Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Another sad dog attack fatality in Ohio and thoughts on the organization that is now holding the killer dog, a German Shepherd described by neighbors as vicious. What are we doing with dangerous dogs? A two part post.


Another fatal dog attack in Ohio, this time Cleveland.  Two week old Sophia Booth was killed inside the family home by a four year old German Shepherd.  Sophia was in a first floor bedroom when the dog escaped from the kitchen where it had been confined.  The dog bit the infant in the head.  Sophia was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, a trauma center in Cleveland, where she died.

The dog was considered vicious by neighbors, one stated on camera the he crossed the street to avoid the animal that he called a "vicious junk yard dog".  Another neighbor stated "The dog was vicious. I don't know why you would have that type of dog around your child." She kindly added that the family was in her prayers.

Given the neighbor's statements about the German Shepherd, this is a dog that would be on the radar of Cleveland Animal Control when SB 195 is passed by the Ohio Legislature.  SB 195 was written to tighten up Ohio law and clean up the mess created when legislators allowed animal rights lawyers employed by Best Friends Animal Society to re-write Ohio law.  Since the passage of HB 14 five years ago, fifteen Ohio residents have been killed by dogs.  In the decade prior to the passage of HB 14, five Ohio residents were killed by dogs. Draw your own conclusions.

SB 195 mandates dog wardens to investigate vicious dog complaints made by the public.  Currently there is little to no response to complaints.  When the public is convinced that their concerns will be taken seriously they will make those calls and communities will become safer. If Sophia Booth's neighbors had complained about the dog and those complaints were properly investigated would she have died? Possibly not. The dogs that killed Klonda Richey, Jonathan Quarles Jr, and Maurice Brown were all well known to animal control but allowed to remain in the community.  It should also be noted that all three of these fatal dog mauling attacks occurred in Montgomery County Ohio. The County Dog Warden is Mark Kumpf.  Dog Warden Kumpf has moved from an enforcement model in his county to an education model that is not working, clearly.

This is text from the Court of Appeals ruling that allows the family of Klonda Richey to sue Mark Kumpf
 {¶ 5} In July 2006, Defendant-Appellee, Mark Kumpf, was hired as the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (“ARC”) and as the MontgomeryCounty, 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 pickup, 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.   


The court is describing taxpayer funded sloth.  Please feel free to read the whole thing. This court ruling perfectly illustrates the failure of the animal control "education" model and just how boldly it was used in Montgomery County Ohio.  This model is used all over our state and the peaceful public is tired of it.    

The loopholes pranced through by Ohio dog wardens must be closed.  SB 195 mandates actual investigation in response to public complaints and it MUST be passed.  The Ohio Senate passed it, as SB 151, unanimously just prior to the end of the last legislative session but the session ended before the bill could be introduced into the Ohio House.  


A two-week-old baby died after it was bitten by a family dog in Cleveland Friday evening, police say.


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Part Two of our post.

The German Shepherd that killed Sophia Booth was taken by the City of Cleveland Kennels. The City of Cleveland Kennels is a strange world but not unusual for an American shelter . It is animal advocacy without thought to public safety. What will they do with the dog?  "Rehabilitate" it?  Send it to a rescue? Adopt it out? Dogs that kill should be euthanized but rescue angels just hate that option.

Here is a bit of background on the City of Cleveland Kennels.

The City of Cleveland Kennels runs a program they call City Dogs. The program exists to promote placements for pit bulls warehoused in the City of Cleveland Kennels.  Currently the City of Cleveland Kennel lists 86 available dogs, 82 of them are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

Here is the official description of the City Dogs program as noted on the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel website. City Dogs Cleveland is the adoption program of The City of Cleveland’s Division of Animal Care and Control (CACC). This program is supported by Friends of the Cleveland Kennel (501c3). The City Dogs mission is to increase adoptions from the City Kennel by changing the image of the pit bulls who make up the majority of the kennel population, by preparing all adoptable dogs in the kennel for lives in loving homes and by creating as many opportunities as possible for the public to meet and get to know our dogs for the terrific pets they are meant to be."

One pit bull recently placed from the City Dogs program attacked a full grown horse in the Cleveland Metroparks only a week after it was adopted.  The dog was adopted on 7/27/17 and attacked on 8/2/2017. This was a "terrific pet"? You can't wave a magic wand and "change the image" of pit bulls because that magic wand does not change DNA.
 
Shelters frequently get dogs that are simply impossible to place due to obvious aggression.  The City of Cleveland recently used the time honored tactic of sending the dogs across state lines to a new area where the dogs are unknown. City Dogs recently sent several of Cleveland's unplaceable pit bulls to Longmont Humane society in Longmont Colorado, long known for quick and questionable "rehabilitation" of  pit bulls known to be vicious and dangerous, we will get to that shortly.  Here is a photo of the City Dogs team getting ready to send Cleveland pit bulls to Colorado, a 1329 mile trip.  I hope no taxpayer dollars were spent on this.

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Here is a look inside the truck. No Chihuahuas making this trip.  

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Another getting ready to be loaded into the truck.

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Does Longmont need any more pit bulls?  The answer is clearly no. Hang in there with me for a short trip through the insanity that is no-kill pit bull advocacy.  Here is a link to a video of Dr. Pam Reid PhD on the topic of Sheltering Dangerous dogs. The video runs nearly 40 minutes and you will never get those 40 minutes back but she makes points that I don't think she intended to make.  View the whole thing but pay attention at about 27 minutes and 43 seconds into the video.  She begins to tell the story of Dragon, a pit bull seized in a dog fighting case, purchased by an informant and fought several times.  Keep in mind that Dragon is game bred, pit trained and tested and was involved in a dog fighting operation. If, as breed advocates love to tell us, "it's all in how you raise 'em" dogs seized in dog fight busts are the most dangerous dogs on earth.  That does not trouble breed advocates. Dragon, living evidence, was held at a shelter for an extended period of time and became a favorite of the ATF agents involved with the case. PLEASE watch Dragon's introduction to live dogs.  This dog is simply vicious but the ATF agents, while they did not want to actually take Dragon home to their own families, they wanted him rehabilitated and placed, they liked him. You just can't account for personal taste.

Dragon was transported across state lines from Virginia to the Longmont Humane Society in Colorado.  Aimee Sadler is, or was, the trainer in charge of "remedial socialization" at Longmont. While Sadler has been in charge of "rehabilitating" MANY pit bulls, Dragon, a pit fighter from Virginia, was her first pit bull seized in a dog fight bust. Sadler felt he was "rehabilitated" and on the adoption floor just FIVE DAYS after arrival at Longmont. Please watch the video to see the magical process.  Dragon was eventually paced with a family, I bet their neighbors were thrilled.

It should be remembered that Longmont has a sketchy reputation for "rehabilitation."  A 2013 Times-Call article titled Longmont Humane Society Faces Dangerous Dog Case stated " in 2012, nearly 16 percent of reported dog bites in Longmont were traced to dogs adopted out of the Longmont Humane Society. So far in 2013, 13 percent of reported bites were from humane society dogs."  

Here are just a few cases that made the news.

In 2014, Longmont Humane Society placed a pit bull with a young woman.  The dog had a history of aggression while in the shelter prior to placement and had been previously placed and returned for an unknown reason. Aggression would be a safe bet. The dog went missing after the new owner left it with friends and eventually turned up in Portland Oregon in the possession of a 16 year old girl. The Longmont graduate pit bull made the news for killing a Pomeranian while on a streetcar. Longmont Humane Society offered to transport the pit bull back to Colorado for the legal owner but that offer was, not surprisingly, refused.

Here is a photo of the Pomeranian.

In 2013, Bridgett,  a pit bull owned by the Longmont Humane Society and fostered by volunteers escaped and attacked a leashed dog being walked in the neighborhood by his owner, just 4 days after being placed in the household.  Here is Bridgett's history " Longmont animal control officers investigated the case and learned that Bridgette had a history of biting animals and humans and a judge declared her to be a "dangerous dog" in Mesa County. According to police records, in October 2012, she bit a handler who pulled on her leash after Bridgette charged to attack two kenneled dogs. In March 2013, her previous owner was walking her on a leash and she saw another dog and bit through her leash to attack it. She badly injured the miniature schnauzer in that case.
Her previous owners had taken her to the Longmont Humane Society before the dangerous dog hearing, according to police reports. After she was surrendered, police records noted, she got into a fight at the humane society in May 2013. She was in training to work on aggressive behaviors. Trainers ultimately determined she was progressing well and she was released to a foster family when a volunteer at the humane society offered to foster her, police reported." 
"Progressing well"? Are there any clear thinking adults associated with Longmont Humane Society?

In 2012 Chocolate, a newly placed pit bull from the Longmont Humane Society attacked and killed a leashed Yorkie being walked by her owner.  Shelter staff told the new pit bull owner that Chocolate, was "selective about dogs she got along with" but had gotten into a "fight" while at the shelter. This statement candy coats a vicious dog that went on to kill a tiny and beloved pet in full view of her hysterical owner.

The frenzy to "save them all" without thought for public safety puts the public at risk.  Longmont Colorado and Montgomery County Ohio are extreme examples of the failure of current public policy regarding vicious dogs but these practices exist all over the United States. These are the organizations tasked with protecting the public.  Where are the adults?


Does Longmont Colorado need Cleveland's pit bulls?  No.

Does Ohio law need to be changed for the purpose of public safety?  YES!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Good news and bad news. Bills to toughen Ohio law pertaining to vicious dogs introduced into the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Month old baby killed by pit bulls in Mt. Vernon Ohio

SB 151, passed unanimously in the Ohio Senate just prior to the end of the session last year, has been reintroduced into both the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House as SB 195 and HB 352.
  The purpose of these bills is to toughen Ohio laws pertaining to vicious dogs. Since the passage of HB 14 in 2012, Ohio has seen an incredible jump in dog attack fatalities.  Including the death of a baby killed today in Mt. Vernon Ohio,  14 Ohioans have been killed by dogs in our state in the slightly over 5 years since the Ohio Legislature allowed Best Friends Animal Society to rewrite Ohio law.  The previous decade saw 5 fatal dog attacks in the state.  Draw your own conclusions.

Per the Dayton Daily NewsThe bills call for:
• Mandating that dog owners respond to warnings or postings from dog wardens;
• Requiring dog wardens to follow up on every complaint filed;
• Clarifying that dog wardens have arrest authority;
• Allowing wardens to take sworn affidavits from people who witness dangerous dog behaviors;
• Adding penalties for owners who fail to follow existing rules governing the sale or transfer of dogs labeled dangerous;
• Adding penalties for owners who fail to register their dangerous dogs with authorities;
• Extending the ban on dog ownership for those convicted of violent felonies to five years from three years;
• Extending the dog ownership ban to those convicted of child abuse charges"
"Owners could be charged with a fifth-degree felony, even if it’s a first offense. A dog would automatically be destroyed if it kills a person and a judge would decide if it should be euthanized in cases where the dog seriously injures a person."
State Senator Bill Beagle, author, and sponsor of the bill noted current Ohio law gives dogs "one free growl, one free bite, and one free kill.  Giving dogs a 'one-time pass' causes dangerous dogs to get a second chance to harm someone."

We sincerely hope for passage of this law very soon.

In today's news, Barrett Ethan Hagans, age one month, was apparently killed by dogs in his father's Knox County Ohio home.  The baby had been in a bassinet. Two pit bulls were removed from the home by the county dog warden. The investigation is ongoing.  There is no reported history on the family pit bulls at this time.




9/21/2017 Update.  The two pit bulls have been euthanized. 

9/27/2017 Update.  The Knox County Coroner confirms that one-month-old Barrett Hagens was killed by the family pit bulls. Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle stated the baby died of "extensive blunt and crush force injuries with puncture injuries."

9/29/2017 Update.  The killer pit bull was identified by examination of gastric contents during necropsy.  There is no doubt here.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pit bull roundup 7/30/2017 Mayhem continues in the Buckeye State, children in critical condition, police are menaced by pit bulls, church goers menaced by pit bulls, pit bulls shot by police and the general public as well.

Ohio now proudly ranks second in dog bite claims in the United States.  Per Cleveland.com "Although Ohio has the seventh-largest population, it's No. 2 in insurance claims for dog bites.

The Buckeye state last year had 1,009 insurance claims for dog bites, behind only California, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Ohio is ahead of New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Texas and Indiana."  Please keep in mind that pit bull owners are no longer required to carry insurance so they just skip that step in responsible ownership. Pit bull victims don't get settlements, they just pay the bills for their own attacks. 

This post will introduce a new, shorter post format to the Scorched Earth blog. This break with Scorched Earth tradition will serve two purposes.  
First, the short post format will reduce reports to the stark basics of life in our state since Representative  Barbara Sears allowed lawyers employed by Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab Utah to write law for the State of Ohio.  

Second, the short post format will also allow us to clean up the backlog as quickly as possible. It has proven to be impossible to keep up with pit bull mayhem in the state.  

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5/30/2017
Reynoldsburg Ohio
Franklin County and Licking County

A Reynoldsburg police officer was called to a local school for an animal complaint.  The officer was menaced by a loose pit bull (Reynoldsburg bans pit bulls).  The dog owner was cited for allowing her dogs to run at large AT A SCHOOL.  The dog owner refused to accept her citation.   Think she has insurance?  

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5/8/2017
Dayton Ohio
Montgomery County

A 7-year-old boy was attacked by a pit bull mix and required hospital treatment.  Per WHIO News "  The victim’s father told police the dog was “an ongoing issue with the residents in the neighborhood.” 
  This is not surprising, the county dog warden is Mark Kumpf.  Police contacted the dog owner, a 22-year-old man who claims to be willing to cover the victim's medical expenses. Don't hold your breath. The claim was made that the dog would be surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.  Again, don't hold your breath.   Think the 22 year old pit bull owner has insurance?  Nope, I don't think so either. 

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5/28/2017
DAYTON Ohio
Montgomery County

An aggressive dog of unreported breed was shot by Dayton Police as it menaced church goers and charged police.  A second menacing dog was taken to Mark Kumpf's Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.  Video with this story clearly shows a pit bull chained on the property where the dogs were housed.  These dogs were known to be aggressive but obviously, Mark Kumpf has yet again, failed to protect the residents of his county.   
  700 block of Leland Avenue, Dayton Sunday May 28, 2017

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5/30/2017
DAYTON Ohio
Montgomery County

Dayton police were called to a home where neighbors reported an aggressive dog on the roof.  The dog and a second dog at the address were reportedly unlicensed.  Montgomery County Animal Resource Center staff left a sternly worded post-it note for the owners

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5/2017
Kenton Ohio
Hardin County

A pit bull attacked a leashed dog being walked in a Kenton neighborhood.  The pit bull owner was cited for a violation of the city's dangerous and vicious dog ordinance.
 

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5/29/2017
DAYTON Ohio
Montgomery County Ohio

A sternly worded post-it note would be the traditional warning from the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.  What kind of warning is given by Dayton Police?

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4/25/2017
Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County

A Cleveland man was attacked by his own pit bull and taken to a Trauma Center for treatment.  His condition was listed as serious.  The victim's wife stabbed the pit bull to end the attack.  The pit bull was confiscated.  Here is how News 5 describes the attack "When police arrived on the scene, the wife of the man who was being attacked, Ethel Taylor, had blood splattered across her shirt.
Think this happens to Beagle owners?   

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5/8/2017
Defiance Ohio
Defiance County

A 40 year old man shot his girlfriend's pit bull mix in self defense.  He attempted to put the thing outside after it tore up his house so it began to attack him.  Beagles do this all the time. 

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5/17/2017
Mt Vernon Ohio
Knox County

A pit bull was shot while attacking a neighbor's dog, on the neighbor's property.  The shots came from a second floor window.  The property owner heard the attack in progress and could see two little girls trying to pull the pit bull off the property owner's dog.  The property owner felt that the girls and his own dog were in trouble so he took immediate action.  The property owner reported the shooting to local police, there were no charges.

As is the norm, the pit bull owner did not see the attack but claimed that the property owner was irresponsible.  She also claimed that her dog was not vicious (shot during an attack but not vicious).  You can't make this stuff up.  Video is available on the link.
   Pacman died after he was was shot three times from an upstairs window.  He would still be sleeping on the couch if he had been responsibly confined.  Don't want your dog shot?  Keep him at home.

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5/17/2017
DAYTON Ohio
Montgomery County

A pit bull owner let his American Staffordshire Terrier out to prance around the neighborhood on Mother's Day.  Boi Boi the Amstaff was shot by a neighbor.  Boi Boi's owner did not see the shot because he was not present but theorizes that the neighbor noted Boi Boi at large and went into his home to get a gun.  The neighbor stated he did not mean to hit the dog, just scare it away.  No charges were filed.  Video is available on the link.

Don't want your dog shot?  Keep him at home and under your supervision and control.

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5/10/2017
Canton Ohio
Stark County

A 76 year old woman was attacked by a neighbor's  bully breed dog when she took her own dog outside.  The  victim suffered deep bites and required hospital treatment.  The bully breed dog was surrendered to local authorities for euthanization. Stark County dog warden Jon Barber offers the classic excuses for the attack.  "I’m sure the dog could’ve been a very nice dog, but I’m not sure the environment that the dog came from, it ever had an opportunity. These bully-type dogs get a bad stereotype, but realistically, it’s the circumstances of how they were raised and how they’re brought up that led to this. It’s upbringing and social environment (that matter). This dog (is believed to have been) isolated, not socialized. So when it got loose, it reacted this way.”
Why do dog wardens repeat this crap?  They are paid to protect the safety of the public.  Who will pay the victim's medical bills?

Think there is insurance?

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6/22/2017
Columbus Ohio
Franklin County

A Columbus police officer, serving a warrant on a known drug house in that city, was attacked by a pit bull.  The pit bull was shot in self defense.  Per 10tv "The woman they were looking for initially came to the door, but then retreated inside. The officer followed her inside, at which point he says a pit bull was “put on” him.

Funny how Beagles do not figure into stories like this.

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7/24/2017
Bellefontaine Ohio  

A child looking for permission to search for his lost drone was attacked by two pit bulls harbored at a Belfontaine residence.  The boy was transported to a hospital for treatment of wounds to his face, arms, chest, groin, and back.  The pit bull owner was cited for two counts each of dog at large and failure to vaccinate.  Per the Bellefontaine Examiner "The dogs were taken from the residence by the Logan County Dog Warden, who later reported one of the dogs became extremely aggressive as he removed it from his pickup truck to a kennel. It broke its metal collar and ran off."
 This is not a dog that should be tolerated at large in the community.

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7/30/2017
DAYTON Ohio
Montgomery County

More news from Dog Warden Mark Kumpf's neighborhood.  Dayton police shot a pit bull after it attacked THREE Dayton residents. 

A Dayton police officer heard a woman screaming for help. Th woman, covered in blood, told two officers that there were others in a home being attacked by the dog. The officers could see the menacing pit, covered in blood, as it approached them aggressively.    The pit bull was shot in the nose. Medics found a second victim in the yard of the house.

Police made the decision to terminate the threat and euthanize the dog.  Later interviews with the victims revealed an attack earlier in the day by the same pit bull upon a third victim. Per WHIO " 
An interview with the dog bite victims revealed the dog had bitten a man earlier in the day in an unrelated domestic dispute. After the incident, the dog tried jumping on the owner and accidentally ripped a toenail off, which the owner said caused the dog to be upset “ever since.”
Mark Kumpf's staff arrived to remove the corpse. 
Dayton Police were forced to kill a dog late Friday night, after hearing a woman’s screams for help on the 30 block of Nassau Street.

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7/4/2017
Cleveland Ohio
Cuyahoga County

A six-year-old girl was admitted to Cleveland Metro in critical condition after she was attacked by the family pit bull.  Two adult females were also attacked.  The pit bull was shot by an off-duty Cuyahoga County sheriff's officer.  Handy to have someone close by to shoot the pit bull.  But wait,  it becomes even handier, the off duty officer was a resident of the household and he was the owner of the dog.  Both the owner, Michael Shaw Jr. and his pit bull have a record of charges in another northern Ohio community.  Per Cleveland 19 News "Records from Euclid Municipal Court show Michael Shaw Jr. was cited in February 2016 for five dog-related offenses. Shaw received citations for dog running at large, excessive animal noise, failing to register his animal, failing to provide the dog with adequate food and water, and nuisance activities involving an animal. The nuisance activities charge was amended to a disorderly conduct charge in July 2017, which Shaw pleaded guilty to. All other charges against Shaw were dropped.
According to the incident report obtained from Euclid Police, Shaw's white and brown pit bull was repeatedly getting out of his backyard. On February 21, 2016, the dog was running wild in the neighborhood and police responded to the home. Prior to police arriving, a neighbor was able to get the dog back into the yard, and used trash cans to block yard's entrance. The dog escaped again and the neighbor called police back to report the dog out yet again.
Shaw went to court for the citations and the dog was "moved out of the city" according to the Euclid Municipal Court docket.


Child attacked by family dog. (Source: Facebook)
Anastasia Highsmith, six-year-old victim. 

After the attack on Anastasia, neighbors want aggressive dogs out of their neighborhood. Per the 19 new story
Two neighbors spoke about the aggressive dog problem on their street, saying there are at least half a dozen pit bulls on the block and they all seem aggressive. Lee Covert has lived on W. 22nd Street his entire life and can’t understand the need for aggressive dogs in the neighborhood. According to Covert, the same dog that attacked on July 4 had recently gotten loose and police were called because a neighbor couldn’t get into her car." 
What are elected officials thinking when they allow breed advocates to block regulation of dangerous dogs and create unsafe neighborhoods? Was allowing a proven irresponsible pit bull owner to simply move his dangerous pit bull to another community an acceptable solution?  Not from a public safety point of view.  Cleveland's dangerous dog law is clearly written but poorly enforced.  Required insurance appears to be completely ignored.  
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We will return to this mess shortly.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Another pit bull attack fatality in Ohio.



A Fostoria Ohio pit bull owner died Thursday evening after he was bitten as he attempted to stop an attack by his pit bull, Mia, upon a leashed pit bull being walked in the neighborhood.

Here is the story per WTOLl1News "Just after 11 p.m. Thursday night, 60-year-old Michael Parks let his pit bull Mia outside. The dog ran across Davoli street and began fighting with another pit bull being walked on a leash by its owner." "While trying to break up the scuffle, Michael was bit directly on his recently installed dialysis shunt and began bleeding profusely. He was pronounced dead at the hospital later that night."Mr. Parks family is surprised. They describe Mia as a "gentle giant" who played with neighborhood children.  Per the family "everybody loved Mia, "she was not vicious at all."

How many times will we hear the same statements made by shocked pit bull owners?  When will Ohio lawmakers admit the mistake they made when they allowed Best Friends Animal Society to write Ohio law?  Does Ohio Representative Barbara Sears feel any responsibility for the fatal attacks since she joined with Best Friends to pass HB 14 to deregulate pit bulls in Ohio?

This is the second dialysis patient killed by a pit bull since passage of HB 14 in 2012. Ronnel Brown was attacked by his pit bull designer dog mix.  He was bitten on his dialysis shunt and bled out in his apartment while first responders waited for police to arrive and shoot the violent dog before they could get to their patient.  

 (Source: WTOL)
Blood stained pavement.


For those interested in fatal dog attacks in Ohio since passage of HB 14, here is more information. It should be noted that in the decade prior to passage of HB 14 Ohio had six fatal dog attacks.  In the five years since the passage of the law written by lawyers employed by Best Friends Animal Society Ohio has had thirteen fatal dog attacks. How good does HB 14 look now? 



The first fatality was Makayla Darnell, 3 weeks old, killed by her grandmother’s pit bull.    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/18/three-day-old-baby-girl-mauled-to-death-by-family-dog-in-ohio.html

The second was Ronnell Brown, a 40-year-old man, killed by his designer dog pit bull mix.  Brown was a dialysis patient and the report was that the dog tore his dialysis graft during the attack and he quickly bled to death.  First responders had to wait for police to shoot the dog before they could get to Brown and by then it was too late.  http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/avondale/avondale-man-dies-after-attacked-by-dog  BTW, Brown had two puppies of the same breed mix in his apartment at the time of the mauling and area residents lined up to adopt these puppies.  http://www.wafb.com/story/18997840/man-dies-after-being-mauled-by-dog

The third was Dawn Jergens, 76 years old killed by her own two dogs, Cane Corsos.  What was a 76-year-old woman doing with two Cane Corsos? 

Number 4 was Elizabeth Hurt, 94 years, attacked by the family Boston Terriers.  She died a couple of weeks later.  http://www.abc22now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wkef_vid_10115.shtml

The fifth was Rachael Honabarger, 35 years old, killed by her family German Shepherd.  http://www.coshoctontribune.com/article/20130504/NEWS01/305040004/Woman-dies-after-dog-attack?nclick_check=1

Mia Gibson was number six, three months old, killed by family dogs, two Shiba Inus.   http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/11/dog-bite-death.html

The seventh was 57-year-old Klonda Richey of Dayton Ohio, killed by dogs that she called pit mastiff mixes.     http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/dog-mauling-investigation-continues-owners-out-jai/ndJ3W/  Misdemeanor charges, Andrew Nason got 180 days in prison and community service.  Julie Custer got 90 days in jail and community service. 

Pit bull owner Kimiko Hardy was sentenced to 3 years in prison.     


Nine. Cindy Whisman, age 59, killed by her daughter’s pit bull while babysitting her toddler grandson in Madison Twp. Ohio.  Death ruled accidental, no charges.  

Ten.  Aiden Jonathon Grimm, three days old was killed by a Shepherd mix dog inside his grandmother’s home.  The coroner’s report stated there were no bite injuries on the body.  It appeared that the dog picked the infant up by the head to remove the child from a laundry basket serving as a temporary crib.  All the dogs in this household slept in laundry baskets. 


Eleven. Annie Williams, age 71, a great grandmother, was killed by a family member’s pit bull.  The dog was owned by Bobbie Green and her adult son Leon Morton.  Leon Morton pleaded guilty to felony charges to spare his mother a possible jail term.  Morton was sentenced to 30 months in prison with credit for 106 days already served.


Twelve. Maurice Brown, age 60 years, was killed by a pit bull kept chained in a Dayton Ohio Back yard on April 25, 2017. 
http://www.whio.com/news/local/dog-attack-family-man-killed-pit-bull-wants-answers-action/cc6fIH9GaSECPK8nHBRF2N/

Thirteen. Michael Parks, 60, of Fostoria Ohio.  This dialysis patient was bitten as he attempted to break up a dog fight between his pit bull and a leashed pit bull being walked in the neighborhood. Parks was bitten on his dialysis shunt and bled out. 
  http://www.wtol.com/story/35943544/fostoria-man-dies-after-being-bitten-while-breaking-up-pit-bull-fight

7/23/2017 Update.  The Toledo Blade, the most pit bull positive newspaper in the country has finally reported this fatality but neglects to note the breed of dogs involved.  The Blade simply does not report pit bull attacks. The Blade did mention the condition of the attacked dog, very serious and may not survive.

 http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2017/07/23/Fostoria-man-fatally-mauled-after-breaking-up-dogfight.html

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When is enough actually enough?

This attack did not happen in Ohio, it was across the state line in Pennsylvania but I'm going to talk about it anyway.  This is my blog and I can do that.

Two children were attacked by a pit bull as the mother was getting her children out of her minivan. The little girl was still in her car seat.  The pit bull had escaped from a nearby yard and having nothing better to do, simply jumped into the car and mauled the children, a five-year-old boy, and a three-year-old girl.  When was the last time a Beagle did this?  How about a Poodle?  A Dachshund?

The children were treated at Lancaster Hospital and transported to Hershey Medical Center for additional treatment.  They are in serious but stable condition.  A witness stated that the boy's face was just "gone." 

Here is a comment posted on an article written about this mauling. I have removed the name to protect this lady's privacy.  This is horrifying.



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My husband was in the ER at the hospitol where these dear children were first taken. I was there and saw the mother covered in her childrens blood. I heard the mothers anguish over if she could have done something different to protect her babies. I heard the toddler girl screaming from around the hallway. I heard a very distraught mother repeat that her beautiful boy will never look the same! I heard a visably shaken doctor tell the mother that her son will look different but he is alive! "Your boy is alive"! I saw the fathers look of utter confusion when he arrived as to how this happened to his family. I heard the mother say she was getting her children out of her car. The boy first. He was attacked right on the sidewalk. The girl was still in her car seat. The dog got in the car! The dog attacked her sitting in her car seat! This is what I heard. I was in tears for this family. My heart was so sad for them. I prayed for them sitting at my husbands bedside. It was all I could do for them in that moment. I will continue to pray for them. I will never forget this family.

The simple act of getting the kids out of the car has changed life forever for this innocent family.  

When is enough actually enough? 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Death in Dayton. Montgomery County is the poster child for the failure of the education model for animal control.

This post will be partly news, partly history, and have a heavy emphasis on "education."  Please hang in there with me.

Yet again, Dayton Ohio was the scene of a dog mauling death.  The April 25th pit bull mauling death of Maurice Brown is the third dog mauling death in that city in just over three years and the fourth in Montgomery County since Mark Kumpf took over the job of Montgomery County County Dog Warden in 2006.

Mr. Brown was attacked by a pit bull that had broken free of a chain in the backyard of a Dayton home.  Neighbors called the police to report hearing a man screaming "Jesus, help me, help me." When police arrived the pit bull was still attacking Brown and was shot by police.  Police found three more pit bulls at the home. It has been reported that the owner of the home is currently in a nursing home but the pit bulls have been at the home for years and are being well cared for.  The investigation of the fatal mauling is moving at the glacial speed customary in Dayton.  There has been no identification of the current owner or caretaker of these pit bulls.

This case is getting national attention and the previous two deaths are being noted.  Looks bad for Dayton.   There is more that looks bad for Dayton. This is not the first attack at this address.  In 2011 a nine-year-old girl was attacked by a dog there. Per the Dayton daily News "In 2011, 9-year-old Dynver Lovett was playing in the yard there when a loose dog from down the block ran up and began to fight with the multiple dogs at that address. The girl was bitten by that loose dog on her arm and leg. She needed 50 stitches and has permanent scarring from the experience. 
Multiple times in 2008 and 2012 dog owners at the same address were cited for failure to license two male pit bulls harbored there. One citation was dismissed and one was withdrawn.  Why?  In 2015 there was a request made to Montgomery County ARC for a welfare check for dog at the same address.  The dogs were reportedly healthy and the owner was again advised to license them.  There was no reported follow-up, as is normal for Montgomery County ARC.  There is no information on how these complaints were handled and no information on who owned the dogs at the time.  Did Montgomery County ARC contact an actual person at the address or just put sternly worded post-it notes on the door? More about the post-it notes later.   

The family of Maurice Brown is hoping for justice.   This statement comes from Mr. Brown's brother David. This could have been a child walking to school, mauled to death. It could have been anyone, it just happens to be my brother. These dogs are bred, bred for that trait of being vicious and you should be held accountable if you cannot control them.” "People seem to want to try to make a lion into a kitty cat, and they are not that."   Per the Dayton Daily news article dated 5/2/2017 "Any animal that takes a human life and has a known capability to do that is something we can't come to grips with" said David Brown.  He said the family is looking for answers and would like to see tougher rules and regulations on pull bull ownership.  Pit bulls should be 'treated like an exotic animal' because of the threats they pose and Maurice's death will hopefully start a dialog that will prevent this from happening to someone else."  "David said that his family is Christian and willing to forgive the responsible parties but that person or family must be held accountable for their actions."  Amen to that. 
  

Maurice Brown, musician and Air Force veteran. 


Police investigating the death of Maurice Brown.

News from Dayton does not get better.  There were FIVE reported dog attacks in the same week as the fatal attack on Maurice Brown.  On April 23rd a child was bitten by a pit bull mix dog inside a family home.  The child's mother asked to have the dog removed from her home because this was not the first bite from this dog.  Were previous bites reported?  Did Mark Kumpf's agency refuse to act on previous bites?  Follow up?

On April 25th Maurice Brown was killed by a pit bull in Dayton.  We are over a week out from the date of the fatal mauling, Dayton police and Montgomery County Animal Resource Center staff still have no identification for the owner of the dog.

Less than 24 hours after Maurice Brown's death a pit bull named Terra jumped out of a fenced yard and attacked a passerby. Per the Dayton Daily news. "  The victim told officers he was walking in the alley next to 1418 Lamar St. When he reached the front yard of the house a brown pit bull with a white chest started barking at him. A few seconds later the pit bull jumped over the fence and attacked him before jumping back into the yard.  The victim had bite injuries on his left upper thigh and lower right leg.  Medics transported the victim to Grandview Medical Center were he received stitches in his lower right leg.
The unnamed victim told police the dog grabbed him, shook its head a few times, causing him to fall on his knees. The dog also scratched his back. Officers later responded to the 1400 block of  Lamar Street to contact the dog’s owner. A man at the home told officers the dog that attacked the victim is Terra— a 2-year-old who recently had puppies. The man at the home told officers he didn’t own Terra, but he allowed her in the front yard while he did yard work. He typically allows the dogs in the back yard where there is a privacy fence."  This non-owner seems to have a lot of information on a dog he claims to not own.  

On apparently the same day, two Dayton pit bulls identified as Coco and Bella were running at large, Coco attacked a man working in his yard. The victim recognized the dogs and directed police to the residence of the owner, Alexander Elizarars.  This victim stated that he would go to a local hospital for treatment. When questioned, Elizarars admitted that his dogs had recently escaped from the yard but that the fence had been repaired.  Elizarars was informed that he must keep Coco quarantined. The story is not over.  A woman called police and reported that Coco and Bella were again running at large. Bella bit the woman.  Police returned to Elizarars' home to inform him that Bella must be quarantined as well.  The female victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

This is less than a week in Dayton. Dayton appears to be one of the most dangerous cities in America for dog attacks.

But wait, we are not done in Dayton.  A Dayton man was arrested after leaving a three year old child in a car with pit bulls in it so he could buy heroin.  Twenty four year old Taylor Beatty-Frazier's pit bull became aggressive toward police during a traffic stop. A search of the car turned up the drugs, three caps of heroin, a three year old child, and aggressive pit bulls in the same car.  What could go wrong?

 

Pit bull owner Taylor Beatty-Frazier.

Pit bulls are an issue in Dayton. Type Dayton into the search box at the top left of the blog page. You will be here all day reading about Dayton's pit bulls.   Montgomery County ARC seems to be unable to make any impact and you will see why shortly.  Hint - law is not being enforced.

Here is a bit of history that may lead to a greater understanding of problems in Dayton and Montgomery County.

On February 7, 2014, Dayton resident Klonda Richey was killed by dogs she called pit bull mastiff mixes in her DOZENS of complaints to dog warden Mark Kumpf's Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and to Dayton police. Richey stated that she was afraid for her life but the dogs were never removed from the home of Richey's neighbors. Richey's complaints to the Montgomery County ARC led to nothing more than sternly worded post-it notes left at the home of Andrew Nason and Julie Custer, next door neighbors and dog owners.  Kumpf claimed that Richey's death was unpreventable and this statement comes to us from WDTN News "Numerous warnings were left for the dog owners at 35 East Bruce Avenue, but no action was taken. Kumpf says a warning is simply a notice that an officer responded to a complaint. There’s really no follow-up after that unless the owner calls the Animal Resource Center to find out more."
A response from dog owners is voluntary?

            Andrew Nason, 28, and Julie Custer, 25, both of Dayton.
Andrew Nason                 Julie Custer
Court of Appeals ruling in 2016 will allow the family of Klonda Richey to personally sue Mark Kumpf for his failure to protect her safety.  PLEASE read the Court of Appeals ruling.  The section about Kumpf's personal decision to shift from an enforcement model to an education model is very disturbing and becomes more disturbing when we get to the death of Jonathan Quarles Jr.    Here is the section, nobody should miss this.

 {¶ 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."

Let that sink in. Per the Court of Appeals of Ohio Second Appellate District, Montgomery County, at Mark Kumpf's direction, Montgomery County animal control shifted from enforcement mode to education mode. Keep the stats provided by the Court of Appeals in mind. ARC staff members were directed to write fewer citations, they did not patrol the community AND at Kumpf's direction his dispatchers routinely refused to answer phone calls requesting service during business hours.  After the death of Klonda Richey there was no apparent change in Kumpf's policies.

Here is where the failure of Kumpf's policies and his inability to change his management style become obvious. Seven-month-old Jonathan Quarles Jr. was killed inside his step grandmother's Dayton home on July 20, 2014, by her pit bull, a pit bull with a history of violence, well known to Montgomery County Animal Resource Center staff, but that known violent dog had not been removed from Kimiko Hardy's home after two previous violent incidents.
7-month-old attacked, killed by dog in Dayton
Jonathan Quarles Jr.

Hardy had been ordered to attend responsible dog owner classes at the Montgomery County ARC after her dog's first violation, menacing and attacking a mail carrier,  but that education apparently included nothing of value and there was no follow-up.  Another failure for Mark Kumpf's education model.  Hardy's pit bull went on to attack a leashed Beagle being walked by her owner.  This second violation led to charges but for reasons unexplained, a pre-trial hearing for Hardy was postponed one week prior to the fatal attack on Jonathan Quarles Jr.   It would appear to the casual observer that the Quarles family has the right to sue Mark Kumpf as well.
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 Kimiko Hardy in the courtroom to hear her sentence.  Jonathan's step-grandmother, Kimiko Hardy is serving a 3-year prison sentence for the death of the child. 

Here is a bit more history.  Ohio law pertaining to dogs was changed in 2012 by the passage of HB 14, sponsored by Representative Barbara Sears. Sears is not a dog owner and never has been but her dedication to the deregulation of pit bulls in Ohio was relentless.  Documents received via FOI request make it clear that Representative Sears allowed an out of state shelter/PAC, Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab Utah, to write law for the state of Ohio.  This organization also wrote an amendment to HB 79, a previous attempt to deregulate pit bulls in Ohio which was unsuccessful.

It must be remembered that Representative Sears stated of her bill that it "finally gives dog wardens the tools to deal with dangerous dogs."  Not so much.  Mark Kumpf, then treasurer of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association, along with Matt Granito, then president of the organization campaigned for passage of the bill using their titles as officers of the OCDWA without consulting rank and file members.

The Best Friends lawyers set out to protect the rights of pit bull owners and their dogs without any consideration of public safety. The mauling deaths started immediately after passage of HB 14 and in the five years since the passage of HB 14,  there have been twelve fatal dog attacks in Ohio.


The first fatality was Makayla Darnell, 3 weeks old, killed by her grandmother’s pit bull.    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/18/three-day-old-baby-girl-mauled-to-death-by-family-dog-in-ohio.html

The second was Ronnell Brown, a 40 year old man, killed by his designer dog pit bull mix.  Brown was a dialysis patient and it was reported that the dog tore his dialysis graft during the attack and he quickly bled to death.  First  responders had to wait for police to shoot the dog before they could get to Brown and by then it was too late.  http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/avondale/avondale-man-dies-after-attacked-by-dog  BTW, Brown had two puppies of the same breed mix in his apartment at the time of the mauling and area residents lined up to adopt these puppies.  http://www.wafb.com/story/18997840/man-dies-after-being-mauled-by-dog

The third was Dawn Jergens, 76 years old killed by her own two dogs, Cane Corsos.  What was a 76 year old woman doing with two Cane Corsos?  This death occurred in Montgomery County.  

Number 4 was Elizabeth Hurt, 94 years, attacked by the family Boston Terriers.  She died a couple of weeks later.  http://www.abc22now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wkef_vid_10115.shtml

The fifth was Rachael Honabarger, 35 years old, killed by her family German Shepherd.  http://www.coshoctontribune.com/article/20130504/NEWS01/305040004/Woman-dies-after-dog-attack?nclick_check=1

Mia Gibson was number six, three months old, killed by family dogs, two Shiba Inus.   http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/11/dog-bite-death.html

The seventh was 57 year old Klonda Richey of Dayton in Montgomery County Ohio, killed by dogs that she called pit mastiff mixes.     http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/dog-mauling-investigation-continues-owners-out-jai/ndJ3W/  Misdemeanor charges, Andrew Nason got 180 days in prison and community service.  Julie Custer got 90 days in jail and community service.  Nason was recently convicted on child abuse charges and will spend 5 years in prison. 

Eight,  Jonathan Quarles Jr age 7 months.  http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/dog-owner-indicted-in-fatal-mauling-of-8-month-old/nm45C/  This was a Montgomery County, city of Dayton mauling death. 
Nine. Cindy Whisman, age 59, killed by her daughter’s pit bull while babysitting her toddler grandson in Madison Twp. Ohio.  Death ruled accidental, no charges.  

Ten.  Aiden Jonathon Grimm, three days old was killed by a Shepherd mix dog inside his grandmother’s home.  The coroner’s report stated there were no bite injuries on the body.  It appeared that the dog picked the infant up by the head to remove the child from a laundry basket serving as a temporary crib.  All the dogs in this household slept in laundry baskets. 

Eleven. Annie Williams, age 71, a great grandmother, was killed by a family member’s pit bull in Shaker Heights Ohio.  The dog was owned by Bobbie Green and her adult son Leon Morton.  Leon Morton pleaded guilty to felony charges to spare his mother a possible jail term.  Morton was sentenced to 30 months in prison with credit for 106 days already served.

Twelve. Maurice Brown, age 60 years, was killed by a pit bull kept chained in a Dayton Ohio Back yard on April 25, 2017.  This is a Montgomery County mauling death. 
http://www.whio.com/news/local/dog-attack-family-man-killed-pit-bull-wants-answers-action/cc6fIH9GaSECPK8nHBRF2N/

For comparison, here is a list of fatal dog attacks in Ohio for the DECADE prior to the passage of HB 14. Note the total, FIVE deaths in 10 years.

2003                        Fatal attack by Rottweilers, 54 year old female victim in Columbus Ohio.  The dog owner was sentenced to 6  months in jail.

2005                         Fatal attack by pit bull, victim was Ernie Asad of  Parma Ohio.  The owner of the dogs was a professional football player. The dogs were being taken care of by a friend.       

2006                        Fatal attack by Rottweilers, 40 year old make victim, James Eisaman, had a broken leg. He was attacked and killed in his basement by his girlfriend’s dogs.  Akron Ohio

2008                         Fatal attack by a Husky upon a 3 day old infant in Wakeman Ohio      

2010                        Fatal attack by a large pack of dogs of many breeds, upon Michael Winters, all the dogs belonged to him in Warren Ohio

Ohio State Senator Bill Beagle introduced SB 151 during the legislative session that ended in 2016. The bill was designed to hold the owners of dangerous dogs accountable for the actions of their dogs. SB 151 passed the Ohio Senate unanimously just prior to the end of the session.  When was the last time anything passed the Ohio Senate unanimously?  It is obvious that current Ohio law, written by lawyers employed by Best Friends Animal Society headquartered in Kanab Utah is a total failure.  Senator Beagle promises to re-introduce the bill into the Ohio House this year.     He recently told a reporter The body count is getting too high,”  “We need to act.

It may be of interest to some that just two days after the mauling death of Maurice Brown in Dayton Ohio there was a pit bull mauling death across the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line.  Lisa Green, age 32, was mauled to death by her pit bull-Boxer mix on the deck of her home while her neighbors fought for her life using a ham bone, a stick, a board, and a gun.  This fatal attack was also picked up by national news services and has distracted attention from Maurice Brown's death.  When will Dayton residents see results from the investigation by Dayton Police and Montgomery County Animal Resource Center?

When will the Montgomery County Commissioners grow weary of Mark Kumpf's "education" model and insist on enforcement?  With FOUR fatal attacks, three of these attacks by pit bulls well known to Montgomery Animal Control, in just one county, what are they waiting for? Senator Beagle is correct, the body count IS getting too high.  You can't "educate" the clueless, the careless, or the thoughtless, the unwilling or the uninsured,  in techniques to prevent the very behaviors their dogs were bred to exhibit.  Education has been promoted as the cure for the pit bull problem for 30 years and has never worked anywhere. Montgomery County is the poster child for that failure.  "Education" is a FAILED POLICY, enforce the law!

Brief digression, there is no problem with Beagles that requires mass education for the public.  Has the phrase "it's all in how you raise 'em" EVER been uttered in a conversation about Irish Setters? Has anyone ever stated that Poodles or Collies can't be visually identified?  We hear these standard pit bull talking points after every serious pit bull mauling, uttered by some sanctimonious and condescending breed advocate.  Elected officials do not call them out on it.  Proactive laws are under vicious attack by breed specific advocates all over the United States.  

Mr. Kumpf must have amazing social skills, he is the president of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association and has been for years.  Why do Ohio county dog wardens keep voting for him?  He makes a laughingstock of the organization.  Why don't OCDWA members ask for his resignation? A a president-elect is listed on the website.  Why not let someone not tainted by the failure of Kumpf's educational model, and the deaths in his county resulting from that failure take over the organization? I can't answer any of these questions.

What is fairly obvious is that when a dog warden aligns himself with breed specific advocates the public will suffer.


Mark Kumpf, Montgomery County's dog warden posing with Jane Berkey, heiress and owner of the extreme pit bull advocacy organization The Animal Farm Foundation (motto Securing equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs) and the National Canine Research Council (producer of Tobacco Institute style "research" promoting the safety of pit bull dogs.  It must be noted that The AFF and Best Friends Animal Society partner in promoting pit bulls and protecting the rights of pit bull owners across America.  Ledy Vankavage, head lawyer at Best Friends is also a board member of the Animal Farm Foundation.  Mr. Kumpf is a frequent speaker at events sponsored by the AFF and by Best Friends.