Indiana man mauled to death by his pit bull on Christmas Day
Eddie Cahill was mauled to death by his pit bull named Fat Boy on Christmas Day. Cahill’s wife, who said they never had a problem with the dog, found his body in the evening when she returned from visiting with her family.
BY: David Harding
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:40 AM
Facebook Eddie Cahill and his wife, Bianca Rodriguez. Cahill was mauled to death by one of the family’s dogs, a pit bull named Fat Boy.
A dog owner has been mauled to death by his pit bull on Christmas Day. Eddie Cahill, from Portage, Ind., was apparently killed by one of his eight-year-old dogs, Fat Boy, reports WGNtv.com. The 40-year-old owner was found at home by his wife Bianca Rodriguez. She had been spending the day with her family but returned home around 5pm. She found Fat Boy with blood in his mouth and Cahill, whose body was on the living room floor, covered in dog bites. Animal control officers were called and after the dog was tasered to get it under control, Fat Boy was then euthanized at the request of the family. The couple had another dog called Keylo.
Cahill’s family said the dog was never a problem, but a police report said the dog was “violent and unpredicatable.”
The family say that had given Fat Boy bones for Christmas and the death was a freak accident. Rodriguez said the family had never before had problems with the dog but in a police report the responding officer wrote that Cahill had been told to euthanise the dog because it was violent and unpredictable. But Rodriguez told WGNtv.com that was not true. “They were playful dogs,” she said. “One slept with the girls and the other slept with me and my husband. “I don’t want people to think bad of pit bulls. It was a freak accident. He loved the dogs.”
$35,000 Spent To Find Lost Dog
A District of Columbia woman has spent more than $35,000 in a year-long search for her beloved missing dog.
Janet Mihalyfi, 39, of Georgetown has hired psychics and private investigators, posted thousands of fliers, installed cameras in the woods and put out dog food at spots where the Rottweiler mix has reportedly been spotted.
Mihalyfi lost 5-year-old Havoc on Nov. 9, 2013, after she took him and her other dog off their leashes during a run in a wooded area. Just then, a deer bolted by and both dogs gave chase.
She hasn’t seen Havoc since.
“Anybody that has a pet knows that they are a family member,” Mihalyfi told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I love him as I would anybody that I’m close with … I can’t give up on him.”
Mihalyfi, an information technology director at a Washington consulting firm, said she has devoted every weekend since Havoc’s disappearance to the search, which she called all-consuming, exhausting and depressing.
“It’s been a very emotionally taxing year,” she said. “It just feels like all these efforts — why am I not getting closer to getting to him?”
But Mihalyfi said her hope of finding Havoc, who has an implanted identifying microchip, is constantly renewed by tips from people who have seen her signs begging for information about his whereabouts.
Mihalyfi estimates that about 30 to 40 percent of the tips have been accurate and said she has plenty of evidence that Havoc is spending his days in two wooded parks in the District that are thousands of square miles large.
Though Mihalyfi has gotten help searching from a group of volunteers sympathetic to her plight, she’s also fielded some criticism for the amount of money and time she has spent searching for a dog.
“I know people are in shock by the number but there’s also a correlation between how long I go after this,” she said. “Lost-dog searches are expensive and this has lasted a year.”
She said she can’t imagine a better way to spend her money than getting a member of her family back.
Police in central Alabama say a man’s own dog helped officers bust him on a drug charge.
Prattville Police spokeswoman Paula Barlow says the pooch named Bo followed his fleeing master, who was being pursued by officers. When the dog stopped and wagged his tail in tall grass, she says, officers found and arrested Edwin Henderson.
Barlow says the chase began when two drug officers arrived Wednesday with a search warrant and Henderson took off running.
After an investigator pointed at Henderson and told the dog “go get him,” that’s what Bo did.
Barlow says Henderson is charged with failure to obey police, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. It’s unclear if he has an attorney, and there’s no word on who’s taking care of Bo.
The apprehension of a 23-year old Maryland man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was bitten by a guard dog highlighted one of the Secret Service’s most effective weapons: its canines.
Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly subdued the latest fence jumper, who authorities identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., after he punched two of the Secret Service dogs, Hurricane and Jordan, authorities say.
The two animals were taken to a veterinarian and treated for minor bruising they suffered during the incident, according to agency spokesman Edwin Donovan, while Adesanya was taken to a hospital with injuries from a dog bite and is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.
“Both K-9s were cleared for duty by the veterinarian,” Donovan wrote in an e-mail.
Adesanya has been charged with two counts of assault on a police officer — a charge that stems from his attack on the dogs — along with one count of making threats and four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, Donovan added. All the charges except for resisting and unlawful threats are felonies; Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest.
Adesanya’s rapid apprehension posed a marked contrast to the agency’s handling of Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year old U.S. Army veteran who authorities say jumped the White House fence and ran far into the executive mansion through an unlocked front door on Sept. 19. The incident involving Gonzalez, whose arraignment was delayed Tuesday and is now scheduled to undergo a mental-health evaluation within 30 days, set off a series of embarrassing revelations about the Secret Service and helped lead to the resignation of its then-director, Julia Pierson.
In the case of Gonzalez, the agency’s guard dogs were not released, raising questions about a security breakdown at the White House. Under the Service’s protocols, there was supposed to be an attack dog, a specialized SWAT team and a guard at the front door at the ready if the officer in a guard booth on the North Lawn was unable to reach the intruder.
The decision not to release the dog last month now under review. Some people familiar with the incident say the handler probably felt he could not release the dog, because so many officers were in pursuit of Gonzalez and the dog may have attacked them instead.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security, praised the Secret Service in an interview for defending the president so effectively Wednesday.
“The swiftness of the response was impressive. They’re obviously dealing with a difficult situation, and they got him out of there in a rapid and professional manner,” Chaffetz said, adding that his only outstanding question is how closely agents were monitoring Adesanya before he jumped the fence. “Was he on a watch list, was the Secret Service aware of this individual?”
But when it comes to the K-9 unit, Chaffetz added, “I can’t say enough about how valuable they are.”
“I love the dogs,” he said, adding that having watched a video showing Hurricane and Jordan being assaulted, “I hated to see him punch the dogs, but obviously they could take a punch. I was thrilled to see they’re back on duty.”
The Secret Service’s K-9 unit is operated by the uniformed division, which is separate from the special agents who are assigned to the presidential detail. The dogs are trained at the agency’s James. J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, a complex spanning 500 acres and 31 buildings.
Former Secret Service officials said the Belgian Malinois are selected because of their unique characteristics; they are smart, strong, agile and obedient. An adult male weighs more than 60 pounds and can run in bursts twice as fast as the swiftest human. Its short hair makes it ideal for work in heat, and the Malinois are more compact, agile and higher-energy than German Shepherds.
The dogs are trained for specific skills – some are assigned to the bomb-squad and are used during security sweeps at hotels and other buildings were the presidential entourage will be staying.
The attack dogs on the White House grounds do not have any other duties than to subdue intruders, the officials said.
“Once you release the dogs to their objective, there’s not much that can stop them,” said former Secret Service director Ralph Basham, who oversaw the agency from 2003-2006. That objective, he added, is “take them down, slam into them. There are certain parts of the body they are trained to attack. They are trained to stop the intruder and give the handler time to respond.”
The Secret Service has 75 canines in all, each dog costs $4,500, according to “In the President’s Secret Service,” a 2010 book by journalist Ronald Kessler.
The agency, which began its K-9 program in 1975, puts the canine candidates through 20 weeks of training. After they are cleared for duty, they remain with their handler around the clock and undergoes at least eight hours a week of refresher training.
“They become part of the family,” according to the Secret Service Web site.
Most Secret Service dogs work until they are about 10 years old. “When a canine is ready to retire,” the site said, “it is retired to the handler.”
The canines are just one component of security on the White House grounds. Heavily armed SWAT team members with rifles and black riot gear patrol the grounds, while sharpshooting anti-sniper units are positioned on the roof. Cameras and guards are positioned at the perimeter, along with other officers inside the building.
The dogs are carefully handled. They “live, breath, sleep and eat with their handlers,” Basham said. “They are constantly training; they go back for refresher courses.”|
They don’t have a spotless record, however. In April 2012, Secret Service agents on a presidential trip to Cartagena, Colombia, reportedly allowed the dogs to defecate on the property of the Hotel Caribe, near the hotel manager’s room — angering the staff.
The friction helped convince the hotel management to intervene later in the trip after a late-night altercation in a hotel hallway between a Secret Service supervisor and a local prostitute who accused him of not paying her. The resulting scandal cost 10 Secret Service members their jobs and has been one of the most-embarrassing episodes for the agency in recent years.
Other government agencies also use the Belgian Malinois. Perhaps the most famous is the Navy Seal-trained Belgian Malinois that operated as part of the team that cornered and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
And fallen K-9s merit full honors. Homeland Security bestowed an official commemoration for Maxo, a 3-year-old Malinois who fell to its death in 2013 from the sixth floor of a parking area in New Orleans while doing advance sweeps for a visit by Vice President Biden.
Although the dogs are thoroughly trained and disciplined, one former George W. Bush administration official recalled some trepidation among Secret Service staff about whether the dogs might inadvertently cause harm to the president’s dog Barney, a Scottish Terrier.
Perhaps attesting to the Belgian Malinois’ sophisticated training — or perhaps to a carefully negotiated bilateral canine detente — Barney made it through his eight years in office safe and sound. The former first pooch died in 2013, at age 12, of lymphoma.
Brian Murphy contributed to this report.
Dogs & Cats as Fishing Bait
We could not believe this story and thought it was just a bit of sick humor or even something to grab your attention, taking you to someone’s website … but in fact, it wasn’t. Unfortunately … this repulsive act of animal cruelty, is all too real. Below, is an article we found discussing the act of using dogs and cats as bait for sharks and alligators. This article was written back in 2005, when a yellow labrador puppy, 6 months old, was found with a double hook through its snout, as well as a hook through its leg.
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What you are about to read, may make you sick, angry, puzzled or all three …
Stray dogs are being skewered on hooks and dragged behind boats as live shark bait.
The cruel practice takes place on French-controlled Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where Prince William spent two holidays.
A six-month-old labrador pup was recently found ALIVE with a huge double hook through its snout — like the dog above — and another through a leg. The pup was found in a coastal creek and is thought to have somehow freed itself from a fishing line. But other dogs and kittens have been chomped up and swallowed by sharks. The RSPCA plans to petition the French government, demanding an end to the hideous torture.
PETITION: Please help stop French Islander and Mexican fishermen using live dogs and kittens as shark bait
To: The French and Mexican Governments
We have to stop this PLEASE help!
French Islanders using live puppies and kittens as shark bait??
Please stop this senseless abuse to innocent puppies and kittens. French Islander and Mexican fishermen are using LIVE puppies and kittens as shark bait!! No living being should have to undergo this torture and insurmountable fear! This is inhumane and must stop NOW. Together we can make a difference and let our voice be heard as ONE. Please sign this petition and please pass this along. Thank you for caring. Blessed be
Currently the penalty is only 2 years and $36,000 that is far too little for such a heinous crime. We urge that you raise the penalty to 10 years in prison with NO parole and a fine of $100,000. This will hopefully act as a deterrent and will stop these horrendous acts against innocent animals. Please do the right thing and help us stop these people.
Islanders on the French controlled Reunion Island have been using live dogs as shark bait.
The Sun claims that “a six-month-old labrador pup was recently found alive with a huge double hook through its snout – like the dog above – and another through a leg.”
It is also claimed that local fisherman have also been using kittens!
Reunion Island is an overseas departments of France and an official region of France, giving it the same status as a province or state in other countries.
Origins – The claim that live dogs (and cats) were being used as bait by shark fisherman on Réunion Island (a French-controlled territory just off the coast of Southern Africa in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar) started hitting the world press in August 2005 and picked up steam in early October 2005, when it was reported by publications such as the UK’s Sun (an excerpt from which is quoted at the head of this page) and Sweden’s Aftonbladet, complete with a heart-rending picture of a purported “bait dog” with a large hook through its muzzle. Animal rights groups such as the RSPCA have taken up the cause of putting a stop to the horrible practice.
Many observers remain skeptical of such claims, however, positing theories that range from media and animal rights groups having been taken in by a hoax to a deliberate disinformation campaign being waged by activists who seek to end the slaughter of sharks for their fins and cartilage by Indian Ocean fisherman. Arguments have flown back and forth over the practicality and plausibility (or lack thereof) of Réunion Islanders fishing for sharks in the manner described.
A 2006 Réunion newspaper article acknowledged the practice and reported the recent prosecution of a deliveryman (and amateur fisherman) on that island over animal cruelty charges associated with the described activity, suggesting that although there may be some truth to the shark-fishing claim, the practice does not appear to be as widespread or horrific (or tolerated) as implied by news reports in the foreign press. Rather than describing hordes of shark fisherman impaling live dogs on hooks and dragging them behind boats as shark bait, the article noted that employing dogs in shark-fishing was largely the province of a small group of amateur fisherman rather than large numbers of professionals, that the dogs used were generally dead animals picked up from roadsides or culled from the island’s large population of unwanted strays (estimated at 150,000), and that the no-longer-alive animals were attached to unattended buoyed “shark trap” platforms rather than dragged alive behind boats.
The French embassy in Washington, D.C., also maintained that although the practice was not unknown, its occurrence and acceptance was not nearly as prevalent as recent news reports had made it seem:
Thank you for writing to us with your concerns. We too denounce the barbaric practices you refer to. Such acts are obviously illegal and will not be tolerated on French territory. But while we share your revulsion, we would like to emphasize that the practice of using live dogs or cats as shark bait is in fact exceptional and isolated. It was never widespread nor traditional, but introduced by ruthless individuals, and has been strictly banned for decades now.
TV reports that raised initial indignation when they were aired in France and abroad in 2005 were filmed locally in 2003 following the discovery of a mutilated dog. The last few months have seen two identical events which received heavy media coverage (one of these events was soon determined to be a false alarm). But can these vile occurrences lead us to conclude that there is an ongoing tradition of barbarism on Reunion Island?
Reunion Island, a French territory and a European region, obeys the laws and regulations of the French Republic and the European Union. It respects the rule of law and does not practice inhumane ancestral practices. The facts that elicited your complaint are the act of a few isolated, irresponsible parties who are being sought by the police and will be brought to justice. The authorities on the island are closely monitoring the situation; one person is in custody and appeared in court on Friday September 30, 2005. All suspicions of such acts will be investigated, and animal protection organizations that have any specific information on these matters are strongly encouraged to inform French police authorities.
The French minister for agriculture and fisheries, Dominique Bussereau, is fully aware of the media and public outcry regarding this issue, and has written to the French National Assembly to emphasize that several measures have been taken to strengthen already existing laws. Veterinarians have been directed to immediately report any suspicious wounds to authorities, and the police will increase their inspections of fishing and pleasure vessels. Meanwhile, a sterilization campaign, launched in 2001 to reduce the number of stray dogs and cats on the island, continues.
Animal rights are an important issue in France: over half of French households have at least one pet, and France has some of the world’s most stringent animal rights legislation. French law provides for the prosecution of those who are cruel to animals. Voluntary cruelty to animals is punishable by a sentence of two years in prison and a 30,000 euro fine (equivalent to about $36,000).
Cordialement / Regards
Service de Presse et d’Information / Press & Information Service
Ambassade de France / Embassy of France
The photo displayed at the head of this page, which has adorned several news articles and humane society-related web pages on this topic, is a frame from a 2005 video produced by the 30 Million Friends Foundation. The video purportedly documents the case of a dog that had escaped from fishermen who planned to use it as shark bait; skeptics have questioned the authenticity of the video, maintaining that it merely shows the aftermath of an accidental entanglement that has been mistakenly or deceptively misused for publicity’s sake.
I had a family member send me a video of several shepherds walking without leash, on a busy road. He was impressed at how obedient the dogs were … but I had to point out to him that those dogs were conditioned with fear tactics. The dogs in the video are being walked with e-collars on … better known as shock collars. These dogs are tripping over each other to stay right on top of their owner, so they don’t get shocked. It’s pretty sad in my opinion. The dogs are walking with their heads down, rather than high and proud and while investigating an approaching human, one of the dogs gets shocked.
The E-Collar is a great tool, if used correctly. But most people who use them, use them absolutely wrong. When the dog does something the handler don’t like, they get shocked … and this is not the correct way. There are even several so called trainers out there, using shock collars as part of their training program, without having any type of formal training with the tool themselves.
How can you train someone how to correctly use an e-collar, when you don’t even know what your doing yourself? Okay, so they went to a seminar or 2 … I guess that makes them an expert. LOL … no! It makes them dangerous.
Even with 6 er 7 years of e-collar training … I don’t feel like I have expertise to instruct another on proper use.
Be careful folks … There are several unqualified “trainers out there. There are some great trainers out there as well … but there are those who don’t have a clue.
Here’s the video … form your own opinion.
Pitbull Attack – Owner Convicted of Murder
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California where residents said they carried rocks and guns for protection against packs of dogs.
Alex Donald Jackson, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder and could get 24 years to life in prison at his sentencing scheduled for Oct. 3.
Jackson owned four pit bulls that mauled 63-year-old Pamela Devitt during her morning walk in Little Rock on May 9, 2013.
Devitt died from blood loss after being bitten 200 times, the coroner’s office said. Gashes in her flesh were so deep that bone was exposed.
Prosecutors argued that Jackson was not just negligent but also knew that his animals could endanger someone’s life. They presented evidence that the dogs were involved in at least seven other altercations in the 18 months before the fatal attack.
In Little Rock, an Antelope Valley town of about 1,400 people, residents told the Los Angeles Times that they were often cornered by packs of dogs. Some have forbid their children from playing outside and have taken to carrying sticks, rocks and guns for protection.
Vincent Jackson said his brother Alex has accepted some responsibility in the case and wrote a letter to the victim’s husband that was never sent. Still, Vincent Jackson thinks the murder charge is a knee-jerk reaction to the community’s disdain for pit bulls.
“It feels like they’re trying to make an example of him,” Vincent Jackson said about his brother.
Defense attorney Al Kim echoed that sentiment, saying his client was taking the brunt of the rural area’s growing frustration over abandoned animals.
“At some point, something needs to be done about these stray dogs, and I think an unfair amount of responsibility is being directed at my client,” Kim said before the verdict was returned. “Does that mean he’s a murderer? Absolutely not.”
The National Canine Research Council estimates about 30 people are killed by dogs each year. Murder charges are rare because prosecutors must prove that the defendant knew the dogs were dangerous before the killing.
In trial testimony, several horseback riders said they had been chased or bitten by Alex Jackson’s dogs. Neighbors said the dogs jumped over a fence and made it difficult to retrieve mail. A mail carrier testified that he was unable to make a delivery to Alex Jackson’s residence because of a threatening dog that eventually chased his vehicle for half a mile.
Jackson testified that he was unaware of most of the incidents. He said he would have gotten rid of the dogs if he thought they were capable of killing someone.
At the time of his arrest, Jackson had eight dogs living at the home he shared with his mother. He had placed the four involved in the attack in his garage.
“I feel terrible about it. This isn’t anything that I orchestrated or planned, that I wanted to have happen,” he said.
Animal control officers testified that an inebriated Jackson told them shortly after the attack: “If you mess with me, you’re coming into the lions’ den.”
The victim’s husband, Ben Devitt, said he wanted a guilty verdict to set a precedent and make people aware that their dogs can create a dangerous situation.
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We have been hearing a lot more about the dog attacks going on across the country lately. At the center of those attacks is the “Pitbull” or what people are calling the Pitbull. In fact, what people are calling the Pitbull breed is not always the case. There are so many bully breeds out there and many of those are similar to the Pitbull, but in fact, they are not. When any breed resembling the Pitbull breed is found to be the aggressor in a dog attack, it is automatically labeled a Pitbull.
We have compiled a few pictures of dogs that may or may not be an actual Pitbull. The reason we have done this, is to show you how easy it is to be bias about a breed that many know very little of. Can you pick the right one?
Be honest … did you choose the correct dog on your first choice? This is why so many people mistake many other breeds for the Pitbull breed. In many “Pitbull” attacks, the attacker is not even a Pitbull. We recently did an interview for our local news station about the recent dog attacks in the Dayton, Ohio area. One of the questions asked, was “Is there a such thing as a bad breed of Dog?” We answered that question with the following statement. “There is no such thing as a bad breed … but there are bad owners.” The problem with many dog owners and where they go wrong is … dog owners wait for something to happen, before they seek professional help from a dog trainer, instead of being proactive. The moment you notice anything outside of normalcy with your dog, you should be seeking the help and assistance of a professional dog trainer.