Friday, July 8, 2011

DeWitt teen loses part of ear in pit bull attack

From Journal Star

A DeWitt teenager has lost part of his ear in a pit bull attack.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that the 17-year-old boy and other teens were playing with the dog at a Beatrice house earlier this week when the dog became aggressive and attacked the boy.
Police Capt. Gerald Lamkin says the teen was taken to a Lincoln hospital for injuries to his head, including having a piece of an ear bitten off.
The dog is being quarantined in a local animal shelter for 10 days.
City Attorney Tobias Tempelmeyer says if the dog is determined not to be a danger, it will be returned to its owner. If it is declared a danger, it could be euthanized, or returned to its owner under certain conditions.
The attack comes less than three months after a highly-debated animal ordinance was approved by the Beatrice City Council.
The council voted to remove controversial wording before passing the ordinance that would have automatically declared pit bulls as dangerous animals.

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