Victim: Adult, Child
Location: My house, Indiana
Year of attack: 2021
Tell us about the attack
We bought an Staffordshire pit bull terrier mix from the shelter in Indy 3 weeks prior. We had no issues other than he was showing some signs of being protective. The pit bull and my 10-year-old were sleeping when my 11-year-old went in with food to wake her brother up. She yelled at him and the dog started attacking her. Didn’t touch the food. I was in the bathroom and didn’t realize what was going on. I came running when I heard her screaming help mommy I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die. She was trying to get away. I got the pit bull off her and got bit myself. We rushed her to the Emergency. She was pale and freezing. She had wounds to both arms. She was so scared. We got there and found out the pit bull had broken her right arm. She was transported to Riley children’s hospital in Indy. They put her under to stitch her. She had to have 15 stitches between the two arms. They couldn’t cast the broken arm because of the puncture wounds.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
She has missed the last few weeks of art. It’s been rough on us. She thought she was going to die.
I told Animal Control to come get the pit bull. They did and then they lost him. I don’t know if they got him later or not. I don’t ever want to see it again.
The animal rescue shelter knew more about the pit bull’s past than they they told us. My daughter reminded me that they had told the people behind us that he would not be a good fit for them because they had a young child. The report they gave us instead when we adopted it was that it wasn’t good with other animals.
My daughter could have died because we tried to save a pit bull. I had to miss work. It’s been rough.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
You never know what’s going to happen