From left: Vincent Marchese and images of the bite injury inflicted to his leg.
UPDATE 04/20/10: On Monday, the Marchese family filed a formal complaint with New Hanover County Animal Control. A Dangerous Dog hearing will determine if the pit bull, coincidentally named "Patron," is legally deemed "dangerous" requiring its owner to adhere to strict requirements. As noted in the news article, the subject of euthanizing the dog will not be part of the hearing. Ripping out a quarter of Marchese's leg was merely the dog's "first" offense.
04/17/10: Pit Bull Owner Blames Victim
Wilmington, NC - A teenage boy was attacked by a pit bull Friday morning while walking to a school bus stop on Angel Island Road. The boy, Vincent Marchese, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and underwent immediate surgery. As shown in the photographs, the pit bull bit clear to the bone and tore out a sizable portion of the boy's calf. Again we see the power of the pit bull's bite and the horrific damage the pit bull bite inflicts upon its victims.
The pit bull jumped its chain link fence in order to attack the boy.
The dog's owner, Brian Ransom,1 blamed Marchese for the attack, despite the fact the dog jumped its fence, chased the boy down, then attacked him. From his hospital bed, Marchese said he never did anything to antagonize the dog. He said he would be afraid to walk by the house again if the dog was in the yard. The pit bull is currently undergoing a 10-day quarantine at the county shelter. Afterward, the dog might be returned to its owners so that it can attack again.
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