Girl mauled by dog is now fighting brain cancer
By David Hutton,

SASKATOON - A six-year-old girl who was mauled by a dog earlier this year is now fighting brain cancer. Jaidyn Siemens-Solanik, 6, was diagnosed with brain cancer in September, exactly nine months to the day after she was mauled by Bandit, a neighbour's dog. Her family is questioning whether ... (more)


World's Largest Dog Training Company Offers Free Online Public Service Program for Children

Indianapolis,IN - October 6, 2008- Deborah Harlen, a dog behavioral therapist and trainer with Bark Busters - the world's largest, most trusted dog training company - today announced the launch of the Bach & Buster Buddy Dog Safety ProgramTM, a free online public service program designed to help educate children about dog safety and bite prevention. ... (more)


Program shows kids how to avoid dog bites
Sept. 30, 2008 08:04 AM

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will offer free classes on dog safety and bite prevention in West Valley schools. The program is run by Gail Meserve, who as a child was severely bitten by a dog. More than 4.7 million dog bites were reported in the United States last year, with half suffered by children, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Statistics also show boys are more frequently bitten than girls. "We want to educate kids enough to ... (more)


Simi Valley girl, 5, dies after backyard attack from pit bull
By Adam Foxman (Contact)

A 5-year-old girl bitten by a pit bull at a Simi Valley home last week has died, authorities said Monday. The attack occurred about 8:45 p.m. Sept. 23 in a home in the 1000 block of Appleton Road, said Lt. Paul Fitzpatrick of the Simi Valley Police Department, which did not report the incident to the media until asked about it Monday. Katya Teresa Todesco of Simi Valley was in the backyard with a 35-pound pit bull mix when the dog attacked her, biting her in the face and neck, said county Animal Regulation Director Kathy Jenks. Katya was taken to Simi Valley Hospital, then transferred to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. She was pronounced ... (more)


Dogs and Kids: A Fatal Mix?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For these children, "dog's best friend" was just the opposite. Getty Images This weekend, we heard about the 10-year-old boy from Michigan who was forced to get his arm amputated after being severely mauled by his family's pet pit bull. Then two days later, an 8-week-old baby from Oklahoma was mauled and killed by a black lab puppy when he was left unattended in his baby swing. The CDC estimates that almost 5 million people a year are bitten by dogs in the United States, with as many as 800,000 people, more than half of them children, requiring medical attention for their dog bites. Many of these cases are fatal, or leave kids disfigured for life. Here are a few cases that sent shivers down our spine: ... (more)


Dog Owner Charged With Second Degree Murder
September 22, 2008

The lawyer whose killer dogs mauled her neighbor to death back in 2001, has been sent to prison for 15 years. Lacrosse coach Dianne Whipple was brutally attacked by the massive dogs belonging to Marjorie Knoller, resulting in a 4 year manslaughter conviction that has been overturned and upgraded severely. "She has blamed the victim and has held her dogs in higher regard than humans," said Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard. ... (more)


Veterinarian talks on pet, human health issues
Mandy Zajac, Tribune

As pets have become more and more like members of the family, it's gotten easier to blur a few lines. Think about it: Do you wash your hands after every treat giveaway, litter box cleaning or chin scratch? Are you paying attention when the your nieces and nephews start playing tug of war with your German shepherd? Did you catch your 4-year-old before he let the cat drink from his cereal bowl - this time? As rewarding as sharing a home with pets can be, veterinarian Billy Griswold says there are some potential hazards families should keep in mind. He'll outline those risks - and easy, common-sense methods to mitigate them - in a talk Sept. 24 in Gilbert. One obvious risk is dog bite. According to ... (more)


Baby killed by family dogs in Nevada identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS A 4-month old baby died of severe trauma from dog bites to her head after she was viciously attacked by the family's two pit bulls, authorities said. The Clark County coroner's office on Monday identified the child as Cendi Kia Carey. Advertisement According to police, the girl's grandmother was baby-sitting last week when the dogs that were in the backyard most likely burst through a screen door and attacked the child in a stroller. The grandmother tried ........ ... (more)


Girl bites dog, dog bites back; friendship endures
Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:38 PM PDT

They teach young journalists that if a dog bites a man, thats not news, but if a man bites a dog, youve got a story on your hands. Last week in Longview, a girl bit a dog. Natalya Moore, 18 months, has 6 tiny teeth and a seventh coming in. On Sept. 5, she sank all 6 1/2 of them into the side of her grandmothers golden Labrador retriever, Earl, and she wouldnt let go. She laid her head on him to give him a kiss and a hug, said Natalyas grandmother, Kim Sherrett of Longview. I said, Are you giving Earl love? And she latched on to him. She has a tendency to not let go. Earl snapped back, nipping Natalya on her face. ... (more)


Play by the Rules
Published Saturday September 13th, 2008

Dogs are wonderful family pets and great companions for children, always ready to play or just to listen. And for the overwhelming majority of children, the experience of having a family dog is a good one. But not all interactions are of the storybook variety. Every year about a thousand people a day turn up in emergency rooms with dog bites, from pets of all sizes, shapes, breeds and mixes. Most of these victims are school-aged children, with bites to the face being the most common, and boys being seen more often than girls. Many of these bites could have been prevented, with some parental guidance and care beforehand. How can parents help dogs and children to get along? Make sure your children know the basics for enjoying time with dogs safely: ... (more)


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