Friday, October 26, 2007
Baltimore, MD - "The dog rarely barked. He never growled and showed his teeth -- until a vicious attack," reports the Baltimore Sun. It's a phrase specifically used to describe pit bull attacks. As a fighting dog, pit bulls were bred to conceal attack signals; the same traits mentioned by the Sun.
Two days after the attack, parents Kenneth and Melissa Garrison sat in the living room where their child's blood stained the carpet. They were at a loss to explain the dog's actions, which left their son hospitalized for a night. Half of Jadyn Garrison's face was covered in a red scab yesterday, but doctors predict he will make a full recovery.
Kenneth Garrison, 26, said he had owned four pit bulls previously and that none were vicious. He assumed ownership of the dog from a cousin who died last month. Despite numerous news reports of pit bulls attacking humans and other dogs, Garrison took the dog in with no reservations. He said he was familiar with the dog and that his cousin did not breed him to be violent.
Shortly after nightfall Saturday, Melissa Garrison, 26, who had given birth to the couple's youngest child a week earlier, said she was sitting on her couch relaxing. She said Jadyn was the only child in the room at the time, standing with a cookie in his hand a few feet from the dog when Chocolate charged and went straight for the child's face.
Kenneth Garrison heard the commotion from upstairs. He said he ran down, grabbed the dog by its neck and fought with it for about 10 minutes. Garrison said he wrestled the dog into the kitchen, where it remained while the rest of the family rushed out a back door. Garrison said he eventually left the dog in the house and attended to his bloodied child outside as an ambulance arrived.
The struggle left Kenneth Garrison with puncture wounds and hand lacerations. His arm remained in a soft cast yesterday.
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| 10/28/2007 1:50 AM |
It is a shame that Mr. Garrison saw fit to trust a dog he'd only owned since last month with his infant son. Not only that, he allowed the child to have food around the dog -- Jadyn was holding a cookie when the dog lashed out at him. That is not responsible dog ownership, nor is it responsible parenting. As Karen Delise illustrates in her book, Fatal Dog Attacks, newly acquired dogs are one of the factors which increases the risk of an attack. Throw food in the mix, and you're asking for trouble.
| 11/27/2007 8:51 PM |
I'm sorry, but are you kidding with this comment? Every time there is a story about a pitbull attack, a bully lover jumps in with "Well, why did they have to be walking down THAT street?", or "Well, he shouldn't have left his kids alone with the dog". It is always someone else's fault - they refuse to admit what breed of dog this is. The list of things one CAN'T do when one owns a pitbull must be 1,000 miles long. I have food around my chihuahua all the time - she has never tried to take my nose off.
| 2/03/2009 12:39 AM |
I recently suffered the trauma of my son being attacked by a friend/family memeber's dog upon visiting. The attack happend within a matter of seconds and I had known this owner of the animal for many years. It is a shame that my son an innocent child is being blamed for teasing the dog within a time frame of 10 seconds walking outside to the front yard and the dog bursted through the cage. There is no justification for any attack and all people should keep their guard up at all times for all animals when it comes to children. There is no exuse!
| 7/07/2009 10:13 PM |
I HAVE READ ALOT OF PIT ATTACKS,I DONT THINK IT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH A COOKIE TONS OF KIDS AND ADULTS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED,AND MOST OF THEM WERNT EATING A COOKIE.THESE SO CALLED BOTTLE FED, RAISED WITH LOTS OF LOVE PIT BULLS HAVE A TASTE FOR BLOOD.