Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sullivan, OH - The Mansfield News Journal reports that an Ashland County man died Sunday evening after trying to break up a fight between his bulldog and his son's pit bull terrier. During the fight, the pit bull latched onto his hand. When the family tried to get the dog to release its grip, the victim reportedly passed out and stopped breathing. Cary Grant, 56, was taken to Lodi General Hospital where according to his son, suffered a "massive heart attack" and died.
A DogsBite correspondent who alerted us to this incident, sent the following note: "Pits some how seem to find themselves in these situations...must be the sustained, prolonged, berserking attacks that causes the heart to explode." We are in agreement, particularly when high blood pressure or other heart ailments are involved. The question is, what about when these conditions are not involved, such as the incident that left Richard Martratt dead last year?
Google News Archives shows a well-established history of this issue.
Biting incidents involving non-severe bite injury that end in death, such as the cases of Grant and Martratt, are not included in DogsBite.org statistical fatal dog attack data. Dog attacks that end in human death involving non-bite injury are excluded as well. Despite (or due to) such exclusions, the disproportionate number of pit bulls and rottweilers involved in these cases1 also reflects their disproportionate role in attacks that are recorded as U.S. fatal dog attacks.
- 2011: Cary Grant Sr., 56-years old (Ashland County, OH)
- 2010: Richard Martratt, 64-years old (Van Zandt County, TX)
- 2010: Ethel Horton, 65-years old (Lucknow, SC)
- 2010: William Parker, 71-years old (Memphis, TN)
- 2009: Timothy Niemeyer, 56-years old (Indianapolis, IN)
- 2006: John Brannaman, 81-years old (Kissimmee, FL)
- 1999: Shirely Robinson, 64-years old (Washington D.C.)
- 1997: Salvatore Biagini, 70-years old (Queens, NY)
- 1987: Gaetano Zappala, 63-years old (Lawrence, MA)
- 1987: Dr. William Eckman, 67-years old (Datyon, OH)
2Some incidents are included in fatal dog attack statistics and others are not. All victims are dead. Many victims who suffer a heart attack in the face of a violent pit bull assault survive.
11/28/10: Pit Bull Dog Aggression: East Texas Man Dies Fighting Off Pit Bulls
06/13/10: Oceanside Letter Carrier Dies After "Non Bite" Injury from Rottweiler
05/08/10: Rottweiler Destroyed for Mauling Owner May Have Been Trying...
10/11/09: "Non Bite" Pit Bull Injury Leads to Death of Plainfield AC Officer
| 4/19/2011 5:32 PM |
Being mauled by a large dog or wild animal must be one of the most horrific experiences civilized people have to endure. Looking at the number of heart attacks that occur during an attack seems to support this point.
Looking at the archive - look how heart attacks related to pit bull attacks sky rocket in the 80s.
And I happened to find that the attack which prompted Ohio to deem pit bulls vicious was on a doctor who died of a heart attack as a result of an attack.
| 4/19/2011 7:03 PM |
The Ohio case is very famous Snack Sized. Dr. William Eckman, 67, was gruesomely mauled by two pit bulls while 9 people tried to subdue the animals. The attack -- often described as a slaughter -- lasted about 25 minutes long.
| 4/20/2011 12:00 AM |
i just don't understand why people allow their adult children to bring these things into their homes. but i am looking forward to the official pit nutter statement on this tragedy.
| 4/20/2011 4:17 AM |
Technically, this was a DBRF according to the standards set by "The Experts" at HSUS, CDC and NCRC. Mr Grant expired while the legally vicious animal was latched onto him and onsite CPR efforts to revive him failed. The familiy stated that "The Bite" took 1-2 minutes.
Perhaps if the Pit Community would breed dogs that bite and release, "Five Bite Exploding Heart Technique" victims could be avoided.
In all 274 US Pit Bull DBRFs, the victim's heart eventually stopped beating....
PREVENT THE DEED!
| 4/20/2011 11:39 AM |
And a military DBRF:
"According to Grant's obituary, the Sullivan man served in the United States Army and worked as a CNC machinist for Spencer Forge and Manufacturing."
| 4/21/2011 5:48 AM |
There was also 14 year old Miracle Parham who was chased by a Pit at a bus stop into traffic and killed last year.
The Dogfighters have done a fantastic propaganda job compartmentalizing their societal damage to just the Pits themselves. Then they twist it into a Humane issue for fundraising!
EXOTIC ANIMAL DESIGNATION FOR PITS NOW!!!!