Wednesday, March 30, 2011

TROY AL - EUNICE FLOYD WAS INJURED TRYING TO SAVE HER BELOVED CAT FROM A COLLEGE STUDENT'S ATTACKING PIT BULL

Mar 28, 2011 - Eunice Floyd had stitches removed  Monday from bites she received when trying to protect her pet cat from a PIT BULL on Friday,  March 18.  Her beloved cat, PeeWee, had been her companion for 10 years.  Three times before she had incidences with the University Students who lived across the street and their dogs.  Twice she talked to them and the third time Animal Control was called.  She says she always watched for the Pit Bull because she was afraid of it and feared what might happen to her two pet cats.

On Friday the 18th she was getting something out of her car and the Pit Bull was just there after her cat PeeWee that was on the Patio.  She hollered and screamed at it, but the dog just kept chasing her cat.  PeeWee jumped up on the patio wall, but the Pit Bull leaped up and snatched it down.  The cat then ran up close to Floyd and the Pit Bull knocked her face down on the concrete lunging for the cat.
She thought she would pass out and began bleeding everywhere, but she got up and continued to try to save her cat. She chased them into the back yard and actually got to the cat and grabbed it up into her arms.  But the Pit Bull jumped on her and knocked her down again.  He grabbed PeeWee and shook and shook her.  When the Pit Bull finally dropped her, she was dead.  Floyd ran and got PeeWee and put her dead body in the shed so he couldn't tear her to pieces.  Then she locked the gate so the dog couldn't get out and then she called  911.

Within 5 minutes help came- Police, fire department, ambulance, animal control.  She had cuts and abrasions on her face, a broken finger, and punctures from the dog's teeth.  She says the boy that keeps the dog came and got him and was going back across the street with it on a leash.  He told her that he couldn't control the dog and after talking with his dad, they decided to have the dog put down.  Floyd says that what she has suffered could have been prevented if people complied with the City of Troy's leash law.  "If you are going to have animals, you need to be responsible," she said.  "The responsibility of pet ownership is not something that should be taken lightly and anyone should think twice before accepting that responsibility.  What I would say to college students is that when you come to college, leave the animals at home.  Having a pet is a lot of responsibility.  I accepted that responsibility.  Everybody else should too.  I don't want  anybody else to have to go through something like this.

http://www.troymessenger.com/2011/03f/28/dog-attacks-woman-kills-pet-cat/


HOUSTON TX-HEROS-YOUNG COUPLE SAVES BOY FROM AMERICAN BULLDOG ATTACK

Mar 20, 2011 - Houston Tx - An 11 yr-old-boy is recovering after being attacked by his own 2 American Bulldogs.  The family had bought the dogs for protection and the dogs were treated as pets being both bathe and fed by the boy and his father.  The boy even slept beside them.  It appears at this time that the boy was coming home and entered a gate when one of the dogs, the brown one, began attacking him. 

A young couple was a block down and heard him screaming and came to help.  Joshua Rials says that he saw the boy laying on the ground and the dogs around him.  He ran up to help and suddenly the dogs were going at everybody. Angel Rials said, "While he was getting one dog off, the other one did a sneak attack and came at me."  Their clothes are shredded and their bodies were bleeding after the fight with the dogs.  In the meantime, the boy's mother was able to get her son out of harm's way.  Another Hero-a woman driving down the street offered her car as a safe haven.  "I parked right here when the dog turned loose on his pants, I said, 'Get in here or they'll kill you,'" said the woman.  Joshua Rials said he held the big one  down while Angel got in the car.  "Then the big brown dog came at me and jumped up and bit my chest." 

The boy's father was stunned.  "I've never had a problem with the dogs ever.  My son bathes them and feeds them and so do I.  These pets were supposed to keep the home safe,"  said the father.  when asked by the Police if he was going to keep the dogs, the father replied, "Heck, No!"  He walked his dogs possibly for the last time, turning them over to Animal Control.

Joshua Rials commented that the boy should be alright because he got to him in time and got the dogs off of him.  Authorities believe the brown dog bit 5 people and when that happens, the dog is put down. Here is a link for more story and a video:

http://www.wltx.com/news/national/article/130555/142/Couple-Saves-11-year-old-from-dog-attack

OPP, COVINGTON CO ALABAMA - A WOMAN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY TWO ENGLISH BULLDOGS

Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 - Opp Al - Megan Schmitt was seriously injured Sunday after being attacked by two bulldogs Opp Police Department officials said Monday.

Investigator Walt Inabinett said officers responded on Sunday to Lunsford Trailer Park where they discovered that TWO WHITE ENGLISH BULLDOGS  had attacked  Megan Schmitt.

The bulldogs,  which belonged to Troy Joshua Jay, a resident of the trailer park, escaped from their pen and Schmitt was attacked while helping a family member of Jay's return the dogs to their pen.

Schmitt was transported to Mizell Memorial Hospital where she underwent  surgery late Sunday evening for injuries sustained to her body.  The Opp Animal Control Officer recovered the bulldogs and they are being quarantined.

http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2011/02/01/2-bulldogs-attack-woman/


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

GREENSBORO NC - ER NURSE ATTACKED BY FRIEND'S PIT BULL - BROKE BOTH HANDS - BITTEN 10 TIMES ON HANDS ARMS LEGS

Tuesday,  Mar 29, 2011 -  A Greensboro woman,  Melissa Browning, age 24,  was attacked by a Pit Bull on Monday,   Around 10:42 pm officers found the victim inside the home with many dog bites.  The Pit Bull was found outside and was taken by Guilford County  Animal Control officers.  Browning, who is an ER nurse at Moses Cone Hospital, told an EMS worker that she felt both of her hands break during the attack.  She underwent surgery on her arm Tuesday morning and will be hospitalized at least seven days.    She said the dog did not belong to her and that she was taking care of the Pit Bull for a friend. She said she had cared for the animal before. It will be held in quarantine for 10 days. Here's a link for the story and video:

http://www.wxii12.com/r/27354612/detail.html

LAUDERDALE CO AL-1987-TWO ATTACKS ON PEOPLE AND A PET KILLED BY PIT BULLS-HUMANE SOCIETY DIRECTOR CALLS PITS CHANGING BEHAVIOR "LIKE DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE"

24 Years Ago.....Thursday, July 30, 1987 - TIMES DAILY- EDITORIALS - TITLE:  Dogs Abused By Breeders......Quietly, a movement to ban pit bulldogs has begun.  As the dog's reputations for viciousness has grown Eleven states have passed laws to ban the breed and more are likely to do so if public pressure continues to mount.

Patsy McCormack, director of the Colbert County Humane Society, supports ordinances banning the dogs and she has an ally in Tommy Morson, Lauderdale County Animal Control Director.  "I'm going to try to see if we can't get an ordinance to outlaw pit bulls ....BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE DANGEROUS," McCormack said.  "The pit bull is a mixed breed, not a genuine one, and that appears to be part of the problem,"  Morson says.  "The mix causes a genetic defect which can lead the dog to dangerous behavior.  "THEIR NATURE IS - THEY CHANGE," McCormack said,  "LIKE DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE."

#105. #106. #107. Two people have been injured by pit bulls in lauderdale county in the last month, Morson says.  It took 28 stitches to repair injuries over the right eye and forehead to one of the victims. The second victim was a biker and they got bit on the leg.   In both incidences the dogs were returned to their owners after being in quarantine  Two pit bulls also killed a Pekingnese, Morson reported.   Alabama's Vicious Dog Act says such dogs must be confined in an enclosure with a proper chain.  The law also says vicious dogs can not be kept in a city unless securely and humanely confined in a place other animals cannot get to. 

The dogs are used as guard dogs but many times they are bred for fighting.  The owners keep the dogs fed and cared for as long as they can fight.  When the day comes that they can no longer win, they don't have a choice.  There's no retirement for the fighting dogs.  It's simple.  If they don't win, they die.

Pit bulls present a problem for animal shelters.  They can't adopt out the dogs for fear that they would be sued if the dog then attacked someone.  They will return them to their owners if they can make a positive identification.  PEOPLE WHO USE THE DOGS FOR FIGHTING WILL OFTEN TRY TO CLAIM IMPOUNDED DOGS THAT ARE NOT THEIR OWN. 

A real travesty in the pit bull situation occurs when the dogs are bred specifically to fight.  The dogs are by nature aggressive, but selective breeding and training enhance that aggressiveness.  Some veterinarians say pit bulls are not more dangerous to people than other breeds of dogs, but pit bulls killed seven of the 11 people who died from dog attacks in 1986, Morson says.  He added that all 5 dog-related deaths in the U.S. this year have been by pit bulls - the most frequent victims are small children.

GOOGLE NEWS ARCHIVES- http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8GEeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xMgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1269,4441886&dq=alabama+dog+attacks&hl=en


ANOTHER RELATED ARTICLE FOUND:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6WEeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xMgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4799,2272661&dq=alabama+dog+bites&hl=en

Times Daily - Friday, July 17, 1987 - PIT BULLS-TWO ATTACKS ON PEOPLE IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY - by Paul Isom, staff writer:

Florence- Saying Pit Bull Terriers can "KILL LIKE A LOADED GUN",  Lauderdale Co. Animal Control Director has reported two cases in which a person was bitten by a PIT BULL TERRIER  in this area in the past 2 weeks.  Also, a pekingese dog was killed when two Pit Bulls attacked it recently.  One victim needed 28 stitches when bitten over the eye and forehead, and the second victim was bitten on the leg while biking. In both cases the dogs were given back to the owners. 

Morson says The Alabama Vicious Dog Act says that vicious dogs must be confined in an enclosure with a proper chain.  they cannot be kept in a city unless securely and humanely confined in a place that other animals cannot get to.

PATSY MCCORMACK, DIRECTOR OF THE COLBERT COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, SAYS SHE WANTS TO TAKE THE LAW FURTHER. SHE WANTS TO TRY TO GET AN ORDINANCE TO OUTLAW PIT BULLS BECAUSE ..."THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE DANGEROUS".....

Morson agreed and said, "I think it would be a good law. People that have them as guard dogs usually don't have a lot to guard.  Eleven other states have laws outlawing Pit Bulls."  Morson and McCormack said their shelters will not adopt Pit Bulls out because of their potential for violence.  They would be liable if the adopted dog attacks somebody:

"WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT ANIMALS BUT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE ALSO."  MORSON SAID THE DOG WHICH IS NOT A REGISTERED BREED BUT A BULLDOG AND A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER INTER-BRED, HAS A GENETIC DEFECT THAT SOMETIMES CAUSES VIOLENT BEHAVIOR.  HE SAID THE DEFECT MIGHT NOT SHOW UP UNTIL THE THIRD GENERATION AND THEN CAN OCCUR AT ANY AGE.  MCCORMACK AGREED AND SAID, "THEIR NATURE IS, THEY CHANGE, LIKE  DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE."


GADSDEN AL-CODE OF ORDINANCES-DANGEROUS ANIMALS

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Gadsden, Al
Code of Ordinances
Chapter 10 - Animals
Article VII.  DANGEROUS ANIMALS

Sec. 10-221. - Definition of dangerous animal.

For the purposes of this article "dangerous animal" means and includes:

(1 )Any mammal, amphibian, fish, reptile or fowl which is of a species which, due to size, vicious nature or other characteristics would constitute a danger to human life, physical well-being, or property, including but not limited to, lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, bears, wolves, apes, gorillas, monkeys of a species whose average adult weight is 20 pounds or more, foxes, elephants, alligators, crocodiles, and snakes which are venomous or otherwise present a risk of serious physical harm or death to human beings as a result of their nature or physical makeup including, but not limited to, boa constrictors, Madagascar ground boas, green and yellow anacondas, Cuban boas, Indian pythons, reticulated pythons, African rock pythons, Amethystine pythons, Boelen's pythons and all members of the family pythonidae that exceed six feet in length.

(2) Any dog or cat which has a disposition or propensity to attack or bite any person or domesticated animal without provocation, has been trained for fighting or is kept primarily for the purpose of fighting. For the purposes of this article, where the official records of the animal control officer or police chief indicate a dog or cat has bitten any person or persons, it shall be prima facie evidence that the dog or cat is a dangerous animal. Any dog which is known by the owner or person in charge to habitually charge at persons on the public streets and other public ways shall be presumed to be dangerous, whether or not such dog has actually bitten or attacked a person or other animal.

(3) Any domesticated dog that has in its known genetic history and/or formal pedigree crossbreeding with the wolf species to include, but not be limited to, animals referred to as wolf-hybrids or wolf-mix breeds or the breed known as Tundra Shepherd. The registration of an animal at any time in any jurisdiction as a wolf-hybrid, wolf-mix or Tundra Shepherd shall constitute prima facie evidence the animal is prohibited by this section. The term wolf-hybrid refers to all animals described in this subsection.

(4) Any animal which is not naturally tame or gentle but is of a wild nature or disposition and which, because of its size, vicious nature or other characteristics, would constitute a danger to human life or property.

(5) Any pit bull terrier, which shall be defined as any American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identifiable as predominantly of the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Bull Terrier.


Sec. 10-222. - Prohibition.


Except as provided in sections 10-223, 10-224, 10-225 and 10-226, it shall be unlawful to own, keep, or harbor any dangerous animal in the city.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)


Sec. 10-223. - Exceptions.

(a) Any person who falls into one of the following subsections shall be permitted to own, harbor or have charge, custody, control, or possession of a dangerous animal, provided the person has first secured a permit under section 10-229; and provided further that owners, keepers or harborers of dangerous dogs shall also be required to register their animals in accordance with the provisions of this article:

(1) Zoos, bona fide educational or medical institutions, museums or any other place where they are kept as live specimens for the public to view, or for the purpose of instruction or study.

(2) A circus, carnival or other exhibit, training, competition or show by which the animals are kept for exhibition to the public.

(3) A bona fide, licensed veterinary hospital or clinic where the animals are kept for treatment.

(4) Commercial establishments possessing such animals for the purpose of sale or display.

(5) Private individuals who have registered a dangerous dog and complied with all applicable requirements of this Code.

(6) The humane society, except that the agency is also exempt from the registration requirements of this article.

(7) A law enforcement agency which maintains an animal trained and certified to assist in law enforcement. Such an agency is also exempt from the registration requirements of this article.

(b) The provisions of this article shall not apply to the transportation of a dangerous animal through this city, when such transporter has taken adequate safeguards to protect the public and has notified the police department of the proposed route of transportation and the time thereof.


Sec. 10-224. - Exceptions for dangerous dog.

A dog may not be declared a dangerous animal in any of the following circumstances:

(1) When an injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time such injury or damage was sustained, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner or harborer of the dog or was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.

(2) When an injury or damage was sustained by another animal which, at the time such injury or damage was sustained, was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog alleged to be dangerous.

(3) When the dog was protecting or defending a person within the immediate vicinity of the dog from an unjustified attack or assault.

(4) When an injury to a domestic animal was sustained while the dog was working as a hunting dog, herding dog or predator control dog on the property or under the control of its owner or harborer, and the damage or injury was to a species or type of domestic animal appropriate to the work of the dog.

(5) When the dog was responding to pain or injury or protecting itself, its kennel or its offspring.

(6) When a person or domestic animal was disturbing the natural functions of the dog such as sleeping or eating


Sec. 10-225. - Permit and registration requirements for dangerous dogs.


The keeping of a dangerous dog shall be subject to the following mandatory requirements:

(1) Confinement. A dangerous dog shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled or in a crate as provided below. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. Such structure must have a secure bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be embedded in the ground no less than one foot. All structures used to confine a dangerous dog must be locked with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure. All structures erected to house a dangerous dog must comply with all zoning and building regulations of the city. All such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.

(2) Leash and muzzle or crate. No person shall permit a dangerous dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than three feet in length and under the control of a competent adult. (As an alternative, the animal may be confined in a locked crate which is constructed of material of sufficient strength to prevent escape, posted with a sign saying "dangerous animal" and constructed so that a child cannot penetrate the crate with his hand.) When a dangerous dog is in a vehicle or being transported in an open truck bed or other conveyance, it shall be confined in a locked crate or cage which is constructed of material of sufficient strength to prevent escape and posted with a sign saying "dangerous animal" and constructed so that a child cannot penetrate the crate or cage with his hand. No person shall permit a dangerous dog to be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control of the leash. Such dogs may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts, buildings, etc. In addition, a dangerous dog on a leash outside the animal's kennel must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.

(3) Confinement indoors. No dangerous dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.

(4) Signs. All owners, keepers or harborers of a dangerous dog shall display immediately to the left of the front door of the residence or business where the animal is located a sign furnished by the revenue department which shall be easily readable by the public using the words "Dangerous Animal." In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such animal.

(5) Insurance. All owners, keepers or harborers of a dangerous dog must provide proof to the city clerk of liability insurance in a single incident amount of at least $100,000.00 specifically covering any damage or injury which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal. The policy shall contain a provision requiring the city to be named as an additional insured for the sole purpose of being notified by the insurer of any cancellation, termination or expiration of the liability insurance policy. At the time of initial registration the owner, keeper or harborer must present proof to the police chief of the required insurance. At the time of subsequent registration the owner, keeper or harborer must show proof of insurance for the present registration period and proof that there was insurance coverage throughout the period of the prior registration year. In the event the liability insurance is canceled, lapsed, or for any other reason becomes nonenforceable, the owner, keeper, or harborer shall be in violation of the provisions of this article and subject to the penalties provided herein.

(6) Identification photographs. All owners, keepers or harborers of a dangerous dog must provide to the police chief two color photographs of the animal clearly showing the color and approximate size of the animal.

(7) Reporting requirements. All owners, keepers or harborers of a dangerous dog must within ten days of the incident, report the following information in writing to the police chief as required hereinafter:

a. The removal from the city or death of the dog;

b. The birth of offspring of the dog;

c. The new address of the owner if the owner moves within the city limits;

d. The name and address of any person to whom ownership or possession of the dog is transferred.

(8) Animals born of registered dogs. All offspring born of a dangerous dog registered with the city must be registered with the city within six weeks of the birth of such animal.

(9) Failure to comply. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or harborer of a dangerous dog to fail to comply with the requirements and conditions set forth in this article. Any dog found to be the subject of a violation of this article shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment. In addition, failure to comply will result in the revocation of the license of such animal and the permit providing for the keeping of such animal resulting in the immediate removal of the animal from the city


Sec. 10-226. - Requirements for dangerous snakes.

The keeping of any snakes of the species boa constrictors, Madagascar ground boas, green and yellow anacondas, Cuban boas, Indian pythons, reticulated pythons, African rock pythons, Amethystine pythons, Boelen's pythons and all members of the family pythonidae that exceed six feet in length shall be kept under the following mandatory conditions.

(1) In consideration of the right of the public not to be unexpectedly exposed to snakes, these animals will not be openly displayed in a public setting outside of established forums for such practices to include herpetological shows, educational displays, pet stores and other special displays whereby members of the public are forewarned that a snake may be displayed in the open.

(2) Snakes shall be transported in a manner that precludes escape. At a minimum, snakes shall be placed in a sturdy cloth bag free of holes or tears and the bag placed in a box or similar container. The box or container must be locked or sealed during transportation.

(3) Snakes shall be housed in secure cages with hinged tops or doors or a sliding glass front which includes a locking mechanism. The cage shall be kept in a room modified to prevent snake escapes and which has a door which shall be kept shut or locked when not occupied by the owner.

(4) Snakes requiring permits shall not be sold to minors.

(5) Pet stores or other vendors or sellers of snakes requiring permits are required to provide a copy of this article to all prospective purchasers of such snakes.

(6) Snakes will not be fed or in any fashion provided any live or living creature while observable by any member of the public or in any manner which may otherwise violate the humane laws of the city.

(7) It shall be unlawful and a violation of this subsection for any person to not comply with the standards set forth herein.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)


Sec. 10-227. - Notice of keeping dangerous animals.

Upon the written complaint of any person that a person owns or is keeping or harboring a dangerous animal in violation of this article, the animal control officer shall forthwith cause the matter to be investigated. If after investigation the facts indicate that such person named in the complaint is in fact the owner or is keeping or harboring a dangerous animal, the animal control officer shall forthwith send written notice to such person requiring such person to safely remove the animal from the city within five days of the date of the notice. Such notice shall not be required where the dangerous animal has previously caused serious physical harm or death to any person or has escaped and is at large; in those instances the animal control officer shall cause the animal to be immediately seized and impounded, according to the provisions of section 10-228, or killed if seizure and impoundment are not possible without risk of serious physical harm or death to any person.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)

Sec. 10-228. - Seizure and impounding of dangerous animals.

The animal control officer shall forthwith cause to be seized and impounded any dangerous animal, where the person owning, keeping or harboring such animal has failed to comply with the notice sent pursuant to section 10-227. Upon a seizure and impoundment, the animal shall be delivered to a place of confinement which may be with any organization which is authorized by law to accept, own, keep or harbor such animals. If, during the course of seizing and impounding any such animal, the animal poses a risk of serious physical harm or death to any person, such person or persons authorized by the animal control officer may render the animal immobile by means of tranquilizers or other safe drugs; or if that is not safely possible, then the animal may be killed.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)

Sec. 10-229. - Permit required.

(a) No person owning, harboring, or having charge, custody, control or possession of any dangerous animal shall allow such animal to remain within the city unless the person has first secured a permit to do so and complies with all terms and conditions of such permit; and, in addition thereto, such animal shall at all times be so confined, controlled and restrained in such manner that the life, limb or property of any person lawfully entering such premises shall not be endangered.

(b) Failure to obtain a permit when required by subsection (a) after written notification by the animal control officer shall be adequate grounds for the officer to impound the animal until a permit is obtained, all requirements for confinement of the animal are met, and all fees and costs of the impoundment have been paid. If no permit is obtained within ten days, the animal will be subject to summary destruction.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)


Sec. 10-230. - Issuance of permit.

Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall have, keep, maintain, or have in his possession or under his control within the city any dangerous animal without first applying to and receiving a permit from the police chief; provided, no permit shall be granted except with such conditions attached as shall, in the opinion of the police chief, reasonably insure the public health, safety and general welfare. No permit shall be granted for any animal at any particular location except upon an explicit finding that the issuance thereof will not be contrary to the public health, safety and general welfare.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005


Sec. 10-231. - Application for permit.


(a) An application for any permit required pursuant to this article shall be made to the police chief in writing and upon a form furnished by the police chief. The application shall be verified by the person who desires to have, keep, maintain or have in his possession or under his control the animal for which a permit is required, and shall set forth the following:

(1) Name, address and telephone number of the applicant.

(2) The applicant's interest in such animal.

(3) The proposed location, and the name, address, and telephone number of the owner of such location, and of the lessee, if any.

(4) The number and general description of all animals for which the permit is sought.

(5) Any information known to the applicant concerning vicious or dangerous propensities of all such animals.

(6) The housing arrangements for all such animals with particular details as to safety or structure, locks, fencing, etc.

(7) Safety precautions proposed to be taken.

(8) Noises or odors anticipated in the keeping of such animals.

(9) Prior history of incidents involving the public health or safety involving any of the animals.

(10) Proof of insurance to cover those who may be injured or killed by the animal.

(11) Any additional information required by the animal control officer at the time of filing such application.

(b) The application shall be accompanied by payment of a fee of $25.00, or $50.00 in the case of a dog which has not been spayed or neutered. The fee shall cover the cost of processing the application and of up to two signs as required in subsection 10-225(4).

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)


Sec. 10-232. - Term and renewal of permits.

A permit issued in accordance with this chapter shall be valid until December 31 of the year in which it is issued. An application for renewal of any permit shall be made not less than 45 days prior to the expiration thereof, and shall be accompanied by the same fee as required upon making the original application. If the application is submitted later than 45 days prior to the expiration of the existing permit, then a late fee of $5.00 per day after the deadline shall be added to the fee.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)


Sec. 10-233. - Inspections, investigations, and issuance of renewal permits.

Prior to the annual renewal of any permit issued hereunder and at least once not more than six months after the issuance of any such permit or after its renewal, the animal control officer shall inspect the premises subject to such permit to determine whether the person to whom it has been issued is continuing to comply with all of the conditions specified in this article. In addition, the animal control officer shall investigate the past history of the permit holder to determine whether during the past permit period the permit holder was in compliance with all of the conditions specified in this chapter. The investigation may include a review of department records and interviews with the permit holder and neighbors. If the animal control officer determines during any such inspection and investigation that any of the conditions therein specified are being violated the officer shall issue a citation to the responsible person and shall take the animal into custody pending a hearing on the citation. The officer shall also recommend that the permit be revoked or not renewed in the event that any violation is not corrected. Upon completion of the investigation and review process provided herein, the animal control officer shall recommend to the police chief that the dangerous animal permit be renewed or that the renewal application be denied. If the recommendation is to deny the permit, the basis for the denial shall be included in the report.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)


Sec. 10-234. - Revocation and suspension of permits.

The police chief, upon recommendation of the animal control officer may, for good cause, revoke any permit or modify any terms or provisions thereof and may, in the event it is reasonably necessary to protect against an immediate threat or danger to the public health or safety, suspend any permit or portion thereof. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall be considered good cause for revocation or suspension of a permit, seizure of the animal, and issuance of a court citation. The ruling of the municipal court on the citation will determine whether the permit is renewed or reinstated and whether the animal is returned or permanently surrendered to the humane society.

(Ord. No. O-155-05, § 4, 11-15-2005)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

TUSCUMBIA AL - A MOM IS UPSET AFTER A PIT BULL ATTACKED HER 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

Apr 3, 2009 - Tuscumbia Al - A mother is furious after her 14-year-old daughter was attacked by a PIT BULL.  Joy Simmons  wants something done before another child is hurt.  Several kids were walking down Trenholm Memorial Drive in Tuscumbia when a Pit Bull came towards them.  A neighbor, Geraldine Thompkins, was in her kitchen cooking when she heard screams.  She came to help and saw the girl on her back and the dog lunging at her.  Some of the children were on top of parked cars.  She started yelling at the dog and it ran away.  Joy Simmons said her daughter has puncture wounds on her legs, arms, and her hair was pulled out on the side.

Colbert Co Health Dept. workers contacted the dog's owner and the Pit Bull was put into quarantine.  Simmons said, "I just want owners to take more responsibility for their pets,  Especially Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.  The dogs that attack."  Geraldine Thompkins said that if it had been one of the smaller children, the attack would have been worse. 

----TUSCUMBIA DOES HAVE A LEASH LAW--BUT SINCE---ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS DID NOT SEE THE DOG LOOSE,  THE OWNERS WILL NOT BE PENALIZED !!!!!!!

http://www.waff.com/story/10127720/tuscumbia-mom-upset-after-dog-attack


Saturday, March 26, 2011

PITTSBURGH PA - 5 YR OLD GIRL, LAKAYA MALONE, BITTEN IN FACE BY FAMILY PIT BULL

Mar 26, 2011 - Pittsburgh - A 5-year-old girl must undergo extensive facial surgery after the family Pit Bull bit her on both sides of her face.  The child was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital but then transferred to Children's Hospital for facial surgery .  Her grandfather told police that the child, Lakaya Malone, accidentally lay on the dog, causing it to attack.  Police say the dog was only 11 months old, but could have easily killed the child.  Animal Control has picked up the Pit Bull and the family chose to have it put to sleep.

http://www.wtae.com/r/27334291/detail.html

Thursday, March 24, 2011

WEST NEW YORK-PIT BULL RIPS PART OF 12 YR OLD BOY'S SCALP OFF

Mar 24, 2011 - A 12-yr-old Boy's scalp was partially ripped from his skull Tuesday night about 8:40 pm.  The boy went into emergency surgery at St. joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson to reattach the portion of his scalp.

Police Director Al Bringa said the boyfriend of the boy's mother was looking after the dog for a friend.  Once the attack happened, the boyfriend wrapped the boy's head in a towel and police drove them to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen.  The boy was then transferred to St. joseph's Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery and the family was met there by cops who transported in a bag of ice the portion of the boy's scalp that was ripped from his head.

The dog was removed from the apartment by animal control officials and will be examined.

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/westny/index.ssf?/base/news-0/130094793560281.xml&coll=3

PHOENIX AZ - PIT BULL ATTACKS SEND 3 TO HOSPITAL-DAVE MCGEE SPEAKS OUT FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED

Pitbull attack victim shares details of the ordeal



"BABY" -MURDERED BY SWEET BABIES LICK YOU TO DEATH NANNY DOGS THAT "NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE"  "SOMETHING MADE THEM ....."SNAP".............

Mar 24, 2011 - The McGee's beloved pet  "Baby"  WAS MURDERED!!!!!!
"Baby was a rescue dog. She was 12 yrs old and a Schnauzer/Chihuahua mix.  She was blind, had diabetes, and we were taking care of her.  SHE DIDN'T DESERVE TO GO LIKE THAT," says  Dave McGee  from his hospital bed.  "I heard Baby yelping and screaming, then I saw 2 Pit Bulls just chewing on her.  I MEAN CHEWING!!!!  I attempted to get the 1st Pit off Baby, but as soon as I pushed it back, it lunged forward and bit me in the face.  I  tried again to push the Pit away and this time it bit my arm. I got that dog off me and turned and hit the 2nd dog as hard as I could with my fist."

McGee's son was also bit in the leg  trying to help. They were able to get Baby to the kitchen but she was severely injured.  The 2 Pit Bulls took off and then Dave McGee realized he was also seriously injured.  An artery was severed in his face and they had to do reconstructive surgery.  McGee says he is in favor of a bill called:

      " FABIEN'S LAW"- http://www.fabianslaw.com/

It would hold pet owners accountable for vicious dogs.  Dave McGee says, "If you're going to keep a dog like that that's your business, but you better have a policy because stuff like this will happen, and you'll be responsible."

After the first attack, the loose Pit Bulls also bit another man a few blocks away.  A man was working from the back of his truck and one of the dog's just ran up and lunged at him biting his arm leaving about six puncture wounds.  Animal Control found the dogs roaming the streets a short time after the attacks.  They will be quarantined.  The owner has not come forward at this time.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/north_phoenix/man-attacked-by-pitbulls-speaks-out

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PIT BULLS WIGGLING THEIR FRIENDLY TAILS AS THEY KILL ANOTHER DOG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLSAGVNGTXo&feature=player_embedded

I WONDER WHO THESE "NANNY DOGS" BELONGED TO?

JACKSONVILLE FL- PIT BULL ATTACKS PREGNANT WOMAN -BITES HER HEAD AND NECK

Clay County pit bull taken awayAmy WilliamsUPDATE:  Mar 28, 2011 - Amy Williams says she is still traumatized by the Pit Bull attack on her, and  she has difficulty talking about it.  In an e-mail to channel 4 she says  that she still breaks into tears.  She is 6 months pregnant.  She especially wants to get it across that she did nothing to precipitate the attack and she hopes that those who want to blame her never have to experience anything as terrifying as a dog attack.  She said, "I did not know if I would live or die as I lay on the ground and felt --------

THE DOG PULLING MY SCALP FROM MY HEAD, BUT I ONLY WANTED TO PROTECT MY BABY.  I  ACCOMPLISHED THAT AND I AM THANKFUL. THE INJURY IS STILL QUITE PAINFUL, AND I CHOOSE TO LIMIT PAIN MEDICATION FOR THE SAKE OF MY UNBORN CHILD.  SHE (the baby) APPEARS TO BE HEALTHY DESPITE WHAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH,"

Williams said she will see a plastic surgeon for reconstructive surgery and considers herself blessed that she survived the attack and that it wasn't worse.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/27346708/detail.html

Mar 23, 2011 - Amy Williams was visiting a friend and was walking to a mailbox when she was startled by a Pit Bull and fell to the ground.  The Pit Bull attacked her and did not let go of her neck until the owner, Joe Neely, came to break it up.  Joe Neely says his 2 1/2 yr old, 75 pound Pit Bull, Midnight, was chained to a tree in his front yard.......

.......WHEN IT ESCAPED ITS COLLAR.......

Amy Williams, who is pregnant, was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for treatment of the bites to her head and neck,  and is undergoing tests to make sure her unborn child is OK.  She was listed in fair condition Wednesday  afternoon.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/27292824/detail.html

SOUTH BEND IN - 5 YR OLD GIRL ATTACKED BY GRANDMOTHER'S BOYFRIEND'S PIT BULL THAT BIT TOP HALF OF EAR COMPLETELY OFF

Spike the pit bull and Sarah Bailey recovering in the hospital. (Tribune and WSBT photos)
UPDATE:  Two more articles have been published about this Pit Bull attack.  The owner of the Pit Bull, Spike, is the little girl's grandmother's boyfriend - Troy Gladura.  He claims that he was with the child when the dog attacked her. He is also claiming the Pit Bull was fiercely protective of him and when the child ran to him to give him a hug, that " THIS TRAIT HE FEARS MAY HAVE TRIGGERED THE ATTACK."  He also says----"I ACTUALLY HAD TO PUT MY HAND AND ARMS IN HIS MOUTH TO GET HIM TO BITE ON ME AND AWAY FROM HER,"  He also says the whole ear was not ripped off ---"ONLY THE TOP HALF."
(THEN WHY ISN'T THIS MAN IN THE HOSPITAL UNDERGOING SURGERY TO REPAIR HIS WOUNDS ON HIS HANDS AND ARMS????????????)

Kim Lucas, an animal control supervisor, said Gladura signed the dog over to them Wednesday morning .  South Bend does have an ordinance requiring owners of pit bulls to register their animals as "DANGEROUS DOGS" and to carry $300,000 in insurance liability to cover associated medical costs if the dog were to attack someone.  Owners of dangerous dogs can be fined up to $2,500 if the animal attacks and seriously injures another person.  Gladura admitted he did not have the required license or insurance that South Bend requires for owners of Pit Bulls.  The Pit Bull also did not have its rabies shots up to date.

http://www.fox28.com/Global/story.asp?S=1431081

http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-girl-expected-to-recover-after-attack-20110324,0,6397253.story

Mar 23, 2011 - South Bend IN - 5 yr old Saralee Bailey was playing  in an upstairs bedroom with her grandfather's Pit Bull.  It suddenly attacked her biting completely through her ear and pulling  it off her head.  Her grandfather, Troy Glendura said it happened just before 9 am and he did not actually see the attack.

..."HE'S NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE, HE'S ALWAYS BEEN REAL PROTECTIVE," SAID GLENDURA.  ...HE'S OWNED SPIKE SINCE THE PIT BULL WAS 6 MONTHS OLD.....AND IT HAD PREVIOUSLY BELONGED TO ABUSIVE OWNERS.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

South Bend Animal Care and Control removed the 80 pound Pit Bull which left the home peacefully and was placed in a cage in a van.  It is believed they will put the dog down.  The girl was taken to a South Bend Hospital.  She was in surgery this afternoon.

http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/sbt-south-bend-pitbull-attack-girl-attacked-by-grandfathers-pitbull-20110323,0,1711698.story

DECATUR AL CITY CODES - CHAPTER 4 - ANIMALS AND FOWL: ARTICLE II - VICIOUS AND DANGEROUS DOGS

TO BE USED FOR COMPARISON AND KNOWLEDGE

http://www.digitaldecatur.com/

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10050&state=1&stateName=Alabama

DECATUR CITY CODES

Decatur, Alabama - Code of Ordinances

Chapter 4 - ANIMALS AND FOWL

Article II - Vicious and Dangerous Dogs

Sec. 4-15. - Purpose.

The city council of the city finds and declares all of the following:

(1) Potentially dangerous and vicious animals have become a serious and widespread threat to the safety and welfare of citizens of this city. In recent years, they have assaulted without provocation and seriously injured numerous individuals, particularly children, and have killed numerous other animals. Many of these attacks have occurred in public places.

(2) The number and severity of these attacks are attributable to the failure of owners to register, confine, and properly control vicious and potentially dangerous dogs and other animals.

(3) The necessity for the regulation and control of vicious and potentially dangerous dogs and other animals is a city-wide problem, requiring city-wide regulation, and existing laws are inadequate to deal with the threat to public health and safety posed by vicious and potentially dangerous dogs and other animals

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-16. - Definitions.

For the purpose of this article, words used in the present tense include the future, the singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular. Words and terms are defined as follows:

Department of animal control means any person employed by the city who is charged with duties including, but not limited to, investigating, on public or private property, civil infractions relating to animal control, animal attacks, or animal cruelty and issuing citations related to such infractions.

Impound means taking any animal into the custody of the public pound or animal control department of the city.

Owner means any person, firm, corporation, organization, or department having a right of property in the animal, or who keeps or harbors the animal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who permits the animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by him or her.

Potentially dangerous animal means:

(1) Any animal which, when unprovoked, on two (2) separate occasions within the prior thirty-six-month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the animal are off the property of the owner or keeper of the animal.

(2) Any animal which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing a less than severe injury, as defined herein.

(3) Any animal which, when unprovoked, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury, or otherwise caused injury attacking a domestic animal off the property of the owner or keeper of the animal.

Severe injury means any physical injury to a human being that results in muscle tears, broken bones or disfiguring lacerations which injury requires multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery.

Unprovoked means that the animal was not hit, kicked, or struck by a person with any object or part of a person's body nor was any part of the animal's body pulled, pinched or squeezed by a person nor was the animal verbally or physically taunted in any way whether there be physical contact or not.

Vicious animal means:

(1) Any animal determined by the municipal court to be a vicious animal.

(2) Any animal which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being.

(3) Any animal previously determined to be and currently listed as a potentially dangerous animal which, after its owner or keeper has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior described in the definition of "potentially dangerous dog" hereinabove.

(4) Any animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of animal fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting

Sec. 4-17. - Exceptions.

The terms "potentially dangerous" and "vicious" shall not apply to dogs used by law enforcement officials for legitimate law enforcement purposes, nor dogs used as certified guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf nor aid dogs for the handicapped nor shall it apply to licensed kennels, humane society shelters, animal control facilities, or veterinarians.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-18. - Harboring.

(a) No person shall own or harbor any animal for the purpose of animal fighting, or train, torment, badger, bait or use any animal for the purpose of causing or encouraging said animal to attack human beings or domestic animals when not provoked.

(b) No person shall sell, offer for sale, breed, buy or attempt to buy any vicious animal within the city.

Sec. 4-19. - Procedure for declaring animal potentially dangerous or vicious.

If an animal control officer or a law enforcement officer has investigated and determined that there exists probable cause to believe that an animal is potentially dangerous or vicious, the chief officer of the public pound or animal control department or his or her immediate supervisor or the head of the local law enforcement agency, or his or her designee, shall petition the municipal court of the city for a hearing for the purpose of determining whether or not the animal in question should be declared potentially dangerous or vicious. Whenever possible, any complaint received from a member of the public which serves as the evidentiary basis for the animal control officer or law enforcement officer to find probable cause shall be sworn to and verified by the complainant and shall be attached to the petition. The municipal judge shall make such determination after a hearing, written notice of which shall be given to the complainant and to the owner of the animal, where the owner's address can be reasonably ascertained by the municipal court. The owner or keeper of the animal shall be served with notice of the hearing and a copy of the petition, either personally or by first-class mail with return receipt requested. The hearing shall be held no less than ten (10) days nor more than twenty (20) days after such notice is mailed to the owner or keeper of the animal and shall be open to the public. At such hearing all interested persons shall have the opportunity to present evidence on the issue of the animal's dangerousness. The court may admit all relevant evidence, including incident reports and the affidavits of witnesses, limit the scope of discovery, and may shorten the time to produce records or witnesses. In the event that the animal in question has caused severe injury to any person, the municipal judge may impound the animal, at the owner's expense, pending the hearing and determination of the complaint. If the court finds that the animal is potentially dangerous or vicious, it may make any orders authorized by this chapter or other laws, including but not limited to assessment of fines, costs and imprisonment against the owner or keeper as provided in section 1-8 of this Code

Sec. 4-20. - Notice, hearing, and appeal.

(a) After the hearing conducted pursuant to section 4-19, the owner or keeper of the animal shall be notified in writing of the determination and orders issued, either personally or by first-class mail postage prepaid by the municipal court. If a determination is made that the animal is potentially dangerous or vicious and no appeal is filed, the owner or keeper shall comply with the municipal court's order no later than fourteen (14) days following the rendering of the decision. If the owner or keeper of the animal contests the determination, he or she may, within fourteen (14) days of the municipal court's decision appeal the decision to the circuit court of the county. All filing fees and costs shall be paid by the owner or keeper of the animal. The owner or keeper of the animal shall serve notice upon the city that the appeal has been filed.

(b) The circuit court shall conduct a hearing de novo, and make its own determination as to potential danger and viciousness and make other orders authorized by this chapter, based upon the evidence presented. The court may admit all relevant evidence, including incident reports and the affidavits of witnesses, limit the scope of discovery, and may shorten the time to produce records or witnesses. If the court rules the animal to be potentially dangerous or vicious, compliance with the order shall begin within seven (7) days of the date of the court's determination.

(c) The determination of the circuit court shall be final and conclusive upon all parties. However, the animal control authority shall have the right, following due process, to later declare an animal to be vicious or to determine that the animal constitutes a threat to the public health and safety, for any subsequent actions of the animal.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97

Sec. 4-21. - Effect of failure to appear at hearing.

The municipal court or the circuit court on appeal may decide all issues for or against the owner or keeper of the animal even if the owner or keeper fails to appear at the hearing provided that there is some evidence that the owner or keeper did receive notice of the hearing.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-22. - When animal may not be declared potentially dangerous or vicious.

(a) No animal may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if any injury or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time the injury or damage was sustained, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the animal, or was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the animal, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime. No animal may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if the animal was protecting or defending a person within the immediate vicinity of the animal from an attack or assault. No animal may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if an injury or damage was sustained by a domestic animal which at the time the injury or damage was sustained was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the animal.

(b) No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if the injury or damage to a domestic dog was sustained while the dog was working as a hunting dog, herding dog, or predator control dog on the property of, or under the control of, its owner or keeper, and the damage or injury was to a species or type of domestic animal appropriate to the work of the dog.

(c) No animal may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if it was responding to pain or injury, or was protecting itself, its kennels, or its offspring.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-23. - Regulation of potentially dangerous or vicious animals.


This section shall apply in whole or in part, according to the determination of the municipal judge, after a hearing as set out in section 4-19.

(1) The municipal judge shall order the owner or keeper of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal to register such animal with the department of animal control of the city. The application for such registration shall contain the name and address of the owner or keeper, the breed, age, sex, color, and any other identifying marks of the animal, the location where the animal is to be kept if not at the address of the owner and any other information which the municipal judge may require. The application for registration pursuant to this paragraph shall be accompanied by a registration fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Each animal registered pursuant hereto shall be assigned an official registration number by the department of animal control. Such registration number shall be inscribed on a metal tag which shall be attached to the animal's collar at all times. The tag and a certificate of registration shall be of such form and design and shall contain such information as the municipal judge shall prescribe and shall be issued to the owner or keeper upon payment of the registration fee and the presentment of sufficient evidence that the owner or keeper has complied with all of the orders of the municipal judge as prescribed at the determination hearing.

(2) All owners or keepers of animals declared by the municipal judge to be potentially dangerous or vicious shall present evidence that the animal has been properly licensed and vaccinated. If this has not been done, it shall be done within fourteen (14) days of the municipal judge's order.

(3) The municipal judge may order the owner or keeper of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal to confine the animal at all times, indoors or in a proper enclosure for a dangerous animal which shall consist of a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure, suitable to prevent the entry of young children, or any part of their bodies or other foreign objects, and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. Such pen or structure shall have secure sides and prevent the animal from digging his way out through the bottom. The pen or structure shall also provide the animal with protection from the elements. The owner shall also conspicuously display a warning sign (such as "BEWARE OF DOG") which indicates to both children and adults the presence of a dangerous animal on the pen or structure or on or near the entrance to the residence where the animal is kept. At any time that the animal is not confined as required herein, the animal shall be muzzled or sufficiently restrained in such a manner as to prevent it from biting or injuring any person, and kept on a leash no longer than six (6) feet or sufficiently restrained by the owner or some other responsible person attending such animal.

(4) The municipal judge may order the owner of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal to maintain, in full force and effect, a liability insurance policy of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for personal injury or death of any person, resulting from an attack of such potentially dangerous or vicious animal


Sec. 4-24. - Confiscation and/or confinement of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal.

(a) In the event that the owner of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal violates any order of the municipal judge as prescribed at the determination hearing, such owner's animal may be confiscated and impounded by the proper authorities upon the order of the municipal judge. In addition, any animal determined to be potentially dangerous or vicious shall be immediately confiscated by the proper authorities if the animal bites or attacks a human being and causes injury, or if the animal, at the sufferance of its owner or keeper, is engaged in or apparently engaged in an animal fighting contest or is proximately near the area in which such contest is being conducted.

(b) The owner of an animal determined to be potentially dangerous or vicious by the municipal judge, which has been confiscated pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section, may request the municipal court to conduct a hearing to determine if the animal should be returned to the owner. Upon such request, the municipal court shall provide for a hearing not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days after the request is made by the owner.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-25. - Procedure for destruction of vicious animals.

A animal determined to be a vicious animal may be humanely destroyed by the department of animal control when it is found, after proceedings conducted under section 4-19 that the release of the animal would create a significant threat to the public health, safety, and welfare.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-26. - Additional fees.

The owner or keeper of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal shall pay to the city, in addition to the regular licensing fee, all costs of impoundment and other related expenses incurred by the city.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-27. - Minor owner or keeper.

In the event that the owner or keeper of the potentially dangerous or vicious animal is a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor shall be liable for all injuries and property damage sustained by any person or domestic animal caused by a unprovoked attack by such potentially dangerous or vicious animal.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-28. - Humane destruction.

The municipal judge may order the humane destruction of any animal that kills or causes severe injury to a human being

Sec. 4-29. - Procedure upon loss, sale or transfer of animal.

The owner or keeper of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal shall notify the department of animal control or the police department within twenty-four (24) hours if such potentially dangerous or vicious animal is loose or missing or if the potentially dangerous or vicious animal has attacked or wounded a human being or another animal. If the animal in question dies, or is sold, transferred, or permanently removed from the city or county where the owner or keeper resides, the owner of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal shall notify the animal control department of the changed condition and new location of the animal in writing within two (2) working days. If the owner or keeper of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal moves the animal to a different address within the city limits of the city, such owner or keeper shall notify the department of animal control of such fact and the new address within twenty-four (24) hours.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-30. - Removal from list of potentially dangerous animals.

If there are no additional instances of the behavior described in section 4-16 of this chapter within a thirty-six-month period from the date of designation as a potentially dangerous animal, the animal may be removed from the list of potentially dangerous animals. The animal may be, but is not required to be, removed from the list of potentially dangerous animals prior to the expiration of the thirty-six-month period if the owner or keeper of the animal demonstrates to the animal control department that changes in circumstances or measures taken by the owner or keeper, such as training of the animal, have mitigated the risk to public safety.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-31. - Construction.

The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to prohibit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or other similar organizations or any law enforcement officer from enforcing any other law, rule or regulation regarding the humane treatment of animals.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Sec. 4-32. - Keeping potentially dangerous or vicious animals.

It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or other person to maintain or harbor within the city limits of the city a potentially dangerous or vicious animal unless the same is securely, but humanely, confined or restrained in such a manner as to prevent such animal from attacking or biting a person or another animal. It shall be further unlawful to be in violation of any provision of this chapter or any order of any court. Any owner or keeper found to be in violation of this section or any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable as provided in sections 1-8 and 1-9 of the Code.

(Ord. No. 97-3375, § 1, 7-7-97)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SALINA KANSAS DOG ORDINANCE -BREED SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

TO BE USED FOR COMPARISON AND KNOWLEDGE

http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/ks-salina-pit-bull-ordinance.pdf

CITY  OF  SALINA,   KANSAS

ARTICLE IX. BREED SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

DIVISION 1. PIT BULL DOGS

Sec. 7-141. Definitions.

For purposed of this ordinance, the definitions set forth in Section 7.1 of Chapter 7 of the Salina Code are incorporated by reference. The following words and phrases when used in this ordinance, shall have the meanings respectively, ascribed to them:

Enforcement Authority means the city manager, chief of police, animal control supervisor and their respective designees.

Pit Bull Dog is defined to mean any and all of the following dogs:

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs;

The American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dogs;

The American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog;

Any other breed commonly known as Pit Bull, Pit Bull Dog, or Pit Bull Terrier;

Dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breed of dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.

The registration of a dog with a dog association or in any governmental jurisdiction as a pit bull or any of the dogs listed above shall constitute prima facie evidence the animal is prohibited by this ordinance.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-142. Prohibition

No resident shall own, keep, harbor, or in any way possess a pit bull dog within the city limits of Salina, Kansas. The City Manager shall implement administrative regulations related to standards and requirements to protect the public safety governing non-resident possession of a pit bull dog within the city limits on a temporary basis.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-143. Exception.

Pit bull dogs located within the city limits and lawfully registered with the City of Salina on the effective date of this ordinance may be kept within the city limits upon strict compliance with the standards and requirements set forth in Sec. 7-144.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-144. Standards and Requirements

The keeping of a pit bull dog eligible for the exception under Sec. 7-143 shall be subject to the following mandatory requirements:

(1) Special Permit Required

A special annual permit shall be required for keeping of any pit bull dog eligible for the exception under Sec. 7-143. No permit shall be granted except with such conditions attached as shall, in the opinion of the enforcement authority, reasonably protect the public health, safety and welfare. A temporary permit may be issued following application and pending final disposition of the application. Permits shall only be issued to adults.
(2) Application for Permit

An application for a pit bull dog permit pursuant to this ordinance shall be made no later than 30 days following the effective date of this ordinance. The application shall be on forms provided by the city, with its form, content and submittal requirements to be determined by the city manager.

(3) Permit Fee

An initial application fee for an annual permit shall be $50.00 for each pit bull dog. Annual renewal fees shall be $25.00 for one pit bull dog plus an additional $10.00 for each additional pit bull dog owned by the same individual and kept or harbored on the same premises.

(4) Standards and Requirements

The keeping of a specially permitted pit bull dog in the city limits shall be subject to the following mandatory requirements, in addition to compliance with all other state and local laws and regulations:

(a) Leash Requirement Outside of Pen. No person shall permit a pit bull dog to go outside the owner’s residential structure or the dog’s kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length and an adult is in physical control of the leash; provided however, that a pit bull dog may be in the rear yard of the owner’s premises without a leash when the rear yard is securely fenced and an adult is physically present in the rear yard with the dog. No person shall permit a pit bull dog to be kept on a chain or rope outside its kennel or pen and no pit bull dog may be leashed or tethered to inanimate objects such as trees, posts or buildings.

(b) Confinement. All pit bull dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel. Such pen or kennel must meet administrative regulations for construction and location standards established by the city manager. All structures used to confine specially permitted pit bull dogs must be locked by a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure.

(c) Confinement Indoors. No pit bull dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition.

(d) Microchipping. All pit bull dogs shall have an identification microchip implanted in the dog. Such microchipping shall be accomplished by a licensed veterinarian or by the Salina-Saline County Animal Shelter as part of the special permitting process. The applicant for a special permit under this ordinance shall file proof of microchipping if it has already taken place or is to be accomplished outside the permitting process.

(e) Signs. All owners of pit bull dogs shall within 30 days of the effective date of this ordinance display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the public using the words “Beware of Dog”. In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such animal.

(f) Special Collar. All pit bull dogs shall be required to wear a special designated color collar at all times when not confined indoors. The collar shall be visibly on the dog when it is in a kennel or pen, or on a leash. The collar shall be either one issued by the City during the special permit process, or one provided by the owner and approved by the City. The Enforcement Authority shall designate the specific color required.

(g) Insurance. All owners of pit bull dogs shall, within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this ordinance obtain and have in effect public liability insurance in a single incident amount of $100,000 for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons or for damage to property owned by any persons which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such pit bull dog. At the time of initial application for a special permit, the owner, keeper or harborer must present proof of the required insurance. At the time of subsequent registration renewal, the owner, keeper or harborer shall show proof of insurance for the present registration period and proof that there was continuous insurance coverage throughout the period of the prior special permit year.  In the event said liability insurance is canceled, lapsed or for any other reason becomes non-enforceable, said owner, keeper or harborer shall be in violation of the provisions of this ordinance. The owner, harborer or keeper shall notify the City within ten (10) days of any cancellation, lapse or non-enforceability of this insurance, and provide proof substitute coverage has been obtained. The insurance may be in the form of a special liability policy or a standard homeowners or renters insurance policy from a Kansas licensed insurer which does not have a policy of limiting or excluding coverage due to pit bull dog ownership.

(h) Identification Photographs. All owners of pit bull dogs shall make available the dog during the special permit process in order to allow the City to obtain digital photographs of the registered animal for identification purposes.

(i) Reporting Requirements. All owners of specially permitted pit bull dogs shall, within ten (10) days of the occurrence, report the following information in writing to the City.

(1) The removal from the city limits or death of a specially permitted pit bull dog.

(2) The birth of offspring of the specially permitted pit bull dog.

(3) The new address of the premises where the pit bull dog is kept or harbored should the owner move within the city limits.

(j) Animals Born to Specially Permitted Dogs. All offspring born of pit bull dogs specially permitted with the City must be removed from the city limits within six (6) weeks of their birth.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-145. Sale or Transfer of Ownership Prohibited.

No person shall sell, barter or in any other way transfer ownership of a pit bull dog to any person within the city limits unless the recipient person is an adult permanently residing in the same household and on the same premises as the owner issued the special permit.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-146. Duty of Owners: Failure to Comply.

The purpose of the requirements in this ordinance governing pit bull dogs is to prevent attacks, injuries or deaths by mandating use of control methods. It is the positive duty of any owner of a pit bull dog to take all necessary steps to comply with this ordinance. It is unlawful for the owner of a pit bull dog within the city limits of Salina to fail to comply with the provisions of this ordinance. Any dog found to be the subject of a violation of this ordinance shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment. Failure to comply shall also be considered good cause for the revocation of any license or special permit issued allowing for the keeping of the subject dog, resulting in the immediate removal of the animal from the City.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-147. Costs to be paid by responsible persons.

Any reasonable costs incurred by the City in seizing, impounding, confining or disposing of any pit bull dog pursuant to the provisions of this ordinance shall be charged against the owner of such animal and shall be subject to collection by any lawful means.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

Sec. 7-148. Administration and Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of the city manager, through the enforcement authority to administer and enforce the provisions of this ordinance. The city manager shall have authority to establish reasonable administrative regulations, policies and procedures as needed to effectively carry out the spirit and intent of this ordinance.

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)

(Ord. No. 05-10271, § 1, 4-18-05)
Sec. 7-149. Penalties.

Wherever in this ordinance any act is prohibited or is declared to be unlawful or the performance of any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful, the violation of any provision of  this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding one (1) year, or by both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court. Each day any violation of this ordinance continues shall constitute a separate offense.

SALINA KANSAS - HERO - BELOVED GOLDEN RETRIEVER "OSH GOSH" DIES- "GOSHY" HELPED SAVE 3 YR OLD CAITLYN FORSBERG FROM PIT BULL MAULING IN 2004-INSPIRING CHANGE


CAITLYN FORSBERG, AGE 3, MAULED BY TWO PIT BULLS THAT INVADED HER BACKYARD ON MAY 4, 2004







CAITLYN, AGE 4, WITH HER BELOVED OSH GOSH THAT DID HIS BEST TO FIGHT OFF THE 2 PIT BULLS THAT HAD ATTACKED HER ONE YEAR EARLIER

March 21, 2011 - Salina Kansas - Osh Gosh passed away in his sleep Friday night.  He was adopted from Salina Animal Shelter as a pup and was about 13 years old.  On May 4, 2004,  Caitlyn and "Goshy" were playing in the back yard when 2 Pit Bulls from the neighbor's yard got under the fence and mauled Caitlyn.  Her father ,Ryan Forsberg, says one Pit tunneled under and the other jumped over to attack them.  They heard screaming and she came running in with her face bleeding.  Then we heard dog fighting outside and he found Osh Gosh in a battle with the 2 Pits.  "We had to just let him go and get Caitlyn to the hospital," he said.

Caitlyn underwent 3 hours of surgery to repair damage to her face, including a detached eyelid.  Stitches were required on 18 different areas of her face. Veterinarian Norman Morrow said that Osh Gosh had multiple, very deep puncture wounds, but made a full recovery.  Morrow nominated Osh Gosh for Kansas Veterinary Medical Association Hero Pet of the Year.  "Goshy" received his award in Witchita in Jan 2005.

.........CAITLYN WAS THE POSTER CHILD IN A SALINA KANSAS DEBATE  OF AN ORDINANCE IMPLEMENTING TIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON PIT BULLS AND BANNING ANY NEW DOGS OF THAT BREED FROM THE CITY.........ROSE BASE, DIRECTOR OF SALINA ANIMAL SHELTER LOBBIED FOR THE ORDINANCE.  "IT'S A TERRIBLE THING TO SAY, BUT IT ALWAYS SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING BAD'S GOT TO HAPPEN BEFORE SOMETHING GOOD DOES,"  SHE SAID   SHE SAYS THE ORDINANCE HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE.  RECORDS AT THE SALINA ANIMAL SHELTER INDICATE THERE WERE 24 REPORTED PIT BULL BITES  IN 2003 AND 2004,...........................

...AND ONLY 5 SINCE........NONE FROM 2009 TO PRESENT !!!!!!

SALINA HAS 62 REGISTERED PIT BULLS, BASE SAID, BEFORE THE ORDINANCE  THE CITY HAD CLOSE TO 300.

"WE DEFINITELY HAVEN'T HAD THE SEVERITY OF BITES THAT WE HAD IN THE PAST," BASE SAID.  "OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT SAFER BECAUSE OF THE LAW THAT WAS PASSED."

The Forsbergs arrived at a May 10, 2004, commission meeting and took their 3 yr old daughter up to the table to show commissioners just what Pit Bulls did to their child.  "I WANT TO KNOW WHY MY DAUGHTER HAD TO HAVE HER FACE ALMOST RIPPED OFF?"  ASKED  KELLIE FORSBERG.  "WE CAN NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO ANOTHER CHILD!"

http://www.saljournal.com/news/story/osh-gosh-hero-dog-dies-031911

http://www.saljournal.com/progress/story/progress--caitlyn-forsberg

GOAL OF THIS BLOG: COLLECTING AND RECORDING DANGEROUS DOG/PIT BULL ATTACKS IN ALABAMA WHILE ALSO PROVIDING INFORMATION ON DOG ATTACK INCIDENCES IN ALL STATES

My original goal for this blog was to research why the city of DECATUR, ALABAMA, DOES NOT HAVE ORDINANCES REGULATING THE NUMBER OF DOGS AN OWNER  CAN HAVE ON HIS PROPERTY,  BARKING DOGS/NOISE NUISANCES, AND THE BREEDING OF DOGS.  Then  I found out about 2 separate  PIT BULL attack victims JULIA CORBIN and JESSIE BROWNING  that happened in Decatur, Alabama, that had not been covered by the media and I felt like someone needed to record their stories.  So I wrote about them on my blog.

THERE HAVE BEEN 4 SERIOUS PIT BULL ATTACKS THAT I HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF IN DECATUR:

1.  Feb 10, 2008 - Diane Donahue- attacked by 2 Pit Bulls and her pet Gigi killed

2.  Nov 5, 2009 - Orlanda Carbajal- attacked by Pit Bull

3.  Dec 25, 2009 - Jessie Browning - badly injured - attacked by 2 Pit Bulls

4.  Dec 31, 2009 - Julia Corbin- attacked by 2 Pit Bulls and beloved cat killed-  same 2 Pit Bulls came back and killed her other cat Oct 28, 2010

Then my blog broadened as I began researching how other towns  in Alabama were handling Dangerous and Vicious Dog/Pit Bull attacks.  I soon learned that it is a country wide-world wide problem.  The last serious attack I have written about in Alabama occurred on Dec. 21, 2010 - several boys were playing on Dover St. in  Mobile Al when a dog began attacking them causing serious injury especially to one boy.

IT APPEARS THAT THERE IS A "LULL" IN DOG ATTACKS ON CITIZENS IN ALABAMA.  THIS IS NOT THE CASE IN OTHER STATES. MANY DOG ATTACKS ARE BEING REPORTED DAILY THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD.  I ASK:

1.  ARE ATTACKS STILL OCCURRING BUT NOT BEING REPORTED BY THE MEDIA IN ALABAMA? ...OR

2.  HAS THE WINTER'S  COLD WEATHER BROUGHT ON THE CEASE IN ATTACKS AND WILL THEY START BACK WITH WARM WEATHER?

3.  THERE IS A THIRD POSSIBILITY.  PERHAPS DANGEROUS DOG/PIT BULL ATTACKS HAVE ACTUALLY CEASED IN ALABAMA - WITH A NUMBER OF CITIES ENACTING BETTER ORDINANCES  AND MORE AWARENESS ON THE PUBLICS' PART  TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE.

Each day I will continue as long as my health will allow me, to first search for these attacks in Alabama - in the newspaper articles, television stories, and internet accounts- because common sense tells me that if these attacks were not getting reported in the Decatur-Morgan Co area - a lot of them were not and are still not being reported across Alabama.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

ROSWELL GA- PIT BULL SEVERELY INJURES WOMAN TAKING A WALK

June 25, 2007 -Lan Khanh Trinh, age 69, was born in Vietnam to Chinese parents and speaks almost no English. Trinh is a widow with five children.  Her neighbor, Judy Schini says that Trinh was aftaid of dogs and never would have petted one, let alone a Pit Bull.

Trinh says that she was walking down the street and saw a girl walking the dog.  All of a sudden the Pit Bull was runing toward her.  It leaped and bit her face.  She was saved by neighbors who came to her aid and pulled the dog off her.  One neighbor was bitten in the arm.  Another neighbor was able to get his gun and shot the Pit Bull.  The attacking Pit Bull was described as unrelenting ---it would not stop.  Trinh underwent nearly four hours of surgery to her face, arm and skull at North Fulton Regional Hospital.

The 60 pound Pit Bull named Achilles was being walked by a 12 year old girl named Payton Newell.  She and her mother are giving a completely different story of the incident.  She says that Trinh walked up to her and tried to pet the Pit Bull before it attacked her:

................"He started growling, and I said to her, 'Don't pet him,' and she said something and reached down to pet him.  He backed away, then he muscled his way out of the collar and attacked her."..................

Trinh's daughter-in-law, Jenny Lim,  says she's afraid of dogs. She would never do such a thing.  They are trying to put the blame on her. Neighbors say that the victim will need a lot of plastic surgery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5mPoe5Wxk4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xn3mTOmp38

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1854740/posts

http://www.pitbulltalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=13574

ST. LOUIS MO - SHELBY- PUT IN CAGE WITH PIT BULL AT ANIMAL SHELTER - SHE WAS MAULED, LEG ALMOST TORN OFF-THEY HAD TO SHOOT PIT BULL TO GET IT OFF SHELBY!

Shelby: Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie, Dog; Saint Louis, MO

        SHELBY

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Shelby was in the county pound. She was caged with a young pit bull. The pit bull mauled her before the pound workers could intervene. They had to shoot the pit bull to get him off Shelby. Shelby's leg was almost torn off, and she needed surgery and a long rehabilitation period. Shelby is now completely recovered, and we don't even see her limping. We think she's 8 to 10 months old. She gets along well with people and other animals, but does not like to be cornered. If you are interested in Shelby,

CHECK OUT WHAT CRAVENDESIRES SAYS ABOUT THIS ONE-
    http://cravendesires.blogspot.com/   " Weekly Frankenmauler Roundup"

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18266536

LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS- 2 PIT BULLS ATTACK 30 YR OLD WOMAN

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Mar 19,2011 - Two Pit Bulls attacked a 30 yr old woman. Brenie Jones,  as she was walking on a street in Little Rock on Friday afternoon March 18.  Sixty-year-old Lenzora Lott used a stick and 2 large rocks and even an old tire to try to pry the dogs away from her. Lott says the dogs should have been shot right then and there.  But Little Rock Animal Control Employees and Police waited for the owner to surrender the dogs.  Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services ambulance took the woman to Baptist Health Medical Center. Evidence of the attack remained as blood dried on the back of a white car.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/mar/19/sticks-car-fail-thwart-pit-bull-attack-wo-20110319/

Friday, March 18, 2011

LAKE ARTHUR LA - 5 YR OLD BOY ATTACKED BY NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL-NEIGHBOR ARRESTED. HE SAYS, "I'M SORRY AND I'LL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER PIT BULL!"

UPDATE:Mar 18, 2011 - Jeff Davis Parish town of Lake Arthur- Police chief, cheryl Vincent, says it's illegal to own a Pit Bull.  But Melvin Gothreaux owned one and had him in his home.  It was let out and children were playing in the neighborhood.  It immediately began chasing them and they all ran except Derek Levi, Jr. " For some reason he stopped running and the Pit Bull attacked him,"  says his father, Derek Levi, Sr.  "It's heartbeaking.  I'm Mad.  I'm real Mad."  Derek Jr. was bitten on the face, hand, and leg.  He has two big gashes on the back of his thigh.  He underwent surgery earlier today. 

Melvin Gothreaux was immediately arrested and he is facing 2 charges for having a Pit Bull in the City Limits and for owning a dangerous and vicious dog.  But he says,"MY WIFE BEAT IT WITH A SHOVEL AND IT STILL WOULDN'T LET GO.  I'M SORRY....I'M REALLY SORRY....AND I'LL NEVER HAVE A PIT BULL AGAIN."

Link and Video:  http://www.katc.com/news/pit-bull-attacks-five-year-old-boy/


Mar 18, 2011 - Lake Charles LA - A young child is recovering following an attack by a pit bull.  According to the Jeff Davis sheriff's Office, a 911 call came in around 7 pm Thursday night, March 17.  Lake Arthur Police are investigating.  The child will be in surgery this afternoon.  More on this story tonight.......

Link:  http://www.kplctv.com/Gobal/story.asp?S=14277910

MARCH 18, 2011-THE BARKING STARTED THIS AFTERNOON-MY 70 YR OLD HUSBAND TRIED TO TAKE A NAP AND COULD NOT BECAUSE THE BARKING WAS SO LOUD!

MY HUSBAND WORKED 10 DAYS STRAIGHT SO HE WAS OFF YESTERDAY AND TODAY.  HE MOWED THE FRONT AND BACK YARD TODAY AND WE WEEDED AND CLEANED UP THE YARDS...THEN HE TOOK A BATH AND THOUGHT HE MIGHT GET TO LAY DOWN AND TAKE A NAP.....NO....WE FORGOT....WE DON'T GET TO PICK WHAT WE DO EACH DAY....HE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE A NAP THIS AFTERNOON BECAUSE PIT BULLS WERE BARKING CONTINUOSLY 40 FEET FROM OUR BEDROOM........THEY STARTED AFTER LUNCH AND IT GOT LOUDER AND LOUDER.  I TRIED TO EAT A SNACK AFTER I WORKED IN THE YARD.  I SAT DOWN IN A CHAIR ON MY PATIO AND ATTEMPTED TO EAT AN ORANGE.....NOPE, I FORGOT...I CAN'T BE ON MY PATIO....THE PIT BULLS LOOK DOWN ON ME ...GUARDING ME...LUNGING AND GROWLING....EVEN IF I MOVE MY HAND TO FORK A PIECE OF ORANGE....THEY GROWL........THEY WILL GET VERY QUIET.......AND I THINK...WELL, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BARK ANYMORE....THEY ARE GOING TO GET USED TO US...WE LIVE HERE....WE HAVE LIVED HERE GOING ON 16 YEARS NOW....WE ARE NOT GOING TO BOTHER THOSE PIT BULLS......BUT NO...THEY CONTINUE TO LOOK DOWN ON US PERCHED READY TO LUNG AND GROWL AND BARK............I GIVE UP AND GO IN THE HOUSE AND TRY TO TAKE A SHOWER AND YOU KNOW WHAT.....I CAN HEAR PIT BULLS BARKING FROM MY BATHTUB.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO MY HUSBAND DOESN'T TAKE A NAP AND HE GOES TO GET A HAIR CUT INSTEAD AND WHEN HE GETS BACK WE ATTEMPT TO GO OUT ON OUR PATIO  AND SIT WITH OUR 2 DOGS.....THE SUN IS GOING DOWN....IT IS 5:45 PM........IT IS SO NICE OUTSIDE AND WE ALWAYS LOVED BEING OUT IN OUR BACK YARD...............BUT NO, WE FORGOT.........THE PIT BULLS ONLY BARK LOUDER AND LOUDER AND LOUDER THE LONGER WE SIT IN OUR CHAIRS......I'M RECORDING IT.....BUT NOBODY IN DECATUR ALABAMA CARES......POLICE WANT COME TO A NOISE NUISANCE.  THERE IS NOONE TO GO TO.....AND I KNOW THAT NOT ONE OTHER FAMILY IN THIS TOWN IS LIVING WITH PIT BULLS BARKING THIS LOUD SO CLOSE.  THIS IS HOW DECATUR ALABAMA TREATS ELDERLY CITIZENS 70 YRS AND 65 YRS OLD.  WE HAVE BEEN LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IN THIS TOWN FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND HAVE ALWAYS PAID OUR TAXES.  THERE ARE HOUSES FOR SALE ALL IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND THIS HOUSE WOULD NOT SALE EITHER......WE ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO GO INTO FORECLOSURE AND BANKRUPTCY JUST SO WE CAN GET AWAY FROM THESE VICIOUS, BARKING PIT BULLS..  MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN WORKING FOR OVER 50 YEARS.....NO ONE, ESPECIALLY HIM, DESERVES THIS!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

LYNN MA-LEASHED PIT BULL BITES BABY BEING HELD BY FATHER IN PAPOOSE PACK- "IT'S A MIRACLE THE PIT BULL DIDN'T TAKE THAT BABY'S LEG OFF," SAID ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER KEVIN FARNSWORTH

Eva Anatya pit bull attack




June 2010 -Lynn MA-Over Memorial Day weekend Brian and Leah Antaya were walking along Broadway with their 6 mo old daughter, Eva, in a papoose pack asleep on her Daddy's chest.  They saw a couple coming toward them with a dog on a leash.  Munnyhkkie Moutino, 23 yr old 5'1" tall and 100 lbs,  and her companion, Rodolpho Ribas,  were walking her 2 yr old 61 pound neutered Pit Bull named McLovvin.  As they neared only feet from the family, the Pit Bull broke free from its young owner.

Brian Antaya told police it happened so fast he had no time to react. The dog suddenly pulled away from its owner and lunged for the baby's body.  It  got a hold on the baby's left leg and tore into the calf.  The infant was taken to North Shore Children's Hospital in Salem and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she was treated for multiple bite wounds.  Animal Control Officer Kevin Farnsworth said," It's a miracle the dog didn't take that kid's leg off.  The way I see it, the doctors at Mass General saved that little girl's life. But there will be many more trips back and forth to the hospital."

The President of Lynn City Council, Timothy Phelan, says it's time to require muzzles on pit bulls in public after the breed was involved in several unprovoked attacks in the city.  There was another attack over Memorial Day weekend where an 11 yr old boy was bitten on the arms and chest by a Pit Bull, named Champion Fufy Perez  owned by Michael Perez, a suspected breeder.    The dog escaped Perez'  basement.   Both the Pit Bulls that attacked the 6 mo old and the 11 yr old were euthanized.  Then last March a 76 yr old woman was attacked by her grandson's Pit Bull. There have been other earlier attacks.  Animal Control Officer Farnsworth said both of the Pit Bulls in these last incidents were "as aggressive as Hell,"  "We had to double pole the last one to get him in the truck."

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2010/06/leashed-pit-bull-bites-through-chest.html

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2010/03/editorial-lynn-journal-writes-pit-bulls.html

After the mauling in March of 76 yr old Margaret Murphy by her Grandson's Pit Bull, the Lynn Journal Staff published an editorial - a vividly clear and Honest opinon article about Pit Bulls that included these words:

  PIT BULLS LOVE VIOLENCE AND MAYHEM. THEY

  ARE BY NATURE FEROCIOUS ANIMALS AND THEY

  ENJOY MAULING PEOPLE THEY DO NOT KNOW.

  THEY DO NO ONE ANY GOOD AND WHEREVER

  THEY LIVE, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR DISASTER!

Even after such a strong condemnation, Pit Bulls have gone on to attack and maul many more people in  MA.


ECORSE MICHIGAN-911 CALL-"MY PIT BULL HAS GONE CRAZY. HE'S ATTACKED BOTH OF US. PLEASE SOMEBODY COME AND SHOOT HIM!"

Mar 16, 2011 - A recent Pit Bull attack on a couple has Ecorse reviewing its rules on owning the breed of dogs.  ECORSE HAS A BAN ON PIT BULLS AND OTHER BREEDS WITH AGGRESSIVE REPUTATIONS.  HOWEVER, RESIDENTS STILL OWN THEM AND KEEP THEM OUT IN THE OPEN.

On March 2,  a 911 call came in from a couple in their 60's begging for help because their Pit Bull was attacking them and this has the City rethinking its enforcement of the ban:  911 Call-

"I have an emergency.  My dog has gone crazy.  He's attacked both of us.  I need an ambulance.  Please, somebody come shoot this dog.  Please hurry,"

The mauling was still going on when the police arrived to shoot the dog.  Police used a hatchet and three point-blank gunshots to stop the dog from attacking.  Ecorse Police Lt. Stephen Salas said, "We believe that Pit Bulls are dangerous and can be used as weapons,"  Police say they will ticket anyone who they believe has a Pit Bull.


http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/27220002/detail.html