Wednesday, June 25, 2008
UPDATE: As the citizens of Omaha remain in shock, the victims names are being released. 15-month old Charlotte Blevins suffered the most serious injures -- she is currently undergoing surgery to have her scalp reattached. A witness to the attack, Stephan Ray, said the baby was, "Bloody and bald. I took a wet towel and wrapped it around her head like a turban,"
The toddler's mother, 29-year-old Wendy Blevins, was bit by the dog after she tried to get between the animal and her toddler to save the child's life. Ray said that the mother bent over her baby and when she did, the dog grabbed the baby by the head and yanked her out of the wagon. Witnesses said the whole attack happened in less than 30 seconds.
Please take a moment to realize that hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs were incurred in this brief time.The witness said the dog's owner, Tina Agerson, tried to restrain the 2-year-old pit bull, named Duke, but the dog continued to attack. One mother sustained bites to her neck, the other mother, received bites to her hand. Agerson said she was walking her dog when he "escaped" the leash. She said the mother blocked her as she tried to pull her dog off the children.
It's never too soon for a pit bull owner to blame a victim, particularly upon just witnessing her dog tear the scalp off a child.Mark Langan, of the Nebraska Humane Society, said the owner was ticketed on suspicion of harboring a dangerous animal. He said more charges may be pending. Langan said the dog will be held for 10 days and will be put to sleep. He added that the "cloth leash" being used by Agerson was not sufficient to restrain the dog. Newsflash to Langan: Pits snap chains all the time.
Both children in the wagon, and their mothers were hurt. The other mother and child are identified as 30-year-old Carley Spring and her 17-month-old son, Cade. All the dog bite victims, except Charlotte, were treated for their injuries and released from the hospital. Just a block away from this horrific scene, another pit bull attacked a 12-year-old boy, biting him on the arm.
The pit bull must have of heard the commotion and flipped into "fight mode."
06/25/08: Dog Slipped Out of Collar to Attack
In a story that continues to worsen, the pit bull was being walked by its owner when it "slipped out" of its collar to attack. Both babies were sitting in a wagon being pulled by a mother at the time. In an injury that mirrors many other pit bull injuries, the dog clamped onto the baby's scalp, yanked the child out of the wagon and ripped off the scalp.
Scalp injuries of this nature result in lifelong scaring and require hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.Despite the pit bull owner's efforts to restrain the dog, the animal continued to attack. At least three people were sent to emergency care. Authorities say charges against the dog owner are pending. They do not mention that at least one of the babies is looking at 10 years of surgery. One thing is certain; it’s doubtful the pit bull owner insured the dog. He or she won't pay a dime in medical care.
06/25/08: Pit Bull Tears Off Baby's Scalp
Omaha, NE - In a developing case, two mothers and two babies were attacked by a pit bull. In classic, horrific pit bull injury form, one of the baby's had its scalp torn off. First responders were sent to the area, just south of downtown, around 3:30 p.m. The two women and children were walking past a yard when a loose pit bull suddenly attacked them.
Stephan Ray witnessed the attack and said, "I ran into my house with the babies and the ladies in my kitchen here and started administering first aid to 'em. The baby didn't have any scalp and no hair." The one baby, a girl, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The two mothers are in serious condition. The other baby was not injured. The dog was later captured.
06/03/08: Elderly Man Attacked by Pit Bulls Lucky to Be Alive
05/16/08: Pit Bull Breaks Free from Leash, Attacks Woman
Please donate to support our work
DogsBite.org is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity organization. Learn more »
| 6/25/2008 8:11 PM |
Watch the video...the man who tried to help, who grabbed the kids and took them and the moms into his house, is traumatized. He is crying...the newsman even asks him if he is OK. I can only imagine what he witnessed.
Read the comments....the mailman who delivers on this route, and another neighbor, are swearing up and down that the dog was a really nice dog. So how can the public trust all the testimony of all the pit bull owners who claim their dog is a really nice dog? Some of the worst mauling cases involve dogs whose owners and family swear the dog was great.
| 6/25/2008 11:17 PM |
Pit bull’s owner: “And I went to try to grab my dog, and the lady kept pushing me out of the way so I can’t get to my dog.”
Apparently one of the victims kept pushing her out of the way, the way she sees it. She tried to stop the attack, but it’s the victims fault for pushing her out of the way.
Makes perfect sense to accuse someone whose child is being shaken by the head, to accuse the mother who is also being bitten on the neck, of getting in the way, doesn’t it? The victim totally prevented the pit bull owner from saving the day and becoming the neighborhood hero!
B.S. Lock this inbred b***h up! Seize and liquidate their assets! Garnish their wages for life! Kill that ugly, piece of crap, ‘Duke!’ Regulate their numbers to ZERO!
| 6/26/2008 8:22 AM |
I think I read that she had a "beware of Dog" sign on the property...this would mean, legally, that she was aware that the dog was dangerous. I pray she goes to prison for this, I really do.
Also, notice that she expresses NO remorse....immediately blames the VICTIM, for being in her way. Its really obvious that pit bull owners are missing a few screws...they are sociopaths and misanthropes.
| 6/26/2008 3:50 PM |
Hello, just want to relay my horror to read what happened. My family just narrowly missed a tragic event like this, three pitbulls broke through my in-laws fence and my mother in law grabbed my baby and ran into the house as the dogs charged the sliding glass door (as it was shutting). We were extremly lucky, I decided to go all the way with whatever rights I did or did not have, such as city, county, owner of the rental property (the tenant, neighbor of the three pitbulls was in love with his dogs so he was of no use to me) by the way this was in San Bernardino County (Highland) California. The dog owner is now down to one dog that is kept in the house, we are keeping a close watch, any aggresive incident within a 36 month time frame is considered a second call and the dog will be impounded and a hearing set (I will not lose I am determined) I will not stop. Why is it that states like California do not allow their local agencies to set breed specific /dangerous breed ordinances/laws. To others, I knew this was going to happen I warned the tenant of what I would do, he did not believe me, he is living in lock down now, with weekly visits by all agencies. Hit the county, hit the City Council, Hit the sheriff do not stop, Hit the owner of rentals that harbor these animals with all available info. on liability, give them police reports. I found the tenants lease stated no dogs, now to get the owner of the property to enforce (lawsuits are scary to owners of rentals as insurance companies will not insure/protect/ assume liability for dangerous breeds) my next step.Please post my comments wherever they may help others. Although I am not yet 100% successful, I am heading in the right direction.
| 6/29/2008 9:36 PM |
The pit bull problem is national and it's not going away. Many pit bull attacks are on their owner and I'm just sorry Duke missed his keeper. Omaha get on the stick and spay and neuter these dogs out. One bite from these dogs is horrific. Omaha needs some leadership!
| 8/16/2008 10:55 AM |
In the last 4 weeks my dog and I have been attacked by pit bulls 3 times while walking. The first time I was able to prevent the dog from harming my dog, the second time my dog received pretty serious injury and the third time was three doors down from my home, she had a cone on her head. I started taking her to a park to walk her as a cop suggested and someone released two pits "because they needed to run". I barely had my dog back in the car when they were upon me. I ended up on the roof of my car. In not one of the attacks did the dog make a sound before attacking us.