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Pit bull

A pit bull ate my daughter’s nose in unprovoked attack

Name: Brandy Watson
Victim: Child
Location: On our porch, Ohio
Year of attack: 2019

Tell us about the attack

In 2019, my 11-year-old daughter was attacked by a pit bull. My husband, my daughters, 1 of my husband’s cousin’s kids and I were all on my porch. The pit bull came over from a neighbor’s place and attacked my daughter for no reason with no provocation or warning.

She had 2 bites on her stomach, 1 bite on right hand, 2 bites to her face. The one bite on her face was the worst. The pit bull ate a chunk of her nose. She was lucky she was wearing her glasses. If she wasn’t she would have lost an eye that day.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
My daughter is still terrified of dogs. She gets stomach aches and sweating when they get near her.

Legal Consequences

After two-and-a-half years, we finally won a $300,000 lawsuit.

The pit bull owner, who was 18 years old at the time, didn’t want to put the pit bull down but her parents made her. But now, she owns two more pit bulls.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
While in theory it might be true that any dog can bite, pit bulls are way by far the most likely to, and are aggressively violent when they do.


The pit bull ate half my face

Pit bull severely mauls child in face and shoulder

Name: VB
Victim: Child
Location: Neighbor’s front yard, Ohio
Year of attack: 2002

Tell us about the attack

One morning me and my family were eating breakfast together. It was a normal day. I was 5, my sister was 6, and we were friends with a neighborhood boy. We wanted to go see if he wanted to play. So after we finished our breakfast, we went to his house and knocked on his door to see if he could come out. Little did we know this day would change our lives forever.

We knocked on the door, and when it opened, a huge pit bull came running out and tackled me and knocked me to the ground. I thought the pit bull was licking me but little did I know it had eaten part of my face off. My sister tried to pull it off me but it bit her on the arm then went back to eating my face. It felt like I was on the ground forever before someone got the pit bull off me. I remember standing up and having half of my face hanging.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have very bad PTSD. I get nightmares about it still and I’m now 24. It changed my life forever. Anytime I see a pit bull I freeze up in fear, horrified it will happen to me again. I don’t think I’ve actually been able to get a good night’s rest. And sometimes the scars hurt. I’m trying to get over my fear.

Legal Consequences
Fined and the pit bull was put to sleep.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
I had to get reconstructive surgery on my face and shoulder. I am reminded of the attack every time I look in the mirror or when someone sees my shoulder.


The pit cannot be loved or socialized out of pit bulls

The pit cannot be loved or socialized out of pit bulls

Name: Penny S.
Victim: Pet
Location: My front yard, Ohio
Year of attack: 2015

Tell us about the attack
All of my animals are rescues, a motley bunch. I adopted Pea when he was 9, a senior toy poodle. He came in and took over. He was the smallest and oldest, but that didn’t matter, he was in charge. My neighbor had a pit bull that wanted to fight my son’s lab, Pea’s accepted pack member. One morning I was filling the birdbath in the backyard, when the dogs took off around the side of the house, barking. Thinking they were going to chase a cat into the woods, I followed. As I came around the corner, I heard an animal shriek. The neighbor’s pit bull was shaking Pea by the front leg. Pea had jumped between the lab and the pit, to save his pack member. When the pit bull saw me, he dropped Pea and ran. Pea survived, with a broken jaw and radial leg fracture. Still pack leader, he was 14 then.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I am very vigilant in restricting pit bulls on my property. I’ve lost friends who believe I’m a dog racist. I had a tenant who had an illegal pit bull, I made him get rid of it. He posted my name and address online, I received death threats and worse, had to get the sheriff. I’ll never stop speaking out against bully breeds, no matter what happens.

Legal Consequences
The pit bull was gone by the time I got home from the emergency vet, it was a Sunday. They thought I’d demand it be put down. They did pay the vet bill, over time. They moved later, and I heard they took the pit bull back. It had a habit of running away (not neutered), and even though they lived 15 miles away, the pit bull showed up here once. The pit owner came and got it, but eventually it disappeared for good.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bulls are not like other dogs. They want to fight, no matter how loving they appear. They are dangerous because they look like other dogs. They are unstable. Most times the animal or person they go after is their owner or a member of their owner’s family. This cannot be loved or socialized out of them. They select their victim, and that’s it.


Horse attacked by pit bull on trail

Horse attacked by pit bull on trail

Name: Carol Miller
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: City park horse trail, Ohio
Year of attack: 2007

Tell us about the attack

The attack upon Blue, my horse, lasted 20 minutes and covered a mile. It was terminated by direct Park Ranger action. The attack was witnessed by hundreds of horrified park patrons.

The early part of our story was covered by a sympathetic blogger. Here is a link. http://17barks.blogspot.com/2011/10/story-of-blue.html

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Thirteen years after the attack the horse still has flashbacks and he is no longer sound. He is pretty much retired and a big, expensive pet. This is a huge waste, as he was a lovely and very talented six-year-old at the time of the attack. Blue was never able to be shown. He lives because none of this was his fault and he did not deserve to die.

I required major surgery to control my pain. Nobody can predict how long the pain control may last. Possibly the rest of my life, possibly not past tomorrow. I still have flashbacks from time to time as well. Pit bull attack victims don’t get their peaceful lives back.

Legal Consequences
There was an attempt to bring the pit bull into a densely populated suburb under falsified state documents, into a rental property, directly across the street from a school, and uninsured by claiming that the pit bull was suddenly a different breed. Local animal control was warned and the pit bull was ordered out of town. The pit bull owners sent the pit bull out of town, possibly out of state. She rode the Pit Bull Express to some other community putting innocent people at risk.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bull attacks happen everywhere and anytime. No animal is too big to be safe from a pit bull attack. Attacks upon horses are as common as dirt and without immediate human intervention, a confined horse will die every time. Blue did not die because he had the opportunity to run.