Friday, January 31, 2014

RIDDLESDOWN COMMON ENGLAND - A STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER ATTACKED A HERD OF RARE JACOB SHEEP - ONE SHEEP WAS MAULED SO BADLY IT WAS PUT DOWN

Croydon Guardian: The sheep's injuries were so severe it was destroyedA dog owner has been fined after his Staffordshire bull terrier savaged and killed a rare sheep.
Peter Kelly, of Purley, was prosecuted after his pet attacked a herd of Jacob sheep in Riddlesdown Common.
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The dog left one sheep so badly injured it was put down following the attack in May last year.
Park rangers found the Staffie shortly after the attack and the City of London Corporation, which owns the land, took Mr Kelly to court.
He pleaded guilty to failing to keep his dog under control at Croydon Magistrates' Court last week was was fined £600.
Your Local Guardian:
Allan Cameron, head ranger at Riddlesdown Common, said: "We welcome responsible dog walkers to Riddlesdown but it is vitally important that they keep their dogs under effective control – especially where livestock are present.

Magistrates also ordered Mr Kelly to pay £95 compensation and a £100 contribution to prosecution costs.
The corporation uses sheep and cattle to graze on the common rather than mowing the grass with machinery, which would prevent wildlife such as flowers and insects from flourishing.
The Jacob breed, recognizable by their horns and spotted bodies, is named after the Biblical character, a sheep breeder.

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CLEVELAND OH - A WOMAN "RESCUED" A FEMALE PIT BULL TO BE WITH HER OTHER MALE PIT BULL AND IT DIDN'T QUITE WORK OUT FOR HER!!!

A resident on Bidwell Avenue reported on January 27 that one of her pit bulls killed another pit bull in the house. 

She told police that she rescued “Venus,” the female pit bull, and brought her home to her other pit bull, “Trooper.” She stated that they got along well the past two days. However, when she returned home from work, she found Trooper dead in the dining room. She called the police for fear Venus might harm her. Venus was taken by the Animal Control officer to the kennel.

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RICHARDS BAY SOUTH AFRICA - A FAMILY PIT BULL ATTACKED THEIR 14-MONTH-OLD TODDLER RIPPING THE SIDE OF HIS FACE FROM HIS JAWLINE TO HIS EYE SOCKET - 5 DAYS IN ICU

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SEBASTIAN STRECKER, 14-months-old, was attacked by his family’s “gentle” AMERICAN PIT BULL.     He lost two teeth and received more than a 100 stitches.



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The toddler’s father had to stab the dog with a penknife to stop the attack. The pit died of its injuries.
While the child is on the mend after the attack at his home on Saturday, his parents are still traumatized. Sebastian was rushed to the Bay Hospital, where he spent two hours in surgery after sustaining serious injuries to his face. The left side of his face had a deep gash from his jawline to his eye socket. Two of Sebastian’s teeth were ripped out in the attack. He was placed in a temperature-controlled room to prevent infection and spent five days in ICU.

MOTHER,  KARIEN STRECKER,  WHO HAD BEEN RESTING AFTER BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL THE DAY AFTER HAVING A KNEE OPERATION SPEAKS:

"IT HAS BEEN A VERY TRAUMATIC WEEK FOR ALL OF US.  MY HUSBAND IS STILL STRUGGLING TO GET THE PICTURE OF SEBASTIAN LOOKING SO LIFELESS OUT OF HIS MIND. HE HAD BEEN SITTING ON THE PORCH WITH SEBASTIAN WHEN HIS PHONE RANG AND HE TURNED AROUND FOR A SECOND TO ANSWER IT.  HE HEARD OUR BABY CRY AND TURNED BACK AROUND AND COULD NOT BELIEVE HIS EYES.  OUR AMERICAN PIT BULL JUMPED ON HIM AND ATTACKED HIM. DWAYNE TRIED TO GET "MAX" OFF HIM.  SEBASTIAN HAD PASSED OUT BY THE TIME MY HUSBAND GOT THE DOG OFF HIM.  HE PICKED HIM UP TO BRING HIM IN THE HOUSE, BUT......

       MAX CONTINUED TO TRY TO ATTACK OUR BABY SO THAT IS WHEN DWAYNE 
       USED HIS LEATHERMAN KNIFE TO STAB MAX. IT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP
       THE ATTACK.

MAX WAS PART OF THE FAMILY AND WAS ALWAYS GENTLE WITH OUR CHILDREN - OUR 2 DAUGHTERS - AND WITH SEBASTIAN.  HE OFTEN LAY NEXT TO SEBASTIAN AS IF TO PROTECT HIM.  WE HAD HIM FOR 3 YEARS AND  NOT ONCE WAS HE AGGRESSIVE TO ANY OF US."
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Kathy Clayton, chairwoman of the Animal Behaviour Consultants of South Africa, said pit bulls where genetically bred to attack and be vicious.
“Pit bulls can be fantastic dogs, but it’s always a question of maybe... Every dog has the potential to attack, but that chance is greater with pit bulls because that’s just how they are. Their behavIor can be very good and very caring towards people, but they only become attached to one person and do not like it when any other dog or person moves in on their territory.”
Caroline Smith, marketing manager at the Durban and Coast SPCA, said they did not find new homes for pit bulls left in their care.
"WHEN WE GET PIT BULLS WE DO NOT RE-HOME THEM BECAUSE WE CONSIDER THEM RISKY."

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SPRINGFIELD, GREEN COUNTY MO - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY PUTTING HIM IN THE HOSPITAL

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 A  PIT BULL attacked a 2-year-old boy Tuesday night causing the boy to be hospitalized. He was treated for bites to his foot, leg and hands and was still in the hospital Wednesday.  The male pit bull, which was not registered as required by city ordinance, is in animal control’s custody and will be held for 10 days before being euthanized,  

Police spokesperson Lisa Cox said the case was referred to Greene County Children's Division for possible further investigation. It is not clear whether the child was attacked inside or outside the house at the residence. And it is also not clear who owns the pit bull.  A person claiming to be the owner called animal control after the attack and indicated he or she did not want the dog anymore and that it was chained up in the yard at the residence at 2100  block of North Franklin.  That person said that animal control was free to pick up the dog.

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CLEVELAND OH - 2 ROTTWEILERS WENT ON THE ATTACK RACKING UP 4 VICTIMS BEFORE AN OFFICER SHOT THEM DEAD

An off-duty Cleveland Metropolitan School District police officer ended a series of East Side dog attacks Wednesday when he shot dead two Rottweilers.

The officer was driving along the 1200 block of East 100th Street about 5 p.m. when he saw the pair of large dogs tearing at a man near the street. The officer left his car and tried to stop the Rotts without using deadly force, according to Cleveland police.
When that didn’t work, the officer drew his gun and opened fire, police said.

Officials said the dogs attacked three others in the area before the officer, whose name has not been released, came to the victim’s rescue. All four victims were treated at area hospitals. The Division of Animal Control Services located the dogs’ owner and will investigate the attacks to determine if criminal charges will be filed.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO CA - PIT BULLS OWNED BY HOMELESS PERSON ATTACKED A FRIEND

TWO PIT BULLS allegedly attacked a man at about 10:30pm Tuesday at a homeless emcampment near 25th Avenue and Lincoln Way. Animal Care and Control, Lt. Denise Bongiovanni said the owner -- a homeless man -- left his dogs with a friend in a meadow while he went to get groceries.
“We don't know what prompted the attack,” said Bongiovanni, “but his friend was then attacked by one or both dogs. We understand that he suffered bite wounds to his legs and an arm.”
The man suffered several bites and a second person who tried to intervene was also bitten, police said.
Officers arrived and found one of the pit bulls, Frisco, and fatally shot it. The second dog, Cleo, ran off but was found shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday near Haight and Stanyan streets and was safely captured, animal care officials said.
“She was with a group of young homeless people,” said Bongiovanni. “And apparently she had wandered to an encampment and found a friend of the owner's.”
“‘Despite our limited staffing and funding, our Animal Control Officers would not leave the park until they had the second dog in their custody and could ensure public safety. I am proud of our dedicated staff,” said Rebecca Katz, Director of San Francisco Animal Care  and Control.
“It’s unfortunate that these incidents have a negative effect on pit bull adoptions. The breed can make wonderful, loving companions,” added Katz later in the statement.
Animal Care and Control officials released a photo and video of the two pit bulls that were taken when they were previously in the department's custody in December after an RV was towed with the two dogs inside.
“Shortly after that, the owner was arrested and the dogs, I believe, were stray roaming and brought in,” said Bongiovanni 
Department spokeswoman Deb Campbell said the owner of the dogs has been identified but said she did not know if he would be cited for Tuesday's incident.
The man who suffered multiple dog bites was taken to a hospital in stable condition while the second victim declined medical treatment, police said.
Director of San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department Phil Ginsburg told KTVU the attacks highlight the dangers of unleashed dogs and illegal camping in the parks.
But Bongiovanni said not every homeless person is a bad pet owner.
“It's sort of a mixed bag. We have very responsible owners out there who are down on their luck and just happen to be homeless that seem to have control over their animals,” said Bongiovanni. “And then we have people who don't seem to have control over their animals and have a more sketchy or questionable temperament.”
Cleo will be held at Animal Care and Control headquarters for a vicious and dangerous dog hearing and for a mandatory 10-day observation to check for rabies, according to the department.
The fatal shooting of a dog is the second by San Francisco police in less than a week.
At about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, officers with the department's housing unit were investigating a report of a squatter living with a dog named “Psycho” in a vacant unit in the 1000 block of Connecticut Street in the city's Potrero Hill neighborhood.
The suspected squatter was outside the unit as officers were knocking on the door, then kicked open the door, allowing the dog to charge at the officers, police said.
An officer was backed against a wall and fell to the ground as the dog lunged at him, prompting him to shoot and kill the dog. The suspect was then placed under arrest on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer and trespassing, according to police.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN RI - A PIT BULL RECENTLY TAKEN INTO THE SHELTER ATTACKED 2 VOLUNTEERS

North Kingstown Animal Control ShelterAccording to police  2 ANIMAL SHELTER VOLUNTEERS were attacked on Tuesday morning at the North Kingstown Animal Control Shelter. Police say a  PIT BULL that was taken into the shelter just last week bit two volunteers.
One volunteer sustained injures on the right leg and hand, while the other was injured on the right arm. Both refused medical treatment at the scene and were treated at a local clinic.
The dog will now be quarantined for ten days.


MEDFORD OR - 2 PIT BULLS ESCAPE THEIR YARD AND ATTACKED ANOTHER WOMAN AND HER 2 PIT BULLS - AND ANOTHER WOMAN WHO CAME TO HER AID WAS BITTEN

A 50-year-old Medford woman was getting into her car at 3:44pm on January 21 in the 500 block of Austin Street, near the Kids Unlimited parking lot. She had been preparing to put her 2 PIT BULLS  in the car when two other pit bulls belonging to 51-year-old Shannon Wells escaped from his Austin Street yard and attacked. The woman tried to break up the fight and  was bitten on her arm.
A 44-year-old woman witnessed the attack and tried to intervene, throwing a cup of water in one of the animal's faces. That caused the animals to turn on her and bite her twice on the arm. She ran to get help and found the animals and the woman had disappeared by the time she returned.
The 50-year-old woman who was first attacked was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her dog bites, which required several stitches. The 44-year-old woman also received treatment for her injuries, police said.
Wells was cited on a municipal code violation for not having control of his animals, police said. Jackson County Animal Care and Control seized his two pit bulls. Both animals are in a 10-day quarantine at the shelter to make sure they are not rabid. At the end of that period, officials will reassess and decide on the next steps to take.
The city of Medford had been mulling restrictions or a ban on pit bulls within city limits. Of the 89 dog attacks reported in the past three years, 45 were from pit bulls. The consideration has drawn sharp opposition from numerous pit bull owners. They have said a breed-specific ban is not fair, and that irresponsible owners, instead, should be penalized.
The Medford City Council has asked the Police Advisory Committee to come up with recommendations for how to handle dangerous dogs by April.


OSHKOSH WI - A PIT BULL CHOMPED DOWN ON A POLICE OFFICER'S LEG AND BEGAN ITS GRIPPING THING - MULTIPLE LAYERS OF CLOTHING PREVENTED A SEVERE BITE

Oshkosh Police were notified that 3 dogs  were running loose in  the 600 block of Waugoo Avenue at 6 p.m. Saturday.  An officer went to the alley behind the residence  and saw  2 PIT BULLS  run into the alley, growling and barking. He started walking backwards towards his squad car when one  of the  PIT BULLS  lunged at him and bit him in the left thigh and began shaking its head back and forth.
As the second pit bull  was coming towards him, the officer pulled out his handgun and shot in the direction of the dog that was biting him. The shot missed the dog, but cause both dogs to run back towards the residence. Both dogs went into the residence through an open door. The third dog, A ROTTWEILER, had gone back into the residence before the attack.
Due to the cold, the officer was wearing multiple layers of clothing, which prevented the dog’s teeth from breaking the officer’s skin and he did not need medical attention.
Officers later spoke with the owner of the dogs who said the dogs had never bitten anyone before and they were up to date on their licenses. Police did not have any previous history with the dogs so at this point no citations have been issued.

Monday, January 27, 2014

ST. DAVID BERMUDA - A PIT BULL TERRIER ATTACKED AND KILLED A YORKIE BEING WALKED BY ITS FAMILY

A  St. George's woman and her daughter were walking along Texas Road about 3:30pm yesterday with their 2 dogs when a  PIT BULL TERRIER  attacked one of their dogs.  The little Yorkie died at the scene from its injuries.   
The mother, daughter and their other dog were not injured. The Government dog warden has been made aware of this incident.


MARANA AZ - A LOOSE GROWLING FOAMING AT THE MOUTH PIT BULL CAME INTO A PARK WHERE A FAMILY WAS PLAYING AND ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK - POLICE SHOT IT !

On Wednesday Sandy Trombley was at the park in the Gladden Farms community with her granddaughter Jasmine, and her son Dan Herbster when her son saw the dog, and told his mother to take care of his 2 year old daughter while he distracted the pit bull. Trombley says she feared for her granddaughter's life because  the dog would bark and it was foaming at the mouth.
When, her son got the dog away from the granddaughter, the dog grabbed at his pant leg and he drew his firearm and had to kick the dog from getting on top of me.  He says he had his gun pointed at the dog's head but didn't shoot . "If there was another child in the next yard or somebody making dinner in the kitchen I could have shot someone and I didn't want to take that chance."
Trombley was on the phone with 911. "I said we have a vicious dog that's about to attack my son here in the park. The 911 dispatcher said let me connect you to animal control. I said m ‘am we don't have time for animal control." Marana Police showed up and tried to capture the dog but when it lunged at the officer, putting that officer's life in danger, he fired 3 shots. 
The family says some people are blaming them for the dogs death. Herbster says, " I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if my daughter or any of these other children here had happened to get bit that day and I could have done something at that time and didn't do it. "
The family says they want to publicly thank the Marana Police Dept. For protecting them and the community.
The dog had no microchip or tags and  Marana police say they don't know who the dog belonged too, they went door to door asking for information. The incident is still under investigation.

UNION COUNTY KY - 3 PIT BULLS KNOCKED DOWN A GATE AND ATTACKED AN ELDERLY NEIGHBOR


Union County Sheriff's deputies say that on Saturday afternoon near Morganfield  3 PIT BULLS  knocked down a gate and began attacking an elderly woman that lived next door. When paramedics and other deputies arrived, the pit bulls began attacking them too delaying treatment for the victim. She was taken to the hospital with injuries to her arms and legs. Deputies say the dogs were owned by a man who had been in jail for two weeks but during that time Brandie Wadell, 33, was looking after them.  Wadell was cited for ,,,,,

                           3 COUNTS OF HARBORING A VICIOUS ANIMAL.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

JACKSONVILLE TX - GREAT NEWS !!! KONEN IS GOING HOME - LOOK AT THAT PRESCIOUS FACE AND SMILE !!!!!



Konen was attacked by his family's dogs on December 18, 2013.  This is the last message written by his mom at  http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/prayers-for-konen/117496   GOOD LUCK TO THIS YOUNG FAMILY !!!..........


1 month ago my life changed forever! I watched my happy, out going, fun, loving, amazing, beautiful child lose his life in front of me! I was covered in his blood waiting for the hospital to stabilize him and tell me he was okay. Instead we were air lifted here to Dallas where my son under went 3 long hours of surgery.  I watched him not move, covered in bruises and stitches with a neck brace and... a machine breathing for him. A tube in his lung, a trach in his throat, a drain tube in his throat. A pic line going to his heart and multiple ivs. Along with being tied to the bed. He had a stroke and a seizure, which paralized his left side for 2 weeks. All because of a dog that I believed could over come its reputation!! I'm sure many people will still defend the breed, but I will never ever own one again. My kids will never step foot around one again. I refuse to risk anything, with any dog again! I hated the world And even lost hope. I thought a piece of me was gone. The very being that I grew in my tummy and gave birth to and loved. i Was a mother and father to until Bret Arp came around! He was brutally attacked for no reason, by dogs that we loved and cared for like our own children!  I couldn't believe it. Didn't want to. Heard drs tell me my son may not make it! That his left side wouldn't work again. But look at him now! Alive, breathing on his own.. WALkING, TALkING. Dancing, loving life again. Only A trach, NG tube and neck brace. And a little weakness on his left side.  He is a true miracle and survived something that he was not believed to survive from.. Drs have told me its a miracle he is alive. I believe it was God. My faith now is stronger then it has ever been. To witnesses something like this! God is amazing!!!

HERE IS A STORY ABOUT A CHILD, KARA HARTRICH,  WHO WAS ATTACKED BY THE FAMILY'S "DOGS" AND THE CHILD DID NOT MAKE IT.  THERE ARE SO MANY NUTTERS SURROUNDING THIS HARTRICH FAMILY, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY WILL EVER LEAVE THE KINGDOM OF NUTTERDOM EVEN AFTER LOSING THEIR CHILD !!!



2014 -U.S. DOG BITE FATALITIES

PIT BULLS - 2


1.  1- 5  - CHRISTINA BURLESON, 43 - HOUSTON TX - 3 LOOSE PIT BULLS

2.  1-17 - KARA ELIZABETH HARTRICH - 4  -  BLOOMINGTON IL - POSSIBLY 2 OF THE FAMILY'S 3 PIT BULLS

      

NON-BITE FATALITY

1-7  - CARLOS ELIGIO TREVINO, 54 -  IDAHO FALLS ID - After breaking up a fight among his 7 pits, he complained of being tired and died a few minutes later.




                 
2013 - 32 DEATHS (33 IF JAMES HARDIN IS COUNTED)

PIT BULL - 22
PIT BULL MIXES - 3
PIT BULL/MASTIFF MIX - 2
BULLMASTIFF - 2 **********
ROTTWEILER/MASTIFF MIX - 1
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1
HUSKY MIX - 1
SHIBA INU - 1


1. 1-8 - Betty Todd - 65 - Greenwood SC - family's pit bull

2.  1-19 - Christian Gormanous - 4 - Conroe TX - neighbor's pit bull

3.  2-8  - Elsie Grace - 92 - Hemet CA - son's 2 pit bulls

4.  2-16  - Isaiah Aguilar - 2 - Sabinal TX - neighbor's pit bull

5.  3-2  - Ryan Maxwell - 7 - Galesburg IL - friend's pit bull

6.  3-6  - Daxton Borchardt - 14 mos - Walworth WI - babysitter's 2 pit bulls

7.  3-26  - Monica Laminack- 21 mos - Bryan Co GA - family's 7 pit bulls

8.  4-7  - Tyler Jett - 7 - Callaway FL - neighbor's 2 pit bull mixes

9.  4 -11 - Claudia Gallardo - 38 - Stockton CA - acquaintance's  pit bull/mastiff mix??

10. 4-23 -  Jordyn Arndt - 4 - Prairie City IA - babysitter's American Staffordshire Terrier

11.  4-24 - Beau Rutledge - 2 - Fulton Co GA - family's pit bull

12.   5-4  Rachel Honabarger - 35 - Coshocton OH - family's german shepherd

13.   5-9 - Pamela Maria Devitt - 63 - Littlerock CA - 4 loose pit bulls

14.  5-12 - Carlton Freeman - 80 - Harleyville SC - 4 loose pit bulls

15.  6 -9 - Ayden Evans - 5 -  Jessieville Ar - Pit Bull/Bullmastiff mix ******

16.   6-17   - Nephi Selu - 6 - Union City CA - Family's pit bull

17.   6-25  -  Arianna Jolee Merrbach - 5 - Effingham SC - Relative's pit bull mix 

18.  7-1  - Linda Oliver - 63 - Liberty Co TX - Stray/adopted Rottweiler/Mastiff Mix

19.  8-30- Juan Campos- 96 - Katy TX - several neighbor's Pit Bull Type dogs

20.  9-15- Jordan Lee Reed - 5 - Kotzebue AK - Husky mix

21.  9-22 - "Daniel" a special needs child - 2 1/2 - Gilbert AZ - Babysitter's  3 Pit Bull mixes

22, 9-23 - Samuel Eli Zamudio - 2 - Colton CA - Family's 5 pit bull mixes

23. 9-27 - Jordan Ryan - 5 - Baker OR - Babysitter's Pit Bull ??

24. 11-1 -Terrie Douglass - 56- Baltimore Md - Woman's own pit bull

25. 11-5 -Katherine Atkins - 25 - Kernersville NC - Boyfriend's 2 pit bulls

26. 11-6 -Nga Woodhead - 65 - Spanaway, Pierce County WA - neighbor's 2 pit bulls

27. 11-8 - Levi Watson - 4 - Bradford, White County Ar - mother's friends pit bulls

28. 11-21 - Joan Kappen - 75 - Hot Springs Village Ar - neighbor's Pit Bull/Bullmastiff mix *****

29. 12-7 - Jah'niyah White - 2 - Chicago IL- Grandfather's 2 Pit Bulls

30. 12-9 - Mia Gibson - 3 months - Columbus OH - Family's 2 Shiba Inus

31. 12-13 - Michal Nelson - 41 - Jarales NM - Woman's own pit bull

32. 12-29 - Thomas J. Vick - 64 - Bullhead AZ - Killed by 1 or all of his 5 dogs- 1 Boxer, 1 GSD Mix, 3 Pit Bull Mixes


*****2  Pit Bull/ Bullmastiff mixes  from the same litter/family allegedly killed these 2 people- A 5-year old boy and a 75-year-old woman - almost 6 months apart


NON - BITE FATALITY

1.  2-22 - James Hardin - 62 -  Baltimore MD - He was walking on the street when 2 pit bulls began chasing him and he ran terrified into the street and was hit by a car and killed.

PLACENTIA CA - 2 PIT BULL TYPE DOGS RUN LOOSE AND ATTACK 2 PEOPLE - POLICE CAPTURE ONE AND SHOT THE OTHER DEAD

Police received two 911 calls about 5:35am about two dogs, described as pit bull types, biting  2 people on their legs Saturday morning at the Placentia Place Apartment Homes.
One victim had a dog bite on a leg and was transported to Placentia Linda Hospital, treated and released. The other victim had a more severe deep bite on a leg that probably needed suturing and they were transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. 
The victims said they did not know the dogs and  police found the them in a gated parking area of the apartment complex and kept watch on them until Orange County Animal Care officers arrived. That agency took custody of the female dog, but when attempting to capture the male dog, that one charged an officer, who fired one round from his shotgun at the dog.
The dog ran to a corner of the parking area, then continued to charge officers as they attempted to contain it. Two officers then fired their shotguns at the dog, killing it. Animal Care officers were still searching for the dogs’ owner.

ANTIOCH CA - 3 PIT BULLS JUMPED A SMALL FENCE AROUND THEIR YARD AND ATTACKED A COUPLE AND THEIR 2 PETS BEING WALKED

Poodle attacked by pit-bulls

John and Charlene Wadsworth were walking Muffin, a poodle, and Lepi, a hound, Wednesday evening when they say 3 PIT BULLS  attacked them. "The last thing I expected was to have to fight for my life that night," says John Wadsworth. The pits went straight for their dogs and one latched on to Muffin's neck. Muffin was squealing a death cry. "Her face was up at me and I could see terror in her face," says Charlene."  Charlene got knocked to the ground but kept hanging on to her pet.

John Wadsworth says his wife was in danger and could have gotten killed. As he tried to help Lepi, one of the pits grabbed his hand and started chewing it up. That's when he took out his pocket knife and stabbed the dog once in the ribs.  It retreated and the pit bull's owner and other neighbors had pulled the monsters off by then.

The nutters say their pits got out by jumping a small fence in their yard and they've never been aggressive before.  They did not have dog licenses. The couple were both injured as was their hound Lepi.  But Muffin got injured the worst of all.  She had to have surgery because the back on her neck was ripped open.

The pits were seized and taken to a shelter.  The Wadsworths want them put down but the owners want them spared.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

BURNS CRESCENT, BARRY ENGLAND - A VET NURSE RUSHED TO THE AID OF AN ELDERLY DOG THAT WAS BEING ATTACKED BY A BULLMASTIFF MIX AND THE ATTACKING MONSTER TURNED ON HER

Barry And District News: INJURIES: Hospital treatment was required following a dog attack
A veterinary nurse, 31, was going to the aid of a dog injured in a vicious attack when the attacking dog turned on her.  She  needed surgery in hospital to ensure no infection had set in to the 13 deep puncture wounds and lacerations sustained during the unprovoked attack.
The bull mastiff cross dog had originally gone for a ten-year-old dog out walking with his two owners, in Burns Crescent, Barry, at 9.30am on Saturday, January 18.The nurse's 26-year-old fiancĂ© said she had rushed to help the wounded dog while THE OWNER OF THE DOG RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK HAD ABANDONED THE ANIMAL AND SHUT HERSELF INDOORS. Luckily the owner of the injured dog managed to prise the attack dog's jaws open.

The fiancĂ© said: “The owner was looking through her window, safely locked indoors. She made no attempt to take control of her dog, but quite happily sat back as the dog ravaged my fiancee’s arm.
The owner in this case quite happily lets her dog go without a collar or lead and go on a rampage and maul two of the residents in our normally quiet area.”He added: “In hospital they cleaned the wounds, some were over one centimetre deep.

“They said it will take up to three months to heal and being in her job it has traumatised her.“They were worried bits of tooth might be lodged inside any of the puncture wounds.  

“She will always be wary in her job now, making it more difficult for her,  and no way will she be able to do a quarter of her normal duties for the next six months and she can't drive her car. Police said they were investigating as the incident resulted in two people receiving dog bites and requiring hospital treatment. One dog was taken to secure kennels where it will be formally examined by the Police Dangerous Dogs officer.


CHICAGO IL - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL GETS LOOSE AND RAMPAGES THROUGH A NEIGHBORHOOD ATTACKING 3 - IT TOOK MULTIPLE SHOTS FOR AN OFFICER TO PUT IT DOWN




Police shot a pit bull on the West Side Wednesday about 7pm after the dog went on a rampage, attacking an adult and two children. 

Daisy Carranza said her 11-year-old son, Cirpriana, was taking out the garbage when he was forced to the ground and viciously attacked by a neighbor's dog.

"I can't stop replaying it in my mind, over and over and over. Just hearing him scream. I ran and I was screaming to put his hands up in front of his face. And when I get there, the dog's on his face, just attacking him."

Desperate to stop the attack, Daisy grabbed the dog's jaw and pried it open.

"He was bleeding everywhere. His mouth is split, his nose is split, his entire body is cut, his arms are all ripped," Carranzo said.

The dog broke free and ran away  jumping on 12-year-old Latara Scott  who was walking with her family.

"He just went completely berserk. I'm talking about like out of a movie or something," Scott's mother, Willie Mae Jackson, said. "She has a hole up underneath of her chin, a cut beneath her lip ... a hole in the back side of her neck."

The dog then jumped on a woman who was trying to help. Police soon arrived and it took multiple shots from an officer to take down the dog.

Latara was still hospitalized Thursday night.

The owner was cited for the attack itself, for not having a dog license and for the dog not receiving a rabies vaccination. But Jackson is upset that her neighbor hasn't even bothered to apologize.


"He don't have the decency to come and say  I'm sorry it happened to your children," Jackson said.

FLUVANNA COUNTY VA - MAN ARRESTED FOR DOG FIGHTING , ANIMAL CRUELTY, AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON


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Brenton Lemont Mathis, 39, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and is behind bars without bond, charged with eight felony counts of fighting animals for sport. He is also charged with 8 counts of animal cruelty and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon..
Court records show that in 1995, Mathis pleaded guilty of robbery in Albemarle Circuit Court. The judge in that case sentenced Mathis to 12 years in prison, BUT SUSPENDED 11 YEARS.
Deputies, aided by the regional Dog Fighting Task Force, raided Mathis’ Hayden Martin Road property on January 16 and took 10 pit bulls and “training” equipment. Officials said none of the dogs were licensed.
In an interview  on Friday, Mathis said he did not fight the dogs and took good care of them. He referred to the dogs as pets and said most were puppies.
Sheriff's Deputies believed Brenton Mathis may have been running a dog fighting ring, and showed up with crews with other state agencies at Mathis' mother's home  with a search warrant. That is when they seized ten dogs--ALL AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS. 
In the woods about 30 feet behind his mother's home are two large cages, several doghouses and a wide-open, muddy space. There are two, 20 by 10 foot kennel runs and a 40-foot run. He also has a large shelter that is fenced.
 Mathis says he and his family have been raising pit bulls for 15 years, breeding them occasionally.
He says investigators took a canine treadmill and a cowhide in as evidence. Cowhides can be used to strengthen dogs' jaws, but Mathis contends it was "simply a toy."
Mathis is being held without bond and was transported to the Central Virginia Regional Jail. His next hearing is set for January 28, 2014,  in Fluvanna County General District Court.

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MERIWETHER COUNTY GA - A DOG FIGHTING BUST LEADS TO ARRESTS AND SEIZED VEHICLES, GUNS, AND $28,000 IN CASH AND A FRIED CHICKEN CATERING TRUCK !!!


A multi-agency taskforce in west Georgia arrested 34 people and seized 27 vehicles, guns and over $28,000 in cash in a Saturday night raid on an alleged dog-fighting operation in Meriwether County.  Sheriff Chuck Smith says that numerous officers converged at a location on Callaway Road off Happy Hollow Drive about 10:30pm.

AN EMACIATED BLEEDING CRIPPLED FEMALE PIT BULL WAS FOUND INSIDE A LARGE FIGHTING PIT. THIS DOG AND ANOTHER WERE RESCUED.


"WHEN THE HELICOPTER PILOTS HIT THEIR TARGET WITH SPOTLIGHTS, PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS RAN INTO THE ARMS OF WAITING OFFICERS HOLDING A PERIMETER AROUND THE EVENT. I AM SADDENED BY WHAT I SAW AT THIS CRIME SCENE." 

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A LARGE "EXPRESS WINGS" CATERING TRUCK WAS SET UP TO SERVE FRIED CHICKEN AND FISH TO SPECTATORS AND IT WAS SEIZED AS EVIDENCE.

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LEEDS ENGLAND - 2 MEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED FOR THE MAULING DEATH OF EMMA BENNETT BY THEIR 2 DOGS- A PIT BULL AND A STAFFIE ???

Tragedy: Emma Bennett, 27, from Leeds, died after being attacked by two dogs, believed to be banned breeds

This is believed to be one of the dogs who attacked Miss Bennett

Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a pregnant woman who was killed in a dog attack.
Emma Bennett, 27, who was pregnant with her fifth child, died in hospital after the attack in Leeds on 9 December.
Nikki Cook, 29, of Normanton Place, Beeston, and Lee Horner, 33, of Helston Green, Middleton, have both been charged with two counts of possessing a dangerous dog.
Mr Cook also faces a charge of breeding a dangerous dog.
Miss Bennett was mauled by the dog in the incident at her home in Dawlish Avenue, East End Park.
Both men have been bailed and will appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 4 February.

LONDON ENGLAND - A FRENCH BULL TERRIER/STAFFIE MIX ATTACKED A 4-YEAR-OLD HORSE BEING TRAINED BY THE MOUNTED POLICE

A woman is to appear in court after her dog attacked a police horse, Scotland Yard said.
Police horse Quixote sustained "puncture wounds" after being bitten by a dog in Greenwich Park, south east London, yesterday, a force spokesman said.
The four-year-old horse was being trained by a Mounted Branch police officer when a French bull terrier cross staff bit the horse on his upper front leg, he said.
Police said that the horse has been seen by a vet and is "doing well".
The 26-year-old women is to receive a court summons for allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and criminal damage to police property, the Scotland Yard spokesman said


CANBERRA , AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY AU - A 40-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH A BULL MASTIFF TYPE DOG ATTACKED AND SICCED HIS LARGE DOG ON A 71-YEAR-OLD MAN

A 71-year-old man was found "covered in blood and with numerous injuries" after a dog attack on the front lawns of Old Parliament House on Wednesday, police said.

Police were called to the scene about 10.40am after receiving reports of two men fighting, with one man beating the other with a large stick. When they arrived, police found the victim bloody and injured and he was taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment. The Parkes resident said he had been attacked by a man and his dog - believed to be a bull mastiff, or a similar breed - which he claimed had mauled him.


"It is alleged the offender threatened to attack him further," police said.
Police arrested a 40-year-old man at about 12.15pm and charged him with assault and allowing a dog to attack a person. The man was notified his dog would be seized by Domestic Animal Services.
He will face court next month.



CLAYTON NC - 3 PIT BULLS RAN OUT OF A HOUSE AS THE "RESPONSIBLE OWNER" SAYS SHE WAS BRINGING IN GROCERIES AND ATTACKED A 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AT CLAYTON HIGH SCHOOL AND A POLICE OFFICER


Police were called to Clayton High School Wednesday after a PIT BULL attacked a student on his way to band practice. Town officials say 3 pit bulls approached a 14-year-old student at the school, and one of them attacked the boy. A police officer ended up shooting and killing that dog.

The student was bitten as he headed to school for band practice. He suffered hand injuries because he was trying to keep the dog away from him. When an officer arrived at the school, the pit bull again attacked and bit the officer.

As an extra precaution, police arrived early Thursday before students and staff arrived to patrol the area. Staff was also notified to be on alert after the attack.

"This is what we fear and what you need to worry about as a responsible dog owner," said Clayton Spokesperson Stacy Beard. "You need to keep your pets inside whether you think they're sweet and kind. When they get out, there's no knowing what they'll do when they encounter strangers."

Angie Johnson, owner of the dogs, will be charged with two counts of failing to have their dog vaccinated for rabies and one violation of the Town of Clayton's leash law.



ESSEX COUNTY VA - HEAD OF ANIMAL SHELTER INDICTED FOR STEALING 2 PIT BULLS - JEWELS AND CHAOS - THAT WERE SET TO BE EUTHANIZED FOR KILLING A HERD OF ALPACAS

Head of Animal Shelter Indicted for Stealing Dogs to Be Put Down - WRIC Richmond News and Weather -




                    JEWELS AND CHAOS  KILLED A HERD OF ALPACAS
An Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Essex Animal Shelter manager Angel Milliken-Fennell and volunteers James Fennell, Ashley Marie Ray, Heaven Jacobs and Debra Cowan with burglary, two counts of grand larceny of a dog and two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny.
The charges stem from the December 2012 break in at the Essex County Animal Shelter where two pit bulls that were scheduled to be euthanized after mauling a herd of Alpacas were stolen.
The two pit bulls, Jewels and Chaos, had been declared livestock killers after killing a herd of alpacas on Upright Road in Dunnsville in August 2012.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TEXARKANA AR - 2 PIT BULLS RUN LOOSE AND ONE OF THEM ATTACKED A BEAGLE LEASHED IN ITS OWN YARD


On Monday  2 PIT BULLS  escaped their home and one of them attacked a beagle that was on a leash in its own yard. Police  were called to the 1000 block of Draughn Street and an officer first used pepper spray and tried to physically pull the pit bull off the beagle using his baton, but when that didn’t work; he pulled out his gun and shot the pit bull, killing him.  

Beagle owner, Christina Anzaldua, immediately took her dog – two-year-old Tucker – to the veterinarian with what could have been life-threatening injuries. Tucker, however, pulled through and will be fine.


Anzaldua said she has been contacted by the owner of the pit bulls and offered to pay all vet bills. The second pit bull was not involved, and has been returned to its owner. 



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

JAMAICA - WRITER GRACE VIRTUE WEIGHS IN ON THE PIT BULL SITUATION ON HER BELOVED ISLAND - "SINCE ANIMAL IMPORTATION IN JAMAICA IS TIGHTLY CONTROLLED, IT CAME AS A SURPRISE WHEN PIT BULLS BEGAN KILLING PEOPLE"



GRACE VIRTUE - PIT BULLS AND OUR CHILDREN, BEWARE THE TIPPING POINT

Writing, for me, is a form of agitation. And, I agitate because I believe in Jamaica and I feel so strongly that everyone deserves the right "to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," regardless of the circumstances through which they enter the world. I believe, as a nation, we can do much better in furtherance of those rights than we have done so far. When I stop believing, I will stop agitating.

Take this issue of pit bulls, a vicious American cross-breed, now regularly attacking and killing people all over the country, including children. The dogs are banned in the United Kingdom, Canada, and numerous United States jurisdictions. Trinidad and Tobago also banned the breed last year under the Dangerous Dog Act.
Daggerin' notwithstanding, our Roger Clarke, along with his ministry, is dealing with the issue with nothing except manifest impotence. The national security minister is quiet and the police is confused.

Since animal importation in Jamaica is tightly controlled — only allowed from Great Britain and Ireland; must be certified by the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture; and can only enter the country through the port of Kingston — it came as surprise when pit bulls began killing people.

*** In July 2011, 62-year-old Valerie Stephenson, of St Catherine, was killed by a pit bull as she walked in the community.

***Four months earlier, in Westmoreland, eight-month-old Oshawn Obermann was mauled by a pit bull owned by his parents. He survived with major injuries.

*** In December 2012, two-year-old Ronica Gregory, of St Catherine, was killed by a pit bull and her sister seriously injured. Ronica's case stood out because so many people, including managing director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Pamela Lawson, came out fighting on the dog's behalf.

***Also in 2012, a woman and her 14-month-old son were attacked by a pit bull in Spanish Town.

***January 2, 2014, a three-year-old lost an eye after he was mauled by a pit bull in St Ann.

***January 4, 2014, a 59-year-old mechanic was mauled by three pit bulls in St Mary.

The police, January 7, issued a release warning the public against purchasing pit bulls — "though the purchase of the dogs is not illegal, if done with the necessary permits" — and to "take extreme caution at premises where these dogs are kept".

What permits? What is this source/channel that allows for legal purchase? Is this a secret to which only a few are privy? Nearly six years ago, in his contribution to the 2008/2009 Sectoral Debate, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, a veterinarian and then government backbencher, called for urgent laws to deal with the illegal importation.

"The situation is now totally out of control as these dangerous dogs are now seen in every community," Bartlett said, adding that the dogs have a propensity to attack children.

The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association, supposedly, was helping to draft legislation to deal with the problem.

Dr Osbil Watson, director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Agriculture said then that "a series of public relations exercises would have to be conducted to sensitise Jamaicans about the need to comply with a proposal that owners register their dogs. The ordinary man would not understand why he has to register his dog."
Who is the "ordinary man"?

FOR JAMAICA THIS IS AN URGENT PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE (MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY), AND ANIMAL CONTROL ISSUE (MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE), A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE (MINISTRY OF HEALTH),  AND A CHILD WELFARE ISSUE (MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND CULTURE). 

"WHETHER TO BAN PIT BULLS IS A HUMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE THAT SHOULD BE STEERED BY HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICIALS.  PUBLIC SAFETY IS NOT THE PROFESSION OF ANIMAL ADVOCATES."

Prevailing wisdom suggests pit bulls are being smuggled into Jamaica on private boats. I understand, too, that in well-to-do neighbourhoods, people profile with pit bulls the same way Paris Hylton and Hollywood do with chihuahuas and poodles. And, in one incident in Half- Way-Tree, in 2013, the pit bull that attacked a passerby was being handled by a security guard.

Are the responsible ministries not aware? Or, is it simply that the 'right' child has not been mauled yet?
I called the Ministry of Agriculture last week to clarify with Watson if it is legal to own pit bulls in Jamaica as the police said. I also wanted to understand how far along is the process to address this issue, and for him to share with the public his roles, responsibilities and major accomplishments as director of veterinary services. Regrettably, he was on a phone call.

I learned, from my days as a reporter, that while there are a few hard-working civil servants, many of them just go to work to eat their lunch-and sometimes they make phone calls. I wanted to get a sense of where Watson falls.

Bartlett is right. Pitbulls are dangerous. A 20-year study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that pit bulls were responsible for nearly a third of all fatal dog attacks recorded, and children are most frequently attacked. The Orlando Sentinel editorial, May 24, 2013, noted that 13 of 14 (93 per cent) Americans killed by dogs in the first five months of the year were killed by pit bulls or pit mixes.
"The threat from pit bulls comes from the combination of their inclination to attack without warning... and the type of injuries that pit bulls inflict. Most dogs bite and retreat, but pit bulls have a hold-and-shake bite style, and tenaciously refuse to stop an attack once begun. Often a pit bull releases its grip only when dead..." the editorial said.

For Jamaica, this is an urgent public safety issue (Ministry of National Security), an animal control issue (Ministry of Agriculture), a public health issue (Ministry of Health), and a child welfare issue (Ministry of Youth and Culture).

"Whether to ban pit bulls is a human health and safety issue that should be steered by health and safety officials. Public safety is not the profession of animal advocates," said the Sentinel.

Close your eyes for a minute, honourable ministers, and visualise your child or grandchild being mauled by a dog. Or, imagine yourself, as a two-year old, caught between the jaws of a killer dog.
Isn't it enough that we must contend with gunmen, knife wielders, road hogs, rapists and paedophiles?
Must we throw killer dogs into the mix too?

I say, beware the tipping point. It may not be what you expect.

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