Friday, December 7, 2018

MELBOURNE FL - 3-YEAR-OLD ALYSSA BARTOLOTTA WAS GOING TO THE PARK WITH HER AUNT WHEN THEY STOPPED TO TALK TO A PERSON ON A FRONT PORCH ...A DOG RAN OUT AND TRIED TO RIP HER HEAD OFF!!!




A toddler from Port St. Lucie is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by a dog Wednesday.  Three-year-old Alyssa Bartolotta was with her Aunt, Francine Delvalle, in Melbourne for the day while her dad was at work as a barber back home.


"She was definitely a trooper," Delvalle told WPTV. "It happened so fast. I never would've imagined that even could happen like that."
Delvalle said they were on their way to play at the park but stopped by a friend's home first.
Delvalle said as they stood on the front porch, a dog ran out of the front door and grabbed ahold of Alyssa by the face.
The toddler was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando where she remains in serious condition. Alyssa was rushed into surgery to repair her fractured skull.
"We are grateful that she's alive but we are still not out of the woods yet," said Alyssa's father, Anthony Bartolotta. "We need a lot of prayer that she doesn't get any infections and that she just has a speedy recovery."
Bartolotta works as a barber in Port Saint Lucie. He is out of work while by his daughter's side.
Alyssa’s family describes her as a very bright little girl who adores and helps care for her older, special needs brother.
"We need as much help as possible. It’s going to be a rough road ahead. She’s unbelievable, she’s my hero for real," said Bartolotta.
Alyssa’s father said if she doesn’t develop any infection, doctors are hopeful she will be released from the hospital next week. He said this initial recovery is their only focus right now, but she will be in need of facial plastic surgery to repair nerve damage.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills. To donate, click here.
That dog, meanwhile, was euthanized Friday.

COWICHE WA - 4 PIT BULLS FATALLY MAULED A BELOVED HORSE "PINEAWAY"...THE MEAT GRINDERS ATE HER THROAT OUT, BROKE OFF BOTH FRONT FEET AND TORE HER HIDE OFF



Bill Haney says despite witnessing  FOUR PIT BULLS  attacking his horse of 23years, he made the decision not to shoot. "I didn't wanna shoot ‘em. I’m an animal lover," said Haney. 

He recalls memories of last night’s vicious attack. He says he heard a lot of thrashing going on in his yard on Track Road in Cowiche, and that’s when he ran outside to check on his horse Pineaway, and her daughter 18-year-old Blossom.

"There was four pit bulls up on top of her and I ran them off, went back to the house and got a gun, went back with a gun, and they were back on her, eating on her again, and she was still alive," said Haney.

After he managed to scare them off, the condition in which they left Pineaway didn't look good.

"BOTH FRONT FEET WERE BROKE OFF AND HER THROAT WAS JUST ABOUT GONE, AND LACERATIONS, MOST THE HIDE OFF HER LEG, AND THEY REALLY DID A JOB ON HER AND DID IT QUICK," HE SAID.
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Haney says Blossom walked away with a few gashes on her muzzle, but a veterinarian euthanized her mom to put her out of her misery. "She kept bawlin' and scrawlin' for her mom, and her mom’s laying down there dying, and still talking to her daughter. It was very sad, and a very bloody, gory mess," he said.

He says this isn't the first time those particular pit bulls have attacked his horses, but this is the first time the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office says they've been called out to this area for this reason.  Deputies responded to last night's incident and say there was evidence of blood on the pit bulls faces and paws, linking them to the attack.

Public Information Officer Casey Schilperoort says the dogs owners have been cooperative and because of this attack, the owners have made a decision.  "The owners of the pit bulls decided they were going to euthanize the dogs, so that it doesn’t happen again," said Schilperoort.

According to the Yakima County Dangerous Dog Ordinance, any dog that bites, causes severe injury, or kills any domestic animal or livestock will be classified as engaging in Level 5 behavior.  And the owners in this case will be fined $500 for each dog and face up to 90 days of jail time, but they are not forced to euthanize their dogs.

https://kcby.com/news/nation-world/4-pit-bulls-to-be-put-down-after-fatal-attack-of-horse


Thursday, December 6, 2018

COLUMBUS, DELAWARE COUNTY OH - "FOR SOME REASON" 3 PIT BULLS WERE LET OUT OF A CONDO OF-LEASH AND IMMEDIATELY FOUND SOMETHING TO KILL...A SWEET YORKIE BEING WALKED BY ITS OWNER

A dog warden for Delaware County confirmed Wednesday that 2 PIT BULL-MIXES  were euthanized after they attacked and fatally injured a Yorkshire Terrier in the Polaris neighborhood.
The dogs, part of a group of three, had been let out of a condo off-leash at the Polaris Village last Friday morning. At least two of the dogs attacked the terrier while a woman walking the smaller dog was unable to stop them. The Yorkshire Terrier had to be euthanized a short time later due to injuries. Delaware County officials said the owner of the pit bulls surrendered two of them for euthanasia, but kept a third which couldn't be proven to be part of the attack.
Its owner, too distraught to interview, said this was the second time the terrier had been attacked by neighborhood pit bulls in less than two months.
The news comes days after reports of another fatal attack by pit bull-mixes in Gahanna. In that incident, three pits on Howland Drive breached a backyard fence, then were able to maneuver a patio door open, chasing and cornering two neighboring Shetland sheepdogs inside their own home. The dogs were both later found dead by a caretaker.
The owners of those pitbulls have been charged for having "dogs at-large," and the dogs will be designated "dangerous" under state law for killing another animal — unless the owners appeal the designation in court.
Gahanna officials said Wednesday that the owners of the pit bulls on Howland Drive had voluntarily moved two of the dogs out of their house.
Franklin County Animal Care & Control director Kay Dickson said Wednesday that the Gahanna pit bull owners had been asked to surrender their dogs.
"We've gone out I believe two or three times, and asked for a surrender," Dickson said. "(The owners) did not choose to surrender."
The dogs may not be forcibly removed, unless a judge orders it at a hearing. The owners may waive the hearing and accept the "dangerous dog" designation, if they wish.
"Under the law, dogs are considered property. And we can't just go take someone's property; that's why we live in America," Dickson said Wednesday.
To be labeled "vicious," a dog must attack and severely injure — or kill — a human. Vicious-designated dogs are more easily euthanized under the law, but that name is reserved for the most serious cases. Dogs labeled "dangerous" may be able to attack or even kill other animals several times under the law, before being ordered confiscated or euthanized by a judge.
That other dogs deemed uninvolved in the attacks, have remained living near the owners of the killed animals, frustrates and frightens both of them.
"They chased and tortured my dogs," said Lori Brosnahan, the owner of the slain Shetland sheepdogs in Gahanna. "That shouldn't have happened."

GAHANNA, FRANKLIN COUNTY OH - 3 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" BROKE OUT OF THEIR ENCLOSED BACKYARD AND THROUGH A NEIGHBOR'S FENCE ...THEN ENTERED THE NEIGHBOR'S PATIO DOOR INTO THEIR HOME AND KILLED THEIR 2 BELOVED SHETLAND SHEEP DOGS!!!


Franklin County Animal Control will ask a judge to THREE PIT BULL MIXES  as "dangerous dogs," after a horrifying attack that left two Shetland sheep dogs dead in their own home Friday.  Gahanna Police said in a report filed on Friday that the pit-mixes, living at a home on Howland Drive, broke out of their enclosed backyard and through a neighbor's fence, then pawed a patio door handle open. 

Once inside the neighboring home, the dogs apparently cornered two Shelties and mauled them, leaving one dog dead and the other suffering from a broken back and ribs. The second dog was euthanized a short time later.                                                                                                                                                      
The homeowners were away at the time. A caretaker discovered the mauled pets and notified the owners.

Both police and animal control officers have been investigating the case through the weekend, and issued charges for loose dogs Monday, as well as notifying the pitbull owners that their dogs would be petitioned as "dangerous dogs" in Franklin County Court. The pitbull owners will have several weeks to respond and potentially challenge the designation.                                                                                                                                                                                                Neighbors in the Howland Drive area say they're very uncomfortable having the confirmed killer dogs in their neighborhood, with dozens of other pets and small children running around.  

The owners of the deceased Shelties said that a "dangerous" label is not enough to make anyone feel safe. I think these dogs are vicious, and I don’t think they can be controlled," said Lisa Brosnahan. "(The owners) haven’t controlled them. I think they should be destroyed, and I don't say that lightly."

The pitbulls owners did not respond to a reporter at their front door Monday, instead walking away and shutting off indoor lights.If a judge approves the "dangerous" designation, the offending dogs will have to be leashed at all times outdoors, and a "Dangerous Dog" sign will be planted in the front yard.

It would take an attack on a human, or several more animal attacks, for the dogs to be removed and possibly euthanized, according to Franklin County Animal Control director Kay Dixon.  

https://myfox28columbus.com/news/local/three-pitbulls-may-be-labeled-dangerous-after-killing-two-neighbor-dogs-in-gahanna?fbclid=IwAR1qq_vPB0WThD2peuNsZyTbrQGznTJeHQ8Yo2cMzdwde3fgjjoDJFSkqAY


ELKO, ELKO COUNTY NV - 2 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" GOT LOOSE AND BEGAN MAULING A NEIGHBOR'S CHOW ...A FAMILY MEMBER ATTEMPTED TO FIGHT THEM OFF WHILE HOLDING A BABY IN HER ARMS BUT THE CHOW DIED!!!

TWO PIT BULLS  mauled a dog in a yard on Primrose Lane and the owner’s mother in law tried to fight them off while holding a baby in her arms, according to court records filed in a vicious animal case.
The owner was arrested this week on multiple misdemeanor charges.
Police were called on the morning of June 20 when two large pit bulls pushed through a fence at a residence and attacked a chow chow while a pit bull puppy watched.
The owner’s daughter in law, who lives nearby, told police she jumped out of bed, got dressed and entered the yard while carrying her baby. She yelled, and the female pit bull stopped attacking but the male continued. She hit the male on the head with her hand but he would not stop. Then she threw her keys at the male and it released the chow chow.
By then it was too late.
The chow chow “had blood all over its face, body and legs,” stated the investigating officer.  Meanwhile, police documented reports of the dogs running at large three times in August. On one occasion the two adult dogs were seen “chasing a female and her children.” The woman was carrying a part Yorkie pup when the pit bulls “circled back around her car and came towards her, barking and biting at the small canine in her hands chasing her into the house.”
Complaints were filed against the pit bulls’ owner on Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.
Andrew B. Pichardo, 25, of Elko was booked Dec. 3 on a warrant for three counts of animal at large; two counts of unlawful to own or keep vicious or dangerous animal; three counts of dog license and inoculation required; and two counts of dog collar and tags required. His bail was listed at $1,760.  

CENTRAL POINT, JACKSON COUNTY OR - DIANA SANDERS, 52, WAS VICIOUSLY MAULED BY A PIT BULL SHE WAS CARING FOR - POSSIBLE LOSS OF LEFT ARM!!!

The employer of a 52-year-old Central Point woman who was severely mauled by a PIT BULL Tuesday is raising money to cover the woman’s medical expenses.
In a Wednesday Facebook post, Morrtons restaurant in Medford said it would hold a fundraiser for Diana Sanders.
“Diana is one of the most caring people we know, always giving to others and helping those in need, even when she didn’t have much herself,” the post said.
Morrtons fans and patrons... Many of you may know our long-time, hard-working employee and friend, Diana Sanders. Diana is one of the most caring people we know, always giving to others and helping those in need, even when she didn't have much herself. She also cares for her mother. Diana was in a horrific accident last night. While caring for a friends dog, Diana was brutally attacked and mauled, and ended up loosing her left arm. We are doing a fundraiser for her to help her raise money for expenses. Donations can be made at Morrtons, or directly deposited into a donation account set up for her at Rogue Credit Union- Member #1625572. We will also be doing a fundraiser night at the restaurant, where all proceeds will be donated to her account. More info to follow. Thank you in advance for your help.

Anyone wishing to help Sanders can make a donation at the restaurant, or to donation account No. 1625572, set up at Rogue Credit Union.
Employees at the eatery declined comment when reached by telephone, but the post said Sanders had been caring for the dog of a friend when she was attacked.
According to police, multiple officers flocked to a home in the 900 block of Brandi Way at 4:32 p.m. after an 11-year-old girl called 911. (Corrected online)
The first officer on the scene found Sanders and a pit bull inside, according to Central Point police Lt. Scott Logue. The animal had Sanders by the arm and would not let go, police said. The officer shot the dog multiple times, killing it, Logue said.
Officers rendered aid to Sanders until an ambulance arrived to take her to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She was listed Wednesday in “fair” condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Lauren Van Sickle.
The Morrtons Facebook post said Sanders had lost her left arm, but that report could not immediately be confirmed.
“The quick response of the young caller phoning emergency services and the immediate intervention by the first responding officer quite possible saved the life of the victim,” said a Central Point police news release.
The 11-year-old’s relationship to Sanders was not immediately known.
On Wednesday afternoon, an outpouring of support could seen from comments on the Morrtons Facebook post, which had been shared more than 100 times.
“Diana Sanders is the sweetest, most giving and hardest-working friend we have,” one comment said.
“This breaks my heart,” said another. “She is such an amazing person.”

CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA - A NEIGHBOR'S GATE "SOMEHOW" GOT LEFT OPEN ...2 ROTTWEILERS GOT OUT AND FATALLY MAULED 6-YEAR-OLD URIEL OCKHUIS WHO WAS PLAYING WITH HIS FRIENDS

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The owner of the TWO ROTTWEILERS  that killed 6-year-old Uriel Ockhuis in Hillview, Seawinds, says he would have killed the dogs himself to prevent the incident had he been present.

Jonathan January spoke to the Cape Times on Wednesday about the incident in which his two dogs attacked and killed Uriel in Gladiola Street on Monday.

The child’s family said he was bitten 72 times.

“I just want to tell people how I really feel about what had happened.
“I always tried all preventive measures (to enclose my dogs), there’s big gates and locks that are closed.
Nevertheless, a child’s life is worth more to me than a dog’s life. I can’t turn back what happened. I can only tell you how I feel.

“If I had to be here and I saw it - because my dogs have never shown me any aggression - I would have cut my own dog’s throat, because I care more about children,” January said.
He said city council law enforcement and the SPCA collected the dogs the same night. January said he agreed to them being put down.

“I don’t even feel anything for my dogs. I loved them, but something like this (incident) I don’t condone from a human being or from an animal.”

He said when he went to the Retreat Day Hospital after learning that Uriel’s parents were there, the father told him that the child was dead.

“The father embraced me and we went into the hospital, and that’s when everything just turned dark and my legs caved in under me.

“When I recovered I went to talk with the family. I just want to say to everyone again, including the community, you know me - it could have been my own grandchild - I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” January said.

Uriel died on his father, Gabriel Ockhuis’s birthday. Speaking in his lounge with his mourning wife Carol and their other children beside him, Ockhuis said he missed Uriel, who always waited for him to bring sweets from work.

On that fateful day he brought biscuits home, said Ockhuis.
He picked up his son and carried him indoors. Uriel teased his mother with the biscuits and ran out to play, said Ockhuis.

“He (Uriel) said, ‘mommy I won’t be here today’. Then he ran out. He came back. A little while later he walked out. And later my daughter came in and said, ‘dad, the dog is biting the child’.”

The family said they were still waiting for the autopsy before they decided on the date of Uriel’s funeral.  SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham confirmed that the two Rottweilers were put down.

“We would like to take the opportunity to caution owners of any power breeds such as Rottweilers, Pitbulls and Staffordshire Bull Terriers against encouraging aggression in these dogs.

“Owning a power breed is a great responsibility,” she said.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said an inquest docket was registered at Muizenberg SAPS and was being investigated.





Monday, December 3, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM NC - 11 DOGS RUNNING LOOSE AND 4 DESCRIBED AS PIT MIXES ATTACKED A WOMAN IN HER 60'S AS SHE WAS WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK ...CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE CAMERA!


A woman is in the hospital after being attacked by four dogs while walking down a Winston-Salem sidewalk Monday morning.
Forsyth County Animal Control said the woman – who is in her 60s – was attacked on East Sprague Street, near Peachtree Street, around 9:30 a.m.
A neighbor ran outside after hearing the woman’s pleas for help and was able to scare the dogs off.
“I saw the lady laid down in my driveway,” said the neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified. “She was screaming.”
The victim had bite wounds to her head, leg and arm, she said.
Animal control confirmed the woman had been bitten on her head and extremities. She was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
“I saw two or three injuries very deeply,” the neighbor said. “I saw almost the bone.”
Animal control added that there were 11 dogs running loose at the time, from a home at 1213 E. Sprague St. Six of those were puppies and were not involved in the attack.
Five large PIT BULL MIXES were in the immediate area of the attack but one did not engage the victim, investigators say. 
The man living at 1213 E. Sprague St. told FOX8 he only owns one of the dogs and the rest are strays.
“This is not the first time that this happened. Especially with the mailman. It happen[s] very frequently. So, that’s one reason why I, and some neighbors around this neighborhood, don’t want to walk around anymore,” the neighbor said.
Animal control says this is the first time they have dealt with the dogs in question. They will be deemed dangerous.
The incident is still under investigation. Charges and fines are pending.