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24 thoughts on “Lafourche Officials 'Set Up' Second Attack; Rebuff State Representative

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  1. Great…. another State Law being generated after a Pit Bull Attack! What is this six or seven states now?

    Maybe they should call this one "Shank's Law"?

  2. This requires quite blunt commentary.

    "Judge" Barbera needs to be stripped of his position, face criminal prosecution, and go to jail.

    He colluded with criminals who owned a dangerous dog, and a fake "rescue" group, to cause a public safety danger and physical harm.

    Barbera is supposed to be an authority figure, not a colluder with criminals. Not an enabler of physical harm to innocent people. Not a threat to public safety.

    But collude he did.

    He himself has acted AS A CRIMINAL in this entire situation.

    It is time for all of us to scrutinize the judges in our court system, and have criminal and corrupt ones REMOVED and CHARGED with their crimes.

  3. Don't contact Barbera!

    Contact the ethics board of his state.

    There should be an administrative judge supervising his performance, and an ethics committee for judges.

    Does anyone have this info?

    There should be formal complaints filed about his performance as a judge.

  4. "Judge Jerome Barbera was appointed Chair of the Task Force on Court Security by the Louisiana Supreme Court. "

    Can you imagine? He gives a darn about HIS OWN security in the courtroom, but willingly helps the public and city workers get mauled and nearly killed!

    Barbera is a threat to the security of the public at large!

  5. It appears that a tactic now being used by these corrupt "rescue" groups is to grab the dangerous dog BEFORE the dangerous dog hearing, so the dog isn't officially declared dangerous (as it is and should be) so they can escape liability insurance requirement laws in their own state or area, or deceive their insurance companies.

    So the future victims of these dogs will also have to suffer with the medical and funeral bills.

  6. Custody of the dog should be squarely and solely in the hands of the shelter, and ownership STUCK to the owner, until after the hearing, always. No transfer of ownership. No hauling the dog elsewhere. The dog stays put and stays the property of the criminals who let it maul until after the legal fallout. And judges need to STOP listening to animal nuts over the advice of their own law enforcement and representatives.

  7. The other issue in this dysfunctional tale is that the local Humane Society doesn't maintain liability insurance?!?

    Regulation please…..

  8. Here's another negligence case that occurred in Barbera's courtroom.

    Driver who fell asleep, killing 3, gets 30 days
    Sept. 2009 – "An LSU student who fell asleep moments before causing a head-on crash that killed three people last year in Larose received a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday. The victims’ family sharply criticized Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant II for choosing not to file more-serious charges against defendant Binh Pham that could have resulted in a significantly longer sentence."

  9. If you haven't yet read the last news article in the link, be prepared to have your head explode. In true pit-nutter fashion, Lillian Jarreau places blame for the second attack squarely on Officer Joe Lamartina, with some blame thrown in for another dog that she claims upset her precious wiggle-butt. She claims that all she needed was a leash, and sent her mother to get one from the officers, and those darn officers burst into the room to help her, which got her little baby even more upset. Apparently, mama did not simply ask them for a leash — she told the truth — that her daughter could not handle her own dog! So, after this mauler disfigured her neighbor for life, and after witnessing the second attack first hand, she claims she was pressured into putting down the beast, and if she had more time to think, she would not have done it.

    What kind of a nut wants a dog like that? Oh, yeah. A pit-nutter!

    Also, did you all notice that the Jarreaus had puppies? Apparently, the neighbor was coming over to look at them — I guess she'll be changing her mind about getting a pit bull now. And, of course, the Jarreaus also blame the neighbor for that attack.

    Freakin' unfathomable!
    Lisa Yaeger

  10. The an early article stated that Shanks had bitten a person three years ago but the Jarreaus escaped charges….What we have here is a thrice biting Pit and puppies!

    I wonder if Jarreau plans on trafficking them into the community?!?

    Unfortunately, this is the Pit Bull community and they are incapable of acting responsibly.

    BAN EARLY and BAN OFTEN!!!!!

  11. I hope that Officer Lamartina sues the Jarreaus AND the city.

    This is needed.

    They should also be charged with attempted murder.


    Are the Jarreaus running an UNLICENSED BREEDING BUSINESS and not paying taxes on the income?

    Is this the interest that Barbera was protecting?

    Is this a breeding dog that Barbera was helping them get back into breeding circulation?

    And what are these puppies being sold for?

    Louisiana is dogfighting central.

  13. It needs to be illegal to produce/sell pups from a legally declared dangerous dog.

    You wouldn't think this would need to be a law!

  14. The same thing happened up in Indy last year when Lee Carroll's breeding Pits mauled Brenda Hill so badly that she lost a leg…Carroll later sold 8 pups from the maulers into the community.

    This is what happens in a absence of sane breed stewardship.

    And the nutters wonder why bans are spreading!

  15. Anon, you made a very prophetic statement about bans in light of the newest blog entry above this one. I applaud the authorities in Prescott, Arkansas!

  16. A priceless memo from the Lafourche Sheriff's office following the "sparing" of Shank, but prior to the second mauling.

    LPSO Agrees to "Paw-Shank" Redemption – Sgt. Lesley Hill Peters

    October 27, 2009 – Sheriff Craig Webre and the owners of a dog who all agree is dangerous, have reached an agreement that will save the pit bull named Shank from being put down for now. Under Louisiana law a dog can be declared dangerous if it bites someone and causes severe injuries. Jerome Jarreau, Shank’s owner, was cited October 20th after Shank latched on to the left arm of Tecla Smith and wouldn’t let go until hit on the head several times with a board. Smith, a neighbor of the Jarreau’s, received severe injuries.

    Before the hearing set for 2:00 PM today in Judge Jerome Barbera’s Thibodaux courtroom, Mike Grunblatt of the Pontchartrain Humane Society (a non-kill shelter) offered to house Shank until the owners could comply with several conditions set by Louisiana law and Lafourche Parish ordinances. Under an agreement approved by all parties, Grunblatt will take Shank to the north shore shelter and house him for up to six months, giving the Jarreau’s the opportunity to:

    •Get the dog properly vaccinated
    •Build a properly secured enclosure for the dog that will be inspected for compliance to applicable laws and parish ordinances
    •Put up the proper signage called for by applicable laws and parish ordinances
    •Secure a half-million dollar liability policy

    Grunblatt assured all parties that he will make sure Shank is vaccinated and cared for while the Jarreau’s work to comply with the agreement. If for some reason they do not, the Pontchartrain Humane Society will take custody of the dog and be in control of its future. St. Tammany authorities will be properly notified that a dangerous dog is within their boundaries once Shank is relocated.

  17. I also think breeders should be required to maintain proper vaccinations for ALL dogs of age on their property in order to be allowed to operate their business. Failure to do so should result in confiscation of all dogs and massive fines. It's time this under the table industry was regulated.

  18. In Louisiana breeders with over 5 dogs are to maintain a Kennel Permit…I doubt that was done here.

    These breeders here are still selling Shank's human aggressive pups!

    Where is the "responsible" Pit Bull with their condemnation?!?

  19. Has anyone asked the obvious question…why are pit bull owners abandoniong their dogs in such huge numbers? If the dogs are being abandoned in droves by people who, we can assunme, wanted a pit bull in the first place, what makes these lunatics think there are hundreds of homes out their just looking to adopt a pit bull?

    I believe one of the main reasons some shelters don't adopt out pit bulls is because the only people who seem to want them are the gang members and dog fighters; also, there is a risk to adopting out pit puppies, because they are not yet altered, and can be used for breeding. In many urban areas, the "no-adopt" policy is done primarily for the protection of the dogs; better a huamne death than abuse, starvation, and abandonement that awaits them.

  20. Good question…Somehow the Pit Community has twisted the debate into a "Humane Smokescreen".

    No other breed is bred to be dead in such numbers.

    Get them on tax evasion!

  21. When you click to the original article, you have to love the owner's cagey ("Please don't kill me.") expression as she let's that dog lick her face. Her pose looks like she's braced to dash away at the slightest shift.

  22. Total breakdown in breed stewardship by the Pit community once again…It is inconcievable that this breeder can legally sell off-spring from Shanks.

    Regulations coming…..

  23. I nominate the Jarreau's as "2009 Pit Bull Breeder of the Year" finalists!

    Shank's mauling spirit will live on through the human aggressive pups he sired…..RED ALERT Louisiana!

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