In an attempt to keep her dogs, a Camdenton resident spoke to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, but wasn’t granted the right to keep her American bulldogs in the city. But the door is still open to revise a longstanding ordinance banning certain breeds of dogs within the city.
Weeks after purchasing her home inside the city limits, Misty Brown was told that she had to remove her two registered American Bulldogs from inside the city because she was in violation of the city’s pitbull ordinance. She received a ticket on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Camdenton has an ordinance banning pitbulls inside in the city limits that dates back to the late 1980s.
Even though Brown provided paperwork stating that the two dogs, Karma and Chaos, were registered American Bulldogs, not pitbulls, city officials say they display ‘characteristics of pitbulls’ so therefore she is in violation. In 2011, the city made an addendum to the ordinance that includes banning dogs that have similar physical characteristics to pitbulls. If a dog matches five of the eight physical characteristics, it can’t be within city limits.
“Our dogs show characteristics but are not pitbulls,” Brown told the board. “We would not have bought our home. They would never hurt anyone. They have never been aggressive.”
Brown asked the board to let her keep her dogs and to revisit the ordinance. Brown’s attorney, Mark Webb, was at her side at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Webb told the board that the ticket issued to Brown is standing for her to sue the city for an ‘arbitrary’ law.
“A mean dog comes from a mean owner,” Webb said in attempt to prove that the breed of the animal does not dictate the animal’s personality.
After almost an hour of discussion and back and forth with aldermen, the board did not give Brown permission to keep her pets inside the city. When asked if the city should rethink the current ordinance, city attorney Phil Morgan told the board no.
“She was issued a ticket. Now it is time for the court to decide,” Morgan said.
Police Chief Laura Wright provided the board with a packet that they are supposed to look over and be prepared to discuss at the next board meeting.
“They did not give me a chance,” Brown said of the board.
Now, Brown and her attorney must wait. They plan on seeing what the board discusses at its next meeting on Dec. 2.
Brown is due in court for her ticket in December. Brown must now pay for housing and shelter for her two dogs.
no, the pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old Effingham County boy in July, has gotten another reprieve.
A court hearing scheduled for today to determine the fate of the dog has been postponed indefinitely.
The dog’s court-appointed attorney, Mickey Kicklighter, asked for the postponement, saying in court documents that he had other, more pressing cases to handle at the same time.
Chief Superior Court Judge William Woodrum Jr. filed an order yesterday that postponed the matter “until further order of the court.”
Kno bit James Frye when the boy was playing inside a neighbor’s house in the Paddleford Subdivision. The child suffered serious bite wounds to his face. He’s back in school and is improving but still has some paralysis to his face, according to Effingham Sheriff’s Office Spokesman David Ehsanipoor.
Kicklighter, who is representing the dog pro bono, has said the question to be determined at the hearing is whether or not the dog will be euthanized.
The director of animal control for Effingham County, Romie Currier, has said the dog might find a home under the supervision of someone who is familiar with the breed.
Kno belongs to the county, which has been paying for his room and board at the animal shelter since the boy was bitten in July. The dog has been in custody for 170 days so far.
The county charges $10 a day to house dogs that have been accused of biting someone, Currier has said.
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Mary Jo Hunt, 53, was killed in the backyard of her Robeson County home, just south of Fayettteville, on Tuesday, by 7 Pit Bulls who turned on the woman who rescued them from shelters and the streets, according to Robeson County Sheriff’s deputies. Mary Jo is reported to work with Claws & Paws Animal Rescue, reports Dogsbite.org.
Investigators said Hunt and her sister took care of the rescued animals at their home on Sharon Lane and had a total of about 10 to 15 dogs in their backyard at the time of the attack. Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey knew Mary Jo and said, “She had been rescuing dogs for a number of years.”
Apparently Hunt was trying to use a rake to save a small Pug that was being attacked by the pack of larger Pit Bulls when the Pit Bulls turned on her and killed her, according to reports.
Deputies found the victim lying dead on the ground near the gate of her backyard and finally managed to get the dogs off Hunt, but she was already dead, Sheriff Sealey told reporters. He said Mary Jo was “mangled” and her clothes were torn off.
Two other dogs who were not involved in the attack were also seized and are being kept in isolation at Robeson County Animal Shelter, reports WSOCTV.com.
Sheriff Sealey said a female Pit Bull was also injured and is being treated by a veterinarian.
According to reports, officers from four jurisdictions responded to the 911 call. Neighbors who heard the noise and ran to help Mary Jo witnessed the gruesome scene and reportedly one of them tried to save her. An unidentified person stated to reporters that the dogs “almost ripped her arm off.”
At first five of the ten dogs were definitely identified as Pit Bulls, but later investigation disclosed that seven appeared to be that breed. The dogs were euthanized by animal control because they had been involved in killing a human, reported MyFox8.
Mary Jo’s death has been so far ruled accidental. Deputies say once their investigation is complete, they will turn the findings over to the Robeson County District Attorney who will decide what, if any, charges will be filed.
Rochester, N.Y.—The three-year-old Rochester girl who was attacked by a family dog is recovering at home. Jayden Forrester was released from the hospital nine days after suffering severe facial injuries that included broken cheekbones, a severed tear duct and the loss of five teeth.
“I’m so glad she’s being herself; she’s Jayden again,” said her mother Malissa Moore.
It was an emotionally draining stay at Golisano Children’s Hospital for the Forrester family, but they credit hospital staff and doctors for saving their child’s life and keeping their spirits up.
“It’s amazing what they did with what they had to work with,” said Justin Forrester, Jayden’s father.
Originally, the family expected to be in the hospital for a month, but that changed last week when young Jayden was visited by her best friend.
“She was on her feet for probably ten hours, playing on the floor,” said her father.
For nine days, Justin, a tattoo artist and Malissa, Jayden’s mother sat at her bedside, praying for a full recovery for their daughter.
“Blessings really are everywhere now that I know where to see them,” Forrester said.
By Monday evening, Jayden was in her room reading vocabulary cards and blowing bubbles.
The dog that bit the child belonged to one of her aunts and was euthanized according to Forrester.
A fundraiser to cover Jayden’s medical expenses was started by one of her supporters. The family said the money raised will help with her future surgeries.
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.
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.