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The return of seasonal activities increases human/dog interaction. Recent news reports are a reminder to keep your guard up.

Boy attacked by pit bulls “suffered massive injuries”

By Julian Grace, May 8, 2019

KENLY, N.C. — Four pit bulls have been returned to their owners, pending a decision by the Johnston County Animal Care and Control office, which is weighing what should happen next to the family’s pets.

In early April, Jimmy Millard’s grandson, Daniel, went next door to watch television at the neighbors’ home.

Millard says someone suddenly opened the door, and the neighbors’ four pit bulls came rushing in and attacked the boy.

The youngster suffered massive injuries to his face and arms and was transported to three different hospitals, his relatives said.

He will have to undergo at least four surgeries to repair the damage he suffered.

“Something must happen to these dogs where they can never, ever harm another person,” Millard said Wednesday. “These dogs were unprovoked.” Read more. 

Woman severely injured in Brown County dog attack

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – Police say a woman suffered severe injuries when she was attacked by two dogs at a home in Mt. Orab Tuesday night.

Renee Bates, director of the Brown County Animal Shelter, said a deputy indicated a woman was attacked by the dogs around 8 p.m. in the 2300 block of Bardwell.

The victim suffered severe injuries from a hound mix and pitbull and was flown to UC Medical Center.

Bates said the dogs knew woman, but it’s unclear why they attacked. Read more.

6 Pit Bulls Attack Massachusetts Woman, Kill Puppy

April 26, 2019

TAUNTON (CBS) – A Taunton woman is recovering at Rhode Island Hospital after being attacked by six pit bulls. Taunton Police say the woman was walking her dog on Broadway Wednesday night when the dogs came after her.

The victim, Rochelle Silva, says she ran across the street and laid next to a fence to shield herself from the dogs.

Ace is her daughter’s eight-month-old puppy and was killed in the attack.

Taunton Police say one of their officers saw the dogs running after Silva and used his siren and horn to distract the dogs.

Silva says the dogs eventually got them away from her, but the damage was already done. She has injuries to her face, arms and legs. Read more. 

Pit Bull Owner Charged After Dog Attacks 5-Year-Old

April 11, 2019

HAMILTON, Ohio—The owner of a pit bull is facing charges after the dog attacked a 5-year-old girl, fracturing her jaw and opening several wounds on her face.

The pit bull was previously labeled as a dangerous dog by Butler County’s dog wardens following a separate attack on a child in September 2018.

Its owner, 37-year-old Justin Iceman, was charged with failing to confine a dangerous dog and failure to notify the dog warden of the attack—two misdemeanor offenses. The dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Jones said, because it was upgraded from a dangerous dog to a vicious dog.

“This little girl was minding her own business when this dog broke the leash and attacked her,” Jones said in a written statement. Read more. 

Texas Woman Mauled to Death by Pet Pit Bulls

April 11, 2019

A Texas woman has died after being mauled by her two pet pit bulls at an Irving veterinary facility, according to police.

Johana Villafane, 33, was attacked while attending to her two dogs in an outside exercise area at the O’Connor Animal Hospital in Irving on the morning of Saturday, March 23, police told WFAA.

“The dogs were involved in an incident earlier in the month in which they bit someone,” said Irving PD Officer David Dickinson, as reported by Fox4. “They were here at the animal hospital being quarantined per regulations.”

Deputies were called to the veterinary facility to assist paramedics responding to “reports of a woman in need of medical attention,” Irving Police said in a news release on Facebook.

O’Connor staff had called 911 saying a dog owner had been mauled and appeared to be seriously injured. Both paramedics and staff tried to rescue the woman but were prevented from reaching the victim because of the aggressive behavior of the pit bull terriers. Read more. 

Police: Chihuahua dies after alleged pit bull attack in Manassas Park

By Tisha Lewis, Apr 11 2019

MANASSAS PARK, Va. (FOX 5 DC) – A chihuahua is dead after it was attacked by pit bulls in Manassas Park, according to police.

On Wednesday at around 11 a.m., officers were called to the 8200 block of White Pine Drive after getting reports of an animal attack.

When they arrived at the scene, police say they met with a man who said he had heard dogs barking from behind his home. Read more. 

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