Injured arm

Neighbor’s loving, affectionate pit bull attacks with no warning

Name: A.D.
Victim: Adult
Location: Neighbors yard, Maine
Year of attack: 2022

Tell us about the attack

I have been friends with my neighbor for 24 years and we have been neighbors for the past 17. Two years ago she bought a pit bull from the Humane Society. I go over their home often since we live right across from each other, and I know their dogs pretty well.

On Memorial Weekend 2022, I walked over to her house to talk about having a BBQ. She had her pit bull on a leash. I said hi to the pit bull, as I always do, and started talking to my friend.

Within a minute with no warning or provocation her pit bull had jumped, seized my arm in its mouth, pulled me to the ground, and would not let go.

I was so stunned but I didn’t panic. I just kept saying please get your animal off my arm. I ended up with a level 4 bite. 9 deep marks with stitches.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have been having severe panic attacks anytime I see a dog now. I have muscle and nerve damage in my left arm.

Legal Consequences
The pit bull was put down by owners 13 days after the bite happened. The pit bull owner was not fined.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
This pit bull was supposedly loving, playful, affectionate and out of nowhere it attacked. Please keep your children away from pit bulls. If this was my daughter she would have been killed.