Dog mauling case ends in sentence

  1. http://msnbc.com/news/932227.asp?0bl=-0

    Granted my knowledge of this one is superficial but it seems the sentence was pretty light.
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  3. by   fergus51
    Who was supposed to be supervising the girl at the time? It says the dog owner was not home. Just another example of why some people should not be allowed to own animals.
  4. by   renerian
    I have a chow and am so worried about that. We have a privacy fenced in yard, with beware of dog signs posted. He is good to us but he does not like anyone else...

    renerian
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    There is a local story where I live where a six year old boy was mauled to death by two Rottweiler Pugs. The trial is going on now. An older retired policeman owned the dogs. His fence was broken and he put rocks and boards and even a bowling ball to keep the dogs in but they got out and killed this poor little boy.

    steph
  6. by   fergus51
    Rottweiller pugs?

    Renarian, I am not surprised at all. Chows are notoriously unfriendly with those they don't know and loving with their family.
  7. by   jadednurse
    Scary.
  8. by   H ynnoD
    My Chow is mixed with English Shepard.Great with everyone as long as you come through the gate like a normal person.I think if you tried climbing the fence it would be a different story.Dog is as strong as an ox,she walks you.My niegbors dog gets out all the time.Complained about it,her excuse is he grew up in the country and can't stand the confines of a back yard.Almost took the dog to the pound,but her and her husband are getting a divorce,so her and the dog will be moving soon.Is it true that chows use to be used to hunt or fight Bears?And also that they can unlock their jaws for a bigger bite?Now another niegbors Rot..was in the front yard,Just got done walking him Home.Hes got his gate open.I've left my gate open all night and my Dogs will never leave.Good Dogs.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Originally posted by fergus51
    Rottweiller pugs?

    Renarian, I am not surprised at all. Chows are notoriously unfriendly with those they don't know and loving with their family.
    That is the quote from the story . . .rottweiller pugs . . . .of course they are in doggie heaven now having been euthanized after being caught.

    Haven't heard whether the owner is guilty yet . . . but then I've been at work.

    steph
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    just tragic. for the woman who died and the dogs owned by the idiot owners who obviously did not handle them properly. what a sad situation. i don't know there is a sentence sufficient for this; you cannot bring this poor woman back or sooth the wounds the loved ones she left behind feel in this senseless death. what can anyone say, really? people need to be held strictly accountable for their pets; any dog CAN be vicious in the right situation.
  11. by   Q.
    Rottweiler Pugs? Is that a mix?

    Pugs and Rotts are two VERY different breeds.
  12. by   fergus51
    I am guessing the father was the Pug I don't think it would work the other way around!
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    The photo of the "rottweiller pugs" did show smaller than usual rottweiller-looking dogs.

    I agree with Deb . . . .any dog, no matter how well trained can bite. I've told this story before but I discharged a couple with a new baby and walked them out to their car (we check carseats) . . ..and there was this great big slobbering Rottweiller in the back seat next to the carseat. They were going to put the baby in the backseat alone with the dog. "Oh our dog is just the nicest dog ever . .he wouldn't hurt the baby". Well, I made them put the dog in the front seat and had the mom sit in the backseat with the baby. And prayed for the baby as they drove away.

    People amaze me.

    steph
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Here is the story . . .I tried to find photos of the dogs to no avail.

    Published: June 26, 2003 in News
    RED BLUFF -- Laura Novach buried her face in a handkerchief and wept Wednesday as Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen described the fatal injuries her 6-year-old son suffered last year when he was mauled by dogs.

    During the first day of trial testimony to determine whether an ex-Red Bluff police officer should go to jail for the dog-mauling death of kindergartner Genoe Novach, a forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy recounted the boy's specific external and internal injuries.

    There were many.

    But Novach was spared that graphically detailed account, waiting outside the courtroom as Dr. Mark Super, chief forensic pathologist for Sacramento County, presented his vivid testimony.

    Super, who said Genoe died of hemorrhagic shock, was one of more than a dozen witnesses called by the prosecution in the trial of Charles Dean Schneider, 53, of Red Bluff.

    At least two of Schneider's dogs, identified as small Rottweiller-pugs, are believed to have escaped from the back yard of his Palmero Avenue home through a chain-link fence Feb. 7, 2002, and attacked the child as he played in a neighbor's yard.

    Cohen, who wants Schneider convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter and owning a mischievous dog that caused death, told the jury during his opening statement that Genoe was a fighter.

    As his nearly lifeless body was taken by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento following hours of emergency treatment at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, the boy "hung in there," Cohen said.

    But the injuries were too severe. And Genoe was so small, dying en route to UC Davis.

    Now, Cohen said, he wants the jury to "do the right thing" and convict Schneider because the former police officer was responsible for keeping his dogs under control.

    If convicted, Schneider faces a maximum of four years and eight months in jail.

    Thomas Hilligan, Schneider's Red Bluff attorney, said his client won't deny that he had an obligation to try to keep his dogs inside his yard.

    But, he said, he attempted to meet that obligation by covering holes in the chain-link fence with boards, rocks and other items.

    And, he said, the dogs, although untrained, never generated complaints to animal control officers and, to Schneider's knowledge, never displayed vicious tendencies.

    "They were not mean, aggressive animals," Hilligan said.

    Still, he said, he planned to call witnesses during the trial who will testify that the dogs would bark and run away from Genoe because they had seen the boy provoke the dogs by poking them with a stick.

    "We can only guess what happened in the moments before the attack," he said.

    Hilligan, who also stressed that his client cooperated with authorities investigating the boy's death, refused to say whether he might put his client on the witness stand.

    Among those called to testify were Tehama County sheriff's deputies who investigated the attack, Palmero Avenue residents who said Schneider's dogs were often seen loose in the neighborhood, as well as Genoe's father, Anthony.

    During his testimony, Anthony Novach, who broke down in tears as he described finding his bloodied son shortly after the attack, said he had before told Schneider that his loose dogs were becoming a problem for neighbors.

    "Mostly, he just ignored me," said Novach, noting that he recently had Genoe's pet dog euthanized because a neighbor complained that the animal had displayed aggressive behavior toward her daughter.

    Under cross-examination, Novach told Hilligan that he and his wife had filed a civil lawsuit against Schneider in connection with their son's death.

    "Yeah, we're suing him," he said. "I think you would, too."

    During a court recess, however, a longtime family friend of Schneider said the former police officer should not be held criminally responsible for Genoe's tragic death.

    "He is a kind man who wouldn't hurt anyone," said Leah Moore of Orland, noting that she has known Schneider since he was a boy. "He's a good man."

    The trial resumes today

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