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An Infant is Killed by the Family Dog in Houston, Texas, the Third Dog-Related Death in the State in 2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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At about 3:10 pm on August 19, 2017, officers with the Houston Police Department (HPD) responded to a home on Nelwyn Street in north Houston, Texas, regarding the mauling of an infant by a family dog. They found that 2-month-old Michael Obergas had been mauled primarily in the torso area. He was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and pronounced dead upon his arrival. An investigation was done by the homicide division of HPD, and it was determined that no charges will be filed against the baby’s parents. Obergas is the third person in Texas to be killed in a dog attack in 2017.

Police could not determine whether the male giant schnauzer or the Labrador was responsible for the fatal dog attack. For that reason, both of the family dogs were euthanized.

Parents told police that the parents stepped out of the room the baby was in. While they were away, one of the dogs managed to open the door and attacked the infant.

On January 17 of this year, 2-month-old Skylar Julius was killed by the family dog, a male German shepherd, in San Marcos, Texas. The family had owned the 8-year-old pet since it was a puppy, and it did not have a history of being aggressive. Possible criminal charges are pending in the case, presumably against the father, who would not consent to being tested for drugs or alcohol. He had been responsible for the baby at the time of the fatal dog attack.

On July 21, 2017, 4-year-old Jacob Brooks was killed by a pack of family dogs in El Paso, Texas. Four dogs were seized at the scene of the attack. They were described as a pit bull and three shepherd-mixes. Possible criminal charges are pending presumably against the mother.

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A Dog Bites Off a Woman’s Fingertip in San Antonio, Texas – Part 7

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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English: Quick cloning edit of Image:Greenland dog upernavik 2007-06-02.jpg. Français : Lulo, un chien Groenlandais à Upernavik, au Groenland. Lulo est le seul chien groenlandais utilisé comme animal de compagnie à Upernavik. Il lui arrive de rentrer dans la maison pour un cours laps de temps. Après, il a trop chaud. Image retouchée depuis l’original. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

No one knows better than animal control officers that dog bites are a potential hazard. In recent news, an animal control officer was bitten in the face by a dog. She had responded to a call about an aggressive dog and became a victim. Help arrived at the scene quickly, and she was transported to a hospital and later to a plastic surgeon. It will be determined whether or not plastic surgery is needed.

In other U.S. news this week, a postal worker was on his route when he was bitten by a dog. Fortunately, the bite was “minimal.” There are many postal workers and other dog bite victims who can vouch for the fact that dog attacks can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Every year there are reports regarding how many postal workers in the U.S. were injured or threatened by a dog the previous year. Sadly, Texas is typically a leader among states with the most postal workers threatened or harmed by dogs.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this seven-part series.

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A Dog Bites Off a Woman’s Fingertip in San Antonio, Texas – Part 4

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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

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

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

Another serious dog attack occurred on Sunday in East Palatka, Florida. A 3-year-old boy was bitten by a pit bull belonging to his grandmother. The child was outside with the dog, playing next to it. Suddenly the dog bit into the boy’s skull, nearly severing his left ear. He was flown by medical helicopter to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. A trauma alert was issued by emergency medical personnel, and no other news about his condition has been released. The grandmother told police that the same dog had previously bitten one of her other grandchildren. Putnam County Animal Control took control of the dog, and she told them she doesn’t want the dog back. The Sheriff’s Office found no prior police records showing that the dog had bitten someone. The grandmother also said the boy may have hit the pit bull with one of his toy trucks, causing the violent reaction. This is just another example of pit bulls being beloved pets that can suddenly do unimaginable harm.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this ongoing series.

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A Dog Bites a Woman’s Fingertip Off in San Antonio, Texas – Part 2

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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Stray dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just west of downtown San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old woman was walking on El Paso Street when a dog suddenly lunged at her. The dog bit the tip of her finger off when she put her hands up, to protect herself. She received medical care at University Hospital. The dog’s owner was identified and given two citations, though more may be coming, depending on shot and microchip records. The dog is in the custody of San Antonio Animal Control Services.

Approximately one-third of all liability claims among homeowners involve dog bites or injuries related to the actions of dogs. According to recent reports, the average cost per dog bite claim is $32,072. Dog liability insurance is available for anyone who wants to ensure that they are covered, in the event of having a frightful encounter with a dog.

There have been many occasions when the neighbor to a dangerous dog owner knew they were in danger because the dog would often be seen running loose. Last year, one woman was killed by pit bulls she was extremely afraid of and had reported to authorities; she had been checking her mailbox at the time of the fatal attack.

There are many stories of people in Texas neighborhoods being terrorized by at large dogs, and animal control services do not always manage to round up the animals. In fact, in some regions, it is common for stray dogs to become a problem of epidemic proportions. Insurance against bites makes a lot of sense for people in these kinds of situations.

Learn more about the danger of dog bites in Part 1 and this ongoing series.

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Multiple Dogs Viciously Maul Two Men in San Antonio, Texas

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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English: I took photo at The Shops of La Cantera in San Antonio, TX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just after midnight December 15, 2015, 39-year-old Abel Arias was viciously attacked by four to six dogs, according to the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). When police arrived to the scene on Cantrell in San Antonio, Texas, the man was on the ground screaming. He was still being attacked by the pack of dogs. As soon as Officer Matthew Belver exited his patrol vehicle, the dogs immediately attacked him. He was injured on one arms but managed to pull his gun and shoot two of the dogs to death. The officer was taken to a hospital and got stitches on his arm. Arias was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he was last reported to be in critical but stable condition.

The owners of the dogs were at the scene and claimed that someone let them out of the gate. The dog attack is still under criminal investigation and is being handled by Animal Care Services, according to SAPD.

It is against the law for animals to be at large, and it is obviously sometimes extremely dangerous when dogs run loose. The victim in this case may be fortunate enough to survive, but many people don’t. This year there have been 30 fatalities caused by dog attacks, and at least 25 of those deaths were caused by pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

There is obviously a problem, when someone in our country dies from a dog attack about once every other week. Many people are obviously too irresponsible to own dogs that are a potential danger to others. Laws need to be changed, to serve as a better deterrent against behaviors among pet owners that lead to others being injured or killed.

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A 7-year-old Boy is Mauled to Death by Dogs in Canyon Lake, Texas – Part 3

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Boxer22 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first step to take if a dog is attacking you is to put something in the dog’s face, such as a sweater (even if partially removed), backpack, a shoe, or bicycle. If the dog takes the bait, slowly back away but without turning your back on the dog.

Dog attacks are becoming far too common in Texas. It makes sense to always bring something with you when walking, bicycling, or jogging. Even a sweatshirt tied around your waist could be enough. Other things you could bring are a stick or a stuffed dog toy.

If a dog is in the process of attacking you, protect your face, chest, and throat. Protect your fingers by keeping your hands in a fist. The safest places to be bitten by a dog are the shins and forearms. A bite to the thigh could potentially cause fatal bleeding.

If a dog is biting into your skin, try not to pull away because doing saw will cause two bad reactions: first, the damage caused by the bite will be greater, and, second, it will escalate the attack and probably cause the dog to pull and tear harder at your flesh.

The best thing to do, if possible, is to grab the dog’s two back legs as he is biting into you. If you lift the dog by the legs, you will have gained control over the situation.

The biggest lesson to be learned from the tragic story in this series is that small children should not be left alone with dogs at any time. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series.

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A Pit Bull Owner is Charged with a Felony in a Dog Mauling Case

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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English: Pit bull mix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back in August of this year, Petra Yanez Aguirre died as a result of a dog attack that occurred in San Antonio, Texas. She was in her backyard feeding her cats when a neighbor’s two pit bulls worked their way under the fence and attacked her. Aguirre suffered dog bites from head to toe and received care at University Hospital, where she died about two weeks after the attack. The dogs that mauled her had attacked a 13-year-old boy in May of 2013. The boy suffered dog bites on his buttocks and legs as a result of the attack. Just after Aguirre was mauled, police charged the dogs’ owner with failing to keep her dogs on her property. Both dogs have since been euthanized. The owner of the pit bulls has now been charged with a felony on a charge of having dangerous dogs which attacked someone, leading to death. The woman who has been charged with the felony faces up to 20 years in prison.

Aguirre was the second person this year to die at University Hospital as a result of a dog attack, and physicians at the hospital have made efforts to raise awareness about the danger and potential of dog attacks in the region. They announced their concern that dog attacks have become a public health problem.

By law, dogs are not allowed to be off property without being restrained, whether by a leash or some other effective method. There have been many people in Texas who have suffered serious injuries or who have been killed as a result of dog owners allowing their dogs to run loose or as a result of failing keep the animals secured.

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A Great Dane Severely Mauls a 60-year-old Woman in Lavaca County, Texas

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Great Dane and Chihuahua mixed-breed

Great Dane and Chihuahua mixed-breed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Lavaca County, Texas, recently, a 60-year-old woman was attacked when she was trying to feed a Great Dane for a family member. She entered an outdoor pen for that purpose, and that’s when the dog attacked her. The dog attack victim was hospitalized in Lavaca Medical Center and then later transported by medical helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio. She was injured on her left arm, and her scalp was torn and bitten. The Great Dane was euthanized by the owners after the attack, and the incident remains under investigation by police.

While many dog lovers will strenuously defend Great Danes as extremely gentle dogs, they, like any other breed, can bite. Research was done based on dog bite fatalities, and Great Danes were the ninth most dangerous breed. Between 1979 and 1998, there were 7 fatalities attributed to Great Danes. The dogs are among the largest to be domesticated. Originally bred to be a hunting dog, the breed has a low prey drive. Their size, however, makes them an obvious threat to children as well as adults.

The most dangerous breed of dog, according to statistics, is the pit bull. In the same 20-year-period when Great Danes were responsible for 7 deaths, 66 deaths were attributed to pit bulls. While there is plenty of evidence to support the premise that pit bulls are inherently dangerous because of their aggressive nature, dog experts are adamant that there is no particular breed that is more dangerous than another if given proper care and training.

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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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