An unnamed 10-year-old girl was mauled by a vicious pitbull, who had a record of biting people. The 10-year-old had to have her arm reattached by doctors, almost lost her foot, and was bitten severely all over her face.
A neighbor, Ralphael Jackson, was passing by the house as he heard the little girl’s screams. He grabbed a shovel and attempted to help the child’s aunt and parents subdue the dog and grab the little girl. Another neighbor ran over trying to distract the dog with food.
“It wasn’t even thinking about that food, because at this point, it smelled blood,” Jackson told Click On Detroit.
The Daily Mail reports:
The dog was known to be aggressive and so was usually kept locked in a room upstairs when strangers were on the property, which is located on the 10700 block of Beaconsfield, Chief James Craig said.
‘But in this instance, the dog left the upstairs, came down, the gated door was ajar, the dog left and immediately began attacking this child.’
The girl’s aunt, 55, was wounded in the leg when she tried to stop the animal hurting the child, Craig said. None of the family are being identified.
The girl was taken to St John Hospital in critical condition, and her arm was reattached.
It was feared she might also lose her foot, but it did not need to be amputated, The Detroit News reported.
Craig said that the dog had previously attacked a worker from electric company DTE.
‘Why is this dog allowed to stay here when we already have a history of the dog being vicious?’ he asked.
he dog is now being kept at Detroit Animal Control & Care. It’s not yet known what will happen to it.
No-one had been charged in the attack as of Saturday.
This was the second dog mauling in a 24-hour window and the fifth in Detroit this month, the Detroit Free Press reported.
On Friday a cop was mauled by a dog while responding to a burglary at 12300 Corbett; the dog ran out of the back yard and bit him.
His partner shot the dog dead; the officer was in a temporary serious condition.
In may a five-year-old girl was ‘extensively’ injured by several pit bulls on the east side.
On April 30, police said one of the worst maulings they’d ever seen occurred when a couple in Roseville were mauled by a pit bull belonging to the woman’s son.
They are still recovering.