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A Toddler is Mauled to Death by 2 Family Pitbulls; the Grandmother is Charged with Multiple Felonies

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 20-month-old Paris Adams was mauled to death by two family pit bulls. Deputies received a call in Hart County, Georgia, at about 3:15 p.m. In the backyard of his home, the boy had been viciously attacked. According to Scott Boleman, Deputy Coroner, the toddler was transported to an emergency care center, where he went and pronounced the child dead.

The pit bulls lived indoors in the same home with Adams. The dogs were observed for a few days before being put down, according to Sheriff Mike Cleveland of Hart County.

Within a matter of hours after the deadly pit bull mauling, Adams’ 70-year-old grandmother was charged with several felonies: involuntary manslaughter; second-degree cruelty to a child; and second-degree murder. The Hartwell Police Department had previously cited the grandmother multiple times for maintaining disorderly animals.

On the day of the incident, a report on the investigation of the pit bull fatality shows that the grandmother had been outside with Adams. When she went to go back inside her home, the two pit bulls ran past her, knocking her down, and attacked the 20-month-old. The grandmother attempted to stop the attack and finally managed to put the pit bulls in the house. She allegedly transported the boy first to pick up his mother and then took him to an urgent care facility.

Further research shows that dogs belonging to the grandmother had a history of being a menace in the area.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into Adams’ death. News is awaited on whether the mother will also be charged. Also, it is speculated that the grandmother’s decision not to call 9-1-1 but to pick up the child’s mother before going to a medical facility may play into charges against her. Adams was deceased when he arrived at the urgent care center.

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A 13-year-old Boy in East Dallas is Viciously Attacked by a Dog – Part 7

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Rottweiler head

Rottweiler head (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At about the time a vigil was held in Dallas for Antoinette Brown, who was killed by a pack of dogs earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy was being attacked by a loose dog. Dallas police got a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Memorial Day saying a bull terrier was attacking a teenager at some apartments in East Dallas. A neighbor was trying to pull the boy to safety, but the dog was relentlessly biting the child’s legs. When officers arrived, the dog had just been restrained and pinned against an apartment door. The teen suffered serious injuries to his legs, and he was transported to Children’s Medical Center.

Betty Wood, age 78, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, was the first person in Texas who died of a dog attack in 2015. On March 12, Wood’s daughter discovered her dead on the floor, when she went to check in on her. Wood lived alone with her Rottweiler. The daughter corralled the dog into a back room and waited for first responders. Police Chief Jay Sanders of Sulphur Springs said the scene was more gruesome than any he had ever seen in 30 years as a peace officer. The medical examiner confirmed that the cause of death was being mauled by a dog. The family surrendered the Rottweiler to be euthanized.

Rottweilers are consistently the second most dangerous type of dog, after pit bulls. In 2015, pit bulls were responsible for 28 (82%) of the 34 deaths caused by dogs in the U.S. Rottweilers were responsible for 3 (9%) of 2015 deaths. Next was the American bulldog plus unknown dogs, both responsible for 2 deaths (6%) each.

Learn more about dog attacks in Texas in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing series.

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A 13-year-old Boy in East Dallas is Viciously Attacked by a Dog – Part 4

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At about the time a vigil was held in Dallas for Antoinette Brown, who was killed by a pack of dogs earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy was being attacked by a loose dog. Dallas police got a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Memorial Day saying a bull terrier was attacking a teenager at some apartments in East Dallas. A neighbor was trying to pull the boy to safety, but the dog was relentlessly biting the child’s legs. When officers arrived, the dog had just been restrained and pinned against an apartment door. The teen suffered serious injuries to his legs, and he was transported to Children’s Medical Center.

On Lea Crest Drive near Overton Road in Dallas, Texas, James Demaree was recently encircled by loose dogs. First the dogs ripped his grocery sack, and then they surrounded him. When he turned toward one dog, the other bit him, causing a puncture wound with tearing. Demaree called the police, who quickly responded. As Demaree sat in the squad car, the police officers tried to retrieve his groceries. The dogs then began trying to bite the officers, in spite of the large board the officers used in an effort to get the dogs to back off. Both officers drew their weapons, and one fired a shot while trying to fend off an attack.

Neighbors in the area said that, in spite of the focus on helping with stray dogs in the area, the problem is still rampant. One woman said the pit bulls that run loose make it very dangerous. As children walk to school, she said she has witnessed the dogs running loose.

The two dogs that attacked Demaree were eventually captured. The owner of the pit bulls was identified, and she apologized. She said the dogs are there for protection, they are safe with her children, and she didn’t know they had gotten loose.

With regards to the fatal attack on Brown on May 2, criminal charges had not been filed against the owner of those dogs as of late May.

Learn more about dog attacks in Texas in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this ongoing series.

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A Dog Bites Off a Woman’s Fingertip in San Antonio, Texas

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

English: Brindled American Pit Bull Terrier ch...

English: Brindled American Pit Bull Terrier chilling on the floor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

Dog bites are a serious threat to society in the U.S., with more than 4.5 million dog bites reported annually. About half of the victims of fatal dog attacks were unfamiliar with the dog(s) that attacked them and the other half were the owners of the dogs. In other words, not allowing dogs to run at large is not a blanket solution to the danger of dog bites.

On Friday, January 8, 2016, a 19-month-old boy in Deleon Springs, Florida, was seriously injured when a pit bull bit him on the head, and investigators believed it was the family dog, but they were unsure. The child was hospitalized. A report of the incident included the statement that what led to the bite was unknown. When it comes to pit bulls, a look at reports on fatal pit bull attacks shows that there is no way to predict when the breed will suddenly bite someone. Another predictable aspect of pit bull attacks is that the dogs virtually always tenaciously latch on with their powerful jaws and won’t easily let go, sometimes even if being stabbed or shot.

The breed of dog was not specified with regard to the San Antonio amputation injury. The bottom line is that, in spite of the fact that dogs can be depended on to be great friends and family members, dogs can be dangerous. The threat of dog bites is very real.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in this ongoing series.

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After Attacking 2 People, a Pit Bull is Shot by Police – Part 10

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

English: American Pit Bull Terrier

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

A pit bull went on a rampage in Prince George County, Virginia, on Sunday and wound up being shot and killed by police. The incident began at about 11:55 a.m., when a woman was walking her dog on Manitoba Drive. A pit bull began attacking the woman and her dog, and she began running and screaming. A neighbor who tried stopping the medium-sized pit bull threw a rock at it. The dog then turned on him and bit his hands and arms. Another neighbor tried to help and stabbed the pit bull several times before the dog finally retreated. Police arrived on the scene before long, and the pit bull charged an officer. The officer shot and killed the dog. The owner of the pit bull was later identified and charged with having a dog running at large.

Xavier Strickland, age 4, was walking to school with his mother on a residential sidewalk when four pit bulls escaped under their owner’s gate and attacked the boy. The dogs literally pulled the boy from the arms of his mother and dragged him under a fence, where their attack continued. The attack was horrific and was described in the worst of graphic terms. Police officers arrived on the scene and ended up killing three of the pit bulls. The fourth dog was taken into custody of animal services and was later put down. As mentioned previously, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged the owner with manslaughter, second-degree murder, and being in possession of dangerous animals causing death.

Learn more about the hazards of pit bulls and what to do if you encounter a dangerous dog in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 of this ongoing series.

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A Family Pit Bull-Mix Mauls a Baby to Death in New York – Part 12

Friday, December 11th, 2015

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On November 15, 2015, in New York, a family pit bull mix attacked the baby of the family, an 11-month-old boy. According to the child’s mother, she was in the living room with her four children at the time the sudden attack occurred. Besides the baby, she has daughters ages 7, 10, and 12. The mom turned her back for a moment and then heard the baby screaming. The dog bit the child in the face and neck. All of the children witnessed the horrific attack. The mother had difficulty getting the dog to let go. Finally, the child was released. He was transported by ambulance to Utica’s St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He died from the bite wounds to his face and neck.

Just last week in Detroit, 4-year-old Xavier Strickland was brutally killed by four pit bulls. According to authorities, the owner of the dogs has been charged with second-degree murder, possessing dangerous animals causing death, and manslaughter. The pit bulls attacked Xavier as he was on his way to school. The dogs dragged the boy away from his mother, pulling him behind a fence. The death was ruled an accident by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. When Prosecutor Kym Worthy of Wayne County made the announcement about various criminal charges brought against the dogs’ owner, he said that the evidence will show that the dogs saw the pre-schooler as a meal. He also stated that to say the owner in this harrowing case was irresponsible would be a gross understatement. The man is being held without bond in the county jail.

This recent fatal pit bull attack alone should be enough to go on, when determining whether pit bulls are too dangerous to be part of society.

Learn more about pit bull attacks in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11 of this 12-part series.

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A 59-year-old Man is Killed by a Pack of Pit Bulls

Monday, November 10th, 2014

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in bac...

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in backyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seventy-seven-year-old Maria Fernandez is still recovering from being attacked by a pack of pit bulls in mid-October; but her 59-year-old son did not survive, after making it possible for her to escape. The California woman, who is grateful to be alive, said that first her son was attacked in the backyard by a neighbor’s pit bulls. She went after the dogs with a broom, helping her son escape to safety in a nearby shed. The dogs then turned on her. Her son then went to her rescue. She made it inside her home, bleeding profusely, and screamed for help. The next thing she remembers was hearing sirens approaching.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Juan Fernandez being attacked by three pit bulls; and another pit bull was nearby, circling. Police shot two of the dogs. The other two initially escaped but were later shot and killed when they charged police who were trying to capture them.

Maria suffered dog bites on her shoulder, head, and arms. Her leg was also broken. The cause of her son’s death was ruled as multiple traumatic injuries from a dog attack. According to investigators, the dogs made entry into the yard through a common fence.

Further investigation of the fatal dog attack revealed that there were more than 50 pit bulls at the residence where the four dogs involved in this incident lived. It is suspected that the dogs were used for dog fighting.

Of the 32 dog bite fatalities that occurred in the U.S. last year, three-fourths of them were caused by pit bulls. Two or more dogs caused approximately half of the fatalities.

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Two Pit Bulls are Shot in Lubbock, Texas, After Viciously Attacking a Woman

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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

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

In Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, October 18, two pit bulls attacked Blanca Factor on Auburn Street at the Acacia Mobile Home Park. Factor was putting trash into a dumpster when the male and female dogs began attacking her. The manager of the park, Marion Bowden, went to Factor’s rescue, after hearing her scream. The pit bulls bit Bowden on his hand, but he did manage to rescue Factor before further damage was done to her.

Police released the audio from the 9-1-1 call about the pit bull attack. Factor could be heard crying in the background. The caller described the situation, saying the victim was badly chewed up. Police were asked to bring a gun and kill the dogs.

Factor was transported by ambulance to University Medical Center. She suffered lacerations to her arms, face, chest, and foot. She received more than 20 stitches. Bowden and another man received medical treatment on the scene and were released.

The police shot both of the pit bulls. According to Bowden, there was a lot of blood creating a gory scene as a result of the dogs being shot. Lubbock Animal Services determined who the dogs’ owners are and at last report were still waiting to hear back from them. They are hoping to obtain vaccination records and other information that can help them determine whether any charges or citations should be pursued in relation to the pit bull attack.

Under the Texas Dangerous Dog Law, in some circumstances, the owners of a dog that has attacked and killed or injured someone may be prosecuted, if found to be criminally negligent as regards containing the dog. Depending on the seriousness of the injuries and of the attack, the offense could result in a second-degree or third-degree felony conviction.

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Pit Bulls Attack and Kill a 59-year-old Man and Critically Injure his Mother

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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

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

On average, there are 30 dog attack fatalities in the U.S. every year; and a fatal pit bull attack occurred this week.  Fifty-nine-year-old Juan Fernandez from Modesto, California, and his mother, age 77, were both viciously attacked by four pit bulls belonging to a neighbor. Police received several 9-1-1 calls and responded to the scene of the dog attack. They found three pit bulls attacking Fernandez in his backyard, with a fourth pit bull nearby. Police soon after discovered 77-year-old Maria inside the home, and she had been critically injured by the dogs. Police shot and killed two of the pit bulls upon arrival at the scene. Two of the dogs escaped to another yard. Later, as police tried to capture them, the remaining two dogs charged the officers and were also shot to death.

Adam Christianson, Stanislaus County Sheriff, announced on Wednesday that Fernandez died from multiple traumatic injuries resulting from the pit bull attack. He also said that Maria was still in the hospital in critical condition.

Police learned that all four dogs belonged to the Fernandez’s neighbor, and the dogs entered their property through an adjoining fence. The ongoing investigation seeks to determine whether the neighbor had prior knowledge that the dogs were dangerous and what led to the tragic event. According to Christianson, negligence needed to be proven in order to bring criminal charges against the dogs’ owners.

In August, a jury found a California man guilty of second-degree murder. A woman had been mauled to death by his pit bulls. In that case, prosecutors presented evidence of seven other incidents in which the dogs exhibited aggression and violence, all in the year and a half preceding the fatal pit bull attack.

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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.

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