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UPDATE: Pit Bull Bites Boy

Medics rushed a 9-year-old boy to the pediatric trauma center at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

UPDATE (10:08 a.m.): A 9-year-old boy was seriously hurt Wednesday night after being bitten by a dog near the border of Severna Park and Pasadena, an Anne Arundel County fire department spokesman said.

Emergency personnel responded at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday to the 200 block of Armstrong Lane in Pasadena to a report of an injured child, Lt. Keith Hamilton said.

A police investigation revealed that the child was on his bike near his mom visiting a neighbor when the neighbor’s pit bull bit the boy, according to an Anne Arundel County Police Department press release. The dog's owner intervened and freed the child from the pit bull.

Medics transported the boy to the pediatric trauma unit at Johns Hopkins Children's Center with serious injuries, Hamilton said.

Animal Control responded and has taken custody of the dog. The pit bull’s owner has been identified and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

A call to Animal Control was not immediately returned.

The attack comes just weeks after the , making it easier for pit bull owners to be sued if their dogs injure someone.

kelley May 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
over breeding..untrained owners and dogs..and unleashed animals..this is the problem with pitbulls. They can be a great family dog if they are experienced with this breed the need constant training and exercise..and the are not for everyone...there are tons of these poor dogs in shelters for this reason...
Amy Leahy May 28, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I had to laugh at the comment from Cindy regarding the pit bulls and not being able to hold their licker…. I have a dog we got from Animal Control at 3 months old that turned out to be part pit and his fast and furious licker drives me NUTS! I have to admit that when we first realized the dog was part pit bull (he was classified as a lab mix by Animal Control) I was a little worried. He's the sweetest dog I've ever owned and the strongest.
Margaret June 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Cindy, Get real! The dog( a pit bull) attacked the 9 year old unprovoked. He had to be beaten 8 times in the head with a metal bat before he released! The child's mother reached her hand in his mouth to hold her sons leg together until the dog was beaten enough it would release. The child got over 50 stitches. Had to spend 5 more days in the hospital because the wound was so deep it wasn't healing. Now it has to be packed everyday with gauze and removed to clean it out and pray that this heals it. Cindy get a clue about what is really important here!
Jason June 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I was there, I saw the brutality of the attack, and I held the kids leg together until the Paramedics got there. I agree that we shouldn't punish the breed. However, the penalties for the owners only amount to a slap on the wrist. People have got to be held accountable for the actions of their animals. This dog has been deemed dangerous by the county for attacking people already and was supposed to be on a leash and muzzled at all times when outside. Not running around off-leash like it was. I am furious that this gets to go on with out punishment and if it was my child the dog wouldn't be here anymore...
Kristel Rabideau August 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If the dog was deemed dangerous already, and the owner did not follow the guidelines they were supposed to, then they should be held accountable for the attack. Not because the dog was a "pit bull", but because it attacked. Also, has there been DNA testing on this dog? It may not have been a pit bull at all, which seems to be the case most of the time, just media hype to get attention.

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