Juan Castillo Argumedo Recovering from Pit Bull Attack

A 6-year-old boy identified as Juan Castillo Argumedo was reported to be recovering from the injuries sustained during a pit bull attack November 17. He has undergone three surgeries to repair the damage to his face and leg. The boy was also bitten in the chest and belly. The report stated that the boy and his friend were walking through a neighboring yard when he was bit by the pit bull on the leg. The pit bull was also attacking the boy in the face while his friend pulled at the dog’s collar to get it off Argumedo. His grandfather arrived and hit the dog ending it’s attack. It was also disclosed that stitches were removed from his face and he did not suffer any infection. His doctors considered it a miracle that the boy stayed healthy and was able to bounce back. After the surgeries, the boy has to stay at home to fully recover. It was also reported that his mother has to stop working to be able to take care of Juan full time. His teachers from Dixie Sun Elementary in St. George, Utah often drop by his house to teach him so that he will not be totally left behind by his classmates. His father Silvano Castillo is thankful that his boy is recovering well and is in a cheerful mood despite the trauma he has been through. He recalled seeing his wife’s face turning white upon seeing the damage on their son’s leg. He is also thankful that friends and neighbors are helping them cope with the incident. Donations poured out to help with...

Cherie Bloom and Pet Attacked by Two Pit Bulls

What started as an ordinary walk with her dog, turned horrifying when two pit bulls attacked a woman and her dog. The woman identified as Cherie Bloom and her dog were injured in the attack. According to the news report, Bloom and her dog were walking along Reid Avenue Monday morning. As they approached Main Street at 5:45 a.m. police authorities said she saw two pit bulls coming their way. When the two pit bulls met them, the two dogs attacked her dog who is a boxer. The police said the woman was knocked down by the commotion and she was also attacked by the pit bulls. The report added that a resident called 911 after hearing Bloom yell for help. Fortunately for Cherie Bloom, two Layton residents were driving by and saw the alleged attack. The couple identified as Joel Haro and Darlene Moroncini immediately came to the rescue. They were able to separate the pit bulls from Bloom’s dog. Layton Police Officer Travis Rapp arrived on the scene and grabbed one of the pit bulls. The second pit bull got away but was located by a Davis County Animal Control officer. Police disclosed that Animal Control will conduct further investigation regarding the incident and will file appropriate charge against the pit bulls’ owner. In a separate article, the owner of the pit bull has not yet been identified. The dogs were reported to be roaming the streets without leashes and collars. The dogs are being held for quarantine for ten days and maybe put down if the owner does not claim them. The report described the attack...

Husky Critically Injures 5 Year Old Girl

According to a report given by Deseret News, a young girl and her family from South Ogden were visiting relatives in Clearfield when the incident happened at about 8:20 a.m. Sunday at 2268 S. 300 W. A neighbor who happened to witness the incident told authorities that the visiting family made a little campground in the relative’s backyard. Allegedly, the little girl woke up earlier than anyone else and climbed over the three-and-a-half foot fence into the yard directly south of the residence. A 3-year-old Siberian Husky that was in the neighbor’s backyard grabbed her by the neck. Her relatives, hearing screams, ran outside to see what was happening and saw that the dog had the girl by her throat, dragging and shaking her around the yard. Her uncle jumped over the fence and was able to release the girl from the dog. Her relatives rushed her to the hospital and called 911 on the way. The report disclosed that Davis County Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics met the family halfway and then transported her by ambulance to Davis Hospital before a medical helicopter took her to Primary Children’s Medical Center. The report added that the girl suffered serious neck injuries. Another neighbor, identified as Shelby Parker, disclosed that the relatives told her the girl is listed in critical condition and apparently has lost a lot of blood. However, the Clearfield Police Department said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The girl’s relatives declined to give comments except to say that the young girl is hospitalized and it is believed that she will pull through. The owner of...
Rotten Rottweilers

Rotten Rottweilers

Fox13 News reported yesterday that this boy, KJ Reid, was viciously attacked by dogs. Two other unnamed people were injured in their St. George back yard. KJ is eleven years old and was playing hide and seek with the neighborhood children yesterday. During the game he decided to walk along the top of a retaining wall which divided several yards. He fell from the wall into an unfamiliar yard which contained three Rottweilers. Two of the three dogs are responsible for his injuries. KJ’s mother Autumn saw one dog holding him around the waist and the other pulling at his extremities. According to the police the owner and a resident of the house attempted to stop the attack and were also injured by the dogs, which turned upon them as well. Surprisingly, the Reid family claims to have no ill feelings towards the dog owner and feel that her quick actions were what saved their son’s life. As for the dogs they are under the control of St. George animal control and it is unclear how they will be dealt with or why they reacted in this way at this time. At Christensen & Hymas we see many dog bite attacks and we know how painful and devastating they can be. We wish young KJ the best in his recovery and hope that the dog owner will heal quickly. We suggest that the Reid family obtain a copy of the police report and then contact us for help at (801)506-0800. Photo Courtesy of Chante Chidister...
Pit Bull Attacks 11-year-old Girl

Pit Bull Attacks 11-year-old Girl

In Cottonwood Heights, Utah on Saturday afternoon, an 11-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull. The girl will need plastic surgery after the attack. Family was gathering in a home Near 7100 South and 2800 East, the owner had put the dog out of the way of the guests, in a back bedroom. The family’s 11-year-old niece opened the door, without knowing the dog was behind it. The pit bull attacked, biting her several times in the face. She was taken to Primary Children’s Medical Center for treatment. The owner called Cottonwood Heights police, reported the incident, had animal control seize the dog, and asked that he be put down. Sgt. Gary Young with Cottonwood Heights police said that the owner did exactly the right things. He put the dog in the back room, even though he had not experienced the dog being previously aggressive. He also reported the incident immediately. As of Sunday afternoon, the child is waiting for plastic surgery. Dog bites can produce serious after-effects. If you or a friend has experienced an attack Ken Christensen has written “The Utah Dog Bite & Animal Attack Handbook” to help you understand the next steps to take. The purpose of the book is to help educate Utah residents about their legal rights they suffer a dog bite or animal attack. It touches on everything from liability statues and prevention, to further resources for both medical and legal implications. Receive a FREE copy of the handbook, and if you have any questions, please call Christensen & Hymas, the experts here would be happy to answer any questions you...

Guy Lauritzen Rams Police Car

Yesterday around 2:15 pm, Taylorsville police responded to a report of an assault where a gun might have been involved. The man allegedly involved in the assault, left with a possibly stolen gray Dodge pickup truck. The truck was seen at 3900 West and 5400 South, the license plates confirmed the vehicle was stolen. Police followed into a Little Ceasars parking lot at 3950 W and 5400 S. An officer parked in the stall behind the driver, in an attempt to take him into custody. At this point, the driver, 49-year-old Guy Lauritzen, consciously began backing out of the parking stall. Lt. Justin Hoyal of the UPD said the officer tried to stop him by performing a pit maneuver, but the maneuver failed. “The suspect then pulled out and rammed on of or police cars at a high rate of speed,” said Hoyal. Three officers were able to box him in, and bring him to a stop. However, as the officers were trying to take Lauritzen into custody, his Rottweiler dog jumped and aggressively came charging at the officers. The policemen being attacked attempted to kick the dog away, but it aggressively continued, and they were forced to shoot the dog on the scene. The man was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies, including, assault and fleeing, aggravated assault on a police officer, and possession of  a stolen vehicle. The lawyers here at Christensen & Hymascare about educating the public on legal maters, so if you have any questions regarding the legal implications of a story like this, please call Christensen & Hymas for a free consultation: 801-506-0800  ...