12-Year Old Boy Maimed
Louisville, KY - We call this story to your attention because it deals with a common pit bull injury: An ear getting ripped off. On February 17, 2007, a boy had been near a fenced pit bull when the dog leapt up, bit off his ear and landed back in his own yard. This was an on-property attack that left the victim's family with little recourse.
Video football is all 12-year-old Brady Nagel can play these days after a pit bull ended his last real game in horrifying fashion. "You had to touch the fence to score, and I was going towards the fence, and the dog started barking," Brady said. "So I turned around, and the dog just jumped over the fence and bit me."
"The fence wasn't as high as he is," Brady's mom, Debbie said. "So the dog just leapt over, grabbed the ear, and brought it back into his yard." Doctors re-attached the missing part of the ear, but it say it's not taking, so Brady may lose it. And the pit bull's owner, who refused to give us his name or come out of his house to talk to us, says he's not going to pay Brady's medical bills.
She [Brady's mom] says she has called two lawyers and no one will take the case since the pit bull never actually left its property. She says the system is failing her and Brady. "We're the victim, yet we're having to do everything and take care of all these things by ourselves," Debbie Nagel said. "You need to help the people that are hurt."
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