10-Year-Old Recovering from Pit Bull Bite

A 10-year-old boy is recovering at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger after a serious dog bite on Thanksgiving morning.  Five days after the incident, the family describes the little boy’s condition as a God-given miracle.

“Horror is what happened that morning – I heard my son screaming.  I came out the door and he’s on these steps in sheer panic,” said Gary Ramsey, the boy’s grandfather.

Gary Ramsey says Thanksgiving morning started out like any other day for his 10-year-old grandson.

“My boy and the dog have played, rolled, they’ve rough-housed and wrestled every day with never any bad outcome.  For some reason that morning it was just different,” said Ramsey.

Their neighbor’s 2-year-old pit bull named Nikko bit the boy, causing severe injuries to his left arm. At first Ramsey says he was told the boy might lose his arm.  On Monday the 5th grader had his third surgery to work on restoring his nerves.

“He went from probably won’t be able to save his arm to being able to move his fingers,” said Ramsey.

As for Nikko, the owner turned the pit bull over to the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, where the dog is under observation.  The Executive Director at the Humane Society, Bob Citrullo, says Nikko is under a 10-day bite hold to make sure it does not have rabies or any other disease

“I’m very concerned with that behavior because he attacked with no warning and with what we saw I feel that he will do that again. I definitely consider him a very dangerous animal,” said Bob Citrullo.

via WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News – Top Stories – 10-Year-Old Recovering from Pit Bull Bite.

Darwin dog attack victim, bitten at car yard, calls for stricter controls on dangerous canines – Yahoo!7

Darwin resident Maureen O’Sullivan’s case has exposed a gap in the regulation of dangerous animals in the Top End.

Ms O’Sullivan was attacked by a dog that escaped through a caryard fence on the Stuart Highway, five minutes from the CBD.

“I turned around and this big dog just came up and without a bark or anything just bit me on the leg,” she said.

“I could feel the tooth going into my flesh. I could hear the sound going through and it was just awful.”

She required three operations after one of her bite wounds became infected and she remains in Darwin Private Hospital two weeks after the attack.

“This dog attacked two people… and then menaced people for 40 minutes and had to be capsicum sprayed and they’re taking two weeks to make a decision about a dog like that. I just find that ludicrous,” she said.

Information gathered by the Australian Vets Association shows the Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction in Australia that does not have its own legislation covering animal management for dogs and cats.

The City of Darwin council is responsible for dealing with dangerous dogs but it has argued there is no need to strengthen its pet registration by-laws.

Council spokeswoman Dianna Leader defended the regulations, which include fines of up to $1,000 for a repeat attack.

“The council’s by-laws are actually very strong and do provide additional fees for dogs that are actually declared as dangerous,” she said.

The council has apologised to Ms O’Sullivan and said the incident had been taken seriously.

But Ms O’Sullivan said it was not enough.

“This is going to cost me more than $1,000 – this has cost me a couple of weeks of my life,” she said.

“I’m not at work this week. My doctors’ bills are going to be much more than that.”

The council said about 7,000 dogs are registered in Darwin but it suspected there could be up to 15,000 dogs in the city.

Ms O’Sullivan said she wanted the council to have a one-bite policy, where offending dogs are put down as soon as possible.

The Council has confirmed the dog was put down.

via Darwin dog attack victim, bitten at car yard, calls for stricter controls on dangerous canines – Yahoo!7.

Relatives’ pit bulls fatally maul Riverview boy, 4 | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times

The family of 4-year-old Logan Shepard called his mauling death by two pit bulls on Saturday night “a tragic loss.”

Logan was found in the front yard of his aunt and uncle’s home by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, sheriff’s records said.

Logan had walked to the home of Dolores and Billy Frederick Sr., 12509 Rhodine Road, with his mother, Stephanie Groulx, who lives on nearby Tocci Lane in the Tropical Acres community.

Logan was given ice cream Saturday night, while the adults and a 15-year-old cousin went into a bedroom to talk, records said.

The pit bulls were crated but got loose, the sheriff’s office said. Logan’s relatives heard screams and couldn’t find him when they emerged from the bedroom.

Deputies on an unrelated nearby traffic stop also heard screams and responded to the Fredericks’ house, where they found Logan in the yard with the two dogs standing over him. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several vehicles were parked outside Groulx’s house Sunday afternoon, and a woman and young girl were heard consoling a woman who answered the door.

A girl who said she was Logan’s sister said she was “very sad.” The girl described Logan as a quiet little boy who “loved everybody,” but she declined to give her name.

“I’m not ready for that,” she said.

A man who came out of the house said the family’s only comment was that Logan’s death is a “tragic loss.” He identified himself as a cousin of Logan’s, but also declined to give his name.

The Pet Resources Division of Hillsborough County took possession of the dogs, which were “humanely euthanized” by Sunday afternoon, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for the division formerly known as Animal Services.

Ryan said tests will be done on the adult female dogs to determine whether there were medical issues or other stressors that may have triggered the attack. Further information is expected to be available Monday afternoon, Ryan said.

There is no history of the Pet Resources Division making previous calls to the Fredericks’ home, according to the sheriff’s office.

No charges have been filed, but the investigation continued Sunday.

Neither Billy nor Dolores Fredericks have a criminal history in Hillsborough County, records show. Groulx was arrested on a domestic violence charge in 1999, jail records show.

About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, nearly 20 percent of which are children, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the roughly 885,000 people who require medical attention for dog bites each year, half are children, according to the CDC.

Pit bulls are among several dog species that have made headlines for aggressive behavior.

“There is no science that backs up breed discrimination,” said Ryan, referring to the negative view some people have of pit bulls. “It’s the circumstances (one must understand), not the breed. Any dog can bite. The cardinal rule is to never leave any dog and any child alone in any case.

“We’re trying to roll back the layers now to find out how that occurred” in Logan’s case, she said.

Carol Oller, who lives a couple of blocks from where Logan was killed, said she is a former dog groomer who knows people with pit bulls. Oller does not know the Fredericks or Groulx, but said the Fredericks appeared to keep the pit bulls leashed and inside their fenced yard.

“Pit bulls get a bad rap, but you need to take precautions with any dog,” Oller said. “I wouldn’t trust my German Shepherd-chow around kids.”

Neighbor Erik Adams was riding home on his motorcycle Sunday afternoon. He said the neighborhood is typically peaceful, although longtime residents have noticed more crime in recent years.

“I didn’t hear anything (Saturday night), and I was up late,” Adams said. “Just about everybody who lives in here has an acre or two. It’s usually pretty quiet, except when people are throwing their trash out.”

via Relatives’ pit bulls fatally maul Riverview boy, 4 | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times.

I-Team: Family, Animal Control dispute dog killing | abc11.com

A local family said Cumberland County Animal Services killed their dog without consent, but the agency said signed paperwork gave them clear marching orders.

On June 15, Yolanda Streeter’s 10-year-old Rottweiler Debo bit their teenaged daughter’s friend in the family’s backyard. The girl sought medical treatment, which meant the incident had to be reported to Animal Control.

That evening, an Animal Control officer came by the family’s Parkton home. By law, he told them, Debo needed to be quarantined for ten days, in either a home or at Animal Services.

Streeter said the family opted to send Debo with Animal Control, so as not to burden family or friends while the Streeters went on a planned vacation.

“So my husband signed the papers for him to be quarantined for the ten days.”

She said they told Animal Services they’d be back for the dog in 12 days, instead of ten.

“Two days later he [my husband] called and you know, let them know he was going to be on vacation, so we weren’t going to be back on the 25th to pick him up. We wouldn’t be back until the 27th.”

Before the Streeters left for vacation, they visited Debo in quarantine on June 17, where the dog had been labeled aggressive for what the staff said was “unpredictable, dangerous” behavior.

An activity log also confirms Streeter’s husband, Mitchell, called and discussed their vacation on the 21st. It was noted by Animal Services that the family would not return by the end of the quarantine, but nothing is noted about them returning on the 27th.

Streeter said they reiterated their plans to return for Debo during both the visit and the phone call, and were assured that arrangement was fine. But on the 27th, Mitchell Streeter called Animal Services on his way to pick up Debo.

“He called the animal shelter to see if we had to pay a fee for him to be quarantined,” Streeter said. “They kind of stalled him on the phone, kept putting him on hold, and he said, ‘What did ya’ll do with my dog? Did ya’ll sell him or something or did you kill him?’ And then they told him that they had killed him.”

Debo had been euthanized sometime before the close of business on June 25, ten days after Animal Control picked him up. He was disposed of in a landfill.

Officials said Wednesday that the paperwork the Streeters signed gave them possession of an aggressive dog. The animal release form Mitchell Streeter signed on June 15 is marked for a “Code 2,” which released Debo to the county.

Yolanda Streeter said they thought they were simply signing the dog off for quarantine.

“Believe me, the last thing we want to do is put an animal down,” said Dr. John Lauby, Director of Animal Services.

Lauby said the Streeters never indicated they’d be back to get the dog, and he could not continue to feed or lodge an aggressive dog that could not be adopted. By law, Animal Services said they could have euthanized an aggressive dog immediately, since it was in their legal possession.

Furthermore, Lauby said the Streeters wanted to give up the dog. A report narrative outlines the family saying they wanted to give up the dog for fear it would bite again. Lauby said if the family indicated they wanted the dog, they would have received special instructions on owning a dangerous decreed. That would include a yearly permit, a special kennel and having to walk the dog muzzled, instead of allowing it to be loose in the yard. Lauby said none of that was discussed because the Streeters wanted to give up Debo.

Yolanda Streeter said she told officials Debo could be aggressive with strangers, but she wants to see a report or surveillance of his activity during the quarantine.

Another official said the Streeters’ visit and phone call were not clear indications of an intention to pick the dog up because people who know their pets will be euthanized often do the same thing.

“Honestly, I feel like somebody who had a loved one who was murdered or killed or something,” Yolanda Streeter said. “And they don’t have the body back.”

Streeter said the family’s story should serve as a warning to pet owners.

“If I’d known what was going to happen, I would have never sent him there.”

via I-Team: Family, Animal Control dispute dog killing | abc11.com.

Dogs Euthanized After They Attack 72-Year-Old Woman In Phoenix, Arizona

A vicious attack by a pack of dogs has left a 72-year-old woman in critical condition in Phoenix, Arizona, reports USA Today. According to police officials, five Bullmastiff-pit bull mixes were behind the attack. All of the dogs involved in the attack have been euthanized as per the owner’s request, said Maricopa County Animal Care and Control officials.

According to Mohave Daily News, the attack was reported at around 5:30 am local time at Barrios Unidos Park. Responding emergency personnel found an injured elderly woman, later identified as Elia Gutierez, who had sustained multiple dog bites. The woman was reportedly collecting cans from the area and is known to do so regularly, said Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman. The attack was witnessed by a woman and she immediately called up the police to report it.

According to Phoenix firefighter Dan Waltuch, the area is known for dogs running through the streets of the neighborhood. The USA Today report also mentioned that a responding police officer too was attacked by the dogs. The officer was forced to fire a shot that hit one of the dogs’ mouth. Soon after this, the dogs rushed back to their home after which the owner handed them over to Animal Control officials. The owner subsequently authorized animal control authorities to euthanize all five dogs.

Meanwhile, residents of the area have said that they have seen large packs of dogs roaming about in the area in the past as well. Many of these dogs have also had a history of aggressive behavior towards people. Other residents have complained of attacks on their own dogs by these packs of dogs.

According to Melissa Gable, a spokesperson for Animal Care and Control, none of the dogs involved in the attack against the elderly woman were licensed. The euthanized animals would also be tested for rabies at a state lab later this week.

Who is to be blamed for this unfortunate dog attack? Also, do you think, it was correct to euthanize all the five dogs? In the past too we have had dogs being euthanized after they attack people.

Shouldn’t the owner be held more accountable in cases like these?

via Dogs Euthanized After They Attack 72-Year-Old Woman In Phoenix, Arizona.

Outrage from supporters as Frankston Council declares it will put down two dogs accused of killing a cat | Perth Now

Outrage from supporters as Frankston Council declares it will put down two dogs accused of killing a cat | Perth Now

FRANKSTON Council’s move to push ahead with plans to euthanase two death row dogs has been greeted with outrage.

Council today said it would euthanse the dogs, Charlie and Sharni, owned by Evan Jeremiejczyk and Shannon Holt, by the end of this week.

In a statement, the council said it would “humanely destroy the dogs” following a review and “based on the risk they pose to the safety of other animals and people”.

Council chief executive Dennis Hovenden said the decision was based on ensuring the safety of residents and their animals — a priority for the council.

“The decision was based on the nature and impact of the attack on the cat last year, and on the risk of further attack on an animal or a person should the dogs be released.

“The mayor and councillors are fully supportive of the decision, saying that they have little tolerance for dogs who are not responsibly managed by their owners.”

Outraged supporters of Mr Jeremiejczyk and Ms Holt have voiced their anger on the council’s Facebook page.

Protesters demonstrated against Frankston Council putting down the two dogs earlier this year.

Debra Talbot wrote: “The people of Victoria request that you intervene and stop your employees from murdering two dogs that have been wrongly accused of killing a cat.

“No witnesses … you cannot kill on assumptions.”

Jessie Cran added: “Why on earth is your council so hellbent on killing two dogs which pose no risk to the community … what good is having a secure yard for your dogs if your dogs are dead?”

Cindy Battles posted photographs of the dogs, adding: “The whole family will never forget what you do … these are not just dogs — don’t you get that? They are part of a family.”

The dogs were impounded after they escaped the couple’s Frankston property on November 8 and killed a cat.

They were due to be put down in March, but Mr Jeremiejczyk and Ms Holt won an 11th-hour reprieve when an anonymous donor provided financial support to help them launch a Supreme Court appeal.

The donor stepped in after Mr Jeremiejczyk and Ms Holt, along with supporters, chanted “save our dogs” during an impassioned demonstration outside Frankston Council offices.

The Supreme Court appeal was subsequently put on hold after the council agreed on a review.

Ms Holt has previously spoken of her devotion to Charlie, a male mastiff cross, and Sharni, a sharpei female cross, and what they mean to her family.

Protesters holding a demonstration against council putting down two dogs owned by Shannon Holt and partner Evan Jeremiejczyk.

“I can’t believe my dogs would viciously kill a cat. I know they would not,’’ she said.

“I feel like I have lost my children … I am at the end of my tether.’’

The 24-year-old mother of two has set up a Facebook group “Please Save My Beloved Dogs’’ outlining her situation.

Ms Holt and Mr Jeremiejczyk pleaded guilty to a range of charges including having a dog at large and dog attack serious injury causing death at the magistrates court in February.

Mayor Darrel Taylor previously told the Leader that the decision to euthanase the dogs had not been taken lightly.

Ms Holt told the Leader earlier this year that she and Mr Jeremiejczyk had already spent $20,000 in pound and legal fees as they fought to save the dogs.

via Outrage from supporters as Frankston Council declares it will put down two dogs accused of killing a cat | Perth Now.

SunLive – Matapihi attack dog to be put down – The Bay’s News First

A dog that bit a three-year-old boy on the face at a Matapihi property earlier this year is to be put down.

Judge Tony Couch made the order for destruction of the pitbull cross dog when its owner Aaron Kohu, 27, pleaded guilty in Tauranga District Court this afternoon to one count of owning a dog which causes injury or death.

Earlier in the day,Kohu was sentenced to three years and one month jail for assaulting a police officer and drug related charges.

In court this afternoon, Kohu admitted to owning the male pitbull-cross that bit the toddler as he played in the yard where the dog was chained up.

The Hastings boy and his parents were visiting family at the property when the incident happened on March 23 this year

via SunLive – Matapihi attack dog to be put down – The Bay’s News First.