Pit Bull Owner Blames Victim
UPDATE: As the citizens of Omaha remain in shock, the victims names are being released. 15-month old Charlotte Blevins suffered the most serious injures -- she is currently undergoing surgery to have her scalp reattached. A witness to the attack, Stephan Ray, said the baby was, "Bloody and bald. I took a wet towel and wrapped it around her head like a turban,"
The toddler's mother, 29-year-old Wendy Blevins, was bit by the dog after she tried to get between the animal and her toddler to save the child's life. Ray said that the mother bent over her baby and when she did, the dog grabbed the baby by the head and yanked her out of the wagon. Witnesses said the whole attack happened in less than 30 seconds.
Please take a moment to realize that hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs were incurred in this brief time.
The witness said the dog's owner, Tina Agerson, tried to restrain the 2-year-old pit bull, named Duke, but the dog continued to attack. One mother sustained bites to her neck, the other mother, received bites to her hand. Agerson said she was walking her dog when he "escaped" the leash. She said the mother blocked her as she tried to pull her dog off the children.
It's never too soon for a pit bull owner to blame a victim, particularly upon just witnessing her dog tear the scalp off a child.
Mark Langan, of the Nebraska Humane Society, said the owner was ticketed on suspicion of harboring a dangerous animal. He said more charges may be pending. Langan said the dog will be held for 10 days and will be put to sleep. He added that the "cloth leash" being used by Agerson was not sufficient to restrain the dog. Newsflash to Langan: Pits snap chains all the time.
Both children in the wagon, and their mothers were hurt. The other mother and child are identified as 30-year-old Carley Spring and her 17-month-old son, Cade. All the dog bite victims, except Charlotte, were treated for their injuries and released from the hospital. Just a block away from this horrific scene, another pit bull attacked a 12-year-old boy, biting him on the arm.
The pit bull must have of heard the commotion and flipped into "fight mode."
06/25/08: Dog Slipped Out of Collar to Attack
In a story that continues to worsen, the pit bull was being walked by its owner when it "slipped out" of its collar to attack. Both babies were sitting in a wagon being pulled by a mother at the time. In an injury that mirrors many other pit bull injuries, the dog clamped onto the baby's scalp, yanked the child out of the wagon and ripped off the scalp.
Scalp injuries of this nature result in lifelong scaring and require hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.
Despite the pit bull owner's efforts to restrain the dog, the animal continued to attack. At least three people were sent to emergency care. Authorities say charges against the dog owner are pending. They do not mention that at least one of the babies is looking at 10 years of surgery. One thing is certain; it’s doubtful the pit bull owner insured the dog. He or she won't pay a dime in medical care.
06/25/08: Pit Bull Tears Off Baby's Scalp
Omaha, NE - In a developing case, two mothers and two babies were attacked by a pit bull. In classic, horrific pit bull injury form, one of the baby's had its scalp torn off. First responders were sent to the area, just south of downtown, around 3:30 p.m. The two women and children were walking past a yard when a loose pit bull suddenly attacked them.
Stephan Ray witnessed the attack and said, "I ran into my house with the babies and the ladies in my kitchen here and started administering first aid to 'em. The baby didn't have any scalp and no hair." The one baby, a girl, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The two mothers are in serious condition. The other baby was not injured. The dog was later captured.
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org