Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BRADLEY COUNTY TN - A LARGE DOG ATTACKED A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY AS HE WAS WALKING HOME - THE BOY'S MOTHER SAYS THE DOG SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN LEFT WITH ITS OWNER AFTER THE ATTACK

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A Bradley County boy is recovering after being attacked by a dog while walking home from a friend's house. The boy's mother tells Channel 3 the dog should not have been left in the care of its owner after the attack.
"I feel pretty scared to go back to my friends," said 9-year-old Michael Wood. Wood has bandages on his arm after being attacked by a neighbor's dog on Friday. Michael was walking home when he says the dog charged at him.
"When I bounced my ball, he charged at me and he grabbed me on my shoulder," said Wood. "He bit me and he got me here too." 
Michael is now at home recovering from puncture wounds to his right forearm and shoulder. 
He was able to get away and run home.
"Reporter: What did you think when he was chasing after you? Wood: That I wasn't going to be able to run fast enough." 
Michael's mom contacted Channel 3 for help after learning the dog would stay in its owner's care for a required 10-day quarantine. 
"Pretty upset because I feel like justice wasn't being done," said mother Stephanie Phillips. " I mean now my son has to take antibiotics and has to live through nightmares and nothing is being done with this dog. They (dog's owners) didn't go to school to be a veterinarian, they're not licensed, they're not certified." 
Channel 3 spoke with Charleston Police Chief Johnny Stokes about the issue. He told us the Bradley County SPCA refused to take the animal. 
"We don't have a place to take the dog," said Chief Stokes. " We can't watch it here in town. It's our knowledge that they won't come out and take the dog from what we've been told, they wouldn't come out to take it to quarantine it for the 10 days."
Channel 3 contacted Bradley County SPCA officials who told us, they would take the dog but only if the police department issued the dog's owner a citation or the owner willingly surrendered the animal.

Michael's mom has been instructed to watch out for any high fevers. She's worried about other children in the neighborhood too. 
"This is not taken lightly, this is serious and this could have been worse than what it was," said Phillips. 
Late Monday, the police chief talked to the dog's owner again. He says the owner has now voluntarily surrendered his dog to the animal shelter for the 10 day quarantine. Officials say the dog was not vaccinated and will need to be before being returned back to the owner. 


POSADAS ARGENTINA - AN ELDERLY MAN, 82, WAS MAULED BY HIS SON'S PIT BULLS HE HAD ACQUIRED FROM A SHELTER 6 MONTHS EARLIER - HIS LEG WILL HAVE TO BE AMPUTATED!!!



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They must amputate a leg to the grandfather attacked by PIT BULLS.
Damian Villalba is the 82 year old man who was brutally attacked by a couple of pit bulls in his own house on Friday, his granddaughter Laura Villalba told details of the violent episode in dialogue with Misiones Cuatro and what the current statis of the victim.

Villalba's granddaughter explained that the owners of the pit bulls are a son of the victim and his wife living in a dwelling located in the back of the same land. "Six months ago they went to Bahia Blanca to look for these dogs in a shelter without the consent of my grandfather. He did not want to be brought in for fear, he said.  "The female had been used for fights and was aggressive, not a docile bitch," he added. 

On Friday afternoon, Grandpa Damian was doing some activities and when he went out on the patio was surprised by the female pit bull that bit him on one of his legs, "He automatically falls and there begins to attack the male. The old man was rescued by the residents of Barrio Tacurú.


As for her grandfather's current state of health, the woman said it is delicate and doctors have confirmed to the family that they have to amputate one of the legs to avoid a major infection that could lead to death. "We do not know how his life will be now, he was always very active, he rides a bicycle, he likes to dance, he ruined his life," he said.

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POSADAS. Damián Villalba es el anciano de 82 años que el viernes fue brutalmente atacado por un casal de pitbulls en su propia casa, su nieta Laura Villalba contó detalles del violento episodio en diálogo con Misiones Cuatro y cuál es el estado actual de la víctima. La nieta de Villalba explicó que los dueños de los pitbulls son un hijo de la víctima y su esposa que viven en una vivienda ubicada en la parte trasera del mismo terreno. “Hace 6 meses fueron hasta Bahía Blanca a buscar estos perros en un refugio sin el consentimiento de mi abuelo. Él no quería que los trajeran por temor”, reveló. “La hembra había sido utilizada para peleas y era agresiva, no era una perra dócil”, agregó. En la tarde del viernes, el abuelo Damián se encontraba realizando unas actividades y cuando salió al patio fue sorprendido por la pitbull hembra que lo mordió en una de sus piernas, “Él automáticamente cae y ahí lo empieza a atacar el macho. No lo soltaron en ningún momento”, relató Villalba. El anciano fue socorrido por los vecinos del Barrio Tacurú. Sobre el estado de salud actual de su abuelo, la mujer comentó que es delicado y los médicos han confirmado a la familia que deberán amputarle una de las piernas para evitar una infección mayor que pueda provocarle la muerte. “No sabemos cómo va a ser su vida ahora, él siempre fue muy activo, anda en bicicleta, le gusta bailar, le arruinaron la vida”, manifestó. - Vía MisionesCuatro.com

http://misionescuatro.com/posadas/deben-amputarle-una-pierna-al-abuelo-atacado-perros/


BILOXI MS - JAXON RONSONET, 15, SAYS LIFE HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT NORMAL SINCE NOVEMBER 10 WHEN A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED HIS LITTLE BROTHER THEN TURNED ON HIM AND HE LOST HIS LEG

Jaxon Ronsonet wears his artificial leg at home with
Jaxon Ronsonet, 15, has a firm handshake, a wide smile and a polite manner. And a prosthetic leg to replace the leg he lost after being mauled by a  PIT BULL  three months ago.

Life has been anything but normal for Jaxon and his family since Nov. 10, when the dog attacked.  Life has been anything but normal for Jaxon and his family since Nov. 10, when the dog attacked Bentley, 5, and Jaxon saved his brother by taking the brunt of the dog’s fury.  One of the dog’s teeth broke off in Jaxon’s left leg bone. The tooth is believed to be the source of an infection that required amputating his leg.

Jaxon wore himself out Friday afternoon as he used a walker to steady himself while playing cops and robbers with his brother in the backyard of his grandmother’s home on Shady Lane in Biloxi.  He’s still getting used to wearing his artificial leg and has additional pain because two bones at the tip of his stump have created bumps. He has to wear extra socks on his stump to ease the pain.

After the attack he spent about a month in a New Orleans hospital, where doctors at first believed his leg could be saved. “I’m just glad to be home with my family,” Jaxon said.

Everything in life has changed for Jaxon and his family. He and his mother and brother had lived in a second-floor apartment.  They moved in with the grandmother after the accident.

Doctor’s may release him to return to school after the Mardi Gras holiday. He will alternate between using a walker and a wheelchair when he returns to Biloxi High, where he’s a ninth-grader.

His mother, Tiffany Ronsonet, is on a leave of absence from her job, where she was the lead day-shift cashier before the accident.  Ronsonet says she drives to and from New Orleans for Jaxon’s appointments three times a month as well as appointments for Bentley in Jackson and New Orleans.

“He has Medicaid but he does have some medical expenses that Medicaid will not cover, like certain prescriptions and medical supplies such as tape and gauze,” she said.

Her husband is no longer in the picture since he drained their joint bank account, which was linked to a GoFundMe account. He took their car and disappeared.  “I haven’t heard from him since,” Ronsonet said.  Biloxi police investigated but said they could not find a crime to charge him with. His name was on the account.

A new GoFundMe account, Help Jaxon and Bentley, was set up, but people have expressed concerns because of what happened to the first account.The first account had received $7,600 in donations. Ronsonet said she and her husband had a total of $8,000.31 in their bank account, including the GoFundMe money. All that was left was 31cents.  “I got my own checking account at People’s Bank, where some people have left donations, and the new GoFundMe goes in my account and my soon-to-be-ex-husband doesn’t have access to it,” Ronsonet said.

Jaxon Ronsonet demonstrates how he takes off his prosthetic leg at his Biloxi home. He lost his leg after a pit bull attack.

The new fund has a goal of $10,000. A total of $1,570 has been raised. Only $90 in donations were given in the past month.  Ronsonet said she has found free legal consultation to get a divorce but she needs $80 for a legal advertisement since her husband can’t be found. It’s a lesser priority than keeping up with Jaxon’s medical care, she said.  “I don’t like having to ask for help,” Ronsonet said. 

“We have been so blessed with help, but I’ve got to have gas money for doctor appointments and the costs Medicaid won’t pay. I can’t start back to work until Jaxon can start back to school.  “We’ve made it this far because of prayers and the support of friends and even strangers.  But I’m afraid we need more help."

Jaxon enjoys playing video games, but he sees neighborhood kids playing ball and it makes him sad, Ronsonet said.  He is receiving counseling to help him adjust to this major life change.  Jaxon said it’s still painful getting used to his prosthetic leg.  “And I have phantom pains,” he said of the leg he no longer has.

Jaxon and Bentley Fontan had been playing in the front yard of their grandmother’s home when a pit bull from the house next door attacked them.  The woman who was keeping the dog at her home “looked like she was throwing a stick at the dog, like they were playing fetch,” Jaxon said.  Then the dog went over to the boys.

“The dog bit me in my foot and my butt,” Bentley said.  Jaxon said he tossed his brother on top of a trash can to keep him safe.  “The dog started biting my leg so I started kicking it with my other leg,” Jaxon said.  “People tried to get the dog to get off me. Nobody could do it. But they finally got the dog off.”

Ronsonet said her son had nightmares for a while, calling out, “Somebody please get the dog off me,” or  “Don’t hit the dog with the shovel again." 

The dog, named Cleo, was euthanized. The dog’s rabies test turned out negative.What caused the dog to attack remains unclear. The woman who was keeping the dog has said she warned the boys to get back when she realized they were in the front yard.  Ronsonet said it’s been heartbreaking to watch Jaxon face the aftermath.

“He is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened to him, Ronsonet said.  Since moving in with her mother,the family has had concerns about the same neighbor's second dog, also a PIT BULL. The dog had jumped the fence, landing in their back yard.An animal control officer came out and secured the pit bull in its own backyard.

After the officer left, the dog jumped the fence again, Rosonet said. The officer came back and seized the dog, she said.  “I do know God is watching over us,” she said. “But one thing really bothers me. The family next door has never once apologized to us.”

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2017/02/19/teen-lost-leg-pit-bull-attack-glad-home/98077890/

http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article134953949.html





After the attack, he spent about a month in a New Orleans hospital, where doctors at first believed his leg could be saved.“I’m just glad to be home with my family,” Jaxon said.

PORT ELIZABETH SOUTH AFRICA - THREE PIT BULLS MAULED GERALD CLOETE, 40, AS HE WAS WALKING BY A HOUSE - HE SUFFERED WOUNDS OVER HIS ENTIRE BODY AND HIS ARM HAD TO BE AMPUTATED AND NOW HE DESCRIBES HIS TREMENDOUS PAIN AND THE NIGHTMARES THAT NEVER END



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkxSq17qMyQ


The Port Elizabeth man who was horrifically mauled in a PIT BULL attack – in which he lost an arm – is suffering recurring nightmares that the dogs are still coming after him.
Making a slow recovery but still in tremendous pain, Gerald Cloete, 40, miraculously survived the savage attack by three pit bulls  in Rowallan Park on February 18.
Having always made what he describes as a decent living as an odd-job man, he has denied claims that he was trying to break into anyone’s home or property at the time of the attack.

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Cloete faces an uncertain future because of his injuries.
“I now dream of dogs – black dogs. They come at me at night in my head,” he said.
“My heart will beat fast – then I wake up.
“It is at night that I am most scared.”
Cloete suffered life-threatening injuries to his chest, arms and ears and was placed on a ventilator after he stopped breathing at the scene.
Neighbours who witnessed the incident said they were baffled as the dogs had never hurt anyone before.
Marcus van Meiring lives at the house in Rowan Street where the attack took place outside the property.
His neighbour, Hennie de Klerk, 50, said at the time that Cloete – who was known as Marks or Pompies – was well-known in the area.
Cloete said from his hospital bed in the surgical ward at Livingstone Hospital yesterday he believed it was God who had kept him alive.
“I have walked that road many times before,” he said. “I work for a man who lives up the road.
“I was coming from the little shopping centre, where I had gone to buy myself a drink.
“I was walking by the house with the pit bulls and was already past the gate when the first one grabbed me by the arm.
“I had a black bag in my hand and tried to put my hands up to stop them. “Another [pitbull] went for my neck. Another took my leg.
“I managed to shout: ‘Help! Oh dear God, help me.’ Then I fell.
“It only took a few seconds. There was a little one as well who kept on biting my legs.
“I remember seeing the blood. I didn’t know where I was bleeding from. I never saw so much blood.
“There was a white man – a tall white man. He had something in his hand.
“He ran towards me, chasing the dogs off. “I don’t remember anything else.” Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said a Jannie van Schalkwyk had also been treated later for bite wounds at Livingstone Hospital.
Cloete said he loved dogs and had three of his own – Sparky, Matchie and Denzie.
“They are just ordinary dogs. They only bark – they don’t bite people,” he said.
Cloete woke up in his hospital bed in the intensive care unit on Thursday last week. He had suffered deep bite wounds all over his body, resulting in his left arm being amputated.
“I remember talking to the doctor,” he said.
“He asked if I could feel my hand. I said my fingers were cold.”
Cloete said he was angered by allegations that he had been attacked after breaking into the house where the dogs were.
“I used to do contract work in the building trade,” he said.
“When the contract ended, I thought I would need a way to make money for my family.
“I built a wooden cart [and] would take it and offer to take people’s rubbish away.
“Then I would go through the bags and take what I could. The rest I would take to the tip.
“It was a good business. I made between R4 000 and R5 000 a month.
“I didn’t have to steal. I never even begged for money.”
Cloete said he had walked those streets for years.
“The people there know me as ‘Marks’. I am an honest man,” he said.
Cloete said he lost his identity document in November when his house burnt down.
“My life isn’t easy. It has never been easy. What can you do?” he said.
“I lived in a house I built in Kuyga. In November, a candle fell over and my house burnt down.
“I started rebuilding it. I have finished one room so far, [but] I don’t know what I am going to do now with this arm.
“However, I will make a plan – I am still alive.”
Cloete said he was still in excruciating pain.
“The pain is terrible. I have pills, but it never goes away,” he said.
“The dogs scare me in my dreams. When I go to sleep, I dream that they are coming at me.”
Cloete said he was always careful around big dogs.
“I would ask people to put them away if I worked in the garden,” he said.
He hopes to regain most of his strength and be discharged soon. He did not know anything about the lock on the gate of the property being broken.
“The people I worked for trusted me,” Cloete said.
“They would let me work in the garden. I don’t break into houses.
“The police came here this morning [yesterday] but said they would be back to take my statement.”
Meanwhile, the man who lets his house to the owner of the pit bulls opened a case of malicious damage to property last week, saying the gate at the house had been tampered with.
Christo van Meiring owns the house where pit bull owner Marcus van Meiring lives.
It is not known whether the men are related.
Christo, a policeman at the Motherwell police station, alleged that a padlock on the perimeter gate had been found lying on the ground and appeared to have been tampered with.
Marcus, meanwhile, is under investigation for failing to prevent injury to a person under the Animal Protection Act.
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the matter was still being investigated.

COCOA FL - 2 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" ESCAPED THEIR HOME AND TRAVELED 3 MILES TO INVADE A SCREENED PORCH TO MAUL AND KILL A FAMILY'S CATS

A Cocoa woman was ticketed after her TWO PIT BULLS  tore a screen to a patio and killed a pet cat, authorities say.  Animal Control officers took the two pit bulls away after the incident on Monday.
Larry Koss owns the house where his tenant kept two cats in the lanai.  "I think it's outrageous, because the cats were inside the screened in porch. The cats weren't outside roaming the street," Koss says. 
Police say the two pit bulls somehow escaped from their home and traveled three miles to get to the home on Circle Drive. 
"They chased me, and the police officer and my dogs," says Cocoa Councilwoman Brenda Warner, who lives next door to the attack happened.  "I've never seen them before. I've no idea where they came from, but they're a little on the aggressive side."
Animal Control had to call police for backup because the dogs were so aggressive.  Warner says, "Dogs don't normally scare me, but these were more aggressive than usual."
"I'm very disappointed in them, very very disappointed in them. They're bad. I hear them breathing," said the owner of the dogs, Jennifer Housenga.
Housenga says she isn't sure how the dogs, Jacob and Esau, got out of the yard.  "I don't care if I gotta come fix the lady's door and wall and whatever happened myself, and get her a new cat, because like I say, I can only imagine how she feels."
"She's with her family, cause she's so distraught," Koss says.  
Koss says the cat's owner told him one of her cats hid behind the washer, while her 15-year-old cat Thomas was killed.
"For these dogs to come in and bust through the screen, that's going way too far. People need to be responsible for their pets."
Police say the dogs were returned to their owner.

Monday, February 27, 2017

LAREDO TX - A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS VICIOUSLY MAULED BY A NEIGHBOR'S LOOSE DOG SAID TO BE A "BOXER MIX" - OFFICERS WERE FORCED TO SHOOT THE DOG



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A man is still recovering at a Laredo hospital after being mauled by a dog.  It happened Sunday morning in the 500 block of Teakwood Lane, on the city's east side.


Police say the 24-year old man was attacked by a neighbor's loose dog, which is described as a BOXER MIX.
Officers tried to free the man, but when they couldn't, officers used deadly force.
Neighbors say the dog belongs to a Webb County sheriff's deputy.
The victim has serious injuries to his face, neck and arms. The officer also had minor cuts on both hands.
Animal control cited the dog's owner. Police say the dog had not been registered, wasn't micro-chipped and they could not verify if it had been vaccinated for rabies.
The District Attorney's Office has requested an investigation into this attack for possible criminal negligence. 


PHILADELPHIA PA - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED A 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE FACE

A young girl is hospitalized after being bitten by a dog in Philadelphias Germantown section.

A young girl is hospitalized after being bitten by a dog in Philadelphia's Germantown section.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Collum Street.

Police say a 7-year-old girl was bitten in the face by a PIT BULL, believed to be a neighbor's dog.

The girl is being treated at Einstein Medical Center for facial injuries.

Police are investigating.

http://6abc.com/news/girl-7-bitten-in-face-by-pit-bull-in-germantown-/1774655/http%3A%2F%2F6abc.com%2F1774655%2F


KERIKERI NZ - A 94-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS ATTACKED BY 2 PIT BULLS AS HE WAS WALKING HIS PET DOG ON A LEASH

A 94-year-old Kerikeri man is recovering in hospital after trying to defend his pet from an attack by TWO UNRESTRAINED PIT BULLS. 
Police say the man was walking his pet on the field behind Kerikeri High School and next to the Domain about 6pm on Sunday when a woman was walking two dogs, which appeared to be pit bulls, on the other side of the field.
The man's small dog was on a leash but the woman's were not.
Senior Sergeant Brian Swann, of Mid North police, said the two larger dogs ran across the field and attacked the elderly man's pet, grabbing it by the ear.
When the man tried to intervene to protect his dog he was bitten several times on his legs and right arm. He received puncture wounds on his legs and a nasty cut to his wrist.
He was taken by St John Ambulance to Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa where he was expected to require stitches. His dog's ear was torn but it was otherwise uninjured.
Mr Swann said the woman with the pit bulls left the scene when police arrived, but officers were given a name which they passed on to Far North District Council's animal control team.
The council would investigate whether action could be taken on grounds of owning dangerous dogs or failing to control dogs.
It is understood the woman lives on a nearby street.
One person who knows what it's like to be elderly and attacked by a dog is Jim Morgan of Kaikohe, who turns 93 next week.
He was walking on Harold Ave last April with his terrier-chihuahua cross, Sandy, when they were attacked by an American pit bull.
Mr Morgan was knocked to the ground and suffered bites to his hand while Sandy was bitten all over and required numerous stitches.
Advocate readers paid the $700 vet bill and donated gifts to aid the pair's recovery.
A year later Mr Morgan said Sandy had "healed perfectly" but he still had pain in the hand that was bitten.
He called on dog owners to keep their animals under control at all times.
"Any dog can bite, but the pit bulls really go for you. They shouldn't be allowed in the country in the first place," he said yesterday.
According to the Far North District Council's dog control bylaw, which is undergoing a review, dogs must be on a leash while on any footpath in the Far North.
They are banned entirely from many children's playgrounds, including in Kerikeri.
Dogs do not have to be kept on a lead in Kerikeri Domain but the bylaw says dogs must be "under continuous control at all times", even in off-leash areas.
The person in charge of the dog must also make sure it does not cause any danger, distress or nuisance.
Dogs must be on a lead while on the sports fields next to the domain, which are owned by the Education Ministry.
Mr Swann said Sunday's attack was a reminder of the need to keep dogs under control, even in a place such as the Domain where many people exercised their pets, and to respect other people using the area.

TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FL - A MAN WAS WALKING HIS BELOVED POODLE ON A LEASH WHEN 2 PIT BULLS RAN UP AND SNATCHED "SIMBA" AND ATE HIM UP - AN OFFICER WAS FORCED TO SHOOT THE PITS

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 - It started like every other morning for Keithroy George. But a routine walk around his East Tampa neighborhood with his dog, Simba, took a tragic turn Monday morning.
George says out of nowhere, two unleashed PIT BULLS  charged at him. "They grabbed the dog out of my hands, and they no longer were concentrating on me. They just started eating him up," George said Monday.
George says the dogs snatched Simba from his leash and ran into the woods with him.
"I was speechless.  All I could do was call the police," he said.
Tampa Police Department spokesperson Steve Hegarty says the two dogs turned on the first officer who arrived. The officer shot and killed one dog and injured the other. The injured dog was humanely euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.
"We take it very seriously whenever an officer discharges his weapon. In this case, as far as I know, it looks like an open and shut case," Hegarty said. 
That doesn't bring back George's companion of five years.  He says the same dogs had shown aggression toward him before and the attack could have been prevented.
Animal Control is investigating who the pit bulls belong to and whether the owner will face any charges.  In the meantime, George is left with a searing image he can't shake.
"If you cannot control your animal, don't own it," he added.The dog's like a member of my family. And just like that, because of someone's carelessness, they kill my dog," George complained.
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A police officer shot one pit bull dog and seriously injured another dog Monday morning when the dogs lunged at the officer after mauling a poodle.
The poodle's owner was walking the dog around 5:55 a.m. in the Jackson Heights neighborhood when the two dogs escaped their home and came after the poodle.
As the Tampa Police Department officer arrived at the scene, the pit bulls had killed the poodle and turned on the officer, who fired "several shots" at the dogs. The officer was not identified.
Neither the officer or the poodle's owner were injured during the attack.
TPD is investigating the use of deadly force by the officer. Hillsborough County Animal Control is looking into the pit bull escape and attack, according to TPD.

QUINCY, ADAMS COUNTY IL - THE COUNTY CORONER HAS RELEASED THE NAME OF A MAN - JAMIE OWSLEY, 21 - WHO DIED FOLLOWING A DOG ATTACK

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Adams County Coroner Jim Keller has released the name of the victim who died following a dog attack in Quincy early Sunday morning. 
According to Keller, the victim is 21-year-old Jamie Owsley of Quincy.

Quincy Police said Sunday that they were conducting a death investigation after a dog attacked a man.
Police said they received a call from the emergency room in reference to a person with a dog bite.
Police said it happened Sunday morning at 3:26 a.m. at 1005 Jersey inside the home. 
Adams County Coroner Jim Keller said he was called to the scene to investigate the death of a male.

Keller tells WGEM no further details will be released until prior to final autopsy results, which could take up to two weeks.


http://www.wgem.com/story/34608636/2017/02/Sunday/police-conducting-a-death-investigation-after-dog-attack


2017 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 5  (children 3  -  adults 2)

PIT BULL - 2 
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1
MASTIFF/GREAT DANE MIX - 1
MASTIFF - 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 Bulls  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) 2-26 JAMIE OWSLEY - 21 -  QUINCY IL -  A call came in to Police from an emergency room about someone with a ??dog bite?? that happened early Sunday morning around 3:26am from inside a home at 1005 Jersey........


PHILADELPHIA PA - POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING WHETHER A PIT BULL KILLED A MAN LATE FRIDAY NIGHT


 - Philadelphia police are investigating whether a PIT BULL killed a man late Friday night. 
The victim and his dog were found in his apartment on the 5300 block of Rising Sun Avenue. 
Neighbors say the victim and his brother had only recently found the 8-month-old dog, and it appeared to be malnourished. A friend allegedly went to check on the man when he saw the dog through a crack in the wall, and the victim not moving.
"The dog was trying to get through the crack," said Tyrone Giddings. "I didn't open the door, cause it wasn't letting me in the door.  So I looked through the crack. It's trying to jump through the crack and attack me. It wouldn't let me in the room. So I can't really check no pulse or nothing, but from  my stand point, I couldn't see his chest moving."
The 21-year-old victim died at Albert Einstein Medical Center. 
Police say autopsy results should help determine what happened. 
The dog was taken from the scene by Animal Control. 
http://www.fox29.com/news/238295439-story

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Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine what killed a 21-year-old man found inside a home on the 5300 block of Rising Sun Avenue in North Philadelphia shortly before midnight on Saturday. 

The man, whose identity was not immediately released by police, was removed from the home by an EMS squad. He was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center at 12:42 a.m. Sunday. 

According to police, he had bite marks on his face, but it was unclear whether the bites had caused his death, or whether they were inflicted after a medical trauma. At 1:15 a.m. Sunday, about 30 minutes after doctors pronounced the man dead, officers were called to the home for a report of a vicious dog. Police said they removed a pit bull from the address.

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/Dog-bit-man-but-did-dog-kill-man.html

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Authorities are investigating the role a man's dog played in his death in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

Police say a man found the body of his 20-year-old brother in a rear bedroom of an apartment on the 5300 block of Rising Avenue early Saturday morning.

The man suffered several bite wounds to his face, police say.

The victim's 8-month-old pit bull was found in the apartment covered with blood.

The pit bull was removed from the home by members of PACCA without incident.

An autopsy is being conducted on the man to determine the cause of death.

http://6abc.com/news/dogs-role-investigated-in-olney-suspicious-death/1773852/


Sunday, February 26, 2017

LAKE COUNTY FL - A PIT BULL AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER WAS BEING PETTED BY A PREGNANT COUPLE LOOKING TO ADOPT HIM AND IN A SECOND THE PIT WAS IN A FULL-ON ATTACK MODE !!!

Chris Luhrs, a 40-year-old Disney World mechanic who keeps the popular Jungle Cruise ride running, was standing in a tiny room at the Lake County Animal Shelter stroking a potential new family member named “Big Man.”
Suddenly, Luhrs’ pregnant partner, Julie Grant, noticed the pit-bull mix — you knew this story would be about a pit bull, didn’t you? — pull his lips back over his teeth in what very clearly was not a friendly smile.
“Julie locked eyes with me, and he leaped,” said Luhrs, an Army veteran who lives with Grant on 27 acres south of Groveland. “He was getting petted one second and the next, it was a full-on attack — barking and biting. He bit my nose, and at the same time knocked out my front tooth … He lunged for her [Grant], and I intervened.”
That act of bravery Feb. 2 is costing him.
The animal kept biting while Luhrs bellowed at Grant, who was pinned in a corner, to get out of the room. Blood sprayed all over, and Grant — a pit-bull lover — started beating on the glass walls to get help. A worker came running with a mop and used it to beat the dog off Luhrs.
The director of Lake EMS, which carted Luhrs to South Lake Hospital in Clermont, described the incident as “very minor” — a few puncture wounds and a few scratches.
Luhrs’ point of view is different.
He spent three days in the veterans hospital in Lake Nona after the wound got infected. Now he has little range of motion in his dominant right hand, no feeling in his fingertips or upper palm, can’t make his hand grasp a tool, needs plastic surgery on his nose and will have to pay out of pocket for a dental implant or bridgework so he doesn’t look like something out of “The Beverly Hillbillies” for the rest of his life.


This big man screamed as doctors probed the bites with needles, twisting and turning them deep into the puncture wounds to inject anti-rabies medicine where it had to be delivered because the dog had gotten a rabies vaccine only the day before — not enough time to take effect.
On Wednesday, doctors ordered a month of physical therapy for “crushed” nerves in his forearm — he is still out of work with no guarantee the nerves will spring back. Grant bursts into uncontrollable tears when a dog barks.
Welcome, dear reader, to Central Florida, land of unwanted pit bulls. Shelters are filled with them. And it’s become politically incorrect to suggest that these marvelous puppies might rip your face off. Too bad: they can and sometimes do.
Nobody keeps very reliable dog-bite statistics, but using newspaper accounts of death by dog, DogsBite.org calculated that 232 people were killed by pit bulls or their mixes between 2005 and 2015, accounting for 64 percent of all deaths though they make up only 6.6 percent of all dogs in the U.S.
In Lake County, animal-rights folks are pressuring the shelter to go “no-kill,” which means that 90 percent of the animals leave alive. In January, the shelter hit 86 percent.
Big Man, however, left dead, and he should have departed to doggie heaven long before he got his teeth into Luhrs.
Grant said a worker told the couple Big Man was “the shelter favorite” because of his calm demeanor, and she mentioned no problems. Um, no. Just no. County records show four documented aggressive incidents of threatening shelter workers, including one in which he threw himself at a chain-link fence and gnawed it to get to the person on the other side.
He’d been marked for euthanasia and yet, there he was — loose in a room without an effective rabies shot with a pregnant woman. How did that even happen?
County officials refuse to explain because the couple plans to sue.
Since the county took over animal control last month from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, dogs are evaluated “on a more holistic assessment,” said Brian Sheahan, director of the county’s Community Safety & Compliance Department.
“There is no switch,” that sends an intermittently-aggressive dog such as Big Man to its death, he said.
There needs to be. This is a foolhardy gamble to save a dog at the expense of a human being and to jack up the “leave live” numbers. Safety of the public must come first.
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A pit bull that was deemed “not adoptable” attacked a Florida man at the Lake County Animal Services shelter, according to The Orlando Sentinel
The man and his wife were testing their compatibility with the pit bull, Pluto, when it bit the man’s face, hand and forearm, The Sentinel reported. The man was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. 
Pluto was described as having “anti-social behavior and marked for euthanasia,” after several employees noted the dog’s aggressiveness. However the canine wasn’t euthanized until after Thursday’s attack, the Sentinel reported. 
Over the last couple of months, there have been attacks by pit bulls in Tampa and Atlanta that have given the dogs a bad reputation among some people.