MORE than 7,500 people need hospital treatment after being savaged by out-of-control dogs every year. The number hit a record high in 2016 despite tough new laws to tackle devil-breed hounds introduced on the back of a series of high-profile attacks.

MORE than 7,500 people need hospital treatment after being savaged by out-of-control dogs every year.
The number hit a record high in 2016 despite tough new laws to tackle devil-breed hounds introduced on the back of a series of high-profile attacks.

Thousands of Brits are savaged by dogs every year

Author and former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson is a survival expert
Among the mangled were 2,000 children including 39 babies and 611 ­toddlers aged under four.
Figures from NHS England show that in 2011-2013 there were 6,317 hospital admissions for dog bites or injuries, but that had risen to a record high of 7,673 by 2016.
Common injuries included finger amputations,  horror scarring and severe nerve damage.


Author and former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson has now spoken to Business Insider to give his potentially life-saving tips to survive a dog attack.
He is the author of the 100 Deadly Skills series –  “The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster.”
Here is his quick guide to surviving a mauling…

The number of dog attacks hit a record high in 2016
Distract the dog
Take your shirt, jacket, whatever you have – even a bag or a purse – and give it to the dog to go after so it’s not after any other vital part of your body.

Among the mangled in 2016 were 2,000 children
Take your shirt off
And put it around your arm. You want to protect where the ulnar and radius (the bones in your forearm) flow because that’s where your major arteries are. So if you are giving the dog your arm in defence, give them your forearm, not the inside, which is where the vital arteries are Punch it in the nose and muzzle
These are front and centre and make a large target. Also consider, when you’re under stress, gross motor skills (movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts) are the only things which will work.

Navy SEAL reveals exactly what to do if you’re attacked by a dog
Aim for the ribs too
The area behind their arms near the rib cage is a sensitive area for them, like it is for us. So try to aim here too to try and disarm them. And above all show them who is the boss – and it’s not them.  ….

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on scene of dog attack in Safety Harbor

SAV – Please take time out to support a maximum penalty for the person who committed this grisly and senseless crime, Thank you. A puppy was dragged behind a car and then decapitated in a reported act of shocking violence. The dog’s owner claims her boyfriend choked her and then turned his anger on […]

via USA: Please Sign for Puppy Dragged Behind Car and Then Decapitated. — Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on scene of dog attack in Safety Harbor

A golden autumn in the heart of Scotland

Love Exploring Scotland

I love that we have seasons. They might be a little bit out of season these days, but we’re still lucky to see the changing landscape around us here in Scotland. I think of it as a natural magical changing land.

The once green leaves on the trees are showing us their true autumn colours. They fall off their branches and carpet our land in red, gold, brown and yellow.

The autumn colours where I live in Ayrshire are still finding themselves though … so many green leaves and fern are still lingering in the hope that they can stay a little longer. Don’t they know that winter is coming! It has been really mild weather, so possibly this is confusing nature a little.

At the beginning of October we drove up north to Perthshire for the day. I’d heard that Perthshire is a must see place, especially in autumn. This…

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Pit bull ban lifted in Mansfield

MANSFIELD, Ohio– A ban on pit bulls in the city of Mansfield has been repealed, after years of debate and controversy.
Critics of the ban, including the Richland County Humane Society, say the law was generally ignored, unless a pit bull attacked a person or killed another pet.
Humane officers say, in some cases, the ban attracted the wrong kind of owners to the breed. Humane Society Executive Director Missy Houghton told FOX 8, “It created a demand for pit bull type dogs by people attracted to a criminal element because these dogs were outlawed and so it seemed a little bit more enticing and those are the people that you wouldn’t necessarily want owning the dog anyway, because they’re not going to be the best dog owners.”
On Tuesday night, Mansfield City Council voted to end the pit bull ban, in part because of a ruling earlier this year by the Fifth District Courts of Appeals, that found that breed specific legislation enacted in another Ohio city, Reynoldsburg, was unconstitutional.
According to Mansfield Law Director John Spon, “A city is prohibited from banning pit bull types because the ban would be in conflict with the statewide non breed specific legislation for the State of Ohio.”
Now that the pit bull ban has been lifted, council members are considering new legislation that would hold owners accountable for the behavior and actions of their dogs. Under the proposed new law, owners who recklessly allow their dogs to get loose and attack someone, could be charged with a first degree misdemeanor.
They could also be forced to make restitution at twice the amount of the medical bills or other expenses incurred by the victim. “So if you own a dog that is dangerous or aggressive, you need to be extra responsible with your dog and they need to enforce the legislation so that they’re fined heavily and they’re held accountable for the actions of their animals; that’s the only to keep our community safe,” said Missy Houghton.
As part of the proposed legislation, the city would hire an animal control officer to enforce the law. But city officials say they may not have the funds to fill that position, and they acknowledge that the proposed law would have no impact if it is not enforced.
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Pit bull ban lifted in MansFIELD

field via @fox8news


Coyotes are becoming bigger and more ‘wolflike’ —

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The future of the coyotes that roam forests, cities and suburbs from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the “wolves” of the East Coast. And humans better get used to them. Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are…

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