Tuesday, June 3, 2008
UPDATE 06/03/08: Esmeralda Alvarado, 19, who's pit bulls attacked a 75-year-old man, was sentenced to one year of probation and a $2,200 fine. In March, her two pit bulls viciously attacked Hopeton Hewett. He suffered a sprained back and severe bites on one arm. The article does not mention restitution. DogsBite.org can't imagine his injuries cost less than $50,000.
03/31/08: Dog Attack Renews Debate
After Hopeton Hewett was attacked by two pit bulls unprovoked on his own property, the pit bull debate resurfaced in Omaha. The news agency reporting the incident, WOWT.com, had a reliable source on hand. Nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa, has had a successful pit bull ban in place for three years. City council member Lynne Branigan says:
"The number of incidents that have been reported have been almost zero, since the ban has been in place."More precisely, after 1 year of the ban, the number of pit bull bites dropped by more than 50%, the subsequent year, another 50% and yet another 50% by the third year. Since the ban was instituted January 1, 2005, the percentage of bite bull bites dropped from 23% to 10% in 2005, 5% in 2006 and 2% in 2007. Branigan encourages Omaha city council to look at a similar measure, which would prevent an attack like Hopeton Hewett suffered.
03/27/08: Hopeton Hewett, 75, Attacked by Two Pit Bulls
Esmeralda Alvarado said she does not know how two of her pit bulls escaped from her home, who proceeded to hunt down and attack a 75-year-old neighbor before one of the dogs was shot and killed by police.
Hopeton Hewett was taken in serious condition to a hospital, where he was treated and released. A police officer later shot and killed one dog as it charged a Nebraska Humane Society officer. Animal control ticketed Alvarado on suspicion of two counts of harboring a dangerous animal.
"I don't even understand how they got out in the first place," 19-year-old Alvarado said as tears filled her eyes. "I don't know."Hewett was walking outside when the attack occurred. He heard a noise behind him, when he turned, two black pit bulls jumped him and drug him to the ground. One dog chomped on Hewett's left forearm, leaving a deep bite wound.
03/27/08: Man Attacked By Two Pit Bulls
Omaha, NE - In a developing story, a man was attacked by two pit bulls at 38th and Corby Wednesday afternoon. A neighbor tells Channel 6 News the victim is 76-year-old H. Hewitt and that he was bitten on the arm and dragged by the dogs. His condition has not been disclosed.
"He said the dogs got me, the dogs got me," says Carolyn Walker. "I didn't understand at first, then I see he's bleeding all over."An Omaha Police officer shot and killed one of the pit bulls. The other was last seen in a nearby wooded area, which was checked for several hours before authorities called off the search. It will be periodically searched.
05/25/08: Senior Citizens: Most US Policymakers Do Not Care if You Are Mauled...
05/14/08: 76-Year Old Woman Taking Out Trash Attacked by 3 Pit Bulls
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| 3/27/2008 8:25 PM |
"I don't even understand how they got out in the first place," 19-year-old Alvarado said as tears filled her eyes. "I don't know."
Hey Einstein, I think that open window might provide a clue!
| 3/28/2008 8:53 AM |
thanks for the link, very interesting, especially in light of the fact that at least three native spanish breeds are missing from this list.
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makes me wonder about spain's motives for regulating potentially dangerous foreign breeds.
| 6/04/2008 8:48 AM |
Update on story http://www.kplctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8420706
More than a week ago, Richard Woods was left for dead after being mauled by two pit bulls. Tonight, he's out of the hospital, just as the dogs are found.
The former owner of the pit bulls, Davin Fontenot, was arrested last night for an unrelated matter and when he told Jeff Davis Sheriff's deputies where to find the dogs. That lead them to Iowa, where a man claimed to have bought the dogs. No matter where they ended up the victim here stresses he's just glad to see they're found, and can't strike again.
Walking around for the first time in a week and a half, Richard Woods has come a long way in overcoming some serious injuries.
"They did a great job fixing my left eye," he says.
Although he's out of the hospital, Woods is still facing a tough mental recovery from the attack that almost claimed his life.
"The pressure now is that I do carpenter work, and being that I'm missing 30 percent of my bicep, I'm kind of worried really, about bills and all that, but I guess I'll leave it in the Lord's hands," he says.
The future of the dogs is much simpler. They remain at Calcasieu Parish Animal Services until they can be destroyed. Diana Morales has been with Animal Services for 20 years, and says this attack is among the most vicious she's ever seen.
"To think this man tried to get away, and then was attacked again I don't think I've ever heard of anything like that. I just thank God it wasn't a fatality," Morales says.
Woods says the knowledge that the dogs won't have the chance to attack again gives him peace of mind.
"I'm just happy they were caught so it can't happen to someone else again," Woods says.
the dogs will remain in quarantine for the next three days before they're destroyed. Diana Morales explains that's a standard procedure, to make sure the dogs don't have rabies.