The beagle was asking for it

A Texas woman whose four pit bulls entered her neighbors’ yard through a hole in the fence and killed their 10-year-old beagle is suing them for $1 million.
Emerald White says in her lawsuit filed this week in Galveston County district court that she was “seriously injured” on Oct. 27 trying to stop the attack and retrieve her dogs. She says she suffered “multiple serious bite and scratch-type injuries” and accuses her neighbors of failing to securely confine and restrict their dog, Bailey.


Pit bull owner arraigned following attack on girl

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.”

Miss Universe Canada Joins Call for Provincial Pit Bull Law in British Columbia

Miss Universe Canada Joins Call for Provincial Pit Bull Law in British Columbia.


British Columbia, CA – On August 23, 4-year old Emma Cranford of White Rock was suddenly attacked by a pet pit bull while attending a family gathering. “Bite is not even the word,” her mother Elizabeth Cranford told Peace Arch News. “She latched onto her neck and took a chunk. The bottom part of her right ear, right up to the chin was demolished.” At the time of the attack, Emma was visiting her uncle’s home for a barbeque. The pit bull belonged to her uncle’s girlfriend.

A day earlier, Emma had sat next to the pit bull reading.1

Elizabeth said the unprovoked attack on her daughter “totally” changed her opinion of pit bulls. Rejecting the antiquated notion of “blaming the owner” when a dog is aggressive and believing that the pit bull breed itself is the problem. Both of Emma’s parents are now calling on the B.C. government to ban pit bulls, just as Ontario and Winnipeg have. This determination by Emma’s parents, “I want to fight this to the end,” sparked a flurry of media and public attention.2

Just after the news coverage of Emma’s attack, as well as a separate pit bull attack on 4-year old Hayden Bush in Kelowna, Miss Universe of Canada joined the debate supporting a pit bull law in B.C. Sahar Biniaz was crowned Miss Universe of Canada in May and plans to make her support of a pit bull law a major part of her reign. Sahar Biniaz herself is a pit bull attack victim. She was attacked by a pit bull at the age of 14; a year after her family adopted the animal.

On Friday, Peace Arch News reported a rare story, Dog Attack Victims Share a Universal Bond,3 which covered the beautiful meeting of Emma and Miss Universe of Canada at Emma’s home. “I can understand what she went through and she’s very brave,” Sahar Biniaz said. She contacted Emma’s family after learning about her attack and continues to pledge to raise awareness about pit bulls and dangerous dogs. “This is why my title is so valuable,” Biniaz said.4

Miss Universe Canada Joins Call for Provincial Pit Bull Law in British Columbia.



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.