Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pit Bull Attacks Oakland Child

From NBC Bay Area

A seven-year-old girl was severely injured when a pit bull terrier bit her on the face Sunday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department said.
The dog attacked at around 2:45 p.m. at a home on 82nd Avenue. The girl suffered significant but not life-threatening injuries, Oakland police spokeswoman Holly Joshi said.
Someone who saw the attack said the dog's owner had just asked the little girl if she wanted to pet the dog in the moments prior to the attack.
The dog was taken away by animal control, she said.
The incident comes at the heels of another pit bull attack on Thursday, when a two-year-old Concord boy was killed when three of his  family's five pit bulls attacked him.
The boy's step-grandfather, 52-year-old Steven Hayashi, was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of child endangerment and possessing  a mischievous animal that causes death, according to a spokesman for Concord  police.

Update July 25, 2010 1:58pm - The following article is from ABC San Francisco:

Young girl's face bitten by pit bull

A 7-year-old girl is reported in stable condition at Children's Hospital Oakland and recovering from surgery after being attacked by a pit bull.
Emergency crews were called to 82nd Avenue near MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland Saturday afternoon. Family members say the girl was bitten in the face while meeting the dog for the first time. That was after the pit bull's owner assured her it was a nice dog.
"As a 7-year-old girl, she doesn't really understand what's going on. All she knows is that the dog bit her," said Lt. Chris Landry with the Oakland Fire Department.
Family members tell us the little girl is going to be just fine after undergoing surgery Saturday night.
The dog's owner has been interviewed by police, but so far no charges have been filed. His pit bull is being held by animal services.

* "As a 7-year-old girl, she doesn't really understand what's going on. All she knows is that the dog bit her."
Sounds to me like she understands perfectly. The dog bit her. What else is there to understand?

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