Dog "Never Had a Problem Before"
Forsyth County, GA - In the frightening combination of a pit bull-rottweiler mix, a 4-year old boy was left with 400 stitches after the dog attacked. Witnesses said the dog left 4-year-old Logan Heard severely injured. The boy is undoubtedly lucky to be alive. Captain Frank Huggins said the dog had the boys head in it's mouth and ended up biting the boy very severely.
Investigators said the boy's father was talking to his landlord, the dog's owner, when the attack happened. Both live on the property and the men said the boy wandered off just a few yards. The boy was later discovered lying next to the dog. Danny McDaniel said he had never had problem with dog before the attack.
Pit bull owners know their dog has a propensity toward aggression. "Not having a problem" before a violent attack is an unacceptable excuse.
Given that the boy was on the dog owner's property, and there were no witnesses to the attack, this boy's family may not have civil recourse. His medical bills -- just for the first 400 stitches and emergency treatment -- will be sizable. Down the road, when multiple facial reconstructive surgeries are required, his medical bills will be massive.
The idea that this dog owner may not be liable from a civil standpoint is an accurate picture of arcane US dog laws. Anyone who can switch on a TV knows that pit bulls and rottweilers inflict severe damage when they bite. Based purely on the fact that the dog is a "pit bull-rottweiler mix" and the general knowledge known about both breeds ought to make the owner liable.
Specific information regarding the severe nature of pit bull injury has been known by the Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Veterinary Medical Association for 20 years. These organizations stay silent on the issue of regulating specific breeds or actively oppose it.
These organizations also promote the idea "it's all in how you raise it," creating thousands of "Danny McDaniels" -- ill-informed dog owners that get to dodge liability because up until the point of the attack, the dog had been a good dog. "I didn't know he'd snap, I raised him good" is an inexcusable belief that continues to be cultivated by these organizations at the cost of massive human suffering.