Friday, February 15, 2013

Pit bull roundup, 2/15/2013

It has been far too long since the last pit bull roundup so here we go... in no particular order.

On January 1st the Newark Advocate reported "Charges filed in fatal dog attack: pit bull euthanized."

A pit bull was being harbored by an occupant of a residence near downtown Granville when it attacked a dachshund on the property of a neighbor.  The owner of the dachshund immediately took her dog to a veterinarian but it was already dead.  This gets confusing now, the pit bull was taken from the Granville home  by someone related to the occupant of that home to a home in Newark Ohio.  Newark Animal Control removed the pit bull from that home because the owner of that home did not have a permit to keep a pit bull, which is required in Newark.  The dog was taken to the Newark Police station until it was picked up by the actual owner and taken to yet another location, outside of Newark.  The owner later took the pit bull to a veterinarian and had it euthanized.  It was discovered that the pit bull had attacked another dog in Newark in 2011 and also bit the other dog's owner.  Per the Newark Advocate " An action filed by the county to have the pit bull labeled as dangerous was rendered moot by having it euthanized." Huge time saver for the County Dog Warden.

Charges may be filed against the owner of the pit bull and also the person who was harboring the pit bull.

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January 28th, reported by WhioTV in an article headlined "Intoxicated man stabs pit bull."  Robert Martin Smith was arrested on suspicion of three counts of child endangering, he elected to represent himself at his arraignment.  The wisdom of this decision is yet to be seen.

Here is the story.  Springfield police were called to a home where a man had stabbed a dog with a butcher knife while he was drunk.  When police arrived they found Smith sleeping of the floor of his bedroom.  Per family report, Smith arrived at home at 3 AM and found his children sleeping on the floor of the family dining room. He ordered them to bed but blood was found on their bed.  This blood was reportedly from Smith's own dog, a pit bull in heat.  Smith became so angry at his own dog that he picked up a large knife and began slashing at his dog and went on to stab it in the chest.

Hey, I did not claim this was going to make sense.

In any case, at the time of the knife attack on his own dog his children (ages 10, 6 and 5 years) were sitting on the edge of that very bed.  Smith then decided to throw the knife in an attempt to make it stick in the floor.  The children were only a few feet from where the knife landed.  In his drunken rage Smith then threatened to cut the heads off the other dogs in the home but he passed out before he acted on this threat.  Smith's mother fled the home taking Smith's children with her.  The pit bull is expected to survive and will not be returned to Smith.  One can hope that the dog will be spayed prior to placement.  It is to be hoped that Smith will be prosecuted for his drunken cruelty and that someone explains to this man that intact female dogs do bleed.  This can be fixed with a surgery that is offered free to pit bull owners in most cities and funded by organizations like PetSmart Charities.

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In an article dated 2/13/2013 states "2 injured in Ottawa County Pit Bull Attack."  Two people were injured in a pit bull attack at Island Safe Harbor Sanctuary in Port Clinton.  There is no information on the identities of the injured, if they were volunteers at the sanctuary or visitors.  The dog would not allow first responders to approach one of the victims so police were forced to shoot it.  The dog was injured and later euthanized.

The mission of Island Safe Harbor Sanctuary is " To provide a safe and healthy environment for elderly, infirmed, terminal animals and to assist animal shelters with over-population of animals in need of care due to their inability to provide it, and un-adoptable animals, by providing a forever home where they can live out their lives in peace and in good health."

One might guess that this particular pit bull would have been considered "un-adoptable."  Owner of the shelter Nancy Benevento-Brown has the honor of making the *Breed Specific Excuse.*  

Brown said this is the first time anything like this has happened at her shelter, and she doesn't want the dog's breed to take the wrap.
"This happens with any type of dog, given the right situation," she said. "I have been bitten many times, and the dogs that bite me are Chihuahuas

Breaking news on the Island Safe Harbor Sanctuary.  As reported in the Toledo Blade 2/15/2012 "Two animal welfare groups  pool efforts", the Erie County Humane Society and the Island Safe Harbor Sanctuary have begun sending dogs and supplies back and forth.  One can only wonder where Island Safe Harbor obtained  the pit bull shot by police.

In case anyone might think this shelter pit bull attack was unusual, in Louisville Kentucky brings us this story today "Counselors on hand after two bitten by dogs at shelter."  The dogs were, not surprisingly, pit bulls.  Both the injured individuals  were animal control professionals.  Per WLKY "The latest incident happened Thursday and supervisors said it was so severe that counselors came to speak with employees Friday to talk about what they called a trauma that affected the entire organization."  Shelter Director Justin Scally did make the *Breed Specific Excuse* "any dog can bite, its not just pit bulls."  Except that it usually is pit bulls.  Do they think nobody notices?

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The other men claimed that they were present in the home to play video games and had no knowledge of the drugs.  There were no arrests and charges have not yet been  filed.

Due to the shooting, Montomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf was saved the trouble of filing dangerous dog charges.

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An update on a November story brings Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf's name back into the news.  Per the Dayton Daily News "Man charged with dog fighting, cruelty to animals." .  A Harrison Twp man was charged with dog fighting after a dog was spotted hanging from a window by a passerby in late November.

 Eric Wiggins was charged with two counts of dog fighting, one count of possession of criminal tools, ten counts of cruelty to animals, and one count of having weapons while under a disability.  Nine additional dogs, a rifle, and an automatic handgun were found in the home. Wiggins was prohibited from owning  firearms due to prior convictions for involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, and carrying concealed weapons.
Per the Dayton Daily News "At the time of the search, Montgomery County Animal Resource Center Executive Director Mark Kumpf said the animal appeared to hang itself as it attempted to jump out of a window."

What will Kumpf do with the nine seized pit fighters?

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On February 13th the Norwalk Reflector reported "Boy bitten by pit bull."

A thirteen year old boy was bitten by a pit bull.  He was transported via ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment.  The dog (pictured) broke out of his collar and bit the boy.  A witness helped the boy escape. The boy was treated and released.

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In a story origionally reported by NBC4, a Columbus Ohio woman states pit bulls attacked her and her dog.   Chavonne Saunders states her dog was attacked by two pit bulls while they were out for a walk.  A mail carrier witnessed the attack and called police.  Saunders dog, Shimo is expected to recover. A spokesperson for the dog warden's office stated the owner of the pit bulls received six citations for failure to vaccinate, failure to have a license and allowing the dogs to run loose.

Saunders and Shimo.  Shimo is wearing a cone to protect this injury.

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On January 10th reported "4 taken to hospital after pit bull attack in Belmont County."  Three adults and a child were taken to local hospitals for treatment after an attack at the Pine Lake Trailer Court in Belmont Ohio.  Per witness Karen McEndree, a pit bull attacked a woman and a child.  She stated ""That's why my sister and my boyfriend got hurt because they protected the boy and got serious injuries themselves and I was just out on the porch screaming help, somebody help me."  Police were called, the pit bull was tazed multiple times until the tazer wires broke.  The dog was taken to a local shelter and charges against the owner are being considered.