Boy is Home Recovering
UPDATE 12/14/08: Dylan Leone, 12-years old and a sixth-grader at Lyons Creek Middle School, was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center after a pit bull jumped a 4-foot fence and attacked him. He suffered three bites on his leg and an 8-inch long gash on his jawline. Doctors released him from the hospital on Saturday. Back at his house, he told reporters about the attack. "He started biting me on my leg and neck. I was thinking, 'Am I going to make it?'"
Wisely, Leone curled into a ball and within seconds, the owner of the dog ran out of the house and called off the male pit bull. Had human intervention not occurred, Leon would have suffered far greater injury. Animal control seized the animal. Broward's new Dangerous Dog law requires dogs that inflict severe injury to be euthanized. The article also notes that from October 2007 through September 2008, pit bulls were responsible for 201 bites, the most in Broward.
12/13/08: Pit Bull Jumps Fence to Attack
Deerfield Beach, FL - In a developing a story, Broward Sheriff's Office said a pit bull jumped a chain link fence Friday evening in Deerfield Beach and mauled an 11-year-old boy walking down the sidewalk. The unidentified boy was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center with wounds to the face, thigh and calf. Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue spokesman Gary Fernaays described the injuries as non-life threatening but significant.
The attack happened around 6:30 p.m. The tan and white male dog, bearing faint bloodstains on its left shoulder, was seized by animal control officers, who will determine its fate and whether its owner will face any penalties. Neighbors said the dog posed little threat in the past. "It never showed any aggression, not toward me or my dogs," said Marlon Santos, 17, who often walked his smaller dogs past the fence.
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