Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CHESTER, CHESTERFIELD COUNTY VA - 2 ROTTWEILERS INVADED A YARD AND FATALLY MAULED A BELOVED PONY "PATCHES" THAT HAD BEEN WITH ITS FAMILY FOR OVER 30 YEARS


Police and Animal Control units are investigating after a miniature pony died following an attack by  TWO ROTTWEILER DOGS  on Wednesday, November 30.
The resident Cathie Richardson lives in the 3800 block of Baldwin Road in Chester. Chesterfield Police and Animal Control responded to the scene in the afternoon.  One of the Rottweiler dogs was shot by a responding Chesterfield officer.
The pony, named Patches, had been with the family for more than three decades, Richardson's family said, and they are very distraught.
Michael Richardson said he was in his home when he heard dogs barking. He said he looked outside and witnessed the dogs attack the pony's face.
When officers responded, Richardson said he watched them shoot one of the dogs but also said the animal continued running around afterward.
Now he said he wants answers, and justice, after the death of a beloved family pet.
Investigators say charges are pending in the death of Patches.

BRUNSWICK GA - A WOMAN WAS KEEPING HER GREAT GRANDSON, 6 MOS, AND HER GRANDDAUGHTER'S FRIEND'S CHILD, 2, AND HER MEAT GRINDER "RHINO"....BUT....BUT....IT'S A NANNY DOG THAT THE GREAT GRAN RAISED FROM A BABY....WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG???


UPDATE:  http://goldenisles.news/news/local_news/toddler-recovering-after-dog-attack/article_0e4eabbb-a96f-5e03-8831-d6c79b4d2834.html

Rhino already had a reputation for attacking children the morning of Nov. 23, when the  PIT BULL  turned on his owner and mauled her 6-month-old great-grandson and another toddler boy at the Tara Arms apartments in Brunswick.
Police and firefighters described a scene of bloody carnage when they arrived at Rutha Mae Hunter’s unit No. 246 at the complex on Tara Lane at 7:24 a.m. on Thanksgiving eve. But Rhino would not relent, withstanding taser shots and pepper spray and turning hostile toward the police and firefighters.
Hunter has owned Rhino since he was six weeks old, according to county records.

The dog stood over a bloodied Hunter, who was lying on the floor and “hysterically yelling, ‘shoot it, shoot it!’” according to the Brunswick police report. Finally, police officer Steven Kretschmar distracted Rhino just long enough for firefighter Richard Bue to quickly grab Hunter and pull her to safety outside the second floor apartment.
Two-year-old Camarion Spradley had been underneath Hunter, and she clung to the boy as Bue pulled them both to safety. Sometime earlier in the attack, a neighbor had managed to grab the baby, Amire Holmes, and remove him from the fray.
Both Amire and Holmes were taken immediately by ambulance to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital, and later transferred to Memorial University Medical Center Hospital in Savannah.
Hunter was treated for bite wounds to her hands at the Brunswick hospital.
“For some reason this dog would not quit,” said Bue, a Brunswick firefighter since 2005. “This is by far the worst dog bite call I’ve been on. I’m just thankful that we were able to get all three out safely.”
Police closed the door on Rhino, who was lunging for Bue as he pulled Hunter and little Camarion out of the apartment.
“The dog attempted to follow … so I kicked the dog in the face as hard as I could,” Kretschmar wrote in his report. “The dog was knocked back into the apartment and I closed the door, to keep him from attacking anyone else.”
“I just grabbed her and made one big pull with everything I had,” Bue said. “Then I realized the kid was underneath her.”
Glynn County Animal Services officers were called to take Rhino. The dog presently is being held in quarantine as a vicious dog at the animal services complex off of U.S. Highway 17. He has been there before, according to county records. Rhino was quarantined there for 15 days after biting a child that trespassed onto property where the dog was staying, according to records.  No complaints were filed on behalf of the victim and Hunter reclaimed him after the 15-day quarantine period.
Animal services issued Hunter a notice Tuesday and she has 15 days to request a vicious dog hearing with the animal control board, should she wish to reclaim him this time.
Rhino had been staying with a son of Hunter’s and this was the first time the dog had been at her apartment, she later told police. Amire is the son of Hunter’s granddaughter, Semetrius Leshay Holmes; Camarion is the son of Ciara Lanise Spradley, a friend of Holmes’, the report said.
“Ms. Hunter stated the dog … has been aggressive before, but never to her,” the report said.
The call came in as a dog bite, and did not indicate how many people were involved. However, Bue suspected it was anything but a routine call enroute, when dispatchers reported that the dog continued to attack.

“I saw numerous bloody items (shoes, a purse, bags) scattered in the hallway,” officer Kretschmar reported upon arrival.
Kretschmar shot the dog once in the chest with a taser, but may not have hit with both wires. He also sprayed pepper spray on it, to little effect, the report said. A second taser shot distracted Rhino briefly.
“Bue dragged the female out of the threshold and into the hallway,” Kretschmar wrote.
Amire suffered lacerations to his face and eye and has since been released from the hospital.
Camarion was mauled extensively, undergoing plastic surgery for “numerous bites and lacerations to his face.” He received staples to close gashes in his head. He was released from the hospital Monday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Camarion appeared quiet but on the mend as he nestled in the arms of his great-grandmother, Johnnie Mae Williams.
“He’s got a ways to go, but thank God he’s OK,” Williams said.
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A toddler and a baby were injured in a dog attack at a Brunswick apartment complex last Wednesday, authorities say.
When police arrived at the apartment complex, they found a woman lying prone in an open doorway, cradling her 2-year-old great-grandchild from a  PIT BULL  as it fought to get at the child, a police report says.
As police approached the woman, who was reportedly crying out, 'Shoot it! Shoot it!,' the dog left the woman on the ground and started advancing on the officers and fire rescue crew that responded.
After attempting to spray the dog to subdue it, one officer pulled out his stun gun and tried to use that on the brown pit bull - to no avail, police reports show.
As the dog advanced toward the officers, an officer was able to get the woman out of the doorway and away. It was at that point they discovered she was cradling a 2-year-old. Police say the child had a large gash across their forehead, a chunk of flesh missing from their chin and multiple other bite marks. 
One officer kicked the pit bull into the apartment and shut the door behind it.
The toddler was rushed to Memorial Hospital in Savannah. No word on the child's condition at this time.
When the dog was subdued, another tenant in the apartment building opened their door and brought out an injured baby. Police say they believe that child is under a year old.
The neighbor was able to get the baby away, but not before the dog bit and scratched the child, police say. The baby was also taken to Memorial Hospital in Savannah.
Police say they learned that the woman was watching her great-grandchild - the 2-year-old - and her granddaughter's friend's child - the baby - and her son's pit bull, Rhino, that day before the attack.
The woman said the pit bull had shown signs of aggression before, but was up to date on its rabies shots and had never attacked her before. 
Animal control arrived and took the animal from the apartment. 

MOSTEN, MANCHESTER ENGLAND - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG ATTACKED 4 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 3 TEENAGERS, AT A HOUSE

Cops were called to a house on Bluestone Road in Moston, Manchester where a dog had attacked four people


Cops were called to a house on Bluestone Road in Moston, Manchester where a dog had attacked four people.  They raced to a home on Bluestone Road in Moston  at around 12.50pm after reports of an “out of control” dog.

There they found four people, including three children aged 12, 14 and 17 years old, had been attacked.
Their conditions are said to be “serious, but not life-threatening”.
The American Bulldog is not a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act – and is not to be confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier, which IS banned.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police were called shortly after 12.50pm today to a home on Bluestone Road, Moston, to a report of a dog out of control.
“Officers attended and discovered an American Bulldog-type dog had attacked four people.”
The spokesman added: “They have all attended hospital and it is not yet clear what injuries have been sustained.
“The dog is currently contained in the property and officers are at the scene.”
It’s the latest in a long line of savage dog attacks this summer.

READ MORE HERE.....

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2297627/manchester-dog-attack-american-bulldog/


ROCHESTER NY - PIT BULL DRAMA: POLICE ARRIVED TO FIND A NAKED WOMAN BEING TOTALLY MAULED BY HER "ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN" BOYFRIEND'S PIT BULL...AN OFFICER SHOT THE MEAT GRINDER OFF HER AND A BULLET HIT THE NUTTER!!!



Two people remain hospitalized after police say a woman was attacked by a  PIT BULL and its owner was hit by a stray bullet when officers tried to put down the dog early Wednesday morning.
Police received a call for the report of a woman being mauled by a dog around 1 a.m.
When officers arrived, they found what they describe as a large, pit bull-type dog attacking 33-year-old Maria Schaffer on the ground.
Police say the action was life-saving.
"Obviously the woman's life was in danger. I have no doubt that the officers' actions saved this woman's life," said Deputy Chief Scott Peters. "Again, she's in critical condition, she's expected to survive, but the amount of wounds she has on her body are again horrific."
They say Schaffer was not wearing any clothes and the dog would not let go of her.
Officers say the dog's owner, 34-year-old Jamie Cruz, was on the side yelling to shoot the dog because it could not be controlled.
Three officers fired their guns, killing the dog. One of the officer's bullets went astray, hitting Cruz in the torso.
Schaffer is currently in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital and Cruz is in stable condition.
Police do not know how and where the attack began, but added that Cruz and Schaffer were in an on-again, off-again relationship.
No one else was hurt. 
Louis Crocotti, a nearby neighbor, witnessed the incident and said the man hit by the projectile owned the dog and the woman mauled was his girlfriend.
"I was just thinking of the lady, just thinking of her, the poor, lady, she was just getting mauled," said Crocotti. "The fight was knocked out of her, she wasn't even screaming or anything at that point, she was just on the ground like she was trying to sit up. I mean, the dog was mauling the lady, they had no choice but to shoot the dog and put it down."
Both Cruz and Shafer are expected to survive. Rockview Terrace is back open to traffic.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BONHILL, WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE SCOTLAND - AN AMERICAN BULLDOG MAULED A BELOVED PARSON RUSSELL TERRIER BEING WALKED BY HIS OWNER, CAROL MURPHY - THE LITTLE PET LOST HIS LEG AND MURPHY IS UPSET THAT NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT THE MAULER FOR ALMOST 3 MONTHS!!!



A heartbroken gran is calling for justice after her beloved pet terrier lost its leg following a savage dog attack.
Carol Murphy, from Bonhill, has been left devastated after her six-year-old Parson Russell Terrier was injured so severely he had to have a limb amputated last week.
The 59-year-old says she was walking Douglas near her home in Braehead when an AMERICAN BULLDOG – which she says wasn’t on a lead – ran at them and pinned him then tossed him about like a “rag doll”.
She said her pet suffered severe injuries, including internal bleeding after the dog punctured his kidney, and almost died while undergoing the surgery to his leg.The worried grandmother told the Lennox Herald: “I’m absolutely sick to the stomach of everything my wee dog has had to go through.
“I can still picture him lying on his back while the dog sank its teeth into him, looking at me so helplessly — I thought he was going to die.
“Douglas was picked up and shook about like a rag doll. That wasn’t just dogs fighting.
“We made the difficult decision to get his leg amputated because he got an infection due to his injuries, which could have spread, and he was in so much pain.
“His heart stopped on the operating table too because he was so ill, we nearly lost him again.
“We will never take him up there again.”
The emotional grandmother said she is sickened that nothing was done by police officers or West Dunbartonshire Council’s dog warden service to ensure the dog was kept under control for almost three months after the attack, which took place in September.
On Friday, 11 weeks after it happened, the local authority issued the owner with a Dog Control Notice (DCN), which orders the owner to undertake certain measures to bring and keep the dog under control.
The terms of the notice specify that the owner must abide by six conditions, including muzzling the dog when it is off a lead in a public area, as well as keeping the dog under control at all times.
The owner or any other entrusted person who must be aged at least 16 must also be present and in charge of the dog whenever it is in a public place.
But Carol says the move isn’t good enough. She told the Lennox Herald: “It took the police 10 weeks to come back to me and say they weren’t pressing any charges. The dog wardens have been investigating it for the past four weeks and have only just issued the DCN, all the while nothing was put in place to stop the dog from doing this again.
“Nobody has paid for this and that includes the vet fees which are currently at £900. The DCN isn’t punishment for what the dog did.
“I want people to know that if their dog gets attacked here, don’t think something will be done about it straight away.
“I have 10 grandchildren and I feel so lucky that I didn’t have one of them with me at the time.
“At one point I was jammed between the dogs and the railings. It was terrifying.”
Douglas was initially treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs but the gran had to take him back to McKenzie’s Vets the next day when he refused to walk and began peeing blood.
Carol said: “They couldn’t operate on him because he was too ill
but thankfully his kidney healed up on its own.
“We thought everything was going to be okay but after that I noticed Douglas’ back paws kept turning out. He was dragging them along behind him and his skin was coming off.”
Following another trip to the vets, Carol and Jim were told their beloved dog had caught an infection due to his injuries which could spread unless his leg was amputated.
It was a difficult decision but one the couple knew they had to take.
Carol said: “I got such a shock when I picked him up after the operation last week. I was really emotional.
“The stitching isn’t straight and the vet said that was because he stopped breathing on the operating table and they had to sew him up quickly.
“McKenzie’s Vets have been brilliant with him and he loves the girls there.
“He’s up and about on his feet now but he isn’t the same wee dog any more. He used to jump all over people who came to the door wanting to be clapped but now he’s nervous and subdued. He’s been through so much.”

FREEDOM NH - A MAN STOPPED BY HIS BROTHER'S HOUSE WITH HIS DOG AND 2 PIT BULLS KILLED HIS DOG AND ATTACKED HIM

FREEDOM – A police officer had to shoot TWO PIT BULLS  after they attacked a man and killed the man's dog during a violent altercation on Nov. 20. The police chief stresses his officer had no choice.
The incident occurred at 131 Old Portland Road, said Police Chief Josh Shackford and responding officer John  Evans. 
On Nov. 20, the home owner's brother came over to the house with his medium-size mixed-breed dog and somehow the pit bulls got loose and decided to attack the third dog and the man. The pit bulls belonged to the home owner's daughter whom dispatch logs identify as Katie St. Onge. Neither the home owner nor St. Onge were home at the time.
"Apparently, these dogs don't play well with each other," said Shackford. "The two pit bulls attacked the brother's dog and killed it. After they got done killing that dog, they attacked the owner. They took some pretty good chunks out of him."
The victim was able to get inside the home to call 9-1-1.
When  Evans arrived on scene, the dogs went after him. When Evans got back to his cruiser the dogs ran back toward the home, trying to get in. Evans began trying to ask the man in the house questions.
The man replied that he had been bitten and that Evans would have to shoot the dogs. The victim told Evans he wanted to get a shot gun to kill the dogs but Evans told him that would not be necessary.  When Evans exited his cruiser the second time, the dogs came charging back at him and Evans opened fire. 
"It was something that had to be done," said Evans.
Shackford agrees.
"When they came after him, he shot them," said Shackford. "He didn't have a choice."
Evans said the large pit bull was about 75 pounds and the other was over 60. The dog they mauled was about 40 pounds and may have been an Australian cattle dog.  Evans said the pit bulls took a fist size wound in the man's leg and also injured the man's hand.
Shackford said the pit bulls represented a threat to anyone in the area and that Evans had to stop the pit bulls.
"It seemed like the dogs were on a tear and not able to be controlled," said Shackford, adding he can't think of a reason why people should own dogs that attack or kill other dogs and people who come by.
Evans said there were children in the neighborhood.
The owners are not being criminally charged and there is no evidence they were involved in any illegal activity that caused the dogs to be violent, said Shackford adding the owners understood that the dogs needed to be put down. The neighbors were also thankful said Shackford.
Evans believes the victim was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro.
North Conway Ambulance, Freedom Rescue, State Police and Madison Police responded.
The same two pit bulls bit a jogger and a dog about a year ago. The owners were summons at that time, but there had been no further incidents until Nov. 20.
Evans, who in a phone interview described himself as a dog lover, said that pit bulls are a big responsibility and people who seek to adopt them should make sure they are properly equipped before hand and be especially careful if their dogs already had an incident.

BELLEVIEW, MARION COUNTY FL - DOGS RESEMBLING PIT BULLS HAVE KILLED LLAMAS, PIGS, A HORSE AND LAMB AND EVEN TRIED TO ATTACK A PERSON


Linda Fidler was putting her horse inside its pen Friday afternoon at her Belleview home when she witnessed the most horrible thing she's ever seen.
"The pony was facing me and the dogs were on here ripping at her," Fidler said. "She already had the skin tore off her face and her ear ripped off. And I hollered at 'em and they stopped and looked at me and then went right back at the pony again."
Fidler screamed in horror but the dogs, one cream-colored and one brown, just looked at her, not in a hurry to leave. She described them as resembling PIT BULLS.
"I can't get it out of my mind even now because they wouldn't leave her alone," Fidler said in tears. "They were just at her. When I finally got (them) to stop for a minute, I think they were going to leave but they didn't. They went right back at her again."
Fidler said she had no choice but to put down the mini horse and lamb after the attack. The lamb belonged to her granddaughter.
"I mainly want them caught because I'm scared to death," Fidler said of the dogs. "The gentleman next door has small kids in his yard. They're obviously out to kill, not just hungry. They're out to kill something. If they get in their yard and little kids are out there, my horror is seeing little kids ripped apart."
She believes the dogs crawled under a fence to enter her yard on Southeast 40th Avenue in Belleview and exited the same way.
Neighbors said most homeowners in rural Belleview own animals, either pets or farm animals.
"It's scary," said neighbor Jenna Thacker. "I've got chickens, that might attract them, and (if) I got out to take care of the chickens, they might go after me. It's actually killed something. If it just growls, that's one thing, but when it tears it apart for no reason, that's different." 
Fidler said the dogs also attacked and killed a neighbor's pigs.
Marion County Animal Control said it has been actively patrolling the area and setting traps for the dogs.
"More than likely they are not owned by anyone, though it's possible they had been abandoned in the area," said Elaine Delorio McClain, Marion County public information officer. "Based on the different descriptions, they may also not be the same canines in each attack."
Delorio McClain said on Nov. 16, a caller reported that a pack of dogs killed two llamas. Officers placed traps and patrolled the area for three days but did not find the dogs.
On Nov. 10, a caller reported that a golden-colored dog walking with two other loose dogs tried to attack a person. Officers patrolled for three days but did not find the dogs.
Delorio McClain warned animal owners to be vigilant. 
"Marion County Animal Services recommends that if anyone sees dogs at large in the area (per the last case they are described as brown or brindle and a cream-colored one, but there have been various descriptions of the canines in the area) -- to please call Animal Control (at) 352-671-8727," Delorio McClain said.

YUKON OK - 2 OF MATT ROBERTSON'S PIT BULLS PUSHED THROUGH A WOOD FENCE AND TRIED TO KILL THE NEIGHBOR'S DOG AND THE JUDGE ORDERED THE MEAT GRINDERS TO BE PUT DOWN....I WANT TO SEE THE INJURED VICTIM DOG, THE VET BILLS AND HEAR WHAT IT TOOK TO PRY THE PITS OFF!!!!!


A Yukon man is devastated that a judge ordered both of his dogs to be euthanized after attacking a neighbor's dog.
Matt Robertson calls his dogs Molly, Joker and Flower beloved members of the family."They are loving dogs, they are house dogs they sleep in bed with me every night,” Robertson said.
But Monday night two of his family members are sleeping on concrete, in steel cages.
"It tears me apart every time I have to go up there and leave,” Robertson said.
That's because both Molly and Joker were seized by the City of Yukon, a judge ordering both to be put down.
"I had to pick him up and put him in the animal control vehicle which killed me. That's the last thing he remembers is me putting him in that vehicle taking him to the place he's at now,” Robertson said.
Robertson says back in October he let his PIT BULL MIXES  outside in his fenced in yard. But they were able to push one of the wood panels out of place and get into his neighbor’s yard. Robertson says an animal control officer told him Molly bit the neighbor’s dog and wouldn't let go.
"The dog had a bite wound under its arm and a bite wound under her shoulder,” Robertson said.
Robertson says he paid their vet bill and then had to go court. He says even though this was the first time Molly or Joker had been aggressive or received any type of citation, the judge ruled that both were vicious animals that should be destroyed.
"Way too drastic. My dogs are like my children I don't think somebody should just be able to order my dogs destroyed without giving me the option to take them out of the city,” Robertson said.
Robertson says he's been a responsible pet owner fencing in his yard, only letting them outside when he’s home and even feeding them grain free food. He says Joker and Molly deserve another chance.
"If they won't let me have them at the house I've found people that would agree to take them which ultimately isn't what I want but if it's something to save their lives,” Robertson said.
Robertson has filed an appeal and is waiting for a court date; in the meantime Molly and Joker both have to stay at the Yukon pound. Robertson is asking for your help with legal costs to save his dogs if you'd like to donate click here.
The City of Yukon did issue an official statement to us saying they received a vicious animal call back in October for Robertson's dogs. That statement confirmed the municipal court found him guilty and ordered the animals be destroyed. The statement says the dogs will be kept in custody but that they will comply with the results of the appeal. A city ordinance states that a judge can rule a dog is vicious and needs to be destroyed if it causes serious injury to a person or domestic animal.
http://okcfox.com/news/local/yukon-man-upset-judge-orders-both-his-dogs-to-be-put-down-on-first-incident


BROSSARD QC CANADA - KARIM JEAN-GILLES AND HER MOTHER, HYACINTH PARKER, ARE BOTH CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE CAUSING BODILY HARM AFTER THEIR PIT BULL MAULED A CHILD AT A PARK A YEAR AGO


The owner of a dog that attacked an eight-year-old girl in Brossard a year ago did not show up for his court date Tuesday in Longueuil.
Karim Jean-Gilles faces a charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
His mother Hyacinth Parker also faces the same charge.
Both were charged with the crime Nov. 3, more than a year after Vanessa Biron was attacked.
Though Parker did not appear, her lawyer represented her. She returns to court on Feb. 17 for her next appearance.
Neither Jean-Gilles nor a lawyer on his behalf made an appearance, resulting in the judge ordering another summons to appear. That summons was delivered by bailiff.
Jean-Gilles is now scheduled to return to court on Feb. 17 as well.
Should he not appear on that date, the judge can order an arrest warrant.
Vanessa Biron was attacked by two dogs while playing in Marquise Park in Brossard in September 2015. Witnesses said one of the dogs bit and clawed at her face, head and neck before it could be pulled away. According to witnesses, the dog was not on a leash.
The girl's skull was punctured by the dog's fangs and her jaw was crushed.
Vanessa underwent a seven-hour surgery and a long recovery period.
The dog that attacked the girl was euthanized soon after.
Witnesses have described the dog as a PIT BULL. Police said it was a “massive” and “muscular” dog that weighed about 100 pounds.
Jean-Gilles was arrested at the time, but later released.
Prosecutor Claudie Gilbert explained that they needed to gather all the evidence they could before laying the charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and that it was an ongoing investigation. The Crown was only recently allowed to lay the charges.
The Crown said this kind of criminal accusation is rare, but added that dog attacks are also rare.
This attack also prompted Brossard to amend its dangerous dog bylaws this past summer. No new pit bulls are allowed and the bylaw imposes strict rules for certain pit bull owners.


http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/the-owner-of-a-dog-that-attacked-a-girl-in-brossard-didn-t-show-up-to-court-1.3181375




WINSLOW ME - THE PIT BULLS INVOLVED IN A FATAL MAULING OF BOSTON TERRIER "FERGIE ROSE" IN AUGUST ORDERED BY A JUDGE TO BE EUTHANIZED

Fergie Rose, a 10-month-old Boston terrier, was killed Tuesday afternoon when it was attacked by three pit bulls on Lucille Avenue in Winslow. Sharron Carey, the dog's owner, was treated for wounds at Inland Hospital in Waterville that she suffered while trying to save the puppy.

TWO PIT BULLS  that killed another dog and injured a Winslow woman in August were ordered to be euthanized in a decision issued Tuesday by a judge at the Capital Judicial Center.

One of the owners, Danielle Jones, asked for a second chance for the two dogs – Bentley and Kole – that attacked and killed a smaller dog, Fergie Rose, that was being walked by Sharron Carey on Aug. 30 on Lucille Street in Winslow.

Jones testified Tuesday on the second day of her non-jury trial on two civil violations that accuse her of keeping a dangerous dog. The state sought to have the dogs euthanized, one of the options under the state statute governing “Keeping a Dangerous Dog.”
District Court Judge Eric Walker did not grant Jones’ request to spare the dogs and ordered that they be euthanized within 30 days. He also imposed two $250 fines on Jones.
“It’s all about justice for Fergie,” said Sharron Carey’s husband, Bill, who sat through the trial. “No one wants to see dogs put down. That’s horrible.”
But the Careys, through the state, sought that remedy.

Sharron Carey said she relives the attack every day.
“It’s something that should not have happened,” she said.
The Careys declined to speak further, citing advice from their attorneys since they are contemplating filing a lawsuit over the matter.

Two video surveillance cameras on Jones’ home captured images of Carey as she was walking her dog along the sidewalk and Fergie Rose lunging toward the home, followed shortly thereafter by Jones’ two pit bulls streaking across the lawn to reach them.
Jones testified Tuesday that she ran from the backyard through her house to reach the sounds of screaming and barking on Aug. 30 and saw Carey swinging and kicking and hitting Bentley and Kole on the head as they tugged and pulled at Fergie Rose, a Boston terrier.

Jones testified she got in the middle of the dogs and twice handed Fergie Rose back to Carey. The third time, Jones carried Fergie Rose to Jones’ own car before returning to get her dogs under control.

Jones testified that she is experienced as a dog handler. She and the dogs’ co-owner, Brandon Ross, operate The Muddy Paw Grooming Spa & Self Service Dog Wash LLC in Winslow, which grooms15-20 animals a day.

A neighbor and a firefighter took Fergie Rose to a veterinary hospital, where the 10-month-old dog died of her injuries within about 10 minutes.

In her closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Tracy DeVoll said: “It was pack mentality. (The two dogs) worked together, and there was nothing that stopped them, not even the owner. They’ve proven themselves to be dangerous; they’ve proven themselves to be deadly.”

Charles T. Ferris, the attorney for Jones and Ross, who faces the same charges but whose trial has not yet been held, said the owners would be willing to muzzle and tether the animals and to take Bentley to an animal behaviorist.

“My clients are willing to abide by any order that this court contemplates in order to keep the dogs alive,” Ferris said in his closing argument.

In the end, however, Walker said he concluded that rather than the “dog fight” described by Ferris, the case involved “an escape and a vicious attack on a much smaller dog where her owner was injured in an attempt to protect her dog.”

He said he found that Carey suffered serious bodily injury when she was bitten on the hands and scratched during the attack, and that Bentley and Kole were the same two dogs involved in an earlier unprovoked attack that injured a younger, smaller dog during which Ross was bitten by one of his own dogs. 

“The fencing solution that defendants have suggested gives the court no comfort it would prevent escape,” Walker said, adding that Jones “had firsthand knowledge that her dogs were dangerous” but was “unable to contain her dogs and prevent them from attacking and killing the dog.”



BILOXI MS - JAXON RONSONET IS FINALLY LEAVING OCHNER MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS AFTER LOSING HIS LEFT LEG IN A PIT BULL ATTACK

Jaxon Ronsonet, 15, lost his left leg in a pit bull attack, but managed to save his five-year-old brother, Bentley. Jaxon was released Tuesday from Ochsner Medical Center, where he is pictured with Bentley, to an inpatient rehabilitation center at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

Jaxon Ronsonet, 15, lost his left leg in a pit bull attack, but managed to save his five-year-old brother, Bentley. Jaxon was released Tuesday from Ochsner Medical Center, where he is pictured with Bentley, to an inpatient rehabilitation center at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Courtesy of Tiffany Ronsonet.



Biloxi High student Jaxon Ronsonet is finally leaving Ochner Medical Center in New Orleans for rehab, but his mom said he is experiencing intense phantom pain in the leg he lost to a pit bull.
Mom Tiffany Ronsonet was packing the 15-year-old hero Tuesday morning for the move to Children’s Hospital inpatient rehabilitation, also in New Orleans. Jaxon hefted his 5-year-old brother Bentley onto a trash can after a neighbor’s pit bull bit the younger child Nov. 10.
The dog then latched onto Jaxon. He was rushed to Ochner, where doctors thought they might be able to save his left leg. But an infection set in. When they operated to remove the leg below the knee, doctors found one of the pit bull’s teeth embedded in Jaxon’s bone. They explained to his parents that the tooth had caused the infection.
Tiffany Ronsonet has kept friends and family updated on the boys’ progress on Facebook. She posted a video Monday morning of Jaxon walking.
She told the Sun Herald that Bentley had his last trip to wound care Monday for his right foot, which the pit bull split open from the top of his big toe to his ankle.
Both boys have nightmares about the attack. Jaxon calls out in his sleep, “Somebody please get the dog off me,” or “Don’t hit the dog with the shovel again.”
The neighbor was trying to get the pit bull off Jaxon. Every time she jabbed the dog with the sharp end of a shovel, Jaxon told his mom, the pit bull latched on harder. Witnesses said the attack lasted about 15 minutes.
Unfortunately, Bentley is still staying in the house next door with his grandmother and aunt. Their mom said the family will be unable to return to their apartment in Biloxi because they lived on the second floor and Jaxon will not be able to navigate the stairs.
The Ronsonets are looking for a handicapped-accessible house to rent.
Jaxon will spend two to three weeks in rehab, so Ronsonet hopes to have both boys home by Christmas. He can’t be fitted for a prosthesis for about six weeks, when his surgical wounds should be healed.
The Ronsonets also hope to buy a handicapped-accessible vehicle. Jaxon’s father, Rosco Ronsonet, has returned to his construction job. Tiffany Ronsonet is on family medical leave from her job as a cashier at Food Giant in Biloxi. A GoFundMe page had raised $7,560 by Tuesday morning for medical expenses.
Jaxon is working hard to overcome his injuries, his mom said.
“Other than the fact that he's in horrible pain,” she said, “he's been getting up every morning and doing his physical therapy. I really don't know why he's in so much pain. They're doing everything they can to control it.”

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EDISON NEW JERSEY - 2 PIT BULLS MAULED SWEET "BRUNO" AS HE WAS GOING ON HIS USUAL WALK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH HIS FAMILY

Our Brave Boy Bruno is back in surgery, infection has set in! Please keep the prayers coming ❤️
PIT BULL ATTACK: To all my facebook neighbors and friends, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take care and be extra vigilant while out and about in Clara Barton, especially on the greenway and Dudash Park. On Monday morning last, Debbie was walking our dogs, Molly and Bruno in that area when out of nowhere two pit bulls (no collars, no leashes) came charging at them, they headed straight for Deb and our brave boy Bruno blocked the attack and saved his Mom and Molly. Unfortunately, these two pit bulls viciously attacked our boy, Deb managed to scoop Molly up and run for help. I heard her screams! I ran toward her voice as she screamed to call 911, Bruno was being attacked. I frantically called 911 while running toward our boy to help him. Thanks to the help of our wonderful neighbors and two others who were passing by and saw the attack, they stopped to help us, we managed to get them off Bruno long enough to scoop him up and get him to the vet. Two police cars eventually arrived and managed to corral these vicious dogs who's jaws were dripping in Bruno's blood into a neighbors yard to contain them. Animal control arrived shortly afterwards and it took them a LONG time to capture the dogs.
Our boy underwent a long surgery that day, this attack has left him with over 20 puncture wounds, 12 drains, extensive bruising and blood loss. Thanks to the help of Dr. Alex Adler and the wonderful staff at the Woodbridge Veterinary Group, Bruno will make a full (but slow) recovery physically, mentally is another issue.

The pit bulls are in quarantine, we learned from Animal Control that the owner of these dogs lives two blocks from us on Wiley Ave. She told them she had NEVER taken these dogs to a vet and they have NEVER HAD VACCINES, as if that's not enough they tell us once the quarantine period is up, these dogs are being returned to their owner. WHY, WHY, WHY would they allow this to happen?
This attack happened at a time when school buses come by to pick up a lot of kids on Safran Ave., had these dogs gone in that direction, this would be all over the news!

Sadly, by law, our pets are deemed "property", this law needs to be changed! my pets are my family.
Molly is so scared now she won't move off the block when we try to walk her. Bruno is such a brave boy and is improving a little everyday.

I am asking you all to share our story with your family and friends and neighbors in our area so everyone is aware and take necessary steps to be safe. That day will haunt us for the rest of our lives!

Although I know these pictures are disturbing, I really feel you should see the damage that can be done and again I urge you to be aware of your surroundings and be safe.

I am asking Animal Control, our Mayor Tom Lankey, our Police, our Public Representatives to please re-consider the return of these dogs to an owner who has not cared for them the right way!

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about Bruno, prayed for him and us, we feel the love. Keep the prayers coming, they are working.