Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Staten Island, NY - On July 1st, Henry Piotrowski was brutally attacked by two of his neighbor's pit bulls. Crime scene tape flowed, a LifeFlight helicopter hovered and many first responders gathered at the crime scene. Initially, Henry suffered an amputation to one leg. Within two days, it was reported that he might undergo additional amputations.
By July 13th, Henry was fighting for his life. As a World War II veteran, Henry had likely witnessed injury that most of us could not imagine. What Henry could not imagine, is that in his twilight years, he would be savagely attacked by two pit bulls because he stepped into his own backyard. By August 6th, it was reported that his eyes rarely opened, he needed a tracheotomy tube to breathe and a feeding tube for nourishment.
On August 17th, Henry Piotrowski died, 47 days after the attack.Currently, the Piotrowski family is suing the City of New York for 7 million dollars. The suit alleges that the city failed to take appropriate and adequate measures to control the vicious dogs, despite numerous complaints from neighbors and 311 and 911 calls about the animals. The family's lawyer, Micheal Gervasi, said, "It seems to us it was a danger that was known to the city," and no measures were taken to abate the danger.
DogsBite.org wholly agrees.
07/03/08: Coverage of the Henry Piotrowski Pit Bull Mauling
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| 8/19/2008 3:15 PM |
A veteran, one of the few remaining heroes of the greatest generation, who earned every day of his golden years - snuffed out by the ugliest, most disgraced breed on the planet.
May Henry rest in peace, may his family prevail in court, and may pit bulls be removed from the face of the earth.
| 8/19/2008 7:22 PM |
Every time I see an idiot walking one of these dogs I think, what a low life asshole.
Just today I learned there is a school bus stop on the corner from a pit bull that has already chased a mailman. The mailman mazed the dog several times and the dog chased him up into the yard across the street before it gave up. This all was witnessed by a State Policeman's wife. It's a rental property and the house is owned by one of the captains on the fire deptment. It seems like this couldn't be true, surely people like this would not allow this to continue. This is the way it is all accross the country.
The girl our Animal Shelter said " Pit bulls are wonderful dogs".
| 10/22/2009 5:27 PM |
October 22, 2009 -- NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man whose two pit bulls fatally mauled an elderly World War II veteran has pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge.
James McNair, who's 29, entered the plea on Thursday in Staten Island state Supreme Court. District Attorney Daniel Donovan says McNair will be sentenced on Nov. 6 to three years in prison and five years supervised parole.