Monday, February 23, 2009
UPDATE 06/24/09: Authorities have charged the mother of Dalton Mathis, Jennifer Lynn Higdon (formerly identified as Jennifer Roberts), with felony child abuse after Dalton was nearly killed in a dog attack. Jennifer was also charged in an unrelated matter with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child involving a juvenile boy. Prior to these charges, she was already in custody on an incest charge for an alleged incident last month. Her total bond is $100,000.
02/22/09: Injuries Suffered Described
A subsequent update by the same newspaper reported that the young boy suffered 60 bites to his neck, throat and face and can't talk because of a punctured voice box. According to Dalton's mother, Jennifer Roberts, Dalton arrived home from school Thursday, dropped off his book bag and went back outside before Cross, a 100-pound shar-pei-chow mix, attacked him. She said the dog had broken free from its chain.
The boy can't speak but his mother said she asked Dalton if he was now afraid of dogs, and he shook his head, "No."It's unclear why she would ask her son this question in the wake of a terrifying attack that left his face and neck severely injured. Without the immediate intervention of law enforcement officers, Dalton would have been killed. We pray that this young boy is not allowed to remain under the care of Roberts or that he is returned to the dog owner's home of Carolyn Higdon, where Roberts and her family had been living on and off for the past year.
02/21/09: Boy Still in Critical Condition
More information has been released. According to the 911 caller, "her parents had gone to pay a power bill when the attack occurred." Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe said the dog looked like a St. Bernard-mix, while animal control officers said the dog appeared to be a shar pei-mix. Charles Stephens, the animal control director, said the dog was unchained at the time of the attack, though it looked like it had been chained in the past.
The shar pei is a Chinese fighting dog. Pet Finder shows "shar pei mixes" from the region of the attack: shar pei-mix, shar pei-mix, shar pei-pit bull mix, shar pei-chow mix, shar pei-American bulldog mix.
02/20/09: Owner Has Cruelty Record
Jackson County, NC - In a developing story, a 7-year old boy remains in critical condition at Mission Hospital after being mauled and dragged by a dog -- a separate article calls the animal a "mixed-breed." The incident happened at a home on Pumpkintown Road Thursday night. It is now Friday night and the breed of dog has yet to be named. The sister of 7-year old Dalton Mathis made the frantic call to 911 while the boy was being attacked.
News reporters have learned that the owner of the dog, Carolyn Higdon, was found guilty of animal cruelty back in 2002 and ordered not to own any animals for at least two years. Thursday night, there were several dogs on her property chained up -- two of which appear to be pit bull-mixes. Please watch the video to learn more. Currently, the Department of Social Services and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office continue their investigation.
The dog continued to be violent after police officers pulled it off the child. The officers were forced to shoot and kill the animal.
01/21/09: 2009 Fatality: Brianna Shanor, 8-Years Old, Killed by Chained Dog in Hanover
10/06/08: "Mixed Breed," a Typical Animal Agency Cover Up for a Pit Bull?
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| 2/21/2009 4:52 AM |
Lemme guess...This dysfunctional dogyard operator had no liability insurance on her chained beasts...
I'm becoming more and more infavor of constructing giant treadmills in prison. We can chain these dog perps to them 14 hours a day generating electricity to pay medical bills.
| 2/21/2009 10:41 AM |
Again, chained dogs
Dogs that are too agreessive to be in the home or with people go on the chains
Chains break, collar slips, and death or destruction ensue
If a dog is too aggressive to be in the home, then the dog can't stay. Chaining isn't the answer.
| 2/22/2009 1:55 PM |
In Indiana, boneheads like this http://www.theheraldbulletin.com/peopleandplaces/local_story_052205102.html are promoting pit bulls and giving them to the public in Animal Control!
| 2/22/2009 7:42 PM |
The Wikipedia entry is interesting:
"Up until the introduction of Breed Specific Legislation, designed to target breeds alleged to be "more likely" to attack and largely aimed at criminalising the American Pit Bull-Terrier Shar Pei were regarded as a breed designed, bred and selected for dog-fighting, after the introduction of various BS legislation, many breeders started to deny the fighting ancestry and concocted fanciful tales of a hunting heritage. It is worth mentioning that the Chinese and Taiwanese still regard the Shar Pei as a dog-fighting breed, although the prohibitive cost of the breed has done much to discourage such abuse."
| 2/22/2009 10:20 PM |
I rarely hear about shar pei attacking people, they were originally bred for fighting, but I think its been many years since aggression was a desirable trait in their breed. How often do you hear about fighting rings with shar pei in the U.S., I don't think I ever have. Breeding for aggression in pit bulls has never ended, if it had 50 years ago, I think they might've had a chance.
| 2/23/2009 2:00 AM |
The sharps are fairly uncommon (low population) and the pure breds are expensive. People that want dangerous, guard or fighting dogs, will intentionally cross the sharp with a pit bull...
Although it is equally a product of the West as it is of the East, the Shar Pei's highly romanticized history and supposed ancient origin have been promoted and accepted for many years by its fanciers, but in reality the breed was developed from either the early Chow Chow or their common progenitor and other Asian Molossers as a fighting dog, a much different breed than it is today, both in appearance and personality. Originally a highly athletic and tenacious dog, with only a small amount of wrinkles, the Shar Pei was very similar to the Irish, English and American bull-n-terrier breeds in appearance, but the breed as we know it today has been established in the United Kingdom from dogs mainly imported from Hong Kong and further developed through matings with early Pugs, Bulldogs and a number of undisclosed European breeds until the desired appearance was achieved, followed by many generations of inbreeding in order to exaggerate its physical features and maintain the preferred type. The breed's popularity in the United States has also played a part in the recognition of the so-called "meat-mouth" type as the breed ideal, but it should be noted that in modern China, as well as in Taiwan, Vietnam and other Asian countries still exists a population of Shar Peis that have remained much closer to their ancestral stock than their western/recognized counterpart, with some regional varieties looking like quite a bit like American Pit Bull Terriers, while others show stronger Chow roots, including types having thicker coats, minimal skin wrinkling, erect ears, healthier eyes and a greater variety of coat colourings. Even today, some Chinese enthusiasts separate the breed into the Traditional and the American types, with a small number of fans of the original Shar Pei even promoting a separate recognition for their type, but no such event has happened as of yet.
Pit bull terriers have been in Hong Kong for a very long time. The Chinese were importing them to fight against and interbreed with their Shar Pei in the the 1960's. The Japanese used them for interbreeding with Tosa.
| 2/23/2009 12:08 PM |
I am just thinking maybe this setup was an illegal breeding operation that was bringing in cash
The way the woman asked if the kid would be afraid of dogs? That is a strange and innappropriate question.
Were there financial advantges to having these dogs that this group doesn't want to lose?
| 2/24/2009 7:01 PM |
Large aggressive dogs like these are used in the South by People in the drug trade. They feed them gun powder to mess up thier brains when they are pups. They poke and prod at the dogs while on chains to make the more agressive.
You can tell by the way the story keeps changing that both these women have something to hide. The child deserves much better than this. I have friends! Like your Friends, Love you your friends, Live with them. I Don't have a single friend who I would let thier dog use my child as a chew toy.
| 3/01/2009 2:16 PM |
I personally know this child because he was a student in my mother's 1st grade class last year. First of all, if this case isn't screaming CHILD NEGLECT then I don't know what would be. Eight year olds don't go outside to play in single-digit weather. Nor would any parent allow him to have gone out on that particular day, if a guardian had even been there to watch him. Doesn't it strike you as odd that his LITTLE SISTER made the 9-1-1 call??? The dog was not a shar pai and pit mix. It was a mastiff and saint bernard mix. Saint Bernards aren't supposed to be agressive, but back in 2002,this particular owner was banned from owning any animals for two years... so what does that tell you? Not only did the Mother ask her son if he was afraid of dogs, she incessantly explains to him what happened to him in detail. What kind of sick person does that? This child had better not go back to that family.
| 3/01/2009 9:55 PM |
Another news article states:
Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe said the dog looked like a St. Bernard mix, while animal control officers said the dog appeared to be a Sharpei mix.
Also stated in the article:
7-year-old boy mauled Thursday by a 100-pound dog
an 11-year-old girl reported the dog was dragging her brother by the neck and that “he was bleeding everywhere.”