How a Pit Bull Fulfills its Destiny: Breed-Specific Traits
Family pit bull named "Scarface" mauls family after owner tries to put a sweater on it.
Family Pit Bull Berserks
Tampa, FL - In a story that has gone national now, we remind readers of breed-specific traits. Last Friday, WTSB reported that a family pit bull named "Scarface" attacked three family members after its owner tried to put a sweater on it. Brenda Guerrero, 52, went outside to put a sweater on the dog, when it bega… [Read full blog post]
Josie Arellano, the mother of the three children mauled by dogs.
UPDATE 02/18/11: On Thursday, a San Bernardino County jury convicted a Fontana couple whose mastiff and pit bulls seriously mauled three children a year ago. Judith Mendez Lopez, 56, and Jose Lopez Gonzales, 49, were convicted on seven felony counts of allowing vicious animals to be at large. Both face a maximum of 7-years in prison. Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams said, "We think th… [Read full blog post]
Michelle Edwards and a male victim following the double mauling.
Police Shoot, Kill DogSt. Clair, AU - If the title of this post and photo caption were missing and only the two images appeared, what would the average person think happened? Victims of a multiple shooting might come to mind or a serious automobile accident. What would not come to mind is that a family "pet" inflicted these injuries. In the state of New South Wales, a family Staffordshire bull terrier, named Chopp… [Read full blog post]
Dog was "Possessed"
Orrville, OH - In another pit bull berserking incident,1 the animal bolted from a home just to attack a group of children. Before the episode was over, three people were bitten and a group fleeing the dog was left trapped inside the pit bull's home2 until police arrived. 10-year old Kamaria Simpson suffered the worst injuries requiring 5 hours of surgery and hundreds of stitches to close the many facial and scalp wounds inflicted by the dog. The pit bull also… [Read full blog post]
From left: Widow Bessie Parker and the victim's daughter Gardenia Parker.
From left: Gardenia, the Tree of Hope memorial and victim William Parker.
Tree of Hope Corridor
UPDATE 07/25/10: On Saturday, family and friends held a vigil for 71-year old William Parker who died Tuesday after being mauled by two pit bulls. Neighbors lit candles, hung teddy bears and Tree of Hope signs on a tree near the scene of the mauling. Gardenia said the half-block walk to the vigil was the most di… [Read full blog post]
Crime scene: One Independence Court luxury apartment.
Apartment "Ransacked"Hoboken, NJ - In a scene described as resembling the movie "Jaws," a pet pit bull1 exploded into a "savage biting rampage" late Thursday night sending three victims, including the dogs' owner, to the hospital. Witness Paul Michael said, "It didn't look like she was going to make it. She was bad. Her entire leg was torn up." Police eventually shot and killed the attacking dog. The incident left the lu… [Read full blog post]
From left: Bloody floor, Carloetta's face and partial thumb, Derrick's injured arm.
One Victim: 2,500 StitchesUPDATE 05/05/09: The owner of the pit bull, Jason Benton, was not home when his dog attacked his whole family. He arrived about 20 minutes into the attack. Jason told the 911 dispatcher, "They have to hurry. One person is trapped inside, two others, my mom's thumb was bitten off...and it bit my brother in the face and arm...his arm is almost gone." Jason's brother Der… [Read full blog post]
From Left: Sarah Malave, Brian Stevens, "Bronson" the pit bull and location of attack.
Death Sentence Ordered
UPDATE 04/29/09: The berserking pit bull that went on a "binge" attack earlier in the month has received a death sentence. According to police Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto, the city's animal control officer issued an order to have the dog, Bronson, euthanized within 90 days. Lilian Pinto made her decision after owner Brian Stevens and his lawyer appeared at a hearing last… [Read full blog post]