Thursday, October 22, 2009
Pierceton, IN - Janet Hartman, 63-years old, may lose her arm after her son's pit bull attacked her at his Pierceton home. On Tuesday, October 20, Mrs. Hartman underwent the misfortune of stopping by her son's home to "drop off money" for him. She had been to her son Kevin's home before and met his pit bull. On this occasion, Kevin was not home. The dog was tied to a tree at the front of the house, but the walkway to the front door was within the dog's reach.
According to police, when Mrs. Hartman approached the house, the dog attacked. She put her arm up to protect her neck and face, and the pit bull’s jaws "locked on." The dog chewed her arm down to the bone and doctors believe it might have to be amputated. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Detective Josh Spangle, who was the second officer on the scene, said is was a "gruesome, bloody scene." As far as a dog attack, "I’ve never seen anything like that," he said.
Mrs. Hartman was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne in serious condition. She was upgraded to fair condition the following day. Spangle told reporters that because the dog's vaccinations are current and the attack occurred on the owners’ property, the animal was not taken into custody. Kevin Hartman and his girlfriend, Heather Hersha, are allowed to keep the potential "arm amputating mauler" as the attack did not violate any state or county laws.
Like the majority of U.S. states and counties, Kosciusko, Indiana has few preventative dangerous dog laws. Furthermore, once an attack of this nature occurs, there are no laws after the fact either. What will happen, for instance, when this pit bull chooses to snap the rope or cable that attaches it to the tree? Which unlucky child playing in a nearby yard will meet this animal's jaws? Which unlucky child will be ripped from his bicycle and suffer broken bones or worse?
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Recent Amputations by Pit Bulls in IndianaThe State of Indiana continues to amass more limb amputations than any other state. In at least three instances, the victims were attacked by "family" pit bulls.
- Oct. 09: Janet Hartman, 63, Pierceton. Victim expected to lose one arm.
- Feb. 09: Scott Sands, 47, Elkhart. Victim nearly suffered one arm amputation.
- Jan. 09: Brenda Hill, 68, Indianapolis. Victim suffered a lower leg amputation.
- Jun. 08: Annette Williams, 45, Greensburg. Victim had both arms amputated.
10/10/09: The Pit Bull Bite: Pet Pit Bull Bites Off Owner's Hand
03/07/09: Coverage of Indianapolis Serious Pit Bull Attacks and Controversy
02/14/09: Meet 6-Year Old Brian Lemus: Pit Bull Attack Victim
08/06/08: Comment: Pit Bulls are 14 Times More Likely to Break Constraint to Attack
06/07/08: Corpus Christi Boy, 9, Pulled Off Bike, Attacked by Pit Bull
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| 10/22/2009 3:55 PM |
Thanks for reporting this very terrible attack, DBO. I have to say that I really miss reading these blog entries on a daily basis.
FOLKS, PIT BULLS ARE A MAN MADE PROBLEM, BRED TO INFLICT MAXIMUM PHYSICAL DAMAGE. HOW MANY TIMES, I REPEAT, HOW MANY TIMES DOES THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN BEFORE PEOPLE REALIZE HOW "DIFFERENT" PIT BULLS ARE?
| 10/22/2009 5:20 PM |
How do future conversations work with the son? "I'm sorry my dog nearly tore off your arm Mom; at least he didn't get both." ??? Janet Hartman's life has been forever altered because her son and his girlfriend thought it a "good idea" to tie a mountain lion to a tree in the yard of their home. My bet is, they will keep the dog, or worse, they will send it to a rescue group (too afraid to euthanize it) so that an innocent adopter will end up with this mauler.
| 10/22/2009 6:08 PM |
"Champion" breeding stock for meth lab protection dogs right there!
Lee Carrol had no problem selling the pups from the dogs that caused Brenda Hill to lose her leg. What type of sane individual would want a pup from that litter?!?
| 10/23/2009 12:57 AM |
And in Louisiana another woman requiring reconstructive surgery on her arm after a pit bull pushed the door open and attacked the mother of 4. The owner received a ticket.
| 10/23/2009 2:59 AM |
The Louisiana attack was on a potential customer coming over to inspect a litter of pups!
We are seeing more and more human aggressive pit breeding operations...The great thing is they aren't paying income and sales taxes!
| 10/23/2009 9:00 AM |
Here is another example of what a pit bull attack can do...
Take a good look at the stumps that are this man's fingers...he tried to intervene when he saw three pit bulls attacking a woman on the street, and they turned on him. Read about the extent of his injuries...does anyone sane believe that three Golden Retrievers could do this much damage?