Saturday, April 29, 2017

BIOLA, FRESNO COUNTY CA - A HEARING WAS HELD AND A DECISION WILL BE MADE WITHIN 2 WEEKS ON THE FATE OF DOGS SUSPECTED IN THE TWO SEPARATE MAULING DEATHS IN 2016 OF VALENTE LOPEZ AGUIRRE AND ROBERT LEE SIMONIAN

Friday, April 28, 2017

NAPIER, HAWK'S BAY NZ - SWEET LITTLE "SCALLYWAG" WAS TAKING HIS USUAL WALK WITH HIS ELDERLY OWNER IN ANDERSON PARK WHEN A "RESPONSIBLE PIT OWNER" LET HIS MEAT GRINDER GO AND CHEWED HIS FACE OFF!!!

DOG ATTACK: Scallywag was on his daily walk in Anderson Park when he was attacked by a dog and left with severe injuries which led to him being euthanised. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
An elderly woman has had to have her dog put down after he was severely injured by another dog while she was walking him in Anderson Park last month.
Scallywag was a "beautiful" crossbreed dog, made up of shi tzu, bichon frise and chihuahua, who had played in the Napier park every day for three years, says his owner, who did not want to be named.
She said she was walking Scallywag in the park at about midday on Friday, March 31 when she noticed a man with a dog "straining at the leash" loitering near her.
"I'm pretty sure he let the dog go because it came running over and nearly knocked me over to get to Scallywag. I think he was using my dog as bait."
A neighbour said she heard loud shouting coming from the park at the time of the attack and saw a man on his hands and knees screaming "Let go! Let go!" to a dog. The neighbour, who did not want to be named either, said she saw only the back of the man as he was running away, but said he had dark hair pulled up into a ponytail and was wearing cream-coloured clothing.
"By the time I crossed the road he had got his dog off the other dog, put his collar on and ran away, leaving this poor woman alone.
"She had blood all over her hands and the dog's lower jaw was just hanging in ribbons. I took a tissue and held what little was left of his jaw up. I've never seen anything like it. It was hideous."
Taradale Vet Hospital veterinarian Dr Linda Welch dealt with Scallywag when he was first admitted to the clinic on March 31 and confirmed he had sustained "severe" injuries in the attack, including a fractured jaw and severe soft tissue damage around the face.
After two operations spanning one week it was clear Scallywag's condition would not allow him to eat and the decision was made by his owner to put him down, Dr Welch said.
A Napier City Council spokesperson said Animal Control was on the scene "within minutes" of the attack and searched the park and surrounding area for the young man responsible or his dog.
"We believe it was a  PIT BULL OR CROSSBREED  and although there were others in the park that morning, nobody we asked had seen the man or his animal.
"Since then, we've been back to the park at about the same time, on other mornings, in case this is a regular dog walking route for this dog owner but again there has been no sign."
The council acknowledged Scallywag's owner had been through a "deeply traumatic experience" and added the Animal Control team was in touch with her and had also spent time visiting her.
"She's expressed interest in adopting a dog from us and we've got one in mind that might be suitable and are talking to her about this too."
Since the attack, a Givealittle page has been set up to help Scallywag's owner pay for the $3000 vet bill.
She said she misses him.
"He was very beautiful. I miss him dearly. We used to go to Anderson Park every day to go for a walk. That's where he met all his mates."
According to the Napier City Council's 2015/2016 Annual Dog Control Report the number of dogs classified as "menacing" has risen from 124 to 198.
The report also said the number of dog attacks on animals or poultry had dropped from 77 to 69, and the number of dog attacks on people had fallen from 43 to 29.
The council is running a campaign, Take The Lead, that offers free neutering, microchipping and registration to classified breeds.
"NCC Animal Control makes every effort to manage dangerous dogs but there are always unknowns - such as owners of classified breeds flouting the act and not desexing, registering or muzzling their animals as they should," the spokesperson said.
Dr Welch said although it was not uncommon to deal with dog-attack cases, vets only occasionally had to put dogs down because of their injuries.
"They need to be pretty bad to be euthanised and that was the best decision for Scallywag."
Those wishing to help with Scallywag's vet bill can donate at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/tohelppaythevetsfeesforscallywag.

ATLANTA GA - CITY LEADERS AND EMERGENCY CREWS CELEBRATE PIT BULL ATTACK SURVIVOR SYRAI SANDERS, 5, AS THEY ALSO REMEMBER HER FRIEND LOGAN BRAATZ WHO WAS FATALLY MAULED ON THAT MORNING THEY WERE WALKING TO THE SCHOOL BUS STOP


Syrai Sanders is all smiles Friday as city leaders and emergency crews celebrate her just months after a devastating dog attack.
That attack in January left the 5-year-old seriously injured and killed her friend, Logan Braatz.
The little girl who survived a vicious dog attack in January was the center of attention at a party just for her. It was a homecoming for the survivor hosted by community leaders.
Syrai Sanders’s mother, Jeresha Williams said her little girl knows she made it. “Like she understands the extent of everything that happened.”
Gauze wrapped around her head is the reminder of the pit bull attack she and others suffered while walking to the school bus stop on Gideons Drive in Southwest Atlanta in January.
Her friend, Logan Braatz died from the attack. Syrai’s mother said her daughter still asks, “Momma, how come I made it and Logan didn’t? And it was kind of hard for me to try to explain.”
Syrai’s family said prayers have delivered them this far. Grandmother Sabrina Williams said she asks those who pray for Syrai, “I always tell them when you’re praying for her also pray for Logan and his family as well because he’s in God’s hands.”
The family said doctors thought her hospital stay would be a year, but Syrai kept proving them wrong. She was back home in early March.
At first she was too nervous to talk to Channel 2's Wendy Corona, until she offered her to  hold the microphone. Syrai told Corona she was feeling good and happy to be back home.
The celebration at the Rosel Fann Recreation Center in Southeast Atlanta was an opportunity for Syrai’s wide circle of support to come together. 
Atlanta Police Department Chief Erika Shields said the day of the attack, Jan. 17 was hard on everyone. Shields said, to see her now, “just helps alleviate some of the pain from the whole incident.”
Syrai’s father, Willie Sanders was overwhelmed with the support and shared his view on his brave 5-year-old. “I feel like she’s so inspiring to a lot of people.”
Syrai will turn 6-years-old on May 22, the same day she will take part in her kindergarten graduation ceremony.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/girl-who-survived-dog-attack-celebrated-by-emergency-crews/517258288


NASHVILLE TN - A COUPLE IS FILING A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DOG SPOT DAYCARE AFTER THEIR CHIHUAHUA WAS FATALLY MAULED BY A LARGER DOG

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mid-state dog owner's pet was violently attacked at an east Nashville dog daycare and later died from its injuries.
Rachel and Matt Waldrop left their two Chihuahuas at The Dog Spot in East Nashville before going on vacation.

“I thought I was leaving them at a safe place. The front desk staff was polite every time we came in we never had an incident,” Rachel said.

The couple’s dogs have stayed at the east Nashville location in pre

I didn't want to ask friends to keep the dogs. I didn't want to bother anyone else with it If they're not used to them, so I said I'll board them,” she said.

On their second day in Utah, a manager called, telling the couple the one-and-a-half-year-old Chihuahua named Hall was rushed to the vet after getting into an incident with a larger dog.


“There was a lot of internal blood loss, that there were a lot of or fractured if not broken ribs, three major punctured wounds,” she said.

Rachel said the manager also told her the dogs had not been separated by size but by temperament.

The facility’s website explains how animals are supervised stating, “Although we separate dogs by size, temperament and personality, each play area has its own supervisor trained in canine behavior to help insure there are no turf wars.”

But in the Waldrop’s case, Hall died from its injuries.

“She just didn't make it so we allowed them to stop doing CPR and she died,” she said.

In a statement to NewsChannel 5, the Dog Spot said staff at the facility were heartbroken.

“What happened was a tragic freak accident. We are carefully evaluating all of our procedures to see if there's room for improvement."

Waldrop says she wishes she had researched the place more and advises others do the same in the future. She wants the facility to separate dogs by size more.

“I thought just glancing at the number of stars would be sufficient. That was very naïve of me. I should have dug deeper under multiple sites that had reviews,”

Rachel plans to adopt another dog in the future to accompany her other Chihuahua.
Even though she was smaller than him she was the tough one. She was the fighter. We're working through his anxiety issues right now,” she said.
The couple is demanding that the larger dog be turned over to Metro Animal Control. They have filed a lawsuit against the facility after the incident.

GRAND RAPIDS, KENT COUNTY MI - A POSTAL WORKER WAS ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS THAT "SOMEHOW" ESCAPED THEIR FENCE LEAVING HER WITH A BROKEN ARM, HAND AND FACIAL INJURIES

(WOOD) — The cliché about the battle between dogs and postal workers became a frightening reality for a woman Friday who was hospitalized after an attack by TWO PIT BULLS. And as more people rely on online shopping delivered by parcel post, the frequency of attacks is on the rise.
Dog attacks on postal workers in the U.S. rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in three decades, according to a report issued this month by the United States Postal Service.
In Michigan, there was a 12 percent increase in attacks on mail carriers, according to USPS statistics.
And Friday, a woman working for the Grand Rapids Post Office became a terrifying part of that story.
The attack came around 9:41 a.m. as the mail carrier made her rounds in the 200 block of Garfield Avenue SW, according to Grand Rapids police.
The two dogs escaped a fenced-in yard and mauled her before the owner secured the dogs, police say.
Blood could be seen on the side of a vehicle where she was attacked, according to a coworker who talked to 24 Hour news 8, but wanted to remain anonymous.
“I know her hand’s bitten up really bad, her arm’s bitten up pretty good, maybe her chin.”
The dogs were confiscated by Kent County Animal Control.
“They’ve been identified as AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIERS,” said Steve Kelso, spokesperson Kent County Health Department.
The woman was out of surgery Friday night with a broken arm, multiple stitches and may need surgery on her face, police said.
The dogs are in the custody of the county as they investigate. The owners are described as cooperative, but could face prosecution.
“Yes, there’s any variety of fines and fees and court time. It’s an actual criminal matter. Our animal control officers are law enforcement officials,” Kelso said.
It’s a problem that has postal carriers living in fear and USPS is working to address.
“We go up to those houses and I’m afraid my life is going to change sometimes,” said the postal worker. “It’s a pretty common thing, it happens quite a bit.”
He said the attacks are terrifying.
“I’m a big boy, I’m 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and I can’t defend myself, maybe against one, but if there’s two, it’s really scary,” he said. “I’ve been attacked at least seven, eight times.”
The post office has an app called Trip Hazards on handheld devices to help warn carriers of mean dogs.
In extreme cases, residents are told to pick up mail at a post office unless the dog is controlled.
The postal worker thinks there needs to be stiffer laws and registration for dogs used for protection.
“People’s lives change every day because of these mean dogs.”
Around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year by an estimated nearly 80 million dogs living in U.S. homes — about half of those bitten are children.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, LEHIGH COUNTY PA - A PIT BULL/BOXER MIX FATALLY MAULED ITS OWNER ON THE REAR DECK OF HER HOME



Lisa Green Obituary

UPDATE:  http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-state-dangerous-dog-registry-20170503-story.html

UPDATE: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?n=lisa-green&pid=185254972&fhid=9612


UPDATE:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-upper-macungie-fatal-dog-attack-slatington-chief-20170428-story.html

An Upper Macungie Township woman was mauled to death by her dog Thursday afternoon on the rear deck of her home, despite the attempts of neighbors to draw the dog away, police and witnesses said.

Lisa Green, 32, of the 900 block of Spring White Drive, bled badly on the scene, neighbors said. She was taken by Cetronia Ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where she was pronounced dead.

Loretta Ottinger, Green's next-door neighbor, tried to stop the attack by the 3 1/2-year-old  PIT BULL/BOXER MIX, first by hitting it with a hambone and leaving the ham, and then by hitting the dog with a stick, but the mauling continued.
Witnesses then found another neighbor, off-duty Slatington police Chief David Rachman, who rushed over and fired his handgun twice, wounding the dog once in the leg and ending the attack.
Lisa Green was killed on the deck of her home (above) Thursday by her 3-year-old dog Leon 

Pennsylvania Dog Warden Orlando Aguire had the 3 1/2-year-old pit bull-boxer mix tranquilized and took custody of the animal. The dog was taken to the Lehigh County Humane Society where, Aguire said, it will be put to death.

The dog also will be tested in an attempt to help determine what touched off the violence.
Green had the dog, named Leon, for about 2 1/2 years, Ottinger said.
Police were dispatched to Green's home about 1:30 p.m. on a report of a dog attacking a woman. The attack was still happening when Upper Macungie officers arrived, township police Chief Edgardo Colon said.
Officers approached and secured the dog, he said. Paramedics treated the woman before she was taken to the hospital.

The case remains under investigation by Upper Macungie police, the Lehigh County coroner's office and the dog warden.

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-upper-macungie-dog-attack-20170427-story.html

2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 9  (4 children - 5 adults)

PIT BULL - 5
PIT BULL/BOXER MIX - 1
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
2 ENGLISH MASTIFFS - 1 

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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 pit bull 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) 2-28 VALENTIN HERRERA - 76 -  LINCOLN HEIGHTS CA - He was mauled by 2 pit bulls on February 2 while walking his small dog Dodger - Dodger was killed - He was knocked down during the attack and could have further received head injuries .......

6) 3-23 JASE PATRICK FOHS -  8-MONTHS - 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.

7) 4-6  CECILLE SHORT - 82 -  AND HER LITTLE DOG - OKLAHOMA CITY OK - Cecille was taking her pet dog for a walk when they were attacked by 2 large pit bulls - A passerby in a car saw the attack and called 911 - Police arrived and shot one and hit the other with their vehicle because they could not get out of their vehicle but it was too late for the victims!!!  Witnesses describe the elderly woman as being almost decapitated.

8) 4-26  MAURICE BROWN - 60 - DAYTON OH - Neighbor's heard screaming and crying for help after 4am and dogs barking and began calling 911 - Police arrived and had to shoot a pit bull that apparently broke free from a chain in a backyard and attacked the man - 4 dogs were taken from the property.

9) 4-27 LISA GREEN - 32 - UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP PA - Neighbors heard the woman being attacked by her 3 1/2-year-old male pit bull/boxer mix on the rear deck of her home - They offered the dog ham and it didn't stop the attack - They hit it with a stick and it crunched the stick - Then an off-duty police chief  who lived nearby was called and he shot the dog in its leg and that finally stopped the attack but the woman had suffered great blood loss and was pronounced dead at the hospital - It was reported that she had had the dog for 2 1/2 years - Neighbors reported that the dog was biting on her neck. 


NON-BITE DOG RELATED DEATH

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.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GROESBECK, LIMESTONE COUNTY TX - A 6-MONTH-OLD BABY WAS ATTACKED IN THE FACE BY A PIT BULL AND WAS FLOWN TO SCOTT AND WHITE IN TEMPLE

A 6-month-old is recovering in the hospital from a dog bite. 
According to the Limestone Sheriff's Office, the child was bit in the face by a PIT BULL
The call came into the sheriff's office at 1:48 p.m. 
The child was taken to the Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and then flown to Scott and White in Temple. 

CLEVELAND OH - MORE PIT BULL DRAMA IN CLEVELAND AS ANOTHER PIT OWNER IS ATTACKED BY HIS PIT




A Cleveland man is in serious condition after he was attacked by his own dog Tuesday night. 
Officers were called about 8 p.m. to a home in the 5100 block of Hamm Avenue after a man was attacked by his pit bull, according to a Cleveland police news release. 
When police arrived on the scene, the wife of the man who was being attacked, Ethel Taylor, had blood splattered across her shirt.
She told police that the dog "attacked my husband and you need to kill that dog."
Taylor said she went to take a bath when she heard dogs barking in front of her house. She followed the noise to discover that her husband, Cedric Gardner, was being attacked by their  PIT BULL.
Gardner told his wife to grab the gun but she couldn't find it.  Taylor went to the kitchen and found the biggest knife she could find and started to stab the dog repeatedly, according to a news release.  Taylor pulled out her taser after stabbing the dog didn't work.
The dog let go of Gardner and retreated to the back of a pickup truck that was parked on the street.
Taylor and Gardner were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Gardner suffered a puncture wound above his left nipple and also had bites on his arms and legs. Taylor had bites on her right lower leg and fingers.
Cleveland Animal Control confiscated the dog to be euthanized.
In a separate incident, two men were also attacked by a dog at 8:27 p.m. Tuesday.
The victims were a 79-year-old man and a 30-year-old man.
Cleveland Animal Control responded to 7102 Linwood Avenue and confiscated the dog.
The victims were taken to University Hospitals for treatment.

DAYTON OH - MULTIPLE PIT BULL ATTACKS IN THE CITY THIS WEEK HAVE LEFT 5 PEOPLE INJURED INCLUDING A MAN MAULED TO DEATH

 The family dog 
Dayton reports show the first dog attack was reported on April 23. 
Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of North Main Street for an animal complaint. The homeowner told officers her daughter was bitten by a  PIT BULL MIX  dog. 
The victim was transported to Grandview Medical Center for treatment. 
“(The homeowner) stated she wanted the animal taken away due to this not being the first time to have happened,” wrote Dayton Police Officer Justin Ellis. 
Police contacted animal resources and requested the agency pick up the dog which was locked in a room. 
Fatal attack
Two days later, city officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Middle Street in response for a report about a man yelling for help and dogs barking around 5:15 a.m. on April 25. 
When officers arrived, a  PIT BULL  was attacking 60-year-old Maurice Brown, according to police. 
The dog mauled Brown to death. Officers shot and killed the dog, according to police. five
Terra
Less than 24 hours after Brown was killed, officers were dispatched to 1414 Leo St. around 5:13 p.m. for an animal complaint. 
The victim told officers he was walking in the alley next to 1418 Lamar St. When he reached the front yard of the house a brown  PIT BULL  with a white chest started barking at him. A few seconds later the pit bull jumped over the fence and attacked him before jumping back into the yard.
The victim had bite injuries on his left upper thigh and lower right leg.
Medics transported the victim to Grandview Medical Center were he received stitches in his lower right leg.
The unnamed victim told police the dog grabbed him, shook its head a few times, causing him to fall on his knees. The dog also scratched his back. 
Officers later responded to the 1400 block of  Lamar Street to contact the dog’s owner. 
A man at the home told officers the dog that attacked the victim is Terra— a 2-year-old who recently had puppies. 
The man at the home told officers he didn’t own Terra, but he allowed her in the front yard while he did yard work. He typically allows the dogs in the back yard where there is a privacy fence.
Officers told Hamilton the dog had to be quarantined for 10 days.
Coco
Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of  East Third Street for an animal complaint.
The victim told police that around 5:30 p.m. he was in a back yard located in the 2800 block of East Third Street pulling weeds from the fence line. He was outside the fence near the alley when  two dogs  he recognized approached him. 
“The dogs he stated began to ‘rile each other up’ by barking at him until the brown and white dog bit him on the left leg above the ankle.”
Police later identified the brown and white dog as Coco. The other dog was identified as Bella . 
After biting the victim, the dogs left the area. 
Police reported the victim had a small laceration above his left ankle. 
The victim reported he planned to go to the hospital. 
Officers drove to the address where the dogs live and spoke with the owner Alexander Elizarars. The owner told police the dogs recently escaped from the back yard, but had since been secured and the fence had been fixed. 
Police told Elizarars to quarantine Coco for 10 days until an Animal Resource Center advocate could respond to the scene. 
Bella
Dayton police were dispatched to the 2800 bock of East Third Street at 6:05 p.m. for an animal complaint. 
The victim told police she was attacked by a dark brown PIT BULL in the alley behind her home. She said the dog and another lighter brown pit bull escaped from their yard and were running lose in the alley. 
“She state that the dark brown dog bit her one time above her left ankle,” Dayton Police Officer Scottie Fero wrote. “I observed two puncture wound above her left ankle.”
Officers went to Elizararas’s home again. 
The owner said the dark brown pit bull, Bella, is between ages 4 and 5 and weighs about 50 pounds. 
Officers told Elizararas Bella, in addition to Coco, would also be under quarantine.