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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

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LET THE KILLER LOOSE – Vicious dog beats death sentence in SF

Charlie the pit bull will live, just not with his former owner.

San Francisco officials had sentenced the American Staffordshire terrier pit bull to be euthanized after an unprovoked attack on a U.S. Park Police horse the dog chased for almost 2 miles through the Presidio in August, biting it 10 times.

But after a battle in court and online by owner David Gizzarelli, San Francisco officials and Gizzarelli have agreed to a settlement. Gizzarelli will relinquish ownership in exchange for San Francisco Animal Care and Control not putting Charlie to death. Instead, the dog will be placed with “a qualified third-party rehabilitation center or sanctuary.”

As part of the deal, Gizzarelli agreed to have no direct or indirect contact with Charlie’s to-be-determined guardian. He will get quarterly updates on the dog. Gizzarelli also agreed to drop his lawsuit against the city.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera praised the settlement as “a fair and humane resolution that offers Charlie a chance at redemption while also protecting public safety.”

Gizzarelli pursued the case through three different state and federal courts and started an online petition that drew more than 113,000 signatories and raised an undisclosed amount of money. He could not be reached late Friday for comment.

“David made the really, really tough decision to concentrate on Charlie, not on his own rights,” said Gizzarelli’s attorney, John Mounier. “Even though David loses him, Charlie is going to live.”

That wasn’t going to be the case earlier, after Charlie, off-leash and without a collar at Crissy Field, attacked a horse named Stoney being ridden by Officer Eric Evans.

According to the findings from an Aug. 23 hearing, Charlie charged the horse, attempted to bite Evans on the leg, then bit the horse’s left front leg.

Evans was thrown from the horse and knocked unconscious, suffering a concussion and shoulder injury. Charlie then chased and attacked Stoney, leaving bite wounds and bleeding gashes on the horse’s legs, thighs and stomach.

A San Francisco Police Department review determined Charlie was a vicious and dangerous dog, and he was ordered euthanized.

John Coté is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: jcote@sfchronicle.com

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Vicious-dog-beats-death-sentence-in-SF-4188223.php#ixzz2HnxujNhJ

Charges laid in two high-profile pit bull attacks \\\

Charges have been laid in two recent high-profile dog attacks involving pit bulls.

Friday, city bylaw officials announced charges in connection with a fatal mauling that occurred on Dec. 31 that left one dog dead and another injured.

Charges were also laid in a Jan. 2 incident where two pit bulls escaped a yard and attacked a women who suffered serious bites.

Bylaw co-ordinator Doug Anderson said serious attacks like these are rare and in both cases the pit bulls involved were seized for assessment.

“It’s rare to have two serious cases this close together and also to have them involve the same breed of dog,” Anderson said.

The owner of three pit bulls that tore apart a Pomeranian and injured a Great Pyrenees on New Year’s Eve faces a total of six charges including one count of causing death to an animal.

The other owner will also face charges in connection with incident including two charges of a dog at large.

Bylaw officials have also laid charges in a separate incident that saw a woman hospitalized with serious bite wounds after two dogs escaped a yard in Whitehorn.

Both dogs were seized and remain in the custody of bylaw services.

The owners of the dogs have been charged with one count of a dog attack on a person and one count of a dog biting a person.

In both cases, the owners face mandatory court appearances and fines to be determined by a provincial judge.

“In these odd cases that pop up, we’re certainly going to try and make it so they don’t happen again,” said Anderson.

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Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Charges+laid+high+profile+bull+attacks/7809180/story.html#ixzz2HlQsaEl0

Zico pit bull kills child in Beja Portugal

MARISA SOARES e NATÁLIA FARIA 10/01/2013 – 12:47 (actualizado às 22:15)
Subscritores pedem uma segunda oportunidade para o cão arraçado de pitbull que mordeu o menino de 18 meses no domingo. Associação Animal marca manifestação para 2 de Fevereiro.

Subscritores da petição estão contra o abate do Zico “e de outros Zicos espalhados pelo país” ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS
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Ministério Público abre inquérito ao caso da criança atacada por um cão em Beja
Criança mordida por cão em Beja morreu no hospital
Cão que atacou criança em Beja vai ser abatido
A ordem de abate do cão que atacou um menino de 18 meses no domingo, em Beja, e que viria a morrer no hospital na terça-feira, está a gerar uma onda de protesto na Internet. Mais de 30 mil pessoas já assinaram uma petição online contra a sentença de morte do Zico.

A petição, dirigida ao canil de Beja e à veterinária municipal, tem como objectivo “lutar contra o abate do cão Zico” e “de todos os outros Zicos espalhados pelo país”. Para os subscritores do documento (30.362 pessoas às 10h15 desta sexta-feira), “um cão que nunca fez mal durante oito anos e atacou é porque teve algum motivo”.

O menino de 18 meses foi atacado no domingo ao final da tarde pelo cão da família, um cruzado de pitbull, raça considerada potencialmente perigosa. Foi transportado para o Hospital de Santa Maria, em Lisboa, onde deu entrada com um traumatismo crânio-encefálico grave, com o crânio esmagado e com massa encefálica arrancada, segundo fonte hospitalar. O menino não resistiu aos ferimentos e morreu por volta das 0h de terça-feira.

A autópsia, realizada na quarta-feira, concluiu que a morte se ficou a dever aos ferimentos provocados pela mordedura do cão, segundo disse ao PÚBLICO fonte do Instituto de Medicina Legal. O funeral ficou marcado para esta quinta-feira, em Setúbal, de onde é natural a mãe da criança.

Explicações não convencem
O animal pertence a um tio do menino, que vive na mesma casa com os pais e os avós da vítima, num apartamento no bairro social conhecido por “Texas”, em Beja.

Na segunda-feira, o avô da criança, Jacinto Janeiro, explicou aos jornalistas que o cão estava “às escuras” na cozinha quando o menino foi àquela divisão e lhe “caiu em cima”, o que terá originado um ataque do animal.

Mas a explicação não convence os subscritores da petição. “Nestes casos há que investigar o que causou a reacção do cão (foi provocado, não está a ser bem tratado, etc.) e pode optar-se pela reabilitação/treino do cão!”, lê-se no documento. “Eles também merecem uma segunda oportunidade!”.

A autópsia concluiu que a morte se ficou a dever aos ferimentos provocados pela mordedura do cão, segundo disse ao PÚBLICO fonte do Instituto de Medicina Legal.

A associação Animal também já desencadeou os procedimentos judiciais para evitar o abate. “A criança e o cão são os dois inocentes desta história. Ao que se sabe a criança não morreu de mordeduras do cão e, de resto, as circunstâncias em que tudo aconteceu são pouco claras: o tutor do cão diz que a criança tropeçou no animal numa divisão às escuras, mas parece-me que toda a situação doméstica evidencia que houve ali negligência”, afirmou ao PÚBLICO Rita Silva, presidente da Animal. A ideia de que a criança não terá morrido devido ao ataque do cão começa a tomar forma nas redes sociais e na Internet, mas contradiz as informações prestadas ao PÚBLICO pelo hospital e pelo Instituto de Medicina Legal.

A decisão de abater o animal partiu da veterinária municipal, Linda Rosa, que após um pedido da PSP para se deslocar ao local na segunda-feira, ordenou que o animal fosse enviado para o canil municipal e, como está determinado na lei, fosse abatido oito dias depois. Quando foi recolhido, o Zico estava “bem tranquilo e não mostrou agressividade nenhuma”, afirmou Linda Rosa.

Rita Silva sublinha que quando levado para o canil o cão “estava maltratado, magro e com as orelhas cortadas, o que é ilegal, e geralmente denuncia uma procura de estatuto ou o uso do cão para lutas”. Assim, e lembrando que mesmo que se venha a confirmar o ataque do animal “este pode ser sempre reabilitado”, a activista sustenta que “a haver um responsável, esse será o tutor do animal”.

Jacinto Janeiro admitiu aos jornalistas que estava “desejando” que o animal fosse abatido e que “há um ano e tal” que tinha ido ao canil para o tentar abater, porque “não tinha condições para ter o cão em casa”. Ao PÚBLICO, a verterinária confirmou que o apartamento da família “não tem as condições necessárias” para o animal, que “dormia na cozinha e durante o dia estava na varanda”.

“Se não se abatem pessoas por cometerem erros, por roubarem, por matarem…então também não o façam com os animais!”, reclamam os subscritores. É o que defende também um grupo de cidadãos que criou uma página no Facebook contra o abate, onde o actor Ruy de Carvalho pede à Câmara de Beja que não abata o animal. “Não há raças perigosas. Existem sim donos perigosos, inconscientes e que não se preocupam, nem em providenciar o bem-estar e educação dos animais que adoptam, nem em proteger aqueles que são mais frágeis, como foi o caso deste bebé”, escreve o actor.

Insurgindo-se contra os que continuam a levar para casa animais “como quem leva um tapete ou um quadro”, Ruy de Carvalho concorda que “a haver culpados, que os há, serão os adultos desta família”.

Cão não está licenciado
A família da criança não apresentou queixa após a agressão mas a PSP de Beja decidiu participar o caso ao Ministério Público, que vai abrir um inquérito.

A responsável do gabinete de relações públicas da PSP de Beja, subcomissária Maria do Céu Viola, disse ao PÚBLICO que até esta quinta-feira o proprietário do cão não tinha ainda entregue quaisquer documentos do animal, que lhe foram solicitados na segunda-feira.

Nesse dia, o tio da criança disse que tinha os documentos mas que não estavam com ele no momento. Fonte da Junta de Freguesia de Santiago Maior disse que o nome do cão – Zico – e o do proprietário não constam da lista de registos. O animal não estava licenciado nem terá o seguro exigido por lei, mas tem um chip identificativo.

Segundo informações apuradas pela Lusa, Jacinto Janeiro já tinha sido atacado pelo menos duas vezes pelo cão, tendo recebido assistência médica.

Porque, na sequência da mediatização do incidente, “as pessoas desataram a entregar os animais que tinham em casa aos canis”, segundo Rita Silva, a Animal agendou para 2 de Fevereiro uma manifestação às portas da Direcção-Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária, cuja política, ainda segundo a activista, “é ordenar sempre o abate como solução para tudo”.

Entretanto, o Instituto de Apoio à Criança (IAC) anunciou nesta quinta-feira ter pedido ao Governo que, “com a maior urgência, sejam tomadas medidas para que não voltem a acontecer situações” como a que levou à morte da criança de Beja. Em comunicado assinado pela presidente do instituto, Manuela Ramalho Eanes, o IAC manifesta “profunda solidariedade com as famílias que têm sofrido o drama de as suas crianças terem sido mortas por cães de raça perigosa”.

Notícia actualizada às 10h15 de sexta-feira Número de subscritores da petição superou os 30 mil.

Police: 44-year-old woman in critical condition after pit bull attack – Could be the second fataility of 2013 by pit bulls in less than 10 days

A 44-year-old Upstate woman is in critical condition after she was attacked by pit bulls overnight, according to Spartanburg Public Safety Capt. Art Littlejohn.

Littlejohn said that at about 2 a.m. police were called by someone who said they heard a woman being attacked by dogs.

Officers reached the location in the 700 block of South Center Street within three minutes, police said.

The incident report said an officer saw two or three dogs “biting/eating” a woman who was lying on the ground.

The officer said he shouted at the dogs and kicked leaves at them, and they started to run away, but returned to attacking the woman.

One of the dogs turned toward the officer and was shot and killed.

A second dog charged at an officer, but ran off when shots were fired. The officers kept that dog and a third dog away from the victim while EMS treated the woman and took her to the hospital.

The woman has been identified as Dreamer Denise Rice, who lives on South Center Street.

Littlejohn said Rice suffered bites to her arms, legs abdomen and face. Police said her wounds are very serious.

The owner of the dogs lives over the city line in Spartanburg County, so the Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Unit is working with Spartanburg Public Safety on the case.
The EEU has issued three citations against the owner for the dogs not having current inoculations. Police said more charges may be filed.

The two surviving dogs were seized by Animal Services officers.

The Humane Society, that described the dogs as pit bull mixes, said the dogs will remain in quarantine while the investigation continues. The dogs will be held for at least five days. At that point, the Humane Society vet, DHEC and law enforcement will make a decision about what action to take.

Read more: http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/spartanburg-cherokee-news/Police-44-year-old-woman-in-critical-condition-after-pit-bull-attack/-/9324158/18063680/-/13bu9clz/-/index.html#ixzz2HWrl7TBZ

Positives of Bsl / Positives of breed specific laws – Arguments for breed specific laws BSL

Breed-specific legislation is a law passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds.

Some jurisdictions have enacted breed-specific legislation in response to a number of well-publicized incidents involving pit bull-type dogs or other dog breeds commonly used in dog fighting, and some government organizations such as the United States Army and Marine Corps have taken administrative action as well. This legislation ranges from outright bans on the possession of these dogs, to restrictions and conditions on ownership, and often establishes a legal presumption that these dogs are prima facie legally “dangerous” or “vicious.” In response, some state-level governments in the United States have prohibited or restricted the ability of municipal governments within those states to enact breed-specific legislation.

Certain dog breeds including pit bulls are a public safety issue that merits actions such as banning ownership, mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs of these breeds, mandatory microchip implants and liability insurance, or prohibiting people convicted of a felony from owning them.

There is a large group that says, “ban pit bulls and their closely related breeds.” This group of advocates is diverse and respected, and it even includes Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). They see the pit bull as overly dangerous and overly abused by mankind. The danger of pit bulls and Rottweilers is well established, in that they account for 75% of all reported canine-inflicted human deaths in the past two decades. It is undisputed that pit bulls in particular are the most abused dog in the USA; created for the specific purpose of violence, the dogs are treated cruelly to make them as dangerous as possible, and are routinely abandoned when they are not vicious enough for their evil masters.

There are two articles that present very well the argument in support of breed bans. The first is by an attorney who won the famous Denver breed ban case. The City of Denver passed a breed ban against pit bulls which the State of Colorado attempted to overturn. The State lost in court because the City produced the evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. The story of that case, and a review of that evidence, is contained in Nelson K. One City’s Experience – Why Pit Bulls Are More Dangerous and Breed-Specific Legislation is Justified. Muni Lawyer, July/August 2005, Vol. 46, No. 4.

The second is an article that considered the problem from a humane standpoint. The following rationale for banning pit bulls appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 8, 2005. It was written by Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the author of “Making Kind Choices” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005).
Controlling an animal as deadly as a weapon
— Ingrid Newkirk
Most people have no idea that at many animal shelters across the country, any pit bull that comes through the front door doesn’t go out the back door alive. From California to New York, many shelters have enacted policies requiring the automatic destruction of the huge and ever-growing number of “pits” they encounter. This news shocks and outrages the compassionate dog-lover.
Here’s another shocker: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the very organization that is trying to get you to denounce the killing of chickens for the table, foxes for fur or frogs for dissection, supports the shelters’ pit-bull policy, albeit with reluctance. We further encourage a ban on breeding pit bulls.
The pit bull’s ancestor, the Staffordshire terrier, is a human concoction, bred in my native England, I’m ashamed to say, as a weapon. These dogs were designed specifically to fight other animals and kill them, for sport. Hence the barrel chest, the thick hammer-like head, the strong jaws, the perseverance and the stamina. Pits can take down a bull weighing in at over a thousand pounds, so a human being a tenth of that weight can easily be seriously hurt or killed.
Pit bulls are perhaps the most abused dogs on the planet. These days, they are kept for protection by almost every drug dealer and pimp in every major city and beyond. You can drive into any depressed area and see them being used as cheap burglar alarms, wearing heavy logging chains around their necks (they easily break regular collars and harnesses), attached to a stake or metal drum or rundown doghouse without a floor and with holes in the roof. Bored juveniles sic them on cats, neighbors’ small dogs and even children.
In the PETA office, we have a file drawer chock-full of accounts of attacks in which these ill-treated dogs with names like “Murder” and “Homicide” have torn the faces and fingers off infants and even police officers trying to serve warrants. Before I co-founded PETA, I served as the chief of animal-disease control and director of the animal shelter in the District of Columbia for many years. Over and over again, I waded into ugly situations and pulled pit bulls from people who beat and starved them, or chained them to metal drums as “guard” dogs, or trained them to attack people and other animals. It is this abuse, and the tragedy that comes from it, that motivates me.
Those who argue against a breeding ban and the shelter euthanasia policy for pit bulls are naive, as shown by the horrifying death of Nicholas Faibish, the San Francisco 12-year-old who was mauled by his family’s pit bulls.
Tales like this abound. I have scars on my leg and arm from my own encounter with a pit. Many are loving and will kiss on sight, but many are unpredictable. An unpredictable Chihuahua is one thing, an unpredictable pit another.
People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pit- bull breeding. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row. We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones. Legislators, please take note.

REASONS WHY BSL IS Positive and EFFECTIVE IN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC
– Dog control problems are people problems, and are not limited to a breed or mix. However some breeds are more prone to do certain things – pit bulls are more prone to attack and not let go while hunting dogs are more prone to hunt.

– Banning a breed or declaring it inherently vicious punishes those responsible dog owners but also stops a violent animal being in a public place example alligators cannot be kept as pets in many areas – to protect the public .

– Breeds and mixes are easy to identify with simple dna testing .

– The “pit bull” is a TYPE of dog bred for fighting

– Laws on “types” of dogs will cause owners of those “types” to move away or respect bsl laws – meaning they will have to muzzle their dog in public – giving the public greater safety and stops kids getting mauled

Pit bulls – the most dangerous dog in canada – Calgary Pitbull Attacks Total Three In One Week

ALGARY – Two people have been hurt and a dog seriously injured in the third canine encounter involving pitbulls this week in Calgary.

Paramedics say an adult man and a woman were treated at the scene of a dog attack in the backyard of a home in the city’s northeast Thursday.

EMS spokesman Adam Loria says the two refused to be taken to hospital.

The dogs were not seized by animal services.

Charges have already been laid against a pitbull owner whose dogs mauled a pet Pomeranian to death on Monday.

And on Wednesday, two pit bulls were seized after they got loose and allegedly bit a woman.

Emergency crews were alerted to the latest problem after a neighbour heard a woman screaming.

“I was in my bedroom and I could hear screaming. It sounded like someone was being attacked,” the witness told Global Calgary.

“(My boyfriend and I) grabbed some golf clubs and a baseball bat and we ran over and just gave them to them over the fence, but we couldn’t really see what was happening.”

The owners told CTV Calgary that they had to work quickly to save the dog’s life.

“We managed to get the one dog into the other side of the yard, and then had to try to get the other dog off our dog,” one of the owners said.

Doug Anderson of Calgary Bylaw Services said the number of dog attacks so close together is “abnormal for us.”

Owners are legally responsible for controlling their dogs.

(Global Calgary, CTV Calgary)