Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CLARKTON NC -BLADEN COUNTY NC - DOG ATTACK KILLS 9-DAY-OLD BABY GIRL - 5 DOGS REMOVED FROM THE HOME: PIT BULL, BULLDOG, ALASKAN MALAMUTE, GERMAN SHEPHERD, GERMAN SHEPHERD/BULLDOG MIX

Story PhotoKilled by family dogs, North Carolina infant, Addyson Camerino


SEPT. 5, 2011 - The latest video I've found with a picture of the baby and the parents, and 2 of the dogs involved:  http://www.wwaytv3.com/video/2011/09/investigators-release-few-details-about-9-day-old-mauled-dog



UPDATE:  Sept. 2, 2011 - The father of a newborn mauled by family dogs was in jail in Cumberland County at the time of the child's death, court records show-- 21-year-old Charles Nelson Camerino, was charged Friday with obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. He was reportedly bailed out Wednesday, a day after the death of 9-day-old Addyson Paige Camerino, who was killed by family dogs at the home of her grandparents, Nelson and Linda Camerino.

According to an incident report released Thursday by the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. a blanket, hand towels, clothing and a car seat were among the items investigators took from the home.

Nelson Camerino called authorities at 4:49 p.m., the incident report said. Addyson's mother, Chelsea Lynn Brigman, 18, was at the house as well, the report said. She and the child's father, Charles, live at the residence, authorities have said.

On a 911 tape released Thursday, a caller reported that the child had been attacked by three dogs. According to officials, five dogs were at the home: a pit bull, bulldog, Alaskan malamute, German shepherd and German shepherd-bulldog mix.

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/09/01/1119730?sac=Bladen
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UPDATE: INFANT IDENTIFIED -  Thursday, Sept 1, 2011 - Hubert Kinlaw, the Bladen County coroner and medical examiner, identified the baby as ADDYSON  PAIGE  CAMERINO, who was born Aug. 21 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. The cause of death was listed as head trauma and internal body injury, according to Kinlaw.

"With the wounds ... ," he said, "the baby had to be dead at the scene. There could be no other way."

The infant's parents, 17-year-old Chelsea Lynn Camerino and Charles Nelson Camerino, live in the home on the 10000 block of North College Street in Clarkton, Kinlaw said.

The baby's grandparents, Nelson and Linda Camerino, are listed on tax records as the homeowners, and neighbors said they live there, too.

The family has a pit bull, bulldog, Alaskan malamute, German shepherd and German shepherd-bulldog mix, Kinlaw said. An autopsy was conducted on the baby at the state Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill, he said.

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/08/31/1119452?sac=Home


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LATEST:   BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A 9-day-old baby died after a dog attack in Clarkton, according to authorities.Officials say the 9-day-old baby girl was attacked by one or more dogs Tuesday afternoon. A call to EMS came in around 4 p.m. Crews took the baby to Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, but she died from her injuries.

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office is working with the District Attorney on the investigation, to determine exactly what happened.

According to neighbors, several dogs lived in the home including a Rottweiler and a Pit Bull. They say a young couple lives in the home, along with the baby's father's brothers. Neighbors say the family is in shock about what happened.

District Attorney Jon David said Wednesday officials have removed five dogs from the home, "some or all of whom were allegedly involved in the death of the infant."

http://www.wect.com/story/15363492/baby-dies-in-dog-attack

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/08/31/dogs-maul-baby-to-death
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UPDATE:  THIS ARTICLE STATES 4 DOGS KILLED THE INFANT:

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/08/31/1119452?sac=Home

ONE COMMENT POSTED:
by Saddened on Aug 31, 2011 at 09:53 AM
Anyone wanna make a guess at the breed of the dog??

MY COMMENT:  Just off the" top of my head" .....There's a 70 % chance the infant was killed by a Pit Bull Type Dog - A Gripping Dog,   A 20% chance the infant was killed by a Rottweiler or Rottweiler Mix,   A 9% chance the infant was killed by an Akita, Husky, German Shepherd, etc.  And Less than 1% the infant was killed by a smaller breed house dog such as a dachshund.
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Wednesday - August 31, 2011 -  A 9-day-old baby has died after a dog attack in Clarkton. Officials say the 9-day-old baby girl was attacked by one or more dogs Tuesday afternoon. A call to EMS came in around 4 pm.

Crews took the baby to Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, but she died from her injuries.

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office is working with the District Attorney on the investigation, to determine exactly what happened.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been called to help process the scene and interview witnesses.

No charges have been filed in connection to the attack.

http://www.wect.com/story/15363492/baby-dies-in-dog-attack

PHILADELPHIA PA - HUSBAND CALLS POLICE AND REPORTS HIS WIFE DEAD - MAULED BY HIS 5 PIT BULLS- POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING

A 50-year-old North Philadelphia was found dead Tuesday night in her home in the 400 block of West Carey Street. (Bob Moran / Staff)




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JOSE ALVAREZ






Sept 1, 2011 - An updated article is out this morning with neighbors saying the man's name is Jose Alvarez.  The victim is his wife ---CARMEN RAMOS ---Neighbors are stating that Carmen Ramos was afraid of the dogs and that they rarely came outside, but have escaped and attacked several people.  They got loose  recently and  attacked a neighbor and Animal Control took the 5 dogs but then returned them.  Here's the link to the article and a video:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/128855343.html

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2011/09/2011-fatality-north-philadelphia-woman.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/128865118.html
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Wednesday - August 31, 2011 - Homicide detectives are investigating the death Tuesday of a 50-year-old North Philadelphia woman, who, according to her husband, was killed by the couple's pit bulls.

The woman, whose name was not released, suffered "severe head and face injuries, and that appears to be the cause of death," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The manner of death, whether by attacking dogs or "man-made," will be determined by an autopsy Wednesday, Small said.

After an initial investigation in the home, the Medical Examiner's Office cannot say for sure, Small said.

The husband and another man were handcuffed and taken away to be questioned by detectives.

At 6:30 p.m., the husband called police and said he had come home from work and found his wife dead in the first-floor living room, Small said. The husband said his wife had been killed by their dogs, Small said.

The wife was pronounced dead in the rowhouse, in the 400 block of West Carey Street, at 6:44 p.m.

Animal-control officers removed five pit bulls from the house.

Small said that the crime scene was gruesome and that the house was "a mess," filthy, and reeking of dog urine.

Small said police had received preliminary information that the dogs had attacked neighbors in the past. He said "everyone on the block" would be questioned.

Gus Castro, 25, who lives across the street, said he was attacked on Friday when the dogs got loose in the neighborhood.

Castro showed reporters numerous bite wounds on his legs, arms, and hands.

He said that the dogs were known to be vicious and that they also attacked an elderly woman nearby, at Fifth Street and Erie Avenue.

Castro said animal-control officers had removed the dogs. "About three or four days later, they gave them back," he said.

http://articles.philly.com/2011-08-30/news/29945512_1_pit-bulls-dogs-elderly-woman

CLARKTON NC - LEWIS HAS LEFT A COMMENT TO YOUR POST ON THE 9-DAY-OLD INFANT KILLED BY DOGS

Lewis has left a new comment on your post "CLARKTON NC -BLADEN COUNTY NC - DOG ATTACK KILLS 9...":

This is another needless death of a child that would not have occurred had the dogs been OUTSIDE where dogs belong! Among the several dogs that were in the home with this 9-day-old infant were a pit bull and Rottweiler. Would anyone like to bet which dog was the "leader of the attack"? I say forensics will reveal it was the pit bull because as bad as Rottweilers are, when it comes to attacking, maiming and killing, even they are no match for the pit bull. I cannot believe law enforcement is actually "investigating." The parents of this child, and anyone else involved in allowing those monsters in the house where there was an infant, should have been arrested and charged with child endangerment, and the DA should pursue charges of involuntary manslaughter at the very least. Any parent who allows dogs like pit bulls and Rottweilers inside a home where there is an infant or small children should lose custody of any children they have, or any they may have in the future, because such people are too stupid to live and have no business being parents!

MARLOW, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ENGLAND- VET JULIE TURNER'S PET JACK RUSSELL CROSS, FLORENCE, IS THE LATEST VICTIM OF A PIT BULL/STAFFIE AND A PIT NUTTER ESCAPE ARTIST

Pets seriously injured in Thames towpath dog attacks
VET JULIE TURNER AND FLORENCE

August 30, 2011 -  Horrified dog owners, including a vet, have sent out a warning after their pets were attacked by 'dangerous dogs' in Marlow.

A broken leg and puncture wounds to the neck are among the serious injuries suffered by the pets.

Dog owners have reported that the owner in each case has run off after the attacks, which have happened on the River Thames towpath.

Veterinary surgeon Julie Turner from Flackwell Heath is the owner of Florence, the latest victim, on Sunday August 21.

Mrs Turner's son Sean, 22, was out walking the Jack Russell cross, near to Marlow Rugby Club.

She said her dog was attacked by a sandy coloured Pit-Bull/Staffie, whose owner, was out jogging, with a second dog.

Florence suffered bite wounds above her eye and throat and also bruising.

“I was really, really horrified, my son is really upset and really angry,” Mrs Turner said.

Mrs Turner, owner of Companion Care Veterinary Surgery inside Pets at Home in High Wycombe, said: “All in all, she was very lucky to have escaped with no serious damage to her eye or throat.

"The outcome could have very easily been very different.”

It reminded her of a recent attack victim, Evie, a Yorkshire Terrier cross.

Evie's owner Tina Peek, 50, a hairdresser, of Elliot Drive, saw her pet attacked by two dogs whilst walking along the same towpath, also on a Sunday, about five weeks ago.

She said it had been traumatic, especially for her Evie, who has been “psychologically scarred”.

Mrs Peek faced a £3,000 vets bill after Evie's leg was broken.

“I had just thrown the ball for her and he came out of nowhere.

"They just attacked her, he shouted at them and then ran off,” she said.

She called the culprit “selfish” and said one of her clients had a similar experience about two weeks ago.

Through email network group Marlow Parents Mrs Turner has heard of other similar attacks and has urged dog owners to report them to the police or RSPCA.

Marlow's Inspector Ray Wilks appealed for witnesses and said: “It is an offence for somebody to be in charge of a dog that is dangerously out of control and we do take any reports of this happening seriously.”

Mrs Turner told police the owner was a white man with dark hair.

http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/9221848.Pets_seriously_injured_in_thames_towpath_dog_attacks/

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY CA - SUPERVISORS VOTE IN EXPANDED SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM DUE TO OVERCROWDING AT SHELTERS


THERE APPEARS TO BE 5 LARGE DOGS IN THIS PEN !!!!!
AN ORDINANCE APPROVED LAST YEAR REQUIRES PIT BULL OWNERS TO SPAY OR NEUTER THEIR PETS IN RESPONSE TO AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PIT BULL ATTACKS INCLUDING 4 DEATHS. SUPERVISOR NEIL DERRY STATES THAT IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2010- 11, 11,384 DOGS WERE TAKEN IN--37 % EUTHANIZED.......=== 4212  DOGS KILLED !!!!!!!! THAT'S OVER 11 DOGS EACH DAY EUTHANIZED !!!!
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Tuesday - August 30, 2011 - Any dog that runs afoul of animal welfare laws in San Bernardino County must be spayed or neutered under a new ordinance.

The law, approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors last week, expands upon an ordinance approved last year that requires pit bull owners to spay or neuter their pets.

Supervisor Neil Derry introduced the original proposal in response to an increasing number of attacks by pit bulls in recent years that resulted in four deaths -- two of them young children -- in the last five years.

San Bernardino County recently expanded its ordinance requiring the spaying or neutering of dogs.

The county saw a 9.6 percent decrease in dog bites in the year since the spay/neuter program was instituted, said Brian Cronin, the county's animal care and control division chief.

But overpopulation of dogs continues to be a problem in the county. The animal care and control division shelters take in an average of 44 dogs a day, most of them abandoned or strays, Cronin said. He believes the recession has played a part in the increase with foreclosed homeowners choosing to leave behind pets.

The increasing number of dogs has led to overcrowding at animal shelters and more forced euthanizing of animals, Derry said. In the 2010-11 fiscal year, 11,384 dogs were impounded at the three county-run shelters with 37 percent euthanized.

Expanding the spay/neuter requirement will help cut down on unwanted dogs, Derry said.

Animal care and control officers would enforce the law when pet owners are found in violation of other regulations such as a leash requirement, licensing or getting rabies vaccinations.

"We're focusing on the pet owner that's not being responsible and causing trouble for their neighbors and pets," Derry said.

The ordinance allows for exemptions such as for competition, pure-bred or service dogs.

It will apply to unincorporated areas of the county and Highland and Yucaipa, which contract with the county for animal control services, when it takes effect in October.

Riverside County adopted a similar ordinance two years ago while some jurisdictions such as the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside and Los Angeles County are stricter and have mandatory spay/neuter ordinances.

Cronin said the county doesn't have the resources to enforce a mandatory program.

Sue Herbert, a San Bernardino resident who said she often sees unwanted dogs dumped at a flood control wash near her home, praised the board for expanding its spay/neuter program.

"There are simply too many dogs," she said. "Shelters are bursting with them. Foster organizations aren't able to take them all in

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_nanimal30.3cc4d2f.html

DEERFIELD BEACH FL - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED CELINE BOTELHO AND MAULED HER BELOVED CAT "ROMEO" AND ATTEMPTED TO INVADE HER HOME - POLICE SHOT THEM !!!



August 30, 2011 - Tuesday afternoon, 53-year-old Celine Botelho said, she watched in giddy amazement as Romeo hobbled in through the open sliding glass door of her Deerfield Beach home. "I was so, so happy," she said. "You couldn't imagine what a relief. It was Romeo."

She had to be hospitalized after the attack in her backyard and wound up with 22 stitches, Monday evening. She tried to protect her cat, but the dogs then started attacking her, and Romeo ran away.

After she was released from the hospital, Botelho spent the day Tuesday searching for her pet and had feared he ran off to die. "I was crying and crying," she said. "I started crawling on my knees, looking under my shed, and as I'm walking towards the screened porch, here comes Romeo!"

She took her pet to the veterinarian soon after he turned up. "He won't stand on the right leg," she said. "That's the leg I saw in the dog's mouth."

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson, when police arrived after Botelho called 911, the two dogs tried to come after them. Deputies fired several shots at the pit bulls, killing them. "Multiple deputies were forced to fire their weapons and kill the dogs when the dogs became aggressive toward them," said Dani Moschella of BSO.

Botelho was transported to an area hospital, suffering from bite wounds to her arms, abdomen and foot. She described what she had to do to escape the dogs. "I was worried of my face and my neck, my jugular, and I took the sliding glass with this arm," she said pointing to her bandaged right arm. "I pushed it open and pulled myself in, and I slammed the door, and when I slammed the door, the both of them were coming after me."

After the shooting, the dogs' owner, Eric Mar, arrived at the scene and claimed the animals. They apparently wandered all the way from Pompano Beach. He was cited for allowing his dogs to roam loose.

Though the good news was that Romeo survived the attack, the bad news, according to his veterinarian, is he might need to have his tail amputated

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21005243700177/

DARTMOUTH NOVA SCOTIA - PIT BULL ATTACKS WOMAN AT MARTINIQUE BEACH- SHE SAYS THE BREED SHOULD BE BANNED

"IF THE DOG IS AGGRESSIVE TO BEGIN WITH, THEN IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN OFF LEASH. IF IT HAD SHOWN NO SIGNS OF AGGRESSION BEFORE, THEN THAT'S MORE OF A STATEMENT FOR BANNING PIT BULLS...IF THEY CAN JUST FLIP LIKE THAT ON YOU!"

Tuesday - August 30, 2011 - A Dartmouth woman is calling for a ban on pit bulls after she was bitten in the neck at a popular beach.

Kathy Martin was attacked by an off-leash pit bull Monday evening at Martinique Beach, a provincially owned park on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore.

She said she was in a grassy area near the parking lot when the dog lunged at her.

"I was on the ground and this dog was snarling and lunging at me and lunging at my neck and face," she told CBC News.

Martin was treated at a local hospital and released.

She said the attack came out of nowhere and she did nothing to provoke the dog. She said the breed should be banned.

"If the dog is aggressive to begin with, then he never should have been off-leash. If it had shown no signs of aggression before then that's more of a statement for banning pit bulls, if they can just flip like that on you," she said.

Dogs at all provincial parks are required to be leashed. Owners who let their pets run free face a minimum fine of $167.71.

RCMP said the case has been handed over to Halifax Regional Municipality animal services.
Andrea MacDonald, manager of animal services, said the investigation is in the early stages.

"There will be potentially charges laid. We have been in contact with the dog owner, as well as the victim," she said Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2011/08/30/ns-pitbull-dartmouth-woman.html

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RELATED ARTICLE:  http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9021862.html

August 30, 2011 - A string of dog attacks this summer had Dartmouth councillor Gloria McCluskey calling Tuesday for heftier fines for owners.

The councillor for Dartmouth Centre said HRM bylaws governing aggressive dogs and dogs running-at-large, or ordered muzzled, must be beefed up, so careless animal owners will take notice.

“It’s the owners who are responsible for these incidents and not the dogs,” she said after a woman was attacked by a dog Monday at Martinique Beach.

McCluskey said she will introduce a notice of motion at regional city hall calling for increased fines against dog owners when people or pets are attacked.

She also wants steeper fines for repeat violators of muzzle orders for aggressive dogs, and wants a review of a possible ban of aggressive breeds.

SCHENECTADY NY - 2 PIT BULLS CHASE A POSTAL WORKER - ONE PIT BIT HER

August 30, 2011 - A pit bull bit a postal worker on Bluff Avenue Tuesday morning, a week after pit bulls viciously attacked a woman in Hamilton Hill.

Schenectady police said two pit bulls that were running loose chased the female postal worker at 11:35 a.m. in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood, one of them biting her. The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to Ellis Hospital, where her injuries are not considered life threatening.

The pit bulls' owner, Amanda Radley, was issued four summonses, two for having a loose dog and two for having a dangerous dog.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 22, Shirleen Lucas was viciously attacked and dragged by three pit bulls as she walked down Hulett Street. Lucas lost portions of both ears and had extensive injuries to her head, face, arms and legs. That pit bulls' owner was issued appearance tickets for having one unlicensed dog and three separate tickets for harboring dangerous dogs. Two of the dogs were euthanized, and another will likely be euthanized this week.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/another-pit-bull-attack-in-Schenectady-2147779.php

EVERETT WA - POLICE ORDER MAN WITH UNLEASHED PIT BULL TO LEAVE AREA OF A FIRE -MAN BECOMES BELLIGERENT AND PIT BULL BREAKS LOOSE BITING POLICE DOG AND AN OFFICER

Tuesday - August 30, 2011 - Around 11 p.m. Monday night  police were called to help with crowd control at a fire in the 3200 block of Rucker Avenue, Sgt. Ryan Dalberg said. The police dog and its handler were checking the area when they found a man in an alley holding on to a large pit bull by the harness, without a leash, Dalberg said.

Officers ordered the man to take the dog away from the area. The man refused and became belligerent.  Officers began to arrest the man for obstruction, but they first ordered him to give the dog to a woman who was with him, Dalberg said. When the officers went to put handcuffs on the man, he fought back.

The pit bull broke free from the woman, Dalberg said. The pit bull bit the police dog and then latched on to its handler, biting the officer on one of his thighs. Officers first tried to use a Taser on the dog, without effect. He then shot the pit bull with his handgun. The dog let go, but then began charging other officers, Dalberg said. One officer had to climb onto a patrol car to avoid being bitten.

Several more shots were fired by the officers, and the dog eventually died. During the scuffle, the dog's owner also was Tased. He was arrested and booked into Snohomish County Jail for investigation of third-degree assault. The officer who was bitten was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The police dog was treated by a veterinarian and later released, Dalberg said.

Unlike a shooting involving a human, where policy requires officers to be placed on leave, the officers involved in this incident remain on duty.

Monday marked the second fatal shooting of a pit bull in Everett this month. On Aug. 17, a man shot his neighbor's pit bull in the 7100 block of Lower Ridge Road in Everett. The man told police the dog had charged him and his daughter.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110830/NEWS01/708309844


EVANS COLORADO - PIT BULL INVADES BACK YARD AND ATTACKED MANS SHEPHERD - HE SHOT IT - PIT HAD PREVIOUS HISTORY OF ATTACKS !!!

Tuesday - August 30, 2011 - On Monday morning at approximately 10:00 am, Evans Police Officer Kauffman and Evans Animal Control Officer Augustine were dispatched to the 3000 block of High Drive on a report of an animal attack, according to Evans Police spokesperson Rita Wolf.

While en route, the Officers were advised a pit bull dog had escaped from his yard, jumped a fence and attacked another dog in its own backyard. Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the initial call to discover the pit bull had been fatally shot by the owner of shepherd mix dog that had been attacked.

The brown and white pit bull by the name of Deuce had previously attacked two other dogs and the owner, Robert Delarosa had been issued citations according to the press release.

On July 22, 2011 Delarosa was cited with dog at large and no license for Deuce and another pit bull running loose from his premises. On August 5, 2011, Delarosa was cited for nuisance animal and dog at large as Deuce had somehow gotten out of his backyard and attacked a small male beagle that had sustained wounds to the face, ear, and legs.

On August 9, 2011, Deuce once again attacked another dog, while the owner was walking his 12 year old dog, Atticus. Deuce was placed on home quarantine until Animal Control Officer Augustine picked Deuce up on August 10, 2011 and Deuce was taken to the Weld County Humane Society where he was placed on quarantine and was cited for Animal at Large and Vicious Animal on that date.

Deuce was released to Delarosa on August 21, 2011 pending municipal court for all the above charges. Delarosa had moved to a different address when this subsequent attack occurred with Chief, a 6 year old Shepherd mix. Deuce jumped the fence in his backyard and jumped into the dog run where Chief was in.

Wolf says Chief's owner heard all the commotion in his backyard and ran to Chief's aid. He attempted to separate the dogs and eventually shot and killed Deuce in order to free Chief. Chief sustained minor puncture wounds to the chest area, front legs, and the rear thigh area. Delarosa was cited with Unlawful Ownership of a dangerous dog.

http://www.noco5.com/story/15357578/evans-man

NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK - "IT'S QUITE THE PROCEDURE TO BECOME LICENSED TO OWN AND CARRY A PISTOL - PIT BULL OWNERS DON'T FACE SUCH CHALLENGES - PIT BULLS NEED REGULATION-PIT BULLS ARE DEADLIER THAN MY GUN"

August 29, 2011  CONFER: Pit bulls need regulation - By Bob Confer -Opinion -Niagara Gazette

Column by Bob Confer — It’s quite the procedure to become licensed to own and carry a pistol in New York state. I was required to take a course about the safety and use of handguns. I was fingerprinted. I underwent a background check. Acquaintances were interviewed by the police regarding my mental stability and character. I had to pay the government a pretty penny for the permitting process.

Pit bull owners don’t face such challenges. They need only get their dog licensed for a small fee with their municipal government. That’s odd, considering pit bulls are deadlier than my gun. My pistol is not dangerous by itself. It is not freethinking. It cannot act on its own. It just sits inanimately, a danger to no one or no thing unless I take control of it.

Pits bulls are quite the opposite. They behave or react as they see fit. Depending on their temperament or how they were raised, they can pose a threat to both foe and friend, ready to turn at a moment’s notice, using their powerful jaws to maim or kill.

Despite that, anyone can own a pit bull. Take the example of the 20-year-old who attended the same birthing class I did last month. During the “pets and your baby” portion he asked the teacher, “What should I do with my pit bull when the baby arrives? He’s already bit 10 people.”

He then pointed to his girlfriend and said, “She wants me to get  rid of him. I don’t want to. He’s such a nice dog.”

Obviously, the kid is too ignorant to see the danger in his dog. His baby doesn’t have a chance with a father like that.

That brings us to licensing.

Pistol permits were introduced to theoretically promote public safety. Despite there being many good gun owners, there were a few bad apples who, through gunplay and murder, gave guns a bad name. So the government devised a system whereby only “good” people can own pistols and the “bad” ones are left to break the law if they want a handgun and are punished severely when found in possession of one.
Likewise, there are some good pit bull owners out there. But, unlike good gun owners, they’re actually outnumbered by the bad ones — the countless souls who use the dogs to fashion a sense of power, protect themselves from a dangerous lifestyle they chose to participate in or hide their own insecurities. In many cases, their dogs are a weapon; they are more conspicuous than a gun and serve as a signal that they are not one to be messed with.

Remember that pistol permits were also created to inhibit carelessness with guns. Supposedly, a trained and licensed individual would not be reckless with the gun in his home and the care he would take with it would prevent accidental shootings. Where is that litmus test for pit bull owners? How many people loosely control their dogs and think they’re a swell pet for families or neighborhoods?

Think back to the father-to-be; is he someone who should have a pit bull in his home? Ponder the numerous attacks by free-roaming pit bulls that happen on innocent victims, from mail carriers to small children (most recently, the 10-year-old boy in Lockport who had his face ripped open by a pit bull as he was going door-to-door selling candy). Where was the care necessary to restrain such animals?

No one should be put at risk by such a canine, especially one that was originally bred for capturing or fighting other creatures (including fellow pit bulls).

The answer is regulation. The animals and their owners should be heavily regulated (extensive owner licensing and training, mandated insurance, limited ownership and more). Ohio is a perfect example of a proactive state, it having implemented law in 1987 that identifies pit bulls as vicious dogs and requires their owners to maintain $100,000 in liability insurance.

New York state does not regulate pit bulls, even though they account for a third of all dog-bite fatalities and a similar amount of serious dog attacks, and even though the state chooses to regulate everything else under the sun. As a matter of fact, New York is one of just 13 states that actually prohibits breed-specific legislation.

That has to change; if New York can have the gall to heavily regulate a constitutional right (the right to bear arms), there’s no reason why it shouldn’t control dangerous breeds of dogs.

Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. E-mail him at bobconfer@juno.com.

http://niagara-gazette.com/opinion/x890683939/CONFER-Pit-bulls-need-regulation

VICTORIA AUSTRALIA - RESEARCH SHOWS AN AVERAGE OF ONE CHILD A DAY IS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF AN INJURY FROM A DOG ATTACK ACROSS THE STATE.

TWO-THIRDS OF RESPONDENTS TO AN ON-LINE WEEKLY POLL WANTED PIT BULL DOGS OUTLAWED IN VICTORIA.  MONASH UNIVERSITY ACCIDENT RESEARCH CENTRE RESEARCH SHOWS AN AVERAGE OF ONE CHILD A DAY IS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF A DOG ATTACK ACROSS THE STATE.

30 Aug, 2011 12:00 AM - A NATIONAL overhaul of dangerous dog laws appear likely in the wake of the fatal mauling of Ayen Chol.

Maribyrnong MP Bill Shorten has urged caucus to consider stricter controls on dangerous dogs, a call taken up by Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor.

Mr O'Connor will work with the Attorney-General and his state counterparts to bring each state's laws into line.

"These types of attacks are horrific and they touch the heart of the community and of every parent," he said.

Both parties in Victoria have vowed to put politics aside and toughen the Crimes Act to impose criminal penalties and possible jail terms on owners of dangerous dogs.

Brimbank Council chief executive Nick Foa said it supported the move.

"Fines of $4500 - the maximum allowable - are completely inadequate when it comes to protecting the community."

Brimbank has 13,355 registered dogs, including 33 of the 243 dangerous dogs on the state's dangerous dogs' register.

Most are guard dogs used to patrol factories and industrial estates.

Monash University Accident Research Centre research shows an average of one child a day is taken to hospital as a result of an injury from a dog attack across the state.

Two-thirds of respondents to an online Weekly poll wanted pit bull dogs outlawed in Victoria.

-Benjamin Milla r- Brimbank Weekly

http://www.brimbankweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/more-bite-for-attackdog-laws/2274002.aspx



ST. ALBANS VICTORIA AUSTRALIA - TEARS FLOW FOR 4-YEAR-OLD AYEN CHOL KILLED INSIDE HER HOME BY A PIT BULL MASTIFF MIX THAT CHARGED THROUGH THE DOOR AND INJURED 2 OTHERS BEFORE RIPPING HER FROM HER MOTHER

Tragic loss: Ayen Chol's family arrives at her funeral on Friday. Picture: Lucy Aulich


30 Aug, 2011 12:00 AM-By Benjamin Millar

HUNDREDS of people came together on Friday to celebrate the short life of Ayen Chol, the four-year-old mauled to death by a pit bull mastiff.

Up to 500 family members, friends and residents attended the service at the Resurrection Church in Kings Park ahead of the burial at Altona Memorial Park.

Ayen was fatally attacked by a neighbour's unregistered dog while watching television in a St Albans home on August 17. The dog also attacked her five-year-old cousin and an aunty before turning on the girl as she clung to the leg of her mother, Jaclin Appok.

Ayen died at the scene despite frantic attempts by her family and neighbours to revive her. The dog was put down the next day and police are considering what charges they can lay against the 30-year-old owner.

Relative Aguer Rual said Friday's service was a chance to pay tribute to a spirited little girl.

"Her father [Mawien Chol Monjang] is back from South Sudan and the family are now all together," he said.

"There are still two young boys they must care for, but it was their only girl."

Parish priest Noel Brady said it was heartening to see the community rally around the family in their time of grief. Earlier in the week, Ayen's friends at St Albans Main Road East Early Learning Centre released 100 pink balloons in her memory. They wore pink and red clothes for the special event on Tuesday, as pink was Ayen's favourite colour.  Centre director Betty Black said the children were beginning to understand Ayen would not be coming back.

A special trivia night will raise funds to support Ayen's family, already reeling from the loss of all their possessions in a house fire last month.  The trivia night for tables of up to 10 will be held at Errington Community Centre in St Albans from 7-10pm on September 7.

http://www.brimbankweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/pit-bull-attack-tears-flow-for-ayen-chol/2274001.aspx

http://blog.dogsbite.org/

ST. ALBANS VICTORIA AUSTRALIA-"THE CROSS BREEDS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PROBLEM"- THE BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT WILL RUSH NEW LAWS THROUGH PARLIAMENT GIVING THE POWERS TO SEIZE AND DESTROY UNREGISTERED RESTRICTED-BREED DOGS

AYEN CHOL'S FATHER SAID, "I DON'T WANT ANY OTHER CHILD TO BE ATTACKED BY A DOG AGAIN.  IT GIVES ME SOME PEACE OF MIND."

August 29, 2011 - The Baillieu Government today will rush new laws through Parliament to arm council officers with the powers they need to seize and destroy unregistered restricted-breed dogs.

The move comes a fortnight after a pit bull cross ran into a Brimbank home and mauled four-year-old Ayen Chol to death.

Municipal Association of Victoria president Bill McArthur this morning welcomed the new laws, saying local government had been a strong advocate for tougher restrictions.

"The cross breeds have always been a problem,’’ Cr McArthur said.

"You can’t always rely on the look and you haven’t been able to rely on people being honest when they register their animal


"The definition that has been proposed I think will make it far easier for councils."

Ayen's father, Mawien Chol Monjang, yesterday welcomed the crackdown.

"I don't want any other child to be attacked by a dog again ... it gives me some peace of mind. I have another two boys and I need them to be safe," he said.

A new set of identification guidelines spelling out exactly what is regarded as a pit bull or pit bull cross will stop owners claiming their dogs belong to different breeds.

An amnesty allowing pit bull and restricted dog owners to notify authorities of their pets will end on September 30.    READ MORE AT:

http://blog.dogsbite.org/2011/08/victoria-signals-end-to-unregistered.html

http://www.heraldsun.coim.au/news/more-news/new-laws-to-cull-evel-dogs/story-fn7x8me2-1226124880997

BASILDON ESSEX ENGLAND - STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER ATTACKED NICOLA MOORE'S BELOVED CAIRN TERRIER - SHE TAKES A STAND TO GET POLICE HELP GETTING HER HUGE VET BILL PAID !!! "IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND I WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO KNOW THE POLICE CAN DO SOMETHING!!!!!"

Nicola Moore with Goonie

August 29, 2011 - A woman who successfully had her £800 vet bill paid following a dog-on-dog attack is now encouraging other dog owners to seek justice.

Nicola Moore, 35, of Timberlog Lane, Basildon, believes too many irresponsible owners are getting away with letting their dogs maul other animals.

Nicola’s beloved cairn terrier, Goonie, was attacked by a  STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER  in Mopsies Park, Basildon.

In the aftermath, she insisted police help and eventually an officer issued a “neighbourhood resolution agreement” to the owner of the other dog and her hefty vet bill was paid.

Nicola said: “These irresponsible people need to be held accountable. It is becoming such a big problem. I want other people to know the police can do something, and they need to push for them to.

“When I first reported this, I was told by the police they could not do anything, but I kept on pushing for it and in the end they agreed to issue a neighbourhood resolution to the owner of the other dog.”

The Staffordshire bull terrier broke free from its walker and ran towards Nicola and Goonie before grabbing Goonie by the neck and shaking him.

Goonie was left with a 10cm wound to his neck and was kept in intensive care for two days after he developed an infection.

After the attack, Nicola followed the dog-walker back to their home and confronted the owners before calling the police.

She said: “It was so scary, there was blood everywhere. “Despite what the police say, they can do something about it.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Neighbourhood resolutions give the victim some control on justice by working with the police.

“They will always be proportionate to the offence. It is important to remember the suspect has to admit guilt and the officers need written consent from the victim that this is the avenue they wish to take.

“Some people who commit crime will learn from their mistakes, and this process allows them to face up to their actions and give closure for the victims of their crime.”

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/9219018.Police_can_elp_with_dog_on_dog_attacks/

GALVESTON TX - 80-POUND PIT BULL ATTACKED WOMAN NEARLY KILLING HER DACHSHUND - LAW SUIT FILED- PIT HAD ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK THEM PREVIOUSLY AND HAD CREATED A NUISANCE BY HOWLING AND YELPING

GALVESTON - Janice and William Taylor are suing Dennis and Mary Horn over a dog attack which occurred approximately six months ago.

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 24 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2, the Taylors claim the Horns' 80-pound pit bull mix named "Tank" attacked Janice Taylor and nearly killed the plaintiffs' miniature dachshund "Max" on March 30.

The canine was generally kept penned in the Horns' yard because it was dangerous, the original petition says. The complainants state they saw the dog only three times though it reportedly created a nuisance by howling and yelping.

William Taylor recalls an instance in which the pet in question broke away from the pen and attacked him by the gate at the entrance to his home. He was, however, able to escape into his courtyard with the dog biting at him, the suit says. The plaintiffs insist the alleged incident inflicted bodily injuries to the nervous system and person, stating they will result in permanent scarring and disability. Their dachshund's apparent injuries have resulted in substantial veterinary bills alongside their own medical expenses, the suit says.

The Taylors assert the Horns knew their dog presented "the dangerous propensity to viciously bite people" even before its alleged assault on the plaintiffs. They consequently seek unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Douglas A. McAninch of Friendswood is representing the complainants, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/237891-suit-filed-over-pit-bullo-atack-on-neighbor-dachshund

SAN DIEGO - 3-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL CAME THROUGH A HOLE IN A FENCE AND ATTACKS A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND A MAN

UPDATE:  August 29, 2011 - Girl Attacked by Pit Bull talks to 10 News:  Sarah Villa-Vasquez can't stop thinking of the pit bull that broke from its leash in a yard in the 4500 block of Auburn Drive and attacked her. It doesn't help that the 6-year-old has bandaged reminders of the incident all over her face and body. Sarah said she was playing with a friend outside the yard when the dog started barking aggressively.
"One of the fence pieces was broken and it got out from the crack and it started attacking me," she said.

Natasha Villa, Sarah's mother, was two houses down when the attack happened and recognized her daughter's scream immediately.

"She had a pool of blood all over her shirt, on her shorts," said Villa. "There's still some blood on her shoe."

The attack happened outside David Powell's home. He said he's not the owner of the dog, but has been watching over it recently. Powell was bitten in the hand while trying to control the situation. Witnesses at the scene said Powell's daugher, who Sarah was playing with, was also bitten, but Powell said she merely had some scratches.

County Animal Services is investigating whether to charge Powell with a crime. The county now has custody of the dog, which will likely be euthanized. A decision will be made in the next 10 days.

The county said out of nearly 2,700 dog bites from June 2011 through July 2010, 389 involved pit bulls -- nearly 15 percent.

Sarah said she doesn't know how many stitches she received and when she'll get them removed. What she does know is she hopes no one else experiences what she did.

"I think [the dog] should be put down because I'm afraid it'll happen to another kid. I don't want that," she said.

http://www.10news.com/news/29020847/detail.html

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August 28, 2011 - Three people suffered injuries on Sunday after a pit bull got loose from its chain in City Heights.  Witnesses said a 3-year-old pit bull got loose from its chain, went over a low fence and bit two 6-year-old girls who were playing nearby.  One girl was reportedly bitten in the neck but appeared to be fine. The other girl suffered cuts to the cheek, mouth, chin, arm and fingers. Some of the cuts required stitches. She was taken to Rady Children's Hospital and is expected to be OK.

"Because of the extent of the injury, I would put this in the category of what a dangerous dog would fall into," said San Diego County Animal Services Officer Mitchell Levy.

David Powell, the father of the less-injured girl, was bitten in the hand while trying to control the dog. Powell said he was not the dog's owner and was only watching the dog for a few days. He also drove to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The dog (pictured) has been taken to San Diego County Animal Services. The dog has been quarantined because its owner has not been located. San Diego Animal Services will hold the pit bull for 11 days before deciding whether to euthanize the dog.

It is unknown if Powell, who was overseeing the dog, will be charged with any crime.
 
http://www.10news.com/news/29007481/detail.html

TRINIDAD - "ALL DOGS CAN BITE BUT WE HAVE ONLY ONE KILLER AMONG THEM...THE PIT BULL..HOW MANY MORE MUST DIE BEFORE THE DANGEROUS DOG BILL IS PASSED AND ACTED UPON?"

"15 % OF OUR DOG POPULATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 100% OF THE DEATHS. SOMEBODY, PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT.   IT'S LIKE THE SNAKE POPULATION IN T & T.  WE HAVE MANY SPECIES OF SNAKES HERE, BUT ONLY 3 OR 4 ARE ACTUALLY DEADLY."

August 27, 2011- Trinidad Express Newspapers:  T & T going to the dogs

Recently, Trinidad and Tobago has been cursed with many problems, which have been developing at such an alarming rate that the rate of new problems in itself has become another problem. From plane crashes to infants drowning, from an increase in union protests to missing prison keys, from 11 murders in a few hours to a state of emergency, and the list goes on and on.

Even "Mr Crime Watch" himself, Mr Ian Alleyne, seems to be overwhelmed as it sometimes appears he has forgotten about certain issues, when the fact is that before he can completely deal with one issue, ten others arise.

I myself am in a bind as to which issue to write on as all seem to be important. Well, the issue of dangerous dogs appears to be a most serious one, which is being placed on the back burner, and because of this, a child lost his life this week. Serious, not only because of the viciousness of the attacks or that to die in such a manner is most painful, indeed, but because it is an issue which is approached with emotions and rumours but with little logic and facts.

I will attempt to provide some facts now and hope the relevant authorities will do the right thing in this matter. Let's deal with a few figures and facts:

There are between 160 to 200 breeds of dogs in the world today, excluding the "mutt", "mongrel" or "pot hound", whichever suits you. There are over 30 breeds of dogs in T &T, again, not including the pot hound. No proper study has been completed on this, or at least from what can be found on the Internet, therefore, I would give an average local canine population of over 40,000. Now, using that modest figure, you can see that the "pit bull" breed only accounts for about 15 per cent of the dogs in this country (and that is a charitable figure).

Now, many have argued that any dog can attack a person, and that is true, yet for all the dogs in this country, only the pit bull has caused deaths in recent times. So we are seeing a 15 per cent population being responsible for 100 per cent deaths. Somebody, "put that in your pipe and smoke it". It's like the snake population in T&T; we have many species of snakes here, but, if my memory serves me correctly, only three or four are actually deadly.

So while all dogs can bite, we have only one killer among them. The pit bull has surpassed the famed Dobermanm and even the fearsome-looking Rottweiler in killings. The figures don't lie and are not emotional in content. For all who have suffered by these attacks, I offer my sympathy and suggest you take up a civil case against the owners of those animals. For the lawmakers, if you have any intent on fixing this country, I suggest you fix this situation as we already have too many people being killed—by criminals, careless medical practicioners, road accidents and sickness—to lose any more lives to an easily correctable issue.

So in spite of the fact that we now have a curfew in effect in certain parts of the country, the police and the powers that be still cannot seem to be able to arrest our four-legged killers. I therefore ask the question, "How many more must die" before the Dangerous Dogs Bill is passed and acted upon? Look how easy we passed a state of emergency as a means of arresting some of our nation's criminals without the use of good, solid police investigation. Madam PM, please fix this issue now.

R Beddoe

Barataria

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/letters/T_T_going_to_the_dogs-128543208.html

OLATHE KS - BOXER/SHAR-PEI MIX ATTACKS AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY PLAYING IN A BACKYARD

UPDATE:  KMBC's Peggy Breit visited the dog at the shelter on Friday afternoon. Breit said the dog was growling and trembling while sitting in a cage.

Breit reported that this wasn't the first time the dog attacked a child. On Aug. 15 a 9-year-old suffered a minor hand wound, and that police and animal control had been trying to reach the owner of the dog ever since. Because the bite was minor, there was no probable cause to take the dog, Breit reported.

http://www.kmbc.com/r/28984579/detail.html

The ancestry of the Shar-Pei is uncertain. Pictures on pottery suggest the breed had existed even as far back as 206 BC. It may be a descendant of the Chow Chow, however, the only clear link between the two breeds is the purple tongue. The name "Shar-Pei" means sandy coat. The dogs were used  for  hunting, tracking, as a ratter, herding, protecting stock, and guarding the home and in dog fighting events where the loose skin and extremely prickly coat made it hard for the other dog to grab onto.

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/sharpei.htm

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August 26, 2011 -  A young boy is recovering in a metro hosptial after he was attacked by a dog at an Olathe home on Thursday evening.

A Ridgeview Elementary third-grader Matthew Eudansky, 8, was playing with a friend in the backyard of the home in the 200 block of Chester around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening when he was attacked by a dog, described as a Boxer-Shar Pei mix named "Junior," that belonged to the family that rents a downstairs apartment in the house.  According to Eudansky's friend, Antonio Villegas, also 8, the dog broke the rope he was tied-up with and attacked.

"I got really scared when he started biting him," said Villegas.

The families inside the house heard the screams, ran outside and found the dog still gripped onto the boy.

"All I saw was, when I ran outside was the dog on top of the boy and like my uncle ran behind me and kicked the dog. We couldn't even get the dog off of him," said Perla Villarreel, whose parents own the house.

"It was just really bad. We really feel really bad about everything that happened. It was really traumatic and scary," said Villarreel.

The dog is eleven months old. It bit the child several times on the arms and legs. The boy was transferred to Children's Mercy Hospital in serious condition.

Sergeant Grant Allen with the Olathe Police Department says the boy's injuries are severe but not life-threatening, though he says they could have been.

The dog was removed from the home and a hearing will be scheduled to decide if the dog should be considered "vicious."

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-dog-attacks-boy-in-olathe-30110826,0,2784743.story

SPRINGFIELD MA - A 1-YEAR-OLD UNNEUTERED PIT BULL MAULED A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY PLAYING BASKETBALL- HE MAY NOT REGAIN FULL USE OF ONE OF HIS ARMS !!!

Friday - August 26, 2011 -  The city will conduct a dangerousness hearing in the next few weeks for a

Pine Point dog that got loose Wednesday and mauled a 12-year-old boy who was playing basketball, an official said.  Pam Peebles, executive director of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, said the dog has been in the custody of the center since the attack.

State law required it undergo a 10-day quarantine, and Peebles said it is likely to remain locked away at least until whenever the hearing date can be arranged.

The dog, a year-old unneutered pit bull, broke free of its house at 163 Leopold St. and attacked 12-year-old Francisco Hilson, of Springfield.  The boy suffered bite marks to his face, shoulder, an arm, one of his thighs and his buttocks, according to his mother, Cynthia Hilson.

Francisco has been in the hospital since the attack.  She said he suffered a deep gouge to his buttocks and doctors are unsure if he will ever regain full use of one of his arms due to damage to the muscles.

She also said her son is traumatized by the attack and has been having nightmares. “He’s afraid to close his eyes.”  The attack was unprovoked, she said.

Her son had been a visitor at the house before and was familiar with the dog, she said.

Springfield enacted a dangerous dog ordinance in 1997 that requires a hearing for any dog accused of an unprovoked attack on another dog or of biting a person.

Peebles said Hilson and the owner of the dog will each be notified of the hearing once a date is set. If the dog is determined to be dangerous, the owner has the option of surrendering it to the O’Connor facility.

If the owner opts to keep the dog, they will be required to construct a special high-security chain-link kennel in their yard with a roof and concrete floor, and obtain a $100,000 liability insurance policy for the dog. The dog will also not be allowed outside without having a muzzle.


The dog will likely remain quarantined until the date of the dangerousness hearing and, depending on the city ruling, until the special kennel has been constructed and inspected.

Peebles said if the dog is found to be dangerous, it will not be released back to the owner until the secure kennel is built and inspected.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/hearing_to_determine_fate_of_d.html

APPLETON WI - PIT BULL TIED TO TEENAGER'S BICYCLE PULLED AWAY AND ATTACKED A WOMAN WALKING HER PET

Friday - August 26,2011 - Police today are looking for a teenager whose dog attacked another dog Thursday in the 500 block of N. State Street.

Police say the attacking dog, described as a black pit bull terrier, was tied by a leash to the teen’s bicycle about 6:45 p.m. when it pulled away and attacked a dog being walked by a 32-year-old woman.

The teen was pulled off of his bicycle and was last seen riding north on State Street.

The teen was described as Hispanic, about 16 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and between 160 and 185 pounds. He wore a black baseball cap, black jeans and a dark shirt. He rode a dark colored, BMX-style bicycle.

The dog that was attacked required veterinary care.

Anyone with information on the incident or the dog owner’s identity is asked to call the Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5500

http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110826/APC0101/308270042/Appleton-police-seek-teen-dog-after-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

DARWIN AUSTRALIA- PIT BULL INVADES CHRISTINE VANDERBURGH'S YARD AND ATTACKS HER AND RIPS HER PETS TESTICLES NEARLY OFF !!!

August 26, 2011 - Christine Vanderburgh , a chef , had  her wrist dislocated, several bites, and fingernails ripped off , plus her pedigree dog had his testicles almost ripped off  by a pit bull terrier that invaded her yard.

She said the attack was frighteningly similar to one in Melbourne last week where a four-year-old girl was killed. She said the pit bull dug underneath the fence of her Tiwi home in a surprise attack one afternoon when she returned from work.

The dog chased Ms Vanderburgh through the yard and cornered her and her two french mastiffs at the front door. "It bowled me over and lunged under my boy's legs," she said.

I managed somewhere in the attack to throw the dog through the doggie door."

Ms Vanderburgh said she slammed the door shut and called Darwin City Council to help remove the vicious animal from inside her home. The chef had a dislocated wrist, bites and two fingernails ripped off. Her french mastiff, Spencer, had to undergo surgery to stop internal bleeding and have his testicles removed.

Darwin City Council regulatory services manager David Neall said owners of the pit bull were fined $822.
The dog was declared a category one animal, which means the owners had to put a sign on their Trower Rd home warning people about their pet. They also had to reinforce their fence.

American pit bulls are not illegal in the Territory, but it is illegal to import the breed into Australia.

The attack cost Ms Vanderburgh $2000 in vet bills. She is seeking compensation from the pit bull's owners.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/08/26/256071_ntnews.html




SCHENECTADY NY - 3 PIT BULLS ATTACKED 58-YEAR-OLD SHIRLEEN LUCAS - 200 STITCHES - EARS CHEWED - HAIR RIPPED OUT OF HER SCALP- "EACH DOG HAD A HOLD ON HER DRAGGING HER"

Shirleen Lucas,58-years-old, talks about being attacked by pitbulls in Schenectady ,NY Wednesday Aug. 24,2011.( Michael P. Farrell/Times Union) Photo: Michael P. Farrell / AL

 UPDATE:  "I THINK PIT BULLS SHOULD BE PUT IN A ZOO SO THEY CAN BE VIEWED FROM A DISTANCE," SHE ADDED.

August 26, 2011 - SCHENECTADY -- Even with three pit bulls tearing at her flesh, Shirleen Lucas never doubted she would live.

"I was screaming for my life and saying, 'I'm not going out like this,'" she recounted Thursday from the living room of her city home, not far from the spot where the three dogs pounced on her early Monday morning. "It seemed like I couldn't scream loud enough."

Her pastor, the Rev. Clarence Samuels Johnson of Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ, who had come to check up on her, sat on a couch across the room listening to her story.

The woman's harrowing ordeal began around 12:15 a.m. Monday when she left her Lincoln Avenue home to get money from the ATM at Zaid Discount near the corner of Albany and

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/As-dogs-mauled-her-she-prayed-2142038.php#ixzz1W9Np889s
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UPDATE:  Thursday - August 25, 2011 - 58-year-old Shirleen Lucas says no one came out to help her as three dogs attacked her on Hulett Street early Monday morning. She says once the dogs were on her, they stayed on until police arrived with tasers.

"It seemed like an eternity," she told CBS6 News in her living room Wednesday night. "I was screaming. I screamed so loud and so hard and at one point I wasn't screaming anymore, I was just fighting."

She says she punched one of the dogs and described one of them dragging her by the hair at one point. Lucas says the dogs bit her arms and legs, tore away part of her scalp and bit off part of each ear.

"The plastic surgeon (is) very optimistic I should say, about repairing my ears back to normal - both of them."

Lucas was released from Albany Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the owner of the dogs is 21-year-old Jasmine Tirado of Hulett Street. She was given one ticket for having an unlicensed dog and three tickets for harboring dangerous dogs. She is due in court September 12th. A woman who answered to the name Jasmine told CBS6 News she had nothing to say.

"I was walking down the street and (the dogs) saw me," says Lucas. "They looked up and saw me and they perked up and they started running toward me and I ran in this yard, I don't know whose yard it was. I don't know why they didn't hear me screaming and hollering in the yard, but the minute I got into the ambulance they came to the door."

According to Marguerite Pearson of the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia, two of the dogs were brought there and were described by staff as being vicious and lunging at the cages they were in. Pearson is hopeful this case will not worsen pit bulls' already bad reputation.

"Here in Schenectady County, about half the dogs we take in are pit bulls," says Pearson, "and so many of them are wonderful dogs and we do an assessment to make sure they're going to be good compannions. We have to be really diligent in that becasue if people don't trust us to adopt out safe dogs, so many wonderful animals, some that happen to be pit bulls, are never going to find homes."

Lucas' daughter, Darcelle Lucas, said she believes someone wanted the dogs to attack her mother in a sort of canine street mugging. Lucas says she lost two bracelets and twenty dollars in the attack. Lucas says she was on her way home from a store. She says it was around 12:30 a.m. Police said it happened around 3:30 a.m.

"My blouse was drenched in blood, says Lucas. "They had to cut it off of me. Had to cut my skirt off. My skirt was full of blood."

Lucas says her family is helping in her healing, some of whom came in from out of state. On Wednesday evening her granddaughter came to visit with a gift - a cross she had decorated for someone she is happy to see alive

http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/dogs-1287527-one-says.html

http://www.wten.com/story/15329305/victim-recovers-from-severe-pitbull-attack-in-schenectady
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COMMENT: THIS NEVER GETS ANY EASIER PEOPLE:. THERE IS A VICIOUS PIT BULL/VICIOUS DOG ATTACK SOMEWHERE AT EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY OR NIGHT. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK AND WATCH THIS VICTIM'S VIDEO !!!!!!

Wednesday - August 24, 2011 - Shirleen Lucas described a pit bull attack that left her with nearly 200 stitches, parts of her ears chewed off and hair ripped out of her scalp.

"They was barking and snarling and everything. Terrible, nice and loud. And I was just screaming and hollering," she said, speaking to NewsChannel 13 from her hospital bed at Albany Medical Center.

It happened at 3:30 in the morning Monday as she was walking home on Hulett Street, when three pit bulls somehow got out of a gate, and chased Shirleen into a yard across the street, pinning her down and mauling her. Neighbor Emilia Falcon saw the whole thing but was afraid to help.

"The dog was dragging her by the head, I mean they all had a piece of her. One was at the head, one was at the arm the other one was up on her shoulder. I mean, they went really really furious at this lady," Falcon said.

Pieces of Shirleen's hair and blue sweater still lay in the grass, where police officers had to taser the most aggressive dog to get it off her. Police said the owner then came out and called the other two pit bulls away, which angered Shirleen.

"I think she should be punished. I think she should go to jail and they dogs should be put to sleep," Shirleen said.

What bothers her the most is her damaged ears, which Shirleen hopes a plastic surgeon can somehow repair.

"I got to see a plastic surgeon for my ears. They said they would be okay, they'll try their best to get em back together to get them as normal as they possibly can," she said.

The dog's owner, 21-year-old Jasmine Tirado, wasn't home Wednesday, to answer our questions. She was issued an appearance ticket for having an unlicensed dog and for harboring dangerous dogs.

Schenectady police said two of the animals were euthanized, and a third is being detained at a shelter for rabies observation, and will be put down after ten days.

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S2254257.shtml?cat=300

WHISTLER AL- NEAR PRICHARD AL - PITS RESCUED FROM DOG FIGHT TRAINING UP FOR ADOPTION ?????!!!!!!!

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August 26, 2011 - MOBILE, Alabama -- The city of Prichard is looking for people willing to adopt 3 pit bull puppies that animal control officers believe were being trained to fight other dogs.

The dogs were found earlier this month in a wooded area behind a house in Whistler without food or water.

Animal control officers did find a bottle of iron supplements designed for use on horses but also commonly given to dogs trained for the fighting ring.

OFFICERS ALSO FOUND A TEDDY BEAR DANGLING FROM A TREE, ITS STUFFING PARTIALLY RIPPED OUT.

The largest dog, which weighed 40 pounds, was held on a 70-pound chain. One of the two smaller animals weighed only 10 pounds and was being held on a 20-pound chain.

Dog-fighting trainers often use unnecessarily heavy chains to promote muscle growth.

# 140 - The animals were discovered after a neighbor reported their dog being attacked, said Tyra Pruitt, the office manager at the Prichard Animal Shelter.

The small dog was “basically ripped apart,” she said.

Pruitt said police have yet to establish who owned the dogs, but the owner of the house where they were found has been cited for animal cruelty and neglect.  Pruitt declined to release the homeowner’s name.

Two of the pit bulls are juveniles, but the largest is fully grown and believed to be
the animal involved in the attack, said Andrew Stubbs, an animal resource supervisor with the city.

Although the dogs have since gained weight, they were emaciated when the officers found them, he said.

“The dog’s owner hadn’t fed him. That’s most likely why the dog attacked. He’s actually a sweet dog, the owner just made him that way,” Stubbs said.

Despite the dog’s past aggression, Stubbs said that it’s fit for rehabilitation.

The animal control workers have a variety of tests they use to determine if a dog is fit to be adopted. An officer might enter the dog’s cage and take its food away to see how it reacts, for example.

The dog’s behavior during physical examinations is also taken into consideration, he said.

All of the dogs are fit to be adopted, even the large pit bull, though it will have to be kept away from other dogs, Stubbs said.

Dogs who have been raised to fight can be rehabilitated, he said, but the owner must be prepared to spend time with the animal every day.
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COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE:

fullofsorrow August 26, 2011 at 8:07AM
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ok so it was trained to rip a teddy bear apart and will need to be kept away from other dogs.and you are going to adopt this animal out .you need your head examined.it will divert back to it's training given the right oppornitunity.do we not see a child in danger here.wake up people.

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Willie63 August 26, 2011 at 8:24AM
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I will adopt one, but I want the chain too.

http://blog.al.com/live/2011/08/pitbulls_trained_to_fight_now.html

MARAVAL TRINIDAD- 9-YEAR-OLD AUTISTIC BOY, JESSIE BOISELLE, KILLED BY BROTHER'S PIT BULL


JESSIE BOISELLE AT AGE 5

UPDATE:  THE life of nine-year-old Jessie Boiselle could only be described as tragic.

The last of four children, Jessie, was born mute. At age six his mother, Judy Alleyne, collapsed and died at home. Two years later Jessie's father, 80-year-old Conrad "Sam" Boiselle, was chopped to death at the family's Clovis Trace, Maraval home. Jessie was also chopped in the head but he survived.

On Tuesday evening Jessie was mauled to death by Damien, one of his brother's pitbulls, which police later killed. Neighbours say they would normally hear Jessie (who would be left at home alone while his brother Rudy Boiselle went to work), crying and making noise at home. On Tuesday it was different. Neighbours said they heard no noise and found it strange. Around 8.30 p.m. they found out why.

Jessie's brother along with a neighbour, Peter Nixon, discovered his little body in a ravine behind his home with dog bites to his throat and other parts of his body.

Leotha Pierre, the boy's aunt, who lived a few houses away, said she went out that day and when she returned she was told by his brother that Jessie could not be found. She added that Boiselle asked her for a torchlight to search for his little brother.

"I make many comments to the boy (Rudy) and thing and tell him that is not right (leaving his brother at home alone). I tell him I does be home on a weekend and I could watch him on a weekend," Pierre said adding that her mother-in-law offered to care for Jessie during the day for a small fee, but this was ignored by his sibling.

Officers of the Western Division, including Insp Henry Dann and acting Corporal Kevin Beckles, visited the scene.

INTERESTING COMMENT: teseek 111p · 13 hours ago
There is orchestrated support by rich influential people against the Dangerous Dogs Bill. Ministers own Security firms that use Pit Bulls, Vets, Dog Food Companies, Dog Breeders and Dog Trainers also make a lot of money from Pit Bulls.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Mute_9_mauled_to_death_by_brother_s_pitbull-128365268.html

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2011/05/trinidad-mother-of-two-denise-rackal.html
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August 25, 2011 - (Trinidad Guardian) Another pit bull attack has claimed the life of an 11-year-old autistic boy at his home on Clovis Trace, Maraval, on Tuesday night. Jessie Boiselle was found dead in a ravine at the back of his house around 9 pm.

Police said his brother, Dillon Boiselle, left the family’s home around 10 am on Tuesday and when he returned later in the afternoon found his younger brother had been mauled by their pit bull. Detectives said when they arrived at the scene, the dog, named “Damian,” which had attacked Jessie, attacked them. The officers shot and killed it. Two other dogs, not pit bulls, remained on the property up to lIn an interview outside the family’s home yesterday neighbours said the boy had been mauled to death since earlier that day.

 “Nobody knows what really happened. Is only Jehovah, the dog and the child know what really went on, but that happened earlier,” a neighbour said. The neighbour said Jessie’s mother, father and grandfather were deceased. “Every day you could hear him (Jessie) bawling in the house. It is unjust. We, as a community, are responsible for his death,” she said. The neighbour claimed Jessie used to stay unattended for days.

 Relatives who were returning to the house refused to comment on Jessie’s death. Within the past year, one woman was mauled to death and several others were badly bitten by pit bulls.

http://www.stabroeknews.com/2011/news/breaking-news/08/25/tt-boy-11-killed-by-own-pit-bull

WEAVERVILLE, BUNCOMBE CO NC - A PIT BULL KNOCKED AN AIR CONDITIONER OUT OF A WINDOW TO ESCAPE AND SEVERELY INJURE CHRISTY PALUCHA - MANGLING HER EYE AND EAR - AN INCH LOWER AND SHE COULD HAVE BLED TO DEATH FROM THE GASH ON HER NECK! A WINDOW TO ATTACK HER - PIT NUTTER SPEAK:"IT'S GENTLE, PLAYS WITH MY GRANDSON, JUST WANTED TO PLAY WITH HER, TAIL WAS WAGGING WHEN IT JUMPED UP ON HER"

A Buncombe County woman says she could have been killed by a dog attack Monday evening, August 22.

Christy Palucha suffered severe injuries when a PIT BULL bit her on the leg and face while she was walking near her home at the North View Mobile Home Park near Weaverville north of Ashville North Carolina.

The dog ripped open an eyelid and mangled her ear.

She could have bled to death from a gash on her neck if the dog had bitten her an inch lower.

She says she's lucky she didn't lose her eye, and wonders why anyone would keep such a dangerous animal. She is recovering from surgery to repair the injuries.

The dog's owner says it escaped through a window in his trailer, and ran down a bank to the street where Palucha was walking.

He pulled the dog off Palucha, and says it is gentle and plays with his grandson.

But he says he would voluntarily allow Animal Control officers to put down the dog because of the attack.
 
http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wlos_vid_5233.shtml

EL CAJON CA - SAN DIEGO COUNTY- PIT BULL ATTACKS 14-YR-OLD EMILY JORGENSEN'S YORKIE, LULU -$1,000 VET BILL

August 25, 2011 - A recent pit bull attack has an El Cajon family questioning San Diego County Animal Services procedures. Emily Jorgensen, 14, was walking her Yorkie, Lulu, when she said a pit bull attacked the dog.

"I was very traumatized by the incident," Emily said. "It grabbed Lulu by the harness and started shaking her.  Lulu suffered several deep gashes and had a tube inserted in her body to drain excess liquids. Lulu is now recovering from her injuries.

10News learned the pit bull that bit Lulu had tags and was micro-chipped, but Emily's mom said finding the owner was near impossible.

"The person who's listed as the current owner wasn't the one who picked up the dog. The dog was picked up within 12 hours of the attack and the county released the dog," said Emily's mother, Monica Jorgensen.

At the time, Animal Services had no answers.

"I definitely am questioning the procedures," Monica Jorgensen said.

10News visited the agency to clarify its policies.

John Carlson, the deputy director for animal services, said the neighbor did report a dog attack, but he said it so fast that it was almost unclear what he said. However, Carlson said that, legally, they could not keep the pit bull, which was registered properly.

"If a dog bites another dog, there is no rabies quarantine required and the animal may be released back to the owner," Carlson said.

Carlson said the situation is not over, however. The pit bull's owner could face possible criminal charges or administrative action, depending on the outcome of the investigation. The Jorgensens could also pursue a citizen's arrest or civil action, which they are looking into. Carlson did get in touch with the current pit bull owner.

With Lulu's medical bills inching up to $1,000, the Jorgensens just want the situation resolved.
 
http://www.10news.com/news/28980435/detail.html

BEACHWOOD NJ - 160 POUND BULLMASTIFF ATTACKS ITS OWNER

July 11, 2011 - Kelly Pierce of Berkeley Avenue was attacked at feeding time about 5:38 pm  last night by one of her 3 dogs, a 160 pound Bull Mastiff named Guiness.  Her 3 dogs are said to be two Bullmastsiffs and 1 Great Dane. Her boyfirend was in the other room when the attack happened and he came to help when she screamed. 

 Detective Sgt. Glen DeMarco said police responded at 10:12 pm Wednesday to a report of a dog attack and found the victim had already been taken from her home to the hospital. Pierce had been driven to the hospital by her fiance, Fredrick Grersch.  She received 50 stitches to close a neck wound and was  released from Community Memorial Medical Center in Toms River  The large dog remains at the Southern Ocean County Animal facility in Stafford under quarantine.

Pierce is not taking her dog back because of the attack.  If a home isn't found at the end of quarantine, the dog will be euthanized, according to Mike SanJuan of A-Academy Animal Control in Howell and Manchester.  SanJuan says the Bullmastiff  is 7 years old and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds and has never attacked anyone before this. He says that it is doubtful anyone will adopt the dog because of the one attack.  He also did not believe any animal rescue groups would be able to take the dog because they are filled to capacity.

http://www.app.com/article/20110711/NJNEWS/307110090/Beachwood-woman-mauled-by-her-160-pound-dog?odyssey=mod%7Cmostcom

JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA - SELF-PROCLAIMED DOG WHISPERER'S REHABILITATED ROTTWEILER ATTACKS 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN MALL


JAMES LECH IN A PICTURE FROM HIS WEBSITE

July 17, 2011 - A rottweiler owned by "Africa's number one dog expert" and self-styled "dog whisperer" mauled a child in an upmarket Johannesburg mall.
James Lech, who describes himself on his website as "Africa's #1 and Dog Expert", had the "rehabilitated" dog with him in the Hyde Park centre on Monday when the incident occurred around 1pm.

Sadie Kukkuk, 4, was having lunch with her grandparents at JB River's restaurant at the table next to Lech and his canine friend which he claimed, after the incident, was a "service dog" . Security camera footage shows the rottweiler launching forward, grabbing the child and pulling her backwards.
Lech claims the toddler accidentally tramped on the dog.

Russell Tait, a business consultant who was having lunch at the restaurant, said he pulled the animal off Sadie, using a technique he learnt in a dog unit in the Defence Force.
"He was the hero," said Sadie's mother, Leah Sefor.
Sadie has puncture marks on the right side of her abdomen and has been treated by a doctor and a child psychologist.

When she arrived at the restaurant with her grandparents, Buster and Wendy Sefor, Sadie was introduced by Lech to his dog and he allowed her to pat him. The dog was wearing a red jacket that identified it as a "working dog".

This week Lech told the Sunday Times: "I am a dog whisperer." In a letter to the shopping centre's management, he claims: "I saw the child running, coming around the right of my table, jumping over the dog while he was lying down and resting and accidentally stepping on it at the same time."
When told video footage showed otherwise, he said: "I saw it with periphery vision because my head is tilted, correct."

The footage shows the child nowhere near the dog and simply runs past it while Lech is talking to someone. After the attack people gather around them while Sadie's grandmother is seen trying to help her. Tait said: "Until I got there, nothing was being done. Lech was standing there. The reason I noticed is because people where shouting at him. He was obviously the dog handler. He had a leash in his hand."

Sadie's mom has laid charges against Lech. She said the girl was "traumatised and sore".
Lech, meanwhile, said three times he had a medical condition that necessitated the dog's presence but refused to say what it was. "That's between me, my doctor and the magistrate judge.  I'm not confirming or denying anything."

Hyde Park shopping centre general manager Jacqui McGeehan said: "The landlord has a policy of not allowing dogs into its shopping centre, save for authorised service dogs. The dog in question is a service dog."

She described the incident as "isolated" and " regrettable".
Lech, whose website features a photograph of him with acclaimed US dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, describes himself as a "healer" and "shaman in the realm of dogs".

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/2011/07/17/dog-mauls-girl-4-in-mall

FRANKFORT MAINE- MOTHER HIGH WHEN FAMILY'S ROTTWEILER KILLED HER 7-MONTH OLD DAUGHTER-VICTIM # 9-2011






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July 15, 2011 - Police say Katrina Mitchell was passed out on her couch, too drunk and high to hear whether her 7-month-old daughter, Annabelle Mitchell,  cried out when the family Rottweiler fatally attacked the baby last April 12.  On Friday, Mitchell pleaded not guilty to endangering the welfare of a child during a video conference in Belfast District Court from Two Bridges Regional Jail, where she is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail. She was arrested Wednesday night.

It was about 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, when Mitchell, age 29,  started drinking beer and possibly vodka, according to a police affidavit filed in court and released Friday.
Tests done later that night showed her blood alcohol level to be about .30, almost four times the legal driving limit in Maine. She also tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
By about 5 that night she had passed out on her couch, according to the affidavit written by Maine  State Police Detective Adam Kelley.

Mitchell told police that she did not pass out, but simply had taken a nap with her baby at the other end of the couch. Her son Jett, who is almost 3, also was in the home at the time.
When Mitchell woke up around 7 p.m., her baby was dead on the floor, purple and cold with claw marks and possibly bite marks from an attack by the family’s Rottweiler, Hannibal. She called 911.

When police arrived at the Frankfort home, a first responder  had to help Mitchell walk by holding up her arms,” Maine State Police Trooper Jonah O’Roak wrote in his report, which is quoted in the affidavit. “It was very clear that she was heavily under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.”
Police said Mitchell was combative that evening, that she hit and kicked the medical staff, and that they had to restrain her.  The mother swore to police that the beer she drank before what she said was a nap with her daughter had nothing to do with her child’s death.

Kelley disagreed .“She was at a high level of intoxication at the time she was caring for her children which diminished her ability to detect and react to any safety concerns,” the detective wrote.
The mother didn’t hear Annabelle scream, but the medical examiner said the baby likely did cry out.
“The number of claw marks on Annabelle Mitchell’s body were extensive and could not be the result of one or two brief contacts between the dog and Annabelle,” wrote Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Michael Ferenc, who conducted the autopsy. He said the wounds showed the baby was “alive for at least part of the mauling, and she would have been capable of crying and/or screaming due to pain.”

This wasn’t the first time the mother had passed out drunk while her baby needed her, Mitchell told police. She said there were two or three occasions when she had gotten drunk and passed out, only to wake up when the baby cried. But she said that hadn’t happened for a few months.
Mitchell’s husband, Johnny, told police that his wife has a drinking problem. She had promised him not to drink unless he was around. But when he got home from work after learning his daughter was dead, he told police it was clear his wife was drunk again.
At his request, police shot the dog.

Endangering the welfare of a child is a Class D misdemeanor crime that is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.  According to discussions between attorneys in court Friday, it also appears there is at least one Department of Health and Human Services  case open against Mitchell. But because of confidentiality laws, DHHS officials cannot discuss such cases — or even verify that there is a case against Mitchell.  Mitchell’s attorney indicated during arguments for lower bail that his client was not a flight risk since she did not want to lose her son

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/07/15news/state/police-say-woman-was-drunk-and-high-when-dog-killed-her-daughter/?ref=mostReadBox

BIDDEFORD MAINE - PIT BULL BITES OFFICER AND STARTS TO ATTACK 2ND TIME - OFFICER SHOOTS AND KILLS PIT BULL

July 16, 2011 - A Biddeford Police Officer shot and killed a Pit Bull Friday after the dog bit him on the leg and then tried to attack him a second time.   The dog lunged and bit the officer in the left thigh when he got out of his patrol car shortly after 11 am while responding to a complaint on Pool Street.  Someone had reported that a person charged with domestic violence was violating bail conditions. When the dog tried to bite the officer a second time, the officer shot it. 

The Pit Bull's owner Mary Rowe, has been involved in several incidents:

* A police report from March 19, 2010, says that Rowe's tan Pit Bull bit her 11-year-old daughter on the left arm.  This was the same dog that was killed Friday morning.

* In March of this year, Rowe was given a warning that her dog was running at large and chasing people.

* On wednesday, an officer issued a warning about Rowe's dog after neighbors complained earlier in the week that the dog was running loose and frightening them.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/biddeford-police-officer-shoots-kills-pit-bull-_2011-07-16.html

FORDYCE ARKANSAS - PIT BULL INVADES 84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN'S HOME- ATTACKS HER AND KILLS HER 2 PRESCIOUS BELOVED PETS

June 14, 2011 -  Ellean Berry, age 84,  was taking her beloved pets outside to potty and as she was coming back in, this PIT BULL came out of nowhere.and brutally attacked her dogs as they were going into her home.   Her daughter, Charlotte Brinkley could not believe her eyes as she arrived at her mother's home early Thursday morning.  She attempted to get one dog  out of the Pit's mouth, but she could not.

HE KILLED THE FIRST ONE---THEN TURNED AND KILLED THE OTHER!!!

Dallas County Sheriff Donny Ford arrived in minutes and found the elderly victim covered in blood and she had her hand all wrapped up. She was distraught.  They have never heard of a dog coming into someone's home and doing this!!!!!!!  After a short investigation, Sheriff Ford found the PIT BULL'S keeper :

"THE DOG HAD COME FROM ACROSS THE ROAD.  THEY WERE KEEPING THE DOG FOR ANOTHER GUY WHILE HE WAS IN JAIL------

           ON DRUG CHARGES."

SHERIFF FORD DESTROYED THE PIT BULL AND SAYS THE INCIDENT ISN'T OVER.  "THE GUY KEEPING THE DOG IS LIABLE FOR THE RESTITUTION AND LIABLE FOR THE DOGS." CHARLOTTE BRINLEY PLANS TO CARE FOR HER MOTHER FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BUT SHE CAN'T CURE HER BROKEN HEART.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/164814/2/84-year-old-mauled-by-pit-bull-her-dogs-killed


LAS CRUCES NM - EAST MESA RETIREE IS TERRORIZED BY PIT BULL- HE HURT HIS BACK GETTING AWAY FROM THE ANIMAL - HE SAYS HARSHER PUNISHMENTS NEEDED




July 14, 2011 - An East Mesa retiree who was attacked by a pit bull Wednesday is calling for harsher punishment for the owners of aggressive dogs.

Doña Ana County animal control supervisor Joe Jacquez, who responded to the call on Isolation Point Road, about seven miles north of U.S. 70, said there are no excuses when it comes to dogs "terrorizing" area residents.

Jeff North was walking to his mailbox around 5 p.m. Wednesday when his neighbor's pit bull - which is usually chained in the yard - bolted out of its yard, barking and snapping at him.

"It's a community concern, because I think elderly people - and I'm not too elderly - should be able to walk freely anywhere in the county," said North, who said he hurt his back trying to squirm away from the dog. "When (attacks) do happen, people still aren't punished - and it's supposed to be a felony."

Under the New Mexico Dangerous Dog Act, the owner of a dog who seriously injures or kills someone can be punished with up to six years in prison if the owner had reason to believe their dog could inflict serious injury. Authorities are considering such a charge for the Truth or Consequences owner of four pit bulls who escaped from their yard on Easter and brutally mauled a 48-year-old woman who was walking in her neighborhood, killing her.

North says he's not just worried about his own safety, but that of children who also live in the neighborhood.

"They shouldn't be restricted either," he said. "When I grew up, kids could ride bicycles in the neighborhood. I don't know what the deal is here with Las Cruces. This is an uncivilized area."

By the time county animal control officers showed up Wednesday, though, the dog was already back in her yard, chained up, Jacquez said. The woman who owned it couldn't be cited because officers didn't observe the violation and because North wasn't visibly injured.

"I made it clear (to the owner) that, 'Your dog is terrorizing people out there. There are no excuses. You know that (if it bites someone) we'll pick up the dog for 10 days, at your expense, and you can claim it after 10 days, and it has to be observed," Jacquez said.

Jacquez encourages anyone else who is menaced by a dog to contact authorities, who will respond immediately.

And dog owners, he said, should "secure their fence and property appropriately, keep their dogs vaccinated - and respect their neighbors. I would say, too, that chaining a dog is going to instill in it some vicious-type behavior and that's no secret. Most people know - you chain your dog, it's going to get mean."
 
http://www.hssnm.org/newsimages/2011july/lcsn071511-victim.pdf.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

BAKERSFIELD CA -PIT BULL INVADES OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER'S BACKYARD AND ATTACKED HER PET - OFFICER FIRED MULTIPLE TIMES AS THE PIT CHARGED HER!!!

Thursday - August 25, 2011 -  Police say an off-duty Taft police officer awoke to sounds of dogs fighting in the back yard of her Bakersfield home,  she thought possibly the neighbor's Pit Bull.  It happened in a quiet neighborhood near Wible and Taft Highway just after 8 a.m. Thursday. Police say when the Taft officer went into the back yard of her home to rescue her dog, the pit bull charged her, and that’s when she opened fire.

The officer grabbed her gun and fired multiple times killing the dog. It appears she has had prior contact with the neighbor regarding the dog gaining access to her back yard.

Neighbors say they are sad the dog was killed but they understand.


"I’d do the same thing. I’m animal lover, and I don’t like to see animals attack each other," said one neighbor who asked not to be identified.

.Police say it’s a clear cut case of self-defense. Bakersfield police say it is legal to shot a dog in defense of your pet as long as you are legally carrying the gun.

“It appears at this time like she fired shots in self defense of herself, her family and her two dogs," Love said.

Neighbors say loose dogs are a problem in the area.

Taft police say it’s not yet clear if the officer used her service weapon to shoot the dog. Bakersfield police say no charges will be filed in the case.
 
http://www.turnto23.com/news/28980597/detail.html

RICHFIELD TWP - GENESEE COUNTY MI - A SHAR-PEI VICIOUSLY ATTACKED A 6-YEAR-OLD BOY

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August 25, 2011 - The Genesee County Prosecutor's office has charged a man with owning a dangerous dog after a 6-year-old boy was attacked earlier this summer.


The man's Shar-Pei attacked the boy on June 22, 2011,  when he went to the dog owner's home to play with his children, according to the prosecutor's office.

The boy suffered puncture wounds and lacerations to his face and neck area, according to the prosecutor's office.

Richfield Township police said the 37-year-old man has not yet been arrested.

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/08/man_charged_for_owning_dog_tha.html
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GENESEE CO. -- A Shar-Pei owner has been charged, after the dog viciously attacked a 6-year-old boy.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton reports the boy visited the home of 37-year-old Adan Donias to play with his children, when the dog attacked the child. The boy was bit on his face and neck.

The dog was later put to sleep because of the dangerous attack.

Donias faces a 4-year felony, up to $2,000 in fines, and hundreds of possible community service hours.

This isn’t the first time Donias has been in trouble with the law. He was also charged earlier this month in connection to stealing a motor vehicle in Davison Township in May. He’s expected to be in court for that charge Monday.

Dangerous Dog laws are becoming more prevalent across Mid-Michigan, however Shar-Pei's are seldom listed as "dangerous."

Do you think Genesee County should consider an ordinance like Saginaw's?

Do you think Shar-Pei's should be added to the "Dangerous Dog" list?

http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news/story.aspx?id=655771