Wednesday, December 22, 2010

HARTFORD/GENEVA COUNTY AL - UPDATE ON PIT BULL ATTACK VICTIM: MARIAH CARVER

While searching I found 2 more articles that gave more information on the dogs that attacked  #51 Victim Mariah Carver and her treatment in the following months.  I had listed the dogs that attacked her as just ----PACK OF DOGS---as it was stated in the first article I found.  I will now change that to PIT BULL TYPE DOGS:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/14692883/detail.html

5 PIT BULLS MAUL ALABAMA GIRL

A nine-year old Geneva County girl was mauled by at least 5 Pit Bulls Saturday. The Child was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Birmingham where she is in serious condition.........

http://search.wsfadatasphere.com/Hartford

UPDATE:  DOG MAULING VICTIM MOVED TO OHIO CARE CENTER

The 9 yr old girl from Hartford Al mauled by 5 English Bulldogs is under new care in Cincinnati, Ohio-Shriners Hospital for Children.  Mariah Carver was first transported to Children's Hospital in Birmingham after the incident.......

MOBILE AL - 3 BOYS ATTACKED BY A MIXED BREED DOG ON TUES. DEC 21,2010 - FIRST REPORT IDENTIFIES DOG AS A PIT BULL - 2ND REPORT SAYS THE DOG WAS A BOXER MIX ???

UPDATE - Jan 31, 2011 - Ten yr old Elijah Meade was attacked along with 2 other boys on Dec 21, 2010.  The dog, said to be a BOXER MIX in this report instead of a PIT BULL, was euthanized days after the attack. Elijah was hospitalized several weeks.  He has undergone skin graft surgeries and was just released this past Friday.  He still has to go back to the hospital for wound care. The dog owners will be in court later this week to face a citation, His mother says she plans to be there to represent her son.

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mobile_county/painful-recovry-for-dog-attack-victim

Three boys were playing ball in an open field on Dover St. when they were attacked by a PIT BULL MIX.  One child climbed a tree and the two others were injured and one remains hospitalized at USA Medical Center and is expected to undergo more surgery.  The neighbors say the pit bull had caused problems before but animal control did nothing about it.  Neighbors came to the rescue with a hammer and a knife and one neighbor came with a gun when they heard the boys screaming .....video and more at:

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/mobile_county/dog-attacks-three-children-on-dover-st

Initially identified by police as a Pit Bull.  An update CHANGED  THAT FROM PIT BULL TO BOXER MIX

Monday, December 20, 2010

LAWRENCEBURG TN - RESCUED PIT BULL ATTACKS 3 PEOPLE-COUPLE THAT ADOPTED IT AND ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER - HUNTSVILLE AL CONNECTION

Oct. 22, 2009- Lawrenceburg Tn. Animal Control Officer was viciously attacked by  A PIT BULL NAMED DILLINGER  Dillinger that escaped a kennel at the city pound and attacked him from behind and bit him on the back, ankle, leg, neck and hand, and he lost half his thumb. The dog had been in quarantine at the city pound for attacking  A LAWRENCEBURG WOMAN AND HER BOYFRIEND  OCTOBER 12, 2009, -------30 MINUTES AFTER THEY HAD BROUGHT THE DOG HOME FROM A DICKSON ANIMAL RESCUE- ELEVEN ELEVEN BULLY RESCUE.-------The woman had to have 60 stitches  in her hand. The man had reconstructive surgery on his leg.  "He meant to kill us.  I hit him with a 4 x 4 and he still did not let go,"  the man said.   BOTH ARE RECOVERING NEAR HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA.  According to the man in charge of the rescue, the Pit Bull had been in animal foster card for two months before its adoption without incident. The Pit Bull has been euthanized.  Here are links to the story and a video story:




Sunday, December 19, 2010

ANNISTON AL - A 51-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS MAULED BY 4 PIT BULLS - SEVERE INJURIES

 8-27-2007 - A 51 yr old Anniston woman , OLIVIA THOMPSON,  who was mauled by 4 PIT BULLS  was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital with severe injuries to her scalp and extremities.  Anniston police said she was found just before 2 am Friday lying against a fence in the Blue Mountain area yelling for help.  When Police arrived one of the Pit Bulls was shot when it charged an animal control officer.  One more was captured at the scene.  The other two were surrendered to police by David Zackery, the alledged owner.  The dogs were euthanized and Zackery was issued 10 citations at the scene and police expect more charges.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wual/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1137433/Alabama/Anniston.PitBull.Victim.Still.Hospitalized


Friday, December 17, 2010

MOBILE AL - A 6-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED IN THE FACE BY A PIT BULL

Tuesday, Apr 8,  2008 - A 6 yr old boy is recovering from severe facial injuries  at Providence Hospital in Mobile AL after he was mauled by a female PIT BULL  that had just given birth to 14 puppies. The dog was injured with a gun  and later euthanized and its puppies will be taken by a pit bull rescue group.  For more information go to:

http://blog.al.com/live/2008/04/child_mauled_by_dog.html


GOLDEN SPRINGS NEAR ANNISTON AL - 2007 - OWNER OF DOG INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON WOMAN ARRESTED

June 7, 2007 - Anniston police have arrested a man believed to be the owner of at least one of the pit bulls involved in a Friday attack in Golden Springs and charged him with allowing dogs to run at large.   The woman, Kristi Jiles,  and her 12 yr old poodle  were attacked by 2 pit bulls  and received more than 60 stitches to her legs.  Anniston Police seized the male pit bull which  the man  says he does not own,  and a female  was captured Saturday morning.  Here is a link to the story:

http://www.getcalhoun.com/alabama810/am810newsarchive/07/Jun07/Dateline06-14-09alabama810radionews.htm


Thursday, December 16, 2010

ETOWAH COUNTY AL MAN KILLED IN TEXAS PIT BULL ATTACK

Oct 29, 2006 - Texas authorities say that an Etowah Co AL native was killed by a large male pit bull named "Dax"  in Willis, Texas. David "Ted" McCurry, age 41, was bitten over more than 90 % of his body by the Pit Bull that he had driven to a residence in Willis to inquire about buying from the owner  Firas Bescisso.  While McCurry and his companion, 19 yr old Kimberly Cunningham, were at the residence  the dog broke free from the owner and attacked both McCurry and Cunningham.  Cunningham was attacked first, but was able to get on the roof of the car for safety.  Both McCurry and Bescisso attempted to restrain the dog from attacking Cunningham. While attempting to restrain the dog, it broke away from Besscisso and attacked McCurry and was able to drag him down and attack his neck and head.  Bescisso had purchased the Pit Bull five months ago for home security purposes. He claimed the dog had never shown any type of aggression.  The dog was confiscated by Montgomery Co Animal Control at the scene and will be held until an investigation is completed and then destroyed.  The case will be referred to the District Attorney to determine if any criminal charges will be filed against the dog's owner.  McCurry's family plans to return his body to the Etowah Co Alabama area for burial.

http://www.fatalpitbullattacks.com/index.php

LANETT AL - 2005 - TWO DOG ATTACK CASES HEADING TO A GRAND JURY

June 29, 2005 - The Grand Jury will hear 2 Dog Attack cases in August.  The grand jury will decide charges against Billy Earl Marbury whose Pit Bull attacked and killed 70-yr-old Barbara Pilkington of Lanett back on Feb. 4, 2005, and the case of  a "Mixed Breed"dog  attack on 9 yr old Brandon Fears  who was walking with his friends on a city street in Lanett  and was bitten on the leg. For more information go to:

http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=3592455


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

LOXLEY AL - A 3-YEAR- OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED BY A STRANGE PIT BULL AS HE WAS PLAYING IN HIS YARD NEAR HIS MOTHER

Mar 6, 2009 - A 3 yr old Loxley boy was bitten in the groin and the leg  by a PIT BULL.  He was picking flowers in his yard when the dog just appeared and jumped on him and pulled him to the ground. "It's an extremely scary feeling," says his mother,  "Just to know that at any moment a strange dog can come into your yard and attack your child."   She is glad she was in the yard near her child and the attack didn't last long, but she doesn't want this to happen again.   Alabama's law involving animal attacks is practically non-existant.  The laws are lenient for dog owners.  Police are looking at possible charges, but say any fines or penalties would be minimal.

http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/dog_attacks_loxley_toddler/24194/Mar-06-2009_1


LEXINGTON, LAUDERDALE CO AL - 2010 - DOG BITES 6-YEAR-OLD CHILD IN THE EYE AND EARS

Aug 6, 2010 - A 6-year-old child was taken to the hospital after a dog bit him in the eye and ears.  Lauderdale Co Sheriff's office said the child was petting the dog in his yard and the dog growled at him and when the child stood up he was bitten.  The child was taken to ECM hospital and the dog is in quarantine.  for more information read here:

http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=12939499

BIRMINGHAM AL - 2008 - POLICE KILL PIT BULL THAT ATTACKED CHILD

Aug. 7, 2008 - An officer shot and killed a PIT BULL  that attacked a 6-year-old boy in Ensley today. The child, who had deep lacerations on his face and head, was taken to Children's Hospital.  For more information go to:

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/08/police_kill_pit_bull_that_atta.html


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

KELLYTON, COOSA COUNTY AL - 2010 - A 9-YEAR-OLD CHILD WAS ATTACKED BY 3 PIT BULLS - THE CHILD WAS TRANSFERRED TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN BIRMINGHAM

Feb 16, 2010 - A 9-year old child was injured in Kellyton Monday night after being attacked by 3 PIT BULLS.  The child was transported to Russell Medical Center then transferred on to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  Lem Burell, environmental director for Area 6 of the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, said one of the three dogs was killed on the scene and a local veterinarian euthanized the other two Tuesday. "Soon after the incident, the owner of the pit bulls was told to either quarantine the dogs or to have them humanely destroyed by a veterinarian," Burell said.  "The owner chose to have all the dogs humanely destroyed."  Burell also said the remains of the animals would likely be sent today to the Dept. of Public Health for examination to see if they have rabies." For more information read here:

http://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2010/02/16/three-pit-bulls-attack-child/


Monday, December 13, 2010

PRICEVILLE AL- CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ANIMAL CONTROL TRAINING FOR PATROLMAN

DECATUR DAILY - Friday December 10, 2010 - Page D-5-
Priceville City Council Meeting notes:

Approved $525 tuition, lodging and other travel expenses for patrolman Herman Davis to attend the NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION LEVEL 1 TRAINING IN ATLANTA ON JANUARY 9 - 14.

In the 11-24-10 post on this blog,  there were reports by citizens of the City of Priceville about an attack by 2 or more pit bulls on a teenage boy who was injured in the chest, neck, and shoulders.  He managed to fight the dogs off with his pocket knife.  He was taken to the hospital but there are no police reports or newspaper reports on this.  This happened on Sunday 10-24-10.  It was said that the mother and the City of Priceville wanted no publicity on this pit bull attack.

DAUPHIN ISLAND AL - 2006 - A JUDGE DID NOT RULE TO EUTHANIZE A VICIOUS PIT BULL EVEN THOUGH IT HAD ATTACKED 3 TIMES !!!

Dec 14, 2006 - Police chief George Goodwin stated that his Department will seek the destruction of a PIT BULL  that along with a BOXER  attacked a Dauphin Island resident as he was  getting ready to take a walk  around 5 pm Saturday Dec. 9th, 2006. The other dog involved, a boxer, was shot 3 times and killed when both dogs attempted to charge Police Officers. The pit bull was wounded and fled back home.  The owner surrendered the injured animal to police and it is being held under quarantine. Charles Bridges, the 64 yr old victim of the dog attack, suffered bite wounds to his thigh and calf. The city plans to pursue a case against the owner of the pit bull.  THE DOGS WERE INVOLVED IN TWO PRIOR ATTACKS. The charge the city is pursuing is a Class C misdemeanor against the owner for allowing his dogs to run loose.  If convicted, he will face up to a $500 fine and three months in jail.

http://www.treasurecoast-injurylawyer.com/news/dog-bites/

March 13, 2007 - A dog owner was fined $500 Monday and was told that his pit bull must go for 6 months on good behavior. The man pleaded guilty in Dauphin Island Municipal Court to charges of keeping dangerous animals, failing to inoculate them for rabies and allowing them to run loose.  Shortly after his Boxer and Pit Bull attacked Charles Bridges, age 64, police shot and killed the boxer and shot the pit bull but it lived.  Later the pit bull's right rear leg was amputated.  Monday's court room result didn't please the victim, Mr. Bridges.  He said, "They're going to have a child mauled down here if they don't get the animal ordinance they need.  On 3 LEGS OR  4 - THAT'S A DANGEROUS ANIMAL."  He wants the dog destroyed, but the town's animal control ordinance doesn't give the Municipal Judge, James Lackey, the power to euthanize animals deemed dangerous. Lackey gave the owner a 6 month probationary period and fines and court cost of $900.  For more information go to:

http://leerburg.com/pitbull.htm.


AUTAUGA COUNTY AL - 2009 - THE COUNTY COMMISSION STRENGTHENS ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE AFTER MINIATURE HORSE "SKYE" WAS FATALLY MAULED BY 3 PIT BULLS

June 19, 2009 - An Autauga County man whose miniature horse was mauled by 3 PIT BULLS  in February is applauding the Autauga County Commission's move to strengthen its vicious animal ordinance.  But according to James Wilson, the new law doesn't go far enough.

"We're in a lot better shape than where we were," he said.  "But we wanted any dog that attacks an animal to have to be quarantined, just like when they attack a person.  I think that needs to be done in the long run."

The County Commission unanimously passed the ordinance during its Tuesday night meeting.  The new ordinance gives the County's animal control officer more leeway in investigating vicious or nuisance animals.  It's valid only in the unincorporated portions of the county. 

Before now, the only law on the books was that owners couldn't allow their dog to run at large. If an animal attacks another animal now,  it's up to the animal control officer to determine whether the animal is impounded. 

Wilson's miniature horse, Skye,  had to be euthanized after the mauling in February.  It had its ears chewed off and received injuries to its face and flanks.  She was treated for about a week at Calera animal Hospital before she had to be put down. But the Wilsons have other horses and stock on their 10-acre property.  He shot and killed 2 of the pit bulls that attacked Skye and wounded the 3rd, but it ran away. 

"We're worried about our other animals, of course, but we're also worried about people," Wilson said.  We have our grandchildren up here all the time and there are kids in the neighborhood.  IF A DOG WILL ATTACK  A HORSE,  THEY WILL  ATTACK A PERSON.

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20090618/NEWS01/906180319/Autauga+County+strengthens+animal+sontrol+ordinance

http://www.bullybreedresource.com/forums/showthread.php?1927-Autauga-County-AL-


PRATTVILLE AL - CITIZENS SPEAK BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT DOG ATTACKS - JUNE 15, 2010

http://www.prattvilleal.gov/city-council/2010-06-15-city-council-meeting.html

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT:

Debra Meliska, Adell St, Prattville, appeared before the council to address her recent encounter with a vicious dog, a SIBERIAN HUSKY which attempted to attack her on her on property.  She stated that this particular dog had previously attacked her small dog which resulted in extensive injuries and expensive veterinarian bills.  The dog's owner lives one block over and does little to ensure the safety of others by keeping it chained or locked up in a secure fenced area at all times.  She also stated that after calling the police and having the dog picked up by the dog warden, the dog was returned to its owner within 3 hours. 

Councilman Miller informed Ms. Meliska that he is aware of this situation and assured her that upon the Mayor's return, additional discussions will take place on the best way to resolve this issue.  Council President Argo stated that in recent months, he too had a similar incident regarding a vicious dog in his district.  He also assured Ms. Meliska that the council will take action to strengthen the city's ordinance regarding vicious dogs. 

Tommy Pratt, Cooper Av, appeared before the council to express his concern for the vicious dog that Ms. Meliska referred to.  Mr. Pratt stated that while out walking his dachshund, on May 15th, the same vicious dog attacked his dog.  The attack was so brutal that his pet had to be put down the next morning.  He ask the council to assist citizens with a stronger ordinance against vicious dogs. 

Nancy Williams , Cooper Av Prattville, appeared before the council to read a prepared statement of her concerns about vicious dogs being allowed by their owners to run at large.  She spoke of the threat they pose to people and other animals.  She noted that a dog warden should be able to determine whether or not a dog is vicious and if the dog in question should be removed from its environment and quarantined or if it should be euthanized. 

Councilman Boles requested that City Attorney David McDowell obtain a copy of Autauga County's  vicious dog ordinance to review and possibly mirror as we consider strengthening the city's ordinance.

(More information provided in an article by the Montgomery Advertiser:  http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/...ougher+dog+law

Council President Dean Argo said the Cooper Ave incidents, and unrelated complaints about vicious dogs from other portions of the city, have the council looking into strengthening the vicious dog law.

The best way is for the city to adopt the vicious dog law passed about a year ago by the Autauga County Commission, which gives the county's animal control officer more leeway in investigating vicious or nuisance animals, said District 6 Councilman Ray Boles, who represents the Cooper Avenue neighborhood.

"The County Commission looked at other laws in the state before they passed their law," he said.  "By passing the same law the county has, we can avoid problems in the future.  That will mean the city and county will have the same law.  Things won't be different for Prattville and areas outside the city,"


Sunday, December 12, 2010

PRATTVILLE AL - 2007 - MEDICS WHO WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ELDERLY WOMAN WITH A SEIZURE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE TO FIND ALSO A YOUNG BOY BEING ATTACKED BY A DOG

On Jan 26, 2007, at 11:27 am Rescue 22 was dispatched to a seizure at 1938 Hwy 82 West in Booth AL.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Medic Andrew Ellison and Fire Medic Josh Bingham noticed  a dog  attacking a young boy.  They immediately rushed to the aid of the boy and placed him in the ambulance and started emergency care, then Bingham provided emergency care for the elderly woman with a seizure.

Rescue 24 was called for assistance and Sergeant Medic Ricky Roberts and Fire Medic Craig Allen arrived on scene and took over care of the seizure patient and transported her to Baptist South.  Rescue 22 transported the young boy to Jackson's Hospital Emergency Room.  Sergeant Ellison provided care to him during transport including establishing an IV and oxygen therapy.  The boy sustained injuries to the right shoulder and head.  He was released that afternoon from Jackson's Emergency Room.

http://prattville-al.gov/Default.asp?ID=538&action=view&nid=169


Saturday, December 11, 2010

DECATUR AL - 2006 - A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS BITTEN BY HIS FAMILY'S ALASKAN HUSKY IN NORTHWEST DECATUR

April 26, 2006 - A 2-year-old boy, Xavier Thorne, playing with his dump truck was attacked by the family's ALASKAN HUSKY.  His grandmother was in the yard with him hanging out clothes and says this isn't the first time the dog has bitten a child.  She heard the boy scream and saw the dog's mouth latched on to his face.  She got the shovel and hit the dog to knock it loose and blood was everywhere.  She was so shaken she didn't know what to do or where to go.  She saw a police officer pulled over and frantically asked him for help.  The boy was going in and out and she couldn't drive with him like that.  She was talking to him and he didn't respond.   He has stitches on his cheeks and the inside of his mouth.  His grandmother can't imagine what caused the dog to attack.  To read further go to:

http://www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org/xavierthornenews.html


FORT PAYNE Al - A POSTAL CARRIER WAS ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL

June 11, 2009 - A Fort Payne Al U. S. Postal Carrier, Steven Lynn McCoy, 32, was bitten on the chest while delivering mail near where a PIT BULL was chained. The dog broke free and attacked McCoy and tried to attack others. It was captured and euthanized.

http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animals/chained-dog-attack-summaries.aspx


WILMER, MOBILE COUNTY AL - 2006 - AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS AS HE WAS RIDING HIS BIKE

June 13, 2006 - An 8-year-old child was riding his bike when he was attacked by 2 PIT BULLS  that broke free from their chains. Nathan McClure suffered bite wounds but managed to escape from the dogs. "I wasn't really looking, I was just riding up there then the dogs just kept running at me and knocked me off my bike,"  McClure says. Nathan's Uncle said, "Knocked him off the bicycle and attacked him, and went to eating on him!  Just like you throwed a steak or something out there.."  Animal Control will give the dog's owner 24 hours to turn the dogs over to a vet or they will.....to  read more go to:

http://www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org/nathanmcclurenews.html

Friday, December 10, 2010

UNION HILL AL - 2006 - A 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS ATTACKED BY A BULLMASTIFFAFTER SHE WANDERED INTO A NEIGHBOR'S YARD

Oct 6, 2006 - A BULLMASTIFF  attacked a 2-year-old girl, Dakota Kent,  when she  wandered into a neighbor's yard.  She suffered injuries to her chest and stomach.  The child has been taken to surgery in Huntsville.  When firefighters and paramedics from Brindlee Mountain arrived, the child was being attended to by family members in her yard.  An ambulance transported her to Union Hill School, about one-half mile south of the residence, where Air Evac landed in a recreational field.   The dog was on a chain or restrained to the proper area.  It is assumed  she went over there wanting to pet the dog and she became tangled in the dog's chain.    The canine was left intact to preserve it for animal control and testing of specimens.  The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic in Arab.  Morgan County animal control went out and confirmed that the proper procedure was followed about confinement of the dog.  For more information go to:

http://www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org/dakotakentnews.html


TUSCALOOSA CO AL - 2003 - THE COUNTY COMMISSION LOOKED AT 7-YEAR-OLD CHILD'S WOUNDS AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED BY A ROTTWEILER

June 9, 2003 - Originally written by Tommy Stevenson, Associate EditorTuscaloosaNews - reprinted in rottweiler forums:

After taking a look at the gruesome wounds suffered by a 7-year-old girl in an attack by a Rottweiler a week ago, the Tuscaloosa County Commission reversed an April vote Wednesday and unanimously approved an animal control law for the county.

Rhayann Murray, the victim of the attack, told the commission,"He threw me to the ground and kept biting me.  He dragged me too."  James Stewart, Rhayann's grandfather and legal guardian, made an emotional plea for the commission to do something to  prevent  future attacks. "I hate to see this happen to anybody else's child," he said.  Rhayann was attacked near the corner of Hannah Rd and Kennedy Mill Rd near Peterson east of Tuscaloosa on May 28.

The grandfather said on doctors' orders he has had to soak Rhayann's wounds in a warm bacterial soap  3 and 4 times a day as she screamed from the pain of her wounds. " I don't think any grandparents or parents should have to go through anything like that," he said.

The Rottweiler was later shot by a relative, but it has not been traced to its owner, Tuscaloosa co Sheriff's Deputy Ron Abernathy said.  He said an investigation is under way.

However, the ordinance adopted by the County does not mention the word "LEASH" although commonly called a leash law. The county does not have the ability to create such regulations because the State Legislature has most of the law-making powers in the county, so the commission COULD ONLY OPT INTO A 1940 STATE ANIMAL CONTROL LAW:

        "EVERY PERSON OWNING OR HAVING IN CHARGE ANY DOG OR DOGS SHALL AT ALL TIMES CONFINE SUCH DOG OR DOGS TO THE LIMITS OF HIS OWN PREMISES OR THE PREMISES ON WHICH SUCH DOG OR DOGS IS OR ARE REGULARLY KEPT."  ..and it also says.............

     "THE LAW IS NOT MEANT TO PREVENT THE OWNER OF ANY DOG OR DOGS OR OTHER PERSON OR PERSONS HAVING SUCH DOG OR DOGS TO ACCOMPANY SUCH OWNER OR OTHER PERSON OR PERSONS ELSEWHERE THAN ON THE PREMISES ON WHICH SUCH DOG OR DOGS IS OR ARE REGULARLY KEPT."

Violation of the law is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine ranging from $2 to $50.  Before the new law was adopted Wednesday, the Sheriff's department could respond to calls about vicious dogs and transport them to the tuscaloosa Co Animal shelter, but only if the dogs were not on their owner's property and threatened the officers when they arrived, Abernathy said.  "If we arrived and the dog was not threatening anybody, there was nothing we could do," he said.

County Commission Chairman, Hardy McCollum, who had opposed opting into the state law when the commission failed to approve it on a tie vote April 16, said HE WISHED THE COUNTY HAD THE ABILITY TO TAILOR AN ORDINANCE MORE "TO THE NEEDS OF TUSCALOOSA COUNTY. THE MOST PRESSING NEED FOR ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCES ARE IN THE URBANIZED PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY SUCH AS HOLT, COTTONDALE AND PETERSON, WHERE THE ATTACK ON RHAYANN OCCURRED.   BUT BECAUSE OF A LACK OF ... "HOME RULE".....WE JUST HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH THE STATE LAW, EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT A GOOD FIT  IN THE MORE RURAL AREAS."

Although the commission passed the new law on a 4-0 vote on a motion by commissioner Gary Youngblood, some commissioners continued to express doubts that the county had the manpower to enforce it. The county has an animal control officer, but he has to split his time between that duty and enforcing the county's litter laws and informing residents when a sex offender moves into the neighborhood, Abernathy said.  He said passage of the new law is likely to result in Many more calls about dogs to the sheriff's dept and more officers would be needed.

After the commission passed the new animal control ordinance, it also unanimously passed a resolution by Commissioner Reginald Murray calling for the commission to "develop a plan" to fully implement the law when it draws up the new budget to go into effect on Oct. 1. 

Although the new law does not specifically call for dogs to be on leashes or fenced in in the county, its a step in the right direction said James Stewart, grandfather of Rhayann.  "Sometimes having something terrible like this child getting attacked is the only way that things get done."

http://www.rottweiler.net/forums/rottweiler-news-forum/25334-dog-attack-prompts-commission-pass-law.html


Thursday, December 9, 2010

HULL, TUSCALOOSA CO AL - 2007 - PIT BULLS BITE A BROTHER AND SISTER A WEEK APART

March 1, 2007- Tuscaloosa Al - A 10 yr old girl was bitten by TWO PIT BULLS  on the way home from her bus stop on Townsend Rd in Hull Wednesday afternoon- a week after the same dogs attacked her 8- yr old brother.

Fourth grader Matilynn Williams was getting off the bus when the dogs charged her.  Her mother, Sandretta Williams, was walking to meet the children and heard her scream. The dogs let go when the owner called them from the house where they live.  Matilynn received stitches  at the DCH Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. 

Last Wednesday, Matilynn's brother, Matthew Patton, was bitten by both dogs while riding his bicycle in the community just west of Alabama Hwy 69 in south Tuscaloosa Co.  He was treated for 4 bites on his arm and two on his legs.  His mother had to take him to the doctor every other day to redress his wounds. Matthew said he saw the dogs attack his sister and he and another boy jumped in a garbage can to avoid them!

Williams said the dogs owners surrendered the female dog to Tuscaloosa Co Sheriff's Office to be euthanized.  The owners still have a male dog and some puppies, she said.  The owners  have said nothing to her about the attacks on her children. "My son is having nightmares now,"   she said. 

http://www.pitbulltalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t+9619&start=0


NORTHPORT, TUSCALOOSA CO AL - A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED BY A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL

May 27, 2007 - A  7-year-old boy was attacked by a neighbor's PIT BULL  on Thursday in Northport.  He is in stable condition a DCH Regional Medical Center.  Kristin Townsend, the boy's mother, said her son, Koby, has bite wounds on his left shoulder and bicep.  She expected him to remain in the hospital at least through the weekend.  Koby had just finished his 1st grade year at Walker Elementary School.

Tuscaloosa Co Sheriff's Sgt. Andy Morris said the attack happened shortly after the 2 pit bulls escaped their pens when the owner's ex-wife was feeding them about 6:15 PM.  Morris said a neighbor managed to pry the pit bull off Koby, but the dog turned and bit him as well before the dog's owner and another neighbor  finally restrained the dog by sitting on it. Townsend said several neighbors who were volunteer firefighters kept Koby stabilized by giving him oxygen and applying pressure to his wounds until the ambulance arrived and took him to DCH.

"I'm scared this will happen again,"  Townsend told the Tuscaloosa News. "Koby's never been bitten before, but one of his friends was bitten by one of the pit bulls in their yard a little more than 6 months ago."

The dog that attacked Koby has been quarantined at a veterinarian's clinic for 10 days.  The case remains under investigation. They could receive a citation for dogs running at large. The mother says she doesn't know if she and her husband will seek to press charges against the dogs owner at this time, but in the mean time she said she wants every pit bull in their neighborhood gone!

http://leerburg.com/pitbull.htm


PHENIX CITY AL - 2007 - FORMER MAYOR AND CURRENT COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PEGGY MARTIN, WAS ATTACKED BY ROTTWEILER

Dec 6, 2007 - Phenix City Al former Mayor and current County Commissioner, Peggy Martin, is recovering from serious injuries after being attacked by a rottweiler.  Martin was attacked by the dog while visiting a relative.

She underwent surgery on her arm and is recovering in a Columbus GA  hospital.

There is no word on what, if anything, will happen to the dog.

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=745948


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DECATUR Al - 2005 - A CRAZED PIT BULL ATTACKED A COUPLE ON A MOTORCYCLE - THE MAN WAS FORCED TO CHOKE IT TO DEATH TO STOP THE ATTACK!!!

March 24,  2005 -  Originally written by Chris Paschenko, Decatur Daily staff writer  - A Decatur man, Tommy Nesmith,  was  visiting his brother Mackey Nesmith on Norris Mill Rd when a man passing by in a truck dumped a PIT BULL  out of the cab.   The pit chased his brother's dogs and then ran into woods by his house.

When Tommy Nesmith and his wife, Janet, came out of the house to leave on their motorcycle about 12:15 PM, the pit bull came out of the woods and bit Tommy on the leg.  They were forced off the cycle and as Janet dialed 911, Tommy grabbed its ears and managed to throw it on its  side and was forced to choke it to death to cease the attack!

He received treatment at the Parkway Medical Center  and his wife suffered a shoulder injury.

http://www.cycleforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156874


CARBON HILL, WALKER CO AL - A CHILD IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER PIT BULL ATTACK

Wednesday - Sept 5, 2007 - A child is still in critical condition following a dog attack.  A 4 yr old Walker Co boy, Logan Dobbins, remains in critical condition after he was mauled by the "FAMILY PIT BULL"   Tuesday afternoon in Carbon Hill AL.

The anguish was apparent on his Mother's face as  Shanon Dobbins discussed the attack, "One of his eye sockets is going to need to be repaired.  He's got broken jaws, a broken collar bone, and severe lacerations to his neck.  They want know how bad that's going to be until the swelling goes down," she said.

They had had the pit bull for 1 month and kept it chained to a tree. Logan and his Dad, Jimmy Dobbins, had just finished playing with the dog,  then Logan decided to go back and play with the dog by himself.  They heard him hollering and crying over the TV and went to check on him and there he laid with the dog on top of him. 

The pit bull is being held by Walker Co Humane Society where it is scheduled to be euthanized.  Carbon Hill Police say they are still investigating.

http://leerburg.com/pitbull.htm




Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OPELIKA AL - 2008 - A 3-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS BITTEN BY A PIT BULL WHILE TRYING TO GIVE IT A TREAT

Nov 6, 2008- A 3-yr-old boy was bitten by a dog Wednesday while trying to give the canine a treat, according to authorities.

According to the report, the boy was bitten on his left cheek by a PIT BULL  at a residence in the 3500 block of Dale Avenue, Opelika Police Capt. Allan Elkins said.

The report states the dog became excited and bit the child after the boy offered the dog a treat, Elkins said. The boy was taken to East Alabama Medical Center, according to Elkins.  The dog has been quarantined.

http://www2.oanow.com/news/2008/nov/06/3_year_old_bitten_by_pit_bull_in_opelika


HOUSTON CO AL - 2010 - A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED BY A FAMILY PIT BULL - HE HAS SERIOUS INJURIES WITH MULTIPLE BITES AND FACIAL INJURIES

UPDATE ON THIS STORY

Oct 4, 2010 - DOTHAN EAGLE - Houston Co. Sheriff's deputies are investigating the circumstances surrounding the injuries caused to a 2-year-old boy on Monday morning after he was attacked by a PIT BULL.  Sheriff's Capt. Antonio Gonzalez said deputies responded to a reported dog attack at a residence on Brannon Stand Rd (a few miles west of Dothan)  A child was attacked and suffered multiple bites and facial injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  His injuries are considered serious.

Gonzalez said that 3 dogs were found at the home and 1 dog was found dead when deputies arrived.  It is believed that the Pit Bull attacked the boy and the other dog fought the pit bull.  Early investigation shows the dogs were family pets. 

http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2010/oct/04/4/2-year-old-attacked-dogs-ar-916732/




HARTFORD, GENEVA CO AL - 5 PIT BULLS ATTACKED 9-YEAR-OLD MARIAH CARVER WHEN SHE WALKED OUT ON HER STREET TO LOOK FOR A FRIEND - IT IS BELIEVED THE DOGS MAULED HER FOR NEARLY AN HOUR!!!

UPDATE ON THIS STORY

From WSFA 12 News Montgomery AL - Dec 17,  2007 - A Geneva County family speaks out about daughter's condition and leash laws -  Barry and Sylvia Carver says their 9 yr old daughter, Mariah wasn't expected to live.  Her major arteries were just a nick away from bleeding out. Nine surgeries later she is still clinging to life.

The Carvers live in Hartford Al and said that their daughter had walked across the street to look for a friend when 5 dogs attacked her.  When two teenage boys found her, she was inches from death.  It is believed the dogs had been biting her for nearly an hour.  She is listed in fair condition now and is still having nightmares about the attack.

According to the Geneva County District Attorney's Office, the county does not currently have a leash law.  The Carvers say as soon as Mariah is out of the hospital, they want stop until  the law is changed.  The Carvers are in good spirits after Mariah has completed her 9th surgery.  The surgeons have successfully covered 90% of her wounds and she will soon start the process of physical therapy.

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7510692


OPELIKA AL - 2009 - A MAN AND HIS SON WERE BITTEN FENDING OFF PIT BULL ON THEIR FRONT PORCH

Sept 22, 2009 - An Opelika man and his teenage son were treated for dog bites at East Alabama Medical Center Saturday after fighting off a neighbor's PIT BULL which attacked them on their porch.

Scott Mullins, 38, his wife Dodi, and their 15 yr old son, Blanton, were attacked by a pair of pit bulls as they were leaving their home to get in the car to run errands.  The dogs have been a problem for a while - getting into neighbor's trash and they had even slept on the Mullins front porch in the past.  Mullins said he had attempted to shoo them away from his home in the past.

As the family started to leave the female pit bull began barking at Blanton, who was on the porch with his father.  Then the larger male pit bull attacked him.  Mullins said, "I just started yelling at the dog to get off him, beating it with my fists, then I began prying the dog's mouth off my son's  hand.  Then the male pit bull grabbed ahold of me and locked onto my hand."

Dodi, 37, hearing the commotion, grabbed a metal broom and hit the dogs with it several times, snapping the handle, but the dog did not release its vice-like grip on her husband's hand.  They finally got a knife from within the home and the son stabbed it three times. The male pit bull finally released and walked off the porch and collapsed in the driveway.  Blood was pouring from Mullins hands and he was taken to East Alabama Medical Center.

Mullins said Animal Control had been called numerous times about the animals.  Lee County animal Control picked up the male pit bull and it is being tested for rabies.  Lee County Sheriff took a report of the incident, and charges against the owner may be pending.  "So far the neighbor hasn't come forward or even apologized,"  said Mullins, who owns a boxer mix and says he regrets the dog attacked him and that he had to react.  "My son knows that he had no choice but the stab the dog," Mullins said.  "It was either that, or it was going to rip my arm off!"

http://www2.oanow.com/news/2009/sep/22/dad_son_fend_off_pit_bull-ar-501341/


Sunday, December 5, 2010

BIRMINGHAM AL - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY WHILE HE WAS PLAYING OUTSIDE NEAR HIS HOUSE

Mar 9, 2009 - Neighbors meet with police after A PIT BULL  attacks boy in  East Birmingham - More than 20 neighbors met tonight with police and animal control at the home of a 13 yr old boy who was attacked last month by a Pit Bull.

The residents who live in  East Birmingham near the airport said unchained and aggressive dogs are terrorizing their neighborhood. Police and animal control encouraged them to be vigilant in making complaints and promised to be responsive.

The victim, Cesar Escobedo, a Whatley K-8 School student, was attacked Feb. 15, 2009, by a Pit Bull.  His mother, Romana Carrillo, organized neighbors with the help of the Hispanic interest Coalition of Alabama to fight what police say is a growing problem.  "I don't want what happened to my son to happen to another child," Carrillo said. The boy was attacked while playing outside near his house.  The dog tore flesh from his upper arm and left puncture wounds on his lower arm.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Matt Rastovski told the neighbors to call the police when they see a dog roaming freely and ask to talk to an officer.  Let them know where the dog's owner lives, too, he said.  The more complaints we get, the easier it is for animal control and police to take care of the problem.  Neighbors are planning another meeting in two weeks.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/03/neighbors_meet_with_police_aft.html


FOLEY AL - DOG ORDINANCE GOES INTO EFFECT

SEPT  9, 2010 -  Council members voted 4-2 Tuesday night to approve the first reading of an amendment to the city animal control ordinance.  The final vote will be Sept 20.  The ordinance approved would allow city officials more flexibility in dealing with any dog that posed a threat to the community even if the animal was not of a specified breed or size.

The amendment would require owners of dogs that city officials rule to be dangerous to have ro register the animals and pay a $500 annual registration fee.  Owners who violate the ordinance or whose dog atacks someone could also face a $300 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and up to six months in jail for subsequent violations.  This will give the police something to work with.  The previous ordinance was really nothing more than a glorified leash law. 

Council Member Vera Quaites said this alternate amendment would allow city animal control officers to concentrate their efforts on the types of dogs that most often hurt people and other animals.
She had supported an amendment that would have specified certain breeds of dogs, such as pit bulls.  "I feel like dogs like bull dogs can cause more damage than other types of dogs,"  Quaites said.  "A smaller dog can be vicious and can bite someone, but they're not going to be as much of a danger as something like a bull dog or rottweiler.

SEPT 20, 2010 -  FOLEY DOG ORDINANCE GOES INTO EFFECT - ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCE:

* A VICIOUS DOG IS AN ANIMAL THAT HAS BITTEN A PERSON OR ANOTHER PET WITHOUT BEING PROVOKED.
DOGS THAT HAVE BEHAVED IN A THREATENING MANNER TOWARD PEOPLE OR THAT HAVE BEEN TRAINED OR USED FOR FIGHTING ARE ALSO LISTED AS VICIOUS.

* A POLICE OFFICER WOULD INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS ABOUT A VICIOUS DOG.  iIF THE OFFICER FINDS EVIDENCE THAT THE DOG IS A THREAT TO SAFETY, HE OR SHE WOULD TURN THE EVIDENCE OVER TO THE FOLEY MUNICIPAL COURT.

* A COURT HEARING WOULD BE HELD TO ALLOW POLICE, COMPLAINANTS, THE DOG'S OWNER AND ANY OTHER PARTY TO PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT THE DOG IS OR IS NOT DANGEROUS, ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCE.

* IF A DOG IS RULED TO BE DANGEROUS, IT MUST ALSO BE KEPT IN A COVERED PEN, NOT JUST TIED UP OR CONFINED BY A YARD FENCE.

* ANY OWNER VIOLATING THE ORDINANCE CAN BE FINED BETWEEN $300 AND $500 FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE AND SENT TO JAIL FOR UP TO 90 DAYS.  THE PENALTY FOR SOMEONE CONVICTED OF AN ADDITIONAL OFFENCE IS $500 AND UP TO 6 MONTHS IN JAIL.

http://blog.al.com/live/2010/09/post_85.html

FOLEY AL - 2010 - CITY COUNCIL MEETING 2 AUG 2010 - A PIT BULL NAMED BAMA DECLARED A PUBLIC NUISANCE

Aug 2, 2010- VISITORS COMMENTS - CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FOLEY AL- Cathy DeBell stated that they have lived 7 yrs in their home on Woodland Dr.  The Allens live behind them with their address being Peachtree Av.  3 yrs ago the Allen's son got a PIT BULL named Bama and as a puppy Bama would run free in the DeBell's yard and pool area. As the dog got older it became aggressive and the Allens installed an electronic fence with shock collars.  Bama began running the property line and the DeBell's grandchildren became frightened of the dog.

On one occasion the DeBells killed a snake close to the property line and her daughter and the grandkids with their 2 pugs came to the property line to see the snake, and the pit bull got one of the pugs in his mouth.  The pug was injured and the DeBells talked to the Allens and they discussed putting up a privacy fence if they were going to keep the dog but their solution was to make  Bama a house dog and let him out at night!  Mrs. DeBell stated that she didn't make a police report at that time because she felt the Allens were going to take care of the situation. Now she does not let her grandkids play in the back yard.

Lois Daverede stated that she lives on Peachtree St. near the Allens and stated that her Yorkie dog named Simon was bitten and gutted by Bama and it died.  She stated that Bama is muscle bound and did not have his collar on him the day of the attack.  "I stuck my hand in the pit bull's mouth and got my dog out somehow, and the dog proceeded to chase me and tried to knock me down. If this was a child going to their door to sale Girl Scout Cookies or anything, it would have been bad.  I feel like I'm living like a hostage.  I drive my car to the mailbox and I have a security lamp because the dog is running loose at night.  Mrs. Allen promised me that the pit bull would be gone that day.  They need to have a real fence because the FEDEX guy won't even go to their house.  I can't walk on the sidewalks and my grandchildren can't ride their bikes. They are finding dead cats and the dog is chasing the horses that are in the pastures nearby.

Carol Burkle who lives on Woodland Dr spoke and said that Lois Daverede came to her house the day her Yorkie was mauled  by Bama and they talked and then contacted their veterinarian.  He said that if the pit bull was creating a public safety issue,  it should be removed from the property.

Councilman Ebert reported that he would support a letter giving them notice to remove the animal from the premises subject to the attorney's approval.  Councilman Trawick made a motion, subject to the City attorney's approval, to send the Allen's a letter declaring the animal a public nuisance.  Councilman Ebert seconded the motion and the vote passed unanimously.

http://www.cityoffoley.org/


FOLEY AL - 2008 - A WOMAN WAS ATTACKED BY 2 AMERICAN BULLDOGS AS SHE WAS GOING OUT FOR THE MORNING PAPER

Mar 3, 2008 - A Foley woman, Joanna Martin, was attacked by her neighbor's 2 AMERICAN BULL DOGS. She has 18 stitches in her arm after the weekend dog attack.  On Sunday morning the family Jack Russell Terrier woke them up to go out, so she put on his lease and headed for the mailbox for the morning paper and she saw the bulldogs coming at her.  She scooped her dog up in her arms and then was knocked down.  Her husband James heard her screaming.  He opened the door and saw his wife on the ground being mauled.

The bull dogs' owner, Justin Stewart, lives just 2 doors down from the Martins and says it was just bad circumstances and nothing like this has ever happened before."The dogs are just over a year old and were home alone over the weekend.  They managed to open up the latch on our privacy fence to get out.  I don't know how it all went down. The woman was walking her dog and they got in a fight and - SHE GOT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT."

Stewart says he has apologized  but that may not be enough.  James Martin says, "I think the dogs should be euthanized.  They are not salvageable."  Stewart thinks that is an over-reaction.  The dogs are being quarantined for 10 days. An investigation by the Sheriff's Department is underway and there is a possibility Stewart could face criminal charges.

March 13, 2008- The 2 american bull dogs that bit a woman earlier this month have completed their quarantine and have been returned to their owner. Neighbors say their lives have  been changed forever because of the attack and they are trying to do something to make sure it never happens again. The owner, Austin Stewart says the dogs are gone from his property.  They are no longer here. "I can't say they'll be back here, but one day we'll be back together."  Animal Control would not even label them dangerous.  My wife is pregnant.  I would not let a dangerous animal be around my child."  Stewart said. 

However, just last week the homeowners association passed an amendment to try and keep a vicious dog attack from ever happening again.  No vicious dogs or animals are going to be allowed here unless the owner pays $100 per day as long as they have them. For more information go to:

http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/foley_dog_attack/10979/Jul-31-2008_12-52-am/

http://www.wkrg.com/local/article/dogs_returned_to_owner_after_quarantine/11458/Mar


CHATOM AL - 2005 - A 3-YEAR-OLD BOY AND HIS MOTHER WERE MAULED BY PIT BULL - NEIGHBOR COREY KELLEY IS A HERO!

March 2, 2005- A PIT BULL that had been purchased a week earlier by the child's stepfather, Randy Robinette, mauled the 3-year-old boy, Casey Williams, and bit his mother repeatedly before being shot to death by a neighbor in rural  Chatom AL.

Corey Kelley, a neighbor,  said he saw Shonda Busby in the yard Wednesday and at first thought she was playing with the dog.  He turned his truck around for another look and saw blood.  "The closer I got to her, I could see the blood on her, the bite marks on her arms," he told the Mobile Register. "I pulled up to her and said, "Are you alive?" She said, "Yes, get this dog off me.  He's biting me, he's killing me!"

Kelley drove home, called 911 and grabbed his .22 rifle.

HE SAID HE WAS UNAWARE BUSBY WAS LYING ON HER 3 YR OLD SON UNTIL AFTER HE SHOT THE DOG!

"I was real reluctant about doing it, but I didn't know what else to do because that dog was big.  You get a dog like that that's upset, a man can't handle a dog like that by himself," he said.

From his truck, he aimed at the dog, telling Busby to lie as still as she could.  "Shoot," she told him.  He shot the dog right between the eyes," he said.  When Busby sat up, he saw her little boy, his scalp torn, with bite marks all over his body.  The child was taken to  Mobile  then transferred to University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham to undergo surgery.  

Kelley estimated the dog was about a year old and weighed more than 100 pounds.  Busby told him she'd been fighting with the dog for about twenty minutes, he said.  Chatom Police chief Dwayne Garrick said nobody was home at the neighboring trailer at the time of the attack, though neighbors about a block away could hear noises.  "But they didn't know what was going on." he said.  They heard some hollering and screaming and thought it might have been kids.
 
Busby had surgery at University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile and was released Thursday.   She was badly bitten on her legs and arms when she threw herself over her son to protect him.  She received over 100 stitches.   But she was unable to prevent the dog from severely injuring the boy's scalp and the family said they now expect him to have to undergo skin grafts.  They have no insurance. The family is trying to get emergency Medicaid insurance and is seeking assistance through nonprofit groups. Ronald McDonald House provided a room for Busby and her family in Birmingham.  An account has been set up at Southwest Bank.

http://doesyourdogbite-news.blogspot.com/2005/03/al-attacking-dog-shot-by-man.html


HEFLIN, CLEBURNE CO AL - A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED BY A FAMILY PIT BULL - HE SUFFERED SEVERE UPPER BODY INJURIES AND WAS FLOWN TO CHILDREN'S BIRMINGHAM

Mar 24, 2005 - Heflin Al - There has been another mauling incident involving a young child.  A 4- year-old Cleburne Co boy was attacked by a chained PIT BULL yesterday afternoon at a residence on Co Rd 662,  located between Heflin and Ranburne.

Sheriff Joe Jacks said the boy's grandmother struggled to separate the dog and child.  A neighbor heard the woman's screams and was able to rescue the youngster.  Relatives said Pharis Fish suffered injuries to his upper body and is listed in serious condition at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

Authorities said the dog is being kept in a cage awaiting examination.  ITS THE THIRD PIT BULL ATTACK ON AN ALABAMA CHILD IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS!  IN EARLY FEBRUARY AN 8 YR OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED IN GADSDEN.  EARLIER THIS MONTH A 3 YR OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED IN THE CITY OF CHATOM IN WASHINGTON CO AL.

http://www.whnt19.com/

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=3122541


ATHENS AL - 2005 - AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ATTACKED BY PIT BULL WHEN HE WENT TO PET IT

Nov 28, 2005 - An  11 year old boy, Richard Franks, was injured and hospitalized Saturday afternoon after he was attacked and bitten on the face by a PIT BULL.

Limestone Co. investigator, Stanley McNatt said the child was taken to Limestone Co. Hospital and hospitalized following the 12:45PM attack.  McNatt said the child remained in the hospital through the weekend.  The attack occurred at a home on the 21000 block of Piney Chapel Rd.

People were outside looking at the dog which was chained and the child went to pet the animal when the dog attacked him.  The boy was bitten on the face and required a number of stitches in the Emergency Room, then the child had to later undergo surgery.

McNatt said the dog was taken to a local veterinarian where it will be tested for rabies.  He did not know if the animal would be put to sleep.

http://www.enewscourier.com/

MONTGOMERY AL - 2006 - THE CITY COUNCIL MET TO DISCUSS RECENT COMPLAINTS OF PIT BULL ATTACKS

July 21, 2006 - Montgomery City Council members met Thursday to discuss vicious animals .  The meeting of the Public safety Standing committee was prompted by recent pit bull attacks. On June 17, 2006, A PIT BULL broke free from its chain and ran through an open gate and attacked two children playing behind a house. Medics treated the children at the scene and advised them to seek further medical attention.

http://www.mothersagainstdogchaining.org/june17alabamanews.html


Diane Sherman, who lives in Forest Hills, said her dog was attacked in her front yard by a neighbor's PIT BULL while her 14 yr old son was walking it on a leash.  It took 3 adults and her son to break up the attack  and she's very lucky her son didn't get attacked but she has a $700 veterinarian bill for her mauled pet. She said the process of filing a "vicious animal affidavit" took her 4 hours!  "I think that is the reason more people don't file vicious animal affidavits,"  she said.  "I almost got up and walked away!"

Steven Tears, director of the Montgomery Humane Society, encouraged the council to take action to stop backyard breeders, who are not held accountable, and encourage people to spay and neuter their pets.  He said they often find out about backyard breeding or dog fighting after a drug bust.  Tears also suggested a breeder's license.

C. T. Tolliver, an animal control officer for 22 years, said people receive a written warning for their first violation of the leash law and a citation for the second offense, which leads to an automatic court appearance where a judge sets the fine. If a person or their pet is attacked, they are advised they can fill out a" Vicious Animal Affidavit". The affidavit prompts an investigation by animal control officers, who submit their findings to a municipal court judge.  The judge ultimately determines the punishment and the fate of the dog. 

City Councilman Glen Pruitt has expressed concern about what he sees as a growing pattern of violence involving pit bulls.  At his urging, the council's public safety committee is looking into possible ordinance changes.

Capt. Huey Thornton, a Montgomery police spokesman, told a Montgomery Advertiser reporter that he believes pit bulls are responsible for the majority of a growing number of incidents involving vicious dogs.  We would suggest that any new ordinance start with tough penalties - jail time and a lifetime prohibition against dog ownership - for anyone who used any type of vicious animal to protect an illegal enterprise, such as a crack house.

The city also should ensure it has adequate procedures for allowing citizens to report concerns about potentially vicious animals and having animal control officers to investigate whether those concerns are valid. Citizens should not have to wait until someone is attacked before getting help!

http://community.livejournal.com/stop_bsl/67126.html


Saturday, December 4, 2010

MONTGOMERY AL - 2008 - 2 PIT BULLS JUMPED A FENCE AND ONE ATTACKED A WOMAN "TEARING HER TO THE BONE" - THIS IS THE 2ND PIT ATTACK IN THIS CITY IN 3 DAYS

Sept 11, 2008 - There has been 2  PIT BULL  attacks in 3 days in Montgomery AL.  The first happened Monday on East Trinity Blvd. when Chris Williams was attacked by a pit bull that came into his fenced back yard.  Police say the dog involved in this attack was finally found Thursday morning.

Then on Wednesday, two other pit bulls  jumped a fence and one of them  attacked a woman walking  on Withers St. " She was actually torn  to the bone. Her injuries will require surgery, " said Capt. Huey Thornton.   Only one dog did the biting and both were taken into custody by police. The owner signed the dog that bit the woman over to be euthanized. The other is quarantined at a vets office for 10 days.  After the 10-day period is up,  the owner can pick up the dog unless the woman who was attacked signs a vicious animal affidavit.

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=8996183&clienttype=printable


MONTGOMERY AL - A PIT BULL INVADED CHRIS WILLIAMS' BACKYARD AND WHEN HE WENT OUT TO SHOO THE DOG OFF, HE FOUND OUT WHAT HE WAS DEALING WITH!!!

Sept 10, 2008 - Montgomery AL-Chris Williams' day changed in a hurry when he came home for lunch Monday.  It happened on White Acres Rd not far from Trinity Presbyterian School.

  "I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO KILL ME," said Williams.

A stray  PIT BULL  squeezed through an opening  in Williams' backyard fence and stood nose-to-nose with Williams'  2 dogs closed in their own pen.  Williams found out quickly what he was dealing with - 60 pounds of strength.  "I've never seen a dog that aggressive,"  Williams said.  He admitted he made a mistake by going inside his yard to shoo the dog off and that's when it happened: 

"He lunged at me and came after me.  When he latched on to my leg, he wouldn't let go. He tore my flesh.  I have 8 stitches and  had 13 rabies shots so far.  Had it not been for a mop stick near by, there's no telling what would have happened.  I was beating him off with my fist and he wouldn't let go. I grabbed the  stick and got close enough to hit him on the nose.  I've got a one-year-old son.  It would have killed him if he had been playing outside."

At the Montgomery Humane Society, Steven Tears gives a word of warning - when you see a stray, back off and always call Animal Control.  Chris Williams said he had never seen the dog before, but heard it's the same one that chased a few school children at a school bus stop just around the corner just hours before the dog attacked him.  It's still not over for Williams, he has to endure 5 more rabies shots.

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=8987588&clienttype=printable

MONTGOMERY AL- TODDLER SURVIVES PIT BULL ATTACK

Dec 13, 2009 - Little Aubrey Newman, almost 2 yrs old, was at her babysitters Thursday when she was bitten by the babysitter's pit bull.  Her mother, Tabitha Powell, says she was really scared and didn't know what to expect when she got there. She needed stitches to sew up bites to her face.  Doctors told her that if the bites  had been just a little deeper,  the outcome would have been much worse.  The dog knew Aubrey and had been around her since she was born.  They believe the dog was sleeping and the child was playing and accidentally jumped on or near it.


Source: Tabitha Powell


Source: Tabitha Powell

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=11671105


Friday, December 3, 2010

VESTAVIA AL- REVIEWING DOG ORDINANCES AFTER 2 PIT BULLS ATTACK

Wednesday,  July 8, 2009 - Todd Coffey and his 7 yr old son, Jaden, were walking their German Shepherd on a lease when 2 PIT BULLS  got out of a fence and attacked them.  A neighbor intervened and helped protect Jaden from the dogs, but Todd Coffey and their German Shepherd were injured.

The pit bulls were owned by 18 yr old Benjamin Hilley.  The dogs were impounded, but neighbors were concerned that Hilley might be allowed to bring his dogs back home. Neighbors circulated e-mails about the incident and appeared at the June 3 court case.  City Prosecutor, Michael Trucks, addressed residents in a conference room outside council chambers.  He told residents that he had advised Hilley and his Mother "to look into another breed of dog."

Residents also asked Mayor Alberto Zaragoza who was also at the meeting about a city wide ban on pit bulls.  The mayor said the city is reviewing all its ordinances and wants to put more teeth in codes that address the number of pets a resident can have as well as strengthen ordinances that address vicious animals.

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/south.ssf?/base/community/1247040944304850.xml&coll=2


HAZEL GREEN, MADISON CO AL - A WOMAN IS ALLING FOR A DANGEROUS DOG ORDINANCE AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED

UPDATE:  Aug 20, 2010 - The PIT BULL that attacked a Madison County Woman was euthanized Tuesday morning.

July 20,  2010 - A Hazel Green Al woman is calling for a dangerous dog ordinance in Madison Co after she was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull on Tuesday,  July 12, 2010.  Carolyn Hopkins says the dog still has not been taken into quarantine because there is a protocol that has to be followed.

She said she and a friend were walking Tuesday night when the pit bull ran off a porch and attacked her.  She was treated at Crestwood Hospital for multiple puncture wounds and cuts.  Sheriff's deputies came out and took a report that night but she was told that Animal Control can't come out at night.  She was also told Animal Control has to wait on the Health Department before it can act. The Health Department sent her a letter Thursday stating that the dog is not up-to-date on its rabies shots.

Hopkins is calling on Madison County leadership to pass an ordinance to protect the community from potentially dangerous dogs. If you are going to own a dog like this, keep them penned up.
A tall enough fence like in Tennessee law, I think its 6 to 10 ft., that's acceptable to me.  Hopkins says she is planning to attend the next County Commission meeting to see what can be done.

http://www.waff.com/story/12839125/pit-bull-that-attacked-madison-county-woman-euthanized?redirected=true


BIRMINGHAM AL - PIT BULL ATTACKS FIRE OFFICIAL AND OWNER OF DOG

 Nov 8, 2007 - A Birmingham Fire and Rescue Captain was attacked by a pit bull this morning when responding to a report of smoke at a Birmingham home.  The Captain was taken to UAB Hospital where authorities said his condition was stable.

Firefighters were called to 5812 Fifth Court North about 9:30 am on a possible fire.  Investigators determined the smoke was coming from a blown fuse.  When the Captain went to the back of the house to check the meter, the dog broke free from a chain and bit the captain on the arm and hand.  "It was a pretty big bite, a tear actually," said Captain C. W. Mardis. "One of the dogs owners was also bitten trying to stop the attack.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/11/pit_bull_attacks_birmingham_fi.html


MOBILE AL - A 73-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL AS SHE WAS GETTING OUT OF HER CAR

 Mar 12, 2009- A 73 yr old Mobile woman, Betty Campbell was driving to the Bayside Station Post Office Monday evening.  When she stepped out of her car a pit bull ran at her and she fell down.  It started biting her leg and she began kicking him off. She managed to get into a store to get help. There was blood everywhere and all over her clothes and she was taken to the emergency room.

She describes the dog as mostly black with white around the shoulder area.

http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/dog_attacks_mobile_woman/24403/Mar-12-2009


MOBILE AL - PREGNANT WOMAN ATTACKED BY PIT BULL AT HER OWN BABY SHOWER

 Mar 14, 2009 - A Mobile woman is recovering after being attacked by a PIT BULL  Saturday afternoon  Friends and Family were giving 7 months pregnant 21 yr old Nicole Harris a baby shower in the back yard of a home on Dauphin Island Parkway.  The dog is a family pet and apparently broke off  its leash and lunged and locked onto Harris' stomach and would not let go.

The victim's cousin, Charlena Sylvester, says she tried to beat the dog off with an umbrella. Another woman, Christie Harris, was also bitten by the dog. They were both carried to the emergency room and treated for the injuries to their hands and bodies.   The dog was taken by the  Mobile Animal Control and is expected to be put down.

http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2009/03/pregnant-woman-attacked-by-pet-pit-bull.html

Thursday, December 2, 2010

MOBILE AL - VICTIM ADVOCATE KATHY BROWN WANTS STRICTER LAWS AFTER PIT BULL BROKE THROUGH SCREENED-IN PORCH AND KILLED HER CAT

 Kathy Brown's Motto:  "YOU DON'T GET BITTEN BY A PIT BULL, YOU GET MAULED." The push for stricter laws in Mobile is being spearheaded by resident Kathy Brown who has spoken to the council twice this year.  Brown said that last year she received a call from her crying daughter who had returned home from a walk to find that a PIT BULL  had broken into her screened in porch and killed her cat!  The attack made Brown think what would have happened if her 2 Grandchildren had been on the porch when the pit bull broke in!

Brown ask the council to consider the recent Anniston Al ordinance that declares pit bulls "vicious" and requires:  registration, special confinement, hanging of signs, $100,000 liability insurance, and forbids the breeding and selling of the dogs.  The "vicious" definition also includes any other dog "which because of its size, physical nature or vicious propensity is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to humans."

Brown says she likes the law because it allows owners to keep their pit bulls , but it requires them to take preemptive measures to keep them restrained.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=21244393629&topic=8069

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2009/01/two-pit-bull-attacks-follow-state.html


MOBILE AL - WOMAN INJURED HELPING TEENAGE GIRL ESCAPE FROM PIT BULL ATTACK

 Aug 31, 2009 - A Mobile woman was bitten several times  by a PIT BULL  when she tried to help her teenage neighbor who was being attacked by the dog.  Tessica Williams, 26, was throwing a birthday party for her 5 yr old son when she looked up and saw the pit bull chasing down a 13 yr old girl. "Everybody else was trying to run away,"  she said.  "There was sheer seconds.  Nobody else was helping!"

Williams' Mom, Evelyn, said her daughter put herself between the dog and the teen and ended up being bit herself.  The attack happened Sunday afternoon on Steiner St. near Dauphin Island Parkway.

Williams and the girl were treated for injuries at University of Southern Alabama Children's and Women's Medical Center.  The dog's owner was cited for 4 violations and surrendered the  pit bull to animal control officers.  The dog will be euthanized.

UPDATE:  Sept 1, 2009 - A man whose Pit bull attacked a 12-year-old girl and a woman Sunday was given four citations in connection to the attack, a Mobile animal Control Official said. Corey Sanders of Steiner Street was cited for allowing an animal to run at large, no license, no proof of rabies vaccination and harboring a wild and vicious animal,  The dog was euthanized.  The incident happened shortly before 6pm Sunday.  The dog attacked and bit a 12-year-old girl on a bicycle, then bit a woman who went to the girl's aid.  Both had to receive hospital treatment.

http://blog.al.com/live/2009/09/man_cited_four_times_after_pit.html

http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/pitbull-attacks-woman-teen/308541/Aug-31-2009_8


SEMMES AL - MOBILE CO AL - 3 YR OLD GIRL ATTACKED BY 3 DOGS

 Mar 12, 2010 - A 3 yr old girl was attacked and dragged by 3 DOGS while playing in her front yard yesterday.  Madison Shelton suffered more than 50 dog bites.  "If you saw her you wouldn't have been able to realize that was a child laying there on the ground.  She was just lifeless in my arms,"  said her mother, Jennifer Shelton. She was inside the house doing paperwork for her son's baseball team when she realized Madison had wandered outside to play with her new Dora the Explorer Ball.

Jennifer Shelton lives next door to her Mother and her GrandMother.  She says she always felt safe living on the same road where she grew up and never dreamed something like this would happen.  Madison was rushed to University of
South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital where she received 161 stitches.  The dogs belonged to a neighbor and are said to be 2 LABRADOR RETRIEVERS AND 1 BLUE HEELER and are being held at the Mobile County Animal Shelter.

http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/toddler_/recovering__after/785068/mar-11-2010_6-14-pm/

http://blog.al.com/live/2010/03/dogs_attack_drag?toddler.html

DOTHAN AL - 4 YR OLD BOY ATTACKED BY PIT BULL

Mar 12, 2008 - A 4 yr old Dothan boy, Caleb Woods,  was attacked Wednesday by  a  PIT BULL   while he was playing in the backyard of a Dothan home. Elaine Walton lives at the same residence as the child. She was inside her house on South Ussery St,  when her neighbor called her to say the boy was outside crying.  "When I went outside the pit bull had the boy's head in his mouth," said Walton.

Animal Control picked up that dog and another at the same residence and confined them  at a local shelter.  Neighbors said they often barked at people but had never bitten anyone before. The child and his family were familiar with the dog and his owners.

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=8007568&nav=ORdE

http://www.waff.com/global/story.asp?s=8013668


CARDIFF AL - JEFFERSON CO AL - BOY HOSPITALIZED AFTER BITTEN BY PIT BULL

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 Oct 5, 2009 - Hunter L. Aldridge, 5, was in fair condition at Children's Hospital after being seriously injured Saturday by a PIT BULL.  About 9 AM Saturday morning the boy was playing in his front yard and his father was doing yardwork, when a yellow male pit bull came into the yard and started attacking him. The father called 911 and then called a neighbor who came over and shot the dog twice.  The owner of the dog is unknown at this time and neighbors say the dog  just showed up in the area a few days ago.

Donnie Huey, chief of the Brookside Fire and Rescue Service, said the boy had bites to his head and one arm and bruising to his stomach and back.  "He had some pretty serious head trauma," he said. Animal Control was called to the scene and took the dog's remains for testing.

http://blog.al.com/live/2009/10/pit_bull_attack_5-year-old_ala.html

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/website_follows_recovery_of_5_.html

http://all4hunter.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

LANETT AL - THE CITY BANS PIT BULLS AFTER MAULING DEATH OF BARBARA PILKINGTON

February 5, 2005 - An elderly Lanett woman died from severe face and neck injuries suffered in a dog attack Friday afternoon. Lanett EMS and police personnel responded to the South Eighth Street incident.

“It was a pretty terrible situation,” Danny Jackson, a neighbor of the victim, said. “It was a real big dog, real muscular.”

Like many Lanett residents, Barbara Pilkington often walked her street, according to Jackson. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Lanett EMS.

Jackson identified the dog as a PIT BULL.

“The victim walks every day for exercise and this happened along her regular path,” Lanett Chief of Police Ron Docimo said. “The dog apparently belongs to a subject that lives in a house along her path of travel.”

Jackson said the dog was often fenced and was sometimes chained within the fence. He also said he heard the dog had been loose in the past.

According to a Lanett Police Department press release, Lanett Fire Chief AJ Johnson located the dog approximately two blocks from the attack after descriptions by several witnesses.

Johnson shot and killed the dog after it displayed “aggressive behavior” to Johnson.

“It could have been anybody,” Jackson said. “I’d hate to know one of my family members was killed.”

The dog’s owner has been identified and interviewed about the incident. No charges have been filed.

The Lanett Police Department, Chambers County Coroner’s Office, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the District Attorney’s Office of the 5th Judicial Circuit are currently investigating the incident.

“At this time it’s under investigation,” Docimo said. “We’re talking with the owner of the dog and the district attorney’s office.”

http://www.unchainyourdog.org/news/050205Elderly.htm

http://www.dogsbite.org/bite-fatalities-2005.htm#barbara-pilkington




FAYETTE AL - THE CITY PASSES A PIT BULL BAN AFTER MAULING OF CHRISTINA SELMAN BY 3 PIT BULLS



SELMAN HAS A TUBE IN HER HEAD FROM ONE OF THE DOG BITES

Mar 20, 2009 - Christina Selman, 30 yr old Mother of two, was mauled by her neighbor's3 PIT BULLS  in the Fayette neighborhood known as Cotton Mill Village.  The dogs tore her flesh to the bone on one leg and almost to the bone on another.  She sustained other wounds on her buttocks, back, arms and head. Christina states that it should have never happened given the owner, Aaron Cannon, 39, had been previously convicted of letting the dogs run loose and of  having more dogs than the city code allows and was on probation.

Cannon had offered to give them a puppy and went to get it to show it to them.  The 2 daughters heard a puppy barking and went to look and a puppy came running down between the houses with an adult pit bull running after it.  Then the pit bull turned on the 2 girls. One girl got away and into the door of the house, but the other girl got pinned against the house. Christina got to her and hoisted her up and away from the dogs as they nipped at her legs, and then 3 pit bulls dragged  her to the ground and started biting her everywhere they could.  Police seized 7 dogs - 4 pit bulls and 3 pit bull mixes.

Drug charges were brought against Cannon after Chief Danny Jenkins entered his house to capture another pit bull and saw alledged methamphetamine and possible drug paraphernalia in plain view.  Police Chief Danny Jenkins said, "There's something about the way these injuries were sustained that made them different.  I've never seen anything like it. I've seen dog bites before, but I'd never seen a mauling.  A lot of people, if they had seen Christina's injuries, they would have been like me and their opinion would have completely changed.  This was the tipping point.----

WHILE SOME ARGUED THE PROBLEM LIES ENTIRELY WITH PIT BULL OWNERS, PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THE BREEDING OF THE DOGS....JUST LIKE LABS ARE BRED TO GO TO WATER, PIT BULLS ARE BRED TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND STRONG, MAKING THEM NATURALLY MORE DANGEROUS.

City councilman Mike Hardin said, " The new ordinance was much needed and probably overdue. We have been having too frequent issues of dog attacks over many, many years.  And when I say dog attacks, I mean specifically pit bull attacks. In my opinion, pit bulldogs are probably the most deadly.  Other dog breeds, with rare exceptions, are probably not as likely to inflict very serious injury or mortal injury,  and at this time, we don't know of a lot of Dobermans, rottweilers, or chows in our city limits. Unlike the other breeds I mentioned, there's a certain segment of our population who unfortunately trains and fights pit bull dogs.  It's illegal, but nevertheless it goes on.  Hopefully, we can stop some of this.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090321/news/903209962

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article20090622/NEWS/906219961/1007?p=1&tc=pg