Monday, July 27, 2015

Ohio pit bull roundup 7/27/2015. I can't keep up.

We are miles behind on the Pit Bull Roundup.  There is no logical order here, please bear with me.  sometimes life interferes with blogging.  We will cover the backlog in manageable chunks.  Northern Ohio is currently a pit bull hell.  We will get to it soon.  I have not forgotten the Pibble March but simply can't keep up.

A new feature, we will note the county for these attacks.  Always good to know who is responsible.  

Lockland Ohio
Hamilton County Ohio

You can't make this stuff up.  Two boys were running down a street, running from a pit bull.  One of the boys jumped into the bed of a pickup truck to get away from the dog.  A man who apparently owned the truck fired a shot.  Possibly he thought the boy was going to steal it.  The boys got scared and ran off, unhurt and were picked up by police after 911 calls were made.  Police attempted to talk to the man in the home about the shot that was fired.  Things all went to hell at this point and the SWAT team was called in.  The SWAT team let off an explosive charge and used a bull horn to talk the man out of him home peacefully.  Please share links to incidents where a Beagle at large turned into a SWAT team event.


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Madison Twp Ohio
Franklin County Ohio
A woman was attacked by a dog while she was feeding her son's dog.  A pit bull mix bit the woman in the face and head, she was transported to a Dayton area hospital for treatment.  Police are investigating.

Here is an update to the story... wait for it... the dog that bit the woman was her own dog.  The dog will be euthanized, and hopefully the owner will be charged with making a false statement to police.

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Lorain Ohio
Lorain County

An 18 year old woman, being treated for pit bull bite injuries at Mercy Regional Medical Center told police that "people at 2714 Reid Ave. took control of the dog and asked her not to call police, saying the dog has bitten people before and will be killed by the Lorain County dog warden."  And this would be a bad thing? How many bites does this mauler get?

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Huber Heights Ohio
Montgomery County

A 14 year old Cattle Dog named Henry was minding his own business in his owner's fenced yard was attacked by the neighbor's two dogs, a pit bull and a Boxer.  In order to attack the peaceful old dog the pit bull and the Boxer broke through a privacy fence.  This is not the first time these two dogs have broken through the privacy fence and attacked Henry.
 Dog recovering after pit bull attack photo

Lenise Knight, Henry's owner did not report it to authorities because she wanted to be a "good neighbor."  Apparently the owner of the pit bull and the Boxer has no such ambitions.

Knight has had enough.  She complained to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center expecting the  pit bull and the Boxer would be picked up.  Remember folks, the dog warden in Montgomery county is none other that MARK KUMPF.

Wait for it.... she was told that by state law dogs can only be picked up after THREE documented attacks on dogs.  This is lazy enforcement and apparently the Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf and the Montgomery County Commissioners learned nothing from TWO fatal dog attacks in the County last year.  Klonda Richey made dozens of complaints against the dogs that she called pit/mastiff mixes that eventually killed her.  Nothing of substance was done, sternly worded post-it notes stuck on the dog owner's front door were the best that Kumpf's staff would do.  Klonda Richey died a unimaginably painful and bloody death.   A seven month old child visiting from out of state was killed by an American Staffordshire Terrier (pit bull) with a menacing complaint from the USPS, and an attack on a leashed dog being walked on the sidewalk.  Legal action had been postponed at the time of the baby's death.

Ms. Knight makes a strong point with her thoughts here.  Henry is expected to recover from the attack. However, Knight wants people to learn from her mistake so they can protect their families.

Always start that paper trail.

Sandusky County Ohio

Two pit bulls attack a dog chained in the owner's yard.   A police report was filed.

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Lorain Ohio
Lorain County

Alton Goshen Jr., "responsible pit bull owner" owns two pit bulls that have attacked TWICE in a month and BOTH of these attacks have killed someone else's dog.  Why did Goshen's pit bulls get a second kill?  Glad you asked but I have no answer for this. Police officer Richard Broz stated, after the second kill, per the Morning News Journal "Broz reported he has dealt with the dogs on several occasions and never observed any aggression toward people, but they had aggression toward other animals."

 (a) "Dangerous dog" means a dog that, without provocation, and subject to division (A)(1)(b) of this section, has done any of the following:
(i) Caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person;
(ii) Killed another dog;
(iii) Been the subject of a third or subsequent violation of division (C) of section 955.22 of the Revised Code.

Per the Ohio Revised Code 955.11  Click here for the requirements for harboring a dangerous dog in Ohio.  

On March 31, 2015 Goshen's pit bulls attacked and killed another dog that was leashed and in the yard of the owner. Ohio law says the pits are dangerous dogs after the first kill.  Why wasn't the message given to Goshen?

 An April 24th Goshen's pit bulls attacked, killed, and attempted to dismember a Pomeranian, leashed and in the yard of it's owner.  The Pomerania owner "told police she tried to chase the dogs off, but one of them started growling at her, so fearing she would be bit, she backed off and waited for help."

On April 27th one of Goshen's pits was reported at large and police were called.  Officer Broz responded and confronted the pit bull.  The pit then ran back into Goshen's yard through an open gate.  Please review AGAIN the requirements for keeping dangerous dogs in Ohio per the Ohio Revised Code.

Per the Morning Journal "Goshen secured the gate at the time but as of April 27 did not make any improvements suggested so the dogs would not escape again, the report stated." 

 Improvements SUGGESTED?

Police cited Goshen for two counts of failure to confine dogs and one count of failure to have a dog license. Police recommended the maximum penalty allowed by law for the offenses due to the repeat incidents, the emotional trauma of the owners of the dead dogs and the quality of life of the other neighbors in the area. 

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Avon Lake Ohio
Lorain County Ohio

Kimberly Larson, owner of a pit bull named Cyrus, entered a plea of "no contest" to a charge of dog at large after her pit mix killed another dog.  Per Action 19 news " Police say the Pit Bull, named Cyrus, was being walked by his owner on Orchard Park Drive when Daisy, a Corgi Beagle mix began barking and ran towards him.

Cyrus slipped out of his harness and went after Daisy. Cyrus's owner struggled to pull him off Daisy and two neighbors came to help.

Daisy died.  Larson was found guilty and paid a fine of $150.  Remember this story.  It will become bigger news in the future.