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A 7-year-old Boy is Savagely Mauled to Death by Pit Bulls in Front of a Helpless Crowd

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Pit bull (Photo labeled for reuse)

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7-year-old Javian Candolario was killed by two pit bulls belonging to neighbors in Lowell, Massachusetts, as about 15 people looked on helplessly. The details of how the attack began are in question but, according to a city councilor, Rodney Elliott, the child went to pat the dogs, who were behind a fence about 4.5’ tall that was described as dilapidated. Several witnesses say one of the dogs grabbed the boy and pulled him over the fence. The pit bull mauled the child aggressively in a horrific scene. Five police officers who arrived after the child had already died have said that they are undergoing counseling, due to the trauma caused by witnessing the scene.

The child’s mother and a sibling were among those who witnessed the fatal pit bull attack. Onlookers were shocked and screaming; but no one knew what to do, witnesses said.

Police fired shots at one of the dogs because it was showing aggression. The dog presumably jumped over the fence after being shot and was later killed in police gunfire about a mile away. The other pit bull was taken into custody by animal control.

In 2011, a pit bull ordinance sponsored by Elliott was enacted in the city, and it placed restrictions on pit bull ownership. One year later, however, the law was nullified because the state’s legislators enacted a new state preemption law, which prevents towns and cities from adopting breed-specific legislation. Javian was the 19th person in 2017 alone to be killed in the U.S. by a pit bill.

–Guest Contributor

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In September 2017 Alone, 3 People in the U.S. are Fatally Attacked by Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

American pit bull (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

A 1-month-old, a 61-year-old, and a 62-year-old were all attacked and killed by pit bulls in September 2017. The total for the year is 18. Every year, pit bulls are the breed responsible for the majority of deadly dog attacks that occur in the U.S. In spite of mounting evidence that this breed is different from all other canines, pit bull advocates continue to claim that all blame lies with owners while fighting against any proposed pit bull bans that may receive legislative attention.

On September 9, 62-year-old Connie Storey of Philadelphia, Mississippi, was in her yard when her son’s male pit bull viciously mauled her. Her son found her outside at about 1:30 a.m., and he called emergency services. According to Tommy Waddell, Neshoba County Sheriff, Storey managed to explain that she was feeding the dog when the attack occurred. An ambulance transported her for further transport via emergency helicopter. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital. On September 20, she died of injuries sustained in the pit bull attack. A family member made a public statement that the family does not place blame on the breed. No criminal charges have been filed in this case.

One-month-old Barrett Hagans was staying at his father’s home for the first time in Pike Township, Ohio. While he slept in his bassinet, a male family pit bull brutally mauled him. When the father woke the next morning on September 20, 2017, he discovered that the newborn had been mauled and suffered extensive head trauma. At about 6:10 a.m., deputies were dispatched to their home. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene. Two pit bulls were removed from the residence by the Knox County Dog Warden’s Office, and both were euthanized. No criminal charges were filed against the father in connection with the fatal pit bill attack.

Kathy Nichelson, age 61, of Cherry Log, Georgia, when to someone’s home to visit them and was attacked by the homeowner’s pit bull as she was getting out of her vehicle. A person who was passing by tried to help her, when he saw that she had been severely injured and was on the ground. Suddenly, the dog made a reappearance and bit the man on the face. He managed to escape by climbing over a vehicle to get back to his van. He called 9-1-1, and deputies stood watch at the scene, as emergency responders rendered medical aid. The pit bull suddenly charged out from under the porch, and a deputy shot and killed the dog. Nichelson was pronounced dead at the scene. The pit bull owner was arrested and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

–Guest Contributor

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A Pit Bull Snaps Leash, Hops a Fence, and Viciously Attacks a Toddler in a Playground

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull.

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A pit bull mix broke his leash, jumped a playground fence, and savagely attacked a toddler April 4, 2017, in Chatham in the U.K. At least six other children were covered in blood, as the dog bit and shook the baby by her head. Some of the children who witnessed the disturbing attack tried to rescue the baby from the dog’s jaws. Another child was reportedly attacked by the same dog just a few hours before this happened. Apparently, the United States isn’t the only place where pit bulls attack and are then left with the owner to do further harm.

The victim was seriously injured in the pit bull attack. She was airlifted to a South London hospital, to receive care in the neurological unit there. At last report, she was in serious condition at the hospital. The dog died in area of the attack, having been shot by police officers.

A neighbor in the area said the same dog attacked her 3-year-old son a few hours before the playground attack occurred. She said the dog jumped on top of her son, which scratched his leg. She said someone immediately grabbed the dog, rescuing her son. The woman was distraught, saying her son was terrified and she recognized that it could have been worse, as it was for the little girl, who was seen bleeding heavily from bites on her head.

People in the region were already disturbed by an incident in a nearby community that occurred on Sunday involving five bulldogs. Up to 50 children watched that day as the five dogs terrorized shoppers and attacked two people. Three of the dogs were shot and killed by police officers in full view of the same witnesses.

Dogs may be fantastic pets, but there are too many incidents when they do harm to children and people of literally all ages. Stricter laws are needed that will hold dog owners fully responsible, when their dogs cause injuries or fatalities.

–Guest Contributor

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An 8-month-old Boy is Killed by the Family Pit Bull

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Pit bull

Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A pit bull that a family in Lusby, Maryland, raised from the time he was a puppy fatally attacked the family’s 8-month-old baby boy on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Police were called to the scene and arrived almost immediately, at approximately 1 p.m.  A family friend had been babysitting the child when the fatal pit bull attack occurred “out of the blue.” She called the police after an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the infant. The dog was still attacking the baby when police arrived. They shot the pit bull, to stop the horrific attack. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene. The family friend suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Officials said the entire community is in a state of shock. The devastated family had the dog for approximately 7 years. They said the pit bull had no history of aggression.

Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans addressed the community and said the baby had been around the pit bull all of his life.

Tom Hejl, Calvert County Commissioners’ President, has indicated since the attack that he supports breed-specific pit bull restrictions. He also expressed hope that legislators in Congress will give consideration to pit bull legislation.

The nature of the attack was quite shocking, since the pit bull didn’t just bite the infant. Without warning, he attacked and continued attacking until being shot and killed.

Since 2005, there have been four fatal pit bull attacks in Maryland. See this continuing series for information about failed actions taken in Maryland to restrict the breed. The title will be “A Family Pit Bull Kills an Infant in a Sudden Attack.”

–Guest Contributor

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A Toddler Suffers a Horrific Facial Attack by a Pit Bull Mix

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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On March 15, 2017, in Clinton, Iowa,15-month-old Lucas Harrison was playing with a friend’s pit bull mix that had been adopted from a shelter just two hours before. The pit bull suddenly lunged at the toddler and bit off much of his face. In hundreds of similar pit bull attacks, the dog continues biting and attacking. Based on reports, this one devastating bite was the only one, but the damage done is horrific.

Lucas was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Iowa Childrens’ Hospital. At least three surgeons were involved in an initial 6-hour surgery to re-attach the face. As a result of the pit bull attack, a significant portion of the child’s gum, jaw bone, and permanent teeth were ripped out and most of the cartilage in his nose was destroyed. Doctors say the damage will affect him throughout his lifetime. He won’t have upper front teeth. Doctors hope that dental reconstruction can eventually be done to support false teeth when he is an adult. In the future, Lucas will need further facial surgeries.

The damage done to the toddler’s face is extensive, and the pain associated with his injuries is beyond imagination. The child is receiving care that involves keeping him sedated, to help shield him from the pain.

This tragic incident brings to light the dangers of transporting shelter dogs across state lines. This pit bull mix had been on death row in a Louisiana facility. The dog became a rescue transport, which is a type of operation in which volunteers rescue dogs from various shelters around the country and then move them to other shelters that will accept them.

The dog was advertised as a great dog with a great temperament and was ultimately adopted out on the day of the attack by the Clinton Humane Society.

Graphic images of Lucas are widely posted on the web, and they demonstrate the danger of pit bulls and pit bull mixes. When one of these dogs suddenly and without warning attack and seriously injure or kill someone, invariably, “no one saw it coming.”  This is in spite of the fact that a person in the U.S. is killed by a pit bull or pit bull mix approximately every two weeks, on average, over the past 5 years or so.

–Guest Contributor

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Dogs that Nearly Killed a Young Man Last Year Still Not Surrendered

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 2, 2016, 22-year-old Mitchell Slayden rode his bicycle to an address where a friend of his formerly lived, and it almost cost him his life. In Graves County, Kentucky, Slayden entered the driveway where he believed his friend was. Two pit bulls being kept without restraint at the home viciously attacked him as he tried to leave the property. After being discovered with life-threatening injuries, Slayden was airlifted to a Nashville, Tennessee, hospital. He received extensive treatment  for lacerations to his head, face, arms, and legs. The dogs were quarantined for 10 days and later returned to the owner.

Slayden’s dad gave more graphic details of what happened that day. He said that he discovered his bloodied son in a ditch across from the home he had tried to visit. Slayden was literally covered in dog bites. He has undergone a series of reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts, including repair to his damaged scalp.

As a result of the near deadly pit bull attack on Slayden, the pit bull owner was not penalized in any way, according to an investigation by DogsBite.org. The dogs were released back to his custody, but the owner has allegedly not kept his commitment to keep his pit bulls out of Graves County.

This month a jury in Kentucky found the pit bull owner guilty of harboring a vicious animal. He was not sentenced to any jail time, although the County Attorney had requested a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail. Instead, the man was sentenced to pay a fine of $200. In addition, the dogs are expected to be released to the owner on a future date.

In Texas, same as Kentucky, there doesn’t seem to be enough incentive in the law for people to be careful about protecting the public from pit bulls. This breed has killed one person approximately every two weeks over the past 5 to 10 years. Pit bulls have won the hearts of families across the nation, but there is overwhelming evidence that they are too dangerous and should be banned. Otherwise, more horrific incidents like what Slayden suffered will continue to happen.

–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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A 76-year-old Man and His Pet are Killed by Two Pit Bulls

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

English: American Staffordshire Terrier aka a pit bull. Deutsch: American Staffordshier Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valentine Herrera was savagely attacked by two pit bulls on February 2, 2017, and he died from the injuries on February 28. The fatal pit bull attack occurred in Los Angeles, California, as the victim was taking his dog, a Pomeranian, for a walk at about 6 p.m. The two pit bulls ran upon them and first attacked the man’s pet, reportedly tearing and shredding the small dog. As Herrera tried to intervene, the pit bulls turned on him. They knocked him to the ground and tore into him relentlessly, according to witnesses. After being rushed to a nearby hospital, he underwent brain surgery and received other treatment for his injuries.

Neighbors reported that the same two pit bulls killed another neighbor’s dog four days before the attack on Herrera. Stephanie Grezelle said she and her children witnessed the pit bulls mauling their pet to death. She rushed their pet to a veterinarian, but the damage was too extensive and the dog died.

There is no report yet on the fate of the dogs or on whether or not the dogs’ owner could face charges related to the fatality.

This was the second fatal pit bull attack this year. The first victim was 6-year-old Logan Braatz of Fulton County, GA. The child was walking to a school bus stop in the midst of a group of children when the two dogs attacked him and a 5-year-old girl, Syrai Sanders. Although Syrai survived, her entire scalp was removed from her skull during the attack. She faces multiple plastic surgeries. The dog owner in this case was arrested and has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

A look at fatal pit bull attacks in recent years provides convincing proof that pit bulls are too dangerous to exist in society without strict regulations that hold owners strictly to account, in the event someone is injured or killed.

–Guest Contributor

 

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A 3-year-old Attacked by the Family Dog Fights for Her Life – Part 7

Monday, May 11th, 2015

A female Doberman Pinscher.

A female Doberman Pinscher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Doberman Pinscher

Another breed that makes most lists of the most dangerous dogs is the Doberman pinscher. The breed originated in Germany and is one of the most recognizable because of cropped ears. Dobermans make excellent guard dogs. Their strength and bite makes them a hazard to humans. The breed exhibits intelligence and great loyalty to owners. Since 2011 in the U.S., there have been two fatalities associated with Doberman pinschers. In one case, it is not known definitively that the Doberman in question committed a fatal attack and in the other, there were many dogs that may have possibly caused a fatality, including Dobermans. More follows:

  • Eight-year-old Jayla Rodriguez was mauled to death by at least two dogs on the Pine River Indian Reservation and died on November 18, 2014. Following an investigation, there wasn’t a certainty about which dogs were responsible for her death. No one witnessed the attack. What is known is that there were many Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, and pit bulls roaming the area because of a ban on the breeds; the animals had been abandoned due to new regulations.
  • Seventy-one-year-old Donna Conrad died on September 16, 2011, as a result of a brutal dog attack that occurred at La Cantera Ranch Resort in Valley View, Texas. She had been in her backyard, and investigators reported that her pet Doberman was the dog that probably killed her. She suffered deep head and throat lacerations. The dog was put down after it was verified that he didn’t have rabies.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this continuing series for more information about dangerous dogs.

–Guest Contributor

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The El Paso, Texas, Jogger Who Was Attacked by 4 Pit Bulls Speaks Out

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Beautiful Pit Bull

Pit Bull (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

The jogger who was attacked by four pit bulls in El Paso, Texas, in October has decided to speak out for the sake of the public’s safety. The dogs have been returned to their owner, and he strongly believes that people in his neighborhood are seriously endangered as a result. He feels certain that if a child or a weaker adult had been attacked instead of him, a fatality would have been the likely result of the attack by the four pit bulls.

The man, who chooses to remain anonymous, was jogging in his Lower Valley neighborhood when he was suddenly attacked by the dogs. The man was able to identify the lead pit bull in the group, which inflicted the most harm during the attack. The jogger was bitten many times on different parts of his body. He still has visible scars from the deep wounds inflicted that day.

Quick action was taken by El Paso Animal Control because the dogs were quarantined on the day of the attack. They were scheduled to be euthanized, but then an injunction was filed with the court. When the dogs’ owner arrived in court for a hearing about whether or not his dogs would be euthanized, the decision had already been made and all four pit bulls returned to their home.

The dog attack victim has been told that the dogs have been deemed dangerous by the city, which means the owners must comply with certain restrictions within 30 days. But the victim feels that failing to euthanize the vicious dogs was a huge mistake.

When he jogs now, he brings a golf club with him. He is no longer at ease in his neighborhood, and he has lost some of his faith in the city of El Paso, especially since he was originally told that the dogs would definitely be put down. The man is considering suing the dogs’ owner for medical expenses.

–Guest Contributor

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