Tanya Barnes recounts violent pit bull attack from hospital bed.1
Victim Signs ReleaseUPDATE 04/27/10: In what can only be described as "deplorable" victim exploitation, Tanya Barnes signed a release Tuesday allowing both pit bulls to be returned to their owner. Earlier in April, Barnes was violently bitten in the face by a female pit bull after a male pit bull stepped on a puppy causing it to bark. Instead of attacking the male dog, the female clamped onto Barnes' face causi… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 04/26/10: Today a reader helped DogsBite.org better understand the process of Virginia lawmaking. The Governor can propose amendments, but he is not allowed to amend or rewrite bills already approved by the Virginia State Assembly, nor can he overturn court verdicts by decree. The Assembly (House of Delegates and State Senate) considers amendments proposed by the Governor, which must both accept them before the bill is amended.
On April 21, the… [Read full blog post]
From left: Vincent Marchese and images of the bite injury inflicted to his leg.
UPDATE 04/20/10: On Monday, the Marchese family filed a formal complaint with New Hanover County Animal Control. A Dangerous Dog hearing will determine if the pit bull, coincidentally named "Patron," is legally deemed "dangerous" requiring its owner to adhere to strict requirements. As noted in the news article, the subject of euthanizing the dog will not be part of the hearing… [Read full blog post]
Pit bull attack victims: Bridgetta Hadley and Duane VanLanHam.
Judge Ups Sentence
UPDATE 0608/10: Despite the oddly "carved up" verdict in the case against Anthony Hunt, County Circuit Judge Janet M. Boes did not hesitate in sentencing Hunt beyond the Department of Corrections recommendation by two years. Boes sentenced Hunt to five to eight years in prison. Hunt had asked Boes to follow the correction's guidelines and give him a "straddle cell"1 sentence, or one that wou… [Read full blog post]
From left: Emily Dennis, Pat Patrick, Bobby Smith and T.L. Williams
Must Forfeit Property
Picture Rocks, AZ - In a groundbreaking civil forfeiture action against a public nuisance property used for dogfighting, Emily Dennis must forfeit the property where she raised the dogs. Pima County Superior Court Judge Stephen Villarreal ruled that there was "probable cause" to believe the property, formerly owned by Dennis (Pat Patrick's partner), had been used to commit feloni… [Read full blog post]
Thomas Carter Jr. before his mauling death and his father, Thomas Carter Sr.
UPDATE 04/15/10: Details continue to emerge in the Pasco County fatal attack. After killing the newborn, Sidon attacked another household pit bull that was chained in the backyard. Kevin Doll, a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, said the infant's mother underwent a toxicology test to determine why she slept through the attack. He said that authorities had visit… [Read full blog post]