Joyce Hayne in her hospital bed, pit bull owner Eraina Stubblefield and Sgt. Stubby1.
Doctor's Save Leg
UPDATE 09/21/09: Doctors were able to save Joyce Haynes' badly injured leg with a wound described as "large as a fist" in her left calf. Haynes said that she will need skin graft surgery to repair the damage. Despite this recent attack, Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society says pit bull bites are down since new laws went into effect last year (including breed-specific pit bull restrictions). Langan says so far this year 54 bites have been reported compared to 83 last year.
09/20/09: The Destructive Pit Bull Bite
Omaha, NE - After a loose pit bull severely bit a woman on her calf, causing a large amount of blood loss, Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Weise described the wounds as "mutilation." Last year, Robert Howard of Detroit quickly bled to death after a pit bull tore into his calf. At the time, his friend Isaiah Brown said, "[The dog] just snatched and pulled all the arteries out. He was lying on the steps, and when I checked his vital signs he was already dead then."
The pit bull bite2 maims, mutilates, severs and kills.
"An Omaha woman was severely injured Saturday night when she was bitten by a pit bull.
The woman was bitten on both legs and hospitalized, said Pam Wiese, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Humane Society.
The dog was not restrained at the time of the attack, Wiese said.
The incident began when the dog “charged up'' to a little boy, she said.
As neighbors tried to corral the animal, the pit bull bit the woman on both legs, causing a deep gash in one calf.
“It's a serious injury,'' Wiese said, who described the wounds as mutilation.
The attack occurred near 14th Street and Sherwood Avenue.
The owner of the animal was ticketed on suspicion of violating city animal ordinances, including harboring a dangerous animal and failing to restrain and muzzle the dog.
The dog was impounded by the Humane Society. It will be held for 10 days and could be euthanized after that, Wiese said."
2For the purposes of dogfighting, the pit bull was engineered through the selection process to have the killer bite. This is why dogfighters are "breed-specific."
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