Girl, 2, Mauled To Death By Dog In West Mifflin

Girl, 2, Mauled To Death By Dog In West Mifflin
Article from CBS Local:

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA)- Police are investigating a deadly dog mauling that left a 2-year-old girl dead in West Mifflin.

The attack took place around 8:45 p.m. Sunday at a home on Fleetwood Drive.

A pit bull bit Taylynn Devaugh, 2, of Forest Hills.  She was rushed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Little Taylynn DeVaughn was a lively toddler. Her father says she was his little pride and joy and loved her family a lot.

But now, she’s gone after a pit bull mix mauled her at her mom’s sister’s boyfriend’s house on Fleetwood Street in West Mifflin.

“She’s just a lovely person, loves everybody,” said Cory DeVaughn, Taylynn’s father.

He says the whole family was at the house Sunday night. He said he was cooking dinner in the kitchen when all of a sudden, the dog attacked his daughter.

“I came out of the kitchen. He dropped her and she was gone, bleeding from here,” Cory said.

When police and paramedics got to the scene, they transported her to Jefferson Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead around 9:30 p.m. On Sunday. The dog was taken to a local kennel where it will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days. It’s unclear why the dog attacked Taylynn.

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Santa Cruz County horror: 2 dogs stuffed in sandbags, tossed from car
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4-year-old mauled to death by a dog, or dogs, at family home in Goulds

4-year-old mauled to death by a dog, or dogs, at family home in Goulds
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After spending the night at his dad’s South Miami-Dade home, 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr. wandered away Wednesday morning, setting off a panicky search and a call to police.

Twenty minutes later, police made a gruesome discovery: Javon had been mauled to death by dogs in the backyard of the Goulds home, his limp body found in the overgrown grass near a fence.

In the same yard: Two adult female terrier-boxer mixes, an adult male pit bull and three terrier-boxer mixed puppies between two and four months of age.

The young boy’s grandmother, Jocelyn Dade, collapsed, calling Javon a “beautiful child, my Pooka.”

Another woman, who declined to give her name, said she knew the child well as she sat crouched and crying near a chain-link fence several houses down from the incident.

“It’s so sad. I don’t understand,” she said.

Later Wednesday, police were interviewing Javon Dade Sr. to determine whether negligence was involved in the death of his son. Police said any decision on a criminal charge likely would come from the Miami-Dade state attorney.

Though owning a pit bull in Miami-Dade is against county ordinance and can carry a civil fine, it’s not likely to be applied in this case.

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Dog Recovered After Being Stolen From Animal Shelter
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A young dog stolen from a Chicago Heights animal shelter earlier this week has been recovered, safe and sound.

On Wednesday, three thieves went to the South Suburban Humane Society and walked away with a young dog named Cheeser.

WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports things were busy in the lobby, so no one noticed the young woman and two men who casually walked into the kennel.

CEO Emily Klehm said the trio asked a volunteer to show them a 10-month-old pitt bull mix named Cheeser.

Cheeser is safe and sound, according to a social media posting by the South Suburban Humane Society. (Facebook)

“She got him out of the cage for them to see him, and they ended up walking him out through a side door,” Klehm said.

Shelter volunteer Tony Konidaris tried to chase the suspects.

“They must have had a car waiting or something, got in, so it was like a split second thing,” he tells CBS 2’s Mike Parker. “Trust me, it’s probably better that I didn’t catch them.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Humane Society reported on its Facebook page that Cheeser had been recovered.

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Boy Mauled To Death By Dog(s) In Goulds

Boy Mauled To Death By Dog(s) In Goulds
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A child in Goulds was mauled to death by at least one dog Wednesday morning.

Police have identified the boy as 4-year-old Javon Dade, Jr.

Police were originally called to the home because Javon was missing.

“According to investigators, at approximately 10:09 a.m., police received a phone call advising of a missing 4-year old male. As officers arrived they did an area canvas where they discovered a black male, four years of age, deceased in the back yard,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Det. Robin Pinkard.

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Chopper4 over the scene spotted the tarp covered body lying in the fenced yard of a home on SW 123rd Avenue about a block south of SW 228th Street.

Neighbors told CBS4’s Gary Nelson that the boy was staying with his father, Javon Dade, Sr. in the home and the family had at least two dogs who they described as being very aggressive. They said when the family’s dogs were out in the yard they didn’t go near the fence.

“They always bark so we try to keep them away because they’re pit bulls,” neighbor Janet Howard said.

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Case Involving Killing of Dogs Sparks Outrage
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Nancy Frank could no longer care for her two Chihuahuas so she was glad to find a young man she thought would give them a good home.

Days later the dogs’ remains turned up at gruesome site in a Reno motel room where detectives found a decapitated dog and four dog heads in a small refrigerator — two belonging to Frank’s pets, according to court records.

Jason Brown, 24, was arrested July 9 and charged with six felony counts of torturing or maiming and killing an animal in the troubling case that has sparked public outrage.

Authorities said they were called to the motel in a busy area across the street from a shopping mall in suburban south Reno after a maid reported the discovery in a room Brown had been renting.

Officers also found two bloody kitchen knives, the scissors of a Swiss Army knife, two dog collars with rabies tags registered to Frank along with her dogs’ dishes, blankets and tennis balls she had given Brown to help make her pets happy.

On Wednesday, a half-dozen animal protection activists with signs demonstrated outside Reno Justice Court, where Brown’s status hearing had been scheduled but was continued to Oct. 16.

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Child mauled by family dog in Essex

Child mauled by family dog in Essex
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A toddler mauled by a dog Tuesday in Essex suffered serious injuries, Baltimore County police said.

The incident happened in the unit block of Barnacle Court just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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An initial investigation indicated a 2-year-old boy was in the home when a family pet, a 3-year-old brown pit bull named Midnight, attacked him.

“Units responded to a call for an animal complaint. When we got here, we were told that the family dog, which is a pit bull, apparently just attacked the 2-year-old child, and it was attached to his face,” said Baltimore County Police Lt. William Watts.

During the struggle to get the dog off the child, family members killed the dog, detectives said.

“I understood John had to use his knife to take the dog down. I know it was a hard decision,” said neighbor Phil Thomas.

Police said the boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his face.

It was a tough scene to look at for people who got close.

“It was a crime scene. That’s what it looked,” said neighbor Kisha Griffin.

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Neighbors Want Dog Euthanized After Girl Attacked
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Mom Mourns Infant Mauled By Pit Bulls

2-year-old girl died after she was attacked by a pair of pit bulls Saturday afternoon in South Chicago.


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Dog That Mauled 4-Year-Old Gets Online Support

Dog That Mauled 4-Year-Old Gets Online Support
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A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

A municipal court judge could rule at a March 25 hearing on whether Mickey, a pit bull that bit Kevin Vicente in the face, should be euthanized. Kevin received injuries that will require, according to doctors, months and possibly years of reconstructive surgeries.

Since the Feb. 20 attack, Mickey has become the object of a Facebook page that has gotten more than 40,000 likes and an online petition to spare his life.

Supporters say the campaign doesn’t mean they value the dog’s life above the child’s.

“This is not Kevin versus Mickey,” said attorney John Schill, who is representing the dog in the court petition. “Having Mickey killed is not going to take away Kevin’s pain or injuries. The only thing this is going to do is kill a poor, innocent dog.”

Pit bulls are viewed by some as a dangerous breed, a reputation their fans dispute.

Guadalupe Villa, who was at the scene of the attack, filed the vicious-animal petition to have the dog put down.

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Copter Plucks Stranded Dog From California Cliff
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A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department reported Sunday that a black Labrador named Oreo somehow made its way half-way down a 90-foot cliff along the county’s Pacific coast and couldn’t get back up. With the surf pounding below, a descent was not an option. So the department’s helicopter dubbed “Henry-1” was called in.

The dog was perched on a 2-foot square ledge when the helicopter crew arrived shortly before 2 p.m. PST Saturday at Portuguese Beach, about 70 miles north of San Francisco and about 20 miles west of Santa Rosa.

After the scared dog refused entreaties to climb back up, the decision was made to dangle a sheriff’s deputy about 100-feet below the helicopter. After determining the dog wasn’t spooked by the noise of the helicopter, the dangling deputy was able to attach a rope to the dog’s harness and pull it to safety after about three minutes in the air.

A large crowd of beachgoers who gathered to watch the rescue on the unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday afternoon broke into applause.

Oreo was reunited with his owner.

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Police Kill Pit Bulls After Man, Girl, Dog Mauled in Fort Worth

Police Kill Pit Bulls After Man, Girl, Dog Mauled in Fort Worth
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Two dogs were fatally shot and two people were hospitalized following a vicious dog attack overnight Monday in Fort Worth.

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Dog chasing squirrel gets stuck in pipe
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (NBC/KSBY) – Firefighters in California came to the rescue of a puppy caught in a tight spot.

This Jack Russell terrier mix got its head stuck in an irrigation pipe when it was chasing a squirrel. The squirrel made it through the pipe, but the dog did not.

His owners tried to free him using grease but had no luck.

They took the dog and the pipe to the fire department, and the owners and firefighters then all headed to an animal clinic — where veterinarians were able to sedate the pup and safely remove his head from the pipe.

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