Tuesday, May 9, 2017


UPDATE:  http://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2017/05/09/preliminary-report-heart-attack-killed-man-injured-by-dogs/

Officials are investigating a Sunday dog attack that claimed the life of an elderly man near Jacksons' Gap.

Tallapoosa County Coroner, Mike Knox, confirmed that 63-year-old James Derle Patterson was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m. Sunday.

Jacksons' Gap Police Department personnel were called to Alf Road, just off Hwy 49 at 4:13 p.m. The caller reported that dogs had attacked the victim who had been riding a small gas-powered scooter.

When officials arrived, they found the man badly injured and unresponsive, about 15 yards from where the scooter was laying in the road.  It was unknown what precipitated the attack, but the man was unresponsive with multiple cuts, scratches and what appeared to be bite marks.

Patterson lived just about a mile from the scene of the incident, a property that has multiple dogs that appear to be allowed to roam around the houses and buildings located there. The area is rural and very secluded and Alf Road is a dead end that is not heavily traveled.

From the road where the incident took place, "Beware of Dog" signs can be seen posted on the property and yellow crime scene tape could still be seen on one of the bushes at the edge of the property.  A private property sign is also in plain view from the road.

Jacksons' Gap Police were the primary agency on the case, and were assisted by several agencies including the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department.  Because the investigation is still considered active, few details have been released.


2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 11  (5 children - 7 adults)


OK - 1

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. 

PENDING.....11) 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. 


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...

Is this really happening??


The pit bull apocalypse is upon us.

Will I get raked over the coals by pit bull advocates because one of the deaths was caused by an African Mastiff?


Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 8:29 a.m., what gets me is how little attention these individual deaths & the rising rate of serious injury and death get beyond the local news right when an attack happens. There was some coverage when the Postal Service put out their annual report on attacks on letter carriers and the pit bull Christmas sweater story got national coverage. But most deaths and serious attacks get so little attention from media and response from authorities it's mind boggling.

The shark attacks in the Carolinas in 2015 were all over the news. The dog carnage is year round, nationwide and getting worse. By now lawmakers should have toughened up dog laws in every state with strict liability, no free bites, criminal penalties for owners of animals that maul, victim compensation, anti-tethering laws, dog bite registries, mandatory insurance and spay & neuter, etc. Manslaughter by dog should not be tolerated in America. This isn't the frontier or the third world. We live in communities and neighborhoods. Call me old-fashioned but you are supposed to care about your neighbors as well as yourself. That means no devil dogs running loose that might kill your elderly neighbor riding by on his scooter. And if this poor gentleman had a fatal heart attack during the course of a dog attack who thinks this exonerates the dogs? That is twisted logic.

Anonymous said...

Nutters thrive on the heart attack first, then dog bites to revive the victim. I seriously do not understand how deranged you have to be to think that dying by dog is acceptable. To excuse, explain, and overlook what is happening just so nutters can keep a dangerous breed is selfish, disturbed, and puts everyone at risk.