Monday, August 23, 2010

Pit bull attack kills Calaveras County man, officials say

By Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee

Calaveras County sheriff's deputies are reporting that a man was killed in pit bull mauling.
Deputies responding at 5:20 p.m. Sunday to a call for the 6900 block of Doster Road in Mountain Ranch found Jerry Yates, 69, of Mountain Ranch dead from an apparent mauling by possibly two pit bull dogs, a news release shows.
An investigation revealed that the dogs belonged to Sheryl Sellers, 49, of Mountain Ranch, deputies said. Sellers was arrested on suspicion of "allowing vicious animals at large."
One of the pit bulls was impounded by animal services.

Update August 23, 2010 12:53pm - The following article is by C. Johnson, ABC News 10:

A Mountain Ranch man was apparently mauled to death by two pit bulls Sunday evening, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo said Jerry Yates, 69, was found by his son a little after 5 p.m. when looking for him to tell him dinner was ready. About 4:30 p.m., Yates had gone outside to check on a woman who rented a trailer on his Doster Road property, Macedo said. The woman, identified as Sheryl Sellers, kept two pit bulls in a fenced area of the yard.
The son went outside and told deputies he was approached by the pit bulls as he walked to a shop building on the property. The son said the dogs tried to attack them but he fended them off and ran away.
A little later the son went out again to look for his dad, finding him on the ground between two cars near the shop. He called 911.
Macedo said Yates had large bite marks and torn flesh. There were also defensive wounds. The victim was dead at the scene.
Investigators arrested Sellers and booked her into jail for allowing vicious animals at large, Macedo said.
Animal services captured the dogs. Macedo said they would not be euthanized until autopsy results confirm they killed the victim.

Update August 25, 2010 3:01pm - The following article is by George Warren, ABC News 10:

Autopsy confirms Calaveras pit bull victim bled to death

A 69-year-old Calaveras County man who was mauled by two pit bulls on Sunday bled to death, according to the sheriff's department.
Jerry Yates
Calaveras County sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo said that although Jerry Yates suffered dog bites all over his body, the autopsy determined the official cause of death was the severing of a brachial artery, the main blood vessel of the upper arm.
Macedo said Yates also suffered defensive wounds in his struggle with the dogs. "He was trying to protect himself," Macedo said.
Macedo said the autopsy also showed the dogs continued biting Yates even after he had died.
The two pit bulls belonged to a tenant who lives in a trailer on Yates' property in rural Mountain Ranch. The tenant, Sheryl Sellers, 49, authorized the sheriff's department to euthanize the dogs on Monday. Sellers faces a single felony charge of allowing vicious animals at large.

Update August 27, 2010 3:10pm - The following article is by Joel Metzger, Calaveras Enterprise:

Man killed by pit bulls bled to death

Two memorial services will take place over the weekend

The Mountain Ranch community is coming together to celebrate Jerry Lee Yates' life on both Saturday and Sunday.

Yates, 69, was the longtime owner of the Mountain Ranch gas station, a Vietnam veteran and active community member. He died Sunday after being attacked by two pit bulls at his home in Mountain Ranch.

At about 10 a.m. Saturday, a memorial will be held at the gas station Yates owned and operated for many years. Yates' family encourages attendees to go to the Music in the Park concert after the memorial.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain Ranch Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at the Mountain Ranch Community Park. The family said those attending are welcome to bring food and beverages to the celebration of life.

“My dad loved Mountain Ranch and the people in it,” said Yates' daughter, Jami Southard. “Obviously, they loved him too. We truly appreciate all the support from the community and friends from all over the world.”

The results of Yates' autopsy showed that he bled to death from bites inflicted on his legs and arms, according to Kevin Raggio, Calaveras County coroner.
“It was a vicious attack,” Raggio said. “An artery in his arm was severed. He had torn muscle and tissue on his extremities. It's not like a dog bite you would see when you were bitten by a dog as a kid.”

The bites severed the brachial artery, which is the largest artery in the arm, according to Capt. Jim Macedo of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.

“Without a tourniquet or other emergency interventions, a patient suffering from a ruptured brachial artery can succumb to hemorrhagic shock quickly,” according to Dr. Sean Anderson, an anesthesiologist for Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas.

“If the exsanguination is allowed to continue, the resulting severe hypovolemia (decreased blood volume) will cause shock, followed by cardiovascular collapse, cardiac arrest and death.”

Forensic pathologist Robert Lawrence, Stockton, was called in to perform the autopsy and reported that the cause of death was shock and hemorrhage due to multiple extreme dog bites.

“I can't remember anything like this happening around here,” Macedo said. “I've heard of kids being killed, but never an adult. It's unusual.”

The Sheriff's Office staff denied the Enterprise access to the official report, stating that the incident is still under investigation. Macedo said the investigation would likely be concluded by week's end.

District Attorney's Office staff said charges are pending against Sheryl Sellers, 49, who recently moved into a trailer on Yates' property. She was arrested for allowing vicious animals to be at large. Sellers posted her $15,000 bond Tuesday, according to court clerks.

Sgt. Laurie Murray of Calaveras County Animal Control said both pit bulls were euthanized Monday and would not comment further on the incident without authorization from Capt. Ed Ballard.

Update September 3, 2010 4:22pm - The following article is Ben Leetham and Joel Metzger, Calaveras Enterprise:

Mountain Ranch pays tribute

Jerry Yates will be sorely missed by members of the Mountain Ranch community who showed up in force Sunday to celebrate the life of a man known to his closest friends as “Badger.”
Yates, 69, was the longtime owner of the Mountain Ranch gas station, a Vietnam veteran and active community member. He died Aug. 22 after being attacked by two pit bulls at his home in Mountain Ranch.
 The Mountain Ranch Cemetery had standing room only as hundreds listened to a short ceremony conducted by Mountain Ranch Community Church Minister Al Hass.

Yates’ widow, Jackie, grieved with family in the middle of the cemetery, near several beautiful bouquets of flowers, a picture of Yates and other memorabilia.

Following Hass’ message, Yates’ best friend, William Howe, spoke of how much Yates meant to him personally as a mentor and the community as a whole. He emphasized how patriotic Yates was, adding that he was a strongly opinionated man who would generously give anyone the shirt off his back.
After Howe’s speech, Al Weeks played “Amazing Grace” and the “Marine’s Hymn” on the harmonica, bringing tears to the eyes of many.
A large group of Marine Motorcycle Club members sang the “Marine’s Hymn.” “Taps” was played on a trumpet and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard fired a 21-gun salute in Yates’ honor. VFW Post 2600 Commander Wes Farnham and Ellen Hulett presented Jackie Yates with a folded American flag.
“I felt proud of my dad,” said Jami Southard, Yate’s daughter. “I went through every emotion you could possibly imagine.”

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5 comments:

  1. I knew Jerry Yates very well and this is a huge tragedy.He was a 3 time vietnam combat vet. that had been shot down several times. This man was not suppost to die like this he is and allways be a hero and a man to strive to be..
    God Bless Jerry Yates his wife and three kids he will be missed forever but never forgotten......

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  2. CYNTHIA MORRISONJuly 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    PIT BULLS ARE BY (BREED....ARE ATTACK DOGS..THEY NEVER HAVE BEEN SAFE AROUND CHILDREN...YOU CAN'T COMPLETELY TRUST ANY ANIMAL..A PIT BULL? NOT EVEN CLOSE...I SEE MORE PIT BULLS ON THE STREETS WITH THEIR OWNERS...WHERE THERE ARE GANGS ...UNLESS PEOPLE ARE STUPID...THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHY THAT PARTICUL;AR BREED....I AM AN ANIMAL LOVER AND HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ANY BREED..BUT REALITY IS REALITY..I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A LAW PASSED NO MORE PIT BULLS CAN BE BRED..A $2000.00 FINE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FAMILYS AND A PIT BULL.AND PIT BULL REMOVED FROM HOME...THEY SHOULD ONLY BE OWNED BY SINGE PEOPLE.....WE ARE GETTING OWVER RUN WITH THEM..THEIR ARE SO MANY OTHER BREEDS THAT ARE BEAUTIFUL SMART LOVES FAMILY AND IF BIG...ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TREAT THEM GOOD AND THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY...GUARENTEED...I'VE HAD BIG STRAYS SINCE I WAS YOUNG AND EACH ONE HAS JUMPED IN TO PROTECT MY FAMILY.......THEY KNEW THE GOOD GUYS FROM THE BAD GUYS CINDAVIC

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  3. Thank you for posting your opinion.
    Here's mine:

    "THEY NEVER HAVE BEEN SAFE AROUND CHILDREN"

    I disagree.
    There are hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of children that have grown up with 'pit bulls' without suffering anything more than the common whips of the tail, head-butts, and occasional scratches.

    "YOU CAN'T COMPLETELY TRUST ANY ANIMAL"

    I agree.

    "I SEE MORE PIT BULLS ON THE STREETS WITH THEIR OWNERS...WHERE THERE ARE
    GANGS ...UNLESS PEOPLE ARE STUPID...THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHY THAT
    PARTICUL;AR BREED"

    Shame on these dogs for choosing such horrendous owners!

    "I AM AN ANIMAL LOVER AND HAVE NOTHING AGAINST ANY BREED"

    Except pit bulls ...

    "BUT REALITY IS REALITY..I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A LAW PASSED NO MORE
    PIT BULLS CAN BE BRED

    I believe that we need restrictions on the breeding of dogs, in general, but nothing this drastic.

    A $2000.00 FINE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FAMILYS AND A
    PIT BULL.AND PIT BULL REMOVED FROM HOME"

    I'm not in favor of taking a family's dog away, then taking away their food and other necessities - just because of the way a dog looks.

    "THEY SHOULD ONLY BE OWNED BY SINGE PEOPLE"

    Single or not, there are some people that should not own any dog. Or animal.

    "I'VE HAD BIG STRAYS SINCE I WAS YOUNG AND EACH ONE HAS JUMPED IN TO
    PROTECT MY FAMILY.......THEY KNEW THE GOOD GUYS FROM THE BAD GUYS"

    Me, too. And some of them were pit bulls.

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  4. they know the good guys from the bad??? i'm sorry but thats complete bullshit, i knew this man personally and he did nothing to provoke those vicious hell-hounds. i will never trust a pittbull with my kids and neither should you. Rest In Peace papa

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  5. "They knew the good guys from the bad guys" was from the comment prior to the one you responded to, and it was in reference to dogs other than pit bulls.
    I didn't know Mr. Yates, but from the outpouring of support that I'd read about after this tragedy, I have no doubt that he was a great person.
    As I stated earlier, there are many children that have grown up with pit bulls without incident. Many that I know, personally.
    I would trust some dogs around my children, and wouldn't trust others. But that trust was based on the demeanor of the dog, not the dog's breed.
    Worst, most vicious dog I've ever seen in my life was an Olde English Sheepdog, but I've also known dogs of the same breed that were among the most gentle.
    In most, though not all, cases, look to the owner for the cause of the dog's behavior.

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