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26 thoughts on “2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Killed by Chained Pit Bull in Luling, Texas

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  1. Another report said the uncle who owns the trailer had taken the MAULSPAWNER in over two months ago. Legally, he should be the harborer.

    Similiar incidents in South Carolina…(Unsupervised toddler wandering outside into the chained Canine IED) have produced manslaughter charges..We’ll see what happens in the Pit Mauling capital of the world..Texas!

  2. How long are the good people of Texas going to stand for this?!

    The child is the 13th Texan killed by a Pit Bull in just over 3 years!

    The preemptive Anti-BSL law is clearly not working!

  3. I came across this comment from an “Ex” dog fighter turned noble Pit bull breeder who thought he would set everyone straight about this manslaughter:

    “First off you got to support those dog breeders and dog show people cuz they are the ones who stop the laws on bsl and tying up your dogs. If you go to those websites you will learn about how the media is paid by peta and humane society to take dogs away from poor people and so that nobody can own a dog in america. I dont fight pits no more but i still breed em and i make everyone who gives me money to sign a paper saying they wont use dogs for illegal actions and dog fighters support them who stop laws because they are keeping us free so we got to support them so that lies like this one wont stop us. go to and and responsible dog owners and dogpolitics, and dog laws and give them your support because in the bible god said man could have dogs to do with what they wants and dog fighting is in the bible it is gods law”


    Breeding dogs for killing other dogs and gambling on them is the Lords work?!!!Don’t think so…Satan’s work maybe!

  4. “The dog was pregnant so they thought it would be fine,” Escovedo said.


  5. Anonymous who posted the Tombstone dog man comment

    I don’t think Tombstonedogman exists!

    That “comment” is full of AKC breeder propaganda, including the usual blather about humane groups (because they push for things like breeder licensing, which the AKC breeders obviously don’t like!)

    I suspect that Tombstonedogman’s is a faked comment made to sound like a dog man hoping to get these guys to send their money and support to the “dog show people” also known as the AKC!

    It is AKC breeders who run most of the “responsible dog owner” groups (AKC has “responsible dog owners” days which are lobbying against laws AKC doesn’t like!) and the dogpolitics site is run by an AKC breeder.

    AKC breeders also hide behind those two other pit bull sites.

    The dogmen have never liked the “dog show people” (ie, nasty strange old ladies who look down on the dogmen!) but the AKC breeders want the support and money to fight against laws like anti-chaining laws and bsl and breeder licensing, dog limits, etc

    What you read in that cooked-up “comment” is the AKC hard at work lobbying WITH dog fighters and trying to attract more.

    The AKC is directly involved with dog fighting lobbies and people, though they try to hide it. Hence the vague “pit bull chatty” forums where the true breeding and moneymaking interests are hidden.

    This is AKC ALL THE WAY!!!!!

  6. The operation in this case sounds like a pit bull breeder fighting operation.

    Chained dogs in the woods, the whole routine.

  7. And what is worse, anonymous who posted Tombstoneman comment, is that BEST FRIENDS and NATHAN WINOGRAD (the No Kill fanatics) are now working with these very same pit bull breeder and fighter lobbies!!

    They sold out animals for the lure of cash!

  8. There is an INSANE amount of bible thumping among dogmen.

    When there is nothing to support your argument, fall back on your faith.

  9. “There is an INSANE amount of bible thumping among dogmen.”

    Nothing new about selective interpretation. The Ku Klux Klan, Hitler, and radical Muslims have all contrived justifications with religious fulcrums.

    All cults fail. The pit bull dogma will go down in flames as well.

  10. There’s nothing riskier than a pregnant pit bull around a 2-year old! There needs to be a Federal Law to STOP THE BREEDING of pit bulls. It may be the only way to put a choke hold on these maulings AND dogfighting.

  11. I agree, she knew. In her heart, she knew. Despite the fact that everyone said the dogs had never shown any aggression — she knew in her heart that she was taking a chance by having that dog. I’m sure she just hoped for the best and wanted to believe everyone who told her that the dog was a sweetheart, and not to believe the media. And now, her son is dead, and she will always have that horrible image of her mangled ripped-apart son in her mind. I pray she can find solace by speaking out against pitbulls.

  12. It will be hard for her to speak out. That woman is undoubtedly headed to jail on child neglect charges. It’s hard to believe any Texas jury would sympathize with her. Stumbling out of bed at noon pretty much nailed her coffin shut. The question is, where is the boyfriend in all of this (and is he the FATHER of the child)? The earlier reports said that HE was the one that agreed to “watch” the dog. It appears he was the brother of the person that owned the mobile home where he, Tyson and Melissa were staying. Secondly, where is the mobile home owner in all of this? Neither of the two brothers have been named by authorities (or have spoken to the media).

    “Carol Escobedo said her two brothers were living at the trailer where the attack happened. She said one of her brothers “had been keeping” the pit bull suspected of attacking the boy for a couple of weeks for a friend.”

  13. “Miller said her family is now working on a bill to help prevent pit bull attacks.”

    What would the bill include? Don’t have a CHAINED, PREGNANT, PIT BULL near a young child? Each of these aspects alone is a highly dangerous situation! Combine them and the “I hate myself!” routine is understandable but in no way negates the deadly toll.

  14. “He was the reason I got up every morning”…..”I didn’t know what kind of dog it was”

    She must have a Lawyer…seems obvious that she is trying to influence the potential Jury pool.

  15. Charges please!

    There’s nothing worse than a neglectful person trying to pawn themselves off as a victim!

  16. “He was the reason I got up every morning”

    What about her 6 yr old? Was she not a reason to get out of bed in the morning? Was she not a reason for breathing? Or at 6 yrs old, was she considered old enough to fend for herself?

    This doesn’t feel right to me. I have never seen a mother get on tv so quickly after their child was killed.

  17. There are great parents and not so great parents. This 6 year old everyone refers to was a sweet and loving little girl. Never a moment without a smile on her face! I agree that her mother should of been awake and yada yada… but i feel so bad for this little girl. I knew her and saw her daily.

    Please pray that God grants her peace and a great life!

  18. Chaining is one of the lead indicators of trouble

    First because chaining makes dogs even more aggressive

    Second, because it is the most common kennelling technique of dog fighters

    and next, because it is used as an alternative when the dog is too aggressive to be in the home

    Then the whole community suffers

  19. I’m glad to see serious charges filed in this case. What kind of parent sleeps in until after NOON when they have a toddler in the house? Utterly disgraceful, and sadly, a child paid with his life. I hope the older girl has a safe place to go once her mother is behind bars. Where is the father in all of this?

  20. In my area, the law considers an animal yours if you feed it and bring it (or allow it) onto your property.

    Yet another group of idiots breeding pit bulls for profit. They would’ve put an ad in the paper for pit bull puppies for sale and made about $2,000. Then bred her again. And again. And again.

  21. I am so relieved to see this poor excuse of a mother charged with manslaughter. Isn’t this what the pit nutters are always crying for? Punish the deed, not the breed. I am anxious to see their comments about her arrest. I fully expect them to think it harsh and ridiculous.

  22. I would be stunned if any of them think it is harsh and ridiculous. We’ll see. But this is exactly what pit nutters push for…at least on this part, we agree.

  23. Phillips has written a post about this fatal attack:

    “I feel that these charges raise serious and difficult questions about responsibly for dog attacks. Let’s assume, for the purpose of argument, that this mother knew that a pit bull was chained or tethered outside the mobile home where she was staying. Let us also assume that she had no reason to think that her son was adequately confined. The issue is whether she had the requisite degree of knowledge that the chained or tethered pit bull presented a significant danger to her son. If the prosecutor cannot prove some knowledge of this danger, it is doubtful that Ms. Miller could be convicted of these crimes.”

    Read full post here:

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