Location: Walking on a street, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2020
Tell us about the attack
Two weeks ago my 11-year-old daughter was walking our 18 lb dog on a leash. A neighbor’s newly acquired female pit bull mix jumped a 4 foot fence and viciously mauled my dog. My daughter tried in vain to punch the pit’s head and grabbed her to release my dog’s head out of her tightly-closed jaws. My daughter’s screams alerted neighbors. Grown men couldn’t get the pit off my dog. One brave neighbor scooped up my dog when she dropped him, poised to attack again. My dog was fortunate to survive. The owner of the pit bull was a 73-year-old man living with his ill 93-year-old mother. The dog was a foster placed with them by animal rescue workers.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Our family has been traumatized. My poor daughter will remember this violent attack for the rest of her life. Our neighbors who witnessed the attack said it was horrifying and were quite traumatized. She is scared to walk our dog by herself. Frankly, we are nervous, too.
The pit bull, marketed by the shelter as great with kids and other animals, was returned immediately. Two weeks after the attack, this pit was advertised on the shelter’s website as an “adoptable, adorable, sweet doll.” We cannot, in good conscience, allow this pit bull to be adopted by an unsuspecting family.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Shelters lie. Shelters continually misrepresent dangerous dogs.