Wednesday, April 8, 2009
From left: Rebbecca Mobbs and Dodge, the "pit bulldog"(?)
UPDATE 04/22/09: It was reported today that Dodge, the "pit bulldog," was put to sleep. Back in March, 2-year old Valencia Newton was seriously attacked by Dodge while being baby sat. Valencia is currently back at home recovering. Kayla Nowlin, Valenica's babysitter at the time of the attack, was arrested and is facing a felony count of child neglect causing great bodily harm. The article did not provide information about Rebbecca Mobbs.
04/08/09: Rebbecca Mobbs Lying Spree?
Rebbecca Mobbs recently told reporters that Valencia had been back under the care of Kayla as recently as Monday. Valencia’s mother, Lisa Newton, spoke with reporters today to clear the matter up: The statement is absolutely untrue. Newton said that she and Valencia are currently out of town and have been for several days. She says Valencia has not been watched by Kayla since the attack. We expect more information soon.
04/08/09: Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
It was reported late yesterday that the State Attorney’s Office notified the Sheriff’s Office with the decision to arrest the babysitter, Kayla Diane Nowlin ( W/F, DOB 10/06/1991) on charges of Child Neglect/Causing Great Bodily Harm which is a felony charge. The owner of the dogs, Rebecca Sue Mobbs (W/F, DOB 07/19/1976) was issued a notice to appear on charges of Disregard with Dog Known to Bite which is a misdemeanor charge.
Dodge will undoubtedly be euthanized on April 21.
04/07/09: Clock Ticks for the "Pit Bulldog"
Special Magistrate Michael Farley has ruled in favor of the City of Callaway in the case of a pit bull type dog that mauled a toddler last month. The city had deemed the dog, named Dodge, "vicious" and by law, the city would have to euthanize the animal. Co-owner Rebecca Mobbs said the magistrate is "not a judge, he's a hearing officer." She has ten days to appeal the case to the local courts. If not, Dodge will be destroyed on April 21.
At the hearing, Director Crosby said the unprovoked attack was more than enough reason to put the dog down. He said, "These were quite serious injuries that, in all honesty, I was expecting this to be a fatality." During the 45 minutes of Farley coming to his decision, Mobbs loudly discussed the toddler's injuries in the hallway (she doubted their seriousness) and said to a friend, "What about me? What about the traumatic stuff I've been through?"
Note: Director Crosby initially referred to the dog as a bulldog and a pit bull. The name "pit bull" is often interchanged with the name "bulldog" by experts, such as Diane Jessup. In the context of Jessup's website, the "original working bulldog" is the pit bull. The pit bull was formerly called the "pit bulldog" as well. It was not until the 1970's that the modern "American bulldog" was established, which shares a common gene pool with the pit bull.
Today, however, for fatality and bite statistics, when a dog is labeled a "bulldog" the attack is often tracked in the American bulldog category and not the pit bull category. Given the long standing history of confusion around the pit bull's name, one always needs to question when a pit bull is initially identified in an attack, then shortly thereafter called a bulldog. The other potential breed "cover up" we see is the labeling of a pit bull-mix as a "mixed-breed."
To alleviate this confusion, more and more municipalities are including the American bulldog in their "pit bull type dog" definition.
03/26/09: Culprit: Mother, Rebecca Mobbs
The second dog owner is Rebecca Mobbs, the mother of the babysitter and the daughter of the grandmother. Rebecca is appealing the city's "vicious" designation of Dodge, which requires the dog to be euthanized. This new information is hardly surprising. After all, it was Rebecca that blamed the attack on the "neighbor's pit bull" which had entered onto the property just "moments" prior to Dodge clamping down on Valencia's head.
Lisa Newton, Valencia's mother and neighbor to the Mobbs, is less than thrilled about the news. If the dog is not euthanized, she said, "I'm moving."
03/21/09: One Dog Owner Changes Mind
After two-year old Valencia was severely mauled by a pit bull that belonged to her babysitter's grandmother, Elizabeth Roache, family members told reporters that "she [Elizabeth] had already determined the dog would be put down." Yet, she [Elizabeth] has changed her mind (or the recently announced second owner of the dog has). Now it's up to a special magistrate. The owners can either put the dog down by March 24, or appeal.
03/1/09: Declared "Dangerous" After 3 Bites
Two-year-old Valencia Newton remains in serious condition a day after being savaged by a pit bull-mix owned by Elizabeth Dian Roache. At the time of the attack, Newton was being baby-sat by Roache's 17-year old granddaughter. Valencia's father, Yasin Galbreith, said, "She's being stitched up real good. She's doing fine right now, we think." Valencia was transported to a Gainesville hospital and underwent surgery Tuesday morning.
James Crosby, the director of Bay County Animal Control, said the offending male pit bull has not yet been "tested for triggers" that may have set him off because he wanted to give the dog a chance to "calm down," but did report that the dog has been declared "dangerous." Despite having bitten two children and at least one severely -- the first attack occurred in November but was only recently confirmed -- Crosby said Roache is allowed to keep the animal.
Only after the dog is declared "dangerous" is the owner required to have liability insurance. The first two victims are out of luck.There is no doubt that Newton's medical bills will stretch far beyond $50,000. Furthermore, most insurance companies do not insure pit bulls under homeowners insurance plans. Better than anyone else, insurance companies understand the high medical costs associated to pit bull injury. One can only hope that Roache has a good $100,000 stashed away to pay for the many surgeries Newton may require immediately and as she ages into an adolescent and beyond.
03/10/09: Grandmother's Pit Bull Attacks Child
Callaway, FL - It was reported on Monday that Bay County, Florida suffered a devastating pit bull attack. Law enforcement officials said two-year-old Valencia Newton was taken to a Pensacola hospital with neck, throat, torso and ear injuries after she was "suddenly" attacked by a pit bull-mix while being baby-sat. The dog belonged to the babysitter's grandmother. Last month in Newport News, an infant was also nearly killed by her babysitter's pit bull-mix.
There are several reasons why this story carries considerable weight. The first part involves serious incidences with "watchers." After reviewing the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded between January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2008, DogsBite.org found that 14% (12) of the fatal attacks involved a "watcher," a person such as a grandparent or babysitter watching the child between the ages of 0-4. Of these attacks, 75% (9) involved a grandparent type.
The second part involves James Crosby, who is the Director of Bay County Animal Control and holds the task of investigating Newton's attack. As reported in previous blog posts, Crosby is a pit bull owner and an expert witness for the American Canine Foundation (ACF), a pit bull lobbying group. Last year Crosby testified on behalf of the ACF in opposition to Aurora's Fighting Breed ban. The judge rejected the ACF's case and presumably Crosby's testimony.
Crosby's department seized two pit bulls from the home: the one involved in the attack and a female pit bull that also lives at the house but was not involved. Animal Control reportedly picked up a third pit bull that lives two houses down as well. Sheriff Frank McKeithen said, "Statements taken in the course of the investigation indicate that both dogs have been involved in previous attacks - the male dog on another child and the female on an elderly person."
It is unknown if either of these attacks was reported to animal control.Rebecca Mobbs, the mother of the 17-year old babysitter Kayla Mobbs, said the dog and Valencia had always played well together and there was no reason to suspect it would lose control. She also blamed the attack on the neighbor's pit bull, which had gotten loose and entered onto her mother's property just "moments" before the attack. It's unclear, however, why this dog's entrance would cause her mother's dog to violently clamp down on the child's head.
Related ZUPF video
02/05/09: Babysitter's Pit Bull Attacks Infant in Newport News; Critical Condition
12/08/08: Expert, James Crosby, Testifies in Aurora Fighting Breed Ban
12/01/08: Zupf Comments on Aurora's Recent Federal Ruling
11/20/08: Aurora, Colorado Fighting Breed Ban Goes to District Court
07/14/08: Comment: The Anatomy of a Whitewash, James Crosby
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| 3/10/2009 7:04 PM |
The American Canine Foundation is not just a pit bull lobbying organization, it is a pit bull BREEDER lobbying organization.
It is private business pushing for the financial interests of its members.
I do not understand how someone who is employed to protect public safety can also be working for a private industry lobbying group that is involved with public safety problems.
This is a complete conflict of interest.
Also, how can a government employee not be involved in dereliction of duties when they are flying around to other states performing private business lobbying duties?
| 3/10/2009 7:07 PM |
This comment was left here on the Aurora report. http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2008/11/aurora-colorado-fighting-breed-ban-goes.html I hope poster does not mind it being repeated
"James (Jim) Crosby, testified on behalf of the American Canine Foundation and dog owner in this case. Crosby was called on to testify as an expert witness. He told the court that pit bulls "are no more aggressive than any other dog." Crosby is the animal control manager in Panama City and runs a canine aggression consulting firm.
In the past 6 months, Crosby has removed the below section from his "Canineaggression.org" website. The original document has been found in cache and can be read at the following link:
"Enter now the Pit Bull, and other breeds speciﬁcally selected by Man to ﬁght each other. These animals have several concerning behavioral difference from most other canines. When they ﬁght, human intervention has selected for animals that do not turn off, and do not stop ﬁghting until one, or both, are dead. There is no surrender for these animals. A fully submissive body posture is no more than another opportunity for them to disembowel their adversary.
As a corollary to this, these dogs seem to have a shorter negotiation sequence. Many times we hear of a Pit Bull or similar dog that “…just went off…” The expected precursors to a full ﬁght seem to be lacking, much like the quick interactions we see with some teens and young adults these days; one insults another, and the ﬁrst response is to “…pop a cap…” into the offender. Even popular Pit Bull sites on the Internet admit that ﬁghts between Pit Bulls can occur with little or no warning."
Crosby is clearly aware that pit bulls INDEED present a unique danger. "
| 3/10/2009 7:24 PM |
More from Crosby. Was Crosby hiding these previous attacks? Did he fail to take action?
Toddler recuperates at Shand's after pit-bull attack
March 10, 2009 06:17:00 PM
By JON MILTIMORE / News Herald Writer
CALLAWAY - Two-year-old Valencia Newton remains in serious condition a day after being savaged by a pit-bull that has since been declared dangerous.
Valencia suffered neck, throat, torso and ear injuries when she was attacked by a mixed pit-bull belonging to her baby-sitter's grandmother, Elizabeth Dian Roache.
Valencia's family members of Valencia said they are shaken by the attack, but encouraged by how the toddler is responding to treatments.
"She's being stitched up real good," said Yasin Galbreith, Valencia's father. "She's doing fine right now, we think."
Galbreith said Valencia was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville and underwent surgery Tuesday morning. He said Valencia would likely have scarring and remains under observation. He said doctors are concerned about possible neck damage. Galbreith said he is hopeful she would be released in a day or two.
"It's been a nightmare," he said.
Jim Crosby, director of Bay County Animal Control, said three bull dogs were taken by animal control, a male and female belonging to Roache and a neighbor's that had gotten loose prior to the attack.
Crosby said the male pit-bull that attacked Valencia has not yet been tested for "triggers" that may have set him off because he wanted to give the dog a chance to calm down, but one conclusion already has been reached.
"As of today the dog has been legally declared dangerous," Crosby said.
Crosby said the attack on Valencia was the second time the dog had attacked a child; the first occurrence was in November in a case that only recently had been confirmed.
Crosby said Roache could keep the animal despite the fact it was declared dangerous, but several condition would have to be met.
The law requires dogs declared dangerous to be kept in a secure enclosure and not allowed out unless muzzled, have a microchip installed to monitor movements and have an insurance policy taken out to compensate victims in case an attack takes place, Crosby said.
"The dog has already been micro-chipped," Crosby said.
He said the other two pit bulls were taken as a preventative measure until it had been established exactly which dog it was that bit Valencia. The neighbor's dog has been cleared for pickup, but Roache's female pit-bull is being kept until it has been positively determined it did not attack the toddler.
Roache could not be reached Tuesday, but family members said she had already determined the dogs would be put down.
| 3/10/2009 8:24 PM |
Here is another update (included is a photo of the girl, before the attack):
2 year old Valencia Newton was in the care of her babysitter Monday when she was attacked by a pit bull, owned by the babysitter's grandmother.
"I truly believe that dog was ready to kill her because my son said he threw her up in the air. My grandbaby had braids in her hair. He pulled her whole braid, her hair out of her head," said Debora Stephens, Valencia's Grandmother.
The pit bull also tore off part of Valencia's earlobe and mauled her throat and neck.
Bay County Animal Control Director Jim Crosby says the dog is one of two pit bulls that was living at the residence. Both have attacked people in the past and both are being held at the animal control facility for observation. The quarantine will last 10 days until animal control and investigators decide what will happen.
"The owners indicated they wanted the dog ultimately destroyed. If they want to do that we would honor the request," said Jim Crosby, Bay Co. Animal Control Director.
The case is still under investigation, but the dog's owner could face criminal charges.
"In general criminal charges in dog bites can range from simple culpable negligence to negligent homicide if somebody dies. I've been involved in prosecutions on all those levels," said Crosby.
Valencia's family members say they don't blame the babysitter, or her family, calling the attack a tragic accident.
"If they took the baby over there they've always locked the dog up in the bedroom, but somehow he got out of the house. I don't blame their family. I want the dog put down, by all means, but I don't blame the family," said Stephens.
There is no word yet as to when Valencia will be released from the hospital. Her family members say they want to thank everyone for their prayers. We'll continue to update you on her condition.
| 3/10/2009 11:38 PM |
We must inform the law makers of this jurisdiction in Florida about why Crosby should be removed. Point out the associations with ACF, and expose Crosby as the fraud. And to think he was once a cop? I know hundreds of cops, many dog lovers, who despise pit bulls. In fact, officers shoot more pit bulls than any other breed. There is no other dog that so frequently gets shot by police!
This Crosby guy should be exposed to the media, radio, newspapers, school boards (children), county supervisors, city councils, etc.
| 3/11/2009 12:30 AM |
Crosby is a menace to society.
This is just over the top.
There were two previous attacks and he did nothing. He seems to have hidden them.
If this family had that information, if the dogs had been properly dealt with on the previous instances, this child would still be whole
Crosby bears guilt for this!
He is not an expert. He is nothing!
He's a lowly animal control officer who also lobbies for pit bull breeders.
How did this come to be that this man is putting that community at risk?
| 3/11/2009 2:42 AM |
Who knows how he got his director of animal control position? Is it appropriate for a county official -- indentured to public safety -- to testify against another municipality that is trying to ensure public safety (Aurora's fighting breed ban)?
Crosby is not only tied to the American Canine Foundation, he was also listed in Best Friends Amicus Brief about Michael Vick's dogs. He's listed as an expert to which seized fighting dogs can be "rehabilitated" into family pets.
Can't wait to see the results of his "trigger tests."
| 3/11/2009 8:07 AM |
"The owners indicated they wanted the dog ultimately destroyed. If they want to do that we would honor the request," said Jim Crosby, Bay Co. Animal Control Director.
Is it just me or does anyone else find this oddly worded?
Whitewash Jimmy is probably staging a "rescue" of the poor misunderstood wiggle butt with FABB and Karp.
| 3/11/2009 9:12 AM |
Great, let's give the dog another chance to kill this time. I am sure the baby "triggered" the dog. Preschoolers are so devious and dangerous afterall. What a country we live in. And tax money goes to pay the idiots that put dangerous dogs back into the community.
| 3/11/2009 10:24 AM |
To add to the stats on "watcher" attacks, there was one in Good Hope, CA (Riverside County) where a 2 year old was attacked and killed by a pit bull while at her babysitter's. This was about 2003. The other kids and this child had been playing outside with the dog when it suddenly attacked the girl. Neighbors said they had complained before about this dog, however, that was not confirmed. This was the first time the child had been at this home. The babysitter did serve some time on this one.
| 3/11/2009 1:38 PM |
"Is it just me or does anyone else find this oddly worded?
Whitewash Jimmy is probably staging a "rescue" of the poor misunderstood wiggle butt with FABB and Karp."
I too got this impression!
That this dog would be secreted away to hiding.
And perhaps the family and community only told it was euthanized.
| 3/26/2009 12:02 AM |
Surprise! The pit nutter is appealing and Whitewash Jimmy says, "He's got some possession issues," Crosby said. "He has not been a problem here at the shelter, but his behavior at the shelter isn't what's in question."
An even bigger surprise:
Crosby declined to say whether he thought Dodge should be destroyed.
| 3/26/2009 4:01 AM |
This Rebecca Mobbs lady, she's a real piece of work. She got her mother to "claim ownership" of the dogs after the attack to get herself and daughter off the hook (confusing the dog ownership trick). Then later -- after her mother says she wants the "multi-biting" dogs put down -- she says, she's the half owner of the dog and her mother owns the other half? Now Rebecca Mobbs has rights to contest the euthanization?
I'm so disgusted by this Rebecca Mobbs person, I don't know what to say.
| 4/07/2009 10:56 AM |
A picture is worth a THOUSAND words:
Why should anyone trust Mobbs to be responsible after her dog has already bitten two people and one very seriously?
"Dodge's owner, Rebecca Mobbs, said the dog should be allowed to live, but taken to obedience school and muzzled when in public. When Special Magistrate Michael Farley finished reading his decision, Mobbs said, "OK, I'll see you all in court," and left the Bay County Courthouse."
Crosby argued the unprovoked attack was more than enough reason to have Dodge killed. "These were quite serious injuries that, in all honesty, I was expecting this to be a fatality," Crosby said.
Crosby GAINS points!
| 4/07/2009 10:57 AM |
Mobbs, so typical of a "vacuous" pit bull owner:
"What about me? What about the traumatic stuff I've been through?" Mobbs replied, before saying she could not sleep because of the case, and neither could her mother, who she said usually sleeps with Dodge."
| 4/07/2009 3:47 PM |
Go here to see with your own eyes this hideous tubber blather about the legal system and Whitewash Jimmy sing a very unfamiliar tune.
Jim Crosby, from Bay County Animal Control, says, "Under the law, with the severity of this bite, we really don't have a choice."
I wonder if Whitewash Jimmy had to drop a valium in order to pull off that interview? Or maybe he was up all night practicing his lines?
One thing for sure, this narcissistic puke should not have access to an appellate court until she provides documentation that she can cover Valencia's medical bills. It is disgusting that this worthless riff raff without a pot to piss in, can clog up the courts.
| 4/07/2009 6:24 PM |
In the article about Dodge
The comment by Anita is very telling. These pit bull nuts are CRZY!!
"The dog should not be put down, but be given to someone who can take care of him and rehabilitate him. Rehab can be done. My father has taken two dogs in who belonged to someone who fought them. They are in separate pens, one of them is chained inside the pen. They are two loving dogs who were just treated badly by previous owners. That doesn't mean they should be killed."
So she says her father has "rehabbed" fighting dogs, BUT they need to be CHAINED WITHIN A PEN, so they are obviously still dangerous and not rehabbed at all.
This Anita and her father are TORTURING pit bulls in the name of saving them!
And of course, those dogs are still a danger to everyone around
This is how nuts these people are, and how they lie about "rehab."
| 4/07/2009 7:21 PM |
Molosserdogs.com explains more:
Originating in 1700's America, the Old Country Bulldogge was developed from the original British and Irish bulldog variety, as well as other European working dogs of the Bullenbeisser and Alaunt ancestry. Many fanciers believe that the original White English Bulldogge survived in America, where it became known as the American Pit Bulldog, Old Southern White Bulldogge and Alabama Bulldog, among other names. A few regional types were established, with the most popular dogs found in the South, where the famous large white plantation bulldogges were the most valued. Some bloodlines were crossed with Irish and English pit-fighting dogs influenced with English White Terrier blood, resulting in the larger strains of the American Pit Bull Terrier, as well as the smaller variety of the American Bulldog. Although there were quite a few "bulldogges" developed in America, the modern American Bulldog breed is separately recognized...
| 4/07/2009 7:44 PM |
a slew of funny comments...
slopoke wrote: just the kind of woman i like--SHADE YOU IN THE SUMMER and KEEP YOU WARM IN THE WINTER---HOOOOOORAY
Irresponsible owner vs. Small child that's now partially paralyzed. Should be a no-brainer?
OM NOM NOM NOM! Those aren't court documents, it's a Wendy's receipt.
| 4/07/2009 7:46 PM |
I think we have a winner for the pit nutter owner poster child!
07001752MMMA (PT) PETIT THEFT CLOSED G 300.00
06003892CFMA (FUID) FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CLOSED 0.00
06003892CFMA (PT) PETIT THEFT CLOSED 0.00
06001805MMMW (PWC) PASSING WORTHLESS CHECKS CLOSED 0.00
05006288MMMW (PWC) PASSING WORTHLESS CHECKS CLOSED 0.00
04011784MMMO (CRM) CRIMINAL MISCHIEF GENERAL CLOSED 0.00
04005777CTMA (DLSR) DRIVER LICENSE SUS/REV - KNOWINGLY CLOSED G 0.00
01008147MMMO (BAT) BATTERY GENERAL CLOSED 0.00
00003235CFMA (GTS) GRAND THEFT CLOSED 0.00
00007949MMMW (PWC) PASSING WORTHLESS CHECKS CLOSED W 0.00
99006768MMMA (ROV) RESIST OFFICER WITHOUT VIOLENCE CLOSED W 0.00
98010466MMMW (PWC) PASSING WORTHLESS CHECKS OPEN 0.00
| 4/07/2009 8:36 PM |
CLASSIC PIT OWNER! Oh excuse me -- I mean: Bulldog, Pit bulldog, Pit bull, Bull pit, Bull terrier OWNER. Wait, there's more: Staffy, AmStaffy and Irish Staffy (AKA Pit bull) OWNER.
| 4/07/2009 9:12 PM |
Why shouldn't this woman think she can get away with murder (or near murder)?
She has been a career criminal, ands keeps getting away with it with slaps on the wrist, if that
And her animal control person is a pit bull lobbyist who makes things up to cover for pit bulls, giving people like this the attitudes and excuses.
Jim Crosby HIMSELF has repeatedly blamed the victim for pit bull attacks, just like Mobbs is. She learned this from her animal control guy.
Crosby has also made up extrordinary and ridiculous "events" that supposedly cause the attack, instead of admitting that pit bulls are vicious
Mobbs learned well from her authority, who is getting tax money to help people like this
| 4/07/2009 9:56 PM |
Don't mess with Big Becca, she might come out swinging!
I hope she doesn't come out swinging a shovel. According to Crosby, a shovel is what partly got Mary Bernal KILLED:
".....Mary also should have known that continued screams would only trigger the already explosive Taz to attack more violently. Regardless of the fact that at this time, her scalp was likely being ripped OFF.
.....Ms. Macias never should have picked up the shovel to save her sister-in-law. According to Crosby, that was the nail in the coffin. The "screaming, thrashing" woman was bad enough. But when the owner began to hit her dog with a shovel, Mary's DEATH was a no-brainer. (It was reported at the time that Ms. Macias suffered at least one thumb loss as she tried to pry the dog off of Mary)."
| 4/08/2009 2:31 PM |
"she's the half owner of the dog and her mother owns the other half?"
Though I know Mobbs made this up for the circumstances, this kind of ownership split is common in the dog breeding world.
For one thing, it's a way to help hide income as they cheat on their taxes.
Also used by some who are pretending to be unbiased dog experts to hide their REAL breeder business activity.
Also conveniently used in other issues, such as this situation.
| 4/08/2009 2:32 PM |
This is where the court lets itself be abused. The GRANDMOTHER claimed ownership. Mobbs should NEVER have been allowed to appear in court.
Of course, she has been telling tales to the court and getting what she wants for how long?
| 4/08/2009 6:54 PM |
"This is where the court lets itself be abused. The GRANDMOTHER claimed ownership. Mobbs should NEVER have been allowed to appear in court.
Of course, she has been telling tales to the court and getting what she wants for how long?"
MAYBE BECKY SUE WAS TAKING THE FALL BECAUSE GRANNY WAS LOOKING A THREE STRIKES SITUATION:)
| 4/09/2009 1:56 PM |
It sounds like Valencia and her mom have had to flee town in fear.
Not only from Mobbs, but from the pit bull nuts that these people stir up.
The threats from these dog breeders are often overwhelming.
Of course, Jim Crosby knows this because he works for some of them.
Which means that this case may be even more likely to draw the hate attacks of the pit bull nuts and dog breeders.