Man severely injured in Ukiah attack involving pit bull

Ukiah Daily Journal –
A man was hospitalized Thursday after being attacked by two people and a pit bull near Walmart, the Ukiah Police Department reported.
According to the UPD, officers responded to the intersection of Talmage Road and Highway 101 around 7:40 p.m. Thursday after it was reported that a woman was walking on the overpass and yelling for help, stating that her boyfriend was being assaulted
When officers arrived, they reportedly found a Colorado Springs woman in a field just south of the Talmage Road and Hwy 101 intersection who was kneeling over a man.
The man, whose city of residence in unknown, was unconscious and appeared to have been violently assaulted. His head and hair were completely covered in blood, he had large wounds to his face and deep dog bites and cuts on his arm.
Officers determined the man had been repeatedly hit and kicked in the face and attacked on the arm by a pit bull.
He was transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center and was expected to undergo surgery to “repair significant damage to his face and arm.”
Officers located two suspects near the scene identified as William Leonard, 38, of New Orleans and Cynthia Rattey, 30, of Montana. Based on evidence located at the scene and witness statements, the officers arrested both suspects on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and criminal conspiracy. Both were booked them into Mendocino County Jail.
The pit bull suspected
in the attack was also located and transported to the Animal Shelter on Plant Road.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the UPD at 463-6262.


TYPICAL PIT BULL OWNER – Boyfriend Allegedly Orders Pit Bull To Attack Girlfriend, Bitten Over 20 Times


EWPORT (WWJ) – A Monroe County woman told police she was bitten over 20 times by a pit bull that her boyfriend allegedly ordered to attack her during a violent domestic dispute.

Sheriff’s Deputies say the alleged incident happened at the Elizabeth Woods Mobile Home Park on Telegraph, near Newport Road, in Newport on Wednesday night when the couple began to argue over ownership of a vehicle.

The 42-year-old woman reportedly told police the argument turned physical when her 48-year-old boyfriend choked her so severely that she almost passed out, The Monroe Evening News reported.

After the choking incident, the man allegedly ordered the dog to attack the woman. The dog reportedly bit the woman numerous times on her feet, legs and hands.

The woman told deputies the assault lasted more than 30 minutes. She was taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries that were visible to police.

Deputies tried to speak to the woman’s boyfriend, but he fled the area. An officer responding to the man’s home said when he knocked on the door, he could hear the dog barking and scratching.

Names of the man and woman were not immediately released.

Felony assault charges are being sought. An investigation is ongoing.

The attack is one of several in recent months by pit bulls.

Most recently, a three-week-old girl was mauled to death by a pit bull on Detroit’s west side. Police say the dog attacked the baby after she was left strapped into a car seat on the floor of a home. Her mother had left the room and returned to see the dog attacking her newborn. The woman told police she didn’t know there was a dog in the house. The dog was euthanized following the attack.

Earlier this month, a six-year-old boy was bitten by a pit bull while riding his bike in Stockbridge Township, which is located between Ann Arbor and Lansing. Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputies said they were forced to fatally shoot the dog after it was observed running freely in the yard and acting aggressively. Deputies then left a note explaining what had happened for the homeowner, who was not present at the time.

Near the end of August, a Henry Ford Hospital employee was attacked by two pit bulls as she was walking through the hospital’s staff parking lot. Witnesses at the scene told police either security guards or police officers shot and killed the dogs to get them off of the woman, who survived the attack with multiple bites.

BSL ON THE RISE – City of Etowah proposes banning pit bulls within city limits

The city of Etowah in McMinn County has proposed making it illegal to own any breed of pit bull, including mixed-breeds, within the city limits.

An Etowah City Ordinance up for a vote by the city commission in the coming weeks claims the dogs are “dangerous to humans and other animals” and have “a tendency to attack” those who aren’t provoked.

Under the ordinance, current owners will be allowed to keep their dogs. But those owners will be required to register their dog with the city, muzzle them when out in public, keep them confined indoors or in a locked pin, and must post a “beware of dog sign” on their property. Offspring born of registered pit bulls will be removed, according to the ordinance.

The city commission passed the first reading of the ordinance unanimously on September 27th. The ordinance would take the approval of a second reading to become law.

When 10News reached out to Mayor Jimmy Bull and city commissioners, they either said “no comment” or didn’t return our calls.

The definition of pit bull under the ordinance is broad and includes: Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, mixed pit bull breeds, and “any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the breeds of dogs” previously listed. The ordinance defines “predominately” as more than 50% pit bull.

The ordinance says if you fail to comply, the dog will “be subject to immediate seizure and inpoundment” and could also face fines.

Break the Chains, a pit bull rescue located in nearby Madisonville, is upset by the proposed law. Founder Leslie Woody says the ordinances’ description does not describe the entire breed.

With the help of volunteer foster families, Break the Chains has rescued more than 300 pit bulls.

She works to keep pit bulls from being euthanized. She’s afraid the Etowah ordinance would make that job harder.

“If they ban these breeds of dogs, think of all the dogs that are going to have to be euthanized that didn’t do anything wrong,” Woody said.

She says the three pit bulls that live with her are loving and playful.

“I tell everybody, ‘You’ve never been loved until you’ve bee loved by a pit bull,'” she said.

She plans to voice her opinion at the next city council meeting.

According to Woody, that meeting is set for Monday October 22nd. However the commission will discuss the proposal at an agenda meeting on Friday October 19th. You must register with the city to speak at the meeting.

Several years ago, the cities of Dandridge, Rockwood, and Middlesboro, Kentucky also proposed banning pit bulls. Those laws never passed.

Other cities, including Jefferson City and White Pine, have banned those dogs, however.

Violent Pit bull attacks – Fla deputy shoots, kills pit bull after attack


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ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — A deputy is recovering from injuries after being attacked by a pit bull while trying to serve a warrant at a southwest Florida home.

Pasco Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the dog was let out of the home intentionally after the deputy tried to serve a warrant on Sunday.

Authorities said the unnamed deputy was walking back to his car when the dog attacked. The deputy shot and killed the dog.

The deputy was transported to a Tampa hospital and treated for serious injuries to his arm.

A suspect is being questioned.

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