Tuesday, May 30, 2017

ABINGTON TOWNSHIP PA - 2 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" ESCAPED THEIR FENCE TO ATTACK DOGS BEING WALKED BY A MAN...WHEN THE OWNER CAME OUT TO TRY AND CONTROL HER PITS ONE OF THEM CHOMPED DOWN ON HER!



TWO PIT BULLS were euthanized after one of them attacked its owner and the other attacked people who were trying to help her, according to police.

The incident began Tuesday around 1:20 p.m. as a man was walking his dogs on the 1200 block of Thompson Road in Roslyn, Pennsylvania. Police say two pit bulls escaped from a fenced yard and began attacking the man’s dogs.

The owners of the pit bulls, including a 19-year-old woman, ran over to stop the attack. As the woman tried to control her pit bulls, one of them latched its jaws onto her arm. A Good Samaritan then tried to get the dog off of the woman’s arm by using a 2x4 piece of wood.

"At one point the guy was trying to hit the dog, beat the dog," Lisa Hollars, a neighbor, told NBC10.

Police say the other pit bull also charged at other people who were trying to help the woman.

A responding police officer took out a weapon and opened fire on the pit bull that was attacking the woman, striking the dog twice. The woman was able to break free from the dog and police captured both animals.

An Abington Township Animal Control Officer euthanized both dogs with the owner’s permission. The owner was treated at Abington Hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

"I saw one gash she had right here," Hollars said. "A big gash on one arm. The other arm I couldn't see because her sweatshirt was still down. The other guys were putting tourniquets above the wound to make sure because we didn't know how much blood was coming out." 
Abington Police and the Montgomery County Department of Health are investigating the incident.


http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/abington-woman-wounded-in-pit-bull-attack-20170530.html

Sunday, May 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH PA - AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS REPORTEDLY BITTEN MULTIPLE TIMES ON HIS LEGS BY A PIT BULL


NORTH SIDE (KDKA) — A child was bitten multiple times by a dog on Pittsburgh’s North Side early Sunday afternoon.  It happened around 1 p.m. in the 2400-block of Brighton Road.

An 11-year-old boy was reportedly bitten multiple times on the legs by a  PIT BULL. He was transported to a local hospital via ambulance. His condition is unknown.
The pit bull was found a few minutes later in the 2400-block of Ridgeland Place, behind Brighton Road. Animal Control was called to the scene.
The dog will be in quarantine for 10 days. There were no shot records available for the pit bull.

JEFFERSON COUNTY AL - DEPUTY RICK LINDLEY WAS ATTACKED BY 2 LARGE DOGS WHILE CHECKING ON A TEEN AT A HOME NEAR CENTER POINT...AFTER BEING TREATED AND RELEASED FROM A HOSPITAL THE BELOVED FORMER U.S. ARMY GREEN BERET DEVELOPED AN INFECTION AND HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AGAIN



A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy is in the hospital after he was attacked by dogs while on duty.


The attack happened Wednesday in the 100 block of 16th Terrace N.E., said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. The deputy, identified by multiple Facebook posts asking for prayers as  Deputy Ric Lindley,  was sent to a home there to check on the welfare of a teen who had skipped school. The mother told deputies she had dropped her son off at school, but had seen him return home on a security camera.
Lindley knocked on the front door, but there was no answer. He went to the back of the home where he encountered TWO LARGE DOGS  who attacked him, Christian said Sunday. He suffered bites to his legs and arms. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The dogs were taken to be tested for rabies.
On Saturday, Lindley was admitted to the hospital again after developing an infection with a fever as high as 103. According to Facebook posts by family, he is expected to remain hospitalized for four to five days and an infectious disease specialist has been called in to evaluate the deputy.
Just two years ago, Lindley captured hearts across the U.S. when he was photographed holding a baby girl following a traffic crash on Interstate 20 near Leeds.
Within hours, the photo was shared thousands of times on social media, and made its way all the way to Hawaii. The photo reached more than 561,000 people on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page alone, not counting Twitter.
The former U.S. Army Green Beret said at the time he didn't understand the fuss. "I'm just a man. I'm not better or worse than anyone else,'' he told AL.com. "I'm just a Dad and a grandfather. That's about it."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

DURANGO CO - A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY WENT OUTSIDE TO LOOK FOR A WATER BOTTLE AND STOPPED TO PET HIS NEIGHBOR'S AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER...THEN THE PIT HE KNEW WELL AND GREW UP WITH CHILDREN LUNGED FOR HIS FACE!!!

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It was like living in a nightmare for Tim Benge when he heard commotion outside his home and opened the door to find his 9-year-old son, Keaton Hankins-Benge, covered in blood with his head in his hands.
Benge, a single father, had sent his son outside to look for a misplaced water bottle when Keaton wandered into the neighbor’s yard and started petting their dog, an AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER. Benge wasn’t around for what happened next, but the dog’s owner was.
Seemingly out of nowhere and without incitement, the dog lunged at Keaton’s face. The owner was able to grab the dog but was in hysterics, according to Benge.
“This is a dog my son has known since it was a puppy. It was completely unexpected because they play together every day,” he said.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at the Lilly Belle mobile home park near Elmore’s Corner. Benge immediately called 911 and his son was rushed to nearby Mercy Regional Medical Center.  After one look at Keaton, the staff at Mercy called Dr. Ryan Naffziger of Animas Plastic Surgery.
Keaton’s surgery that afternoon took about three hours, during which Naffziger stabilized him and prepared him for further reconstructive surgery. Benge said after the first surgery, he could recognize his son again.
On Tuesday, skin was grafted from his abdomen to cover a large hole in his right cheek. He spent an additional day in the hospital before returning home Wednesday afternoon.
Keaton, a third-grade student at Florida Mesa Elementary, is making a remarkable recovery and handles the pain with Advil because he doesn’t like the way narcotics make him feel, Benge said. The day after his first surgery, he was up and searching the hospital for a grilled-cheese sandwich.
Benge said his son loves to skateboard and plays for the Southwest Colorado youth football and baseball teams. After the attack, the entire baseball team visited Keaton at the hospital with handmade cards and gifts.
Benge said he wants to recognize the doctors and nurses at Mercy who tended to his son.
“I want to shout from the mountains how wonderful the staff are at Mercy. They saved my son’s face and treated him as if he was their own child. I cannot emphasize enough the amazing care and professionalism there,” he said.
The dog’s owners, who are close friends with Benge and his son, surrendered the dog to animal control and agreed to have it euthanized.
Benge said he harbors no ill will against his neighbors and has no intention to seek charges. He declined to name them.
“We are not blaming them for what happened because it was an accident. I spoke briefly with an attorney, but we both agreed it wasn’t beneficial to be punitive. They love my son just as much as I do,” he said.
La Plata County Animal Control refused to comment on the status of the dog, but Benge said it will be quarantined for 10 days before being put down.
gofundme account was created to help pay for Keaton’s medical bills.
“I don’t like to ask for help, but Keaton’s baseball coach, Brian Beal, suggested we set one up. It will help pay for all the aftercare and surgeries Keaton will need in the future. I don’t want him to be stuck with expensive medical bills later in life,” Benge said.

HOT SPRINGS AR - GAIGE REYNOLDS, 15, OFTEN WALKS IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND WAS SURPRISED WHEN 3 DOGS CHARGED OUT ON HIM AND HE WAS BITTEN BY ONE OF THEM... A PIT BULL

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A terrifying moment for a 15-year old hot springs teenager as three dogs approached him on the street - one attacking him - leaving scars.

On a normal day after school, Gaige Reynolds says he often spends time walking on Summer Street in his Hot Springs neighborhood. He didn't expect what happened one Monday afternoon. "All of a sudden the 3 dogs came out," Reynolds says.

He says one of the dogs - identified as a PIT BULL OR MIXED BREED - by Hot Springs Animal Control - bit him from behind. "I panicked. He came up and started peeling at my pants at the bottom, and i tried to get it off me," says Reynolds. That's when the dog jumped up and bit the 15-year-old on his arm -leaving scars.

Hot Springs Animal Services confirmed they did respond to a home on Summer Street. "We began trying to contact the people at the residence, we couldn't get anybody to come to the door," says

Once they found the dog's owner  - he says they cited them for failure to provide the proper paperwork.  We were able to locate the person who lived at the address today in court and issued a citation for failure to quarantine, no rabies vaccination, no city license," he says.

Animal Services says they did confirm the dog was responsible - also issuing citations for the dog not being restrained at the time of the attack.

Now, Reynolds hopes it doesn't happen again anytime soon. "Honestly, I don't think that dog should be on the street, around children, because i think it will attack somebody else."

The dog is still with the owner. The owner of the dog is due in court on June 6th.

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/police-dog-attacks-15-year-old/723585221


DETROIT MI - 2 BROTHERS WERE DROPPED OFF AT SCHOOL EARLY AND DECIDED TO WALK TO A STORE...BUT THIS IS DETROIT...THE DOG CAPITAL OF THE U.S...THEY WERE CHASED BY A DOG AND JUMPED A FENCE TO GET AWAY AND WERE THEN MAULED BY 2 PIT BULLS!




 - Two brothers who were being attacked by dogs Friday morning in Detroit were rescued by two Good Samaritans. The 10- and 12-year-old boys are being treated for the injuries but are expected to recover. One is in stable condition and other is in temporary serious condition.
The brothers had been dropped off at King Academy for the day but left school grounds, wanting to go to a party store. While they were walking a dog began chasing them and they hopped an 8-foot fence to get away. On the other side of the fence, though, were two dogs who we're told began to attack the boys immediately.
Elgin Harris had just gotten off work at the Motor City Casino when he heard a little girl screaming in the area of Strathmoore Street and Puritan Avenue, which is near Hubbell Avenue. He asked what's wrong, and she told him the dogs were attacking.
"Instantly, I just stopped thinking and took my shirt off and hopped over there and tried to help," he says. "I was throwing stuff at the dog. The dog let go and I grabbed the boy that was hurt the most, grabbed him by his arm and his pants and I picked him up over the fence and gave him to the medic."
After Harris got the one boy free and in the hands of medics, police showed up. A Detroit police officer immediately jumped the fence as he saw both dogs mauling the remaining brother. He fired a shot to distract the dogs and then, ultimately, shot and killed both dogs to rescue the boy.
Harris says he never thought about himself; he only wanted to help.
"This little boy, he could be somebody's future president, business owner. So I just hopped in there thinking for the little kids," Harris says.
A second Good Samaritan did help Harris, but FOX 2 did not get a comment from him.
Both boys, who have not yet been named, are expected to be okay. Harris wasn't injured at all in the rescue except for a few scratches.
Also on Friday, in Grand Rapids, Mich., a 3-week-old child who was left alone in a house with three dogs was attacked and killed by one of the animals. You can read more about that here

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/257142824-story

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Detroit police had to kill TWO PIT BULLS  Friday morning after they attacked 10- and 12-year olds walking to the store before school.  The boys were taken to Children's Hospital. One was in serious condition while the other was in stable condition.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said the incident happened around 8:20 a.m., near Puritan on the city's west side, and the dogs had to be put down after advancing in a menacing fashion four different times.

"Early this morning, two brothers were dropped off at school by their mom down the street from where this incident happened,'' said Woody. "They decided they were going to walk to the store. As they're walking to the store, they are chased by a stray dog. They figured the only way to escape the dog is to jump into this fenced yard, which appears to be an abandoned liquor store. They are then attacked by two pit bulls that were in the yard.''

Officers arrived on the scene to find the dogs mauling the two boys.  Woody said police fired shots into the ground to scare the dogs away.  They run away and the officer starts moving towards the kids.

"The dogs come back and they fire a second round into the ground. The dogs run away and the officer gets to the kids," he said. "The third time, the dogs are advancing again. The officer draws his weapon and fires two rounds at each animal. Neither one goes down, but they do back off. The officer was able to get the children to the fence when the dogs started advancing for a fourth time."

After that, he said, the officer shot both dogs.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/05/26/pit-bulls-boys-mauled/348455001/


http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/05/26/dog-attack-in-detroit/



Friday, May 26, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, KENT COUNTY MI - A 3-WEEK-OLD INFANT, SUSANNAH JEAN MURRAY, WAS KILLED BY A PIT BULL IN A HOME


It happened around 6 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 1100 block of Kalamazoo Avenue SE.
Sgt. Terry Dixon with the Grand Rapids Police Department said the baby was left alone in a glider, similar to a bouncer, while several adults were on the porch. One of the adults went to check on the infant after approximately five minutes and noticed she had been bitten, Dixon said.
A PIT BULL  was near the child with blood around its mouth, detectives said.
Police say they were notified about the situation at 2 a.m. Friday by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where the baby had been taken. The infant underwent emergency surgery but died Friday morning, officers say.
An autopsy on the baby girl showed her injuries were consistent with a dog bite.
“This is a very, very tragic situation,” said Dixon.
“This is a horrible tragedy and serves as a critical reminder to never leave a child unattended around a dog or dogs or cats. Always keep a watchful eye on vulnerable youth, and that’s what makes this difficult to report on,” he later added during a Friday afternoon news conference.
Two other dogs were also in the house but not nearby, according to Dixon. He said the three dogs were not confined to an area in the house.
The dogs were taken to Kent County Animal Shelter where they are under quarantine. All three are pit bulls, GRPD confirmed.
“I don’t think you, just the breed of a pit bull by itself is not enough to condemn it. Any dog can bite,” Dixon said.
At least one other child lives at the home, Dixon said. Child Protective Services has been notified of the situation and is investigating, he said.
GRPD said no one has been charged in the case, but officers will sit down with the prosecutor’s office to determine if charges are warranted.
Officers are not releasing names of the infant or those involved in the case at this time.

http://woodtv.com/2017/05/26/grpd-3-week-old-infant-killed-in-dog-attack/

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/grand-rapids-south/dog-attacks-kills-3-week-old-baby/443230948

http://fox17online.com/2017/05/26/police-infant-dies-in-apparent-dog-attack-in-se-grand-rapids/

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/05/pit_bull_alone_with_infant_5_m.html



2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 14  (6 children - 8 adults)


PIT BULL - 7
PIT BULL/BOXER MIX - 1
BOERBOEL - 1
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
2 ENGLISH MASTIFFS - 1 
UNIDENTIFIED BREED DOGS - 1
MIXED BREED DOG - 1 (Redding CT)

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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. 

10) 5-1  JANE MARIE EGLE - 59- ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE CO NC - A call was made to 911 about an aggressive dog and when deputies arrived they found Jane Egle unconscious and appeared to have animal bites - the aggressive dog would not let anyone inside the home - They finally subdued the animal and it was reported it died - Seven dogs were taken from the home - 6 Boerboels and 1 Great Pyrenees - According to a relative, her Facebook and Instagram she bred these very large aggressive dogs for sale - Behavior analysts evaluated the dogs and recommended they be put down due to their aggressiveness - But the Great Pyrenees will not be put down and it was determined it was not a threat to society. 

11) PENDING - 5-7-  JAMES DERLE PATTERSON - 63 - JACKSONS' GAP TALLAPOOSA COUNTY AL-  Patterson was riding a small gas-powered scooter about a mile from his home on Alf Road- A caller reported the incident at 4:13pm that "dogs" had attacked a man - He was found unresponsive with wounds consistent with a dog attack and was pronounced dead at 5:37pm -  He was found about 15 yards from where his scooter was found..... in the road - The road is a dead end and located in a rural secluded area - There were "beware of dog" signs posted on the property - The breed or breeds of the dogs have not been identified. 

12) 5-8  KAMIKO DAO TSUDA-SAELEE - 6 MO OLD GIRL - LAS VEGAS NV - First Responders were called to a home around 1pm where a 6-month-old baby was fatally mauled by the family's pit bull they had had for 9 years -  The mother was home with the baby and it was reported that she went to the bathroom and left the baby in her walker with the dog - when she returned the pit was attacking the baby and she got it off but it was too late - The child was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

13) 5-12 - SANDRA KAISER - 71 - REDDING CT - She was attacked by her own dog at her home - The breed is said to be a "Mixed Breed" and it was a "Rescue Dog" that had been living at that home for about 6 years -  An autopsy was to be conducted...not much information on this one.

14) 5-28 - SUSANNAH JEAN MURRAY- 3 WEEKS - GRAND RAPIDS MI - The infant was left inside a home sleeping with 3 pit bulls free to roam the house on the late afternoon of Thursday May 27 - An adult went inside to check on the child after a reportedly 5 minutes and found the child bitten on the head with one of the pit bulls near her with blood on its mouth - The baby underwent surgery but died on the early morning of Friday 28.




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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.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

YANKTON SD - ON THE NIGHT OF APRIL 25 "TWO DOGS" WENT ON A KILLING SPREE AT A FARM OUTSIDE OF YANKTON KILLING 30 CHICKENS AND MAULING 3 MINIATURE PONIES


On April 25th,, it was a night of blood, gnashing teeth and fear at a farm just outside of Yankton.

Lisa Brasel says two dogs went wild killing and injuring her animals. Brasel rushed to a pen where two dogs killed 30 chickens and attacked 3 of her miniature ponies.

“I shot one of the dogs and the other ran off,” she said.

Once the threat was over reality set in and Lisa says her heart sank.

“At first I couldn’t find Oakley. I found him inside the shed. He was hiding in the corner and he was really bad, he was coated in blood, and his face was hanging off him and Haley’s nose was hanging off.”

Lisa says the only word she can think of to describe that night was a massacre. She knew she had to act fast to save Haley, Oakley and Blessing.

“They were in shock they were trying to lay down, and I knew if they laid down they were going to die.”

They rushed the horses to Carlson Veterinary Hospital in Sioux City.

“When we got to Sioux City he had the stall heaters going he had IV’s ready for them. He was all set for them. He saved their lives,” said Brasel.

The ponies are on the mend, but part of the nightmare continues, and a different kind of danger looms over Lisa and her ponies. She says she received death threats from 5 different people.  "They were upset that I killed one of their dogs, I would never have touched that dog if it wasn't killing my animals." 

And it’s not as if Lisa isn’t schooled in when a dog can be a danger, or not, she’s actually an animal control officer for the city of Yankton.

“I deal with lots of different types of dogs but I know when dogs are pack hunting like those two that’s the most dangerous kind there is. You don’t mess with them.”

In fact Lisa is a dog lover, just ask Willow who was getting attention during our interview. Friend Tiffany Kyte says she has watched Lisa go the extra mile to find a home for an abandoned pit bull.

“She's an awesome person, her heart is totally mush when it comes to animals,” said Kyte.
That heart was doubly mush about Oakley. This little guy has already seen enough tragedy in his life. He was rescued from the flooding in Louisiana. Some ponies didn’t make it that day, including his mother.

“He has to be saved from a flood to come to South Dakota to be attacked by dogs, said Brasel. “That is not the life I wanted for him, he is supposed to be at rest here. He has scars but we can handle scars, we are just glad he didn’t die.”

Brasel wants the owners of the dogs to pay for the vet bills. But because of the death threats she realizes that won’t happen. So, a go fund me page has been set up by some of her friends. The money will be used to pay the vet bills and the expenses she is still racking up as the ponies mend.

Click here for the GoFundMe page.



WAILUKU HAWAII - A WOMAN WORKING AS A TRAVELING NURSE IN HAWAII WAS BRUTALLY MAULED BY A PIT BULL AS SHE WAS TAKING A WALK



A graduate of Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport WV, and current resident of Wailuku, Hawaii where she is stationed as a traveling nurse, Renee Smith experienced a vicious attack by a PIT BULL Wednesday and is hospitalized with serious lacerations to her head, arm and leg.
A Go Fund Me page has been established by family friend Debby Oliverio. Donations will be used for both medical expenses and travel/living expenses incurred by family members and to help sustain Smith while she is off work – which is projected to be a lengthy period of time.
Financial contributions can be made and encouraging wishes can be expressed HERE. (Warning: Pictures are very graphic.) 
Smith is a 1998 graduate of BHS and thereafter studied nursing at Davis & Elkins College. She formerly worked at United Hospital Center and continues employment through UHC with her traveling medical work. 
According to a family member, two of her siblings are in the process of flying to Hawaii to be with her. Smith is hospitalized at Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she has worked for several months.
The attack occurred when Smith was taking a walk. The dog approached her from behind. She has received more than 50 stitches. 




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CASPER WY - A PIT BULL JUMPED A FAMILY'S FENCE AND KILLED THEIR BELOVED DACHSHUND "BELLA" IN ITS OWN YARD

Update on My dog, she died at Midnight last night from the pit bull attack from dogs running the streets. She was only two years old. The pit bull jumped my fence and attacked her in my own yard. The pit bulls have been taken to Metro. I will get verification, but from my understanding the people that owned them had been cited for vicious dogs (different dogs) in the past.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1444556502485906/permalink/1917359428538942/

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EDMONTON BC CANADA - AN UNLEASHED STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER ATTACKED SARA WARD'S 2 CHIHUAHUAS AS SHE AND HER SON WERE WALKING THEM...THE PIT KILLED "LOLA" AND SERIOUSLY INJURED "PRESLEY"!


An Edmonton family is pushing for changes, after an off-leash PIT BULL  attacked their two small dogs Saturday, killing one, and seriously injuring the other.
On Saturday morning, Sara Ward and her 12-year-old son took their family’s two Chihuahuas, Presley and Lola, out for a walk in west Edmonton.
Ward said they had walked to a man-made lake nearby, when they saw the other dog approach from behind the trees; Ward said she noticed it was not on a leash – and she moved quickly to protect the family dogs.  “I scooped up Presley and turned to my son to ask him to pick up our other dog Lola, and by the time I did that, the pit bull had run over and picked Lola in his mouth,” Ward said. “Immediately my son and I started screaming and it shook my dog violently around.”
Ward said she put down her dog, and punched the larger animal in an effort to get it to release her dog.
“When he finally let go of Lola he went and attacked Presley, and from there it’s kind of all a blur,” Ward said.
According to Ward, the owner of the pit bull, officials identified the breed as Staffordshire terrier, showed up on the scene after the incident had happened.
“His response was: ‘Well, he’s really a nice dog and he’s never done this before’,” Ward said. “Lola ended up just dying in my arms right there.
“Presley ended up breaking out of his collar and running home and my son chased him home.”
The family has been grappling with the shocking incident in the days since it happened, especially for Ward’s son.
“Needless to say, it’s been traumatizing for myself and my son, who cannot get this image out of his head,” Ward said.
As for the Staffordshire terrier, officials said it had been seized and could be held for up to 21 days.
“We’re going to be proceeding with, obviously, fines for the dog attack as well as dangerous dog application and what that does is allows us to put on additional conditions to the dog owner,” Keith Scott, coordinator of Animal Control, said.
Scott said the charges and fines have to go through court, and that process can take up to 8 months, and the dangerous dog application allows officials to put conditions on the dog right away.
“[It] allows us to go through a court order, which has a bit more teeth,” Scott said.
“If we feel this is a case where the dog shouldn’t go back and it’s a public safety risk, we could seek euthanasia for the dog.”
Scott said any punishments are on a case-by-case basis. Some other conditions placed on the animal could be requiring it be kenneled in a yard, or leashed and muzzled when not supervised, or that it couldn’t go to off-leash areas.
“The fine for a dog attack is $500, however, whenever there is a fatality usually we issue mandatory court, which allows us and the court to seek higher penalties, up to $10,000,” Scott said.
Annually, Scott said there are about 600 incidents of dog attack (chasing or nips) per year, and between 10 to 20 cases are fatalities.
Ward doesn’t think the punishment is enough.
“It was just complete negligence of this owner and he needs to be held responsible with more than just a $500 fine,” Ward said.
Scott is reminding dog owners to follow the rules when it comes to dogs.
“So I think it’s really important for people to understand there are rules out there, and that dogs are not to be off leash unless they’re in an off leash area, and even in an off leash area, their dogs need to be under control,” Scott said, saying pet owners should make sure they’re aware where off leash areas are, adding that dog owners caught with their pets off leash could be fined $100.
“There’s designated off leash areas where people should take their dogs, otherwise dogs should always be on a leash.”
Ward hopes their story acts as a reminder to dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash.
“It’s been devastating for us, and it’s just a senseless thing. It’s so preventable.”

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY MI - A DEPUTY WAS SENT TO A HOME WHERE A PIT BULL HAD BITTEN A WOMAN AND WAS KILLING ANOTHER "MIXED-BREED DOG"...THE DEPUTY WAS ATTACKED BY THE MUTANT BEFORE HE WAS ABLE TO SHOOT AT IT

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A Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputy was hospitalized after a dog attacked him at a Green Lake Township home.
The deputy was sent to the home on Friday at 4:28 p.m. after a woman called 911 to report a roommate's PIT BULL  had bitten her and was attacking another mixed-breed dog, sheriff's Lt. Chris Barsheff said.
The deputy yelled to get the dog's attention.
"At a distance of about 10 yards, the pit bull charged the officer," Barsheff said.
The deputy dropped his stun gun during the attack. He shot at the dog. A bullet grazed the dog's face.
"The dog retreated," Barsheff said. "It went and laid down."
The deputy was sent to Munson Medical Center with bites to his hands and arms.
The pit bull was sent to a veterinary hospital for treatment. THE MIXED-BREED DOG WAS KILLED IN THE ATTACK.
The pit bull is still in the custody of its owner, a 26-year-old woman. An animal control officer will monitor its behavior for signs of rabies.
Deputies will send a report to the prosecutor and launch an investigation to ensure the deputy used his gun according to department policy, Barsheff said.