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Dog Attacks on the Rise in Dayton, Ohio

Infant Killed in Dog Attack in Dayton, Ohio


(Reuters) – An autopsy was under way on an Ohio infant who died this weekend after being attacked by a relative’s dog, a coroner’s office said Monday.

The 7-month-old boy, Jonathon Quarles, Jr, was fatally mauled by his step-grandmother’s dog around midday Sunday, according to the Dayton Police Department.

In a 911 call released by police, a neighbor of the woman who was babysitting Quarles told a dispatcher that the woman came to his door, holding the baby in her hands “and the baby’s not breathing.”

The child was not responsive by the time medical help arrived, said Chris Williams, superintendent of investigation for the Dayton police.

The dog was identified by its owner as an American Staffordshire terrier and resembles what is commonly known as a pit bull, Williams said. The dog was removed from the home following the attack.

No charges have yet been filed, but police are investigating, Williams said.

Preliminary autopsy findings could be available later Monday, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County coroner’s office said.



A Note from Dayton Dog Trainer

Unfortunately, there are more and more dog attacks going on in the Dayton area. This isn’t a dog problem … this is an owner problem. The best advice Dayton Dog Trainer can give you is … Don’t wait for something to happen before you seek professional help with your dog. At the first notice of something not being right with your dog, you need to seek help. Remember … training is always cheaper than a lawsuit … and no matter what you do, you can not bring a human being back to life if your dog takes a life.

Another Fatal Dog Attack

Michigan dog owner may be charged in fatal attack

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METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

Craig Sytsma, 46, of Livonia was attacked by the cane corsos Wednesday evening in Metamora Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit, authorities in Lapeer County said. He was unconscious when he was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said.

“He was jogging, doing what everybody else does out there, running and riding bikes,” said Metamora Township police Officer Sean Leathers, who was one of the first on the scene. According to police, a man mowing his lawn nearby saw the attack, got a gun and tried to shoot at the animals to chase them off.

Under Michigan law, a person may face involuntary manslaughter or other charges in such an attack. The county prosecutor’s office is expected to review the case.

The dogs, previously identified as bull mastiffs, were quarantined at the Lapeer County Animal Shelter. Sheriff’s Detective Jason Parks said the dogs were brought in by their owner, a 45-year-old man, and authorities will seek to have the dogs destroyed.

Sytsma, a divorced father of three, worked for Eltro Services in nearby northern Oakland County and had apparently decided to jog after leaving work, the Detroit Free Press said.

In May 2012, there was a report of a dog bite where the animal returned to the same property, Metamora Township Police Chief David Mallett told The Flint Journal. And in November 2013, a man was taken to a hospital after being bitten by a dog that returned to the address.

Mallett said he didn’t know whether the same dog or dogs were involved.

Oxford resident April Smith told the Free Press, however, that one of the dogs involved on Wednesday attacked her in May 2012. Smith said she and her sister were walking two dogs when she was bitten. She said she was horrified that the owner still had the dogs.

“It’s just crazy to me,” Smith said. “Animal control should have done something. It should have never gone this far. The fact this has led to a death, it’s sickening.”

Some people in past dog attacks in Michigan have been charged. A Livingston County woman whose American bulldogs in September 2007 fatally mauled two people, including a 91-year-old man, was sentenced to prison in 2008. She pleaded no contest to two felony counts of keeping dangerous animals causing death and a misdemeanor charge of allowing her dogs to stray.

Dog Walks 400 Miles

Dog Walks 400 Miles to World Cup

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World Cup Dog

Four British soccer fans walking from Argentina to Brazil for the World Cup games thought that the black dog who joined them in Uruguay was homeless. They befriended him, fed him and called him Jefferson.

But the dog did have an owner, and when he heard about the Brits and their canine traveling companion, he contacted the group through Facebook. They made plans to meet up in Porto Alegre, Brazil, so Ignacio (Nacho) Etchetchury could be reunited with his pet, who he calls Negro.

After walking an estimated 463 miles over the course of two months, the dog’s emotional reunion with Etchetchury Sunday was captured on video. Etchetchury said he was grateful to the soccer fans for taking care of his dog.

Dog Escapes Texas Yard and Ends Up in Ohio

Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio AP

Texas Dog
(Photo courtesy of Mike Saiz)


Corbin is held by Sherrie Thornton. Thornton picked Corbin up at the shelter in Hamilton, Ohio, and took him to the other couple that offered to drive him back to Texas.


Gradient UnderlineHAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.The 3-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Corbin dug a hole under a fence in his backyard in Killeen, Texas, on March 25. He was found Saturday tied to a bench outside the animal shelter in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.”It sounds like one of those too-good-to-be-true stories,” Corbin’s owner, Mike Saiz, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “This isn’t the first time he dug a hole under the fence. One time he was waiting for us on our front porch and the other two times we had to pick him up from the local pound.”A surveillance camera at the Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton recorded a woman leaving Corbin at the shelter late Friday night. Staff found him the next day.Corbin was in good shape, just soaking wet from rain and a little scared, said Kurt Merbs, supervisor of Butler County’s dog warden’s division. Authorities are hoping to identify the woman and see if they can get answers about how Corbin ended up in Ohio and at the shelter, Merbs said Wednesday.

The staff located Saiz after finding a microchip on him that contained his owners’ information.

“They called my wife and she told me that they found our dog, but she didn’t sound happy about it,” Saiz said. “I asked if he was OK and she told me he was fine. I then asked where the shelter was and she said, ‘Hamilton — not Hamilton, Texas … Hamilton, Ohio.'”

Lindsey Jacobellis Puppy Adoption

Lindsey Jacobellis and her newest family memberTeam USA is winning the puppy Olympics.

Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is the latest athlete to be working out the details to adopt a stray dog.

She posted a few pictures of her newest family member, saying that she’s just waiting for paperwork to bring the little guy home.

Jacobellis had a rough run at Sochi, crashing out of the snowboard cross in the semifinals.

Lindsey JacobellisWho knew the consolation prize would be a puppy?

Fellow USA skier Gus Kenworthy picked up a silver medal in slopestyle
skiing earlier in the Games and he has decided to bring not one, but five pups back to the States.

Who knows … there could be many more adoptions, before Olympic end.



Note from DDT:
What about all of the dogs currently in shelters across America? Why bring them home from another country, when they are already here … waiting for you to provide them a home?



Puppy with ‘demons’ euthanized in Texas

The story below, made national news today. I find it hard to believe, that this dog would be put down, because it was aggressive. Actually … I find it hard to believe, this puppy was aggressive! At 12 weeks old, most puppies are going through a teething stage. It is ridiculous to think, this dog could not have been saved, even if there was a bit of aggression.

So many times, have I heard of Veterinarians doctors suggest that a dog be put down, because it is aggressive. I truly wish these doctors would stick to what they know, and stay out of what they don’t! They are Doctors, not trainers or handlers. They need to stick to medicine!

This is just another sad case of someone not knowing what they are doing!




Demon Dog in Texas

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (WOAI) — Was a dog described to have “demons” put down at the Humane Society of New Braunfels Area?

Controversy and questions are swirling around the town after a 12-week old puppy was put down last Tuesday. The puppy’s fate has Elaine Buchhorn up in arms.

“It really hurts to see this is the way they manage the facility,” she said.

She fostered the puppy her son found for about a month and she worked hard to find “Baby George” a home before dropping him off Friday, Oct. 11 at the shelter. The Chihuahua-Dachshund mix was euthanized last Tuesday.

“It did go after one of our employees. The employee left it alone, because it is a younger animal we wanted to give it some time to relax, went back a second time and it did try to bite her again. It was showing aggression,” explained Billie Zercher, executive director of the Humane Society.

“That just doesn’t sound like the dog I brought in. I said, please check your records this does not sound true,” Buchhorn said. She kept the puppy around her other two dogs and her toddler granddaughter while she was fostering it.

A Facebook post on the Humane Society page only fanned the flames.

“They had posted they were sad they had to put this puppy down it was filled with demons and showed aggression,” Buchhorn said.

“What it was meaning was something was causing this animal to be aggressive. It was unknown why,” explained Zercher. She could not quote the exact post, but said a board member posted the message, which has been deleted.

Zercher stands by the decision to put the put to sleep. “Under our shelter policies, anything that shows aggression can’t be put up for adoption,” she said.

Buchhorn is still upset. “I was willing to take the dog back. It didn’t have to be euthanized,” she said.

Buchhorn signed a release form when she dropped off the puppy, releasing the rights of the animal to the Humane Society.

There is a petition online to prosecute the person who authorized the euthanasia. So far, it has about 14 signatures.

American Hero Dog

Elle The PitbullBully for her!

Elle the pit bull is 2013 American Hero Dog

Pit bulls have a reputation for being aggressive, but it’s not unusual to find Elle, a 5-year-old pit bull, cuddling up to elementary school children for story time.

In fact, she does it regularly. Elle is a therapy dog at an elementary and a middle school in North Carolina. With help from her owner, Leah Brewer, 42, Elle started a reading program called “Tail Wagging Tales” to help students practice reading and strengthen confidence.

Students at Vaughan Elementary in Macon, N.C. and Chaloner Middle School in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., take turns sitting with Elle and reading out loud to her for 20 minutes. “She provides confidence for students and a comforting ear,” Brewer told TODAY.com. (No word yet on what her favorite book is.)

On Saturday, Elle’s efforts earned her the honor of being named the 2013 American Hero Dog by the American Humane Association, beating out other finalists who had their own tales of heroism – like Carlos, an explosive detector dog (EDD) who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, and John D, a rescue dog who uses his scenting capabilities to detect cancer in patients.

“The point of the award show is to celebrate these dogs who really work and perform service to humans,” Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, told TODAY.com.

Elle and the other finalists were flown in style to Los Angeles alongside their owners to attend the star-studded awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her win is a sign that misconceptions about pit bulls might be changing.

“The dog community is trying to grapple with issues around what to do with breeds that have some bad reputations, “ said Ganzert. “This is a fantastic awakening to see a pit bull win.”

The Humane Association awarded Elle the top honor after combining more than 1 million public votes with those from a panel of animal activists and celebrity judges that included Kristin Chenoweth, Candy Spelling and Miranda Lambert. Other finalists included:

  • Cassidy, a three-legged dog who visits rehabilitation centers to comfort children with disabilities.
  • Jingles, a guide dog who brings joy, exuberance and safe travels to her disabled owner.
  • Lola, a rescued guide dog who connects her deaf owner to the surrounding world.
  • K9 Lakota, who was forced into retirement after he and his accompanying officer were injured in a car accident. His story is now used to help change dog protection laws for police dogs.
  • SD Bronx, who helps his 14-year-old owner battle seizures.

Saturday night’s award show was hosted by actor Joey Lawrence. The “Hero Dog Awards” will air in a 90-minute special on the Hallmark Channel on Oct. 30.

A Card from a Client

A Card from a Client
This is a card that Dayton Dog Trainer just received in the mail today. This comes from the Davis Family, who have been great clients for us and had their dog “Tommy” trained. This family decided to go with our “Board and Train” package and Tommy came to live with us, in our home for about 7 to 10 days. When Tommy came to us, he was un-trained, very spoiled and had a fear of going up and down stairs. He was also having a bit of potty issues and was a hyper little boy that loved to play and get on the furniture and bark excessively.


Card_2We had originally setup the training package for Tommy to stay with us for around 5 to 7 days. Although he did rather well in those days, we were not happy with where he was after that time, so we contacted the Davis family and asked if we could keep Tommy with us for another few days. They advised that “if that is what we needed to get Tommy on track, then they wanted what was best for Tommy.” After a few more days, we had Tommy doing very well with all his commands and his house manners.


Tommy was a special client of ours, as he was the very first dog to be trained using actual sign language hand commands. This was awesome for us, as we had an opportunity to learn a bit from our clients.


While checking the mail today, I found the attached card in our mail from the Davis family. Dayton Dog Trainer would like to thank the Davis family for their business, their patience in teaching us sign language and for their kindness in sending us this card. We truly appreciate receiving such an item in the mail, as it verifies we are doing the right job for our clients. Thank You!


TommyBelow is a picture of Tommy, which was also sent to us in this card. We will add it to our wall of pictures in our office, for all to see. Tommy is welcome to visit us any time in the future, as we hope he does. We enjoy receiving cards and letters, letting us know how our trained dogs are doing, after going through training. Whether it’s good or bad, we like to know, so we know if we are doing the right thing.

Dog Theft on the Rise

Dog Theft ChartWhen a family from Monroe, Wash., returned home from vacation in 2011, they were heartbroken to learn that their 3-month-old puppy had run away. Police later discovered that the story was more complicated: The 17-year-old girl who was hired to watch the pooch had stolen it and sold the puppy on Craigslist for $200, according to media reports.

Similar stories on “dog flipping” have been reported elsewhere, such as in Georgia and Indiana, which underscore data from the American Kennel Club (AKC) showing that dog thefts are on the rise, increasing 27.8% between January and May on a year-over-year basis.

The thieves can be bold. Indeed, someone stole three purebred German shepherds valued at $2,500 each in May from a kennel in Hawaii.

AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson, in an email to MSN moneyNOW said the AKC’s Companion Animal Recovery National Pet Theft Database shows “pet theft has consistently been on the rise over the past five years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.”

These reports should prompt pet owners to take extra precautions such as “microchipping” their furry friends so that their owners’ addresses can be determined if their pets get lost or stolen. Without these records, reuniting pets and their owners can be difficult.

Pet theft reports surge in the summertime in places such as New York City as “pet parents” run errands and walk their pets at the same time to take advantage of the nice weather.

Unfortunately, catching the thieves can be difficult.Dog Theft Puppy

“Most often dogs are taken from one area and sold far away so there will be no connection,” according to A Helping Paw, which operates a shelter in Massachusetts. “Dogs are even being stolen from pet stores and animal shelters.”

Thieves are especially interested in purebred and smaller dogs, which are easy to transport, that they can sell for quick cash. According to the AKC, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Labrador retrievers and French bulldogs are popular with thieves. Pit bulls are the most-stolen dogs so far this year.

Some evidence indicates that stolen dogs can wind up being used as “bait” in dog fighting rings. Some are even held for ransom. Sadly, this is a worldwide problem and has been reported in the U.K. and Canada among other places.

Using common sense may also help thwart would-be thieves. The ASPCA encourages pet owners to leave their furry friends at home unless the owners are going to “pet-friendly” businesses and to keep a close eye on their pet when it’s off the leash. Also, be suspicious of strangers who say they admire your dog but pepper you with questions about how much it costs and where you live.

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