Coyote Attacks Pitbull

Playing ball recently turned into a vicious brawl with a coyote for one Orange County pitbull, and a Newport Beach dog trainer wants to make sure other dogs don’t fall victim to another attack.

The owners of the pitbull, who asked to remain anonymous, want to keep the details of the attack private, but did tell Newport Beach dog trainer Vladislav Roytapel how an afternoon of throwing a tennis ball to their pitbull took a horrific turn.

“Their home is located on a big piece of property facing a wooded area, and suddenly the dog stopped playing and instead ran to the back of the yard to meet the coyote,” Roytapel, who was hired to train the pitbull, explained. “The coyote didn’t run away, and the owners screamed but couldn’t stop the attack on their dog.”

The coyote took off after about five minutes, but the pitbull was left with scratches and other minor injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery, Roytapel said.

Newport Beach is no stranger to coyote sightings. Senior Animal Control Officer Valerie Schomburg said that, much like surrounding cities, there have been coyotes spotted in Newport Beach, but authorities have not noticed an increase in coyote related calls.

According to Roytapel, problems arise because coyotes see small dogs as prey and large dogs as a threat and even a possible mate.

“Coyotes are increasingly attacking our pets from backyards and even in broad daylight as pet owners are out walking them on a leash,” Roytapel said.

There are several ways for pet owners to protect their dogs from the clutches of a coyote. Here are some tips from Roytapel.

■ When your dogs are outside, make sure you always supervise them or secure them in a fully secure enclosed kennel
■ Keep your dog on a short leash during recreation and avoid retractable leashes
■ Don’t ever encourage your dog to chase a coyote! Coyotes are not squirrels and they will fight back!
■ If you have a small dog and you see a coyote, pick them up immediately
■ Like domestic dogs, coyotes will defend their territory and their young. So don’t approach to them!

To learn more pet safety tips and secrets from the Vladislav Roytapel, Newport Beach’s Russian Dog Wizard, visit www.socaldogtraining.com.

Fear pitbulls?

Another Kelowna parent is once again warning families about dangerous dog breeds after her son was attacked by a pitbull.

Jayme Bush says it’s not just pitbulls, or German shepherd dog breeds that people should be aware of.

“There are vicious dogs that are bred for other things than family pets. Don’t ever leave your child alone with an animal ever, it doesn’t matter how nice and how friendly the dog is, there is a potential for any animal to bite.”

While camping, last Saturday night, four-year-old Hayden was leaning on a picnic table, looking at a family friend’s pitbull when the dog leaped at the boy.

The dog bit Hayden in the face, in two places. The youngster was rushed to hospital. They used 32 stitches to close the wounds.

He is traumatized by the event. It has caused him to loose his appetite and he is having trouble sleeping. His mom doesn’t want this experience to ruin her son’s love for animals.

She says the whole family is going to receive trauma counseling.

“We have my brother’s little dog coming over (to play with Hayden), because I don’t want him to live in fear. Honestly I would like him to forget this ever happened.”

Hayden says he isn’t scared of his uncle’s dog Buddy, because he doesn’t bite.

Dog trainer Laurence Ormond says although what happened to Hayden is unfortunate and tragic, this is an opportunity to bring awareness to the kinds of dog breeds and personalities that families might encounter.

“I think it is a little bit dangerous to label all of these dogs. I think it’s better to take a look at the ownership of the dog and find out more about the dog in particular; instead of just judging and saying ‘oh it’s a pitbull that explains everything’, because it doesn’t.”

Ormond believes that when a dog becomes dangerous for any person to be around it is due to its up-bringing, its breeding and training.

In 2012 88 dog bites were reported to the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. Here is the bite break down of the breeds
• 20 shepherd or shepherd crosses
• 10 from border collies
• 10 Labrador retrievers
• 10 pitbull or pitbull crosses
• 38 were from unknown breeds
 

The pitbull that bit Hayden was euthanized without incident.

Cumberland County Child Severely Bitten by Dog

A Cumberland County girl is hospitalized in serious condition after she is bitten by a dog.  A witness says the attack nearly severed her leg just below the knee.  It happened just after 8 o’clock Tuesday evening near the 7 year old girl’s home in the 5000 block of Mendenhall Drive in Hampden Township.

Police say the girl and her grandfather were walking when two American bull terriers, who weren’t on a leash, ran at them from across the street.  The frightened girl began running. The larger dog, a male, bit the child several times on her left leg just below the knee. The child was rushed to a local hospital.

The two dogs were taken to the East Shore Humane Society, where police say they will be quarantined for 10 days.  The dogs’ owner has not been charged.  Hampden Township Police are investigating.

Cumberland County Child Severely Bitten by Dog

A Cumberland County girl is hospitalized in serious condition after she is bitten by a dog.  A witness says the attack nearly severed her leg just below the knee.  It happened just after 8 o’clock Tuesday evening near the 7 year old girl’s home in the 5000 block of Mendenhall Drive in Hampden Township.

Police say the girl and her grandfather were walking when two American bull terriers, who weren’t on a leash, ran at them from across the street.  The frightened girl began running. The larger dog, a male, bit the child several times on her left leg just below the knee. The child was rushed to a local hospital.

The two dogs were taken to the East Shore Humane Society, where police say they will be quarantined for 10 days.  The dogs’ owner has not been charged.  Hampden Township Police are investigating.

One dog attack per day recorded in Blacktown

Dogs

Magdalena Jablonski and Jackie Alba defend their dogs’ breed and blame lack of nurture not nature. Picture: CARMELA ROCHE
Source: The Daily Telegraph




THE western Sydney suburb of Blacktown has more than one dog attack recorded per day but two women have defended some of the most notorious breeds.


Dog trainer Jackie Alba, who runs K9 Training Academy at Just Pets in St Marys, and Magdalena Jablonski, who owns four dogs, said breeds such as the pitbull and american staffordshire weren’t necessarily aggressive by nature.

Dogged by reputation: Blacktown duo defend canines

“Dogs don’t get trained, they don’t get socialised,” Ms Alba said. “They have the potential to be dangerous in the wrong hands but so does a chihuahua.

The pair said backyard breeders were a big part of the problem because they didn’t care who they sold the dogs to and how they were treated.

“It’s all about how you raise them. We are actually making them aggressive, a lot of dogs are bred for fighting,” Ms Alba said.

Ms Jablonski added: “People need to get educated. You’ve got to treat your dog right.

“A dog will put its life on the line for its owner and, for some people who cannot have children, they become like a child for them.”