Monday, September 24, 2018

CLEARFIELD COUNTY PA - A 16-MONTH-OLD BOY WAS FLOWN TO CHILDREN'S PITTSBURGH AFTER A FAMILY MEMBERS' NEWLY ADOPTED PIT BULL MAULED HIM



A 16-month-old remains in the hospital after police said he was attacked by a dog Friday night in Clearfield County.  Sandy Township Police said the boy was attacked by an unprovoked  PIT BULL  at a home in the Country Place Trailer Court in Sabula.

The boy's grandmother, Sue DiStefano, said Henry Gagnon-Bradley was flown by helicopter for life-threatening injuries to his face and jaw. She said Gagnon-Bradley will need several reconstructive surgeries.

"He's my little man, always on the go and he's mister serious all the time," DiStefano said.

6 News spoke with the boy's parents over the phone Monday, who are still at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Gagnon-Bradley's parents said their son was bit by a family member's pit bull who was at their house visiting.

They said the dog was newly bought and listed as "not aggressive."

Police said the dog's owners also sustained some non-serious bite marks. The dog was euthanized and police are waiting for results of a rabies test.

The family is asking for prayers and have faith their son will pull through."Family is family and you stick together no matter what," DiStefano said. 

"I've always believed that and nothing is going to break this family up."

Donations to help the family with medical and travel expenses can be made at Timberland Federal Credit Union on Beaver Drive in DuBois.

https://wjactv.com/news/local/16-month-old-in-stable-condition-after-dog-attack-in-clearfield-county

https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/baby-in-hospital-after-pit-bull-attack/1472152707




DAYTONA BEACH FL - A MAN, 57, AND A WOMAN, 54, WERE MAULED TRYING TO SEPARATE THEIR FIGHTING LAND SHARKS!


UPDATE:  

A Daytona Beach woman fatally stabbed a  PIT BULL  that police said attacked her and her husband while they were pet-sitting.

Daytona Beach police said the couple was keeping the dog at their home in Pelican Bay. While feeding the pit bull and their own dog on Sunday night, the pit bull attacked their dog, police said.

Police said the pit bull turned on the husband, latching on to his arm. When the dog wouldn't let go, the wife grabbed a knife and stabbed the pit bull until the dog collapsed and died.

Both husband and wife were injured during the battle. The husband suffered arm and leg bites and the tip of his finger was bitten off. The wife had arm and leg bites and may have a broken wrist.

https://www.wesh.com/article/pit-bull-fatally-stabbed-after-attacking-daytona-beach-couple-that-was-pet-sitting/23398842

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DAYTONA BEACH — A man and woman were mauled by  PIT BULLS  when they tried to separate the fighting dogs Sunday night, authorities said.
The incident occurred at 533 Pelican Bay Drive in Daytona Beach and was reported at 6:48 p.m., dispatchers said.
According to information from emergency workers, the 57-year-old man suffered multiple deep puncture wounds to his forearm and had his right index finger bitten off.
The 54-year-old woman also suffered puncture wounds and a possible fracture to her arm, paramedics said.
No further information was available.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

NEWARK DE - TODD RUCKLE AND HIS FAMILY SUFFERED THROUGH A PIT BULL ATTACK 4 YEARS AGO ON HIS 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER THAT NEARLY AMPUTATED HER ARM ...NOW 2 MEAT GRINDERS ATTACKED HIM WHILE ON HIS JOB AS A REAL ESTATE AGENT



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The father of a Delaware girl who nearly lost her arm in a 2014 pit bull attack was bitten by TWO PIT BULLS  himself on Saturday and is undergoing a series of rabies shots.

 "I just turned around, and they just were on me," Todd Ruckle said in a video recorded from the hospital and posted on Facebook. "One was on my leg, and the other one came up to my face and got my lip, but that's not bad. My leg's the really bad one." 

His daughter Emily Ruckle was mauled by a pit bull named Frank while at the family's home in Newark. It was four years ago, this month. At the time, she was 8 years old. Emily's brother, Jack, had moved in with the Ruckles two months before, bringing the dog with him. It belonged to his father, who had recently moved out of state. Maria and Todd Ruckle weren’t really happy about the pit bull being in their home, but Jack was attached to the dog, which almost died before moving in.

In the first 12 hours after the attack, Emily essentially bled out four times. She underwent more than two years of surgeries and rehab to restore function to her arm. After a final surgery in 2016, she regained some of the function in her right hand. 

The Ruckles have been trying to move on from the attack, but on Saturday, Emily's father, Todd Ruckle, was bitten by pit bulls himself while showing a house in Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood. He and his wife are real estate agents. The dogs were down the street, running loose. The first dog grabbed onto Ruckle’s leg, he told The News Journal on Wednesday. As he worked to take that one off, he said, the other pit bull went up his chest, “I had jaws coming at me,” he said. “The jaws were so big. It was as big as my head coming at me.”

Ruckle said he was able to push the second pit bull away before it bit his face.“They just snapped like a millimeter from taking my face off,” he said. The dog continued fighting Ruckle, striking the former Newark councilman’s face. “I’ve got a big fat lip over it.”

Ruckle said his daughter was doing well, but she, too, was shaken up. “She wouldn’t even talk to me about it,” he said. “I don’t know what to do. How could this happen?” “I’m just very emotional. I’ve got a lot of flashback stuff going on." 


                            THE JOURNEY TO SAVE EMILY'S ARM





He reported the attack to Delaware's Office of Animal Welfare, but they did not ask for a description of the two dogs, Ruckle said on Facebook. The dogs were quarantined, but the owners did not have proof that they were vaccinated against rabies. Andrea Wojcik, a spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Office, said officers did not request a description of the dogs because they had the owner’s address. "The owner was not able to provide proof of vaccination," Wojcik said in an email.

"Citations were issued to the owner for dog at large that bites without provocation, failure to show proof of licenses and failure to provide proof of rabies vaccine. Each violation was cited two times, one for each dog." The dogs have been quarantined at home." 


https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2018/09/19/father-girl-who-nearly-lost-her-arm-pit-bull-attack-bitten-pit-bulls-himself/1358388002/


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Saturday, September 22, 2018

RIVIERA BEACH FL - 2 PIT BULLS MAULED A CITY WORKER LEAVING HIM WITH SEVERE INJURIES OVER HIS BODY.... THE LAND SHARKS WILL BE EUTHANIZED!



The  PIT BULLS  who attacked a Riviera Beach worker have been scheduled to be euthanized, authorities say.
Palm Beach Animal Care and Control says they are currently waiting for an appropriate number of staff to be on hand.
They are two adult dogs. One is a 4-year-old male male named Tank and the other is a 4 year-old female named Pretty Girl.
The attack took place in August, when the pair attacked a city worker picking up trash near Blue Heron Blvd. and Broadway Avenue.
The worker was left with severe injuries to his arms, legs and chest, animal control says. He is expected to survive.

Friday, September 21, 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL FL - "I ALMOST SHOT A PIT BULL LAST WEEK" ...A VIRGINIA MAN ON VACATION IN FLORIDA WRITES ABOUT HIS ENCOUNTER WITH A VERY LARGE PIT WHILE TAKING A WALK

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Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Last week I was on vacation in Florida and went out for an afternoon walk. Florida, for all its heat and humidity, does not allow open carry. So that afternoon I was carrying a Sig P320 subcompact in .40 S&W in a small fanny pack over my appendix.
At one point during the walk through a neighborhood in Cape Canaveral, a mother pushing a baby in a stroller was walking in the opposite direction. As we approached each other, the mother suddenly got a frightened look on her face, stopped, and backed up with the stroller, partly into a yard.
My radar went up, and I looked to my left, only to see a  PIT BULL  running out of an open fence gate across the street and headed straight towards me, with no owner in sight! All I could see were those large jaws and extremely muscular physique.
I had just enough time to unzip the fanny pack and to grab the grip of the P320 before the dog was next to me. I avoided eye contact, looking straight ahead and continuing to walk, but watching the dog in my peripheral vision.
Was this dog about to attack or was this just a playful, BUT FULL-SIZED, “puppy“? As a dog owner myself, the last thing I wanted to do is to shoot someone else's dog if there was any way to avoid it.
In that two-second interval as I was reaching for my gun, I had already decided that if that dog attacked me, that baby, or her mother, I was going to shoot the dog, in the spine if possible, else wherever I could get a safe shot. Pitt bulls have a thick skull so that a headshot can be tricky. Also, you don't want to destroy the dog's brain, if possible so that it can be later checked for rabies.
[The sheepdog in me: I also remember thinking that if someone was to be attacked, far better it was me than the baby or the mother.]
Bam! The dog ran behind me and then quickly hit me hard in the back of my right knee, making my leg buckle. But I did not detect a bite or an actual attack.
The dog then ran in front of me, bounding in short leaps. “Only a puppy!,” I prayed hopefully.
The dog then started running towards the baby in the stroller, as the mother stood frozen. I continued to watch the dog intently while walking quickly to close the distance between the dog and myself just in case…
But the dog stopped short of the stroller and then turned and ran back towards one of the houses.
I let out a final sigh of relief, released my grip on the gun (the gun remained concealed through the entire event), re-zipped the fanny pack, and continued on my way, as did the mother and her baby.
Some important notes:
  • Many dogs, including pit bulls, don't always growl before an attack. So you can't count on a growl as a warning or precursor to an attack. Truth is many dog owners inadvertently train their dogs to attack without warning when they bop their growling dog on the nose. The dog doesn't learn that he's not allowed to strike, only that he's not allowed to growl!
  • A wagging tail on a pit bull doesn't necessarily mean they are friendly. Pitbulls wag their tails when excited. There are plenty of videos with pit bulls tearing into another dog or person with the pit bull's tail wagging to beat the band. Thus, while the above dog was indeed wagging its tail, I gave that no credence one way or the other.
This event served as yet another reminder that danger can appear anywhere and at any time. You're either ready or your not. I was ready, but very thankfully, it was but a false alarm.


SKAMANIA COUNTY WA - A NEIGHBOR INVITED KATHRINA BATEMAN TO COME BY HIS HOUSE TO LOOK AT A LITTER OF PUPPIES ...SOMEONE OPENED THE FRONT DOOR AND OUT CAME 5 PITS OF VARYING SIZES AND MAULED HER!

Kathrina Bateman of Skamania waits to be discharged at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vanco

Five dogs had just broken Kathrina Bateman’s arm, savaged the flesh on her left calf and popped out her right knee.
Then she drove herself, in a stick shift, a half-mile to the Skamania General Store for help.
“Everybody’s still going, ‘How’d you do that? Broken arm, knee popped out and this one’s all bleeding,’ ” she said Thursday in her hospital bed, with a smile. “I was determined. I needed help, and you do what you can.”
Medics brought Bateman, 57, to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Tuesday evening, after she was attacked by five dogs, which she described as  PIT BULLS  of varying size.  She spent several hours in surgery.
She met a neighbor at the Skamania General Store earlier that afternoon. He told her he had a litter of mutt puppies, Bateman said, and offered her one.
She followed him up the road from the store to his house.
“There was only one dog out in the yard, so he met me at my car before I got out,” she said.
The neighbor’s daughter opened the door to the house, Bateman said, then five dogs poured out.
“The next thing I know I’m being attacked by them,” she said.
She doesn’t recall much more of what happened, save getting into her car and the dogs gnashing at her legs.
“Because they were pulling me apart in two different directions,” she said.
The neighbor and his daughter were able to pull the dogs away, she said, then she got in her Oldsmobile Alero.
“I always knew, go to the store,” she said, having learned not to count on the ambulance drivers to find your house amid miles of poorly signed Skamania County back roads with bad cell service.
She got to the store, told the clerk to call 911, then they waited on the store deck for the ambulance. The ambulance crew, surprisingly, knew her parents.
She’s lived in Skamania County for 28 years, she said.
The current plan was to stay with her parents, who also live in Skamania County, while she recovers.
Bateman is a machinist at Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, and work is taking care of her time off, she said.
“But they’re going to be hurting,” she said. “I’m the only mechanic!”
Sheriff’s deputies responded with the ambulance, but she hadn’t heard from them since. Her guess was the dogs were riled because of the puppies. She didn’t know about the dogs when she headed to the house, she said, just the puppies.
The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office did not respond with more information about the incident before press time.
Bateman’s primary concern, and ideal outcome, is insuring all her medical costs are paid for, she said.
“This is going to be a bill, and I don’t know how much it’s going to affect me in the long run,” she said.
“I’m not after anybody. I just know this stuff kinda happens,” she added.
Bateman said she grew up a farm girl, and spends lots of time around animals. She’s had goats and chickens at her house, and is currently watching a few feral cats and mother deer and fawn that like to hang out around her 2-acre spread.
She couldn’t recall having any trouble like this before.
She also had a black Lab. The dog died two years ago.
As for getting a puppy, Bateman said that plan is on hold for now.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SPRINGFIELD OH - A BABYSITTER'S PIT BULL MAULED A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL'S FACE ...FIREFIGHTERS CLIMB THROUGH A WINDOW TO RESCUE THEM


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A 4-year-old is recovering in the hospital after nearly being mauled to death by a PIT BULL  in Springfield.
The little girl was with her babysitter when the animal snapped.
“It’s really bad, it's bad," said the 911 caller. “There’s blood everywhere. He got her face, he got her face.”
The call was made just moments after THE BABYSITTER'S PIT BULL  violently attacked the 4-year-old she was watching. The dog mauled the child's entire face.
“It’s real bad. I tried to get him off of her the best I could. She’s bad. This is so bad. Her face is horrible,” said the caller.
The babysitter locked herself and the girl inside a bedroom to hide from the dog. Firefighters had to climb through a window to rescue them. The babysitter is 51-year-old Kathy Engle, who had an outstanding warrant the night of the attack for failing to register the dog. Clark County Dog Warden Chief Sandi Click said the dog already had a history of biting, but never to this extreme.
"The child will probably have permanent scaring. She had a lot of damage done to her,” Chief Click said.
She said euthanizing the dog was the best option.
“The fact it also turned on its owner, I was not going to put my staff at risk for 10 days. The owner did not want the dog back. She wanted it to be euthanized,” Chief Click said.
Chief Click recommends never leaving children and pets unsupervised regardless how much you may trust them.
"We can’t always predict anymore what a dog's going to do any more than a person's going to do," she said.
The family said their number one priority right now is making sure their little girl get's better. So far, no charges have been announced.

TEHACHAPI CA - A DOGO ARGENTINO RECENTLY TAKEN IN BY A YOUNG FATHER MAULED HIS 6-MONTH-OLD BABY GIRL'S HEAD


A Tehachapi family says their six-month-old baby is lucky to be alive after surviving a dog attack that left her with injuries so severe she had to undergo brain surgery.

Bobby Fritz says when he learned Khonsu, a  DOGO ARGENTINO breed, was suddenly without a home, he didn't want to see the dog's fate decided at a shelter.

"The dog came into my work everyday with its owner," said Fritz. "We thought we were doing the right thing by helping this guy out. I was very familiar with this dog and we brought it home and everything was fine."

Fritz says Khonsu took well to his wife and three kids, which is why he says he never imagined that less than 24 hours later, his good deed would end in the severe injury of his baby.  Fritz says his wife turned away only for a matter of seconds when their daughter Adaliah was attacked.

"She was in the middle of changing the baby's diaper," said Fritz. "She walked not even five feet away."

He said it was then that his wife heard a bark, turned around and saw Khonsu running away from Adaliah who was sitting up with blood pouring down her face.

Family says the attack left her with a large laceration and a punctured skill.
"We feel horrible about what our baby girl has been having to go through all because we didn't want to see the dog go to the pound," said her father.
Adaliah's injuries were so severe she had to undergo brain surgery at Madera Children's Hospital.

"She's a miracle. She is our little angel so we just prayed," said Fritz. "And she pushed through. She's fighting good and acting like nothing ever happened."

Fritz says Adaliah's recovery couldn't be going better, but she will remain in the hospital for two more weeks.  Meanwhile Kern County Animal Services says Khonsu will be quarantined at their Mojave shelter for 10 days. Animal Services says if the dog's not redeemed at the end of the quarantine period, it will be euthanized. 

Fritz is warning parents to be careful when bringing unfamiliar animals around children.  "I see posts all the time of people taking dogs in off the street." said Fritz.  "Call the animal shelter. There's no-kill shelters. Call whoever you can but if you have kids be very, very, very cautious."


https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/tehachapi-baby-attacked-by-dog-suffers-brain-injuries