Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ROOSEVELT UT - A PIT BULL PUSHED OUT A GATE THAT HAD BEEN OPENED BY A PERSON AND B-LINED OPAL HENLEY, 8, WALKING TO SCHOOL WITH HER COUSIN



A Roosevelt girl had to undergo surgery Monday after being mauled by a PIT BULL while walking to school with her cousin, according to animal control officials and the girl's family.
Opal Henley, 8, was walking to East Elementary School with her cousin, 10-year-old Braxton Blanchard, when the attack happened. The kids were about three blocks from the school when someone visiting a house on the corner of 400 North and 400 East opened a gate and a pit bull got free.
"It zoomed out of the fence and jumped on Opal," Braxton said Wednesday. "I don't think it even thought about anybody else."
The dog knocked Opal to the ground and clamped its mouth around her right leg, Braxton said. The woman who accidentally let the dog out and another woman were able to pull the dog off Opal once, Braxton said, but it escaped their grasp and attacked Opal again.  Unsure of what to do, Braxton said he began screaming. His sister, 15-year-old Bailey Blanchard, was still home and could hear the commotion outside.
8-year-old Roosevelt girl has surgery after pit bull attack
"I didn't think anything of it because kids are always screaming with their friends," the teen said. "A couple seconds later it was really big, like scary screams. I could see out my blinds that there was a kid under the dog, so I knew it was going to be bad."
Bailey ran outside to discover the kid on the ground was her cousin. The dog still had Opal pinned to the ground despite the women's efforts to save the girl, she said.
"The dog was still kind of on top of her," Bailey said, "so I just grabbed her by the arm and ripped her out from under the dog."
Bailey took Opal across the street to the Blanchards' home and called her aunt and her mom for help. Opal was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt and then transferred to Primary Children's Hospital.
8-year-old Roosevelt girl has surgery after pit bull attack
"I DIDN'T THINK A DOG COULD DO AS MUCH DAMAGE AS IT DID," SAID SHAWNA HENLEY, OPAL'S MOTHER.  DOCTORS WERE FORCED TO REMOVE MUSCLE TISSUE FROM OPAL'S RIGHT LEG, USING MORE THAN 100 STITCHES TO CLOSE THE WOUND, HENLEY SAID.  OPAL ALSO SUFFERED LACERATIONS ON HER LEFT LEG FROM THE DOG'S CLAWS, A CHIPPED FRONT TOOTH, "ROAD RASH" ON HER CHIN AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA,  HER MOTHER SAID. 
"SHE TOLD ME SHE'LL NEVER WALK TO SCHOOL AGAIN," HENLEY SAID.
8-year-old Roosevelt girl has surgery after pit bull attack
Opal, who practices dance 12 hours a week and is the reigning queen of the Little Miss Uintah Basin In Celebration Pageant, said she doesn't remember much about the attack. She is expected to miss at least two weeks of school and six weeks of dance class as she recovers from her injuries, her mother said.
An effort to reach the dog owner for comment Wednesday was not successful. Roosevelt animal control officer Mark Cornaby said he issued the owner a citation after the attack.
The dog is in quarantine for 10 days to ensure that it does not have any communicable diseases, Cornaby said. After that, the owner has said she intends to have the animal euthanized, according to Cornaby.
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=36761392&nid=148&title=8-year-old-roosevelt-girl-has-surgery-after-pit-bull-attack

TATE COUNTY MS - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED T.K. MOORE WHILE HE WAS WALKING TAKING A CHUNK OUT OF HIS ARM - HIS FATHER WAS ATTACKED BY THE SAME PIT LAST YEAR CAUSING HIM TO RECEIVE OVER 100 STITCHES - MISSISSIPPI HAS NO STATE LAWS AGAINST OWNERS OF MAULING DOGS????



A Tate County man is recovering after being attacked by a neighbor's PIT BULL. T. K. Moore almost lost his arm. This wasn't the first time this dog attacked someone. Moore's father was bitten last year.
Because of Mississippi’s dog bite law, nothing happened to the dog after the first attack.
Tate County does not have an animal ordinance. Which means a dog that has attacked someone will be quarantined for the 10 day rabies observation law.  But after that, the owner has the right to come get the animal and take it right back home.
"It tore a chunk out of my arm all the way to the bone,"  says T.K. Moore,
 He unwraps his arm to show us where a neighbor's pit bull attacked him two weeks ago.
Moore said he was taking a walk when his neighbor's dog broke the chain and ran straight for him.
"I couldn't hold him. I grabbed him by the collar but I couldn't hold him," Moore said.
Moore lost a lot of blood. But more than that, he lost the feeling in two of his fingers plus he will be out of work for at least another month.
"If it didn't heal up where they could sew it up or something they was gonna you know skin graph skin off my leg and put on my arm," Moore said.
According to Moore, this was not the first time the pit had attacked someone. Moore said the same dog attacked his dad last year.
"Bit him last year going to the mail box. And like I said they put like 130 something...160 something stitches in him. Bit him on the chest and on the back and on the arm," Moore said.
Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said the community is upset that the dog was not taken from the owner. Lance said his hands are tied.
Mississippi has what is called a one bite law. Which means a dog basically gets a free bite. If that happens, it turns into a civil issue. The owner of the dog would have to pay the victim's medical expenses if the victim can prove that the owner knew the dog had a tendency to attack. Lance said that rarely happens because it is difficult to prove. So the owner typically gets to keep the animal. It is frustrating for Moore.
"There ain't nothing like that feeling you know. You just helpless. Ain't nothing you can do against it. Ain't nothing you can do about the law you know. The laws the law," Moore said.
According to Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance, there is no state law that gives him the right to seize a dog no matter how many times the dog has attacked someone.
Lance would like that law to change but he does not see it happening. At least anytime soon.

http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/tate-county-man-recovering-after-being-attacked-by-dog


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BRECKENRIDGE CO - A PIT BULL, WITHOUT "BARKING OR HESITATING", B-LINED A GOLDEN RETRIEVER, WALKING WITH ITS OWNER AND A FRIEND NEAR UPPER BLUE ELEMENTARY- THE GOLDEN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED - LET'S TAKE A LOOK BACK...AUGUST 2013...REMEMBER HEIDI THE ELDERLY BEAGLE ???

Carol Gerard's golden retriever, Sophie, was attacked by another dog near the parking lot of Upper Blue Elementary in Breckenridge. A veterinarian spent more than an hour stitching up the dog's wounds. Police were not able to locate the dog or its owner after the attack.
Breckenridge Police were notified shortly after a woman’s golden retriever was attacked by another dog near Upper Blue Elementary. Carol Gerard said she and her friend were walking back to her car from the school when the dog ran up and attacked her golden retriever, unprovoked.
“It didn’t bark or hesitate. It just attacked,” Gerard said. “I was trying to kick the PIT BULL, but I got tangled and fell, and was dragged along screaming.”
The owner ran up and pulled the dog away, but by then Gerard’s dog had already been seriously injured. She took her golden retriever to a veterinarian in Silverthorne, who spent more than an hour stitching the dog’s wounds.
“They thought that the bite might have been all the way down to the bone. I’m not sure if she’s gonna have any residual damage or not,” Gerard said.
 'THE SCARY PART IS I COULD NOT HAVE STOPPED IT IF THE OWNER HADN'T COME.' 
Breckenridge Police officer Tiffany Perez was dispatched to the scene shortly after the attack, to help search for the pit bull, that had a black brindle coat, white legs, and was estimated to weigh 40-50 pounds. The owner was described as a male in his 30s, standing at five-feet nine-inches tall, with short hair.According to the police report, the dog came running toward Gerard, her friend and her dog from the Airport Road Car Wash before the owner and his two friends ran over to stop the dog. While the dog was leashed, the owner said the dog is normally attached to a chain.
“I don’t care about the owner’s liability, but I am very worried about his dog. It needs to be put down,” Gerard said. “What if a child runs by that dog?”
While Breckenridge Police said dog attacks in Summit County are not very common, Summit County Sheriff’s officers responded to one in 2013, where two pit bulls attacked a beagle at the top of Hoosier Pass, where spectators gathered to watch the USA Pro Challenge bike race.
A deputy shot and killed one of the attacking pit bulls. The beagle survived the attack, but had to undergo reconstructive surgery.
http://www.summitdaily.com/news/crime/18420514-113/breckenridge-police-respond-to-dog-attack-near-elementary



Rickard Miller and Heidi (credit: CBS)

BRECKENRIDGE CO - Richard Miller and his 15-year-old beagle "HEIDI" were outside watching the USA Pro CHALLENGE bike race near Carroll Road and Highway 9. Families gathered to wait for the racers when he saw 2 PIT BULLS coming straight at them with obvious intent - to kill his little HeidI!!!


"I saw two big dogs intent on something and it happened to be my dog. THERE WAS NOT A MOMENT'S "HESITATION" ON THEIR PART,THEY JUST WENT IN AND IT WAS THE MOST VIOLENT THING I'D EVER SEEN."  Miller said.
“Concerned for the safety of the bystanders and clearly the safety of what’s taking place with the dog,” Summit County Undersheriff Derek Woodman said. “The deputy took control of the situation and ultimately ended up shooting and killing the pit bull.”
A deputy quickly took control of a serious situation and shot and killed one of the pits that had come from a nearby house.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/08/31/deputy-shoots-pit-bull-that-attacked-beagle-during-usa-pro-challenge/

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2013/09/breckenridge-co-2-pit-bulls-charge-out.html


COPPERAS COVE TX - A PIT BULL BEING WALKED BY "2 GIRLS" ?? ATTACKED AYANNA TROXELL, 5, WHEN SHE WENT TO HUG ONE OF THE GIRLS - THE WOUND HAS BECOME INFECTED AND SHE IS ON AGGRESSIVE ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT


A Copperas Cove girl is receiving what her mother says is aggressive antibiotic treatment after a PIT BULL attack left her with severe injuries to her forearm.
Ayanna Troxell, 5, was bitten while playing outside of her home off of Golf Course Road after two girls walking the dog stopped to say hello.
As she went to hug one of the girls, the dog attacked.
"Right now the tissue is already dying and it’s infected so we're trying to do aggressive antibiotic (treatment) to see if we can save it", said LaVictoria Robinson, Ayanna's mother.

A 5-year-old Copperas Cove girl is receiving what her mother says is aggressive antibiotic treatment after a pit bull attack left her with severe injuries to her forearm.
The dog that bit her has been quarantined because its shots weren’t up to date.
No charges have been filed, but the incident is under investigation.
According to Animal Control officials in Copperas Cove, there has been a slight increase in dog bites among children.
In the last 3 days, 3 have been bitten, in each case by a dog with which the child was not familiar. 
And over the last 2 months, the city says it has received about 15 reports of dog bites, 6 of them involving children.
The responsibility of keeping aggressive dogs away from strangers rests with pet owners, officials say.
"If you actually know your dog is aggressive towards people, you need to stay clear of people. It’s not that they need to stay clear of you. They don't know your dog. You're the one who knows your dog", said Howard Dixon with Animal Control. 

BAKER HEIGHTS, BERKELEY COUNTY WV - A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY HAS BEEN MAULED TO DEATH BY A DOG


Investigators said the child was attacked by a 2 to 3-year-old  BOXER MIX  in the Baker Heights area off Charles Town Road around 5 p.m. The child was found unresponsive by the dog's owner, who called emergency services for help, the sheriff's office said. 
The boy was taken to Berkeley Medical Center and was later flown to another hospital due to the severity of his injuries.
Although the investigation is in preliminary stages, authorities believe that the child walked away from his home onto his neighbor's property. 
Investigators are asking residents with information about the incident to come forward. Any pertinent information should be reported to Lt. W.A. Johnson, U-105, with the Berkley County Sheriff's Office at 304-267-7000.
Callers who want to remain anonymous can contact Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.
http://www.your4state.com/news/news/berkeley-county-sheriffs-office-2-year-old-fatally-attacked-by-dog

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BAKER HEIGHTS, W.Va. — A 2-year-old boy has died from injuries he sustained after he was attacked by a neighbor's dog Monday in his Berkeley County neighborhood.

The boy wandered from his property on Old Charles Town Road onto the property where the dog was, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The boy was found unresponsive near the dog around 5 p.m. Monday in the neighbor's yard by the owner of the dog, according to the release.

He was taken to Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and later flown out because of his injuries.

The sheriff's department did not say where the boy was taken, the breed of the dog or the names of the boy or the dog's owner.  Baker Heights is southeast of Martinsburg.


If anyone has more information about the incident, they are asked to call Lt. W.A. Johnson at 304-267-700 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

http://m.heraldmailmedia.com/news/tri_state/west_virginia/year-old-boy-dies-in-dog-attack-in-w-va/article_e97450a8-66c9-11e5-b77f-579055449d03.html?mode=jqm



2015 - U.S. DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES  - 25 (9 CHILDREN - 16 ADULTS)

PIT BULL - 16
        FREDERICK MD - 
        WEST MIFFLIN PA
        WHEELING WV 
       JEFFERSON COUNTY AR
       PAHRUMP NV
       DALLAS TX
       CHICAGO IL
       LAWTON OK
       PECOS TX
       HENDERSON COUNTY NC
       SHAKER HEIGHTS OH
       REDBIRD OK (4 dogs-3 pit bulls and 1 rottweiler)
       SPARTANBURG SC
       MOCKSVILLE DAVIE COUNTY NC
       NORTHSHORE RIVERSIDE COUNTY CA
       BAKER HEIGHTS WV
      
PIT BULL MIXES - 2
       BROOKSVILLE FL
       COLLEGE SPRINGS PAGE COUNTY IA  

3 DOGS:  AMERICAN BULLDOG, RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK, LAB MIX??? - 1 ATTACK
      MIAMI DADE FL

ROTTWEILER -  1
       SULPHUR SPRINGS TX  

UNKNOWN BREED DOGS -  5 
       COAL HILL JOHNSON COUNTY AR (RUMORED TO BE  HIS SON'S PIT BULL MIXES) 
       ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION SD  
       WASHINGTON GA (RUMORED TO BE PIT BULLS)
       CANYON LAKE TX
       AUTAUGA COUNTY AL (SAID TO BE SHEPHERD OR RETRIEVER MIXES AND SOME HAVE                          SPECULATED THEY ARE PIT BULL MIXES)
      

(1-2-   PACK OF FERAL DOGS - UNIDENTIFIED NATIVE AMERICAN MALE ABOUT 40- GALLUP NM - PENDING - FOUND NEAR A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT ON U.S. 491 - POSSIBLY MAULED BY A PACK OF DOGS)


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 - THE CHILD WAS BEING RAISED BY HIS GRANDFATHER AND THEY WERE AT HIS GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.  IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE GRANDFATHER WAS WORKING ON A CAR THERE.  SOMEONE NOT NAMED WAS WATCHING AFTER THE CHILD BY LOOKING THROUGH A WINDOW AS HE PLAYED IN THE YARD.  WHEN THEY LOOKED AGAIN, THE BOY WAS BEING MAULED. TWO DOGS WERE ON THE PROPERTY AND EXACTLY WHO OWNED THIS DOG HAS NOT BEEN NAMED YET.

16.  7-2 -  NORBERTO LEGARDA- 83 - PECOS TX - THE ELDERLY MAN WAS FEEDING A RELATIVE'S PET DOG IN THEIR  BACKYARD WHILE THEY WERE OUT OF TOWN WHEN 3 PIT BULLS ENTERED THE YARD AND BEGAN ATTACKING THE RELATIVE'S PET AND THEN TURNED ON THE MAN. BY THE TIME POLICE GOT THERE AND SUBDUED THE PIT BULLS, HE WAS ALREADY DEAD.

17.  7-7 - JOSHUA PHILLIP STROTHER - 6 - HENDERSON NC - NEIGHBORS ADOPTED A NEUTERED MALE PIT BULL ABOUT 1-YEAR-OLD FROM A SHELTER IN A NEARBY COUNTY AND THEY ALLOWED JOSHUA AS WELL AS THEIR GIRL ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS JOSHUA TO PLAY WITH IT - IT APPEARS THAT JOSHUA CLIMBED THE FENCE OF THE NEIGHBOR TO PLAY AND WHEN HIS MOTHER DISCOVERED HIM A FEW MINUTES LATER HE WAS COVERED IN BLOOD AND APPEARED TO BE DEAD.

18.  7-12 - ANNIE WILLIAMS - 71 - SHAKER HEIGHTS OH - SHE WAS PICKING UP HER 2 GRANDDAUGHTERS FROM THEIR FATHER'S HOUSE AND HAD A 13-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE IN THE CAR WITH HER.  SHE EXITED THE CAR AND WAS ATTACKED IMMEDIATELY BY A PIT BULL WHO BELONGED TO SOMEONE WHO ALSO LIVED IN THE HOUSE. tWO MEN CAME AND TRIED TO PRY THE PIT OFF HER BUT COULD NOT AND ONE OF THEM GOT A GUN AND FIRED. THE DOG WAS POSSIBLY WOUNDED AT THIS TIME AND IT RAN INTO THE BACK YARD. OFFICERS SHOT THE DOG DEAD WHEN THEY ARRIVED.  ANNIE WAS TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL WHERE SHE DIED.

19.  7-24  - CAROLYN SUE LAMP - 68 - REDBIRD OK - SHE WAS FROM COWETA OK AND WAS WALKING ALONG PICKING UP CANS WHEN SHE WAS ATTACKED BY 4 DOGS - 3 PIT BULLS AND 1 ROTTWEILER.

20. 8-22 - PORSCHE NICOLE CARTEE - 25 - KILLED BY THE FAMILY PIT BULL THEY HAD OWNED SINCE IT WAS A BABY - IT WAS SAID TO BE AN UNNEUTERED MALE ABOUT 10-YEARS-OLD - A FRIEND HAS REPORTED THAT THE PIT BULL HAD ATTACKED THE MOTHER BEFORE PUTTING HER IN THE HOSPITAL BUT THEY NEVER REPORTED THE ATTACK TO OFFICIALS - THIS TIME IT BEGAN BY ATTACKING THE MOTHER AND NICOLE WENT TO HER AID AND IT TURNED ON HER - ANOTHER WOMAN IN THE HOME FINALLY GOT THE PIT OFF HER AND CALLED FOR HELP BUT SHE WAS FATALLY INJURED.

21. 8-24 - CATHY WHEATCRAFT - 48 -  MOCKSVILLE DAVIE COUNTY NC - THE WOMAN WALKED OUT TO HER MAILBOX SOMETIME BEFORE 7PM ON MONDAY EVENING AND THE NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED AND KILLED HER - ANOTHER NEIGHBOR WAS INJURED COMING TO HER AID - IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE PIT BULL JUMPED OUT OF THE WINDOW OF ITS OWNER'S HOME - THE OWNER WAS NOT AT HOME AT THE TIME - THE PIT BULL HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN DECLARED "A NUISANCE" FOR ESCAPING ITS HOME AND ATTACKING ANOTHER DOG.

22. 9-4 - BARBARA MCCORMICK - 65 - BILLINGSLY AUTAUGA COUNTY AL - CORONER'S REPORT STATES CAUSE OF DEATH WAS FROM DOG ATTACK FROM THE FAMILY PETS DESCRIBED AS SHEPHERD MIX AND OR RETRIEVER MIX - THERE ARE NO WITNESSES BUT THE SHERIFF SPECULATES THAT THE SMALL, ELDERLY WOMAN WAS IN POOR HEALTH AND MAY HAVE BEEN FEEDING THE DOGS WHEN THEY GOT INTO A FIGHT OVER FOOD AND TURNED ON HER. SOME HAVE SAID THESE DOGS WERE PIT MIXES.

23.  9-8 - EMILIO RIOS SR - 65 - NORTH SHORE RIVERSIDE COUNTY CA - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED AND KILLED HIM AS HE WAS WATERING HIS FLOWERS IN HIS YARD AND LEFT A WOMAN WHO TRIED TO HELP HIM SERIOUSLY INJURED AND IN THE HOSPITAL.

24.  9-22 - CARMEN REIGADA - 91 - MIAMI DADE FL - NEIGHBORS SAY THE 3 DOGS - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG, A RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK, A LAB MIX - BELONGED TO HER GRANDSON -SHE WAS ATTACKED AT HER HOME AROUND 4PM IN THE AFTERNOON ON TUESDAY.

25. 9-29 -  UNIDENTIFIED 2-YEAR-OLD BOY - BAKER HEIGHTS WV - IT APPEARS AT THIS TIME THE CHILD WANDERED INTO A NEIGHBOR'S YARD WHERE A DOG WAS KEPT AND THE OWNER OF THE DOG FOUND THE CHILD AFTER HE WAS MAULED - THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL THEN LIFE FLIGHTED TO A LARGER FACILITY WHERE HE DIED. ONE WOMAN COMMENTING ON THESE STORIES SAYS HER MOTHER LIVES IN THE HOUSE IN BETWEEN WHERE THE CHILD LIVED AND WHERE THE ATTACK OCCURRED AND THAT THE CHILD PLAYED OFTEN WITH ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE AREA.  SHE SAYS THE DOG WAS A PIT BULL. 



PITT MEADOWS, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA - A PIT BULL WITH ITS OWNERS AT A MCDONALDS OUTSIDE PATIO WAS TAKEN OUT OF ITS MUZZLE AND OFF LEASH WHEN IT ATTACKED A BELOVED SHIH TZU/LHASA APSO MIX - INJURIES SO SEVERE LITTLE "BUTTONS" HAD TO BE PUT DOWN

Buttons the therapy dog and a young reader. - TIMES files

Buttons, the Shih Tzu-Lhasa Apso cross, would have been seven years old next month.
However, instead of getting ready to mark the therapy dog’s birthday, his owners are grieving his loss and saying goodbye after a tragic incident.
On a sunny Monday morning, as they have done numerous times before, Pitt Meadows retirees John and Yvonne McDonald, who are also members of St. John’s Therapy Dogs program took Buttons for a walk and decided to stop for a coffee at the McDonald’s restaurant on Harris Road around 11 a.m.
John opted to stay on the outdoor patio area with Buttons and Yvonne went inside to order their drinks.
Things quickly took a turn for the worse at this point.
“All of a sudden, I heard screaming outside,” Yvonne recalled.
A  PIT BULL, who was sitting on the patio with its owners, had charged Buttons and clamped its jaws down around the little dog’s stomach.
“It was horrendous,” said John.
THE PIT BULL'S OWNERS HAD A MUZZLE WITH THEM, BUT HAD TAKEN IT OFF, AND UNTIED THE DOG TO ALLOW IT TO GET A DRINK OF WATER,  he recalled.
“The minute it saw Buttons it rushed Buttons, who of course went straight into a submissive position, and it took us about five minute to finally get this dog off him.”
At that point the pit bull’s owners put the muzzle back on him and walked the dog away.
“We kept asking and asking the owners for information, but couldn’t get anything from them,” John said.
Since the incident though, one of the owners has contacted the McDonald’s and has taken responsibility for untying and un-muzzling the pit bull so it could have a drink, “but she never put the muzzle back on.”
The woman told John they were willing to pay the vet bills, he noted. “But it’s a case of what they’re willing to do and what they actually do might be two different things.”
John and Yvonne have contacted the bylaws department in Pitt Meadows, as well as the RCMP, but John said his biggest fear is that because Buttons was attacked in a public seating area, “that could have been a child.”
The rest of the day was spent at an emergency animal clinic, and Buttons was also found to have a broken leg in two places, which could possible have meant an amputation was necessary, “and the puncture marks went right through to the stomach.”
The decision to put Buttons down was made last night.
"He died of massive internal injuries," said Yvonne. "He was a very much loved dog. He volunteered at the Pitt Meadows Library, Ridge Meadows Hospital, and Willow Manor. He especially loved kids.
For the McDonald’s, the price of Buttons’ potential surgery was simply too prohibitive.
“Both my wife and I are seniors and my daughter told us ‘there’s no way you can spend $14,000 to have a dog fixed, dad.’”
As for the pit bull?
"They won’t put the dog down,” Yvonne said. “I’ve been to City hall, and I’ve talked to two people in the bylaw department who told me they have to follow the rules. I said ‘the rule  is the dog has attacked.’
I am not anti-pit bull by any means. If any dog attacks and kills something, that’s not right and it shouldn’t go any further. The dog should be put down.”
Yvonne said has also contacted the RCMP and the SPCA, but curiously, as the incident took place in Pitt Meadows, the Maple Ridge SPCA “won’t even look at it,” she said. “This has to go through the bylaws, and I really don’t have much faith in the bylaw, because they’re too busy out there writing tickets for cars that are parked outside the yellow lines.”
The rules have to change, Yvonne added. “If this dog had attacked a child, that child would have been dead. There was absolutely nothing to provoke this dog, and we’re just beside ourselves.”



Monday, September 28, 2015

NORTH SHORE, RIVERSIDE COUNTY CA - OFFICERS WITH THE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SERVICES CONDUCTED A SWEEP MONDAY SEARCHING FOR LOOSE DOGS IN AN AREA WHERE 1 PERSON WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY PIT BULLS

About a dozen animal control officers were on the lookout for animals that could pose a danger, said John C. Welsh, spokesman for the county animal services department.
According to Welsh, a total of 29 dogs were round-up; 20 in North Shore and 9 at a Mecca mobile home park. Animal Control officers also issued 22 citations.
On Sept. 8, deputies arrived to find 65-year-old Emilio Rios dead in the front yard of his home at 70670 Sea Gull Drive after a dog attack was reported at 6:17 a.m., sheriff's spokesman Armando Munoz said.
Pit bulls kill man, north short, Salton Sea

The deputies heard a woman screaming for help and realized she was also being attacked by the dogs, he said. They drove toward the woman with their patrol car's lights and sirens activated, which caused the dogs to run away, the spokesman said.
The woman, who lived in the neighborhood and was not related to Rios, was tended by paramedics at the scene, then taken to a local hospital for treatment of major injuries, Munoz said. Her name was withheld.
Deputies and Riverside County Animal Control officers found the dogs at a local residence, he said.
Both dogs were tranquilized and taken to an Animal Services facility, where they were put into quarantine.





NEW YORK POST - INSIDE NEW YORK'S CRINGEWORTHY WORLD OF HOME-BREEDING PIT BULLS


Photo: Craigslist


- September  14, 2015 
At 2 days old, she’s available, no questions asked, to anyone with $700 cash.
“They got protein milk for newborns if you want her now,” said a man who called himself Thomas, holding up the whimpering newborn pit bull to a reporter posing as a potential buyer.
“Better, though, to wait the two weeks,” Thomas added as he sat in his Jamaica, Queens, apartment with the squirming animal, so young her eyes had not yet opened. “Come back, she’ll be ready.“
A man (who is calling himself Thomas) shows off a helpless pit bull baby. Photo: Kevin Fasick
Thomas is one of the city’s uncounted home breeders of pit bulls, an exploding and sometimes cruel cottage industry centered in the city’s poorer neighborhoods.
Some are put in dog-fighting rings as they get older — and tens of thousands more wind up euthanized in New York City every year thanks to the glut caused by overbreeding, said Craig Fields, founder of the New York Bully Crew, a rescue and educational group based in East Patchogue, LI.
Thomas had two Craigslist ads last week offering newborn males for $500 and females for $700.  Of the seven adult pit bulls he had in cages or tied up in the kitchen, two were visibly pregnant.  “I got two more litters coming,” he boasted.
Inside New York’s cringeworthy world of home-breeding pit bulls
Pit bulls live in unhealthy conditions in the city's undocumented home breeder ring.
Photo: Craigslist
Robert Shapiro, who runs the East Village animal shelter Social Tees, described a problem run amok.
“It’s completely out of control,” Shapiro said. “They sell them in parks, at the handball courts, on the Coney Island Boardwalk.”
Just last week, Shapiro photographed a litter of sad-looking brown and white pit bull puppies being sold out of a cage with no water on the sweltering boardwalk for $250 each.
Photo: Craigslist
Nini, Thomas’ mother dog, is a retired fighter, a friend of his said.  “Man, that dog is a beast,” said the pal, who gave his name as “C.”
“Them dogs back there try to kill each other,” he said of Thomas’ pack. “And they not going to stop until they kill each other.
It’s illegal in New York state for home breeders to sell more than 25 puppies a year directly to the public without a license.
After the reporter identified himself to Thomas, the man said not all of the dogs were his and that he hadn’t sold any yet this year. He called himself a dog-lover.
“I don’t raise dogs to fight them,’’ he added.
The state Department of Agriculture & Markets has only 14 animal-health inspectors policing livestock auctions, pet shops, animal shelters and home breeders in all of New York, according to Bill Ketzer, the ASPCA’s legislative director for the Northeast region.
In February, New York City passed its own ban on selling more than 25 puppies a year, but enforcement personnel are not yet in place.
“It’s going to take some time to ramp up into the mandate,” Ketzer said.


NEWARK DE - EMILY RUCKLE'S FAMILY CELEBRATED THE FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSITY OF HER SURVIVAL FROM A PIT BULL ATTACK AND HOSTED A PARTY TO PRESENT AWARDS TO ALL THOSE WHO SAVED HER LIFE

RUCKLES
 A year ago, Emily Ruckle’s family, friends and doctors weren’t sure if she was going to survive.
On Sunday night, she was dancing to “Watch Me (Whip/NaeNae)” with her BFFs.
Her parents, Delaware natives Todd and Maria Ruckle, hosted a party at Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company’s Memorial Hall to do more than celebrate her survival.
They presented awards to many of the people who helped save their youngest child’s life.
On the last Saturday of September 2014, Emily, then 8 years old, NEARLY DIED WHEN HER RIGHT ARM WAS TORN ALMOST COMPLETELY FROM HER BODY BY A PIT BULL.
Her sister Megan Carpenter, seven years older, was the first of many who saved her life, warding off the dog, calling 911 and applying the pressure credited with saving her life.
“I’m glad she’s doing so great,” said New Castle County Paramedic Senior Cpl. Paul Bazzoli. “I follow her all the time on Facebook.”
Emily’s parents, who work together in real estate, have shared Emily’s harrowing experience with News Journal readers and on social media.
“We’re so grateful for everyone’s support,” said her father, a Newark City Council member.
Another of the paramedics, Senior Cpl. Brian Warrick, who also is a member of the SWAT team, recalled giving Emily a patch and a nickname that stuck: Warrior.
“She’s probably the best warrior I’ve met in my life,” he said.
Warrick called Sunday night’s celebration moving.
“It’s the first time in my career anybody has ever done something like this to say ‘thank you,’ ” he said.
As Emily danced with her girlfriends, Aetna emergency medical technician Kelsey Patnaude said, “It’s just nice to see her happy and acting like a kid.”
Despite her near-deadly injury, Patnaude said, “she’s still got such a personality.”
Altogether, the Ruckles presented certificates to three city police officers, three paramedics, five Aetna crew members, their daughter Megan and one very special doctor.
That was Dr. Ines Lin of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who not only reattached Emily’s arm, but told the Ruckles hers WAS THE WORST DOG MAULING SHE EVER SAW A CHILD SURVIVE.
Emily does not yet have full use of her damaged arm, but now can move her fingers and shake hands. She’s looking forward to doing gymnastics when her arm gets even better.
“I’m doing fine now,” she said with a smile.
And her girlfriends couldn’t be happier.
“We prayed for her every day on the school bus,” said neighbor and friend Thea Wagman, 11.
“We freaked out when it happened,” said McKenna Owens, also 11, “but now we’re just happy she’s alive.”

Sunday, September 27, 2015

LEAKE COUNTY MS - A LANDLORD'S PIT BULL BIT AN 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL ON THE LEG WHEN HER MOTHER SENT HER ACROSS THE STREET TO HIS HOUSE TO PAY THE RENT

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A Leake County child is recovering from a PIT BULL ATTACK that required medical attention and her mother wants the dog owner charged.
Eight-year-old TrenNetta Motley was bitten on the left leg on September 10th, when her mother sent her across the street to pay their rent.
The dog was at the home of George Black.
TrenNetta suffered a deep wound that required stitches.
In a Leake County incident report, Black stated that he pulled the dog off the child and was not aware she was coming to the home.
"When I did take the money, I saw the dog on the porch. He wasn't on a cable thing and I took off running. I put the money on the ground. Bit me at the back of my leg," TrenNetta said.
Pitbull bites 8-year-old Leake County girl (Source: WLBT)

"My report said that Mr. Black was supposed to have been taking the dog off the premises. Have the dog been off premises? No it haven't," said Kenyetta Motley, the child's mother. 
We were unable to reach George Black for comment.
Leake County authorities say there are no pit bull bans or ordinances in the county.