Who Will Pay Medical Bill?
Cimarron Hills, CO - In an area struggling with a surge in pit bulls, a new mauling has occurred with a magnitude that is a heart stopper. The boy had been playing in his own backyard. The pit bull burrowed under a fence to get to him. The 5-year old child was airlifted to Denver were he received 2,000 stitches in two surgeries and will need his nose reconstructed.
Pit bulls scale fences, dig beneath them, bust out of cages and snap chains to attack children that are off the dog's property.
Neighbors blame the same dog for at least three recent attacks on pets, two of them fatal. The pit bull's owner, Michael Brown, 20, was cited with ownership of a dangerous dog, which is merely a misdemeanor. A roommate who lives at the little boy's house said the child will be "okay." He'll need "lots and lots of surgery over lots and lots of years." Does anyone think 20-year old Brown has the means to pay for half a million dollars in medical bills?
According to the local Humane Society spokeswoman, pit bulls and pit bull mixes have accounted for more dog bites than any other breed in El Paso County this year. They were involved in 216 bites, about 18 percent of the 1,381 attacks reported. Labrador retrievers were second on the list, with 157 attacks, and German shepherds were third, with 93 bites. And how many lab attacks ended in 2,000 stitches and a LifeFlight helicopter?
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