#338: Police Kill Attacking Pit Bull in Austin
10/23/08 | Austin, TX
Summary: Austin police shot and killed an angry pit bull that mauled a woman, putting her in the hospital with serious injuries. Officers say shots were fired as a last resort. "She was mauled on her fingers, on her wrist, behind her legs...It was pretty gruesome," said Michael Garcia, neighbor. A separate report said the woman had been dogsitting the pit bull when it attacked an English bulldog. She was injur… [Read full blog post]
Pit Bulls Ruled "Unpredictable"
Toronto, CA - Pit bulls are dangerous and unpredictable dogs that have the potential to attack without warning, the Ontario Court of Appeal said today in a decision upholding the province's ban on the animals. The Ontario government enacted the Dog Owners' Liability Act in 2005 to ban the breeding, sale and ownership of pit bulls after several incidents in which the dogs attacked people.
The ruling confirms that the ban is constitutional.
Th… [Read full blog post]
#330: Police Kill Dog Attacking Goats
10/16/08 | Anson, TX
Summary: Back in September, a police officer shot a pit bull attacking a baby goat. Anson Police Chief Patrick Hawthorne said that before the incident the city had impounded three goats, one of which was a baby. They had also impounded a pit bull and put it in a separate location. But the pit bull escaped its pen and attacked the baby goat -- the leg was severed and the goat was bleeding profusely. The officer shot and killed… [Read full blog post]
#321: Man Attacked by Two Pit Bulls Shoots One
10/09/08 | Oildale, CA
Summary: A man who shot a dog in Oildale was under attack at the time, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Elmer Walker, 72, was walking on the 700 block of the north alley of Woodrow Avenue when two pit bulls pushed open a gate where they lived and attacked the man. Walker hit one of the dogs with a stick and shot the other dog with a .22 revolver he's permitted to carry. The gun fire caused the dogs the retre… [Read full blog post]
#309: Seneca Police Shoot, Kill Two Pit Bulls
10/01/08 | Seneca, SC
Summary: Officer Andy Caudill was responding to complaints of two "loose and vicious" dogs near downtown Seneca when one attacked him, Chief John Covington said. When officers Robbie Johnson and J.B. Smith arrived at the scene, the two pits attempted to attack them, which prompted the officers to shoot the dogs. Both dogs were eventually found dead.
Pit bulls killed: 2
#310: A Beer, a Pit Bull and a Rifle
10/01… [Read full blog post]
Humane Society Organizations
An important fact for readers of DogsBite.org is that there is no connection between local humane societies and the national organization, The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is the largest animal advocacy organization in the United States and was founded in 1954. The organization also works with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm section of the Department of Justice to find and arrest dogfighters.
There is no national organiza… [Read full blog post]
Infant Died Quickly
UPDATE 10/07/08: Opal Sao, the grieving dog owner, said she left the baby on her bed, asleep, and had gone to the kitchen for a drink of water just after midnight. Penelope Rose, a pit bull mix, followed her to the kitchen, but while Sao was drinking, she realized the dog had left. She ran to the bedroom to find the dog standing on the bed over the baby.
The bed was reportedly off limits to the dog.
By the time she handed the baby to her niece, his mother, the baby was de… [Read full blog post]
Banned Dog Breed PolicyFort Riley, KA - On September 30, 2008, Fort Riley Army base issued a memorandum for distribution. The subject of the memorandum was titled: Banned Dog Breed Policy. Effective October 1, 2008, Fort Riley banned new and unregistered pit bulls, American Staffordshire terriers and crosses of these breeds from the entire base.
Effective October 1, 2008, pit bulls, American Staffordshire terriers, and crosses of these breeds will no longer be allowed o… [Read full blog post]