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A Chained Dog Gets Loose and Viciously Attacks a Boy

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

My Dog Abby, taken by me in my back yard.

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In Carroll County, Indiana, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, a dog neighbors say is always chained in its yard was loose and brutally attacked an 8-year-old boy. The dog attack victim’s 12-year-old neighbor Raven McMurtie saw what was happening in the field near her home, went outside, and let out a scream that frightened the dog away. McMurtie said she immediately began crying and praying for her friend, whose arm was hanging, as though broken, and he had blood all over.

According to McMurtie’s mother, who also witnessed the dog attack, the dog was shaking the boy, dropping him, and shaking him again. They ran to his aid and found that the injuries went to the bone in at least three places.

McMurtie credited the boy with being tough and brave, assuring her that he was fine. The boy was quickly transported to a nearby hospital with what police said were serious arm injuries.

During an investigation of the incident, the attacking dog behaved aggressively toward a police officer, who shot the dog in the chest. The animal was transported by Clinton County animal control to a vet in a nearby city. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days, to watch for signs of rabies.

Other neighbors spoke about the dog. They said the dog has never been seen running free. It is kept chained all the time, and several people have reported that the dog often didn’t have food or water.

Reports have been done that indicate dogs are more dangerous after being cruelly chained for long periods of time. According to the State of Texas HB 1411, it is against the law in Texas to chain or tether a dog except in strict circumstances.

–Guest Contributor

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A 6-year-old is Killed by a Family Pit Bull in an Unprovoked Attack

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On December 2, 2016, 6-year-old Isaiah Jacob Franklin of Huntington, West Virginia, was fatally attacked by a pit bull in his home. The 3-year-old male pit bull suddenly attacked the child as the boy was playing a video game in a room with two adults. Isaiah’s mother was in the next room when the unprovoked attack occurred. According to family members, the child was bitten in the back of his neck or head. Isaiah was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he died hours later.

When the emergency response team arrived to the home, the male dog was still behaving aggressively. A female pit bull in the home was not involved in the attack. Both dogs were taken into the custody of animal control officers. Detectives from both Child Protective Services and the Family Crimes Unit also went to the scene on the night of the attack. An investigation is underway, and no charges have been filed as yet.

Isaiah became the 21st person in the U.S. to be killed by a pit bull in 2016. Last year, 82% of all dog attack fatalities were caused by pit bulls, with a total of 28 deaths. The breed is a clear danger to owners as well as strangers. In this most recent death, the attacking pit bull had lived in the home for a year. The nine others killed by a family pit bull this year include a 9-year-old boy in Linda, California; a 36-year-old woman in Hartford, North Carolina; an 86-year-old woman in Charlotte, North Carolina; a 66-year-old woman in Leesburg, Florida; a 52-year-old woman in Dallas, Texas; a 45-year-old man in St. Louis County, Missouri; a 3-day-old girl in Fresno, California; a 71-year-old woman in Detroit Michigan; a 30-year-old woman in Screven County, Georgia; and a 60-year-old woman in Conifer, Colorado.

Ownership of a pit bull clearly puts family members at risk, when you know the statistics. Perhaps more widespread awareness of the danger of pit bulls could save lives.

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A 9-year-old Boy is Killed by a Pit Bull while Visiting a Friend

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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On August 17, 2016, 9-year-old Derion Stevenson was fatally attacked by a pit bull in Las Vegas, Nevada. The child was visiting a friend and was in the yard when the friend’s pit bull exited the house and immediately launched an attack on his face and neck. The boy suffered life-threatening injuries and was quickly transported to a local hospital, where he died.

The dog responsible for the child’s death was involved in a dog fight in July, according to authorities. A neighbor said the pit bull attacked her Labrador on July 11, and her dog was seriously injured. Authorities said the injuries were not substantial enough to warrant a declaration that the dog was vicious or dangerous. Since Derion’s death, the pit bull has been euthanized.

So far this year, pit bulls have killed 18 people in the U.S.. Many instances were similar to this tragedy in that people have been killed when visiting a friend. Michelle Wilcox, age 30, was savagely killed by her boyfriend’s pit bull. Susie Kirby died at 3 days old when she was attacked by an uncle’s pit bull mixes. Earl Stephens Jr., age 43, was killed by a friend’s pit bull. These are a just a few. Many more have been killed by the family pit bull or pit bulls belonging to family members.

Nevada authorities said that of 196 dogs involved in dog-on-dog attacks this year in Clark County, only 5 (2.5%) were designated as dangerous. None was declared vicious. With 191 dog owners facing no substantial consequences for instances when their pets attacked another dog, the public  has reason to be concerned that dog owner’s rights are favored over victims.

Between the danger of pit bulls as a breed and the general lack of action when certain types of attacks occur, which is true of many Texas jurisdictions, dogs are often a genuine threat.

–Guest Contributor

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86-Year-Old Bessie Flowers Dies from a Pit Bull Attack – Part 5

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

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Daddy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Bessie Flowers became the sixth person in the United States this year to be killed by pit bulls. The two pit bulls that mauled her to death were the family dogs, and neighbors reported having seen her walk the dogs many times. No further details about the incident have been reported. Paramedics were called to the home. When they arrived, they found Flowers suffering from pit bull bites. She died and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In horrific news out of Leesburg, Florida, a seventh person has now been killed by a pit bull this year alone. Sonda Tyson, age 66, was found bleeding with bite marks on her body, and the person who found her called 9-1-1. Police entered the home, which had been occupied only by the deceased and her pet pit bull. The officers barricaded the dog, in an attempt to keep him away from the victim. Shortly after, the pit bull positioned himself at the door and wouldn’t allow emergency personnel inside. A police officer shot the dog, so that the medical team could get to Tyson. She was dead at the scene, and investigators concluded that she had bled to death because of dog bites.

Investigators discovered that Tyson had raised the pit bull that killed her, from the time he was a pup. An officer expressed his surprise and alarm that a pet cared for by a person for years would kill that person. Obviously, the public is not getting the message, if even police officers don’t realize what a threat pit bulls are in society.

Learn more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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Hurt by Dog Attack Attorney – Police Kill an At-Large Pit Bull in North Richland Hills TX – Part 7

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi)

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

Last week in North Richland Hills, Texas, in the Dallas area, police were called to Starns Road about a pit bull chasing people. When an officer arrived on the scene, the dog charged him. The officer shot the dog to death. It was unknown whether the dog was a stray or had an owner. The folks in that neighborhood were very lucky no one was hurt.

Yesterday in Shreveport, Louisiana, five people were wounded by a pit bull. At about 4 p.m. police were called to the 6800 block of West 70th regarding multiple attacks by the same dog. The initial caller told police that the pit bull had already bitten two people and was at that moment in the process of attacking a third individual. The dog attacked officers when they arrived on the scene. One officer shot and killed the dog. Police said that five people in all had been bitten by the pit bull. One person was taken to a nearby hospital for injuries caused by the attack. The four other victims were treated at the scene by the Shreveport Fire Department. No other information has been released about the incident.

There are continuous reports of dangerous pit bull incidents in U.S. news. Last week in Florida, an officer responded to a call by a woman who said she was charged by two pit bulls as she was taking out the trash. When the police officer arrived, the pit bulls charged him. The officer was bitten by one of the dogs, in spite of efforts to fend off the attack.

Learn more about pit bulls and why they are a breed to be feared in Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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Attorney for Dog Attack – Police Kill an At-Large Pit Bull in North Richland Hills TX – Part 6

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier. Español...

English: An American Pit Bull Terrier. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week in North Richland Hills, Texas, in the Dallas area, police were called to Starns Road about a pit bull chasing people. When an officer arrived on the scene, the dog charged him. The officer shot the dog to death. It was unknown whether the dog was a stray or had an owner. The folks in that neighborhood were very lucky no one was hurt.

Another pit bull attack occurred last week, as this series was in progress. A toddler and her mother in Ohio were both seriously injured when the family dog viciously attacked them. The pit bull also charged a responding police officer who went to the scene, and the officer shot the dog to death. The victims were transported to a nearby hospital. The 2-year-old and her mother both sustained serious injuries. The incident is currently under investigation.

Also last week, several vicious pit bulls went on the attack in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One student and several people on staff at the middle school where the incident occurred were bitten. When police arrived on the scene, a student was fending off one of the pit bulls using a bicycle. The dogs then turned and attacked the officer. The police officer shot the charging pit bulls. The dogs were badly injured and were later put down. All of the pit bulls had the same owner, who was notified. The extent of the victims’ injuries was not disclosed.

Learn more about pit bulls and why they are a breed to be feared in Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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DFW Animal Attack Lawyer – Police Kill an At-Large Pit Bull in North Richland Hills TX – Part 2

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Per1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week in North Richland Hills, Texas, in the Dallas area, police were called to Starns Road about a pit bull chasing people. When an officer arrived on the scene, the dog charged him. The officer shot the dog to death. It was unknown whether the dog was a stray or had an owner. The folks in that neighborhood were very lucky no one was hurt.

On Monday of this week in Marshall of Oneida County, New York, 11-month-old Carter Cittadino was killed by a family pit bull. According to police it was a pit bull terrier, but the family describes the pet as a boxer terrier mix. The male two-year-old dog had been with three other children and the infant when he suddenly and viciously attacked Carter. The dog gripped the boy by the neck and face and would not let go, which is characteristic of pit bull mix attacks.

The infant’s three sisters, ages 7, 10, and 12, witnessed the horrific attack. The mother finally freed the baby from the dog’s grip, and emergency personnel quickly arrived on the scene. The infant died shortly after arrival at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica.

The family reports having raised the dog since he was a puppy. They said the dog had never behaved violently toward the children before.

This is the same type of statement made by every family with a pit bull that suddenly snaps and attacks, maiming or killing someone.

Learn more about pit bulls and why they are a breed to be feared in Part 1 and this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

 

 

 

 

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A 6-year-old Boy is Attacked by the Family Dog, a Pit Bull Mix – Part 14

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

English: American Pit Bull Terrier

English: American Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A close look at the 20 fatal pit bull attacks that have occurred in the U.S. in 2015 as of late October shows disturbing patterns that are not common among other breeds. The attacks are relentless, all seemingly unprovoked, and often perpetrated against the owners of the pit bulls. These facts make a strong argument that pit bulls are too dangerous and should be banned. At the very least, because of the clear pattern of risk, they should not be allowed in homes with children. People of every age are victims, however. The following list of 2015 fatalities is and will be continued in this series:

On August 24, 2015, 48-year-old Cathy Wheatcraft of Davie County, North Carolina, became the victim of a fatal pit bull attack. She had simply gone out to her mailbox when a neighbor’s pit bull savagely attacked her. The pit bull’s owner was not home at the time of the deadly incident. The dog escaped the home by jumping out of a window, about 10 feet from the ground. Shortly after getting loose, the dog killed Wheatcraft. Another neighbor, 31-year-old Sheena Truesdale, tried to help Wheatcraft and was also brutally and relentlessly attacked. At one point, she managed to get inside of a car. The dog latched on  to her, however, and pulled her from the vehicle. When police arrived, Wheatcraft was deceased and Truesdale was still being attacked. A police officer shot the dog three times. Truesdale’s injuries were critical. One of her arms was nearly ripped off by the pit bull, and yet she said after the attack that it was a good dog that suddenly snapped. She owns three pit bulls.

Read more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, and Part 13. In this ongoing series, learn about more of the fatal pit bull attacks that have occurred this year. Circumstances surrounding each incident suggest that pit bulls are too dangerous for people of all ages.

–Guest Contributor

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Texas Joggers Beware of Dog Attacks; Two Dog Bite Victims in Two Days in Corpus Christi

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Rottweiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday, a jogger in Corpus Christi was bitten by two dogs that she never saw coming, and they both bit her on her legs. News reports say that was the second attack by dogs in two days in that neighborhood, though there were no further details about the first. Stray dogs or dogs that are allowed by their owners to run loose pose a danger to people all over Texas, and joggers are particularly at risk. Dogs have a natural instinct to go after runners, and what is to stop potentially dangerous stray dogs from attacking joggers?

Every year, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S., according to researchers. Obviously, not all of those occurrences make the news but the following are a couple of other stories about joggers being attacked by dogs in Texas that did make headlines:

  • On March 23, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas, 18-year-old Payton Hicks was jogging, as she usually did each morning, when two dogs suddenly ran at her and viciously attacked. The dogs were a pit bull and a Rottweiler. She had to get five stitches from one bite on her leg. Because the dogs were strays and animal services couldn’t find them, she had to take rabies shots. One of the most terrifying things about the attack was that no one went to her aid when she began screaming, and no one else was in sight.
  • A year ago this March in Houston, there were headlines about two pit bulls that attacked a jogger. The attack was vicious. A couple of witnesses heard screaming and checked it out on a nearby walking trail. They saw two pit bulls seeming to play tug of war with a woman. The man dove onto the victim in an effort to take the brunt of the attack. He was bitten in the mouth, but the dogs continued to zero in on attacking the jogger for another ten minutes. The dogs were later caught by authorities. The victim and her protector both recovered, but many believed that the man saved the young woman’s life.

Strays pose a danger to everyone, and joggers in particular should be extremely alert and prepared for a possible encounter with one or more dangerous dogs. See this continuing series for tips on how to survive a dog attack.

–Guest Contributor

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Video Captures a Man Horribly Attacked by Pit Bulls; Dogs’ Owner is Arrested

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner

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

A shocking scene making world news this week started with a woman in New York who had two pit bulls on a leash. After possibly exchanging words with a man, she dropped the leashes, seemingly encouraging them to mall him in a violent, gruesome attack that was caught on video. After the shocking, brutal pit bull attack finally stopped, the dogs’ 55-year-old owner was arrested on charges of assault and reckless endangerment. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, and his son described him as being “in pieces.”

It was Detective Annette Markowsi, spokesperson for the New York Police Department (NYPD), who said that 62-year-old Francesco Bove, the victim, exchanged words with the dogs’ owner just before the leashes were dropped and the attack ensued.

At least eight passersby attempted to stop the pit bull attack. They sprayed water on the dogs and hit them with chains. The dogs were relentless and zeroed in on the helpless victim, dragging him along the street. Although the attack continued in spite of the efforts of the Good Samaritans, it is believed that they definitely helped to save his life. One of the men who tried to help was also bitten and was treated and released at a nearby hospital.

Bove had been walking to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church when the attack began. A priest from the church read Bove his last rights, he was mutilated so badly. Bove had one severed ear, one ear split in half, gaping holes in his arms, and bites all over his body, according to his son. His son also said that no words were exchanged between his father and the pit bull owner prior to the attack.

The two pit bulls that attacked Bove are in the custody of animal control. Bove is also a pit bull owner, and he regrets that the dogs will probably be euthanized. He believes the dogs were probably trained to attack. He said he was very disturbed to see that the dogs were licking his blood off the ground.

Sadly, it is nothing new, that pit bulls behave in ways that make them seem like deadly weapons. Learn more about pit bulls in this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor

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