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Florida news High risk dog and pit bull attacks




DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —A dog was quarantined Wednesday after it attacked two other dogs and killed one of them in Daytona Beach

Animal control officials said the attack happened when a woman was pushing her son in a stroller and walking her two dogs on South Halifax Drive.

Bill Thomas, who lives nearby, said he heard screams, barking and yelling so he rushed outside to help the woman and her baby.

The woman said that as she was walking, a gray pit bull came charging toward her. She grabbed her 6-month-old son out of his stroller and ran away.

The woman said the dog attacked her two small dachshunds, killing one and badly injuring the other.

As the mother and her daughter escaped the scene, Thomas said he grabbed the dog by its collar while another neighbor attempted to free the small dog from the animal’s jaw.

Daytona Beach police took the pit bull to Halifax Humane Society where it will be quarantined for 10 days. Officials said they have not been able to reach the dog’s owners to find out if it is up on its shots.

The woman and her baby were not injured.

Police said they were called the same address last October about the same dog. Workers in the area were worried the dog would jump a fence.

This is WHY there needs to be stricter regulation………………………………..


An investigation into a woman bitten by a pit bull led Hillsborough County deputies to the discovery of drugs in a North Tampa home.

Deputies, responding Sunday afternoon around 1 p.m. to 1105 Teakwood Ave., found 63-year-old Allene Canterbury sitting in a chair in front of the residence with numerous lacerations and bite marks from a 1 1/2-year-old pit bull that had escaped from the house.

While paramedics transported Canterbury to a local hospital for treatment, deputies noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the residence.

Deputies say the residents — 22-year-old Jonathan Cintron and 24-year-old Michael Portelli — were cooperative during the dog bite investigation, but did not comply when asked to consent to a search of the house.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies say they found 314.7 grams of marijuana, 46.6 grams of mushrooms, 20 grams of amphetamines and a small marijuana plant in the backyard.


ST Pete Yorkshire killed when pitbull breaks into fence.

St. Petersburg, FL – A Pinellas County family says they’re living in fear after their neighbor’s dog killed their small Yorkshire terrier. They say they’ve asked the county to take action and nothing is being done because of the wording in the dangerous-dog ordinance.

Essie McDonald says she let her dog, Sadie, out to use the bathroom in their backyard on April 13. She says she could hear both her neighbor’s pit bull, Fiji, and Sadie barking, then the was a commotion and then silence. She ran to the backyard and found her 5-pound dog dead next to the fence.

This dog broke into our yard, killed her and this is where she was safe. This is what she knew. This was her world,” said Sara McDonald.

Sara and her father boarded up the fence, but the family still does not feel secure in their backyard. They worry the dog next door will attack again. “I can’t even use my yard. I can’t let my grandson out here. We can’t let my dogs out here unless I stand out here with a golf club,” said Essie McDonald.

10 News tried to talk with Steven Lara, the owner of the dog, but no one came to the door when we knocked. The McDonalds and other neighbors say they want the pit bull deemed dangerous because by county ordinance the owners would have to comply with a number of restrictions.

LEARN MORE:Ordinance on dangerous dogs

It’s unlikely the dog will be deemed dangerous according to Doug Brightwell, interim director of Pinellas County Animal Services. Though he’s still investigating it takes two attacks on other animals that result in severe injury or death for the county to declare a dog dangerous.

Under the ordinance, it takes only one attack on a human. Brightwell says the ordinance used to be more stringent, but the county changed the language to comply with state statute. “We all sympathize and we all understand the difficulty citizens have with it because we have some of the same difficulties. However, we have to go with the facts of the language of the statute and not the emotion of the situation.”

TAKE ACTION:File a dangerous dog complaint

The McDonalds say that’s not enough. Something needs to happen before another dog is killed or someone gets hurt. “What are you waiting for? For the dog to come and literally kill another dog or worse?”

Brightwell says it’s crucial to report any attacks, so they have a record and may be able to take action in the future. “Report it to us. Even if there’s nothing we can do, report it. If we build that documentation because the next time something happens we have that history already there,” said Brightwell.


Palm Beach County’s unwanted dogs and cats are more likely to die if rescue groups keep importing animals from other counties and states, local officials warned Tuesday.

The county’s animal shelter near West Palm Beach gets 15,000 dogs and cats a year that are at risk of being euthanized if they aren’t adopted.

Finding homes for local shelter animals is made harder by well-meaning rescue groups continuing to have unwanted dogs and cats trucked and flown into Palm Beach County for adoption events, according to county officials.
County considering proposal to require leashes for dogs

Because many rescue groups have “ignored” the county’s request that they stop bringing in outside dogs and cats for adoption, County Mayor Shelley Vana on Tuesday went public with a plea to focus on helping local animals.

“How does flying or busing in puppies from other regions … help the dogs in this community?” Vana asked at a press conference from the county shelter on Tuesday. “How does it benefit dogs that are going to die here?”

Some imported dogs and cats are coming from as close as Broward and Miami-Dade counties while others come from Alabama, Tennessee and even farther.

The county wants rescue groups to at least temporarily stop bringing in outside animals until the county shelter can find homes for 90 percent of the dogs and cats it receives.

So far this year, the county has an 80 percent “save rate” for dogs, while that drops to just a 39 percent for cats.

About 1,800 dogs and 8,300 cats were euthanized at the Palm Beach County animal shelter last year.

To lower those numbers, the county in 2014 launched its 10-year “Count Down To Zero” program. The goal is to no longer euthanize healthy and otherwise-adoptable dogs and cats by 2024.

The program calls for increasing spay-and-neuter efforts to curb the animal population to reduce the number of animals that end up at the shelter, while also encouraging more adoptions.

That goal is made harder by rescue groups bringing in more animals that need homes, according to Rich Anderson, executive director of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. His organization gets county money to help spay and neuter cats and dogs.

“A lot of people look at Palm Beach County (affluence) and think, ‘Naturally they can take more animals,'” Adams said. “But we have not solved our problem in Palm Beach County.”

Tuesday’s press conference was prompted by another local rescue group on Saturday bringing in 60 dogs from outside the county for an adoption event. (Big Dog Ranch Rescue was not involved in that event, Simmons said.)

Vana said some rescue groups may prefer bringing in outside dogs that are considered easier to place in homes, which also helps boost their fundraising efforts. But those imported dogs and cats are taking up potential homes for healthy animals left waiting at the county’s shelter, Vana said.

“I am ashamed because I know we all have failed those animals sitting in cages right here,” Vana said.

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St Pete dog killed after pit bulls jump fence into man’s home

Posted: Mar 19, 2015 2:12 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 19, 2015 5:42 PM EDT

Photo provided by family: Beans and CocoPhoto provided by family: Beans and Coco

Beans, pictured with blue collar survived the attack.  Coco, in the pink collar died from her injuries.Beans, pictured with blue collar survived the attack. Coco, in the pink collar died from her injuries.

Greg Martens heard the high-pitched yelps of his Dachshunds coming from his St. Petersburg living room. In a motorized wheel chair, Martens zipped into the room as fast as he could and saw two pit-bulls mauling his dogs.Greg Martens heard the high-pitched yelps of his Dachshunds coming from his St. Petersburg living room. In a motorized wheel chair, Martens zipped into the room as fast as he could and saw two pit-bulls mauling his dogs.

Photo of pitbull who attacked Greg Martens' dogs in his home.Photo of pitbull who attacked Greg Martens’ dogs in his home.

ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) –GregMartensheardthehigh-pitchedyelps of his Dachshunds coming from his St. Petersburg living room. In a motorized wheel chair, Martens zipped into the room as fast as he could and saw two pit-bulls mauling his dogs.The pit-bulls had jumped over a baby-gate at his front door and were attacking his dogs,whohad been sleeping in dog beds.”I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. ” They were in my house, and there was nothing I could do.”Martens slid out of his chair,onto the ground with the dogs, and tried to intervene. One dog bit his arm in the process, and his legandkneewere fractured.”I just wanted to get those dogs out of here,” he said, fighting back tears.He pinned one dog against the front door and used the weight of the door to force it out. The other dog followed, jumping back over the gate and outside. But the damagewas done. His two Dachshunds lay bloody and motionless.He called 911 and got a busy signal. A minute later, a dispatcher called back and sent help.

This attack happened on March 3.

St. Petersburg Police say the attack isn’t a crime and called Pinellas County Animal Services. There is an on-going investigation. One of the dogs is currently held by Animal Control, but the other was returned to the owner.

Both dogs have been involved in other attacks against animals in the neighborhood.

“This could happen again,” Martens said. “What if this were a child?”

Animal Services Spokesman Doug Brightwell says the investigation is to determine whether these dogs will be declared dangerous animals. One attack, unless it is a serious human attack, isn’t enough to legally declare the dogs dangerous. One of the dogs was held, he said, because of the human bite. Law requires a 10-day quarantine. But the other dog was released. Since then, though, Brightwell says the investigation found both of these dogs have attacked other animals in the neighborhood.

If the dogs are declared dangerous, they will be sterilized and the owner must keep them confined, according to county protocol. It is against the law, though, for the dogs to be unleashed any time, and this owner has been fined one other time for failure to have his dogs on leashes.

If the dogs bite again, the owner could be charged with a crime.

“If the dog is declared dangerous and the owner meets all the requirement, the dog still goes home,” Brightwell said. “We don’t have the authority to just take the dog and euthanize it.”

Stay tuned to WFLA.com and News Channel 8 for updates to this story.

Two Fatalities so far for 2015 BOTH IN Florida
Will Florida be the state with most attacks by the end of the year??????? Way to go Florida! Of to a good start! Pathetic!



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3 responses to “Florida news High risk dog and pit bull attacks

  1. lisa says:

    Who needs that many dogs in the first place. Only reason fighting or guard dogg

  2. Lorraine Soto says:

    What about: 5 pit bulls removed from WPB home
    and: homeless man attacked at 3am by 3 pitbulls

    Both stories 2016 in west palm beach FL

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