Thursday, January 24, 2013

On This Date: January 24


Past posts dated January 24:

2012
2011


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On This Date: January 23


Past posts dated January 23:

2012
  • Dogs bite children in three separate attacks
    A dog attack in Taranaki was one of three around the country yesterday and the Government has promised to kick-start a stalled pledge to investigate laws governing dangerous dogs.
2011


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On This Date: January 22


Past posts dated January 22:

2012
2011


Monday, January 21, 2013

On This Date: January 21


Past posts dated January 21:

2011


Sunday, January 20, 2013

On This Date: January 20


Past posts dated January 20:

2012
2011


Saturday, January 19, 2013

On This Date: January 19


Past posts dated January 19:

2011


Friday, January 18, 2013

On This Date: January 18


Past posts dated January 18:

2012
2011


Thursday, January 17, 2013

On This Date: January 17


Past posts dated January 17:

2011


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

On This Date: January 16


Past posts dated January 16:

2012
2011


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

On This Date: January 15


Past posts dated January 15:

2011
  • Adorable little abominations of nature
    When Bernann McKinney’s black pit bull Booger passed away, she refused to move on and find a new pet. No dog could replace him. So she decided to have him cloned.


Monday, January 14, 2013

On This Date: January 14


Past posts dated January 14

2012
2011


Sunday, January 13, 2013

On This Date: January 13


Past posts dated January 13:

2012
2011


Saturday, January 12, 2013

On This Date: January 12


Past posts dated January 12:

2011


Friday, January 11, 2013

On This Date: January 11


Past posts dated January 11:

2012
  • Four Jailed Over 'Barbaric' Badger Baiting
    Scarborough Magistrates Court heard how a group of six men and a teenage boy encouraged their dogs to dig out and kill two badgers from a sett on farmland at Howsham in January last year.
2011
  • Reward offered for information about dog crippled by fighters
    Pictures captured the severely injured one year old bloodied pit bull discovered in New Orleans East last week. Volunteer animal rescuer, Phylisha Soleto was feeding some wild cats on the street when she spotted the dog in the backyard of a home on Boston Street.
  • Man with knife, pit bull shot by deputy in Arcadia
    A man armed with a knife and accompanied by a leashed pit bull was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy at a park in Arcadia, authorities said.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

On This Date: January 10


Past posts dated January 10:

2012
2011
  • Starving Pit Bulls Found at Suspected Drug House
    An apartment that was suspected of drug production may have also housed an equally sinister crime, Broward Sheriff's Office deputies discovered.
  • Pit Bull Found Dead, Frozen Outside Richmond House Trailer
    Police in Richmond are looking for a woman after a dog was found dead and frozen in the extreme cold. Animal Protection Services also found other dogs inside the woman's house living in deplorable conditions.
  • Alleged dognapper booked
    Carmi police jailed an alleged dognapper following an incident in the 700 block of Sycamore Street late Friday afternoon.
  • Three Maine animal shelters report dog thefts
    Animal shelters in three Maine communities — including Bangor — are seeking help from the public and from police in solving what could be a dog-stealing spree that began on Saturday in West Kennebunk and continued Monday in Augusta and Bangor.
  • Jax Man, Daughter Encounter Pit Bull
    A Jacksonville man and his 9-year-old daughter said they are happy to be alive after nearly being attacked by a pit bull Sunday night.
  • Hamden neighbors up in arms over pit bulls
    Dunbar Hill area residents who feel unsafe walking outside because of recent pit bull sightings are wondering whether they should bear arms to protect themselves.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

On This Date: January 9


Past posts dated January 9:

2012
2011
  • Teen accused of setting fire to pit bull charged again
    Seven months after Baltimore prosecutors dropped gun and drug charges against teenage twins accused of setting fire to a pit bull puppy, one of the young men was arrested again — this time on attempted murder charges.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

How are pit bulls playful and vicious


Every now and then you get a peek into the mind of someone when seeing their search terms.

Today, someone arrived at this blog when they searched "how are pit bulls playful and vicious".

It leads me to believe that the person searching believes all "playful" pit bulls are vicious, and all "vicious" pit bulls are playful. In other words, all pit bulls are vicious.

Pit bulls, like people, have individual personalities. Some are happy-go-lucky, some are mean, some are fearful, some "strut their stuff". Again, like people, their individuality runs the gamut from couch potato to hyperactive, from love everything to hate everything, from Mother Theresa to Adolph Hitler.

Many visitors to this blog are aware of the "vicious" pit bulls because it is those that get the greatest attention in the media, just as the "vicious" people do.

While some good people, being people, get varyingly little amounts of publicity, good pit bulls, being dogs, get extremely less.

Are you a good person? When is the last time the media reported on you?

Sharky, the pit bull pictured above, is one of the good pit bulls, the majority of pit bulls by the way, that gets a little attention in the media now and then thanks to the hard work of his loving owner. I'll bet, however, that most people reading this have never heard of him.

Check out Sharky, his owner, and his many animal friends on YouTube, then remember that more pit bulls are nearer to his demeanor than to the one you read about in the news today.

Even more imporant to remember is that as a pit bull owner, YOU make the difference in the dog!



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Manly City Council upholds pit bull ban


By Mary Pieper, from Globe Gazette

The Manly City Council Wednesday voted to uphold its ban on pit bulls.

Pit bull owners who were sent letters about the ban now have until Monday to remove their dogs from the city.

A number of citizens came to the meeting to speak on the issue, both for and against the ban.

Yvonne Meyer said she didn’t know the town had a pit bull ban when she moved to Manly with her 7-year-old pit bull a year and a half ago.

“Pit bulls can be nice dogs,” she said.

Collier Marinos said banning a particular breed is like not allowing Mexicans in town because of drug dealers in Mexico.

He said a puppy, like a human baby, “knows nothing of the violence of the world.”

He said owners are responsible for how their dogs are raised.

Marinos said the ban tells him that city officials “don’t trust our residents.”

He said Manly already has a vicious animal ordinance and a leash law, and that should be enough.

However, Rick Aguilera noted the vicious animal ordinance doesn’t go into effect until someone is attacked.

“Are we going to wait until someone is torn up?” he asked.

Aguilera, who used to be a mail carrier, said he had to use pepper spray to defend himself from pit bulls on his route.

The ban on pit bulls was passed in 2008 after an incident in which a pit bull terrier threatened two children by backing them against a fence.

“The council didn’t just pull it (the ban) out of the air,” said council member Scott Heagel, noting Manly residents requested it.

However, the ordinance was not enforced, according to Mayor Kevin Isaacson.

The council revisited the ordinance in April and decided against rescinding it.

The issue came up again in November, when letters were sent to pit bull owners telling them they had 10 days to remove them from the city limits.

After the pit bull owners came to a city council meeting that month to protest, the council decided to table the discussion. The topic was back on the agenda Wednesday.

Heagel said he talked to 20 people in town who said the council should enforce the ordinance. Two others he spoke to didn’t care either way.

Heagel said an 88-year-old man in Ventura recently spent a week in the hospital in Rochester, Minn., after his daughter’s pit bull attacked him.

“That dog shredded him,” he said.

The vote to uphold the ban was 3-0, with Heagel, Buck Leake and Joe Ryan voting in favor of the ban. Council members Lon Badker and Ron Post were absent.



Pit Bull Sentenced to Death in Horse Attack Will Get Federal Court Hearing




By Jay Barmann, from SFist

Remember Charlie, the two-year-old pit bull/Staffordshire terrier that attacked the National Park Service police horse at Crissy Green over the summer and was subsequently given a death sentence by Animal Care & Control? Well, five months and a Causes.com campaign later, the dog remains alive and in the city's custody, and Charlie's owner David Gizzarelli still has not relinquished custody. Now Gizzarelli's lawyer has gotten them a hearing in U.S. District Court on January 11, at which point he will argue that the city's practice with regard to judging and sentencing problem animals is unconstitutional because it's all done by a single investigator.

The incident that started it all happened on August 6 when Charlie was running around off-leash at Crissy Field and spotted his first horse, Stoney, with Park Policeman Howard Levitt astride it. Charlie then chased and attacked the horse, biting the horse's stomach and locking on to a rear leg and caused the horse to throw off its rider. The dog then chased the horse around a stable until the horse eventually kicked him. Then Animal Car & Control had to come and get the freaked out dog, and he's been in lockup ever since.

The Examiner reports that Gizzarelli has also been collecting donations via Causes to help fight this case, though he won't say how much he's collected. The city now says that Charlie can live if Gizzarelli will relinquish custody and allow Charlie to go to a rescue organization. He still contends the city should never have held the dog captive all this time.



Baltimore City Officer Fatally Shoots Family Pit Bull In The Head


A Baltimore City family is outraged after they say a Baltimore City cop shot and killed their beloved dog.

By Rochelle Ritchie, from CBS Baltimore

The family says police were chasing a suspect through their yard when the dog ran out of the home and started barking. They believe what happened next was because of a stereotype about pit bulls.

The Fields family now has a different idea of what it means to protect and serve after they say their dog Kincaid was shot several times by the gun of a Baltimore City cop.

“He wasn’t just our dog. He was our family,” said Stacey Fields, dog owner. “It’s a horrible thing seeing your dog that you love laying on the ground dead and bloody.”

Fields says several officers were chasing a suspect through the alley when the suspect made a b-line for their yard.

Kincaid ran out of his home, barking into the backyard at the commotion.

“He was sitting on the porch. One cop was there and another was there, and the kid was in the basement,” Edward Augustine described.

The Fields family says the suspect ran down into their basement, and the cop was standing at the top of the steps with his gun drawn. They say before the suspect was placed in handcuffs, their dog was dead.

“He said ‘Get your dog, sir.’ I said ‘I got him.’ That officer turned for no reason and shot six times,” Augustine said.

Kincaid was shot three times, twice in the head.

His blood stains are still visible in the yard.

“He was just barking like ‘Hey, what are doing in my yard? Who are you?’” Fields said.

The family believes because of their dog’s breed, the 3-year-old pit bull mix was profiled as a vicious dog.

“If it was a Cockapoo or a Chihuahua it probably wouldn’t have happened,” Fields said.

A court ruling last summer went so far as to label pit bulls inherently dangerous.

The family doesn’t expect justice for Kincaid’s death. They only hope that a dog’s duty to protect and serve won’t end in what they call a senseless loss.

“If he had pulled his mace, Kincaid would still be here,” Fields said.

Baltimore City police say the dog was shot because he charged at the officers.

Maryland lawmakers will discuss the controversial decision to label pit bulls as inherently dangerous next session.



Young woman admits to pit bull cruelty in Sterling Heights


By Jameson Cook, from Daily Tribune

A 19-year-old woman blamed starvation of her two pet pit bulls on being overwhelmed while living on her own and feared that they would be “put down” if she gave them up.

A soft-spoken Lisa Marie Precourt made the comments during and after she pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, one resulting in death, in 41A District Court in Sterling Heights.

After she admitted she failed to feed the American Pit Bull Terriers, Judge Michael Maceroni pressed her on her explanation.


“I just had a hard time struggling taking care of myself and then I took on the responsibility of both dogs knowing I should have sought help a while ago,” she told the judge. “One thing I was afraid of was them both being put down or something happening to them.”
She did not have a lawyer but was accompanied by her grandmother and a young man.

She said after the hearing that “Kilo” and “Chaos” were important to her. She said she inherited Kilo from her father and obtained Chaos over craigslist.

“I was afraid of giving up my dogs because that’s all I really had,” she said.

She surrendered the emaciated dogs Nov. 18 to Detroit Bully Corps, an Ann Arbor-based pit bull rescue group. Kilo was renamed “Angel,” but died four days later from complications; cloth and plastic that she ate were found in her stomach. Chaos, renamed “Shiner,” survived and is thriving under the care of DBC, spokeswoman Michelle Spranger said.

Precourt was charged Dec. 7 and released on bond.

The plea was taken in front of about 25 animal rights enthusiasts, many of them associated with DBC. Also represented was a handful of other rescue groups, including Rochester Hills-based Animal Aid Foundation. The case gained traction from the public with the help of a Facebook page, “Angel & Shiner’s Journey.”

DBC president Bill Bellottie said he wished Precourt would have been charged with a felony but said he is “happy with the outcome” and realizes she has faced life challenges. She said she was adopted at 11 and was living on her own, attending Baker College and working two jobs, after graduating from Eisenhower High School. She has since moved in with her grandmother in Shelby Township.

“We understand and we identify with the fact that she didn’t have a good upbringing and didn’t have a good support system,” he said. “So now it’s our job as a community, as lawmakers to be her parents, to teach her what it is needed to be a moral and objective citizen.”

The death charge is punishable by up to one year in the Macomb County Jail and the second charge is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Assistant Macomb prosecutor Dana Goldberg said she didn’t have a position on jail time but requested she be sentenced to the full two years or probation, during which she could not own an animal.

Goldberg requested a presentence investigation after Precourt asked that she be punished under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act in which her convictions would be erased if she successfully completes a probationary period.

She also suggested community service and $5,000 in restitution, although Bellottie said he hopes she will be ordered to perform community service with his organization to work off the restitution and absorb important lessons, especially if she hopes to become a mother someday.

“I believe she is starting to understand the gravity of the situation,” he said. “That’s what my true hope is, to help her and really able to teach her through working with our animals and getting a proper education on how to care for them, how two deal with them, more or less through moral osmosis learn they are living things that depend on care and learn that before she has children.”

No sentencing date was set.



Chattanooga shelter offers to neuter pit bulls


From WATE

A Chattanooga animal shelter says it wants to reduce the number of unwanted pit bulls in the area so it is offering owners free surgeries to spay or neuter their dogs.

Karen Walsh, the executive director of the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center, tells WDEF-TV that 42 percent of all the animals seen at the shelter each year are pit bull breeds.

Walsh said shelter officials aren't trying to ban the breed, but rather offer the service to reduce the number that end up the shelter. Walsh said the breed can often be mischaracterized as aggressive, but owners do need to raise their dogs properly.

Walsh said the shelter will perform the surgeries on 1,000 dogs for free and has already completed about 800.



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Three pit bulls tear into family dogs, send girl to hospital after attack in Calgary off-leash park


Pomeranian euthanized, Great Pyrenees badly injured, 13-year-old with severe bite on hand

By Bryce Forbes, from The Province

A family is devastated after a pack of three pit bulls “ripped” apart one dog, severely injured another and sent one of their children to hospital.

Scott McDowell said his 13-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son were walking their dogs, a Pomeranian named Patrick and a Great Pyrenees named Max, in an off-leash dog park near Millican-Ogden outdoor swimming pool in southeast Calgary.

On Monday afternoon, they came across three pit bulls that were on leashes being handled by one man.

McDowell’s dogs approached the pit bulls and were attacked.

“They [the pit bulls] went nuts,” McDowell said.

His daughter suffered a severe bite to her hand while trying to separate the animals. The owner of the pit bulls tried to get the dogs away, but couldn’t control all three, McDowell said.

“The owner of the other three dogs would pull one dog off, and maybe another, but he had to let them go to grab the third and they’d pounce back on,” he said.

In the end, the Pomeranian endured three deep holes in the chest cavity and was later put down.

The Great Pyrenees, which received 16 stitches, remains in animal hospital and has already accumulated veterinarian bills of $2,000.

The man walking the other three dogs, Stephen Jaquish, says he owns one of the pit bulls and was dog-sitting the other two.

He said it was horrible to watch the attack, and suggests his dogs were provoked.

“My son is in tears,” Jaquish said. “They lost their dog and my son is losing his dog, too — a dog who would never hurt anybody. She’s being deemed dangerous, but I think she was just protecting like any other dog would do.”

McDowell does not blame the breed of dogs, but rather an owner who could not properly handle three large canines.

“He went to the dog park thinking he could handle all three, and he couldn’t,” he said.

“I’m just thankful that my kids weren’t hurt any more than they were.”

He said his daughter would likely need stitches to fix the wound. His son was uninjured.

The pit bulls have been seized by Animal Services and will likely undergo behaviour testing to see whether they should be returned to the owner or euthanized.

A City of Calgary spokesperson said representatives from Animal and Bylaw Services could not be reached for comment Tuesday.