Pit bull dies after being left in hot car for hours

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A woman is expected to face an animal cruelty charge for allegedly leaving her dog unattended in her car in a sun-baked El Cajon parking lot for hours, leading to the animal’s death amid triple-digit temperatures, police reported Monday.

Victoria Williams was inside the El Cajon Courthouse attending to some sort of legal matter shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday when a citizen flagged down deputies to report seeing a distressed pit bull inside a vehicle parked outside the complex with its doors locked and all the windows rolled up, according to El Cajon police.

The sheriff’s personnel had to break into the car to get to the dog, who by then had died, ECPD Lt. Walt Miller said.

“Officers were able to determine that the temperature in the vehicle was approximately 135 degrees, while the outside temperature was 95 degrees,” Miller said.

Williams, a 46-year-old resident of Brawley in Imperial County, was arrested and booked into the Las Colinas women’s detention center in Santee. She was released on bail Saturday morning, a jail clerk said.

Though results of postmortem tests are pending, investigators believe the dog died of prolonged exposure to intense heat, the lieutenant said.

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  • Sandy Hayek

    Stupid b*tch. I’d like to cook her in a hot car. We need a federal law protecting people from breaking windows of hot vehicles with pets inside. If this person would have felt safe to do so, they could have possibly saved this dog. By the time she got sherrif it was too late. :-( Rest in peace poor baby.

  • Gus

    She should be left in a hot car for hours.Or just shot. Seriously. How stupid is this woman? And from Brawley herself. I mean seriously, people. Are humans really that ignorant and careless? Obviously they are.

  • Chloe

    She should cook in a hot car. 5 hours?! How many people walked by this car in 5 hours and did nothing about it? It was by the courthouse where there are tons of people around. I say who cares if you “are or aren’t allowed” to break the window to save the animal. Do it anyway and save a life. The person that leaves their animal in distress doesn’t deserve the animal in the first place and just document the whole thing so no one can say you did it without reason. If I ever left my dogs (or any animal) in my vehicle (which I dont) and someone saw them in distress I would want them to break my window and save my pet. Animal’s and children’s lives are too precious to be lost in such an uncaring and thoughtless way.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Houma, La, USA.
    Another day, another mauling

    Keith Magill
    Executive Editor
    Published: Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Hyundai last week recalled 883,000 Sonata sedans manufactured between 2011 and 2014 because of a transmission problem it says hasn’t been blamed for a single crash, injury or death.

    GM says it spent $1.3 billion to repair millions of cars it recalled during the first three months of the year, including the 2.6 million cars whose faulty ignition switch has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

    Lots of people, including me, would say recalls are a necessary expense if they keep unsafe cars off the roads.

    Too bad the same logic is so infrequently applied to something that kills far more people — a breed called the pit bull, which one count says is responsible for 25, or 78 percent, of the 32 dog-bite deaths in the U.S. last year.

    Last Sunday, a Dulac woman suffered life-threatening injuries after her family pit bull mauled her in a horrific attack she says lasted 45 minutes. A 41-year-old Chackbay woman was severely injured by a pit bull July 6 as she stopped to visit with its owner. And then there is the tragic death of 4-year-old Mia Derouen, killed by her family pit bull March 25 inside her Houma apartment.

    Unfortunately, Terrebonne and Lafourche parish officials have responded with far less ferocity than the dogs responsible for these brutal attacks. Neither council has shown an inclination to pass breed-specific laws that would make a difference. Instead, they cater to constituents who live in a fantasy world where all dogs deserve equal treatment under the law; where there are no bad dogs, only bad owners; and where an individual’s joyful experience with a loving and harmless pit bull is transferred to an entire breed.

    In such a world, facts serve only to entrench these misguided beliefs. The believers discount a documented report that shows pit bulls have killed 263 people and maimed nearly 1,700 in the U.S. and Canada since 1982. Or others that show pit bulls are responsible for half or more of all dog-mauling deaths — far outpacing any other breed. Or the conclusion reached by the Annals of Surgery in 2011 after a study of emergency room dog-bite treatments over 15 years.

    “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,” the medical journal says. “Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the U.S. mortality rates related to dog bites.”

    Anyone searching for practical solutions can find several at dogbitelaw.com. The website, run by San Francisco attorney Kenneth Phillips, a nationally known expert in such cases, includes case studies, statistics and sample dog-bite laws.

    “The question we must ask ourselves is whether the risk of this being repeated is worth taking,” Phillips writes. “When any other dog has a bad day, somebody can get hurt; when a pit bull has a bad day, somebody can get killed.”

    I agree, and that’s why I have suggested a that pit bull ban is one solution our parish councils might consider.

    “If this breed is not to be banned altogether, it certainly must be restricted in several important respects: who may own it, where it may live, and how it is to be confined and restrained whether on public or private property,” Phillips writes.

    He suggests applying such rules to pit bulls and other breeds that statistics show have a propensity to kill or maim, including rottweilers and presa canarios. Among options Phillips proposes:

    — Ban certain people from owning a pit bull. They might include persons convicted of dealing drugs, fighting dogs or violating animal regulations.

    — Ban pit bulls from certain places, such as day-care centers, apartment buildings or parks.

    — Require leashing and muzzling of pit bulls at all times except when in the owner’s home while the owner is present and no guests or children are there.

    — Require at least $100,000 in insurance for covering injuries inflicted by pit bulls.

    — Increase civil damages if a pit bull injures a person.

    If local officials aren’t interested in a ban, they have other options to reduce the carnage. But to be effective, officials will have to get breed specific.

    • shastadog96

      An innocent dog dies a horrid death and you use it as an excuse to post your anti-pitbull propaganda and FALSE dog attacks statistics!
      You are a SICK, heartless person!

    • JC

      you need to be locked in a HOT car along with the owner of the pitbull just for your stupidity. If i had a choice between who i would rather save, a pitbull or you, I would go with the pitbull, no doubt about that, you ignorant bastard! You’re apparently so dumb that you are going on a rant about maulings and statistics, when it has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter. what a loser you are. Obviously a person with no life.

      • JC

        I’m sure you guys met up late at night and bonded over your opinions. how cute! now go crawl back up your mothers a*hole!

    • mary

      Pitt bulls are the best, its the owners that suck. This poor baby died a horrible death. You come on here and have to spill this shit about the breed. If we need a ban going on it should be a ban from trolls like you!

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 deaths

    The Bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.

    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff.
    In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths.
    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

    A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

    Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
    1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
    2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
    3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
    4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
    5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
    6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
    7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
    8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
    9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
    10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

    The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets.

    All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.
    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.
    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.
    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.
    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights
    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming
    Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

    I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

    Of the 5,559 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,880 (70%) were pit bulls; 4,734 (86%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 608 human fatalities, 319 were killed by pit bulls; 91 were killed by Rottweilers; 454 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 3,373 people who were disfigured, 2,456 (73%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 2,942 (87%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

    • shastadog96

      An innocent dog dies a horrid death and you use it as an excuse to post your anti-pitbull propaganda and FALSE dog attacks statistics!
      You are a SICK, heartless person! SHAME ON YOU

    • Gena

      Get a job Thomas McCartney. Better yet, get a life. You are the problem, not pit bulls, you rabid fucking lunatic.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    Population 24,998

    In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city’s 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as “guard” dogs.
    “Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

    “We haven’t had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal,” said Clark. “Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they’re not around other people to attack them.”

    “In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time.”
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Population 189,515

    When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock’s successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:

    “There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don’t see that anymore,” said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.

    Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
    “This is the most abused dog in the city,” said Roark.

    The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs – regardless of the breed – are also not allowed to be chained up outside.”
    Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Population 6,787
    When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton’s Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton’s successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law’s adoption:

    “Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away.

    Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.

    “I believe it makes the community safer,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable. … These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.

    You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off.”
    Reading, Pennsylvania
    Population 80,560

    After an 8-year legal battle, pit bull advocates dismantled a pit bull law adopted by Reading in 1998. It was reported in the same news article, in February 2008, that the law had significantly reduced biting incidents:

    “Reading’s 1998 law required that aggressive or dangerous dogs, when outside the home, be muzzled and kept on a leash shorter than three feet long with a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds.

    The law also punished violators with fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
    The law is credited with helping to reduce dog bites from 130 in 1999 to 33 in 2006. As a result, the law – or at least elements of it – were not being actively enforced, the Reading Eagle reported last year.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

    There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said.

    “A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious … It’s frustrating they were ever allowed in the country … we can’t go back now though,” Mr Coutts said.

    COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling

    This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them.

    VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

    Presas are not to be fooled with, they’re dangerous. You’ve got a fighting breed here. You’ve got a dog that was bred for fighting. You’ve got one of the most difficult breeds to handle.

    CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

    “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to ‘make him dog’ (I guess as in a “regular” dog) so we can actually create the limits.

    So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”. If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it…

    That’s why they are such great fighters.” Cesar goes on to say…”Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.”

    GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

    I estimate Medical & Veterinary bills related to injuries caused by pit bulls in the Tompkins Square dog run in 2011, $140,000.00. Estimated Medical (human) & Veterinary (canine) bills from all other breeds and mixed breeds combined during the same period, $5,000.00. (Estimate gathered from reports to by owners to the dog park association.)

    STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

    “The dogs that participated in these attacks weren’t Pekingese. You don’t have herds of Pekingese roaming the city attacking people. When someone says all breeds are created equal, well then they’re denying the definition of what a breed is. Breed serves a particular purpose.”

    “I like them. They’re eager. They’re athletic. They’re aesthetically pleasing. But even if they’re bred perfectly, they can be problematic, particularly with other dogs.”

    “When you combine the breed specific behaviors … with owners who either don’t give a rip, or with owners who (have) too much dog, you have a problem.”

    JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

    Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she’s a fierce opponent of “breed bans” like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it’s undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence.

    Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it’s disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training.

    ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

    “It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”

    BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

    “That is the only real way to solve this problem – is to license owners and to give them the responsibility that goes with owning a dog. It would be extremely useful when you have a neighbour who is concerned about that dog next door. You can look at it and see they don’t have a license and take it away. That’s owner responsibility.”

    “We led the charge to stop the importation of the pitbull because of the concerns they would be crossbred with other dogs… But there’s not a lot we can do about that because it’s happened. We wish someone had listened all those years ago.”

    JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

    “Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.”

    MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

    Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights. I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not.

    I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out?

    DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

    “It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.”

    JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

    “It’s inhumane not to allow them to fight. If you have to encourage them to fight they are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away. To never allow them any kind of combat…That’s inhumane.”

    RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter

    Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous.

    MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

    If it chooses to attack, it’s the most ferocious of all dogs. I’ve never known of a pit bull that could be called off (during a fight). They lose themselves in the fight.

    F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

    “They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.”

    • shastadog96

      An innocent dog dies a horrid death and you use it as an excuse to post your anti-pitbull propaganda and FALSE dog attacks statistics!?! What the HELL is wrong with you?????

    • JC

      This childish man, has no time in his life, go ahead and continue to waste your time looking up all these articles and what not. truth is, you are such a puny man. you come on these sites because your voice is so small, this is the only attention you probably get in your very low life.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    15 dead by dog attack in the US so far in 2015.
    11 killed by known pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes, which include
    so-called ‘breeds’ like bullmastiffs and American Bulldogs.

    Stars (**) indicate that the killer was someone’s beloved family pit bull that was never abused or neglected.
    The double dagger (‡) indicates that the ‘pet’ pit bull belonged to the deceased person, their family or a relative.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dog (6):
    Kenneth Ford, 79 years old, Pahrump, Nev., March.13
    Eugene Smith – 87 y.o. – Frederick MD ** ‡ [January 7; ‘rescue’ pit bull, kept as indoor family pet]
    Fredrick Crutchfield, 63 years old, Coal Hill, Arkansas ** ‡ Feb.4th
    Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62 years old, Wheeling, West Virginia ** March.9th
    by Friends Pit Bull
    Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49 years old, White River, SD by Pack of Pit Bull dogs, March.14th, Native American on Rosebud Reservation.
    De’trick O. Johnson, 36 years old, Pine Bluff, Ark, March.21, by a pack of pit bull type dogs.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (5):
    James W. Nevils III, 5 years old, Southside Chigago, May.26th
    Brayden Lamar Wilson, 2 month old baby, Dallas, TX, ** ‡ April.19, by family pit bull.
    Declan Dean Moss – 18 mos. Old – Brooksville, FL ** ‡ [January 19, mother’s pit bulls]
    Malaki Mildward — 7 years old — College Springs, Iowa ** ‡ (January.22) 2 Pit Bull Mixes, Mother’s & friends Pit bulls.
    Taylynn Devaughnm 2 years old, West Mifflin, PA ** ‡ Feb.22 Aunt’s Pit Bull Mix

    Fatalities by ‘breed unknown’ (1)
    Neta Lee Adams, 81 years old, Washington County, GA Mar 31, 2015
    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM [January 2
    [found dead at the roadside after altercation with ‘feral dogs’]

    Fatalities by ‘other breed’s’ (2)
    Gaege Ramirez ,7 years old, Canyon Lake, TX ** ‡
    Betty Wood, 78 years old, Sulphur Springs, TX ** ‡ March.13,2015 by her pet Rottweiler

    Foreign deaths by pit bull type dog that we know of (3):
    Children (2)
    Michel Danny Kasouha, 7 years old, Beirut, Leabanon, April.7,2014
    Maxi Millian Guscott – 2 y.o. – St. Ann, Jamaica ** ‡ [January 2 – bullmastiff, which is a pit bull – mastiff mix]

    Adult (1)
    Emilia Mitroi, 53 years old, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania ** ‡ Pit Bull Terrier, March.9th.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Lakritz: Pit bull ban is logical next step
    Naomi Lakritz, Calgary Herald
    Published on: May 20, 2015

    Steve Constantine of Detroit, lost his leg, arm and part of his ear when he was attacked by a friend’s pit bulls and pit bull mixes last winter. A judge Tuesday awarded Constantine a $100 million civil judgment.

    Steve Constantine of Detroit, lost his leg, arm and part of his ear when he was attacked by a friend’s pit bulls and pit bull mixes last winter. A judge Tuesday awarded Constantine a $100 million civil judgment.

    What would Calgarians do for comic relief without city council?

    Last week, Coun. Joe Magliocca came up with a system for controlling pit bull attacks in this city. It works like this: Put muzzles on all puppies when they’re out for walks, to prevent attacks on passersby.

    Train them, certify them, and after they turn a year old, take off the muzzles and put coloured bandanas on them so they’re dressed like traffic lights. Hostile dogs would wear red bandanas, ones that are iffy would wear yellow, and green bandanas mean the dog is friendly.

    Just imagine how silly it would be to have teacup Yorkie puppies walking around wearing muzzles as a public safety measure. I don’t even know if they make muzzles that tiny. Regardless, putting a muzzle on any puppy is counterproductive to socializing it to other animals and people during its crucial first year. You’d really be sowing the seeds for a city full of neurotic and unpredictably nasty dogs if you muzzled all puppies whenever they were out.

    Research done by Animals 24-7, using data from press reports that were cross-checked to ensure animal control officers, and not just reporters, verified the breed of dog, showed that from September 1982 through December 2014, pit bulls were responsible for 3,397 “attacks doing bodily harm” in Canada and the U.S.”

    One of those statistics was Steve Constantine of Detroit, who lost two limbs and part of his ear, during an attack last October by a friend’s 12 pit bulls and pit bull mixes.

    Pit bulls killed 295 people during the studied period. Basset hounds, on the other hand, killed no one between 1982 and 2014, and only two people were attacked — by the same hound — thus giving the lie to pit bull owners who say their breed is not to blame. Rottweilers were responsible for the next highest number of attacks after pit bulls — killing 85 people and attacking a total of 535.

    We keep hearing it’s the fault of irresponsible pit bull owners. That may be, but there are irresponsible owners of Shih Tzus as well, and their dogs don’t make the news.

    Opponents to breed-specific legislation point to Calgary’s model bylaw regarding vicious dogs. Calgary’s bylaw is so highly regarded that it was cited in the Ontario legislature during debates about a pit-bull ban. It is indeed strict. It states that a dog deemed vicious by a provincial judge can only be owned by an individual over 18, and is never allowed in off-leash areas. When the dog is out, “it must wear a muzzle … with a leash no longer than one metre … ”

    The dog must be confined indoors, or if outdoors, must be kept in “a locked pen or other structure” which other people can’t enter. The pen must be a minimum 1.5 metres in height and have a “secure top, and if it has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded in the ground to a minimum depth of 30 centimetres.”

    The owner must post special signs at every entrance to the yard, alerting people that a vicious dog lives there.

    OK, so we have this excellent bylaw. Too bad the threat of its penalties doesn’t appear to have deterred the owners of the pit bulls responsible for the recent spate of attacks in Calgary. The annual vicious animal licensing fee is $260. There is a fine of up to $1,500 for a first offence attacking someone, and up to $2,000 if a dog already declared vicious attacks again. Not to mention $1,500 per, for failing to follow each directive for a vicious dog, such as proper confinement, signage, muzzling, etc.

    No, the bylaw, with its justifiably draconian provisions, hasn’t scared irresponsible pit bull owners into becoming more responsible. The only sensible next step is to ban these dogs, which were bred to be aggressive. Who needs them? Had Steve Constantine been swarmed instead by basset hounds, he would be healthy and whole today.

    Naomi Lakritz is a Herald columnist.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Membertou pit bull ban working
    Chris ShannonPublished on June 17, 2015

    MEMBERTOU — Five years after it was implemented, Membertou’s ban on pit bulls has rid the aboriginal community of a dog breed often associated with aggressive behaviour and unprovoked attacks.

    The Membertou band council sought a change to the 1997 animal control bylaw following a pit bull attack on an elder and her grandchild on Membertou Street in 2009.

    “There were several instances of close calls but I think that particular incident in broad daylight right in the middle of our main street in Membertou … unprovoked was bad,” Membertou senior adviser Dan Christmas said Wednesday.

    A clause was grandfathered into the amendment of the bylaw in 2010 to allow anyone currently owning a pit bull to keep the dog, he said.

    However, the owners of pit bulls were expected to pay to have their dogs implanted with microchip identification.

    Now, there are no pit bulls left in the community, Christmas said.

    If a pit bull is found on the First Nation it could bring its owner a maximum fine of $1,000.

    The changes to the bylaw also included a limit of no more than two adult dogs per dwelling.

    Despite that change, the issue of stray dogs persists, he said.

    “We’re always working with the SPCA to make sure they do regular patrols, and come during different hours of the day or week.

    “We still have stray dogs but fortunately they’re not pit bulls.”

    Membertou awarded the Cape Breton SPCA with the animal control contract in 2013 after the band created a part-time job to enforce the bylaw but no one showed interest in it.

    The top fine for troublesome canines is $307.50, which could be handed out to dog owners who fail to keep a “villainous dog” tethered or in a restricted area.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?

    Fifty thousand dogs per year, including at least 34,250 pit bulls,
    attack other animals, according to ANIMALS 24-7 analysis of dog attack
    data from 2013-2014.

    Of the 82,000 animal victims per year,
    59,000 die; 23,000 survive their injuries. Among the dead are 15,500
    dogs, 95% of them attacked by pit bulls, and 6,000 hooved animals, 93%
    of them attacked by pit bulls.

    Pit bulls also inflict at least
    60% of the 29,000 fatal attacks on domestic birds and small mammals, and
    at least 60% of the 8,250 fatal attacks on cats. About a third of the
    fatal dog attacks on domestic birds, small mammals, and cats are by dogs
    who are not caught and identified, so might also include many pit
    Two years of quantification

    This data has emerged from more than two years of systematic effort to
    quantify how many other dogs, cats, livestock, and other domestic
    animals are victims of dog attacks.

    117,515 animals killed by dogs in 2013-2014;

    Rounding off the numbers to the nearest five, about 99,750 dogs
    attacked about 164,240 other animals in the U.S. in 2013-2014, killing
    117,515 and seriously injuring 46,725.

    The animals killed
    included about 31,000 dogs, 16,500 cats, 11,885 hooved animals, and
    57,240 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

    seriously injured included about 24,325 dogs, 5,216 cats, and 3,715
    hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog

    Pit bulls committed more than 60% of fatal attacks

    Pit bulls appear to have inflicted not less than 60% of the total fatal
    attacks on animals (68,500), and probably considerably more, since
    pit bulls might also have inflicted a significant share of the 49,000
    fatalities on other animals in cases where the attacking dogs were not

    Altogether, pit bulls inflicted 95% of the fatal
    attacks on other dogs (30,466); 93% of the fatal attacks on livestock
    (10,583); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry
    (56,400); and at least 61% of the fatal attacks on cats (21,226), of
    which 35% involved unidentified dogs.

    About 90,000 pit bulls were
    involved in attacks on other animals in 2013-2014: more than 90% of all
    the dogs inflicting attacks who were identified by breed.

    There are about 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according
    to the my annual surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via
    online classified ads.

    (See “Large retrievers still nearly twice as popular as pit bulls,” http://wp.me/p4pKmM-BA.)

    Thus in 2013-2014 more than one pit bull in 40 killed or seriously
    injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of

    Taking into account the increase in the U.S. pit bull population over
    the past decade, and the resultant surge in dog attacks on other
    animals, my findings are reasonably consistent with USDA Wildlife
    Services estimates published in 2006.

  • Etime Soy

    I would like to know what the response time was from when “a concerned citizen flagged down deputies to report seeing a distressed pit bull inside a vehicle parked outside the complex with its doors locked and all the windows rolled up” and when this poor animal was finally looked into by “the authorities”? I imagine there was a lengthy delay that took the dog from being distressed to being dead. Hope this woman is banned from ever owning another animal and if she has kids…..

    • shelley

      I was wondering the same. I’d break out a window. I’m not waiting on any deputy to “break into the vehicle”. Not difficult to break a window!

  • shastadog96

    Thomas McCartney, you are a SICK, twisted, heartless person! Get off of this article with your disgusting lies and bull crap! You’re a horrid person!

  • Celeste Stec

    HOW MANY TIMES DO PEOPLE HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT THIS? This was a mature woman who was so stupid? When people adopt pets, they should have to attend a mandatory class on how to care for them.

  • Marie Goncalves

    I totally agree that there should definitely be a law which protects a person from breaking a car window to

  • akyra smith

    this dog , Zuess, was my moms boyfriends dog, he had him since he was a puppy, that woman was keeping him for awhile while they were away, and this happened.

    • Missy Jones

      Akyra smith, Victoria the piece of shit, had a picture on F/B with same dog in car with windows rolled up, why didn’t any of her friends see this and question her? She has no remorse for what she’s done, she bailed herself out of Los Colinas jail and began posting stupid shit on F/C, no “I’m sorry” nothing, now she has pictures of the car the dog baked in and a picture of the baking sun, if that’s not rubbing it in, I don’t know what is. She need to go to jail, period! I hope the courts drain her of every dollar she has, I hope she looses EVERYTHING!

  • Pamela Beck

    THIS IS A CRIMINAL ACT! Anyone who is old enough to drive knows not to leave a dog in a car on a hot day. WE MUST BE AGGRESSIVE IN FINDING ABUSERS AND PUNISHING THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. And please keep in mind that most serial killers abused animals and progressed to humans. It could be your children next! This nut job is living proof OF INSANITY, no sane person does this to an innocent animal.

  • Christine Craft

    don’t just be a “distressed” passerby…take your effing tire iron and break the effing window..California law allows you to do that now..you know..if the animal is in imminent peril…of course it would be in imminent effing peril.

  • Cathy roae

    What a scumbag!!!
    An eye for an eye
    Leave your sorry ass in a FUCKEN hot car you sick bitch!!! KARMA!!!!

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