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A 60-year-old Man is Attacked and Killed by a Pit Bull

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017


Pitbullmacho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At about 5:15 am on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 60-year-old Maurice Brown was viciously attacked by a pit bull. Nearby residents heard screams for help that were obvious cries of pain. When police arrived, the pit bull was still actively attacking Brown. The officers shot and killed the male pit bull. Brown was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to authorities, the pit bull responsible for Brown’s death broke his chain to get to him. Three other pit bulls from the same property were also loose, and they have been taken into custody. It is unclear who the owner of the dogs is; the property owner lives in a nursing home.

In response to news about the fatal pit bull attack, Ohio state Senator Bill Beagle expressed concern that senseless dog attacks continue to happen. He introduced the Klonda Richey Act in 2014 and the following year, in response to the death of Richey, who was killed by two dogs belonging to her neighbors.

The Montgomery County Ohio area has been the site of four fatal dog attacks since 2012, and this was the third in Dayton since 2014. Fifty-seven-year-old Klonda Richey was killed by dogs she herself reported as dangerous dozens of times. She repeatedly contacted authorities about the dogs before they attacked and killed her.

A few months after Richey died, 7-month-old Johnathan Quarles, Jr. was killed by the pit bull belonging to his babysitter. The sitter was convicted of six felonies, following the fatal dog attack.

Just two weeks after Quarles Jr.’s death, a woman in Butler County, which borders Montgomery County, was killed by her daughter’s pit bull. The 59-year-old was babysitting her 2-year-old grandson when the dog lunged at her and bit her fatally on the throat. The child wasn’t injured.

If Beagle’s legislation is passed, penalties will increase against dog owners whose pets cause serious or fatal injuries.

–Guest Contributor


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Accident Attorney: Sugar Land has Ordinances Prohibiting At-Large Dogs and More – Part 5

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The entrance to a subdivision in Sugar Land, Texas

The entrance to a subdivision in Sugar Land, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Sugar Land, Texas, the law pertaining to vicious dogs is found in Section 3-38 of the city’s ordinances regarding vicious animals:

  • In the interest of the safety of the public, peace officers and animal control officers may destroy a vicious animal found running at large.
  • The owner of a vicious dog or other animal may be ordered by the animal services manager to permanently remove the animal from Sugar Land. There are ten days in which to appeal the order and it must be in writing to the municipal court. While the appeal is pending, the animal must either be restrained in a manner acceptable to the animal services manager or it must be removed from the city. Upon hearing the appeal, the court may uphold, modify, or reverse the order and might stipulate certain restrictions as a condition to allowing the animal to remain in the city. If the order to remove the vicious animal is upheld, the owner may not bring the animal back inside the city limits of Sugar Land.
  • Once the owner has been ordered to remove a vicious dog or other animal, if the owner fails to remove the animal, it may be impounded or humanely euthanized.
  • If the owner of a vicious animal relocates the animal, the animal services manager must be informed in writing within ten days. Each day the letter is not provided after it is due constitutes a separate violation and a separate offense.
  • The animal services manager of Sugar Land has the authorization to obtain a search and seizure warrant if:
    • A vicious dog or other animal has not been removed, in spite of a court order; or
    • A vicious animal is involved in a bite incident or is suspected of having rabies or any other zoonotic disease and the owner fails to surrender the animals either for humane euthanasia or for quarantine.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this five-part series for more about Sugar Land dog ordinances, including more about dangerous dog.

–Guest Contributor


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