Two boys, 5 and 7, hospitalized after being attacked by pit bulls in West Palm Beach | www.palmbeachpost.com

5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy were hospitalized Tuesday after they were attacked by two pit bulls in West Palm Beach, an Animal Care and Control spokesperson said.

Dave Walesky said the boys were playing in the front yard of a 45th Street home when the dogs escaped from the fenced-in backyard and attacked them. One was bit in the face and the other was bit in the arm.

The incident took place at about 5 p.m. near the intersection with Australian Avenue.

Animal Care and Control has the two dogs and will conduct a 10-day dangerous dog investigation. The dogs are registered as pit bulls, but Walesky said they look like mixed-breed.

If the dogs are classified as dangerous, they will be returned to the owner with strict mandates.

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SDPD Officer Hospitalized by Dog Bite | NBC 7 San Diego

An officer was attacked by a pit bull as San Diego Police pulled over a driver in the Mission Valley area Wednesday night, officials say.

The incident happened just after 8 p.m. on Friars Road at State Route 163.

According to the SDPD, the dog bite sent the officer to the hospital, but police did not shoot the pit bull.

via SDPD Officer Hospitalized by Dog Bite | NBC 7 San Diego.

Dog attack leaves woman in critical condition

Plainfield police responded to a dog attack on Putnam Road Wednesday morning.

Police say a healthcare worker, 56-year-old Lynne Denning of Canterbury, was attacked by two to four dogs while caring for an elderly patient at 379 Putnam Road. They say Denning suffered injuries to her face, chest, arms, and legs before the dogs’ owner, 29-year-old Jenna Allen, and a man were able to secure the dogs.

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Police Investigating Dog Attack in St. Albans – myChamplainValley.com

The St. Albans Police Department is investigating a dog attack on Lake Street in the area of Food City. The attack happened between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say after the pit bull attacked a 52-year-old man fled the scene into a wooded.

The dog and owner have not been identified. Police say victim received puncture wounds to one hand and he was transported to Northwest Medical Center.

The dog is described as a medium size brown and white pit bull with a green nylon collar.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Albans Police Department at (802)-524-2166.

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Mastiff escapes from Charlotte home, attacks mailman – WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

A Charlotte postal worker is recovering after he was attacked by a Mastiff Monday while delivering mail in the Plaza Midwood-area.

The incident happened along the 2800-block of Virginia Avenue.

The mail carrier was talking with someone inside a home in the area when a dog inside attempted to get out of the home, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control.

That’s when the dog, a 4-year-old Mastiff, came around the back of the home and attacked the mailman.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) says Christian Sparks, an 11-year postal veteran, suffered injuries from the bite and required more than 20 stitches. Sparks was treated at the hospital and later released.

“He will be able to return to work – after some much needed rest,” postal officials said.

Animal control officials say the Mastiff does not have a previous history of incidents and was up to date with rabies vaccines.

The dog’s owner was out of the country when the attack happened, but was able to be contacted as he was coming back through U.S. Customs to get back into the country.

Now that the dog’s owner is back, Animal Care and Control says the dog will undergo a ten-day home quarantine as it is monitored for any signs of rabies.

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Dog’s potential euthanization postponed in Ware | WWLP.com

There was a huge outpouring of support for a dog deemed dangerous by the Ware Police Chief. Tuesday night the owner and town officials came to an agreement that will save Dino.

Close to one hundred people filled the Ware Board of Selectmen’s meeting as the board considered whether a restaurant owner’s dog was vicious and dangerous. Dino has bitten as many as twelve people on his owner’s property, despite graphic signs warning people.

Ware Police Chief Dennis Healy told 22News, “My personal belief is that a dog that has bitten as many as twelve people is a vicious dangerous dog.” However, Dino’s supporters say it’s not that simple; the people getting bitten are trespassing on Steve Kolenovic’s property, and ignoring the signs saying “Beware of the Guard Dog.”

Phil McManus of Ware said, “A dog stops a guy from breaking onto property and stealing something. ‘Let’s kill the dog?’ That’s not what this town should be like.”

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Proposed ordinance needs more tweaking, say officials

A proposed ordinance that would create tough restrictions for dogs and other domesticated animals that bite or attack a person or pet is heading back to the Board of Health for some additional tweaking.

The measure had been slated for final consideration by the City Council on Tuesday night, but aldermen voted 14-0 to send it back to the board, after City Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox said some changes were needed to the proposal, most of them centering around the restrictions for animals deemed

dangerous.

In the works for close to a year, the measure was recommended for passage by the Board of Health in October.

The City Council scheduled a public hearing for residents to comment or ask questions about the proposal on Tuesday, but the only people who spoke on the proposed changes at the meeting at City Hall, 730 Washington Ave., were Bowersox; Jill Kline, vice president of community impact programs for the Wisconsin Humane Society; and Board of Health member Bob Mozol.

Although fairly complex, the proposed ordinance essentially calls for eliminating the city’s existing vicious animal ordinance, which dubs a licensed animal “vicious” if it bites or injures a human being or pet without provocation twice within a 12-month period.

In its stead it would create two new designations — one for dangerous animals and another for prohibited

dangerous animals.

An animal would be deemed dangerous if police and Health Department staff could prove the animal bit, attacked or otherwise injured another pet or person

without provocation.

An animal would be deemed a prohibited dangerous animal if it seriously injures a person, kills another domesticated animal while off its property, or was already deemed dangerous and was found guilty of an additional unprovoked incident in which it bit, attacked, injured or endangered another pet or person.

An animal could also be deemed prohibited-dangerous if it had already been determined to be dangerous and its owner failed to follow the restrictions required to keep the animal in the city, such as posting signs and keeping the animal penned, kenneled or muzzled while outside.

Once designated as a prohibited dangerous animal, the animal would have to be removed from the city, but its caretaker would be allowed to appeal that decision.

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