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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby – Part 7

Monday, June 27th, 2016

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull.

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

Sadly, this series will end on a horrific note, with news of another pit bull attack. On June 20 in New Haven, Connecticut, 53-year-old Jocelyn Winfrey was visiting the owner of two pit bulls when the dogs savagely attacked her. Neighbors quickly ran to give aid to her upon hearing her screams. Children were witness to the gruesome scene and tried to stop the attack by throwing rocks. Words to describe the attack are simply too graphic to express, in consideration of the family.

Winfrey is in a medically induced coma. One of her legs has been amputated as a result of the pit bull attack. She has lost both of her eyes, and doctors believe an arm will also need to be amputated. She is hanging onto life by a thread. Doctors say her condition is extremely grave. Witnesses to the attack are being offered counseling. It is expected that the pit bulls will be euthanized.

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this seven-part series, learn more evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated.

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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby – Part 6

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Daddy

Daddy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

As published on the DogsBite.org website, various surgeons, doctors, and other medical professionals who are considered experts in treating victims of pit bull attacks have the following things to say (not direct quotes):

Expert David A. Billmire, MD, who is a specialist who has served at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery speaks about the dangers of pit bulls in strong, convincing terms. He says that there is absolutely a breed-specific problem, as far as dog bites are concerned. He said that at a certain point in time, roughly 25 years ago, dog bite wounds began to be disturbingly different than previously. Rather than wounds being warning bites, the attacks were unprovoked, relentless, and often involved multiple dogs. He says that a pit bull or a pit bull mix was responsible in each of these alarming scenarios. One of the common wounds is that flesh is torn from the victims. He points out that there are plenty of dog breeds that peacefully coexist with humans in society, and there is no need to be exposed to the danger of unpredictable pit bulls.

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this continuing series, learn more evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated.

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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby – Part 4

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier

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

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

As published on the DogsBite.org website, various surgeons, doctors, and other medical professionals who are considered experts in treating victims of pit bull attacks have the following things to say (not direct quotes):

A plastic surgeon in Iowa says:

After pit bulls became popular, I began to see attacks of a truly vicious nature. The worst of the pit bull maulings I ever saw involved a 5-year-old boy whose entire cheek was bitten off. I believe there should be an end to pit bull breeding. They are primarily bred for fighting. Because pit bulls are bred for the purpose of being a weapon, they are doing what they are supposed to do, every time they attack someone.

A plastic surgeon in Florida says:

Of the plastic surgeries I’ve done in connection with dogs, 90% of the attacking dogs were pit bulls. Every fellow surgeon I’ve spoken with has the same things to say about the horrible animals. Pit bulls are less predictable than other dogs and more dangerous for children, a fact that there is no denying.

In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series, learn more evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated. In the next segments, learn what more physicians who perform surgeries on survivors of pit bull attacks say about the danger of the breed.

–Guest Contributor

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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby – Part 3

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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

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

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

Christiane Vadnais, age 55, was in her Montreal, Canada, backyard on June 8 when a neighbor’s pit bull viciously attacked and killed her. Public officials, the public, first-responders, and members of media have been horrified about the nightmarish incident. The tragic death of Vadnais has resulted in action on the part of legislators in that country. Provincial officials in Quebec announced that they are planning to adopt a breed-specific bylaw addressing the danger of pit bulls by the end of the year, and it is intended to be a province-wide change.

A few weeks before this tragedy, the results of an investigation were published in La Presse. The investigation clearly showed that pit bulls are distinctly different from all other breeds, when it comes to fatal attacks.

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series, learn more evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated. In the next segments, learn what many physicians who perform surgeries on survivors of pit bull attacks say about the danger of the breed.

–Guest Contributor

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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby – Part 2

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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

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

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

A DogsBite.org report showing pit bull attacks since 1980 shows a shocking increase in pit bull mauling fatalities. In the initial five years, the total number of pit bull attack deaths hovered no higher than 30. In the five years ending 2014, there were about 120 deaths caused by pit bulls. This trend is reflected in last year’s 28 pit bull fatalities and 12 deaths so far this year.

Over 40 countries or providences within them regulate pit bull terrier ownership or ban them. It’s not just in the U.S. that pit bulls kill a disproportionate number of people, as compared with the entire rest of the canine population.

The U.S. would do well to follow the pattern being set right now in Canada. In Part 1 and this continuing series, learn more about clear evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated, as Canada is currently taking steps to do.

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A Neighborhood is Shaken Up after Pit Bulls Attack a Mom and Baby

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull.

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two male pit bulls went on the attack at about noon on Monday in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, neighborhood. A mother and her 15-month-old baby were seriously injured, but authorities say the injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening. The mother was walking with her infant in front of a house where the two pit bulls are usually kept in the basement. Someone let the dogs out, the pit bulls’ owner says. Jim Williams, a neighbor, looked out of his window, saw the shocking unprovoked pit bull attack, and immediately ran to help. He said he would beat the dogs, pull them off, and they would continue to viciously attack the two victims. The relentless attack finally ended when police arrived.

According to Capt. Jeremy Muraski with the Green Bay Police Department, the neighbors prevented the outcome from possibly being even worse than it was. According to a family member, the baby’s skull was exposed as a result of the pit bull attack.

The dogs’ owner surrendered the animals to be put down.

The very serious attack should never have happened, Captain Muraski said. He also said the situation was incredibly dangerous and if there had been no intervention, there easily could have been a death.

Pit bulls are responsible for killing one person in the United States approximately every 14 days, since January 2015. How is it not shocking that 12 people have been killed by pit bulls this year and a total of 28 were killed by pit bulls last year, which was 82% of all dog bite fatalities?

There is a very real struggle to prove the danger of these dogs because advocacy in favor of them seems to be overpowering for local governments that try to enact new pit bull regulations. It’s not enough to blame owners when pit bulls attack, which is what advocates typically do. The breed is simply too dangerous to treat the same as other dogs. In this continuing series, learn more about clear evidence that pit bulls are a threat to society and should be banned or strictly regulated.

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A Pit Bull Kills a 55-year-old Woman who was Alone in her Backyard – Part 9

Monday, June 20th, 2016

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsc...

English: American Staffordshire Terrier Deutsch: American Staffordshire Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 55-year-old woman in Montreal, Canada, was killed in her backyard on Wednesday. A neighbor’s pit bull somehow entered her yard, where she was alone, and relentlessly attacked. Another of her neighbors, just after arriving home from work, witnessed the attack after the woman had already become unconscious and called the police. When they arrived at the horrific scene, they had to shoot the pit bull to get to the victim. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

It seems clear that authorities in Quebec are not going to allow the death of Christine Vadnais to be in vain. Vadnais is the 55-year-old Montreal woman referred to in this series. Her funeral was on Saturday. Just a few days after her death, however, Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal announced plans to change dog laws. He said that new pit bulls will be banned in all 19 burroughs.

There was a serious pit bull attack in Broussard in September of 2015, and the victim’s family has been fighting for a pit bull ban ever since. The victim was an 8-year-old girl named Vanessa; the family withheld her last name. The 100-pound pit bull broke her jaw, destroyed her skin, damaged muscles, and did damage to her ears. The child has to learn how to speak with the metal frames bolted in her mouth. The city answered that there were no plans to change dog laws that would ban breeds. Because of the death of Vadnais, however, Broussard is one of the areas set to benefit with a pit bull ban. We would all be safer if lawmakers in Texas would do the same.

Learn more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8, of this nine-part series.

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A Woman is Killed by a Pack of Dogs in Northeastern Travis County – Part 2

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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 Wednesday, June 16, 2016, 36-year-old Erin McCleskey was killed by a pack of dogs in Northeastern Travis County as she was serving civil papers in her job as an independent contractor. According to the sheriff’s office, McCleskey entered the front gate of the property. The dog owner was not home at the time. Roger Wade, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said there’s probably no reason to file criminal charges.

The question of whether dogs are more dangerous in packs is not easily answered. Few experts agree with Cesar Millan’s teachings about dogs being pack animals that need to be dominated by their owners. Wolves are not the same as domestic dogs, which means pack behaviors are different.

Why have two women been killed by packs of dogs in Texas this year? Antoinette Brown of Dallas was attacked and bitten more than 100 times, and authorities believe seven dogs were involved. Unlike McCleskey, who was on the dogs’ property, Brown was walking in a neighborhood when she was attacked. These Texas attacks are not isolated incidents.

On April 24, 2016, 49-year-old Manuel Mejia of Miami-Dad County, Florida, died as a result of being attacked by a pack of dogs. The pack’s mother is a pit bull mix, and nine other dogs involved were Belgium malinois-mixes about 8 months old. Authorities have concluded that 10 dogs were involved. One man is the owner of all of the dogs. According to news as late as June 14, police have not made a determination regarding whether the dogs’ owner will be criminally charged in the death of Mejia. The victim was working as a live-in caretaker on the dog owners’ property. His girlfriend witnessed the horrific attack saying three dogs began the attack and seven more dogs joined in.

With there being little information to suggest that packs of dogs are too dangerous, it is doubtful any laws will be forthcoming that would protect people from others who own numerous potentially dangerous dogs. Hopefully, important research and studies will be done to determine whether packs of dogs are a clear threat to society.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, learn more about the danger of packs of dogs running loose.

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A Pit Bull Kills a 55-year-old Woman who was Alone in her Backyard – Part 5

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Pitbullmacho

Pitbullmacho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 55-year-old woman in Montreal, Canada, was killed in her backyard on Wednesday. A neighbor’s pit bull somehow entered her yard, where she was alone, and relentlessly attacked. Another of her neighbors, just after arriving home from work, witnessed the attack after the woman had already become unconscious and called the police. When they arrived at the horrific scene, they had to shoot the pit bull to get to the victim. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Overcoming opposition against breed-specific legislation (BSL) for the purpose of protecting humans from pit bulls is extremely difficult. The primary reason enacting a pit bull ban in a city or state can seem impossible is that many, many known experts in related animal fields stand by the belief that all breeds are equally likely to bite. The National Canine Research Council, for example, has a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page about BSL. On that page, no fewer than 20 prominent experts are listed as being against BSL.

In addition, a study is cited which concluded that no evidence exists in a 40-year controlled study of dog bites that one breed is more likely than any other to bite a human. Results of the study were published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. There is no question but that a study done with recent facts regarding dog attack fatalities would clearly show that pit bulls emerge as a danger and that all other breeds combined don’t come close to being as hazardous.

Learn more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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A Pit Bull Kills a 55-year-old Woman who was Alone in her Backyard – Part 4

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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

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

A 55-year-old woman in Montreal, Canada, was killed in her backyard on Wednesday. A neighbor’s pit bull somehow entered her yard, where she was alone, and relentlessly attacked. Another of her neighbors, just after arriving home from work, witnessed the attack after the woman had already become unconscious and called the police. When they arrived at the horrific scene, they had to shoot the pit bull to get to the victim. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

City council members voted in a pit bull ban in Madisonville, Texas, in February 2008. In spite of the fact that their decision was made based on clear evidence that pit bulls are a threat to human life, the ban was withdrawn six months later. What happened? A strong coalition of pit bull advocates put intense pressure on the city’s politicians, and they folded. The following is information from the City of Madisonville, Texas, Ordinance No. 650 that banned pit bulls but has now been withdrawn:

For the following points listed behind the word “whereas,” pit bulls were banned in Madisonville:

  • Other municipalities have found that the pit bull breed is so dangerous to other animals and to human beings that special legislation prohibiting or restricting their ownership has been enacted.
  • The mere possession of a pit bull poses a significant threat to the welfare, health, and safety of Madisonville citizens.
  • Current methods of control by owners of pit bulls in the city have proven to be insufficient to protect the public.
  • The Mayor and City Council believes it is necessary to prohibit pit bulls, subject to exceptions, within the City of Madisonville to protect the welfare, safety, and health of its citizens.
  • The Mayor and City Council of Madisonville have found that the keeping of other breeds of dogs that are dangerous or vicious is a public nuisance and a serious threat to the safety, welfare, and health of its citizens.

Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1 and more about the ordinance in Part 2 and Part 3 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

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