Aug 27, 2010

Thank you

I just want to say thanks to everyone who expressed sympathy to me during the time when I really needed it. You really don't know that I probably couldn't have made it through as easily without your support and words of kindness.

Aug 25, 2010

7 year old Jason Walter - KILLED by Pit Bulls

Dogs attacked and caused the death of a 7-year-old La Salle boy this morning on a rural property between Varna and Wenona, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and coroner.

The sheriff’s department received a 911 call at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday “advising of a dog attack at the Eric Shanklin Farm, approximately 2 miles northeast of Varna,” according to the report. An area resident advised that an Eric Shanklin is a renter of the house at that site.

“Jason T. Walter, 7, was outside the rural residence when he was attacked by a number of dogs. Family members found him lying in the driveway outside the residence and called 911,” according to the report. Marshall County Coroner Dave Lenz pronounced Walter dead "a short time later.”

“Four dogs, three pit bulls and a mixed breed, owned by other residents on the property were captured and taken to the Marshall County veterinary clinic to be euthanized and taken to Galesburg for further investigation,” according to the sheriff’s department’s initial report. Sheriff Rob Russell initially said the mixed breed was personally owned by Shanklin, but he did not provide any other specific information on the ownership of the dogs.

Walter was a student in the second grade at Northwest School, La Salle, superintendent Dan Marenda confirmed. After learning about the death, the La Salle school district was in the process of making social workers available to school children.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by Wenona Ambulance, Varna Fire and Ambulance and Lifeflight. State police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner continue to investigate.

Aug 24, 2010

Man Killed In Pit Bull Attack

 A Calaveras County businessman was killed by two of his friend's pit bulls, and the employee is now facing charges, according to authorities.

Mountain Ranch resident Jerry Yates, 69, was attacked on his own property after his employee, tenant and friend's pit bulls escaped their cages.

Yates' son found his body lying between two cars on the property parking area. The son was also attacked after finding the body, but was able to escape.

Deputies said they found a lot of blood on the two vehicles and saw obvious signs Yates was trying to escape when he died.

Friends described Yates as a valued member of the Mountain Ranch community and said the loss would be difficult to bear.

"Truck broke down? Jerry'd come and help you," said friend Doug Josef. "This isn't the way he should've went."

Calaveras County Sheriff's deputies said the pit bulls' owner was arrested and charged with owner neglect and having an animal that caused human death.

The two pit bulls were euthanized by Calaveras County animal control.

Aug 19, 2010

Yung Joc (rapper) Cited After His Pitbulls Attack Neighbor's Dog

Yung Joc will have to pay a fine after police say two of his pit bulls attacked a local neighbor's dog.

Joc, real name Jasiel Robinson, has apologized for the attack on an unidentified neighbor's animal in his Fayette County, Georgia neighborhood.

According to 11 Alive, Joc says electric collars and a gate at his home malfunctioned when his two pets attacked the other dog.

He has since agreed to pay the dog's medical expenses and has apologized for the incident in addition to paying a citation.


Aug 18, 2010

Crowbar used to stop savage pitbull attack

A pitbull that attacked another dog in Hastings on Tuesday had to be pried off with a crowbar.

A man who was cycling with the pitbull on a lead was pulled off his bike when it rushed a black labrador, a witness said.

Dog-control officers have now impounded the pitbull.

It's not known how badly the labrador or its owner were injured, but the woman was understood to have received bites to her hand. The attack occurred about 7am on Heretaunga St, near Riverslea Rd.

A witness said the pitbull, which was wearing a red bandanna, couldn't be controlled by its owner. "The guy had it on a lead but it just took off and pulled him off his bike."

The witness, who didn't want to be named, took a crowbar from his vehicle and ran to the other dog owner's aid. "I went over to it and stabbed the crow bar in its mouth and levered it open to get it off the other dog."

The man said the pitbull's owner was apologetic at first, but became aggressive when confronted by other passersby.

"People started telling him he should have had a muzzle on it and he got quite aggressive, saying he would smash over the people, then he took off."

Having seen the attack, the man said he would now back moves to ban pitbulls.

"It could have been pretty nasty if it had been a child or a smaller dog."

Hastings District Council community safety manager Phil Evans said dog-control officers impounded the pitbull.

They were waiting on more details on the attack from police, who interviewed the dog owners and witnesses, and investigating what charges could be laid.

Under Hastings dog bylaws, all pitbulls are classified as menacing, and must be muzzled and on a lead while in public.

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Aug 14, 2010

Residents fight back against pitbull attacks

Law enforcement officials are investigating two separate pitbull attacks in as many days this week on North Whidbey.

Wednesday night, an Oak Harbor police officer shot and killed a pitbull that charged at him on NE First Street, Oak Harbor Police Chief Rick Wallace said. The officer was responding to a report that the aggressive dog had attacked a man and his daughter, who took shelter in a neighbor’s house.

Nobody was injured in the attack, but that wasn’t the case Thursday night in the Rolling Hills development south of Oak Harbor.

Jim Murdy, a Diane Avenue resident, explained that he was working in his yard at around 4 p.m. and went to check on his 5- and 6-year-old grandsons. He heard a “blood curdling” yelp and turned to see a pitbull attacking his small dog, a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Ringo.

Murdy hit and kicked the pitbull as hard as he could, but it didn’t seem to faze the dog. The pitbull dragged Ringo underneath the motorhome, so Murdy went to grab a hedger as a weapon.

“I thought, ‘you ain’t going to kill my dog, especially in front of me,’” he said.

Then he heard his wife, Sandi, screaming on the porch, where the pitbull had cornered Ringo. Sandi Murdy grabbed a broom and hit the dog, bending the broom.

“When I hit the dog she would just look at me,” she said. “I thought she was going to come after me.”

Jim Murdy said he cut the pitbull on the shoulder with the hedger and pushed hard enough that the motor stopped. It caused a laceration, but again the dog barely flinched as it was intent on attacking the corgi.

At that point, Jim Murdy grabbed the pitbull by the collar and it bit him on the hand, causing serious-looking puncture wounds. He finally was able to grab the dog around the neck and held it on the porch until deputies and animal control arrived.

Island County Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes said the pitbull wasn’t aggressive toward her or the two deputies when they got there. A neighbor woman who owns the dog was very upset about what had happened. She said the dog escaped after her son left a gate open.

“She’s led us to believe that the dog is going to be euthanized,” Barnes said. “She loves the dog very much and this is a difficult decision for her to make. She is being very cooperative.”

According to Barnes, the dog is a 13-year-old female that the family got from a pitbull rescue group in Seattle. The owner’s daughter said the dog has a history of being aggressive towards other canines, but has never bitten a person before.

Ringo the corgi suffered several bites and went to the veterinarian for treatment Thursday night. Jim Murdy headed to the hospital for treatment.

“I thank God we’re not burying one of my grandchildren,” Sandi Murdy said, noting that the dog attacked just a few feet from where the children were playing.

As for the dog that was shot in Oak Harbor, Wallace said the owner appeared to be suffering from dementia and he’s unsure whether the man will face any charges.

Terry Sampson, Oak Harbor’s animal control officer, said he had previously responded to a report of the pitbull aggressively barking at people. He said he doesn’t hesitate to call for backup when dealing with aggressive dogs and was sympathetic to the police officer.

“From what I know, the dog charged the officer a couple of different times,” he said. “There comes a point when you have to make a decision.”

Aug 13, 2010

North Fla. child apparently attacked by a pitbull

CITRA - Authorities say a child was apparently attacked by a pit bull in north Florida.

The 2-year-old child's mother told authorities that her son was riding his tricycle between her and her neighbor's home on Thursday when she heard him crying and saw him covered in blood.

The woman told authorities that he was bitten by a pit bull. The child was bitten on the left side of head and face and had two puncture wounds on his scalp. Authorities said the wounds weren't life threatening.

The deputy captured the dog and animal services quarantined two pit bulls because of conflicting reports as to which dog had bitten the boy. The dogs weren't up-to-date with their shots. After a 10-day quarantine they will be euthanized because their owners said they don't want them.

Pit bull mauls 7-year-old boy in Warren

A 7-year-old Detroit boy is recuperating today after being mauled by a pit bull that broke loose and rushed a group of children in front of 8702 Maxwell in Warren.

The child, Khalil Rocks, was rushed to St. John Hospital, Detroit, where he received several stitches to close severe wounds to his head, legs and arms.

The boy escaped more serious injuries when a neighbor saw what was happening and grabbed a flower pot and struck the dog in the head, causing it to let go of the boy.

"The boy is recovering today at home and neighbors tell us it was out of character for the dog to do something like this," Warren Detective Lt. Michael Torey said Friday.

Police said this is the second time Khalil has had an encounter with a vicious dog. He was attacked by a pit bull and severely bitten in Detroit when he was 3 years old.

Torey said the incident occurred at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday in the 8700 block of Maxwell. Neighbors said the dog broke loose from a chain restraint in his unfenced yard and ran after a group of children.

"Khalil fell down and the dog attacked and bit him for several minutes," Torey said. "A next-door neighbor, Timothy Anderson, saw this happening and ran over and slugged the dog in the head with a flower pot."

The dog then ran off to his back yard. Warren firefighters attended to the boy and then rushed him to the hospital.

The owner of the dog told Warren Detective Kevin Borycz that the dog was a house dog. Neighbors told police the only problem they had with the dog was that he barked often and loud but had never seen him roaming through the neighborhood.

The dog has valid license tags through 2011.

"The homeowner was emotionally upset and said the dog had never done this before," Torey said. "She said she once had a fence around her yard but the city made her take it down for some reason."

Torey said the dog's owner could be charged with harboring a vicious animal, a four-year felony. Police said the dog's owner also could be charged with being neglectful.

The dog is at the Macomb County Animal Shelter where it will be kept for 10 days. According to police, the owner said she doesn't care if the dog is euthanized.

Torey said police don't know if the children were harassing the dog.

Montreal woman attacked by 2 pit bulls

A Montreal woman is in hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls in the Hochelaga Maisonneuve district, police say.

The 44-year-old woman, whose identity hasn't been disclosed, was bitten on her arms and back near Tree-City Lumber & Plywood by Notre-Dame East and Sicard streets on Friday morning.

Port of Montreal employees found the woman after she also injured herself trying to climb a barbed-wire fence to escape the attack. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and remains in hospital.

One of the two dogs, thought to be the more aggressive one, was captured but police were still hunting for the other until about 10:30 a.m. when they decided to pull back their search in hopes that it would come out of hiding.

Aug 11, 2010

Neglected Pit Bulls

The badly damaged ear of Duke, one of five pit bull terriers taken from the manufactured home of Darrell Keith Cathey, 24, of 218 Blackfoot Trail in the Regency Mobile Home Park, stands outside of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 in Iowa City. Cathey is in jail on 13 charges, including eight charges of animal neglect. According to the official report, the conditions inside the trailer were deplorable with blood, feces and urine. (Brian Ray/The gazette)

An Iowa City man has been charged with animal neglect after Johnson County sheriff’s deputies say they found five pit bulls with no food or water inside a trailer with blood, feces and urine.

“I’ve never heard or seen it myself where they were this bad,” said Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.

Darrell Keith Cathey, 24, of 218 Blackfoot Trail, is in jail on 13 charges, including eight charges of animal neglect, three of which are for serious animal neglect.

Deputies were dispatched to the trailer Monday for a welfare check after receiving a tip about several dogs living inside that were reported to be left in their kennels for extended periods of time, according to Detective Doug Gwinn.

Cathey told deputies by telephone that he was in Chicago and was on his way back to the trailer.

Officials say they found five pit bulls with no food or water, and that Cathey had made no arrangements for the dogs’ care while he was away.

“I think there were some fresh wounds on the animals,” Sheriff Pulkrabek said. “Some blood.”

Johnson County deputies called in Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Services to assist with the five dogs found inside the mobile home.

“I saw two dogs confined in a crate within a front room and another dog that was loose,” said Misha Goodman, director of Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Services. “All of the dogs appeared to have injuries of various types.”

Goodman said those injuries include “lots of puncture wounds, lots of rips and tears, mostly of the head areas.”

“The puncture wounds are from other animals,” Goodman said. “Thee are rips and tears and punctures that would be generally from other dogs, like biting, ripping, [and] tearing.”

Goodman said a dog could sustain similar injuries by getting his head stuck in a machine, though the puncture wounds on the dogs indicate “teeth wounds.”

The dogs also have a significant amount of scratches and scars all over their bodies.

“Some will need major surgery,” Goodman said. “Some of their wounds will heal, through they will continue to have scaring.”

Goodman believes some of the dogs have suffered injuries that they will never fully recover from. One dog, Duce, has swollen paws due to multiple puncture wounds. Goodman fears he may have muscle and tendon damage. Another dog, Duke, had one of his ears severely damaged. Officials say Duke was hospitalized for two days.

Goodman said all of the dogs are receiving antibiotics.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating this incident, though they are not confirming suspicions of dog fighting.

“If someone came to us and said, ‘Well, I know for a fact the person’s been dog fighting,” then we’d be looking into it,” Sheriff Pulkrabek said. “Right now, it’s just a matter of animal neglect.”

Goodman said Iowa City Animal Services has dealt with another complaint involving Cathey.

“At that time, the complaint was that the owner was breeding dogs and possibly fighting dogs,” she said.

Goodman said their investigation did not find any evidence of dog fighting, but Cathey admitted he was breeding dogs.

Cathey was charged Thursday. He was in the Johnson County Jail Friday morning on a $6,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson County Courthouse.

The nutters came out to oppose bsl in Worcester

Lee Casini of Shrewsbury and Joan Thompson of Leominster demonstate their opposition to the muzzling requirement of the proposed ordinance.

Ayanna Mack 10 holds up a sign last night expressing support for properly trained pit bulls.

Pit bull regulations are focus of hearing

WORCESTER — Residents packed City Hall last night to give testimony on the City Council's proposed pit bull dog ordinance.

And while the council listened to about an hour of testimony, most of it in opposition to the ordinance, the council never voted on it because Councilor-at-Large Michael J. Germain put a hold on the item, in accordance with council rules.

Mayor Joseph C. O'Brien said the council will take the item up at its Sept. 7 meeting.

People packed the chamber, some with signs. One woman wore a dust mask, symbolizing the muzzling that would be required for pit bulls leaving an owner's premises.

Most in opposition to the proposed ordinance said the pit bull is not an inherently dangerous dog, and said it has a bad reputation because irresponsible dog owners gravitate toward it as a cultural symbol.

Resident Richard Abdella said he owns a $1,200 show dog. His dog is used for breeding. He said that if the council passes an ordinance requiring that pit bulls in the city be neutered, he will lose money that he makes from the breeding services.

Mr. Abdella said unleashed dogs in the hands of irresponsible owners are the real problem.

“The most effective laws can be controlled by this right here,” Mr. Abdella said, holding up a dog leash he had been wearing around his neck.

The ordinance, which had been requested by the council, is modeled after Boston's Responsible Pit Bull Ownership ordinance. While the local ordinance does not ban pit bulls or restrict them to private property, it establishes additional licensing and registration requirements.

It also requires pit bulls to be leashed and muzzled, or placed in a secure temporary enclosure, when taken off an owner's premises.

In addition, the ordinance requires pit bull owners to obtain the consent of their landlord to keep a pit bull on the premises, place a warning sign on their property informing the public that a pit bull lives there, and notify animal control officers or the police whenever their pit bull injures or threatens any person or animal.

Read the rest here --
Pit Bull owners, it's time to wise up and think about what pushing against regulations is doing to your dogs, and more importantly, PEOPLE!!!

If a Pit Bull is attacking you -

A new hub I ran across.

Do not kick or punch

These animals are very good at taking a beating without being discouraged. Pit bulls are noted for their lack of reaction to pain, and their outstanding tenacity, particularly with those strong jaws that pride themselves in "hanging in there." Obviously, these are beneficial traits for dogs bred to win a fight.

The practical human advantages over this dog are:

most adults are heavier than a pit bull -- think about how this might apply to falling on the animal instead of dancing around while it removes pieces of your flesh;

human beings have nifty little fingers that can poke, grasp, and pull -- with regards to a pit bull, think about how this might apply to their eyes and the collar around their throat, if they have a collar.

Do not play the dog's game; do not fight the dog's fight; you will lose.

Bring the match into your arena, where your skills are beneficial. The pit bull is a killing machine, but it has limitations, not the least of which are its:


squat posture;

collapsible chest cavity; and

soft little eyeballs that can be plucked out.
Read more here --

Boy bitten by family dog, airlifted to hospital.

Severe Facial Trauma' Reported

Trenton police are investigating a dog attack that seriously hurt a toddler Tuesday.

Officers were called to Barrington Court after a report of a dog attack just after 1 p.m.

When rescuers arrived, they asked that the 1-year-old boy be airlifted to Children's Hospital for treatment of "severe facial trauma."

Rachael Agee, who lives across the street, called the incident a “nightmare.” “All I saw were the paramedics carrying him out,” noting the boy was not crying or moving. “She (the boy’s mother) was covered in blood,” Agee said. “I was surprised he was not crying.”

Another neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she helped clean blood off the boy’s mother face, arms and legs with a cold wash cloth before she went to the hospital with her mom to see her son.

The boy's name and condition have not been released.

Officers said the Pit Bull mix belonged to the boy's family and is still on the loose.

Under the city’s dangerous and vicious dog ordinance, the Durbins’ dog as a pit bull mix is considered a “vicious dog,” requiring owners to have up to $100,000 in liability coverage for their pet.

Traud said he did not believe the dog was licensed, and that there were no previous calls to the home.

I will post more info as it becomes available.

Aug 10, 2010

Pit Bull law considered in Blair

An attack on a Labrador retriever by two pit bulls is prompting Blair officials to look at enacting an ordinance aimed at dangerous dogs.

Bill and Jane Straube of Blair are to speak about the need for the ordinance at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The Straubes’ dog, Sophie, was the victim of an attack by a pair of pit bulls on July 21 while in the family’s yard.

“It could have been disastrous,” Jane Straube said Monday. “Our 9-year-old son could have been out in the front yard. I got bit on the toe trying to pull (the pit bulls) off.”

The dog required numerous stitches but survived the attack. The pit bulls are being held at the Blair Animal Shelter.

Jane Straube said one of the pit bulls, which lived across the street, had been identified as a dangerous animal in 2007 after it chased some neighbors.

City Administrator Rod Storm said the current Blair dog ordinance gives a dog two strikes before it can be destroyed.

Jane Straube and her husband intend to ask the City Council to allow a dog to be destroyed after one unprovoked attack.

“We want them to toughen up the law, because right now two chances is one too many,” Jane Straube said. “This attack could have been much worse, and it was very traumatic for our family.”

Storm said his office is gathering information from several communities about their dog ordinances to present to the council.

“We were approached by one of the council members in the wake of the attack (upon the Straubes’ dog) and asked to come up with a stronger ordinance,” Storm said. “We’re working to give the council a complete picture so they can make their decision.”

Judge Judy on PIT BULLS

Judge Judy: Do you have grandchildren?

Man: Yes 3.

Judge Judy: Do they come to your house?

Man: Yes all of the time.

Judge Judy: It can happen in a second. Lhasa Apsas doesn't cause alot of damage. Just telling ya sir. I read about it everyday in the paper, and so do you.

Man: I know your honor. I know they are very different dogs and thats why he's well taken care of, he's always home, I walk him.

Judge Judy: Listen to me, so do all of the other people who are owners of this breed, that say I never had a problem with them, [snaps her finger] turn in a minute!

Update on 5 year old from Bush

This is an update to my recent blog post --

BUSH — The 5-year-old victim of a dog attack Friday in Bush was taken off a ventilator when he came out of a coma at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center of St. Louis and had his breathing and eating tubes removed also, said Hurst Police Chief Ron Harvel on Monday about Winston Bankston.

“He is still in ICU (intensive care unit) and they are still watching him. But, he’s doing real well,” Harvel said about the little boy’s condition.

Two dogs mauled Bankston in Bush Village Park in the late morning as he and his 9-year-old brother were playing.

His mother, Regina Culpepper, suffered injuries to her legs as she rescued her son. A Bush city worker, Lester Taylor, drove the dogs away by honking and screaming from his truck as Culpepper and Bankston reached shelter at Bush Village Hall.

Harvel arrived at the scene and shot and killed one dog and wounded another. The dogs were identified as pitbull mix breeds and not up to date on their vaccinations. The wounded dog was euthanized at its owner’s request.

Harvel said he has removed himself from the case investigation because he was directly involved with the incident, having had to shoot to death one of the attacking dogs.

The city of Hurst acts as a first responder to emergency calls from Bush.

Williamson County Sheriff’s office is continuing a case investigation, he said.

It is good to see the child is doing better, but still has a long way to go. The temerity of Pit Bull owners continue to hurt innocent people.

Aug 9, 2010

Pit Bulls attack 5-year-old boy

BUSH, IL (KFVS) -A 5-year-old boy is clinging to life after being attacked by pit bull dogs while he played in the city park.

The brutal attack on little Winston Bankston happened on Friday morning at the Village of Bush public park.

Winston and his brother were playing on the playground equipment when the dogs attacked.

Bush city worker Lester Taylor heard the boy's mother screaming for help.

"I was checking water meter, and I heard this woman screaming," said Taylor.

" I look up and I don't see anyone. So I get in my truck and come around the corner. And that's when I see three pit bulls on woman and kid biting them and chewing them up. I drove straight for them honking my horn and screaming at the dogs."

Taylor was able to distract the dogs long enough for Regina Culpepper to scoop up little Winston and run into the village hall.

"Scared me to death, I hope I never have to see anything like that again in my life," Taylor said.

Hurst Chief of Police Ron Harvel was the first officer on the scene. He described is as the worst thing he's ever seen in his years in law enforcement.

"What I saw was a horrific scene, the mother was sitting on the floor holding the child covered in blood, the child covered in blood. I was shocked," Chief Ron Harvel said.

"I ran back outside and called for an ambulance. That's when I saw the dogs over on the west side of the park by a big tree. I grabbed my shotgun and killed one and wounded another one."

Winston was airlifted to a Saint Louis hospital in critical condition.

"I spoke with a member of the family this morning. And Winston is in ICU at Cardinal Glennon, he is in a medical induced coma and on a ventilator," Chief Harvel said.

The Williamson County Sheriff's office is now handling the investigation into the dog attack.

Aug 7, 2010

I laid my Pit Bull to rest.

I will probably not be blogging as much for awhile. I am grieving, and it may take some time for me to get back to normal.

As most of you know, I had a rescued Pit Bull.

The dog had been uncontrollable for about two years.

I really do not know what happened to her, it's just like a switch turned on when she turned five years old and we could not get it turned off.

I lived with her in her crazed state of mind for about two years, too long.

I took her to training and worked with her starting the week I got her, and like I said, she was fine up until she turned five, then she just changed drastically.

I still took her to several other trainers AFTER she started behaving in an unsafe manner, and even they could not figure it out. It was NOT that she was not loved, it was NOT that she was not excercised (we walked her two times a day for 45 minutes each time), and it definitely was NOT that she was not socialized... I took my baby everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.

But, as two of the trainers told me, she is just doing what comes naturally to Pit Bulls.

There was not the option of adopting her into a new home. Obviously is she was not safe with me, then she would not be safe with anyone else.

Her aggression and unpredictability got so bad, that it got to the point that she could no longer go anywhere, except on her walks, and I had to be very careful that nobody or no dog approached us.

Well,  I cannot have an unsafe dog with children. I cannot have a dog-aggressive dog. I cannot have a dog that I cannot physically control, or one that kills anything that gets in our yard, or one that is such a liability, I just could not do it anymore.

Having a Pit Bull mentally drained me, seriously.

I loved her very much, but on August 5th, I had to say good-bye, to her, and Pit Bulls, forever.

Rest in peace baby girl . I will miss you forever. All dogs should be as lucky to be as loved as you were.

Even though I'm ok with my decision, I'm not ok..... Does that make sense?

Pit Bull mix attacks, leaves infant in critical condition

9 month old infant attacked by a full grown pit bull recovering from bites on back and legs.

This pit bull mix dragged an infant to the back yard before adults could rescue her.

An infant who was bitten by a pit bull mixed breed in an Ellenwood home remains in extreme critical condition in a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, Clayton County police said Saturday.

Police have cited the dog’s owner, Bryant Sidney, 44, for prohibitive treatment of the dog and not having a rabies tag.

Sidney is the great uncle of the baby, believed to be about 9 months old, Clayton police said.

In information released by Clayton police late Friday night, a family member who was taking care of the baby had sat her on the kitchen floor. Another relative went outside through the kitchen door to give the dog some water, police said.

The dog unexpectedly entered the house and “he placed the infant’s lower left side in his mouth,” police said.

"The dog took a large bite out of the little girl’s buttocks," Lt. Tina Daniel with Clayton County police told the AJC.

The dog then dragged the child to the back yard before the baby's mother managed to snatch the baby away, police said. A family member walked up to the dog and struck it with an iron bar until it dropped the baby, police said.

Authorities at first said the baby's mother was in the process of feeding the child and the dog at the same time when the baby got out of her high chair and onto the floor near the dog. Officers told Channel 2 Action News the dog then dragged the child to the back yard before the baby's mother managed to snatch the baby away.

The baby suffered extensive injuries to her bottom and lower back, Daniel said. The baby's name is not being released.

The dog is an adult, pit bull mixed breed, Daniel said.

The baby was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and underwent emergency surgery, Daniel said.

Investigators have not yet determined if the girl was in her own home or visiting the home, Daniel said. The investigation into the incident continues, she said.

And, read an insensitive comment left on the news website about the attack. Not surprising. --
It's too bad that the media makes a big deal out of EVERY pit bull attack - that's why everyone thinks they are such vicious dogs. Posted by: pitbull owner
Yes sir, it is not a big deal at all that a baby is in critical condition from a Pit Bull attack... The damn media always makes them look like they are so vicious! Why don't they go pick on falling coconuts, since coconuts kill more people a year than Pit Bulls do!

UPDATE 8-10-10:
An 8-month-old Clayton County girl who was severely injured in an attack by a pit bull is improving, the girl's aunt said Tuesday.

Tabitha Sidney told the AJC that although the infant is still in intensive care unit, she is doing fine.

“We go see her every day,” Sidney said. “The doctors say she’s doing really well.”

Sidney said the family is unsure of when the baby will be released from the hospital.

The baby’s condition is also unknown. Saturday, the infant was listed in extreme critical condition in the neo-natal intensive care unit, according to Clayton County police.

Police have cited the dog’s owner, Bryant Sidney, 44, for prohibitive treatment of the dog and not having a rabies tag.

Aug 6, 2010

Pit bull spay, neuter ordinance pitched in Contra Costa

Two Contra Costa County supervisors are working on an ordinance that would require owners of pit bulls to spay or neuter their pets.

The effort follows the July death of 2-year-old Jacob Bisbee, who was killed by three of his stepfather's pit bulls in the garage of the family's Concord home.

Supervisors John Gioia, of Richmond, and Mary Piepho, of Discovery Bay, want to model the ordinance after a 2006 San Francisco law that followed the death of a 12-year-old child.

The measure will be aimed at reducing the number of unwanted, unclaimed or neglected pit bulls, Gioia said. Dogs that are spayed or neutered also tend to be less aggressive, he said.

"If you walk into a local shelter, the most prevalent breed is a pit bull or pit bull mix," Gioia said. "(Controlling overbreeding) is a humane thing to do since unclaimed animals are eventually euthanized."

Read the full article here

Aug 3, 2010

Pit Bull mauls and kills leashed pet.

Edward and Courtney Pritchett with their Chihuahua, Abbey. Edward holds a framed photo of their other dog, Tink, who died after being attacked by a pit bull during a leashed walk.

An early walk on a recent summer morning has left a family pet dead and his owners devastated.

Edward Pritchett, 35, and his wife, Courtney, 25, of East Queen Street, were walking with their two small dogs, Tink, a 5 1/2 year-old Yorkie mix, and Abbey, a 1 1/2 year-old long-haired Chihuahua mix on June 30 when a pit bull attacked .

Courtney Pritchett said they had been walking down King Street and followed Eden Street to go back to East Queen Street, and home, because she was getting too warm.

When the couple reached the corner of Oakum and East Queen streets, they stopped to catch their breath. As they did, their dogs, both on leashes, also rested.

As they prepared to resume walking, Edward said, he and Abbey started ahead of Courtney and Tink.

“I heard Courtney scream, and I looked around,” Edward said.

What he saw was a pet owner’s nightmare. A pit bull had grabbed Tink around the waist and was shaking the much smaller dog like a rag doll.

Prior to the alleged attack, Courtney said, a “brown blur” had come rushing at her. Courtney said she tried to pull Tink up into her arms and out of harm’s way, but the pit bull was too quick for her.

“She was running full speed ahead,” Courtney said of the pit bull.

The Pritchetts said they tried to get Tink away from the pit bull while at the same time protecting Abbey. Ultimately, despite their best efforts, the pit bull killed Tink, they said. Abbey, terrified, escaped across the street under a car.

The Pritchetts said they might have seen Abbey killed too, and been seriously injured themselves had it not been for the efforts of a former neighbor, Mark Dawson, who came to their rescue.

Dawson said he could hear Courtney screaming for help from a block away, where he was mowing grass.

Dawson said he ran toward the scene and was able to get hold of the pit bull and lead it away from the couple.

The Pritchetts said they considered Dawson a hero, but Dawson said he looked at what he did as just being neighborly.

“They needed my help and I helped them,” Dawson said. “I was just being a good neighbor.”

A woman in the neighborhood rescued Abbey from underneath the car where she was hiding, returning her to the Pritchetts when the danger was over.

“We didn’t know her, and never found out her name, but we would like to thank her for what she did,” Courtney said.

Upon receiving calls about the incident, several officers and Chief Jay Fortenbery went to the scene to assist the Pritchetts and make sure the dog was taken into custody.

The dog, whose owner was in the hospital in Greenville, and ultimately died from gunshot wounds, had been entrusted to his sister for care. His sister, Kimberly Boston, has been charged with allowing an animal to run at large. The dog had been tied up in her yard but had broken free prior to the attack. Boston is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 14 in connection with the incident.

The dog was held at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Tyner for 10 days then returned to family members with the provision that they not bring the dog inside the city limits of Edenton again.

Fortenbery said his department followed the law in doing so.

Physical and emotional wounds remain as the Pritchetts struggle to understand how their dog is dead and the dog they watched kill him has been set free.

Edward Pritchett said he tore four ligaments in one knee during the attack, losing his balance and falling to the ground, while trying to rescue his wounded pet.

“I’ve cried every day since it happened,” Edward said, holding a picture of Tink.

Still traumatized from the attack, the Pritchetts are making plans to leave Edenton and move to neighboring Bertie County where Courtney works.

“Staying here (in Edenton) would just bring back too many memories,” Courtney said. “When the attack was happening, we could see our home from where we were. There’s no way we could feel safe here anymore.”

A town of Edenton ordinance prohibits pit bulls from being kept as pets inside town limits. An exception was made for pit bulls already being kept when the ordinance was adopted in 2004.

Police kill pit bull as it attacks smaller dog in Gilroy

Gilroy Police say this is the dog that was attacked Monday by a pit bull.

A pit bull that was attacking a smaller dog in a residential neighborhood in Gilroy on Monday evening was shot to death by police.

The incident occurred Monday about 7:30 p.m. in the 500 block of West Ninth Street when dispatchers received a call that a pit bull was attacking another dog in the backyard of a neighbor's home, according to a news release.

When officers arrived, someone told police that the pit bull was killing the other dog. After entering the backyard, officers first tried to stop the attack by using pepper spray on the pit bull, which was unsuccessful.

Because small children were playing in the front yard and walking in the neighborhood at the time of the attack, officers believed the pit bull would have been a significant safety risk had it escaped the backyard. An officer fired one shot at the pit bull, which killed it, according to the release.

Police reported that the smaller dog's breath started to become shallow during the attack, an indication that it might have been suffering from life-threatening injuries. The small dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian for its injuries. Police said in the release they did not know if the smaller dog survived.

During the attack, police could not locate the dogs' owners. The person who lived where the attack occurred did not recognize either dog or who may have owned them. The owner of the pit bull was identified and issued a citation for a failure to restrain the dog, according to police. Gilroy police did not name the owner in the release.

                            This is not the first time the area has had problems with Pit Bulls.

This rescued Pit Bull named Sandy killed a goat in 2005

That attack, along with others, have apparently resonated with pit bull owners. The Sonoma County Humane Society reported that about 100 people had made appointments to have their pets spayed or neutered and they were being swamped by requests from pit bull owners who want their pets spayed or neutered, which can lessen the breed's aggressive tendencies.

Gilroy resident Yvonne Hyatt's arm after she was bit by a pit bull in 2009

Gilroy looked at the possibility of breed specific legislation at the end of 2009, but decided against it... Maybe it's time to have another look Gilroy?

Aug 2, 2010

Pit bull dog euthanized after injuring owner and guest at small party

A pit bull dog is dead and two people are injured after a weekend incident at a small house party in Surrey.

Pit Bull dog (not the dog involved in attack)

According to the RCMP a 57-year-old man was bitten Saturday by the dog. And as the 22-year-old dog owner fought to get the pit bull to let go of the older victim, he was bitten as well.

A weapon was used to get the dog to let go off its owner.

“The pitbull apparently, to the best of my knowledge, was not used to gatherings and got a little overwrought,” explained Surrey RCMP Staff Sgt. Bruce Anderson.

“They tried to break the dog off the owner, but he wouldn’t release, and unfortunately they used a weapon on the dog resulting in fairly serious injuries.

“By the time we arrived the dog was severely injured and upon request of owner the dog was euthanized by the member.”

Both the dog owner and the other injured man went to hospital for treatment of their non-life threatening injuries and have since been released.

The incident happened in the 108th Avenue and 152nd Street area. No names are being released at this time.

Couple is honored for beating Pit Bulls

Ajia Brown had part of his scalp and ears torn off during a vicious pit-bull attack in Hanover. While many of his wounds are healing, his mother Elizabeth Brown, said he still has a number of procedures to go - including stretching his remaining scalp to cover what was lost, and removing cartilage from his ribs to repair his ears.

Thomas Newell, the Browns' lawyer, said Ajia has undergone numerous surgeries, having his ears partially amputated and a significant amount of the back of his head removed.

Robert Beckner said he and his wife, Margaret, acted the same as anyone else would have that night June 1.

A small child and his mother were being attacked by two pit bulls in the yard across their alley, and the Beckners sprung into action.

Using a garden hose and a board, the Fulton Street couple beat the dogs, possibly saving the lives of 8-year-old Ajia Brown and his mother, Elizabeth, of Groton, Conn.

"I'd do it again if I got to," Beckner said Wednesday after Hanover Mayor Ben Adams commended the couple for their assistance.

Adams read the commendation to the Beckners during the Borough Council's meeting. The Beckners' family and friends were in attendance.

"Unfortunately, all too often the victim is left to fend for his or her own self while witnesses and others go about their business," Adams said. "Robert and Margaret, you ignored the dangers facing you that evening and provided assistance to two victims who may have suffered additional injury or worse, had you not intervened on their behalf."

The couple thanked the mayor and the council, appearing very humbled at the honor.

"Both are examples of what good citizens should be," Adams said.

Chester L. Little, 47, of 415 Pleasant St., the owner of the dogs, was found guilty of several charges relating to the care and licensing of the dogs, Angel and Midg. He also was fined $2,000 and told Angel must now be leashed and muzzled at all times. Hanover Borough Police officers shot Midg shortly

after they arrived at the incident.

Little also is facing a civil suit filed by the Brown family.

Thomas Newell, the Browns' lawyer, said Ajia has undergone numerous surgeries, having his ears partially amputated and a significant amount of the back of his head removed.

He now is under care of doctors from Yale, Newell said. They are waiting to see how the boy heals before deciding what surgeries to do next.

"On a sliding scale of one to 10, with one being the start and 10 being full recovery, we're at step two or three," Newell said.

However, he commended the Beckners, as well as the staff at Hershey Medical Center, where Ajia first was treated, for their work.

"Despite this traumatic and tragic event, they've encountered some very good human beings," Newell said.