Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY MI - A NEIGHBOR'S DOG CAME OVER TO A YOUNG MOTHER'S HOME TO VISIT ??? SHE HAS A 14-MONTH OLD TODDLER - THE PIT BIT THE CHILD IN THE FACE

Mother Asks For Help After Dog Bites 14-Month-Old Son



A mother is asking for help after a dog bit her son in the face.
The mother of the 14-month-old boy says the neighbor's dog came over to visit last week and ended up attacking her son.
Ashley Hickman will never forget the day she says her 14-month-old son, Aiden was bitten by this dog.
"I watched her throw a Dr. Pepper bottle at the dog then all I heard was the loudest scream in the world," said Hickman. 
This is what Aiden looked like shortly after the incident.
"He was in Aiden's face and he had attacked his face. We got the dog off of him and we realized Aiden's lip was completely torn in half and his eye had been punctured," said Hickman.
Since the dog bite, the wounds near his eye have healed.
But Aiden had plastic surgery on his lip last week.
Hickman says it's going to cost her about $17,000--- a procedure she says her insurance will not cover.
She has put buckets like this one around several businesses in Traverse City asking for help.
"If people do donate--- I really appreciate it and I want people to know that is it going for a good cause." said Hickman. 
Hickman says she is keeping Aiden away from dogs, so something like this doesn't happen again.
"It could happen again and I want to take every precaution so it doesn't," said Hickman. 
The Grand Traverse County Animal Control says the PIT BULL is currently being quarantined at a house in Antrim County and they are investigating the case.

SMITH COUNTY TX - A LARGE PIT BULL ATTACKED A FEMALE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER AT THE COUNTY SHELTER SENDING HER TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL - THE PIT WAS SHOT

VIDEO OF THE ATTACKING PIT


Emergency crews responded today to the Smith County animal shelter, where one person was reportedly bitten by a PIT BULL and shots were fired.
Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that a female animal control officer was attacked by a "large pit bull" at the shelter and was taken to a local hospital.
Witnesses nearby said there were multiple gunshots heard coming from the shelter shortly after 1 p.m.
Brooks confirmed the dog was put down after it attempted to attack him, an assistant fire marshal and a Smith County Sheriff's deputy.

SIOUX FALLS SD - A FAMILY GERMAN SHEPHERD TURNED ON A MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER AND A VISITING FRIEND - SEVERE BITES AND THE DAUGHTER LOST THE TIP OF HER FINGER

Three people in Sioux Falls received medical attention after an attack by a family dog Monday afternoon in the 4300 block of S. Bedford Avenue, Animal Control officer Missy John said.
Two of the victims, a mother and daughter, were residents of the home, and a third victim was a visiting friend.
The three were trying to secure the dog, a GERMAN SHEPHERD, in a room when the dog became aggressive and lashed out. The daughter, a juvenile, lost the tip of her finger to a dog bite.
The other two victims had severe bites in the arm and face with a lot of puncture wounds, John said.
Animal control responded just before 11 a.m. Monday. The dog was contained within the home, and it was later euthanized and sent in for rabies testing.
John said this incident serves as a reminder for pet owners to make sure dogs are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. She said it is also important to make sure dog bites are reported to Animal Control.

Monday, June 29, 2015

ATLANTA GA - 4-YEAR-OLD 5-POUND MALTIPOO ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL - THE OWNER FLED THE SCENE WITH HIS PIT - VET BILL $1700 AND RISING - TELL US AGAIN WHY IT MATTERS WHAT THE AVMA HAS TO SAY ABOUT BSL?

This is my baby Phoebe, she is a 4 Yr old 5lb Malti-Poo......I just recently moved to Atlanta to pursue a career and couldn't take her with me until I was settled. So I left her with her gmom who has been taking good care of her. During her evening walk My mother & Phoebe were attacked by a neighbors pitbul. My mom got Bit twice trying to protect them & Phoebe's muscle has been torn and her leg is broken. Just for her over night stay the bill is already at $1700. (AVMA says "cha-ching!") Unfortunately, I do not have doggie insurance. The owner and his dog fled the scene and so far we have not been able to press any charges. Everyone that knows me, knows that my Phoebe means the world to me. I don't have any children so she is like my child. Anything you can do to put towards this unfortunate accident would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your sympathy and prayers!



LAWTON OK - A FAMILY'S DOG MAULED THEIR 3-YEAR-OLD BOY - JORDON TYSON 'JO JO' COLLINS - BITING HIM ON THE NECK UNTIL HE WAS DEAD

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SECOND ARTICLE STATES A PIT BULL KILLED THE CHILD:

A 3-year-old Lawton boy is killed after being attacked by a PIT BULL in the backyard of a home there. 

killed by dog, lawton oklahoma

Captain Craig Akard says it happened at 9 a.m. at 505 Southwest 17th Street. 

A family friend was babysitting and watching the little boy out the window playing in the backyard.

When the babysitter looked again she said she saw him laying on the ground with injuries. 

Police say she then called for help and when emergency personnel responded, and the pit bull was aggressive towards them and had to be shot. 

http://www.texomashomepage.com/story/d/story/police-3-year-old-lawton-boy-dies-after-pitbull-at/88210/YYFhWPJawUiCdzZEquWswQ

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FIRST ARTICLE:

A 3-year-old Lawton boy died Sunday morning after he was mauled by a dog.
Jordon Tyson 'Jo Jo' Collins was killed while at his great-grandmother's house Sunday, according to Pam Ramirez, a family friend.
"Her grandfather was over at his great-grandma's house working on her car and one of the dogs mauled him and bit his neck," Ramirez said.
The boy was transported to the state Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy, Ramirez said. His body will be returned to Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home for a service some time in the future, she said. Donations for his funeral expenses may be made to the funeral home.
Lawton Police Capt. Rick Franz said that because the boy is a juvenile, he was declining to comment.



2015 - U.S. DOG BITE FATALITIES  -  15

PIT BULL - 7
        FREDERICK MD
        WEST MIFFLIN PA
        WHEELING WV 
       JEFFERSON COUNTY AR
       PAHRUMP NV
       DALLAS TX
       CHICAGO IL
       LAWTON OK
      
PIT BULL MIXES - 2
       BROOKSVILLE FL
       COLLEGE SPRINGS PAGE COUNTY IA - 

ROTTWEILER -  1
       SULPHUR SPRINGS TX  

UNKNOWN BREED DOGS -  4 
       COAL HILL JOHNSON COUNTY AR 
       ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION SD  
       WASHINGTON GA 
       CANYON LAKE TX
      

(PACK OF DOGS - NATIVE AMERICAN - GALLUP NM - PENDING - 1)



1.  1-7 -  EUGENE WESLEY SMITH -  87- FREDERICK MD - ATTACKED AND KILLED BY A 4-YEAR-OLD NEUTERED PIT BULL WEIGHING ABOUT 84 POUNDS THAT HAD BEEN RESCUED/ADOPTED AND LIVED IN THE HOME WITH SMITH, HIS SON AND HIS SON'S FIANCE SINCE MAY. 

2.  1-19 - DECLIN MOSS - 18 MONTHS - ISTACHATTA NORTH OF BROOKSVILLE FL - ATTACKED AND KILLED BY 2 OF THE FAMILY'S  PIT BULL MIXES  WHILE IN THE CARE OF HIS GRANDFATHER.

3.  1-22 -  MALAKI MILDWARD -  7 - COLLEGE SPRINGS, PAGE COUNTY IA - KILLED BY THE FAMILY'S TWO  8 OR 9 -MONTH-OLD PIT BULL MIXES.

4.  2-4  -  FREDERICK GLENN CRUTCHFIELD- 63- COAL HILL, JOHNSON COUNTY AR -  FOUND DEAD NEAR WOODED AREA OUTSIDE HIS HOME - AUTOPSY REVEALED HE DIED FROM BLOOD LOSS DUE TO MULTIPLE DOG BITES - THE DOGS, BREED UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, BELONGED TO A RELATIVE. 

 5. 2-22 - TAY'LYNN DEVAUGHN, 2 - WEST MIFFLIN PA - MAULED TO DEATH BY HER AUNT'S BOYFRIEND'S PIT BULL INSIDE THE HOME WHERE SHE AND HER FATHER HAD BEEN STAYING FOR SEVERAL DAYS - SHE HAD BEEN AROUND THE PIT BULL PREVIOUSLY.

6. 3-8 -  ROY HIGGINBOTHAM JR -  62 - WHEELING WV - AUTOPSY PENDING -  A 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PIT BULL OWNED BY DAVID WALLACE, 63, POSSIBLY A ROOMMATE OF HIGGINBOTHAM, ATTACKED HIM WHEN HE TRIED TO GIVE AID TO WALLACE WHO MAY HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK.  WALLACE  HAD OWNED THE MOTHER OF THIS PIT BULL SO HE HAD THIS DOG SINCE IT WAS BORN.  AUTOPSY RESULTS SHOW THE VICTIM DIED FROM A SEVERED RADIAL ARTERY NEAR HIS LEFT WRIST.

7. 3-12- BETTY WOOD - 78 - SULPHUR SPRINGS TX - MAULED TO DEATH INSIDE HER HOME BY HER 5-YEAR-OLD ROTTWEILER

8. 3-14- JULIA CHARGING WHIRLWIND - 49 - WHITE RIVER SD - ROSEBUD RESERVATION - MAULED TO DEATH BY AT LEAST 2 AND PROBABLY MORE STRAY DOGS - BREED UNKNOWN.

9.  3-21- DE'TRICK JOHNSON- 36 - JEFFERSON COUNTY AR - ATTACKED AND MAULED TO DEATH BY 7 PIT BULLS AS HE GOT OUT OF HIS CAR AT C.J.'S GARAGE JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF PINE BLUFF. HE WAS WAITING FOR THE OWNER TO ARRIVE TO OPEN THE GATES SO HE WAS STILL OUTSIDE THE GATES IN A PUBLIC STREET AREA.

10. 3-31 - NETA LEE ADAMS - 81 - WASHINGTON GA - FOUND DEAD IN A DITCH - THE CORONER RULED SHE HAD DIED FROM MULTIPLE DOG BITES - BREED UNKNOWN.

11.  4-14 - KENNETH LAWRENCE FORD - 79 - PAHRUMP NV - ATTACKED BY 3 PIT BULLS ON MARCH 13, HE DIED ON APRIL 14 FROM HIS SEVERE INJURIES.

12. 4-19 - BRAYDEN WILSON - 2-MONTH-OLD INFANT BOY - THE BABY WAS IN HIS BOUNCY SEAT.  HIS FATHER WAS WITH HIM AND HIS MOTHER WAS NOT HOME - THE FATHER WENT OUTSIDE TO TURN ON A SPRINKLER  AND WHEN HE CAME BACK IN, THE FAMILY PIT BULL WAS MAULING THE BOY WHILE HE SAT IN THE BOUNCY CHAIR.

13. 5-2 - GAEGE ANTHONY RAMIREZ - 7 - CANYON LAKE TX - MAULED BY AS MANY AS 5 UNKNOWN BREED DOGS AT A HOUSE IN CANYON LAKE TEXAS WHERE HIS MOTHER HAD TAKEN HIM TO VISIT.

14. 5-25 - JAMES W. NEVELS III - 5 - CHICAGO IL - THE BOY WAS VISITING IN A HOME WITH HIS MOTHER - A PIT BULL (OWNER NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME) WAS AT THE RESIDENCE AND WAS BEING KEPT IN A BEDROOM BUT IT "SOMEHOW" GOT TO THE BOY AND GRIPPED DOWN ON HIS NECK AND SHOULDER - HEROS - 2 TEENAGE BROTHERS CAME WITH EVERY OBJECT THEY COULD FIND AND BEGAN BEATING THE PIT BULL - A CHAIR, A KNIFE, A ROCK, A POLE, A BRICK UNTIL THEY BEAT THE MUTANT TO DEATH....BUT IT WAS TOO LATE!!! 

15.  6-28 - JORDON TYSON 'JO JO' COLLINS - 3 - MAULED BY ONE OF GREAT-GRAND PARENTS PIT BULLS  WHILE VISITING - INFORMATION STILL COMING IN.



(1-2 - PENDING - UNIDENTIFIED NATIVE AMERICAN - GALLUP NM - FOUND DEAD  NEAR A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT ON U.S. 491 - POSSIBLY MAULED BY A PACK OF DOGS.)

HUNTINGTON BEACH CA - A WOMAN WHO WAS 9-MONTHS PREGNANT WAS ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY DECLARED VICIOUS FOR ANOTHER ATTACK BUT ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL REVERSED THAT DECISION




A Huntington Beach woman in her ninth month of pregnancy was attacked two weeks ago by a PIT BULL that county animal control officials had declared "vicious" earlier in the year after a face bite, but later reversed that decision and apparently placed no requirement that it wear a muzzle.
On June 19, Veronica Nguyen was alone on an evening walk outside her home on Aladdin Street near Huntington Harbour when Mark Harry, a neighbor, came around the corner walking his two dogs. The pit bull, which was named "Blue," lunged at Nguyen.
“When the dog came at her she had turned to shield [it] from her stomach," said her husband, Tim Nguyen, in an interview with Voice of OC. "Her first instinct was to protect the baby.”
The dog tore into Veronica's arm, leaving it "ridiculously bloody," Tim said, with a chunk of her arm "totally gone." An ambulance was called and Veronica was rushed to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, where doctors determined her injuries were severe enough to warrant an emergency cesarean section.
Doctors delivered a healthy baby boy and performed reconstructive surgery on Veronica's arm. Two tendons were fused together because one was severely damaged, according to Tim.
Blue was euthanized following the attack. Meanwhile, Veronica and her baby were released from the hospital last Wednesday.
Revelations of the attack on Veronica will undoubtedly bring increased scrutiny on top officials at OC Animal Care, who have been under fire amid multiple reports, including two by the county grand jury, regarding management problems and deplorable conditions at the county's 74-year-old animal shelter.
The Nguyens said they were not told that Blue had a history until they received a call from Voice of OC. In February, an attack by Blue had included a “face bite,” according to county records obtained by Voice of OC.
After the earlier attack, county officials had options that included requiring that Blue wear a muzzle and physical restraint, according to the county’s vicious dog ordinance.
That didn’t end up happening.
Instead, after a hearing where Harry presented witnesses, the interim OC Animal Care director, Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, removed Blue’s “vicious dog” status.
While Hawkins told Harry the decision was conditioned on him agreeing to restrain his dog, she apparently placed no legally binding requirements, like mandating that Blue wear a muzzle.
“You are encouraged to ensure that Blue is properly controlled and confined at all times,” Hawkins wrote in a March 13 letter announcing her decision.
(Click here to read the letter.)
Reached for comment Friday, county officials emphasized that they reversed the “vicious dog” declaration based on the hearing and other, unspecified, evidence.
“The tentative declaration was considered at an administrative hearing, where the hearing officer heard from various witnesses," county spokeswoman Jean Pasco said in a statement. "Based on the witness statements and considering the available evidence, the hearing officer recommended against the declaration.”
Pasco declined to elaborate on what evidence was presented at the hearing or the rationale behind the reversal, nor confirm what injuries were caused by Blue’s February bite. The county also would not release a transcript of the hearing Friday.
Hawkins, meanwhile, didn’t return a phone message seeking comment.
When Voice of OC contacted Tim Nguyen for the first time last week, he was surprised to learn about the dog’s prior bite and Hawkins’ handling of it.
“I was under the impression that it was a good dog and that it was just a bizarre accident," Tim said. The new information “definitely changes my perspective on the whole situation.”
He added: “It's one thing when you make an innocent mistake…but if it happened before and you let it happen again, that is different.”
Harry, the dog’s owner, declined to comment through his Los Angeles-based attorney, Natalia Foley.
The bite exposes not only Harry to potential legal liability, but also county taxpayers, depending on how serious the first incident was, among other factors.
In their review of animal control, grand jurors took the unusual move of issuing two back-to-back reports criticizing the department’s executives for creating an environment that risks public health and safety.
One of the reports alleged that poor leadership has contributed to bad cleaning practices at the county shelter that could spread disease, as well as a dead deer being left in front of a home for five days after being reported to animal control.
The situation is so bad, according to the grand jury, that the county should consider replacing the leadership of the county's community resources department, which oversees OC Animal Care.
The report doesn't mention them by name, but the department's director is Steve Franks, a former political aide to county Supervisor Jim Silva who later transitioned into a top role above the county agency.
In addition to the grand jury reports, former employees recently alleged unethical behavior by superiors, such as pressure on field officers to bring in money, and pursuing an allegedly false allegation of animal abuse that prompted compensation for the shelter.
Huntington Beach is among 18 Orange County cities that rely on the county for animal control services.
As for the Nguyen family, Tim says he and his wife are thankful their son is in good health.
“One thing that we've been talking about is that in total darkness there is still light…so many things could have gone wrong,” said Tim Nguyen.  “What if [it] got her stomach?”
“We look at kids in our neighborhood – they would have been defenseless.”
Tim says his wife was fortunate to be matched with a good surgeon at Hoag Hospital, who feels confident about her recovery.
“We remain positive, but there’s moments where it hurts,” Tim Nguyen said.
While Veronica is able to breastfeed, he added, she isn’t able to participate in many of the moments that new mothers typically experience, like picking up her baby and changing his clothes.
“Everything’s kind of on standstill right now,” he said.
Editor David Washburn contributed to this report.

OTJOMUISE, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA AFRICA - 2 PIT BULL TERRIERS RIPPED 13-YEAR-OLD FRED SAVAGE APART IN FULL VIEW OF OTHER PEOPLE KILLING HIM







WARNING:  THIS VIDEO IS VERY GRAPHIC AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.  BY CLICKING THE VIDEO ON YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE 18 YEARS OR OLDER.

MORE INFORMATION:  HIS MOTHER SAYS THAT FRED HAD A DREAM TO BECOME A LAWYER.

IT was supposed to be a normal weekend away from the school hostel, which included playing with friends in the streets of the neighbourhood.
Yet it ended in death for 13-year-old Fred Savage on Saturday afternoon, when two aggressive pit bull terriers ripped him apart in full view of other people.

Neighbours in Otjomuise's extension four rushed to the scene after hearing the chilling cries of a young boy at about 15h50, but they could only watch in horror as the boy was bitten to death by, ironically, what is supposed to be man's best friend.

The Grade 5 pupil at Aris Primary School from Agste Laan in Otjomuise, was playing in the street with two friends when the enraged dogs charged at them and attacked him.

The boy's relatives, who described him as a “sweet and helpful young boy”, say he was visiting home for the weekend from the school hostel.

“He had gone out with his friends for the afternoon, but they [the friends] returned home to report that he had been attacked by two savage dogs. We did not think it was serious at first and we went searching for him at Katutura Hospital,” said Fred's aunt Michelle Ochurus.

She said they went from hospital to hospital searching for him and were told the bad news by police officers at the Katutura Police Station at around 23h00 on Saturday evening.

The family said they are not blaming the dog owners for the tragedy, as they believe it could not have been intentional.

“Only God knows. But they should know better than to leave such dangerous dogs alone and unattended in the yard,” said Ochurus.
Apparently neighbours of the dog owners told the family that this was not the first time the dogs had attacked people. “We were informed that the same dogs also bit a construction worker who was passing by the house, before.”

The boy's mother Alta Christa Ochurus, a single mother of eleven, is still reeling from the shock. Savage was her seventh child.
Police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said Savage was attacked as he was riding his bicycle in Stockholm Street.

Witnesses said two of the boys managed to flee while the dogs attacked Savage, pinning him to the ground and mauling him.
“Everyone was too scared to do anything to stop the dogs. They were just shouting as they were afraid of coming near the dogs and just stood watching helplessly from a distance. It was horrible,” said a neighbour, Obed Mutabani.


“Two young men got out of a white vehicle and tried to help him, but quickly ran back to the safety of their car when one of the vicious dogs turned on them. It was a matter of life and death and meant risking your own life if you went over to help. One of the young men was bitten on the ankle,” he said.

Mutabani said he ran to his house and grabbed a shotgun to try and scare the dogs away.

“It is not easy firing at a moving target,” he said, adding that he had fired three shots at the dogs that left them injured, but they still would not let go of their victim.

He also said some neighbours tried protecting the injured boy by parking their cars over his body but the dogs did not back down.
Paramedics arrived by ambulance and tried to resuscitate the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the scene and the City Police were forced to shoot the dogs when they arrived.

When The Namibian visited the scene yesterday, dry blood patches close to the yard were the only remaining evidence of the attack, while the house remained quiet, with no sign of life.

Neighbours told The Namibian that the dogs had been left unattended while the owners went to Rundu for the weekend.
“I looked around the yard and noticed there was no sign that the dogs had been given anything to eat. They must have been hungry,” said another neighbour, Malua Malua.

Malua believes the fence around the yard was not properly erected and the dogs managed to open a hole in the fence and escape. The Namibian could not contact the dog owners by the time of going to print yesterday.

Another eyewitness, who declined to be named, said he could not sleep afterwards as images of the young boy were still flashing through his mind.

“He was literally ripped apart. We could see his spine and there was a huge gap on the side of his neck. It was terrible,” he said. He believes the dogs were provoked.

Eyewitnesses also said the first group of police officers who came to the scene were not armed.

“They just sat in their cars doing nothing,” he said.

Mutabani said what happened on Saturday will remain in the minds of the onlookers for a very long time. “There were small children who saw what happened and those children might need counselling,” he said.

Neighbours claimed many people in the Otjomuise neighbourhood owned dogs because the neighbourhood was not safe.

“This is not a safe neighbourhood. There are robberies occurring regularly and people own dogs to protect their property, but people must know how to take care of pit bull terriers and not leave them unattended,” said Mutabani.
http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?category_id=1&page_type=story_detail&id=28425


Sunday, June 28, 2015

PITTSBURG KS - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG JUMPED ITS FENCE AND ATTACKED A 5-YEAR-OLD BOY RIDING HIS BIKE BESIDE HIS GRANDMA WHO WAS PUSHING HIS 2-YEAR-OLD SISTER IN A STROLLER - TEETH RIPPED OUT- EAR ALMOST RIPPED OFF - SKIN GRAFT TO FOOT

Korbin Smith, 5, post surgery at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City Mo. late Wednesday night.

By Michael Stavola - The Morning Sun - Pittsburg, Kan.

A 5-year-old boy was released from the hospital Friday after being mauled by a white American Bulldog less than a block from Schlanger Park at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.
Korbin Smith, 5, was attacked near Stillwell and 8th Street while riding his bike with his grandma, who was pushing Korbin’s 2-year-old sister in a stroller. The dog jumped the fence and attacked Korbin, leaving marks all over his head and nearly ripping off his left ear. Korbin will still need to have a skin graft in a couple weeks on his left foot.
“It just came out of nowhere and attacked my grandson… it grabbed his (left) foot and pulled him off his bike and just went for his head,” said Jayne Smith, Korbin’s grandma.
Jayne said Korbin was screaming the whole time. Jayne was also screaming for help. She pushed the baby stroller into the grass and started to punch and kick the dog. But had no luck. She finally grabbed the dog by his blue color and held on for dear life.
“I just (remember thinking) I can’t hold this dog much longer, cause he’s like a big strong dog,” she said. “If I didn’t hold him he was going to kill my grandson.”
The dog was fixed on Korbin, she said. Eventually, someone from the daycare center at the corner of Stillwell and 8th Street came to help. The police arrived shortly after.
Korbin Smith, 5, awaits a transfer flight from Via Christi to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. after he was attacked by an American Bulldog a block away from Schlanger Park in Pittsburg Wednesday.

At Via Christi, a woman from the daycare center told Jayne the dog hopped the fence. At the hospital, Jayne also found out the dog tore out one of Korbin’s teeth and nearly ripped off his left ear. Korbin will also undergo skin graft on his left foot in the next few weeks, she said.
Korbin was taken to Via Christi and then airlifted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he underwent surgery late into the night.
Neighbors said the residents whose dog attacked Korbin moved into the home within the last couple months. The dog’s owner couldn’t be reached for comment.
“The dog is currently at the animal control shelter,” said Deputy Chief Brent Narges.
At the time, Narges wasn’t sure if there was previous complaints about the dog. He said the dog’s owner will receive an issue to appear in court. Then the fate of the dog will be determined.

http://www.morningsun.net/article/20150628/NEWS/150629778 


WICHITA KS - LONG-TIME HOMEOWNER JOHNNY DENNEY, 65, SPEAKS ABOUT HIS CONSTANT CONCERN OVER A PIT BULL THAT ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK HIS 83-YEAR-OLD MOTHER AND HIS FRUSTRATION THAT ANIMAL CONTROL IS OF NO HELP AND REFUSES TO LOOK AT THIS PICTURE !!!

Johnny Denney with a baseball bat under his arms, faces off with a pit bull in his yard. The photo was taken by his daughter.

Johnny Denney’s family has lived in their Planeview neighborhood home for 29 years, long enough for the rose of Sharon bush out front to set down deep roots and send out a tower of magenta blooms.

But because of a neighbor’s aggressive dog, they have become prisoners in their own home, Denney says. He is 65, suffers from Parkinson’s disease and has a knee replacement. He carries an aluminum bat when he goes outside. He has stared down the WHITE PIT BULL while gripping the bat, after it has repeatedly lunged at him or tried to tear through a front-porch gate to get to his 83-year-old mother, he said. They fear for their pet Yorkie even when it is in the fenced yard because the pit bull is big enough to leap over.

“We shouldn’t have to live like this,” Denney said Friday morning, newly frustrated after seeing the white pit running loose again. He said he has called 911 several times, but each time Wichita animal control officers told him they were unable to find the dog or that it was in an enclosure when they spotted it or that they couldn’t find the owner.

Denney’s frustration isn’t unique. The city animal control unit has limited staffing, and they
respond to thousands of calls a year. At most, the city has three animal control officers citywide per shift, but usually it’s one or two officers, said Wichita police Lt. Steve Kenney, who oversees animal control.


In the past year, animal control has logged 992 calls in which the caller initially indicated a dog was aggressive, 318 calls in which a dog was reported as having attacked someone by, for example, running at someone or inhibiting a person’s movement, said animal control supervisor Dennis Graves.  Animal control also recorded 4,930 calls about pets, mostly dogs, being stray or running loose, Graves said.
The calls are prioritized so that the highest is a dog biting someone or being aggressive, Kenney said. The next priority is a dog being aggressive toward or harming another pet. A dog simply running loose is a lower priority.
The challenge is that dogs move quickly, so spotting and catching them can be difficult. And because dogs are considered property, police usually need to know who owns them, Kenney said.

The legal process

The fortunate thing, Kenney said, is that there is a streamlined process for people who have problems with dogs. It basically involves filling out an affidavit, which is reviewed by an animal control officer to make sure it qualifies under the ordinance, and if it meets the criteria, it goes to Municipal Court, where the owner has to show up and answer to the complaint.
Denney said he doubts he would be willing to take the steps to pursue it through the court.
Most people don’t want to prosecute; they just want the problem to end, Kenney said. Many times, he said, it’s because people don’t want to have conflicts with neighbors.
Denney said his family’s problem with the white pit bull began around the time of Riverfest, in late May. He said he has no opposition to the pit bull breed. It depends on how they are raised and cared for, he said. He thinks the white pit bull belongs to a neighbor.
While animal control officials say pit bulls can be sweet dogs, the breed also has plenty of critics who say pit bulls have a reputation for being fighting dogs because of their disposition, musculature and powerful jaws. Whether or not the breed is unfairly labeled, pit bulls are “overrepresented” in city statistics, Graves said recently. In a previous Eagle article about problem dogs, Kenney cited these numbers: In 2014, pit bulls accounted for 110 of 208 reported and investigated dog attacks, 188 of 569 dog bites and 35 of 53 dogs deemed dangerous under a city ordinance.

Pit bull siege

Denney said that the white pit bull, which he estimated at “a good 75 pounds,” showed up
outside his house and tore up a lattice gate to the front porch as it snarled at his 83-year-old mother. The pit bull didn’t appear to have tags. A city ordinance sets specific requirements for pit bulls, including that they be sterilized and have a microchip for identification. Pit bull breeders have exemptions, but very few people qualify for a breeder’s license.

The white pit bull also caved in chain-link fencing in front of the Denney home, Denney said.
The dog has lunged at him four times, he said. His daughter took a cellphone picture of the pit bull outside the house on a recent night, facing a bat-carrying Denney. But an animal control officer and police officer declined the family’s offer for the officers to view the photo, he said.
According to Graves, on May 31, the 911 emergency dispatch system received a call about two pit bulls – one white, the other brown and white – running loose near Denney’s home. The animal control officer was able to catch and impound the brown-and-white dog but couldn’t find the white dog after a search. Animal control officers have returned to the block five times since catching the brown-and-white dog, Graves said.
Denney said he also worries about the safety of his neighbors, many of whom have small children.
Over the years, his family has built a decorative pond with gurgling spouts of water in a yard ringed with established flower beds. On Friday, a hidden cardinal sang above flowering moss, waxy-green hens and chicks and rain-soaked honeysuckle.
But with the pit bull loose, Denney said, his mother is “afraid to come out here and work on her own plants.”
Holding the bat in the yard Friday, Denney said, “I don’t want to carry this every moment of my life. I shouldn’t have to.”
Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

TEXAS - PIT BULL'S BITE RESULTS IN $1.3 MILLION AWARD

On May 18, a judge awarded $1.3 million to the owner of a dog boarding business who was bitten by a pit bull. On Feb. 7, 2013, plaintiff Amber Rickles, the owner of the dog boarding business in Spring, was bitten by a pit bull owned by Jennifer Romano. Plaintiff's counsel maintained that the dog bit down hard enough to fracture her right distal ulna in her dominant arm. She also sustained dog bites on her left wrist, left breast and dominant right forearm.
Rickles v. Romano, No. 201330631
Court: 190th District Court, Harris County
Plaintiff Attorneys: John Thomas Foster, Bellaire; Robin E. McIlhenny, Bellaire
Defense Attorneys: Christiana Dijkman, Phillips & Akers, Houston; Megan Penrod, Houston

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JACKSON TN - A NEIGHBOR'S DOG ATTACKED A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WAS PLAYING WITH A TOY AND THE TOY WENT INTO THE NEIGHBOR'S "UNFENCED BACKYARD" - WITNESSES TELL CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS OF WHAT HAPPENED

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A dog attack Wednesday sent Heather Jacobsen, 6, to the hospital for stitches on her scalp.
Heather's family said they still do not know if the dog is up to date on shots, and the dog remains at his home although they requested him to be removed.
The dog's owners and Heather's family had different accounts of the incident.
Jason Gilmore, Heather's uncle, said she was outside with her father Wednesday evening when her toy accidentally went over her family's fence. She went into the neighbor's unfenced yard to reclaim the toy.  Lisa Jacobsen, Heather's mother, said the dog ran for the toy and attacked her daughter.
Heather Jacobsen, 6, was taken to the hospital Wednesday
Mary Kelly, whose husband owns Tigger, the dog, said he had already been playing with the toy. She had been tossing it to him when Heather rushed toward Tigger, she said.
"I hope she's going to be all right," Kelly said. "... I was up all night worrying about that kid."
Kelly said Tigger was leashed at the time, although Jacobsen said the dog was not leashed.
"It's a big dog, and I just don't think she can control that dog," Jacobsen said. "If that dog tries to pull her, she's going."
Kelly said Tigger has no history of being violent.
"That was just an incident, it happened; I hate that it happened," Kelly said. "She wasn't supposed to be over here in this backyard."
Jacobsen said she was told at the hospital that the dog would be picked up and euthanized.
Instead, Tigger is in quarantine and kept away from people other than his owners.
Kim Tedford, regional director at the Jackson-Madison County Health Department, said the 10-day quarantine means the dog must be leashed when taken outdoors.
Jackson has a leash law. On the city's website, it states that "as long as a dog is under the control of the owner, the leash law is not violated. However, if the dog is off the property, it must be on a leash."
Tedford said vicious dogs may be brought before a board. The board will look at the dog's history as well as whether it was provoked, she said. Usually dogs are brought before the board by animal control officers who have received multiple calls about the same dog, she said.
An owner is not held liable if an injury resulted from a person "enticing, disturbing, alarming, harassing, or otherwise provoking the dog," according to Tennessee law.
The dog's owner is also not held liable if the injury occurred while the injured person was on a residential property owned by the dog's owner. An exception to this is if the claimant can establish "that the dog's owner knew or should have known of the dog's dangerous propensities."

Friday, June 26, 2015

FORT NELSON, BC CANADA - PIT BULLS STILL BANNED DESPITE A PLEA FROM A PIT BULL OWNER

Despite a plea from a pit bull owner, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) is sticking to a bylaw banning the breed within the town's limits.

On Monday, council heard from Lisa Fraik, an NRRM resident who lives within the former Town of Fort Nelson's boundaries. Fraik said she owns an American Staffordshire terrier, a type of pit bull.
She was told by an animal control officer on June 11 to remove the animal from the town's boundaries. The pet is currently staying with one of her relatives in the NRRM rural areas, where the rule does not apply.
The dog is not allowed to live with Fraik because pit bulls have been banned from the former Town of Fort Nelson's boundaries since 1990.

“I have never had an issue when I walk her, and I take her everywhere with us,” she wrote to council. “She is super friendly and does not bark much.”

In 1989, a Fort Nelson pit bull escaped its yard and killed another dog, prompting the town to implement the bylaw.

In 2009, the Town of Fort Nelson merged with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. It was decided that the animal control bylaw would apply to the area of the former town, but not to the areas outside it.

The current bylaw includes “provisions that would allow those pit bulls that were licensed between Sept. 14 and Oct. 31, 2007 to be kept by owners under special conditions,” according to an NRRM staff report.
During this time, council briefly amended the bylaw to allow pit bulls, but the decision prompted “much angst” in the community and was later revoked.

“I was incorrectly informed that if I had my dog before pit bulls were banned from town boundaries that the bylaw did not apply to me,” Fraik wrote to council.

Fraik asked council that the dog be “grandfathered” into the existing bylaw.

However, when a vote came to re-examine the issue on Monday, no one on council raised their hand to move the motion forward, according to the town’s deputy CAO Heather Cobbett.

“Just because of the opposition to pit bulls in the community, council does not want to re-visit the issue,” Cobbett said.

Councillors reached by Alaska Highway News did not want to speak about the issue, referring the newspaper to either city staff or Mayor Bill Streeper.

The mayor could not be reached by press time.     

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