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Posts Tagged ‘Pit bull’
Friday, July 31st, 2015
Garland Animal Services enforces fencing requirements for pit bull dogs and pit bull mixes. On their website, the city states that since 2004, when dog bite statistics were kept, pit bulls and crossbreeds of pit bulls were responsible for the majority of dog bites. In addition, 27% of dogs found running at large are pit bulls. The city fencing requirement for pit bulls was developed in response to growing public concerns about safety.
The following are specific requirements for fencing for pit bulls in Garland, Texas:
- The fence which encloses pit bulls must be 6 feet tall, measured from the ground.
- The fence must be constructed of either 11-gage chain link fencing or wooden planks at least ½ inch thick.
- There can be no gaps or openings in the fencing larger than 2 inches.
- Brace posts must be buried no less than 18 inches deep, and fencing must be firmly attached to the posts.
- All gates must have a locking mechanism that ensures that the gates are securely closed.
Garland Animal Service Officers must only consider a dog a pit bull dog if the animal exhibits the traits listed for American Staffordshire Terriers by the American Kennel Club. The fencing directive should only be implemented when an animal is a pit bull dog or a pit bull crossbreed.
Considering the many fatal pit bull attacks that have occurred in the U.S. this year alone, it seems entirely fitting that there should be a growing number of cities that ban pit bull ownership.
Tags: Adoption,Chicago Tribune,Cruelty to animals,Dog,Facebook,Jimma,Louisiana,Marrero,Pet adoption,Pit bull,Twitter
Friday, July 31st, 2015
The full Denver ordinance regarding the pit bull ban is lengthy. It wraps up saying that if a pit bull is found within city limits that is not an exception to the ban, it will be destroyed unless the owner has evidence that is deemed sufficient by the animal services manager that the pit bull will be permanently removed from Denver. The owner pays the cost of impoundment, as well.
Denver’s pit bull ban was enacted in 1989 on the claim that pit bulls are different from other dogs, pose a greater danger, and inflict more serious injuries than other breeds. The ban was initiated following a fatal pit bull attack in Denver; the victim was a minister, and the attack was highly publicized. Denver leadership has maintained steadfastly that the ban advances community safety and effectively reduces dog attacks. There have been numerous and costly legal challenges and protests against Denver’s pit bull ban.
At least one Denver council member who had refused an interview with pit bull advocates received a threat on his life that police officers took very seriously. Those who believe ban-specific legislation is wrong are passionate in their fight against singling out any breed as unfit to dwell in society as pets. Those with the opposite view seem to be equally devoted to restricting pit bull ownership for the safety of the public.
See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and this continuing series to learn more about true accounts of pit bull injuries and fatalities. In the next segment, learn about the Texas BSL in Garland.
Tags: City council,Cleveland,Cleveland Clinic,Cuyahoga County,Daily News (New York),Death,Dog,Dog attack,Ohio,Ownership,Pit bull
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Dogs most often target the lips, nose, and cheek when they bite. Although pit bulls are believed by many to be more dangerous than other breeds, all dogs are capable of biting in certain circumstances. The types of injuries dogs cause to humans, besides death and disfiguring scars, include:
- Crushing Wounds
- Fractured bones
Pit bulls were bred to bite bulls, bears, and other large animals in the face and hold on. In the 1800s, baiting large animals was outlawed. About that time, people began using their pit bulls for dogfights. Pit bulls have a thick skull, powerful jaws, and muscular legs. Dogfighting is illegal, but it goes on in many places across the U.S. Pit bulls are the breed of choice for dogfights. They are conditioned and strengthened to attack and kill other dogs; these dogs can pose a tremendous threat to the public, if they are allowed to run at large.
Accounts from victims and witnesses of dog attacks say that the dogs are incredibly tenacious. People who are trying to rescue a pit bull attack victim do such things as beat the dogs with heavy objects and stab them, and yet the dogs hang onto their victim or continue to bite them, sometimes from head to toe. There are even reports of pit bulls being shot and continuing an attack.
Tags: American Broadcasting Company,Ban (title),City council,Cleveland,Death,Dog,Dogfight,Elijah,Foster care,Pit bull
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Surviving victims of pit bull attacks often work to raise awareness about how dangerous the breed is. For example, the victim of a February 16, 2014, pit bull attack whose pet was killed in the same incident addressed the City Council in Studio City, California. He first told the council that he had difficulty finding any outlets or responsiveness to the message he wanted to share. He then told the story of a pit bull that had not been provoked in any way attacking him and his dog. One of the man’s fingers was severed in the pit bull attack, and he ended up having to have a formal amputation and surgery for shortening the affected finger. The victim was told that the pit bull was quarantined in the owner’s home after the attack and had since been free to again enter public spaces. He was also disturbed that the owner had not been cited for obvious violation of the leash law, nor had he been cited with regard to the dog bites.
In Dillon, South Carolina, a worker with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was viciously attacked by two pit bulls as he was out on a work-related call. He managed to call 9-1-1 during the 20-minute attack. The dogs did not let up on their attack until police officers shot and killed them. The victim’s injuries were so severe, he was placed in a medically induced coma for a week; and DogsBite.org placed him on the Fatality Watch list. He suffered bites and lacerations all over his body. While still facing multiple skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries, he attended a hearing for the pit bulls’ owner two months after the attack because, he said, he doesn’t want anyone else to go through what happened to him.
Tags: American Broadcasting Company,Ban (title),City council,Cleveland,Death,Devon,Dog,Dogfight,Elijah,Pit bull
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Not all sources read statistics the same way. Some studies on injuries and fatalities caused by dog bites conclude that dog breed is not a good way to predict dog bites. A visit to DogsBite.org tells a different story. When you look at the up-to-date information that dates back to 2005, you can see that pit bulls are responsible for approximately 60% of all dog attack fatalities. There are a lot of dog breeds, and yet pit bulls alone commit more than half of the deaths, on average. How can anyone say pit bulls aren’t a dangerous breed, with that statistic alone? Yet the DogsBite.org website also alleges that the owners of pit bulls are “not normal.”
A case study was done on and sympathetic to pit bull owners, and researchers found patterns related to owners of pit bulls and other “outlaw” breeds.” For example, pit bull owners routinely resort to strategies designed to mitigate the fact that there is a stigma attached to their dogs. They tend to pass off their pit bulls as other breeds, deny that their behavior is determined biologically, debunk adverse media coverage, and more.
Pro-pit bull propaganda was uncovered among pit bull owners that was very similar to what pro-pit bull groups do when fighting against a municipality enacting breed-specific legislation targeting pit bulls. One common stance is that the pit bull breed cannot be properly identified and that there is a media conspiracy against the breed.
Tags: Actuarial science,American Broadcasting Company,Antigo,Breed-specific legislation,Casualty (TV series),City council,Clinic,Dog,Dog attack,Pit bull,Wisconsin
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Several horrific pit bull injuries were reported in a news story following a fatal pit bull attack that occurred in 2014. Some details meant to demonstrate the seriousness of pit bull attacks follow:
- Before dying from his injuries sustained in a pit bull attack, a 14-month-old in Wisconsin suffered a severed spine, hundreds of cuts, a crushed skull, and a dangling eyeball.
- A 7-year-old in Tennessee was brutally attacked by a pit bull and received 1,000 stitches and facial reconstruction surgery initially. At least four more surgeries were expected to be required before his treatment would be complete.
- An 82-year-old man was attacked by a pit bull in Palmyra and suffered a head injury, multiple injuries to his arm, and a broken pelvis and femur.
- A pit bull viciously attacked a police officer in North Middleton Township. The officer shot and killed the dog.
- A couple was devastated when a pit bull killed their miniature dachshund in Carlisle’s Thornwald Park. The same pit bull also attacked another dog at that time, and people expressed concerns because many children and elderly people frequent the park.
- An 80-year-old woman was in her backyard when a pit bull jumped the fence and began mauling her. She suffered a broken hip and injuries to her arm and leg, although the dog’s owner quickly got control of the dog.
- In the same story, a 14-month-old boy is mentioned. Two pit bulls mauled the infant to death. The child’s father is one of the people who refuse to settle for the statement that pit bull attacks are the owners’ fault.
Tags: American Broadcasting Company,Antigo,City council,Cleveland,Death,Dog,Dog attack,Dogfight,Elijah,Pit bull,Wisconsin
Monday, July 27th, 2015
The number of deaths and serious injuries inflicted by pit bulls has grown in recent years. Many people in neighborhoods throughout the U.S. are afraid to step outside their front door because of neighbors whose pit bulls frequently escape their yard and run loose, exhibiting aggressive behavior.
Approximately 4.4 million people in the U.S. are bitten by a dog each year. There is a valid reason to fear an encounter with a pit bull more than an encounter with just about any other type of dog. In 2015, pit bulls have been responsible for more than 75% of the dog attack fatalities.
In one in-depth study by physicians of mortality, mauling, and maiming by vicious dogs over a 15-year-period, it was discovered that attacks by pit bulls were associated with more serious injuries, as compared with attacks by other breeds of dogs. In addition, pit bulls are associated with higher fatality rates, higher risk of death than when attacked by other dog breeds, and higher hospital charges.
The following is about a pit bull attack that occurred in 2013, and it is an example of common occurrences involving the breed:
- Two pit bulls ran loose in a neighborhood and attacked three women and a teenager within 30 minutes. One of the victims described her terrifying experience. One of the pit bulls was latched onto her leg, and the other was trying to jump on top of her. She fought back by continually punching at them and hitting them. Both dogs ended up biting into her legs, and it seemed impossible to get them to let go. She survived the attack but struggles to walk up and down stairs, due to her injuries.
See Part 1 and this continuing series to learn more about true accounts of pit bull injuries and fatalities.
Tags: Adoption,Asheville,Death,Dog,Dog attack,Emergency service,Hendersonville,North Carolina,Pit bull,Raleigh,Western North Carolina
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
At about 2 p.m. on July 14, 71-year-old Annie Williams was exiting her vehicle to visit a relative when a neighbor’s pit bull jumped on her and mauled her to death in less than ten minutes. Neighbors tried to get the pit bull off of Williams, but the dog wouldn’t let go. A neighbor shot the dog, and it ran into a nearby backyard, where Cleveland, Ohio, police officers later shot it to death. Williams was rushed by ambulance to South Pointe Hospital, but she was pronounced dead upon arrival. According to the latest reports, no charges were brought against the pit bull owner in this case.
Annie Williams is at least the 17th person in the U.S. killed by a pit bull this year alone; and the total number of dog attack fatalities for 2015 so far is 21. For anyone who is paying attention to these statistics, it’s obvious that pit bulls are too dangerous to be allowed in society without severe restrictions.
Even experts argue that pit bulls are no different than other dogs in one respect: If they are properly and responsibly cared for, no one will get hurt. This theory is being disproven one fatality at a time. Most of the pit bulls responsible for fatalities this year were family dogs, and the victims were family members.
The brutal attacks by pit bulls cause greater damage and more permanent injuries for survivors than other dog attacks, according to surgeons. Pit bulls do not have “locking jaws,” as people often mistakenly believe. They may as well have locking jaws, however, when you consider the shocking tenacity with which they relentlessly latch onto their victims.
Learn more about the types of damage pit bull bites can do in this continuing series.
Tags: Associated Press,Construction worker,Death,Derrick Johnson,Dog,Dog attack,Minnesota,Ownership,Pit bull,St. Louis Park
Friday, July 24th, 2015
Pit Bull Fatalities 2015
- In Lawton, Oklahoma, on June 28, 3-year-old Jordan Collins-Tyson was fatally injured in a pit bull attack. Jordan was being cared for by a babysitter and was alone in his great-grandmother’s backyard with her two dogs when one of the dogs, a pit bull, attacked him. The babysitter says she checked on him from inside the house by looking out of a window. One minute he was fine but the next he was on the ground. Police were called to the scene, and the dog continued to behave aggressively upon their arrival. The pit bull was shot to death by police on the scene. Jordan was already lifeless and was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The dog had bitten him in the throat.
- Six-year-old Joshua Strother of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was killed on July 7 by a pit bull that belonged to a neighbor. The neutered male pit bull had been adopted from the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) approximately 21 days before the deadly pit bull attack. The previous history of the dog was unknown. Joshua climbed the fence and entered the neighbor’s yard, and the pit bull brutally attacked him. When police arrived, the pit bull continued to show aggression, and deputies shot and killed the dog. The child’s mother was 8 months pregnant and had gone to the bathroom at the time he climbed over the fence. According to the mom, Joshua had been visiting the dog and the same neighbor’s young daughter ever since the dog had been adopted. Following Joshua’s death, officials with Buncombe County ordered a moratorium on transfers of pit bulls from the county to AHS as well as all adoption agencies until the AHS temperament procedures and transfer protocol were reviewed.
Read more about this story and the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10 of this ongoing series. Learn about more specific pit bull fatalities that have occurred in the U.S. this year in the next segment.
Tags: Adoption,American Staffordshire Terrier,Animal shelter,Dog,Facebook,Fire station,Indianapolis,Jimma,Pet adoption,Pit bull
Friday, July 24th, 2015
Pit Bull Fatalities 2015
- In the Red Bird area of Dallas, Texas, a pit bull killed 10-week-old Brayden Wilson on April 19. The pit bull was the family dog and had been in the household for 8 years. The only people home when the fatal pit bull attack occurred were Brayden and his father. The dad says he stepped outside to turn the sprinkler system on and discovered that the dog had attacked the baby when he went back inside. The baby had been in a bouncy seat when the pit bull attacked. The mother returned home as the dad was trying to get the dog away from the baby. He finally got the dog by the neck and pulled it outside, where he shot and killed the dog. Brayden was pronounced dead after being transported to Children’s Medical Center. The family was completely stunned, saying the dog had been around when two other children grew up in the home.
- On May 25 in Chicago, Illinois, 5-year-old James Nevils III was killed by a pit bull while visiting his 27-year-old cousin. According to the police report, James was outside with the dog, which was his cousin’s pet, and his 7-year-old sister when the pit bull attacked him. The dog grabbed James by the throat and shook him by the neck. The mother grabbed the dog by its back legs and pulled it around to the front lawn, with the dog still biting into James’ neck. Two teenage boys rushed to help and beat the dog with a pole and a brick. An adult neighbor stabbed the dog with a knife multiple times and continued to until the knife broke off. James was lifeless by the time the dog finally released him. Neighbors continued to attack the dog after James was let go, and they killed the dog. The cousin wasn’t present when the deadly attack occurred, and no criminal charges were pursued in the case.
Read more about this story and the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 of this ongoing series. Learn about more specific pit bull fatalities that have occurred in the U.S. this year in the next segment.
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