Saturday, January 31, 2015

PRYING THE PIT OFF - EXCEPT NO ONE WOULD OR COULD STOP THE MUTANT FROM KILLING THIS LITTLE DOG



http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6a2_1419231525

http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-owners.php
Pit bull myths: http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-myths.php

Pit bull owners, breeders and animal advocacy groups have created a slew of myths and distortions about the pit bull breed to fight breed-specific laws. Below are the top 10 myths.
Pit bull Myth #1: It's the owner not the breed

The outdated debate, "It's the owner, not the breed," has caused the pit bull problem to grow into a 30-year old problem. Designed to protect pit bull breeders and owners, the slogan ignores the genetic history of the breed and blames these horrific maulings -- inflicted by the pit bull's genetic "hold and shake" bite style -- on environmental factors. While environment plays a role in a pit bull's behavior, it is genetics that leaves pit bull victims with permanent and disfiguring injuries.

The pit bull's genetic traits are not in dispute. Many appellate courts agree that pit bulls pose a significant danger to society and can be regulated accordingly. Some of the genetic traits courts have identified include: unpredictability of aggression, tenacity ("gameness" the refusal to give up a fight), high pain tolerance and the pit bull's "hold and shake" bite style. According to forensic medical studies, similar injuries have only been found elsewhere on victims of shark attacks.

Purveyors of this myth also cannot account for the many instances in which pit bull owners and family members are victimized by their pet dogs. From 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days. Of these deaths, 52% involved a family member and a household pit bull. Notably, in the first 8 months of 2011, nearly half of those killed by a pit bull was its owner. One victim was an "avid supporter" of Bad Rap, a recipient of Michael Vick's dogs.
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As with many of the older working breeds the breed name is also a job description. Pointer, retriever, setter, hovawart and shepherd are examples. The Pit Bull Terrier or American (Pit) Bull Terrier was bred solely to do combat in a dogpit. They were never nurse's aids, nanny dogs, soldiers' rescue dogs, herding dogs, astronauts, physicists or anything other than combat dogs. I am always suspicious of those who claim to love this breed while simultaneously in such denial of what the breed is in reality. If you love something you love it for what it truly is and not for something it has never been and can never become.


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6a2_1419231525

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS FL - GERALDINE PEARCE, 50, HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON SIX COUNTS OF CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE AFTER HER 6 DOGS ATTACKED AND ALMOST KILLED PHILLIP LIEBERMAN ON NEW YEARS DAY



Updated: Fri 10:19 PM, Jan 30, 2015 - A DeFuniak Springs woman is behind bars after an incident that took place New Year's Day.
Reports state, 50-year old Geraldine Pearce was arrested Thursday on six counts of culpable negligence.


Back on January 1, 2015, Phillip Lieberman was attacked by six dogs that  belonged to Pearce.  When Sheriff's officials arrived at Pearce's home,  they also found nearly 40 dogs living in unsanitary conditions.
"The Judge is obviously going to determine sentencing and any money she may have to pay. So really at this point we have made the charges and it will be up to the judge at this point, and what is going to happen next for the Pearce family," said Catherine Rodriguez, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Department.
The dogs involved in the attack have been quarantine, the other dogs are getting medical attention, and then will be put up for adoption.

http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Woman-Arrested-from-Dog-Attack-Case--290375671.html



Special to the Daily News
Published: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 05:54 PM.
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — After 13 days in the North Okaloosa Medical Center, Phillip Lieberman is back home in DeFuniak Springs.

But he still has a long road to recovery.

On the first day of January, Lieberman was walking down Girl Scout Road and was attacked by six dogs.

The 49-year-old was attacked for about 40 minutes.

Dog guy
http://www.gofundme.com/jxng9o


Sitting at his kitchen table Thursday, while his dogs played outside, Lieberman lists his injuries.

It’s a long list.

The only parts of his body that were unharmed were his face, throat and groin area.

With 600 puncture wounds — about 50 of them he estimates are 2-inches deep or more — he’s in a lot of pain.

“When they were repacking the injuries, it was extremely painful,” he said. “I literally had to put a washcloth in my mouth and bite down.”

Family and friends have been reaching out to Lieberman to check on him so often he set up a Facebook page — although, he admits he doesn’t fully know how to use it.

His older sister Kelly also set up an online fundraiser to help cover medical costs that the VA won’t.

Between the pain and doctor visits, Lieberman said he can no longer take care of his animals.

He has two dogs, Caliber and Porkchop, and a cat, Febe.

The dogs each have a home to go to, but he’s still looking for a place for his cat.

On top of the PTSD he suffers from his days in the Army, he now fears his neighbors’ dogs. He said he had no idea prior to the attack how many dogs lived at the home.

After the attack, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control seized 40 dogs from the property — including the dogs that attacked Lieberman — but he said there are still more.

Lieberman believes the dogs may have been starved, which could explain the attack.

“Some had 45-pounds of meat on an 80-pound frame,” he said. “Those dogs were born into a doggy hell.”

In March, Lieberman’s lease will be up. He said he’s already planning to relocate to a townhome in Seagrove Beach
“It’s time to move,” he said.

Right now, Lieberman is hoping to rediscover some sense of normalcy by re-learning to play his trusty harmonica with his new injuries.

During tourist season, the man nicknamed “Philharmonic” regularly plays with local bands and is looking forward to doing that again.

The lesson Lieberman hopes people learn from his experience is “situational awareness.”

“The damage that’s done to me is done,” he said.

When he’s fully healed, Lieberman said he’d like his story to gain national attention with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to educate people.

“Save a dog, you could save a human’s life,” he said.

Friday, January 30, 2015

CAMPO CA - 5 PIT BULLS DUG UNDER A FENCE AND ATTACKED A 1 1/2-YEAR-OLD BULLMASTIFF "ZIGGY" - 350 PUNCTURE WOUNDS - ZIGGY'S OWNER WAS INJURED SAVING HIM - NOW HE PLANS TO FILE A CIVIL LAW SUIT !!!


UPDATE:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Campo-Pit-Bull-Attack-Dogs-Euthanized-San-Diego-290950751.html

Dan Hare calls it a horrible attack. His year-and-a-half-old Bull Mastiff named Ziggy was being mauled by a pack of pit bulls he says had dug underneath his fence. Ziggy suffered more than 350 puncture wounds, according to Hare.

“Like a deer. It was like a dead deer, and they were just ripping him apart at both ends," said Hare, 52, of Campo.

Hare said last Saturday, five pit bulls belonging to his neighbor dug under the fence on Oak Drive in Campo. He told NBC 7 as he tried to save Ziggy, a fifth pit bull attacked him. Hare suffered severe bite wounds to his hand, wrist and leg. He also suffered ankle and back injuries.

“These dogs got a taste of blood, especially the one that really worked me, and once that’s done, I know dogs and I love dogs, but once they get a taste of blood, THEY'RE GOING TO COME BACK UNDER THE FENCE AGAIN," SAID HARE.

Now, Hare is planning to file a civil lawsuit against his neighbor to cover his veterinary and medical costs and lost wages.

Hare said he was also bitten three weeks ago by one of the pit bulls, and the neighbor assured him it wouldn’t happen again.

“They called me and apologized. They’ve been pretty nice people and everything. I have no problem with them, but it can’t get any worse than this,” said Hare.

The neighbors were not immediately available for comment. A locked fence surrounded the property with prominent "beware of dog" signs.

Meanwhile, six pit bulls have been impounded and are now under quarantine at the Bonita Animal Shelter. After an investigation, county animal services will determine what will happen with the pit bulls.

If the dogs are allowed to return home, Hare said he will be forced to take drastic action should it happen again.

"I WILL DROP THEM IN THE YARD.  I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO DO THAT, I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO KILL THEIR DOGS, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY THIS GAME, WHERE I HAVE TO HIDE WHEN I COME OUT OF MY HOUSE.  IT'S RIDICULOUS," SAID HARE.

BERRYLANDS ENGLAND - 2 PIT BULL-TYPE DOGS CAME "OUT OF NOWHERE" AND ATTACKED 2 LITTLE POODLES BEING WALKED BY THEIR OWNER - A HERO CAME TO THEIR AID AND HEADLOCKED ONE PIT BUT ONE OF THE LITTLE DOGS DIED

The dogs were attacked in Elmbridge Avenue. Picture: Google
A man who intervened as two vicious dogs attacked two smaller dogs - killing one - has said he has had nightmares about what he saw.
Liam Blair, 24, from Tolworth, was working on his aunt's garage roof yesterday morning when he saw two small dogs being attacked by what police have described as two "pitbull-type" dogs. One dog has been seized but as of yesterday, another was still on the loose. 
The attack, at about 9am in Elmbridge Avenue close to the junctions with Beresford Avenue and Malden Way, left one of the dogs dead, while the other is still being treated for its injuries.
Mr Blair said: "I saw a guy walking his two little dogs, and these two big dogs came out of nowhere. They didn't have collars.
"At first they were just sniffing the other dogs but then I heard barking, then screaming.
"I managed to get one of the dog's in a headlock - the other one ran off down towards the A3.
"Another guy came along and had some rope, and we tied the dog to a lamppost.
"The police arrived and took it away."
Mr Blair said the two smaller dogs looked like poodles, while the two attack dogs were more like pitbull crosses.  
He added: "I'm still shaking.
"I had nightmares about it last night. there was blood everywhere. It wasn't something anyone wanted to see."

NEWARK OH - POLICE HAVE REPORTED 3 DOG ATTACKS SO FAR IN 2015 - ALL 3 WERE ATTRIBUTED TO PIT BULLS

For the third time in January, Newark police were asked to take a report on a dog bite within city limits.
For the third time, the bite was attributed to a pit bull.
According to a Newark police report, the bite was reported about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The victim told police that his neighbor’s white dog had bitten him and “he believes (it) to be a pit bull.”
The victim suffered a minor injury, and police are investigating the incident, according to the report.
Sgt. Paul Davis said there does not appear to be any evidence the victim did anything to provoke the dog. He said police do take and receive reports of dog bites involving dogs that are not classified as pit bulls, but Newark has not received any so far this year.
“Pit bulls are the majority,” Davis said.
Newark police have investigated two other reported pit bull bites in January. On Jan. 12, a man’s dog was reportedly attacked by a pit bull and the man was bit in the hand while trying to separate the dogs. On Jan. 20, a man was reported to have been bitten in the face by a pit bull.
No other reports of dog bites have been taken by Newark police in 2015.
Check Sunday’s Advocate for a story on 2014 dog bite numbers in Newark and Licking County.

PRIOR LAKE MN - A NEIGHBOR'S RESCUED/ADOPTED PIT BULL "CAME OUT OF NOWHERE" AT A BLOCK PARTY TO ATTACK A YOUNG BOY'S FACE

Pit bull attack sparks controversy in Prior Lake neighborhood - KMSP-TV

The face of 3-year-old Chase Loney is scarred by bites from his neighbor's PIT BULL.
Last August, Chase and his parents were invited to their neighbor's Prior Lake residence for a block party. They'd been there several times before.
Chase's dad, Chris Loney, said the attack happened suddenly.
"He's by my side the whole time, within about a foot... and I turn about 45 degrees to throw some paper plates in the trash, and I heard this 'ruff ruff.' The dog just came out of nowhere," he says.


Chase ended up with 22 stitches. A report was filed with police, but no charges were filed.
"We gave our neighbors the option," Chase's mom, Chandra Loney, says, "[to] pay the medical bills and get rid of the dog, and we'll leave it alone. And they chose to keep the dog."
Over the phone, the owner of the pit bulls tells Fox 9 and he and his wife feel they're the ones being bullied in this situation.
The owner says he's put up a fence, and his dog hasn't harmed anyone since that August incident. He says he feels horrible about what happened, but has no plans to give up the dog.
But the Loney's argue that with so many kids living in their neighborhood, the dog has to go.
Robyn Jeppsesen, founder of Protecting Paws Animals Rescue, says she thinks pit bulls don't deserve all the bad press they get.
"I believe it's a lot of social media that gets them the bad wrap," she says. "It's in the training. If you train them to be a protector, they are going to protect you."
Minneapolis recently started adopting out pit bulls and Rottweilers from city shelters. So far, 117 have found new homes.
Experts say dog bites can come from any breed at any time.
Nonetheless, the Loney's, who received a $1,000 insurance claim from their neighbors to help with medical costs, say they plan to file a lawsuit sometime soon.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/27980122/pit-bull-attack-sparks-controversy-in-prior-lake-neighborhood


Thursday, January 29, 2015

DADEVILLE AL- SANDY CREEK ESTATES RESIDENTS ARE ASKING CITY COUNCIL FOR A VICIOUS DOG ORDINANCE BECAUSE THEY SAY A WOMAN'S PIT BULL HAS ATTACKED AGAIN - THIS TIME 2 PETS WERE ATTACKED IN ONE WEEK - BUT THEY DON'T HAVE A LEASH LAW !!!

The Dadeville City Council again got an impassioned plea from property and dog owners in the Sandy Creek Estates Community, calling for a dangerous dog ordinance.The Dadeville City Council tried to take up the issue two years ago when residents came to them with a similar problem.

“We have two more PIT BULL attacks in the same week. By the grace of God it was only dogs attacked and not children,” said Lakeshore Drive resident Jim Davis.

Sandy Creek Estates resident Carla Davis accused the council of dropping the ball when the matter was on the table previously.

“Many of us in the neighborhood feel the council dropped the ball the last time we asked you all to pass a viscous dog ordinance,” Carla Davis said. “Since nothing was accomplished from the last time we were here, DOGS FROM THE SAME OWNER HAVE MAULED AND WOUNDED TWO FAMILY PETS." 

“It could have just as easily been a child,” Carla Davis added.

“The ordinance proposed was so ridiculous that you could not let your cat outside without a leash,” Sandy Creek Estates resident Dan Cook told the council.

Cook went on to describe how dog owners handle their dogs.

“We, like everyone else, let our dogs roam the streets,” Cook said.

“I want to know what it takes for you to take action. This dog is holding our neighborhood hostage. Please take some kind of action before it is too late." 

The council also heard from the owner of the dog that is said to be causing all the trouble.

Lakeshore Drive resident Angela Webb said there is a need for a leash law.

“My dog is the dog in question,” Webb said Tuesday. “Dr. Caldwell has our dog)classified as mixed. We are making this about breed when it is not about breed.

“We need leash laws.  I think the consensus is that if I keep my dogs on leashes and confined, theirs can roam free. The neighbor’s dog is an old grouchy dog that growls and charges. Dog owners have issues too.”

Webb said she has already taken steps to take care of her dog.

“My dogs will be confined or supervised for their sake. I want a leash law and not make it about breed.”

The Dadeville City Council did respond to the residents.

“The council did form a committee two years ago and met on several occasions. We did research on leash laws,” Councilman Randy Foster stated.  “To say nothing was done is wrong.”

Cook said it wasn’t about a leash law.

"We did not ask for a  leash law, we asked for a vicious dog ordinance," Cook responded. 

Both council and residents present got an explanation from Dadeville City Attorney Robin Reynolds.

“When the city writes an ordinance, it is to encompass the entire city and not just a neighborhood or a few pieces of property. What the proposed ordinance did was address all animals and would have taken care of this very problem. People have problems with all sorts of animals, not just dogs,” Reynolds explained. “There are sheep, cows, goats, and feral cats in town. So the city has to address all of this issues in this ordinance.

“This ordinance was not passed because it did not say what the citizens in that neighborhood wanted it to say. This ordinance addresses the very problem that you are having. Had this been passed two years ago, we would not be sitting here today.”

Residents tried to get the council to look at parts of the ordinance presented two years ago.

“I suggested then that we take selected parts of it.  It was so extensive,” Cook said.

The town attorney tried to explain why the ordinance failed to pass two years ago.

“The reason it did not pass was because of the public hearing on it.  Because you came up and made a big to do about. If the council had been allowed to pass this ordinance, we would not be here today,” Reynolds said.   "The problem is it means you, as well as your neighbors, would have to restrain your dogs.

http://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2015/01/29/dadeville-residents-call-for-vicious-dog-rules/


TROY AL - 2 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" GOT LOOSE AND ATTACKED A PET DOG BEING WALKED BY A WOMAN WHO WAS ALSO PUSHING HER CHILD IN A STROLLER - AN OFFICER WAS NEARBY AND SHOT ONE OF THE PITS!

A dog attack in Troy results in one dog shot and killed and a woman with bite injuries. 
It happened yesterday evening in the 100 block of Prospect Ridge. 
Troy police say a woman was walking her dog and pushing her child in a stroller, when two PIT BULLS  attacked her dog. 
Police say the dogs had gotten free from another residence. A Troy police officer was in the area and tried to help, ultimately shooting one of the pit bulls. Officers were able to capture the other dog and it's now in quarantine. 
The woman received minor injuries to her arm. 
No charges have been filed. 


GROTTOES, ROCKINGHAM COUNTY VA - A PIT BULL KILLED A CAT AND DAMAGED A VEHICLE - THE OWNER IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSING A DANGEROUS DOG AND LETTING THE DOG RUN LOOSE

A dog accused of killing a cat and causing damage to a vehicle in Grottoes in early January will remain locked up, at least for a few more days.

A dog accused of killing a cat and damaging a vehicle in Grottoes in early January will remain locked up, at least for a few more days. A Rockingham County judge ruled during a brief hearing Wednesday that he wasn't satisfied that the dog's owner, James Shifflett, could keep the dog contained at his home in Grottoes.
However, the judge scheduled another hearing for February 2. On this day the judge will hear more evidence about the case.

Rocky, A PIT BULL,  is currently being held at the Harrisburg SPCA.  Shifflett is charged with two civil violations for possessing a dangerous dog.  He also faces charges of letting the dog run loose.  He is scheduled in court on March 13 for that case.

http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/Rocky-Remains-Locked-Up-290123411.html


NORTHDALE, NORTH TAMPA FL - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" GOT LOOSE AND ATTACKED AN 82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN GOING FOR HER AFTERNOON WALK


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An 82-year-old woman is hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after she was bitten by a neighbor's dog in north Tampa.
The bite occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Centerbrook Court in the Northdale area as the woman was out walking.
The dog has been identified as a 9-year-old PIT BULL.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue took the woman to a hospital, and she was treated and released.
Hillsborough County Animal Services is investigating.

JACKSON MS - REP. LARRY BYRD WHO AUTHORED A PROPOSED "DANGEROUS DOGS" LAW SAYS HE WILL REQUEST THAT THE BILL BE KILLED IN COMMITTEE - "THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL NEEDED REVISION BUT I HOPE THE ISSUE WILL BE ADDRESSED LOCALLY: OF THE 7 DOG ATTACK DEATHS OCCURRING SINCE 2003, ALL WERE BY PIT BULLS OR PIT BULL MIXES"

http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/MS-Lawmaker-Dangerous-dog-bill-to-die-in-committee/EX7Pcyb9eUyjlt900-fJnQ.cspx

A proposed law in Mississippi defining pit bulls as "dangerous dogs" will die in committee, according to the bill's author.

Rep. Larry Byrd (R-Petal), who authored the bill, told WTVA on Wednesday that he will request that the bill be killed in committee.

"The language in the bill needs a lot of revision, and frankly, we are up against hard deadlines," Byrd told WTVA in an email.

The bill became center of attention this week after animal rights' groups blasted the measure for targeting certain breeds.

House Bill 1261, dubbed the "dangerous dog bill", would place heavy restrictions on pit bull and similar dog breeds and carry large fines for owners who didn't follow the law.

In section two of the bill, a "dangerous dog" is defined as: "Any pit bull dog in a class of dogs that specifically includes the breeds of American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dog breeds."

The bill would also require those breeds to be muzzled or placed on a leash when away from owner's property and tethered or placed in a kennel when on the owner's property.

The bill also classifies a "dangerous dog" as any dog that has shown "a tendency to make or attempt an unprovoked attack to cause injury or to endanger the safety of human being or domestic animals."

It would also allow police to enter the homeowner's property to check to see if a  dog was in compliance with the law. Under the bill's regulation, police would be able to shoot the "dangerous dog" if they were not restrained, couldn't be captured or weren't wearing vaccination tags.

Fines for those owners who didn't follow the law could range from $100 to $10,000 and from 10 days in prison to 5 years.

BYRD SAID HIS INTENTION WASN'T TO BE BULLY SPECIFIC.  "I AUTHORED THE BILL BECAUSE WE HAVE A CONTINUING PROBLEM WITH DANGEROUS DOGS MAULING AND EVEN WORSE, KILLING PEOPLE," HE SAID. 

IN THE EMAIL HE CITED TWO CASES WHERE TWO MISSISSIPPI MEN WERE KILLED IN 2014 BY PIT BULLS AND THE MAULING OF A SIMPSON COUNTY GIRL.

"I HAVE LEARNED THAT BREED SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IS OFFENSIVE TO MANY DOG OWNERS," BYRD SAID.  "BUT, MEDIA REPORTS INDICATE THAT .......


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OF THE SEVEN DEATHS IN MISSISSIPPI OCCURRING SINCE 2003, ALL ARE LABELED AS PIT BULL OR A PIT BULL MIX."  


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Although the bill won't be passed this Session, Byrd said he hopes the issue would be addressed locally.

"Having started conversations, I'm hopeful that counties and municipalities will address these issues at the local level," Byrd said. "By doing that, it would reduce the need for statewide legislation."


TWIN FALLS ID - 2 LOOSE PIT BULLS BECAME AGGRESSIVE WITH PEDESTRIANS AND TOOK DOWN A WOMAN AND CONTINUED TO ATTACK HER

Police responded to a report of two dogs who attacked a pedestrian around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday near Wendell Street and Robbins Avenue.
According to witnesses, two dogs became aggressive with pedestrians in the area. One was described as A BLACK AND WHITE PIT BULL TERRIER, and the other A BROWN AND WHITE PIT BULL TERRIER. Witnesses say the dogs attacked a female who fell to the ground and the dogs continued to attack. She suffered multiple bite wounds and was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Hospital.

Twin Falls Police Department's Animal Control unit and several officers responded to the scene and were able to contain the described black and white pit bull terrier. The dog is being held at the Twin Falls Animal Shelter.  Officers and animal control were unable to catch the brown and white described dog.  As of 4 p.m. Thursday, officers are still unable to locate the dog.  

Police contacted nearby schools to inform them about the incident and the dog at-large. Police also patrolled the area as school was released.  Anyone who sees a dog matching the description is encouraged to call the Twin Falls Police Department at 208-735-4357. Please do not try to catch the dog. 

Unfortunately, the incident could have been prevented. City of Twin Falls requires all dogs to be kept on a leash when not contained in a home or fenced area. The owner of any dog found running at-large can be charged with a misdemeanor and the dog can be impounded, according to city code.

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2015/01/29/2-dogs-attack-female-one-dog-loose/22553107/

SEVERNA PARK, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY MD - A PIT BULL SLIPPED OUT OF ITS LEASH AND ATTACKED A SMALL BICHON MIX "ARNIE" KILLING HIM INSTANTLY

Anne Arundel Animal Control officers have taken a PIT BULL into custody after it killed a smaller dog and bit a woman Sunday in Severna Park, police said.  Officers responded to Retford Drive and Kegsworth Court in Chartridge around 4:56 p.m., where they found a 55-year-old woman crying hysterically over the small dog. The pit bull was nearby with its owner Jonathan Kershaw, 22, of Yorkshire Drive.

Kershaw told police he had been walking his two dogs, both pit bull mixes, with his younger sister when they came around the corner to see the woman and her two small dogs. One of the pit bulls, Froto, slipped out of his leash and ran toward the smaller bichon mix.  Witnesses then reported seeing the pit bull biting the smaller dog on the neck and shaking it like a toy.  Kershaw and others attempted to separate the dogs. The pit bull ultimately released its grip.

The bichon was declared dead at the scene. The woman was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The woman's husband, Al Fitzgerald, 58, of Severna Park said she received bites on her hand and forearm that required stitches.

The pit bull is being held under quarantine at Animal Control in Millersville, where it will likely remain for the next week. The dog has no prior history of aggression. Animal Control officials will likely issue an order for the dog classifying it as dangerous or potentially dangerous. The dog will likely be released if Kershaw complies with stipulations which may include implanting the dog with a microchip, obtaining an insurance policy for the animal or confining it to an enclosed structure on his property, Smith said.

FITZGERALD SAID THAT THE BICHON NAMED "ARNIE" CAME FROM A RESCUE SHELTER AND WAS 8-9 YEARS OLD.


http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/ph-ac-cn-dog-attack-0129-20150129,0,4573595.story

MISSISSIPPI - THE CLARION-LEDGER - REP. LARRY BYRD SAYS RECENT MAULINGS AND DEATHS PROMPTED HIM TO FILE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PLACE GREAT RESTRICTIONS ON PIT BULLS AND SIMILAR DOG BREEDS

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/01/27/dangerous-dog-bill-restrict-pit-bulls/22401001/

Proposed "dangerous dog" legislation would place great restrictions on pit bull and similar dog breeds and provide large fines and jail time for owners who don't keep them under control.
But the measure is facing opposition from dog owner rights advocates and those who oppose "breed specific" regulations. Also, critics say, it would unconstitutionally allow police to enter private property to check for dangerous dogs.
Rep. Larry Byrd, R-Petal, the bill's lead author, says recent maulings and deaths prompted him to file the legislation. He said his research shows there have been seven deaths since 2003 in Mississippi "all by pit bulls or some mix."
Byrd said he's been bombarded with messages from advocates opposed to the measure.
"I don't think the breed-specific language is going to work," Byrd said. "I don't think a pit bull should get the first bite free … But there's too much opposition to that, breed specific. This is a process, and we need to get the discussion started and address this problem. My intention is to protect children."
"I'm not trying to ban pit bulls," Byrd said. "But we need to bring attention and bring responsible ownership of these dangerous dogs."
House Bill 1261 as it now stands would declare as dangerous dogs pit bulls, including American pit bull terriers, American bulldogs, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire terriers or any mixes of those breeds.
The bill would require such dogs be muzzled and restrained on a leash when off an owner's property, and secured by a tether or kennel when on property. An owner would have to have post signs warning of a dangerous dog, AND PEOPLE CONVICTED OF FELONIES WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM OWNING THEM.
The measure would also allow police to enter a property to check for compliance with regulations, and would allow police to shoot such dogs if they are not restrained or can't be captured and aren't wearing vaccination tags.
Fines would range from $100 to $1,000 and 10 days to three months in jail for violations. If death or injury results, criminal and civil fines could increase to $10,000 and one to five years in jail.
At least 13 states and more than 700 cities in the United States have some form of breed-specific regulations or bans.
The Stop Breed Specific Legislation blog and the Best Friends Animal Society have called for people to oppose the Mississippi bill, and said it "tramples constitutional rights."
StopBSL.org said: "As more states prohibit breed discriminatory laws, this would be a huge step back for community safety and the rights of individuals, as well as starting a potential landslide of even more stringent forms of breed discrimination, such as bans across the state."

ALL DOGS ARE THE SAME - MY CHIHUAHUA BITES MORE!




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HOUSTON TX - 3 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" GOT AWAY FROM THEIR FEMALE OWNER AND CHARGED AFTER A MOTHER WALKING HER 2 YOUNG CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL

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Two children and their mother were viciously attacked by three PIT BULLS Wednesday afternoon as they walked near their Southwest Houston apartment complex on Westpark. 
Witnesses told KPRC 2 that the children and their mother were walking home from school when the dogs got away from their owner and attacked, unprovoked.
"The three dogs just let loose and they started running and started attacking both of the little ones," said Brenda Mejorado, who was across the street when the attack happened. She said she saw everything and ran to help. 
 "I was helping hold the baby because the little girl had gushes of blood coming out of her head," Mejorado said. "Those kids are going to be traumatized for life."
The children's mother was bitten when she tried to protect her children.
"She couldn't do much," said Mejorado. "Three dogs, and she (was) by herself."
Three-year-old Josue Valasquez and his 4-year-old sister Victoria were taken to the hospital with 
deep lacerations on their heads.
Their father, Domingo Valasquez, said Victoria might need surgery, but both children are expected to be OK. His wife, Ingrid, should make a full recovery as well.
Houston police and animal control officers seized one of the dogs at the scene and gave the owner 24 hours to surrender the other two.
ANIMAL CONTROL INVESTIGATORS SAID ALL THREE OF THE DOGS ARE PIT BULLS.  They will remain quarantined for 10 days.
After that, the owner can get them back, but if the dogs are declared dangerous, she will have to meet certain criteria in order to keep them, including maintaining a $100,000 liability insurance policy on each dog and being required to apply for a special permit. The dogs would also have to be kept in a secured enclosure.
The dogs' owner was given several citations at the scene.
SHE REPORTEDLY TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT THE ANIMALS GOT OUT BY MISTAKE BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T SECURE HER APARTMENT DOOR PROPERLY.
People who live and work nearby said they see her out running with the dogs all the time.
"I always see her with those three dogs, and she cannot control them," Mejorado said. "I see her trying to handle all three of them, and they're big dogs."
Domingo Valasquez said he has seen the dogs before, too.
"I see them a couple of times," he said. "They walk along and stuff like that. I don't know why she has three dogs; she cannot control them. They have to do something. This is not right."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BILOXI MS - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM OFFICER WHILE SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT AT A RESIDENCE - THE PIT BULL WAS SHOT

A pit bull was shot Tuesday after it attacked a narcotics officer trying to search a Biloxi home, Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said today.  At about 12:45 p.m., members of the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Biloxi Police Department Special Crimes Unit assisted the sheriff's department's narcotics division with a state-issue search warrant for the home at 302 West Drive.

While securing the residents, agents on the narcotics enforcement team encountered an aggressive pit bull in the back yard of the home, Brisolara said.  The dog, which was not chained, attacked an agent and was shot by assisting agents.  The agent suffered multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his left hand, but he was treated and released on the scene.

The dog owner had no immunization records, so Biloxi Police Animal Control took the animal to test it for diseases.  Inside the home, about 1 gram of methamphetamine, various prescription medications, used and new syringes and other paraphernalia were found.
Agents determined that the drug suspect was not on scene at the time of the search warrant, and agents plan to obtain warrants for his arrest.

Other arrests will follow pending analysis from the Mississippi Crime Lab, the sheriff said.

NORFOLK VA - A PIT BULL TIED UP IN A WOMAN'S BACKYARD BROKE FREE AND ATTACKED ANOTHER WOMAN THE HOMEOWNER WAS ARGUING WITH - THEN IT ALSO ATTACKED THE HOMEOWNER WHEN SHE ATTEMPTED TO RETRIEVE IT


A PIT BULL has been taken into custody after police say it attacked two women in Norfolk.
On Wednesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m., police received a call regarding a dog that reportedly attacked two women at Carswell Street and Galt Street.
Police arrived on scene and saw a pit bull in the street. The officer was able to place the dog into the patrol car, without incident.
Police say the dog was tied up in the backyard of a home at that location, when the homeowner and another woman began to argue in the front yard. The dog broke free from the tether, and bit one of the women as she was running away. The homeowner who attempted to retrieve the dog was also bitten in the process. Both women were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life threatening bite wounds.
The owner of the home in which the dog was tethered stated she was not the owner of the dog, however, the dog was at her home, according to police.
At this time, the dog is being held at Norfolk Animal Care Shelter for a 10 day quarantine.
No charges have been filed in the case. Norfolk Animal Protection Officers are still investigating the incident.

NEW ORLEANS LA - A PIT BULL BEGAN CHASING A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL THEN TOOK HER DOWN BITING HER FACE AND NECK - NEIGHBORS ARE HEROS AS THEY HELP BEAT THE DOG OFF

FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social Neighbors help save girl from pit bull attack in Gert Town: Meg Gatto reports.


A pit bull savagely attacked a 9-year-old girl in the Gert Town neighborhood.
Before Saturday, a group of friends who like to play cards outdoors near Bloomingdale Court had never met 9-year-old Tatiana Walters. But Saturday afternoon, they heard blood-curdling screams.
Tatiana recalls, “It started chasing me. It was very fast and I got back down and it started biting me all over.”
Tatiana was being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.
“I said, 'that dog got that child,' and I come down - all of us run down here,” said one of the men playing cards.
The group threw bricks and even a two-by-four at the dog until finally it released its grip on Tatiana's face.
“A lot of people just came up to me, started crying, and they had to bring a lot of towels to me to hold on my jaw,” Tatiana said.
Her mom, Jaquisha Walters, explains, “She has a lot of stitches in her jaw, she has puncture wounds in her neck.”
The LA SPCA showed up Sunday to take a report and returned Monday to confiscate the dog from its owner.
“They weren't accepting of the fact that their dog had been involved in an incident,” said humane law enforcement Supervisor Eric Durciaka.
The owner received a slew of citations - including one for failing to have the dog on a leash - and will have to go to Municipal Court where a judge will decide if the pit bull should be returned.
“If they try to pursue getting their dog back, we'll try to do everything in our power to try to fight against it,” Walters said.
Tatiana's family has the support of the neighborhood and some new-found friends who call Tatiana the bravest child they've ever met.
Tatiana's family is in the process of setting up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for the reconstructive surgeries she'll inevitably need for her face.

http://www.fox8live.com/story/27957635/neighbors-help-save-child-from-pit-bull-attack-in-gert-town

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PIT BULLS AND BREAK STICKS - A WOMAN SHARES HER OPINION THAT MOST SHELTERS FAIL TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO PEOPLE THAT OWNERS OF PIT BULLS SHOULD CARRY BREAK STICKS


Pit Bull Rescue Central, the leading pit-bull authority, recommends pit guardians have a "break-stick," a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull's jaw during an attack.
PBRC says "Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution. ... Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general public might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents."
PBRC also says "It is a fact that our pit bulls, (American staffordshire terriers) and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage. It doesn't matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. ... Yet, chances are that a 'normal' pit bull will not share his affection with other animals. We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can't love, train or socialize it out of the dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them."
Most rescues and shelters fail to tell people this.
Julie Wall