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Fayetteville pit bull euthanized after attack on toddler

Posted August 27, 2015

— A Fayetteville toddler is fighting for his life after a dog attack in his home.

Authorities say the attack happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at a house on Quimby Court in Fayetteville.

Katherine Rodgers told investigators that the family's 5-year-old pit bull mix, Kratos, attacked her 18-month-old son, Kenneth, in their home after he wandered away from her into another room.

“That was her original statement,” said Cumberland County Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby. “She’s recanted that statement and says she was playing ball with the dog and the dog got excited and attacked the child is what I’m understanding now from other reports.”

Authorities says the 90-pound dog bit the child in the face and neck causing severe facial trauma. A what report? Animal control? Police?report also says that the child's airway was obstructed.

The child was flown to UNC Hospitals after a short stay at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

The pit bull was euthanized Thursday morning at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter.

The child's mother says she was also bitten by the pit bull when she tried to get the dog off her son.

“You just can’t leave small children alone with a large dog,” said Lauby. “Bad things happen.”

Animal Control officers say that the family has six other dogs at the home- two more pit bulls, two Siberian huskies, a Dalmatian, a cocker spaniel and a mixed breed.

All of the dogs, including the pit bull that attacked, are up to date on their rabies shots.

“It’s a terrible thing,” Lauby said. “If we are lucky and the child lives, the child’s going to be scarred for life. These memories will never go away.”

Fayetteville police are investigating in order to decide whether to file any charges in the case.


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  • King Mopar Aug 28, 2015
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    Heck, I grew up with a female Boxer, at about 65 lbs. Walked with me to my K grade, every day, which was a block away. Would stay between me and the road the whole way. Would come over during recess to play with all the kids, and she tolerated a lot being kids that age, never snapped or had a mean behavior...UNLESS, a teacher was going to spank a child or something, then her defensive nature would take over. Didn't matter if it was me, or another small child, she felt, they were all hers. Needless to say..my Mom/Pop would go to the store leaving us both with our Boxer. Cousin had a Pitt that was the same way. But, if I had a small child, I'd rather have a Boxer as a family/protection/guard dog.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Aug 28, 2015
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    In August, in Spartanburg, the family pet of 10 years attacked the mother, causing her surgery, turned on the two daughters when they tried to stop the attack, wounding one and killing pretty 25 yo Nicole Cartee then and there. Nicole loved the dog so much and babied it. She never thought it would hurt her. The dog was known to be aggressive and others had warned the family, who just didn't want to see reality.

    The dog is what it is, but the owners are responsible and should be held responsible.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Aug 28, 2015
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    “You just can’t leave small children alone with a large dog,” said Lauby. “Bad things happen.”

    The doctor is right, and wrong, for the child was not alone, and the mother tried to stop the attack, being bitten in the process.

    Bottom line: The parent has the responsibility to protect her toddler and she didn't. My view is that the child should not have been exposed to the 90# animal, nor should dog owners allow their dog be around vulnerable people.

    The CDC says there are over 4 million dog bites a year. About a half-million go to the ER.

    In NC this year, on July 7, Joshua Strother, 6-years old was killed by a pit bull.

    In Davie County, last month, a pit bull went out a window to attack a 48yo neighbor lady, killing her, & turned on the owner when she tried to stop the attack, severely wounding her. The owner said her dog would have killed her had not a deputy arrived and shot it.

    Any dog might bite, but some can bite fatally.

  • Chase Truman Aug 28, 2015
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    Hahaha that's the silliest thing I've heard all week! I'm certainly none of those things. I'm a law-abiding, hard-working, well-educated, responsible person and I know there are thousands of others just like me.

  • Miranda McCraw Aug 28, 2015
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    Anne Davis: "Pit Bulls are apt to snap & attack at any time, it's built into their DNA."

    Why would that possibly be of any use to humans who developed the breed?? The traits that are exploited by dog fighters are the same that make pit bulls such great companions: loyalty, intelligence, train-ability, and patience. They were even trusted by parents to watch over children less than a century ago.

    Hate the deed, not the breed.

  • Mick Flynn Aug 28, 2015
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    Over 50% of all dog bites treated in the ER are caused by pit bulls. Another 17% are caused by Rotweillers. So these 2 breeds alone cause over 2/3 of all dog bites.

  • Malakai Bluebone Aug 28, 2015
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    You would be dead wrong. Pit bulls account for more attacks than all other dog breeds combined. You can compare a tiny dog to one that can kill all day long, it does not negate that fact that everyone that has a pit knows they have to constantly watch them or something might happen. I have seen too many hand raised pits flip because something startled them and they turned instantly aggressive when they never had been before.

    Regardless of what you think or feel about this breed of dog, it is one that will attack people for a myriad of reasons. People that own them know it, people that utilize common sense know it.

    There are a lot of people who ignore simple facts and base their opinions on what they see and not reality.

  • William Price Aug 28, 2015
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    Stupidity obviously runs in human DNA maybe we should start exterminating you all......non Google fact....chihuahuas are more prone and have caused more damage to children than pit bulls ever have....I have 4 one which we've had for 12 years since our daughter was born....IT'S HOW THEY ARE RAISED....I stand behind my words all day long 365 days a year...... sit down clown

  • Janet Scott Aug 28, 2015
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    We had one...awesome dog. Maybe foolishness is built into some peoples' DNA. That's a problem, too.

  • Anne Davis Aug 27, 2015
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    Pit Bulls are apt to snap & attack at any time, it's built into their DNA. Either exterminate the breed or charge owners with any damage or injury that their dog commits as if the dog owner had committed it themselves. Then see how many people would be confident enough in their 'it's all about the dog's training' mentality to own one.