Thursday, July 16, 2009
No Endangering Charges
Hamilton, OH - After a pit bull named "Monster" broke out of its cage and attacked the 5-year old daughter of its owner, authorities will not file child endangering charges against the parents. On Monday, Payton Tunstall, was reportedly playing in the backyard of her father’s house in the 400 block of Knightsbridge Drive when the attack occurred. The pit bull inflicted serious injuries to her head, face, legs and arms. Payton was airlifted by medical helicopter to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and continues to be listed in critical condition.
Ohio state law (955.22) mandates the "secure enclosure" of pit bulls, so the father, Chris Tunstall, is being charged for failing to properly confine the dog. Animal control officials say the dog got out because of an "issue with the lock on the cage." Last year in Youngstown, a pit bull owned by Paul Richardson Sr. chewed through its cage and attacked his 6-year old son. The father then blamed the cage manufacturer. While pleading "not guilty" to charges for failure to confine the animal, he told the court the ties were not metal but aluminum, "so they snapped."
Tunstall is also being charged with failing to obtain liability insurance, a separate requirement under Ohio state law for owners of pit bulls.
12/14/08: Pit Bull Breaks Through Glass Door to Attack 10-Year Old Child
08/08/08: Comment: Pit Bulls are 14 Times More Likely to Break Constraint to Attack
05/29/08: Youngstown Boy is Home from the Hospital
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| 7/16/2009 2:45 AM |
Note: Though news stories have been consistent about this incident, the last link we provide (liability insurance) is the most recent and offers the mother's story. "She said the dog had gotten loose and she was trying to put it back in its cage when her daughter, who doesn’t live at the residence, opened the back door." All earlier reports say that the child was playing in the backyard when the attack occurred.
| 7/16/2009 3:18 AM |
So what do we have for pit bull names now? Monster, Savage, Felony, Killa, Killer, Kane (the literary character, "I kill things. It's what I was made to do. I'm rather good at it") Junkie, Al Queda, Brute, Beast, Vicious. Some owner must have named his pit bull "IED" by now.
PS. the popularity of the name Kane for pit bulls may stem back to the presa canario that killed Diane Whipple. The case captured headlines for years. But that dog's name was Bane meaning "that which causes ruin or woe." It's possible they confused to the two...
| 7/16/2009 4:04 AM |
Its funny how these cases are treated in Ohio, since Pit Bulls are legally declared vicious animals.
Authorities seem reluctant to levyReckless Endangerment charges when a nutter exposes a child to this clearly defined danger.
Early this year a girl was mauled by a Pit that slept with her. Yet, no charges came from allowing a child to sleep with a "vicious Animal".
There needs to be some jail time here.
| 7/18/2009 12:07 AM |
Add "Natas" to the list of pit bull names.
"said Many Tucker. She owns a pit bull named Natas, that's Satan spelled backwards."
| 7/18/2009 2:29 PM |
Today's kennel buster takes two kids out in single attack:
"Two children were injured when a pit bull dog got out of a kennel and attacked them Thursday afternoon. A Moultrie police officer was called to a house on West Central Avenue about 4:20 p.m. Thursday about a dog bite. The officer met with Shirley Ward, who stated the dog got out of a kennel on her property and attacked two children, a 3-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl..."