Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dayton corruption, incompetence, and lies.


Here are some additional thoughts on the failure of the Montgomery County Prosecutor to bring meaningful charges against Andrew Nason and Julie Custer, owners of the dogs that mauled Klonda Richey to death last February.  Some thoughts on the Dayton pit bull mauling death of seven month old Jonathan Quarles Jr in July as well.  For additional information on the function of the prosecutor in grand jury proceedings please click here.

This is a quote from ABC22 on the reason for failing to indict  "On Thursday, a grand jury declined to indict Nason or Custer on involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide charges. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said there wasn't enough evidence or any witness testimony to support indictments."

This statement is a stunner.  Not enough evidence or witness testimony....  I'm going out  on a limb here because I don't have actual statistics but I strongly suspect that in most cases there are no witnesses to testify in homicide cases.  It just seems to make sense to avoid having witnesses. Having said that, there has been absolutely zero confusion on how Ms. Ritchey died.  Every news source, and the Prosecutor's report (link below) clearly state that she was killed by Nason and Custer's dogs.

I think most homicides are solved by police work, work that was fairly easy in this case.  Police were called by neighbors who stated that there was a naked body on the ground and the dogs were near the body.  When police arrived the dogs were so aggressive toward them that the dogs had to be shot . Police have a technical term for this, it is called a ** clue **.  There was never any question about who owned the dogs shot by police.  Another ** clue **.  News reports quickly found a great number of complaints by the victim about these very dogs, in fact Richey made 13 complaints to Montgomery County Animal Control, headed by dog warden Mark Kumpf and she made 46 calls to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center between December 2011 and the time of her death.  More  ** clues **.  To view Montgomery County Animal Resource Center's records of Richey's actual complaints click here. Another ** clue **.  Ms. Richey also took her concerns to the Montgomery county courts asking for a civil protection order against her neighbor Andrew Nason.  You can watch 43 minutes of videotaped testimony by clicking here.   A ** clue **.  Ms. Richey was so concerned about the threats from her neighbors that she had video surveillance cameras installed and showed the court video of Nason menacing her with his dogs.  You can view some of the surveillance video by clicking here.  Another ** clue **.  Ms. Richey's request for a protection order was denied, Magistrate Kristy Wuebben was "unavailable" for comment. Figures.

Quick review, Ms. Richey took her concerns to Animal Control, the Montgomery County courts, and to the Dayton police.  She provided actual video to back up her complaints and was ignored.  In addition to the surveillance cameras Richey had a fence put up for protection from Nason, Custer, and their dogs.  Here is a photo of the fence, one does not put up this kind of double walled enclosure for no reason.  Hint, this may be another ** clue **.  The dogs that she was afraid would kill her did, in fact, kill her.
 A cat lover, fences were built to protect the pets at Klonda Richey’s home, 31 E. Bruce Avenue in Dayton where she was mauled to death by a neighbor’s pit bull dogs after nine previous complaints filed about the two dogs who fatally attacked her. JIM WITMER / STAFF 

Montgomery County Prosecutor Heck could not make a case with all of this?  What?????
The actual report generated by Prosecutor Heck can be seen on his Facebook page. Click here.

Prosecutor Heck stated that the death of Klonda Richey was a "tragic accident."  These are the same words used by Dog Warden Mark Kumpf to describe Richey's death.  Per WHIO News, Heck makes reference to changes in the law which will be discussed below "It  is my hope that further review for possible charges under the city of Dayton ordinances along with possibly amending some laws, and enhanced training will make a difference and help to avoid another such tragic accident."    Here is Kumpf's statement.
Per WDTN News "Montgomery County Animal Control Director Mark Kumpf said the mauling death of Klonda Richey could not have been prevented.
“This is a tragic accident and there is nothing foreseeable or doable to prevent a situation like this from happening,” said Kumpf.  Numerous warnings were left for the dog owners at 35 East Bruce Avenue, but no action was taken. Kumpf says a warning is simply a notice that an officer responded to a complaint. There’s really no follow-up after that unless the owner calls the Animal Resource Center to find out more.  “Whether we respond to one complaint or 13 complaints or any other number of complaints, unless we find a violation when we arrive that has enforceable component to it, it’s simply a call.”

For a link to suggestions for actions that might have been used by Mark Kumpf to protect Klonda Rickey Please click here.  

Montgomery County officials have a strong interest in protecting the county from any lawsuit that might propose county legal and financial responsibility for Mrs. Richey's death.  If her death is prosecuted as a crime then the likelihood of Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf being called to testify becomes very real.  The failure of Kumpf to protect Richey after thirteen complaints to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and 46 calls to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center about the dogs is damning to Kumpf and to the county as well.  It is notable that there were also complaints against the Dayton pit bull that killed seven month old Jonathan Quarles Jr.in July.  Prior to killing Jonathan the pit bull also charged a mailman in April and attacked a Beagle in June. This quote from WLWT News " WLWT tried getting answers from the Animal Resource Center in Montgomery County as to why this dog was never taken away, but calls were not returned."  

This statement from the owner of the Beagle “I think they should’ve taken the dog a lot sooner,” Crickmore says. “I think it’s a real tragedy that it took the death of an innocent baby to take the dog away.”
Just days before the attack, the Crickmore’s say the case of the first attack was to be settled. It was a settlement they say would include forcing the owner to get rid of the dog. But instead a motion was filed to push the case’s second pretrial back to August."
It is in Montgomery County's best interests to call these predictable deaths "accidents" and the Prosecutor is on board with this.  I can find no specific information on how the Montgomery County Prosecutor is chosen.  Elected or appointed by County Commissioners?  Here is a link to information on Prosecutor Heck.  Here is his mission statement.  "Our mission is to protect the rights, property, and well being of citizens of Montgomery County Ohio through effective and efficient prosecution of criminal offenders and accurate and timely legal advice and counsel to county and township officials. Whether you are a victim, a witness, a taxpayer, a voter, or an interested citizen, I would like to assure you that my staff and I are at your service."  Below that statement is a link to an ironically titled program called "Help Victims Become Survivors."  Klonda Richey and Jonathan Quarles Jr. did not get the chance to participate.

The Montgomery County County Commissioners stand behind Kumpf.  To do otherwise would open the door to lawsuits from the Richey and Quarles families.  In the case of the Quarles family the financial liability to the county would be tremendous.  Kumpf failed in his responsibilities in the death of Klonda Richey but did not improve the processes in his department allowing a known dangerous dog to remain in the home of a known irresponsible owner, sadly, also a family member of the seven month old victim.   Kumpf continues to be employed as County Dog Warden although his public appearances and statements have become few and far between.  Sources inside the community tell me that is a strong sentiment that Kumpf should be fired but Montgomery County Commissioners bumble along blindly, unaware that the death of Klonda Richey has the attention of the world.

Prosecutor Heck makes reference to efforts already underway to modify the mess created by the passage of HB 14 without acknowledging that the changes he and Commissioner Foley "propose" are from a bill introduced into the Ohio House by Representatives Winburn and Blair, HB 541 in the legislative session already ended.  The bill is expected to be reintroduced in the new session with a new bill number.

In a quote apparently from the joint statement from Prosecutor Heck and County Commissioner Dan Foley ""There was no evidence that the dogs had ever bitten or attacked another animal or human. The dogs were never designated as nuisance, dangerous or vicious dogs prior to the incident. After consideration of all the testimony and evidence, the grand jury did not issue a homicide or felony indictment in this case,"

It should be noted that Dog Warden Kumpf would have the responsibility to declare the dogs dangerous but did not do so.

As a final insult to Klonda Richey, the lawyer for Andrew Nason has stated that he intends to fight the trivial failure to control charges against his client.  Given the excuse made by the Prosecutor that there were no witnesses to Richey's death lawyer Jay Adams is claiming that, and this is victim blaming to the highest level, that Klonda Richey trespassed onto her neighbor's property and let the dogs out herself.  PLEASE watch the video of this lawyer.

Klonda Richey was failed by the courts, by the Montgomery County Animal Control department, by the Dayton police, by the Montgomery County Prosecutor.  She died exactly as she feared that she would.  Her testimony from the grave via videotape is eerie.  Failure to revise processes after her death allowed another fatality, a seven month old baby.  The stench of cover up in Dayton reeks.




Klonda Richey killed by two dogs on E. Bruce Avenue in Dayton.  (Photo/provided)
Klonda Richey

A short post script to this opinion laden piece.
David Glass Sr. of Benton County Ms. was mauled by pit bulls on Saturday.  On Monday the owner of those dogs was charged with culpable negligent manslaughter.

The Riverside Fl. owner of the dog that killed five year old John Harvard  has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.

The Metamora Township Michigan owners of the dogs that killed Craig Sytsma have been charged with second degree murder.

The owners of the dog that killed Javon Dade in Miami-Dade Florida have been charged with manslaughter. Notable here is that the owner of the dog is the father of Javon Dade and the death of little Javon was unwitnessed.

The owner of the dogs that killed Pamela Devitt in Antelope Valley California last year was convicted of second degree murder.

Klonda Richey was forgotten by the system in Dayton as soon as the melting snow erased the blood.
Deadly dog attack: Klonda Richey's body was found torn to shreds on the snow-covered sidewalk outside her Ohio home on Friday

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Newsflash, in Ohio you can commit murder via vicious dog and get away with it, but not in Michigan.

It has been announced that the Grand Jury in Dayton Ohio has refused to indict Andrew Nason and Julie Custer for involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide in the mauling death of Klonda Richey last February.  Nason and Custer owned the two dogs responsible for the fatal mauling. Historical note - there were dozens of complaints made by Ms. Richey to Animal Control and to the Dayton police with no meaningful action taken by the Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf.  Sternly worded post-it notes left on Nason and Custer's door had little impact on their behavior.  Ms. Richey also predicted that the dogs would kill her.  She asked the courts for a  protection order and this was refused as well.  Not surprising considering that this is Dayton Ohio we are talking about.

In other news, Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf is still employed by Montgomery County despite two mauling deaths in Dayton in roughly six months this year.  In both cases there were multiple complaints about the dogs prior to the fatal attacks but no meaningful action was taken.

In reassuring news, the Dayton prosecutor is "working with the city of Dayton prosecutor to consider possible misdemeanor charges against Nason and Custer"

Whoop.

Across the state line in Michigan the owners of the two Cane Corsos that mauled jogger Craig Sytsma were quickly charged with murder.

For more information click here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The verdict is second degree murder.



Alex Donald Jackson of Antelope Valley California has been convicted of second degree murder in the death of Pamela Devitt on May 9, 2013.  Mrs. Devitt had been out for a simple walk when she was attacked by four of Jackson's pit bulls.  The coroner's report documented 200 bites to Mrs. Devitt's body with some so deep that bone was exposed.  The cause of death was blood loss.

Antelope Valley is a place where parents do not allow their children to play outside due to the danger of stray dogs.  Many residents report being cornered by dangerous dogs and many residents have  taken to carrying sticks, rocks, or guns for protection.  Mr. Jackson's dogs were some of the worst with seven documented attacks, some on horses being ridden by neighbors.  The dogs jumped fences to menace neighbors and they made it impossible for mail carriers to deliver Mr. Jackson's mail and even chased the mail truck for half a mile.

Jackson's brother, Vincent Jackson, stated that Alex had "accepted some responsibility" in the case and even wrote a letter to the victim's husband but that letter was never sent.   Possibly because the postal carrier was unable to reach Jackson's mailbox to pick it up.  Vincent Jackson went on to say per KTVU Vincent Jackson thinks the murder charge is a knee-jerk reaction to the community's disdain for pit bulls.
"It feels like they're trying to make an example of him," Vincent Jackson said about his brother.
Defense attorney Al Kim echoed that sentiment, saying his client was taking the brunt of the rural area's growing frustration over abandoned animals.
"At some point, something needs to be done about these stray dogs, and I think an unfair amount of responsibility is being directed at my client," Kim said before the verdict was returned. "Does that mean he's a murderer? Absolutely not."
  Knee jerk reaction to the community's disdain for pit bulls?  A woman died, bled to death in the dirt, killed by dogs that Jackson absolutely knew were vicious.  The pit bulls had SEVEN prior "altercations" in the previous 18 months.  The man's mail was not being delivered because the postal worker could not get to the house.  
"Unfair amount of responsibility"?  A woman is dead and the pit bulls that killed her belonged to Jackson.  Sounds like his responsibility to me.  Jackson could get 24 years to life in prison.  This is not too much but rather too little.  Pit bull owners must accept the responsibility for their dogs.  
It is interesting to note that when police arrived at Jackson's home to investigate the mauling they found a marijuana grow farm and Jackson was also charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession and sale of a controlled substance.  An all around upstanding citizen.  
Alex Donald Jackson was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in a fatal pit bull mauling. (credit: LA County Sheriff's Dept.)
Alex Jackson, orange is the new black.

For more information on this case please click here.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Death and Excuses. God help us. 8/16/2014


Vicious dogs have been busy since the last Death and Excuses post.  Get comfy, this is a long post.



pit-bull mauled
Rita Pepe, age 93, of Branford CT was attacked by a pit bull owned by a family friend on April 13th.  Mrs. Pepe was out for a walk when she was attacked. She died of complications of her injuries on May 25th.  Per the New Haven Register " The April 13 police report states that after Booker’s owner, Matthew Radulski, took the dog for a walk, he walked back inside his house. He reportedly told police that once he took the leash off of Booker the dog ran out the back door. Police state that Radulski ran after the dog and discovered a group of people standing at the corner of Harbor Street and McKinnel Court, just steps from his house. The group was yelling for help and Radulski told police he saw Booker circling Rita Pepe. Radulski added that he was forced to strike Booker over the head numerous times with a rock in order to get him away from Pepe.

Booker's owner, and a family friend of Rita Pepe told reporters that he was devastated but"it's just one of those freak things."

 Booker had been adopted from the town's Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter last September. Laura Burban, Shelter Director would not comment when asked if Booker had been euthanized.  The original listing for Booker stated "he is a friendly dog who loves to play."  Shelter staff stated he "never expressed a propensity for violence and underwent extensive evaluations conducted by staff and trainers."  Booker was returned to the shelter after the attack.
branford animal shelter adopts out attacking pit bull
Rita Pepe

Laura Burban, Director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter is on record with this victim blaming statement  "One of the hardest things to do is to rehabilitate a vicious animal," says Laura, who was once attacked by a pit bull. "It's hard to find trainers, facilities; people who'll adopt. It's easier to euthanize…than sit at a computer for five hours and find a place for that pit bull with an attitude. But it can be done and then other shelters will see they can do it, too."

Ms. Burban described the attack on Pepe in this quote from the Branford Eagle "Burban, who is well-trained in dog behavior, said the dog “was focused on that woman. And later I found out she was walking with a cane. I wonder if he felt threatened because of the cane, that the cane was a threat and he went after the cane.  I just don’t know what was going through his head.”
As for the 911 calls describing the dog as biting other people, she said the dog was lunging after the two men who intervened to save the woman’s life. The rescuers fended off the dog. Booker did not bite them though it may have appeared that way to witnesses.   
One more outrageous quote from Shelter Director Burban " One of the sons with whom we spoke said: “I don’t know what triggered the dog to act. With that breed anything is possible.”
Burban disagreed.
“Everyone is focusing on his breed. This was a dog issue, not a breed issue,” Burban said. “This was specifically his issue. What people don’t recognize is that there are golden retrievers and yellow labs that bite every day and don’t get this kind of media attention,” she said.
“Do they do the same damage? If you looked up some of the stories you would see that golden retrievers have killed children and done all kinds of other terrible things. But we never hear about it.”
Here is a link to the Dan Cosgrove Animal Center's mission statement.  It begins with the words "to protect the public" but it appears that the safety of the public is not Mrs. Burban's concern.   What did Burban do with Booker?  Why is Burban making public policy decisions given her personal commitment to saving  known dangerous dogs, in this case a dog that has killed a human?

pit bull named Booker
This is Booker, if you see this dog call your local police.

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6/8/14
Springfield Twp Michigan



Holden William Garrison, age two and a half months, was attacked by a family dog.  Holden was transported to a local hospital and airlifted to William Beaumont Hospital where he died.

At the time of the attack Holden was being held by an 18 year old uncle who was sitting on a couch.  The dog, identified as a Catahoula Cattle Hound, jumped on the couch and was pushed off.  The dog jumped back onto the couch and attacked the infant's head and neck.  Interestingly, the dog's name was "Precious."  It appears that Precious has been euthanized.

  
William Garrision

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7/20/2014
Dayton Ohio

Infant’s dog-mauling death ruled accident photo

Jonathan Quarles Jr., age seven months,  was killed by his step grandmother's pit bull.  For more information please see this post. The dog had a recent history of  attack.  On April 25th Montgomery County Animal Resource Center employees responded to a complaint that a postal service employee had been attacked by the dog.  "“…A large dog came from around the right side of the house and charged the letter carrier,” USPS spokesman David Van Allen said in an email. “The dog tried to bite the carrier’s leg, but the carrier was able to get his mail satchel between his leg and the dog, preventing being bitten.”

Kimico Hardy, the owner of the pit bull was cited for failing to have a license and was given education. Hardy bought a license for her dog 5 days later. It appears that the "education" given to Hardy did not change much.  On June 3rd neighbor Isabell Crickmore was walking her Beagle past Hardy's house when the pit bull ran out of the house and attacked the Beagle.  Crickmore's dog required eleven staples to his leg.  Hardy did not pay the vet bill.  Mrs Crickmore stated of the attack that killed Jonathan Quarles Jr. “It could’ve all been avoided,”  “Something needs to be done. That dog definitely needs to go for sure now.”

Woman claims dog that killed baby attacked her beagle gallery
Isabelle Crickmore, complained that the same dog attacked her Beagle.

Mrs. Crickmore is correct.  HB 14, the law that sold to the Ohio Legislature as "finally giving dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs" should have triggered action after the first attack, and again after the second attack.  Even after two documented attacks Hardy's dog had never been designated as dangerous by County Dog Warden  Mark Kumpf, a huge supporter of HB 14.  "It could have been avoided."

pit bull kills baby in Dayton
Two previous attacks by this pit bull did not trigger action by Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf.  The third attack killed a baby.

Homicide detectives are working the case.
Infant’s dog-mauling death ruled accident photo

Historical note, no charges have ever been brought in the Dayton Ohio mauling death of Klonda Richey, killed by her neighbor's dogs in February.  Richey had dozens of complaints against the dogs.

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7/20/14
Riverview Florida

Logan Shepard, 4, died after being attacked by the two dogs Saturday in Riverview. The dogs were surrendered to authorities by the boy’s uncle, Billy Frederick Sr., and were euthanized.

Four year old Logan Sheppard was killed by two pit bulls owned by his aunt and uncle.  Logan and his mother Stephanie Grouix, had walked to the home of sister.  Logan was given a bowl of ice cream while the adults went into another room to smoke pot.  A fifteen year old relative was in charge of babysitting.  The pit bulls were reportedly put into a pen in the yard.  Neighbors doubt this, they report that the dogs were frequently loose on the fenced property.  When the adults heard Logan scream they realized that he was no longer in the house.  Logan's screams also drew the attention of police, nearby conducting a traffic stop.  When police arrived the pit bulls were standing over Logan's body.  Logan was dead at the scene.

Logan's family also owned pit bulls, his father had three pits.  His mother identified herself on her Facebook page as a proud pit bull owner.  The death was ruled an accident, there will be no charges. The Lexus Project was unable to file papers in time to save these dogs, the dogs were put down.

It’s not known how Logan Shepard, 4, came into direct contact with the pit bulls.
Logan Sheppard
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7/23/2014
Metamora MI

cane corsos kill jogger in metamora

Forty six year old Craig Sytsma, father and grandfather,  was attacked by two Cane Corsos with previous bite histories as he was jogging.  A neighbor who was cutting his grass told police he waved to Sytsma as he jogged by and on his next pass with the mower he saw Sytsma in a ditch being mauled by the dogs.  Police were called to the area for a complaint of gunshots fired but found that a neighbor had fired a gun to scare the dogs off their victim.  Craig Sytsma's last words per the first responder giving CPR were "I'm bleeding out, I'm dying."  Sytsma was transported to a local hospital but did not survive.   The dogs were taken to Lapeer County Animal Control.  Per the Detroit Free Press "One of two dogs that fatally mauled a Livonia man this week as he jogged along a road in southern Lapeer County had been involved in at least one prior attack, according to a woman who said she sued the owners after being bitten two years ago"  ".She said she filed a lawsuit against the owners, which has been settled. She said the owners have no fence around their house, which was one of the stipulations in the lawsuit."
cane corsos kill jogger in metamoracane corsos kill jogger in metamora

Valbona Lucaj, left, and Sebastiano Quagliata are charged with second-degree murder in 71A District Court in Lapeer on Friday, August 1, 2014.
Valbonica Lucaj in court.                                                              Sebastiano Quagliata in court.

The story becomes more complicated.  The owners of the Cane Corsos, a married couple, she from Albania, he from Italy, both were in the country illegally.  Valbona Lucaj paid an immigration official a $3000 bribe for granting her asylum, her husband arrived in this country as a tourist and simply never left.  Deportation proceedings against the couple  have been underway since 2005.   Apparently the previous attacks have largely been ignored by local officials.  Per the Detroit Free Press "In the two years leading up to when their dogs mauled to death a jogger, a Metamora couple faced little legal consequences as their dogs attacked and bit walkers and terrorized the neighborhood, according to records obtained by the Free Press.  Indeed, when Valbona Lucaj, 44, and Sebastiano Quagliata, 45, were issued two civil infraction tickets in 2013 after their dogs charged an older man and bit him in the leg, they didn’t show up for court. Ultimately, they paid $280 in fines, and the case was closed.  A Free Press review of police, court and animal control records, along with interviews of neighbors, found authorities took little action in the face of a growing menace."
Craig Sytsma
Craig Sytsma

The couple has been charged with second degree murder.  A total of three adult Cane Corsos owned by Lucaj and her husband have been euthanized.  Eight puppies of the same breed were taken from the property but will not be euthanized.  They are expected to be transported to a Cane Corso Rescue in Texas.  The offspring of dogs so vicious that they were implicated in multiple attacks and a fatal mauling, what could go wrong?  Per MichiganLive "Investigators sought out several prior people who purchased puppies from the couple and succeeded in talking with several.
One man said he purchased a dog roughly seven weeks before the incident and, according to police reports, Quagliata made several statements to him including:
  • "Quagliata would not refer to himself as a breeder but stated that he (had) been doing this for 10 years."
  • "Quagliata stated that these were aggressive dogs and he raised them to be very aggressive."
  • After an inquiry to see the parents of the puppies, "Quagliata declined the request stating that nobody can get close to them. Quatliata made reference that if anyone gets on his property, they don't leave."
Texas really needs these puppies.

Animal Control is paid to protect the safety of the public.  Incompetence, or reluctance to do the actual job led to the death of this good man.

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8/4/2014
Madison Twp Ohio

Dog attack in Madison Twp, Butler County. (Photo/WLWT)

Cindy Whisman, age 59, was killed in her own back yard by her adult daughter's pit bull.  Mrs. Whisman was babysitting for her daughter's child at the time of her death.  Neighbors witnessed the attack, one came to her aid brandishing a walking stick to beat the dog back but Whisman was dead at the scene.  For more information on this attack please click here.

Southwest Ohio, fatal pit bull attack, cindy whisman
Pit bull owner Julie Whisman, daughter of the deceased.   Julie had second thoughts about signing off on the euthanization of her pit bull.  Thankfully common sense prevailed.  Polo was euthanized 8/7/2014.  

Historical note, this is the ninth dog mauling fatality in the state of Ohio since the passage of HB 14 in 2012. In the previous 25 years Ohio had six fatal dog attacks.  HB 14 was sold to the Ohio Legislature as the way to "finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."  Epic fail.

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8/7/2014
Fanning Springs Florida

Joel Chirieleison, age six, was killed by two pit bulls owned by his aunt.  The child was staying at the home of his aunt, Heather Claar, along with his grandfather who lives in Ohio but was in Florida on vacation.

Joel had gone outside to play.  Claar's pit bulls had been let out in the yard and Claar was preparing to visit other family.  It was reported that Joel was out of his aunt's sight for 10 to 15 minutes.  Claar looked outside and saw Joel on the ground.  The child was dead at the scene.  A total of six dogs were removed from the property, the two pit bulls suspected of the attack, and four others found in pens on the property.   There were no witnesses to the attack.  Joel was not a stranger to the pit bulls and had been around them regularly. There have no reports of problems with any of the dogs.  For video please click here.

Aunts two pit bulls kill boy
Joel Chirieleison.

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8/9/2014
St. Charles County MO



Deriah Solem, age 22 months, was attacked by the family pit bull on 8/7/2014, she died on 8/9/2014 at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  The 80 pound pit bull mix had no recorded bite history but the family stated that the dog had become aggressive.  The pit bull had been shut in a back bedroom while Deriah's grandmother fed her and her two brothers.  It is unclear how the pit bull got out of the bedroom or why it attacked the toddler.  Deriah was bitten in the face, neck, back, and abdomen.  The grandmother, while attempting to assist Deriah, was also injured, she lost the tips of two fingers on each hand.   The grandmother shouted to the boys, ages 5 and 8, to get out of the house in case the pit bull turned on them too.  The boys ran to the home of the next door neighbor, Jonathan Banta.  Banta stated "“I ran over to the house, and the dog was on top of the little girl, and her grandma had her hands around the dog’s neck trying to pry it off,” he said.
Banta had left his cellphone at home and said he was unable to use the grandmother’s because in her panic she couldn’t remember her password, so he ran back home and told his fiancee to call an ambulance.
“I grabbed a steak knife – that’s all I could find at the time — went back over there, and the dog still wouldn’t get off, so I stabbed it multiple times."  For video of an interview with Banta please click here.The 10 year old pit bull was euthanized per family request.

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8/13/2014
Goulds Florida



Javon Jade Jr., age 4, was killed by a pit bull owned by his father.  Police were called to the home for a missing child report.  Javon's body was found in the fenced yard, his teddy bear was sound near the body.  Per CBSMiami " Neighbors told CBS4’s Gary Nelson that the boy was staying with his father, Javon Dade, Sr. in the home and the family had at least two dogs who they described as being very aggressive. They said when the family’s dogs were out in the yard they didn’t go near the fence.
“They always bark so we try to keep them away because they’re pit bulls,” neighbor Janet Howard said."

Goulds is located in Miami-Dade County and pit bulls are banned there.  Miami-Dade Animal Services went into breed misidentification overdrive naming the male dog a pit bull and five other dogs on the property as "terrier mixes," and later American Bulldog x Lab mixesTerrier x Boxer mixes.

The family had been living on the property for only a few months, the landlord stated that the dogs were on his property without his knowledge and when he became aware of the pit bulls last week they were ordered out within seven days.  After Javon's death the dogs were taken to the Miami-Dade Animal Services shelter where Dahlia Canes showed up to make a statement of defence for the pit bulls.
(Courtesy: Miami-Dade Animal Services)(Courtesy: Miami-Dade Animal Services)
Here are the dogs, they are all pit bulls.  Get real.  The male is a pit bull, two of the dogs are females and three are puppies.  You can't get American Bulldog x Lab mixes or Terrier x Boxer mixes from a cross that includes a pit bull as the sire.

Head pit bull advocate in Miami-Dade, Dahlia Canes had this to say "“It is not about the breed,” said Dahlia Canes, the director of the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation. “Every dog is an individual just like we are. They should evaluate them as individuals.”

We will talk about Ms. Canes statement a bit later.

Javon Dade Jr.

For video please click here.

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We are going to take a short detour to get a bit more understanding of Canes statement about evaluating the dogs as individuals and not considering their breed, their DNA, their genetic heritage.

This is an Ohio blog and two of the fatalities in this post were in Ohio so we will start here.  A recent Newark Advocate article was written about the efforts of Andrea Langley, pit bull advocate, of Heath Ohio who has recently created a change.org petition to the Licking County Commissioners  to "stop euthanizing every pit bull entering the Licking County Shelter after three days.  Allow them to be adopted.  Allow rescue organizations access to any pit bull."

Now there are some sticky spots in Mrs. Langley's request.  The Licking County Dog Warden, John Silva, stated that while state law mandates a 72 hour hold the shelter does not euthanize strays until five days have elapsed, the average is six days.  The shelter has a 91% live release rate and industry standard considers any shelter with a 90% live release to be "'no-kill."  In addition, pit bulls may be returned to their owners, puppies and young dogs are released to rescues.  Silva went on to say "However, we do not put pit bulls up for adoption.  The liability is obvious.  Since the department has no way of knowing the history and training of older pit bulls, they are not adopted out from the shelter.  News reports from across the state and nation still support the pit bull's reputation as often harming, mauling, or killing people."  "You go back to risk management.  We were founded for public safety."

How refreshing, a dog warden doing his job.  Silva provided a chart showing stats for 2013 and 2014 to date.  So far this year 14 pit bulls have been euthanized at the Licking County Shelter and 6 have been released to rescues.  These numbers do not appear to require hysteria or petitions. Licking County County Commissioners are reluctant to change a policy that serves to protect the residents of Licking County.

Langley is not persuaded  and this quote comes from the Newark Advocate  " Langley maintains that all dogs can have a tendency to bite and that the local shelter is unfairly targeting pit bulls.  "They're killing perfectly nice dogs.  If the state of Ohio can change its stance (on pit bulls), I would think that a dog pound would too."  Langley made no reference to the victims of pit bull attacks.

I wondered if Langley's omission of the recent deaths by pit bull attacks was unique to her viewpoint so I dug a little deeper.

Florida has two pit bull fatalities listed above.

Pit Bull Awareness of Florida  has a Facebook page.  Was there a discussion of what might be going wrong.  There have been seven pit bull fatalities in the United States since the end of May?  Why no, nothing mentioned.

Central Florida Pit Bull Rescue has a page.  Nothing here either.

Ohio has two pit bull fatalities listed above.

The Lucas County Pit Crew has a Facebook page.  Nothing here but endless listings for available pit bulls.

The Cincinnati Pit Crew  has a Facebook page.  Nothing here but more listings for available pit bulls and fundraising events.

Pit bulls for Reynoldsburg has a Facebook page.  Lots of complaints about Reynoldsburg City Council's recent vote to keep the breed ban but absolutely no mention of victims.  Interestingly, the father of a four year old girl killed by a pit bull earlier this year made a comment on this page recently.  His comment was deleted by the page administrator but a comment made in response to him was retained.

Animal Guardians for a Prosperous Parma  has a Facebook page.  This group also challenged a breed ban this year and lost.  More complaints about the failure of City Council to listen to their "facts" but no mention of the suffering of victims.

Surely advocates on the national level would be more introspective.  But no, here is a link to Ledy Vankavage, lawyer and registered lobbyist for Best Friends Animal Society rejoicing over her pit bull win in Delaware.   Here is her quote "Whoohooo! Yesterday was a great day for Delaware dogs and cats. Our Best Friends Animal Society bill to get rid of the stigma of "dangerous" was signed into law along with 3 other bills. Governor Jack Markell and his team rock!"

Delaware SB 425, signed into law 7/31/2014 now allows game bred, pit trained and tested pit bulls seized from dog fighting operations to be individually evaluated and placed with families as pets.  Will these pit bulls be microchipped?  Will the new owner know about the dog's breeding, training, and history?  Who will be financially responsible for these pit bulls?    Pit bull advocates seldom meet a pit bull that they do not feel can be rehabilitated.  The Huffington Post article on this bill fails to mention pit bull victims but does mention that Ms. Vankavage has her sights on Michigan for a similar bill.  Michigan has been swamped with pit bull attacks in recent months.  Vankavage calls these bills "common sense",  she said "Since the Michael Vick dogs, we've learned that every dog should be evaluated as an individual and deserves a chance to be loved."

Innocent children deserve the chance to be grow up loved, healthy, and whole.  Babysitting grandmothers, and jogging grandfathers deserve the chance to see these children grow up.

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This post is very long so we will only use a few of the classic comments.  No other breed requires this level of advocacy.  Has anyone ever seen comments like these made about Beagles?  Why would anyone think these comments were appropriate for news stories about the deaths of children and a grandmother? 

Rumor has it that Have_Some_Common_Sense is a new identity for Clay Hundenshire, he also uses Fast Eddie, and Snowbird, plus heaven knows how many others.  Clay sees a mauling death in breed ban area as a failure of the law.  No, it indicates that pit bull owners do not obey laws and it perfectly illustrates the wisdom of the law.  People die.   
A pit bull ban that isn't working or enforced, who would have thought that?

Here Clay reminds us of a 14 year old news story.   


A child has been killed by a Pomeranian, so your logic is seriously flawed.Dog are animals, dogs have teeth and shouldn't be left around children....any dog....any size.
Here is a link to a news story where Clay makes countless comments, I can't bear to read them all, he is out of control.

SARA GOAD
This IS the grandmother’s fault. I have 2 pits and I’ve never had a problem and yes, they are very gentle. But, Mr friends has a bunch of pits and she doesn’t socialize them. She too, keeps them locked in a room when people come over and this is so when someone who comes in the house, besides the owner, will indeed be attached. This IS that grandmother’s fault!
LOL Charly???
CHARLY
Youre right Christina evan though i dont own a pitbull i can see its just more media propaganda.better news if its a pitbull and did everyone forget the MIX part of this story wonder what else it was mixed with maybe on of the more loved killers lol
Connie Frey Spurlock · Works at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
XXXXXX, you're wrong. There's plenty of evidence in history to support the claim that the breed was once known as a nanny dog. Specifically created? By whom? A higher power? The Big Bang?

 I have no idea what this guy is thinking...
Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
XXXXXXX The child is not dead, much like the young boy who was killed earlier in Ferguson, so her being alive is a good thing, do not be upset that the child is hurt, because not all dogs are bad, if you train a dog to be bad, it will be, animals usually hold a vibration of pure positive energy, the only reason they hold something else is if it is not tuned to love and feels fear, other than that, this dog should not have had to return to Heaven so soon.

Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
XXXXXXXXX The child is more alive than you or I and why worry about someone who has never owned a pitbull?

Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
XXXXX Jesus needs no defense, nor to the people that have transitioned into the next dimension, both science and God can explain it, the only problem is you can't because your emotions cloud your judgement because your pissed at a God made animal provided with man made upbringing and upset that man's ways helped not only to contribute to the death of the child, but a black man, potentially left businesses messed up on West Florissant and also resulted in the dog being transitioned as well.

Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
XXXXXXXXX The question remains have any of your fearful pit people ever owned one?

Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
Todo was not murders, didn't you watch the wizard of oz?

Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
XXXX pick a side, animals do as nature instructs, people try to control, Release and let go, the child is with Mike Brown and Robin Williams and all of them are in Heaven, so why are you so pissed off? Release your idol.
Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
 Oh and by the way, they are terriers and if it wasn't for individuals like you who weren't nosey into other peoples business, no one would have to worry about insurance policies, your the type of person that would go have sex with th neighbors dog and husband and get mad when both of them would bite you.... call State Farm after that you mean old person you.
Joseph OnaMission Colvin ·  ·  Top Commenter · Volunteer at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America
 Pitbulls being nice is not a myth, but give a chihuahua meth and I bet it will be 20 times worse, WAIT A MINUTE??? You give people meth and they will be twenty times worse, let's stir the pot with some pot and they should be cool.... have you ever seen the movieFriday After Next? Serious note, if you put anything in a human or animal that is not native its going to react funny, that includes drugs or lower based energies, like fear. Usually pitbulls are very sweet, they only become bad when you train them to be bad, period, much like any other animal.

I just can't deal with Joe's "thoughts" anymore, lets move on.


Charles Henderson · Francis Howell Central High School
David Schmitz did your mother not hug you enough has a child? Did your daddy touch you at night? Were you beaten like a red headed step child? Please explain to me your justification for being a complete uneducated ignorant prick.

Yes, I am a owner of one pure bred pit bull and one pit bull mix, both are completely well tempered and loving dogs. The only true danger from a pit bull is it's gas, those farts can clear a room about as fast as a canister of mustard gas.

The truth is, any breed can be vicious. Any breed can attack and kill. But it's ignorant assholes like you who are too fucking dumb to at the real problem. All you see is breed, not the owners, not the living conditions of the dog.

How about you grow the fuck up, pull your head out of your ass, and start acting your fucking age, not your IQ.
Andrew Bricker ·  Top Commenter · Owner at My own business
Just HAD to assume it was a pit bull, huh? Police said it was a "mixed breed". Have two pitties and they are the best breed on earth IMO. Ignoramuses like you perpetuate their baseless poor reputation.
Andrew Bricker ·  Top Commenter · Ownerat My own business
Ben Fine - couldn't agree more. Just an intolerant internet troll. People get real brave behind a keyboard. If a pit bull fatality is likely I don't think I'd mind Mr. XXXXXX becoming a "statistic" to support his case.
Valerie Paige Halford Omg...are we really going to sit here and judge Pits? Yes they are a bully breed dog..we have one BUT their tempermant comes from their blood lines and how they are raised. Did you know that Lassies dog breed is #1 to attack and kill children while The little Rascals dog was a Pit who never hurt anyone? If I saw a random Pit walking around I would avoid it but I do that with ANY dog. And @christian that's because Pits have the bully breed name..do some research. Whenever a child on here gets attacked and killed by other dogs they leave the name of the breed out.

Kimberly Cebulak Denton Pit bull are formally know as nanny dogs. Any dog can and will attack. Stop blaming one breed!

Millions of breeds???
Courtney Beth Thompson Darrell Dugger is right, why would you see reports or news stories about chihuahuas or other small breed dogs attacking children? Because they would never get publicity THIS reaction. A pit bull is just that, one of the millions of breeds out there that are totally misunderstood and misconceived. The breed has absolutely nothing to do with their behavior, any animal can turn regardless of type because it's their nature. Raising it right lowers the risk sure, but if you're so concerned of your animal "snapping" then you shouldn't have an animal at all.


Destiney Hill Honestly its the grandmother fault not the dogs and not the childs, that dog was 10 years old and probably very set in his ways not uwe to children and probably had bad joint pain and the child who was more than likely unsupervised probably pulled on his tail or leg and set him off.

Meghan Hicks Pit bulls are actually one of the most loyal sweetest dogs there could b !!! All depends on how they r treated my daughter was a baby and she could pull bones out of my pits mouth and the dog knew better than to even flinch at her!!! Pit bulls are always getting a bad name for other people's stupidity like yeah lets lock my dog away from ppl and then all of a sudden it gets loose see stupidity is the reason y these tragic things happen sad a little baby had to b the victim of it

Kimberly Cebulak Denton My sister has two pits and they are sweet as can be and where raised right and they where very strick with them. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BREED BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO BASH THEM. AND MORE LIKELY THE CHILD PROBABLY BULLED ITS TAIL OR SOMETHING IT DIDNT LIKE!

Kimmie Sorden Clearly there is more to this story How dare KSDK put this up there with out stating the reason. Media outlets like you guys are the reasons why pit bulls get such a bad rap. There was a REASON this dog attacked. But know your stupid headline has to stay pit bull. Pitiful. Unlike your crappy reporting, Fox2now said it was a mixed breed. Ridiculous, shame on you guys.

Sue Bresler Here we go again!! People running their mouths about pit bulls and how dangerous they are...it makes me sick!! You all listen to the media and believe their comments. Any type of dog could do this and Im sure that 95% of you that are bad mouthing the breed wouldnt know a true pit bull if it sat on your lap!!! So very sorry this happened but until you know for sure it was a pit STFU!!!