Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wrongful death lawsuit against Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf filed by the family of Klonda Richey may go to trial.

This is interesting, and appropriate.

Mark Kumpf, Montgomery County dog warden will face a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Konda Richey.   The court's 41 page opinion can be found here.

Per the Courthouse News Service " Mark Kumpf was the dog warden in Montgomery County. Earlier in his career, he emphasized enforcement, writing an average of 100 to 150 citations per month.
     When Kumpf took the Montgomery County job in 2006, he changed from "enforcement mode" to "education mode."
     Only 3.4 percent of calls resulted in citations in the two years before Richey's death, according to an Ohio Court of Appeals ruling filed last week. Also, only 12 of the county's 60,000 dogs were considered "nuisance" or "dangerous" dogs in 2013.
     Richey called the county's animal resource center 13 times about the dogs belonging to Andrew Nason and Julie Custer, but all of her calls were sent to voicemail.
     In one of her calls, Richey said Nason "let his aggressive pit/mastiff run loose while she was walking to work and threatened to let it have her for a treat," her estate claims.
     Richey also reportedly complained that the mailman refused to deliver mail on her street and that a pit bull owner had taken his dog off his chain and ordered it to attack her.

Quick review, Ms Richey made 13 complaints to the Animal Resource Center and 46 calls to Dayton Police.  Click here to read the records of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. You will find records of sternly worded warning post-it notes left on the door, and animal control officers who knocked on that door.  This is proactive enforcement?  Mr. Kumpf stated to WDTN News that he has no protocol for followup after the sternly worded post-it note is affixed to the dog owner's front door. Per WDTN "Per 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.This is the problem, zero follow- up.

Richey asked for a court order of protection but was refused, video available here.  She built this fence, hoping it would protect her.  Unfortunately, it did not.
 A cat lover, fences were built to protect the pets at Klonda Richey’s home, 31 E. Bruce Avenue in Dayton where she was mauled to death by a neighbor’s pit bull dogs after nine previous complaints filed about the two dogs who fatally attacked her. JIM WITMER / STAFF

The scene of Klonda Richey's death.
Deadly dog attack: Klonda Richey's body was found torn to shreds on the snow-covered sidewalk outside her Ohio home on Friday
 The Second District Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the trial court, that only owners and those who harbor dogs can be held responsible.  It was reported that the Court of Appeals reviewed hundreds of  Ohio cases on liability issues prior to their decision that the family of Klonda Richey's lawsuit may proceed.   . 

Will the family of Jonathan Quarles Jr. file a similar lawsuit? Just six months after the Dayton death of Klonda Richey,  the city of Dayton was again the scene of a violent dog mauling death, this time a seven month old infant visiting from out of state.  The pit bull that killed seven month old Jonathan had previously attacked a mail carrier leading to charges that brought pit bull owner Kimiko Hardy to a mandatory responsible dog owner education class at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, headed by dog warden Kumpf.  Not long after the class Hardy's pit bull attacked a peaceful dog on a leash being walked by Hardy's home.  This attack brought additional charges against Hardy but the case was postponed by the Montgomery County prosecutor.  Why?  No one knows. This same dog very quickly went on to attack and kill Jonathan Quarles Jr. inside Hardy's home.  Hardy was step grandmother to the visiting child.  Hardy was convicted on six felony counts and sentenced to three years in prison.  Hardy's dog was well known to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, headed by Mark Kumpf, but was allowed to remain in the community and went on to kill a child.  The Quarles family has every right to hold the Montgomery County dog warden responsible for failure to protect the safety of the public.  

Jonathan Quarles Jr.

Dog Warden Kumpf.  photo
He may be the only dog warden in the United States to have two fatal attacks in his district within a six month time frame.  Was he fired after the first fatal attack?  No.  Was he fired after the second fatal attack?  No.  The Montgomery County commissioners gave him a raise "because he had a  difficult year."

Klonda Richey

Will the charges against Kumpf FINALLY be enough to convince County Dog Wardens in Ohio to elect someone else president of their organization

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pit Bull Roundup 7/6/2016. Ohio pit bull owner goes to prison, Newark changes their dog laws again, Lakemore regulates pit bulls, pit bull owners abusing their own pit bulls, pit bulls kill tiny dogs... and get to stay with their owners, and other stuff.

More pit bull happenings from Ohio.  In no particular order.

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Dayton Ohio
Montgomery County

Kimiko Hardy, pit bull owner, has been sentenced to three years in prison for the fatal mauling of seven month old.Jonathan Quarles Jr.   Per ABC22 " "I'm sorry. It was a tragic day," Hardy said in court.
Her 7-month-old step-grandson, Jonathan Quarles Jr., was visiting when Hardy's pit bull mix attacked and killed the baby.
"I'm sorry about this, I miss Jonathan, too," said Hardy.
"Sorry will not bring my son back and from July 20th, 2014, this shouldn't be the first time, well the second time that I've heard that I'm sorry," said the baby's mother Kashyra Hardy.
Prosecutors said Hardy's dog had attacked a letter carrier and small dog before.
"Based on her failure to act and her sticking her head in the sand, unfortunately, this young child was defensless and was mauled by her dog," said Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Karen Groseth.
Hardy's attorneys said she's remorseful and doesn't deserve prison.
Whether dog killing 7-month-old was ‘foreseeable’ at center of trial photo

Pit bull owners never think they deserve to go to prison but this one will find out how she looks in orange. After her dog's first violent incident Hardy was required to attend classes on responsible dog ownership at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, run by Montgomery County dog warden Mark Kumpf.  It appears that the curriculum is lacking something.  Hardy's dog went on to maul a peaceful dog being walked by the owner prior to strike three, the killing of Jonathan Quarles Jr.  Epic and fatal fail.

Whether dog killing 7-month-old was ‘foreseeable’ at center of trial photo
Jonathan Quarles Jr.

Video is available at the above link.

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Newark Ohio
Licking County

A new program at the Licking county shelter is apparently controversial.  Bids will now be taken for desirable dogs.  Per ABC 6 "The shelter director said they used to use a "first choice" policy which was first-come, first-served policy. People could put a $10 deposit on a dog for the three-day mandatory holding period, but fights used to break out when popular dogs were up for adoption. Some people never came back for the dog after the holding period was over." 

Any money over the standard adoption fee goes toward medical expenses for the dogs.

My guess is that pleasant little dogs will get a great deal of attention.  If you want  a pit bull just pick one out, they have been there for a long time and there is no crush of people clamoring for them.

Click on the link for video.  A dog groomer appears and he makes a lot of sense.

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Bucyrus Ohio
Crawford County

This story has been overlooked for far too long.  A Crawford County man was charged with animal cruelty for beating his pit bull with a shovel.  Makes sense.  Per the Telegraph-Forum "Earlier this week, Bryan Hedges, 37, pleaded not guilty to one count of animal cruelty, a second-degree misdemeanor, after being accused of striking the dog last Friday and knocking out several of its teeth.
Although Friday's court date, a probable-cause hearing called for by the Crawford County dog warden's office, was a civil proceeding, not a criminal one, Hedges admitted to doing what was alleged after he was arrested by the county Crawford County Sheriff's Office and briefly detained in the county jail before posting a $750 bond. Upon his arrest last week, he said he was attempting to discipline the animal when the incident occurred. He elaborated on that Friday.
"I was trying to put his chain on him," Hedges said. "I tripped and the dog was on me, I have bite marks all up my arm. I hadn't even struck him, and he attacked me. I'm glad it wasn't one of my children.
"I then went out and got the shovel and struck him a couple times."
Hedges added the pit bull, which weighs about 65 pounds, had shown aggressive tendencies in the past and that he had considered getting him neutered.

 I would not put that surgery off Mr. Hedges.  The Humane Society took custody of Hedges pit bull and also a Cane Corso also owned by Hedges.  He wants the Cane Corso back, stating that he is "emotionally invested" in that dog but no apparent interest in the pit bull.  It is reported that "someone" is interested in rescuing the pit bull.  What could go wrong?  

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Mansfield Ohio
Richland County

The Tender Loving Dog Care program run by the Ashland County Humane Society  sends dogs to the Mansfield Correctional Institution for training by inmates.  One of these inmates, Archie Wilder, convicted of murder and serving 33 years to life, was bitten by one of the Tender Loving Dog Care dogs.  The Columbus Dispatch tells us "Wilder, 41, alleged he was bitten at the Mansfield Correctional Institution on Nov. 27, 2014. He claimed he was breaking up a fight between two dogs when a third animal approached him from behind and bit his left calf.
Wilder turned jailhouse lawyer and sued the state, alleging the dog was known to be dangerous since it had bitten another inmate on Oct. 20, 2014, but that it was not removed from the prison for weeks.
He was a handler in the Tender Loving Dog Care, a program at several state prisons in which inmates care for dogs that then are put up for adoption.
Wilder said his wound could not be stitched and required eight to ten weeks of daily care. He claimed his calf remains numb due to nerve damage.  Click here to read the actual lawsuit.  
The breed is not listed but it should be noted that this is the second such attack requiring a payout of taxpayer funds in less than a year.  Vincent Doan received a $7500 settlement after part of his his nose was bitten off by a dog at the Correctional Reception Center near Orient Ohio.  Doan was also convicted of murder, his victim's body has never been found.

Wilder's check will be sent to him at the Mansfield prison for use at the inmate commissary.  Who is running these programs?  Why is the Ohio taxpayer footing the bills?  The organization responsible for the dog's presence in the prison should be paying.

Archie Wilder

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Fairview Park
Cuyahoga County

A 60 year old woman was injured while trying, unsuccessfully, to protect her 8 1/2 pound Toy Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix from two escaped pit bulls weighing 75 pounds and 44 pounds respectively.  The little dog's owner went to Fairview Hospital for treatment of bruises and lacerations.

The pit bulls remain with their owner WHILE THE PROSECUTOR DECIDES WHETHER TO FILE CHARGES. He has to think about this?

Per "The woman told police that she was walking her dog in the 22000 block of Macbeth Avenue just before 6 p.m. June 13. The two dogs burst through a gate on the opposite side of the street, according to a Fairview Park police report released Tuesday.
The woman grabbed her dog to protect it, but the two dogs jumped and ripped into her dog's flesh.
The dogs knocked the woman to the ground, and grabbed the smaller dog and killed it. The dogs' owners were out of town and a friend was caring for them at the time of the attack, Fairview Park Police Chief Upperman said.
The gate to the fence where the dogs were held was not properly secured when they escaped, Upperman said.
The owners rescued the dogs from a shelter, and they are unsure whether they are purebred pit bulls. Both dogs were vaccinated, according to police records.
Fairview Park Prosecutor John Castele has recused himself from the case because he is acquainted with the victim. An outside prosecute will handle the matter.

This warning cannot be repeated enough, NEVER accept responsibility for someone else's pit bulls.  No good can come of this.

Fairview Park attack dogs.jpg
These dogs remain at home.  Presumably the Toy Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix is buried in the owner's yard.   The peaceful public deserves better than this.

Fairview Park considers pit bull inherently vicious. Per the City's Municipal Code " (4)   A.   "Vicious dog" means a dog that, without provocation and subject to subsection (a)(4)B. hereof, meets any of the following:
            1.   Has killed or caused serious injury to any persons;
            2.   Has caused injury, other than killing or serious injury to any person, or has killed another dog;
            3.   Is a pit bull terrier, the ownership, keeping or harboring of such a dog shall be prima-facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a vicious dog."
More from the city code "  C.   "Pit bull terrier" as used herein includes, but is not limited to, any American Pit Bull Terrier, any Bull Terrier, any Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identifiable as partially of the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier."

More from the city code "  (b)   No owner, keeper or harborer of a dangerous or vicious dog shall fail to do either of the following:
      (1)   While that dog is on the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, securely confine it at all times in a building, in a locked pen which has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure which has a top, except that a dangerous dog may, in the alternative, be tied with a leash or tether so that the dog is adequately restrained;
      (2)   While that dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, keep it on a chain-link leash or tether that is not more than six feet in length and additionally do at least one of the following:
         A.   Keep that dog in a locked pen which has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure which has a top;
         B.   Have the leash or tether controlled by a person who is of suitable age and discretion or securely attach, tie or affix the leash or tether to the ground or stationary object or fixture so that the dog is adequately restrained and station such a person in close enough proximity to that dog so as to prevent it from causing injury to any person;
         C.   Muzzle that dog.
   (c)   No owner, keeper or harborer of a vicious dog shall fail to obtain liability insurance with an insurer authorized to write liability insurance in this State providing coverage in each occurrence, subject to a limit, exclusive of interest and costs, of not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) because of damage or bodily injury to or death of a person caused by the vicious dog.  (ORC 955.22)"

The prosecutor needs to THINK about THIS?

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Gallia County  

Jeremy Collins, age 38 years, was cited for harboring a pit bull within the city limits. Gallipolis has a pit bull ban.  Mr. Collins pleaded not guilty the charge of possession of a dangerous and vicious dog in violation of local law.  Per the Galliopolis Daily Tribune "According to police reports, officers were dispatched to Collins’ residence after receiving complaints of three dogs allegedly living at the home. While approaching the home, a man was exiting the building. An officer reported seeing “what appeared to be a pit bull in the living room area of the residence.”
Reportedly, Collins met with the officer on the porch and was told about the complaint in regards to the dogs at his home. Collins allegedly responded that he did not have three dogs and said he only owned one dog the officer had observed on his approach. Two other dogs had been at the house but were picked up by their owner a few days before.
The officer then cited Collins with a first-degree misdemeanor in regard to regard to the presence of the animal and served with a court summons. Collins was reportedly advised to relocate the dog. Police reports say Collins had been given a warning for a similar offense in January 2015."
Collins apparently blew off his previous warning but law enforcement was not so patient this time.

More from the Galliopolis Daily Tribune "
A man who lived in Gallipolis at the time approached the city commission last September under a similar circumstance. Officers approached him for owning a pit bull within city limits. After asking the commission to change its view on the standing ordinance, the commission deliberated and after a time decided to not change the law.
Individuals convicted of owning a listed illegal breed within municipal limits could potentially face six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine."
Pit bull bans are enforced on a complaint basis. Mr. Collins neighbors are fed up, it appears that neighbors of last September's pit bull owner were fed up as well. 
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Lakemore Ohio
Summit County

On July 1st  a new vicious dog ordinance went into effect in Lakemore.  Per the
"The ordinance identifies several dog breeds that are considered vicious. Owners of dogs of these breeds will be required to follow the new guidelines:
n American bulldog or old country bulldog
n Canary dog or perro de presa canario
n Staffordshire bull terrier
n American pit bull terrier
n American Staffordshire terrier
n Any mixed breed that contains elements of the breeds listed
Upon doing register their dogs, owners will receive a sign for their property and a florescent green collar for the dog. There is no cost for the registration. Vicious dogs will also need to be tattooed with a code number provided by the village or will need to be micro-chipped. To see the ordinance in its entirety, visit"
Letters were mailed to all residents explaining the new ordinance.  

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Newark Ohio
Licking County  

For the second time this year Newark Ohio is changing its municipal code related to vicious dogs.  Newark had a pit bull ban with the generous option of complete exemption from the ban for dogs that passed the ridiculously easy AKC CGC test.  This option was evidently not quite easy enough, the first couple of years of the offer only three pit bulls achieved exemption.  Councilman Jeff Rath led the charge to drop the ban last year but was defeated.  He brought it right back this year, the vote was tied with city council president Don Ellington breaking the tie.  Even though Newark residents spoke in favor of keeping the pit bull ban. 

Rath is attempting to pose as a neutral voice of common sense, as opposed to the person directly responsible for dropping the breed ban in April with the fatal mauling of a Chihuahua in May.  
Newark City Council votes to change vicious dog laws

Per the Newark Advocate "  One dog is dead and another severely injured after being attacked by a pit bull Friday morning, according to police.
A pit bull got loose and killed a mixed breed Chihuahua in the 1000 block of Guckert Ave. at about 9 a.m., said Newark Police Sgt. Clint Eskins. The pit bull then attacked another dog as it was being walked by its owner. That dog suffered severe injuries, Eskins said.
The pit bull is now back with its owner and not in the custody of police or animal control. Police said a report about the incident would not be completed until Saturday.
Pit bulls are not automatically deemed vicious in Newark after city council voted last month to have designations based on behavior rather than breed."     635582306169623266-NEW-Newark-police
This was the first offense from this particular pit bull and it killed someone's pet and attacked another dog.  

After all 10 members of the Newark city council voted unanimously to alter the law passed in April to label dogs vicious is they kill another dog. Rath stated  "It's giving us the ability to hold dogs and dog owners more accountable for their actions," said Jeff Rath, R-3rd Ward. "I think the act of a dog killing a dog is something that ... warrants more accountability both for the owner and for the dog."
It was easy to see this one coming.

For more on Newark please click here or here .  Or just enter Newark in the site search box, there is plenty here.  

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Macedonia Ohio
Summit County  

Emma, the Chihuahua/Beagle mix was killed by the neighbor's pit bull inside the garage of her owners. Per Newsnet5 "Bob Blazek and his fiancé Lisa Schultz still can't believe what they witnessed Friday in their Macedonia garage.
"The big bad wolf just came over and ate her,” said Blazek.
A neighbor's pit bull charged across the street attacking their 5-year-old Chihuahua-beagle mix named Emma.
"Seeing the pet you love get killed in front of you, it's terrible,” said Blazek.
The couple showed Newsnet5’s Paul Kiska pictures of Emma after the attack. But Emma was so ripped apart by the pit bull, the photos are too gruesome to show.
"He was just chewing her, chewing her up,” Blazek said."
The pit bull remains with the owner and there will be no charges.  Ohio law protects vicious dogs.        A bill to create felony charges for owners of dogs that kill humans, and would also allow euthanization of dogs that kill other dogs, SB 151, has been sitting in the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee for well over a year, three hearings and zero votes.  Committee Chairman Cliff Hite should feel deep shame.  

Emma deserves better. Ohio residents deserve better.

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Brunswick Ohio
Cuyahoga County

William Yates was attacked by a pit bull when he knocked on the door of a friend. He was there to watch a Cavs game on TV. This story did not make local news. Please click on the gofundme link, photos of the injuries are appalling.  

Per the page "On Saturday May 21, 2016 at approximately 7:30pm my Uncle William went to visit freinds to watch the Cavs hopefully pull in a win.  Unfortunately he didn't get to see that game.  When William knocked on the door he was greeted by not only a person...but a pit bull that wasn't going to allow him access to the home.  William's instinct was to block the dog with his left arm and try to pull the dog off with his right hand.  The dog locked on to his arm and wouldn't let go.  William pulled the collar so hard that it broke, but all that did was make the dog even more angry.  The attack went on for approximately 7 minutes and caused damage that may leave him with some loss of mobility in his left arm, left leg and right hand.  William managed to kick the dog off and into the house.  Once inside the house and the door locked, the dog turned on a female occupant of the home and attacked her as well.  Luckily her injuries were not as serious.  EMS/911 was called while the attack was taking place."

This victim was bitten on both legs, both arms, both sides of his chest, and his hands, AND THEN the pit bull attacked a woman in the house.

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St Marys Ohio
Auglaize County     

A pit bull owner, living in a community that formerly regulated pit bulls but caved to the constant whining of pit bull owners that they were being discriminated against is complaining yet again.  A quote from her letter to the editor "A year later our city implemented a “pit bull” ordinance. Many people objected and city council decided it was unjust to have a discriminatory ordinance that judged a dog by its looks alone. The council unanimously voted in a new ordinance which focuses on the dog and owners behavior. I was so proud to live in a place where the city council would listen to the concerns of its citizens.
That pride ended last week when I learned that I am being thrown out of the home I have lived in for nearly a year because of the type of dogs I choose to own and rescue. My landlord stated to me that a gentleman who lives down the street from me, and who happens to be a former city council member, said that he does not want me living there anymore because he doesn’t want my dogs in the neighborhood.
My dogs do not run loose, they do not menace anyone or anything and they have not done nothing that would deem them dangerous.
We all know that discrimination of any kind is wrong; so, why do we allow it to continue?"
I put this just after the story of the unreported attack on William Yates for a reason.  It is not "discrimination" to acknowledge the potential for life changing injuries from pit bulls.

I'm going to repeat a recent blog post from St. Marys because it is pertinent. 

St. Marys Ohio
Auglaize County

 A pit bull attacked a St. Bernard, on the property of the St. Bernard's owner.  Police were called.  Per the Evening Leader "  “The St. Bernard was in its own yard and the pit bull was running loose,” St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst told The Evening Leader. “The officer tased the pit bull five times. The first few times, the pit bull went back after the St. Bernard. The last few times, the officer was tasing it to try and get control so they could get a dog pole but the dog was up and moving around. They were afraid the dog would break the leads and if so, they would have no control over the dog. With the kids and adults around, the officer was afraid it would attack a person.” It was at that time the officer shot the dog. Ernst said the pit bull’s owner eventually showed up at the scene. “He stated he understood why it happened,” Ernst said.

This comment was posted by the pit bull owner. Please remember, the pit bull was at large and attacking another dog on the property of the other dog's owner.

Brittany Bullock ·
Titan ran out of the house when the door was opened moving a bookshelf. There was three kids under 5 yrs of age at the house and he did not harm either one. 3 adults also not harmed. Ever thought Titan, "the vicious pit" was just protecting someone the St. Bernard was goin after. Considering the owed of the Saint said he was aggressive. He didn't tear that dog up severely.. It had two puncture wounds and some stitches in the face. He wasn't attacking him or he would've been way more injured. He was licking his jaws to keep him in place probably. And the owner also said they beat Titan with boards.. And this happened in 7-10 minutes then police arrived. No adults were outside during this so there's no witness to what exactly happened before the dog fight. Titan was a gentle obedient submissive dog. Never barked or growled.. Literally. And was super protective over every dog and human especially children and babies. There bits and pieces missing to this story.. That's for sure. Me and my ex got Titan together. And he was very well trained and babied with lots of love. We had him around people and other dogs before. Never a problem. He was bit before but never fought or attacked the dog back. He was an inside dog and slept in our bed every night. We eventually had a puppy after we got him and he loved that dog so much. That was his brother. So maybe if people would tell the rest of the story then we could understand the whole timeline. And what really happened.

There is a gofundme page for the St. Bernard's medical expenses, please click here .  He could use a few bucks.

THIS is the reason for the caution in St. Marys.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ohio pit bull roundup, 5/22/2016. Pit bull advocates blame victims, pit bull owners attack police, pit bulls attack adults, babies and St. Bernards,

We have far too many Ohio attacks for one post so we will break this down into manageable sections.

Maumee Ohio
Lucas County

Just when you think you have seen it  all from pit bull owners.

An elderly lady was walking her 12 year old, leashed Cockapoo in her own neighborhood.  She noted a pit bull mix approaching from the rear, dragging a small child who was holding the leash.

You know where this story is going.  The pit  mix attacked the sweet old dog, the sweet old dog's owner began hitting the pit mix on  the head, she was able to free her own dog.  Don't mess with  senior citizens.

The child grabbed the leash of her pit mix and ran home.  Here is where we hit a new standard for pittery. The child's mother called police and reported that the Cockapoo was the aggressor and had bitten her daughter.  The Cockapoo was quarantined for biting.  Upon investigation it was determined that the wound on the child's hand was a cut from her own leash, there was no bite.  Shocker, a pit bull owner lied about an attack, who would think?

Please click on  the link for video of an interview with the Cockapoo owner, watch the sweet old dog.
Were there charges for filing a false police report?

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Aurora Ohio
Portage County

More from the "you just can't underestimate pit bull owners" file.

Two Aurora police officers were dispatched for a call reporting a disturbance at a local residence, the resident had attacked a neighbor.  When police arrived 26 year old Brandon Bayless hit an officer in the head with a tire iron. Two officers also reported an aggressive pit bull at the residence. Who would have seen that coming?  Shots were fired but no gunshot injuries were reported.  Bayless was subdued with a Tazer. Bayless was treated and released from a local hospital and was booked into the Portage County jail.

Brandon Bayless. Courtesy Portage County Sheriff.
Brandon Bayless, booking photo.

The two police officers were also treated and released from a local hospital.  Nobody knows what became of the pit bull. I hope the neighbors are carefully watching their children.

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Greenwich Ohio
Huron County

A pit bull, family pet, bit a one month old baby on the face.  The baby was on the floor while the mother was in the shower. (?) The mother heard her baby crying and found that the pit mix had attacked.  The baby was transported to Mercy Willard Hospital via ambulance then on to an undisclosed Toledo hospital for treatment.

The pit mix was reported to be 7 or 8 years old, the family reported no previous problems with it but they do not want it back after the 10 day quarantine.  Smart choice.

Per the Norwalk Reflector "Dog warden Gary Ousley confirmed the dog has been quarantined and discussed its temperament.
“The dog was perfectly fine. We’ve had it here in the office and it’s been fine. It’s been friendly with (Officer) Josh (Jasinski) and me,” Ousley said. “I don’t see the temperament of this dog to be aggressive.”
The dog warden’s office is waiting for photos from police and feedback from the dog owner. Ousley said once his officers speak to the owner, they will know what the next step is after the mandatory quarantine."
Sounds like unless the family insists on euthanization their dog will be recycled right back in to the community with some unsuspecting family.

Bad choice.

Here is another bad choice, Included in the Norwalk Reflector story on this attack on a helpless baby is a video titled "From our partners: a blue 'pit bull' longs for a home and another joins a family"  promoting pit bull adoption as family pets.  Who thought this was appropriate?   What are you thinking???

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St. Marys Ohio
Auglaize County

 A pit bull attacked a St. Bernard, on the property of the St. Bernard's owner.  Police were called.  Per the Evening Leader "  “The St. Bernard was in its own yard and the pit bull was running loose,” St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst told The Evening Leader. “The officer tased the pit bull five times. The first few times, the pit bull went back after the St. Bernard. The last few times, the officer was tasing it to try and get control so they could get a dog pole but the dog was up and moving around. They were afraid the dog would break the leads and if so, they would have no control over the dog. With the kids and adults around, the officer was afraid it would attack a person.” It was at that time the officer shot the dog. Ernst said the pit bull’s owner eventually showed up at the scene. “He stated he understood why it happened,” Ernst said.

This comment was posted by the pit bull owner. Please remember, the pit bull was at large and attacking another dog on the property of the other dog's owner.

Brittany Bullock ·
Titan ran out of the house when the door was opened moving a bookshelf. There was three kids under 5 yrs of age at the house and he did not harm either one. 3 adults also not harmed. Ever thought Titan, "the vicious pit" was just protecting someone the St. Bernard was goin after. Considering the owed of the Saint said he was aggressive. He didn't tear that dog up severely.. It had two puncture wounds and some stitches in the face. He wasn't attacking him or he would've been way more injured. He was licking his jaws to keep him in place probably. And the owner also said they beat Titan with boards.. And this happened in 7-10 minutes then police arrived. No adults were outside during this so there's no witness to what exactly happened before the dog fight. Titan was a gentle obedient submissive dog. Never barked or growled.. Literally. And was super protective over every dog and human especially children and babies. There bits and pieces missing to this story.. That's for sure. Me and my ex got Titan together. And he was very well trained and babied with lots of love. We had him around people and other dogs before. Never a problem. He was bit before but never fought or attacked the dog back. He was an inside dog and slept in our bed every night. We eventually had a puppy after we got him and he loved that dog so much. That was his brother. So maybe if people would tell the rest of the story then we could understand the whole timeline. And what really happened.

There is a gofundme page for the St. Bernard's medical expenses, please click here .  He could use a few bucks.

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Youngstown Ohio
Mahoning County

This one is a stunner and in my mind I hear part of this blog in Judge Jeanine Pirro's voice.

We begin with the facts.  A Youngstown woman, 36 year old Billie Schweikart, was attacked by the family pit bull. The three year old pit bull was "being trained" as a "service dog" for Schweikart's small daughter.  Schweikart  was apparently in her yard with her children when she was attacked.  Her screams brought the neighbors who hit the dog with a baseball bat and ran it over with a van in attempts to terminate the attack.

Per "The interior of the victim's van was covered in blood as was a car seat in the van that witnesses were using to try and fend the dog off, speckled with chunks of flesh."  A neighbor was quoted "He had her on the ground dragging her. He was chewing her up." The same neighbor stated that the victim was somehow able to get into the van to drive away but the dog continued the attack.

 The children are in the car, screaming,  at this point. Picture this from their viewpoint.

The explanation for the attack (there is always an explanation for pit  bull attacks) was that friends had gone to the victim's home to take her out  to lunch and the dog got excited and "jealous" when the victim picked up a small child  SO THE PIT BULL ATTACKED THE OWNER. Makes perfect sense to me.

This pit bull was "adopted" and reportedly had a history of abuse.  This is a common excuse because these dogs are picked up as strays and nobody knows where they came from or what their background is.  The pit  bull is aggressive in the shelter or the rescue? Must have been abused, obviously.  What other excuse might there be?

It does not get better, the dog has a history of aggression "but not to this extent".  Jax the  pit bull has attacked a neighbor mowing his lawn. A trainer had been sought for the lawn mower aggression issues but apparently without any positive result.    They put up with this in Youngstown?

Yes, they have to put up with it in Youngstown. Youngstown dropped their pit bull ban last year at the urging of Boardman resident Jason Cooke.  Why?  God only knows. We will get back to this point.

Two days after the attack Schweikart has forgotten her pit bulls previous aggression and stated Jax
had "never shown aggression."  Per WFMJ "We love Jax he was like apart of the family but, to see him that day he wanted me dead," said Schweikart.
Mahoning County Dog Warden Deputy Dave Nelson tells 21 News the attack is one of the worst he has come across in 28 years on the job.
Schweikart is badly bruised, with more than 100 stitches, and an arm and leg bitten to the bone.
She says she can't believe "Jax," who had been so good with her daughter, would suddenly attack.
"It went on for about 20 minutes of him just attacking me until the neighbor came over and ended up hitting him on the head with a baseball bat just enough to get him off of me," said Schweikart.
Schweikart says she doesn't know what caused Jax to act out of character but, Thursday afternoon he bolted for her and didn't let up.
Even after she took refuge inside a family van.
"Jax went under the van and sat right under where I was at, like waiting for me to open the door so he could finish. Like he was dead set he was going to kill me," described Schweikart.
Medics who arrived on the scene were unable to get to Schweikart until Jax finally gave up his fight when the van tried to pull away."

Click here for a hospital bedside interview.    Photos within the video show that there is no fence around Schweikart's yard. Other photos show Schweikart's small daughter with Jax.  One may not ask why the child might require a service dog but one may legitimately ask what task this dog was being trained to provide for the child.  Since the dog did not benefit from training to reduce his lawn mower aggression it is hard to figure out how this dog, adopted a year ago with known previous aggression issues and the mythical abuse history, was an appropriate choice for a child's service dog. Possibly I'm too picky.

Jax the pit bull is expected to be euthanized.  Schweikart is concerned that pit bulls might get a "bad rap" from this attack and adds that this is not her first pit bull. She is an experienced pit bull owner. The reputation of pit bulls should be her last concern at this point. It is reported that Schweikart will be hospitalized for a month and has several surgeries to look forward to.

Taxpayer alert ! Guess who will foot the bill for this?

Now lets talk Youngstown.  This city had a breed ban until late last year.  Pit bull advocate, and hoarder Jason Cooke, from Boardman Ohio,  approached a city council too naive to realize they were being outrageously manipulated by a non local breed advocate with no interest in the safety of Youngstown residents. Per "Cooke, who owns eight pit bull terrier mixes, said he and numerous pit bull owners will have a celebratory rally  outside city hall at 4:45 Wednesday  with Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. that day."  They are celebrating the victory before the vote.  Here is a photo of the "numerous pit bull owners at the  "rally."  Please keep in mind that the the estimated population of Youngstown Ohio is 65,062 and you get 8 people (nobody knows where they came from) one out of town breed activist, and one dog and THIS is a "rally of numerous pit bull owners?"

Jason Cooke Protesting BSL Pit Bull Ban

The Youngstown city Council dumped a proactive law that, if enforced would have protected Schweikart, her daughter, and her neighbors from the outrageous Jax attack for THIS pitiful handful of pit bull owners?  I believe the grinning man with the "End Breed Prejudice" is Cooke.

Per the Barkpost " But now, after the Youngstown city council voted unanimously to end the ordinance, citizens of Youngstown can “own, keep, harbor, or possess” Pit Bulls to their heart’s content – without restriction."  I'm sure Schweikart's neighbors are thrilled.  

Cooke is flushed with his success "Cooke said he and his organization will also seek to eliminate bans in Struthers, Columbiana, and the village of Poland in the coming months."

Here is the question, and this is the part that I hear in Judge Jeanine's voice.  Will Cooke and his organization accept responsibility for what they have done? Until  Cooke's meddling in the affairs of Youngstown resulted in the loss of a proactive law that would have allowed Schweikart's neighbors to complain about a known aggressive pit bull harbored in a home with a small child, and an unfenced yard, they had legal recourse.  Now anything goes.  Who will mop up the blood and pay the medical bills?

Who is Jason Cooke?  Here is a photo of Jason and one of his eight pit mixes posted on his public Facebook page. He has labeled this photo "share away" so we will.

You can't make this stuff up.

The icing on the cake here?  Jax was reportedly obtained from a dog training center in Girard Ohio. Girard Ohio has a pit bull ban that would not allow Jax to be placed with a local resident.  Pit bull advocates put the same pressure on Girard that they put on Youngstown but Mayor Melfi of Girard,  stated "I have done some investigating and the fact that most insurance companies won't insure home owners if they have a Pit bull is one reason we are not interested in lifting the ban,” said Melfi. “That means if a Pit bull harms someone or somebody else’s dog they are not insured to pay the victim any damages incurred by that particular dog." "“That this not breed discrimination,” said Melfi. “You really don't see in the news where they say, someone was killed by a Beagle, or a Golden Retriever, or a Schnauzer so there is plenty of evidence speaking to this result. The bottom line is that elected leaders must protect people.”

Smart man, Jax was trafficked out of his city and the mauled pit bull owner is not his responsibility.

Smart man.  Elected leaders must protect people.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Another Ohio pit bull owner found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Justice is a poor substitute for the life of seven month old Jonathan Quarles Jr. but Kimiko Hardy was found guilty today for Jonathan's mauling death in her home, by her pit bull in 2014.
Per WDTNnews "Hardy was found guilty Friday of:
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Endangering children)
  • Endangering Children
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Failure to Confine or Restrain Vicious Dog)
  • Failure to Confine or Restrain Vicious Dog
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Failure to Control Dog)
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Violation of City of Dayton Ordinance for controlling dogs)

Johnathan Quarles, Jr.

Hardy's pit bull previously attacked a letter carrier, and a leashed dog being walked down the street. Hardy was charged for these offences and was "educated" by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center prior to the fatal attack.  This "education" was obviously less than effective. Jonathan's death was the second fatal dog mauling within a 6 month time span Dayton Ohio located in Montgomery County. A new world record for Montgomery County dog warden Mark Kumpf.

(WDTN Photo)
Hardy is seated in the center.

Hardy will be sentenced June 9th at 9:30 am.  She faces up to 11 years in prison.

Kimiko Hardy was found guilty Friday in the death of her step-grandson.
Looks like things just real for Ms. Hardy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pit bull roundup 4/29/2016 The Toledo Blade reports pit bull attacks, pit bulls attack their owners, pit bull owners stay in jail, pit bulls attack goats, breeding accidents, a child recovers, a pit bull attacks a police K9 and it does not end well for the pit bull.

We have taken a few weeks off for a short sanity break but are back to work. Lots of material to work with.  Pit bulls make sure of that.

Toledo Ohio
Lucas County

Two pit bulls attacked a smaller dog.  The pit bulls were shot by a neighbor of the pit bull owner.  The Toledo Blade does not make it clear if the shooter was the owner of the small dog.  Police were called to the scene and noted two pit bulls,  let me correct that because the news story comes from the Toldeo Blade, "pit bulls"covered with blood on the porch of a house on Wyman Street.  A police spokesman stated at least one of the pit bulls appeared to have been shot.

The Lucas County Care and Control sent staff to pick up the two pit bulls.  The injured small dog had already been rushed to a local animal hospital.  Per Lucas County Dog warden Julie Lyle, the owner of the pit bulls picked up her female pit bull but surrendered the male.  The male pit bull has "a serious injury to the left shoulder" (AKA gunshot wound) and has been medicated for pain but shelter staff is unable to render further treatment to the pit bull because it growls and bares his teeth to staff.  

Dog Warden Lyle plans to euthanize the aggressive male pit bull stating "we are not going to put a lot of resources into medical care for a dog who is aggressive."  How refreshingly sensible!

Ms Lyle states she believes that the pit bull owner was cited but could not verify this.  

Toledo Ohio

More details on this attack.  The injured dog was a Parson Russel Terrier, the little dog lost a leg in the attack that occurred in his own, securely fenced  backyard  The pit bull was shot by a neighbor.  Both pit bulls were reclaimed by their owners on Thursday.

This is not likely to end well for the neighborhood, the male pit bull was declared a nuisance for menacing  a neighbor of the owners at a previous residence.  A change of address does not actually change the dog despite the assurances of pit bull advocacy.  Lucas County Canine Control officers have called on the pit bull owners home twice in 2015 and once in 2013.  How many chances will these two maulers get?

The pit bull owners were cited for unconfined dogs and one citation for failure to vaccinate for the male pit bull.  Wow...  Why is state law not being enforced?

Here is a surprise, the pit bull owners were unavailable for comment, and the Toledo Blade continues to call these dogs "pit bulls." Some things never change. .

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March 14, 2016
Piqua Ohio
Miami County

A woman reported being bitten, while on her own property, by two pit bulls. The pit bull owner, Michael Sowers, age 44, was cited for minor misdemeanor dogs running at large and minor misdemeanor permitting dogs to bite.  The woman was bitten in her own yard and two minor misdemeanor charges?  Has anyone in Miami County actually read the Ohio Revised Code?

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Bellefontaine Ohio
Logan County

A pit bull owner had to be rescued, by police, from his own pit bulls. Terry L. Tevis, age 58, tried to break up a fight between his own dogs when his own pit bull turned on him. Per the Bellefontaine Examiner "A neighbor told police the most aggressive dog scaled a fence separating the animals and attacked one of the two dogs in that kennel.
It is not clear whether all the dogs were pit bulls but the attacking dog was noted to be a pit bull.  
Tevis was transported via squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment. He had extensive cuts and wounds to his torso, arms, hands, and neck.

The attacking dog was transported to Top of Ohio Shelter.  As I recall, Steffen Baldwin is associated with this shelter but that is another topic.  Police spoke with Tevis at the hospital, asking if the pit bull could be moved to the Logan County Dog Warden so that it could be euthanized.  Tevis agreed three times, and also said the other two could go as well.

A quote from the FAQ page for the City of Bellefontaine's website "If you own a pit bull please contact city hall for additional requirements."   Click here for the dangerous animals ordinance in Bellefontaine.

BellefontainePolice Patch

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Montgomery County

Now for some good news, a three year old boy named Trent is recovering from a pit bull attack in January.  Family members expect many more surgeries until Trent is in is twenties.  

Trent is the third generation of his family to be attacked by pit bulls.  Per ""I got my grandson attacked in the face, my son attacked in the face, my son over here attacked in the leg, me attacked in the arm -- all pit bull dogs. None of them was our dog, all somebody else's dog," said Michael Carrico Jr, Trent's grandfather." 
The dog that attacked Trent was euthanized.

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Trent just after the attack.

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Trent as he recovers.

Click here for video.  THREE GENERATIONS of the same family attacked by pit bulls in Dayton. What will it take for Montgomery County to hire a real dog warden?

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Elyria Ohio
Lorain County

A 50 pound pit bull mix dog attacked a 59 year old woman, Barbara Kane, on her hands as she peacefully walked down Middle Avenue in Elyria.  The 60 year old owner of the pit bull mix, Sharon Cain, was arrested.  The victim was transported to University Hospital's Elyria Medical Center for treatment.  Pit bull owner Cain stated her dog escaped from a fenced area that she considered secure.  Another "somehow" attack.  Cain was charged with dog at large, that should be easy to prove.

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Columbus Ohio
Franklin County

A pit bull was shot by police as it attacked a police K9 in front of the Franklin County Courthouse.  The attack happened during a community event designed to allow the public to see what law enforcement officers do during their working days.  This crowd got the full effect.

The K9, named Vando, was being petted by Joe Micham when an unleashed pit bull attacked.  Vando's handler fired upon the pit bull and it is reported that a SWAT team member also opened fire.  The attacking pit bull was owned by 31 year old Aaron Slate.  Slate was charged with assaulting a police dog, and on an unrelated criminal trespassing charge.  

  K9 Vando REAL
Vando, the police K9 was not seriously hurt.  The pit bull is dead.

Video is available here.  Raw video of the actual shooting is available here.  Three shots are heard on the video, the officers appear to be shooting straight down. A female voice is heard asking "where is the owner"?  A man appears about 45 seconds into the video, he appears to be the owner but exhibits no particular distress over the shooting of his pit bull.

A witness appears in two different TV station videos of this event.  He is shocked and upset that police shot the pit bull, in his opinion the dog should have been Tazed.  Tazers are not effective on red zone pit bulls and redirection of aggression is common.

Always remember, police K9s are police officers, they are handled by police officers who are armed. Pittie picked the wrong target.

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Toledo Ohio
Lucas County

Write this date on your calendar, the Toledo Blade covered a pit bull attack and named the breed, this is the second time the Blade has done this since early March.

Two pit bulls, owned by 43 year old Anthony Allen, attacked and killed a third dog and pit a person.  An "unidentified person," one would expect this was a concealed carry permit holder, shot and killed the female pit bull and wounded the male pit bull before police arrived on the scene.  By the way, this attack happened very near a public school just to make it more outrageous.  Two security units were called by the school as children arrived this morning.  A school spokesperson stated they will continue to monitor the situation and may have the security units on site this evening as well.

The Blade article stated "Mr. Allen refused to take responsibility for his animals."  Exactly what that means is not known but the refusal to be responsible for pit bulls is common to pit  bull owners.

Why the Toledo Blade decided to cover this story is also unknown. As is the Bade's normal practice pit bulls became "pit bulls" because there is no such thing as a pit bull.  Must be a very slow news day in Toledo.

Click here for news video on  this story.  As the story is reported, one of the pit bulls ran to a property after being shot, apparently the home of its owner.Take a look at the property, classic.

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Dayton Ohio/Columbus Ohio
Montgomery County/Franklin County

A hearing was held in the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee on the Klonda Richey Act, named after Dayton dog mauling victim Klonda Richey who was killed by her neighbor's dogs in February of 2014.  Testimony was heard from proponents, and those not so thrilled with the bill. Having read the testimony of those with reservations on SB 151, it appears that they have not actually read the bill. The universal complaint from these speakers was on the euthanization of vicious dogs. They want vicious dogs returned to the community?   Those who have actually read the bill are aware that due process for dog owners is preserved.

Click here to read the testimony.  The link will take you to the main page for the Agriculture committee. Click on Committee Documents, you go to a list of hearing dates, click on April 26, 2016. SB 151 was the third bill heard.  I'm sorry for  the extra work but this is a government website. Nothing is easy.  

 Vicious dog bill named for Klonda Richey moves closer to vote photo                         
Senator Bill Beagle, sponsor of SB 151.

Lawmaker to introduce dog law reform photo

Klonda Richey, killed by her neighbor's dogs in 2014.  Ms. Richey made dozens of calls to police and Montgomery County Animal Control about these dogs. No action was taken other than sternly worded post it notes attached to the dog owner's front door.

For more information please click here.

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Cincinnati Ohio
Hamilton County

Per "Prince Charming, a goat brought to Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum as part of a program to see if grazing animals can control invasive plant species, died Wednesday afternoon after he and five other goats were attacked by a dog

Images of the dog, a pit bull, were captured on video surveillance.

Six goats – Pixie, Dixie, Prince Charming, Curley, Shirley and Della – were injured in the Monday night attack. The five surviving goats were initially in critical condition but are now in stable condition.
Seven goats were brought to preserve area near the center of the cemetery in February to see if grazing could eradicate Winter Creeper, English Ivy and other invasive species that choke out native plants. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum suspended the program after the attack. The goats are being kept at an undisclosed, safe location.
Prince Charming had severe punctures and lacerations on both hind legs and could not nurse on Pixie due to her injuries, according to a post  Tuesday morning on Permaculture's  Facebook page. Woeste said it seems the goat died of an embolism resulting from injuries incurred in the attack.
"Curley has a broken back, and cannot stand, but she is eating and drinking," Permaculture posted. "... Shirley has a broken scapula, but is eating and drinking. Pixie, Dixie and Della have puncture wounds, lacerations and bruising."
Curley is not able to stand and is in a sling but she wags her tail when she is petted, Woeste said. Permaculture is irrigating the goats' wounds and giving them antibiotic shots. It will take months for the goats to heal completely.


The video at this link was done prior to the attack.

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California's 2nd District Court of Appeals

This is not an Ohio story but it may serve as a warning to pit bull owners.  The appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling in the case of the fatal mauling of Pamela Devitt.  Per "The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence in the case of Alex Donald Jackson.
“Appellant knew his dogs were jumping his fence and attacking passersby,” the appellate court panel found in a 14-page ruling. “As an owner of animals with dangerous propensities, appellant had a duty to exercise reasonable care in keeping his dogs from jumping the fence, and his failure to do so caused the death of another person.”
Jackson was sentenced in October 2014 to 15 years to life in state prison after being convicted for the May 9, 2013, dog attack on Pamela Devitt, a 63-year-old Palmdale grandmother who was walking in the area as part of an exercise routine."                                           

Fifteen years to life in prison.  Is it worth it? 

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Mt Orab
Brown County Ohio

A man and a woman were both hospitalized after being attacked by their own pit bulls. They were reportedly attempting to break up a fight between their own pit bulls, inside their own home, when one pit bull redirected upon them.  An alternative account of the attack appeared in the Ledger Independent " An attempt to introduce two pit-bull dogs who did not like each-other for a breeding session went horribly wrong on Thursday, after the dogs began to fight."

Responsible, thoughtful dog owners do not breed pit bulls.  Shelters across the United States report the dogs they harbor are 60% to 80% or more pit bulls. The percentage of pits in shelters will not change until pit bull owners accept the wisdom, and humanity of neuter and spay.  Why produce more dogs destined to suffer and die?  

Both pit bull owners were airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.  The woman was the most seriously injured with wounds to her face. The man was injured on his arm. The attacking dog was removed to the Brown County Animal Shelter BUT the couple has the right to reclaim their mauler.

What?  Who would want the thing back?  There is no record of the decision made by the victims.

Neighbors stated the dogs did not appear vicious while they were outside.


One does not read about airlifts of victims of redirected Beagle attacks.   Or Poodles.   Or Pugs.

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Springfield Ohio
Clark County  

Here is a shocker, a pit bull owner states "my dogs are not vicious" after they jumped a fence and attacked a woman staying at the owner's house.  Pit bull owner Krystal Williams was not at home at the time of the attack.  Even though the victim was a guest in the home, Williams stated "There should have been no reason why she was in my yard" and claimed that she had told the victim, Keisha Baker to stay out of the yard.  Williams theorized her pit bull attacked her guest because the pit bulls were "protecting their puppies."  Golden retrievers do not send household guests to the hospital for treatment because puppies are on the property.  Per WHIO " Officers said the woman suffered injuries to her legs and hands and was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment. Her condition was not available.
Witnesses described the scene as full of blood and screaming from the victim. “She was just laying on the ground crying and screaming,” Annie Patrick said, who witnessed the attack from inside a nearby home. “When I came out she was yelling for me to help.”
Patrick said the dogs were known to neighbors to escape the yard and would often tear up trash set out by homeowners.
Police said seven dogs, including three puppies, were located in the yard of the home and were removed by animal control officers. The breeds of the dogs is unknown, but two were believed to be pit bulls, according to police.

For video of the pit bull owner's statement click here.  For news video click here.

This story continues to evolve.  The pit bull owner stated to WDTNnews that the victim was a stranger attempting to enter the home through the back door but told WHIO that the victim was staying at her home but was told to stay our of the yard.  Pick a story and stick with it.

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Mansfield Ohio
Richland County

While Ohio pit bull advocates lobby the city of Mansfield to drop their pit bull regulations the Richland County Health Department is looking for a white pit bull involved in a biting incident.

Per the Richland Source "The dog is described as an all-white pit bull. It was last seen in the Wood Street area in Mansfield on Sunday.
One seldom sees warnings like this for Irish Setters or Chihuahuas, but take from this what you will.  
Richland Public Health
We have LOTS more pittery to catch up on but enough is enough for the evening.