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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Zachary's Survival Story



My name is Brittany Wright. 

On Jan 4, 2011; just 2 days after our oldest son; Zachary, turned 2 he was brutally mauled by our household dog which nearly took his life. It took my mother and myself to pull my shar-pei mixed dog off of my son. It was the worst experience any parent would ever want to endure. We were all watching tv late that Jan night when Zachary decided to snuggle up with our dog like he has always done before. 

For some unexplained reason our dog turned for the worst. He pinned my son down to the floor locking his teeth into my sons skull shaking him across the floor like a rag doll. My mother and i jumped up to pry the dog off. We tried everything from pounding our fists into the dogs head hoping he would unlock his jaw. I was even prying his teeth apart but nothing was working. 

Finally, I made a crazy decision to poke the dog in the eyes which got him to release my son, dropping him to the floor. My mother; with her adrenaline pumping picked our 45lb dog up with one hand literally throwing him outside. While she was handling the dog I was able to pick my son up holding his limp body in my arms. My first thought was that my son was already dead because during the whole attack neither my mother or I ever heard a cry from my son. We were so worried that the dog had already killed him. 

So, when I was finally able to hold my son in my arms and heard him cry for the first time it was such a sigh of relief but I knew he wasn't out of the woods just yet. I panicked screaming, "Mom he needs to go to the hospital." He had a massive whole in his skull, flapped over skin on his face and blood just gushing out everywhere. There was so much blood we couldn't pinpoint just where he was ripped open. In panic mode i was looking for my keys and cell phone. I don't know what I was thinking when I was getting ready to drive him to the ER. 

 Luckily, my mother calmed me down and said we needed to call 911. So, she took my son to the sink where she started applying pressure to the areas we could see blood gushing out while I called 911. When the paramedics arrived they observed his wounds and immediately wanted to rush my son and I to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ since they were the best in head trauma. As they were loading him into the ambulance my son started pointing at the fire truck and in excitement starts screaming "truck, truck". He had a huge fascination with fire trucks. So, despite all the pain he was in he was still able to be the funny little boy that I so deeply loved. 

When we arrived at the hospital the nurses flushed out his wounds to get a better view of what was going on underneath all the blood. That is when they decided he needed to get a cat scan of his head to make sure the teeth didn't puncture through the skull. Since I was 39 weeks pregnant I had to stay in the room with doctors looking at the image of my son's skull on the computer screen. I just remember looking at the image and seeing this massive hole thinking oh my goodness this cant be good. Then the doctors all hovering around saying "we need to get him in surgery right now." 

That's when I began to cry but the doctor on call proceeded to tell me that from the looks of the cat scan it looks like the dog punctured through the skull and possibly into the main vein in the brain and parts of his brain. He told me that I would then have to meet with the neurosurgeon to discuss further details. When it came time for surgery the neurosurgeon was incredible. He was able to explain everything in detail so I fully understood what was going on. He kept me calm until he had to tell me the 3 possible outcomes. First outcome is the main vein is punctured which would result in death. Second outcome is parts of the brain may be punctured which will need to be cleaned out and depending on how badly damaged may result in parts of the brain being removed. Third outcome is brain and vein are not punctured so all they would have to do is clean out the inside of the skull for dog tooth fragments and dog saliva which could result in infection of the brain which is still serious. 

But even if he came out of the surgery alive they wanted to put him in a medically induced coma to help prevent the brain from swelling. The odds for my son were not looking good. They gave him a 30% survival rate before going into surgery. I had lost it at that point. I held my son crying not wanting to let go because I didn't know if it was going to be the last time I ever saw him alive again. 
Waiting for his surgery to be over was the longest time of my life. 

The worst part of all of this was my husband was in mid transit coming home from Afghanistan for his R&R to be at the scheduled induction of our second son; Skylar who was due Jan 9,2011. I made several calls to Red Cross trying to relay the message but because he was in mid transit they said it would be difficult to reach him but they tried anyways. Desperate as I was I wrote my husband an email on Facebook in hopes that he would check his emails and see the bloody pictures of our son when he stopped to switch planes. That was exactly how he found out. By the time he received my email my son was out of surgery. 

The neurosurgeon came out with such a relieved expression. With joy in his voice he said Zachary was extremely lucky. The punctured wound came 1 cm away from puncturing the main vein in the brain. He was also lucky that no parts of the brain were damaged. The only thing he is at risk for is the infection of the brain due to dog tooth fragments and dog saliva which they had cleaned out. Zachary had lost so much blood he did have to undergo one blood transfusion but luckily never was put in a coma. 


The trauma didn't stop there for our family. While Zachary was recovering from the surgery the nurses noticed my legs swelling and advised me to go down to maternity triage. I went down 1 floor below my son. They took my blood pressure and it was through the roof. It was so high I was at risk for a heart attack. They than ran a urine sample where they found protein in my urine. I was then diagnosed with preeclampsia and hypertension. I had to be medically induced because now my unborn child's life hangs in the balance as well as mine if I didn't get induced. 


My poor mother was running back and fourth between two floors checking on me and my son. My younger brother arrived at the hospital and was able to stay with Zachary while my mother assisted me in birth since my husband was still traveling back to the states. Because of all the trauma I suffered I didn't have the regular contractions like most women. Instead of having back or stomach labor I was having chest labor. Every time I peaked in a contraction I couldn't breathe and my chest hurt so bad. The OBGYN was so concerned she ran an ultrasound to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack. 

16 hrs later I gave birth to my second son; Skylar at 4:01am Jan 6, 2011. The very next day is when my husband finally arrived and held Skylar for the first time and then went upstairs to the PICU to see our oldest son. He said it was the worst feeling in the world walking into the room and seeing Zachary in so much pain. He had maxed out on his pain medication so he was extremely agitated. 

Zachary remained in the hospital for an entire week before being released but had to return 2 more times for suture removals from skull and face. Today my son is a happy, healthy, active 5 year old who loves to play sports, build Legos and learn new things. For awhile he struggled with his speech and motor skills but received great help from the Indian River School District in Watertown, NY. 


This past Jan my husband got out of the army and we moved back to Arizona where Zachary continued his services. Just a few months ago he was officially cleared from all his services. He will start Kindergarden this July. His accomplishments never go unnoticed in this family for he has made a remarkable recovery and continues to touch the hearts of many with his story of survival. He remembers every detail of his attack and loves to tell his story. We all must remember that dogs are animals with animal instincts. We must always be cautious and never let our guard down with any animal...that will always be my greatest regret.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cancelled - 2nd Annual Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs - Houston, TX. - Cancelled

https://www.facebook.com/Walkforvictimsofpbodd
Canceled due to terrorist threats to sponsors, event host and to guest.
Why do these hate groups hate victims?
Title 22 of the U.S. Code, Section 2656f(d) defines terrorism as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.”

Find out more of what happened from the Canine Game Changer
An event for an event?



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Local Pit bull lovers now fear dogs after 6-year-old attacked
Read more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/23664112/2013/10/10/local-pit-bull-lovers-now-fear-dogs-after-6-year-old-attacked?fb_comment_id=fbc_480866148678746_2736277_480883175343710#fc5a5eca4#ixzz2hOEZyGD5

Be Sure To Read Maggies Story Below

Dog Bite Victim Advocates Speak At High Risk Dog Ordinance Hearing


Jeff Borchardt warns about dangerous myth after pit bulls kill his son Dax
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Beyond the Interview: 

Father of Child Killed by Babysitter's Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack


Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs Video






For More Dog Bite, Victim & Event Information:
 
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My name is Maggie Bain and I am the host of the 2nd Annual Event for Victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dogs.
I actually came about hosting this event due to a personal incident that occurred in our family last year. I am a previous pit bull owner. My boyfriend and I moved in with each other in December of 2010 and he had a 4 year old pit bull named Bexar. He was a well- trained, well mannered, great with children, and he was our family pet. November 2012 my dog mauled my 5 year old cousin, right in front of our eyes, unprovoked and nearly killed him. He has been through 12 surgeries and is scheduled for another next month on the 19th. I will attach the detailed story of what happened, along with pictures of my little cousin’s journey. His name is Gavin. I will also attach pictures of my dog's everyday life and pictures of Gavin and my dog playing and laying on the couch together. I feel like the pictures hit home for a lot of people.
My goal in hosting this event is to show these victims and their families from all over the world, the support they deserve, along with giving them a voice to share their stories. I am also looking to spread awareness on the potential dangers of subjecting yourself and/or your children around a dangerous breed/ type of dog, EVEN IF the dog is raised well and has been around children their whole life, as Bexar was. I do feel that it is very dangerous to choose a pit bull as a family pet, especially if there are children in the home.
In regards to the recent accusations that involved me, Maggie Bain, making threats directed towards a local pit bull rescue, the Pistons and Pits Charity Car Show, and the Children’s Literacy Event, are extremely false.
As the director of The 2nd Annual Event for Victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dogs, I assure you that I personally did not make any phone calls or threats stating I was going to show up to the Children’s Literacy Event “wrapped in bandages and covered in blood” protesting that a pit bull was attending. I also did not make these threats to the Pistons and Pits Charity Car Show, or their sponsors, which was scheduled for October 19th, 2013, which is the same day as The Second Annual Event for Victims and other dangerous dogs.

Unfortunately I cannot control others actions and I cannot promise that someone else did not follow through with these threats, but I can tell you as the director of The Second Annual Event for Victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dogs, that I did/do not condone or encourage anyone to make these threats.
I would like to thank Simmons and Fletcher P.C. for sponsoring this event and also apologize to them for the recent phone calls, emails and negative publicity they have received due to false accusations of me threatening the pro pit bull events.
I would also like to apologize to Jump for Joys for the negative publicity they have received due to false accusations of me threatening the pro pit bull events.
And I would also like to thank PJ's Softball Park for allowing us to rent their park out and apologize to them for the negative publicity, phone calls and emails they have received due to false accusations of me threatening the pro pit bull events.
Thank you!
Maggie Bain- Director of the 2nd Annual Event for Victims of pit bulls and other dangerous dogs

Attached is my story and actual pictures of Gavin and my dog Bexar.

My Story:
 What happened to Gavin? Click Here

Pictures: Click Here













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24 dead by dog attack so far in 2013.
Pit bull type dogs killed twenty-two of them. Fifteen of the twenty-two dead are children. 
Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (14):
Christian Gormanous - 4 yrs old
Isaiah Aguilar - 2 yrs old
Ryan Maxwell - 7 yrs old **
Dax Borchardt - 14 mos old **
Monica Laminack - 21 mos old **
Tyler Jett - 7 yrs old
Jordyn Arndt - 4 yrs old **
Beau Rutledge - 2 yrs old **
Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old **
Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old **
Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old
Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old**
Boy, name not yet released – 5 yrs old (Baker, Oregon)**

Adult fatalities by pit bull type (8):
Betty Todd - 65 yrs old **
Elsie Grace - 91 yrs old **
Claudia Gallardo - 38 yrs old
Pamela Devitt - 63 yrs old
Carlton Freeman - 80 yrs old
Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old
James Harding - 62 yrs old - chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
Juan Campos – 96 yrs old

(1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger - 35 yrs old - mauled to death by her own GSD mix]
(1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old]

Two of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

If 20 of 24 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that's 83% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by 'molosser', 4% by some kind of GSD mix, 4% by a husky + possibly pit mix

If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that's 92% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population.

The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car

Friday, October 26, 2012


Meet Frankie Flora. He was 5 yrs old at the time that he was viciously attacked and mauled by a pit bull type dog.  

He can't be at the Walk For Victims despite how much he wanted to be.

He's written to all of the Walkers, and I'm sharing his letter here. This is Frankie.....








Hi my name is Frankie Flora. I am 8 years old now. I was severely mauled by a dog when I had just turned 5. Four sections of my head was eaten down to my skull, my right cheek was missing, my left side was torn apart. I almost died. They told my mother that night they did not think I was going to survive. Dr. Anthony Allessi saved my life. He gave me blood transfusions and pieced me back together with donated skin. I had over 1,000 stitches to my head and face, nerve damage to my hand, and hearing loss. My leg has a big “Z” scar in it now.
 
I know what it feels like to be attacked and mauled to the point of almost dying. I wish I could have been here at the Walk in person but I was unable to get there. I am sorry that you have been through what I have been through. I am also sorry for all the people that died from an attack! I know their families must be sad. I am trying to pass a law in New York State to get rid of the " one bite rule " . Any of you can contact me at www.frankiefund.com. I wish you all joy, health and happiness. You are all in my prayers! STAY STRONG!!!

Thank you, Frankie. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will Walk for you, and so many others tomorrow, Frankie. God Bless!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Levi before the attack
Levi at the hospital right after the attack
Meet 4 year old Levi Mulkey, viciously mauled by two pit bull type dogs as he tried to recover the frisbee that he and his brothers were playing with.  The frisbee landed just outside the neighbor's inadequate fence, and when Levi reached down to pick it up, two dogs reached their heads through the fence and grabbed Levi by the face, trying to pull him through the fence.


Jayden, Levi's big brother and hero!


His older brother, Jayden, 7 y/o at the time, saved Levi's life.....he ran to Levi and pulled Levi while kicking the vicious dogs. The dogs finally let go of Levi, but not before injuring him critically.




Levi almost lost his right eye, the eye socket was broken, his jaw was shattered.....Levi needs reconstructive surgery on his eye socket, his naval cavity, his jaw (which was wired shut for 3 weeks), his tear ducts, and his cheek.  

Levi is a strong little fighter, but he continues to have difficulty in his day to day life. He suffers PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as do his parents and brothers. He has difficulty sleeping at night due to horrific nightmares, and must endure more surgeries to come.


Levi healing slowly
We will be taking donations at the Walk for Levi and his family, as they continue to struggle with medical bills and more surgeries. His father, Matt, has missed a lot of work and is at least $20,000 in debt. They continue to struggle with monthly bills and with the trauma of almost having lost their son to vicious dogs.







Please join us at the Walk, to walk for and support all the victims of vicious pit bull and other dangerous dog attacks, and donate to help Levi and his family as they struggle through this nightmare. 

 



This is a photo of the inadequate fence. There were 8 dogs living behind this fence, 2 of which attacked and mauled Levi, grabbing him by the face and trying to pull him through the fence, as he attempted to recover the frisbee that landed right outside of this fence.  When will people understand and care about how important it is to have adequate fencing to contain their vicious dogs?! This owner was previously warned about the inadequate fencing several times and was told to have it fixed/replaced when another child was mauled by these vicious dogs prior to Levi's being attacked.  Because of this owner's carelessness and lack of consideration for the safety of her neighborhood and community, another child has endured and must continue to endure horrific pain and suffering, just because he wanted to get the frisbee and continue playing with his brothers. This is unacceptable! These vicious attacks and maulings must stop!!




Please come and walk with us on Saturday October 27th, 2012 at Lincoln Park and donate to Levi and his family.

You are in our thoughts and prayers, Levi and family. We will do our best to collect as many donations as we can for you, little angel, and we will walk for you! 

A more recent photo of Levi

Levi's first day back to school

Still in the hospital

After his first reconstructive surgery, still at the hospital




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This is a letter written by the mother of Seleena Wickward to the Parents Against Dog Chaining, about her daughter, Saleena's vicious attack by a neighbor's pit bull. This is a powerful letter that should be read by all.
Saleena is a young child VICTIM of a vicious pit bull attack that left her severely injured and disfigured for life. 


"I noticed on your map, Utah doesn't show any children injured or killed. I am Saleena Wickward's mother & I can testify that in 2010 alone, 3 children just in our area were injured. 
People always have a reason for why that particular dog attacked. Let's be honest, the majority of severely injured children or children mauled TO DEATH comes from the jaws of a Pit. I am often accused of being a "Pit Bull Hater" which humors me. I raised American Pit Bulls, owning a total of 51 over the years. The problem that plagues me is that there IS NOT ALWAYS A REASON THAT AN ANIMAL ATTACKS! Chico (the dog that mauled my daughter) was extremely well cared for. He wasn't left on a chain for hours at a time. He wasn't abused, neglected, taunted, mistreated or anything else that one might think. That dog was taken for walks every day. He spent a lot of his mornings & early afternoons inside with his owners & had ample outside time as well. There wasn't one single thing that anyone could say the owners of Chico didn't do. 
So now what? While hundreds of people contacted us when Saleena was initially injured, nobody contacts us about it anymore besides her doctors. Nobody sees the now 7 year old child plagued with nightmares, self image issues, & PTSD . Nobody calls to see why Saleena didn't show up to picture day at school. No one has sympathy for us when we went without a vehicle for 3 months because my once pristine credit is now unworthy of a loan for a piece of paper. No one understands when Saleena's older brother has anxiety & panic attacks when anything even suggests a threat to his younger sisters. Not one person gives an iota of a care when four children won't even go to a public park, pool, or grocery store without the fear of God inside of them at all times. This being after almost 2 years of counseling.
Yet, the support for proper care of animals & Pro Pit Bull banter continues. Like a slap in the face, there's a new commercial, website, or facility asking for donations to save the animals, Pits in particular, almost everyday it seems. 
WHEN DO WE START SAVING OUR OWN CHILDREN?! When did animals start ranking above our race...our futures...& the little people we bring into this world that look to us for protection?! Saleena's accident brought out the support for pits more than anything. While a child was stuck in a hospital bed, with her hair being rubbed off the one side of her skull due to the severity of injuries encompassing her head... fighting infection...without the ability to open her eyelids due to the excessive swelling and bruising...having lucid nightmares...withdrawing from morphine...and all of this after having her face pieced back together with glue, stitches, staples, a metal plate, a screws. Her family in a state of emotional/physical/mental perdition, unsure of their loved one's outcome, & unable to be together to support & sooth one another not only during that time but for months to come along with more heartbreaking surgeries, scares, and distress at levels in which some will never even fathom... All of these occurrences & ANYONE was concerned for the dog's situation or fate?!? What?!
It makes me absolutely sick that anyone would donate to any of the "animal support" facilities when there are families like us out there paying astronomical amounts to try to save their child's life, put a face or limb back together for them, & pray that somehow a miracle will happen to save us from the poverty that an animal's mouth plagued our lives with. 
We eat cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals but chose a canine's life over or own children.
Honestly, how can anyone be confused as to why our communities grow more corrupt generation by generation, or what we're doing wrong by our children to have our crime rates rise, children shooting up schools, or addictions forming at younger ages continually?
No one seems afraid to stand up for the animals. In my opinion not only should they be afraid, but ashamed. Ignorance plagues our country like an outbreak of Ebola Zaire. Then to add salt to a wound, we publicize the "animals rights over children's safety/lives" for the entire globe to see. There were actually comments on the articles about Saleena's accident saying that "the dog was in his yard (mind you there was no fence & a dog run built having never been used) the little girl got what she deserved". I researched to the highest extent possibly in desperation to find the sadistic tormented mind behind those words. I wanted nothing more than that person to say those words while showing his/her face. There is no way that person had children. I'd love to sit with those people & show them every photo of Saleena taken due to this dog. The pre surgery photos would cause almost anyone to have haunting visions and nightmares for the rest of their days. 
I could go on and on from the $ worth put on a little girl's face to every single domino of our lives that fell all aftermath of "man's best friend."
I pray that we quit breeding ignorant & self destructive tendencies into our children. When will there be enough lives taken, enough innocent children sacrificed? I wonder how many "animal rights activists" could voice those same opinions after seeing their child shredded like the first course of a starved lioness. 
I wish it was as simple as changing the way we confine our pets. Instead, our communities stand & support this issue as our children are one by one traumatized, brutalized, & demonized. You never hear these stories where the dog owner says they knew there was a problem. The first time so often being the only time due to the severity.

Animal rights..... What happened to Human Rights? Who is going to protect our babies if we don't???"

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Aiden McGrew, 2012


We will WALK for YOU, Aiden.  RIP little Angel. 




Meet Aiden McGrew, 2-months old from Ridgeville, SC
Aiden was viciously mauled to death by the family dog, a Retriever Mix that was recently adopted by the family. 

Aiden McGrew, 2-months old, was killed by the family dog while his mother was away and his father was sleeping. The mother found her son after returning from a doctor's appointment with her 7-year old daughter. The other child in the household, 3-years old, was asleep with the father during the mauling. The baby was left in a "bouncy chair" by his mother before leaving to the doctor's office. Initially awake that morning, the father, Quintin McGrew, fell back asleep. The recently adopted dog, described as a golden retriever-mix, pulled the infant from the chair and severed the baby's leg during the attack. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nesbit ruled the death a homicide and that neglect led to the boy's death by "animal eating." The father was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The couple's two other children were taken into protective custody after the attack.

Please come and WALK with us for VICTIMS like Aiden, and so many others who's lives have been so tragically and unfairly taken in such a horrific way. 


R.I.P. Aiden
You did NOT deserve this. 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Meet Kaylie Foster


Meet 3 y/o Kaylie Foster, recently mauled by her father's pet pit bull while having court stipulated visits with him.

Her father owned a pit bull and no doubt assumed it was safe to have around Kaylie.  He was wrong! His dog latched onto Kaylie's little face and would not let go, as pit bulls do, until it was stabbed to death by a family member.


It took 100 stitches to close Kaylie's little face.

Now Kaylie proudly wears her t-shirt in support of the Walk For Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs. 

Thank you, Kaylie for your courage and bravery! Heal quickly, sweetheart, you have an ARMY of support behind you! 









Please come and Walk with us to support VICTIMS like Kaylie, and so many others who continue to wear the physical and emotional scars of vicious attacks by Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs.