Former Fire Chief Attacked by Pit Bulls During Morning Walk in Glendora

Victim Recounts Attack Glendora, CA - Retired fire chief, 67-year old Milford Fonza, has been released from the hospital after being attacked by two vicious pit bulls this morning. Glendora police say the dogs attacked him in the 1600 block of Sunflower Avenue. Fonza tried to fight off the pit bulls with his walking stick, but it quickly snapped (or was chewed) into pieces. The former fire chief also tried to hoist himself over a wall in order to escape, but the pit bulls pulled h… [Read full blog post]

Attorney Comments After Judge Throws Out Felony Charges in Fatal Dog Attack Case

From left: Jerry Yates, his daughter Jami Southard and flowers placed where his life ended. Dead Men Tell No Tales archived Calaveras County, CA - On March 22, Recordnet.com reported that Calaveras County Superior Court Assigned Judge Thomas A. Smith ruled that Sheryl Sellers would not face trial on felony charges after the mauling death of Jerry Yates. The judge cited California Penal Code Section 399, which requires prosecutors to prove that the person killed by vicious… [Read full blog post]

Pit Bull Dog Aggression: East Texas Man Dies Fighting Off Pit Bulls

Richard Martratt, Canton Animal Control, Michael Miller and Sheriff Pat Burnett. "Non Bite" Fatality Van Zandt County, TX - It was reported over the holiday weekend that a 64-year old man died, apparently due to a heart attack, and a 78-year old woman suffered head injuries after intervening in a dog fight involving two pit bull type dogs. The dogs escaped their owner's property and attacked Joan Hardin's border collie. Hardin had been outside, along with the dog, unloading… [Read full blog post]

Video: Calaveras Enterprise Examines Pit Bull Victim's Last Steps

Mountain Ranch, CA - Jerry Yates, 69, was mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by Sheryl Sellers August 22. Sellers has since pleaded not guilty to the felony of knowingly having a mischievous animal, letting it be at large or keeping it without ordinary care, resulting in the death a person. Calaveras Enterprise1 journalist and video author, Joel Metzer, talks to Jami Southard as she recounts the events that occurred on the day of her father's death. What's notably missing f… [Read full blog post]