Animal Control: 'This is Not Just a Bite. This is a Mauling'

Victims Rights = Trash Laws UPDATE 04/10/09: Commissioner Elaine Renick continues to struggle in the wake of a vicious dog attack that left 22-year old Tracy Lindsey critically injured. Renick is especially troubled by the embarrassing $168 fine issued to the owners of the pit bulls, Jesica and Jessie Iaquinca, following the attack. Renick asked, "Is there something as a commission we can do so it's not just a fine?" Animal Services Director Marjorie Boyd is also quoted in t… [Read full blog post]

2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 7-Month Old Boy Killed by Great-Grandmother's Pit Bulls in San Antonio

Izaiah Cox, 7-months old, was killed by his great-grandmother's two pit bulls. Great-Grandmother Named UPDATE 04/01/09: The grandmother has been identified as the toddler's 58-year old great-grandmother, Irma Barrera.1 Her two pit bulls, Cane and Wrinkle, were both male and unaltered. Barrera said she placed the baby on her bed then went into the kitchen to get a bottle for the baby. That's when the pit bulls broke through the baby gate and attacked the infant. Barrera sai… [Read full blog post]

District of Columbia Court of Appeals Upholds 'Pit Bull Act' (2005)

McNeely vs. United States Washington D.C. - In 1996, for 90 days, the District of Columbia's Dangerous Dog Ordinance was temporarily amended by The Pit Bull and Rottweiler Dangerous Dog Designation Emergency Amendment Act. During this time, two pit bulls owned by Robert McNeely brutally attacked 36-old Helen Avery as she carried a bag of spoiled food to the trash can behind her home. The attack finally ended when Avery‚Äôs son, Jerrel Bryant, and two other men chased the dog… [Read full blog post]

2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Killed by Chained Pit Bull in Luling, TX

Mother Indicted UPDATE 05/14/09: A Caldwell County Grand Jury indicted the mother of a 2-year-old boy this week who was attacked and killed by a chained up pit bull. Melissa Miller, 24, faces charges of injury to a child and criminally negligent homicide, both felonies, in the March 26 death of Tyson Miller, according to a Caldwell County press release. The grand jury returned the indictment after hearing testimony from Miller and her attorney, Matt Jones of Austin, the rele… [Read full blog post]

2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 3-Year Old Boy Killed by Neighbor's Dog

Dustin Faulkner, 3-years old, was mauled to death by his neighbor's husky. Wolf-Hybrid Noted UPDATE 03/25/09: A person under the username "family" left a message about the death of Dustin Faulkner indicating that the dog that killed the little boy was a wolf-hybrid, specifically a "half husky-half wolf." The last response written (March 23), said that the dog had been put down. No other details were provided. DogsBite.org will try to locate more information about the invo… [Read full blog post]

Owner of Killed Cat Calls Pit Bull's Bite: "Death Grip"

Home Invasion Attack Fort Collins, CO - A Fort Collins pit bull has been euthanized after it entered into a neighbor's home and killed a pet cat in front of the shaken family, including two children. The pit bull, an 18-month-old dog named Lucky, chased a 2-year-old tan-and-white tabby named Simon upstairs into a bedroom and held the cat in an ironclad bite. "The dog clamped onto him and never let go," said Shannon Watson, the cat's owner. "He was just shaking it like a rag doll." W… [Read full blog post]

Ridgeland, Mississippi Passes Pit Bull and Wolf-Hybrid Ban

Ban Passes 6-0Ridgeland, MS - In a 6-0 vote, the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi (population 21,000) passed an ordinance this week that deems pit bulls and wolf-hybrids "vicious." The new law also limits these dogs (and all dogs deemed "vicious") to one per household. Owners of these dogs must microchip their animal, pay a $100 registration fee, meet other national registration, training and enclosure requirements and consent to unannounced inspections as well. Under th… [Read full blog post]

U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing

Privatization Partners Pet Policy UPDATE 03/17/09: DogsBite.org has received a copy of the official memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management regarding the standardized pet policy for privatized housing. The document was signed January 5, 2009 by Paul P. Bollinger Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Energy and Partnerships. SUBJECT: Pet Policy for Privatized Housing Under the Army's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Priv… [Read full blog post]