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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.

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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.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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A Toddler is Mauled to Death by 2 Family Pitbulls; the Grandmother is Charged with Multiple Felonies

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

White pit bull (Photo: Labeled for resuse)

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 20-month-old Paris Adams was mauled to death by two family pit bulls. Deputies received a call in Hart County, Georgia, at about 3:15 p.m. In the backyard of his home, the boy had been viciously attacked. According to Scott Boleman, Deputy Coroner, the toddler was transported to an emergency care center, where he went and pronounced the child dead.

The pit bulls lived indoors in the same home with Adams. The dogs were observed for a few days before being put down, according to Sheriff Mike Cleveland of Hart County.

Within a matter of hours after the deadly pit bull mauling, Adams’ 70-year-old grandmother was charged with several felonies: involuntary manslaughter; second-degree cruelty to a child; and second-degree murder. The Hartwell Police Department had previously cited the grandmother multiple times for maintaining disorderly animals.

On the day of the incident, a report on the investigation of the pit bull fatality shows that the grandmother had been outside with Adams. When she went to go back inside her home, the two pit bulls ran past her, knocking her down, and attacked the 20-month-old. The grandmother attempted to stop the attack and finally managed to put the pit bulls in the house. She allegedly transported the boy first to pick up his mother and then took him to an urgent care facility.

Further research shows that dogs belonging to the grandmother had a history of being a menace in the area.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into Adams’ death. News is awaited on whether the mother will also be charged. Also, it is speculated that the grandmother’s decision not to call 9-1-1 but to pick up the child’s mother before going to a medical facility may play into charges against her. Adams was deceased when he arrived at the urgent care center.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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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.”

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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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Two Children are Mauled and Infected by the Babysitter’s Pit Bull Terrier

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

English: Brindled American Pit Bull Terrier ch...

English: Brindled American Pit Bull Terrier chilling on the floor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In January 5, 2017, news out of Des Moines, Iowa, a day care provider has been charged with two counts of child endangerment with bodily injury as a result of a November 2016 incident in which twins in her care were attacked by her pit bull terrier. She was arrested and later released on bail from the Polk County Jail.

Authorities say that after the two children were attacked by the pit bull, the babysitter did not seek medical attention for them and did not inform parents or police of the injuries. Both children suffered cuts, multiple lacerations, skin separation, and bleeding in the attack. The twins also both suffered infections from their wounds, which were treated only after their parents picked them up from the day care and immediately took them to a nearby hospital.

This was not the first time the dog attacked a child. In May of 2016, a 7-year-old child was also bitten by the pit bull. Police say that the dog was classified as a high-risk animal for both behavior and breed at that time. The dog was released back to the owner after the pit bull attack, however. A sergeant with Des Moines Police Animal Control, James Butler, said the dog owner signed a document indicating her awareness that the pit bull was a high risk animal, after the May incident. Butler said animal control has yet to decide if the dog will be considered dangerous to the community, rather than merely a high risk animal, as a result of the latest attack.

The fact that the dog previously bit a child and then the owner was allowed to continue exposing the animal to children doesn’t seem right. Dog laws are far too lenient, exposing children and others to dangerous animals with consequences to owners that don’t motivate them to protect others. This is true in Texas, same as in Iowa.

–Guest Contributor

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A 6-year-old is Killed by a Family Pit Bull in an Unprovoked Attack

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On December 2, 2016, 6-year-old Isaiah Jacob Franklin of Huntington, West Virginia, was fatally attacked by a pit bull in his home. The 3-year-old male pit bull suddenly attacked the child as the boy was playing a video game in a room with two adults. Isaiah’s mother was in the next room when the unprovoked attack occurred. According to family members, the child was bitten in the back of his neck or head. Isaiah was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he died hours later.

When the emergency response team arrived to the home, the male dog was still behaving aggressively. A female pit bull in the home was not involved in the attack. Both dogs were taken into the custody of animal control officers. Detectives from both Child Protective Services and the Family Crimes Unit also went to the scene on the night of the attack. An investigation is underway, and no charges have been filed as yet.

Isaiah became the 21st person in the U.S. to be killed by a pit bull in 2016. Last year, 82% of all dog attack fatalities were caused by pit bulls, with a total of 28 deaths. The breed is a clear danger to owners as well as strangers. In this most recent death, the attacking pit bull had lived in the home for a year. The nine others killed by a family pit bull this year include a 9-year-old boy in Linda, California; a 36-year-old woman in Hartford, North Carolina; an 86-year-old woman in Charlotte, North Carolina; a 66-year-old woman in Leesburg, Florida; a 52-year-old woman in Dallas, Texas; a 45-year-old man in St. Louis County, Missouri; a 3-day-old girl in Fresno, California; a 71-year-old woman in Detroit Michigan; a 30-year-old woman in Screven County, Georgia; and a 60-year-old woman in Conifer, Colorado.

Ownership of a pit bull clearly puts family members at risk, when you know the statistics. Perhaps more widespread awareness of the danger of pit bulls could save lives.

–Guest Contributor

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Three Children are Attacked by Loose Dogs in Denton, Texas

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

English: Rottweiler / Pitbull Mix "Vino&q...

English: Rottweiler / Pitbull Mix “Vino” at 1 year old. Blue Eyeshine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, in Denton, Texas, three boys were viciously attacked by neighborhood dogs. The terrifying incident occurred close to the intersection of Montecito Drive and Settlement Drive. One of the boys said the aggressive dog surprised him as he was walking to a friend’s house, who is a neighbor. He said that dog just jumped on him and bit his leg. He was shocked by what happened and said he was shaking and didn’t realize he was bleeding. Another boy who was attacked by one of the dogs climbed on top of a car to escape but still suffered minor bites on his ankle. A third boy suffered minor scratches from the dogs, which were described as rottweiler mixes.

Jason Stein, a neighbor, said he called 9-1-1 when the dog attacks occurred. He referred to what happened as a “war zone.” He also said the dogs belong to his neighbor across the street. During an initial investigation, the dog owners didn’t answer the door but an inspection was done of the backyard, and there were places in the fence where the dogs could escape.

Stein was very upset to see a child bleeding and to hear children screaming from the attack. He doesn’t think the dogs should be allowed in the neighborhood. Several neighbors agreed, saying they think it’s wrong for people in the neighborhood to walk on the streets in fear because of someone’s dogs.

The boys’ parents were advised by the Denton Police that they can choose to file a dangerous dog report. An investigation would follow and then possibly a hearing. If the dogs are deemed dangerous, the owners would be required to take specific steps within a certain time period in order to keep them. Requirements include purchasing a $100,000 liability policy and preventing the dogs from being able to get loose.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has a continuing problem with loose dogs attacking people and this incident is further proof that a lot more needs to be done to protect citizens from vicious dogs.

–Guest Contributor

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A 9-year-old Boy is Killed by a Pit Bull while Visiting a Friend

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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Daddy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On August 17, 2016, 9-year-old Derion Stevenson was fatally attacked by a pit bull in Las Vegas, Nevada. The child was visiting a friend and was in the yard when the friend’s pit bull exited the house and immediately launched an attack on his face and neck. The boy suffered life-threatening injuries and was quickly transported to a local hospital, where he died.

The dog responsible for the child’s death was involved in a dog fight in July, according to authorities. A neighbor said the pit bull attacked her Labrador on July 11, and her dog was seriously injured. Authorities said the injuries were not substantial enough to warrant a declaration that the dog was vicious or dangerous. Since Derion’s death, the pit bull has been euthanized.

So far this year, pit bulls have killed 18 people in the U.S.. Many instances were similar to this tragedy in that people have been killed when visiting a friend. Michelle Wilcox, age 30, was savagely killed by her boyfriend’s pit bull. Susie Kirby died at 3 days old when she was attacked by an uncle’s pit bull mixes. Earl Stephens Jr., age 43, was killed by a friend’s pit bull. These are a just a few. Many more have been killed by the family pit bull or pit bulls belonging to family members.

Nevada authorities said that of 196 dogs involved in dog-on-dog attacks this year in Clark County, only 5 (2.5%) were designated as dangerous. None was declared vicious. With 191 dog owners facing no substantial consequences for instances when their pets attacked another dog, the public  has reason to be concerned that dog owner’s rights are favored over victims.

Between the danger of pit bulls as a breed and the general lack of action when certain types of attacks occur, which is true of many Texas jurisdictions, dogs are often a genuine threat.

–Guest Contributor

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A 30-year-old Woman is Mauled to Death by her Boyfriend’s Pit Bull – Part 1

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Español: Pit Bull Terrier Americano Hembra.

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

Monday night, August 1, 30-year-old Michelle Wilcox was brutally mauled to death by her boyfriend’s pit bull. The fatal dog attack occurred on Jenkins Lane in Screven County, Georgia. Wilcox went to the house after she got off work. Later, her boyfriend arrived home and discovered the horrific scene. The victim was already deceased, and police were called to the scene at about 6 p.m. Authorities said the pit bull’s owner immediately put down the dog responsible for his girlfriend’s death.

Mike Kile, Sheriff of Screven County, made a statement about the tragic fatality. He said no one will ever know what happened. The dog was raised in the home from the time he was a puppy.

Investigators found no evidence that the pit bull that attacked had a history of aggression or viciousness. Other dogs were also in the home, and none of them were known to be dangerous, either.

Apparently, the law enforcement officials involved in the case are unfamiliar with recent pit bull statistics. Within the past few years, there has been an alarming escalation of the number of deaths caused by the breed. In 2015, 28 people were killed by pit bulls or pit bull mixes. So far this year, pit bulls have killed 16 people in the U.S. The victims of fatal pit bull attacks are frequently the owners of the dogs that kill them.

One recent and tragic death involved a family pit bull attacking the throat of a 71-year-old, who died as a result of her jugular vein being severed. The dog belonged to the woman’s daughter. The attack wasn’t a first. In the years prior to her death, the woman was brutally attacked in the face by another pit bull belonging to the same family member.

It seems that people in the U.S. are refusing to acknowledge the danger of pit bulls, and it continues to cost lives. Learn more in this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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