Mom Blames the Bone
London - In December of 2007, a 22-month old girl received 25 stitches in her face after being bitten by the family pit bull. The girl's mother, Melissa Price, said her daughter Ava had backed the dog into a corner and was taunting the dog with a bone. She believed the dog tried to grab the bone, but instead it clamped down the child's cheek and tore it off.
Price had adopted the dog 8 months prior. She admits that at first, she was skeptical, but she decided to do it anyway. The family and dog originated from Ontario -- a Canadian province that bans pit bulls. Yet, the attack seems to have occurred in London (where the interview takes place). The presumption upon watching the video is that the Price family moved to London and took their dog with them.
The attack occurred when the girl was left alone with the dog, as she had been "100 times before," according to Price. But in this instance, a bone was involved. The 99 other occasions must not have involved a bone. Price added, "We all loved and cherished this dog, and at no point did we think that she was aggressive or going to be aggressive. But now, I truly don't think a pit bull should be a family pet."
Price had the dog euthanized after Ava was injured. She said, "I loved that dog to pieces -- I still wish she was here with us -- and I still do not support [Ontario's] ban on pit bulls." She believes her daughter will miss the pit bull named Mugsy. They were best friends. "[Ava] would hop on her back and ride her like a horse, and they would chase each around the house."
Then one day, Ava's best friend flipped.
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