Nov. 30, 2009 FATALITY
http://www.register-herald.com/local/local_story_334233332.html A 70-year-old Monroe County man is in critical condition at a Virginia hospital after being attacked by a pack of dogs Friday near Lindside. Lowell Bowden was severely injured by what Sheriff Michael Gravely described as “four or five dogs — all of the pit bull breed.” Initially taken to a local hospital, Bowden was later flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical condition Monday. THIS IS SOMEONE'S FATHER, SOMEONE'S GRANDFATHER. DO YOU NUTTERS GIVE A SHIT?
Dec. 7, 2009 UPDATE
http://www.cbs59.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=71537 LINDSIDE -- Lowell Bowden, 70, of Monroe County has died after being attacked by a group of dogs on Nov. 27. The attack, which involved five pitbulls, happened while Bowden was walking near his home in Lindside. Justin, 20, and Kimberly Blankeship, 52, Anna Hughes, 32, and Mose Christian, 19, were arrested last week in connection with the incident. They’ve since posted bond. All the individuals face misdemeanor charges in relation to the attack. However, those charges could change with this latest development as Monroe County Justin St. Clair. Last week St. Clair indicated severe charges could follow if Bowden didn’t survive the attack. "If Mr. Bowden should not pull through, we'll take a real hard look at what other charges could possibly forth come. There could be a manslaughter charge certainly," said Justin St. Clair, prosecuting attorney.

May 4, 2010
http://www.wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=79283 The West Virginia State Police said charges are pending after a pit bull attacked a toddler, causing severe injuries to the child's face. CAMERON -- A 4-year-old is being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after a dog attacked him, biting him in the face. According to West Virginia State Police, the incident happened May 3 in Cameron. The child was transported to a local hospital and then flown to Morgantown with non-life threatening injuries. The dog is currently quarantined. Charges are pending against the dog owner. CAN YOU CHARGE SOMEONE WITH STUPIDITY FOR OWNING A PIT?

May 6, 2010
http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/92971789.html BANCROFT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Putnam County is recovering after two pit bulls attacked him Wednesday Night.
The Putnam County Humane Officer tells WSAZ.com two pit bulls attacked a man along Rolland Street in Bancroft.Chief County Humane Officer Jon Davis says the dogs are now in the county's custody and will be put down.The victim is expected to be okay, but he did suffer several lacerations.This attack happened just a day after Putnam County Commissioners made changes to the county's dog ordinance.Back in December, county commissioners approved the ordinance with breed specific language that targeted pit bulls and dogs with a pit bull mix. But on Tuesday, the commission went back and re-wrote the ordinance and took out the breed specific language.Commissioner Joe Haynes says making these changes to the ordinance just makes sense.Officer Davis also tells WSAZ.com these two pit bulls involved in Wednesday's attack were the same two dogs that led to the ordinance. Davis says these dogs have also attacked a teenager in the area.One of the dogs' owners, Terry Harmon, tells WSAZ.com she has never had any problems with the dogs at her home.Harmon says her dogs were pitbull mixes."I apologize for what happened," Harmon said. "I don't understand why they attacked the people. I believe something was done to the dogs."Harmon says the dogs have been teased by other people in her neighborhood when she would allow them to run out in the yard. STUPID NUTTERS NEVER KNOW WHY THEIR PITS ATTACK, DUH!!!

May 7, 2010
http://www.dailymail.com/News/PutnamCounty/201005060869 BANCROFT, W.Va.--Two pit bull dogs that attacked a Putnam County teen in November will be destroyed after attacking a man near his home this week.Jon Davis, Putnam's chief humane officer, said it happened about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday as Dwight Caldwell of Bancroft was leaving his Rollen Street home. Caldwell was getting into his truck when the dogs attacked.A neighbor called for help and Caldwell was able to fight off the dogs. Davis said Caldwell had cuts and puncture wounds on his face, arms and legs.Davis said the dogs somehow got out of Terri Harmon's home on Jefferson Street and wandered over to Rollen Street, which is on the other side of W.Va. 62. Harmon told humane officers the dogs must have escaped by squeezing through the front door. The dogs have bitten people before, Davis said. The two 60-pound dogs attacked a teenager in the area in November, he said. Shortly after that incident, the county introduced a new ordinance that ordered owners of vicious dogs to keep their animals in enclosed spaces and targeted pit bulls, a move that enraged some county residents.The breed-specific language was removed this week when county commissioners voted to amend the ordinance.Putnam commissioners said the change in the ordinance didn't affect these two specific dogs because they were already considered vicious because of the November attack. Commissioner Gary Tillis, who supported the ordinance as it was originally written, said it was incidents in Bancroft, where pit bulls and other dogs were scaring and attacking residents, that triggered the ordinance. He said the commission received complaints from other areas of the county, but the problems in Bancroft stood out."There were kids who were afraid to go ride their bikes in the street because of the dogs, older people with diabetes who wanted to walk for exercise but couldn't, and people who wanted to use the park but couldn't because there was a man living nearby with two dogs that also liked going to the park," Tillis said. "There were teenagers who said they had to climb up on top of the monkey bars to get away from the dogs once."There's just a point where you've got to try to get involved and keep people from having to be prisoners within their own homes."Tillis said his stance in support of the breed-specific language didn't have anything to do with his opinion of pit bulls and he didn't have anything against the breed. He said he supported the breed-specific language to help people in the Bancroft community. The commissioner said those against the breed-specific language told him the ordinance, as it was, would create a false sense of security in the community and cause more problems.He said the response from the community had been the opposite and residents told him they felt safer than before. "I wanted to see it (the ordinance) go for a year before we made any changes," Tillis said. He said Wednesday's incident wasn't a county commission issue but an issue for the courts. Commissioner Joe Haynes, who was against the breed-specific language all along, said the attack didn't change his mind about pit bulls. He said violence was a learned behavior in animals. "Dogs are taught a certain way and learn how to behave," Haynes said. "Some people have these kinds of dogs (pit bulls) that are docile and kid-friendly, and others have dogs who aren't and they've (the dogs) learned that from someone somewhere along the line." He said he thought what happened to Caldwell was "horrible" and the dogs' owner should be punished. "I just think it's incredibly stupid to let a vicious dog run free," Haynes said. "To let them run loose on the city streets is just irresponsible." He said the breed-specific language in the ordinance created unintended consequences for people who had well-behaved animals. He mentioned a woman who had a pit bull mix as a pet and was forced to get rid of the dog by her landlord because of the ordinance. Haynes said Wednesday's incident doesn't have any standing in regards to the ordinance. "The ordinance as it stands still defines a vicious dog as one that attacks, and all we've changed was removing the pit bull language," he said. Commissioner Steve Andes called the attack on Caldwell "unfortunate." "I know there were pit bulls involved and that they can be vicious, but really any dog can be vicious. It's not just pit bulls," he said.Andes said he didn't think the removal of the breed-specific language, which he initially supported, would take the teeth out of the ordinance.He said the blame often should be placed on irresponsible owners. "Unfortunately, people just don't have common sense any more," he said. "It's an animal, and things like this, unfortunately, can happen. "You just can't legislate common sense," he added. Davis said there hadn't been many dog complaints in Bancroft since the ordinance passed.The dogs have been impounded and will be destroyed this morning after a rabies test. I'D SAID THEIR COMMISSION IS DRUNK WITH THE KOOLAID OF THE PIT NUTTERS.

May 11, 2010 FATALITY
http://www.newstribune.info/news/x1560853299/Family-defends-Rock-says-pit-bull-was-on-own-property KEYSER – The owner of the pit bull that attacked and killed a smaller dog last week on Trenum Drive denied that his dog was on the other owner’s property when the incident occurred.
Jason Whetzel said his 8-year-old daughter – not his 5-year-old as originally reported – was holding his dog “Rock” on a leash for a bathroom break when Judy Morton‘s small “poma-chu” darted into his adjoining yard, prompting the fatal attack.
“I just want people to know it didn’t happen on her property, and our dog was on a leash,” Whetzel said, disputing Morton’s version of the incident. “My dog was defending my daughter. (The story) makes it sound like the devil-dog showed up and killed her dog. That’s not how it happened.”
Whetzel expressed remorse for the incident, saying he and Morton have gotten along well as neighbors, and that he has been in touch with her since the attack to check on her well-being. He also noted that he took Morton and her dog to the vet, and offered to pay any related bills. However, the smaller dog was too
far gone and no treatment occurred.
Still, Whetzel disputed as well his neighbor’s claim that the put bull bit her hand. He said Morton had reported on the day of the incident that her own dog had bitten her as she got between the two animals.
Whetzel said residents in the Trenum Drive area need not fear for the safety of their children or pets. While disputing the notion that his dogs are mean, he said they are always kept either in the house, on a leash or behind his back-yard fence.
“I’m not some thug that has pit bulls running the neighborhood,” he said. “My dog felt threatened. It was protecting my daughter.”
Petersburg resident Martha Adams’, Jason’s mother in law, said she often babysits for her granddaughters and has never seen any sign that the family dog is vicious. “He’ll put his big paws up on me and just whine, wanting me to play with him,” she said. SHE MAY NOT BE A THUG, BUT SHE IS A STUPID PIT NUTTER.