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A Baby Girl in Miramar, Florida, is the 4th Victim of a Fatal Pit Bull Attack in May 2018 Alone
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
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On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 9-month-old Liana Valino was brutally mauled to death by a family pit bull while in the care of her grandmother. According to the baby’s mother, she frequently left her daughter at the grandmother’s home rather than the daycare. There were three pit bulls in the home, a mother and two of her offspring. The dogs have all been confiscated by officers with Broward County Animal Control.
Yessenia Diaz, a Miramar Police Officer, described details of the fatal pit bull attack: The grandmother had taken the approximately 4-year-old male pit bull for a walk. Upon their return, the dog overpowered the woman and went directly to a bedroom where the baby was bouncing in a bouncy chair. The dog attacked the baby, though the grandmother was also in the room. Liana was pronounced dead at the scene.
In Ardmore, Oklahoma, on May 10, 52-year-old Tracy Garcia was viciously attacked and killed by a pack of dogs while walking on Banyon Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack. A veterinarian described the dogs as one pit bull and four pit bull mixes.
Georgia Morgan, age 75, was killed by two pit bulls in the dog owner’s yard on May 16 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The dogs were known to be dangerous, but no criminal charges are expected.
On May 24, 6-year-old Gauge Eckenrode of Lakemont, Pennsylvania, was killed by the family pit bull in his yard as his father was cutting the grass. When the man heard the mother’s screams, he ran to find the dog attacking Gauge. He tried to stop the attack, even using knives to stab to dog. Police said it was too late, and the child was pronounced dead at the scene. The pit bull was a rescue and had been with the family for several years.
These types of events are not uncommon, and they are clear evidence that pit bulls are not in the same category as other canines. Some cities have managed to enact legislation that restricts pit bull ownership, but it is extremely difficult to do. Pit bull advocates are always a huge force that causes tremendous controversy. Municipal leaders rarely maintain the resolve needed to ban pit bull ownership for the safety of the community, including pit bull owners. Pit bulls alone are responsible for the majority of all fatal dog attacks every year, and they are sometimes responsible for as many as 85% of all deaths in a given year. Owners and other family members are the victims of approximately half of all fatal pit bull attacks.
Tags: American Pit Bull Terrier,Dog,Dog attack,Dog breed,Pit bull,Texas
Tags: American Pit Bull Terrier, Dog, Dog attack, Dog breed, Pit bull, Texas
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Two Pit Bulls Known to be Dangerous Kill a 75-year-old Woman in Gulfport, Mississippi, and the Dogs’ Owner is Arrested
Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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At about 8 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, police officers with the Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi were dispatched to an address on Deidra Court, regarding a dog attack. When they arrived to the scene, 75-year-old Georgia Ruth Morgan had already died from wounds inflicted by two pit bulls. Investigators speculate that Morgan allegedly opened the gate of the fenced-in yard where the dogs lived. Although she did not reside there, she went into the yard and was brutally mauled to death. Both pit bulls were surrendered by the owner to Gulfport Animal Control to be euthanized. Early in the investigation into the case, the owner was arrested on outstanding warrants on two 2017 misdemeanor charges, those being having a vicious animal and having a dog at large.
A woman who is a next-door-neighbor to the dogs’ owner told reporters the two pit bulls attacked her golden retriever on two different occasions. The second time, she reported it to the police.
Law enforcement officers said Morgan was known in the neighborhood by many people because she walked daily and collected cans. She was also said to be a kind person who greeted kids at the bus stop. According to archival records on fatal pit bull attacks, Morgan was the sixth person in 2018 to be killed by one or more pit bulls. One of the six victims of fatal pit bull attacks this year was 4-year-old Noah Trevino of Converse, Texas; and the pit bull mix who attacked him was the family dog.
Compared to other recent years, this is a low number for deadly pit bull attacks, at this point in the year. In 2017, 29 people in the U.S. were killed by pit bulls, which was 74% of all deadly dog attacks last year. In 2016, 22 individuals were victims of fatal pit bull attacks, which was 71% of all dog bite fatalities.
In spite of clear evidence that pit bulls are dangerous and exhibit deadly behaviors unlike any other dog breed, little is done to restrict pit bull ownership or even to follow through with protecting people from pit bulls that have already caused harm to other dogs or to humans.
Tags: Animal control officer,fatal dog attack,Gulfport,Mississippi,Pit bull
Tags: Animal control officer, fatal dog attack, Gulfport, Mississippi, Pit bull
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After an Infant is Mauled to Death by a Dog, the Babysitter is Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
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On March 9, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 13-month-old Loxli Chavez was brutally mauled to death by a mixed-breed dog belonging to the babysitter. The 33-year-old babysitter allegedly confessed to police that she was aware her dog was a danger around children and that a year earlier, her own son had been bitten in the head by the dog. The district attorney has charged the babysitter with one count of second-degree involuntary manslaughter for acting with criminal negligence, resulting in the death of the baby left in her care. If she is convicted, she faces a maximum prison sentence of four years.
The sitter had been watching Loxli and her older sibling when the attack occurred. The parents of the children told police they were unaware the dog had ever attacked anyone. The sitter said she mistakenly thought aggression would be resolved by having her dog neutered, which she did after the attack on her son.
The dog is a 40-pound male and a mixture of pit bull terrier, Alaskan malamute, and Labrador retriever, according to the babysitter’s brother, who was the original owner.
In the U.S. there are approximately 40 deaths caused by dogs annually, and few of those deaths are followed by any type of criminal charges. The majority of fatal dog attacks are caused by pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Among those fatal dog attacks, approximately half of the victims are the pit bull owners.
Tags: Cape Girardeau,Death,Dog attack,fatal dog attack,Loxli Chavez,Missouri,Pit bull
Tags: Cape Girardeau, Death, Dog attack, fatal dog attack, Loxli Chavez, Missouri, Pit bull
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4-year-old Noah Trevino of Converse, Texas, is Killed by the Family Dog, a Pit Bull Mix
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
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Noah Trevino, age 4, was killed by the family dog, a pit bull mix, on March 25, 2018, in Converse, Texas, which is in Bexar County. According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), police were called to a home on Twincreek Farm street at approximately 3:45 p.m. on a report of a dog attack. The preschooler had been in his backyard when the large dog attacked him. The dog had been tethered or penned, and the child probably got too close, according to Javier Salazar, Bexar County Sheriff. A relative reportedly witnessed what happened. The pit bull mix had his mouth around Trevino’s neck and repeatedly shook him. Trevino suffered excessive trauma and life-threatening injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was later pronounced dead. The pit bull mix was the family dog, and no criminal charges are expected to be filed.
Animal control took custody of the pit bull mix. The family claimed that the dog had never bitten a person before. However, neighbors claimed that the same dog had been known to escape the yard and had previously attacked and killed more than one animal in the neighborhood. BCSO is investigating these reports.
At least four other people besides Trevino have been killed by a pit bull or a pit bull mix so far in 2018. In all but one instance, the pit bull was the family dog. Three-year-old Rylee Dodge of Duncan, Oklahoma, was the one victim younger than Trevino. The 3-year-old was in the care of her grandmother, and the child opened the door to play with the pit bull her father had acquired five days earlier from a friend. The dog immediately attacked her. Criminal charges are pending in that case.
The three other 2018 victims of fatal pit bull attacks were: 49-year-old Hong Saengsamly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 46-year-old David Brown of Owensboro, Kentucky; and 53-year-old Laura Ray of West Monroe, Louisiana.
Every year, pit bulls cause a clear majority of all human fatalities associated with dog attacks, and fatalities attributed to no other breed comes anywhere close to the number caused by pit bulls.
Tags: Bexar County,Converse,Duncan,fatal dog attacks,Noah Trevino,Oklahoma,Pit bull,San Antoniko,Texas
Tags: Bexar County, Converse, Duncan, fatal dog attacks, Noah Trevino, Oklahoma, Pit bull, San Antoniko, Texas
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A Family in Houston, Texas, Surrenders their Dog to a Wolf Sanctuary after Reports of the Dog Biting 4 People
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
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A family in Houston, Harris County, Texas, recently surrendered their beloved pet to a wolf sanctuary following a series of alleged dog attacks. On March 6, 2018, an 8-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy in the Gleannloch Farms neighborhood were both bitten by a dog and suffered puncture wounds on their legs. The dog apparently escaped from its nearby backyard, according to investigators. An animal control investigator with the Harris County Public Health Department said that this event marked a total of four reports of that particular dog biting someone since December 2017. All of the dog bite victims are expected to make a full recovery.
It is often the case that dog bites occur after an animal is already known to have attacked a human. It raises the question as to whether more should be done to protect the public.
Another incident of a dog with a history of biting occurred in Galveston in January 2018. A woman was seriously injured in an apartment complex when a pit bull charged at her and attacked her as she was exiting an elevator with her pet dog. She held her dog high while the pit bull attacked her. A person driving past rescued her and her dog and took her immediately to a nearby hospital. The woman underwent two surgeries and was scheduled for more. An investigation revealed that the dog had a history of being violent that went back to at least 2013. The pit bull had previously broken through a window and killed another dog and had also bitten another person in that same apartment complex in Galveston. In that case, the pit bull owner was charged with a felony of attack by a dog resulting in serious bodily injury.
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A Couple and their Pet are attacked by 2 Pit Bulls in Houston, Texas, and a Toddler in Dallas is Injured by a Pit Bull
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
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On Monday, January 18, 2018, Iris and Danny Shaftel were walking their dog and pushing their 3-year-old daughter in a stroller in Godwin Park in Meyerland, Houston, Texas, when they were approached by two gray pit bulls. At first, they thought the dogs were being friendly. But the dogs lunged at the family’s pet, and one of them bit the dog and shook her. Danny rescued his dog and both pit bulls bit him in the process. Now both of his thumbs are bandaged from the injuries. The woman was also bitten, and they placed the stroller behind them. The driver of an SUV came along and chased the pit bulls off with her vehicle. The dogs ran off and weren’t found. They were described as looking healthy and weighing about 40 pounds each. Neither of the dark gray pit bulls had a collar or leash.
Another recent pit bull attack in Texas occurred in Dallas in December 2017. Two-year-old Luca Romero of Colleyville was with his parents at the Dallas Pets Alive adoption event. As the toddler was walking around, looking at the dogs, he was viciously mauled by a pit bull mix. The dog bit the child on the chest and right arm and pulled him to the floor. The pit bull was shaking the child, and it took four or five men to pry the dog’s teeth apart and release Luca. The child suffered cuts and puncture wounds and received numerous stitches.
The pit bull that bit the 2-year-old was euthanized in January, by order of a judge, in spite of more than 70,000 signatures collected in petitions set up by two groups to prevent the dog from being put down.
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After a Vicious Dog Attack, a Pit Bull Owner in Galveston is Charged with a Felony
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
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On January 23, 2018, a woman was brutally attacked by a pit bull at the Club of the Isle apartments in Galveston, Texas. She was carrying her dog and stepped out of an elevator. A tan and white pit bull immediately charged her. She held her dog over her head, and the pit bull bit the woman on the calf and the thigh. A witness briefly distracted the pit bull, but the dog bit the woman on the leg again. Another witness drove up, let the woman and her dog into his truck, and then took her to the University of Texas Medical Branch. According to a related affidavit, the woman had two surgeries and has more scheduled. Officers with the Galveston Police Department arrested the pit bull owner on February 2 and charged him with attack by dog resulting in serious bodily injury, which is a felony.
Another witness reported to police officers that the owner of the dog came out of an apartment nearby after the attack, and he captured the dog. The owner said that the dog had run past him when he opened his apartment door.
Galveston police officers identified the pit bull owner and discovered that the dog had a history of violence, dating back to 2013. The investigation revealed that a person had been attacked in a 2013 incident. On another occasion, the pit bull broke through a window and killed another dog. In a recent attack, which occurred at the same Galveston apartment complex, another resident was attacked by the dog on December 27, 2017.
The 59-year-old pit bull owner initially told police he was unaware his dog was dangerous or aggressive. But later, he allegedly admitted that the pit bull had attacked both humans and dogs. He agreed to having the dog killed, and the pit bull was euthanized, according to the head of the city’s animal control division, Galveston Police Sgt. Joel Caldwell.
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Tags: Dog attack, Galveston, Galveston Police Department, Pit bull, Texas
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A Toddler in Oklahoma and a Woman in Louisiana are Killed by Pit Bulls in early January 2018
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Pit bull (Photo: Labeled for reuse)
In 2017, a total of 29 people in the U.S. died as a result of pit bull attacks. Sadly, the horrific trend continues. The first two pit bull fatalities in 2018 occurred before mid-January. The victims of the fatal pit bull attacks were 53-year-old Laura Ray of West Monroe, Louisiana, and 3-year-old Rylee Dodge of Duncan, Oklahoma.
Ray was working at a pet boarding facility when a pit bull mauled her to death on January 9. At approximately 11 p.m., deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to the pet boarding establishment on Smith Street in West Monroe. Scotty Robinson, Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, said the awful scene was horrific. The deputies who responded to the call found that Ray had been critically injured, and she did not survive the savage pit bull attack. The previous owner of the pit bull had signed a document saying the dog did not have a history of aggression. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took custody of the pit bull, and the dog was euthanized. Ray was the mother of five children.
Rylee’s father had acquired the pit bull that killed her just five days before the deadly attack on January 14. The dog was kept in the fenced yard. The 3-year-old’s father left her with her grandmother and got a call approximately 20 minutes later. The man quickly returned home and discovered his mother laying on the pit bull and his daughter lifeless. The grandmother said Rylee had opened the front door to play with the pit bull. The dog attacked Rylee as soon as she opened the door. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the child’s cause of death was multiple blunt force and sharp injuries to her neck and head. Although the manner of death was ruled an accident, sources say criminal charges are pending.
Tragically, year after year, pit bulls are responsible for more fatal dog attacks than all other breeds put together and little to nothing is done, as far as new legislation to provide protection from this clear threat.
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In December 2017 Alone, 7 People are Killed by Dogs in the U.S.
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dog attacks are a real threat and yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t even track dog deaths anymore. DogsBite.org is a website that tracks fatal dog attacks and highlights obvious dangers, one of which is the pit bull breed. In December 2017 alone, seven people in the U.S. were killed by dogs. In addition, throughout the year, there were at least 29 fatal pit bull attacks. Clearly, man’s best friend can and does kill people. About half the time, on average, fatal dog attack victims are the owners of the attacking dogs.
The following are some basic details about the seven dog attack fatalities that occurred in December 2017:
On December 1, Korbin Williams, age 8, of Gaffney, South Carolina, was killed by three mixed-breed dogs as he was walking with a friend near a local school. The other child was bitten on the leg and was able to escape and run for help. Korbin had multiple bites all over his body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The dogs belonged to a neighbor and attacked the boys after crawling underneath their fence and escaping their yard. No criminal charges are anticipated.
On December 7, 24-year-old Emily Colvin of Section, Alabama, was savagely attacked and killed by a pack of five pit bulls that belonged to a neighbor. A relative who tried to rescue her was also attacked. By the time local sheriff’s deputies arrived at about 9 am, Emily was already dead. It was described as a horrific scene. A criminal charge of negligent homicide against the dogs’ owners is expected.
On December 11, 77-year-old Dorothy Ford of Alsip, Illinois, was killed at her home by a six-year-old family pit bull. She was discovered dead on her backyard deck. Police officers also described this scene as horrific. This was the family dog since a puppy, and there will be no criminal charges.
See more details about December dog attack fatalities in the second part of this two-part series.
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A 22-year-old Woman in Virginia is Horrifically Killed by her Two Pet Pit Bulls
Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
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Bethany Lynn Stephens, age 22, was found dead in a horrific scene at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, in a wooded area near her father’s home in Goochland County, Virginia. She had gone on a walk with her two pit bulls the day before and hadn’t returned. The dogs were with Stephens’ body and exhibited behaviors that have sent shockwaves across the world. Investigators have verified that the pit bulls were unquestionably responsible for her death. Sheriff Jim Agnew had permission from Stephens’ family; and he released graphic photos of the gruesome scene where Stephen’s body was found, which was unprecedented.
Members of the community suggested foul play in Stephens’ death, including the claim that there had been death threats against her. Although investigators say they are looking into those threats, there has been allegedly conclusive evidence that the dogs caused her death.
Stephens’ clothes had been shredded from her body, and the only article of clothing remaining was one boot. She had extensive wounds on her chest, face, and arms. The bites were found to be consistent with dog bites, not a larger animal.
Stephens had raised the dogs from the time they were puppies. They were littermates. Although she had shown a great deal of affection for the dogs and had raised them to live inside the home with her, in recent times, the dogs were caged outside on her father’s property. The dogs were euthanized on December 16.
The nature of this fatal pit bull attack is sensational, and it has garnered a great deal of attention from pit bull advocates who insist that the dogs were not to blame and the breed is no inherent threat.
Statistics tell a different story. Pit bulls are responsible for the clear majority of all fatal dog attacks every year, and no other breed comes anywhere close to being as deadly. This year alone, pit bulls have killed 28 people.
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