Sunday, July 15, 2018

SAN LEANDRO, ALAMEDA COUNTY CA - A PIT BULL BEING HELD "LOOSELY" ON A LEASH BY A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL AFTER THEIR HOUSE CAUGHT ON FIRE LUNGED AT COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF JOHN WHITING CAUSING A SEVERE FACIAL INJURY



The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has initiated an animal neglect and cruelty investigation into a dog mauling that left a fireman badly injured.

A  PIT BULL  viciously turned on one of his rescuers, attacking Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting, who was responding to a fire call in San Leandro on Saturday morning.

Whiting was talking with a 15-year-old girl who had been rescued from the fire when he was bitten on the left side of the face from the cheekbone down to his chin.

"We're taking it a little hard. It's hard on him, it's hard on the family. It's hard on all the firefighters," said Alan Evans, division chief with Alameda County Fire. Evans said Whiting is in stable condition.


Alameda County Fire crews responded to a San Leandro home at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday after a fire broke out in the back of the property. As many as 20 dogs were in the house where the fire occurred.  The fire was first reported shortly after 9 a.m.

Once the fire was out, two pit bulls were pronounced dead.

Right before the male dominant dog bit Whiting, he asked the fire victim if the dog was secure.

"He did ask if that dog was secured with the leash and the girl wasn't holding it really taut," Evans said. "The dog attacked him for no reason."

Officials said Whiting is a well-respected veteran with the department. Alameda County Fire tweeted an image of the dog along with a wish that Whiting recovers.


Whiting was taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley before being transferred to Stanford Hospital for surgery.

Alameda County Sheriff officials say residents are only allowed to have two dogs unless they have a permit. Neighbors knew there were multiple dogs at the property.

"I hear the dogs but we don't hear the dogs to where we thought 20 might be in there," said Julia Dunson, who works nearby.

There is now a criminal neglect investigation underway by the Sheriff's Office.

All dogs have been taken by animal control services. The pit bull that attacked the battalion chief has been placed under quarantine during the investigation.



http://abc7news.com/firefighter-bitten-in-face-by-pit-bull-after-san-leandro-fire/3764182/




JACKSONVILLE FL - A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL HAS SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING MAULED BY A "PIT BULL MIXED BREED" DOG



UPDATE 7-16:  https://www.news4jax.com/news/girl-bitten-by-dog-remains-in-critical-condition-dug-in-quaranteen

UPDATE 7-16:  https://www.ibtimes.com/pit-bull-mix-dog-bites-6-year-old-girl-leaves-her-critically-injured-2699916


An unresponsive 6-year-old girl was transported to a Jacksonville hospital Sunday with severe life-threatening injuries after being bitten by what "appears to be a Pit Bull mixed breed", the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports.









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is investigating a dog attack in an Arlington home. Six year old child is in life-threatening condition. Family was watching the dog that attacked for someone who was on vacation.


The attack occurred Sunday morning around 10 a.m. at a home in the 2700 block of Herrick Dr. in Arlington.  According to police, more than one dog was in the home at the time of the attack.

The dog who bit the child was not the family pet, but rather a dog the family was watching for someone away on vacation.  There were other children and a parent in the home at the time of the attack as well, police said.

A notice from Animal Care & Protective Services was posted on the door of a home in the neighborhood that says the dog has been impounded and quarantined. The condition of the child is unknown at this time.

JSO says they are currently investigating the incident.
First Coast News has sent a crew to the scene. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


Friday, July 13, 2018

TAYLOR MILL, KENTON COUNTY KY - POLICE WERE CALLED TO A HOME WHERE A MAN WAS OUTSIDE BEING ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL AND THEY WERE FORCED TO SHOOT IT ... INSIDE THE HOME THEY FOUND A WOMAN THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN ATTACKED

A brutal pit bull attack in Taylor Mill recently sent two people to the hospital and left their home looking like the scene of a massacre. (WXIX)

A brutal pit bull attack in Taylor Mill recently sent two people to the hospital and left their home looking like the scene of a massacre. (Provided)

The video above contains audio of the officer killing the dog. It has been edited down from its original length. Viewer discretion is advised.

TAYLOR MILL, KY (FOX19) - A brutal pit bull attack in Taylor Mill recently sent two people to the hospital and left their home looking like the scene of a massacre.
It all happened Thursday just before 11:59 p.m. on St. Matthews Circle. A call came in about a dog bite and police responded.
"Where you at?" an officer can be heard asking on body camera as he followed the sound of a man struggling with an animal in the backyard.
Taylor Mill Police rolled-up on the yard to find THE FAMILY'S PIT BULL  actively attacking the man. In the recording, moaning can be heard before the officer yells at the animal.
"Get back," the officer yelled.
The dog let go of the man and charged at the officer.
"Get back! Get back," he yelled again before firing one shot.
At that point, the dog was down, but the ordeal was not over.
"One more shot, he's still breathing, put him out of his misery," an officer can be heard saying.
The entire incident resulted in blood throughout the house and all over the yard.
"Taylor Mill 4 Dispatch, have our squad get here immediately, severe lacerations, from head to toe," an officer said. "Have them get here ASAP, he's bleeding out everywhere."
At this point, police had not seen the inside of the home. Once inside, they found blood on the floors, the kitchen cabinets, and up and down the walls.
A family member, Noah, told FOX19 the dog's name was Rocky. At 4 years old, he said the dog has never acted aggressively in the past and has no idea what set the dog off.
Noah heard the dog attacking his mom, Angela Tucker, in the living room, so he threw a glass of water on the dog. The dog then turned on Noah's step-dad, Jeff Studer, and a bloody trail led outside to where police found him pleading for help.
"The ambulance is coming buddy," said the officer to the man, as he was bleeding on the ground.
"That dog, he's been, he's been so good forever," he said, straining to speak. "And thank you for killing him."
Animal control came and took Rocky away. Noah says both parents are undergoing surgery at UCMC. His mom has a massive bite wound to the arm and leg -- he said he could see the bone in his mom's arm.
His stepdad has an injury to his arm and leg.
http://m.fox19.com/story/38643890/one-more-shot-hes-still-breathing-brutal-pit-bull-attack-leaves-bloody-scene


EXCLUSIVE: Look inside Taylor Mill home where family pet pit bull attacked a couple last night. Angela Tucker, 44, and Jeff Studer, 44, undergoing surgery at UCMC, says a family member. Injuries "non life threatening." Police shot and killed dog. WARNING: graphic video. @FOX19 pic.twitter.com/xxdPaYQam1

— Mike Schell (@Fox19_Mike) July 13, 2018
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(WLWT)-- Police shot and killed a  PIT BULL Thursday night who they say attacked two people and tried to charge at officers.
It happened a little before midnight on Saint Matthews Circle in Taylor Mill. 
Officers were called to the home for reports of a dog bite. 
When they arrived, police say they found a man outside on the ground being attacked.
Officials say the officers yelled at the dog, who then released the man and began to charge at them. At that point, an officer fired at the dog, killing it.
Officers then went inside the home where they found a woman that had been attacked.  
Both victims were taken to the hospital. 
Their injuries are serious, but not believed to be life-threatening. 

EAST POINT GA - A WOMAN GOING FOR HER DAILY WALK WAS ATTACKED BY A NEIGHBOR'S "SOMEHOW GOT OUT" PIT BULL


An East Point woman said she is afraid to go for her daily walks.
Marilyn Martin told FOX 5 Newsshe  encountered the  PIT BULL  near the intersection of Wood Hill Lane and Greenwood Circle in East Point.  It was shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.  Martin was used to seeing the animal in a fenced-in yard.

“The dog was in someone else's yard,” said Martin. “It's an older lady's [yard] and if she had come out what would have happened to her?”

Martin said she didn't see anyone outside at the time. She started screaming for help.
“The dog got in position to attack and started growling and he jumped up at me.  I took a step back and he got me on my chest. He was biting me on my chest.”
She said she later realized the dog also bit her arm.
“My wife heard screaming outside,” said neighbor Travis Burton.
Burton, who is a police officer, ran outside to help.
“I just took off my shirt because I saw she had a huge puncture wound right there. My first responder training kicked in. I put pressure on the wound and called 911.”
Other neighbors had run outside. They started yelling at the dog and ran it away.
Lifeline Animal Project with Fulton County Animal Control said the dog is under quarantine until July 20, and its owner has been cited.
FOX 5's Kerry Charles knocked on the owner's door Thursday evening, but no one answered.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ARDMORE OK - A PIT BULL THAT HAD ATTACKED A WOMAN EARLIER IN THE WEEK MAULED A 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE FACE CAUSING SEVERE INJURIES

(KXII) - An Ardmore child is recovering from serious injuries to her face after she was bitten by a  PIT BULL  Sunday evening.  Ardmore Police Captain Keith Ingle says a three-year-old girl was with her mother visiting a friend at the house when the pit bull bit her face causing her lip and chin to be severely injured.

Ingle says the child was rushed to the hospital and went into the surgery.  The dog was taken to the animal shelter to be quarantined and monitored for signs of rabies.
"(The) parent wasn't expecting to go in this home and have her child harmed by a dog," Ingle said. "This isn't on the parent, this is on the dog owner."
Ingle says Thursday police were called to the house at the 1100 block of C street SE after an altercation broke out between the owner and a man who brought his mother to pick up property from the house.
Ingle says the owner ordered the dog to attack the man but the dog bit the older woman in the leg instead.
Police cited the dog owner - requiring him to quarantine the dog in the house or at the shelter and provide shot records. The owner did not have shot records for the dog and three days later the dog was loose inside the home when it bit the child.
"You know you can't go by the breed," Ingle said. "It's all about how the dog is raised."
"Depends on how the dog is raised and what situation it's in but I don't think pit bulls are all bad," Arnie Smith said.
Arnie Smith lives nearby and was saddened to hear what happened.
"I hate it for her because she will be afraid of dogs for the rest of her life," Smith said.
"The health department gets assigned these cases and then the District Attorney's office will look at it and look at the record of the dog, with having two incidents within this time frame I would say it's probably a good candidate to be euthanized," Ingle said.
Ingle says the little girl is expected to survive.
They will be sending the case to the DA to consider criminal charges against the owner whose name is not being released at this time.

http://www.kxii.com/content/news/Three-year-old-girl-suffers-severe-injuries-from-dog-bite-487712721.html


WISCASSET ME - A BABYSITTER'S DOG SAID TO BE AN 8-YEAR-OLD "BOXER" TURNED AND ATTACKED A TODDLER IN THE FACE AFTER THE BABY PUT HER HAND ON ITS BACK - AIRLIFTED TUFTS BOSTON WITH SEVERE EYE INJURIES!

A Wiscasset toddler is undergoing treatment at a Boston hospital after suffering serious eye injuries following an attack by her babysitter’s dog. The incident was reported at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday at a Raymond Road residence, where the girl was at a home with the dog’s owner.

Following the attack, the toddler was airlifted as far as Sanford, where the helicopter was forced to land due to bad weather. The girl was then taken to Tufts Medical Center in Boston by ambulance.

Police believe the girl is either 17 months or 18 months old.
Topsham Police Lt. Fred Dunn said Wednesday the girl is being treated for serious eye injuries, and doctors are unsure if she will retain her vision. Her condition isn’t life-threatening, he said.

A spokesperson for Tufts did not release the status of the girl’s condition Wednesday, because the hospital had not received clearance from the girl’s guardians.

The toddler lives with her grandparents in Wiscasset. Topsham Police Sgt. Robert Ramsay said the dog involved was an 8-year-old BOXER, and that the dog and child have spent time together since the child was a newborn.

According to Dunn, the babysitter was cooking dinner when the child put her hand on the back of the dog. The dog then turned and bit the child on the face.  “Apparently (the babysitter) witnessed the whole thing,” Dunn said, adding that the babysitter reportedly had to hit the dog to get it off the child.

The dog was taken to Coastal Humane Society for a 10-day quarantine as required by law. Dunn said the owners are planning to euthanize the dog.

Dunn said there was no issue of neglect on the part of the dog’s owners, or complaints of the dog having been aggressive in the past. The incident is not being investigated further and charges aren’t expected, he said.  “It just happened to be an unfortunate accident,” Dunn said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

First responders who responded to the attack have been debriefed at a session Tuesday where the fire department’s chaplain also spoke. Topsham Fire Chief Christopher McLaughlin said emergency personnel are able to handle situations well in the moment, but may still be affected by traumatic events, especially those involving children.

“We do in this service see a lot of traumatic stuff and it’s hard to know when something is going to affect somebody,” McLaughlin said Wednesday. “Calls like last night will have certain effects on certain individuals … so it’s important to follow up, make sure everything’s OK. You never know when something is going to change someone’s career.”





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CLEVELAND OH - A MOTHER AND A HOMICIDE DETECTIVE ARE TRYING TO BLOCK PAROLE FOR A MAN SERVING 15 TO LIFE FOR KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND BY USING HIS PIT BULL AS A WEAPON IN 1992



A mother and a retired homicide detective are turning to the FOX 8 I-Team as they try to block parole for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend by using his PIT BULL as a weapon. It happened in 1992, and the case made national headlines as it became the first conviction of its kind.
Jeffrey Mann is serving 15 years to life in prison. He’s been turned down for parole three times before. But he has served nearly 25 years, and he has another parole hearing later this month.
Decades after the crime, lead detective Michaelene Taliano shared crime scene photos and a scrap book from the case with the I-Team. And the mother of the young woman murdered spoke out from Arizona about her never-ending fight for justice.
In 1993, Mann went to prison for the death of Angela "Dolly"  Kaplan, 28,  mother of two. Mann was convicted of having the dog maul her.  The detective and the victim’s family are teaming up to try to convince the parole board to again keep Mann locked up.
Joyce Ragels, the victim’s mother, said, "I don't believe you can fix whatever is broken in him. And I do believe something is very broken in him."
Taliano retired from the Cleveland Police Department in 1998. She said, "I think he should spend his life in the penitentiary. This was an exceptionally cruel murder."
Taliano helped prove Mann turned the dog on Dolly, and it became a groundbreaking case. She added, "That's the first case in the history of the world where somebody was charged with using an animal as a murder weapon and successfully prosecuted."
Ragels shudders to think of freedom for Jeffrey Mann. She pointed out, Dolly even got along with the dog before the attack. Ragels said, "She was absolutely a dedicated mother. She would've done anything for her kids. I don't believe that another family should ever suffer the way we have."
Ragels and Taliano have stuck together for decades battling a killer convicted of using a dog as a weapon. In fact, as the I-Team put together this story, the two women shared a long-distance moment together on the phone. Ragels spoke about the detective who’s been by her side, saying, "I love her to pieces and I'm sorry I ever met her. I think that pretty much says it."
Mann will get a chance to speak to the parole board soon and make his case to get out of prison.
Meantime, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley says his office is also trying to block the parole. In a statement, O’Malley said, “He has never taken responsibility nor has ever expressed remorse. He has even refused to pay the $5,000 in restitution to her two children that was ordered by the Judge. He’s grossly unfit for the privilege of parole."
You can offer input too. HERE is a link to the Ohio Department Of Corrections websitewhere you can do that.
The group, Parents of Murdered Children, also has a petition online, HERE.

ROCK HILL, YORK COUNTY SC - A MAN IS ACCUSED OF USING HIS PIT BULL TO ATTACK HIS WIFE


A Rock Hill man has been charged with domestic violence against his wife involving a new type of weapon in York County — the man's pit bull.
John Louis Walch, 59, is accused of opening a cage that held his  PIT BULL  in late June and urging it to attack his wife, according to police and court records. Walch's wife was found under attack by the dog by responding officers, police said. Officers had to shoot the dog to stop the attack, police said.
The use of a dog of any kind as a weapon in domestic violence is a first in York County, said Jenny Desch, the 16th Circuit Assistant Solicitor prosecuting the case against Walch.  Desch primarily prosecutes domestic violence cases.
The victim had injuries from the dog bites to her chest, legs and hand, police said, and she was transported to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill for treatment. Prosecutors met with the victim Monday and are evaluating her injuries to determine if more charges are warranted.
"The case is under review by the solicitor's office to determine if any other charges would be appropriate based on her injuries," Desch said.
Degrees of domestic violence charges are based on the injury to the victim, Desch said. The more severe the injuries, the more severe the charge is, Desch said.
The charge Walch faces now is a misdemeanor, but carries as much as three years in prison if convicted, according to state law.
The dog had to be shot and killed by responding police officers who saw the attack and could not get Walch to call the dog off, according to police reports and arrest warrants.
Police "heard screaming from the victim" as she was being attacked before going into the home on Princeton Street, an arrest warrant states. Officers "observed the dog attacking the victim," the warrant states.
Walch told the dog to go after the wife and then refused to stop the carnage even as police entered the home and commanded Walch to call the dog off, said Capt. Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.
As the attack continued, there was no option for officers but to "dispatch the threat" — meaning kill the dog — Bollinger said.
"Officers had to shoot the dog for the safety of the victim," Bollinger said.
Walch was released on $10,000 bond after his arrest, court records show.