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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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A 76-year-old Man and His Pet are Killed by Two Pit Bulls

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

English: American Staffordshire Terrier aka a pit bull. Deutsch: American Staffordshier Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valentine Herrera was savagely attacked by two pit bulls on February 2, 2017, and he died from the injuries on February 28. The fatal pit bull attack occurred in Los Angeles, California, as the victim was taking his dog, a Pomeranian, for a walk at about 6 p.m. The two pit bulls ran upon them and first attacked the man’s pet, reportedly tearing and shredding the small dog. As Herrera tried to intervene, the pit bulls turned on him. They knocked him to the ground and tore into him relentlessly, according to witnesses. After being rushed to a nearby hospital, he underwent brain surgery and received other treatment for his injuries.

Neighbors reported that the same two pit bulls killed another neighbor’s dog four days before the attack on Herrera. Stephanie Grezelle said she and her children witnessed the pit bulls mauling their pet to death. She rushed their pet to a veterinarian, but the damage was too extensive and the dog died.

There is no report yet on the fate of the dogs or on whether or not the dogs’ owner could face charges related to the fatality.

This was the second fatal pit bull attack this year. The first victim was 6-year-old Logan Braatz of Fulton County, GA. The child was walking to a school bus stop in the midst of a group of children when the two dogs attacked him and a 5-year-old girl, Syrai Sanders. Although Syrai survived, her entire scalp was removed from her skull during the attack. She faces multiple plastic surgeries. The dog owner in this case was arrested and has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

A look at fatal pit bull attacks in recent years provides convincing proof that pit bulls are too dangerous to exist in society without strict regulations that hold owners strictly to account, in the event someone is injured or killed.

–Guest Contributor



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Dog Bite Lawyer – USPS Reports Houston is the 2015 Leader in Dog Attacks – Part 2

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A Rural Letter Carrier from Fort Myers, Florida

A Rural Letter Carrier from Fort Myers, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released the latest numbers on postal workers being attacked by dogs. In 2015, Houston, Texas, was a clear leader, with 77 dog attacks. The cities that took second both had 58 bites; they were San Diego, CA, and Cleveland, OH. Dallas shares the third most dog attacks for 2015, at 57, tied with Chicago, IL. The two remaining Texas cities among the 51 in the top 30 rankings were Fort Worth and San Antonio, both tied for tenth with 39 postal worker dog attacks each. Last year, a total of 6,549 postal employees were attacked by dogs.

The following is safety information USPS is urging new media to share with the public, in addition to asking that hashtag “#preventdogbites” be used when reporting about dog attacks:

  • If a mail carrier delivers a package or mail to your front door, do not open the door until the dog has been secured in a separate room. Dogs have frequently been known to burst through screen doors and even plate-glass windows to attack mail carriers and other strangers.
  • Dog owners are asked to keep their pets secured. Parents are asked to instruct their children on the importance of not opening the door of the home to a letter carrier until the dog has been put away in a different room or in some other way restrained in a separate location. Dogs tend to view mail carriers as a threat, especially when handing mail to a child.
  • The safety of postal workers is the priority of USPS. Anytime mail carriers feel threatened by a dangerous dog or if a dog is seen running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at the post office until there is assurance that the mail carrier will be safe because the pet has been properly restrained. When dogs roam the neighborhood, neighbors as well as the dog owners may be asked to pick up their mail as the post office.

Learn more about protecting mail carriers from dog attacks in Part 1 and this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor



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Lawyer for Waco, Texas Dog Attack – The Pit Bull Controversy Rages on, but Apartment Owners Know the Truth

Monday, May 9th, 2016

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier chewing ...

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier chewing on a pine cone at four months. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Austin newspaper, The Austin Chronicle, recently wrote a story about dogs in shelters and pit bulls in particular. One of the reasons there are many large dogs being surrendered to animal shelters is because apartment complexes often don’t allow dogs that weigh over a certain amount, such as 20 pounds. Many apartment complexes, however, will not allow a tenant to have pit bulls in particular. Perhaps the indisputable fact that pit bulls have been killing someone in the U.S. approximately every two weeks has made an impact. Rather than look at the important fact that pit bulls and pit bull mixes take a human life every 14 days, a dangerous brand of political correctness often takes over.

Animal Farm Foundation Executive Director Stacey Coleman says that it has no impact on safety to restrict dog ownership or discriminate against a certain breed. Coleman claims dog behavior cannot be predicted based on appearance. Conclusions based merely on news about dog attack fatalities tell a very different story.

The information found at Dogsbite.org is all news-based. On the website, actual cases of dog attack fatalities that occur in the U.S. are provided in detail. These fatal attacks are occurring more than every two weeks, since pit bulls alone cause a fatality every 14 days. This year eight people have died as a result of a pit bull attack, and there has only been one additional fatality, and it was caused by a Labrador-shepherd mix. It’s only fair to point out that the only non-pit bull fatality falls under the category of predictable outcomes. The family had a 3-day-old newborn on the floor in a laundry basket. The baby wasn’t being supervised, and the dogs in the home all sleep in laundry baskets. The dog “gently” picked the baby up by the head to get him out of his territory. Tragically, the baby did not survive the puncture wounds.

When pit bulls have attacked just this year alone, the only somewhat predictable circumstances involve the dogs running loose and chasing children down like prey. It’s dangerous for dogs to run loose, and leash laws are in effect in virtually every city and municipality in Texas. The state has laws, however, which disallows breed-specific legislation.

Learn more about the argument that pit bulls are different from other breeds and should be banned in this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor


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A Toddler is Killed by a Family Dog, a Pit Bull Mix, in Miami-Dade – Part 5

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

English: American Pit Bull Terrier

English: American Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday, December 20, 2015, 1-year-old Nyjah Espinosa was killed by her father’s dog while visiting him in Miami-Dade for the holidays. The toddler would have been 2 on Christmas day. According to police, the dog, a pit bull mix, attacked the child in the hallway of the home and she did not survive the injuries. Police are still investigating the case. Animal services described the dog as an American bulldog mix, but a picture of the dog was made available. It is clearly a pit bull mix, according to DogsBite.org; the owners of the website have sent the dog’s picture to an expert for an opinion about what breed the dog is.

The mindset of families who own pit bulls even with children in the house is the same as all dog owners, it seems. The mother of an infant killed in Dallas, Texas, in April of this year had posted pictures of a male pit bull on her Facebook page, referring to the dog as a “big baby” four months before the fatal pit bull attack, according to DogsBite.org. Ten-week-old Brayden Wilson was left alone in the house with the family’s 8-year-old pit bull. The dog had been in the household as two other children were raised. But on April 19, after Brayden’s father stepped outside for a few minutes, the pit bull viciously attacked him. The father returned to the house and struggled to get the dog off of the baby. The rest of the family returned, and it still took a while before the dog finally let go of the newborn. The dad dragged the dog outside and shot him two times, killing him. The pit bull they considered harmless exhibited the same type of behavior that has taken more than two dozen lives in the U.S. in 2015.

Learn more about the unpredictability and danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this five-part series.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pit Bull Mix Attacks a Dallas, Texas, Couple and Their Pet – Part 3

Monday, June 8th, 2015

A Border Collie in Wales.

A Border Collie in Wales. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following is more information from the Texas Health and Safety Code under Title 10, health and safety of animals, chapter 822, regulation of animals, subchapter A, dogs that attack persons or are a danger to persons.

More from Section .003:

The city attorney, the county attorney, and any interested party are entitled to attend the hearing about determining whether a dog is dangerous.

If the court finds that the dog caused a fatality by biting, attacking, or mauling a person, the dog will be destroyed.

If it is not found that the dog caused a death, the court will order the release of the dog to:

  • Its owner;
  • The person who the dog was taken from; or
  • Any other person who has been authorized by the owner to take possession of the dog.

If the court finds that a dog caused serious bodily injury to a person by biting, mauling, or attacking them, the dog may or may not be ordered to be destroyed. If the dog is not destroyed, it will be released to one of the above-named people.

A dog that has caused serious bodily injury shall not be destroyed if the dog was being used for purposes of the protection of a person or of property and the attack occurred within the enclosure where the dog is kept, if:

  • The enclosure was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving it and there was a sign indicating the presence of the dog; and
  • The injured person was older than 7 years old and was trespassing when the bite, mauling, or attack occurred.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor


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An Infant is Injured in a Pit Bull Attack In El Paso, Texas – Part 2

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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

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

Last year 42 people in the U.S. were killed by dogs, which was a 6% increase from the previous year. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are responsible for 59% or more of dog bite fatalities every year, although the breed only makes up about 3% of the dog population. These statistics don’t even take into account the many thousands of people seriously injured by pit bulls every year. This breed has powerful jaws, and physicians have made it known that their patients who were attacked by pit bulls suffer more serious injuries than those bitten by other breeds.

There is no shortage of advocates for pit bulls. Cesar Millan, the famous Dog Whisperer, is among the many experts who are adamant that the dogs themselves are not the problem. Pit bulls have the capacity to be amazing family dogs, they say, as long as they are properly trained.

Perhaps the ability to properly train a pit bull is beyond that of the typical American family. That might explain the fact that the majority of pit bull attacks are against family members or people familiar to the dog. A perplexing phenomenon associated with pit bulls is that some people continue to defend the dogs, even after the breed has been responsible for a death in the family or critical injuries inflicted upon loved ones.

The U.S. is a society that is moving forward with many environmental improvements, and other signs of progress abound. To be a society that almost freely allows its citizens to be terrorized, killed, maimed, and otherwise critically injured by pit bulls makes no sense. The deterrents to getting pit bulls under control are just not in place. More than 700 cities have enacted breed-specific laws within their municipalities, but more needs to be done.

See Part 1 and this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor





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Tyler Dog Bite Attorney: A Pit Bull from Texas Faces its Second Death Sentence, Following another Vicious Attack

Friday, February 6th, 2015


Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early last year, a pit bull name Gus that lived in Montgomery County, Texas, was almost put down following a vicious attack on a woman from Magnolia. Gus had bitten the woman’s arms and chest, and she suffered serious injuries. County attorneys convinced a judge that Gus needed to be euthanized, but that decision was squashed and Gus instead was released to Cesar Millan to be rehabilitated in the dog expert’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California. Following another tragic set of events, Gus is again scheduled to be put down.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control is pursuing a destruction order for Gus, according to the executive assistant, Patricia Learned. The reason death is being sought for Gus is that he bit a man and woman in California not long after being removed from the Dog Psychology Center. Their stance is that the dog has had enough chances.

The second pit bull attack occurred when one of its owners tried to get Gus off of a bed. The dog bit the man, and a woman who was in the house was relentlessly and brutally attacked. She suffered numerous injuries, including broken bones, and claims to have ended up with permanent physical limitations as well as physical and emotional scars.

Millan and his dog treatment center are being sued in this case, but among their defenses are that the dog was originally removed before being released and that part of the training involved owners not allowing Gus to get on furniture.

–Guest Contributor


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After an Attack, a Dog is Shot by a Police Officer in San Angelo, Texas

Friday, October 17th, 2014

A stray dog abandoned by its owners approaches...

A stray dog abandoned by its owners approaches a rescue worker in New Orleans. Many animals were left by their owners who could not take them to the evacuation shelters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Veck Street in San Angelo, Texas, a man was exiting his truck this week when two dogs lunged at him. The man quickly jumped into the bed of the truck, avoiding being bitten. Animal control officers and police officers were called to the scene, but the dogs were gone by the time they arrived. The police officers began looking for the dogs in the vicinity when one of them charged an officer from a nearby yard. An officer with animal control struck the dog on the head with a catch pole. At this point the dog circled a vehicle and aggressively charged a police officer, who fired two rounds of his service weapon at the dog to stop the attack. The dog then ran away. The other dog was discovered hiding underneath a porch.

The owners later returned home and found their dog had been shot in the face. Animal control officers allowed the dog owner to transport their pet for treatment at Los Caballos Veterinary Clinic, where the dog had surgery.

There have been multiple occasions in which Animal Control officers and San Angelo Police officers have been to the location about the dogs. Officers said it appears the dogs escape the yard through the fence.

Although no one other than the dog was hurt in this incident, it could have been a different story. Pet owners should be penalized somehow when their dogs run loose and attack others; some type of deterrent is obviously needed, considering how careless so many people are with dangerous dogs.

–Guest Contributor


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A Man whose Pit Bulls Killed a Woman is Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Monday, October 6th, 2014

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Te...

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Terrier at Carolina North Forest in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In May of 2013, 63-year-old Pamela Devitt was taking a morning walk in Littlerock, California, when four pit bulls belonging to a neighbor savagely attacked her. The woman had nothing to defend herself with, and she was in a remote area when the fatal pit bull attack took place. A woman who was driving by saw a woman face down on the ground and being continually attacked. The dogs began attacking her car. She called the police, and one pit bull was still attacking Devitt when police arrived. The woman suffered over 150 bites, and one of her arms had been severed in the relentless attack. This week the owner of the pit bull has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder for Devitt’s death.

This tragic incident occurred approximately 60 miles to the northeast of Los Angeles. Children were on lockdown at the nearby schools until the dogs were all captured, following the deadly rampage which took Devitt’s life.

The prosecution brought evidence against the dogs’ owner, saying that he continuously disregarded complaints about the pit bulls. Among those who complained about the danger posed by the animals were neighbors, horseback riders, and a mail carrier. Prosecutors made the case that the pit bull owner was fully aware of the dangers posed by the dogs and chose to do nothing about it. In fact, someone had volunteered to provide higher fencing at no charge to the man, but he refused.

Second-degree murder convictions related to dog attacks are rare. A record of complaints about dangers posed by a dog prior to a fatal attack on a human being makes the difference in achieving a conviction.

–Guest Contributor


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