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Dog Attack

January 15th, 2004, 01:04 PM
Sharing this information from another site:

Second Child Since October Dead from Chained Dog Attack

From the Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 Fayetteville NC Observer:
"Three-year-old Nathan Roy Hill had wandered away from his home at 89 Doris
Drive and into the back yard of the home next door, where the dog was on a
chain, the sheriff said. Rollins said the boyıs mother, Christy Gambill,
called the Sheriffıs Office at 6:22 p.m. and said her son had been missing
about two hours. Deputy Benjamin Wood arrived at 6:45 p.m. and saw Nathanıs
body in the neighborıs yard just minutes into his search."

From the Spartanburg, South Carolina Herald Journal Thursday, October 2,
2003: ³When Crystal Sinclair looked out to check on her 2-year-old daughter
Thursday morning, all she saw was a toy. She went to her next-door neighbor,
Patricia Hancock, to ask for help. Soon, she and Hancock came upon the body
of Makayla Paige Sinclair where EIGHT of Hancock's nine Great Danes were
kept CHAINED TO A TREE. . . . Hancock called 911 at 10:05 a.m., and when EMS
arrived, Makayla was dead.²

Dogs Deserve Better, an organization working to get dogs off chains and into
the family, insists that itıs time American woke up to the dangers of
chaining a dog.

Karen Delise, author of Fatal Dog Attacks, has researched and chronicled the
circumstances surrounding every fatal dog attack in the United States since
1955. ³Chained dogs have killed at least 98 people. Of the 98 people, 92
were children that either wandered into reach or attempted to play, tease,
feed, or untangle a chained, tied or similarly restrained dog.² She also
states in her book: ³Statistically, chained dogs are more dangerous than
free-running packs of dogs.²

America needs nationwide laws prohibiting the chaining of dogs to the
nearest tree, post, or doghouse. Says Tammy Sneath Grimes, founder of Dogs
Deserve Better, ³How many children have to die before people realize this is
a serious and nationwide problem? The chaining of dogs has been ongoing
generation after generation, and this outdated and irresponsible method of
guardianship must stop. Not only is it dangerous for the dog, but itıs
dangerous for anyone unlucky enough to wander into the sphere created by an
angry dogıs chain.²

Chained dogs are often unsocialized, in physical distress, and territorial.
Dogs are pack animals, and humans have become their pack. To ostracize them
from that pack is not only cruel, but creates a danger to society.

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to have any state-wide laws
limiting chaining. Julie Lewin, instrumental in the Connecticut law, is
founder of The National Institute for Animal Advocacy, and is now conducting
training all around the country to mobilize citizens to change chaining laws
as well as other outmoded laws.

Grimes continues, ³Itıs a shame that we need laws to dictate common sense.
If youıre going to bring a dog into your life, youıve got to be willing to
take responsibility for itıs care and well-being. Allowing a dog to run free
around the neighborhood or chaining it to the nearest tree are both
irresponsible behaviors, and can and do end in death for the dog or, as in
all too many cases, a small child. A responsible caretaker's dog lives
inside, and has a fence high and sound enough to protect both the dog and
children passing by or walks the dog on a leash for the safety of all. We
are attempting to educate society, one by one if necessary. But we must also
stand NOW to insist on the laws being changed to protect the innocent, both
humans and dogs. Itıs too crucial to NOT do so. The lost lives of 3 year old
Nathan Roy Hill and 2 year old Makayla Sinclair stand as further proof.²

To contact Dogs Deserve Better go to their website at, and to contact Julie Lewin at NIFAA in
Connecticut call 203-453-6590.

Tammy Sneath Grimes, Founder
Dogs Deserve Better: No Chains!
Make a Dog's Life Worth Living
P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684


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January 15th, 2004, 06:56 PM
Those pictures are horrific!!

Thanks for that site, I just e-mailed one of the reps to see how I can become a volunteer for my area.

I hope I can help make a change.

January 15th, 2004, 09:34 PM
Some people are just plain STUPID.

As for the parents,they are no better off.I'm sorry.But this child was 2 ffs.You NEVER keep your eyes off your child.Especially that young.

January 16th, 2004, 11:11 AM
I agree 110% Mona!!! Some people need to find their brains!!!! Duhhhhh!!!!!

January 16th, 2004, 01:28 PM
Excellent point mona_b!!!

When irresponsible parents don't "want to watch their child(ren) b/c they have better things to do", then this is the outcome.

I agree that the parent of this child should also be held responsible, not only the dogs owner but the parent too.

I NEVER let my children play w/o me keeping an eye on them, especially outside. I know how nosey my kids are, and that's the last thing I want to have happen to my children.

Parents need to stop and think before they let their children play outside w/o any or lack of supervision. It only takes a second for any child to disappear.

January 20th, 2004, 07:26 AM
Thanks for that site dogs deserve better Luba!!!

I'm going to volunteer for them in my area and be an area rep.

Maybe I can save some animals around here.:D

January 20th, 2004, 01:32 PM
I'm hoping others will read it as well

January 23rd, 2008, 02:24 PM
Maybe, before you print articles like this, you should double check your facts. Newspapers are not accurate with the info. I don't know anything about the little girls case, but I do know the facts about Nathan. The dog was only chained up after Nathan was killed. The dog had not been fed. According to the autopsy, there was only human in him, no dog food. The dog was trained to be a guard dog because of unmentionable reasons. The dogs owners were never charged with anything, but she did pass along quite a bit of false accusations about Nathans mom. All of it untrue. Also, Nathan was deathly afraid of dogs and didn't go around them. There is much much more to this story, but I won't go into it. We miss him very much.

January 23rd, 2008, 03:27 PM
this thread was from 2004. it's 4 yrs old now.

January 26th, 2008, 11:37 PM
Kinda :offtopic:

I just want to say that I am glad that they were always
referred as chained dogs and not Pitbulls cause so many that
aren't Pitbulls but are chained up people still say pitbulls.
So thanks for that, but still very sad thread and very true = (

January 27th, 2008, 12:24 AM

Yeah uhm I wonder why a first post from a new member would find this post from several years ago. Hmm??

I have no intention as I'm sure does nobody else, in personally contacting each member from any article and interviewing them as if I were a reporter. This story is several years old, the article from a newspaper.

If you have a beef about anything contained in said article, it is my suggestion that you contact the journalist who wrote it, the paper who published it and offer your information there in 'that' forum. There you may share your facts and then perhaps they can interview YOU as a follow up to the story. Nobody here wrote this article.

There is much much more to this story, but I won't go into it. We miss him very much.

It's pointless to start a discussion without providing your own facts. So in fact you are doing the same thing of which you are offering critical judgement. IF you didn't want to go into anything then perhaps you shouldn't have said anything to begin with.