Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Survivor: N. Augusta

I've got an idea for a reality TV show: Let's leave kids home alone with a dog and see what happens. It's already going on, so why not film the fun?

A pit bull attacked a 5-year old girl in the backyard of a North Augusta [South Carolina] home Monday, sending her to a local hospital.

It happened on the 200 block of Ashley Circle in North Augusta while the girl was playing in the backyard with the pit bull dog, when things turned violent.

The girl's 10-year-old step brother went outside and hit the dog multiple times trying to get the dog off the girl, but it didn't work.

When it didn't work, he went inside and grabbed a knife before coming outside and stabbing the dog multiple times in the back, according to Sgt. Dave Myers from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

The dog didn't come off the girl, so the boy went next door to Ricardo Hill's home to get help.

"The boy next door told me the kid was attacking his sister," Hill said. "So when I got over there the pit bull was on top of the baby. So my first instinct was to get him off so I got a folding chair and hit him."

The dog then let go of the young girl's neck and ran out into the street bleeding, Hill said.

From another story on the incident:

The two were at the home on Ashley Circle and briefly without adult supervision when the attack occurred, deputies said. The adult at the residence had gone to the store, [Sgt. Dave] Myers said.

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Officials said the girl is recovering and doing well.

The dog was picked up by Aiken County Animal Control.

At this time, the animal has not been put down, according to officials.

I can't wait to see what happens in next week's episode!


Worth repeating: Unsupervised kids=bad. Unsupervised kids + dog=also bad.

3 comments:

Luisa said...

So the attack went on for what, at least five minutes? And the five year old girl "suffered cuts to her neck and face" and is "recovering and doing well"? I guess those pit bulls really are "more likely to inflict serious bodily injury or death upon their victims because of their unique bite/hold/shake behaviors," as Denver's village idiot always says...

OMG, I can't tell you how much I love that "unique bite/hold/shake" mantra. Puppy, meet sock ;~)

YesBiscuit! said...

My impression is this was a case of inappropriate play on the part of the dog. Had an adult been present, that person could have redirected the play to an appropriate manner.

Pibble said...

There are so many things about this story that anger me, I don't know where to start. Irresponsible people owning dogs, having children... ARGH!