GRAPHIC: Cyclist Mauled By Dog Speaks Out, Sheriff’s Office Responds

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A Fayetteville cyclist was recovering Friday (Feb. 19) after he was attacked by a dog while out on what he called a routine training ride in Washington County.

Richard Holt posted his experience and graphic photos on Facebook and it has since been shared nearly 4,000 times. The graphic photos are included below this story.

Holt told 5NEWS he was riding on South AR-265 with a friend when three dogs came at them. He said the pit bull lunged at his leg, knocking him off his bike.

"I remember when I went down to the ground I thought this is really bad, this is going to be like really bad," Holt said. "You see the dogs mouth around your leg and and it's like I've got to do whatever I can to keep him from either continuing to bite me or to go for something else."

Holt said his friend fought the dog off and called 911. He said he had numerous gashes and gouges in his calf, including one that required 15 stitches to repair.

"I've been in accidents before and the way I know I'm really hurt initially is when I feel no pain," Holt said. "That's when I know you know, you've got such an adrenaline dump but you don't really remember the pain, but then once the paramedics got there it was a huge rush of excruciating pain."

Holt said initially, the dogs were given back to the owner for quarantine with a verbal warning. Washington County deputies said as of 5:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 19), three dogs, including the one that bit Holt, were picked up by animal control and will be held at the Washington County Animal Shelter for the remainder of their quarantine.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the Holt's initial Facebook post Friday (Feb. 19) on the sheriff's office Facebook page.

According to the post, the responding deputy determined the dog did bite Holt and she issued a warning to the owners for violating the Vicious Animal Ordinance. She told the owners they will have to secure the dog and determine whether the dog has rabies.

The sheriff reviewed the complaint and determined actual citations should have been issued in this case, according to the post. The owners of the dog have since been issued three citations for violating the Rabies Control Act and one citation for violating the Vicious Dog Ordinance. Washington County animal control officers will also be monitoring the location to ensure the owners continue to quarantine the dog as required, the post states.

The post concludes with a message from Sheriff Tim Helder:

"We apologize for the lack of confidence in our department that this incident has potentially caused, but we can assure you, we will always strive to do the right thing, to do our best for the citizens of Washington County, and when we err, we will admit it and use it as a tool to make ourselves better. We will also begin, once again, an effort to work with members of the Quorum Court to tighten up ordinances that will support animal owners and protect citizens from unwarranted attacks."

A woman who claims to be the dog's owner replied to the post made on the Washington County Sheriff's Office Facebook page several times.

According to posts made by Ashtyon Ciearra Rae, the dog's name is BeBe and he is two years old. The owner states her dog is trained and the cyclist who was attacked must have done something to the dog. She also writes that "actions have been taken I've gotten the punishment for my dog as did my baby boy."

Rural Washington County doesn't have leash laws, which means dogs are allowed to run at large and are not required to be confined in any way. In Washington County, the Vicious Animals ordinance states that any animal that has inflicted a biting injury on a person that needs medical treatment will be impounded and observed at the owner's expense.

33 comments

  • Reset Art (@resetart222)

    Although unfortunate, these bicyclist need to stop biking on rural roads especially highway 265. They always slow down traffic when everyone is trying to get to work and especially 265 because of the curvy roads. You cant see them coming off corners. They need to go train somewhere else.

    • Todd Brashear

      Cyclists have every legal right to use public roads, just as drivers do. And cyclists have the responsibility to be courteous and considerate of vehicular traffic, just as drivers should be of cyclists. Also, the only suitable place to train on a bicycle is on rural roads. Urban roads are full of traffic devices (stoplights, stop signs, speed bumps and road humps) that make training impossible. Finally, your criticism is off-point. The cyclist could’ve suffered a dog attack in an urban or rural area. This is not a story about traffic.

      • Reset Art (@resetart222)

        Yea, he was lucky it was just a dog. I don’t think you understand probably because you live in the city. Try living out here with hundreds of bicyclist always training on hwy 265. Always littering, throwing their trash on the side of the road. Always riding over the double lines. Travelling in large groups so makes it impossible to pass. Unlike the city where its easier. I don’t know if you get my point. Its more dangerous to train on rural roads then urban. Speed limits are faster in rural areas then urban roads.

  • hixonium

    Pit bull or not, if this dog had attacked me or anyone within sight of me, I would be unloading my shotgun in its a$$. Then I would hang it up by its nut $ack and disembowel it and detach every appendage it had. Right in front of its owner. Jail time be damned. If it acts like a vicious animal, it’s going to be slaughtered the same way.

  • Dennis Baker

    2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    36 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    28 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending

    By Age :
    14 Children
    22 Adult

    By State :

    NM – 1 death
    MD – 1 death
    FL – 3 death
    IA – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    PA – 1 death
    W. VA – 2 death
    TX – 5 death
    SD – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    GA – 1 death
    NV – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    OK – 3 death
    NC – 2 death
    OH – 1 death
    SC – 1 death
    AL – 1 death
    CA – 3 death
    NY – 2 death
    TN – 1 death
    MI – 2 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:

    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]

    Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]

    Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]

    Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]

    Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]

    TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]

    Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]

    Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]

    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]

    Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]

    Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]

    Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]

    Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]

    Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]

    James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]

    Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]

    Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]

    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]

    Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]

    Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]

    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]

    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]

    Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]

    Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]

    Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]

    Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]

    Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]

    Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.19.15]

    Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]

    Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]

    Carter Hartle – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]

    Xavier Strickland – 4 yrs old – Detroit, MI – Pit Bulls – [12.2.15]

    Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy – 22 yrs old – Port Huron, MI – Pit Bull, Husky-mix[12.3.15]

    Maria Torres – 57 yrs old – Gridley, CA – Pit Bulls – [12.16.15]

    Joan Ashman – 83 yrs old – CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Pit Bull – [12.18.15]

    Nyjah Espinosa – 2 yrs old – Miami-Dade, Fl – Pit Bull – [12.20.15]

    On average in 2015 someone was killed by a pit bull every 13 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training, it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

  • Lori Welbourne

    “According to posts made by Ashtyon Ciearra Rae, the dog’s name is BeBe and he is two years old. The owner states her dog is trained and the cyclist who was attacked must have done something to the dog. She also writes that ‘actions have been taken I’ve gotten the punishment for my dog as did my baby boy.'” – victim blaming – it’s what pit bull owners and fanatics are so good at :(

    • Marty Johncox

      Next, the owner will swear up and down that her monster is not vicious, has never hurt anyone, the victim should toughen up and shouldn’t have been in the road, and show photos of the dog in a tutu and flower crown to prove how it could never attack an innocent person. Therefore, the victim must have “done something.” Pit owners always say “blame the owner.” Except when they are the owner.

  • Marty Johncox

    “The victim must have done something.” Pit bull owners always say that when their monsters inflict crippling, disfiguring and fatal wounds on passersby. The owner wasn’t anywhere nearby, but somehow has psychic abilities to know the victim “did something,” although she cannot say what that victim might have done to warrant the monster attacking a cyclist in the road.

  • Paul Habot

    Ouch, that had to of hurt. Mutant dogs at it again I see. Trained, loved and still attacking at any given chance. A pit bull should be placed in a cage and never let out so what good are they? None! They simply need to fade out of existence and become extinct like the Dinosaurs. We’ll still have attacks from other dogs that tend to copy-cat the pit bull but by statistics it would still be 60% to 75% less serious & fatal attacks from dogs in our Societies as pets.

  • Ponder Loudly (@ponderloudly)

    The safety of communities across the nation are being threatened by a system that fails to be pro-active, definitive, and consistent in handling of dog attacks. Specifically in regards to this, the effectiveness of municipal services is questionable at best, failing at worst, and without a doubt—not pro-active. People across the nation, including elderly and children are being mauled, injured, and killed. Survivors are left with financial burdens.
    We need:
    1. Stricter legislation, higher penalties, and criminal prosecution when appropriate.  Current fines for breaking dog laws are too weak to be a deterrent.  Example: giving false information or fleeing the scene of a dog attack should be treated like a hit-and-run felony.  Another example: It should be a felony for individuals and organizations to make dogs available for adoption without full disclosure of its history (biting, aggression).    
    2. Mandatory liability insurance for dog owners. Insurance protects the community from financially incapable owners of dogs that attack people and leave them with unpaid bills..
    3. Ban unlicensed backyard breeding of dogs.  Breeding should be left to professionals to ensure safe temperaments of dogs. Backyard breeding should be a felony.  Example: Dog fighting is backyard breeding gone bad.  Example: dogs sold on craigslist that end up with new owners bearing the cost of vet bills to remedy genetic defects from bad breeding.  It’s what happens without regulation.  It puts the public at risk, and destroys the lives of animals.
    4. Mandatory immediate confiscation of unlicensed and un-vaccinated dogs 1 year or older. By this time, the owners have proven themselves unfit.
    5. Mandatory euthanasia of dogs that kill or maul a human being, or kill another domesticated animal.  Such aggression poses an immediate risk to the community. There should be no leniency for the first bite or attack, that defies logic and statistics.
    Write your Governors and Senators, and ask them to protect our families and children. Ask them for these 5 points.
    house.gov/representatives/find/

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.

    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1

    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.

    2004 29 23%.

    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).

    2006 6 4%.

    2007 2 2%.

    2008 0 0%.

    2009 0 0%.

    2010 1 1%.

    2011 0 0%.
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    Ottumwa, Iowa
    Population 24,998

    In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city’s 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as “guard” dogs.
    “Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

    “We haven’t had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal,” said Clark. “Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they’re not around other people to attack them.”

    “In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time.”
    ************************************************************
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Population 189,515

    When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock’s successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:

    “There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don’t see that anymore,” said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.

    Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
    “This is the most abused dog in the city,” said Roark.

    The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs – regardless of the breed – are also not allowed to be chained up outside.”
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    Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Population 6,787
    When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton’s Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton’s successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law’s adoption:

    “Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away.

    Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.

    “I believe it makes the community safer,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable. … These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.

    You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off.”
    ************************************************************
    Reading, Pennsylvania
    Population 80,560

    After an 8-year legal battle, pit bull advocates dismantled a pit bull law adopted by Reading in 1998. It was reported in the same news article, in February 2008, that the law had significantly reduced biting incidents:

    “Reading’s 1998 law required that aggressive or dangerous dogs, when outside the home, be muzzled and kept on a leash shorter than three feet long with a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds.

    The law also punished violators with fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
    The law is credited with helping to reduce dog bites from 130 in 1999 to 33 in 2006. As a result, the law – or at least elements of it – were not being actively enforced, the Reading Eagle reported last year.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,
    cities and counties in the US & Canada.

    All Pit Bull Type Dogs must be Banned:
    Including pit bulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and their glorified Pit Bull Mixes such as the American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandog, Boerboel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, & Catahoula Bulldog and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics)

    As well the following should be labeled as Dangerous dogs after single bite incident: rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, they as well as all Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be:

    * Licensed

    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.

    * Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic’s determining said rate.

    * All Dogs Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

    * All breeds involved in any bite incident and Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

    For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

    1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.

    * All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure

    * All Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

    * No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

    * All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

    $1,000 fine for noncompliance

    Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states
    Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human
    Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Over 1000 years ago The Invading Roman Legions of the English Islands brought with them the Roman Alaunt war dogs which they then mixed with the English Mastiff, the outcome of this careful breeding process of the two dog types was the Ol English Bulldogge.

    The Ol English Bulldogge.was Breed to kill Bears, Bulls & Large draft horses in the pit and then later each other in dog fights after it was crossed with the Terrier to create the Pit Bull Terrier, they are what they do, Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    Any dog type that has the pit bull terrier genetic precursor genetics from the Ol English Bulldogge & Roman Alaunt war dog is a Pit Bull Type Dog with the same genetics and outcome and danger.

    The American Bulldog is a mix of this original Ol English Bulldogge with a mastiff type and can also be classified within this group; the two breeds share a common gene pool and are close cousins. The breed standard for the American bulldog, Scott-type, was developed by crossing early Johnson lines with the American pit bull terrier.

    In Effect it is a Pit Bull Mix with the same genetics and threat to public safety that is the case in the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers.

    This is what an American Bull dog is, in effect a pit bull type dog, 6 of one half a dozen of another, same difference same outcome:

    Progressive pit bull legislation includes the American bulldog in its definition of a pit bull.

    The term Pit bull type dog refers to many variants with the same mutated genetic truth and reality and outcome.

    They include the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and their glorified Pit Bull Mixes such as :

    the American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandog, Boerboel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, & Catahoula Bulldog and their mixes.!

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Pit bulls weren’t bred to be household pets

    After having worked in two veterinary clinics and an emergency animal hospital, and seeing the statistics on pit bull attacks on both animals and humans, and after having now had two close friends’ dogs viciously ravaged by pit bulls, I feel compelled to address this issue very frankly.

    I have heard both sides of the argument dozens of times, and when I put all the facts, opinions, stats and justifications together into a final perspective, this is what I conclude: Many pit bull supporters don’t seem to realize they are populating this country’s towns and cities with a lethal attack dog that needs to be rigorously controlled.

    All the characteristics that make this breed notorious were selected centuries ago. They were used in the sports of bull and bear baiting. They were bred to attack without provocation or warning (hence their “unpredictability”); clamp on to a vulnerable area of the victim’s body with a hold-and-shake grip to inflict major physical damage; and sustain tremendous pain in order to continue damaging the victim. They were not intended to be household pets. They do these things for the same reason pointers “point” – it’s bred into them. It has nothing to do with “irresponsible ownership.”

    It’s long past time to bring some common sense (and compassion for victims) back to this debate. Many countries and U.S. municipalities have taken measures to regulate or even outright ban these dogs, and it’s not due to some arbitrary “breed bias.” If you happen to dislike breeds that drool a lot, that’s a bias. Controlling the ownership of a breed that has proven to be a vicious killer is not; it’s sensible and humane policy.

    Martin Penkala

    Buffalo

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Opinion: How we can ‘fix’ the pit bull problem
    Daphna Nachminovitch October 26, 2015

    While delivering straw to “outdoor dogs” one frigid February day, PETA’s volunteers spotted an old dog crate surrounded by junk. Inside was Blue, a malnourished pit bull mix frantically trying to get their attention. Dynasty, a female brindle pit bull, was also inside, but all that remained of her was her emaciated corpse.

    A veterinarian determined that Dynasty didn’t have a single ounce of fat on her body and had been suffering from an untreated broken femur, which had caused her tremendous pain for days. Her stomach was empty, except for a few wisps of straw that she must have eaten in a desperate attempt to sustain herself. The dogs’ owner was convicted of cruelty, jailed and prohibited from having animals for three years. Blue was adopted into a loving home. If PETA’s volunteers hadn’t found him, he would surely have suffered a fate similar to his “sister.”

    PETA wants pit bulls who are lucky enough to live in responsible homes to stay in them, and we bend over backwards to keep happy dogs in homes. No one who currently has a pit bull would be affected by legislation preventing the birth of more of them. A pit bull spay/neuter law would simply prevent more dogs from being born into a world in which they are targeted and exploited because of what they were bred to be or look like. That’s a goal that anyone who truly loves and respects pit bulls or any dogs can—and should—support.

    Daphna Nachminovitch is the senior vice president of the Cruelty Investigations Department for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Record 32 fatal pit bull attacks & 459 disfigurements in 2015.

    Fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks are up 830% since 2007, when the Humane Society of the U.S., Best Friends Animal Society, and American SPCA ramped up pit bull advocacy after the arrest of football player Michael Vick on dogfighting charges for which he was eventually convicted.

    Jihadists, or Islamicist extremists, by one commonly cited reckoning, killed 48 people in the U.S. and Canada during 2015. Far right extremists killed 47 people.

    Jihadists and far-right terrorists have each injured about 260 people in the U.S. per year, on average, over the past decade.

    Record numbers of deaths
    A record 39 people were killed by dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada during 2015, including an also-record 33 people killed by pit bulls, one more than the previous record of 32, reached in 2012.

    Dogs committed 614 fatal or disfiguring attacks in the U.S. and Canada during 2015, more than Jihadists and far-right terrorists combined.

    Record disfigurements too
    Pit bulls alone disfigured 459 people––five more than ever before.

    Among the 648 total human victims of pit bull attacks in which at least one person was killed or disfigured were at least 209 children and 354 adults.

    The number of known child victims in 2015 declined from the 2014 record of 266, and from the previous record of 214, reached in 2013, apparently because word is getting out that allowing children to be around pit bulls is potentially deadly, but the 209 child victims in 2015 would have been a record in any earlier year.

    The 354 adult pit bull victims in 2015 was 73 above the previous record. 2015 was the eighth consecutive year that the number of adult pit bull victims increased.

    The 1945 fatal pit bull attack on Doretta Zinke of Miami shared top headline space with World War II.

    2015 deaths were triple the toll 1930-1960
    The dog attack death toll in 2015 alone was triple the U.S. toll for the entire 30 years 1930-1960, during which time almost all dogs ran free and under 1% were sterilized in any manner.
    But pit bulls accounted for “only” 60% of the fatalities between 1930 and 1960, compared to 73% in 2015.

    Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844, while making up less than 1% of the U.S. dog population for most of that time, and less than 6% now.

    Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years.

    Explosive rise
    In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked 44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36. Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.

    Most of those totals were exceeded in 2002 alone, and in almost every year since. 2011 was the last year with fewer than 30 pit bull attack fatalities; 2008 the last year with fewer than 20.

    Agencies squelch breed info

    The pit bull contribution to total deaths and disfigurements in recent years might be much higher, except that under pressure from pit bull advocates many animal control agencies and humane societies, and even some news media, have begun withholding breed-specific information about attacks.

    From 1982 through 2013, only 45 documented fatal or disfiguring attacks were by dogs of unidentified breed, but in 2014 alone, 36 fatal or disfiguring attacks were attributed to dogs of unidentified breed.

    In 2015 the number of fatal or disfiguring attacks by dogs of allegedly “unidentified” breed more than doubled to 78––even though in most instances the dogs were impounded by law enforcement.

    49 attacks by shelter dogs
    Forty-nine fatal or disfiguring attacks in 2015, or about one in 7.5, were by dogs who had been rehomed by animal shelters, among them 39 pit bulls.
    No other breed type was involved in more than two attacks by shelter dogs.

    ANIMALS 24-7 is still tabulating and evaluating the 2015 data on dog attacks against other animals.
    Pit bulls in recent years have accounted for more than 95% of all dog attacks in which other pets and/or livestock were killed, resulting in upward of 50,000 animal fatalities per year

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Pit bulls killed 24,000 other dogs & 13,000 cats in 2015

    The approximately 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. appear to have killed more than 24,000 other dogs in 2015, up from about 15,500 each in 2013 and 2014; nearly 13,000 cats; perhaps 9,000 hooved animals; and between 30,000 and 45,000 small mammals and poultry.

    Under-reporting

    The numbers of pit bull victims, totaling 76,000 to 91,000, are approximate, projected from media reports.

    The numbers for 2015 include the presumption that a verifiable steep increase in pit bull attacks on dogs and cats was mirrored in violence toward other species, though attacks on other species appear to have been under-reported even more than attacks on dogs and cats, which are themselves reported only a fraction as often as they occur.

    What isn’t reported

    First, people tend not to report attacks by their own dogs on other animals belonging to their own households.

    Second, people also tend not to report attacks by other people’s dogs on animals whose cost of replacement with a similar animal would be less than the deductible on a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.

    For each dog attack on another animal that meets the usual criteria for reportage, there is probably at least one in each category that would usually not be reported by the owners of the victim animals.

    This means that the number of reported attacks probably can be safely multiplied by at least three, independent of all factors involving media criteria for newsworthiness.

    Police shooting dogs

    Perhaps the best way to estimate under-reporting due to attacks failing to media criteria for reportage on any given day is to compare the numbers of cases in which dogs have been shot by police, according to public records, with the numbers of dog shootings by police which have received media coverage.

    In communities of fewer than 10,000 people, served by news media covering only those communities, almost every dog shooting by police is mentioned.

    In communities of more than a million people, however, only 2.5% to 3.4% of the dog shootings listed in police department annual reports have received media coverage, as discussed in greater detail in the ANIMALS 24-7 summaries of the 2013 and 2014 data pertaining to dog attacks on animals.

    Pits kill more than one dog per community

    The most consistent number from year to year has been that 93% of the reported dog attacks on other animals in 2013 were by pit bulls; 82% in 2014; and 88% in 2015.

    Cumulatively, pit bulls have since 2013 accounted for 87% of the reported dog attacks on other animals, including 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs.

    Of note is that 2015 appears to have been the first year when the number of fatal pit bull attacks on other dogs exceeded the number of cities and towns in the U.S.: 24,000 attacks vs. 19,354 incorporated communities.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    The Province
    Elected leaders must protect against pit bulls
    By Lori Welbourne January 29, 2016.

    The year just started and there are over 30 media reports of people attacked by pit bull type dogs in Canada and the U.S. In addition to that, three precious children have been torturously mauled to death by pit bulls: nine-year-old Tyler Trammell Huston on Jan. 3, one-year-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers on Jan. 8 and seven-year-old Talan Nathan West on Jan. 24. In a day or two there will be another attack, in a week or so another killing.

    The latest preventable tragedy happened in Robeson County, North Carolina, where there have been three fatalities from pit bulls since 2012. What kind of feeble lawmakers allow such heartbreaking mayhem to continue?

    In stark contrast to the appalling apathy of the legislators in Robeson, a town council in Quebec just made headlines for voting unanimously to ban pit bulls even though they haven’t had any local attacks reported. Rather than risk their citizens, they decided to be proactive and ban the inherently dangerous dogs on the advice of their police.

    “You know, these dogs are strong, and they will not let go of their prey,” Mayor Pauline Quinlan of Brompton explained to the press. She is certainly right about that. Pit bulls were bred for hundreds of years to bite, hold, shake and tear — inflicting maximum damage to victims as large as a bull. Through no fault of their own they were created for bloodsport, not to be household pets.

    Mayor James Melfi of Girard, Ohio, also received recent media attention for not succumbing to the relentless lobbying to end their city’s 30-year ban on pit bulls. “I have done some investigating and the fact that most insurance companies won’t insure home owners if they have a pit bull is one reason we are not interested in lifting the ban,” said Melfi. “That means if a pit bull harms someone or somebody else’s dog they are not insured to pay the victim any damages incurred by that particular dog.”

    He wondered who’d want their kids playing outside if a pit bull was living next door. “That’s not breed discrimination,” said Melfi. “You really don’t see in the news where they say, someone was killed by a beagle, or a golden retriever, or a schnauzer, so there is plenty of evidence speaking to this result. The bottom line is that elected leaders must protect people.”

    If only they all would. As it stands now, only some of them care enough about the public to enact breed specific legislation (BSL).

    Some claim it can’t be done, but of course it can. The entire province of Ontario, many Canadian cities, 292 U.S. military bases, 935 American cities, and 41 countries have implemented BSL to great success wherever it’s enforced. In these areas, lives are saved, crime rates are reduced, and tax dollars are not squandered on the various resources required after pit bulls attack.

    With all the positive changes a BSL brings, why aren’t citizens everywhere receiving protection? One theory is that elected officials are intimidated by the vocal minority. Another is that the well funded pit bull lobby is paying them off. There is also the probability that some are unaware of the pit bull crisis or don’t realize it’s easy to fix.

    Outlawing the breeding of them would be a sensible start. The “jobs” pit bulls were created to do are a felony in every province across Canada and every state across the U.S. Unless we plan to legalize dogfighting again, there is no reason to keep producing these gripper/fighter canines.

    Halting the importation of pit bulls would also be pragmatic. Canada and the U.S. are the only two countries in the world that even allow this.

    BSL is not complicated and there’s nothing to fear. People who already own pit bull-type dogs would be able to keep them if they abide by safety regulations and have liability insurance. Acquiring new pit bulls should be stopped, and the adoption of safer breeds should be encouraged instead.

    Currently shelters are overflowing with pit bull-type dogs and a million of them are euthanized every year. We can end this annual mass killing with mandatory spay and neutering. This humane solution has been recommended by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for years.

    A national BSL would improve our future tremendously. Without it, things will get worse. In just the last decade, over 3000 people were attacked by pit bull-type dogs; over 2000 were disfigured, disabled or severely injured; and 247 were killed. The serious and fatal attacks from all other breeds combined did not come close to the horrors inflicted by the pit bull-type dogs.

    Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama should honour these victims and the thousands before them, as they help to prevent victims in the future. This is easily accomplished with an endorsement for BSL to protect their citizens. Pit bull owners only make up one per cent of the population, so support from their electorate would not diminish in the least.

    As Mayor Melfi asked, who would want their kids playing outside if a pit bull was living next door? Surely Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama wouldn’t want to endanger their beloved children, and neither would the vast majority of us.

    To help with Talan West’s burial and his family’s legal fees, here is his GoFundMe account.

  • Lisa Padgett

    They need to put that dog down! And the owner is trash along with her cousin blaming the victim insisting what a great dog it is. Insisting the victim hurt the LOOSE dog that charged right into the bicycle to knock him off to maul him. Typical.

  • sandra722

    And so the victim blaming begins.I too bicycle where i live it is my main means and I carry a can of UDAP bear spray in a water bottle holder on the bicycle frame.I uncapp it every time I head out.Easily reach down grab it and spray and continue riding away,but the key thing with bear spray is you have to spray prior to the dog getting a hold of you!Not after because the spray could come back on you and incapacitate you.I also carry a 8 inch sheathed bait knife on my crossbody shoulder bag.If it had of been me that dog would have had some holes put in it and they been putting it in a bag.Just today I was riding and came across a loose pit bull,didn’t bother me,but I was ready if pibbles had.Don’t want to hurt a dog.I love dogs,but I’ll be damned if I am going to not defend myself or my own

  • Danny Bailey

    A place was made for bike riders on both sides of west Wedington dr. yet they ride on the street. There could have been a turning lane, but noooooooooooo, those riders need a place to ride safely…..HAHAHAAHA

  • keepitreal87

    Wouldn’t of happen if you were in a honda,What kind of grown man rides a bicycle for enjoyment?Something about sitting my ass against something hard doesn’t interest me.Suck it up and go on. Be more alert,Or maybe it was a shit eating dog,lol

  • Mike Haring

    Riding a bike down a narrow highway with 5000-50,000 pound hunks of metal flying inches away at a mile a minute in a rural area where pit bulls are allowed to run free is your right.

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