Attorneys Representing Dog Attack Victims Across Texas
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
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.
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Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Seventy-six-year-old Alicia Malagon was helping to care for her daughter and son-in-law’s dog in Fountain, Florida, when she was fatally attacked by the pit bull she was temporarily caring for. On August 26, 2017, Malagon went to the family members’ home in the role as dog-sitter. She brought her small dachshund along with her. Once they got inside the home, the pit bull attacked the dachshund. When Malagon tried to intervene, the pit bull turned his attentions on her. She was viciously attacked and managed to make her way to a phone and call her son-in-law. Another family member went to the home and found her on the kitchen floor, barely conscious. Malagon was quickly transported to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital and pronounced dead soon thereafter.
Reportedly, when Malagon contacted her son-in-law, she said that she had been attacked but would be fine. He sent his brother to check on her, and he had to break down the door to get in.
According to records kept on FatalPitBullAttacks.com, Malagon is the 15th person in 2017 to be killed by a pit bull. This is the deadliest dog breed. Research indicates year after year that pit bulls cause the most fatal dog attacks in the U.S., causing more than all other breeds combined. Various cities and communities have banned pit bulls, but it is a difficult feat to achieve. In spite of the clear record of deadly violence, pit bull advocates band together and have proven to have a lot of influence over local proceedings at city council meetings, wherever pit bull bans are proposed.
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
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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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Whether your dog has bitten anyone or not, if he is a certain breed, you may need to pay higher home insurance premiums. Although insurance companies generally do cover homeowners for issues related to their dogs, there are limitations. One important factor is an exclusion list naming dog breeds that won’t be covered.
Many insurance companies blacklist coverage on certain breeds, including the following, with pit bull terriers always at the top:
- Pit bull terriers
- Staffordshire terriers
- German shepherds
- Presa Canarios
- Chow chows
- Doberman Pinschers
- Bull Mastiffs
- Cane Corsos
- Great Danes
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Siberian Huskies
Pit bulls are consistently the cause of more than 60% of all fatalities caused by dog attacks in the U.S. and yet the owners never expect that the breed will intentionally cause harm. Insurance is about covering unforeseen events, yet they don’t cover pit bulls and many other dog breeds. What do they know that dog owners aren’t seeing?
Risk related to dogs is assessed via various resources. Temperament scores of dogs are given by the American Temperament Test Society and other organizations. One fact that emerged is that several small breeds are associated with perhaps the largest number of bites. The severity of injuries, however, is the greater measure, as regards insurance coverage on dogs.
Insurance companies factor in the percentage of owners of the various dog breeds. Some might suggest that more pit bulls are on the attack because there are more pit bull owners and not because a higher number of aggressive dogs exist.
Some statistics just can’t be disputed, and it is understandable why insurance companies recognize the risk and therefore won’t cover some dog bite claims. Pit bull terriers caused 295 fatalities in the U.S. between 1982 and 2014. Rottweilers caused 85 deaths during that time frame. Siberian Huskies were next, with 26 deaths. The next figures were 19, 18, 15, 8, and on down. There is no denying that pit bull terriers pose an unusual threat. The insurance companies recognize it but why don’t dog owners who adopt pit bulls to their peril and the peril of others? The risk is clear.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
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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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
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.
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Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Tamika Batts was walking in south Dallas on Longridge Drive on Thursday, June 30, when she encountered two loose pit bulls. The dogs lunged at her and began biting her all over her body. Thirty-nine-year-old Batts said it felt like the dogs were fighting dogs and they set out to kill her. Neighbors heard her screams for help. By the time she was rescued, she had already suffered at least 40 bites on her body, from head to toe. She is currently in a wheelchair, having been released from the hospital. Batts expressed her thankfulness that it didn’t happen to any of her children.
On May 9, the month before the attack on Batts, 52-year-old Antoinette Brown died as a result of a May 2 dog attack in the same region of Dallas. A pack of dogs bit Brown more than 100 times – the physicians actually stopped counting after 100.
Authorities expressed their devotion to cracking down on dangerous loose dogs after Brown’s death. With Batts’ attack, the need for better animal control is even more apparent. As Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson pointed out, the issue isn’t all about stray dogs. Pet owners need to be more responsible. Wilson said owners should be sure their dogs can’t get off-property. Keep them on a leash. Don’t tether dogs. Also, make sure they are spayed or neutered.
Two dogs believed to be the pit bulls responsible for attacking Batts have been picked up by animal control officers. One of the dog owners has been issued two citations in connection with this attack.
Many of the people in the neighborhood are now careful to bring a bat or stick with them on walks, fearful of becoming the next victim of a dog attack in Dallas.
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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
The 4th day of June was the first of two deadly days in the same month in which two people in the U.S. were killed by pit bulls. As on June 27, the two victims were an adult and a child or infant. Another correlation was that the adults were both visiting a friend who owned pit bulls, and the friends’ dogs fatally attacked. Also, both children were killed by a relative’s pit bull(s).
Hunter Bragg, age 7, was at a relative’s home in Corinna, Maine. There were eight dogs living at the residence. One of the dogs was the pit bull that attacked and killed Hunter as he was outside playing with two other children. Investigators discovered that the dog responsible had previously belonged to the owner’s daughter and had killed one of her other dogs, a beagle.
Earl Stephens, Jr., age 43, of Stockton, California, was helping a friend repair a scooter in the friend’s front yard. Both men went inside the home together. Stephens then went back outside by himself to retrieve something from his car when one of the friend’s pit bulls brutally attacked him. Two other dogs also got involved with the mauling. Two people from inside the home heard the commotion and tried to rescue him, and both were injured in the process. Officers were called, and the pit bull that initiated the attack was still being aggressive. Officers shot and killed the dog. The injuries Stephens suffered were massive, and he died that day.
Word about these four pit bull fatalities needs to be made public. June 2016 should be a turning point when pit bull advocates begin to see the difficult and painful reality that the breed truly is too unpredictable to put friends, families, and themselves at risk.
See Part 1 of this two-part series.
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Friday, June 10th, 2016
A 55-year-old woman in Montreal, Canada, was killed in her backyard on Wednesday. A neighbor’s pit bull somehow entered her yard, where she was alone, and relentlessly attacked. Another of her neighbors looked into his backyard after work and noticed that something was unusual in the woman’s yard. He thought a dog was playing with a large toy. He took a closer look and realized it was a woman. Her eyes were closed, her clothes had been stripped from her, and the dog was continuing an attack on her. He ran into the house and called the police. When they arrived at the horrific scene, they had to shoot the pit bull to get to the victim. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Obviously, pit bulls aren’t just a problem in Texas or the U.S. Canada has also had its share of fatal pit bull attacks, and pit bulls are currently banned in Ontario. As a result of this deadly attack, officials in Montreal are stepping up their work on enacting stricter pet regulations.
Two pit bulls were killed in the U.S. just Saturday, June 4. Earl Stephens, Jr., age 43, was killed at a friend’s house in Stockton, California. His friend is a pit bull breeder. An adult dog was sitting on Stephens’ lap. When the dog owner instructed the dog to get down, the pit bull began viciously attacking Stephens. The dog’s owner and the victim’s wife both tried to stop the attack, but they were unable to. Two pit bull puppies also bit Stephens during the fatal pit bull attack.
Seven-year-old Hunter Bragg of Maine was also killed at a family friend’s house. Hunter was playing in the yard when their friend’s pit bull savagely attacked him.
Because of the strong coalition of pit bull advocates, it’s extremely difficult in the U.S. to enact a pit bull ban. Learn about an overturned ban in Texas in this ongoing series.
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Lawyer for Waco, Texas Dog Attack – The Pit Bull Controversy Rages on, but Apartment Owners Know the Truth
Monday, May 9th, 2016
An Austin newspaper, The Austin Chronicle, recently wrote a story about dogs in shelters and pit bulls in particular. One of the reasons there are many large dogs being surrendered to animal shelters is because apartment complexes often don’t allow dogs that weigh over a certain amount, such as 20 pounds. Many apartment complexes, however, will not allow a tenant to have pit bulls in particular. Perhaps the indisputable fact that pit bulls have been killing someone in the U.S. approximately every two weeks has made an impact. Rather than look at the important fact that pit bulls and pit bull mixes take a human life every 14 days, a dangerous brand of political correctness often takes over.
Animal Farm Foundation Executive Director Stacey Coleman says that it has no impact on safety to restrict dog ownership or discriminate against a certain breed. Coleman claims dog behavior cannot be predicted based on appearance. Conclusions based merely on news about dog attack fatalities tell a very different story.
The information found at Dogsbite.org is all news-based. On the website, actual cases of dog attack fatalities that occur in the U.S. are provided in detail. These fatal attacks are occurring more than every two weeks, since pit bulls alone cause a fatality every 14 days. This year eight people have died as a result of a pit bull attack, and there has only been one additional fatality, and it was caused by a Labrador-shepherd mix. It’s only fair to point out that the only non-pit bull fatality falls under the category of predictable outcomes. The family had a 3-day-old newborn on the floor in a laundry basket. The baby wasn’t being supervised, and the dogs in the home all sleep in laundry baskets. The dog “gently” picked the baby up by the head to get him out of his territory. Tragically, the baby did not survive the puncture wounds.
When pit bulls have attacked just this year alone, the only somewhat predictable circumstances involve the dogs running loose and chasing children down like prey. It’s dangerous for dogs to run loose, and leash laws are in effect in virtually every city and municipality in Texas. The state has laws, however, which disallows breed-specific legislation.
Learn more about the argument that pit bulls are different from other breeds and should be banned in this ongoing series.