Monday, October 3, 2011

Bear chases dog into Pennsylvania home, attacks couple

By Chris Boyette, from CNN

A black bear early Monday chased a family dog into its central Pennsylvania home, where it attacked a husband and wife inside, according to the state game commission and one of the victims.

Richard Moyer told CNN that he woke up -- as usual -- at 3 a.m. Monday to get ready for work and let out the dog, Brindy, a husky and pit bull mix. The dog sped off outside into the dark woods around the family home in rural Oliver Township, then began to bark and growl.

"It was a mean type of bark, a growl, I just thought, 'Something isn't right,'" Moyer said.

Moyer got a spotlight to see what was going on. As he shined the light into the morning mist, Brindy suddenly came running back toward the house -- followed, closely behind, by a black bear.

The bear chased the dog into the house, where Moyer said it attacked him. The melee woke Moyer's wife Angela, who came down from any upstairs bedroom to help her husband.

Then, the bear turned on Angela Moyer. When it did, Brindy jumped on the bear. At that point, Richard Moyer said he rejoined the fray.

"What are you going to do? I kept my head down and just leapt into the bear," he said.

According to Moyer, the bear became especially aggressive -- grabbing and biting him, as well as clawing at his back and head.

That was until, suddenly, the bear walked outside to the patio and simply sat down.

"If it had wanted to kill me I think it had have gone ahead and done it," said Moyer. "I guess (the bear) was just ticked off at the dog and came after me"

State police eventually arrived on the scene along with ambulances, which took the Moyers to Harrisburg Hospital. By then, the bear had left.

Angela Moyer was bitten several times and was treated for a cracked vertebra, according to her husband. He added that doctors put in 37 staples extending from one side of the back of his head to the other, in addition to puncture wounds from the bear's claws and teeth.

Despite those injuries, by day's end both husband and wife had left the hospital and were home.

There, they reunited with their 10-year-old son, who missed the ordeal.

"He's a heavy sleeper, I guess," said Richard Moyer.

Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Gerald Feaser said that black bears are not rare sight in and around Perry County, which he described as "very rural." "To give you an idea, there is one stoplight, and when that happened it was a big shock," he said.

But it's not often that they attack, said Feaser, claiming that black bears "are more timid" than others elsewhere, including in the western United States.

"Usually a bear would be more likely to run from a person or a dog than confront a person or a dog," he continued. "The root cause of most bear encounters in Pennsylvania have been dogs, but usually if a bear smells human scent they'll tuck tail and run."

Feaser said that the Game Commission suspects that the Oliver Township attack was a special circumstance, suspecting that it was likely a female attempting to defend her cubs. He also said there is a "remote chance" that the bear may have rabies.

Feaser said that a Game Commission officer is out in the area setting traps but, as of late Monday afternoon, the bear remained at large. The only way to test an animal for rabies is after it is dead, meaning that -- if caught -- the bear would likely be killed.

"Public health and safety is our main concern," he said. "If caught, the animal will probably be put down."

As to family it attacked, Richard Moyer said matter-of-factly, "We're going to be OK."

"What are the chances?" he added. "I can't win the lottery, but I can get attacked by a bear."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Deputy Shoots Pit Bull 8 Times After Attack

From The Ledger

Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in northeast Florida shot a pit bull eight times after it attacked him.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the dog had been involved in five previous incidents, including two dog bites.

Sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Kelshaw tells The St. Augustine Record that the deputy tried to subdue the dog with his baton before shooting the animal.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Scott Wright had been responding to a complaint Thursday about an aggressive pit bull roaming the neighborhood.

Update October 3, 2011 - The following article is from WJXT:

Deputy Shoots, Kills Pit Bull

Neighbors: Dog Was A Nuisance

The St. John's County Sheriff's Office said one of their deputies was forced to shoot and killed a pit bull.

On Thursday, Sampson the pit bull showed up in a neighbor's yard for the third time, said police. His chain was caught around a small tree.

The neighbor said the dog was growling and he was worried about his two children, so he called police.

A St. John's County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the dog owner's house and no one was home.

Deputies said the dog growled and barked and then ran at the officer. When the deputy realized the dog was not tied up, he drew his baton, according to the police report.

The deputy hit the dog on the head twice with the baton but it did not back down, said detectives.

"There was no other choice other than being bitten himself then to unfortunately take the dog's life which is what he did," said St. John's County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Chuck Mulligan.

The deputy said he shot the dog eight times as he walked away from the property.

"Once I got home, the dog was lying over there on the concrete. He was dead and you could see where they shot him at pretty close range," said Michael Mickler, Sampson's owner.

"He meant the world to me. He was my best friend," Mickler added.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Toddler dies after attack by 3 pit bulls in Connecticut

From The Morning Journal

A 20-month-old girl was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital Friday night after being attacked by pit bulls in an apartment, police said.

The three dogs that were in the apartment were euthanized, and the incident is under investigation, according to Sgt. Angelo Moscato.

“We won’t have answers from autopsy for a couple days, but the child from description severely injured by the animal,” Moscato said.

The toddler had been visiting residents of the third-floor apartment at 127 Leete St. with family. Police said the tenants owned the three dogs.

During the visit, the dogs were put into another room, but somehow got out and found the child laying on the floor on a blanket in another room, Moscato said.

Moscato said it’s also unclear if the child was alone at the time of the attack and whether two or three of the dogs were involved. But police were told that, after the attack, two dogs were seen standing near the child, who was bleeding, Moscato said. People in the apartment then put the dogs in another room.

Police and paramedics were dispatched around 6:13 p.m. after receiving a call that a child had been bitten by a dog. When they arrived, the child was unconscious, and paramedics immediately took the toddler to Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to Moscato.

Typically, when a dog bites a person, its owner must decide if the animal should be quarantined or euthanized. Because of the severity of this case and the “aggression” of the animals, the three dogs were euthanized Friday night, Moscato said. They will then be sent to the state police lab for rabies tests, a standard procedure in dog bite cases.

Moscato did not release information about the child or names of those at the apartment. He said it’s unclear if charges are pending because the investigation is in the very early stages.

Update: October 2, 2011 - The following article is by Cynthia Trowbridge, from Digital Journal

Toddler dies after being attacked by pit bulls

A 20-month-old girl was attacked by possibly three pit bulls in an apartment where she was visiting. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was pronounced dead. reports according to police 20-month-old Nevaeh Bryant was in a third-floor apartment visiting her aunt. The report said the three pit bulls were put into another room while the girl was there. The dogs somehow got out and went into a room where the child was lying on the floor on a blanket.

It isn't clear if the girl was alone in the room or how many of the dogs attacked her. The police were told there were two of the dogs standing near the child after the attack. A witness said the toddler was lying in a pool of blood.

The police were called by a neighbor from a downstairs apartment. When the police and paramedics arrived they found the little girl on the floor. She was bleeding and unconscious according to West Haven Police Officer Bret Schneider. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The dogs had been put into another room and the police managed to remove them from the apartment. The dogs were euthanized. reports Officer Schneider said, "We believe all three dogs were involved in the attack, but they have to have (a) necropsy done." A necropsy is a post-mortem examination of the dogs. This will determine how many of the dogs were involved in the mauling of the child. reports the aunt spoke to reporters but didn't give her name. She told them family members were coming there from the South on Monday.

She said,“I just want to say everybody should pray for her and her family because she was my niece."
When asked if the dogs have ever been aggressive before, she shook her head “no.”

According to neighbors the dogs have been aggressive before.