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Posts Tagged ‘Pit bull’
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.
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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.
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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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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) fights to protect animals and at the same time acknowledges that dogs are naturally predatory. The closest living relatives of dogs are wolves, which are highly predatory and hunt in packs to bring down moose, elk, and other large prey. Domestic dogs have become, in general, ineffective as predators, but they still have a natural tendency to give chase. In fact, dogs have a visual system that is highly attuned to detecting movement; and the slightest of motions can trigger a dog to give chase and attack. Could this natural tendency be what caused the recent death of a two-month old baby in Dallas, Texas?
In a tragic incident in Dallas this week, the father went outside for a few minutes to turn on yard sprinklers; and he left the family pit bull inside with his two-month-old son. The child was in a bouncer. When the man returned into the house, the dog was mauling the baby. As the man tried to rescue the infant, the mother arrived home. She also tried to help and was bitten in the process. The man finally pulled the dog outside by the collar, where he shot and killed the animal. There have been no reports of previous signs of aggression in the 8-year-old pit bull, though there is plenty of evidence that the breed as a whole is often unpredictably dangerous.
Experts recommend that dogs not be left alone with infants and small children, and that safety precaution should be especially taken seriously for pit bulls. No breed is responsible for anywhere near the number of fatal dog attacks caused by pit bulls, though Rottweilers take a clear second place in that category, according to recent U.S. statistics.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
The following are more facts and statistics about pit bulls. This is the type of information used when cities are petitioned by concerned citizens to restrict or ban the dangerous breed. Unfortunately, action often isn’t taken until a local pit bull fatality alerts the voting public of the danger to society.
- Pit bulls killed 203 people in the U.S. in the decade between 2005 and 2014, which accounts for 62% of all dog attack fatalities during that period (326). Pit bulls and Rottweilers together account for 74% of the 326 deaths, although the breeds make up a small portion of the overall canine population.
- In 2014 alone, there were 42 dog attack fatalities, and the pit bull statistics are the same as the number for the decade ending in 2014. Of the 42 people killed by dogs, 27 were killed by pit bulls and 4 by Rottweilers, which makes up 74% of the total deaths.
- In the above-mentioned decade, on average, one person was killed by a pit bull every 18 days, and one person was killed by a Rottweiler every 38 days.
- Almost half or 48% (20) of last year’s victims of fatal dog attacks were under 14 years of age. Fifty-two percent (22) of the victims were adults above the age of 19. Among the adults, 73% (16) were above the age of 49.
- There were more dog bite fatalities in Texas last year than in any other state, at 7 total. Of those, 6 people were killed by pit bulls.
- In 2013, no one was charged with a felony related to a fatal dog attack, but in 2014, 43% of the fatalities resulted in felony charges against the dog owner.
See Part 1 of this two-part series.
Tags: American Pit Bull Terrier,American Staffordshire Terrier,American Veterinary Medical Association,Associated Press,Bedford–Stuyvesant,Breed-specific legislation,Brooklyn,Cruelty to animals,Pit bull,United States
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
A family pit bull mauled 2-month-old Brayden Wilson to death on Sunday, April 19, in Dallas, Texas. According to police, the fatal pit bull attack occurred at about 5 p.m. on Beechnut Street. The infant and father were the only ones home when the attack occurred. The child was in a bouncy seat; and the father went outside to turn on a sprinkler system, leaving the pit bull inside with the baby. When the man went back inside, he discovered that the pit bull was mauling the child. As he tried to stop the attack, the mother arrived at the home. She also tried to stop the dog attack and was bitten twice. The father finally managed to grab the dog’s collar and pull it outside, where he shot the dog twice, killing it. Brayden was pronounced dead after being quickly transported to a nearby hospital.
No more details have been given about this incident. It is reasonable to assume that the parents believed their child was safe in the presence of the pit bull. The fact is that family pit bulls cause approximately half of all pit-bull-related fatalities, and there is little doubt that the victims never thought something like that could happen.
Pit bulls are lethal animals. They are too dangerous and too unpredictable. Read this continuing series to learn recent statistics about the alarming increase in the number of fatal pit bull attacks.
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Sunday, April 19th, 2015
In the early morning hours of Friday, April 17, in Houston, Texas, police responded to a call about a disturbance and ended up encountering a pit bull. There were women in two vehicles involved in the original altercation, and a pit bull that was inside one the vehicles got out and charged toward a police officer. The dog was racing straight toward the officer, who fired several shots. The pit bull was killed and a woman who had been standing by one of the involved vehicles was accidentally shot in the leg by the officer.
The dog shooting incident occurred on Gessner Road near Hammerly Boulevard at a Valero at about 3 a.m. The disturbance the police were responding to involved two women in their vehicles arguing and yelling back and forth across the parking lot.
This incident is what many people throughout the State of Texas have been afraid would happen as a result of police officers frequently shooting at dogs when they think their safety is threatened. There have been many controversial dog shootings in the last several years, and numerous police departments in Texas, such as the Austin Police Department, have responded to the controversy by offering training to their officers that is designed to reduce the number of unnecessary dog shootings. In the training, police officers learn how to accurately assess whether a particular dog is running towards them in a way that should be considered a grave threat or whether the dog is most likely just curious or friendly.
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Saturday, April 18th, 2015
In many Texas neighborhoods, stray dogs terrorize the streets; but sometimes neighbors’ dogs also give reason for terror. Dog attack fatalities are on the rise in the U.S., which can be concluded by annual statistics. DogsBite.org is a website devoted to tracking dog bite fatalities; and the website’s reports show that 42 people were killed by dogs last year, though the usual annual average is about 16. In addition to fatal dog attacks, however, there are many more serious injuries resulting from dog attacks. People often suffer amputations, deformities, and terrible scarring from injuries caused by dog bites. There is a lot to be wary about, when it comes to encountering a large dog that is unknown to you and that behaves in a threatening manner. There are steps you can take in Texas to try to protect yourself and your family from a dangerous dog.
The State of Texas has a “Dangerous Dog” law, and it is designed to protect the public from vicious and dangerous dogs. The process of putting the law to work begins when an incident about a purported dangerous dog is reported to local animal control authority. Sworn statements of witnesses must be submitted. Animal control authority then makes the determination of whether or not the dog is indeed dangerous, and the owner of the dog is notified. The dog’s owner must be notified within 15 days about the determination. The owner may appeal the determination to a municipal or county court or a justice of the peace. The decision handed down by the court may also be appealed.
In this continuing series, learn what the owner of a dog deemed dangerous is required to do; and also learn about the reporting of dangerous dog incidents that specifically apply to counties with a population of 2,800,000 or more.
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