Monday, July 18, 2022

Diane Brannam Recovery Fund

 

On a beautiful Saturday morning, Diane Brannam and her husband Phil took their two dogs for a walk at a nearby forest preserve much like they do every weekend. While getting ready for their walk at the public park, a pit bull whose owner was not present at the park, wandered across the street from a residence and prompted an attack on Zoey, the smaller of the two dogs owned by Diane and Phil. Diane was holding the leash of Zoey and Phil was holding the leash of Zen (their other dog) when the attack began. Diane quickly realized the harm that was happening to her dog and did everything she could to get the larger pit bull to stop the attack. The only action that eventually lead to the mauling being stopped, was Phil pulling the pit bull off and maintaining control. At this time, it was observed that there was significant damage to Diane’s hands with a majority of injury happening to her dominant left hand. Zoey, also suffered injuries during the attack. The owner of the pit bull did not show up until after their dog was subdued.


After questioning from the forest preserve authorities about the attack, Diane was taken to an immediate care facility to have her injuries examined. It was determined at this time that Surgery was needed. The first surgery took place promptly after the attack. A second surgery was performed in hopes of it alleviating some of the pain and discomfort Diane was suffering from. It was unsuccessful. After months of physical therapy, Diane still was out of work and quickly feeling the effects of lost wages. At this time she also came to the realization that her College re-certification as a Certified Nurses Aid was no longer going to be of use due to the permanent disfigurement and loss of function in her hand. Her quest of getting back into her trained working field to help her family financially was no longer an option.

Even with health insurance, the surgeries and other medical expenses ended up costing Diane and Phil over $9,000 out of pocket. It did not take long before the hospitals were demanding payment. The dog owner did not have homeowner’s insurance. As well, she was unwilling to take responsibility for her dog's attack on Diane or compensate for Diane's financial losses. Therefore, Diane's injuries and financial loss lay solely on her shoulders.

Between medical bills and lost wages incurred, Diane's total financial loss is $32,000. Although no amount of money will make up for the mental and physical suffering Diane went through, the hope of this fundraiser is to help Diane recoup what she had wrongly lost financially and find peace after a long and painful journey.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/Diane-Brannam-recovery-fund?fbclid=IwAR3AGZk_epiM5odVbnYvu4xIYM-aNc7QBeXOENA_9ilhWQuPIPH_ijv_H90

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

New Yorkers, PLEASE READ:



THIS PIT BULL KILLED OUR DOG.


Last Wednesday, on her evening walk around the block with Daniel Correa, our five-year old dog Zelda was fatally attacked by a pit bull whose owners lost their grip on her leash (at Frederick Douglass Blvd & 124th St). The owners refused to share their names or contact information.

We are heartbroken, and filled with grief and regret that we couldn't protect our baby. When we're calmer and stronger, we'll share photos and remembrances of our girl. (Daniel is physically unharmed, though he had to fight the dog off of Zelda).

RIGHT NOW, we want all New Yorkers to know that there is NO protocol for reporting animal-to-animal bites. We filed a report with NYPD but they will not pursue the case. They and NYC 311, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, ASPCA, and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) all expressed sympathy but said they have no way to record this event. In other words, no one can do anything to prevent this dog - or other dangerous animals - from hurting someone else.

We have a lead on where (Marcus Garvey Dog Run) we might find the dog (named "Blue") and its owners (a female and a male, picture here), about whom we've heard several reports of previous irresponsible behavior related to their dog, which appears to be unlicensed. If we can ID them, we can pursue a civil case to get a judge to require the dog removed, euthanized, or at least required to wear a muzzle.

We have no desire to punish the owners, who seem vulnerable, and don't blame the dog, which we suspect has endured or is currently enduring abuse or neglect. We just want to prevent anyone else from enduring the trauma and pain that Zelda experienced - and that we continue to feel.

I have contacted the offices of Mayor De Blasio, @ Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President and Bill Perkins, our New York City Council rep. I am reaching out to the local media today, hoping they will raise awareness of the threat to public safety that exists since no one acts when a pet is harmed by another pet.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

- Contact us if you can help us find or ID this couple and/or their dog.

- If you see them on the street, please call 911.

- Support us in demanding that a system be created in this city to record animal-to-animal attacks by contacting any of the officials mentioned above. If any of the people who encountered this couple losing control of their dog in the past had had a way to file a report, perhaps this dangerous dog would have been removed from the streets before she hurt Zelda. The least we can do is to remove her before she hurts someone else.

- ABOVE ALL, when you are out on the streets, especially with small dogs and children, please be aware that any of the dogs you encounter could have a history of attacking other animals. However vigilant you think you are being, please be more so.




Thursday, July 30, 2020

State of Ohio v. Steffen Evan Baldwin a.k.a. Steffen Evan Finkelstein

42 counts
Bribery 
Grand Theft 
Telecommunications Fraud 
Animal Cruelty
Tampering with Records 
Falsification 
Impersonation of a Peace Officer 
Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity

Scorched Earth, the Politics of Pit Bulls

dogsbite

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cleveland Ohio Dine and Dash

On Saturday May 16th at approximately 2:30 pm at the Mill Creek Falls Metropark, this man's mutant pit bulls attacked the dog pictured below. Not surprisingly, he fled and the license below is a fake.





If you have any idea who this old man is, Coco's people would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Merced CA pit nutter alert

the couple pictured below stood by and watched their pit bulls kill a cat in the area of Foothill Drive and G Street.

a witness saw the psychopaths observing the despicable act and captured it on video.



if you recognize these cretins and/or their mutant canines, please turn them in.

contact the merced police dept tipster line at 209-385-4725 or via anonymous text message to the police dept by dialing TIP411 (847411) and include the word Comvip as the keyword in the text message.


sources

merced sun-star

fox 26 news

Sunday, February 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Comment on Proposed Amendments to Regulation of Service Animals on Flights

 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Traveling by Air with Service Animals can be found HERE and provides the public with 60 days to comment on the proposed changes.
Today’s NPRM is intended to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system. It addresses concerns raised by individuals with disabilities, airlines, flight attendants, airports, other aviation transportation stakeholders, and other members of the public, regarding service animals on aircraft. The Department recognizes the integral role that service animals play in the lives of many individuals with disabilities and wants to ensure that individuals with disabilities can continue using their service animals while also reducing the likelihood that passengers wishing to travel with their pets on aircraft will be able to falsely claim their pets are service animals.
The NPRM proposes to:
  • Define a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
  • No longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
  • Consider a psychiatric service animal to be a service animal and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals;
  • Allow airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s good behavior, certifying the service animal’s good health, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal has the ability to either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
  • Allow airlines to require passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to check-in at the airport one hour prior to the travel time required for the general public to ensure sufficient time to process the service animal documentation and observe the animal;
  • Require airlines to promptly check-in passengers with service animals who are subject to an advanced check-in process;
  • Allow airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals;
  • Allow airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
  • Continue to allow airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, tethered, or otherwise under the control of its handler;
  • Continue to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
  • Continue to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely on the basis of breed.
Comments on the NPRM must be received within 60 days of the date the notice is published.  The NPRM can be found at regulations.gov, docket number DOT-OST-2018-0068.