Friday, February 19, 2016

WASHINGTON COUNTY AR - CYCLIST RICHARD HOLT WAS ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL WHILE ON A ROUTINE TRAINING RIDE - THE PIT HAS BEEN AGGRESSIVE TO HIM BEFORE AS WELL AS MULTIPLE OTHERS BUT AUTHORITIES TOOK NO ACTION!!!

    
 UPDATE:   Multiple animals were seized from the owner's house Friday afternoon by Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, according to Kelly Cantrell, Public Information Officer. They were transported to an animal shelter, said Cantrell.
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The Washington County Sheriff's Department ordered a woman to put her dog under quarantine after it bit a cyclist on Highway 265 Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department Facebook page. This reversed the initial decision to issue only a warning, according to the post.

Cyclist Richard Holt told 40/29 News he was riding his bike along Highway 265 Wednesday, when a dog rammed into him and bit him on his leg. Holt told 40/29 News he called 911 and went to the hospital.

"I hit him in the face a few times and then I managed to get my hands on his jaws and pull it off long enough for me to get away from him. And then he went back to his house across the street," said Holt.

Click here to see Holt's Facebook post with the photos of his injuries. Please be warned that the photos are graphic.

Ashtyon Slavens, the dog's owner, told 40/29 that her dog Bebe is a 2-year-old mutt, and wouldn't hurt anyone unless provoked. The owner told 40/29 the dog is frequently around toddlers and hasn't hurt them.

"Anyone who has been to my house, even strangers that have met him once or twice, will tell you he is the best dog," said Slavens.

Cyclist Richard Holt told 40/29 on Friday that he cannot walk or ride his bike. Holt told 40/29 he has hired an attorney.

The Washington County Animal Control Officer issued a warning to the dog's owner on Wednesday, according to the county's Facebook post. The animal control officer "determined, based on evidence and listed remedies, to issue a warning for Violation of the Vicious Animal Ordinance." The page says the officer also required the dog owner to secure the dog and make sure it did not have rabies.

Richard Holt posted a complaint on his personal Facebook page Thursday, saying the sheriff's office was "unhelpful," and that "the animal control officer on duty decided to not impound the dog despite our pleas." Holt included close-up picture of his wounds in the Facebook post.

The sheriff's office wrote on its post that it received phone calls and social media posts about the incident, and so did a review of the complaint. Sheriff Tim Helder determined that citations should have been issued, and so a total of four citations were written against the dog's owner, according to the Facebook post.

The dog was also ordered quarantined inside the home, according to both the sheriff's office post and the owner.

"My dog will be on a chain or behind a fence," Slavens told 40/29 News. "He'll never be allowed to run through the field and do what he always does. He'll never be able to go play fetch at a park."
"I am very sorry for what happened and I want to help in any way that I can, but my dog will not be put down. I'll make that clear to anyone who says they're going to hunt my dog, kill my dog. I'll fight the whole world for my dog," said Slavens.

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Friends,  Please forgive the long post.

I had a big setback to my cycling season yesterday, and consider myself lucky to be alive. A friend and I were out on a routine training ride, and I got mauled by a  PIT BULL while heading south towards Hogeye on Hwy 265.


Luckily, it did not get a hold of any major arteries, and I was eventually able to pry his jaws apart somehow after wresting with him for some time. This is not the first time we have nearly been attacked by this dog, and multiple other riders (myself included) have had problems with the animals at this house.

The Washington County Sheriff's office responded to the scene, but were unhelpful. Additionally, the animal control officer on duty decided to not impound the dog despite our pleas, even after it got back out before I was able to leave for the hospital.

I want to warn all cyclists to please stay off of that road as long as the dog is still there as it is still not safe.

DURING AND AFTER THE INCIDENT, THE OWNERS CAME TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD, BUT OFFERED NO HELP OR APOLOGIES.  ONE OF THE OWNERS EVEN TRIED TO LOAD THE PIT BULL IN THE TRUCK AND DRIVE AWAY BEFORE THE AUTHORITIES  COULD ARRIVE.

I also want to encourage anyone that has had problems with animals on that road or anywhere for that matter to please report it to the Washington County Sheriff's office or the proper authorities and encourage them to pursue course of action. Hopefully, if we work together on this we will see appropriate actions taken to help resolve this incident and prevent future vicious dog attacks from happening.




3 comments:

Dayna Hamilton said...

"The page says the officer also required the dog owner to secure the dog and make sure it did not have rabies."

The owner has already proven she cannot or will not contain her mauler, and how the hell is she supposed to make sure it doesn't have rabies? Isn't that one of the things the state is required to do when a dog bites a person? Request proof of a rabies vaccine? The authorities are worse than useless. A child may be next. Is that what it's going to take? A dead child? And all that idiot owner can worry about is that her poor mauler is no longer able to free roam and freely maul.

Farmer Jane said...

I look at that poor man's legs and I really can't feel sorry for the idiot, narcissistic woman and her dog. But, of course he provoked the dog. How dare he ride a bike on a public road! This woman is in Lala Land and has no concept of reality. I hope he sues her for everything she has.

Anonymous said...

This county has a problem

Washington County Arkansas Animal Control officer LORI HODGES has been helping dangerous dogs stay with their owners and attack for a long time

There have been problems with failure to protect public safety for years

http://www.4029tv.com/Washington-Co-Animal-Laws-In-Question/5307414

This trashy Slavens woman blamed the victim, and she isn't neutering all those male pit bulls. You can only imagine what this set up really is. I also suspect it is her parents who own the home from what I find

It looks like Washington County sheriff's department (AC is run through them) is in the fighting dog business. They may be trying to fake people out with this temporary impoundment after people got angry at their failure, but these fighting dogs are going back to that trashy criminal and who knows who is next