Monday, January 8, 2018


BROOKSVILLE – Pit Bulls have long been criticized for being extremely dangerous and they are often the “breed” of choice by criminals who use them for dog fighting, which subsequently leaves them unadoptable if they are lucky enough to be rescued before being killed.
Some experts say the Pit Bull is not inherently aggressive but if they have been mistreated or trained to fight, they are more likely to cause severe injury or death to humans and animals if they attack. That’s exactly what one woman says happened to her family on more than one occasion and she wants answers.
Jenna Kazmier posted on social media yesterday, a terrifying story of how THREE PIT BULLS  attacked and nearly killed her 26-year-old Pony “Gator.” A pony Kazmier says she’s had since she was 11.  The incident happened at her mother’s farm located on Happy Trail in Brookville, where Kazmier says the Pit Bulls entered her parents 5-acre fenced property and severely mauled her Pony. If not for a neighbor witnessing the attack and firing a gun to scare the animals away, the Pony would have most likely died, says Kazmier.
Another neighbor contacted Kazmier and told her that three large Pit Bulls, covered in blood, were standing in her front yard, and that she was afraid to get out of her vehicle. An Animal Control officer arrived and captured two of the animals but the third ran back to its owner at 25035 Richbarn Road. Kazmier tells RNRF that when the Officer grabbed the animals, he stated to the Pit Bulls, “You didn’t do that did you?” Unbeknownst to Kazmier, the Officer proceeded to return the animals back to their owner.
Perplexed at the officer’s casual attitude, Kazmier asked, “Aren’t you going to take any pictures of my Pony or give me a card or something?” Kazmier says the Officer replied, “No, you do that,” and then handed her a business card, and a blank affidavit.
Yesterday, Kasmier and her mother, Christine Whittum met with the Animal Control Officer at the main office in Brooksville, where they asked if the dogs were in custody. Kazmier says the Officer replied, “Oh, I returned them back to the owner.” He further explained that if he brings them back to the shelter, he will have to kill two other dogs.
But this isn’t the first traumatic experience Kazmier and her family have endured with irresponsible Pit Bull owners. Last March, Kazmier says one of her neighbors on Forest Ave allowed a Pit Bull to run free and attack her husband. Brooskville Police to tried to capture the animal by deploying a tazer but it had no effect and just ran back to its owner. The next day, an Animal Control Officer responded to the owner’s residence and removed the tazer barbs but the animal remained in the owner’s custody.
As animal lovers, Kazmier tells RNRF that they didn’t want to shoot the Pit Bull, even though they were well within their rights to protect themselves. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they were eventually forced to do, after the same Pit Bull grabbed her Chihuahua last September and killed it. When she went to retrieve her dying pet, the Pit Bull charged at her, leaving her husband with no choice but to shoot and kill the animal.
Worried that one day her young children might fall victim to a vicious Pit Bull mauling, Kazmier demanded answers from HCSO, but so far, she says her concerns have gone unanswered.
County Commissioner Steve Champion caught wind of the incident and responded to Kazmier’s post by stating, “There are current laws on the books to help protect citizens and property. You have the right to defend your life and property. A couple of years ago I killed 3 that were killing my goats. Please contact Sheriff Al Nienhuis since this is his responsibility to enforce the law. I’m sure he will handle this.”
Many Hernando County residents are fed up with the attacks and are asking local officials to enact ordinances that restrict or ban Pit Bulls altogether. Miami-Dade County has already banned Pit Bulls and anyone caught in possession faces a $500.00 fine.  Other Florida jurisdictions have also implemented regulations.
I asked HCSO Spokesperson Denise Moloney about the incident and what policies might be in place for victims of dog attacks. Moloney replied, “This case is (still active) being investigated by our Agricultural Deputy, therefore, we are unable to release details at this time. There is no HCSO “policy” to refer to when vicious dogs injure or kill people.  These incidents are handled on a case-by-case basis, governed by Hernando County Ordinance (which you can find at Hernando County municode) and/or by FSS (the Hernando County Department of Health can advise which one(s) apply).”
RNRF just received word that Animal Control Officers have seized all three Pit Bulls responsible for mauling Kazmier’s Pony.
Kazmier says her Pony has made it through one night and is hopeful that it will continue to recover from the attack.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a routine case of pitbull owners who don't care what their dogs do and don't care about the welfare of their dogs. They know their dogs can be shot for injuring livestock but still let them run loose. Even when these dogs are eliminated, the owners will find more pitbulls. It takes legislation with substantial penalties to stop this.

Anonymous said...

The never ending story. Pit bulls maul, and authorities do absolutely nothing to protect the victims or remedy the situation.

I honestly believe that most of those is law enforcement get off on the suffering of animals. How else can this carnage be explained?