BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The minority leader of Maryland’s House of Delegates is recovering after he was mauled and bitten by a pit bull over the weekend.

Nic Kipke, who’s in an arm-sling and covered in bandages and claw and bite marks, says the attack left physical scars on him and emotional scars for his family, who  saw it happen.

He was walking in Pasadena with his wife, 2-year-old son in a stroller and their pet poodle Tucker, when out of nowhere, his neighbor’s unleashed dog, lounged at him.

“A typical dog bite, you get puncture wounds. It looks like somebody took a chainsaw to my arm down to the bone,” Kipke says.

The pit bull clamped down on Tucker’s hind legs with his sharp teeth.

“Even though you think your dog is completely safe, you need to just always be extremely cautious,
Follow the law and secure your dog,” he says.

Kipke’s case is part of a bigger problem in Anne Arundel County where police say the number of dog attacks has been on the rise in recent years.

Animal control says in 2015 there were 1079 dog bites reported in the county. Which then jumped to 1099 cases in 2016. Many of the dogs involved were pit bulls.

Three years ago, pet owners succeeded in stopping the General Assembly from singling out the dog-breed as more dangerous than others.

In April, those efforts were reignited, after a french bulldog named Lilo was mauled to death by a neighbor’s pit bull.

The Anne Arundel County Council voted to require officials to euthanize any animals deemed vicious.

Lilo’s Law became official just days before the delegate and his dog were attacked.

“The nicest dog in the world can end up doing a really horrible thing,” Kipke says.

The dog that attacked Kipke was turned over by it’s owner and put down by animal control.

The delegate doesn’t have any immediate plans for new dog laws.

As of June, there has been more than 500 dog attacks in Anne Arundel County this year.

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Comments (5)
  1. “The nicest dog in the world can end up doing a really horrible thing,” Kipke says.

    What a stupid thing to say.

  2. Pit bull owner here. Nonetheless, let’s be truthful. Pit bulls were selectively bred for hundreds of years to attack and kill other animals with an unpredictable and explosive attack style and a bite, shake and great refusal to release that allows them to do so much damage in a short amount of time. Though about 5% of dogs kept as pets they are responsible for over 90% of serious attacks on people and other animals, killing over 40 animals a day and a person every 17 days in the US, seriously injuring many more. Thanks to the misguided efforts of pit bull advocates there are more pit bulls being bred, abused, neglected, fought, abandoned and euthanized today than ever before. Breed specific legislation can turn off this faucet of tragedy.

  3. Tony Solesky says:

    A leash or a fence is not intended to be a barrier between life and death. It is supposed to be a means of keeping the dog itself safe. Ban PIT BULLS!

    1. Yours is a very astute and fresh viewpoint. When a dog needs to be muzzled and chained up within an enclosure that has a floor or other barrier to prevent burrowing, and a top to prevent jumping or climbing over, then you are talking about a dog that shouldn’t be. And after an attack, how else can you come close to insuring that this animal will not escape again? Prevention of loose, at large dogs is a top priority in prevention of attacks, and how many dog owners are taking proper measures to contain their beasts? Obviously not enough of them. My own personal stance on the banning of pit bulls is that it would sure be nice, it is my dream. I hope it happens. But it would not eliminate the need for changes in the law regarding the penalties for loose dogs. It is difficult for anyone, even pit bull defenders, to argue that we should go easy on owners whose dogs keep getting caught at large. I think that part of the consequences should be drastic overkill improvements to the containment method. If your dog breaks its’ tether, you need a fence. If it escapes the fence, you need a roof and a floor to the enclosure. If it escapes that, it needs to be tethered within the enclosure.If at any point the dog exhibits a display of aggression, whether loose at the time or not, it should be muzzled when outside or on a leash. And if, at any point the animal attacks either a person or another animal, then it is curtains. And I don’t mean curtains for the enclosure! .

  4. “He was walking in Pasadena with his wife, 2-year-old son in a stroller and their pet poodle Tucker, when out of nowhere, his neighbor’s unleashed dog, lounged at him.”

    He LOUNGED at him? How horrible! 🙄

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