Friday, January 22, 2016

RUTHERFORDTON, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NC - THE PIT BULL THAT INVADED CHERYL LAKE'S HOME, 3 DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS WHEN HER 2 CHILDREN WERE HOME, AND GRIPPED AND SHOOK HER BELOVED MINIATURE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD "BUDDY" FOR 15 MINUTES TIL IT DIED, WAS A RESCUE PIT BEING FOSTERED BY A FUR MOMMY AND HAD A HISTORY OF HOME INVASIONS AND ATTACKING OTHER DOGS

(HERE'S ANOTHER  "NEVER" FOR YOU FOLKS....ALONG WITH THE OTHER "NEVERS":
1. Never open up your doors on a nice warm day to let in fresh air.
2. Never take your beloved pet to a dog park or a park of any kind.
3. Never let your guard down when you take your pet to a vet....there are pits everywhere.
4. Never go walking out in the neighborhood with your dogs on leashes...pits are everywhere.
5. Never let your dogs go in your backyard by themselves and make sure you always have bear spray,  a gun and a knife.
6. Never leave home with your dog in a fenced backyard or tied up. They will become pit bait!!!
7. Never drive with your windows down. Pit Owners like to let their pits hang out car windows and ride      in the back of trucks.

8. Never let your children play at another home where there are pit bulls, rottweilers, or any large Molosser type dog.

9. Never let your children play outside where these types of dogs can see your child playing.
10. Never forget to pray for your children and grandchildren because you have no control over all the in-laws family  that rescue, and sleep and eat with their pits and worship them like gods and there is nothing you can do about it!!! 
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Nothing prepared the young wife and mother for what she witnessed three days after Christmas in her home off Thompson Road near Rutherfordton.
Cheryl Lake saw her family's pet dog, Buddy, a miniature Australian Shepherd, attacked inside her house by A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL.  After the vicious attack that lasted at least 12 minutes, Buddy subsequently died at the veterinarian's office. There was nothing anyone could do.
Buddy was chosen by Todd and Cheryl Lake to become the family's pet because he was the runt of his litter. Cheryl says he was being bullied by his brothers and sisters.
"Our hearts went out to the tiny guy and we knew he was ours," Cheryl said. "He was a good dog for Todd and me, and a best friend to Spencer and Keira for three years." Spencer and Keira are the couple's young children.
The Lakes are still struggling with emotions about what happened to Buddy and the thought of getting a new dog is painful.
Cheryl shares their story and a desire for tougher dog laws in North Carolina.
The day Buddy was attacked Monday, Dec. 28 was a beautiful sunny winter day.
Cheryl had opened the front door and side doors of the home to enjoy the warm temperatures and sunshine. Todd was not at home and the children were upstairs playing.
She went into the garage, with Buddy following her, to work on a wood carving project.
She said as she was completing the project, she was alarmed by an unfamiliar bark from outside her garage.  As she picked up the wood shelves and headed out of the garage, she looked directly into the house, down the hallway and into the dining room.  THERE SHE SAW A LARGE PIT BULL STANDING BY THE DINING ROOM TABLE HOLDING BUDDY IN HIS MOUTH.
"I BEGAN SCREAMING FOR HELP, FOR NEIGHBORS, FOR ANYONE,"  she said.   THE DOG SHOOK BUDDY VIOLENTLY BACK AND FORTH AND THOUGH SCARED TO DEATH, I RAN TOWARD IT SHOUTING AND THROWING THE SMALL SHELVES IN MY HANDS.  BUT THE DOG WOULDN'T LET BUDDY GO.  "I THOUGHT CERTAIN I WOULD BE NEXT," she said.
The children were upstairs yelling for their mother, but as the dog came forward, Cheryl said she screamed for the children to lock themselves in their rooms upstairs.  "I locked myself in an office downstairs," she said.
"I CANNOT DESCRIBE THE SORT OF HELPLESSNESS THAT OVERCOMES YOU WHEN YOU HEAR A STRANGE BEAST IN YOUR OWN HOME, THE WHIMPERS OF YOUR SMALL DOG AND THE YELLS OF YOUR CHILDREN UPSTAIRS,"  Cheryl said.
She continued to scream for help. She called 911, then her husband and made a second call to 911.
Cheryl said the 12-minutes of waiting for help seemed endless. She didn't know if her children would come downstairs looking for her or if the dog would go seeking them.
When an officer arrived at the house, the pit bull was still attacking Buddy.
According to the sheriff's office report, "the pit bull was shaking Buddy violently, occasionally releasing Buddy only to immediately bite and shake him again. The officer could not separate the dogs by hand and he hit the pit bull with his control stick."
Even hitting the dog with a control stick didn't stop the attack, the report said. Finally, the officer was able to kick the dog and Buddy was released and the pit bull was taken out of the house.
Todd arrived home at that time. "Buddy was on the floor motionless," Cheryl said. "He moved his dark brown eyes and look at me with such a pleading silence, I broke down again," Cheryl said.
Todd took Buddy to the vet while Cheryl stayed at home with the children and completed a sheriff's report.
The dining area floor and walls were smeared with Buddy's blood.  When the children came downstairs they ran to her.
"Spencer had thought that the dog had me and that my screams were from my own physical pain," Cheryl said. Spencer told her they spent the last 15 minutes in his bed crying and praying to God that the dog didn't kill his mommy.
The children were traumatized.
Buddy didn't survive the vicious attack. His injuries were brain swelling, collapsed lung and internal bleeding. He could not recover.
The Lakes buried Buddy in a beautiful area on their property, Cheryl said. They placed a rock, shaped like a heart, at the grave.

THE PIT BULL NAMED SCOOTER WAS A FOSTER DOG LIVING AT THE HOME OF CYNTHIA MACBEAN, A NEIGHBOR OF THE LAKES.  THE DOG CAME FROM THE NONPROFIT GROUP, LAST DOG RESCUE, OUT OF ROWAN COUNTY.  IT HAD PREVIOUSLY LIVED IN VIRGINIA. 
The organization rescues dogs from situations where they are no longer wanted as well as dogs that are out of time at a shelter and are at a risk of losing their lives, the website says. The mission of Last Dog Rescue is to provide vetting, food, shelter and love to unwanted and abused dogs.
McBean said she did not know Scooter was vicious.
"I had no idea. He had not acted that way in the shelter. He was very sweet with people," she said.
She said pit bull dogs' behaviors are developed by the way they are raised. She said Scooter had been an abused pit bull.
MacBean has fostered pit bulls from Last Dog Rescue for years and still has a pit bull at her home.
On Dec. 28 when Scooter went into the Lake's home, McBean was not at home. She believes a person may have pushed the fence open and the dog got out. She does not believe Scooter was able to do that on his own.
However, earlier that morning another resident on Thompson Road said the dog had attacked her dog and a third neighbor agreed to put Scooter in her fence. Scooter got out of that fence.  A long red electrical wire had been used to tie Scooter to the neighbor's fence.  The wire was later ........FOUND IN THE LAKE'S RESIDENCE.
According to the sheriff's report, two weeks before the attack on Buddy, Scooter had made his way into another neighbor's house on Thompson Road and attacked a dog.
Officers attempted to find the dog's owner and later learned, based on a previous complaint, that MacBean was a rescue foster. Calls were also made to representatives of Last Dog Recue but there was no response.
Lt. Leon Godlock of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department, confirmed Animal Control Office had interactions with the pit bull before it attacked Buddy on Dec. 28.
On Dec. 29, sheriff's officers contacted a representative from Last Day Dogs rescue group and officers were told someone from the group would consult MacBean but by Jan. 6 officers had not heard any other word from the Last Dog Rescue.
When officers contacted MacBean Dec. 29, she informed officers she did not want Scooter to return to her property.
After the state mandated confinement and observation period, Scooter was euthanized.
Why didn't neighbors know?
"What angers me is that this dog was being fostered by a woman who had recently moved to our community and without our knowledge had agreed to take in an "aggressive" dog," Cheryl said. She said the dog has been advertised by the rescue organization as being great with children and dogs.
Cheryl said her family has not been contacted by Last Day Dogs to offer an apology since the attack on Buddy.
Although Scooter was euthanized because Last Day Dogs never communicated with officers, if MacBean had wanted the dog returned, by law it could have been living back in the neighborhood.
Cheryl has contacted NC House Rep. Mike Hager of Rutherfordton asking for tougher dog laws. She wants others to write or call Hager.
"If people want to rescue dogs then the community should be informed and proper kennels installed to ensure the safety of all," Cheryl said.
She is asking for tougher laws for situations where a loose dog attacks, bites or kills animals or people on someone's private property.
"This should ensure enthuanization and the dog owner's responsiblity of vet bills assocated with the attack so the burden will not be on the family," Cheryl said.
In Rutherford County, a dog must be declared vicious before it comes under the Vicious Dog Ordinance. If the dog, or any other animal, is declared vicious, the owner can keep the animal, however if the violations are broken, criminal charges can be filed against the owners.
An animal is declared vicious after a process of reporting and investigation by the sheriff's department, Godlock said.
What now?
Cheryl said the rescue organization has not paid their vet bill for Buddy's care and although her heart isn't ready for a new dog, the children miss having a "best friend."
She doubts the organization will pay the cost of a new dog.
MacBean said she has offered to get the children a dog.
The family is still trying to heal before making any decision.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one of those stories where you can totally put yourself in this woman's shoes. My heart broke for her, and I can identify with her sorrow. No one should have to experience this loss. It is totally preventable.

It angers me that these home invasions by pit bulls don't really get the attention they deserve. No one expects a dog to go around killing other dogs, but in the world of pit bulls, it happens all of the time. Dogs are killed by pit bulls in their own homes, and in their own yards, and no municipality knows what law to apply to this "new" phenomenon. It's time to put BSL on the books so whatever happens due to pit bulls, IT IS PUNISHABLE! Actual punishment can be handed out to the nutter owners. Regular dogs should not be randomly, brutally, inhumanely killed on a regular basis so that pit bulls may live. This has gone on long enough, and it is absolutely absurd that nutters have been able to change laws to protect their dangerous pit bulls, instead of us being able to change laws to protect everyone and everything else.

PutMeInCharge41Day said...

McBean said she did not know Scooter was vicious.
"I had no idea. He had not acted that way in the shelter. He was very sweet with people," she said.
She said pit bull dogs' behaviors are developed by the way they are raised. She said Scooter had been an abused pit bull."

Hard to read this kind of c**p first thing in the morning. I sit here typing now with one eye fixed upon one of my Pomeranians. You see she really was abused for the first year of her life-witnessed in fact, not made up bs. Now I have to worry that one moment of inattention could cost me or my other pets my life.

Oh wait- I think she means only pit bulls are like that....the dog men of old really missed it then. To think they could have just wished homicidal, psychopathic behavior onto their dogs without having to breed for it........

I wish this so called journalist had asked why other mistreated dogs don't go around committing home invasion murders of other peoples pets.


Dayna Hamilton said...

The pit foster lied through her teeth, that POShitbull had a documented rap sheet. I'm shocked that she didn't try to get the mauler back, perhaps the "rescue" was fearful of a law suit and advised against it.

Farmer Jane said...

You should add to the list:
Never try to rescue your dog from an attacking pit bull. You could wind up in the hospital or worse.