Grandmother savaged in two hour PITBULL dog attack

Grandmother savaged in two hour PITBULL dog attack.

 
A Rotorua grandmother is lucky to be alive after a horrific dog attack lasting at least two hours that experienced animal control officers called the worst they had seen.

The attack, carried out by an american staffordshire/pitbull cross, left the woman with extremely serious injuries to her right arm and a broken leg, Rotorua District Council Animal Control supervisor Kevin Coutts said.

Mr Coutts said it was not clear how long the dog had been attacking the woman but it was at least two hours, possibly longer, before she was found at her home in Edmund Rd on Saturday afternoon.

The 65-year-old woman was taken to Rotorua Hospital by St John paramedics before being transferred to Waikato Hospital in a stable condition where she remains in a ward.

Photographs of the woman’s injuries were supplied to The Daily Post but were far too graphic to publish.

One photograph showed the woman’s right arm, from the elbow down, had been eaten through, exposing both bones and leaving a gaping wound about 15cm to 20cm long and between 5cm and 8cm wide. All of the flesh had been removed from the lower arm and there were some large bite wounds on her upper arm and biceps.

It was not clear if the woman broke her leg before or after the attack.

Mr Coutts said the dog was understood to be owned by the woman’s grandson and she had asked for it to be left with her for company.

Mr Coutts said the injuries were “massive, the worst I have ever seen. She must be one tough lady because I can’t see how she has survived.”

He said he doubted if he would see anything worse in his career and she was lucky the dog did not sever any major arteries.

“I’m amazed, normally someone would have died of shock … but they tell me they may be able to save her arm.”

Mr Coutts said the owner of the dog had surrendered it to Animal Control officers and it would be put down.

“This dog was not previously known to us, it was registered, it was microchipped and the owner, from what I can gather, appeared responsible.”

However, he said, the dog was not desexed.

He said american pitbulls or pitbull-crosses were highly unpredictable.

“Society has got to think seriously whether we want these types of dogs around, they are capable of doing horrendous damage – this was not a short, frenzied attack. People say they can trust these dogs with their children, but I never would.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Zane Smith said Rotorua police were looking into the circumstances of the attack. He

could not say if charges were likely.

It is the fourth attack this year by an american pitbull or pitbull-cross in Rotorua.

On January 22, a 9-year-old Rotorua girl was bitten by a pitbull while walking in Puketawhero Park. She suffered cuts to her right arm and a wound to the right side of her head which required 20 stitches.

On January 23, a Rotorua man was bitten on the hand by a pitbull while walking along Miller St. The wound needed four stitches.

On Sunday, July 1, a 7-year-old Rotorua boy was seriously injured after his neighbour’s dog attacked him, tearing a chunk of flesh from his leg.

The latest attack comes as the district council gets set to deliberate on its Dog Control Bylaw and Policy at a meeting scheduled for August 7.

Councillors were told by Mr Coutts at a recent council hearing on dog control that pitbulls and pitbull-crosses were responsible for a disproportionately higher number of attacks on people than any other type or breed of dog.

Alpacas mauled to death in Essex County by pitbulls

Alpacas mauled to death in Essex County by pitbulls.
Those alpacas could of been children at day care…
ESSEX, VA (WWBT) –

An Essex County couple comes home to find their livestock mauled to death.

Two dogs are suspected of getting onto Upright Alpaca Farm and killing nearly a dozen alpacas.

In all, 15 alpacas were attacked, 11 were mauled to death, two are hospitalized and two are recovering at home.

When Abbey Gauvin  left home Saturday afternoon all 15 of her alpacas were healthy and happy.

But when she returned home Sunday morning she encountered a gruesome sight.

“There was a mother over there her head was twisted around. Her face was completely ripped off and she was dead on arrival,” Gauvin explained.

Gauvin says she also discovered two of her neighbor’s pit bull dogs in her yard.

“We found the dogs here in the corner – wagging their tails with blood on their mouths,” Gauvin added.

Gauvin’s 87-year-old neighbor, Charles Lumpkin, says he saw the attack and tried to call for help.

“I looked over there and they had one on the ground, look like he was eating it,” said Lumpkin.

NBC 12 went to the home of the accused – no one answered the door.

But during a phone conversation, the dog owner said he secured both of his animals before going out of town. He admits one got off his property but said it’s unclear if his dogs are involved in the alpaca attack.

Gauvin said the attack has cost her well over a hundred thousand dollars in hospital bills and damages. She plans on filing a civil suit. NBC 12 reached out to the sheriff’s office multiple times and was told no one was available to talk about the case.

The two dogs suspected of attacking the alpacas are now with animal control.

Pit bull still on the loose after killing border collie – next its the old woman

Pit bull still on the loose after killing border collie – next its the old woman.

 

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A pit bull is still on the loose after it fatally mauled an 8-year-old border collie in front its owner in an Etobicoke ravine Thursday afternoon.

The attack happened just after 1:30 p.m. in Chapman Valley Park, near Royal York Rd. and Lawrence Ave. W.

Noemi Stefenatti and her 12-year-old granddaughter were walking their dog, Lucy, along the quiet path and were coming up to an exit at Leggett Ave. when a pit bull with a dark brown coat darted toward them.

“We were coming home and this dog come up from nowhere but then they tear our dog apart. I was screaming for my granddaughter to go away and I was pulling my dog,” said a distraught Stefenatti.

In a matter of seconds, the dog had its jaws around Lucy’s neck. The pit bull continued its attack until Lucy’s body went limp, despite Stefenatti’s attempt to pull her beloved pet to safety.

The pit bull then retreated to a spot under a nearby tree where it rested for a few moments before police arrived.

The dog was not on a leash but was wearing a thick, burgundy-coloured collar with identification tags.

“He was not really large but very ferocious, like something you see in movies. It was very gross, very gross,” Stefenatti said.

Police officers on ATVs scoured the wooded area for the dog and its owner.

Stefenatti had cared for Lucy since birth and considered her part of the family — a gentle sort who interacted well with people, especially her three young grandchildren.

Lucy was also an important source of support since Stefenatti’s adult son, her only child, moved out, recalled her daughter-in-law Franca Stefenatti, whose daughter was present at the time of the attack.

“This wasn’t just your regular dog fight that dogs get into sometimes. This dog seemed to have a motivation to kill her,” Franca Stefenatti said.

“It’s kind of freaky the way it happened. Could it have been a person? A child? Who knows if it could have targeted something else. You start thinking about these things.”

The province introduced the Dog Owner’s Liability Act in 2005 following a string of high-profile pit bull attacks on people. The legislation requires owners to spay or neuter pit bulls and to have them leashed and muzzled when in public.

Owners can be penalized with fines of up to $10,000 and could face jail time. Dogs in contravention of the act can also be seized under a warrant and, in some cases, be euthanized.

A private member’s bill to strike down the act passed in February.

Pitbull in fatal attack had always been obedient, inquest hears

Pitbull in fatal attack had always been obedient, inquest hears.
Pitbulls are always obeient untill they kill a child

 

A PITBULL cross who mauled a four-year-old girl to death had never been aggressive, an inquest into her death has heard.

Ayen Chol died when a dog owned by Melbourne man Lazor Josevski charged into a St Albans house last August and mauled her as she clung to her mother’s leg.

Mr Josevski told the Melbourne Coroner’s Court his son Nick had bought the dog as a pup and it had always been obedient.

He said the dog regularly played with children aged between two and 10 who had come to visit his home and had never shown any aggression.

He said the dog was walked every day and was always calm when around other people or animals.

Josevski, 57, pleaded guilty in April to four charges over the attack and was later fined $11,000.

He said his family had been left horrified since the incident and had since moved home.

The dog, Rex, escaped through an open garage door after Josevski arrived home and parked his car.

It attacked Ayen’s 31-year-old cousin Angelina Mayout and followed her as she ran into the house.

The dog then attacked Ms Mayout’s five-year-old daughter, Nyadeng Goaer, before turning on Ayen, who was terrified and clinging to her mother’s leg.

It grabbed Ayen by the face and dragged her from her mother, shaking her violently, the court heard.

The inquest continues.

Iqaluit pit bull owner jailed 16 months on assault convictions

Iqaluit pit bull owner jailed 16 months on assault convictions.

An Iqaluit woman who used her pit bull dog as a weapon to assault other people received a 16-month jail sentence Aug. 28 after entering guilty pleas to a variety of charges.

Saata Koochiajuke, 23, was convicted on charges arising from three separate incidents relating to her dog, the last of which left a 29-year-old Iqaluit woman with wounds all over her body.

She pleaded guilty to:

• aggravated assault of a peace officer;

• aggravated assault;

• assault with a weapon;

• uttering threats;

• resisting arrest; and,

• two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

According to the agreed statement of facts, the first incident happened at 10 a.m. June 2.

After a night of drinking, Koochiajuke let her dog loose but was too intoxicated to keep the dog away from other people around her residence, located in the 200 block of housing units near The Snack restaurant.

When bylaw officers arrived, one officer tried to subdue the dog with a tranquilizer dart.

Koochiajuke leapt to the dog’s defense and assaulted the officer, preventing him from firing the tranquilizer gun.

She was held in custody for the day after the incident.

The second incident occurred July 5, again in the morning when Koochiajuke arrived home after a long night of drinking.

A cab driver, Duane Caza, was taking a break in his cab while parked outside the Snack at around 7 a.m.

He noticed the dog roaming freely around the street and accosting a woman. The woman felt threatened and started throwing stones at the dog to keep it away.

This, however, irritated the dog. The woman ran for cover when the dog persisted, seeking shelter in Caza’s taxi cab.

Then, Koochiajuke showed up to retrieve the dog, still heavily intoxicated.

Caza told Koochiajuke to “tie your dog up,” a remark to which Koochiajuke took offense.

She opened the taxi door, and commanded the dog to attack the two people sitting in the cab.

The dog jumped into the taxi, and after a scuffle with the dog inside the vehicle, Caza managed to get free of the dog, suffering several scratches and puncture wounds.

He managed to trap the dog inside the taxi, while he and the woman fled to the Snack, where they called the RCMP.

By that time, Koochiajuke had freed the dog from the cab. And when Caza walked out of The Snack, Koochiajuke commanded the dog to attack him.

Caza was then forced to climb onto the roof of his vehicle for safety while the dog roamed around it — Koochiajuke stood close to the cab, laughing at him.

Afterwards, the RCMP detained Koochiajuke and Iqaluit bylaw officers detained the dog.

After the woman and the dog were released, another attack occurred 10 days later, at Koochiajuke’s residence, building 240.

Shortly after midnight July 15, Koochiajuke’s neighbour, Annabella Piugattuk, 29, heard noises outside her apartment, located inside a three-story building.

Piugattuk, who had complained about Koochiajuke’s dog for months, walked outside to confront the woman about the dog.

Koochiajuke, heavily intoxicated, engaged in a verbal spat with Piugattuk that turned violent. Koochiajuke jumped at Piugattuk and started wrestling with her.

The dog, tied up on the porch at the time, wriggled free of its restraint and joined in on the attack. The dog bit and scratched Piugattuk, while Koochiajuke punched her in the head and pulled her hair for up to 20 minutes.

Koochiajuke repeatedly ordered her dog to “kill her, kill her” and Piugattuk screamed for help. Several bystanders did not want to get involved in the incidents.

The puncture wounds on Piugattuk were so numerous, there were “too many to count,” Crown prosecutor Barry McLaren said.

There was not one part of her body avoided being harmed by either the dog or Koochiajuke, McLaren said.

When RCMP arrived, they first thought that Koochiajuke was trying to pry the dog off Piugattuk, but quickly realized the opposite.

One RCMP officer pulled Koochiajuke away while another smacked the dog with his baton.

Koochiajuke, after resisting arrest, told Piugattuk from the police vehicle that her dog would “rip her daughter’s face off.”

After RCMP realized that striking the dog with a baton only aggravated it’s mood, they shot the dog with a tranquilizer, and the animal leaped off the porch of the three-story building.

When the dog landed, police shot it dead.

Crown counsel argued that a dog can be used as a weapon, citing a decision by the Yukon Court of Appeal.

Justice Neil Sharkey said it’s a “matter of luck” that the attack on Piugattuk was not more severe, since the dog could have easily punctured her neck, possibly causing death.

Piugattuk went to hospital that night with non-life threatening injuries.

Because of the attack, however, she could not get to work at CBC, and she had to move to another house because of the trauma she endured.

Sharkey considered Koochiajuke’s relatively minor criminal record, which began in 2009. She has been on probation for a separate incident since February 2012.

Koochiajuke had been held in remand for 44 days following her arrest.

Sharkey gave her credit for time served equal to 1.5 day for each day served, which means he deducted two months from her original 18-month sentence.

He sentenced her to one month of jail for the first incident, five months for the second, and 12 months for the attack on Piugattuk. She will serve the sentences consecutively — one after the other.

Koochiajuke was distressed in court, burying her head into the sleeve of her grey sweatshirt and crying.

“I’m sorry for all this, and I’m going to try to change my life around once I get out,” Koochiajuke told Sharkey.

Koochiajuke will serve two years probation after her jail sentence. She is to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and is forbidden to own a pet during that time.

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