Mother of Child Killed by Dog Sentenced to Probation by Judge
Valerie Grace Carlson, 30-years old, sentenced after the mauling death of her son.
Mother Sentenced archived
UPDATE 09/29/11: The mother of a 2-year old boy mauled to death by a dog while she was in a "drunken stupor" in her Tierrasanta home was sentenced to 5-years probation. Valerie Grace Carlson, 30, was also ordered by Judge Laura Halgren to complete a one-year jail term. Since her arrest back in April, combined… [Read full blog post]
Justice for Vanessa
Shohola, PA - Back in May, singer-songwriter and pianist Vanessa Carlton was jogging in rural Shohola when she was attacked by a loose pit bull. Carlton's story shows how pit bull advocates and No-Kill fanatics swarm to save dangerous pit bulls and the devious tactics they employ in the process. In the instance of Carlton, and with the help of Pocono Record writer Howard Frank, they successfully portrayed the biting pit bull, named Bella, and it's owner as… [Read full blog post]
Pit Bulls Killed 67%
DogsBite.org - Of the 18 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org so far in 2010, pit bull type dogs contributed to 67% (12). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 17 days during this 203-day period. 83% (10) of these incidents involved a family pit bull killing a family member. The second leading dog breed to kill a U.S. citizen in 2010 is the rottweiler,1 which contributed to 17% (3) deaths. Of these deaths, 100% involved a family rot… [Read full blog post]
From left: Widow Bessie Parker and the victim's daughter Gardenia Parker.
From left: Gardenia, the Tree of Hope memorial and victim William Parker.
Tree of Hope Corridor
UPDATE 07/25/10: On Saturday, family and friends held a vigil for 71-year old William Parker who died Tuesday after being mauled by two pit bulls. Neighbors lit candles, hung teddy bears and Tree of Hope signs on a tree near the scene of the mauling. Gardenia said the half-block walk to the vigil was the most di… [Read full blog post]
The victim, Jacob Bisbee, and Steven Hayashi in jailhouse interview in 2010.
One Year in County Jail
UPDATE 07/07/14: Nearly four years after the brutal pit bull mauling death of 2-year old Jacob Bisbee, the owner of the dogs, 56-year old Steven Hayashi of Concord, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years formal probation. Hayashi was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in April and could have been sentenced to 10-years in state prison. On July 22, 2010 Jaco… [Read full blog post]
Photo courtesy of the Wilkes family.
Behaviorist Gary Wilkes | Download PDF
Mechanicsburg, PA - Back in January, Gary Wilkes wrote to DogsBite.org asking for permission to use one of the most powerful images posted to the website in a forthcoming article about pit bulls. The photograph shows Wendy Blevins and her daughter in an emergency room just after a pit bull ripped off a third of her daughter's scalp. DogsBite.org reviewed Wilkes' website and bio information, then coo… [Read full blog post]
From left: Victim Kyle Holland, the two dogs seized and Police Chief Thomas Karnes.
Autopsy Report Released
UPDATE 07/15/10: An autopsy report released Wednesday confirmed that Kyle Holland died of multiple crush wounds due to dog bites. An earlier article by FOX 2 reported that neighbors had complained of the dogs "time and time again" to Lincoln Park Animal Control. Neighbor Mike Lockhart said, "They told us that they thought it was a hybrid wolf and it wasn't supposed to b… [Read full blog post]
Breaks Dog's Back
Oakland County, MI - Back in June, Gloria and Steve Chrisman, like countless others, witnessed pit bull dog aggression first hand. This aggression is acceptable by pit bull owners, advocates and pro-pit bull lobbying groups. Such groups claim that pit bulls are dog-aggressive not human-aggressive and therefore do not pose a risk to the public. Large animal advocacy groups like Best Friends and the ASPCA support this deceptive claim and strongly oppose p… [Read full blog post]