Another Pit Bull Attack In Severna Park

| June 21, 2012
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UPDATE: Several commenters claiming to be neighbors and witnesses have corrected the Capital Gazette’s version of the incident. According to these witnesses (one of whom brought the child into her home after the attack) the boy was walking on the sidewalk, not in their yard; and the boy did not run home as reported. The neighbors are also stating that the dog in question had attacked people at least twice prior to this incident. To view their comments, please visit the original article linked below.

The Capital Gazette is reporting that a 9year old boy was attacked by a Pit Bull in Severna Park Tuesday night. The child is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries; but requiring surgery to repair artery damage in his legs.

A 9-year-old was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a pit bull Tuesday in Severna Park.

It is the second time in a month a pit bull has bitten a child in the county.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Anne Arundel County police were called to the 100 block of Bateman Court, where the boy’s mother reported the child had been bitten while walking. The boy was walking through a yard when the dog bit him on the upper and lower body, she said.

The yard was surrounded by an electric fence, and the dog was wearing an electric collar, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

The child ran home and police were contacted. The boy was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, Mulcahy said.

The boy’s uncle, Annapolis police officer Brian Antal, said Wednesday that doctors realized the injuries were more serious than originally thought.

Doctors performed surgery to repair an artery in the child’s left leg, and the 9-year-old is awaiting another surgery, Antal said.

Animal Control officers have taken custody of the dog. The incident remains under investigation, Mulcahy said.

NOTE: The image accompanying this article is not the specific dog involved in the attack.

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  • Anonymous

    As mentioned last time you posted a similar article – why call out the breed? Why not just say “dog”? 

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      With the current opinion from the Courts, the breed of the dog is integral to the story.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

        Unfortunately, proving a dog is or is not a pit bull is not an easy task, essentially impossible by visual identification, and difficult with genetic testing.

    • Sweetie Pie

      Because we all want to know which breed (or type) of dog does this kind of thing, even though the pit fans would like to keep it hidden from us. Real journalism is exactly what is going on here, ie, reporting the facts, not letting themselves be censored by what some loud special interest group demands. 

      • Sweetie Pie

        P.S. Also because pit bulls aren’t dogs. Their behavior — and in particular the damage they do when they attack — is too different from that of the normal domestic dog to describe a pit bull attack as ‘just a dog bite’. But of course, you must know that, that’s the whole reason you want breed hidden in reports.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

          That’s ridiculous. How did my become a great therapy dog that visited hospitals and nursing homes?

        • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

          This is an odd assertion. Pit bull type dogs are typically one of a set of dog breeds (which dog breeds depends on who you ask) or a mix of those breeds, or a mix of one or more breeds and a mix of one or more non pit bull-type breeds or a mix of completely non pit bull-type breeds (pause for breath!).

          Those are all canines, provably so via genetic testing.

          Given that those are all dogs, and given that a pit bull type dog can be any mixture of those, it stands to reason either that pit bull type dogs are just dogs, or that all dogs are not dogs, and the latter is just crazy! It also stands to reason that these dogs will have traits from those individual breeds which may or may not match those traits that are traditionally ascribed to “pit bulls.”

          I don’t think anyone is trying to suppress the breed in reports, either clinical or news. I think they want a realistic description of the breed(s) involved. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen in a 24-hour news cycle where pit bull attacks are sexy or in a medical or veterinary clinic where the importance of breed identification are of less import than medical care.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

        Between 40 and 66% of all dogs in the US are not of a breed; they are mixed breed dogs. Even when reported as “pit bull”, they are usually not.

    • Roastpuppy

      Why not name the “breed” or “type” of dog? All news articles eventually name the breed, if not in the headline, somewhere in the body of the report or in a subsequent report because people want to know.

      What should concern you is why pit bull-type dogs were responsible for almost 75% of the dog attack fatalities in the US last year, and 100% of the attacks resulting in dismemberment and scalping! There is a problem with these monsters and until people like you get your heads out of the sand and realize these 4-legged sharks aren’t ordinary dogs, we will continue to read reports such as this one!

      • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

        What???? 100% of the attacks resulting in dismemberment and scalping? Please cite your sources…

        • Jason Fraser

          Within a few weeks last summer, pit bulls in Florida ripped the left arm from 74-year-old Roy McSweeney in Florida and almost ripped off his right – he died a few days later; Emako Mendoza in California lost an arm and leg to pit bulls and later died; and in Arizona, a pit bull ripped off its owner’s arm and the man (Michael Cook) later died. In December 2011, a 60-year-old woman was scalped by pit bulls in Pueblo, Colorado. In January 2012, Joseph Finley, a Chicago jogger, lost a foot in a pit bull attack; and in February 2012, Robin Johnson lost an arm and leg to an attack by a single pit bull in Florida. (I have provided you the names and/or locations of these people, Google them and verify the attacks!) Now I have a challenge for you: produce just one other case in recent years in the US of an adult human losing an arm or leg or being scalped by any dog other than a pit bull-type!
          I did not include the dismemberments and scalpings of children under 12 by pit bulls, but if anyone is interested in seeing what a pit bull can do to a child in less than 5 minutes, Google “Amaya Hess pit bull.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

        This is silly, and it’s over the top enough that I’m going to officially dub you a troll.

        If you’re really interested in the answer to your questions, check out my other comments. I think they should be more than enough to suggest that you need to revisit your research and reconsider your position. Though I don’t think you’re really invested in this conversation and are just here to sow discord, so I suspect there won’t be any revisiting or reconsideration.

  • PitSupporter

    I hope the Capital and other news outlets also report when a dog, other than a Pit Bull breed attacks someone because it DOES happen.  To only report the news because of an agenda to make one breed look vicious is irresponsible.  

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      If this was by a golden or a chihuahua it would have been reported. I believe the issue is that pit-like dog bites are more serious due to the way they are bred. Other dog bites may not be as serious and are not reported. But when someone is attacked by a dog and requires two surgeries, it is news and the breed of the dog is imperative to the story.

      • JMorgan

        prove your first assertion. and the fact that other bites aren’t as serious is the whole issue.   when someone requires multiple surgeries it is proof the dog’s attack was untenable.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

        It is not true that breed is imperative to the story. The main reason why incidents like this are reported and other are not is because the breed is often reported over the police radio. Reporters monitor the police calls and let’s face it, “pit bull” calls are sexier than golden bites. Not necessarily worse. When my neighbors’ large nondescript dogs were always loose due to a hole in the fence, no one would answer my calls to police to help round them up. Finally, when the dispatcher asked, “are they pit bulls or Rottweilers?” and I said, “I don’t know, maybe”, three squad cars raced to my location within about three minutes!! For an excellent explanation of this phenonema, I suggest you google “The Pit Bull Placebo” and read it.

    • Sweetie Pie

      Attacks the like of a pit bull attack happen by some other breed about once every five years. And any attack as bad as a pit bull attack does get reported. It’s time you-all dropped the media-conspiracy thing. It’s making you look both paranoid and childish. I don’t mean this as an insult, just feedback about the way this comes across to others. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

        This is not quite true, unfortunately; attacks happen with sad frequency by other breeds than those typically described as pit bulls and, unfortunately, many attacks are incorrectly attributed to pit bull type dogs. The CDC went so far as to call into question the validity of the data in their own study (Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998). This is from that document:

        “…to the extent that attacks by 1 breed are more newsworthy than those by other breeds, our methods may have resulted in differential ascertainment of fatalities by breed.”

        This is essentially saying pretty much what everyone has just said and that you are refuting: not so much that it’s a media conspiracy thing, but attacks by pit bulls or those dogs labeled as pit bulls make for sexier news than attacks by other dog breeds.

      • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

        You are absolutely incorrect in your statements. As someone who checks facts before I make a statement, I know your statement is blatently false.

    • Roastpuppy

       
      ALL serious dog attacks in the US are reported. The reason there are more pit bull attacks reported is because when a pit bull attacks, someone usually ends up badly injured or dead, or at the very least (as in this case) with serious injuries.

      Think about it like this: There are thousands of motor vehicle accidents every day, but only those causing serious injury or death make the evening news. If TV stations reported every fender-bender in their viewing areas, the news would be an hour of nothing but minor accident reports.

      The same is true with dog bites. Thousands of people are nipped by dogs every day, but 99% of those bites require nothing more than minor first aid. However, when a pit bull attacks and kills someone, or rips off the arms or legs of an adult, or scalps a child, it is newsworthy and reported by TV/radio stations and newspapers.
       
      If the dog that bit this child had been almost any other type dog, the child probably would have required nothing more than minor first aid at the ER. But because the dog was a pit bull – a powerful, tenacious animal with a killer drive when in “attack mode” – surgery was required to repair an artery in the boy’s leg. And yes, any other dog COULD have done the same thing, but other dogs do NOT do the same thing!

  • Dog bite victim

    Any vicious dog needs to be taken into custody regardless of the breed. I was bitten by a dog(not mine) at the age of seven and it is a very traumatic event to go through. I spent many years afraid of all dogs. I wish the little boy a speedy recovery.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      Agreed; dog attacks physically and emotionally hurt the victim and the victim’s family more than anything, but the damage ripples out to affect everyone involved, even those who own dogs ostensibly of the same type but for whom such an attack is an unrealistic possibility.

      I also hope the boy recovers quickly.

  • Sweetie Pie

    People — and especially people with pit bulls — need to understand that an electric fence isn’t adequate containment for a dog. Dogs very often figure out (mostly by accident) that they can get their freedom at the cost of a single shock. Particularly in a type — the pit bull — that has been bred for hundreds of years to be insensitive to pain, the shock is a small price to pay for getting out. 

    And, as we witnessed in a recent Virginia killing of a toddler by a pit bull, an electric fence doesn’t stop children from wandering into the yard, or entering it to play with a dog they’ve played with before. 

    Maryland pit bull owners are now showing they object even to having to be insured for their pit bulls. But it would be a good thing if we all went a step further, requiring adequate containment if anyone wants to keep a pit bull. After all, the pit bull is responsible for more maulings and killings of humans than all other breeds combined. This has been a steady pattern for over a hundred years now. 

    I’m a Maryland voter, by the way, not some out-of-townie trying to tell Marylanders how they have to live or what risks their children have to take. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      I am no fan of electric fences, mostly because we live in a rural area and many people let their dogs roam free. My own concern would be that another dog would enter the fenced perimeter and attack my dogs (we do have pit bulls). I don’t really let my dogs outside unattended, though, so it’s kind of a moot point.

      I’m not sure you’re right about pit bulls being insensitive to pain. I haven’t seen any hard evidence that proves anything like that, and my own dogs (which I call pit bulls because they resemble what people typically think of as “pit bull type”) don’t like pain much at all (in the form of a toenail clipped too short or shots). We rarely fight ‘em in the pits anymore, so I can’t attest to their tolerance to pain on that front.

      I think adequate containment should be a requirement for any dog. When you get into breed specificity, not only are you on ethically unsound ground, but breed specific legislation by its nature marginalizes victims of canine attacks by non-specified breeds, and, in the case of pit bulls in particular, is more or less useless because of the lack of a firm definition of what constitutes a “pit bull.” An aggressive dog with a passing resemblance to a typical pit bull, but which can be proven by the owners to have no genetic material from any of the breeds typically labeled a pit bull, would be exempt from such a law, and you’d be right back where you began.

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurie.m.wallace Laurie Maurantonio Wallace

        This owner in particular doesnt deserve to own this dog or any other animal. The owner has a problem too.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

          Laurie, that is frankly my opinion at this point, too, but I am willing to reconsider it if more information comes out about this story. It is exceedingly rare for dogs to attack unprovoked or in the absence of pain, abuse or injury, so I’d like to know more about what conditions were like in this house.

          My money is almost always on owner neglect or abuse, and it pays off almost every time.

    • MrTelco1948

      Don’t know where you are getting your information. Pit Bulls are not insensitive to pain and cannot be bred to be so. Yeah, they put up with a lot of pain in the fighting ring only because they have no choice. It’s fight or die or get beaten by a bad owner. Pit Bulls (or any other breed) that ARE excessively aggressive and are classified as a “red zone” dog should be humanely put down. As far as the pit being responsible for more maulings and killings for the last 100 years, how do you explain that in the 1930′s, the pit bull was America’s number one family dog? Are you making these stats up because they support your point? There are no bad dogs. There are bad owners.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbie-Bell/100002528946349 Debbie Bell

    I use a tragic pit bull as my profile photo.  I feel badly for everyone, the dog included.

    I feel badly for the victim and family. I know I cannot imagine the horror! 

    I feel badly for the gullible pit owners, who were told by the mongers that pits are normal dogs and will not act on their instincts from centuries of breeding unless trained to do so.

    I feel badly for the dog as he did EXACTLY what cruel breeders created him to do: attack without warning or trying to avoid the fight, attack without reason, do damage quickly, not stop even if the victim “yelps”, submits, is down.  He will probably die, he should die, because a million pits will die this year, many without proof of their abilty to maul a child.  This attack is proof of his ability to maul a child.

    Most normal dogs will stop biting if you yelp, as their instincts are to  drive the intruder away, to communicate thru their bites. Normal dogs want the intruder (passing child) to leave, so they bite and release to let the child leave, and live.  Pits are different. Many/most bite with the instinct to maul. Tugging, crushing is their goal.  In fact the mauling feels right to them, endorphins are released as they maul, that’s why they can’t be stopped, often can’t stop themselves. They will not let the victim leave, or sometimes live.

     Do a google search for “pit bull killed” every day.  I do. In less than a year, I have read that pits have been impaled thru the skull with a garden pitchfork, shot in the head with a nailgun, stabbed thru the body with a hay pitchfork, beaten to death with bricks/ rocks/boards/pipes, burned alive with a gas torch, run over with police cars (2 x)  all in attempts to free the victim (dog/human) or stop the attack. Pits are different.

     I have come to the terrible realization that pit mongers do not care about anything but themselves and their ability to breed and own pits. They do NOT care about pit welfare; proof is their absolute failure to propose or accept any solutions to reduce the pit crisis. The disproportionate suffering that surrounds pits, both caused by pits and also suffered by pits, is acceptable to them, a small price to pay for their enjoyment of owning pit bulls.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

      Please stop mongering your fear and misinformation. Because of folks like you who say they’re monsterous dogs of whom we should be terrified, they are unnecessarily villified and thought of as monsters and worthy of being impaled, stabbed with pitchforks, beaten with bricks/rock/boards/pipes, torched and shot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      Whoa, this is just weird! But I do find you personally intriguing!

      I don’t want to intrude into your personal life, but I am curious why you have a “tragic pit bull” as your profile photo and why you Google “pit bull killed” every day. Is this a punctuation error and did you mean “pit bull killed every day?” Otherwise, why the obsession? I don’t mean to be a jerk, I am genuinely curious! Were you the victim of an attack?

      It’s unfortunate that dogs likely do suffer all those injuries you mention. I’m not sure how that leads to the final comment that “pit bulls are different,” though. To my knowledge, no pit bull has ever wielded a pitchfork or used a firearm of any kind. Your comments say a great deal about *people*, but not much about dogs.

      I do care quite a bit for the welfare of those dogs typically described as “pit bulls.” I currently am fortunate enough to have two of these funny and athletic dogs, and just lost another 12-year old in March. I don’t breed dogs. I don’t want to, it is undeniably unethical and probably messy. I try to contribute in small ways that I am able to ensure that irresponsible or abusive people don’t own dogs and that dogs that have been abused and mistreated are rehabilitated and given the opportunity to find a loving home. I’m not sure what your solution is to the problem you perceive, but it sounds neither humane nor just.

  • enough is enough

    This is the 3rd person (at least) this dog has attacked and bitten within the last year. He is very aggressive. The owner has no control of the dog, and seems to not be concerned about people in general, only the dog.  Yes, it was technically on their property, however the dog is free to roam on every inch of their property, which includes the front area and driveway. Several small children are known to play in the area right next to their property (there is no physical fence).  Several complaints have been made to both the owner and animal control, but nothing has been done so far. People in the area should not have to live in fear of themselves or their children being mauled by a dangerous dog – these incidents could have all been prevented, especially this last one!  There is still on ongoing investigation going on to see what happens next.. what’s it going to take? Does someone have to die first?

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

      This is far more a human failure than of the dog. Have there been any prior incidents? Have the neighbors reported the dog’s behavior? Has Animal Control been out to investigate? If so, what was the outcome? Were restrictions put in place? What has the owner done to correct the situation? Electric fences are often a requirement of certain developments nowadays, and HOAs often prevent erecting fences for the sake of pretty suburbia. That’s got to stop because electric fences don’t stop kids or animals from entering someone’s property, and electronic collars don’t stop a dog when the battery reaches a certain level of weakness. And tying a dog out is becoming so taboo nowadays…This dog was allowed to be naughty without correction and chased a child. The scenario is NOT due to breed. And until we get away from the breed thing and address the actual factors that led up to this incident, people will continue to be hurt and dogs will unncessarily pay the ultimate price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/laurie.m.wallace Laurie Maurantonio Wallace

        Call animal control 410-222-8900. Dog has 2 incidents, neighbors have been trying to do something for a while, Animal control was out yesterday and supposedly has the dog in quarantine

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725169902 Marija Wilson Buhler

    As of today, Animal Control is undecided about what they are going to do, and the owners are fully expecting to keep the dog after the quarantine period. Something needs to change. Three different victims is MORE than enough evidence to prove that the dog is dangerous and should be put down. We need more pressure on Animal Control to do the right thing here. If you live in the neighborhood and know which dog we are talking about, please contact Animal Control and put pressure on them to act appropriately (410)222-8900.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/ John Frenaye

      This is a shame that our enforcement agencies are so wishy washy (at best). Certainly, three bits in a year is at the minimum grounds for an order to muzzle the dog while outside and to erect a solid fence to contain the dog. Also probably put them on notice that the next time, the dog will be destroyed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

      Yup, something needs to change. They need to put up a fence, get a variance if it’s required, and when they leave their dog out they should be home and be available to correct their dog when it’s misbehaving (running the fence, barking out of control, etc) and always be aware of what the dog is doing and be able to keep it under control. If they can’t do that, keep the dog in or leashed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      I agree with Adrienne’s comment, but I would have said that this should have happened after the first incident. I actually believe that if someone intends to keep their dog outside unattended, adequate containment should be required *before* any incident, or when it is noticed by others in the community that an owner has a dog that is allowed to roam free or with only an electric fence as containment.

      I believe in this case, the dog should only be returned to the owners (despite their electric fence, I would describe them as irresponsible and negligent, to some degree) if they are able to comply and provide adequate containment.

      I certainly don’t think the dog should be euthanized. While I wouldn’t like to see yet another dog in a shelter, at least in a shelter its temperament could be assessed and it could be (hopefully) adopted to a family that is better able to care for it.

  • JMorgan

    no, you are the problem.  Lets see your citings of facts.  you have none, and are responsible for more false information and stupid remarks than all other humans combined.  shut your pie hole.

    • Jason Fraser

      When I question someone’s figures, I look them up myself, I do NOT depend on others to provide “citings.” What don’t you do that or either “shut your pie hole!”

  • Roastpuppy

    Anyone with access to the internet and even the most basic research skills can ascertain this information for themselves.Why can’t you?

    Last year in the US, pit bull-type dogs were responsible for almost 75% of the dog attacks resulting in death and 100% of the attacks resulting in dismemberment and scalping. Yet, it is estimated pit bulls make up no more than 5 to 6% of the US dog population. It doesn’t take a Rhodes scholar to figure out pit bulls are responsible for a disproportionate number of vicious attacks.
     
    And please, don’t give me the old cocker spaniels, Chihuahuas, or whatever are “more vicious than pit bulls” because this is totally irrelevant. The problem isn’t whether a pit bull-type dog is more or less vicious than some other breed/type, the problem is the horrendous damage done when one of these monsters attack.

    • Jon M

      I would like you to note that in the 33 cases of Dog related fatalities the study shows

      21 dogs to be of unknown origin or indeterminable.

      2 verified Pit Bulls

      3 verified Rottweilers

      2 verified German Shepards

      1 verified Husky

      1 verified American Bulldog

      1 verified Wolf Mix

      1 verified Boxer

      The study also makes note that several of the cases were reported to
      be “pit bulls” by the media, but there was no evidence to support those
      claims, and photos of the dogs were found to be an unknown mixed breed
      as well. Most of the unknowns were also strays, feral or junkyard pack
      dogs that were never located after the incidents.

      So if you’d like to claim that all of the unknown breeds were “pit
      bulls” help yourself. But under review by scientific, medical, and
      veterinary professionals that would be a very incorrect statement.

      • Jason Fraser

        What “study”? And what “33 cases” of “dog-related fatalities”? I have been personally collecting all dog bite deaths in the US since the 1990s and if there is any question as to the breed/type dog involved, I contact law enforcement and animal control in that location to confirm the breed. Last year (2011), the breeds/types of dogs involved in deaths in the US that were NOT pit bulls or pit-mixes were as follows: Rottweiler – 3 Japanese Akita – 1 Cane Corso – 1 American Bulldog – 1 Doberman – 1 The dogs involved in the remaining 24 deaths were either pit bulls or pit bull-mixes and that calculates to 77%! It never ceases to amaze me that when a Rottweiler, German shepherd, or whatever, attacks, the pit nutters never question the breed, but when a pit bull attacks — even when the owner, law enforcement and animal control all identify the dog as a pit bull — the nutters all claim it was “misidentified.

        • mcablin

          Oh Jason, Jason, so ripe for the picking. What law enforcement officer or animal control officer did you speak to in the 2011 cases that told you the dog was a “pit bull.” Please be specific. You don’t have to name them in all “24″ cases – just name them a half dozen or so. And considering a few of the 2011 are open criminal investigations, I would love to know the names of your sources.

          • Jason Fraser

            First of all, you don’t know much about “criminal investigations” if you think the breed of a dog cannot be discussed while an investigation is pending.
            One case stands out. Last September, a pit bull in Cypress, Texas, killed an infant and someone at the scene saw another dog that appeared to be a Lab-mix and identified that as the offending animal. Of course the pit nutters were all over that like white on rice and to this day, there is no way to convince any of them the dog that killed the child was anything but a “Lab-mix.” However, I spoke with Thomas Gilliland, the Harris County PA person, and was assured the dog was, indeed, a very large pit bull. Call Mr. Galliland and ask him if you don’t believe me!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      There is no factual basis to this or science to back it up. You’re free to have opinions, whether or not they reflect reality, but when those opinions start taking the form of proclamations and percentages, you’re obligated to cite your sources. For your argument to hold any water at all, you need to cite *reliable* sources. This is particularly difficult now, when there is no *visual* difference between a document from, say the CDC (what I would consider a reliable source) and “my friend’s blog, he knows a lot about dogs” (the reliability of information and figures from which I would be suspect).

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurie.m.wallace Laurie Maurantonio Wallace

    I would like to see a story about the brave woman who pulled this child from the dog and saved his life. She is a hero/guardian angel. Most people would not have done what she did. Or about the great crew from Earliegh Height Vol. Fire Dept. that worked on the child while he lay on this womans floor in a pool of his own blood and transported him to the hospital in a timely manner or the staff at the hospital who have gone above and beyond for this child or the family and friends who have been so supportive. this child wasnt just bitten, he was attacked. He was within seconds of losing his leg and the outcome could have been worse if it werent for the woman who saved him from the dog, the fire dept. and the hospital staff.

  • Jon M

    I would like to point out that this just happened and the journalist here and witnesses have all assumed it was a pit bull. Because they haven’t determined the breed yet, there is no way of knowing. Remember a pit bull is a mixed breed and there are many many mixes of such between other breeds. No verification has been made of the origin of the dog yet and we should be a little bit more concerned as to the negligence of the owner and what in fact led up to the bite..
    This is clearly flagrant negligence on the owners part and lets focus on the fact that he was an irresponsible dog owner that knew the dog had been aggressive in the past and did nothing about it, before we start painting the picture of a 10′ tall pit bull with horns that breathes fire. The fact is a dog bit a child, and the owner was negligent to prevent this, so why are we never outraged by the owner and just want to gossip about some demon dog with horns and roboteeth?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      Jon, this is a great point. One of the biggest questions taken up by the Tracey vs. Solesky task force this week was the issue of breed identification. There were plenty of speakers who couldn’t care less about whether “pit bulls” were great dogs or demon dogs with roboteeth, Their concern was the fact that they were being held legally liable or were supposed to insure against a creature that essentially doesn’t even exist except as an abstract set of qualities that can be applied to a (very) wide variety of breeds.

      It is obvious from this story that this was owner negligence; I’m not sure how one would make an argument otherwise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrianne.lefkowitz Adrianne Lefkowitz

      I have requested a photograph of the offending dog in ths case and have yet to get an answer. Interestingly enough, there was in incident in Baltimore County in which the headline read “Pit bull kills poodle”, but the offending dog was identified by the owner as “lab” being the predominant breed.
      Jon M, others, I so agree that it is time we stop concentrating on what the dog looks like. Until we do, people will not hear in the media the ways dog incidents happen and when it happens in their backyard, they will continue to claim “they had no idea” that would happen. The reason they “had no idea” is because all these articles talk about is what kind of dog it is and nothing about prevention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725169902 Marija Wilson Buhler

    After I was bitten by this dog last September, while talking to the neighbor, and being right next to their mailbox, we had to find out if the dog was up to date on its shots. The paperwork on the dog stated that It is a Pitt Bull. Determined. There you go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

      You were bitten by the neighbor’s dog, and your neighbor opened their own mail and showed you their dog’s records, or you and your neighbor opened the mail of the owner of the dog?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jon.mazzetta Jon Mazzetta

        Many dogs are characterized as “pit mixes” by vet techs and under further scrutiny turn out to be either undetermined or having completely different lineages that that of pit breeds. Fact is most of you would look at a dog and not knowing what it is, assume it was a pit bull.
        The biggest question at Tuesdays hearing was “what is a pit bull and how do you determine a breed in fact is?” No one was able to answer that question at the end of the day.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

        I think if you’re going to open another person’s mail to determine the breed of the dog that bit you, you’re ultimately going to have far more to worry about than determining the breed of the dog that bit you!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725169902 Marija Wilson Buhler

        I was next to her mailbox when I got bit by her dog. Later after going to urgent care and the doctor, we asked her to show us the paperwork as we needed to know if the dog was up to date on its shots. This is when she provided the papers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.hoelscher Tim Hoelscher

    It’s a joke, man. Call it bitter sarcasm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindibt Cindi Betz Trout

    Why in the world does this argument always have to rear up? What about the little boy? The breed is not as important as the history of vicious attacks by THIS dog.

    • Jon M

      Cindi, I couldn’t agree more!!

  • Jason Fraser

    With the exception of the CDC (which has never made any such comment), the organizations you name are all dog-oriented organizations, the purposes of which are to promote DOGS! When you provide the names of some people-oriented organizations made up of ER physicians, neighborhood watch groups, parent groups, law enforcement, etc., that defend and promote pit bulls, I might listen.
    The National Canine Research Council is a joke! This organization was founded by Karen Delise, a veterinarian and confirmed pit nutter, who has profited handsomely from her promotion of pit bulls. Accordingly, any “reports” produced by the NCRC are also a joke because you can bet they will favor pit bulls!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jon.mazzetta Jon Mazzetta

      The American Humane Society,
      The American Veterinary Medical Association, The Journal of Veterinary Behavior,The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and National Canine Research Council are all nationally recognized authorities of animal research and empirical data concerning pets.

      Perhaps the fact that you listen to organizations made up of ER physicians, neighborhood watch groups, parent groups, law enforcement, media and others that have no particular knowledge or authority on the veterinary medicine is why you continue to repeat non factual unsubstantiated data?
      You have already resorted to name calling, belittlement and condescension to argue your theories, so I am going to continue to provide peer review scientific data and you can try to tease an argument out of someone else. Good Day