DogsBite Blog https://blog.dogsbite.org Some dogs don't let go Fri, 20 Nov 2020 22:43:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 2020 Dog Bite Fatality: Man Killed by Pack of Dogs in Rural Jackson County, Florida https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/2020-dog-bite-fatality-man-killed-by-pack-of-dogs-in-rural-jackson-county-florida.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/2020-dog-bite-fatality-man-killed-by-pack-of-dogs-in-rural-jackson-county-florida.html#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:59:03 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18553 Donald Ray "Ducky" Allen, 65, was killed by a pack of dogs in rural Jackson County. Man Found Dead Bascom, FL - On Wednesday morning, a man was found dead on the pavement along Kirkland Road after being mauled by … Continue reading

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Donald Ray "Ducky" Allen, 65, was killed by a pack of dogs in rural Jackson County.

Man Found Dead
Bascom, FL - On Wednesday morning, a man was found dead on the pavement along Kirkland Road after being mauled by a pack of dogs. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a call at 7:48 am about a man lying next to the roadway in the 6500 block of Kirkland Road outside of Bascom in Jackson County. Deputies and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol responded and confirmed the man was deceased. He was identified as Donald Ray Allen, 65, of Bascom.

"Upon completing a thorough investigation, it was determined that the subject had been walking in the roadway when he suffered life-threatening injuries from an animal attack," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release Thursday morning. "The injuries are believed to have been caused by a pack of stray dogs roaming in the area." Investigators have been in contact with Jackson County Animal Control and are placing traps in the area. No other information has been released.

Press Conference -- Jackson County Sheriff Louis Roberts III gave a press conference Thursday afternoon. In a somber tone, Roberts said that the attack occurred sometime after 10:00 pm Tuesday. The drone division has been activated and a nighttime flying unit. Sheriff Roberts asked the public if anyone has seen any aggressive dogs in the 6500 block of Kirkland Road. Authorities will be looking into the possibility of coyotes -- should be easy to clear up via a DNA database. Nothing is being ruled out at this point. The victim lived about 5 to 6 miles away from attack site. Last time someone spoke to the victim was about 10:00 pm when he was dropped off at his home. The autopsy determined his death was caused by the animal attack. Lab results will take time to determine. The dogs may be feral or owned. - Jackson County Sheriff Louis Roberts III

A GoFundMe has been set up by family members to help pay the unexpected funeral costs.

In March of this year -- just 35 miles away in Chipley, Florida -- Beverly Dove, 60-years old, was mauled to death by a pack of dogs on an adjoining property of Home Sweet Home, an assisted living facility in Washington County. "It was a pretty horrific scene," Sheriff Kevin Crews said at the time. "One like they had, in their careers, never been to." Five dogs were eventually removed from the scene. Breed information was never released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

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The recent fatal dog mauling is about 35 miles away from a fatal pack attack earlier this year.

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Donald Allen, 65, was found dead along the side of Kirkland Road Wednesday morning.

Related articles:
03/07/20: 2020 Dog Bite Fatality: Pack of Dogs Kill Woman Living at 'Home Sweet Home'
07/05/19: 2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Man Found Dead, Believed to be Killed by a Pack of Dogs


Baseline reporting requirements:
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.

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My Take on Pit Bulls by Carol Miller - Perspectives of Advocates https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/my-take-on-pit-bulls-by-carol-miller.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/my-take-on-pit-bulls-by-carol-miller.html#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2020 22:47:00 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18534 Guest Author Carol Miller's take on pit bulls since she was attacked kicks off Dogsbite.Org's guest author series: Perspectives of Advocates I have a number that I consider significant. Hang in there with me for just a few minutes. That … Continue reading

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Guest Author Carol Miller's take on pit bulls since she was attacked kicks off Dogsbite.Org's guest author series: Perspectives of Advocates

I have a number that I consider significant. Hang in there with me for just a few minutes. That number is how many Americans have been killed by pit bulls since the date of my own attack in 2007. Sadly, that number changes regularly. The number stands at 334 as of November 17, 2020.

That is 334 Americans killed in 13 years. If a manufactured product killed at this rate there would be a massive product recall but elected officials are reluctant to face the rage of breed-specific advocates so the deaths continue at an ever-increasing pace without meaningful regulation.

A great deal of research has been done on pit bull fatalities and that research goes back to the first documented pit bull fatality in the USA back in 1833. From that first fatality in 1833, it took pit bulls 174 years to kill 291 Americans (to the date of my attack) and in 13 years, pit bulls have killed an additional 334 Americans.

What happened in 2007 to kick off this bloodbath? The Michael Vick case brought pit bulls into the public eye and those looking for profit seized the opportunity. The rest is history. The date of my attack is my personal choice but pick any date you like. The numbers don't change much.

Survivors don't get their original peaceful lives back. We live with pain and PTSD. Many live with disfiguring injuries. The 334 didn't get the opportunity to see another holiday season or to see their children grow up.

What is wrong with elected officials who allow this to continue? What is wrong with breed advocates who refuse to acknowledge the suffering they create? What is wrong with those who claim to love pit bulls and continue to breed pit bulls despite the absolute knowledge that the dogs they produce in their back yards have almost no possibility of ending up in a stable and lifelong safe home?

Walk through any city-owned Animal Control facility or private shelter in America and look at the dogs harbored there awaiting the "perfect Owner." Cute little dogs have very short stays but pit bulls languish for months to years because there is no "perfect owner" for dogs that were surrendered for attacking family members or neighbors or killing other pets.

The peaceful public can't have much impact on this situation, only those who love pit bulls can stop the suffering.

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On Election Day, Denver Voters Repealed the Pit Bull Ban and Replaced it with a Provisional Breed-Restricted License https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/denver-repealed-pit-bull-ban-breed-restricted-license.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/denver-repealed-pit-bull-ban-breed-restricted-license.html#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:02:03 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18498 Will the City's Reversal Have Legal Ramifications? The new provisional breed-restricted license takes effect on January 1, 2020. Pre-Vote Commentary Denver, CO - On November 1, Kory Nelson, a senior assistant city attorney for the City and County of Denver, … Continue reading

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Will the City's Reversal Have Legal Ramifications?

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The new provisional breed-restricted license takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Pre-Vote Commentary
Denver, CO - On November 1, Kory Nelson, a senior assistant city attorney for the City and County of Denver, penned a post on his personal Facebook page. The post outlined the legal history of the Denver pit bull ban, his own role in successfully defending Denver's Home Rule Authority against a state preemption law, and how the recent pit bull ban debate in Denver ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence introduced to courts of law to uphold pit bull ordinances.

In my role as an attorney for the City & County of Denver, I had the experience of litigating the issue of pit bull bans in the courts of Colorado. From that experience, I became fully immersed in all of the scientific evidence relating to the propensity of specific dog breeds to engage in attack behaviors that provide a substantially increased risk of victims suffering significant injuries and death. - Kory Nelson

Nelson's post came just days before Denver voters would determine Proposition 2J, which repealed the city's pit bull ban and replaced it with a conditional breed-restricted license. As we stated in October, we expected it would prevail just based on its language. It indeed prevailed by a 66% to 34% margin. It also prevailed because city officials and media outlets ignored the scientific evidence used to uphold the ban, along with a dozen new medical studies implicating pit bulls.


"Shall the voters of the City and County of Denver adopt an ordinance authorizing the city to grant a provisional permit to owners or keepers of a pit bull, provided the owner microchips the animal and complies with additional requirements set by Denver Animal Protection?" - Text for Proposition 2J


Denver's own dog bite statistical data was ignored as well. Recent data shows that over the last three years (2017 to 2019), pit bulls are among the top six biting breeds across all four injury severity categories, Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 -- 5 being the most severe. Despite their low population in Denver, pit bulls are also among the top three biting breeds for Level 4 and 5 bites. We stand by our estimation that there will be a four-fold increase in pit bull bites in just five years time.

In America, there have been dozens of lawsuits about pit bull regulations. In 100% of those lawsuits over well written laws, the Courts have upheld the regulations for one main reason: The scientific evidence admitted in Court has proven that Pit Bulls ARE more dangerous than other breeds. The evidence clearly establishes that the history of selective breeding by humans for the desired dangerous attack behaviors in the profitable dog fighting ring resulted in this phenomenon: When a Pit Bull does attack, it is more likely to bite its victim in the head/neck area, hold that bite (no matter how much blunt force is applied), and shake its head back and forth to rip and tear its victims flesh and blood vessels, causing massive damage and causing victims to bleed to death…

In the 2004 trial in Denver District Court, the Court ruled that the City had provided more unique and compelling evidence as to the dangerousness of pit bulls than had been introduced in the original 1989-90 litigation that went before the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2004, the City provided expert testimony directly relating to the November 20, 2003 death of Jennifer Brooke in Elbert County, when 3 pit bulls cornered Jennifer in her barn. The horrific crime scene photos showed Jennifer was literally ripped apart by these large tenacious fighting dogs. The expert verified that attacks by multiple pit bulls are exponentially dangerous (x2, x3, x4 . . .), while the danger levels from other breeds only multiply (2x, 3x, 4x . . .) - Kory Nelson

Nelson states that expert testimony during the trial verified that attacks by multiple pit bulls are "exponentially" dangerous, while the danger levels from other breeds only "multiply." We examined this effect in 2018 by reviewing 13 years of fatal attack cases involving 3 or more dogs. When fatal attacks involved 3 or more dogs that included 1 pit bull, death resulted 16 times more frequently when 2 or more pit bulls were attacking than when the group of dogs only included 1 pit bull.

Denver's new provisional breed-specific license allows multiple pit bulls per household, specifically 2. Perhaps the city's limitation of 2 was a mechanism to avoid liability? Certainly, if one does not limit pit bull owners, many owners quickly escalate to 4 or more pit bulls -- a pack of pit bulls. Not having a limitation would be "reckless" by the city. Allowing 2 pit bulls, however, is still reckless given the expert testimony that attacks by multiple pit bulls are "exponentially" dangerous.

The recent debate over pit bulls in Colorado has completely ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence that has been introduced in the one place Americans go to settle disputes – the courts of law. The discussions in the media and every other place has been one-sided, propped up by the underground pit bull propaganda lobby, funded by secret and suspicious sources. No one has stood up for the future victims and their family, as they don’t yet know they will join that club, and they have no funding for lobbyists. The best source for the truth is the non-profit group, Dogsbite.org, which has recorded that between [2005-18], 311 of the 471 fatal dog maulings in the U.S. were perpetrated by pit bulls – that is 66%. But pit bulls only make up [6%] of the U.S. dog population. Just this past week, pit bulls killed three more Americans. Most victims are females and children in the household of the pit bull owner, where many attacks come at a complete surprise – without any prior behavioral signs of aggression. - Kory Nelson

"No one has stood up for the future victims and their family," Nelson states. No one has talked about the 14 medical studies since 2011 all showing that pit bulls inflicted the highest prevalence of injuries compared with other breeds and that 12 of those studies show that pit bulls also inflicted the highest severity of injuries. No one is discussing that since 2005, pit bulls have inflicted 66% of all fatal dog maulings, yet only comprised 6% of the total U.S. dog population during that period.1

Intentionally ignoring the reliable scientific evidence admitted and considered by judges in these lawsuits to reverse policy decisions is the epitome of recklessness – the conscious disregard of substantial and unjust risk to the health and safety of the public – which amounts to the abandonment of the social, morale and legal primary duty of government. Such an action would subject that government entity to massive levels of civil monetary liability, as the legal protection of governmental immunity could easily be pierced due to this intentional disregard of the risk. The established record of evidence is so substantial as to provide the keys to the treasury to the civil plaintiff’s litigation attorneys who will represent every future victim of a pit bull attack. Rightfully so. - Kory Nelson

Nelson, who also wrote biting commentary prior to Castle Rock City Council repealing their pit bull ban, offered a future liability scenario. "The established record of evidence is so substantial as to provide the keys to the treasury to the civil plaintiff’s litigation attorneys who will represent every future victim of a pit bull attack." Meaning that the city's reckless disregard of reliable scientific evidence admitted to courts pierces governmental immunity; thus allowing attorneys to sue.

Similar testimony was presented to Denver City Council in February by Tom Moe, who drafted the original ordinance in 1989. Mole was asked if the city could be sued if it reverses its pit bull ban. "One of the dangers that I see here is that all this law," referring to the legal rulings in the ban's history, "indicates that pit bulls are a dangerous dog." He added, "This has been supported in a lot of other places," referring to the multiple state and federal court decisions in other jurisdictions.

Question: Someone raised the question whether we might see a court challenge if we were to reverse the position of the city? (3:31:30)

Answer: That's a strong possibility … The first time it got tested, there were a bunch of organizations, including the American pit bull breeders and also the UKC or AKC, at least one of them was involved. There were about four different organizations, so a lot of evidence was presented on both sides, hours and hours. With some modifications to the ordinance, the judge decided it was constitutional. It was appealed again, all the way up to the state supreme court. The state Supreme Court found it constitutional. In my testimony, I mentioned all of the characteristics of pit bulls. The Supreme Court agreed. That it made [pit bulls] more dangerous…

Then it got challenged again when the state of Colorado said it was their purview [after passing a state preemption law], not the localities to decide whether there could be breed-specific legislation. So, once again, Kory Nelson, who is still in the city attorney's office, handled that. And once again, the court upheld the ordinance.

One of the dangers that I see here is that all this law indicates that pit bulls are a dangerous dog. That [pit bulls] have a higher propensity to inflict a severe bites. Not number of bites, but severity of bites. This has been supported in a lot of other places. So, given that, if we pass this ordinance and somebody gets attacked, they could sue the city. And, based on the law, if the city is viewed as reckless, then the recklessness pierces the governmental immunity that protects the city from being sued, and allows somebody who is the victim of [a pit bull attack] to sue the city. And, get taxpayer dollars as a result of that suit. - Tom Moe

Coconuts and Camels

Nelson's post links to an editorial by Krista Kafer, a columnist for the Denver Post, who was part of Nelson's commentary when Castle Rock was discussing the repeal of its pit bull ban. "All she does is suggest that the mothers and fathers of Castle Rock children should offer up their children’s flesh, scalps, limbs and lives on the 'hope' that 100% of pit bull owners are responsible enough, and good enough, to train their dogs against their natural instinct," Nelson wrote in 2018.

In the 13-years of operating this nonprofit, we have seen all kinds of faulty apples to oranges comparisons (but falling coconuts kill more people!) in an effort to minimize the horrific injuries pit bulls inflict on people. In fatal dog attacks, 53% of pit bull victims live in the dog's household and are considered "family" members. Kafer's most recent fairy tale is yet another iteration of this minimization by dangling her anecdotal ferret, cat, camel, horse, hamster, parrot and ostrich bites.

"The fact is dogs of any breed can bite. I’ve been bitten by a retriever, a dachshund and a collie. Yes, a Lassie lookalike bit me in the face. The dachshund’s bite, however, was the deepest leaving both a puncture wound and a bruise. No dog bit me while I was a volunteer at the pound; I was attacked by a ferret and a cat. I’ve also been bitten by a camel, a horse, a hamster, a parrot, and an ostrich. The parrot’s bite was by far the worst. Animals bite for a variety of reasons -- the ostrich liked my shirt and hamsters are jerks -- however, most animals bite out of fear."- Krista Kafer

Kafer's recent opinion piece omits the scientific evidence used to uphold the Denver pit bull ban. It also omits the dozen medical studies that show that pit bulls are inflicting the most severe injuries. Instead, she states, "several studies indicate that pit bulls are not inherently more dangerous than other dog breeds." Kafer also obfuscates facts and belittles people: "there have been incidents of aggression towards other dogs or people," she writes. "For this reason, people are concerned."

Her piece was also factually faulty -- the breed-restricted license does not mandate pit bull sterilization. The city's website states that a pit bull owner must show "proof that the animal has been neutered or spayed, or proof of an intact license from DAP that allows the animal to remain unaltered." Obviously, her piece is a Pit Bull Hack as we defined back in 2016. "A 'Pit Bull Hack' is generally a pit bull protectionist given a media platform to spread misinformation to the public."

As Nelson states about the ballot item, there were no discussions by media outlets that were not one-sided, favoring pit bulls. Not one stood up for "the future victims and their family" who "don’t yet know they will join that club." Some people who voted for this repeal will learn the hard way that the conditional breed-restricted license has no protections for victims. Most incredibly, there is no mandatory insurance. Many victims will have no path for civil recourse after a disfiguring attack.

Summary

At the moment Tom Moe first uttered, "pierces," he was forcefully interrupted by City Council President Jolon Clark, who strongly supported the ban's repeal. The key to suing all government bodies relies on piercing sovereign immunity. In the case of Denver, Moe argued that if a victim could prove the city was "reckless" in repealing the ban, this would pierce governmental immunity (3:33:48). That was an interesting moment for a sudden and forceful interruption by Clark.

We expect such a lawsuit will be filed down the road. It could occur on Mayor Michael Hancock's watch, who boldly vetoed the repeal effort. Hancock's current term ends on July 17, 2023 and he cannot run for mayor again. Meanwhile, we will end with the words of Youtube artist Robert Crawford, who thanked the mayor for his desire to keep people safe back in March. "He's more concerned with people," Crawford said. "Human beings who may or may not get mauled."

Hancock's actions in February demonstrated real leadership and a real commitment to public safety. Kafer does not care if children, adults and senior citizens are mauled. She does not care about the heaviest class of victims that will be mauled and killed either -- pet dogs. Kafer claimed, "When a city has a breed-specific ban, good dogs die." She omitted that when a city lifts a pit bull ban, hundreds if not thousands of "good dogs" will be torn, mutilated and killed by pit bulls.



1When combining multiple years of fatal dog maulings -- say 2005 to 2019 -- one must find the average of the breed's yearly population during the same period. That amounts to 5.8% to 6%. When only looking at one year of fatal dog maulings, such as 2019, we average three years of breed population data, thus 8%. So data that combines 15 years of fatal dog maulings typically has a lower total population of pit bulls.

Related articles:
03/10/20: Citizen Responds After Denver Mayor Vetoed Pit Bull Ban Repeal
02/24/20: Mayor of Denver Vetoes Pit Bull Ban Repeal Legislation, Slowing Hasty Repeal
02/23/20: Denver Dog Bite Statistics by Breed and Injury Severity (2017-2019)
02/06/18: Castle Rock Should Change Its Pit Bull Policy, by Kory Nelson

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Video: Person with a Disability Courageously Films, Follows and Confronts Owner of Fake Service Pit Bull in Walmart https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/person-films-follows-fake-service-pit-bull-owner-walmart.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/11/person-films-follows-fake-service-pit-bull-owner-walmart.html#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2020 23:26:07 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18459 "Attack Dogs" or Dogs with "Protection Training" Prohibited by ADA The confrontation with the owner of a fake service pit bull occurred in the Walmart food section. Sallisaw, OK - Several days ago, this stunning video came to our attention. … Continue reading

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The confrontation with the owner of a fake service pit bull occurred in the Walmart food section.


Sallisaw, OK - Several days ago, this stunning video came to our attention. A courageous woman in a motorized cart (also called a "Rascal scooter") films, follows and confronts the owner of a fake service pit bull in a Walmart in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. She calls out the owner multiple times, "That is not a service dog," and "Service dogs stay right by their master" and "Service dogs do not get distracted like that." All the while, the soft whirl of the motorized cart is heard in the background.

She starts out by asking the dog's owner, "Why do you have that dog in here? That's not a service dog." After being rebuffed by the dog's owner, she continues to film and follow the couple, stating, "You are lying, that is a fake service dog." As the couple winds through the aisles, she says, "He can't even walk along side of you because he is not trained well enough for that." After the couple stops, the tension really lights up. The owner states the dog is also, "My personal attack dog."


Learn why breed choice matters in service dogs and why pit bull service dogs are a bad idea.


At this stage, the woman on the mobility scooter has legal grounds to ask Walmart to throw out the fake service pit bull -- the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) explicitly does not cover "attack dogs" or dogs with "protection training" (apprehension or bite work). Further, "the Department's modification also clarifies that the crime-deterrent effect of a dog's presence, by itself, does not qualify as work or tasks for purposes of the service animal definition," states the ADA guidance.

The Department recognizes that despite its best efforts to provide clarification, the "minimal protection" language appears to have been misinterpreted. While the Department maintains that protection from danger is one of the key functions that service animals perform for the benefit of persons with disabilities, the Department recognizes that an animal individually trained to provide aggressive protection, such as an attack dog, is not appropriately considered a service animal. Therefore, the Department has decided to modify the "minimal protection" language to read "nonviolent protection," thereby excluding so-called "attack dogs" or dogs with traditional "protection training" as service animals. The Department believes that this modification to the service animal definition will eliminate confusion, without restricting unnecessarily the type of work or tasks that service animals may perform. The Department's modification also clarifies that the crime-deterrent effect of a dog's presence, by itself, does not qualify as work or tasks for purposes of the service animal definition. - Appendix A to Part 36 - Guidance on Revisions to ADA Regulation on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities

The senior citizen in the motorized cart has the "attack dog" admission captured on video, as well as the owner saying, "He [the pit bull] attacks people." Enforcement by Walmart, however, is not what happens next. Instead, the owner walks away and returns with an empty shopping cart. Our heroine seated in the Rascal stands her ground and says again, "Look at how he is distracted by everything that comes by. That is not a real service dog! You people need to get it out of the store!"

At 4:15 a Walmart employee steps in and tells our heroine, "It's none of our business," referring to whether or not the dog is a real service animal. "Yes it is," says the woman on the mobility scooter. "If someone gets attacked in here, you're going to get sued up your ass. She said it's her 'attack dog.'" Next, the employee, who lacks knowledge of the ADA guidance, blocks her from filming and states she cannot record people inside Walmart. The employee then asks her to leave the store.

Now, in a complete reversal of the ADA, a Walmart employee is ordering a senior citizen with a disability, who is navigating the store on a motorized cart, to leave the store because she called out a fake service dog. Our heroine then zigzags through the aisles to find her husband, as we hear the whirl of the cart's miniature engine. When she finally reaches her husband, she says, "James, they are going to call the police on me because I was recording one of their customers."

She also states in the video that two senior citizens in wheelchairs were killed by pit bulls in just the past few weeks, perhaps referring to 84-year old Carolyn Varanese and 60-year old Sharon Baldwin. She interestingly cuts back to the store manager in still screens as well because they are wrong. They failed to enforce the Walmart service animal policy and instead only focused on her filming, which corporate states is "prohibited" and reserves the right to enforce that policy.

Yet, the entire time she is recording unlawful conduct and the abuse of the ADA -- and is doing so in her own defense had it come to that.

Toward the end of the video, several long text screens spell out how ADA protections do not apply to attack dogs. She also asks viewers, "Does anyone else think SHE should have been told to leave the store, instead of me?" She states that she and her husband finished their shopping that day -- "the guy didn't hunt me down and we never saw the police." She also asked a police officer later that day if it’s illegal to film at Walmart. The police officer "laughed and said no," she said.

As watchers of YouTube know, the conversation continues in comments, often fiercely and tainted by trolls. YouTuber "Mud People," who recorded the video, defends herself against them and gets admiration from others. Such as, "Just when you think Walmart couldn't suck anymore" and "Good for you, enough is enough … I admire you very much" and our favorite, "Not all hero’s wear capes." We encourage readers to join comments on YouTube in support of Mud People.

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Person with a disability records and confronts the owner of a fake service pit bull in a Walmart.

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02/02/20: DOT Seeks Comments on Pit Bulls and Breed Restrictions in Airplane Cabin
07/05/18: Why Breed Matters in Service Dogs and Why Pit Bull Service Dogs are a Bad Idea

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2020 Dog Bite Fatality: Sleeping Newborn Killed by 'Vicious Canine' Inside Family Home in Hampton, Virginia https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/newborn-killed-by-vicious-canine-inside-family-home-hampton.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/newborn-killed-by-vicious-canine-inside-family-home-hampton.html#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:24:27 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18406 A sign outside the home where a sleeping infant was killed by a "vicious canine" in Hampton. GoFundMe Tall Tale UPDATE 10/29/20: A GoFundMe identifies the infant as Michelle Ocean Rae Carr. We must point out two parts of the … Continue reading

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A sign outside the home where a sleeping infant was killed by a "vicious canine" in Hampton.

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UPDATE 10/29/20: A GoFundMe identifies the infant as Michelle Ocean Rae Carr. We must point out two parts of the family's statement. One, "Lane" the family German shepherd was not Michelle's "brother." Nor did this canine love or watch over "her with love." This is the very type of anthropomorphizing that can and does lead to fatal dog maulings of infants each year. Notably, even after the infant's death, the grieving parents continue to anthropomorphize this dog.

Two, the deceased infant's parents claim that they "awoke to a panicked, scared Lane and our baby" and that Lane "had heard her crying and tried to bring her to us. He was trying to help, but sadly, her delicate little body could not take the move." Essentially, Lane, the "hero dog" was only "trying to help," but the large-breed canine mistakenly doled out death instead. We hope that parents and dog owners reading this post understand how dangerously foolish this reasoning is.

Lane is a canine, not the infant's "brother" or any human being. The police statement says, "Hampton Public Safety Communications received a call of a vicious canine that had killed an infant in the first block of Scotland Road." Additionally, it states, "The child’s father observed the extensive injuries to the child and immediately euthanized the canine." These statements from police do not corroborate the tall tale fantasy spun by the infant's parents for a fundraiser.

Nor does the father rapidly shooting and killing the dog corroborate this fantasy. "We are not angry, we are not in a rage," states the GoFundMe. Nor, our nonprofit will add, do we the parents take any responsibility in failing to recognize that anthropomorphizing dogs, especially in relation to infants, is dangerous. Pretending that dogs are Nanny Dogs that allegedly "watch over" infants, is also dangerous. Then, inventing a story that the dog was only "trying to help" is sheer madness.

"Michelle Ocean Rae Carr came into our lives on September 1st, 2020 ... Everyday to look at something so beautiful, so pure, how were we so lucky we thought? Michelle’s brother, Lane, an eight year old German Shepard was always by her side. He loved her, and he watched over her with love. He was there at the smallest movement or sounds from her. Lane has never showed a shred of aggression toward anyone in his life. He was a big, curious, goofy child.

On October 26, 2020 at 3:00 am we awoke to a panicked, scared Lane and our baby... Lane had heard her crying and tried to bring her to us. He was trying to help, but sadly, her delicate little body could not take the move. I, the father, explained to him that we were not angry with him but there are consequences for everything in life; even accidents. He was euthanized. We are not angry, we are not in a rage. What happened was purely an accident."

The grieving father also does not understand that 99% of all fatal dog maulings are ruled an "accidental" manner of death, whether there are criminal charges or not. An accidental manner of death simply means an unintentional death, but also a violent death. There are four different non-natural manners of death: accident, homicide, suicide and undetermined. Finally, the last update notes, "Gofundme has requested we explain more in detail our purpose of this fundraiser."1

"We are raising funds to cover costs of our daughters funeral, time off work, to keep our roof over our head, counseling, and a million other obvious reasons. We would love keepsakes of our daughter as well. Gofundme has requested we explain more in detail our purpose of this fundraiser, so this is an unexpected update. We cannot imagine not being together to help each other through this unimaginable time. All funds will be transferred to our bank account..."

We feel terrible for this loss of life. We feel terrible for these parents. Had their beliefs about dogs, however, not been a tall tale fantasy, this loss of life would not have occurred. Hampton police had a realistic and practical view of canines. When asked by a reporter, "What triggered the dog to attack"? Hampton Police spokesperson Sgt. Reggie Williams said, he couldn't say "outside of just a guess or speculation," but "animal behavior can be unpredictable." Dogs are not human beings.

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A photograph of infant Michelle from the parent's GoFundMe campaign, uploaded Oct 27.

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The elderly German shepherd-mix seen in one of the videos posted to the GoFundMe page.


10/26/20: Infant Killed by Family Dog
Hampton, VA - An infant is dead after being mauled by a dog, according to the Hampton Police Department. At about 3:16 am, Hampton Public Safety Communications "received a call of a vicious canine that had killed an infant" in the 100 block of Scotland Road. "Prior to the officer's arrival, the dog had been euthanized by its' owner," police said in a statement. When officers arrived, they observed a small infant that had sustained injuries consistent with a dog attack.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the infants' parents were sleeping in their bed when they were awakened by a large amount of motion," states the release. The infant had been in a cradle next to the bed when the attack occurred. "The child’s father observed the extensive injuries to the child and immediately euthanized the canine. The family states that the canine had not been previously aggressive and are fully cooperating with the investigation," police said.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the infant was a 2-month old girl. According to Sgt. Amanda Moreland, one parent shot and killed the dog while the other called police. The injuries were consistent with a canine attack, not just a bite. "There is nothing that would indicate this was anything other than a tragic accident," Moreland said. Police clarified the dog was "shot outside the residence" by its owner. Animal control took possession of the deceased dog, an 8-year old German shepherd-mix.

Infant Deaths in 2020

This infant's deaths marks the seventh infant (< 11 month old) killed by a family dog so far this year and 17% of all dog bite fatalities. In six of these deaths, the breed of dog was released. Pit bulls were responsible for four of these deaths, 67%. Other breeds included a Belgian malinois and this 8-year old German shepherd-mix. Notably, the "mix" portion can indicate a wide range of breeds, including husky, which has a long track record of killing newborns sleeping in cradles.

The cradle in the Virginia fatal dog mauling was later characterized as an "electronic swing" by the Virginian-Pilot. The dog was also identified as a male German shepherd-mix, named "Lane." 

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Residence where a newborn baby girl was killed by a "vicious canine" in Hampton, Virginia.

1Perhaps GoFundMe did not believe this tall tale fantasy either?

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Baseline reporting requirements:
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.

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National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day 2020 Zoom Conference https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/national-pit-bull-victim-awareness-day-2020-zoom-conference.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/national-pit-bull-victim-awareness-day-2020-zoom-conference.html#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:27:06 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18370 Last year, Responsible Citizens for Public Safety (RC4PS) held the first-ever event on National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day at the Michigan state Capitol building in Lansing. The year's national awareness day is on October 26. Ann Marie Rogers, the … Continue reading

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Last year, Responsible Citizens for Public Safety (RC4PS) held the first-ever event on National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day at the Michigan state Capitol building in Lansing. The year's national awareness day is on October 26. Ann Marie Rogers, the founder of RC4PS, interviews Mia Johnson of National Pit Bull Victim Awareness and Colleen Lynn of DogsBite.org followed by a round table discussion in a pre-taped Zoom conference that is about 46 minutes long.

Johnson discusses National Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day that was first established in 2015, the related organization, and why it was started. Rogers and Lynn discuss legislative issues, such as the National Defense Authorization Act, which our nonprofit wrote about earlier in October. The round table discussion covers a number of areas, including how the act of the CDC defining a "mauling injury" (32:10), instead of using the "dog bite" vernacular would "change everything."

Mauling Event Protocol

In 2019, a study examining 182 patients at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia became the first study to define "mauling injuries," and used the term "mauling event" as well. "Mauling injuries were recorded when 3 or more bites occurred over 2 or more distinct regional anatomic areas, typically the craniofacial region, back, torso, and extremities." Among the top-biting breeds, pit bulls inflicted the most complex wounds (63%) and mauling injuries (71%).

Selected Findings: "The data showed that compared with other dog breeds, pit bull terriers inflicted more complex wounds, were often unprovoked, and went off property to attack ... The probability of a bite resulting in a complex wound was 4.4 times higher for pit bulls compared with the other top-biting breeds ... and the odds of an off-property attack by a pit bull was 2.7 times greater than that for all other breeds." - Dog-Bite Injuries to the Craniofacial Region: An Epidemiologic and Pattern-of-Injury Review at a Level 1 Trauma Center, March 2020 [2019 Nov 14, Epub]

"Mauling" vernacular was also used in the 2011 Texas study, "Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs." That study concluded, "Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs." This vernacular describes the severe nature of the injuries, which is an important distinction for doctors treating these injuries and for those who respond to the scene of a severe dog attack.

First responders have emergency codes for what they are responding to. Today, police and fire respond to a "dog bite" or "animal bite" even if there are multiple victims and mauling injuries. Recall the "Judith incident" where a pit bull killed its owner (Devin White) and attacked three other family members. Four ambulances were required and a life-flight was in motion, but was later called off. They were not responding to a "dog bite." They were responding to a "mauling event."

From animal control departments, who fill out a "dog bite" report after a biting incident, to the hospital intake form listing "dog bite" after taking in Daxton (this 14-month old boy underwent a sustained pit bull mauling lasting up to 15 minutes), to numerous medical studies examining "dog bite" injuries, all the way up to the CDC, which obfuscates "dog bites" with mauling and maiming injuries and deaths, there is a daunting vernacular problem that can and should be rectified.

We stated in our 2014 Remedy document to the CDC that they "must make a vernacular distinction between mauling and maiming injuries and deaths (2%) by dogs and garden variety dog bites (93%). Call them what they are: 'mauling and maiming injuries.'" Doctors, coroners, first responding agencies and animal control departments, need not wait for permission from the CDC to change this vernacular. Even changing "dog bite" to "dog attack" would be an improvement.

We recommend three designations for emergency responders:

  1. Dog Bite
  2. Dog Mauling Event
  3. Rampage Mauling - A Multi-Victim Attack

Each designate different events that require a different response. A "dog bite" is a single victim event that may or may not require an emergency room visit (some victims are treated at the scene.) A "mauling event" is a single victim with multiple traumatic dog bite injuries. A rampage mauling, such as the Judith and Oviedo incidents, and the recent Seattle incident, often involves a single or multi-pit bull household, where the dog inflicts serious injuries to multiple victims.

Future Zoom Conference

Please leave ideas for topics and guests for a future Zoom conference in comments. We will forward them to Responsible Citizens for Public Safety, who will be organizing and hosting a future event (our role is post-conference video editing). We would certainly like to hear from doctors, first responders, animal control officers and family members of victims. There are also key civil and criminal liability issues (or a lack thereof) that attorneys or insurance professionals could address.


Dog bite response protocol

Injury severity and multi-victim attacks should be recognized in emergency response codes. When one has listened to as many fire/rescue audio log dispatch files responding to serious and fatal dog attacks as we have, it is clear that a "dog bite" response code is not enough.


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2020 Dog Bite Fatality: 26-Year Old Man Dies After Violent Pit Bull Mauling in West Tulsa https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/man-dies-after-being-mauled-by-pit-bulls-in-west-tulsa.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/man-dies-after-being-mauled-by-pit-bulls-in-west-tulsa.html#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:31:42 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18334 Curtis Wickham, 26-years old, was fatally attacked by three pit bulls in west Tulsa. Murder Two Charges UPDATE 11/10/20: Tulsa Police have issued warrants for the arrest Benjamin Ryan Spence in connection to the death of Curtis Wickham. Charging documents … Continue reading

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Curtis Wickham, 26-years old, was fatally attacked by three pit bulls in west Tulsa.

Murder Two Charges
UPDATE 11/10/20: Tulsa Police have issued warrants for the arrest Benjamin Ryan Spence in connection to the death of Curtis Wickham. Charging documents state that Spence has been charged with second-degree murder for directing his three pit bulls to attack Wickham, which mauled and killed him. Spence has also been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for trying to throw a television set on Wickham’s head while he was on the ground, reports KTUL.

Witnesses told police Wickham was the ex-boyfriend of the owner of the home, and he had returned in search of his cell phone. Spence was the owner's new boyfriend, and he reportedly answered the door "yelling" and stepped out onto the porch before striking Wickham and starting a fight.

One witness described Wickham "getting the best of Ben" before they heard Spence tell his dogs to "sik em' (sic)," according to a probable cause affidavit.

"(The homeowner) recalled Wickham begging for Spence to get his dogs, but Spence did not react," the affidavit states. - Tulsa World

The attack occurred about 6:00 am after Wickham had gone to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Champaign Walker, to retrieve his cell phone, which he believed was inside her home. This confrontation led to a fist fight between Spence, her new boyfriend, and Wickham and to Spence's pit bulls attacking and killing him. It was previously reported that Walker had owned the dogs. Now Spence is facing second-degree murder charges. Tulsa police are still searching for him.

After Wickham's death, both Walker and Spence claimed they tried to pull the dogs off him, but were unsuccessful. Spence also blamed Wickham for the dogs attacking. Charging documents indicate that Spence (AKA "Dias Centavos") was lying. Murder charges after a fatal dog attack are rare, as are the elements in this crime: Spence directing his dogs to attack Wickham, throwing a TV at the victim's head, and a day earlier, Spense had threatened to stab Wickham in the face.

The homeowner told police she demanded Spence to drag Wickham into the house to separate him from the dogs and he "finally" complied, but by that time, "the dogs had torn Wickham's clothing from his body and he wasn't moving."

She told investigators she could see massive injuries to Wickham's body and that he was losing a significant amount of blood as he lay on the floor, but Spence, who was "still worked up pacing back and forth," grabbed her flat screen TV and threw it at him, narrowly missing his head. - Tulsa World


10/23/20: Updates & Clarifications
On Thursday, 26-year old Curtis Wickham was killed by three pit bulls. Wickham had gone to Champaign Walker's home, his ex-girlfriend, at about 6:00 in the morning demanding his cell phone, which he believed was in her home. This confrontation led to a fist fight between Walker's current boyfriend and Wickham and then to Walker's dogs brutally mauling him to death. Walker claimed she and her boyfriend tried to pull the dogs off Wickham, but were unsuccessful.

Police were dispatched to the home due to a "shots-fired" call. A neighbor had fired a single shot into the air to stop the dogs from attacking. It was previously reported that police were unsure who had fired the gun. Police have not yet determined if Wickam's death could lead to any charges. Notably, Walker was wearing a pit bull tee-shirt when speaking to the media that displayed: "I'm telling you I am not a pit bull. My mom said I'm a baby and my mom is always right."

Between these two repellent dog owners and the loss of a 26-year old man's life, it is hard to know where to begin. However, domestic pit bull violence routinely starts when an argument erupts or a fight occurs between two or more people. That was the scenario in Plainfield earlier this year. A family argument led to Devin White's pit bull going on a rampage attack, killing Devin and injuring three other family members. When pit bulls erupt, they typically do so without specificity.

This lack of "specificity" in their victims -- which is akin to a hand grenade going off -- is why 53% of all pit bull fatality victims live in the pit bull's household or are considered well-known to the dog. If Champaign Walker and her boyfriend, "Dias Centavos,"1 had "actually" tried to intervene to help Wickham, they likely would have been injured in the attack -- neither appears to have suffered a single scratch. Walker also wore a "promotional" pit bull tee-shirt for her media interview.

One neighbor said the attack "went on for 10 or 15 minutes."


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Champaign Walker, who owned the pit bulls, sports a pit bull tee-shirt in media interview.

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The ex-girlfriend tries to defend herself against Wickham's family members on this thread.


10/22/20: Man Killed by Pit Bulls
Tulsa, OK - A man is dead following a disturbance Thursday morning in west Tulsa. Police are also investigating if he was shot. According to Tulsa police, the victim, whose identity has not been released, was causing a disturbance with the homeowner in the 5000 block of West Admiral Boulevard. The two got into a fist fight and the homeowner's dogs attack him, Tulsa Police Homicide Lt. Brandon Watkins said. Police were initially called to the home as a "shots-fired" call.

KJRH reports the incident occurred at about 6:00 am near West Admiral Boulevard and North 49th Avenue. When police officers arrived, they found a young man had been attacked by three pit bulls. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died. A neighbor told KJRGH the dogs are known for being aggressive and had attacked them and their dog before. Police took the homeowner into custody for questioning. Police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

Police told News on 6 that the man had been mauled so bad, they aren't sure exactly what killed him (the mauling or possible gunfire). "There is definitely a self-defense aspect to it," said Lt. Watkins. "The guy who was mauled and died was over here and up to mischief. So, it's just determining exactly what happened right now." Watkins said detectives would be at the scene investigating for some hours to come. All three dogs were taken into custody by animal control.

Fox 23 spoke to a neighbor, John Efird. He said he heard a woman screaming and saw a man swinging something while three dogs circled him and another man that looked injured. "Another guy was slumped over the fence and I didn’t see him move or anything," Efrid said. Police have been called about these dogs before, he said. "They even killed my girlfriend’s daughter’s chicken, which is buried back there," Efrid said. Police are questioning "all the players" in this "drama."

Police later identified the victim as 26-year-old Curtis Wickham. According to police, interviews with witnesses and neighbors at the scene showed that Wickham went to the residence this morning to contact a former girlfriend and a fight broke out between Wickham and the homeowner. During the fight, the homeowner's three pit bulls viciously attacked Wickham. The homeowner was transported to the Detective Division and released pending further investigation, police said.

Pit Bulls Used in Crimes

In January, a 55-year old man in Kentucky died after being attacked by a female, who went "redneck" on him, then commanded her pit bull to attack him. The coroner's office said that Donald Abner suffered dog bite wounds, but the cause of death was asphyxiation. Melissa Wolke was charged for murder in connection to his death. "The way I look at it is that she used her animal, a pit bull, as a weapon to help her in this altercation," Trooper Scottie Pennington said back then.


Tulsa police are investigating the case as a homicide and also noted a "self-defense" aspect. "We have everybody that we are aware of right now, who are players in this drama" in custody. Will this be the first case where an owner can claim "self-defense" by siccing his pit bulls on a person? 

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One of the three pit bulls seen being taken into custody after severely mauling a young man.

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Home on West Admiral Boulevard where a young man died after a violent pit bull mauling.

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1The current boyfriend's name on Facebook appears to be an alias, as it translates into "Days pennies." He also has a pit bull tattooed on his lower chest.

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Statewide attacks:
Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma by Butch Bridges, a log of Oklahoma vicious dog attacks.


Baseline reporting requirements:
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.

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2020 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by a Pack of Dogs in Walker County, Alabama; Few Details Released https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/woman-killed-by-dogs-walker-county-alabama.html https://blog.dogsbite.org/2020/10/woman-killed-by-dogs-walker-county-alabama.html#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:44:55 +0000 https://blog.dogsbite.org/?p=18307 Ruthie Mae Brown, 36-years old, was killed by dogs in Walker County, Alabama. Woman Killed by Dogs Walker County, AL - On Monday afternoon, the Walker County Sheriff's Office posted a statement to their Facebook page, "Walker County Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading

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Ruthie Mae Brown, 36-years old, was killed by dogs in Walker County, Alabama.

Woman Killed by Dogs
Walker County, AL - On Monday afternoon, the Walker County Sheriff's Office posted a statement to their Facebook page, "Walker County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of a woman on Jagger Road. The woman was the victim of an attack from several dogs. Some of the dogs have been captured." The victim was identified as 36-year old Ruthie Mae Brown. Though some of the dogs were taken into custody, no breed information was released by the agency.

"We are talking about gaping wounds. One of her feet was completely dislocated from her ankle. This was a severe attack." - Coroner Joey Vick

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the area along Jagger Road about 2:00 pm Monday after a third party called. They responded with multiple agencies. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. "Still a lot of moving parts at this point, the investigation continues. The DA's office will determine charges after the body returns from forensics," said T.J. Armstrong with the Walker County Sheriff's Office. Brown's family told ABC 33/40 that she was the mother of four children.

Authorities have confirmed that the violent dog attack occurred in the same area where a bull killed a person four months ago. On the Walker County Sheriff's Facebook page, a woman named Brittany stated Monday, "The same owner of the dogs owned a Vicious bull that escaped its pasture and killed my uncle less than 4 months ago!" [sic] ABC 33/40 confirmed this in their news video. Police are asking the public for information about any previous dog attacks in the area.

The Daily Mountain Eagle reports that one owner has claimed two of the dogs involved in the deadly attack, according to Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith. Those dogs are now in the custody of the Walker County Humane Society. "Officers were attempting to capture at least three other dogs Monday afternoon," reports the Eagle. Those dogs are also thought to have owners, Smith said, and are not believed to be strays. The death investigation remains active and ongoing.

"A death that is obviously this violent, it's naturally, just horrific. There are not really words to describe it. It's a terrible situation." - T.J. Armstrong

The rural community where the attack occurred, Nauvoo, has a population of about 220 people, according to Wikipedia. Our nonprofit has no record of a fatal dog mauling in this area -- or even in Walker County -- since 2005. What is stunning is that one of the owner's of the dogs also owned a bull that attacked and killed a man several months ago. That person truly is the owner of vicious animals. Both fatal animal attacks appear to have occurred off the owner's property as well.


On Tuesday, ABC 33/40 published an update that began to shape this attack more clearly. People who lived in the area knew about this roaming pack of dogs, which apparently involved multiple owners. Robin Johnson told the news agency, "It is really scary. I’ve seen them actually attack a deer." She also came in contact with the pack. "I actually had a stick in my hand which I know the owners name and I would call the owners name and they would back off," Johnson said.

"They're really aggressive dogs ... If I wouldn't have known the owner's name it probably would have happened to me." - Robin Johnson

The way Armstrong describes the injuries, "I've seen a dog bite, I've seen a dog attack but I've never seen a situation just as horrible as this," and the lack of officials releasing any breed information, indicates this was a full-on pack attack that may have involved multiple dog breeds. In the 15-year period of 2005 to 2019, only five victims, ages 30 to 39, have been killed in a pack attack (1% of all fatal dog mauling victims). Four of these deaths involved pit bull-type dogs.

Under "Emily's Law," a felony dog attack law that was passed after Emily Mae Colvin was killed by her neighbor's five pit bulls, if the dog(s) was previously declared "dangerous" by a court and it attacks and causes serious injury or death, the owner faces a Class B felony. If the dog has not been declared dangerous, but the owner had prior knowledge of the dog's vicious propensities and demonstrated "reckless disregard" of these propensities, the owner faces a Class C felony.

Thus, Johnson's testimony is critical in proving part two. A prosecutor would also need to determine if the owner demonstrated "reckless disregard" under these circumstances in a county that lacks a leash law. Finally, Armstrong stated that a witness saw seven or eight dogs. Thus far, officials have only caught about four or five dogs, and one owner has claimed two of them. It was previously reported that the other dogs involved have owners and are not believed to be strays.

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Home on Jagger Road near to where loose dogs killed 36-year old Ruthie Mae Brown.

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Baseline reporting requirements:
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.

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