Friday, December 2, 2016

HOLLY HILL FL - A NEIGHBOR'S 2 PIT BULLS JUMPED AN 8-FT-WOOD FENCE AND ENTERED THE PROPERTY OF JIM AND MARILYN GRIMES WITH NOTHING ON THEIR MINDS BUT TO KILL..."BUCK" A 2-YEAR-OLD CHIHUAHUA DEAD OUTSIDE WITH ONE PIT..."BOOTS" A 5-YEAR-OLD BORDER COLLIE MIX FOUND DEAD IN THE BATHTUB INSIDE THE HOUSE WITH THE OTHER PIT!!!


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  • A Volusia County couple is pushing for tougher laws after their two dogs were attacked and killed by two of their neighbor’s dogs inside their home.


  • Police: Dogs jumped fence, broke into house through doggy door
  • Dogs killed Grimes family dogs Boots and Buck
  • The Grimes believe laws should be changed
Other neighbors’ complaints months before the attack had already prompted Holly Hill city officials to fine the dogs’ owner after the city determined the pit bulls were dangerous.
Marilyn Grimes said her dogs, Boots and Buck, have helped carry her through some difficult times.
“I had a lot of deaths in my family the last couple of years, and without my dogs, they gave comfort like a person couldn’t,” said Grimes.
But Grimes won’t have that comfort for what she’s dealing with now. She says when her husband came home from work Wednesday, he found both of the couple’s dogs dead. Their chihuahua, Buck, was in the backyard. The couple’s border collie, Boots, was later found in the bathroom.
“He noticed the bathroom door was closed, which is strange because it’s in the hallway, and he tried to open up the door and this huge dog jumped out to try to bite him,” said Grimes.
The Grimes’ backyard backs up to their neighbor’s backyard. They said the two dogs that attacked were able to jump over an eight-foot wooden fence before jumping over their shorter fence. Once into their backyard, they said the two dogs were able to squeeze their way into a doggy door in the back of their home.
“Who would ever think to come home from work and see two pit bulls in the bathroom, who had come in through the doggy door,” said Grimes.
Documents released by the Holly Hill Police Department show neighbors had previously called police to complain about the two pit bulls getting into their backyards. 
In September, a neighbor was bitten by one of the dogs and had to get treatment at the hospital.  In early November the city of Holly Hill notified the dogs’ owner, Christina Speicher, the city considered the dogs dangerous. 
On November 23, the city notified Speicher they were fining her for not keeping the dogs in a secure area where they couldn’t get out. That safeguard is one of several requirements the city has for dogs it has deemed dangerous.
We tried reaching out to Speicher on Thursday evening, but she wasn’t home and didn’t answer her phone.
“They said something horrific had to happen before they could put those dogs down, so literally my dogs had to die for them to put those dogs down,” said Grimes.
“And I think those laws need to change.”
GRIMES SAID SHE AND HER HUSBAND DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THEY CAN STAY IN THEIR HOME ANYMORE BECAUSE OF THE HORRIFIC WAY THEY LOST THEIR BELOVED PETS. 
“They’re like my rocks, and now I don’t have them anymore,” said Grimes. “Memories are all we have right now, very good memories.”

The dogs involved in the attack are now with the city of Holly Hill. City officials said their owner released custody and signed euthanasia forms for both animals.

http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2016/12/1/_2_dogs_break_into_h.html


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It was odd when Jim Grimes didn’t hear his chihuahua or his wife’s border collie mix barking upon his arriving home.  Horrific scenes awaited him in the backyard and inside.
TWO PIT BULLS  had escaped their own yard and jumped the fence to Grimes’ property where they killed Buck, a 2-year-old chihuahua, and Boots, a 5-year-old border collie mix Wednesday night, police said Thursday.
The two pit bulls, declared dangerous last month, would die too, but humanely and at Halifax Humane Society, officials said.
“Life won’t be the same anymore,” Marilyn Grimes said Thursday afternoon as she wiped away tears that had been flowing since Wednesday night. "This could've been prevented if they would've just taken the dogs away when the last call was made and they said the dogs were dangerous.”
In the backyard of the couple’s home on Ronnie Circle, Jim Grimes found his 2-year-old chihuahua Buck dead with large teeth marks around his neck, according to a Holly Hill police report.
Concerned for his wife’s dog Boots, Grimes went inside where he was met with a growling pit bull. Grimes slammed the bathroom door shut and went outside to call police.
In the bathroom was a grislier scene.  Blood and dog hair were everywhere, and Boots was dead in the bathtub, police said.  Police were able to take the growling pit bull into custody from the bathroom, and the second pit bull was caught outside, according to the report.
Police believe one or both of the pit bulls entered the home through the Grimes' doggy door.  Christina Speicher, the owner of the pit bulls, released her dogs to the custody of the city and signed euthanasia forms for both of the dogs, according to the report.
Animal control officers and neighbors were no strangers to the dogs, according to city records.
Speicher, 26, received a notice Nov. 2 that there was sufficient cause to classify her dogs, Tiger and Marley, as dangerous.
The notice informed Speicher her dogs were to be “confined in a safe and humane manner in a securely fenced off enclosed area pending the disposition of this matter.”
Speicher received another letter from Holly Hill officials on Nov. 23 informing her she hadn’t been in compliance with the “dangerous dog” law.
At the non-compliance hearing, a code enforcement officer testified and provided evidence that violations had occurred twice in September, once in October and twice in November. Neighbors testified the pit bulls frequently "were freely running around the neighborhood" and "on several occasions these animals have threatened, charged and attacked victims."
Speicher didn't answer her phone Thursday and no one answered the door of her home in the 600 block of 8th Street during two separate visits.
Any charges or code violations Speicher may face are pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.
Marilyn Grimes said officers told her if she or her husband had been home during the attack the pit bulls could have seriously injured or even killed them, too.
Grimes said they moved to Holly Hill two months ago because she's losing her vision and needs to be closer to family for assistance.
She adopted Boots a few years ago after her son's suicide.
"That dog saved my life," Grimes said.
She said both Boots and Buck loved to play with frisbees and were both well-trained. Buck was stubborn at first, but the training paid off and Grimes said Buck was worth it.
Grimes knows nothing will bring back their beloved dogs, but she said she'd like to see laws be tougher on owners of dogs that have been deemed dangerous and continue to cause trouble.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another news outlet has a few more disturbing details. It says both pit bulls were in the bathroom when Mr. Grimes opened the door. They must have shut themselves in during the frenzy of killing Boots. The dogs climbed an 8 foot wooden fence regularly to get into neighbors' yards and terrorize people and sent one person to the hospital already. Yet the Grimes were told that "something horrific had to happen" before the authorities would do be able to act. And so Christina Speicher all but murdered those little dogs herself. If the Grimes had been home at the time, especially only one of them, there very likely would have been a human fatality. Speicher should be prosecuted for the earlier human attack and sued for civil damages in both cases. Volusia County property records show her as a home owner. Let's hope she has insurance.http://m.mynews13.com/content/mobile/news/cfnews13/news/article.touch.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2016/12/1/_2_dogs_break_into_h.html

Anonymous said...

Tougher laws would be Breed Specific Legislation! The first time a pit bull attacks, it's lights out! The first time a pit bull escapes an 8 foot fence, lights out! Eventually, all of the nanny dogs would be eliminated, and we could go back to normal human/canine relationships. You know, the ones where we don't kill each other?

This way is so much better though! I love reading news stories every single day of pit bulls killing other dogs, attacking babies, and trying to kill naked people in the middle of the street. Life would be boring without these hero dogs! We all need to worship the pit bull breed and sacrifice our loved ones! Save the pit bulls, so that normal dogs can be savagely killed! AMEN!

Dayna Hamilton said...

Only pits break and enter another home to kill. Thug dogs.