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A Deputy Saves a Child and Suffers a Vicious Dog Attack

Friday, February 27th, 2015

English: A one-year-old White German Shepherd ...

English: A one-year-old White German Shepherd dog ready for a command in the woods in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Lucas, age 27, has recently been awarded for her life-saving bravery which is believed to have saved the life of a 2-year old boy. The dog attack by a German shepherd occurred in September, and Lucas has spent months recovering from the serious wounds inflicted on her.

Lucas, a Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office deputy, had been walking with Carla Outland, who she has been friends with since high school. Lucas pushed Outland’s 2-year-old son in an umbrella stroller. They were walking in their neighborhood when Outland stopped to speak with an acquaintance. A German shepherd began barking and jumping at a fence nearby. The dog’s owner was commanding the dog to stop, but the dog continued. Finally, the dog leaped over the fence. Lucas said the large dog charged directly at them, mouth wide open.

Lucas quickly spun the stroller around so that the dog couldn’t reach the toddler. The dog bit and tore at Lucas’s calves. Outland called emergency personnel to the scene, and Lucas was transported to Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital. Her right leg had puncture wounds, and the left leg required more than 200 stitches to repair the damage caused by the German shepherd attack.

Lucas had a three-month medical leave. She went through extensive physical therapy, even having to re-learn how to walk.

The German shepherd was euthanized.

On January 27, the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office presented Lucas with a lifesaving award, acknowledging that her quick instinct to save the child from the dog attack in all likelihood saved the child’s life.

Lucas and Outland have been affected by the incident. They have decided that from now on they will strictly exercise indoors.

–Guest Contributor

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A 2-year-old Girl is Killed by a Pit Bull Mix – Part 2

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Picture of an American Pit Bull Terrier

Picture of an American Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to statistics posted at DogsBite.org, the other victims of fatal dog attacks in 2015, in addition to the latest that occurred in West Mifflin, were also killed by family dogs. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes were the attackers in every fatal dog attack in the U.S. in 2015 so far. These attacks are horrific. News reports fail to capture the brutal nature of deadly dog attacks, especially those involving pit bulls. Graphic accounts by victims of what they experienced when viciously attacked by dogs are given on this page.

It seems doubtful that the people who defend pit bulls have spent time reading victim or witness accounts. Perhaps seeing photographs of the bloodied victims or of surgeries many survivors have to undergo would give pit bull defenders a reason for pause on the issue of banning ownership of the deadly breed.

Here is a reasonable comparison: Pit bulls should be banned in the same way that certain vehicles are recalled. If a defect with a vehicle is discovered and if that defect has been shown to result in death, that vehicle is recalled so that the problem can be fixed before any more deadly accidents occur. It has been widely shown in recent years that pit bulls kill their owners and others at a rate incomparable with deaths caused by other breeds. The evidence is sufficient to show that pit bulls inflict great physical damage and death at times when no one is expecting violence.

See Part 1 and this continuing series for more information.

–Guest Contributor

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A 2-year-old Girl is Killed by a Pit Bull Mix

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Pitbullmacho

Pitbullmacho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fatal pit bull attack occurred over the weekend. The victim of Sunday’s deadly attack was 2-year-old Tay’lynn DeVaughn. The pit bull mix belongs to DeVaugn’s aunt’s boyfriend; and DeVaughn and her dad were visiting the aunt in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, when the attack occurred.

According to the toddler’s father, he was in the kitchen and heard a commotion. He stepped out of the kitchen, and the pit bull mix dropped the baby. The brutal attack had already occurred. Paramedics responded to the scene, but they said there was little they could do. The child was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The family has released a statement saying they don’t blame the dog’s owner. The pit bull is currently in quarantine.

This horrific incident is, tragically, not an unusual one in the U.S. With increasing frequency, infants, seniors, and people of every age in between are being viciously attacked by pit bulls, sometimes losing their lives. Experts say that small children should never be left alone with a dog, but people should be aware that leaving a little one with a pit bull is especially dangerous.

Why is it that pit bulls inflict fatal injuries the majority of the time, in cases of fatal dog attacks? All other breeds combined don’t get anywhere close to being as dangerous as pit bulls, when considering cases of serious injury or death caused by a dog. The real questions is: Why is pit bull ownership being allowed without strict requirements and restrictions? The dogs should not have to first seriously injure or kill someone before they are deemed dangerous. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are dangerous just by virtue of the fact that they are pit bulls.

In spite of above-mentioned statistics, the defenders of pit bulls include most dog experts and they are as passionate in defending the breed as others are about their desire to ban them. Read more about the controversy over whether pit bulls should be banned in this continuing series.

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Two Children are Mauled by the Family Pit Bull

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 13-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were attacked in their home this week by the family pit bull. Another 8-year-old boy was walking past the home when he heard screaming and the words “hurt” and “animal.” He called 9-1-1 and has been called a hero, having possibly saved the children’s lives by getting help to them. Police and paramedics went to the home and rescued the children from the dog. The siblings were rushed to nearby hospitals, and then the boy was taken by medical helicopter to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This attack occurred in Arizona and some believe could happen to anyone who owns a pit bull. There is enough evidence to prove that pit bulls are at least dangerous enough that children should not be left alone with them. The family in this case is convinced of the danger; they have requested that the dog immediately be euthanized.

Many thousands of pit bull owners will take a stand on behalf of the breed. Pictures are taken of infants and children snuggling up to pit bulls. Then when you hear stories about pit bulls suddenly turning on their owners and sometimes killing them, you know those people probably had the same opinion until their pets attacked. Is it really worth the risk?

Experts say that owning a pit bull carries significant responsibilities and should not be taken lightly. Many renters don’t allow pit bulls on their properties, and insurance rates for pit bulls are rising. The body of evidence suggesting that pit bulls are a clear danger is growing, but the argument that the owners are the ones solely to blame is as passionately made as ever.

–Guest Contributor

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In 2014, 42 Die from Dog Attacks in the U.S.–7 Fatal Dog Attacks in Texas – Part 4

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Capt. Lawrence Minnis sits with his two adopte...

Capt. Lawrence Minnis sits with his two adopted pit bulls at the Washington Humane Society’s Behavior and Learning Center, Nov. 12, 2009. Minnis met the dogs through the humane society’s Dog Tags program, in which Soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center sign up to help teach animals housed at the shelter learn how to behave. See more at www.army.mil Homeless dogs help healing troops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Information about the seven dog attack fatalities that occurred in Texas last year continues below:

Eighty-three-year-old Petra Aguirre was feeding her cats in her own backyard in San Antonio, Texas, in March when a neighbor’s two pit bull mixes crawled under the fence and viciously mauled her. Two family members were inside the home but did not hear what was going on. According to Aguirre’s nephew, she was bitten on her scalp, ear, neck, legs, and arms. Aguirre died on April 11 from injuries sustained in the pit bull attack. The previous year, the dogs had bitten a teenager. The pit bull owner was charged with a felony for the dog attack leading to death.

Rita Woodard, age 64, was fostering dogs – mostly pit bulls – when four pit bull mixes viciously attacked her in her backyard in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was discovered dead by a neighbor who said the back door was wide open and blood was everywhere. Woodard suffered multiple dog bites which contributed to her death, according to the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s office. When the fatal attack occurred, she was housing at least 17 dogs in her home. The four dogs suspected in her death were euthanized. According to For the Love of Strays, Woodard fostered at least 50 animals from 2010 to 2014.

Three people in the U.S. have died from dog attacks this year already. Pit bulls were the aggressors in all three attacks. The goal of DogsBite.org to have pit bulls banned seems to be right on target with doing what is needed to protect the public from an obviously deadly breed.

Read Part 1 for statistics about 2014 dog bite fatalities and Part 2 and Part 3 of this four-part series for more information about dog attack fatalities that occurred in Texas last year.

–Guest Contributor

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In 2014, 42 Die from Dog Attacks in the U.S.–7 Fatal Dog Attacks in Texas – Part 3

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Português do Brasil: Bull-mastif brasileiro.

Português do Brasil: Bull-mastif brasileiro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Information about the seven dog attack fatalities that occurred in Texas last year continues below:

On February 17, 2014, 2-year-old Je’vaeh Mayes was killed in Temple, Texas, by a chained pit bull that belonged to a friend of the family and that they were caring for. The toddler reportedly entered the backyard without anyone’s knowledge, and at some point, the dog attacked her. Authorities found no evidence of the dog having shown aggression on a previous occasion, but the pit bull and her puppies were confiscated by authorities.

On March 1, 2014, 2-year-old Raymane Robinson, Jr. was walking home from a playground with an 18-year-old man and an 8 year-old girl when a bullmastiff began attacking the little girl. Good Samaritans helped rescue the little girl from the dog, but then the dog latched onto Robinson and dragged him down the street. A nearby neighbor fired a gun, which sent the dog running back to his owner’s garage. The children were both transported to Darnall Army Medical Center in Killeen, Texas, where Robinson later died from wounds suffered in the dog attack.

On March 31, 2014, 85-year-old Dorothy Hamilton was killed when two pit bulls she was watching for her son broke through a bedroom door and attacked her. Hamilton’s son later found her dead. Eight pit bulls total were removed from the home by police, and all eight were euthanized.

Read Part 1 for statistics about 2014 dog bite fatalities and Part 2 and this ongoing series for more information about dog attack fatalities that occurred in Texas last year.

–Guest Contributor

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In 2014, 42 Die from Dog Attacks in the U.S.–7 Fatal Dog Attacks in Texas

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Brindle pit bull

Brindle pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DogsBite.org is a website that tracks fatal dog attacks, and its records show that more people were victims of fatal dog attacks in 2014 than in any year since they’ve been keeping track. Forty-two people in the United States died as a result of a dog attack last year. Texas led the nation, with seven dog bite fatalities.

A look at the details of the deadly dog attacks shows the following:

  • Seventeen (40%) were off-property attacks.
  • Fifteen (88%) involved dog owners that were either direct or nearby neighbors to the victim or nearby property owners that did not know the victim. Of these attacks, six of them were in mid-sized or large cities: Dayton, Houston, Killeen, Modesto, Paterson, and San Antonio.
  • Twenty-four (57%) of the attacks involved more than one dog.
  • Eight (19%) involved a pack of four or more dogs.
  • Two (5%) involved rescue dogs, and both were rescue pit bull mixes.
  • In 20 (48%) of the fatal dog attacks, family dogs were the aggressors.
  • The Southern United States is where 60% of the attacks occurred.
  • Texas led the nation with 7 deaths, and the other leaders were: Florida, with 5 deaths; North Carolina, 4 deaths; and Ohio and Alabama, 3 deaths each.
  • Bell County, Texas, and Montgomery County, Ohio, were the only two jurisdictions with more than one dog bite fatality; each had two deaths. Both of the Montgomery County deaths occurred in Dayton.
  • Thirty-five (83%) of the dog bite fatalities were caused by a pit bull, Rottweiler, or mastiff-type dog, which are guard dogs or “war dogs.”

Read details about the dog bite fatalities that occurred in Texas last year in the continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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In 2014, 42 Die from Dog Attacks in the U.S.–7 Fatal Dog Attacks in Texas – Part 2

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

English: American Pit Bull Terrier

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

DogsBite.org is a public education website dedicated to providing information about dangerous dog breeds, with a focus on pit bulls in particular. There were 42 dog bite fatalities in 2014, which is higher than the usual annual statistic for deaths caused by dog attacks. The non-profit organization states on the website that it supports:

  • A ban on pit bulls, as a life-saving measure.
  • Mandatory spaying and neutering of pets.
  • Mandatory micro-chipping and liability insurance of dogs.
  • Prohibiting felons from owning pit bulls. The website claims that pit bulls are the breed of choice for gang members, drug dealers, and other violent offenders.

There were seven dog bite fatalities in Texas alone last year. The following are the locations of those fatal dog attacks, along with a few details about what occurred.

On January 5, 43-year-old Christina Bell died as a result of a pre-dawn attack by at least two pit bulls in Houston, Texas. The dogs were running loose in her neighborhood. She was heard screaming at about 2 a.m., and neighbors discovered her body lying in the street. Two people were attacked while trying to rescue Bell. The attack occurred on Glen Prairie near Leonora.

On January 6, 75-year-old Betty Clark died as a result of injuries sustained in a vicious pit bull attack that occurred on December 21, 2013, in Canyon Lake, Texas. Clark had been delivering Christmas presents when two pit bulls relentlessly attacked her. The dogs’ owners are facing a second-degree felony charge of attack by a dog resulting in a fatality.

Read more statistics about 2014 dog bite fatalities in the first part of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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A Pit Bull Attack in McKinney, Texas, Sends a Mom and Two Children to the Hospital

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Poncho, a young brindle American Pit bull mix....

Poncho, a young brindle American Pit bull mix. Poncho was a wonderful dog, and never showed aggression toward people, other dogs, or cats during his life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On February 5 in McKinney, Texas, a mother and two of her children were viciously attacked by their pet pit bull. The father wasn’t home when the pit bull attack occurred. According to witnesses who heard screaming, two girls escaped their home and were on the front porch, obviously bleeding. The mother was inside the home, still being attacked. Neighbors called the police, and one of the responding officers shot and killed the dog, to prevent it from causing further harm. All three of the victims suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and were hospitalized at Medical Center of McKinney.

Most dog bites are caused by the victims’ own dog or a dog they are familiar with. Tragic incidents such as this one, where a pit bull attacks its owner, adds to an ever-growing body of evidence that the pit bull breed is a danger to society and should be banned. Pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds because of their powerful jaws and tenacious instinct for clamping down and not letting go. The reason Chihuahua or poodle bites, for example, don’t make the news is that they don’t cause the extent of damage that pit bulls cause.

Virtually all dog experts agree that dog breeds should not be banned because if the dog turns out to be a danger, it is not the pit bull’s fault. The owner is responsible for a dog’s behavior. There is a greater level of responsibility that should come with owning a pit bull because the dogs often cause serious injuries, and pit bulls cause the clear majority of dog attack fatalities.

–Guest Contributor

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Deaths from Dog Attacks

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Picture of an American Pit Bull Terrier

Picture of an American Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

By this time last year in Texas alone, two people died from pit bull attacks.

Betty Clark, age 75, died on January 6, 2014, as a result of a vicious pit bull attack that occurred on December 21. She had been delivering Christmas presents when the fatal attack occurred. She was discovered in a nonresponsive state with dog bite wounds covering her body, from head to toe.

On January 5, 2014, 43-year-old Christina Bell died after being horrifically attacked by two or more pit bulls. Two other people were attacked while trying to rescue her from the vicious dogs.

In addition to the fatalities mentioned above, there were four other fatalities from pit bull or pit bull mix attacks in Texas alone last year, with one other dog bite fatality in Texas caused by a bullmastiff.

Over a nine-year period, 62% of all dog bite fatalities in the U.S. were caused by pit bulls, even though pit bulls make up a small part of the pet population. How many more people must be injured or killed by pit bulls for the evidence about the hazards of the breed to be convincing? Even the argument that owners are actually to blame doesn’t erase the threat. In lieu of a pit bull ban, perhaps there would be meaningful change if pit bull owners themselves were held criminally responsible, including serving time in prison for every occasion in which any harm is done by their pets.

–Guest Contributor

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