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Posts Tagged ‘Pit bull’
Friday, September 4th, 2015
Many communities do not adopt out pit bulls because of the violent attacks they are known for. On the other hand, pit bulls are adopted out by most shelters, the same as any other breed. The problem with this practice is that pit bulls have potential to cause critical injury or death within less than one minute, due to their strength, their powerful jaws, and their way of going for the throat, shaking a victim, and holding on with devastating tenacity.
The final 2015 pit bull fatality to be shared in this series occurred on July 7, and the dog involved had been adopted from the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) three weeks prior to the fatal attack.
Six-year-old Joshua Strother of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was fascinated with the next door neighbor’s new dog, a male, neutered pit bull. On the day of Joshua’s death, his 8-months pregnant mother was in the bathroom when he decided to climb the fence and visit the pit bull. Although on previous occasions, the dog had played with the child, this time the pit bull brutally attacked him. Deputies were called to the scene. They found that the dog was so aggressive, they had to shoot and kill it to get to Joshua, who was already deceased.
Following Joshua’s death, Buncombe County officials placed a moratorium on transfers of pit bulls from other counties to AHS. They made plans to review the shelter’s transfer process and temperament test procedures. Unfortunately, it does usually take one or more fatalities for communities to take action and protect citizens from pit bulls.
Tags: Adoption,American Kennel Club,Asheville,Breed-specific legislation,Buncombe County,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Infographic,North Carolina,Pit bull
Friday, September 4th, 2015
The backyards of America are not places where people’s blood should be spilled and their bodies ripped open in a fatal pit bull attack, but they are. Earlier this year, as two examples, the following victims were killed by pit bulls in backyards.
On June 28, 2015, in Lawton, Oklahoma, 3-year-old Jordan Collins-Tyson, under a babysitter’s care, was in his great-grandmother’s backyard, where a pit bull was chained. Authorities said that the babysitter was watching the 3-year-old through a window. She said that one minute, the boy was fine. The next time she looked, Jordan was on the ground. The pit bull had bitten the boy’s throat in a brutal attack, and the child died. When police arrived, the dog continued to be aggressive; they shot the pit bull to death at the scene. The child was transported directly to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Norerto Legarda of Pecos, Texas, age 83, was in his daughter’s backyard on July 2, 2015, when three pit bulls from an adjoining yard began attacking him. Legarda’s Labrador was also attacked. The fencing between the yards was well-maintained, and it was never determined exactly how the dogs escaped their owner’s property. When authorities went to the scene, the savage pit bull attack was still happening. To reach Legarda, police pepper sprayed and tasered the pit bulls. There was nothing they could do for the elderly man; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Labrador survived the attack. The pit bulls’ owner gave permission, and the dogs were put down.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.
Tags: Adoption,Animal shelter,Asheville,Austin,Dog,Dog breed,Golden Retriever,Madison Street (Chicago),North Carolina,Pepper spray,Pit bull,Texas
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Another terrifying story about what pit bulls are capable of is linked to the death of 5-year-old James Nevils III of Chicago, Illinois. The details about the fatal pit bull attack are shocking and horrific, with no need to sensationalize the dangers of the breed for purposes of proving pit bulls to be a danger to society:
James and his family were visiting a 27-year-old cousin’s house, but the cousin wasn’t home at the time. After playing outside, James and his sister, age 7, went back inside the home. At that moment, the cousin’s dog attacked James, latching onto his throat and shaking him by the neck. The child’s mother grabbed the pit bull by its back legs and pulled it out onto the front lawn in the hopes that neighbors would help stop the attack. Two teenagers immediately tried to help. They beat the pit bull using a pole and a brick, but the dog was unfazed. An adult neighbor then began stabbing the pit bull repeatedly. He continued to stab the dog until the knife broke. By the time James was finally released from the pit bull’s powerful jaws, his body was lifeless. Neighbors relentlessly attacked the pit bull, killing it. The dog’s owner was cited with two administrative infractions, and criminal charges were not pursued.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.
Tags: 7th Street (Washington,Breed-specific legislation,D.C.),Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Golden Retriever,Infographic,Pit bull,Police,Scott Walker (singer)
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
All pit bull attacks are devastating, but there is something especially upsetting about infants being attacked by the powerful dogs. Brayden Wilson of Dallas, Texas, was just ten weeks old when the family pit bull brutally attacked and killed him on April 19 of this year. According to authorities, the only people at home at the time of the fatal pit bull attack were the baby and his father. The dad went outside to turn the sprinkler system on. When the man returned to the house, the pit bull was attacking Brayden, who was in a bouncing seat. As the father attempted to rescue the baby, the mother came home. She also tried to intervene. Finally, the dad managed to force the pit bull outside, where he shot and killed it. What left family members particularly baffled about the deadly attack was that the pit bull had been in the family for eight years and was around when the 8-year-old and the 11-year-old in the house were growing up. There had never been a sign of potential violence, the family claimed. Words they used included that the incident was “unexplainable.”
When it comes to pit bulls, people must figure that the stories they hear about vicious attacks just don’t apply to their dog. They fail to understand, apparently, that the breed has a predictable pattern of attacking and oftentimes killing small animals, sometimes strangers, and sometimes their owners.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.
Tags: Adoption,American Pit Bull Terrier,Animal rescue group,Animal shelter,Annals of Surgery,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Pit bull,United States
Monday, August 31st, 2015
The circumstances surrounding the fatal pit bull attack on 79-year-old Kenneth Ford of Pahrump, Nevada, are absolutely terrifying. The following is what happened in the March 13 pit bull attack and afterward:
Ford had been helping his neighbors by feeding his cats. The neighbor has a two-home property, and the tenant next door owned three pit bulls. The dogs were behind a six-foot fence, but they jumped the fence as Ford was feeding the cats. Two men heard Ford screaming for help as the three pit bulls brutally attacked him. Both men ran to Ford’s aid and were seriously injured by the dogs as they pulled him to the yard next door. Again, the dogs found a way through the fence and continued their attack on Ford. One of the men trying to save Ford finally went and got a shotgun. Even after shooting two of the pit bulls with the gun, all three dogs continued attacking. Finally, Ford was rescued from the dogs and transported to a nearby hospital. He died on April 14 as a result of the injuries suffered in the relentless pit bull attack. Immediately after the attack, law enforcement officers arrested the pit bulls’ owner. There was evidence that the pit bulls had a history of both being at large and of being aggressive.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.
Tags: Associated Press,Auto mechanic,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Infographic,Nevada,Pahrump,Pit bull,Sheriff
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Every family who lost a loved one to a fatal pit bull attack is no doubt devastated by the loss. Rehearsing the facts is not meant to be cruel or morbid but simply to serve as an argument that it is time for society to wake up to the reality that pit bulls are a clear threat. To say that irresponsible owners are the real problem is nothing more than an excuse. As already shown in this series, the first three people killed by a pit bull this year were killed by the family dog. They were not situations where a pet escaped the yard to attack a runner going past, for instance. They were family dogs.
Continued from Part 4 of this series, the next four 2015 fatal dog bite victims were killed by a pit bull that was either the family dog or was at least a family friend’s dog.
Then on March 21, 36-year-old De’Trick Johnson was killed by a pack of pit bulls. Johnson had exited his vehicle at an automobile repair business. Seven pit bulls escaped the front gate of the garage and attacked Johnson. It is unknown how long he was attacked before 9-1-1- was called, and that conversation lasted for up to 8 minutes. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members of the dog owner spoke about their warnings that he needed to get rid of the pit bulls. In this case, the dog owner was charged with felony manslaughter in connection with Johnson’s death. It is beyond tragic that there were warning signs and yet nothing was done until a person was killed by the pit bulls.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.
Tags: Beverly Hills,Breed-specific legislation,California,Death,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Infographic,List of The Shield episodes,Pit bull,Porsche
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
The first 2015 dog bite fatality was a fatal pit bull attack. On January 7, Eugene Smith, age 87, was taking down his Christmas tree when the family dog brutally attacked him. Police were called, and the dog was still attacking Smith when authorities arrived. At that time, the dog was quickly contained. Smith was quickly transported to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. The male pit bull was adopted seven months earlier, and that person had adopted the dog from a rescue group. This was the family dog, and no one expects their pet to fatally attack them. But this same story has happened time and again this year alone.
On January 19, again, there was a fatal pit bull attack. This time the victim was 18-month-old Declan Moss. The child was playing outside on the porch under the care of his grandfather, who witnessed the attack. Two pit bull mixes that belonged to the family attacked Moss, and the grandfather was unable to stop the dogs and save the boy. According to neighbors, the dogs had never been considered harmful to people but had killed smaller dogs. The potential for violence was clear.
From an elderly man to a baby and the next 2015 victim of a deadly pit bull attack was 7 years old. Again, they were family dogs. Two pit bulls about nine months old attacked and killed Malaki Mildward while his father was inside the house and the rest of the family members had gone somewhere. They returned home to see his body in the yard. This wasn’t a complete surprise, in this instance, because the mother of the two pit bulls had bitten another child in the home four months prior.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.
Tags: Adoption,Animal rescue group,Animal shelter,Breed-specific legislation,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Infographic,Pit bull,United States
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Just 12 days before Carolyn Lamp was killed, 71-year-old Annie Williams was attacked and killed by a pit bull. Williams was in a neighborhood driveway and had just exited her car for the purpose of picking up two of her grandchildren when a pit bull savagely attacked her. It was reported that the pit bull belonged to someone in the home she was visiting, but no one has ever claimed ownership. A witness to the horrific pit bull attack said that it lasted about 10 minutes. When police officers arrived on the scene, they found the dog in the backyard and shot it to death. Williams was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries that day. According to the county medical examiner, the causes of Williams’ death, which were the direct result of the pit bull attack, included:
- Crushing injuries to her throat and body; and
- Bite wounds on her body.
There have been at least 22 dog bite fatalities in the U.S. this year, and 19 of those deaths were caused by pit bulls. Anyone who doesn’t find those figures to be a clear indication that pit bulls are not like other dogs are in some kind of denial.
Elderly people are often the victims of fatal pit bull attacks, but the victims are also infants, small children, and adults of various ages.
Tags: 7th Street (Washington,Breed-specific legislation,Chief of police,D.C.),Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Infographic,Monday Night Football,Pit bull,United States
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
One of the most frightening things about pit bulls is that they often attack and seriously maim or kill their owners. These unprovoked attacks typically leave family members confused and completely astonished. If they had believed their pit bull was capable of such horrific actions, they would not have kept the dog.
There are groups who would contest the above statements, in spite of a wealth of evidence that they are based on actual recent events as well as an ongoing history of similar events. Other groups do recognize the danger of pit bulls, which is why more than 700 cities, other municipalities, and many military bases in the U.S. have enacted breed-specific legislation (BSL) which either outlaws pit bulls altogether or restricts ownership.
Physicians have released reports indicating that when people are attacked by a pit bull, their injuries are more severe and medical expenses more costly than when people are bitten by other dog breeds. A common myth about pit bulls is that they have locking jaws. There is no scientific evidence to support the myth, but there are behaviors which suggest it may be at least partially true. Pit bulls tend to hold onto their victims with ferocious tenacity, sometimes even refusing to let go when injured by a gun shot. Pit bull attacks, when not deadly, often cause horrific maiming an unsightly permanent scarring. An especially frustrating element of pit bull attacks is that when an irresponsible dog owner is involved, the victims are still the ones faced with high medical costs, on top of pain and suffering.
Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1 and this continuing series.
Tags: Adoption,Animal shelter,Apartment,Breed-specific legislation,Cricket bat,Daily Mail,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Pit bull
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
On July 24, 2015, 67-year-old Carolyn Lamp became the victim of a fatal pit bull attack that involved at least three pit bull mixes and possibly one Rottweiler, as well. The violent attack occurred after Lamp parked her car and was walking along Main Street in Red Bird, Oklahoma. In spite of intense heat, she was collecting cans from a ditch, which she had a practice of doing as a way of earning extra money for her sewing hobby. The three pit bulls ran at her as she was in the ditch. The man who witnessed the attack from the start of it tried to stop the gruesome mauling. When the dogs were finally run off, the man brought Lamp water; but there was nothing to be done, the pit bull attack was so horrific.
Sheriffs investigated the incident. One man in the neighborhood said Lamp had asked if she could feed the same dogs that mauled her about a year prior to the attack. No one has claimed ownership of the animals. The dogs were brought to Coweta Animal Shelter for quarantine, and there have been no further news reports of what happened to them.
Stray dogs were reported as having been a long-time problem in the area where Lamp was killed. The site seems to be a popular dumping place for unwanted pets. Redbird is a small community with a population of about 137. In Oklahoma, there is a state law which only allows cities with a population of at least 250,000 to be assigned an animal control officer. Sheriff Bob Colbert made a statement to the effect that the sheriff’s office can’t help with animal control.
Stray dogs can, of course, cause many problems. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes in particular are a potential danger in any circumstances. Learn more in this continuing series.
Tags: Adoption,American Bulldog,Animal shelter,Breed-specific legislation,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Infographic,Pit bull,United States