Boy's Blood Falls on Both Entities
UPDATE 06/29/08: Daymeon has returned home after surgery at the Children's Hospital. Police say the pit bull that bit his face and neck belongs to his baby sitter, Misty Stumps. The pit bull was not running at large as Stumps told police either. After police confronted Stumps, she handed over the dog. There was the "little matter" of quarantining the dog to prevent the rabies vaccination.
Stumps could not prove the basics of owning an animal, such as proof of a rabies vaccination. But she did tell police that "she vaccinated the dog herself with shots purchased from a farm supply store." Only veterinarians and vet techs can administer the injections legally. The moral of the story is that pit bull owner Stumps attempted to lie again and place the boy's health in more harm.
06/28/08: Pit Bull Attacks 5-Year Old in Lorain
Lorain, OH - A 5-year-old Lorain boy is home and healing after a pit bull attacked him and then ran off. Daymeon Banks had been playing with his own puppy in the front yard of his baby sitter’s home when a passing pit bull lunged at him. His 11-year-old friend, Ashley Garrettson, was standing nearby and said Daymeon tried to protect his own dog when the pit bull latched onto his face.
The sight of a gaping wound near the boy’s ear, she said, was as terrifying as the thought of the attack itself. "I just feel terrible," she said. "But it happened so fast. One minute they were playing and the next thing I knew, Daymeon was bleeding." Lorain police took pictures of the wounds and noted several large tears in his flesh and multiple puncture marks from the bite, according to the police report.
Police have been unable to locate the pit bull -- a breed that has been responsible for five serious dog bites in the city this year. Little Daymeon will soon be faced with taking the rabies vaccination at a cost of about $2,000 and administrated over several sessions. Lorain City Council backed off of enacting a law last year that would’ve required owners to properly confine pit bulls in addition to limiting households to one pit bull.
So the boy's blood is on Lorain City Council's hands.
In other news:
Elsah Boy Attacked Retrieving Toy
Elsah, IL - A 9-year-old boy was attacked and severely injured by a pit bull after he went into the dog's fenced yard to retrieve a toy. Upon entering the yard, the boy was immediately attacked. The Jersey County Sheriff's Department, Jersey County Animal Control, Grafton Police Department, Illinois Conservation Police and Jersey Community Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
Did everybody catch that? Five separate first responding units were dispatched to the scene.
Before the responders reached the scene, neighbor Kevin Lanigan leaped over the fence and began beating the dog with a 2-inch-by-4-inch board until the dog released the child. The boy was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital by ambulance, then transferred to St. Louis Children's Hospital for treatment of extensive bite wounds to his legs and shoulder.
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03/14/08: Lorain Police Officer Kills Pit Bull Then Sites Owner