Pit Bulls Rethinking Bans

Cameron Younglove plays with a pit bull terrier named Sooke at his kennels near Eudora, Kan., Sunday, March 9, 2014. For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America’s most dangerous dog _ but attitudes have softened considerably since then as animal activists and even television shows cast the dogs in a more positive light. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

For the second time in two months, a local child has been attacked by a pit bull.

The most recent attack happened Saturday evening, according to a Calhoun Police incident report. Police responded to a home on Maplewood Drive and met with the complainant who said he witnessed a neighbor’s dog attack a 9-year-old girl.

He told officer H. Everett the girl was walking through the neighborhood with her two brothers when the pit bull ran after them. The complainant said the boys were able climb a tree, escaping the dog, but the girl wasn’t. At that time the dog jumped on the girl holding her to ground, according to the complainant. The dog then ran off, but returned once the girl got up, charging and dragging her to the ground.

The officer observed a small bite mark on the palm of the girl’s hand; according to her mother, she is deaf and mute. While standing with the dog waiting on Animal Control to arrive, a small boy walked through the yard and the pit bull ran and jumped on him, but didn’t bite him.

The complainant said there had been multiple problems with the same dog in the past.

Animal Control took the dog into custody.

On March 6, a 7-year-old boy was mauled by four pit bulls near the Nickelsville Community, according to previous reports from officials at Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy suffered severe bite wounds near his head and face. He was then flown by helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

The dogs were quarantined for 10 days for observation then euthanized, according to Gordon County Animal Control Director Sue Henson.