Friday, September 30, 2011

FIESTA ISLAND SAN DIEGO CA - A PIT BULL ATTACKS HORSES ON BEACH

PIT NUTTER SPEAK:  "I'M REALLY SORRY...I HAD NO INKLING MY DOG COULD BE THAT VIOLENT."



Friday - Sept 30, 2011 - SAN DIEGO (CBSNEWS 8 VIDEO STORY) - Two horses are recovering after being injured in a vicious dog attack Friday on Fiesta Island.

The horses were in the water when the riders say a pit bull came up and bit them.

In this News 8 video story, Jeff Zevely has details of the attack, and the latest on the condition of the horses.

http://www.760kfmb.com/story/15591852/pit-bull-goes-after-horses-at-fiesta-island

PIQUA OH - SANDRA GETZENDINER SAYS THE SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN A HUGE HELP AND GIVEN HER THE FAITH TO GET BETTER - A PIQUA MAN IS ORGANIZING A CHARITY POKER AND A MOTORCYCLE RIDE BENEFIT

VICTIM SPEAKS IN A VIDEO:  "ONE TIME A MINISTER TOLD ME THAT THERE ARE MORE POSITIVE THINGS IN LIFE THAN NEGATIVE, AND TO KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE POSITIVE THINGS."

Friday - Sept 30, 2011 -  (WDTN) - The road to recovery for the survivor of the Pit Bull attack is slow, but Sandra Getzendiner says her faith is pulling her through.

Getzendiner is staying with her daughters, still unable to completely care for herself. She was critically injured during a September 11th attack, but in just a few weeks has already made some great strides toward recovery.

"I feel really great for what happened to me. I feel really blessed to get through it," said Getzendiner.

Sandra was riding her bike on the North Main Street Bridge on that fateful day when two loose pit bulls attacked. Sandra was so badly injured, she was rushed by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where she underwent a series of surgeries.

Doctors had to reconstruct Sandra's finger, face and arm. They also had to reattach her ear.

"I just thank God cause I'm feeling really good and everything like I said I never felt really the pain that I should have."

Sandra's daughter, Charla, is now helping to take care for her, but mounting medical bills are going to be a challenge for the Getzendiners.

And that's why a Piqua man is organizing a charity poker run.

Sandra says the support from the community has been a huge help and given her the faith to get better.

The benefit is going to be held on October 22nd. The motorcycle ride starts at One More Bar located on Wood Street in Piqua. Registration starts at 10:30 and it costs $15.00 per rider, $20.00 if you have a passenger.

Meals and entertainment are included. All the proceeds go to Getzendiner.

http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/miami/pit-bull-attack-victim-battles-back

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2011/09/piqua-ohio-pit-bull-attacks-mauls-woman.html

JACKSONVILLE FL - A DISABLED MAN WHO USES A SCOOTER SAYS HE HAS TO CARRY A WEAPON WITH HIM WHEN HE'S IN HIS YARD BECAUSE HE'S SO FEARFUL OF THE NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL - HE SAYS HIS NEIGHBOR NEEDS A FENCE BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT !!!

Man yells at neighbor
"THIS DOG IS NOT BARKING AND WAGGING ITS TAIL TO COME OVER AND LICK MY FACE,"  ROBBIE DAVID SAID.  "HE'S BARKING TO COME OVER AND EAT ME !!!  HE'S GOT A BIG OLD ROPE LEASH, BUT ONE DAY HE'S GOING TO SNATCH IT OUT OF THEIR HANDS.  SOMETHING OUGHT TO BE DONE BEFORE I HAVE TO LAY IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM WITH MY ARMS RIPPED OFF !!!!!!! "

Sept 29, 2011 - A disabled Lake Shore man said he fears for his life because of his neighbor's pit bull and he won't go into his own yard unless he's armed with a gun. Davis, who uses a motorized wheelchair after he lost a leg, says one of his neighbor's dog seems irritated by his scooter.

That neighbor wouldn't give her name, but told WJXT her dogs are not a threat to Davis.

Robbie Davis and neighbor shout at each other about her pit bull.

"My dogs don't go out of the house without a muzzle on and leashes on," she told Channel 4's Hailey Winslow. "They never run around. They're in-house dogs, and they never cause any problems and they've never done anything to anybody."

Davis says one of the dogs is viscous.

"I got to carry a weapon with me when I'm out pulling weeds in my own front yard," Davis said. "Now that ain't right."

Davis says he tried calling the police, who told him to contact animal control. He says animal control told him it can't do anything until someone is attacked. He said he's also tried confronting his neighbor, and when he did on Thursday, it turned into a shouting match.

"Why should I have to play target practice with your mean dog?," Davis asked to his neighbor.

"My dog is not mean. My dog is in the house," she shouted back.

"Chain him up and bring him out here," Davis said. "Let these people take a picture of him."

The neighbor did bring one dog out to be petted, but kept the other inside.

Davis says his neighbor needs to build a fence or get rid of the dog before someone gets hurt, and other neighbors also expressed concern.

"He's got a big old rope leash, but one day he's going to snatch it out of their hands," Davis said. "Something ought to be done before I have to lay in an emergency room with my arms ripped off."

http://www.news4jax.com/news/29342433/detail.html

CHICAGO RIDGE ILL - PIT BULL BOUNDS DOWN A WALKWAY OUTSIDE AN ANIMAL SHELTER AND GRABBED CHRISTINE STARR'S BELOVED SHIH TZU "MATTIE" IN ITS MOUTH AND SHOOK IT !!!

"$50 FINE FOR LETTING YOUR DOG RUN FREE AND KILLING SOMEONE ELSE'S PET !!!....THAT'S AN INSULT.  MY DOG LOST ITS LIFE.  MATTIE WAS A FAMILY-ORIENTED DOG VERY DEVOTED AND WELL BEHAVED. ...JUST A GOOD DOG ALL THE WAY AROUND !!!!!" .


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 CHRISTINE STARR - A MOST EXCELLENT PERSON

AFTER A PIT BULL MAULED HER BELOVED PET AND KILLED IT OUTSIDE THIS SHELTER, SHE STILL ADOPTS THESE 2 MALTESE DOGS FROM THE SAME SHELTER !!!!!

Sept, 30, 2011 - A Chicago Ridge woman watched in horror as a pit bull fatally mauled her Shih Tzu outside an animal shelter.  Now she wants the village to stiffen its penalties for people who let dogs run free.

The attack took place in the parking lot of the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, where the pit bull named Jock was being taken because the owner was “unable to properly care for it,” police said.

Christine Starr said she never will forget the horror as she witnessed as her beloved Maddie being mauled. The Shih Tzu underwent emergency surgery but died 11 days later.

The owner of the pit bull, Melanise Loving, 25, of South Holland, was fined $50 by the village on Sept. 10, Mayor Eugene Siegel said. That’s the fine charged by Chicago Ridge for letting one’s dog run free.

Starr, 64, doesn’t think that’s enough.  “Fifty dollars? That’s an insult. My dog lost her life,” Starr said.

Starr was bringing Maddie in for a checkup because the 12-pound dog was not eating right. Starr saw the pit bull sitting near the entrance next to Loving, who told police the dog had been on a leash but slipped free.

“When I saw the dog running down the sidewalk, he came lunging forward so quickly,” Starr said. “I attempted to pick up my dog to protect her, but the dog was just too quick.”

The pit bull grabbed Maddie in its mouth and began shaking her violently for two to three minutes, Starr said.

“It was horrible. I thought she was going to die on the spot,” Starr said.

Starr tried to hit the pit bull with her purse to no avail, she said. Shelter staffers came running out of the animal shelter, and an assistant veterinarian grabbed the pit bull’s tail and dragged it until it released Maddie, Starr said. Veterinarian Leo Paul grabbed Maddie and ran with her to the shelter, where emergency surgery was performed, Starr said.

“It was pretty bad,” Starr said, describing the dog’s injuries.

She said Maddie was a “family-oriented dog, very devoted and well-behaved, just a good dog all the way around.”

The pit bull was destroyed that day, police said.

Starr said she was not charged by the Animal Welfare League for the cost of surgery, but she’s still considering suing Loving, the village and the Animal Welfare League.

“I’m very upset with the village,” she said. “I think they should change the village code. What if a child gets injured by something like this?”

Siegel, who has talked with Starr several times, said while it’s unfortunate Starr’s dog died, the ordinance calls for a maximum fine of $50.

“That’s the fine. It’s out of my hands. But I will look into the ordinance. It could have been on the books for a few years,” Siegel said. “We don’t get too many cases like this.”

While Starr is distraught over losing her Shih Tzu, she later decided to take two Maltese dogs home from the Animal Welfare League.

“I saw them the day that Maddie died,” Starr said. “I had an instinct that bringing them home was meant to be.”

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/7931113-418/woman-watches-in-horror-as-pit-bull-mauls-her-h=shih-tzu-outside-animal-shelter.html

MEBANE NC - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED SANDRA JARRELL AS SHE WAS WALKING HER MOTHER'S YORKIE "BUTTONS" YANKING IT RIGHT OUT OF HER ARMS !!! HEROS - 2 MEN GOT OUT OF THEIR CAR TO HELP HER !!!!! THE PITS HAD ATTACKED BEFORE !!! THE PIT NUTTER LIKES TO THROW PUPPIES IN GARBAGE CANS

VICTIM STATES, "I HAVE HAD MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS-I COULD NOT BELIEVE THOSE DOGS CAME AFTER  US LIKE THAT-I KEEP HEARING MYSELF SCREAM."

Friday, Sept 30, 2011 - Two pit bulls that attacked two dogs and injured a woman on Sept 14, 2011,  are quarantined at the animal shelter on Stone Quarry Road until the case of the dogs’ owner is heard in Alamance County District Court.

Jeffrey Elwood Burton, 29, of Mebane, faces attack by dangerous dog and precautions against dangerous dog charges, which are misdemeanors.

“In general, when a dog comes in because of an attack or criminal charges, we will hold the animals until there is a court date,” said retired Burlington police Maj. Greg Seel, who currently oversees Burlington Animal Services. “It depends on the case whether a judge will order that the animals go back to the owner with restrictions or if they need to be surrendered to the animal shelter or need to be euthanized.”

The charges against Burton stem from an incident that occurred at about 9 a.m. on Sept. 14. Sandra Jarrell of Burlington was walking Buttons, a Yorkshire terrier that belongs to her mother, Blanche Cole of Carr Street in Mebane.

“I was walking him down the street and we had just got to the corner of Stagecoach (Road) and Carr (Street) when I saw two pit bulls running right towards us,” Jarrell said. “I grabbed my mom’s Yorkie, and they yanked Buttons out of my arms.”

Jarrell started screaming for help. “They were just tearing him apart,” she said.

Two men who were driving down the street stopped their cars and got out to help. Jarrell said they began kicking the dogs.

“If they had not stopped, the pit bulls would have torn my mom’s dog in half,” Jarrell said. “I am so thankful they stopped.”

Jarrell was bit in the hand and was treated and released at Alamance Regional Medical Center. Buttons had 17 puncture wounds and needed emergency surgery, which had to be stopped midway through because the dog was losing so much blood.

“He needs more surgery done,” Jarrell said. “He suffered liver and muscle damage.”

Prior to the attack on Buttons, the pit bulls had attacked Kirk Wilkerson’s dog. Wilkerson kicked the dogs, and they went away. He was calling Mebane police and reporting the incident when Jarrell encountered the pit bulls.

Mebane police responded to the incident and charged Burton, who has a court date on Oct. 7.

***HE ALSO FACES ABANDONMENT OF ANIMAL AND CRUELTY TO ANIMAL CHARGES FOR AN INCIDENT IN JANUARY WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY PUT A PIT BULL PUPPY IN A TRASH CAN AND LEFT IT FOR DEAD****

 According to warrants, he has a court date on Oct. 27 for those charges.

Mebane police Assistant Chief T.A. Byrd said that police were able to catch the dogs with the help of animal control, and they were brought to the shelter at that time. Burton has another dog that was not involved in the incident that he has tied up in his fenced-in yard.

Mebane residents are only allowed to have three dogs within the city limits and dogs much be kept inside a fenced area or on a leash.

Jarrell said she’s experienced several sleepless nights since the incident.

“I’ve never in my life been attacked by dogs before,” she said. “I just froze. I could not believe those dogs came after us like that. … It gave me great anxiety. I keep hearing myself screaming. It still bothers me.”

http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/owner-48229-trial-until.html

LOCKPORT NY - ROTTWEILER/SHEPHERD MIX CHARGES OUT OF OWNER'S HOUSE AND ATTACKS CHILD WITHOUT PROVOCATION

Sept 29, 2011 - I received this comment from the parent of the child that was attacked the second time:

Comment from:  WhereIsChopper

"In May 2011 my 9 year old daughter was viciously attacked by a neighbors rott-shepherd mix when she knocked on the front door. The dog burst through the door, ripped a chunk from her chest, cracked her collar bone and gave her a concussion."The dog owner never showed any remorse or concern for my little girl and is still hiding the dangerous dog from court ordered euthanasia somewhere in Lockport, NY.
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 July 22, 2011 - A Rottweiler/ Shepherd mix dog ordered euthanized by Lockport City Court Judge Thomas DiMillo is missing.

This dog has viciously attacked at least two children in Lockport, once in 2007 and again on 22 May 2011, causing serious injuries. On both occasions the dog charged out of the owner’s house and attacked without provocation.

The dog is owned by a City of Lockport resident who has told Animal Control and the courts that she has given the dog away but will not reveal its whereabouts or who is harboring the dog. The owner has been charged with harboring an unlicensed dog and additional charges may be pending.

The dog is a black and tan Rottweiler/Shepherd mix around 90 pounds and is appropriately named “Chopper”. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of this dog should immediately contact the Lockport Animal Control Officer or the Lockport Police. This is a very dangerous and aggressive dog and should not be approached.

Please contact Mrs. Black, Lockport Animal Control Officer at 716-439-6701 or Lockport Police Lieutenant Todd Chenez at 716-433-7700

http://www.free-press-release.com/news-dangerous-dog-on-the-loose-1311366446.html


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MADISON TWP OH - 1991 -FAMILY'S 8-YR-OLD PIT BULL ATTACKED AND SERIOUSLY INJURED THEIR 16-MO-OLD GIRL

May 8, 1991 - A pet pit bulldog seriously injured a 16-month-old girl in an attack Tuesday and injured her mother when she tried to pull the dog from the child.

Sarah Foster was in surgery at Children's Medical Center late Tuesday and was expected to be moved to intensive care afterwards. Her mother, Evelin Foster, could not be reached for comment. The attack occurred in the living room of the family home at 96 Lensdale Ave. about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, Madison Twp. police officials said. The child was bitten in the face.

The 8-year-old dog was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, where it will be destroyed after 10 days.

The dog could be returned, but its owner has decided it is a threat and will have it put to sleep, according to shelter officials.

The 10-days quarantine is needed, said Donna Wilson of the animal shelter, to watch the dog and ensure it does not have rabies.

http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=0F504FC9DFFF71A6&p_docnum=1

ORANGE BEACH - OPINION - MOBILE PRESS RIGISTER - LEGISLATION TO STOP PIT BULL DANGER AND NOT A SINGLE PIT EUTHANIZED

"IN ALABAMA DOG FIGHTING IS ILLEGAL, YET BREEDING AND SELLING PIT BULLS  IS LEGAL. THIS IS ILLOGICAL. IT'S LIKE HAVING PROHIBITION BUT ALLOWING EVERYONE TO HAVE A STILL."

Sat, January 10, 2009  -  OPINION - Outlaw Breeding and  Sales of Pit Bulls

Every time I read of a pit bull attack, I have the urge to express my opinion on the subject. Recently I read about the 60-year-old man in California who was mauled to death by his family's two pet pit bull terriers. So now I will express my opinion.

The American Kennel Club recognizes 150 different breeds. Add to that a few thousand mixed breeds, and every dog lover in the country should have his or her choice of excellent pets — without pit bulls.

In Alabama, dog fighting is illegal, yet breeding and selling pit bulls, which are specifically bred for their aggressive fighting traits, is legal. This is illogical. It's like having Prohibition but allowing everyone to have a still.

By sending a copy of this letter to our representatives, I am suggesting legislation that would outlaw the breeding and selling of pit bulls, and would require current owners of pit bulls to have them spayed or neutered.

With this simple law, properly enforced, the danger of Pit Bull Attacks would soon be eliminated in Alabama, without a single dog being euthanized.

VANCE BARNES

Orange Beach

ADAMSVILLE AL - 1987 - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A MAN WHILE HE WAS JOGGING - HE IS HOSPITALIZED IN SATISFACTORY CONDITION

Aug, 18, 1987 - Officials say that an Adamsville man was hospitalized after he was attacked by a 50-pound PIT BULL TERRIER while jogging.

Jim Price, a spokesman at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, said Monday that DAVID ENGLAND, 28, was in satisfactory condition.  England was bitten on his legs, arms, and chest and had at least 6 - 2-3 inch cuts on his legs, said Bill Carter, animal cruelty officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The dog's owner, Bill Jewell, took the pit bull named Rambo to veterinarian Tom Fuqua and asked that it be destroyed, Fuqua said.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w3whAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hIoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5644,5269419&dq=pit+bull+birmingham&hl=en


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

UNION CITY CA - PIT BULL AND PIT BULL/ROTT MIX ATTACKS A WOMAN WALKING HER PET- SHE WAS BITTEN AND HER PET WAS KILLED - HEROS - 2 UNION CITY EMPLOYEES CAME TO HELP HER !!!!

 Mon, September 26, 2011 -.Union City Police Dept officers responded to 11th and H St. to investigate the report of a “vicious dog attack."

Officers located a 19-year-old female victim who had received a dog bite while attempting to stop an unprovoked attack on her small terrier.

The female victim was walking her dog on a leash when they were both attacked by a 3-year-old female pit bull and a 4-month old rottweiler/pit-bull mix.

Two Union City Public Works employees were passing by in a vehicle when they witnessed the attack and intervened. Both employees attempted to force the pit bull to let go of the terrier but it would not.

One employee grabbed a shovel out of his work truck and hit the pit bull several times until it let go of its grip on the small dog. Unfortunately, the terrier died during the attack.

The employees were able to tie up one dog and follow the other until they located where the dog lived.

UCPD Animal Control Officers, assisted by Fremont PD Animal Control, took both dogs into custody and they are currently quarantined at the Tri-City Animal Shelter pending a “vicious dog hearing."

The case is under investigation to determine whether both animals have current vaccinations.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information in regard to this incident to please call the Union City Police Department. (510-471-1365). Reference UCPD case #110926009.

The Union City Police Department also has a tip line for callers that want to leave anonymous tips for the police department. (510-675-5207) (tips@unioncity.org).

A Patch reporter is headed to the scene and we will update this story later today.

http://unioncity.patch.com/articles/womans-dog-killed-in-atack-by-two-other-dogs

PIQUA OH - MIAMI COUNTY OHIO - THE OWNERS OF 2 PIT BULLS THAT VICIOUSLY ATTACKED SANDRA GETZENDINER OF PIQUA GO BEFORE THE JUDGE

COURTROOM VIDEO - 2 CHARGED IN PIQUA PIT BULL ATTACK: BRIAN M. WILSON, 30, AND MACKENZIE VANGEL, 29

Sept 27, 2011 - The owners of two pit bulls both entered not guilty pleas to charges stemming from a Sept. 11 incident in which the dogs attacked a Piqua woman.

Brian M. Wilson, 30, and Mackenzie Vangel, 29, of Piqua were charged Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court with two counts of harboring a dangerous or vicious dog and two counts of failure to obtain liability insurance.

Sandra Getzendiner, 58, of Piqua, suffered severe face and arm injuries when she was attacked by the dogs while riding her bike across the North Main Street bridge in Piqua. She has since been released from Miami Valley Hospital. Both dogs were destroyed by police the night of the incident.

Wilson and Vangel are free on their own recognizance. Their preliminary hearing will be held in October.

http://www.whiotv.com/news/29313942/detail.html

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2011/09/piqua-ohio-pit-bull-attacks-mauls-woman.html

HUNTSVILLE AL - 2006 - A MAN WAS ATTACKED IN THE FACE BY A PIT BULL AS HE WAS HELPING ITS OWNER PUT UP A FENCE - THE PIT HAD ATTACKED PREVIOUSLY!

August 28, 2006 ? - Mike Kilpatrick was lending a hand to the owner of a PIT BULL  as he was putting up a fence in Kilpatrick's neighborhood. The Pit Bull was chained to a tree in the yard.

"Everything was OK, she was wagging her tail. She was happy. But in a split second she turned vicious. The dog clamped down on my face and when it was on top of me I immediately started punching the dog.  It then clamped down on my hand before I was able to crawl away."





The dog ripped the left side of his face.  Doctors sewed 25 stitches from beneath his left eye, to below his lip.  Three weeks after the attack, the scars are still visible and the emotional damage is done.

         ***HE RELIVES THE ATTACK EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT.****

"Just running the events over it in my head. How I could have gotten away, what could have happened had the dog not been chained up.  I do feel the animal should probably be destroyed."

As of Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 weeks after the attack, the Pit Bull is still alive and well at her owner's house in Huntsville. There is no official investigation into this dog bite as required by law , and WAFF 48 News has also uncovered that Mike Kilpatrick is not the first creature that Ginger the Pit Bull has attacked.

http://www.waff.com/story/5443105/valley-man-mauled-by-pit-bull

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http://www.waff.com/story/5492742/before-pit-bull-attacked-man-she-attacked-another-dog



Before a pit bull attacked Mike Kilpatrick, she attacked another dog. Tim Kennedy is property manager for apartments down the street from where the Pit Bull Ginger and her owner live. Last year his tenants told him they were afraid of this Pit Bull, so he took action and told the owner to not walk through his apartments property because he doesn't live there. Kennedy says he was threatened by the owner and was told he was threatened.  The owner told him he would let his Pit Bull kill his dog.

A few weeks later he took his dog out and it was attacked by this Pit Bull Ginger. The Pit bit down on his dog's face and was holding it and just shaking his dog.  Two big chunks of flesh was bitten out and it took dozens of stitches and hundreds of dollars to get her back to normal.

He filed a complaint with Huntsville Animal Services. WAFF Investigators went down the street to the dog owner's house and had no luck in contacting him, but this time we found signs posted as a warning that said----"BEWARE OF DOG."

Both Kennedy and Mike Kilpatrick have one year from the time they filed a police report to take legal action against the dog owner if they want to.
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http://www.waff.com/story/5447076/delayed-investigation-after-man-attacked-by-pit-bull

http://www.waff.com/story/5513110/benefit-for-victim-of-pit-bull-attack

Saturday night people across the Valley got to take in some good music for a great cause.  Mike Kilpatrick was attacked by a Pit Bull on August 28th. He'll soon find out just how much reconstructive surgery he'll need.  He was also diagnosed with cancer recently. Crossroads Music Hall hosted a benefit concert and silent auction to raise money for his medical treatment.



HUNTSVILLE AL - 2006 - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED A MAN WALKING HIS DOG - NEIGHBORS SAY THE DOGS OFTEN RUN LOOSE AND HAVE ATTACKED OTHER DOGS

"THE OWNER HAS NO CONTROL WHEN THAT DOG TAKES OFF RUNNING INTO ANOTHER NEIGHBOR'S YARD."

Sunday, July 9, 2006 - Huntsville Police officers watched Sunday night as a Huntsville Animal Services employee rounded up a PIT BULL  that attacked a man as he was walking his dog down Bayless Drive. The man's wife drove him to Huntsville Hospital.

The pit bull, being taken away by a Huntsville Animal Services employee

A neighbor that lives across the street from the dog's owner says she knows of three dogs at the neighbor's house. She says the dogs aren't always on a leash.

"It's terrifying because those dogs are vicious and their owners are responsible for them and I think they should keep them locked up on a leash or either keep them locked up in the backyard where they can't hurt other people."  She says one of them attacked her dog.

They don't have any control when that dog takes off and runs into another neighbor's yard as he did to us and he pinned our dog, you know, he's done it twice," she said.   She's glad to see the problem is getting solved.

"I'm happy they came by and they actually got a hold of the dog and took him out of the area because if he's going to do that to one person, who's to say now that he's bitten somebody he's probably going to do it to others as well."

NewsChannel 19 knocked on the dog owner's front door to get his side of the story, but he didn't answer.

There is no word on the condition of the man attacked.

http://www.whnt.com/whnt-pitbullattackshuntsvillem-5130203,0,6781405.story
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(This Pit Bull attack may be the same one listed on one of my earlier posts of January 20, 2011,  Huntsville attack.... A man named Tom Johns - I will continue to look for more info on this.)




Monday, September 26, 2011

MIDDLEBURG FL - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED A COUPLE AND THEIR PETS WHILE RIDING BIKES - THEY APPEARED TO BE FIGHTING DOGS !!!

Sept 26, 2011 -  A Middleburg Fl  woman who's five months pregnant is recovering after an attack by two pit bulls that were trained fighting dogs.

Clay County Deputies said Kayla Treen and her boyfriend were riding their bikes past a neighbors house in Middleburg with their two dogs, when all of a sudden two unleashed pit bulls pounced on the couple and their pets.

The dogs bit Treen on her arms and legs, and severely injured her smaller dog, Blaze. The two teens called Treen's father for help who arrived with a handgun. Dale Treen shot the more aggressive pit bull in the head, killing it. Clay County deputies said wounds on the dogs prove the pit bulls appeared to have been trained to fight.

"I was just thinking thank God my dad showed up and I said ‘Shoot it, shoot it, please!’” Kayla Treen said. “It had my dog in it's mouth and it scared me to death.”

"I got up behind it, it tried to bite me, and thats when I shot it," Dale Treen said.

Middleburg residents said this isn't the first time the two pit bulls had been seen running free in the neighborhood. The other pit bull involved in the attack is in quarantine with Clay County Animal Control officers.

The States Attorney's office is still reviewing the incident.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/29310506/detail.html

SPRINGFIELD OH - PIT BULL ATTACKED 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL - SEVERE INJURIES TO HER ARMS

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL!!!!!THIS 2-YEAR-OLD BABY WAS ALLOWED TO WALK BETWEEN A MATURE MALE PIT BULL AND A FEMALE THAT WAS IN HEAT.  NEITHER PARENT HAS BEEN CHARGED SO FAR IN THIS CASE !!!!!

September 26, 2011 - Police shot and killed a pit bull Monday after it reportedly attacked a girl inside her home.

The 2-year-old girl walked between a 13-year-old male pit bull and a female dog, which was in heat, and the male became aggressive and attacked the child shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday on Hensel Avenue, said James Straley, director of the Clark County Humane Society.

The girl sustained “severe” injuries to her arms, Straley said. She was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center and then flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton. She was listed as a patient, but hospital personnel could not release her condition.

Two officers responded to the call and the pitbull reportedly got loose outside and charged one of the officers. The officer shot the dog in the torso and when it continued to charge, he fired again, killing the animal, said Springfield police Sgt. James Hall. Hall said the officer was following procedure.

“Usually the dog will take off running once you hit him,” Hall said. “For the dog to come at him again, that is something.”

The dog was owned by the girl’s parents, Stephanie Moore and Brian Fugate. Hall said neither have been charged in the case.

There are three other dogs in the home, but their breeds are unknown. Straley said the dogs are licensed but the Humane Society is still checking if the pitbull was properly vaccinated and insured as required by Ohio law.

“We will go back once these things calm down a bit. The parents were obviously distraught and worried about their child, so we weren’t going to press the issue (Monday),” Straley said. Straley said similar dog attacks can be avoided if pet owners spay and neuter their animals.

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/springfield-news/pitbull-killed-after-attacking-girl-1259889.html


Sunday, September 25, 2011

PIT BULLS - ROOSTERS - AND COYOTES ---MY SURREAL LIFE - I FLOAT IN A BAD DREAM !!!!!!!!

September 25, 2011 - 10:40 pm - I am going over all my recordings of Pit Bulls Barking as I sit in my den and listen to Pit Bulls bark right now at this time of night.  It's still the same.   My recordings  date back  to March 2010, after I finally decided I had no other choice but to record all this noise that went on day and night next door to us. I have 5 recorders, each with from 150 to 250 individual recordings....some that are 5, 6 , even 7 hours long where we kept getting woke up in the middle of the night and I would place the recorder in our bedroom window and it would stay there to record the Pit Bulls wake us up Howling at Sirens early in the morning after keeping us awake all night.  It is very interesting that hearing them 1 year later, there are sounds  on them that sound different now.

For instance, the one recording I am listening to now begins at 12:30 am on a Friday morning in April 2010.  I would not have recorded this if we hadn't been woke up by the loud Pit Barking an hour after we had gone to bed and it's a work night for Pop, too... .......SO,  THE RECORDING STARTS OUT WITH LOUD BARKING, SQUEALING AND CHAINS BEING JERKED AND LUNGING....THEN ROOSTERS CROWING....ABOUT 15 TIMES........THEN IT GETS QUIETER.....THEN LOUD BARKING AGAIN.....THEN THIS HIGH-PITCHED YIPPING AND HOWLING THAT , THE FIRST TIME I TRANSCRIBED THIS RECORDING ON PAPER, I WROTE DOWN --THIS MUST BE A SMALL DOG IN DISTRESS  MAKING THIS NOISE....AT 1:30 AM IN THE MORNING ???!!!!!....BUT.....

    ONE YEAR AND A HALF HAS PAST....AND NOW I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE COYOTE PROBLEM....AND I KNOW I SAW SOMETHING OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW AS BIG AS A WOLF....BUT I GUESS IT WAS A COYOTE......AND SO I WENT ON LINE AND I FOUND THIS GREAT WEB SITE THAT EVEN HAS COYOTE CALLS ...INDIVIDUAL  COYOTES...AND SEVERAL COYOTES  HOWLING OR YIPPING:

                   http://www.varmintal.net/attac.htm

AND GUESS WHAT  .....PEOPLE OF DECATUR. AL....AND DECATUR ANIMAL CONTROL....I  DO BELIEVE I HAVE  RECORDED COYOTES CALLING OUT AND COMMUNICATING  IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD....ITS QUITE AMAZING!!!!!!!.....NOW, AS I SIT AND LISTEN TO THIS ONE PARTICULAR RECORDING ON THIS NIGHT IN APRIL 2010....FROM 12:30 AM TO 7:30 AM, THE NEXT MORNING....I LISTEN TO PIT BULLS BARKING SO LOUD THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD SLEEP, I HEAR ROOSTERS CROWING  AT  DIFFERENT TIMES IN THIS RECORDING  AND THE PITS WOULD GET REAL QUIET WHEN THE ROOSTERS CROW....AND SUDDENLY THE THOUGHT RAN THROUGH MY HEAD.........DO COYOTES EAT CHICKENS???...THAT'S WHAT ANIMAL CONTROL IS USING TO CAPTURE THEM IN TRAPS - FRESH WHOLE ALREADY KILLED CHICKENS......WOULD COYOTES EAT ROOSTERS????? WHY WAS THAT LARGE MALE COYOTE IN BETWEEN OUR HOUSES THAT MORNING I SAW HIM WITH HIS NOSE PUSHED THROUGH THE SLATS OF THE GATE LOOKING IN ?????? I FIRST THOUGHT MAYBE THE MALE COYOTE WAS COMING AROUND BECAUSE THE FEMALE PITS WERE IN HEAT.....I DUNNO.......I BET THOSE DAMN ROOSTERS WOULD BE  PRETTY TASTY TO A HUNGRY COYOTE  AND THEY'RE EVEN CROWING AT NIGHT.....I HAVE MANY RECORDINGS WITH ROOSTERS CROWING....EVEN RECENTLY.......

I DUNNO...I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ANYMORE....I'M VERY INTELLIGENT...WITH LOTS OF COMMON SENSE......I CARE FOR ANIMALS...BUT THE SAFETY OF HUMANS COMES FIRST...ALWAYS......IF I HAD TOLD THE POWERS THAT BE IN DECATUR AL 2 YEARS AGO THAT I HEAR ROOSTERS CROWING AT NIGHT AND COYOTES ARE COMING AROUND OUR HOUSE, AND PIT BULLS ARE TERRIFYING MY ENTIRE FAMILY.........WHO WOULD HAVE CARED THEN......AND WHO CARES NOW..............??????

WHO IS GOING TO HELP US GET OUT OF THIS NIGHTMARE?????

Saturday, September 24, 2011

SPOKANE WA - PIT BULL JUMPS OUT CAR WINDOW TO ATTACK A 72-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND HER BELOVED FRIEND "CINNAMON" SHE WAS WALKING - THEN THE PIT JUMPS BACK IN THE CAR WITH 2 PEOPLE AND THEY MAKE THEIR ESCAPE - DRIVE-BY PIT ATTACK !!!!!

HERO- NEIGHBOR LINDA KING CAME WITH HER SHOVEL AND HIT THE PIT BULL !!!
(COMMENT: THIS IS WORSE THAN THE COYOTE PROBLEM !!!!!)

SEPT 24, 2011 - IN ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM SPOKANE - THIS IS BEING CALLED A DRIVE-BY-DOG ATTACK !!!  http://www.khq.com/story/15529537/bite-nrun-dog-owner-injured-in-drive-by-dog-attack


September 22, 2011 -  A 72-year-old Spokane woman says her neighbor is a hero after helping to save her life and the life of her friend's dog, Cinnamon.

Joan Scott said a black pit bull attacked her and Cinnamon, a Lab/Boxer mix as they were walking. It all happened near the corner of Madison and Queen in Northwest Spokane on Tuesday around noon.

"She's a sweetheart, she is very lovable," Scott said. "We used to go at least five days a week and take nice walks.  She has been walking Cinnamon for the last five years, but on Tuesday their peaceful walk took an unexpected turn.

"A car drove by and a black dog jumped out the window and first of all he grabbed my arm and hand and bit me," she said. "I just know my whole body aches and my hand is the worst of all."

But Cinnamon didn't want Joan to suffer. Joan said, "she (Cinnamon) growled at that dog and that's when that dog took after her."

The pit bull got a hold of Cinnamon's ear and didn't let go.

"I heard this dog yelping and I knew it was a painful yelp," neighbor Linda King said.

That is when Linda came to the rescue.

"I just got the shovel and started banging on his nose and head, I probably hit him 6-8 times before he let go," King said.

Linda says the pit bull finally let go, then retreated back to the car and the two people in the car sped away with the dog. This left Joan and her favorite companion traumatized.


"It's unbelievable in other words, that it all happened, it is sinking in," she said.

For now, Joan is just thankful her special neighbor was there to save the day.

"She's definitely my hero, she deserves a medal for that," Scott said.

Joan says she hopes the owner of the dog will take responsibility and pay for her medical bills from the attack.

Spokane's  Animal Control unit visited with Joan and is now in the early stages of its investigation. They have determined that the pit bull is potentially dangerous but as of now they have not tracked down the owner of the pit bull
 
http://www.kxly.com/news/29272320/detail.html

LAKELAND FL - 2006 - 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL ATTACKED BY 140 POUND AMERICAN BULLDOG - BACK OF SCALP RIPPED OFF AND EAR LEFT DANGLING - 500 STITCHES

FIVE-YEAR-OLD SASCIA LOPES  CAN'T REMEMBER BEING ATTACKED BY THE DOG OR THE 500 STITCHES.

A day after Christmas, Sascia Lopes enjoyed her princess-themed presents left under the tree. She's also thrilled to be wearing her favorite colors - pink and red. The 5-year-old Caldwell Elementary School kindergartner's mood is a big contrast to the aches and pain she felt a year and four months ago - an agony she can't remember.

To look at the bubbly girl, you wouldn't know that she had the back of her scalp ripped off, nor can you tell that her left ear was left dangling when a 140-pound bulldog attacked her. All that remains are faint scars now hidden by her shoulder-length hair.

For her mother, Gasael Lopes, she's glad that her daughter doesn't remember what happened to her.

"She's doing really good," Lopes said. "Everything has gone back to normal."

The members of the Auburndale family said she recovered quickly from her wounds from that dreadful day in September 2006.

On the day her daughter was mauled, Lopes had taken Sascia and her then 6-year-old son, Bligh, to visit her friend who lived in Lakeland who was having a yard sale. The bulldog, Chance, was also there, and Lopes had no reason to fear him because she had spent time around the dog whenever she visited this friend. During a split-second while Lopes used the bathroom, Lopes said she returned to find her daughter's head had been inside Chance's jaws.

Sascia needed 500 stitches to close the wound on the back of her head and doctors re-attached her ear.

Following the attack, she had to go to play therapy twice a week because the sound of a dog barking or the presence of a dog filled Sascia with fear, her mother said.

"She was real jumpy and skittish," Lopes said. "She was always wanting me to hold her. She's not like that now." That's probably because of the family's cocker spaniel, Hershey. Lopes said they got Hershey to help Sascia through her panic attacks.

Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control euthanized Chance.

Lopes said the support she received from family, friends and complete strangers had been unbelievable following her daughter's ordeal.

An anonymous donor left gifts for Sascia on her doorsteps and the Auburndale Fire Department stepped in to provide comfort to the family.

"I appreciate the things they did for us because it did benefit Sascia and helped us out during the hard times," she said

http://www.theledger.com/article/20071230/NEWS/712300480

GEORGETOWN DE - DAUGHTER'S PIT BULL ATTACKED HER 74-YEAR-OLD MOTHER - SHE IS CRITICALLY INJURED - AMPUTATED ARM ! AND LEG BONES BROKEN

UPDATE:  September 24, 2011 - GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A 74-year-old Delaware woman remains hospitalized after being mauled by her daughter's PIT BULL. Debbie Kline says she heard her mother, Patricia Murphy, scream Monday that the 6-year-old pit bull had bit her.

She tells the News-Journal  that it took her about 15 minutes to pull the dog off her mother. Kline says her mother underwent surgery on her face and her mangled arm and will require plastic surgery. Murphy was in critical condition Friday at Christiana Hospital, but Kline says it appears her mother will recover.

State Police say troopers had to shoot the dog, which is now being tested for rabies, and are continuing to investigate

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Delaware-woman-recovering-aftr-pit-bull-attack-2187132.php
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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A 74-year-old woman from the Georgetown area lost her left arm this week after she was attacked by a dog belonging to her relatives, family said.

The victim is Patricia Murphy, said her daughter, Debbie Kline.

Murphy also suffered injuries to her right arm and face after she was mauled Monday afternoon by a 6-year-old pit bull named Hunter, Kline said. Murphy lost her left arm around the elbow area, her family said.

Kline said she kept the dog in a separate room at their Georgetown-area home while her mother was visiting. Kline then released the dog when she thought her mother had left the house. Turns out, Murphy had returned to the house and was attacked.

Kline said she attempted to subdue the pit bull but was unable. A neighbor said he heard someone frantically scream "get the dog off me" several times and called 911.

As responding troopers arrived on the scene, they said the pit bull - which had not stopped its attack on the victim - became aggressive toward them, and had to be put down. Its body was turned over to the SPCA.

Neighbor Josh Embry said the dog was aggressive, especially towards other dogs. Kline said the dog had some history of aggression towards small animals but she did not recall the dog attacking any people.

First responders airlifted Murphy to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes and later to Christiana Hospital, police said.

Murphy is expected to survive but family members have not had the chance to speak with her because of the treatment, Kline said.

A blue blanket covers blood stains on the carpet throughout Kline's house. A sign that read "guard dog on duty" was posted on a side door.

The incident appears to be an honest mistake and charges will not likely be filed, Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said.

SEE THE VIDEO HERE:

http://www.wboc.com/story/15502911/woman-74-seriously-injured-in
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UPDATE: Sept 19, 2011- 5:30 PM

Ellendale, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a dog attack in which a 74 year old woman was seriously injured this afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m. today, Monday, as a 74 year old Ellendale woman went to visit her daughter at a residence located in the 20000 block of Saw Mill Road in Ellendale, DE. The daughter was the owner of a Pit Bull dog which she had put away prior to the victim entering the residence for the visit. After a period of time, the victim advised her daughter that she was leaving and in fact left the residence. However, the victim had left something behind and re-entered the home. The daughter, not knowing that the victim had come back into the house, released the dog from the room it had been in. The dog then attacked the victim causing serious injuries to her. The dog owner was unable to subdue the animal as this was occurring.

As responding Troopers arrived, the dog, which had not stopped its attack on the victim, became aggressive towards them, and had to be put down. Its body was turned over to the SPCA. The victim was transported by helicopter to the Beebe Medical Center where she was stabilized. She was then flown to the Christiana Hospital in Newark, where she was admitted. Her condition is unknown at this time. There were no other injuries.

This incident remains under investigation.

http://www.newarkpostonline.com/articles/2011/09/19/news/doc4e77dda6c9721847807383.txt

WATERTOWN NY - 2-YEAR-OLD INDIGO MULLIN IS RECUPERATING AFTER AN AMERICAN BULLDOG ATTACKED HIM BUT LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

 LITTLE INDIGO MULLIN IS TOO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM AND UNABLE TO COMPREHEND WHAT LAST MONTH'S VICIOUS DOG ATTACT MEANS TO HIM, POSSIBLY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. NERVE DAMAGE TO HIS FACE IS SO SEVERE THAT HE HAS LOST THE FUNCTIONALITY OF HIS CHEEK AND MOUTH LIKE A PERSON WHO HAS HAD A STROKE.


Indigo Mullin is shown before and after he was attacked Aug. 31 by a dog at the Watertown farmers market.

September 24, 2011 - The 2-year-old’s mother, Jennifer L. Duger, said her son doesn’t know “how to verbalize” the emotions he’s feeling and finds it difficult to communicate the physical pain from which he suffers since a dog attacked him Aug. 31, 2011,  at the Watertown farmers market. “He’s just a baby,” she said.

Indigo Mullin was mauled by a 2½-year-old American bulldog after his mother had asked its owner for permission to pet the dog. He suffered severe cuts to his face and needed 105 internal and external stitches.

 He was taken to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, where he underwent plastic and reconstructive surgery before he was released and is now recuperating at home.

It happened so fast, Ms. Duger said, that she could do nothing to help him.  With Indigo in a wearable child carrier, Ms. Duger and her mother stopped at the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Farm and Craft Market on Washington Street to pick up some vegetables. After talking to friends, Ms. Duger allowed Indigo to get down and play in a grassy area in front of the former Agricultural Insurance Co. building, 215 Washington St., where they noticed a young woman with a dog that other children were petting.

She got permission from the dog’s owner, Melissa Felix, 279 N. California Ave., to let Indigo pet the dog, Ms. Duger said. That day, the owner described the dog, named Breaker, as “a big teddy bear.” But the cautious mother decided to pet the dog first to make sure it was OK, and then allowed Indigo to do so, too.

She recalled seeing the dog turn around, suddenly grabbing her son by his face and shaking him to the ground, pinning the 29-pound toddler underneath. Panicking, she yelled. A passerby fortunately was there to pull the 121-pound dog off of the boy, she said. Friends immediately called 911 for help. About 100 farmers market patrons witnessed the attack.

“I just freaked out,” Ms. Duger said. “His face was just hanging.”

At Upstate, Indigo underwent about four hours of surgery in which surgeons worked to reattach his right cheek and repair multiple fractures to his nose and numerous punctures on the right side of his face. Fortunately, she said, neither of his eyes was damaged. He spent two nights in the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Last week, he went back to Syracuse for a checkup with his doctor, who told the family “the top punctures are healing well,” she said. Doctors should know more about his prognosis and how the wounds are healing when he goes to another appointment next week.

But Ms. Duger said the nerve damage to Indigo’s face is so severe that he has lost the functionality of his cheek and mouth, comparing it to a person who suffered a stroke.

“My son’s life has changed forever,” Ms. Duger said. “It cannot be undone.”

Since the attack, Indigo has trouble sleeping. He also has developed a fear of all dogs and “totally panics” when he’s near one, including the family’s 5-month-old American Eskimo, Pippa, his mother said. Because of that, she has given away Pippa — whom Indigo named because he could not pronounce the word “puppy” — to the boy’s grandparents, she said.

“They were so very close, and we joked it was his dog,” she said. “He loved Pippa.”

The ordeal has been tough on both of the boy’s parents, and especially on his two sisters, 8-year-old Fiona and 5-year-old Kiah. To prepare them, Ms. Duger showed photos from the hospital of Indigo with his injuries before he came home.
“They say they want him back the way he was,” she said.

Normally a private person, Ms. Duger said she has appreciated all the well-wishers — some of whom she does not know and many of whom have young children themselves — who have stopped her and told her that Indigo and the family are in their prayers.

“A lot of people have said it’s affected them,” she said. “The amount of support we’ve received has helped.”

Ms. Duger has filed a dangerous-dog complaint with the Jefferson County Dog Control office. The dog’s owner was ticketed previously for having an unlicensed dog and having a dog that caused an injury. A City Court judge could decide that the dog be euthanized. An administrative hearing is expected to take place Oct. 26.

Ms. Duger insisted the dog owner already should have made the decision on her own to put the dog down, especially since Ms. Felix has a 2-year-old daughter living with her.

“If it was my dog, I would do it in a second,” she said. “I would not risk it.”

On the advice of her lawyer, Ms. Felix has declined to comment about what should happen to the dog.

However, county Dog Control Officer Todd L. Cummings agreed with the boy’s mother — that the dog should be euthanized. He also said recently that his office has received dozens of calls from concerned residents who are divided on the issue. About half believe the dog should be put down, he said.

As for dogs attending the Watertown farmers market, Ms. Duger said she believes the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event on Wednesdays from June to October, should ban them.

“It was an accident waiting to happen,” she said, adding that dog owners should have more common sense than to bring dogs to an event packed with people and small children in strollers.

Meanwhile, chamber CEO Lynn M. Pietroski said recently that her organization has not made any changes in allowing dogs at the farmers market, waiting to see whether the City Council will do that.

Earlier this month, Councilwoman Roxanne M. Burns suggested that something be done to prevent future dog attacks at the market and other public events, first contending that dogs should not be allowed to attend any public event and then recently saying they should, at least, be wearing muzzles.

She hopes to talk soon to chamber officials about the issue, she said last week

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110924/NEWS03/709249867

THOMASVILLE NC - 9-MONTH-OLD PIT BULL PUPPY ATTACKED A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY AS HE WAITED FOR HIS SCHOOL BUS - HERO - BUS DRIVER VIRGINIA TYSINGER

"THE DOG LITERALLY PICKED  OUT ONE CHILD AND WENT AFTER THAT ONE CHILD"

UPDATE: Sept 24, 2011 -  A video has been release along with the Mother's Call to 911 giving much more info on the Pit Bull attack of a 7- year old boy:

Davidson County investigators said the 9-month-old dog weighing 45 pounds broke free from a chain and went after Bean. "The dog litterally picked out one child and went after that one child," said Sherry Baker, a family friend.

Baker said another student and the bus driver, Virgina Tysinger, got off the bus and helped pull the dog off Bean. Tysinger also kicked the dog away from the bus, Bell said.

"She saved that little boy. If she hadn't reached down and grabbed a hold of him, he would have never made it," Baker said.

Tysinger declined a request to comment.  A neighbor shot and killed the dog before law enforcement officials arrived, deputies said.  "They chased it with a shovel and tried to get it away, and the neighbor just went ahead and put it down," Baker said.

The dog was taken for rabies tests, which should be available Monday, deputies said.

No charges will be filed against the dog's owner, who was not identified, because no laws were broken, deputies said. No nuisance or vicious dog orders had been issued against the dog's owner, deputies said.

The bus serves Silver Valley Elementary School.

http://www.myFox8.com/news/wghp-story-thomasville-dog-attacks-boy-school-bus-110923,0,7866721.story
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Friday - September 23, 2011 - A 9-month-old pit bull puppy attacked a 7-year-old Silver Valley Elementary School student as he waited for his bus on Big Jon Road Friday morning, Thomasville police said.

Police said the dog escaped from its chain and attacked the boy at about 7:10 a.m., biting the boy on his arm and leg.

The bus driver and another 10-year-old student helped the boy escape from the dog to the safety of the bus, police said.

The boy's mother then drove her son to Thomasville Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

Police said a neighbor shot and killed the dog before deputies arrived at the scene.

The 45-pound dog's remains are being tested to see if the animal had rabies, police said.

Police said there have been no nuisance or vicious dog orders filed against the dog's owner

http://www.wxii12.com/r/29281230/detail.html

AVONDALE OH - NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL GRABBING HER BY THE NECK- HERO- A TOTAL STRANGER - WILLIAM CRUTCHER CAME TO SAVE HER

"OUR DOG HAS NEVER BITTEN ANYONE BEFORE, MY CHILDREN PLAYED WITH THE DOG SO I NEVER IMAGINED IT WOULD GO OUT AND ATTACK A CHILD."

Saturday - September 24, 2011 -  A Tri-State mother is thankful that the quick action of a man saved the life of her daughter from a neighbor's pit bull.

William Crutcher said he was on his way home from work Tuesday afternoon when he saw the dog attacking a 12-year-old girl in Avondale.

"(The dog) was just, like, bearing its teeth and growling and being really intense, so when it grabbed her neck, I'm like, 'This is for real and I need to step in,'" Crutcher said.

Crutcher said he was also attacked after he kicked the dog in the face and got the animal off the girl.

"Everyone told me how he wrestled that dog off her, so I really appreciate that," the victim's mother, Danielle Dawson, said. "That's a nice thing to do, to risk your life like that for somebody else, for a stranger."

Dawson said her daughter, Asia Dawson, is doing OK, despite having nine puncture wounds, including injuries to her face and feet.

The dog's owner, Tenesha Love, said she is sorry that the dog got out of the house.

"I wish this would never have happened. It would be the same if it happened to one of my children. The dog has never bitten anybody before. (My children) played with the dog before, so we never thought that it would actually go out and attack her," Love said.

http://www.wlwt.com/r/29286047/detail.html

Friday, September 23, 2011

MESQUITE NV - 3 PIT BULLS ATTACK BILL LILIENTHAL AND HIS BELOVED PET "OTTO" - HEROS - GRACIE TOVAL AND OTHERS RAN TO HELP HIM !!!!

Bill Lilienthal comforts his dog, Otto. They were attacked by three pit bulls while out walking Tuesday.
UPDATE: SEPT 23, 2011 -  A MESSAGE FROM BULL LILIENTHAL

                   THANK YOU ALL!

Tuesday Morning September 22nd my little dog Otto and I were taking a leisurely morning walk when we were attacked by three pit bull dogs. It was an extremely terrifying event. I don’t have any idea how long I was under attack. Probably just a few minutes but it seemed like days. Fortunately Otto and I were not alone. Because of the trauma of the attack I cannot remember those who came forward to help.

After the dogs were driven off, I thought Otto was dead. He wasn’t moving and his eyes were bulging out. Some good Samaritan set a large pan of water next to me and handed me a towel. I began to wash Otto with the wet towel. In a short time he was revived. Another good Samaritan began washing my wounds with hydrogen peroxide. I don’t remember their faces I just remember their kindness. A police officer arrived and he directed others as they arrived. I spoke briefly with Joe Macias, Mesquite’s Animal Control Officer. He transported Otto to the Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital. The ambulance and the Emergency Medical team was there. Chief Tanner was there offering his help.

Last but certainly not the least, I want to give my heartfelt thanks to

                            GRACIE  TOVAL

When she heard my call for help, she came running up the sidewalk without regard for her own safety, throwing rocks and yelling at the dogs. I don’t remember if she handed me a rock or I picked up one she had thrown. After I got the rock in my hand I was able to drive the dogs off.

To all you wonderful folks that helped me I give you my heartfelt thanks. To Gracie I can never give enough thanks. Without her, this event could have been much worse.

I have received in excess of 100 phone calls, e-mails and cards with get well wishes and prayers for Otto and myself.

To all:

My grateful appreciation and Thank You.

Bill Lilienthal

Mesquite

http://www.mesquitelocalnews.com/viewnews.php?newsid=8417&id=2
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September 21, 2011 - An elderly man walking his dog early Tuesday morning was attacked by three pit bull dogs in the 700 block of Chaparral Drive.

When Mesquite Police officers arrived on scene they found the victim, Bill Lilienthal, bleeding from his wounds. He had multiple puncture wounds on his hands, arms, the left side of his face, and was covered in blood. Lilienthal told police he was walking his small Lhasa Apso dog when the pit bulls ran up from behind him.

Lilienthal said he tried to put his dog on a nearby wall, but he was knocked to the ground. The pit bulls started biting him and his dog when he started calling for help. A neighbor who heard Lilienthal’s call for help came out of her house and threw two rocks at the largest dog, hitting it. The two others ran off.

But according to the neighbor, the dog turned on her. She said she froze and the dog eventually ran after the others.

Lilienthal was treated on-scene by Mesquite Fire and Rescue then later drove himself to Mesa View Hospital where he received stitches to his face and hands. Mesquite Animal Control Officer’s arrived on scene and secured two of the animals, but the third ran into traffic on Interstate 15 and was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The remaining pit bulls are currently quarantined at the animal shelter pending an inquiry to verify they are current on their shots.

The owner was issued a citation for three counts of “Dog at Large” by Mesquite NV Police. After the dogs were quarantined animal control officers declared them as “Dangerous Dogs” and the owner will have to obtain a permit from the city, per City Code 10-4-7 (Dangerous Animals; Ownership Permitted in Limited Circumstances).

http://www.mesquitelocalnews.com/viewnews.php?newsid=8404&id=2

MESQUITE NV -MESQUITE LOCAL NEWS- OPINION - BY KENT HARPER - A MORNING STROLL SHOULDN'T BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

September 22, 2011 - By Kent Harper - Tuesday morning was beautiful in Mesquite -- the kind of morning when it’s enjoyable to take a stroll together and bring your pet along.  So Bill and Nila Lilienthal put a leash on Otto, their 11-year-old Lhasa Apso, and took a walk down Chaparral Drive..
The morning wasn’t going to remain beautiful for long.

Just before 7 a.m., three pit bulls broke out of their fenced yard and were running at large. They may have been loving, loyal pets at home, but now they were a pack. And packs do one thing. They hunt.

As Bill reached the turn into Palomino Circle, the trio of dogs spotted Otto. Fortunately, Nila had lagged back and wasn’t with her husband when the vicious attack came.

The pack fell on the smaller dog. Lilienthal tried to pull his pet out of reach of the attackers onto an adjacent retaining wall. The dogs turned their fangs on him, savagely mauling his arms, hands and face.

A neighbor sitting on her patio in Palomino Circle heard Lilienthal’s cries for help and the howling of the pack. When she rushed to the street she saw the elderly man on the ground trying to shield his pet from the attackers. Two of the pit bulls were startled by her arrival and fled. But the third, a large cream-colored beast continued to bit the man trying to get at Otto.

The woman tossed a large rock to Lilienthal that he used to bash the dog and she struck the dog twice with two accurate rock throws of her own. That’s when the dog turned his attention to her and stalked toward her. She froze, fearing she would be the animal’s next victim. But the pack was gone. The dog realized it no longer had the advantage of numbers, and it too fled the bloody scene as more neighbors ran to help Lilienthal.

Then the police arrived.  Animal control officers captured two of the pit bulls, but the third ran onto Interstate 15 and was struck and killed by a vehicle. The other two are in quarantine awaiting verification of their rabies inoculations. They’ve been declared “dangerous dogs,” and the owner, who received three citations for dogs at large, will need to obtain a special permit to keep them.

Lilienthal probably doesn’t feel like a lucky man today. He has stitches on his hands and face. And he’s waiting to find out if his attackers were properly protected from carrying rabies.  But he’s lucky to be alive.

According to the website DogsBite.org, between 2006 and 2008 pit bull-type dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59 percent of all fatal attacks. Pit bulls aren’t the only dangerous dogs, of course. Add rottweilers to the statistics during that period and the two breeds account for 73 percent of the deaths.

A report by Animal People compiled data on the 368 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada from 1982 to 2010 indicated that pit bulls and rottweilers were involved in 65 percent of all fatal human attacks – 166 were pit bulls, 73 were rottweilers.

DogsBite.org did its own research and concluded from 2005 to present, the two breeds accounted from 71 percent of fatal attacks.  Although rottweilers are included in the statistics, pit bull attacks are double that breed’s.

That’s why 40 states have either banned the breed or have communities that have banned ownership of the animals.

Pit bulls get their name from the ancient sport of bull baiting. All bulldogs were bred to have compact, strong physiques with tremendous jaw strength, to harry and attack bulls, clamping their jaws on the animals and not letting go.

The sport likely goes back further, but by 1500 it had become Britain’s national pastime. The name bulldog first appeared in the printed word in 1631.

Selectively breeding continued for hundreds of years, giving us our various bulldog breeds today, including the pit bull. But the British public became more squeamish in 1835 and demanded bull baiting be banned.

But the breeders couldn’t very well let their art go to waste, so they developed a new blood sport – rat baiting. The dog would be unleashed into a pit full of rats. Winners were selected on which animal killed the most rodents in the allotted time. These pit fights, eventually led to development of the pit bull.

But the outcome of rat baiting was predetermined and didn’t catch the fancy of the gaming crowd enough. So dog fighting became the rage.

The pastime was imported to the United States by settlers.

The American Kennel Club back in 1884 refused to list pit bulls as a breed because of their use in dog-fighting. Breeders would – and still do – find small defenseless dogs to put in the ring with the rookie fighters to teach the to kill – to “blood” them.

The United Kennel Club was established in 1898 to bring formal recognition to the much-maligned breed. Of course the new kennel club also drew up the rules and regulations for organized dog-fighting.

Not all pit bulls are owned by “dogmen,” those who breed and manage their canine gladiators, of course. But the breed wears the stigma, nonetheless.

What makes a pit bull such a favorite among the dogmen and so dangerous to the public is the breed’s “gameness” – it’s ability and willingness to finish a fight; to continue to clamp its jaws, and clamp and reclamp them as it moves to a killing hold, no matter how injured it is, even with broken legs or spine.

Lilienthal learned full well how much punishment a pit bull will take and still continue the attack.

But dogmen live to hear the referee call, “Face your dogs” – the dog fight is ready to begin. Then with “Let go” up to an hour of canine carnage or longer entertains the dogmen, who bet heavily on the outcome. The fight doesn’t end until one of the dogs is incapable of continuing.

In July 2009, authorities in eight states launched a dog-fighting sting and seized more than 450 animals.

But it’s a shame what has happened to the breed.

A century and a half ago it was safe to call pit bulls “The Dog that Won the West.” Although other breeds were favored as working dogs, the pit bull’s loyalty and tenacity made it a favorite with families. Your children were safe from most dangers with the family pit bull around.

But that was then and this is now.

Pit bulls have been known to attack family members. Another dangerous attribute of the breed is that it frequently attacks without showing any aggressive behavior ahead of time.

People who own pit bulls love their pets. And you can’t blame them for that.

Attempts have been made by dog owners to improve the breed’s reputation by changing its name.

The New York Center for Animal Care and Control tried to rename them “New Yorkies” in 2004. It didn’t fool anyone and the new name was dropped. In 1996 the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals called pit bulls it wanted to adopt out “St. Francis terriers.” It found homes for 60 pit bulls it had screened for temperament. The program was scrapped, however, after several of the mellow animals killed cats.

A pit bull is a bred killer no matter what you call it. And that doesn’t mean that every individual dog is about to attack.

But there have been so many cases of pit bull attacks and many of them fatal, it’s a wonder that every community doesn’t ban the breed from populated areas.

The dog is too resourceful, too strong, too determined and too dangerous to live around high-density populations.

Lilienthal is lucky indeed to have survived. But what if the victim had been a child or a disabled person or someone much older than Lilienthal.

The Mesquite City Council really should research the issue. Read the available statistics and literature. Talk to the available experts. Then make a decision about public safety and how to secure it.

Ignoring the pit bull problem longer is making a bet that no one will be killed or mauled by the animals living in the community. And when it comes to betting, the pit bull has all the odds going for it

http://www.mesquitelocalnews.com/viewnews.php?newsid=8409&id=161

http://www.dogsbite.org/index.php

http://blog.dogsbite.org/

BAKERSFIELD CA - 2 PIT BULLS AND A LAB MIX ATTACKED KERI WOLF AS SHE WAS WALKING WITH HER BABY IN A CLOTH CARRIER AGAINST HER CHEST - NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WISH THEY HAD TAKEN STRONGER ACTION ABOUT THE DOGS RUNNING LOOSE !!!

"THOUSANDS OF DOG BITES HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED BY ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES IN BAKERSFIELD AND KERN COUNTY SINCE 2007. THAT DOESN'T COUNT ATTACKS ON OTHER PETS.  THE WORSE OFFENDERS BY FAR ARE PIT BULLS."


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On Sept. 9, Keri Wolf  was walking through their neighborhood, holding her 3-month-old baby against her chest in a cloth carrier, when she saw two pit bulls and a Labrador retriever-mix running  at her and her daughter.  "In just a split-second I realized they were not friendly dogs," Keri said.

"One got me on the front of my leg, the other two circled around to attack me from behind."

The dogs in back tore through her shorts, their teeth puncturing the skin of her upper thigh and buttocks.

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She was screaming, kicking at the dogs, knowing that if she fell, Reawynn could easily be killed by the rampaging dogs.

Debi Sargent was standing outside her home in the 9700 block of Riata Lane when she saw the dogs go after the 30-year-old mom.  "She was holding the baby up, trying to protect her," Sargent recalled. "I don't want to think about what would have happened if they had knocked her down. "Sargent yelled, "Hey!" as loud as she could, but the dogs ignored her. Two young men came out of a nearby home to help.

Another yell from Sargent seemed to get the dogs' attention. They broke off the attack and ran.

Sargent called 911, and assisted the injured woman. A Bakersfield police officer and Hall Ambulance arrived.  One of the dogs charged a police officer as he approached the home of its owner. The officer had to defend himself with his baton, according to police.

Keri was taken to a hospital emergency room where she was treated for her bite wounds. She is now back to work as an associate professor of English at Bakersfield College, a job she says she loves. But memories of the attack may never go away. .

According to Bakersfield Police, two of the dogs -- a 2-year-old white and tan female pit and a 5-month-old black and white male lab mix - are owned by Douglas Lilly. The third dog, a black pit bull, was believed to be a stray, but had been seen in the neighborhood for some time.

 Lilly said his two dogs had never attacked anyone before the attack on Keri Wolf. He did say it is true the dogs were often out of the yard. He also was aware that one of the dogs went after a police officer, and said the officer was pretty shaken up. "We gave up the dogs to Animal Control because of the attack," Lilly said. "We have kids, too, and we're not going to keep a dog around that bites."

Residents in the northeast Bakersfield neighborhood said Lilly's dogs have been running loose for years.
Riley Cannon, who lives just two doors from Lilly, said the dogs were routinely out in front of the house.

And Lilly had to know it. "They would leave the house and leave the dogs outside," Cannon said. "Their dogs would even chase their car as they drove down the street."

Cannon was annoyed, even concerned, he said, but he didn't want to get into a dispute with a neighbor. But when Penny, the white and tan pit bull had puppies, she became more aggressive toward him and others in the area.  "After that, I couldn't even let the kids play outside," Cannon said. It got so bad, he finally broke down and called Bakersfield Animal Control, probably in June, he said. But nothing came of it.

Now that someone in the quiet neighborhood has been attacked, Cannon said, he wishes he had taken stronger action. "I should have handled it," he said.

According to police, Animal Control has responded to four or five calls since 2010 related to the Lilly property. But each time, the dogs had been secured in the back yard by the time an officer arrived.

This time, the dogs can't be saved. Lilly voluntarily relinquished control of his dogs to Animal Control. All three underwent a 10-day quarantine and will likely be euthanized, police said.

Thousands of dog bites have been documented by animal control services in Bakersfield and Kern County since 2007. That doesn't count attacks on other pets. The worst offenders by far have been pit bulls.

Kevin and Keri Wolf say they are considering civil action. But they are also thankful for the many neighbors who have assisted them following the attack.

"I hate being in this position," Keri said. "We like it here and the people we have met have been so wonderful.

"But I don't want this to happen to someone else."

http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x706716826/Woman-carrying-baby-survives-dog-attack

WINDHAM ME - GRANDFATHER'S PIT BULL BITES 1 1/2-YEAR-OLD BOY IN FACE- BROKEN NOSE - 64 STITCHES - "PIT WAS SOCIALIZED AND NEVER PUT ON A CHAIN"- FATHER SAYS HIS SON IS PROOF THAT PIT BULLS ARE DANGEROUS !!!!!

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UPDATE: September 23, 2011 - Finally an article telling how this happened-the dog had never done anything like this before and the family is shocked  !!!!!REALLY !!!!!!!!!!

By John Balentine jbalentine@keepmcurrent.com

WINDHAM – An 18-month-old boy from Windham is recovering from surgery this week following a dog attack at his grandfather’s home in North Windham Monday afternoon.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. at 549 Roosevelt Trail. According to Molly Flynn, fiancé of the child’s grandfather, the dog, 2½ -year-old Kappa, had never showed aggressive behavior prior to Monday’s attack. Flynn said the dog was part pit bull, but really a “mutt.”

According to Flynn, the attack took place as Vanessa Irish, who is the child’s mother and a resident of Maplewood Drive in Windham, was coming to Flynn’s home for a visit just before 1 p.m. Monday.

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Irish, 23, was carrying her son, Devin, along a walkway to the home’s front porch when the dog, which was tied to a run line, ran around from the back yard and jumped up on her.

“Kappa jumped up on Vanessa and she said, ‘No, get down.’ But he didn’t jump on her aggressively. He was just jumping on her to greet her,” said Flynn, who was inside the home attending to her own 6-month-old baby when the attack happened. “She said, ‘No, no, get down,’ because she had the baby in her arm. And then she said the next thing she knew Kappa had him and then she screamed for me and that’s when I came out.”

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Flynn then corralled the dog, which was still on its run, and took him into the basement. She then called 911 and brought out some towels for Devin, who was still on the porch with his mother and his brother, Anthony, who witnessed the events from under a tree beyond the reach of the dog’s run.


“It was terrible, and we just waited for the ambulance, which seemed to take forever,” Flynn said. “Devin was crying the whole time, which (emergency responders) said was good so he would remain conscious.”

Devin was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he underwent reconstructive surgery to his face due to deep cuts and punctures from the dog bite.

The dog, named Kappa, since he was the color of cappuccino, was brought that afternoon to Lake Region Animal Hospital, located almost across the street, where he was euthanized. The dog’s head was removed for transport to a state lab so the brain could be tested for rabies in Augusta, added Lt. David DeGruchy of the Windham Police Department.

It was a difficult decision to euthanize the dog, which had never posed a problem previously, Flynn said. The dog would often lie next to Flynn’s 6-month old while the child played. The whole horrific experience has disturbed the family.

“I was more than surprised. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know what happened. He never did that before and I have no idea what provoked him,” Flynn said. “But Jerry (the boy’s grandfather) and I both decided to put the dog down. It was very difficult, especially for (Jerry), but you know, (Vanessa) does come over quite a bit with the kids and plus we have a 6-month-old baby, so I mean if (Kappa) did it once, I was scared to think he would do it again. So we just didn’t feel comfortable with him around kids.”

The grandfather then spent Monday evening building a memorial for the dog in the back yard, decorating it with five large stones that read “Kappa.” According to Flynn, the family has no plans to get another dog anytime soon.

In the wake of the attack, Adam Irish, the boy’s father who recently moved to Windham from Vermont, issued warnings to other pit bull owners to keep their dogs away from children. Irish was not available for an interview with the Lakes Region Weekly. Breed experts have since weighed in on the issue, saying socialized pit bulls accustomed to being around children are less of a danger than pit bulls bred for home defense.

When asked about Kappa’s personality, Flynn said the dog was energetic yet socialized.

“We never had him chained up, caged up. And when people would come up to the house he would bark so we would hear when someone was coming over, but still, he would be fine with it,” Flynn said. “He wasn’t aggressive toward anyone and never did anything.”
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UPDATE:  September 21, 2011 -  PEOPLE, LISTEN TO WHAT THIS FATHER SAYS IN THIS VIDEO....HE BLAMES BOTH THE OWNER, THE GRANDFATHER  AND THE DOG!!!!!!!!!!!

After a family pet attacked a child in Windham many questioned is it the breed of dog or the owner responsible for the mauling.

A pit bull bit the face of a child, leaving him with 64 stitches, a broken nose and severe pain.

Devin Irish's father Henry blames both the owner and the dog, Kappa, a pit bull owned by Devin's grandfather.

Irish says his son is proof the dog's are dangerous.

http://www.wgme.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wgme_vid_9345.shtml
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(COMMENT:  THIS STORY DOESN'T TELL HOW THE ATTACK HAPPENED! IT JUMPS RIGHT IN TO "WHAT THE DOG EXPERTS SAY ABOUT PIT BULLS NOT BEING 'NATURALLY AGGRESSIVE' "  BUT DOESN'T TELL THE READER WHAT HAPPENED ?????!!!!! THE CHILD HAD HIS FACE BITTEN ENOUGH TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL....WHAT HAPPENED ?????)
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He was severely attacked by a pit bull yesterday in Windham and today he's out of the hospital recovering from that attack. One and a half year old Devin Irish suffered serious injuries in the attack. His father says the injuries were caused by a dog who wasn't properly raised and a breed of dog that is known for aggression. Some dog experts we spoke to today say pit bulls are not naturally aggressive. They also say bad rearing is usually to blame. As far as Devin goes, he has a long road to recovery but he isn't expected to have any long term impacts.

Tuesday, September 20 2011, 05:26 PM EDT

http://www.wgme.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wgme_vid_9340.shtml
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(COMMENT:  THIS STORY DOES NOT TELL HOW THE ATTACK HAPPENED EITHER.  WHOSE DOG WAS IT ??????)

September 20, 2011 - A pit bull that bit a 2-year-old child in the face was later put down on Monday, Sept. 19. An ambulance took the child to a Portland hospital, said Sgt. Bill Andrew of the Windham Police Department. No information was available on the child's condition.

The incident was reported at 1 p.m. at a 549 Roosevelt Trail home in Windham, Andrew said. The dog belonged to the family that lived there. It was later taken to a local veterinarian, where it was euthanized, Andrew said.

The dog's body will be tested for rabies because the owner could not provide rabies paperwork, he said

Police had not received had calls or complaints about the dog.

http://www.wmtw.com/news/29235694/detail.html

MILLER OH -PIT BULL MIX ATTACKED A lAWRENCE COUNTY OHIO PROTECTIVE SERVICES WORKER INJURING HIS ARM AND FACE

Friday - September 23, 2011 -  A worker from Lawrence County Child Protective Services was injured on the job when a dog attacked him Thursday afternoon.

Ron James was checking on the welfare of children in a household in Miller when the animal, a pit bull mix, attacked him around 2 p.m., Sheriff Jeff Lawless said.

James, who sustained injuries to his arm and face, sought medical attention at a hospital but was not taken by ambulance, Lawless said.

The dog warden was called and the dog will likely be quarantined while officials determine if the animal has had vaccinations, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said there is a possibility that the owners will face criminal charges, either for the well-being of the children or for the dog attack.

http://www.irontontribune.com/2011/09/23/pit-bull-attacks-cps-worker/

VANCLEAVE MS - 3 PIT BULLS CHASE CARPENTERS INTO A HOME WHERE THEY WERE WORKING - DEPUTIES SHOOT WHEN THE PITS START COMING AT THEM !!!

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says a deputy shot and killed one pit bull and injured another after they along with a third pit bull attacked the deputy responding to a report of dogs running loose near a Vancleave home.

Byrd tells The Sun Herald deputies received a report from carpenters who said the dogs chased them into the home where they were working shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.

When Sheriff Deputy Johnny Sigalis arrived at the scene, Byrd said the 3 PIT BULLS started coming after him.

Deputies have determined that the three dogs had an owner, though the sheriff said deputies had been unable to reach the owner late Thursday afternoon. The sheriff said the owner was expected to be cited for violating leash laws.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110923/NEWS/110923006/Deputy-kills-pit-bull-injures-another-aftr-attack

CHELSEA MA - 2-YEAR OLD GIRL ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL WHILE SITTING ON THE FRONT PORCH WAITING FOR A CAB WITH HER MOTHER







PEOPLE WATCH THIS VIDEO ---THIS MONSTER HAD THIS CHILD BY THE STOMACH - LOOK HOW FAR HE DRAGGED HER !!!!!

UPDATE:  September 21, 2011 -  A little girl was recovering Wednesday after an alarming attack by a pit bull.  The two-year-old was out with her mother when the dog lunged at her. Wednesday, police said they were getting closer to tracking down the owner of the dog. At the same time, police released a mother’s dramatic calls for help as her little girl was being dragged by the dog.

The girl’s mother returned from the hospital Tuesday night with her daughter who suffered four puncture wounds to her stomach. She says the attack was horrifying to see.

“He had her in his mouth,” she said. “Yes, he did. Dragging her on the ground.”

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/boston/12005431984099/police-search-for-owner-of-dog-that-attacked-girl/
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September 20, 2011 - A 2 1/2-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull this afternoon on a Chelsea street, police said.

The victim, Kaylee Reyes,  was sitting with her mother, waiting for a taxi on a porch in front of 51 Grove St. around 2:15 p.m., said Captain Keith Houghton, a Chelsea police spokesman.

“A group of teens or young adults was walking by and one of them had a pit bull, and they were fooling around with it. It got away from them and attacked the child,” Houghton said.

COMMENT:  THE BREED STEWARDSHIP OF THE PIT BULL COMMUNITY IS AN ABOMINATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The girl’s mother jumped between her daughter and the dog and fought it off, Houghton said.

The victim, whose name was not released, sustained puncture wounds to her stomach. She was treated at Massachusetts General Hospital, but her wounds were not considered life-threatening, Houghton said. The mother was not injured.

The young people with the dog ran away before police arrived. Someone grabbed the dog and tied it to a fence, Houghton.

The dog had no tags. Under state law, it will be quarantined for 10 days at an animal hospital in Saugus.

“We want to make sure the dog is healthy and is not carrying diseases that the family has to worry about,” Houghton said.

The owner of the dog faces several charges including leash law violations, failure to register a dog, and other possible charges related to the attack, Houghton said.

“I’m sure we’ll find the kids that were involved,” Houghton said.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/29247316/detail.html

http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2011/09/pit-bull-attacks-year-old-girl-chelsea/cHKazIGYiz02VrLrn9zCzH/index.html

CHELSEA MA - CHELSEA RECORD NEWSPAPER - "AFTER A PIT BULL ATTACK LIKE THE ONE ON THE 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL THIS WEEK, DOG RIGHTS EXPERTS RUSH TO THE DEFENCE SAYING - "THEY AREN'T DANGEROUS - THEY ARE A LOVING BREED OF DOG" - PIT BULLS ARE A MENACE ESPECIALLY THE WAY THEY ARE RAISED IN CHELSEA"

September 22, 2011 - RECORD STAFF - The attack Tuesday of a young resident – a two-year old – by a pit bull that got away and which sent the Chelsea girl to the hospital reminds us all of the dangers of these dogs, who are trained as fighters and who remain capable of being vicious despite efforts at domesticating them.

The girl who was bitten was sitting with her mother on a front porch on Grove Street minding their own business. The dog got away from a group of teenagers walking the dog and it immediately attacked the child.

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/boston/12005431984099/Police-search-for-owner-of-dog-that-attacked-girl/

Dog lovers and dog rights experts rush to the defense of pit bulls each time there is an attack and the following spate of media articles decrying the danger of pit bulls

“They aren’t dangerous,” they say. “They are a wonderful and loving breed of dog.”

Then they tell us that pit bulls used to be a very popular and gentle breed nationwide before the turn of the last century and that there was never any problem with them.

        THAT WAS THEN. THIS IS NOW

Pit bulls are a menace, especially the way they tend to be raised in places like Chelsea.

They are most often used in our city as security shields by macho owners who take pleasure in threatening others.

When pit bulls get away from their macho owners, there is the likelihood they will attack the innocent and the very young, as they often tend to do.

Just such a case this week in our city makes all of this apparent and very real.

We must ask ourselves and our public safety people must do the same – what purpose do pit bulls having been trained in a aggressive manner serve?

These animals that attack randomly should be put down lest they should harm others.

http://www.chelsearecord.com/2011/09/22/pit-bull-attack-reminder-of-danger/

Thursday, September 22, 2011

WHITTON NEW SOUTH WALES AU -THE FATHER OF RUBY-LEA - THE TODDLER MAULED TO DEATH BY NEIGHBOR'S DOGS PLANS TO LAUNCH CIVIL ACTION - HE DOES NOT WANT HIS DAUGHTER'S DEATH TO BE IN VAIN - HE WANTS TOUGHER LAWS

IT IS TIME TO TALK ABOUT ANIMAL ACCOUNTABILITY. CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY ARE VULNERABLE TO THE TYPES OF ATTACKS WHICH RUBY-LEA  WAS OCCASIONED.

September 23, 2011 -  The father of a southern New South Wales toddler, who was mauled to death by a neighbour's dogs, plans to launch civil action for damages.

Ruby-Lea Burke, 3, was killed by four dogs, some weighing up to 60 kilograms, at Lorraine O'Donnell's home in Whitton in January 2009.

Ms O'Donnell and the toddler's younger sister were seriously injured in the attack.

Solicitor Mark Howard represents Ruby-Lea's father, Dawyane Burke, and says his client does not want his daughter's death to be in vain.

"There are civil actions pending to the matter," he said.

"But as Mr Burke has indicated, this is about the loss of a little girl who he loved very much.

"He wants to see that there be changes in the law so there is more accountability in the community for owning dogs and particularly where those dogs cause death and or injury to children or human beings generally."

A coroner this week recommended a State Government taskforce investigate the criminal penalties for the owners of pets involved in serious attacks.

Mr Howard says a campaign for tougher laws on fatal dog attacks is just starting.
He has welcomed the coroner's recommendation.

"Well it's a good starting point," he said.

"I mean obviously it's enough if there are changes in the law that bring about proper penalty for those who do conduct themselves negligently and as a result of that human beings are either killed or injured.

"If that particular panel take on the matters that were addressed with the coroner, then that would be a good beginning in the process."

Riverina residents, injured in dog attacks, are being urged to join the campaign to make pet owners more accountable.

Mr Howard says it is time to talk about animal accountability.

"Absolutely, this is important," he said.

"Children, particularly, are vulnerable to the types of attacks which Ruby-Lea was occasioned.

"I implore upon people to lobby their state and Federal Government for the purposes of trying to bring about change, so that dog owners become more responsible with respect to owning, caring and enclosing their dogs, so that children and adults are protected."


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-23/legal-stoush-brews-over-toddler-mauling-death/2913046?section=nsw


GOOGLED QUESTION: HOW BIG WOULD A BULLMASTIFF/RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK GET AND WHAT KIND OF TEMPERAMENT WOULD IT HAVE? INTERESTING ANSWER ON MIXED BREEDS !!!!!!

I WANTED TO SEE WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO BE A 3 YEAR OLD CHILD AND HAVE TO FACE AS MANY AS 4 OF THESE MIXED BREED DOGS MAULING YOU TO DEATH AS LITTLE RUBY DID IN THE PREVIOUS POST -  I GOOGLED - WHAT DOES A BULLMASTIFF/RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK LOOK LIKE?  AND I FOUND THIS INTERESTING ANSWER TO SOMEONE'S QUESTION AS TO HOW BIG THEY GET..................

How big would a bull mastiff x ridgeback get?

I was just wondering if anyone has had this breed of dog? I think they are gorgeous and we are thinking of purchasing one but just wondering what kind of temper is on them and wat kind of dog they are in general. Thankyou

September 20, 2006

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As others have mentioned, a Bullmastiff/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix is just that -- a mix. Well-bred purebreds adhere to strict standards and have been carefully selectively bred, so they tend to be very predictable. Mixes, on the other hand, follow no such standards. They're completely unpredictable. This mix could be just like a Bullmastiff, just like a Ridgeback, or absolutely any combination of the two. Because there's no way to know which traits such a mix would inherit, you need to be sure that your preferences and lifestyle are wholly compatible with *both* breeds (which may prove difficult, as they're drastically different). For instance, this mix might require several hours of hard exercise (jogging, running, hiking, etc.) like a Ridgeback, or a forty-five minutes walk like a Bullmastiff. It might be 80 pounds like a Ridgeback, or 120 like a Bullmastiff. It might be dog-aggressive as many Bullmastiffs are (due to their confident, powerful temperaments, which may result in clashing with dogs of similar disposition), and/or it might have the insane prey drive of a Ridgeback (in which case no squirrel, cat or  ** TODDLER**  may be safe from the chase). It could be clever, independent and willful as a Ridgeback. It could be as slobbery as a Bullmastiff. So on and so forth. Who knows how it would turn out?

But to answer your question about size, while this mix could potentially be anywhere from 60 pounds (like a small female Ridgeback) to 140 pounds (like a big male Bullmastiff), it would probably (but maybe not!) be somewhere in the middle. A male would probably be around 105-110 pounds, and a female around 95-100 pounds.

And, as someone else said, you really oughtn't purchase a mix. In doing so, you would be supporting backyard breeders who slap together random breeds while mixes of identical quality are being euthanized every day in shelters. If you want a mix, just adopt one.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100904043842AAdPHyi