Man Seriously Injured
Edgewater, MD - On Tuesday, an Anne Arundel County man's face was partially ripped off and his wife and son were also injured in an attack by a pit bull. James Powell had to have more than 100 stitches in his face after the attack. News reporters spoke with Powell after he left the hospital, and he was still in pain and very angry with what had happened. So was his wife, Dana. The attack happened at a home in the Edgewater area near downtown Annapolis.
According to the Powells, they were about to go inside their house around 6:30 p.m., and they were carrying a pizza for their son Brandon's 18th birthday party. Dana Powell went inside with the pizza, and the pit bull raced up from the back of the house and attacked James. "He came under my arm and just lunged, and took all this off," said Powell, showing reporters his injuries. "And I mean, all this was just gone, and the plastic surgeon reattached it."
The pit bull forced its way into the Powell's home, biting Dana and the couple's 18-year-old son.
"The dog came running straight for me," said Brandon. "I had my 3-month-old little girl, who lives in the house. Just turned three months yesterday." Brandon's daughter was not hurt in the attack. All three of the Powells say they tried to subdue the dog by holding it down and lying on top of it. James used a knife on the dog to try and stop it, but with no success. When police arrived, Dana said it took several shots before the dog was dead.
Police have identified the dog's owner as Karim Abdalla, who lives a few blocks away on South River Terrace. The man faces a few civil citations.
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