Nov.14,2009 • Carissa R. Lamereaux, 31, of Carlisle was charged with violating the borough’s prohibition on animals at large after a 42-year-old postal carrier reported that her 5-and-a-half-year-old pit bull attacked him in the 100 block of West Penn Street at 12:20 p.m. Nov. 6. The carrier was treated at Carlisle Regional Medical Center for puncture wounds and bruising to the back of his right thigh and released. Corinne M. Boyer, 22, of the 500 block of North West Street, Carlisle, was cited with harboring a dangerous dog and failing to provide documentation of a dog license and rabies violation. The citations came after police were called at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 on a report that Boyer’s dog had attacked and killed a cat. The dog also reportedly went at a neighbor but was blocked by a fence. "BUT MY DOG IS SOOOO SWEET, SAID CARISSA.

Nov. 17, 2009 MAHANOY CITY - A 17-year-old boy was severely injured Monday night when his family's pit bull attacked, according to police. Police said teen Zachary Merook was attempting to take the dog out of his 628 E. Market Street home when the dog attacked him causing serious injuries to his right arm. The boy was taken to a Pottsville hospital and later transported to Geisinger Medical Center. JUST WANTED TO TAKE HIS WIGGLE BUTT FOR A WALK.

Nov. 19, 2009 Precious Camejo is afraid to go back to the park. "Never again," the girl says. That's because the last time she was there, two pit bulls went on the attack biting her in the face and leg. "I was swinging on the swings and then the dogs came and bit me," the little girl said. Cordero said he stomped and punched the dogs to protect his niece. "They just didn't wanna stop, they looked at her like she was a piece of meat." The dogs were taken by the PSPCA and their owner was arrested. Police say he faces possible Aggravated Assault charges. GREAT STORY ON THE "NANNY" DOGS.

Nov. 20, 2009 FATALITY — Two pit bulls were shot after mauling a cat. New Castle police were called at 9:53 a.m. Monday to the 500 block of Wildwood Avenue, where the dogs were attacking a cat in the middle of the road.
When an officer attempted to break up the fight, the dogs — one, a white-and-brown pit bull and the other, a brindle pit bull — became more aggressive. The officer shot and killed the white-and-brown pit bull in compliance with the city’s nuisance dog ordinance. The brindle pit bull was shot in its right rear shoulder. It ran into a backyard pen, which had a large hole in it, at 520 Wildwood Ave. The cat died from the mauling.According to the police report, this was the fourth call on the pit bulls since Nov. 9. NOTE THAT THERE IS A LACK OF A SHUT OFF VALVE AND PITS DON'T KNOW WHEN TO STOP.

Nov. 30, 2009 PHILADELPHIA - A 7-year-old who became trapped inside a clubhouse with a pit bull on the attack showed Fox 29 News his wounds Monday as his mom described the terrifying ordeal.
The child was playing with friends in Hunting Park and said the dog was in a neighbor's yard, but it hopped the fence and ran into the clubhouse. Three other boys managed to get out, but Carlos Figuero was trapped. Carlos' mom explained how her son got some of his injuries, saying, "The dog grabbed him by the hand, dragged him and when he swung him that's when he banged his face right here with a pole." Carlos received 11 stitches. His mother said she filed a police report and she also called the SPCA. HOPPED A FENCE??? EVERYONE KNOWS THAT PITS CAN'T JUMP FENCES, YEAH, RIGHT.

Dec. 10, 2009 WILLINGBORO - A township animal control officer was hospitalized Wednesday after she was attacked and mauled by two pit bulls in the Pennypacker Park section of town. AN ACO WAS KILLED BY PITS EARLIER THIS YEAR.

Jan. 8 2010 Melissa Kleiman is hoping that those who saw a dog attack her 14-year-old son on Wednesday will come forward to help identify the animal and its owner.
Austin Caldwell is recovering in York Hospital from puncture wounds to his arms, head, abdomen and knee, Kleiman said. He's been prescribed pain medication and must undergo rabies treatment as a precaution, she said. Between 6 and 7 p.m., Austin was walking in the 600 block of West Mason Avenue, on his way home from playing basketball at a city gym, when he saw three dogs on a sidewalk. He believes two of the dogs, including the one that attacked him, were pit bulls, Kleiman said. THE NUTTERS WILL SAY THAT IT WAS A COCKER SPANIEL.

Jan 18, 2010 A standoff with a cornered pit bull ended this afternoon when Erie police shot the dog. The dog, whose owner had not been determined, apparently attacked 13-year-old Desiree Heidelberg, of the 400 block of West Ninth Street, when she walked between a neighbor's house and an apartment building at about 2:30 p.m. The girl's mother, Shannon Pope, said the girl's injuries were not serious, but that she was taken to the hospital to be examined. Erie police blockaded the dog inside a wooden fence for more than 30 minutes. Rob Culbertson, Erie's animal-enforcement officer, said the dog attacked when he tried to enter the enclosure. Culbertson said police were worried the dog, described as weighing about 75 pounds, might escape through a low wire fence on the other side of his enclosure. "We didn't want another kid getting hurt," he said. NUTTER OWNER THINKS HIS WIGGLE BUTT ONLY WANTED TO PLAY.

Feb. 2, 2010 FATALITY BOSWELL — Bernie Carlson was walking his two Yorkshire terriers Monday afternoon near his home in Jenner Township when two dogs – one of them a pit bull – suddenly appeared.
Carlson’s two “Yorkies” – Buster and Max – were viciously attacked. Buster was on a harness and Max was without a leash.“A pit bull came charging up,” Carlson said Tuesday. “It just came into our driveway and attacked our dog. Why, I have no idea.“Buster jumped into my arms instinctively, but the dog tore him right out of the harness,” Carlson said. “I was kicking and punching the dog, but he would not let go.”Brenda Carlson said she saw her husband in trouble and ran out with a broom and a snow shovel.“I started to beat the dog and he let go,” Brenda Carlson said. “Then he went after Max.”Before Max could be bitten, he fled into the house. Bernie Carlson followed, holding a badly injured Buster.“There was blood all over my coat,” he said.The couple drove 9-year-old Buster to Animal Medical Center in Somerset, where the dog was stabilized. The Carlsons hurriedly made the long trip to the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, where the 14-pound Buster underwent emergency surgery Tuesday.“We got him there around midnight,” said Bernie Carlson, a miner for Rox Coal.Brenda Carlson, a teacher’s aide in the North Star School District, said the family had adopted both dogs, which had been abused by previous owners.But Monday’s incident had a tragic end. Brenda Carlson telephoned The Tribune-Democrat late Tuesday afternoon after speaking with the hospital. “Buster didn’t make it,” she said through tears. “We have to go to Pittsburgh to pick him up.” Attention now has turned to finding the pit bull, and state police are asking for the public’s assistance.The dog is white with a black ring around one eye. The Carlsons have lived at their Carlson Road home for 32 years. It was the first time they had seen the pit bull.The Carlsons have additional concerns – the safety of their 3-year-old and 5-month-old grandchildren, who live next door. “They’re my main concern right now,” Bernie Carlson said.He added that he is keeping a close watch for the pit bull.“I have a weighted club and I will use it,” he said. WOULD "PUNISH THE DEED" HAVE SAVED THIS DOG??

Feb. 20, 2010 FATALITY FISHTOWN - February 20, 2010 (WPVI) -- A family is in mourning after a confrontation between a mother and daughter went tragically wrong. The incident happened just before 7:00 a.m. Saturday at a home on East Oxford Street in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Killed was 37-year-old Christine Staab, who perished after being mauled by a family pit bull. Her stepfather, Thomas Fowler, said his wife was trying to take the keys to their home away from Staab. Fowler says Staab lives at the home when she wasn't in drug rehab or jail. Fowler says the pit bull that attacked, named Jade, was doing what comes naturally to a dog; she was protecting his wife. Fowler's wife frantically called 911 for help because Jade had locked her powerful jaws around Christine's neck. "The dog reacted to it and, unfortunately, it ended the way it did," Fowler said. Fowler says the family owns six pit bulls, all of whom he says were friendly, nonaggressive pets. Police shot two, Jade and Jade's offspring, when police arrived at the scene. "She wasn't a bad person, she was just messed up and we tried helping her," Fowler said. Four other pit bulls are in SPCA custody and the family hopes to have them returned. MOTHER IS A BREEDER AND CALLS HER DAUGHTER'S MURDER AN "INCIDENT".

Feb. 22, 2010 A 10-year-old boy was critically injured after a pit bull attacked him in an East Frankford ballpark Sunday morning.It happened around 11:15a.m. in the middle of a baseball field on the 1900 block of Wakeling Street.Philadelphia police said three boys were in the park with two pit bull dogs when the dogs turned on the victim."The early reports that we got is that they thought there was a trash bag that was being shredded by the dogs. They did not realize it was a young boy,” Capt. Benjamin Naish said.Police said the other two boys fled with the dogs leaving the victim behind.The 10-year-old suffered serious injuries to his right arm and puncture wounds to his left arm neck and back, according to investigators.He underwent surgery at Saint Christopher Hospital in an attempt to save his right arm, according to police.Police are still searching for the dogs. Northeast detectives are also urging the parents of the two boys to contact them as quickly as possible.This is the third pit bull attack in as many days in Philadelphia.A woman was killed Saturday when she was attacked by one of her mother's pit bulls.And on Friday, a 52-year old woman nearly lost her hand whenher pet pit bull latched onto her wrist and refused to let go. PHILLY LOVES THE PIT BULLS, JUST ASK THE NO KILLERS THERE.

Feb. 22, 2010 THE BLOODY paw prints were still in the snow, and a bunch of white gauze lay nearby.
The pinkish snow was packed down where two pit bulls had attacked a 10-year-old boy - severely injuring his right arm and puncturing his neck, left arm and back with their teeth shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday.The child had been walking with two boys who had both dogs on leashes. The dogs - one brown and the other white with brown spots - began fighting each other, then turned on the 10-year-old, said Capt. Ben Naish, police spokesman.It was the third vicious pit-bull attack in Philadelphia in three days.On Friday, a victim's wrist was nearly severed. On Saturday, a woman was mauled to death. And last night, doctors were trying to save a little boy's arm. All three attacks involved dogs known to the victims.The latest assault took place in snow-covered center field of a baseball diamond in Whitehall Commons, known as "The Home of the Frankford Chargers," at Wakeling and Jackson streets in Frankford. The field in behind Warren G. Harding Middle School on Erie Avenue near Wakeling.The child, whose name police withheld, was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital, where he could provide police with only a few details before being hurried to hours-long surgery to save his arm, Naish said.Last night, the child was listed in critical but stable condition. His parents were with him, he added.Witnesses told police that they thought the dogs had been playing with a trash bag, said Naish, but apparently it was the child's arm.Neighbors heard the dogs barking and called police.The two boys got control of their dogs and left before police, a medic unit and fire truck arrived."I'm sure the boys are very worried," said Naish.Two Northeast detectives stood with Naish outside St. Christopher's, where Naish appealed to the boys and their parents to come forward and call Northeast Detectives at 215-686- 3153."Right now, we have a severely injured young boy, and we're trying to get to the bottom of this," he said. "The detectives need to talk to everyone."This is malicious. This is sad, but there doesn't seem to be anything criminal here," he added.The first pit-bull attack of the weekend came at 4:28 p.m. Friday, when a 52-year-old woman was mauled inside her home on Front Street near Tabor Road, North Philadelphia, by a dog that belonged to another resident of the house, police said.The woman's left wrist was nearly severed in the attack. She was taken in serious condition to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized last night, according to police.The SPCA's Animal Care and Control Team took custody of the pit bull, police said.In the second attack, Barbara Erb and her daughter Christine Staab, 38, were arguing in Erb's Fishtown home early Saturday, when one of Erb's six pit bulls attacked Staab, according to police.Police and medics were called at 7:09 a.m. to respond to the rowhouse on Oxford Street near Frankford Avenue for reports of a person screaming.Erb was unable to stop the dog from clamping down on her daughter's throat, and the dog was still attacking Staab when medics arrived, police said.The attack was stopped only after responding police officers shot the dog to death. After the shooting, a second pit bull charged the cops, prompting them to kill that animal too, police said.Staab was pronounced dead at 7:24 a.m. in her mother's home.The remaining four pit bulls were removed from the home by the SPCA's Animal Care and Control Team and were placed in quarantine, where they remained yesterday, according to an SPCA spokeswoman.East Detectives was leading the investigation and SPCA officials are awaiting word from the police to determine whether the dogs will be released to Erb or remain at the shelter, the spokeswoman said.An East Detectives supervisor yesterday said he wasn't aware if charges would be filed against Erb, but said that the District Attorney's Office had called and asked for the file and would be investigating. -UN-KAREN DELISE CLAIMS IT WAS "CABIN FEVER". GOD THIS WOMAN HAS NO SHAME.

Feb. 26, 2010 FATALITY Plum police have filed several citations against the owner of two pit bulls they say attacked and killed another dog.Richard Borowski, 27, of Hemphill Hollow Road, has been issued three citations — two for harboring dangerous dogs and one for failing to have the dogs confined.Plum police filed the citations with District Judge Linda Zucco's office. A spokeswoman with Zucco's office said the citations were mailed to Borowski on Feb. 19.The summary citations carry maximum fines of $300, the spokeswoman said. She added that Borowski has the option of paying the fines or pleading not guilty and requesting a hearing before the judge.Borowski declined to comment. Borowski's lawyer, Paul Zavarella, said he had not seen the citations and could not comment. The German shepherd-husky mix that was killed while chained in its yard was owned by Joe Martinez, 70, of Shearer Road. Martinez identified Borowski's dogs as those that attacked his dog, Rocky, who was 13.Martinez is pleased that police cited Borowski for the Jan. 13 incident.Allegheny County dog warden Steven Stoehr said the police were prohibited from shooting the dogs because, according to state law, dogs cannot be put down unless they are in pursuit of another domesticated animal or a person.The pit bulls were returned to Borowski, who is required to keep them under control and muzzled if they leave the home, Stoehr said.The latest incident is not Borowski's first contact with authorities over his pit bulls.Borowski was cited in 2003 for failing to confine the dogs. Zucco found him guilty, according to records in her office. Borowski paid a $53 fine.Last year, Borowski was cited for failure to confine the dogs; to have them vaccinated for rabies and to have them licensed. Borowski pleaded guilty and paid a $74 fine.Hoffman filed both sets of charges."It shows an ongoing problem," Hoffman said.Since Rocky's death, Martinez adopted a 2-year-old Siberian husky from the Animal Rescue League. He also has a Jack Russell terrier puppy from his son's dog's litter.Martinez wants $300 in compensation for Rocky's death and $100 in burial expenses.Martinez said he isn't fearful for his other dogs' safety."I don't think that guy (Borowski) will take a chance (for the pit bulls to escape)," Martinez said. DO NUTTERS HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITY??

March 15, 2010 A Marietta woman is facing charges after police said her dog injured another dog and its owner Thursday.
A pit bull belonging to Melissa A. Penwell, 26, of 310 Red Cedar Lane, got out of Penwell's house and attacked the other dog in a common walking area of the housing development in which Penwell lives, Susquehanna Regional Police said Monday.While attempting to protect her dog, the female owner of the dog being attacked was knocked to the ground by the pit bull, police said.She sustained moderate injuries and was treated at an area hospital, police said. She was not identified by police Monday.Her dog, a bichon poodle mix, was taken to Elizabethtown Animal Hospital, where it was treated for injuries that included a bite to the back, according to Lt. Stephen Englert.The dog was kept at the animal hospital for two days and is now recovering at home, he said.Englert said this is the third time police have had contact with Penwell about the 1½-year-old pit bull.An incident last month also involved a dog bite and has been turned over to the state dog warden, he said. Englert said he did not know the details of an incident that occurred in November 2009, but he said the case is closed.As a result of the most recent incident, Penwell was charged with confinement of dogs and harboring a dangerous dog.Englert said the harboring charge was applied because Penwell's dog showed "unprovoked aggression."He said state officials have been notified of the Thursday's incident and will monitor the investigation.Penwell's dog is now at a kennel, police said. TIME FOR A DIRT NAP FOR THIS NUTTER'S THREE TIME LOSER PIT.

March 19, 2010 Reading police said Thursday that they were continuing to investigate an attack on two brothers by a pit bull that was let out of a fenced yard in the 600 block of Birch Street.The boys, ages 6 and 9, were playing in an alley next to the yard where the dog was kept when they were bitten Wednesday about 6:45 p.m., police said.Both boys were treated in Reading Hospital for puncture wounds to their arms and legs, authorities said. The 6-year-old also suffered cuts and a puncture wound around his left eye, investigators said.Police withheld the boys' names. Further information about their medical conditions could not be obtained.Police gave this account:Neighbors called 9-1-1 and reported that a pit bull had attacked the boys.A woman told police she saw the dog clamped onto one of the boys' arms and she helped the boy break free.A man detained the dog in the alley and helped police get it back into the yard.One resident told police she saw a child open the gate to let the dog out, but she was unable to identify the child.Police said neighbors pointed them to the home where the dog's owner lives, but he wasn't there when officers arrived.Police determined the dog had been vaccinated for rabies and left it at the house. SO WHICH IS IT, PROTECTION OR NANNY DOG?

March 21, 2010 Carlisle police reported killing a large pit bull with a service weapon Sunday after responding to a dog incident and finding it attacking a small terrier and biting its own owner.Police said they responded to the 500 block of Fairground Avenue at 7:20 p.m. and found the pit bull’s owner, 41-year-old Denise Doherty, of the 400 block of Fairground Avenue, trying to free a Jack Russell terrier from her dog’s jaws.Both dogs were actively biting Doherty, police said, and she had lacerations on each hand that were bleeding profusely. When police arrived, several people were trying to pull the terrier from the pit bull's mouth to no avail. Police attempted to pry the pit bull’s mouth from the terrier’s neck and Doherty’s hand, but said when that and multiple baton strikes failed, they euthanized the pit bull."Our officers arrived on scene to find not only an active dog attack, but also a profusely bleeding victim," said Lt. Michael Dzezinski. "They acted appropriately and professionally and likely stopped additional injuries from being inflicted to everyone at the scene."Officers treated Doherty’s injuries until an ambulance arrived to take her to Carlisle Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released. They reported that the terrier’s owner, a 33-year-old woman, rushed it to the veterinarian for emergency treatment.Police said investigation showed that Doherty had been walking the pit bull on a leash when the dog observed the terrier playing in a yard and lunged toward it, breaking the metal D ring of the leash. Doherty will be cited for failure to keep her dog restrained, police said. ANOTHER "D" RING FAILS WITH A PIT ON IT.

March 24, 2010 An 18-month-old girl and her grandmother were attacked by their 160-pound family dog in Armstrong County.
It happened just after 10 a.m. Wednesday at their mobile home off Iron Furnace Road in Brady's Bend.Emma Anderson and her grandmother, Jen Baysinger, were attacked by the bull mastiff.The family had problems with the dog before. It had been under quarantine for biting Emma's mother a week earlier.A neighbor who did not want to be identified says the dog was known to attack."It has bit people before," the neighbor said. " It's bit the owner a couple times, bit the daughter, boyfriend, and now it's bit the grandmother and the baby."Both Emma and Jen were sent to two separate UPMC hospitals. Emma had surgery for a broken jaw at Children's Hospital. Her grandmother will have surgery on her arm Thursday.A spokesperson for UPMC says both Emma and her grandmother are in fair condition.Emma's uncle shot and killed the dog shortly after the attack. MASTIFF - PIT ON STEROIDS

April 28, 2010 Off-duty police Officer Christine Luffey was taking her 5-year-old daughter and two dogs for a walk Friday in her Beechview neighborhood when three pit bulls jumped a fence and attacked.Luffey, an officer at the Zone 3 police station in Allentown for 17 years, suffered multiple bites, bruises and scratches from the dogs as she punched, kicked and wrestled with them on the sidewalk outside a Methyl Street home before the owner came out and pulled them off."There was no way for us to escape," Luffey told City Council on Tuesday. "I fought viciously and violently. I refused to let my daughter or our pets be killed."Luffey's daughter, Katrina, was unharmed in the incident. Her dogs, a beagle and a Chihuahua, were bitten multiple times but will survive, Luffey said.Dog attacks are occurring at a slightly higher rate than previous years, said Gerald Akrie, a supervisor at Pittsburgh Animal Control. Since January, there have been 45 dog attacks from 20,000 licensed dogs.In a separate incident Monday, a Crafton Heights man was hospitalized after being attacked by a pit bull on Obey Street. The dog was euthanized yesterday, Akrie said."It's the owners who are the problem," he said. "Those dogs are reflecting that owner's temperament."Keisha Kenney, 29, the owner of the pit pulls that attacked Luffey declined to comment. Kenney told police her dogs did not bite Luffey. In the police report, officers said Luffey had a puncture wound that was beginning to bruise, a bruised left eye and scratches on both elbows and knees.Police issued Kenney 11 citations, including three for having dangerous dogs, three for not having city dog licenses and two for not having her dogs vaccinated for rabies. The two dogs that Kenney could not prove were vaccinated were to be quarantined for observation at Kenney's home.Luffey urged council to revive the city's spay and neuter program, which ended in 2004, and for Pittsburgh Animal Control to put another truck on the road to respond to such emergencies. A community liaison for the Zone 3 neighborhoods, Luffey also is the police department's go-to person for animal-related cases."Unfortunately, there's a lot of people who own pit bulls that shouldn't own any kind of dog," said Daisy Balawejder, founder of Hello Bully, a pit bull advocacy group that serves the Pittsburgh area. "We do expect and accept some level of aggression, but the proper temperament loves people." HELLO BULLY EXPECTS AGGRESSION BUT STILL PUTS THESE PITS OUT TO THE PUBLIC! HOW SICK.

May 4, 2010 FATALITY,0,3610197.story A Bethlehem man has been charged after police said his pit bull jumped a fence yesterday afternoon and killed a Chihuahua.Shortly before 2 p.m., Joshua Acosta told police he was walking his mother's Chihuahua in the 600 block of Muschlitz Street when the attack happened.Police said the 3-year-old pit bull, owned by Angel Dingman, 21, jumped a fence in Dingman's yard and bit the dog as it passed. Acosta's dog was on a leash and was bleeding from the nose and eye and later died, police said.Dingman was cited for failing to contain his dog and not having a license. SINCE WHEN DOES A FENCE STOP A PIT?

May 4, 2010 FATALITY Bethlehem police said that in unrelated incidents Monday and this morning a pit bull attacked and bit a poodle and a second pit bull killed a chihuahua.The deadly attack occurred 3 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Muschlitz Street as a 6-year-old pit bull hopped a fence, police said and mauled a 3-year-old chihuahua being walked on a leash by Joshua Acosta.The pit bull, no name given, belonged to Angel Dingman, police said. Dingman was cited for not licensing his dog and for not confining it to his yard.At 12:30 this morning a pit bull named Bella bit a poodle named Tiber in the neck in the 500 block of Hillside Avenue, police said.Tiber was taken to an emergency veterinary service and was treated for bite wounds, police said. Tiber's doctor bills totaled more than $2,000, police said.Charges were pending in the second case, according to police. TWO FER ONE, NUTTERS LOVE THAT.

May 7, 2010 Pop songstress Vanessa Carlton set out on her daily run along the streets of Shohola, a rural area about 20 miles outside of Milford.Her father, Ed, has a home in the Walker Lake community. The neighborhood doesn't have sidewalks, so Carlton runs in the roadway.Nine-month-old pit bull that bit pop star faces deathAbout two blocks from her dad's house, Carlton passes a home with three dogs in the yard: A Pomeranian, a Jack Russell Terrier and a 9-month-old pit bull named Bella. The yard is surrounded by an invisible fence.Bella bolts the yard and bites Carlton on the calf. The singer is bleeding from five puncture wounds, and retreats home.Two days later after the May 2 attack, Vanessa and Ed Carlton go back to Bella's home and confront its owners, Ben and Jo Anne Teichberg."They are branding Bella as a dangerous animal and want her put to death," Ben Teichberg said. "They said because Bella is a pit bull, it is known to be bad."The victim, Vanessa Carlton, is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter-pianist who spent three years touring with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks. Carlton's been nominated for three Grammy awards and just released her third album, called "Heros and Thieves."
James Rickert, the dog warden for Wayne and Pike counties, put Bella under a 10-day home quarantine. The dog must be either confined or on a leash during that period.
The quarantine is a precaution against rabies, according to Ellen Howarth, region supervisor for dog law enforcement at the state Department of Agriculture. The Teichbergs must monitor Bella for changes in her health, behavior or attitude. At the end of the 10 days, Rickert will return for a health check. If Bella shows any signs of illness, she'll be sent to the family's vet for an exam.During the quarantine, Rickert will also check Bella's license and rabies vaccination status. Only under rare circumstances — such as if a dog was found to be dangerous by a court and there was a subsequent attack — will a dog warden ever seize a dog. Even under those circumstances, euthanizing an animal is unusual.Because there were no witnesses to the incident, it would be up Carlton to file a written statement and no such statement has been filed, Howarth said.Meanwhile, Carlton continues to recover. She's been seen by a doctor, who is monitoring her for infection. She's also taking antibiotics, according to her father.Carlton will be notified of the medical results regarding Bella's condition at the end of her 10-day confinement.And after that, she might have to find another running route. A DIRT NAP FOR THE DOG IS A BETTER IDEA ASSHOLE.

May 10, 2010 An 11 year old girl was taken to St. Christophers Hospital for children after being attacked by a pit-bull Sunday evening.According to police, the girl was playing with a group of children in a playground near the Heitzman Recreation Center in the city's Port Richmond section when the dog ran through and frightened the children.A young girl told Eyewitness News she witnessed the incident and the 11-year-old girl fell off the play set just before the dog started attacking her.The girl was bitten on the hand and rear-end before being taken to the hospital for stitches. She is expected to be okay.Eyewitness News was there when animal control officers retrieved the pit-bull from the owner's home on the 2000 block of Pickwick Street.There is no word on if the animal was on a leash during the time of the incident or if the dog's owner will be charged with any wrong doing.

May 12, 2010 A Port Richmond boy is recovering from dog bite wounds following surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Thanks to the quick actions of his bigger brother and a neighbor, he's expected to make a full recovery. Before school, Shane Bucher (right, in family photo) was at a neighbor's house in the 3500 block of Mercer Street. Inside, something happened to trigger an American bulldog -- described as friendly -- to turn on the 11-year-old, sinking his teeth into the boy and dragging him outside.Shane's brother, Brad, heard his screams:"I tried pulling him, and his jaw was locked. So we couldn't get it. So I went in the house and called 911, and they came fast."Another neighbor came even faster -- with a gun -- and shot and killed the dog. Police say they don't expect charges to be filed.The victim's dad, Paul Bucher, says he's just happy that his son is going to be all right:"I'd like to say thank you, and I appreciate everything that was done -- because nothing else could have been done any better than what happened." SETTING UP TO BLAME THE VICTIM WITH "SOMETHING HAPPENED". YEAH, SOMETHING HAPPENED THE DAMN PIT WAS BORN.

May 15, 2010 FATALITIES WEST POTTSGROVE — A pitbull running through West Pottsgrove was killed by police after it killed a domestic cat and a domestic dog and attacked a police officer Friday morning, police said.Police first received a report from a resident in the 700 block of Glasgow Street that a pitbull mauled and killed a pet cat around 7:30 a.m., police said.When police responded to the scene, they said the pitbull, a large female owned by someone living in Pottstown who police declined to name preliminarily, had already run to the 800 block of Glasgow Street.Police contacted residents in the immediate area and asked them to stay inside their homes and bring any outdoor pets inside as a precaution.As police approached the pitbull they observed it mauling and ultimately killing a small dog owned by a resident in the 800 block of Glasgow Street, but they were too late to stop the pitbull, police said."At that point officers tried to corral the pitbull," West Pottsgrove Sgt. Steve Ziegler said.Ziegler said the dog was in the area of a school bus stop, and police cleared children and others from the area before they moved in on the dog.When police attempted to make contact with the dog, it reacted aggressively, police said."The dog tried to attack an officer, at which time (the officer) discharged two rounds from his service firearm," Ziegler said, noting that police could not immediately discern whether the dog was struck by either or both of the shots. "The dog continued to run, and another officer shot it with the Taser, which hit the dog, but the dog continued to run."Ziegler specified that the officer discharged the gunshots in the direction of the dog and no residents were in the area at the time the shots were fired.Ziegler said police were told the dog was struck by an SUV in the area of Pulaski and Glasgow streets before it continued running. Police said the dog was last seen running into a wooded area off Glasgow Street.Animal control was called to the incident and assisted in the search for the dog, Ziegler said.Although the dog's body was not recovered by police who searched the area Friday, police said they are confident the dog is deceased.Ziegler said the owners of the domestic animals that were killed witnessed the incidents. He said the incidents are still under investigation.West Pottsgrove police were assisted by officers from Pottstown and Upper Pottsgrove Township departments.Anyone with information may call West Pottsgrove police at 610-323-2090 WHAT, THAT OFFICER COULDN'T GET TO THE HIND LEGS AND STOP THAT PIT???

May 12, 2010 Every morning before school, Shane Bucher, 11, would go to his next-door neighbor's house in Port Richmond to meet with friends before walking to Bridesburg School together.He would often play with Zeus, the neighbor's 3-year-old American bulldog, said his 13-year-old brother, Brad.But on Wednesday, Zeus mauled Shane, and would not unclench his jaws until a neighbor shot the dog twice, killing it.Shane was reported in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children after five hours of surgery, said his father, Paul."If my neighbor hadn't come out and shot the dog, my brother would have died," said Brad.Melissa Pomroy, the fiancée of Bill Reynolds, 46, who shot the dog, said that he was too shaken by the incident to talk."He loved that dog," she said. He was upset that he had to shoot the dog, she said, "but it was either do that or Shane would be dead."Rhiannon Kelly, the owner of the dog, could not be reached for comment.Police said the attack started inside Kelly's house in the 3500 block of Mercer Street about 7:25 a.m.Shane was sitting on a couch when the dog jumped up with him, police said. A baby-sitter ordered Zeus to get down, but instead the dog attacked Shane and dragged him outside.Brad Bucher was in his house when a girl ran up and screamed, "Hurry up! Come out! Your brother's being attacked!" he recalled Wednesday evening.He went out his front door and saw the dog biting his brother in the neck on the sidewalk. He tried to pull the dog away, but it wouldn't let go, he said. So he called 911. Others tried to beat the dog off but couldn't.Reynolds then came out with a 9mm handgun and shot the dog once. It let go, but then attacked again, Brad Bucher said. Reynolds fired again and the dog relented.A bloodied Shane staggered into the kitchen of his house and collapsed, Brad Bucher said.Zeus was "like the family dog," he said. "He was a friendly dog. Shane was over there 1,001 times. We've known him since he was a puppy."Shane had a torn ear, bites to his arms and a leg, and a severe wound to the side of his abdomen, police said. His father said the boy was alert and should recover."All he wants is his Tech Decks [miniature skateboards] and his cell phone," he said. ANOTHER OF THOSE "FAMILY" DOGS, WHEN WILL THEY LEARN THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PIT AS A PET.

May 19, 2010
A Jeannette man was attacked in his home by his pit bull today, police said.
Bruce Server, 55, was inside his house around 11:30 a.m. when his 5-year-old pit bull attacked him for several minutes, a Jeannette officer said.Mr. Server's daughter was outside with another dog and rushed to his assistance, dousing the pit bull with hot water and coffee before separating the two.Mr. Server was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. The officer said the injuries were to both arms and not considered life threatening.The dog was contained in the house until Jeannette Animal Control arrived. AND THE NUTTERS ARE ALWAYS TALKING HOW "LOYAL" PITS ARE, YEAH TO THE DEATH.

May 20, 2010 COAL CENTER PA - "I thought I was going to die. I thought I was dead. I thought it was over," said Kevin Shetterly of the thoughts that went through his mind while being attacked by a pit bull on Thursday.Shetterly was working on his girlfriend's car on Pine Street in Coal Center, Washington County, when a neighbor's pit bull got loose."I grabbed the dog by the leash, and I was taking her back like a Good Samaritan, and we got about 8 feet from their door -- the dog's residence -- and the dog just grabbed a hold of me and started mauling me," said Shetterly.The pit bull's owner came to Shetterly's aid, prying the dog away from him, but not before damage was down to his right arm."It took it all the way to the muscle, there's like 40 stitches. It took it all the way done, it ripped one of the muscles, it ripped one of the ligaments," said Shetterly.Shetterly said he and his girlfriend were unaware of any pit bulls in the neighborhood."There are little kids that live next door to my girlfriend and they didn't know there was a pit bull here. What if they were out playing in the yard and they got attacked and no one was around? They would never have a chance," said Shetterly.Shetterly was treated for severe bite marks to his forearm and knee.The case is being investigated by the state dog warden. NUTTER OWNER WILL SAY PIT WAS JUST PROTECTING HIS TERRITORY.

May 20, 2010 A man in McKees Rocks says a pit bull bit off his finger."He circled around to this side of me and lunged at my face and I pushed his mouth away from my face and that's when he clamped down on my finger and bit it off," Tom Allen said.He was walking in an alley to look at a vacant building when the pit bull jumped a fence and attacked him."When the dog jumped over the fence at me I started screaming, 'Get the dog! Get the dog!'" he said.No one got the dog and it got a big chunk of Allen's finger."I noticed that the end of my finger was gone and the actual fingertip was lying here in the alley," he said.For McKees Rocks Police Chief Bob Cifrulak, enough is enough."People are being attacked by dogs," he said.Four pit bull attacks in six weeks required four people to be hospitalized."It's imperative that when people walk the streets they can't walk the streets in fear simply because somebody is walking an aggressive dog," Cifrulak said.The problem is not restricted to McKees Rocks. A person was attacked by a pit bull in Jeannette.The problem is so great that recently enacted dog laws are being called some of the most aggressive in the country.Once a dog is declared a nuisance, the owner must pay a yearly $500 registration fee, get a special dog cage, signage and insurance. The dog has to be neutered and can't be given away or sold."It kind of leaves them with the only other choice as to euthanize the dog," Cifrulak said.Owners of the dogs lash out when confronted with the laws as they did in McKees Rocks when KDKA's Marty Griffin asked them about the attack on Tom Allen.Dog's owner: "He was swinging a knife – he provoked my dog."Griffin: "Should people be careful with their dogs folks?"Owner: "I think you should be careful."For Tom Allen, it has been a painful, frightening experience. Surgeons could not reattach his finger. The slightest dog bark sets him off. His concern now is for the safety of others around out-of-control dogs."If you had a loaded gun you wouldn't leave it lying around in the backyard for somebody to pick up and mean dogs are like loaded guns – they're going to do damage," he said. PIT NUTTER SAYS IT'S JUST A FINGER, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL.

May 24, 2010 CLEARFIELD – A weekend animal attack, which resulted in injuries to both a small poodle and its owner, is still under investigation, says Police Chief Jeff Rhone of the Clearfield Borough Police Department. Rhone indicated the incident is being investigated by both his department and Animal Control. He said he was uncertain about the severity of injuries for those involved in the incident.According to Rhone, a pit bull attacked a small poodle along West Front Street. He said the poodle’s owner attempted to retrieve her dog at which time she was bitten by the pit bull.Rhone said the pit bull then attacked a second poodle. He said the dog had to undergo “immediate surgery” for its injuries. This morning, he said he was uncertain if the dog was still living.Rhone said the woman was transported for medical treatment. He said she had been released from the hospital. NOW YOU JUST KNOW THE NUTTER WILL BLAME THOSE POOR POODLES.

May 26, 2010 A visiting nurse was attacked by a pit bull after she went to check on a patient in Fallowfield Township.Fallowfield Township police said Alice May Burger, 58, of Pittsburgh, went to 48 Spring St., in the Warner Plan, at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday to check on a patient when the homeowner's pit bull bit her in the right arm and lower lip area, causing a large cut and severe bleeding.Police said the dog is owned by Jessica R. Hamric, who was not home at the time of the incident.Burger is employed by UPMC Jefferson Region Home Health Care.Police said the pit bull will be quarantined while the animal control officer investigates the incident. CAN ANYONE SAY LAWSUIT??

May 27, 2010 WEST VINCENT — Police filed charges against a 37-year-old Chester Springs woman after her three pit bulls reportedly charged at her neighbors.The pit bulls' charging incident caused the neighbor to shoot and kill one of the dogs; however, he does not face charges under a provision in the Pennsylvania Dog Law, according to police.The incident occurred about 8:16 p.m. May 21 when township police officer Matthew Fredericks was dispatched to the 2200 block of Miller Road for a disturbance that involved the shooting of a dog. Upon arrival, police met resident Fred Zeitter, 46, who stated he and his wife had been in their yard planting a tree when three pit bulls, belonging to their neighbor, came running toward them.Zeitter's wife screamed and grabbed their own dogs — two Chihuahuas and a golden retriever — and ran into her home. Zeitter proceeded to throw a rake at the neighbor's pit pulls to scare them away, according to police.The pit bulls reportedly continued to charge at Zeitter as he ran into his home. Zeitter then grabbed his .40-caliber handgun from his deck, turned around, and as all three pit bulls were charging at him, he fired his handgun at one of the dogs, striking the dog in the head and killing it instantly, according to police. The other two pit bulls then ran away from Zeitter's home.Through Fredericks' investigation, with the assistance of West Vincent Township Animal Control Officer Glenn Deery, it was determined that the pit bulls belonged to Zeitter's neighbor, Carey Bailey. According to a person at Bailey's residence, all three pit bulls reportedly jumped a 6-foot fence earlier that day and ran away, police said.According to Bailey, the dogs are rescues; however, "no documentation could be produced to support that," police said.Police filed charges under the Pennsylvania Dog Law against Bailey including three counts of harboring a dangerous dog, three counts of dogs running at large, three counts of dogs required to be licensed and three counts of vaccination required.Prior to this incident, on May 4, Bailey was cited by Deery for alleged failure to license the same three pit bulls after the police department reportedly received numerous calls of her dogs running at large. Bailey was again cited on May 17 for dogs running at large and failure to license dogs, police said.Zeitter was cleared of any criminal charges by the Chester County District Attorney's Office. West Vincent Police Chief Michael Swininger said that Zeitter was cleared of charges under a section of the Pennsylvania Dog Law."Any person may kill any dog which he sees in the act of pursuing or wounding or killing any domestic animal; wounding or killing other dogs, cats or household pets; or pursuing, wounding or attacking human beings, whether or not such dog bears the license tag required by the provisions of this act," states the law. "There shall be no liability on such persons in damages or otherwise for such killing."Zeitter said he and his wife moved into their home about three weeks ago."This is our dream house; this is where we want to live when we retire," he said. "We fell in love with the home when there was about two feet of snow on the ground, so we weren't fully aware of what we were getting into."Zeitter said he is in the process of putting a fence up around his entire property. Since the property is not completely enclosed now, he said Bailey's pit bulls were able to run around it.Zeitter recalled the evening of the charging incident. He said was in the back yard doing some work."I heard barking and my wife screaming," he said.Luckily, Zeitter said, his dogs were inside a small, gated area when the pit bulls entered his yard. Zeitter said his wife quickly grabbed their dogs and ran inside while the pit bulls continued to charge at him.Zeitter said he does not have any young children, but he does fear for the safety of his friends and their young children who come to visit his new home."The pit bulls' barking sounds like werewolves," he said. "They are constantly barking." A WELL DESERVED DIRT NAP WITHOUT A COST TO TAXPAYERS.

June 2, 2010 Hanover, Pa. - An eight-year-old boy suffered severe injuries Tuesday night when he was attacked by two dogs in Hanover, according to police.Hanover police Chief Randy Whitson said the boy and his mother, both residents of Groton, Connecticut, were visiting an acquaintance in the 400 block of Pleasant Street when the boy went outside to play in the yard of the multi-dwelling residence and was immediately attacked by the dogs.Whitson said the boy's mother heard the child yelling and went outside to witness the dogs attacking her son. As the home owner attempted to hit the dogs with a hose, the mother grabbed the boy and fled the yard with the dogs running after both of them, police said. The 30-year-old mother was also bitten and injured in the attack, Whitson said.The dog's owner, a neighbor of the acquaintance, was able to capture one of the dogs while another neighbor grabbed a stick and hit the other dog as it continued to attack both mother and son, Whitson said. Officers shot and killed the attacking dog when they arrived at the home at around 9:20 p.m.Whitson said both dogs had been in their owner's yard and jumped a fence to get to the boy. He described the animals as pit bull-type dogs.Police said the boy sustained severe injuries to the back of his head and both ears. He was initially treated at Hanover Hospital and then transferred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. His mother sustained injuries to both arms and was treated at the hospital.Police said their investigation is continuing. WELL DESERVED DIRT NAP.

June 3, 2010 SOUTH PHILADELPHIA - June 2, 2010 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Police are investigating a pit bull attack in South Philadelphia. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at 25th and Morris Streets. Police say a 32-year-old woman was walking in the area when she was attacked by a pit bull. She was bitten in the arms and legs. Police say a 56-year-old man attempted to come to her aid. When he did, he was also attacked by the pit bull. He was bitten in the right ear and left hand. Officials say part of the ear was bitten off. Both were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for non-life-threatening injuries. The dog has been turned over to Animal Control. WONDER IF IT WAS ISABOO, RACHAEL RAY'S DOG WHO LOVES EARS.

June 9, 2010
A 5-year-old girl underwent surgery at UPMC Children's late Tuesday night after being mauled by a pit bull at a home in Lawrenceville.The girl, Kallie Schaffer of Etna, required facial surgery and 600 micro-stitches to reconstruct her lip, said her grandfather, Steve Schaffer.Mr. Schaffer said he took his daughter Rachael and two granddaughters, Kallie and 3-year-old Eva, to his friend's house on the 100 block of 45th Street to see the dog's new puppies. The dog, a 30- or 40-pound pit bull named Bailey, belongs to the roommate of Mr. Schaffer's friend.Mr. Schaffer had let Bailey into the yard while his two granddaughters went to play with the puppies in the basement. Ms. Schaffer and her two daughters were standing in the home's foyer getting ready to leave when Mr. Schaffer let the dog in from the backyard. Mr. Schaffer said the dog walked through the living and dining room and then lunged at the 5-year-old, pushing her back into a wall and biting her face.Mr. Schaffer's friend grabbed the dog off of the girl. She was rushed to UPMC Children's, where doctors told Mr. Schaffer that the dog had bitten off about a quarter of her lip. The girl also had claw marks on her face, her grandfather said. He didn't know when she was due to be released.Pittsburgh Animal Control and police were looking into the case. DID NO ONE TELL THIS PIT THAT IT IS A NANNY DOG?

JUNE 10, 2010 Philadelphia police say a pit bull bit the leg of a horse that was pulling a carriage through the city's historic section. Officer Tanya Little says it happened around 2 p.m. Thursday on Second Street, just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The pit bull went up to the horse and bit it on the upper left leg.When the horse kicked the dog, the dog tried to bite him again. Eventually, the dog retreated and the horse was taken to the stable for treatment.The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society says the dog, named Kelly, is a rescue dog up for adoption and was being walked by a volunteer when she bit the horse.The society says Kelly was rescued after someone threw her out of a moving car two months ago. The SPCA says police now have the dog in custody and the dog will be held at the SPCA until police complete their investigation. A message left with Philadelphia Trolley Works, which runs the horse-drawn carriage tours, wasn't immediately returned.The horse was taken away from the scene in a trailer. WONDER HOW MANY TEMPERAMENT TESTS THIS PIT PASSED AT THE NO KILL PSPCA.