Victim Gets 500 Stitches
UPDATE 04/15/08: It took 500 stitches to put 24-year-old Amanda Mazza back together after the pit bull attack last Friday. She said the dog bit her down to the bone. She believes the dog was trying to kill her and she's dead on right.
Mazza said she was walking her dog, Bobbie, down the street when the 60-pound pit bull came after her. "I turned around and I could see the pit bull running towards me. I dropped my purse and picked up my dog," she said. A woman who lives nearby said she had seen the pit bull tied up to a tree. It broke the leash and then attacked Mazza.
The dog bit her 4-5 times before she could get to the porch. She amazingly managed to keep her dog Bobbie from being bit, but not without suffering devastating wounds to herself. Amanda was rushed to the hospital where her dad, Joe Mazza, said three surgeons worked for hours to stitch up her wounds.
"Her whole body -- just a big stitch," he said. "It's like someone took a chainsaw to her."
The dog that attacked Mazza has a history with animal control. Last year the dog got loose (again) and attacked another dog, and there have been numerous barking complaints. The owner, Doris Harding, has been fined -- it is unclear as to how much. Animal Control officers are investigating to determine if a dangerous dog hearing is necessary.
04/14/08: Pit Bull Leaves "Chainsaw" Injuries
Charlotte, NC - In a developing story, 26-year-old Mandy Mazza was severely attacked by a pit bull Friday. Her father said Mandy was walking her dog when a pit bull came up and attacked her. The attack occurred on Southwood Avenue in southwest Charlotte.
Her father said it all happened very quickly. He describes the injuries: "It looks like a chainsaw. It is amazing how fast, just in seconds, how much damage this pit bull can do." Mazza said his daughter had surgery for those injuries. Police said the dog that attacked her lived in the neighborhood, and has been picked up animal control.
Mazza's chainsaw metaphor could not be more dead on accurate.
Mazza can only imagine the damage a 15 minute pit bull attack can do to a human body. Such attacks (and longer) are referred to as a "sustained attack," a phrase invented by the pit bull breed. Pit bulls don't move on after they've bitten; they stick around and inflict hundreds of bites. Sustained attacks often result in death and always result in amputations.