Owner of pit bull shot by police stages protest

Residents protesting a police officer shooting another resident’s dog on New Year’s Day staged a demonstration on Saturday outside the headquarters of the Northeast District, as the new commander there introduced himself to residents.

A Baltimore police officer chased a suspect through Stacy Fields’s yard in the 5500 block of Bucknell Road, and when her dog Kincaid started barking at him, the officer shot him. The dog had charged, according to a police report, and the department said the shooting was justified. But Fields thinks it was unnecessary.


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“He could have kicked him as easily as shot him,” she said. “Every dog barks, especially at strangers in the yard.”

Fields has mounted a Facebook campaign, which attracted more than 9,000 supporters as of Saturday, and is calling for the officer involved in the shooting to be named and for police to be better trained to deal with animals. About 24 supporters turned up to wave banners and hand out fliers at the police station.

Maj. Richard Worley, the newly installed commander of the Northeast District, said the officer’s name has not been released because threats have been made against him.

“It was just a tragic incident that occurred,” Worley added.


Pit bulls banned in Las Vegas – BSL ON THE RISE

MANLY — Yvonne Meyer and her boyfriend, Patrick Eastman, said they had no idea Manly had an ordinance saying they could not keep a pit bull at their residence when they moved to town from Las Vegas.

“But now, four days after a (council) meeting, we have to say goodbye to her?” Meyer said. “That’s really unfair.”

On Jan. 3, the Manly City Council voted to uphold its ban on pit bulls in town.

Although the ban had been in place since 2008 as part of the town’s vicious dog ordinance, the ordinance had not be enforced.

That changes today, according to city officials.

By today, Manly pit bull owners have to remove their dogs from their residences.

For at least two couples, it’s a hard thing to do.

Meyer said she and Eastman will move from the community rather than give up their dog, named Hyfie, 7.

“She’s part of our family; like one of our children,” Meyer said.

In the meantime, a friend in another community will take Hyfie.

Eastman and Meyer both said their dog had never been aggressive.

Eastman said he understands the need for a vicious dog ordinance, “but to ban a certain breed — that’s not right. That’s a joke.”

Mike and Shelly Romine have found themselves in the same situation. They have had Maverick, 4, for some time. They hope a nephew in Indiana will take the dog. In the meantime, their son, who lives in another town, will baby sit.

“He’s a good dog,” Mike Romine said.

He said he had read that some other cities’ dog ordinances have been ruled as unconstitutional; others are ruled constitutional.

“We may fight this; we haven’t decided,” he said.

The latest discussion came up because some said the vicious dog ordinance served no good until after someone was hurt, according to Councilman Scott Heagel, speaking during a meeting in November.

“Every dog can be vicious,” Heagel, a Mason City mail carrier, said then. “The thing about the ‘pits’ is when they attack, they don’t stop.”

But Eastman said that is true of more than pit bulls.

Romine agreed, adding he knew of a local German shepherd dog he felt was dangerous and more of a threat than his pit bull.

The ordinance defines dangerous animals as those “capable of killing or inflicting serious injury,” wild animals such as wolves, coyotes and alligators, and pit bull dogs.

Mayor Kevin Isaacson said he voted for the ordinance in 2008. However, he said he had changed his mind since that time. When raised for discussion earlier last year, however, the council did not act to rescind the ordinance.

Isaacson said in November that he did not believe it was good to have an ordinance on the books without enforcement. As a result, pit bull owners were contacted by the city about the ordinance.

“That (vicious dog ordinance) I can agree with; but when you get breed-specific, it’s like racial profiling,” Romine said.

“And in the long run, I think they will come back to haunt them.”

That a threat ?

Why pit bulls are a problem and more needs to be done – BSL , BANS , Larger Fines , Mandatory Muzzles in public and Mandatory Insurance

Over a recent 3-year period from January 2006 to March 30, 2009, a total of 98 dog bite fatalities involving 179 dogs occurred; 60% of the deaths were caused by pit bulls, and 76% were caused by pit bulls and Rottweilers. A total of 113 pit bulls were involved in these deaths, and they accounted for 63% of the dogs involved in fatal attacks. If the risk of fatal attack is normalized to Labrador Retrievers and Labrador-mix breeds (the most common registered dog in the United States), the relative risk of death related to pit bull attacks is more than 2500 times higher.

In one 85-day period from July to September 2008, pit bulls were involved in 127 dog attacks, 57% of which occurred off the owner’s property. In these attacks, 158 people were injured, 63% of them severely; 10% of the victims suffered severed body parts; and 6 vic
tims were killed. 12 In the same period, 128 dangerous pit bulls had to be shot to death by police officers or citizens. A closer look at these figures indicates that 1 person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, a person loses a body part to a pit bull attack every 5.4 days, 2 persons are injured by pit bulls each day, and 1.5 pit bulls are shot to death each day. –> Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs 2011

Temperament is not the issue, nor is it even relevant. What is relevant is actuarial risk. If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a pit bull terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed–and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price.

The humane community does not try to encourage the adoption of pumas in the same manner that we encourage the adoption of felis catus, because even though a puma can also be box-trained and otherwise exhibits much the same indoor behavior, it is clearly understood that accidents with a puma are frequently fatal. For the same reason, it is sheer foolishness to encourage people to regard pit bull terriers and Rottweilers as just dogs like any other, no matter how much they may behave like other dogs under ordinary circumstances.

Pit bulls and Rottweilers are accordingly dogs who not only must be handled with special precautions, but also must be regulated with special requirements appropriate to the risk they may pose to the public and other animals, if they are to be kept at all. –> Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to December 22, 2009

BSL Motivation – ban pit bulls

Cops run through yards all the time and dogs do not just always attack them. People who advocate for Pitbulls here all the time say it is the owner and my dog will lick you to death. What kind of person keeps a dog of any breed who would attack another person or dog. If they do own a dog with that potential then they have to expect that no matter how well they secure that dog, if some situation where they do not have complete control of their dog can happen, it will to either the cops, other dogs or as is often the case invited guest.In either case not all dog breeds will attack in this situation. If your breed of dog requires this much supervision or is dangerous in certain situations then regardless of the triggers for that breed instinct this was inevitable. Better for the dog and the dog owner to have a rude awakening then as is often the case children who happen upon these inherently dangerous dogs. Ban the breed stop these deeds and end the debate over what is no more then a self fulfilling prophecy.

Pit bull ban in Ottumwa to continue being enforced

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TTUMWA, IOWA — Several concerned citizens met with the Ottumwa City Council on Monday to discuss the city’s ban on pit bulls.

Several years ago, the city put the ban into place after several incidents happened, including in August of 2002 when 21 month old Charlee Shepherd was killed by a pit bull.

Some residents in the city don’t agree with the ban; others say that there needs to be more specifics.

KTVO spoke with Ottumwa Police Chief Jim Clark about the issue Wednesday, he said that the ban in place is because of the council’s actions, and new residents need to be educated on the law.

“In the past year or two, we have seen another increase in the ownership of pit bulls. I believe that is probably because we have a lot of newcomers coming to Ottumwa, both from the Chicago area where pit bulls are legal, as well as people from outside the country, and a lot of those, the people are possessing pit bulls. Part of this recent possession of pit bulls is, we probably need to do more education in telling newcomers that pit bulls are illegal in the city,” Chief Clark said.

Chief Clark says until the council says otherwise, his department will continue to enforce the ban.

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Act now to stop PIT BULL dogs of terror, attack victim says

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Khytheria Luong and her dog Hypie before the attack.

MT PRITCHARD resident Khytheria Luong is calling on Fairfield Council to enact a tougher policy against dangerous dogs after she and her two dogs were injured in an attack by an American pitbull last month.

Ms Luong was walking her two dogs, Hypie and Cappuccino, near her home on Meadows Rd when they were attacked by the pitbull.

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Ms Luong escaped the violent attack with bites to her hand, but 12-year-old Hypie’s injuries were so severe the beloved pet was euthanised the next day.

In a desperate attempt to find the aggressor dog and prevent further attacks, Ms Luong has organised a letterbox drop to raise awareness among her neighbours.

She has also called on council to toughen its stance on dangerous dogs.

“This dog will attack again; it’s only a matter of time until the next victim will be a defenceless child, elderly person or a mother with a pram,” Ms Luong said.

“We need a reporting hotline, or national register of dog attacks, and to put more information into the community.”

Ms Luong said she reported the incident to Fairfield Council the day after attack, but was told that council “was powerless” to find the dog.

“I feel there is inaction from Fairfield Council and no sense of responsibility to ongoing threats of dangerous dogs walking the streets,” she said.

“It’s the case of council shifting blame when stating they cannot find the owner.

“It’s a frustrating situation and so many things are out of our control, but I don’t want to hear that a dangerous dog has attacked again.”

A council spokesman said council took matters of dog attacks very seriously and would continue to investigate Ms Luong’s case.

“Council continues to patrol this area but no further sightings have been made since it was reported,” he said.

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