Dog Attacks Adult and Four Children
Four children and an adult were attacked by a pit bull that got out of his home. It took four hours to capture the dog after the attack.
As boys and girl were playing, the two-year-old pit bull named Athena, ran out of her home and headed straight for nine-year-old Alex Campbell who was playing with a toy gun he had gotten for Christmas. He said:
"I heard the dog squeal a little and he came under the gun. The second time I swung at him, he bit the corner of my ankle."
The dog then charged toward Alex’s seven-year-old sister Shelby and her friend, ripping the girl’s pants. As the dog circled and attacked the two girls, Shelby’s mother and the girlfriend of the dog’s owner ran towards them. The dog bit the mother on the hand.
While none of the injuries are serious, neighbors are angry. Athena’s owner told reporters that the dog had never been vicious before. Instead of being held in a usual 10-day quarantine, the dog was put down Thursday night and its body was sent to the state lab to be tested for disease.
UPDATE 1/6/08:Dog was euthanized at the owner's request.