Tuesday, September 2, 2008
UPDATE 09/02/08: Cameron may come home from the hospital soon. He has been recovering at the hospital since the attack. The incident occurred at April Stowe's home. Cameron's mother had stopped by with her son to visit Stowe when the dog suddenly attacked the boy. Stowe said her boyfriend owned the pit bull. She said the dog was always chained up, but his collar had broken.
The pit bull’s bite punctured the boy’s right femoral artery. "His jaws locked," Stowe said. "Somehow, she (the boy’s mother) kicked the dog in the nose and that made him let go." Sheriff’s deputies had to shoot the dog eight times to stop the animal. Stowe, who has two young children of her own, said she would never have another pit bull in her home again.
"It was so easy how he snapped," Stowe said.08/23/08: Pit Bull Attacks Young Child
Oconee County, SC - A 4-year-old boy was in serious condition at a local hospital on Saturday after being attacked by a pit bull. Paramedics said the dog was so aggressive that he even tried to bite the rescue workers. Cameron Salinas was attacked at a home in a rural part of the county. He and his mother were visiting April Stowe, the dog owner, at the time.
Blood covered Stowe's porch, where both women struggled to get the boy to safety. Salinas suffered bites to the thigh, backside and leg, where a major artery was severed. "Honestly, I thought the dog had done got him," Stowe said. "It scared me. I thought, from what I seen, I thought he'd done lost too much blood." Stowe was fined more than $1,200.
Deputies shot the dog eight times before killing it.
In other news:Four-Year Old Injured While Visiting Friends
Elizabethton, TN - In a similar attack, a 4-year old girl was bitten by a pit bull causing severe injuries to her face and neck which required plastic surgery. Carter County Sheriff’s Lt. Patrick Johnson said the girl was in the care of her aunt, April Patterson, at the time of the attack. Patterson took the girl to the residence of Donna Hudson and Derrick Presnell for a visit.
Johnson said, "Patterson said she had gotten her niece out of the car and was taking her up to the porch when the dog came out of the residence and knocked the girl to the ground and attacked her." The owners of the dog said it had never been aggressive toward children in the past. They told Johnson the dog was up to date on its shots, but could not provide records.
Omaha Police Firing on Pit Bulls
Omaha, NE - Omaha police say they have shot 39 dogs since 2007. Of those, 32 were pit bulls and one was a pit bull mix. Currently, a woman is suing the city for $250,000 because police killed her pit bull. Colleen M. Carroll recently filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the city and two police officers of violating her Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure as a property and pet owner.
Argument Activates Flip Switch
Scottsbluff, NE - Arguing and shouts can flip a pit bull into fight mode. There has been another example of this. Scottsbluff police shot and killed a pit bull after it mauled a woman and her daughter in the family's home. Police said the dog attacked Poster and her 16-year-old daughter, Tiffani Bowkett, when they started arguing. Both Poster and Bowkett suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital.
08/04/08: Triggers: What Prompts a Pit Bull to Attack?
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org
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| 9/03/2008 2:15 AM |
My extra-small cocker spaniel and I rented a room "sight unseen" because it was clear over in another city and I felt I "hit it off" with my roommate really well. She told me she had "two puppies" and since my spaniel is very well socialized to other dogs and cats and kids, I never forsaw a problem. Those "two puppies" turned out to be teenage pit bulls; one a male and one a female. They were huge, and along with their very defensive owner, who kept blaming me for "having to hit them with a belt" - actually she blamed me for EVERYTHING. We became prisoners in our room. Every time I tried to take my cocker out to relieve herself, the two pits were there, biting at her, clawing her hard, and clawing me hard on my arms and feet. With their powerful heads, they would push past my strength to keep them out of my room and there they gorged themselves on my spaniels' food and ate my expensive dental partial plate.
One night, I thought the owner was gone and had locked the pits in her room, so I let my spaniel out back to sniff around for the first time. Immediately the two pits charged us, and I lifted my spaniel above my head and tried to make it back to my room, but the dogs had literally clawed me all the way down from my neck to my legs, until the scratches stung and bled. (I didn't know you aren't supposed to show fear, I just wanted to get in my room).At the same time, they bit and bit my little cocker, pulling the skin away from her bone because that was all they could reach above my head.
I was hysterical, I admit, and called the police. I was terrified and hurting and bleeding. The police in Citrus Heights, California, would NOT file a report because they said I didn't have a big bite/open wound. They saw the scratches on me, but I guess the flesh wasn't opened enough in their opinion. I figured then, it was probably fruitless to go to a doctor as well, so I used first aide on myself.
The abuse was constant. I would go into the kitchen to get my insulin, and the husky male pit would dig and claw at my feet. (It is summer and so everyone is wearing sandals; why should I have to wear heavy boots in the summer?)
I continued on like this, in our terrified, miserable existance because I couldn't move out until I got paid.
Finally tomorrow I get to move out, but have to put my furniture in storage and just GET AWAY. The landlord says I owe her some money and she has been threatening me saying, "I will hurt you." But I have no witnesses so the police aren't going to do anything. The police look upon a renter as a discredited "transient" and so they tend to be on the landlord's side.
As I sit here and write this tonight, locked in my tiny room as usual, I'm nursing another bleeding scratch on my arm.
I have been blamed for everything in the world wrong. My roommates says "this is all my fault because I won't let my dog socialize" with her dogs. Well, when I first moved in, we tried that. They piled on top of my tender, timid dog, hurt her so bad with her claws. She is so stressed that I barely recognized my own dog now. She looks at the door in fear that one of the pits will come in. And I know that had I did not leave now, when those dogs were adults, they would have found a way to kill my cocker spaniel. In the very least.