Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 22nd pit bull roundup. Pit bulls shot by police, pit bulls attack their owners, pit bulls fail as guard dogs, pit bulls continue to attack in communities that dropped breed bans, pit bulls abused by their owners, and more.

Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging but we are back and hope to post more regularly in the future. 

Crystal Lakes Ohio
Clark County

Per New Carlyle News " What we have been able to piece together is that a deputy initiated a traffic stop near the Kennedy Rd address.  It is currently unclear how, but bystander with a dog became involved, and the deputy told a man to control the dog or it would be shot.
Conflicting reports of the dog's behavior are emerging. The owners of the dog are maintaining that the dog did nothing wrong. However; people familiar with the area tell us that the dog charges at everyone and everything. Neither can be confirmed or denied at this time.
The dog was alive and was being taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

A woman on the scene  was visibly upset with the deputies. "Is that what you guys do, go around shooting peoples' dogs," she screamed in a profanity-laced tirade. “What am I going to tell my 6-year-old now?”

You can't make this stuff up. Don't want your dog shot?  Don't interfere with law enforcement officers who are simply doing their job.  Don't allow your pit bull to charge men with guns.
This is the pit bull involved in this incident.  His name is Duke and he is not yet one year old. It was reported that he was taken to a veterinarian's clinic for overnight observation.  If he lives through the night surgery is expected.  

This is a strange story, but wait... video has been made public and this mess has been explained. There was apparently no bystander.  A legitimate traffic stop was in progress, two men were in the truck.  The truck, possibly stolen, was driven into a yard, the non compliant passenger in the vehicle, Michael Seals,  ran to the house carrying a mysterious backpack. Someone (Seals?) held the door open for the pit bull.  The officer yelled for the homeowner to control his pit bull but there was no compliance so the rapidly approaching and obviously menacing pit bull was shot.

Duke did not survive. The driver of the stolen vehicle was charged for a tail light violation.  Seals was charged for failure to comply, resisting arrest, and obstructing official business. Seals also had an active warrant through Fairborn.  It all makes sense now. 

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Highland Heights Ohio
Cuyahoga County

Highland Heights police shot and killed a pit bull mix at the direction of the dog's owner.  The pit mix attacked the owner and his 18 year old son.  The pair were trapped in a basement room.  The owner told police " the dog was chewing at the door trying to get to them and his son was losing a lot of blood. The dog attacked officers as they entered the home so they shot and killed it.

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Middletown Ohio
Butler County  

Pit bull fails as a guard dog.  A female  Middletown resident hired a 34 year-old man to install a new door on her home paying $150 in advance.  He later returned, with his 29 year-old girlfriend, to rob the woman.  The home owner stated "She also said she was surprised that her pit bull that usually barks when strangers are in the house didn’t move when the suspects were in the residence." 

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Avon Lake Ohio
Lorain County Ohio

Pit bulls attack in Avon Lake.  Avon Lake, a community that had a breed ban prior to a 3 1/2 year effort by city councilman Dave Kos to remove the ban, continues to have pit bull problems. Please note that councilman Kos hired a pit bull advocate/animal rights lawyer to write breed neutral law the has proven to be ineffective.

In the most recent incident, the loose pit bull attacked four different individuals in just a few minutes. Click on this link and you can see actual video of the dogs in action.  One of the victims, a young boy jumped in a neighbor's pool to escape.  These two pit bulls have a history of running at large.  The owner lives in a rental property with a "no dogs" stipulation on the lease.
Avon Lake pre-bite+ ordinance, click here.
Avon Lake post-bite ordinance, click here.     Avon Lake taxpayers paid a pit bull advocate lawyer to write this law.  They were cheated.

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Toledo Ohio
Lucas County

You rarely see the Toledo Blade report on a pit bull attack so this is a special event.  Toledo police officer Mel Russell was attacked by a pit bull while helping to evacuate a home that was the scene of a stove fire.  A pit bull owned by the occupants of the home attacked the officer as he helped the residents exit the home.  Rude behavior. Officer Russell threw the pit bull off but the pit bull resumed the attack, biting the officer on his left forearm.  Again the officer attempted to throw the pit bull off but was unable to do so.  He shot the pit bull three times, killing it.  Officer Mel Russell was treated and released from a local hospital.

Never attack a police officer, they carry guns.  The countdown begins for the owner of the pit bull to demand justice for his dog.  

1/17/2018 Update  We knew this was coming.

Toledo police defend their officer.  Per "Police Sgt. Kevan Toney defended Russell's actions. "When a dog is attached to your arm biting you, you have to quickly make a decision and it could potentially cause further injury," Toney tells WTOL. "So, I think the officer in this case was doing just what he had to do."

The pit bull owner is also claiming that in addition to serving as a guard dog, his pit bull was also a "certified therapy dog."  It should be noted at this point, there is no certification for therapy dogs.  You can't make this stuff up.
There is no record of exactly where the family obtained the pit bull.  Was it placed by the Lucas County Pit Crew?  The Pit Crew proudly announced their 1000th pit bull placement this month.  How many of these placements went as wrong as that of Bosco the Biter?  Did the Pit Crew count that placement as two since they placed Bosco with a Fulton County family where he bit the new owner on the third day in the household and after a whole lot of legal trouble for the Pit Crew and the president of that organization, Jean Keating, went on to a life changing mauling for  out of state "pit bull expert" Jacqueline Johnson?  

Dogs placed by rescues should be micro chipped by law so that responsibility can be determined.   

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Hamilton Ohio
Butler County

A 21-year-old Hamilton man was charged with animal cruelty after a video surfaced of him beating his pit bull with a thick rope leash.  Sometimes a pit bull's worst nightmare is his owner.  Wouldn't mandatory neuter and spay be better than this?  Dogs not conceived so not suffer. Zeus the pit bull was removed from the home by county dog wardens.  This is Butler County and the dog warden is Kurt Merbs.

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Hamilton Ohio
Butler County

Speaking of Butler County and dog warden Merbs, there is more cruelty to report.  A 39-year-old Middletown homeowner, Tina Jackson, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty after three dead dogs, and the head of a forth dog were found in her back yard.  Merbs stated   "We made entrance into the backyard. There are dog kennels everywhere, dog houses everywhere. Right when we walked in and turned, there is a black plastic tote, sitting up on a wooden bench. Inside that tote was a decapitated head of a dog and an English bulldog," Butler County dog warden Kurt Merbs said.  The bulldog was dead, Merbs said. He said they also found a dead pit bull curled up inside a dog house. "And across the yard, inside one of the kennels, inside another dog house was a black-and-white little pit bull curled up, deceased as well," 

There was no explanation for the decapitated dog head.  Merbs stated "There's no body. There's no signs of a body. There's bones. There's no hair, fur, anything, so that would rule out that a dog ate this other body," Merbs said. "There was no animal marks, period. There was no biting, pulling, tearing. It was a clean slice of the head."

The dogs belonged to Jackson's husband ex-husband but she was reportedly caring for them.  A fifth dog was found inside the home and was in good condition.

Wouldn't mandatory neuter and spay be better than this?  Merbs spends a whole lot of his time on pit bull calls.  He should be demanding mandatory neuter and spay for the protection of dogs in his county.   He should also be demanding a change in leadership of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association.  The association website, as of 12/11/2017 lists Mark Kumpf as president of the the OCDWA with a president-elect listed as Adam Chellis of Wayne County.  Why is Kumpf still running the show?  The man, as reported in a decision by the Court of Appeals of Ohio Second Appellate District, does not enforce the law but rather has chosen a failed policy of "dog owner education" in Montgomery County. Since taking over as Montgomery County dog warden in 2006 there have been FOUR fatal attacks in Kumpf's jurisdiction and countless attacks upon humans and pets.  Three of these fatal attacks have come from dogs already in Kumpf's system. Type Dayton into the search box at the top left of the page.  You will be here all day.   Ohio residents deserve better. 

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Dayton Ohio
Montgomery County

Speaking of Montgomery County, this from Dayton.  Two pit bulls entered the home of a Dayton woman and killed her cat - INSIDE HER HOME.  The dogs were still on the property an hour later when animal control officers arrived to pick them up.  Animal control was unable to identify owners of the dogs.  As I recall,  ownership of the pit bull that killed  Dayton resident Maurice Brown  in April on 2017 has not been determined despite full knowledge of exactly where the dog was harbored.  That address has a long history of animal control calls.  Montgomery County residents deserve better.

Enough for today, this is depressing.  What is even more depressing is that there is a LOT more.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

We have LOTS of attacks to report on but this one is appalling and deserves to be seen as a failure of current Ohio law.

This post was made on Facebook today. Warning, graphic photo.

Paul Huesing added 3 new photos.
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Terry foister got a 100$ ticket for HIS three dogs killing our two horses & one at neighbors! Court was a farce ! Not even a fine for a dog license x 3 !! Please contact you state Representative WES RETHERFORD in Columbus. I dont want this to happen ever again .demand changes in the dog laws ! Now we have to file cival suit .the fight has just begun !!!

Mr. Huesing's mini horses in life.

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Mr. Huesing's horses after Terry Foister's pit bulls invaded his property.  The pit bulls went on to kill another horse on another property.
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THIS gets a $100 fine?  The Butler County Dog Warden is Kurt Merbs, what is he doing?  Merbs has totally failed here and deserves a public shaming.

We share your rage and your grief Mr. Huesing.  YES, dog laws need to change in Ohio.

From Local 12 News
Terry Foister pleads guilty to minor misdemeanor charge of failure to confine an animal. His pitbull dogs allegedly attacked and killed three miniature horses in St. Clair Township. The horse owners were in court and were outraged by $150 fine. They vow to fight for tougher animal laws. Foister had no comment leaving court.

Here is Mr. Foister in court.

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These are the horse owners.
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All three dogs are reported dead.  One was shot by a horse owner and the other two were reportedly shot by Foister.  I hope that was verified.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The final update on Bosco the Biter. There are no surprises.

Type Bosco the Biter into the search box at the top left of the page and you will be here for a long time.  There are lots of links for those willing to endure the insanity of those who harbor and advocate for known dangerous dogs. Bosco was an Ohio biter sent out of state by the rescue responsible for him, the Lucas County Pit Crew.  There has been no mention of the events below on the Facebook pages of the Lucas County Pit Crew or the personal page of the founder and president, Jean Keating.

Bosco the Biter is dead, The final chapter in this story was written recently when Bosco mauled the "expert" who harbored and loved him. The crowd funding page for Jacqueline Johnson states that she was injured when Bosco "became agitated" attacking another dog in the home.  Mrs. Johnson was mauled when she attempted to stop the attack. Johnson's arms were broken, a wrist shattered and a finger lost and surgically reattached.  Johnson has rods in her arms and, like pit bull attack survivors everywhere, is in excruciating pain. Johnson is an employee of Best Friends Animal Society, a national entity heavily involved with promotion of pit bulls, funding legal efforts to deregulate the dogs in all states. Best Friends has lots of lawyers to assist with this effort but apparently does not provide medical insurance for employees.

 Best Friends is responsible for current Ohio law regarding dangerous dogs and the law is a complete failure.  Bills have been introduced into both the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate to fix the mess created by Best Friends, but I digress.

Claims that Bosco was just a misunderstood sweetheart of a dog were made Jean Keating as president of the Lucas County Pit Crew when she and her group were fighting legal charges in Fulton County and later when they trafficked this legally designated dangerous dog across state lines to Arizona for the purpose of rehoming.  Despite his misunderstood sweetheart status, things did not go well for Bosco in his new state.

Jacqueline Johnson wrote honestly about the dog in her blog. This takes courage. From her post on "Overcoming anxiety for Bosco" Johnson stated "I have postponed writing this post, because it’s hard to admit that sometimes the things you have always done are not working.  Kevin and I have had challenging dogs in the past, but they have easily responded to all of our positive reinforcement without issue.  That hasn’t been true of Bosco."

12/8/2017 update.  The "Overcoming anxiety for Bosco blog post has been removed from Johnson's blog but has been archived.  Here is a link.  Damage control? 

She went on to state that her own daughter could not safely enter her home because "Bosco became so anxious he began acting out."  This "acting out" eventually turned on Johnson's husband.  Accounts indicate he was bitten but did not seek medical treatment for fear of creating legal issues for Bosco but they continued to walk this time bomb in public until Operation Make Bosco Happy was conceived.  Another quote "The one thing everyone agreed was important was limiting his exposure to triggers.  Which is why we temporarily suspended walks.  I also have a big sign on my front door asking that visitors not knock or ring bell.  Instead I give them our cellphone number to call or text. We aren’t taking car rides right now. In fact, we’ve pretty much hit a reset button on almost all of Bosco’s activities."

Johnson's post on Bosco also includes mention of a consult with Ohio pit bull advocate Steffen Baldwin. Interesting to note that Baldwin also consulted on another pit bull named Joe Dirt.  Despite Baldwin's advice, Joe Dirt also mauled his owner's arms so badly she was hospitalized and sought crowd funding to pay her hospital bills. Posts on Joe Dirt have been scrubbed from the Internet.  

PLEASE read about Operation make Bosco Happy. Johnson ends this account of turning her life upside down in order to "save" Bosco with This comment " This is a great little dog.  And he is worth every bit of effort to help him live a happy, comfortable life."

Johnson was encouraged by what she saw as progress.  In August Johnson was delighted to report that Bosco, her "special dog" was able to make a vet appointment, sedated, without "losing his mind." 

While you have to admire the dedication to saving damaged dogs you also have to question when is enough actually enough.  Johnson's daughter reported that she helped Bosco,  that "poor soul" go over the bridge after the mauling of her mother.  She expresses anger that the mauling of her mother by a known and legally designated dangerous dog,  trafficked across many state lines and nearly two thousand miles travel will encourage those who think this practice should be a violation of law.

Victims deserve a happy and comfortable life too.  Survivors are truly sorry for Jacqueline Johnson's injuries and pain, the experience is shared.  

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Thanks to the Fulton County Commissioners and to the Fulton County Dog Warden for refusing to be bullied by pit bull advocacy and for enforcing the law while this dog was in their jurisdiction.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pit bulls jump through windows to attack the elderly, get run out of classy neighborhoods, bite children, menace police and the peaceful public, and one fortunate pit bull gets a happy ending.

This long overdue post is the usual mix of outrageous attacks but please hang in there to the end.  

Montgomery County

A 74 year old woman was injured when two pit bulls attacked her, and her Beagle.  The pit bulls jumped through the window of a home to attack.  Dayton police were unable to locate the pit bull owner.  They might try checking ownership of the home.

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Moreland Hills Ohio
Cuyahoga County

A Moreland Hills resident called local police to notify them that he had just run a dog that he felt might be a pit bull off his property after it barked at and lunged at his cat.  He was not pleased. Per a notice titled "Death threat issued against loose dog" in the Chagrin Valley Community Blog "He wanted police to warn the owner that he would shoot the dog to protect his grandchildren and pets if any future threat to their safety arose.
This is a genteel and wealthy community.  Residents are not given much to threats of violence. 

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Cincinnati Ohio
Hamilton County  

A Cincinnati man, working on his car was actively menaced by two free-roaming pit bulls.  He was forced to jump into the engine compartment of the car to avoid being bitten, injuring himself in the process.  He called Cincinnati police who were unable to locate the dogs.  The concerned citizen was told that the ASPCA was "unavailable today" to look for the dogs.  Per Fox 19 News Now  "I'm up in the engine component of my car and the both of them are up as high as they can get barking and I grab a tool and I'm swinging, saying, 'get down, get down.' It was terrifying."
After the two calls to police, the SPCA did find two pit bulls a few blocks away on Akochia Ave. Police said because Don was in a safe location his call was not as high of a priority."  
It must be noted that Cincinnati is infested with pit bulls.  Looking at the Cincinnati SPCA website on 112/2/2017 we find 93 available dogs, 81 of them are pit bulls, 11 are other breeds, one dog has no photo.  A few of the non-pit bulls are senior dogs and look to be good choices for a family looking for a pet.   
(FOX19 NOW file)

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Pataskala Ohio
Licking County

The Newark Advocate reports that a four-year-old boy was bitten on the cheek by a pit bull as the child and his mother were visiting a friend. Emergency treatment was declined and a report was forwarded from police to the dog warden. 
Pataskala Police
Newark Ohio surrendered to pit bull advocacy a year or so ago, the Newark Advocate supported this effort.  

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Montgomery County

A Dayton pit bull owner, apparently aware that Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf sets no standards whatsoever,  allowed his dog off leash.  This off-leash pit bull menaced a police officer who was simply doing his job.  The officer shot pittie, enraging pittie's owner.  The dog owner punched out the police cruiser and was arrested.  

Carroll, Susan (CMG-Dayton)
Michael Melvin, age 50.
Don't want pittie shot?  Keep pittie under control and don't allow him to menace police.  Police have guns. 

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New Philadelphia Ohio
Tuscarawas County

Along with positive placement stats, County Dog Warden Terry Warner is aware that some dogs are aggressive and he will not place them in homes.   Excellent! Per the Times Reporter "Warner said he does not want to euthanize any good dogs, nor does he want to place an aggressive dog in an adoptive home."

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Montgomery County

Another failure for Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf, a pit bull with a history of being at large was at it again and got shot with a BB gun prior to the arrival of Dayton police.  The pit bull owner told police the dog "got away" from his daughter and began charging at neighborhood residents, some on their own porches. The pit bull owner was charged with failure to control.  Will Kumpf actually do his job and cite this pit bull per state law?

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Marion Ohio
Marion County

A sheriff's deputy was attacked by two pit bulls during a drug raid and was injured when he shot himself in the foot during the attack.  Pit bulls present at a drug raid?  Who would think?
Per the Marion Star
 the sheriff's office had received multiple calls about drug activity at the house and that law enforcement had set up undercover drug buys there before obtaining a search warrant.
Shortly after forcing his way into the house alongside other officers, Deputy Mike Wheeler was attacked by two pit bulls, Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said. Wheeler fired two shots, one of which went through his foot." " "the dogs "backed (Wheeler) into a corner," were biting at him and jumping at his chest.
One pit bull died at the scene.

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Hubbard Ohio  

I want to finish this post by giving respect and credit where respect and credit are due.
Four years ago Litsa and Angelo Kargakos adopted a clearly abused pit bull, Petey.  Per WKBN News "
Petey was living a nightmare, chained up without food or water in a backyard on the south side of Youngstown.
“He was completely emaciated,” Litsa said. “He was highly-heart-worm positive and his muzzle was duct taped as well.”
To make matters worse, Petey feared humans and became aggressive when they got close. That made adopting him difficult.
“He would try to bite me,” Angelo said. “He would growl and jump towards me. 
With lots of love and patience, Petey warmed up to Angelo and Litsa.
Now, on the outside, Petey seems completely normal. But the emotional scars of his abuse will never go away.
“It is a happy ending for Petey because he is in a loving home and he is happy,” Angelo said. “But he could never be a normal dog. We could never walk him in a park.”
“They suffer for this the rest of their lives,” Litsa said. “It’s not like they get rescued and everything’s perfect at that point. He’ll suffer psychologically until the day he dies.”
Petey, now responsibly and lovingly owned, lives with six other dogs and two cats. Angelo states Petey is the "greatest dog in the world" and a daddy's boy, his constant shadow.  There is video with this story and it is wonderful.  I recommend watching it.  This couple was well aware of what they were getting when they took Petey but they took him anyway and made a success of it but continue to be responsible with him.  You can't do better than that. 
The names Litsa and Angelo Kargakos might be familiar to readers of this blog.  This couple placed a troubled pit bull named Remi with an Ohio breed advocate self-promoted as an expert in rehabilitating dangerous dogs.  The Kargakos' made 100% responsible decisions when placing Remi, backed up with a large cash donation and mention in their wills.  Sadly, it did not end well for Remi, link to the story below.

I have nothing but respect for Litsa and Angelo Kargakos.  Thank you for restoring my faith.

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Links to photographs are broken, stick with the text.


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!