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7 thoughts on “2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dies After Vicious Pit Bull Attack in Shaker Heights, Ohio

  1. I was so depressed by this that I couldn't even comment when I first read it, just couldn't even think of what to say.

    Is it enough to say, I'm sorry that our authorities are so corrupt that they are letting dog fighting now take on human victims in our streets?

    This lovely lady gave so much to the world, and this country really let her down, and for what? So some pit bull breeders can make a buck?

  2. I read the link to the Angela Kaplan story and I doubt the boyfriend held her down and ordered the dog to attack her. It sounds like they weren't familiar with the type of attack style of a pit bull. Reading the description (blood everywhere, over 100 bites, defensive wounds) it all sounds pretty par for the course for a pit bull attack

  3. Jen, that was our initial thought too until we looked into it more closely. It's more likely he stood by and just watched. That is what a juror said after he voted to convict: "Even if he did not order the dog, he stood there and watched her brutally murdered," said a male juror. Part of the suspicion (and reason for the murder charge) was based on a lack of defensive wounds. There were no injuries to her head, neck or throat either — what is usually seen in fatal pit bull attacks. Mann moved the body after the attack and gave all kinds of conflicting answers. There were enough criminal activities that a jury felt Mann deserved a 2nd degree murder conviction. "The jurors all said the more than 70 gruesome bite wounds on Angela Kaplan's body, which were almost exclusively on the insides of her arms, helped them decide Mann was guilty. " (Pit Bull Owner Is Convicted Of Murder, by Ulysses Torassa, Plain Dealer Reporter, November 23, 1993)

    A petition to the parole board in subsequent years stated (2003):

    "Had Jeffrey Mann sought medical attention for her, Angela would have survived, but would have lost her arm according to the Cuyahoga County Coroner. Instead, Jeffrey Mann watched her bleed to death and did not report the incident for approximately three or four hours. Between the time of the attack and when authorities arrived, he and/or parties unknown or unidentified bathed the dog and moved Angela’s body from the bedroom to the living room sofa and began concocting numerous lies about what happened. Homicide detective, Michaelene Taliano, stated that the bedroom looked like a butcher shop. There was blood on the bed, floor, walls, and ceiling. "

    https://web.archive.org/web/20060713234542/http://www.petitiononline.com/ForDolly/petition.html

    Cuyahoga County had seen two deadly pit bull attacks (1987 and 1982) before Kaplan's murder. Ohio passed their statewide pit bull law in 1987, 5-years before her death. There had been some very high profile fatal pit bull attacks in Ohio before 1992. So they had some idea of the injuries. The "repeated "engagement of a "single" pit bull, not 2, 3 or a pack, actually did throw authorities (it even threw expert Randall Lockwood who testified at trial). We learn in subsequent years that a single pit bull has and will inflict over a 100 bites just operating on its own.

    Consider Lockwood's 1993 testimony now:

    "Lockwood said it is also rare for a pit bull to attack more than once. Ordinarily they grab the victim's throat, spinal chord or skull and hang on. Multiple wounds are usually found only in cases where a pack of dogs attacked, he said." -Lockwood 1993

  4. These ridiculously light sentences are another reason these attacks continue. If a drunk driver kills someone, it's not a slap on the wrist anymore. Owning a type of dog that routinely kills people and failing to control that dog is an equal level of gross negligence and should be treated just as sternly.

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