A 60-year old man was killed by three pit bulls in Escambia County, FL late Friday.
Man Killed by Pit Bulls
Escambia County, FL - Just hours after a pair of pit bulls attacked four people, killing one, in San Antonio, Texas, a trio of pit bulls killed a man in the Florida Panhandle. Emergency units were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Norris Avenue around 10:15 pm. Personnel attempted to resuscitate the victim, but were unable to. He was pronounced dead at 10:30 pm. A witness who lives at the home saw the end of the attack and was able to scare off the pit bulls and call 911.
One of the dispatchers can be heard on the audio dispatch log files at Broadcastify.com saying, “63-year old male … was attacked by some pit bulls. He’s not breathing .. we’ve notified animal control.” But animal control was unable to capture the dogs that night. Officials returned to the property the next morning and encountered one of the pit bulls, still aggressive, that a deputy shot. A second pit bull was captured in the afternoon. Deputies are working to locate the third pit bull.
The victim’s name has not yet been released by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Earlier today, the agency released a media statement about the fatal pit bull attack on Norris Avenue.
Escambia County Sheriff's Office
***UPDATE***Escambia County Sheriff's Office
The second pit bull has been located and captured.
JUST THE FACTS
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a cardiac arrest last night (2/24/2023) at around 10:15pm, in the 400 block of Norris Ave. A witness observed a male being attacked by three pit bulls. The witness managed to scare the dogs away and immediately called 911. Unfortunately, due to the victim’s injuries sustained in the attack, he later died. Escambia County Animal Control arrived at the scene, but the dogs were not located. At the request of Animal Control, deputies responded with them back to the area this morning at 8:00 am, attempting to locate the animals. One pit bull was observed and attempted to avoid capture. The animal was still very aggressive and was shot by a deputy. The animal was captured and is receiving medical treatment. Two of the pit bulls are still missing however, the Sheriff's Office is working with Animal Control to locate the animals.
Dog Owner in Hiding
As of Monday afternoon -- three days after a man in his 60s was killed by a group of dogs -- the Escambia County Sheriff's Office continues to look for the third dog involved in the attack and its owner. Sheriff Chip Simmons told media outlets on Monday that the third dog is likely with its owner. “First of all we gotta find the owner -- the owner is apparently hiding from us," Sheriff Simmons said. "We're still looking for the one dog and we believe the homeowner has that dog."
Footage from WEAR shows a large dog kennel on the property, as animal control and deputies search the grounds. Authorities believe the dogs’ owner, who lives at the property on Norris Avenue, came to the scene long after police had gone in order to retrieve the dog and hide from deputies. “As the next couple of days unfold, hopefully we will be able to talk to the homeowner and determine whether the dogs had been found to be dangerous in the past,” Simmons said.
The felony dog attack statute in Florida requires the dog to be previously classified as "dangerous.” Thus, the dog needs a documented “first offense” that caused serious injuries, as well as a legal declaration. We’ve never seen a dog owner in Florida charged under this statute. However, we have seen a Florida dog owner hide a pair of pit bulls after a fatal attack and charged with lying to deputies and/or providing false information, a misdemeanor (Deanna Blitch, 2011).
WKRG reports that the sheriff’s office believes the victim was visiting a friend who lives on the property when the dogs attacked at about 10:15 pm Friday night. The dogs’ owner lives on the same property but was not home when the dogs attacked, according to deputies. The identity of the male victim still has not been released. Sheriff Chip Simmons described the man’s injuries as “dog bites to his head and neck area.” He was deceased when deputies arrived at the scene.
Dog Owner Located
On Tuesday, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office announced that the owner of the attacking dogs, Kathleen Ann Taylor, has been located. Taylor is wanted for questioning only. Taylor has a history in Escambia County, according to media reports from 2020. The third dog involved in the attack was also taken into custody. The sheriff’s office continues to work with animal control and the state attorney’s office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Taylor.
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Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.
Sheesh here we go another death by the vicious dangerous dog aka pitbull it will never end because I guess people valued pitbull over people .if people truly cared people over dogs they would ban those ugly dog long ago.so it not a pitbull when it killed someone because there no pitbull isn’t a dog breed but in rarity when a pitbull saved a life it a pitbull see pitbull are good dogs.
You are correct about the pit bull and people who own them. The breed needs to be van and those owners need to be charged with MURDER when they have these dogs and they kill. Only one way to stop it is to stop the idiot owners and ban the breed.
Captured and receiving medical treatment? Why? The only treatment that dog deserves is a dirt nap.
I doubt if any vet is giving this dog much treatment. Maybe pain med. (Pitbulls don’t feel pain.). A bandage on its toe? The public would want this dog “treated”.
Pitbull lovers would be irate if it wasn’t treated. Of course, euthanasia solution IV is treatment.
Agreed!! Ban the breed by killing them all off and make owning one a level 2 felony!!
I had to take a second look, to make sure I really was seeing a new death. Busy week, those nanny dogs have had a lot of extracurricular activity!
So did we. We had to take about 4 looks to believe it. Busy times!
Another senior, dead from pitbulls.
As if heart failure, strokes, epidemics, dodging cars at intersections and falls weren’t dangerous enough for seniors–now we have to worry about being pitbull chow?
So much for “cherish the wisdom of your elders”.
“The owner of the pit bulls was not on scene, according to the sheriff’s office.” Well thank goodness the dog owner is safe.
I wonder if this may be yet another case of someone killing their mom or dad with their stupid choice of pet.
No wait, a witness who lives at the residence chased the dogs off. So I think the attack must have happened outside, so probably not a relative of the owner. I was confused by the missing pieces of the story. Sorry for inserting more confusion.
The owner should be charged with MURDER. Owning a Pitbull should be a Felony!! Ban the breed !!
They haven’t found the owner yet. They should put a muzzle on the dog in custody, attach a tracking device, release it in the area hungry, and see where it goes to find food. Whoever is feeding it is responsible for it.
A tracking device can be as simple as a cellphone.
Great idea, Rebecca! Put a collar on the “lost” dog and attach an air tag to it.
Several people are discovering they can track their lost luggage from the Southwest Airlines grounding debacle recently. One person found her luggage went to dozens of places before retrieving it.
Keeping several air tags on hand at Animal Control Services would benefit the agency for a low cost.
It has been quite the month for pit bull killings. One thing I have noticed, when comments are allowed, it seems more people seem to be figuring out what pits and their owners are, or are less afraid to vocalize it.
They questioned her today, after contacting her.
This post has been updated. Apparently the owner is hiding from police.
This is the probable owner. Kathleen Ann Taylor. The third dog was caught. I posted it in the wrong place too.
I wuvs me some pibbles. It’s all in how ya raise ’em when they go wrong.
Until they kill someone then it’s time to hit the fugitive trail cuz it t’weren’t my fault. Ma pibble were defective.
If it wasn’t so tragic, these people would be a sitcom.
There are two mug shots online for a Kathleen Taylor in Escambia Fl that look like her. I was able to get one of them
We knew who she was: https://www.wkrg.com/northwest-florida/six-arrested-in-drug-bust-in-escambia-county-fla/
Yup, bad peoples were mean to da pibbles.
That’s the story, now.
Not the fact that had they been GSD or Dobes, yup someone would probably get bitten but it’s far less likely they’d be dead and nobody would be lining up to save the dogs.
Maybe this will get through to people.
Dear Enterprising Purveyor of Illicit Substances:
Do not use pit-bulls as guard dogs. They’ll eat your customers as well as your personal guests. Pit-bulls eating people will result in a rapid decline in your business as well as alerting authorities to the presence of your trade.
Consider some discreet webcams and strong locks, an alarm or two, steel doors and bootleg exits. They’re cheaper to maintain and less likely to result in arrests and lawsuits as well as alert you to the presence of law enforcement in advance rather than the reverse.
PS: Granny can’t cook for you if your pit-bull eats her.