Friday, August 4, 2017


William Gamble was walking his dog when a neighbor's dog attacked his. Gamble fell and later suffered a series of heart attacks. He died on Aug. 2. (Facebook)

Last Sunday (July 30) William Gamble, a 66-year-old resident of Crossgate Court in Palm Coast, was walking his dog, Dahlyla, not far from his home, which he bought with his wife Carolyn last September.

It was early evening. At the corner of Crossview Lane and Crossgate Court, another dog, called Maya, bounded out from 10 Crossview Lane and attacked Gamble’s dog Dahlyla, “knocking Mr. Gamble down to the ground,” according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Maya bit Gamble’s dog in the face, head and chin, according to a victim’s report filed with Palm Coast Animal Control, and was eventually taken to Flagler Animal Hospital for treatment.
Dahlyla is a blue-white Staffordshire bull terrier, close to four years old and about 53 pounds. Maya is a 9 years old plott hound and weighs about 62 pounds, according to the dogs’ latest vaccination certificates.
After the attack Gamble got up and went back to his house, making it only as far as the garage, where he collapsed. He had just enough time to tell his wife that he’d been “attacked by the neighbor’s dog,” according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s report, though there is no indication either in the sheriff’s report or the animal control report that he’d been directly injured by the dog. A knee injury, his wife said, was from him falling. He was having chest pains. By the time a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the house, Gamble was on the garage floor, unresponsive. There was a faint pulse. There was no sign of breathing. CPR was immediately initiated, and Gamble was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler.
He was not to regain consciousness. On Wednesday, after suffering what his son described as five heart attacks and fighting for his life through life support, he was taken off life support and died.  
“I immediately began my drive here from South Carolina to see my dad and comfort my mom, a drive I had just become familiar with the previous week on our first visit here,” his son, Tim-Tracy Gamble, wrote on Facebook’s C Section Neighborhood Group, in what turned into a plea for an apology from the owners of the other dog. “I never got to speak to my father because he was sedated. You have no idea how hard that is for me. We understand that this was an accident and that no ill will was intended, but you are responsible for your pets actions. You were there along with someone else. You are fully aware of what happened. I ask that you please make an effort to apologize to my mother for this. Some form of apology is needed.”
Maya is owned by Russell and Cindy Bryant, who have owned the property at 10 Crossview Lane for 30 years. When a Palm Coast animal control official met with Russell Bryant on Aug. 1, he said he would comply with the quarantine but would not fill out an affidavit for the official, on advice of Bryant’s attorney, according to the inspection report. “I was told by Mr. Bryant that his wife was walking their dog ‘Maya’ when the dog slipped out of her collar by backing out of it,” the inspector’s report states.
The dog was placed on a 10-day quarantine, meaning that it had to be confined to the Bryants’ house except for brief moments outside on the property for exercise or natural needs, or in case the dog had to be taken to a veterinarian in an emergency.
The Bryants were cited for letting their dog run at large and not obeying the city’s leash law, and for causing a “nuisance,” according to the inspection report. They were fined $150 ($75 for each offense). The dog was to be quarantined for 10 days.
On Aug. 2, the city inspector spoke with the Bryants’ next-door neighbor who had called in to the city about Maya. The resident said “she was afraid to walk by this house with her small dog,” according to the report’s account of the woman’s statement, “the owners have no control and the dog will try to attack her dog when they go by. She is concerned that most of the residents are elderly and asked that we remove the dog from this residence.”
The next item on the inspector’s report is a stark single line: “8/2/17 Mr Gamble taken off life support.”
Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Cindy Bryant said she had no comment.
Meanwhile, Tim Tracy-Gamble’s post was continuing to generate a conversation between him and others. In a brief interview this afternoon, he said there had been no apology forthcoming as yet.
“We have no control over what the law enforcement does with this case, but we do control our actions from this point on. We need closure for this,” he wrote. “I am asking that you show some level of remorse. I pray that you will make some effort to make this right. My mother will not hold her husband ever again. I will never fish with my dad ever again. My children will never hug their grandfather ever again. My granddaughter will never play with her big granddaddy ever again. Please make this right!!!”

(Internet Picture of a Plott Hound)

How strange life is...I've had a recent encounter with what I believe to be a Plott Hound. 
A young family moved in across the street  about 9 months ago, not directly across but one house up to the left. We immediately heard their dogs barking and noticed the sign hung on the 4 foot chain-link fence that said "BEWARE OF DOG".
We noticed small dogs that live in the house and 2 dogs that apparently stay outside and bark. There were times when we could hear them for hours on end during the night.  One dog I would describe as a small to medium dog that doesn't bark as loud....and the other one I would describe as tall....a large dog but skinny and long legs....brindle with white markings on its chest....and it has its tail cut off!!!
I now have XXL pit bulls in pens right beside me in the backyard...and the pit nutters have added a  very large German Shepherd that they keep inside their house and they bring it out with 2 leashes around its neck and a very small female is usually trying to hold on to they walk it around the perimeter of the small city lot. Now I have some type of dog across the street and I am afraid to even work in my front yard anymore.
So I woke up at 5:00am on Thursday, July 13, because I've just been diagnosed with Cancer and I'm beyond able to sleep...I do some kitchen work and gather some garbage up and open my front door to walk it to the garbage can that is already on the street.  I walk down my walkway to the driveway and this large dog barks out really loud up on the front porch of the house directly across the street.  It is just beginning to get daylight and I strain my eyes to see...I know that there is no dog at that house...They do not have dogs and have never had a dog...I stop dead still and suddenly the dog starts out after me...I drop my garbage bag and run for my front door...The dog comes up in my yard and stops and barks.
I get my video camera and go back out...grabbing my hoe that is standing by the door...I sit on my porch and video the dog barking like crazy with the smaller dog inside the fence barking also.  It runs up and down the street as the traffic picks chases behind a woman jogging down the long block then comes back up running and barking in every yard.
I go in to find the phone # to animal control and call it, but of course they don't open til 10:00am.  Then I make the decision to call the police.  I dial 911 and tell the woman that I was charged by a large dog from across the street as I was carrying out some garbage and that there are 3 cars at the residence and no one there seems to hear this dog barking so loud. She ask me...."WHAT BREED OF DOG IS IT?"
I say:  "I do not know.  I don't recognize it.  It is a tall, skinny dog, long back legs, wiggly skinny butt,  brown...dark, brindle. It has a cut off tail. If it was Rottweiler, I think I would know. Ears a little bit like a Lab, but no, a look in the face somewhat like a Pit....It has a large white marking on its chest."
After I hung up from the dispatcher, a large white truck drove up at the dog's house and a young man got out and the dog ran all around him.  I thought...he's going to put the dog up before it gets run over. But he went around to the back of the house and did not put the dog up.  That makes 4 vehicles at that house.
I sat on the front porch with my camera on waiting for an officer til about 7:30am.  He arrives and parks on the street in front of my house....the dog runs to him and jumps up and he pets it.  I speak to let the officer know I am on my porch.  He says what's the problem?  I say that dog charged out on me from the neighbor across the street's porch before 6am and it has been running loose in the street and barking since then. It often keeps us up at night with the loud barking.
The policeman, a nice middle age man, said:  "THAT DOG....THAT SWEET DOG DID THAT?"
He walked the dog over to its house and knocked on the door.  Nobody came....He walked around to both sides of the house and saw the sign that says "BEWARE OF DOG".  He came back and he knocked and knocked and knocked louder and louder and louder....He knocked for over 20 minutes and finally a young woman came to the door and the tall skinny dog rushed to her and she took it inside. The officer talked to her a few minutes but I could not hear them. Later that day we saw a young man doing something to the 4-ft chain link fence where it connects at the corner of the house. It has been quieter and we haven't seen the dog outside its fence since then. 

2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 20  (9 children - 11 adults)

MIXED BREED DOG - 1 (Redding CT)

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. 

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.

16) 6-9 - MARCO JUNIOR (MJ) RAYA - 1 YEAR - PHOENIX AZ - The grandmother was caring for the child and had put him down in a bedroom - She then opened an ?outside? door and the Rottweiler came in and grabbed the baby from the room and dragged him outside - An officer arrived and shot the dog to end the attack on the baby and he was rushed to a local trauma center and was later pronounced dead from his injuries - The Rottweiler belonged to a family member.

17) 7-11 - VINSON TUCKER - 79 - MCCREARY COUNTY KY - It appears that the elderly man had gone to a junk yard owned by Mike Stephens who also runs a towing and wrecker service just down the road to pay a bill - Neighbors say the dogs stay at the businesses and also at Stephens home and this has been going on for quite a few years as there have been liters of puppies also seen on the property and on facebook - At this first writing one video reports that there was a surveillance camera and a detective reported that there was a dog on each arm and on each leg at least 4   !!!!!PITS????? MIXED WITH SOMETHING - 

18) 7-20 - MICHAEL PARKS - 60 - FOSTORIA OH - He was letting his unleashed pit bull outside around 11pm when the dog ran across the street and began fighting another pit being walked on a leash by its owner - Parks attempted to stop the pit fight and was bitten on a recently installed dialysis shunt and began bleeding profusely - He was pronounced dead later that night at the hospital - The article does not say which dog bit him or if both pits bit him.

19) 7-27 -  JACOB BROOKS - 4 - EL PASO TX - Neighbors report the 4 dogs were aggressive and they often heard them fighting and growling at night - They also report that they often had seen the children playing on the enclosed trampoline and the dogs would not let the children get off - One article is now reporting a neighbor saying the dogs are PIT BULLS AND GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX DOGS.

20) 8-1 - PARIS ADAMS -  20-MONTHS - HARTWELL,  HART COUNTY GA - The toddler was being cared for at his grandmother's home - Apparently the family (mother, aunt, boyfriends, etc.  were involved in the PIT BREEDING BUSINESS!!!- She says that 2 of the pits charged out of the door into the backyard when she opened it and began mauling the child - first readings...911 was not called and the child was not taken directly to hospital ER...instead she drove to another residence to pick up the child's mother (her daughter) and then they drove to an urgent care facility - Where the child was pronounced dead...before police arrived!!! - She was arrested and charged with 2nd degree Murder, manslaughter and cruelty to children and released on $50,000 bail.


1) 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.

2) 8-2 - WILLIAM GAMBLE - 66 - PALM COAST FL - He was walking his Staffordshire bull terrier on July 30 in his neighborhood when a dog said to be a Plott Hound began attacking his dog - Witnesses say the Plott Hound, that had a history of aggression, came out of its collar while being walked by one of its owners...a female - His dog was injured and he was knocked over or he fell injuring his knee - It is not clear if he was bitten by either dog during the attack but he made it back home and collapsed in his garage - He was able to tell his wife that he had been attacked by a dog before he went unconscious - He apparently suffered a series of heart attacks and died on Wednesday, Aug. 2.


Anonymous said...

I have never heard of a Plott Hound before.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

Neither had I heard of one. When the neighbor's dog continued to bark after they moved in, I looked at it with my binoculars and it has a hound dog face...long big nose with long droopy ears. But because someone chopped its tail, when it runs it looks a little like a boxer from the back but it does not have a boxer face at all. When it charged at me that morning it was very thought I was coming into its territory. It came up into my yard about 20 feet, then it would retreat....not pit behavior. If it had been a pit, it would have got me. After the officer came I ask him to check to see if it was a male or female...It is a female. The pictures on the internet show males to be stockier. This dog appears to be young and very skinny. If it's not a Plott hound, I would bet money it is a Plott hound mix. I do have some good closeup videos of this dog loose for over an hour and it had probably been out all night.

Anonymous said...

I've had neighbor dogs think my yard is their territory. It is very scary to feel threatened by any dog, especially when it is on your own property. When a dog owner is not actively correcting the dog, the problem grows.

I had to take a neighbor to court for this exact problem. Her dog came across the street to bark at me well into my property. The dog was always loose, and pretty much thought the entire street was its domain. I had dogs at the time, and thankfully they were not out with me. I won the case, and the dog was not a problem after that. Of course, when the dog died I fell under suspicion. Like I'd really kill a dog? Rumor has it that the dog lost use of its back legs, and somehow I poisoned it. I don't know how I would do that without someone seeing me cross the street and feed the dog?

If someone really thought I killed their dog, they should have taken me to court. They never did, probably because there was no evidence. Supposedly, they could not afford an autopsy. I think they didn't want to autopsy the dog because they would be charged with abuse and neglect. But it made for a great story accusing me of a crime I did not commit, and would never dream of such a thing.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

This possibly could have been a "hell of a fight" considering both dogs are about the same size and the other dog was a Staffordshire bull terrier which is a pit bull.

Anonymous said...

Plott Hounds are boar/bear hunting animals that, according to Wikipedia, were bred for gameness.

While looking up the breed on Google I found a lot of websites that mentioned that they can become dominant and aggressive with dogs they are not familiar with.

IMO, a poor choice of pet unless you're a hunter and keep it securely locked up.

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