How Safe Are You?
Lynn, MA - In one of the most chilling pit bull attacks DogsBite.org has read to date, it was reported last week that a leashed 2-year old, male neutered pit bull broke free from its young owner on a city sidewalk and attacked a child who was being carried by its father in a papoose chest pack. The dog nearly ripped the child's leg off. This unprovoked attack in a public setting shows just how vulnerable each of us is when in proximity to a pit bull -- leashed or otherwise.1
"It's a miracle the dog didn't take that kid's leg off," said animal control officer Kevin Farnsworth.
We invite readers to "sink your teeth" into this story as it perfectly describes the unpredictability of a pit bull attack and how the dog's owner is incapable of stopping it. The incident also shows just how "close" the average citizen is to a pit bull attack when they partake in their normal routines, such as taking a walk, going for a jog or taking out the trash. Horrible pit bull maulings often occur on public streets and within neighborhood settings, spaces one presumes as safe.2
"In the first incident, Brian and Leah Antaya of 11 Saunders St. were walking along Broadway at approximately 7:45 p.m., their 6-month-old daughter Eva nestled in the chest pack. Munnyhkkie Moutino3 and her companion, Rodolpho Ribas, were near 55 Broadway as the family approached. The woman's dog, McLovinn - a tan, 2-year-old, 61-pound neutered pit bull - lunged at the baby, locking its jaws onto the small body.
Brian Antaya told police it happened so fast he had no time to react. Although the strange dog was leashed, it was able to pull away from its owner, grab hold of the baby's left leg and tear into the calf. "The mom, dad and kid were walking down the street together when this dog just attacked. It jumped up and grabbed the baby's left leg," said Farnsworth. "It's a miracle the dog didn't take that kid's leg off."
The infant was taken to North Shore Children's Hospital in Salem and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she was treated for multiple bite wounds. "The way I see it, the doctors at Mass General saved that little girl's life, but I'm sure there will be several more trips back and forth to the hospital," said Farnsworth, noting that the dog owner recently moved from Wenham to Lynn."
If ever faced with such circumstances -- an unknown, leashed pit bull, walking by you on a public street -- do you have a plan? Is the leash holder a teenager, a female or a 220 lb man? Is it a thick leash or a "retractable" one? Please make safety decisions accordingly. 23-year old Munnyhkkie Moutino could not control her pet pit bull. Nor could a mid 30s female whose leashed pit bull rushed into an oncoming train killing them both (the leash had been wrapped around her hand).
2Not to mention the many "home invasion" attacks carried out by pit bulls.
3Munnyhkkie deleted her MySpace page shortly after blogger Craven Desires published a photo from it.
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