Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Felon Arrested for Pit Bull Fighting

By Britni Day, NBC Chicago

A Chicago man has been arrested and charged for the second time in connection with pit bull fighting

A Chicago man was arrested and charged Tuesday in connection with pit bull fighting and breeding. 
Larue Jackson, 52, of the 7100 block of South Oakley was charged with 12 counts of neglect of owner's duties and two counts of cruel treatment, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.
Cook County Sheriff's Police Animal Crimes Unit began investigating Jackson when a tip came in that he regularly held dogfights in the basement of his home. The person also claimed Jackson owned pit bulls in need of veterinary care.
After surveying Jackson and gathering information, the Animal Crimes Unit and Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant of Jackson's home. Authorities found 10 pit bulls in Jackson's basement living in unsanitary conditions. The dogs were housed in wire cages with no food or water. Authorities also found two more pit bulls in Jackson's garage.
Many of the dogs had scars on their faces, chests and legs, suggesting the dogs had been fighting. One pit bull had fresh fighting wounds on its face. All of the dogs are being cared for at Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Jackson was arrested and pleaded guilty to animal crimes in June 2008 after authorities recovered 32 dogs. He is also a registered sex offender, convicted felon and has a long criminal history.
Jackson is due in court on June 27.

Did he see two Pit Bulls?

The following is from The Beacon-News

A 33-year-old Aurora man was treated and released from Rush-Copley Medical Center after he was bitten by a pit bull several times at 10:28 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Harbor Drive, the sheriff’s office said. Police could not find the dog, or its owner. The man was intoxicated at the time he was bitten, police said.

Calls to No 10 for harsher law on attack dogs

By Justin Davenport, This Is London

Thousands of Londoners today called for tough action to crack down on criminals using dangerous dogs as weapons

A petition of nearly 4,500 names was presented to Downing Street urging stricter sentences for thugs owning so-called "weapon dogs" such as pitbull terriers.
The move is part of a campaign by Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor for Policing, to lobby the Government to bring in tougher legislation on banned dogs. Figures show that a Met police unit which targets dangerous breeds seized 1,072 dogs last year, of which 80 per cent were judged to be illegal.
The unit seized more than 30 times the number of dogs last year than in 2005 and the cost of kennelling the animals has risen to £2.75 million a year.
Now the Mayor's office wants to speed up court action to cut down on kennelling costs and is also urging the Government to extend the law to include dog attacks on private land, particularly to protect people who have to visit homes as part of their work.
Mr Malthouse said the use of dogs as weapons should be punished by tougher sentencing by the courts.
He said: "We've had over 4,000 signatures to our petition calling on the Government to act which proves that people do not feel that enough is being done to protect them.
"The Government needs to act urgently to protect Londoners and their pets from savage attacks by weapon dogs. Unless legislation is toughened up, these attacks will continue.
"Certain breeds are used and trained to be used as weapons and should carry the same penalties as other weapons, such as knives."
The demands come as the number of attacks and injuries caused by dangerous dogs is escalating. Officials believe the number of dogs seized is the tip of the iceberg as police have to concentrate on the most dangerous ones.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has also witnessed an increase in the numbers of dogs being admitted with injuries from fighting. Last year, it took in more than six thousand dogs.
Claire Lambert, whose two-year-old son Maurice was attacked in a Primrose Hill playground by a pitbull breed in 2008, said: "The attack on my son has left a permanent mark, not just on his leg, but also on us as a family. We want our beautiful London parks and open spaces to be a safe place for children."
Seven-year-old Jack Wellstead suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and will have to wear a protective garment for two years to help his scars heal.
He was trapped in a hall with a neighbour's pit bull terrier for 10 minutes in Stratford and sustained multiple bites. Part of his skull had to be glued back into place had skin grafts on his feet and thighs, 20 stitches in his wounds and some of his tissue has been removed to stop infection.
His mother Victoria Devlin, 44, said Jack was nearly back to normal after the attack in January but is often frightened when he sees a dog resembling the pit bull that attacked him.
She said: "I think they should ban all dangerous dogs. Jack is not the first victim of them. I didn't even know the dog's owner had a pit bull, we were quite oblivious to it until it happened to him."
Jack is under the care of Mohammed Shibhu, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Royal London Children's Hospital who operated on victims of the 2005 London Tube and bus suicide bombings.
The dog was destroyed and Ms Devlin said that she has forgiven its owners for the "freak accident". The dog is thought to have been legally owned.
Britain's top vet warned this year that there are more pit bulls in the capital than when the animals were banned under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act.
The number of dangerous dogs seized by the Met police has risen from 27 in 2004/5 to 1,152 last year. The force is so concerned that a status dog unit has been set up to tackle the problem.

Witness describes shooter of pit bull in Fitchburg

From Worcester Telegram & Gazette

A witness told police that a man who shot a pit bull Sunday night was a light-skinned man about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a beige T-shirt and beige shorts.

Police were called to 52 Winter St. to investigate a report of gunshots about 6:15 p.m., and found a trail of blood that led to the pit bull, which had been shot.

The pit bull was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment of injuries, according to police.

The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Toddler-attack pitbull has violent past

By Jamie Morton, New Zealand Herald

The dog that savaged the face of a Bay of Plenty toddler has bitten before, it was revealed yesterday.
The male 4-year-old pitbull cross has been impounded since it mauled a 2-year-old girl in Kawerau on Saturday morning and the local council now wants to destroy it.
Kawerau District Council regulatory manager Chris Jensen said the dog was responsible for another attack on March 13, when it attacked a dog in a neighbouring property, ripping its ear off.
"That was reported to us by a ... person with no connection with the dogs. We followed up and interviewed the owner of the dog on the neighbouring property, but he advised he had no desire that any action be taken."
The pitbull cross, which had been registered with Rotorua District Council, was then transferred into Kawerau's records and the council issued a notice to classify the animal as menacing, Mr Jensen said.
Despite its aggressive history, the lean, muscled animal appeared docile and frightened as pound officers walked it out into an enclosure to be photographed yesterday.
But the scabs and scars clearly visible on its nose and white coat appeared to be the result of fighting.
Council officers have been unable to interview the dog's owner and the family of the victim, who returned home from Whakatane Hospital yesterday after having facial surgery on Sunday morning.
It is understood the girl's parents, who are still refusing to talk to media, do not want the dog destroyed at this stage.
It remained unclear what caused the dog to attack, "but given the information we have we will clearly be looking to have the dog put down," Mr Jensen said. "But ... we need to complete the investigation."
The dog could be destroyed either after the owner surrendered it for destruction, or after the council prosecuted and the owner was convicted.
It could otherwise be destroyed in the rare occasion where council officers could not deal with it safely.
"If the owner of this dog is not co-operating in wishing to surrender the dog for destruction, we will have to decide whether to prosecute or not," Mr Jensen said.
"If we do, it's quite likely we would hold it in the pound until the outcome of the prosecution is known."
Meanwhile, a bull mastiff-cross that mauled a 4-year-old girl in Masterton on Saturday afternoon was killed with a lethal injection just after 8am yesterday, council chief executive Wes ten Hove said.
Its owner, who Mr ten Hove said was "traumatised", has been charged with owning a dog which has caused injury, which carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $20,000 fine, or both.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Two-year-old dog bite case may be decided this summer

By Tony Graf, Herald News

A pit bull is at the center of a 26-month-long legal case that could be decided this summer.
The dog got out of Bobby and Karen Warren’s Lockport yard through a gate in March 2009, Karen said. The pit bull, named Bear, ran loose with another family dog, Buddy, a mix.
The city has determined that the dog attacked a man in the neighborhood, said City Attorney Ron Caneva.
Karen disputes this point, saying, “They’re just assuming it was our dog because the dogs were out.”
The dog has been determined to be vicious, and a judge has ruled that the dog should be destroyed. The city and the Warrens have been in discussions to try to find an alternative.
Lockport resident John Chirico said he was walking west on Division Street on the afternoon of March 11, 2009, when he was attacked from behind by a dog.
On Saturday, Chirico looked at a picture of the Warrens’ dogs and said the pit bull was the one who attacked him. He also said the mix did not attack him, but was present at the scene.
Chirico, who still has a scar on his arm two years after the attack, believes the pit bull should be destroyed. He asks the question: What if a child or elderly person had been attacked, instead of a 42-year-old man?

Case history

After the March 2009 incident, the city issued a ticket charging that the dog was running at large, Caneva said.
The city also determined that the dog had attacked a man in the neighborhood, Caneva said.
That was the basis of an administrative hearing procedure, with Lockport City Administrator Tim Schloneger as hearing officer, Caneva said.
A hearing was held to determine if the dog was vicious, and Schloneger made the determination that it is, Caneva said.
Because of the ordinance violation ticket, the case went to Will County Circuit Court.
The Lockport ordinance also provides for a judge to determine if the dog is vicious, as defined in the ordinance. And if the court determines that the animal is vicious under that definition, it may order that the animal be removed from the city or destroyed, in order to protect the health, welfare, safety and property of the city’s inhabitants.
A judge determined that the dog is vicious and should be destroyed.
The defense argued that the state Animal Control Act has certain requirements which must be met prior to a dog being declared vicious, and that the city’s definition decreased that standard.
Caneva responded by citing a provision in the act: “Nor shall anything in this Act be construed to, in any manner, limit the power of any municipality or other political subdivision to further control and regulate dogs ... provided that no regulation or ordinance is specific to breed.”
The judge ruled that the Lockport ordinance was valid, and the case was continued to set a date for the destruction of the dog. The court ordered the Warrens to comply with the ordinance requirements regarding vicious dogs, such as requiring them to keep the dog in a certain type of enclosure.
On Saturday, Karen said the Warrens have complied with that order.
For the many months and court appearances that have followed, the city and the Warrens have sought several possible resolutions other than destruction of the dog — for instance, relocation of the dog. However, certain difficulties arose regarding each of the attempted solutions.
The case returned to court on Friday. The matter was continued until June 24.
The Warrens are being represented by attorney Joel Murphy, of Chuck Bretz & Associates in Joliet.

Advocate’s letter

Barbara Ann Dornan, an animal rescue volunteer, wrote a letter to The Herald-News, written from the perspective of the dog, Bear.
“My best friend Buddy and I were out in the yard when we saw the gate open just a little bit so we decided to go out and play in the neighborhood. Our owner discovered the gate opened and started to search for us,” the letter states.
The letter says Bear’s problem is that he cannot speak for himself, and because Bear was out with Buddy and a man was bitten the same day, Bear is being accused of the attack.

Victim’s perspective

Chirico said he wants the Warrens to “do the right thing” and have the dog destroyed.
Chirico said he tried to defend himself against the dog’s attack, but the dog knocked him down repeatedly. He said two people arrived to help him, the dog let him loose, and the two dogs ran away.
Chirico asks: What if the victim was a child or an elderly person, and couldn’t fight back as Chirico did? Or what if nobody was there to help?
That is why Chirico believes the dog should be destroyed -- for the safety of people who cannot defend themselves, or for whom help is not available.
On Saturday, Karen Warren continued to dispute the assertion that her family’s dog was involved in the attack. She maintains that her dog has been treated wrongly and should not be destroyed. She also reiterated that she has complied with the city’s and court’s orders.

Storm strays: Joplin animals find shelter at humane society

By Amye Buckley, Neosho Daily News

Dogs, cats, rabbits, parakeets, cockatiels, more than 30 chickens and a pot-bellied pig – animals of all kinds have found shelter at the Joplin Humane Society after May 22’s deadly tornado.

Approximately 500 animals have been brought to the temporary shelter set up by ASPCA at the old Dent and Ding appliance next to the humane society’s new building.

 “We’re well prepared to take injured, owned and stray animals,” said Joplin Humane Society executive director Karen Aquino.

With close to 100 staff, volunteers and a temporary shelter set up by the ASPCA, they can house up to 1,200 animals now and they plan to dispense donated pet food and supplies to those affected by the tornado.

“We want to do everything in our power to be a resource for our community,” Aquino said.

Calls started rolling in early Monday and a temporary shelter was set up later that day, opening to the public Tuesday. Wednesday they took in nearly 250 animals. Many families have been reunited with their pets, but even if they cannot take their pets with them it is important to come down and identify them, Aquino said.

They will look at a 14-day window to identify the pets before moving to the adoption process and may reach out to local foster networks to help house the animals. Members of the Neosho-based Faithful Friends Animal Advocates say they’re ready to step in when the temporary operation rolls out, but that moment has not come yet said Kathryn Destreza, southeast regional director ASPCA Investigations and Response.

“As long as there is a need we’re here,” she said.

The shelter will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Organizers ask anyone who is sheltering a dog, but does not know it’s owner to bring them to the shelter so they can be reunified with their families. Pets are also being listed at www.joplinhumanesociety.com. Finding families for the stranded pets is why they are there, Destreza said.

“We love them and we walk them and we take great care of them, but we’re not their family,” she said. “This is all about reunification with the owner.”

Those reporting to the shelter are asked to bring as much identifying information as possible and a picture if possible.

Kathy McDonald was all smiles as she left the shelter Friday afternoon with her pit bull mix Sophia Marie in tow. She was not home when the storm struck, but a neighbor told her he’d seen Sophia headed toward 26th Street.

“I knew she was alive,” McDonald said.

On Thursday, she found her frightened kitten cowering under a piece of drywall. The six-pound cat had lost nearly two pounds.

“She’s still traumatized,” McDonald said.

Her search is not over yet.

“I’ve still got two kittens out there,” she said.

Tim Rickey, southeast regional director ASPCA Investigations and Respons,e once lived in the Joplin area.

“All of my family and my friends are here,” Rickey said. “I’m dealing with the same thing everybody else in this community is. We all know people affected by this.”

Getting animals back to their owners lifts their spirits and helps build the long-term community recovery, he said.

“This is a beacon of hope,” Rickey said.

What you can do

Volunteers are needed to move supplies and clean cages. They can register at the Joplin Humane Society, but may be placed on a call list. Donations can be placed online at www.joplinhumanesociety.com or brought to the Joplin Humane Society.

L.A. Downtown Blaze Spreads To Nearby Buildings

By Martin Nate Rawner, FireFighting News

It took Los Angeles Firefighters a little over an hour to control a spectacular blaze that spread from an outdoor type supply warehouse to two commercial buildings at 1171 East 10th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters first on scene immediately went to heavy streams, setting up ladder pipes and wagon batteries due to the intense flames. The fire spread to a one story brick building to the north and a second taller brick building, possibly two stories, to the east. Firefighters also were aware of power lines running up alongside the street.

One L.A. Firefighter injured his back and was transported to a local area hospital via Paramedics in stable condition.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles around downtown Los Angeles. Damage was extensive, the cause of the 1:30 AM blaze is under investigation.

An injured pit-bull dog could be seen in the area suffering from burns on its body, possibly a watch dog.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dog carcasses found along tracks

By April Abernathy, The Herald Bulletin

Anonymous call leads to search; remains may be dogfighting-related

An anonymous phone call led volunteers on two separate searches for dog carcasses left along railroad tracks.

A group of volunteers headed by Jennifer Bridges met on Friday evening and again  on Saturday morning at the tracks near 38th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Bridges, a Madison County Humane Society board member, received a message from an anonymous caller that the animals were used as dogfighting bait and were left on the tracks to die.

“We thought maybe it was someone who wanted peace of mind and knew about it,” Bridges said of the caller. “Maybe it was someone that just had some information.”

The anonymous call came after recent publicity about Bridges’ foster dog, Phoebe, who was stolen from outside Bridges’ home on Tuesday before being returned early Friday morning.

While Bridges was searching for her stolen black and white pit bull mix, she learned that the theft wasn’t isolated and that two other dogs in her neighborhood were recently stolen from their owners’ yards.

Bridges said Phoebe was returned to her yard early Friday morning.

“She’s a little skittish and aggressive,” Bridges said. “Her ears perk up and she listens to everything now like she’s on edge.”

About a minute and a half into Friday evening’s search, two carcasses were found scattered on the tracks behind Magic Glass, 2406 W. 38th St.

“There were zip ties everywhere,” Bridges said. “Sometimes, they (dogfighting rings) zip-tie the dog’s mouth and legs so it can’t fight back. There was something on the muzzle of one of the dogs like peanut butter, probably used to attract. It (the muzzle) was covered in scratches.”

Anderson police Detective Mitch Carroll said he knew that one carcass had been found and that several zip ties were collected near the body.

“From an official side, there were lots of zip ties, almost too many,” he said. “We will look into it, because it may or may not have come off the train or (been) used for cargo on the train.”

An animal control officer collected the decapitated head of one of the dogs. Its heavy-duty choker collar was left on the side of the tracks.

“That’s a collar used on a dog that’s used to being restrained,” Bridges said.

Carroll said animal control and Anderson police canvassed the area near the tracks to ask residents if they were aware of a dumping ground or if they had seen anything unusual. Residents said they hadn’t seen anything strange in the area.

“We hope people will call us or call you (The Herald Bulletin) and let us know,” Carroll said. “We will do a follow-up based on the animal control officer’s findings.”

In Pendleton in February 2010, headless animal bodies were found dumped in Fall Creek. After an investigation, the carcasses were determined to be wild coyotes.

“We are working with the Animal Protection League to follow any leads,” Carroll said. “We can’t merit this is a dump site.”

Dee Vester and her son, Evan, joined Bridges’ search efforts Saturday morning.

“It’s horrible,” Dee Vester said. “I don’t like people being mean to animals for any reason. They are our family.”

Fellow volunteer Barbie Vorhees crossed her fingers hoping that nothing would be found during her walk on the tracks.

“This is happening here in my town,” she said. “It’s horrible. It’s scary.”

Boy, 4, killed in NYC dog attack

From Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A young boy is dead after he was attacked by a dog inside his Brooklyn home.
Police said 4-year-old Jayelin Graham suffered horrifying wounds to his head, neck and torso when he was mauled by a pit bull in his mother's apartment in the borough's Brownsville section. The attack happened at around 9:15 p.m.
Neighbors said they rushed to help after hearing the boy's mother screaming.
Several told reporters the dog was a known menace that terrified everyone on the block
The superintendent in the building told the Daily News that the dog belonged to a man who lived with the boy's mother.

Update May 28, 2011 - The following article is from CBS New York:

4-Year-Old Boy Killed By Family Pit Bull In Brooklyn

A 4-year-old boy is dead after being attacked by his pet pit bull in his family’s Brooklyn apartment.
It happened late Thursday night in the first floor apartment of a building on Pacific Street. Police say the dog bit 4-year-old Jayelin Graham multiple times on his head, neck and stomach.
“The dog was over by the cage, he was outside. There was another dog in the cage. The baby was lying on the floor with his head, like this, like this and the whole neck,” said Shirley Barnes who witnessed the attack.
The boy was rushed to Brookdale Hospital where he later died. Police sedated and removed pit bull after the attack. The also removed a second dog, a German Shepherd, from the home.
Officials say the German Shepherd was not involved in the attack, but was still taken to the headquarters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals along with the pit bull.
Neighbors say they tried to help the little boy. “We had a gentleman on the block who helped get the child out,” said Stacy Barnes who witnessed attack.
The boy’s two brothers, ages two and five, were not hurt in the attack.
Police say conditions inside the home were not good. They said they found animal feces and urine inside.
Officers arriving at the building encountered a chaotic scene and ended up arresting a handful of people for allegedly trying to incite a riot.
The ASPCA will decide what will be done with the pit bull that mauled the little boy. Police are questioning his mother and say she could face criminal charges.
The superintendent in the building said the dog belonged to a man who lived with the boy’s mother.

Update May 28, 2011 - The following article is from WABC Eyewitness News:

4-year-old mauled by family dog

Police are investigating a deadly dog attack in Brooklyn.

Officers say a four-year old was attacked inside his family's apartment in Weeksville last night by the family dog.
The dog, a Cane Corso, bit Jayelin Graham several times on his head, neck and torso.
He died at brookdale hospital a short time later.
Police removed the dog, and another dog, from the home.
There is no word on the fate of the dogs.

Update May 28, 2011 - The following article is by Kevin Sheehan, Doug Auer and Candice M. Giove, New York Post:

Dad bragged about dog that killed kid

Dog maul dad Damien "Dread" Jones trained the killer canines who left his 4-year-old a lifeless bleeding rag doll — and bragged to neighbors about his "monster dogs."
"He would hang stuff on trees or the school yard fence – stuffed animals or footballs – just so his dogs could rip the stuff up," said Robin Parkinson, 56. "It was an accident waiting to happen."
Jayelin Graham died last night in a Brooklyn house of horror after one of the brutal beasts tore out his throat, police said.
The dangerous dogs – including a Pit Bull, a Husky mix and the Cain Corso mix that attacked Jayelin – panicked residents as they roamed Pacific Street.
"I asked him what kind of dogs are those?" Parkinson recalled."Monster dogs," the master replied.
"He could clear the block with them dogs," she said. "He used to punch them in the heads, kick them in the ribs, brutal."
Inside the fetid zoo of an apartment blood smeared from the living room to a bedroom. A putrid smell permeated the place and flies hovered over dog feces in every room. A giant parrot cage rose four feet high in the center of the living room. Motorcycle wheels were stacked in the kitchen.
A rectangular shape was all that remained of where dog cages had been kept – and a metal training collar rested on the blood-drenched floor.
When the massive mauler sunk sharp incisors into the boy’s neck, his mother Sequina "Honey" Jubeark let out earsplitting screams.
A next door neighbor, who identified himself only as "Jah" said he shattered the window and tried to rescue the helpless four year-old.
"You could tell by the blood that he dragged the kid from the bedroom into the living room," he said.
"I screamed move and the dog dropped the kid and went into a defensive position," he added. "He was staring at me."
"The baby was dead," he said. "The blood was down all around the abdomen."
Jah, and two others, wanted to kill the 100-pound killer canine, but then EMS arrived, he said.
"I told them you got to call backup. That dog is trained to kill," he recalled.
It took the strength of ten firemen to subdue the vicious dog, he said.
Police made about a half dozen arrests at the scene after getting into scuffles with residents, sources said.
Authorities also took in the tot’s 24-year-old mother in for questioning– but it’s unlikely that she’ll face charges, sources said.
The dogs were turned over to Animal Care and Control. The agency is holding the biting beast at their upper Manhattan center for a ten day quarantine, the agency said
Meanwhile, neighbors said the baby’s father, who belongs to a motorcycle club, pealed off on his cowhide-covered hog at 11 p.m.
The couple had two other children in the house, ages 5 and 2.
They turned their apartment into a nightmarish managerie, which included the hounds, a parrot and a fish tank, sources said.
The baby’s great grandfather Ameer Jamaal-Uddin, 59, visited the tragic scene today, saying he worried about the other two children.
"What a horrible way to die," he said.
"I didn’t particularly appreciate the dogs," the great grandfather added.
"They were viscious animals."

Update May 28, 2011 - The following article is by

Dog Mauls 4-Year-Old Boy To Death

Child Services Launches Investigation

"It was a zoo in there it smelled worse than the Bronx zoo," said the D'Neshah Graham, the aunt of 4 year old Jayelin Graham, who died after the family dog attacked him.

"Nobody, especially a child should be allowed in that house."

The deadly attack happened inside the family home on Pacific Avenue in Brooklyn. Police say they got a call about a dog bite. When they arrived on the scene, a bloody and semi conscious 4 year old was being taken from the home.

Neighbors called the dogs inside the house vicious and dangerous. The boy's mother, 24 year old Sequina Jubeark, had three dogs inside the house including a German Sheperd, Pit Bull Mix and the 100 pound Cane Corso mix that attacked and killed little Jayelin.

"They were wild animals," said a neighbor.

The Administration for Child Services has a launched an investigation into the boy's death. The boy was taken to Brookdale hospital last night, where he died. Jayelin's father, who did not live at the house, visited the apartment late last night. His sister, Graham and his mother came to the house today and said they called social services on Jurbeark before but nothing was done. Everytime Jayelin went back to the house, he used to scream because he was scared of the dogs, they said.

But Graham said on top of it, his mother used to leave Jayelin and her two other children in the house alone. And last night, according to witnesses, the mother was outside of the apartment when the attacked


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Dog owner guilty of cruelty

From The Daily Journal

A Redwood City dog owner who reportedly told a police officer he was entitled to beat his pit bull was sentenced Friday to 30 days jail for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

John Abdon Johnson, 57, was also ordered to take 32 hours of anger management class, not care for or own animals and stay away from the dog named Bucket.

A Redwood City police officer arrested Johnson May 13 after spotting him beat Bucket over the head with his hand and kick the dog in the ribs. The officer, who was driving by the incident, reportedly confronted Johnson who said it was his dog and he could beat it if he wanted to.

Johnson resisted during his arrest, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Bucket suffered no apparent injuries, according to a Peninsula Humane Society veterinarian.

Johnson has been in custody on $10,000 bail and receives credit for 21 days against his month term.

He must also serve two years court probation.

Dog mauls four-year-old girl's face

From Mangalorean

A four-year-old New Zealand girl's face was badly bitten by a large dog Saturday so much so that she would need facial reconstructive surgery, police said.
The girl was patting the Bull Mastiff in Masterton town near Wellington, when the dog suddenly became aggressive and pinned her to the ground and bit her face, the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) reported.
The girl was admitted to hospital with serious facial injuries that would require reconstructive surgery.
Police said the dog had been a family pet for 10 years without any problems, and was based at the home of the girl's relatives.
The dog has been "surrendered to be destroyed", and the owners are being prosecuted for "owing a dog that caused injury", police said.
Recently, a woman from the Bay of Plenty area had her scalp torn off by an American pitbull dog.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Police kill dog after attack

By Owain Johnston-Barnes, The Royal Gazette

Police fatally shot a dog in North Hamilton today after the animal attacked and injured two members of the public.
According to police, at around 12.38pm, officers had gone with a dog warden in response to a report of animal cruelty.
The suspect, a 19-year-old man, reportedly ran from police, turning the dog, believed to be a pit bull, on the officers.
Officers, assisted by members of the public, were able to stop and arrest the suspect near Angle Street after a chase. The pitbull then attacked two members of the public.
An armed officer on the scene discharged his weapon, killing the animal.
Officers this afternoon blocked off the area while forensic officers photographed the scene of the shooting and removed the animal's body.

Update May 30, 2011 - The following article is by Mikaela Ian Pearman, Bermuda Sun:

Man charged in pit bull attack 

The owner of a pit bull, which was killed by Police on Friday, appeared in Magistrates' Court today charged with wounding with intent.
Jahmeiko Perkins, 19, of Pembroke is accused of wounding Jeffrey Shaw with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on May 28.
He was also charged with being a person in charge of a dog, a pit bull, which caused injury to a person.
He was not required to enter a plea as the matter is indictable and must be heard in Supreme Court.
Mr Perkins was given $10,000 bail.

Update August 8, 2011 - The following article is by Sirkka Huish, The Royal Gazette:
Detectives probe 19-year-old’s death

The body of teenager Jahmeiko Perkins was found in a roadside ditch just hours after he told his cousin he was “coming right back” to help her celebrate her birthday.
The 19-year-old, who was known as Meiko, was last seen alive at a family birthday party at about 9pm on Friday.
About 12 hours later his “extensively injured” body was found in a ten foot ditch next to Parsons Lane in Devonshire and police are treating the death as suspicious.
A passer-by spotted the lifeless body of Mr Perkins in the secluded wooded area with a bike laying on its side nearby at about 9am on Saturday.
He was just a couple of roads away from the home he shared with his grandparents in Schools Drive in Devonshire.
Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit are now trying to piece together how Mr Perkins died and foul play has not been ruled out.
The body is not believed to have showed any signs of gunshot wounds but there were “obvious injuries” that raised the suspicions of officers. However, the exact cause of death cannot be determined until an autopsy is carried out.
Cousin Jeanann Liburd said Mr Perkins was “his usual self” as he dashed out of her 43rd birthday party at her Pembroke house.
She said: “That was the last time we saw him. I was having a birthday party and he left saying he’d be ‘right back.’
“The party was continuing until about 12 and I thought he’d be straight back. It was very unusual of him not to come back as he said he would.
“He just left, he didn’t say where he was going. We don’t know where he went or who he was with. He just didn’t show up again, that was it”.
Mr Perkins graduated from the Adult Education Centre last year and was said to enjoy hanging out with friends and working out at the gym.
About ten members of his family, including his aunts and cousins, struggled to hold back the tears as they comforted each other in the living room of his home yesterday afternoon.
A graduation photo of Mr Perkins in his cap and gown proudly sat on the coffee table.
Mr Perkins’ mom, who lives overseas, is flying back to the Island today. He also leaves behind a brother and a girlfriend. The family said they were “struggling to come to terms with everything”.
The family suspect Mr Perkins could have been murdered but they said they didn’t understand why as they didn’t know of any enemies.
His grandmother, who wouldn’t give her name, said: “He was very loving grandson, he was a nice person and very helpful. We’re going to miss him so much. He’s going to be greatly missed by all of us”.
Mr Perkins was recently in the news after his pit bull was shot and killed by Police on Angle Street, Pembroke.
An investigation into Mr Perkins’ death is now underway, with police eager to speak to anyone who saw him on Friday or early Saturday morning.
A woman made the grim discovery about 150 metres west of Pure Water as she cycled along the road. She called the police and an on-call physician certified the death at about 10.30am on Saturday.
Mr Perkins was identified on the scene by his tearful grandfather and girlfriend just before the body was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for an autopsy at about midday.
Up to ten plain-clothed officers, including Detective Chief Inspector Nick Pedro, who heads up the Serious Crime Unit, could be seen combing the road and nearby trees for clues. Officers remained at the scene all day Saturday and yesterday.
Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief said he would be meeting with Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva to talk about Mr Perkins’ death.
He said: “At this stage I just know there are suspicious circumstances to this death. It’s being investigated as a suspicious death.
“It’s not a straight forward road traffic accident as it may have seemed at first.”
A section of Parsons Lane near its junction with Orange Valley Road remained cordoned off over the weekend with many motorists wanting to buy water being turned away.
The man’s body was found next to a tree with a red wooden cross on it, which marks the spot of a previous fatal road accident. It’s a quiet, wooded area with only a couple of houses nearby.
Nearby residents told The Royal Gazette they were home all evening but did not hear or see anything suspicious.
One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “What is happening to Bermuda? It’s awful to think this has happened right on the doorstep.”
Police would not comment on the extent of Mr Perkins’ injuries but they are expected to hold a press conference today to discuss the autopsy findings.
Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said: “Investigations into this death have commenced, which at the moment is being treated as suspicious.
“However, whilst the exact cause of death is not yet known, members of the Serious Crime Unit are investigating the circumstances of Mr Perkins’ death.
“They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone that may have seen or known about Mr. Perkins whereabouts during the course of Friday, August 5 into the early hours of Saturday, August 6”.
Anyone who saw Mr Perkins or has any information about how he may have died is urged to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 29-50011 or the confidential Crime stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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Man jailed, dog shot after Keizer dispute

By Jeff Thompson, KGW

A man was arrested for felony assault and strangulation, and his dog was shot and killed by an officer after a domestic dispute Thursday in Keizer, police said.
Keizer Police officers responded just before 9 p.m. to a domestic disturbance call in the 1300 block of Country Glen Avenue NE. A neighbor had reported she heard a loud argument in which a female yelled, “You’re choking me,” according to Capt. Jeff Kuhns, with Keizer police.
Two officers arrived and talked to Wendy Lynn Calmes, who lived in the house with her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Her ex-husband, LaNell DaRouse, was staying at the house. Officers said Calmes had visible injuries to her neck and chest, and told officers DaRouse had assaulted her.
Sgt. Jeff Goodman tried to talk to DaRouse, but was confronted by a pit bull as he walked up the stairs. The dog charged Goodman twice before DaRouse shut it in a bedroom.
Police handcuffed DaRouse and took him outside. A few moments later, Calmes realized her 1-year-old son was shut in the bedroom alone with the dog. As she went to get her son out of the room, the dog escaped and ran down the stairs, this time fixating on an officer in the living room.
Calmes unsuccessfully tried to control the dog, but it lunged at the officer and he fatally shot it in the head.
Neither of the children in the home witnessed the shooting, Kuhns said.
The officers arrested DaRouse for one count of fourth-degree domestic assault and five counts of strangulation.
DaRouse was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Man & dog attacked by pit bull in SW Portland

By Justin Burton, KGW News

The search is on for a pit bull that attacked a man and his dog in Southwest Portland.
C.C. Jones and his dog "Lady" were on their way home from their daily walk at around SW St. Clair Ave. & Park Pl. when they were attacked at around 3 p.m.  Jones said the pit bull charged toward them -- biting him in the stomach, and biting Lady on the leg, crushing it.
"The only thing I had time to do was to lift my dog up by the leash and harness and try to hold her out of harm's way," Jones said.  "That wasn't good enough, unfortunately."

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Jones wasn't seriously injured, but he took Lady to DoveLewis Animal Hospital.  He said he's on a fixed income and isn't sure how he'll pay for the the medical bills -- which could be as much as $3,700.
Jones is concerned that the dog could harm other people -- including children -- and pets in the area.  Animal Control was called to the scene and couldn't find the pit bull.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Friendly pitbull attacked with scalding water

From New Zealand Herald

A young pitbull dog has had a boiling substance poured on its back in Whangarei, in an apparent unprovoked backlash against the breed.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals manager Francine Shields said the offender appeared to have gone into a panic over recent reported pitbull attacks and taken it out on the dog, named Flash.
He was found near where a pitbull attacked a family's pet huntaway dog in Whangarei last weekend.
"Only a small minority of dogs are aggressive. This one is quite a nice little dog," she told the Northern Advocate.
A veterinarian estimated the injuries happened three days ago and said the raw scald wound would never grow hair again.
Flash, aged about one, was wearing a collar but was unregistered and did not have a microchip identifying his owner.
The breed had a tendency to be aggressive but with training and socialisation they could be good family dogs, vet Jayne Greening said.
Ms Shields said that the offender could face prosecution if caught.

Bond Denied Man Charged In Fatal Dog Attack


Swanson Faces Manslaughter Charge

Bond has been denied a Pontotoc County dog owner indicted in connection with a fatal pit bull attack last January.
WCBI-TV reported that Casey Swanson appeared in Pontotoc County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Swanson was indicted for manslaughter in March in the death of 51-year-old Ronnie Waldo.
Prosecutors said Waldo and a friend were repairing a hot water heater on Jan. 26 when Waldo walked next door to Swanson's house to retrieve a part for the appliance and was attacked.
The indictment alleges that Swanson allowed the dogs to roam free, even though he knew they were violent.
Prosecutors said Swanson was charged as a habitual offender because of previous burglary and larceny convictions.
Swanson has defended his dogs' actions and said that all but one were confined.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In Joplin, Bren the Lucky Pit Bull

By Ilan Brat, Wall Street Journal

Bren, a pit bull, arrived at a clinic here on Monday bleeding from a gash on her leg and in shock. She was wet and shivering and her gums had turned pale, a sign that her body temperature was dangerously low.
Joplin's animal-control staff had found Bren, with her black-and-tan coat, buried in a pile of rubble in a residential area leveled by Sunday night's tornado. They delivered Bren to the Animal Adoption & Resource Center in Joplin.
The clinic was inundated. Even before the tornado, it was nearly at capacity, holding about 350 animals. Since Sunday night, nearly 300 more have shown up, said executive director Karen Aquino. She had to borrow space in a nearby warehouse for the incoming animals.
After animals arrive, photos and available information on the animals are posted on a website. But many of the dogs, cats and other animals will never see their owners again. About 50 animals have been claimed by their owners at the clinic since the tornado.
Bren, who clinic workers estimate is about eight years old, was lucky to have been found. "If she hadn't been found, probably in another 12 hours she would've been dead," said Jennifer Barber, veterinary staff director at the clinic.
Bren was rushed into surgery. She was sedated and placed on a heating pad to raise her body temperature. Cynthia Wiseman, veterinarian at a Springfield, Mo., veterinary hospital, and some other doctors cleaned her wounds of grass, wood splinters and gravel.
Next, Dr. Wiseman turned to the gash on Bren's leg. The muscle at the back of the leg was cut to the bone. "It was like somebody took a butcher knife to her leg and sliced" the muscles in half, Dr. Wiseman said. "I had never seen a wound like that before."
She sewed the muscles back together, inserted a plastic tube to drain the wound and stapled it closed. The surgery took about an hour.
By evening, Bren was well enough to chew a red, beef-flavored dog biscuit. Dr. Wiseman worried the pit bull wouldn't walk properly again. Clinic staffers took Bren for walks, holding a towel around her rear to support her weight.
Early Wednesday afternoon, a woman came to the clinic looking for her two pit bulls, Dr. Barber said. Dr. Barber didn't get the woman's name, but took the woman into the clinic. The woman shook with sobs when she spotted Bren, Dr. Barber said.
"When we find the owner," she said, "it's amazing."

Police: Man puts puppy in hot oven as revenge

By Kristi E. Swartz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 20-month old puppy is recovering after being put in a hot oven as an act of revenge, Channel 2 Action News is reporting.
Melody, a pit bull mix, is at the Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Marietta after being burned from head to toe.
Gary Moore Jr., 24, now faces a felony animal cruelty charge. He is accused of putting Melody in a hot oven as an act of revenge against another man.
Dr. Susan Engeran, who is working around the clock to give Melody a new chance at life, is giving the puppy a constant drip of pain killers and antibiotics. The injuries are so serious that Melody whimpers and whines constantly.
“She’s been treated very aggressively,” Engeran told Channel 2. “She was very lethargic… and dehydrated.”
Engeran expects Melody to make it, but it is unknown how the burns on her paws will heal.
Meanwhile, the puppy has become the star of the clinic.
“The news spread and people are coming by to see. We all feel for her very much,” Engeran told Channel 2.
The clinic said Melody will not be put up for adoption. They will select a special foster home to deal with the puppy's medical needs.
Police believe Melody became the victim of a nasty domestic dispute. Authorities said a Good Samaritan brought the puppy to the clinic after failing to convince Moore to get treatment for Melody.
Neighbor Nerys Machuca told Channel 2 that he heard the puppy make noise in the middle of the night, and knocked on Moore’s door, but he wouldn’t open it. He was saddened to hear what happened.
“Animals deserve respect just like we do,” Machuca said.
According to jail records, Moore was still being held at the Cobb County jail.

Update June 23, 2011 - The following article is from WSB:

Puppy Put In Hot Oven As Revenge Recovering Smoothly

After miraculously surviving being stuffed in a burning oven, Melody, a 20-month-old pit bull mix puppy, is recovering smoothly.
Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt paid Melody a visit and said besides the booties and scars, Melody almost looks like a normal, happy puppy.Her previous owner, Gary Moore Jr., 25, of Cobb County, was charged with felony animal cruelty under a new statute.Moore appeared in court and asked that his bond be reduced so he could be released from jail.
Detective Steve Nolan testified in court that Moore confessed to putting Melody in a hot oven, saying the puppy had reminded him of an estranged boyfriend.
“Their relationship was not going forward and at that point he grabbed the dog, placed it in the oven, closed the door and held the oven door shut for a period of a few seconds,” the detective said in court.Moore told the detective he released Melody when she began howling, but did not seek medical treatment for her. His roommate took her in four days later.A judge granted Moore a lower bond under the condition that he move in with his mother, and not live near any animals.Melody’s recovery, in the meantime, is considered nothing short of a canine miracle.

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Dog had karabiner clip through neck

By Abigail Hartevelt, The Rotorua Daily Post

A Rotorua dog owner has been banned from owning a dog for a year after his dog was found with a hole in its neck from having a karabiner clip threaded through.

Howard Roy Rahoroi Paul, 47, who works with at-risk kids, yesterday appeared before Judge Russell Callander and pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly ill-treating an animal leaving it seriously injured.

The maximum penalty is three years' jail and/or a fine of up to $75,000.

Rotorua lawyer Bill Lawson, who appeared on behalf of the Rotorua District Council, said on February 3 a Rotorua District Council Animal Control officer was making routine inquiries at Paul's home on Harold Cres.

The officer found a dark brown male pitbull terrier cross sharpei called Ugly secured by a chain to a kennel behind a garage on the property.

A chain had been attached to the dog by a karabiner clip which had been threaded horizontally through the skin and tissue of the dog's neck.

Due to the restrictive nature of the chain the karabiner had to be twisted through the dog's neck to release the catch before pulling it back through the skin.

The dog whined as the karabiner was removed. No blood was seen after the karabiner was removed indicating it had been there for some time.

The officer took the dog and an animal welfare inspector was called.

The dog was taken to a vet for treatment. Paul admitted owning the dog and said he placed the chain with the karabiner attached to it on the dog's neck.

He said he walked the dog each day using the chain. He also said no one else had handled the dog since he became the owner of it three weeks beforehand. Mr Lawson said the council was seeking surrender of the dog so animal control could deal with it appropriately.

Paul's lawyer Peter Birks said Paul was not responsible for impaling the karabiner through the dog's neck but admitted he should have been more careful and done something to alleviate the dog's distress.

Mr Birks said Paul was a solo father who had the care of a 17-year-old child and a grandchild who were both at school. Paul was also involved in an organisation in Fordlands which helped at-risk children and he was concerned his position would be jeopardised. Paul accepted he would be banned from owning a dog, Mr Birks said.

Judge Callander asked Paul if he had been dog owner in the past and Paul said he had owned eight dogs but nothing like this had happened before.

Judge Callander told Paul that if he was going to own an animal he had to look after it in a "humane and proper fashion".

He ordered to Paul to pay $1161 which would cover the costs of the dog's treatment as well as the costs of prosecution. Paul was also banned from owning a dog for a year. Outside the court the council's animal control supervisor, Kevin Coutts, told The Daily Post the karabiner had been in the dog's neck for months. The dog was at the pound and Mr Coutts said he was evaluating what to do with it.

Pitt Bull Bites Two-Year-Old Girl in Her Face

By David Gurliacci, Norwalk Patch

A horrified mother and grandmother Wednesday morning found the grandmother's pit bull on a bed with her grandaughter after the dog bit the two-year-old on the left side of the girl's face.
The child was rushed to Norwalk Hospital at about 8:45 a.m. where doctors tended to an open wound on the left side of the child's face, police said.
The child's mother and grandmother were in the home at 101 Stewart Ave., but not in the same room with the child and dog when the incident happened, according to a Norwalk Police spokesman.
Police said Diana Vuoso's four-year-old dog had previously received a regular vaccination for rabies. The dog was later quarantined in the home until June 9 as a police animal control officer continues to investigate the incident.

Update May 25, 2011 - The following article is by John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate:
Norwalk 2-year-old attacked by pit bull for second time

For the second time in less than a year a pit bull has bitten the same baby girl, police said.
Paramedics rushed a 2-year-old Norwalk girl to the hospital with a face wound just after 8:45 a.m. Wednesday when the girl's family reported that the girl had been bitten by a four-year-old pit bull, Sgt. James Walsh said.
The girl's mother and grandmother were in another room inside their home at 101 Stuart Ave when they heard screaming from the girl's bedroom, Walsh said.
In the room they found the dog, named Spot, and the girl on her bed, Walsh said.
The dog had bitten the girl, causing an open wound to the left side of her face, Walsh said.
Walsh said that wasn't the first time the girl was bitten by Spot.
Paramedics and police were called to the same address on June 18, 2010 when the girl received a bite on the head, Walsh said.
In that incident the girl had approached the dog while it was eating from it's bowl and bit her head, piercing the skin, Walsh said.
The owner of the dog -- the girl's grandmother Diane Vuoso -- could face a charge if she was found to be negligent in taking proper precautions in protecting the girl from the dog, Walsh said.
The investigation of the bite has been turned over to the department's Youth Bureau, which investigates crimes by and upon young people, Walsh said.

Police Seize Cocaine, Cash and 10 Pit Bulls in Woonsocket Arrest


Woonsocket Police have arrested a man for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, after a months-long investigation.
Juan Carlos Olivio, 33, was arrested Tuesday morning at his apartment on Rathbun Street after a search warrant was executed by police. Police seized 18 grams of cocaine, packaging and processing materials, and about $2,000 cash. Police also took 10 pit bull dogs from Olivio's apartment.
Olivio was also charged with 10 counts of keeping and unlicensed dog, and 10 counts of keeping an unlicensed dog.
Police say none of the animals were harmed in the raid, and all were taken to a local animal shelter.

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Two boroughs will debate ban on pit bulls

From CTV Montreal

The Montreal boroughs of Riviere-des-Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve are considering a ban on pit bill terriers.
It's a rule that's already been in place for several years in Lachine, Outremont and St. Laurent.
St. Laurent borough mayor Alan DeSousa says the ban on certain breeds of dog has been well-liked by residents.
"It works relatively well. It does provide a certain degree of security for the residents in our community and so far, so good," said DeSousa.
However the Montreal SPCA opposes bans on any breed of dog, and refuses to work in boroughs that have implemented a pit bull ban.
Nicholas Gilman says pit bull bans are ineffective and expensive.
"The SPCA chooses not to work with those boroughs for animal control services if they have breed-specific bans," said Gilman.
The animal welfare agency says municipalities end up spending money to seize dogs and take owners to court, money that it would prefer be spent on spay and neuter programs.
The borough of Riviere-des-Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles is also considering a bylaw that would require pit bulls to be muzzled at all times.
Alanna Devine, the SPCA director, says that idea is wrong-headed.
"A muzzling bylaw is simply perpetuating the idea these dogs are dangerous and and so the wrong kinds of people are going to want to continue to have them," said Devine.
Devine, who owns a pit bull herself, says problem dogs ultimately come from problem owners.
The Riviere-des-Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles borough will debate the matters in July.


  1. Humane Society overwhelmed by the number of pit bulls in need of a home - 8/18/11
  2. Dog dies in Staunton, owner investigated - 8/15/11
  3. Poodle bites man - 8/10/11
  4. Firefighters battle apartment blaze in downtown Fredericksburg - 8/6/11
  5. Police on the hunt for pit bull after officer biting - 8/2/11
  6. Danville neighbors discover dog hanging, dead at end of cable; charges expected - 7/30/11
  7. Police: Suffolk child home alone with snakes, lizards, pit bull dogs - 7/14/11
  8. Sheriff: Dogfighting ring busted in Va. - 4/20/11
  9. Pit bull pups stolen from Manassas home - 3/3/11
  10. Police Tase Aggressive Dog in Claremont - 2/14/11
  11. Motel incident leads to charges in Spotsy - 12/1/10
  12. Local Pit Bull rescue group feels discriminated against at Norfolk's Grand Illumination parade - 11/23/10
  13. Windsor woman attacked by pit bull - 11/16/10
  14. Suffolk man shot in head after incident involving pit bulls - 11/15/10
  15. Suffolk man accused of setting dog on fire - 10/15/10
  16. 'Trooper' on the road to recovery - 9/30/10
  17. Dog attacks Va. animal shelter worker - 9/2/10
  18. Officer Shoots Pit Bull after Large Fight in Brookneal - 8/29/10
  19. Man, two children bitten by dog in Va. Beach neighborhood - 8/27/10
  20. 3 dead, 4 wounded in shootout in central Virginia - 8/23/10
  21. Pit bull from Vick's dogfighting operation has easy life in Chesterfield - 8/14/10
  22. Richmond man to serve 3 years for dogfighting - 8/9/10
  23. Military bases putting restrictions on types of dogs that can be kept in base housing - 8/5/10
  24. Dog's leg amputated in cruelty case - 8/2/10
  25. Man convicted of killing pitbull - 7/28/10
  26. Woman pleads guilty in dog attack case - 7/21/10
  27. Humane Society offers reward after pit bull found dead - 7/21/10
  28. P.G. firefighters treat unusual dog-bite victim - 7/17/10
  29. Dog killed in burglary at salvage yard - 7/6/10
  30. Puppy rescued from fire in Norfolk's Ocean View - 7/4/10
  31. Former Richmond deputy convicted of dogfighting charges - 6/30/10
  32. Illegal dogfighting operation busted - 6/18/10
  33. Dog bite causes severe lacerations - 6/7/10
  34. Chesapeake woman, pet attacked by neighbor's pit bull - 5/27/10
  35. Dogs die from apparent poisonings in Centreville - 5/27/10
  36. Bedford Co. Sheriff reveals how dog fighting arrest went down - 5/26/10
  37. Newport News police kill pit bull who was attacking boy - 5/24/10
  38. Pit bull killed by police officer after becoming aggressive - 5/12/10

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Woman 'scalped' by sister's pitbull attack

From MSN New Zealand

A Bay Of Plenty woman had her scalp torn off by an American pitbull dog set on her by her sister after an argument

Kawerau woman Liz Smith was left with puncture wounds and bruising all over her body from the 20-minute attack.
The 52-year-old was allegedly arguing with her sister Phillipa Bayley, 54, at about 2am Saturday morning after they spent the night discussing "issues" at her Welcome Bay home.
Her sister, who owns the pitbull, set her do on her.
Smith thinks a neighbour heard the noise and called for help.
She said the dog tore at her scalp, ears, nose and lips.
She was taken to Tauranga Hospital and had surgery before being discharged on Monday.
Bayley appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
She was remanded on bail without plea until June 3.
Community magistrate Robyn Paterson granted Bayley bail subject to conditions including a ban on consuming alcohol and non-prescribed drugs, and entering licensed premises, except supermarkets.
Bayley has also been banned from having control of any dog.

Update June 1, 2011 - The following article is by Lyle McMahon, The Sun:

Health fears for impounded puppy

The owner of the young pitbull puppy confiscated after it was allegedly involved in an assault is outraged ‘Mojo’s’ health is deteriorating while at the city’s pound.
The 15kg, four month old puppy, was owned by 54 year old Tauranga woman Phillipa Bayley.
It was taken from her when she allegedly assaulted her younger sister Liz Smith at her home in Welcome Bay on May 21.
Liz claims the dog was involved in the assault, causing injuries to her scalp, but Phillipa told SunLive the dog did not attack her sister.
The puppy is currently at the pound and could be destroyed pending the outcome of court proceedings.
Phillipa saw Mojo for the first time at the pound yesterday.
“I finally got around to seeing the puppy and he is going demented,” says Phillipa.
“He was chewing the bars, he was shaking, foaming at the mouth and he has a big ulcer on his front paw.”
Phillipa wants assistance in re-housing the puppy, fearing it will die before authorities decide its future.
“The puppy came to me from the neighbours and it was a very sick little pup, but I’ve nursed him and nursed him and he was just starting to bounce around and be really happy (before being confiscated).”
Phillipa is due back in Tauranga District Court tomorrow, facing charges in connection with the alleged assault of her sister.

Update June 3, 2011 - The following article is by Kiri Gillespie, Bay of Plenty Times:
Accused woman tries to avoid media outside court

The woman accused of setting her pitbull dog on to her sister, resulting in horrific injuries, hid her face as she left the Tauranga District Court yesterday.
Phillipa Bayley, 54, stood in the dock in front of a Community Magistrate to face a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Her sister Liz Smith was left with tears to her scalp, ears, nose and lips after an attack at Bayley's Welcome Bay home. Ms Smith alleges her sister set the young dog upon her during a dispute.
As Bayley stood in the dock she faced away from the media, while her counsel David Weaver opposed an application from the Bay of Plenty Times to take Bayley's photograph in court.
Mr Weaver said counsel were not given enough notice of the application, which was submitted more than a week ago.
The application was declined.
Bayley was remanded on bail without plea.
She is expected to reappear in Tauranga District Court on July 18 for a judicial hearing.
The dog was seized and is now at Tauranga's pound, pending the court process.
As she left the court, Bayley shielded her face with a handbag.

Councillors divided over pitbulls

By Kiri Gillespie, Bay of Plenty Times

Two city councillors are divided on how to handle the issue of dangerous dogs after a woman was scalped by a pitbull puppy in Welcome Bay on the weekend.

Liz Smith also suffered puncture wounds and bruises across her body when her sister's young American pitbull attacked her while she visited on Saturday.

Councillor Murray Guy said the attack was "absolutely devastating".

In February last year Mr Guy proposed aggressive dogs be banned.

"I can find absolutely no justification for any responsible authority to allow their continued breeding or proliferation in our community," he said yesterday.

Mr Guy said he was disappointed the council was focussing on issues like freedom camping instead of dangerous dogs.

"We are out there hassling people sleeping in the combi vans and we have pitbulls and the like mauling people."

Earlier this month two pitbull terriers savaged a Bay of Plenty Polytechnic animal studies ram, castrating it in the attack. One of the dogs was destroyed, the other returned to its owner.

Mr Guy said the solution was neutering and muzzling pitbulls.

Councillor Bill Grainger said it was too simple to put the blame solely on the dog's breed.

Last month Mr Grainger, acting as a commissioner for Tauranga City Council, heard a hearing involving an American pit bull that attacked three people on different occasions last year.

The decision was made that the dog should not go back to the owners.

The owners then decided to have the dog put down instead of keeping in the pound.

"It's a bit of a two way thing. It's not the dog, it's the owners as well," Mr Grainger said.

Regardless of the dog's breed, it would always recognise its master and respond accordingly, he said. "Some people train them up to be that way inclined but even then that breed is maybe more likely to do that [attack someone]. It's their owner as well as the dog."

According to Tauranga City Council animal services team leader Brent Lincoln, American pitbulls were by far the biggest biters. The breed accounted for 18 per cent of attacks but made up only 1 per cent of the Tauranga population.

In Taranaki this month it was reported some owners of pitbulls feed them methamphetamine to make them more aggressive.

The comments came from the local animal control officer following an attack where children walking to a dairy were rushed at by two pitbulls.

The issue has also gained plenty of debate on the Bay of Plenty Times Facebook page, with comments including "fighting is in their blood", "treat them all as born killers and put them down" and "any dog has the potential to be harmful".

On Saturday a 5-year-old girl helped save her baby sister from a pitbull in Whangarei.

The attack happened at lunch at the family home when the pitbull slipped under the property's fence and attacked the family dog before moving on to the baby.

2-year-old mauled by pit bulls

By Jason Old, WIS

A 2-year-old Sumter boy remains hospitalized in critical condition after being mauled by two pit bulls Sunday night.
Police say officers were dispatched to 17 Carroll Drive Sunday around 8:45 p.m. after April Sumrall reported her 2-year-old son missing.
As officers arrived on scene, the child's father found the child in the fenced back yard of 13 Carroll Drive. The child was found lying on the ground near two adult pit bull dogs, according to police.
The child suffered severe head injuries. Police say it was evident that the child had been attacked by the neighbor's dogs.
The child was immediately transported to Tuomey ER and then later airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.
Animal Control responded to the incident location and took possession of the two pit bulls.  The animals will remain in quarantine pending results of the investigation.  
This incident remains under investigation by the Sumter Police Department.

Man accused of fatally shooting dog

By Sarah Trefethen, New Hampshire Sentinel Source

A Winchester man was indicted in Cheshire County Superior Court last week, accused of shooting and killing his dog.
Reginald A. McGivern, 35, of 13 Elm Court, faces one count of cruelty to an animal, three counts of witness tampering and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
McGivern is accused of shooting his pit bull multiple times with a .22 caliber rifle.
Police allege he then tried to convince a person who had information about the shooting to help him conceal it from the police.
McGivern allegedly shot the dog in September, but was not arrested until earlier this year.
According to an affidavit filed in Keene District Court by Winchester police Officer James J. Fisher Jr., the circumstances leading to McGivern’s arrest were as follows:
Two Winchester police officers went to McGivern’s home Jan. 26 with a woman who had been living with him. The woman had been granted a temporary protective order against McGivern, and she wanted to pick up some of her things.
While they were at the house, the woman told one of the police officers that McGivern shot his dog in September.
McGivern then confirmed to the officer that he shot the dog and buried it in the backyard, the affidavit says.
The officer reported the information to Fisher, who then learned that McGivern was convicted of a felony in Vermont in 1995. It is illegal for convicted felons to possess firearms.
On Jan. 27, Fisher interviewed the woman who first told the police about the dog shooting.
She said on the day the dog died, it had “nipped at” McGivern, who then put the dog in a cage and left the house.
The first person he asked to loan him a gun refused, but McGivern was able to borrow a rifle from another person.
The woman told Fisher that McGivern then returned home, took the dog outside and tied it to a laundry post, according to the affidavit. The woman “heard a gunshot and looked outside to see Reginald McGivern holding the rifle and the dog convulsing. (The woman) looked away and heard two or three more gun shots ring out.”
Fisher later that day interviewed the person who lent McGivern the gun, who surrendered the rifle to the officer.
The person also told Fisher that McGivern had asked him to take responsibility for killing the dog.
A warrant was issued for McGivern’s arrest on Jan. 28.
McGivern was released on $15,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Cheshire County Superior Court Wednesday.

NYPD Releases Footage Of Irving Sanchez Abusing Pet Pooch In Harlem Elevator

From Huffington Post

Irving Sanchez, 46, who was caught on video (see below) swinging a pit-bull puppy against an elevator wall and then kicking the poor animal, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty on Monday, reports the New York Times.
A surveillance video released by the NYPD shows Sanchez repeatedly abusing the dog, Max, in an elevator at 2370 First Avenue in the Wagner public-housing complex in East Harlem on Sunday night.
Aggravated animal cruelty carries a punishment of up to two years and Sanchez already has numerous drug arrests, according to the New York Post.
Max, who received no injuries in the incident, is in custody of the ASPCA.
This is not the first time someone has been caught on an elevator surveillance video hurting a hapless pooch.The Grant Houses in Harlem had three such instances in 2010.


Monday, May 23, 2011

'Severed Pit Bull head' found in alley was actually rotting roast turkey carcass

By Joe D'Aquila, The Trentonian

What appeared to be the severed head of a Pit Bull found in a city alley, turned out instead to be a rotting roast turkey carcass.

City Council President George Muschal first alerted The Trentonian of the seemingly gruesome discovery on Thursday afternoon, just after an even more horrid find was made nearby on Freudenmacher Alley, when the naked body of a murdered woman was found there in a dumpster.

Muschal reported the now-debunked find out of concern over what appeared to be a growing pattern of animal abuse. Weeks before, Muschal said at the time, the severed head of a goat had been discovered, and later its body was found. There was also the recent case of a two pit bulls rescued after suffering severe head wounds caused by an axe or large knife.

But the latest discovery was found to be carnage of a more pedestrian variety after Trenton Animal Control Officers sent the thing to a veterinarian to be identified. Their verdict: butterball.

"I said, 'all right, Happy Thanksgiving,'" Muschal said he replied upon learning of his mis-identification.

Muschal said the turkey/dog head was first reported to him two weeks prior to his actually finding it and passing it on to Animal Control. He said that after it was first reported, he and a police officer couldn't find it in the alley, but that it resurfaced again later with another constituent's report.

The councilman said the specimen had been badly degraded when he saw it, and that he was sticking by his original analysis of what he thought it looked like, saying it appeared to have a canine's moth and nose.

"It looked like it had a snoot to it," Muschal said.

Although it turned out to be nothing but someone's misplaced trash, Muschal said it was worth looking into the matter for the concerned citizen.

Eden Police Officer Accused of Killing Dog

By Joe Borlik, from My FOX 8

Eden Police Officer Jamie Buffkin is accused of shooting and killing a dog that wandered onto his yard while off-duty last Saturday, according to Godanriver.com.
Buffkin is accused of shooting the dog four times. He said the dog charged at him and he thought it was a pit bull.
Eden couple Bobby and Linda Ritchie said they were watching their son's dog Neko, a two-year-old American bulldog boxer mix, the website reported.
The dog was allegedly taken across the street and started running around without a leach. It wandered onto Buffkin's property and was shot four times with a .40-caliber Glock off-duty weapon.
Linda Ritchie said Buffkin has yet to issue an apology or show any remourse for killing the dog.
She said they have contacted the Eden Police Department, Eden’s city manager and two councilmen. She said they are also considering hiring an attorney, but will wait to see if the city will offer a thorough investigation into the events.

Pit Bull Competition at Indoor Stadium

From Pattaya People

On Sunday morning at the Indoor Athletic Stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2, the National Pitbull Competition was opened by Mayor Ittipon Khunpleum. This contest was sponsored by the 3 major pit bull breeders in Thailand, the Patriot Camp owned by Mr. Weeragit Lao-suk-see, the Square Empire owned by Mr. Giatichai and the 3 Bully Hadyai owned by Mr. Tammarat Pong-jan-tra-sa-tian The owners of the 3 camps welcomed the Mayor and the people to the event, and discussed the objective of the competition.

Over 400 pit bulls shown by many organizations and individuals were marched around the show rings, and all the dogs were up to the challenge. Some pit bulls are worth hundreds of thousand baht, and their masters guarded them very carefully.

There were dozens of booths displaying products for dogs, staffed by lovely ladies. The competition went on till after 6 pm, when the best of breed pit bull took the 1st Prize trophy, and became Thailand's Champion.