Bull Terrier Was Recently Adopted
Smithfield, RI - A family dog attacked a 15-year-old girl and her mother at their home yesterday. The dog, a bull terrier, was adopted about two weeks ago by the mother's boyfriend. The girl was severely bitten in the face and chest. Lt. Michael Rheaume says the girl is likely to need reconstructive surgery. He said that the girl's mother was treated for bites to her hands and has been released.
The two-year-old dog is being quarantined at the Smithfield Animal Shelter. Rheaume says it's not known whether the dog had a history of aggressive behavior, but police or animal control will investigate. (They should investigate which agency the dog was adopted from. Reconstructive surgery for the 15-year old victim will be extremely costly and that agency may be liable.)
In other news
Pit Bull Attacks Bull Terrier in Collier County
Naples, FL - After trying to break up a fight between his bull terrier and the neighbor's pit bull, Bill Summers said the pit bull's teeth went through his finger and out the other side. Now he wants the neighbor's dog declared dangerous. He's worried about the kids and other animals on the block: "If that dog attacked me and will attack my dog, it will attack them too."
Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is investigating, but say it is unclear whether the incident happened on Summers property or his neighbors. It’s also unclear which dog actually bit him, which means either or both dogs could be declared dangerous. DAS warns that when two dogs are fighting and you put your hand in the middle of it, you are probably going to be injured by both dogs.
The owner of the bull terrier plans to sue his neighbor, which should make for a fine barbequing summer.