Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Bakersfield, CA - In a rare photo captured by Damon Hill via iPhone on Tuesday, 35-year old Steven Herrera is shown being attacked by three pit bulls in the front yard of his brother Salvador Romero's East Bakersfield home. Neighbor Andy Castaneda could hear Herrera's screams from four houses down. He was screaming, "Oh God, please somebody help me," Castaneda said. When 69-year old Castaneda arrived at the scene, he had no weapon except a hardwood cane.
"The big pit was chewing the man's arm off. It was horrible," Castaneda said. "I've never seen anything like that."As neighbors gathered outside the fenced front yard of Salvador Romero, one shot a few photos with his cell phone. Others were reluctant to enter without a weapon to defend themselves against the powerful pit bulls. According to Castaneda (pictured right), by this point, "the man's arm was shredded." So he entered the yard, used the bicycle to shield himself, and started beating the dogs with his cane until they retreated long enough to get Herrera out of the yard.
Damon Hill also heard the commotion. "His son was outside the yard crying and throwing up," Hill said of the victim. Hill said he believes Herrera would probably have been killed had someone not intervened. "The dogs were just going wild," he said. Romero, who runs a backyard breeding operation, initially said he would not seek the return of the three pit bulls that are currently being held in quarantine, but later suggested he may want the two pregnant females back.
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| 11/04/2009 2:53 PM |
"Davis, who has seen more than her share of dog bite victims, said having access to dogs of such ferocity just by lifting a gate latch is a safety issue in the neighborhood."
City Animal Control Field Supervisor Tammy Davis
| 11/04/2009 2:54 PM |
Look at the fence behind the victim - quite a containment area for dogs that are known to jump 9-12 foot obstacles with relative ease. And of course they're going to return them so that they can hop the fence and wreak that kind of damage on someone's child or grandparent next.
| 11/04/2009 6:15 PM |
The world really needs the puppies of these maulers... one can only hope the legal system will not return the dogs to Romero. How can one brother have so little concern for another brother?
| 11/05/2009 2:18 AM |
This man is very lucky that Mr. Castaneda appeared with a cane to beat the dogs off him. The pit bulls were in the process of "pulling him to the ground" to attack him fatally. Perhaps due to his weight and strength, Herrera was able to stay upright. How many of us could say the same with three pit bulls, biting, tearing and pulling you to ground?
| 11/06/2009 2:28 AM |
Another documented human aggressive breeding operation! Anxiously awaiting the "responsible" pit bull community to condemn it....We'll probably just get another Pits wearing tu-tu's awareness march instead.
| 11/06/2009 9:34 AM |
I will never understand the fascination with these vile creatures.....Then again I'm not a sociopath. Seriously , if someone tells me that they own a pitbull that tells me all I need to know about them.
I bet that man hasn't expressed any concern for his brother.
| 11/09/2009 3:46 PM |
From what I have heard, the Bakersfield area is a nest of dog fighters, puppy mills, hoarders, and tax cheat illegal breeders.
Why? No regulations, so these crooks can get away with this.
The authorities let dog fighting go on literally under their noses.
When will Bakersfield decide that it doesn't want tax cheats endangering their lives and abusing animals?
| 11/17/2009 5:15 AM |
It's is not only lack of income declaration.... everytime a breeder sells a dog they are required to collect and remit sales tax.
California and Indiana is starting to go after them...
On the bright side, these dogs were euthanized, including the pregnant human aggressive females.
| 11/17/2009 10:46 AM |
An absolute shocker the brother did not go after the puppies!
"Three pitbulls that mauled a man in an east Bakersfield yard were set to be euthanized Tuesday at the end of a 10-day quarantine. "The owner will not be redeeming the dogs," city animal control Supervisor Tammy Davis said Monday. "They won't be released to a rescue or anything like that because of their behavioral history."
Cheers to 12 or more new potential maulers that will not be!
| 11/18/2009 10:06 AM |
Nov 17, update:
"ON THE DAY OF THE ATTACK, ROMERO ASKED ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS IF HE COULD GET SOME ROTTWEILERS TO PUT BACK IN HIS YARD TO PREVENT THEFT. DAVIS HAS ALSO HEARD HE MAY HAVE ANOTHER PIT BULL."
| 3/05/2011 6:43 PM |
This shows that virtually all pit bull breeders are sociopathic and can't be trusted. This assclown wanted the pregnant females back after HIS mutant dogs almost mauled his own brother to death. I'm convinced pit bull owners are antisocial cowards. How could ANYONE with any kind of human decency and conscience want a pair of dogs back that almost killed a family member? This true account says a lot about the amoral character of people who breed and own these very dangerous animals.