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An 8-Year-Old Girl is Critically Injured in a Pit Bull Attack – Part 2

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Earlier this month, two pit bulls attacked an elderly woman and an 8-year-old girl in Nacogdoches, Texas. The child had been helping a friend locate the dogs that had escaped through a hole in the fence when the dogs viciously attacked her. An elderly woman, in trying to save the child, threw her body over her; but the dogs continued attacking both the girl and the woman. This was just one of many pit bull attacks that have occurred in Texas this year, five of which were fatal pit bull attacks.

In early August, two pit bulls were seen roaming a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, prior to the attack of a 46-year-old woman. The unsuspecting woman was carrying groceries from her car to her home when she saw the pit bulls. They began biting her before she could get to safety. She was repeatedly bitten and scratched before the attack was over and she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

In July, in Tomball, Texas, a 4-year-old girl was viciously attacked by a pit bull, the family dog, as she sat at the dining table to eat breakfast. The preschooler’s lip was partially torn, and her cheek has significant scarring from the incident.

A 5-year-old boy was mauled by a pit bull in San Antonio in June. He was playing in the courtyard of the apartment building where he lived when the relentless attack occurred. The child was severely injured, with bites and gashes on his buttocks, chest, and face; he was hospitalized for treatment.

A man in southeast Houston was severely injured after being attacked by at least three pit bulls in early May. The man suffered severe bites on his legs.

See Part 1 and this continuing series to learn about fatal pit bull attacks in Texas this year.

–Guest Contributor

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An 8-year-old Girl is Critically Injured in a Pit Bull Attack

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Small children and the elderly are most often the victims of pit bull attacks that result in death or critical injury, but every age is apparently at risk. In news out of Newark, Delaware, on Saturday afternoon, an 8-year-old girl named Emily was attacked by a pit bull that the family was keeping temporarily. She is currently in critical condition. Emily’s 15-year-old sister was with her in a bedroom when the attack occurred. The dog began attacking the 8-year-old, and police credit the older sister for calling 9-1-1, protecting her sister, and helping to stop the bleeding from the serious wounds.

According to police, the pit bull had prevented the girls from escaping the room. When they arrived, the dog continued to be aggressive to the point of hindering the officers’ ability to provide emergency medical treatment to Emily. The dog was shot and killed. Emily was transported to A.I DuPont Children’s Hospital and later airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

According to the family, the child’s right arm had to be re-attached in one of multiple surgeries that she has already undergone, and more surgeries are scheduled in the days ahead.

In May of this year a 4-year-old was killed by three pit bulls in Felton, Delaware; and these disturbing headlines are no doubt raising awareness about the danger of pit bulls.

There have been many stories in Texas this year, as well, involving pit bull attacks resulting in death or serious injuries. See this continuing series to learn about pit bull attacks that have occurred recently in Texas.

–Guest Contributor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Pit Bulls are Shot and Killed After Viciously Attacking a Pet in Seagoville, Texas

Friday, September 26th, 2014

English: A black labrador of 2 years. Nederlan...

English: A black labrador of 2 years. Nederlands: Een zwarte labrador van 2 jaar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two pit bulls that were running loose attacked a dog being walked by his owner Monday night in Seagoville, Texas. The woman whose dog was attacked was holding a baby when the pit bull attack occurred. According to Sergeant Steve Davis of the Seagoville Police Department, a neighbor who was driving by stopped to help but could not get the pit bulls to cease the attack. The passerby felt he had no choice and shot both dogs. The pit bulls returned to their home, where they died. The black Labrador retriever that had been attacked suffered a large laceration on his neck and multiple abrasions, was rushed to a veterinarian clinic, and underwent emergency surgery.

Police said that there will be no criminal charges brought against either the pit bull owner or the man who shot the dogs. Records don’t show a previous incident in which the pit bulls attacked another animal. The man who used deadly force to stop the dogs is protected by law because, in this instance, deadly force was allowable. No people reported injuries in connection with this incident.

According to news reports from around the state, pit bulls are frequently at large, putting people in danger wherever the dogs run loose. Because of the potential for fatal or serious injuries from a pit bull attack and for the protection of the general public, Texas laws should provide greater incentive for pit bull owners and other dangerous dog owners to ensure that the dogs are always restrained. The woman and baby on the scene of the Seagoville attack could have easily become dog attack victims.

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

–Guest Contributor

 

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A Woman Stops a Vicious Dog Attack in a Very Unusual Way – Part 2

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Trained attack dog Samo leaps forward toward a...

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

It can be incredibly difficult to put a stop to a brutal dog attack, particularly when the attacking dog is a pit bull. There are many times when people are approached by a vicious dog as they are walking or jogging, and they have nothing to defend themselves with. The following are tips for either avoiding a dog attack or defending yourself in the event of an attack:

  • Do not give strange dogs your attention, particularly when they are behind a fence or inside of a car. It is natural for dogs to exhibit territorial behavior.
  • If a pit bull or another potentially dangerous dog is loose in the vicinity, do not allow children to run and play. Unfortunately, many children become victims of dog attacks even though they are playing in their own backyards. It seems that it can be impossible to predict when or where a dog attack might occur.
  • If you feel that a dog may be about to attack, the worst thing you can do is run. Running stirs a natural chase instinct that dogs have. Instead, stand motionless; and cross your hands in front of you. Do not look at the dog directly in the eyes because dogs consider eye contact to be a an act of aggression. Do not turn your back because doing so could excite and embolden the dog. Continue standing still until the dog loses interest and is out of sight.
  • It can help to jump onto a car, onto higher ground, to escape a dog attack. It could save your life to stand on a car – worry about possible dents in a stranger’s car later because your life is more important.

Read Part 1 for statistics about dog attacks and one woman’s bizarre approach to stopping a dog attack. More tips for what to do in a dog attack will be 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, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

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A Woman Stops a Vicious Dog Attack in a Very Unusual Way

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the 1980s, the number of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. has almost doubled, and pit bulls cause more than half of the approximately 30 deaths per year. Obviously, a dog attack can be savage and fatal. Witnesses to fatal dog attacks have reported about how difficult it is to stop a pit bull as it rips its victims apart, whether the victim is a human or an animal.  Anyone who steps foot out in society nowadays, even in seemingly safe and cozy neighborhoods, can suddenly encounter a dangerous dog that has gotten loose from its home. When there are two or more large, dangerous dogs on the attack, even full grown men in good health have been killed. In a dire situation, sometimes dire actions are completely appropriate. A woman recently made the news in Australia because of the radical action she took to save her dog from being killed in a Staffordshire terrier attack.

The woman, Anne, had read that one way to stop a dog attack is to stick something up a dog’s rear, such as a cigarette lighter. When the Staffordshire terrier began shaking her Jack Russell like a rag doll, she knew she had to act fast, to save her pet. With nothing else handy, she shoved her middle finger up the dog’s rear. The attack stopped immediately, and she was able to rush her dog for emergency medical care. There is always the consideration that a dog’s owner may try to sue someone for an action such as inserting an object into their dog’s behind, even if it is a means for stopping an attack. In cases such as this, most would no doubt say that the outcome justifies the means.

Read about other effective ways to stop a dog attack in progress, some that are also unusual, in this ongoing 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, or anywhere else in Texas, contact Dallas dog bite lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.

–Guest Contributor

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Two Pit Bulls Attack an 8-year-old Girl and an Elderly Woman in Nacogdoches, TX – Part 3

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Sunday before Mardi Gras on Magazine Stree...

The Sunday before Mardi Gras on Magazine Street, Uptown New Orleans. Boys, man, and pit bull at doorway of tattoo shop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 885,000 people require medical attention for dog bites every year. The following is more information about dog bites that seems to clearly indicate that pit bulls are a danger to society and that legislation to ban or restrict ownership of the breed is fully justified, as a way of keeping citizens safe:

  • One-fourth of all claims related to dog bites involved pit bull attacks.
  • The owners of dangerous breeds are 8 times more likely to have been charged in a crime involving drugs than owners of licensed low-risk dogs.
  • Dangerous breed owners are approximately 9 times more likely to have a criminal record with a conviction involving children.
  • Owners of dangerous dogs are more than 3 times more likely to have been found guilty of domestic abuse.
  • Dangerous dog breeds are 6 times more likely than other breeds to kill their owners.
  • A body part is severed and lost as a result of a pit bull attack about every 5 ½ days.
  • One-third of all home insurance claims involve dog bites, and one-fourth of those claims involve pit bulls.
  • Pit bulls and pit bull types represent only about 3% of the total canine population in the U.S., a statistic which makes all of the data in this series even more alarming and indicative of the danger of the breed.
  • More than 35,000 people in the U.S. required reconstructive surgery because of dog attacks in 2010.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series for more information and statistics about pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor

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Two Pit Bulls Attack an 8-year-old Girl and an Elderly Woman in Nacogdoches, TX – Part 2

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Pitbull

Pitbull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a great deal of vigorous debate about whether or not pit bulls are actually dangerous dogs. A survey by physicians in San Antonio, Texas, however, provides evidence through hospital records and other sources that far more injuries and fatalities are caused by pit bulls than by any other breed. The following are among the statistics about pit bulls which are cited with the warning that pit bulls are unpredictable, vicious, and dangerous:

  • A half million dollars is the typical settlement in cases involving pit bull attacks and Rottweiler attacks in which the dog caused death or serious injury.
  • Pit bulls and Rottweilers are responsible for three times more maiming and fatalities than all other dog breeds combined. Their actuarial risk is about 3000% higher than that of average canines.
  • In the past ten years, there has been an increase of 789% as far as the number of pit bull attacks that cause life-threatening injuries. Attacks on children by pit bulls were up 876%, attacks on adults increased by 490%, maimings were up by $1269%, and fatalities were up by 388%.
  • More than two-thirds of pit bulls in animal shelters got there because their owners surrendered them.
  • Nationally, pit bulls alone are responsible for 65% of all dog attacks that result in a human fatality.
  • Of all dogs euthanized in animal shelters, 58% of them are pit bull types.
  • Someone dies as a result of a pit bull attack in the United States approximately every two weeks.
  • Pit bulls have a 2,500 times greater chance of killing a person than Labradors.
  • Pit bulls are 14 times more likely to escape their property than any other dog.

See Part 1 of this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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Two Pit Bulls Attack an 8-year-old Girl and an Elderly Woman in Nacogdoches, Texas

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull.

Pit Bull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An 8-year-old girl and an elderly woman are recovering from a vicious pit bull attack that occurred in Nacogdoches, Texas, on Tuesday night. According to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges, one child asked another child, the victim, to help her look for her two pit bulls, which were lost. The dogs apparently escaped through a hole in the backyard fence. The children went in separate directions in search of the dogs.

As the victim stood on CR8113, the two pit bulls ran to her and began jumping on her. She ran away from the dogs and then fell down. That is when both dogs began biting her. The child started screaming, and an elderly woman went to her rescue. She threw her body onto the child in an effort to protect her. The dogs were relentless, however, and continued biting the woman and the child. Another neighbor also heard the dog attack. He used a baseball bat to beat the pit bulls until they would leave the victims alone.

The girl and the woman were both transported to a local hospital and were reported as being in stable condition.

The animals were voluntarily surrendered to the sheriff’s office by the owners. The dogs will be put down, according to Sheriff Bridges.

Some trauma surgeons compared data on dog bite patients. They discovered in their research that pit-bulls and pit bull mixes cause more severe injuries than other breed of dogs. Pit bull attacks are also associated with higher hospital costs and a higher risk of causing death.

See this continuing series for statistics related to pit bull attacks.

–Guest Contributor

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A Man in Dallas County, Texas, Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison on Animal Cruelty Allegations

Friday, September 5th, 2014

United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg

United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 60-year-old man from Mesquite, Texas has been convicted of animal cruelty with a deadly weapon. He admittedly beat and drowned his pit bull last year and now awaits sentencing on the conviction. The man could be sentenced to up to ten years in prison. A compelling element of this story is the claim the man made that the dog was a danger and he couldn’t find a way to be rid of it and therefore took matters into his own hands.

Adopting a dog is a lot of responsibility, and sometimes problems can become very complicated. In this instance, the man said he feared for the safety of his twin sons who are 8 years old. The prosecutors, on the other hand, made the case that the dog was killed out of anger and frustration.

The man claims that he attempted to surrender the pit bull a week prior to the incident, but Balch Springs Animal Control would not take the dog because the man doesn’t live in the area covered by the center. He also said he recognized that his inability to train the dog was becoming more of a dangerous and destructive situation.

The dog’s owner also said that when the dog chewed furniture patio pillows and a hose, it was the last straw. He said that he was bitten by the dog when he attempted to strap her to a choke collar.

It’s probably not a difficult question, whether to choose the safety of your family over keeping a dangerous dog. But properly handling the situation is important, since engaging in animal cruelty can land you in prison.

–Guest Contributor

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A Man Whose Pit Bulls Killed a Woman is Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Pit Bulls in Gertown section of New Orleans

Pit Bulls in Gertown section of New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dog owners are rarely found guilty of murder when their pets are responsible for a death; but in California, it happened last week. A man’s four pit bulls attacked a 63-year-old woman in May of 2013, biting her 200 times; and she died from the resulting blood loss. The 31-year-old dog owner has been convicted of second-degree murder. When he is sentenced on October 3, his sentence can range from 24 years to life imprisonment.

The deadly dog attack for which the man has been found guilty of murder occurred in a high desert town, and numerous residents testified about the pit bulls terrorizing the neighborhood. In the days and months preceding the fatal dog attack, the following allegedly happened:

  • According to several neighbors, the pit bulls routinely jumped over the fence and made it dangerous for them to retrieve their mail.
  • A threatening dog belonging to the pit bulls’ owner chased a mail carrier’s vehicle for half a mile, and the carrier said he could no longer make deliveries at that residence.
  • Horseback riders who rode through the area testified of being bitten or chased by the man’s dogs.
  • Due to fear of being attacked by dogs, neighbors took up the habit of carrying weapons such as guns, rocks, and sticks with them anytime they went outside.
  • Many residents in the neighborhood would not allow their children to play outside.
  • Altogether, there were at least seven other altercations involving the dogs in the year and a half leading up to the fatal dog attack.

The defense made the point that it seems the convicted man is paying the price for growing frustration about abandoned animals in the rural area.

The husband of the victim expressed his hope that the guilty verdict will raise awareness of the potential dangers of dog attacks.

–Guest Contributor

 

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