Pit bull roundup 7/30/2017 Mayhem continues in the Buckeye State, children in critical condition, police are menaced by pit bulls, church goers menaced by pit bulls, pit bulls shot by police and the general public as well.
This post will introduce a new, shorter post format to the Scorched Earth blog. This break with Scorched Earth tradition will serve two purposes.
First, the short post format will reduce reports to the stark basics of life in our state since Representative Barbara Sears allowed lawyers employed by Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab Utah to write law for the State of Ohio.
Second, the short post format will also allow us to clean up the backlog as quickly as possible. It has proven to be impossible to keep up with pit bull mayhem in the state.
This is not surprising, the county dog warden is Mark Kumpf. Police contacted the dog owner, a 22-year-old man who claims to be willing to cover the victim's medical expenses. Don't hold your breath. The claim was made that the dog would be surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. Again, don't hold your breath. Think the 22 year old pit bull owner has insurance? Nope, I don't think so either.
A pit bull was shot while attacking a neighbor's dog, on the neighbor's property. The shots came from a second floor window. The property owner heard the attack in progress and could see two little girls trying to pull the pit bull off the property owner's dog. The property owner felt that the girls and his own dog were in trouble so he took immediate action. The property owner reported the shooting to local police, there were no charges.
As is the norm, the pit bull owner did not see the attack but claimed that the property owner was irresponsible. She also claimed that her dog was not vicious (shot during an attack but not vicious). You can't make this stuff up. Video is available on the link.
Pacman died after he was was shot three times from an upstairs window. He would still be sleeping on the couch if he had been responsibly confined. Don't want your dog shot? Keep him at home.
Don't want your dog shot? Keep him at home and under your supervision and control.
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A 76 year old woman was attacked by a neighbor's bully breed dog when she took her own dog outside. The victim suffered deep bites and required hospital treatment. The bully breed dog was surrendered to local authorities for euthanization. Stark County dog warden Jon Barber offers the classic excuses for the attack. "I’m sure the dog could’ve been a very nice dog, but I’m not sure the environment that the dog came from, it ever had an opportunity. These bully-type dogs get a bad stereotype, but realistically, it’s the circumstances of how they were raised and how they’re brought up that led to this. It’s upbringing and social environment (that matter). This dog (is believed to have been) isolated, not socialized. So when it got loose, it reacted this way.”
Why do dog wardens repeat this crap? They are paid to protect the safety of the public. Who will pay the victim's medical bills?
This is not a dog that should be tolerated at large in the community.
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More news from Dog Warden Mark Kumpf's neighborhood. Dayton police shot a pit bull after it attacked THREE Dayton residents.
A Dayton police officer heard a woman screaming for help. Th woman, covered in blood, told two officers that there were others in a home being attacked by the dog. The officers could see the menacing pit, covered in blood, as it approached them aggressively. The pit bull was shot in the nose. Medics found a second victim in the yard of the house.
A six-year-old girl was admitted to Cleveland Metro in critical condition after she was attacked by the family pit bull. Two adult females were also attacked. The pit bull was shot by an off-duty Cuyahoga County sheriff's officer. Handy to have someone close by to shoot the pit bull. But wait, it becomes even handier, the off duty officer was a resident of the household and he was the owner of the dog. Both the owner, Michael Shaw Jr. and his pit bull have a record of charges in another northern Ohio community. Per Cleveland 19 News "Records from Euclid Municipal Court show Michael Shaw Jr. was cited in February 2016 for five dog-related offenses. Shaw received citations for dog running at large, excessive animal noise, failing to register his animal, failing to provide the dog with adequate food and water, and nuisance activities involving an animal. The nuisance activities charge was amended to a disorderly conduct charge in July 2017, which Shaw pleaded guilty to. All other charges against Shaw were dropped.
According to the incident report obtained from Euclid Police, Shaw's white and brown pit bull was repeatedly getting out of his backyard. On February 21, 2016, the dog was running wild in the neighborhood and police responded to the home. Prior to police arriving, a neighbor was able to get the dog back into the yard, and used trash cans to block yard's entrance. The dog escaped again and the neighbor called police back to report the dog out yet again.
Shaw went to court for the citations and the dog was "moved out of the city" according to the Euclid Municipal Court docket.
Anastasia Highsmith, six-year-old victim. After the attack on Anastasia, neighbors want aggressive dogs out of their neighborhood. Per the 19 new story " Two neighbors spoke about the aggressive dog problem on their street, saying there are at least half a dozen pit bulls on the block and they all seem aggressive. Lee Covert has lived on W. 22nd Street his entire life and can’t understand the need for aggressive dogs in the neighborhood. According to Covert, the same dog that attacked on July 4 had recently gotten loose and police were called because a neighbor couldn’t get into her car."