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



The victim of a dog attack in Broadmead believes Saanich Pound is not doing enough to protect the public from a repeat offender.
Denis Canuel, a professional gardener, was attending to a property on Shadywood Drive on Saturday when a pedestrian engaged him in conversation regarding Canuel’s work. A few seconds later, that same pedestrian was about 50 feet away when his dog, A MEDIUM-SIZED TERRIER, bolted for Canuel and attacked him unprovoked.
“It came at me full speed, the owner failed to control the dog,” Canuel said. “It tore open my [denim] pants, and I was very lucky it bit me on the bone, it nearly bit off flesh. It was a brutal, vicious attack, a rip and tear.”
Despite having had a cordial conversation with the owner just prior to the attack, the owner did not attempt to call the dog off, Canuel said. Not only that, Canuel had to yell at the owner and order him to remove the dog, he added, which was wearing a leash.
Canuel wrote a letter to Saanich asking for the dog to be destroyed. If it’s at least not removed, he says he’ll pursue civil action.
Saanich Pound confirmed it had previously investigated the dog for an attack, and applied a $250 fine and a violation ticket for “aggressive dog running at large,” said Saanich Police acting Sgt. Jereme Leslie.
From now on, the dog will have to wear a muzzle when not on its own property. Details of the dog’s previous incident are unclear but it happened on its own property. At that time, Saanich Pound deemed the dog aggressive and ordered it be tied up whether on its own property or in public.
As a gardener, Canuel has experience dealing with dogs and said there was nothing to suggest the dog was going to attack. The owner apologized but his offer to purchase Canuel a new pair of jeans was not enough, Canuel said.
“I’m often crouched down when I work, I can’t be on the lookout for a crazy dog,” Canuel said. “If that dog attacked a child or an elderly person, it could be life threatening, it could disable a child for life and leave scars.”
Karen De Tomasso is the owner of the property on which Canuel was attacked. She wasn’t home at the time, but is deeply concerned that it happened on private property, the same place her grandchildren visit.
“If it was on public property I wouldn’t have much say but this is my safe haven,” Di Tomasso said. “A dog can have a mishap but that is not the concern with this dog, it’s drawn blood.”
Di Tomasso believes the dog should be considered dangerous, which would have greater implications, such as euthanization.
"THE QUESTION IS, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE BITTEN BEFORE SAANICH DOES THE JOB IT NEEDS TO DO, FIVE ATTACKS, MORE?" CANUEL ASKED. "IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW YOU CAN BUY A DOG AND LET IT BITE MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE, AND STILL HAVE THAT DOG." 


MURPHY NC - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A WOMAN AND HER BOSTON TERRIER AT THE FLEA MARKET

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 ************, gailrob24@gmail.com 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

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Police are enquiring into a vicious dog-on-dog attack which saw a ten-month old Chihuahua killed by a PIT BULL in Redcross Way near Borough tube station.
The puppy’s owner has said her dog Gucci, who was savaged on March 21, weighed just one-and-a-half kilograms.
Gucci’s owner, who did not want to be named, said her son had been walking the puppy between 7am and 7.30am when the attack happened.
“It was awful. This great Pit Bull attacked him when they were out for a walk around the block,” the woman said.
“I realised when I suddenly heard my son crying. Before I knew it my little dog was dead and covered in blood. There was another man hitting the Pit Bull with a broomstick to get it away.
“The owners of the Pit Bull did not even come forward to say they were sorry.”
The 36-year-old woman said she had no idea whether the other dog has been put down, but she believes it was taken to a police station in Peckham.
“I want to warn other dog owners about the dangerous dog to make sure their pets don’t also get attacked,” she said.
“Gucci was like a part of the family. We keep having flashbacks.
“Just thinking about it now makes me upset.”
A Met Police spokesman confirmed receiving a call on March 21 at 8.20pm and that they found and seized a Pit Bull before taking it to a police station.
The spokesman added that no arrests have been made and police are still investigating.
Any witnesses can come forward to give evidence to the police by calling 101.


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 !!!




A dog bite left a 10-year-old girl with stitches across her face Friday (3/25). The dog remains in quarantine but a number of people in the Sardis neighborhood of Saline County say they want more done about it.
 
According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) the girl was bitten by a dog and treated for her injuries at Children's Hospital.
 
We're told four dogs lived with the family at the time on Kristen Circle where it happened. SCSO Deputies did write an incident report. 
 
It would not reveal specifics on the juvenile's case but did confirm the other three dogs were put down afterward at the owners request.
 
The dog responsible however, won't be. We're told it will return home after a mandatory 10 day quarantine.
 
According to SCSO, it's Code Enforcement Officer determined the dog was not vicious, despite the bite.
 
Saline County does not have a ban on specific dogs but does have a vicious dog ordinance. If a Code Enforcement Officer determined a dog was vicious, the officer could write a citation for the owner and a Judge would ultimately make the decision on whether the dog is vicious.
 
We're told the three dogs euthanized are responsible for other incidents in the neighborhood including the deaths of neighboring dogs.
 
Several neighbors reiterated the same concerns and/or have encountered issues with the dogs from the property in question.



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!

Anika Malmsten with her 17-month-old Labrador retriever Catch, who was attacked by a pitt bull in parking lot of Hayward Lake park. - Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS

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

A woman who was mauled by a PIT BULL TERRIER pit bull terrier has settled claims for a $300,000 insurance policy limit.

The dog's owner rented a home in Jonesboro but had no renter's insurance. His landlord's insurer, Allstate, agreed to pay the sum, said Decatur solo Rachel St. Fleur, who represents the attack victim.
St. Fleur said the degree and lasting effects of the woman's injuries—and the facts that Clayton County authorities fined the dog's owner $2,500 and euthanized the dog—may have swayed the insurer's decision not to fight the claim.

An Allstate spokeswoman said she would forward an inquiry to the company's regional office, but there had been no response by press time.

"I thought they were never going to accept liability," said St. Fleur.

According to St. Fleur and a demand letter she sent to Allstate, Carol Perry was walking her own dog, a dachshund, in her neighborhood last April when an unaccompanied pit bull ran up and attacked Perry's dog.

Perry snatched up her dog with her right arm, and the pit bull "grabbed on and would not let go," mauling Perry's arm for about five minutes while the woman struggled to break free. It was only when some neighbors came and began hitting the dog that it released her and ran off, the lawyer said.

Perry, a nurse at an assisted living facility whom St. Fleur said is in her early 50s, suffered severe lacerations to her arm, bites on a finger and scrapes to her knees and elbows. She was taken by ambulance to Southern Regional Hospital. In addition to her lacerations and abrasions, she was diagnosed with radial nerve injury and a fractured bone in her finger and treated for deep-vein thrombosis, or blood clots.

Perry spent three days in the hospital and had two outpatient surgeries after being discharged, said St. Fleur. She was out of work for more than a month, suffered permanent scarring and some loss of feeling in her arm, and still can't move her ring finger.

Perry's dog was also treated for bites to his neck and back.

The pit bull's owner, Anali Cortez-Luna, never arrived on the scene of the attack, St. Fleur said, although a day or so later she did come and apologize to Perry.

Cortez-Luna was cited for two counts of possessing a vicious dog, and for violation of Clayton County's leash law and rabies vaccination ordinance. St. Fleur said she did not know why a second pit bull owned by Cortez-Luna was also put down.

St. Fleur, a former lawyer with the Fulton County Probate Court, went into private practice a couple of years ago to dealing mainly with probate, traffic and family law matters. She said a former client referred Perry to her.

The lawyer had never dealt with a dog-bite case, she said. Her first step was to send a demand letter to Cortez-Luna, who immediately referred her to the property owner, Cruz Cervantes.

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202753793335/Victim-of-Pit-Bull-Attack-Settles-for-300K?slreturn=20160231193518

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


Nine dogs -- one of which was pregnant -- have been rescued following a lengthy investigation into a San Diego dog fighting ring. 

San Diego Police (SDPD) and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) officials said months of investigation and several search warrants lead them from Los Angeles County to San Diego County, said LASD Sgt. Robert Hill. 

Authorities served a search warrant at a home on Westinghouse Drive in San Diego's Linda Vista neighborhood, where they found four people inside the home, Hill said. One was arrested on unrelated drug charges, and authorities expect more arrests going forward.

Inside, officials found nine dogs, some of which had scars from a history of fights. Down the stairs and through a brick opening, authorities also uncovered a type of dungeon where the dogs would be trained.  In the room, a treadmill, chains, trophys, weights and belts, items consistent with dog training.

"These dogs are very valuable to the people that own them," Hill said. "They sell them for several thousand dollars."

One of the dogs was pregnant, officials said, and some may have to be put down if they are extremely aggressive. The dogs will be taken to a vet in the Los Angeles area for rehabilitation. 

The dogs were kept in the United States, but were brought to Mexico to fight in several different cities where they could win up to $80,000 in prize money, Hill said. Successful dogs like these could be sold from anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000, depending on their histories. At least one of the dogs was bred, likely because the dog showed consistent behavior for a fight dog,


Hill said the larger dog fighting ring likely had more than 1,000 members.


http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Officials-Break-Up-Dog-Fighting-Ring-in-Linda-Vista-374038981.html

http://fox5sandiego.com/2016/03/30/9-pit-bulls-found-in-san-diego-la-dog-fighting-ring/

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



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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.  
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.

http://www.wsvn.com/story/31595079/3-dogs-blamed-in-mauling-death-of-91-year-old-woman-to-be-euthanized

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2015/09/miami-dade-fl-3-dogs-described-by.html

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2015/10/miami-dade-fl-autopsy-report-shows.html



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.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LAKE WORTH

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/spilled-water-at-party-leads-to-fisticuffs-between/nqqgF


KLOOF, KWA ZULU NATAL SOUTH AFRICA - A COUPLE WERE INJURED WHILE TRYING TO BREAK UP A FIGHT BETWEEN THEIR PIT BULL AND ROTTWEILER

A man and his wife were injured while trying to separate two fighting dogs in Kloof, near Durban, paramedics said on Monday.
A  PIT BULL AND A ROTTWEILER  began fighting at a home in Edward Drive, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.
The man was severely bitten and taken to a local hospital in a serious condition. His wife sustained several bite wounds but refused treatment.  
http://allafrica.com/stories/201603290325.html


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."

Simon the Yorkie. (Hayes family photo)

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.


http://www.wfsb.com/story/31590856/yorkie-mauled-to-death-by-another-dog-in-southington



ERIE PA - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED A WOMAN WALKING ON MCCARTER AVENUE CAUSING INJURIES TO HER ARMS


UPDATE:  http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/two-pitbulls-attack-woman-owner-found


Erie police said  TWO PIT BULLS  attacked and injured a woman as she walked in the 1000 block of McCarter Avenue this morning.

The woman, whom police said is in her 30s, was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment of bites to both of her arms, authorities said.

The attack occurred at about 11:30 a.m.

An Erie police animal enforcement officer captured the dogs and took them to the Humane Society.

Police said neither dog had tags.



OTTUMWA IA - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A LITTLE BOY CAUSING SERIOUS INJURIES AND HOSPITALIZATION

This dog owned by Christino Heine of Ottumwa, Iowa will be put down after attacking a boy who required surgery and more than 1,000 stitches.  Heine, who was keeping a breed banned by the city, will pay $551.25 after pleading guilty to three simple misdemeanors. (Ottumwa Police Dept.)


Police said Terry White, 10, was nearly killed in the attack.
"I tried to push him away from me and he just kept on going and I kind of got dizzy," said Terry White.
Terry said the moments right before the attack are fuzzy. He does remember seeing another child losing control of a leash that was holding the pit bull named Snoopy. 
"I felt like i was going to die," said Terry White.
Snoopy broke free from the leash and charged at Terry.
"I was trying to think of God like if he would have watched over me. I was thinking about him," said Terry White.
The dog's teeth clamped down around Terry's left arm causing serious injuries. First responders rushed him into surgery that night.
"He kept telling me that he felt like his skin was falling off of him. Some of his marks were, it just looked like it ripped his skin right off his body," said White.
The attack happened outside the owner's house on South Fellows Avenue.  Owning a pit bull is illegal in the City of Ottumwa.
Christino Heine pleaded guilty to keeping an illegal animal and failing to show proof of a rabies vaccination.  Heine's brother spoke to KCCI on his behalf.
"We were inside when that happened, and I heard that scream. The boy was against the gate, and the dog was on him," said Heine.
"Do you have anything to say to the parents of the boy and the boy himself?" asked KCCI reporter Ryan Smith.
"We feel sorry for him and sorry for what happened," said Heine. 

"I have no doubt that in this case the dog would have killed the child if another adult wouldn't have come outside and got the dog off the child," said Ottumwa police Chief Tom McAndrew.
http://www.kcci.com/news/police-boy-could-have-died-if-adult-hadnt-come-outside/38934378

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On the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2016 the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a child that had been attacked by a dog. Officers responded to Ottumwa Regional Health Center ER to conduct an investigation. 

Officers learned that a 10 year old male had been attacked by a PIT BULL in the back yard of 118 South Fellows Street in Ottumwa. The child had been bitten several times during the attack which resulted in injuries to his left upper arm and shoulder, left thigh area and his left hand. 

It was determined the Pit Bull got loose from another child as the child was attempting to place the dog in a crate outside the residence. The dog then observed the victim and attacked. A relative of the dog owner heard the victim screaming and pulled the dog from the victim. 

Officers seized the Pit Bull and quarantined it due to the owner lacking proof of rabies vaccination. 

The owner of the dog was determined to be:

Christino Lajiman Heine, 32, of 118 S. Fellows Ave. Ottumwa Iowa

He was charged with the following:

Animals That Bite
Keeping Prohibited (Possession of a Pitbull)
Failure to Have Evidence of Rabies Vaccination

He was arrested and released on police citations and made to appear on 04-04-16
http://www.ottumwaeveningpost.com/9500/185830/a/10-year-old-attacked-by-pit-bull#.Vv2826z9PQ4.facebook
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A child has been seriously injured in a PIT BULL attack, his mother confirmed.
The little boy will survive, his family reports, after being attacked by the dog on Ottumwa's east side earlier this week.
The school-aged child and his family have not yet been named publicly, but Ottumwa Police Department officers have been conducting interviews with the boy and his mother. His injuries were considered serious, requiring multiple stitches and hospitalization. An officer said the bites he photographed as part of his investigation were extremely severe.
After the interviews Wednesday, a family member told The Courier they would let the child decide if he was comfortable talking to the media publicly. He appeared in good spirits Wednesday afternoon, however.
Pit bulls are forbidden from being kept in Ottumwa city limits according to city code. The current disposition of the dog is unknown, but it did not appear the dog had been euthanized. The boy did not know the dog that attacked him, his mother told the Courier.
Police say they will likely issue a media release with further information and specific details Thursday, when they expect their preliminary investigation to be complete.

SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO CANADA - A PIT BULL WAS SHOT BY POLICE AFTER GRABBING A CHILD BY THE NECK AND NOT LETTING GO - THE CHILD WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH MULTIPLE BITES TO THE BODY



UPDATE:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/30/pit-bull-attacks-little-boys-neck

Toronto police shot and killed a dog after it attacked an eight-year-old boy in a Scarborough backyard on Wednesday evening.
Police said a PIT BULL grabbed the boy by the throat at Conlins and Good roads, near Morningside Avenue and Ellesmere Road, at around 6 p.m.
The child was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
“Officers showed up on scene and found a pit bull holding a child by the neck,” explained Const. David Hopkinson. “Officers were able to fight the dog off and the dog attacked the officers, biting one of them. The dog was shot and died of its injuries.”
“None of the (child’s) injuries are life threatening, but it’s disturbing,” he added. “The officer’s injuries are fairly minor and he’ll be okay.”
Police say they aren’t releasing the name of the dog’s owner at this time because it could identify the victim.
The boy’s father told CityNews his son was attacked by the neighbour’s dog.
“I grabbed a stick and hit him and the dog wouldn’t let go so I called 911,” the dad told CityNews. “Then the police came with the batons and the dog lunged at the police officers and they had to shoot him.”
An investigation is ongoing. No charges have been laid.

http://www.680news.com/2016/03/30/police-shoot-and-kill-dog-after-boy-attacked-in-scarborough/