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25 thoughts on “2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pack of Pit Bull-Mixes in Phoenix; Owner Charged with Negligent Homicide

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  1. Antisocial people choose dangerous predator canines as pets because they know that the predatory canine will most likely maul other people, not themselves. Sadly, most often, they are correct. The fact that predatory canines are selected as pets because they mostly attack other people, is what makes them evil, in addition to dangerous.

  2. RIP, Elisa Ruiz. Condolences to the family. So sad this lady died so painfully and it could have been prevented if the laws concerning negligent dog owner as high risk dogs like pit bulls were more strict.

    It’s good the dog owner was charged with a higher degree federal charge, but this won’t bring the victim back, so we still need more preventative laws.

  3. So Mr. Hernandez told police that his dogs had escaped multiple times and had bitten neighbors. Yet, somehow, he still owns the dogs??? Doesn’t anyone else see the problem here?

    • Same thing happens down here in Tucson. Right now, I’m dealing with a situation where a neighbor’s pit bulls have escaped repeatedly.

      In two instances, these dogs have attacked people who were just walking along, minding their own business.

      After one of these attacks, animal “care” took the dogs away. And three weeks later, the owners got the dogs back.

      We neighbors see the problem, all right. It’s getting officialdom to actually DO something to solve it.

      • I feel your frustration here, Quiet, I do. It’s playing out here in Ontario, right now.

        I’ve been seeing more pitbulls here lately, with stupid owners. Seriously stupid owners. Because their dogs can be removed for the offence of not wearing a muzzle in public if over 7mos old and if apprehended, cannot be rehomed–in other words they’re so stupid the dog will be euthanized if taken into custody for breaching the muzzle law. Yet they persist in running their untrained dogs face-first into everyone else’s dog on the sidewalk and claiming, “it’s friendly” ( I have a really rude response to this) and risking an insta-kill of their own dog…even if they don’t give a snarf about anyone else.

        And we’re not talking about young street kids, here–we’re talking about well-heeled individuals who are doctors/lawyers and people who *should* have enough sense to be able to read a statistics chart.

        Another senior citizen might be alive today if authorities took their responsibility towards the public, seriously. But no, they act like it’s a court of law where *dogs* are entitled to a legal defence instead of whether or not an *owner* can control their own *property*.

        Let’s see how fast authorities show up if your toddler runs down the street then murders another toddler with a brick to the head and see if your toddler gets “a day in court”…more likely they’ll be out the door with the authorities before you can ask, “where’s Waldo?” and you’ll be charged.

        But somehow, pibbles are owed chances to engage in public dangerousness for some reason I can’t possibly fathom.

        • Wait a minute. Doesn’t Ontario have BSL?

          If it does, then that BSL could really use some enforcement.

          • Yes, we do, Quiet.

            Big brouhaha on Reddit/Facebook right now because someone let their pitbull loose in a dog park and it murdered a cockerpood. People there got photos of the owner and the dog.

            So I suspect there will be a backlash for the next couple of months if it hits the news. Let’s see if the muzzle sales go up along with enforcement.

            There shouldn’t be any pitbulls *left* after all these years since it’s illegal to breed, buy, sell or adopt them here.

            And for all the pitbull advocates that say “BSL doesn’t work” we only had two deaths-by-dog this year and *both* were illegal pitbulls according to what I read–even though the adoption/buying of dogs during COVID increased the dog population, dramatically.

  4. My, oh my, do I have to edit the FB comment from above. My edits will be in () with sarcasm font:

    FREE ALEJANDRO AND (victim’s family) SUE ANIMAL CONTROL (not Alejandro because is not his fault)! my heart is broken for everyone involved. Alejandro is a good (33-year-old) kid and comes (came, not comes) from a good home (I have no idea what went wrong). If animal control would not take the dogs after SEVEN citations (even though these happened all at one time due to his negligence), then who was Alejandro supposed to give them up to? (Certainly, he couldn’t take the pibbles to the vet to be put down!) It’s not easy to just get rid of Pitt bulls (well, it is with a bullet).
    My heart weighs heavy for Maria and her family mourning 😭 this whole situation is so sad 😭

  5. “However, other relatives had a problem with the dogs, according to Elisa. They tried to confront the owner about getting the animals under control, but Elisa says he became hostile and threatening. “One of my uncles would tell him that his dogs were loose and everything, and all he wanted to do is fight and take out guns,” says Elisa.” https://www.azfamily.com/news/owner-arrested-after-his-dogs-attack-kill-woman-in-phoenix/article_c16295e2-deab-11eb-9198-63eea463d3a0.html

  6. i thought animal control was supposed to confiscate/seize problem animals and euthanize them-them claiming to be at capacity is no reason not to take problemtaic to the public dogs for euthanization-im not understanding how they can refuse to control animals threatening the public -also once a dog has created an issue with the public (neighbors) then the owner should lose rights to the dog – and there probably isnt a law preventing animal control from doing just that-im thinking the authorities and staff in animal control departments just refuse to do anything to protect ppl or control animals once they leave their owners property-but seems like that is EXACTLY what they re supposed to do

  7. when and whydid euthanization of agressive dogs become such a taboo? that whole way of thinking is a big part of the problem in this country

    • The reason they don’t have any room is because they’re trying to adopt out miserable pitbulls who have been living in their shelter for the past two years–that nobody wants, eating up resources and cage space while being flooded with more unadoptable pitbulls every day.

      While other breeds of dogs and mutts have become as rare as hen’s teeth, there’s an overwhelming number of pitbulls. It’s time to admit that their spay and neuter outreach is *not working* because in a decade, the number of pitbulls should have been reduced dramatically, and hasn’t even made a dent in the pitbulls population.

      If pitbull lovers loved pitbulls they’d clear out this generation of those who are even remotely aggressive and spay/neuter the rest.

      They’d rather see them bred indiscriminately and caged for life than do the humane thing and gently euthanize them. It’s a far better death than many carting dogs got when they were no longer societally useful.

        • I agree. I have seen healthy cats euthanized for space after being there for only a few days whereas that breed of dog sits there for two years, and more pouring in the door each day. Sad.

  8. As always, the owners of these mutants just have to have a whole pack of them. Not that only having one would have prevented the death, but still why must people keep multiple uncontrollable fighting breeds in one home? That’s so unfair to the neighbors to have to live around someone with a pack of killers. If the gov won’t ban pits, at least limit people to only one that must be muzzled when outdoors. Rest in peace to Maria Ruiz.

  9. A 5 weeks old baby was killed by the registered, family dog in the early hours of today 11th July 2021, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) zero prizes for guessing the breed… an American Staffordshire terrier otherwise known as a pitbull! Pits are BANNED in Australia… so ‘they’ changed the breed name to AmStaff… I would have liked to message Colleen personally but I am shockingly computer illiterate, sorry I struggle to send an email… I am still enraged by the stupidity of the owners (baby’s parents) the same dog had “mauled” another neighbours dog 4 weeks previously but I’m not 100% sure if that dog was killed… we also have a dog worshipping cult in Australia so I’m betting, nothing else will be mentioned about this horrific attack again…

    • Ah yes the banning. Pitbulls are banned here, too. Along with any dog that “resembles” a pitbull. Smart wording if you ask me–puts pad to that “it’s a lab” nonsense.

      Meanwhile I can’t tell you how many supposed “American Bulldogs” marching around that look amazingly similar to good ol’ ubiquitous pitbulls. Including blatantly obvious blue-nosers. Owners can lie all they like–fact is, if it’s not publicly muzzled, it can still be apprehended by animal control.

      The level of stupid with these people is astonishing.

    • Lack thereof…. Why? Why? Why? Because local law enforcement and local prosecutors and local courts are frantically struggling for their political survival. Loose dog offenders have many, many, more votes than their victims. Local law enforcement, local prosecutors and local courts are manifestly obviously forcibly in favor of loose dog offenders, and obviously physically against any and all possible future victims of the loose dog threat that they (the local authorities) physically enable. That is why local animal control almost never issues citations for loose dog violations. This is why local animal control almost always repeatedly returns dangerous predatory canines to their criminal owners. That is why the police never write reports to push for the courts to remove dangerous repeat at large predator canines. That is why victims of life destroying predator canines almost never see justice in local courts. All of the local legal authorities worship and serve the Almighty Dog, because that is required for their political survival.

      • If you recall, trends in animal control have been shifting from “animal control” to “animal services” for many years, and even, as Denver illustrates, to “Denver Animal Protection.” Policing policies has shifted as well. The lawsuit in the Klonda Richey case was specifically about Kumpf’s policy of “issue warnings” not citations, AKA the social working model (https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/03/settlement-reached-klonda-richey-fatal-dog-mauling-case.html). Assist irresponsible dog owners, warn irresponsible dog owners (don’t cite or impound). This trend goes hand-in-hand with the no-kill model of “keep dogs in the home” — reduce shelter intake at all cost, even after serious attacks, be it self-quarantine, etc. Only when the social working model is taken to the extreme, can it result in lawsuit, a clear cut blatant failure of special duty by the city, which can pierce sovereign immunity (https://blog.dogsbite.org/2011/08/after-22-million-award-dog-bite-victim.html). It’s no surprise that we see bite/dangerous dog investigations falling across the country. Only audits revealing these trends seem to capture attention from city officials (https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-index-animal-shelter-investigations.php). Many city officials are unaware of how many animal service departments have re-oriented themselves, especially since their budgets often include a large chunk for “public safety,” though the funds are not used in that way. MCACC is budgeting $27 million dollars for a new shelter “to ensure we are fulfilling our state mandates regarding stray animals and public safety”. (https://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/mesa/maricopa-county-reserving-27-million-for-new-mesa-animal-shelter) In the county’s own “brochure” for the budget 2020, they highlight spending $1.5 million for MCACC operations. “Maricopa County runs two animal shelters in South Phoenix and Mesa. This continuing investment allows for Maricopa County Animal Care & Control to maintain a 95% save rate for its animals.” Not a single word about public safety or how AC funds are spent to protect the public. (https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4786) It is also misleading, as the 2020 adopted budget shows the county shelled out over $18 million to MCACC (page 21 https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4731) Here is a paper on the issue, which contains zero public safety as the goal for animal control departments, and is fully driven by no-kill policies (https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/10/10/1902). What resource does the National Animal Care & Control Association point to? Best Friends Humane Animal Control Model, chock full of no-kill policies and pit bull propaganda (https://www.nacanet.org/resources/)
        Also, the cost to send two animal control teams to the Hernandez home is a real one, but with zero returned value. No citations were written, no dogs were ever impounded, and clearly no fence repairs were made. Sending these vehicles out is a real cost, but the county captures no recouped revenue by failing to issue citations. Imagine if police cruisers were sent out to “only” issue “warnings” for speeding violations? Talk about wasted resources!

        • Colleen, you need to get this comment into the form of a story pitch to the Phoenix media. Please. Do it. They need to hear about this.

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