Multiple Dogs Kill Boy
Canyon Lake, TX - For the second time in just over a year, dogs have inflicted a deadly attack in Comal County, Texas. On Saturday evening, 7-year old Gaege Ramirez was fatally attacked by multiple dogs at a home in the Canyon Lake area. The attack occurred at a home on the 2100 block of Rocky Ridge Loop. The boy was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where doctors tried to save the lives of two elderly pit bull mauling victims in 2014, neither survived.
75-year old Betty Clark of Canyon Lake and 83-year old Petra Aguirre of San Antonio both died of their severe mauling injuries while hospitalized.
Gaege was the son of one of the Comal County District Attorney's office investigators. District Attorney Jennifer Tharp said that Gaege was tragically taken from this Earth as a result of a dog attack. "I have had the distinct privilege of knowing Gaege from time he has spent at my office with his mother, Amber Hardcastle, one of my felony investigators," Tharp said. "The Hardcastle and Ramirez family is in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time and tragic loss," Tharp said.
In June of 2014, 6-months after the pit bull mauling death of Betty Clark, a Comal County grand jury indicted the dogs' owners in connection to her death. Rachelle Lucas, 47, and Peter Lucas, 49 both of Canyon Lake, were each charged with a second-degree felony. The last known update of their criminal case was October 2014. The Comal County District Attorney's office prosecuted the couple's case, the first case ever brought in Comal County under the state felony dog attack law.
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So what happens with investigations about vicious dog attacks when the felony investigator for the DA's Office has vicious dogs at home?
This case could be a game changer. Why? Because many officials are still in denial about the problems that dogs can cause. Including fatal maulings.
They are suppressing all info about the types of dogs involved, but made a coy PR announcement that it was "not pit bulls" – a very suspicious announcement on the face of it.
The last time a similar "not pit bulls" PR statement was made, they had to backpedal a bit and admit that, well, they don't consider them to be pit bulls, but they were the type of dog commonly referred to as pit bulls.
The truth will out, at some point. I'm hearing rumors of "mixed breed rescues" so will shall see…
Actually that does not appear to be dog agility equipment at all from what I can see. With the goats laying in the background it looks more like the kind of thing you build for goats to walk and climb on — Like this
This incident raises questions for me about how the Comal County Texas DA's office investigates dog maulings, whose professional opinions they seek, and how seriously they treat dangerous dog issues, particularly if the dog owner here is a professional involved in the dog business in some way.
If a veterinarian is involved, an authority figure and a professional related to the dog industry and with personal connections to DA's office investigating personnel, it makes me wonder what influence that is playing on the politics of dangerous dog issues in the county?
Statements were actually made to the media that this was somehow normal behavior for dogs, to attack and kill a child. A veterinarian and a DA's office investigator are saying that, which is completely untrue?
What does this say for other victims and other investigations?
If it's normal dog behavior to attack and kill a child, don't you think that the pet industry would launch an ad campaign to tell the truth? After all, their very existence depends on sales to dog owners. If dogs become less popular, well, that's less money for the pet industry.
I'm very familiar with this part of Texas and have been to Canyon Lake many times. That whole area is exploding with growth. I hope the prosecutor there doesn't sweep this under the rug if there is a case to be brought.