Thursday, June 4, 2009
Dog is Destroyed
Haverhill, MA - On May 28, it was reported that 1-year old Bianca Zangari-Dacey was attacked by a pit bull as her mother watched in shock. Bianca was taken by ambulance to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where a surgeon stitched up the inside and outside of her face. Quick to voice anger about the incident was the little girl's grandfather, who said the dog had bitten other people in the past and should have been seized before the attack on Bianca.
Bianca's grandfather, Tim Dacey of Haverhill, said the girl and her mother, 18-year old Katelyn Zangari, were visiting friends at the home of the adult pit bull when it bit the child's face. Zangari said her daughter had played near the dog named Duchess in the past, without a problem. She said another person who was in the room with them apparently stepped on the pit bull's tail. The dog then turned in the direction of Bianca and bit her face, Zangari said.
In the WFXT video, however, Zangari said that the two were playing video games when all of a sudden her friend's pit bull "snapped." She said, "I was sitting right next to her when it happened. The dog just booked it, and knew it did something wrong." Zangari said that Bianca had been around the dog since she was born. "She'd pulled the tail and stuff, bites her, licks her, laps her, plays with her, and never done nothing before...it was all really like a quick reaction."
A quick "unfortunate" reaction that may have caused the child lifelong scarring.According to police, the dog's owner, Elizabeth Kakide, was not home during the incident. Kakide agreed to have the animal euthanized. She also said that the dog was actually owned by her former husband, who had recently gone to jail, and that she was "caring for the dog." She said she has spoken to Zangari and her family several times since the incident. Following an investigation of the attack, police announced today that no charges would be brought.
Bianca's aunt, Samantha Dacey, 22, of Lawrence said police told her the child's mother does not want to press charges and that "their hands are tied." Dacey said, "The city should be pressing charges. You can't have dogs biting people. It's just not right." Dacey said destroying the dog brings her little satisfaction. She said it doesn't offer justice to her niece, who will be scarred the rest of her life. "She's my brother's daughter, and my only niece," said Dacey.
Haverhill Pit Bull Attacks
The City of Haverhill has a pit bull ordinance, but it does not pertain to attacks that occur inside a family's home. The latest incident follows a series of pit bull attacks. The most severe being Robert Stickney Jr., 11, who was attacked on April 24, 2008 by a large pit bull-mastiff mix while visiting friends at a house on High Street. Three weeks earlier, Kathleen McCorry-Moge, 45, was attacked by a loose pit bull while walking a dog on Powder House Avenue.
Related ZUPF video
04/28/08: Haverhill Boy Receives 200 Stitches After Pit Bull-Mastiff Mix Attack
04/03/08: Another Haverhill Woman Attacked by Pit Bull
02/14/08: Haverhill Woman, 26-Years Old, Attacked by Pit Bull
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| 6/05/2009 2:21 AM |
Owner not home at time of attack? Check.
Dog with a history of attacks. Check.
Owner claiming dog isn't hers. Check.
Previous owner incarcerated. Check.
Innocent child scarred for life in one fell swoop. Check.
Yep, just another day in pit nutterville, where a dog that would lick you to death decides to put some teeth into it while one owner is cooling his heels in jail and the other is MIA at the time it all goes down.
| 6/05/2009 10:50 AM |
Haverhill Mass is in the area of pit bull breeder and NAIA member Holly Stump. Stump regularly sneaks around pushing animal control officers to protect pit bulls.
Stump also deviously used a state rep to cook up an alleged "dangerous dog law" that PROTECTED AND HELPED DANGEROUS DOGS, by giving them multiple bites, allowing their record to be wiped clean, etc. A FAKE dangerous dog law! It did not pass.
| 6/05/2009 11:59 AM |
Can't help but wonder if this pair (the pit owner - regardless of sudden ownership denial - and the child's mother) have been posting YouTube videos of the pit bull with the baby. "Ahhhhh... pit bulls are soooo good with children. It's all in how you raise them. They're often called the Nanny Dog, ya know?!"
Chomp. The Nanny Dog strikes again.
| 6/05/2009 12:50 PM |
Well, you can't fix stupid. The mother, little more than a child herself, puts a baby on the floor next to a pit bull while she plays video games. All the while hanging out with her "friend" whose husband is incarcerated for God knows what.
Why do I suspect that the pit bull owners are Section 8 renters? Time to file a civil suit against the landlord to help cover the cost of reconstructive surgery for this baby. I'm sure the mother and baby are already Mass Health recipients, since she is a single mom who gave birth at the age of 16 years old. Now the Massachusetts taxpayers will have to pay for the ongoing medical care this child receives, (and deserves), while the irresponsible mother, the low life pit bull owner, and the slumlord homeowner walk away scott free, handing the bill to the taxpayers.
One more reason to regulate these animals.
| 6/07/2009 8:29 AM |
Look at her precious eyes. When I do I am reminded of all the comments by the pit nutters blaming the innocent victim. How can they see those eyes and still feel the dog is not to blame is beyond me. My new motto is Ban the pit, don't bother with regulation.