Wednesday, June 20, 2018

FLORENCE AL - MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PIT BULL MAULING OF ROSE HOLT, 78: "THE ATTACK LASTED ON AND OFF FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES... "THEY WOULD GET TIRED AND LAY DOWN UNDER HER PATIO AND WHEN SHE WOULD YELL FOR HELP THEY WOULD START BACK ATTACKING HER" ...HERO JAMES MEYER AND HIS WIFE DONNA DROVE BY AND FOUGHT THE DOGS TO SAVE HER!!!



A local woman is recovering from the attack of TWO PIT BULLDOGS, and the Florence Police Department has launched a “dangerous dog investigation” into the incident.


Officials with Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital said Tuesday that Rose Holt was in fair condition as she recovers from the attack that occurred Friday afternoon in her backyard.
“She’s doing OK under the circumstances,” said her granddaughter, Mia Berryman. “She has bite marks all over her from head to toe.”
Berryman said the worst injury is to her grandmother’s ankle, where one of the dogs punctured her Achilles tendon.
Police detective Capt. Brad Holmes said the newly enacted “Emily’s Law" that went into effect June 1 provides a process to have a dog deemed “dangerous.”
He said the law stipulates animals will remain under the control of Animal Services until the case is heard in municipal court where a judge can confirm the animal is dangerous, or conclude the circumstances do not meet the law in terms of dangerous behavior.
Holmes said both animals have been confiscated. One is being held at the animal shelter. A bystander shot the other dog. It survived and is being held in Huntsville. He said both animals are current on their shots and vaccinations.
If the dogs are determined to be dangerous, the owners must either release the animals to Animal Services for them to be humanely euthanized, or file a request to take the animals back.
Holmes said if the owner fights to keep the animals and wins, the dogs must be spayed or neutered; microchipped; kept in a locked pen with four sides, a top and a concrete bottom, or fencing that extends at least 2 feet into the ground; pay an annual $100 dangerous-dog registration fee; and must secure a $100,000 surety bond that provides coverage for dog bites, injuries, or death caused by the dog.
Holmes said under the new law, criminal charges apply only after the dogs have been deemed dangerous, or if the investigation proves the owner had prior knowledge of the dangerous behavior, yet acted recklessly under the circumstances.
Berryman said her grandmother had walked into the backyard to water her flowers.
“She said she turned around, and the dogs were on her,” Berryman said. “She said they knocked her down and started biting her. At some point, she hit her head three to four times on the concrete.”
Berryman said according to her grandmother, THE ATTACK LASTED ON AND OFF FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES.  SHE SAID THE ANIMALS WOULD ATTACK, GET TIRED, AND GO LAY DOWN UNDER HER PATIO TO CATCH THEIR BREATH.   SHE WOULD YELL FOR HELP, AND THEY WOULD START BACK ATTACKING HER.  
She said a passerby heard her grandmother.
“The man got bit trying to get them off and his wife called 911,” Berryman said.
Berryman said her main concern is that the dogs don’t return to the neighborhood.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

YUKON OK - 2 PIT BULLS KILLED 2 CATS AND ATTACKED 3 PEOPLE THAT TRIED TO SAVE THE CATS



VIDEO - http://www.koco.com/article/shots-fired-at-dogs-during-attack-in-neighborhood-oklahoma-city-police-say/21524337

A woman described being attacked by  TWO PIT BULLS  after she stepped in to help her neighbor.

Kelly Babbit says she saw her neighbor being attacked while trying to save her own cat.  When she tried to help, she says the two dogs turned on her.

"I got to there and the dog looked at me and the little one took a running leap and locked onto my face and I went down and when I went down, the big one came and locked on my head," said Babbit.

Her son said he heard her screaming went outside to help.

"I pushed one off to the side but the other one came up and bit me on my leg and he bit me on my other leg but didn't get me as good.  And as soon as we threw him off, we ran inside and called the cops."

The dogs were later handed over to animal welfare workers. Neighbors in the area say they have reported the pit bulls running loose in the neighborhood for months.  Investigators said all three of the injured victims are expected to be okay. Babbit is just glad no children were hurt.

"If that had a been a kid, they would have killed the kid."

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/nation-world/woman-describes-pit-bull-attack-outside-her-home

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Three people suffered minor injuries and two cats are dead after being attacked by dogs Thursday morning in a neighborhood near Yukon.  The attack was reported just before 9 a.m. in a neighborhood near North Czech Hall Road and Reno Avenue.

According to police, a woman was sitting on her front porch and she let her cats out. Three dogs, including two PIT BULLS, approached the cats and the pit bulls began attacking them.

Police said the woman ran to save her cats, but the dogs began attacking her. Two others came to help the woman, and police said they were attacked by the dogs, too.

An officer arrived and fired a shot at one pit bull. The three dogs were taken into custody.

http://www.koco.com/article/shots-fired-at-dogs-during-attack-in-neighborhood-oklahoma-city-police-say/21524337



Monday, June 18, 2018

AVENUE, ST. MARY'S COUNTY MD - EMS RESPONDED TO A RESIDENCE WHERE A DOG HAD ATTACKED AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL CAUSING SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES WITH A "COMPLETE AMPUTATION" OF HER LIPS


On Friday, June 15, 2018, at approximately 2:20 p.m., EMS personnel responded to Cobrums Wharf Road, in Avenue, for the reported animal attack.
While rescue personnel were responding, they were advised by the 911 caller that the victim, an 11-year-old female, had severe facial injuries and a “complete amputation” of her lips.
Crews arrived on scene and requested a helicopter due to her injuries. The victim was flown by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 to an area trauma center.
The Incident is being investigated by St. Mary’s County Animal Control, and updates will be provided when they become available.



BURNET TX - A POLICE OFFICER WAS DISPATCHED TO 3 LARGE DOGS ATTACKING A MAN NEAR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ...THE PITS RETURNED AND BEGAN ATTACKING THE OFFICER WHO SHOT AND KILLED ONE, WOUNDED ANOTHER AND THE 3RD RAN OFF...OWNER COULD FACE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGE



A Burnet police officer was taken to a hospital after THREE DOGS  attacked her, the city said.

At around 11:40 a.m. June 14, a Burnet patrol corporal was dispatched to the 700 block of South Vanderveer near Burnet Elementary School due to reports that a man had been attacked by three large dogs.

When the corporal arrived, she met with the man who was attacked and started looking for wounds on his body, the city said. Shortly after, the dogs returned and attacked the corporal, the city said.

Body camera footage shows the dogs attacking the corporal while she tried to protect the man and herself. In the video, she fires her gun twice, killing one dog and injuring another. The third dog ran away. 

The owners of the dogs were found and told about the incident.

The corporal received injuries to both of her arms and was taken to a hospital. The man refused to be taken to the hospital.

Two of the dogs belong to Aryck Evans. One of the two dogs, Dakota, was shot and killed. His other dog, Oakley, was not shot.

"They're not violent," Evans said. "They've never been violent."

His nextdoor neighbor is Heather Williams. She owns Rocky, who was shot in his left leg. She said he is a sweet dog.

"He's really good with kids,” she said. “Good family dog. He's really loyal. Likes to play.”

Burnet PD said they have issued a citation for dog at large on that street before.
The chief said his department is considering charges against the dog owners. It could be a citation or an aggravated assault charge.



ATLANTA GA - A WOMAN MAULED BY A PIT BULL TERRIER AT A SOUTHWEST ATLANTA ROOMING HOUSE WAS GRANTED A $4.2 MILLION DEFAULT JUDGMENT AGAINST THE PROPERTY'S OWNER

Joshua Davis, Morgan & Morgan, Atlanta (Courtesy photo)
(Joshua Davis, Morgan & Morgan, Atlanta)
A woman mauled by a  PIT BULL TERRIER DOG  at a southwest Atlanta rooming house was granted a $4.2 million default judgment against the property’s owner.
Morgan & Morgan attorney Joshua Davis said he is under no illusion that property owner Jonathan Hart, who never responded to a lawsuit seeking about $60,000 in medical bills and other damages, can cover the hefty judgment. In addition to the rooming house, he said Hart apparently holds interests in multiple properties that Davis intends to go after.
“That’s one of the reasons I was so surprised he never responded,” Davis said. “He has experience; he knows the game. That’s why it was so baffling that he never responded when I requested his insurance information. He could have probably settled for his policy limit.”
Hart did not respond to an email address listed on court filings for him. A man who answered the phone number listed for him profanely shouted he had no money and would not identify himself before hanging up.
According to Davis, co-counsel Miguel Dominguez and court filings, the case began when Nakisa Hiles, 40, needed a place to stay in 2016. Hart offered her a room at a house on Montreat Avenue, where several other people lived.
Hiles was attempting to enter the rear door of the house her first day there when a pit bull chained in the backyard broke free and attacked her, biting her repeatedly on her right leg and ankle.
“She had 32 stitches on her shin alone,” said Davis, and developed an infection. “It was obviously very traumatic. She walks with a permanent limp now.”
Davis said Hiles has tried to work but cannot stand for any length of time because of her injuries. Her studies for a bachelor’s degree in business administration suffered because of the pain medication she takes.   
He said the dog was apparently owned by a prior tenant who died some months earlier.
“Technically it was nobody’s dog,” said Davis. “The other tenants would throw it scraps. Apparently other neighbors had complained about it getting off the chain.”
Davis said Hart assiduously avoided Hiles in the months after the accident, refusing to speak to her or to collect rent.
After she contacted Davis, who began trying to get insurance information from Hart, the landlord filed a dispossessory action against Hiles in Fulton County Magistrate Court.
“He never sent an eviction letter, he never responded to my requests or was available for service,” Davis said.
“I think he got caught up trying not to deal with this dog bite,” Davis said. “I guess he thought it was going to go away.”
Hart also missed a dispossessory hearing last year, during which Davis asked that the case be moved to State Court to deal with Hiles’ counterclaims.  
Judge Wesley Tailor set a June 1 trial date.
“We waited almost an hour and [Hart] didn’t appear,” Davis said. “I had filed a notice of default, so I put on my full case for the judge.”  
Davis said he asked for $11 million in damages. Tailor retired to his chambers and returned after about 20 minutes with a judgment awarding $4.25 million
The next step is to file a writ of fieri facias with the court to satisfy the judgment.
“This is not some Joe Schmoe who owns one property,” he said. “I’ve found at least 16 properties associated with him.”

INDIANOLA IA - A FATHER OF A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY SPOKE BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL ASKING THAT A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL BE PUT DOWN AFTER IT ATTACKED HIS CHILD..."WE'RE LUCKY WE DIDN'T GO TO A FUNERAL INSTEAD OF A HOSPITAL VISIT"

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The Indianola City Council unanimously voted Monday night to "humanely destroy" a  PIT BULL  that attacked a 4-year-old earlier this month. 

Rescue and law enforcement officials were called to 912 West Detroit Ave. in Indianola on June 2 after a pit bull owned by Scott Miller bit the boy, according to a police report written by Indianola officer Jay Hackett.  Hackett found the child with two large holes near his eyes on the side of the nose, according to the report. 

"Due to the bleeding I could not see how deep the bite was," the report states. "A large number of scrapes were located on the head. On the lower right leg a large amount of bruising had started to occur and a few of the bites had broken his skin."  Peterson was transported to a hospital in Des Moines.  

Kevin Peterson, the boy's father, spoke during a hearing before the council decided to euthanize the dog.

"I'm lucky he's not dead," Peterson said. "I only left him in our yard for 30 seconds, and our yard is mostly fenced."

Peterson said the incident has left him with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and he urged the council to create an ordinance banning pit bulls.

"Most insurance companies won't insure pit bulls because they know there's a problem there and they know the damage they cause and the people they kill," Peterson said.  "My kid won't leave the house. He won't go to his little league games. He's devastated. It's going to take years, further surgeries and psychiatric care to help him." 

The dog's owner, Scott Miller, spoke in favor of his animal, and said the 2-year-old rescue dog isn't usually vicious. He also said his dog has come inside a few times in the last month with a bloody face because someone had been throwing rocks at him.  He asked council members if they'd like to see pictures of the rocks he's found in his yard, but the council declined.

Miller said that at the time of the incident, the boy was "yelling and swinging around a rake" and the dog "must have took that as a threat."  "He has never been aggressive or come close to being aggressive to anybody," Miller said. "He is a good dog."

Mike Bowlin, a relative of the boy, told council members he supported putting the dog to death.  "My grandson plays in that yard on a regular basis," Bowlin said. 

"It could have very well been him. ... We're lucky we didn't go to a funeral instead of a hospital visit."

Indianola resident Wendy Mallory also spoke in favor of destroying the dog, stating "We need to consider the safety of our children."

Miller will have up to 10 days to file an appeal in district court. Mayor Kelly Shaw indicated his support to further explore a ban on pit bulls during the meeting.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/indianola/2018/06/18/pit-bulls-bull-attacks-indianola-4-year-old-city-council/712715002/



BRONX NEW YORK - A MOTHER AND 4 TEENAGERS WERE ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS AS THEY WERE TAKING A WALK


A mother and four girls were attacked by pit bulls in the Bronx Sunday night, leaving them with bite wounds and scratches.

It happened just before 10 p.m. at Pelham Parkway and Lurting Avenue in Morris Park, as Abida Kousar, her three daughters and a niece were headed home from a leisurely walk.

"I feel her teeth," Kousar said. "I tried to push down, but he would not leave me."

Authorities say  TWO PIT BULLS  got away from their handlers and attacked the group, with the victims ranging in age from 12 to 45.

"First it was the one dog that came at me, then suddenly two dogs were on me," daughter Mishal Nawaz said. "It was so horrible."

The mother was the most severely injured, as she tried to protect the girls during the attack.

"When they scratched me on my face, then I went to the owner," niece Aiman Fiaz said. "And then I told her, 'You just said they don't bite, and look what they did to me.'"

The dogs were taken into custody by the Emergency Services Unit and brought to Animal Care and Control.

The two owners were issued summonses, who -- according to the victims -- did little to stop the attack.

"I blame the ladies, because first they were like playing with them," daughter Tooba Nawaz said. "After that, they just left them alone. That's when the dogs came towards us."

It is unclear what will happen to the dogs, but the victims are simply relieved they are all OK.

"I am thankful that all of us were together," daughter Fatima Nawaz said. "We helped each other getting away from the dogs."

http://abc7ny.com/pets-animals/woman-4-girls-attacked-by-2-pit-bulls-in-bronx/3615521/



DALLAS TX - 3 DOGS CHARGED OUT AN OPEN GATE AND MAULED RONALD BELL, 57...HE IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AND HIS ARM MAY NEED TO BE AMPUTATED...UNDER PRESENT LAWS THE "RESPONSIBLE OWNER" WILL NOT FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES!!!


A Dallas man is in critical condition after he was attacked by  three dogs  Saturday night in a South Dallas neighborhood. The attack comes just days before the Dallas City Council is set to vote on strengthening its dangerous and aggressive dog ordinance.
Dallas police say Ronald Bell, 57, was attacked by three dogs on Beckley View Avenue. A family friend says that he is currently in critical condition and his arm may need to be amputated.
A city spokesman said the dogs came out of an open gate in a neighborhood where it’s not unusual to see dogs roaming about freely.
“I see a lot of dogs coming through here,” Bell’s neighbor Susano Perez said. “I don’t know where they are coming from.”
It’s led to some in the neighborhood to call for change. They say that they are worried for their safety after the attack.
“My prayers go out to the family,” neighbor Leticia Valez said. “I’m just so sorry it happened but something needs to be done about these loose dogs.”
The attack came four days after the Dallas Animal Services director got approval from the city’s Quality of Life Committee to bring his new, tougher dangerous and aggressive dog ordinance before the city council.
It also is the latest incident in a string of dog attacks. In 2016, veteran Antoinette Brown was killed after she was attacked by loose dogs in Fair Park. In April, a woman was mauled by a pack of dogs but survived.
The new ordinance would allow officers to charge the owner of a loose dog who bites someone with a misdemeanor. Since it is not yet in place, the owner of the dog that attacked Bell will not face any criminal charges. Instead, he is being charged with failure to microchip, alter and vaccinate.
The city council will vote on whether or not to approve the ordinance on June 27.