Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV
A little girl spent four days in the hospital after a brutal dog attack outside her babysitter’s house. Elmwood Police said a neighbor's dog broke free from its constraints and tore into 3-year-old Elena Durham.
Yet that dog, despite terrifying neighbors who witnessed the attack, was returned to its owners.
Why don’t owners have to give up dangerous dogs when the animals attack? One attorney blames a messy state law.
In 2012, Governor John Kasich signed legislation ending Ohio's 25-year-old law that declared pit bulls “vicious.”
"Instead of simplifying it, it actually made it more complicated," Attorney Mike Allen said of the 2012 legislation change. Allen said the state’s law is nebulously and ineffectively worded, making it tough to prosecute.
SPCA officers enforce the state law and hand out citations to dog owners. After that, the case goes to a judge and it’s ultimately their decision, Allen said.
The vague state law isn’t the only reason dangerous dogs get back out in communities.
Some communities still uphold their own breed-specific rules – and those rules vary depending on where you live.
For example, the local ordinance in the city of Carlisle declares pit bulls as "dangerous.” In Cheviot, Pit Bulls have been declared "vicious,” while the cities of Fairfield and Norwood ban owning Pit Bulls.
In the case of 3-year-old Elena Durham, Elmwood does not have its own Pit Bull ordinance and a grand jury ruled it OK to return the pit bull to its owners.
"We've had cases where it's gone both ways, the dog's been given back to owners, or we've been ordered to put the dog down," said said SPCA Chief Operating Officer Mike Retzlaff.
70 percent of the dogs being held at the SPCA's Northside shelter are either pit bulls or a pit bull mix, abandoned by their owners or seized after an attack.
Montgomery County leads the State this year as of April, with 245 reported dog bites so far. About 60 of those of bites involved pit bulls, more than any other breed identified in the report.
"The most irresponsible people own the most dangerous dogs," said Allen, who also pointed out that there are plenty of responsible owners who love their Pit Bulls and have trained them properly.
American Veterinary Medical Association points out that owners of pit bull-type dogs deal with a strong breed stigma. The association claims studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous.
“Pit Bull” is an ambiguous name for a breed, the association says. Generally, “pit bulls” are a type of dog that can encompass a range of pedigrees.
Brian Fisch says he was attacked by two dogs who are now in the custody of the SPCA.
"I could feel the teeth sinking into my neck," Fisch said on the Winton Road incident.
The SPCA has been holding the animals evidence, charging the owner 25 dollars a day for each dog.
"This is the same thing as somebody owning a gun, and not having proper training with a firearm. It's something that can take somebody's life very quickly, can escalate very quickly, and unless you have the training, discipline and responsibility to handle that kind of significance, I don't think it should be in somebody's hands," said Fisch.
If the owner, Curtis Burton, wants to keep even one of the animals after the case goes to trial, the city has ordered him to get a $100,000 insurance policy for each dog. Burton appears before Judge Ted Berry on Oct. 5.
BLACKFOOT ID - A NEIGHBOR'S 3 PIT BULLS INVADED A FENCED YARD AND KILLED A LITTLE DOG THEN ATTACKED ITS OWNER WHEN SHE RUSHED OUT TO AID HER PET
A woman was rushed to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after being severely injured in a dog attack, according to Blackfoot police.
The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the area of North University Avenue, according to the Idaho State Journal.
Neighborhood resident Harmony Jones was one of the people who witnessed the attack. She ran out of her house when she heard the victim screaming for the dogs to stop and for someone to call police.
Jones and her husband went to the fenced yard, but did not enter. She observed three muscular dogs of the same breed on top of the woman and each showed evidence of participating in the attack. She also noticed the woman’s dead dog.
“Her little dog’s body was in the yard and it was pretty tore up,” she said.
Police later determined the victim’s dog was attacked first and killed by the trio of dogs that had come into her yard. The victim went out when she heard the attack on her dog and was then attacked herself.
Witnesses said they believed the dogs, who belonged to a neighbor, were PIT BULLS OR A HYBRID BREED - and that is what was initially reported to police.
“We called the dogs over to the fence and we were screaming at them so they were no longer on top of her and we called the police,” Jones said.
When officers arrived, they found a 58-year-old woman lying face down in her own backyard. She was severely injured and bleeding from multiple dog bites, including at least one to the face, according to a police news release.
Officers feared for her safety and saw she had already suffered serious harm. To enter the yard and render aid, the officers shot and killed one of the dogs. The other two dogs then ran back to their own yard.
“The dog that got shot was standing between this woman’s body and the fence so the police had no choice but to shoot him to get in there and help this woman,” Jones said.
Officers and EMS were then able to help the woman and she was transported to the hospital for treatment.
EastIdahoNews.com is not identifying the woman at this time. EIRMC spokeswoman Jessica Clements said the woman was listed in good condition as of Tuesday evening.
The other two dogs were later turned over to police by the owner. EastIdahoNews.com has reached out to the police for clarification on the breed of the dogs and will update this article accordingly.
Police Chief Kurt Asmus told the Idaho State Journal this was one of the worst dog attacks he has seen in his career.
FLINT MI - 2 OF 5 PIT BULLS KEPT IN A SMALL YARD "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT AND MAULED KAREN COLEMAN, 59, AS SHE WAS WALKING TO CHURCH - HORRIFIC FACE INJURIES AND SHE COULD LOSE HER EYE
(9-26-17) - A weekend dog attack left a Flint woman with severe facial injuries and could cost her an eye.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
INKSTER MI - A FAMILY'S 4 PIT BULLS WERE IN THE LIVING ROOM WHEN "SOMEHOW" THEIR 1-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS MAULED BY ONE OR ALL OF THEM - AIRLIFTED TO DETROIT WITH INJURIES TO HEAD AND NECK!!!
Friday, September 22, 2017
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA - A PIT BULL BROUGHT TO A RESIDENCE BY "SOMEONE" AND CALLED "KILLER" BY NEIGHBORS "SOMEHOW" BROKE LOOSE AND DRAGGED A 4-MONTH-OLD BABY GIRL FROM HER BED AND RIPPED HER BRAINS OUT!
Cape Town - Neighbours of a four-month-old baby who was mauled by a PIT BULL TERRIER have described in detail how they tried to save the infant from a horrific death.
MANCHESTER CT - A FAMILY PIT BULL CHOMPED DOWN ON THEIR 5-YEAR-OLD BOY'S HEAD AND DRAGGED HIM ACROSS THE YARD - A BRAVE WOMAN ACROSS THE STREET WHACKED THE LAND SHARK WITH A 2X4 TO HELP PRY IT OFF!
WFSB 3 Connecticut
A dog mauled a young boy Thursday evening, dragging the child across the lawn of his home until a neighbor smacked the animal with a board, police said.
The five-year-old boy was rushed to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries, police spokesman Capt. Christopher Davis said.
Police said the dog belonged to the boy’s family at 27 Patriot Lane.
A neighbor said she had just pulled into her driveway and got out of her car when a woman at 27 Patriot Lane, which is directly across the street, came to the front door screaming frantically for the neighbor to call 911. The PIT BULL had the child in its jaws and was dragging it across the front stoop and over the front lawn, said the neighbor, who would not give her name.The dog had blood all over its face and paws and the child’s head was a bloody mess, the woman said.
The neighbor said she called 911 and ran over, first with a broomstick, but she realized that would not be heavy enough to stop the dog. So she grabbed a two-by-four, about four or five feet long, from her garage and whacked the dog on the head, she said.
The dog stopped attacking the boy after she hit it, but continued snarling and circling the child, she said. The neighbor said she was terrified that the dog would attack her. Police pulled up at about that time and someone in the house managed to collar the dog and bring it inside, the neighbor said.
The woman said she just happened to be arriving home when the attack started.
“I’m glad that God had me home,” she said.