My Service Dog, Jade

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pit Bulls Killing Guide and Service Dogs Continued



Posted: May 07, 2012 1:12 PM MSTUpdated: May 07, 2012 1:13 PM MST

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says it has closed its investigation into an incident that a blind man said caused his guide dog to die.
It happened March 19 when Bruce Cole was out walking with his guide dog, "Quincy."

According to Cole, three dogs attacked Quincy. 

"I could feel the dogs hitting her," he said. "Then they came up and slammed her [to the ground]."

Over the next couple of weeks, Cole said Quincy's health began deteriorating. She died on Friday.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office confirmed in an e-mail to FOX 13 News that they were conducting a vicious dog investigation. The e-mail said "there were no documented injuries to Quincy, which the vet confirmed" and that "she developed an internal infection from stress."
The sheriff's office said it cited the dogs' owners for letting them run loose and not having them properly licensed.
They said there were no other reports against the dogs, and with no other bites or complaints on file, they closed the investigation.
Cole said he has already started the process of getting a replacement for Quincy, but that it could take upwards of one year. 
    NOW  HERE'S THE REAL STORY

BRUCE COLE, A LEGALLY BLIND RESIDENT OF SARASOTA, WAS WALKING WITH HIS GUIDE DOG QUINCY ON MARCH 19, WHEN ACCORDING TO AN EYEWITNESS...........

                         2 PIT BULLS

BEGAN JUMPING ON QUINCY.  MR. COLE, HAVING WORKED WITH QUINCY FOR 7 YEARS WAS SENSITIVE TO HER MINUTEST MOVEMENTS THROUGH THE HARNESS THE DOG WORE AND KNEW THAT DOGS WERE HITTING AND PROBABLY BITING QUINCY.

BRUCE CALLED 911.  THE OWNER OF THE PIT BULLS CAME FROM HIS HOUSE AND HEARD BRUCE SAYING THAT HIS GUIDE DOG HAD BEEN ATTACKED  AND  HE CALLED HIM.....

                  "A (EXPLETIVE) LIAR"

WHICH CAN BE HEARD ON THE 911 TAPE.

TWO DEPUTIES FROM THE SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRIVED BUT QUICKLY TURNED THE MATTER OVER TO AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER.  THIS OFFICER COULD DETECT NO BITES ON QUINCY BUT FOUND DROOL ON HER SHOULDER AND NECK, A COMMON SIGN OF BITING AND CHEWING.  THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER ISSUED CITATIONS TO THE OWNER FOR NOT KEEPING HIS DOGS UNDER CONTROL AND NOT HAVING PROOF OF SHOTS FOR EITHER DOG.  THE OWNER SAID......

"I'M HAVING ISSUES WITH MY FRONT DOOR AND I NEED TO FIX IT."

QUINCY DID NOT EXHIBIT ANY SYMPTOMS FOR SEVERAL DAYS, BUT SEEMED TO BE SHAKEN.  MR COLE SPOKE WITH A VET BUT THEY AGREED HE SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR HER CONDITION.  THEN SHE BEGAN TO WOBBLE WHEN WALKING AND MR. COLE REALIZED QUINCY WAS LOSING THE USE OF HER HIND LEGS.  HE TOOK HER TO BENEVA ANIMAL HOSPITAL ON APRIL 9.

TESTS REVEALED THAT QUINCY HAD 2 FRACTURED VERTEBRAE AND A BACTERIAL INFECTION, THE CAUSE OF WHICH, GIVEN THE ABSENCE OF ANY OTHER TRAUMA, WAS LIKELY A PUNCTURE WOUND SUFFERED DURING  THE PIT BULL ATTACK.


          QUINCY DIED ON MAY 4




"IT IS A CRIME IN FLORIDA FOR ANYONE TO "PERMIT A DOG THAT HE OR SHE OWNS TO INTERFERE WITH THE USE OF A SERVICE ANIMAL BY OBSTRUCTING, INTIMIDATING OR OTHERWISE JEOPARDIZING THE SAFETY OF THE SERVICE ANIMAL OR ITS USER......" THIS IS A SECOND-DEGREE MISDEMEANOR FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE.  MORE SERIOUS CHARGES CAN BE FILED IF THE CONDITIONS OF THE INTERFERENCE INVOLVES INTENT .........

*************OR THE SERVICE ANIMAL IS KILLED ****************

IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED FILING SUCH A CHARGE, WHICH WOULD HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.

CIVIL LIABILITY IS ALSO POSSIBLE.  SOME STATES NOW APPLY STRICT LIABILITY TO ATTACKS BY PIT BULLS.  WHEN STRICT LIABILITY IS APPLIED, AS IN A CASE DECIDED BY MARYLAND'S HIGHEST COURT IN APRIL (TRACEY V. SOLESKY), "IT IS NO DEFENCE THAT A KEEPER EMPLOYED REASONABLE CARE, OR EVEN A HIGH DEGREE OF DILIGENCE TO PREVENT THEIR ESCAPE.  LIABILITY IS INDEPENDENT OF ANY FAULT ON THE PART OF THE OWNER."  STRICT LIABILITY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO LANDLORDS OF TENANTS WITH PIT BULLS.

MANY STATES INCLUDING FLORIDA, HAVE PASSED LAWS IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE SUCH INCIDENTS AND THE RESULTANT COST TO GUIDE DOG USERS, WHO MOST OFTEN WAIT UP TO A YEAR TO GET ANOTHER DOG, AS IS LIKELY TO BE TRUE FOR MR. COLE.

HAVING LAWS ON THE STATUTE BOOKS CANNOT HELP IF AUTHORITIES REMAIN UNAWARE OF THEM OR REGARD THEM AS UNENFORCEABLE.  IT IS HOPED THAT SERVICE ANIMAL INTERFERENCE LAWS, AND INCIDENTS THAT SHOULD BE PROSECUTED UNDER THEM, WILL RECEIVE GREATER ATTENTION FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE PUBLIC, AND THE MEDIA, IN THE FUTURE.







SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012


ROYAL OAK MI - PIT BULL BREAKS FREE FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD AND ATTACKED A DOG BEING TRAINED BY LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND


Sunday - June 3, 2012 - A   PIT BULL  broke loose from a 10-year-old girl Sunday afternoon and attacked a dog that was being trained by Leader dogs for the Blind. The  Golden Retriever that was attacked was training in the city's downtown with an instructor and a blind client.

The 10-year-old girl's mother left her with the Pit bull on the sidewalk cafe of Burgrz Restaurant on South Main.  Lana Louys of Wyandotte, who was dining at the restaurant's outdoor area said she heard the girl screeam and looked up to see th Pit Bull scrambling after a seeing-eye dog and a blind man who were passing by....


THE PIT BULL PINNED THE SEEING-EYE DOG TO THE GROUND AND HAD IT BY THE THROAT. ABOUT 10 MEN GOT INVOLVED AND SOMEHOW 'PRIED THE PIT BULL OFF" THE 18-MONTH-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER.



One of the men held the dog on his leash while others finally found the girl's mother about five minutes later.  Police said that neither of the dogs needed medical treatment, though there was a small spot of blood on the golden retriever's neck.  Animal Control is investigating.

A spokeswoman at Leader dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills said it will take another week or two before they are able to determine if the incident will have any lastsing effect on the Golden Retriever and possible end its eligibility as a leader dog.  It had completed 4 months of training and was in its final month, when leader dogs typically work with deaf or blind clients.



Make NO MISTAKE-PIT BULLS ARE KILLERS!!!!!!!
Pit Bull owners are the lowest of the low, most vile, disgusting people I've ever had the displeasure of interacting with!

18 comments:

  1. Heart breaking, that GSD was absolute beauty. Her owner must have felt absolute terror. This issue is enough...we must rush to pass laws to protect our more fragile citizens.

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    1. I can't imagine what it must be like to be blind and to feel and hear your guide dog being attacked by pit bulls. So horrific! So powerless to do anything about it. People that own pit bulls care nothing of the rest of society, of victims, children and all of those animals killed by their mutants every week. Disgusting. These vicious dogs MUST be banned, and I won't stop fighting until it's done!

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    2. I'm thinking so much of the owner. I wish I could post in Braille for them.

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    3. Dava, we are also thinking of the handlers when these horrific attacks occur and that's why I do this blog. I think it's important that people are aware of what's happening out there to guide/service dogs. People have the RIGHT to feel and be safe in their homes, their neighborhoods, and when they're out walking. If there is something that is jeapordizing people's safety in their homes and neighborhoods, that thing needs to be removed! and that thing is pit bulls. Pit bull owners often say that "if (we) want to be safe, then we should just stay in our houses," which is completely selfish and unreasonable. I will do everything I can to remove what is jeopardizing people's safety!

      May I ask, Dava, if you could post in Braille for this handler/owner, what would you tell them?

      Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment.

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    4. I agree with you completely but am a fully able-bodied person and have not been able to walk safely in my own neighborhoods in Southern California since the late 1980s when loose pit bulls became the scourge of all but the wealthiest areas of the various cities. I have moved three times and the problem is the same everywhere.

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    5. Anonymous, thank you for reading and taking time to comment. We are all having the same problem and this is why we are fighting for regulations on these pit bull type dogs. We won't stop until pit bull are regulated and/or banned nationwide! If you'd like to join our group, please come check us out on Facebook... our group is called the Pit Bull Regulation Project Group. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.

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  2. Jade, you're not the only one. Believe me, you're not.

    Your dog is not a toy or something to be left out in the yard to annoy the neighbors with incessant barking. You've worked very hard to train Jade, and both of you deserve peace and safety when you're out in public.

    Thanks for all that you do. Here's another Tucsonan who stands with you.

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    1. Thank you, neighbor! I do know that I'm not alone, and we must work together to get these vicious dogs off of our streets and out of homes. These pit bulls DO NOT belong in people's homes as pets; or left in back yards to be used as lawn ornaments. I can't stand when people get a dog, any dog, and leave it outside to live its entire life in the backyard. I watched my neighbor do the same thing with his pit bull. Disgusting. That poor dog sat in the back yard and barked for most of its sorry life....it finally expired, but was NEVER walked, and never saw a day out of that yard. Saddest thing ever! Now the same neighbor has a new pit bull that does the exact same thing friggin thing, except for when it bolts out the front door in attempt to see something other than this dumb owner's back yard. Why bother? I mean why bother getting a dog? Do they say, "hey, let's a get a dog so we can toss it out in the back yard to live its life and raise itself?" WTF?! What the hell is wrong with these people? If you ask me, that poor thing is better off getting quietly put down at the humane society. Anyway...thanks so much for the support...hope you come join us at the Walk For Victims.

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    2. Thank you for your support, Jewel Jade. It means quite a bit more to me, as I just missed being attacked by a pit bull yesterday evening. (Just blogged about it.)

      If nothing else, I'm even more motivated to join the Walk for Victims. And I've shared the walk's website URL with the president of my neighborhood association. She's just as fed up with the pit bull situation in this area as I am.

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    3. Hi Neighbor, I read about your close call. How horrifying! I hope you are always armed when you are out walking or riding bikes. I never take my dog out anywhere without having some weapon with me. It's definitely called for! I usually carry 3 weapons...a knife, a stun gun, and muzzle spray/mace. No pit bull is ever gonna get to my dog again! EVER! I'll take the mauling before she does. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. No one should ever have to. So glad you're safe. Get armed, if you're not already.

      Thank you so much for sharing the info about the upcoming Walk For Victims. There will be a press release next week. I'm about finished with getting that together, and watch for the press release probably the middle or end of next week. Thanks again! STAY SAFE out there!

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  3. What BS. It seems that city officials are always dodging their responsibility to ensure public safety. Quincy died because of stress? Yeah, probably because of the attack. If one of the city officials were to be attacked by dogs, I'd bet that they'd also have stress. When will the world learn?

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    1. Poor Quincy....afterwards, tests revealed that the poor thing died of two broken vertebrae and a massive internal infection. What the hell was wrong with that Vet???!!!! My Vet would NEVER allow this kind of thing to go undetected! A service dog or guide needs extra care to ensure that the handler's life is also not cut short. When a handler loses his/her service/guide dog, believe me, their life is not what it was. These dogs provide a service that offers these handlers a freedom and independence that they would NOT have otherwise known. These stories make me SICK!!! It's bad enough that pit bulls continue to maul, maim and kill peoples' pets!

      It's true that the injuring or killing of a guide or service dog is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE in many states!! This case should NEVER had been turned over to ANimal Control!! This handler should sue the Sherrif's dept and his sorry ass Vet! Enough of my rant. RIP Quincy <3!

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  4. Our local rescue, er, adoption pushers are at it again.

    No mention of any screening of unfit owners. Uh-uh. That would interfere with getting 'em out the door, wouldn't it?

    Check out the poster. Dog on the far right looks like a pit mix to me:

    http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2012/06/08/you-should-adopt-a-pet-this-weekend

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    1. You got it, neighbor! Keep on pushing them out the door, and into people's homes and neighborhoods, making neighborhoods more and more unsafe for people/children, and other pets! Sick!

      There are more guide and service dogs going down by pit bull than ever before as well. Really sad.

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  5. The battle to contain pit bulls is being fought in Maryland right now and what happens there will set the trends for the future. If you care about this, you should get involved.
    See http://www.dogsbite.org/maryland/

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    1. Thank you Doggylama, I am definitely involved in this, and having communications with the Maryland task force as I type. If you look further down on my blog, you'll see there was a blog post about this very topic some time ago. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read and comment.

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  6. "ABOUT 10 MEN GOT INVOLVED AND SOMEHOW 'PRIED THE PIT BULL OFF" THE 18-MONTH-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER."

    It's heartening here so many people helped this innocent dog. It seems that the worst places to be attacked are out in the middle of nowhere (for obvious reasons) or in the middle of a large city (noises are drowned out, less of a sense of community, crowd effect occurs, and people are all afraid of each other). In solid areas of medium population density it seems that people help each other and animals more. I've experienced a few sides of that coin.

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    1. Good point DubV! I wonder about people's sense of community anymore, with all these pit bulls in people's homes and yards, and pit owners telling us that if we don't want to be mauled "we should just stay in our homes." I know there are still some good people left out there, and I'd like to think that there would be someone to help if that happened to me....but...sometimes, I have my doubts. When I see the things these pit defenders say, I wonder what this world is coming to. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.

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