18-Month Old Doing Well
UPDATE 10/30/08: Little Brooklyn Houston suffered a fractured skull and facial damage that looked so serious initially that her family feared brain damage or blindness. Luckily, it is now being reported that Brooklyn will make a full recovery. She is expected to be out of the hospital soon. The family said, "they never thought" their 5-year old dog named Brusier could do such a thing. Bruiser will be put down.
10/28/08: Two Attacks on Same Day
Spokane, WA - Two more devastating pit bull attacks have occurred in the city of Spokane, and did so on the same day. Given the size of Spokane (200,000), and the frequency of pit bull attacks, they were added to the DogsBite.org Watch List back in May. In September, a group of victims asked the City Council to spay and neuter existing pit bulls and ban new pit bulls from being allowed in the community.
Council members responded to the request by denying any kind of breed-specific ordinance. This likely came at the help of SCRAPS, Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, and SpokAnimal, the city animal shelter. Each appeared at the public meeting and defended pit bulls. Gail Mackie of SpokAnimal, added that a breed-specific a law might be illegal in the state of Washington, which is a sizable untruth.
49 Americans are dead due to pit bulls since January 2006. One can only estimate that the number of people severely injured in this same period is exponential.
The two most recent attacks in Spokane involve children. According to Nancy Hill of SCRAPS, an 18-month-old child was walking down a hallway knocking on a door when the attack occurred. The family pit bull named "Bruiser" attacked the child, fracturing the toddler's skull. The child's grandmother heard screaming and called authorities. The child is now being treated for her injuries at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
On the same day, a separate pit bull attack occurred in the city. A 4-year old girl was bitten several times by a pit bull while visiting a home. The severity of the girl's injuries was not listed in the article.
09/09/08: Spokane Woman Pushes for Pit Bull Ban at City Council Meeting
06/09/08: Spokane Toddler Mauled by Family Pit Bull-Mix, Mom Skips Hospital
05/30/08: Pit Bulls in Spokane, Washington Can't Stay Out of the News