Friday, April 10, 2009
From left: Hannabell and Kelly Hicks.
Dog and Owner AWOL
Akron, OH - It was recently reported that a 2-year old girl was viciously attacked by a pit bull in her backyard. As of yesterday, authorities said the pit bull is still on the loose. Around 11:00 p.m. this past Sunday, Kelly Hicks and her 2-year old daughter, Hannabell, were walking home from their next-door neighbor's house on Pioneer Street in Akron. Suddenly, from "out of nowhere" a pit bull charged into their backyard. The dog seriously scarred Hanna's face.
Hanna required more than 100 stitches in her lip, nose and nasal cavity. Her mother says she could need more surgeries.Kelly told reporters, "It started growling and pushed her right down to the ground and just started mauling, back and forth, like her face in his mouth." The mother kicked and punched the dog until it ran off. She described the dog as mainly black with white on its chest and paws. The animal warden told the family that the pit bull might have come into their yard because they have a dog that's "in heat." This does not excuse the pit bull tearing into Hanna's face.
Pit Bull Attack Checklist:
- (x) Level 5 mauling1
- (x) Severe injury inflicted2
- (x) Dog escaped containment
- (x) Off-property attack
- (x) Unprovoked, "sudden" attack
- (x) Pit bull owner AWOL
- (x) Pit bull AWOL
- (x) Legally declared "vicious" dog (Ohio)
- (x) Failure to abide by state "vicious" dog law3
- (x) Victim forced to undergo rabies shots (pending)
- (x) Victim forced to pay medical bills (pending)
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2"Severe Injury" is injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery.
3Section 955.11 declares pit bulls as "vicious" and requires owners to carry $100,000 in liability insurance, securely constrain the dog when on-property and to use a chain-link leash when off-property.
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03/27/09: Home Invasion Attack: Pit Bull Attacks Maryland Family
03/11/09: 2-Year Old Tampa Girl in Serious Condition After Pit Bull-Mix Attack
10/28/08: Rabies Prevention: After a Dog Bite, Always Identify the Dog and Its Owner
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| 4/10/2009 4:52 AM |
It's Ohio...so you forgot:
Legally declared viscous dog...Check!
$100,000 Liability insurance...oops!
Obviously, since the perp "Dined and dashed" he doesn't have the state mandate insurance. Forethought of Malice!
Too bad he can't be chained to a giant treadmill generating electricity for the community until the girls medical bills are paid.
| 4/10/2009 11:45 AM |
I clicked on the "Level 5 Mauling" link. It took me took me to an article titled "How to Assess the Severity of a Dog Bite". It was written by Jeff Millman, owner of the website and a dog trainer who studied at "the famous Academy for Dog Training in San Francisco, with the phenomenal trainer Jean Donaldson". I am familiar with this dog training school and I have often heard it referred to as the HARVARD of dog training schools.
The first paragraph of the article:
"I had a new client yesterday that was very upset because their 5-year-old dog bit their one-year-old baby in the face. My client felt terrible because in hindsight she understands that the situation could have been avoided. The dog is a little shy to begin with, and he got cornered in the bathroom by the energetic baby. The baby ignored the signals of discomfort exhibited by the dog and approached anyway. The dog bit the baby in the face causing bruising, but no blood, tearing or puncture wounds."
"The dog is a little shy to begin with, and he got cornered in the bathroom by the energetic baby. The baby ignored the signals of discomfort exhibited by the dog and approached anyway."
The baby IGNORED the signals. Not 'the baby was unable to read the signals' but the baby IGNORED the signals. Yes, I realize that I only have a non-Harvard 4 yr year college degree but correct me if I am wrong in my assumption that a ONE YEAR OLD child is INCAPABLE of reading dog behavior.
I guess even at the most prestigious of dog training schools, they teach that it is critical to deflect ALL blame to the victim. Protect the dog at all costs.
My point is this, even the so-called "best" dog trainers have zero integrity and are masters of spin.
As for Jeff Millman, what a narcissistic ass.
"I am proud to say I was voted one of the Best Dog Trainers in Chicago and get most of my business from client referrals."
uh-oh, there's that PRIDE again.
Pride (or hubris or "vanity") is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.
Be sure to check out Jeff's dog training business @
Now offering pre-school and infant dog behavior classes!
Reserve space early, classes taught the master fill up fast!
| 4/10/2009 1:22 PM |
Felony, this "dog training" thing is usually a big cover for DOG BREEDERS looking out for their business interests.
You exposed exactly the hypocrisy and insanity.
There are no real accreditations for ANY dog trainer, and the people who tend to go into dog training are either a) disturbed losers (washed out of other trades, like massage therapy) who are scamming clients with big promises or b) DOG BREEDERS or DOG FIGHTERS (or those connected to such) who are hiding their financial interests and lobbying activity by pretending to be "experts" (but all the while protecting breeder interests.)
A lot of these AKC types call themselves "dog trainers." They make appearances in front of legislators as "dog trainers" without admitting their real, bised business interests. It is also useful for them as they hide their real business (breeding and sales) and the tax fraud they engage in with their "real" businesses.
| 4/11/2009 4:45 AM |
The entire dog industry is a big unregulated mess:
Breeders can produce unlimited defective maulers with zero liability.
Anyone can claim to be a Dog Trainer
Anyone can produce a Therapy Dog
Anyone can claim a dog to be a Service Animal
Any idiot can seek out a Pit Bull, claim to be a responsible owner, then feign shock when the mauling occurs.
Animal Control is a zero accountability field in most places.