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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

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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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A Woman is Killed by a Pack of Dogs in Northeastern Travis County

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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On Wednesday, June 16, 2016, 36-year-old Erin McCleskey was killed by a pack of dogs in Northeastern Travis County as she was serving civil papers in her job as an independent contractor. According to the sheriff’s office, McCleskey entered the front gate of the property. The dog owner was not home at the time. Roger Wade, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said there’s probably no reason to file criminal charges, since the victim was on the dog owner’s property and the owner was not there to sic the dogs on her.

There were six dogs and 14 puppies on the property. The six adult dogs were impounded by Austin Animal Protection and are under 10-day quarantine as they are checked for rabies. An investigation is underway, and a court will determine whether the dogs should be euthanized for being vicious.

One neighbor said the six dogs got loose a few months back, and they attacked his dog. He said the incident was frightening. He called 9-1-1 but there was no police or animal services response.

Another neighbor said that her children are not allowed to play outside because dogs are constantly roaming in the neighborhood, ever since the owner of the six dogs moved in.

McCleskey is the second person in Texas to be the victim of a fatal dog attack this year. Antoinette Brown of Dallas was also killed by a pack of loose dogs; she was attacked on May 2 and died on May 9.

In this continuing series, learn more about the danger of packs of dogs running loose.

–Guest Contributor


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In an Animal Cruelty Case, a San Antonio, Texas, Man is Sentenced to 9 months in State Jail

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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A man was found guilty of an act of animal cruelty which occurred in June of 2010, and this month he was sentenced to nine months in a state jail for the crime.

The way the facts of the case unfolded, a 35-year-old man said that he found a stray puppy and placed him in his backpack. The puppy defecated in the backpack, and the man says that he intended to give the dog a bath but first left his apartment briefly to bring his father to an appointment.

In the meantime, at the Maverick Apartments where the man resided, a maintenance worker went into the man’s apartment to investigate a flood complaint. What he found there was disturbing. The puppy was dead in the bathtub, the water still running. Rubber bands had been used to bind the puppy’s legs and muzzle.

Besides saying that he planned to clean the feces off of the puppy, the man explained that he used the rubber band muzzle to keep the puppy quiet. The legs, he said, were bound in order to prevent the dog from escaping the bathroom.

The man was found guilty of animal cruelty after he was unable to adequately explain how the puppy drowned. What he said was that he did not intend to mistreat or injure the puppy in any way and that he only intended to be away for a little while.

In November, the man pled guilty to animal cruelty. Presecutors pushed for prison time, saying that his explanations were absurd.

–Guest Contributor

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A Woman in Burkburnett, Texas, is Arrested for Leaving a Dog to Die

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


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Last week animal control officers responded to a report of animal cruelty in Burkburnett, Texas, which is in the metropolitan area of Wichita Falls, Texas. The officers found a dog barely alive on the back steps of a home that had been abandoned two weeks previously. The alleged dog owner, a woman, was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals-torture.

Burkburnett police officers met animal control officers in the backyard where the dog was found. One of the animal control officers said, “its condition was the worst he had ever seen and to prepare” himself. According to the police report, the officer observed two empty dishes that were no bigger than tins for microwaveable pot pies and “what appeared to be a dog lying on the steps that led to the back door of the house.”

The dog, whose breed was not discernible, was in frail condition and appeared to be dehydrated and emaciated. He was covered with large sores in places where skin appeared to be missing, most of the fur was missing, and bones protruded. He didn’t respond to human interaction and barely moved.  The dog had to be carried to the animal control truck.

The dog’s owner, who is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and torture, was arrested. Her bond was set at $5,000, and she posted bail.

–By Guest Contributor

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San Antonio Animal Control Services Meets with Opposition While Upholding the Dangerous Dog Code

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


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Investigations by Animal Care Services (ACS) in San Antonio, Texas, which result in dogs being ruled dangerous have already tripled in 2012 as compared to 2011.  There were 10 cases in fiscal year 2011 and there are 28 dangerous dog investigations so far this year.   Due to the dramatic increase in dog attacks, San Antonio ACS is employing one of the most proactive methods in all of Texas of both supporting victims of dog bites and holding the dog owners accountable.  But there is an ongoing disagreement with animal activists about how the dangerous dog cases should be handled.

Among the duties of animal control officers is to explain a dog bite victim’s options, one of which is to file a legal affidavit that includes a description of the dog attack.  This affidavit sets into motion an investigation ultimately leading up to a hearing on whether the dog involved should be officially deemed dangerous.  These actions have invoked criticism from local animal rights advocates.  Vincent Medley, ACS Assistant Director in San Antonio, makes the case that the responsibility of ACS is to protect the citizens.  And when a dog exhibits aggressive behavior, it’s better to “err on the side of the human being.”  The department doesn’t shirk in the responsibility to protect animals from cruel treatment, he also explained.

While San Antonio ACS upholds the dangerous dog code, which makes the community healthier and safer for both pets and residents, animal rights advocates fight on behalf of dogs they claim are not dangerous but attacked and bit a person as a result of provocation.

–By Guest Contributor


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