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Mom, Daughter Hurt When Pit Bulls Attack - Animal Control Dealt With Owners at Least 26 Times

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A mother and daughter are on the mend after they were attacked by three pit bulls. The dogs' owners are in jail, and the number of times Animal Control has dealt with the owners and their animals is shocking.


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Florence Eaise (132)
Monday October 1, 2012, 4:59 pm
Those dog owners are exactly the kind of people or dog owners who end up getting pit bulls bad names because they DONT train or control them then it makes all pit bulls look bad it NEVER should have happened

Carrie B (306)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:01 pm
So just exactly whose fault is this anyway? Maybe someone should have taken these away from their irresponsible owners and tried to re home them. Now what is going to happen to these dogs and the litter of puppies?!

Carrie B (306)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:02 pm
I have to agree Florence. There is no reason why tese people were stopped long ago!

Iveta Cer (38)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:25 pm
This is crazy !!! Now they will talk about pitbulls again how bad they are ??? If they are raised to be agresive then of course they will be agresive . They just need training and that is owners responsibility !!! I have german shepherd we went through training classes and she is really good dog very friendly .

Lynn S (235)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:40 pm
Sorry Carrie. It comes up as 'page not found' for me. Perhaps because I live in Canada.

However, based on other comments, I agree that any dog has the potential to be aggressive if it not raised with love (lots of) and discipline. I hope these dogs have not been euthanised, and I hope that forever homes where they can grow up with love and security can be found for each one, but especially for the puppies who have done nothing but breathe and eat.

Kit B (276)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:42 pm

When I was very young we were taught that German Shepards were a dangerous breed, then it became Doberman Pincher's were the breed to be feared, both breeds proved these allegations were wrong. The same is true of Pit Bulls, they are big dogs and some people are afraid of the big breeds. If people are not prepared to learn about the type of dog they own, how to learn the right ways to train that dog, care for that dog, then I do wish the authorities would take the animals away from people. This is not the fault of the dog, but the owners.

roxy H (350)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:44 pm
page not found for me also

Carrie B (306)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:46 pm

Mom, daughter hurt when pit bulls attack
Animal Control dealt with owners at least 26 times

Updated: Monday, 01 Oct 2012, 5:44 PM MDT
Published : Monday, 01 Oct 2012, 5:44 PM MDT

Gabrielle Burkhart
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) - A mother and daughter are on the mend after they were attacked by three pit bulls.

The dogs' owners are in jail, and the number of times Animal Control has dealt with the owners and their animals is shocking.

Residents in an Alamogordo neighborhood called police last week after seeing three pit bulls attacking their neighbors in the 1800 block of Mason Drive.

"One female received approximately four dog bites to both of her calves, her stomach area and her forearm," said Detective Sgt. Mark Esquero of the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety.

The 27-year-old woman received the brunt of the attack. Her 46-year-old mother said she was walking home from the grocery store when the three pit bulls followed her home and became aggressive.

"She called out for her daughter. Her daughter came out and tried to get the pit bulls away from her," said Esquero.

The dogs attacked and bit both women. Neighbors heard screaming and ran out to help.

They were able to scare off the dogs with a broomstick and call 911.

The dogs owners, Robert Alcala, 44, and Anna Alcala, 41, were arrested for the attack and charged with dangerous dog act and public nuisance violations. The two victims were treated at a local hospital and released.

Not far from the neighborhood where the dogs were loose is an elementary school. Police said if the dogs were running loose during the time school let out, it could have been a dangerous situation for school children.

Witnesses said there were some kids in the area during the attack.

When Animal Control responded, they were able to capture all three dogs. As it turns out, Animal Control officers were very familiar with the dogs and their owners.

"It was learned through Animal Control that they received numerous calls in reference to these certain pit bulls," said Esquero.

In fact, over the years, Animal Control has responded to the home at least 26 times for animals running loose, dogs fighting and even animal cruelty calls.

The three pit bulls, including one with puppies, will remain at Animal Control until a judge hears the case.

The dogs were current on rabies vaccinations since they'd been captured before for running loose. A judge could decide to have the dogs destroyed, or they could go back to the owners with conditions, such as having a proper enclosure.

Carrie B (306)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:53 pm
I don't know if this link will work any better for those having problems, but the text of the article is in my comment above.
Mom and Daughter Hurt In Pit Bull Attack

roxy H (350)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:58 pm
ok ty carrie

Ruth C (87)
Monday October 1, 2012, 5:58 pm
Its sad because the animals always are the ones that pay with their live's!!

roxy H (350)
Monday October 1, 2012, 6:02 pm
damn o.0 now why would they let these people continue to own animals, and after attacking humans, most often they are considered dangerous, this is such a sad thing, after only 1 call they should have had intervention and the owners should have been fined for dogs running loose. Poor dogs.

Carol H (229)
Monday October 1, 2012, 6:32 pm
noted, thanks Carrie. page not found!!

Carol H (229)
Monday October 1, 2012, 6:34 pm
thanks Carrie that link worked!

Florence Eaise (132)
Monday October 1, 2012, 6:36 pm
I think its partly the owners responsibility and the other part of responsibility is on whomever the person or organization that dropped the ball in ignoring the fact that these people have no control over their animals its tragic for the dogs and the victims of the attack let us know if you find anything more about this Carrie and thanks again for posting it

Barb Knight (1687)
Monday October 1, 2012, 6:50 pm
Thank you for posting Carrie. I agree with all of the comments above. I learned a new way to pray and I'm going to try it here; Dear God, I want to thank you for finding a loving, caring, home for these sweet, innocent pit bulls including the mother and her babies!! You're a loving God who created these special dogs for a special reason, so thank you!! In Jesus name, Amen!!

Suzanne L (89)
Monday October 1, 2012, 8:02 pm
Thank you for printing out the article Carrie as I was unable to access the page too. Regrettably these are the types of incidents that have led to widespread pit bull bans. While many pit bulls seem very sweet, a few years ago a woman was killed in a Toronto building at the door of her apartment by 2 pit bulls who were off-lease and returning home with their owners who lived across the hall. It only took a few minutes for them to kill her. This was the only death I'm aware of in Ontario although quite a few other serious attacks were reported. Local authorities first tried to find a middle ground with by-laws for mandatory leasing and muzzles for all large dogs, but many pit bull owners completely ignored them. Finally, a province-wide ban came into effect. As a breed I don't think pit bulls are inherently more aggressive than other dogs, but I think they need owners who are not letting them run loose because if a pit bull attacks it is more capable of inflicting very serious or life-threatening wounds due to their size, strength and type of bite. I hope the pit bulls in question will not be destroyed but I hope they will not be returned to these careless people.

Diane B (275)
Monday October 1, 2012, 11:21 pm
page not found for me

Giana P (398)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 4:06 am
The problem are the owners.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 8:01 am
Animal Control has responded to the home at least 26 times for animals running loose, dogs fighting and even animal cruelty calls. Really, & these dogs were never taken away from them??? 26 times??? I have no doubt that they will all be put down when it's the owner's fault for not caring for them.


Ginger Geronimo (438)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:34 am
Actually I've now found out that these dogs have been killed. A couple of other people posted news items about it. Talk about injustice, but I knew that would happen.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:11 am
Ginger, these are not the three dogs from Texas. These dogs are in New Mexico.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:39 am
I'm confused. They seem like the same ones to me. The stories are simular. Oh well, it's like I said before, I'm sure that these dogs will be killed too. It's probably just a matter of time. This makes me sick!

Iveta Cer (38)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 2:09 pm
If they will kill this pitbulls that will be sad news but i have bad feelings they will kill them because this happened many times with same dogs and all i can say stupid owners and poor dogs :( .

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:07 pm
Page not found. But I am always ready to blame the owners. Thanks BarbCat for your prayer.

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:18 pm
I submitted a comment, have waited ever so long and it has not appeared. So here goes again. Page not found. I usually have a tendency to blame the owners.

Iveta Cer (38)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:31 pm
Even those 3 pitbulls from Texas they were killed on friday . I was reading article and those pitbulls were inocent that guy who came there with unleashed dog he should be charged he tied one of those 3 pitbulls on tree and he was punching him what a idiot . Judge who make decision to put this 3 pitbulls down must be retarted !!! I am pretty sure because of dog breed - PITBULL . Like i set before i have bad feeling about this pitbulls from New Mexico they will put them down . I feel sorry for those dogs its really sad !!

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Tuesday October 2, 2012, 5:38 pm

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:17 pm
I have made a comment on the local page the story is on. I asked for a follow up as well as expressing my opinion of what should happen to the dogs and owners. Please use the following link to the story and post your own comment if you are interested.Mom and Daughter Hurt in Pit Pull Attack

Iveta Cer (38)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:47 pm
Hello Carrie i cant put comment there because i am not on fb or any of those sites. Thanks

Marie W (67)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:55 pm
Look the owners up for life. Save the dogs.

Veronica C (19)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:53 pm
We had a situation like this in my neighborhood not long ago. 2 pit bulls attacked a woman walking a small dog. The woman was bit, her dog was killed. The pit bulls were shot and killed. Neighbors had complained numerous times, and nothing was done. The owners had a new pit bull the VERY next day. Word is they're moving. They'll just cause problems somewhere else.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 11:55 pm
Noted - everytime I read stories like this a little bit of me dies inside because I know what the outcome will be - the dogs will get put down and each and every pitbull will be targeted because of irresponsible bloody owners. Same happened with a pitbull here in Cape Town, he was teased daily and when he got out he bit someone and they shot him. It wasn't even his fault.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:53 am
Stupid humans again...the owners AND the law enforcement in the first instance as Florence and others have stated. I agree with Kit about the rotation of "bad" breed which is now a moniker for pit bullls. Thanx Carrie

Jo Ellen H (3)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:55 am
thank you carrie

Lori Udenberg (3)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:47 pm
Thank you again Carrie I too could not get the page.I can't believe that a judge would even consider returning these dogs since they(owners) have proven time and again they do not deserve to have them.

Margery Coffey (8)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:54 pm
It takes them 26 times to understand that there is a problem?

Christopher Fowler (82)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:02 pm
When are we going to take the problem of bad owners as seriously as it deserves?

This incident will drag all of the haters out of the woodwork that want to blame the dogs for the fact that the owners screwed up by not training them and not teaching them to be better canine citizens.

I hope they get the full weight of the law on them and I hope that the dogs can be rehabilitated.

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:08 pm
Sorry not available. :(

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:32 pm
the owners are the ones to be put down. Very slow learners after 26 (holy mackeral!) episodes. Some dog people are just taking up space on this planet. Send them to Pluto. er the astroid formerly named Pluto..or whatever.

Irene Leggett (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 12:19 am
Perhaps its time to euthanize these irresponsible owners and not the dogs!! These dogs should have been removed from this situation at the first sign of any trouble. The animal welfare group needs to be investigated as to why they left the dogs at this address and with these useless pwners after so many calls. Its now a travesty of justice that the dogs will pay the ultimate price with their lives when its the fault of the moronic owners in the first instance. Hopefully they'll get banned from EVER owning dogs again, although I doubt it, probably just a slap on the wrist as a token jesture (what a joke).

Janis B (7)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 9:51 am
Why is it the legal systems doesn't classify these idiots as attempted murderers. They are nothing less and how come the dogs weren't rehomed years ago.
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