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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Dog attacks are a real threat and yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t even track dog deaths anymore. DogsBite.org is a website that tracks fatal dog attacks and highlights obvious dangers, one of which is the pit bull breed. In December 2017 alone, seven people in the U.S. were killed by dogs. In addition, throughout the year, there were at least 29 fatal pit bull attacks. Clearly, man’s best friend can and does kill people. About half the time, on average, fatal dog attack victims are the owners of the attacking dogs.
The following are some basic details about the seven dog attack fatalities that occurred in December 2017:
On December 1, Korbin Williams, age 8, of Gaffney, South Carolina, was killed by three mixed-breed dogs as he was walking with a friend near a local school. The other child was bitten on the leg and was able to escape and run for help. Korbin had multiple bites all over his body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The dogs belonged to a neighbor and attacked the boys after crawling underneath their fence and escaping their yard. No criminal charges are anticipated.
On December 7, 24-year-old Emily Colvin of Section, Alabama, was savagely attacked and killed by a pack of five pit bulls that belonged to a neighbor. A relative who tried to rescue her was also attacked. By the time local sheriff’s deputies arrived at about 9 am, Emily was already dead. It was described as a horrific scene. A criminal charge of negligent homicide against the dogs’ owners is expected.
On December 11, 77-year-old Dorothy Ford of Alsip, Illinois, was killed at her home by a six-year-old family pit bull. She was discovered dead on her backyard deck. Police officers also described this scene as horrific. This was the family dog since a puppy, and there will be no criminal charges.
See more details about December dog attack fatalities in the second part of this two-part series.
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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Last week a 4-year-old boy was viciously attacked by a pit bull that his parents had adopted from a shelter two weeks before. The child suffered critical injuries from the dog mauling, including broken ribs, lacerations to his side and stomach, a severe cut above one eye, and a nearly severed ear. According to a neighbor, the dog had exhibited very aggressive behavior ever since his arrival to the neighborhood.
The parents of the injured boy frequently take in stray or abandoned dogs, neighbors said. Sometimes those dogs are aggressive, such as a border collie the family once took in. The pit bull in this case reportedly scared a woman who has three decades of experience working with animals.
When this pit bull attack in Davis County, Utah, occurred, it was in the boy’s own backyard. The mother went outside and discovered the dog standing over him. The dog has since been put to sleep, and his remains are being tested for rabies.
Many people think that pit bulls are too much of a risk to have around children and that the danger is multiplied in the case of stray or rescue dogs. Without knowledge of a dog’s background, especially when the dog is capable of inflicting serious injury or death, why take the risk of keeping the dog around children?
Experts virtually all agree that dog breeds should not be banned as a group because the owners are the real culprits, when dogs become dangerous. But how can someone who adopts a strange dog be sure whether or not the original owners influenced a dog toward aggressive or harmful behaviors?
Tags: Child,Dog bite,Pit bull,pit bull attack,Rescue dog,shelter dog
Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Leslie Wilson was viciously attacked by two pit bulls in southeast Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday. He is convinced that the dogs would have killed him if not for his neighbor Emilio Contreras who came to his rescue and also got bit in the process.
At about 5:30 p.m. Wilson was mowing the alley behind his house when the pair of pit bulls escaped a neighbor’s yard and attacked him.
Contreras was in his backyard cooking, and he heard Wilson’s repeated screams for help. Contreras jumped the fence to give aid.
Both of the men are seniors and had some difficulty getting the dogs to stop the attack. Contreras said that the dogs were dragging Wilson and grabbing him by his clothes and he was bleeding.
Finally Contreras beat the dogs off with a brick, and he was bitten on the hand.
Wilson received medical attention for the deep gashes on his legs, arms, and head which resulted from the pit bull attack. Part of one of his ears was bitten, and he got stitches.
The animal services department is investigating the attack. In the meantime, the dogs have been placed in the animal shelter.
Wilson did not refer to the pit bulls as devil dogs, but he did say that Contreras is his guardian angel. Since the attack took place in a very secluded spot and the dogs were unwilling to back down even when being beaten with bricks, Wilson believes the dogs would have killed him but for Contreras risking his own safety to help him.
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