Friday, August 28, 2015

LOUISIANA - MOLLY THE PONY SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA BUT THEN WAS ATTACKED BY A RESCUED PIT BULL THAT TRIED TO RIP HER BODY TO PIECES AND CHEW OFF HER LEGS


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Molly the pony is a Sea Biscuit kind of story that offers the hope that anyone can triumph over impossible odds with sheer determination and loving friends.

Described as the “The Little Three-Legged Pony That could,” this gray-speckled horse’s tale involves surviving Hurricane Katrina, surviving a PIT BULL dog attack that cost her a front leg and the miraculous intervention by her rescuers Kaye and Glenn Harris who saved her.

The couple own Pony Tales in St. Rose.  When word got out about this pony’s inspiring story, just about everyone wanted to help tell it and it’s time has come again as the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s impact on Louisiana approaches on Aug. 29.

The story about a pony successfully getting a prosthetic leg is so incredible that a website called Hoax-Slayer scrutinized it as a possible myth and cheerfully announced it was true.

Not only is it true, but the pony has become a celebrity of world renown.  Molly has been featured in numerous books, including “Molly the Pony: A True Story” and “Horses with a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service.” She’s been featured in a CBS special and featured in the New York Times in 2006, YouTube videos galore and feature stories as far away as the United Kingdom and Japan (after the tsunami, they wanted to use her story to inspire their people after so many limbs were lost).

The pony is a humanitarian, too.  Molly’s Foundation raises money for her care, as well as fellow rescues that can be a variety of animals but currently includes ponies, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and goats.

Molly’s story seems incredible.  After surviving the hurricane, the pony spent a week on her own with a dog in a storm-damaged barn on the Orleans-Jefferson parish line. Many pets and livestock were left with no one to tend for them after caretakers were killed or evacuated. 

Gulf Coast residents who were unaffected by the storm began adopting these animals. Among them was Kaye Harris, an owner of Pony Tales in St. Rose, and MuttShack in Los Angeles who rescued more than 3,000 animals and among them was an appaloosa pony named Molly. 

Many of the ponies at Pony Tales are rescues, some of them stay on as party ponies or in case while others have been rehabilitated and gone to new homes.  BUT SOON AFTER HER RESCUE, MOLLY WAS ATTACKED BY A RESCUED PIT BULL THAT RIPPED HER JAW, GASHED HER BELLY AND BIT ALL FOUR OF HER LEGS - WITH HER RIGHT FRONT LEG BEYOND REPAIR.  HARRIS WAS TURNING IN HER DRIVEWAY IN DECEMBER OF 2005 WHEN SHE WITNESSED THE DOG ATTACKING THE PONY.  As she held the animal’s head in her lap, she worried it would die of shock

Molly survived but a decision had to be made about her leg.  She approached a close friend, veterinarian Allison Barca, and the two approached Rustin Moore, director of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Health Studies Program. Although three-legged life was a distinct possibility for the pony, they still wanted a prosthetic leg for the horse although it had rarely been attempted and typically resulted in expensive failure. 

Moore recognized Molly’s will to survive, as well as her rescuers’ devotion to helping her, and decided she was a good candidate for a procedure that LSU veterinarians had never performed on a horse – amputation and fitting of a prosthetic leg.

“It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life,” he said. “She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury and now she is giving hope to others.”

Bayou Orthotic and Prosthetic Center was contacted to build Molly’s limb and, although they’d never made a limb for an animal, Dwayne Mara agreed to try.  Mara studied ponies for joint movement and horse anatomy to calculate weight for the limb and delivered the artificial leg at no charge. They’ve also donated several replacement legs.

At LSU, Moore and a team of surgeons removed Molly’s leg below the knee and fitted her with a temporary prosthesis.

“She went out and she went right to putting her weight on it,” Harris said. “I just cried because I knew it was going to work.”

When her wound healed, she was fitted with Mara’s inventive prosthetic leg.


“She was timid and pretty easy to work with,” Mara said of Molly, who is still making her prosthetic legs 10 years later.  Molly’s success is partly due to her acceptance of help and the prosthetic.

"SHE ASKS FOR IT," BARCA SAID.  "SHE WILL PUT HER LITTLE LIMB OUT AND COME TO YOU, AND LET YOU KNOW THAT SHE WANTS YOU TO PUT IT ON."

Soon after the surgery, the pony was taken to Children’s Hospital and that’s where Harris said Molly surprised them all.
Although the pony could be a “diva” at the farm, she said it insisted on staying with a child who had trouble controlling his movement and then everyone watched the child sit quietly and focus on Molly.
As far as Harris was concerned, the pony had chosen its own job.

“I find one of her biggest therapies is with veterans who have lost limbs,” Harris said. “People think of kids, but old folks and veterans connect with her the most.”

Molly happily went to work going to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and anywhere anyone needed hope to show what this spunky pony has been able to achieve.

 Children with medical conditions like spina bifida, who also were being fitted with orthotics, embraced the little horse who had gotten a metal leg.

Now 10 years since her surgery, Molly needs a little more care. Last year, the pony got a pool for water therapy.

While Harris said some have questioned her keeping a lame horse alive, she said she saw a pony that wanted to live and did all they could to help it.
“Molly will never be normal, but she can be better,” she said. “Now, she’s a worldwide ambassador of inspiration.”

As for using the ponies for rides at parties, she said any pony or horse that doesn’t want to or can’t do it doesn’t provide rides. Also, they don’t work the animals more than 10 hours a week, which she said is a good deal considering they get food, board, medical care and attention.

Many of these animals were rejected by their owners, but Harris said they have a home at their farm – whether they work or not.

Also, Molly’s comfort is welcome and timely. This pony isn’t just surviving, but thriving at a time when so many are honoring the Katrina 10 observance and remembering all the horrific stories that emerged from what remains as the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. 

Molly the pony has her own comeback story, having also survived life-defying odds from Katrina.
She’s been so inspiring that Harris called her “a symbol for New Orleans itself.”



SALLISAW OK - A PIT BULL CHARGED OUT A FRONT DOOR OF ITS HOME AND ATTACKED AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL WALKING TO HER HOME ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE STREET JUST AFTER SHE GOT OFF THE SCHOOL BUS

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 9:29 am
An 11-year-old girl is recuperating after a  PIT BULL attacked her Tuesday, shortly after getting off the school bus. The dog has been impounded at the city animal shelter.
Sallisaw police were called to 111 N. Holly at about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday for a dog bite. Witnesses said the victim had been walking on the opposite side of the street when the dog charged through the front door of 108 N. Holly and attacked the girl.
A neighbor heard the dog's vicious-sounding bark and the girl's screams and was able to get the dog off the girl. They were able to get into his house and call the police.
DeAnna Carr, the girl's mother, said they had only just moved into the neighborhood and had never had difficulties with the animal or its owner.
The neighbor said he has been bitten by the same dog.
“When I got to the house, the police had the dog in the animal control car,” Carr said. “I took my daughter to Mercy in Fort Smith, (Ark.) where she was treated and released.”
Carr said her daughter had sustained two large puncture wounds and several smaller puncture wounds and a bruise from where she hit a mail box while trying to get away from the dog.
Officers said a tan-colored pit bull was in the yard at 108 N. Holly when they arrived and immediately showed aggressive tendencies, barking and charging at the officers. Officers reported the dog seemed “mad.”
Animal control officer Thomas Bridgewater used a catch pole to contain the animal and move it to the animal control unit.
The dog was taken to the animal shelter where it will be kept in a locked cage with a warning notice attached to the cage.
Bridgewater said the dog is current on its rabies vaccinations.
He said he knew the dog's owner had been cited previously for an animal at large, but did not know when or if the owner had been cited for owning a vicious animal.
Keith Miller, the building and development director for Sallisaw said the dog's fate is now in the hands of the city judge.
“What happens to the animal will have to be adjudicated before the municipal judge,” Miller said. “It will be up to the judge whether the dog is euthanized or just ordered to live outside city limits.
Miller said the animal will be kept for as few as 72 hours or until the next municipal court hearing.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FOUR OAKS, JOHNSTON CO NC - A PIT BULL HAD TO BE SHOT OFF A WOMAN'S ARM AT THE TRAVELERS INN OFF I-95 - A SECOND PERSON WAS ALSO INJURED


Two people were hurt Thursday afternoon in a dog attack at the Travelers Inn in Four Oaks off I-95.

Police said they were called around 3:20 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a PIT BULL with its jaws locked around a woman's arm.

Officers tried to pull the dog off, but couldn't, so they shot it.

One of the injured is reportedly in serious condition.

It's unclear who the dog belong to. Police continue to investigate.

http://abc11.com/news/dog-attack-reported-at-four-oaks-motel/959417/


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MILWAUKEE WI - A PIT BULL THAT HAD ATTACKED A CHILD ONCE BEFORE GOT OUT OF ITS FENCE AND MADE A B-LINE FOR ANOTHER CHILD LEAVING THE 8-YEAR-OLD WITH SERIOUS INJURIES

An 8-year-old girl was attacked by a PIT BULL Wednesday while playing outside her home on Milwaukee’s northwest side.  It happened near 81st and Daphne streets.
Not only did the girl suffer serious injuries, but the dog has a history of attacking children.
"He left this open when I had it shut,” the dog owner said.
WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino followed the owner of the pit bull Wednesday afternoon into her backyard as she explains how the 80-pound dog got loose from its cage.  She said a crew from AT&T accidentally left the gate open and the dog, Indio, ran out Wednesday afternoon.
"I was yelling at him to come back, come back, but he wouldn't listen,” the owner said.
The owner agreed to talk with WISN 12 News but did not want her face shown.
Her dog ran straight toward a child down the street. “He started biting her in the stomach area and on the arm,” the owner said.
The girl was riding her bike when all of a sudden she started screaming for help.
Her father said he went to go see what was wrong and before he knew it, the pit bull was trying to get into his home.
The girl's parents said it was terrifying trying to get the dog off their daughter.
The owner said this isn't the first time Indio has attacked. A few years ago he bit a 5-year-old child who needed 21 stitches.
"Why did you keep him when he attacked in the first place?” Palladino asked.
“Because I thought I'd give him a second chance,” the owner said.
But now the owner said she's glad Indio will be put down.
"He should be put down because he should not be attacking anybody. He should have known that that was wrong,” the owner said.
The owners were cited a few years ago for the first attack.  Milwaukee police said they will probably be cited again for this latest incident, but criminal charges are not likely.

MUNCIE IN - A PIT BULL MIX ATTACKED AN ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBER IN THE FACE WHEN SHE BENT DOWN TO PICK SOMETHING UP - THE DOG REMOVED A SIGNIFICANT PART OF HER CHEEK




UPDATE: http://fox59.com/2015/08/28/elderly-muncie-woman-receives-more-than-60-stitches-after-dog-bite-to-the-face/

UPDATE:  A Muncie woman who suffered a severe facial wound Wednesday when attacked by a dog was released following treatment at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  The 83-year-old victim apparently received more than 60 stitches, according to Phil Peckinpaugh, superintendent of the Muncie Animal Shelter. 

Police were called to a home in the 3200 block of East Chippewa Lane shortly after noon Wednesday, when a woman reported her dog had attacked her mother.  In a report, an officer wrote that he “could see that part of (the victim’s) face around the right jaw was missing.

”The dog’s owner said her mother was bending over to pick up groceries when the dog “jumped up, grabbed the right side of (the victim’s) face and began shaking its head, ripping off a portion of (flesh).”

The senior citizen was taken to the hospital by ambulance.The dog — A MALE PIT BULL MIX NAMED CESAR, WEIGHING ABOUT 75 POUNDS,  according to Peckinpaugh — was taken to the animal shelter. It will be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine.

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2015/08/27/dog-bite-victim-released-hospital/71274042/

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A Muncie woman was seriously injured Wednesday when she was bitten in the face by a family member's dog.
City police Capt. Steve Cox said the attack took place shortly after noon in a home in the 3200 block of South Chippewa Lane.
The victim, believed to be a senior citizen, reportedly bent over — "to pick something up or put something away," Cox said — when a dog belonging to her daughter suddenly lunged at the woman, biting her face.
The police captain said the attack "removed a part of her cheek." The woman was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Her injuries were "fairly significant," but not believed to be life-threatening, Cox said.
The dog was placed in the custody of the Muncie Animal Shelter. Phil Peckinpaugh, shelter director, said the canine's owner had surrendered the animal, expected to be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine.
Peckinpaugh said he did not have information about the dog's size, gender or breed.

FAYETTEVILLE NC - A FAMILY'S 90-POUND PIT BULL TERRIER ATTACKED THEIR 18-MONTH-OLD BOY LEAVING HIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION


Authorities say an 18-month-old boy is in critical condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after he was attacked by a dog in Fayetteville.

The 90-pound American PIT BULL TERRIER was put down after the incident Tuesday night.

"The grandfather had gone out on the porch, and the mother walked out on the porch to talk to the grandfather, and while she was outside, she heard him screaming and came back in and saw the dog attacking her son," said Dr. John Lauby, director of Cumberland County Animal Control.

Lauby said he doesn't know what caused the 6-year-old pit bull to attack the toddler, but he said parents should never leave an infant or small child alone with a large dog.

Fayetteville police are investigating the incident and we are told that child endangerment charges may be pending.

http://abc11.com/news/child-in-critical-condition-after-dog-attack/958103/


HARRISON COUNTY WV - 5 BOXERS KEPT IN A PEN BEHIND A HOME ATTACKED A WOMAN WHO OPENED THEIR CAGE TO PET AND CHECK ON THEM

                                   




Two of the dogs were put down and the three others were taken by animal control. The incident has stirred controversy among community members. 5 News reached out to neighbors and locals for their reaction.
Carolyn Reed has lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years. She said she never imagined something like this would happen so close to her home.
"Oh no never, never in a million years and you know they are boxers, who would ever think they would do that?" said Reed.
Reed said her husband and son ran to the scene after screams were heard down the road.
"She started screaming, they started running, they ran down there...and that's when they saw her, and called for help."
According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, a resident had five boxers living in a pen behind the house but the person who lived there didn't own the dogs, they were just staying their temporarily. Apparently the woman wanted to see the dogs, and as she opened the cage to pet them, they attacked her. 
"It's concerning because dogs can become aggressive when they are left outdoors, especially it sounds like 5 dogs in a small pen can certainly cause some aggravation and anxiety for animals," said Teresa Chagrin, Animal Care & Control Specialist for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). 
5 News spoke to several members of the community who said they thought it was wrong for the dogs to be killed. They asked to remain anonymous and also wondered why the woman had gone over to the pen in the first place.
"I think it was wrong [that the dogs were killed] because the fact that she went in their yard, it was their [the dog's] territory, she said.
She also questioned why the dogs couldn't have been tranquilized instead.
Another local said it's not surprising the dogs started biting. 
"I own a miniature collie, come in my yard when I'm not home, she will bite you," he said. 
Reed explained the victim is a dog lover and has dogs of her own. She said the dogs were thin and the victim wanted to feed them.
"She loves dogs, she has dogs, she saw them a felt sorry for them and she wanted to help them," said Reed.
While several members of the community are upset that the dogs were put down, Reed a dog owner herself, said it was the right thing to do. 
"I feel sorry for the dogs, but if people would of seen what she looked like after what those dogs did to her... I mean they wouldn't want that done to a family member or a friend of theres or a neighbor," said Reed.



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A woman was attacked by five dogs in Summit Park around 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.
She was taken to United Hospital Center by ambulance because HealthNet was unable to fly due to weather conditions.
Police said a resident had five boxers living in a pen behind the house but the person who lived there didn't own the dogs, they were just staying their temporarily. Apparently the woman wanted to see the dogs, and as she opened the cage to pet them, they attacked her. 
Two dogs have been put down. The other three dogs have been captured and taken by Animal Control. The current status of the other three dogs is unknown at this time, according to the Sheriff's department.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GREENVILLE COUNTY SC - AN OFFICER WAS FORCED TO SHOOT A PIT BULL THAT WAS MAULING ONE WOMAN ALMOST SEVERING HER ARM - ANOTHER WOMAN HAD ALSO BEEN ATTACKED

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BULL WAS A "GOOD DOG" BUT SOMEONE CALLED HIS NAME AND THAT WAS HIS TRIGGER TO ATTACK THEM BITING OFF A KNEE CAP AND SEVERING HER ARM!!!!















































































































































































(FOX Carolina) - Authorities responded to a dog attack in Greenville around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Officials with the Parker Fire District said they responded to a Pit Bull attack on 3rd Avenue at C Street in the Poe Mill area. Officials said two people were injured and taken to the hospital via EMS.

Deputies said they heard the dog ripped off one victim's arm while en route to the scene. When they arrived on scene, the victim was still being attacked by the dog as it chewed on her arm, according to deputies.

An on-scene deputy put herself in harms way and fired shots, killing the dog. The deputy then tried to stop the bleeding. The victim also suffered several leg wounds. 

Deputies said one victim was attacked earlier on Tuesday morning. She sustained non life-threatening injuries. 
The dog was owned by one of the residents, according to deputies, and witnesses on scene told FOX Carolina that the two women who lived there were sisters. 

We have a crew headed to the scene. Stay with foxcarolina.com for the latest in this developing story. 

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/29873070/officials-respond-after-2-injured-during-dog-attack-in-greenville