Dangerous dog debate bitten by another weekend incident
By Josh Eachus
WHEELING, W.Va. — WHEELING, W.Va.– Concern is growing among police with the city of Wheeling after a second person is bitten by a pit bull in the span of one week.
While an ordinance concerning the breed has been in place for several years, the number of incidents is rising.
On Saturday, a pit bull was left in a South Wheeling back yard by it’s owner — and soon after bit a neighbor on the wrist. That owner was cited for not being in compliance with the city’s vicious dog ordinance.
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Spain: Dog Trainer Found Half-Eaten by Pit bulls
Girlfriend finds corpse of victim Angel Javier with face torn apart and body unrecognisable after dangerous dog attack
By GARETH PLATT: June 18, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
A pitbull terrier (fotoblogx.blogspot.co.uk)
A pair of pit bulls started to eat the body of their trainer after he died in his apartment in Madrid, authorities have said.
The victim was identified as Angel Javier, 34, who advertised his services online as a trainer of dangerous dogs.
Police believe the dogs did not begin to eat the victim until he was already dead. The coroner told reporters he died of a heart attack. Investigators found no evidence of foul play.
The authorities would not speculate on whether or the pit bulls had played a part in his death.
His body was found by his girlfriend, who visited his flat in the district of El Molar because he had been missing for two days.Google+
A fine of $200,000 and ten years in jail would be the penalty for the owner of a pit bull or other dangerous dog which mauls a victim to death if the new Dogs Control Bill 2013 is approved in its current form by Parliament. However, Government has agreed to make some adjustments to the bill and return to the House on Friday, after Diego Martin MP Colm Imbert raised some issues during Monday’s sitting of the House.
From the bill
Class A dogs:
• If a Class A dog escapes, its owner is liable for any death, injury or damage it causes
• If the dog injures someone, its owner or keeper is liable to a fine of $100,000 and five years in prison.
• If the dog kills someone or causes their death, the owner or keeper is liable to a $200,000 fine and imprisonment for ten years.
• If the dog kills someone who was not provoking it or committing an offence, the court can order that the dog is seized and destroyed.
• Owners who abandon them are liable to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for a year.
• Must be trained by a certified trainer, or the owner is liable to a $50,000 fine and a year in prison.
• The owner must display signs to identify places where a Class A dog is kept, or face a fine of $10,000.
Family says pit bull in fatal attack never a problem
Iona Keanaaina aunt of pit bull attack victim
UNION CITY, Calif. — A Union City family struggling to cope with their grief Tuesday in the wake a fatal pit bull attack that killed a six-year-old boy said they never had an issue with the dog in the past.
Family members told KTVU the owner of the pit bull is the six-year-old boy’s uncle, who is also a San Mateo police officer.
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The city (San Francisco) adopted a mandatory spay-neuter law for the breed. The reasoning was that fixed dogs tend to be calmer and better socialized. Since then, San Francisco has impounded 14 percent fewer pit bulls and euthanized 29 percent fewer – which is a “significant decrease,” said Rebecca Katz, director of the city’s Animal Care and Control department.
Since 1989, when that city (Denver) instituted a pit bull ban, “we haven’t had one serious pit bull attack,” said Kory Nelson, a Denver assistant city attorney. His city’s assertion that “pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds of dog” has withstood legal challenges, he said.
“We were able to prove there’s a difference between pit bulls and other breeds of dogs that make pit bulls more dangerous,” Nelson said.
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Clay passes vicious dog ordinance after Sheriff Mike Hale shot and grazed aggressive dog
Print By Jeremy Gray | firstname.lastname@example.org June 03, 2013 at 8:34 PM, updated June 04, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale (The Birmingham News/Mark Almond)
CLAY, Alabama — The city of Clay tonight passed a “vicious dog” ordinance modeled after one in Center Point after Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale last week was approached by four dogs and shot and grazed one of the animals.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian, when Hale was confronted in his front yard by four dogs “described as acting aggressive and looking like pit bull breeds.
Often no warning signs in pit bull attacks
Henry K. Lee
Updated 10:35 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Dave Cronin, interim director of Oakland Animal Services, with female pit bull mixes Ana Mae (left) and Bonnie at the shelter. He’s seen fewer “incidents of aggressive pit bulls” in recent years. Photo: Pete Kiehart, The Chronicle
When it comes to dogs attacking people, whether it involves stocky pit bulls or fluffy poodles, there is one main thing fans and foes of the animals seem to agree on: Often there are no warning signs until it’s too late.
And then what follows is often not just agonized debate, but legislation.
Some cities have reacted to pit bull attacks by slapping restrictions on the breed, such as the pit bull sterilization law passed in San Francisco after the fatal mauling of a 12-year-old boy in 2005. Others, like Miami and Denver, have banned the breed outright.
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