Sunday, December 31, 2017

Oregon: Five-year-old child attacked in the face by a Pit Bull at Portland International Airport

OREGON -- A 5-year-old girl suffered "substantial injuries" after getting bit by a pit bull inside Portland International Airport.

The Port of Portland said the attack occurred on Dec. 18 around 9:15 a.m. near gate C-7.

The Port said the girl was petting the dog while waiting for their flights when the child was attacked. The bites were to her face.

The 5-year-old was taken to the hospital.

The Port did not have an update on the girl's condition Friday night.

The dog was taken to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter and placed in a 10-day quarantine -- standard protocol after a dog bite, a shelter representative told KATU.

The county shelter identified the dog as a brown, 48-pound American Pit Bull mix. The age of the dog was not known.

Port of Portland police cited the dog owner, who lives in Portland, for failing to crate her dog.

Under airport rules, all animals, with the exception of service dogs, must be kept within their travel carriers while inside the airport terminal. Outside the terminal building, all pets must be leashed.

Enforcing these rules, the Port said, can be difficult because officers are only allowed to ask if the dog is a service animal and what task it is trained to perform.

The traveler does not have to provide documentation, nor does the dog have to wear a special vest. They said each airline has different rules for pets once the animal is on board.

The Port said the woman's dog was not a service animal, warranting a citation.

I'll bet this woman had a fake service dog vest/collar on this mauler. She may even have some letter from a doctor which says this person needs to have this dog with her at all times or else she has panic attacks... you can purchase these letters online. Doesn't make them legitimate. Congress needs to do something because more and more people are breaking the law and pretending their dogs/animals are service pets when they're not.

According to the county shelter, the pit bull remains in quarantine, even though the 10-day rule lapsed, because the investigation is ongoing.

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Dog owner Lisa Wooden was traveling to California with her dog "Rooster," a 3-year-old rescue. She is not bringing her dog on board. She feels it's too risky.

"He has never bitten anybody, but I think that this is a stressful environment," Wooden told KATU. "So, for him it is probably best to go underneath the plane."

Wooden says her dog is trained, but knows it's possible he could react.

"I think a lot of people don't understand that their dogs aren't well-trained and they humanize them too much," Wooden said. "They bring them into environments that they shouldn't."

Parent Chris Norvelle says he knows kids can be unpredictable, and dogs around unpredictable kids can act out of character. He says he usually asks pet owners if their dog is kid-friendly.

"Some dogs are a little more testy around kids," he said. "Kids like to grab the dog, hang onto them."

Norvelle was surprised to learn dogs can travel almost at free will in the airport.

"I'm just surprised that you can go on a plane with the dog, not in a carrier," he said. "I think you should have to show something, you know, a card."

A request for comment from the dog owner went unanswered.

(KATU - Dec 31, 2017)

Ohio: In July, this Pit Bull attacked a child. Animal Control did nothing. Now it's burst into a fenced yard, chased, attacked and mauled to death an elderly woman's beloved Poodle.

DAYTON, OHIO -- UPDATE @ 7 P.M. (Dec 18)

A pit bull that mauled a family’s small white poodle to death now faces euthanasia. The pit bull is currently in quarantine at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and will likely be be euthanized according to employees at the resource center.


Dayton Police say this is not the first altercation between the pit bull and the family of the deceased poodle. 

In July the pit bull reportedly attacked a child playing in the yard and bit her in the chest.

And what did Animal Control do about it then? Apparently nothing. 

The pit bull’s owners are currently facing a misdemeanor charge for failing to control their dog.


Within 12 hours, a 73-year-old Dayton woman lost her daughter to illness, and then her best friend, 9-year-old poodle Rosie, to an attack by an aggressive dog.

Joyce Ford let out her three dogs, Rosie, Louis and Missy, around 6:45 a.m. Saturday into the fenced-in backyard of her home in the 200 block of Smith Road in Dayton.

Shortly after, she and her son, Shawn Montague, said they heard a lot of barking outside.

“We looked out the window and we saw a great pit pull that was trying to break up under neath the fence. The dog actually got up underneath the fence, grabbed the dog and ripped the dog to pieces,” Montague said. “It was a terrible thing to see.”

Montague and his mother tried to save Rosie, but to no avail. He grabbed the dog’s tail and flung it, but it wouldn’t dislodge.

“My mom got a screwdriver and tried to stab the dog in the back and the screwdriver broke,” he said. “The other dogs were trying to attack the pit bull so I tried to grab them up so they wouldn’t get attacked, too.”

When he saw the dogs insides spilled out, he turned to his mother and told her to go inside, that her dog is gone.

Witnesses helped to get the dog secured and chained to a pole.

This is a difficult time for his mother, Montague said.

“Right now, she’s making arrangements to bury my sister and on top of that she loses her best friend ... and then, the way it happened. I didn’t want to her to witness it but when she saw it, it was devastating,” he said.


When Dayton police officers arrived, they found the pit bull chained to a fence post with “blood on the pit bull’s mouth, jawline area and on the chest area, where there was a white patch of fur,” according to an incident report.

It also stated the dog barked at a small child who came outside a nearby residence and “began to aggressively bark towards the child and tried to break loose from the chain.”

This Pit Bull just killed a dog and six months ago 
attacked a child and she dares to say it's not aggressive?!

According to a Dayton police report, a 27-year-old woman at the house where the pit bull lives said the dog belongs to her ex-boyfriend but that she lets the dog stay at her home.

That dog and the deceased poodle were taken by police to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

Director Mark Kumpf said the pit bull is being held at ARC pending the Dayton police investigation and location of its owner.

No one has been cited in the incident.


You know who Mark Kumpf is don't you? Apparently outraged citizens haven't been successful in getting him replaced after his agency let a woman get mauled to death by dogs she'd repeatedly called and complained about. She repeatedly begged them to do something to protect her. They all blew her off and now she's dead. Her name was Klonda Richey.

Read More:
(Dayton Daily News - Dec. 18, 2017)

Michigan: Cat left locked inside tote nearly freezes to death in -17 degree weather outside Humane Society

MICHIGAN -- An older male cat left outside the Humane Society of Midland County overnight nearly froze to death.

The organization posted on Facebook that someone dropped off the cat trapped inside a plastic tote outside the main entrance of its facility at 4371 E. Ashman St.

It was -11 degrees Fahrenheit that night; with the windchill it felt
like -17 degrees Fahrenheit. This poor cat is lucky he didn't freeze to
death, locked inside this plastic tote with nothing to keep him warm.

An employee found him Friday morning with feces frozen to his body.

"Leaving him like this in these elements could have killed him," the post says.

The cat was treated for hypothermia and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Humane Society.

A sign in the window right outside where the cat was left warns against leaving animals unattended and even threatens legal action.


"We understand it's often hard to know what to do with stray animals but in these weather conditions this is never the answer!" the organization's Facebook post says.

The Humane Society pointed out the Midland Police Department will transport stray animals in need during the winter and volunteers are willing to pick up animals after hours.

Anyone in Midland County who finds an animal in distress in the evening, overnight or on weekends should call the Midland County Central Dispatch nonemergency number at (989) 839-6464 or message the Humane Society's Facebook page to ask for a referral.

(ABC12 - Dec 29, 2017)

Virginia: Necropsies have been completed on the two Pit Bulls that attacked and killed their owner Bethany Stephens

VIRGINIA -- Deputies said that necropsies on the two pit bulls that killed Virginia woman Bethany Lynn Stephens were completed this week, according to a report.

The two pit bulls were euthanized as a safety precaution to the community, local officials said.

The sheriff said that long, wavy hair that appears human was found in a fecal sample of one of the dogs, named Pac-Man, WTVR reported. The results of the necropsies will be sent to a lab for more testing.

Stephens had adopted the other pit bull, Tonka, as a puppy in 2015. A year later, she adopted Pac-Man after he was handed off by several owners.

Pac-Man was not neutered, according to the report, adding that the first owner said she gave him to a friend after he snapped at her while she was pregnant.

The dog ended up back with that woman. She noticed wounds on his neck that indicated signs of abuse.

Like what? Was she concerned enough about these "signs of abuse" to call the police and report the alleged abuser? No. Marks on its neck could have been from a choker collar rubbing on its neck or from a prong collar if the previous owner was trying to maintain control of this giant, aggressive dog. Stop with the "oh it was abused that's why it killed her!" excuses.

The woman then SOLD put Pac-Man up for adoption to Stephens took him in. The woman claims she warned Stephens that she believed the Pit Bull had been abused and had snapped before.

Her father says he warned Stephens that the dog was “dangerous,” the WTVR report stated.

That's probably after she dumped them at his house. He didn't want to have anything to do with them - and they were her dogs and I'm sure he was trying to make her be responsible for them, telling her she needed to come to care for them. He may have hoped she would simply get rid of them.

Certified master dog trainer Valerie Paul told WTVR that she did not know Stephens, Pac-Man, or Tonka, but she offered potential answers as to why the dogs attacked their owner.

“Most dogs aren’t going to just turn on an owner,” Paul told the station. “As more and more details come out, I think there probably was some sort of outside influence, but not necessarily another animal or anything like that—just something that could have enticed the dogs to get overexcited and react the way dogs will.”


“The fact that they are pit bulls doesn’t connect to what they did, it is a dog thing,” said Paul. She said at the end of the day, dogs are animals, and in extreme circumstances, they can potentially view even their owners as threats or food sources.”

“That’s actually very normal, dogs view people very differently than how we view people, when we see a body, we think of our loved ones and all of the memories that they bring to us, dogs don’t, in general.”


Sergeant Mike Blackwood also said that the dogs were a “bit neglected” before they attacked Stephens. They went from inside dogs to dogs living outside in a kennel.

A dog living outside is NOT neglected. As long as it has a clean living area, a proper shelter and clean water and food regularly being provided, it's fine. It may not be how you would keep your dog - but it's not illegal and it's not neglect.

What they're trying to do is come up with a reason WHY the Pit Bulls did this - oh it was abused before, oh it was neglected.... no, no, no. They did this because it is in their nature do to this. It has been bred into them for 100s of years to be aggressive and because the 'breed' is so diluted, inbred and sloppily bred, most of them are unstable animals, prone to 'trigger' and attack for no reason.

Story of the Scorpion and the Frog:

One day a scorpion asks a frog to carry him across the river. The frog, afraid of being stung during the trip declines helping the scorpion. 

The scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, both would sink and he would also drown, so for his benefit he would never sting him. 

The frog eventually agrees and carries the scorpion across the river until midway, the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both to drown.

As they slowly sink into the water asks why he had stung him, crying out, "Now we shall both die!". 

The scorpion simply points out that, “I had no choice; it's in my nature“.

More than a week ago, officials noted that the woman’s father had called 911 after 8 p.m. saying he found her in the woods. He told the sheriff that her dogs appeared to be “guarding” her body.

Because social media was getting full of people saying the dogs were protecting her from some unknown danger, that she must have been murdered and the dogs stayed with her and that they mauled her because they were trying to 'wake her up'.. the sheriff's office made another statement to clarify that none of this was true.

“Let me cut right to the chase, the most important detail that we did not release because we were worried about the well-being of the family is that in the course of trying to capture the dogs early Friday morning… we turned and looked… I observed, as well as four other deputy sheriffs, the dogs eating the rib cage on the body,” Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said during a news conference.

It took officials more than an hour to catch the dogs. They were later put down.

“It appeared the attack was a violent attack initiated by the victims’ dogs while the victim was out for a walk with the dogs,” Sheriff Agnew said of the preliminary findings from the Medical Examiner’s Office, WTRV reported. “The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive.”


(The Epoch Times - Dec 31, 2017)


Ohio: "They're gonna kill him!" yells woman in 911 call as two Pit Bulls maul Dayton man

OHIO -- UPDATE @ 8:51 a.m. (Dec. 30)

An 18-year-old Dayton resident mauled by two vicious dogs Friday night was identified as William Talbott.

He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries. Dayton police said the dogs were pit bulls that attacked Talbott.

UPDATE @ 11:15 p.m.

An 18-year-old man was walking his dog, Loki, when police said two pit bulls attacked his pet Friday night and then turned on the young man when he tried to protect his dog.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening, Dayton police said.

A 911 caller told emergency dispatchers a man outside was being attacked by two pit bulls in the 200 block of Huron Avenue.

“They are gonna kill him!” the woman, who did not give her name, said in a call made shortly before 10 p.m.

She did not stay on the line, but minutes later she called back, hysterically saying she could hear bones crushing and repeated that the dogs were killing the man.

Multiple police officers responded to the scene, and it later was reported the “dogs have been euthanized by DPD,” according to a call log from the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Dayton medics and the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center also responded to the scene.

It is not known at this time who owns the dogs, nor what charges the owners may face.

Police said the man’s dog, Loki, ran away during the attack and had not yet been found.


A man reportedly suffered serious injuries tonight in an attack involving two aggressive dogs.

Police and medics were called shortly before 10 p.m. to the 200 block of Huron Avenue after a 911 caller reported that two dogs were attacking a man next door.

According to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center, police did have to euthanize two dogs.

We are working to learn more about the man’s injuries, and how the dogs got out.


What is wrong with this dispatcher? All she keeps saying is, "They're on their way. Did you hear me?" Duh, of course she hears you. How about you be productive and ask her if she or anyone has a gun and go shoot those damn dogs? How about you get some information from her -- what do the pit bulls look like, can she tell what color they are, if they're wearing collars or harnesses, does she know who they belong to, has she ever seen them before? This is all vital information that will be needed if the dogs are gone by the time police arrive. 

(Dayton Daily News - Dec 30, 2017)

Ohio: Kevin Sullivan is accused of setting a cat on fire with lighter fluid; the cat suffered and burned until an officer shot it

OHIO -- Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Middletown man accused of setting a cat on fire.

Kevin Lee Sullivan, 32, was arraigned Friday in Middletown Municipal Court on a felony charge of animal cruelty for the alleged September incident on Howard Avenue.

Judge Melynda Cook Howard set the stiff bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 8. Standard bond for such a fifth-degree felony is $5,000.

Middletown Police and Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Jamie Hearlihy were dispatched Sept. 18 to Howard Avenue near Arlington Avenue, where the fire department had put out the cat that was on fire and being burned alive.


A police officer shot the cat to put it out of its misery and end its suffering, according to a police report.

Samples taken from the cat and the blanket used to smother the fire indicated that lighter fluid was used, according to court records.

There were no burn marks on the pads of the cat’s feet so the cat did not run through lighter fluid,” Hearlihy wrote in the complaint.

This woman, who tried to save the cat, said flames
were "this high" off its back as it was burning alive

Police said Sullivan initially lied to them about his involvement, but an investigation by Middletown police and the dog warden’s office led back to him as a suspect.

“This is absolutely disturbing, and this guy definitely needs to be off the streets,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in October when a warrant was issued for Sullivan’s arrest. “I have a room for him here in my jail, where he needs to be. I don’t understand people who harm or torture a defenseless animal. It is a very cowardly thing to do.”


Full Name: Kevin Lee Sullivan
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205 lbs
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Birthdate: 05/16/1985
Arrest Age: 32
Time: 2:15 AM
Location: Butler County, Ohio
Arrest Location: PIMA COUNTY JAIL, Butler, OH
Total Bond: $50,000
BOND: $50,000


(Hamilton Journal News - Dec 1, 2017)


Massachusetts: Pit Bull mix that attacked PetSmart groomer had previously attacked an elderly woman, BREAKING HER ARM - yet Police Chief Peter Wack refused to order the dog euthanized. I smell a lawsuit coming!

MASSACHUSETTS -- Days after a dog groomer at a Cape Cod PetSmart store was mauled by a pit bull mix, the survivor of an earlier attack is speaking out.

Bubba, a pit bull owned by Clifford Gardner, 80, and his wife Edith Gardner, attacked the 22-year-old woman who was grooming him Wednesday at the store in the Hyannis section of Barnstable, Massachusetts. She was hospitalized.


What's completely infuriating is that this Pit Bull has been menacing, attacking and mauling people and their pets for years. The owners refused to do anything about it, even blaming the victims themselves for being attacked. Neighbors didn't want it in their neighborhood, but didn't have the guts to tell councilmen they wanted it put down. Instead they whined about rehoming and rehabilitation. Animal Control officers refused to do their jobs from the get-go; leaving the vicious dog with the elderly owners because they felt sorry for them. 

It's like a row of dominoes; every single person had a hand in this woman being mauled by this pit bull and should share in the blame.


In September, Elizabeth Hiatt volunteered to walk the 100-pound Pit Bull for the Gardners [after they convinced her he could only 'lick you to death'], but when Bubba tried to break free and attack another dog, she tried to stop it.

Bubba turned on her.

"He broke both of the arm bones," Hiatt said. "It bit through both of the arm bones."

The road to recovery has not been easy for Hiatt. She attends physical therapy three times a week.

Cliff Gardner and Edith Gardner were ordered to keep the pit bull away from certain areas in Sandwhich. But Wednesday, Cliff Gardner brought Bubba into the Hyannis PetSmart wearing a muzzle, asking for him to be groomed.

The victim says she asked about the muzzle, and that Cliff Gardner said the dog had previously attacked another dog, but was "sweet as can be."


Gardner disputes this account.

"When she asked me what he was doing with the muzzle on, I said 'The chief of police requires him to wear the muzzle because he got in a dog fight and he bit a woman," Cliff Gardner claims he said when he spoke to NBC Boston Thursday.

Store policy required the muzzle to be removed. PetSmart says the dog would never have been allowed in for services if they knew of his history.

The groomer sustained severe wounds to her arm, wrist and upper body after being attacked by Gardner's Pit Bull.

Hiatt explained that the attack of PetSmart made her feel "Horror, knowing what she went through, and the fact that they couldn't get Bubba off of her. Horror, because at that point, you don't know whether you're going to live or not."


While Hiatt has forgiven the owner of the dog [she shouldn't; they're in complete denial], her daughter says this week's attack did not have to happen.

"It's just crazy that it happened again," Regan Sherman said. "What happened to my mom was preventable, but certainly what happened to this young woman at PetSmart, it just shouldn’t have happened."

Brittany Korsh, who tried to pull Bubba off her mother during the Sept. 5 attack on Deep Wood Drive in Forestdale, said via email that she was "heartbroken" for the PetSmart employee, who was airlifted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with multiple bite wounds.

"This should never have happened," Korsh wrote.

Barnstable police Sgt. Sean Sweeney identified the PetSmart employee as 22-year-old Sienna Bryden.

"The dog wouldn't let go. She has a long road to recovery," Sweeney said Friday.


Korsh criticized the Gardners for keeping the dog and Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack for allowing Bubba to remain at home after he declared the dog dangerous following an Oct. 25 hearing.

Wack ordered Bubba to be muzzled and securely leashed whenever he was outside and off the Cliffords' property.

"Cliff's reckless disregard for the safety of others, as well as Chief Wack's decision to leave Bubba in his care, have resulted in another person being mauled by this animal," Korsh said.

From Animals24-7:
Facebook postings indicate that groomer Sienna Bryden,  of Dennis,  Massachusetts,  has two pit bulls herself,  and has been involved in pit bull advocacy at least since 2011.

Approximately “2 years ago,”  according to,  Bryden posted a petition “to get my dog Blu allowed back onto Sandy Neck,”  a Cape Cod beach.

Alleged Bryden,  “He got kicked off because he barked and jumped on a park ranger- period.  He did not bite the ranger––and he was on his leash as required by law,”  Bryden claimed.

“I am a responsible animal owner,”  Bryden asserted.  “I work in the pet care field and deal with animals on a regular basis.  I understand the nature of animals.”
You see how she minimizes it? That because the ranger wasn't mauled or bitten, IT'S NO BIG DEAL. Sorry, but that's not how it works. A dog that menaces is just a frightening as a dog that bites. She could not control her Pit Bull which is a requirement when walking it on a leash.

Meanwhile, the long drawn out saga involving Edith and Cliff Gardner, their neighbors and their vicious Pit Bull finally came to an end Friday morning when the dog was finally euthanized.


(NECN - Dec 29, 2017)