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An Infant Becomes the Fourth in the U.S. to Die from a Pit Bull Attack Since April 6, 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español:...

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Six-month-old Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee of Las Vegas, Nevada, was killed by the family pit bull on May 8, 2017. She was the fourth person in the U.S. to be killed by a pit bull since last month on April 6. The baby had been in her home in a baby walker near the pit bull when the dog attacked her. The baby’s mother had gone into another room. The dog was biting the baby’s head when the mom returned. Although she was able to quickly stop the attack, the damage was already too much. The infant was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to a nearby hospital. According to the coroner, the cause of death was multiple blunt force head injuries. The family had owned the dog for nine years, and he had no history of biting. Shortly after the fatal pit bull attack, Clark County Animal Control euthanized the dog.

On April 27, there was another fatal pit bull attack. Again, a family dog was responsible for the death. Thirty-two-year-old Lisa Green of Breinigsville, Pennsylvania was brutally mauled to death on a deck of her home as neighbors watched in horror and tried to save her. She had owned the dog for approximately 2 ½ years.

A couple of days prior to Green’s death, 60-year-old Maurice Brown was killed by a pit bull in Dayton, Ohio. The dog broke the chain that had restrained him, and he attacked Brown as he was walking in an alley. Brown was heard screaming for help. Officers were called to the scene, where they discovered the dog still actively attacking Brown. The pit bull was shot and killed by police. Brown was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Eighty-two-year-old Cecille Short was walking in a residential neighborhood with her dog when two pit bulls savagely attacked and killed her and her pet. Various members of the neighborhood had issued warnings about the dogs. The dogs’ owner, a 31-year-old man, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Short’s death.

Seven people have been killed by pit bulls in the U.S. this year. The breed has been responsible for the clear majority of dog attack fatalities year after year. In 2015, pit bulls were responsible for 82% of the dog-related deaths, killing a total of 28 people. The breed is obviously different than any other and should be banned, for the safety of all members of society, including pit bull owners who overlook these deadly statistics.

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A 5-year-old Boy is Mauled to Death by Family Dogs

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

English Mastiff

English Mastiff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Clarksville, Tennessee, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, a 5-year-old boy was brutally attacked by the family’s two English Mastiffs. At about 8:20 that morning, emergency personnel responded to the home, after receiving a 9-1-1 call. The child was quickly transported to Tennova Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No further details have been released about this fatal dog attack, other than the fact that the dogs were both under a year old and now in custody of the animal services department

The boy killed last week was the fourth person in 2017 to be killed by one or more dogs. On January 17, a 6-year-old boy in Atlanta, Georgia, died after being brutally attacked by two to three dogs as he was walking to school; one of the dogs was a pit bull and the other breeds are still unknown. That same day, a 2-month-old in San Marcos, Texas, was killed by the family dog, a German shepherd. On Monday, February 13, a 75-year-old woman was viciously attacked by her own dog, a Mastiff she had owned for at least six years; and she died from her injuries.

Deadly dog attacks happen probably more frequently than many people realize. DogsBite.org is a website that tracks information about dog fatalities and other serious dog attacks. The website tracks information that was previously recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The government no longer tracks information about fatal dog attacks, but DogsBite.org does.

Based on the number of dog attacks that occur in the U.S. every year, a person is killed by a dog, on average, about once every two weeks or so. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable age groups, but healthy grown males are also sometimes killed by dogs.

The public hardly hears anything about these fatal dog attacks. Perhaps it’s time to bring this problem to light; it could possibly help to save lives.

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An Infant is Killed by the Family Dog in San Marcos, Texas

Monday, February 13th, 2017

A sable/black German Shepherd dog.

A sable/black German Shepherd dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A two-month-old baby girl was killed inside her home by the family dog on January 17, 2017, in San Marcos, Texas. Police officers got a call that afternoon regarding an infant with numerous animal bites and responded, along with emergency medical services. Before they arrived on the scene, the baby’s father was talked through procedures for CPR over the phone. Once the response team arrived, the baby was transported by EMS to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos. Soon after, the infant was pronounced dead. The family dog, a German shepherd, was impounded by animal control.

Kelly Earnest, San Marcos Police Department Commander, reported on the events that occurred, according to the baby’s father, who is in his 30s. The man said he took a nap on the couch with the baby next to him in an infant bouncy seat. After about 20 minutes, the man woke up and discovered the baby injured, cold, and nonresponsive.

The 8-year-old German shepherd was part of the family from the time he was a puppy and had shown no previous signs of aggression. Ernest said the family will decide whether to euthanize the dog.

The San Marcos Police Department released a statement saying that the father would not consent to drug or alcohol testing. They also said there wasn’t sufficient probable cause to get a warrant for alcohol or drug blood tests on the father. However, the investigation will be thorough and there is a pending possibility of criminal charges.

Bringing a new baby into a home with a dog is a situation that should be handled with great care and caution, as this tragic dog attack fatality demonstrates.

–Guest Contributor

 

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64-year-old David Fear Dies after a Vicious Dog Attack

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

A Belgian Malinois named Tica.

A Belgian Malinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, in Grover Beach, CA, 85-year-old Betty Long was brutally attacked by two dogs. David Fear, age 64, intervened to save her and suffered critical injuries, including arteries in each arm being severed. Long had broken bones from falling during the dog attack, and she also had serious dog bite injuries. Both were admitted to nearby hospitals. Long survived and made the statement that Fear repeatedly screamed for help, saying, “They’re eating me” during the horrific attack. He died from his injuries three days later on Friday, December 16. Both dogs in the attack belonged to a Grover Beach police officer, whose name has been withheld and who is now on paid administrative leave. The dogs were a Belgian Malinois and a German shepherd, with the former being the main aggressor. The malinois was surrendered to animal control and has been euthanized since the fatal dog attack.

The dog attack occurred outside of Long’s home, and Fear was her next-door neighbor. The dogs escaped from the owner’s yard. The dog owner had only lived in the area a short time before the tragic incident occurred.

Fear is the 29th person in the U.S. to die from a dog attack in 2016. Twenty-one of the fatal dog attacks were caused by pit bulls, which is a typical statistic. Although pit bulls make up only about 7% of the dog population, they commit the clear majority of fatalities every year.

Obviously, other dogs can be just as dangerous as pit bulls. Fatal attacks happen too often, but it’s difficult to know what to do about it, since dogs are widely known as and considered man’s best friend. When it comes to the pit bull breed, there does seem to be plenty of evidence to support a ban of the breed, as a way of saving lives, including the lives of the owners, which make up about half of the fatal victims each year.

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An 83-year-old Man is Killed by Four Dogs Belonging to a Neighbor

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Les deux heureux parents de trois merveilleux petits rottweilers: Kiara, Charly et Coda ( à voir sur le blog: famillyrotts.skyrock.com) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a horrific scene in Jacksonville, Florida, an 83-year-old man was discovered dead in the backyard of a pet owner with four dogs. The owner’s dogs are a Rottweiler and three mixed-breed Rottweilers. On August 19, 2016, the victim was taking out his trash at the Franklin Arms Apartments, where he lived. There was a hole in the dog owner’s fence, and the dogs escaped. They dragged the elderly victim into their yard and he was discovered dead and dismembered. The dogs are in the custody of authorities. No charges have been filed.

Rottweilers are the second most dangerous type of dog breed. Although pit bulls have consistently been the breed responsible for more than 60% of annual deaths in the U.S. for decades, with that percentage spiking significantly since last year, Rottweilers are dangerous, too. According to DogsBite.org, a site that closely tracks dog bite fatalities in the U.S., the combined breed of pit bulls and Rottweilers have been responsible for 76% of all fatal attacks in the 11-year span of 2005 through 2015. More statistics follow:

  • In 2015, pit bulls committed 28 deaths and Rottweilers killed 3 people. American bulldogs are considered close cousins of pit bulls, and they killed 2 people. Together, the three breeds contributed to 97% or 33 of the 34 dog attack fatalities last year. Only 9% of these 34 fatalities resulted in criminal charges on a meaningful level. This was the lowest level of criminal charges linked to dog fatalities in 11 years.
  • Texas had more deaths caused by dogs in 2015, with 5 people killed.
  • Texas had more deadly dog attacks in 2014, as well, with 7 deaths. Felony charges were filed in connection with 43% of those fatalities.

Annual statistics related to dog fatalities continue to indicate what a danger certain breeds can be. Packs of dogs have also proven to be deadly on several occasions. Laws need to change so that dog owners know there will be consequences if anyone is hurt by their pets. It seems ludicrous that a person can be killed by pets while minding their own business and no one faces criminal charges.

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Family Pit Bulls Maul a 60-year-old Woman to Death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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

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

Susan Shawl, age 60, of Conifer, Colorado was mauled to death by two family pit bulls Monday night, August 29, 2016. Shawl became the 19th victim of a fatal pit bull attack this year alone. Few details have been released about the tragedy. Police were called to the home, which is in a remote area of Conifer. First responders requested a medical helicopter. Shawl was on the verge of unconsciousness when they arrived. Shortly after requesting the helicopter, an officer announced that it appeared to be a code Frank, which is law enforcement terminology for a fatal incident. The dogs responsible for Shawl’s death belong to her and her son, Richard Shawl, age 36. He was also injured, but his injuries were not life-threatening. There are plans to euthanize the pit bulls.

The victims of fatal pit bull attacks are the owners or members of the family about half the time. The deaths that have occurred in 2016 tell a chilling story of a deadly breed. Many claim that media hype gives these dogs a bad rap. An honest look at actual fatalities makes it clear that there is no exaggeration needed.

Last year, pit bulls killed 28 (82%) of the 34 people who died in the U.S. from dog attacks. Consider that there are, according to worldwide kennel clubs, 332 dog breeds in the world and 187 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. With 187 breeds in the U.S. and a single breed being responsible for 82% of all dog fatalities, it’s clear that pit bulls are far more dangerous than other dogs.

Approximately 700 cities and municipalities have banned pit bulls or at least restricted them. That number should be growing monthly, as the death toll rises with each fatal pit bull attack.

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A Postal Worker is Brutally Attacked by a Pit Bull

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A USPS van on Cambridge Street in Harvard Squa...

A USPS van on Cambridge Street in Harvard Square (Cambridge, Massachusetts).” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mail carriers are specially trained on how to deal with dog attacks, but nothing could have prepared Craig De Lashmit for the pit bull encounter he had on Friday, July 29, 2016. De Lashmit was making his rounds, delivering mail in Southeast Wichita, Kansas, on Bellaire Street when he was suddenly in a fight for his life. He had just delivered mail to someone’s home when he turned to see a pit bull. The dog gave no warning. There were no barks or growls. De Lashmit was trained to use his postal bag as a shield from dog bites, but the maneuver was no help in this situation.

De Lashmit said the pit bull launched an attack, lunging up and going straight for his arm. The dog attack victim was knocked backwards to the ground. De Lashmit seems to remember every detail of the attack. The pit bull backed up for moment, he said, and then bit his leg. The postal worker then realized he was being attacked and not just bitten.

De Lashmit kicked the pit bull and got back on his feet, but the dog was biting and pulling him. De Lashmit screamed help repeatedly throughout the ordeal. Finally, the dog’s owner and another man arrived to help. The dog was brought under control, and a Good Samaritan wrapped his injured arm in a t-shirt.

After being quickly transported to a local hospital, De Lashmit got 26 stitches on his arms and legs from the pit bull attack.

The pit bull owner told police that the dog was trained to protect his family. He said that the dog was not going to return to that neighborhood, however, because he wanted to make sure the pit bull harmed no one else.

In the meantime, as a result of the attack, neighbors in the vicinity must temporarily get their mail at the post office. A centralized mailbox is being installed for the neighborhood, for safety purposes.

The Post Master in Wichita urged citizens to keep their dogs restrained and away from mailboxes and areas where postal workers walk to make their deliveries.

Read this ongoing series to learn about cities in Texas and where they stand as far as places that are most dangerous for mail carriers, based on dog bite statistics.

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A Pit Bull Attacks and Seriously Injures a Sleeping Toddler in a Stroller – Part 7

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Male Rottweiler, 1½ years old

Male Rottweiler, 1½ years old (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a Nutley, New Jersey, neighborhood on Saturday night, a pit bull got loose from his owner and viciously attacked an 11-month-old toddler in her stroller. It was already dark outside, and the child’s parents didn’t see the attack coming. Suddenly the dog ran up and latched onto the toddler’s leg. The baby’s and mother’s screams reportedly brought almost the entire neighborhood outside. Neighbors quickly ran to their aid, though it wasn’t easy to get the pit bull to let go of the child. Neighbors wrapped a tourniquet around the leg. The child was quickly transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. She required more than 70 stitches on her leg. Reportedly, fixing her injuries will require extensive plastic surgery.

There are obviously many dog attacks that the victim won’t see coming. If there is an opportunity to evaluate a situation with a potentially dangerous dog, it helps to understand a few things about dog body language. The following are signs that a dog is in an aggressive state:

  • The tail is stiffened.
  • The body looks tense, as opposed to relaxed.
  • The ears and/or head may be pulled back.
  • The whites of the dog’s eyes are showing.
  • The dog will hold an intense stare.

It’s best not to run or make a sudden movement around an aggressive dog because it makes him more defensive. If you can remain calm, there are certain steps you can take that could help you avoid a dog attack, including the following:

  • Never touch a dog you don’t know or that may be frightened or injured.
  • Children should be taught to be calm and quiet around dogs. It’s important they know not to torment or in any way tease a dog.
  • Don’t put your face near a dog because canines consider it a threatening gesture.
  • Be very careful to keep your distance when a dog has a puppy litter. Having puppies can make dogs overly protective, which easily leads to aggression.
  • If a dog growls, always consider it a warning and don’t approach him.

Learn more in the next segment.

Read more about recent pit bull attacks in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing story.

–Guest Contributor

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5-year-old Boy Loses Both Ears in a Vicious Dog Attack – Part 7

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Mixed-breed dog, 2/3 German Shepherd Dog and 1...

Mixed-breed dog, 2/3 German Shepherd Dog and 1/3 Collie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jacoby Bennett, age 5, was playing on the property of a neighbor on Thursday near Ada, Oklahoma, when he was viciously mauled by two mixed-breed dogs. According to witnesses, the child frequently feeds the neighbor’s chickens and goats and has been around the dogs many times. On the day of the attack, his mother was checking on him when she discovered a nightmarish scene. Jacoby was covered in blood and severely injured. The mother immediately called 9-1-1, and it was about 3:40 p.m. The child was ultimately flown by medical helicopter to Oklahoma City’s OU Medical Center. According to the latest report, he is in stable condition. He suffered dog bites from head to toe and severe trauma, and Jacoby lost both ears in the dog attack.

Perhaps what is missing in there being a growing societal awareness that dog attacks are a threat is that there are glossed-over explanations of what happens to victims. The facts are often horrific and even gruesome. By facing the realities of this danger, perhaps more could be done to ensure that irresponsible dog owners don’t subject the public at large to an attack by a dangerous dog. Almost half the time, however, family members are the victims. The facts, in those cases, can often raise awareness about the inherent danger of owning a pit bull or another potentially dangerous large dog.

Learn more about dog bites in Part 1 and more about pit bull attacks in Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing series. In the next segment, read graphic accounts of injuries suffered by dog attack victims.

–Guest Contributor

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A Toddler Recovering from a Dog Attack Undergoes Unprecedented Facial Re-Implantation Surgery – Part 7

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

A black German Shepherd Dog

A black German Shepherd Dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In August of 2015, toddler Mariah Solomon of Loma Linda, California, was viciously attacked by a dog. During the attack, a large percentage of her face was removed, from the top of her lip to the top of her nose as well as part of her left cheek. The work done on Mariah’s face was unprecedented, partly due to her age and the size of the avulsion injury. The specialists, including otolaryngologists, began the surgery within hours. The procedure involved intensive surgically microscopic work and took five hours. Arteries on each side of her face had to be reconnected. Post-surgery, leeches had to be used to help with blood flow until the veins were functioning again. The work that was performed was truly remarkable, and the results have also been amazing. It seems Mariah will only have minimal scarring, and her recovery is expected to be complete.

A woman from Seattle, Washington, revealed some of the devastation she suffered following a horrific dog attack in which she was bitten more than 70 times, her scalp was peeled off, her gums and teeth were ripped from her jaw, and the muscles of her arms hung like strips of rags around her bones. She has under gone numerous surgeries and has had literally thousands of stitches and hundreds of staples that were used to patch her together. The pain she went through was so severe that she didn’t know she had a broken foot until a year after the dog attack. She has suffered permanent nerve damage and no longer has feeling in some of her fingertips.

Dog attack victims often suffer ongoing financial strain, emotional trauma, disfigurement, and physical pain. Some aspects of suffering go on for the rest of their lives.

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this seven-part series, read more information about the types of injuries dog attack victims suffer.

–Guest Contributor

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