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A Chained Dog Gets Loose and Viciously Attacks a Boy

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

My Dog Abby, taken by me in my back yard.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Carroll County, Indiana, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, a dog neighbors say is always chained in its yard was loose and brutally attacked an 8-year-old boy. The dog attack victim’s 12-year-old neighbor Raven McMurtie saw what was happening in the field near her home, went outside, and let out a scream that frightened the dog away. McMurtie said she immediately began crying and praying for her friend, whose arm was hanging, as though broken, and he had blood all over.

According to McMurtie’s mother, who also witnessed the dog attack, the dog was shaking the boy, dropping him, and shaking him again. They ran to his aid and found that the injuries went to the bone in at least three places.

McMurtie credited the boy with being tough and brave, assuring her that he was fine. The boy was quickly transported to a nearby hospital with what police said were serious arm injuries.

During an investigation of the incident, the attacking dog behaved aggressively toward a police officer, who shot the dog in the chest. The animal was transported by Clinton County animal control to a vet in a nearby city. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days, to watch for signs of rabies.

Other neighbors spoke about the dog. They said the dog has never been seen running free. It is kept chained all the time, and several people have reported that the dog often didn’t have food or water.

Reports have been done that indicate dogs are more dangerous after being cruelly chained for long periods of time. According to the State of Texas HB 1411, it is against the law in Texas to chain or tether a dog except in strict circumstances.

–Guest Contributor

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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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Injury Attorney: Where are the Dangerous Dogs in Austin, Texas? – Part 2

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

English: Rottweiler puppy

English: Rottweiler puppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The official City of Austin, Texas, website includes information about the whereabouts of dangerous and vicious dogs in the city. Steps are also provided for contacting Animal Control and requesting that a dog be deemed vicious or dangerous.

The following is information regarding vicious dogs, as found on the Vicious Dog Information Sheet provided by Austin/Travis County Animal Services Animal Protection Care and Control:

Information about any of the following acts should be reported to the City Health Authority:

If a dog owner or handler fails to take the required reasonable measures to protect people from accidental contact with a dog that is dangerous to other animals or to people, whether the danger is the result of training or the dog’s nature.

A dog may not be kept within the City of Austin by an owner or handler if the dog has:

  • Scratched or bitten a person in the city on at least three separate occasions;
  • Endangered a person’s life by biting or scratching them to the extent that a physician presents an affidavit stating as much to the health authority; or
  • Has at least once killed a cat, another dog, any other domestic pet, livestock, or fowl or seriously injured the other animal to the extent that the animal’s life was in serious danger or if the dog’s attack resulted in significant permanent impairment of the injured animal’s mobility or basic bodily functions. The injured animal must not have been in violation of provisions related to the physical control or confinement of animals in Austin.

Learn more about dangerous dog and vicious dog requirements in Austin in Part 1 and this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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