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12 thoughts on “2010 Dog Bite Fatality: Pet Pit Bull Kills 7-Day Old New Port Richey Boy

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  1. There is a poll embedded in the article asking if Florida should be able to enact breed bans. According to an article linked with the poll, it's a proposal moving through the state senate to allow counties and municipalities to enact breed bans, something currently not allowed under Florida state law. If you're a resident of Florida, I urge you to contact your state senator and let him or her know that you are tired of the state putting dog fighters' and pit breeders' interests before human lives. Had there been a ban, this tragedy might have been averted.

  2. and of course the 20 yr old father is a tattooed violent felon.

    Authorities had been to the home in December when Carter was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery. He and a roommate fought about the cleanliness of the home, a report said. Carter was accused of punching the man so hard that the man had to be flown to Tampa General Hospital for surgery to relieve swelling of his brain. Carter also was arrested in 2007 on charges of possession of controlled substances and burglary, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

  3. "the family had previously been reported to Animal Control"

    And Animal Control falls down on the job again.

    At the very least, this ALSO needed to be a report to Social Services, especially when Animal Control did nothing, that this household had a baby AND violent dogs in the house together.

    As well as a complaint to the mayor and police chief that Animal Control did nothing, and that someone was going to get killed thanks to the negligence of Animal Control.

    How could the neighbors not have called Social Services too?

    In too many areas, Animal Control has become the Pit Bull Protection but ok to Kill People Service.

    People can't stop at just making animal control complaints when pit bulls are involved. They have to report to every government body possible, and escalate, or else someone dies.

    Why wasn't the landlord contacted? His insurance company?

  4. "Detectives said the dog attacked the infant, then escaped the home and attacked another dog down the street."

    That doesn't help the pit nutter theory that human aggression is not the same as dog aggression.

  5. "neighbors are complaining that both pits have been a problem running loose and menacing the neighborhood."

    So this child's death lies squarely as a fault of Animal Control.

    They did NOTHING about dangerous pit bulls and let everyone in the neighborhood have their lives at risk.

    Animal Control enabled a dangerous dog. Animal Control helped this dog kill.

    These dogs should have been seized ages ago, and child services involved.

    But my heavens, why did the neighbors only report to Animal Control? It was clear that AC was failing. Why didn't they escalate immediately?

    This could have been a neighbor's child or multiple children killed!

  6. The American Dream
    "The singlewide mobile home on Olsen Street where the baby died is white with brown shutters. Blankets and towels are tacked up as curtains and a sheet of plywood is jammed into a broken window. There's a blue gingham couch in the yard; old tires, a treadmill, an overflowing dumpster, a faded red pickup with weeds brushing the doors. The road is paved. Most in Moon Lake Estates aren't. The trailer has 840 square-feet of living space — two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, one bathroom. Ten people — eight adults and two children — lived here off and on with three dogs that didn't get along. Sidon, a 45-pound pit bull terrier, fought with the other dogs, so he stayed in Nicole Koezeno's bedroom. On Wednesday morning, as the 16-year-old Koezeno slept in bed with her seven-day-old son, Thomas James Carter Jr., the dog attacked. Koezeno woke at noon to a nightmare. Her son was dead beside her, killed as she slept."

    The comments on this story are interesting and at times ruthless. What stuck out to me, and at least one commenter, was the "DNA" test for the dog, which Mars admits is unreliable.

    Pasco authorities, possibly at the urging of James/Jim Crosby, are having the dog DNA tested for its breed presumably so that they can call it something other than a pit bull or pit bull-mix!

  7. When faced with a situation like this, your best course of action would be to arm yourself, and keep all children and pets indoors until you are able to move. Sadly, it's the only realistic solution. Pit bull owners generally have absolutely ZERO respect for other people or other animals whom they endanger with their dogs, and their usually irresponsible handing of them. Animal control is a JOKE. You can't depend on the police. If your neighbor's pit bulls become a problem, just accept the fact that it's to to start looking for a new place to live.

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