Sunday, July 20, 2014

Death in Dayton for the second time this year. Updated 7/21/2014

7/21/2014 Update.

Jonathon Quarles, Jr.

The baby killed by his step grandmother's pit bull yesterday has been identified as Jonathon Quarles Jr. of Indianapolis Indiana.  In today's report by WDTN News, another violent incident involving the same pit bull has been found.  Per WDTN News "   The United States Postal Service told 2 NEWS that a carrier was charged by a dog at the same address on April 25, 2014.  A postal service spokesperson says the dog tried to bite the carrier’s leg, but the carrier was able to get his mail satchel between his leg and dog.  He was not bitten."

Dayton Ohio, again

Scene of fatal dog attack gallery

We will take a short break from our discussion of Cincinnati pit bull violence to talk about pit bull violence in Dayton.

A Dayton pit bull has killed a seven month old baby boy today.  The baby was in the care of his step grandmother, the pit bull was hers.  A neighbor called 911 stating "She just knocked on my door, bangin' on my door. She had a baby in her hand and the baby's not breathing. I need you to get here now."

Montgomery County Animal Resource Center records indicate an American Staffordshire Terrier is kept at the residence.  AKC American Staffordshire Terriers can be double registered as UKC American Pit Bull Terriers through the single registration process, they are the same dogs.

The killer pit bull was removed from the home by Montgomery ARC staff.  The dog has a history of attack.  Per ABC 22 News "A Dayton police report indicates police have responded to the address for a control of dogs prior to this incident.
On June 3, 2014 a Dayton woman, Isabelle Crickmore was walking her beagle in front of 2219 Riverside Drive when a pit bull attacked her dog. 
"She had three lacerations, 11 staples," said Crickmore.
There is a criminal misdemeanor complaint against the grandmother for that attack. Court documents show a pre-trial for Crickmore's complaint was post-poned last week.
"It just really irks me because this could have been taken care of," said Crickmore.

family pit bull kills baby in dayton, ohio

Family members state that the baby was visiting from Indiana.  It was also reported that the pit bull was a family dog, "a pleasant animal for the family" that jumped over a gate to attack and kill the baby boy.  It was reported that the step grandmother tried to get her dog off the baby but could not.   Watch the video here and see if you might agree that this was a "pleasant" dog.

Just  what was learned from the death of Klonda Richey last February?  What processes have been improved to protect innocent citizens of Dayton?  It should be noted that there have been no charges filed in the mauling death of Klonda Richey to date.  This dog had a violent history and was in the legal system.

This baby was the 8th dog bite related fatality in Ohio since HB 14 was passed in 2012.  Historical note, Ohio had 6 dog bite related fatalities in the 25 years prior to the passage of HB 14, the bill that "finally gives dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."  It is also important to note that Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf was instrumental in promotion and passage of HB 14.  

Public opinion in Dayton has been hard on Dog Warden Mark Kumpf, hard on pit bulls at large on the streets, hard on pit bull violence.   Looks to be getting worse.  How long will the  Montgomery County Commissioners protect their failed dog warden?  The citizens of Dayton deserve better.  Type "Dayton" into the search box at the top left of this blog page and see how many hits you get.  This city is a pit bull disaster.

Ms. Crickmore is correct "this could have been taken care of" and should have. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Laws in Ohio, and pit bull violence in Cincinnati. "Bad rap" or simply more of the same?

This post is about laws and politics.  I expect it will wander a bit, even across state lines.

Ohio House

Some good news (I think), the long promised changes to Ohio law regarding dangerous dogs have appeared.  HB 541 is sponsored by Ohio Representatives Winburn and Blair.  Quick review, Representative Winburn was a co-sponsor of HB 14, the bill written by an out of state special interest organization (Best Friends Animal Society) to suit their tastes and agenda.  Representative Blair voted in favor of HB 14.   Since the passage of HB 14, the bill that was sold as "finally gives dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs" in 2012 seven Ohio residents have been mauled to death by dogs. In the previous 25 years Ohio had 6 fatal dog attacks.  History lesson over.

Here are some highlights of the proposed bill.  Sec. 109.73 (13)" Establishing requirements for the training of dog wardens and deputies for the purposes of division (E) of section 955.12 of the Revised Code."

Some tinkering has been done to the definitions of nuisance dog, dangerous dog and vicious dog.  Please feel free to review the entire proposed law, click here.

Moving along to 955.12 we find that wardens and deputies will now have the authority (if the bill passes) to make arrests.

In 955.13 the Ohio Attorney General is directed to establish and maintain a registry of this chapter and complaints regarding possible violations of it.  The registry will include any dog that is the subject of a complaint, by breed, color, hair type, registration number, and name, the name and address of the owner, gender and DOB.  The registry will also include details of the complaint or possible violations plus name, address, gender and DOB of victims. Descriptions of any enforcement action will be there.  Sternly worded post it notes left on a dog owner's door probably will not cut it. A new section 955.60 (c) states that after posting the the violation notice on the dog owner's door that dog owner must respond within 48 hours, with a bit of wiggle room built in as "reasonable".  Dog owners not responding will be fined $25 whole dollars, after 96 hours the fine jumps to $40 and after one week the courts may issue a summons or warrant for the arrest of the dog owner, keeper, or harborer.  Expect breed specific advocates to hate the registry.

Vicious dogs will be defined as any dog has killed a person or any companion animal (955.11 (6)(a).   If a dog has been determined to be vicious via the unwieldy process written into Ohio law by HB 14 and appeals are denied it will be euthanized.

Killing or serious injury of a person by a dog on a first offense will become a fifth degree felony and the dog will be humanely euthanized.  It would be a felony of the fourth degree if the dog owner has been cited previously. Killing or serious injury of a companion animal by a dog can be a felony of  the fifth degree if the dog owner has been cited previously.

As expected, the Toledo Blade is unhappy with HB 541.  The headline of a Blade article dated 6/2/2014 "Proposed law would demand 'vicious dogs' be put to death" the Blade whines " A proposed law introduced after the mauling death of a Dayton woman would create a statewide registry to track dog violations and complaints and give judges no choice but to order a dog destroyed once it’s been legally declared “vicious.”

This is a problem for the management of the the Blade?  No choice?  The Blade would rather return killer dogs to the community?  Or hustle them off to some other town with no disclosure of previous attacks?

Barbara Sears, sponsor of HB 14 voices her opinion on HB 541 “In some parts of the bill they seem to be broadening it and in other parts seem to be narrowing it down,” she said. “Somebody needs to explain that in more detail. I always knew when we did [House Bill 14 in 2012] that there was going to be a rule or jurisdiction that somebody would need to adapt. I’m much more a fan of letting the locals root those issues out.” Sears is reportedly not a fan of the registry which would track vicious dogs but somebody needs to track these things.  At least she has admitted that it is appropriate for "locals to root these issues out" because pit bull advocates meeting resistance to demands for changes in local law in Parma and Reynoldsburg have threatened to take their demands to the state legislature for a bill prohibiting breed specific legislation.  Good to know that Barbara Sears would not support that.   Interestingly, in the Blade article Representative Sears states that she does not own a dog and never has.  

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The City of Lima Ohio has revised the wording but not the intent of their local laws regarding pit bulls.  I find this quote notable " “We are adopting pre-aggression legislation.”  “The difference is we are not defining pit bulls as inherently dangerous, but we wanted to have something in place on a rational basis of what goes on in the city.”

Lima will continue to restrict pit bulls.  Last year in Lima there were 19 reported pit bull bites compared to the next closest with five bites by Shepherd breeds.  Per ,  Those concerns were amplified recently when two people suffered injuries from two 6-month-old male pit bulls and were treated at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

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Newark Ohio City Council passed a new law giving local judges discretion to order euthanization of a dog the first time it bites someone and causes serious injury.  Councilman Jeff Rath, sponsor of the bill stated "This is about protecting kids and holding irresponsible dog owners accountable."  Can't argue with that.  This brings us to Cincinnati Ohio.

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On June 4, 2014 six year old Zainabou Drame was attacked by pit bulls owned by a neighbor.   This attack occurred while the little girl was playing outside with her brother and other children.  Zainabou's injuries are so severe that until 6/20/2014 she was in a medically induced coma in Cincinnati Children's Hospital and homicide detectives were assigned to her case.  During the attack  Zainabou's mother ran from her home to defend her daughter with a baseball bat (note the sidebar article on Ft. Thomas, we are going there eventually) but was unable to drive the dogs away.  Police were called to the scene of the attack and the pit bulls turned on them as well,  both dogs were shot.  911 audio is available at the link (note the sidebar article on pit bull regulations in the Tri State area) we will get to that as well.  Dashcam video of police arrival and reactions are available here.

Reactions from neighbors may be seen at this link.  There has been no history of violence from these pit bulls and they were reportedly at large frequently. While some neighbors stated they were afraid of these it bulls this was the first documented "bite" from them. Cincinnati, having dropped their breed ban in 2012, allows every dog a first bite and this was a stunner.  Zaiabou's face was ripped away, her jaw was "basically ripped off", her tongue was so damaged that it had to be removed. one eye was sewn shut because the muscle below it no longer functions.  She is now alert and awake but has many surgeries ahead of her.  She will never speak without a tongue, how will she eat?  Her life is changed, who can give her back a normal life?

This attack has cost the City of Cincinnati a great deal of money to date,  police, paramedics, homicide detectives,  it is doubtful that the owners of the pit bulls has any insurance to pay for Zainabou's medical expenses, how many surgeries?  How much money?  The sky is the limit.  Rehabilitation costs?  The expenses don't end.  Zainabou will not be able to speak,  she will hear but not speak.  She will likely learn American Sign Language and will require an interpreter whenever she is in a hospital or medical facility and this cost falls to the hospital.  How about school?  Are schools required to provide interpreters?    My guess is yes and I have no problem with this, this child deserves the full protection of the ADA.

The owners of the pit bulls have been arrested on drug and gun charges.  Zontae Irby is a convicted drug dealer and is currently being held on $75,000 bond.  Police have been to the family home in the past.  Irby is the brother of Dierres Lee who admitted to killing a high school student over a drug deal gone wrong. Valores White has been charged with permitting drug abuse, a felony.  Per a judge's order, White is never to own dogs again.  The County is attempting to seize White's home as a public nuisance due to drug activity going back to 2007.  Given the speed of charges in Cincinnati, why is Dayton so slow to file charges against Custer and Nason, owners of the dogs that killed Konda Richey.   But, I digress.

These are exactly the type of people described in this 2006 research  "Ownership of High Risk (vicious) Dogs as a Marker for Deviant Behavior."     Please note that everyone involved in this research project is from Cincinnati, and participants from the Cincinnati SPCA are among them.  We may return to this research later.

               Zontae Irby                                     Valores White

A spokesman for the Hamilton County ASPCA blames neighbors for what he calls a "preventable tragedy." He stated that neighbors should have called in complaints about loose dogs.  How many unanswered "loose dog" complaints are made in Cincinnati?  This WKRC reporter indicates that it might take many complaints before action is taken.  Harold Dates of the Cincinnati SPCA makes a statement.

The Cincinnati City Council has responded to the near fatal mauling of Zainabou Drame by asking if state law might be strengthened to prevent drug dealers, gang members, and criminals might be prevented from having "those dogs."    A thoughtful city council member might read existing state law.  ORC Section 955.54 states

955.54 Possession of certain dogs by convicted felons prohibited.

(A) No person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony offense of violence committed on or after the effective date of this section or a felony violation of any provision of Chapter 959., 2923., or 2925. of the Revised Code committed on or after the effective date of this section shall knowingly own, possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with either of the following for a period of three years commencing either upon the date of release of the person from any period of incarceration imposed for the offense or violation or, if the person is not incarcerated for the offense or violation, upon the date of the person's final release from the other sanctions imposed for the offense or violation:
(1) An unspayed or unneutered dog older than twelve weeks of age;
(2) Any dog that has been determined to be a dangerous dog under Chapter 955. of the Revised Code.
(B) A person described in division (A) of this section shall microchip for permanent identification any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of the person.
(1) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any person who is confined in a correctional institution of the department of rehabilitation and correction.
(2) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any person with respect to any dog that the person owned, possessed, had custody of, or resided in a residence with prior to the effective date of this section.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.75, HB 14, §1, eff. 5/22/2012.

Cincinnati is not finished with pit bull violence. On June 6th police responded  to a call about a street fight.  A man was using his pit bull to attack other people.  Police shot the dog.  On June 8th police shot another pit bull, it was menacing children but restraint was shown and a taser was deployed, it did not work so the pit bull was shot.

Cincinnati pit bull owners announced an event in response to the very public attack on a Cincinnati child.  The first thing that might come to mind is crowd funding for  Zainabou Drame's medical bills.  Anyone making that guess would be wrong.  The event was a Pit Pride Parade.  As an apparent afterthought a collection was taken and it was reported that $500 was collected to be used for Zainabou's medical costs.

Our next post will explain how Cincinnati's pit bull advocacy crosses state lines.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Roundup 6/1/2014

Things have been pretty much the same in Ohio since the last Roundup was posted on 4/28/2014.  Here we go, hope you have your coffee.

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Springfield Ohio
Residents of the Brentwood Square apartment complex are complaining about two pit bulls at large.  It just  so happens that these two pit bulls come from a household cited four years ago for pit bulls at large.  One resident stated "“It doesn’t matter who, if someone is walking by and they hear you coming, they will come out and chase after you,” said Jamie Watts, who lives in the complex and has five children.
The dogs are fenced in, Watts said, but find ways to get out.
Her children are afraid to wait at the bus stop alone, she said, because they fear the dogs will get out.
She worries even more for her 13-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy.
“If these dogs ran after her, she’d fall. She would fall and they would have her. What can you do? She is 13 and she should be able to play our here like any other child,” she said.

Residents have complained to the Clark County Sheriff's office and to the local Humane Society as well but were told that they need proof before they can take action.   One neighbor stated he has been chased to his car many times and he keeps a baseball bat next to his front door "in case he ever needs it to fight off the dogs."   What happened to Ohio's new dangerous dog law, written by Best Friends Animal Society "finally giving dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs""?  HB 14 has been a predictable failure and the Ohio Legislature is looking at changes that will actually protect the public.  More on this later.

It is a damn shame that a whole neighborhood is held captive by a pit bull owner who refuses to contain his aggressive pit bulls.

Neighbors concerned about dogs photo
This is the fence that is supposed to contain the pit bulls.

For video please click here.

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Cincinnati Ohio

Sylvester Forte was found guilty of failing to confine his pit bulls and received a $100 fine plus an order that he never have pit bulls on his property again for the mauling of Beulah Sheafe.  The judge stated that this was toughest sentence Forte could receive under current law.  One of Forte's pit bulls was shot at the scene and the other will be euthanized.  The pit bulls ripped off part of Mrs. Sheafe's scalp and removed a quarter pound of flesh from her leg.  Mrs. Sheafe spoke to the judge and to a reporter.  Please watch the video of this tiny but courageous lady calling for a pit bull ban.   Quick review, Cincinnati had a pit bull ban but dropped it to satisfy the demands of pit bull advocates after HB 14, the predictable failure, gave dog wardens "the tools they need to deal with dangerous dogs."  The Ohio legislature is considering changes to the law since the mauling death of Klonda Richey.  For more information on the mauling of Beulah Sheafe please click here.

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Cleveland Ohio

From the "a pit bull's worst nightmare is not the safety advocate but rather his own owner" files.  William Congress was arrested for abuse of his pit bull mix puppy.  Around Christmas time Congress texted photos to a roommate showing that he hurt the dog for tearing up the floor.  An investigation by the Animal Protective League revealed the dog had a head injury, broken leg, plus other injuries and evidence of strangulation.  Congress is facing animal abuse charges, the dog is recovering at the APL.

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Huber Heights Ohio/Dayton

The pit bull that attacked a utility worker last month was euthanized.  The pit bull owner stated that she was unaware that the utility worker was on the property when she let the dog out.  The decision to euthanize was made at a meeting between the pit bull owner and Montgomery Animal Resource officers.  Mark Kumpf has one less pit bull in his shelter.

For additional information on this attack please click here.

7600 block of Sebring Drive, Huber Heights April 16, 2014 photo

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Dayton Ohio

Another story from the "a pit bull's worst nightmare might just be his own owner" files.  Almost two years ago a pit bull was abandoned in the basement of a home.  The dog was found and taken to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to recover.  "We found Alex in the basement, completely emaciated, not moving, very close to death in fact probably just a day or so away from death," said Brian Weltge, President of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.  
"He was just bones, they say he was living on a mattress, eating a mattress for food and no water," said Drescher.
It took Alexander three days to have the strength to lift his head and a week for him to be able to walk.

A kind couple has chosen this pit bull, now known as Alexander the Great, after two years in the shelter . Please click on the link for video of Alexander shortly after entering the shelter, his condition was shocking.

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Dayton Ohio - again

A postal worker was bitten by a pit bull.  Per WDTN Channel 2 News "The victim told police he was delivering mail in the 600 block of Huffman Avenue around 11 a.m. Friday when a large pit bull came running through  the front screen door of a home and charged at him. The dog bit his right calf."

The pit bull's owner stated that the pit bull was not vaccinated or licensed.  The pit bull owner was issued a citation for a minor misdemeanor for failure to vaccinate.  WOW, current Ohio law, written to "finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs"  is really working, a minor misdemeanor citation... wow! Given the no follow-up policy of the Montgomery County Dog Warden this citation is an insult to the residents of Dayton.


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Dayton AGAIN

A nine year old girl was bitten in the face by her grandparents pit bull/Shar-Pei mix dog.  The girl was in the home with the 2 1/2 year old dog while her grandmother worked in her garden.  Per WHIO "  Police tell us the girl suffered two gashing wounds to her face, each believed to be four to five inches in length. One of the wounds was from her ear to her jaw. The other was from her nose to her jaw, according to police at the scene.
Joshua Cusick, with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, said the child may have been playing with one of the dog's toys when the incident occurred.
The grandparents were given a citation because "Felony" was not properly licensed, police said.

Dog bites child, Grafton Avenue, Dayton, May 5, 2014 photo
The girl's grandfather attempts to load Felony into the van.   It was reported that the dog will likely be euthanized.

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Springfield Ohio

A three year old boy, attacked by a leashed pit bull, required more than 200 stitches.  Ricky Preston (also identified as Ricky Conley) was playing in the backyard of his grandmother's home when the leashed pit bull broke free and "charged into the yard" and grabbed the child by the head, shaking him and had to be beaten off the child.   Rickey was transferred to Dayton Children's Hospital .  The Clark County Humane Society quarantined the dog. The pit bull's owner, a neighborhood resident,  was cited for failure to control, failure to vaccinate, and failure to license, all minor misdemeanors. The pit bull owner, Robert Rife, attempted to simply walk away from police but was taken into custody. Per WDTN News "Officers say Rife was drunk and walking with the dog to a nearby convenience store for more beer."  " The Springfield Humane Society took the pit bull, but Rickey’s mom Crystall says Rife needs to be punished. “I think they need to give him a child endangerment because he knew the dog would bite because he tells everybody that the dog bites and it’ll tear somebody up. He shouldn’t have had it coming down here with it.”  
Dog attack sent a 3-year-old child to a hospital gallery

How is  HB14, written by  Best Friends Animal Society working out for Ohio residents?  A spectacular and predictable failure.  Remember the phrase given to us by Representative Barbara Sears who partnered with Best Friends Animal Society to bring this mess to Ohio  HB 14 "finally gives dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."

The charges against Rife were upgraded to fourth degree misdemeanors in a 5/27/2014 report.  Each charge carries up to a 30 day jail sentence.    It is hoped that he receives the max.  Rife is a repeat offender.  Per WDTN News "2 NEWS checked with the Clark County Humane Society who told our reporter that Rife has been prosecuted several times for animal cruelty.  Most recently in 2012, he was found guilty of charges that he confined and abused 12 dogs in a small garage he was living in.  He served jail time and was ordered not to own any animals for at least a year, but that order expired when he got this new pit bull."

The pit bull was euthanized and found to have rabies.  PLEASE click here for video that shows some of the dogs taken from Rife on the previous abuse charges, and video of Rife in court.  Don't miss Rife in court!

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Cleveland Ohio

Petey the pit bull mix has gone missing.  Petey was out for a walk with his foster family when he saw a deer and broke free.  The dog was last seen near Stafford Road in Chagrin Falls, wearing a black and red collar and dragging a blue leash.  Per Fox 8 News "The staff at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is desperate to find the dog.  “We are devoted to this dog, he’s like our dog. He hasn’t had a family. We’ve been his family. Now he is out there missing, and we don’t know how he is, and it is very nerve-racking and we are scared for him and we just want him back. The foster family is devastated and they want him back.”

It is believed that Petey was shot in the head before he was rescued which left "some markings" on his head.
Anyone sighting Petey is asked to call the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter or the Sheriffs Department.  I would think twice about approaching Petey.  Here is some information on him from a Kennel manager "He even hangs out at the front desk, and it’s not just because he’s a shelter favorite, but because he needs socialization.

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Powhatan Point Ohio

A delegation of 10 residents approached the Village Council about pit bulls posing problems in their neighborhood.  A Saint Clairsville woman was commended for quick action regarding these dogs.  The balance of the article is behind a pay wall at this time.

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Columbus Ohio

Patricia Cooley went for a walk with her dog on Mother's Day.  She was attacked by a pit bull and rescued by a neighbor.  Cooley states she has bites all over her body except for her face and neck.

Per WBNS News "Cooley says as the dog began to tear the flesh and clothes off her body, she wondered if anyone would hear her screams as the pit bull chewed a hole in her calf, biting her inner thighs, back and buttocks.  “Had it not been for the neighbors (to) shield me to get the dog off of me, I thought I was gone", she said.  Putting herself at risk, neighbor Charlyne English she says it was all she could do to convince the dog to stop.  “He would take big chunks; he was actually going for blood," said English."

The owner of the pit bull is incarcerated and the dog was in the care of another.  The dog has been euthanized, it had not been vaccinated.  For news video of this attack please click here.   Note the Total Designation by breed from the Franklin County Dog Warden  available at this link.  Pit bulls are the big winners in Nuisance, Dangerous, and Vicious dog designations in the County.  Which leads us to the next attack.

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Columbus Ohio

A Columbus grandmother was also attacked on Mother's Day.  Paula Chatman was unloading her groceries from her car which was parked in her garage when she was attacked by her neighbor's pit bull.  Chatman's son heard her screams and came to her rescue, scaring the dog away with a pole.  Mrs. Chatman has bites from her toes to her knees, she has 35 puncture wounds.

The pit bull owner had no comment for reporters.  His dog is now designated as dangerous with all the restrictions that come with the designation.  This was the first reported bite from this pit bull.  Please note that statistically speaking this is "one bite" but the victim has 35 puncture wounds.  This is the problem with pit bull advocates who endlessly blather about "bite counts."  An attack like this, or an attack that kills a human with a hundred bites noted at autopsy is one statistical "bite."  

A side item that might be considered here is the high profile attempt of Columbus breed advocates to force the community of Reynoldsburg to drop their breed ban and embrace breed neutral law.  Non-resident pit bull fanciers from Columbus and Dayton have been speaking at Reynoldsburg City Council meetings since last year in hopes of ending the successful breed ban.  They are led by a Columbus resident who has made the same demands in other communities.  The pit bulls for Reynoldsburg group is represented by Dayton lawyer Tammy Nortman, formerly with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, who has testified that the definition of pit bulls does not exist and she points to the AKC for backup on this.  It is true that the AKC does not recognise pit bulls, they register American Staffordshire Terriers. The UKC was founded for the purpose of registering pit bulls as American Pit Bull Terriers.  If one has an AKC American Staffordshire Terrier they may double register that dog as a UKC APBT under the single registration process.  If you can double register the same dog as a AKC Amstaff and as a UKC APBT then the dogs are the same breed.  But I digress, Nortman considers the Reynoldsburg breed ban unconstitutional.  Lawyer Nortman might review the Ohio Supreme Court ruling State of Ohio v. Anderson for both a definition and verification of constitutionality.  Nortman also states that the Reynoldsburg breed ban violates the ADA even though there are have been no service pit bulls in the community.  For video of Nortman claiming that visual identification of breed can't be done please click here. The AKC should be made aware, every dog show ever held is based upon visual identification of breeds and this travesty must stop.

There are no pit bull victims in Reynoldsburg to voice an opinion because the dogs are banned but right next  door in Columbus things are very different.  Columbus has had three serious attacks since the ad hoc committee, formed in response to demands made by the Pit bulls for Reynoldsburg group,  began to meet.  The two above and the April 27th attack on child and four adults.   The boy lost an ear in the attack.  His father and three other adults were also attacked by the same pit bull.  Animal Control removed three adult pit bulls from the residence and six puppies.

How is breed neutral law working out for Columbus and Dayton?   It would seem logical that breed specific advocates from communities with breed specific problems would keep a low profile and quietly work on preventing attacks their own towns.

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I offer this one without comment.  Mostly.  Columbus Ohio ranks 9th in the nation for dog attacks on mail carriers.  Dayton is in a tie for 28th place.  I do not find Reynoldsburg on the national list.  

Here is a map.

Ohio is ranks third in the nation for dog bite claims.  Ohio had 948 claims with a cost of 19.9 million dollars. 
Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf stated "  “We hope to reduce the number of dog bite incidents through education,” 

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Cincinnati Ohio

A 10 year old boy was bitten by a neighbor's pit bull.  The boy was playing in his own yard when he was attacked.  The child was treated at Children's Hospital Medical Center for a severe bite to his leg .  The pit bull owner was cited.


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Cincinnati Ohio

Tammy Tucker was attacked by her own three pit bulls, raised from puppies and they slept in her bed.  She stated that "it was her fault" and that the trigger for the attack was stating the lawn mower.  Family and neighbors were unable to beat the dogs off Tucker.  Police were called and the responding officers described the attack as "she was being eaten alive" by her own dogs.  Shots were fired into the ground to scare the pit bulls away but one pit bull would not release the victim/owner and was shot.  Unbelievably, per the neighbors, the dogs have attacked both Mrs. Tucker and her husband in the past.  Equally unbelievably, while his wife was still in intensive care Art Tucker tried to get the dogs back.   A spokesman for the SPCA said during an on camera interview that this may be a precedent setting case, the owner/victim may be cited for the dogs being vicious because of the seriousness of her injuries.  The primary consideration is the safety of the neighborhood and these dogs may not be returned.     Video is available at this link.

Mrs. Tucker spoke with a reporter from her hospital bed stating that she had concerns about her pit bulls behaviors and worked with a trainer to "change herself" but now she realizes that it was the dogs.  The two surviving dogs were euthanized.  Tucker is recovering from one of the most severe maulings ever seen at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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Miamisburg Ohio

Miamisburg police shot a charging pit bull.  Police were investigating a break in when a neighborhood resident let their two year old pit bull out. The dog ran at police officers standing in front of the house.  Per WHIO "Officers were on the sidewalk using a police canine to track possible suspects who broke into a storage room of a house in the 800 block of Seibert Avenue. They were able to track the suspects for about two blocks. "

The pit bull was shot but not seriously injured.  The dog owner received a summons for failure to control.
Dog charges at police, officer fires shot photo

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Colerain Township Ohio

Per "According to court records, Brown let his pit bull "Tank" loose as a weapon on Sgt. Scott Owen and Lt. Mike Owens as they attempted to arrest Beard on open warrants.  Beard ran upstairs into a residence, passing Tank, who bit Sgt. Owen on the left arm and then attempted to attack Lt. Owens, police wrote in a sworn statement.  Lt. Owens was forced to fatally shoot the animal to stop the threat."
Courtney Beard
Dewayne Brown
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5/23/2014                                                                                                                          Dayton Ohio - again
Dog fighting equipment and cocaine were found in a Dayton house.  Per WHIO "Two dogs believed to be pitbulls were taken from the home on Weaver Avenue. Police said dog fighting equipment and blood were found in the garage, and dog fighting has possibly taken place at the home. 
Just what the Montgomery Animal Resource needs, two more pit bulls, taken from an apparent dog fighting location.  No arrests have been made.

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Columbus Ohio - again

A recent Ohio State graduate filed a complaint that Columbus Police wrongfully shot her Lab/pit bull mix. Police tell a different story, they state that they acted in self defense as they were attempting to execute an arrest warrant against her boyfriend for domestic violence.  Per WBNS10TV "A charge, she says she now wishes she could wipe away because when police moved in, her dog, Nala, became an unintended target."When I came to the door, I cracked it like this and looked out, then Nala came beside me and stuck her nose out here," said victim, Cartier Townsend. 
"They said put your dog away. I will shoot your dog. Those two statements. That is all that they said to me," said Townsend.
A spokesperson for Columbus police tells 10TV the officers, at the time, told her to secure the dog.
"I tried to put her away and  even when she ran out of her cage, I told them, don't shoot her. She's not going to try to bite you guys," said Townsend.
Police say, after they repeatedly told her to close the cage, Townsend jumped in the officer's way and the dog ran toward them growling.  Police deployed a taser prior to shooting the dog. Neighbors have made statements to police and the shooting is being investigated.  The boyfriend was arrested.

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Akron Ohio

Two stray dogs, appearing to be pit bulls and "appeared to be foaming at the mouth" were noted in the vicinity of Smith Elementary School, a parent notified the school and the school went into lockdown for nearly an hour until the dogs were picked up by the dog warden.  The dogs also chased two people just outside the school.

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Dayton Ohio - who would think?

A pit bull bit a woman's wrist.  The pit bull's owner stated that the victim is a friend of his wife. She came to the door and the pit bull jumped on the door, pushed it open, bit the woman's wrist and refused to release.  The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of a large laceration, she had lost a significant amount of blood.  Wait for it... the dog has a history of biting, it had bitten a small child.  Wait for it... the actual owner of the dog is incarcerated and has been for the last year.  The pit bull was surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.  Just what Kark kumpf needs, another biting pit bull.    


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An attack that no one will ever hear about.   A labrador attacked a Yorkiepoo.  The Labrador was beaten by his owner and was apparently fearful of his owner.  The owner of the Labrador was given a court summons for the bite.  The Yorkiepoo suffered a three inch gash in his neck.   Nobody died.

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Now for some good news.  There is an effort to fix the mess left behind when Barbara Sears partnered with Best Friends Animal Society to create and pass HB 14 two years ago.  HB 541 has been introduced by Representative Terry Blair and Representative Roland Winburn.  Per WHIO "  The proposed legislation would revise state law on vicious and dangerous dogs to do the following:
* Require the destruction of dogs that kill humans or companion animals;
* Require investigators to notify the dog's owner that there has been a complaint, even if no citation is issued for a violation;
* Mandate that the dog owner respond within 48 hours of receiving notice of a complaint or be fined $25. If the owner fails to respond within seven days, a court may issue an arrest warrant for the dog owner;
* And, require the owner to keep a dog leashed or penned regardless of whether the dog is on the owner's property.
The bill also would allow owners accused of violating the dog law to assert in their defense that the dog was teased, tormented or abused by a person or that the dog attacked while the person was trespassing or committing some other criminal act on the dog owner's property."


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Justice for Klonda Richey

The Montgomery County Grand Jury is expected to reach a decision this week on whether the owners of the dogs that killed Klonda Richey should face criminal charges.

A Dayton area task force has been created to look into possible changes in procedures that might prevent a similar attack in the future.  Per WDTN " Sheriff Plummer said the problem is a lack of communication and too many agencies, with too little power.
“Someone should have seen something is going on here. We are really talking about communication issues, policy issues, you know how are we going to handle situations like this?” he asked.
The newly formed 9-member panel has already met 3 times and is made up of law enforcement, a state representative, local business leaders, a veterinarian, and officials from both the Animal Resource Center and the Humane Society."

Sheriff Plumber has suggested that deputies receive training in animal control so they don't have to rely on Montgomery County Animal Resource Center or Humane Society investigators when dealing with animals.  This would appear to make the services of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center investigators  redundant. 
As Sheriff Plumber stated "Someone should have seen something going on here" and that responsibility falls to Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf.  His policy of leaving a sternly worded post-it note on dog on the front doors of dog owners without any follow up has proven to be an epic failure.   
Please watch the video that goes with the WDTN  news story.  The dogs are no longer being identified as anything other than what Klonda Richel called them herself, pit bull/mastiff mixes.   

It has been reported that state lawmakers are considering changes to the law passed just two years ago "to finally give dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."  The law, written by an out of state PAC to suit their agenda has proven to be an epic failure.  Since passage of HB 14 seven Ohio residents have been killed by dogs.   One of those killed was Klonda Richey and she deserved better.  


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Death and Excuses 5/18/2014

Here we are again, God help us.

An elderly woman delivering Christmas presents, an elderly woman feeding her cats, a young woman who volunteered to help a friend by watching the friend's pit bulls, a small child playing in his grandfather's yard, a little boy visiting a family friend.  Peaceful people going on about the peaceful details of their lives.  Breed specific advocates forget them, or consider them disposable.

Canyon Lake Texas

Betty Clark, age 75, was delivering Christmas presents to neighbors on December 21st when she was attacked by two pit bulls. Mrs. Clark died January 6, 2014 at University Hospital , she never regained consciousness after the attack. There is an investigation in progress.  News of this attack was not released until doctors at University Hospital spoke out about it in April in an article now behind a pay wall.
For more information please click here.
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San Antonio TX

Petra Aguirre was mauled to death by her neighbor's pit bulls.  She died at University Hospital weeks after the March 31st attack in her own backyard while she was feeding her cats.  University Hospital doctors were responsible for the study Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs dealing with exactly this issue.

The dogs that killed Aguirre had a history of escaping from their owner's property and the dog that killed Mrs. Aguirre had a history of biting.   Mrs. Aguirre lived in her home for over 50 years, she was 83 years old at the time of her death. The dog that caused Mrs. Aguirre's death was euthanized, the Lexus Project was too late.

Petra Aguirre died from multiple dog bites.

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Smiths Station Ala

Twenty year old Katie Morrison died of injuries she suffered while playing with a friend's pit bulls on April 28th.  Per WRBL News "Morrison was playing with four dogs and the dog’s owner at a home in the Heather Brooke neighborhood when she apparently knelt down to pick something up and one of the dogs attacked her, Coroner Bill Harris says. Two other dogs then began to attack her as well. Officials told WRBL News 3 after the attack that Morrison was being introduced to the dogs by a friend. Morrison was scheduled to watch the dogs while the friend went out of town."

Miss Morrison was scalped during the attack, the dog's owner was present and was also injured. Neighbors were not surprised, the dogs had a history of violence, a neighbor stated ""I figured that sooner or later it was going to come down to that because these dogs had previously attacked other dogs in the neighborhood, and it was just a matter of time before they went after a human."

An investigation is in progress.  For video on the attack please click here.

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Caldwell County NC

Eighteen month old Nyhiem Wilfong and his five year old cousin were playing in their grandfather's yard when the boys approached a Rottweiler chained behind the house.  When Nyhiem was attacked the five year old screamed "Papa, the dog is on the baby" but it  was too late.   The family had obtained the Rottweiler just a few weeks ago.  The dog was surrendered to animal control.  Nyhiem died at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. For video please click here.

The Rottweiler showed no aggression while in the care of Animal Control and was euthanized after being signed over to Animal Control by the grandfather.

IMAGES: A 1-year-old died after a Rottweiler attacked him. gallery

Report: 1-year-old dies after Rottweiler attack   A 1-year-old was killed after being attacked by a Rottweiler in Caldwell County, according to the Caldwell Sheriff’s Office.   Officials said the atta photo

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Felton DE

Four year old Kasii Haith and his twenty four year old, pregnant mother Kyeisha Haith were visiting with a family friend.  Kyeisha Haith was inside the home speaking with her friend while Kasii was outside playing with the pit bulls, as he has done many times in the past.  The mother checked on her son and saw him attacked, she rushed to help but was attacked as well. Two repairmen working at the house tried to save the child using lengths of PVC pipe.   First responders were unable to save the child.  The mother was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for treatment.

This was the second animal control call at the residence in the same day.  The earlier call was a complaint that the dogs were loose and the complainant confirmed that the pit bulls that were loose earlier in the day were the same dogs that killed the child and attacked his mother.  The Lexus Project was unable to save these pit bulls.  They have been euthanized.

The family's statement on the death of  Kasii is heartbreaking.

Delaware Animal Care and Control officials released these photos of the three dogs prior to their being euthanized
Two of the three attacking pit bulls.

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Moving on to the comments of pit bull advocates on these deaths we will begin with a stunning comment, made on Facebook directly to the mother of John Harvard. Johnna Harvard tells the story of the death of her son John, killed by a pit bull.  Johnna Harvard, the mother of the boy killed in a dog attack April 6, talks with ABC 33/40 about the loss of her son. (               John's death was noted in the last Death and Excuses post but this recently made comment, shown below, absolutely deserves to be seen.  This is hall of shame material.  Elected officials who partner with pit bull advocacy to water down laws passed to protect the public, THIS is the constituency you have chosen to favor.  How do you sleep at night?

Photo: This was sent to the grieving mother of John Harvard. I can't think of any other explanation for this sadistic, horrifying behavior other than he must've sold his soul to the devil. Absolutely vile, disgusting human being.

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All these comments were made on articles dealing with the deaths discussed in this post, or in articles defending the breed from the backlash.  Why would anyone feel that these things should be said?

Kimberly Faithe Merritt · CNA/GNA at Warrens Nursing home
I feel so sorry for the mother and child but he should have not been left alone with the animals espeacially at fur years old. Also it does not even give a hint towards the idea that they are not sure why they did it... maybe the child hurt the dog... u never know. But don't look at me as cruel I do feel as sorry for the boy as anyone else but I also believe pitbulls or any dog for that matter do not just attack for no reason

Charlotte Eccleston
Any breed of dog can be vicious, any type of dog can bite or attack a human or another animal, not just this breed of dog. If you say to kill all the pits because they kill children, then all dogs would receive the same fate. So sad that this happened, its a horrible situation all around for all families involved. If

Courtney Tynes
This is the most ridiculous load of crap I've ever seen on your page. The media demonizes these dogs, and it infuriates me.

Robin Kassing · Jr. Accountant at Town of Smyrna
xxxxx other breeds DO KILL. Google will find all kinds of stories. Dogs are NOT born mean. The personality/behavior is molded by the way they are treated.....just like humans. I have friends that have pits around babies & toddlers. These kids pull on them, try to ride them etc. The dogs never try to hurt the children. The dogs are raised with discipline & love.......NOT tied to a chain 24/7 with little human interaction. There are so many good stories out there about pits. The media doesn't highlight the good stories about pits like they do the bad stories. The media has contributed to the negative attitude many have about pit bulls.

Alex Edmondson Johnson · Auburn University
I believe I have stated Twice now that they have been known to snap. I am not so naive as to think that they do not bite. All dogs bite and there is always another factor involved, some that a human might not recognize or understand. But I fully believe that these incidents, in reference to any breed is a result of ignorant, inexperienced, or insensitive owners. Regardless of what pet you have, dog, cat, horse, or snake, part of your responsibility is to educate yourself.

Alex Edmondson Johnson · Auburn University
PIt Bulls used to be known as America's Dog. Petey from The Little Rascals (the original show), The RCA dog, and the Buster Brown dog were all pit bulls.
In Europe they were know as nanny dogs, because they were gentle with and protective of the children. Families would leave their toddlers with the dog.
My own pit is a rescue. And before her, I could give or take pit bulls. She was bought from a breeder and for 6 months of her life violently abused by her owners. She was then left to die, chained to their front porch. Had the breeder not done a follow up visit, she never would have found her. By then, she was highly dog aggressive, so the breeder was forced to give her to my husband, or put her down.

Though it took work, I have the sweetest dog I've ever met. She loves to cuddle and make new friends. Not once has she threatened me, my husband, our family, or anyone we have introduced her to. I trust my life with my dog, and when we have children, I will trust them with her too.

The fact of the matter is that Pit Bulls are like hot rods. Beautiful, and powerful. It takes a more experienced driver to handle it. They are good dogs and have an amazing ability to love and are fiercely loyal. Of the over 50 Michael Vick fighting dogs, all but one was rehabilitated and put in a good home.

We live in a world where the dachshund has been labeled as the most aggressive dog breed, ( Is it because of the breed? No, it is because of the owner, not knowing how to properly train a dog. We also live in a world, where pit bull bites are more likely to be reported, naming the breed, than any other dog, when in reality, you are just as likely to be bit by a Goldie.

Alex Edmondson Johnson · Auburn University
My phone will not let me directly "reply" but no xxxxxxx. I cited those dogs as examples of why the pit bull was once known as America's dog. And while part of a logo, the RCA dog was real. These were symbols of American culture which directly reflects societies' feelings towards certain subjects. I used the breed history to support the family dog. I also stated that statistically when a dog bites someone it is more likely that it will be reported if it is a bully breed. It is a stereoptype. There are dogs in every breed that do not fit the breed description and yes pits have been known to snap. As have rottweilers, poodles, shepherds, dalmatians, and many others. And as far as dangerous products around children, the absorbant product that is used in diapers was banned in pads and panty liners because it was deemed too dangerous. But we still put it on our Infants.

Angelina O'Neill · Works at Not ur buissness
pitbulls only attack people because people don't socialize them and don't take the time off day to train them I've had a dog since I was 16 who is a Staffordshire pitbull and is the smartest dog ive ever owned!! shes lovy smart walks beside me wit no leash isleeps wit me...everywere i go she goes...shes my bff and my world...also very loyal and protects....pitts protect not harm anythinv less there not socialized and untrained...i also rescued a pittbull from walla 2 humane society who peed pooped chased cats and dogs and was foid aggressive and is now fully potty trained..non food aggressive sits shakes i tauught to talk and who gets along wit other animals...pitts ate lovers not's the wannabe gangsters who giv pitts a bad name!!!*save the pitt breex please*!!!
friendly wit kids and peopleloves children who smart I don't have to walk on the

George Corsi ·  Top Commenter · Bentley
it is how they are raised. This woman clearly hadn't trained her dogs properly.

George Corsi ·  Top Commenter · Bentley
xxxxxx the dogs were untrained. Stop trying to claim a breed is evil and dangerous when only a handful of badly reported incidents show this. Scientific evidence, which looks at more than a handful of dogs, has proven you wrong. Stop spreading hate!

George Corsi ·  Top Commenter · Bentley
xxxxxx you're a troll who doesn't have a desire to participate in a real conversation, just like every other pro-BSL person out there. You all would rather yell and nitpick instead of discuss anything. I'm starting to think its because you know you're wrong, but can't admit it.

George Corsi ·  Top Commenter · Bentley
xxxxxxx I came here to debate people, you came here to nitpick and troll. If you want me to provide more evidence than I have throughout my posts ask for it specifically (you should have seen my evidence so far by now if you're stalking my posts as you seem to be doing). I'm not going to repost the same links 50 times because you want to be a troll. Until then, goodbye.
George Corsi ·  Top Commenter · Bentley
Because its been proven that they dont work to improve public safety. In addition, specially trained police officers are incapable of properly identifying a pitbull. And on top of all that, we dont make bans in the USA based on what .0012% of a population does

Patrick Shannon · Auburn University
The lies and half truths. They were not pitbulls. They were boxers. And they were not in Smiths Station so why would the SS residents fear? They were confined to the backyard of the home owner, it was a case of their rough playing and competitiveness, not attacking, no different than humans and sports. What public safety concerns? They just need to be loved.

Ashley Ann ·  Top Commenter · Clothing Production at Volunteers of America Western Washington
Lol pitbull wont bite anyone think what ya wanna you hag.

Sandy Bedard ·  · Cashier at Sparr Building and Farm Supply
your right and the people whom are labeling all pitts are ignorant because a lot of other breeds have attacked and killed but they don't talk about those!!

Sandy Bedard ·  · Cashier at Sparr Building and Farm Supply
xxxx you are truly amazing! Sounds like you have some deep rooted hate and issues that your not dealing with! You are obsessed, we don't have breeds to label them and if you truley have researched the Pitt way back then you would knw that they were first used as farm dogs and they would track the bulls and hold them down! This is where their name came from and they started to us them for Pitt and bull fighting and ten came the bad people that used them for fighting! One of the most important FACTS of the breed is that it can not show any aggression towards humans or it was destroyed . They did not breed this dog to be aggressive towards humans! The Pitt bull loves people and children and will also get along with other pets in the family when raised with them! These dogs have been VICTIMS in these cruel acts of fighting because the breed is very patient and strong! They were Not bred to attack humans and there are many that live in families with never a problem! My own vet owns Pitts and he said he would much rather work on a Pitt than alot of other breeds because of there tempermant! So Lynne, if your so smart how Come you haven't told the whole truth about this breed? And maybe you should get into some help with your obsession of having to be right no matter what people say!

Yes the one year old and the family of the child that died have paid a price and the 5 year old is of and age to understand death and what happened because of the 5 year old child's actions, why should the dog pay with his life and no responsibility placed on the participants in this event. If the 5 year old had shot the one year old would everyone not expect the adults to pay for allowing these children access to a loaded weapon and that the 5 year old would learn a lesson in regards to the use and handling of a firearm.

To those who think my comments were dumb and I am the person who has made a very stupid comment you should think of something besides you warped sense of blame the dog or blame the gun and no human needs to learn a lesson

This is unfortunate and sad that a child dies from this attack. There are a lot of questions as to why this happened. Is this dog normally vicious ? Why was another child allowed to take this child in this dog's space ? Did these children provoke the dog,even unknowingly like rough play , kicking, pulling hair, ears or throwing things at the dog ? Where were the adults of the one year old and it does not even say the age of the child that was allowed to take the little one to the dog. I see this as the adults fault . They can blame themselves for the loss of their precious child. Children should never been unattended around animals of any kind or swimming pools or anything that can be of danger . It only takes a few seconds for something horrible to happen. Now , having said all this. There will probably be another life gone. More than likely the dog will be put down for it's behavior. If the dog is normally a "good" dog , then I don't agree with putting it down because it attacked while it was confined to it's space and not bothering a thing until it was invaded. However, it the dog has always shown aggression and no one can get around it because it is chained up and ill and ready to attack for any reason, then the dog has no quality of life anyway and maybe it should be put down, or my preference would be that it be sent to a Rottweiler rescue and rehab. After all, even human murderers are not given the death penalty very much any more.

The only reason it is ''higher'' is because Pit Bull type dogs are all grouped together, and often they are not even Pit Bull type dogs. If we were to group all sporting dogs into how many times they bit or killed someone it would be a stagering amount. But the Pibble haters will probably ignore both of our well thought out opinions and live in there small hate riddled world.

Yup, and they will continue to be misguided haters simply because they are to lazy to do proper research into the breeds and just follow popular media.

And many other breeds have killed and mauled. Why do you think that Chihuahuas and Golden retreivers are number 1 and 2 on the bite list?

It isnt rare that a non Pit Bull type dogs bites or attacks it is just not reported on the news when it isnt a Pit Bull type dog.
When a child was killed by a pomeranian it only made it into the local paper. But when a Pit Bull type dog bites someone it is national news.
Why do you think this one isnt titled ''Pit BNull mauls woman to death'' ? Because they were stumped when it turned out to be a Staffordshire terrier an actual breed that is recognized. Despite ti being classified as a ''Pit Bul''.
And just small fact for you Goldens and Chihuahuas are the two breeds with the most recorded bites.

I'm a bit tired of all of your ignorant and arrogant ranting and raging on this site. If you would take some time and do some serious research on the subject of Pit Bulls you would know that there isn't a "recognized" true breed of Pit Bull and that there are several breeds, including the American Staffordshire terrier, that are used in the breeding of the Pit Bull TYPE of dog. You should also look up the long list of well known "Pit Bull" dogs in our history, including a decorated war veteran. Ignorance isn't an asset.

Your ignorance is sick, why don't you educate yourself before you speak about something you have no clue about.. There are several pit bulls that are service dogs. They visit hospitals, schools and help many people with disabilities. Unfortunately ignorant irresponsible people are the reason that any dog would have the opportunity to attack someone.

Dog bites and attacks have been around since the beginning of time , and will be until the end of time . The number of people killed by dog attack is so proportionately small , it is not a major concern to me . I feel sorry for anyone hurt , but it will never end .

Lauren Michelle ·  · CEO & Founder at ECR Photography

What pisses me off the most is that people are blaming this ONE breed. Yes, horrible things happen. Yes, dogs have a pack mentality. Yes, it can be the way they are raised, and Yes, it can be genetics. But Pit Bulls are the only ones put on the news for a reason. People have an agenda to push that the Pit Bull breed is dangerous. Guess what, ANY breed can be dangerous without proper education and training. There have been attacks by Dalmatians, Golden Retrievers, Chihuahuas, and whatever little loveable pet you have in your home. Don't blame just the Pit Bull breed. It is the fault of this woman's and it is the fault of the media's as well for targeting, and only reporting on this breed. If you don't like Pit Bulls fine, but don't just blame them, your ignorance is what fuels outrageous news reports like this. If this woman knew ANYTHING about dogs, you know that you don't bend down and meet their eyes, that can be an aggressive action. But does the news report say anything about her lack of dog intelligence of this breed even though she obviously has no idea. Don't let the news reports sway your opinion about a great breed of dog, or any dog for that matter. Pit Bulls can be as loveable as any breed, just like a "non bully-breed dog" can attack at any given moment. Don't discriminate people, you wouldn't do it to humans, so why target a loveable breed of dog?

Lauren Michelle ·  · CEO & Founder atECR Photography
I have had pit bulls and they were the best dogs I have ever owned. I have worked in a shelter environment and taken care of Pit Bulls and bully breeds and I have never been bit by one of them. They were out of their familiar homes and elements and they were the sweetest most misunderstood dogs. Do you know where all my scars and stitches came from? Maltese's, Chihuahuas, and even an Australian Cattle Dog. Do I hate them, no, I understand why they were scared. But I don't understand people who do not realize dogs have emotions just like humans, they are complicated, and if threatened lash out. And Gracie, I am really sorry about your daughter, but it was an isolated incident. All of them are not bad. That is like saying all people are bad, few are bad, but we seem to always focus on the few instead of the many.

Lauren Michelle ·  · CEO & Founder atECR Photography
Yeah they are. They are isolated incidents for me. And you know, there is a reason I vouch for animals more than humans. And I am sorry about what happened to your daughter but like I said, isolated incidents, and I am not going to change my mind because a child was attacked by a dog. Just like you won't change your mind about a breed because of what happened. We are different people with different opinions. It happens.

Floyd Gomez ·  Top Commenter
Mary Ann Redfern Your comment makes no sense. Genetically "engineered"!!! Seriously!!!! Do you even know how long this breed has existed? These dogs were never engineered or bred to be anything other than a dog. Yes their short body and muscular build make them ideal hunters for hogs but they were never bred for this purpose contrary to belief. The military stopped using the Pit Bull not because of its aggressive behavior but because it had a tendency to not want to engage unlike the German Shepard. Law enforcement stopped using them because of their short snout which causes them early fatigue.


"Pitbull" is not a breed of dog. THey are a type of dog. When a dog kills, it is irresponsible breeding or irresponsible dog ownership.  A dog killing while legitimately trying to protect it's owner is excluded from this.  I had an American Staffordshire Terrier aka "pitt". Zero problems. Best dog ever.


All dogs are capable of this especially if there is more than one dog. 
Bob Cronk ·  Top Commenter · Grants High School
Gee I have always had a couple...maybe I should start playing the lottery more since good luck could be the only explanation...because we know xxxxx knows everything..HA HA HA HA HA
Bob Cronk ·  Top Commenter · Grants High School
Considering a pit bull is not a breed.. this is just another example of poor journalism.

David Smith · Auburn University
There is no such breed or species as a pit bull. Look it up.


Who likes to see kids dead? But, to vilify an entire breed and those that love and own them is unworldly. More kids get killed in vehicles far, far more than dog attacks. Do you hate cars, too? I'm just trying to understand your logic. I don't let emotions alter reality. Maybe I seem cold by that, but the truth is in the number. You are taking an extremely small percentage and applying it to all dogs of this breed. It's just the same to think all men are pedophiles because you were shocked to find you neighbor was. It is very unfortunate that media can herd people with scare tactics. Very scary indeed. Why don't you just admit that you need something to hate because that is what is inside of you?