A recent decision to classify Pit Bull dogs as inherently dangerous has stoked up dialogue both for and against the recent ruling by the Maryland Courts. While I think everyone agrees that the disposition of a dog is largely due to the way it is raised by the owner. However, one cannot discount the genetics involved in breeding aggressive dogs. Put Bulls are at the top of the list for reported bites and attacks. Does the breed disproportionately attract deficient owners?
We have reported on several Pit Bull incidents here (here and here) before and I have spoken about an incident where I personally felt threatened. I find that unusual that of all the interactions I have with dogs and of the interactions I have read about–the common denominator seems to be Pitt Bulls.
A reader sent the following report of yet another (unreported elsewhere) Pitt Bull attack on a 10-year old lacrosse player this weekend.
Saturday at approximately 9:45am the Severna Park Green Hornets pee wee lacrosse team was at the Tracey’s Elementary School field preparing to play the South County pee wee lacrosse team.
These 10 year old boys were on the field at Tracey’s Park warming up when a black pit bull dog ran from the woods onto the field. No owners of the dog were in sight. The pit bull ran up to one of the Green Hornets players and began barking at him in a ferocious manner. The boy began backing away when the dog bit him on the right calf, drawing blood. Many of the parents ran onto the field in an attempt to chase the pit bull away, and the dog did, in fact, run off the field.
About four of the Green Hornets dads began to follow the pit bull in an attempt to see if it had a collar on so an owner could be identified and the dog’s rabies status could be ascertained. 911 was called at the same time requesting police and EMS. The dog continued to growl, snap, and bark at the men as they followed it carrying lacrosse sticks for protection. An armed federal agent father of one of the Green Hornets players also followed the dog.
The police and EMS arrived, and EMS treated the player. The three police officers tried to take custody of the the dog but were unable to. The police activated their TASERs numerous times in order to keep the vicious dog away from them, and the dog finally ran back to it’s owners house. The owner was identified and AACO Animal Control responded to the location. EMS treated the boy’s leg injury and he was transported to AAMC by his father for definitive care. I do not know the dog’s rabies status.
In this case, a player was attacked and it was completely unprovoked. The player was retreating when the attack occurred. When you hear of an instance like this, it is difficult to argue that the new opinion from the courts is off base.
- State Court Deems Pit Bulls ‘Inherently Dangerous’ (huffingtonpost.com)