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Attorney for Dog Attack: Tethering of Dogs is Regulated in the State of Texas – Part 2

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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)

One of the biggest concerns related to tethering of dogs, besides the fact that is usually an inhumane practice, is that it endangers humans. When dogs are tied up day after day for long stretches of time, it is common for them to become extremely aggressive. Dogs are naturally protective of their territory, and if they perceive a threat, their instinct to fight or run kicks in. A chained dog that does not have the option of running may even feel there is no other choice but to fight, if an unfamiliar person or animal steps on his small territory.

There have been many documented cases of people being attacked by tethered dogs. Some of the victims are children. In 2013, as a tragic example, a 5-year-old girl was killed by a pit bull that had been chained for a long period of time in a relative’s backyard.

The dogs that are chained are also endangered by being in their situation. They become easy targets for biting insects, other animals, and cruel or insensitive human beings. People stealing animals for research institutes or for bait in the training of fighting dogs frequently target chained dogs. The dogs can also become entangled, and the helpless animals sometimes choke to death.

According to humane organizations looking out for the interests of dogs, any dogs that cannot live indoors must at least have shelter from the elements and a pen of an adequate size.

Learn more about tethering of dogs in Part 1 of this two-part series.

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An Infant is Injured in a Pit Bull Attack In El Paso, Texas – Part 7

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Português: Bull-mastiff brasileiro macho, nome...

Português: Bull-mastiff brasileiro macho, nome: Tropeiro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bull Mastiff continued

The following are more of the most recent fatal bullmastiff attacks that occurred in the U.S.:

  • Sixty-three-year-old Linda Oliver of Dayton, Texas, had been caring for a stray Rottweiler-mastiff mix for about two weeks when the large dog attacked the family pet on July 1, 2013. Oliver attempted to save her pet and became the target of a vicious Rottweiler-mastiff attack. She had been on the phone with her husband when the attack began, and he called 9-1-1. By the time deputies arrived at their home, Oliver was already dead as a result of multiple dog bites all over her body.
  • In a gated retirement community in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, 75-year-old Joan Kappen was attacked and killed by a Bullmastiff-pit bull mix dog as she was on a walk on November 21, 2013. The dog’s owner had let the dog out without supervision, and the dog attacked and killed Kappen. The dog’s owner was charged with felony manslaughter in connection with Kappen’s death, and the victim’s family brought a civil lawsuit against the dog’s owner for damages amounting to $2.5 million. An investigation revealed that the dog that killed Kappen was a littermate to the dog that killed 5-year-old Ayden Evans in June of 2013.

The threat of being attacked by a dog is obviously not isolated to pit bulls. Many other breeds are also dangerous. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing series.

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An Infant is Injured in a Pit Bull Attack In El Paso, Texas – Part 6

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

3 year old female brindle bullmastiff

3 year old female brindle bullmastiff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bull Mastiff continued

The following are more of the most recent fatal bullmastiff attacks that occurred in the U.S.:

  • Kenneth Santillan, age 13, was killed in 2014 by a neighbor’s bullmastiff that jumped over a fence and attacked him as he was walking home from school with a friend. The dog dragged the boy a distance to a place where the child’s body was found half submerged in water. That night the dog attacked its owner, who stabbed it multiple times. The dog was euthanized by animal control.
  • Two-year-old Raymane Robinson, Jr., was walking home from a playground on March 1, 2014, when he was attacked by a bullmastiff that had escaped its owner’s garage nearby. The dog dragged the toddler down the street, and the child died from blunt force injuries and penetrating bites caused by the deadly attack.
  • Five-year-old Ayden Evans was killed in a deadly bullmastiff-pit bull mix attack that occurred on June 9, 2013. The child was at the friend of his aunt’s house and had been crying when the dog came out of another room and attacked him. Evans died on the way to the hospital from blood loss related to neck and head injuries caused by the deadly dog attack.

The threat of being attacked by a dog is obviously not isolated to pit bulls. Many other breeds are also dangerous. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this ongoing series. Read more fatalities caused by bullmastiffs in the next segment.

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An Infant is Injured in a Pit Bull Attack In El Paso, Texas – Part 4

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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german shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

German Shepherds

German shepherds are very popular dogs but also make the top ten list of most dangerous breeds. Originally, German shepherds were bred to be a working breed, and they are frequently used as military and police dogs. German shepherds are very intelligent, self-assured, and aggressive. If a German shepherd is not properly socialized, it has the capacity to attack someone and seriously injure or kill them. According to Dogsbite.org, in 2012, a 55-year-old postal worker was attacked and killed by a German shepherd. Also that year, a 6-year-old boy was killed by a German shepherd that was a family friend’s service dog.

Rottweilers

In 2014, there were 42 fatal dog attacks; and Rottweilers were the aggressors in four of them. Rottweilers are commonly used as guard dogs or police dogs. They are aggressive and strong, making them dangerous, though many people keep them as pets. The following is information about the fatal Rottweiler attacks that occurred in 2014:

  • An 89-year-old woman was killed in her garage by three Rottweilers that belonged to her grandson.
  • A chained Rottweiler killed a 1-year-old child; the dog’s owner was the victim’s grandfather.
  • A 7-year-old was killed by a Rottweiler owned by his parents. The dog had been trained as a protection dog.
  • Four Rottweilers were held in a pen in a man’s backyard, and the owner’s 2-year-old grandson went unnoticed by the family as he gained access to the pen. The child was mauled to death.

The threat of being attacked by a dog is obviously not isolated to pit bulls. Many other breeds are also dangerous. See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this ongoing series.

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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.

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

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Pit Bulls in Gertown section of New Orleans

Pit Bulls in Gertown section of New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, March 3, an 11-month-old girl was attacked by a pit bull in Montana Vista in El Paso, Texas. At about noon that day, the baby’s teenage mother was holding her and leaving the home where her grandparents live when the family’s three pit bulls escaped through the gate. The teen was holding the baby while trying to help get the pit bulls back inside the gate when one of the dogs bit the infant on the head and one leg. The child was quickly transported to University Medical Center, where she was given 10 stitches on her head. At last report, the baby girl was in stable condition.

The Animal Services Department took custody of the pit bull that attacked the baby, according to El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. One of the other pit bulls was struck by a car and killed during the commotion. The third pit bull is still at large.

Neighbors said the dogs have been wreaking havoc in the area. According to one man, the pit bulls recently chased two girls. His family helped by allowing the girls into their home, for safety; and he chased the dogs with a knife.

Another neighbor was trying to help capture the pit bulls on Tuesday and was bitten on one of her feet.

This type of situation in which pit bulls escape their yard and go on the attack is not uncommon. People are put at risk because of dog owners who don’t ensure that others are safe from the dangerous breed. Learn more about pit bulls and other dangerous breeds of dogs in this ongoing series.

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A Woman Allows Sharing of a Graphic Account of a Vicious Pit Bull Attack

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Pit bull

Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the summer of 2014, a grandmother was being filmed as her grandchildren dumped ice on her head as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge. What happened after the ice was dumped was an unexpected disaster that the woman has recently decided she is ready to share. A pit bull owned by a family member attacked the woman, and the video of the horrific dog attack has gone viral on the Internet. The large dog bit the woman on her face and dragged her to the ground. The vicious attack has caused lasting damage. The pit bull had not been trained in any way but was used primarily for breeding purposes. He was put down following the attack, after it was verified that he did not have rabies.

It can be extremely disturbing to watch the video of this pit bull attack or even to see photographs of the moment the attack occurred. The potential threat of pit bull attacks is very real, and more people should probably be aware of the dangers posed by this breed and other dangerous dog breeds.

Last year, 42 people died as a result of a dog attack in the U.S. In addition to possibly dying from a dog attack, victims can suffer from the following injuries:

  • Serious infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Fractured bones
  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Serious damage that leads to amputation
  • Permanent deformity
  • Body parts bitten off

Surgeons in the U.S. have expressed concern about dog attacks related to the need of victims for extensive and sometimes numerous plastic surgeries, to repair injuries sustained in the attacks. Physicians have also recorded evidence that pit bulls cause much more serious injuries than other types of dogs, and those injuries often require much more expensive medical treatments.

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Texas Accident Attorney: Where are the Dangerous Dogs in Austin, Texas? – Part 3

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Boxer

Boxer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The official City of Austin, Texas, website includes information about the whereabouts of dangerous and vicious dogs in the city. There are also reminders, such as that the owners of registered dangerous dogs are required by law to keep their dog restrained at all times in an enclosure or under someone’s control. Any dog that is registered as dangerous or vicious should always wear a large dog tag stating that it is a dangerous animal. The website also points out that if a dog attacks again, after being declared vicious or dangerous, the pet will be euthanized.

One of the requirements regarding dangerous and vicious dogs is this one:

  • Owners must also carry $100,000 of liability insurance to cover any injuries inflicted by the dog.

The requirement carries the implication that by allowing the dog to continue to live within city limits, there is a clear possibility that someone may become injured and require medical care or could even be killed. If you live in Austin, it would be a good idea to access the city website and determine whether there is a dangerous or vicious dog in your vicinity. It would be better to take safety precautions when walking in a potentially dangerous part of town than to benefit from the insurance coverage of a dangerous dog owner.

Some of the many streets where registered dangerous or vicious dogs reside in Austin include:

  • The 2100-block of Horse Wagon Drive, where a dangerous white/brown boxer lives.
  • On the 8900 block of Pointer lane, there are at least three registered dangerous dogs, all in the same household. They are all pit bulls — one male and one female white and black pit bull and one brown and white female pit bull.
  • In the 11900 block of Rosethorn Drive, there is a brown male pit bull-boxer mix that has been deemed dangerous.

Learn more about dangerous dog and vicious dog requirements in Austin in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series.

–Guest Contributor

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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.

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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.

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