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Baby injured in Johnston County pit bull attack

Posted October 13, 2015
Updated October 14, 2015

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— A 1-year-old was hospitalized Tuesday night after being attacked by a family dog in Johnston County, authorities said.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said the child was bitten by the family's pit bull at their home in the 400 block of Old Pebbler Lane in Kenly.

Authorities said the child, whose name and gender were not released, was taken to WakeMed with severe injuries.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said that the dog was euthanized by animal control officers at the scene of the attack.

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  • Sara Hauser Oct 14, 2015
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    Just curious who was watching this child when this occurred??

  • Hope Tillia Oct 14, 2015
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    Mick I was not referring to your post more so the ones that state that only drug dealers, gangsters and hick and rebels want these dogs. But of course because those type of people are the ones that give the dog a bad name the dogs and responsible dog owners are stereotyped. I guarantee if the statistics also included what type of owner the dogs that have attacked had we would clearly see a trend of irresponsible abusive owners. Any dog can be trained to be aggressive just like people can. Yes it is true that some breeds are more likely to be aggressive than others and if you dont want to take the time to have them properly trained then you should definitely not have one. At the end of the day it is the owners responsibility to have control at all times. If all Pitts were vicious demons that attack for no reason there would be many more reports of this happening. its the age old thing a few bad apples spoil the bunch.

  • Scott Scheffel Oct 14, 2015
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    Please show me with a link provided where Pitbulls fall at #7 on any list of dogs that are most likely to turn on their owners. The original post I replied to tried to spread disinformation. Out right made up lies with no site to back any of it up. Yes. Other dogs kill people. There is no doubt of that. But no other breed currently kills more people than Pitbulls. Sadly pits have been bred for 200 plus years to fight and be aggressive. It is mans fault. Do I believe there are good Pitbulls out there? Of course I do. But that does not change the fact that they kill more people than any other breed. My 4 year old was bit by a Pitbull 2 years ago in the owners doorway why the owner was picking my child up to say hello. Completely unprovoked. It was a very sad situation. She had been around the dog a dozen times before. It just snapped that night and caused a 3-4 open gash in her calf down to the muscle. She only had stitches. Luckily.

  • Mick Flynn Oct 14, 2015
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    Hope, the facts and statistics again show that over 50 per cent of dog bites seen in the ER are from pit bulls. And since pit bulls make up only about 5 per cent of all dogs in the US that means the attack rate for pit bulls is more than 10 times greater than all the other breeds. Those are facts and facts can be a bothersome thing. Now as for opinion, it is my opinion that pit bulls are the most vicious dogs by far and they should be banned.

  • Hope Tillia Oct 14, 2015
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    I am offended by some of the uneducated and untrue comments on here. Your opinion or false information does not constitute facts or statistics. I have always and now do own a Rottie and a pit. I am not a rebel and most people are surprised when they find out what breed of dogs I do have. They have been professionally trained and are gentle affectionate dogs. I have never been bit by one of my dogs and neither has my children or anyone else. However I have been bit by other breeds. Most of the time when I take them out it is other dogs that act aggressive to them. I am a responsible dog owner. That by far is the biggest difference when having any breed of dog. Funny how it is never in the news when any other breed bites. If you only go by the news you would swear no other dogs ever bite. Truth is I love the breeds I have and they are more loyal and trusted than most people.

  • Karma Fairyforyou Oct 14, 2015
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    had to break my comment into three posts.
    But you know what? I have seen vicious monsters, and you know what is ironic? they have two legs. They are human.
    Hundreds of thousands of people are murdered every single year by you guess it! People. People who have over a million years of evolution to know right from wrong and super complex brains. (or at least some do) yet they choose to murder one another, yet they are are supreme and better than any other living thing.
    Fill me in on how that is so? To me, it seems a bit crass.
    It saddens me as well as infuriates me to see so much torture and pain inflicted upon animals that are innocent, by those two legged humans..........the ones that call out anything for brutality when they themselves are the most brutal.

  • Karma Fairyforyou Oct 14, 2015
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    cont...Or lets look at Golden Retrievers who have killed babies or attacked them. Or Chihuahuas that ate the babies toes? Feel free to google any of that, and read about other breeds that have been left with babies and attacked. Or Children who poke and prod at a dog and are attacked. It is not breed specific. It is a natural instinct that sometimes can kick in.
    But unfortunately the media love to ostracize pit bulls whenever possible. When ANY other dog breed attacks anyone, it is just a dog. A pit bull does it, and BAM, PIT BULL ATTACK! They plaster it everywhere that they can.
    Then people eat what they are fed by the media and that turns into mindless hate filled zombies chanting "monsters!"
    But you know what? I have seen vicious monsters, and you know what is ironic? they have two legs. They are human.

  • Karma Fairyforyou Oct 14, 2015
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    First off, no one should ever leave a baby around any dog. To a dog, a baby is just a weak, defenseless piece of meat wiggling around.
    Predatory instinct can kick in.
    The one at fault in this story, are the parents. But, they are not the ones that will pay, as usual.

    Now to the comments on this story that are spewing hatred and biased facts from a website that is known to be breed discriminatory and passing things off as "facts" that are actually not. If you want to google that, go ahead and have a read.
    Now, let's look at some stories that are not pit bull related, but however do not get the media lynch mob so intoxicated on ignorance fueled hatred because they are not about "pit bulls".

    How about the kid whose legs were ripped off by a lab/golden mix, or the girl whose lab attacked her and her pit bull saved her?
    Or perhaps the 3 year old who was horrifically injured when the families Labrador attacked him? Or the attacks by German Shepherds? cont...

  • Tripp Weiland Oct 14, 2015
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    Yes quoting actual statistics sounds like disinformation to me. Or could it be that you only believe evidence that supports your beliefs? If the stats quoted are skewed by an anti-pit bull organization, then find the pro-pit bull statistics to back up your claim. Otherwise you are suggesting we just your word for it over actual data. Sorry, I am going to stick with facts over your opinion.

  • Walter Smirth Oct 14, 2015
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    You've got to be slightly mad to keep a pit bull and an infant in the same household.

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