Thursday, September 17, 2009
From left: Natylee Murphy before the pit bull attack and after (click to enlarge).
From left: Kortnie Murphy and the two pit bulls left at the backyard breeder's home.
Mother Shares Photos
UPDATE 09/17/09: The mother of the victim, Kortnie Murphy, has shared photos of her daughter with the media. Little Natylee has had five surgeries and more than a thousand stitches to repair severe tissue damage after a pit bull named "Tank" latched onto her face. Kortnie told reporters, "The first thing I think of is a lion. I don't know of too many animals that can do that to you." The images were taken while being treated at Memorial Herman hospital in Houston.
Like the family of Justin Clinton, the family of Natylee Murphy has started a letter writing campaign to ban pit bulls across the State of Texas. Due to the 1991 preemptive anti-BSL measure (HB 2065) authored by former State Rep. and Harris County Judge Robert Eckles1, coauthored by former State Rep. Dianne Delisi2 (Bell County) and sponsored by State Senator Rodney Ellis3 (Houston), Texas municipalities have been prohibited from enacting pit bull laws for 18 years.
State Senator Rodney Ellis is the only remaining politician in office and represents Senate District 13, the very district where Natylee is undergoing medical treatment.
Senator Rodney Ellis
440 Louisiana, Suite 575
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 236-0604 Fax
Email contact form
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09/11/09: Upgraded to Stable Condition
The Houston Chronicle reports that the 3-year-old girl who was attacked by a pit bull at her aunt's New Caney home in Montgomery County remains hospitalized but her condition has been upgraded to stable. According to authorities, she was repeatedly bitten Thursday by a pit bull in the backyard of her aunt's home in the 23500 block of Sweetgum. Though she suffered severe damage to her face and head, officials say the injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.
09/11/09: Little Girl Suffers Critical Injury
New Caney, TX - A little girl was critically injured by one of three pit bulls while visiting her aunt's home. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, the toddler went into the backyard to help feed the dogs and was subsequently attacked. The little girl was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and remains in critical condition. The aunt, who intervened to stop the attack, suffered minor injuries and was treated locally.
A separate article reports that Animal Control officers were only able to remove one of the three pit bulls. The man who owns the dogs refused to turn over the other two.
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Natylee Murphy Fund
To help the family pay daunting medical bills, donations can be made at City Savings Bank, 1-337-463-8661. The account number is 1885499.
2DogsBite.org saved a PDF file on former Rep. Dianne Delisi in case it should ever be removed from the web. Do scroll to see her many "hospital" and "teacher" awards.
3While sponsoring HB 2065, Senator Ellis also crafted his own anti-BSL measure, SB 1255
07/01/09: Justin Clinton's Family Starts Campaign: "Justice for Justin: Outlaw Pit Bulls"
06/29/09: Shaylee Crosson, 3, Loses Scalp in Pit Bull Attack
06/23/09: Texans Killed by Pit Bulls in 3.5 Year Period (2006-2009)
08/20/08: Dog Attacks, Trends and Dog Law Coverage of Texas
| 9/11/2009 3:46 PM |
This is the third "chained up" pit bull attack in just a matter of days.
Wednesday out of Tulpelo, MS (family chained up pit bull)
Tuesday out of Fullerton, CA (family chained up pit bull)
Who knows if these two also involved backyard breeding? Pit bulls + chains + breeding equals a Life Flight Helicopter for a child. In the New Caney case, they also had a "Beware of the Dog" sign.
Felony convictions of these adults please!
| 9/11/2009 3:51 PM |
REPORT NON-TAX PAYING BREEDERS!
By law, income derived from animal breeding, sales, etc is to be reported to the IRS as regular income, and taxes are to be paid.
These backyard breeders are tax cheats 99.999 percent of the time.
Submit online IRS form 3949A here http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=106778,00.html to report.
There are also state tax laws and those fraud forms may be found if you search the state tax sites or google search "[state] report tax fraud"
Most states also require that breeders and sellers obtain a sales tax id number, and failure to do that may be reported as well.
Those collecting welfare or state aid benefits (such as SSI) may also be breaking the law when they fail to report their breeding income. Contact those offices as well.
| 9/12/2009 12:57 PM |
"UPDATE: The condition of the three year old victim has been upgraded to stable. The child’s injures are non-life threatening but there is severe tissue and structural damage to her face and head."
| 9/12/2009 7:57 PM |
I'm sure this breeder refused to turn over the other two because they are more valuable breeding animals that he will sneak off to his fellow breeder friends, and he'll cash in. No tax paid, of course.
A lowlife tax cheat and lawbreaker, and they'll let him get away with it.
We have communities having to lay off cops but we allow these tax cheats to rip off communities, and cost us huge anounts of money?
| 9/14/2009 6:54 PM |
You wonder when and if this state will do anything to protect innocent life. Texas has a terrible problem with pit bulls. There are too many of them ---most owned by low lifes. Legislate mandatory spay and neuter in this state for this dog and it all could go away in a very few years. The other breeds lacking criminal breeders have pushed spay and neutering for their type dog for over a decade. It is going to take breed specific legislation for a breed specific problem that won't go away on its own.
| 9/15/2009 2:29 PM |
Yesterday a neighbor let his 2 pit bulls out, and they attacked 16, yes 16, cows. Killed 10, mauled 6 more. Remember those old meat grinders - the stainless steel thingy's with the crank handle your grand parents used to turn chunks of raw meat into nicely ground up hamburger? Now, all you need is a family pet pit bull - send him to your neighbors barn, and you have a years supply of ground chuck, with pulverized bone meal for the USDA requirement of calcium as a bonus. Grannies grinder couldn't handle femoral and ulna bones very well - just baby back ribs at best - and that was with gandpa at the crank.
Can your Golden Retriever do this?:
Are we to believe the nutters when they claim that the biased media only reports pit bull attacks? What if I offered right here and now - a $1000 reward for any free-lance report of a poodle, beagle, or retriever that slips into a barn and kills multiple horses and/or cattle. Can I put the $1K in a trust fund at DBO to make it official?
Next week maybe I will add a reward for any reports of beagles or poodles that mauled kids at bus stops, since there seems to be so many pit bulls attacking kids getting on/off buses as of late. Will someone else start one for police action shootings of poodles, beagles and retrievers? Actually, since there will very likely not be any in any of these catagories - we could use the same $1k for each reward fund. What if we got the nutter websites to agree to match us for every pit bull attack on cattle, horses and kids at bus stops, as well as police shootings? DBO could be more profitable than Yahoo.
| 9/15/2009 9:40 PM |
And Houston is still calling for Winograd to set their shelter straight, straight to hell, and let all the pits out. If Texans thought the Mexicans were tough, let's see what they do when the pits hit the Alamo.
| 9/17/2009 5:20 PM |
How many children will pit bulls kill in the name of "freedom of choice?"
How many mothers will cry over graves for the privilege of unrestricted dog breed ownership?
How many nurses and plastic surgeons will tend to horrific injuries only seen from shark attacks because the pit bull owner "didn't know" their dog would do this?
How many ignorant dog owners will provide donations to the AKC, the HUSA, or other "animal welfare groups" who will actively lobby and fight reasonable efforts to protect humans first?
How many dog fighters are funding these lobbying groups with millions and millions of dollars to defraud the American people into believing pit bulls are safe?
How many politicians will succumb to the organized political tactics of pit bull owners and breeders rather than standing up to them and doing "what is right" to protect human children, human mothers, fathers, brother, sisters, uncles and aunts, grandmothers and grandfathers from having to endure the agony of witnessing their family member suffer either a horrific death or continuing agony of near-death maulings?
WHEN WILL WE DEMAND THAT POLITICIANS PUT HUMANS 1ST?
| 9/18/2009 1:00 AM |
Current legislators from Harris County (Houston) not only have a duty and an obligation to vigorously pursue the REMOVAL of the Texas state anti-BSL measure that Eckles pushed through in 1991, they have a directive from GOD to do so. Eckles hid the measure under the "Dangerous Dog Law" title. A dangerous dog law that PROHIBITS THE REGULATION OF PIT BULLS! The only groups that benefit are pit bull breeders and dogfighters!
| 9/18/2009 7:54 AM |
In the most recent news story, a Wendy Mahoney is quoted as a pit bull owner. Guess what? Wendy Mahoney is a pit bull DEALER.
INVOLVED WITH THE UKC.
And clearly breeder interests as well.
The reporter got skunked by the breeders!
Wendy Mahoney also runs a "pet sitting business" that she's running pit bulls through. Pit bulls that come from breeders. Pearland Pets. In Pearland Texas
Mahoney, who defends a dog that unprovoked attacked a child, is being allowed to give talks to children about pets in the Pearland Public Libarary.
| 9/18/2009 8:55 AM |
Please post the contact information of this Senator, DBO!
I'm talking email, phone, fax, etc.
This Senator has got to seriously reconsider, learn, be enlightened, etc...
You can shuffle numbers but facts are facts.
| 9/18/2009 9:45 AM |
Nathan Winograd is directly involved with the dog breeder business lobby, including pit bull breeders.
He is working with PetPac, a registered dog breeder lobby, whose AKC breeder owner is under state investigation right now in California for improprieties.
The people in Houston trying to bring Winograd No Kill in are the dog breeders and dog fighters who want to eliminate animal control law, and prevent regulations, for their financial benefit, through the guise of "No Kill."
| 9/18/2009 9:46 AM |
Yet another child with life altering scars, not just physical but the mental as well. What does it take? The ones who support owning pits should be forced to put the victims pictures above their bed and to look at them each night before they fall asleep. They should be forced to empty the bed pans of the victims. They should be thrown into the offending pits and receive these scars as well. It sucks, really sucks.
| 9/18/2009 12:12 PM |
Pit owners never care about the damage the dogs do until it happens to them. Sometimes they don't even care when it happens to their own children, as we saw in one blog post a while back. Only when they are the ones being torn to shreds do they demand, "Shoot the dog!" Frankly, I think that's the only time the dogs shouldn't be shot.
This poor child will suffer because of this for the rest of her life. The people of Texas should be ashamed for allowing this anti-BSL law to stand as long as it has.
| 9/18/2009 2:20 PM |
The UKC and ADBA connected Wendy Mahoney story gets more disgusting
On the Wendolyn Wendy Mahoney page on Amazon
her Wish List reads
This list is for: Wendy Mahoney
Ship-to: Donald H Mahoney III - Pearland, TX
There is a Donald H Mahoney Jr who works for the Texas Children's Cancer Center
So this Wendy Mahoney of the UKC and ADBA, someone who is defending pit bulls for tearing up young children and claiming that pit bulls are ok, is related to a CHILDREN'S MD!!!!! A children's DOCTOR, for God's sake!
How does he explain to his patients how his daughter-in-law can defend the dogs that are tops for hurting and killing children?
See how this continues folks? Pit bulls will keep killing and maiming children as long as we have these middle class people who should know better lobbying for pit bull breeders.
| 9/18/2009 2:29 PM |
Wendy Mahoney's husband?
Intellectual property. (Not personal injury of course, or he would be representing some of the poeple that Wendy's beloved breed has mauled.)
Donald H Mahoney III
This is the son of the children's doctor
So now we see how Wendy Mahoney got a gullible journalist to interview her for that article about that child's attack.
The gullible journalist fell for the "I'm the wife of an attorney and I'm important" routine.
This is the problem. Middle class people defending fighting dogs. Pit bulls. Protecting fighting dog breeders from laws. Being dishonest about fighting dogs and what they are doing to people.
These kinds of middle class people are pulling strings with legislators, and getting fighting dogs protected so that children can continue to get mauled and killed.
| 9/18/2009 2:40 PM |
And irony of ironies, here is Mrs. UKC and ADBA Wendy Mahoney writing about how pit bulls AREN'T GOOD FAMILY DOGS AND HAVE ISSUES!!
Funny, isn't it? In the Natylee Murphy article (most recent, with pictures of the child) Wendy Mahoney says it isn't the breed! It's just "ownership."
Now her tune changes.
| 9/18/2009 2:48 PM |
A bit from Wendy Mahoney's bio, which she kept hidden from the reporter
"When I discovered the American Pit Bull Terrier at
UKC obedience trials in 1990, I knew this was the
breed I'd been looking for. After owning several
dogs involved in obedience trials, agility,
UKC/ADBA conformation and just being "dawgs", I
became involved in breed rescue on a large scale,
then as an individual dog foster. Some of my APBTs
appear in breed books and I was interviewed by the
author for the excellent yet unfortunately titled
book "Pit Bulls for Dummies". Pit bull terriers are
the only breed I want to share my life with, and I
want to share their gift of tractability, tenacity,
loyalty, intelligence, athletics and clownishness
with those who understand their true bull and
| 9/19/2009 2:05 AM |
Never forget that the UKC was founded by a frustrated dog fighter after the reputable registries wouldn't touch his british bloodsport dogs with a ten foot pole...The original registry requirement was three documented wins!
Shame on the Texas Legislature!
| 9/22/2009 10:30 AM |
On this latest article about Kortnie's quest for BSL in Texas, the pit nutters have inundated the comments section blaming this horrific attack on her -- someone even said that she should be put down! My God, they are so mental as to fight for this man-biter's life!! Lets all post comments encouraging Kortnie in her fight, and tell her not to listen to all the pit nutter hype!
| 12/20/2009 1:07 PM |
12/20/09 -- CPL David Miller received the award for his actions on Sept. 10, when he responded to a call involving a three-year-old child whose face was severely mauled by a Pit Bull and who the paramedic in charge said had life threatening injuries. Miller "assisted EMS personnel on-scene and volunteered to drive the ambulance to the hospital so medics could better care for the child. The paramedic in charge told Miller's supervisors that "without his efforts the child might not have survived."