Pit Bull Attacks Handler Without Warning
Washington D.C. – A D.C. woman is struggling to understand why her boyfriend's pit bull suddenly, without warning, attacked her while she was out walking the dog. The victim, Sharmin Spriggs, does not understand that pit bulls are the only dog breed in which unpredictability has been selectively bred into it.
[The dog] never showed any aggression toward me...I don't know why this time was any different, she said.
Given the genetic background of a pit bull, this time doesn't have to be different. This time or any old time is a perfectly suitable time to attack. Unlike other dog breeds, provocation before an attack is not required for a pit bull. Owners of pit bulls, particularly those who claim, "My dog is the sweetest dog in the world," may be at the greatest risk of a sudden attack.
In the case of the Spriggs, police Officer Kevin Whaley's son and wife were outside their home when they saw the pit bull. After the dog started attacking Spriggs, Whaley's family ran and told him what happened. Kevin grabbed his radio, gun and badge, then raced outside. He said the woman was "down on all fours on the ground" with blood rushing down her arms and thighs.
Due to the closeness of proximity of the victim and attacking dog, Whaley held off firing his weapon. He instead stepped in and tried to pry the two apart. Subsequently, Whaley was bit. He said he picked up the dog with the dog's jaws still latched onto his arm. "It felt like he almost broke my forearm," he said. After separating the woman and dog, Whaley fired several times at the pit bull, killing him.
Now that the nightmare of the attack is over, Spriggs will undergo the nightmare of recovering from severe pit bull injury wounds. DogsBite.org hopes her boyfriend has a homeowner's insurance policy that will cover the cost of her medical treatment.
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