Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TUCKER, DEKALB COUNTY GA - A WOMAN IS SUING HER NEIGHBOR AND THEIR HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED BY A BULL TERRIER

A Tucker woman is suing a neighbor and their homeowners' association over an alleged “vicious” dog attack.
Susan Monaghan, 59, accuses fellow Chelsea Common Townhomes resident Judy Rogers and the HOA of negligence by failing to prevent the Oct. 18, 2015, incidentaccording to the lawsuit filed in DeKalb County State Court.
Rogers, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday, allegedly allowed “Kobi,” a BULL TERRIER, to roam free off Brockett Road in violation of county code, knowing the dog had attacked someone before.
"The dog charged Susan, jumped on her, knocked her to the ground," Monaghan's attorney David Zagoria told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. "It's been pretty traumatic. She's gone through a great deal of pain, suffering, worry. She is still unable to use her hand."
Monaghan, who has typically worked in secretarial positions, is out of work and goes to physical and occupational therapy, the lawyer said.
The HOA manager, Jan Vasser, said she couldn’t comment Wednesday.
Monaghan is seeking $46,326 in medical expenses she said she racked up during the ordeal, which including shoulder surgery. She also wants the court to determine how much she should receive in further damages for mental anguish, lost wages and other factors.

IREDELL COUNTY NC - RYDER WELLS, 2, HAS ENDURED 40 PROCEDURES SINCE HE WAS ATTACKED BY 2 ROTTWEILERS LAST THANKSGIVING

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Two-year-old Ryder has spent the last nine months fighting through one battle after another. Thanksgiving will mark one year since the Iredell County toddler was brutally attacked by dogs.
Earlier this week, Ryder had another surgery to add to his list of nearly 40 procedures. His mother, Brittany Wells, spoke with WBTV by video chat as Ryder recovered in the hospital at Duke University. 
“I’m devastated. I just want for him to be able to catch a break,” she said. 
Monday, doctors worked on Ryder’s third facial skin graft. Two have already failed and the fate of this one is still questionable.
“We had several doctors come in at one time, and they don’t think part of the graft looks good. So we’re running into some of the same issues that we had before,” Wells said. 
The day after thanksgiving, Ryder and his family were visiting friends near Raleigh when two dogs attacked the little boy in the back yard. The process hasn’t only been grueling physically, but also emotionally. 
“We were in Walmart the other day and they were actually laughing and making fun of him because they said he only had one eye,” Well said. 
Right now, there's no word on how long Ryder will have to stay in the hospital, but Brittany can only pray this surgery works so her son can get back to being a kid.
“Luckily he’s too young to know he’s being laughed at. But he will look different for a very very long time,” she said. 
Because Ryder needs constant care and hospital visits, Brittany has not been able to work. If you're interested in helping the family out, click here.



NORTH WILKESBORO NC - 2 "MEDIUM-SIZED DOGS" ATTACKED THE PETS OF 2 PEOPLE JUST TAKING A WALK - HARVEY, A LAB MIX, WAS SEVERELY INJURED AND CHLOE, A SHIH TZU, WAS KILLED - HEROES: A MOTHER AND HER SON WERE DRIVING BY AND CAME TO THEIR AID



                                     "SOUNDS LIKE PITS TO ME!!!"

Around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, as daylight faded, Sharilyn Owens decided to take a walk with her dog, Harvey, in the Cedar Hills development off of N.C. 115 in North Wilkesboro.

It was something she did regularly with Harvey, a six-year-old Labrador retriever/chow mix she and her husband, Randy Gambill, got as a rescue dog.

Walking several yards behind Owens and Harvey was neighbor Jan Kerr, who was taking her small dog, Chloe, a shih tzu, out for some exercise.

As Owens went past another neighbor’s yard, TWO MEDIUM-SIZED DOGS ran out of a yard and “immediately attacked Harvey.”

Owens said she screamed and attempted to use a can of Mace she carried for protection. The can wouldn’t fire, so Owens kicked the attacking dogs and hit them with a stick.

In desperation, she put her body on top of Harvey to shield him from the other dogs, which then grabbed and severely bit her arms. The two dogs then dragged Owens and her dog down a small embankment.

It was at that moment that Amy Huie of the Rock Creek community and her son, Dalton, a student at Wilkes Community College, came by in their car and saw what was happening. Huie’s mother lives in the Cedar Hills development.

Huie said she and her son came down a hill and saw Kerr, who was hysterical standing in the middle of the road. Huie and her son jumped out of their vehicle and saw the dog attacking Owens, who was screaming, “Help me. Help me.”

“My immediate reaction was that they were going to kill her,” Huie said.

Owens “was in a ball” around Harvey, trying to shield him from being mauled any further, Huie said. “There was a dog on either side of her and they were chewing her up.”

Huie ran up the embankment to get her cell phone so she could call 911. Dalton Huie said he “immediately went down into that hole and tried to get the dogs off of her and her dog.”

Dalton said he put his hands on one dog’s mouth and pulled its jaws open, and sustained a bite in the process. After being pulled off of Owens and Harvey, the two dogs ran back up the embankment and attacked Kerr’s small dog while she was on her cell phone reporting the incident to the Wilkes County Communications Center he said.

Amy and Dalton Huie began hitting the dogs to make them turn loose of Kerr’s small dog. One of the dogs grabbed Amy Huie by the hand, tearing it open.

Dalton was able to keep the two dogs away from the situation at this point, it was noted. He said they attempted to approach again, but he was able to jump in front of them and prevent it.

Wilkes Emergency Medical Services came to the scene, as did officers with the North Wilkesboro Police Department. The two attacking dogs were seized by Wilkes animal control officers and later euthanized, Owens said.

Amy Huie and Owens went to Wilkes Regional Medical Center by private vehicle to be treated for their injuries. This included multiple puncture wounds and a large tear in Huie’s hand that required a number of stitches.

Kerr’s small dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian’s office in Boone, where it died.

Owens’ dog was taken to the same vet’s office, where it underwent several surgeries. Harvey has struggled, but is finally making progress, she said.

Owens said she is eternally grateful that Amy and Dalton Huie stopped and came to her aid.

“I think they are angels,” she said. “These folks put themselves in danger to help a stranger.”

“I’ve relived this event in my mind since it happened,” Amy Huie said. “I feel like we did what anyone else would have done.”

Huie noted that on this particular day she had taken the second, less used, entrance into the development and just happened to come across Owens. “I never go that direction,”  she said. “What if we had come in the other way?”

Owens said she believes that bit of happenstance was divine intervention.

“People like Amy and Dalton making themselves available in such a dangerous situation… is essential to a healthy community, and I vow to pass it on,” she said.

Owens also said she would like to encourage people to “keep their pets contained or secured with a leash at all times for their safety and the safety of others.”

http://m.journalpatriot.com/news/passersby-save-woman-from-recent-attack-by-two-dogs/article_c15601a8-6fa5-11e6-88c2-1f6fb8e376de.html?mode=jqm


PARSONBURG MD - AUTHORITIES SAY A MAN ASSAULTED A WOMAN THAT HE LIVES WITH AND THEN TOOK THE MUZZLE OFF HIS PIT BULL TO ALLOW IT TO ATTACK ANOTHER DOG



PARSONSBURG, Md. -
On Saturday in the early morning, a deputy reportedly responded to a home in Parsonsburg in response to a domestic related assault.
Around 4 AM, a deputy apparently went to a home on Grant Street for a reported domestic related assault. Upon arrival, the deputy says they met with a woman who had obvious signs of injury that later were determined to be the result of an assault. Officials say that the suspect in the assault, Jeffrey Mayhle, 45, of Parsonsburg, lives with the victim.

According to the report, the investigating deputy also learned that Mayhle had an aggressive dog that was muzzled. Mayhle reportedly removed that muzzle, which allowed the dog to attack another dog. Officials say the dog that was attacked suffered serious injuries that required transport to a veterinary hospital.
The deputy reportedly placed Mayhle under arrest and took him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner.
Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Mayhle in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 bond. Mayhle was apparently charged with assault second degree and animal cruelty.

http://www.wmdt.com/news/more-local-news/Parsonsburg-man-arrested-for-animal-cruelty-and-assault/41437514


LANGLEY BC CANADA - A CANE CORSO ESCAPED ITS BACKYARD AND ATTACKED A LAB BEING WALKED IN NOLE BOOTH PARK BY ITS OWNER - THE OWNER FOUGHT FOR THE LIFE OF HIS LAB AND APPARENTLY KILLED THE MONSTER WHILE RESTRAINING IT!


Mounties are investigating after a dog attack at a popular park in Langley left one animal dead. 
According to the RCMP, a man was walking his Labrador in Noel Booth Park around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when another dog darted out of some bushes and started biting it.
The attacking dog, described as a CANE CORSO, then clamped down on the Labrador’s neck, Mounties said.

The Labrador’s owner eventually managed to fight the dog off, then he held it down while someone else called 911. Police said the Cane Corso died while being restrained.
It’s believed the attacking dog lived near the park and somehow managed to escape from its yard.
It’s not clear how badly the Labrador was injured, or if its owner was hurt during the scuffle. Neighbours told CTV News the Labrador is a senior dog that is deaf. 
The RCMP is expected to release more information on the incident Wednesday.  

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According to Langley RCMP Sergeant Alexandra Mulvihill, just after 4:30 p.m., a man was walking his dog in Nole Booth Park when a second dog came out of the nearby bushes, unleashed.
The unleashed dog bit the man’s lab first on the shoulder, then on the neck, and Mulvihill says what came next was an act of defence.
“In the process of trying to save his own dog, and get this other dog off of his, the other dog was killed.”
The attacking dog’s owner was not present, but has been identified. The dog had escaped from the backyard of a local residence.
Mulvihill says the attacking dog was not a pit bull, but a CANE CORSO.
“It looks to be quite a muscular dog.”
The owner suffered injuries as well, and there is no update on his condition or that of his dog at this time.

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/langley-dog-fight-ends-with-owner-killing-animal-attacking-his-pet


ERIE PA - 3 PIT BULLS ALLOWED TO TERRORIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD WERE DEEMED DANGEROUS BUT THE NUTTER WOULD NOT FOLLOW THE RULES...ANIMAL CONTROL TOOK THE FRANKENMAULERS AND "SHE'S" IN JAIL!


"There's a park that's right down the street and I can't even take my own dog down there without being afraid that we're going to get attacked," said an emotional Shelley Sullivan of Erie.
Sullivan's back yard borders her neighbor, Alice Flemmings, who owns  THREE PIT BULLS.  Pit bulls that the court deemed dangerous.
Flemmings lives on the 700 block of West 7th Street, only blocks away from Gridley Elementary.
Sullivan said the dogs dug several holes along the fence, and escape often. "They were chasing us around our cars, they would be out trying to terrorize the whole neighborhood."
Sullivan has photos showing the dogs running around in her back yard. Complaints have been sent to Flemmings about her dog's behavior.
"I've seen one male that they have he's actually grabbed a hold of the fence and started shaking the fence, they've tunneled under the fence. My landlord, to protect us, had even installed rebar and they actually pushed the rebar," explained Sullivan.
All along this fence are several holes, that the pitbulls dug underneath to go run about in the neighborhood. "They've gone as far as Cherry, they've gone over to 8th, there's actually people who's moved out of the neighborhood because of it all."
According to Sullivan who attended a hearing about an incident related to the dogs, Flemmings was ordered to put in cages with cement platforms and covered tops and muzzles for the dogs at all times.
The cage did not have those alleged requirements and Sullivan said the dogs remained unmuzzled.
She said she's lost her entire summer, too scared to enjoy the great weather. "I can't grill out, I can't sit outside. I have a little Chihuahua that's only nine pounds and she is terrified to even go outside."
Animal control took the dogs away Tuesday afternoon. Only two of the three were taken to the Humane Society.
Flemmings is currently sitting in the Erie County Prison on outstanding warrant charges. Additional charges still could be made against her.


Like we've said before ... your neighbor is a virtual terrorist if they own a pit bull. Everyone's safety (including pets) are put at risk by the mere presence of pit bull type dogs.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

NEW KENSINGTON PA - 2 EMPLOYEES OF ANIMAL PROTECTORS OF ALLEGHENY VALLEY WERE ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL MIX

Two employees of Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley were injured Monday evening when they were attacked by a dog at the New Kensington animal shelter.
Phyllis Framel, a shelter board director, said the attack happened as the two employees were checking the kennel locks before closing for the night.
When a female employee opened a kennel to give a dog an extra blanket, the dog lunged and bit her leg, Framel said.
The dog also attacked a male employee who came to the woman's aid, biting his arm and legs. Framel said the female employee sprayed the dog with a hose to get it to release the man.
Framel said both employees were treated and released from a hospital Monday night. She said both required stitches. She expected them to be cleared to return to work within a few days.
The employees, whom Framel did not identify, were the only people in the building. She said safety concerns mean no one works alone.
“They did the right thing” in terms of how they handled the incident and contacting 911 to summon medical help, Framel said. “I'm sure it was very scary.”
Framel said the incident was one of the more serious animal attacks she can recall at the shelter. She said cat bites, which can involve deep punctures and the greater potential for bacterial infections, often are bigger concerns.
Framel believed the dog was a PIT BULL MIX  that had been in the shelter since early August.
“It was a dog that both of them had handled many times, and there had been no indication of a problem,” she said.
The female employee, who Framel described as an experienced dog handler, told Framel, “I've laid down in the kennel with him and cuddled with him before.”
Since the dog's medical background, including its vaccination history, is unknown, Framel said it must be quarantined for at least 10 days to monitor whether it shows signs of rabies. She said that's not likely since the dog already has been in the shelter's care for at least 10 days and has shown no signs of illness.
Framel was hoping the employees can avoid the intensive and expensive rabies treatment. She said their medical care is covered through the shelter's insurance.
As for the dog, its future is unknown but bleak. Although Animal Protectors is a no-kill shelter, Framel said euthanasia sometimes is necessary for dogs deemed too dangerous for adoption.
“A decision will be made about its future,” Framel said. “It will probably have to be euthanized. Once they bite, that's generally the policy. We will not release what we consider a dangerous dog to the public.”
Framel stressed the incident is a rarity for the shelter, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
She hoped the attack will not generate negative publicity for Animal Protectors as the agency ramps up efforts to raise money for an upcoming move to a new facility at Industrial Boulevard and Church Street in Parnassus.
“This is not going to help our fundraising,” she said.