Thursday, March 31, 2016
SAANICH BC CANADA - PROFESSIONAL GARDENER, DENIS CANUEL, WAS BITTEN BY ?A MEDIUM-SIZED TERRIER? AFTER THE DOG'S OWNER STOPPED TO TALK WITH HIM AS HE WORKED THEN DID NOT CONTROL HIS DOG
PIT BULL ATTACK Saturday at the flea market off 19/129 in Murphy. I was walking with my little boston terrier on a lead when we were attacked by a pit bull. The bones in my leg was broken and the smaller bone was crushed. I Had emergency surgery and had to have a rod inserted to my leg. Scooby has had to have a bunch of stitches from the bite and had some drains put in to help with the swelling from where the pit bull tore his skin from his body. The guy that owned the pit bull ran to us pulled his dog off thru him back in his truck and left. Yes he left. They were alot of people around that witnessed this. I would like to thank some people that had helped me that day especially one older guy who was trying to save scooby from the pit bull. I know if this man's name but if he had not helped scooby would be dead. I also want to find the owner of this pit bull and hold him accountable for all of the medical bills. We didn't do anything to this dog or was even near him. I'm afraid if he gets by with this it will attack again and who's to say might be next. I am asking all my friends if u or anybody u may know that where there or have heard anything at all big or small about this to please contact me. Please repost this for all your friends to see and ask them to repost it. Maybe we can find the people who saw this and make sure it doesn't happen again. My number is ************, firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook. Thank all you for your help
SOUTHWARK, LONDON ENGLAND - A PIT BULL ATTACKED AND KILLED A BELOVED CHIHUAHUA "GUCCI" BEING TAKEN ON A WALK BY ITS OWNER'S SON
SARDIS, SALINE COUNTY AR - A PIT BULL THAT ATTACKED A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE FACE WAS DETERMINED BY CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO NOT BE VICIOUS - TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO !!!
HAYWARD LAKE BC CANADA - AN UNLEASHED PIT BULL ATTACKED A GOLDEN RETRIEVER THAT HAD JUST TAKEN A WALK WITH ITS OWNERS AND WAS GETTING INTO THE CAR - IT APPEARS THAT THE PIT OWNER IS NOT GOING TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE AND THIS PIT WILL SURELY ATTACK AGAIN!
Catch, a 17-month-old golden retriever, is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a pit bull at Hayward Lake.
He had just finished a walk on Saturday with his owners Anika Malmsten, 20, and her sister Lauren, 18, and was about to jump into the back seat of the car when three dogs approached.
Two were Labradors and the other dog was a marble-brown PIT BULL.
The dogs sniffed Catch and then wandered off but then the pit bull returned, lunging at Catch's neck.t
“Lauren was screaming behind me and I was trying to get Catch under control because he was pulling away from me,” said Anika recounting the traumatic event.
There was a couple looking at a trail map who came running with a stick to fight off the dog along with what appeared to be the dog’s owner.
“The guy who had the pit bull grabs on to the dog’s collar and I manage to get Catch by his collar,” explained Anika, saying that, by this time, the pit bull has let go of Catch's neck and grabbed on to his ear.
The man punched the pit bull in the ribs and Anika punched the dog on the nose but still they couldn’t get it to release Catch.
“He probably had the neck for five seconds and he had the ear for a good minute,” said Anika.
When the pit bull finally released its grip, Anika managed to get Catch into the car but blood was everywhere.
The man came back over and apologized saying it was his brother’s dog, but Anika and Lauren were in a rush to get Catch to a vet.
Catch was rushed to Willowbrook Animal Hospital in Langley where he had two surgeries.
The first took place Saturday when the surgeon had to remove one-third of his ear because of cartilage and artery damage. The second surgery took place on Monday after the pressure bandage was taken off and it was discovered the artery had not healed. So far, the Malmsten’s have spent $649 in medical bills even though the veterinary clinic performed the second surgery for free.
Catch has to take pills twice a day for the next 14 days and has to return to the clinic mid-April for a final analysis.
“Hayward is off leash but you have to be down at the bottom of the hill first. You are like, half a kilometre in before you’re allowed,” explained Anika who would just like to see more caution taken by dog owners when they have their pets off leash.
“The dog’s probably super sweet but just for some reason they, (Catch and the pit bull), didn’t get along,” said Anika.
“Catch has never had a problem with any other dogs but if for some reason because he is a little bit more protective when he’s getting in the car, what if he decided that that lab wasn’t his friend that day?” asked Anika.
Anika’s mother is just relieved that the outcome wasn’t worse.
“I don’t want to say thank God it was just my dog, but thank God it wasn’t my daughters,” said the girls’ mother Lori Huberman.
The Malmsten’s would like to thank the couple who rushed to their aid. They are not expecting the pit bull owner to pay for Catch’s medical bills nor are they blaming the breed of dog.
But they say the event was preventable just by having the dog on a leash.
JONESBORO, CLAYTON COUNTY GA - A WOMAN WHO WAS MAULED BY A PIT BULL IN APRIL 2015 WHILE TRYING TO PROTECT HER OWN SMALL PET HAS SETTLED WITH ALLSTATE FOR $300,000 INSURANCE POLICY LIMIT
LINDA VISTA, SAN DIEGO CA - DOG FIGHTING RING BROKEN UP.... PIT BULLS BRED AND TRAINED TO FIGHT IN SAN DIEGO AREA AND TAKEN TO MEXICO TO FIGHT
JEFFERSON COUNTY TX - SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES CHECKING ON LOOSE HORSES STUMBLED UPON A DOG FIGHTING OPERATION
Deputy Marcus McLellan explained that officers were called out to an area on Smokey Lane about 7:41 p.m. Monday night and from previous calls knew the owner of the horses lived in the 8000 block of Rogers Avenue just one street over.
But when deputies arrived they saw a large number of vehicles at the home and a large crowd of people behind the home. They also smelled the odor of burnt marijuana in the air.
“They either had a spotter or a look-out,” McLellan said of the black male who looked around the home and saw the deputies approaching. The estimated crowd of 40 to 50 people then fled.
McLellan said with one deputy around the corner dealing with the horses and the other coming upon the scene they did not try and pursue the fleeing individuals due to safety issues.
“He didn’t know why they were running until he went and saw the two dogs covered in blood,” he said.
Once in the backyard, deputies saw a square wooden pit. Inside the wooden pit were two pit bull dogs. The dogs were severely injured and one of the dogs was bleeding profusely.
In addition to the fighting pit deputies also located a dog treadmill.
Additional deputies arrived along with Beaumont Animal Control, Beaumont Police Department ID Unit and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Livestock deputy.
“It was apparent that people were using this location for dog fighting and dog fight training due to evidence found at that location,” he said.
There were several dogs at the location that were injured and all the dogs were seized and taken to the Beaumont Animal Shelter.
A seizure hearing will be held at a later date and with no one claiming the dogs they will be awarded to the state. From there they will be evaluated to determine if they can be adopted out or put down, he said.
The owner of the property told deputies she did not know anything about the dog fighting. If charges are pursued and she is found guilty she may face felony charges for allowing the dog fighting.
“From time to time we do hear about dog fighting operations. We usually get a tip and follow-up on it but by that time they’re packed up and done,” he said.
This isn’t the first time a dog fighting operation was discovered in the area. A Beaumont man was arrested in 2014 by the Drug Enforcement Agency for unrelated charged when officers searching his home found dogs with injuries believed to be from dog fighting. A total of 13 dogs were seized from the home as well as a dog treadmill, weighted harnesses, bite sticks and syringes.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website calls dog fighting one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. Fighting dogs are typically raised in isolation and spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains. They are conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs; including anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness.
Dog fighting is a felony is all 50 states but it still continues across the country.
Investigating the incident will take a lot of legwork, McLellan said. Persons with information related to this crime can call the Sheriff’s Office at 835-8411 or Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS (8477).
MIAMI-DADE FL - CHRISTOPHER CIFUENTES, GREAT GRANDSON OF 91-YEAR-OLD CARMEN REIGADA WHO WAS MAULED TO DEATH BY HIS 3 DOGS, HAS BEEN IN COURT FIGHTING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF 2 OF THE DOGS
WSVN -- If your dog killed someone, would you fight to save that pet's life? A South Florida man is fighting to save the lives of his dogs which killed his great-grandmother. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case - and we must warn you - the details and images are graphic.
Ninety-one-year-old Carmen Reigada was discovered in a pool of blood inside her Southwest Miami-Dade home, last September. Her death was horrific.
According to her autopsy, "the skin of the scalp and most of the face" were gone. She had bites on her head, neck, arms and legs.
The three dogs believed responsible were her family's pets: Bear - an American bulldog mix; Jack - a Rhodesian ridgeback mix and Marli - a German shepherd mix.
After the attack, Miami-Dade Animal Services confiscated the dogs, deemed them dangerous and intended to euthanize them. But for five months, Carmen's great-grandson, Christopher Cifuentes, has been fighting to save his dog's lives.
7News was there exclusively as Cifuentes and the county battled over the dogs.
Sabrina Levin, assistant county attorney: "They found Ms. Reigada on the ground. She was alive, but barely. She had been severely attacked by these dogs."
Sean Gallagher, Miami-Dade Animal Services: "Having worked with Miami-Dade Animal Services for 21 years, I've never seen an attack on a person - or had described - something of this magnitude that had happened."
A forensic dentist testified molds of the mouths of all of the dogs matched the bites.
A forensic dentist testified molds of the mouths of all of the dogs matched the bites.
Sabrina Levin: "All three dogs that were confiscated from this home were, in fact, part of the attack and involved in creating these marks on Ms. Reigada's body.
Dr. William Silver: "I can say that with a high degree of medical certainty."
But Cifuentes' attorney argued Bear, the American bulldog, may have been the aggressor and, also, argued Jack and Marli were actually trying to "help" Carmen.
Attorney Robert Erickson: "Would you agree with me that animals - dogs - do have a tendency to want to help an owner, am I correct?"
Sean Gallagher: "There are known animals that will try to help. I don't know of any specific cases where they've defleshed a person's face or cause the damage they did in trying to assist that person."
Cifuentes testified that there was no blood on Jack or Marli, but Bear was covered in it. He agreed to have Bear euthanized, but wanted the other two released.
Christopher Cifuentes: "Honestly, everybody in my family is being very supportive in regards to the issue."
Robert Erickson: "He's lost his great-grandmother. He's going to lose his dog of six or seven years. All this man really has left -- out of the whole picture -- is to have those two dogs come home and at least have some semblance of closure."
But the county insisted the dogs would put the public at risk.
Sabrina Levin: "It just merely would be shocking to allow these animals to go on and risk the possibility that something like this could happen again. It's so severe, it's so graphic."
It only took a few minutes for the hearing officer to rule...
Hearing Officer Deborah Lowe: "I am finding in favor of the county. I am declaring all three dogs to be euthanized."
Cifuentes has until mid-April to appeal.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
LAKE WORTH, PALM BEACH CO FL - A HOTEL MANAGER WAS WALKING HER DOG WHEN A PIT BULL CAME OUT OF A ROOM AND ATTACKED HER PET
A woman was walking her dog at a hotel in the 1500 block of Centrepark Drive North when a PIT BULL emerged from one of the rooms and attacked her pet. The woman, who is the hotel manager, told police the owner of the pit bull was being evicted because the pit bull was not listed on the rental agreement. Police spoke to the pit bull’s owner, who said her dog did attack the manager’s dog. She said she had taken her dog to her grandmother’s house and was packing her things to leave. Animal Care and Control was notified of the incident. The hotel manager told police she would get medical attention for her dog’s injuries.
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SOUTHINGTON CT - A BIG BLACK DOG DESCRIBED AS A BOXER MIX CREPT INTO A BACKYARD AND KILLED A LITTLE YORKIE "SIMON"
WFSB 3 Connecticut
A family in Southington said they are overcome with grief after their 6-month-old Yorkie was mauled to death by another dog. The Hayes family said it happened right in their back yard on Monday.
"A part of our family was taken from us Monday so quickly," said Kathrine Hayes of Southington. "It's going to take some time to get through it."
Katherine Hayes said she, her husband and four children are heartbroken from Simon the Yorkie's death.
"He would cuddle. He'd like attention," Hayes said. "He would follow you around everywhere, always sitting in your lap. He was just a great dog. He really was."
She said the attack happened at their home on Deer Run Monday afternoon. Simon was in their backyard when the unknown dog came out of nowhere.
"It was literally within seconds, but Simon was just going to the bathroom and all of a sudden just a BIG, BLACK DOG had crept up behind and just got a hold of him," Hayes said.
As a result, Hayes said she asked her neighbors to keep an eye out.
She said her husband described the dog as a BLACK BOXER MIX. It was not wearing a collar or tags.
"At this point, we want that dog to be found," Hayes said. "I need to protect my family and everybody on this street."
Animal control canvassed the area for a few hours on Monday, according to Hayes.
In a press release, police said several checks were made trying to identify the dog, however the dog and its owners have not yet been identified.
Anyone with information should contact the dog pound at 860-628-8053.