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Posts Tagged ‘Pit bull’
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Dallas City Council Member Dwayne Caraway wants to ban pit bulls in Dallas, but that is a feat not easily accomplished. There are people who passionately believe that pit bulls are a terrible danger to society and many others who are just as convinced that dogs are only dangerous as a result of irresponsible owners. Whenever a city pursues a breed-specific ban, people on both sides of the argument show up in droves to fight for their cause.
The argument against bans on breeds has most experts in agreement. Among those who believe a pit bull ban is appropriate are those who have been victims, lost a loved one to a pit bull attack, or who care about preventing horrible dog attacks within their city.
Dogsbite.org is a website that provides detailed information about dog bite fatalities in the U.S., and much of their additional information is about pit bulls in particular. In the frequently asked questions of their website, they answer a question about owners saying their pit bull is not aggressive against humans but against other dogs. In the answer, Dogsbite.org says that there are many times when pit bulls charge through the screen doors of other people’s homes in order to attack a pet. They say pet owners have watched their pet being disemboweled while hoping the pit bull doesn’t turn on family members afterward.
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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
The postal service in Dallas, Texas, has been working with Dallas Animal Control to educate letter carriers on how to diffuse situations in which a vicious dog is on the attack.
Dwayne Caraway, Dallas City Council Member, says more education about dog bite prevention is needed in the city. He also says dog owners who do not control their animals should have to face sterner consequences for allowing dangerous pets to roam freely. Caraway says he has been leading the effort to ban dangerous dogs, pit bulls in particular, within Dallas city limits.
Joines identified the area in the city where the largest number of dog attacks on mail carriers has occurred. Neighborhoods on the far east side of Dallas and Pleasant Grove near Fair Park are where postal workers seem to be most at risk in the city.
Dallas City Council Member Rick Callahan, who represents the area Joines identified, expressed his opinion that the city’s lack of action with regard to pit bulls is “reprehensible.”
Dallas is not the only city in Texas to make the list of cities that are most dangerous for mail carriers. Houston ranked first in 2013 but last year had the second most mail carrier dog attacks, at 62 total. In Fort Worth, 25 postal workers were bitten; and that city was in 15th place in a four-way tie. San Antonio also made the top 20, with 24 postal carrier dog bites.
In 2013, 5,581 postal workers were attacked by dogs in the U.S.; nationwide in 2014, there were 5,767 occasions in which mail carriers were attacked, which is an alarming increase.
Read Part 1 and this continuing story, which will include statistics on pit bulls.
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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
With 43 postal workers being bitten or attacked by a dog in Dallas, Texas, last year, the city ranked fifth in the nation for being postal-worker-unfriendly. Randall Joines, one of the postal service managers in Dallas, said the city has been working cooperatively with postal workers in the effort to control the problem of vicious dogs. One Dallas letter carrier, Sierra Pryor, serves as a current reminder of the dangers of pit bulls in particular. She was bitten by a pit bull in March and is still recovering from the vicious attack. With that fresh on many people’s minds in the city, at least one Dallas City Council Member has become very vocal about the need to take action.
Pryor says of her attack that the pit bull literally burst through a screen door to get to her. The dog latched onto her right leg and would not let go. Two fellow USPS employees went to Pryor’s aid, and they were finally able to free her from the pit bull’s strong jaws.
Dwayne Caraway, Dallas City Council Member, says that the City of Dallas needs to take action and do more to protect not only postal workers from dog attacks but also people who are out walking in their neighborhoods. He says he is leading the charge on a campaign to ban dangerous dogs, though he prefers a ban on pit bulls in particular. He pointed out that dangerous dogs such as pit bulls “have no place roaming.”
Read more about this story, including statistics on pit bulls, in this continuing series.
Tags: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,Animal shelter,City council,Colorado,Dallas,Dallas City Council,Dog,Dog attack,Dog fighting,Pit bull
Monday, May 11th, 2015
Another breed that makes most lists of the most dangerous dogs is the Doberman pinscher. The breed originated in Germany and is one of the most recognizable because of cropped ears. Dobermans make excellent guard dogs. Their strength and bite makes them a hazard to humans. The breed exhibits intelligence and great loyalty to owners. Since 2011 in the U.S., there have been two fatalities associated with Doberman pinschers. In one case, it is not known definitively that the Doberman in question committed a fatal attack and in the other, there were many dogs that may have possibly caused a fatality, including Dobermans. More follows:
- Eight-year-old Jayla Rodriguez was mauled to death by at least two dogs on the Pine River Indian Reservation and died on November 18, 2014. Following an investigation, there wasn’t a certainty about which dogs were responsible for her death. No one witnessed the attack. What is known is that there were many Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, and pit bulls roaming the area because of a ban on the breeds; the animals had been abandoned due to new regulations.
- Seventy-one-year-old Donna Conrad died on September 16, 2011, as a result of a brutal dog attack that occurred at La Cantera Ranch Resort in Valley View, Texas. She had been in her backyard, and investigators reported that her pet Doberman was the dog that probably killed her. She suffered deep head and throat lacerations. The dog was put down after it was verified that he didn’t have rabies.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015
According to experts such as Cesar Millan, the best way for dog attacks to be prevented is for owners to train their dogs not to attack and to keep dogs secured on their own property. In the fatal dog attack that occurred in Texas this week, however, the child was attacked while visiting friends. He went into the backyard with the family’s dogs by himself and was discovered later, after his injuries were too severe for him to survive the attack.
Dogs often attack because their prey drive has kicked in, such as when runners, bikers, or joggers pass by. It is only natural for dogs to give chase in these instances.
In whatever situation, if confronted by an aggressive dog, experts say that it is most important to remain calm. Do not kick or yell. Attacking dogs are usually completely thrown off by calm prey. Avoid eye contact with an aggressive dog because the action will be interpreted as an act of aggression on your part. Try to turn sideways while keeping the dog in your peripheral vision. If you have anything with you, such as an umbrella or bicycle, place it between yourself and the dog, if possible, as a way of claiming your own space. This also signals the dog that he can have his space because you have yours and will stay there. Maintain calm energy.
Once a dog doesn’t feel threatened or feel that you are threatened, it will usually calm down and leave, though not always.
Read Part 1 to learn about the tragic and fatal dog mauling of a 7-year-old boy from New Braunfels, Texas. In this continuing series, learn more about what to do if a dog attacks.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Gaege Ramirez, age 7, and his mother were visiting at a friend’s house in the 2100 block of Rocky Ridge Loop in Canyon Lake, Texas, on Saturday afternoon when he was viciously attacked by multiple dogs. Gaege was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio, where doctors tried to save his life; but he died at the hospital. Investigators don’t expect any charges to be brought against the owner of the dogs. No details were given about the canines other than that they were not pit bulls. The owner said they had been playing with the dogs most of the day before their guests got there.
The mother said that Gaege went outside as soon as they arrived at the house. She went out to check on him and found that he had been attacked, though no one had seen or heard anything. According to Comal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jennifer Smith, the child was covered with severe lacerations all over his body.
Gaege’s mother, obviously devastated, said that you never know what is going to happen with dogs, whether they are yours or a friend’s.
What can be done to prevent such tragedies as this one? Dogs are slated as man’s best friend and yet fatal dog maulings happen on a regular basis in the U.S. Children are not the only ones who fall victim to attacking dogs. Approximately half of the victims of fatal dog attacks are adults.
Read this continuing series for tips on preventing a dog attack.
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Four people in the U.S. were killed by Rottweilers in 2014. The following is information about three of those fatalities, continued in the series:
- One-year-old Nyhiem Wilfong was brutally mauled by his grandfather’s chained Rottweiler on May 4 last year. The child was outside with his 5-year-old cousin. The grandfather was inside sleeping when he heard the toddler’s screams. The children had wandered into the range of the Rottweiler’s chain; and the grandfather saw the dog lying on top of the baby, when he went outside. Authorities said the boy suffered from serious chest and head injuries. He was quickly transported by ambulance to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, where he died.
- Last year in October, 7-year-old Logan Meyer was killed by a Rottweiler which the parents bought as a protection dog. The fatal attack occurred at a kennel, where the child’s stepfather kept dogs he was training as protection dogs.
- The fourth person listed as killed by a Rottweiler was actually killed by an unknown breed of dog on the Pine River Indian Reservation. There had been a tribal ban on Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Doberman pinschers, resulting in many unclaimed and unlicensed dogs roaming the reservation. No one witnessed the deadly dog mauling of 8-year-old Jayla Rodriguez, and it may have been caused by a Rottweiler. Her death spurred outrage leading to a huge roundup of stray dogs, in an effort to prevent further deaths.
Tags: Aggression,Arkansas,Associated Press,Death,Dog,Friday (1995 film),Jefferson County Jail (Kentucky),Little Rock – North Little Rock – Pine Bluff combined statistical area,Pine Bluff,Pit bull,Rottweiler
Monday, April 27th, 2015
German shepherds are a favored breed for use in canine squads with police officers and military units. Intelligence is what this breed is widely known for, in addition to being aggressive and self-assured. German shepherds are also very popular as pets.
When German shepherds are not properly socialized or trained, they have attacked and killed people. Some research places the breed in the list of top five breeds most likely to bite.
A male German shepherd killed a 35-year-old woman in 2013, and it was the family dog. A neighbor saw that the woman was in the yard with her dog and appeared to be in distress. The neighbor approached the yard, and the dog again attacked, biting his owner in the neck. The man managed to get the dog off of the woman and put him in an outdoor kennel. He then called for an ambulance. The woman was airlifted to a hospital, where she died two days later. The dog was euthanized after the woman’s death, and it was confirmed that he did not have rabies.
Rottweilers are the second most deadly dog in the U.S. According to DogsBite.org, Rottweilers and pit bulls combined caused 74% of all dog attack fatalities that occurred in the U.S. in the decade ending in 2014.
Learn more about this breed and recent deaths caused by Rottweilers in the next installment of the series. Also, see Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series for more information about dangerous dogs.
Tags: Animal shelter,Baron,Bite inhibition,Clifton's Cafeteria,Cruelty to animals,Dishwasher,Dog,Education,German Shepherd,Pit bull
Friday, April 24th, 2015
Ask dog advocates/experts such as Cesar Milan, and you will be informed that there is no such thing as a dangerous dog breed. The assertion is that dogs develop dangerous behavioral issues as a direct result of the unstable or weak energy or dangerous training patterns of the humans in their charge. Ultimately, any dog can bite. The difference between dogs that do make lists which specify dangerous breeds and those that don’t make the lists is how likely an attack is to result in serious injury or death. Obviously, a small dog’s bite is less damaging than the bite of a large dog. In addition, it is far easier to take control of a small or medium-weight animal than a strong dog of 100 pounds, more or less. The following is a list of dangerous dogs which are most likely to attack and seriously injure or kill their owners, based on statistics:
Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes
Pit bulls, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, top every list that names the most dangerous dogs. The breed is frequently in headlines in association with a fatal or serious attack on a human. Unfortunately, illegal dog fighting is a widespread scourge on our society; and pit bulls are the preferred animals to use in dog fights, due to their powerful jaws and tenacious, aggressive tendencies.
Many types of homeowners’ insurance will deny coverage liability protection for pit bulls, due to the volume of pit bull attacks. One statistic which included fatal dog attacks over a ten-year-period ending in 2014 showed that, on average, a person is killed by a pit bull in the U.S. every 18 days.
Hundreds of cities in the U.S. have included breed-specific legislation which bans or restricts ownership of pit bulls, but achieving this type of legislation is a hard-fought battle against pit bull advocates who are equally passionate about the breed being a trustworthy, safe family dog. Unfortunately, many people who have fought this battle on behalf of pit bulls have at later times become devastated as a result of their own pit bull going on the attack and causing death or serious injuries. Even after losing a loved one to a pit bull attack, however, family members often continue in their role as an advocate sympathetic to the breed.
See Part 1 and this continuing series for more information about dangerous dogs.
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Friday, April 24th, 2015
A grandmother was holding her 3-year-old granddaughter on Sunday when the family dog, a huge Cane Corso, suddenly attacked the child. The dog mauled the child in the head, and the grandmother was bitten on her hands as she tried to rescue the little girl. Police quickly responded to the scene and immediately rushed the child to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, an action believed to have saved her life. She has undergone surgery and was reported to be in guarded but critical condition. The grandmother did not require the treatment of a physician for her wounds.
The dog had no previous history of attacks, according to Police Captain Anthony Ginaldi. The Cane Corso belonged to the child’s uncle, who left it with the grandmother. The conclusion officers came to was that this vicious dog attack was prompted by the dog’s jealousy that the grandmother was playing with the 3-year-old.
This type of incident, where a longtime family dog suddenly and viciously attacks someone, is not uncommon. In fact, this week in Dallas, Texas, an 8-week-old infant was mauled to death by an 8-year-old pit bull that had grown up with two older children and had never shown signs of aggression.
Perhaps the best way for families to anticipate when a potentially deadly dog attack may occur is by giving attention to statistics which reveal the most dangerous dogs. Pit bulls and Cane Corsos are both at the top of most lists naming dogs most likely to go on the attack and cause injury or death to humans. Learn more about the top breeds listed as most dangerous dogs in this continuing series.
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