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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PRYING THE PIT OFF



https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=277&v=drUOy_bXhCA

NORWICH CT - NORWICH BULLETIN: OPINION - "THOSE OF US WHO CHOOSE NOT TO OWN DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO SUBSIDIZE THOSE WHO DO"


  • Posted Mar. 22, 2015 at 2:01 AM 


    There’s legislation (HB 5361) headed for a vote in the House, forcing insurance companies to cover people who choose to own dangerous dog breeds and prohibit higher premiums for owners of dangerous dog breeds. Insurance company representatives testified that rates will go up for all policy holders, regardless of whether they own a poodle, a pit bull or no dog at all, if this bill becomes law.
    Rates will skyrocket for property management companies, homeowners and individuals with renters insurance. Even worse, disfiguring and fatal maulings will increase as those who choose to own dangerous dog breeds will be free to do so, and be fully insured.
    On average, more than 30 Americans per year suffered fatal dog attacks over the past 10 years. In 62 percent of cases, pit bulls were responsible. More than one-third of homeowners’ liability claims involve dog bites. A single claim can cost $500,000 or more. If HB 5361 becomes law, dog-related claims will enter the stratosphere.
    This is a classic case of special interests running over the silent majority. Those of us who choose not to own dangerous dog breeds — in other words, the majority — should not be forced to subsidize those who do.
    LIZ MARSDEN
    Chaplin
    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/article/20150322/OPINION/150329957/2011/OPINION

MODESTO CA - THE MODESTO BEE EDITORIAL: DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM VICIOUS DOGS?

EDITORIAL: THE MODESTO BEE

The man who owned two pit bulls that attacked a Texas man in 2011 had this sign posted on his property.


Should we have the right to protect ourselves from vicious dogs? Or do we just roll over, play dead and refuse to speak up because the misguided pit bull lobby makes a lot of noise?

Last October, 54-year-old Juan Fernandez of Modesto was mauled to death in his own backyard by a pack of four aggressive dogs that everyone – including the sheriff’s deputies who killed them – described as pit bulls. His 77-year-old mother tried to rescue him and just barely escaped with critical injuries.

With her son dead, Maria Fernandez left the state; it’s doubtful she will ever return. The owners of the vicious dogs left town, too.

Sheriff Adam Christianson told us in November that charges against the dogs’ owners were unlikely; there had been no prior complaints, and he could not show negligence. District Attorney Birgit Fladager, citing the same reasons, said recently charges won’t be filed.

We’re not lawyers, but this seems like a crime. That it will go unpunished leaves us both outraged and frustrated. If law enforcement can do nothing, then we must do something. Why? Because the attacks continue.

Two weeks ago, the face of a 40-year-old woman in Pinole was ripped off by her 9-year-old pet pit bull. A neighbor told sfgate.com the pit bull “had a kind, loving temperament … it must have snapped.”

                                         Must have snapped.

Two pit bulls snapped in downtown Stockton last week, attacking two men and killing a cat. When a police officer responded, they appeared to work in tandem, circling and lunging at him before they were shot.
The Stockton victims were lucky.

The website dogsbite.org attributed 27 fatalities to pit bulls in 2014. That was up from 25 in 2013. From 2005 to 2014, pit bulls accounted for 203 deaths – or 62 percent of the total number of people killed by dogs. Yet, pit bulls make up only 6 percent of the total dog population.

A woman out for a run was killed in Stockton last year. A 40-year-old man was killed by his pet pit bull in Indiana; a 64-year-old woman was killed by four dogs in her backyard; an 83-year-old woman killed by her granddaughter’s four pit bulls; a toddler was killed by her grandmother’s pit bull. There’s more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a 20-year study ending in 2000, and found that two-thirds of all fatal dog bites came from either pit bulls or Rottweilers. Mostly pit bulls.

It’s harder to protect ourselves in California than other states, but here’s how we start:
First, since 2005 cities and counties have been allowed to require that pit bulls and other aggressive breeds be spayed or neutered. Ripon and Manteca already have these laws. Stanislaus County and all its cities should follow suit.

Second, the 2004 state law authored by Tom Hayden that disallows “breed-specific” laws should be repealed. That would allow cities and counties to mandate specific outdoor enclosures such as cement-floored, five-sided chain-link-fence kennels. It would allow limits on the number of large dogs as opposed to smaller dogs. It could require muzzles based on breed or size.

Stanislaus County executive Stan Risen fears “over-regulation”; we fear encountering dogs not properly muzzled, confined or restrained.

What’s worse? Forcing owners of aggressive dogs to responsibly care for their animals by following a few extra rules, or burying another of our neighbors?

Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen told The Bee’s editorial board that she wants to prohibit criminals from owning pit bulls. “There’s a plethora of evidence that pit bulls in the hands of convicted criminals are being used as weapons,” she said. But Olsen admits pit bull owners are vocal. And often being vocal is enough to scare off good laws.

You don’t have the right to own a lion, bobcats or leopards. The same is true for gorillas, crocodiles, alligators, cobras, mambas and sharks. Owning pet bears and rattlesnakes is illegal. Yet the number of people killed in the U.S. by all of these animals combined each year is about half the number killed by pit bulls.

So why is it that local jurisdictions can outlaw all of the above as pets, but can’t outlaw the deadliest of them all?

After our last editorial concerning pit bulls, we got more than 500 emails – most polite, some rude, one or two threatening. Most accused us of wanting to discriminate against their favorite breed. They’re right; we do want to discriminate. Dogs are not people; there’s nothing illegal or immoral about discriminating against dangerous dogs – or any dangerous animal. It’s done all the time and for good reason.

Their angry denunciations are at once self-serving and irrelevant. Besides, few of those emails came from people living in this area.

But we do live here. And it’s time for our county supervisors and City Council members to join their counterparts in Ripon and Manteca and pass laws to provide at least a modicum of protection from dangerous dogs. Require pit bulls and aggressive breeds to be neutered, then require them to be muzzled and properly caged.




Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/opinion/editorials/article15374450.html#storylink=cpy

HOUSTON TX - CHARLES DAVID JORDAN, 63, WAS HONORED BY THE CARNEGIE HEROES FUND COMMISSION FOR SAVING THE LIFE OF MONICA GARZA WHEN SHE WAS ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS

A Houston man is among the 20 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission. Charles David Jordan, 63, of Houston, saved a 34-year-old woman from being mauled by two pit bulls on a jogging trail in March 2014. / handout

A Houston man is among the 20 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission. Charles David Jordan, 63, of Houston, saved a 34-year-old woman from being mauled by two pit bulls on a jogging trail in March 2014.



Monica Garza felt she couldn't go on any further. After almost 10 minutes struggling against a pair of attacking pit bulls, she was about to give up.
"Every time I got up to run away, they would bite me and drag me back down," Garza recalled Monday, about a year after the attack on a southeast Houston jogging path.
"I was thinking to myself this was going to be my way to go. I felt I had fought as much as I could," she said.
Then she saw a man coming around the corner who would turn out to be her rescuer: Charles Jordan, a 63-year-old retired database manager for AT & T. "If he hadn't showed up when he did, I would not be here today," she said.
Jordan's house is close to the jogging trail near Hughes and Riverstone Ranch Road where Garza, 34, was attacked March 5, 2014.
Although Jordan doesn't call himself a hero, on Monday he was among 20 people nationwide recognized as one by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
"I didn't do anything that anyone else wouldn't do," Jordan said Monday after learning that he had been awarded the Carnegie Hero Medal.
The medal recognizes people who risk their lives "to an extraordinary degree" while saving or attempting to save the lives of others, according to the foundation. The recipients are nominated for the medal, and they receive a financial award as well.
"I'm honored and astonished - overwhelmed would be a good word," Jordan said. "It's totally unexpected."
Garza saw the two dogs while she was jogging. She still remembers them locking their eyes on her. Garza grabbed her cellphone and called 911.
"All I could get out was my name. I was being attacked at that time," she said. "All (the 911 operator) could hear were screams for help."
Jordan's wife told him she heard someone screaming somewhere outside. He went outside to investigate and saw the dogs hovering over Garza's body.
"One had her arm and one had her leg. They were literally tearing her apart," Jordan said.
Jordan had left his walking stick in the house but still ran at the dogs, flinging himself on top of them. For a moment, they released their grip on Garza and started biting him.
"I said, 'Get up and run' and she said, 'I can't,' " Jordan said. "Then they let go of me and went back to her."
Jordan picked up one of the dogs that then bit him in the face.
"I threw him and landed on him but he came out from under me," Jordan said.
He continued fighting the dogs, kicking them, punching them, trying to choke them with their collars. Nothing he could do seemed to faze them. With each defense, they countered with additional attacks.
Jordan threw himself over Garza's body to shield her from the marauding animals. He spotted a nearby electrical power box as the dogs continued biting him.
"I said, 'We have to get on top of that. We have to get off the ground,' " Jordan recalled.
Placing himself between her and the dogs, Jordan helped the heavily bleeding woman climb the power box.
"When she saw the extent of her injuries, she went into shock," he said.
Jordan said one of the dogs came at his wife when she arrived. He said she went back around the corner and started screaming. He said it seemed to distract the dogs. Once the two pit bulls were separated, they seemed to give up the attack. Animal control officers finally arrived at the scene, he said.
The dogs were later put down by a court order, he said.
Garza spent more than a month in the hospital and still has additional medical procedures in her future. Jordan was treated for his injuries and has since recovered.
Garza said she will always have a bond with Jordan. She has called him at least once a month since the attack.
"I am extremely proud of him and thankful he was chosen for this award," she said. "I think he deserves it more than anyone in this world."

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-man-honored-for-rescuing-woman-in-pit-6169196.php


HIGHLAND CA - 3 PIT BULLS - OOPS! I MEAN AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIERS GOT LOOSE NEAR AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND CAUSED QUITE A LOT OF DRAMA

 Two people were injured early Tuesday when three dogs reportedly bit two people and caused some cautious moments at a local school before the PIT BULLS were seized.
A 58-year-old man was jogging near the school when he was attacked by the dogs, according to the man’s wife. He was bitten in the face, hands and arms, however he refused medical treatment and opted to drive himself to the hospital.
San Bernardino Animal Control officers seized the three dogs.......

                                           ONE OF WHICH WAS MUZZLED.
                                                                                                     ONE OF WHICH WAS MUZZLED
The dogs’ owner, Colleen Cantwell, of Highland, said she believed her gate was left open by San Bernardino Police officers after they visited her home last night. She said the older dog and father of the two others....

SKIPPY, HAD BEEN MUZZLED BECAUSE THE DOG WOULD SOMETIMES ATTACK HIS OWN 8-YEAR-OLD PUP, WALTER.

Cantwell said the dogs were American Staffordshire Terriers.  Initial reports indicate the dogs may have also bitten an older woman near Marshall Boulevard and Arden Avenue before 8 a.m., but it doesn’t appear the woman required immediate medical attention.
Initial reports were that Belvedere Elementary students were kept inside their classrooms Tuesday as San Bernardino Animal Control officers searched the area for the dogs. But district officials said later that the incident did not disrupt the normal school day. After contacting Animal Control, the school’s principal and other employees carefully monitored the arrival of students to the campus.
But there was no lockdown, according to district spokeswoman Linda Bardere.

ALBUQUERQUE NM - STORIES OF 2 PIT BULLS DECLARED AGGRESSIVE/DANGEROUS THAT WERE ALLOWED TO GO BACK IN THE COMMUNITY TO BITE AND KILL AGAIN - THEN WERE GIVEN TO RESCUE GROUPS THAT PUT THEM ONCE AGAIN BACK IN NEIGHBORHOODS

http://www.abqjournal.com/562534/news/stories-of-two-dogs-that-killed.html



MUGSY MALONE

“A pit bull named Mugsy Malone was officially declared dangerous even before he attacked a 3-year-old girl. The dog has twice come and gone from our animal shelters. The attack on the child was not enough to warrant euthanasia under our practices. Neither was the fact that Mugsy Malone killed a small dog and also bit a man in our own facility.
One day, while Mugsy Malone was outdoors, a man came along with a small dog. “No, no! Close the gate! Don’t come in!” the caregiver yelled. But it was too late. Mugsy Malone saw the dog and killed it, even as the owner of the dog tried to save his little friend by fighting Mugsy Malone to no avail.
Mugsy Malone was declared to be a dangerous dog. Then, last year, he saw a little girl playing outside. Mugsy Malone ran to the little girl and attacked her, grabbing her on the face. The father leaped into the attack and tried to pry the dog’s mouth from his daughter’s face. The father grabbed a rock and began hitting Mugsy Malone on the head to save the child.
The girl was taken to a hospital, and Mugsy Malone was taken to the West Side Animal Shelter and later to a veterinary clinic. At the clinic, while the dog was being sedated, an officer had to stand by Mugsy Malone, holding him with a cable stick until the dog passed out.
Back at our animal shelter, about six weeks later, a volunteer decided to take Mugsy Malone for a walk. The volunteer reached into the kennel so he could put a leash on the dog. Mugsy Malone bit the volunteer’s arm and scratched the volunteer with his teeth. The volunteer was taken to our clinic, where the volunteer’s arm was scrubbed for about 10 minutes before being bandaged and wrapped. A note was added to the dog’s file, advising that Mugsy Malone should not be walked by anyone, to avoid another incident.
(Mugsy Malone was given to an out-of-town animal group last September).”
A pit bull mix named Pappy appeared on a local animal rescue website that notes the dog isn't good with other dogs or cats. The dog was involved in killing a former shelter poodle and biting its owner after its adoption from the city animal shelter.

PAPPY

“Eight years ago, a little dog named Lienda was turned over to a city animal shelter. There was something medically wrong with Lienda and its owner could not afford the expense of veterinary care.
Our staff fell in love with Lienda. They believed Lienda was so cute that she could easily be adopted if they could only save her life. It appeared there was an intestinal blockage. Our veterinarians discussed it and they decided to operate on Lienda to see if the blockage could be removed. If not, the plan was to euthanize Lienda; she would not wake up from surgery.
Dr. John Romeo performed the operation and he was able to save the little dog. “Wagging tail,” a medical note said as Lienda began to recover from surgery. And, just as expected, Lienda was quickly adopted into a loving home.
Three months ago, Lienda was horribly killed by a pit bull named Pappy, who had recently been released from a city animal shelter despite a history of aggression and repeatedly failing behavioral tests. During the attack, Pappy also bit Lienda’s owner when she tried to save her beloved little friend.
After the killing, Pappy was returned to the animal shelter and I personally put him on a euthanasia list for public safety reasons. However, by the end of the day, Pappy had been removed from the euthanasia list on orders of the department director. Later, the director approved giving Pappy to a rescue group, who recently arranged for Pappy to be adopted by a family living on the West Side of Albuquerque.”
These excerpts are from a complaint written by Jim Ludwick, of the Animal Welfare Department.

http://www.abqjournal.com/562535/news/is-city-releasing-dangerous-dogs.html

KNOXVILLE TN - A "BULLDOG" ATTACKED A 78-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO WAS WALKING ON THE TURKEY CREEK GREENWAY TO HELP HER RECOVER FROM KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY



A dog owner, whose bulldog attacked a 78-year-old woman on a Farragut greenway, has come forward after his wife saw the story on WBIR.
According to the daughter of the victim, the owner has turned the English Bulldog over to animal control.
The attack happened on the Turkey Creek Greenway in Farragut late Saturday morning.
Susan McGrath, 78, was walking by herself along the greenway. It's a walk she takes nearly everyday, as she continues to recover from a full-right-knee replacement surgery she had in November.
When she passed a man walking a 60-to-80 pound English bulldog, McGrath told the owner, "You've got a beautiful dog."
The owner replied, "He's a rescue dog, and he's 13 years old."
As McGrath passed the two, she said the dog jumped on her. The owner still had him on the leash and tried to pull the dog down, but the dog jerked his head out of his collar, knocked her down and tried to attack her face.
Raising a now-heavily-bandaged arm, McGrath continued.
"So I put my arm up, and he just bit right through my arm and he wouldn't let go, and so the man came over and pulled him off," she said.
The owner told her to run, so McGrath - recovering right knee and all - ran to the nearest building, which happened to be CarMax, where she found employee Mike Blair.
"It was pretty obvious that she was very shaken up," Blair recounted. "She had on a jacket and was holding her arm, and you could see puncture wounds in the jacket arm, so it was obvious that she had been attacked by something."
On Monday afternoon, McGrath stopped by CarMax with a thank-you card for Blair, who drove McGrath to the emergency room Saturday and stayed with her until a family friend could arrive, since McGrath's three children were all out of town at the time.
"I thought I was going to die," McGrath said with a laugh, hugging Blair Monday afternoon.
McGrath received treatment for a deep and gaping bite wound on her right forearm, inflicted despite the heavy, water-resistant jacket she wore.
"All the blood had pooled on the inside of the coat, so I can't imagine what would've happened to her arm had she not had this coat on. It's very scary," McGrath's daughter Debby Thompson said Monday afternoon during her mom's doctor visit.
"He mauled my mother's arm. I mean, there was a big. . . hole in her arm, and had that been a kid--" Thompson said, pausing as she grew emotional. "It was just really scary."
The family filed a report, but when deputies returned to the greenway, they found no sign of the man or his dog.
"When you don't know whether a dog is rabid or not, you have to presume that it could be rabid and then treat," McGrath's doctor Charles Clark said, "because without treatment, hardly anybody survives rabies."
After watching the newscast, the owner did come forward. He told police that his dog has never attacked anyone before that incident. The man did have papers on the dog, which shows the animal doesn't have rabies.
But to be sure, the man handed the dog over to police. Officials will quarantine the bulldog for 10 days to ensure that the animal doesn't have rabies. Afterwards, the animal will be put down.

NORFOLK VA - TWO ADULTS AND TWO CHILDREN WERE ATTACKED BY 3 PIT BULL MIXES THAT GOT LOOSE


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 10-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital after a dog attack in Norfolk late Monday night.
Emergency dispatchers got a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. regarding three “vicious” pit bulls in the 800 block of Johnstons Road, according to Officer Daniel Hudson, a Norfolk Police Department spokesman. That’s in the Chesapeake Gardens neighborhood.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
The incident involved three dogs that bit two adults and two children. Hudson said three of the victims were treated and released at the scene for dog bite wounds. One 10-year-old boy was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for wounds that were also not life-threatening.
WAVY News’ Liz Palka spoke to one of the victims, Jarrod Holmes. He said his neighbor and neighbor’s girlfriend heard screaming and looked out their window. At first they thought kids were playing with dogs, but then realized the children were being attacked. That’s when they got Holmes to help.
“I happened to have a bat right there. We went over, he picked up one of the kids off the ground, put them on the back of the car and the other kids  followed,” Holmes said. “And the dog started coming back so we placed ourselves between the dogs and the kids, and they were growling, and they came up and one got me in the abdomen and up on the neck and then he hit him with the bat.”
Holes said there were five children being bothered by the dogs, but didn’t know if all were injured. After they ran away, Holmes said the dogs attacked another man down the street. That man had a large bandage up and down his forearm.
The dogs’ owner told WAVY.com they are pit bull mixes and are between two and five years of age. She said they were penned up in her backyard and somehow got out. She said the dogs are “family dogs” and that they had never been vicious before.
Hudson said all three dogs are currently under a 10-day quarantine and will be transported to the Norfolk Animal Shelter. Norfolk Humane Officers are investigating the incident.