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After a Vicious Dog Attack, a Pit Bull Owner in Galveston is Charged with a Felony

Posted on February 8th, 2018

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On January 23, 2018, a woman was brutally attacked by a pit bull at the Club of the Isle apartments in Galveston, Texas. She was carrying her dog and stepped out of an elevator. A tan and white pit bull immediately charged her. She held her dog over her head, and the pit bull bit the woman on the calf and the thigh. A witness briefly distracted the pit bull, but the dog bit the woman on the leg again. Another witness drove up, let the woman and her dog into his truck, and then took her to the University of Texas Medical Branch. According to a related affidavit, the woman had two surgeries and has more scheduled. Officers with the Galveston Police Department arrested the pit bull owner on February 2 and charged him with attack by dog resulting in serious bodily injury, which is a felony.

Another witness reported to police officers that the owner of the dog came out of an apartment nearby after the attack, and he captured the dog. The owner said that the dog had run past him when he opened his apartment door.

Galveston police officers identified the pit bull owner and discovered that the dog had a history of violence, dating back to 2013. The investigation revealed that a person had been attacked in a 2013 incident. On another occasion, the pit bull broke through a window and killed another dog. In a recent attack, which occurred at the same Galveston apartment complex, another resident was attacked by the dog on December 27, 2017.

The 59-year-old pit bull owner initially told police he was unaware his dog was dangerous or aggressive. But later, he allegedly admitted that the pit bull had attacked both humans and dogs. He agreed to having the dog killed, and the pit bull was euthanized, according to the head of the city’s animal control division, Galveston Police Sgt. Joel Caldwell.

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A Toddler in Oklahoma and a Woman in Louisiana are Killed by Pit Bulls in early January 2018

Posted on January 24th, 2018

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In 2017, a total of 29 people in the U.S. died as a result of pit bull attacks. Sadly, the horrific trend continues. The first two pit bull fatalities in 2018 occurred before mid-January. The victims of the fatal pit bull attacks were 53-year-old Laura Ray of West Monroe, Louisiana, and 3-year-old Rylee Dodge of Duncan, Oklahoma.

Ray was working at a pet boarding facility when a pit bull mauled her to death on January 9. At approximately 11 p.m., deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to the pet boarding establishment on Smith Street in West Monroe. Scotty Robinson, Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, said the awful scene was horrific. The deputies who responded to the call found that Ray had been critically injured, and she did not survive the savage pit bull attack. The previous owner of the pit bull had signed a document saying the dog did not have a history of aggression. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took custody of the pit bull, and the dog was euthanized. Ray was the mother of five children.

Rylee’s father had acquired the pit bull that killed her just five days before the deadly attack on January 14. The dog was kept in the fenced yard. The 3-year-old’s father left her with her grandmother and got a call approximately 20 minutes later. The man quickly returned home and discovered his mother laying on the pit bull and his daughter lifeless. The grandmother said Rylee had opened the front door to play with the pit bull. The dog attacked Rylee as soon as she opened the door. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the child’s cause of death was multiple blunt force and sharp injuries to her neck and head. Although the manner of death was ruled an accident, sources say criminal charges are pending.

Tragically, year after year, pit bulls are responsible for more fatal dog attacks than all other breeds put together and little to nothing is done, as far as new legislation to provide protection from this clear threat.

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In December 2017 Alone, 7 People are Killed by Dogs in the U.S.

Posted on January 10th, 2018

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An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dog attacks are a real threat and yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t even track dog deaths anymore. DogsBite.org is a website that tracks fatal dog attacks and highlights obvious dangers, one of which is the pit bull breed. In December 2017 alone, seven people in the U.S. were killed by dogs. In addition, throughout the year, there were at least 29 fatal pit bull attacks. Clearly, man’s best friend can and does kill people. About half the time, on average, fatal dog attack victims are the owners of the attacking dogs.

The following are some basic details about the seven dog attack fatalities that occurred in December 2017:

On December 1, Korbin Williams, age 8, of Gaffney, South Carolina, was killed by three mixed-breed dogs as he was walking with a friend near a local school. The other child was bitten on the leg and was able to escape and run for help. Korbin had multiple bites all over his body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The dogs belonged to a neighbor and attacked the boys after crawling underneath their fence and escaping their yard. No criminal charges are anticipated.

On December 7, 24-year-old Emily Colvin of Section, Alabama, was savagely attacked and killed by a pack of five pit bulls that belonged to a neighbor. A relative who tried to rescue her was also attacked. By the time local sheriff’s deputies arrived at about 9 am, Emily was already dead. It was described as a horrific scene. A criminal charge of negligent homicide against the dogs’ owners is expected.

On December 11, 77-year-old Dorothy Ford of Alsip, Illinois, was killed at her home by a six-year-old family pit bull. She was discovered dead on her backyard deck. Police officers also described this scene as horrific. This was the family dog since a puppy, and there will be no criminal charges.

See more details about December dog attack fatalities in the second part of this two-part series.

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A 22-year-old Woman in Virginia is Horrifically Killed by her Two Pet Pit Bulls

Posted on December 27th, 2017

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Bethany Lynn Stephens, age 22, was found dead in a horrific scene at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, in a wooded area near her father’s home in Goochland County, Virginia. She had gone on a walk with her two pit bulls the day before and hadn’t returned. The dogs were with Stephens’ body and exhibited behaviors that have sent shockwaves across the world. Investigators have verified that the pit bulls were unquestionably responsible for her death. Sheriff Jim Agnew had permission from Stephens’ family; and he released graphic photos of the gruesome scene where Stephen’s body was found, which was unprecedented.

Members of the community suggested foul play in Stephens’ death, including the claim that there had been death threats against her. Although investigators say they are looking into those threats, there has been allegedly conclusive evidence that the dogs caused her death.

Stephens’ clothes had been shredded from her body, and the only article of clothing remaining was one boot. She had extensive wounds on her chest, face, and arms. The bites were found to be consistent with dog bites, not a larger animal.

Stephens had raised the dogs from the time they were puppies. They were littermates. Although she had shown a great deal of affection for the dogs and had raised them to live inside the home with her, in recent times, the dogs were caged outside on her father’s property. The dogs were euthanized on December 16.

The nature of this fatal pit bull attack is sensational, and it has garnered a great deal of attention from pit bull advocates who insist that the dogs were not to blame and the breed is no inherent threat.

Statistics tell a different story. Pit bulls are responsible for the clear majority of all fatal dog attacks every year, and no other breed comes anywhere close to being as deadly. This year alone, pit bulls have killed 28 people.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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Pit Bulls Kill 1 Person in Illinois and 2 in Alabama within 13 Days

Posted on December 13th, 2017

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On December 11, 2017, a 77-year-old woman from Illinois became the third person within a two-week period in the U.S. to be killed by pit bulls. Dorothy Ford of Alsip, Illinois, was savagely attacked by her own dog in her backyard. A man who had been taking his own dog for a walk saw the horrific scene and called 9-1-1. When police arrived, the dog was behaving aggressively. An officer shot and killed the dog. They attempted to render aid to Ms. Ford, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The pit bull had been the family pet for six years. Alsip Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Schuldt expressed the difficulty of witnessing the tragic scene, along with condolences to the family. He stressed that the pit bull was obviously well cared for and well fed, to offset claims by pit bull advocates that when the breed attacks, it’s because of mistreatment of some kind.

Twenty-four-year-old Emily Mae Colvin of Jackson County, Alabama, was killed by a pack of pit bulls belonging to a neighbor on the morning of December 7. When the five dogs began attacking Ms. Colvin, she was on the phone with a friend. Her friend went to her aid and was also viciously attacked. The friend survived and was transported to a hospital with arm and leg injuries. When deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Ms. Colvin was found dead at the scene. According to Jackson County authorities, criminal charges can be expected against the owner of the pit bulls, possibly negligent homicide, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

On Wednesday, November 28, 46-year-old Tracy Lynn Cornelius of Marshall County, Alabama, was killed by a pack of dogs, and one was a pit bull mix. Ms. Cornelius had been in a relative’s yard when the fatal pit bull attack occurred. Valeria Hinojosa was the first person attacked, and she suffered severe injuries. Ms. Cornelius was killed trying to save Ms. Hinojosa, who was transported to a hospital in Huntsville. As yet, no charges have been filed against the dogs’ owner. The pit bull involved in the deadly attack reportedly roamed the area for several hours and was later shot and killed by authorities.

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