Bitten by Pit Bull, Boy Flown To Hospital
Davenport, FL - Arnold Palmer Hospital gets second child airlifted to its facility for a dog bite in as many days. On Monday, a 6-year-old Davenport boy was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital after he was bitten on the head by a pit bull. Joshua Willis is reportedly in stable condition and awaits surgery to repair his wounds, according to a sheriff's spokeswoman.
The boy told EMS workers that he had been playing in the backyard at his grandfather's home on Varner Road in Davenport and had hit the dog on the head and was bitten. The dog, a 2-year-old black and brown pit bull, was on a leash at the time. Animal Control took custody of the dog. The dog's owner was not identified in initial reports. (Let's hope the owner is not the grandpa.)
The article did not explain the boy's "hit" to the dog's head. Was it a tap? Was it a mighty wallop delivered by 6-year old strength? It's indisputable that all dogs bite, particularly if they feel threatened. It's also indisputable that when a pit bull bites, a LifeFlight helicopter is often called. There's no such thing as "roadside" treatment after a pit bull bites a child.
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