Hawaii Enters Stage 1 of BSL
Honolulu, HI - On the heels of statewide legislation introduced by Senator Colleen Hanabusa (SB 79) to ban pit bulls, two serious pit bull attacks occurred on the same day. Both attacks follow the pit bull attack on Honolulu Detective Gary Lahens earlier this month and an infant being killed by a family pit bull-mix back in October. In Tuesday's attacks, two separate incidents on the Island of Oahu sent two women to the hospital with serious injuries.
After a pit bull (or pit bull-mix) bit a woman in Kalihi, emergency medical officials said the 60-year-old woman was taken to a nearby trauma center in serious condition. The Hawaiian Humane Society said the owner opted to confine his dog at home. (Who can forget the HHS?) The other attack occurred in Kapolei. This victim was also hospitalized and may suffer nerve damage in her legs and hand. The owner of these pit bulls willingly gave them up to be euthanized.
There is so much happening in Hawaii that we're just trying to keep up!
In other news:
Mobile, Alabama Considers a Pit Bull Ban
Mobile, AL - After a neighbor's pit bull broke through a screen porch door and killed a family cat, the mother of the cat's owner has stepped forward. She recently presented her concerns to the Mobile City Council, in that it could have been her 3-month-old and 3-year-old grandchildren that were the victims of the recent mauling. Mobile City Council is taking Brown’s concerns seriously, and breed specific legislation (BSL) regarding pit bulls may soon be in the works.
Wichita, Kansas Re-Visits Pit Bull Laws
Wichita, KA - Over in Kansas, city statistics show how many dog calls deal with pit bulls. In 2008, half of all dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls. City officials recently presented the stats at a workshop. Pit bull restrictions were left out of a dangerous dog ordinance that went into effect in January 2008. A year later, the statistics have them reconsidering changes. A ban on new pit bulls or the mandatory spay and neuter of pit bulls is now on the table.
10/07/08: 2008 Fatality: Infant Dies After Being Mauled in Waianea
10/06/08: "Mixed Breed," a Typical Animal Agency Cover Up for a Pit Bull?
05/04/08: Dog Attack Leaves Behind Many Scars
04/29/08: Pit Bull Tears Through Screen Door to Attack Dog
04/29/08: Jocelyn Bouchard, Executive Director of the Maui Humane Society