UPDATE 03/11/11: On March 10, the Kern County Planning Commission voted 5-0 to deny a conditional use permit to Tia Torres, star of Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls and Parolees" TV show. Torres had hoped to relocate her 100 plus pit bull compound to a 20-acre parcel in the Old West Ranch area of Tehachapi. The denial comes shortly after the commission's staff report was released describing the negative health and safety issues that could arise by approving the permit… [Read full blog post]
Woman Dies After Attack
San Bernardino, CA - In a developing story, homicide detectives are investigating the death of Jennie Erquiaga, 47, who died at her home Sunday after being attacked by her dog. Police responded to the incident just after 10:00 pm. The dog, a pit bull-mix, inflicted wounds to Erquiaga's arms, left leg and shoulder. Medical issues beyond the attack may have contributed to her death. Autopsy results are expected from the San Bernardino County Coroner's… [Read full blog post]
Vanessa Husmann, 3-years old, was killed by her grandfather's two rottweilers.
Family Speaks Out
UPDATE 03/07/11: New information has been released about the attack that killed Vanessa, including the 911 call made by Blake Muller.1 The child's mother, Rhonda Marty, said the girl was "never left unattended with the dogs. Somehow they had gotten out on their own." She said that the dogs might have dug underneath the fence surrounding the kennel. But no one knows for sure. The… [Read full blog post]
Kalamazoo, MI - On Wednesday, WKZO radio host Lori Moore will talk with Assistant City Attorney Don Bauermeister of Council Bluffs about the Kalamazoo fatal pit bull mauling, as well as the "non-bite" incident that nearly severed State Senator Bert Johnson's hand.1 In 2004, Bauermeister helped pass the Council Bluffs pit bull ban and in 2008, played an active role in supporting the Omaha pit bull law that was formed after a pit bull partially scalped a little girl.
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