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A Rescued Pit Bull Kills a Woman in her 90s Hours After Adoption

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

A fatal pit bull attack occurred in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the night of May 31, 2017. The family had adopted the dog just hours before the horrific incident. Police officers were contacted about the dog attack at about 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered that the victim was suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where she underwent several surgeries. One of her arms had to be amputated. Sadly, she did not survive the surgeries; she died the following day.

The victim’s daughter said she was in the backyard with the newly adopted pit bull, and she removed the shock and canvas collars. She then realized she had been locked out of the house. When she called her mother, she had fallen and said she couldn’t get up. The daughter broke a window pane with a hammer to get into the home. She says the dog ran past her and began mauling her mother on her arms and then her abdomen and thighs. The daughter tried hitting the dog with the hammer and with a skillet, but the dog was not deterred from attacking. She later said the attack didn’t stop until the elderly woman in her 90s stopped screaming. At one point, the daughter was bitten on the arm.

The dog had previously been in a shelter and identified as a biter. He was rescued and ended up with this family. The new owner said that she had never seen anything like the gruesome attack.

This tragic incident is like so many others, when people are convinced that pit bulls can be perfectly safe for adoption only for disasters like this one to occur.

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A 4-year-old is Critically Injured by 4 Hybrid Wolf Dogs

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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English: Self-taken photograph. Photographer is submitting author, User:Svartulfr1. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday night in Des Moines, Iowa, a 4-year-old girl from Colorado was attacked and critically injured by a pack of hybrid wolf dogs. As of the latest update on April 19, she was still in critical condition from the bite wounds. Few details have been given, and the incident is still under investigation.

Parents should remain on the alert with regards to children being around dogs. Infants and small children should absolutely never be left alone with dogs. Even when an adult is around, tragedy can suddenly strike. There have been many tragic incidents in recent months and years in which a baby or child was suddenly and devastatingly attacked by a family dog, without any known evidence of provocation.

Some rules for how to avoid a dog attack and how to keep children safe when away from home include the following:

  • Do not allow children to approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Carefully supervise toddlers when they are around dogs, since they can easily be knocked over.
  • Teach your dog to walk calmly next to the stroller, but don’t tie the leash to the stroller.
  • Do not bring a small child to a dog park, where dogs may become excitable.

Safety guidelines for small children at home with the family dog:

  • Children should know that it’s not okay to pull, grab, hurt, or sit on the dog.
  • Teach small children that they should never grab the dog’s toys.
  • If the dog takes something belonging to a child, get it away from him by bribing him with a treat or a dog toy.
  • Do not allow your child to be around the dog food or around the dog at meal times.
  • Keep consistent rules regarding the dog, even when there are visitors in the home.

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A Woman is Shot as Police Try to Stop an Aggressive Bulldog – Part 2

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Dog, crossbreed: Newfoundlander/Rottweiler

Dog, crossbreed: Newfoundlander/Rottweiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While riding a lawnmower on her front lawn in Thorndale, Texas, in November of 2005, 76-year-old Lillian Stiles was suddenly attacked and killed by a pack of six vicious pit bull-Rottweiler mixed-breed dogs. All of the dogs belonged to a neighbor, who was found not guilty of criminally negligent homicide in connection with Stiles’ death. Stiles’ daughter and husband knew something had to be done to dissuade dog owners from being irresponsible to the point that people are killed or seriously injured by their pets. They pushed for passage of legislation that came to be known as Lillian’s Law. The law passed on May 17, 2007, and what it does, in essence, is make dog owners criminally liable for their dogs’ actions.

A dog owner can be charged with a third-degree felony if their dog causes a victim serious bodily injury in an unprovoked attack. The punishment for a third-degree felony is between 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If a victim dies as a result of an unprovoked dog attack, the owner faces charges of a second-degree felony that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

When Lillian’s Law was passed, Senator Eliot Shapleigh, who sponsored the bill, said that literally hundreds of people, young and old, had been attacked by packs of pit bulls; and many had been killed. He said that the legislation was meant to send a strong message to dog owners that they will be held responsible if they do not protect people from their dangerous pets and such horrific attacks.

See Part 1 of this two-part series.

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