Wednesday, April 27, 2011

COFFEE CO AL - 2010 - A BULLDOG ATTACKED A WOMAN AS SHE WAS WALKING TO FOLLOW DOCTOR'S ORDERS AFTER OPEN-HEART SURGERY

Sept 14,  2010 - Bethany community near New Brockton - Donna Hanks says her doctor told her to walk after  recent open-heart surgery. She got ready to follow doctors orders but then her nephew began crying to walk with her - she turned around to tell him  "No" and coming at him was the neighbor's BULLDOG.

She says the dog weighed way over a hundred pounds and first ran towards her nephew and she started hollering at it and it turned and went for her.  She was bitten on her upper thigh and hip region.  She received treatment at the hospital for her bites but then developed a bacterial infection and had to be hospitalized. Coffee Co Health Dept Environmentalist, Dennis Dean, says that they have about 150 reports of animal bites a year-3-4 dog or cat bites a week.



http://wkni.net/web/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1178:coffee-county-woman-attacked-by-dog&Itemid=18


Monday, April 25, 2011

FORT PAYNE AL - 2011 - A POLICE OFFICER WAS BITTEN BY A MIXED BREED DOG LAST SUMMER - DOG ATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE

Friday, April 22, 2011 - Fort Payne Al - Police Chief,  RANDY BYNUM, says that a Police Officer  had to shoot a large MIXED BREED DOG Thursday night.  The officer was looking for a suspicious vehicle when the dog came out and was bumping at and biting at the car. It got away from its owner and lunged at the officer in a vicious manner.  BYNUM says this incident is just the latest in a string of  dog bite reports in Fort Payne.  A woman was bitten by a dog while she was jogging about 2 weeks ago.......

A DOG ALSO BIT OFFICER TIP PACK LAST SUMMER...........

BYNUM is compiling information on vicious dog ordinances from other cities to present to the mayor and council.

"I'VE TOLD THE OFFICERS THAT WE DON'T WANT A SHOOTOUT, BUT WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND OURSELVES.  IF THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION, FROM TIME TO TIME WE MAY HAVE TO PUT AN ANIMAL DOWN."  CHIEF BYNUM SAID.

http://times-journal.com/news/article_8320b89c-6d21-11e0-a724-001cc4c002e0.html




FORT PAYNE AL - 2011 - POLICE CHIEF RANDY BYNUM SPEAKS ABOUT THE LARGE NUMBER OF DOG ATTACKS RECENTLY - NO LESS THAN 30 IN EACH OF THE PAST 2 YEARS !!!

April 25, 2011 - Chief of Police, Randy Bynum, says his office has dealt with  no less than 30 dog attacks in each of the past 2 years. A CONSIDERABLY LARGER NUMBER THAN WHAT'S SEEN IN SIMILAR SIZED TOWNS NEARBY.  Police have investigated 4 dog bites in the last couple of weeks.  He sees this as a continuation of a recent trend and he's looking to neighboring towns for help.  In a TV interview he said he's looking for info from cities of Fort Payne's size to see what they are doing to combat the same problem in their cities and then present this information to the Mayor and City Council.  One of those ideas may be a dangerous dog ordinance.  Fort Payne has no such ordinance at this time. BYNUM SAYS THAT MOST OF THE ATTACKS INVOLVE LARGE MIXED BREED DOGS.  Last Thursday night, a Fort Payne Police Officer was forced to shoot a dog when the animal tried to attack him.

A DOG BITE VICTIM WHO WAS ATTACKED WHILE JOGGING APRIL 5, 2011  -- LABEL -  MIXED BREED DOG - 1
A dog bite victim who was attacked while jogging April 5th

http://www.waaytv.com/news/local/story/Ft-Payne-Probe-Dog-Attacks/tKi9mE9iT06MMkUwv8CdmQ.cspx


Friday, April 22, 2011

BALDWIN CO AL - 2005 - A 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS ATTACKED BY A ROTTWEILER EVEN THOUGH HER TRAILER PARK HAD PROVISION DISALLOWING AGGRESSIVE DOGS - A LAW SUIT FOLLOWED

http://www.juryverdicts.net/AL3-08.pdf

The Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter-Baldwin Co Dog Attack-Page 8

121. May 24, 2005 - Dog Attack - A resident of a trailer park was mauled by a neighbor’s Rottweiler; plaintiff blamed the trailer park management for failing to enforce its rule against keeping aggressive dogs as pets

Bosarge v. Devine Properties, Inc., 06-299
Plaintiff: Adam M. Milam and W. Kyle
Morris, Miller Hamilton Snider
Odom, LLC., Mobile
Defense: Thomas M. Galloway, Jr.,
Galloway Wettermark Everest Rutens Gaillard, LLP., Mobile
Verdict: Defense verdict
Circuit: Baldwin, 9-13-07
Judge: Charles C. Partin

Among the residents of the Devine Mobile Home Park, located on CR 38 South in Summerdale, were Calvin Moore, his wife, Shucette Moore, and their young daughter. It would later become significant for this case that the rental agreement at the park contained a pet provision that stated, “No Chow, Pit Bull, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, or any aggressive dog.” Despite the explicit language of the rental agreement, the Moores acquired a Rottweiler in 2004 and, according to other residents, allowed it to roam free throughout the park. This prompted complaints from the other residents, but the park management took only minimal action. On 4-1-04, the park management sent a written notice to all residents reminding them of the rule concerning aggressive dogs. Some four months later, on 8-9-04, the management delivered a second notice to the Moores
that instructed them to get rid of their dog.

The Moores did not comply with this instruction, and the park management never followed up. One of the other residents of the park would later speculate that the management’s reluctance to take any further action was motivated by fear of reprisals inasmuch as the Moores were reputed to be drug dealers. In fact, a drug raid on the Moores’ trailer in March of 2005 found drugs hidden under the dog house. Yet the park management continued to allow the Moores to live there. It was also in March of 2005 that Amanda Bosarge, age 20, moved into the trailer next door to the Moores. Roughly two months later, in May of 2005, the Moores acquired a second Rottweiler, allegedly to serve as a mate to the first one. This second Rottweiler was typically kept chained up in the front yard.

Approximately one and a half weeks later, on 5-24-05, the second Rottweiler had somehow managed to slip free. The Moores’ young daughter approached Bosarge and asked her to help guide the dog back to the yard.  Bosarge agreed to help and attempted to place on the dog a harness that was attached to a chain to prevent the dog from running free. The dog, however, would have none of this. In an instant, the dog turned on Bosarge and began to maul her. By the time the attack ended, Bosarge had been bitten on both her legs and arms, and she had injuries to her neck and face. The record does not reveal the amount of the medical expenses.  Interestingly, after Bosarge was attacked, the park management finally  filed the paperwork necessary to evict the Moores.

Bosarge filed suit against the Moores and against Devine Properties, Inc., the owner and operator of the trailer park. She blamed the Moores for having the dog in the first place, for failing to maintain control over the dog, and for allowing the dog to attack her. Bosarge blamed the park management for failing to enforce its own rule against the possession of dangerous dogs. The park defended and denied any wrongdoing. It is not clear what defense the Moores relied upon, but that issue would in any event later become moot.

The case was tried for two days in Bay Minette. On the first day of trial, the court granted Bosarge’s motion to dismiss her claim against Shucett Moore due to lack of service of process. On the second day of trial, the court granted Bosarge’s motion to dismiss her claim against Calvin Moore. The record does not reveal the grounds for that motion.  The sole remaining claim was against Devine Properties, Inc. The jury returned a verdict that exonerated the trailer park, and the court followed with a consistent defense judgment.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

SHEFFIELD AL - 2006 - TWO PIT BULLS GOT INTO THE MCGUYER'S FENCED YARD AND KILLED THEIR LAB

Jan 11, 2006 - Don and Wanda McGuyer presented their concerns about the attack and killing of their beloved Labrador Retriever in the York Terrace area on Dec 26, to City Officials Monday.  TWO PIT BULLS  got into their fence and killed the pet they had had for over eight years.  Another neighbor has come to them saying his pet was attacked by the same 2 Pit Bulls 4 days earlier.

MAYOR BILLY DON ANDERSON TOLD THEM, "YOU'RE PREACHING TO THE CHOIR.  I HAVE A FILE I'VE BEEN KEEPING IN MY OFFICE FOR BUILDING A CASE FOR CONTROL OF VICIOUS DOGS.  I AM KEEPING RECORDS OF PIT BULL ATTACKS ACROSS THE NATION.  I'M LOOKING FOR ORDINANCES TO CONTROL VICIOUS BREEDS, AN ORDINANCE TO PUT LIABILITIES ON THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THE DOGS THAT WOULD MAKE IT PRETTY EXPENSIVE FOR THEM."

Colbert Co Animal Control Director Tommy Morson says Animal Control Offices aren't allowed to adopt out Pit Bulls.  He says office workers are aware of the danger of Pit Bulls, which makes the office liable if the animal attacks someone.  He said his office contacts pit bull rescue missions when an ownerless Pit bull is captured.

Florence-Lauderdale Animal Control Director Todd Nix said many cities are interested in laws against Pit Bulls.  "We're seeing a national trend where municipalities, for public safety reasons, are trying to find some way to limit the number of pit bulls or ban them from their city limits," Nix said.  Nix said he has also noticed a trend of courts siding with municipalities on issues involving Pit Bulls and Vicious pets.  He said liability for a dog attack could extend beyond owners.  "The trend in the court systems shows the property owner is more and more responsisble about what their renters are doing."

Pit Bull owners counter that the dogs are not vicious if raised properly.  However, Nix said he has had numerous cases when an owner has brought their Pit Bull to the Animal Control Office because it bit the owner or someone else after years of "Docile Life."  In addition, Nix says, Pit Bulls frequently are stolen from yards by those raising them for breeding and fighting.

http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20060111/NEWS/601110326?Title=Sheffield-looking-into-pit-bull-issue


ATHENS AL- A BIZARRE STORY OF A RESCUE OPERATION - "LASSIE'S FRIENDS" AND A PIT BULL NAMED LEILA THAT CAME TO THEM FROM ORLANDO FL----WHAT A SOAP OPERA!!!!!

THE TWISTS AND TURNS IN THIS STORY WILL MAKE ONE'S HEAD SPIN.  THE IN-FIGHTING, CHARGES, COUNTER-CHARGES, DOGS BEING SHOT, DOGS BEING EUTHANIZED, DOGS BEING MOVED FROM STATE TO STATE, LAW SUITS.....PREPARE TO BE TIRED JUST READING THIS.

Aug 1, 2009 - RESCUER SUES SANCTUARY - ATHENS, HELENA, BIRMINGHAM, ORLANDO FL - A Helena animal-rescue volunteer is suing the owner of Lassie's Friends Animal Sanctuary in Athens, claiming the owner accepted $500 to socialize and care for three dogs from the rescue but instead had them killed.  Here is the link to this long story:

http://enewscourier.com/local/x1446229362/Rescuer-sues-sancturary

or type in:  Athens Al - Rescuer sues sanctuary

http://gracieland.org/RW/news6.html

ORANGE CO FL - 2003 - 8-YR-OLD PIT BULL VICTIM DANIEL DECEMBRE TELLS HOW HE LOST AN EYE AND AN EAR WHILE JUST WALKING TO A CLASS AT HIS SCHOOL


















UPDATE:  JUDGEMENT AWARDED

Update article- May 1, 2003 - Orange Co Fl - 8-yr-old Daniel Decembre was on his way to his afternoon tutorial class at his school when a  PIT BULL charged him and dozens of his classmates. 

THE PIT ZEROED IN ON DANIEL ------DEEP CUTS, LOSS OF SIGHT IN ONE EYE, A MISSING LEFT EAR, AND MENTAL SCARS THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY----EVEN WHEN THE TEACHERS BEAT THE DOG WITH STICKS AND A BROOM----IT WOULDN'T LET GO OF HIM---ONE TEACHER EVEN TRIED RUNNING OVER THE PIT BULL WITH A CAR.  DANIEL IS NOW SCARED AND DOES NOT WANT TO EVER GO OUT AGAIN.  HE DOES NOT REST WELL AT NIGHT AND HAS NIGHTMARES.

This is an excellent article about these reporters at Channel 9 going undercover and doing an investigation on how easy it is to obtain Pit Bulls that are breed  for aggressiveness and sold out into neighborhoods.  They recorded breeders bragging about how they have to keep them separated even as young pups to keep them from fighting each other or killing other animals.  Read the entire article at:

http://www.wftv.com/news/2166837/detail.html

Sunday, April 17, 2011

WOODBURY MN - A RETIRED POLICE OFFICER ADOPTED AN AMERICAN BULLDOG AND IT BITES HIS FACE OFF AND SEVERS HIS EAR!

Nov, 2009 - Jim Stewart, 53, a retired police officer, was attacked by an American Bulldog he had adopted from an animal rescue group in Texas.  He suffered a severed ear and had the skin torn away from his entire face. Stewart had owned  an american bulldog before for 8 years and it had died. He searched the internet for another and found a group in Texas trying to find a home for a dog named Igor.  Ironically, someone representing the Texas rescue group inspected the home of Stewart to make sure he was "good enough" to own the bulldog.  For 5 months they lived in harmony- Stewart, his girlfriend, her dog and 2 cats. There was no sign of trouble.  He was a very sweet dog.......

THEN, ON A SUNDAY NIGHT, AMY KLINEFELTER, STEWART'S GIRLFRIEND, SAID SHE HEARD A THUMPING NOISE FROM THE BASEMENT WHERE JIM WAS WATCHING TV  WITH IGOR.  IT WAS LIKE SOMEONE HITTING A BALL ----NO GROWLING---NO BARKING----SHE WENT DOWNSTAIRS TO A NIGHTMARISH SCENE---THE DOG STANDING OVER A BARELY CONSCIOUS STEWART---BLOOD EVERYWHERE--THE SKIN OVER HIS FACE HANGING LOOSE AND HIS EAR ON THE FLOOR----THE DOG MADE NO SOUND AND WAS NOT MOVING AROUND---KLINEFELTER GRABBED IT AND PUT IT IN THE GARAGE AND CALLED FOR HELP.  THE DOCTORS WORKED ON HIM FOR 7 HOURS---- HE HAS GONE  IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS ALL WEEK-----IGOR IS IN QUARANTINE AND WILL BE EUTHANIZED.

For more on this story here are 2 links:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=055_1256931411

http://forums.officer.com/forums/showthread.php?133039-Retured-police-officer-gravely-injured-by-bulldog-he-had-rescued

HOUSTON TX -LOOSE PIT BULL BITES MAIL CARRIER AND NEIGHBORHOOD PUT ON LOCKDOWN

March 25, 2011 - Houston Tx - A mail carrier was bitten by a loose Pit Bull in Southeast Houston and HPD put the neighborhood on lockdown and  located the dog.  They managed to follow it until it ventured into a back yard.  The owner of the Pit Bull signed over the animal and it was euthanized and will be tested for rabies.  The mail carrier was treated for foot injuries and other injuries.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/27319117/detail.html

LEMARS IOWA - 10-YR-OLD GIRL IN HOSPITAL AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS

Apr 14, 2011 - Plymouth Co Sheriff's officers say 10-yr-old Breanna Buenger was playing outside a home when two 10-month-old Pit Bulls bit her numerous times on her head and neck. Details are scarce, but a dispatcher confirms that the child was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Omaha.  The dogs have been taken to a veterinarian clinic for 10 days and then it's up to the sheriff's dept. or the owners what happens to them next.  Here's the link:

http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14449515

NEW BEDFORD MA-TAMMY SIMMONS WAS ATTACKED BY LANDLORD'S PIT BULL THAT LEFT HER WHEELCHAIR-BOUND

Apr 12, 2011 - New Bedford MA - 38-yr-old Tammy Simmons went to her landlord's apartment which is downstairs from her apartment and she knocked on the door. When the door opened a Male Pit Bull rushed out and bit her lower leg causing severe lacerations to her ankle.  She has significant tendon and nerve damage and she needed more than 100 stitches. 

"IT'S LIFE CHANGING,"  SHE SAID.  SHE PLANS TO PUSH FOR MORE STRINGENT LAWS REGARDING PIT BULLS IN THE CITY. 

City Councilor Debora Coelho has re-filed a motion that she pushed last year that calls for a breed-specific ordinance that would implement tougher rules regarding Pit Bull ownership in the city.  It is similar to the set of rules that exist in Boston, she said.  Coelho is frustrated that her proposal has sat for months "on the back burner," in two council subcommittees.

"WE BASICALLY HAVE A COUNCIL THAT FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER IS MORE FIXATED ON NOT DISCRIMINATING AGAINST A BREED RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON PUBLIC SAFETY," SHE SAID.

For further information in this article, here's the link:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110412/NEWS/104120339

LAS VEGAS NV -UPDATE: 2-YR-OLD BOY ATTACKED BY FAMILY'S 70 POUND PIT BULL AND THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST ATTACK



UPDATE:  Apr 18, 2011-
The young father of the 2-yr-old baby states, "If you have a pit bull with kids around, don't even trust them or anything...Just put the pit bulls away...Don't bring no kids around Pit Bulls."---  It seems this Pit Bull had bitten  before.......

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Apr 15, 2011 - Las Vegas Nv - "It was an attack, not an accident," said Metro Lt. Dan McGrath.  "They had to pull the dog off of the child.  It wouldn't let go."  The dog repeatedly bit the boy in the neck and face before being pried off him.  Several family members were home at the time and the boy's mother told police the same dog has bitten someone before.  Here's the link for more information:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

PLAINFIELD NJ -RALPH HODGES ATTACKED BY PIT BULL WHEN HE STOPPED AT A CONVENIENCE STORE FOR A SANDWICH





Apr 15, 2011 - 52-yr-old  RALPH HODGES   was in Central Jersey taking a course for driving commercial trucks.  He wanted a pastrami sandwich and  stopped at a convenience store at the corner of Grant Av and West Third about 10:15 pm on Friday, April 1.  Without warning the Pit Bull came at him and tore at his right calf leaving him with  extremely large lacerations, a large amount of skin missing and his muscle torn.  "He tore my leg apart," Hodges said.  He described the dog as a large, stocky Pit Bull with tiger-like stripes. " It finally let me go and had a big piece of my meat in its mouth." Hodges managed to get himself to the emergency room for stitches, then went to his father's home.  But woke up later to bleeding and he was rushed to JFK Medical Center in Edison for surgery and a 2-week hospital stay.  He's concerned about his Medical Insurance paying his bill, but he is more concerned about this Pit Bull attacking someone else especially a kid.

"I'M 240 POUNDS, AND IT DRAGGED ME DOWN THE STREET LIKE A PIECE OF PAPER.  IF THE DOG'S OWNER HAS IT HIDDEN FROM POLICE, AND IT GETS LOOSE AGAIN AND ATTACKS A KID, IT WILL KILL THAT KID."



He has received an e-mail of a picture of a Pit Bull recently captured in Plainfield by Associated Humane and he's almost sure it's the one that ruined his April.

BRISTOL TN - STEVE LEONARD: "IF I EVER AGAIN SEE THE PIT BULL THAT MAULED MY SON, I INTEND TO KILL IT!"

Apr 15, 2011 - "My son is traumatized deeply.  I'll just be honest with you --if I see the animal, it'll be put down."  These are words spoken by Steve Leonard in Bristol Municipal Court.  He and his wife Diana went to municipal court Thursday to petition the judge to have a Pit Bull seized and euthanized. Their 6-yr-old son, Timmy, was playing with some neighborhood kids on March 16 and a Pit Bull was chained in the back yard.  The dog pulled its stake out of the ground and attacked Timmy  leaving his arm ripped open, bites to his side and seven slices across his face.  Timmy was hospitalized, received stitches, and a plastic surgeon put his tear duct back together the next morning.  The judge said if it was his child, he'd probably feel the same way as Steve Leonard, but he is not authorized to have the animal killed.  The Pit Bull was declared "dangerous" under city code and the owner was cited for letting a dog run at large and having it improperly tethered.
For more information on this story, here is the link:

http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/apr/15/no-decision-bristol-dog-bite-case-ar-973794/

Friday, April 15, 2011

MONTGOMERY AL - SHIRLEY JOHNSON'S PET DOG WAS ATTACKED AS SHE WAS TRYING TO WALK IT - SHE'S TIRED OF IT AND TOOK HER PROBLEM TO THE CITY COUNCIL!!!

Apr 11, 2011 - Shirley Johnson says she expects to be able to take her 9-yr-old  23 pound terrier, Daisy, out for a peaceful walk in her neighborhood.  On March 22 they were walking and a loose Shepherd/Chow mix crept up behind them and attacked Daisy resulting in a $569 veterinarian bill.  The retiree  is not idly sitting by....she signed a warrant against the alleged owner of the dog for violating the city's leash law and filed a complaint in District Court.  She hopes the small claims case will pay her vet bill and teach the owner to be more responsible.  Her case also struck a nerve with at least some members of the City Council.  Councilman Jon Dow, who represents District 6, wants to see the council's public safety committee resume its work to revamp the city's ordinance addressing the dog problems that he says are especially prevalent in his district.

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110411/NEWS01/1041103061/1007/Nuisance-dogs-again-an-issue-Montgomery



DECATUR AL - 2006 - TWO 17-YR-OLD BOYS FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR SICCING THEIR PIT BULLS ON A NEIGHBOR'S CAT

Saturday, Jan 28, 2006 - The Decatur Daily Archives - A Decatur Woman was not at home on Thursday when her neighbor says she was at her mailbox and witnessed two teenage boys walk their 2 PIT BULLS  into her yard and sic them on her cat, Miss Kitty.  Her neighbor says Miss Kitty tried to escape up a tree but the dogs pulled her down and one of them had the cat by its neck and the other had it by its lower body.  The neighbor ran and tried to beat the Pits off and then they tried to wrap Miss Kitty in a towel to get her to a vet, but she got scared and ran away limping.  They last saw her hide in a culvert.  Decatur police located the teens and notified the woman of warrant procedures to press charges.  Decatur Animal Control will present the case to the magistrate.

****Decatur Animal Shelter Director Danny Melson said the city could charge the suspects with possession of a potentially dangerous or vicious animal as well as cruelty to animals.......BOTH ARE MISDEMEANORS.....PENALTIES ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF MUNICIPAL JUDGE BILL COOK.  IN ADDITION TO FINES AND COURT COSTS, MELSON SAID, FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS OF THE VICIOUS ANIMAL ORDINANCE GENERALLY RECEIVE PROBATION........

Miss Kitty became the family pet 15 years ago when the woman's daughter found her as a malnourished stray.

http://legacy.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/060128/dog.shtml


Thursday, April 14, 2011

DECATUR AL - 2006 - A 3-YEAR-OLD BOY NEEDED SURGERY AFTER HE CLIMBED INTO A NEIGHBOR'S YARD AND WAS ATTACKED BY A COCKER SPANIEL/CHOW MIX

Sunday,  May 21, 2006 - The Decatur Daily Archives - A southwest Decatur child was in surgery at Decatur General Hospital on Saturday night after being bitten in the head and arm by a neighbor's dog.  A 3-yr-old boy climbed a fence into a neighbor's yard and the neighbor's COCKER SPANIEL/CHOW MIX  bit the boy on his arm and the top of his head.  Police Sgt. Roger Huntzinger said some bites split open fairly severely.  Animal Control and the Health Dept. were involved to determine if the dog had been vaccinated or needed to be quarantined.  No charges are pending because the dog was in its own backyard..

http://legacy.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/060521/surgery.shtml


Thursday, April 7, 2011

CENTERPOINT AL - MELISSA WILLIAMS WAS ATTACKED TWICE BY THE SAME PIT BULL - JURY AWARDS $90,000 DAMAGES

JURY AWARDS $90,000 TO MAN AND WOMAN IN DOG MAULING LAWSUIT -  Friday, Aug 29, 2003- A Jefferson County Jury ordered a man to pay $90,000 in damages after his PIT BULL TERRIER  attacked a neighbor and killed her dog last year.  Plaintiff's attorneys argued the Pit Bull's owner, Billy Charles Luttrell III, knew he had a vicious animal but failed to keep the dog locked up or prevent it from harming others, as the law requires. 

Testimony this week showed the Pit bull had escaped his yard several times in the past , terrorizing neighbor and plantiff Melissa Williams for three years.  THE DOG BIT WILLIAMS AND TORE OFF HER SHIRT OUTSIDE HER CENTER POINT HOME IN 1999.  On July 2, 2002, the Pit Bull went on Williams' front porch, ripped her Yorkshire Terrier from her arms and mauled the smaller dog, according to testimony.  Williams was scraped and bruised trying to wrestle her dog away from the Pit Bull.  Her ex-boyfriend, Haytham Awaad, tried to help, even running to his car to get a gun.  The Pit Bull, which is still alive, stopped attacking when Luttrell exited his home.

Jurors awarded  Williams $25,000 in compensatory and $50,000 in punitive damages.  They awarded Awaad $5,000 in compensatory and $10,000 in punitive damages.  Luttrell, 23, pleaded guilty to permitting dogs to run at large, a misdemeanor, in September.  His attorneys had argued that Williams should receive only $5,000 and that Awaad, who bought the Yorkshire Terrier, should receive nothing.

Defense attorneys said they had not decided whether to appeal.

Information from:  The Birmingham News

http://lists.envirolink.org/pipermail/ar-news/Week-of-Mon-20030825/005606.html


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

LEXINGTON AL - 2004 - A WOMAN WAS SEVERELY BITTEN BY GERMAN SHEPHERD IN PROCESS OF BEING ADOPTED FROM ATHENS-LIMESTONE HUMANE SOCIETY - LAWSUIT FOLLOWED

Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 - A Lexington Al woman's lawsuit against Athens-Limestone Humane Society  and one of its members over a dog bite was settled in mediation, according to Mary Beth Wescott, president of the local society.

In 2004, Connie David filed a suit in Lauderdale Co.  The suit claimed that Athens-Limestone Co Humane Society and member Jim Thompson knew that a GERMAN SHEPHERD, which Thompson brought to the Lexington home of David's fiance for possible adoption, was aggressive.  She stated in the suit that their negligence led to the dog attacking her.  She was suing for a jury to determine compensation.  The parties settled the case in mediation Feb. 11.  Wescott said she did not know settlement details other than the society's exoneration. 

Thompson and his wife had been foster parents for the dog for about nine months.  Thompson and his wife offered to pay David's medical expenses.  Wescott states that it was an unfortunate accident and sometimes a Pet's temperament can change when the animal feels scared or threatened.

At the time of the attack Thompson had the dog on a retractable leash.  It never growled.  When David bent down and petted the dog, he bit her arm twice, causing enough damage to require 120 stitches and skin grafts.  The bites damaged the nerves between the bite and her wrist beyond repair. An Athens veterinarian euthanized the dog.

http://legacy.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/050224/suit.shtml


DECATUR AL - A ROOFER "JEFF"- HERO - SAVES WOMAN FROM VICIOUS PIT BULL ATTACK

Saturday, Aug 5, 2006 - Decatur Al - Patricia Thompson was walking on Cedar St SW between Spring and State Av on Wednesday, Aug 2,  about 6 pm when a PIT BULL  suddenly attacked her latching onto her hand and wrist and would not let go.  She told Police that she didn't know where it came from and did not hear it approach.  "A roofer known only as Jeff was repairing a roof nearby when he saw the attack,"  said Police  spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews."  Jeff ran over and struck the dog in the head with a hammer. causing it to let go of Thompson and run away,"  Mathews said.  Jeff then took Thompson to Decatur General Hospital, where she received treatment for her injuries, police said.

http://legacy.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/060805/briefs.shtml


Monday, April 4, 2011

TULSA OK - WORST PIT BULL ATTACK ON A CHILD EVER AND THE CHILD STILL LIVED? - 2-YR-OLD MYCHA LEE HERBERT HAD HIS ENTIRE FACE BIT OFF!!!!!

Sept 4, 1998 - Tulsa Ok - Mycha Lee Herbert was playing in his backyard when the  -----FAMILY PIT BULL "BLUE"----savaged him and his face was reduced to bone ---only eyes and forehead were still there.....no cheeks, no nose, no eyelids, no flesh.......By most medical accounts, Mycha should have died that day.  But now under a constantly changing mask of bandages...the boy has a new face....sculpted from the flesh of his legs, forearms, and abdomen during  ------THIRTY- NINE  (39)-----hours of surgery this week.....MYCHA HAS A MOUTH AGAIN!

"It's a mouth that will not smile, but will eat, so we're thanking God for that," said Mycha's aunt, Delisa Herbert-Cabrellis.  "They created a face, too."  Mycha lay in a Tulsa hospital for 3 days before he was flown to Dallas where a team of plastic surgeons frantically improvised.  "The damage was so catastrophic that the plastic surgeons could not use traditional skin  grafts.  I've never seen a case where all the facial muscles were gone," Dr. Jay  Burns, of Children's Medical Center of Dallas,  said.  "I've done my share of reconstructive surgery, and I was overwhelmed."  After briefly considering the technically possible, but ethically troubling, solution of transplanting a face from a cadaver onto Mycha, the doctors decided to use a traditional procedure known as  a "FREE FLAP".    Doctors harvested a section of flesh from another part of the body and then sewed it onto the damaged area and sculpted it as needed- involving reconnecting nerves and tiny veins.  Mycha needed five of these procedures....the risk being - if one "free flap" attachment fails, the other four could fail in succession:

On Monday, the 39 hours began:  the 1st Physician, Dr. Steve Byrd  performed the beginning surgery-a nerve graft  to lay a foundation.  Then on Tuesday the 2nd- Dr. Burns began the remaining surgery by reattaching muscle to the child's eyes......

HE AND FOURTEEN (14) OTHER DOCTORS INCLUDING SEVEN ANESTHESIOLOGISTS, WORKED THROUGH WEDNESDAY---FREE OF CHARGE.....

"In the best case scenario, which is kind of where we are now, this may be a
.............PLASTIC SURGERY MIRACLE.........," BURNS SAID.  "BUT IT COULD BE A SOCIAL DISASTER."  THE CHILD WILL HAVE MULTIPLE RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERIES THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE - HE WILL NEVER HAVE A NORMAL FACE.  HE STILL HAS NO NOSE........IN A YEAR OR SO, DOCTORS WILL TAKE ONE OF HIS RIBS TO FASHION ONE.

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COLUMBIA TN - MAURY CO TN - MULE DAY PARADE-PIT BULL ATTACKS DIRECTOR OF MAURY CO PUBLIC SCHOOL'S HORSE

Apr 3, 2011 - Columbia Tn - The director of Maury Co Public Schools, Eddie Hickman, was driving his horse and carriage down West Eighth St. after just driving it in the Mule Day Parade.  It was shortly after noon and he was going to have lunch with Maury Co Historian, Bob Duncan.  Also in the carriage was Mark Orman and Hickman's wife Sheila and another family friend.  The Pit Bull appeared near a Flower Shop on Trotwood Avenue and started biting the chest and front legs of Hickman's 6-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse, Red. The Pit Bull brought the horse down and had a hold on it. The horse started to flee.  Hickman jumped out of the carriage with his whip to ward the dog off as it continued to attack Red.  Mark Orman attempted to take the reins. The pursuit ended when the horse and carriage dropped into a ditch and stopped in front of a residence.  Hickman said Orman fractured his leg and may have torn a ligament in his knee during the accident.  Hickman skinned his knee and arm.

 "I was scared the carriage was going to turn over on them," Hickman said.  The scene snarled traffic as Police radio originally indicated that a person had been run over.  The owner of the dog was cited for having a dog running at large.  Hickman's horse, Red, received stitches for the bite wounds on his legs.  Hickman said he had been participating in Mule Day Parade for thirty years and had never had anything like this happen.

http://www.columbiadailyherald.com/articles/2011/04/03/top_stories/04safari.txt

Saturday, April 2, 2011

ATHENS AL - LULA BELLE GEORGE IS FOR BANNING PIT BULLS -"A HUMAN DOESN'T HAVE A CHANCE WITH THESE DOGS - YOU JUST DON'T KNOW HOW VICIOUS THEY ARE UNTIL THEY ATTACK YOU!"

 Apr 5, 2008 - Athens Al - Nationwide Insurance agent Lula Belle George has maintained an office in her home on S. Jefferson St. for several years and realized some neighbors have vicious dogs chained in their yards. But twice in the past six weeks PIT BULLS  have entered her yard and attacked her and her pets.  In the latest attack, Thursday, her husband Larry had to pump 7 bullets from a .22 rifle into the dog's head to get him away from her.  George wasn't injured Thursday, but in the previous attack she was getting out of her pickup truck and her hand was injured as she protected her face.

Thursday she said she was letting her 2 Chihuahuas out for a walk when she saw 2 PIT BULLS AND A LONG-LEGGED BEAGLE  enter her yard.  She screamed for her dogs and ran in the house and her husband got his gun.  The Pit Bulls ran into our barn and killed 5 baby cats and 3 chickens.  She believes they ate the 5 baby cats because all she found was a couple of legs.  Her 2 grown cats are also missing.  One Pit Bull and the long-legged beagle ran off then  but the other Pit Bull climbed to the top of the barn in pursuit of more cats.  She describes this Pit Bull as being "badly scarred" as though it had been in numerous fights.  "MY HUSBAND FIRED 7 SHOTS AND HE WAS STILL SNARLING AND SNAPPING AT US," SAID GEORGE.

A deputy came from the Sheriff's Department and helped her husband haul the dog's body out of the barn and they took pictures of the destruction.  She then ask the neighbor of the 1st dog that attacked her if these dogs were his but he denied that they belonged to him.  "I'M STRICTLY 100%  IN FAVOR OF BANNING PIT BULLS FROM THIS TOWN,"  SAID GEORGE.  She has been talking with Councilman  Harold Wales about this issue. " I have notified the mayor and all the council and our attorney," said Wales.  "I want us to find what are the toughest laws in this state for vicious animals.  One of the problems is you just don't know how vicious they are until they attack."

http://enewscourier.com/local/x1037412668/Woman-attacked-twice-by-pit-bull

ANOTHER STORY ABOUT  LULA BELLE GEORGE


TUSKEGEE AL - PIT BULLS ATTACK MAYOR JOHNNY FORD - OCT 1988 - HE USES KARATE KICKS AND CLIMBS UP A TREE FOR 2 1/2 HOURS TO ESCAPE

 Oct  21, 1988 - Tuskegee Al - Mayor Johnny Ford said he used karate kicks to fend off TWO PIT BULL DOGS  that attacked him while he was jogging Wednesday.  The dogs forced him to take refuge in a tree for 2 1/2 hours.  A passer-by came to Ford's aid by wounding the dogs with a pistol.  The Mayor said he then had beaten the dogs with a tree limb until they were dead.  "When the dogs attacked, I battled them with my hands and feet by using karate kicks as best I could," he said.

http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SL&p_theme=sl&p_action=search&p_maxdoc3=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB32938D77E09EA&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM

http://politic365.com/2011/03/01/johnny-ford-a-small-town-mayor-with-a-global-vision/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Ford


MIAMI FL AREA - 3 HORRIFIC PIT BULL ATTACKS FROM THE PAST - JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE WORST ONE, 3 MORE COME ALONG THAT'S EVEN WORSE!!!

FIRST STORY: Dec 1, 1979-Michael Franklin "Frankie"  Scarbrough-6-years old

Article 1.   A six-year-old Hollywood Fl boy was in serious condition Sunday after he was viciously mauled by a  PIT BULLDOG  whose attack was stopped only after a 78-year-old woman threw herself on the child, officials said.  Franklin Scarbrough underwent microsurgery late Saturday at Miami's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital where specialists worked to restore the child's scalp and face. "It was horrible. It was horrilbe!" said Emily Milone, who tried several times to pull the dog off the child before she threw herself on the boy to stop the attack.  "The Pit Bull that attacked Frankie had attacked another dog two days before," said Nancy Cousins, deputy city attorney.  "He had demonstrated vicious characteristics even before the attack on the little boy."

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=D1QgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=D9IEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2660,1614458&dq=viscious+dog+attacks&hl=en


Article 2.  Dec 2, 1980 - 7- year-old Frankie Scarbrough doesn't attend grade school with other children.  He has a private tutor and he spends a lot of time in the doctor's office and hospitals.  One year after he was attacked by a 85 pound Pit Bull Terrier, Frankie is beginning to return to a normal life.  The Dec 1, 1979 attack left him-------

SCALPED AND HIS FACE MANGLED.  FRANKIE WAS PLAYING DUMP TRUCK WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACK YARD WHEN THE DOG TORE HALF OF HIS FACE AWAY,  HIS LEFT EAR DANGLING BY A THREAD, MOST HIS LEFT CHEEK GONE.  HIS UPPER AND LOWER EYE LIDS WERE SLASHED AND THE TEAR DUCT TORN.  HIS SCALP WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY TORN OFF EXCEPT FOR A SMALL PATCH OVER THE RIGHT EYEBROW.  HIS RIGHT EAR WAS TORN HALF OFF AND HIS NOSTRIL FLAPPED OPEN AND UPPER LIP TORN OPEN.  PARAMEDICS WENT AROUND PICKING UP PIECES OF HIS SKIN THAT LAY SCATTERED ABOUT THE YARD.  FRANKIE SPENT 12 HOURS IN SURGERY THAT DAY.  DOCTORS  LABORED WITH NEEDLES NO THICKER THAN A HUMAN HAIR, TRYING TO SAVE WHAT THEY COULD.

FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, SCALPING WAS A FATAL INJURY, AND FRANKIE WAS IN SERIOUS CONDITION FOR MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER THE ATTACK.  SURGEON FELIX FRESHWATER AND HIS COLLEAGUES PIECED TOGETHER AS MUCH OF HIS TORN SKIN AS THEY COULD, BUT INFECTION SET IN TWO DAYS LATER AND EVERYTHING HAD TO BE TAKEN APART.  THE GANGRENE WAS STOPPED, BUT FRESHWATER, WHO HAS JUST FINISHED BUILDING A FRONT HAIRLINE FOR THE BOY, SAYS FRANKIE WILL HAVE TO UNDERGO PLASTIC SURGERY UNTIL HE'S GROWN.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YqBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DAVEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6365,458217&dq=alabama+dog+attacks&hl=en

Article 3.  Aug 15, 1986 - Frankie Scarbrough, age 13, who was mangled in a dog attack seven years ago, will be living with foster parents in Dade County while he undergoes more plastic surgery.  He lived in Hollywood Fl at the time of the Pit Bull attack and now is a ward of the state of Alabama.  The first family lined up to foster him backed out and another family was found.  Frankie's plastic surgeon, Dr. Felix Freshwater of Miami performed 29 surgeries on the boy from 1979 to 1984, all for free.  Frankie now needs more surgery to rebuild his left ear, lift his paralyzed brow. remove scar tissue on his cheek, and.....

POSSIBLY GRAFT A BACK MUSCLE ONTO HIS SCALP TO SHIELD HIS SKULL.............

What we would really like is for him to stay here until he feels well enough that he goes out into the world.  The best thing is for him to be with a family. His foster family was afraid he would be afraid of their dogs.  But Frankie loves dogs, he doesn't have any hangups about dogs.  Frankie was attacked in 1979 when he was playing at a friends back yard and an adult at the home,  not realizing the children were playing in the yard, opened the door and let the large Pit Bull out.  Eight months after the attack, Frankie's mother  and step-father abandoned him.  He then went to live with his father in Alabama, returning to Florida for surgeries in the summer.  But two years ago he had problems with living with his father and wound up in an Alabama state children's home.  He recently contacted Dr. Freshwater again for more surgeries.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1986-08-15/news/8602180319_1_dogs-pit-bull-surgery

Article 4.  Aug 20, 1986 -  Twenty South Florida families have offered to open their homes to a 13-year-old boy whose face was disfigured in a 1979 pit bull attack.  Frankie Scarbrough, a ward of the State of Alabama has undergone 29 surgeries, and needs about 12 more operations but Alabama has complicated arrangements for continuing them in Miami. Frankie was attacked by a Pit Bull in 1979 while living with his mother and step-father in Hollywood Fl, His father lives in Alabama, and Frankie was staying with him until he could no longer care for his son.  Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services officials are considering placing Frankie with a Miami family and say he could be back in Florida in time to start school this fall.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1986-08-20/news/8602190458_1_bull-attack-pit-bull-alabama

Article 5.  Nov 4, 1986 -  Frankie Scarbrough is back in South Florida living with a foster family and is scheduled for surgery to continue repairing his face.  He's  scheduled for surgery the day after Thanksgiving at Cedars Medical Center in Miami to revise his left eye and eyelid.   He arrived in Miami from Alabama last Wednesday and has had one visit with Dr. Freshwater.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1986-11-04/news/8603989286_1_surgery-couple-attack-seven-years

THIS IS THE LAST ARTICLE I CAN FIND ON FRANKIE -MICHAEL FRANKLIN SCARBROUGH.  I HOPE FRANKIE'S LIFE GOT BETTER AND HE GOT ALL THE SURGERIES HE NEEDED.  MAYBE SOMEONE WILL READ THIS WHO KNOWS FRANKIE AND WILL LET US KNOW HOW HE IS DOING.  BUT IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS.  HE WOULD BE IN HIS MID 30'S NOW.

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SECOND STORY:  72-year-old Ethel Tiggs was mauled savagely on Jan 17, 1980,  BY HER TWO BELOVED PIT BULLS THAT THE FAMILY HAD RAISED FROM PUPPIES.  The Pit Bulls - Snook and Elton John had got out of their pen and she went to get them back in.  They knocked her down and proceeded to bite on her.  When Police Officer Richard Wagner found her he said, "It was a horrible sight - she was stark naked.  and the dogs were in a frenzied state, biting her everywhere,"  "They tore at her clothes until only a scrap of bra was left on her body."

It was the second mauling by Pit Bull Terrier's in this area in less that two months.  On  Dec 1, 1979 7- yr- old Frankie Scarbrough lost an ear and most of his scalp in a Pit Bull Attack.  The City Commission in Frankie's hometown of Hollywood Fl,  has planned final action Wednesday on a tough new terrier ordinance which would require owners of the breed to carry $25,000 insurance on them.

The two recent attacks revived memories  of a 1945 tragedy in which  a woman was torn to death and partially eaten by a pack of 15 Pit Bulls.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Vl8gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lWUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1243,2678820&dq=vicious+dog+attacks&hl=en
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THIRD STORY:  PIT BULL ATTACK IN 1945- In May 1945, the world was horrified by the story of a woman who was ripped to death by a  - PACK OF 15 PIT BULLS -  near an army base outside Miami Springs.  The victim was Doretta  Zinke, an ethnologist (one who studies the origins of man) and lecturer.  She had been a civilian driver at the Miami Army Air Field in the weeks before the attack. 

About 8 pm on May 16, 1945, technical Sgt. M. J. Mahaffey of an Army Radar Detachment  stationed outside Miami Springs, and some fellow officers were reading detective stories in their barracks when they heard a series of moaning sounds.  "We looked at one another and laughed," Mahaffey said.  They were amused at the coincidence of the detective stories and the moans, which they at first thought was the sound of the wind.  But when the moans continued and became recognizably human, they traced the sound to a road that ran parallel to a fence near their compound....

........."AS WE APPROACHED THE FENCE, THE MOANS BECAME CLEARER.  THEN WE SAW A WOMAN LYING THERE IN THE ROAD BY THE FENCE.  SHE DIDN'T HAVE A STITCH OF CLOTHES LEFT ON HER AND HER FLESH WAS TORN AWAY FROM HER BODY IN MANY PLACES.  HER ARMS WERE PRACTICALLY GONE AND THERE WAS A BIG PIECE TAKEN OUT OF THE BACK OF HER HEAD."........

Mahaffey bent over the woman and asked, "What happened?"  He said the woman repeated over and over again the same words:

........DOGS....DOGS......DOGS........MR. MUNN'S DOGS......

Doretta Zinke knew she was dying...and began verbally giving her will to those who found her.  She had no arms left to sign it!!!  Joe Munn's home and his  dry cleaning business was located about 100 yards away from the road along with kennels for his ---15 PIT BULL TERRIERS.  Munn was arrested on a charge of manslaughter and he was tried and convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.  The Pit Bulls were destroyed.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=I54yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qOkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1063,2037666&hl=en

Friday, April 1, 2011

WORCESTER MA-PIT BULL ORDINANCE BEGINS TOMORROW

Mar 31, 2011 - The new Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Ordinance, passed last year by the City Council, does not ban Pit Bulls or confine them to an owner's property.  Owners of those dogs will pay an additional $50 licensing fee on top of the existing $20 or $17 fee, the lesser for dogs that are spayed or neutered.  The targeted dogs will have to be leashed and muzzled, or placed in a secure temporary enclosure, when taken off the owner's premises.  It also will require consent of a landlord to keep a Pit Bull on the premises, placement of a warning sign informing the public that a Pit Bull is on the premises, and notification of Animal Control Officers or Police by owners whenever their Pit Bull injures or threatens any person or animal.  Police spokesman, Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst, said this morning the new ordinance gives the two Animal Control Officers the ability to take action against irresponsible Pit Bull owners.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110331/NEWS/110339937/1116

MEMPHIS TN - A PIT BULL RUNS LOOSE AND BITES A JUVENILE - OWNER TICKETED FOR POSSESSING A "VICIOUS DOG"

UPDATE:  MEMPHIS TN - CODE OF ORDINANCES-: Title 8 - Animals: Chapter 8-20- Dangerous and Vicious Animals


Mar 24, 2011 - A Pit Bull Owner, Anthony Schultz of Jackson St. was ticketed for possessing a VICIOUS DOG following a dog bite incident. According to investigators, the Pit Bull left the owner's property and bit a juvenile on his leg.

Section 210.020 states that it is illegal to keep or harbor a vicious dog in Memphis except under the following provisions:

The dog cannot be allowed outside its kennel or pens unless the dog is secured on a leash of no more than four feet in length and is wearing a muzzle.

The dog must be confined indoors or in a secure enclosure.  It cannot be kept outdoors on a rope or chain.  Any pen must have four walls, a roof and either a floor or walls embedded no less than two feet underground.  The pen must be locked.

Ownership of a vicious dog also requires that the property owner display a sign in prominent fashion warning others to beware of the dog.

Once a vicious dog is taken into custody by law enforcement within the city limits, the animal may not be released until the associate judge makes a determination on whether the animal needs to be disposed of to promote public satety.

Any dog may be deemed vicious if it bites or attempts to bite any person, not a trespasser, without provocation.  It can also be deemed vicious if it kills another dog, cat, or domestic animal. Any unrestrained dog that has placed a person, not a trespasser, in apprehension of serious physical damage, also can be deemed a vicions animal.

City code requires all dogs be licensed and show proof of rabies vaccination.

http://memphisdemocrat.com/2011/news/110331_pitbull.shtml