Wednesday, May 3, 2017

North Carolina: After her Pit Bull attacked people on TWO different occasions, Jeannette Ortiz was allowed to keep it. Now it and a second Pit Bull have mauled a 66-year-old woman who was in her own backyard

NORTH CAROLINA -- A 66-year-old woman was injured in Fayetteville on Sunday when she was attacked by her neighbor’s pit bulls, Cumberland County officials said.

It was the third “bite incident” for one of the two dogs involved in the attack, and the city’s animal control director has ordered both put down.



“This is a savage mauling and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family,” said Dr. John Lauby, the director.

Amanda Bellamy Mceachern told animal control officers she was visiting friends and was in the back yard 5005 Higgins Street when two pit bulls, that live next door at 5003 Higgins Street, came out of her neighbor’s front door and ran toward her.


“One dog lunged and bit Mceachern first on the arm, she said. She blacked out from the pain and trauma, but remembers both dogs being on top of her,” officials wrote in a news release.


She was bitten on her right arm and left leg. Family members pulled the dogs off of her, moved her to safety and called 911.

She was taken to the Cape Fear Valley Hospital and was released the same evening.

Animal control seized the dogs, which are named Ace and Princess.

The dogs’ owner, Jeannette Ortiz (Jeanette Ortiz), was cited for not having current rabies vaccinations on two of her three dogs, not having pet privilege licenses for two of her three dogs, two counts of being the owner of a dog that bit someone and three counts of allowing a dog to run at large. She also received a notice of a dangerous dog investigation, officials said.

All told, she faces fines totaling $2,200.

The dogs will be put down after a 10-day rabies quarantine period expires.

Why isn't she being charged criminally for reckless endangerment? She chose to keep these vicious dogs - even after the one had attacked twice before - which means she KNOWINGLY chose to keep deadly weapons in her home. She needs to be in jail.


Maybe this is why Jeannette Ortiz didn't want to speak with the reporter?


Full name: Jeannette Meraris Ortiz
Alias: Jeanette Ortiz
Age: 37 (07/1979)
Address: 5003 Higgins St
City: Fayetteville
State: NC
Zip Code: 28303

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Charging County: Cumberland, NC
Charge Date: 11/09/2016

Charge 2: Simple Assault
Charging County: Cumberland, NC
Charge Date: 11/09/2016

Charge 1: Fict/Alt Title/Reg Card/Tag
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Charge 2: Speeding
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Charge Date: 01/10/2017

Charge 1: Fta:M:Operate Veh No Ins/M:Exp/No Inspec
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Charge Date: 02/21/2017
Bond: $500

Charge 1: Fta:M:Drive/Allow Mv No Reg/M:Fict/Alt T
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Charge Date: 02/21/2017
Bond: $500

Charge 1: Dwlr Not Impaired Rev
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Charge Date: 05/31/2017