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Sunday
May292011

Four-Year-Old Dead After Being Mauled by Dog

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Cane Corso mastiff that fatally mauled a Brooklyn, N.Y., boy was a vicious dog, trained to kill, according to some neighbors, but the dog's owner described it as "like a big Scooby-Doo."

Police investigating the mauling, which happened Friday evening just after the boy, his mother, and three of his siblings had returned to the apartment, said they do not know what set off the dog, which reportedly belonged to his mother's boyfriend, Damian Jones.

Until the investigation is complete, the three surviving children were removed from the apartment by the city Administration for Children Services.

The Cane Corso mastiff bit Jayelin Graham all over his head, neck and body before family and neighbors could get him off the child.

It was already too late. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Within a split second it happened," Calandra Jubeark, the boy's aunt, told ABC station WABC-TV in New York. "[Saquina Jubeark, the boy's mother] said, 'The dog wouldn't let go.' It's painful."

"What a horrible way to die. I've got a lot of frustrations, a lot of emotions, a lot of anger," the boy's grandfather told WABC-TV.

When police arrived, they tranquilized the dog and took him to the city's department of Animal Care & Control, where he was to be observed for 10 days so officials can decide what to do with him.

For some of the boy's neighbors, that would seem to be a foregone conclusion.

"Those dogs were vicious," Kenny Risher, the superintendent of the building, told the New York Daily News. "They stink and they are nasty. The same dog ate their (pet) rabbit."

No charges had been filed in the case as of late Saturday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May272011

Family Finds Its Dog Weeks After Twister Hit Alabama

Comstock/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Amid all the tragedy experienced by families from severe weather events this spring comes an incredible tale of survival.

A Birmingham, Alabama family feared the worst last April 27 when their beloved terrier mix named Mason went missing after a twister hit the city.  The dog was last seen hiding out in the garage, which was blown apart.

The family vacated the premises after the tornado, figuring they'd never see Mason again.  However, when they returned two-and-a-half weeks later to look for any belongings that were left, there was Mason, waiting for them on what was left of the front porch.

The dog's two front legs were broken but he somehow managed to crawl back home from wherever he was carried by the storm.

Because of their predicament, the family, who asked not be identified, had to temporarily surrender Mason to a local shelter.  The Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control shelter reports that after surgery, Mason is expected to walk normally again, even though his front legs will be slightly shorter than his hind legs.

Best of all, the family said it can take Mason back in about five weeks, when their house is expected to be inhabitable again.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Mar232011

Elderly Man and His Dog Rescued off Coast of Mexico

ABC News(ENSENADA, Mexico) -- A 77-year-old man and his dog are safe after being stranded several days in high seas off the Mexican coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the man and dog from a disabled sailboat about 120 miles off the coast of Ensenada in Baja California Monday.

Shortly after 1 p.m., amateur HAM radio operator Rex Weinheimer picked up a mayday call over a HAM maritime network in Stonewall,Texas, near Austin.

"I heard someone calling, but I couldn't make it all out," Weinheimer told ABC News.  "The communications were so horrible that I could not tell the mental state or anything.  The signal would come up then drop out."

After 10 minutes of disrupted communication, he determined one person was aboard the disabled vessel.  Weinheimer said he also gathered that the boat was floating at sea in rough weather with broken sails and lines.

A commercial freighter, about an hour from the sailboat at the time of the call, was the first to make an attempted rescue, but rough seas prevented the freighter from getting close enough to the sailboat.

The HAM operator notified the U.S. Coast Guard, who dispatched a MH-60 Jaywhawk helicopter and a C-130 Hercules plane.

The rescue team battled 12-15 foot swells and high winds to reach the boater.

A Coast Guard swimmer eventually evacuated the man and his dog from the boat.  Both remained "calm considering being hoisted up in a helicopter at hurricane force wind," according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy.  "The dog sat on the man's lap the whole flight back to San Diego."

Dunphy told ABC News the man, who wasn't identified, had no recollection of how many days he had been at sea.  The boat had set sail from Ventura, California.  Because he lacked food and supplies, the man and dog apparently had been at sea for several days, possibly headed to Tahiti, according to the rescue crew.

He was taken to a San Diego hospital for a medical examination.  Dunphy says both the man and his dog were fine.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Feb192011

Missing Dog Mystery: Terrier Found 2 Days Later, 700 Miles Away

Photo Courtesy - KXTV Sacramento, Calif.(TACOMA, Wash.) -- The owner of a missing Patterdale Terrier is making a long road trip this weekend – from Rio Linda, Calif., to Tacoma, Wash. – to pick up his dog who went missing earlier this week, only to turn up two days later nearly 700 miles away.

When Brian Rapozo got word that his dog had been found, Marguerite Richmond of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County said the man was excited, but shocked at just how far away his dog had traveled.

“We said 'Well, he's at the shelter in Tacoma,' and he's like 'Tacoma? Tacoma, where?'”

The dog, named Bear, had no identification tag; it was identified by a microchip embedded under its skin.

“He was just really shocked to find out the dog was about 700 miles away,” Richmond said. “He had just lost the dog on Tuesday, and the dog came in on Thursday.”

How the terrier made such a long trip in such a short amount of time is -- for now -- a mystery.

“There's always a possibility it was stolen,” Richmond said. “But you never know.  Sometimes these dogs jump into somebody's cab, or they stow away in a car, and then somehow lose their collar.”

The lesson, Richmond says, is for every owner to have their pets “chipped.”

“It’s really a good safety measure for owners who really care about their pets, because any dog can lose a collar. If they have a microchip…you can't remove a microchip, and that will always find you.”

Bear and its owner were scheduled to be reunited on Saturday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec212010

Family Dog Shot by Cop for Barking?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ATLANTA) -- An Atlanta teen is devastated after he says cops shot and killed his beloved golden retriever, Boomer, for doing what he's supposed to do: bark.

"I feel like my best friend is gone," said 19-year-old Jonathan King. "Boomer was doing what he was supposed to do, barking at someone who isn't supposed to be on my land," said King.

King said that an officer from the Clayton County Police Department was called to his mother's subdivision in Jonesboro, Ga., to investigate a disturbance. While King says he did not witness the shooting, a neighbor told him that he saw the dog approach the cop and then immediately fall to the ground upon being shot.

Clayton County Police Lt. Tina Daniel told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB that the officer, who has not been named, was approached by Boomer, who "began barking and running" toward him. Daniel told WSB that the officer commanded the dog to stop but it did not, leading him to shoot and kill him.

“Never once in seven years has Boomer bitten anyone,” King said, “and I have hundreds of people who can testify."

Holding back tears, King told ABC News that seven-year-old Boomer had given his family a "sense of security" since their father died of cancer eight years ago. 

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec062010

Is There a Vet On Board? Dog Bites Two on US Airways Flight

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- You can add dog bites to the list of things passengers and flight attendants have to contend with at 30,000 feet.

That was the case Monday morning onboard US Airways Flight 522, when a small dog described as a terrier traveling in the passenger cabin was let out of its carrier by its elderly owner. The dog promptly bit a passenger and a flight attendant. US Airways said the passenger was expressly told not to open the carrier door.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware.com, the plane was west of Pittsburgh when the pilot of the Airbus A319 decided to divert the Phoenix-bound plane to Pittsburgh International Airport because of the canine bites. A US Airways spokesperson described the diversion as precautionary and said the captain did not declare an emergency.

Upon landing in Pittsburgh the plane taxied to a US Airways gate, where it was met by law enforcement officials and the fire department. An airport spokesperson tells ABC News the dog, whose breed was not immediately known, and its owner were deplaned and interviewed before being released.

Once the dog and its owner were off the plane, the flight continued to Phoenix without them. JoAnn Jenny, a spokeswoman with the Pittsburgh International Airport, said the dog and its owner were later released to board another plane to Phoenix.

Airlines, including US Airways, United, and American Airlines, limit the number and type of pets allowed in cabins. Those banned from carry-on can travel in the belly of the plane, where kennels are placed in a special pressurized and temperature-controlled section. In the winter, airlines may require documentation certifying that your pet is acclimated to temperatures lower than 45 degrees.

As for dogs, cats and other pets in the cabin? Passengers are not supposed to let them out of their travel carriers during flight, according to US Airlines.

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