The Newark Advocate reports that a four-year-old boy was bitten on the cheek by a pit bull as the child and his mother were visiting a friend. Emergency treatment was declined and a report was forwarded from police to the dog warden.
Newark Ohio surrendered to pit bull advocacy a year or so ago, the Newark Advocate supported this effort.
Another failure for Montgomery County Dog Warden Mark Kumpf, a pit bull with a history of being at large was at it again and got shot with a BB gun prior to the arrival of Dayton police. The pit bull owner told police the dog "got away" from his daughter and began charging at neighborhood residents, some on their own porches. The pit bull owner was charged with failure to control. Will Kumpf actually do his job and cite this pit bull per state law?
* * * 11/16/2017 Marion Ohio Marion County A sheriff's deputy was attacked by two pit bulls during a drug raid and was injured when he shot himself in the foot during the attack. Pit bulls present at a drug raid? Who would think? Per the Marion Star " the sheriff's office had received multiple calls about drug activity at the house and that law enforcement had set up undercover drug buys there before obtaining a search warrant.
Shortly after forcing his way into the house alongside other officers, Deputy Mike Wheeler was attacked by two pit bulls, Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said. Wheeler fired two shots, one of which went through his foot." " "the dogs "backed (Wheeler) into a corner," were biting at him and jumping at his chest.
One pit bull died at the scene.
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I want to finish this post by giving respect and credit where respect and credit are due. Four years ago Litsa and Angelo Kargakos adopted a clearly abused pit bull, Petey. Per WKBN News "Petey was living a nightmare, chained up without food or water in a backyard on the south side of Youngstown.
“He was completely emaciated,” Litsa said. “He was highly-heart-worm positive and his muzzle was duct taped as well.”
To make matters worse, Petey feared humans and became aggressive when they got close. That made adopting him difficult.
“He would try to bite me,” Angelo said. “He would growl and jump towards me.
With lots of love and patience, Petey warmed up to Angelo and Litsa.
Now, on the outside, Petey seems completely normal. But the emotional scars of his abuse will never go away.
“It is a happy ending for Petey because he is in a loving home and he is happy,” Angelo said. “But he could never be a normal dog. We could never walk him in a park.”
“They suffer for this the rest of their lives,” Litsa said. “It’s not like they get rescued and everything’s perfect at that point. He’ll suffer psychologically until the day he dies.”
Petey, now responsibly and lovingly owned, lives with six other dogs and two cats. Angelo states Petey is the "greatest dog in the world" and a daddy's boy, his constant shadow. There is video with this story and it is wonderful. I recommend watching it. This couple was well aware of what they were getting when they took Petey but they took him anyway and made a success of it but continue to be responsible with him. You can't do better than that.
The names Litsa and Angelo Kargakos might be familiar to readers of this blog. This couple placed a troubled pit bull named Remi with an Ohio breed advocate self-promoted as an expert in rehabilitating dangerous dogs. The Kargakos' made 100% responsible decisions when placing Remi, backed up with a large cash donation and mention in their wills. Sadly, it did not end well for Remi, link to the story below.
I have nothing but respect for Litsa and Angelo Kargakos. Thank you for restoring my faith.
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