The last Death and Excuses post went up on March 22nd. Four human fatalities in under a week brings us to this sad place again. How many deaths will it take until legislators take their responsibilities seriously and regulate bully breed dogs?
A four year old girl was attacked inside her mother's apartment by a by a massive pit bull as she was watching television with her mother. The pit bull was owned by the mother's boyfriend. The pit bull was so aggressive that the mother had to barricade herself and the child in a bedroom. When police arrived at the scene the injured child was passed out a window to waiting first responders. Police shot the pit bull three times through a window while it was still in the apartment and shot it 10 more times when officers attempted to enter. Police described the pit bull as "a monster."
Mia DeRouen did not survive her injuries.
Please click here for news conference video. The Houma Police Chief gives a full account of the event.
Mia DeRouen with Niko, the pit bull that killed her.
Mia's mother, Megan Touchet with Niko
Niko's owner, Kerry Dominique. Classic bathroom selfie.
Niko was a valuable stud dog. Registered as an American Bully, Niko's stud fee was $1500.
It should be noted that the killer pit bull, Niko (BTM's Hidden Treasure) is an exquisitely documented pit bull. By clicking on all the dogs in the three generations shown in his pedigree you will note that they are all UKC American Pit Bull Terriers. Per the American Bully Kennel Club website, all UKC American Pit Bull Terriers and AKC American Staffordshire Terriers will be registered as an American Bully.
Incredibly but not unexpectedly, pit bull advocacy is attempting to deny the breed on this attack. The pit bull "expert" casting doubt here is none other than Ken Foster, head of the Sula Foundation (named after one of his pit bulls, Sula). Click here for a not to be missed interview by Foster. The Sula Foundation rescues pit bulls and places them as pets. One group of pit bulls placed by the Sula Foundation came from a dog fight bust in Biloxi, these off-the-chain, game bred and ring tested pit bulls may have been placed in a community near you. Some of these dogs were trafficked across state lines and into communities without disclosing their history. The interstate transport of dogs seized from dog fighters has become trendy. The ASPCA is also involved. In this article the proud new owner of a pit fighter testifies that her dog is just a sweetie, plays with cats, a great addition to the family. She adopted the dog in March, she has only had it for a few weeks. Chances that the Sula Foundation or the ASPCA would be willing to pay the medical expenses of a victim of one of these dogs are slim. Whatever happened to the pit bull advocacy claim that pit bulls are "only mean if you teach them to be mean"? By that standard off-the-chain pit fighters would be the most dangerous dogs in the world and the ASPCA favors placing these dogs in family homes as pets? The interstate transport of dogs for the purpose of dog fighting is a violation of federal law but the interstate transport of those same dogs for the purpose of rehoming, with no disclosure of their previous status as game bred, ring experienced pit fighters is NOT a violation of any law? Does this make sense to anyone? Let me be clear here, dog fighting is a horrible crime and deserves investigation and prosecution of those involved. Placement of game bred pit bulls in peaceful communities where children play, pets are walked, livestock is kept does not end well and the victims pay the bills. But, I digress.
In another twist, it has been reported that Niko's sire has produced human aggressive dogs and the owner of Kimbo is "investigating" these reports.
The investigation of this attack appears to be at a standstill, Touchet and Dominique are refusing to speak with law enforcement on advice of their lawyers.
Special permits may be required for pit bulls kept in the in the Parish in the future.
More on the placement of seized game bred pit bulls being placed as pets, click here.
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Holmes County MS
Three year old Christopher Malone was killed by two pit bulls. The pit bulls "somehow" got out of a pen and fatally mauled the child. Christopher was dead at the scene. Per KTRE "Sheriff deputies say Malone's mother tried to save him, "The children were outside playing and she missed her child and when she went around to look for him that's when she saw the dogs on him and she went up there to try to get the dogs off her child and she ended up getting bit too," said Captain Sam Chambers with the Holmes County Sheriff's Department."
The little boy's Aunt stated ""The dog just jumped him and took him down and drugged him in the back and killed him, ate him up," said Lucy Mayze, an aunt of the victim."
The dogs were removed by Animal Control. The boy's aunt referred to the pit bulls as "puppies." Click here for video.
Christopher Malone, what a beautiful child.
Blood stained killer pit bull on his way to the Animal Control truck.
The Holmes County Sheriff wants a pit bull ban.
For a discussion of BSL in the state please click here, excellent graphics.
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Eighty five year old Dorothy Hamilton was mauled to death in her own home by two pit bulls owned by her son, Michael Hamilton. The pit bulls had been locked in a bedroom but they broke through a door to attack and kill Mrs. Hamilton. Animal Control put the two aggressive pit bulls down, and removed six more pit bulls from the property. The remaining pit bulls were expected to be euthanized. Neighbors have complained about dogs at this residence in the past.
For video please click here.
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John Harvard, age 5, was killed by a pit bull. John and his nine year old brother were playing in their yard when the 80 pound pit bull came onto the property and attacked John. The nine year old was unable to pull the pit bull off his little brother so he ran to get his father. The father shot at the dog. John was rushed to a local hospital but did not survive. The pit bull belonged to a neighbor and there was no history of violence from this dog. The pit bull was eight months old.
For video please click here.
The pit bull was euthanized.
Please click this link for video of an interview with the parents of John Harvard.
Leash laws are now being considered for this community. Leash laws are the first choice of local lawmakers. That paragon of responsible pit bull ownership and pit bull advocacy Clay Hundenshire has this to say about leash laws in the comments following an article titled Father of boy Killed by Pit Bull Says Leash Law would Have Saved His Son
Clay Hundenshire · Top Commenter · Virginia Tech
Death by dog is extremely rare. Leash laws are good, and can prevent issues. That said, I take my dogs hiking a lot, and when in the forest, they are not on a leash. I see someone heading my way, I call my dogs and leash them. It is common respect and prevents any possible issue. My dogs love running free, and I try my best to go places where I will not see anyone, or we're all on the same page.
Death by dog is not "exceedingly rare." So far this year sixteen Americans have been killed by dogs. After admitting that leashing dogs is a responsible practice Hundenshire freely admits that he takes the leashes off as soon as he thinks nobody will see him because his dogs "love running free." Dogs will always see other park users, pets, and wildlife before their owners do. Mr. Hundenshire is always going to be several beats behind, several lethal beats behind. Given the inability of pit bulls to "turn off" once they target it is just a matter of time before one of these pit bulls hurts someone. Scroll on down through the comments below to see what else Hundenshire had to say.
4/17/2014 Update. Mr. Hundenshire continues to comment. More of his thoughts have been added to the Clay Hundenshire section below.
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Now lets take a look at the response of the pit bull community to these deaths. Some of these comments are filled with falsehoods and denial, some with hate, some just make no sense. Why would anyone think these comments were appropriate after the death of a human?
You display a great deal of ignorance about the breed. ANY dog can be dangerous - it has to do with how and who raises them. But knee jerkers like you have no intention to alter their prejudices based on silly little things like facts.