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Indiana man mauled to death by his pit bull on Christmas Day

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.

 

Pit Bull Attack - Red Gradient Line

BY: David Harding
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 10:40 AM

 

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.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.'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.”

Pitbull Attack – Owner Convicted of Murder

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.

Dog Attacks and the Real Pitbull

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?

 

 

 Staffordshire Terrier  Presa Canario Olde English Bulldog
 Dogo Argentino  Cane Corso  Bull Mastiff
 Boxer  Boerboel  American Pitbull Terrier
 American Bulldog  Alano Espanol   Dogue-de-Bordeau

 

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.

Remember … dog training is always cheaper than a dog bite or dog attack lawsuit!