From left: Jisseth Moquete, Jonathan Hall and Rocky the pit bull.
Young Girl Attacked
Charlotte, NC - It was reported on Thursday that a 9-year old girl was attacked by a pit bull under circumstances that all parents must be made aware of. A neighbor, Jonathan Hall1, had been given the adult-sized pit bull one day earlier "for free" and was attempting to sell the dog to the girl's family. When Jisseth Moquete tried to pet the dog, it suddenly bit her in the face. Jisseth's brother said he had played with the pit bull the previous day and the dog was "nowhere near being mean."
- (x) An adult-sized pit bull with an unknown background given away "for free"
- (x) A person trying to "sell" an adult-sized pit bull that he had known for one day
- (x) The pit bull appeared "friendly" and had been nice the day before
- (x) Level 5 mauling2 to a child quickly ensues
- (x) No charges
Any adult-sized pit bull that is given away "for free" presents a very high risk. Such a dog has either bitten in the past or has come from an unstable or black market breeding environment including being bred for fighting. No other dog breed suffers this same reality nor presents such a high risk. In 2004, while Shannon Smith was at the Bronx police station, an officer talked her into taking home the stray pit bull he had found that day. Within 24 hours Smith's baby son was nearly killed by the dog.
2"Level 5 Mauling" involves two or more Level 4 bites, a concerted; repeated attack (Ian Dunbar's Bite Assessment Criteria)
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