Friday, April 26, 2019

Pit bull roundup, short form 4/26/2019 Pit bulls on the roof, repeat offender pit bulls back with owners who can't contain them, pit attacks with multiple victims by pits with a multiple bite history, dog fighters harboring pitbulls (surprise) and interesting out of state rulings.

It has been far too long since the last Pit Bull Roundup, this is not due to lack of material but rather to the futility of reporting what does not change.  We are so far behind in reporting Ohio pit bull attacks that we will never catch up. Today we share a few recent attacks with many more to follow.

We will begin.

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Lorain Ohio
Lorain County

Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County

The Lorain County Dog Warden was called to remove a pit bull from a roof.  This is not unusual with pit bulls but unheard of with Irish Setters or Beagles.

Cleveland Police were called for a similar scenario.  A dog had been tied up on a second story porch, jumped the railing and was found dangling off the front of the house.  Police were able to rescue the dog, a pit bull.  Video is available by clicking here.  The pit bull was uninjured and ran off after his rescue.  Bet the neighbors were thrilled.

Have police ever been called for a Pug on the roof?

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Greenville Ohio
Darke County

A couple was joyfully reunited with a pit bull that they had lost two different times.  The couple, Jason Hunt and Hillary Frech, live outside New Madison. Their 6-year-old red-nose pitbull terrier, Kiara, had run off once before, prompting a man who worked nearby to threaten to kill the animal if it strayed back onto his property. When Kiara vanished again in September of last year, they feared that was just what had happened.

The threat was not enough to convince the pit bull owners to improve containment and supervision of their pit bull.  Kiara vanished again, gone for months until they saw a posting from the Darke County Shelter.  There she was, held in a shelter that does not adopt pit bulls directly to the public.  In order to reclaim the pit bull that the owners clearly can't contain or control, Hunt and Frech had to rely on a rescue as an intermediary 501c3 rescue to avoid liability for the County shelter.

Now that they have their repeat runaway pit bull back will containment improve?  Not likely.  It's a revolving door for pit bulls.

Bark Animal Rescue in Greenville helped reunite a Darke County couple with their lost pitbull.

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Akron Ohio
Summit County

This story is hard to follow.  Please hang in there.  Three people were hospitalized and a mail carrier was injured in multiple dog attacks by the same dogs on the same day.

A woman, peacefully walking in her own community was attacked by three "dogs".  Three men driving by noted the attack in progress and stopped to help the woman.  These courageous men were unable to pull the dogs off their victim so they changed tactics and beat them off.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with extensive injuries.

Prior to the attack upon the woman reported above, three other people reported attacks by three "dogs."  A second woman reported being attacked as she attempted to get out of her own van.  Hearing the victim's screams, a man came to help her.  The man was attacked as well.  Both of these two victims were transported to a local hospital with extensive injuries.

The "dogs" ran away and attacked a mail carrier.  The mail carrier sprayed the "dogs" with mace but was bitten on the thigh. The "dogs" were picked up by animal control.

Photos of the three dogs are found on this link.  They are all pit bulls but we already knew that.

Update 4/9/2019

The pit bull owner, Diane Yanke, had a pre-trial hearing in Akron, she has been charged with 21 misdemeanors, including five counts of having vicious dogs, t hr ee counts of physical harm, not having insurance and not having her pit bulls confined.  Per ABC News 5, Cleveland "  Criminal charges, related to controlling pit bulls, have been filed against Yanke three others times since September. In one case, a 62-year-old man was bitten, suffering a puncture wound on his right arm.

Akron pit bull owner in court after attacks

Update 4/26/2019
Pretrial is scheduled for 4/26/2019.  Pit bull owner Diane Yanke still harbors pit bulls and the first victim in the March 4th Akron attack, Social Worker Sarah Friddle refuses to back down.  This will play out in court.

Yanke's dogs were put down but she still has another dog.  Bet her neighbors are thrilled.

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These are not Ohio stories but one out of Iowa has a lot to do with the Reynoldsburg ruling so we are throwing it out there for your consideration.  The other is a change in law in Citrus County Florida that indicates a long overdue change in direction with the treatment of vicious dogs.  We begin with Citrus County.  Citrus County has had far too many violent dog attacks and has changed shelter procedures in an effort to better protect public safety. Per the Citrus County Chronicle " commissioners gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a set of procedures designed to provide closer care of dogs and cats, preparing them for adoption.
The five-day hold was eliminated, but also the county will no longer provide dogs to rescue groups that it would not allow for adoption."   

If a dog is too vicious to adopt out directly to the public it is inappropriate for handing over to a rescue that will adopt it out into a peaceful community.  Logic is a beautiful thing.  

On to Iowa.  The Iowa Supreme Court backed the rights of a community to declare a dog dangerous.  Pinky (a pit bull) attacked a cat and was declared a dangerous dog.
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After the attack, Des Moines animal control declared Pinky a vicious dog/high risk based on her breed, and a dangerous dog based upon her conduct.  Local law required insurance and proof of vaccination from her original owner, Charles Brickell.  Brickell did not challenge the high-risk designation of his dog at the time he obtained Pinky but let insurance and vaccination lapse for six years until Pinky's attack upon Rebel the neighbor's cat.  When Pinky was seized by animal control, Brickell sold Pinky to Diana Helmers, the owner of an animal rescue located outside the city of Des Moines. This began a three-year slog through the courts.  The end result was an evenly divided Supreme Court ruling.  The evenly divided ruling deferred to the lower court ruling that declared the Des Moines high-risk dog law constitutional.  Here is a link to the final brief from the City of Des Moines.  Bottom line, the constitutionality of Des Moines proactive law was upheld.

Can it be hoped that these rulings might indicate a change for the better in protecting the peaceful public from violent dogs?

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Columbus Ohio
Franklin County

Twenty dogs were "rescued" from the property of German Sanchez, in addition, a dead dog was found.  Sanchez was charged with one count of dog fighting and one count of possession of crack cocaine.  Sanchez was found during an investigation into drug trafficking and his connection to dog fighting became clear.
Thirteen of the dogs were mature pit bulls, one was a Yorkie, six puppies of an unspecified breed were "rescued" per Mark Gofstein, a spokesman for the Franklin County sheriff's office.  The dogs are in the custody of the Columbus Humane Society.   “To be able to get all of these dogs away from a horrible situation is a good days work,” Gofstein said."
At least 13 of these dogs are game bred, pit tested fighting dogs. Their situation was horrible but the peaceful public is not responsible for this and should not be put at risk by any foolish, reckless attempt to turn at least 13 pit tested fighting dogs into pets.   The Yorkie should be a safe placement.    20 dogs rescued from suspected dog-fighting ringGerman Sanchez, booking photo.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Luke Westerman is back in Ohio. Things are not going well for him. An update.

Luke Westerman returned to Franklin County, was booked into the Franklin County jail and has posted bond.  It is unclear if the conditions of his bond require him to stay in Ohio but he has no reason to return to Texas.  The El Paso Humane Society has terminated him.

While Westerman stated in a recent televised interview that no one had ever questioned his ethics, that does not appear to be quite correct.  The Franklin County Grand Jury indicted him on 19 counts.  Those serving on the Franklin County Grand Jury appear to question Westerman's ethics. A months-long investigation was done by KFOX14 News.  KFOX 14 makes some interesting points when they state "it is clear he is not who he appears to be."

Ohio court records show a judge ordered him to pay his former employer, Ameriprise, almost $200,000. Money he hasn't paid."

Reporters for TV News Stations seldom initiate a months-long investigation into the lives and backgrounds of city residents if there is no reason to question the ethics of that individual.

I have read the indictments, they certainly point to ethics violations. You can read them yourself.  Click on this news story. Charges are included in the text.

Three members of the Board of Directors of the El Paso Humane Society resigned due to their concerns about Westerman's background. Questioned his ethics?  Apparently so.

Greg Leach, a former Solomon Global Holdings (Westerman's company) employee in Columbus stated that those working for Solomon Global Holdings received excuses but no actual paychecks.  Mr. Leach considered this an ethical violation for sure. Leach told KFOX 28 reporters in Columbus  "Whoever he touched was affected by some sort of unethical behavior. "Everybody's out to get what's theirs. Luke did a great job of teaching me that."

Leach noted that as Solomon Global Holdings began to fizzle Westerman turned to animal activism. KFOX 28 in Columbus Ohio noted  "Westerman later resurfaced as an animal rights activist in Columbus, primarily advocating for pitbulls. He parlayed that into the Texas job."

Per KFOX14 " It also appears Westerman claimed to have run the Westerman Family Foundation, but no records exist to indicate the foundation is registered with the IRS or Ohio Secretary of State."  This appears to be an ethical problem.  There is an actual Westerman Family Foundation but it is a completely different Westerman Family.

KFOX 14 also states that Westerman is not in fact, a college graduate.  He does not have a Bachelor's Degree despite frequently claiming one.  Westerman prepared a biographical handout to be given to lawmakers when he testified.  The handout states "Mr. Westerman is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he earned a BS in Finance and Marketing." You can read it for your self.
Westerman makes the same claim here, on his 2015 website, One does not ethically claim academic qualifications one has not earned.  If KFOX 14 has made this accusation in error this should be very easy to clear up.  Produce a diploma or even a cap-and-gown photo.  Every graduate gets a cap-and-gown photo and every parent of a college graduate frames and proudly displays their son or daughter's photo. Westerman's parents live in the Columbus area and should be able to supply the picture if Westerman has lost his.

Per KFOX 14 "A search of county records in Ohio shows numerous pending judgments against Westerman including tax liens from the state, garnishment orders and a judgment against Solomon Global Holdings, his venture capital firm, for breach of contract."  

These pending judgments point to ethical lapses.

The Ohio charges against Westerman are already impacting donations to the El Paso Humane Society.  This is sad.
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Booking photo of Luke Westerman.

Mr. Westerman made a statement on Facebook.  “To the thousands of you who have texted, called and direct messaged your words of love, support and encouragement (you know who you are), my family and I are eternally grateful for your kind heart, thoughtfulness and discernment,”  “This too shall pass and good will prevail, as it always does in the end. That fact gives me endless strength and confidence. And in the interim, I will continue to use all of my energy to make the world a better place for animals and people. God bless you, my friends."  

In his Facebook remarks, Westerman does not directly address his arrest, his firing or the 19 fraud charges he was indicted on in Ohio.

When asked for a statement by an NBC4 reporter Westerman sent the reporter, Tom Sussi a message via Facebook
 “I would never do anything unethical,” “It is completely against every single fiber of my being and everything I stand for."

Westerman pleaded not guilty to all 19 charges.  Mr. Westerman is innocent until proven guilty.  This will be an unattractive trial.

As a final thought and a final link, Please click here.  Westerman gave his thoughts on ethical living on his website, currently found only in Internet archives.  The quotes are set into tasteful colored blocks in a pleasant font. You sort of expect these quotes came from the Bible or that they were the words of Gandhi.

"The world is hectic and most people are focused on themselves.
I prefer a simpler life focused on helping others."
Luke Westerman

"Genuine concern for the welfare of others to the point
of action is the hallmark of altruism."
Luke Westerman

There is a whole lot going on here. A lot of that may be ethical violations.  It is up to the justice system in Ohio to sort this out.

Friday, January 4, 2019

An Ohio pit bull advocate indicted on 19 counts of theft and securities violations, updates included. Women attacked by pit bulls, attacks by newly adopted pit bulls, pit bulls invade a home to kill two small resident dogs, I Have a Dream learned nothing from past placement failures. .

Luke Westerman, formerly of Columbus Ohio, a relentless virtue signaling pit bull advocate now lives in El Paso Texas.  Westerman, a self-reported venture capitalist and humanitarian left Ohio about a year ago for a position as the Executive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso. How could this position possibly pay enough to maintain Westerman's lifestyle?

Westerman indicated at the time that the move was based upon a desire for service to animals.  A news report out of El Paso hints at other possible motives.  Westerman has been indicted for 19 counts of theft and securities violations by an Ohio Grand Jury.  Two of these charges have mandatory prison sentences of 3 to 11 years if he is found guilty. There are also charges that Westerman forged signatures.  An arrest warrant has been issued.  Local TV station KFOX14 Investigative Reporter Genevieve Curtis has been investigating for months.  She did an interview with Westerman in December that appeared January 3, 2018.  The interview is well worth watching.
He said he left a lucrative job working on Wall Street and heading a venture capital firm to rescue animals."

Turns out, that statement has some holes in it.  Westerman did not leave Wall Street for humanitarian opportunities, he lost his Securities License in 2010.  Westerman refused, on camera, to discuss his past. He stated that any discussion of his financial and legal problems "does not help animals."  He went on to state that "political enemies" are responsible for the current charges and these political enemies have financial interests in harming animals.  Pretty much the standard tactics of those charged with financial crimes.  Westerman claimed that members of the board of directors of the Humane Society of El Paso were aware of the charges and that they fully supported him.  Turns out that was not quite accurate either.  Three members of the board quit, refusing to serve with him.  The board has issued a statement that they will take appropriate action.

Take a few minutes to watch the interview.  Pretty interesting body language here.  Westerman leans forward while defending himself but removes his microphone while speaking and sets it on a chair.  The reporter leans back, away from Westerman during the entire discussion.  She is clearly not buying any of Westerman's excuses.  

At this point, the legal system in Ohio will take over. The charges brought are very serious ones.  It sort of looks like the move to El Paso was less about saving animals and more about fleeing Ohio in an effort to avoid prosecution.  Didn't work.       

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Westerman during the interview.  He sure looks uncomfortable.  Fashion tip, a comb-over is never a good look.   
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Westerman in happier times.
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9/20/2018  Westerman in Ohio prior to his move to Texas. 

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Westerman and his associate Steffen Baldwin. Baldwin also left Ohio under "stressful circumstances."  Baldwin now resides in California.   The shirts are kind of ironic.  These two had lots of business failures, some individual, some together.  Baldwin's ACTOhio failed, Save Them Dog Training never lost the taint of the death of the pit bull, Remy, while in Baldwin's custody.  Baldwin and Westerman partnered on Columbus Pets Alive, that one never got off the ground.   They partnered on Ohioans Against Breed Discrimination, a pit bull PAC.  The goal of OABD was an amendment to the Ohio state constitution to prohibit BSL.  The proud announcement was made by these two that they would raise 5 million dollars to put the issue on the ballot.  Their gofundme page raised roughly $650 in six or seven months and was quietly taken down.  OABD died quietly.

Update, and this is interesting.  From KFOX 14 News.
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Update - Westerman has been charged with swindling 10 Ohio residents out of a total of $700,000 over the last 10 years.  Per KFOX 14 "On Friday, Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien explained the charges by saying between December 2010 and the present, Westerman allegedly “solicited over $700,000 from 10 Ohio citizens for investment purposes, later misrepresented the status of the purported investments in false account statements and used some funds for personal purposes rather than the expressed investment purpose. The cash withdrawals and use for personal expenses from investment funds exceeded $300,000.”
Most of Westerman's charges were for securities fraud but two charges deal with accusations that he used money from an IRA for personal use.  Per KFOX 14 "He also previously settled claims against him in which his clients accused him of forging their signatures on mutual funds.
In the December interview with KFOX14 Investigates, Westerman denied the settlement, even though it was listed in a public record."

You can't make this stuff up.

1/5/2019 Update.  It gets worse.  Per the El Paso Times, "An Ohio man said he alerted the Humane Society of El Paso to fraud allegations against the nonprofit's executive director Jeffery Luke Westerman. 
“I’m the one that blew the whistle on him in El Paso,” said Greg Leach, who worked for a company that was a subsidiary of Westerman’s company, Solomon Global Holdings in Ohio. “I notified the board of directors that they really needed to look into his background and do due diligence into his background because of the situation with him being the main man to go out and raise money for the humane society."
Leach also stated “I was working for a private investigation startup company which was one of his (Westerman) many ventures here in Columbus,” Leach said. “Red flags started to wave when employees weren’t getting paid and the way he was acting. Nobody was getting paid and the various excuses that were given (by Westerman) when it was time (for employees) to collect (their) paychecks…False promises and stories that were too good to be true.”
“After that, the Luke Westerman that wanted to save the animal world came out,” Leach said. “He was very unsuccessful in that area up here in Ohio because I was a humane executive for the Delaware County (Ohio) up here. I started working to not allow him into any of the animal societies here in Ohio, so what better thing for him to do than move to Texas.”

During Westerman's interview, he stated clearly that his integrity had never been questioned.  Looks like that is not quite true.  Mr. Leach sure did.  The Grand Jury in Columbus indicted Westerman on 19 counts.  Does that qualify as "questioning his integrety". I think it might.

You can't make this stuff up. 
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Brookpark Ohio  
Cuyahoga County
A 74-year-old woman was bitten by a loose pit bull.  Per the Brookpark Police blotter, police did not know how the pit bull escaped its yard but the owner was cited.  Here is a clue, it's a pit bull. The victim drove herself to the hospital for treatment. 

Brookpark bans pit bulls.  Laws need to be enforced. 

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Fairview Park Oio
Cuyahoga County

  Dog at large per The west Life's Western Cuyahoga Police Blotter. 
Fairview Park regulates pit bulls.

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Berea Ohio
Cuyahoga County

A newly adopted pit bull slipped his collar to attack a woman walking two leashed dogs.  Per " A Fair Street woman was bitten by a pit bull at about 1 p.m. Oct. 28 while walking her two dogs on West Street.
The pit bull belonged to a North Olmsted man who was walking the dog, along with a second pit bull, past the woman and her dogs. The pit bull that attacked slipped out of its collar and darted toward the woman and her dogs.
The woman picked up her dogs to protect them. The pit bull jumped toward the dogs and bit the woman's hand. She screamed for help.
Witnesses ran toward the woman to assist her. A driver opened his car door and allowed the woman and her dogs to enter his vehicle. The driver called 911. The pit bull's owner gained control of the pit bull.
Paramedics arrived to assess the woman's injury. She refused transport to a local hospital. The dog's owner said he had just adopted the pit bull from the Cleveland Animal Protective League. He said he would return the dog to the APL because of the incident."  
 Hope the shelter will not send this particular pit bull back out into the community.  Unfortunately, shelters maintain a revolving door for pit bulls.  

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Boardman Ohio
Mahoning County

This one is from Jason Cooke's neighborhood.  A pit bull, newly adopted from the Mahoning County Shelter, attacked a child inside a home. This child is a family member of the new owner. The child was treated at Akron Children's Hospital then transferred to the main hospital.  Reportedly, the pit bull was shot by a family member but survived to be picked up by the county dog warden.  While the article does not name the breed WKBN News includes a photo of the dog at the "Yes Fest" at the local high school.  The photo shows a pit bull surrounded by students.  What could go wrong?  Exactly what did go wrong.   Click to view the photo of the dog.

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Gahanna Ohio
Franklin County

Pets are not safe from pit bull attack within the home of their owner.  Thank about that for a minute.  The pit bulls had a history of breaking down the fence and got inside the home through a rear door with a lever handle. Police and officials from the Franklin County shelter work on getting the pit bulls declared dangerous so the pit owners would be required to put a lock on the gate and post Dangerous Dogs" signs.  Apparently, these pit bulls will be allowed to remain in the neighborhood.  If that's not outrageous I don't know what is.  THAT is the best they can do?  
Here is a photo of the victims  This breaks my heart. 
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This story turned up in the comments on the Gahanna Police Facebook page..
Our beagle was viciously attacked by a pit being fostered thru the I HAVE A DREAM rescue organization. My husband was walking her in our neighborhood on a leash and was across the street from the yard of the foster. The foster was a 60+ yr old man who walks with a cane - the pit is an 80+ lb 8 year old female with an unknown history. The rescue group pulled her from Franklin cty dog shelter. She got out of the yard because the guy left his garage door open. She charged across the street and latched onto Molly's neck (our pup). It took 4 ppl to get her off. All 4 were bit by the pit. Molly sustained multiple stitches in her neck/ throat and by her female parts, multiple deep puncture wounds, both eyes were injured and her front paws/legs were very sore. She came home from the vet with 1 antibiotic and 2 pain medications. It took her about a month to heal. My husband had to go to the ER. He got stitches in his fingers, a tetanus shot, rabies shot and rabies IG as recommended by the ER dr and our vet. The rescue group and its supporters could care less that this dog attacked. They didn't pay any of our medical or vet bills. We have had to get attorneys. And the pit is back up on their website and for adoption or fostering. The petfinder ad contains NO mention of the attack and the ad on their social media downplays it and implies my husband is to blame for being bit - apparently he didn't follow some unknown protocol to get this beast off our 25lb pup. The group and its supporters have accused us of having an agenda because we have taken legal action and they have not considered ANYTHING that we
The I Have A Dream Rescue has a poor public safety record.  Here is a link to material on a 2014 attack on a foster by a pit from I have A Dream.  The thing had a history of attacking fosters but the group did not tell new fosters.  The group also had no insurance to cover the medical bills for the second attack.  Here is a link. It is the last story in the post. Some thing never change, I Have A Dream is one of them.  Ohio has laws regulating rescues, how is this one still in business?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mark Kumpf finally out as Montgomery County Dog Warden. Why did it take this long?

Mark Kumpf, the County Dog Warden in Montgomery County Ohio, who certainly makes the short list for any honors consideration for inept dog wardens, will no longer be employed by Montgomery County. Per the Dayton Daily News
"Montgomery County’s parting with longtime Animal Resources Center Director Mark Kumpf will put the beleaguered facility on a new trajectory to improve the outcome of animals in its care, both county officials and animal welfare advocates said Tuesday. 
“We feel that 2019 is going to be a transformative year for our Animal Resource Center,” said Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert said a day after announcing Kumpf’s employment with the county would end Friday. 
“We heard the community’s concerns, and we are making the necessary changes to address them,” he said. “Our primary goal is to improve our shelter operations, so that we can better serve our citizens and meet the needs of the animals in our care.”  

This is certainly good news.  Mr. Kumpf has been in his current position since 2006 and has the dubious honor of recording FOUR dog attacks fatal to humans in his county on his watch. Is this a record?

Why wasn't he fired after the death of Klonda Richey, the second fatal attack during his time in Montgomery County?  Richey was killed by her neighbor's dogs, dogs that she reported menacing and running at large over and over and over.  The response of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center's staff, led by Kumpf, was to post sternly worded post-it notes on the dog owner's front door.  There was never any follow up and the dogs eventually killed Klonda Richey as she predicted.  The best Kumpf could do for Richey was place her cats after she died.

It is our understanding that the lawsuit against Kumpf filed by the family of Klonda Richey will continue to go forward.  Below is text from the ruling allowing the family to sue Kumpf personally. This quote begins on page 3 of the ruling. This is stunning stuff.   

  {¶ 5} In July 2006, Defendant-Appellee, Mark Kumpf, was hired as the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (“ARC”) and as the Montgomery County, Ohio, Dog Warden. Kumpf was still serving in those capacities at the time of Richey’s death. Kumpf had been involved in animal control since the early 1990’s, and had changed his philosophy from an “enforcement mode” to an “education mode.” In the enforcement mode, Kumpf’s approach had been to see how many animals he could pick up, how fast the animals could be gotten off the road, and how many summonses he could write. In this mode, he averaged 100 to 150 citations per month. In contrast, Kumpf’s education approach involved issuing fewer summonses and focusing citations on the more serious cases. {¶ 6} After Kumpf came to Montgomery County in 2006, he changed the focus of the ARC from enforcement to education. The number of citations issued to citizens dropped by more than 33 percent in the first two years of his tenure. At first, Kumpf’s bosses were concerned about a drop in revenue. However, Kumpf pointed out that he had taken in 2,000 fewer animals, and that licensing and adoption revenues had increased. {¶ 7} Kumpf also instructed his deputy wardens to write fewer citations because he believed the courts were not doing their job, and were notoriously unhelpful with citation fines and enforcement. In the two years before Richey’s death, out of more than 20,000 calls about animals, only about 697 (about 3.4 percent) resulted in citations. Of 60,000 dogs in Montgomery County, only 12 were designated as “nuisance” or -4- “dangerous” dogs in 2013. {¶ 8} Kumpf was under the impression that before an animal control officer can issue a citation for a “dog at large,” the officer must witness the dog off an owner’s property and not under the owner’s immediate control. However, at Kumpf’s direction, officers were not patrolling. In addition, also at Kumpf’s direction, dispatchers routinely refused to answer phone calls requesting service during business hours. Instead, dispatchers pushed a “divert” button on the phone and calls were sent to voicemail. All of the calls Klonda Richey made to ARC went to voicemail. {¶ 9} Richey made about 13 calls to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center and at least 13 calls to ARC to complain about Nason’s dogs. The problems were severe enough that Richey paid to have a fence installed between the two houses and to have a security camera pointed at Nason’s home to capture video surveillance of the dogs entering her property unrestrained and off leash. In one of the calls, Richey reported that Nason “let his aggressive pit/mastiff run loose while she was walking to work and threatened to let it have her for a treat.” Doc. #13, First Amended Complaint, ¶ 14. According to Kumpf, he met with ARC officers daily to discuss calls that had been received. As a result, Kumpf would have been aware of Richey’s calls and complaints."

It should be noted that Kumpf was also part of the team that brought changes to Ohio's laws regarding dangerous dogs in 2012.  Mr. Kumpf, as treasurer of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association and Matt Granito as president of the organization, actively supported HB 14, written by out of state special interest Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab Utah and introduced by Toledo Representative Barbara Sears.  Kumpf and Granito, both closely associated with Best Friends, used the name of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association while supporting the bill without actually consulting the rank and file of the group.  Many county dog wardens had serious concerns about the bill.  Those concerns proved valid.  Since passage of HB 14 in 2012 (not quite 7 years) sixteen Ohioans have been mauled to death by dogs in our state, three in Montgomery County alone.  In the DECADE prior to passage of HB 14 Ohio had five fatal attacks. Think about that.

Why did this take so long?

12/19/2018 update.

There was no tactful resignation.  Kumpf was involuntarily terminated by the county. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

October pit bull roundup. Journalism without thought is nothing more than breed advocacy with a byline. Dog fighters in Cleveland, pit bulls attack pit bulls, pit bulls kill tiny pets,

Here are examples of journalism without thought.  We begin and end this post with on same topic, reporters who don't think before the present a story.

WHIO writes about the glut of pit bulls in shelters as the result of overbreeding.  So far, we are on the same page.  Pit bull advocates admit that yes, pit bulls are overbred.  So far we are on the same page. However, history tells us that pit bull owners have no interest in neuter and spay, even when the surgery is free.  Any community can apply for grants for the purpose of neuter and spay for pit bulls only, breed specific, those with Chihuahuas or Labs are out of luck.  These grants fail to make any difference because pit bull owners breed pit bull puppies as a tax-free income source.  As an example, Several years ago Kansas City got a $100,000 grant for breed specific neuter and spay and a year later returned almost $87,000 because they could not find pit bull owners with any interest in neuter and spay.

The  Pit bull advocates interviewed by WHIO admit that pit bull owners need to be more responsible.  Again, we are on the same page.  The cure, per WHIO is "Heather Concannon, the Humane Agent for Montgomery County... says the public needs to change their perceptions of pit bulls to show people raising one responsibly takes work."  Yes, it does but pit bull advocacy fails miserably here.

No, the public does not need to change their perception of pit bulls.  The peaceful public is tired of reading about innocent people being mauled or killed.  The peaceful public is tired of burying beloved pets killed by pit bulls.  The peaceful public is tired of supporting shelters full of unplaceable pit bulls.  

Pit bull advocates and pit bull owners are the only ones capable of changing the public perception of pit bulls.  Stop breeding dogs destined to suffer and die because no one wants to bring a dangerous animal into their home. Pit bull advocates and owners need to figure out how to confine their dogs in order to protect the safety of the neighbors and their pets.  Pit bull advocates and owners need to carry insurance to cover the medical expenses of potential victims.  If pit bulls were responsibly confined to the property of the owner, not bred in wildly unsustainable numbers, and the public was assured that bankruptcy for the victim was not the natural result of a thoughtless mistake by the pit bull owner then there would be no public interest in regulating pit bulls.

Pit bull advocacy needs to clean up its own mess. 

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August 9 and August 11, 2018
Cuyahoga County

Two pit bull dog bites were reported in Brookpark.  On August 9th a Lockhaven Ave resident reported that a neighbor's pit bull pushed its owner out of the way and escaped from the house.  The victim was bitten on the arm.  The victim was treated at Southwest General Hospital.  The attack was referred to Animal Control.

On August 11th a woman walking her dog on Sylvia Ave.  She and her dog walked past a pit bull, also being walked.  The victim was bitten on the leg.  The case was referred to Brookpark Animal Control.   

Brookpark regulates pit bulls

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North Olmsted
Cuyahoga County

A North Olmsted couple was out walking their 22 pound Cocker Spaniel mix when a pit bull broke away from its handler, a SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL   The pit attacked and killed the small dog.  The adult owner of the pit bull stated that the child was only holding the leash until he could come outside to walk his dog and that the pit bull "had never done anything like this before."  The pit bull owner stated that he was new in the community and was unaware that North Olmsted regulates pit bulls.  How many times do we hear this excuse?

More information was included in an article in the West Life, a neighborhood newspaper, but this is behind a paywall.  I have a copy of the article sent to me by a reader.  West Life Reporter Jeff Gallatin states that the Cocker Spaniel mix's name was Angel and she was 13 years old.  She was owned and walked by her owner, David Ostroske, a Cleveland State University police officer, and his wife Doreen.  Angel was adopted from a shelter six years ago.

The pit bull, Jax, weighed 80 pounds and was adopted from a shelter five years ago by Michael Cowan, a Marine recruiter, and his family while he was stationed in North Carolina.    The Cowans moved to North Olmsted in April.  Per the West Life "The Cowans didn't know about North Olmsted's requirements for pit bulls."   Pit bulls are banned from military housing.  How could Cowan be completely unaware that his dog might be regulated in North Olmsted?

Jax the pit bull was euthanized.  Brooke Cowan told the reporter "We're not getting another pit bull, not after something like this." "It was terrible.  We feel terrible for what happened to that dog and its family."

David and Doreen Ostroske are grieving for Angel and have no immediate plans to get another dog.
Doreen Ostroske told the reporter "We know that the dog's owner's didn't mean for this to happen, but people have to be aware of the high risks and responsibilities of owning a pit bull.  I honestly don't understand why someone would own one in a family neighborhood."  We share her thoughts and are sorry for her loss.

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Cuyahoga County

A Cleveland man, Robert Cook has been indicted for dogfighting.  Thirteen dogs were "rescued" from Cook's property.  We fully expect to find these bred for bloodsport, pit trained and tested pit bulls now housed at the City of Cleveland Kennels will be offered for adoption to the public through the City Dogs program.   As of 8/27/2018, the City of Cleveland has 92 dogs available for placement, of the 92, only 12 are not pit bulls.

Watch the video on the news link.  Classy.

Cook's mug shot.

Watch for new pit bulls in your neighborhood. Consider self-protection. Seriously.

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Sandusky Ohio
Erie County

A Sandusky woman, working in her yard was forced to stab a neighbor's pit bull after it entered her yard'  "  My neighbor’s dog got loose out of her yard. It attacked my two dogs and it attacked me!” screamed Julia Parsley into the phone on Sunday evening.
The neighbor pit bull entered her yard menacing Parsley's pit bulls then attacked her.  She stabbed it to death.  She received hospital treatment for her injuries and has a serious infection. Charges are pending against the owner of the attacking/dead pit bull.  

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Twinsburg Ohio
Summit County
A woman and her dog were attacked by a pit bull in a local dog park.  Twinsburg police are looking for the dog, named Daisy, described as a pit bull weighing 40 to 60 pounds.  Anyone with knowledge of the owner please call Twinsburg police officer Caporuscio at 330-425-1234.

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Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County

Two adults suffered what were called "significant" injuries while protecting children from a pit bull attack.  The attack was described as an "hour long rampage" by News Chanel 5.  Becky Barker and Jay Anderson responded to the screams of the children who were trapped on top of a car by the three pit bulls.  Barker was attacked immediately as she left her house to help the children.  "Barker told News 5 the pit bulls had children trapped on top of a car that was parked in front of her home, and when she stepped out to help, the pit bulls bit her multiple times in three areas of her body.
"They could have killed me, they really could have, if they would kept ripping me open like they did," Barker said.
Jay Anderson also responded. He had a screwdriver in his hand that he attempted to use as a weapon. One of the pit bulls took the screwdriver. Mr. Anderson was bitten on his legs and his back.   

EMS, the fire department and the Cleveland Dog Warden responded to the call. The dog warden seized one of the pit bulls but allowed the owner to keep two of them.  Why?

Given that EMS, the fire department and the dog warden were called to this dumpster fire, how much did this cost the city of Cleveland taxpayers?  

Late update - Video has been posted of the rampage by these two pit bulls. PLEASE take a moment to watch it.   How will the breed advocates pressuring Parma City Council to drop that city's breed ban explain this?     

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Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County

A Cleveland woman lost her beloved pet, Tyson, a tiny Lhasa Apso in front of her horrified eyes, in front of her own home.  Laura Lehmann was with her dog at the time of the attack, caught on film. The pit bull is still in the home across the street.  It has been ordered out of the city but the owner has 30 days to comply.  Where will this pit bull go?  It will most likely be relocated to another city where the history is unknown.  Will a change of address change the actual dog?  Nope, just spreading the misery around.   Is this the best we can do?  
Cleveland family’s dog attacked and killed by pit bull
The usual excuses have been made, the owner should be held responsible, not the breed. The prosecutor is "looking into " this situation.  Channel 19 has a reporter who owns a pit bull and has chosen to challenge a pediatrician's statements that pit bulls pose an unreasonable danger in our communities. We will see this very reporter in the next entry.

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Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County

A Cleveland woman's dogs have been attacked, in her own fenced yard,  THREE times by a pit bull owned by a woman living two streets away.  The first attack, on Bear, occurred on September 23rd.  The owner of the pit bull apologized and promised to pay the vet bills.  Bet she didn't.  Five days later the same pit bull came back and attacked Missy, the home owner's other dog.  As soon as Missy returned home from the vet she was attacked again.  Missy was still in a cone and was defenseless. Brenda Nichols, the owner of Bear and Missy is afraid to leave her home.

News station WOIO is "talking to the city" about why it took three attacks by the same pit bull to get the dog picked up.  The reporter, Victor Williams does fall back on the talking point that "the owner is responsible" even though the owner is obviously NOT responsible.  Reporter Williams appears to be rightly distressed by the attacks he is reporting on but in this case, he does not reveal his advocacy for the breed.  Reporter and pit bull owner Williams contacted a pediatrician who is outspoken about the dangers of pit bulls to the peaceful public and especially to children.  Williams requested a dialog with Dr. Marusinec and got it.  Dr. Marusinec states in  Williams report "
“The medical studies in the last 10 years really overwhelmingly conclude that pit bulls are especially dangerous to children,” said Pediatrician, Laura Marusinec." Marusinec by way of facetime says they’re just too much of a risk.
“Not only do they cause the most frequent injuries but they also cause the most severe injuries,” added Marusinec."

Has this information changed the way Williams thinks on the pit bull issue?  Suspect not. There is a very long list of medical studies supporting Dr. Marusinec's statements. Has this information reached the pit bull advocates harassing the Parma City Council?  Likely yes, but conveniently ignored.