Thursday, June 1, 2017


When Virginia Beach Police responded to a home in the Pembroke Manor neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers found the woman suffering from severe bites and lacerations.
Officials said the 50-pound, 1-year-old American Pitbull Terrier attacked the woman after she fell and was lying on the floor.
The victim's granddaughter told WTKR the dog had recently been adopted and wore a shock collar for training.
The granddaughter said that once the dog's collar was removed the animal dog ran into the 91-year-old's room, knocked her over and began biting her arms and legs.
The woman, who was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, died from her injuries early Thursday morning.
The dog is in quarantine at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.
The case is being investigated by Virginia Beach Police and the Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit.

(WVEC) -- Police said that a woman in her 90s died Thursday morning after a dog attack Wednesday night left her with bite marks and cuts.
Officers received a report shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday about the attack on Bunker Hill Lane in Pembroke Manor.

When police got to the neighborhood, they found the victim who had life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said the dog attacked after the woman fell on the floor. The dog is a 1-year-old American Pitbull Terrier that weighs 50 pounds.
The woman's granddaughter told 13News Now that the family adopted the dog Wednesday, the same day as the attack,  from Forever Home Rehabilitation Center. Initially, the dog showed no aggressive tendencies.

Forever Home Rehabilitation Center provided 13News Now with this statement:
We send out our deepest condolences to the Patterson family who adopted Blue. Blue went through our 3 month board and train program, and was a favorite amongst all of the staff members and volunteers. Blue loved other dogs, and didn't know a stranger. He never showed any aggression while at our training facility, and passed his final evaluation with flying colors before being adopted out to the Patterson family. Trainers spent yesterday morning checking over Blue's new home and going over training with Blue's new owner. There were 2 other dogs in Blue's new home, who Blue immediately bonded with. We do not know what events transpired in the moments before this tragedy occurred with Blue's owners mother, and none of us could have ever predicted this horrible event. We are devastated for the Patterson family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. 
The dog currently is in quarantine at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 15  (6 children - 9 adults)

MIXED BREED DOG - 1 (Redding CT)

OK - 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. 

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.

15) 6-1 - MARGARET M. COLVIN - 91 - VIRGINIA BEACH VA - The granddaughter reported that the dog was adopted from a rescue on Wednesday and was brought home and on that day the elderly grandmother was either knocked down or fell inside her bedroom and the 1-year-old 50-pound American Pit Bull Terrier mauled her in a approximately 5-minute attack - The woman died on Thursday.


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...

Why does a dog need a "board and train" for three months? Oh, I KNOW! Because it's a pit bull!

Isn't it amazing that these dingbat rescue nutters were unable to train the pit bull not to kill a 90-year-old woman? I mean seriously, one day after getting "rescued" it goes on a killing spree.

It would be great to know where Blue came from and what its history was. Why isn't Blue getting the needle RIGHT NOW?

Anonymous said...

The dog came from Forever Home Rescue and Rehabilitation Center whose slogan is "saving the misunderstood." Their "mission is to rehabilitate dogs in shelters that will be overlooked by potential adopters. Rescue dogs that show fear, stress, anxiety, nervousness and cage presence that potential adopters will over look."

They do bad dog rehab for shelter dogs & owned dogs:
"Rehabilitation is a 1-3 month process for owner's dogs that have uncontrollable behavioral problems or for shelters and rescues that have deemed a dog un-adoptable. The dogs reside at our center in Virginia Beach to learn social behavior. Our pack of 20+ dogs will help that dog find balance again and then accept them into their pack. They will teach them social etiquette, social behavior, and placement in the pack; they will help us understand the misunderstood dog. We’ll get to know the dog inside and out and therefore know what tools and techniques to provide for them."

Rescue put out statement that killer dog had gone through 3 month "board & train program" which if this dog was an adoption would mean he was deemed trouble & they declared him "cured" in 90 days. Except they forgot to test his elderly person prey drive.


Anonymous said...

Just got done reading The pit bull went on a killing spree the day it was rescued, not the next day. AND it was after the shock collar was removed.

Why does such a loving dog need a shock collar? I honestly wish shock collars did not exist. To me, if you need a shock collar, there is something wrong with the dog and it needs to be euthanized.

If you cannot train a dog without a shock collar, then you should not have a dog, let alone a rescued pit bull.

RIP GRANDMA! So sorry you had to be brutally murdered by a worthless pit bull!

Dayna said...

"The granddaughter said that once the dog's collar was removed the animal dog ran into the 91-year-old's room, knocked her over and began biting her arms and legs."

Interesting. In the same article it says that the woman fell and then the dog began attacking her. I do believe that the dog knocked her over.

Great job though to the pit bull lobby. Another successful mauling death.

SadFalada said...

Heartbreaking. And loathsome. The rescue center laid thick the superlatives,,oh what a hero this monstrosity was...more deluded Cesar Milan groupies babbling about "balance" and learning place and manners in the "pack", all rounded off with a shock collar. Send the thing into a home with a frail old lady... the whole thing makes me furious and heartsick,
Those involved should be charged with manslaughter.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that grandma had to spend the last moments of her long life like that. If my children bring a pit bull around when I get old, I'll know they wanted to save the nursing home fees.

Farmer Jane said...

In defense of shock collars:

They have their place in the training of dogs. We use them occasionally to train our cattle herding dogs. These dogs are purposely bred to be high energy, stubborn, and tenacious. When training in the field, a shock collar is helpful in getting the dog's attention so he doesn't run a cow through a fence. There are other situations, too, but that gives you the idea. The dog is running loose in a field. It knows to move the cows instinctively, and how to move them. But, until it's trained and has some experience, a shock collar is a good way to avoid disaster.

On the other hand, shock collars are not meant to curb severe behavioral problems. The dogs are smart enough to know that when the collar's not on them they won't get shocked. Some of them are smart enough to know when the collar is not turned on, or even when no one's holding the trigger.

A simple pet living in a home should not need a shock collar. If it does, it should be put down.

Anonymous said...

Why do we give a crap about saving dangerous dogs? I know that it is hard to grasp, but some dogs cannot be rehabilitated. It sounds like these rescue freaks have no idea what they're doing. I'm wiling to guess that they don't have any formal training, let alone college degrees in dog behavior between them.

I have no problem having dangerous pit bulls euthanized, and a huge problem reading about grandmothers losing their lives to a fallacy that such re-homed pit bulls are safe pets.

Breed Specific Legislation will certainly keep us safe from all pit bulls, and most importantly, from the pro pit bull lobby. They are the most dangerous people out there that get away with murder at an alarming rate.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 9:36 a.m. someone I know has an aggressive pit bull that she thinks is redeemable through love and training even though the dog flunked out of several previous homes for biting. She is a troubled person and sees something of herself in the dog who she can't see as a lost cause. Obvious flaw: she is a person. These people are going way overboard identifying with the dogs. Compassion is one thing but anthropomorphizing them is another. They are not people. Of course they have emotions but they are not human emotions. They are doing the dogs themselves no service with their Cesar Milan claptrap.

It is inhumane to humans as well as companion animals for shelters and rescues to place aggressive dogs into our communities. They are killing and maiming children, the elderly and strong healthy adults. How can the champions of vicious dogs ignore the devastation they bring to other people's pets with their innocent sounding phrases like "selective about other dogs." They are not even humane to the troubled, aggressive dogs. They fight breed legislation that would force spay/neuter to reduce the shameful numbers of unwanted, homeless & euthanized pit bulls. Peaceful euthanasia ultimately is a kinder end for an aggressive dog before it endures the stress of being bounced from place to place, living in shelter kennels for months on end, going on "freedom rides," and then possibly meeting the same fate its "rescuers" were trying to save it from anyway after it injures or kills.

This isn't about the dogs, these women are deeply unwell.

Anonymous said...

Farmer Jane,

I'm the anon that mentioned not liking shock collars. I deeply respect all you have to say on the topic of animals, dangerous dogs, and your experiences. Your viewpoint on shock collars makes sense. Using it as a training tool is acceptable.

Anon 1:53, you responded to my 9:36 post and you have so eloquently explained the issue of pit bull advocacy. Your entire post succinctly describes what is going on. I especially like how you hit the nail on the head pointing out how pit bulls suffer the fate the advocates were trying to avoid in the first place.

The reason I object to saving pit bulls, is because quite often, other animals and people have to become victims first. It's time to prevent pit bull victims. Yes, pit bulls are the victims in this as well, but we have an out of control advocacy that doesn't know what's best for pit bulls, let alone the rest of us. They think keeping killing machines alive is a win, when it is actually a fail waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it's negligent to run an ad on craigslist to get rid of a known dangerous pit bull for $20? Shouldn't the rescue have been looking for an experienced pit bull handler, not just some run of the mill ordinary citizen? $20 doesn't even begin to cover the expenses of the 3 months of training and board this pit bull had. So what gives? It sounds like the bitches that run the rescue were tired of dealing with the beast, so they dumped him. I hope they lose everything they have, which is not much of course, but still.