2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Isaiah Jacob Franklin

December 2016
Isaiah Jacob Franklin, 6
Fatal pit bull attack
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UPDATE Dec. 3, 2016 – City of Huntington Communications Director, Bryan Chambers, has confirmed that a 6-year old boy was attacked and killed by a dog late Friday evening. The incident took place late Friday evening in the 2600 Block of 9th Avenue. A male Pit Bull, who also lived with the victim, attacked the 6-year- old boy. The boy was rushed to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. – Tristateupdate.com
Huntington, WV – A dog killed a 6-year old boy Friday evening, according to Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli. The deadly attack occurred on the 2600 block of 9th Avenue. WSAZ reports the child and dog were living in the same household. Detectives from the Family Crimes Unit and Child Protective Services also responded to the scene, Ciccarelli said. Investigators have been in contact with the prosecutor’s office who will review the case to determine if charges will be filed. – DogsBite.org

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1980: First Modern Pit Bull Ordinance, Hollywood, Florida

A jurisdiction in southern Florida, the City of Hollywood, passed the first known modern pit bull ordinance in the United States after a series of attacks, most notably the horrific mauling of 7-year old Frankie Scarbrough. The Everglades Pit Bull Club vowed to fight the Hollywood ordinance. Representing the group was attorney David Cerf, who first used the “discrimination” buzzwords in the media. South Florida had been seeing these grisly attacks since 1945, when Doretta Zinke was mauled to death by a pack of fighting dogs.

Pit bull owners fight new law
Lakeland Ledger
January 24, 1980
Miami (AP) – South Florida pit bull terrier owners say they’ll fight proposed regulation of the pets, even though the breed has been involved in two savage attacks recently. After a three-hour meeting, 40 members of the Everglades Pit Bull Club voted unanimously Tuesday night to file a lawsuit against the City of Hollywood, Fla., if it adopts the final version of an ordinance requiring pit bull owners to register their dogs. The ordinance also would make owners show evidence of liability insurance. – Lakeland Ledger

The Bacon Raton News reported the same day that a 14-year old girl was attacked by a pit bull (in the City of Everglades) as South Florida pit bull owners staged a rally against the new Hollywood ordinance. The Hollywood ordinance was overturned by a judge in 1982 — it was early and not well written breed-specific legislation. By 1989, a number of other jurisdictions in South Florida had adopted pit bull laws, including Miami-Dade County, which adopted a ban. The Miami-Dade County pit bull ban was upheld as a ballot item by voters in 2012.

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1900: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Butte, MT

Dogs Days at An End
May 1, 1900
Daily Inter Mountain
Butte, Montana
Library of Congress

Dogs Days at An End
Canine Catcher Commences Business
Butte To-Day
Under the new dog ordinance, which goes into effect today, the dog catcher will begin business today instead of June 1. The canines of the city will be particularly interested in the following sections of the new law:
“Section 4. It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any bulldog to permit the same to run at large without being securely muzzled, so as to prevent said animal from biting. Any person violating this section shall upon conviction, be subjected to a fine of not less that $5 nor more that 425. – Daily Inter Mountain

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Susan Shawl

August 2016
Susan Shawl, 60
Fatal pit bull attack

The victim who was fatally attacked by her two family pit bulls has been identified as Susan Shawl, 60. The two family pit bulls belonged to Susan Shawl’s son, Richard Shawl, 36, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports. Family friends say the victim’s husband passed away as recently as July. The son has surrendered the two pit bulls to be euthanized. – CBS denver
Conifer, CO – Two family pit bulls killed a woman and injured her son Monday night. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a dog attack in the 31000 block of Black Widow Drive, a remote part of Conifer, about 7 pm. The woman died on scene, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said. Her son suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The mother and son owned the dogs, Waugh said. Authorities seized two pit bulls from the home. – DogsBite.org

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1907: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Gastonia, NC

Gaston
June 28, 1907
Gastonia (Gaston County) North Carolina
Yorkville Enquirer
Library of Congress

Gaston
Gastonia Gazette, June 25 … An ordinance passed by the city council last week places a penalty of $50 on the owner of a bulldog who gives the animal the freedom of the streets without having first properly muzzled him — the dog. – Yorkville Enquirer

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1906: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Danville, VA

Down on Bulldogs
February 15, 1906
Daneville, Virginia
The Times Dispatch
Library of Congress

Down on Bulldogs
(Special to The Times-Dispatch)
DANVILLE, VA., February 14 – Dogs was the chief topic of discussion at a lengthy meeting of Common Council of Danville last night. A comprehensive dog ordinance was adopted, which provides for the placing of muzzles on all bulldogs or canines with bulldog blood, that run at large on the streets. The ordinance further provides for a pound, in which to place all dogs that do not have on their necks tags showing that the taxes have been paid. The ordinance, adopted by the Board of Aldermen to place a $25 tax on bulldogs, curs or mongrels was defeated by the Common Council. – The Times Dispatch

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1909: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Hopkinsville, KY

Many New Ordinances
April 6, 1909
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Hopkinsville Kentuckian
Library of Congress

Many New Ordinances
Most of them Ordering Concrete Pavements Laid on Various Streets
COUNCIL’S MEETING
The City Council held a busy session Friday night will all of the members present … An ordinance was passed requiring bulldogs on the streets to be muzzled at all times, and another requiring distributors of patent medicine samples to place them in the hands of adults only. – Hopsville Kentuckian

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1909: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Walkerville, MT

January 5, 1909
Walkerville, Montana
Anaconda Standard – Page 7

Walkerville Town Has New Dog Law
Additional Duties Are Given to the Town Marshal
… Among other things it requires a license of $2 annually for every dog in the town. If a bulldog is allowed to go unmuzzled, his owner can be fined not less than $10. – Anaconda Standard

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