Fatal Dog Attacks(11) by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix (1) German Shepherd

Death

We mourn another death . Thus far this year there have been 12 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. In all but one of these deaths only one breed (type) of dog has been the killer . Please Pray for the families and loved ones of the following
(5/6/2013) (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio woman has died from injuries suffered last week when the family dog attacked her.    County sheriff’s reports and a hospital spokeswoman said 35-year-old Rachael Honabarger of Coshocton died Saturday at a Columbus hospital.    Coshocton’s dog warden said Honabarger was attacked Tuesday by the family’s dog, a 100-pound, 3-year-old German shepherd.Read More at: http://www.myfox28columbus.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wsyx_woman-dies-after-being-attacked-family-dog-23548.shtml
April 25, 2013 a child was killed by the family pit bull in a neat and pleasant Georgia community.  This death brings the number of Americans mauled to death by dogs just since January 1st, to eleven.  All eleven were killed by pit bulls.Fulton County GA
The victim was two year old Beau Rutledge  His mother, Angela Rutledge, went to the bathroom and upon her return she found her child dead, killed by her household pet.  This family had kept the dog for the last eight years and never had a problem until that day.  The on-camera reporter stated that first responders were shocked at the scene inside the home, many had tears in their eyes as they left the neat row house, now a crime scene.
Neighbors report hearing the mother scream “The dog killed the baby, the dog killed the baby.”  Angela Rutledge was so distraught that she was transported via ambulance to a local hospital.  Father Jermiah Rutledge was subdued with a Taser after he came home and also became hysterical with grief per USA Today.There are no words to comfort the Rutledge family.  This death brings me to tears, I have a grandchild just a few months younger than Beau.  I am so sorry for this loss.

A family member has created a moving video for Beau Rutledge. A beautiful baby and a fine family. The background music is “Don’t Cry for Me” but I can’t help it.  Click here.


Grief stricken Angela Rutledge with a neighbor.  Below is Jermiah Rutledge with police.

Photo: Update on fatal pit bull mauling in Fulton County, GA; police defend their actions restraining the boy's father: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/04/2013-dog-bite-fatality-fulton-county.html
New details emerge in case of fatal dog attack  gallery

Beau Rutledge, loved son of Angela and Jermiah Rutledge

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Prairie City IA

On Monday 4/22/2013 Jordyn Arndt, four years old, was attacked by her babysitter’s dog, reported to be an American Staffordshire Terrier.  Jordyn died Tuesday morning.  Babysitter Jena Marie Wright, age 24,  has been charged with child endangerment causing death and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.  These charges are felonies and Wright faces up to 35 years in prison.  Wright is being held in  the Jasper County Jail.  The dog, named Brutus, was euthanized on Wednesday.  Wright told an emergency dispatcher “She and my daughter have played outside with the dog numerous times,” Wright sobbed on the 911 recording, released Wednesday by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. “I don’t know what happened.”

Jordan Arndt, 4, died from injuries she sustained after attacked by an American Staffordshire Terrier owned by Harmon and Jena Wright.
This beautiful child was Jordyn Arndt.

The Prairie City Police Chief wasted no time.  The letter below is dated 4/22/2013.


This was Brutus

Photo: Meet Buster Wright, who called the dog in most recent fatal mauling an "American Staffordshire" -- "That kid had to do something" http://on.aol.com/video/girl--4--hospitalized-after-being-bitten-by-dog-517755636
Please watch this video, Buster Wright the father-in-law of Jena Marie Wright just can’t understand why Brutus attacked and he speculates that the child was at fault.
Jena Wright
Jena Marie Wright

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Bryan County Ga
On March 27th a 21 month old girl was killed by a pack of seven pit bulls and pit mixesowned by her family.  Monica Renee Laminack crawled out of the home through a doggie door while her mother was studying for her GED and her grandmother slept.  Monica was found dead in the yard.  At the time of Monica’s death her 18 year old mother, her grandmother, great grandmother, and two uncles were all in the house.  Monica’s mother, 18 year old Summer Laminack was charged with second degree cruelty to children.  This is a felony punishable by one to ten years in prison.  All the pit bulls and pit bull mixes were euthanized at the scene by animal control officers per orders from Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith.   The family also had two other dogs, a Beagle and a Setter that were not involved.  Please remember “its all in how you raise ‘em.”

Monica Laminack killed by family pit bulls
Monica Renee Laminack is pictured above, her mother Summer Laminack is pictured below.


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Stockton CA

April 11, 2013.  A thirty eight year old Stockton mother of three, Claudia Gallardo,  was killed by a pit bull that has terrorized the neighborhood for months.  Gallardo’s body was found in the yard of a home occupied by Brian Hrenko.  Please watch the video found atthis link.  This quote from Hrenko regarding his pit bull named Russia ““He gets in fights with my neighbors dogs all the time. He’s attacked people in the yard, but never actually bit them. He, like, chases them, knocked them in our swimming pool, chased one up a tree — but, he’s never actually bit and really hurt anybody before,” .Neighbors tell another story.

Family say Claudia Gallardo, 38, was attacked and killed by a Stockton pit bull. (Credit: Gallardo Family)
Victim Claudia Gallardo

The pit bull, Russia, allegedly attacked and killed a woman in Stockton. (Courtesy: Brian Hrenko/Owner)
Killer pit bull Russia

There has been no credible theory on why Ms. Gallardo was on the property.  Hrenko has both denied he knew the victim and also admitted that he knew her.  Per CBS Sacremento “Hrenko says he doesn’t know Gallardo and that she climbed over his front yard fence while he was gone. A female friend of Hrenko’s was at the home at the time, and says the victim claimed to be there to clean the house.”  The victim was familiar enough with the property that she knew the dog’s name.  A neighbor who attempted to save the victim stated that she screamed “Russia, no! Russia, no!”

Pit bull owner Brian  Hrenko has a history of “legal issues” where pit bulls were involved.  Click here for a bizarre story involving Hrenko, a pit bull and drugs.  Strongly suspect that there is a continuing investigation here.

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Tyler Jett

Callaway FL

On April 2, 2013 Tyler Jett was attacked by two pit bulls as he was playing outside his home.  Tyler died at Sacred Heart Hospital four days later with his parents at the bedside.  Tyler remained in Intensive Care until his death, he never regained consciousness.

Read the police report here.   The pit bulls were owned by Edward Daniels II and they had a history of attacking children and neighborhood pets.  Daniels was charged with felony tampering with evidence, he washed the blood of his dogs when he realized that the dogs had been involved in an attack.

edward daniels
Edward Daniels II, also charged with Possession of Marijuana and possession of Drug Paraphernalia  and Manslaughter.

Tyler’s family and friends are raising funds to cover his hospital and funeral expenses.

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You might want to get some coffee, we are not even half way through this year’s pit  bull death toll.

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Walworth WI

On March 6, 2013 fourteen month old Daxton Borchardt was mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by his  30 year old babysitter, Susan Iwicki.  Per Iwicki’s statement, she was holding the child when the two pit bulls began “playfully” jumping and nipping. She swatted them away and they launched an attack injuring Iwicki and causing her to drop Dax.  Per GazetteXtra.com “Iwicki, 30, told deputies the dogs were jumping up and nipping and that as she yelled at them and batted them away, the dogs went into a violent frenzy, brutally attacking her and Daxton, according to reports.” “Iwicki then lost hold of Daxton and the boy went sprawling to the ground. The dogs lunged onto Daxton and began a brutal and ultimately fatal attack on him, according to Iwicki’s accounts.”  The pit bulls were surrendered to Animal Control and euthanized.  There was no prior history of violence from Iwicki’s dogs, she raised them herself.  No charges were filed.

Wisconsin boy mauled to death by two pit bulls Daxton James Borchardt

Daxton Borchardt

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Galesburg IL

On March 2, 2013 seven year old Ryan Maxwell , visiting friends was attacked by that family’s pit bull.  Family members of the dog owner used a shovel and a lighter on the dog in attempts to release Ryan but the pit bull was still attacking Ryan when police arrived.  Police pulled the dog off the child but the pit bull turned on police and was shot.  Ryan was transported to Cottage Hospital but later died of his injuries.  Pit bull owner Ashiya Ferguson stated her family had the pit bull for a year and a half with no aggression shown but neighbors speaking anonymously stated they were afraid of the dog.

Ryan’s grandmother,Tina Mead made this heartbreaking statement ““After the attack, we got there to Whiting Street,” she said. “And we were there at the hospital, when they couldn’t 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.”  I use this statement with sorrow,it is intensely personal but also profound.

Nielson Elementary school provided grief counselors for students and staff dealing with the death of the popular second grader.

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Ryan Maxwell

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Hemet CA
February 8, 2013

Elsie Grace was found dead in her Motel 6 room, mauled to death by two family pit bulls.  Mrs. Grace, a nationally known artist, was 91 years old.  Mrs. Grace and her son were staying at the hotel because they were relocating to the area.

In a bizarre statement Jeff Sheppard, president and CEO of the local Humane Society said of the dogs “They don’t seem really aggressive,” “These are family pets.”  Sheppard said he did not know the specifics of the case, but it would not be unusual for pets to lick an owner who is unresponsive.

“An animal’s instinct is to try and wake them up,” he said.  It’s possible that the woman may have died before the animals attacked her, he said.
The autopsy report did not support this theory.
Elsie Grace mauled to death by two family pit bulls
Elsie Grace
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Sabinal TX
On February 16, 2013 two year Isaiah Aguilar was playing with a balloon outside his home when the wind caught the balloon and took it into the back yard next door.  When Isaiah went to retrieve his balloon he was mauled by a female pit bull tied in the yard.  Isaiah’s older sister was with himwhile he was playing.  She told her father that someone in the pit bull owner’s home opened the door during the attack but did not attempt to help Isaiah, just shook his head and shut the door.  Richard Aguilar, Isaiah’s father, grabbed his son and called for help but Isaiah was not breathing.  A neighbor started CPR but Isaiah died of his injuries.  It was reported that the female pit bull that killed Isaiah had recently  killed another pit bull.
Isaiah Aguilar,2,  was killed over the weekend by a pit bull
Isaiah Aguilar
Isaiah’s parents,  Richard Aguilar and Lisa Gonzales. Aguilar was almost attacked by the pit bull himself as he rushed to the aid of his dying son.
Isaiah’s parents, Lisa Gonzales and Richard Aguilar

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Montgomery County TX
On January 19, 2013 four year old Christian Germanous was attacked by a chained pit bull. Prior to the attack Christian and his nine year old sister were playing in their yard  when Christian climbed a chain link fence into the neighbor’s yard within reach of the chained pit bull.  Trinity, Christian’s sister was able to pull her brother back over the fence and call for help. Christian was life flighted to a Houston Hospital but he did not survive. Neighbors described Christian as a sweet little boy who loved to dress up as Spiderman.
For more information click here
Conroe boy killed by chained pit bull

Photo shows the fence and yard where the fatal attack occurred

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Hodges SC
On January 8, 2013 sixty five year old Betty Ann Chapman was killed inside her son’s home by her son’s pit bull as she cared for her grandchildren while their parents went out to dinner. Mrs. Chapman was known to the dog.  Per GWDToday.com “When deputies arrived at the residence they were greeted at the door by a black and white pit bull that had blood on its mouth, chest and paws, according to an incident report.”  The pit bull that killed Mrs. Chapman had a history of violence.  The pit bull was euthanized.
Greenwood County animal control officers secured the dog in a cage. The dog was later taken to the Greenwood County Animal Shelter to be quarantined until the conclusion of the investigation. (Photo by Michael W Davis)

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