Wednesday, August 31, 2016

South Carolina: Rita Mintz, 66, arrested and accused of dragging German Shepherd puppy behind her vehicle, killing it

SOUTH CAROLINA -- Calhoun County deputies have arrested a suspect in connection with the dragging death of a puppy.

Rita Mintz, 66, is charged with ill treatment of animals near St. Matthews.

Officers say back on August 26, she dragged a German shepherd puppy behind a vehicle on Kennerly Road. Sheriff Thomas Summers said when his deputies arrived at the scene, there was a long trail of blood.

The animal suffered severe wounds over most of its body.

Officers say they got multiple tips from the community identifying Mintz as the person responsible. "We located Ms. Mintz and questioned her about her involvement in this case and she admitted that she in fact was the person responsible for this crime”, said Summers.

Mintz has been released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Tennessee: Child rushed to the hospital after being attacked in the throat by pit bull

TENNESSEE -- We are headed to ER...Grandson bit in the throat by pit bull... Owner's let dog wander the streets... Exposed flesh next to jugular vein.... Thanking the Lord it didn't get vein.. I am numb!!!


Update! Children's Hospital, has been great!!! They stitched Nekitto up, he has to stay overnight though...He will be seeing Trauma Surgeons, in a.m...
Thank you everyone for the Prayers, and well wishes for him... The wound's were deep, and 1/2 inch from Carotid artery, on one side, and jugular on other...It is not luck but Gods eye's still watching over this family

Texas: Woman's dog attacked by pit bull; pit bull beaten with baseball bat and shovel to rescue her dog

TEXAS -- Today Kleo got attacked by a pit bull! 🐶 Thank goodness that it wasn't a kid because Randy had just got home from school. Kloe is badly hurt her wounds are really deep and I think she has a broken leg...
If people are going to get pets they need to understand that there comes responsibilities as taking care of an animal. Yeah I know it happens to everybody that your dogs get away sometimes but even though they are tied up in a kennel you as a pet owner knows that your dog is aggressive so keep an eye on them. 👀 I know I do 🐕


And I know I'm not one to judge or say anything because Kleo it is overprotective and a little bit aggressive but if your going to have a pit bull as a pet some of you guys should at least pay a little extra money to train the dog! 🐶

Alexandra Martinez: The pit bull was being really aggressive it was like in kill mode or something... It was throwing Kleo around like a chew toy

Alexandra Martinez: Yeah it felt like forever and that it wasn't going to end... the pit bull didn't want to let go of her

Alexandra Martinez: I didn't know what to do Paul was hitting it with a bat and broke the bat on it... And the neighborhood hit it with a shovel on the face and then he finally let her go and then grabbed her again and started throwing her around

Missouri: Officer thanks Good Samaritan who came to her aid when dog’s owner attacked her

MISSOURI -- A Good Samaritan was honored Tuesday night for helping save an animal control officer who was being attacked not by an animal, but by its owner.


It seemed like any other call when Kansas City Animal Control Officer Elizabeth Meyer was called to 57th and Park in May for a dog on a short chain with no food or water.


“There was no one around to speak with, so I went to remove the dog, at that point a gentleman came walking down the street and became very agitated with me,” Officer Meyer said.

Before long, Officer Meyer was in a fight for her life.


“He had pinned me up against my truck, and began to use his hands and choke me,” Officer Meyer said.

Hogan Prep Elementary School maintenance worker David Lyman was on his way to his job, when he spotted the commotion.

“I didn’t know her, but I wasn’t going to let her stand there and 20 people standing around, somebody had to step up.”

So he ran her to aid, pulling the suspect, Ricky Williams, off of her. Then police say the 45-year-old suspect pulled a tire iron from his pocket. What Lyman calls a 10-minute scuffle with the whole family then ensued.


“I finally pinned him down to the ground for the police was coming and his mother came over and started hitting me in the face and his father started hitting me with a cane.”

Williams took off in Lyman’s truck as police arrived and led officers on a low-speed chase before finally returning to his neighborhood and getting stuck in the mud.


Williams is awaiting trial and faces numerous charges in the case. Along with the chase and attacking Officer Meyer, he’s also accused of kicking and spitting on officers once he was finally captured.

Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte presented Lyman with a Certificate of Appreciation. Officer Meyer gave him a hug.

“I don’t know what words I would possibly say to him, so thankful that he was there and that there are people like him in the world, so grateful for him.”


(Fox4KC - Aug 30, 2016)

Pennsylvania: Two Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley employees injured in pit bull mix attack

PENNSYLVANIA -- Two employees of Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley were injured Monday evening when they were attacked by a dog at the New Kensington animal shelter.

Phyllis Framel, a shelter board director, said the attack happened as the two employees were checking the kennel locks before closing for the night.

When a female employee opened a kennel to give a dog an extra blanket, the dog lunged and bit her leg, Framel said.

The dog also attacked a male employee who came to the woman's aid, biting his arm and legs. Framel said the female employee sprayed the dog with a hose to get it to release the man.

Framel said both employees were treated and released from a hospital Monday night. She said both required stitches. She expected them to be cleared to return to work within a few days.

The employees, whom Framel did not identify, were the only people in the building. She said safety concerns mean no one works alone.

“They did the right thing” in terms of how they handled the incident and contacting 911 to summon medical help, Framel said. “I'm sure it was very scary.”

Framel said the incident was one of the more serious animal attacks she can recall at the shelter. She said cat bites, which can involve deep punctures and the greater potential for bacterial infections, often are bigger concerns.

Framel believed the dog was a pit bull mix that had been in the shelter since early August.

“It was a dog that both of them had handled many times, and there had been no indication of a problem,” she said.

The female employee, who Framel described as an experienced dog handler, told Framel, “I've laid down in the kennel with him and cuddled with him before.”

Since the dog's medical background, including its vaccination history, is unknown, Framel said it must be quarantined for at least 10 days to monitor whether it shows signs of rabies. She said that's not likely since the dog already has been in the shelter's care for at least 10 days and has shown no signs of illness.

Framel was hoping the employees can avoid the intensive and expensive rabies treatment. She said their medical care is covered through the shelter's insurance.

As for the dog, its future is unknown but bleak. Although Animal Protectors is a no-kill shelter, Framel said euthanasia sometimes is necessary for dogs deemed too dangerous for adoption.

“A decision will be made about its future,” Framel said. “It will probably have to be euthanized. Once they bite, that's generally the policy. We will not release what we consider a dangerous dog to the public.”

Framel stressed the incident is a rarity for the shelter, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

She hoped the attack will not generate negative publicity for Animal Protectors as the agency ramps up efforts to raise money for an upcoming move to a new facility at Industrial Boulevard and Church Street in Parnassus.

“This is not going to help our fundraising,” she said.

(Tribune Live - Aug 31, 2016)

California: Woman mauled by pit bull she was fostering for rescue group called The Tiny Pitbull

CALIFORNIA -- Greg Lichau had moved into his Eighth Street apartment in a Petaluma westside neighborhood last Wednesday, appreciating the picket-fenced homes, kids playing outside and young families pushing strollers along the sidewalk.

About 7 p.m. Friday night while finishing dinner with his girlfriend, Lichau, 62, heard dogs barking loudly at a home across the street.

Then it got worse.

“It was gaining in ferocity,” Lichau said. “And then we heard a human voice screaming.”

Lichau ran across the street and barged inside a house to find a woman on the floor, a pit bull attached to her right forearm.

He said there were three other dogs in the home including one other pit bull, but that couldn’t be confirmed Tuesday by Petaluma Animal Services.

The 44-year-old woman, who has not been identified, suffered serious injuries to her right forearm and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Petaluma Fire Department said. Her condition was unavailable Tuesday.

The pit bull that attacked her — named Clark — has been in quarantine at Petaluma Animal Services since Friday night.

A dog believed to be the woman’s pet, a Lab mix named Mia possibly as old as 10, was injured in the attack, too. She was taken to VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County with puncture wounds.

Senior Animal Control Officer Mark Scott, with Petaluma Animal Services, said the woman was fostering Clark through The Tiny Pitbull, a Petaluma-based rescue organization. Clark was in the home a short time.

While Lichau tried to fend Clark off, another dog was trying to nip at the woman’s leg, he said.

“Her arm was so badly tore up that I was doing compression on it,” Lichau recalled. “It was not a scratch, it was a bite and tear. ... It was at least an inch deep that I could see.”

He put a jacket over the first dog’s head and punched the second dog in the face.

It took about 15 seconds, he said, but the dogs finally gave up.

“It was awful,” said Lichau. “It was just instinct. There was not much else to do.”

Of all the neighbors gathered outside because of the commotion, Lichau said, none stepped in to help.

“I realize that people are afraid when a dog attack is going on, but...,” he said.

Scott said the woman was trying to break up a fight between Clark and Mia when the pit bull attacked.

Lichau said Mia ran out of the house and hid under a car for about 30 minutes before she could finally be drawn out.

Scott estimated Clark’s age between 2 and 6. The dog has been in quarantine at Petaluma Animal Services since Friday. After the 10-day quarantine period ends, his fate lies with The Tiny Pitbull, Scott said.

Scott said the incident report would not be made public until Wednesday, and was unable to clarify exactly how many dogs were involved in the incident or their breeds.

Lichau, who’s been nipped before, wasn’t hurt this time.

“But this attack — that pit bull — you could see it in his eyes,” he said. “He had a mission.”

(Press Democrat - Aug 30, 2016)

Florida: Brandi Seipe, 19, tied puppy's legs together, drugged it with Xanax and butchered its ears in homemade cropping say police

FLORIDA -- With fishing line and a Xanax-like drug, a suburban West Palm Beach, Florida, teen cropped a 10-week-old pit bull’s ears.

Brandi Seipe assured King’s owner she was experienced. Palm Beach County officials say otherwise, and now she’s facing an animal cruelty charge.

A county Animal Care and Control investigation showed Seipe was neither experienced nor legally licensed to perform such an operation. The 19-year-old was arrested for practicing veterinary medicine without a license as well as for animal cruelty, according to court records. She is due to appear before a judge on the charges Wednesday morning.

The puppy’s owner told Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officials she bought King from someone in Broward County. She was looking for someone to crop the puppy’s ears, a practice that helps the dog’s ears stand upright.

That’s how she crossed paths with Seipe. The teen, who operated out of a suburban Lake Worth home, would crop dogs’ ears cheaply, the owner was told.

On a July afternoon, Seipe took the puppy, but wouldn’t let King’s owner inside to see the ear cropping, the owner told animal control. She had paid Seipe $80.

The owner was concerned when she came to pick up King. His ears were too short, she said, and he was more sedated than before the procedure.

Seipe told the owner she gave the puppy a sedative similar to Xanax, something she said she had done many times as a veterinary technician. Normally, Seipe had her boyfriend hold the puppies down while she cut their ears, but she tied King’s legs together because her boyfriend wasn’t available, she told the puppy’s owner.

Seipe told the owner she had no reason to worry.

But she worried anyway, so much so that she took King to a veterinary office. That office reported the incident to Animal Care and Control.

An animal control official said the puppy’s ears were cut extremely short. The edges were raw and open, and a fishing line was used to stitch up King’s ears, according to the report. The 10-week-old puppy cried whenever someone came close to its ears, according to an animal control report.

When animal control asked Seipe about the incident, she denied cropping King’s ears. She told them she used to be a veterinary technician.

“Ear cropping is a painful unnecessary procedure that is slowly being eliminated as an acceptable practice,” wrote the veterinarian who saw King shortly after the illegal cropping. “If done, it needs to be done by a highly skilled veterinary professional in an aseptic hospital environment.”

(WHIO - Aug 31, 2016)