WBAL TV Baltimore is reporting that a 6-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull at her Rosedale home on Monday. The girl was playing in the 2300 block of Bluegrass Heights when the pit bull ran across the street and attacked her. The girl says the dog bit her leg and shook it around, “trying to bite my skin off.” The girl’s mother was shocked when she saw her daughter lying on the ground with a large gash in her leg. The girl was initially taken to Franklin Square Hospital, but she was transferred to Johns Hopkins. The wound required 40 stitches.
The owner of the pit bull says the dog was in the house just before the attack. When he heard a noise outside, the dog burst through the door and ran across the street. The incident has sparked an investigation by the health department and resulted in $700 in fines for the owner. Officials impounded the dog. The girl’s mother says she plans to press charges against the dog’s owner.
Pit bull attacks are often responsible for serious injuries. The breed has a bad reputation, not necessarily because these dogs bite people more often, but because the damage they cause is often severe. An attack by a pit bull usually causes serious injuries because of the breed’s strength. Their strong jaws can clamp down on a victim and cause serious wounds.
Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs from attacking others. Whether that means keeping the dog in a fenced-in yard or reinforcing screen doors so dogs cannot break through them, the responsibility falls on the owner to take these precautions. If you or your child suffered serious injuries due to a dog bite attack, contact the Maryland dog bite injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer. We will work hard to help you recover the compensation needed to cover medical expenses and other costs associated with the attack. Schedule a free and confidential consultation by calling (301) 932-9997 or toll free at (800) 301-7172.