Monday, June 30, 2014

FORT PIERCE FL - NEIGHBOR'S 2 PIT BULLS INVADED A BACKYARD AND ATTACKED A CHIHUAHUA AND WOULD HAVE GONE AFTER THE CHI'S OWNER - BUT SHE WENT AFTER THEM WITH HER SHOTGUN !!!



February 7, 2014 - A Fort Pierce woman is living in fear after she says she had to use a shotgun to save her small dog from being killed by two pit bulls. Those dogs are still living next door to her. But St. Lucie County Animal Control is investigating to see if  that should change.  Saenz said pit bulls from the next door neighbor's yard came over and went for the five year old, eight pound dog. 
"All of a sudden I hear squealing; loud squealing like I have never heard before," said Saenz. She said two much larger pit bulls were going after her dog. She grabbed her shotgun.
"The dogs were right here attacking my dog so I took the gun - boom!," she said. "I shot at them and they scattered."  Saenz said the ordeal did not end there.
"They backed up. And when they backed up, I grabbed Skippy." She put Skippy inside the house and then Saenz said she had to defend herself. "I closed the door and they're trying to come in," she said. "So I took the gun again and - boom - I shot them again."

"I miss them but I hit them in the ear and they took off running back in their yard," said Saenz. "That was the end of that."

Saenz' dog was alive, but with several puncture wounds to his neck, stomach, back and legs.
St. Lucie County Animal Control officers arrived and cited the dogs' owner for three violations - an $850 fine.  The owner of the dogs may have to surrender his animals if animal control deems them as 'dangerous'. 
For at least the rest of this weekend, the pit bulls are still right next door. That could all be changing as this investigation continues into next week.
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MY COMMENT:  FIESTY WOMAN - I LIKE HER SPIRIT AND ENERGY, BUT SHE'S STUCK ON -"IT'S NOT THE PIT BULLS, IT'S THE OWNER."   I WONDER IF THERE'S ANY WAY AT ALL TO MAKE HER SEE THAT IT IS BOTH - IT'S THE OWNER....AND....IT'S THE PIT BULL BREED !!!!!

BURBANK WA - A LOOSE PIT BULL CHARGED UP TO AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY GOING FISHING WITH HIS FAMILY AND BIT HIM - DEPUTIES CAUGHT UP WITH THE FLEEING NUTTERS ON THE HIGHWAY - STILL NOT MUCH WAS DONE !!!!!

Erik Magnuson says the dog attacked happened so fast right after he and his family arrived at Cargill Pond to go fishing. They had grabbed their fishing poles and walked about 15 feet from their vehicle. They had not even set their fishing gear down. A loose PIT BULL attacked his son Asher.  It first came over and sniffed a cousin, and then chomped down on the child's arm. 

Erik Magnuson says that he ended up drawing his  firearm,  and the dog ran off and I yelled at the people get your dog on the leash. When I told these people, that the sheriff's department was on the way, they got in their vehicle  and took off at a high rate of speed.

Despite deputies rushing to the scene, the dog was given back to its owners while the child went to the ER.  The dog had been running loose with its owners who were visiting from Spokane.

Walla Walla County Deputies caught up with the couple on the highway. They were only issued an infraction because dog bites aren't a criminal case in that jurisdiction. There was no additional ticket for fleeing the scene.The couple was also allowed to leave with their dog. t's up to them to report any signs of aggression in their own pet. Not much comfort for a father of an eight-year old who ended up in the ER with puncture wounds.

"People who are going to take their animal and run away from this type of thing, what are the chances of them following up letting us know, that's concerning to me for my son," said Magnuson.

Doctors say it's likely Asher will have a permanent scar.

"He bit me for no reason, all I was doing was holding my fishing pole,"said Asher Magnuson.

The rules on dangerous dogs vary county to county. Based on the way this was handled in Walla Walla,  are the rules  the same in Benton and Franklin Counties. Deputies in Benton said it was likely they would have seized the dog. Franklin County says the owners may not have even been given an infraction.



ROME TOWNSHIP PA - A LOOSE ROTTWEILER ATTACKED A NEIGHBOR - HERO - ANOTHER NEIGHBOR CAME TO HIS AID WITH A PISTOL AND SHOT THE DOG DEAD

A man being attacked by a neighbor's loose ROTTWEILER  on Thursday night was saved from more serious injury by another neighbor who intervened with a pistol and shot the dog. The incident happened on Reck road in Rome Township in Crawford county. 

Police say the man was attacked and bitten by the Rottweiler. An incident report stated the dog was not secured by a leash or a muzzle.

The victim was taken to Titusville Hospital for treatment. The dog is dead. The dog's owner is facing the possibility of summary charges in the incident.

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LAKE STATION IN - A LOOSE PIT BULL ATTACKED A CHIHUAHUA MIX AS IT WAS BEING WALKED ON ITS LEASH BY ITS OWNER

"My husband and I have lived in Lake Station for 30 years with no problems. Our two little dogs were attacked by a white PIT BULL on 25th and County Line Road.
I was walking the little guys on their leash, and this pit came from across the street, (Portage side) and hurt our little chihuahua/terrier mix. Two bite marks and a gash on his underneath side.
I have to thank the two gentlemen who stopped and helped. The driver got out of his truck and grabbed the pit bull by the collar and held him in the air until the owner walked over very slowly and took the dog and drove off in a white SUV."
- Maureen Lenzo, Lake Station - Letters to the Editor - NWI.com

NORTH MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP PA - A LOOSE PIT BULL ATTACKED AN OFFICER AS HE WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN SEARCHING FOR A MAN AVOIDING ARREST - THE PIT BIT THE OFFICER AND HE SHOT IT

A North Middleton Township police officer shot and killed a pit bull after the dog attacked him in the 500 block of McClures Gap Road around 7:19 p.m. Friday.
Police say the officer was assisting the Pennsylvania State Police in a search for a subject that had fled on foot to avoid arrest. The officer was investigating a vehicle that he observed parked several hundred feet off the road in a farmer’s field near the Conodoguinet Creek.
The pit bull charged and attempted to bite the left arm of the officer as he was advising a person that a wanted individual was thought to be in the area, police say. According to reports, the officer drew his service pistol and fired two rounds into the upper body of the dog after the animal bit him.
Police say the dog later died of gunshot wounds while the officer was transported to Carlisle Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The dog owner was notified.

ORION TOWNSHIP MI - A LOOSE PIT BULL BEGAN ATTACKING A MAN'S DOG THROUGH HIS FENCE AND HE FIRED SHOTS TO SCARE IT AWAY - THE PIT DIDN'T LEAVE SO HE WAS FORCED TO SHOOT IT

An Orion Township man shot and killed a dog  PIT BULL   that was attacking his dog.
Oakland County sheriff’s deputies reported that the pit bull  was running loose in his neighborhood on Crediton Street Friday night when it attacked  the man's dog through his fence.  The man  said he initially fired a couple of shots into the air with his shotgun to try and scare the dog away. When the dog would not leave the man then shot the dog twice.
Oakland County Animal Control is investigating the incident.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

CINCINNATI.COM - DR. DAVID A. BILLMIRE IS PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF CRANIOFACIAL AND PEDIATRIC PLASTIC SURGERY AT CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER - HIS OPINION: THERE IS NO NEED FOR PIT BULLS


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                    By Dr. David A. Billmire 


Opinion: There is no need for pit bulls

As one who, for the last 30 years, has been on the receiving end of the dog-bite injuries that pass through the Children's Hospital Emergency Room, as well as on the staff at the Shriners Hospitals for Children where we see the late effects of these injuries from across the nation, I can categorically tell you that the problems associated with dog bites are indeed breed-specific. When I started my career, the most common dog-bite injuries were from German shepherds and occasionally retrievers. 

These injuries were almost always provoked, such as food-related or stepping on the dog, and in almost every instance, the dog reacted with a single snap and release – essentially a warning shot. There were no pack attacks.

Starting about 25 years ago, my colleagues and I started to see disturbingly different types of injuries. Instead of a warning bite, we saw wounds where the flesh was torn from the victim. There were multiple bite wounds covering many different anatomical sites. The attacks were generally unprovoked, persistent and often involved more than one dog. In every instance the dog involved was a pit bull or a pit bull mix.

Now, I am a dog lover and virtually every one of my family members has a dog. But it is a fact that different dogs have always been bred for specific qualities. My sheltie herded, my daughter's setter flushes birds and my pug sits on my lap – this is what they are bred for. Pit bulls were bred to fight and kill and, unfortunately, many current breeders favor these aggressive traits. There is no need for any dog with the characteristics.

I recently gave a talk summarizing my 30 years of practice in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, and one segment was titled "Why I Hate Pit Bulls." I watched a child bleed to death one night in our operating room because a pit bull had torn his throat out. I have had to rebuild the skull of a child who had his ears and entire scalp torn off. I am currently reconstructing the face of a child, half of whose face has been torn off down to the bone. I have had to rebuild noses, lips, eyelids, jaws and cheeks of numerous children. On older children, I have had to reconstruct legs and hands. The unfortunate young victim whose recent attack has initiated this discussion will bear the scars of this attack for the rest of her life.

Based on my extensive experience, I believe that the risk posed by pit bulls is equivalent to placing a loaded gun with the safety off on the coffee table. In my opinion, these dogs should be banned. I know this is an unpopular stand in some circles, but how many mauled children do we have to see before we realize the folly of allowing these dogs to exist?

The arguments made by advocates of these dogs are the same arguments made by people who feel that assault weapons are an essential part of daily living. There are plenty of breeds available that peacefully coexist with human society. There is no need for pit bulls.

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FOSTERS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY AL - 2 PIT BULLS WERE KILLED IN A PASTURE AFTER THEY WERE FOUND TO HAVE JUST ATTACKED AND KILLED 2 MINIATURE HORSES AND SOME CHICKENS

VIDEO:  Dog blamed for killing horses in Fosters



"THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED. IF YOU COULD HAVE SEEN THE FACE RIPPED OFF THIS LITTLE HORSE...THIS WAS NO FAMILY PET THAT DID THIS !!!! 
I'M CONCERNED ABOUT PIT BULLS IN GENERAL BECAUSE THIS IS GOING ON ALL OVER OUR NATION. SOMEONE NEEDS TO TAKE RECOGNITION OF IT."

A Tuscaloosa County man says he was forced to kill the two dogs that allegedly killed his miniature horses when the canines charged him. Randy Rogers wants more done to protect people from pit bulls after two of them mauled his miniature horses in Fosters Thursday morning.


Just before 7 a.m., he claims neighbors and family called him to his pasture off Gainesville Road.
"I spent the last six weeks feeding it every three hours in my little car lot uptown. I brought it here two days ago and two of them were killed, another stallion and the little bay. It was very sad,"
Rogers and others in this community near Myrtlewood Elementary School say a pair of dogs have been out of control here for months. Besides killing Rogers' horses and some of his chickens, others blame the dogs for killing a couple of cats.
The dogs were still in the pasture when Rogers arrived there after the attack. He says they charged at him and he was forced to kill them with his pistol.
Rogers said he considers pit bulls a dangerous breed and believes there should be legislation making it more difficult for folks to own them.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the animal attack. Lt. Andy Norris says the dogs' owner was identified and charged with permitting dogs to run at large, which is a $25 fine.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

MUCH MORE PIT BULL DRAMA - A MAN ALLEGES THAT CESAR MILLAN IS MORE WORRIED ABOUT MAKING MONEY THAN PEOPLES LIVES THAT WERE RUINED BY ONE GRIPPING DOG



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GUS THE PIT BULL HAS BEEN HELD AT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER SINCE THE ATTACK IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR.

Gus has been held at Montgomery County Animal Control Shelter since the attack in February last year. Photo: Save Sweet Gus/Facebookresizedimage450600-AmbersArm1

AND MORE AND MORE PIT BULL DRAMA !!!!!

STAMFORD CT - THE CITY IS BEING SUED BY A MAN WHO WAS BITTEN BY A DOG AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER

 A welcome sign hangs at the entrance to the animal care and control shelter in Stamford, Conn., on Monday, March 17, 2014. Photo: Jason Rearick / Stamford Advocate

A city man who was bitten by a dog at the animal shelter while looking to adopt an animal has sued the city for what could be a six-figure amount.
Stamford resident Matthew Lazarus visited the Stamford Animal Control facility on Magee Avenue on Sept. 25, 2012, looking for a dog to adopt. One dog -- a Rottweiler named Bosco -- was identified as a potential fit, and a volunteer brought him out of the kennel to see how the dog would interact with Lazarus.
"One of the volunteers that was there took the dog out to him to introduce them, and the dog attacked him," Lazarus' lawyer, Alan Pickel, said Tuesday afternoon.
The dog had a history of violent behavior, Pickel said, and no one warned Lazarus of this.
"He was not told, and no one made him aware that this dog had a history," Lazarus said.
Lazarus suffered injuries to his hand and arm as a result of the attack and required surgery for his wounds. According to the lawsuit, Lazarus suffered puncture wounds to his right palm, which required surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his wrist and elbow. In addition, it caused a deformity to his hand and decreased sensation to his right pinky and ring fingers, among other problems. As a result of the injury, Lazarus was unable to perform some of the duties required of him in his job.
The complaint alleges the city "knew or should have known, and had reason to know, of the vicious and dangerous propensities of the dog," and that the city failed to give notice of or warn the defendant about these propensities. Further, the suit claims the city failed to protect the plaintiff from imminent harm and that the city "failed to properly restrain the vicious and dangerous dog when the plaintiff was present on said defendant's premises."
dangerous propensities of the dog," and that the city failed to give notice of or warn the defendant about these propensities. Further, the suit claims the city failed to protect the plaintiff from imminent harm and that the city "failed to properly restrain the vicious and dangerous dog when the plaintiff was present on said defendant's premises."
When contacted by phone, Stamford's Director of Legal Affairs Kathryn Emmett said she could not comment on the pending suit.
While court paperwork simply shows Lazarus seeks at least $15,000 in damages, Pickel said the extent of the medical treatments and other resulting problems will likely result in a six-figure case.
"Thus far, the city has refused to take responsibility," Pickel said.
The complaint was filed March 7, a little more than a month before the city began investigating the animal shelter after learning that potentially vicious dogs had been adopted out to new owners that had not been made aware of previous violent incidents. Last week, Mayor David Martin announced the investigation found former Animal Control ManagerLaurie Hollywood failed to manage shelter volunteers' activities properly, among other claims. Hollywood was terminated, and two days later she was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment.
Shortly after the mayor's announcement, Emmett told the Advocate that while there was a suit pending against the city for an incident at the shelter, that incident was separate from the three itemized in the city report, each of which included actual adoptions.
Pickel said this is the first time he has been involved in a suit where a dog bite occurred at a shelter, though he has handled several dog bite cases in the past.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there were other instances of similar situations given the manner that they handled their affairs over there," Pickel said.
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PITTSBURGH PA - A PIT BULL CAME OFF ITS PORCH TO ATTACK A POLICE OFFICER'S PERSONAL DOG - "JACKIE" A BISHON FRISE - $3,000 + VET BILL

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A Pittsburgh police officer’s personal dog was released from the veterinarian Friday after spending two days recovering from an attack.

Sgt. Lynn Konfelder said she was walking Jackie the bishon frise on Brookline Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a PIT BULL came off the porch and attacked. It took five adults to shake the dog’s grip off Jackie, Konfelder said.

Jackie was rushed to the vet’s office to be treated for injuries.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” said Konfelder.

Neighbors said they’ve complained about the pit bull before. Authorities told Kaminski the pit bull’s owner will be cited for not maintaining control of the dog.

Jackie’s vet bills will be more than $3,000 but Konfelder said she can’t put a price on her dog.

“This is the first time I’ve seen him walk in a couple days, so I think he’s going to survive the attack,” said Konfelder.



VERNON HILLS IL - A PIT BULL RAN PAST ITS OWNER AND OUT THE DOOR TO ATTACK A WOMAN AND HER MINIATURE DOBERMAN PINSCHER

A Vernon Hills police officer shot and killed a charging pit bull this morning after the dog attacked a 56-year-old woman and another dog. At about 9:30am Vernon Hills police responded to a call of a dog attacking a person near Harrison Court and Whitney Place, the police news release said.
Upon arriving, police found a 56-year-old woman "crying in pain and bleeding from both hands." The woman had been walking her dog, a miniature Doberman pinscher, when it was attacked by a stray PIT BULL. When the woman intervened, the pit bull bit both of her hands.

The pit bull ran off after several nearby people came to the woman's assistance. But as she was being tended to by paramedics, the pit bull returned and began running toward her again. People yelled for the dog to stop, but it continued to charge.
A police officer fired one shot and killed the pit bull.
"That thing just kept coming," said Kim Christenson, spokesman for the Vernon Hills Police Department. "It was very obvious something had to be done."
Authorities said Elizabeth Sutila, 31, of the 400 block of Stevenson Place in Vernon Hills, was charged with two ordinance violations as the pit bull's owner – HAVING A STRAY DOG AND MAINTAINING A VICIOUS ANIMAL. She's scheduled to appear in Lake County branch court in Mundelein on August 14 .
Sutila told police she had been preparing to take her dog for a walk when it "pushed past her and ran out an open door," the release said.
The victim was taken to Advocate Medical Center in Libertyville.
The injured dog ran into a nearby home after being attacked and eventually was taken to a local animal hospital.
Christenson said he didn't know if the victim's dog survived but that it appeared to be "pretty badly injured."

BROOKLYN NY - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL CHARGED FROM ACROSS THE STREET TO ATTACK A BELOVED BLACK LAB GRIPPING ITS THROAT AND TOSSING IT AROUND LIKE A RAG DOLL ALL CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE!!!!





UPDATE:  FIONA, A BEAUTIFUL BLACK LAB, HAS DIED 

A Brooklyn neighborhood was torn apart this weekend by a vicious dog attack that was caught on surveillance video. As CBS 2′s Steve Langford reported, a black lab named Fiona, a precious family pet, was attacked by a PIT BULL from across the street. Surveillance video of the attack shows the lab being thrown around like a rag doll, its throat then gripped by the pit bull’s teeth.
“I saw this thing charging directly at my dog for no reason,” said Anita Bolognese. “I love her with all my heart. My children adore her, we all love her.”
Bolognese struggled to describe the moment the violent attack shattered the calm of the Bay Ridge street. Her husband was no less grief-stricken.
“My wife and my kids, it’s heartbreaking,” he said.
A contractor working nearby who happened to also be an animal control officer rushed to help subdue the pit bull, Langford reported.
“I got the hose and just started shooting water in the mouth, let her choke a little so she would release. Eventually she released, but she had already done some damage,” he said.
“It’s really serious and it’s not likely she’s going to survive at this point,” the veterinarian said.
The owners of the pit bull told Langford they don’t want to discuss the attack.
“I don’t want to talk to you. (Why not?) Because I dont want to,” the man said.
Neighbors said they live in fear of the dog.
“My son told me he didn’t want my grandkids to come over because they like to play in the yard and he’s deathly afraid of that dog attacking his kids,” said one neighbor.
“My beautiful dog right now is in the hospital fighting for her life,” said Bolognese.
Bolognese said the police told her family nothing could be done about the attack.
An attorney suggested it is a civil matter, not a criminal one.

MORRISTOWN TN - NEIGHBOR'S 2 LOOSE PIT BULLS INVADED A YARD AND ATTACKED A LAB MIX

An East Tennessee neighborhood is breathing a sigh of relief, after animal control seized a couple of dogs that nearly killed a family pet.  Hamblen County Animal Control says this isn

Jenifer Turner was sitting on her porch Thursday afternoon when the neighbor's 2 PIT BULLS attacked her dog "SNOOPY"  that she had tied up in her yard. She beat the dogs on the head but they wouldn't let go of her pet.  A passerby saw the attack and helped her wrestle the dogs away. Snoopy, a Lab Mix. came home from the vet on Friday lucky to be alive.

Turner says she knows these 2 pit bulls well.  They've tried to attack her other dog Simon and that pet is now afraid to leave its house. She thinks the whole neighborhood was afraid to come out and help her because....THEY KNOW THESE DOGS HAVE ATTACKED BEFORE.....IF THEY'RE GONNA ATTACK A 70-POUND DOG, UNPROVOKED, WHAT'S GONNA STOP THEM FROM ATTACKING A KID NEXT TIME?

                                         
                                     ENTERS THE NUTTER CODY SCHEIBLE!!!!!

*I KNOW MY DOGS ATTACKED SNOOPY BUT MY PIT BULLS ARE NOT VICIOUS.
*I WAS AT WORK.  I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
*THEY BUSTED UP THE PEN IN MY BACK YARD AND GOT OUT AND WAS JUST ROAMING AROUND.
*IT'S THE FIRST TIME MY DOGS HAVE ATTACKED ANOTHER PET.


Animal Control says that it's not the first time they've attacked and they took the pit bulls Friday night.  They are at Hamblen County Animal Shelter. They say that Scheible will not be allowed to visit them and he won't be able to get them back.

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ALBUQUERQUE NM - A LOOSE PIT BULL WITH ITS ??OWNER CLOSE BY?? ATTACKED A MINIATURE SCHNAUZER BEING WALKED OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL BY ITS OWNER WHO IS IN A WHEELCHAIR - A HERO SAVED THEM!!!

On Wednesday evening of this week A PIT BULL  attacked Cherif Porter and her miniature schnauzer "LILLY"  as they were taking their usual walk around Presbyterian Hospital.
"She's a very special dog to me. I've had her for four years. I was terrified the dog was going to come after me, too.The pit chomped down on Lilly's back and she yelped."
A HERO - A WITNESS STEPPED IN AND WRAPPED HIS ARMS AROUND THE PIT BULL UNTIL IT LET GO OF LILY.......THEN THE NUTTER/OWNER FLED WITHOUT ASKING IF THEY NEEDED HELP.
Lilly was shaking badly and needed emergency surgery. Porter's father, Armando Lara, wants the pit bull captured before another attack happens.
"Before that dog attacks another animal or worse, a child," Lara said.
Porter asked that anyone with information about the dog attack call Animal Control.

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY AL - NEIGHBOR'S LOOSE PIT BULLS ATTACKED AND KILLED 2 MINIATURE HORSES

Randy Rogers  got a call from relatives early Thursday morning saying 2 PIT BULLS   were chasing 2 of his 6 miniature horses.
"When I got there, two of them were dead.  One is a little baby I had been hand feeding ," said Rogers.
He almost chokes up talking about how THE PIT BULLS MAULED THE 2 HORSES IN THE FACE.  Rogers says one had died and he had to shoot the second horse that was attacked just to put it out of its misery.  That's when he says the two pit bulls who were still in the pasture charged at him.  
" Come after me.  When I approached them, one of them was growling and come after me and they had just killed my livestock so unfortunately I had to take them out," he said.
Rogers also believes the dogs killed two of his chickens in a nearby pen.  Outside the fencing, there are scattered feathers where Rogers says he also found two dead chickens. 
The owners of the two pit bulls live three houses down across Gainesville Road from the pasture.
Some neighbors, including Steve Lehue,  say they had complained to the owners several times about letting the dogs roam free.  "The dogs would come in the yard and we would have to get our dogs in the house and get my  seven year old son in the house," explained Lehue.
Lehue says their complaints went ignored until the dogs  killed the horses.
"I'm really concerned, when I looked at those dead horses, I said that could be a child laying there," Rogers said.
He does say the pit bull owners expressed sympathy and agreed to pay him for the cost of his horses which range at about $500 each and up.
IN THE MEANTIME, THE TUSCALOOSA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ISSUED THE OWNERS A "RUNNING AT LARGE" SUMMONS TO COURT WHICH TYPICALLY RESULTS IN AN AVERAGE $25 FINE.


Friday, June 27, 2014

DETROIT LAKE, MARION COUNTY OR - 3 PIT BULLS ATTACKED AND KILLED A COUPLE'S BELOVED LAB MIX WHILE THEY WERE VACATIONING

The Chandlee's son with their dog Elsie that was killed by three pit bulls at Detroit Lake. (KOIN 6)
Jennifer Chandlee and her husband, Chris, from Salem, were vacationing at Detroit Lake when 3 PIT BULLS came out of nowhere and jumped on top of their beloved Lab Mix "ELSIE" killing her. 
“She was like my kid. She went everywhere with me,”  
The pit bulls’ owner, Kevin Berquist of Eagle Creek, was cited with a misdemeanor charge on Thursday but will be able to keep the dogs.
Chandlee questioned why animal control won’t take the pit bulls from Berquist, especially since her dog is the second one they have killed.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Baldridge said that they went in and the dogs were not a threat to anyone. They were contained. The dog was still alive and on the way to a hospital,”  
Meanwhile, the Chandlees said they fear the dogs that killed their pet and another can and will do it again.
“Just horrific and terrifying to see,” said Jennifer Chandlee.

MENANDS NY - A PIT BULL MIX THAT HAD ALREADY BITTEN 2 PEOPLE AND WAS BROUGHT TO THE SHELTER WENT BERSERK AND ATTACKED 4 PEOPLE AND HAD TO BE SHOT

The 2-year-old dog that attacked a shelter worker and injured three others Thursday before police shot it was just hours from being released back to its owner, police and shelter officials said Friday.
The male PIT BULL MIX, estimated to weigh about 60 pounds, was being held at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society off Broadway for 10 days after it bit two people in Albany. The dog had exhibited no signs of aggression during that stay, shelter Director of Operations Tina Murray said.
Moments after the animal was given a rabies shot to prepare for its release, it grabbed the foot of an experienced animal welfare manager as she exited the 4- by 6-foot kennel, dragged her back in and attacked her, Murray said.
The woman's screams summoned help from three other staffers, who were also injured while trying to pry the dog away from her.
"When they got there it was a pretty horrific scene, I guess you could say," police Chief Michael O'Brien said of what his officers encountered. The emergency call came in just before 3 p.m.
"There was people injured all over the place, it seemed," he said. "It was like a trail of destruction through the building."
In the chaos following the attack — shelter officials are not certain exactly how — the dog made its way into an exterior pen, where police shot it just before 3:40 p.m.
O'Brien said his officers first checked with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to see whether the dog could be safely sedated but the agency advised it does not tranquilize domestic animals.
"They had no other means to be able to safely do this," O'Brien said. "That dog was in a frenzy yesterday. There was no time for fooling around. It had to be taken care of."
Murray said all four shelter staffers have been released from the hospital. The animal welfare manager who was initially attacked sustained the most serious injuries. Two others had significant bites to their arms and torsos, and one had a somewhat superficial bite to the arm, she said.
The dog was muzzled during the vaccination, in line with protocol, but Murray said shelter officials will still review their safety policies. Among them is ensuring that tools that can be used to separate an attacking dog from a victim, which proved difficult Thursday, are near at hand.
"We need to just look into it to make sure that we have every possible safety measure in place," she said, adding that in her eight years at the shelter no other employee had even suffered a serious bite.
"It happened so fast and then it was over and four people had been bitten."
O'Brien said it was the most serious incident at the shelter in his nearly 11 years as police chief.
"It definitely could have been worse," he said, "and it could have been a lot worse if the dog had gotten out of there."

CHICAGO, COOK COUNTY IL - VETERINARY TECHNICIANS EXPLAIN HOW THEY WERE ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL THAT ALSO BIT ITS FUREVER RESCUE MAMA - THE PIT WAS ALLOWED TO GO BACK HOME "WITH RESTRICTIONS"



When veterinary technician Rebecca Britz knelt to examine Buddy the PIT BULL  earlier this year, the dog let out a growl, then latched onto her face until she was able to escape. Less than an hour later, Buddy's muzzle was removed and the 65-pound animal attacked again, biting another technician's arms.
Cook County Animal Control Department officials described the incidents as a "bloodbath," and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez took the unusual step of going to court to try to have the dog declared vicious and get it euthanized.
The county and Buddy's caretakers eventually reached a settlement, and the dog this week was released back to its owners in Tinley Park.
Tinley Park pit bull legally declared vicious
Animal Control Administrator Donna Alexander said most dog attacks aren't severe enough to warrant the "vicious" designation.
"When we get into the vicious dog, that's when the bite is so severe that it warrants this kind of attention," Alexander said. "And yes, knock on wood, we're very lucky that we don't have that many that often."
When a dog bites a person or animal in Cook County, state law requires local police or veterinarians to notify Animal Control, Alexander said. If the animal is current on its rabies vaccinations, most cases end there, Alexander said.
Animal Control has the right under state law to label a dog dangerous if it considers the circumstances of a bite alarming, but even that step is uncommon. Only 83 dogs are currently designated dangerous in Cook County, officials said. Dangerous dogs may be required to use shorter leashes or wear a muzzle in public and could be ordered to be spayed or neutered.
If Cook County Animal Control deems the dog an even greater danger, it can request a "vicious dog" court hearing, officials said. Animal Control asked the state's attorney to file a complaint after investigating the February incident involving Buddy.
Little is known about Buddy's history. Joliet Township officials discovered him tied to a tree, apparently abandoned, during January's frigid weather, Joliet Township Animal Control Director Sarah Gimbel said.
While in the township's care, Buddy showed "no signs of aggression" and passed basic temperament testing, Gimbel said. Because of Buddy's breed and Joliet Township's limited space, the dog was sent to Chicago-based Furever Rescue to be adopted.
Tinley Park residents Stephanie Hanson and Anthony Concialdi agreed to foster Buddy from Furever Rescue, according to Hanson's testimony during a Tinley Park municipal hearing on the attack.  Furever Rescue's co-founder, who was ultimately responsible for the fostered pet, was fined $250 by the village for the attack.
Through their lawyer, Hanson and Concialdi declined to comment.
Buddy was neutered, and Hanson brought the dog to the Veterinary Clinic of Tinley Park to have sutures removed Feb. 21. Britz took Buddy into an examination room and knelt to check the dog's sutures. The dog growled and Britz froze to avoid startling the animal. That's when Buddy attacked, biting her face and arms.
About 30 minutes later, veterinarian Cynthia Cecott and technician Lisa Goolsby went back to examine the dog. When Goolsby removed Buddy's muzzle, the dog lunged, sinking its teeth into Goolsby's forearm and leaving deep wounds. Both Britz and Goolsby were hospitalized, leading a Tinley Park animal control officer to write to the county requesting an investigation.
The state's attorney's office filed its vicious dog complaint in March.
Before Buddy's case, the last vicious dog complaint brought by Alvarez's office was in 2012, when the county filed a petition against two pit bulls in Chicago. Those dogs have been involved in at least three attacks, court records show.
In October 2011, Chicago resident Rob Zumph took his German shorthair for an early morning walk at Walsh Park in Wicker Park. As he stepped into the dog park, Zumph recalled hearing a man shout that his dogs weren't friendly. Two pit bulls rushed Zumph and his animal shortly after. The pit bulls grabbed Zumph's dog by the hindquarters and around the neck.
"My dog was just bleeding from everywhere," recalled Zumph, whose dog survived.
After a second incident, one of the pit bulls was deemed dangerous by Animal Control in April 2012. Two weeks later, both dogs attacked and injured a 6-year-old girl.
Alvarez's office filed a complaint that summer requesting that a judge rule the dogs vicious. In June 2013, the dogs were ordered to be turned over and euthanized, but the owner has not complied, the state's attorney's office said.
State's attorney's officers said they are trying to hold the owner in contempt of court. Animal Control said the owner's whereabouts are unknown.

If it were up to Buddy's victims, the dog would be euthanized for the public's safety.
"I would believe that dog probably should've been destroyed with the degree of wounds that he inflicted," Goolsby said.
But Animal Control and the state's attorney decided to release the dog, with restrictions, as part of an agreement approved by a Cook County judge Monday. All parties agreed to "a very specific and very strict release of this animal to the adoptive owners who have accepted full responsibility for the safe keeping of this dog," said state's attorney office spokeswoman Sally Daly.
Buddy's owners must build an outdoor enclosure with a roof and floor. The dog must be muzzled and on a leash no more than 4 feet long if he is taken outside the home. He must also be muzzled inside the home if anyone other than the residents are present.
The county will also conduct "regular inspections and compliance checks" to ensure that the owners are following the court's requirements, Daly said.
Britz said she remains concerned that the dog could bite a child and do significant damage.
Mark McGuire, the attorney representing the dog's family, said his clients were willing to do "anything and everything" to allow their pet to live, including accepting the county's restrictions.
After the case ended, Concialdi updated an online petition he created in the aftermath of the initial attack. In the message, Concialdi recommended that all dog owners muzzle their dog at the vet because the alternative could be difficult legal proceedings, financial commitments "or worse."
But, he wrote online, the family is glad they fought for Buddy. "He hasn't left my side since we got home."

BEAUMONT TX - 3 PIT BULLS ATTACKED A MAN WITH DOWN SYNDROME AS HE WAS WALKING HIS PET SCHNAUZER "DALLAS" AND CHECKING HIS MAIL - DALLAS WAS KILLED AND HE HAD SEVERE INJURIES!!!





A Beaumont man has returned home after spending more than a month recovering in the hospital from a pit bull attack.  Jeffrey Carnley, 47, says he rests easier at home after spending all of May recovering from the attack in a hospital bed.   
It was early morning on April 25 when Carnley, who has down syndrome, was taking his own dog for a walk. Beaumont Animal Services says 3 PIT BULLS attacked Carnley and his pet schnauzer, Dallas. Neighbors ran to help him.  
Carnley suffered deep puncture wounds in his right arm from the attack.
"I could feel the pressure, of the teeth. I could feel the pressure and the bone and the teeth. I could feel it. The bone went through the skin. Though the under skin," Carnley said. 
While there were initial concerns Carnley might lose his arm from the attack, doctors now say he will only be left with visible scars. Carnley thanks everyone who prayed for him after the attack.  Nurses raised money to give to Carnley for him to buy a new pet, but he declined saying he could not replace Dallas.
Beaumont Animal Services seized and euthanized 2 pit bulls responsible for the attack. The third was never located.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

ONONDAGA NATION NY - GRANDMOTHER'S 2 AMERICAN BULLDOGS BEGAN ATTACKING 2 CHILDREN THEN INJURED THE FATHER AND THEIR OLDER SISTER - THE 4-YEAR-OLD BOY IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION



family members who were attacked by 2 dogs on the Onondaga Nation on Thursday morning.
The Sheriff's Office says the following people were injured:
  • 4-year-old Tukwet Norte, listed in critical condition and deputies say he is still in surgery
  • 10-year-old Hunwet Norte, listed in stable condition with severe bites to inner thighs
  • 18-year-old Susan Hill, listed in stable condition with head and neck injuries 
  • 30-year-old Isaac Norte, suffered left forearm bite lacerations
The dogs – owned by the children’s grandmother – attacked five family members for no apparent reason, according to Onondaga Nation Fire Chief Harold Smith.

Sheriff’s Investigators say 10-year-old Hunwet Norte and 4-year-old Tukwet Norte were playing outside when Tukwet fell down. While the child was on the ground, one of the 90-pound American bulldogs approached him. When the 10-year-old lifted the younger boy off the ground, the dog attacked, according to the Sheriff’s Office. During the attack, the second dog jumped in and bit the 4-year-old.The boys’ 18-year-old sister, Susan Hill, intervened and tried to cover up the 4 year old, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They say the children’s 30-year-old father was eventually able to kick the dogs away from the children.

The 10-year-old boy and the 18-year-old girl were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The 30-year-old man, Isaac Norte, suffered severe injuries, but investigators do not believe his injuries are life threatening.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene on Webster Road around 10am. The dogs’ owner told Sheriff’s Deputies that they should shoot the dog. Both dogs were shot, one by Sheriff’s Deputies and the other by Onondaga Nation Patrol officers and
are being taken to the health department to be tested for rabies.