Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Detroit, MI - Security cameras were rolling when two pit bulls attacked a five-year old boy outside of a Detroit gas station on May 21, 2007. The boy and his father were walking across the parking lot when the dogs targeted and attacked the child. The boy's father and another man pulled the animals off, but the dogs rushed in again and pounced the boy a second and third time.
Amazingly, the boy survived (the text that appears after the video is incorrect to our knowledge). Police later confiscated the dogs. The owner -- who through press reports appears to be a neighbor -- said that she was sorry her dogs had escaped and attacked the boy. She added that she planned to fight for their return in court. We have to ask a basic question: So that the dogs can attack another child?
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| 5/07/2008 1:27 AM |
Dr. Randall Lockwood, a senior vice president to the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA), who opposes breed specific ordinances, admits that a pit bull can't tell the difference between a child and an animal. Of the fatality autopsy reports he has seen, he says the dog has treated the child the same way it would a dog in a fighting match.
| 5/07/2008 12:01 PM |
The story is fragmented to be sure. Several news stations picked it up, but none had more specific information. At the time of writing it, we came upon another reference that indicated the boy was on his way to visit his mother when the attack occurred. Since there was a "she" and a "mother" in the story, and no one officially named, it got tricky to determine who was saying what. We've updated the story to better reflect the mystery.