Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Advice to Citizen

By Christopher Laddish, Sausalito Marin Scope

Caledonia Street. A caller reported he had encountered a person walking a pit bull on a bike path and felt unsafe. The caller inquired which types of weapons he could legally carry on his person for self-defense. Advice was given.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Postal Service once again deliverying mail to Phoenix neighborhood

From KTAR

The Postal Service is once again delivering to the area around 28th Street and McDowell Road in Phoenix.
Earlier in the week they were worried about their carriers being bitten by stray dogs in the area.
Julie Utley with the U.S. Postal Service in Phoenix commented on the matter Friday.
"The carrier was out delivering mail and noticed that there were some stray dogs in the area," Utley said. "Out of the eight animals that were stray, or running around, four of them were pitbulls.
"The carrier felt threatened. We train them in a situation where they feel threatened by an animal that they are to stop delivery, contact a supervisor and the supervisor will notify animal control."
The post offices' theory is people are taking their unwanted animals to this area and dumping them.
The area has been a problem in the past.
"That day that carrier did not get bitten, but back in May there was a carrier that had been bitten once in that area and then was treated," Utley said. "In that area alone we've had three dog bites year to date."
If mail suddenly stops being delivered to your area it's recommended you contact the post office and they will make arrangements with you to ensure you receive your mail.

Off-duty Taft PD officer shoots pit bull

From Taft Midway Driller

An off-duty Taft Police officer shot and killed a pit bull that turned on her after attacking her dog at her Bakersfield home Thursday morning.
Veronica Sandoval fired multiple times at the pit bull and killed it in the yard of her southwest Bakersfield home.
Bakersfield Police investigated and said it was “ a clear cut case of self defense.”
Sandoval told the BPD she had had repeated problems with the aggressive dog in the past.
Thursday, about 8 a.m. she went into her yard after hearing her two small dogs barking.
At that point, the dog charged her and she fired her weapon multiple times, killing the pit bull.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Police: Port St. Lucie man shoots pitbull attacking his cat

By Will Greenlee, TC Palm

A man told police Wednesday he fired two shots at a pitbull that he said was "mauling" his cat, which died following the apparent attack, according to a report released Thursday.
Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2000 block of Southwest Trenton Lane and spoke to the cat's owner, a 42-year-old man. He said he was in his home when he heard a "commotion" outside.
He said he looked outside and saw a pitbull "mauling" his cat. He ran outside, yelling at the dog to stop.
The dog, he said, wouldn't let go of his cat. He kicked the dog and got his .40 caliber Glock handgun from inside his home.
He fired one shot and thought he missed because the dog didn't stop. He fired a second shot and the dog dropped the cat before running north on Southwest Trenton Lane.
The cat died.
The owner of the pitbull, a 40-year-old woman who lives in the 2000 block of Southwest Larchmont Lane, was told it's her responsibility to keep the dog, which was shot twice, on her property.
The pitbull's injuries weren't life threatening.
No arrests were made. The pitbull owner got a written warning.

Man arrested after dog charges officer

From The Portland Tribune

A 61-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police said he tried to take an aggressive pit bull onto a TriMet bus in North Portland.
Police shot and killed the dog after it charged an officer during the incident.
Richard Cook faces charges of reckless endangering, interfering with a peace officer, second-degree menacing and disorderly conduct. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on $9,000 bail.
The incident began at about 4:30 p.m. when Transit Police Division officers were called to a TriMet bus at Lombard Street and North Interstate Avenue, where a man was tried to board the bus with an aggressive dog.
When the officers arrived, the dog charged one of them and was shot.
Police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting.

Unchain dogs in Carrboro

By Mary Pearse, from The Carrboro Citizen

I am surprised that an enlightened burg like Carrboro, the Paris of the Piedmont, is still allowing dogs to be chained day in and day out in this brutal weather.
I am a Meals on Wheels volunteer who witnesses dogs in appalling situations, chained in the unrelenting heat from morning ‘til night, day in and day out sometimes without water. I have Carrboro Animal Control logged into my cell phone but the officer’s only recourse is to go to the house and tell the dog owners that they must give the dog water and the reception he gets is not altogether friendly.
There is a big old pit bull with a pad lock on his heavy chain collar and a heavy chain attached to the collar. He has obviously seen some unpleasant “action” as he is quite covered with scars.
I have not only called Animal Control in Carrboro but also in Chapel Hill to see if I could get some help for this suffering animal.
Carrboro presents itself as an enlightened community. Come on Carrboro, prove it. How the heck did they get an exemption from the no chain law for Orange County?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2 Children Found In Cockroach-Infested, Filthy Home

From WPLG

Woman Arrested On Child Cruelty, Neglect Charges

Two children and five dogs were removed Tuesday from a Pompano Beach home where they were living in filth, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
According to the arrest report, a neighbor called to the home in the 1700 block of Northeast 48th Court, reporting that dogs had been barking for about 12 hours.
Officers went to the home of Lindsay Wallin, 22, which they said looked abandoned and had an overgrown lawn covered in garbage. Wallin gave the officers permission to look around the back yard and inside her home.
In the back yard, the officers discovered a pit bull mix in a too-small cage, covered in fleas, lying in its own filth without any food or water. They also discovered three malnourished puppies with their ribs sticking out, with no food or water, and a fifth dog tethered to a tree in the yard without food, water or shelter, according to the report.
The officers took the dogs away, then proceeded to the house.
Inside the home, where a 5-year-old and a 6-month-old live with Wallin, officers said they discovered trash strewn around, no flooring, mold and several cockroaches. In the arrest report, police said the fridge was full of rotted food, and the room smelled "awful." The officers also said they found cockroaches in Wallin's bed and in a crib.
The children were taken into protective custody, and Wallin was arrested. She faces charges of cruelty toward a child, child neglect, abandonment and possession of cannabis.
Wallin's father, Jon Wallin, owns the home. The family blames the recent trouble on an ongoing feud with a neighbor, not neglect.
"It took one hour to clean the house," Jon Wallin said.
"So your position is that the house is not that dirty?" Local 10's Terrell Forney asked.
"No. It had some clutter, yes, but no," he said.

Dog Attack Victim Speaks

From WLOS

A Buncombe County woman says she could have been killed by a dog attack Monday evening.
Christy Palucha suffered severe injuries when a pit bull bit her on the leg and face while she was walking near her home at the North View Mobile Home Park near Weaverville.
The dog ripped open an eyelid and mangled her ear.
She could have bled to death from a gash on her neck if the dog had bitten her an inch lower.
She says she's lucky she didn't lose her eye, and wonders why anyone would keep such a dangerous animal.
She is recovering from surgery to repair the injuries.
The dog's owner says it escaped through a window in his trailer, and ran down a bank to the street where Palucha was walking.
He pulled the dog off Palucha, and says it is gentle and plays with his grandson.
But he says he would voluntarily allow Animal Control officers to put down the dog because of the attack.

Couple get 12 years after snake kills daughter

By Millard K. Ives, Daily Commercial

A a couple was sentenced today to 12 years each in prison in the death of her two-year-old child, Shaianna Hare, who was strangled by the couple's pet Burmese python in their Oxford home.
Jaren Hare, 21, and her former live-in boyfriend, Charles "Jason" Darnell, 34, had been convicted in July by a Sumter County jury on third-degree murder, manslaughter and child neglect and had faced up to 45 years in prison.
In their arguments for a lighter sentence, lawyers for the defendants called the July 1, 2009 death a horrible accident and tagged the snake docile and a family pet with which children in the couple's home regularly played.
The Attorney Ismael Solis had compared it to a pit bull house pet that "just went crazy" when the snake crawled out of its shabby aquarium, slithered down the hallway and climbed into Shaianna crib, wrapped around the child's body and strangled her.
The snake apparently tried to ingest the child.
But Judge William Hallman said unlike domestic animals, the couple knew the snake was a wild animal that ate small mammals, considering Darnell regularly fed it road kill squirrels.
Hallman compared the snake to a pet alligator.
"This child was a small mammal which is on the menu for a wild animal," said Hallman before he sentenced the couple.
Prosecutor Pete Magrino had argued the snake had escaped its aquarium a number of times, including hours before it was found wrapped around the lifeless body of Shaianna.
The couple were given 12 years on the manslaughter charge and five years probation on the neglect charge. The murder conviction was dropped since defendants can't serve two convictions on killing the same person.
The couple had rejected a plea deal for 10 years in prison before the August trial.
Both the couple's lawyers cited the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony case, reached one week before Darnell and Hare were found guilty, as helping to lead to the jury finding the defendants guilty and a harsher punishment.

Authorities: Two of three pit bulls in Schenectady attack euthanized

By Paul Nelson, Times Union

Two of three pit bulls that attacked a 58-year-old woman as she walked along a narrow city street early Monday have been euthanized, according to authorities.
The adult male and female dogs were put down Tuesday at the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. The third animal was transported to the Montgomery County SPCA in Amsterdam where it will be checked for rabies and quarantined for 10 days before also being euthanized.
In what a Schenectady animal control officer described as one of the worst dog attacks he has seen in his two decades on the job, the three dogs pounced on the woman, whose name has not been released. The incident began shortly before 1 a.m. Monday as the victim walked on the sidewalk along the 300 block of Hulett Street between Schenectady and Albany streets in the city's Hamilton Hill neighborhood.
The victim remained Wednesday at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Her condition could not immediately be determined.
Emilia Falcon, who lives with her children next door to where the woman was attacked, recalled being awakened by the victim's desperate cries for help.
"They were dragging and dragging her and tearing at her head," she said Wednesday, pointing to the overgrown grass on the front lawn of 348 Hulett St., where the incident happened. "It was very ugly and sad to see."
Falcon said she didn't have her cell phone to call for help.
Babette Anderson said she dialed 9-1-1 after also being awakened by the victim's screams. She dashed onto her porch but soon darted back inside to call police.
Anderson, who lives adjacent to the site of the attack, described seeing the dogs "on the ground biting her all over her head. She was just screaming and saying, 'Stop, somebody help me, please.' "
Both Anderson and Falcon said they didn't know the victim but have seen her walking around the neighborhood. Once police were able to get the dogs off the woman, Falcon said, she was disoriented, with blood dripping from her face. Her arms appeared to be mangled.
Police had to use a Taser on one of the pit bulls and captured the other two with a pole used by animal control officers, authorities said.
Police are continuing their investigation but, as of Wednesday afternoon, the owner of the dogs did not face criminal charges. The owner, who police have not identified, was cited for a dangerous dog violation under the city ordinance.
If found guilty of the violation, the dog owner could be fined.
The owner told police he had the animals inside a gate that someone opened.
At the home identified by neighbors as the place where the pit bulls had been kept, a man who answered the door said his buddy, who owned the animals, was not home.

Update August 24, 2011 - The following article is by Steven Cook, Daily Gazette:

Woman mauled by pit bulls expected to survive; owner of dogs ticketed

A 58-year-old woman attacked and mauled by three pit bulls early Monday is expected to survive, police said today.
The woman, whose identity wasn’t released, was attacked on the sidewalk by the dogs at about 3:30 a.m. Monday on Hulett Street.
Officers responded, using a Taser to subdue the dog that appeared to be the most aggressive, getting it off the woman. The two other dogs then retreated, police said.
The woman suffered multiple injuries to her face, ears and arms. She was treated at the scene by city fire department EMS personnel and taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
The owner of the dogs was identified as 21-year-old Jasmine L. Tirado, of 347 Hulett St. She came out of her house to get the dogs, police said.
She soon surrendered the dogs to the city’s animal control officer. Two of the dogs have since been euthanized, the third is expected to be after an observation period, police said.
Samples from the dogs are expected to be sent for rabies testing.
Tirado was issued an appearance ticket, accused of having one unlicensed dog, along with three appearance tickets for harboring dangerous dogs.
She is to appear in city court on those charges Sept. 1

Update August 25, 2011 - The following article is from WRGB:

Pit bull attack survivor describes ordeal

58-year-old Shirleen Lucas says no one came out to help her as three dogs attacked her on Hulett Street early Monday morning. She says once the dogs were on her, they stayed on until police arrived with tasers.
"It seemed like an eternity," she told CBS6 News in her living room Wednesday night. "I was screaming. I screamed so loud and so hard and at one point I wasn't screaming anymore, I was just fighting."
She says she punched one of the dogs and described one of them dragging her by the hair at one point. Lucas says the dogs bit her arms and legs, tore away part of her scalp and bit off part of each ear.

"The plastic surgeon (is) very optimistic I should say, about repairing my ears back to normal - both of them."
Lucas was released from Albany Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, the owner of the dogs is 21-year-old Jasmine Tirado of Hulett Street. She was given one ticket for having an unlicensed dog and three tickets for harboring dangerous dogs. She is due in court September 12th. A woman who answered to the name Jasmine told CBS6 News she had nothing to say.
"I was walking down the street and (the dogs) saw me," says Lucas. "They looked up and saw me and they perked up and they started running toward me and I ran in this yard, I don't know whose yard it was. I don't know why they didn't hear me screaming and hollering in the yard, but the minute I got into the ambulance they came to the door."
According to Marguerite Pearson of the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia, two of the dogs were brought there and were described by staff as being vicious and lunging at the cages they were in. Pearson is hopeful this case will not worsen pit bulls' already bad reputation.
"Here in Schenectady County, about half the dogs we take in are pit bulls," says Pearson, "and so many of them are wonderful dogs and we do an assessment to make sure they're going to be good compannions. We have to be really diligent in that becasue if people don't trust us to adopt out safe dogs, so many wonderful animals, some that happen to be pit bulls, are never going to find homes."
Lucas' daughter, Darcelle Lucas, said she believes someone wanted the dogs to attack her mother in a sort of canine street mugging. Lucas says she lost two bracelets and twenty dollars in the attack. Lucas says she was on her way home from a store. She says it was around 12:30 a.m. Police said it happened around 3:30 a.m.
"My blouse was drenched in blood, says Lucas. "They had to cut it off of me. Had to cut my skirt off. My skirt was full of blood."
Lucas says her family is helping in her healing, some of whom came in from out of state. On Wednesday evening her granddaughter came to visit with a gift - a cross she had decorated for someone she is happy to see alive.

Pet owners react after dog, owner, and baby pepper-sprayed

By Lyle Fisher, News 1130

Started with a fight between a doberman and a pitbull

Many dog owners can be pretty protective with their pooches, but sometimes it can get out of hand.

News1130 is getting reaction from local pet owners after an incident in Surrey yesterday, where a pitbull owner and her baby were pepper sprayed.

It started off as a fight between a doberman and a pitbull on 132A Street. The owners then got involved, and that's when one took out the pepper spray. The pitbull, its owner, and her six-month-old baby were all hit by the spray but weren't seriously injured.

At Vanier Park, Jackie says she's had to break up fights between her dog, Dexter and other dogs. "I've had to pull off a couple of dogs. I just keep an eye on mine... I can see when something's about to happen. I just get in there. I usually pull the big one off."

She adds she's seen other dog owners get into loud arguments but they never escalate into anything violent.

Jackie feels the owner of the doberman should be charged.

Young man in court in connection with pit bull attacks

From Shetland Times

The 17-year-old owner of a “dangerously out of control” pit bull terrier faced four charges at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.
Shaun Smith of Lerwick’s Ladies Drive had sentence deferred on two charges and a trial date set for the other two.
Smith pleaded guilty to his dog entering a garden in the town’s Cheyne Crescent on 10th July and attacking a man and a springer spaniel, injuring both.
He was also charged with not complying with a dog control notice when on 28th July at Da Vadill, Lerwick, his dog was not muzzled and was not fitted with an electronic transponder.
Smith admitted that the dog was not muzzled but his plea of not guilty to the transponder charge was not accepted.
Smith further pleaded not guilty to pursuing a man, unclipping the dog’s lead and pushing the dog towards the man at Da Vadill on 28th July. This was not accepted.
However Smith did admit that on 29th July at Ladies Drive he resisted, obstructed, molested and hindered two police constables, ran away and locked himself in a room, exerting pressure on the door so that officers could not open it.
The offences were committed when Smith was on bail.
Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said the dog had now been destroyed, but Sheriff Graeme Napier said that did not alter the fact that Smith, who is currently subject to supervision, probation and a curfew for previous offences, had breached his bail conditions.
Smith will appear in court again in October and bail was continued.

Coachella police shoot dog that attacked girls, officers

By Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun

A Coachella police officer shot a dog that sent a 9-year-old girl to the hospital with a serious leg wound Tuesday night, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The pit bull or pit bull mix attacked two girls who were walking along Avenue 48 near Jackson Street, according to the department.
Paramedics took the 9-year-old with the leg wound to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. The other girl, a 12-year-old, had minor injuries and was driven to a hospital by a relative.
Police found the dog outside a nearby restaurant and tried to keep it under control while waiting for an animal control officer, but the dog attacked them, according to the sheriff’s department.
An officer shot the dog, injuring but not killing the animal, which was taken by the animal control officer who later arrived.
Police will conduct an internal investigation since an officer used a firearm.
The city of Coachella contracts for police services from the sheriff’s department.

Monday, August 22, 2011

SC Court: landlord can be liable in dog-bite case

From WIS

South Carolina's Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to let a lower court decide if a landlord is liable for damages in a dog bite case.
The Supreme Court's decision Monday says landlords could be found liable for a dog bite in a common area.
The Sumter County case involved a 2-year-old who had $17,000 in medical bills in 2003 after being bitten by a pit bull kept on a chain in a common area of an apartment complex. The dog had been kept there for 10 years and the landlord knew the dog had previously attacked someone.
A circuit judge in Sumter had dismissed the case because South Carolina law generally shields landlords from liabilities that their tenants create.
The case now heads back to the circuit court in Sumter.

Man charged with 3 counts of animal cruelty

By Angel McCurdy, Northwest Florida Daily News

A 30-year-old man was charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty earlier this month.
According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's report, three malnourished dogs were found on property that belonged to Michael Pace.
The first dog was an emaciated black female pit bull that had been left in the rain.
The second dog, which was a black male pit bull, was chained to a fence and also severely thin. That dog, according to the report, was so thin it could barely carry the weight of the chain.
The third dog was a pregnant gray-and-white pit bull.
All the dogs were confiscated.
"The dogs were so thin that they were taken to animal hospitals for immediate care," the report stated. "They were treated for starvation and malnourishment."
Pace, who was already in jail on an unrelated charge, told deputies only the female dogs were his, but that he was responsible for all three of them.
His bond was set at $5,000.

Suspect with 15 arrests fights with Yonkers cops; pit bull bits officer

From Mid-Hudson News

A man with 15 arrests, four felony convictions and eight misdemeanor charges, was arrested last Thursday afternoon after a scuffle with Yonkers Police officers that left several injured and one bitten by the man’s pit bull.

Two officers were alerted to a man selling jewelry in Bregano Park and when they spoke with them, he refused commands to remove his hand from his pocket. Police thought the man, identified as Jermaine Faulk, might have a weapon, so they grabbed his hand and a violent confrontation ensued during which Faulk punched the officers and pushed one toward his pit bull, which was tied to a nearby fence.

The officer was bitten by the dog and sustained deep puncture wounds to his back. As the struggle continued, Faulk tried to grab an officer’s gun from its holster, but police secured the weapon before he could get a hold of it.

Additional officers arrived and he was eventually handcuffed and arrested.

During the scuffle, one of the officers was forced to shoot and kill the dog after the animal tried to bite him.

A search of Faulk turned up 11 bags of heroin.

The first officers at the scene were treated for injuries including a broken hand, sprains, lacerations, and puncture wounds from the suspect’s dog.

Faulk’s most recent arrest was four weeks ago on drug charges in Yonkers.

He was charged in this latest incident with two counts of assault in the second degree, attempted robbery of the officer’s gun, drug possession, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Westchester County Jail.

Man Accused of Dog Torture

From WBNG

Endicott police arrest a man accused of beating and abusing his dog.
George E. Clarke, 35, is charged with torturing and injuring animals, a misdemeanor under state Agriculture and Market law.
Endicott police say the arrest is the result of an incident that occurred on August 10 at Clarke's home in the Village of Endicott.
Clarke is accused of striking his dog, a male pit-bull, approximately 10 to 15 times in the mid section with a 2 by 4.
The dog was also pulled by a lead that was attached to its collar over a fence without supporting the dog's body.
The dog remains at Clarke's home.
The Endicott Police Department and the Broome County Humane Society are working to obtain a court order to possibly remove the animal from the residence.
Clarke was ordered to appear in the Village of Endicott Court at a later date.

Fremont man cited after dog accused of biting woman

By Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune

A 36-year-old Fremont man was cited after his dog was accused of attacking a woman last week, Fremont Police reported.
Deputy Chief Jeff Elliott said a woman reported on Friday that she had been riding her bike Thursday while pulling her children behind her when she was attacked by a pit bull in the 1900 block of North Keene Avenue.
The dog's owner, Mickey Rahlfs, was cited for dog at large, animal bite and no dog license.
Elliott said the pit bull was quarantined at Dodge County Humane Society.

Man fatally stabs scoutmaster, 76, from behind

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 76-year-old man has been stabbed to death while leading Boy Scouts on a hiking trip in northern Indiana, and a suspect who battered his mother and killed a dog at their home nearby is under arrest, police said.
The assistant scout leader, Arthur L. Anderson, had stopped to identify a tree on the Nickel Plate Trail in Bunker Hill Sunday afternoon when an attacker approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck, Indiana State Police said in a statement. Witnesses told police the attack was unprovoked.
Anderson, of Kokomo, Ind., "was doing probably the most innocent thing he could do, leading a group of Boy Scouts," Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said. "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Officers later arrested Shane C. Golitko, 22, of Bunker Hill, after he ignored a state trooper's attempted traffic stop and led police on an eight-mile chase, the Indiana State Police said in a statement.
Police are holding Golitko without bond on a murder charge and two felony counts of battery at the Miami County Jail. He is due in Miami Circuit Court on Thursday morning.
Slocum said another adult on the hike shielded the two boys, aged 11 and 12, from the horror of the attack, then called 911. Anderson died at the scene despite the efforts of a nearby resident who performed first aid and emergency medical personnel who responded to the 911 call.
Police said Anderson had been involved in scouting for 50 years.
"It was a senseless act," Indiana State Police Detective Tony Frawley said of the attack.
A minute before the 911 call alerting authorities that Anderson had been stabbed, Golitko's mother Valerie Henson, called 911 to report that her son had assaulted her in a dispute at their home, about 150 yards south of the trail, state police said.
Henson told police that after she fled to a neighbor's house, her son walked to the trail where Anderson was later stabbed. She said her son later returned home, smashed up some of their belongings and stabbed the family's two dogs, a boxer and a pit bull. The boxer died.
Henson was treated for a broken arm. Slocum did not say what sparked the attack, nor what prompted the altercation between Henson and Golitko.
Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey said Golitko had been arrested once before for possession of marijuana and went through a diversion program in which the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.. Slocum said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in Sunday's attack.
Nick Losekamp, a district executive for the Boy Scouts' Sagamore Council in Kokomo, said Anderson was the assistant scoutmaster for the troop at the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Losekamp said he was a great leader, very much involved in mentoring the boys, training them to lead by example and motivate others.
"He was a nice guy," Losekamp said. "He was pretty much always there."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dog savages teenager

From Deccan Herald

A dog viciously attacked a British teenager, who suffered 28 bite wounds

Sixteen-year-old Anthony Armstrong was walking the bull mastiff-pitbull cross. When he tried to stroke it, the dog attacked him.

The Sun said the dog locked its jaws on him, flung him around and tore open his flesh.
Scott Singleton, a friend, and his mother Eileen were injured as they stabbed the dog 30 times with a knife and beat it to death to stop it from tearing Anthony to pieces.

"It was like a lion. It jumped on him, trying to bite his face, got him to the floor and dragged him in its jaws. He was screaming for his life but it had hold of his neck," Scott was quoted as saying.
"The dog savaged every part of him. You could see through his leg."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Aggressive dog shot dead in St. Pete

From WTVT

A pair of dogs on the loose created a scary situation Friday night in a St. Petersburg neighborhood.
The incident ended just after 8 pm when an officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department was forced to shoot one of the canines after it attacked a Pinellas County Animal Services worker.
According to a St. Petersburg Police Department report an officer was dispatched to 2165 Country Club Court North in response to an aggressive animal call. The person who called told the officer the two ‘pit bulls’ followed her dog into their fenced in yard.
The dogs grew increasingly more aggressive and were corralled into the porch area of the residence until Animal Services arrived.
When the officer approached the dogs they attacked him, causing serious injuries to both of his arms.
The SPPD officer shot and killed one of the dogs and the other was quickly captured. The owner of the two animals has not yet been established as the investigation continues.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Two pit bulls attack young girl

By Joe Hegarty, WGME

A girl is recovering, after police say she was attacked by two pit bulls on Wednesday.

Witnesses say the 11-year-old from Massachusetts, was attacked when the dogs broke free from another child who was walking them in Kennedy Park.

One of the dogs took a chunk out of her leg, while the other scratched her arm.

She was rushed to the hospital where she received 10 stitches and several shots.

Police now have the dogs in custody until the investigation is complete.

Officials do say the number of pit bull attacks is actually down in the city, compared to previous years.

Police discover malnourished puppy, pot after standoff

By Chris De Benedetti, from Mercury News

Authorities discovered about 240 marijuana plants and a malnourished pit bull puppy in a residence after a three-hour standoff Thursday, police said.
Officers did not find anyone inside the home and no arrests were made, Lt. Jeff Tudor said.
The incident began about 3:15 p.m., when officers responded to a call reporting that three men, including two who had guns, ran inside a home on the 2000 block of Fairbanks Street, west of Doolittle Drive, he said.
Officers, including the San Leandro police SWAT team and hostage negotiators, surrounded the house and multiple attempts were made to contact the people believed inside, police said.
About 5:45 p.m., officers entered the home through a garage door, but no one was there, he said.
The puppy was taken to an emergency pet clinic for treatment, police said.

A dog does not choose the situations he's put in

In France, actress and animal advocate Brigitte Bardot is being crucified, by some, for coming to the defense of Prince - or, Ulk - the bull terrier, or pit bull depending on the reporter, who, according to reports, mauled a 4-, or 7-, year-old girl, named Carmen, in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Carmen, my heart goes out to her, suffered serious injuries to her eyes, ears, nose and forehead. Reports state that she is disfigured for life.
The incident happened as Carmen lay sleeping, or while she was playing with Prince at a party.
It is also being said that Prince was sleeping on a couch when Carmen wanted to kiss him.
Her mother, who is understandably upset, says, "My daughter tells me every day that she looks like a monster."

Prince is 6- or 8- years-old, according to reports. He was adopted by "Johnny", three weeks before the attack, from the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA).
He had come to the shelter after his previous owner, a 60-year-old man, died of natural causes last autumn.
The man's death went undiscovered for two weeks, in which time Prince, then-named Ulk, turned to consuming portions of the body for survival.

Assessment's of Prince cleared him to go to a new home.
According to The Independent, the SPA advertised Prince for adoption on its website:
On the SPA website, Prince was described as "a good sort, easy to get on with", although it was not advised for people with families.
Another report states that Prince was purchased in a pet shop.

It is also referred to that "Johnny", upon adopting, or purchasing, brought along a "2 week old baby" when he picked up Prince.

Aside from the persecution of Ms. Bardot, the media is crucifying Prince.
At least one news source refers to Prince as "Monster of Boulogne."
Much of the hysteria involved is due to Prince's "eating his previous owner" and getting the "taste of blood."

"Johnny" and Carmen's parents are taking legal action against the SPA claiming they were not told of his previous form.
As of right now, I can only suppose that "form" is referring to eating the body of his previous owner. 

The SPA disputes the claim.

What do I think?

Prince, apparently, grew up with a single adult male.
Since the owner's death was not discovered for two weeks, it can be assumed that he and the dog lived a life of quiet solitude.
No children. Not much socialization beyond his owner.
Taking a dog raised in such an environment and thrusting him into a 'party' atmosphere or family situation is unconscionable.

I agree with Ms. Bardot and support her efforts to save Prince.

Prince is not a monster. He is a dog and has displayed normal dog behavior.
Waking a sleeping dog is one of the most common reasons for a dog biting. 

Saving the life of Prince does nothing to trivialize the injuries, physical and psychological, inflicted upon Carmen, and I wish her a speedy and full recovery.

Prince is no more dangerous than the people responsible for putting him in this situation.
Justice can be achieved for Carmen by holding those people accountable.

Let Prince live.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Fatal Accident and a Search for a Lost Dog

By Bob Kuszynski, WXYZ

A Woman is killed and her Dog is lost

A tragic accident and now the search for a lost dog.
While her beautiful artwork was being installed at the Oakland International Airport in Waterford for a ribbon cutting ceremony next week, award winning artist Laura Fyfe was killed in a horrific accident.
Her two dogs were with her as she made her way from her Clarkston home to her Pontiac art studio when catastrophe struck at Clarkston and Sashabaw roads Wednesday morning.
Laura's life was unfortunately lost. However, her two dogs survived the accident. One of the dogs was recovered by the Oakland County Animal Shelter. But the other, Hogan, ran into the woods nearby and has not been seen.
Family and friends are trying to find the missing pit bull. The dog is described as male with a dark brindle and white coloration. The dog has been characterized as meek and very timid.
After such tragedy, Animal Control Officer Mary Saple says, "I'd really like to see some happiness for this family who has just lost so much," and so every effort is being made to locate the dog.
If you see a dog matching the description, call the Oakland County Animal Control at: (248) 391-4100.
Meanwhile, you'll be able to see Laura Fyfe's artistic glass Welcome Sign at the Oakland International Airport after next week's Grand Opening.

Update August 20, 2011 - The following article is from The Republic:

Dog missing since artist owner was killed in car crash found, cared for by utility worker

Hogan, a pit bull that ran from a crash in southeast Michigan that killed its owner, has been found.
WJBK-TV reports that a DTE Energy worker had been allowing the dog to roam on his five acres of land in St. Clair County, northeast of Detroit, after finding it Tuesday.
Hogan last was seen Tuesday running into a wooded area in Oakland County's Clarkston after 55-year-old artist Laurel Fyfe was involved in a head-on collision. Fyfe later died at a hospital.
She was on her way to her studio in Pontiac with Hogan and another dog at the time of the accident. The other dog was found and returned to the studio.
Fyfe designed the glass on the welcome sign at the new terminal at Oakland County International Airport.

Madison cops say pit bull attacked, injured boy, 9

From Chicago Tribune

Madison police say a pit bull attacked and injured a 9-year-old boy, biting the child in the face and latching onto his arm.

Police say the boy's injuries were non-life-threatening. The dog's owner also suffered puncture wounds on her hands when she pried the dog's jaws off the boy's arm.

Officers say the boy was playing outside a friend's home Wednesday afternoon when the friend went inside to fetch a drink. Police say the friend came back out and the 2-year-old pit bull rushed past him, attacking the visitor.

A WISC-TV report (http://bit.ly/qwhOSg ) says the woman voluntarily surrendered the dog to a county animal-control officer. Police say they expect the dog's owners will be cited. 

Ban restricted dog breeds: Council

By Tracey Prisk, Central Western Daily

THE death of a young child in Victoria this week has prompted Orange City Council to reiterate its tough stance on the ownership of restricted dog breeds in the hope of eventually eradicating them from the city.
Council’s manager of corporate and community relations Nick Redmond said the council would like to see pit bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas, Argentinian fighting dogs and Brazilian fighting dogs, and any cross breeds of them outlawed in Orange.
“They’re dangerous dogs, they have the potential to do serious damage to other dogs and people,” Mr Redmond said.
There are 54 restricted breeds registered in Orange, including 17 pit bull terriers, six American pit bull terriers and 32 cross pit bull terriers
The figures were compiled in 2006, however Mr Redmond believes the numbers may have swelled since then.
He suspects some owners of restricted breeds have not registered their dogs in an effort to avoid arduous ownership regulations.
“There could be as many as 20,000 dogs in Orange so it’s hard to know how many [restricted breeds] there would be,” he said.
“The numbers are low but the potential for them to do damage is pretty high.”
Council, in accordance with the Companion Animals Act, enforces considerable restrictions on the ownership of these restricted breeds.
The restrictions include a ban on breeding and compulsory desexing.
There’s also strict rules on child-proof caging and walking the animals which demand the dog to be fitted with both a muzzle and a lead when not caged.
The dogs must also wear a red and yellow reflective collar alerting people to their classification.
Mr Redmond said if one of the restricted breed of dogs was found without an appropriate restraint the owner would be issued with a $7000 fine.
“The fine is just the start,” he said.
Mr Redmond said he’d like to see the owners of restricted breeds surrender their dogs to the council to be euthanised.
“That’s our preference,” he said.

Owners of restricted breeds must notify council if:

  • Dog’s ownership changes

  • Owner moves house

  • Dog goes missing

  • Dog attacks or injures a person or animal

  • Dog dies

  • Humane Society overwhelmed by the number of pit bulls in need of a home

    From WDBJ

    Almost half of the dogs at the Pulaski County Humane Society are pit bulls

    Pit bulls fill the cages at the Pulaski County Humane Society.
    The humane society in Dublin is at maximum capacity with dogs right now, and almost half of its pups are pit bulls.
    Employees say they don’t have any theories on why so many dogs of one breed have been dropped off at the humane society recently.
    None of the dogs show signs of aggression or temperament issues, according to employees, but pit bulls are often a difficult sell to potential pet owners because of preconceived notions about the animals.
    “Adopting a pit bull from a shelter is no different than adopting it from a breeder. They might have their issues, but not aggressive issues,” said humane society office manager Kelli Sparks.

    All of the pups at the Pulaski County Humane Society are looking for forever homes or foster homes.

    Pitbulls Tortured and used as Bait

    From Localized USA

    Barbara Hannes has been a veterinarian for 16 years. In her entire career she has never seen a dog burned and battered as badly as the two dogs that recently came in to her clinic. Hannes says the Pitbull that was abused is one of the sweetest dogs she has met in her entire life. Over half of the dog’s body was burned, and the possibility of infection is creeping in fast. The dog also had its ears cut off.
    Another female Pitbull was also brought in with similar injuries as the first. She also has a broken pelvis, her whiskers are singed off, and bite marks all over her body.
    These dogs were found this week by a women in southern Brazos county. The dogs were close to her home. The police have no suspects or leads in the case.
    Hannes owns Aggieland Animal Health Center, where the dogs are currently receiving care. She said she feels terrible inside for what’s been done to these dogs. “I just want to apologize on the behalf of humanity,” said Hannes.
    Despite being in brutal condition the younger dog still jumps up and starts wagging its tail when humans were present.
    Hannes believes these dogs were what dog fighting rings called “bait dogs.” Bait dogs are dogs used to train other dogs to be more vicious when fighting. She determined this because of their temperament.
    The female dog, which they named Esperanza, could have her injuries treated at Hannes animal clinic. The other dog, which they named Vici, was in worse shape the Esperanza. He could not be treated at Hannes animal clinic, he needed medical attention that would cost thousands of dollars.
    Just when they thought that all hope was lost for Vici, they received astounding news. Texas A&M veterinarian school agreed to take in Vici and pay for his medical expenses.

    Update August 18, 2011 - The following article is by Rashi Vats, KBTX:

    Pit bulls Possibly Involved In Dog Fighting Are Stable

    Doctors say a mother and puppy pit bull, that are fighting for their lives after being left for dead near College Station, are in stable condition.
    Doctors believe the two dogs were involved in dog fighting. Since we aired the story, there's been a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
    "He is surviving. He's a pretty tough little guy. Nice dog. Very nice dog. It's gone through a lot the last few days," said Dr. James Barr with the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital.
    The 6-month-old puppy was expected to die within hours if he didn't get emergency surgery. Fortunately he got the surgery overnight at the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital thanks to the community's support with donations.
    "I immediately started sharing the story on Facebook. I called my parents, they wanted to donate. I started to donate. I called my friends. Anyone that could help that could donate," said April Plemons who donated money to help the dogs.
    More than $3,000 have been raised in less than 24 hours. Doctors say the phone calls and donations haven't stopped throughout the day.
    Dr. Barr believes lighter fluid might have been used to burn the puppy and his mother. She's still recovering at the Aggieland Animal Heath Center.
    With all they've gone through, the dogs haven't given up their positive spirit.
    "These are good dogs. I mean even sedated and in a lot of pain, you talk to this guy and he starts wagging his tail," said Dr. Barr.
    To find out how to donate go to http://www.vetmed.tamu.edu/giving

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    NY woman convicted of leaving dog to die

    From WSJ

    A New York City woman has been convicted of a misdemeanor for leaving her pit bull to starve to death in an apartment after she was evicted.
    The emaciated body of Alize, a 2-year-old pit bull, was found by a superintendent in a pool of blood and feces after Cherika Alvarez was evicted from the Bronx home. A veterinarian determined the dog had been starving for nearly six weeks.
    Neighbors heard the dog barking and tried to contact Alvarez but she did not respond.
    The 29-year-old Alvarez faces up to one year in jail after a judge found her guilty Wednesday of failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor.
    She told police she left a key for an unidentified neighborhood man to take the dog, but he never did.

    Related articles:

    • Bronx woman guilty of letting dog starve to death - Examiner

    Girl, 4, killed in pit bull cross attack at St Albans

    By Michelle Ainsworth and Mark Buttler, Herald Sun

    A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl has been mauled to death by a neighbour's pit bull cross that also savagely attacked two relatives
     
    Ayen Chol died as her 30-year-old cousin fought desperately to fend off the vicious animal after it had wandered into the youngster's St Albans home in Lahy St at about 8pm last night, her distraught family said.
    The woman suffered bites to her arms and hands during the terrifying struggle.
    Another cousin, 5, suffered facial injuries in the horrific attack.
    As Ayen's stunned mother Jaclin Apuk Awan wept in the street, shocked relative Daniel Atem said the family was in disbelief.
    "She is a lovely little girl. She was very talkative," he said.
    "It is for sure a terrible shock.
    "It is something that you can't imagine but in the end maybe it is the will of God."
    Jaclin and her three children, Ayen and two boys, were staying at their cousin's house because the home they were living in, also in St Albans, had burnt down in a fire last month.
    The family of Sudanese refugees migrated to Australia in 2004 for a better life, living in Adelaide before shifting to Melbourne.
    The two injured victims were rushed to the Sunshine Hospital in a stable condition.
    Two advanced life support ambulance teams treated Ayen at the scene but could not revive her.
    The dog belonged to a 30-year-old man who lives in the same street as the family.
    A family friend believed the 30-year-old tried to beat off the dog with a table.
    Last night, the animal was removed from the Lahy St property.
    Supt Graham Kent, of Brimbank police, said it was unclear how the dog, which is expected to be put down, got inside the house.
    "This is a really horrible tragedy and it will take some time for us to fully understand what's happened," Supt Kent said.
    "By the time police arrived, the dog was back in the yard of the home where it comes from.
    "It was a really chaotic scene and it was quite a distressing scene and I just want to pay tribute to the police and other emergency services officers who were confronted with this scene."
    Supt Kent said the girl's mother did not witness the attack. The girl's father is in South Sudan.
    Supt Kent said the owner of the dog was co-operating with police.
    Pit bulls are a restricted breed in Victoria, with regulations meaning all must be desexed and registered with local councils.
    In February a mum watched as her husband and children were mauled by an American pit bull and an American staffordshire terrier at Hoppers Crossing.
    In December 2005 Zac Jasinski, 3, was attacked in a neighbour's backyard in Yallourn by an American pit bull, with the assault only stopping when the dog was axed to death.

    Update August 17, 2011 - The following article is by Benjamin Preiss, Farah Forouque and Megan Levy, Yass Tribune:

    Rogue dog kills infant girl, mauls two

    A DOG has mauled a four-year-old girl to death and injured two of her relatives in a savage attack in Melbourne's west last night.
    The dog, which police said was part pit bull terrier, went on the attack about 8pm at a house in Lahy Street, St Albans.
    Ayen Chol was pronounced dead at the scene after ambulance officers arrived and tried to revive her.
    Her five-year-old cousin suffered facial injuries and another cousin, aged 31, suffered severe lacerations to her arms and hands. Both cousins were taken by ambulance to Sunshine Hospital.
    Paramedics arrived at the house within seven minutes of the triple-0 call to what team manager Brett Parker said was a very chaotic scene.
    ‘‘A four-year-old girl was in the house and had suffered extensive injuries,’’ Mr Parker said.
    ‘‘Paramedics tried to resuscitate the girl but unfortunately she died at the scene.’’
    Police last night said they had spoken to the dog's owner, a 30-year-old man from a nearby house. Brimbank Superintendent Graham Kent said there was the potential for charges to be laid against him.
    Superintendent Kent said the dog attacked the two children and the woman inside their house. He said the girl was dead by the time paramedics arrived at what was a distressing scene.
    ''This is a really horrible tragedy and it will take some time for us to fully understand what happened,'' he said.
    The dog was back on its owner's property when police arrived. Shortly before midnight last night, council workers took the dog away in a van. Police said it was likely to be put down.
    Earlier, about 30 people, including several children wrapped in blankets, gathered in the quiet suburban street, which had been cordoned off by police after the attack. Some of the people embraced each other while others sobbed into mobile phones. One woman was wailing hysterically.
    A relative, Daniel Atem, said the dead girl was the youngest of three children and had two brothers aged nine and 12. He described her as ''a lovely little girl, very talkative and popular in kindergarten''.
    Mr Atem said Ayen had been living with her brothers and her mother at their cousin's house at the time of the attack. Their previous house had burnt down last month.
    The girl's father, Mawien Chol, was in South Sudan, having left Melbourne to join independence celebrations, he said.
    The family is believed to have arrived in Australia in 2004 after spending three years in Egypt awaiting resettlement.
    The injured woman and the five-year-old girl were described as in a stable condition in hospital.
    Only last Saturday, police used capsicum spray to subdue a pit bull terrier that had savaged an elderly woman’s Scottish terrier in a Ballarat Street, then turned on two men who intervened.
    The last reported fatality involving a dog attack in Victoria was in 2007, when a nine-week-old girl was dragged from her cot and mauled by a pet rottweiler. She died from severe head and neck wounds.
    Penalties for an owner or person in control of a dog that attacks or bites any person depend on the seriousness of the attack and whether the dog had been declared to be dangerous before the attack began, according to Victoria Legal Aid.
    In March last year, the owner of an unregistered Siberian husky that savaged a then 22-month-old girl was fined more than $6000.
    In Victoria, according to a council survey taken about four years ago, there were said to be about 3300 dog attacks reported in one year.

    Update August 18, 2011 - The following article is by Maris Beck, Megan Levy, David Rood and Nino Bucci, Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury:

    Killer dog destroyed as neighbours reveal horror of attack in house

    IT WAS a quiet night in a suburban street, with no hint of the mayhem to come.
    Just before 8pm, Ayen Chol, four - an artistic, talkative girl, according to her mother - was watching television with her cousins when a pitbull terrier cross ran into the house and attacked her.
    A cousin, Anglina Mayout, 31, suffered bite wounds to her hands and arms and her daughter, Nyadeng Goaer, 5, was bitten on the back of the head in the attack in the Melbourne suburb of St Albans on Wednesday night.
    Ayen's mother, Jackline Anchito, said yesterday her daughter had tried to fight off the dog. ''She was a loving child, and a very clever child. She died as she was struggling for her life,'' she said.
    Neighbours told of the horrific scene inside the house, including desperate attempts to revive the girl.
    One neighbour said he was inside his house when he heard Ayen's mother screaming for help on the street.
    He ran to the red brick home and saw Ayen lying on the floor with serious wounds to her head.
    The neighbour, who did not want to be identified, tried to resuscitate her after receiving instructions over the phone from paramedics.
    ''It's something that I will have to live with for a long time,'' the distraught man said. ''We were just trying to revive her and we couldn't do anything about it.''
    He said the owner of the dog had raced to the victim's home and dragged the animal home, before returning to the scene.
    He said the owner was ''devastated'' after the attack.
    The animal was destroyed by the council yesterday. The council said the dog was not registered, as all dogs are required to be, and had not had any complaints made about it.
    The owner, a 30-year-old man, was questioned by police, who said he was co-operative.
    Anisah Mama, who lives next door to the house where the dog lived, said she had been scared in the past for her two children, aged nine and 13.
    ''Actually this dog is quite aggressive,'' she said.
    Ms Mama said she had never talked to the victim's family, but had seen them on the street and the children playing outside.
    ''I can say they are good people. They are fun-loving people,'' she said. ''It's very awful, very sad.''
    The Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, said such attacks were unacceptable and the government would try and outlaw dangerous dogs as soon as possible.
    ''There cannot be a more tragic situation than to see a young child like this killed in this horrible, horrible way,'' he said.

    Update August 21, 2011 - The following article is by Amelia Harris, Herald Sun:

    Facebook tribute site for Ayen Chol ruined by racists

    VULGAR photographs and racist posts have ruined a Facebook tribute site dedicated to the little girl mauled to death by a dog last week.

    The State Government and police will try to erase the posts.
    The two pages have 35,000 followers, several of whom have contacted Crimestoppers.
    Some vile comments and images already have been removed. But others remain on the sites dedicated to four-year-old Ayen Chol.
    One post on a page described the pit bull-cross linked to the girl's death last Wednesday as a legend.
    The Herald Sun has chosen not to detail the contents of other posts that have not been removed.
    One racist comment triggered the responses: "I hope you get mauled by a dog, so you know what she had to go through!!!" and "Go die in a hole ... u heartless waste of space".
    Relative Daniel Atem said the family was not aware of the shocking photos and posts until contacted by the Herald Sun.
    "It's bad. It's not good," he said.
    It is the latest incident of tribute pages of people who have died being vandalised. Minister for Crime Prevention Andrew McIntosh said he was outraged the girl's memory had been attacked by cyber ghouls.
    "These comments are despicable and offensive," Mr McIntosh said.
    "The Victorian Coalition Government will seek advice on any action that may be taken against the cowards who have sought to defile the memory of Ayen Chol using the supposed anonymity of the internet."
    A Victoria Police spokeswoman said police would work with Facebook to try to have any offensive content removed.
    A Facebook spokeswoman said the site wanted to express its sympathies to Ayen's family and friends.
    "We are also deeply saddened that a few individuals have shown a complete lack of respect for this tribute page," she said.
    She encouraged page administrators to remove offensive content from the pages they have created and ban unwelcome visitors.


    Vallejo pit bull attack injures homeless woman's dog; veterinarian saves the pet

    By Irma Widjojo, Vallejo Times-Herald

    With a severely injured dog in her arms, Brigitte Hull knocked on several veterinarian doors, only to be turned away because she could not afford the care.Hull is a transient living out of her white van with Bella, her 14-month-old Pomeranian mix.
    "She is the only friend I have," she said.
    Bella was allegedly attacked by a 5-year-old black female pit bull at about 12:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Safeway on Robles Way while Hull was panhandling.
    Eventually, Hull received help from Robert Linville, a veterinarian at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, 509 Benicia Road.
    "The dog came in with severe bite wounds," Linville said. "The other dog tore the abdominal muscle completely off her back."
    Linville did a two-hour extensive surgery on her.
    "No one else would do anything to her because I have no money," Hull said.
    For homeless people like Hull, "their pets might be the only connection they have with sanity," said Peter Wilson, director of humane services for the Humane Society of North Bay.
    The humane society has two funds in place to help low-income pet owners who need help to care for their pets.
    To get help, people should first contact the Humane Society of North Bay and it will review the case and approach local veterinary hospitals, which will decide whether to provide care.
    "It really comes from the goodness of (the veterinarian's) heart," Wilson said. "Brigitte found a person who was willing to help. We ask people who can afford it not to take advantage of the funds, because we don't want to wear out the welcome of local vets."In Bella's case, the cost of her surgery was $1,200. The humane society will donate a portion of the bill, while All Creatures will cover the rest, Linville said.
    "There are not that many options for homeless people with pets," he said.
    Many times, homeless people are left with the option of waiting for the animals to heal on their own, or putting them to sleep at shelters, Linville added.
    Hull has been living in her van for the past two years since she lost her job and was diagnosed with throat cancer.
    "I'm not a bad person," she said. "I'm just unlucky."
    The pit bull that allegedly attacked her is in animal control's custody and will be the subject of a hearing within the next 10 days, said David Sidie, the humane society's animal services director.
    Homeless people with pets also can bring them to a one-day event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 6, at Union Baptist Church in Vallejo, 128 Encerti Ave., for free veterinary services.
    The public can donate to the Humane Society of North Bay funds by visiting www.hsnb.org, and click on "donate," or call (707) 645-7905. To donate specifically for Bella's case, the public should mention Brigitte Hull when making the donation.

    Deputies responding to disturbance kill pit bull

    From Long Beach Press-Telegram

    Sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic violence call shot and killed a pit bull on a property in unincorporated South Whittier, where they arrested a man on suspicion of striking his girlfriend, authorities said today.
    The 911 call from 12016 Carmenita Rd. came in about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. R. Maybury.
    "Deputies responded to the scene and as they entered the house's driveway and yard, they were confronted by a pit bull," he said. "Fearing for their safety the deputies fired several rounds at the dog, striking and killing the animal."
    Deputies then intervened in a domestic abuse situation, arresting a man for allegedly causing his girlfriend injuries to an arm and booking him at the sheriff's Norwalk Station on suspicion of battery, Maybury said.
    A camera crew at the scene reported that the dog belonged to the woman who owns the property and who rented out a room to the couple involved in the domestic dispute. The woman was distraught over the death of her 4-year-old pit bull and said the deputies had overreacted.
    Maybury said the department's Internal Affairs Bureau had been notified about the shooting and the incident would be reviewed at the station level by the lieutenant who supervises the patrol deputies.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Pit-bull attack injures two children

    By David Miller, The Dispatch

    A pit bull attack Saturday in Oktibbeha County left two children injured and one dog dead.
    Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 3:47 p.m. from Katie Riehle of 2796 Self Creek Road that her two sons, ages 4 and 10, were bitten by dogs.
    Deputies were directed to 1210 Charlottes Way, where the dog attacks occurred. Upon arrival, deputies encountered five dogs and had to shoot the most aggressive of the bunch. Three dogs were placed in pens while the fourth ran away. The fourth dog was apprehended when the owners returned home.
    Both children had "numerous bites and scratches" according to an OCSD press release. They were transported to OCH Regional Medical Center. The 10-year-old was later transported to University Medical Center in Jackson.
    OCSD Chief Deputy George Carrithers said Monday he was unsure of the condition of either child.
    OCSD did not release the name of the dogs' owner. The incident is under investigation as OCSD awaits a response from the district attorney about possible charges.
    There will be a hearing in justice court as to the disposition of the dogs, Carrithers said. A date has not been set for the hearing.
    "We've been called about this set of dogs a couple times," Carrithers said. "It's mainly been about the dogs harassing people."
    Oktibbeha County doesn't have any animal-control ordinances, so deputies could not issue citations in the previous incidents.
    Starkville Police Department Animal Control Officer Rick McKee was called by OCSD to assist with transporting the dogs. He said there was blood in the road where the attack occurred.
    McKee transported the dogs to the city where they will remain until a justice court hearing.
    McKee wouldn't comment on the future of the dogs but said he'd recommend the dogs be euthanized if the incident had happened in the city.
    "We deal with pit bulls all the time" McKee said. "By no means are all of them aggressive, but these -- we're monitoring them every day -- have been a little bit unpredictable."

    Related articles:

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    Information Sought About Dog Abandoned In Dumpster

    By Eliot Duke, from WXII

    Thomasville Police Department is looking for any information regarding a puppy that was found wrapped in a plastic bag in a dumpster Friday afternoon.
    Animal Control Officer Jack Bingham said he received a call Friday at approximately 3 p.m. from someone who heard what sounded like a whimpering and whining dog inside a dumpster in front of Dominos Pizza at 120-A W. Main St.
    When Bingham arrived he found the animal wrapped in a white, plastic bag suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. The dog, a pit bull and Labrador mix about six months old, was taken to Davidson County Animal Shelter for treatment, but Bingham said it would have to be put down due to its deteriorating condition.
    “I don’t know how long it went without oxygen,” Bingham said. “We are hoping someone will come forward who knows something about this dog so we can find out what happened and file charges. It’s a shame. I could see it moving when I opened up the dumpster.”
    Bingham thinks the dog couldn’t have been in the dumpster more than 30 minutes simply because he found it alive. He immediately tried to give the animal water but the dog wouldn’t drink it. When it got to the animal shelter, the dog was placed in a cooler in an effort to bring its abnormally high body temperature down. The dog had trouble breathing and was twitching constantly.
    “We tried to help it but had no luck,” said Bingham. “The dog was so warm when I found him. He was burning up. This is definitely a case of animal cruelty.”
    Staff at the shelter continued caring for the brindle-colored puppy throughout the weekend, but the animal didn’t respond to any treatment. The dog couldn’t stand up on its own and “just stared off into space.” The bag the animal was found in appeared to be one used to transport fabric and was not a typical plastic bag.
    “How simple is taking an animal to the animal shelter?” Bingham said. “This is something that could’ve been avoided.”
    A detective has been assigned to the case and anyone with information is asked to call 475-4260. Animal cruelty is a felony in North Carolina.

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    4-year old bitten on face, hand by pit bull

    By Lisa Tipton, Brownwood News

    Brownwood Police responded to Brownwood Regional Medical center regarding a 4-year-old who was bitten on the hand and face by a pit bull.  Police said that the girl was playing with her dog when the other dog came up to attack it.  The little girl’s dog ran off and the pit bull attacked her instead, according to police.  The animal was contained and was picked up by animal control for testing.

    Dog Dumped, Left for Dead in Corridor of Cruelty

    By Ned Hibberd, KRIV

    It is a dumping ground for dead animals in northeast Houston, a zone dubbed the Corridor of Cruelty.
    But volunteers recently found a sole survivor: a dog living among the carcasses.
    They assume the pitbull-mix had been left for dead, perhaps dumped along with the half-dozen other dogs thought to be casualties of breeders or dog-fighting rings.
    “Oh, it was terrible,” recalls Cindi Mayville, a volunteer with Corridor Rescue, Inc. “This was probably because there were so many bodies decomposing that the stench was just overwhelming, worse than anything I’ve ever smelled.”
    Mayville helped rescue the dog, which was 20-pounds underweight and suffering from a broken leg.
    The animal is now named “Polly” and she is recuperating with the help of Corridor Rescue, Inc., a non-profit whose volunteers patrol the worst animal-dumping sites in the corridor.

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    Mother of dog attack victim hits out over Bardot appeal

    By Molly Guiness, The Independent

    The mother of a four-year-old girl who was savaged by a pitbull terrier has hit out at the actress Brigitte Bardot, who has called for the dog's life to be saved.
    The dog, which was handed over to the local council in Boulogne-sur-Mer by its owners, is due to be put down after the savage attack last month that left the child, Carmen, with injuries to her forehead, eyes and ears. Her nose was also badly damaged.
    Despite the attack, Ms Bardot, who runs an animal rights foundation, has said the dog should not be killed, and has written to the town's mayor to criticise its now solitary living conditions
    "We need to release this dog from hell," Ms Bardot told the French newspaper La Voix du Nord. "He's in total isolation; he sees no one."
    But Ms Bardot's concerns for the dog have not gone down well with Carmen's parents. "It's unacceptable," her mother told French media. "[Ms Bardot's] just there to defend the dog and she does not have the right to play down my daughter's injuries. My daughter tells me every day that she looks like a monster."
    The And God Created Woman star argues that, having ended the death penalty for humans, France should not put animals to death, adding in an appeal to the town's mayor that solitary confinement could well send the dog, known as Prince, mad or make it simply give up and die. The mayor has responded to Ms Bardot's letter by inviting her to visit Boulogne-sur-Mer to see for herself the quality of the dog-house.
    The dog's owner - identified only as Johnny - and the parents of its victim, meanwhile, have started legal proceedings against the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA). They say they were not told that Prince had previous form. Last September, under his previous name, Ulk, the dog partially devoured the corpse of his owner, who had died of natural causes.
    The dog's defenders have said that this was a survival instinct, and at the time, police classed him as "necrophagous by necessity".
    On the SPA website, Prince was described as "a good sort, easy to get on with", although it was not advised for people with families. The SPA says it told the new owner about the previous incident, but the owner denies this.

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    Woman Says Vicious Dogs Are Terrorizing Neighborhood

    By Amanda Hara, WTVF

    An East Nashville woman said her family is being held captive in their own home by a pack of vicious dogs.
    Animal Control has been called apparently more than once. Fhonda Jones said agency officials told her that in just one week, they got 50 complaints about the dogs.

    "They are pit bulls and a German Shepard and they look like they've been violently trained by the way they act so viciously," Jones said.

    Jones said two of the dogs seemed to be getting loose from a nearby home, and that the other must be a stray.  She said animal control already had to euthanize another dog that this pack apparently killed in her back yard.
    Jones said her two small grandchildren who live in the home have been chased and attacked multiple times, and she's worried for her family.
    "That they will be bitten that they will be attacked or even killed," she said.
    Across the street, leaders of the Magness-Potter Community Center were also concerned for the 40 children who use the after school program each day.

    "We do have some stray dogs in the neighborhood that's keeping the kids on edge back and forth to the community center and what I'm doing to be proactive is having a different route for the kids to come,"Director Carlos Lowe said.
    Jones said Animal Control left several traps to catch the dogs, but only neighborhood cats were caught inside.

    Dog dies in Staunton, owner investigated

    By Brad Zinn, The News Leader

    A pit bull died after hanging itself Sunday in the 1200 block of Jackson Street, Staunton police said.
    The chained dog slipped through a deck railing.
    The incident remains under investigation by an animal control officer for the Staunton Police Department.
    No charges have been filed.

    Trooper Shoots Loose Dog; Owner Wants Answers

    From WTAE

    Vet Removes Bullet From Sophie In Homer City

    A woman said her dog ran inside her home bleeding after she got out of her run in the yard and was shot by a state police trooper.
    Sophie the pit bull was taken to Frazer Veterinary Group in Homer City to remove the bullet from its leg. Now, her owner says she has a $2,000 bill that police should pay.
    The owner told Channel 4 Action News reporter Ashlie Hardway that she has a gate for Sophie and a run, but family members were visiting the house and may have left the gate open.
    She told Channel 4 Action News reporter Ashlie Hardway that she's hiring a lawyer and wants to know why the trooper fired his gun instead of using a Taser.Police said that a Taser cannot be used on dogs because the prongs don't stay, and the officer did what he felt he needed to because Sophie's ears were back and she was being aggressive.

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    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    "There are hundreds of breeds of dogs that are great pets but don't attack humans"

    "There are hundreds of breeds of dogs that are great pets but don't attack humans".

    That is a quote from Paul Mulshine, a "professional" journalist for the Star-Ledger. (You can read the full article here: http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2011/08/how_about_a_darwin_award_for_t.html)

    In the comments section of the article, I had a back-and-forth with him:

    Me:
    "There are hundreds of breeds of dogs that are great pets but don't attack humans."

    Name one.

    Mulshine:
    7pitowner: Chihuahuas.

    Me:
    Chihuahua attacks boy in Springfield Township, IN

    "... the Chihuahua was on a retractable leash and that her son Owen was riding by on a bicycle at the time of the animal attack. The dog jumped up as he rode by the table and latched on to the boy's lip. She claims that the dog actually hung on her son's lip until it tore off completely."

    http://www.2keller.com/news/chihuahua-attacks-boy-in-springfield-township-in-20081030.cfm

    Try again.

    Mulshine:
    7pitowner: You forgot to include the obituary information for that chihuahua victim. When was the funeral? You know, the ceremony they hold for people attacked by pit bulls.

    Me:

    Let's not take the focus off of your original statement:

    "There are hundreds of breeds of dogs that are great pets but don't attack humans."

    This is, quite simply, a false and misleading statement.
    A more factual statement would be that there are tens of millions of dogs, pit bulls included, that are great pets and don't attack humans.

    If an 8-lb. Chihuahua can rip off a lip, what would you expect an 80-lb. dog could do? Or a 125-lb. dog?

    "...despite all evidence to the contrary, that their dogs aren't dangerous and shouldn't be banned"

    What evidence do you have that my dogs are dangerous? Or the MILLIONS of other pit bulls that live, will live, or have lived their entire lives without hurting anyone or anything?
    The only irrefutable evidence you offer is that the individual dogs mentioned/linked to in your article are/were dangerous.
    When a journalist gets busted for plagiarism or lying does that make all journalists plagiarists and liars?

    "I hereby propose instead of a ban we pass a law requiring heavy jail time for anyone whose dog maims or kills a human"

    I'm with you 100% on this one.
    Include harsh penalties for owners that allow their dogs to attack other dogs or animals, owners that let their dogs run at large, owners that fail to license and vaccinate their dogs, and those owners that neglect or abuse their dogs.
    I'd also like to see certain individuals prohibited from owning dogs that are known to grow to a weight of more than 20 lbs., some prohibited from owning dogs at all, and still others from owning any animal.

    I do not believe, Mr. Mulshine, that you are uninformed, but you are ill-informed and you're passing on information that is as well.

    Mulshine:
    7pitowner: You seem to have a problem with logic. If I say pit bulls are on average more dangerous than other dogs that's like saying Americans are on average taller than the Chinese. It doesn't mean every American is taller than every Chinese person. Similarly pit bulls are on average more dangerous than other dogs. If you can't handle such basic logic, then you are revealing the faulty thought process of the typical pit-bull owner. As for the rest of us, we have no interest in experiencing extra risk because of your fetish.

    Me:
    "If I say ... pit bulls are on average more dangerous than other dogs."

    IF you said.
    You didn't, though.
    What you said was that there are hundreds of dog breeds that do not attack humans.

    When someone says "Pit bulls seem to be the only dogs that attack", then that is a valid statement based on the perception of the viewer.
    When someone says "Pit bulls are the only dogs that attack", then that is outright false.

    Yours is outright false.

    Mulshine:
    7pitowner: Your comment was deleted for distorting what I wrote. Either cite my actual words or do not quote me.


    Paul Mulshine apparently cannot comprehend that he has written a false statement.

    Elderly man attacked by dogs in Zephyrhills

    From WTVT

    An elderly Zephyhills man is fighting for his life after he was attacked by two dogs early Sunday morning.
    John Ashmore, 84, was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. His condition is not known.
    According to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to the 35000 block of Chancey Rd. just before 8 am. When they arrived the found Ashmore had been seriously mauled by the two canines.
    One of the first deputies at the scene shot both dogs after they turned on him. Investigators say one of the animals appears to be a pit bull mix while the other is a boxer mix.
    Ashmore was out for his morning walk when the attack occurred.
    The name of the person who owns the dogs has not been released as the investigation continues.

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    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    Kent County Animal Shelter accidently kills family pit bull hours after dog gets loose

    By Ursula Zerilli, The Grand Rapids Press

    A family’s dog was wrongfully put down last week after a Kent County Animal Shelter worker confused the pet with another dog scheduled for euthanasia at the shelter, a county official said.
    “It’s an awful human error and our staff is emotional, as were the owners,” said Bill Anstey, deputy health officer for the Kent County Health Department. “It is not a good situation.”
    Elizabeth Kuieck and her fiance, Douglas Fasburg were not home when their 13-month-old red-nosed pit bull, Izza, got loose. Within 45 minutes of her being lost, they went to the animal shelter but were told the dog was not there, Fasburg said.
    Hours later a neighbor told them they saw a patrol officer take the dog.
    Assuming the shelter would not put down an animal so quickly without contacting them, Kuieck and their three children excitedly headed back to the shelter, said Fasburg.
    Soon after Fasburg received a phone call from Kuieck saying “Izza was frozen solid with blood on her neck.”
    ”They showed the kids and they were laying on the bed hugging her and kissing her,” Fasburg said.
    Staff workers checked Izza’s microchip, which is placed in a dog’s ear as a means of identification when it is obtained at the shelter as Izza was last December, but had troubles locating the family, Anstey said.
    The dog was placed in a kennel with a similar-looking dog and both had been wearing pink collars and a staff worker brought the wrong dog to the euthanasia room, according to Anstey.
    Anstey said he was not at liberty to talk about the employee who made the mistake, but he did stress the event has taken an emotionally toll on the staff.
    ”We have safeguards in place to prevent this and we are investigating to see if they were all followed,” Anstey said. “The employee that made the error has worked with us for a long time, has a clean track record and she is good at what she does but a mistake happened. We can’t bring the dog back but we wish we could,” Anstey said.
    Fasburg believes the shelter did not go through proper safeguards, especially because they had gone to the shelter twice within hours of Izza being lost. He says they did not receive any phone calls informing them that the animal was at the shelter.
    ”How can you mix up a 13-month-old puppy who is not aggressive with an older dog who supposedly is,” Fasburg questioned. “And then not scan it a second time before killing our dog?
    “Not only does it crush my heart, but my kids’ too. Everybody loved that dog. I’m a grown man and I cried.”
    A friend reached out to the family via Facebook on Friday to give them a 13-week-old pit bull named Lola but she “will never be Izza,” Fasburg said. They also set up a Facebook page in memory of Izza.

    Boy bitten by dog at off-leash park

    By Nick Gardiner, The Recorder & Times

    Brockville Police are attempting to identify the owner of a boxer dog that bit and scratched a nine-year-old boy at the off-leash dog park near the Centennial Youth Arena.
    Sgt. Al Ranger said police received a complaint Friday morning about an incident involving the dog which left the youngster with broken skin.
    "The young lad is fine, other than being a little scratched up," said Ranger.
    He said police are investigating but have not pieced together the details for release to the media.
    On the other hand, he wanted people to be aware of the incident and stressed it involved a boxer and not a breed of pitbull.
    "We are working with (Brockville) animal control in an attempt to identify the dog owner," said Ranger.
    The Recorder and Times received a call late Friday morning from an upset woman named Dorothy who identified herself as the grandmother of the young victim.
    She said the boy was being taken to their family physician for whatever treatment might be necessary to close the wound.
    Dorothy said they were walking her dog at the park and her grandson was not doing anything to provoke the boxer, which attacked for no reason.
    "The off-leash dog park is a good idea, but it's not for aggressive dogs."
    She could not be reached later during the day for an update on the boy's condition.

    Body found in Winter Haven

    By Matthew Pleasant, The Lakeland Ledger

    Devin Mobley found his dog digging Saturday morning in a lot behind his Florence Villa home.
    The puppy tossed up dirt near something Mobley couldn’t quite see. He stepped closer. Flies swarmed and he smelled a wretched scent.
    A swollen foot lay among the overgrown weeds.
    “It was so unreal,” said Mobley, 29, as he caged his pit bull-terrier mix named Comere.
    Winter Haven police said the dog discovered a body in the empty lot at 115 Ave. V N.W. that was possibly dumped there after a homicide this week.
    Investigators blocked off Avenue V in front of the lot as they combed through weeds and interviewed neighbors. They have so far been unable to identify the body or even its gender.
    “It will be a slow and tedious process until the scene is processed,” said Police Chief Gary Hester.
    Neighbors around the lot said they hadn’t noticed anything unusual that would have alerted them to a homicide or someone dumping remains next door.
    The lot is heavily trafficked by people cutting through the neighborhood, said longtime resident Mary Miller as detectives entered her home to interview relatives.
    But usually the neighborhood is relatively quiet.
    “Ain’t nobody get hurt up on this street,” Miller said.

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