Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Dog shot at by police after attacking man the officer

OHIO -- Police said a dog was shot after it attacked a man walking to work and then went after a police officer.

The incident happened Monday on Hawker Street in Dayton. The man said two dogs cornered him and started to bite him. He said he then ran into a house.

When officers arrived, one of the dogs jumped at the officer. Police said the officer shot the dog, but it did not get injured.

[Don't you mean he shot at the dog, but missed?]

The man attacked was taken to a local hospital to be checked out. The officer was not injured.

Police said the dog’s owner faces charges in the attacks.

(WHIO - July 25, 2006)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Gas Meter Reader Attacked By Pit Bull

OHIO -- Deputies in Jefferson Township said a gas meter reader was attacked and bitten by a pit bull Tuesday.

Gas meter reader Neil Young tried to avoid being bitten in the leg by the dog, but couldn't.

Deputies said a pit bull attacked Young as he was trying to read a gas meter in the back yard of a home on Clovis Court. They said the dog made his way under a fence.

Young said he ran into a nearby garage and then used his cell phone to call for help. Authorities said a deputy arrived at the scene, but the dog charged at him, too, forcing the deputy to kill the dog.

Animal control officers took the dog away, and said pit bulls are deemed vicious in the state of Ohio, but that any dog can become a danger.

Investigators said Young is OK, but the dog’s owner could face charges.

(WHIO - July 11, 2006)

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Cat hoarder charged in Georgia

GEORGIA -- After an anonymous phone call, Upson County Animal Control responded to a severe case of animal hoarding and neglect.

In the morning hours of June 28, Animal Control Manager Smart Web visited the residence of Ricky McKinley and Donna Lynn Tankersly on Birdsong Road to investigate an animal cruelty complaint.

A veterinarian and his assistant were on the scene as witnesses in part, but also to examine and record the health and physical condition of the animals. Upson County Sheriff's Deputy Marie McDaniel and Sergeant David Walker were present and bore witness as well.

“We didn't know what we were going to see,” said Web. “All we knew was that these animals were not being taken care of and that something had to be done.”

Web says that Tankersly called the shelter after finding out she had been reported. She warned officers not to come to her house and said that she wasn't giving her animals up. Only after meeting her, did they see just how serious she was.

 According to Web, Tankersly's demeanor upon their arrival was less than welcoming.

“She told me that I wasn't taking those animals,” said Web, “and that they were hers!”

Web stated that she continued to act defensive until Sgt. Walker stepped in to explain the situation more thoroughly, and after a moment, she agreed to let the small group come into the house to see the place they were sharing with these animals.

“When Miss Tankersly opened the door, we were greeted by a strong stench,” said Web. “It seemed to be an ammonia smell like animal urine.”

After entering the double-wide trailer, it immediately became apparent to Web that there were too many cats and not enough space, and that their living conditions were highly unsanitary and unhealthy.

There were, not only upwards of 30 cats and kittens living there, but three medium breed dogs as well.

Once inside, Web and the others could see fresh and dried animal feces all over the floor of the first room and in the corners of others, along with contaminated cat food and litter. It was reported that a toilet with the lid lifted was the only source of water for the animals.

One kitten was even found to have an eye infection that had gone untreated for some time.

This isn't the first time Tankersly had been warned about the number of animals in the house. McKinley says they've argued about this countless times over the past few years.

The couple has been together for ten years and not until the last five have there been issues about the pets she keeps.

“We started out with one cat and one dog,” said McKinley. ”and that was fine, but she doesn't see it the same way. She wants to take in every cat that comes up.”

“I'm even ashamed for people to see the place.” said McKinley. “There's just too many to keep up with. It's ridiculous.”

Tankersly was transported to the Upson County Sheriff's Office and charged with cruelty to animals.
Over 20 cats were captured from the residence, and several traps were set to catch the remainder.

Tankersly could not be reached for comment.

(Thomaston Times - July 7, 2006)

Friday, July 7, 2006

Three men attacked by pit bulls

GEORGIA -- Three pit bull dogs were impounded Wednesday after they escaped a backyard and then attacked and injured three men in Duluth.
Police received reports of three separate pit bull attacks at 7:34 a.m. Wednesday in a residential area near 1973 N. Executive Drive in Duluth. The victims were either leaving their houses or walking in the area when they were bitten by the dogs. All three men suffered minor puncture and laceration wounds, mainly to their lower bodies, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.   The victims were identified as Jean Chi, 59, Chu Insoo, 48, and Manuel Larz-Mujira, 42, all of Duluth. They were all taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, Moloney said.  By the time officers arrived and tracked down the owner, 33-year-old Brian A. Jones of Duluth, the dogs had been confined once again to his house, according to an Animal Control report. Jones reportedly said the dogs are usually kept in his fenced-in backyard. However upon inspection, one of the back gates was found to be open, Moloney said. The dogs were impounded by Gwinnett County Animal Control.  "I don't know if they will quarantine them for a few days," Moloney said. "They are not going to be automatically put down. It depends on the severity of the attack and if they've done it before."  The dogs were being evaluated at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter at press time Wednesday.

Jones was issued six citations on three counts of animal attacking without provocation and three counts of having an unrestrained animal.

(Gwinnett Daily Post - July 6, 2006)