Vicious Dog Attacks - Oklahoma
By Butch Bridges
This website is not against dogs or their owners. But, this site is:
Against people allowing their dogs a chance to harm other people
Against the dogs trained to harm people
Against people mistreating their dogs so they’re more inclined to harm other people
For better legal protection and better enforcement of the laws intended to protect people from the animals or those using or allowing the animals to harm people. Owners whose dog attacks and mauls or kills people are very seldom prosecuted, or when they are they are just given a slap on the hand or small fine. Very few vicious dog owners receive jail time in Oklahoma. And the victims of vicious dog attacks most of the time are stuck with the medical bills and/or funeral expenses.
Breakdown of dog attacks by breed and other statistics across the U.S. CLICK HERE
01/16/13 Measure would allow Oklahoma cities to ban dog breeds CLICK HERE
10/19/13 Hollis - A 4-year-old Hollis boy is still in an Oklahoma City hospital almost two weeks after he was mauled by a neighbor's dog. 4-year-old Gage Thornhill set out on a typical bike ride in his neighborhood. It ended tragically when he was violently attacked. Police arrived to find a small bicycle and two tennis shoes in a pile of dirt. Nearby, two men held the child in a jacket. Dirt covered Gage's wounds, and he is still fighting to recover from them. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
Follow-up email on 11/04/13 - "This happened before there in Hollis to my cousin. It was about 12 years ago. My grandparents live there and my cousin, he was about 5 years old and he's 17 now, went to check the mail and the neighbor's pit bull attacked him and he almost died. It was 1/2 a centimeter from his jugular vein. So scary! All they did was put the dog down and check if he had rabies. My cousin still lives with a scared up face to this day." -Becka Harris
09/14/13 Ardmore - "A four year old boy was attacked by pit bulls in Ardmore yesterday. He walked out the back door while his mother was sleeping and the other two adults weren't paying attention and they attacked him for the food in his hand. The boy lost an ear and has severe nerve damage in his face. He's at Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City."
09/06/13 Edmond - Man kills dog after it attacks his wife. CLICK FOR STORY
07/01/13 Tulsa - Toddler is recovering after he was bit by a pit bull at a Midtown apartment complex, late Sunday night. CLICK FOR STORY
06/14/13 Jessieville, Arkansas - Ayden Evans of Midwest City, Oklahoma, age 5, was staying with his aunt in Jessieville, Ark., when a neighbor's bull mastiff killed him. VIDEO
05/13/13 Tulsa - Pit bull in Tulsa climbs over neighbor's fence, and mauls lady's leg so severely there was not enough skin to sew up wounds. She will need plastic surgery. Video
03/19/13 Tulsa - Two women going door to door in the 2000 block of North Lewis Place were attacked and severely injured Tuesday morning by a pit bull dog. CLICK FOR STORY
03/18/13 Oklahoma City - A man intervened after a stray dog attacked his dog in the 1200 block of Northwest 45th Street around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Investigators say the 35-year-old man's nose was nearly ripped off. VIDEO
03/13/13 Ardmore - "Well Butch, I know I'm preaching to the choir talking to you, but I was bit by a dog last Wednesday night. It was running loose and I was walking down the middle of the street. Thankfully it was a little Jack Russell type dog. All it did was break the skin, however because it was bleeding I wanted to make sure it had it's shots. Wouldn't you know it the lady that owned it said it was a stray dog she had taken in and she had no idea whether it had it's shots or not. The police officer said "you just need to keep it quarantined for 2-3 days and make sure it doesn't foam at the mouth or nothing like that," which I was pretty sure was contrary to state law and it is. State law according to Ok. Health Dept. is that any dog that you can't prove has had it's shots has to be kept at a vet for 10 days. The dog was picked up by animal control and taken to the vet the next day. I post all of this to say once again PEOPLE BE RESPONSIBLE WITH YOUR ANIMALS. I posted this on your site because I know this is a pet peeve with you & you have lots of friends. What irresponsible pet owners also can't seem to get through their thick skulls is that they are responsible for any damages/medical bills, lost income etc. that their pet does. Just a trip to the E.R. could get very expensive for them if FIDO is allowed to roam and he bites someone causes a wreck etc. This is the 2nd time since 2009 a dog has bit me and one run under the wheel on my bike and caused me to wreck in 2007. When are people going to learn. Thanks for letting me rant." -Phillip Capshaw
03/05/13 Sand Springs - Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies say it took killing a pit bull to get it to let go after the dog attacked a man walking through his Sand Springs neighborhood. A pit bull belonging to a neighbor got loose and attacked the man in the area of 800 West Long Street, in Sand Springs. VIDE 1 VIDEO 2
02/04/13 Oklahoma City - Little Hope was bitten twice on her backside by a dog that put her in the emergency room VIDEO
11/14/12 Edmond - Police arrest a man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and commanding his pit bull to attack her.
10/20/12 Ringling -. A young boy was attacked by a pit bull and taken to E.R. by his mother to get stitches in thighs and elsewhere. Received 7 stitches to close up his sack and 6 to close up his thigh.
10/20/12 Durant - A woman is grieving the loss of her pet Chihuahua and nursing injuries to her leg after two bulldogs running loose attacked them in their yard Saturday on East Main Street. Rhonda Bates said she was in her yard with her dog when the two bulldogs came through a hole in the fence and attacked her little dog. While trying to rescue her pet, she was bitten by one of the dogs.
10/09/12 Christy Greene McCullers of Ardmore said: "Mike's cousin in St Louis has had a pit bull since she was a tiny puppy. Her father gave her to his daughter who was 12 years old at the time. She was the family pet for 6 years. Groomed, babied, snuggled, loved, the baby of the family. She pretty much slept in the basement with the daughter for 6 years. Tabitha is now 19 years old and her brother is 18. She is Tabitha's baby, the beloved famil...y pet. Tabitha was out of the house with her mother... her 18 year old brother was home with his father and girlfriend. Spencer was playing games with his girlfriend in the kitchen. The pit bull walked in the kitchen and unprovoked, attacked his girlfriend. Spencer (raised around this family's beloved baby for 6 years) pulled the dog off her with his father's help. The girlfriend suffered 60 stitches... Spencer spent 2 nights in the hospital after surgery to remove the 2 (count them... 2) teeth from his leg. His dad had multiple bite wounds and stitches as well. This sweet, loving, "baby" attacked two of her family members with no warning, unprovoked. They are in shock... when the police and ambulance arrived, the dog was scratching, clawing, and fighting at the back door to get back in the house. This dog couldn't have been raised in a kinder household since it was a teeny tiny puppy. Wow."
09/27/12 Muskogee - Three year old attacked by pit bull at Muskogee, Oklahoma last Friday.
09/27/12 Oklahoma City - A woman was mauled and killed by a pit bull, according to Oklahoma City Police. Nellie Davis, 60, was found by her granddaughter on Wednesday. VIDEO
09/24/12 Snyder - A Southwest Oklahoma mother said a dog viciously bit her young daughter and she's learned the dog used to be a police dog. Now officials in Kiowa County are investigating.
09/20/12 Muskogee - A 3-year-old boy was attacked by a chained pit bull in his family's backyard. The mother had left the child unattended outside while she went into the house for a few minutes. The boy wandered too close to the dog and was attacked.
09/19/12 Oklahoma City - A 65 year old woman was walking her mini-schnauzer on a city street when a one year old female pit bull bolted out from a backyard where the gate had somehow opened. It attacked the mini-schnauzer and tried to shake it to death but the woman dropped to the ground and protected her pet as best she could. Two men who witnessed the attack got the pit bull off them and the woman immediately took her pet to the veterinarian. The pet survived and the woman received scrapes and bruises. OKC Animal Control took custody of the pit bull after its owner signed it over and it was euthanized. -Earl in Oklahoma City
07/26/12 Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City police say a man shot his dog after it attacked his wife Thursday. VIDEO
07/16/12 Geronimo - A vicious attack by a pit bull on a woman in Geronimo may cause her to lose her leg. Sandy Schwab said she was walking to her friend's door when the dog ran up and started biting her leg. Her friend managed to get the dog off her and called 911. Hospital workers said the attack was so vicious she's lucky she didn't bleed to death. In spite of that, authorities haven't taken the dog away, and that has angered the woman's family. Her injuries are very severe. The muscle and tissue between her leg and her groin area was ripped off. The wound, which is now infected, is about the size of a large cantaloupe. Her family says because of the severity of the bite, the animal should have been quarantined.
06/14/12 Ada - Alleged dog attack prompts suit. A Pontotoc County family is suing their neighbor alleging the neighbor’s dog attacked their daughter in April.
05/23/12 Wagoner County, Oklahoma - A Green Country family says their protective pooch saved three neighborhood kids from a pit bull attack. The family is upset because they say it's not the first time this has happened. VIDEO
05/21/12 Oklahoma City — A 9-year-old boy is recovering from serious injuries after he was attacked by two vicious dogs, one a German Shepherd and one a Pit Bull. VIDEO
05/10/12 Ardmore - A police officer was bitten by a pit bull Thursday night when he responded to a report of dogs fighting.
04/20/12 Marietta - Teen bitten by vicious dog - The Marietta Monitor
A 15-year-old Marietta student is recovering from a traumatic experience with a dog. When walking her usual route home down South 7th Street, the teen was surprised when a dog rounded the corner of a house and viciously approached her. Comments from family members on a Facebook® post state that the dog, a pit bull, attacked her and bit her on her calf. Statements read that she hit the dog to get it off her leg. Her cries for help prompted other children, who were also walking home, to come to her aid and attempt to keep the dog away once it released its grip. The time was approximately 3:12 p.m. when a call was made for law enforcement to respond to the scene. Incident reports from the Marietta Police Department indicate that a Sheriff's Department reserve officer was the first to arrive on the scene, followed by a Marietta Police Officer and two other Sheriff's Deputies. Medics were paged to the location to assist the girl with bites on her leg where puncture wounds were apparent. Armed with a shotgun, the Reserve Deputy proceeded around the house of the owners of the animal. The Marietta officer followed with a taser. One dog was safely caged in a kennel, the other dog darted from around the house and charged at the two officers. Seeing the dog had its teeth barred and was charging fast, one shot was fired from the shotgun, but it did not stop the animal. Upon the second shot, the dog fell over approximately half a foot from the Reserve Deputy. The vicious dog had been kept on a large chain in the back yard of the home. The yard was not fenced. It was reported the owner of the animal had plans that afternoon to purchase a second kennel in which to secure the dog. Officers did not identify any way the dog would have gotten off the chain, concluding that someone must have let the dog loose. No vaccination records could be provided for the animal. The owners reported they completed their own vaccinations and no records were available through a veterinarian. A citation was issued to the owners for allowing an animal to run at large. The name of the juvenile was not released by law enforcement, but her wounds were wrapped at the scene and she was transported from the scene by private vehicle to be treated at the local hospital. Animal control was contacted for the dog. Its remains were taken to Westwood Veterinary Hospital in Ardmore, where the head was removed so it could be sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for testing.
04/19/12 Wilson - Deadly force was used to subdue a pit bull after it attacked a woman and charged at a police officer Wednesday afternoon. Capt. Jarod Barnes said he responded to the report of a pit bull attack at 4:18 p.m. on Ridge and Second Street. According to reports, Mary Williams had just come home from the grocery store when she was attacked. She was able to find safety in the back of a pickup truck, but suffered bites on the back of her calves. She was treated at the scene by the Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service and was transported to Mercy Memorial Health Center by family members.
04/10/12 Mead An elderly Mead, Oklahoma resident was mauled to death Monday afternoon by two pit bulls, the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office said. James Hurst, 92, was taken to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, where he died, according to Undersheriff Ken Golden. He was mauled very, very badly,” Golden said. He was alive at the point when they loaded him onto the ambulance, and he died at the hospital.”
04/02/12 Oklahoma City - Family Concerned Over Pit Bull Attacks In SE OKC Neighborhood According to the people who live in the neighborhood, the three dogs broke through the fence right where a cinder block is keeping it closed. By Monday afternoon, there was a new dog in Shahan's neighbor's yard. Boudrow, a two-year-old English bulldog, was recovering from surgery Monday afternoon. Boudrow will be okay, but Shahan has a $2,000 vet bill and a fear that there will be a next time and it will be worse.
11/03/11 Vinita - A 3-year-old Vinita girl is recovering after being attacked by a dog this past weekend. The pit bull jumped a 6-foot high fence to attack the girl while she was riding her bicycle. This was the second time this year a dog from the same residence in Vinita attacked someone. Victim is facing several years of recovery. PHOTOS
07/17/11 Stonewall - Jogger Daniel Murray is lucky to be alive today and he credits a fellow Stonewall resident for saving him. Murray was attacked by a pack of vicious dogs July 8 when a good Samaritan — 24-year-old Jennifer Sweet — came to his aid. PHOTO
11/04/11 Tulsa - A family had been out riding their bikes. but what would set off a 90 pound American Bulldog Terrier and trigger an attack that would change a little girls life. It was a day the Stonebarger family wishes never happened. PHOTO
06/14/11 Muskogee - Mother: 5 year old child was ripped by dog, tossing him like a rag doll. PHOTO
05/10/11 Oklahoma City - A man walking down a street was bitten on the arm and leg by a pit bull who had broken the chain he was kept on.
04/25/11 Ardmore - A local man is dead after a pit bull attack in Carter County over the weekend. Virgil Anthony "Tony" Cantrell was approaching a neighbor's house when their dog attacked him about 8 o'clock Friday night. Carter County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to find Cantrell lying unconscious on the ground. Authorities say the dog was standing over him, and they were forced to shoot and kill the pit bull.
02/18/11 Oklahoma City - The mother of an Oklahoma County commissioner shot and killed two dogs while they attacked her son's dog in a south Oklahoma City neighborhood.
01/17/11 Oklahoma City - OKC Man Angry After Neighbor's Pit Bull Kills Dog, Attacks Him. VIDEO
01/13/11 LeFlore County, Oklahoma - Toddler in Hospital after Pit Bull Attack
09/16/10 Tulsa - A girl got a little too close to a dog on a chain in North Tulsa and was attacked on Thursday morning.
07/13/10 Shawnee - Man attacked by pit bull
06/02/10 Oklahoma City - Mary Wolf is recovering after attack by pack of dogs, at least four pit bull mixes, including one that previously had attacked a 7-year-old boy. VIDEO
05/31/10 Oklahoma County - Woman Faces Charges Under Oklahoma Dog Bite Law
An Oklahoma County woman faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine after several of her mixed-breed Pit Bull Terriers escaped from her property and attacked a neighbor. Ulonda Jackson, 48, has been charged with a failure to restrain a dangerous dog, a misdemeanor under Oklahoma dog bite law. The charges stem from a May 31 incident in which the dogs attacked Mary Wolf, 48, outside her nearby home. Wolf was forced to take shelter in her vehicle for more than 20 minutes before help arrived. Wolf was bitten and clawed in the attack, which resulted in large scarring on her legs.
03/11/10 Perkins - Dogs kill local toddler in attack. A nine-month-old child died Monday after he was attacked by dogs at a residence south of Perkins. The incident was reported to Iowa Tribal Police at 11: 11 a.m. Monday, March 8. Officers were dispatched to a home at 750801 S. 3380 Road to find the baby boy had been mauled by two adult Rottweiler dogs.
2010 Durant - A pit bull was shot after it charged firefighters who were treating a person who had been assaulted by the dog. Police, firefighters and Bryan County EMS were dispatched at 4:17 p.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 400 block of Northeast Fourth Avenue about a dog bite victim. According to Durant Police, Chauncy Nelson had been bitten by two vicious dogs while trying to walk home. The victim was bleeding profusley from several wounds to the face, arms and legs
11/06/09 Tulsa - A 1-year-old girl suffered head wounds and severe blood loss after she was attacked by her family's chained dog. According to a news story, the dog was kept chained all the time.
07/29/09 Ardmore - Two pit bulls, one of whom apparently broke free from a chain, attacked a 19-year-old woman and her dog in her home, leaving the woman with injuries to her hands, arms, and knees.
07/25/09 Midwest City - A physically disabled man was hospitalized Saturday after a violent attack by two pit bull terriers. Another man suffered less severe injuries.
05/04/09 Shawnee - A Shawnee man is fighting for ‘vicious’ dogs. Vicious and dangerous dog ordinances in different Oklahoma communities have been challenged in municipal courts recently. In March, a mixed breed dog from Shawnee was tranquilized and taken into custody by an animal welfare agent there. The dog was labeled vicious and would have been euthanized had its owner not gone to court.
04/30/09 Tulsa - Teen on probation for infant's death making minimal efforts, records show A teenager whose infant son was killed by a puppy has made minimal efforts to meet her probation requirements, a court document shows.
03/06/09 Moore - It was recently reported that a pet pit bull was put to sleep after it killed a cat and bit a woman in a home invasion attack.
2009 Marietta - Two pit bulls attack my 75 year old cousin, just walking home from the store in Marietta on Seminole Street, she did not even know he was around until she was on the ground with the calf muscle was ripped out of her leg. She was just walking, she did almost everyday, the dogs had broken chains, there were no fences to keep them in, but they just could not believe this happened, after the Love County police officers finally found them to talk to them.
11/16/08 Ardmore - A two year-old in Ardmore was viciously attacked Thursday night by their family pit bull. Neighbors told reporters it was absolutely the unthinkable. They said the mother was screaming and it was without a doubt one of the most horrifying things they've ever seen.
11/04/08 Guymon - One hurt, owners cited in vicious dog attack. Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, the Guymon Police Department responded to the 300 block of South James Street in response to a report of a citizen being attacked by vicious dogs.
Upon arrival at the scene Lt. Jason Bond attempted to check on the victim, Zaw Han of Guymon, who had taken refuge in a passing motorist’s car. As the officer attempted to check on the victim’s welfare he was charged by a pit bull and shot and killed the attacking animal at the scene. Two other dogs were captured a short time later by Animal Control with the assistance of Guymon PD officers and Guymon School Police.
The victim, who was referred to the emergency room at the hospital for treatment, received several lacerations from bites to his arms and legs from the attack by the three dogs before he was able to escape with the aid of a passing motorist.
06/06/09 Wilburton - VICIOUS ATTACK — Dogs maul woman. Brandy McCarty, of McAlester, was delivering medical supplies to a customer in the Wilburton area on May 29 when a vicious attack changed her life. McCarty, an employee with an area medical supply company, was attacked by nine to 10 dogs while on a delivery. The woman at the house assured McCarty that the dogs did not bite as she stepped into the fenced area to deliver the medical supplies; however, she was wrong. As the dogs began to attack, McCarty dropped to the ground. “I covered my face,” McCarty said hoping to protect herself from the bites. “I don’t know which dog bit me first,” McCarty said. However, one dog bite lead to many, she reported.
02/09/08 Pauls Valley - Pit Bull Attack Renews Debate Over Vicious Animals. State Prohibits Breed-Specific Laws. A pit bull attack last week has galvanized a local group of citizens who want to see pit bulls banned from Pauls Valley. Doris Belicek was walking her small dog, Rufus, when three pit bulls snatched him from her. Belicek attempted to rescue Rufus but retreated when one of the pit bulls became aggressive toward her. Police officers responded and found the dogs with one of them still carrying Rufus. The pit bulls were owned by Sabrina Briley, who has been cited for having loose dogs before. The officers retrieved Rufus and returned his body to Belicek. The incident has brought Martin and others in the community together to ban pit bulls. "We’re going to do whatever it takes to get these dogs out of our town," Martin said. "They are vicious animals and no one is really safe as long as they are in our community."
01/03/08 Bartlesville - Victim of pit bull dog attack to be buried Thursday.
2007 Cartwright - A pit bull dog chomped a sheriff's deputy when he went to investigate a call about a man threatening his wife with a machete. Deputy Javier Guerrero went to a Denison Street residence in Cartwright Saturday evening to look for the man, and Guerrero walked up to the suspect's friend's home.
2007 Cartwright - A jogger was bitten by a pit bull while running in the 500 block of Boat Club Road, according to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office. Kelly Magouirk told Deputy Louis Rocha on Monday that the dog ran up behind her and bit both of her legs. The victim's father took her to the emergency room for treatment. Rocha planned to have the dog quarantined, according to the report.
12/28/07 Bartlesville - 140-pound dog attacks meter reader in yard. An Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. meter reader was taken to a hospital Thursday after being severely injured by a dog. The meter reader had jumped a back fence in the 12400 block of East 33rd Place about 11 a.m. and was trying to read a meter in a yard when a 140-pound bull mastiff came around the side of the house and attacked him, said Jake Wilson, senior animal control investigator for Tulsa. The dog latched onto the worker's arm, and the man stabbed the dog in the head with a screwdriver until it let go, Wilson said. The worker was then able to get back over the fence and was taken to a hospital with a broken arm and puncture wounds, Wilson said.
12/02/07 Broken Arrow - Police dog attacks 12-year-old
10/16/07 Ada - a 65-year-old Pontotoc County woman was mauled to death by a pack of pit bull-mix dogs
March 2007 Tulsa - A chained dog broke free and attacked Lee Ingram.
02/22/07 Tulsa - Dog Attacks Paramedic
04/11/06 Ardmore - Another pit bull attack in Ardmore. This time an 11-year-old boy was rushed to the ER-- the dog shot twice. CLICK FOR STORY
04/06/06 Ardmore - 4 year old boy is recovering from a pit bull attack in Carter County. Tonight, his parents are thankful the Ardmore boy was not killed, when the dog latched onto his face. CLICK FOR STORY
01/05/06 Bartlesville - About 5 days ago a 4 year old boy was mauled to death by a pit bull dog. And last November another Oklahoma boy's leg was mauled requiring two surgeries. Only through the intervention of an adult passerby, did this boy not die from the attack.
06/23/05 Two Oklahoma children mauled this week by pit bull dogs, one now armless. And then lets not forget the postman this week attacked by a pit bull.
01/26/05 Kansas, Oklahoma - Her 2-year-old daughter was mauled by a neighbor's pit bull. PHOTO
October 8, 2002 Oilton, Oklahoma (25 miles east of Stillwater, Oklahoma) - 75 year old Della Mae Parker was attacked by three pit bull dogs as she went for her daily walk. Her right foot was severely mauled by the pit bulls and she will never regain full use of her foot.
05/19/01 "Hey Butch, warn your readers who are apt to go out and see the places described in T&T. I stopped in at that old Ladd school near Goldsby, Oklahoma a few weeks ago and was nearly eaten alive by a pit bull. I wasn't bitten, but only for being fast enough on my feet to get inside the business that is on the same property as the school house."
Home insurance: You may be in the doghouse if your dog is a blacklisted breed. CLICK HERE
The City of Bartlesville, Oklahoma has a very comprehensive ordinance on dogs, cats and animals in general. CLICK HERE
When Dogs Attack: Oklahoma Dog Bites - The Facts and the Law - Part 1
The website below lists fatal vicious dog attacks all over the U.S by year. I see its not complete, sure don't list several in Oklahoma and Texas, as is listed above.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States
Fatal Dog Attacks: 1994
Aug. 1994 Rottweiler OK Unsupervised child
Sept.1994 Rottweiler OK Unsupervised child