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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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Dog Owner Faces Charges after a Cyclist is Viciously Attacked

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

A black Great Dane.

A black Great Dane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On September 7, 2016, Chris Carmichael of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was riding his mountain bike near his cabin when two large dogs charged him in a sudden and vicious attack. Before he had a chance to respond to the situation, one dog bit him on the leg and the other bit him on the hand. Carmichael used his bicycle as a shield, but one dog circled around and attacked him in the neck area. He punched the dog’s face, and both dogs ran away. The dog attack victim described the dogs as Great Dane mixes. He contacted authorities and identified the neighboring cabin where the dogs came from when they attacked. Carmichael received medical treatment at a nearby hospital, where he got several stitches. Animal control opened an investigation into the incident. The Humane Society for the area contacted the dogs’ owner. They reported that he has been charged with unlawfully owning a dangerous animal. If the man is found guilty, he faces possible fines. In addition, the dogs may be euthanized.

Carmichael made a statement about the incident. He expressed his hope that others don’t have to go through what he experienced. He said when he thinks about his daughter going through something similar, it makes it tough to sleep at night.

What happened to Carmichael can just as easily happen to anyone in Texas. Every year, an estimated 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. Large breeds can do extreme harm very quickly. Many people lose their lives from dog attacks. So far this year, 24 people have been victims of fatal dog attacks. Nineteen of the fatalities were caused by pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

Becoming a victim of a dog attack can happen anytime. There is plenty of good reason to become familiar with ways to avoid a dog attack and tips on what to do in the event of an attack.

–Guest Contributor

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A 52-year-old Man is Killed by Pit Bull Mixes; Dogs are Released Back to Owner

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in bac...

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in backyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a tragic story out of Honolulu Hawaii, two pit bull mixes killed Crisencio Aliado, age 52, on July 29, 2016. The victim was a homeless man, and his bloodied body was discovered on the bank of a stream. The two pit bull mix dogs were at the scene and were evidently responsible for Crisencio’s death. Police took the dogs into their custody at that time. It was found by the medical examiner that the victim died from multiple bite injuries. The fatal pit bull attack happened behind a local business belonging to the owner of the pit bull mixes. The dog owner said the dogs somehow escaped the warehouse, which is fenced in. A friend of Crisencio said the dog attack victim had been washing his clothing in a stream when the dogs attacked. He also said the deceased was as mild-mannered a person as you could meet. Authorities returned the pit bulls to their owners on August 11.

It can be terrifying to think that dogs found responsible for the death of a human are simply returned to the same person who failed to ensure the safety of the public on at least one tragic occasion. The United States is not the only place where this type of alarming situation occurs.

In news out of The United Kingdom this week, a 52-year-old man was fatally attacked by a dog that had recently been returned to its owner, though concerns had been raised that the dog was dangerous. There is some dispute over the type of dog it was that killed the man, though neighbors of the dog’s owner say it was a pit bull, a breed that has been banned in the UK.

It makes no sense to potentially expose the public to a dog known to have killed a person by releasing the dog back to the same individual who owned the dog when the fatal incident occurred. More than 30 fatal dog attacks have been occurring in the U.S. annually in recent years. Our laws need to change, in order to address this ominous threat.

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A Child is Attacked by a Pit Bull; 4 have been Killed by the Breed since June 4 – Part 2

Friday, July 1st, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

Fourteen people have been killed by a pit bull in the U.S. this year, which comes to one fatality every 13 days. Last year there were 28 deaths caused by pit bulls, which reflects the same frequency for fatal pit bull attacks. This pattern has been going on for at least 18 months. Prior to that, pit bulls consistently caused more than 65% of all dog attack fatalities. That figure was even more sinister last year, when the breed was responsible for 82% of dog-related deaths.

There doesn’t seem to be much evidence that the public is waking up to the dangers of pit bulls to the extent that legislators are widely being pressured to change dog laws. There isn’t a city in Texas that bans pit bulls, though one city, Garland, restricts pit bull ownership.

Denver, Colorado, is a city that has famously and successfully maintained a pit bull ban, in spite of enthusiastic opposition from pit bull advocates. Any time a city of any size attempts to find safety from these dangerous animals, advocates for the breed apply pressure from all over the U.S. It is often more than a police department or animal services office can handle, when a united front overwhelms them with phone calls and all other types of communication.

The real curiosity is how pit bulls can still be seen as safe when their owners are the victims in about half of all fatal attacks. The deceased owners never believed it would happen. Pit bulls are dangerous and unpredictable.

See Part 1 of this continuing series. In the next segment, learn what makes pit bulls more dangerous than other breeds, as far as the way they attack.

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Pit Bull Owner Sentenced to Jail and Probation in Death of 4-yr-old

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

On December 2, 2015, 4-year-old Xavier Strickland was horrifically killed by four pit bulls. In news today, the owner of the pit bulls was sentenced in a Detroit court. Originally, the man faced a possible 15-year prison sentence. He was convicted by a jury on June 9 of manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death. Second-degree murder charges were dropped because the prosecution failed to prove its case prior to jury deliberations. The pit bull owner has been sentenced to almost a year of jail time plus five years of probation. He is credited with 43 days served and will have work release privileges while incarcerated.

In the jury trial, Xavier’s mother provided testimony. As they were walking to school in their neighborhood, the child was snatched from her arms by three of the pit bulls. The three dogs than pulled the boy underneath a gate into a backyard where the fourth pit bull was. All four dogs savagely attacked. As he was being mauled to death, the child pleaded for help.

Prior to the child’s death, the pit bulls had a known history of escaping their owner’s property. A huge outcry followed Xavier’s death. Many people made an outcry regarding a vicious cycle of dogfighting, breeding of pit bulls, and stray pit bulls in Detroit.

A civil lawsuit is pending in connection with the fatal pit bull attack.

Pit bulls kill someone in the United States about once every 14 days. Survivors of pit bull attacks are often maimed and require numerous plastic surgeries to deal with their terrible injuries. No other dog is a threat to the public like pit bulls. Part of the reason is that few pit bull owners face consequences. Victims usually pay the full price for the irresponsible actions of pit bull owners.

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One Neighborhood to be Relieved of a Dangerous Dog Following a Vicious Attack

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Español: Pit Bull Terrier Americano Hembra.

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

A woman in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has 30 days to remove her pit bull from the city, according to a court order handed down yesterday. In recent months, two of the woman’s pit bulls have attacked people who were walking in the neighborhood. The dog owner was convicted of a charge related to an attack in May. In addition to getting rid of the dog, she must pay a fine of $100 plus another $94 in court costs. It remains to be seen who will be in danger from the dog, wherever it is moved.

The attack that resulted in these judgments occurred on May 17. A neighbor was walking her dog when the pit bull knocked her over, causing a head injury, and attacked her dog. The victim’s pet survived and had to get stitches.

The dog owner, at that point, already had a dog that had been declared dangerous in connection with an attack that occurred in December. It was a similar scenario. The victim was walking her dog, a golden retriever, when two pit bulls managed to open the glass door of the owner’s residence and attack. One of the pit bulls bit the golden retriever on the neck. When the pet owner tried to help, she was also bitten. One of the two dogs was declared dangerous in an April hearing. The pit bull owner was required to take the following actions:

  • Register the dog in the Dangerous Dog Registry for Virginia;
  • Place a dog tag on the dog’s collar, indicating that it is a dangerous dog;
  • Post warning signs on the property;
  • Carry a $100,000 liability insurance policy on the dog; and
  • Keep the dog muzzled and leashed whenever it is out of the house.

Sadly, dog owners whose pets cause harm to others rarely face consequences of any kind. Meanwhile, victims can suffer a wide range of ongoing problems, as a result of the dog’s vicious actions. The world would be a safer place if owners of potentially dangerous breeds were always held responsible by law in a way that promotes responsible dog ownership.

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A Pleasanton, Texas, Man is Attacked by a Neighbor’s Pit Bulls

Monday, June 27th, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

On Saturday, a man in Pleasanton, Texas, was almost home from a walk when a neighbor’s pit bulls viciously attacked him. Another neighbor saw what was happening, and he was on his roof at the time. The Good Samaritan jumped from his roof and struck the pit bulls with his poll saw, which allowed the man to escape into his home. The victim was badly injured. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was given more than 28 stitches on the deep gashes he suffered as a result of the pit bull attack.

According to the man’s mother, they had never seen the dogs behaving aggressively before the attack. But she says she now believes the dogs’ intent was to kill. She credits the helpful neighbor for saving her son’s life.

Police have impounded the pit bulls, and they are being tested for rabies. Authorities say the dogs’ owners will be cited. The victim and his family are hoping the dog is not returned to the neighborhood.

When pit bulls run loose, bad things happen. In the many pit bull attacks that occur in Texas and around the country, the dogs aren’t usually strays. They usually have owners, and half the time, the owners are the victims, at least in cases of fatal pit bull attacks.

Twelve people have died as a result of being attacked by one or more pit bulls in the United States this year alone. A woman in New Haven, Connecticut, is currently in grave condition from a horrific pit bull attack that occurred on June 20. Hopefully, she will not become the 13th victim of a fatal pit bull attack. She is in grave condition, having had a leg amputated and having lost both eyes in the attack. It is also likely that an arm will be amputated, as well, doctors say.

It truly is very possible that the Good Samaritan in Pleasanton, Texas, saved a man’s life.

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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby – Part 5

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

As published on the DogsBite.org website, various surgeons, doctors, and other medical professionals who are considered experts in treating victims of pit bull attacks have the following things to say (not direct quotes):

An ER doctor in Maryland says:

As an ER physician who simply treats the people who walk through the door, I can say that the overwhelming majority of serious dog bite injuries are caused by pit bulls. Small, happy dogs probably bite more frequently, but those bites are minor and require virtually no medical treatment. Pit bulls cause awful injuries. Pit bull advocates may talk about the importance of nurturing animals, but that does nothing to help a girl whose face is disfigured or parents whose child was killed by a member of the breed. Unless you are a bona fide dog expert, there is no reason to own a dog that is capable of killing you and has a history of killing people. Banning pit bulls is a wonderful idea because there is no reason to have a pet that can kill you. It will save the lives of children, if pit bulls are banned.

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this continuing series, learn more evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated. In the next segments, learn what more physicians who perform surgeries on survivors of pit bull attacks say about the danger of the breed.

–Guest Contributor

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A Woman is Killed by a Pack of Dogs in Northeastern Travis County – Part 2

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Poncho, a young brindle American Pit bull mix....

Poncho, a young brindle American Pit bull mix. Poncho was a wonderful dog, and never showed aggression toward people, other dogs, or cats during his life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

The question of whether dogs are more dangerous in packs is not easily answered. Few experts agree with Cesar Millan’s teachings about dogs being pack animals that need to be dominated by their owners. Wolves are not the same as domestic dogs, which means pack behaviors are different.

Why have two women been killed by packs of dogs in Texas this year? Antoinette Brown of Dallas was attacked and bitten more than 100 times, and authorities believe seven dogs were involved. Unlike McCleskey, who was on the dogs’ property, Brown was walking in a neighborhood when she was attacked. These Texas attacks are not isolated incidents.

On April 24, 2016, 49-year-old Manuel Mejia of Miami-Dad County, Florida, died as a result of being attacked by a pack of dogs. The pack’s mother is a pit bull mix, and nine other dogs involved were Belgium malinois-mixes about 8 months old. Authorities have concluded that 10 dogs were involved. One man is the owner of all of the dogs. According to news as late as June 14, police have not made a determination regarding whether the dogs’ owner will be criminally charged in the death of Mejia. The victim was working as a live-in caretaker on the dog owners’ property. His girlfriend witnessed the horrific attack saying three dogs began the attack and seven more dogs joined in.

With there being little information to suggest that packs of dogs are too dangerous, it is doubtful any laws will be forthcoming that would protect people from others who own numerous potentially dangerous dogs. Hopefully, important research and studies will be done to determine whether packs of dogs are a clear threat to society.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, learn more about the danger of packs of dogs running loose.

–Guest Contributor

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A Pit Bull Kills a 55-year-old Woman who was Alone in her Backyard – Part 8

Friday, June 17th, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

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

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, just after arriving home from work, witnessed the attack after the woman had already become unconscious 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.

Just yesterday, June 16, 2016, a pit bull got loose in Norwich, Connecticut. The pit bull went to a nearby street and bit three people. A 6-year-old boy was the first victim. As the boy was being attacked, his sister ran to get their mother. When the mother went to rescue her son, she ended up being the dog’s target. The third person was injured as he was pulling the pit bull off of the woman’s neck and placed a finger inside the dog’s mouth. The police went to the scene and interviewed the three victims of the pit bull attack. One of them had a severe ear injury. All three were transported to Backus Hospital for treatment.

The 50-year-old owner of the dog was cited for allowing a dog to roam, failure to license, failure to vaccinate, nuisance/vicious disposition, and violation of tethering/chain regulations.

Obviously, no matter how much harm a pit bull does, rarely do the pit bull owners get more than a slap on the wrist. There are no laws that would motivate pit bull owners to ensure the safety of the public.

Learn more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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