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A Rescued Pit Bull Kills a Woman in her 90s Hours After Adoption

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fatal pit bull attack occurred in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the night of May 31, 2017. The family had adopted the dog just hours before the horrific incident. Police officers were contacted about the dog attack at about 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered that the victim was suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where she underwent several surgeries. One of her arms had to be amputated. Sadly, she did not survive the surgeries; she died the following day.

The victim’s daughter said she was in the backyard with the newly adopted pit bull, and she removed the shock and canvas collars. She then realized she had been locked out of the house. When she called her mother, she had fallen and said she couldn’t get up. The daughter broke a window pane with a hammer to get into the home. She says the dog ran past her and began mauling her mother on her arms and then her abdomen and thighs. The daughter tried hitting the dog with the hammer and with a skillet, but the dog was not deterred from attacking. She later said the attack didn’t stop until the elderly woman in her 90s stopped screaming. At one point, the daughter was bitten on the arm.

The dog had previously been in a shelter and identified as a biter. He was rescued and ended up with this family. The new owner said that she had never seen anything like the gruesome attack.

This tragic incident is like so many others, when people are convinced that pit bulls can be perfectly safe for adoption only for disasters like this one to occur.

–Guest Contributor

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An 82-year-old Woman is Brutally Killed by Two Pit Bills

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

English: A 12 year old American Staffordshire ...

English: A 12 year old  American Staffordshire Terrier aka pit bull (FCI registered). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cecille Short, age 82, was walking her dog in an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, neighborhood when she was savagely attacked and killed by two large pit bulls. Her pet didn’t survive, either. The horrific incident occurred on April 6, 2017. When police arrived, they could not render aid because the dogs were still at the scene, behaving aggressively. Officers shot one of the dogs. The other pit bull was injured after being struck by a police vehicle, and then it was taken into custody by animal welfare. Sources said the pit bulls’ owner was out of town when the attack occurred.

The neighbors had been aware of the danger of the two pit bulls for a long time. A letter was circulated around the neighborhood last year by one resident. He was warning everyone about what he referred to as “two vicious animals,” in reference to the pit bulls responsible for the death of Short.

News reporters took pictures of the scene and surrounding area, including the hole where the pit bulls were able to escape their yard.

In August 2016, a similar pit bull fatality occurred in the same city. In that tragic attack, a pack of pit bulls escaped their yard through a hole in the fence. They savagely attacked a 60-year-old man, who died from his injuries two weeks later. The owner of the pit bulls in that case was later charged with second-degree manslaughter.

It is absolutely tragic that people cannot safely walk in their own neighborhoods because of reckless dog owners and dangerous pit bulls. The breed is responsible for a majority of dog bite fatalities, year after year.

–Guest Contributor

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A Pit Bull Relentlessly Attacks a 4-year-old, Causing Serious Injuries

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Español: Pit Bull Terrier Americano Hembra.

Español: Pit Bull Terrier Americano Hembra. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday, January 23, 2017, a 4-year-old boy was playing in a front yard in a Wichita, Kansas, neighborhood when a pit bull approached him and then began viciously attacking him. An adult heard screams and went to the child’s rescue. After the neighbor pulled the dog away, the pit bull broke free and launched a second attack on the preschooler. Officials say the child had injuries all over his body. He has more than 50 lacerations, and two of them are serious. If early expectations about the child’s condition were correct, he will return home by today or tomorrow. The dog is still at large, and city officials aren’t sure whether it’s a stray or owned by a neighbor, though they more strongly suspect the pit bull is a stray.

Just a few days ago, on January 17, two small children were viciously attacked by two or three pit bulls while walking with a group of other children on the way to school. For the 6-year-old boy, it was a fatal pit bull attack. The other victim, a 5-year-old girl, suffered horrific injuries. A would-be rescuer who arrived at the scene didn’t think she had survived because her face was entirely dismembered. Although she was critically wounded, she survived and will need to undergo multiple plastic surgeries.

Typically, owners of dogs that seriously injure or kill get off with little more than what amounts to a slap on the wrist. There was what seems a more fitting outcome as a result of last week’s pit bull attack in Atlanta. The owner of the two pit bulls known to have attacked the children has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter.

If consequences for the actions of dogs more seriously affected their owners, it is doubtful so many people would be injured or killed by dogs in the U.S. Pit bulls in particular are strong, dangerous, relentless, and unpredictable and are known for unprovoked attacks. The breed is too dangerous, since owners aren’t appropriately held accountable for their actions.

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How to Identify a Dog Used for Dog Fighting

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

American Staffordshire Terrier o imieniu Gamba.

American Staffordshire Terrier o imieniu Gamba. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stories often make the news about abandoned dogs that appear to have been used as bait dogs in dogfighting rings. Some groups believe that these tales are often designed to create sympathy and increase donations to pet rescue organizations. There may be a certain level of scamming going on. Unfortunately, however, dogfighting is a very real illegal bloodsport in which animals are treated with horrible cruelty. Those involved often make a lot of money. In addition to keeping the activity clandestine in order to avoid an arrest, things are kept pretty well hidden for financial motivations, as well.

The humane society says dogs involved in dogfighting frequently suffer severe if not fatal injuries. The majority of dogs used in fighting are bred and trained specifically for dogfighting. Such an upbringing involves mistreatment and abuse from puppyhood on.

A dog that has been in fights will usually have deep puncture wounds, severe bruising, and broken bones. Hours or days after being in a dogfight, the dogs often die of shock, dehydration, exhaustion, infection, or blood loss. When a dog won’t fight, he usually becomes a bait dog used in training of fighters. The violence, animal abuse, and suffering involved in this bloodsport is disturbing.

In all 50 states, dogfighting is a felony offense. If someone brings a minor to a dogfight, it is also a felony offense, under federal law. The large profits people get from their involvement in dogfighting made the previous penalty of a misdemeanor ineffective and meaningless.

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Dallas Attorney – Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies Reveal the Truth about Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi)

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 2009, at least ten peer-reviewed studies show that pit bull injuries occur at a higher frequency than all other dog breeds, in level 1 trauma centers. Hospital records reviewed for purposes of a making conclusions were taken from level 1 trauma centers because they are the facilities where patients are often treated when their injuries are severe. The most conspicuous conclusions to be drawn are that pit bulls create the highest need for surgical intervention and they also cause injuries of a higher severity.

A review was conducted of 551 dog bite incidents treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia over a five-year period beginning in 2009. Of the cases in which the dog breed was known, pit bulls were responsible for injuries 51% of the time. Part of the significance of this percentage is that pit bulls only make up about 7% of the dog population in the U.S., at most.

At a trauma center in Atlanta, Georgia, it was found that pit bulls are more than 2.5 times more likely to bite in multiple anatomical locations, as compared with other dog breeds. In addition, pit bull attacks resulted in a higher risk of death, higher injury severity score, and higher costs associated with hospitalization than other breeds.

An important conclusion drawn by a Pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center in Phoenix, Arizona, was that dog familiarity does not confer safety, where pit bulls are concerned. These findings have tremendous relevance in connection with child safety.

The closer anyone looks at the facts related to pit bulls and the injuries and fatalities the breed causes, the more obvious it is that legislation is greatly needed, to protect members of society, including pit bull owners who are unconvinced of the dangers posed by the breed.

–Guest Contributor

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Two Pit Bulls Kill a Toddler in Topeka, Kansas

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsch: American Staffordshier Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On September 24, 2016, Piper Dunbar, became the 20th person in the U.S. to be killed by pit bulls this year. The 2-year-old girl was found dead under a tarp in her front yard. Her death was attributed to an attack by two pit bulls. The dogs belonged to a family friend who was temporarily staying at the residence. According to her father, the toddler fell asleep with him on the couch and went outside after he fell asleep. Initially, the child was reported to be missing. Piper’s father and the dogs’ owner were taken to the Law Enforcement Center in Topeka, Kansas, for questioning. Both of the pit bulls were euthanized by authorities.

In 2015, pit bulls were responsible for 82% of the fatal dog attacks in the U.S. In other words, 28 of the 34 dog bite-related deaths last year were caused by pit bulls. This is an alarming statistic, especially when you consider that, at most, pit bulls make up 7% of the total dog population.

Although the percentage has been higher than usual in the last couple of years, pit bulls have consistently been responsible for at least 60% of all annual dog attack fatalities. This pattern has been recognized in many communities, but getting the breed banned is extremely difficult. Advocates of the dogs are passionate and include most dog behavioral experts, many veterinarians, and other professionals.

Denver has been a model for cities determined to initiate a pit bull ban and keep it in place. Their efforts have been met with consistent opposition, but city officials have managed to continue protecting the public from this unpredictably dangerous breed.

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Dallas Residents Fear they Can’t Avoid a Dog Attack

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antoinette Brown, age 52, was viciously attacked by a pack of loose dogs on May 2, 2016, in southern Dallas. Brown was bitten over 100 times and died from her injuries on May 9. People in the same neighborhood were in the news this week, making it clear that the problem of loose and stray dogs has not been solved. One neighbor recalls hearing the screams of a woman who was seriously injured by loose dogs in July in the same neighborhood where Brown was fatally injured. The dog attack victim was 39-year-old Tamika Batts. She was bitten dozens of times and was injured on her arms, face, and feet. She suffered serious injuries and received extensive hospital treatment.

City officials made promises about doing a better job of controlling the stray population and having dog owners keep their dogs restrained. More resources have been devoted to the cause. The problem is that strays were endangering people in southern Dallas before Brown was killed, when Batts was attacked, and they are still a problem today.

There is speculation about the reasons southern Dallas has more than its fair share of loose dogs. It is a low-income area, many stray dogs are dumped in the area, people abandon their dogs when evicted, and dogs aren’t spayed or neutered as frequently as in other parts of the city.

It has become a common practice for people in southern Dallas to go walking only when they also carry a bat, a large stick, a golf club, or some other means of protecting themselves. The fear of being attacked is very real. One neighbor shared that she has nightmares about being attacked by a pack of dogs. Until the city finds a way to resolve the situation, people are wise to carry weapons when walking.

–Guest Contributor

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Dog Owner Faces Charges after a Cyclist is Viciously Attacked

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A black Great Dane.

A black Great Dane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On September 7, 2016, Chris Carmichael of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was riding his mountain bike near his cabin when two large dogs charged him in a sudden and vicious attack. Before he had a chance to respond to the situation, one dog bit him on the leg and the other bit him on the hand. Carmichael used his bicycle as a shield, but one dog circled around and attacked him in the neck area. He punched the dog’s face, and both dogs ran away. The dog attack victim described the dogs as Great Dane mixes. He contacted authorities and identified the neighboring cabin where the dogs came from when they attacked. Carmichael received medical treatment at a nearby hospital, where he got several stitches. Animal control opened an investigation into the incident. The Humane Society for the area contacted the dogs’ owner. They reported that he has been charged with unlawfully owning a dangerous animal. If the man is found guilty, he faces possible fines. In addition, the dogs may be euthanized.

Carmichael made a statement about the incident. He expressed his hope that others don’t have to go through what he experienced. He said when he thinks about his daughter going through something similar, it makes it tough to sleep at night.

What happened to Carmichael can just as easily happen to anyone in Texas. Every year, an estimated 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. Large breeds can do extreme harm very quickly. Many people lose their lives from dog attacks. So far this year, 24 people have been victims of fatal dog attacks. Nineteen of the fatalities were caused by pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

Becoming a victim of a dog attack can happen anytime. There is plenty of good reason to become familiar with ways to avoid a dog attack and tips on what to do in the event of an attack.

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A 52-year-old Man is Killed by Pit Bull Mixes; Dogs are Released Back to Owner

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in bac...

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in backyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a tragic story out of Honolulu Hawaii, two pit bull mixes killed Crisencio Aliado, age 52, on July 29, 2016. The victim was a homeless man, and his bloodied body was discovered on the bank of a stream. The two pit bull mix dogs were at the scene and were evidently responsible for Crisencio’s death. Police took the dogs into their custody at that time. It was found by the medical examiner that the victim died from multiple bite injuries. The fatal pit bull attack happened behind a local business belonging to the owner of the pit bull mixes. The dog owner said the dogs somehow escaped the warehouse, which is fenced in. A friend of Crisencio said the dog attack victim had been washing his clothing in a stream when the dogs attacked. He also said the deceased was as mild-mannered a person as you could meet. Authorities returned the pit bulls to their owners on August 11.

It can be terrifying to think that dogs found responsible for the death of a human are simply returned to the same person who failed to ensure the safety of the public on at least one tragic occasion. The United States is not the only place where this type of alarming situation occurs.

In news out of The United Kingdom this week, a 52-year-old man was fatally attacked by a dog that had recently been returned to its owner, though concerns had been raised that the dog was dangerous. There is some dispute over the type of dog it was that killed the man, though neighbors of the dog’s owner say it was a pit bull, a breed that has been banned in the UK.

It makes no sense to potentially expose the public to a dog known to have killed a person by releasing the dog back to the same individual who owned the dog when the fatal incident occurred. More than 30 fatal dog attacks have been occurring in the U.S. annually in recent years. Our laws need to change, in order to address this ominous threat.

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Dallas Lawyer – Are Dog Attacks on the Increase Across Texas?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statistics about dog bites in Abilene, Texas, released last month show that dog attacks are on the rise. A story was published and the public was alerted to possible dangers of stray dogs. In Big Spring, Texas, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released information about an alarming increase in dog attacks on mail carriers in the city. Perhaps no city in Texas is facing more controversy than Dallas, however; concerns about stray dogs have been a major focus since the fatal attack on 52-year-old Antoinette Brown by a pack of dogs that occurred in May.

These are three separate cities in Texas that have been compelled to face the fact that dog bites are increasing. Statistics suggest that just about every shelter in every city in the Lone Star State is overcrowded and forced to euthanize more dogs than ever.

Abilene

The Abilene statistics show that the total number of dog bites to humans in 2015 was 215. By June of 2016, there had already been 261 bites to humans. In addition, altercations between dogs came to a total of 71 in 2015; as of June 2016, the number was already 86. The alarming increase in dog attacks has not been explained, but citizens have been provided with suggestions for avoiding a dog attack. For instance, they are urged to know their neighbors in areas where they walk. They are also encouraged to carry objects that can be used as a barrier when walking. Sightings of stray dogs should be reported to Animal Services.

Big Spring

During the four-year period of 2012 through 2015, only two dog bites of mail carriers were reported, according to USPS. In 2016 alone, as of July 16, there have already been four incidents in which mail carriers were bitten. Residents are urged to restrain their pets for the safety of the general public and Big Spring mail carriers.

Dallas

Numerous dog attacks have made the news in Dallas, in addition to the fatal mauling of Antoinette Brown. Recently, it was announced that Brown’s family is seeking a $5 million settlement with the city of Dallas, to avoid a legal battle. The mayor of the city announced that more needs to be done. But even after more resources were put into addressing the issue of stray dogs, reports of dog attacks in the city have continued. Tamika Batts, for instance, was brutally attacked by dogs in Dallas earlier this month.

At the very least, news of a growing number of dog attacks should put the public on alert to take safety precautions. Learn tips for avoiding a dog attack in this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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