Tuesday, November 25, 2008
UPDATE 11/25/08: It's been two weeks since 8-year old Tyler Owens was attacked by his neighbor's unleashed pit bull. St. Clair County Animal Services held the dog in quarantine for 10 days and released the dog back to its owner, Jesse Sellers. Prior to attacking Owens, the dog did not have a history of aggression. So authorities returned the animal -- who now does have a documented history of aggression -- to its owner so that the animal can attack again.
Sellers, has been given a court date of Dec. 31. Sellers was cited for failing to contain a dangerous dog with a leash. We believe this violation is a $50 fine.
11/14/08: $50 Ticket After Facial Mauling
Carondelet, IL - Charges were filed Wednesday against a St. Clair County man after officers said his pit bull attacked a child. The attack happened Tuesday, but the dog was not picked up by animal control until Wednesday. The sheriff's deputy said that due to the holiday, they couldn't send out an animal control officer who would be on overtime. 42-year old Jesse Sellers was later charged with failure to contain a dangerous dog with a leash.
8-year old Tyler Owens had been playing outside at his grandmother's house. Nearby, Sellers had taken his pit bull outside without a leash. When Sellers stepped back into his house briefly to check on another dog, the pit bull spotted Tyler in the neighbor's yard and attacked the child. The boy's uncle, Leonard Norman, said he heard his nephew scream and ran outside to help, taking a baseball bat with him to fend off the attacking dog.
Owens was rushed to the hospital and released several hours later. He suffered puncture wounds to his face, head and back.Assuming this was the first or second offense for the dog owner, the St. Clair County ordinance, section 3-4-9 (Necessity of Leash for Dangerous Dog or Other Animal), states that a person who fails to contain a dangerous dog with a leash "shall be fined not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00). Third and subsequent offenses shall be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00)"
A pit bull can seriously injury 2 people in St. Clair County and only cost the dog owner $100 in fees. For another $200-500, the animal can attack a 3rd victim as well.
10/23/08: Man Bitten Over 50 Times by Attacking Pit Bull in Gastonia
07/27/08: In Parts of Pennsylvania, 3rd World Dog Licensing Fees
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| 11/15/2008 3:19 AM |
Any person who is the owner of a dog and who allows, suffers or permits such dog to run at large contrary to the provisions of this Section may be charged with a violation of this Section regardless of whether such owner’s dog was apprehended and impounded by the Administrator, and shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) nor more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00). (See ILCS 1992) (Ord. No. 94-449; 06-27-94)
A big problem with A/C laws is that fines and fees are set ridicilously low and rarely adjusted for inflation. That $50 set sixteen years ago has been eaten down to $33 bucks in 1992 dollars.
Oh well, they A/C department can just draw more from the General Fund!
| 11/15/2008 2:08 PM |
For as long as the authorities collude with the dog fighters and dangerous dog owners, these attacks and killings will continue.
In Indianapolis at a recent No Kill indoctrination meeting, Nathan Winograd (has Best Friends connections) said that no laws are needed for dogs, not even leash laws.
That's why the breeders and dangerous dog owners support Nathan Winograd and want him to "consult" for animal control and get his Best Friends people in there running animal control. He wants to make the breeders' and aggressive dog owners' activities easy!
And at least three people from Indianapolis Animal Control came to Winograd's meeting to hear things like this!
He's what an attendee had to say about Winograd's indoctrination speech "Nathan does not promote mandatory animal laws such as mandatory spay/neuter. He pointed out more than once, such laws never work and generally make kill rates go up. This includes licensing laws and leash laws. One study in San Francisco actually showed that the more off-leash dog parks there were the fewer incidents of dog bites were reported. We do not need laws to protect people from animals. We need low cost or no cost spay and neuter programs and vaccination programs and we need to let people have their pets and do stuff with them without fear of fines."
The "have their pets and do stuff with them without fear of fines" is the breeder lobby's interest channelled through Nathan Winograd's No Kill.
The pit bull breeders, puppy mill breeders, and the rest want NO regulation to interfere with their profits.
Again, ANIMAL CONTROL is going to Nathan Winograd No Kill indoctrination meetings and hearing this!
And for a taste of what Winograd No Kill is like, see http://www.packalies.org
Winograd consulted for Philadelphia (for $$$ of course) got Best Friends people in there to take over Animal Control (through this PACCA) and the taxpayers' three million dollars, and this is what they got.
Inculding handing out unaltered pit bulls to hoarders and who knows what.
He and his BF people got tossed out by Philadelphia authorities, who came to their senses.
But Winograd wants to take over an Animal Control department near you!
| 11/26/2008 3:42 AM |
Dog bite attorney Kenneth Phillips has written about this case in his victim blog. Not only does he talk about this case, he talks about the fatality of Jennifer Lowe.
Dog Bite Victim Log
A common, senseless mistake by animal control workers is to release dogs that have mauled people. These are dogs that have proven themselves and, often, their owners, of being unfit and untrustworthy. By releasing them back into the community, animal control workers act negligently and with conscious disregard for the safety of children and the public in general.
A current example of this can be read about here. A pit bull trespassed into a neighbor's yard and mauled an 8-year-old Illinois boy. The child had injuries on his head, eyes and back of his neck. Animal control picked up the dog, held him for 10 days, and then gave him back to his owner. All the city workers were interested in was rabies.
Attorney Wayne A. Ritchie II and I have filed suit against animal control and law enforcement officials in Knoxville, TN, following the horrific death of Jennifer Lowe last November. The pit bulls that killed her had been declared dangerous by animal control, which was a good start. However, when officers saw -- with their own eyes -- that the dog owner was allowing the dogs to run at large, they did not impound the dogs or take action of any kind (other than to remind the owner that he was violating the law). The dogs brutally killed Jennifer days later.
Officials need to understand that releasing dangerous dogs is a bad example to dog owners (telling them that the animal control laws are a joke), and unacceptably risky to the public. Just as dog owners need to be held accountable, public officials also need to be held accountable. We are hoping to scare animal control departments into doing the right thing: take the bad dogs off our streets for good, not just for 10 days!
Excellent motto: "Take the bad dogs off our streets for good, not just for 10 days!"