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Friendly pit bull launches out-of-the blue, unprovoked attack

Name: Summer
Victim: Adult
Location: Friend’s house, Texas
Year of attack: 2021

Tell us about the attack

I had been around my friend’s pit bull a lot. The pit had always been sweet, playful, pretty chill. I spent the night at their house every week, multiple days and was always around it. He’d always greet me at the door with his tail wagging, kisses, and his favorite toy. He’d sleep on me and everything.

One evening, while I was sitting at the table quietly eating, without warning or provocation I felt a tug on my shirt and stood up and the pit bull latched on to my arm, pulling me. I yelled at my friend to get him off and he let go as I got behind my other friend and their dad ran in, trying to keep the pit bull off us and had us against the wall, shielding us. The pit bull somehow got between his legs and bit my leg. They tossed the pit bull out of the room. My arm and leg were bitten completely open. 14 stitches and 14 puncture wounds

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I’m now traumatized. I’m afraid to be around dogs. I was afraid of my own dogs for a while even though they’ve never done anything. I have nightmares nearly every night now.

Legal Consequences
We filed a report. Animal control did nothing. The pit bull owners were not fined and were allowed to keep it. They have continued posting photos of their pit bull on social media like nothing ever happened. They keep it in a cage when people are over, I guess thinking that does something. But I will never go over there again until that pit bull is gone.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
They are animals first, pets second. Be sensitive to pit bull attack victims, it’s serious, it’s scary, and it needs to be dealt with appropriately. Nobody wants to face the reality of an aggressive pit bull especially when we love them, but if the pit bull is aggressive, he’ll attack again.


My nose was amputated by my friend’s pit bull

Name: LT
Victim: Adult
Location: Home Depot Parking Lot, Georgia
Year of attack: 2013

Tell us about the attack

A friend met me at Home Depot to help me purchase something that didn’t fit in my own car. She brought her “sweet” pit bull whom I was familiar with. As we stood outside of her car talking, he was sitting on the backseat with the window halfway rolled down. She made a comment about how cute he looked, so interested in our conversation. I turned my head towards the vehicle and he lunged through the opened window at my face. I immediately felt something wet on my face. I thought it was maybe slobber but then she started looking around on the ground. When I asked her what she was looking for, she said “your nose”. I lost 90% of my nose, basically all of the cartilage.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
it’s been eight years since the attack, and I just had my 16th reconstruction surgery a month ago. I’ve spent the last eight years trying to look normal again, trying to live my life, and I think I’ve done pretty well considering. Most days I accept what I see when I look in the mirror, but some days seeing the giant scar on my forehead or my misshapen nose reminds me that I don’t look “normal”. I know that I’ve been lucky in my recovery and have had access to the best surgeons who have helped me get my life back. But I still suffer from PTSD when I see pit bulls, especially ones that look aggressive or are off of their leash. As if the physical and social consequences weren’t enough, the financial impact has been devastating. I am still paying off that medical debt from that pit bull attack years ago.

Legal Consequences

The pit bull was put down that same day. My friend said it was her choice.

In Georgia, the law requires that for a dog owner to be held accountable, the owner has to have known of the dog’s aggression or behavioral issues beforehand. Many of the attorneys that I spoke with told me there was nothing they could do because the dog had reputedly never attacked anyone before.

Finally an attorney pulled the animal control report and found that the pit bull had in fact bitten someone before. So I had in fact been its second victim.

Her homeowner’s insurance paid out her max policy but sadly that barely put a dent in the amount of money I would eventually pay for medical bills.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
I believe that pit bulls are animals acting as animals and for any human to think they can out “love out” or “train out” the instinct of pit bulls is fooling themselves and putting the rest of us at risk. Those of us that choose to not own pit bulls should not be put at risk for doing day-to-day things such as going for a walk or jog or visiting a friend’s house or walking home from school. It’s funny that pit bull advocates don’t want to blame the animal for being bad but then also don’t want to take responsibility for not controlling it. The fact of the matter is pit bulls should not be pets. There are so many great breeds of dogs for pets: why take the risk with a ticking time bomb?

Severely mauled by my friends pit bulls in driveway

Severely mauled by my friend’s pit bulls in driveway

Name: Ciah
Victim: Child
Location: Drive way, New York
Year of attack: June 12th, 2021

Tell us about the attack

I was walking up the driveway into my friend’s house when her 100 pound pit bull and one large mastiff pit bull mix attacked me. They were biting every limb of me and pulling for an extended period of time. They did not stop when commanded and had to be physically beat off me. My arm was almost completely detached from my body and I was coughing up blood. Every limb was completely covered in blood and I could smell my soft tissue and thought I was going to die. I spent a week in ICU. I had multiple surgeries, bypass, intubation and ventilators and I still am not healed.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have terrible PTSD that makes it so I can’t sleep and I will have ongoing physical injuries and health issues for the rest of my life.

Legal Consequences
The two pit bulls were destroyed and homeowners gave the maximum.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Aggressive pit bulls don’t deserve a second chance; the “first bite free” rule needs to go.