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A Chained Dog Gets Loose and Viciously Attacks a Boy

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

My Dog Abby, taken by me in my back yard.

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In Carroll County, Indiana, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, a dog neighbors say is always chained in its yard was loose and brutally attacked an 8-year-old boy. The dog attack victim’s 12-year-old neighbor Raven McMurtie saw what was happening in the field near her home, went outside, and let out a scream that frightened the dog away. McMurtie said she immediately began crying and praying for her friend, whose arm was hanging, as though broken, and he had blood all over.

According to McMurtie’s mother, who also witnessed the dog attack, the dog was shaking the boy, dropping him, and shaking him again. They ran to his aid and found that the injuries went to the bone in at least three places.

McMurtie credited the boy with being tough and brave, assuring her that he was fine. The boy was quickly transported to a nearby hospital with what police said were serious arm injuries.

During an investigation of the incident, the attacking dog behaved aggressively toward a police officer, who shot the dog in the chest. The animal was transported by Clinton County animal control to a vet in a nearby city. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days, to watch for signs of rabies.

Other neighbors spoke about the dog. They said the dog has never been seen running free. It is kept chained all the time, and several people have reported that the dog often didn’t have food or water.

Reports have been done that indicate dogs are more dangerous after being cruelly chained for long periods of time. According to the State of Texas HB 1411, it is against the law in Texas to chain or tether a dog except in strict circumstances.

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4 Pit Bulls Maul a 92-year-old World War II Veteran to Death – Part 17

Friday, March 25th, 2016

English: A view of MTA Maryland's Johns Hopkin...

English: A view of MTA Maryland’s Johns Hopkins Hospital train platform for the Metro Subway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Thurston County, Washington, on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 92-year-old Gladys Alexander entered a neighbor’s home, which was a routine practice, and was mauled by a pack of pit bull mix dogs. The neighbor, who had been running errands, returned home while the dogs were still attacking the elderly woman. She managed to quickly restrain the dogs, and then she called 9-1-1. Alexander was quickly airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, a nearby hospital. According to the victim’s son, his mother suffered severe injuries to her skull, a broken arm, a broken leg, and the loss of a lot of blood as a result of the dog attack. She was facing amputation of two extremities before succumbing to her injuries on March 8.

Shouldn’t it be shocking to the public that five people have been killed by pit bulls this year so far? An additional dog bite fatality was caused by a Labrador-shepherd mix. Last year, 28 people were killed by pit bulls, which was 82% of all dog attack fatalities and the highest death count on record so far for pit bulls. Implausibly, instead of people grabbing their proverbial pitchforks, the voice of pit bull advocacy usually takes center stage.

A collection of quotes by physicians and surgeons was collected for an information page entitled “Safety Before Pit Bulldogs.” The following sums up some of the statements made about pit bulls by doctors who encounter victims of pit bull attacks in the course of their work:

  • Andrew Fenton, M.D., an emergency department physician, said that he has seen countless patients who had been bitten by a dog. Pit bulls were invariably responsible for the most brutal and vicious attacks. Dr. Fenton said a study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia showed that more ER visits are because of pit bulls than all other breeds combined.
  • Patrick Byrne of Johns Hopkins Hospital said that only pit bulls and Rottweilers cause certain types of horrific injuries, including ripping off victims’ scalps. She said surgeons have had to develop new methods for mending victims. The victims are still left with scars, after the highly expensive surgeries.

Learn more about savage attacks by pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, and Part 16 of this ongoing series.

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A Dog Bites Off a Woman’s Fingertip in San Antonio, Texas – Part 7

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

English: Quick cloning edit of Image:Greenland...

English: Quick cloning edit of Image:Greenland dog upernavik 2007-06-02.jpg. Français : Lulo, un chien Groenlandais à Upernavik, au Groenland. Lulo est le seul chien groenlandais utilisé comme animal de compagnie à Upernavik. Il lui arrive de rentrer dans la maison pour un cours laps de temps. Après, il a trop chaud. Image retouchée depuis l’original. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

No one knows better than animal control officers that dog bites are a potential hazard. In recent news, an animal control officer was bitten in the face by a dog. She had responded to a call about an aggressive dog and became a victim. Help arrived at the scene quickly, and she was transported to a hospital and later to a plastic surgeon. It will be determined whether or not plastic surgery is needed.

In other U.S. news this week, a postal worker was on his route when he was bitten by a dog. Fortunately, the bite was “minimal.” There are many postal workers and other dog bite victims who can vouch for the fact that dog attacks can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Every year there are reports regarding how many postal workers in the U.S. were injured or threatened by a dog the previous year. Sadly, Texas is typically a leader among states with the most postal workers threatened or harmed by dogs.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this seven-part series.

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A Dog Bites Off a Woman’s Fingertip in San Antonio, Texas – Part 4

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier. Español...

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

Another serious dog attack occurred on Sunday in East Palatka, Florida. A 3-year-old boy was bitten by a pit bull belonging to his grandmother. The child was outside with the dog, playing next to it. Suddenly the dog bit into the boy’s skull, nearly severing his left ear. He was flown by medical helicopter to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. A trauma alert was issued by emergency medical personnel, and no other news about his condition has been released. The grandmother told police that the same dog had previously bitten one of her other grandchildren. Putnam County Animal Control took control of the dog, and she told them she doesn’t want the dog back. The Sheriff’s Office found no prior police records showing that the dog had bitten someone. The grandmother also said the boy may have hit the pit bull with one of his toy trucks, causing the violent reaction. This is just another example of pit bulls being beloved pets that can suddenly do unimaginable harm.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this ongoing series.

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A Dog Bites a Woman’s Fingertip Off in San Antonio, Texas – Part 2

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Stray dogs

Stray dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

Approximately one-third of all liability claims among homeowners involve dog bites or injuries related to the actions of dogs. According to recent reports, the average cost per dog bite claim is $32,072. Dog liability insurance is available for anyone who wants to ensure that they are covered, in the event of having a frightful encounter with a dog.

There have been many occasions when the neighbor to a dangerous dog owner knew they were in danger because the dog would often be seen running loose. Last year, one woman was killed by pit bulls she was extremely afraid of and had reported to authorities; she had been checking her mailbox at the time of the fatal attack.

There are many stories of people in Texas neighborhoods being terrorized by at large dogs, and animal control services do not always manage to round up the animals. In fact, in some regions, it is common for stray dogs to become a problem of epidemic proportions. Insurance against bites makes a lot of sense for people in these kinds of situations.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in Part 1 and this ongoing series.

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