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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 (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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Family Dogs are to Blame for a Woman’s Death and an Infant’s Injuries Last Week

Monday, August 11th, 2014


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In news last week, a woman in Ohio was killed by a family dog and an infant in Florida was badly mauled by the family dog. According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, a 59-year-old woman in Hamilton, Ohio, was in the backyard and was attacked by the family dog, suffering multiple injuries to her neck, face, and body. She died from her injuries. In St. Petersburg, Florida, an 11-year-old Husky mix bit an 18-month-old boy in the face. The dog had never shown aggression toward a child prior to the attack, according to the parents. The family from Massachusetts was staying in a hotel in Florida while in the process of purchasing a home there. The child will survive but has significant facial scars.

Dog bites are extremely common, and most of the time it’s a family dog that causes injuries. Some of the most dangerous situations follow:

  • When a child is living temporarily with or visiting a family friend or relative who owns a Rottweiler or a pit bull.
  • Leaving a toddler or infant alone with any breed of dog.
  • Temporary or new situations involving dangerous dog breeds and children.
  • Approaching a dog that is tethered, particularly if the dog is both male and unaltered.
  • Approaching a dog that is in the bed of a truck or inside a vehicle.
  • Encountering a pack of dogs that are running loose.
  • Getting involved in a dog fight, particularly if pit bulls are involved.

See this continuing series for safety tips and to avoid being bitten by any dog, including the family dog.

–Guest Contributor


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A Houston, Texas, Woman is Viciously Attacked by a Pit Bull Outside her Home

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forty-six-year-old Celiflora Maldonado was viciously attacked by a male pit bull in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday. A neighbor had seen two pit bulls roaming the area since 7 that morning. At about 12:30, Maldonado returned home with groceries and had a bag of groceries in each arm when she saw the dogs. She attempted to run, but one of the pit bulls chased her and began biting her arms. The woman’s nephew, age 10, saw the pit bull attack and tried to get help.

Neighbors reported hearing the woman’s screams and repeated pounding on her front door to get inside. The 10-year-old boy opened the door and threw a shoe at the dog, but the dog wouldn’t stop attacking his aunt.

Neighbors also went to Maldonado’s rescue; they screamed at the dog, and it finally let her go. She was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious bites and scratches.

The debate about whether pit bulls are dangerous or whether the problem is simply irresponsible pet owners will probably never end. But there’s no doubt that if dog owners were careful to be sure their pets are secure on their own property, attacks such as this one in Houston would be much less common.

Ownership of pit bulls should carry more weight of responsibility because the dogs have been proven to cause more damage than other breeds. Pit bulls also cause far more deaths than any other breed of dog. Perhaps if the consequences of a person’s dog hurting or killing someone carried a non-negotiable prison sentence, owners with dangerous breeds such as pit bulls would be much more responsible with their pets.

–Guest Contributor








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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 5

Monday, July 28th, 2014


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When you do online research about pit bulls and how deadly they are as a breed, most of the sites that seem to be authoritative and based on statistics corroborated with other websites take the stance that pit bulls are definitely a dangerous breed that should be outlawed because of the threat they pose to society. Even if there is an acknowledgment that owners are a huge part of the problem, taking the chance on pit bull owners doing what they are supposed to is too big of a risk, involving the potential risk of human fatalities.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for example, did a five-year study on dog bite injuries. The results were published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a medical journal, and showed that approximately 51% of the dog bite incidents involved pit bulls. The second closest dangerous dog was the Rottweiler at just about 9%. Clearly, with a full half of dog attacks resulting in hospital visits involving just pit bulls, which made up only about 2% of the dog population at that time, they are a dangerous breed.

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology did a 15-year study on fatal dog attacks in the state of Kentucky which showed that pit bulls were among three breeds responsible for more than half of the dog attack fatalities in that state.

The Annals of Surgery did a 2011 study which shows that pit bull attacks are associated with higher fatalities rates, a higher risk of death, and higher hospital costs than attacks by any other dog breed. The study’s authors concluded that U.S. mortality rates associated with dog attacks may be substantially reduced by strictly regulating pit bulls.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this five-part series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 4

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A campsite in Tralee, Ireland, with Campers an...

A campsite in Tralee, Ireland, with Campers and Caravans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Survivors of pit bull attacks often have horrible scars, permanent injuries, and medical expenses that they can’t begin to afford, especially when plastic surgeries are needed. DogsBite.org wrote in great detail about a woman who was viciously attacked by a pit bull when she was visiting a friend at an East Texas RV park. Besides the fact that she has scars comparable to a severe shark attack, she has been unable to get any type of satisfaction in holding others responsible for the circumstances which resulted in the pit bull attack.

Research of the incident shows that the pit bull was tethered by a rope that was about 20 feet long and had access to three different RV spaces. The woman who was attacked was standing between RV lots when the dog seemed to come out of nowhere to attack her.

The woman said that as quick as lightning, the pit bull bit just above the left knee. She fell down, and the dog bit harder and started growling and shaking her, like a dog with a toy. Two friends tried to pull the dog off of her, but the pit bull held onto his grip. When the dog finally let go, he immediately bit her on the lower part of the leg. Her left leg had huge gashes, and she was trying to stop the bleeding.

The scars the woman had as a result of the attack are nothing short of shocking, and she almost lost her left leg. Her efforts to get help with medical expenses have been completely fruitless. The only action she seems to have left is to try and warn people about what can happen as a result of a pit bull attack.

See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pre-Schooler in Tomball, Texas, is Viciously Attacked by the Family Pit Bull – Part 3

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Beautiful Pit Bull

Beautiful Pit Bull (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

On the DogsBite.org website, there is plenty of information to support the viewpoint that certain breeds are dangerous and should be banned from family communities. The first myth that they tackle about dogs is that the owner is the real problem and not the dog; they feel that pit bulls and other dangerous dogs are the crux of the problem.

The slogan which claims the problem is the owner and not the breed perpetuates the problem of dog attacks by dangerous pit bulls and other dangerous dogs. The website claims that pit bull breeders and owners are the ones being protected rather than the the individuals who are exposed to serious injury or death in vicious dog attacks that often occur without any warning whatsoever.

Pit bulls genetically have a bite style that involves holding on with tenacity and shaking. This behavior inflicts horrific maulings on victims and sometimes results in death.

Many appellate courts do not dispute that genetic traits render pit bulls dangerous to society. Many courts have agreed that pit bulls are a significant danger in society. Genetic traits that are often cited in these judgments include tenacity or refusal to give up in a fight, high tolerance for pain, aggression that is unpredictable, and the “hold and shake” bite style. The bites of pit bulls have been compared to shark bites in forensic medical studies.

The most notable argument is that pit bulls killed 176 people in the U.S. from 2005 through 2013, and 52% of the fatalities involved a family member in the household where the pit bull lived.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series for more opinions about what the truth is as relates to pit bulls.

–Guest Contributor


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