From left: Charlotte Blevins, Wendy Blevins, Aaron Blevins, Carly Spring
From left: Charlotte's scalp, red wagon, Duke and Tina Agerson
Pit Bull Owner Sentenced
Omaha, NE - On June 25th, Tina Agerson's pit bull "slipped out" of its collar. The dog curiously approached two young mothers who had been towing a red wagon with each of their toddlers strapped inside. The mothers, Wendy Blevins and Carly Spring, paused in apprehension at the approaching dog. Nothing though could have prepared them for what happened next. Without warning or provocation, the curious pit bull latched onto one baby's head, yanked the child out of the wagon, ripping off one third of her scalp.
Without the immediate intervention of the baby's mother, Wendy Blevins, little Charlotte would have been killed.
In a violent attack, which has been described as occurring in less than 30 seconds, all four victims were bitten. Charlotte suffered devastating injury. A fast thinking witness, Stefan Ray, alerted police to a portion of the missing scalp, who placed it on ice and rushed it to the hospital along with the child. It seems the only person that was left uninjured was the pit bull's owner, Tina Agerson, who reportedly did little throughout the attack. She later blamed Blevin's for "blocking her" as she tried to pull her dog, Duke, off the child.
Agerson reports to jail January 5th.
3 months after the attack, Omaha passed a new dangerous dog ordinance. The new law requires pit bulls to be muzzled when off property and for pit bull owners to purchase liability insurance in the amount of $100,000. The ordinance, which also combines anti-tethering and the designation of a "reckless" owner, is being watched by many cities. An early report indicates good results from the ordinance. DogsBite.org has written dozens of stories about this attack, which led the City of Omaha to regulate pit bulls.
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org