From left: Hannabell and Kelly Hicks.
Dog and Owner AWOL
Akron, OH - It was recently reported that a 2-year old girl was viciously attacked by a pit bull in her backyard. As of yesterday, authorities said the pit bull is still on the loose. Around 11:00 p.m. this past Sunday, Kelly Hicks and her 2-year old daughter, Hannabell, were walking home from their next-door neighbor's house on Pioneer Street in Akron. Suddenly, from "out of nowhere" a pit bull charged into their backyard. The dog seriously scarred Hanna's face.
Hanna required more than 100 stitches in her lip, nose and nasal cavity. Her mother says she could need more surgeries.
Kelly told reporters, "It started growling and pushed her right down to the ground and just started mauling, back and forth, like her face in his mouth." The mother kicked and punched the dog until it ran off. She described the dog as mainly black with white on its chest and paws. The animal warden told the family that the pit bull might have come into their yard because they have a dog that's "in heat." This does not excuse the pit bull tearing into Hanna's face.
Pit Bull Attack Checklist:
- (x) Level 5 mauling1
- (x) Severe injury inflicted2
- (x) Dog escaped containment
- (x) Off-property attack
- (x) Unprovoked, "sudden" attack
- (x) Pit bull owner AWOL
- (x) Pit bull AWOL
- (x) Legally declared "vicious" dog (Ohio)
- (x) Failure to abide by state "vicious" dog law3
- (x) Victim forced to undergo rabies shots (pending)
- (x) Victim forced to pay medical bills (pending)
If the dog is not found, Hannabell will have to undergo the painful and expensive rabies vaccination. Persons with information are asked to call the Akron Animal Warden. Akron residents can dial 311.
2"Severe Injury" is injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery.
3Section 955.11 declares pit bulls as "vicious" and requires owners to carry $100,000 in liability insurance, securely constrain the dog when on-property and to use a chain-link leash when off-property.
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