Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BRYAN TX - JOSEPH MOORING, 54, WAS AWARDED $5.1 MILLION JUDGMENT AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS IN NOV 2015 WHILE WALKING TO WORK



A Bryan man who was attacked by two pit bulls while walking along Old Kurten Road in November 2015 was awarded a $5.1 million judgment last week, according to his lawyer. 


Joseph Mooring suffered numerous bites, requiring three major skin grafts and extensive surgeries, said his lawyer, Davis Watson. Mooring has permanent nerve damage to his right leg and his right forearm, where tendons were severed, and is no longer able to work. 
The judgment was signed Friday by 85th District Court Judge Kyle Hawthorne. Although he's entitled to the $5.1 million, Watson said the likelihood of Mooring collecting the money is slim, as it's not clear if there are any assets or insurance to satisfy the judgment. 
The attacked occurred in the early morning of Nov. 3, 2015, when Mooring, who was 54 at the time, was walking along Old Kurten Road on his way to work at McDonald's. Suddenly and without warning, Watson said, two pit bulls charged Mooring as he crossed in front of a house, knocking him to the ground. 
Mooring doesn't remember the attack, Watson said, likely due to blood loss. Two Bryan police officers who responded were credited with saving his life after noticing an arterial bleed on Mooring's arm and applying a tourniquet. Mooring was treated at St. Joseph hospital, where he stayed for a month and underwent six surgeries. His medical bills totaled more than $450,000. 
The dogs' owner, Gregory Flores Gonzalez, lived with his mother, Sandra Gonzalez, on Old Kurten Road. Mooring's lawsuit asserted that the two, along with Michael Gonzalez -- who was not named in the judgment -- failed to protect Mooring's safety, confine and control the dogs, handle them properly or train them to cease attacking upon voiced commands.
According to the lawsuit, a neighbor who came outside during the attack had hit the dogs to get them to release Mooring, and the pit bulls had "numerous problems" in the neighborhood and were "known to be vicious." 

The lawsuit also sought damages for physical pain, impairment and disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of earnings and future medical expenses. Watson described Mooring as a healthy, hard worker who loved attending family functions and playing with his grandkids before the incident. Mooring now can no longer work or take part in the activities he enjoyed, Watson said, and his body "is completely scarred." 
http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/attorney-bryan-man-awarded-million-in-pit-bull-attack/article_d6e71888-e75f-51f1-a873-c67604bec73d.html


http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2015/11/bryan-tx-police-responded-to-report-of.html



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Ban pit bulls everywhere!
Suing the owners of pit bulls does nothing.... most are low income, uneducated, and worth nothing.
The state, city, mayors office or others need to be sued for failing to protect it's citizens.
Nobody cares about the owners.... the pit lobby turns there back on owners the minute their pit bull attacks



Monday, January 30, 2017

CLARKSVILLE VA - A MOTHER AND HER SON COLLECTING LITTER ON THEIR ROAD FOR A BOY SCOUT PROJECT WERE ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS - MICHELLE THOMAS TOOK THE BRUNT OF THE ATTACK AS SHE TOLD HER SON TO RUN - SHE WAS LIFE FLIGHTED TO RICHMOND IN SERIOUS CONDITION

Saturday the January 28th between 4-5 o'clock Michelle Thomas and her son were collecting litter and garbage along their road for a boy scout project.  They were severly attacked by 2 PIT BULLS  resulting in facial injuries in excessive of 200 plus stitches.  Michelle is blind in one eye and her good eye is in peril because of the facial injuries.  Her arms and hand have numerious fractures, nerve injuries, the blood flow is restricted- as to the point where she may loose her forearm and or hand.   She has injuries to her legs and need alot more stitches, but the wounds can not be closed at this point in case of infection.  Michelle is a very brave woman her son is 7 years old and she was protecting him from the attack.  She has had hip replacement so she was unsteady on her feet and fell into a ditch, her son told me they were screaming for help and 2 cars passed them by.  Michelle instructed her son to run save him from attack as she took the brunt of it.  The dogs tore off half of her clothing - Michelle tried to "play dead" and the dogs eased off -  then they attacked her again.  
Michelle had to be life-flighted by helicopter to a Richmond hospital.
This family has limited income as her husband is between jobs, she is on medicaid and is raising 2 sons. Needless to say this family is struggling to make ends meet.  Before this incident money was tight now with Michelle in a Richmond hospital this creates additional hardship to the family. Any contributations to this family would be well recieved and sincerely appreciated.
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

HAGGATT HALL, ST MICHAEL PARISH BARBADOS - AS MANY AS 5 DOGS "INCLUDING PIT BULLS" FATALLY MAULED A 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND INJURED A MAN WHO TRIED TO RESCUE HER

VICTIM IDENTIFIED AS VERONA LOLITA GIBSON  http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/92944/owner-assisting-police-death-woman-killed-dogs

UPDATE:  https://stluciatimes.com/2017/01/28/barbados-woman-killed-by-5-pit-bulls

Police are yet to release the name of the 74-year-old woman who was attacked and killed by  PIT BULLS  a stone’s throw away from her Monroe Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael home this morning.
However,  the tragic death of the elderly woman has left the entire community in shock.  Up to 9 a.m. the victim’s body was still lying at the scene, as investigations continued into the fatal incident, which occurred around 5:30 a.m. The owner of the dogs, who also lives in the area, was assisting police with their probe.
In a brief statement to reporters at the scene, Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Roland Cobbler confirmed that the attack was by five dogs, including pit bulls.
Police and family members also revealed that another resident, 30-year-old Damien McCollin, sustained injuries after he reportedly came to the woman’s rescue.
He was rushed to hospital by ambulance with several bites about his body.  A piece of his toe was apparently bitten off during the vicious attack.


https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/01/28/update-elderly-woman-killed-man-injured-by-pit-bulls/

http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/deadly-dog-attack-neighbour-tried-rescue-senior

Friday, January 27, 2017

HIGH POINT NC - 2 PIT BULLS INVADED A BACKYARD AND SERIOUSLY MAULED A FAMILY'S DACHSHUND...THE PITS TOOK OFF AND HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND



When Rodney King came home Monday afternoon, he found his dog Slainte was bloody and barely breathing in the backyard.

"I thought she was dead," King said. "I looked at her -- no movement, no nothing."


TWO LARGE PIT BULLS  were standing nearby.
“A white pit bull with spots and a reddish one with spots,” King said.
Rodney and his wife Patricia live on Marywood Drive in High Point where they say two pit bulls got into their backyard and attacked their dog.
"She was in deep shock,” Patricia said. “Her heart rate was very high. Her blood pressure was very low."
Slainte, a 9-pound dachshund, now has nerve damage to her eye and two deep gashes on her throat. Her liver was also partially crushed.
"It just sounded like she was not going to make it," Patricia said.
Worst of all, the couple says Slainte has stopped eating and being her normal, playful self.
"Now she's just withdrawn and quiet,” Patricia said.
The couple says they don't feel safe in their own backyard.
"We don't let them go out alone anymore,” Patricia said. “It worries me to think about my granddaughters being out there."
High Point Animal Control has stepped up patrols in the area but hasn't found the dogs.
The couple wants the public to be on alert until the dogs are found.
"The danger is there,” Patricia said. “The dogs are loose. They have not been found. And these dogs are a menace."

APACHE, CADDO COUNTY OK - A SOPHOMORE STUDENT WAS MAULED BY 3 TO 4 OF HER NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULLS AS SHE WALKED HOME FROM HER BUS STOP - SHE WAS AIRLIFTED TO CHILDREN'S IN OKLAHOMA CITY



When Apache High School Principal Todd Vail thinks of an extraordinary student, one of his sophomores definitely comes to mind.
“She is a top student, she is a straight A student. She involved in many extracurricular activities.”
But that student is in the hospital right now -- recovering from a vicious dog attack.
The teen was on her way home from the bus stop when she was mauled by  3 TO 4 OF HER NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULLS.
“Ripped her clothes off and tore her hair out and I was just so afraid that she might die,” said neighbor, Karen Robinson.
She managed to call her grandfather during the attack. But by the time help arrived, the girl's injuries were so serious, she had to be airlifted to Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Residents in this small community -- shaken over what has happened.
“Just shocked the entire community, you don't expect anything like that and when it does it just brings an instant shock and sick feeling,” said Vail.
For now, the dogs are in quarantine for 10 days.
The Caddo County Sheriff says he's received complaints about vicious dogs around the county but admits -- there's little his department can do.
“Since there's no law we can't issue a citation or anything like that. We will submit the report to the District Attorney's office, so he would see if there's anything that can be filed on that in. But more than likely not,” said Sheriff Lennis Miller.
While the district attorney considers charges in the case -- the threat of another attack is enough for neighbors to stay indoors.
“I've been confronted by dogs before here and it's really scary. My grandchildren come to visit and we're afraid to go out and walk the street,” said Robinson.
Staff and students at Apache High School sent cards and well wishes to the teenager.
We're told she is in fair condition.

GLASGOW SCOTLAND - A 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS HOLDING HER BIG SISTER'S HAND WHILE WALKING INTO A SHOP FOR SWEETS WHEN A BULLMASTIFF LUNGED FOR HER NECK BITING A GASH JUST 2 CENTIMETERS FROM HER JUGULAR VEIN

Kinzara Stirton, from Glasgow, needed several operations after she was attacked by the dog

A toddler was left needing plastic surgery after she had her throat ripped open by a  BULLMASTIFF
Kinzara Stirton, from Glasgow, was attacked by the dog as her mother dropped her off at the shops to buy sweets with her older sister, Kiera, 17.
Doctors said the three-year-old, who has been scarred for life, was 'lucky to be alive' after the dog bit a chunk of flesh out of her neck, missing her jugular vein by centimetres. 

Kinzara's mother Kristina Stirton, 40, said her daughter battled several infections in her neck and needed four operations in a bid to avoid lasting damage to her nerves.

The dog involved was destroyed but the owners were not prosecuted.  One year on Ms Stirton is sharing her story in a bid to raise awareness of dangerous dogs. 

Ms Stirton, a full time mother-of-four, said: 'I had dropped her off with her older sister when the Bullmastif launched an unprovoked attack on Kinzara.

'There was blood everywhere, Kinzara was just in shock and wasn't moving or saying anything. 

'When Keira came running to the car screaming I knew something terrible had happened. She just kept saying, "Kinzara has been bitten." 

'The bite marks were really deep and she needed dozens of stitches to stop the blood from pouring out.

'I had no idea if Kinzara was even going to survive the car journey, the amount of blood was like something out of a horror film. 
'The doctors explained she was just two centimetres from her jugular vein and she was extremely lucky to have survived.' 

She added: 'It made me feel sick that we came so close to losing Kinzara. Since the ordeal Kinzara has been scared of dogs and will latch onto me if we see one in the street.

'I just want the law to change so that any owners of dogs that attack are prosecuted regardless of whether there are witnesses.' 

Ms Stirton added: 'Kiera blamed herself for the accident and was holding her hand as the dog launched at her face.

'She was hysterical when it first happened and it took a long time to reassure her that it wasn't her fault.' 

Ms Stirton attempted to sue for compensation but has hit a brick wall.

She added: 'Kinzara's face is now dented on one side but we are so thankful she's alive and the attack wasn't any worse.
'Thanks to her sisters, Kiera, Kristine, six, and Aria, two, she has been able to move on with her life.

'I hope our story comes as a warning to the public and owners of dogs who have a dangerous temperament.' 



Thursday, January 26, 2017

BIRMINGHAM AL - 2 PIT BULLS INVADED JOY RYAN'S FRONT PORCH AND KILLED HER 2 CATS



































































































































Joy Ryan lives off Redwol Drive in the Echo Highlands community off of Pinson Valley Parkway. Last week, she says the TWO PIT BULLS  killed two of her cats on her doorstep right in front of her. She has one of those cat’s tails sitting on her porch to show just how aggressive the dogs are.
Joy Ryan. (Source: WBRC video)
Animal control did come out to try and trap the dogs but didn’t have any luck. Ryan tells WBRC her neighbors aren’t letting their kids go outside right now because they are afraid the dogs might attack them.
Ryan says she closed the door in fear of her own life and watched the dogs run off with her cats. "One of them had part of it and the other one was holding on to the other part," she recalls.
She says that she felt helpless.
Ryan says her cats meant the world to her.
“I’ve gotten very attached to them and to see the mother kitty being eaten alive is very, very upsetting to me because she was just a sweet cat. I don’t like to live this way to have to be afraid of my own yard,” Ryan said.
Ryan says she called 911 after the attack. Both the police and animal control have responded to the scene. Animal control set up traps but after several days the stray dogs are still roaming the neighborhood.
"I am concerned very much for everyone’s safety and fear for my life at times if I come out here and the dogs are out here," Ryan said.
A city spokesperson says animal control is out in that neighborhood during regular business hours trying to catch the dogs. Ryan does have cat food on her front doorstep. The city says until she stops leaving food out then animal control is going to have a hard time trying to trap the dogs.
Police and animal control say when they respond to these calls they cannot harm the animals in any way unless they are attacking a person or an animal. So instead they are working to catch the dogs to help keep the neighborhood safe.
"We will continue to set traps and monitor the traps and again rotate crews in and out of the areas," Charlie Williams, Deputy Director of Public Works, said.
He also says if you see a stray dog don't attempt the capture it yourself, but call 911 or animal control.

CALHOUN COUNTY AL - CITIZENS REACHED OUT TO A LOCAL TV STATION AFTER A DOG HOARDER DIED AND LEFT OVER 30 DOGS ON HIS SMALL LOT FOR MONTHS

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Afraid for their children and pets, neighbors in a Calhoun County community reached out to Fighting For You for help. One of their neighbors passed away more than a month ago, leaving 30 plus dogs behind on the small lot. The property is in horrible condition on Arika Lane between Ohatchee and Alexandria.
The Cheaha Humane Society says it has removed as many dogs as it can with sheriff's deputies assisting. There were five still on the property Thursday night. We're told one dead dog remains in the house. Yesterday we saw a dead dog behind the home.
Many in the community are asking why they have had to plead for help for so long and the situation is not resolved. Left on their own the dogs are becoming more aggressive. A pack mentality has taken over.
"Ten of them charged me on my back porch. I had to run them out of the yard," says a worried Juanita Hollingsworth who lives next door. She said at one point the homeowner, David Hunsucker, had more than 30 dogs on his small lot. He died in November and things have gotten worse.
"What happens when these dogs get a hold of little kids?" she asks. They've already gotten a hold of pets. At least one pet is dead and another is recovering from an attack. Neighbors showed us video of the dogs jumping out of their fenced in yard during the day to get out and roam the neighborhood.
Fighting For You began making calls to the county to find out why the situation was not being adequately addressed. We wanted to question the county commissioner over this district, Tim Hodges, but he did not return our calls. Neither did the judge who heard Hunsucker's animal cruelty case prior to his death.
Over the past few days, the Cheaha Humane Society, which has the county's animal control contract, has been putting a sedative in the dog food so they can capture the dogs. Jane Cunningham says they have to walk a fine legal line.
"I cannot go on people's property. That is trespassing. Animals are considered property, it would be no different than me taking their t.v. I have to work with law enforcement in these situations," Cunningham explained.
She says she's just as frustrated as neighbors. She says when the owner was called to court on animal abuse charges last year, action should have been taken. The dogs didn't have their shots and diseases can spread easily among so many in such close quarters. "The property, I would hate that being next to me. It's horrible," remarked Cunningham.
Cunningham says the county has given Hunsucker's daughter a set amount of time to clean the property up and take care of the remaining dogs or the county will do it for her and put a lien on the property.
The rescued dogs are being cared for at the humane society. It will have to be determined if they are suitable for adoption. The rescues include a litter of puppies. The shelter is near capacity and can't handle more animals.
Cunningham says there needs to be stricter laws statewide to head of these hoarding situations and allow agencies to deal with them so the animals don't suffer so much along with neighbors who put up with horrible cases.

MARION, MCDOWELL COUNTY NC - 2 SMALL GIRLS WERE IN A YARD WHEN A NEIGHBOR HEARD THEM SCREAMING AND REALIZED A LARGE DOG WAS MAULING THE 2-YEAR-OLD - HERO: WAYNE ELLIOT ALSO SAW THE ATTACK AND SPRINTED ACROSS A BUSY ROAD AND DOWN A STEEP TERRAIN TO PULL THE DOG OFF HER


It was typical afternoon in Marion, but then screams broke out in one backyard, so did the cries for help.
"I heard kids playing, dogs growling, barking. It sounded normal at first, but then I could hear the kids screaming help me," neighbor Daphne Burleson said.
Two little girls got too close to a chained up dog in the backyard of a family member. The 2-year-old, Ashlynn Cash, was attacked while the 4-year-old cried for help. No one at the home was outside.
"I could see the little girl's head and I could see the dog, but I couldn't see where he was latched on, but I could tell she was being mauled," Burleson said.
Another neighbor, Wayne Elliot, saw the ordeal and sprinted across a busy road, over steep terrain, to pull the girl to safety.
"He said it had her when he had to pull the dog off of her. It had clamped down on her," Burleson continued.
Family members came out of the house shortly after, with EMS arriving minutes later.
The girl was taken to McDowell County Hospital with serious injuries. A family member said she is home but is still recovering. The 4-year-old was unharmed.
The dog was not current on its shots and will have to finish a mandatory 10 day quarantine for rabies. The status of the dog following the quarantine is unknown.
News 13 reached out to Elliot, but he has not returned our phone calls.
When the McDowell County Sheriff's office was asked if any child endangerment charges would be filed, they said they were not aware of any at this time.

DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA - JAMES JACKSON HAGGART, 81, WAS MAULED BY A NEIGHBOR'S TWO MALE BOERBOEL MIXES AS HE OPENED HIS GATE TO LET HIS WIFE DRIVE IN

A Pinetown octogenarian, who was mauled by two dogs at his home, spoke from his hospital bed of his wife’s bravery in coming to his aid.
James Jackson Haggart, 81, underwent reconstructive surgery at St Augustine’s Hospital where he is recovering.
He was attacked last Friday by the dogs which escaped from his neighbour’s yard.
Recalling the incident, he said the attack happened quickly.
When his wife, June, 79, had returned home, he opened the gate for her to drive in.
“I was closing the gate when, out of the blue, two dogs jumped on me. I had a scuffle with them on the ground. I tried to protect my head with my hands. They were lunging at me. I was not aware they were biting chunks of flesh off me.
“My wife pulled them off. I can’t remember much thereafter except coming into hospital,” he said.

June said she was not aware of what was going on because she had been parking the car. When she came around, she heard him scream and saw the dogs on him.
“One half of the gate was open. So, I think they ran in after the car and before he could close the gates. His head was covered in blood and they were attacking him. I dropped whatever I had in my hands and tried to pull the dogs off him. They did not have collars, so, I could not get a good grip,” she explained.
“I pushed at them, but they knocked me down. I got up quickly. They were not interested in me. They wanted his head. I began kicking them. They broke their hold on him and I pulled him away,” said June.
The neighbourhood watch, said June, had notified the owner of the dogs. They visited Haggart in hospital.
They were not aware of what happened to the dogs after the attack.
Dr O’Sharran-Roy Singh, a plastic surgeon who attended to Haggart, said he dealt with at least two dog bite wounds a week.
“Children and adults need to be taught how to be around dogs and how to approach them. Dogs should not be surprised. Their natural instinct will be to attack.
“Dogs should only be tied up on a leash when visitors arrive and if you do not have secure fencing,” he said.
Haggart had lacerations to his ears, lips, scalp, nose and hands.  Singh said Haggart lost the cartilage in his ears and his lower lip was bitten off. These had to be reconstructed.  In addition, Singh repaired Haggart's nose, upper lip and scalp as well as wounds on his arms and legs.  He went into theatre for three hours, Singh said. 
The Haggarts have two children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Haggart worked as a fitter and turner and an air conditioner maintenance man for a textile company.
Lisa Morck, of the Kloof and Highway SPCA, said the SPCA collected the dogs, two male cross boerboels, and humanely euthanised them on Friday at the owner’s request.
This is an internet picture of boerboels.  This looks exactly like 3 of the pit bulls that are in pens next door to me! 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PHILADELPHIA PA - 2 PIT BULLS MAULED A 96-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CAUSING MULTIPLE BITES TO HER HEAD, FACE AND ARMS...SHE IS IN EXTREMELY CRITICAL CONDITION


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A 96-year-old woman is in the hospital after she was attacked by two dogs in the Germantown section of Philadelphia Wednesday.

Police say TWO PIT BULLS , ages 3 and 10, attacked the woman on the 5800 block of Brush Road around 3:40 p.m. Officers responded to the location and found the woman unresponsive with multiple dog bites on her head, face and arms. She was taken to the hospital where she is currently in extremely critical condition.

Both of the dogs were taken into custody. Police are currently interviewing neighbors to find out what happened. One witness told NBC10 at least one of the dogs belongs to the victim's neighbor.