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.