Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SHANGHAI CHINA - 2ND DOG ATTACK IN 2 DAYS - TODAY A TIBETAN MASTIFF ESCAPED FROM ITS CAGE AND STARTS BERSERKING INJURING 7 PEOPLE - 2 DAYS AGO AN 83-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS KILLED BY AN UNLICENSED DOG

ACCORDING TO THE CITY'S NEW LAW ON DOG KEEPING ADOPTED MAY 15, A DOG THAT ATTACKS PEOPLE TWICE,  OR ATTACKS MORE THAN 2 PEOPLE AT 1 TIME SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY BY POLICE AND ITS OWNERS DOG-KEEPING PERMIT SHALL BE REVOKED.

Wed- Nov 30, 2011 - SEVEN people in the city's suburban Songjiang District were attacked by a Tibetan mastiff yesterday morning after the dog escaped from its cage and rushed to the street, police said.


The injured, three men and four women, were in stable condition in the hospital. The mastiff, owned by a gardening company, was caught by the police. The mastiff had been registered by city authorities and vaccinated, police said. It was normally locked in its cage but somehow broke out yesterday morning.

The dog was sent to the district's dog administration authority, police said. Its owner, not identified, should take full responsibility and compensate the injured, police said.

The attack happened around 6:25am when the dog appeared on Yongfeng Highway in the Xiaokunshan area of the district and began to chase and bite people, police said.

Seven pedestrians were bitten in the hands and legs.

All were rushed to a hospital, and four were given rabies vaccine and hospitalized while the other three received stitches and later went back home, police said.

"The dog suddenly rushed out and jumped as high as I am at me," said a middle-aged woman who was bitten in the left hand while trying to protect her body.

Police captured the dog and found the gardening company that raised the ferocious canine in an iron cage by 7am. Company officials said they raised the dog for guarding their garden and plants.

It was the second case of a dog attacking residents in the city in two days. On Tuesday an 83-year-old woman was attacked and killed by an unlicensed dog about 1pm in Jinze Town, Qingpu District.

Police said the woman, surnamed Wang, was bitten on her knees and ankles. She was pronounced dead-on-arrival due to excessive blood loss after a fatal bite to her artery, said the hospital.

According to the city's new law on dog keeping adopted on May 15, a dog that attacks people twice or attacks more than two people at one time shall be taken away by police and its owner's dog-keeping permit shall be revoked.

Six people had died of rabies in the city as of September, a slight rise from the previous three years. The trend was not surprising, given the increasing number of dogs and residents' failure to license and vaccinate their pets, the Shanghai Health Bureau said in September.

In 2009, police dealt with nearly 140,000 reports of people being bitten by unlicensed dogs, compared to 100,000 such reports in 2006.

Over the last three years, nearly 120,000 people have gone to hospitals after being bitten by dogs in Shanghai.

Most residents with dogs neither apply for licenses nor vaccinate them. The city has an estimated 750,000 pet dogs, but only about 140,000 were licensed, according to the earlier statistics.

According to the health bureau, no one who died from rabies in recent years visited a doctor immediately after being bitten by a dog.

http://english.eastday.com/e/111201/u1a6232603.html

CALGARY ALBERTA CANADA - HUMANE SOCIETY OFFICIALS BELIEVE BULLY BREEDS ARE BEING BRED IN RURAL AREAS FOR FIGHTING AND TO GUARD CRIMINAL ENDEAVOURS SUCH AS MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATIONS

CANDACE COOK SPOKESPERSON FOR THE ALBERTA LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE TEAMS SAID, " THE MOST COMMON ANIMAL ENCOUNTERED IN DRUG RAIDS IS THE PIT BULL. BREEDERS ARE RUNNING A BUSINESS AND NEED TO BE REGULATED IN AN APPROPRIATE MANNER.WE REGULATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE FIREARMS IN THEIR HOUSE, BUT NOT A DOG.....AND A DOG CAN HURT AND KILL !!!!!".

Wed- Nov 30, 2011 - Calgary Humane Society officials fear dogs are being bred for criminal purposes in record numbers this year.

Executive director Patricia Cameron said that while the final numbers are still being tabulated, the society is seeing a greater number of large, violent dogs.

“They’re what we call bully breeds,” she said. “We believe there is no bad breed of animal. However, we believe an ultra-large dog — because of their strength and athleticism — require a certain kind of owner and home.”

Evidence in the past has suggested these dogs may be used in rural Alberta fighting rings and to guard criminal endeavours, namely marijuana grow operations, Cameron said.

Bill Bruce, head of Calgary’s animal bylaw services, said his staff is seeing more cross-breeding to create super-sized dogs, some as heavy as 68 kilograms.

“People often don’t realize they have got more dog than they can handle,” Bruce said. “It would be like if you just got your learner’s permit and you were handed the keys to a Turbo Porsche Carrera.”

Cameron said more community effort is needed to combat the problem. “I think the community needs to say that actually breeders are running a business and need to be regulated in an appropriate manner,” she said. “We regulate people who have firearms in their house but not a dog, and a dog can hurt and kill.”

Police unsure about criminal dog trend

Police responsible for clamping down on marijuana grow ops do encounter vicious dogs on occasion, but there is no clear sign that more are being used by criminals.

Candace Cook, spokesperson for the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams, said the most common animal encountered in drug raids is the pit bull.

http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/local/article/1037677--record-year-for-bully-breed-dogs-humane-society-says

PALM COAST FL - CITY STUDYING WHETHER TO FORM A "NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD"

A NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD WOULD ALLOW THE CITY TO GO AFTER THE PROPERTY OWNERS FOR PROBLEMS LIKE ILLEGAL DRUGS, TOO MANY ANIMALS OR THE BEHAVIOR OF THE ANIMALS.

Wed- Nov 30, 2011 - The city is studying whether to form a "nuisance abatement board" to crack down on neighborhood problems such as menacing dogs or unruly residents.

The nuisance abatement board was suggested by City Attorney William Reischmann on Tuesday in response to a slew of recent complaints from residents living on Farraday Lane, where a pit bull killed a small Yorkie mix being walked by an 11-year-old boy Nov. 2. The pit bull lived at a duplex occupied by renters and neighbors have said they have tried and failed to get the property owner to do something about unruly dogs at the home.

Palm Coast has a Code Enforcement Board to deal with problems such as unkempt grass or a damaged roof, but a nuisance abatement board would go beyond that by targeting activity on the property, Reischmann said.

"They are broader in scope. They are looking not just at the condition of the property but also the use of the property," Reischmann said.

A nuisance abatement board would allow the city to go after the property owners for problems like illegal drugs, too many animals or the behavior of the animals, Reischmann said.

"Because of the economy, because of the recession, you find a lot of property owners, out-of-town property owners, out-of-country property owners, that are being much, much, much less selective in who they rent to, so they can get someone in there," Reischmann said. "As long as that person is paying rent they really don't' care what happens as long as they receive the rent check."

The fatal pit bull attack on the Yorkie-mix also traumatized the child who owned the small dog. The attack was the second involving a pit bull on Farraday Lane since July when another pit bull bit a woman and her dog. The pit bull in the first attack was not found, but the pit bull that killed the small dog was taken to the Flagler Humane Society to be euthanized.

Residents on Farraday Lane said both pit bulls came from the same duplex occupied by renters. A renter at the duplex has said the pit bull which killed the Yorkie-mix had been kept there but denied the pit bull in the earlier attack was from the duplex. That pit bull was not found.

Mayor Jon Netts on Tuesday said the city should keep working with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office but Reischmann should also continue researching a nuisance abatement board.

City Manager Jim Landon said city officials have received some complaints from residents who say their particular neighborhood is no longer peaceful because of a certain house or activity.

Councilman Bill McGuire added that he wanted the city to utilize the Sheriff's Office as much as possible before setting up the new board.

"I want to make sure that before we even think about doing such a thing that we are squeezing every ounce of law enforcement out of our contract that we can," McGuire said.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/flagler/2011/11/30/palm-coast-considers-board-to-deal-with-bad-neighbors.html

BILOXI MS - HARRISON COUNTY MS - OWNER OF THE PIT BULL THAT ATTACKED 3 BOYS WAS ARRESTED AND RELEASED ON $500 BOND - UPCOMING COURT HEARING

UPDATE:   Wed-Nov 30, 2011 - Austin Beaver, 10, is recuperating at home after receiving more than 100 stitches in his face following a reported attack by a neighborhood pit bull.


PICTURE TAKEN JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE PIT BULL ATTACK

http://www.fox10tv.com.dpp/news/local_news/coastal_mx/10-year-old-attacked-by-pit-bull

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeudhjq99Kc

He can’t go back to school until a plastic surgeon releases him to resume normal activity, said his mother, Brandy Beaver.

“He has an incision underneath his eye, but he is very lucky he didn’t lose his eye or his ear,” she said. “He has all his limbs and he’s alive.”


Austin, his brother Mason, 8, and friend Michael Horst, 9, have been summoned to appear in court Dec. 12 along with Daniel Catchings, whose dog allegedly attacked them after the dog ran out of Catchings’ home and the boys tried to help catch the dog.

The incident in Quail Creek subdivision was reported to the sheriff’s office on Thanksgiving day. Animal-control officers arrested Catchings, 41, on Monday on misdemeanors charges of violating a leash law and failing to have a current rabies vaccination for the dog.  He was released on a $500 bond.

Sheriff’s Maj. Tony Sauro said Catchings is blind and it was his understanding that others who live at Catchings’ home normally take the dog for a walk on a leash.

Neighborhood kids know the male brindle-colored dog, so the boys thought nothing of trying to help catch the dog when it ran out of its house, Brandy Beaver said.

“They were just trying to do a good deed and the dog snapped,” she said.

She was getting ready to serve her family’s holiday meal when her youngest son came running in, screaming that they had been attacked by a dog. “I asked where his brother was and he couldn’t say anything,” she said. “He just pointed.”

Mason and Michael couldn’t get the dog off of Austin, she said, so they ran home to tell their mothers. “They did what they had to do, and they really have hero status in my eyes,” Beaver said.



A neighbor apparently pulled the dog off, she said.


The boys were taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. Austin’s injuries were more serious. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.


“He must have some kind of guardian angel looking after him,” his mother said.

Austin is in the 5th grade at D’Iberville Middle School.

Mason and Michael, who attend D’Iberville Elementary, had injuries on their faces and on their lips or shoulder.

The dog, called “Digger” in court papers, and a second pit bull later removed from Catchings’ home have been quarantined at the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

Beaver, a single mother, took her sons to identify the dog Monday.

“Austin hasn’t had nightmares about it and he is making an amazing recovery,” she said.

Beaver said she hopes dog owners take notice that they should maintain control of their pets.

The upcoming appearance in Justice Court will include a hearing to determine if the dog should be declared a dangerous dog, said Herman Cox, Harrison County prosecuting attorney.

If deemed dangerous, the owner would be required to follow restrictions to include keeping it in an enclosed area and posting warning signs. The dog could be walked only by an adult provided the dog is muzzled and on a leash.

Once a dog is declared dangerous, its owner can be imprisoned for a year and fined $1,000 if the dog, without provocation, attacks and injures a person, Cox said. If a dangerous dog severely injures or kills a human or another animal, the dog could be ordered put to sleep

 http://www.sunherald.com/2011/11/29/3603383/10-year-old-attacked-by-pit-bull.html

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HAMPTON VA - PIT BULL ATTACKED 7-YEAR-OLD BOY PLAYING WITH OTHER CHILDREN IN THE BUCKROE SECTION OF THE CITY

UPDATE:  Wed-Nov 30, 2011- Animal control officers have charged a Hampton dog owner in reference to a weekend dog attack. Hampton Animal Control responded to a complaint of a vicious dog on Saturday on Teach Street.

According to witnesses, four children were playing with a dog when they screamed and ran. The dog chased them. Two of the children were reported injured. One of the injured children was taken to the hospital. The child received treatment to injuries to both arms and was then released.

Witnesses told Animal Control officers that after the children screamed and ran, two adults grabbed implements and chased the dog. The dog ran onto a porch and one of the adults beat the dog with a bat. That man was charged with animal cruelty.

Witnesses said the dog ran into the street, was hit by a car, and then ran off.

The owner of the dog has been charged with:

• Failure to provide adequate care

• Failure to vaccinate the dog for rabies

• Not having a city dog license

• Dog attacking while at large

The dog returned on Tuesday and the city filed a petition to have the dog declared “dangerous.” The dog was impounded and will be held until a December court date.


http://www.wvec.com/news/local/Hampton-dog-owner-charged-for-dog-attack-134716358.html

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Tues-Nov 29, 2011 - Brandon Vines, a 7-year-old Hampton boy, is recovering after a pit bull attacked him when he was playing in the Buckroe section of the city.

He had to get stitches on his right leg. His hand and wrist were also injured during the attack.

Brandon says he was at his uncle's house playing down the street on Saturday when the dog jumped on him and took three bites out of him.

He says he'd done nothing to the dog to make it mad. Afterward, Brandon ran back to his uncle's house where an ambulance was called. The boy was taken in to have the wound on his leg stitched up.

The two wounds on his hand and wrist are healing on their own. Brandon’s uncle says he was charged with animal cruelty after he took a bat to the dog when it lunged at him.

Animal Control and the Health Department stated that the pit bull had been running loose since Saturday’s incident. The dog finally came back today and NewsChannel 3 was there as the owner surrendered her pet to Animal Control.

The owner is now facing charges.

Today, Brandon says he's scared of dogs after what he says happened to him over the weekend.

"It just come over and attacked me,” says Brandon. “I did try getting it off me, but that didn't work.”

http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-sevenyearold-attacked-by-pit-bull-in-hampton-20111129,0,2262688.story

TULSA OK - 76-YEAR-OLD GERALDINE WELLS ADOPTED SADIE AND SAM WHEN THEY WERE 2 WEEKS OLD AFTER BEING RESCUED FROM A HOUSE FIRE - NOW SADIE IS DEAD KILLED BY THE NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL THAT INVADED HER BACK YARD !!!

NO CITATION WAS ISSUED BY POLICE BECAUSE THE PIT BULL WAS BACK IN HIS YARD WHEN THEY ARRIVED !!!!!!!!!!! OWNER SAYS HE REALIZES PIT BULLS ARE DANGEROUS AND "MIGHT" CALL THE POUND HIMSELF TO PICK UP THE DOG.

Tues-Nov 29, 2011 - A North Tulsa woman wants her neighbor to take responsibility for her dog’s death in her own backyard. She says her neighbor’s PIT BULL got loose Saturday Night and attacked her dog.

The owner told FOX23 his dog was loose that night and could’ve attacked her dog.

"She bled to death. There was nothing else I could do. I tried,” said Geraldine Wells.

She fought hard to hold back the tears but she says the pain of losing her best friend was too much.

"I was crying so hard and I cried all day yesterday,” Wells told FOX23. “Every time, I woke up at night I cried. I’ve been crying all day today because it's a shame when you go out and find your little dog chewed up."

She's had Sadie and her brother Sam for nearly two years.
Wells’ son rescued the pups when they were two weeks old after a house fire left the canines homeless.

Now this 76-year-old Tulsa woman with scoliosis wishes she could turn back time to help but knows she can't.

"If I had went out there and that pit bull dog was there chewing on my dog, nine times out of ten that dog would've killed me too," said Wells.

Wells called animal control to seize the dog but they couldn't because they found the pit bull in its owner's yard.

FOX23 was told the police officer who responded to the dog attack did not issue a citation to Antonio Delgado, the owner of the pit-bull. So, animal control did not seize the dog.

Delgado admits his dog was loose that night. However, he says other dogs run loose too.

But says he feels for her. "I'm sorry for her dog,” said Delgado.

Delgado says he realizes pit bulls are dangerous and might call the pound himself to pick up the dog.

http://www.Fox23.com/news/local/story/Tulsa-woman-want-neighbor-to-take-responsibility/2k_XEDmYrkW-sAj7jQHbNg.cspx

Monday, November 28, 2011

VALLEY CENTER CA - PACK OF ** 7-MONTH-OLD** PIT BULL MIXES EUTHANIZED AFTER ATTACKING 5 FAMILY MEMBERS JOGGING ON A TRAIL - HEROS - BROTHERS RICHARD AND JOHN GARRITSON FOUGHT THEM FOR OVER 5 MINUTES WHILE THE OTHERS RAN TO SAFETY - MED FLIGHTED TO HOSPITAL!!!

"MY BROTHER RICHARD SAID, ' I'LL TAKE CARE OF THE DOGS', ---THEY WERE BASICALLY EATING HIM WHILE THE OTHERS KEPT GOING."  THE DOGS WERE FINALLY CALLED OFF BY AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN.

UPDATE - Tues-Nov 29, 2011 - VALLEY CENTER — As a pack of dogs tore at Richard Garritson’s legs and arms Sunday he said he felt as though he was going to die.

Garritson, 21, had been out for his usual run in Valley Center late Sunday afternoon, along with his brother, John, 20, and his sisters, Meagan, 18, and Shelby, 15, and his 9-year-old niece, when the attack occurred.

He underwent surgery early Monday morning at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, Garritson said from his hospital room. He was planning to go home to Valley Center on Monday night. The doctors told Garritson, who comes from a family of competitive runners, that he will likely run again, although he lost “chunks” from his lower legs, he said.

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Four dogs suspected of being involved in the attack have been euthanized at the request of the owner, a county animal services official said Monday.

Lt. Dan DeSousa said animal control officers removed the 7-month-old pit bull mixes Sunday evening and brought them to the county’s shelter in Carlsbad, where they were put down. The department is conducting an investigation and has not determined if it will pursue charges against the owner.

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Garritson was running on trails with family members about 4:30 p.m. when three barking dogs appeared, he said. He was ahead of his sister Meagan, and he turned back to check on her and shoo them away. Then he saw five or six dogs running out of the brush.

One bit a leg, and second dog clamped down on the other leg, knocking him to the ground. He yelled for his sister to run as he tried to fight off the dogs.

He said the pack surrounded him and snapped at his arms as well. One bit him under his right armpit near the shoulder blade.

“I was terrified,” he said. “I thought I was going to die. They just kept biting at my legs and thighs.”

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/28/man-mauled-dogs-has-surgery-4-pack-euthanized/

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/29/4086769/4-pit-bulls-destroyed-for-mauling.html
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Mon - Nov 28, 2011 - Two runners were mauled by a pack of dogs while they were jogging in the Valley Center area on Sunday.

Brothers Richard and John Garritson were viciously mauled by six PIT BULLS while they were jogging down a trail off Cobb Lane, according to family members.

The two were jogging with three other family members through the area when they say a pack of pit bulls attacked the group. The attack left Richard with major gashes all over his body.

"My brother [Richard] said, 'I'll take care of the dogs,'" said Jarrod. "They basically were eating him while they kept going."

Richard and Jarrod's brother John was also hurt in the attack. He and Richard were flown to Sharp Hospital and are in fair condition.

The others in the group ran to safety. Jarrod believes Richard saved the life of Jarrod's 9-year-old daughter, who was with the group.

"The first thing I said to [Richard] was, 'Thank you for saving my daughter's life,'" he said.

Jarrod says his brothers tried to fend off the dogs for nearly five minutes and it showed.

"Jaw marks… socks were ripped up," said Jarrod. "Blood was everywhere."

He said the dogs were finally called by an unidentified man. The two wounded brothers then walked nearly a mile down a trail calling for help. Neighbor Samantha Brown heard their screams.

"They could barely move or walk," she said. "They were shaken and extremely disoriented."

Brown said six months ago, she was also attacked by a pair of dogs in the area when she was riding her horse.

"The dogs bit both of my horse's back hocks and he took off," said Brown. "If I fell off, I would've been mauled by these dogs too because they chased me all the way home."

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services said four pit bull mix dogs were impounded from a nearby residence and euthanized.

The dogs' owner could face criminal charges. The name of the owner will not be released until the victims identify the dogs by photo as the ones who attacked them. The owner had seven dogs on the property but could not account for all of them during the time of the attack.

http://www.10news.com/news/29875609/detail.html

DAVIDSONVILLE MD - 3 PIT BULLS ON RETRACTABLE LEASHES - BEING HANDLED BY A MAN - 1 PIT GOT LOOSE AND ATTACKED A JOGGER - THE PIT NUTTER COWARD ESCAPE ARTIST FLED THE SCENE WITH ONLY ONE OF THE PIT BULLS !!!!

POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING THE PIT NUTTER ESCAPE ARTIST ---  THE HANDLER WAS A BLACK MALE, MID TWENTIES, FACIAL HAIR, GREEN JACKET, SUN GLASSES, AND HE LEFT A GREEN BAY PACKER'S BASEBALL HAT BEHIND - GOLD COLORED MINIVAN WITH WHITE LOGO !!!!!

UPDATE:  Tues-Nov 29, 2011 - DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Police officers from the Southern District responded to Davidsonville Park located in the 3000 block of Patuxent River Road for an aggressive animal complaint. The victim, a 23-year-old Davidsonville male, reported that he was jogging in the rear of the park when he saw an adult male handling three dogs on retractable leashes. One of the dogs got loose and bit the victim.

During the attack, the dog handler fled the area with one of the three dogs, leaving the other two behind. The victim was able to run away and called police. According to the victim and witnesses, at least two of the dogs had been fighting at some point.

Animal Control responded to the scene and officers located and recovered one of the two dogs that had been left in the park, described as a white, brown and black American Bulldog mix. The dog was bleeding and had visible wounds indicative of having been in a dog fight.

The second dog had fled the area and was later found by a citizen. That dog, a white and black American Bulldog mix, was also bleeding and had visible wounds indicative of having been in a dog fight. It was trapped and confined in a wooded area, and was extremely aggressive and had to be tranquilized to be safely removed by Animal Control officers. The dog later died en route to Animal Control

http://wusa9.com/news/article/177190/373/Aggressive-Dog-Attacks-Davidsonville-Jogger
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Mon-Nov 28, 2011 - Three pit bull dogs attacked a 23-year-old jogger in Davidsonville Park around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, sending the man to the hospital, according to police.


Southern District Police are asking for the public's helping in locating the handler of the dogs.

According to an alert sent by Southern District police, the dogs were all on a leash and being handled by a man identified as a black male in his mid-20s with facial hair, wearing a green jacket and sunglasses. Police said he was also wearing a Green Bay Packers baseball hat that was recovered at the scene.

During the attack, the dog handler fled the area with one dog, police said. Animal Control was able to locate and recover one dog from the park (a white pit bull with tan markings). However, one dog remains on the loose in the area. The missing dog is white with tan markings on the face. It should have a dark collar with the leash attached.

The victim was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for wounds to his arms and legs.

Police said the dog handler may have left the area in a gold-colored minivan with a white logo.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating the dog handler that left the scene. Contact Southern District Police at 410-222-1960 with any information.

If the missing dog is located, contact police immediately.

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/three-pit-bulls-attack-jogger-one-still-on-the-loose

AUCKLAND NZ - "MONSTER DOG" PIT BULL/MASTIFF CROSS BIT A HOLE OUT OF ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER'S CALF - SKIN GRAFT NEEDED - "IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DESTROYED MONTHS EARLIER!!!"

The pitbull-mastiff cross that savaged a pound worker
'THIS DOG, BIG AS A GREAT DANE,  WAS ONE OF THE NASTIEST WE HAVE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE TO MEET.  WHEN SOMETHING THAT LARGE DECIDED TO PULL WITHOUT WARNING, FROM WALKING PLACIDLY ON A LEASH TO LUNGING, IT'S HARD TO STOP.  SHE DIDN'T LET GO OF THE LEASH BUT IT WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO CONTROL...AND...

       THE DAMAGE WAS DONE IN 20 SECONDS !!!!!!!!!!!

Mon-Nov 28, 2011 - A vicious pitbull-mastiff cross "the size of a Great Dane" that left an animal control officer with a cricket-ball sized hole in her calf should have been destroyed months earlier, an expert says.

Barry Gillingwater, of DSS Animal Management, said the dog had been in its Manukau pound for two months after an earlier attack in the area.

He said the attack on the officer, which happened two weeks ago, lasted 20 seconds before the dog was beaten off.

"Two officers had just dropped off another dog and saw the handler leading this dog," Gillingwater said.

"They knew all about it because we brief all our staff so they kept to one side, out of the way, as the handler walked past with the dog on lead.

"Then with no warning, the dog lunged at one of them and attacked her, severely damaging the calf muscle on her leg. The dog was beaten off by the other staff and while it was groggy they put it into a cage and called the ambulance and administered first aid."

Gillingwater said the injured officer had spent a week in Middlemore after the attack but the first skin grafted failed so she returned last week.

He said surgeons hoped the second graft would succeed so that her calf could be reconstructed after Christmas. "It was a very severe injury but luckily it didn't damage bone or arteries or she could have lost her leg. It virtually removed the calf muscle the gap was bigger [than a] cricket ball.

"It was a huge bite. It was the worst I have seen in 20 years in the industry."

Gillingwater said the dog had a "long history of aggressive behaviour" but they had not been permitted to destroy it until after the attack on the officer.

The dog had been subject to section 71 of the Dog Control Act, which stated that it had to stay in the pound until its future was decided by a court ruling after the earlier attack.

Nelson animal control officer John Bergman said he was shocked by the attack and insisted that the law needed to be changed so that dangerous dogs could be destroyed without waiting for the courts.

The judicial process often took too long, exposing animal control officers working in pounds to unnecessary danger, he said.

"The Dog Control Act 1996 says that if a dog attacks someone or something you can destroy it to stop the attack," Bergman said.

"But if you stop the attack you can't destroy the dog immediately unless you have the owner's consent and that's obviously what happened in Auckland.

"The act works in some ways because it stops cowboys destroying dogs when they don't need to, but they should have been able to put this dog down. They shouldn't have to wait months for a court ruling when the dog is so obviously a big threat."

Gillingwater agreed the act needed revising, saying they did not need a court ruling to tell them the dog should have been destroyed.

"This dog was a mix of all the aggressive-type breeds plus it was a very large, extremely powerful dog picture a pitbull-bull mastiff the size of a Great Dane. We are the busiest dog pound in New Zealand and we come across some of the most aggressive dogs in the country and this dog was one of the nastiest we have ever had the misfortune to meet.

When something that large decided to pull without warning, from walking placidly on a leash to lunging, it's hard to stop.

"She didn't let go of the leash but it was extremely hard to control and the damage was done in less than 20 seconds."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6054356/Monster-dog-a-ticking-timebomb

ST. AUGUSTINE FL - A DOG BITES 2 PEOPLE NEAR ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL - A BICYCLIST AND A MAN STANDING IN HIS DRIVEWAY



Mon - Nov 28, 2011 - Two people reported being bitten by a dog this morning near St. Augustine High School, prompting a visit from the sheriff's office and the fire department.

The reported attacks happened this morning near a home on Del Monte Drive.

A man who said he was standing in his driveway suffered a puncture wound on his leg, and a woman who was riding a bicycle was still being confronted by a dog as the photographer arrived; she also had a bleeding wound on her leg.

An official with the St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department asked the dog's owner to secure the dog before escorting the woman to a waiting ambulance.

The dog was not secured and could be seen barking at the bicyclist, the fire rescue official and a passing car before being taken inside.

According to the incident report from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the first victim called in his complaint around 11 a.m., saying he was in his driveway when he saw the dog chasing a car. He said the dog then came into his driveway and bit him above the knee.



The bicyclist told the deputy the dog ran after her bicycle as she approached the home
The man in the home said he came outside when he heard a commotion outside. He told the deputy the dog had been tied up and must have gotten loose.

He also said the dog has not been vaccinated, but does not attack anyone.

The dog is now in the possession of Animal Control, who is continuing the investigation. They will determine if any charges will be filed.

The dog's owner may be able to pick up the dog following the conclusion of the investigation.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/228872/483/Camera-Rolling-as-Dog-Confronts-Bicyclist-Following-Attack

JACKSONVILLE FL - NEIGHBORS WATCH AS 2 PIT BULLS FIGHT IN THE STREET UNTIL ONE KILLED THE OTHER !!!

"TO SEE THAT IN PERSON HOW ONE DOG WAS HANGING ON TO THE OTHERS HEAD AND NECK AND DRAGGING IT ALL OVER THE PLACE----A TODDLER WAS JUST A FRONT YARD AWAY !!!"


Mon - Nov,  28, 2011 - A Murray Hill neighborhood had a scare Sunday morning when two Pit Bulls attacked each other.

As soon as neighbor, Leroy Cumbie, heard the commotion, he called 911, then grabbed his camera.

"People running out of their houses and hollering and screaming," said Cumbie.

Cumbie took pictures as he watched two of his neighbor's pit bulls viciously fighting in the street. He said a toddler was just a front yard away.

"To see that in person and see how the one dog was hanging all over the other one on its neck and its head and dragging it all over the place. Unbelievable," said Cumbie.

Cumbie tells us fire and rescue responded along with six police officers.

He says the officers tried pepper spray on the dogs and even tried to tase them, but nothing stopped their fight.

"[The officers] were poised, ready. One with a shot gun in hand the other with a hand gun. Just in case," said Cumbie.

Eventually one of the pit bulls killed the other and Animal Care and Protective Services took the dogs away. No people were hurt.

Animal Care and Protective services put down the second dog Sunday because of his injuries.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Local-Florida-News/Pit-bull-fight-scares-neighborhood/-/475776/4834842/-/e7jla7z/-/

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45467623/ns/local_news-jacksonville_fl/

Sunday, November 27, 2011

NEW YORK NY - PIT BULLS LEAD IN BITES - THEY'RE LIKE SHARKS ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - "PEOPLE REFUSE TO ADMIT THAT THEY ARE BRED TO FIGHT, THEY HAVE HIGHER PAIN TOLERANCE, STRONGER JAWS AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THE INSTINCT TO BACK DOWN--THEY REFUSE TO SUBMIT"- THEY'RE ALREADY BANNED IN PUBLIC HOUSING!!!


When a pit bull named Bones (above) attacked Bruce Miller's shepherd, Miller jumped in. The attacker "latched onto my arm and went down to the bone," he say. "It was like a shark on National Geographic."

Sun - Nov 27, 2011 - For some, they’re pets. For many New Yorkers, they’re the pits.

Pit bulls accounted for a whopping 28% of all dog bites recorded by the city in 2011 — more than six times as many bites recorded by the next toothiest breed, new data obtained by The Post reveal.

Pure-bred pit bulls led the pack, with 680 bites as of Oct. 31, according to the Department of Health, which tracks the numbers.

Pit bull mixes were up next with 153 bites, while Chihuahuas placed third with 128 incisor incidents. Mixed breeds tallied 89 chomps, and Shih tzus were next with 88 bites.

The 2011 pit bull numbers for 10 months already eclipse entire-year 2010 data, when 815 pit bull bites were tallied.

The data prompted lawmakers and bite victims to blast the breed and call for a ban, something already in place in the city’s public housing system and more than 100 municipalities across the country, including Miami and Denver.

“People refuse to admit that pit bulls are bred to fight, they have higher pain tolerance, stronger jaws, and they do not have the instinct to back down — they refuse to submit,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens).

That’s for sure: This past week, to stop a rampaging pit bull that attacked a 16-year-old in Staten Island, cops had to shoot the animal when it turned on them.

Vallone has called for a citywide ban but been rebuffed by state officials who have not budged on breed-specific bans.

“No one is worried about a killer cocker spaniel,” Vallone growled.

Those caught between the jaws of a pit bull said the breed is bad to the milk-bone.

“A ban would get people to focus on other dogs,” said Upper East Sider Bruce Miller, who said he was bitten by a pit bull named Bones in June.

Miller tried to intervene as the ferocious attacked his German shepherd, Max. Big mistake.

“He latched onto my arm and went down to the bone,” Miller said. “It was like a shark on National Geographic.”

Miller said he suffered nerve damage and is not completely healed.

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IN A SEPARATE INCIDENT, BONES WAS ALLEGEDLY USED AS A WEAPON BY HIS JUNKIE OWNER DURING A FATAL ARGUMENT ON EAST 62ND STREET LAST MONTH. THE PIT BULL IS BEING HELD BY ANIMAL CARE AN CONTROL SO A FORENSIC IMPRESSION  CAN BE MADE OF HIS TEETH.

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111014/NEWS90/111019859/-1/NEWSMAP

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/man_pitbull_eyed_in_ues_death_UQHgywK7JqAvPQFJR8rhNM

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And even when they don’t bite, they’re dangerous.

Brooklynite Kasia Bednarska’s greyhound Tali had his leg broken by a pit bull who barreled into it near Prospect Park this month.

“They cause a lot more damage than other breeds,” she said. “They were raised to fight and be aggressive — and they’re adopted by people who have no idea how to handle them.”

From 1979 to 1998, pit bulls were responsible for the most fatal dog bites to humans, with 66 deaths nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the city says all dogs are born equal. “There’s no differential between breeds — we say everyone should treat their dogs well,” said Mario Merlino, assistant commissioner for veterinary and pest control for the Health Department. “Where we do have bites, it’s a matter of training.”

And pooch lovers agreed. “Sometimes, it’s the owners with the bad temperaments,” said Ada Nieves, who runs a chihuahua meet-up group.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/leash_the_hounds_zcdXCksvDbuIWD8utn6f9L

Saturday, November 26, 2011

ST. MARYS GA - PIT BULL JUMPS FENCE AND ATTACKS WOMAN PLAYING WITH HER NEPHEW AND FRIENDS IN THEIR BACK YARD

JESSICA STETTLER LOVES ALL DOGS- EVEN PIT BULLS  AND ALWAYS SAID, "ITS HOW THEIR RAISED. NOW I DON'T KNOW....IT'S SURREAL !!!"

Sat - Nov 26, 2011 - A Jacksonville woman was hospitalized Friday afternoon after she was attacked by a pit bull while watching her nephew and his friends in St. Marys, Ga.

"We were outside playing, me and the kids, and little dog, Todd. They were making a ruckus with the neighbor dog, running back and forth, playing I guess," Jessica Stettler remembered.

Stettler said she took the little dog Todd inside, then heard the children say the the black and white pit bull had jumped the fence. She said after she got the children inside, she calmly talked to the dog, saying, "Just jump back over the fence ... I know you can."

The dog approached, started smelling her pants, then began biting her leg, eventually pulling her to the ground.

"As soon as he did, he started going at me here (face), and I put my arm up," Stettler said.

Her uncles heard the commotion and came running. When they called for help, the St. Marys police arrived, but animal control did not, saying it was because the dog's owners were not home at the time.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, that's not right,'" said Stettler's father, Bill. "The police are here. The dog is here. It's not contained. Yeah, it's in a fence. but it's a fence the dog can easily jump over, and just did."

Bill Stettler took his daughter to the emergency room, where she was treated and released for wounds to the foot, leg, and arm. She's also emotionally wounded because she loves all animals, even pit bulls.

"l always tell people, a pit bull, they're not bad dogs. Just depends on how they're raised," Jessica Steller said. "I don't know, it's surreal."

http://wwwnews4jax.com/news/Woman-recovering-from-pit-bull-attack/-/475880/4826806/-/sg2hkc/-/

Friday, November 25, 2011

HOBART IN - RESIDENT IS CONCERNED AFTER HIS NEIGHBOR BOUGHT A PIT BULL - "IT IS GROWING QUICKLY AND WILL SOON BE ABLE TO JUMP OVER THAT FENCE !!!"

DAVE RICHTER ASKED CITY OFFICIALS TO MAKE MORE STRINGENT RULES ABOUT HOUSING A BREED OF DOG HE CONSIDERS DANEROUS.  "IF THERE IS NOTHING ON THE BOOKS,  MAYBE THERE SHOULD BE.  ONE BITE FROM THAT DOG WOULD KILL MY 80-YEAR-OLD DAD OR MY YOUNG GRANDDAUGHTER.  ALL IT TAKES IS ONE BITE AND YOU'RE DONE."

Fri - Nov 25, 2011 - Resident Dave Richter is asking city officials to put some bite into laws governing dogs that might be considered dangerous.

Richter recently told the City Council he's fearful for his own safety and that of his family after a next-door neighbor bought a pit bull.

The pit bull, although now just a pup, is growing quickly and soon may be able to jump over the neighbor's fence, Richter said.

He asked city officials to make more stringent rules about housing a breed of dog he considers dangerous.

"If there is nothing on the books, maybe there should be. One bite from the dog would kill my 80-year-old dad or my young granddaughter. All it takes is one bite and you're done," Richter said.

The City Council directed code enforcement to take a look at the neighbor's fence to see whether it's adequate in height.

City Councilwoman Monica Wiley, D-at large, said officials should consider placing a hefty fee on licensing for certain breeds of dogs considered dangerous or vicious.

"Tack on a $500 fee. It's that simple," Wiley said.

Wiley four years ago began her push for stronger ordinances concerning the definition of a dangerous animal.

She also was pushing to make it mandatory that dangerous dogs be identified with iridescent tags and owners pay fees that could fund bonds to protect dog bite victims.

Richter isn't the only resident who has complained about dangerous dogs and asked officials to strengthen laws.

Last March, resident Alan Beckler came to the City Council to say he still suffers from injuries after a dog jumped a fence and attacked him while he was walking in his neighborhood.

Beckler asked officials to vote against a proposal to use a portion of Fred Rose Park as a dog park, even if the property is fenced off.

He said the dog that attacked him had been behind an 8-foot chain-link fence and jumped over it.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hobart/hobart-to-take-another-look-at-dangerous-dog-laws/article_99a53b38-4f50-54ca-a5d0-75253cc15001.html#ixzz1emXUjhAB

PICKENSVILLE AL - 2009 - AUTHORITIES SAY A 96-YEAR-OLD MAN THAT HAD BEEN MISSING FOR 3 DAYS WAS CONSUMED BY A PACK OF DOGS !!!!!

"IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER HE DIED FROM NATURAL CAUSES OR IF THE DOGS KILLED HIM." 

Wed - July 1, 2009 - Deputies in Pickens County found and shot a pack of dogs that they say consumed a 96-year-old man Monday night.

The dogs lived under an abandoned mobile home off Gore Road in Pickensville, about a half mile from where Israel Pope Jr. lived.

Pope’s remains were found on his property late Monday night. Pickens County Sheriff David Abston said that it is unclear whether he died from natural causes, whether the dogs killed him or whether foul play was involved.

Investigators followed prints to the mobile home where the dogs lived, where they found pieces of Pope’s clothing and what might be his remains.

The man who owned the dogs lived in a mobile home next to the abandoned one where the dogs were living. He fed the dogs every day at 5:30 p.m., Abston said.

Deputies were waiting outside when the seven dogs came out to eat, he said.

Evidence that investigators recovered at the mobile home has been sent to an Alabama Department of Forensics lab for testing.

Pope’s family members said that he was a lifelong Pickensville resident who retired from Airline Manufacturing Company in Columbus, Miss. and enjoyed attending church and working on his farm. He had been in relatively good health, a great-niece said, and was preparing to celebrate his 97th birthday this month.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20090701/NEWS/907019990/1075/LIVINGO3?Title=Pickens-County-deputies-shoot-wild-dogs

HARRISON COUNTY MS - 3 YOUNG BOYS ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL TELL THEIR STORY

UPDATE : Fri - Nov 25, 2011 - Brandy Beaver was taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven when her youngest son ran inside screaming that a dog attacked him, his friend and his brother.
Friday, all three boys were out of the hospital and Beaver credits the quick thinking of two of them that they are all safe.

"Michael was punching the dog. His instinct kicked in to try and get the dog off of Austin," Beaver said. "Then after that, they both did the right thing: they both ran to get help."

Her 10-year-old son, Austin, and 8-year-old son, Mason, were playing with their 9-year-old friend, Michael Horst, when the boys say a pit bull jetted out of its house in the Quail Creek Subdivision and ran their way. As Mason explains, they were only trying to help.

Mason said, "We were trying to get the dog to its owner. "That's when, he said, the dog got vicious.

Austin received more than 100 stitches on his face after a pit bull attack Thanksgiving Day.

"First, it attacked Michael. Then it came straight to me and jumped and got me on my nose and then got me on my arm," Mason said.



He suffered some cuts on his face and several stitches on his shoulder. His brother, Austin, was not so lucky. He received more than 100 stitches on his face. But Austin says he is thankful for the other boys.

"My friend was hitting the dog to get it off of me and the dog just bit his face," Austin explained. "The dog came running to me and I punched its neck. And it ran to Mason and he and the dog stopped and came running back. Then he just jumped on me and kept biting my face every chance it had."



Michael stopped in to check on Austin Friday and wanted to assure his friend of one thing

"Hey Austin, I didn't leave you. I just went to get help," Michael said.

The young boy also attempted to get the dog to stop biting his friend.

"I started punching the dog," Michael said.

And when asked if he thought he was a hero, he shook his head no and simply said that is what anyone would do. But Austin's mom would beg to differ.

"They both deserve a lot of recognition for what they did, because they really saved Austin's life," Beaver said. "I would give those two boys the moon, if I could."

Hugging her two sons she said, "You saved your brother's life and you are going to be a okay, so I have a lot to be thankful for."

The pit bull was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Department and has been transported to the Humane Society. Deputies say the dog will be in quarantine for ten to 15 days until tests results come back to show if the dog is up to date with all his shots.

From there, they will look at the dog's history and make a decision on whether or not to put the dog to sleep. Authorities say the ultimate decision may have to be made by a judge. WLOX will keep you updated.

http://www.wlox.com/story/16123200/three-boys-attacked-by-a-pit-bull-tell-their-story

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/11/25/3596416/Second-pit-bull-picked-up-after.html

CHATTANOOGA TN - NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL/MASTIFF MIX ATTACKS A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY BITING HIM ON THE NECK - THE BOY'S FATHER STABBED IT WITH A KNIFE

Fri - Nov 25, 2011 - A 4-year-old boy was bitten around the neck this evening by a neighbor’s pit bull while playing in his yard in the Silverdale area, Chattanooga police said. The attack happened around 5:20 p.m. as the boy and his father were in front of their residence at 7354 Old Cleveland Pike. The dog reportedly broke loose from its owner’s backyard, ran up the street and attacked the child, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said.

The boy’s father, Chris Binshaw pulled a knife and stabbed the dog to get it off his son. The dog’s owner, Eric Robinson, then grabbed the dog and put it back in its cage.

The child suffered non-life threatening injuries but his current condition is unknown. Charges are pending further investigation, Weary said.

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/nov/25/pit-bull-bites-4-year-old-chattanooga

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/16127274/mckamey-director-

BREWTON AL - 2007 - AN 18-MONTH-OLD TODDLER , TAYLOR KITLICA WAS MAULED TO DEATH BY A CHAINED ROTTWEILER

Fatal dog attack, Taylor Kitlica
Jan 28, 2007 -  An 18-month-old girl died Sunday after a 117-POUND MALE ROTTWEILER tied in the child’s yard attacked her and her 2-year-old brother.

Authorities said Monday that an investigation was under way to determine who owned the dog that was tied up at the home in the McGougin Road neighborhood near Brewton, where Taylor Kitlica and her brother were attacked. The brother survived with minor injuries, said authorities, who declined to release the boy’s first name.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Maj. Mike Murphy said in a news release that officers got a call at 5 p.m. Sunday and found the children at the home of their parents, Thomas William Kitlica and Ashley Kitlica. The large male dog was still tied nearby, Murphy said. Officers said the Kitlicas own another Rottweiler — a female — that was tied in the yard a few feet from the stake where the male dog was tied. The Kitlica family told authorities that they did not own the male dog. Murphy noted that the family told them that the dog was a stray they had tied up in the hope that its owner would reclaim it. Two pit bulls, which Kitlica family members acknowledged owning, also were in the yard when officers arrived, authorities said.

Officers called the Escambia County Humane Society, which took the dog that attacked the children to the office of Brewton veterinarian Kerry Parker, where it was destroyed. Rosemary Ard, who works at the veterinarian’s office, said the animal’s remains were sent to Auburn University for rabies testing.

At the time of the attack, the children’s father was working on a vehicle in the yard, just feet from where the male Rottweiler was tied, said Renee Jones, director of the local Humane Society. The Press-Register was unable to contact the parents for comment. Murphy said the girl sustained “massive head injuries” in the attack, and the boy sustained minor bites on his back. The family told investigators that they had found the male Rottweiler roaming in the neighborhood early Sunday and chained it to a stake in their front yard, Murphy said.

Jones said she arrived to find the male dog tethered near the female. “I drove up and got out of my truck and realized I was in the dog’s area,” Jones said. “One thing people need to realize is any time they tether a dog, they increase the chance of it biting someone by four times. With power breeds like Rottweilers or German shepherds that are highly territorial, tethering decreases their area and their ability to run from a threat.” The dog involved in the attack did not appear to be accustomed to interacting with people, Jones said. “When a dog is not socialized to people,” Jones said, “bad things can happen.” Jones said the other dogs in the yard responded to people there, and appeared to be well-behaved. The male Rottweiler, however, did not make eye contact with anyone, and ignored the people in the yard.

The animal did not appear to be neglected, or to have been scrounging for meals, she said. “It was a beautiful animal, like a show quality male dog,” Jones said. “It had not been neutered.” Jones said she has appealed to local officials for months to pass an ordinance addressing dangerous dogs. She said this case may spur some action. “I’ve been saying for two years we needed some law on the books about vicious dogs. I kept telling people a bullet was coming,” Jones said. “Well, it got here yesterday.”

Jones said there had been no report to her office that the dog was running loose in the area. “Dogs are animals with all the behaviors and instincts that go with that,” Jones said. “It’s wonderful to love dogs and take in strays or rescue them off the street, but you must always remember they are animals.”

Hubert Petty, who lives about a mile from where the attack happened, said he often sees large dogs ranging through the area. Some, he said, are intimidating. He has called the Humane Society on previous occasions and “they always get here to take care of it,” Petty said. “I think everyone should have to keep their dogs fenced. I keep my dog inside or on a leash,” Petty said. “I wish everyone would. We need some kind of ordinance. I guess for that child, it’s too late.”

http://www.rottweiler.net/fourms/rottweiler-news-forum/67174-18-month-old-girl-fatally-mauled-rottweiler-brewton-al.html


PHENIX CITY, RUSSELL CO AL - 2006 - A PIT BULL FATALLY MAULED A MAN AT AN AUTO REPAIR SHOP

Thur - Nov 9, 2006  - Police say it appears that a Phenix City man was mauled to death by a PIT BULL dog. Authorities said a Russell County sheriff's deputy discovered Richard Adams' body yesterday (Wednesday) morning at an auto repair shop on Highway 165.
Investigators said the body had extensive injuries to the head and neck areas. A deputy shot and killed the animal.

http://fataldogattacks.livejournal.com/

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/

http://legacy.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/061110/pitt.shtml


CAMP HILL, TALLAPOOSA CO AL - 2006 - A FAMILY ROTTWEILER FATALLY MAULED THEIR 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Nov 3, 2006 - An east Alabama town is mourning the loss of a toddler who was attacked and killed by a dog. Investigators say the two year-old girl was killed Friday evening at her home on Carver Hill Road, near Camp Hill in Tallapoosa County.

"Yeah, she was a sweet little girl," said the girl's uncle, Roger Carr.  Roger Carr can't hold back his emotion when he talks about his two-year-old niece Ariel Pogue. "Sometimes I'd talk to her on the phone. She'd be dialing her mother and she'd call me," said Carr.

Neighbors say the girl and her mother were getting out of their car Friday evening, when one of the family's three ROTTWEILER'S, which wasn't tied up, attacked the toddler.

Fourteen year-old David Holloway was walking nearby with a friend, when he heard the baby's mother screaming.

"And she was yelling help on this dirt road. I ran all the way from my Grandma's house to her house to help get the dog off," Holloway said.

Despite Holloway's heroic effort, Ariel Pogue's injuries were too severe and she died at the scene.

"I went over there and he told me, he said I just couldn't pull them off of her," said Carr.

"I've been here for 12 years as sheriff and this is the first one we've seen where a person in the county was attacked and killed by a dog," said Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett.

Neighbors and family members say the dogs were never aggressive in the past.

Now they're left wondering how this could happen.

The sheriff says the dog involved in the attack was euthanized Friday night, and sent to Auburn University's Veterinarian Clinic for more testing.

Sheriff Abbett also said they are still investigating the attack, but it does not look like the parents will face any charges.

http://www.rottweiler.net/forums/rottweiler-news-forum/64480-toddler-killed-family-rottweiler-camp-hill-al.html

http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?A=5634814&nav=8fap



LANETT AL - 2005 - PIT BULL ATTACKS AND KILLS BARBARA PILKINGTON AS SHE WENT ON HER USUAL WALK

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

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

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

Jackson identified the dog as a pit bull.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRIGGATE LEEDS ENGLAND - STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER ATTACKED A STREET VENDOR BITING HIS ANKLES THEN BIT ONTO A WOMAN SHOPPER AND WOULD NOT LET GO !!!!

18-YEAR-OLD OWNER COULD NOT CONTROL HIS PIT BY BEATING IT  THE DOG HAD THE WOMAN BY HER JACKET FOR ---15 MINUTES ---AND SOMEONE TOOK SCISSORS AND CUT HER JACKET TO PRY THE PIT OFF HER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri - Nov 25, 2011 - Police were called after a snarling dog attacked at least two people in Leeds city centre. The drama began in Briggate, Leeds, shortly before 12.45 pm yesterday when a Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog went out of control and attacked a street vendor and then a woman shopper.

In the first incident a man selling road chestnuts was attacked around the ankle by the black and white dog near to the premises of Bodyshop. Bodyshop assistant Ms Emma Snowden said: “The dog apparently went for the chestnut seller around the ankle and the dog’s owner began to batter it to get it under control. People passing began to gather and panic and began staring at the man hitting the dog.

“But then the dog went for this lady – I don’t know how it missed her thigh – but it grabbed the edge of her jacket and would not let go.

“She was obviously very frightened and the owner could not get the dog to let go. It went on for about 15 minutes and a large crowd gathered.

“It may not sound long, but 15 minutes is a long time in that position. The lady was inconsoleable.

“The owner was trying to force the dog’s mouth open. Then three police cars arrived and a video van.

“The dog seemed to go a bit further up the street. You could hear it, but eventually it was taken away.”

The incident spread to outside Harvey Nichols store. As people looked-on some were taking pictures. It was believed that at one point scissors were obtained to cut-free the woman’s coat.

A police spokesman confirmed officers had received several phone calls to the incident involving a black white dog with a man in a grey hoody.

The dog was reported to have attacked more than one person, including a woman whose coat it grabbed. It belonged to an 18-year-old man from the Little London and was seized by police.

Police said the dog had been housed in a kennel and a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/central-leeds/dog_seized_after_leeds_city_centre_attacks_updated_1_4001496

HERMINIE PA - LITTLE HAYDEN STOLL IS HOME AND HIS FAMILY BEGS FOR THE OWNER OF THE PIT BULL THAT ATTACKED HIM TO COME FORWARD !!!

Thur - Nov 24, 2011 -  5-year-old Hayden Stoll  returned home Wednesday night after spending several days in the hospital as the result of an attack from a pit bull.
He underwent surgery Friday after being pinned to the ground by a pit bull on the lawn of his family's Madison Avenue home in Herminie, Westmoreland County.

Hayden Stoll in hospital

VIDEO:  http://www.wtae.com/r/29848713/detail.html

"It was a big dog, a real big one," said Hayden's 10-year-old sister, Cassidy, who witnessed the attack. "I was crying and then I kicked the dog and ran and told mom."

The boy's father, William Stoll Jr., said he and his father, William Sr., fought the dog off with a rock after Hayden was attacked.

pit bull

"His ear was actually ripped in half. They had to sew it back together," said Stoll Jr.

William Stoll Jr. said his son had a large laceration from his right ear to his jaw and puncture wounds on the left side of his face. The boy also suffered possible nerve damage, which means he may lose feeling in his face, the boy's father said.

Hayden remained in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh before returning home on Wednesday

"He's having a really hard time. He's in a lot of pain. He points to his face," said Hayden's mother, Jennifer Stoll.

Hayden had trouble breathing on his own while hospitalized and was given morphine to help ease the pain.

He'll also need plastic surgery for years to come, his mother said.

Channel 4 Action News' Keith Jones reported that state police are investigating and the dog will be put down if its owner doesn't claim it by Nov. 28.

His family has called for the owner of the dog to come forward.

"Hayden deserves this. He deserves the justice. Please, I'm begging you, everyone," said Jennifer Stoll.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

MONTGOMERY AL - 2003 - A FAMILY PIT BULL KILLED A 78-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHILE SHE WAS OUTSIDE RAKING LEAVES

December 29, 2003 - Gadsden Times - A  PIT BULL  attacked and killed a 78-year-old woman in her back yard police said.  FLORENCE MORRIS  had told her husband she was going outside to rake leaves Friday aftermoon, said Montgomery Police Lt.  Huey Thornton.  Her husband later found her lying in the back yard.  Morris was pronounced dead shortly after paramedics arrived, with the dog still in the yard. 

"THE BODY APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN MAULED BY THE DOG."

So at this point the case is being handled as a death investigation, Thornton said.  Morris and her husband had been taking care of the 50 pound American Pit Bull Terrier, who belongs to a nephew.  Thornton declined to identify the dog's owner because it wasn't clear if any charges would be filed. 

The dog is being held at the Montgomery County Humane Society.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BXAvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=u9wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3226,2961332&dq=florence-morris&hl=en


HARRISON COUNTY MS - NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKS 3 CHILDREN SENDING THEM TO THE HOSPITAL - 1 CHILD BITTEN IN FACE GOES TO A PLASTIC SURGEON !!!

Thurs - Nov 24, 2011 - Three children are being hospitalized after a neighbor's pit bull attack them Thursday afternoon. According to Harrison County Deputy Frank Baskett, the attack occurred at Quail Creek Circle Subdivision in Harrison County.

The 8 and 9 year old children are being treated at Memorial Hospital of Gulfport for bites on their legs, and a 10 year old bitten on the face was transported to Ocean Springs Hospital to be treated by a plastic surgeon.

Baskett said the pitbull has been turned over to the Humane Society.

The three children were taken to Memorial Hospital.

http://biloxi.wlox.com/news/news/52538-3-children-hospitalized-after-pitbull-attack

STATEN ISLAND NY - 12-YEAR-OLD OWNER OF A PIT BULL COULD NOT CONTROL HIS DOG AND LET IT BOUND OUT A DOOR TO ATTACK HIS 16-YEAR-OLD FRIEND - POLICE HAVE TO SHOOT IT !!!!!

UPDATE:  Fri - Nov 25, 2011 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/statenisland/si_cops_shoot_pit_bull_bG6t6PqqJLthsf3EydG2cI
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Thur - Nov 24, 2011 - Police shot a pit bull in Staten Island today when the dog charged at them after attacking a teenager, The Post has learned.

Cops responded to a 911 call for a 16-year-old boy being bitten at 11:52 a.m. and were greeted by the snarling, raging animal as it stormed toward them on Hudson Street in Stapleton, sources said.

One officer squeezed off several shots, striking the dog in the body and neck, sources added.


COLLARED: The dog yesterday after it bit a boy.

The teen was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center and treated for bite wounds to his legs.

The wounded dog is being examined by vets with the city’s Animal Care and Control, sources said.

The owner of the pit bull, a 12-year-old boy, told cops that the dog bounded out of his building on nearby Gordon Street after he opened the door to greet his pal, the 16-year-old victim, sources said

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/staten_island/cops_shoot_staten_island_pit_bull_5x8A11mDOroFAePlt0VGzK#ixzz1eeqUb5wI

WESLACO TX - PIT BULL ATTACKS 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL AS SHE WAS WALKING TO HER FRIEND'S HOUSE - HERO: A NEIGHBOR CAME TO HELP HER !!!

PIT OWNERS ARE BIG-TIME DRUG DEALERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thur - Nov 24, 2011 -  A little girl who lives in Frontera Heights, just north of Weslaco, was rescued by a neighbor as she was being attacked by a pit bull.


Brenda Jimenez was simply walking to her friend's house Tuesday afternoon, when the pit bull next door, decided to attack.

The 9-year-old says the gate was left open where the dog lives. Brenda says the dog jumped on her knocking her onto the floor. She thought it was going to kill her.

Fortunately neighbor Alfredo Acuna was driving by when the attack had just gotten underway.

"I thought they were two pit bulls fighting. I stopped and there was a little girl under the pit bull and I noticed that the dog had her from one foot and it took off some skin and head punctures, a lot of punctures" Acuna said.

Acuna says he hit the dog on the head and it ran off. Acuna doesn't consider himself a hero; Brenda's family are thankful he was there.

The girl's family is also worried that the pit bull could be released back to its owner if its released from quarantine in 30 days.We found out the property is on sale at a reduce price.

Federal documents indicate Ruben Salinas. He's one of the sellers of the property. He was caught trying to drive a tractor trailer loaded with 287 kilos of marijuana through the Falfurrias checkpoint in August of 2010. An indictment alleged an ongoing conspiracy dating back to 2008 also involving at least 106 kilos of cocaine and 46 kilos of methamphetamine.

Court records show Ruben and Angelica Salinas and Fernando Perales have both entered guilty pleas. They're scheduled to be sentenced in February of next year.

http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story/Litle-Girl-Atacked-by-Pit-bull-Speaks-Out/2KDBhTFaeEm02b7svGe_OQ.cspx

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HAZLETON PA - PIT BULL MIX JUMPS FENCE AND ATTACKS DONALD SANDROCK AND HIS BELOVED PET "BENJI"

HE WAS BITTEN ON BOTH HANDS AND DEVELOPED AN INFECTION AND WAS IN THE HOSPITAL 3 DAYS ON INTRAVENOUS ANTIBIOTICS.

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Wed - Nov 23, 2011 - Donald Sandrock was walking his dog on Nov. 13 as he normally does every day in his Hazleton neighborhood, but the enjoyable experience for both was cut short that morning.

Sandrock and his 2½-year-old West Highland terrier, Benji, were attacked by a neighborhood dog that jumped his owner's fence and bit the white, fluffy terrier's neck.

It was about 9:45 a.m., as Sandrock and Benji walked on Boone Court near East Fourth Street, an alley between Arthur and Cleveland streets.

The dog, which Sandrock said was a pit bull mix, latched onto Benji's neck and when Sandrock tried to remove the dog's grip from Benji's neck, Sandrock was bitten on both hands.

Neighborhood residents intervened and also tried to remove the pit bull. Finally, the dog let go and the police were called for help.

Sandrock was unsure how long the attack lasted, but said he feared his dog wasn't going to survive it.

He returned home with his bloody dog, shocking his wife, Christine. Sandrock's hands were cut up and Benji, who had a gash on his neck, also was missing part of his ear, and one of his front legs was injured.

Christine, who was getting ready for church, said when she looked at the two of them she became "weak." The dog, she said, is traumatized and shakes when he sees another canine now.

Donald Sandrock ended up going to Hazleton General Hospital for treatment, while Benji was taken to an animal emergency hospital in Plains. Donald said the next day his hands and fingers swelled and he again sought medical treatment. This time he spent three days in a hospital while being fed intravenous antibiotics.

Hazleton Health Inspector Mark Thompson said he filed a citation this week against the dog's owner, Nicole Anderson of Arthur Street, for aggravated nuisance. If found guilty of the citation, a dog owner is expected to pay a $500 fine and restitution for medical and veterinary expenses, which in this case amounted to more than $400, Thompson said.

The dog owner is also placed on probation for six months and if another violation of the ordinance occurs, the dog is evaluated and placed in the custody of a responsible owner or is euthanized, he said. The owner is also required to get the dog obedience training, Thompson said.

Thompson said the dog was involved in a similar incident last year and was supposed to be leashed but wasn't on Nov. 13 when Sandrock and his dog were attacked.

Luzerne County Dog Warden James Spencer said he was contacted about the attack days after it happened and because a human was bitten, the dog was placed on house quarantine for 10 days. The dog, Spencer said, did have current rabies vaccination.

Sandrock is still worried the dog will attack again.

 http://standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-man-terrier-benji-shaken-after-being-bitten-by-pit-bull-mix-1.1236133#ixzz1eYJYDds9

COLUMBUS GA - PIT BULL MIX BITES 12-YEAR-OLD BOY- HERO: WOMAN MANAGES TO GET THE BOY AWAY FROM THE DOG AND INTO HER CAR !!!

Wed - Nov 23, 2011 - A Jottings Drive resident told police Tuesday that she got a 12-year-old boy away from an apparent pit bull Tuesday afternoon after seeing the dog bite the boy's left hand.
The attack happened shortly after 3 p.m. at Jottings Drive's intersection with Dehaviland Street. She described the dog as a brown, pit-bull mix. After it bit the boy's hand, she managed to get the child into her car without additional injury.
Firefighters and medics came to treat the dog bite, and the boy was taken to a hospital. Police summoned Columbus Animal Control to find and capture the dog.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/11/23/1831202/columbus-police-woman-rescues.html#ixzz1eYEEO2iI

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

OPPOSING VIEWS - PIT BULLS: WILL MORE ADOPTIONS END SHELTER KILLINGS ??? CO-DEPENDENCY BETWEEN SHELTER PIT BULL PROMOTIONS AND BREEDERS???

"THIS  IS NOT A MATTER OF NATURE VERSUS NURTURE  BUT A MATTER OF INHERENTLLY PROBLEMATIC DOGS BEING ACQUIRED BY INHERENTLY PROBLEMATIC PEOPLE.  AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO PIT BULL OVER POPULATION MUST TARGET BREEDING AND MUST BE LEGISLATIVELY MANDATED SINCE PIT BULL BREEDERS HAVE PROVED RESISTENT TO ANY AND ALL FORMS OF GENTLE PERSUASION."

Submitted by Phyllis M Daugherty on Nov 22, 2011

“Egregious misrepresentation aside, the offense for which the humane community is most culpable is promoting pit bulls in a manner which provides free advertising to the pit bull breeding industry,” ANIMAL PEOPLE Editor Merritt Clifton opines in his compelling and courageous editorial, More adoptions will not end shelter killing of pit bulls, in the October 2011 issue of ANIMAL PEOPLE (News for people who care about animals). http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/index.html 

Following are excerpts from his argument for a reality check on what is really happening to pit bulls and why. Clifton’s comments are presented here for the most part in paragraphs, in order to avoid extracting phrases out of context that might distort his original intent. But this is a mere fragment of his fascinating and well-documented editorial. He writes:

“Each year from a third to 45% of the total U.S. pit bull population enters an animal shelter, a phenomenon never seen with any other dog breed. “Of critical importance to realize is that there are very few accidental pit bull births. Because nothing resembling a pit bull occurs in nature, it is necessary to practice line breeding, mating pit bull to pit bull or a very close mix, to continue to have them. “Almost every pit bull who contributes to the surplus is a product of deliberate breeding, sometimes by a dogfighter, but most often just someone engaging in speculative backyard breeding, capitalizing on a perceived vogue for pit bulls created at least in part by the aggressive advertising of shelters and individual rescuers who hope to rehome more pit bulls instead of having to kill them from lack of other options.”

Clifton provides politically incorrect, powerful straight talk to the world of humane activists and organizations, most of whom seem to have forgotten--or maybe never knew—why the current pit bull dilemma exists and that their assertions as “experts,” in an effort to divert public awareness from the genetic nature of pit bulls, is allowing dog fighters and pit bull breeders to continue their exploitive, cruel activities with impunity, causing the suffering and deaths of thousands of animals the rescuers and advocates purport to protect.

This is an article that should be read by anyone involved in, or with an interest in, pit bull protection or anyone who has been a victim of attack. Too much current propaganda has little or no basis in fact and is contrived to further the interests of those who profit from the breed or apologists who use glib euphemisms and rote to justify unacceptable or dangerous behavior. Co-dependency between shelter pit-bull promotions and breeders?

Here’s how Merritt Clifton describes the co-dependency between shelter/rescue promotion efforts and pit bull breeders:

“The ever-increasing numbers of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks increase public apprehension of adopting an adult pit bull of unknown history, but the public tends to believe that pit bulls can make great pets if  "raised right"  from puppyhood.  However, shelters typically don't have puppies these days. Pit bull puppies are in effect in the commodities speculation market, until they grow up and are dumped in shelters. So, persuaded by advertising meant to promote adoptions to acquire a pit bull, Joe and Josephine Q. Public buy a pit bull puppy from a backyard breeder. “About one of those puppies in three will come to a shelter within less than two years.”

Or is it possible that many of these “rescues” are actually fronts for dog-fighting operations and/or breeders, who literally “have a dog in this fight”and mainly in this market? Could some pit bull rescues actually be breeders or dog fighters in disguise? Clifton’s editorial quotes a bold and passionate presentation by ANIMAL PEOPLE President Kim Bartlett at the Conference on Homeless Animal Management and Policy in Hartford, Connecticut in 2002. He adds that, if she had been heeded, it is possible pit bull overpopulation would not be an issue today and “…animal shelters since then might have killed between eight and nine million fewer pit bulls.” Here are excerpts from Bartlett’s statement (full text in the ANIMAL PEOPLE article):

"I believe that pit bulls have a more negative reputation than most members of the breed deserve. I am not endorsing any arbitrary killing of dogs simply because they are of a particular breed, but I favor a ban on breeding of all pit bull-type dogs…"I THINK IT IS UNETHICAL TO BREED ANY DOGS, OR CATS, SO LONG  AS THEY ARE BEING KILLED BY THE MILLION FOR POPULATION CONTROL...…Since pit bulls clearly can be more dangerous to humans and other animals, and are more difficult to handle than most other dogs, and--most importantly--since they attract 'owners' who may want to exploit and abuse them, then for the dogs' own good, preventing further breeding should be a priority for the animal rights cause."  "I have an uneasy feeling that a lot of people claiming to be pit bull rescuers are actually pit bull breeders and even dogfighters in disguise. Otherwise why would they oppose breeding bans that would not affect dogs already born? “People who rescue feral cats want to see an end to their breeding. People who rescue exotic animals such as parrots, lions and tigers, and potbellied pigs would like to see breed bans on those species. Why not the so-called pit bull rescuers?” "PUBLIC POLICY ON ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUES SHOULD NOT BE SET BY BREEDERS AND FANCIERS , AND CERTAINLY NOT BY DOGFIGHTERS WHO POSE AS BREEDERS AND EVEN PRETEND TO BE RESCUERS. “When so-called pitbull lovers and rescuers use language like 'it is the right of Americans to buy [or breed] whatever kind of dog they want,' then they are quite obviously not animal rights advocates."

Clifton provides indisputable statistics to refute apologists who ignore reality. To paraphrase, by insisting pit bulls who attack, injure or kill other pets or humans can be “retrained;” that “it’s just the owner, not the dog;” and that “pits just get a bad rap and are misunderstood” is causing—not helping. And insisting more adoptions are the solution is, in fact, a major part of the problem. “More adoptions will not end shelter killing of pit bulls.”

Merritt Clifton approaches past and current trends and catastrophic decisions by major animal- protection organizations with a real sense of compassion for the dogs brutally exploited by abusers and euthanized in disproportionate numbers in animal shelters because of blind repetition of myths perpetuating the illusion that if enough of them are just adopted out--often to an uncertain fate and with a history of errant and even dangerous behavior--eventually the influx will miraculously decrease. But reality does not support this idealism, he explains:

“The total number of dogs killed in U.S. shelters fell by more than 40% between 1986 and 1993, but the number of pit bulls killed in shelters more than doubled, to about 358,000--15% of the total.”

It should be obvious by now that this is the proverbial attempt to empty the ocean with a thimble. As Clifton laments in this editorial, “THERE MAY NOW BE MORE ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSED ON PIT BULL RESCUE AND ADVOCACY THAN RESCUE AND ADVOCATE FOR ALL OTHER SPECIFIC BREEDS COMBINED."

Following is a random sampling of the intriguing issues Merritt Clifton presents as a credible platform for acknowledging that our current approach to the pit bull problem is not only ineffective but actually making matters worse:

Why the numbers have grown.

“About 8.4 million dogs were killed in shelters in 1986, of whom about 168,000 (2%) were pit bulls, according to the limited available breed-specific data. “ More pit bulls have been rehomed in recent years than ever before, but as most of the U.S. still has no effective brake on pit bull breeding, pit bulls in 2010 rose to 29% of shelter dog admissions and 60% of shelter dog killing. The 2010 U.S. shelter pit bull toll of 930,300 was the second highest yet.”

Why most pit bulls in shelters are adults.

“Typically they come to shelters at about 18 months of age, having already had at least three homes: their birth home, the home they were sold to, and one or more pass-along homes that took the dogs in after problems developed in the first home into which they were purchased.”

With all the free/low-cost spay/neuter programs, why is pit bull shelter population increasing?

“By 1995 more than 70% of the U.S. dog population had been sterilized. A dog who was impounded or surrendered to a shelter 25 years ago had just a 10% chance of being rehomed. Dogs in shelters today have about a 60% chance of being rehomed--unless they happen to be pit bull terriers or close mixes of pit bull, whose sterilization rate is still barely 25%. “Despite that extraordinary rate of success in pit bull placement, however, about 75% of the pit bulls and pit mixes arriving at shelters are killed, either due to dangerous behavior or simply because shelters are receiving pit bulls in ever-escalating volume. Each year from a third to 45% of the total U.S. pit bull population enters an animal shelter, a phenomenon never seen with any other dog breed.”

Is it “just the owner?”

Here are just a few of the tragic statistics Clifton provides about the realities of life for pit bulls. He explains that this is not a matter of “nature vs. nurture,” but, “…a matter of inherently problematic dogs being acquired by inherently problematic people…” “ More than 5,000 pit bulls have been seized in dog fighting raids since 2000, a mere fraction of the numbers believed to have been killed either in dogfights, in connection with training dogs to fight, or in culling dogs who lose fights or show little promise of becoming successful fighters. “About 21% of the dogs impounded in cases of severe and prolonged neglect since 2005 have been pit bulls, and also 21% of the dogs impounded in cases of violent abuse--including 49% of the dogs set on fire and 14% of the dogs raped in bestiality cases. “But pit bulls not just the victims of mayhem. Disfiguring and fatal pit bull attacks on humans have occurred during the past two years at the rate of two every three days, are an unprecedented pace. Pit bulls and close pit mixes have since 1982 accounted for 45% of all U.S. and Canadian fatalities from dog attacks on humans…”

Who’s really making the decisions?

Clifton provides an intriguing history of the major humane organizations—American Humane Association (AHA), Best Friends Animal Society, American Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)--in regard to proposals for mandatory spay/neuter of pit bulls and breed-specific legislation. He also discusses the results of various forms of legislation to address both the burgeoning population and concerns about dangerous dogs.

Have they helped or hindered? What are the costs of pit bulls to society?

“According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites now account for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims, a recent average of about 16,000 per year. The average payout per claim rose 37% between 2003 and 2010…. “The cumulative liability from attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues in lawsuits known to have been settled within the past year alone is in excess of the annual budgets of more than 93% of all U.S. humane organizations.

Debunking the Myths

This editorial dispels the common myths that are repeated as gospel by pit bull advocates who have never bothered to determine their validity. Clifton debates these common untruths with facts: --No, pit bulls were never "America's favorite pet." --No, pit bulls were never "nanny dogs." --No, there is no evidence that if pit bulls were unavailable some other type of dog would be comparably exploited --No, it is not true that breed-specific laws do not reduce bites --No, breed-specific legislation is not inherently hard to enforce because of the difficulty of defining particular breeds.

Humane community credibility at risk?

Merritt Clifton reminds us that, “ANIMAL PEOPLE has warned, many times, that the trustworthiness of the humane community itself is at risk when animal advocates deny the realities of the pit bull crisis.”

Breed-specific legislation (BSL)?

“ANIMAL PEOPLE again reminds the humane community that an effective response to pit bull overpopulation must target breeding, and must be legislatively mandated, since pit bull breeders have proved intransigently resistant to any and all forms of gentle persuasion… “ANIMAL PEOPLE believes active enforcement of breed-specific legislation would be most effective if enforcement is triggered by evidence of breeding, sale, or other exchange. “Effective breed-specific legislation could stop the reproduction of pit bulls and other problematic breeds, stop dogfighting and speculation on fighting bloodlines, curtail shelter intakes of pit bulls and other "fighting" dogs, and reduce attacks on people and other animals.” (Above are excerpts. Read more… http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/index.html

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/pit-bulls-will-more-adoptions-end-shelter-killings

HERMINIE PA - PITTSBURGH AREA - 5-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL VICTIM HAS A BREATHING TUBE, IS HEAVILY SEDATED AND ON PAIN MEDICATION - WILL LIKELY HAVE TO SEE A PLASTIC SURGEON FOR THE NEXT 15 YEARS - MOTHER SAYS HE WAS SUCH A CUTIE PIE AND HE WILL HAVE SCARRING FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE !!!!!

HAYDEN'S FATHER AND GRANDFATHER ARE TRYING TO FIND THE OWNER OF THE MORE EXPENSIVE BLUE-NOSE BULLY THAT ATTACKED THEIR CHILD.  POLICE SAY THEY DON'T HANDLE THIS TYPE OF INVESTIGATION BUT THE DOG IS ABOUT 8 YEARS OLD AND OVERWEIGHT AND PROBABLY CAME FROM A HOUSE CLOSE BY!!!

UPDATE:  Tues - Nov 22, 2011 - A 5-year-old boy who was viciously attacked by a pit bull in Herminie on Friday will have to undergo about 15 years of surgeries, doctors said.

Hayden Stoll's family said he was seriously hurt when the dog attacked him in his front yard. Doctors said he'll need multiple surgeries to reconstruct his face.

The boy is currently on a breathing tube and has been given sedatives and a morphine drip to help with the pain. William Stoll, Hayden’s grandfather, said his grandson was in the front yard when the dog came out of nowhere and began biting him in the face.

"The dog had him right across the face," Stoll said. "I tried prying open his mouth and I couldn't. We got a rock and began banging on its back and shoulders. Finally, the dog let go."

“I feel horrible for him,” Hayden’s mother Jennifer Stoll said. “He is going to have scarring the rest of his life and he was such a cutie pie.”

Hayden's father,William Stoll Jr., said no one knows who owns the pit bull and so far no one has come forward. He said he believes the dog is not a stray because it is a rare breed and it was well taken care of. He told Channel 11's Courtney Brennan that he is doing his own research to try and find the owner.

"It's a rare breed of pit bull. It's called a blue nose bully and they're pretty expensive from what I understand," said William Stoll Jr. "A dog in this condition and being overweight, he's not runner. He's somewhere close by."

****BRENNAN REPORTED THAT SOMEONE WENT TO WHERE THE DOG IS BEING KEPT AND ASKED FOR CUSTODY OF THE DOG, THOUGH IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THAT WAS THE DOG'S OWNER OR A RANDOM PERSON.********
 
http://www.wpxi.com/news/29834244/detail.html

NORTH MERRICK LONG ISLAND NY - PIT BULL ATTACK VICTIM, 62-YEAR-OLD SHASHI SHARMA, IS GOING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING - AFTER 2 GRUELING MONTHS OF SURGERIES AND REHABILITATION

SHASHI SHARMA WHO WAS A DOCTOR IN INDIA BEFORE MOVING TO NORTH MERRICK IN THE 1980'S SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND SPENT 2 MONTHS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT.  SHE CAN NOW WALK WITH THE HELP OF A WALKER.


Tues - Nov 22, 2011 - "I really believe the hardest part of this is behind her." That was the prevailing message from Dr. Louis Riina, the head plastic surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow who oversaw the recovery of Shashi Sharma, the 62-year old North Merrick resident who was attacked by two pit bulls outside of the Brookside School on Sept. 29.

http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-double-pit-bull-attack-victim-speaks-out-goes-home,0,1790558.story

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/pit-bull-mauling-victim-on-road-to-recovery-20111122

On Tuesday, following two grueling months of surgeries and rehabilitation, Sharma was cleared by her doctors to be sent home so she could spend Thanksgiving with her family, which includes her husband, Mukesh, and son, Suraj.

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Sitting beside Suraj, Riina and other physicians who tended to her, Sharma spoke publicly for the first time since the attack, issuing a brief statement. “I want to say this from the bottom of my heart,” she said during a news conference in NUMC’s auditorium. “I am very grateful for Dr. Riina and his medical staff. I'm still recovering every day. Please respect my privacy. Thank you very much and happy Thanksgiving.”

Then, Sharma, who is in real estate and was a doctor in India before moving to North Merrick in the 1980s, was wheeled from the room by hospital staff. Despite her horrific injuries, which were described in detail by Riina, she showed no major physical effects from the attack.

According to Riina, Sharma entered the hospital with “life-threatening” injuries, including the loss of skin and fat, extensive muscle damage, tendon damage, and lacerations to her face, neck and scalp. "The left arm, from the wrist up to the top of the biceps, was missing skin,” said Riina.

She also lost a great deal of blood, and was rushed to the operating room, where she underwent surgery “for several hours,” Riina said. Sharma spent the next two months in the intensive-care unit and physical therapy.

Riina said that Sharma can now walk with the help of a walker, and has even taken steps without it. “"She's walking beautifully in physical therapy,” said Riina.

Sharma’s son, Suraj, 23, also fielded questions about his mother’s condition. "Now she's in very good spirits,” he said. “She knows that this was a long process and she's glad to go home after two months."

  "From where she started, today is a great day,” Suraj continued, adding that Thanksgiving would be a quiet affair spent with his mother and father on Thursday.


Doctors said that Sharma was able to make the 911 call herself while she was being attacked by the pit bulls. Since no one else was around at the time, the phone call may have saved her life. "She's a very strong woman,” Suraj said. “I've learned that over the years. If it wasn't for her strength, she wouldn't have been able to call 911."

On the day of the attack, police shot one of the pit bulls dead, and the other ran off. Sharma was then airlifted to NUMC.

The injuries that Sharma suffered were so severe that Riina said they were unlike anything he’s ever seen. "I've seen injuries that are akin to this, but I've never seen an animal attack that damaged” this much tissue, he said.

Following the attack, police scoured North Merrick neighborhoods for 18 days in search of the second pit bull, which officers killed outside a day-care center on Jerusalem Avenue on Oct. 17. Police have not identified the dogs’ owners, and Suraj declined to comment on who they might be.

Riina said that Sharma still has work to do rebuilding her strength and endurance, and that she has "at least one more surgery in her future." After that, he said, Sharma would make regular visits to the hospital, where doctors would monitor her to determine if more surgeries are needed. "We'll follow the maturation of these repairs,” he said.

The immediate goal, Suraj said, is to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner as a family. "You wish that something like this would never have happened,” he said. “But the fact that she's able to go home, and survive everything, and be fully functional like she is, we're all very, very thankful for that."

 http://www.liherald.com/stories/Pit-bull-attack-victim-thankful-to-be-alive,37169?content_source=&category_id=5&search_filter=&event_mode=&event_tx_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=&town_id=