From left: Bloody floor, Carloetta's face and partial thumb, Derrick's injured arm.
One Victim: 2,500 Stitches
UPDATE 05/05/09: The owner of the pit bull, Jason Benton, was not home when his dog attacked his whole family. He arrived about 20 minutes into the attack. Jason told the 911 dispatcher, "They have to hurry. One person is trapped inside, two others, my mom's thumb was bitten off...and it bit my brother in the face and arm...his arm is almost gone." Jason's brother Derrick received 2,500 stitches and will continue to undergo reconstructive surgery for his injuries.
05/04/09: Police Kill Attacking "Pet" Pit Bull
Jeffersonville, KY - A family pit bull "berserked" on Sunday and attacked four family members sending all of them to the emergency room. Two of the people injured will need to undergo surgery. Derrick Benton, 25, suffered the most serious injuries (facial) and his mother, Carloetta Benton, 43, suffered injuries to her hand, including losing part of a thumb. Another woman, Dina Murphy, 18, who the dog attacked first, may have suffered a broken arm.
The pit bull did not stop attacking until police arrived and shot the animal twice in the head killing it.
DogsBite.org reminds readers that a single "family pet" (AKA pit bull) summoned police resources and two bullets to the head to stop the animal from attacking. The same single family pet also summoned at least one ambulance and a LifeFlight helicopter. The cost of these public resources and treatment of the injuries inflicted on the victims is massive. This is why most insurance companies refuse to cover pit bulls: The actuarial risk is off the charts.
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