Dog was "Possessed"
Orrville, OH - In another pit bull berserking incident,1 the animal bolted from a home just to attack a group of children. Before the episode was over, three people were bitten and a group fleeing the dog was left trapped inside the pit bull's home2 until police arrived. 10-year old Kamaria Simpson suffered the worst injuries requiring 5 hours of surgery and hundreds of stitches to close the many facial and scalp wounds inflicted by the dog. The pit bull also tore out chunks of Kamaria's hair.
Shagala handed Kamaria off to her sister, who rushed her to Dunlap Community Hospital where hundreds of stitches were required to close the wounds on her face and scalp, from which the dog had also torn chunks of her hair. Shagala said her daughter's cheek was ripped nearly off.
But before Shagala -- bleeding heavily from her thigh -- could follow, the dog attacked again. Shagala said four of the seven children, and other neighbors, ran into the Gray house trying to escape the dog.
She said for about 10 minutes the dog went from one window and door to the next, looking inside and hurling its body against the openings.
"That dog was vicious," Shagala said. "That dog was going for more blood. It already had a lot of blood dripping from its mouth from Kamaria. It kept looking in at us and trying to get in. It was like he was possessed. It was like a nightmare." (Paul Locher, The-Daily-Record.com)
Tens of thousands of innocent people and pets are bitten, mauled and terrorized by pit bulls on an annual basis in the U.S. Yet only a small number of these victims have to face a berserking pit bull "hurling its body against the openings" of a safety structure fled to afterward. We invite readers to imagine how horrifying and surreal this experience must have been. Orrville Police Chief Dino Carozza called the incident "alarming" and "extremely frightening" for the community.
This is the second time Kamaria suffered serious injury from a pit bull in the last two years. The first incident, which occurred on the same street -- just a few properties away -- required a portion of her nose having to be reattached. It must also be noted that Orrville Mayor Dave Handwerk stopped by to see Kamaria after she returned home from the hospital. He plans a return visit to stay updated on her healing progress, which will demand many months and substantial medical bills.
2The home belongs to pit owners Nate and Daniel Gray. According to Nate: "THE MAN WHO'S DOG THIS WAS, WAS A CLOSE FRIEND OF MY BROTHER WHO DIED ON FRIDAY , NOT SATURDAY.....THE ONLY THING THE PAPER GOT RIGHT WAS IT WAS A PIT BULL, AND PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED. THIS MAKES THE BREED AND USB(THE GRAYS) LOOK BAD, BUT WE HAVE FOUR CHILDREN AND A LOVING WELL TRAINED PIT BULL."
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