Mother and Child Bitten
Palm Bay, FL - On the heels of a devastating pit bull attack in September that left Roger Lindee an amputee, another serious attack has occurred in the City of Palm Bay. The mother of a 3-year-old boy was treated for a serious wound after being bitten by a pit bull Wednesday, seven months after the same dog attacked her young son. A neighbor called 911 to report that her friend had been bitten by a pit bull, Palm Bay police said.
According to Brevard County Animal Services, the pit bull attacked the woman's son in April. The boy suffered minor puncture wounds in the attack. The owner was cited in April and ordered to keep the dog in home quarantine and maintain the animal in a secure fashion. No criminal charges will be filed in Wednesday's attack. The woman was taken to a hospital and may need surgery for a "deep" bite wound, Palm Bay police said.
In other news:
Officer Attacked by Dog and Owner
Cape Coral, FL - An off-duty police officer was attacked by two pit bulls -- and their owner -- while trick-or-treating with his family on Halloween, according to Cape Coral police. John Hill, with the Seminole Tribe Police, was trying to protect his family from the dogs when owner James Wright came rushing in. Police say the 21-year-old Wright punched Hill. The dog owner was arrested and charged with felony battery.
Wright said he was "sorry" and asked officer Hill "not to press charges so I don't have to press charges for animal cruelty."
Pit Bull Bites Off Man's Thumb
Clarksville, TN - A pit bull bit off a man’s finger on Barker Street, according to a police report by CPD Officer Tracy Woodruff. The owner of the dog said the man was leaning over the fence, something she had told him not do several times, when the dog bit off his finger. The finger was found and the victim was transported to Gateway Medical Center. No information was provided as to whether the finger was successfully reattached.
Why is it legal to own violent dogs?
If the dog owner had set up a firearm to discharge upon a person "leaning over the fence," we imagine this person would be charged with a felony.
10/30/08: Dog Owner Cited in Palm Bay Attack that Ended in Amputation
10/16/08: Mother and Child Attacked by Family Pit Bull in Salina, Kansas