Dog’s potential euthanization postponed in Ware |

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


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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Mother Lies to Protect Pit Bull Who Bit Child |

On Sunday, two-year-old Gabrielle Looney was bitten on the face by her mother’s boyfriend’s pit bull. The couple took the injured little girl to the hospital, where her mother did the unthinkable.  She lied to doctors and police about what happened to protect the dog.

“She tried to say that this injury to her child occurred from a stray,” says Des Moines Police Sergeant Jim Butler, “And that’s not something that sits too well for me. First and foremost we all love our pets but we have to take care of our children first before the family pet.”

The dog, a two-year-old named Bowser, was seized by the city. It does not appear to be licensed or vaccinated.

“I will more than likely deem the dog dangerous vs. vicious or high risk because the dog according to the code did bite once at or above the shoulders of a human being,” Sgt. Butler says.

Bowser’s owner, John Houston, says he just moved in with his girlfriend and her daughters a couple of weeks ago, and Bowser and Gabrielle seemed to get along just fine.  “They were always like best friends,” Houston says, “She’s a baby, messy eater, drops crumbs so he’s always sticking around her, stuff like that. They play together. She tries to ride his back all the time. Stuff like that.”

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Dog walker sued over allegedly ‘ferocious’ dog attack that left three year old with facial scars | Louisiana Record

The father of a girl who was allegedly bitten in the face by a dog is suing the girl’s mother as well as others over her injuries.

Emmett Pierce, on behalf of his minor daughter, filed suit against Laverne Pitts, Danielle C. Reisgen, Pet Sitter’s Associates LLC, Lisa Strain, Lisa’s Dog Walking Services, Essex Insurance Company and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on Sept. 18.

Pierce contends that on Aug. 20, 2013 Pitts contacted Strain, an employee of Pet Sitter’s Associates, to watch her dog at her residence over a period of time in late September, including a few days when Reisgen would substitute for her. The plaintiff asserts that when Reisgen went to Pitts’ home to become acquainted with the animals she took her two children, including the minor plaintiff. Pierce claims that while in the home his daughter attempted to pet Pitts’ Brittany Spaniel and was attacked and bitten on the face.

The plaintiff alleges that his daughter has permanent scarring on her cheek, including two-centimeter and four-centimeter lacerations, that will require scar removal treatment consisting of at least four laser procedures.

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Pasco boy bitten by dog ‘fighting for his life’ |, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

A 4-year-old boy was being treated for a serious neck injury at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday after being bitten by a Rottweiler mix Sunday afternoon.

Jasper Debow Richman was bitten around 4 p.m. Sunday by the dog at 9136 Suffolk Lane, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said. St. Joseph’s officials could not release information on Jasper’s condition Monday, citing privacy laws.

Jasper’s grandmother, Cindy Hice, and her boyfriend, Joseph Plaisted, the dog’s owner, beat the dog with a shovel to stop the attack, the sheriff’s office said. Jasper was in serious condition when he was flown out Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday morning, Jasper’s 17-year-old aunt, Sydney Farr, said he was “fighting for his life” at St. Joseph’s, adding that the family had started a prayer circle.

“You just get a bunch of people to pray for him,” she said. “We’ve done it before (for another family member) and it worked.”

Farr spoke outside the home of Jasper’s mother, Brittany Lee Debow, who was unavailable for comment. Debow lives about a mile from Plaisted in the Jasmine Estates community just east of U.S. 19.

People who answered the door at Plaisted’s house on Suffolk Lane declined to comment Monday morning.

After Jasper was flown to St. Joseph’s, Pasco Animal Control seized the dog, which was put under a 10-day rabies quarantine, the sheriff’s office said. Once the quarantine is complete, Plaisted can decide if he wants to keep it, investigators said.

Farr, Jasper’s aunt, said she is unfamiliar with the dog.

“I just know the breed,” she said.

via Pasco boy bitten by dog ‘fighting for his life’ |, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times.

Family pet left fighting for life after savage attack – Dromore Leader

Poppy, a miniature Jack Russell was attacked by a Staffordshire type dog in the village on the afternoon of Sunday November 23.

Speaking last Monday, his owner Sharon Gracey said the next 72 hours would be crucial.

The dog required surgery at Lurgan Vet Clinic after the attack, which left part of her bowel hanging out.

Poppy had been for a walk with Sharon’s son Thomas when she slipped her lead and ran off, only to encounter the other dog a short distance away.

Sharon said: “This other dog just came down and locked onto Poppy.”

Thomas, who is autistic, bravely went to the aid of his stricken pet.

Sharon said: “Poppy is really tiny and Thomas had to prize the other dog’s mouth open, our other two dogs jumped in and the big dog let go.”

Thomas was able to gather up his three pets and get them home and the family rushed Poppy to Lurgan Vet Clinic for treatment.

via Family pet left fighting for life after savage attack – Dromore Leader.

Council takes dog owner to court over backyard attack

OWNERS of Bruce the bull mastiff have been handed a further setback with Ipswich City Council prosecuting them over an attack that happened in their own backyard.

The Denmark Hill owners Kev and Chris Thomas faced the council in court on Friday to appeal the destruction order on their dog. The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) case has been adjourned for a fortnight.

Now they will front Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday to face charges under the Animal Management Act for offences which attract maximum penalties totalling more than $14,000.

A council spokesman said under the Act the owner must ensure a dog does not attack and cause fear (attracting a maximum penalty of $5692) and the owner of a dangerous dog must ensure each permit condition imposed is complied with for the dog (maximum penalty $8538).

The dog has been impounded since council officers seized it in August after it bit a meter reader who walked past four warning signs and two gates to access the electricity meter in the backyard.

Energex has previously confirmed to The QT that the property was logged as housing a dangerous dog and the meter reader had not given the owners advance warning of the visit.

via Council takes dog owner to court over backyard attack | The Reporter.