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Mount Pleasant police say nine-year-old girl attacked by dog

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MOUNT PLEASANT (WITI) — Mount Pleasant police say a nine-year-old girl suffered injuries after she was attacked by a loose dog on Sunday afternoon, March 2nd.

It happened in the 1400 block of Rosalind Avenue.

Police say upon their arrival at the scene, they observed a gray pitbull walking in the area. The dog was loose, and did not live on the property where the attack occurred.

Police believe the dog lives in the 3500 block of Sheridan Road.

Police say the girl suffered cuts to her face, as well as a cut and puncture wound to her right leg. The girl told police the dog bit her four or five times. She was treated inside a home by South Shore Fire officials.

The girl told police she was walking with her friend when the dog ran out from between two houses and attacked her.

Police say the girl told them as the dog bit her on the leg, she fell down, and as she tried to get up, the dog bit her on the head.

Police say two witnesses were able to help scare the dog away — preventing the girl from further attack.

Officers on scene used a dog pole to secure the animal.

The dog is currently in quarantine at the humane society. Follow up will be conducted by the Mount Pleasant Health Department.

The dog’s owner was issued a $124 citation for having a dog running at large.

The dog’s owner told police the dog is five months old, and does not have its rabies shots.

Neighbors told police this isn’t the first time the dog has been loose.

Police say they responded to the Sheridan Road address in October of 2013 for a report of a loose dog that was “active and appeared aggressive.”

In this incident, after police say the dog charged at an officer, the dog was shot and killed.

Police say they found illegal drugs on the property — and a significant amount of drug-related equipment.


  • MJBell

    No one ever learns about these animals attacking children,they always say it is the owner,or the dog didn’t like the way they walked or something-not the dogs fault. How many times do you have to read this happening . There is a problem that a test should be available to check the dog for.

    • Tim

      So you think these owners just HAPPENED to get two aggressive dogs, and this had nothing to do with the owners training the dog?? And the drugs in the house, they wouldn’t train a dog to be aggressive in order to protect their drugs?? Wow. Sounds like you need to get a clue.

    • merese

      Pitbulls and fighting dog breeds carry hidden and silent genes for neurological problems that can be activated at any time. Dog fighters did not week out these bad genes as they would be favored in the dog fighting rings and in many cases dogs died young, before anyone could know that a litter was churning out dogs with this problem. Two children in Hot Springs Arkansas were killed a year apart by two different dogs adopted out to different families from the same litter. There is no test to determine which ones will go crazy. The logical choice is to choose a dog breed that was developed to be a pet in the first place, instead of one bred to fight bulls in pits for centuries in England. There have been six kids killed by pitbulls this year, two of them on March 1st, and four adults killed. Over a hundred serious maulings. Enough is enough. The study conducted by PhD’s, Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, Annals of Surgery studied dog attacks that brought people to US hospitals. They found that pitbulls cause the highest rates of death, disablity, disfigurement, dismemberment and the longest hospital stays. They also found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbul instead of Lab.

  • Merritt Clifton

    Of the 4,558 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,079 (68%) were pit bulls; 548 were Rottweilers; 3,887 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 541 human fatalities, 281 were killed by pit bulls; 86 were killed by Rottweilers; 408 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,734 people who were disfigured, 1,848 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 320 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,305 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

    • Brian Christ

      Merritt: When you post the famous log? The one where is has citations for breed, by ACO or police, proof of ownership as pets, not property, and cross check for all 4558 dogs? When will you grace us with your medical definition of permanent disfigurement? Is it a 1″scar? Maybe you can explain where all of the ancillary numbers you spit out came from? Perhaps you can tell me how, using your own numbers and words, a population swing of 550% results in “the numbers differing little.” I’ll save everyone any more. People have been asking you to open up your data for validation for years. What are you hiding?

    • Randy Bosley

      Our law makers are on to your bogus “stats” Clifton. Don’t you think it’s time to give up trying to make yourself out to be a credible source of information?
      Bonner Springs, KS City Council Members publicly stated the following:
      “The research for articles and statistics presented difficulties as the majority were anti-BSOs. The few that were in favor of BSOs generally justified their positions with use of statistical data generated by DogsBite. Research of this website found the data presented to be extremely distorted with many myths presented as facts…..Because no one, including the CDC, maintains statistics of attacks by breed, the party who maintains the website gathers statistics based on a review of newspaper articles for reports of dog attacks. This method would not be embraced by any statistician, as this would lead to greatly skewed and inaccurate results.”

  • Sue Ackland

    If the dog hasn’t had it’s rabies vaccination, it should be euthanized and the head sent in for analysis. A five month old puppy attacking a child is useless anyway.

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