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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A woman faced a judge in a Chula Vista courtroom Thursday two days after her pit bull allegedly mauled a 4-year-old girl.
Brittany Morgan Gardiner, 22, was arraigned on one count of having a dangerous dog that caused great bodily injury. It’s a felony charge with a maximum sentence of three years.
Investigators said Hailey Nunez suffered serious injuries to her face and upper body after the dog she was trying to pet attacked her. The child was taken from the Laurel Avenue apartment complex in National City to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego where she underwent surgery, her mother said.
“We are so sorry for what happened to poor Haley,” said Sarah Gardiner, defendant’s cousin. “She knew the dog and she pet the dog more than once and it’s a shock to all of us.”
“We understand the emotional scarring this child is going to have to endure for the rest of her life,” said Maria Gardiner, defendant’s mother. “But my daughter as well is going to have to endure. She has to face the family and the child for something that her dog did, that she’s going to be punished for.”
Deputy District Attorney Mary Loeb Gardiner might be a flight risk and asked for her bail to remain at $25,000.
“After this attack happened,” said Loeb. “This four year old girl is sitting there with her face torn up, bleeding everywhere and the defendant grabbed her dog, went to her apartment gathered her belongings and went to her car. When the cops got there she was trying to drive away. They stopped her from doing so, but when they did, she admitted that she was headed to Tijuana.”
The judge said she will consider a supervised release during a bail review next Monday.
“She’s a 22-year-old kid who is trying to get her life in order and has never been in trouble with the law,” said Maria Gardiner. “She completely panicked under pressure. Anybody who knows her or has been in contact with my daughter, knows that she has a big heart.”
Gardiner’s family members said they have talked to the victim’s family and sent their “deepest concerns.”
MAMARONECK — Village residents are banding together to have a pit bull that attacked and killed a woman’s dog last week and bit off part of the woman’s finger removed from the neighborhood.
As residents circulate a petition seeking the dog’s removal, village officials are considering whether they ought to adopt legislation that would specifically address pit bulls, dogs with a reputation — fairly or not — for being violent.
“It’s a health, safety and welfare question, especially regarding the kids,” Mayor Norman Rosenblum said.
The matter has been added to the agenda of the village board’s Tuesday meeting.
Josephine Catalfamo, 75, was walking her 11-pound French breed dog, Ane, two doors down from her home on Florence Street the morning of Sept. 26 when the pit bull jumped a neighbor’s fence and went after her dog, said Natalie Catalfamo, her daughter.
It was in trying to separate the dogs that Josephine Catalfamo lost part of her finger. The attack occurred just a short walk from the Daniel Warren Elementary School.
More than 50 people have signed the petition, Natalie Catalfamo said.
“They feel it could have been much worse. Small children could have been involved,” she said. “I agree with them.”
Freddie Murgida, who lives next door to Josephine Catalfamo, said he signed the petition out of concern the dog might attack any of the many children who walk through the neighborhood to and from the school and nearby Florence Park.
“I am afraid of the dog,” he said. “When I was small, I got bitten. I won’t go near a dog. Small dog, yes, but not a big one.”
Natalie Catalfamo said the 1-year-old coton du tulear died in her arms on the way to the Miller-Clark Animal Hospital in Mamaroneck.
“My mother is pretty much traumatized and in constant pain,” she said. “She’s suffering from nightmares and can’t sleep.”
There was no barking or growling when the pit bull grabbed Ane by the midsection, Catalfamo said. The owner chased down his dog, but it was too late, she said.
he pit bull belongs to Dave Rigano, whose home on Jensen Avenue, a block from Florence Street, is partially surrounded by a chest-high chain-link fence.
No one appeared to be home Wednesday afternoon, and no dog barked when a reporter knocked on the door.
Rigano was charged with one count of a dangerous dog attack on a domestic animal, a violation, after the incident.
Ruth Britt, who has lived on Jensen Street for 50 years and has known Rigano and his family for decades, said she’s never had a problem with the dog.
“He sits in the window. If he sees a dog go by, he barks,” Britt said. “He’s a big dog, so he’s got a big bark.”
She said when Rigano lets the dog into the yard, he usually accompanies it. When he walks it, usually in the evening, Britt said, he uses a heavy leash.
“He’s a very strong dog,” she said.
The mayor said around 25 people have written or approached him about the attack. Many more have voiced their opinions on local websites, he said.
“They’re concerned about walking their pets — and their kids, of course,” he said. “You don’t get a chance in these attacks.”
Rosenblum said the village’s attorney is exploring the legality of a law that would target a specific breed of dog.
In 1998, Larchmont enacted a law banning pit bulls from the village. Residents who owned pit bulls before the law were allowed to keep them but must comply with a series of restrictions.
In the summer of 1985, Tamarac City Commissioners adopted an ordinance which put tighter restrictions on pit bull dogs.
This ordinance requires pit bulls to be registered, confined, muzzled and for the owners’ to carry $1 million in liability insurance. Tamarac pit bull ordinance.
At the time, this ordinance may have been self-enforced with residents willingly showing proof of insurance and paying the $50 fee. But after nearly 30 years, just how many pit bulls are registered?
In March 2012, there were only six pit bulls registered at the city. Upon further research, one owner had moved.
So now only five pit bull owners have registered their dogs in the City of Tamarac. This is in a city with 60,000 residents that is only 15 miles north of Miami-Dade County, a county where pit bulls remain banned after 23 years.
Shouldn’t there be 25 or even 45? I’ve seen six pit bulls just in my own neighborhood.
I doubt that many residents in Tamarac even know about the 1985 pit bull ordinance. And if they did, why would anyone voluntarily pay a registration fee plus carry hefty liability insurance if they could fly under the radar?
If homeowners don’t know about the ordinance, then you can be sure that renters don’t either.
Pit Bulls that have not been registered with the city are banned from the Gary B. Jones Dog Park. The sign tells visitors that not only must pit bulls be registered, but they must wear a muzzle. In the three years that I have been going to the park, I have never seen a pit bull owner muzzle their dog, and I’m sure many don’t have liability insurance.
Although the sign is posted in front, this ordinance is rarely, if ever, obeyed or enforced.
The ordinance may have been forward-thinking in its time, or possibly a knee-jerk reaction to a few incidents, but if it’s not going to be enforced, then it’s time to lose the law.
“I want it changed back before it is too late and a kid is mangled,”
Parking, ice and pitbulls were all topics at Lawrenceburg city meetings Tuesday, Sept. 4.
In June, Lawrenceburg City Council removed the breed specific portion of its vicious dog ordinance banning pitbulls.
Recently, a pitbull attacked and killed a chihuahua, said councilman Aaron Cook, who was against removing the breed from the ordinance.
When he voted against the change in the ordinance he warned that for a dog to be considered vicious it has to “seriously injure or kill another animal or human, but at that point it is too late.”
At the city council meeting Sept. 4, that scenario was discussed. Cook read from the police report about the dog attack. “I want it changed back before it is too late and a kid is mangled,” said Cook.
In June, Cook noted pitbulls were responsible for 67 percent of fatal dog attacks in the U.S., while the animals are 5 percent of the total U.S. dog population.
At the meeting last week, councilwoman Jane Pope noted the pitbull now meets the definition of a vicious dog, and its owner has to follow those requirements.
“So it’s OK that a dog was killed?” asked Cook.
THE owner of a pitbull cross that killed St Albans toddler Ayen Chol said he would have never accepted the dog if he knew it had the potential to harm others.
Four-year-old Ayen Chol died after being mauled by the dog in her family home last August.
The man who was responsible for the dog at the time, Lazor Josevski, told the Victorian Coroners’ Court last week that the dog, Rex, was “obedient” and had never shown any signs of aggression.
“I was not expecting Rex would bite anyone,” Mr Josevski said.
“We are good people and have brought this dog up in a good environment.”
Mr Josevski, 58, told the court that Rex had regular contact with children as young as two years old and never left the backyard.
He said if Rex had ever shown any signs of aggression he would have put him down.
The dog had not been desexed or microchipped and was not registered with Brimbank City Council.
Mr Josevski said he had never heard of the rules which apply to owners of restricted breed dogs.
In a statement read to the court, Ayen’s mother Jacklin Ancaito described the attack on her daughter as the scariest moment of her life.
“The dog was going crazy biting anyone it could see,” she said.
Ms Ancaito said the dog had grabbed her daughter by the face and neck and started shaking her from side to side.
“I heard her scream once and I never heard her scream again,” Ms Ancaito said.
“I don’t think this will ever get out of my head. This incident will be with me forever.”
Mr Josevski pleaded guilty to four charges over the fatal attack and was fined a total of $11,000 last month.
New laws, introduced after Ayen’s death, mean owners of dangerous dogs that cause death can now face penalties of up to 10 years in prison.