Animal control captures dog involved in livestock attack

Garrett Taylor attempted to escape custody at Purgatory Correctional Facility after he was initially arrested for driving under the influence and driving with a revoked driver's license.

LAVERKIN – A pit bull has been taken into custody by animal control after being involved in an alleged attack on livestock Monday.

Members of the LaVerkin Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of three pit bull dogs attacking a cow in the area of 130 North 300 West Monday morning, according to a statement from LaVerkin Police Chief Ben Lee.

When officers arrived at the scene they found a pit bull in a field attacking a cow. Both animals were “covered in blood.” The cow had been cornered by the dogs, according to the statement. The cow’s owner was contacted and the injuries to the cow is currently unknown. No other livestock were reported as having been attacked.

Officers shot two rounds at the dog and missed, though it was captured shortly afterward. The dog was returned to its owner and has since been taken into the custody by LaVerkin Animal Control and placed under quarantine.

“Animal Control is currently awaiting an owner surrender or court order for further action with the animal,” Lee said in the statement.

It was initially suspected the attack could be related to dog attacks that have reportedly killed livestock in the Toquerville area. It was later determined the two incidents are not connected.

The statement did not go into detail as to two other pit bulls initially reported to be a part of the incident. A call to the LaVerkin Police for clarification was not  returned by the time of publication.

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  • Darrin Stephens June 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Myth #1: It’s the owner not the T-rex

    Myth # 2: It’s impossible to identify a T-rex

    Myth #3: Human-aggressive T-rex’s were “culled”

    Fatal attack statistics about T-rex’s are false

    The media conspiracy against T-Rex’s

    T-rex’s are not unpredictable

    T-Rex’s do not have a locking jaw, they just eat you alive

    T-Rex’s used to be the most popular dinosaur in America

    T-rex’s pass the American Temperament Test

    Punish the deed not the breed (of dinosaur)

    T-rex’s originally were “nanny dinosaurs”

    T-rex’s were once known as nanny dino’s.

    T-Rex’s will lick you to death.

    There’s no need to muzzle and leash your T-Rex in the Doggy Park.

    Don’t forget to attend our ‘Million T-Rex March’ on The White House. President Obama loves T-Rex’s and he thinks everyone should own one. Except him.

    Its not an attack if the T-rex is wagging its tail.

    There no bad T-rex’s…only bad owners.

    I’ve seen chihuahuas more aggressive than my T-Rex.


    • MarcM June 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Pit bull likened to T Rex…I like it. I’ll use that to continue to make my children cautious/fearful/terrified of pit bulls.
      What a horrible breed of dog to bring into our homes. What’s worse is now they’re some sort of fad. Sorry people. Pitbulls are monsters. Besides strangers and livestock, how many children who are RAISED with them need to die before we figure it out?
      My kids aren’t allowed at a friends house if they own a pit bull. Sorry I’d rather my child be angry at me than mauled to death.
      My brother was attacked by our 2 pit bull neighbors because they didn’t like him playing in our yard one day and decided to go under the fence and make him stop. Luckily for my brother (unlucky for the pits) my 2 labs saved him.

  • Darrin Stephens June 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

    There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said.

    “A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious … It’s frustrating they were ever allowed in the country … we can’t go back now though,” Mr Coutts said.

    COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling

    This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them.

    VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

    Presas are not to be fooled with, they’re dangerous. You’ve got a fighting breed here. You’ve got a dog that was bred for fighting. You’ve got one of the most difficult breeds to handle.

    CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

    “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to ‘make him dog’ (I guess as in a “regular” dog) so we can actually create the limits.

    So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”. If you add pain, it only infuriates them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it…

    That’s why they are such great fighters.” Cesar goes on to say…”Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.”

    GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

    I estimate Medical & Veterinary bills related to injuries caused by pit bulls in the Tompkins Square dog run in 2011, $140,000.00. Estimated Medical (human) & Veterinary (canine) bills from all other breeds and mixed breeds combined during the same period, $5,000.00. (Estimate gathered from reports to by owners to the dog park association.)

    STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

    “The dogs that participated in these attacks weren’t Pekingese. You don’t have herds of Pekingese roaming the city attacking people. When someone says all breeds are created equal, well then they’re denying the definition of what a breed is. Breed serves a particular purpose.”

    “I like them. They’re eager. They’re athletic. They’re aesthetically pleasing. But even if they’re bred perfectly, they can be problematic, particularly with other dogs.”

    “When you combine the breed specific behaviors … with owners who either don’t give a rip, or with owners who (have) too much dog, you have a problem.”

    JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

    Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she’s a fierce opponent of “breed bans” like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it’s undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence.

    Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it’s disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training.

    ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

    “It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”

    BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

    “That is the only real way to solve this problem – is to license owners and to give them the responsibility that goes with owning a dog. It would be extremely useful when you have a neighbour who is concerned about that dog next door. You can look at it and see they don’t have a license and take it away. That’s owner responsibility.”

    “We led the charge to stop the importation of the pitbull because of the concerns they would be crossbred with other dogs… But there’s not a lot we can do about that because it’s happened. We wish someone had listened all those years ago.”

    JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

    “Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.”

    MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

    Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights. I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not.

    I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out?

    DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

    “It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.”

    JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

    “It’s inhumane not to allow them to fight. If you have to encourage them to fight they are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away. To never allow them any kind of combat…That’s inhumane.”

    RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter

    Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous.

    MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

    If it chooses to attack, it’s the most ferocious of all dogs. I’ve never known of a pit bull that could be called off (during a fight). They lose themselves in the fight.

    F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

    “They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.”

    • Coleen Lynn June 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Like 99.99 percent of people I took one look at your post and decided to ignore it. I did however skim over it, and there a couple of things you need to educate yourself on first if you think you have a legitimate argument:

      Both Victoria Stillwell and Cesar Millan are apposed to breed specific laws and both have over the years often talked about their fondness for pit bull dogs. So by using them as your reference you are shooting your self in your foot.

      Secondly there is no organization that works with dogs in New Zealand that actually supports breed specific laws. The fact that you mention knobs like Bob Kerridge once again highlights that you are simply cherry picking the pieces of information you use to support your ‘argument’ while ignoring the what those people really think or what the organizations they are representing really think.

      You are not a dog expert, you like the other clowns commenting here are simply scarred of something you understand very little about. It is rather pathetic really in 2014 that people still hold onto these views.

      • lee77 June 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

        I believe Mr. Stephens posted comments by Stilwell and Millan because he was making the point that even pit bull advocates like have admitted pit bulls are different from ordinary dogs. Back in 2012, Bob Kerridge caught a lot of flack for admitting pit bulls are “bad to the bone.” When people like Stilwell, Millan and other pit advocates make such comments, it carries a LOT of weight because it proves even pit supporters occasionally “slip up” and admit the truth.

  • Darrin Stephens June 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    KENNETH PHILLIPS, Attorney for dog bite victims dogbitelaw dot com
    In 2013, there have been 18 canine homicides of which 17 were committed by pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Our dogs are not killing us. Pit bulls are killing us.

    And although pit bulls attack and kill strangers like Claudia Gallardo, 38 (killed by a pit bull in the front yard of its owner’s house in Stockton, California) and Pamela Devitt, 63 (killed by 4 pit bulls running at large as she took a walk in Antelope Valley, California), the usual victims are our children, parents and guests.

    I have come to believe that the modern pit bull should not be thought of as a dog at all. A dog is man’s best friend, but this is an animal that will kill the man, his wife, his children, his parents and the guests in his home. Clearly this is not man’s best friend; clearly it is not a “dog” in the sense that we think of a dog.

    Charles Manson was anatomically a man, sociologically a neighbor, and legally a citizen, but he is spending his life behind bars because he was a deranged individual who orchestrated mayhem and murder. Just because pit bulls look like dogs, they do not have to be thought of like we think about dogs such as golden retrievers and Yorkshire terriers.

    In almost all homicides carried out by pit bulls, the owners and neighbors express shock and disbelief because the animal never gave a sign that it wanted to kill anyone.

    But to me, this is like a drunk driver expressing shock and disbelief that his car could kill. In both types of cases, a person made a choice to do something incredibly reckless, either by getting drunk or by getting the animal that makes headlines because of the frequency and brutality of its killing. We need to stop people from doing these reckless things.

    Lawmakers have to stop listening to the nonsense about breed specific laws which is spouted by the owners of bully dogs like pit bulls. Since 2006 there have been 3 psychological studies which focused on the personality and behavioral traits of the owners of pit bulls and other high-risk breeds of dog.

    A study published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence showed a link between ownership of high-risk dog breeds and deviant behaviors, crimes against children and domestic violence. Another study concluded that “vicious dog ownership may be a simple marker of broader social deviance.”

    A third study established that the owners of high-risk breeds of dog displayed more antisocial thinking styles, have an arrest history significantly higher than owners of other dogs, and engage in fighting to a significantly greater degree than other dog owners.

    They also had higher levels of overall criminal thinking patterns to go with the actual criminal behavior. These people, who are fixated on the animals that kill, maim and terrorize, are not the people that a lawmaker needs in his camp. Reasonable people want fair laws that provide a solution to the obvious problems caused by pit bulls.
    KENNETH BAKER, Home Secretary, UK

    “The intention of the Dangerous Dogs Act was to eliminate breeds like pit bulls in this country. For the first five years it worked very well, but as soon as the Government gave in to animal charities the whole thing was doomed.

    There is no need for anyone to have these dogs, and to suggest that you can somehow educate the owners – well, I just don’t think that’s realistic if you look at who the owners are.”
    DAVID PREMACK, PhD Psychology –
    comparative understanding of cognition and its understanding of the nature of animal and human minds
    In my view, the first time a breed kills a child — without extreme provocation — the breed should be eliminated.

    After all, there is no difficulty producing breeds that do not kill children. Indeed, breeds that do not kill children despite extreme provocation can be readily produced.
    PILAR WAGNAR, Allstate spokeswoman, Clearwater, FL

    Allstate Insurance Co., one of the country’s largest insurers won’t insure new customers who own pit bulls.

    Pit bulls have a higher-than-average tendency to be unpredictable and cause unprovoked attacks with serious injuries. They’re basically lethal weapons. The liability exposure is unbelievable.

    Owners of dobermans, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and other potentially dangerous dogs are not turned away by Allstate.
    KATE RINDY, co-author Pit Bulls Are Different, former HSUS employee and assistant to Randall Lockwood, former executive director of Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

    “Dog owners are naive about the dogs strength and stubborn character.”
    “People have Pits and do not understand the potential risk factor.”

    PEGGY E. WARFLE, Manager Wake Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animal Shelters, Raleigh, NC.

    “All Pit Bulls should be spayed and neutered” …”That way we could do away with the breed, couldn’t we? It wouldn’t be a great loss to dogdom.”
    BENJAMIN HART, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and animal behaviorist

    “It’s quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression. People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors – and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done.”

    Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is “way out of proportion” compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population.

    “It’s very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog.”

  • Darrin Stephens June 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

    Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

    “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

    “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

    He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

    ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

    “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

    A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

    “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

    Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

    The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

    Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

    Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].


    However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

    “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

    Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

    “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

    “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

    “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

    MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor

    There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

    But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

    Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.


    “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

    “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

    John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.” p 77

    Dog trainers/animal control, Pit Bull breeders, owners, fanciers, experts

    TRISH KING, Director, Behavior & Training Dept. Marin Humane Society

    “There is no direct eye contact or very little direct eye contact. It is very quick and over with. Which is one reason why with pit bulls and rottweilers, we have problems. Because they’re bred to do direct eye contact and so they are off putting to other dogs and actually scary to other dogs.”

    The fourth undesirable characteristic – arousal or excitement – is actually the most problematic. Many bully dogs cannot seem to calm themselves down once they get excited. And once they get excited all their behaviors are exacerbated.

    Thus, if a dog is over-confident and has a tendency to body slam or mount, he or she will really crash into the other dog or person when he’s aroused, sometimes inadvertently causing injury. He may begin to play-bite, and then bite harder and harder and harder.

    When you try to stop the behavior, the dog often becomes even more “aggressive.” In this way, play can turn into aggression fairly quickly. Research on the brain has shown that excited play has exactly the same chemistry as extreme anger. This allows a play behavior to switch quickly into aggression. And, once the dog has become aggressive a few times, the switch is much easier.

  • Darrin Stephens June 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal24-7, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights

    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.

    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming

  • Native born New Mexican June 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I have been around and lived with several very good pit bulls and pit bull mixes. My elderly father has an old lady pit bull that used to belonged to my sister and was raised with her 6 children. You could not have a sweeter dog.
    Sis gave the dog to dad because the area where she now lives won’t allow the dog. Never mind this dog would not and has not ever done one mean thing during her whole 13 years of life. My friends pit bull would even allow the cat to sleep on her head, That dog also died from old age having lived a peaceful happy life with her human friends. I have a picture of my daughter”s pit bull mix with grand daughter lying on the dog. Another sweet dog. Each dog is different.

  • SophieCairns June 11, 2014 at 5:17 am

    and there are idiots who want to believe… and spout the mythology … that these are herding dogs…

    NOPE they were first conceived as BUTCHER’S DOGS… to HOLD THE CATLLE WHILE THE CATTLE WAS BEING SLAUGHTERED… how do you think they got beef roasts in merrie olde England’ ? They kept that genetic blueprint. Why is it that these are the PRIMARY dogs for fighting as well as the ones that kill farmers/ranchers livestock… IT IS THE BREED… as well as the breeding for bloodlust.

  • Karen Batchelor June 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I see that Colleen Lynn and the dogsbite dot org crew are here spreading their propaganda. Especially Darrin Stephens (not her real name – just one of many fake profiles) who is known as the Cut and Paste Queen for her prolific spamming of any remotely dog-related articles, such is her hatred for the breed, quoting articles (sometimes even altering them) and people that have been totally discredited by credentialed experts over many years.

    For those of you sick of seeing the grubby tactics of this organisation there is a petition asking for Colleen Lynn and her so-called ‘organisation’ to be investigated:

  • Fast Eddie June 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    To David Premack.. lets take a look at how absurd you comment is. If a breed of dog kills someone then the entire breed should be eliminated” Well dip stick if that were the case there would be no Labs, No Goldens, No Pomeranians, no mix breed dogs of any shape or size, no Great Danes, no Boxers, No jack Russells and a host of other breeds.

    You sir are an idiot!

  • Fast Eddie June 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    The pit bull haters have inaccurate statistics, no Canine Expertise, No Canine Credentials, no Canine Organizations that agree with them. They have “opinions”, I think I will stick with personal experience and Canine Experts for my valid information..

    Millions and millions of children live with Pit Bulls as family pets currently in the US and millions more have over the past 20 years without ever being harmed in any way.

    Percentage of US Pit Bulls that fatally maul a person in the US – 0.00002%

    Percentage of Pit Bulls in the US that bite a person = 1%

    99% of these amazing dogs have never and will never harm a person. that is plain and simple FACT.

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