Houston, TX - In a developing case, a 6-year-old boy was severely mauled by a neighbor’s pit bull in a north Harris County neighborhood. The attack happened at a home in the 1300 block of Cross Draw. Authorities said the boy was visiting a neighborhood friend when he was attacked. No adults were home at the time.
As he was being attacked, the boy’s friend alerted neighbors. One neighbor grabbed a garden hoe and “whacked” the dog several times before he got the animal off the boy. Another neighbor, who happened to be a nurse, treated him until emergency officials arrived. She said the boy suffered severe bite injuries to his face and groin area. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Some neighbors said this wasn’t the first time the dog has attacked someone. Police are checking into whether or not the dog had been declared dangerous. Though Texas has the toughest dangerous dog law in the country, it was designed for attacks that happen "off-owner property." This attacked occurred on-owner property; and the law may be moot.
One neighbor told KHOU that she had made numerous complaints against the dog owner over a 4-year period to animal control and her homeowners association. Due to the complaints, she is not on speaking terms with the dog owner. In her mind, this was an event waiting to happen. And because no agency heeded her warnings, it did.