Four-month-old McKenzie Terwill died after being attacked by the family pit bull inside the family home. The pit bull has been quarantined and the attack is under investigation. McKenzie is the eighteenth Ohio resident killed by dogs since the Ohio Legislature allowed Best Friends Animal Society to re-write state law. Best Friends promised that their new breed-neutral law would make Ohio communities safer. Is anyone shocked that the promise has proven false?
Nope. In the decade prior to the change in state law Ohio had 5 dog bite-related fatalities. In the less-than-eight-years since the passage of HB 14 Ohio has seen eighteen fatal dog attacks. Stunning.
Our thanks to former Representative Barbara Sears and Ledy Vankavage's legal department at Best Friends Animal Society for bringing this disaster to Ohio.
Update - A neighbor reported that dogs at the home where the infant died were "mean, vicious, barkers, chasers" and caused people to avoid the location. The investigation is being handled by the Special Victims Unit.
Update - Per the Dayton Daily News, "The Dayton Daily News today obtained an affidavit written by Dayton Police Detective Karina Sulek seeking permission to search and collect evidence in the case. Sulek wrote when officers arrived at the home on the 100 block of Vermont Avenue on Jan. 9, the baby’s father, Parker Terwell, was on the front porch with the baby’s remains.
In another update, this from WDTN News "The search warrant states that the prescriptions that were found have side effects such as drowsiness, cognitive dysfunction, and insomnia. The father also told officers that he threw out a bong before they arrived."