Monday, July 28, 2008
UPDATE 07/28/08: The pit bull that attacked a woman Sunday in Itta Bena has escaped from the Leflore County Humane Society. According to the Greenwood Commonwealth, Martha LaVere, shelter director, said the dog "climbed out of one of the Ione Street facility’s 9-foot-high cages." After learning about the escape, the Leflore County Chancery Clerk, Sam Abraham, agreed to donate two secure cages that can hold these types of dogs.
The pit bull that attacked a woman Sunday in Itta Bena has escaped from the Leflore County Humane Society.07/24/08: Pit Bull Snaps Chain, Attacks
Martha LaVere, shelter director, said the dog climbed out of one of the Ione Street facility’s 9-foot-high cages on Tuesday.
"Unfortunately, we don’t have cages that hold these vicious dogs," LaVere said. (Charlie Smith, Greenwood Commonwealth)
Itta Bena, MS - Becky Lee Grimes was attacked as she walked through a shortcut behind a home. According to Itta Bena police, the victim required 1,600 stitches. Officer John Washington responded to the call. He said, "[The dog] did major damage." When officers arrived, the brown and white dog was on the screened-in porch at the front of the home. Officers stayed at the house for about three hours trying to capture the animal.
A pit bull bite to the right leg of a woman in Itta Bena on Sunday afternoon required 1,600 stitches to close, according to Itta Bena Police.Related articles:
"He did major damage," said John Washington, the officer who responded to the call. "Bit almost to the bone." (Charlie Smith, Greenwood Commonwealth)
05/16/08: Pit Bull Breaks Free from Leash, Attacks Woman
05/07/08: Pit Bull Busts Chain, Attacks Boy, Drags into Bushes
04/07/08: Banned Pit Bull Breaks Chain, Attacks Children
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| 7/24/2008 2:37 AM |
I don't understand the Chief's comments...What the heck does a "leash law" have to do with a yard ornament Pit Bull breaking a chain? Doesn't the Chief know Pit Bulls are 14 times more likely to break containment and attack?!
It's time for irresponsible owners to be financially responsible for first responder time. In this case the owner is looking at a measley $100 fine..less than a speeding ticket in most places.
Perhaps if they spent the next year performing community service repaying the $ Thousands in law enforcemnt time, folks would be more careful.
Of course, these perps are also on the hook for the victim's medical bills. Sounds like it will be the classic blood from a turnip scenario.
| 7/24/2008 7:55 AM |
What does he mean they are "now" going to start inforcing the leash law?
I saw a guy walking his pit bull up by our hospital yesterday, with no leash, the dog didn't even have a collar on. A leash law doesn't mean anything to people like this.
| 7/24/2008 8:56 AM |
Containment laws have no effect on pit bull attacks....the majority of attacks occur in areas with leash laws. Most municipalities don't have the money to have an AC person on every street corner, armed with a gun and a catch pole; when you call to report a wandering dog, the dog is usually long gone by the time AC gets there. Our AC has to prioritize, and priority goes to emergency situations, like abuse cases, or a dog that has been injured, (hit by a car, etc.)
It seems like, in the majority of pit bull attack cases, the dogs break/escape confinement to attack. Mandating leash laws won't prevent the situation where the dog slips out the front door while the owner was bringing in groceries, digs under the fence, breaks the chain, climbs over the fence, busts through the screen window, etc.
Ironically, antitethering laws are not supported by Bad Rap, who approves keeping "outside dogs" on a "cable tie out". They are no supported by Diane Jessup, or the ADBA, the most common pit bull registry.
| 7/24/2008 7:00 PM |
The pit bull in this story has escaped from the Humane Society and is *Once Again At Large.* http://gwcommonwealth.com/articles/2008/07/24/news/top_stories/news03.txt
This place just doesn't get the whole pit bull problem. Not only were they barking up the wrong tree yammering about enforcing leash laws, but they have no idea how to contain a pit bull at the humane society.
And I have a little difficulty accepting this ESCAPE story as wholly credible. I'm thinking the dog was stolen from the shelter, maybe even by a pit bull rescuer. Now they have victims who may need the rabies series because of their blunder, not to mention the prospect of more victims of attack. They should have killed the dog on day one and sent the head away.
State police should step in and review the matter. This is far too serious to trivialize or dismiss. There’s something rotten in Leflore County.
| 7/25/2008 4:39 AM |
Sounds like Leflore County was negligent in this animal control failure, much in the same way a zoo would be on the hook if a tiger escaped.
I wish the victim a speedy recovery and godspeed in pursuing a million dollar judgement against the county. Perhaps it will teach them to take these vital public safety matters more seriously in the future.
| 7/29/2008 6:07 PM |
On July 29, 2008 the Leflore County Board of Supervisors voted for and enacted a pit bull ordinance. The ordinance regulates pit bull ownership and keeping of pit bulls. It requires every pit bull to be registered with the county and to be spayed or neutered prior to registration. It also regulates the way pit bulls may be kept, requiring pit bulls to be kept in a very specific type of pen with a concrete floor. We who live and work in Leflore County applaud their efforts. For the law to work, the public must help by notifying law enforcement of pit bulls owners who are not in compliance with the ordinance. Law enforcement alone cannot stop this tide. It will take envolvement by the entire community.