Tuesday, February 19, 2019

CALIFORNIA - PAROLE DENIED FOR FORMER SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEY MARJORIE KNOLLER WHOSE PRESA CANARIOS FATALLY MAULED DIANE WHIPPLE IN THE HALLWAY OF HER APARTMENT IN 2001



California commissioners denied parole Thursday for a former San Francisco attorney serving a life sentence in a bizarre dog-mauling case that tested the limits of the state’s murder laws.
Marjorie Knoller is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder after her dogs attacked and killed her neighbor, Diane Whipple, 33, in their San Francisco apartment building in 2001.
FILE--Diane Whipple, 33, who was fatally mauled Jan. 26, 2001, outside her San Francisco apartment by at least one of two huge Presa Canario dogs, is shown in this undated file photo.  A jury in Los Angeles, on Thursday, March 21, 2002, found Marjorie Knoller guilty of second-degree murder in the dog mauling death of Diane Whipple.  Knoller's husband, Robert Noel, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal mauling. (AP Photo/Contra Costa Times, Jose Carlos Fajardo, File)

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Marjorie Knoller could be sent to prison for from 15 years to life under the murder conviction.

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Marjorie Knoller Photo: Jose Carlos Fajardo, AP

Commissioners decided Knoller can try again in three years, said parole board spokesman Luis Patino.

Thursday’s hearing was Knoller’s first chance at release during her second stint in prison. She was initially freed in 2004 when a judge reduced her second-degree murder conviction to involuntary manslaughter, but she was sent back when another court reinstated the tougher conviction.

The California Supreme Court eventually decided Knoller acted with a conscious disregard for human life when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped and killed Whipple. The sentencing judge said Knoller did little to stop the attack.

Whipple, the women’s lacrosse coach at St. Mary's College in Moraga, bled to death from 73 bites, including fatal injuries to the neck.

By policy, parole officials won’t release the name of the attorney who represented Knoller at her hearing. Two attorneys who represented her at her sentencing, Don Horgan and Dennis Riordan, said they were no longer involved with her case and couldn’t comment on her behalf.

Knoller’s husband and law partner, Robert Noel, wasn’t home at the time but was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and failing to exercise care with an attack dog. He was sentenced to four years in prison and paroled in 2003.

The couple said they were keeping the dogs in their apartment on behalf of a state prisoner whom they eventually adopted as their son.


Monday, February 18, 2019

SEBASTIAN COUNTY AR - A DEPUTY SHOT 2 PIT BULLS THAT WERE IN A PEN KILLING A FAMILY'S BELOVED PET GOATS "STORMY, BONNIE AND CLYDE"



SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA) - Three goats are killed and eaten by pit bulls that live in the same neighborhood, according to a report by the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
The attack happened on Saturday, February 2, around 4:30 p.m., at the 1200 block of Lilac Place near Greenwood.
Sheriff deputies met with the goat owner and showed the deputies where TWO PIT BULLS seemed to be eating several goats in the pen, according to the report.
The man told authorities that the dogs belonged to a neighbor who often let the dogs roam without supervision.
The three goats were named Stormy, Bonnie, and Clyde.  Stormy and Bonnie were pregnant.  The goats had sentimental value to the owner because they were raised to be pets for his grandchildren.    
The man said another dog ran off when he approached the goat pen, but the two dogs that were still in the pen became aggressive toward him, per the report.
A deputy also approached the pen hoping to run the dogs off, but the opposite happened -- the dogs became aggressive.  In the report, the deputy said the two dogs were not retreating or leaving the property, and that's when the deputy fired several rounds from his gun and killed both dogs.
"We want people to know that there are repercussions to your animals running loose and killing other people's animals. Our plan going forward is we have tried to go back out there and we plan on issuing a citation for letting a vicious animal run large," Sebastian County Sheriff Hobe Runion said.
A neighbor, who also call the Sheriff's office for animal control, said he had chased the same dogs off his property because the dogs were trying to get his calf.   
The deputy's actions fall within Arkansas law, Arkansas Code 20-19-102, that allows killing dogs that are catching, injuring, or killing a domesticated animal.  Also, the owner of the dogs has no liability against the one who puts down vicious dogs.
Deputies made contact with the owner of the dogs.  
The deputy went to the home of the dog owner and explained that he had been forced to shoot the dogs because of the attack against the goats.
The deputy and the dog owner went to the home where the attack happened and retrieved the dogs.
SCSO is investigating the incident and citations may be issued for allowing aggressive dogs to run amok. 
The owner(s) of the of the dogs may face charges should the goat owner choose to pursue damages. 

NEW CASTLE DE - OFFICERS WERE FORCED TO SHOOT 2 PIT BULLS THAT WERE ATTACKING THEIR OWNER AND ANOTHER WOMAN



https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/02/07/neighbors-tried-help-but-attacking-pit-bulls-didnt-stop-until-shot/2800295002/ 

Two pit bulls attacked their owner and another woman forcing officers to open fire in New Castle, Delaware, police say.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the unit block of Scottie Lane.

Arriving officers saw the  TWO PIT BULLS  attacking the 70-year-old owner and a 20-year-old woman.

An officer yelled to distract the dogs.

According to police, one of the dogs attacked the officer after hearing the yelling. The officer then fired one shot at the dog.

The dog ran off, but was eventually captured by animal control.

The other dog then charged at police and was shot by multiple officers, according to authorities.

The women were bitten in their arms, legs, and torso. Police say the injuries are serious but not life threatening.

https://6abc.com/police-shoot-pit-bull-after-owner-woman-attacked/5124882/


TECAMAC MEXICO - SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS THAT A TOLL BOOTH EMPLOYEE WAS FATALLY MAULED BY A PACK OF DOGS IN AN ATTACK THAT LASTED 12 MINUTES



When they found the naked body of a woman near the highway, with gouge marks and missing chunks of flesh, police first thought she had been tortured, raped, and thrown from a passing vehicle by a gang—another victim of Mexico’s violence.
But when investigators reviewed the CCTV footage near the toll booth in the city of Tecamac, Mexico, they concluded that she had been mauled to death by a pack of dogs in an attack that lasted 12 minutes.
The woman was named as Margarita N, according to local reports, some of which put her age at 34others at 32.
Her body was first found on Jan. 29, but the video of the dog attack was not uncovered until Feb. 2.  The woman worked at a toll booth on the Mexico-Pachuca highway, about 3o miles north of Mexico City in central Mexico.
The full video shows that she was mauled to death by a pack of at least 10 stray dogs, according to Mexican authorities, as she made her way to her shift at a toll booth across some waste ground.
The CCTV footage shows Margarita N, 34, fleeing from a pack of mid-sized dogs in the city of Tecamac, Mexico, before she disappears out of shot.According to the municipal transport authority, she was dragged down out of sight of the camera, before the pack of dogs can been seen gradually pulling her back into shot in the video, which captures 12 minutes of the attack.
Some locals, however, do not believe the official explanation, according to Excelsior. , because they said that the woman’s wounds—which were initially labeled as machete wounds by one media organization—are not consistent with dog bites. They are demanding the authorities investigate the death more thoroughly.
Photographs of the woman’s body in La Prensa show her clothes lying near her body, and she is lying face down in the tarmac.
A video shared by the transport authority shows evidence that the dogs were being cared for, with rudimentary bedding as well as food bowls in a make-shift shelter.
The area will be monitored around the clock until all the dogs are rounded up because there is an education center nearby.
In 2017, a British tourist was missing in Greece for 2 days before her body was found with wounds consistent with being mauled by animals.
At first, it was assumed she had been attacked by a pack of stray dogs, but one local coroner had another explanation: that local wolves had attacked her, or had killed her after she had been attacked by a dog pack.
Attacks by individual dogs or domesticated dogs are better documented.
In the United States, around 30 to 40 people die each year from dog attack injuries, according to Richard Polsky, an animal behavior and dog-bite expert in Los Angeles. Polsky told Live Science that there are an estimated 100,000 are injured badly enough to require plastic surgery or extensive suturing.

HOCKLEY, HARRIS COUNTY TX - 3 LAND SHARKS "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT AND FOUND SOMETHING ALIVE THAT THEY COULD KILL ...A YOUNG BOY FROM ONE FAMILY AND A FATHER FROM ANOTHER FAMILY



It was a scary moment for a young boy who moved a trash can at his family's home.

"I put the trash can where I can put it, and here comes the dogs where they came running at me and bit me," Christopher Bentley Jr. said.

Christopher's father says his son is limping badly Sunday after being attacked by  three PIT BULLS. Christopher has several wounds on his legs and about nine staples.

"We want to let everyone in the community know that there are loose dogs running around," said the father.

The father also added that as medics arrived, he thought they were coming for his son.  He didn't know the neighbor had just been attacked too. "I was on the floor and I tried to kick them," said the neighbor. "And then the other one grabbed me."
He says he has wounds on his leg and arm. When his family saw the dogs coming, he tried to get everyone in the house, but he was stuck outside.

"This could become a real serious problem now," said the neighbor.

Harris County Precinct 4 and Animal Control have been called in to investigate the incidents.

The injured neighbor says he is worried if something isn't done, the dogs could attack again.

"It could have been much worse," Christopher's father said. "They could have killed him."



SPRINGFIELD, CLARK COUNTY OH - A PIT BULL ATTACKED ITS OWNER AND THE OWNER'S GIRLFRIEND AFTER SOMEONE KNOCKED AT THE DOOR



Feb 05, 2019  A  PIT BULL  that attacked two people at a Springfield home over the weekend will be put down, according to the Clark County Dog Warden’s office.  Dog warden officials removed the 8-year-old pit bull, named Paws, from the house on West Euclid Avenue on Monday after sedating him.

“The dog — when we walked into the house, was highly agitated and fearful,” said Kat Stewart, manager of the Clark County Dog Shelter.

The Springfield Police Division was dispatched to the home on Sunday night in regard to a dog bite complaint — but found a much more severe scene upon officers’ arrival.

Police records say the pit bull attacked the owner, 45, and the owner’s girlfriend, 46. An officer found the woman with severe cuts almost down to her bone, and she was fading in and out of consciousness.  Both of victims were taken to the hospital. The report says the woman told police at the hospital that the dog became upset when someone knocked at the door. The dog then attacked the woman and attacked the man when he tried to pull the dog off of her.

Springfield Regional Medical Center staff couldn’t provide an update on the woman’s condition on Monday afternoon. The man was reportedly treated for injuries to his hand before being released from the hospital.  He told the Springfield News-Sun on Monday that the woman would probably be in the hospital “for a while.”

Stewart said the dog shelter usually only deals with stray dogs or cruelty cases, but took on this case for fear of public safety. She said the owners have reported there may have been other bite incidents, but those haven’t been confirmed by the Clark County Combined Health District.

“If you are a dog owner, it is your responsibility to identify any possible behavior issues and address those with training, with however is appropriate to handle that,” Stewart said. “Anytime an owner faces an aggressive dog, it’s a battle. How do you handle your own pet that you love and care for that’s acting out or aggressive?”

The attack marks a third serious pit bull attack in Springfield within seven months.

In September, a child and the child’s babysitter were injured by a pit bull in a home on Linden Avenue.  At that time, the dog warden’s office said the child’s injuries were severe and required surgery. The owner also suffered lacerations and a broken finger.

Last July, a 6-year-old Georgia boy had to go to Dayton Children’s Hospital after being attacked by a dog.The boy’s mother said at that time, the boy received more than 200 stitches and plastic surgery. The boy was in Springfield visiting family when the attack happened in a house on Sherman Avenue. 

Just recently, State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, introduced tougher legislation governing vicious dogs and their owners to the Ohio House. That legislation will call for defining dangerous, vicious and nuisance dog categories and increasing penalties for when dogs seriously injure or kill a person or kill a companion animal, among other restrictions.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/dog-euthanized-after-attacking-two-people-springfield/3AS75bNmLpsumu5J4ZdiyL/


LEAVENWORTH KS - A BELOVED MINIATURE SHETLAND PONY "TT" WAS TORN TO SHREDDS BY A NEIGHBOR'S DOGS THAT "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT OF THEIR FENCE

miniature pony mauled to death in leavenworth by dogs

Posted (KCTV) -- TT, a Miniature Shetland pony, was just magical and a unicorn at heart to the children who posed beside her.

"She had the prettiest blue eyes I had ever seen,” said her owner, Porscha. “Her hair looked like Tina Turner. That's where she got her name.”
Porscha is a photographer in Leavenworth, Kansas, but TT wasn't just a prop or a pet. “She was family,” Porscha said.
Porscha kept her pony at her friend Ashlen's farm, but last week Ashlen woke up to barking early in the morning.
She said her  NEIGHBOR'S DOGS  sneaked across the fence and killed nearly 20 of her chickens, then started attacking some of the other animals she boards.
When the dogs attacked TT in her pen, she couldn't fend them off and didn’t survive.
“She was shredded,” Porscha said. “She was mauled.”
The pictures of TT’s body are simply too graphic to share here.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff took the dogs for evaluation, but the county has not filed charges.  “We don't know if that's going to happen, but it's my responsibility to see that it doesn't happen again,” Porscha said.  She said she doesn't want the dogs to be put down, but she also doesn't want them to stay with their owner.
KCTV5 News spoke to the owner off-camera. He said he regrets what happened and that he loves his dogs.
“I just want people to keep their animals safe and do what's best for them,” Porscha said.
After all, Porscha loved her pet, too.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

HOUSTON TX - APPARENTLY 2 DOBERMAN PINSCHERS BEING TRAINED AS SHOW DOGS BY THEIR OWNER FATALLY MAULED HER



Elaine Richman loved her dogs, but her Dobermans may be what caused her death.

When crime scene investigators began showing up at her home last Friday, neighbors knew something was terribly wrong.

Well known for her love of Dobermans, Richman was raising two dogs, one male and one female.

"They were purebred Dobermans, beautiful dogs," said a neighbor. "She did training with them. They were show dogs."

Tragically, Richman was found dead in her backyard with bite marks over her face and body. The TWO DOBERMANS  were confiscated by authorities. They are currently being held at the City of Houston's Animal Control, pending the outcome of a Houston police criminal investigation.

"She actually has a closeness to Dobermans and she spent a big part of her life training and showing the dogs," said Elaine's brother Bruce Richman. "It takes a special person to be very kind to animals, which she was. All of her brothers and sisters were shocked and surprised. We'll miss her greatly."

Family and neighbors say Elaine Richman trained dogs for decades without incident. She was well known in Houston's Doberman community.

However, Richman's relationship with other Doberman owners was strained after she was forced out as treasurer of the local organization following a financial probe.

After her death, a number of Doberman owners contacted by ABC13 were reluctant to talk about Richman. They wanted to focus on the Dobermans, not wanting one tragic death to impact the perception of the dogs.

There is no doubt that Richman loved her dogs, and believed they were truly her best friends.

"The dogs were very, very special to her. She was very, very good to the dogs," Bruce said.

https://abc13.com/woman-found-dead-in-backyard-with-dog-bites-in-w-houston/5132391/

https://www.click2houston.com/news/woman-s-body-found-covered-in-dog-bites-in-backyard-police-say?fbclid=IwAR3SrPZni1B2OqrAlQ8zmAkltCzto9P82KCfEf17FIygFNl3YJY3MuKtPxY



2019 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 4 (1 child + 3 adults)

PIT BULL MIX - 1
PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX - 1
PACK OF DOGS - 1 
2 DOBERMAN PINSCHERS - 1 

KY - 1 
MS - 1
TX - 2

1)   1-9-  Diane Reeves - 70 - Grenada County MS - A total of 7 dogs were taken into custody - The Sheriff's Department reported she suffered about several hundred dog bites.

2)  1-21- Ed Stanley - 85 - Amarillo, Potter County TX - He was severely mauled over his entire body by a PIT BULL AND A SHEPHERD MIX on his driveway - A passerby came to his aid but he died 2 weeks later -  http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2019/01/amarillo-tx-85-year-old-man-suffered.html

3)  2-7- Ashton McGhee - 1 - Guthrie KY - The 1-year-old baby boy lived in Hopkinsville KY and was visiting his grandparents' home when one of the family dogs came in from outside and attacked him - The Chief of Police said the PIT BULL MIX may have been spooked by a thunderstorm and then spooked again by the ball the child was playing with - "IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE FREAK ACCIDENT".

4)  2-8- Elaine Richman - She owned two Doberman Pinschers that she trained as show dogs - She was found dead in her backyard with bite marks over her face and body.