A pair of PIT BULLS that attacked a manTuesday in Mt. Washington have been euthanized, according to Pittsburgh police.
The victim, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment, police said. He was in stable condition. He suffered injuries to his arm and leg.
The attack occurred shortly before 1 p.m. in the 600 block of Olympia Street, according to a Pittsburgh police spokeswoman.
Animal control officers searched the neighborhood for the dogs and found one at about 2:45 p.m., police said. The second animal was caught about 10 minutes later.
The owner of the dogs, who assisted officers with the search, agreed to surrender the pit bulls to the Humane Animal Rescue shelter, where they were both put down.
The Allegheny Health Department also performed tests to determine if the dogs had rabies.
A woman who was walking her dogs at the time said she heard a man screaming and then saw the two pit bulls running toward her, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV.
“The pit bull started coming down the hill going to chase me, so I went running to my car,” Riley O’Donnell told the TV station. “There’s kids playing at (Olympia) Park, the dogs go running through the park, go up to the little girl, sniff the little girl and then run away.”
O’Donnell said she called 911 and then checked on the injured man.
VIDEO A Battle Creek woman said she feared for her life after being attacked by two aggressive PIT BULLS Monday. Police said the dogs went on a rampage, which included attacking a dog after biting the woman in the city's Post neighborhood.
According to Battle Creek Police, a responding officer shot and killed one of the dogs after it charged at him.
The officers started searching for the dogs after Christine Norton called 911 after being bitten by both of the animals before they ran off toward children at a school bus stop, near the intersection of Illinois Street and Lathrop Avenue.
"Kids were getting ready to get on school buses when it happened," said Battle Creek Deputy Police Chief, Bill Grafton.
Norton said she was getting her kids ready for school when she saw two dogs charging at her. "I was coming down the stairs to get the kids in the truck and they came out of nowhere and attacked me. I never thought a dog bite would hurt this bad," said Norton.
"Kids were getting ready to get on school buses when it happened," said Battle Creek Deputy Police Chief, Bill Grafton. Norton said she was getting her kids ready for school when she saw two dogs charging at her.
Norton said she suffered bites on her ankle and wrist outside her Illinois Street home.
"Just looking at them, you saw the aggression in their face. They wanted to do nothing but harm," Norton said.
Norton said she feared the dogs would attack her children. "I thought the dog was coming for my three year old, so I grabbed and threw her in my truck. It happened in a blink of an eye," Norton said.
Norton said she ran inside her house to call 911 after being bit. When police arrived, they saw the two pit bulls starting to attack another dog in a nearby yard.
One of the officers walked into the backyard when police say the dogs charged at him. The officer then shot and killed one of the dogs.
According to Grafton, the second pit bull was ultimately located and detained by its owner.
Norton said she suffered bites to her ankles and wrist and was released from the hospital Monday afternoon. Norton will require crutches for the meantime.
"You can heal from the wounds, but you can't mentally heal from something like this," Norton said.
Norton questioned why these dogs were allowed outside in the first place.
"The owners have to know their dogs were aggressive. Why have them in the city limits if 9 out of 10 neighbors have children?" Norton said.
Police say the dog who was attacked will make a recovery. Grafton said the owner of the two pit bulls, a Battle Creek man, was cited for two misdemeanor counts of having loose vicious dogs.
The investigation into the dog attacks are on-going. Grafton said the actions of the officer are not under investigation since he acted "according to protocol."
"When a dog approaches an officer and it is in a threatening manner, we’re going to do whatever we can to keep the community safe," Grafton said.
A Geneva Township man whose two dogs escaped his yard and attacked a neighbor’s pet was charged with creating a public nuisance by allowing his dogs to run at large, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
Kevin C. Woods of the 38W200 block of Glenwood Drive, Geneva Township, is scheduled to appear in branch court May 29.
According to the county’s ordinance, Woods faces a fine of $75 to $500.
Woods said his 1-year-old PIT BULLS, Biggie and Athena, got loose on April 2 when someone left open the gate to his property. When he came home from work that day, he let the dogs out of the house and they ran out through the open gate.
According to Therese Schafer, who was walking her leashed Labrador retriever, Willie, down Glenwood Drive, Woods’ dogs ran across the street and attacked hers, unprovoked, in her driveway.
Schafer, who lives across the street from Woods, said she walks her dog up and down the street regularly about 4 p.m. every day. She had not previously had any altercations with Biggie and Athena.
According to the sheriff’s report, when officers arrived, the dogs were separated and “the owner of … Willie … was in tears with blood all over her hands from her dog’s wounds. … [And] there was blood all over the driveway from the attack.”
Woods said he responded to hearing yelling and when he checked the backyard and did not see his dogs, he went to the front yard and saw Schafer trying to stop the attack with a garden hose. Woods said he commanded his dogs to stop and they did instantly.
The results of the attack were significant. The day it happened, Willie received stitches and the veterinarian inserted drains in eight major wounds the dog suffered. Willie remained at the vet for seven days. Now at home, he must be taken back every day for follow-up and had a procedure April 12 to insert another drain for fluid building up in his ear, Schafer said.
“I don’t think there is a spot on him that isn’t bit,” Schafer said. “It’s horrific. He is walking, but is swollen all over. One ear is giving him a lot of trouble and it will take a long time to heal. But he’s still here.”
Schafer said Willie did not do anything to provoke the attack – and she believes that the pit bulls’ owner did not intend for the attack to happen.
“I have put a chain and more security on the gate so nobody can open it up,” Woods said. “I am sorry for what happened to the woman’s dog.
“If my fence had not been open or tampered with, my dogs would not have gotten out of my yard,” Woods added. “My dogs have been around other dogs and they just don’t go attacking dogs or other people.”
Woods said he has found new homes for Biggie and Athena, and that he intends to pay for all of Willie’s vet bills, something he told Schafer, as well.
“I appreciated that so much,” Schafer said.
Schafer said she is speaking out about Willie’s attack because she would like to help prevent another from happening.
“I love Kane County, but I would like to see stricter laws about what happens when dogs that act that viciously – unprovoked,” Schafer said. “I would like people surrounding the place where we are to be notified of how dogs have behaved in the past.”
Police are investigating a dog attack that left a 32-year-old Logan man with severe injuries. Parley Goodrich was bitten in the face and had to receive extensive surgery.
Goodrich said the attack occurred Friday afternoon. He had just pulled in his driveway at 400 South 100 West, and got out of his vehicle, when he saw the dog walking by. As he reached down to pet the animal, it lunged at his face.
“It was pretty quick,” said Goodrich. “He grabbed my lip and nose and then I tried to get him off.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said the dog was a PIT BULL MIX, with gray and white fur. Animal control officers have been searching the neighborhood looking for it, and have several leads about its whereabouts.
Goodrich said the attack happened so fast that he didn’t realize how bad he was hurt.
“It was so quick. Once I was bit, I got away and got in my car. I drove to InstaCare. There really wasn’t any time to think.”
Goodrich’s lip was partially bitten off. He also had teeth marks in his nose.
When the medical staff at InstaCare saw the severity of Goodrich’s injuries, they advised him to go immediately to a surgeon’s office. He underwent a five-hour operation. Doctors had to use more than 300 stitches and a skin graft, to attempt to repair his face.
Goodrich explained that all he remembers is waking up Saturday morning. He said he is now trying to cope with the pain.
“As long as I don’t try to move my lips too much, it’s not too much pain. It’s tolerable.”
Goodrich is a construction worker, who does concrete and masonry work. He does not have medical insurance and family members are trying to raise money to assist with the accruing costs. They have started a Gofundme account to help.
Doctors tell Goodrich that he will need additional facial surgeries in the near future. He may also require Rabies vaccines, if officers can’t locate the dog and have it tested. The shots cost $300 a treatment.
Mikey Skelly, aged six weeks, is fighting for his life in hospital after being flown by helicopter from his aunt’s home in Hawick, Scottish Borders. He is in a critical condition after THE TERRIER left him with severe injuries on Thursday.
Neighbours described seeing the baby’s mother, Lucy Donaldson, 28, in ‘hysterics’ while the grandfather had his face in his hands after discovering the wounded boy. It is believed she had left the baby at her sister’s home as the pair went out, leaving him in the care of her sister’s partner, according to the Daily Record. Neighbour Teresa Currie, 37, believed Mikey had been left inside alone as her sister’s partner was outside playing football with his children and Lucy’s other kids. She didn’t know how long they were playing outside, before she saw Lucy and her sister pull up and go into the house.
Teresa told the Daily Record: ‘The next thing I saw Lucy running out of the house, hands up in the air, screaming. ‘I can’t imagine what Lucy has walked in to see. Whatever she saw, she couldn’t go back in that house again.’
The neighbour said Lucy’s sister came out of the house carrying the dog, 'WHICH IS A WEE THING,' and apparently took it to the vet to be put down. She called Lucy a ‘great mum’ and said she was devastated for the family, who apparently were keeping a bedside vigil on Thursday night. Mikey is currently being treated in the trauma unit of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, after emergency services were called at 4.35pm. It is understood the couple own several dogs, including lurchers and terriers. Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said she was wary of the terriers as she claimed they can be aggressive. She said: ‘I wouldn’t trust them or let kids in there. They are vicious little b*******.’
Forensics arrived at the scene yesterday, while police said enquiries are ongoing. Hawick councillor Davie Paterson said: ‘It’s an absolute tragedy and it’s going to hit the town hard. ‘I don’t know the full circumstances of what happened but from what I’m hearing the child could be scarred for life. ‘I was told about it with the council yesterday and I was absolutely horrified.’
A ten-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog at a seaside holiday park yesterday.
The horrific attack allegedly by a 'BULLDOG-TYPE BREED' took place near the town of Looe in South- East Cornwall.
A 28-year-old woman believed to be the dog's owner was spotted shortly afterwards covered in blood. She claimed she had been attacked by her boyfriend and was pleading for help to leave the scene.
A woman accompanied by a dog was later arrested on a train on suspicion of manslaughter 15 miles away in Saltash near Plymouth.
The dog has since been transferred to kennels.
Police were called to Tencreek Holiday Park after reports of the attack, with paramedics dispatched shortly before 5am.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been staying in a static caravan at the site. Looe resident Ashleigh Toms, 19, left her home at 6am yesterday and saw both the dog and the woman covered with bloodstains.
Ms Toms told The Mail on Sunday: 'I asked what had happened.
'She said she had been on a night out and had been attacked by her boyfriend who she said 'went nuts' at her.
'She asked for my help and for money to get a taxi, saying she needed to go to Saltash.
'I had no money but I said I would be happy to help her get the train, as I was getting it anyway.
'I offered to come on the train with her and she thanked me a lot. She and the dog were covered in blood.'
Ms Toms said she consoled the woman and paid for her ticket for the 50-minute journey to Saltash.
Ms Toms boarded the train at the same time as the woman who she said 'went straight to the toilet to clean herself up'. She added: 'The woman got very upset on the train and started crying her heart out.'
Miss Toms said she was shocked to learn of the arrest in Saltash and the tragedy that had happened earlier in the day.
Tencreek Holiday Park describes itself as 'the number one choice for great-value touring, camping and caravan holidays near Looe and Polperro, on Cornwall's stunning South Coast'.
Holidaymakers reported hearing screaming early yesterday morning and a spokesman for the park said: 'Emergency services were called to an incident in a static caravan just before 5am.
'Tragically, a ten-year-old child was pronounced deceased at the scene after being attacked by a dog present in the same caravan.
'Our thoughts are very much with the family involved. They have our deepest sympathies. 'He said the park would 'remain open offering normal service'.
Devon and Cornwall Police said: 'The boy's next of kin are aware and are being supported by police officers. Following this incident, searches were undertaken to locate the dog and its owner.
'Police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Saltash just after 8am. The dog has since been transferred to kennels. Inquiries continue into this incident.'
________________________________________________________ A British 9-year-old boy killed in a savage dog attack was left alone with the “bulldog-type” animal in a mobile home, according to police.
Frankie Macritchie, from Plymouth, died at Tencreek Holiday Park in Cornwall on Saturday, April 13, the BBC reported.
Police were called to the holiday park after receiving reports of a boy who was “unresponsive.”
The 9-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control, according to Sky News. She has since been released from police custody as the investigation continues.
Police identified the woman as a family friend.
The dog was taken to a kennel.
Detective Superintendent Mike West was cited by Sky News as saying that the boy was on holiday at the park with a group of adults when the tragedy occurred.
“We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst the adults that he was on holiday with were in an adjacent unit,” he said.
“These two groups of people were all known to each other and all from the Plymouth area,” West said, according to the report.
Families staying at the mobile home park were cited by The Metro as saying that they awoke to the child’s mother Tawnee Willis screaming, “The dog’s attacked my boy.”
Ashleigh Toms was cited by The Mirror as saying she saw the woman covered in blood near the scene of the attack.
He thanked those who heard the boy’s cries for help and rushed to help “in deeply upsetting conditions.”
West said the investigation needed to run its course before anything could be said about who’s responsible for the boy’s death.
“We appreciate that this case will shock and upset the public, however, we urge the public not to apportion blame on this tragic incident, and to allow us to do our job and to fully investigate this matter,” West said, according to the BBC.
West was cited by Sky News as saying that experts were trying to determine if the animal is a banned breed and whether it ought to be put down.
In the UK there is legislation prohibiting the ownership of the following breeds, which have been deemed dangerous: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro.
A spokesman for Tencreek holiday park, Henry Joce, was cited by the Guardian as saying: “It is with profound sadness that Tencreek holiday park management can confirm that emergency services were called to an incident in a static caravan just before 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.
“Tragically, a… child was pronounced deceased at the scene after being attacked by a dog present in the same caravan.
“Clearly our thoughts are very much with the family involved – they have our deepest sympathies,” he added.
(WHDH) - A man was arrested and is facing charges after a 13-year-old New Bedford girl was bitten several times by a PIT BULL and sent to the hospital following an altercation in the street last Friday.
Cell phone video captured a violent fight and dog attack on Linden Street.
“The dog ran on me, scratched my knee (because) my legs were up trying to get the dog off,” said Victoria.
Victoria says she was fighting with another girl when she was attacked by the dog.
She was bitten several times, but eventually got the dog off and went to the hospital.
“He bit me on my back, and then I was trying to get up, it bit me on my arm,” she said.
Victoria says at first, the dog’s owner tried using the dog to scare her and other kids who were arguing in the street.
But when Victoria started fighting with another girl, that’s when the dog was unleashed.
“I just had hits coming at me, and then there was the dog biting me and everyone screaming, and I was, like, frozen,” she said.
New Bedford police are investigating the attack, and the dog was taken by animal control.