19-Year Old Pit Bull Owner Sentenced
UPDATE 06/03/08: Esmeralda Alvarado, 19, who's pit bulls attacked a 75-year-old man, was sentenced to one year of probation and a $2,200 fine. In March, her two pit bulls viciously attacked Hopeton Hewett. He suffered a sprained back and severe bites on one arm. The article does not mention restitution. DogsBite.org can't imagine his injuries cost less than $50,000.
03/31/08: Dog Attack Renews Debate
After Hopeton Hewett was attacked by two pit bulls unprovoked on his own property, the pit bull debate resurfaced in Omaha. The news agency reporting the incident, WOWT.com, had a reliable source on hand. Nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa, has had a successful pit bull ban in place for three years. City council member Lynne Branigan says:
"The number of incidents that have been reported have been almost zero, since the ban has been in place."
More precisely, after 1 year of the ban, the number of pit bull bites dropped by more than 50%, the subsequent year, another 50% and yet another 50% by the third year. Since the ban was instituted January 1, 2005, the percentage of bite bull bites dropped from 23% to 10% in 2005, 5% in 2006 and 2% in 2007. Branigan encourages Omaha city council to look at a similar measure, which would prevent an attack like Hopeton Hewett suffered.
Esmeralda Alvarado said she does not know how two of her pit bulls escaped from her home, who proceeded to hunt down and attack a 75-year-old neighbor before one of the dogs was shot and killed by police.
Hopeton Hewett was taken in serious condition to a hospital, where he was treated and released. A police officer later shot and killed one dog as it charged a Nebraska Humane Society officer. Animal control ticketed Alvarado on suspicion of two counts of harboring a dangerous animal.
"I don't even understand how they got out in the first place," 19-year-old Alvarado said as tears filled her eyes. "I don't know."
Hewett was walking outside when the attack occurred. He heard a noise behind him, when he turned, two black pit bulls jumped him and drug him to the ground. One dog chomped on Hewett's left forearm, leaving a deep bite wound.
03/27/08: Man Attacked By Two Pit Bulls
Omaha, NE - In a developing story, a man was attacked by two pit bulls at 38th and Corby Wednesday afternoon. A neighbor tells Channel 6 News the victim is 76-year-old H. Hewitt and that he was bitten on the arm and dragged by the dogs. His condition has not been disclosed.
"He said the dogs got me, the dogs got me," says Carolyn Walker. "I didn't understand at first, then I see he's bleeding all over."
An Omaha Police officer shot and killed one of the pit bulls. The other was last seen in a nearby wooded area, which was checked for several hours before authorities called off the search. It will be periodically searched.
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