B.C. judge orders destruction of pitbull after ‘savage’ attack

KELOWNA, B.C. – A B.C. provincial court judge has ordered the destruction of a 16-month-old pitbull after what she said was a “savage and persistent” attack on one of its owners.

A Kelowna court heard the male dog named Loki had a long history of running loose and being aggressive when he bit Jennifer Heitzmann on her arms and legs and broke a bone in her hand last November.

During a three-day trial in Kelowna, Heitzmann told the court her partner Rick Bellar was being attacked by two men and she tried to hold the dog back.

But in a ruling issued this week, Judge Jane Cartwright rejected that explanation, saying evidence showed the attack happened while the couple was having an argument.

She described the wounds as “deep, bloody and gruesome” and said there is “no other option” than to have the dog destroyed in 30 days if the owners don’t appeal the order — which Bellar said he plans to do.

Cartwright also banned the couple from owning or residing with any dog that has been declared aggressive or dangerous by an animal control officer for three years.

“It would be irresponsible in the extreme to release Loki to anyone, much less the respondents, as they have proven that they are unable to control Loki,” she said. (Global)

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Pitbull shot dead after biting police officer in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, Texas –

A police officer was forced to shoot and kill a pit bull Thursday after being bitten by the animal, according to Santa Fe police.

Police responded to Santa Fe Storage in the 13700 Block of FM 1764 after receiving a report about dogs being kept in one of the storage units.

Upon arrival, the responding officer met with the caller who advised they could hear dogs in one of the units close to theirs. The officer approached the unit, which was left unlocked, and discovered several pit bull dogs inside, along with their owner.  The woman was living in the storage unit with the dogs, police say.

As the officer was making contact with owner, one of the pit bulls attacked the officer’s left forearm. The officer then shot the dog, killing it.

Santa Fe EMS transported the officer to Clearlake Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The owner told police the dog had recently been quarantined for biting another person.  Police verified that the dog had been quarantined in February.

Santa Fe Police, along with Galveston County Animal Control, removed an additional adult pit bull and seven pit bull puppies from the storage unit.

The dogs’ owner was taken into custody for outstanding warrants, but was first transported to UTMB Medical Center for a medical condition

Moron feels their pitbull should not be muzzled

FUCK BSL, and FUCK all of your for being so IGNORANT to believe any of this. Pitbull or like dogs do NOT have the more attacks, but labs, german shephards and small dogs do. And to sit here and say you HAVE to muzzle your dog in public by its breed but not ALL breeds. Is wrong. You should ALWAYS ask before you pet some ones dog, and you wont get bit. But to allow a law to destroy one breed of dog is ignorant. When you should blame the beast holding the leash. Dogs are like anything else and will learn from their owners. You mistreat the dog or show it anger thats all it will know. You show it love and thats all it knows. To blame a good dog is wrong when you should blame the owner. Like every person every dog has their days. And if one day you get bit by a dog or your dog bites someone ONCE do you really think they need be put down? Because I don’t when I approach a dog I anazlye their behavior first and their body language. If i KNOW they are disturbed and i get bit or if i EVER get bit. I would blame myself, because some where I, MYSELF, went wrong. They always tell you some how they don’t want to be approached or want you near them. And to blame the dog is wrong. EVERYONE deserves a second chance just because a dog grows up in a bad place doesn’t mean it can’t learn to love. I have seen it. So for anyone who supports BSL learn the REAL facts, just because maybe you hate that breed doesn’t mean that their family hates them. You wouldn’t want your loved dog to be taken just because of its breed.

All pitbull owners should have their first born children killed

http://www.wfla.com/story/27885618/2-dogs-attack-kill-hernando-toddler

Brooksville – Little Declin Moss loved to play outdoors. At just 18-months-old, he frolicked around the yard and enjoyed being outside in his rural Brooksville neighborhood.

That’s where the toddler was Monday morning alongside the family dogs, Max and Thumper. Neighbors tell 8 On Your Side the pets were pit bulls, and that all of a sudden, Declin was in danger.

Charles Shorey cried as he described the toddler, “He was a beautiful kid. I feel sorry for the mother. She’s, she’s fighting and struggling.”

The toddler’s grandfather ran outside and witnessed a horrifying sight around 11 a.m. – two snarling, barking dogs mauling his grandson.

The dogs wouldn’t let go of each other or the baby.

The grandfather called 911, but it was too late. Little Declin was gone.

“I’m going to let her know that I’m here for her, if she needs anything,” said Shorey, wiping away tears.

Shorey admits that while the dogs never hurt any children or adults, the pets were dangerous to other animals. In fact, he told News Channel 8 that Max and Thumper have killed smaller dogs in the past.

“It is a terrible, terrible event today. Obviously, even those of us who work with death and dying and serious injury, the firefighters on scene were heartbroken,” said Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

We asked the Sheriff if deputies had ever been called out to the address before for a dangerous dog complaint. The answer was no. Detectives are doing a thorough investigation to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates about this breaking story

773% rise in fatal & disfiguring pit bull attacks from 2007 to 2014

http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/01/03/773-rise-in-fatal-disfiguring-pit-bull-attacks-from-2007-to-2014/

Absent late reports, such as the belated discovery of a 2014 dog attack victim in early 2015, the dog attack body count for the U.S. and Canada in 2014 is complete, with new record tolls in every category involving pit bulls except fatalities actually inflicted by pit bulls’ teeth, where the toll fell one short of the record 32 in 2012.

The totals of all fatal and disfiguring dog attacks since 1982, by breed, appear in the tables below.

If other deaths resulting from pit bulls are included, 2014 brought new records for numbers of pit bulls involved in fatal or disfiguring on humans, numbers of human victims, numbers of children killed or disfigured, numbers of adults killed or disfigured, total number of fatalities, and total number of disfigurements.

Steep rises in all categories of attack

Cindy Whisman,  59,  was killed by a pit bull on August 4, 2014.

The number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks has risen since 2007 from 78 to 603; the number of child victims has increased from 30 to 264; the number of adult victims has increased from 23 to 279; the number of deaths directly inflicted by pit bulls is up from 13 to 31, one short of the high of 32 reached in 2012; and the number of disfigurements has soared from 37 to 451.

Another 120 people were injured by pit bulls in 2014 but not killed or disfigured in attacks in which someone else was killed or disfigured.

Best Friends,  ASPCA,  HSUS

2007 was the year that the Best Friends Animal Society, American SPCA, and the Humane Society of the U.S. ramped up pit bull advocacy in response to the arrest and conviction of Michael Vick on dogfighting-related charges.

Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years. In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked 44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36. Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.

The only significance to 1982 in pit bull attack history is that this was the year in which I began logging fatal and disfiguring dog attacks throughout the U.S. and Canada as they happened.

Half or more of all dog attack fatalities since 1844

Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844.

However, fatal dog attacks––even when rabies remained uncontrolled––were until recently an extreme rarity. Only 15 fatal dog attacks are known to have occurred in the entire span from 1930 through 1960, including nine by pit bulls, two by Dobermans, and four by unidentified mutts.

Year of Unidentified Killer Dog

Speaking of unidentified mutts, 2014 appears to have been the Year of the Unidentified Killer Dog. Of the 81 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks since 1982, 36 attacked in 2014 alone. Of the eight fatalities attributed to dogs of unidentified breed since 1982, four occurred in 2014 alone.

Klonda Richie,  57,  asked the Montgomery County (Ohio) Animal Resource Center and other Montgomery county agencies for protection from her neighbors' Cane Corsos at least 59 times in the 26 months before they killed her.

Most of these dogs, however, were not really unidentified. Most were apprehended by animal control officers at the scene of the attacks. Many, and probably most of those “unidentified” dogs, were in truth pit bulls or pit mixes, but the animal control officers involved in investigating the cases have shied away from making positive breed identifications. Some are apparently from fear of the influence of organized pit bull advocacy on their employers. Other animal control officers attributing attacks to “unidentified” breeds have themselves had histories of pit bull advocacy.

Year of Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks

Not surprisingly, 2014 was also the Year of the Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks. At least 37 dogs in custody of shelters or rescues, or rehomed by shelters or rescues, killed or disfigured someone in 2014. Thirty of those dogs were pit bulls. Only two of the attacks by dogs from shelters or rescues killed someone in 2014, down from the high of five in 2012, but that was a matter of luck, as the number of fatal and disfiguring attacks by shelter and rescue dogs has more than doubled since 2012.

By comparison, there were no fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1858 through 1987. The first two, both involving wolf hybrids, occurred in 1988 and in 1989. No more occurred for another decade.

24% of shelter/rescue attacks in 2014 alone

There were three fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1990 through 2009, involving a pit bull, a Doberman, and a Presa Canario.

Jonathan Quarles Jr.,  7 months,  killed by family pit bull in Dayton,  Ohio.

But there have been 36 fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2010 to present, involving 28 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, two Rottweilers, a Lab mix who may have been part pit bull, and a husky.

Also of note, there were 32 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs from 1858 through 2009, 19 of them involving pit bulls.

From 2010 to present, there have been 122 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs, 80 of them involving pit bulls.

In other words, 24% of all the disfiguring maulings on record by shelter and rescue dogs came in 2014 alone.

[The 2014 final totals of dog attacks on other animals,  by breed,  will be posted here when complete, a few days from now.]

See also:  “32 years of logging fatal & disfiguring dog attacks,”   http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/09/27/32-years-of-logging-fatal-disfiguring-dog-attacks/ and “How many other animals did pit bulls kill last year?”,  http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/03/22/how-many-other-animals-did-pit-bulls-kill-last-year/.

http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/01/03/773-rise-in-fatal-disfiguring-pit-bull-attacks-from-2007-to-2014/

Pit Bulls make up 5% of the dog population but are responsible for over 70% of the fatal dog bite attacks…

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