Neighborhood Falling Apart
Niagara Falls, NY - A woman that was attacked by a pit bull received over a dozen stitches on her leg. Delia Bissell said she was in "excruciating pain" and that the pit bull also attacked her dog, Chunky, and her boyfriend. The dog belonged to a neighbor, and Delia says it wasn't on a leash. Delia and her family have since moved from the area. She expects to get rabies shots as a precaution.
Resident Cliff Porter says it is not uncommon to see loose dogs in Niagara Falls. "You see cats in and out of there. There are so many dogs and strays running around here. It's ridiculous." Porter blames urban blight for the stray problem. "Everybody who had kids done moved away from here. Everybody moved out this neighborhood. Drug infested area."
We thought Niagara Falls was a pretty place.
In other news:
Boy Attacked by Pit Bull in Chicago
Chicago, IL - In a developing story, a boy was seriously injured when he was bitten by a pit bull in Chicago. The pit bull reportedly ran out of an alley near the intersection of South Western Avenue and West 57th Street and attacked the boy. The child was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Animal Control officers did not respond to the scene; Chicago police captured the dog.
Pit Bull Mauls Oklahoma Toddler
Muskogee, OK - In a separate developing story, a toddler is recovering from bites to her head and face after being mauled by her family's pit bull terrier. An animal bite report indicates 11-month-old Leesa Isabella Gray was taken to Muskogee Regional Medical Center night after being attacked by the family's 50-pound pit bull.
The child's mother, Sandy Mitchell, told police her daughter was sitting next to the bed in the bedroom, when the dog suddenly attacked. The report says that as she ran toward the dog to stop the attack, the dog ran away. Police said the toddler had severe punctures to the head and face, but the wounds were not life-threatening. The pit bull has been euthanized.
5-Year Old Mauled by Pit Bull in Georgia
Ty Ty, GA - A 5-year-old boy was mauled in the face by a pit bull dog and his father bitten on the arm before the dog was shot to death. Deputies said the dog came into the yard and bit the child in the face and then bit the father on the arm as he scooped his 2-year-old away from danger. Then, the dog lunged toward a deputy, who fired a shot into the dog. The dog survived to charge another deputy, who also shot the dog and killed it.
07/29/08: 10-Year Old's Arm Amputated After Family Pit Bull Attack
05/02/08: Aurora Grandmother of Attacking Pit Bull Fined $1,000