Thursday, March 23, 2017




(WUSA9) - The President of Calvert County’s Board of Commissioners says he’s in favor of exploring ways to restrict pit bull dog ownership after an 8-month-old child was killed by her family’s dog Thursday.
“They knew immediately the only way to stop that attack was to shoot that dog,” said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans as he discussed the response of two deputies called to a home on Prancer Court.

Deputies said the child was being watched by a neighbor when the family dog attacked the baby without provocation.  They said the babysitter was injured when she tried to stop the attack.
Sheriff Evans described the dog as a 65-pound “pit bull type” dog which had been brought into the family’s home as a puppy six years ago.
It’s the second fatal dog attack in Calvert County since 2006. Previously a 78-year old Lusby man was mauled to death by his own pit bull pets.
Calvert County Board of Commissioners President Tom Hejl said Friday he would be in favor of state legislators exploring Pit Bull restrictions “because of the nature of the animal and what history has told us about the animal.”
There were 31 fatal US dog attacks in 2016, according to which tracks incidents nationally. Seventy-one percent of the fatal attacks were linked to pit bulls even though the breed represents only six percent of the dogs in the US, the organization reported.
The issue is so contentious, Maryland legislators were forced to pass a law in 2014 clarifying the liability of dog owners and removing any breed specific enhancements. The law was passed after Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals ruled that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous”, a designation that made owners and landlords more liable for any incidents.   Pit Bull advocacy groups reported a flood of dogs being abandoned to shelters after landlords began restricting pit bulls from their properties.

(WUSA9) - An eight-month-old child has died after being attacked by the family dog.
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Prancer Court in Lusby Thursday afternoon for a report of a dog attack.
A family friend was watching the baby boy when the dog attacked the baby, deputies said. Officers on the scene said they witnessed the attack and had to shoot the dog in order to stop it.
The baby died as a result.
Deputies described the dog as a "PIT BULL TYPE." Criminal charges are unlikely.
An investigation is underway. Sheriff Mike Evans will give an update to the media Friday.

2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 5  (4 children  -  1 adult)

2 PIT BULLS - 2 

1)  1-17 LOGAN BRAATZ - 6 - ATLANTA GA - The boy was walking to his school bus stop with other children and some adults when 2 loose dogs began attacking them - It was reported that Logan was eviscerated, his friend Syrai Sanders was scalped and another child was injured - Although neighbors came running with sticks, knives and whatever they could find, the attack was deadly and swift and the dogs continued to circle and attempt to attack - The dog owner said his dogs had a fence but "SOMEHOW" got out.

2) 1-17 SKYLAR DEAN JULIUS - 2-MONTHS-OLD - SAN MARCOS TX - The father was caring for the infant girl while the mother was at work - He fell asleep for around 20 minutes and when he woke up the baby had been mauled by the family German Shepherd they had had for over 8 years and it was reported that the dog "had never shown aggression before".

3) 2-13 LOUISE HERMIDA - 75 - QUEENS NY - The elderly woman was mauled by her large dog that had been adopted almost 6 years ago. The breed is said to be a Mastiff or a Mastiff/Great Dane mix.  Neighbors say as many as 10 dogs lived at the apartment.  Her 39-year-old son, who has autism, attempted to put the dog in its cage and he was bitten on the leg. 

4) 2-16 UNIDENTIFIED 5-YEAR-OLD BOY - CLARKSVILLE TN - Emergency personnel were called at 8:20am on a Thursday morning to a report that the Family's two English Mastiffs reported to be about 6-months-old had mauled the child. The boy died from extensive injuries.

5)  3-23 UNIDENTIFIED 8-MO-OLD BOY - LUSBY CALVERT COUNTY MD - The family pit bull latched on to the child and was still attacking when officers arrived only minutes after the call - An officer had to shoot the dog to stop its mauling but the baby died.


3-18 JOHN BRUNO - 5 - WARRINGTON TWP PA - John was playing in the snow on Wednesday, March 15, when his family looked out and saw him down on the ground with the family dog tugging at his scarf around his neck - He was unresponsive and first responders gave him CPR and he was rushed to a hospital - He died on Saturday, March 18 - Investigators report that he suffered ligature strangulation from the hound mix pulling on his scarf.  


Anonymous said...

A child dies by the most deadly dog breed out there, and no charges will be filed?

Another nanny dog fail. "Get away with murder" dog is more like it.

Another completely avoidable tragedy, if only we could have breed specific legislation. The pit bull advocates don't like the idea of their breed being regulated, and they say that first it'll be pit bulls, and then it will be [insert dog breed here]. Well, I say, let's regulate pit bulls, and when the next dangerous breed takes the number 1 spot for killing our loved ones, then we'll regulate that breed next.

If we don't stop the bloodshed now, it's only going to get worse. All of the pit bull advocates cannot tame the kill gene bred into pit bulls. It's time to pull the plug on this needless and horrific way to die. That goes for any living thing that is ripped apart by pit bulls. No more suffering, seriously.

Dayna said...

I've always thought adding more legislation was a bad idea, (look at how OH screwed up), but I'm starting to come around. If it would prevent normally responsible people from getting these things, it would be worth it. Enforcing that law would be the hard part. I'm really sick reading about another precious little child dying in this horrific and easily preventable manner.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the update calls the dog a pit bull instead of dog. There is a huge difference between the two terms.

I'm also thrilled that they are pointing out it is nature not nurture. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on the planet because of nature, not nurture. It's a no brainer.

I'm also thrilled that the issue of never showing signs of aggression before is being brought to the forefront. It is an important factor in preventing pit bull attacks. How can anyone think a pit bull is safe because it has not attacked? Every single pit bull has the necessary tools to do serious damage. There is no test to determine if and when a pit bull will try to kill something. Why takes any risks when the price to pay is too great?

Lastly, the thought that congress might have to have this conversation is a light at the end of the tunnel. No breed of dog should ever be placed above the well-being of citizens in this country.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe it is that hard to enforce breed specific legislation. The nutters want to make it seem as if breed specific legislation is an insurmountable hardship on them, but it is not. The hardship has been placed for too long on the victims of pit bull attacks. Since attacking pit bulls are not going away, it's time to take action in the other direction.

Breed Specific Legislation got shot down in Maryland, and look where it got them. A non-threatening, innocent, harmless, 8-month-old baby is dead because a small population of pit bull owners could not accept that their breed is "inherently dangerous." That term is not meant to be offensive, insulting, or harmful. It is merely fact, and putting measures in place to keep everyone safe is not up for debate.

Hopefully, this time, Maryland will get it right. Do not pay attention to the shrill pit bull fur mommies, and their wails about how unfair it is. They are not victims, they are the perpetrators.

I do hope that Maryland is successful for another reason. I hope that it starts a trend, and it spreads across America. I am tired of living under the threat of pit bulls everywhere I go. I have to be armed to protect myself, and hope that it will be enough. I'm tired of living this way. I should not have to. What happened to my rights to freely walk without the fear of an attack? I might as well live in a war zone.

jo said...

Ban em!!!!