Antelope Valley CA
A 63 year old woman, a mother and grandmother, Pamela Devitt was mauled to death as she walked for her health. Per Benjamin Devitt, husband of the victim, Mrs. Devitt walked and jogged to "stay healthy and live a long life for our family and herself."
A woman in a car witnessed the attack. She honked her car horn in an attempt to scare the dogs away and she called 911. The distracted pit bulls attacked the tires of the woman's car. One of the dogs was still attacking the victim when a deputy arrived. The deputy tried to scare the dog off, it ran away then returned to attack the deputy who took a shot at the animal before it ran away again. Devitt was dragged 50 yards, was scalped and her arm was removed. She died in the ambulance during transport to the hospital.
Per NBC4 "Hours after the attack, authorities served a search warrant on a nearby home, confiscated several dogs and arrested their owner on suspicion of growing marijuana, said Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department."We had complaints before about these dogs being aggressive." Officials said the owner, Alex Jackson, 29, had previously been cited for allegedly failing to vaccinate, license, spay, neuter or microchip his dogs. The dogs were also involved in previous incidents in January and again in April. The January attack involving a horse and a rider. Six pit bulls and two mixed breed dogs were removed from Jackson's home.
In a statement to CBS Los Angeles neighbor Epi Mandonado stated he saw video of the seized dogs and recognized one of them. He stated that he was attacked by the animals near Jackson's home in January “My friend and I were riding the horse. The dogs were attacking my horse. They bite me close to the shoes. So they don’t hurt me because I got the shoes but they bite my horse very bad,” Maldonado said."
Although this attack and death occurred in California, a state with a prohibition against BSL, there are questions about the wisdom of current law and discussion about going back to the state legislature and making some changes. Please click here for more information.
Since California's anti-BSL law, HB 428 was passed in 1989 a total of 35 California residents have been mauled to death by pit bulls. Just three months after the passage of HB 428 seventy year old Margee Lilly died of a pit bull mauling. Governor George Deukmejian said "I am disturbed and distressed as anybody...We have to have some kind of law against owning them or some other way of completely controlling them"Click here for more on this mauling death and the Governor's change of heart.
Pamela and Benjamin Devitt
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Dorchester County SC
Carlton Freeman, an eighty year old bilateral amputee was dragged from his motorized wheel chair and mauled by four pit bulls. Mr. Freeman's injuries were so serious that he died four days later.
The four dogs that killed Mr. Freeman were identified as pit bulls by Freeman's widow. She also stated the dogs belonged to a family member in this video included in this article.
Per ABCNews4 "The victim's wife of 35 years, Rita, told reporters "All he wanted was that they catch those dogs before they hurt somebody else." Three of the dogs were owned by Barbara Goodwin, variously listed as a neighbor or a family member. Mr. Freeman did not want charges filed. In an apparent effort to honor Mr. Freeman's wishes the investigation lists the dogs a feral and that no charges would be filed..
this bread of dogs are like wolfs two or more and they are agressive animals 1 by itself can be friendly.
Thanks a lot a**hole! Irresponsible owners like you make the rest of us look bad and put our family pets in peril thanks to stupid ineffective legislation!
/SEAN WHITCOMB Maby, if people like you werent so ignorant these things wouldn't happen so often. If you would take the time to educate yourself you would learn that the American Pit Bill Terrior is NOT aggresive towards people naturally. Infact they are bred to be attracted to humans but aggresive to DOGS. They breed them that way so after the fight they don't turn on the human. In fact if you would take time out of your day to EDUCATE YOURSELF you would see that even the CDC has made a list pertaining to Dog bites and the dogs that top that list are the Lab, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, ETC. Would you please stop spreading your ignorant opinion that was force fed to you by your "media" PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED!
Louise Cook · Top Commenter · Huntington Beach, California
More rubbish about pitbulls. Statistics prove that in biting incidents, pitbulls are in the lower part of the list. But pitbulls make great headlines. This is not an isolated case of a pack of dogs who were probably thrown away, have become vicious. And yes, the packs include Shepherd mixes, and other breeds. They didn't breed themselves to have their jaws, SOB's wanting to fight them did. Years ago they were called 'nanny dogs' because they loved and protect kids. I've had 4 and they are my favorite breed.
Amanda Fitzgerald · Follow · Top Commenter · Baltimore, Maryland
So frustrating. Over 90% of all dog attacks are by unaltered dogs, juts like this case. I am a wife, mother, teacher and a pit bull owner. I have had my pit bull for 8 years when I rescued her at 6 months. I have NEVER had a single aggressive incident with my dog period. I am sick and tired of idiots giving the rest of us a bad name. I would love for any media outlet to come and do a story on my perfectly fine pit bull terrier.
These dogs are NOT born aggressive..its the human owners who are the ones to blame and also the ones who should be punished. If anything they should be retrained and maybe become drug smelling dogs for law enforsement..Anything, but not destroyed.
Ridge Terry Kaialoha
The IGNORANT raise their UGLY heads and by many of the remarks posted here, a BUNCH of the IGNORAMUS have suddenly appeared in one place. That would be HERE! J HOLY C, folks, This is NOT a DOG BREED ISSUE, what-so-ever! This is a IRRESPONSIBLE OWNER ISSUE, P E R I O D! Some of the comments posted here must SURELY make YOUR Uncle Dads and Aunt Moms pretty damn proud ~ ~ ~ ~ UNF--KING BELIEVABLE ~ ~ ~.