Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pit bulls attack cop

By Alyssa Noel, The Province

A RCMP officer was attacked by three pit bulls Friday as she helped paramedics get into a home on the Mt. Currie Reserve to attend to a victim who had been bitten earlier that morning.
The incident comes just weeks before the Lil'wat Nation is set to launch a program to curb the number of stray dogs roaming the reserve, said Chief Lucinda Phillips. "Dog control has been a bit of an issue in the community over the years," she said. "We have taken steps with partners . . . to encourage spaying and neutering and dog control and the collection of stray dogs for adoption."
Paramedics contacted the Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police for backup after they were called to the home on the reserve near Pemberton at about 6: 30 a.m. with reports that a pit bull had attacked a neighbour.
When the RCMP officer, who works for the tribal police, approached the home, two tiedup pit bulls became vicious. The officer attempted to back them up so the paramedics could walk past them, but a third unleashed dog attacked her from behind, knocking her to the ground.
A resident who knew the dogs tried to help her, but was bit too. The officer, still on the ground, continued to fight back until the resident managed to get the pit bulls into kennels.
The male victim, whose face and arm were punctured, and the officer were rushed to the Pemberton Medical Clinic.
The officer was released later that afternoon, but the man remained in hospital.
"He had up to 48 stitches, but [he's] definitely working toward a full recovery," Phillips said. "We do wish him and the RCMP member a full recovery."
Police had been called to deal with the dogs before. In 2008, residents reported the animals were chasing people in the area. Then in June they bit two people. No one was seriously injured.
The chief and council and the tribal police ordered the owner to kill all three dogs, she added.
They were destroyed later that day.
Tribal police continue to investigate. The owner could face charges of criminal negligence, said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair with Pemberton RCMP.
In a month and a half, council will launch a project to register dogs on the reserve, tag them and even organize a sort of dog amnesty where owners can give up dogs they can't take care of.
The ballooning dog population "has been an ongoing issue," Phillips said. "Obviously, more work remains to be done as a community and as responsible dog owners."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Miracle Pit Bull Helps Save a Life

By Craig Huckerby, Local 2

When most people think about Pit Bulls, they think of a vicious breed of dog that is prone to attacking people and other pets. That prompted the Ontario Government to ban the breed in Ontario about 5 years ago after a serious of media reported attacks

But vicious is the last thing you think of when hearing this story of a Pit Bull that has been nick named, Faith

On July 23, a Brantford Ontario woman was on her way home according to a published story on Examiner.com when she passed out as a result of a rare heart condition the woman suffers from.

As Kalena Mallon laying unconscious on the busy road just three house down from her home, no one came to the aid of the woman, no one except a Pit Bull who mysteriously came out of nowhere.

The Pit Bull ran out onto the road.

The Pit Bull guarded over the woman as busy traffic rolled by. The dog was also barking at cars that threatened to hit the woman.

Honking horns alerted Mallon's husband to see what was happening when he noticed his wife being guarded by the dog. He rushed out the door and carried the woman home. The Pit Bull followed.

The woman's husband administered medication that worked quickly and survived.

With the immediate danger out of the way, the couple went house to house on the street in hopes of finding the owners of the animal.

In Ontario, there are stiff penalties for owning a Pit Bull. No Pit Bulls are allowed in Ontario with the exception of those who were alive before August 2005 or born within 90 days of August 2005. That's the date the Ontario Government imposed a new lay outlawing the breed in the province.

Had the owner come forward, they could face a hefty fine and the dog would be issued to be put down.

The couple decided to call the local SPCA who in turn referred the couple to the local police.

The SPCA was ordered to pick up the dog and remove it. "Faith" was transported to the local shelter as Mallon tearfully looked on as the dog was taken away peacefully.

In all likelihood, the dog would be put down to comply with Ontario Laws.

Two days later, Kalena called the animal shelter to see if Faith had been claimed. She was told no and that time was not on the side of the pup. The SPCA said that it appears the dog was "dumped" and left to wander the streets.

Though Faith was initially at great risk of being killed, a rescue organization heard about her amazing story and spoke up to save her life.

4-Year-Old Bronx Girl Hospitalized After Being Bitten By Dog

From CBS New York

A little girl from the Bronx is hospitalized after being bitten by a pit bull.
It happened Friday at the Gouverneur Playground in Claremont. According to published reports, the 4-year-old girl was bitten on her face as she tried to pet the dog.
She was taken to Lincoln Hospital where police say she’s in stable condition.
Police say no charges will be filed against the dog’s owner because it was tied up at the time.

Charges Dropped In Baseball Bat Attack

From KCCI

Charges against a Waterloo teenager who was accused of striking another teen with a baseball bat have been dropped after witnesses said someone else was responsible for the attack.
Sukrija Bajrekarevic was arrested and charged with willful injury causing serious injury after the March 2010 attack on Dillon Simon. Police said Simon was walking his dogs when a pit bull terrier attacked his dogs. He kicked at the pit bull but the dog's owner approached him and asked why he kicked his dog.
As they talked, someone clubbed Simon from behind with a baseball bat, causing a concussion and nearly severing his ear.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Friday that charges against the Bajrekarevic, 19, were dismissed earlier this month.
Prosecutors say the investigation is continuing.

Madison health officials seek information about pit bull that bit man on the East Side

By Nick Heynen, Wisconsin State Journal

Madison health officials are seeking information about a dog that bit a man, hoping if they find the dog it will keep the man from having to get a series of painful and costly rabies shots.
The incident happened at about 1 p.m. Thursday on the bike path near 181 S. Fair Oaks Ave., according to a Madison-Dane County Public Health Department release.
According to the man, a tan pit bull with a white chest and medium length hair was trying to attack his dog. The man was bitten while protecting his pet.
Officials are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Madison police and fire dispatcher at 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer. If the pit bull is not located, the health department says the man will have to get precautionary rabies shots.

Danville neighbors discover dog hanging, dead at end of cable; charges expected

From Daily Journal

Neighbors discovered a gruesome scene in Danville when a dog was found hanging with a cable around its neck.
Officials say animal cruelty and neglect charges are expected to be lodged against the animal's owner after the female pit bull mix was found dead Friday night.
Paulette Dean of the Danville Area Humane Society told the Danville Register and Bee the dog's suffering was prolonged before its death. She described the scene as "just gruesome."
The Humane Society seized a male pit bull at the same location. It also was tethered and left out in the heat for an extended period, in violation of the city's anti-tethering law.
Dean said the animal will survive.
Neither animal had shade or water.
Dean said police will be filing charges.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Abused puppy found in New Port Richey canal

By Todd Leskanic, Tampa Bay Online

Investigators with Pasco County Animal Services are hoping someone has information about an injured puppy found floating in a canal Thursday morning.
The dog, a 6-week-old pit bull mix, was found floating on a palm frond off Flora Avenue and Basswood Drive in Holiday. The animal's left ear was cut off and his right ear was partially cut.
The dog had been in the water for quite a while, was hypothermic and had ingested salt water, said John Malley, interim director of Animal Services. Malley said salt water in the dog's system poses a serious risk to the animal.
"He's rallying today," Malley said this afternoon. "He ate some food and he's standing up, wagging his tail, but he's still not out of the woods."
The pup will be moved to the Suncoast Veterinary Care Clinic on Saturday for continuous care through the weekend.
Malley said investigators have no leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Services at (813) 929-1212.

Man Charged For Trying to Sell 'Face Fighting' Pit Bull

From NBC Chicago

Al “Boogie” Clemons crossed state lines to try and sell the dog-fighting pit bull for $1,500, police said

A Wisconsin man was being held on $30,000 bond for trying to sell a pit bull in Illinois for dogfighting, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.
Al “Boogie” Clemons, 54, of Racine, Wis., was charged after he tried to sell the 41-pound female pit bull to an undercover officer.
Cook County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit received word earlier this month that Clemons wanted to sell the dog. When the undercover officer contacted him, Clemons said the pit bull had already won two dogfights and that she had a bloodline of champions.
In the last fight, Clemons said the dog fought for 45 minutes but ultimately won. Her fighting style, he said, is known as "face fighting," or attacking the heads and faces of opponent dogs.
Clemons and the undercover officer agreed on a $1,500 fee. They met on July 26 at Miller Meadows Forest Preserve in unincorporated Maywood where Clemons tried showing the dog's fighting skills. He was arrested, and the pit bull was turned over to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge.
Clemons' next court date is July 28 in Maywood.

Update July 31, 2011 - The following article is from WTSP:
 
Wisconsin man caught in sting trying to sell dog for fights

A man came all the way from Wisconsin to sell his pit bull for dogfighting, and he likely won't be going home anytime soon.
Al "Boogie" Clemons, 54, of Racine, Wis., was charged earlier this week with selling a dog for the purpose of fighting, a felony. His bond was set at $30,000 on Wednesday, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.
Sheriff's police were tipped off that Clemons was trying to sell a 41-pound female pit bull to use in fights. An undercover officer called Clemons, who allegedly told him the dog had already won two fights and had a bloodline of champions, the sheriff's office said.
Clemons allegedly described the dog's style as "face fighting," that is, she would attack the head and face of her opponent in a fight to leave the other dog incapacitated. Clemons offered $1,500 for the dog, and agreed to deliver it on Tuesday.
Clemons arrived with the dog as promised at the Miller Meadows Forest Preserve just outside Maywood, sheriff's police said. He met the undercover officer in the forest preserve, but before going ahead with the sale, he displayed the pit bull's fighting skills by "rolling" her on a chain with another fighting dog nearby, sheriff's police said.
The sheriff's office released surveillance video of the meeting.
Before one of the dogs got hurt, the undercover officer dispatched police and Clemons was arrested.
The dog is now in the custody of the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge. Clemons was to return to court for a preliminary hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood Friday, according to the sheriff's office.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

End Dogfighting Atlanta Training facility holds grand opening

By Jennifer Banks, WGCL

On Thursday the The Humane Society's Atlanta team will unveil a new dog training facility to offer at-risk youth and their pit bulls have a positive place to interact.
The opening takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
According to a release, the training classes are designed to benefit the dogs and their handlers alike, teaching valuable skills and empowering the young dog owners while cultivating good dog behaviors and strengthening the human-animal bond.
The new facility provides a climate-controlled indoor space to conduct training in a managed environment as well as a fenced-in outdoor area with an agility course.
Classes will be conducted by a certified professional dog trainer, and organized by our team of advocates.
End Dogfighting Atlanta Training Facility
809 Hollywood Road
Secure parking available across the street at The True Church of the Living Faith.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ada County deputy shoots pit bull that charged him

From KHQ

Ada County officials say a sheriff's deputy responding to a report that two dogs had cornered a boy shot a pit bull terrier that charged him.
The department says a Meridian-area homeowner reported her teenage nephew was cornered by dogs she believed were pit bulls. The teen got away from the dogs.
A responding deputy was standing by his patrol car when 1 of the dogs ran around the back of the car and ran at the deputy. A witness said the deputy "had no other options" than shooting the dog.
The Idaho Statesman reports animal control responded and was eventually able to get the second dog contained. The sheriff's department says the owner will be cited for having a dog at large.

Update July 27, 2011 - The following article is by Natalie Podgorski, KTVB:
 
Deputy shoots dog in Meridian neighborhood

An animal trouble call ends with a deputy shooting one dog in a Meridian neighborhood.
It all started with two dogs chasing several kids on Carbondale Street Tuesday night.
Ada County Sheriff's deputies came to help. But when one of the dogs ran toward the deputy, he shot it.
A lot of people in this neighborhood said the dogs chased them Tuesday. One teenager said he had to jump a fence to keep the dogs from attacking him.
Neighbors described the dogs as pit bulls. A group of four boys said they were chased while riding their bikes.
One girl was walking alone when she says the dogs came after her. Everyone we talked to said the dogs were growling and barking at them.
"I was so frightened that I just didn't want to look back, I thought they were coming after me," said Raven Wells.
"I go up the road to see what was going on and I make it about halfway down that hill when they started, barreled around that corner after me, so I run into my neighbor's yard and I get the cops on the phone,"  said Robert Moore.
Deputies started looking for the dogs around 9:30 p.m.
Andrea Dearden with the Ada County Sheriff's Office says at that point one of the dogs came running toward one of deputies. He shot the dog because he was worried about his safety.
Robert Moore was in the area and says the dog charged the deputy. He thinks if the officer had not fired the officer would have been hurt by the dog.
Animal control was able to catch the other dog. It is being kept at the Humane Society until the owners can pick it up.
Dearden says the deputy’s actions will be reviewed on multiple levels.
She also says the owner of the dogs will be issued a citation for allowing them to run around the neighborhood.

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Report Of Naked Man Leads To Discovery Of 25 Animals

From WFMZ

Animal welfare workers said more than two dozen living and dead animals were removed from a home after police responded to a report of a man sitting naked outside the home.
Iguanas, roosters, turtles, domesticated rats, a tarantula and four live pit bulls were among the animals pulled from the home in south Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
Officers were two hours into their search of the home when they also came across a four-foot alligator.
"We started moving the junk and it started hissing," said George Bengal of the SPCA. "We thought it was a cat at first until we cleared everything away."
The naked homeowner, who had locked himself outside, was taken for a mental health evaluation, police said. His name was not released.

Dog fighting operation suspected in Lansing

By Melissa Domsic, Lansing State Journal

Officials are investigating a suspected dog fighting operation after finding three pit bulls with severe wounds.
Ingham County Animal Control officers found a dog tied to a tree behind Wexford Montessori Magnet School in Lansing’s southwest side on July 20.
The 2-year-old male, dark-brindle pit bull had fresh wounds and old scars indicating he may have been involved in fighting. The dog received treatment from one of the department’s veterinarians.
On Tuesday, residents less than a mile away on Sumpter Street reported a stray dog with serious wounds, said Jamie McAloon Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.
She believes the dog was used as a “bait dog” to train other fighting dogs and build their self-esteem.
“This dog is a trembling, fearful, scared little mouse. It wouldn’t hurt a fly,” McAloon Lampman said. “It’s been attacked several times.”
Both dogs are being treated by veterinarians at the shelter.
Workers from the Capital Area Humane Society will assess the dogs to see if they’re safe to be adopted.
McAloon Lampman said both pit bulls are showing affection and she’s hopeful for their rehabilitation.
Animal control has picked up at least one other dog from that area that was likely involved in fighting, she said.
“We think there’s definite fighting going on in that area,” she said.
Last week, the Humane Society of the United States announced it is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that helps authorities with the dog found near the school.
The county’s animal control department has the authority to write warrants and seek charges. Dog fighting and many activities involved with dog fighting are felonies punishable by up to four years in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to call at (517) 676-8376 or email jmcaloon@ingham.org.

Dog injured in park attack

From Salisbury Journal

POLICE are appealing for information after a dog was injured in Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury.
On Saturday, July 2 at 4pm a young woman was walking her dog on a lead when it was approached by two dogs described as a white pit bull and a black German shepherd.
The German shepherd pinned down the victim’s dog and although she was able to get it free, she later found her dog had suffered a small puncture wound to its neck.
One of the owners is described as a white man aged in his late 30s to early 40s, 6ft tall, with short fair hair. He had tattoos on his upper arms and was wearing a white t-shirt and grey and blue shorts.
The second is described as a white woman aged in her late 30s to early 40s, about 5ft 4in tall, of slim build with shoulder length dark hair. She was wearing a light coloured t-shirt and knee-length shorts.
PC Ian Pedliham from Salisbury Police said: “There will have been many other people in the park at the time and they may have heard an argument between the owners or have information to help with our inquiries.
“We are also aware that a couple matching these descriptions were seen in Queen Elizabeth Gardens the week before this incident occurred and believe that they may use the park frequently to walk their dogs. I’d like to ask them to make contact with police in order for us to resolve the situation.”
Anyone with information can contact PC Pedliham of the Salisbury City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 4087000 or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

St. Petersburg police officer shoots, kills charging, snarling dog

By Danny Valentine, St. Petersburg Times

A police officer shot and killed a charging pit bull Monday afternoon inside a home, authorities said.
Officer Jereme Hayes,a three-year veteran, and two other officers were called to 843 1/2 16th Ave. N about 4:50 p.m. to investigate a report of a domestic brawl involving a resident and her ex-boyfriend, police said.
Hayes was let in the front door by one of the residents, said police spokesman Mike Puetz. The two other officers were behind him.
As they were entering, the woman who let them in shouted to another woman: "Don't let the dog out."
She was talking about the tan pit bull named Debo.
But the dog got out anyway, slipping past the resident trying to restrain him, Puetz said.
The dog charged, snarling, tail straight and rigid, mouth open, teeth exposed, Puetz said.
A woman yelled, "No, stop him."
Police said Hayes, 27, tried backing out the front door, but was blocked by the other officers.
So he pulled out a gun. The dog tried to bite his left leg. Hayes kicked him back.
The dog attacked again and the officer pointed his gun down, firing a bullet into the dog's head.
Debo collapsed.
He was taken to Noah's Place Animal Medical Center, 2050 62 Ave. N with his owner, 41-year-old Tammy Kay Chabala, who was at the house at the time of the shooting but not involved in the domestic brawl, police said.
At the hospital, she told an officer Debo was normally a good dog and that she loved the animal.
"The dog was like a son to me and my girls," she told an officer at the animal hospital.
Police will review the shooting, which is standard practice. Hayes will not be placed on paid-administrative leave.

Dead dog found in Hoboken garbage container, story says

From Hudson Reporter

A dead dog was found in a bag in a garbage container behind a Hoboken Housing Authority building on Monday, according to a report on NJ.com.

The discovery was made at 400 Harrison St., and the dog was described as "large," according to the report. The report states that the dog was discovered by a Housing Authority worker just after 11 a.m.

For years, rumors have circulated about dogs -- particularly pit bull terriers -- being used for dogfights in the Hoboken projects and in Jersey City.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Medical dog recovering after Pitbull attack

By Holly Morgan, WPDE

In dog years, Daisy is 77 years old. She's a very smart dog, trained by Duke University when she was a puppy to medically assist Timmy Blackburn, who suffers from a sleeping disorder. "I quit breathing at night when I'm sleeping. They trained her to sleep around my neck and every 15 to 20 minutes she'll put her nose underneath mine to see if I'm breathing. If I'm not breathing, she's trained to lick my face and if I'm still not breathing they have her trained to pound on my chest," Blackburn said.
Daisy doesn't stop there. If Blackburn still doesn't respond, she knows to press the lifeline button that hangs loosely around his neck. An ambulance will then arrive within three to five minutes.
"I love her like I love my own children," Blackburn, a Vietnam War veteran said.
The two have taken a walk down the same stretch of Highway 9 Business in Loris for the past five years. But today, Daisy stays confined on the porch because of an incident involving a neighbor's Pitbull that Blackburn says left them both injured.
"The gentleman that lives on the road has a vicious Pitbull dog. Usually he's on a chain, but on that particular morning, I seen the chain in the dog house and I thought the dog was in the house too. All of the sudden he appeared from behind a tree and viciously attacked my little dog and I broke two of my fingers and injured my knuckles trying to get him lose from her. I finally managed to get the dog lose and it bit me in seven places. He tore skin," Blackburn said.
Blackburn called Horry County police and filed a report. Daisy was taken to the vet. "I'm on an antibiotic. She's on an antibiotic. The vet said there's a good chance she's going to lose two of her teeth. Right now they're wired together. There's a good possibility she'll be blind in her left eye," Blackburn added.
According to the police report, the owner of the Pitbull provided the name of its veterinarian to an official with the Department of Health and Environmental Control and said that the dog's shots were current at the time of the incident on July 19th.
At this point, no charges have been filed. But a tentative court date has been set for August 15 at the Magistrate's Office in Loris.
In the meantime, Daisy and Blackburn will continue to heal. Despite her injuries, Daisy is still very loyal to her owner. "My dog still wants to do her job at night. She still wants me to pick her up and put her around my neck so she can keep smelling my breath, even though she's traumatized. I love her for that."
Blackburn plans to appear in court next month. Whatever happens from that day forward will be the courts decision. But until then, he feels as though his story should be a lesson to every pet owner. "I'm an animal lover, but there's just no room in this world for dogs that are vicious and will bite, especially a human being."

Mama pit bull, puppies rescued after abandoned outside thrift store

From WOAI

A family of pit bulls left abandoned outside a thrift store are now in the care of an animal rescue group.

A Good Samaritan noticed a mama pit bull with several newborn puppies tied to a post outside the Cortez Thrift Store in the 1800 block of Rigsby on Thursday. She returned Saturday and became concerned when she saw the dogs were still there and appeared to be hungry and dehydrated. Sunday, some folks from Paws of Texas came to the rescue.

"We have offered to take the pit bulls puppies and bottle feed them, get them vaccinated, get them seen by a veterinarian and, hopefully, find them loving and responsible homes," said Katherine Vara of Paw of Texas.

Unfortunately, three out of the seven puppies were found dead. The surviving puppies will be adopted once they are nursed back to health.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Paws of Texas Rescue.

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North Las Vegas police officer attacked by suspect's pit bull

By Mike Blasky, Las Vegas Review-Journal

A North Las Vegas police officer was hospitalized Monday after a pit bull attacked him.
The officer was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer shot and killed the dog.
Sgt. Tim Bedwell, a police spokesman, said officers were called to a domestic disturbance 500 block of Rancho Del Mar Way, near Washburn Road and Commerce Street, about 9:15 a.m.
When officers arrived, the man at the home fled through the backyard of the home. An officer followed.
When the officer entered the backyard, the man's pit bull bit him, Bedwell said.
"If a dog's biting you, then you have all the justification in the world to do what you need to stop it," he said.
The man fled the area and is being sought by police.

Gary dogfighting charges still pending; rescued dogs undergo rehab

By Deborah Laverty, NWI Times

While Lake County sheriff's police await the filing of charges in a suspected Gary dogfighting ring, the rescued dogs are undergoing rehabilitation.
The 20 rescued dogs, which won't be available for adoption until court proceedings conclude, have been taken to an undisclosed boarding-style building far removed from their previous life, Janette Reever said.
Reever serves as deputy manager for animal fighting cases for the Humane Society of the United States.
"The dogs are the true victims in dogfighting so they need to be given every change possible. ... It's amazing that these dogs -- that have given up on life -- now have life in their eyes," Reever said.
In addition to giving each dog all the basics, including its own room and bed, handlers also provide the dogs with enrichment.
That enrichment includes working off their stress by leading them through obstacle courses or stimulating their minds by giving them small toys filled with hard-to-reach peanut butter.
"We're trying to socialize them and also get them to be dogs that have a life in society," Reever said.
One of the rescued female pit bulls, which was missing a large portion of its lip area, is doing extremely well and has adopted as its "baby" a stuffed animal it carries around.
"The dogs absolutely love these little 'babies' because the toys act as a security blanket for them," Reever said.
Many of the dogs ultimately will be adopted to families where the fit is right or even be used as service dogs.
"We don't want to just give them out to anybody," Reever said.
It was an anonymous tip that led Lake County sheriff's police to a reported dogfighting site July 7 in the 900 block of Willard Street.
Arrested were Brandon J. Peterson, 26, Sammie E. Jones, 28, Clifton Harris, 49, and Willie L. Hargrove, 52, all of Gary.
Charges of animal fighting, a Class D felony, still are pending because police are looking at the possibility of making two more arrests in the case, Lake County sheriff's Cmdr. Rob Arnold said.
Anyone with information about dogfighting or any criminal activity is asked to call the sheriff's anonymous hot line at (800) 750-2746.
In addition, the Humane Society of the United States has a tip line at (877) TIP-HSUS.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Puppy needs help after abandoned in the heat

By Chris Oberholtz, KCTV

A little puppy needs help from the community after being abandoned in the heat.
Neighbors near 50th Street and Prospect called the Love 4 Paws animal rescue group to help the puppy named Max.
The person who lived in the house was evicted, and asked her son, the dog's owner, to take care of Max.
However, neighbors say Max has been left out in the yard for at least a month.
They tried to help by giving him water, but the pit bull is severely malnourished and sick.
Love 4 Paws is asking for donations to help nurse Max back to health.
To find out how to help, click here.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Two killed in head-on collision on East SR 40

By Austin L. Miller, Star-Banner

Two people were killed in a head-on collision on East State Road 40 early Saturday morning.
At about 5:40 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers said, a white Oldsmobile was heading westbound on the highway and a silver Ford pickup hauling a fishing boat was heading in the opposite direction.
Troopers said the Oldsmobile was weaving and eventually crossed the double yellow lines and collided head-on with the Ford in the 14600 block.
Both drivers - a woman in the car and a man in the truck - were killed. A passenger in the pickup was taken by ambulance to Shands at the University of Florida.
A dog was thrown from the Oldsmobile and landed about 150 feet from the crash site. The brindled red-and-white 3-year-old male pit bull mix had some cuts and bruises. He was being taken to the Marion County Animal Center, where he would be checked out by a veterinarian.
The top of the Olsdmobile had been sheared off by the collision and its front caved in. The pickup had flipped over on its roof and the boat was lying next to it. Later Saturday morning, firefighters were extricating the driver from the truck.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Putting Teeth Into Vicious Dog Ordinance

By Mark Archuleta, KHTS

Attempting to put more bite into the Los Angeles County Code regarding “Potentially Dangerous and Vicious Dogs,” County Counsel is recommending three amendments.
The current ordinance requires a court hearing to determine if a dog is potentially dangerous or vicious. Counsel proposes an administrative hearing alternative that would be more cost effective.
“Streamlining should be less expensive for the dog owner in question and much less expensive for the tax payer as well because it will be an administrative hearing that can be appealed to a court if necessary by either side,” said Tony Bell, Communications Deputy for 5th District Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
In the dog owner is notified that an administrative hearing will be held, the hearing will be conducted by a neutral hearing officer.
The Department of Animal Care and Control may authorize its own officer or employee to conduct the hearing if the hearing officer is not the same person who signed the petition to the Superior Court for probable cause that the dog was vicious.
Animal Care and Control may also use a hearing officer from outside the department.
A second amendment would expand the definition of “severe injury” to include any physical harm to a human being that results in a serious illness or injury, including but not limited to a major fracture, muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations requiring sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery.
According to current code “vicious dog” means any of the following:

  • Any dog that engages in or has been found to have been trained to engage in exhibitions of fighting.
  • Any dog which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a person.

The final amendment would expand the definition of “vicious dog” to include findings from other jurisdictions that a dog is a threat to public safety.
One element not included in the amendments is making the code specific to breeds such as pit bulls.
In the past, Antonovich’s office has wanted to name pit bulls in the ordinance, and perhaps even ban them from L.A County entirely, because people were “very, very scared to go out in their own neighborhoods.”
“One could argue that a pit bull is more capable of doing harm than any other dog breed. And I think that is probably true, just by the sheer size and strength of the animal,” said Bell.
However, the efforts of Antonovich’s office were met with resistance and they backed off their narrow focus on pit bulls.
“There are some legitimate pit bull owners too, people that were responsible, that thought their dogs were being unduly targeted and perhaps they were,” Bell said.
Ultimately, Antonovich has come to the conclusion that the owners are responsible, not the dogs.
“The dogs are the tools frankly or the instrument of the negligent owner and it is those owners that we’re going after,” said Bell.
The L.A. County Supervisors will consider the amendments at their board meeting Tuesday, July 26.

Arroyo Grande cross burners in custody

By Karen Velie, Cal Coast News

Three men and one woman suspected of burning an 11-foot cross outside the Arroyo Grande bedroom window of an African-American teen in March are scheduled for video arraignments Friday morning.
All four suspects are already incarcerated in San Luis Obispo County Jail for previous alleged crimes.
The suspected leader of the gang of alleged methamphetamine users, Jason Kahn, 36, sports a swastika tattoo on the back of his bald head. Kahn has a long history of arrests for crimes such as resisting arrest, car jacking and possession of stolen property, according to court documents.
On March 18, shortly after midnight, a 19-year-old and a friend who was spending the night heard what sounded like a large truck  along with other vehicles pull up to their home, and then banging that sounded like someone was breaking into their car. The teen went out on the back porch and saw no one.
The girls then went back to the bedroom, turned off the light and saw a large cross fully engulfed in flames directly outside the window. The teen ran, then yelled to her mother, and called the police.
The family, which has lived in the area for 10 years, is not being named to protect their privacy.
Police arrived and put out the flames with the family’s garden hose. They did not interview the mother or daughter that night.
The cross had been stolen from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arroyo Grande on March 1. The cross, originally hand-made for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, was bolted down in the church parking lot before it was stolen.
Police originally reported the incident as embers burning in an empty lot. The next morning, when the mother explained her daughter was black and asked why police had not interviewed her or her daughter or taken the group’s shovel as evidence, police started referring to the burning of the cross as a possible hate crime.
The gang originally attempted to place the cross into a hole they had started digging  in the front of the house and failed because of low hanging tree branches. They then dragged the heavy cross to the side of the house.
Later that day, Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara labeled the burning of the cross outside the home of an African American as a possible prank. At a press conference in March city officials said there are no hate groups in the area.
While some residents insist that there are no white power groups in Arroyo Grande, basic research on the Internet—including Facebook, MySpace, and Stormfront—suggests the skinhead movement enjoys many followers in this South County community.
Hate crime enhancement laws allow for longer sentencing for crimes against someone based on their race.
The gang is claiming that they burned the cross as a memorial to Kahn’s father who died almost two decades ago. In 1994, San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies went to Ricky Kahn’s home and shot and killed a pit bull that attempted  to attack officers.
Ricky Kahn, an alleged meth addict, rushed out with a knife and was shot by deputies.
The gang is also linked to an arson outside the Arroyo Grande Police department that occurred shortly after the cross burning.

Lorain officer shoots, kills pit bull

From The Morning Journal

Lorain police Officer Adam Ehrke shot and killed a loose pit bull on Wednesday night, according to Lt. Mark Carpentiere.

Ehrke responded to a call about a loose pit bull at 10:30 p.m. on July 20 in the area of 906 W. 18th St., Lorain. The pit bull is normally chained in a yard there, Carpentiere said, however when Ehrke approached the animal, the dog was dragging the loose chain.

The pit bull seemed behaved at first, but when Ehrke tried grabbing the dog by its collar, the dog became aggressive, Carpentiere said. The dog then bit Ehrke in the leg, and the officer shot the dog, Carpentiere said. The dog died instantly.

Ehrke was bleeding through his pant leg and was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he was treated.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Man Tasered four times by police after attacking officer

From The Chronicle-Telegram

A Lorain man had to be subdued with a Taser overnight after attempted to attack an officer who was arresting him for domestic violence.
Stanley Zamora, 46, is charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
Officers responded to 237 Hamilton Ave. about 12:45 a.m. after receiving a report of a man assaulting numerous family members. They found Zamora in his underwear, sweating, reeking of alcohol and yelling profanities at a female who had shut herself in a bedroom, according to a police report.
When officers asked him to step outside, he dropped to the floor, grabbed a pit bull dog and said he wouldn’t leave the house without the dog, the report said.
When
A woman in the home said Zamora came home intoxicated and was verbally abusive toward her, before grabbing her by the throat and shoving her across a room, knocking a table over.
Zamora began to ball up his fists as if to fight the officers, the report said. An officer restrained him, but he was so sweaty he was able to break free. He then charged at an officer, who was able to push him away.
The officer then deployed his Taser, but it failed to incapacitate Zamora due to only one of its barbs striking him. He rushed the officer again, and another officer Tasered him, and Zamora remained standing and then began pulling at the wires. A third officer then Tasered Zamora and was able to incapacitate him.
Once on the ground, Zamora refused to roll over and continued to pull at the Taser barbs, removing them from his body. He also continued to shout profanities at officers. Officers again Tasered him, and he was handcuffed without further incident.

New Yorkers Try to Stay Cool as Temperatures Soar

By Andrea Swalec and Tuan Nguyen, DNAinfo

Manhattan residents and their four-legged friends are trying their best to stay cool as temperatures hit blistering highs.
Pooches took a plunge in a doggy pool filled with cooling water at the Leroy Dog Run, in Hudson River Park near Pier 40, on Wednesday.
Klebber Bezerra of the West Village said he's bringing his 10-month old pit bull, Fritz, to the pool almost every day to stay cool during the heat wave, expected to peak at 101 degrees Friday.
Temperatures are in the upper 90s on Thursday, but it feels as hot as 110 degrees, according to Accuweather.
Though the pool must have been tempting for everybody Thursday, workers in Manhattan had to find other ways to beat the heat. Times Square street performers were out despite the rising mercury, trying to stay in the shade.

In Central Park, pedicab drivers kept peddling Thursday despite the heat.
And on Pier 45 in Hudson River Park, sunbathers found relief in a sprinkler for grown-ups. Brooklyn resident Blair Blanchard, 30, said he sunbathes on the grass-covered pier three times a week, and steps into the outdoor shower to cope with the heat.
The heat isn't expected to relent before Saturday.

Family looking for dog who ran away during car wreck

By Andre Dykes, WBTV

A Charlotte family is hoping the public can help them find their missing pet.
Karen Davis was involved in a serious accident around 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. The accident involved three cars and Davis was pinned inside her vehicle.
Four people were transported to the hospital.
A Pit Bull dog mix named "Sugar" was in Davis' car and ran away.
The dog is 2 years old and was wearing two green rabies tags from Banfield Hospital.
The dog's tags are heart-shaped, and read "Jesus Saves." However, the phone number on the tags is incorrect.
If you have seen Sugar, please call Karen or Democho Davis at 704-236-5479 (karendavis0023@yahoo.com), or 704-733-7226 (dmdavis23@yahoo.com). Their home number is 980-207-4559.

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Pit bull suffers burns on hot roof

By Rose Schneider, Reading Eagle

A pit bull had been left to suffer burns on the scorching roof of a city building for 10 hours before it was discovered and brought to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, officials said Wednesday.

"The pads on his feet are now completely burned off," said Barrie A. Pease, president of the board of directors at the shelter. He said the Rescue League has not been able to find the owner of the dog, which was found Tuesday evening on the roof of a building in the 700 block of North Front Street.

"He's a sweetheart and well-behaved, so we know he has an owner," Pease said.

ARL Executive Director Harry D. Brown III said the pit bull also had burned nipples, suggesting that he tried to lay down on the hot roof because his feet were in so much pain.

Brown said the dog was discovered when Reading police called the shelter to inform them the pit bull was stranded on a roof. He said once the shelter's on-call employee arrived at the building, the dog had been brought down to the porch and was panting a lot and obviously dehydrated.

"Our vet washed (his wounds) out, then put medication on them, wrapped him up and put him on antibiotics and (other) medication," Brown said. "When he walks, you can tell it hurts him."

However, the pit bull, which Brown says is probably about 2 years old, is expected to make a full recovery.

"It's just going to take a little time," he said.

Leaving your dog outside in unbearable extreme heat like Berks County has been experiencing all week is dangerous for the pet, Brown said.

"They can have heat strokes, like people," he said.

The Humane Society of Berks County Inc. has been experiencing similar emergencies this week, keeping their officers on high alert, said Dylan Heckart, director of development and public relations.

Heckart said the Humane Society's officers have had to remove one dog from its owner, have given out two citations for violating the state's animal cruelty law and have received 30 complaint calls of dogs being left outside in the heat over the past few days.

"It's intensely too hot to have your dog outside today," Heckart said Wednesday.

He said it is extremely important for dog owners to understand that if it's too hot for you to be outside, it is even worse for your pet to be outside.

"He's got a fur coat," Heckart said.

Owners should bring their dogs inside to a basement or garage where the cement is much cooler and safer for the pets, Brown said.

Although there is no specific temperature that is clearly too hot for dogs to be outdoors, Heckart said dogs would not be able to handle temperatures ranging from 90 to 100 degrees, plus high humidity.

"This weather is absolutely deadly," he said. "Dogs have a limited ability to shed excess heat."

Heckart said because of this, dogs are very susceptible to overheating and organ failure.

"If they have to be outside, make sure they're in shade and have fresh, clean water all day," Brown said.

However, both Brown and Heckart said the best method for dog owners is to keep their pets indoors for the animals' safety, especially the rest of this week as the heat is expected to become more intense.


Update August 16, 2011 - The following article is from Erie Times-News:

Stem cells used to treat dog left on hot Pa. roof


A dog whose paws were badly burned when he was left outside on a hot roof for at least 10 hours has undergone a unique stem-cell procedure that veterinarians hope will give him a chance at a normal life.

A Reading police officer found the stranded dog on July 19, with the pads of its paws burned off. The young pit bull also had burn marks on his spine and chest, believed to be caused when he tried to take the weight off his damaged paws by lying down on the roof, according to the Reading Eagle newspaper.

Veterinarian Dr. Boyd Wagner attempted to regrow the pads on the dog's paws by using stem cells harvested from another animal, a first-of-its-kind procedure that required approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"I don't think I've seen anything that bad in 25 years," said Wagner, veterinarian and owner of the Wyomissing Animal Hospital. "They were severe, third-degree burns."

Wagner, who volunteered his time, has been working with Celavet Inc., a California-based biotechnology firm conducting stem-cell research in horses, cats and dogs. He said it's unclear whether the experimental treatment, performed Aug. 4, was successful.

The dog, dubbed Bernie, is doing OK under the circumstances.

"He seems to be happy," Wagner said. "He's a tough little guy."

Law enforcement officials are looking for the pit bull's owner. Crime Alert Berks County is offering a reward for information leading to the owner's arrest.

Bernie is recovering at a kennel run by the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. League spokeswoman Chris Shaughness said Bernie won't be offered for adoption until he has recovered.

Update October 25, 2011 - The following article is by Mike Urban, Reading Eagle:

On mended paws, dog needs new pad

Bernie the pit bull has come a long way since he was left to roast on the roof of a city building July 19.

The 2-year-old dog spent 10 hours on the roof that day, one of the summer's hottest. He was found with his paw pads melted from the intense heat from the roof, dehydrated and with his back and chest also burned.

Now Bernie's almost fully recovered, with paw pads having grown back.

And he's ready for a new home.

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, where Bernie has been living, is accepting applications to adopt him. He's a good dog with a lot of energy who loves to play ball, said Barrie A. Pease, ARL board president. Still, it would be best if he is the only pet in his new home because he doesn't get along well with cats and some other dogs, Pease said.

Law enforcement officials haven't been able to determine who Bernie's previous owner was, but they are still looking as part of their animal cruelty investigation.

Bernie, though, has moved on.

He originally was found on the roof in the 700 block of North Front Street by police, who were called by neighbors who saw the dog stranded and struggling.

The ARL was called and took Bernie to Dr. Boyd C. Wagner, veterinarian and owner of the Wyomissing Animal Hospital.

All four pads on each of his paws were burned off, said Wagner, who had never seen such injuries.

Wagner wanted to try fixing Bernie's feet with a stem-cell skin treatment that had never before been used on a dog and got permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to do so Aug. 4.

Wagner worked with Celavet Inc., a California-based biotechnology firm conducting stem-cell research in animals. Bernie's was the first case of using another animal's stem cells programmed to grow into specialized types of cells, the goal being to regrow his pads at a quicker rate, Wagner said.

Though it's impossible to say how much the treatment helped Bernie, Wagner thinks it made a big difference in his rapid and complete recovery. The only way to gauge exactly how the treatment worked would have been to perform it on one or two of Bernie's paws, while allowing the others to heal normally. But Wagner said that would have been cruel.

"This wasn't an experiment," he said. "We wanted to help the dog heal, and I think the stem cells helped."

Now Wagner and the Animal Rescue League are hoping Bernie gets some more help, this time from a loving family.

"He's a nice dog," Wagner said. "I hope he gets a good home."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kind-hearted readers want to help Carver boy whose pet dog went missing

By Amanda Cripps, The Enterprise

A Weymouth woman has offered to contribute $500 toward a reward for the safe return of Bolo the pit bull, a Carver boy’s best buddy who went missing from his family’s fenced-in yard on July 10.
Several offers of help have been made to the Anderson family since their 6-month-old blue-nosed pit bull disappeared, ranging from replacement dogs and puppies to reward money and help hanging “missing dog” fliers.
Joseph Anderson, 8, who has Down syndrome, had shared his bed with the dog every night since the family received it six months ago.
Bolo went missing while Joseph was out crab fishing with his family. A party was being held a few doors down from the family’s home on Silva Street when they returned, and the fenced-in yard that Bolo had been playing in was empty.
Carver police were unable to investigate the incident due to a lack of evidence, according to Chief Michael Michsch.
The Anderson family has not received any leads on the current whereabouts of their dog, but are still hopeful for his safe return home.
“I’m trying to be hopeful,” said Tabitha Anderson, noting that though she fears Bolo is long gone, she is still searching.
“My child misses his dog,” she said. “My child is my top priority.”
At least two breeders have offered the family a free dog, and close to $1,200 in total has been raised for a reward so far.
“Everything that I feel can be done has been,” said Anderson.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Carver police at 508-866-2000.

Kearney keeps pit bull ban

By Kevin M. Smith, The Kearney Courier

The Kearney Board of Aldermen took no action regarding its pit bull ban.
The ordinance was on the agenda for discussion at the meeting Monday, July 18, after a resident asked the local governing body to repeal its law banning the breed and breed types within the city limits.
Alderman Tom Patterson made a motion to change the ordinance, but it failed for lack of a second motion for a vote.
Aldermen Jeff Couchman and Dan Holt did not say anything during the discussion. Alderwoman Jenny Hayes was absent from the meeting.
Mayor Bill Dane noted it was not a public hearing, but board members could ask questions of the half-dozen audience members there specifically for that issue. Patterson asked an opinion of one woman who was in favor of repealing the ordinance.
In a survey on the water bill last month, 591 respondents said the city should keep the ban and 151 said to change it.

VICIOUS DOG AT LARGE

From The Herald Dispatch

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a South Point area man on a charge of disorderly conduct and vicious dog at large for letting a pit bull run around the neighborhood after being told to restrain the animal.

Jogger survives dog attack in Pontotoc Co.

By Jennifer Sanders, KXII

An Oklahoma man says he's lucky to be alive after a vicious pack of dogs attacked him for nearly an hour.
Everyday, Daniel Murray runs eight miles along this two lane stretch in Stonewall, Oklahoma.
"I got into running because four years ago next month my 17 year-old son was killed in an automobile accident and now I run in memory of him,"said Murray.
He's lost more than 100 pounds and has even qualified for the Boston marathon. But on July 8, his routine morning run turned into a near deadly nightmare when six vicious dogs brutally attacked not once but five times.
"When they attacked me the second, third, fourth and fifth times I realized I was fighting for my life and I felt like I really was," said Murray.
The six vicious dogs, including a mixed breed pit bull ripped into his flesh pulling away chunks of his skin with their sharp teeth.
And even though Murray was surrounded by the dogs -- in a pool of his own blood -- he fought back.
"When one of them would come at me from the front I'd bend down to try to sweep it off with my pocket knife, another one would grab me from behind,"said Murray.
Here's a picture of one of the dogs (see video) he cut with his pocketknife and after several minutes of being brutally attacked -- a stranger saw what was going on and pulled up to help.
"I heard the dogs barking and I rushed over this way and I noticed they were attacking him so I pulled up alongside of him and he said can you help me can that really scared me,"said Jennifer Sweet.
Sweet is the woman Murray credits with saving his life.
As soon as she saw the dog attack she called for help -- and followed Murray in her car in an attempt to scare the dogs away.
"I didn't want to get in her car because I was covered in sweat and blood and I didn't want to open the door because these dogs were crazy," said Murray.
So he jumped on the hood of her car -- and they sped off -- but the dogs were still trying to chase him --
"Those dogs chased us for four blocks and then I finally said I think the dogs have quit coming after us,"said Murray.
"We located the dogs and talked to the owner and explained what happened and said the dogs have to be quarantined for 10 days," said Chief Jason Teel.
Stonewall police quickly caught the dogs and after the mandated quarantine the dogs were put down this afternoon. Murray praises the officers for their quick response -- and thanks Jennifer for saving his life.
"She's my hero, she didn't let her fear stop her from getting involved in whatever way she could," said Murray.

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Illegal dogs link to rise in attacks

By Simon Jones, Bermuda Sun

The underground breeding of illegal dogs is fuelling a dramatic rise in the number of serious dog attacks.
The warning comes as the Department of Environmental Protection announced a dog amnesty last week to tackle the growing problem.
Animal wardens say they have dealt with a string of attacks where humans as well as animals have been savaged by restricted dogs.
They believe there are hundreds of restricted dogs across the island and have dealt with attempts to smuggle banned breeds into Bermuda under the pretense they were different breeds of dog.
Head animal warden Jeffrey Benevides told the Bermuda Sun: “Often these dogs are taken from their mothers at a very young age — says just three or four weeks — and do not have a chance to be socialized properly.
“They are being kept in hiding and being walked at 12am to avoid detection.
“I have heard of dogs changing hands and being sold for thousands of dollars.
“We believe ninety per cent of the illegal breeding of restricted breeds involves people who are already involved in criminal activity.
“There is a definite link between the two activities.”
The amnesty, which runs from July 18 to August 31, gives owners of restricted breeds the chance to licence their dogs under the proviso they are spayed and neutered so they can not reproduce.
After the end of the amnesty unlicensed dogs could be seized and destroyed while their owners could be prosecuted.
Mr Benevides said: “People stand to either have their dogs seized or destroyed if they do not abide by these rules.
“We do not enjoy taking dogs from people’s homes but this is what will happen.”
Director of Environmental Protection Dr. Frederick Ming told the Bermuda Sun the purpose of the amnesty
He said: “We are not saying that all restricted breeds in Bermuda are dangerous.
“But we can not ignore the connection between restricted breeds and the rise in dog attacks
“It is a trend we are not happy about. Something has happened out there and we are trying to do something about it.
“There is an underground market in the breeding and trading of certain restricted breeds.
“Dogs are being illegally bought and sold. The biggest problem we have us with the pit bull.”
Dr Ming said the amnesty also aimed to encourage dog owners with pets not in the restricted category to ensure they were properly licensed.
He revealed that there were around 1,000 unlicensed dogs in Bermuda at present.
He added: “Whether it is a small family dog or a restricted breed any dog that we come across that is no licensed can be seized and the owner can be prosecuted.
“If it is a restricted dog the probability of it being put down is great.
“We feel there may be as many as 1,000 unlicensed dogs in Bermuda which represents a significant income to government.
“The amnesty is a way of getting this situation under control. It is also the opportunity for good dog owners to avoid a lot of expense.”

Members of the public with questions or concerns regarding the amnesty can contact the Department of Environmental Protection on 236-4201.

Pit bull kills old woman in Spanish Town

From Jamaica Observer

THE St Catherine North Police were up to last night still trying to locate the owner of a pit bull that mauled to death a 62-year-old woman in March Pen, Spanish Town, on Monday evening.
The owner of the animal reportedly fled the area following the attack on Valerie Stephenson, fondly called 'Mamma' by her neighbours.
According to the police, the woman was attacked by the animal around 7:00 pm following a visit to a relative's home in the tough Spanish Town community.
Attempts were said to have been made by residents to rescue the elderly woman from the jaws of the animal but all that proved futile. Stephenson eventually succumbed to bites she received to her throat and chest when she was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital.
The Spanish Town police, who are investigating, have described the incident as "death by misadventure".
According to a release from the police, the brown and white pit bull was later found lying on his right side with a gunshot wound to the body. It was not clear, however, who killed the animal.
The police have, in the meantime, warned owners of dogs to ensure the animals are properly secured.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Loose pit bull leads to charges against owner

From The Times Leader

State police at Hazleton said they charged a dog owner after his pit bull was running at large.
State police said Luis Angel Perlasa-Quiniones, 54, of Winters Avenue, was charged with forgery, identity theft, false identification and not having a license or proof of rabies shots for a pit bull.
State police said a neighbor reported the pit bull running free Sunday night, and when they went to the owner’s home, they were provided with a false name. Police learned Perlasa-Quiniones was wanted since 1989 after previously being deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Police said the dog did not have a license or proof of rabies vaccination. Police said Perlasa-Quiniones was taken to the county prison, where he was arraigned and is held on $50,000 straight bail.

Sick rat and dogs lead to animal cruelty charges for man and ex-wife

By Steve Kiggins, WGCL

Gwinnett County Police have arrested and charged James Archer and his ex-wife Caren with animal cruelty after Sheriff's deputies spotted neglected animals.
It all started when Sheriff's deputies went to a home on Brooks Road in Dacula to serve an eviction. Animal control officers responded and found three dogs and a rat left without food or water and covered in feces. Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith couldn't believe the condition of the animals.
"Ultimately, they found three dogs that weren't being properly cared for," said Smith. "There was one, a pit bull tied up outside, that was just emaciated, just completely thin. You could count every bone."
The animals arrived at the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center riddled with fleas and ticks, and even more parasites were attacking the dog's internal organs. Doctors immediately placed the animals on a medication regimen.
"For the most part, it's just the parasites and malnutrition according to the doctors that have looked at the dogs," said Smith.
Police have charged James Archer and Caren Archer with cruelty to animals. James is currently in the Gwinnett County Jail, and police have an arrest warrant out for his ex-wife Caren.
The good news, police believe the animals will heal just fine.
In a strange twist, CBS Atlanta's Steve Kiggins spoke with an animal welfare group that uses rescued dogs inside jails to rehabilitate inmates. The group plans to bring at least two of those abused dogs to the Gwinnett County Jail. It is unknown if the Archers would qualify for that program.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Six Columbus men plead not guilty in dog fighting case

By Alan Riquelmy, Ledger-Enquirer

Six men accused of either dog fighting or watching a dog fight outside a Garden Drive home Sunday afternoon pleaded not guilty Monday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
The men, ranging in age from 20 to 43, disputed testimony from two Columbus police officers. The men said they either tried to pull two pit bulls away from each other or had arrived at the home moments before police arrived and drew their weapons.
Joseph S. Best, 20, was charged with a felony count of dog fighting after police say they spotted him near his pit bull while with a group of men in the backyard of a Garden Drive home around 6 p.m. Sunday. Best is held on $5,000 bond.
Joseph S. Best

Marcus D. Thomas, 25; Douglas Armour Sr. 43; Douglas Armour Jr., 20; Roger Thomas, 23; and Courtney Dixon, 21, each face a misdemeanor charge of being a spectator at a dog fight. Additionally, Armour Sr. faces charges of giving a false name and disorderly while intoxicated. All are being held on $500 bonds, except for Armour Sr. who faces $750 in bonds and a $125 fine for the disorderly charge.
Officer Deitrich B. Jones testified in court Monday that he responded to Garden Drive about possible dog fighting in the area. When he and other officers arrived, he heard growling and barking coming from the backyard of 2702 Garden Drive.
Jones said he looked into the backyard and saw the six men watching two dogs fight.
“The men were talking loudly and laughing,” Jones added.
Two dogs, one of them Best’s and the other a possible stray, fought while three other dogs were leashed in the backyard. All the dogs had scars, and there was only one doghouse.
The leashed dogs couldn’t reach food and water, Jones said.
Jones approached the house from the side while Officer S.A. McGlaun walked into the backyard, drew his weapon and ordered everyone on the ground.
That’s when Yolanda Daniels, who has a child with Armour Jr., returned home from a pool party.
“Them dogs get loose and they come in this yard,” said Daniels, who didn’t appear in court. “I know they weren’t back here fighting dogs.”
Daniels’ backyard has an entrance to Alford Street. A fence is bent to the ground in one spot, leaving enough space for a vehicle to drive into the backyard.
Armour Sr. told Judge Mary Buckner that he hit one of the dogs with a stick in an attempt to stop the fighting. When he pulled the dog back, it tried to bite him and he released it.
Best said he had his dog loose in the backyard when another dog approached and attacked. He tried to stop the fight, and that’s when officers arrived.
“They were already fighting when we came in the door,” said Armour Jr.
Armour Sr. cursed at police and said he didn’t care if officers arrested him. He also gave a false name at one point, Jones said.
Animal Control officers arrived and took custody of the five dogs in the backyard, Jones said. “Dutch,” a smaller pit bull, and “Gucci,” a poodle mixed breed, remained at the home Monday.
Buckner found probable cause in all the cases and bound them over to Muscogee County Superior Court.
Someone convicted of dog fighting faces one to five years in prison and a fine of no less than $5,000. Misdemeanor convictions have maximum one-year sentences and $1,000 fines.

Pit bull bounds into neighbouring house, kills beloved pet cat

By Darrell Bellaart, Nanaimo Daily News

A pit bull terrier killed a family cat in its home, and the Nanaimo dog's owner said he can't apologize to his neighbour while the incident is investigated.
Don Izon's 17-year-old house cat was crushed in the pit bull's jaws after it got loose from a neighbour's property.
Izon tried to get the dog, named Max, to let go of the cat then watched in horror as the life was crushed out of a pet that had been with the family since his first son was born.
Max was rescued several weeks ago by Aaron Payne, who was shocked to learn it attacked a cat. It was getting along fine with Payne's five cats.
Max is being held at the city pound. City of Nanaimo animal control has launched an investigation.
Payne said he and his wife Jody learned from the person who gave them the dog it has a "past history," but not until after the attack, and they still don't know the full details of that history.
Izon was shocked to see the life squeezed out of his pet cat. It happened Wednesday after 5 p.m., while he was preparing dinner in his Victoria Road home.
His son, Dylan, had just arrived and was walking up the steps to a sun deck off the living room and kitchen when the dog appeared. It bounded past him, up the deck and through the sliding door to where Niki, the family cat, was sleeping.
Max took the cat in its mouth and started shaking it.
"I was beating the thing. I tried opening its mouth in my hand and it didn't even know I was there," Izon said.
He watched, helpless, as the cat breathed its last breath. Max released Niki briefly, then carried it through the back yard to a grassy field. Izon grabbed a garden rake and chased after the dog, which by now had dropped the cat's carcass. He chased the dog to its home.
"I yelled to the owner. I said: 'Your dog just killed my cat.'"
When Payne saw Izon waving a rake  in the air, he swore at him and drove him off his property. He realized what had happened by the time RCMP and animal control officers arrived. He gave up the dog.
"He's fine with our cats, I don't understand," Payne said. "I feel bad but I can't go over and apologize."
He was told not to speak to the neighbour and animal control officials will say little during the while investigation.
Brittany Desousa, a neighbour with a 13-month-old toddler, said the event left her "scared" for her child.
It isn't clear whether the public was at risk from the pit bull, but "the cat certainly was," said Cheryl Zanchetta, animal control officer.
She said Max's Victoria owners had abandoned him, "so we're trying obviously to find out who the original owner was to see if we can get any of the history of him."

Middletown Police seek Smyrna man after domestic dispute

From Middletown Transcript

The Middletown Police Department is currently seeking a Smyrna man after a domestic dispute broke out on the 400 block of North Broad Street in Middletown Friday.
    At approximately 10 p.m. July 15, police were dispatched to a residence on North Broad Street for a report of an assault.
    The investigation revealed that a 23-year-old female returned home to discover her ex-boyfriend, Tyron Onley 30, of Smyrna in her apartment. She told Onley that he was not welcome and instructed him to leave. A verbal dispute quickly became physical with Onley threatening and pushing the victim as she attempted to leave. During the dispute Onley took the victim’s cell phone and threw it out the window when she attempted to call 9-1-1.
    Onley also threatened two male neighbors who attempted to assist the victim when they heard the dispute, police said. The victim advised that Onley picked up her 6-month-old Pitbull puppy (blue/grey in color) by the collar hurting it some as he left the residence with it.
    Attempts to locate Onley have yielded negative results. Onley is believed to be in the Smyrna area.
    Warrants on file include second-degree burglary, terroristic threatening, malicious interference with emergency communications, offensive touching, two counts of harassment and animal cruelty.
    Anyone with information is asked to call the Middletown Police Department at 376-9950 or (302) 573-2800.

Sentencing pushed back for Bay City man whose pit bull mauled 8-year-old

By Cole Waterman, The Bay City Times

A Bay City man whose pit bull attacked an 8-year-old boy earlier this year will have to wait two more days to learn his sentence.

Harry R. McDaniel, 64, was to be sentenced this afternoon by Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill. Due to McDaniel's attorney, Edward M. Czuprynski, being occupied with an unrelated case, the sentencing has been rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The day his trial was to begin in May, McDaniel pleaded guilty to owning a dangerous animal causing serious injury. Though the charge is a four-year felony, its potential penalty is increased to 15 years as McDaniel has three prior felony convictions on his record.

The plea offer McDaniel accepted stipulates he will likely be sentenced to two years of probation. 

The charge stems from a Jan. 4 dog attack on Cameron P. Everette. Cameron was walking in the 300 block of Jennison Street while McDaniel walked his pit bull, Big Boy, on a leash nearby.

Czuprynski has said McDaniel slipped on some ice and fell, prompting Cameron to run toward him, intending to help him up. Big Boy attacked the boy as he neared, biting into his left leg and rendering a wound that required 100 stitches and surgery to mend.

McDaniel fought the dog off, took him to his house and called Bay County Animal Control.

Bay County Prosecutor Kurt C. Asbury has said McDaniel was charged with a felony due to Big Boy having a documented history of viciousness.

Update July 20, 2011 - The following article is by Cole Waterman, The Bay City Times:
 
Owner of pit bull that attacked Bay City boy gets jail time, probation

A Bay City man whose pit bull attacked an 8-year-old boy earlier this year will have to spend a few months in jail before serving nearly two years of probation.
Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill on Wednesday sentenced Harry R. McDaniel, 64, to 90 days in jail with an additional 180 days deferred until May 6, 2013. McDaniel does not have to report to jail until Monday morning.
Gill also ordered McDaniel to pay $2,490 in restitution and to not possess dogs while on probation.
McDaniel faced up to 15 years in prison when he was charged with owning a dangerous animal causing serious injury. Though the charge is a four-year felony, McDaniel has three prior felony convictions, which ups the penalty to 15 years imprisonment.
McDaniel in May pleaded guilty to the charge.
The evening of Jan. 4, Cameron P. Everett was walking home in the 300 block of Jennison Street. McDaniel was walking his dog, Big Boy, on a leash nearby.
McDaniel reportedly fell on some ice and when Cameron ran over to help him up, the dog broke free and bit into the boy’s left leg. McDaniel regained his footing and fought off the dog, took it to his home and called Bay County Animal Control.
The wound to Cameron’s leg required 100 stitches and surgery to mend.
“This was one of those instances in life no one has control over,” McDaniel’s attorney, Edward M. Czuprynski, said just prior to his client’s sentencing. Czuprynski described McDaniel’s actions as heroic, stating that had his client not punched and choked Big Boy with his leash, the incident could have been much worse.
Czuprynski argued against McDaniel being sent to jail.
“Harry McDaniel at all times on the date in question acted responsibly,” he said. “I don’t see where incarceration will do any good in this particular case.”
Bay County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Nancy E. Borushko said McDaniel has a history of owning dangerous dogs. In 2005, McDaniel was living in Muskegon Heights when dogs in his care got loose and attacked someone, according to court documents read by Borushko.
McDaniel said Wednesday that the dogs in that instance were his roommate’s. Borushko cited court records that indicated McDaniel identified the dogs as his own.
When allowed to speak, McDaniel said he walked Big Boy daily. When he did so, fellow pedestrians would come up and pet the dog, he said.
“I’m sorry this ever happened,” he said. “I’ve been so sick since it happened. I could never see Big Boy doing that.”
Gill said he did not doubt McDaniel’s sincerity and did not believe McDaniel intended the dog to attack anyone. He added that some dogs are overly protective and it was McDaniel’s responsibility to place a muzzle on Big Boy.
Kimberly Nadolny, Cameron’s mother, watched the sentencing from the gallery in Gill’s courtroom but did not offer a victim’s impact statement.
“I wish he wouldn’t have gotten jail time, but I’m happy with it,” she said afterward. “At least he didn’t get years, but only a couple of months. I’m just glad the dog is gone.”
She said her son has completed physical therapy and is good as new. Though Cameron was initially timid of venturing outside in the weeks following the attack, he has overcome his trepidation, she said.

Wyoming police chief to discuss possible pit bull ban at council meeting

By Matt Vande Bunte, The Grand Rapids Press

Recent requests to regulate or ban pit bulls has prompted a review by Wyoming’s police chief. James Carmody at 7 p.m. today is scheduled to make a presentation in response to the pleas of some residents, City Clerk Heidi Isakson said.
The City Council meeting is at City Hall, 1155 28th St. SW.
Residents twice in recent weeks have asked the council to enact tougher restrictions on pit bulls including micro-chipping, muzzling and an all-out ban. A Wyoming man needed surgery this spring after he was attacked by his neighbor’s two pit bulls.
While urging against a knee-jerk reaction, Mayor Jack Poll at the time said he’d be willing to consider more stringent restrictions on pit bulls or other kinds of dogs. Like many communities, Wyoming has a law regarding dangerous or mean dogs, but does not identify any specific breeds.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chambersburg man reunited with 3 pit bulls after plea deal

By Jim Tuttle, Public Opinion

A Chambersburg man who had his three pit bulls taken away last month amid allegations of animal cruelty has gotten them back after making a plea deal.
"I'm excited," Michael Stewart said Friday after returning home from Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Chambersburg, with his dogs, Remy, Roxy and Duchess. "I'm going to take them out to the park for a little while."
Stewart pleaded guilty to one summary count of keeping a dog on a tether that was too short, according to Franklin County Humane Police Officer Floyd "Buck" Hessler. Three cruelty citations based on allegations that Stewart provided inadequate shelter, failed to provide adequate water and allowed a dog to be physically abused were all dropped.
Hessler said the arrangement was based on an agreement made Friday through Stewart's attorney, Mark Orndorf. Stewart was fined $100 for the tethering violation and agreed to pay $990 restitution for the dogs' care at the shelter since they were seized from his home on June 22.
"I want to thank Cumberland Valley shelter for taking care of them," Stewart said. "They were in great health when I got them back, as they were when I gave them up."
Hessler seized the pit bulls after a neighbor contacted him about alleged cruelty taking place at Stewart's home, 711 Broad St. He said the neighbor provided video footage of a boy kicking one of the dogs and hitting it with a plastic baseball bat.
Before agreeing to settle the case outside of a summary trial before Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter, Hessler inspected Stewart's home. He said the man has cleaned up his property, brought the shelters up to code and rigged the water dishes so they couldn't be inadvertently dumped out. "He did make all necessary corrections to have the dogs back," Hessler said. "I told him, 'Remember, people are going to be watching you.' He said he would be keeping his dogs in the house."
Hessler added that if Stewart is charged with animal cruelty and convicted at any time in the future, the offense would be automatically upgraded to a first-degree misdemeanor, which could entail jail time.
When he was interviewed following the seizure, Stewart said the charges were the unfounded result of a meddling neighbor and that he is an animal lover. He said the video actually depicted his 8-year-old son "training" the dogs not to fight with each other.
On Friday he said he was just happy to have the animals back, and that he considers them beloved members of his family.
"You gotta fight for what's yours," Stewart said. "Whether it's your freedom or your family."

Dog in exile: Ordinance forces Preston family to keep pit bull out of town

By Devin Felix, The Herald Journal

A family has been separated from their beloved pet for more than six weeks, but they hope a decision by the Preston City Council will bring them back together.
The separation is due to a city ordinance enacted in 1991, which classifies all Staffordshire bull terriers — also known as pit bulls — as “vicious animals,” and places restrictions on keeping them in the city.
But Elden and Heather Tolman say their dog, a 7-year-old pit bull named Toby, is not at all vicious or aggressive, and they hope the council will agree to change the ordinance.
The council plans to consider the issue at its meeting Monday, and the Tolmans hope the members will vote to remove the portion of the law that singles out pit bulls.
“I favor vicious dog laws, but I think they should be based on merit and have their foundation on the responsibility of the owner,” Elden Tolman said.
On June 1, the Tolmans’ 10-year-old daughter was walking the dog on a leash. She was approached by a Preston police officer, who asked what breed the dog was, Elden Tolman said. Soon, Police Chief Val Sparrow visited the family at their home and told them the city’s vicious animal law bans pit bulls within city limits unless they are kept inside an “absolutely secure enclosure,” with a chain link fence, a roof and a cement floor. Tolman said his family felt keeping their dog enclosed in such a way would be neglectful.
Instead, the family took the dog to a boarding facility outside of town, but the cost of boarding soon became too much for the family so they moved him to a piece of land they own outside city limits, Tolman said.
The family visits Toby twice a day to feed and play with him, but Tolman said the dog is lonely and his health has suffered from being separated from the family he’s been with since he was puppy.
Tolman approached the City Council at its June 20 meeting to ask for an exemption to the ordinance, presenting letters from the dog’s veterinarian and several others who are familiar with the dog vouching for his non-aggressive demeanor. The council denied the exemption but asked city attorney Clyde Nelson and Chief Sparrow to research the issue of breed-specific restrictions and make a recommendation on whether the ordinance should be changed.
Council member Travis Kunz said he sympathizes with the Tolman family, but he couldn’t say whether the council would be willing to change the ordinance. Kunz said he began researching the issue after Tolman approached the council and found that pit bulls have a long reputation of aggression. He said he is concerned that granting an exemption for the Tolmans or changing the ordinance might lead to the city being held liable if Toby or another pit bull were to attack someone. He said pit bulls have a reputation as attack dogs, and other cities around the country and the world have also banned the breed.
“It opens up a very complex case,” Kunz said.
Sparrow said he has investigated other cities’ positions on pit bulls and put together a recommendation for the council, which he will present Monday.
However, he declined to say what that recommendation was before the meeting. He said there have been incidents with vicious pit bulls during his time with the Preston Police, but he declined to estimate how many or how frequently those incidents have occurred. There have also been incidents with vicious dogs of other breeds, he said.
During the six years the family has had Toby, he has never shown any sign of aggression, Tolman said.
In fact, he’s docile by the standards of any breed, he said. He points to an incident several years ago, when a technical problem with the family’s phone system resulted in an accidental 911 call. When police responded to the home and no one answered the door, they entered the house to investigate a potential emergency. Toby was in the room, but rather than barking or growling, as most dogs of any breed would do, the dog just sat and watched as the police moved through the home, Tolman said.