Saturday, June 30, 2018

BATON ROUGE LA - A WOMAN WAS ATTACKED BY A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL IN HER YARD WHILE WALKING HER DOG ON ITS LEASH


Thank you to everyone who’s reached out over the past 24h. Yesterday morning I took sparky out for a walk on a leash. While we were in my front yard, I saw my neighbors pit bull out of his yard and heading towards us. I immediately picked up sparky, but the pit lunged and grabbed ahold of my right arm. Somehow I was able to break free and try to run, but he got me again and wouldn’t let go. I made it over to the side door, with the pit still attached to me, and in one jerk, pulled my arm away and got inside. Tried calling 911, but he bit through my iPhone and broke it, so I stumbled to the back door and went in the back yard screaming for help. At this point, I’d lost so much blood, I could barely stand. Finally the other neighbors heard my calls for help, so they immediately called 911, and came over to help me. Someone was able to get in touch with my mom, and she headed straight over to get Sparky and bring him to the vet, while I went by ambulance to the hospital.
Sparky will most likely lose his leg, and I was left with extensive injuries to my right arm. Meeting with the orthopedic surgeon today to hopefully determine the next steps in my recovery process. Currently, I have very little use of my arm, hand and fingers and am unable to move my wrist.
This is awful—but it could’ve been SO MUCH WORSE. I always have my kids Thursday morning. Always. And they’re always the ones who bring him out on the leash while I’m loading the car up. A cancelled meeting is the only reason they weren’t with me that morning. Had it been my tiny girls who were attacked, they could’ve been killed.
Please, people...take care of your animals. Love them. Treat them like family. But still understand that they are animals. The owners of this dog claimed he’s never done anything like this before, but it only takes once to change someone’s life forever. I know I’ll never look at a big dog the same way.
Yesterday was the most painful and horrifying thing I’ve ever been though, and both sparky and I have a long road of recovery ahead of us.....but I’m so thankful because it could’ve been SO much worse.

___________________________________________________________________

SOMEONE POSTED THIS BELOW  IN THE COMMENTS ABOUT THE ABOVE ATTACK:

boy killed by dogs Pointe Coupee

https://blog.dogsbite.org/2009/04/2009-fatality-michael-blaise-landry-4.html

Debby LeJeune Stabiler Posted from someone in pointe coupee parish.....

It's been 7 years...7 missed birthdays...7 school years that's should've been full of learning and field trips and making friends...7 years of exploring this world and exploring likes and dislikes....
Instead it's been 7 years of missing his angelic face and beautiful voice...7 years of silence...7 years of nightmares and waking up with a broken heart that still cannot understand why he was taken in such a horrific manner and why he was taken so soon....

7 years ago, Blaise Landry was having fun playing in his front yard while his mom worked in the yard. 7 years ago, their irresponsible neighbor turned their 3 Boxers loose to roam the area and do whatever as they always did. 7 years ago, those dogs set their sights on Blaise...and they fatally mauled him right there in his own front yard while his mother fought to save him. 7 years ago, Blaise's mom and dad and brother had their hearts forever broken in one of the worst imaginable ways possible.

It's been 7 years and Blaise's absence only grows more pronounced. It's been 7 years and there has still been NO JUSTICE for this boy with the angelic face and eyes so blue that they put the blue sky to shame. Those dog owners were never charged with a crime. They didn't even get a citation for dogs roaming at large, much less face charges for their dogs' actions that were a direct result of their own irresponsible actions. How can that be? How is it that two dog owners, who refused to even say they were sorry, were able to go on about their lives, which included getting a new puppy just a few months later, all the while a family was left grieving the sudden death of their son that occurred because of their neighbor's' actions?

To this day I still don't understand the injustice in this situation. I think about Blaise and his family often. I have fought for changes in our local and state laws. I am still very vocal about people being responsible dog owners and not allowing their dogs just to roam loose. I've spent countless hours fighting BSL, pushing for the enactment of leash ordinances, pushing for harsher penalties for leash ordinance violations, and pushing for negligent homicide charges when an dog fatally mauls someone, and it's all good I guess, but I still don't understand why these owners were allowed to just walk away as if they did nothing wrong. I don't understand the lack of punishment. I can't comprehend that a child lost his life and never received the justice he and his family deserved at the very least. I'm appalled at local law enforcement for letting those dog owners walk. And I'm disgusted at those owners for being so hateful and callus that they didn't even show an ounce of regret or compassion.

Tonight, tomorrow, and every day thereafter my prayers are with Tammy and her family. Blaise touched a lot of hearts in his short time on earth. ❤️



Friday, June 29, 2018

ARCATA CA - HUMBOLDT COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE REPORTS THAT DONALD STEELE, 91, WAS FATALLY MAULED IN A DOG ATTACK ON JUNE 25




An Arcata dog is being held in quarantine at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter for the time being, following a rampaging attack on two people Monday morning at the Town & Country Mobile Villa off Giuntoli Lane in Arcata.

The incident took place just before 11 a.m. on the 4900 block of Sierra Way, inside the park, and prompted a large response from police and paramedics. The dispatcher’s log of the call reads: “[Reporting party] screaming into the phone about a dog attack, and that someone needs medical, just kept screaming hurry.”

First responders at the scene referred to the incident as a “mauling,” and quickly called for another ambulance for an additional patient. One of the patients was believed to have “critical” injuries, and the other had “moderate” injuries, according to emergency radio traffic at the time.

Lt. Bart Silvers of the Arcata Police Department told the Outpost today that both of the victims were adults, and that at least one of them is the dog’s owner. He didn’t have any updated information about their condition, but he confirmed that his officers captured the dog and took it to the animal shelter.The dog is still there as of today, and is in a quarantined area of the shelter while it is determined whether or not it is rabid, according to Andre Hale, the shelter’s manager.

Hale, reached this afternoon, says it hasn’t yet been determined what will happen with the animal. (She would only characterize it as a  "MIXED-BREED"  dog.) In such cases, she said, the owner has 10 days to request the return of the pet or surrender it to the custody of the police. If that doesn’t happen, the shelter would take custody. Either the shelter or the police agency would determine if the dog must be destroyed, which is usually the case when a dog severely injures a human.

Hale expects this to be the case, though the shelter doesn’t have a timetable at present. “Generally speaking, if the dog attacks the owner, the owner doesn’t want the dog back,” she said.


https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/jun/27/dog-attack-arcata-mobile-home-park-monday-will-lik/

https://kymkemp.com/2018/06/29/91-year-old-man-mauled-by-dog-in-arcata-earlier-this-week-dies/
_________________________________________________

(KIEM) – From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal dog attack on June 25, 2018 in Arcata as 91-year-old Donald Steele. Steele’s cause of death has been determined to be from injuries consistent with a dog attack. His manner of death has been determined as accidental.
Humboldt County Animal Control took possession of the dog following the incident. The dog was euthanized June 28 following orders from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. The dog tested negative for rabies.
The Arcata Police Department is investigating this incident. All inquiries related to this case should be directed to the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428
http://kiem-tv.com/2018/06/29/91-year-old-man-victim-in-fatal-dog-attack/



2018 DOG BITE RELATED FATALITIES - 10   (5 children -5 adults)

PIT BULL - 4 (KY, LA,OK, MS)
PIT BULL AND 6 OTHER DOGS (7 DOGS) (OK) - 1 
PIT BULL MIX - 1 (MO)
WOLF/MALAMUTE MIX - 1  (VA)
GERMAN SHEPHERD - 1 (GA)
3 DOGS IN HOME - ROTTWEILER, LABRADOR OR TERRIER - CA - 1
UNIDENTIFIED BREED - 1 (ARCATA CA)

CA - 2
GA - 1
KY - 1
LA - 1
MS - 1
MO - 1
OK - 2
VA - 1


BOARDING PIT KILLED KENNEL WORKER - 1
ADOPTED PIT KILLED CHILD - 1
FAMILY PIT KILLED OWNER - 1
NEIGHBOR'S 2 PITS KILLED ELDERLY PERSON WALKING - 1
NEIGHBOR'S PIT + 6 MORE DOGS KILLED WOMAN - 1
BABYSITTER'S PIT MIX KILLED 13 MO OLD GIRL - 1
BABYSITTER'S GERMAN SHEPHERD KILLED 5-MO-OLD GIRL - 1
FAMILY  WOLF/MALAMUTE MIX KILLED 8-DAY-OLD INFANT - 1
FAMILY DOG KILLED INFANT - 1 
BREED NOT IDENTIFIED -VERY ELDERLY PERSON AGE 91

1)  1-9 - LAURA WILLIAMS RAY - 50's - BROWNSVILLE QUACHITA PARISH LA - She died from injuries after a pit bull mauled her at the Happy Hounds pet boarding facility where she worked - A FB friend said she was cleaning a kennel around 11pm when the 50 pound pit attacked her -  The owner had signed a form for the pit saying it was not aggressive and had never shown aggression - She was the mother of 4 children.

2) 1-15 - RYLEE MARIE DODGE - 3 - DUNCAN OK - Officers responded to a call of a child being attacked by a dog inside a home - The pit bull had been given to the child's father by a friend about 5 days previous and was being kept at his mother's house in a fence that went around the front yard - The young father said in a video that he had left the child with his mother to go visit his brother for about 20 minutes when he received a call about the attack - He rushed back home to find his mother laying on the pit bull to try and keep it from continuing to attack his daughter - He said that the child opened the door and the pit bull rushed in and began the attack and that there was blood all through the house - His mother was injured from trying to keep the dog off his daughter.  

3) 2-15 - DAVID G. BROWN - 46 - OWENSBORO KY - At least 3 dogs were living at the home - one of the dogs tried to attack responding officers and was shot and killed - Comments on Facebook from witnesses are calling the maulers  PIT BULLS - They are saying that 2 of the 3 meat grinders were involved in the attack - Apparently the victims Pits were fighting and they intervened to try and separate them - His wife Dana was injured and he died  "from a heart attack due to complications from the injuries of the dog attack".


4) 3-7 - UNIDENTIFIED 8-DAY-OLD INFANT GIRL -  LEE COUNTY VA - Sheriff Gary Parsons confirmed that about 11:46am Wednesday a large Shepherd type dog mauled an 8-day-old girl in her bassinet and she suffered extensive injuries to her upper body - A family member  first drove her to Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap - From there she was taken to Kingsport and then flown to UT Medical Center where she died about 4pm - Another news report said the dog was a "Mixed Breed - Then the final word came that the animal that killed the 8-day-old infant in her bassinet was a male 3/1/2 year old WOLF/MALAMUTE MIX. 

5) 3-9 - LOXLI WILLOW CHAVEZ - 13 MONTH OLD GIRL - CAPE GIRARDEAU MISSOURI - Babysitter's  male Pit Bull Mix said to be around 40 pounds mauled the toddler to death - Cape Girardeau Police Facebook comments are about the only information coming out - Even the gofundme site tells us nothing but the baby's name.


6) 5-5 - GAIA NOVA - 3 MONTHS - SHERMAN OAKS AREA OF LOS ANGELES CA - A grandmother was caring for the infant when she was mauled on her head - It was reported that she went to make a bottle for the baby and one of the 3 family dogs got to her - The dogs are said to be a ROTTWEILER,  a LABRADOR, and a 10 POUND TERRIER - No word yet on which dog attacked the baby.

7) 5 -10/11 - TRACY GARCIA - 52 - CARTER COUNTY OK - Neighbor's 7 dogs - A pit bull and 6 other smaller mixed dogs mauled the woman in her own yard .... 

8) 5-16 - GEORGIA RUTH MORGAN - 75 - GULFPORT MS - The elderly woman often walked and picked up cans for money to donate to her church - A neighbor's 2 pit bulls mauled her when she opened the dilapidated fence gate and she was dead before officers arrived. 

9) 6-13 -  PAIGE BRADLEY - 5-MONTH-OLD GIRL - CLAYTON COUNTY GEORGIA - A friend/babysitter's German Shepherd mauled her to death while she was sleeping on a bed in a separate bedroom.

10) 6-25 - DONALD STEELE - 91 - ARCATA CA - 

BELIZE CITY BELIZE - A RELATIVE'S PIT BULL MAULED A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY AS HE ENTERED A YARD WITH HIS MOTHER

A baby boy, aged two, is recuperating from wounds he suffered when a  PIT BULL DOG  attacked him as he reached his house at #168 Raccoon Street Extension in Belize City on Saturday night.
The baby and his mother, Briana Kelly, had just arrived at their yard around 7:00 that night and upon entering the yard and closing the gate, the dog attacked the child, mauling him on his face, hands and upper body.
Police told the media that the dog was one of several that were in the yard at the time, but that only the pitbull attacked the toddler. The dog, who belonged to another relative who lived in the same yard, has reportedly been put to death.
In situations like these police say that because the incident occurred in an enclosure and involved a dog belonging to a relative of the victim, the only thing they can do is try to assist the relevant parties to settle their differences over the incident.

SILVERTON OR - A DOG SAID TO BE A "MIXED TERRIER BREED" AND A TRANSIENT PERSON'S "SERVICE DOG" ATTACKED FOR THE THIRD TIME ... THIS TIME IT BIT AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL'S LEG TO THE BONE!



(KPTV) – She should be getting ready to take the stage at a national dance competition, but 11-year-old Olivia Payne can barely walk, days after she was brutally attacked by a dog with a vicious history.
The Gresham resident was visiting cousins in Silverton Saturday when the four kids went down to a nearby creek to play.
What happened next was a blur of teeth, blood and cold creek water.
“The dog just came running at us,” Olivia said. “We didn’t even see it at all before.”
Olivia said the dog ran behind her and latched onto her leg.
“I was in shock, so it didn’t hurt at all when the dog was shaking (her leg), but after, it hurt really, really bad,” Olivia said.
The dog then suddenly let go and ran off, Olivia said. Her older cousin grabbed her and picked her up, and that’s when they noticed the dog’s owner nearby.
“She’s like, ‘It’s just a puncture wound,’ – that’s what she said,” Olivia said, adding that the woman told her to put her leg in the creek.
Olivia’s mother, Katy Carroll, said her daughter’s leg was torn to the bone and required 11 stitches. Carroll said her daughter may need plastic surgery and could end up with some nerve damage.
“The wound was so bad when I saw it that I realized how much worse it could have been, if that wound had been in her neck or side, so I was really thankful she was alive,” Carroll said.
Silverton Police said the dog’s owner was nearby, but the dog was not on a leash when it lunged at the girl. Officers said they cited the woman, but allowed her to take her dog home and quarantine it herself.
Police Chief Jeff Fossholm said officers later learned from Marion County Dog Control that the dog has a history of biting people.
Dog Control said the large, MIXED TERRIER BREED bit two people in separate instances just weeks apart last year. One person suffered “significant” injuries in a park.
Community Services Director Tamra Goettsch, who oversees several departments, including Dog Control, said county officers were unable to seize the dog at the time because they were not able to find it. Goettsch said the dog's owner, Kimberly Ferrell, is sometimes a transient and has been difficult to track down in the past. 
“I was so upset because it was completely preventable,” Carroll said of her reaction to learning of the dog’s vicious past. “How could someone be so irresponsible? It just totally broke my heart.”
Marion County Dog Control said officers seized the dog Tuesday and it is currently in quarantine at their facility.
Ferrell is expected to go through a hearing process that will determine whether the dog will be put down.
“I want to see the dog euthanized, and the owner held to the fullest extent of the law,” Carroll said.
FOX 12 attempted to reach Ferrell, but couldn’t get ahold of her.
For Olivia, the timing couldn’t be worse. The girl, who does jazz, hip-hop, ballet and other forms of dance, earned a slot in a national dance competition in Seaside next month. Now she’ll be cheering her teammates on from the sidelines.
“It makes me so sad because she worked so hard,” Carroll said.

ARROYO SECO, TAOS COUNTY NM - A YOUNG MAN AND HIS DOG WERE ATTACKED BY A PIT BULL THAT "SOMEHOW" GOT OUT OF A COURTYARD ... ARM, SCALP INJURIES AND HIS FINGER WAS BITTEN OFF

A man walking his dog in Arroyo Seco, a community north of Santa Fe, lost his finger and suffered other injuries in a  PIT BULL  attack earlier this month, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.
The pit bull has been quarantined at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society pending the outcome of the case and could face euthanization, according to Capt. Nathan Segura. The dog’s owner has been cited for failing to restrain an animal and having a vicious animal.
The incident remains under investigation, and neither the victim nor the pit bull’s owner is being identified, Segura said.
The attack occurred in the early morning hours of June 15 on Camino Seco. The pit bull came out of a courtyard and attacked both the victim and his dog, Segura said, adding that the man, in his mid-20s, was bitten on his arm and scalp, along with having a finger bitten off.
The man was hospitalized overnight for treatment of his injuries, Segura said.

HAGERSTOWN, WASHINGTON CO MD - A 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS FLOWN BY MEDICAL HELICOPTER TO CURTIS NATIONAL HAND CENTER BALTIMORE AFTER A PIT BULL BIT HER ON THE HAND

Developing storyA 70-year-old woman was flown to The Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore Wednesday evening after she was bitten in the hand by a PIT BULL, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor.
Authorities were told that the woman and her husband were attacked in the area of 13548 Cresspond Road, off Rockdale Road between Hagerstown and Clear Spring, the supervisor said. The woman's husband was not taken to the hospital.
The Humane Society of Washington County responded and took custody of the dog, the supervisor said.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ALTON IL - A POLICE OFFICER PUT 2 "OUT OF CONTROL" PITS BACK IN THEIR FENCE TO WAIT FOR ANIMAL CONTROL WHO WAS AT ANOTHER PIT BULL ATTACK ON A STREET NEARBY ...ONE OF THE PITS GOT BACK OUT AND TRIED TO ATTACK THE OFFICER AND HE SHOT IT

Alton Animal Control Officer Steve Bosaw, right, talks with an Alton Police officer Wednesday in the 3700 block of Horn Ave. in Alton after an officer was forced to shoot and kill an aggressive pit bull, background. Photo: 



John Badman | The Telegraph

Alton Animal Control Officer Steve Bosaw, right, talks with an Alton Police officer Wednesday in the 3700 block of Horn Ave. in Alton after an officer was forced to shoot and kill an aggressive  PIT BULL, background. 

The dog apparently tried to attack the officer in a front yard near the street’s gutter.

An officer had been to the address earlier and reported that two dogs were “out of control”. 
At that time they were contained in their back yard, which was apparently on Coronado Street. 

Animal control was delayed in responding due to a separate PIT BULL bite incident on Elliott Avenue.  

The officer returned when animal control was on the way and this time, one of the dogs was out and tried to attack the officer, who defended himself.

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Alton-officer-shoots-kills-pit-bull-that-attacked-13032224.php



DAYTON OH - PIT BULL DRAMA: UP TO 5 OR MORE AMERICAN BULLIES AND A RED NOSE THAT WERE NOT-AGGRESSIVE WELL BEHAVED AND OBEDIENT BEGAN FIGHTING IN A BACKYARD ...THE SCARED PANICKING HYSTERICAL SCREAMING OWNER COULDN'T CONTROL THOSE MEAT GRINDERS SO NEIGHBORS CALLED POLICE.....

(WDTN) - Dayton police officers shot and killed a neighborhood dog, and injured two others.
The dog's owner says five of her dogs got into a big fight, prompting her neighbor to call the police.
She says she wasn't injured during the fight - but her neighbor was under the impression the dogs were attacking her.
It happened on Wyoming Street, earlier this afternoon. Owner Alexis Keeton says it started out when two of her dogs began fighting over food.
Police_shoot__kill_woman_s_dog_0_20180627221641
"I was scared. I was panicking. I was hysterical, really. I didn't want them to shoot," Keeton said. "I mean I knew what was going on their heads. They had to, they had no choice. But I was scared for their lives, mine, I was standing right there when they just started shooting."
Keeton says she was hysterical. She says she was trying to separate her dogs, but couldn't.
"I tried getting behind them and pulling them apart," she said. "I was also scared that one of them would attack me."
In a 911 call released by police. The neighbor tells dispatch: "My neighbor is screaming that her dog's attacking her."
Keeton says police responded, and opened fire.
One of the dogs is dead, two others are at the vet - one in critical condition.
Keeton says she doesn't blame the police for what happened.
"They did the best they could and they helped me out as much as possible," Keeton said. "If it wasn't for them I don't know what would have happened."
THE DOGS ARE AMERICAN BULLIES AND A RED NOSE PIT. 
Keeton said although her dogs have fought each other, once before - it's never been this extreme.
"My boyfriend's had all of them his whole life - they're four years old. They've never shown aggression to humans, other dogs. They're protective over the house, well behaved, obedient dogs," she said.
Keeton says she's thankful neither she or the police were injured. She said the situation could have been a lot worse.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ASHEBORO, RANDOLPH COUNTY NC - A PIT BULL ATTACKED A WOMAN IN A BUSINESS PARKING LOT ... A PASSERBY CAME TO HER AID AND SHOT THE DOG

A  PIT BULL  was shot and later euthanized after attacking a woman Tuesday.
According to a report from the Asheboro Police Department, animal control officer Ryan Mickey and EMS responded to the area of 191 N.C. Highway 42 N. after a report of an animal attack at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Mickey observed a large gray pit bull being held in the bed of a truck, bleeding from the face.
After securing the dog, Mickey was informed that it had been shot after apparently attacking the victim, Shannon Freeman, of Archdale.
Freeman reported that she was in the parking lot of a business when she noticed two pit bulls  approaching her. She raised her arm to defend herself and was bitten on the left hand and above the right knee by the one-year-old pit bull named Roscoe.
Durwood Cheek, a passerby who happened to be in the area at the time of the incident, intervened and shot the dog.
Mickey contacted Randolph County Animal Control and was advised that the dog would either need emergency surgery or to be euthanized. The owner, Charles Ridley, opted to have Roscoe euthanized.
Ridley provided up-to-date rabies information on Roscoe. He also reported that the dogs escaped from a fenced-in area at his residence.
Freeman’s injuries were treated on scene and she was not transported to the hospital.

BERRIEN COUNTY MI - POLICE WERE CALLED TO A RESIDENCE AND WAS FORCED TO SHOOT A PIT BULL THAT WAS MAULING ITS OWNER


A 61-year-old Pipestone Township man is in bad shape after being attacked by his pit bull.

Michigan State Police were called to the home in the 63-hundred block of Pipestone Road at 6:30 Tuesday night on a report of a dog attack. They found the man “severely injured” on the floor with the dog still biting his arms. 

The trooper shot the dog when it turned on him, and the dog’s owner was rushed to Lakeland Hospital for treatment. There is no word on his condition as yet. State police tell WSJM News the man was in shock from blood loss and had several deep cuts to both arms from the bites.

https://www.wsjm.com/2018/06/26/pipestone-twp-man-badly-injured-by-own-pit-bull/
___________________________________________________________________

(WNDU) - A 61-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being attacked by  HIS PIT BULL  on Tuesday night in Berrien County.
Police were called to a residence in the 6300 block of Pipestone Road at approximately 6:30 p.m. for a report of a pit bull attacking an adult male. Upon arrival, the trooper saw a severely injured male lying on the floor and a single pit bull biting his arms.
Police say the pit bull turned on the trooper, who was forced to shoot the animal to keep it from attacking.
According to police, the victim was the owner of the dog. Police say he had multiple severe lacerations to both arms and was in shock from blood loss.
First aid was administered, and the man was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
At this time, there is no word on the condition of the man or the pit bull.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

DALLAS TX - RONNIE BELL, 57, WAS WALKING HOME FROM A CONVENIENCE STORE ON JUNE 16 WHEN 3 DOGS (2 WERE PIT BULL MIXES) GOT OUT AN OPEN GATE AND TRIED TO EAT HIM ALIVE!!!

img 9059 Dallas Man Mauled By Dogs Facing Lengthy Recovery

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Two years after army veteran Antoinette Brown was mauled to death by a pack of dogs near Dallas’ Fair Park, it would appear that dangerous dogs are still a problem.
There have been two near fatal attacks since April. Ronnie Bell, 57, was put on life support after he was attacked by a neighbor’s dogs earlier this month.
“They were eating him. They were literally eating him…they ate his muscle out of his arm,” says Dawn Foster, Bell’s sister-in-law. “No one should have to suffer like that.”
Family members say Bell was attacked by three dogs while walking home from a convenience store near I-20 and Polk on June 16. They say two of the dogs were PIT BULL MIXES and had been known to be aggressive. Bell’s niece says the same dogs chased her and her husband three years ago.
“It could have been one of us…or a child,” says Sarah Sheller, her eyes filling with tears. “I’m just thankful he’s alive.”
The attack left Bell on life support. He was, for a time, in a coma and in the ICU. On Tuesday, he was better; but, facing a lengthy hospital stay and recovery.
A team of doctors at Methodist Dallas Medical Center--including trauma, orthopedic and plastic surgeons--are working to avoid amputation the severely damaged arm. Family members say barring infection doctors are hopeful that Bell would be able to save his arm–although it would be immobile. He underwent surgery today and is said to be in good spirits. His family shared a photo of him giving the thumbs up sign. He is asking for prayers and working to sty positive. But, the attack is another tough blow for a man who earned a living doing odd jobs in the neighborhood.
Foster says the dogs’ owner has been to the hospital to pray with the family and appears remorseful– however, they say being a responsible pet owner would have served everyone better.
“[For a ] non vicious dog to go violent like that–it doesn’t make any sense,” says Foster. “It doesn’t add up, something’s not right.”
On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council is expected to vote on a plan to strengthen the city’s “dangerous and aggressive dog ordinance.”



The measure calls for fines of up to $500; but still appears to rely heavily on voluntary owner compliance to prevent attacks like the one that nearly killed Bell.
Family members say Bell has no health insurance.
They’ve set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for his medical bills.
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/06/26/dallas-man-mauled-dogs/

_________________________________________________________


A Dallas man is out of a coma but still in critical condition after a dog attack in his South Dallas neighborhood. That attack and others like it have sparked calls for increased regulations when it comes to dangerous dogs and their owners.
Ronnie Bell, 57, was attacked by  THREE DOGS  who got out of an open gate on June 16. He was brought to the hospital in critical condition and was in the ICU for a number of days. He’s starting to show some signs of improvement but will need to have his right arm amputated.
The surgery is happening in the same week that the Dallas City Council will vote on whether to strengthen its “dangerous and aggressive dogs” ordinance.
Lillie Burnett, Bell’s mother, says she hopes it passes. Over the past few weeks she’s constantly been by her son’s bedside. It’s been a rough road.
"He was in a coma and they had him on life support because they had to put 14 pints of blood in him," Burnett said.  "He about bled to death." 
A spokeswoman with Dallas Animal Services said the dogs got out of the homeowner’s yard through an open gate. They attacked Bell as he was walking home from a convenience store. Armed with only a pocket knife, he tried to fight back.
“It's bad,” Burnett said. “He's chewed all over. They have so many staples in his legs.”
The attack is the latest example of the city's problem with loose and dangerous dogs – especially in the southern part of the city.
In 2016, Army veteran Antoinette Brown died after she was attacked by a pack of loose dogs in Fair Park. In April, a woman was mauled by a pack of dogs in South Dallas but survived.
Currently, the Dallas Animal Services director says too many owners are avoiding tickets for dogs that are declared dangerous by simply surrendering the animals.
Under the new ordinance he's pushing, officers would be able to pursue misdemeanor charges against owners of any loose dogs that bite people. 

FLORENCE AL - DANGEROUS DOG HEARING IN MUNICIPAL COURT: ONE PIT BULL BELONGING TO CHRIS MITCHELL WILL BE EUTHANIZED ...BUT THE OTHER PIT THAT MAULED ROSE HOLT WAS TAKEN BY BROTHER CHARLES MITCHELL AND HE SAYS AUTHORITIES WILL NEVER FIND HIM OR HIS "NANNY DOG"

A local dog is now set to be euthanized under Emily's law after attacking a woman in her front yard, but a second dog accused in the attack along with its owner are now missing.


One of the dog owners, Chris Mitchell, signed over the rights to his dog before a dangerous dog hearing was scheduled on Tuesday. His dog will be humanely euthanized. Chris Mitchell fully cooperated with officials at Tuesday's hearing. 
Animal control officers said they are still looking for Charles Mitchell. Chris Mitchell's brother, whose dog is also accused of attacking Rose Holt in the front yard of her Florence Home.
Florence animal control officers said because Charles Mitchell is not cooperating and because he took his dog he now has two warrants out for his arrest for failing to quarantine. Rose Holt's family said she is now out of the hospital but struggling with the attack.
"She's in fair shape. She is still in a lot of pain," said David Holt, Rose Holt's husband. "The doctors tell us it might take years to get over the trauma and psychological affect that this had on her where these dogs just ate her up for over 15 minutes."
Holts family and the man who saved her from the dog attack, James Meyer, were all at the Florence Municipal court for the dangerous dog hearing Tuesday. Dog owner, Chris Mitchell, signed over his rights to one of the dogs to have it put down before the actual hearing started.
"Mr. Mitchell agreed to have his dog euthanized and that preempts any findings of the dog being dangerous," said Mitchell's attorney, Jon McGee.
The second dog that's accused of attacking Holt was being held at a veterinarian's office in Madison County and belonged to Charles Mitchell. Florence animal control officials said since Charles Mitchell didn't sign over the rights to his dog, he had the legal right to take it. They have not been able to find him or the dog since then.
"We need to bring him back and try and find that dog," said Holt.
The Holt family said they don't want this to happen to anyone else and the dogs who attacked Rose need to be euthanized.
"We're proud that they have or are going to, because the neighbors are frightened to death about these dogs coming back into the neighborhood," said Holt.
Florence animal control officials believe Charles Mitchell is somewhere in Harvest with his dog. They are working to locate him.