Piney attacks men on the street if they make eye contact. One of Astacio’s three daughters called 911. The victim “suffered from seizures and the details still are unclear why our family dog attacked my mother while having a seizure,”  posted Elysandra Astacio. But the corresponding total for 2007 was 79. “ill-matched alliances generally end in ruin” and “fundamentally vicious people simply cannot resist their impulse to hurt others, even when it is against their interests.” What is the fable in this case, say of Piney and the Glasses? Google “pit bull history” to understand why. Two of those six people were children at the same wedding. Colleen, is this correct? If so, will that be allowed? They’re usually labs or Golden Retrievers. Normal dogs were bred to fill a specific genuine human need. Tiara Deshawn Thomas,  26,  was issued 12 misdemeanor citations for allowing the two unvaccinated and unlicensed pit bulls who killed Bell in a 2:00 a.m. attack to run loose. Piney takes Valium. I’ve got no more aches to give, heart or otherwise, for these fools who insist on having pit bulls in their home. She was the best, and to say that I adored her would be an understatement. Pit bull fatalities #32 and #33 both occurred on December 21,  2019. “One woman was killed and another woman was severely injured in two separate dog attacks involving the same animals,”  reported Taisha Walker of KPRC Click2Houston. Hollis was also the home of Anthony David Montoya, 18,  who was apparently killed by a female grizzly bear and her two cubs on September 30,  2018 at a drilling site on the edge of the Hecla Greens Creek Mine property on Admiralty Island in southeastern Alaska. Police shot two pit bulls allegedly belonging to brothers Jacob Benavidez,  53,  and Ruben Benavidez,  44,  at the scene. National Pit Bull Victim Awareness (NPBVA), a coalition of over 70 pit bull victim groups across the U.S. and Canada, has urged the province to keep the breed-specific ban in place. I don’t think dogs are born knowing right from wrong. I don't know how or what to do.". What a gore fest this set of Friday night fatals has been. Post-2007 pit bull advocacy by humane organizations has further coincided with at least 2,062 additional pit bull attacks on children,  or 159 additional attacks per year. The news story didn’t state that, but Good God, the one daughter said she didn’t “blame” the dog for killing her mother. 86% of these deadly attacks (6 of 7) were carried out by pit bulls. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. Pit bull attack: Dog filmed viciously biting horse on Wollongong beach. Fatal dog attacks are exceedingly rare - on average in the U.S., lightning strikes cause more fatalities (~38/year) than dogs (~31/year). Just the family & the family dog. There is simply no need for fighting breeds, or dogs descended from these bloodlines, to exist in a civil society where dogfighting, bull- and bear-baiting, are illegal. Victor Garces,  12,  of Hollis,  Oklahoma,  population 1,894,  on December 13 became 2019 pit bull attack victim #30 after falling ill at school. ‘”Every dog has behavior that comes from nature or nurture, and no dog is inherently good or inherently bad just as no human being is, “said Dr Terry Bright, director of Behavior Services at MASPCA’. 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I just spoke to a k9 dog handler today, narcotics border detection, and she has a malinois, but said she prefers pitbulls, easier to train, she said, but what about all the unpredictable attacks I said? That is truly a hard eye. I know it probably distresses the hard-core Animals Are Equal to Humans people for me to say this, but it’s true nonetheless — domesticated dogs are man’s creation, and so their entire purpose is one of relationship to our species. See for yourself. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Piney attacks when he is anxious. You are sharing your house with a predator, and all you have standing between you and grisly ending is luck. We’re sacrificing our lives and getting nothing but pain and grief in return. Pits and Rotts, together with their recognizable mixes, make up about 7% of the U.S. dog population, but account for more than 70% of the fatalities and 80% of the disfigurements. When I was a kid, my family had a wonderful GSD mix. But it’s what my husband and I are doing. The sad truth is that pit bulls recognize a seizure as vulnerability, and they see it as a chance to kill and win. So they create it. Piney has bitten 7 people, including his female owner multiple times. (See “National Pit Bull Awareness Month” opens with two pit bull fatalities.). As many as 11 pit/heeler mixes may have been involved,  according to the family Facebook page “Justice for Cledith.”. There is no way a fighting dog can fulfill the purpose for which it was bred and be a good dog, because the purpose of that breeding was corrupt from the start. He said that his dogs attacked a second woman,  who he believed was dead in a ditch,  according to a spokesperson for the Houston Police Department.”, “A friend of the deceased said the woman made a living working the streets,  but said she was sweet and giving,”  Walker added. Filed Under: Advocacy, Animal organizations, Dog attacks, Dogs, Dogs & Cats, Feature Home Bottom, USA Tagged With: Anthony David Montoya, Christina Burleson Bell, Cledith Ray Davenport, Elysandra Astacio, Gage Thornhill, Heaven Astacio, Melissa Ausmus Astacio, Merritt Clifton, Victor Garces. To have to wonder whether falling down, having a seizure, sleeping on the couch, kneeling down in the garden, having my hands full of groceries or laundry, or doing anything else to signal vulnerability, might trigger my dog to attack and try to kill me. These numbers will be updated with the final totals for 2019 in early 2020. Photographs from the victim's Facebook page show a family pit bull named Amigo (also referred to as Diego) that is at least 7 years old. More recently, Dustin Bryan, 21, was killed by pit bulls while sleeping on the couch of the dog owner's home in Modesto, California. Dogs of other or unknown breeds have killed 14 Americans in 2019,  only two of them in the second half of the year. JUST WATCHED Neighbor jumps into action when dog attacks 6-year-old. Davenport’s wife Elaine,  to whom he was married for 54 years,  and his two sons and daughters have reportedly told local media that they would like to see Oklahoma pass stricter dog laws. Melissa Ausmus Astacio & pit bull who killed her. The attack by a pit bull sent a 19-year-old to the emergency room and one of the horses to the vet. I’ve done stories about seizure dogs. That dog is why I have loved German Shepherds ever since. Somerset, MA - A 44-year old woman died after being mauled by a family pit bull. I was night staff supervisor, and I walked into the building while mouth holding a medium size flashlight, keys in one hand, and radio in my other hand. It’s close to Santa Anita’s horse deaths (fewer than Churchill Downs) and people want to shut down the track and end horse racing. The victims are four females and three males. Because martyrdom proves their worthiness. The president of the Pit Bull Federation of South Africa, Jeanette Ersmus, said pit bull attacks were on the rise. Even if it’s a dog someone has owned for years. Hollis is 264 miles southeast of Bennington,  Oklahoma,  population 334,  where Allen Bruce,  56,  was killed in a similar unwitnessed attack on September 28,  2019. As his mother was already ill and unable to drive to pick him up,  Garces chose to walk the three blocks home through an unpaved semi-rural alley. The same people (Anaheed (Ira’s wife) in this case) who brings it to a children’s birthday party where it bit two children: And they weren’t sued by the kids’ parents? Because if they’d ever had a normal dog, they would see that a normal dog can do anything beneficial as a companion animal that a pit bull can, with almost none of the liability, the danger, the hassle from frequent escapes or the potential grief involved in having a pit bull. Neighbors, witnesses react after 9-year-old's death from pit bull attack Aug. 20, 2019 01:51. and just accidentally killed mom trying to help, unbelievable. Compare that to the purebred Chow Chow, which has a fatal-attack rate of 0.005 percent, and consistently ranks as the least child-friendly dog breed on the market." WJAR spoke to neighbors, some of whom had known Astacio since she was a little girl. (huh?) They don’t KILL the person. A 16-year-old boy died after being attacked by three dogs while trespassing in a backyard in suburban Dallas. They elaborately structure their lives around the created hardship. Two German Shepherds were approved to be in the picture. If someone is determined to own one of these bully breeds, it is important that they educate themselves about risk factors that increase the chances of a bite and/or attack. These man-made monsters are a scourge on society. Or do anything to change face appearance. Published: 13/06/2019Updated: 15 June 2019 12:31 PM. A longtime local church elder,  church league softball player,  and former Scoutmaster,  Davenport was nonetheless unrecognizable when discovered by the local mail carrier on December 14,  2019,  “lying halfway in a ditch,”  the McCurtain Daily Gazette reported. But HEY, let’s make them all service dogs! What are the odds??? Infant in a stroller. It’s amazing how many pit defenders will say, “Aww, poor pibbles… he got scared, that’s why he attacked.” I don’t care how terrified most breeds of dogs get… they don’t use fear as an opportunity to maim and kill. Likewise occurring coincidental with post-2007 pit bull advocacy by humane organizations have been at least 4,127 additional disfigurements,  or 318 additional disfigurements per year. Pit bull attacks have increased 830% in seven years in the US and Canada. The 33 fatalities were two more than the average for the decade 2010-2019. We kids used to pretend we were drowning, and our Shep would bound into the lake, paddle over to us & tow us to shore by the arm. We live in a world where facts don’t matter anymore. It’s repulsive, to think of someone cutting off their own arm and feeding it to their dog. “National Pit Bull Awareness Month” opens with two pit bull fatalities. No, sorry. News on dogs, cats, horses, wildlife, zoonoses, & nature. if you are attacked; … This is INSANE!!! Somerset, MA - A 44-year old woman died after being mauled by a family pit bull. Pit bull advocates asserted that his pit bull had raced to his rescue. From the Boston Herald. They sense a seizure and guide the person to a place to sit and watch over them. They just aren’t too particular about whose blood gets spilled to appease the angry Dog God, apparently. A more behaviorally plausible explanation might be that Garces’ pit bull ran to greet him,  the other two pit bulls ran at them,  and Garces got between them,  trying to prevent or break up a fight. Tiara Deshawn Thomas and Timothy Dewayne Coleman,  34,  were both criminally charged for the attack about six months later. Updated 4:48 PM ET, Wed July 24, 2019 . And they revel (yes, revel … don’t mistake the sighing tone for “I gives up”) in their martyrdom. An Eltingville couple's dog was brutally killed by a passing Pit bull being walked by a grade school child on Mar. A third pit bull found at the scene reportedly belonged to Garces,  the victim. Dianne Reves, 70-years old, was mauled to death by a pack of loose dogs in her own backyard. She suffered from seizures and the details still are unclear why, our family dog attacked my mother while having a seizure. He calls them nips. Harmon Electric Company workers found his mauled remains shortly after noon. February 11 Plainfield, Illinois: Devin White 25 years pit bull: In an unprovoked attack, the family pit bull attacked the victim and 3 other adults (a 52-year-old woman, a 25-year-old woman, and a 19-year-old man). They can stop people from having seizures. Forgot to say: it helps if you brace your hands on a table or against the wall or something, to help you balance at first. That could have been the end of me. If you trust the wrong dog, you’re also not being protected. The Thornhill family apparently no longer lives in the same house. A scary thought. Garces died less than a mile––eight short blocks east and one block south––from where a pit bull broke through a fence on October 19,  2013 to pull Gage Thornhill,  age 4,  off of his bicycle. Sheriff's... Lana Bergman. She didn’t need to be trained to rescue us. If so, it’s not like they didn’t see this coming. Melissa Astacio, 44-years old, died after being viciously attacked by her pet pit bull. Every time I read “I would never have any other breed than a pit,” I have to assume that they’ve never had a normal dog. There’s a family like that in my neighborhood. Thomas was reportedly no longer in custody as of July 2,  2014. The “Justice for Cledith” Facebook page,  however,  rejects the reality that pit bulls,  less than 6% of the U.S. dog population,  are consistently responsible for about 60% of all fatal attacks on humans,  75% of disfiguring attacks on humans,  and upward of 90% of fatal attacks on other domestic animals. “I don’t know what to make of it, but I know that it wasn’t on purpose,”  Heaven Astacio insisted. The mail carrier reportedly ran to Davenport’s door calling for help and shouting his name before realizing Davenport was the victim. Astacio's death also marks another fatal attack inflicted by a family pit bull, where the attack began after the victim allegedly suffered a seizure. What’s also on record is their full knowledge that their dog is not just capable of killing a human, but the distinct possibility that he will do that at some point. They have instincts, and they follow those instincts. Sharing, with gratitude, sadness, frustration, and eternal hope. They are quite conscious of the fact that the dog is a stone cold biter. If so, they are good dogs. Next time you have a foot cramp, stand on tiptoe on that foot–and press your weight down on it as you stand tiptoe, don’t just rest your toe on the floor, you have to put your weight on it. The unidentified deceased was the second dog attack death in Houston in 2019. During that 36-year period, only 0.0012 percent of the estimated Pit Bull population was involved in a fatal attack. But let’s pretend that it WAS for sure a seizure. Related articles: medical studies; media articles; resources. What the …??? We couldn’t find the right description without using swear words. If they do bite out of fear (IF! The animal was taken into custody by Swansea Animal rescue, states the release. Will that one mature, Occasionally, unpredictably, the real inner animal comes out. But that they are endangering everyone who comes into contact with Piney, and they know this, and they consider themselves virtuous martyrs. ... Annie L. Williams (71) – Killed by pit bull after 10 minute attack … Power breeds observed behaving normal friendly: That is just a cover. “Astacio was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.”. An Anaheim police K-9 was attacked by a pit bull Wednesday while taking part in a search for a stabbing suspect. Lana Bergman, 70-years old, was killed by four pit bulls belonging to guests on her property. There is no excuse, in 2019, almost 2020, to not know the dangers of these dogs. And thS why these dogs should NEVER, EVER be allowed to be ” service dogs ” ! It was just something we kids thought up to engage with our dog. What they did provide was (my own) dead cats, dead ducks, wounded small dogs and puppies, scaled fences, torn fences, and grief that the dogs I raised with love and care were causing nothing but hassle and grief. Of course, she’s in shock, but still? Replay. Police were forced to Taser the dog before they could help the victim. – Louisville Courier Journal This entry was posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack, Post CDC Acquiescence and tagged Children Killed by Pit Bulls, kentucky. The story is sickening. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Yet, they will continue to be defended, excused and exonerated for all the murder and mayhem they cause. This is horrendous. Google “pit bull attack” and click News. I could be cynical and say that Piney and the Glasses deserve each other. There is simply no place for them in our society. How about that it is a pit, it’s in the genes. June 2019, Ventura County, CA Maria Crawford, 54 Fatal pit bull attack. Thornhill suffered a skull fracture and multiple other injuries that left him unable to walk. Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. I don’t know how or what to do. If Piney ever kills anyone but one or both of them, the Glasses are 1000% exposed as fully liable. I had about 110 pounds of GSD puppies (three of them) on top of my chest licking me in the face. I really hope it doesn’t come to one or both of them getting seriously mauled or killed by their pit bull. Wonderful summary of the purpose of dogs! Merry Christmas. The show covers four stories of pets doing incredible things. Another 42 people escaped with lesser injuries from attacks in which others were killed and disfigured. A toddler. Who brings their pitbull to a wedding? That was more than twice as many dogs as the sum of all other breeds involved in multiple attacks. I don’t necessarily apply blame to this dog that killed. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/480/animal-sacrifice, https://nycityonahill.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/bad-dog-lover/. 2019 pit bull attack victim #31 was retired Christmas tree farmer Cledith Ray Davenport,  79,  of Broken Bow,  Oklahoma,  86 miles east of Hollis,  population 4,076. I care about horses but I care more about people injured and killed by dogs that are supposed to be pets. “The unidentified woman told KPRC2 that her friend was walking to get a cell phone,”  which was being charged at an acquaintance’s house,  “when she was attacked.”, Finished Walker,  “The surviving victim was transported to an area hospital in stable condition,  according to Houston police.”. Part of the 911 call is also played in the news video. And the daughter thinks it was trying to help the mother, really! We are talking specific biological functions, physical form and temperament which were selectively bred for in fighting dogs to make them excellent at fighting and killing other animals. Recall this fable. He also has a six year old child. On a dog that hurts us. Although I won’t say they made it easy for me to get back up, I thought to myself, “Astacio,  44,  was having a seizure inside her home when the family dog began to attack around 5:20 p.m.,  according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office,”  reported Scott J. Croteau of MassLive.com. JCAHCO accredited, every detail was frequently heavily scrutinized. In this day and age there is no way they didn’t know; it was willful ignorance or Lion Tamer Syndrome, or “It’s all how you raise them!” and nothing more. Yet they are responsible for more than half of … These are not arbitrary or vague categories. He said that’s not the right word. “My 13-year-old little sister ran to get help,  but she passed away due to her injuries. Fri., Nov. 1, 2019 timer 3 min. That was her breeding at work. The victims are still looking for the owner of the pit bull. The youngest girl who witnessed this horror will be traumatized for life. Astacio was rushed to a Rhode Island hospital and pronounced dead. Piney has to protect the female owner (the same one he bites) when she sleeps and lunges at his male owner (Ira). You know, a dog that doesn’t require crate and rotate, or which you can have almost zero fear of turning on you or others, or which you actually CAN leave unattended with a child without a chance of that child being disemboweled or decapitated. Pit roulette. They know who their abuser is, and they just can’t leave him. “When police and paramedics arrived on scene,  police were forced to deploy a Taser on the dog before being able to assist the victim,  who was then rushed to Rhode Island Hospital,” Croteau continued. Hopes that the decline in U.S. pit bull-inflicted human fatalities from a record 40 in 2017 to 32 in 2018 might mark the beginning of a downward trend were dashed by four deaths in eight days,  from December 13,  2019 to December 21,  2019,  bringing the 2019 total to 33 with ten days left in the year. What a contrast to the idiocy spouted by the “expert.”. Piney was a rescue (who he got at 3 months old so I don’t know what kind of a rescue that is). Pit Bull is a fighting breed, not a suitable family pet. Oh no! In a devastating GoFundMe written by one of the victim's daughters, we learned that Melissa Ausmus Astacio was a single parent to three girls of various ages. Since when did people bring dogs to weddings? 16. Keep in mind: pit bulls are less than 6% of all the dogs in the USA. I can’t imagine bringing into my house a dog from a bloodline of maulers. Pit/blue heeler mixes from pack that killed Cledith Ray Davenport. Police officers responded to the scene in … The entire interview Mr. Glass is chuckling. There wasn’t anything mentioned about what happened to the dog, will it be “rehomed”‘ , put down or what? Some people don’t have enough *actual* hardship in their lives. Doberman enthusiast Elaine Richman,  66,  was found dead in her Houston back yard on February 8,  2019,  an apparent victim of her own show dogs. Are any of the daughters eighteen? In the 15-year period of 2005 through 2019, canines killed 521 Americans. Will they get another pit in the future? They weren’t bred/wired to attack and kill … to literally pounce on supine living creatures in their midst and maul them to death. A family member blamed the fatal attack on a possible seizure. I believe the term sociopath might be the word you’re looking for. Unclear,  however,  is whether Gage Thornhill still lives in Hollis. Organized pit bull advocacy by leading humane organizations can be traced back to 1984,  but in the 24 years prior to 2007,  an average of fewer than 50 pit bulls per year were involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks,  causing an average of 27 disfigurements and 4.7 disfigurements per year. pit bull attack database; map of attacks – 2020; map of attacks – 2019; map of attacks – 2018; map of attacks – 2017; map of attacks – 2016; map of attacks – 2015; articles. May 8, 2019 at 2:15 am Calm down Joanne, you’ll give yourself a nosebleed. read. But don’t bring them disgusting, vile, aggressive dogs into our PUPLIC PLACES to endanger everyone else. They obey or they do not obey. The first three letters of this dog DIE says it all. |  Make a donation today », Page last modified: document.write (document.lastModified);  |  Sitemap, In the 15-year period of 2005 through 2019, canines killed 521 Americans. ... running straight toward the pit bull. They behave in ways or they do not behave in ways that help humans. Minutes later,  police received another call,”  Walker summarized,  “this time from someone who said he owned the dogs. They couch it in the form of morbid humor, but there it is. The 184 child victims in 2019 represented the lowest toll since 2012. Earlier this year, Homer Utterback, 52, was brutally killed by his pet pit bull of 10 years after suffering a seizure in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. And these are a breed that supporters tout as being appropriate for service dogs and police dogs? My mom was a single parent to us three girls.”. Melissa Astacio, 44-years old, died after being viciously attacked by her pet pit bull. The attack happened when the officer went to Millard's house to retrieve the scooter. No surprise the seizure excuse is in the forefront for reasons. June 2019, Stanislaus County, CA Nicholas Farris, 2 Fatal pit bull-mix attack. Human beings created dogs which kill by selecting dogs with explosive aggression, the gameness to kill, and the physical structure to make them capable of killing. Make a splash, yell to the dog, wait for her to come to the rescue. If he does,  he would have been a classmate of Garces at Gillentine Elementary School,  probably one year behind him. Also occurring coincidental with post-2007 pit bull advocacy by humane organizations have been at least 366 additional fatalities,  or 28 additional deaths per year. Another fatality, my heart hurts. • In March 2018, a 66-year-old woman said she and her two dogs were attacked by a stray pit bull in Cool Spring, killing one of the dogs and injuring the other. Sue M. June 26, 2019 at 8:04 pm. Do I think this dog should be humanely euthanized?. “Around 5:45 a.m.,  police received a call from a man who reported that his wife had been attacked by dogs. Of the 5,714 humans who have been disfigured by dogs 1982-2018, 4,346 were disfigured by pit bulls; of the 763 deaths, 446 resulted from pit bull attacks and another 109 by Rottweiler attacks. 2019 dog bite fatality victims Dianne Reves. National Pit Bull Victim Awareness advises, "Although they represent only 4.5% of dogs in America, pit bulls killed 64.4% of 360 Americans who died as a result of a dog bite injury between 2005-2015, compared to Rottweilers at 11.4% and German Shepherds at 3.6%. Copyright © 2007-2020 DogsBite.org   |   Published by Lynn Media Group, DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. WATCH: A video of a dog attacking a horse on a beach near Wollongong. That poor 13-year-old who witnessed her mother being mauled to death.. And the middle child (on camera) still can’t see the dog as being at fault. These attacks happen daily. I just can’t. Regarding celebrity pit owners, I was just reading a rolling stone article about Adam Driver. Just a normal dog. It hurts to start doing–like, it hurts as you start to rest your weight on it–but it fixes the cramp almost immediately. I wonder how often the “seizure” is just an excuse, family members trying to cover for pit bulls that attacked with zero unusual circumstances. But the December 21,  2019 Houston fatality most resembled the January 5,  2014 fatal mauling of Christina Burleson Bell,  43,  homeless for much of her life,  who had only recently moved into an apartment with her husband,  Benjamin Franklin Bell. update Article was updated Oct. 31, 2019. Post-2007 pit bull advocacy by humane organizations has additionally coincided with at least 2,753 additional pit bull attacks on adults,  or 212 additional attacks per year. There are reports the breed was a pit bull, but ACT Police has yet to confirm the dog type. The 112# mastiff was shot dead by police marksmen, and a pit bull puppy (a banned dog) was seized and later euthanized. There appears to be at least one and possibly two personality disorders in this home. My 13-year old little sister ran to get help but she passed away due to her injuries. A family member called 911 stating that the pit bull attacked the child and would not let go. The corresponding total for 2007 was just 31. Melissa Astacio suffered a seizure Friday evening in her Somerset home. In July 2019,  after a pit bull attack disabled Woonsocket assistant animal control officer Tiffany Marie Forrest,  Valley Breeze staff writer Lauren Clem learned through a Freedom of Information Act request that 72 of the 171 dogs reported for bite incidents since 2014,  or 42%,  were pit bulls. A good companion dog makes a horrible (loser) fighting dog. I got awful foot cramps through both of my pregnancies, and that was the fastest (and really the only) way to ease them. Eight pit bull/blue heeler mixes belonging to a neighbor,  with pit bull conformation but blue heeler markings,  were impounded at the scene. Absolutely! Police responded to the house around noon in the 3800 block of Grand Avenue in the Chickasaw neighborhood on reports of a child in the mouth of a pit bull, according to dispatch records. Human beings are the only species that forces another dangerous species on itself. If you can’t trust the dog, you’re not being protected. We used the thesaurus. I feel sorry for her daughters, but yeah, I’m tired of feeling bad for these people. “Other breeds involved in multiple dog bite incidents in that time included shih tzus (six),  chihuahuas (six),  German shepherds (five),  Labrador retrievers (five),  poodles (three), Rottweilers (three),  boxers (three),  huskies (two),  and bulldogs (two),”  Clem wrote. Are they useful? It’s not in their nature. I can’t tell if he’s being shifty or if he’s just that stupid. Two days later few more details had been released,  including the identity of the deceased,  whether she was acquainted with the hospitalized victim,  and whether one victim had tried to help the other. Thus post-2007 pit bull advocacy by humane organizations has coincided with at least 5,778 pit bull attacks over the baseline,  or 445 additional pit bull attacks per year. https://www.health.com/condition/antisocial-personality-disorder/sociopath-traits. Last night I listened to the interview with Ira Glass, The host of the NPR show This American life. Elysandra writes, "On Dec. 20, 2019 my mother passed away unexpectedly. 2019 pit bull fatalities & total dog attack deaths surpass 2018 with 10 days left in the year Hopes that the decline in U.S. pit bull-inflicted human fatalities from a record 40 in 2017 to 32 in 2018 might mark the beginning of a downward trend were dashed by four deaths in eight days, from December 13, 2019 to December 21, 2019, bringing the 2019 total to 33 with ten days left in the year. That’s the truly despicable part of all this. Family member: Very saddening. They’re amazing. He’s described as a “fierce defender” of pits and said there are no bad dogs, just shitty owners. (Phillips, Kenneth, Pit Bull Killings - 2019, https://bit.ly/2S5zcko .) June 2019, Kern County, CA Crystal Pearigen, 36 Fatal dog attack involving pit bull(s) May 2019, St. Lucie County, FL Christine Liquori, 52 Fatal pit bull attack. Content Continues Below Both Benavidez brothers were arrested on charges of manslaughter in the second-degree and cruelty to animals. People can have a friendly breed, such as a Labrador, a Golden, a Beagle, a Dachshund, etc. and have a seizure, and not be severely mauled or killed. One of Davenport’s own schnauzers was found dead in the ditch beside him. Whatever it is, it defies belief. The pit bull owners were ticketed for failure to vaccinate the dog against rabies and for allowing the dog to run at large. I hate that pit bulls have made me the kind of person who immediately thinks, “I wonder how many articles about pit victims she showed up on to comment how HER Pittie would never hurt a fly and all breeds bite.”. We’re wasting our lives on a dog that’s not grateful. Play Video. This is a terrible tragedy. Mr. glass goes on to tell the audience that his pitbull has bitten six people. The eight-year-old pit bull was impounded. Because GSDs, unlike pit bulls, are not zero-mistake dogs. There wasn’t anything more formal to it than that. And a big, un-neutered pit bull. During the warm months of the year, we would go swimming in a rural lake outside our small town. the pit bull lobby; alerts; attacks. The 687 pit bulls involved in fatal or disfiguring attacks was already the third highest annual total on record,  up from just 79 in 2007,  the year when the arrest of football player Michael Vick on dogfighting charges caused the American SPCA,  Best Friends Animal Society,  Humane Society of the U.S.,  and Maddie’s Fund,  among others,  to markedly escalate pit bull advocacy. So true. The instinct to protect and serve was there already. I say that is a breed not suitable for ANY home, because anyone can have an accident, a seizure, a heart attack, etc. I’ve had pit bull mixes in the past (before becoming mature and educated), and they didn’t offer anything special that a normal dog can’t provide. The 480 total disfigurements,  though well below the totals of 2015 and 2016 (574 and 570, respectively),  would have been a record as recently as 2014,  up from 37 in 2007. (Worthiness to be killed and eaten by their pit bull?). I would put Mr. and Mrs. Glass in that category. I can’t helping thinking that the parents view themselves as rescue angels. He thinks the whole thing is funny. Wow. 11/08/19: 2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Man Found Dead in Modesto Home, Two Pit Bulls Suspected The dead eye stare in the 2016 pic is not a great combo with a dog physically capable of killing someone. I fell very badly in a dog pen a week ago. And there may be a possible third one in Houston? I know what *real* protection looks like in a dog, and TRUST is a huge part of it. A good dog is a dog that is useful and helps people. Isn’t that a (gruesome) record for the year? Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% … I stopped reading at that point. Or doing anything else to signal any other reason to suddenly be a menacing threat. Piney was fine until the wedding. I’ll take a normal dog any day. Three pit bulls were impounded at the scene. The family dog is believed to be an 8-year old pit bull. The Rhode Island legislature prohibited breed-specific legislation in 2013,  undoing pit bull bans that protected communities including Pawtucket,  whose ban was judicially overturned a year later. ”. The dogs' owner was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £3,340, and was banned from owning any animal, or having … That story is called Human Sacrifice. Did I hear correctly that the daughters want to keep the dog which killed their mother? What horrific deaths these human victims endured. Wallington, Sutton, England – Victim was attacked and killed by a dog, suffering multiple injuries and a severe haemorrhage to her head and neck. Is this stupidity? This breed needs to be banned , ecspecially as ” service dogs ” ….it’s ABSURD. "Pit bulls killed 30 times more animals in 2018 than human crime, " Animals 24/7 reported on January 6, 2019, emphasizing that an increasing number of … They act as if pit bulls are the only dogs which can snuggle, or lick, or return love. ), it’s one bite and then escape, which would be a normal dog reaction. A record number of dog fatalities this year, and supposedly vaping is the big problem. Houston dog fancier killed: “Before pit bulls, it was Dobermans”? Pit bull advocate involved in breeding killed in South Carolina, Pit bulls killed 33 of 46 U.S. victims of fatal dog attacks in 2019, Trixie the whale shark dies young at the Georgia Aquarium, Kaavan flies to sanctuary with “elephant singers” Cher and Amir Khalil, Law protects birds from poaching but not oil spills, says Trump administration. The third daughter,  Heaven Astacio,  17,  who in February 2019 was briefly reported as a missing person, told WCVB-TV that the Astacio family had raised the pit bull since puppyhood. But the last story is an interview of Ira himself. The always friendly dog immediately went into menacing threateningly mode. I am done feeling bad for adult pit bull owners when their dog kills them. What they need to admit is that they love pit bulls not because they are the “best most loyal dogs ever” but because they like how having a pit bull makes them FEEL ABOUT THEMSELVES… whether that’s as a rescue hero, or for attention, or because they are drawn to drama and trouble because they are troubled people, or because they honestly don’t mind having a dog which can maim and kill pets and people at a level like no other. Fatal pit bull attack. All my fault. Fighting dogs were bred to fill humans’ wicked appetites for violence, cruelty, and greed. Aug. 21, 2019, 1:35 PM UTC. Sam Hussey. I hope the authorities will do the right thing and put it down. An official memorandum went out to all night staff to not mouth hold flashlights around the dogs. I remember when 36 was a lot. “What if they had been pit bull puppies?”. Great post, several key points very well said and very nicely stated. Dogs have no moral agency. UPDATE 03/27/19: The veterinarian at O'Connor Animal Hospital, where Johana Villafane was brutally killed by her two pit bulls on March 23, and where the dogs had been staying in quarantine after a March 15 bite, has a released a statement. By Elisha Fieldstadt. May 2019, Jefferson County, KY Not that they are wasting their lives on a stone cold biter. But when the interviewer points out that his dog, Piney, drew blood, he calls them bloody nips. Pit bull attack fatality #33 of 2019 was Melissa Ausmus Astacio,  44,  of Somerset, Rhode Island. Oh, it’s just how you raise them, she said, so there again is part of the problem. Experiencing the love, loyalty and nobility of the German Shepherd we had when I was a child inoculated me, I believe, from mistaking the brute strength of a fighting breed dog for “protection.”. I worked for four years at Mingus Mountain Academy, a secure facility for court ordered extreme at risk youth that were committed to Arizona Juvenile Corrections. Border collies herd, pointers point, and pit bulls maul by … The 2007 fatality total was a then-record 14. (See Houston dog fancier killed: “Before pit bulls, it was Dobermans”?). I said arrogant. A “good” (useful, skilled, fulfills its purpose) fighting dog makes a horrible pet. I guess we’ll find out if Diego/Amigo is the dog what dunnit. Her daughter called 911 and said that her mother was having a seizure when the dog started to attack her, according to a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. A breed that reacts by attacking a human who is in the most vulnerable of situations? “Elysandra Astacio started a GoFundMe to help pay for her mother’s funeral,”  Croteau mentioned. Yes, that would be permanently. Along with the stone cold biter. Astacio's mauling death marks the seventh adult, ages 40 to 49, killed by a dog this year. No way I would want a pit bull around when in such a vulnerable position! “light up”, to maim and kill neighbors, pedestrians, passersby, both pets and people ? Piney has to wear a muzzle. Pit bull attacks happen daily across the US. Do they serve, obey, protect, give comfort and cheer? I find this deeply ironic that people care more about horse injury than human fatalities. I would not be surprised if one of the daughters wants to keep the poor, misunderstood fur baby. In 2019, 26 American females were killed by dogs, and 16 of the 26 were killed by pit bulls. I can’t imagine loving a dog with so little love for me. Friendly breeds were not artificially selected/bred for unprovoked, no warning attacking and maiming and killing. Astacio was fatally attacked by her pit bull of eight years at her home in the 200 block of Lees River Avenue early Friday evening. "They did not wait for a stretcher or anything … she was bleeding pretty bad," he said. I have to wonder whether the owners of these maulers who end up turning on them ever owned a normal dog. Mendacity? Pitbull attacking horse. They are doing what they were created to do, purposes which were and are noble. I’m just thankful they never hurt a person. A male neighbor who was not identified told WJAR that first responders carried the woman from her home over their shoulders. Parents. Don’t miss the Craven Desires run down on it. Well said. I do sometimes wonder if these people have ever enjoyed having a normal dog. http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/ has the dog bite related fatalities for 2019 at 47 so far. Quote snip: “…or doing anything else to signal vulnerability, might trigger my dog to attack and try to kill me. Besides having multiple pit bulls and inadequate containment, this dog breed itself was never meant to be family pets. Pit Bull Kills Owner. Pit Bull Kills Owner Horrific video shows pit bull kill beloved Pom before helpless owner’s eyes Updated Mar 29, 2019; Posted Mar 29, 2019 GRAPHIC CONTENT: Pit bull kills family dog in savage attack Go ahead, have 20 of this vile shi* breed in your home, get mauled, get killed….I DONT CARE . The family pit bull suspected in the mauling death of its owner in Somerset, Massachusetts. At about... Ed Stanley. 07/11/19: 2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Owner in Uniontown: He Has a Hole in His Head. The following infographic shows that the Pit Bull is still responsible for the most fatal attacks in the U.S. by far, killing 284 people over that 13-year period - 66 percent of total fatalities. Vet Issues Statement. Coleman,  who had a prior conviction for dealing cocaine,  is now serving a nine-year sentence at Bridgeport State Prison in Texas. Afterwords my boyfriend and I could not think of what you would call somebody who thinks like that. Much praise & love once we got on dry land. Fighting dogs were created for bloodsport and thus are not like other dogs. Across the U.S.,  with 10 days left in 2019,  687 pit bulls and/or close pit mixes had attacked 184 children and 371 adults in incidents in which 33 people were killed and 480 people were disfigured. At any rate, he’s using moral agency terms for dogs, when those terms apply only to humans. The 371 adult victims was already a new record,  marking the fifth consecutive year in which more than 350 adults were involved in fatal or disfiguring pit bull attacks. I have foot cramps that take me down to the ground in pain as I try to massage my foot out of its distortion. 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