Saturday, December 31, 2016

MANSFIELD OH - PIT BULL DRAMA ON CHRISTMAS EVE: TWO PEOPLE WERE IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE AND "SOMEHOW" THEIR PIT GOT OUT OF THE HOUSE AND ATTACKED ONE OF THEM...AND A WITNESS TO THE DRAMA WAS ARRESTED ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT...AND...

A Mansfield woman was hospitalized after she was attacked by a dog during a domestic dispute on Christmas Eve. 

Police were called to 426 Hammond Ave. around 1 p.m. Dec. 24 to investigate a report of a person being bitten by a PIT BULL. The victim, a 32-year-old woman, had already been taken to Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital when officers arrived.The victim told police she and her live-in girlfriend got into an argument and pushed each other, and that the dog got out of the house and attacked her.

The victim's live-in girlfriend said there was an argument but no violence, and when police arrived, she yelled at officers and told them to leave. After she failed to comply with officers' orders, she was issued summonses for obstructing official business and resisting arrest as well as for violating the city's vicious dog ordinance.

A 19-year-old female witness was arrested on a warrant. Police called the Richland County Dog Warden's Office with no success, so officers removed the dog and took it to the warden's office to be secured.

http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/local/2016/12/30/woman-hospitalized-after-dog-bite/96009988/


KANNAPOLIS NC - A PIT BULL BROKE LOOSE FROM ITS CHAIN AND ATTACKED A NEIGHBOR'S DOG IN ITS OWN YARD - THE PIT WAS STABBED TO PRY IT OFF!

A woman stabbed a PIT BULL in Kannapolis after it attacked her dog, and then got aggressive with her brother, the woman told police.
Maria Saavedra said the pit bull belonging to a neighbor broke loose from its chain at 406 Wilkinson St. and came into her yard, attacking Saavedra’s dog, the police said in a release Friday.
Saavedra’s brother went to break up the two dogs when the pit bull became aggressive toward him.
That’s when Saavedra stabbed the pit bull with a knife to get it off her dog.
Both dogs were treated at an emergency veterinary clinic. The pit bull was put down, police said.
No charges were filed. 

GEORGIA - A PIT BULL FATALLY MAULED A BEAUTIFUL PET "SPECS" THAT HAD BEEN A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO A FAMILY

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RIP specs got attacked by a pit bull yesterday😓the girls just got him for christmas and they saw 
the whole thing


Latasha Reid Yeah the owner will be getting sued for vet bills cost of the puppy and my niece also got bit









Friday, December 30, 2016

EL DORADO COUNTY CA - A DRIVER WITH 4 DOGS IN HIS VEHICLE WENT OFF AN ICY ROAD...AS THEY WERE TRYING TO EXIT THE CAR A LARGE PIT BULL ATTACKED THEM!

This morning another vehicle went off the road just east of Eagle Hills Rd on String Canyon due to icy conditions. The driver and 4 canine passengers were attempting to get out of the vehicle when a LARGE PIT BULL described as black with a white blaze on its chest ran downhill from Eagle Hills Rd attacking the driver and one of his dogs resulting in a serious mauling for both.
The CHP and Animal Services are actively searching for this dog.
The driver is being transported to the hospital for treatment of his bite wounds. He will have to endure the rabies vaccination series unless the dog can be located.
If you have any information on this dog, Please contact Animal Services at 621-5795.


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TAMPA FL - A PIT BULL MIX NAMED "SCARFACE" ATTACKED 3 FAMILY MEMBERS AFTER ITS OWNER TRIED TO PUT A SWEATER ON IT



UPDATE:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/bizarre/pitbull-mix-named-scarface-euthanized-after-attack-at-tampa-home/2308244


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A dog attack sent two people to the hospital in Tampa.  According to Tampa Police, a PIT BULL MIX  named Scarface bit its owner and two other family members at a home located in the 3400 block of Cord Street on Friday afternoon.


Tampa Police said Brenda Guerrero, 52, tried to put a sweater on the dog when it attacked. Her husband, 46-year-old Ismael Guerrero, attempted to pull the dog off his wife when the dog began attacking him.
Police said the couple's son, 22-year-old Antoine Harris, then got a knife and stabbed the dog in the head and neck to try to stop the attack. The dog then began attacking Harris. All three were able to escape into the house, leaving the dog in the backyard.
"Officers responding said the dog was pretty aggressive," Eddy Durkin with Tampa police said. "When they tazed the dog the dog was still pulling away and was able to release the prongs from the tazer."
When Animal Control and Tampa Police arrived to the home, the dog was shot with a tranquilizer gun.  After the dog got into the house, where there were two children in the back room, TPD officers deployed a bean bag gun and taser to subdue the dog. Eventually, the dog was captured by Animal Control by using a "catch pole."
Both Mr. and Mrs. Guerrero were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Mrs. Guerrero's injuries are believed to be serious, though not life threatening.
Neighbors said the family just got the dog about a month ago. They said at times the dog would get out of the yard and run through the neighborhood.
"You got kids here, kids there, and if that dog gets out the gate it could be dangerous to a kid," Joe Montgomery said. "But, he never attacked no one on the street as far as I know."
At this point it is unclear if the dog will have to be euthanized.

GWINNETT COUNTY GA - A NEIGHBOR'S 2 PIT BULLS MAULED A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY PLAYING IN HIS GRANDMOTHER'S YARD RIPPING OFF BOTH OF HIS EARS...ON CHRISTMAS EVE!


A seven-year-old boy is recovering at the hospital after his parents said he was mauled by TWO PIT BULLS  on Christmas Eve.

"I heard him scream and you know a mom knows that scream," said Ethan's mother, Tracy Dowdy.

Ethan's parents said he was doing what any boy his age would do, playing in his grandmother's backyard in Gwinnett County, swinging on a tree branch when the neighbors two Pit Bulls grabbed him by his coat and dragged him to the ground.

"They said if it had been one inch more then it would have hit the main artery and he would have bled out in the neighbors yard," said Tracy Dowdy.

Ethan was rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.  His mother tells FOX 5's Nathalie Pozo he has more than 300 stitches on his body and that doctors were able to sew back one of his ears, but he lost the other.

"I had to find my child's ear, I had to find that," said Ethan's father, Allen Fain.  'I knew without that there basically was not any hope of my little boy looking the same."

Ethan's father was able to find it and doctors hope to reattach it, but little Ethan faces months of rehab and two years of major reconstructive surgeries.  The family said the medical bills are mounting and are grateful to those who have helped and prayed for their son who doctors said could have died.

"He is my little Christmas miracle," said Tracy Dowdy.

Gwinnett County Police said the two Pit Bulls have been put down.  The dogs owner received two citations for public nuisance-attacks without provocation and duty to be responsible owner.  

The family said they are just grateful this was not worse.

"That child had a guardian angel looking over him in that backyard," said Allen Fain.

If you would like to help the family, a family member has setup a fundraising site.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

ARLINGTON VA - A PIT BULL ATTACKED HENRY, A MINIATURE SCHNAUZER, IN FRONT OF WALGREEN'S IN CLARENDON - HIS FAMILY IS VERY THANKFUL THAT MANY PEOPLE RUSHED TO SAVE HIS LIFE!



This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Henry, a miniature schnauzer that loves sitting outside and the dog park.
Here’s what Henry’s owner, Brooke, had to say about him:
"Henry is a 2-and-three-quarter-year-old miniature schnauzer, much beloved by his family. He was adopted with his brother George at three months old, and they were named for the Kings of England.
Henry is an affectionate dog who is happiest sitting in his yard listening to the birds. He is often spotted doing this next to his orange ball, now referred to as “Wilson” (Castaway). While not a gregarious socialite of the dog park, Henry loves living in the “Big City”. He is especially fond of the water bowl outside of Origins.
Last week Henry was viciously attacked by a PIT BULL  in front of the Walgreen's in Clarendon, and he (and we) are greatly indebted to the many people who stopped to help. A very kind lady drove Henry, bleeding heavily, in her super nice Mercedes to ensure he got to the animal hospital as soon as possible. We appreciate all the Arlingtonians who helped break up the dogs and assist us with Henry’s condition. While the old adage “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog” may no longer be uttered in our family, we will stick with “it takes a village” to take care of the ones we love.

NEW BRUNSWICK CANADA - A SERIES OF DOG ATTACKS LEADS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HEARTS OF THE NORTH ORGANIZATION WHICH TRIES TO SAVE DOGS FROM THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES BY FINDING HOMES IN THE MARITIMES

Sydney Squires, who lives on the outskirts of Fredericton, was bitten by a dog brought to New Brunswick by the Hearts of the North foster organization.

UPDATE: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/heartworm-dog-disease-1.3917326 

UPDATE:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/hearts-of-the-north-pauses-1.3916057


As Sydney Squires recounts the story of being attacked by a dog at work, she begins to cry.


"I still have nightmares," she said in her home on the snowy outskirts of Fredericton on Boxing Day.
"I still see the dog coming at me."
Squires was attacked by a  PLOTT HOUND/BOXER MIX  in her workplace at a Fredericton pet store on Nov. 17.
After being licked, she said, she reached down to pet her co-worker's rescue dog, Cooper, when the dog lunged at her, twice.
"I got out from behind my counter, I put my hand up to my face and I knew I had to go to the hospital," Squires said.
Sydney Squires
"I had to put my lip back in place."
Squires was rushed to the hospital and required stitches.
While the injury is healing, the incident changed her view of foster dogs and animals in general.
"I noticed that when I'm walking down the street, I walk on the other side if I see a dog coming," she said, "where I never ever did [before]."
The dog that attacked Squires was brought into the province by the organization Hearts of the North, which tries to save dogs on death row in the southern United States by finding homes in the Maritimes.
According to volunteers, the organization brings in thousands of dogs to the Maritimes annually.
Many of the dogs come from death row or from kill shelters being closed down.
Dogs are transferred as far as Calais, Me., before being picked up by volunteers and placed in foster homes. Organizers say it typically takes a month to finalize adoptions.
Tara Cormier, an administrator of the Hearts of the North Facebook page, said that during this time, the actions of the dog are the legal responsibility of the caregivers, although the ownership of the dog still rests with the organization.
Still, Squires's case is not an isolated incident, leaving some in the pet community wondering what type of dogs are being brought into the province and what's being done to rehabilitate them.
Volpe

Vanessa Volpe lives in Oromocto with her Siberian Husky, Mya.
While Mya was resting in Volpe's front yard late last month, a  PIT BULL TERRIER — brought into the province from Hearts of the North — attacked the husky.
"I saw it running across the neighbour's yard," she said.
"It came right at her and attacked her. I tried to use my hands to pull his jaws open."

Mya's wounds
Volpe said her neighbour had to choke the Hearts of the North dog, Bob, to force it to stop attacking Mya.
She said, if she hadn't received help, Mya might have died.
"The rip was quite big," Volpe said.
"You could almost fit your whole hand in the wound."
In the end, Mya had to undergo surgery. She's still recovering.
"They had to put her under twice because they found a few more wounds on her."
Volpe no longer knows where Bob is, as the organization found a home for him with an organization volunteer.
Squires also said she didn't know where Cooper is, but heard he was renamed and given a new home after the attack.
Hearts of the North is a total volunteer organization, and Volpe believes it doesn't have the time and expertise for the number of dogs it manages.
But, Cormier said, dogs with aggression issues don't leave the shelters down south and are euthanized.
"Dogs that come to Canada are considered adoptable," she said in a message over Facebook.
"Unfortunately sometimes when they get here and go into foster/adopter homes, some humans do not decompress them or introduce them properly to other animals, setting the new arrival up for failure and of course the irresponsible human blames the dog."
She said in Cooper's case, he "mouthed," meaning that because he hadn't spent enough time with his mother, he grabs things with his mouth when excited.  Organizers say that in both situations, the attacks are the result of human error.
"Both Bob and Cooper were not decompressed. In the first week, they were being socialized in dog parks and pet stores," said Connie Madsen, another volunteer.
Organizers did say that when incidents happen, dogs are removed from the foster home and work with handlers and are assessed.
"It's not fair to all the good dogs on death row to focus on two unfortunate accidents that the dog's handler at the time could have avoided," said organizer Sarah Ducey.
Jamie Engerdahl, a professional dog trainer in Fredericton, has run into Hearts of the North dogs through her work and says that response is typical of the organization. When problems arise, blame is put on the caregivers.
Engerdahl works with "bully breed" dogs and tries to break down the stigma surrounding them. But, she said, organizations like Hearts of the North make that more difficult.
"The majority of the attacks I've learned about have been all about bully breeds being the known biters," she said.
"Are we diminishing all the work we're trying to move forward with?"
Squires, who is recovering well from her face bite, hasn't lost her love for dogs or her belief in rescue work.
Last week, she was able to give a dog a treat, which was a big step.
"I got all excited," she said.
She's all for giving these dogs a second chance, but when they have a history of attacks, like Cooper and Bob did, more needs to be done to rehabilitate them.
"In my heart, I just thank God I wasn't a little child, the same height as that dog," Squires said. "When does it stop? When a dog kills somebody?"

ESCAMBIA COUNTY FL - 2 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" ESCAPED THEIR FENCE AND TORE DONALD SIGMAN'S BELOVED CHIHUAHUA "BABI" TO PIECES

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Donald Sigman tried to pull the TWO PIT BULLS  off of his Chihuahua before they killed her, but it was too late.  Without collars or leashes on the two loose dogs there wasn’t much to hold onto, and Sigman, who is disabled, didn’t have the strength to make a difference.

“They basically sawed my Babi in half,” he said.

The incident started outside of Sigman’s Escambia County home on Ailanthus Drive the weekend before Christmas, when he let 2-year-old Babi outside to relieve herself in the front yard.  It was then, Sigman said, that the two pit bulls escaped from a neighbor’s unlocked fence and got hold of his dog, taking roughly 15 seconds to literally tear her in pieces, by his account.

“I tried stopping them. There was nothing but flea collars on them, no tags, no collar, nothing,” he said. 

“I kind of lost control and I just laid over her and started crying.”

Sigman lives alone. He is disabled. To him, Babi the Chihuahua was family.

“She was my mate. As we’re driving down the highway she’d sit on my shoulder in my pickup and in those precious everyday moments, I can’t tell you how close we were,” he said.

A proposed change in Escambia County’s dangerous dog ordinance would give animal control officers more power in determining aggressive behavior, allowing cases like this to not have to wait for a repeat offense before taking action. The Escambia County Board of Commissioners is set to discuss the proposed ordinance at its Jan. 5 meeting, with a recommendation to schedule a public hearing on the issue for Jan. 19.

Currently, the ordinance states that an animal can be deemed aggressive after it has attacked another domestic animal multiple times, but in the proposed verbiage it states that an officer can label the dog as aggressive based on their own judgment from one attack.

Escambia County Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Office responded to Babi’s death after multiple bystanders called authorities. Video of the minutes following the incident taken by neighbor Dana Daniel shows the group yelling at the alleged animal owner as he leaves the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Escambia County Animal Control District Manager John Robinson said there is a record on file regarding the attack, but since the pit bulls and their owner were gone by the time they arrived, no citations have been issued.  READ MORE HERE......


http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/escambia-county/2016/12/29/pit-bull-attack-coincides-proposed-ordinance-change/95964198/


GRIMSBY ENGLAND - A MAN WAS FORCED TO STAB HIS STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER TO DEATH AFTER IT "AMBUSHED" HIM

The dog was killed after attacking its owner in Grimsby

UPDATE: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-choked-beloved-family-dog-9539295

UPDATE:  THE MAN DID NOT STAB THE ATTACKING PIT...HE CHOKED IT!!! https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2508177/grimsby-dog-attack-christmas-man-choked-pet-death/

A MAN stabbed his pet dog to death and dumped its body in a wheelie bin after it attacked him on Christmas morning.
The owner killed his  STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER to “save his own life” after it ambushed him.
They were rushed to hospital following the incident in Grimsby, which police say is not being treated as animal cruelty because the owner was acting in self-defence.
The pooch’s body is believed to have been found in a bin in the Weelsby Street area today.
A Humberside Police spokeswoman told Mirror the man was forced to stab the dog to death “to save his own life”.
She said: “We were called on Christmas morning shortly after 6am to a report that a man had been attacked by his dog and in order to stop the attack the dog had been killed.
“The incident happened on Weelsby Street in Grimsby.
“We attended and spoke with the owner (who was the) victim of the attack to check on his welfare and in order to establish that there were no animal cruelty concerns, of which there were none.
“The owner suffered deep puncture wounds to his arms and was treated for his injuries at Hull Royal Infirmary.
“On 29 December we received a call from a member of the public who stated that they had found a dead dog on Weelsby Street.
“We have conducted initial enquiries and believe that this is the same dog that attacked its owner on Christmas Day.
“We are satisfied that there are no further circumstances that would concern the police. The RSPCA have been informed.”
An RSPCA spokeswoman confirmed it was aware of the incident but said the charity are not investigating.

DALLAS TX - A PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" BROKE AWAY FROM ITS OWNER AND ATTACKED AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY PLAYING OUTSIDE OF HIS APARTMENT BUILDING...THEN THE NUTTER TOOK THE PIT AND FLED

A boy was injured when he was attacked by a PIT BULL  that broke away from its owner Wednesday evening in Far North Dallas, police said. 
The 8-year-old boy was playing about 6 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Trinity Mills Road when the dog broke free while being walked, police said. 
The dog bit the boy on the right side of his face causing a cut that required stitches. 
The black and white pit bull and its owner have not been found. The dog had a blue collar and leash. A detailed description of the owner was not released. 
It's unclear what charge the man would face, if any. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Dallas police at 214-671-4268.

CALIFORNIA - 2 PIT BULLS INVADED A BACKYARD AND ATTACKED 2 SMALL PETS SERIOUSLY INJURING "SUKI"

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Chris Hansen
10:31pmInterlaken, CA



Suki needs some prayers/positive vibes tonight. She was attacked by a pit bull today and it thrashed her badly . Cracked rib with a punctured lung and belly puncture that they are not sure if it nicked any  organs yet. Along with a few other punctures. Spending the night at the emergency vet. My moms dog Gracie was attacked as well, luckily not as bad as Suki. 2 mean pit bulls can ruin your day, even when your in your own backyard. Now I know why people hate these pits, I am one of them now!!



MONTGOMERY AL - A DOG BELIEVED TO BE A 1-YEAR-OLD ROTTWEILER MIX WAS DUMPED OUTSIDE TAYLOR CROSSING ANIMAL SHELTER WITH MORE THAN A HUNDRED PUNCTURE WOUNDS...POSSIBLY USED AS A BAIT DOG...THEY NAMED HER "HOPE"



A shocking video shows an owner dragging his puppy along the street and dumping it outside a shelter.
Hope, a one-year-old Rottweiler mix, was found gravely injured by staff at the Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital in Montgomery in Alabama.
The puppy was barely clinging onto life. She had more than a hundred puncture wounds and her skin had been torn so badly that her muscle and bone was revealed. 



Staff believes that Hope's injuries were caused from multiple dog fights.
'She didn't fight the other dogs who attacked her, but she fought for her life,' Bullock County Humane Society Shelter Director Jennifer Gallagher told ABC.

The puppy was barely clinging onto life and had more than a hundred puncture wounds

'It appears her wounds had not been treated for several days, which caused the bone to become infected,' she added.
Horrific surveillance footage shows the moment that Hope's owner dragged the dog from the truck, by the scruff of its neck, pulled it across gravel and dumped it outside the shelter.


Video shows that Hope was so injured she just lay where she was dropped for three hours until she was discovered by staff last month.
She was given just a ten per cent chance of survival.

The pup underwent nearly $10,000 worth of surgery, blood and plasma transfusions and antibiotics.

Her skin had been torn so badly that her muscle and bone was revealed

Hope spent five weeks in the animal hospital's ICU but has now recovered enough to be sent to a foster home.

'Hope's condition was extraordinary, but it is something we see and hear about almost on a daily basis,' Gallagher said.

 'Dogs are found dead on the side of dirt roads or dumped in the river. Hope just happened to be dropped off with us.' 

'Twenty-four hours after she was brought in, we saw a glimmer of life,' Loch said. 'She was drinking water from a syringe and then two days later she was licking. She has come so far that you would really not know that this dog who is running and playing and eating  was at that state five weeks ago.'

'Today we proved love conquers all.'


Hope spent five weeks in the animal hospital's ICU after her severe injuries (pictured)  but has now recovered enough to be sent to a foster home 

WAIROA HAWKS BAY NZ - AN AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER CROSS ATTACKED A 5-YEAR-OLD BOY IN THE FACE CAUSING SERIOUS INJURIES

An American Pitbull Terrier, like pictured, is thought to be behind an attack on a five-year-old boy. PHOTO/FILE
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A menacing dog was impounded yesterday, after a dog attack left a 5-year-old with serious facial injuries.
On Tuesday night the boy was brought into Wairoa Hospital's emergency department about 10.30pm. An ambulance spokesman said officers were not immediately called when the boy was hurt.
At 2am yesterday morning, the Lowe Corporation Hawke's Bay Rescue helicopter transported him to Hawke's Bay Airport, from where he was flown to Hutt Hospital for further treatment, a rescue helicopter spokesperson said.
As of last night the boy was in a stable condition, and the dog thought to be behind the attack had been impounded.
The dog was an unregistered AMERICAN PIT BULL - TERRIER CROSS, a Wairoa District Council spokesman said.
The dog had been classed as menacing. Dogs with this classification have to be contained in a yard, and muzzled on a lead if in public.
While Wairoa Mayor Craig Little expressed his sympathies to the boy, he said the attack showed "there's no future for menacing dogs in Wairoa".
Mr Little said he did not know the circumstances around the attack, or the family involved, but expressed his sympathies to them.
"My heart goes out to that little boy," he said.
The attack enforced why Wairoa District Council needed to continue taking a hard line on dog control.
Mr Little said there was "no room" for dangerous breeds of dogs if the community wanted Wairoa to be a better place.
"[Wairoa] stands out as one of the councils that are hardest on dogs in the region," he said.
"But we are because this is the sort of thing we don't want to happen.
He struggled to understand why people "choose to have these aggressive dogs", as there was always the chance they could attack people, "and there's a good chance that could be a baby or a child".
If people chose to own dogs classed as menacing, Mr Little said they "needed to keep their dogs controlled, or keep them locked up."
As of September there were about 83 dogs classed as menacing in Wairoa district.
Over the past 12 months, there have been 208 reported dog attacks. Compared with previous years, this was an increase, however the reports ranged from a nip on the ankle to a full-blown attack, and included dogs attacking each other.
An investigation is under way into the attack. ​