Hearing to Determine Restitution
UPDATE 11/13/08: A court hearing will determine how much restitution Thomas Tziazou is owed after he was attacked by three pit bulls in September. Doctors had to reattach his ear and mend numerous wounds. There are no charges against the dog owner Sam Sanchez. The judge also returned two of the pit bulls to Sanchez so that the animals could attack again.
11/13/08: Judge Sends Dogs Home to Owner
Back in October, we updated readers on the situation regarding 2 of the 3 pit bulls that savagely attacked 70-year old Thomas Tziatzuo. Instead of putting all three dogs down after the attack, the judge ordered 2 of the dogs be "evaluated" to see if they were too dangerous to place back in a home. The judge has made a ruling and returned the two dogs to its owner Sam Sanchez.
We remind you what Sanchez said after the attack: "I love my dogs, but do I see my dogs’ life being more important than a human? Never."
Apparently, this is why Sanchez spent the last few months in court trying to get his dogs back. He repeatedly told the judge that his dogs were not aggressive. Since the September 8, "evaluation" ruling, DogsBite.org uncovered pit bull shuffling activity about these dogs. The person evaluating the dogs said that one of the dogs was not adoptable, the other was "dominant" and that she would not recommend either be returned to its owner.
Since the forum board message was posted (10/11), the evaluator saw it fit to recommend both dogs be returned to its owner.
Upon hearing the news, Tziatzou told reporters that he still has numbness in his face. His life has changed significantly since the attack. Tziatzou said he walked the same route every morning for 15 years. Now, he exercises at a gym. "I’ve got so much damage,” he said. “I never walk outside anymore. I’m afraid." Due to a questionable court appointed evaluator and the judge himself, the rest of the community can be afraid too.
09/08/08: Judge Only Puts One Dog Down
At the hearing to determine the fate of the three dogs that viciously attacked 70-year old Tziatzou, prosecutors presented a witness named Lori Hendron. She told the judge how the pit bulls terrorized Tziatzou. She saw the dogs grab him by his head and legs and rip his ear off. It was testimony the prosecutor thought was enough to have all three dogs put down.
He was hit down so hard that his dentures flew out of his head onto the street. He was shredded, shredded so much, bitten so much that the tendons on his arms were exposed. I believe we showed that the gentleman was seriously injured and certainly no one deserves to have that happen to them, no one else in community deserves to have that happen to them.
But the judge only decided one dog should be put down. The other two will undergo a behavioral evaluation to determine whether they're too dangerous to put back in a home. The owner, Sam Sanchez, repeatedly told the judge the dogs weren't aggressive. Last week he expressed remorse to reporters about the attack, "And if, at any given time, I can switch my life for his, I would."
If the man was remorseful at all there would not have been a hearing. He would have agreed to have the dogs euthanized.
09/04/08: Victim Thanks Rescuers
The victim, Thomas Tziatzou, issued a written statement today. He thanked family, friends and the Chili community for their support as he recovered from the attack. "Specifically, I am grateful to the kind neighbor who called 911 and to the strangers who used their cars in attempts to chase the three dogs off. Without their help, I might not be here today."
Tziatzou expects to leave the hospital today.
08/30/08: Dog Owner on Remorse Campaign
The owner of three pit bulls that mauled the elderly man said, "I'm hoping this gentlemen pulls through. And if, at any given time, I can switch my life for his, I would." We need write nothing else regarding the severity of this attack. Sanchez stands the likelihood of being charged, particularly if the victim dies. He appears to be on a remorse campaign before his possible arrest.
08/29/08: Three Pit Bulls Attack
Chili Center, NY - The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is crediting drivers at the scene for saving the life of a man who was mauled by three pit bulls in Chili Center. Scott Quenell, a Medicab driver, was on a routine call when he saw three pit bulls dragging what he thought was a bag of garbage across the street. When he looked closer, it turned out the dogs were attacking a 70-year old man.
Quenell and other drivers used their vehicles to try and chase the dogs off then surrounded the victim with their vehicles. The dog's owner, Samuel Sanchez, 36, arrived at the location to call the dogs off. The victim, Thomas Tziatzou, was in shock and badly mauled about the face. He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where was immediately brought into surgery.
When will this madness end?
We don't need to remind readers that senior citizens that suffer severe attacks do not recover easily and in some cases do not at all.
10/13/08: "Shuffling" a Pit Bull After a Dangerous Dog Court Hearing
08/29/08: 83-Year Old Woman Attacked by Pit Bulls in Ville Platte
08/18/08: 2008 Fatality: Henry Piotrowski, 90-Years Old, Killed by Two Pit Bulls