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A 3-Week-Old Baby is Killed by the Family Husky-German Shepherd Mix

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Deutsch: Husky

Deutsch: Husky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 29, 2017, in Bangor Maine, a three-week-old baby was attacked by the family dog, a husky-German shepherd mix. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died on August 6. Detective Sgt. Brent Beaulieu of Bangor said that at about 5:30 a.m., the attack occurred. The infant had been in a bassinet and his parents were in the room, along with the family dog. When the parents woke up, they discovered that the dog was attacking their son. They were visiting with relatives at the time. According to the parents, the dog had never been aggressive before. The dog was euthanized. The identity of the parents and the infant have not been revealed. No details were provided about the injuries the baby suffered.

According to DogsBite.org, there have been seven deaths similar to this one in the U.S. since 2005, where a husky dog attacks an infant in a crib or infant seat. There has been a total of 13 fatal Husky dog maulings since 2005, as well. The following are some examples of what happened in the cases of these other fatalities:

  • In 2012, a 2-day-old baby boy was laying in a baby carrier on the floor of the home, and the mother left the room briefly. While she was gone, the husky bit the baby on the head, killing him.
  • In 2010, an 11-day-old baby boy was in a car seat in his parents’ bedroom when the family’s husky fatally bit the baby on the head.
  • In 2009, a 3-week-old baby was pulled from her bed by the family husky. The dog dragged and mauled the child. The infant had been laying on the bed with her twin sister when the mother stepped away briefly. The other baby was unharmed.

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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.

–Guest Contributor


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A 79-year-old Florida Man Dies Days after a Vicious Pit Bull Attack

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing at Fle...

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing at Fletcher Elementary School, Serra Mesa neighborhood, San Diego, California. Poncho was very people-friendly, cat-friendly, and dog-friendly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Palm Coast, Florida, on February 19, 2017, 79-year-old James E. Bennett was walking his Yorkshire terrier in his neighborhood complex when a pit bull mix brutally attacked them. Bennett tried to protect his dog, to no avail. His dog was killed and he was severely injured on his right arm. Bennett was hospitalized and later released. He died of a cardiac episode at his home a few days later, on February 24. Witnesses of the brutal scene on February 19 included owners of the attacking dog and a bystander, and details were provided and corroborated.

Helena Karnani, age 58, told the sheriff’s department that she had been walking her pets with her husband when the leash on their 2-year-old pit bull mix broke. The dog began running around and her husband was unable to catch up to him. The pit bull mix immediately charged Bennett and his small dog, once he saw them.

Bennett picked up his dog as the threatening dog approached, and the pit bull mix lunged while still running at them. The dog bit the Yorkie on her back and bit Bennett’s right arm at the same time. According to Karnani, Bennett began hitting the attacking dog with his left hand. The large dog relentlessly lunged until Bennett was knocked to the ground. Bennett lost his grip on the Yorkie. The pit bull quickly snatched up and viciously mauled the small dog.

The pit bull mix was finally brought under control. When police arrived, they found that the Yorkshire did not survive and Bennett was severely wounded. He was taken by ambulance to Florida Hospital Flagler. Bennett’s wife, Sandra, briefly lost consciousness during an anxiety attack at the scene and was taken to the hospital in a second ambulance.

The Karnanis’ voluntarily surrendered their pit bull mix to be euthanized by the humane society.

Bennett returned home after being hospitalized, and it was at home that he suffered an apparent heart attack and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the only breeds known to attack in ways similar to what occurred in this tragic incident. Other dogs may bite or attack resulting in death, but no other dogs relentlessly attack and tear at people’s flesh in this and far worse ways. Pit bulls are like wolves in sheep’s clothing, killing one person in the U.S. approximately every two weeks over the past several years. In fact, an elderly man in California died on February 28, 2017, as a result of a pit bull attack that had occurred earlier in the month. It’s past time to ban the breed.

–Guest Contributor


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Texas Civil Court Judge Awards a Dog Attack Victim $5.1 Million

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

Joe Mooring was walking to work early one morning in Bryan, Texas, on November 3, 2015, when he was brutally attacked by two pit bulls. Neighbors called 9-1-1 and officers quickly responded, which is most likely what saved Mooring’s life. The officers rescued him from the dogs and then immediately saw that he had arterial bleeding on his arm. They stopped the bleeding with a tourniquet. Everything was caught on the dash cam of the police vehicle.

Mooring was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he underwent numerous surgeries. Early on, it was reported that he had already had five surgeries. One re-routed a muscle from his back down his arm. Numerous skin graphs were done to get his wounds closed.

As a result of the pit bull attack, Mooring has permanent nerve damage where tendons were severed in his right forearm and his right leg. He is no longer able to work. He says he doesn’t recall the attack, perhaps due to loss of blood. Mooring was hospitalized for a month and had six surgeries total. Medical bills amounted to $450,000-plus.

The pit bulls were put down, with the cooperation of the owners.

A lawsuit was brought against the owners in this case, and it was announced in January 2017 that a judge in Bryan has ordered the dogs’ owners to pay Mooring $5.1 million, having found them to be at fault. When the case was filed, it claimed that the dog owners failed to protect the victim’s safety, failed to control and confine the dogs, and failed to train them or handle them properly so that they would cease an attack upon voice commands.

Neighbors reported that before this horrific attack occurred, the dogs were known to be vicious.

Seldom does a victim of a dog attack receive appropriate recompense for damages, though it’s tough to make up for loss of both health and employability.

–Guest Contributor


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A Child is Killed and another Critically Injured in a Pit Bull Attack

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

At about 7:20 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, two children were viciously attacked by pit bulls as they were on the way to school with a group of other children. At least two pit bulls suddenly began attacking a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Some of the other children tried to rescue the two, and one of the would-be rescuers suffered minor injuries. Adult neighbors also tried to intervene, but the damage had already been done. The 5 and 6-year-old were quickly transported to Egleston Hospital. The boy was transferred to a trauma unit at Grady Hospital, where he later died. The 5-year-old girl’s face was described as being completely dismembered. In spite of the severity of her injuries, she has been reported as being in stable condition at Egleston.

Two of the pit bulls known to be involved in the horrific attack lived about a block away from the deadly scene. A third pit bull belonging to someone else is suspected to have possibly been involved. One of the pit bulls that was known to be one of the aggressors was shot and killed by a police officer. Animal control officers took custody of the two others.

The owner of the pit bulls from a block away was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct.

There have been communities that had commonsense responses to fatal pit bull attacks. Public leaders have on occasion been swayed to take steps to prevent further fatalities by this dangerous breed. Breed-specific legislation can ban pit bulls in a community, but it is difficult to achieve. Lawmakers have to be staunchly dedicated to overcome the tide of opposition from pit bull advocates.

What is much more typical is what DogsBite.org reports seeing signs of in this tragic case in Atlanta. Measures have already been taken to garner sympathy for the pit bulls and to defend the breed while laying total blame on the dogs’ owners and disregarding the tragedy of one child’s life being lost and another being maimed for life.

This is the first pit bull fatality in the U.S. in 2017. Last year, 21 people were victims of fatal pit bull attacks. In 2015, 28 people were killed by pit bulls. This comes to an average of 1 person killed by a pit bull approximately every two weeks. This statistic alone should be enough to move state legislators and local officials to take action to protect the public and even pit bull sympathizers from the obviously dangerous breed.

–Guest Contributor



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A Pit Bull Rejects Christmas Sweater and Mauls its Owners

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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

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

In a story out of Tampa, Florida, breed-specific traits common to pit bulls were on display in a bloody scene. On December 30, 2016, 52-year-old Brenda Guerrero went into her backyard to put a Christmas sweater on her pit bull. Instead of merely growling or biting her one time, in protest — as other canines would do — the dog bit and shook her in a vicious bite and then continued attacking. Forty-six-year-old Ismal Guerrero, the victim’s husband, tried to stop the brutal attack and himself became a victim. The couple’s 22-year-old son then stabbed the pit bull in the neck and head. Although the stabbing didn’t stop the dog from exhibiting aggressive behavior, all three were able to flee the backyard. Animal control and police officers arrived on the scene. They shot the pit bull with a tranquilizer gun; and the dog managed to go into the home, which had two children inside. Police finally caught the dog, using a Taser and a bean bag gun.

Brenda Guerrero was admitted to Tampa General Hospital, where she underwent surgery and remained for continued recovery from the horrifying attack.

Studies have been done which demonstrate that pit bulls are the breed that cause the most dog attack victims to receive care in Trauma 1 centers throughout the U.S. Pit bull injuries have also been scrutinized more closely since 2011. Compared to other breeds, it has been found that pit bulls are more than 2.5 times as likely to bite in multiple anatomic locations. Pit bulls also cause a higher severity of injuries.

As this Tampa incident demonstrates, pit bulls are simply more dangerous than other breeds. In 2016, 21 people were killed by pit bulls, which represents a large majority of all dog bite fatalities last year. Most of the attacks were considered to be completely unprovoked.

–Guest Contributor



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64-year-old David Fear Dies after a Vicious Dog Attack

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

A Belgian Malinois named Tica.

A Belgian Malinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, in Grover Beach, CA, 85-year-old Betty Long was brutally attacked by two dogs. David Fear, age 64, intervened to save her and suffered critical injuries, including arteries in each arm being severed. Long had broken bones from falling during the dog attack, and she also had serious dog bite injuries. Both were admitted to nearby hospitals. Long survived and made the statement that Fear repeatedly screamed for help, saying, “They’re eating me” during the horrific attack. He died from his injuries three days later on Friday, December 16. Both dogs in the attack belonged to a Grover Beach police officer, whose name has been withheld and who is now on paid administrative leave. The dogs were a Belgian Malinois and a German shepherd, with the former being the main aggressor. The malinois was surrendered to animal control and has been euthanized since the fatal dog attack.

The dog attack occurred outside of Long’s home, and Fear was her next-door neighbor. The dogs escaped from the owner’s yard. The dog owner had only lived in the area a short time before the tragic incident occurred.

Fear is the 29th person in the U.S. to die from a dog attack in 2016. Twenty-one of the fatal dog attacks were caused by pit bulls, which is a typical statistic. Although pit bulls make up only about 7% of the dog population, they commit the clear majority of fatalities every year.

Obviously, other dogs can be just as dangerous as pit bulls. Fatal attacks happen too often, but it’s difficult to know what to do about it, since dogs are widely known as and considered man’s best friend. When it comes to the pit bull breed, there does seem to be plenty of evidence to support a ban of the breed, as a way of saving lives, including the lives of the owners, which make up about half of the fatal victims each year.

–Guest Contributor


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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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