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Rocky Mount toddler attacked by pit bull

Posted June 11, 2015

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— A 1-year-old boy was attacked by a male pit bull inside a Rocky Mount home Thursday morning, authorities said.

The child sustained non-life threatening injuries after he was bit while inside 708 Lincoln Drive at about 11 a.m., Rocky Mount police said. He was transported to Nash-UNC Hospital.

Charges are pending, said police, adding that other animals were removed from the home due to their condition. The Edgecombe County Department of Social Services also responded to the home, per the request of police.

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  • Malakai Bluebone Jun 19, 2015
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    I actually went and looked at the statistics. Yes there is a large amount of pits in general population, however when you compare that amount to attacks by pits you are still looking and a very high ratio.

    When all the research is said and done you are still left with this one simple fact. Pits have more attacks than all other dog breeds combined. Now that is ok if you think that there are more pits in general population than all other dog breeds combined, but if not then you can easily see that there is a problem with pits.

    You can even go to youtube and type in dog attacks, anything other than pit is likely to be some cute feel good video. If you see pit in the title you will most likely see a video that is disturbing.

    Research is easy, admitting there is something wrong with pits is not until you look with an open mind. Dobermans have only made the list because they protect owners from strangers, as the only recorded attacks were.

  • Keith LeBrun Jun 12, 2015
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    I don't know about the stats - it would seem to me that if pit bulls are the most popular dog in the country (and they are) then they would likely be among the highest bite incidents. If you roll the stats back to a point where Dobermans or Shepherds popularity were at their peak, you'd find that they too led the bite statistics.

    The point is, ALL dogs will bite regardless of their breed.

    We don't know what actually provoked an attack on this toddler. I would guess that since other animals were removed "due to their condition" some degree of neglect was taking place. DSS beginning an investigation as well would also indicate the same. We don't know if the child lived with the dog or was just visiting. We don't know the conditions this dog was living with. We don't know the level of competence the dog's owner had. These are all factors which contribute to attacks and so it's impossible at this point to "put the blame where it belongs".

  • Keith LeBrun Jun 12, 2015
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    Well thank you Media for reminding us all that dogs bite, but shame on you as well for making it look like pit bulls are the problem.

    The article says that not only were other animals removed "due to their condition", but that DSS had begun an investigation. Does this not smack of neglect? I don't care what the breed, a dog without human guidance, leadership, or discipline is likely to take that job onto himself - with predictable consequences.

    Folks need to understand that owning a dog doesn't mean simply chain it to a tree and feed it once in a while. You also need to maintain discipline and your own position in the pack hierarchy.

  • Malakai Bluebone Jun 12, 2015
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    So you think if a parent was sitting there watching the dog it would not have attacked? By your logic it is safe to assume that no pit will attack unless a parent or adult has their back turned?

    Do you even realize that you are acknowledging the fact that they will attack? You are only trying to justify their attacks with a conditional scenario. Seriously, "put the blame on the parents and their lack of supervision and not on a breed of dog", one that you acknowledge will attack if the parents back is turned? You claim children will provoke one to attack, I would call your attention to the veritable plethora of youtube videos where pit attacks are caught on surveillance cameras attacking children that are no where near the animal, much less tormenting them.

    Put the blame where it belongs.

  • Malakai Bluebone Jun 12, 2015
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    So you think any dog would have bitten a 1 year old child because of the conditions it was in? I would like to understand the logic of blaming the conditions and not the dog that bit him.

  • Chad Johnson Jun 12, 2015
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    Pits are a trash breed. Not surprised.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 12, 2015
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    Sounds like another healthy environment for child rearing. Don't blame the dog, blame the one that hatched the child.

  • Malakai Bluebone Jun 12, 2015
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    It never fails, every time I see an article about a pit bull attack there will be so many comments about how pits are so sweet and that it must be the fault of the person that got attacked or the people who raised them.

    Simple fact is, a pit is more likely to attack someone or something, more than all other dog breeds combined. You can look at the CDC stats and see that pretty clearly.

    It is not to say that every pit is a ticking time bomb. The stats do not give you the full picture. Like how many pits are out there versus how many attack someone. It could be a minuscule population when compared to the whole.

    In my experience no matter how sweet the pit, when put into a situation where something can flip their switch they will attack. Most breeds of dogs will not. Small ones will quicker than big ones most of the time, but we are talking about dogs than can do damage or kill.

    I have a Doberman, according to their stats they have less attacks then Labs.

  • H.D. Derrington Jun 12, 2015
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    You might want to check your stats. By that mean actually look at more than one set of stats from different sources. I know the stats that you are quoting and they are limited in scope at best. Most of these incidents which involve a small child are due to failure of parents to properly supervise their child(ren) and the dog. Put the blame where it actually belongs which is on the parents not the dogs. You clearly have not seen what children that age do to a dog when you back is turned.

  • H.D. Derrington Jun 12, 2015
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    The breed of the dog is irrelevant. What kind of person leaves a child under 8 unattended with a dog? It is a terrible idea and dogs are not human baby sitters. Children at that age don't understand when they are hurting the dog. I am glad that the child only received non-life-threatening injuries but that parent may need parenting classes. Sounds like there is more going on if other animals were removed due to their condition.

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