A man was mauled to death during the night by his large Mastiff-type dog on July 11. The dog was later identified by Cincinnatti officials as an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog.
At 12:47 a.m. on July 11, Cincinnati’s 911 emergency dispatch received a call from Ronnel Brown saying his dog had attacked him and he believed he was going to pass out, according tonews.cincinati.com .
Cincinnati fire and police personnel rushed to the apartment complex at 3504 Cleveland Ct. in Avondale, and found the 40-year-old man already dead, according to officials--apparently mauled by the large Bulldog, said to be a rare Alpaha Blue Blood Bulldog. (Avondale is the fourth largest neighborhood in Cincinnati. It ias 18,706 residents and 40 percent are living at or below the poverty level.)
Harold Dates of SPCA Cincinnati. said, “When paramedics arrived, they could not enter the apartment because the dog was "berserk, out-of-control," reported Local 12TV News.
Police officers were forced to shoot the dog six times before it died. “I've never seen anything like this – I don't know that any of (the homicide detectives) have,” said Cincinnati Homicide Commander Lt. Bridget Bardua.
Brown had bite marks up and down his arms, officers said. They believed the dog was a trained security dog. Officers also reported they found bags of marijuana in the apartment.
The Alapaha that attacked was an 86-pound male, appeared to be in good physical condition and showed no obvious signs of abuse, said Mike Retzlaff, director of operations for SPCA Cincinnati.
There were also two 10-week-old puppies in the apartment, which appeared to be the same breed and healthy. They are being cared for by the SPCA until the police investigation is completed.
According to the website of a Southern California Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog breeder, puppies sell for between $1500 and $2000 each.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Breed History
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is an American rare dog breed, believed to have been developed in the Alapaha River region of southern Georgia by using Old Southern White Bulldogs, Catahoula Bulldogs, and a small amount of Colby Pit Bull Terriers, according to the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Association website.
An Alapaha breeder in Southern California states: “They are used for working cattle and 'catching' hogs, thus their muscles are long and powerful.” Dogs called “catch dogs” are used in a gruesome blood sport “hog dogging,” which is still very popular in the south.
Here’s how it is described by Ron Barnett in a 2005 USA Today article, 'Hog dogging' has some fighting mad.”
“Picture this, if you have the stomach for it. A wild hog with blood oozing from teeth marks in its side and missing one ear rumbles out a chute and into a fenced area. A pit bull bolts out another chute. Stopwatches click; the cheering begins.
“In seconds, the dog is gnawing on the slower animal, which is squealing in anguish and already weakened by earlier bouts.
“That's the way the South Carolina attorney general and an official for the Humane Society of the United States describe "hog-dog rodeos," and they say the pig never wins.
“The same hog may face eight to 10 dogs during the course of one of these events that have sprung up in the backwoods of the Deep South.
"The whole purpose of a hog-dog rodeo is to mutilate and inflict pain and suffering on an animal," says state Sen. Larry Grooms,
“Defenders say the events are not hog-dog fights at all but "field trials" that test the skills of hunting dogs whose job it is to pin down non-native, wild swine....says Mary Luther, president of the South Carolina-based International Catchdog Association.”
You can judge for yourself on this YouTube video called “Catch Dog!!