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A Toddler in Oklahoma and a Woman in Louisiana are Killed by Pit Bulls in early January 2018

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Pit bull (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

In 2017, a total of 29 people in the U.S. died as a result of pit bull attacks. Sadly, the horrific trend continues. The first two pit bull fatalities in 2018 occurred before mid-January. The victims of the fatal pit bull attacks were 53-year-old Laura Ray of West Monroe, Louisiana, and 3-year-old Rylee Dodge of Duncan, Oklahoma.

Ray was working at a pet boarding facility when a pit bull mauled her to death on January 9. At approximately 11 p.m., deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to the pet boarding establishment on Smith Street in West Monroe. Scotty Robinson, Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, said the awful scene was horrific. The deputies who responded to the call found that Ray had been critically injured, and she did not survive the savage pit bull attack. The previous owner of the pit bull had signed a document saying the dog did not have a history of aggression. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took custody of the pit bull, and the dog was euthanized. Ray was the mother of five children.

Rylee’s father had acquired the pit bull that killed her just five days before the deadly attack on January 14. The dog was kept in the fenced yard. The 3-year-old’s father left her with her grandmother and got a call approximately 20 minutes later. The man quickly returned home and discovered his mother laying on the pit bull and his daughter lifeless. The grandmother said Rylee had opened the front door to play with the pit bull. The dog attacked Rylee as soon as she opened the door. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the child’s cause of death was multiple blunt force and sharp injuries to her neck and head. Although the manner of death was ruled an accident, sources say criminal charges are pending.

Tragically, year after year, pit bulls are responsible for more fatal dog attacks than all other breeds put together and little to nothing is done, as far as new legislation to provide protection from this clear threat.

–Guest Contributor


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Hurt by Dog Attack Attorney – Police Kill an At-Large Pit Bull in North Richland Hills TX – Part 7

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi)

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week in North Richland Hills, Texas, in the Dallas area, police were called to Starns Road about a pit bull chasing people. When an officer arrived on the scene, the dog charged him. The officer shot the dog to death. It was unknown whether the dog was a stray or had an owner. The folks in that neighborhood were very lucky no one was hurt.

Yesterday in Shreveport, Louisiana, five people were wounded by a pit bull. At about 4 p.m. police were called to the 6800 block of West 70th regarding multiple attacks by the same dog. The initial caller told police that the pit bull had already bitten two people and was at that moment in the process of attacking a third individual. The dog attacked officers when they arrived on the scene. One officer shot and killed the dog. Police said that five people in all had been bitten by the pit bull. One person was taken to a nearby hospital for injuries caused by the attack. The four other victims were treated at the scene by the Shreveport Fire Department. No other information has been released about the incident.

There are continuous reports of dangerous pit bull incidents in U.S. news. Last week in Florida, an officer responded to a call by a woman who said she was charged by two pit bulls as she was taking out the trash. When the police officer arrived, the pit bulls charged him. The officer was bitten by one of the dogs, in spite of efforts to fend off the attack.

Learn more about pit bulls and why they are a breed to be feared in Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor


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Texas Accident Attorney: Where are the Dangerous Dogs in Austin, Texas? – Part 3

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015


Boxer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The official City of Austin, Texas, website includes information about the whereabouts of dangerous and vicious dogs in the city. There are also reminders, such as that the owners of registered dangerous dogs are required by law to keep their dog restrained at all times in an enclosure or under someone’s control. Any dog that is registered as dangerous or vicious should always wear a large dog tag stating that it is a dangerous animal. The website also points out that if a dog attacks again, after being declared vicious or dangerous, the pet will be euthanized.

One of the requirements regarding dangerous and vicious dogs is this one:

  • Owners must also carry $100,000 of liability insurance to cover any injuries inflicted by the dog.

The requirement carries the implication that by allowing the dog to continue to live within city limits, there is a clear possibility that someone may become injured and require medical care or could even be killed. If you live in Austin, it would be a good idea to access the city website and determine whether there is a dangerous or vicious dog in your vicinity. It would be better to take safety precautions when walking in a potentially dangerous part of town than to benefit from the insurance coverage of a dangerous dog owner.

Some of the many streets where registered dangerous or vicious dogs reside in Austin include:

  • The 2100-block of Horse Wagon Drive, where a dangerous white/brown boxer lives.
  • On the 8900 block of Pointer lane, there are at least three registered dangerous dogs, all in the same household. They are all pit bulls — one male and one female white and black pit bull and one brown and white female pit bull.
  • In the 11900 block of Rosethorn Drive, there is a brown male pit bull-boxer mix that has been deemed dangerous.

Learn more about dangerous dog and vicious dog requirements in Austin in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series.

–Guest Contributor


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