by No Dogs Allowed
Callaway, FL - Last Tuesday afternoon, as 7-year-old Tyler Jett rode his bike home, two dogs knocked him down and dragged him off his bike. Tyler’s family came running when they heard him screaming.
Tyler was rushed to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola in a coma; he never regained consciousness, and died Saturday night.
A fundraiser to help cover Tyler’s medical expenses was held Saturday morning at Bill Byrd Kia. One of Tyler’s aunts told a reporter they raised $12,000.
The two dogs that mauled Tyler – described as a brindled bulldog, and an Alapaha Blue-Blooded Bulldog – had been chasing another child before they knocked down Tyler and dragged him off his bike. The dogs also had charged at an elderly man prior to killing Tyler, but that act of aggression was not enough to have them declared dangerous.
The dogs’ owner, Edward Daniels II, was charged with tampering with evidence after he washed Tyler’s blood off his dogs’ faces; Daniels claims he thought the dogs had killed an animal. Police also charged Daniels with drug possession after finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his home. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office later added a charge of felony manslaughter for the death of Tyler Jett.
In 2012, one of Daniels’ pit bulls bit a boy in the face; Daniels surrendered that dog to Bay County Animal Control for euthanization.
If found guilty of manslaughter, a first-degree felony, Daniels could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison for the death of a minor.
This is one time I’ll refrain from making jokes about Flori-DUH, because law enforcement officers made the right decision to hold Daniels responsible for the boy’s death.
Florida has a “Dangerous Dog” law, and there is much evidence this law is effective – once a dog has been labeled dangerous, its owners must make an effort to contain it or else face harsh penalties. Animal control officers say this law makes their jobs easier, and has decreased the number of dog attacks in that state.