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Dog mauls 4-year-old girl in Pender County

Posted April 25, 2011

— A dog mauled a 4-year-old girl in Pender County Monday, according to the sheriff's office.

The child, whose name was not released, was visiting family at the 6000 block of Piney Woods Drive near Burgaw. Police said she wandered into the backyard where the dog was tied with a chain.

The girl was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Her condition was not released.

Pender County Animal Control seized the dog, which officials said was a pit bull.


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  • landoawd Apr 28, 2011

    Did you know dogbitelaw.com was started by the victim of an attack where the culprit was simply a "pit bull appearing dog"?

    Have a dose of reality with your sensationalist nonsense. Here are the CONFIRMED breed stats for all 2009 fatal attacks. Look for the word "unidentifiable" and work your way through the rest.


    Also, the reason you have your irrational fear/viewpoint:

    If you were in the 1800s, you'd be petrified of Bloodhounds.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Apr 27, 2011

    @ajfudder - Pit Bulls are actually terrible guard dogs. Most of them are too human friendly and willing to accept strangers to be good guard dogs. Now if another DOG was trying to break into a house, SOME pit bulls would make a good guard dog against that. But there are quite a few pits that are not aggressive toward any human or dog. Most people chain a pit bull hoping it will be a good guard dog, and by chaining it, they hope to increase the aggression...but when it comes down to it, even a CHAINED pit bull (most of the time) is more dangerous LOOKING than it actually is. I met a guy a LONG time ago and when I went into his back yard, he had about 30 pit bulls. All of them were chained, none socialized, and all were extremely friendly with me, even after I first met them. No, he wasn't a dog fighter...a bad owner? Yes.

    Anyway, long story short, I have met VERY few human aggressive pits and I have met TONS of pits over the years. Most pits would help a burglar hold the flashl

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Apr 27, 2011

    I'm not sure why some people say that ALL pit bulls are aggressive. That is an inacurate statement.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 27, 2011

    Biology could be a huge part of the propensity towards violence.

    According to psychiatric medical profesionals, some 25% of humans suffer from severe enough mental issues that they should seek medical treatment. (e.g. therapy and/or drugs)

    Dogs and humans are both mammals.

    It seems reasonable to suspect that a similar % of insane dogs could exist in the world. And, this number could also be disproportionately higher in certain breeds.

    That would explain why many pit bulls (and other dogs) are perfectly loving and kind companions, while others are not.

  • whatsupwiththat Apr 27, 2011

    I have owned two pit buls who were two of the best dogs I have ever had. One weighed upwards of 60 lbs and would literally sit in my lap every time i got in my rocking chair...big baby. These poor dogs get such a bad rap when it the irresponsible owners who are the problem. Too bad we can't put stupid owners "down" just as easily.

  • melissaann000 Apr 27, 2011

    I agree with sabby06, my pit bull is the sweetest dog u will ever meet. I done a-lot of research before getting the dog, because at the time did not have a kid of my own, but kept my nieces a-lot. It's all in how the dog is raised!! and hartqueen is right it's not the dogs fault... if the dog is on a chain, obviously its on a chain for a reason, should of been watching your child better and not letting her wonder off.

  • sabby06 Apr 26, 2011

    Pit bulls are a lot like teen moms in the news/media sense. You never hear about the good ones, only the bad. So then, people make assumptions about the entire group based on what the news reported on some of them. I have a bull dog. My 2 year old daughter can sit on the dog's back when it's laying down and the dog will just lay there. My daughter can pull the dog's ears and the dog won't bother to move. My daughter ran over the dog's leg with her Barbie jeep, the dog just laid there. My dog is the biggest baby I have ever seen. The only thing she bothers to bark at are rabbits, and the clothes dryer. She's never offered to try to bite anybody. But, if somebody pulled up in my yard and saw that I had a bull dog and 2 little girls, they would be ready to call DSS on me for "putting my kids in danger." Ridiculous.

  • hartqueen1962 Apr 26, 2011

    It's not the Dogs fault. The parents should have been paying attention to the child. Who lets there 4 year old wonder off and not have a clue where their child is. As for the Pit Bull breed they always get the rap but it's actually the owners of these dogs. My son and neighbor both have Pit Bulls and they love people and kids. It's the way the owners train them if their taught to fight and be mean then thats their disposition. If their raised in a loving and caring enviroment then they a great friends and companions to have.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 26, 2011

    Imagine that there’s a loaded gun on the backyard patio. Imagine that this 4 year old was left unsupervised and she wandered back there and shot herself. This dog incident is no different.

    IMO, the police need to be charging the dog’s owner and the parents for, at the very least, neglect and failure to maintain a safe environment.

  • Marlene Apr 26, 2011

    Its the parents fault they should have been watching the child...Pit bulls are not bad dogs how would you like to be tied up all the time the dog needs a fence to be in....So sad