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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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Pit Bulls Attack and Kill a 59-year-old Man and Critically Injure his Mother

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Te...

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Terrier resting in tall grass at Carolina North Forest in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On average, there are 30 dog attack fatalities in the U.S. every year; and a fatal pit bull attack occurred this week.  Fifty-nine-year-old Juan Fernandez from Modesto, California, and his mother, age 77, were both viciously attacked by four pit bulls belonging to a neighbor. Police received several 9-1-1 calls and responded to the scene of the dog attack. They found three pit bulls attacking Fernandez in his backyard, with a fourth pit bull nearby. Police soon after discovered 77-year-old Maria inside the home, and she had been critically injured by the dogs. Police shot and killed two of the pit bulls upon arrival at the scene. Two of the dogs escaped to another yard. Later, as police tried to capture them, the remaining two dogs charged the officers and were also shot to death.

Adam Christianson, Stanislaus County Sheriff, announced on Wednesday that Fernandez died from multiple traumatic injuries resulting from the pit bull attack. He also said that Maria was still in the hospital in critical condition.

Police learned that all four dogs belonged to the Fernandez’s neighbor, and the dogs entered their property through an adjoining fence. The ongoing investigation seeks to determine whether the neighbor had prior knowledge that the dogs were dangerous and what led to the tragic event. According to Christianson, negligence needed to be proven in order to bring criminal charges against the dogs’ owners.

In August, a jury found a California man guilty of second-degree murder. A woman had been mauled to death by his pit bulls. In that case, prosecutors presented evidence of seven other incidents in which the dogs exhibited aggression and violence, all in the year and a half preceding the fatal pit bull attack.

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Arlington, Texas Dog Bite Lawyer: How to Stop a Dog Attack, Including Extreme Tactics

Friday, October 10th, 2014

English: A pitbull "catch dog," wear...

English: A pitbull “catch dog,” wearing a kevlar vest and protection collar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone who watches the news is aware that dog attacks have been occurring all across Texas, and sometimes the human victims don’t survive. Some breeds, such as pit bulls, tend to latch on to a victim, shake violently, and continue to grip, even when people are hitting them with such things as golf clubs to try and get them to release. In recent days, the news has covered two stories in which someone put a stop to a dog attack in an unexpected way; both times it worked. The important thing is that everyone should know of different ways to stop a vicious dog attack; knowing how to stop a dog attack could end up someday being a life or death issue.

It’s difficult to be prepared for a dog attack because they are often sudden and completely unexpected. For example, a little girl in Texas was eating breakfast one morning when the family dog suddenly bit her face, causing critical injuries. No one saw it coming, unless you are among the people who are of the opinion that simply having a pit bull around children is to risk the children’s safety and well-being.

Going for a walk in any Texas neighborhood could suddenly turn deadly in most communities, since there are no strict laws in the state which protect people from vicious breeds such as pit bulls. Arguably, the owners are the real problems; but statistics show that pit bulls are an undeniable danger and threat because they cause the vast majority of fatalities and serious injuries, in spite of being a very small part of the dog population.

It is a good idea for anyone going for a jog, a run, or a stroll to carry some type of protection so as not to get caught off guard if a dog attacks. Learn some tips for how to protect yourself, including if all you have are your bare hands, 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.

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A Man Finds a Way to Stop a Relentless and Horrific Pit Bull Attack

Friday, October 10th, 2014


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Another vicious pit bull attack has occurred, and this time the victims were a 39-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl in Wilmington, Delaware. Just nine days previous to this attack, an 8-year-old girl suffered critical injuries, including a severed arm, as a result of a pit bull attack in Delaware. And in May, a 4-year-old boy from the state was killed by a pit bull. In this instance, a Good Samaritan found a way to stop the attack so that the victims could receive needed help; the dog was later killed by a police officer.

According to investigators, at 4:53 p.m. Monday the police received a call about a loose pit bull in the act of attacking people. Wilmington Police responded to the call at 10th Street and Bennett.

Twenty-seven-year-old Aaron Reddick reported that he was driving past the dog attack and witnessed the dog latch onto the woman’s arm and shake her violently. The man stopped and begin hitting the dog with a golf club, but he said the dog seemed to only attack with more fervor. Reddick then remembered something he had seen on a YouTube video, and he gave it a try. He placed his belt around the dog’s neck and pulled up so that the dog’s air supply was cut off. The effort paid off because the dog finally released the woman’s arm, and other people ran to her aid. The woman and the girl were quickly transported to a nearby hospital.

Reddick kept the dog in check, with some help, until the police arrived; but he was almost bitten in the process. When the police arrived, they saw that several people were holding the dog down. Fearing for the safety of everyone in the area, an officer shot and killed the pit bull. The dog’s remains will be tested for rabies.

There has been no further report of the condition of the victims of the pit bull attack.

This series of horrible pit bull attacks resulting in death and near-death should not be ignored; how many people have to suffer at the hands of dangerous dogs running loose before laws provide appropriate consequences to reckless pit bull owners, in Texas and every other state?

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A Man whose Pit Bulls Killed a Woman is Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Monday, October 6th, 2014

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Te...

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Terrier at Carolina North Forest in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In May of 2013, 63-year-old Pamela Devitt was taking a morning walk in Littlerock, California, when four pit bulls belonging to a neighbor savagely attacked her. The woman had nothing to defend herself with, and she was in a remote area when the fatal pit bull attack took place. A woman who was driving by saw a woman face down on the ground and being continually attacked. The dogs began attacking her car. She called the police, and one pit bull was still attacking Devitt when police arrived. The woman suffered over 150 bites, and one of her arms had been severed in the relentless attack. This week the owner of the pit bull has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder for Devitt’s death.

This tragic incident occurred approximately 60 miles to the northeast of Los Angeles. Children were on lockdown at the nearby schools until the dogs were all captured, following the deadly rampage which took Devitt’s life.

The prosecution brought evidence against the dogs’ owner, saying that he continuously disregarded complaints about the pit bulls. Among those who complained about the danger posed by the animals were neighbors, horseback riders, and a mail carrier. Prosecutors made the case that the pit bull owner was fully aware of the dangers posed by the dogs and chose to do nothing about it. In fact, someone had volunteered to provide higher fencing at no charge to the man, but he refused.

Second-degree murder convictions related to dog attacks are rare. A record of complaints about dangers posed by a dog prior to a fatal attack on a human being makes the difference in achieving a conviction.

–Guest Contributor


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A 75-year-old is Killed by her Pet Pit Bull in a Vicious Attack

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi)

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another person has been killed by a pit bull, in an ongoing and terrifying trend. On Friday afternoon police in Cave City, Arkansas, responded to a call about a dog attack. A woman reported that her mother was being attacked by a dog. When police arrived, they discovered that 75-year-old Alice Payne was on the living room floor, deceased. Police reported that the victim’s face, arms, and neck were covered with apparent bite marks. The family had managed to get the pit bull into the backyard. The police put the dog down, and its remains are being tested for disease. The pit bull was the victim’s dog, according to her daughter. There is currently no ordinance related to vicious dogs in Cave City, but the police chief says he plans to ask the city council to consider establishing one.

Statistics show that, compared to other breeds, pit bulls and pit bull mixes are far more likely to inflict serious harm or death in an attack on a human. In spite of convincing statistics, experts virtually always hold the opinion that pit bulls are not inherently more dangerous than other dogs. The blame for injuries and fatalities caused by pit bulls falls, then, on pit bull owners, according to the logic of pit bull defenders.

Various experts have answered questions on how to raise a pit bull to ensure that he never becomes aggressive against other pets in the family or against humans. Here is the gist of some of the advice shared:

  • Having your male pit bull neutered is a very good decision. When an unneutered dog cannot mate, he experiences a frustration which can escalate to aggression.
  • Always feed the most calm and submissive dog first. The same goes for which dog is leashed first, which is allowed to go out the door on a walk first, etc. Consistently reward the submissive, calm behaviors.
  • Pit bulls are high energy dogs with a need to get a lot of exercise. Challenge them on a regular basis. Experts recommend giving pit bulls a minimum of two hours of exercise daily.

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An 8-Year-Old Girl is Critically Injured in a Pit Bull Attack – Part 3

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Five people in Texas have died from dog attacks this year, and all but one was a death caused by a pit bull or a type of pit bull mix.

A 42-year-old woman from Houston, Texas, was killed by two at-large pit bulls on January 5. Two other people were also attacked by the dogs that day, including one person who tried to rescue Burleson. The owners of one of the dogs have been charged under the state felony dog attack law.

Another tragic fatal dog attack occurred on February 17 in Temple, Texas. A 2-year-old girl was viciously attacked by a chained pit bull after she ventured to the backyard without anyone’s knowledge. The pit bull was a friend’s pet, and the friend said it was the first sign of aggression the dog had ever shown.

In Killeen, Texas, another toddler was killed by a dog. A bullmastiff first attacked an 8-year-old girl but then turned to the 2-year-old and dragged the child down the street. The dog did not release the boy until a neighbor fired a gun. When this fatal dog attack occurred, the dog owner’s mother was caring for it.

Two pit bulls killed an 85-year-old woman in Kaufman, Texas. According to police, two aggressive pit bulls had been locked inside a bedroom. They broke through a door and attacked the woman, who died from a dog mauling with puncture wounds and lacerations.

An 83-year-old was killed on March 31 in San Antonio. She was feeding cats when a neighbor’s dog got through her backyard fence and bit her head, neck, legs, and arms. The dog was a type of pit bull mix, an American Staffordshire terrier mix.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series to learn more about pit bull attacks.

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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.

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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.

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