3/2/13 latest piticide 7 yr old boy
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#2 Mar 4, 2013
OUR BEST FRIENDS
Homeless vet reunites with traveling buddy
A wandering veteran who lost his dog while living out of his camper in Utah has been reunited with him, thanks to a chance encounter, a blog entry, and a woman who had a feeling someone was missing the dog her father brought home.
Rusty Reed woke up on a summer morning earlier this year and tied his dog, Timber, to a 50-foot leash so he could get a little more sleep. When he awoke, Timber was gone, having pulled free of his collar.
Reed searched for three days, until, with wildfires approaching, he was forced to leave the area. He went back to Arizona, grieved, felt guilty and gave up on hopes for finding his dog. Two weeks later, he threw away Timbers toys and dog food.
But the story told, quite beautifully, in yesterdays Arizona Republic, in an article by Scott Craven has a happy ending.
Heres the beginning: Reed came into possession of Timber three years ago. He was visiting Washington and ran into a friend who owed him money. The friend asked if hed rather have cash or a dog.
The dog, Reed recalls having said.A dog lasts longer than money.
Calling Flagstaff, Arizona, home in the summer, and wintering in Lake Havasu City, Reed would walk Timber every day either on a six-foot leash, which Reed called the walkin leash, or a 50 foot leash, which he called the explorin leash.
And when Reed hit the road in his camouflage-painted 1975 pick-up truck, which it sounds like he did often, Timber would come along.
Earlier this year, while camping, Reed met a woman named Sue Rogers, who was living the gypsy lifestyle as well in a camper with her two dogs, and blogging about her adventures at rvsueandcrew.com .
Four months after she posted about meeting him, Rogers heard from Reed again, who called to tell her about losing Timber.
Rusty starts a tale I immediately sense is not going to have a happy ending, she wrote on her blog after the talk.
Shortly after midnight on Aug. 26, Rogers posted a piece about Timber going missing, which led to numerous comments, and a few of her readers turning detective in hopes of helping locate the homeless veterans dog.
One of those posted a notice that, according to Fidofinder.com , a shepherd mix had been found July 10 near Loa, Utah. The listing included no photos, but Rogers contacted the poster and forwarded photos of Timber to her.
When Daisy Pettem, of Boulder, Colo., looked at the photos, she tried the name on the dog her family was calling Willy.
His ears went up.
Her father had found the dog as he camped outside Loa in early July and, unable to locate an owner, brought him home.
Pettem said that, given how sociable the dog was, she knew he belonged to someone, and that someone was likely missing him. It was she who posted the found dog notice on Fidofinder.com .
Pettem communicated with Rogers, and then Reed, who, when he called her, asked her to put the phone to the dogs ear.
To to Timber, how are you boy? Daddys Number One Timber, Reed said. Timber barked.
After some repairs to his pick-up, Reed headed to Longmont, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He heard Timber barking when he stopped his truck.
Timber jumped out of an RV and dragged the holder of his leash over to Reed.
Daddys here, boy, daddys back, Reed said.
#4 Mar 4, 2013
this is a very sad happening. No parent should ever lose a child, and this is horrific. My sympathy and prayers are with them. However, this event does not speak for all pitbulls, and those of us owned by well adjusted, well supervised dogs know this.
#12 Mar 4, 2013
AND PUBLIC OUTRAGE GROWS
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: March 3 - Stronger dog ordinance needed
Published: Sunday, March 03, 2013
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I have been a citizen of Waterford Township for almost 50 years. For 23 of these years, since 1990, we have had an ordinance banning pit bulls. In 1986, we had an incident involving two pit bulls that terrorized our neighborhood. This not only involved biting but also a fatality. Since this "ban has been in effect, to my knowledge, the residents have not had a fatal dog attack in Waterford.
Our concern is not the breeds that bit the most, but the breed that has the most fatal bites. The Centers for Disease Control lists pit bull types as the No. 1 breed in these attacks. I keep hearing about "dangerous dogs" and guess what breed is at the top of these lists?
Yes, its the pit bull.
You are morally and legally responsible for anything your dog does. But I don't think it is right to be called a "racist" or that I "discriminate" against a breed of dog. When you assign more rights to a dog than to the residents of your city or township and when their safety is not the No. 1 priority, then who is responsible?
DNA testing works. If you have a pit bull in Waterford, you are breaking the law. A woman in Waterford had her dog turned in because it looked like a pit bull. The law says no pit bulls and if I had a dog that looked enough like a pit bull, I would make sure that I had the dog tested and had papers to prove that it was not a pit bull.
The DNA test was used, and it cost her $170 to prove her dog was not a pit bull. She was overjoyed and elated that her dog was not a pit bull.
Outside groups have an agenda all over the United States to overthrow breed-specific legislation. Their agendas and tactics are the same as the Oakland Dog Ownership Group and Specialist (ODOGS), and the ODOGS Revision Plan to me is nothing more than a slap on the hand. Dangerous or vicious dogs shouldn't be in our communities either.
If our animal ordinance is not clear on this subject to outside groups, then I think we should work with our board to find ways to ensure this section be added to our ordinance. This way we have our pit bull terrier ban and at the same time in the same ordinance, we will have a section devoted to making the owners of all dogs responsible as they should be for bringing any dog into our township that can be deemed dangerous or vicious.
#14 Mar 4, 2013
Mayor Menino is trying to at least partially reverse the statewide ban on breed-specific regulations that was snuck into a larger bill and passed unanimously by the legislature (all of whose members seem to have been sound asleep while voting, as usual).
All of you should be working intensively with Menino for a full reversal of this ill-advised measure, which ties your hands when it comes to dealing with an escalating public health emergency.
This is an issue that desperately needs a public airing. You should be organizing public hearings to discuss the escalating danger and measures for dealing with pit bulls.
An absolutely indispensable measure short of a total ban would be that all pit bulls in Ipswich should be muzzled in public at all times. Moreover, an alarming number of serious and fatal pit bull attacks throughout the nation and the Commonwealth have been committed by dogs that were securely penned. Needless to say, without strict enforcement and stiff penalties, none of these measures will prevent the inevitable serious pit bull attack in Ipswich. A $25 fine is simply a joke: violators should lose the right to own a dangerous dog -- permanently.
Another indispensable measure short of a total ban is a breeding ban for Ipswich, along with the requirement that all males be neutered, and a ban on bringing new pit bulls into the town.
The dog population in Massachusetts and in Ipswich is exploding, and if you do not take adequate and timely measures, you will someday be in the awkward position of explaining to the public why you failed to act before a serious or fatal attack occurred in your town.
Ever since the pit bull breeds made the transition from inner city to suburb, the number of attacks has escalated steadily. While other dangerous breeds are responsible for serious attacks as well, and must be regulated, pit bulls are responsible for more serious and fatal attacks than all other breeds combined.
If you find yourself saying:Gee, I didn't know that my local, friendly pit bull lobbyists had me convinced pits were among the safest breeds, all I can say is: you need to get up to speed on the facts -- and FAST.
After every serious attack, we learn that the owners are shocked, shocked, shocked! That such a sweet, affectionate, child-friendly family pet could have attacked a child with such ferocity. After all, it passed the ATTS test with flying colors!!
That is the point: these incredibly powerful animals are dangerous by design, are built to kill, to attack without warning, to lock their jaws onto the victim, to tear and rip flesh away, to hold on until death. They are TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE, and the biggest LIE of all is that only maltreated pits are a problem.
Something every public servant in the US should have known 25 years ago.
Your collective negligence on this issue is particularly egregious because we have 2 prominent pit bull breeders/lobbyists/propagandis ts in town. At a single site (or 2 combined sites next door to one another), we have potentially dozens of pit bulls right across from the Foote Brothers Canoe rentals, where families come to paddle on the Ipswich River.
#15 Mar 4, 2013
How many patrons are aware of the fact that if a gate, or pen, or lock fails to hold, a dozen pit bulls could be racing across the street toward them, all at the same time?
That pit bulls are different from other breeds, and represent an extraordinary public danger should simply be a truism.
And it is in many European and other countries, for example in Germany, where I live for part of the year, where the Supreme Court has long-since affirmed the medical reality of the extraordinary danger of pit bulls, decided to maintain a national import ban, and to allow the individual German states to impose breed bans and other measures as they see fit.
In German law, the most dangerous breeds are: pitbull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, bull terrier.
Also strictly regulated depending upon the individual federal state are the following breeds: alano, American bulldog, bullmastiff, cane corso, dogo Argentino, dogue de Bordeaux, fila Brasiliero, mastiff, mastin Espanol, mastino Napoletano, pitbull bandog, perro de presa Canario, perro de presa, Tosa Inu.
Most of the above breeds, of course, are closely related to the four main pit bull breeds.
The Staffordshire terrier -- the one being bred at Ipswichs pit bull factories -- has been deemed an especially dangerous dog in all but one German Federal State (and the exception, Thuringia, is reconsidering after a particularly grisly attack).
In Germany, a small number of horrific pit bull attacks led to resolute, rational, medically sound nationwide action -- 15 years ago!
In the US, an extraordinarily large number of horrific pit bull attacks have led to evasion of responsibility, buck-passing, wishy-washiness -- a legislature that not only fails to take responsibility for regulating Frankendogs, but actually forbids individual communities, from doing so. Duvall Patrick, members of the legislature, is this some kind of sick joke?
The most basic and well-documented facts about the special danger represented by pit bull breeds are still being drowned out by a fog of lies disseminated by the pit bull lobby. Ipswich has an animal control officer who has been brainwashed by the lobby. Mr. Antczak, please deprogram yourself and learn the facts.
And that is because you -- all of you -- have failed to do your jobs as public servants.
Pit owners tend to avoid financial and other responsibility for attacks, to blame victims, go to incredible lengths to resist having vicious animals euthanized, reject unwelcome facts, no matter how well-established, and occupy an echo chamber where the same half-dozen talking points are repeated ad infinitum.
Why do these charming people have such an undue influence on the animal control community?
Your job, Mr. Anctzak, is to INTERRUPT this dangerous cycle of delusion, not REINFORCE it -- or be sucked into their black hole of self-perpetuating lies.
Mr. Antczak, to have any credibility, you must demonstrate to the people of Ipswich that you understand the basics -- the physical and behavioral differences that make pit bulls especially dangerous, the medical facts about the severity of pit bull attacks.
You must stand up to the pit bull breeding lobby and fight for our safety, and the safety of this towns children.
Despite being only 3% of the dog population, pit bulls are responsible for more than 50% of fatal dog attacks United States -- and a corresponding number of severe injuries.
#16 Mar 4, 2013
It is a scandal that public officials give credence to a totally fraudulent and corrupted ATTS system that allows pit breeders and owners to give their own dogs high rankings. Pit bulls kill more than all other breeds combined, but rank highest on the ATTS test: food for thought!!
When officials allow pit bull breeders to evaluate pit bulls for safety, the inmates are running the asylum.
I would be more than willing to meet with any of you in order to go over the basics about pit bulls, about their undisputed and well-documented physical and behavioral characteristics, and about the undisputed and well-documented severity of pit bull attacks.
I would also be willing to put together an information packet for you.
And to try to set up meetings with medical personnel who could perhaps dispel the magical thrall of all of the obscene garbage about therapy dogs,nanny dogs,family dogs that seems to have hypnotized and mesmerized too many public officials -- who seem to believe that the only known cure for nursing home residents suffering from the blues is to have their faces licked by Staffordshire Terriers.
Start paying attention to what the doctors who must treat these horrific wounds have long been saying:
ANDREW FENTON, M.D
As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed. Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined.
In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed.
DR. CHRISTOPHER DEMAS
Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I've encountered. Their bites are devastating - close to what a wildcat or shark would do.
DR. PATRICK BYRNE (specializes in facial reconstructive surgery at John's Hopkins Hospital)
I can't think of a single injury of this nature that was incurred by any other species [breed] other than a pit bull or a Rottweiler--one hundred percent of the cases I've seen in six years on the faculty here at Johns Hopkins .They're similar actually to motor vehicle accidents, except the bony trauma isn't as bad, but the soft tissue injury is usually worse."
Or from this from a distinguished Australian veterinarian and animal welfare advocate:
DR HUGH WIRTH (RSPCA Victoria president)
The RSPCA has renewed calls for a ban on American pit bulls after a man was attacked and his pet dog killed yesterday. RSPCA Victoria president Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone. "They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances,'' Dr Wirth said.
#17 Mar 4, 2013
"The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition.
"They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace."
Is this news to you?? Then you have been living in the fairytale universe concoted by the pit bull lobby. Welcome back to reality!!
During your next conversation with a pit bull fanatic, confront them with the data from this devastating new study by a large team of clinicians in Texas.
Remember: PUBLIC SAFETY FIRST. The insane demands of the pit bull lobby: DEAD LAST.
To the members of the medical community who are reading this letter: your immediate and ORGANIZED action is required.
To the members of the educational community who are reading this letter: your immediate and ORGANIZED action is required.
To the members of the legal community who are reading this letter: your immediate and ORGANIZED action is required.
To the members of the law-enforcement community who are reading this letter: your immediate and ORGANIZED action is required.
The national response to 9/11 was to prevent another attack.
The national response to the national health emergency caused by pit bulls is to encourage further attacks.
Ipswich is famous for many things -- its piping plovers, bald eagles, its magnificent shoreline and marshes, its clam chowder, its antique homes.
Is there some compelling reason why you want your town to be notorious as a place where pits roam around terrorizing people? As a pit bull factory?
Please start doing your jobs. Otherwise you may find yourself explaining your collective failure to grieving parents.
I look toward to hearing from each of you.
Ian Pepper, PhD
#18 Mar 4, 2013
He likely never showed any aggression before because per pictures shown here it was a chained backyard dog and got little attention much less socialization.
#20 Mar 4, 2013
AND WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH A 7 YR OLD BOY BEING RIPPED TO SHREDS BY A CLOSED CASKET DOG - TRYING TO DISTRACT FROM THE DOCUMENTED VERIFIABLE TRUTH ABOUT FRANKENMAULERS AGAIN I SEE
#22 Mar 4, 2013
as long as frankenmaulers savagely maul and kill and pitnutters outright lie all the time i will be here you have never caught me outright lying about pits like i have you many many times - you even outright lie about whether or not you own a pit - hypocritical idiot
#23 Mar 4, 2013
that's exactly why you won't talk about pits in your posts because you - KNOW - i will catch you lying some more
#27 Mar 5, 2013
Here's something to investigate. How come we are on post 26 when it should be 22. OCD you little rascal, is someone proof reading your outright lies and getting them deleted?
#28 Mar 5, 2013
i can tell you what the combined IQ of "all of you" pitnutters is and it's less than all the piticides last year - afraid to discuss the topic of the thread or pits in general because you KNOW i will catch you outright lying some more aren't you - COWARD - you have never proved me to be outright lying about pits that is why you NEVER document that wild unsubstantiated claim with proof like i did about you outright lying about whether or not you own a pit i put all the documentation right in your face
#29 Mar 5, 2013
hey coward how about you talk about the topic at hand or pits in general - you can't because you can only post outright lies and then get busted for it repeatedly - stay on topic or you're only proving me right even more - idiot
#30 Mar 5, 2013
THIS IS EXACTLY HOW YOU ARE GOING TO FEEL BAN COCONUTS WHEN YOUR PETEY KARMA COMES KNOCKING
Tom Loewy: Family recalls joy Ryan brought them
Ryan Maxwell, 7, of Galesburg died Saturday afternoon from injuries received in a dog attack. Family members on Monday recalled a boy who loved baseball and football and was learning to play piano.
By TOM LOEWY
Posted Mar 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
Ryan Maxwell went roller skating for the first time Friday night.
The 7-year-old jumped at the chance when his mothers fiance called earlier in the day and asked if Ryan wanted to go to Skate Palace, then spend the night with friends who live on Whiting Avenue.
Ryan Maxwells first time roller skating was his last.
The boy was attacked by a dog Saturday while playing in the backyard of the 675 Whiting Ave. residence where he spent the previous night. When officers arrived at scene they found the dog still clutching Ryan. After the dog finally relinquished its hold on the boy, the pit bull turned on officers before being shot.
Ryan died at 1:41 p.m. Saturday from wounds he received in the attack.
His immediate family gathered Monday morning inside the home at 796 Peck St. Ryan shared with his mother and grandparents. The driveway was crowded with a number of cars. But there were no footprints in the fresh snow blown across the walk up to the front porch.
Sarah Mead, Ryans 27-year-old mother, sat in the living room with her parents, Tom and Tina Mead, and Ryans 21-year-old aunt, Kelly Mead. They remembered the boy they described as wonderful and outgoing.
Ryan loved playing baseball and football and was learning to play the piano. His favorite show was Finding Bigfoot and he loved to tell knock-knock jokes.
Sarah recalled the last moments she and her 1-year-old son spent with Ryan.
We were just having fun, goofing off, Sarah said.We played guns for a bit, then we were sitting in the clothes baskets with his baby brother.
Hed always liked to do that, since he was little. We were sitting in the clothes baskets and the call came, and I asked him if he wanted to go roller skating.
He got so excited. He was excited to go skating and excited to spend the night with some other kids.
Sarah sobbed softly.
I let him go, and then this happened, she said.
She said she had no idea the house where Ryan stayed was home to a dangerous dog.
Ryans aunt who loved to wrestle with the boy until both got in trouble found her own what-ifs in the wake of the Ryans death.
Ryan loved the outdoors. He loved to go camping and being outside. I live on a farm with my boyfriend and Ryan loved to go there and feed the bottle-calf, Kelly said.He just loved it. He asked me to go that day and I had school.
#31 Mar 5, 2013
MEDIA COVERAGE LIKE THIS SURE DOES GROW PUBLIC OUTRAGE
If I had just taken him with me ...
Kelly put a closed fist over her mouth and suppressed sobs.
Ryans grandparents said they built their lives around their oldest grandson.
He lived here with us. He was like our child, Tina said.He brought us so much joy.
Tom said he lost his best friend.
Ryan was learning the keyboard, and I was learning the bass. We always said we were going to have our band, he said.He was my buddy. I did everything with him.
I bought this camper and the whole idea was to take Ryan places so he could go camping. That show. That Bigfoot show. He always said he wanted to go find Bigfoot.
Tears filled the grandfathers eyes.
The last time I was with him, it must have been Thursday night and we went outside to look at all the crows in the trees, Tom said.And Ryan starts making his Bigfoot calls to scare off the crows.
Sarah said the reality of her sons death had not set in. Tom didnt think he would be able to handle the funeral. Kelly rose and left the room when the subject was raised.
I have to go to the funeral home at 1 p.m. today, Sarah said and started to cry.Not my baby. This isnt fair. This isnt right. Words cant describe how I feel right now. I have never felt this much pain in my life.
Tina tried to described the size of the empty space left by her grandsons death.
After the attack, we got there to Whiting Street, she said.And we were there at the hospital, when they couldnt revive Ryan, and Sarah had to give them permission to stop.
After that, Ryan was in a room and Sarah and I went in there to lie with him. To be with him. Half of his face was gone. And all of his throat. They had a wash cloth over half his face and his throat covered up. This thing did that to him. This thing just took our heart. It just took our soul.
Tom described Ryan as a glue that bound them all together.
He would wake up early in the morning before anyone else was awake, he said.And he would be noisy. Loud. He was never satisfied until we were all awake and up.
He loved when we were all together in the house. He just loved it when we were all together.
#32 Mar 5, 2013
THIS SURE IS GETTING A TON OF MEDIA COVERAGE- NOTHING BUT GOOD CAN HAPPEN FROM THAT MAYBE ANOTHER POOR CHILD'S LIFE WILL BE SAVED WHEN SOMEONE REALIZES FROM THIS THAT PITS HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING AROUND CHILDREN - NANNY DOG MY A##
7-year-old killed in Galesburg dog attack
Submitted by WQAD Web Staff
Monday, March 4th, 2013, 9:52am
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A seven-year-old boy died of injuries he suffered when a dog attacked him at a Galesburg, Illinois home.
Ryan Maxwell, of Galesburg, was playing in the back yard while visiting a home in the 600 block of Whiting Avenue when he was attacked by a dog at about 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Police said the dog was still biting the child when they arrived. Officers were able to get the dog off the child, and when the dog turned on police they shot and killed the animal.
Ryan was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.
Ryan was a second-grader at Nielson Elementary School. School officials arranged for grief counselors to be available there for students who need help coping with the loss.
His teacher, Travis Stecher described Ryan as a loving student with a happy-go-lucky spirit. He said Ryan had a lot of friends and that other students gravitated towards him.
Im glad that I got to have him this year and got to know him, Stecher says.I am a better teacher and person for being able to have spent the time with him.
The school is providing counselors for the students, staff and parents to help cope with the situation.
An autopsy for Ryan was scheduled for Monday, March 4.
A memorial fund was established at Ryan Maxwell Memorial Fund, in care of F&M Bank, 21 East Main Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401.
The visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th from 4-6pm at Hinchliff-Pearson & West in Galesburg.
#34 Mar 7, 2013
i WAS NEVER PROVEN A LIAR AND I WENT ON A SKI TRIP IF YOU MUST KNOW MY BUSINESS AND HERE IS THE LATEST PITICIDE OF A POOR BABY BY THE FAMILY NANNY DOG THAT'S 2 PITICIDES IN 4 DAYS SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 6 FATAL DOG ATTACKS AND PITS HAVE CAUSED ALL OF THEM THAT'S 100%- THE PROBLEM RESTS WITH THE BREED
Boy dies after pit bull attack
Updated: Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013, 6:07 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013, 3:57 PM CST
TOWN OF WALWORTH, Wis.(AP)- Authorities say a young boy has died after he was attacked by a couple of pit bulls in southeastern Wisconsin.
According to the Walworth County sheriff's office, the county coroner's office confirmed that the boy died of his injuries at a Milwaukee area hospital about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The sheriff's office got a 911 call from a 30-year-old woman Wednesday saying she and a 14-month-old boy were being attacked by pit bulls.
The caller said she and the boy were being attacked by two pit bulls she owns in the Town of Walworth. The animals were removed and euthanized.
The woman said both she and the boy suffered multiple injuries. The boy was flown to a Milwaukee area hospital with critical injuries. His name was not released.
An investigation continues.
#35 Mar 7, 2013
6 DEATHS in 57 DAYS BY DOG IN THE US - 2013 - A HUMAN KILLED BY A PIT BULL
EVERY 9.5 DAYS
JAN 8 - BETTY TODD - 65 - GREENWOOD COUNTY SC
11 - DAY INTERVAL
JAN 19 - CHRISTIAN GORMANOIUS - 4 - CONROE TX
20 - DAY INTERVAL
FEB 8 - ELSIE GRACE - 92 - HEMET CA
8 - DAY INTERVAL
FEB 16 - ISAIAH AGUILAR - 2 - SABINAL TX
14 - DAY INTERVAL
MAR 2 - RYAN MAXWELL - 7 - GALESBURG IL
4 - DAY INTERVAL
MAR 6 - 14-MO-OLD BABY BOY - WALWORTH WI
#37 Mar 7, 2013
SEATTLE Law enforcement agencies have paid nearly $1 million in damages from police dogs wrongly attacking people in the past five years.
In that time span, 17 people claimed they were wrongly attacked by police dogs in Western Washington, the Seattle Times reported Sunday. A newspaper analysis of more than 100 cities found that such incidents happen several times a year in the state.
In many cases, individual dogs are responsible for several attacks an issue that experts say is a warning that the animal and the handler might need additional training.
Of those 17 incidents, three dogs two from Pierce County and one from Seattle were responsible for nine of the incidents and more than two-thirds of the damages paid.
But even after multiple wrongful attacks, many K-9s remain on duty.
A Pierce County sheriffs dog, Cliff, has been named in three claims that have cost the county $247,000. That included a $230,000 settlement with Alda Zaldivar-Cira, 53, an Auburn landscaper who was attacked in August 2010 while he and his sons were attempting to help police capture a fleeing criminal.
Cliff also bit a 17-year-old Graham boy who was watching a police search from a friends driveway in 2008. According to court documents, deputies had to pry the dogs mouth off the boys leg with a flashlight. Pierce County paid him $17,000.
Cliff was named in a third claim after he bit a passenger in a car that police had been chasing in September 2008. In that same incident, another police dog named Vasko attacked Puyallup resident Mark Roberts, who had stepped outside his home after he heard helicopters scouring the area.
I caught something moving out of the corner of my eye, recalled Roberts, 58, of the split-second before he was flattened by Vasko.
The pain was something indescribable, Roberts added.
A federal judge dismissed the passengers civil rights claim, finding that the bite was the accidental effect of otherwise lawful government conduct.
Sgt. Jerry Bates, a spokesman for Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, said Cliff remains on the force.
Critics say the frequency and severity of wrongful attacks are tied to training.
Most dogs in the U.S. are trained to bite and hold, releasing their prey only on orders from their handlers. In Europe, dogs are trained to track prey, but rather than attack, they are taught to circle and bark at the target a technique known as find and bark or bark and contain. The dog bites only if the suspect attempts to flee or the dog or handler is attacked.
Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommend this type of training for U.S. police dogs. However, there is resistance to the find and bark method among many law enforcement agencies.
K-9s, like any other tool issued to and used by law enforcement in the application of any force carry an inherent risk, Bates said.The decision to utilize a K-9 team for a wanted-felon search is not made lightly.
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