Thursday, March 23, 2017

LUSBY, CALVERT COUNTY MD - AN 8-MONTH-OLD BOY HAS DIED AFTER BEING MAULED BY THE FAMILY PIT BULL


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10l14lino_Q&feature=youtu.be

UPDATE: http://wtop.com/calvert-county/2017/03/dog-in-fatal-attack-of-8-month-old-had-no-record-of-aggressive-behavior/

(WUSA9) - The President of Calvert County’s Board of Commissioners says he’s in favor of exploring ways to restrict pit bull dog ownership after an 8-month-old child was killed by her family’s dog Thursday.
“They knew immediately the only way to stop that attack was to shoot that dog,” said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans as he discussed the response of two deputies called to a home on Prancer Court.

Deputies said the child was being watched by a neighbor when the family dog attacked the baby without provocation.  They said the babysitter was injured when she tried to stop the attack.
Sheriff Evans described the dog as a 65-pound “pit bull type” dog which had been brought into the family’s home as a puppy six years ago.
It’s the second fatal dog attack in Calvert County since 2006. Previously a 78-year old Lusby man was mauled to death by his own pit bull pets.
Calvert County Board of Commissioners President Tom Hejl said Friday he would be in favor of state legislators exploring Pit Bull restrictions “because of the nature of the animal and what history has told us about the animal.”
There were 31 fatal US dog attacks in 2016, according to DogsBite.org which tracks incidents nationally. Seventy-one percent of the fatal attacks were linked to pit bulls even though the breed represents only six percent of the dogs in the US, the organization reported.
The issue is so contentious, Maryland legislators were forced to pass a law in 2014 clarifying the liability of dog owners and removing any breed specific enhancements. The law was passed after Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals ruled that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous”, a designation that made owners and landlords more liable for any incidents.   Pit Bull advocacy groups reported a flood of dogs being abandoned to shelters after landlords began restricting pit bulls from their properties.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/maryland/pit-bull-debate-renewed-after-baby-killed-by-family-dog/425381120
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(WUSA9) - An eight-month-old child has died after being attacked by the family dog.
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Prancer Court in Lusby Thursday afternoon for a report of a dog attack.
A family friend was watching the baby boy when the dog attacked the baby, deputies said. Officers on the scene said they witnessed the attack and had to shoot the dog in order to stop it.
The baby died as a result.
Deputies described the dog as a "PIT BULL TYPE." Criminal charges are unlikely.
An investigation is underway. Sheriff Mike Evans will give an update to the media Friday.

2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 5  (4 children  -  1 adult)

2 PIT BULLS - 2 
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
2 ENGLISH MASTIFFS - 1 

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1)  1-17 LOGAN BRAATZ - 6 - ATLANTA GA - The boy was walking to his school bus stop with other children and some adults when 2 loose dogs began attacking them - It was reported that Logan was eviscerated, his friend Syrai Sanders was scalped and another child was injured - Although neighbors came running with sticks, knives and whatever they could find, the attack was deadly and swift and the dogs continued to circle and attempt to attack - The dog owner said his dogs had a fence but "SOMEHOW" got out.

2) 1-17 SKYLAR DEAN JULIUS - 2-MONTHS-OLD - SAN MARCOS TX - The father was caring for the infant girl while the mother was at work - He fell asleep for around 20 minutes and when he woke up the baby had been mauled by the family German Shepherd they had had for over 8 years and it was reported that the dog "had never shown aggression before".

3) 2-13 LOUISE HERMIDA - 75 - QUEENS NY - The elderly woman was mauled by her large dog that had been adopted almost 6 years ago. The breed is said to be a Mastiff or a Mastiff/Great Dane mix.  Neighbors say as many as 10 dogs lived at the apartment.  Her 39-year-old son, who has autism, attempted to put the dog in its cage and he was bitten on the leg. 

4) 2-16 UNIDENTIFIED 5-YEAR-OLD BOY - CLARKSVILLE TN - Emergency personnel were called at 8:20am on a Thursday morning to a report that the Family's two English Mastiffs reported to be about 6-months-old had mauled the child. The boy died from extensive injuries.

5)  3-23 UNIDENTIFIED 8-MO-OLD BOY - LUSBY CALVERT COUNTY MD - The family pit bull latched on to the child and was still attacking when officers arrived only minutes after the call - An officer had to shoot the dog to stop its mauling but the baby died.


NON-BITE DOG RELATED DEATH:

3-18 JOHN BRUNO - 5 - WARRINGTON TWP PA - John was playing in the snow on Wednesday, March 15, when his family looked out and saw him down on the ground with the family dog tugging at his scarf around his neck - He was unresponsive and first responders gave him CPR and he was rushed to a hospital - He died on Saturday, March 18 - Investigators report that he suffered ligature strangulation from the hound mix pulling on his scarf.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FALCON, EL PASO COUNTY CO - A SMALL CHILD WAS ATTACKED BY 2 GERMAN SHEPHERDS AFTER SHE CLIMBED OVER A NEIGHBOR'S FENCE







UPDATE:  http://www.koaa.com/story/34994988/3-year-old-girl-recovering-after-dog-attack


MORE INFORMATION:  GIRL CLIMBED THE FENCE AND THEN FELL INTO NEIGHBOR'S YARD WHERE THE DOGS WERE

VIDEO

(KKTV) - A small child is recovering after she was attacked by two dogs just northeast of Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon.


"She climbed over her neighbor's fence and was subsequently bitten," said Jacqueline Kirby with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "She was bitten by two German shepherds."
The dogs' "shaken" owner called 911, a friend told 11 News.
According to dispatch tapes obtained by 11 News, the child was just 3 years old. Kirby would not comment on the extent of her injuries, but 11 News has learned she is in stable condition.
Because the dogs were up to date on all of their shots and properly enclosed in their own yard, they will not be taken away and the owner will not be ticketed. They'll be placed on routine quarantine for 10 days, which means they won't be allowed off the property and will have to be on a leash any time they are outside.
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A toddler is in the hospital tonight with significant injuries after being attacked by dogs off of Stapleton Road and Broken Arrow Road in Black Forest. 
According to the victim's Great Grandmother the 3-year-old child was unsupervised and went into the neighbor's yard where the dogs attacked and mauled her, literally ripping off the girl's hair and scalp and biting her over most of the rest of her body. 
We are told the dogs are neighborhood favorites and have never been aggressive or violent before. The child was rushed to Memorial Hospital with severe injuries.
The Humane Society is investigating the incident and what will happen to the dogs.

http://www.koaa.com/story/34967029/child-suffers-major-injury-in-german-shepherd-attack 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROBESON COUNTY NC - A 63-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS AT A HOME WHERE SHE WAS ??RETURNING A KNIFE?? NOPE! THAT'S NOT HOW IT HAPPENED...SHE HAD DRIVEN THE NUTTER TO GET GROCERIES AND STEPPED OUT OF HER CAR TO CLOSE THE TRUNK!!!

UPDATE!

PEMBROKE — A 63-year-old woman who was attacked by two pit bulls was released Wednesday from UNC Hospitals after five days of treatment, but will have to return for what she characterized as “bad” injuries.

Karen Coronado also disputes an account of the attack that was provided by the person who owns the home where it happened.
Coronado, a well-known artist in the Pembroke community, had been at the hospital since Friday, after she was attacked earlier that day. The pit bulls, which homeowner Vinita Clark told The Robesonian belong to her two her sons, were not vaccinated against rabies so they had to be put down so their brains could be tested for the disease. Neither was rabid.

Clark called The Robesonian earlier this week and volunteered a story in which she said Coronado was returning a borrowed knife and the animals believed there was a threat.
Coronado read the article and called The Robesonian, saying no knife was involved.
Instead, according to Coronado, she had done Clark a favor by driving her to a local store. When they returned to Clark’s home, at 339 Juddie St. and on the edge of town, Clark removed something from the trunk, but was unable to close it despite repeated attempts.
Coronado, who said she was aware of the dogs, forgot about them momentarily, and exited the car to try to close the trunk. That is when she said she was attacked. She said she went limp in an effort to get the dogs to end their attack and was able to escape and get in her vehicle.
Clark’s property is partly in Pembroke and partly outside, and it was determined that the attack was not in the town’s jurisdiction, so the investigation is being conducted by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Early in 2016 a pit bull attacked and killed a Lumberton child, prompting the city to adopt an ordinance targeting dogs deemed “vicious.” The ordinance requires, among other things, that dogs deemed a threat be registered with the city and the owner carry liability insurance.
A Pembroke woman lost an arm after being attacked last year by a pit bull.

http://robesonian.com/news/97309/dog-attack-victim-exits-hospital
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I RECEIVED THIS COMMENT AND CAN'T GET IT TO PUBLISH ON THIS POST SO I COPIED AND PASTED IT HERE.  THANK YOU "ONE WHO KNOWS".  I KNEW THERE WAS MORE TO THIS PIT MAULING.  I  LOOKED FOR ANOTHER ARTICLE BUT COULD NOT FIND ONE.  PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED ON HOW SHE IS DOING.


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A 63-year-old woman who was attacked by TWO PIT BULLS  last week is still being treated for her injuries at UNC Hospitals, but there is no chance that she was exposed to the rabies virus.
Bill Smith, director of the Health Department, confirmed on Monday that the two animals that attacked Karen Coronado did not test positive for the fatal disease at a state lab. Neither of the dogs had proof of vaccination, so they had to be put down so that their brains could be used for testing.
There was no information on the injuries suffered by Coronado during the attack that occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of Vinita Clark at 339 Juddie St. There had been some question about jurisdiction as Clark’s home is partly in Pembroke and partly in the county, but it was determined the attack was in the county and the investigation is being conducted by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
There was no information today on if any charges have been filed.
Clark called The Robesonian today and told a reporter that the dogs belong to her sons, including one who was arrested last week and charged for trying to throw drugs into the Robeson County Detention Center.  She said Coronado was at her house returning a knife, and had been told not to get out of the vehicle, but did anyway. She said one of the dogs bit her when it “sensed danger” as Coronado held the knife.
Early during 2016 a pit bull attacked and killed a Lumberton child, prompting the city to adopt an ordinance targeting dogs deemed “vicious.” The ordinance, among other things, required that dogs deemed as a threat be registered with the city and the owner carry liability insurance.
A Pembroke woman lost an arm after being attacked last year by a pit bull.

WARRINGTON TOWNSHIP, BUCKS COUNTY PA - JOHN BRUNO, 5, WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN THE SNOW ON WEDS MARCH 15 WITH THE FAMILY DOG, A HOUND MIX, TUGGING AT HIS SCARF THAT HAD BECOME TOO TIGHT AROUND HIS NECK - INVESTIGATORS REPORT THAT HE SUFFERED LIGATURE STRANGULATION AND HE DIED SATURDAY

John Bruno

https://www.gofundme.com/john-brunos-memorial-fund

Five-year-old John Bruno was playing in the snow with the HOUND CROSSBREED when the tragedy happened over the weekend.
The 18-MONTH-OLD DOG had been pulling at the boy's scarf wrapped round his neck when he was strangled.
He was rushed to a nearby children's hospital in Pennsylvania but died from his injuries on March 18.
A fundraising page set up to help with John's funeral costs described the youngster as a "vibrant" little boy.
It said: "His smile and boundless energy was electric.
"He loved Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Superheroes and being silly. Above all else John loved his mom, dad, and big sister.
"He is loved by so many and will be missed tremendously.
"Nothing we can do will bring their little John back but I do hope to ease the family's burden."
His mum rushed outside and picked up her son in her arms but he was unconscious and unresponsive.
John's death from ligature strangulation was listed as accidental, according to James Garrow, spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office.
The GoFundMe page has so far raised over $19,000 in just one day.
(It is not known at this time if this is the dog that tugged on his scarf.)
A five-year-old boy who was accidentally choked when investigators say the family dog pulled his scarf too tightly around his neck, has died.
Officers were called to the 1900 block of Palomino Drive around 4:23 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a young boy found lying face down in the snow, unresponsive.

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According to police, the child's parents and sister were home and inside of the house when they looked out and found the boy lying on the ground, with the family dog tugging at the boy's scarf.
EMS arrived on scene after the boy's mother had untied his scarf, which had been tight around his neck. First responders began CPR, and transported the boy to Doylestown Hospital.
Investigators believe the dog, a 1-YEAR-OLD HOUND MIX, pulled the scarf too tightly around the child's neck. They say preliminary details indicate the incident was an unlikely, tragic event.
The boy was moved to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was under heavy sedation for the next several days before he passed away Saturday, according to his family.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/20/pennsylvania-boy-dies-after-accidental-choking-involving-dog-scarf.html

http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/242715832-story


2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 4  (3 children  -  1 adult)

2 PIT BULLS - 1 
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
2 ENGLISH MASTIFFS - 1 

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1)  1-17 LOGAN BRAATZ - 6 - ATLANTA GA - The boy was walking to his school bus stop with other children and some adults when 2 loose dogs began attacking them - It was reported that Logan was eviscerated, his friend Syrai Sanders was scalped and another child was injured - Although neighbors came running with sticks, knives and whatever they could find, the attack was deadly and swift and the dogs continued to circle and attempt to attack - The dog owner said his dogs had a fence but "SOMEHOW" got out.

2) 1-17 SKYLAR DEAN JULIUS - 2-MONTHS-OLD - SAN MARCOS TX - The father was caring for the infant girl while the mother was at work - He fell asleep for around 20 minutes and when he woke up the baby had been mauled by the family German Shepherd they had had for over 8 years and it was reported that the dog "had never shown aggression before".

3) 2-13 LOUISE HERMIDA - 75 - QUEENS NY - The elderly woman was mauled by her large dog that had been adopted almost 6 years ago. The breed is said to be a Mastiff or a Mastiff/Great Dane mix.  Neighbors say as many as 10 dogs lived at the apartment.  Her 39-year-old son, who has autism, attempted to put the dog in its cage and he was bitten on the leg. 

4) 2-16 UNIDENTIFIED 5-YEAR-OLD BOY - CLARKSVILLE TN - Emergency personnel were called at 8:20am on a Thursday morning to a report that the Family's two English Mastiffs reported to be about 6-months-old had mauled the child. The boy died from extensive injuries.


NON-BITE DOG RELATED DEATH

3-18 JOHN BRUNO - 5 - WARRINGTON TWP PA - John was playing in the snow on Wednesday, March 15, when his family looked out and saw him down on the ground with the family dog tugging at his scarf around his neck - He was unresponsive and first responders gave him CPR and he was rushed to a hospital - He died on Saturday, March 18 - Investigators report that he suffered ligature strangulation from the hound mix pulling on his scarf.  

COLUMBIA COUNTY FL - 2 MINIATURE THERAPY HORSES "CATHERINE AND MOZART" WERE FATALLY MAULED BY A PIT BULL AND A GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VN2J-Z5zg4

Catherine and Mozart traveled across the country to provide support to those who had experienced traumatic events.
The ponies  from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses in Columbia County north of High Springs  visited sick children in the hospital and met with victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and tornadoes in Oklahoma.
But on March 4, Mozart was found dead at the ranch and Catherine severely injured following a dog attack, according to a report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Catherine passed 10 days later from her injuries at the Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic.
“We had her on about 15 to 20 medications at one point,” Springhill veterinarian Dr. Devon Vurgason said. “She was doing pretty well after the first few days, and I was optimistic that she might pull through. But unfortunately, a week after her injuries, she took a turn for the worst, and there was nothing we could do to save her at that point.”
In the wake of their deaths, community members are coming together to raise money for Gentle Carousel.
GoFundMe page was launched March 15 with a goal of raising $20,000 to help Catherine’s owners cover medical costs. As of Tuesday afternoon, $655 had been raised.
The owners, Debbie and Jorge Garcia-Bengochea, said Catherine’s hospital care came out to more than $15,000.
While the money will help the nonprofit cover the monetary expenses, it cannot compensate for the emotional toll of the loss, they said.
“For Catherine to go through 10 days of pain and suffering is really just uncalled for,” Jorge Garcia-Bengochea said. “I know it’s going to affect a lot of children that follow these horses.”
Although the  GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX AND THE PIT BULL  responsible for the attack have been euthanized following an investigation, their owner should foot the bill, said Jessica Puls, senior animal services officer at the Lake City Humane Society.
“Florida state law states that the owner of the dogs is responsible for any damages their dog causes,” Puls said.
The owner of the dogs, listed on a Lake City Humane Society report as Tiffany Browning, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. She told deputies that the pit had shown signs of aggression in the past and that she wouldn’t be surprised if it did indeed attack the ponies, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Jorge Garcia-Bengochea said he and his wife are considering taking legal action against Browning to recoup the expenses of the veterinary treatment.
“These horses do such good work. They didn’t deserve these things to happen to them,” he said. “This sort of thing can happen with dogs, and it’s the responsibility of the dog owners so this doesn’t happen.”

NEPTUNE CITY NJ - A MAN GAVE A PIT BULL TO ANOTHER MAN BECAUSE IT HAD BITTEN HIS WIFE...THE NEW OWNER TOOK THE PIT TO A NEPHEW'S APARTMENT FOR THE NIGHT AND THE NEXT MORNING THE BEDROOM DOOR WAS OPENED AND THE PIT WENT PIT!!!

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UPDATE:  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/03/21/neptune-pit-bull-attack/

A DOG ATTACKED FIVE PEOPLE  in New Jersey Tuesday morning, biting a 10-year-old boy and his family and then mauling a woman in an apartment parking lot when they opened the door to get it out, authorities say.

Officials say the boy's uncle had just gotten the PIT BULL THE NIGHT BEFORE. The former owner, a friend of the uncle, gave the uncle the dog two days after the canine bit his wife, though it wasn't clear if the uncle knew that prior.

The uncle went to stay at his sister's place at the Brighton Arms apartment complex in Neptune City and brought the dog along with him Monday night. The next morning, the 10-year-old boy asked his uncle to see the new pup. When the uncle opened the bedroom door, the dog jumped at the child, biting his arm, and attacking the uncle and the boy's mother as well, officials said.

Someone managed to open the front door of the apartment and the dog ran out, pouncing on a woman in the complex parking lot moments after she had dropped off her baby for day care at another unit, officials said.

The mauled woman's nephew heard her screams for help and ran out of their apartment, heroically jumping on the dog and pulling it off her, police said. The nephew, 22-year-old Henry Ganchier, suffered a minor scratch. Police arrived and helped Ganchier pull the dog into a patrol car. 

Ganchier's aunt was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but was expected to survive, authorities said. Three of the other victims also went to the hospital; they were expected to be OK. Meanwhile, police are calling Ganchier a hero. 

Neptune City Public Safety Director Edward Kirschenbaum said if Ganchier's aunt had been running a few minutes later with her baby, the infant could have been severely injured or killed. The dog is in the custody of the SPCA.



Monday, March 20, 2017

LINDEN, CUMBERLAND COUNTY NC - A WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY 2 GREAT DANES AS SHE WAS JOGGING


A Linden woman is in critical condition after she was mauled by two GREAT DANES on Sunday night while jogging in a neighborhood about a mile south of Linden, Cumberland County Animal Control said.
Monica Stephenson, whose age was not available, was jogging on Sunnyfield Lane, which is where she lives, when the dogs attacked her, Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby said. The attack was reported at 6:35 p.m
The owner, Scott Nesbitt, said Stephenson was familiar with the dogs and had played with them in the past, according to Lauby.
Nesbitt was not available to answer questions on the incident.
The dogs, Nora and Olaf, both about 2 years old, got out of the owner's fenced yard, Lauby said.
Nora was pregnant at the time and set to give birth "any day now," Nesbitt told investigators in an incident report.
Neighbors heard the woman screaming.
One man ran to help and managed to get the dogs off Stephenson.
“She has severe bites to the back of her head, her neck, her face and legs,” Lauby said.
One of the bites on her neck separated a cervical vertebrae from the spine, he said.
Stephenson was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. A spokesman there confirmed Monday morning that she Stephenson was in critical condition.
Nesbitt agreed to surrender the dogs, who had received rabies vaccinations. Both were euthanized on Monday and their bodies have been sent to a state lab for rabies testing .
Great Danes are known as gentle, docile and obedient dogs, according to the American Kennel Club website, and not known for aggressive tendencies. Lauby said he doesn't know what prompted the attack.
No charges have been filed against anyone involved in the incident as of Monday evening, Lauby said. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

MONROE, WALTON COUNTY GA - TOMMY JOE BYRD, 52, WAS TAKING AN EARLY MORNING WALK WHEN 2 ROTTWEILERS ATTACKED HIM - HE IS NOW IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA WITH HORRIFIC INJURIES



A 52-year-old man is hospitalized after he was attacked by a dog, his family says.
Tommy Joe Byrd’s family said he was attacked at 5 a.m. Saturday while he was on a morning walk in Monroe, Georgia.
An off-duty  officer shot and killed ONE ROTTWEILER, but another ROTTWEILER escaped  with one gunshot wound.
Byrd’s family said he may lose limbs and an eye.
Shanda Wise said she woke up to the sound of a man screaming in pain so she and her daughter drove to try and help.
“When we got around there we never expected to see what we saw,” Wise said. “The dogs were not fazed; they would not stop.”
Wise and her daughter didn't get out of their car but they flagged down a Social Circle police officer on his way to work.
Byrd’s family came back to the scene Monday to try to make sense of the attack.
They say Byrd is in a medically induced coma with more than a hundred stitches just in his head.
Some neighbors say it wasn't the first time the dogs were spotted in the neighborhood.
“I saw this dark-skinned man walking with both of them on a leash,” Wise said.
Wise said it makes her uncomfortable now for her children to be in the backyard.