Thursday, March 3, 2011
UPDATE 03/03/11: To our dismay and delight, the owner of the pit bulls that killed Ronnie Waldo has been charged with manslaughter. James Casey Swanson, 30, of Topsy Road was arrested Thursday morning after the charges were issued by a special grand jury. We encourage readers to take a good look at Mr. Casey, as he represents "the classic" pit bull owner who almost always walks away untouched after a brutal mauling.
01/31/11: Fatal Dog Attack Ruled Accidental
Authorities have ruled the death of Ronnie Waldo, who was savagely killed by his landlord's three pit bulls last week, an accident. Pontotoc County Coroner Kim Bedford said the autopsy results show the victim died due to injuries inflicted by the dogs and that his death was accidental. It is unknown if Waldo has any surviving family members. The Clarion Ledger posted an obituary for Waldo on Saturday. Sadly, it is the shortest obituary we have ever seen.
01/27/11: Mauling Investigation Continues
News reports indicate that Ronnie Waldo went to his neighbor's house to borrow a relay switch when three pit bulls attacked and killed him. His neighbor, James Swanson, owns the dogs and the nearby property where Waldo lived. In a recent video, Swanson said he was Waldo's friend, but that he didn't understand "why he was in the yard" (blaming the victim). Even though being a tenant and a friend are perfectly normal reasons for Waldo to enter the yard.
01/26/11: Victim Identified: Ronnie Waldo
Pontotoc County, MS - In a developing story, NEMS360.com reports that a 51-year old man died today after being attacked by three pit bulls in Pontotoc County. Ronnie Waldo was killed this afternoon at a home on Topsy Road. Emergency responders pronounced the victim dead on the scene and deputies shot and killed at least two of the three dogs after being aggressive toward them. Pontotoc County Sheriff Neal Davis said the case is still under investigation.
Though details are still emerging, Waldo was renting property from Casey Swanson and was found in Swanson's front yard. In another "pit bull breeding operation" that ended in human death, NEMS360 reports, "A half dozen pit bull puppies scurried around the yard, seemingly oblivious to the howls and growls of the adult dogs that were being corralled from the backyard by sheriff’s deputies."1 They also noted that the adult pit bulls did not go "without a fight."
02/21/10: 2010 Fatality: 37-Year Old Philadelphia Woman Killed by Mother's Pit Bulls
01/18/10: 2010 Fatality: 56-Year Old Man Killed by Daughter's Six Pit Bulls
| 1/26/2011 9:15 PM |
This link states the dog belonged to the neighbor and the attack occurred on the neighbor's property.
| 1/27/2011 1:51 AM |
"The owner of the dogs, James Swanson, said he was at work when the attack happened. Swanson told WTVA News, "They was all on chains except for one. I've got beware of dogs signs on my property. I just don't understand why he was in the yard."
Who knows Swanson? He was your friend after all, maybe he was coming to talk to you...But instead, he met a horrific death.