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5 Pit Bull Attacks in New Mexico May Mean Tougher Law Enforcement
Two more serious Pit Bull attacks have brought the total to five in New Mexico for May 2012.
On May 24, a Las Cruces man was taking his daily walk with his old Border Collie mix when his dog was attacked by two pit bulls near Dalrymple Road and Trojan Loop, according to a KVIA News report.
Bill Boling, 63, told reporters that he takes the same stroll each morning, and he was just a few yards from his house on Wednesday when he saw two Pit Bulls headed straight for him and his dog. Boling told ABC-7 he tried to stop them by throwing a rock, but the Pit Bulls grabbed Carley, his elderly Border Collie Mix and dragged her down in a ditch along with Boling would not let go of Carley’s leash
"About halfway down I thought, I better do something because we're in trouble," Boling said.
Luckily, he had a 3-inch pocketknife with him, "One dog had my dog by the throat and the other dog had her by the heels, trying to rip her stomach or whatever they do. The dog that had her by the throat, every time I'd stab it he'd let up a little bit, but I could never get a good shot at the jugular or anything like that. (I) stabbed it, stabbed it. My dog was screaming, poor thing," Boling told ABC7 News.
His neighbor saw the gruesome struggle from his backyard and said, “"It was pretty terrifying.”
Boling said he believes he stabbed the pit bulls about 60 or 70 times before they finally backed off. He said he asked his neighbor to take care of his dog. “I came back to my house and I got a pistol and I shot one of the dogs," Boling said.
Mr. Boling said the only positive thing about this attack is it could finally make people pay attention to the potential dangers from some Pit Bulls. "I hope we can use this and let the powers that be realize that we've got a problem out here. Those dogs could've just as easily pulled a 60-, 70-pound child down there in that ditch and killed (him or her)," Boling said.
Boling said he's grateful his dog, Carley, survived. "That dog's a good friend of mine. Thank God she's going to make it through this," Boling said.
The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department said the Pit Bulls had microchips and their shots are current. The owner was identified as Chris Sanchez, 26, who surrendered the dogs for euthanasia, KVIA reported.
Deputies said Sanchez surrendered custody of the dogs and both have been euthanized.
Sanchez is charged with four misdemeanors, two counts of failure to restrain an animal and two counts of having a vicious and/or dangerous animal.
Carley, the Border Collie, is recovering from injuries all over her body.
The Sheriff’s department for Doña Ana County, which serves Las Cruces, issued a statement on May 25, 2012, that deputies will be seriously enforcing an existing statute outlining strict regulations for owners of vicious dogs, according to a KTSM News report.
However, Deputy Robyn Gojkovich, an investigator with the sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, made it clear, “This is not an issue about pit bulls,” said “And it’s not targeted at the various breeds of potentially dangerous dogs, either. This is about public safety, and it starts with holding owners legally responsible for their dogs.”
Owners in violation of the requirements will be charged with a misdemeanor offense. The ordinance requires the owners of any breed of dog that is deemed potentially dangerous to have a permit. In order to receive a permit, owners must meet several requirements, including a current rabies vaccination and microchip, a proper enclosure for the dog and the owner must demonstrate they are able to keep the dog under control at all times.
Any owner of a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog that causes injury or death of a human being, without provocation, is subject to being charged with a third-degree felony.
OTHER PIT BULLS ATTACKS IN MAY IN NEW MEXICO
On May 15, KRQE News reported that a 12-year-old Hobbs, N.M., boy with cancer became the latest victim of a Pit Bull mauling. Christian Daniels is battling to survive leukemia and is Daniels is in his second year of chemotherapy, which reduces his immune system. His mother said a dog bite could be deadly.
Christian said he was riding his skateboard on Monday, May 14, and was within a block of home when he first heard a dog barking. "I looked back, nothing was there, then I heard more barking, it got louder, looked back and there was a dog jumping right at me," He yelled and kicked, but the pit bull mix had him pinned. "The dog got me on the ground, and then it was biting me," "It got my hand and my shoulder."
For six days, his injuries prevented him from using his left hand but Christian knew he had to stop the bleeding He told reporters, "If I bleed too much, I'll bleed to death.”
The Pit Bull mix had broken its chain and did not have current rabies immunization, so Daniels also had to endure a series of rabies shots. The dog is quarantined at the Hobbs Animal Shelter and is expected to be humanely euthanized. It was relinquished by the owners, who said they do not want it back, according to KRQE. http://www.krqe.com/dpp/health/kid-fighting-cancer-attacked-by-pit-bull
Pit Bull Kills Toddler, Neighbors Try to Shoot It, Wound Grandma - On May 8, little Jazilyn Mesa was killed by the family’s 2-year-old Pit Bull in Las Cruces. Her grandmother was also bitten by the dog and was accidentally shot by a neighbor trying to stop the attack. Read more: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/pit-bull-kills-toddler-neighbors-try-shoot-it-wound-grandma
1 Week in New Mexico, 2-Deaths by Pit-Bulls. On May 2, Gavin Wright of Santa Fe came home from work to find that his Pit Bull, Achilles, had attacked and killed his 74-year-old father on his front porch. A partial transcript of Wright’s 911 phone call included the following description:
“I just got home from work. I live with my father. I take care of him. He's there on the front porch. It looks like my dog got him, for whatever reason. I don't (expletive) know what happened. I don't know how long he's been sitting here, ok. He's stiff as a (expletive) brick. What else do you need to know, homie? What else do you need to know?” Read more: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/1-week-new-mexico-2-deaths-pit-bulls
Pit bull kills Pomeranian at Soccer Game. While a nine-year-old girl watched, a Pit Bull suddenly grabbed her beloved little Pomeranian and killed it as she held the little dog’s leash at a children’s soccer game in Roswell, N.M. (LINK)