DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ)—A little girl is fighting for her life after she was attacked by two dogs in her Baltimore County neighborhood.

Derek Valcourt spoke with the girl’s family at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

That little girl is recovering from one surgery, but family members say she’ll need many more as a result of a vicious dog attack.

Amanda Mitchell, 7, was playing outside of her home on Villager Circle in the Boston Court neighborhood of Dundalk on Saturday evening when two dogs that live nearby attacked.  They were initially described as pit bulls, but have now been identified as American bull dogs.

Her mother heard her screams for help.

“They both were yanking. One was on the left, one was on this right side of the cheek,” said Orleen Lambert, victim’s aunt.

“My sister is laying on the bed in so much pain,” said Myeshia Mitchell, victim’s sister.

Myeshia says her sister has already undergone extensive surgeries to her face and head after the dog’s strong bite ripped out Amanda’s braids.

“She has stitches from her lip going up to the top of her head. She has staples in her head,” Myeshia Mitchell said.

Family members believe the dogs were somehow able to escape their fenced-in yard. Several neighbors had to rush to help stop the attack.

“One neighbor tried to help with his shovel,” said Iana Lambert. “He gave the dog two hits with his shovel and the dog still wouldn’t let go of my niece, and he hit the dog the third time and that’s when he let go of her.”

This is hard and really shaken for the whole neighborhood because all of the kids come out and play in the area where the attack occurred.

“They should put these dogs to sleep because these dogs are unsafe for the neighborhood period and anywhere else,” Orleen Lambert said.

It’s unclear whether the dog’s owners will face any charges.  The dogs were later euthanized. It’s still unknown why they attacked; the investigation continues.

Comments (259)
  1. Sarah Sams says:

    I’m sorry this child was atack by a vicious dog. But I really wish that the media would stop trying to push pit bull negative propaganda on us. Pit bulls are NOT responsible for the majority of dog attcks. Check the stats. People aka owners are the problem. I hope the little girl is going to be ok. And pls punish the owner not the dog. .

    1. Bernard F Mc Kernan says:

      Sarah, I think you have had a serious brain disconnect. When was the last time you read about a Collie, Poodle, Daschund attacking a child? This breed has an ingranined disposition to fight & attack similar as Rottweilers & German Shepard’s. Get your head out of your ass & in a book to learn about canines .

      1. Samantha Kearns says:

        Because no one wants to hear about the lab, collie, daschaund (most likely to bite) attack. The news doesnt report it, and usually the vicims dont as well.
        former Vet Tech for Baltimore City Animal Control
        current Vet Tech for VCA

      2. Rusty says:

        Actually the statistics are seriously misleading on dog attacks. WJZ did a news story a few years ago on dog bites and found that out of a dozen or so pit bull attacks it was only actually a pit bull a few of the times. It was funny because the dogs who actually did the biting varied so much that you could no way mistake them for a bit.

        With that said when a Pit Bull does attack it has one of the most viscous attacks a dog could have. I love Pits but would never own one because of the stigma attached. I don’t want to have my neighbors or children’s friends parents concerned about visiting my house.

      3. Irish says:

        Ye sir are the one with the brain defect,when will ye people learn it’s the owners,I have had several pitty’s and not one ever was agressive or attacked anyone,it’s not just that breed,it can be any breed,hell I had poodle attack me yrs ago so get educated and stop making pitty’s out to be the bad guys!

      4. Jim Lears says:

        Bernard – they all bite. You’re the one who needs to get your head out of your ass and do some research.

        PS – it wasn’t even a pit bull, it was an american bulldog

      5. Kathy says:

        My 6 year old daughter was attacked in her face and head by her father’s Border Collie (a rescue dog). She had to be transported to Hopkins for plastic surgery. Any dog is capable of attacking a human and if it does, the law REQUIRES that the dog be put down immediately. The hospital (in my case) contacted Baltimore County and the dog was put down the next morning. I feel sorry for the victims, not the animals . . .

      6. alfred caswell says:

        no they are not. they are the most lovable dogs i have ever owned.you need to check out a book called lost dogs.when all you know is hate that is how you react.ive seen more viciosness out of labs than out of any pittbull

      7. walkinarnie says:

        You, sir, are the true arrogant pompous a*s thinking you know so much and spitting out lies. Every dog has the potential to bite, obviously.. It mostly depends on how that dog is raised that determines how he acts and if he attacks. Since you think you are more knowledgeable than anyone on here I’d like to know exactly what source you are getting your info from. Please provide the source so that we too can become as smart as you are about dogs.. Or are you just one of those people that seems to think he knows a lot about everything ? You, sir, should get your head out of your a*s and read.. Or, perhaps you don’t know how. On another note, my payers go out to this little girl. She is so pretty. She will have a long road ahead of her. .

      8. lillian h says:

        there seems to a serious brain disconnect with you as well Mc Kernan, many children have been to the ER because their family dog bit them, and guess what it was not a pitbull, pomeranians,chihuahas and poodles have been known to bite and hurt many children. pitbull is a mixed breed, so i am not sure how “this” breed has an ingrained disposition to fight and attack, a pitbull is mixed dog, which means it’s two breeds combined into one dog just clarifying for you in case the books you read left that out. it just seems like you are confused, i would have to say that all that reading you did was a waste because you clearly have been misinformed. So please enlighten me and let me know which book you read that gave you all this ‘knowledge’ about the dogs ingrained disposition; because a labrador/staffordshire mix is know as a pitbull, and a collie/staffordshire mix is also a pitbull, so which pitbull are you referring to as having this attacking and fighting disposition? Bottomline, all dogs have the potentional to become aggressive, just an FYI: most dog attacks are done by the family pet, that little miniature pinscher that you all think is sweet, is capable of gnawing off a 5month old infants nose off, I know this because a nurse that i know worked on the infant last week. By the way Petey from the Little Rascals was not a pitbull, he was an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Helen Kellers service dog was also an American Staffordshire Terrier, these dogs are not aggressive, being overbreed with multiple breeds and then those born are pitbull, and used for income and many other things makes dogs aggressive. Last but not least there is one dog that is born naturally aggressive and needs to be trained and properly socialized beginning at six weeks of age, and it’s not the feared pitbull, it’s the Southern Ovcharka, and German Shepards are herding dogs that react on instinct when they feel that their family may be threatened, so i am not sure how you correlate a herding/working dog instincts with a diposition to fight….Rottweilers are used as guard dogs, they have been fought in parts of europe and afghanistan,the dogs are put through rigerous training but i guess you already knew that with all the canine knowledge that you have. Bottomline aggression is not breed specific.

      9. Kerrie says:

        actually Bernard, Poodles can be quite vicious, the only reason you don’t hear about it that much is because people who choose a poodle is more likely to want to show the dog and therefore will work much more on their behavior than a person who chooses a dog like a pit or bulldog and will likely improperly train dog to be a guard dog.

        and Sara, you are correct that owners are the real problem. But when dogs kill or nearly kill a person, they must be euthanized for public safety. So until we do something about all the bad owners, it’s the sad reality.

      10. Athena Campbell says:

        Your right Bernard..
        I mean when I was attacked my a cat it was all over the news after all cats are a dangerous breed…Oh wait…
        People arent trying to banned cats…
        My attack wasn’t on the news…
        COME ON.
        When a mutt attacks people always think its a pit..Why?
        Pits are at the top of the list for most attacks BUT ALSO
        people dont know how to raise..
        come on people…
        Leave the breed alone and worry about the child.

      11. Anthony Edward says:

        Bernard how many pitbulls have you actually been around? I’ve been aroiund plenty from volunteering at animal shelter. You might want to follow your own advice and learn about canines from impartial objective sources. All dogs dogs are predators by nature, instinct is something that never completely disappears. In a domestic situation, canine aggression is normally suppressed. Exceptions are if the dog is trained to attack, feels threatened, or is provoked.
        Dogs that are owned by irresponsible owners who provide insufficient training or, worse, aggressiveness training are the problem. Research and analysis suggests that breed-specific legislation is not completely effective in preventing dog attacks, with each new attack, pressure mounts to enact such legislation, despite indications that dangerous dog legislation would be more effective—that is, focusing on specific individual dogs having exhibited signs of aggression. It’s much easier to use the same narrow minded thinking that sterotypes people of different races or beliefs and do the same with dogs.

      12. JQP says:

        ha ha!!!! it wasn’t even a pit bull! I have the world’s greatest pitty and no one as a single leg to stand on… not one. Poodles do bite, they just don’t have the musculature that the regal and noble terrier has. you know who bites? all of those witless mouth pieces that repeat what they hear in the media with zero real life experience…. oh wait, let me guess, you all know or have known or have been a victim of a ferocious pit bull that everyone swore was a good dog, but with no provocation whatsoever turned on said innocent victim. hah!

      13. Mz.B says:

        Bernard if you pad more attention to Sarah’s comment it says just that.. the media over indulges in “Pit Bull” attacks. Plenty of poodles, Collie’s ect are biting children and causing damages… the media just doesn’t get the attention from “COLLIE ATTACKS” so pit bull attacks are all we read about. As a proud and responsible Pit Bull owner I implore you to get “your” head outa your ass and read the statistics!

      14. Nicole Schmit says:

        You hardly read about a poodle, collie, or daschund attacking the child because that’s not what sells. I know quite a few of reporters that have told me the reason why newspapers(and their own editors) don’t publish a picture of the so called “pit bull” was because it actually wasn’t a pit. But seeing PIT MAULS 11 YEAR OLD CHILD sells. So take your own advice get your head out of you ass and into a book, because if you know anything about any breed you would know that every breed is capable of attacking, and the breeds that attack the most are the small breeds. Welcome to the real world, if you believe everything the media says, it just shows how dumb you really are. Research it, I have.

    2. jimmy says:

      Really Sarah, the breed in it’s self is vicious. That’s why they were created. So tired of hearng how it’s not the breed but the homeowner.

      Pitbulls should be banned, it’s not a neccassary breed to have around. It’s not man’s best friend. Its a vicious killing machine, it’s a ticking time bomb, waiting to go off.

      And really, don’t punish the dog, “I hope as soon as they test them for rabies, they are put down.”

      1. Jennifer Griffith says:

        The breed itself is NOT vicious. In temperament tests given to thousands of dogs of all different breeds, the pit bull actually scored higher than the golden retriever. It really is dependent on how they’re treated, & whether they’re neutered or not.

        Incidentally, many of these so-called pit bulls who have attacked people are actually mix-breed dogs. The true American Pit Bull Terrier looks nothing like what most people think of as a “pit bull.” They’re slim, not stocky.

      2. danielle says:

        It IS the owners people train them to be vicious just like any other dog can be trained

      3. Lisa says:

        You should be put down.

      4. mo says:

        Testing for Rabies is done by examining the brain AFTER Euthanasia.

      5. Tiffany Redman says:

        It makes me sick that people want to say they are killers. Yes they have that instinct but it is on how you raise them. You would be angry too if you had to sleep outside and not get fed. It is all on how they are treated. I will defend these dogs because I have two of them and they are the sweetest things. I feel very sorry for the family that this happened to but it is the owner’s fault not the dog.

      6. SMH says:

        They Have to put the dog down first before they can test for rabies. They have to test the brain………..

      7. lillian h says:

        FYI: Pitbull is not a specific breed it is a mixed breed, a labrador mixed with an american staffordshire terrier , a australian cattle dog mixed with an american staffordshire terrier , a border collie mixed with the american staffordshire terrier…all these make pitbulls. Any dog mixed with an american staffordshire terrier is considered a pitbull. so to say it was ‘created’ to be vicious really makes no sense, created what, a vicious border collie or an aggressive labrador? so ya really, it’s not the breed it is the owner, becasue a pitbull is a mixed dog, it’s not a breed, because if it was a breed it would be recognized by the AKC as ALL other breeds are.

      8. Sheena says:

        The pitbull is a breed of its own; they are the called American Pit Bull Terriors (APBT). Pitbulls can be mixed thereby everyone confusing mixed bully dogs with an actual full bred pit bull

      9. Anthony Edward says:

        Jimmy read my comment to Bernard. My guess is you only know what you’ve read about the breed in the media and from people who like you know nothing of the breed and dogs in general.

      10. Brenda says:

        you obviously know nothing about Pit Bulls. I have three of them and yes they are man’s best friend. My balck lab is ten times more aggressive than my pits. Banning pit bulls is not the answer, banning irresponsible and ignorant “dog owners” just might be though. My daughter was bitten in the face twice by two differant Husky’s, but does that mean all Husky’s should be banned. Please stop stereotyping, it’s the media who continues to fuel the fire on pits, causing them to be abused and set on fire just for the hell of it! It’s people like you who keep being “Dog Racist” that create a bigger problem instead of trying to fix it the right way. Until you’ve actually been a Pit bull owner and know how the breed really is, don’t make uneducated remarks. My prayers go out to the little girl and also the baby who was bitten by the ” Poodle “.

      11. Krystie says:

        Wow pitbulls are like any other breed…What do you think its something in there brain thats just makes them vicious? I think not! They are one of the most loyal breeds! There weakness is that they happen to be one of the strongest breeds so sick people take advantage of that and fight them! They have a bad rap but it doesn’t make it there fault! I have two pit bulls that play with my 2 year old son, he could do anything he wanted to either one of them and they would NEVER nip at him! Come on guy i cant even agree to disagree with you i mean whats going on in that head of yours? i would put my life on line for a pit bull on the street before i ever would you! P.S. I wish they would have euthanized you after they cut your umbilical cord… See how you sound? I have so much more i could say but you sound pretty hopeless…

      12. pbsweetie says:

        Really Jimmy you are a dumba##. You know nothing at all. In fact I would classify you as the same kind of person that has the audacity to fight a dog, a heartless, soulless human being. I have four beautiful wonderful American pit bull terriers. They are the sweetest dog I have every owned. I despise people that are as stupid as you are. I have worked with a lot of American pit bulls, I rescued them off the street, work at humane societies, and do temperament test on them, and only a couple had to be put down, and that was because their owners has severely neglected them or fought them and it was better for the dog. So I do believe that a lot of how any dog, and I mean any dog acts has to do with the owner. My main question for you is what you classify as a pit bull. An American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffard Terrier, Staffard Bull Terrier, Bull Dog, Boxer, ect..? Because, all of this dogs have been classified as a pit bull, if you knew anything( which I believe you don’t) is that “pit bull” is not a breed.

    3. Pappy Anderson says:


      1. danielle says:

        That just sounds stupid. Thats just like saying everytime a human is shot its by a human so the whole breed should be destroyed. You should go read a book.

      2. Lisa says:

        People like you should be destroyed. Are you seriously that stupid that you trust the media report things that arent as terrible! There are plenty of dog bite cases but they want to focus on the worst ones for the media sensation.

      3. bill says:

        and so should u

      4. alfred caswell says:

        youre a joke i guess we should all be destroyed we as a spieces have killed alot more viciouslly and without cause than any animall.your not going to hear about the other atacks cause noone wants to hear about it

      5. Jessica says:


        That is such an ignorant, uneducated statement. People believe what they want to believe and in truth, the little girl in this story was ACTUALLY attacked by two American Bulldogs, not pit bulls. WBAL ran a correction today http://www.wbal.com/absolutenm/templates/story.aspx?articleid=69237&zoneid=3

        So maybe, “Pappy”, you need to be informed before running off at the mouth.

      6. Anthony Edward says:

        Pappy you mean like this one where it was orginally reported as a pit bull and turned out to be an American Bulldog. The answer is easy the media emphasizes pitbull attacks over other breeds.

      7. Brenda says:

        Because that’s all the media focuses on. Give me a break, no one would really care if it was a friggin Jack Russell. People with your mindset need to be destroyed. SMH. If this offends you in anyway, then my job here is complete!

      8. RLG says:

        first…you need to read it says American Bull Dog…they are not the same dog but i am sure you already knew that and being the type of area the attack happened in the dogs must have been abused i have had both American Bull Dig and American Pit Bull and both are the nicest dogs great with my new born twins and other family member. So maybe they need to kill the owner because I’m sure this will not be the only American Bull Dog attack because the are the NEW thing for Dog fighting. So before you write something read the whole story first…

      9. JQP says:

        it wasn’t air bull stupid

    4. melanie leiben says:

      Sarah is exactly right! I adopted a pitbull from baltimore city animal control after he was taken from a home with no food, no water and no shelter living outside. He is the biggest baby and sweetest dog you would want to meet. I used to fear pitbulls before being educated by PitBoss and other shows on tv. Nico is the best thing to happen to me after my dogs death in July, WHICH my doberman shepard mix was WAY more vicious than my pitbull could ever be. Please educate yourselves people….its not fair to the dogs out there that need love and a good home.

    5. danielle says:

      They did say charges against the dogs, they said the owners.

    6. Tyrone Washington says:

      I’m sick and tired of brainwashed pit bull owners not coming to grips with how dangerous their “little doggies” are. Why don’t other breads of dogs act this way? All I hear after attacks after attacks after attacks are excuses after excuses after excuses. WAKE THE HELL UP!!! The pitbull breed isn’t misunderstood, people know exactly how dangerous they are.

      1. Love My Pitbull says:

        For YOUR information, our “little doggies” are not as bad as the media likes to make them out to be. I have a half pit/half lab that was abused and she is the nicest dog I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. My mother also owns a full blooded American Pit Bull Terrier and he about as nice and friendly as they come! He lets my seven year old sister climb all over him and play with him! He even sleeps with her in her bed at night! In fact, my cousin who is a vet tech told me that she fears labs more then she fears pit bulls. She said that she has never once had a pit bull patient come in and been fearful of it! Also, when I was young, I was bit in the face by my dad’s beagle mix… so does that mean that all beagles should be destroyed? Educate yourself before you spew such hateful comments about something you CLEARLY know NOTHING about!

      2. Sheena says:

        Tyrone: Pitbulls are dangerous when they have dangerous owners. Just like children, if not taught properly; they end up in jail.

      3. Anthony Edward says:

        Tyrone I’m sick and tired of ignorant narrow minded fools who run their mouth without a cluie. Here’s some advice try actually learning about dogs before spouting off.

      4. Brenda says:


        read my message to Pappy. I could stay on here all day and comment on the stupid things you people write, but I can’t waste anymore time on uneducated people.

    7. pitty owner says:

      i second that i have 3 pittys my self and they are the best well manner dogs around. its not the dog that want to attack someone its how the owner brings them up.i know many people that own them and i would trust a responsable owner that has one would have a well trained and sweet loving dog. ITS NOT THE DOG ITS THE OWNER. tHE madia just want to make this breed out to be killers but there not

    8. alfred caswell says:

      i agree with you completly its the owners fault not the dogs who were only doing what they were trained to do.

      1. Jamie Healy says:

        I missed the part saying these dogs were trained by their owners to injure little girls.
        At this point, we can’t speculate. We don’t know how the dogs were kept, how they lived, what the owners were like. What we do know is that they were not pit bulls – so honestly people, it’s time to change the subject.
        It’s sad to see people become pit bull thirsty after a media story misrepresents the truth. We’re not talking about pit bulls here, we’re talking about a tragedy. No matter what animal had done this it would be the same outcome – tragedy. I am sorry for the family and mostly this little girl. I do not know the facts, but one is clear; someone is in the hospital and two dogs were put down as a result. That my friends, is sad, and my heart goes out to all involved.
        I too love pit bulls, but because there wasn’t even a pit bull involved in this story, this is no place for this argument. We should all be considering the child that was injured and the families of everyone involved.

    9. lou fields says:

      sarah is a fool. a seven old litlle girl and her family will stuuggle with life for theiir love fowever and stupid still worries about a dog.

    10. lou fields says:

      i much rather have Amanda the way she was a day before this attack and both dogs dead. I really dont care what type dogs they were. Clear?

      1. Anthony Edward says:

        Yes Lou it’s clear you are a fool. First you assume because people defend a breed of dog that implies they have no concern for the little girl. Had the media actually reported the story correctly in the first place it wouldn’t be an issue. I’d prefer to see the dogs properly trained and secured in their own yard and the little girls’ parents doing a better job keepinh an eye on her. Then not only would she not be enduring what see is now and will in the future, but the animals would be living a decent life as well.

    11. brian says:

      I am agreeing with Sarah on this it is the OWNERS not the breed. I OWN 2 pit bulls who are SEARCH and RESCUE dogs and it is all how they re raised not the breed and no she doesn’t have a serious brain disconnect. As for Bernard YOU need to get your head out your ass and put it in a book. My dogs go through EXTENSIVE training and just to inform you some more Bernard, the Rottweilers and German Shepard’s that are “ingrained” to fight and attack are also the ones who do search and rescue.You Bernard have been very misinformed…..

    12. Gdingle says:

      And how do you punish the owner? Make the owner take away the girls pain and repair her face? Make the owner comfort her parents. Make the owner give them back their little girl the way she was before the attack? Should the owner be punished by having his face ripped to shreds like the little girl? That little girl will never be ok and all you can do is talk about negative propaganda. You show love of dogs but your words seem so dispassionate when you talk about that child victim. Do you understand forever? That kid will forever bear the physical and mental scars of that attack. I challenge you to find an ounce of empathy in your heart for the child and her parents then reconsider what you have written.

      1. Anthony Edward says:

        Why does defending a breed against misinformation mean no one has any empthany for the child? They aren’t mutually exlusive. I challenge you to explain how defending pitbulls against inaccurate and biased reporting is in any way a lack of emphathy for the girl.

    13. RDNKKKGRL says:


    14. Melanie says:

      from http://www.aspca.org

      August 18, 2007—A Labrador mix attacked a 70-year-old man, sending him to the hospital in critical condition. Police officers arrived at the scene and the dog was shot after charging the officers.
      This incident was reported in one article in the local paper.
      August 19, 2007—A 16-month-old child received fatal head and neck injuries after being attacked by a mixed-breed dog.
      This attack was reported on twice by the local paper.
      August 20, 2007—A six-year-old boy was hospitalized after having his ear torn off and receiving a severe bite to the head by a medium-sized, mixed-breed dog.
      This incident was reported in one article in the local paper.
      August 21, 2007—A 59-year-old woman was attacked in her home by two pit bulls and was hospitalized with severe, but not fatal, injuries.
      This attack was reported in over 230 articles in national and international newspapers, as well as major television news networks including CNN, MSNBC and FOX.

      Congratulations, mainstream media – because of your sensationalism, you are responsible for the deaths of thousands of beautiful dogs each year. Were it not for you, people would realize that all dogs bite when they are trained to be dangerous. If you reported the FACTS, people would understand that the real problem is a culture of thugs who think pit bulls make themselves look more dangerous and badass. These are the people training pits to be dangerous.

  2. Maxi says:

    Most pit bull dog owners dont think their dogs are vicious. These dogs owners should be held responsible.I am praying for the little girl.

    1. Izzo says:

      “on us”?? Sarah you are the 1st pit bull to every type a comment on the internet. Congratz!

      I say punish all owners of all dogs not just pitbulls that bite pedestrians. Dogs are just like kids, products of their idiot owners/parents.

      Some people are not responsible enough to own certain items the same should be with pets.

      1. Lee Bowling says:


    2. Tyrone Washington says:

      A Great Dane, Siberian Husky, a French Poodle, a British Bulldog or other breed wouldn’t have done this. Pitbull owners don’t comprehend reality very well obviously. A police officer in Baltimore County was attacked last week by a pitbull during a search. I hope the mother of that little girl SUE THE LIVING HELL out of the owner. This little girl shouldn’t have to be going through what she is going through.

      1. finessefully says:

        Any of those could be very likely to do such a thing, especially a husky or poodle, if they haven’t been trained properly. It’s possible of any dog, but Pit Bulls have been horribly misused and people don’t take care of them correctly. I agree with you, though, on one thing: The owners should be held responsible for this HORRIBLE happening.

      2. Daisy Elizabeth Wilson says:

        Wow you don’t know a lot about those breeds either do you? I have read attacks from these breeds. You do see these attacks. IT”S NOT JUST PITBULLS PEOPLE !!!!! Do your research !!!!!!!!! They all would have done the same. They are ANIMALS that is what they do when they are under a stressful or unfamiliar situation. So grow up and read. You obviously have the internet so look iy up. JEEZ

      3. Loves My Pitbull says:

        I can’t help but laugh at your ignorance! Pit bulls are NOT the problem and neither are RESPONSIBLE owners! ANY dog that has teeth WILL bite! In fact, little dogs are more prone to biting then any big dog because their owners coddle them and treat them like little babies! I’m more afraid of a chihuahua or a poodle then I am of a pittie! Good lord…

      4. alfred caswell says:

        no you dont. i have been attacked by labs huskys and german shepards but never by a pittbull. and for the police that dog was only protecting his house .if someone you didnt know was in your house how would you react.

      5. Anthony Edward says:

        Tyrone it’s you who don’t comprehend all those breeds you mention could do the same thing and have. By the way the dog wasn’t a pit bull that attacked the girl. They were AMerican Bulldogs.

    3. Anna Cero says:

      I am a pit bull owner and I have a 6 month old. She would never do antihing to hurt him. It’s all how you raise them.

      1. smitty says:

        Are you absolutely positive about that Anna?

      2. Heaven help the children says:

        You my dear are an accident waiting to happen, I hope that you will not be in jail on child endangerment charges when your dog turns on your child.  Every pitbull owner whose dogs have bitten another person whether an adult or a child or another animal says the exact same garbage. (NOT MY DOG). Well why do you people (PITBULL OWNERS) feel justified when it is your dog to try and come up with an excuse that  is like placing water in a paper bag, It just doesn’t make sense. Why do you think people who own normal dogs are so upset, statistics don’t lie but PEOPLE  WHO OWN PITBULL DOGS DO and WILL. Sure your puppy pitbull is a sweetheart right now but wait until It turns two years of age and their hormones change and so do their personalities, don’t listen to me or trust me just make sure that your insurance is up to date. I will pray that it won’t be necessary for any dog maulings but according to statistics you (LOSE)!

      3. Kim Helms says:

        I absolutely agree because we have a 10 month old and he is the nicest and so loving around my grandbabys and my son whos 13 and our family! Kim Helms from Kannapolis NC

      4. Dena says:

        Hey Heaven – My sister has a pit bull that is now 13 years old and hasn’t bitten a single person, so should I then wait until he’s 14 and his hormones change? That dog was around before she had kids and instead of attacking the kids as everyone assumes they do, he became very protective of them, sleeping outside of their door at night. He adjusted to the kids very well and they haven’t had a problem with him attacking anybody! Don’t get me wrong, the two dogs in this story weren’t raised the same way which is what happens when there are irresponsible owners and I do feel the owners in this situation need to face charges and take care of this girls medical bills. I hope that the girl can fully recover and go on to live a fully and healthy life!

    4. Smitty says:

      100 percent agree with you Maxi! Too many stories about how too many Pitbulls easily escape from a fenced-in area and too many people, especially children, having to pay the price.
      Of course, its normally followed up with “They have never done anything like this before” or “My Pitbull would never do any such thing…” until their Pit becomes the story.

      1. Anthony Edward says:

        Smitty you mean like this one. These dogs weren’t even pitbulls. By the way plenty of other breed owners have said the same thing. Maybe we should ban all dogs.

    5. The owners should be held responsible, absolutely. The dogs are doing what comes natural to them. They are dogs. My question is why is a seven year old little girl outside by herself? And furthermore, if they attacked her once before, why were the PARENTS not concerned with letting her outside alone. How many times do you touch a hot stove before realizing it is hot? This doesn’t make sense to me. I pray for her full recovery.

      1. NBrown says:

        Actually, that dog attacked once before, but the dog attacked someone else the first time and then this time it attacked Amanda. I know the little girl who was attacked by the pitbulls.

      2. Zimmm says:

        Seriously? Seven is plenty old enough to be playing outside on her own, blaming the parents is just as bad as blaming the breed, the ones who should be held responsible here are the dog’s owners, not pitt bulls, not parents. Knee-jerk panic attacks don’t help anything.

      3. GDingle says:

        Pit Bulls bite is 2 to 3 times stronger than German Sheppard. They have the unique ability or if not unique the ability to lock their jaws on any prey it attacks. It is the only dog that can crush an adult’s wrist bone. The reason it locks its jaw is so it can attach to the throat of larger animals and crush its wind pipe. Pound for pound the Pit Bull is one of the most powerful deadly dogs. Whether the dog is well trained or well raised or not, its potential for destruction is real. Its potential for destruction is greater than most dogs. Pit bulls have killed and permanently mangled more humans in the US than any other animal period. That includes sharks, and bears for you people that are afraid of the water and the woods. Before anyone trashes the breed however, do your research. Please research before you decide to become an owner especially if you have young kids. I researched not because I wanted a dog. I did the research because one of my neighbors owned two Pit Bulls for a while. I discovered that the dog has a spotty history. I had young kids at the time. My research told me that I should keep my children away from that breed of dog until I had completely researched the owner and the dog’s history. The potential damage that dog could do to a toddler was not worth the risk. That came from a surgeon who had the displeasure of attempting to repair the damage done to kids under her care. I personally think it is not worth the risk to have a dog around kids that could crush an adult wrist bone. But, my neighbor had two. I can’t control my neighbor. I don’t know what kind a person he really is or what his intentions are. I can blame the owner until I am blue in the face after the fact but it doesn’t protect my kid or in the case of the child that was attacked; it doesn’t relieve the pain or remove the physical and mental scars she will now have to live with forever. Do you understand forever? It seems that some people are ok with damage done to this kid and all the other victims of the American Bull terrier or similar breed. There was not a single a solution offered by anyone that would have saved that little girl the life time of scaring. Her parents didn’t own the dog. The girl was not on the property of the dog’s owner. So what do you do to keep this from happening again? If you don’t have a solution then you really don’t care.
        Back to my neighbor and the two Pit Bulls; My neighbor had the dogs euthanized after they growled at and repeatedly threatened him and his wife. It wasn’t until they threaten his kids that he decided to take action. It seems that for some reason he valued his kids more than the dogs. We talked afterwards. He also said he didn’t want to take the chance that his neighbor’s kids could be harmed. I thanked him for his clarity and for valuing our children’s safety over his love of Pit Bulls. He was extremely familiar with the breed and expressed an admitted fondness for the breed. But, he also knew the dangers and the potential for human disfigurement and death. His words, “there are too many young kids in the neighborhood, I don’t want to chance it”. This guy cared and he did what was best for the neighborhood. Now read the following and tell me that this dog could have been replaced with a Golden Retriever with the same results:
        A 55-year-old woman was at Sunrise Hospital Friday evening with potentially life-threatening injuries after the family’s 80-pound pit bull attacked her and two other people, Metro Police said.
        Police said they received reports of an animal attack about 5:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Grannis Lane, near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.
        The dog bit the woman multiple times, causing serious injuries to her arm, hand, lower leg and foot, police said. The woman has lost fingers and will possibly lose a foot from bites that penetrated to the bone, police said.
        At one point, a 23-year-old woman stepped in to try to stop the attack and was also bitten, police said. A man, who also suffered bite wounds, eventually shot the dog four times and killed it, police said.
        All three people were transported to Sunrise Hospital, but only the 55-year-old woman suffered serious injuries, police said. The other woman will need stitches, police said.
        Police said they do not know what triggered the attack.

      4. GDingle says:

        Yes they should have sold their house and moved to a neighborhood safe for kids. They should moved to a neighborhood were an armed guard is not needed to stand watch over them while they are riding their bikes up and down the sidewalk. Better, how stupid could those parents be even thinking they could have a child in a neighborhood with killer dogs. It is definitely the parents fault for having babies that grow into 7 year old kids that want to play outside when the neighbor has deadly dogs. After all deadly kid eating dogs need a place to live also.

      5. Zimmm says:

        GDingle none of what you just posted in true. Making up fake “facts” doesn’t do much for your arguments/credibility. Pit bulls are generally measured at about 230-240 pounds of pressure in their bite, German Shepherd, 250-400 pounds of pressure, Rotties are about 330-350. Locking jaws do not exist. No breed has a locking jaw, not even pit bulls. I don’t know if they can crush an adult’s wrist bone, but since they don’t have the bite strength of many other breeds out there, they certainly wouldn’t be the only ones that could. Pit bulls are strong for their size, but they’re a medium sized dog at best. As for pit bulls having killed/injured more people in the U.S. then any other animal, hard figures don’t exist but it seems unlikely as there were a reported 53 shark attacks here in the year 2000, but the report from the CDC published in 2000 that studied dog bite fatalities between 1979 and 1998 attributed 76 of them to the various breeds lumped under the label “pit bull” in that 24 year period.

    6. Jamie Healy says:

      this was not the result of a pit bull – stop making it into a false story

    7. Anthony Edward says:

      Maxi they weren’t pit bulls. You are right, however, the owners should be held responsible and we should all pray for the little girl.

  3. Scott's County says:

    Pitt Bulls are very vicious towards strangers. My girlfriend rents a rowhouse in the city with her female friend whose boyfriend brought in a Pitt Bull puppy who was raised correctly and not mistreated. However, I went to her house a few weeks ago and the Pitt is now fully grown. I entered the home properly and greated the dog in the proper manner when vising a dog’s home. However, this Pitt nearly took my head off for absolutely no reason! This is the third time in my life that I’ve been attacked by a so-called “bully breed dog”! The other times it also envolved “nice” Pitt Bulls and a Rotweiler. You owners of Pitt Bulls are kidding yourselves, those dogs are genetically prone towards viciousness–especially towards strangers and smaller animals and children. This is why the Brittish government ordered all Pitt Bulls in their country to be confiscated and destroyed because scientific analysis showed them to be “genetically defective” with their tendency to attack without provocation. The moment anyone in my neightborhood gets a Pitt Bull, my handgun stays loaded to kill that dog should it get loose and attack me, my wife, or any kids in this community. This is a bully breed dog mostly popular with low class people with criminal tendencies and criminal records as the Brittish government also discovered in a study of bully breed dogs like Pitt Bulls.

    1. koko says:

      you can make any statistic say anything you want it to say if you write it and have motive to do so.

    2. Tyrone Washington says:

      In this case, the girl was not in the house with the pitbulls, She was minding her business playing outside. When poodles and Labrador Receivers start acting in the same fashion, then you will have a valid point.

      1. Zimmm says:

        Funny, In my family we’ve had pittbulls, and we’ve had german shepherds, but the only dog attack we’ve experienced was from someones LABRADOR RETRIEVER who got out and ended up with my mom needing stitches on her face. Should we ban Labs now? Or realize that a bad owner can turn any dog dangerous.

      2. Anthony Edward says:

        Tyrone since the dogs weren’t pitbulls you don’t have a valid point. How many times are you going to keep calling them pitbullls.

    3. mike says:

      “Bully breed” for “low class” people?.. I’ve had my pit for 2 years with 6 kids and he is nothing but gentle. And I am in federal law enforcement for 20 years so I guarantee I make way more than you. “Low class” my ass. Some people just like to run their mouth…must be nice to be city trash…..

    4. Loves My Pitbull says:

      PITBULLS ARE AGREESIVE TO STRANGERS!?! Are you KIDDING me??! HAHAHA! I’m sorry, but I can’t help but LAUGH at this comment… I guess then that my pitbull who is practically turning herself inside out whenever I take her to petsmart cause she wants to say “hi” to everyone and is licking the hands and faces of those to can’t resist but pet her is being “aggressive”? Or how about when my little sister has her little friends over and my pittie and my mother’s pittie are out there playing with the kids and letting them climb all over them? I guess they are being aggressive too? Geez a lou… The ignorance on this comment board is FASCINATING!

    5. Jamie Healy says:

      Really? I’d love to see where you get your scientific analysis. I wonder if they also mispell the word pit bull? This sounds like a self serving comment to me.

    6. Anthony Edward says:

      Scott I work at a shelter. I’ve been around hundreds and never had an issue. I’ve visited people who own them and never had a problem. There is no research that backs your genetically defective claim. No dog attacks without provocation. It may not look like provocation to a human when being done. You shoot someone else’s dog with a handgun and it;’s a good bet you’ll be the one with legal issues.

      I know several people who likely make more than you and I togther who own the breed. I don’t even remember reading any British Study.

    7. Staffordshire Guardian says:

      Scott’s County….you made such a fool out of yourself with that statement. that is hilarious! you are such a joke! I can’t stop laughing at you! whew!… yeah, that’s good stuff… low class… ha ha… you idiot.

  4. Scott's County says:

    Yes, I did say I have a girlfriend above and I’m married. I’m having marital problems like so many people in this world and I’m now separated, but working to save the marriage. I’m in the 50% of Americans who have failing marriages. I know some of you out there were about to say something about this, so I decided to head you all off before you made comments about me being a cheater. But, the subject is Pitt Bulls and I still believe them to be very dangerous!

    1. StopLook&Listen says:

      Well you didn’t address your obvious ignorance about the class of people who own the breed. I have own several Pitbulls and I beleive they are wonderful dogs and I am not low income and I do not have a criminal record or tendences.And because you said mostly does not excuse how ignorant you sound. I still agree owners should be held responsible if the dog was not secured outdoors but if the child went into the yard or something then the parents need to explain why she was unsupervised. Some issues make the news to support issue and the full story is never told. People need to be held accountable for their dogs,their children and their words.

    2. Anthony Edward says:

      Scott no one cares about your personal life, Just your ignorance about pit bulls and their owners.

    3. JQP says:

      I believe people who are dishonest to be dangerous.

  5. Barbra Halburd says:

    its not the pit bulls fault ,its the dogs stupid owners . its the low class people who train them as puppies to pull weights ti make them fighting dogs . i know alot of my friends who have pit bulls they are the sweetest dogs.its the hood people whe make them mean . theses people should not have dogs at all.

    1. Seriously says:

      It may be the dog’s owners who are at fault but, DO NOT assume that because it is raised by “hood people” that is why they are mean. I’m not from the hood but, the sterotype that surrounds those people need not be encouraged by this incident. Every book can’t be judged by its cover.

    2. kris says:

      I own two pitbulls.my male is a little over a year n my female is 10 weeks.both by the way are awesome.great with kids great with me.people no nothing about this breed.when I got my male my mother a Baltimore city police officer said that I was crazy yada yada the typical remarks that people make about pits.guess what kind of dog she has now….a pit because she took the time to know my dog.they are the most loyal dog.naturally people pleasers n family protectors.naturally animal aggressive not human aggressive.require a lot of discipline and training as well as excercise.they need constant mind stimulation and physical challenge.to the lady that commented about the weights.pitbulls are natural pullers they can pull well over double there body weight and they like it.why do u think harnesses are not recommended when walking them…..because as so as u put it on they wanna pull.to everyone I am well aware of the power my dogs have please take the time to talk to pit owners when u see them walking there dogs instead of cowering and running to the other side of the sidewalk.I wouldnt take my dog out of he was a danger.also I think because pitbulls are not for amateurs I think people should be licensed to own one.too many people own them and have no clue what they require.



    1. Samantha says:

      Yes, other breeds who the fight owners “believe” can fight get thrown into the pit.
      Rotts, Dobies, Boxers….Unforetunately for all these dogs, they are being fought by people who’s main goal is money, drugs, and could give a damn about life human or animal….I am a Pit owner, weak – ass I am NOT…..Strong educated female, who handles animals every day, and even stronger men than you.

      1. melanie says:

        I as well am a pit owner as Samantha and I am anything but weak. I had a wonderful home to offer a dog and decided to choose a dog that more than likely wouldn’t get another chance besides me. I think until you visit Baltimore County Animal Control one day for yourself and see the damage humans do to innocent dogs….you would never understand that these problems with pitbull attacks are man made. PERIOD. Again…stop basing your uneducated comments off one or two bad experiences.

      2. Dawn Corson says:

        I applaud your efforts in taking up for the breed. I have 2 pits myself and they are very gentle. One is 4 and the other 1. My girls are the best and I wouldn’t want any other breed. You don’t hear of other breeds in the news! My daughter was attacked by a 1 yr old Sybiran Husky when she was 5! 88 stitches and 19 staples in her head and they had to reattach her ear so My family and I know first hand what this family is experiencing. May God be with this child! But don’t blame the WHOLE breed for it. IT’S THE OWNER NOT THE DOG!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. BARLEY CHABBOT says:


    3. Tyrone Washington says:

      Amen Brother!!!

    4. Dave says:

      You don’t hear about it because it Is not “catching news”. It happens all the time. Plus when the “pitbulls” attack they never show the dogs. Are they really all pitbulls. Pitbulls attacking makes interesting news.

    5. mike says:

      Yay. More ignorant comments from the morons and uneducated

    6. Anthony Edward says:

      Charley it’s obvious you only know very little about pit bulls or dogs for that matter. All those breeds you mention have biiten and killed people. How many pit bulls have you actually seen Charley? You would do well to stop posting out of ignorance and learn about dogs.

  7. Samantha Kearns says:

    I have been in the animal care field for a good number of years, with alot of that time spent in Baltimore City Animal control. I handled in those years very possible total upto 20,000 dogs, 98% Pitbull, I’ve been bitten by 6 dogs…..Not one a Pitbull

    1. jimm says:

      @ Samantha K., Well your not the normal person walking down the street, and wait you are in a controled enviroment, you have training and further more Animal Control what a joke, they only come out if they know it’s safe for them and that the dog is secured.

      1. Lauren says:

        @ Jimm I have had two pit bulls now…a 14 year old that was recently put down due to old age…and of all the people and animals he viciously attacked…oh wait there were NONE! I also now have a 4 month old pit bull puppy and she has not ONCE shown her teeth, growled, or had any aggressive tendencies towards people or my older 6 year old retriever-newfoundland mix. MY older dog is the one who growls and shows his teeth more. Until you have owned and raised a pit bull you have no right to judge the breed…the media is the one to blame here for placing fear into people….75% of the cases they report as being a pit bull attack were actually caused by dogs that were NOT a pit bull yet those reports wouldn’t get them ratings so they say it is a pit bull…look up that statistic. Also, a few years ago in Howard County two labs got loose and maimed a group of sheep…yet where was THAT report in the news?? It is unfair all the bad rap this breed gets yet every other dog that bites another animal or human it is glossed over or not even reported…spend a day with a pit bull and you will see how loving of a breed they are

    2. Dave says:

      Exactly…. Pitbulls may be animal aggressive and might have that in there blood like a pointer points. But aggressive towards humans would be the last thing bread into them… They have been part of the working group since day 1 and deal a lot with humans. These dogs were not trained or cared for properly

  8. Chalkie says:

    I love th how Rotties and shepards were put into this by the person up top. First of all both breeds are listed as very good family dogs. I have a 150 lb. rottie and he is a the most loveable dog I have ever had. They can be trained to be mean like shepards, but remember cops use labs also for police work. Any dog can be trained to be mean. Pit bulls were breed to be mean, and the breed should be destroyed sorry to say it. I know other countries have already banded these animals for good reasons. I just wish people would research before the comment. I feel bad for this little girl and hopes that she will be ok. She is in my prayers.

    1. Bamboochimp says:

      ok smarty, w/o doing a google search tell me and the rest oif the people here what pitts were bread for?…. then tell me all the other breads that were bread for the same thing 😉 i bet u cant do it because, well your just repeating what u have “heard” isntead of researching and formulating a opinion based on facts.

      I bet ur the type of person who doesnt vote for politicians , but complains how bad they are in office OR u base your vote on the smear campagins on TV or email.

      1. for serious? says:

        wow….you’re really not even literate, are you? You eat bread. You BREED dogs. Go back to grade school.

      2. bamboochimp says:

        lol@ the troll ok so in one of my many posts made from my phone i made a spelling/typing error, but i’m glad the only productive comment from this entire article is spelling. I also can clearly tell that you are “not even literate” , just like i am, by forgetting about the word “illiterate”. Not only that but how u used the word is clearly a semantic error, if you actually looked up the definition. Failed attempt at trolling

        P.S you do realize that this is the internet not one of the many 30-45 page thesis papers regarding signal transduction, endocrine, and other biological pathways that I have written

      3. ANGIE says:

        It absolutely breaks my heart that all the comments I’ve read have focused more on challenging each other about whether it’s a pit bull or american bulldog and how these dogs function. Maybe I missed something…? Amanda is 7yrs old, has been severely hurt and traumatized, 7yrs old. This is what is more important what type of dogs they were that tore this child apart, what you know about dogs, and what your dog does. WHAT ABOUT THAT BABY THAT IS SUFFERING? TALK ABOUT THAT, CAN YOU SEND SOME FLOWERS MAYBE SEND A GET WELL CARD, MAYBE PRAY FOR AMANDA AND HER FAMILY,CAN YOU AFFORD TO SEND THE FAMILY A DONATION? MAYBE RUNNING BACK AND FORTH TO THE HOSPITAL IS A CHALLENGE FOR THEM.EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS.

  9. j says:

    I don’t think it’s so much pit bulls are more likely to bite, but that their bites are more ferocious. Once they get a hold of you it’s hard to get them off.

  10. bernard lee says:

    Lets get real, Pittbulls are the victems of slective breeding by dogfighters. When they attack people (very often children) they are responding to what is now in their genes. Dog lovers who claim these dogs a not dangerous are ignoring the facts. Selecting breeding amplifies the attack tendencies in a dog and make them unfit for ownershiop as pets and particularly dangerous to children whose small stature tends to illicit the response. If you want to own a pitbull or any dog that has been selectively bred to fight it’s your choice but please, please protect your children.

  11. Jodina says:

    I don’t take walks anymore and especially with my grandchildren because so many people own these pit bulls. If pit bulls were eradicated, it would be a blessing for all involved. Just stop and think of the suffering that this child went through and for what! I hope her parents sue this dog owner and that the dog owner goes to jail.

    1. Staffordhshire Guardian says:

      Holy Moses! Did you just pray for the eradication of one of God’s creatures???? What kind of a person are you? I can’t believe you did that! What gives you the right, miss high & mighty to pray to God to murder his children? Oh what, because your soul is in a human body, you’re more important? What a complete lack of humanity! I am ashamed of you.

  12. lisa says:

    Last week I was bit by a dog at work. The dog left ~ 10 puncture wounds on my left hand. The dog also bit me on my right forearm. He held on to my arm and wouldn’t let go (the louder I screamed the, the tighter he held onto my arm). When he finally let go, a section of my skin was pulled up to the point where my muscle was showing (i’m going to have to undergo plastic surgery to repair my skin). The dog wasn’t a Pit bull or a Pit mix, he was a Labrador Retriever/Shepard mix.

    I pray that the physical and emotional wounds/scars will be minimal for this little girl. In my opinion, the focus needs not to be on the dogs, but on the irresponsible owners in this case.

  13. I hate Pitbulls says:

    A Collie is not going to rip your face off or take your hand off as it runs down the street looking for it’s next victim.

    1. Danielle Elyse Ricketts says:

      My neighbor’s collie actually went after the pit bulls to try to get them away from the girl!

      1. Anthony Edward says:

        Danielle if you’re are referring to the poor little girl in the story that would have been impossible since the dogs weren’t pitbulls. They were American Bulldogs.

    2. Anthony Edward says:

      if not properly trained they sure will. Your probllem is you buy into media hysterics. In this case the dogs weren’t even pit bulls. Of course the media downplayed the fact the orginal story was wrong. makes one wonder how many other times that mistake has been made. Something to think about before your next ditribe.

  14. Elsie says:

    I do not know if its ingrained or not but the nicest dog I ever met was a pitbull rescued by a neighbor. That said no one should be letting any breed of dog run around off the leash or be alone with any child.

  15. Herman Glimsher says:

    TRU DAT!!!!


  16. Irene says:

    OMG am I tired of hearing how pitbulls can only attack when you have a bad owner. All dogs can bite. Let’s get that one out of the way. All dogs do not have the potential to maul NO MATTER HOW BAD THE OWNER IS! That is the diffenence. If you need a perfect human (obviously none exist) to own these dogs, then maybe they shouldn’t be considered pets.

    1. Anthony Edward says:

      Irene no one said you had to be perfect. All dogs require training and without it any dog is capbable of biting and mauling. By the way the dogs in this story weren’t pit bulls.

    2. Staffordshire Guardian says:

      I know some people who shouldn’t be considered pet owners. If you can’t train your dog to behave, then you might want to consider skipping the whole parent thing, too. It doesn’t take a perfect person to own a pit bull, just a conscientious one. Seriously, the facts spewed by those people (shamefully) calling for the mass murder of a God’s creatures would be laughable if they weren’t so dangerous… and inaccurate. If you don’t have a put bull, then you can’t know SQUAT from personal experience but for what you heard happened to someone…. oh I know… read the post above where someone said you or someone you know were attacked by a supposedly sweet pit bull who just happened to freak out for no reason and get loose. right.

  17. Michelle Sathe says:

    So all pit bulls are bad? There are a few million in this country and very few attacks. I believe that line of thinking is called prejudice and bigotry, not to mention ignorant. As for eradicating the breed, I believe that’s called genocide. Why don’t you educate yourself by reading “Pit Bull Placebo” by Karen Delise or my book “Pit Stops: Crossing the Country with Loren the Rescue Bully”? Both contain the facts and statistics on what’s really going on with media representation of pit bulls, as well as why dogs attack. Big hint: It’s the human behind the dog. We should be focusing on the bad dog owners to correct the problem and enforce laws that will prevent any dog from being owned by someone who means to do it harm and create social problems such as dog bites.

  18. Michelle Sathe says:

    Anyone that would dismiss an animal control officer with years of experience and interaction with more than 20,000 dogs is obviously hell-bent on holding on to a misguided opinion, rather than hearing the truth.

    Go to a shelter sometime…it’s hardly a controlled environment. Oh and while you’re there, look into the eyes of the many wonderful, innocent bully breed dogs waiting for a second chance and tell them they should all die because of the horrible actions humans have bestowed upon them.

    Oh, don’t worry, they will most likely be killed anyway…because people like you believe the hype…and don’t judge animals as individuals, as all living creatures should be.

    BTW, I’m a journalist who has done extensive research on this topic. I am part of the media…and I’m ashamed of what many of my brethren has done to these dogs.

  19. cHARMcity says:

    really people… im sad for the girl… but bottom line.. watch your kids… stay outside while they are out.. leaving them on the porch, steps or stoop with the door open is not watching your kids. If this dog was a neighborhood terrorist why wasnt the proper authorities been called to these people house??? why did it have to come to this?? MD needs a law to protect innocent kids from these lazy owners of this dog breed… stop these kids on the street and ask for there pitbull papers or something… i think its the guardians fault just as well… if that was me… the dog wouldve been in the ER in the bed next to my child…. im just saying.

    1. Michelle Sathe says:

      Yes, CharmCity. There was no mention of how the attack came to be. Where were the parents? And what conditions were the dogs kept under? And who identifed them as pit bulls?

      This is an all too common scenario. Look at any dog attack and it’s usually a combination of unsocialized/chained dog, plus an unsupervised child.

      I sincerely pray for the little girl’s full recovery. None of this is her fault.

      1. Joe says:

        How stupid are you? What would this childs parents have done if this dog had charged, stepped in and been a victim themselves? Idiots like you are the reason it’s illegal to carry a firearm for protection but say it’s my fault if um robbed on the street or my child is mauled by another type of animal. Get a grip on reality. Many states allow insurance companies to deny homeowners insurance to anyone that has this type of beast in their home. Why, becaus research shows prove that if they decide to attack, they do so without warning and fear. Don’t blame the parents of the child, blame idiots idiots like the other people on here that think that this breed is anything other than a well designed killing machine.

      2. Daisy Elizabeth Wilson says:

        I agree. I work with animals everyday. I am a groomer and the dogs that I get bit by the most are chihuahuas and smaller terrier type dogs. Yes pits have a bad rep. Most of it boils down to socialization and what the owners are using the dog for. I am from Maryland and due to the violence and robberies, a lot of people get these dogs for protection and guarding their homes. Others get them for fighting. So it does come down to the owners and the way these animals are treated. This child could have been with her parents walking down the street when she was attacked. We don’t know otherwise. With animals getting into a fight we have to use an air horn to break it up because the sound is loud and startles the dog. It is a possibility that it might not work. Anyone who gets in the middle has a chance of being attacked as well. If this dog/ dogs were that vicious others could have been hurt too. You can’t blame the parents because you don’t know if they were there when it happened.
        For Joe….. you have a fear of these animals. That is why you are so upset. You can’t fear every animal you come in contact with. Remember these animals feed off of how you react around them. If you are scared the dog freaks out because it is very unsure of the situation. This is probably why you were attacked. These animals are very timid dogs anyway. The slightest bit of fear or being unsure they freak out. I have researched a lot of breeds and this is one breed that I was very curious about due to the bad rep they have. So really just read up the breed before you condemn all the dogs.

    2. cHARMcity says:

      Joe… everyone knows how to stop a dog from an attack… once you attack the dog the dog will let her go and attack you…. dumb@ss… if that was my child… I THINK I WOULDVE SACRIFICED MY OWN SAFETY TO SAVE MY CHILD… i bet everyone stood around screaming, crying, instead of putting their own life in danger…. also, im not saying a gun… anyone couldve grabbed a knife, shovel, hammer, any house hold item to beat the hell outta this dog…. from your comment I see you wouldve been one of those idiots just standing around or peeking outta your door… some MAN.

      1. Daisy Elizabeth Wilson says:

        Charm City I like that you are protecting the child and that is true if people were just standing around but we don’t know what really happened and a lot of people are speculating. All we know is that she was attacked by a pitbull / pitbulls. I am in the same boat with you. If this was my child I would have risked my life to save hers. There could have been many ways this played out. We are not sure of the whole story.

      2. Joe says:

        Daisy, how do you tell me that it’s my job not to show fear around these animals? More importantly, how do you tell a three year old not to be scared? There you go again, telling eeryone it’s their job to do something. Trust me, if the dog comes near me or mine, we won’t have to ask would it have attacked. Now, take your children to head start so that I can get some use out of my tax dollars.

    3. Anthony Edward says:

      First the dogs in this case were not pit bulls so youe your pit bull papers solution wouldn’t have worked. That’s the problem with sterotyping and bigotry. If you take the concept and revise it to be any dog that haa shown aggressive tendacies it might work better.

  20. Michelle Sathe says:

    Oh, I’m also the proud owner of two bully breed dogs and volunteer at rescues where my favorite dogs are bully breeds. Like the ACO, the only dogs who have ever bit me were not pit bulls…but a little terrier and an older Shepherd mix.

  21. smh says:

    Damn you Micheal Vick… ever since that.. pitbulls have had a bad rep.. smh

    1. bill says:

      dont blame vick for this . they had bad raps before he even came into the pic. so lay off. not saying i agree with what he did. but the bully breed has had a bad rap for many yrs now because of people like him.

  22. Bamboochimp says:

    Pitbulls are the least of everyones worries. I would focus on the education system, then pomeranian attacks. 😉 on a side note statistically 77% of reported dog bites are family/friends of the dog owners. So all the people who hate and fear pitbulls, just stay away from pitbull owners and u should statisically be safe

    Pomeranian Kills 6-Week-Old Girl
    September 21, 2001

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A small Pomeranian dog killed a 6-week-old baby while the infant’s caretaker briefly left the child unattended to warm a bottle of milk, authorities said.

    The relative, who was caring for the infant girl, found her head buried in the dog’s mouth Saturday night, sheriff’s Deputy Cruz Solis said. The girl died of head trauma at an area hospital, he said.

    The baby’s name was withheld because her parents were out of the country and had not been notified, Solis said.

    The relative has not been charged. Animal control officers took the dog.

    Pomeranians are a breed of miniature canines that have a foxlike face, pointy ears and long, fluffy hair. The deputy said Pomeranian attacks are rare.

    “Obviously it doesn’t take much to kill a 6-week old baby but it’s not something that happens with that breed,” Solis said.

    Copyright 2000 Associated Press.

    1. Bamboochimp says:

      I love the last line “Obviously it doesn’t take much to kill a 6-week old baby but it’s not something that happens with that breed,” Solis said. ” are they down playing the fact that a small dog killed a child by saying how easy it is for a baby to die? I bet if it was a pitbull or german shep. this downplaying would not have happen :-0

  23. Bamboochimp says:

    also if you want to take the time try do look up dog bite headlines via search engine and count how many pitbull attack headlines use the word “viciously & mawled” vs other breeds headlines that use words such as ” accidently” “playfully” etc… the media gets its highest ratings for headlines that allude to “uncontrollable” events, because as humans we have a fear of uncetainity… and if u dont think that is true then why has man craeted Math, science, and even religion…. all used to explain uncontrolable events in order to alleviate the fear of the unknown

    1. Bamboochimp says:

      1) Boy Recovering from Dog Bites ( Breed Lab mix)

      2) Dog Bites 75-Year-Old Man (Breed= Mastif)

      3) Florida Dachshund bites trick-or-treater, age 3

      4) Miniature Dachshund Bites Off Sleeping Woman’s Big Toe
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` Pitbull head lines

      1) Baby Mauled and Killed by Pit Bull
      2) 7-Day-Old Fla. Infant Fatally Mauled by Pit Bull
      3)Woman, 85, Mauled By Pit Bull In Moreno Valley « CBS Los Angeles
      4)Pit bull mauls 3-year-old Brooklyn boy, sending him to the hospital

      get the point?

      1. Daisy Elizabeth Wilson says:

        I love that you posted these. I am so glad that someone else sees the affect of the media. It is all dogs and other animals. They all are not just pits. Thank you. these people only see the headlines they want to see. If someone uses the words “Mauled” Or “Vicious” people are more likely to read it. Unfortunately it is on certain breeds that people fear the most. Please people do your research. This is likely to happen with “ANY” Breed.

  24. Ramarro L. Smith says:

    Pitbulls by their very breeding purpose are vicious attack animals and should be outlawed in all communities for the safety of our citizens.

    1. lillian h says:

      smith, what do you mean by their very breeding purposes? pitbulls are a mixed breed so you would have to outlaw all the other breeds that it is mixed with, because it is not a specific breed. dogs are turned vicious by their owners, not born that way, because guess what a bordercollie mixed with a staffordshire terrier is a pitbull, so the border collie and the terrire should be outlawed?? do some research before you speak up on a topic that you clearly don’t seem to understand.

  25. Michelle Sathe says:

    Actually, pit bulls were originally bred to be aggressive towards other animals and dogs. They are known to be highly loyal and non-aggressive to humans. At one time, they were called Nanny Dogs because of how much they could be trusted to take care of children. Ironically, one of the reasons dog fighters love pit bulls is because they can train them to kill other dogs and yet never inflict a bite on them or any of the humans involved while fighting. Do your research, Ramarro, before making such a dangerous and untrue claim.

    1. Tyrone Washington says:

      Those pits were totally no aggressive towards that 7 year old girl weren’t they Michelle?

      1. Michelle Sathe says:

        I pray for that little girl. This was in no way her fault.

        However, once more is revealed about the attack, I will bet that:

        a. These dogs probably were chained, unsocialized or trained to be aggressive
        b. The parents or adults involved did not practice the proper safety precautions that should be followed around any dog and child interaction
        c. These dogs probably aren’t straight pit bulls but a mixed breed.

        Tyrone, you have to look at the big picture…and do your research…this is a tragic isolated incident. Look at this report: “The CDC does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic. Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. These bites result in approximately 16 fatalities; about 0.0002 percent of the total number of people bitten. These relatively few fatalities offer the only available information about breeds involved in dog bites. There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.”

      2. Loves My Pitbull says:

        If you actually do your research you would find out that in this country 1,100 children die each year at the hands of a parent or caretaker, which equals to THREE children each DAY! Annually, only seven children a year die from dog attacks (Yeah, DOG attacks, not PIT BULL attacks!). So I guess that since children are dying at such an alarming rate in this country due to the negligence of their parents, we shouldn’t allow people to have children anymore? Just saying… the ignorance is bountiful on this page.

      3. JQP says:

        really? still? you still don’t get that this child WASN’T ATTACKED BY PIT BULLS!!! they were American bull dogs… shut up already!

    2. bamboochimp says:

      not exactly true michellle,

      Pitbulls were bred for the purpose of herding and gaming, much like all the other breeds of dogs from the European region. It wasnt until the the folks in Ireland started to use various Terrier and Bull dog mixes for dog fighting & trading the breed for bear baiting that the breed got the image they do now.

  26. Bamboochimp says:

    from a 25 yr study done by the CDC with respect to dog bites “it does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic. Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. These bites result in approximately 16 fatalities; about 0.0002 percent of the total number of people bitten. These relatively few fatalities offer the only available information about breeds involved in dog bites. There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.”

  27. Bamboochimp says:

    fact is that most dog bites are not recorded or reported due to the way the health care system works. If a pt walks into the E.R. for a dog bite, the E.R. reports it as a dog bite ( what is actually submitted to gov agencies) as well juts a dog bite w/o the context of the bite. Could be owner was being robbed and dog protect owner to child was trying to remove dog bone from dog’s mouth. It doesnt matter to health care. Just happens that pittbulls are involved with 1/3 of the .0002% fatal bites a VERY VERY SMALL % if u ask me

  28. Realityck says:

    These dogs should be banned. I am sick of hearing that you can train it out of them. They were bred for this reason. Stop humanizing a dog. Al of them have a purpose. I have a 2,000 dollar retriever with the finest breeding you can find. Good luck not getting him to retrieve. And good luck trying to keep your pit bull from eating your head off.

    1. Bamboochimp says:

      why would u pay $2,000 on a dog that was prob bred in a puppy mill type of environment when there are tons of dogs available from private sales and/or shelters? I guess u just wanted the papers and to fulfill ur ego by plugging in that u spent $2,000 on a dog.

      p.s. if u reply back making a comment about having money, there is a big difference of being rich and wealthy. There is a reason why Warren Buffett still lives in the same house (<$100k) he bought when he got married

  29. jeter says:

    PITBULLS are NOT naturally aggressive dogs!! That is the BIGGEST stereotype..there are MANY other breeds that are more aggressive then Pitbulls…all you have to do is love that dog same way you would any other, ask people who own them and 99.9% love them…abuse will negatively effect pretty much every animal and type of dog, its not the Pitbulls fault that abusing them is in style for some people…so calm down with the ignorant bashing.

  30. Court says:

    It is NOT the breed it’s the way they are raised! My friend has a 2 year old pitbull and a 3 year old son who pulls on its tail, bites the dog, and climbs all over him the dog has NEVER gotten aggressive towards her little boy. It could of been ANY breed of dog that did this and you would still blame the dog…. this little didn’t deserve this but before you blame the dog and say they should be put to sleep why not see how the owner treated the dog?

  31. Valerie says:

    You know how they say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people?” Same thing applies with with pets. If the owners of the dogs were watching them, it wouldn’t have happened. All dogs are dangerous. Small dogs are just as guilty of biting, just the bites aren’t severe enough to make it to the Emergency Room and the owners don’t think anything of it. If the bite never gets reported, then it never makes the statistics. And it really does come down to ownership. Proper training and supervision of dogs would probably prevent 95% of bites.

  32. Ben says:

    Even pit bulls bred to fight are bred to fight other dogs, not people. If they attack people as they’re separating them, those dogs don’t stay in the breeding pool. They’re not bred to fight/attack people. They’re not a guard dog breed. Dogs bred for guarding people are rotties, dobermans, german shepherds. Not pits.

  33. Jessi says:

    Any breed of dog is capable of doing this, not just Pit Bulls. Historically they were raised to fight bulls in place of toriadors, however, if taunted, or aggravated any breed of dog could bite. It’s very sad what happened to this little girl, and the owners should be held responsible.

  34. PJ Standson, Philly PA says:

    Everytime there is a PIT BULL attack it’s in the papers, studies/reviews of media coverage show that when it’s a lab, etc it’s buried on page 8 or 10. I have a page ripped out from the CHicago Tribune when I was visiting relatives over CHristmas. Little boy attacked by dog, in hospital, etc….the last line said it was a lab. if it were a Pit bull, that would have been on the front page and it would have been “PIT BULL” not “DOG”. When it’s a Pit bull that does something, everyone sees (often incorrectly) a pit bull….when it’s any other dog, it’s just a ‘dog’. Sound familiar?

  35. Bababooey says:

    They have to put those dogs down. Period. And, the owners should be charged with negligence and, then cover the bills..

  36. Doug says:

    The dogs’ owner should be held 100% responsible and jailed

  37. kelley says:

    poor baby. I pray this little girl pulls through this horrific ordeal. I’m sorry but people should not be able to have these dogs in city limits. Something needs to be done. This happens way tooo many times.

    1. bamboochimp says:

      yea cuz 1/3 of the 0.0002% fatal dog bites , out of the the 47million reported dog bites per year,( numbers are from the CDC) are related to pitbulls.. obviously it happens to often 😉 lol u have a better chance of winning the megamillions than being killed by a pitbull…. It only appears to happen more often because the media survives and thrives off fear from misinformed and stupid lazy people who don’t take the time to educate themselves..

      Lets be realistic, do u watch and read the news because little jimmy got an A in math or because a hurricane, tsunami, or vicious pitbull attacks are occurring?

  38. Jen Riley says:

    Dundalk is the place to be. My lab was attacked last week by a stray pit bull. My husband hit it over the head several times with a club before it let go of my lab’s face. Wonder if this was the same dog? Animal control nor the police could help because a person was not bit. Now look……………..BTW, my lab was placed on antibiotics and is doing well.

  39. Lisa says:

    Anyone blaming the dogs is seriously ignorant. Not only is each breed unique but each dog is unique. The APBT breed has been terribly corrupted by HUMANS!! They are not naturally mean, hell little dogs bite more than they do. I have owned and worked with this breed for many many years and any issues have always led back to the owners. There are A LOT of dog bite attacks but the media always seems to focus on APBTs because of their strength.

    Its people like on here who leave comments blaming the breed that makes me like animals more than humans. All of you that do that, I hope one day you come out of your ignorant haze and learn to understand instead of condemning cause you make me sick!

  40. will says:

    I’m not so certain it’s because the way the owners raised the pitbulls. These dogs act violent when irritated. My neighbors have 3 well raised pitbulls. They even bring them in from the cages each night. They are very quiet and strong, however one evening my little girl was playing in our backyard while my neighbor was walking one of them to the pen without a leash. When the dog noticed my little girl running in the backyard he ran from his owner into our yard and knocked my daughter to the ground. I chased the dog away but I have to think if I hadn’t been there it would have been a lot worse. To this day that was the only form of aggression from any of the three and I still don’t trust any pitbull. They seem to attack young kids a lot.

  41. Come on people seriously any type of breed can be dangerous. But thats not the point this little girl was attacked n now she is in the hospital fighting. This poor little girl does not need to be going through this she should be at home with her family n playing with her toys n friends not laying in a hospital bed. So to all just stop n think about this little girl n her family. I am going to keep this little girl n her family in my prayers n everyone else should do the same.

  42. Will says:

    Ironically people whom raise lions and tigers say the same thing until one kills a loved one then they realize it was just stupid to take the risk in the first place. I watched it over and over on the animal planet’s fatal attractions. Every one of them thought if you show the animal love he will never turn on you but at some point that animals natural instincts will prevail.

    1. Staffordshire Guardian says:

      not so much, this is what anyone with half a brain says about animals…. they are incapable of reason, and are therefore still subject to their instinctive nature, and in light of this fact, should be respected, not poked, or treated like a rag-doll or teased… p.s. the same applies to some people, as well.

  43. Zoom says:

    This breed needs to be exterminated and the owners ALL need to be jailed. I worked for DC animal control in the 90s and we were putting down 6-10 pits everyday. We need to go back to that.

    1. lisa says:

      People like you should be exterminated.

  44. Tony Solesky says:

    . “All dogs bite” They don’t all maul. Pit Bulls make the news because it is a mauling incident. If you treat any breed wrong it still will be limited to be as dangerous as the limits of its breed. A Gordon Setter can never be as dangerous as a Pit Bull if both are equally mistreated. At the same time both can be equally nice ,so comparatively how is the down side worth it?. You need to focus on the reality that some breeds just don’t adapt well to poor treatment, Pit Bulls number on among them. Why have them ? You can’t identify breed as a facter in being the nicest ever and then dismiss breed when they are bad. I did not see one Pit Bull on the search and rescue teams in Japan, Not one. Any idea why that is?? Because their bad ass breed aptitude (gaurd value) to their intelligence ratio is exceeded by more balanced breeds. That is to say a German Sheperd , Rotts (the # 2killer but far behind pits) and dobermans where breed by the Germans who made sure to make them as smart as they are dangerous. They are multi taskers, Pits are one dimensional Terriers. Smart yes but nowhere near as smart as they are dangerous. This is not a balanced breed standard.

  45. Elizabeth Barnhart says:

    Ok, I would NOT own a pit just because of the way 80% of them will and do attack someone or bite someone at point and time. BUT I will say and anyone who is stupid enough to say different shouldn’t have a dog at all, any dog can do this… dogs are just that dogs animals. We have a doberman he is a huge baby and would never hurt one of us but he would help one of us and would probably attack if need be and he hates people with hats on for some reason. Just for safety reasons when kids are over we either have him gated in another room or in his crate because he is a little skittish with kids ( we rescued him you have to be a SMART owner.
    I am not sure pittbulls should even be bread anymore.To many kids are being hurt.

    1. Zimmm says:

      Funny how every single pitbull that played Petie the pit in the little rascals refrained from “mauling” any of their co-stars. It’s almost as if their “innate viciousness” is all media hype!

  46. mike says:

    You can’t blame the breed for a few bad ones. The breed itself isn’t bad AT ALL. I’ve had a pit for 2 years now with 6 Kids and he is nothing but gentle and loving and protective. So blame the deed not the breed..

    1. Realityck says:

      6 kids and all the madness they create and a pit bull? Promise to make a public statement when it’s your kids hat are eaten by your dog. They are going to do something to startle or irritate your dog. Its response will likely not be pretty. 6 kids in a house with an aggressive dog and you think that’s ok? Guess next your kids won’t wear their seatbelt because you’re an excellent driver or a helmet because you’ve never wrecked your motorcycle. Why not light up a smoke since cancer doesnt run in your family.

      1. Loves My Pitbull says:

        I think that if his kids “hat” is eaten by his dog, then that doesn’t merit a huge news report. I didn’t see anywhere in MIke’s post where he stated that his dog was “aggressive” and I”m pretty sure you have never met Mike, Mike’s kids or Mike’s dog, so how can you ASSume that his dog is “aggressive” simply because s/he is a pitbull? That’s like saying that all black people are criminals because a few make the news for committing crimes… or like saying that all white people are out to scam people for their money because Bernie Madoff scammed a few people out of their money… or like saying that all mexican/hispanic people are in gangs because of the huge number of hispanic gangs in Southern California… it’s ignorant to group one particular race of people under a “stereotype” simply because of the acts of a few, just as it is completely IGNORANT to stereotype pitbulls as “aggressive” or “killers” simply because a few irresponsible owners dont know how to properly train their dogs. ANY dog with teeth will bite when provoked. I was bit by my dad’s beagle when I was little, so does that mean that all beagles are “aggressive”?

  47. Mo says:

    PIt Bulls are by far the most commonly owned dog in this area. Because of the sheer number of them owned it seems like they are the only reported bites. I have known many that I would trust with my life but if they DO bite their anatomy makes for a lot of damage. Powerful jaws!

  48. more problems says:

    I really agree with some of these comments pitbulls are very vicious what about the family in south baltimore that raised a baby bitbull to become full grown they left their 2year old alone for a few seconds with the dog and he attacked her so bad that poor child died sorry to say they need to ban all pitbulls and have them put to sleep! I’m praying for this little girls recovery!

    1. JQP says:

      wow… your story sounds like every other story… even down to the fact that it’s something you HEARD, you weren’t there and you don’t have all the facts. jeeeez!

  49. Mary says:

    If you own a pittbull, you can never predict the behavior of such breed. Whether it is the owner who trains them or just simply own as a pet, you better have an insurance policy that covers liability. I was a home study worker at one time and we could not approve prospective foster/adoptive parents if they own dogs that are known to be vicious or aggressive. We could not take a chance on our children who are in foster care. So if you want to own one, you better have an insurance policy that covers just in case. I hope the girl’s family sue big time. It reminds me of the chimp that attacked the owner’s friend once and what did she do, she sued big time

  50. Ken says:

    Pit Bull…need I say more?

    1. Lisa says:

      Perhaps you should considering they were NOT APBTs. And while you are at it, why dont you educate yourself a bit.

  51. tcorvin says:

    i agree those dogs should be put to sleep and my prayers and thoughts goes out to the little girl and family.dont bash pitbulls cause its all how u raise them it could have been any breed of dog or what not. my pitbull is almost 3 and she is the most amazing pitbull that i have ever had.i trust my dog with my life. also i do agree and think that the dog owners should be charged because they have made those dogs aggressive in someway shape or form.

    1. Conerned Citizen (Theresa M) says:

      Hello everyone,
      I think that first we should all be worried about the little girl and all she is going through and will have to endure. I believe it is the responsibility of all of us we need to talk to the politicians to change the laws on ownership of these dogs. And before you ask yes I am writing to the mayor of baltimore. I wish everyone a happy and Blessed day.

  52. pasfd says:

    I love how people can just bad talk the breed just because dogs of that breed have attacked, just like other breeds attack. There are people in this world that kill, so are we going to destroy all humans? Are all people bad just because people kill? No, we are not all bad & we wont all kill just because some of our kind do. Pyscologist will tell you that most killers or people who are violent were raised in that enviroment or had something bad trigger their bad bahavior. Dogs are the same way. If they are brought up in a good enviroment & are raised to be lovable then they wil bel. All dogs can attack or bite people. The way dogs are raised & the enviroment they are brought up in play a big role in how they act or if they will be aggresive. When I was younger I was bit by two dogs & neither of them were pits. Also, if police are going in to a house or any one for that matter with any type of breed & the dog is protective they might attack them because they will feel threatened. If someoe tryed to break in my house it wouldnt be the pit that you would have to worry about, it would be our shepard. Nether would hurt anyone if they came in with family & the dogs didnt feel threatened. We also have three kids in the house with our pit & for the comment above about child endangerment & accident waiting to happen… & the r u sure comment… well no one can see the future & no one can be sure of anything. I cant swear that I know our dog will never attack anyone just like you cant swear that no one that is around your children will ever hurt them or any dogs around them. No one can see the future or predict everything in life, so I wont say im sure but I can tell you that I wont fear for anyones life that comes around our pits because I know that she is not aggresive & the most she would do is lick you & try to lay on your lap. The owner is getting charges in this article because the owner is at fault. & yes I do think that the pits that attacked the little girl should be put down because they are obviously aggresive but that does not mean that all pits are bad & aggresive & they should all be destroyed. I will pray for this little girl & her family.

  53. Dnice says:

    The main thing in this situation is the the well being of this little girl. This is what the article is about right? She could be your sister, cousin, niece, friend, etc. It dosen’t matter how the dogs got out, they just did which means they were not properly restrained, therefore they should be put down. The owners should have to pay out the ass for this childs medical bills as well as pain and suffering. If you can not properly restrain your animals you don’t need them. Our children should be able to do the simple things like ride their bikes, skip, jump rope and play tag outside freely without the fear of being mulled a neighbors animal.

    1. T says:


      I agree, this girls’ life is and has forever changed. The things that she would normally do such as riding bikes, jumping rope, etc. have been marred by the fear of an attack.

      If the parents’ would’ve taken matters in to their own hands and eliminated these harmless pit bulls, I’m sure PETA, SPCA, or other animal groups/advocates would’ve been on their soap box complaining about how unfair their actions were. But, it’s ok for them to attack a child!

  54. BC says:

    As a paent I can’t imagine what her parents are going through, this poor child will have scars for life, FOR LIFE. These stupid dogs mean nothing against a human life. PIT OWNERS: what would you do or say and who would you blame if this was your child. I grew up in a home with 2 pits, and they were both put to sleep becuase both attacked my step dad, the man who loved and raised them. I’m just saying, no matter how loving the home, these dogs are viscious and there should be laws against having these dogs in the city or any neighboorhood, maybe they need to have muzzles on if outside, something. My heart and prayers go out to that little girl, this will change her forever.

  55. pasfd says:

    BC- If it was my child I would blame the owner & the dogs that did it since they are solely responsible. I would not blame the breed & I would believe that the dog was raised that way & brought up to be aggresive. The same as I would feel if a person hurt my child… I would not blame the color of the persons skin & say we should destroy all of that color. I would blame the person(s) solely responsible.

  56. Brandy Whitlock says:

    There was a time when German Shepherds were villified in the news – Rottweilers and Dobermans, too. These days, it’s Pit Bulls, and often people don’t know the actual breed of a dog that’s attacked someone, but they call it a Pit Bull regardless. They see a short-haired dog with a big head and muscular body, and they assume it’s a Pit (http://www.bulladelphia.org/understandabull_findthepitbull.aspx). With as many Pit Bulls and Pit-type dogs as we have in and around Baltimore, and as many uninformed and neglectful and abusive owners, it’s a wonder there aren’t more incidents. No other breed of dog has been more abused by humans, yet we continue to villify them. Still, so many live full and happy and gentle lives. They make excellent search and rescue dogs (http://www.forpitssake.org/), as well as therapy dogs (http://www.ourpack.org/therapy.html). In the earlier part of last century, they were family work dogs that pulled carts and looked after children (remember Petey, from The Little Rascals? Pit Bull. The RCA dog? Pit Bull. Stubby, the U.S. Mascot and a decorated veteran from WWI and the first mascot of Georgetown U? Pittie.) Many, many Pits have passed the Good Canine Citizenship test, including dogs rescued from horrific conditions, like dog-fighting rings. Pit Bulls from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting enterprise now visit elementary schools and help us teach children about proper dog ownership (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6884146n). It really isn’t the breed that’s the problem. If we ban Pit Bulls, cruel people will just find another breed to abuse. It is truly terrible what happened to this little girl in Baltimore. My heart breaks for her and for her family. It also breaks for all of the Pit Bulls that get a bad rap for what people have done and continue to do to them.

    1. Brandy Whitlock says:

      Update: ABC just reported that the dogs that attacked this little girl were NOT Pit Bulls, but American Bull Dogs. I bet most media outlets will continue to misrepresent these dogs as Pit Bulls, though.

  57. from the shore says:

    I hate to say it but stereotypes are based it something. If I said black people are faster runners what would you say? I think in history we have seen that the worlds best sprinters are black. If we had a high number of “vicious” attacks by by collies it would become news and would become accepted as reality that Collies were dangerous. Pitbulls are very powerful dogs an attack by one or two can be fatal because the amount damage they can inflict. I think I could punt a collie if I had to but I have been around Pitbulls and they are all muscle. Did every notice that people don’t dogfight poodles? WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? Pitbulls are also a symbol. Did avery see a Hip Hop video where the guy was walking a Pomeraniian? There is a tie between inner city and hip hop. There is also a tie between inner city and poverty and crime. Connect the dots. Not all Pitbull owners are low income criminal types but there are a lot of them. The next time your in a low income area near your home and you see a repeat offender walking a puppy take note of the type it is. I’ll bet it is a Pitbull.

  58. T says:

    I pray that this little girl makes it through. This vicious attack wasn’t brought on by anything the girl did (from all appearances). She will have a long road to recovery and hopefully some normalcy in her life. If anyone thinks that a DOG is above a human life, then, you are sadly mistaken.

  59. SMH says:

    Sheesh, A little girl is hurt, The pitbulls should not have been able to get loose. That is on the owner. There is a leash law. Regardless of the kind of dog it was, this little girl is scarred for life and is suffering as is her family. I hope they are not reading this discussion board! And if they are, my thoughts and prayers are with your daughter and your family for a quick recovery!

  60. MPB says:

    These same two dogs escaped in the fall of last year. Both dogs were running around free and loose. I called the police to report them being out like that. My neice and I were walking to my house and both dogs were right across the streeet from me, they looked and then turned and walked away.

    I feel the dogs should be taken from the owners and the owners should definitely be sued. I hear the dogs were left unattend in the yard for the entire day on late Friday and all day on Saturday.

  61. marian says:

    the heck with the dogs. just pray for that little girl and when she recovers the help shes going to need to at least ease her feelings of ALL dogs no mater what breed. stop getting off the subject WHICH IS THIS CHILD. one thing i always say when someone asks, “does your dog bite?’. i always say, “she/he has teeth and as for biting she/he hasn’t but thats not saying she/he won’t.”

  62. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    The talk on this thread should be about the little girl who went through a traumatic experience & may never be the same physically or emotionally. If all of you Bow-wow owners out there care so much, you should be visiting & calling the hospital to see if there is anything the little one needs. How about donating blood for starters instead of depositing just sweat & venom on this site. Frankly, the dogs should be put down & the owners made liable for all medical & rehab expenses. I would also like to see a councilman with some balls introduce a bill banning all pit bulls in the county & city of Baltimore.

    1. lillian h says:

      and you are so anti pitbull, have you called to offer the family financial support? did you already donate blood? have you sent flowers to the hospital? you can’t ban a breed because the owners are irresponsible and don’t spay or neuter their dogs, thinking that banning a breed will change the fact that dogs that are improperly socialized and mistreated will only be aggressive if they are pitbulls is a bit naive. so if chihuahas make the news for being the most reported dog bite to child after being in the ER because a chihuaha bit them, them soon chihuahas will be banned, and in europe many rottweilers have bitten adults and children, so then rottweilers will be banned, look at the bigger picture, these are all different breeds and sizes and all do the same thing BITE, therefor it comes down to respponsible owners, aggression is not breed specific.

  63. from the shore says:

    Yes owners should be held responsible for their pets. However, I think if my neighbor had a grizzly bear and he keeps real good tabs on it most of the time it doesn’t make the animal any less dangerous. The dogs did the attacking!!!! Yes the owners suck but if the dogs weren’t dangerous and did not maul children we wouldn’t being talking about this. I let my cat out all the time and he has never hurt anyone. Even if the these dogs were very well watched and the mailman accidentally let them out they are still a danger. The owner can be perfect but the dogs are still dangerous.

  64. Betsy Kurtz Nunn says:

    Wow, I am appalled at the ignorance here on both sides of the argument! Each is very passionate about their side but the reality is, both are right on SOME level. I have been rescuing pitbulls for over 10yrs. Some are the sweetest, most docile, easily trained dogs in the world and others are POTENTIALLY dangerous with other dogs if not trained by a VERY strong hand. That said, pitbulls are NOT bred to attack people and a dog of ANY breed who bites people has been mistreated, abused or improperly led to be human aggressive. Lots of these dogs in inner city Baltimore are wired wrong from improper breeding and horrific conditions. I have 2 small children whose lives I would trust implicitly with my pitty. Now my English bulldog on the other hand…..he’s a different story.
    Bottom line, God be with that poor little girl. Her scars will run far deeper than the ones on her face.

    1. Tomz says:

      Betsy, Most of these attacks take place in the inner city or the outskirts such as Middle River which might as well be the inner city & Essex. My take is this, eliminate all pit bulls & you won’t have to deal with this problem again. You can love your snake but the &^%$# slithery prick one day will bite your ass & the same for an alligator or Shepard / Rottweiler/ Doberman.

  65. donna says:

    no matter what kind of dog you have,you need to be responsible.im more afraid of dobermans,who every time i see one snarl and growl,than a pitbul.and really im afraid of any dog i dont know because you dont know its background.

  66. Lynda Knight says:

    Pitbulls are miss judged, just like alot of things in life.The dog is raised the way it acts. All dogs need training. I have both a Pit Bull and A 3lb yorkie and beleive me you better watch out becasue that Yorkie will bite you but not the Pit. I used to think like alot of people on here about how bad they are, until my son brough a baby Pit home and now she is 2 years old and she is my dog. She is wonderful . She plays with my 4 year old grandson who I would not let anything harm him. She is just s wonderful dog. It is all on how they are raised.

  67. Stephanie says:

    Dog Lover,
    All dogs have the potential to attack if they are not trained well, and treated well, and cared for in a manner that lets them know where they are in their place. I have a german shepard and I was afraid of her when she was about 6 months old because she would jump at me. I got a personal trainer to work with us and now she is obedient, loving and my shadow and she is 4 years old. And she plays with my 18 month old granddaughter and lets her pull her around. I have been around Chiwawas that bit at anyone including their owners. Dogs are animals and living with an animal means respecting their personalities and their instincts. Sometimes people put their dogs where they shouldn’t be, especially where there are children playing. They sometimes don’t know the difference and will get excited.

  68. Lynn says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the little girl and her family. WJZ should check their facts – it was two American Bulldogs that attacked the little girl. That being said, I agree that breeding and raising a dog play a huge part in how a dog reacts around people. I am so tired of irresponsible pet owners. For the most part it is the owners that cause these horrific situations. I don’t have anything against pitbulls when they are bred and raised correctly. However, we know that dog fighting is a huge problem in cities – Baltimore being one of them. And what breed do these monstors use for these inhumane dog fights – mostly pitbulls. So when one of these dogs does get out what do they do – exactly what they were bred and raised to do. If we had harsher punishments, more education and laws to help stop people who raise animals this way maybe we could help get this breed (and others like it) back to doing what they were originally bred for(not fighting).

    1. petfriend says:

      well said Lynn.

  69. Leonard says:

    You honestly can’t accurately blanket a breed of dogs with any statement as far as temperament because there will always be acceptations. My sister was attacked by a St Bernard when she was about 3 years old. They are supposed to be docile. No matter what the breed there are common traits and then there are individual characteristics with each individual animal. I’ve been attacked by what I call “ankle biters” 3 times in my life and they drew blood. I’ve been attacked by a German Sheppard, all unprovoked by my point of view but these dogs saw me as a threat to their owner in the case of the ankle biters and territory in the case of the German Sheppard as I rode my moped past his house in the middle of the street I might add.
    People like dogs are subject to “pack mentality” mild mannered people are more likely to act out of character in the midst of a rowdy crowd misbehaving. Dogs can do the same thing in numbers. Maybe the dog who established itself as “Alpha” may have attacked own its own where the second dog may have opted to make friends with the little girl if it were by itself. There are recessive instincts born into domesticated dogs passed down from their common wild ancestry. All dogs can pose danger to humans. Bigger breeds by their size and power, smaller breeds can be ferocious as well and a well placed bite from any dog big or small can kill a person.

  70. Irene says:

    If pitbulls only attack because of a bad dog owner, does that mean you would leave an infant in a cage with a well trained lion or tiger?

    It’s horrible what happened to this girl. Let’s not lose focus on that.
    I pray that she recovers quickly and can get back to normal life doing what all children do and have the right to do- play safely in their neighborhood.

  71. Irene says:

    pitbulls only attack because of a bad dog owner, does that mean you would leave an infant in a cage with a well trained lion or tiger?

    It’s horrible what happened to this girl. Let’s not lose focus on that.
    I pray that she recovers quickly and can get back to normal life doing what all children do and have the right to do- play safely in their neighborhood.

    1. Zimmm says:

      Pitbull=domesticated animal. Lions/tigers=undomesticated animals. That’s not really even a hard distinction, come on.

  72. petfriend says:

    Such a tragedy and everyone is losing track of the important thing here. It doesn’t matter what breed this attack was done by… and yes many other breeds attack people as well. Any dog breed has the potential to cause very serious injury. I was once bitten very badly by a chihuahua that left scars. I have known wonderful sweet pit bulls and I have also personally experienced a violent encounter with a pitbull who was encouraged to be aggressive by his people. The important fact here is that these 2 dogs had shown serious aggression twice previously and it had been reported…No one acted appropriately to ensure the dogs were kept in a suitable enclosure where they could not get out and harm anyone and the humans who owned these animals were seriously negligent to allow this to happen. I do not understand why so many people think it is fun or cool to teach or allow their dogs to act aggressively. This child will have serious scars both physical and emotional for the rest of her life. We as a society need to stop wasting so much time arguing about whether a breed is bad and start spending our energy and resources to stop irresponsible people from having any animals. Any strong dog requires a well balanced, non aggressive, intelligent person to be their leader and from what I see everyday…that is a rarety in the cases we hear about where people are hurt. The common denominator that must be recognized in all these attack cases is not the dog type, but the human type. Reckless, irresponsible, hateful, ignorant, violent, greedy, with no regard for their dogs or the people around them and no feeling of any responsibility when tragedy strikes. These types of humans latch onto strong dogs to represent themselves and often choose to use the bull dog breeds as their sick status symbol. The people who perpetuate this should be jailed.

  73. Karen says:

    As a professional in the canine care industry, a dog’s training or lack there of is what gives them the tendency to be aggressive, not natured by their breed.

    On the other hand, I am bit by way more shih-tzus and dachshunds then I am by pit bulls and rottweilers… but a bite from a shih-tzu I can shake off and go back to work, a bite from a pit bull could end my career. Put it into perspective.

  74. Jamie S. says:

    I am a professional animal trainer for the film industry. All animals have a tendency to bite. Trained animals are more social than others regardless of the species or more specifically the breed.

    Just as some folks are bad to the bone, so can a dog be a mean devil. Proper training in conjunction with nurishment can bring a animal back around.

    Jamie S. CMSSAGAT(Certified Master Senior SAG Animal Trainer)

    1. issac7 says:

      Jamie, F…..K U & the train that brought your sorry tinseltown ass in.

  75. Something fishy says:

    I was once bit by a kissing fish, or should I say kissed.

    Either way, no biggie.

  76. Jordan Toolsee says:

    That is my God daughter’s cousin and I do agree with Aunty Orleen that they should be put to sleep bc this is bound to happen again if the dogs are anywhere

    1. Heather G says:

      -The dogs were tested then put down today. The owners face civil charges now.

  77. Amanda Plaine says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with this little girl, thank you WJZ for correcting the breed of dog American Bull Dogs are not Pit Bulls

    1. issac7 says:

      Amanda, Up your giggy with a lighted ciggy. They are all in the Bull terrier family. Pit Bulls, bull terriers, bull dog terrier etc.

  78. debbie says:

    wow, you all need to grow up. quit blaming the dogs.most times, it is the owners fault. the dogs are taught to be vicious. i am a letter carrier, and i deal with alot of dogs. pits, rotts, shepards, and all sorts of little breeds. pits are one of the most loyal dogs and friendly dogs i know of. i worry more about the little ankle biters. i owned a pitt and she was a baby. it is the upbringing that makes any dog vicious. the owners make them that way. i feel bad for the little girl and her family, but i also feel bad for the dogs who were put down, because the owner taught them to do things like this. this world tends to profile people, and dogs also, and its so sad. but like a child, puppies are born innocent, it’s only what they learn from their parents/owners, that makes them any other way.

    1. rayna says:

      Hello Debbie I have to disagree…My cousin bought a pit at 6 weeks old raised it around children, her family etc…the damn dog became old and grouchy (just like humans) and turned on her ripped her whole calf apart and she needed several surgeries to repair the damage done….so it does not matter how you raise them they will turn on you at any giving time especially if they were abused and neglected….another case I know someone same situation but bit her son up 9y/o who couldnt walk for a week….these dogs are vicious and need to put be down…now I’m not saying they are the only to bite but are the most vicious and life-threatening when they do

  79. lillian hernandez says:

    this is funny and sad, people are here going back and forth on a topic that many don’t seem to understand. regardless of the breed all dogs have the potential to attack, a child should always be supervised while outside, besides being attacked, this is how children get kidnapped and murdered. a child should always be supervised while playing with ANY dog, they are afterall animals. now for those going on and on about pitbulls, just and FYI: pitbulls is a term used for a mixed breed, a lab/staffy mix is a pitbull, a collie/staffy mix is a pitbull, a goldenretriever/staffy mix is a pitbull, so saying that a collie or labrador wouldn’t attack, well ya they will because they have. most people confuse the american staffordshire terrier for a pitbull, then they need to know the difference before they make an inference about something they know little about. this whole pitbull ban and fear came from the 01 attack of dianne whipple in san fransisco, many thought it was ‘pitbulls’, but it was two english mastiffs and one presa canario. as i read through the post all i kept seeing was people stating was that all pitbulls are born aggressive, most dogs are trained to be aggressive not born that way, the one breed that is known to be born NATURALLY aggressive is the Southern Ovcharka which not one person mentioned. truth of the matter is that regardless of it being a pitbull, collie, or a daschund; owners should be resposible for their pets, and children should be supervised while outside at all times. yes there are pitbulls and many other dogs that are aggressive due to many things that they have been exposed to, no different than a child who is brought up in a abusive environment can possibly become a gangmember or murderer, were they born that way? no, they were shaped to be what they are by their environment. in the early 1900’s rottweilers were the fighting dogs in europe not pitbulls. it’s unfortunate that this mix breed has been used in a negative fashion, and now their are all these negative associations with the name ‘pitbull’ because im sure if the same dogs were labeled lab mix, no one would have made an issue of this attack. i must agree with others on here, instead of spreading hate based on here say and using the wrong information to try to make some kind of point, you guys should focus on education, make sure that our future generations are getting the proper education that is needed so that they don’t sound as ignorant and uneducated as you when they are trying to speak up on a topic. it is disheartening that there are so many ignorant people making comments such as pitbulls should be banned or killed without knowing the correct facts about the MIXED BREED, it just shows that even in 2011 there are still many uneducated people in the world. to make assumptions about any breed because of what you supposibly read or saw on tv says much about the kind of person that you are, and just goes to show that americas enemy are the ignorant american people themselves.

  80. Jan says:

    It amazes and irritates me that all these people are having a debate about pit bulls when this news articles isn’t even about pit bulls. The dogs were identified as american bulldogs! People are writing all these negative comments about pit bulls for no reason at all!

  81. Gary says:

    So now it wasn’t even Pit Bulls that did the attack. I love how the new agencies hear dog attack and automatically report it was Pit Bulls when it was actually American Bulldogs. Hopefully this will shut the people up that say other breads don’t attack people. WJZ please correct your article if you truly want to inform the public.


  82. edthe bed says:

    Cross breeding is the main culprit here.

  83. Cathy W says:

    It really doesnt matter what breed of dog attacked this little girl. ANY dog that attacks a child needs to be put to sleep..

    1. Aaar Aaar says:

      I’m tired and could use some sleep. You mean put to death?

  84. nicole says:

    first off it was exstreamly sad to hear what happened the this 7 year old girl. You have to hold the owners of the dogs responceable for the dogs actions. The dogs where american bull dogs not pit bulls. I own 2 males who are socialized with other dogs and people. They look like pit bulls but taller and milder temper. But like any other dogs they have to be taken care of not just left outside to do whatever they want. They need to be trained and well socialized. Just like any other dog. Not just pit bulls or american bulls. If the owners where real owners they would have already been aware of the what the dogs where capable of. If you cant take care of your animals dont keep own them and this tragic event may have never happened. my thoughts and prayer go out for this little girl and her family

  85. pasfd says:

    I wonder how many of you people on here bad talking pit bulls know that they were not even pitts. They were bull dogs mistake to be pitts. Just goes to prove that any dog can attack if they have that upbriging. Anyway I hope this little girl is doing okay & her family is hanging in there while all you pit trashers are here & talking trash when it was not even pitts to begin with. Mayb you should stop trash talking pits & pray for this little girl.

  86. Irene says:

    To Jan & Gary and all others who are ill informed as to what a Pit bull actually is, let me set the record straight, PITBULLS are not a breed but a generic term for dogs of the mollesar group that have the same characteristics such as a strong,well built body, big head, strong jaws. They include the following: American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, and some jurisdictions even include the AMERICAN BULLDOG. The top 3 on the list are specificallyn mentioned in the PG Co. pitbull breed ban.
    So in essence, any dog that has a potential to literally tear someone to shreds, should NOT BE A PET!!! Let’s stop being so defensive of PITBULLS-and splitting hairs.

    Again, Pitbulls cover a wide range of dogs with similar characteristics and not a specific breed itself.

    1. Brandy Whitlock says:

      These dogs have the “potential to literally tear someone to shreds”: German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Great Pyrenees, Komondors, St Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Dobermans, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, and many, many, many more breeds.

  87. Tony Solesky says:

    Who drives a tank down a street and then blames it on operator error? This is a breed ctergory. No domestic dog is an act of nature. you don’t trap them. People have no clue what the hell a breed is. No Golden or beagle know to mate to other goldens or beagles like a fox . a wolf or a whale. Stop the pratice of creating something that has been to the extremes of the domestic dog populations purpose. What do you have. You have one breed catergory doing more damage then all others combined. Take up more shelter space, and rob assets from the other breeds in need. If they did not exist are you saying you would suggest breeding thm into existence. Of course not. So just stop breding them. They are not a species like whales and dolphins they are a breed.

  88. wendy says:

    i wonder if the owners would feel the same if it were their child ripped up by one of these brain sick dogs? probably as they crave sick attention for having one in the first place. the dogs should be outlawed and if not all owners should have to carry outrageous insurance on these killers.

    1. lisa says:

      Youre pretty brain sick yourself there wendy, do you carry insurance for that?

  89. Trish says:

    Several friends and family that I know have Pit Bulls and they can be the most loving animals. The one I can kiss on the cheek and he does nothing. But if you were going to hurt me he’d tear you apart! And like people have said, the news is not going to report every bite! I work at a local health department and we get bite calls EVERY day!!! And they are not Pit Bulls! They are normally just a normal family dog. Which brings me to my experience…when I was a child my miniture poodle bit thru my lip! Its mostly vicious attaks that are reported to the news, not your every day bites.

  90. Tony Solesky says:

    Q: What is a pit bull type dog?
    A pit bull type dog is a combination of dog breeds that includes the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog1 and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. Weight and shape can vary significantly amongst pit bull type dogs, from 35 to 100 plus pounds. (Please see Disguise Breed Name to learn more about the deliberate renaming and mislabeling of pit bulls throughout history.) Not normal dog owners
    To understand the experience of owning a negatively perceived dog, Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy did a case study on pit bull owners that was published in 2000. Researchers found that with “outlaw” breeds, such as pit bulls, the human-dog relationship is sociologically more complex than previously known. Owners of pit bulls, they discovered, directly feel the stigma targeted at their breed and resort to various tactics to mitigate it. These strategies included:
    “passing their dogs as breeds other than pit bulls, denying that their behavior is biologically determined, debunking adverse media coverage, using humor, emphasizing counter-stereotypical behavior, avoiding stereotypical equipment or accessories, taking preventive measures, or becoming breed ambassadors.”1

  91. nee says:

    I own Rotties and would not have it any other way. I don’t care for the Pit breed … but I respect them. Every animal has it’s flaws and they are all unpredicatable. I Pray that babygirl and her family can get through this tragic situation, and she makes a complete recovery in time…

  92. Peter Oneil says:

    Hey Bernie,

    I see you arent making many friends under this threat either, just face it, everyone hates you and you suck at life, id give up on internet forum and blog postings because your really starting to make a lot of enemies…soon someone will start a website that will be very popular…..www.bernardmckernan’sana$$hole.com!!!!!!!

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      Coward & an a…hole.

  93. Janet says:

    Some dogs maybe be predisposed to aggressiveness due to bad breeding stock. Most dog’s behavior issues can be prevented if the owner 1) begin socializing the dog at an early age and 2) taking the time to begin training a dog at an early age. Dogs need a strong leader to show them what is expected of them and what is acceptable behavior. A strong leader lets an dog know early on who is going to be in charge. Training is an ongoing process for as long as you have the dog. Even a Chihuahua can be very aggressive with behavior problems such as biting if the owner does not correct bad behavior from the day it begins. Of course, it cannot do as much damage as a larger dog. Also, a person should not confine their pets to the backyard indefinitely. Dogs need interaction from which they learn what behavior is acceptable. A show I would highly recommend is the “Dog Whisperer” which shows how to head off and resolve some dog issues.

  94. Jamey says:

    WOW! How did this story turn from some little girl being seriously injured by dogs that were obviously trained to attack; to gays being born gay or not. Now back to the subject at hand. My aunt has the sweetest pitbull ever, BUT she raised him as if he were her baby. I’ve known several people with pitbulls, and if they are raised with a lot of love they are gentle. However, there are inhumane people that raise them for game/fighting, or raise them to attack. These dogs pose a serious danger due to the strength in there jaws. I’ve was attacked by a chow while I was pregnant. I’ve had nothing but problems with chow. I’ve also been bit by a poodle and a chiuaua. It’s the stupid little yippie dogs that you least expect because they end up the one’s that bite the most. Get a cat, they are soooo much better. I pray that little girl recovers completely physically and emotionally!!

  95. Bernardo Gui says:

    I own 2 Pitbulls. My dogs are “ambassadors of they’re breed.” They go to the dog park. THEY LOVE THE MAILMAN ! They love people. ANYONE can pet them.
    They are COMPLETELY “socilaized”. The problem is with the owners. How your dog is handled & treated is VERY important. My dogs have NEVER shown ANY agressiveness towards a human. Your dogs attitude & behavior DESPITE the breed is a direct reflection of the owner. Just like children. I love love my dogs & everybody that meets them loves my dogs. People “freak out” when they meet my Pitbulls, becuase they’re so friendly . That’s a testment to me and the way I handle my dogs. Just don’t break into my house…..

    1. Sheriff willie says:

      Bernard, F,,,,,,,,K you & your dogs. I hope they bite your dic.

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