Open Front Door at Your Own Risk
Albany, NY - In what readers of DogsBite.org are dubbing a "land shark attack," a young girl is recovering from a pit bull bite after she popped open her front door. Nirel Andrews, 9-years old, was inside watching TV when her dog started barking. When she opened the door to see what was outside, she was attacked by the neighbor's pit bull.
Earlier, she had been spending her Saturday the way many of us do, on the couch and watching TV. Her day took a dramatic turn when she went to check on her dog. "I went out to see what he was barking at," she said. "When I opened the door, the dog was sitting at the door mat and that's when he jumped up and bit the top of my eye."
A neighbor's pit bull had gotten loose.
Nirel had to have four stitches on her eyelid and a few above her eyebrow. Her mother Leslie is glad it was not worse. She wants to make sure there's no more danger to her children. The dog that bit Nirel has been removed, but there are other pit bulls at the same home and she doesn't want them to get loose and hurt someone else.
News reporters tried to speak with the pit bull owner Katherine McCrory, but one of the pit bulls at her residence charged the reporter. She did tell reporters in a phone interview that the dog that bit Nirel was quarantined and released, and is now living with another family member, so it cannot hurt Nirel or anyone else.
All McCrory did was relocate the danger to a new neighborhood.
McCrory is also trying to find homes for her other pit bulls. We doubt she or animal control will make an effort to tell the community where the dogs are placed about the dogs' histories. The next attack from her dogs will simply be a transplanted land shark attack -- just as soon as a young child pops open the front door.
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