Man Found Guilty of Having Dog Kill Coral Springs Family’s Cat

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An 81 year old man who allowed his dog to maul a cat and was caught on video doing so, was found guilty by a jury today.

After only a day of testimony, the jury returned their verdict and found Hume Hamilton, 81, guilty of animal cruelty charges, a third degree felony.

Hume Hamilton was walking his pit bull when it attacked a cat belonging to Coral Springs resident Tia Spath.

Spath, who lives in Ridgeview, was shocked to find out that their cat named “Mama” had been killed at her family business, Brandy Bail Bonds, in Fort Lauderdale.   She says that Mama had been their pet for almost 12 years and was a fixture at the business

“Mama” the cat savaged by Pit bull

In the shocking surveillance video, the owner of a pit bull is seen walking on the property of Brandy Bail Bonds while following his dog’s lead to get closer to the cat, when the pit bull viciously attacks.  

The dog’s strong jaws grab the cat and the owner cannot get him to release.

The man even tries to pull the cat out of the dog’s mouth, even stepping on the cat’s stomach. He finally he pulls the dog away, runs away, and  leaves the cat for dead.

Mama later died of her injuries and is buried at the business.

Hamilton had been held in jail since July without bond because he is facing charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was already on probation, so the judge held him without bond pending this trial.

He could face jail time for this crime when he is sentenced next month


 “I’m posting the writing below as it was attached to the video, although I’m not sure accurate the details are having watched the video. In the video, I saw a man dressed in black top & shorts, try to help get the cat out of the dogs jaws, he did, finally, then walked away trailing the cat, seconds later the Pit Bull is seen chasing after the cat again…behind the dog walks his owner, with empty leash in hand. Just find it odd the other man wasn’t to mentioned in court!!”


FROM : Coral Springs resident Tia Spath wants to find the man whose pitbull killed their family cat.

Spath, who lives in Ridgeview was shocked to find out that their cat named Mama had been killed at her family business, Brandy Bail Bonds, in Fort Lauderdale. She says that Mama had been their pet for almost 12 years and was a fixture at the business.

In this shocking surveillance video, the owner of a pit bull is seen walking on the property of Brandy Bail Bonds while following his dog’s lead to get closer to the cat, when the pit bull viciously attacks. The dog’s strong jaws become locked around the cat and won’t release. The man then tries to pull the cat out of the dog’s mouth, even stepping on the cat’s stomach. He finally he pulls the dog away, runs away, and leaves the cat for dead.

Mama later died of her injuries and is buried at the business.

The Spath family is heartbroken, her children grew up with Mama and they want to find the pitbull’s owner and sue him. They have hired a private investigator but are also asking for the public’s help in finding him. Please call Brandy Bail Bonds at (954) 463-4333 if you know anything.

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Pit Bull Shot After Teen Bitten, Cat Killed

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One of two rampaging pit bulls was shot by cops in East Boston yesterday after it bit a 14-year-old boy in the buttocks, mauled and killed a cat and frightened residents — all just weeks before a city law requiring the breed to be muzzled in public will be revoked.

BITING CRIME: Animal Control officers and Boston police respond in East Boston yesterday, after two pit bulls struck fear in the neighbourhood, injuring a teenage boy and killing a cat.

“These two dogs terrorized the neighbourhood … Theyhad already lashed out and bit a young boy and a cat. If we didn’t take a shot at the dog, who knows who else would have been bit,” Boston Police Superintendent William Evans said at the scene.Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo, who drafted the city’s pit bull control law six years ago, said the city should brace for more pit mull mayhem as the state’s new animal cruelty law goes into effect Nov. 1, wiping muzzling rules off the books.

“This is a scene that’s going to get replayed over and over again when we don’t have an ordinance in place that gives police and animal control the tools to control this,” Consalvo said.

The new animal rights bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick blocks municipalities from creating any “breed specific” rules.

The Hub’s lame duck law requires owners to register pit bulls, keep dogs muzzled in public and post “beware of dog” signs on their property. It also bars residents from housing more than two pit bulls. Similar laws in Lowell, Canton, Winthrop and elsewhere will also be nullified.

Yesterday, two pit bulls — Max and Bruinchewed and clawed their way through a screen and jumped out an open first-floor window of their owner’s Sumner Street apartment while the couple was dining out. The dogs then went on their rampage.

After police shot and wounded Bruin at the corner of Maverick and Cottage streets, the dog ran a block away and had to be cornered by cops in a driveway. Max ran home.

Louis Gizzi, 85, was sweeping his deck at his Everett Street home when the dogs ran up to him.

“It snarled at me. He came after me. One dog spotted the cat and chased him out of the yard. He killed him. He shook him so hard I thought it was a rag doll at first,” said Rizzi, who used his broom to smack one of the pit bulls in the snout. “If it wasn’t for the broom, I think they would have attacked me.”

Calvin Clemons, 24, and his wife, Amanda Bright, 22, questioned why the police had to shoot their dog.

“I know he wouldn’t hurt anybody. He’s only a puppy,” said a teary-eyed Bright, 22. “Everybody thinks just because it’s a pit pull, he’s a vicious dog.

Neighbour John Rizzo, 26, disagreed, saying the pit bulls have gone on the run before.

“They came up to our porch barking, pinning my wife inside with a 2-month-old baby in her arms,” he said. “They are menacing, big dogs … Without muzzles and leashes these dogs can’t be controlled. They need to reconsider that law.”

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B.C. pit-bull owners rally in Vancouver to protect breed

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VANCOUVER, B.C. : SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 — The Pit Bull Awareness walk begins, September 30th, at Vancouver‘s Science World.

Pit-bull owners spent Sunday showing off their prized pooches near Science World in Vancouver.

With the growing debate about breed-specific legislation, the pit-bull owners wanted the public to judge for themselves whether they deserve to be banned.

Kim Walters, 30, was at the awareness walk with her four-year-old pit bull Bruce.

She got Bruce as a rescue dog from Ontario, where pit bulls are banned under legislation enacted in 2005. In Ontario, it’s illegal to breed or bring them into the province even for a short visit. Pit bulls born before 2005 must be sterilized, muzzled and kept on leashes.

Walters said her dog has a great disposition and has never bitten or attacked anyone, and isn’t the least bit aggressive when around other people or dogs.

She feels the issue comes down to the owners. Walters also feels the owners of pit bulls who are responsible for their pets have been wrongly maligned.

“Pit-bull owners are not gangsters and drug dealers and we don’t need to be treated as such,” she said.

Walters feels Bruce is a perfect example of a dog that needed to be given another chance.

“I think of all the dogs like Bruce who are put down,” she said of the type of legislation in Ontario that can be a death sentence for a pit bull.

Ann Cooper helped organize the walk and said the group is worried about legislation similar to what’s in Ontario being enacted in B.C.

”We are speaking out about breed-specific legislation in Ontario, “ she said. “We feel there are alternatives such as strict enforcement on dogs that haven’t been trained or managed properly.

“We are having the walk to educate people on pit bulls — they are fantastic family dogs.”

Rob Hogan has a pit bull named Squeeze that is 14 months old and he’s had him since he was a pup.

“This dog is beautiful, he loves to cuddle,” he said. “It is all about how the dog is brought up.”

A number of recent pit-bull attacks on children have renewed calls for a pit-bull ban in B.C.

In White Rock, four-year-old Emma-Leigh Cranford had her throat ripped out by a dog belonging to a friend of the family. The young girl survived, with 40 stitches across her jaw after two hours of surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

A few days later, a three-year-old Kelowna boy received 32 stitches in his face after he reached down to pet a pit bull.

The B.C. SPCA has said a pit-bull ban wouldn’t work.

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7 Pit Bulls Put Down After Killing Owner

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“This truly is a devastating & tragic incident! More so as Ms Hunt & her sister so kindly rescued pit bulls, offering them a home. Sadly most pit bulls that have been raised to fight, can not forget the training, bullied into them by their previous irresponsible, degenerate owners.” 

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. — Animal Control officers had to put down seven pit bulls that viciously attacked and killed their owner.

According to deputies, Mary Jo Hunt, 53, was killed in the backyard of her Robeson County home, just south of Fayettteville, last week.

Authorities said the dogs attacked Hunt when she used a rake to separate them from fighting.

neighbour who witnessed the aftermath called 911.

Investigators said Hunt and her sister took care of the rescued animals at their home.

Two other dogs were also seized, but they are being kept in isolation.

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Female zookeeper killed by escaped tiger

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A tiger has been shot dead after killing a female zookeeper in Germany.

A female zookeeper has been killed in Germany after a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked her.

The 43-year-old woman was cornered by the animal after it found its way through a gate that had not been properly shut and wandered into a nearby storage building, police said.

The woman, who has not yet been named, was mauled and bitten and died of her wounds at Cologne Zoo.

A police SWAT team was called, but before it arrived Theo Pagel, the zoo’s director, shot the tiger dead with a rifle that he aimed from a safe vantage point through the storage building’s skylight. It was feared that the tiger had been about to make its way into visitor areas, said police spokesman Stefan Kirchner.

Police briefly cleared the area as a precautionary measure, though officials said the public was never in any danger.

Mr Kirchner said it was unlikely that members of the public had witnessed the incident, which occurred around noon (1000 GMT) on Saturday.

According to the Cologne newspaper Express, the tiger was a male called “Altai.”

Mr Pagel said: “This is the darkest day of my life. I shot and killed the animal so that we could enter … and take a look. But the employee was already dead.

The zoo later re-opened, but a planned late-night opening was canceled.

Altai, a four-year-old , was moved to Cologne Zoo in April last year and was paired with a female from France. He can be seen in YouTube footage posted to the website in 2011.

According to a statement from the zoo, the keeper had been experienced in working with tigers.

Cologne Zoo in western Germany, founded in 1860, is one of the oldest and best-known in the country and is home to some 10,000 animals from 700 species.

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Owner of slaughtered pets ignored

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A WONDUNNA family that watched two canines butcher its dog, cat and five chickens a fortnight ago will not be told if the killing dogs are brought to justice.

The disillusioned owners of the slaughtered pets have labelled privacy laws preventing any information being shared with the wider community as unfair.

A frustrated Shane Horton said he learnt the attacking canines had been released after a family member visited the council pound.

The Wondunna family who watched its pet dog, cat and five chickens killed will not be informed of the attacking dogs’ fate.

He said he had expected compliance officers to contact him as owner of the killed dog, cat and five chickens to share their investigation outcomes.

“I just think it’s poor communication, especially when you’re the person effected by the attack,” Mr Horton said.

“The other person gets their animal back, they get communicated with – so they get all the advantages of communication, get their dogs back and we get no information.

“I just don’t see how that is particularly fair, especially when you have been effected by such a vicious assault and you don’t get to know what happens as a repercussion of that type of event.”

Mayor Gerard O’Connell defended the council’s decision saying it must follow state laws.

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Related Incident July 24th:-ROAMING dogs left nothing alive when they went on a vicious rampage in the backyard of a suburban home.

Family pets of 15 years were amongst the animals slaughtered as the dogs savaged anything that moved.

The Horton family of Wondunna made the gruesome discovery when they went out to investigate barking dogs in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It’s thought their pet chihuahua Huey was dragged from its kennel and killed while trying to protect the yard.

“He’s always defending this place, he is blind and he is going deaf,” long-time owner Lynley Horton said. Their tortoiseshell coloured cat named Beeps was also mauled to death, as were the family’s five hens – Capa, Mocha, Coffee, Nesi and Choco.

An understandably upset owner Ms Horton said her eldest child was first to notice the attack and alerted her husband.

Both of the dogs had a collar apparently,” Ms Horton said.

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Leopard killed in Jorhat for mauling two

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JORHAT: An adult female leopard was beaten to death in a retaliatory act by villagers at Elengi Kharkhowagaon in Titabor sub-division of Jorhat district on Thursday night. The leopard had attacked the villagers earlier, leaving two of them critically injured.

The injured are now undergoing treatment at Jorhat Medical College Hospital. They were identified as Nafu Kurmi and Diganta Gogoi.

Forest beat officer (Titabor) Lakhinath Boruah said, “We found the carcass of an adult female leopard at Elengi Kharkhowagaon on Thursday night. The animal was about seven years old and it had sustained grievous injuries.”

He added, “The big cat had earlier attacked two persons in the village and injured them, creating a panic situation in the area. The locals then came out in large numbers with sharp weapons to kill the animal. They attacked the leopard and beat it to death on the spot. The big cat lost its legs and was even beheaded.”

He added that forest officials rushed to the spot on receiving the information, but it was too late. The animal was dead by the time they reached the spot. Boruah added that an investigation has been launched to nail the guilty persons, but the main culprits are yet to be identified.

On April 10, a woman names Komoli Gowala was killed in a leopard attack in Titabor area. Komoli was a tea worker and she was attacked by the big cat while working in the garden. Later, forest staffs trapped the 12-year-old female leopard in a cage and it was shifted to Kaziranga National Park.

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Woman killed by pack of wolves in Swedish zoo

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A female employee of the Kolmården zoo in central Sweden was mauled to death in the wolf enclosure on Sunday morning.

A crisis group assembled to provide support for Kolmården’s employees, and the woman’s relatives have been notified, reported news agency TT.

The incident occurred just after 11am on Sunday morning. According to eye-witness reports, the woman went into the enclosure, was surrounded and then attacked, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Emergency services were alerted at 11.11am, and were initially unable to approach the woman.

“You can’t just go in to a pack of wolves. Police and ambulance staff couldn’t get close to the victim until later,” said Norrköping’s emergency services coordinator Jan Tengeborg to the newspaper.

According to Aftonbladet, emergency services are currently attempting to sedate the other wolves nearby.

“It’s very unusual for something like this to happen, but it has happened before,” Olof Liberg, wolf expert at Sweden’s University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitetSLU) said to TT.

“Zoo animals aren’t afraid of humans and accidents can happen,” he continued.

Liberg has yet to familiarize himself with this specific case, but said that accidents like this one often occur because of a breach in routine, and notes that wolves are especially dangerous when a zookeeper goes in alone.

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