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Posts Tagged ‘Pit bull’
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
A 2 to 3-year-old dog described as a boxer-mix or a pit bull attacked a 2-year-old boy yesterday in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The dog was chained in the owner’s unfenced backyard. Details are still emerging. It is unknown who was responsible for supervision of the child at the time he wandered into the yard. The dog’s owner discovered the severely injured child and called an ambulance. It was unknown how long the child had been laying there before being found.
The dog had bitten the child in the face. He was airlifted first to one hospital and then another, but he died at the second facility.
A woman in the neighborhood named Chelsea Marie Lambert spoke to the media and said that her mother’s yard is between the home where the boy lived and the yard where he was attacked. She wanted to make it clear that the dog was not a boxer mix. The owner, she alleges, only has pit bulls.
To the shock of many, the dog that attacked the toddler was allowed to be quarantined in the home of his owner.
As if the fatal dog attack isn’t serious enough, the investigation surrounding the deadly incident was reportedly full of contradictions and inconsistent details. In addition, as of last report, no one had yet claimed to have been the person responsible for supervising the toddler.
This heartbreaking development is part of a trend this year that is truly alarming. If this indeed was a pit bull that killed the toddler, this will be the 18th pit bull fatality this year alone. Read this ongoing series to learn more.
Tags: ABC 6,Annals of Surgery,Attack dog,Booth Street,Bravo (U.S. TV channel),Canine reproduction,Coccinellidae,Dog,Dog attack,Pit bull
Friday, September 25th, 2015
Authorities say that Marilyn Stanley of Kentucky was partially scalped in a pit bull attack allegedly ordered by her ex-boyfriend. The attack occurred earlier this month in the man’s home. According to police, the man allegedly beat Stanley and then encouraged the pit bull to attack her. Approximately 80% of her scalp was torn off as well as part of one ear. As a result of all that happened to her, Stanley’s eyes were described as being as large as baseballs. She also suffered a broken nose and multiple lacerations on her neck and face.
The man has been charged with assault and harboring a vicious animal.
Stanley will be undergoing several surgeries for the injuries sustained in the pit bull attack.
The further details of the entire incident are absolutely gruesome and bring to mind the horror of watching another allegedly intentional pit bull attack. Recently in New York, a man and woman purportedly exchanged words on the street, after which the woman is accused of dropping the leashes of her two pit bulls for the purpose of their attacking the man. The brutal attack was caught on video and provides a small glimpse of the type of danger posed by pit bulls.
Pit bulls are dangerous enough without their owners intentionally ordering them to attack people. Because pit bulls frequently kill people, including their owners, in attacks, this type of behavior could reasonably amount to attempted murder. Of course, that may not be how the law sees it right now. Perhaps the laws in the U.S. need to change in order to give pit bull owners strong deterrents to allowing their dogs to hurt others.
Tags: ABC 6,American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,Attack dog,Belmont Avenue (Chicago),Booth Street,Brooklyn,Canine reproduction,Dog,New York,Pit bull
Friday, September 25th, 2015
Residents of Riverside County, California, have a valid reason to be nervous about becoming victims of a pit bull attack. In that county alone, there have been numerous pit bull fatalities in recent years. This week, in La Quinta, California, which is also in Riverside County, a pit bull savagely attacked a 6-year-old boy in the face. Aware of a recent pit bull fatality in the county, the family couldn’t help but be thankful that the child was not killed.
The family says that they had reported the pit bull to animal services previously, but nothing was done. The child was at his grandparents’ neighbor’s home and was petting the pit bull when it suddenly bit him in the face, knocking him to the ground.
The 6-year-old boy is in the hospital, and the dog is in custody of animal services.
Pit bull attacks are not only a problem in Riverside County. There have been at least 21 fatalities caused by dog attacks in the U.S. this year alone, and all but five are known to have been caused by pit bulls. Details of four of the remaining five people killed by dogs show the type of dog as “unknown,” meaning it is possible that 20 of the 21 fatalities were caused by pit bulls. It is not an unreasonable assumption that it was the case, if you are aware of recent savage pit bull attacks.
Learn about the recent pit bull fatality that occurred in Riverside County, California, and more in this continuing series.
Tags: Associated Press,California,Dog,Dog attack,Palm Springs,Pit bull,Police car,Riverside County,Salton Sea,Southern California,The Desert Sun
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
The following account of a pit bull fatality is alarming on several levels. Not only were two people savagely attacked and one of them died, but the survivor, who suffered critical injuries, still referred to the pit bull as a “good dog” after the violent chaos on the day of the fatal pit bull attack. More details follow:
Forty-eight-year-old Cathy Wheatcraft of Davie County, North Carolina, was retrieving her mail when she was savagely attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull. The male dog had escaped its owners’ home by jumping out of a window that was about 11 feet up. Another neighbor, 31-year-old Sheena Truesdale, tried to rescue Wheatcraft, and she was then brutally attacked. Truesdale managed to go into a car for protection, but the pit bull was relentlessly latched onto her arm and dragged her back out of the car. The attack was still underway when police arrived. An officer was forced to shoot the dog, to stop the attack. It was discovered at that time that Wheatcraft had already died from her wounds.
It was known that the pit bull in this case was dangerous. A few months before this fatal incident, the dog had attacked one of Truesdale’s dogs. She is the owner of three pit bulls. In spite of the fact that her arm was nearly severed from her body in the savage attack, she said it was a good dog and she was confused as to why the animal “suddenly snapped.”
In the face of fatality after fatality, zealous pit bull advocates continue to deny that the breed is a danger to society.
Tags: ARM architecture,Cooleemee,Davie County,Dog,Dog attack,Medical state,North Carolina,Pit bull,Press release,Winston-Salem
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
In a scenario similar to the girl attacked by a pit bull in a neighbor’s yard in Jackson Michigan, on July 7 of this year, 6-year-old Joshua Strother of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was killed when he entered his neighbors’ back yard to pet their pit bull. His mother was preoccupied for a few minutes, and the next thing she knew her son was dead from a pit bull attack.
Pit bulls may be the beloved pets of countless dog owners, but these types of dog attack fatalities are too common with the breed. What sets pit bulls apart from other breeds besides that they were originally bred to bite and hang onto large animals, such as bulls?
- The illegal activity of dogfighting involves pit bulls almost exclusively because of the predictability of their participation in the blood sport and their brutal fighting skills.
- Physicians have done numerous research studies on dog bites, and pit bull injuries always show up on the results as the most devastating, as compared with other types of dogs that attack.
- This year 21 people in the U.S. have been killed by dogs, and all were are known to be killed by pit bulls except five, and four of those were “unknown,” meaning that they could have been killed by pit bulls. The statistic suggests that a staggering 90% plus died from a pit bull attack.
It is not unreasonable to compare pit bulls to guns left loaded in people’s yards, guns that children could innocently stumble upon. Actually, pit bulls are more dangerous than in that scenario, since guns don’t shoot themselves. Pit bulls usually attack when people are completely off guard and not expecting danger.
In the next segment, read about a pit bull fatality in which a woman was retrieving her mail when a neighbor’s dog relentlessly attacked her.
To learn more about the danger of pit bulls, read Part 1 and this continuing series.
Tags: ABC 6,Adoption,Apartment,Asheville,Attack dog,Beneficiary rule,Booth Street,Dog,Golden Retriever,North Carolina,Pit bull
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Earlier this month in Jackson, Michigan, the same pit bull attacked two children within hours. A 7-year-old girl who was attacked was most seriously injured. She had to have about 75 stitches, including many on her face. She also suffered a buckle fracture to her left arm. Plastic surgery will be needed. It is possible that she has suffered permanent nerve damage on her face near her mouth, though doctors may use steroid injections in an attempt to stimulate the affected muscles.
On the day of the attacks, a 12-year-old boy was bitten by a pit bull named Max at about 3:25 p.m. The owners chained Max up, and the boy was taken to a nearby hospital. At about 5 p.m., 7-year-old Alecia Finch was in the yard where Max was. She was petting a pit bull named Peaches when Max suddenly attacked. The pit bull knocked her down and savagely bit her face and arm before she managed to crawl out of range of the dog.
Max was not vaccinated, and both children are having rabies shots. The dog’s owners agreed to have him put down. According to Sandy Clark with the Jackson County Animal Shelter, it would be ethically, morally, and legally inappropriate for the pit bull responsible for the attacks to be given a new home.
This type of attack is not an isolated event. Pit bull attacks are happening in Texas and throughout the United States. A recent video of a vicious pit bull attack in New York, in which the dogs’ owner allegedly released the dogs intentionally for the attack, have sent shockwaves to viewers across the world. Read this continuing series to learn more about the danger of pit bulls.
Tags: ABC 6,American Kennel Club,American Staffordshire Terrier,Annals of Surgery,Attack dog,Backyard breeder,Dog,Dog attack,Pit bull,United States
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
This week the world shared in the shock of a savage pit bull attack in which the owner of two dogs allegedly dropped the leashes to encourage an attack, and it was all caught on video. The victim was critically injured but has survived. Not surprisingly, the violent event, which occurred in New York, has revived the argument about whether pit bulls should be banned because they pose too big a threat to society at large. Pit bull advocates, who include many veterinarians and dog experts, are adamant that the problem lies with the owner. Could it be that the reason this argument is always fresh is because fatal and serious pit bull attacks occur so frequently?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), pit bulls were bred for violent purposes from the start. Their original purpose was to bite and tenaciously hold bulls and other large animals around the face and head. Since that time, pit bulls became a favorite family dog in various parts of the world, including the U.S.
But news reports about dog attacks have been tracked on a website called dogsbite.org for years, and a clear pattern emerges that pit bulls are undeniably dangerous, as compared with other dogs. In a typical year, pit bulls cause about 60% of all fatal dog attacks in the U.S. This year, that percentage is well over 90%.
Stories of dangerous pit bull attacks, including fatalities, are not difficult to find. It seems that it is safe to say that whether the breed or whether the owner is ultimately responsible, pit bulls are too much of a risk. The public should be protected from the breed.
Tags: Adoption,American Kennel Club,American Pit Bull Terrier,American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,American Staffordshire Terrier,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Pit bull,United States
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Stray dogs pose a danger to everyone, but joggers can be a real target for dogs because of the instinct to give chase. Basic advice to avoid being attacked, for instance, includes standing still like a tree. For joggers, it is usually too late to avoid a dog attack in this way. The following tips on how to avoid a dog attack are offered specifically for joggers:
- Be alert. Listening to loud music when you are jogging can prove to be a mistake because you are less aware of your surroundings when you can’t hear anything but the music. For instance, if one or more dogs are about to blindside you, music will drown out the only warning you might have. Not only does listening to music make you more vulnerable in a potential dog attack, but it also prevents you from possibly hearing a bicyclist riding near you or even a potential human attacker in hiding behind bushes. Being alert while jogging is essential to safety.
- Don’t jog alone. If at all possible, avoid jogging alone. Single joggers are much more at risk in the event of a dog attack and other potential attacks.
- Bring a means of self-defense. There are many helpful gadgets which may help you avoid being attacked by a dog while jogging. There are pros and cons regarding each. It’s best to research and see which device is best suited for you. Examples are pepper spray and Tasers.
- Follow your instincts. If you are jogging and an area seems like it may be unsafe or it gives you an uncomfortable feeling, don’t go there. What may seem like a whim may be a true warning signal.
See Part 1 of this two-part series for more information.
Tags: Associated Press,City of Lake Macquarie,Dog,Dog attack,Handedness,John Hunter Hospital,New South Wales,Newcastle,Pepper spray,Pit bull,Valentine
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
A shocking scene making world news this week started with a woman in New York who had two pit bulls on a leash. After possibly exchanging words with a man, she dropped the leashes, seemingly encouraging them to mall him in a violent, gruesome attack that was caught on video. After the shocking, brutal pit bull attack finally stopped, the dogs’ 55-year-old owner was arrested on charges of assault and reckless endangerment. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, and his son described him as being “in pieces.”
It was Detective Annette Markowsi, spokesperson for the New York Police Department (NYPD), who said that 62-year-old Francesco Bove, the victim, exchanged words with the dogs’ owner just before the leashes were dropped and the attack ensued.
At least eight passersby attempted to stop the pit bull attack. They sprayed water on the dogs and hit them with chains. The dogs were relentless and zeroed in on the helpless victim, dragging him along the street. Although the attack continued in spite of the efforts of the Good Samaritans, it is believed that they definitely helped to save his life. One of the men who tried to help was also bitten and was treated and released at a nearby hospital.
Bove had been walking to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church when the attack began. A priest from the church read Bove his last rights, he was mutilated so badly. Bove had one severed ear, one ear split in half, gaping holes in his arms, and bites all over his body, according to his son. His son also said that no words were exchanged between his father and the pit bull owner prior to the attack.
The two pit bulls that attacked Bove are in the custody of animal control. Bove is also a pit bull owner, and he regrets that the dogs will probably be euthanized. He believes the dogs were probably trained to attack. He said he was very disturbed to see that the dogs were licking his blood off the ground.
Sadly, it is nothing new, that pit bulls behave in ways that make them seem like deadly weapons. Learn more about pit bulls in this continuing series.
Tags: Adoption,Asheville,Belmont Avenue (Chicago),Dog,James Blake,New York City,New York City Police Department,North Carolina,Pit bull,Police officer,Tennis
Monday, September 14th, 2015
One way to avoid a dog bite is to understand dog body language. Parents may be able to help their child avoid being the victim of a dog attack by teaching him or her the following information about dog body language:
- Traits of a happy dog that is not showing an intention to be aggressive include: the tongue may be hanging out of the dog’s open mouth, and it may look like the dog is smiling; the dog’s pupils are normal, and you can see the dog’s eye color; the dog’s gaze is relaxed; the ears look soft; the tail may be wagging loosely; and the posture is relaxed.
- Traits of an excited or stressed dog, which means there is greater risk for being bitten: The eyes may appear black because the pupils are dilated; the ears are perked forward; the face and neck are rigid and tense; the dog may be snarling or showing his teeth; the tail is high and stiff; and the stance might lean toward you.
- Traits of a dog that is scared: The dog’s tail is tucked under or low; the ears are dropped back against his head; the dog’s eyes may be averted away or darting around; the whites of his eyes might show; he may lick his lips or pant excessively.
What a dog communicates one moment could change, depending on human response. Knowing dog body language can help a child avoid being bitten by a dog.
Tags: American Animal Hospital Association,American Association for the Advancement of Science,American Bar Association,American Veterinary Medical Association,Associated Press,Belmont Avenue (Chicago),Beverly Hills,California,Dog,Dog attack,Pit bull