Frankie Flora was attacked by a pit bull adopted out by "Out of the Pits" rescue.
Aunt Adopted Dog
Wappingers Falls, NY - It was reported by the Poughkeepsie Journal that a 5-year old boy was severely mauled by his aunt's pit bull on April 16. The boy was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center and received "upwards of 1,000 stitches," for 80 to 100 lacerations on his face and scalp, according to police. Sgt. Michael Collier of the New York State Police at Wappingers, said a woman, who is the little boy's aunt and dog owner, suffered injuries trying to save the boy.
The pit bull attacked the boy Thursday when he and his aunt were playing ball in her back yard off Taryl Court, according to Investigator Dan Smith of the state police at Wappingers.
The attack was apparently unprovoked, said Smith.
The woman stopped the dog from biting her nephew by laying on the boy, which left her own arm exposed to attack. Eventually she was able to calm the dog down, carried her nephew to her car and called 911 from her cell phone, said Smith.
The woman has asked that the dog be put down, according to Jerry Owen, the Town of Wappinger animal control officer, who has the dog in custody right now.
The dog is currently one year old, and was adopted at three months from Out of the Pits in Albany, said Smith. Out of the Pits a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing pit bulls that have been abandoned or abused, according to its website.
New Hackensack fire Chief Rocco Dimase said the department responded to a report of a dog attack around 5:50 p.m. Thursday. The chief said he arrived to find the boy and woman locked inside a car in the home's garage.
Dimase said the boy had "tear wounds" to his face and head.
"It was apparent he had to go to a Level One trauma center," Dimase said of Westchester Medical, where the boy was taken by helicopter. - Michael Valkys and Emily Stewart, Poughkeepsie Journal, April 17, 2009
Investigator Dan Smith of the state police at Wappingers said the dog attacked the boy when he and his aunt were playing ball in her backyard. The child was airlifted to a Level One trauma center due to his injuries. Smith said the dog is one year old, and was adopted at three months from Out of the Pits in Albany. Out of the Pits is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing pit bulls that have been abandoned or abused, according to its website, reports the Journal.
"Out of the Pits, a non-profit organization founded in 1996, is dedicated to the rescue of those Pit Bulls that have been abandoned and abused. We seek to educate the public about the true nature of the Pit Bull and to restore the breed to its former position of esteem in the hearts and minds of people everywhere."
As one can see, the "true nature" of a pit bull, particularly one with a history of abuse, can be likened to playing a game of Russian Roulette. The breed's so called "former position of esteem" or "popularity" has been documented as fiction as well. DogsBite.org urges parents and potential adopters to see beyond these common pit bull advocacy myths and distortions. Pit bulls (fighting dogs) were selectively bred to attack and kill dogs in a fighting match -- not to be family pets.
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