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

Monday, November 10th, 2014

1 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing in bac...

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.

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

Friday, November 7th, 2014

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier puppy si...

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.

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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?

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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.

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

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Pitbull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eight-year-old Emily Ruckle was viciously attacked by a pit bull on September 27 in Newark, Delaware, and has just returned home from the hospital. Ruckle has already been through nine surgeries since the pit bull attack which almost severed her right arm and has more surgeries to come. Doctors said that she could return home approximately a month before the expected hospital release because she was able to lift her shoulder last week, to their surprise.

The horrendous attack happened when Rucker and her 15-year-old half-sister allowed the pit bull which belonged to her mother’s ex-husband out of a bedroom because they thought the dog needed to relieve himself outside. The pit bull leaped at Rucker, causing her head to crash against the floor. The dog then almost tore her arm off. When police arrived later, the dog was shot and killed because it wouldn’t allow paramedics to help the child.

The lead surgeon told the Rucker family that the 8-year-old suffered the most serious dog mauling he has ever seen that did not result in death.

Dog attacks can result in many different types of injuries which often affect victims for a lifetime. The following are some of the kinds of injuries inflicted by dogs:

  • Tearing wounds and puncture wounds occur when an attacking dog clamps the jaw muscles and fangs down into the victim’s skin and flesh. It is typical for bites to be accompanied by scratches caused by the tooth swiping the skin or from clawing with paws during the course of the attack.
  • When dogs bite a victim’s head, brain and head injuries can occur. The victim may also suffer from a head injury from being knocked down against a hard surface or bumping against a hard object while trying to avoid the attack. Head injuries range from a bump to a fractured skull to brain injury which causes permanent disability.

See this continuing series for more information about the types of injuries caused by dog attacks.

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Denton, Texas Dog Bite Injury Lawyer – For the First Time in the U.S., a City Seeks to Reverse a Pit Bull Ban – Part 3

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Trained attack dog Samo leaps forward toward a decoy’s arm wrap as Tech. Sgt. David Adcox restrains him. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the nine-year period between 2005 and 2013, there were 283 dog bite fatalities in the U.S. The breakdown of those deaths clearly shows how dangerous pit bulls are. The following are the dogs responsible for the fatalities and the number of deaths committed by that breed: Pit bulls, 176 (62.2%); Rottweiler, 33 (11.7%); German shepherd, 11 (3.9%); husky, 11 (3.9%); Mastiff and bullmastiff, 10 (3.5%); mixed breed, 10 (3.5%):American bulldog, 9 (3.2%); and boxer, 6 (2.1%). Another 6% represents several dogs with 4 or less fatalities – the group of combined breeds include malamute, chow chow, Doberman pinscher, cane corso, presa canario, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, weimaraner, and akita.

Studies show that pit bulls are 8.5 times more likely than other breeds to go on the attack. All it takes is a moment for major damage to be done or for a pit bull to cause death. An example is that a 13-month-old girl was at a birthday party and a pit bull approached her and in a flash bit the toddler from the top of the head to the cheek, causing a critical injury. Because pit bulls usually bite hard and shake, the child was fortunate to survive the attack.

The statistics tell the story, with the clear majority of all dog bite fatalities being caused by one breed: pit bulls.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series for more information about the pit bull controversy.

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, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

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Two Pit Bulls are Shot in Lubbock, Texas, After Viciously Attacking a Woman

Wednesday, October 29th, 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)

In Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, October 18, two pit bulls attacked Blanca Factor on Auburn Street at the Acacia Mobile Home Park. Factor was putting trash into a dumpster when the male and female dogs began attacking her. The manager of the park, Marion Bowden, went to Factor’s rescue, after hearing her scream. The pit bulls bit Bowden on his hand, but he did manage to rescue Factor before further damage was done to her.

Police released the audio from the 9-1-1 call about the pit bull attack. Factor could be heard crying in the background. The caller described the situation, saying the victim was badly chewed up. Police were asked to bring a gun and kill the dogs.

Factor was transported by ambulance to University Medical Center. She suffered lacerations to her arms, face, chest, and foot. She received more than 20 stitches. Bowden and another man received medical treatment on the scene and were released.

The police shot both of the pit bulls. According to Bowden, there was a lot of blood creating a gory scene as a result of the dogs being shot. Lubbock Animal Services determined who the dogs’ owners are and at last report were still waiting to hear back from them. They are hoping to obtain vaccination records and other information that can help them determine whether any charges or citations should be pursued in relation to the pit bull attack.

Under the Texas Dangerous Dog Law, in some circumstances, the owners of a dog that has attacked and killed or injured someone may be prosecuted, if found to be criminally negligent as regards containing the dog. Depending on the seriousness of the injuries and of the attack, the offense could result in a second-degree or third-degree felony conviction.

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Carrollton Dog Attack Lawyer: For the First Time in the U.S., a City Seeks to Reverse a Pit Bull Ban – Part 2

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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T-Mobile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bob LeGare, city councilman in Aurora, said the reason the pit bull ban was added to the ballot was because the topic continually came up. They spent time pouring over information in order to determine whether the ban was a mistake. The experts with American Kennel Club (AKC) weighed in and are of the opinion that irresponsible dog owners should be punished, not entire dog breeds. Lisa Peterson, AKC spokesperson, expressed her opinion that prohibiting any breed of dog does more damage than good, partly because it hurts responsible owners more than those who are irresponsible.

Once a pit bull ban is passed, it usually has sticking power. The Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Denver pit bull ban, which began in 1991. A challenge to the ban in Aurora was dismissed in a federal court.

Some dog owners actually go through the expense of having DNA tests done to prove that their dog is less than 50% pit bull. People who are losing their pet often don’t have the money for this type of approach, however.

As the November election results are awaited, people on both sides of the pit bull ban debate are sincere in their concern over the outcome.

Read some of the stories which are rightly used to show how dangerous pit bulls are in this continuing series.  Also, see Part 1 for more information about the pit bull controversy.

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, Carrollton, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

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Waco Dog Bite Lawyer: For the First Time in the U.S., a City Seeks to Reverse a Pit Bull Ban

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Pit bulls have earned a bad enough reputation that approximately 700 U.S. cities have banned pit bull ownership. What these cities have in common is that they arrived at the controversial conclusion that pit bulls are a threat to public safety. Aurora, Colorado, however, is the first city to try to repeal the pit bull ban; the matter is being voted on in the November election.

Leading the pack of those who think Aurora is making a mistake with this change of sentiment is Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org. Lynn, of Austin, Texas, suffered a 5-second attack by a leashed pit bull when she was jogging in 2007. As a result of that brief encounter, she was hospitalized for two days and underwent surgery to repair a severe bone fracture. What she shared in response to news of Aurora’s change of heart about the pit bull ban is the following projection: Between 1998 (the year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quit tracking fatal dog attacks according to breed) and 2017, 305 people in the U.S. will have been mauled to death by pit bulls.

In spite of compelling statistics which undeniably show that pit bulls do far more harm than any other breed, people on both sides of the argument are equally passionate about their point of view. The bottom line, according to city officials in Aurora, is that the pit bull ban unfairly punishes responsible pit bull owners, who are typically minorities.

The animal care division in Aurora argues that since the pit bull ban went into effect in 2005, dog bites have clearly declined in the city.

Read more about the pit bull controversy in 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, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

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