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Toddler bitten by dog in Cokeburg

Posted: Friday, July 8, 2011 2:00 am

By Josh Krysak


Herald-Standard | 5 comments

A 2-year-old California child suffered injuries when a rottweiler bite the toddler following a fireworks display in Cokeburg, Washington County, Saturday.

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  • just me posted at 9:11 am on Sat, Jul 9, 2011.

    just me Posts: 6

    i agree with overtaxed it is the owners fault its always the owners fault when it comes to a dog bitten someone its all on how you raise dogs how they are going to behave pittbuls can be sweet lovable just like any other dog same with rotts its all on how they are raised and i still say this after i got bit by a pitt and i don't blame the dog pitts can be very good dogs and yea the fireworks prob scared the dog and it was stupid to take a dog to that it is the owners fault

  • Overtaxed Citizen posted at 6:16 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    Overtaxed Citizen Posts: 185

    First of all, it's the owner's fault for having the dog at a fireworks show, so maybe that moron should be euthanized.

    I would never take my doberman or lab to a fireworks show, because of the loud noises and too many people.

    Second, it's not just dobermans, pitbulls, or rotweillers that are attacking people and other animals.

    All dogs attack, so while you are at google, just do a "dog attacks" search and see all the different kinds of dogs that attack people.

    In Canine homicides and the dog bite epidemic: do not confuse them, it has been pointed out that the dog bite epidemic as a whole involves all dogs and all dog owners, not just the breeds most likely to kill.

    In all fairness, therefore, it must be noted that:

    ■Any dog, treated harshly or trained to attack, may bite a person. Any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog. The owner or handler most often is responsible for making a dog into something dangerous.
    ■An irresponsible owner or dog handler might create a situation that places another person in danger by a dog, without the dog itself being dangerous, as in the case of the Pomeranian that killed the infant (see above).
    ■Any individual dog may be a good, loving pet, even though its breed is considered to be potentially dangerous. A responsible owner can win the love and respect of a dog, no matter its breed. One cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to attack.

  • ronaldenos posted at 9:10 am on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

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    Maryland Pit Bull Euthanized After Attack On Girl
    July 6, 2011 11:30 AM
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    Attack, Cumberland, Euthanized, Girl, Pit Bull CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Police in Cumberland say a pit bull has been euthanized after biting a 6-year-old neighbor girl in the face.

    The Cumberland Times-News reports that the child suffered severe facial trauma in the incident Monday morning.

    Police say she walked onto a neighbor’s porch and was attacked by the unattended dog.

    Police ticketed the dog’s 34-year-old owner, Victor Safchuck, for leaving his pet unconfined and unrestrained.

    Safchuck also was cited for failing to post warnings about a vicious dog.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • ronaldenos posted at 9:09 am on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    ronaldenos Posts: 8

    In light of recent pit bull attacks, Pottsville considers dog law changes
    BY STEPHEN J. PYTAK (STAFF WRITER spytak@republicanherald.com)Published: July 6, 2011

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    The recent rash of pit bull attacks - there have been three in Pottsville in the past two weeks - has encouraged city officials to improve its dog laws, City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said Tuesday.

    While city code addresses issues including "animal bites" and "vicious and destructive animals," Palamar said the city is looking into the possibility of developing a special section related to certain breeds.

    "We're going to look at what we have in place and see how we're responding to see what's working and what's not working," he said.

    The issue will be discussed at the city council's next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall.

    Some cities nationwide have passed ordinances banning pit bulls. For instance, in May 2006, the city council in Russellville, Ark., approved such a ban, The Courier at couriernews.com reported in a story published Sunday. Meanwhile, the commissioners of Seward County, Kan., are thinking of replacing a pit bull law it repealed with new regulations for pit bulls and vicious dogs, The High Plains Daily Leader & Times at www.swdtimes.com reported Tuesday.

    "We're perceiving there to be an issue out there with animal bites and people are complaining about vicious dogs. We need to decide to what level we need to police this," Palamar said.

    The city's current animal law is available online on the city's website, www.city.pottsville.pa.us. Chapter 87 of the code covers animals.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Palamar met with city officials, including city solicitor Thomas J. "Tim" Pellish, to talk about developing an ordinance.

    "A lot of states do have breed-specific ordinances in place which require you to register certain breeds of dogs. They are quite controversial. We have a lot of questions," Palamar said.

    These questions involve which breeds of dogs are considered pit bulls, he said.

    "There is currently no accurate way to identity the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill. Many practical alternatives to breed-specific policies exist and hold promise for preventing dog bites," the Centers for Disease Control states on its website at cdc.gov.

    On Sunday, John Jones, 80, of 725 W. Norwegian St., Pottsville, who uses a walker, was bitten near his home while waiting for his wife to pick him up at the corner. Jones suffered puncture wounds on his leg. The owner of the dog, Derek Knight, 709 W. Norwegian St., said the dog escaped after his niece opened the screen door.

    On June 23, a pit bull bit an 8-year-old boy in the city after the animal was fighting with another dog near Jackson and Market streets. Police said the boy was transported by ambulance to Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street and treated for multiple bite wounds to his right arm. The owner of the dogs is a 16-year-old, police said.

    A pit bull also turned on its owner's three children on June 22 in the 300 block of Fleet Street. The dog mauled the oldest of the three, a 13-year-old girl, who was flown to a hospital for treatment. Her siblings, both under the age of 10, suffered less severe wounds. The dog was shot and killed by a city officer. It is owned by their parents, Justin and Nicole Eaddy, 302 Fleet St.

    Pottsville police did not return phone calls for comment on the incidents or whether charges have been filed.

    Meanwhile, another pit bull attack occurred in Tower City on June 28. Police said the animal crashed through a screen door and injured a 47-year-old woman. The woman's injuries were not serious, police said.

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  • ronaldenos posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

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    Let's give the Rottweiler the benefit of the doubt. The dog may have been spooked by the sound of the fireworks. That being said, let's ask a few questions. (1) Was the dog on a leash? (2) If not, why would anyone allow a Rottweiler loose and running around? (3) Either way, the owner is responsible for not being able to control the dog. (4) Where is the dog now? (5) Now that this has happened, what is the responsibility of the dog owner? (6) And by the way, a little girl is scarred for life with many plastic surgeries in her future.

    This is not an isolated insident with dogs such as a Rotweiller and Pit Bulls. They attack little children and small dogs and people walking down the street etc.If you want proof, just Google "Pit Bull Attacks" and you will get up to date examples. The Pit Bull Lovers group would tell you it is not the fault of the dog, but it is the fault of the owner.

    I say, it's a little of both.

    Now here is the sad news. Eventually this story will fade away. But one fact remains...a pretty little girl will be at a doctor's office more often than she wants to. The parents will be strapped with bills as a result.

    Too late for this advice, but it might help another person....If you see any dog that is running loose, call the police. Check the Leash law in your area. Get your loved ones safely in a car our a building. Try to find the owner. You will make them mad when you say, "would you please get your dog under control"?

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