and bit me on the side," Atwell said. "And then my husband heard what was going on. He ran outside and was able to scare them off."
The animals finally scurried away, but they left Atwell and her children bloodied, bruised, and bitten. Wounds cover Lane's back, arms, and face. A deep gash mars Evy's leg, and several punctures span Kristin's arm. The three of them combined incurred 15 dog bites.
"It's obvious these dogs are trying to kill something," said the kids' father and Kristin's husband, Travis Atwell.
Their ordeal isn't over. After A ten day observation period for rabies, the dogs will likely go back to their owners who live in the same neighborhood.
Springfield's city ordinance requires pit bull owners to register their pets and leash and muzzle the dogs when they're off the owner's property.
The Atwelles say the law isn't severe enough to protect people and needs to be tougher. "Nobody should have to worry about their children being attacked," exclaimed Travis Atwell. Both the husband and wife agree the two pit bulls should be euthanized to prevent a future attack on not only their family but others, as well.
"I think they should have to be put down. I don't think there should be any question about it," Kristin Atwell said. The couple wants to meet with city leaders to try to strengthen the ordinance.
The investigation is still underway in this case and, at this point, there are no plans to euthanize the dogs, according to the public information officer for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. The dogs' owners will have to pay a quarantine fee and possibly a ticket fine.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DENISON TX - A FAMILY PIT BULL MIX CHAINED UP IN THEIR BACK YARD CHOMPED ON THE FACE OF THEIR 4-YEAR-OLD BOY...MED FLIGHT TO DALLAS!!!


(KXII) -- A four-year-old Denison boy is in the hospital after being mauled in his back yard by the family dog.

The kid was bitten right in the face by the PIT BULL MIX Monday afternoon, but it's a family dog one neighbor said she never thought would do this.

"That's just terrifying that one minute you're fine and the next minute your child is hurt," neighbor Barbara Magers said.
A four-year-old boy was playing in his back yard with some other kids Monday afternoon on Morton Street in Denison, when his family's dog attacked.
"The dog was chained up and when the child got close to the dog, it just attacked the little boy," Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said.
Denison police said the little boy is suffering from substantial facial and skull injuries. He was transported to a local hospital but then flown to a Dallas hospital.
Neighbor Barbara Magers said she never saw any signs of aggression from the pit bull mix.
"We've never had problem walking past them, I mean they bark but their tails are wagging, they're just saying hello," Magers said.
An unexpected attack the boy's parents tell police happened without any warning.
Police said this serves as a reminder to always take extra caution when small kids are around large dogs.
"It's always a really good idea to have someone supervising when a child is around a dog, especially if it's a dog that may be known to be vicious," Eppler said.
The family tells police the boy had surgery Tuesday morning and will be in the hospital for a while, but is expected to be okay.
The dog was signed over to animal control and will be euthanized.
"The poor parents, my heart is broken for them that they are having to go through this with their baby," Magers said.

http://www.kxii.com/content/news/Four-year-old-Denison-boy-in-hospital-after-dog-attack-435288983.html


WEST HARTFORD CT - A ?BOXER MIX? ESCAPED A HOME AND MAULED A 79-YEAR-OLD MAN...WITNESSES ATTEMPTED TO HOLD THE MEAT GRINDER DOWN BUT IT WOULD GET AWAY FROM THEM AND GO BACK TO MAULING THE ELDERLY MAN...SOUNDS LIKE A PIT TO ME!!!


(WTNH) — West Hartford police were called to 56 Iroquois Road on Monday at 10:07 pm after receiving reports that a dog had attacked a 79 year-old man. Witnesses to the attack were holding the dog down, but the dog was able to escape multiple times. 
Each time the dog separated from the witnesses, it would return to the victim. Animal control secured the BOXER MIX. 
The victim, William Chesanek of Bloomfield, was transported to St. Francis hospital with injuries to his ribs, hand, bicep, and a fractured pelvis.
According to police, the victim and dog owner were both visiting people on Iroquois Road when the dog escaped the home and attacked the man.
The dog owner, Katherine Stevenson of Avon, has decided to euthanize her dog. It will also be tested for rabies.
West Hartford police and West Hartford Animal Control are reviewing the incident. Charges are pending against Stevenson.

Monday, July 17, 2017

PLYMOUTH, MARSHALL COUNTY IN - A FATHER SAYS HE FELT POWERLESS AS HE ATTEMPTED TO PRY A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL OFF HIS 10-YEAR-OLD SON AFTER THE MEAT GRINDER JUMPED A FENCE, KNOCKED THE CHILD DOWN AND TRIED TO SHRED HIS ARM!


A 10-year-old is recovering after a neighbor’s dog attacked him Thursday night.
His family said the boy was saying hello to a nearby neighbor, in the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, when the dog hopped the fence and attacked.

“I was just yelling and screaming at the top of my lungs because it hurt my arm,” said Dawson Crittendon, the boy who was bitten by the dog. “I was scared, I just kept trying to kick the dog and it wouldn’t get off.”

Crittendon said he sprinted over to his son and tried to get the dog to let go.

“I mean I kept hitting the dog until the point when I finally hit it so hard that I cracked my knuckle and I felt the dog pull away,” said Crittendon.

Crittendon said he dragged Dawson away from the dog back to their deck, where Dawson’s aunt called 911 and his uncle applied a tourinquet to Dawson’s arm to try and stop the bleeding.  “There was blood everywhere,” said Crittendon.

An ambulance took Dawson to Plymouth Hospital where he was later trasferred to Riley Children’s Health in indianapolis--

Doctors told his parents he was bitten 22 times, one bite was jusst one centimeter away from a major artery.

“That dog was one centimeter from his main artery which means he would be dead right now if we wouldn’t have got the dog off of him when we did,” said Crittendon.

Today his parents say they’re thankful that they didn’t lose their son, but said their home away from home will never be the same.

“It’s traumatized his whole life, what he’s used to, where he feels comfortable and safe, now he doesn’t,” said Crittendon.

The family said Marshall County Sherriff Department won’t be criminally charging the owner. And the dog is currently at Marshall County Humane Society for a 10-day quarantine.
The dad said he wants the dog put down.

“I don’t want anyone to suffer the way I’ve suffered,” said Shaun Crittendon, the boy’s father. “I’ve never in my life felt powerless to be able to help my child.”

The family said the humane society says they need approval from the sheriff’s department--to put the dog down. But Jackie Bradley, Dawson’s aunt, wrote that Nancy Cox, the director of the Marshall County Humane Society, deemed the dog as vicious.

ABC 57 News reached out to both the Humane Society and Sherriff’s D0epartment for comment, but offices are closed for the weekend.

The family said they will be meeting with Nelson Chipman, a prosecutor in Marshall County, tomorrow.

And people at the park contacted ABC 57 News saying dawson provoked the dog before it attacked, but his parents said that is not true.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

FERNDALE, WHATCOM COUNTY WA - AN ADOPTED PIT THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY BITTEN A CHILD ATTACKED A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY AFTER ONLY 2 DAYS IN THE NEW HOME

Tuesday, July 11, a Ferndale family’s 9-year-old boy was petting his recently adopted pet dog when, reportedly without warning, the boy was bitten by the dog according to Ferndale Police Lieutenant Bill Hatchett. The boy received puncture wounds around his face and was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center for treatment.
The dog was picked up by animal control officers and quarantined at the Whatcom Humane Society.
The family had adopted a dog on July 9th from the Whatcom Humane Society. Hatchett described the dog as a 7-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL MIX.
Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) Executive Director Laura Clark said in an email the dog’s previous owner had stated the dog had nipped at small child who grabbed his tail. According to Clark, “due to the dog’s breed and the fact that he had exhibited behavior issues in his prior home,” 2 animal care staff at WHS conducted a behavior evaluation which the dog passed. 
Clark said, “while in our care, staff and volunteers noted he was a friendly, social dog” but noted in the assessment, “he was anxious and should not be placed in a home where he would be left along for long periods of time.”
WHS also conducted a physical examination which reveal the dog “most likely suffered arthritis in his hips and back legs.” It was recommended the dog be given supplements or medication to help with the pain of this condition.
Clark said, “It is standard policy that all dogs and cats at the Whatcom Humane Society are given a physical examination and temperament/behavior assessment prior to being made available for adoption. The results of both the physical examination and temperament evaluation are included in the animals information write-up that is located on their kennel for the public to review.”
The dog is currently held at WHS in bite quarantine. “Due to the severity of the bite and the dog’s history, he will be humanely euthanized at the end of the quarantine period,” according to Clark.
Hatchett said there are no charges pending. Clark said the WHS has offered assistance to the family.

https://www.discoverferndale.com/child-transported-hospital-bitten-family-dog_66786/