Pit bull owner charged with murder

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California pit bull owner charged with murder in fatal mauling

LOS ANGELES – The owner of four pit bulls that killed a woman jogger in a gruesome mauling was charged with murder Thursday in a highly unusual case that strained the memories of law enforcement officials to find comparable uses of the felony murder law.
Alex Jackson, 29, was charged after DNA tests on his dogs found blood on their muzzles and coats that matched that of Pamela Devitt, 63, who died after being bitten 150 to 200 times by his four pit bulls.

"The DNA came back with blood on the dogs that matched the victim's blood," said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Whitmore and others said it was the first dog mauling case they could recall since the 2001 trial of a San Francisco couple convicted in the death of a neighbor who was mauled by their giant dog.

Marjorie Knoller received a 15-years-to-life sentence after a jury found her guilty of second-degree murder. In rejecting her appeal, the California Supreme Court ruled that Knoller acted with a conscious disregard for human life when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped and killed Diane Whipple in an apartment building hallway.

Knoller's husband, Noel, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The warrant against Jackson also charges him with owner negligence of an animal causing death, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He also faces charges of growing marijuana.

Jackson was originally arrested shortly after the May 9 death of Devitt but was released on bail pending DNA testing to determine if his dogs carried out the attack. He is being held on $1 million bail and was scheduled for arraignment Friday.
Dog bite-related fatalities are rare — anywhere from 30 to 35 each year — but there are more cases where criminal charges such as endangerment are being filed against owners, said Donald Cleary, a spokesman with the National Canine Research Council. Cleary could recall only three other instances, two in California and one in Georgia, where murder charges were filed.

Since January, authorities received at least three other reports of Jackson's dogs attacking other people, according to Robeson.
Sheriff's authorities said a driver who saw pit bulls attacking Devitt in the high desert community of Littlerock called 911 and honked her horn to try to get the dogs to stop.

An arriving deputy saw a single dog still attacking the runner and tried to chase it off, Lt. John Corina said. The dog ran off into the desert, then turned around and attacked the deputy, who took a shot at the animal before it ran off.
Hours later, sheriff's and animal control officials served a search warrant on Jackson's home near the site of the attack and took away eight dogs, six pit bulls and two mixed-breeds.

The dogs were kept under quarantine for rabies observation at a Lancaster shelter. Four of the pit bulls seized were believed to have attacked Devitt.
Her husband told KCAL-TV he blamed the dogs' owner for what happened.

"I do not blame the dogs. I don't blame pit bulls," Ben Devitt said. "I blame people who don't take responsibility for their animals."
Not all of the dogs are licensed, spayed or neutered as required by county and state law, said Marcia Mayeda, the county's animal control director.
Cleary said in most cases the dogs involved in attacks are not family pets but animals who are often isolated and don't get positive human interaction.
"If a dog has seriously hurt or killed someone, you have to look to the owner and the owner should be held accountable on some level," he said. "There's no reason we have to tolerate that kind of behavior."


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  • screamin seamanscreamin seaman Posts: 1,492 Officer
    So in 2001 someone was killed by a "giant dog?" Say it aint so...

    MUST have been a GIANT pitbull! :rolleyes






    But glad people are held accountable for damage done by their animals..
    Now how should I go after my neighbor who's 'outdoor' cat scratched the paint on my truck with it's muddy paws??
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  • screamin seamanscreamin seaman Posts: 1,492 Officer
    tag wrote: »

    "I do not blame the dogs. I don't blame pit bulls," Ben Devitt said. "I blame people who don't take responsibility for their animals."
    Not all of the dogs are licensed, spayed or neutered as required by county and state law, said Marcia Mayeda, the county's animal control director.
    Cleary said in most cases the dogs involved in attacks are not family pets but animals who are often isolated and don't get positive human interaction."If a dog has seriously hurt or killed someone, you have to look to the owner and the owner should be held accountable on some level," he said. "There's no reason we have to tolerate that kind of behavior."


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  • badbullgatorbadbullgator Posts: 1,571 Captain
    So in 2001 someone was killed by a "giant dog?" Say it aint so...

    MUST have been a GIANT pitbull! :rolleyes






    But glad people are held accountable for damage done by their animals..
    Now how should I go after my neighbor who's 'outdoor' cat scratched the paint on my truck with it's muddy paws??

    Ummm...actually the article says "when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped". Unless Presa Canario is Spanish for pit bull.....
    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

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  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 AG
    He was a dope grower. Not like he had any disregard for the law?
    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
    when we say the same thing about welfare recipients, you cry like a wounded buffalo Sopchoppy
    It's their money, they spend it how they like. Truth and honesty have nothing to do with it. - Mr Jr
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  • tagtag Posts: 8,815 Admiral
    Ummm...actually the article says "when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped". Unless Presa Canario is Spanish for pit bull.....
  • gandrfabgandrfab Posts: 20,091 AG
    Ummm...actually the article says "when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped". Unless Presa Canario is Spanish for pit bull.....

    I was about to stop reading at that point also.
    :BUNNY gestapo

  • badbullgatorbadbullgator Posts: 1,571 Captain
    tag wrote: »

    It does kind of look like a pit so lets just call it a giant pit
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    -- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
  • reel stamasreel stamas Posts: 6,153 Admiral
    It's about time irresponsible owners of dangerous animals are held FULLY liable for the animal's behavior & prosecuted aggressively... Your animal kills an innocent bystander = murder...
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  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 AG
    gandrfab wrote: »
    I was about to stop reading at that point also.

    did you read that was a different case?
    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
    when we say the same thing about welfare recipients, you cry like a wounded buffalo Sopchoppy
    It's their money, they spend it how they like. Truth and honesty have nothing to do with it. - Mr Jr
    "“A radical is one who advocates sweeping changes in the existing laws and methods of government.” "
  • gandrfabgandrfab Posts: 20,091 AG
    That post also has, charges of growing marijuana, not all of the dogs are licensed spayed or neutered.
    :BUNNY gestapo

  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 7,008 Admiral
    Whether it was a pit or not
    is not really the point.
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