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

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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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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A Toddler is Bitten by a Dog on the Neck in Bexar County, Texas

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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List of dog breeds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, while visiting with a family near Blanco Road and West Oak Drive in North Bexar County, a 2-year-old girl was bitten on the neck by the family’s dog. The child was transported to a nearby hospital, where she received stitches. Police said the toddler is expected to recover and the dog is in quarantine, as a safety precaution.

It’s always important for parents to teach their children about how to avoid dog bites. During the holidays, it is perhaps more important because even dogs that are usually very calm can become agitated during all of the festivities involved in the season. When dogs become anxious, they are more prone to bite.

The statistics on dog bites in general provide evidence enough that dog bites are a safety issue that every family should address. Estimates in numerous detailed studies suggest that there are at least 4.5 million dog bite incidents in the United States every year. Practically 1 in 5 people who are bitten by a dog require some type of medical attention. The following are more statistics related to a study published in 2010 indicating that over a 15-year-period, the number of people in the U.S. hospitalized because of dog bites almost doubled:

  • Hospital stays involving dog bites came to about 3.1 stays per 100,000 population.
  • Emergency department visits involving dog bites were about 103.9 visits per 100,000 population.
  • In rural areas as compared to urban areas, there were 4 times as many emergency room visits involving dog bites and 3 times as many hospital stays.
  • Dog-related hospital stays, at an average cost of $18,200, are about 50% higher in cost than average injury-related hospital stays.

Learn more about the very real threat of dog attacks in this ongoing series.

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