Maria Ruiz, 77-years old, died after being attacked by four pit bull-mixes in Phoenix.
Failed to Impound
UPDATE 07/14/21: Returning to the question of the role of animal control, Maricopa Animal Care & Control, the latest news report from KPNX addresses the two previous occasions MCACC responded to the home of Alejandro Hernandez. On July 6, four pit bull-mixes belonging to Hernandez escaped his property again and fatally mauled 77-year old Maria Ruiz while she sat on… [Read full blog post]
Shamar Jackson, 7-years old, was killed by a pack of loose dogs in Marion County.
Dog Owner Charged
UPDATE 06/29/21: On Monday, a man was charged with felony manslaughter in connection to the dog mauling death of a 7-year old boy on June 13. Lorenzo Cardenas, 41, of Marion, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and owning a dangerous animal that attacks and injures a human. Shamar Jackson was attacked and killed by up to six dogs belonging to Cardenas as he tried to escape th… [Read full blog post]
Dominic Ribera was charged with tampering with evidence after his dogs killed a man.
New Details Released
UPDATE 06/03/21: Additional details have been released about the May 24 mauling death of a man in Veguita. Dominic Ribera was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after the vicious attack. El Defensor Chieftain reports that four adult dogs were involved in the attack, including one shot by deputies when they arrived at the scene. Six puppies were also seized fro… [Read full blog post]
Guest Writer Dog Lover asks, "Why aren't dangerous dog owners charged with animal cruelty?" This editorial is part of our ongoing series: Perspectives of Advocates.
Every day I see news articles about pets and farm animals being mauled or killed by pit bulls or other dangerous dog breeds. Touching pictures of other people's pets or farm animals mauled or killed are often featured in the articles and never fail to bring tears to my eyes. When you read the details of the article,… [Read full blog post]