Pit bull bans – isn’t rocket science people

Pit bulls maul, maim and kill more people than ALL other breeds combined, and yet pit bulls only make up less than 4% of the dog population…it isn’t rocket science people.


Phuket man gravely savaged in pit bull attack

Mr Tiarasak was walking in front of his house on February 6 when he was attacked. The three dogs, belonging to a neighbour, had got loose and had just been chased away by people nearby after they tried to bit a woman.

Running back home, they encountered Mr Tiarasak and set upon him instead.

“The three dogs attacked him as soon as they saw him. He was unable to fight back and could only yell for some help. He was bitten repeatedly before some villagers came and chased the dogs away from him,” said Pol Maj Sanit Nookong of Wichit police.

Although the attack took place 20 days ago, Mr Tiarasak’s mother Benjarat did not report it initially to the police because she believed the dogs’ owner would pay for her son’s medical treatment. When he refused to do so, she went to the police.

“[My son] has already spent 20 days in Bangkok Hospital Phuket and may be released in the next two or three days as his wounds on arms and chest are getting better now,” Mrs Benjarat told The Phuket News.

However, she said that doctors were concerned about large wounds on both his legs. If these healed, they had said, he would be discharged, but if not, then he would need skin grafts.

“Both of his legs have big wounds. He lost quite a lot of skin so we have to see whether the skin will grow back or not,” she explained.

“So far treatment has cost B700,000 and there will be more bills, but the dogs’ owner has refused to pay anything.”

When Mrs Benjarat went to Wichit Police Station yesterday (February 25) she took with her pictures of her son’s injuries and the hospital bills.

“She reported the dogs’ owner for ‘having in his care a ferocious or vicious animal, allowing it to wander about alone in a manner likely to cause injury to a person’,” Maj Sanit said.

“Up to now she and the owner have been unable to come to an agreement on compensation.”
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Violent Pit bull kills couple’s dog, injures another

A loose pit bull was shot and killed by a Prince George’s County officer Tuesday after police received several calls for help to restrain the dog.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Lorring Drive in District Heights, police responded to an “aggressive dog” call at an apartment complex, said Lt. Bill Alexander, a county police spokesman.

Alexander said the call was made by apartment management at Doral Terrace Apartments on Lorring Drive, when a representative told police there was an aggressive dog that was charging at the apartment’s security officers.

“A school bus was either there or imminently arriving, so they wanted to ensure the school kids’ safety,” Alexander said.

The two security guards were unarmed and were attempting to corral the dog.

After the police officer arrived, the dog aggressively charged toward the security guards and the officer, so the officer fired his gun, Alexander said. He said the dog died from a gunshot wound on the scene.

Police do not yet know the dog’s owner, Alexander said.

“The investigation is still ongoing and ultimately the owner could be charged if they are identified,” he said.

According to police officials, officers added animal-restraint training to their in-service training classes in May 2012. Additionally, the department received 75 animal-restraint poles, one for each squad.

Alexander said the responding officer was not equipped with one of the 4-foot metal restraint poles and he did not know if the officer had completed the “Dealing with Aggressive Animals” course yet as part of annual in-service training.

The course came about when the department decided to promote non-lethal tactics to handle aggressive animals, in part, after a settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by Berwyn Heights mayor Cheye Calvo to the county.

Calvo’s home was raided by a county SWAT team in July 2008, after a package of marijuana was mailed to his home to be intercepted in a smuggling operation in which Calvo and his family were later cleared of any involvement. Calvo, who was never charged, said SWAT team members entered his home and shot his two dogs, Chase and Payton.

“This underscores the need to get training for as many officers as possible,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve never been one to say lethal force is never an option, but I would question if there was an actual threat or were other options available. Sometimes lethal force is necessary, the question is if there was another option.”

The unnamed officer in Tuesday’s incident has not been suspended but will face a discharge of firearms investigation, a standard procedure for anytime an officer fires their service weapon, Alexander said.

“All evidence has so far suggested that the officer was not at fault,” he said.

A representative at Doral Terrace declined to comment.

LET THE KILLER LOOSE – Vicious dog beats death sentence in SF

Charlie the pit bull will live, just not with his former owner.

San Francisco officials had sentenced the American Staffordshire terrier pit bull to be euthanized after an unprovoked attack on a U.S. Park Police horse the dog chased for almost 2 miles through the Presidio in August, biting it 10 times.

But after a battle in court and online by owner David Gizzarelli, San Francisco officials and Gizzarelli have agreed to a settlement. Gizzarelli will relinquish ownership in exchange for San Francisco Animal Care and Control not putting Charlie to death. Instead, the dog will be placed with “a qualified third-party rehabilitation center or sanctuary.”

As part of the deal, Gizzarelli agreed to have no direct or indirect contact with Charlie’s to-be-determined guardian. He will get quarterly updates on the dog. Gizzarelli also agreed to drop his lawsuit against the city.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera praised the settlement as “a fair and humane resolution that offers Charlie a chance at redemption while also protecting public safety.”

Gizzarelli pursued the case through three different state and federal courts and started an online petition that drew more than 113,000 signatories and raised an undisclosed amount of money. He could not be reached late Friday for comment.

“David made the really, really tough decision to concentrate on Charlie, not on his own rights,” said Gizzarelli’s attorney, John Mounier. “Even though David loses him, Charlie is going to live.”

That wasn’t going to be the case earlier, after Charlie, off-leash and without a collar at Crissy Field, attacked a horse named Stoney being ridden by Officer Eric Evans.

According to the findings from an Aug. 23 hearing, Charlie charged the horse, attempted to bite Evans on the leg, then bit the horse’s left front leg.

Evans was thrown from the horse and knocked unconscious, suffering a concussion and shoulder injury. Charlie then chased and attacked Stoney, leaving bite wounds and bleeding gashes on the horse’s legs, thighs and stomach.

A San Francisco Police Department review determined Charlie was a vicious and dangerous dog, and he was ordered euthanized.

John Coté is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: jcote@sfchronicle.com

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Vicious-dog-beats-death-sentence-in-SF-4188223.php#ixzz2HnxujNhJ

Pit bull owners are more likely to be criminals

A 2006 study by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence concluded that owners of dangerous dogs were more likely to be criminals. “Findings suggest that the ownership of a high-risk (“vicious”) dog can be a significant marker for general deviance and should be an element considered when assessing risk for child endangerment.”

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.