Saturday, July 19, 2008
Mayfair, CA - Last week, a Fresno County mail carrier was attacked by four pit bulls. Had Tyler's law been properly enforced, this attack might have been avoided. Tyler's law resulted from a dog attack that killed a 6-year old boy. Tyler Babcock was violently struck down by a pair of pit bulls that had a history of being vicious. Tyler's law was designed to stop dogs from attacking more than once.
Before the loose pit bulls surrounded and attacked the postal carrier, the same dogs were involved in a series of attacks. Earlier in the month, the dogs intimidated a 77-year old woman. A neighbor said she thinks the woman is partially blind. Fortunately, the dogs didn't actually bite her. She had a cane and managed to fend them off. Someone heard her yelling and stepped into help as well.
Fresno police, Fresno County sheriff's deputies, and the SPCA all responded to the incident. Ten days later, the same dogs killed a neighbor's puppy, which brought a deputy and an SPCA officer out to the house. Deputies said the SPCA was ready to seize the dogs until the owner locked himself in the house. Officials never did seize the dangerous dogs. A few days later, the same dogs attacked the postal carrier.
Chrystal Babcock, the mother of Tyler, said history is repeating itself, despite the law she pushed so hard to pass. The same dogs that killed Tyler had caused problems before, but there had been a dispute about who was supposed to take action. Did it fall into the hands of the Sheriff's Department or the SPCA? "My son should've never died," she said. "These situations should be taken care of immediately."
Tyler's law was supposed to resolve issues of jurisdiction. That's why the failure to stop these attacks frustrates Babcock. "Because it shouldn't happen," she said. "Why did we change the laws if they're still not working?" Two of the dogs involved in the mail carrier's attack were euthanized by the SPCA. Investigators can't find the other two. Agencies involved say "low staffing" issues are to blame.
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| 7/19/2008 10:49 PM |
"Deputies said the SPCA was ready to seize the dogs until the owner locked himself in the house."
Huh? And then it was over? Just lock the door and they'll go away? The deputy too?
Note to criminals: It's --->Fresno<--- California. So long as you can get inside your door and can lock it, you're good to go! Why bother with some place like Sacramento or Stockton, where if you try that crap you'll be surrounded and gassed out?
F R E S N O .. Use Mapquest.com
| 7/20/2008 3:09 AM |
Animal Control is an absolute zero accountability profession in most places. These folks were probably training Pit Bulls as therapy dogs instead of getting this mauler out of the community.
Time for Lawsuits to make them reform!
| 7/24/2008 3:26 AM |
Unfortunately, It is not just Fresno it's all of California. Owners with dogs that are not docile are now prevented from chaining their dogs for the safety of others and to keep the dogs from leaving their property. California passed a law that prohibits the restraint of a dog for more than 3 hours in any 24 hour period. If your dog is chained up for more than 3 hours you are fined and your dog may be taken from you in a cruelty to animals case. How are dog owners supposed to keep an animal in their yard that is known for digging under a fence or jumping over a fence to escape. It is also more common for a more aggressive dog to try to escape their yard. Also a dog that is not raised in a loving and affectionate home is more prone to violence. It is not the breed that is the problem, it is usually the owners. And now California has made it easier for these dogs to escape and harm other, no chain no restraint. These dogs should never have been allowed to attack again after their first attacks, but they may never have had the chance to attack if the Law allowed them to be restrained in the first place. And if the dogs broke the law then the police or in this case the sheriff's department should have enough probable cause to bust open the door. What a bunch of crap that the owners can lock out the police when a crime was committed. That Mail carrier is my friend and I hope she sues the pants off of the county for allowing her attack to take place in the first place, by not being responsible for the dogs that already were allowed to kill and attack others the county/sheriffs allowed her to be their next victim. She should have a case against the State for making it against the law to restrain your dogs, thus allowing more of these incidents to take place every day.
| 10/31/2009 10:26 AM |
Looks like they are seizing dangerous dogs more readily now. Then the owners just go out and buy new ones:
October 30, 2009 -- "The Central Valley S.P.C.A. animal control claims it is seizing more and more dangerous dogs as of late. One Fresno family keeps popping up on radar as repeat offenders. One animal control officer says he has responded to six dangerous animal seizures in the last two months. Of those one family can no longer own pit bulls. Three weeks ago animal control, armed with a warrant, removed the pit bull that lived at the Gaitan house. To date, this is their third pit bull to be seized and euthanized."