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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 4

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A campsite in Tralee, Ireland, with Campers an...

A campsite in Tralee, Ireland, with Campers and Caravans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Survivors of pit bull attacks often have horrible scars, permanent injuries, and medical expenses that they can’t begin to afford, especially when plastic surgeries are needed. DogsBite.org wrote in great detail about a woman who was viciously attacked by a pit bull when she was visiting a friend at an East Texas RV park. Besides the fact that she has scars comparable to a severe shark attack, she has been unable to get any type of satisfaction in holding others responsible for the circumstances which resulted in the pit bull attack.

Research of the incident shows that the pit bull was tethered by a rope that was about 20 feet long and had access to three different RV spaces. The woman who was attacked was standing between RV lots when the dog seemed to come out of nowhere to attack her.

The woman said that as quick as lightning, the pit bull bit just above the left knee. She fell down, and the dog bit harder and started growling and shaking her, like a dog with a toy. Two friends tried to pull the dog off of her, but the pit bull held onto his grip. When the dog finally let go, he immediately bit her on the lower part of the leg. Her left leg had huge gashes, and she was trying to stop the bleeding.

The scars the woman had as a result of the attack are nothing short of shocking, and she almost lost her left leg. Her efforts to get help with medical expenses have been completely fruitless. The only action she seems to have left is to try and warn people about what can happen as a result of a pit bull attack.

See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 3

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Beautiful Pit Bull

Beautiful Pit Bull (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

On the DogsBite.org website, there is plenty of information to support the viewpoint that certain breeds are dangerous and should be banned from family communities. The first myth that they tackle about dogs is that the owner is the real problem and not the dog; they feel that pit bulls and other dangerous dogs are the crux of the problem.

The slogan which claims the problem is the owner and not the breed perpetuates the problem of dog attacks by dangerous pit bulls and other dangerous dogs. The website claims that pit bull breeders and owners are the ones being protected rather than the the individuals who are exposed to serious injury or death in vicious dog attacks that often occur without any warning whatsoever.

Pit bulls genetically have a bite style that involves holding on with tenacity and shaking. This behavior inflicts horrific maulings on victims and sometimes results in death.

Many appellate courts do not dispute that genetic traits render pit bulls dangerous to society. Many courts have agreed that pit bulls are a significant danger in society. Genetic traits that are often cited in these judgments include tenacity or refusal to give up in a fight, high tolerance for pain, aggression that is unpredictable, and the “hold and shake” bite style. The bites of pit bulls have been compared to shark bites in forensic medical studies.

The most notable argument is that pit bulls killed 176 people in the U.S. from 2005 through 2013, and 52% of the fatalities involved a family member in the household where the pit bull lived.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 2

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

English: A Chihuahua protecting its bone. Phot...

English: A Chihuahua protecting its bone. Photographer’s blog post about this image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some municipalities in the U.S. have determined that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous,” and the breed is banned. The ruling always goes against the opinion of the majority of animal advocates and dog experts, though there is a general admission that the matter is complex. Pit bulls were specifically bred for fighting; and the illegal activity of dog fighting involves almost exclusively the use of pit bulls.

The pushback in communities that ban pit bulls raises the issue that science doesn’t support the action. One study determined that the top three biters of human beings are three small breeds: Jack Russell terriers, Chihuahuas, and dachshunds. It’s important to point out also, however, that the bites of pit bulls cause more damage than any other type of dog bite, even breaking bones and causing other internal damage because of their powerful jaws.

There was an effort in the 1990s to promote the good qualities of pit bulls. As part of the initiative, they named socialized pit bulls as “St. Francis terriers.” The campaign was suspended, however, because adopted pit bulls kept killing housecats and engaging in all sorts of other behaviors that could not be considered saintly.

Pit bull advocates argue that all across the nation countless pit bulls are well trained, highly socialized, and don’t do harm to anyone. They further point out that strong and aggressive dogs need to be appropriately managed. Ultimately, the owners are pegged as the real problem.

See Part 1 and this continuing series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 1

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Picture of an American Pit Bull Terrier

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

In Tomball, Texas, a 4-year-old recently sat down to eat breakfast when she was suddenly and viciously attacked by the family dog, a pit bull. The child’s cheek has a substantial scar now, and her lip was partially torn in the pit bull attack. The dog has since been euthanized, and the family is seeking help with the medical cost of having needed plastic surgery so that Laura’s scar isn’t so pronounced.

Is there any way the family could have seen this attack coming, even if there had been no previous signs of aggression? Many people believe that simply owning a pit bull is to invite the potential for a serious dog attack. Dogsbite.org is a website devoted to pointing out the danger of various breeds, especially pit bulls. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), however, takes a strong stance that the owners are the chief factor behind pit bull attacks, not the dogs themselves.

The ASPCA also points out the following myths about pit bulls:

  • Do pit bulls really have “locking jaws?” No, they do not. The anatomy of their jaws is not unique. However, they are powerful dogs with very strong jaw muscles. Pit bulls also have a tendency to bite and hold on with remarkable tenacity.
  • If a pit bull attacks a dog, does that mean people will be targeted next? Research shows that pit bulls that are aggressive toward other canines are not more likely to be aggressive toward people. Some well-known fighting dogs are considered completely trustworthy with human beings.
  • Are pit bulls actually gentle angels that can be trusted alone with other animals? It is best not to leave pit bulls alone with cats and other pets. Pit bulls were bred to fight with other dogs; and even if they do not start fights with other animals, they consistently do a good job of finishing fights.

See this continuing series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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Two People are Charged with a Deadly Dog Attack in Harris County, Texas

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Art in the Square Vicious Dog

Art in the Square Vicious Dog (Photo credit: Mark Turnauckas)

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced that two people have been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal pit bull attack that occurred on January 5.

The deadly dog attack occurred in southeast Houston at 2 a.m. on Glen Prairie near Lenora. The victim was Christina Bell, who was in her 40s. She was viciously attacked by at least two pit bulls and died at the scene. A second person, who heard screaming and went to her aid, was also injured by the dogs and received medical treatment at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. A third person was also injured but they were minor injuries that did not require a hospital visit.

Neighbors said that the attack involved three dogs, two of which were pit bulls picked up by their owner prior to the arrival of the police. The third dog was believed to be a stray and was taken into animal control custody.

Anderson told reporters that the laws regarding dangerous dogs have changed. In the past, there had to be proof that an owner was aware that a dog was dangerous. Currently, however, what has to be proven was that the owners did not secure their dog; and he says that has been accomplished in this case. Anderson also said that there is a history of violence of the dog owned by the people charged with a deadly dog attack. Their dog had killed another dog and attacked at least two other people before the night of Bell’s death.

Anderson outright stated that the people arrested are being made an example of, in an effort to keep people safe from the actions of irresponsible pet owners. Those charged could be sentenced to between 2 and 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

–Guest Contributor


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A 5-year-old is Viciously Mauled by a Pit Bull in San Antonio, Texas, Where Dangerous Dog Investigations Have Recently Doubled

Friday, June 13th, 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)

A 5-year-old boy in San Antonio, Texas, was viciously mauled by a pit bull recently as he played in the courtyard of his apartment building. San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) Field Ops Manager Shannon Sims said the case is going to the District Attorney’s office for review because of all of the surrounding facts about the dog and because the child will be scarred for life as a result of the pit bull attack.

Sims pointed out that dogs over 25 pounds are not even allowed at the apartment complex where the boy was attacked. In addition to that, the dog was tethered to a clothes line in a public area, and the pit bull was not being supervised by its owner.

A neighbor who went to the child’s rescue said the dog was relentless in his attack of the boy. He said prying the pit bull’s jaws from the hold on the 5-year-old required all of his strength.

Authorities with ACS said the child had gashes and bites on his face, chest, and buttocks and had to be hospitalized for treatment of his severe injuries.

The pit bull’s owner has been cited for not getting a license with the city for her pet, for not getting the dog a rabies vaccination, and for a dog bite. Felony criminal charges against the owner are possible.

San Antonio has had nearly double the number of investigations regarding dangerous dogs within less than a three-year period. In 2012 there were 35 dangerous dog cases reviewed, in 2013 there were 42, and in 2014 so far this year there have already been 60.

–Guest Contributor


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A Man Orders his Pit Bull to Attack a Police Officer in Lubbock, Texas

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014


Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The police received multiple calls about a woman being assaulted by a man at Garden Apartments on 65th Drive in Lubbock, Texas, Thursday at about 4 a.m. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found that a 19-year-old man was shoving a 23-year-old woman. When officers tried to intervene in the struggle, police say the man commanded his female pit bull to attack an officer. The officer was bit on the back of the thigh as the man began fighting with the police officers and trying to gain possession of their weapons.

As officers were trying to subdue the man, the woman tried to stop police as they were handcuffing him. Both the man and woman were arrested.

The officer who was bitten by the pit bull received treatment at University Medical Center. The pit bull’s owner was also injured in the incident and treated at that hospital.

Numerous charges are filed against the pit bull owner, including assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, taking an officer’s weapon, and aggravated assault on an officer. In addition, the man was found to be in possession of a packet of synthetic marijuana. The woman has been charged with interfering with a public servant.

The pit bull is currently in the custody of Lubbock Animal Control.

It is very alarming that a pit bull owner would encourage his dogs to attack a person. Pit bulls have powerfully strong jaws, and it can be extremely difficult to stop a pit bull attack. The dogs are known by many to be wonderful family dogs, but there are many occasions in which the case is made that pit bulls are as much a public menace as their irresponsible owners who fail in their duty to keep others safe from their pet.

–Guest Contributor


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A Man is Southeast Houston, Texas, is Severely Injured in an Attack by Pit Bulls – Part 3

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Good dog!

Good dog! (Photo credit: Rhys A.)

When you understand basics of dog body language and instinctual canine actions, it can help you avoid being bitten by a dog. The following are a few helpful tips:

  • Dogs are pack animals, and their owners are part of their pack. It’s important to establish pack leadership, to maintain authority and control over your dog.
  • When dogs’ ears are back, they are showing submission and respect for your role as pack leader.
  • When dogs’ ears are forward, they are listening, whether to your voice or to other sounds.
  • When dogs stare at you, they are either seeking confrontation or demanding something.
  • When dogs look down, they are being submissive and demonstrating comfort with your role as pack leader.
  • When dogs’ tails are up and slowly wagging, they are feeling dominant over you.
  • When dogs’ tails are down, they are fearful or showing respect and submission.
  • When dogs turn their face away from someone, they are uncomfortable but being patient. Over time, they could get frustrated enough with the situation to bite.

Because about 90% of all animal bites in the U.S. are dog bites, it’s a good idea to know how to avoid them and how to treat them. Reconstructive surgery is required for about 30,000 dog bite victims every year. Here is some information about injuries and immediate treatment:

  • Dog bite injuries can go deep and sometimes involve structures beneath the skin, including, nerves, bones, blood vessels, and muscles.
  • Rabies and tetanus are among the possible infections to be considered following a dog bite.
  • The risk of infection is significantly decreased by cleaning the wound.
  • The risk of infection from a dog bite is increased by skin repair. Suturing the skin can help improve scarring but also increases the risk of infection.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series for information about what to do if a dog attacks you and to learn more details about treatment of dog bite injuries.

–Guest Contributor

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A Man is Southeast Houston, Texas, is Severely Injured in an Attack by Pit Bulls – Part 2

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Staff Sgt. Brya...

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Staff Sgt. Bryan Gudmundson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, realeases Norman, a 55th SFS military working dog, to chase down his target, volunteer Cole Tesar, during training April 17. Mr. Tesar is wearing an undergarment bite suit for protection. The Offutt K-9 unit performs regular training to maximize the dogs’ effectiveness in the field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Man is Southeast Houston, Texas, is Severely Injured in an Attack by Pit Bulls – Part 2

Joggers and runners are often attacked by stray dogs because running triggers a natural chase reflex in dogs. Running faster is a mistake because it’s rare to be able to outrun any type of dog that is deemed truly dangerous and capable of great harm. What do you do if a dog ignores the tactic of standing very still and averting the eyes?  Here are some suggestions:

  • If a dog bites you, resist the urge to pull away because a dog will tend to start tearing and pulling at your flesh, creating a much worse injury than a puncture wound from a bite. However, even a puncture wound can have devastating effects, if the dog has strong jaws. Bones can be broken or crushed in a dog bite.
  • Try to keep your back to the dog, to prevent the dog from biting at your face. If you fall to the ground or if the dog pulls you to the ground, roll up in a ball, bending your knees and keeping your hands around the back of your neck. Stay as still as possible.
  • Using sticks and rocks to discourage dogs is not a proven method. Some research shows that fighting back with sticks and/or rocks can cause dogs to become more aggressive.
  • Pepper spray is sometimes an effective way to discourage a dog attack. Possible problems that can arise include that the wind could get the spray in your eyes or in your pet’s eyes, if your pet is with you.
  • A good method of protecting yourself from a dog attack is to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack, trash can lid, or umbrella. Try to create a shield. The flatter and wider the object, the more protection it may be able to provide.
  • Keep in mind that most of the time when dogs rush onto the street barking, they aren’t actually going to bite; try to stay relaxed.

Another strategy for avoiding dog bites is to become familiar with signs that a dog is fearful or anxious and in the state of mind to bite or snap. Learn about dog body language in this continuing series.

See Part 1 of this continuing series for information about what to do if a dog attacks you, how to recognize when a dog may attack, and how to treat a dog bite.

–Guest Contributor

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A Man is Southeast Houston, Texas, is Severely Injured in an Attack by Pit Bulls

Monday, May 5th, 2014


Dog (Photo credit: KB35)

A man was severely injured in a pit bull attack at 3:30 this morning in southeast Houston at Paris Street and Ward Street. At least three pit bulls attacked and bit the man numerous times on the legs. He managed to stagger to a nearby house and ask someone to call 9-1-1. The man was transported to a nearby hospital with severe bites on his legs. Harris County Animal Control and the Houston police went to the scene. It took them about an hour to capture the three dogs plus a fourth dog that was suspected to have possibly been involved, as well. The dogs will be tested for rabies. There is no word yet whether the dogs’ owner will receive a citation. However, a man at the scene was taken into custody for questioning regarding the vicious dog attack.

When dangerous dogs like pit bulls are strays or are allowed by their owners to run loose, society is endangered. Even stray dogs that may look friendly may bite, regardless of breed or size. People in Texas are frequently attacked, seriously injured, and sometimes killed by stray dogs. Laws should change so that owners are more strongly motivated to keep their dogs restrained. In the meantime, everyone should be cautious and prepared for possible attack. The following are some survival tips, in the event you encounter a threatening dog:

The best thing to do if a dog approaches is to stand completely still, be quiet, and stay calm. Do not look the dog in the eyes, which is considered by canines as an act of aggression. Allow the dog to sniff while remaining quiet. The dog, most of the time, will become bored and leave. Simply back away slowly after the dog has walked away.

See this continuing story for information about what to do if a dog attacks you and how to treat dog bites.

–Guest Contributor

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