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A Man in Harris County, Texas, is Severely Injured in a Relentless Pit Bull Attack

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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

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

On Wednesday a man was strolling on Nanes Drive off of Interstate 45 in Harris County, Texas, when two pit bulls began relentlessly attacking him. Neighbors in the area and one of the dogs’ owners heard the man screaming and went to his rescue, which turned out to be extremely difficult to achieve. Although the dogs’ owner managed to pull one pit bull off of the victim, the second pit bull ignored the pounding he received by a would-be rescuer and continued ripping and chewing one of the victim’s legs. The man bravely continued trying to get the dog away from the victim, aware that he could himself become the victim at any moment.

The victim of the vicious pit bull attack was transported by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was hospitalized, reportedly with severe injuries to one leg.

An investigation into the incident revealed that the pit bulls had escaped their yard by digging under the fence. One of the dogs’ owners admitted that the dogs had attacked a person before Wednesday’s incident, but his wife denied that the dogs had harmed anyone before. According to authorities, they have records showing that the pit bulls had previously been reported for attacking someone.

The owners of the pair of pit bulls have had the dogs euthanized, though the decision was not an easy one for them, sources say. Police expressed their belief that the owners did the right thing.

Pit bulls cause more serious injuries than any other breed of dog, and they are responsible for far more fatalities than any other breed.

–Guest Contributor

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A Great Dane Severely Mauls a 60-year-old Woman in Lavaca County, Texas

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Great Dane and Chihuahua mixed-breed

Great Dane and Chihuahua mixed-breed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Lavaca County, Texas, recently, a 60-year-old woman was attacked when she was trying to feed a Great Dane for a family member. She entered an outdoor pen for that purpose, and that’s when the dog attacked her. The dog attack victim was hospitalized in Lavaca Medical Center and then later transported by medical helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio. She was injured on her left arm, and her scalp was torn and bitten. The Great Dane was euthanized by the owners after the attack, and the incident remains under investigation by police.

While many dog lovers will strenuously defend Great Danes as extremely gentle dogs, they, like any other breed, can bite. Research was done based on dog bite fatalities, and Great Danes were the ninth most dangerous breed. Between 1979 and 1998, there were 7 fatalities attributed to Great Danes. The dogs are among the largest to be domesticated. Originally bred to be a hunting dog, the breed has a low prey drive. Their size, however, makes them an obvious threat to children as well as adults.

The most dangerous breed of dog, according to statistics, is the pit bull. In the same 20-year-period when Great Danes were responsible for 7 deaths, 66 deaths were attributed to pit bulls. While there is plenty of evidence to support the premise that pit bulls are inherently dangerous because of their aggressive nature, dog experts are adamant that there is no particular breed that is more dangerous than another if given proper care and training.

–Guest Contributor

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A Dog Pen is Left Open, Leading to a Series of Attacks by a Pack of Pit Bulls

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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What if all it takes for pit bulls to become a danger to a community is for someone to forget to close the gate after feeding them? That is exactly what happened in Massachusetts on December 1, and it is a scenario that could just as easily happen in Texas or anywhere else. Three people were attacked by the pit bulls that escaped their pen, and two of the victims ended up in the hospital.

A police investigation into the events of the day revealed that on Monday afternoon a child left the pen open after feeding four pit bulls. Not long after, at around 4 p.m., the Fall River police were called to a dog bite scene. A 70-year-old woman was the victim. She told the officers that she was walking along when she was approached by two dogs. The dogs bit her purse, and she was bitten on her forearm when she bent to retrieve it. An emergency medical crew treated the woman’s wounds at the scene, but they also transported her to a nearby hospital for additional treatment.

A short time later, a woman in the area heard screaming. She went outside and saw that a man was surrounded by four pit bulls that were viciously attacking him. He was trying to protect himself with a stick, but the dogs dragged the 54-year-old man to the ground. Several people who witnessed the attack tried to help. A 39-year-old woman tried to rescue the man, who was severely injured. She was also bitten on her hands and arms. Her wounds were said to be superficial, and she was treated at the scene. The man, however, was badly injured and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Animal control officers caught the four pit bulls with a lot of effort. The dogs had been running through the woods in the area. They will be held in quarantine for ten days, to be watched for signs that they have the rabies virus.

Although the incidents are being investigated, police said the dogs’ owner faces two counts of failure to provide documentation on vaccinations.

There is plenty of evidence that pit bulls are a danger to society and yet a small mistake that can easily be made by a pit bull owner can expose people to vicious attacks. It seems that laws should be changed either to ban pit bulls or to hold pit bull owners responsible in a way that serves as a deterrent to being careless.

–Guest Contributor

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What Caused Three Dogs to Go on the Attack This Week? – Part 2

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Flickr – The U.S. Army – www.Army.mil (246) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the people mentioned in this story was a toddler, and children are frequently the victims of dog attacks. What the attack on the 2-year-old from Iowa has in common with the majority of dog attacks involving small children is that the dog was familiar with the child. Dogs have pack mentality, and one reason they may tend to attack small children is that they consider themselves dominant over little ones and may display aggressive behavior as a way of protecting a person, a possession, or territory.

If a child gets too close to a dog and startles it, the dog may respond by attacking. If a child is running, the dog may instinctively think of him or her as prey, which can provoke an attack. There are also less common reasons that dogs bite, including that they are injured or sick.

Children are especially vulnerable to serious injuries or death as a result of dog attacks. The injuries usually occur to the neck, facial, and head regions, which could simply be because of how close the child’s face is to the dog’s mouth. Children who have been bitten from the neck up frequently require extensive surgery, including reconstructive procedures as they grow older.

Another reason small children are often the victims of dog attacks is that they may not understand some of the guidelines for safely interacting with dogs and may therefore engage in activities that can lead to a bite, such as pulling a dog’s ears, fur, or tail.

Read Part 1 and this continuing series to learn information about reasons dogs attack and how to avoid an attack.

–Guest Contributor

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A Teen is Injured Trying to Save Her Pet from a Pit Bull Attack

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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LukeI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s difficult for a pet owner to stand by and watch their pet being viciously attacked by a dog. In fact, it’s the most natural thing in the world to attempt to rescue the pet. Unfortunately, breaking up a dog fight is one of the quickest ways to become the victim of a dog attack yourself. A 13-year-old girl found this out the hard way last week. The pit bull attack occurred in Orange County, Florida, but is an event that is common in Texas.

According to the sheriff’s office, the teen was walking her dog when a pit bull belonging to a neighbor attacked her pet. She was screaming as she attempted to save her dog, and her hands were bitten. A neighbor went to her rescue and was bitten while trying to pry the dog off of the girl.

The girl was transported to a hospital and treated for minor injuries to her hands. Her dog suffered serious injuries and was taken to a veterinarian’s office for care.

According to neighbors, the pit bull is frequently seen roaming the area without supervision.

The pit bull is under quarantine. The pit bull’s owner was given a $1,200 fine for failing to control the animal and not keeping him on a leash. Officials are conducting an investigation to determine whether the dog should be deemed dangerous.

Here are some safety tips for breaking up a dog fight:

  • Stay calm.
  • Remember that breaking up the fight without being injured should be a priority.
  • Other than screaming for help, it is not helpful to scream at dogs in a fight.
  • Grab the back legs of the attacking dog and pull it away from the other dog. Continue to pull until you can hopefully secure the dog in an enclosure before releasing the back legs.

–Guest Contributor

 

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A 59-year-old Man is Killed by a Pack of Pit Bulls

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in backyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seventy-seven-year-old Maria Fernandez is still recovering from being attacked by a pack of pit bulls in mid-October; but her 59-year-old son did not survive, after making it possible for her to escape. The California woman, who is grateful to be alive, said that first her son was attacked in the backyard by a neighbor’s pit bulls. She went after the dogs with a broom, helping her son escape to safety in a nearby shed. The dogs then turned on her. Her son then went to her rescue. She made it inside her home, bleeding profusely, and screamed for help. The next thing she remembers was hearing sirens approaching.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Juan Fernandez being attacked by three pit bulls; and another pit bull was nearby, circling. Police shot two of the dogs. The other two initially escaped but were later shot and killed when they charged police who were trying to capture them.

Maria suffered dog bites on her shoulder, head, and arms. Her leg was also broken. The cause of her son’s death was ruled as multiple traumatic injuries from a dog attack. According to investigators, the dogs made entry into the yard through a common fence.

Further investigation of the fatal dog attack revealed that there were more than 50 pit bulls at the residence where the four dogs involved in this incident lived. It is suspected that the dogs were used for dog fighting.

Of the 32 dog bite fatalities that occurred in the U.S. last year, three-fourths of them were caused by pit bulls. Two or more dogs caused approximately half of the fatalities.

–Guest Contributor

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A Texas Man is Sentenced to Five Years in Prison on Dog Fighting Charges – Part 3

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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English: An American Pit Bull Terrier puppy sitting on a wooden deck at Big Daddy’s Country Club in Moriah, North Carolina. Age: approximately 5 weeks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pit bulls are the breed most brutalized by dog fighting. Public opinion of pit bulls continues to get worse, prompting many communities to ban ownership of the dogs, due to their being an inherent danger to the public. This public image is only worsened by the fact that pit bulls are the breed of choice for dog fighters. In addition, research shows that pit bulls attract owners only interested in fighting or protection, people considered the least desirable dog owners. More about pit bulls follows:

  • The population of pit bulls has also rapidly increased because of irresponsible owners and dog fighters. Most animal shelters report large volumes of pit bulls that are surrendered or picked up as strays. Because of their bad reputation, they are the breed most often euthanized at shelters.
  • The ancestors of pit bulls were English dogs bred to bite and hold on tenaciously to bulls and other large animals. Baiting large animals was eventually outlawed, and people turned to dog fighting as a hobby and an illegal sport. So- called “bulldogs” were bred to effectively bite and hang on until exhausted from loss of blood and fighting.
  • A new aspect of dog fighting has emerged in recent years. what frequently happens now is that street challenges are made which amount to saying, “My dog can kill your dog.” These spontaneous events have no formality or rules. Those who participate in these events typically beat and starve the pit bulls and find other cruel ways to encourage aggressive behavior.

Learn more about the cruelty of dog fighting in Part 1 and this continuing series.

Are you suffering from an injury as a result of a dog attack? If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance related to a dog bite injury or fatality which occurred in Dallas, De Soto, Irving, Arlington, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Kaufman, Grapevine, Plano, Lancaster, Duncanville, Euless, Allen, Frisco, The Colony, Rockwall, Richardson, Coppell, Sasche, Cedar Hill, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

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A Texas Man is Sentenced to Five Years in Prison on Dog Fighting Charges

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Picture of an American Pit Bull Terrier

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

This week a 38-year-old Houston, Texas, man was given the maximum sentence by U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins in Montgomery, Alabama, for crimes related to dog fighting. To charges of conspiracy, the accused pled guilty back in April. Among his admissions were the following:

  • He usually kept up to five pit bulls for dog fighting purposes.
  • He was paid by others to condition pit bulls for dog fights.
  • He participated in high-stakes dog fights at a location near Auburn, Alabama and another location in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
  • He brought home winnings of $35,000 from an Auburn dog fight, an event touted as the Super Bowl of dog fights.
  • He confessed to the judge that he was aware that his actions were wrong.

The prosecutor in the case, Clark Morris, argued to the judge that the defendant deserved the maximum penalty. She pointed out that, although the accused was on Medicaid and Social Security benefits as a result of a gunshot wound that left him a paraplegic at age 17, he made bets of up to $70,000 on single dog fights. She also showed evidence that bets amounting to $280,000 were exchanged for one fight. Morris also claimed that the man bet the most money, was the biggest fighter, and attended the most fights.

If the judge had followed federal sentence guidelines, the maximum the accused would have received was 16 months in prison. The judge explained that he gave the defendant the maximum sentence of five years in prison and three years of supervised probation because of the length of time he was involved in dog fighting, the extraordinary cruelty to animals that was exhibited, and the fact that he was found with marijuana in his system three times while awaiting trial on bond.

Of the 451 dogs seized in connection with the raids linked to the man’s arrest, almost half of them died or were put down because of the seriousness of the illnesses or injuries they suffered due to dog fighting activities. Learn more about the cruelty of dog fighting in this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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A 4-Year-Old is Attacked by a Rescued Pit Bull

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week a 4-year-old boy was viciously attacked by a pit bull that his parents had adopted from a shelter two weeks before. The child suffered critical injuries from the dog mauling, including broken ribs, lacerations to his side and stomach, a severe cut above one eye, and a nearly severed ear. According to a neighbor, the dog had exhibited very aggressive behavior ever since his arrival to the neighborhood.

The parents of the injured boy frequently take in stray or abandoned dogs, neighbors said. Sometimes those dogs are aggressive, such as a border collie the family once took in. The pit bull in this case reportedly scared a woman who has three decades of experience working with animals.

When this pit bull attack in Davis County, Utah, occurred, it was in the boy’s own backyard. The mother went outside and discovered the dog standing over him. The dog has since been put to sleep, and his remains are being tested for rabies.

Many people think that pit bulls are too much of a risk to have around children and that the danger is multiplied in the case of stray or rescue dogs. Without knowledge of a dog’s background, especially when the dog is capable of inflicting serious injury or death, why take the risk of keeping the dog around children?

Experts virtually all agree that dog breeds should not be banned as a group because the owners are the real culprits, when dogs become dangerous. But how can someone who adopts a strange dog be sure whether or not the original owners influenced a dog toward aggressive or harmful behaviors?

–Guest Contributor

 

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An 8-year-old Girl Returns Home from a Near Deadly Pit Bull Attack – Part 2

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Bellevue Officer Jim Bartley, gets pounced on by Leda, a Lavista Police Dog, during a routine joint training with Offutt handlers and military working dogs on April 10. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See Part 1 and the following for more information about the types of injuries caused by biting dogs in this two-part series:

  • It is not uncommon for a dog attack to result in bone-crushing injuries. The skin of the victim may not even be pierced, if the clothing served as protection from puncture wounds. Some dogs, such as pit bulls, have powerful jaws and easily cause fractures and other damage due to the amount of pressure applied in a bite.
  • Scarring is a common result of a dog attack. Dogs most often target a person’s face, including the nose, lips, and cheeks. Statistics show that approximately 44,000 facial injuries from dog attacks are treated in U.S. hospitals annually. The scars can be disfiguring. Repeated, painful, and very costly plastic surgeries are often required to either reduce or remove a dog bite scar.
  • People of all ages who have been attacked and injured by a dog often suffer a lifetime of emotional scars. These are psychological injuries which can have an adverse effect on all facets of life, sometimes making it difficult to hold a job and sometimes causing sleeplessness. Some dog attack victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the symptoms include: flashbacks of the dog attack, frightening memories, unreasonable fear regarding personal safety, nightmares, emotional withdrawal, and difficulty maintaining concentration. Psychological counseling and treatment, including lifelong treatment, are sometimes needed for a person recovering from a dog attack.
  • Victims of dog attacks are sometimes exposed to the deadly rabies virus and must get post-exposure shots. Rabies is deadly virtually 100% of the time if symptoms of the disease are manifested before vaccinations are given to the victim.
  • About 18 people die as a result of dog bites in the U.S. every year.

–Guest Contributor

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