UPDATE 05/13/09: The mother of a a 9-year old girl attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull last week reported the girl is much improved. After being flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center, Kaitlyn Thackerson underwent surgery and was released from the hospital two days later. City Animal Control Officer Rick Boyd said that the pit bull had been involved in a previous bite case on April 12 and was released from the shelter after a 10-day quarantine.
Due to arcane dog laws, the pit bull was returned to its owner with the presumption that it would not bite again or that the once irresponsible owner would not be a twice irresponsible owner. Both presumptions were wrong. Just two weeks after the dog's release, it attacked again, inflicting severe facial injuries to Kaitlyn Thackerson. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office will decide whether to file charges against the dog's owners.
05/10/09: Child Attacked Near Military Base
Twentynine Palms, CA - In a developing story, a 9-year old girl is recovering after she was bitten in the face by a pit bull on Thursday. The girl was flown by helicopter to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment for lacerations to the face. She was attacked by the dog in the Turtle Rock housing development. The pit bull is currently being held in quarantine at Palms-n-Paws Animal Shelter while officials conduct an investigation into the incident.
04/18/09: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Bans Dangerous Dog Breeds
03/17/09: U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing