Another Dog Killed By Pit Bulls
UPDATE 10/14/08: On the same day Caesar was killed, a different dog was mauled to death in Jackson by pit bulls. Scott Sullivan, the owner of a lab-mix named Camo, shot a video of his dog dying on his kitchen floor. The pit bulls jumped his fence and savagely attacked Camo. Sullivan lives a mile and a half away from where 3-year old Tony Evans was killed in July after bumping into a chained pit bull named Blue Eyes.
Sullivan plans to start a petition to get pit bulls banned in Jackson, MI. Call 601-898-1213 to learn more about the petition.
10/01/08: Neighbors Demand Action After Attack
Jackson, MS - Angela Griffin says her dog Casear was a member of the family. "He was loved. He gave us love. He was a wonderful dog," she said. On Monday, Griffin says two pit bulls broke out of their yard, busted her fence and mauled her dog to death. "You never want to see your animal being mauled by two pit bulls," she says. "It was absolutely horrible. It was preventable. I'm convinced it was preventable."
Griffin says she has called Animal Control numerous times in the past to complain, but nothing has been done. Deputy Chief Gerald Jones of the Jackson Police Department recently stated in an email exchange, "I have instructed our animal control division to notify the owners of the animals that they have been deemed "dangerous." The animals will be removed and a hearing requested before a judge."
Neighborhood association president Margaret Bucci has written a letter to city officials about the problem. She says it's important for JPD to enforce city ordinances about dangerous animals. "This happened less than a block away from a school bus stop and just minutes before kids were about to come outside and wait for the bus," Bucci said. "So something else could have happened that morning. A child could have been attacked."
In other news:
Fort Worth Couple Wants Pit Bulls Removed
Fort Worth, TX - Dale and his wife Suki Ziegenhagen say they were terrified when two pit bull mixes charged them and their dogs. "These are our children. What can we do? Protect them. I didn't care about myself at that point," said Suki. The victims say they were walking their dogs when the pit bull mixes attacked without warning. "It's horrifying," said Dale Ziegenhagen. "You just feel helpless to some degree."
In a neighborhood filled with kids, the Ziegenhagens say they don't want the pit bulls on the street. "They should be put down," said Suki. The Ziegenhagens are trying to get the two dogs classified as dangerous animals. That would mean the owners would have to get $100,000 worth of liability insurance for each dog. Right now, the pit bulls are in quarantine and their owners have been given six citations.
Pit Bull Owner Can't Keep His Dogs Alive
Grapevine, TX - Jason Loban’s pit bulls have sat in the Grapevine animal shelter for 30 months. If he doesn’t come up with more than $10,000 and proof that his house meets the city’s requirement for boarding dangerous dogs, the pit bulls will be be euthanized. Loban says, "I don’t have $10,000 right now." By simply buying a liability insurance policy 30 months ago, he could have avoided this fee.
The tale began in April 2006, when animal control confiscated Loban’s pit bulls after a neighbor complained about them running loose. During a hearing in May 2006, the Municipal Court heard from witnesses and upheld Hopkins’ assertion that both dogs -- 6-year-old Tiger, and 4-year-old Sampson -- were dangerous. Loban paid a fine and was told that he could have his dogs back if he showed proof of liability insurance.
Loban said he didn’t have the $1,000 for insurance, so his dogs remained in the shelter. The meter has continued to run ever since. The amount now is up to $10,242.20.
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