Pit bull attacks girl, 5, near Atlanta

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 7:17 AM
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GRIFFIN, Ga. — A young girl is recovering from severe injuries after being attacked by her family’s pet pit bull dog in Spalding County.

Griffin police Capt. Dwayne Jones says the 5-year-old was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for treatment of severe facial trauma.

Jones tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the dog was latched onto the girl’s face in the family’s fenced-in backyard in Griffin when officers arrived.

Jones said the girl’s grandmother was trying to pull the dog off the girl when Cpl. Stan Phillips arrived and shot the dog to prevent further injuries, possibly saving her life.

Police said the dog’s remains were taken to the Spalding County Animal Shelter and will be tested for rabies.

Griffin is about 40 miles south of Atlanta.

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faithson
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faithson 12/06/12 - 09:40 am
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Own pit bulls and other vicious dogs by special permit

know aggressive breed's should be controlled, period.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 12/06/12 - 10:59 am
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Unusual that a family member
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Unusual that a family member would be attacked. Of course if the dog has been "Trained", all bets are off. Sad for the little girl that will suffer the pain of the attack and healing. If the dog has been trained, kick the butt of the one who abused the dog. He/She is responsible for the attack.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 12/06/12 - 12:16 pm
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It's a Pit Bull.. These dogs

It's a Pit Bull.. These dogs are unpredictable. Period... It's like playing with dynamite. Why anyone would want to own one when there are so many other good breeds is beyond me.. Very sad.. Owners of Pit Bulls should be required by law to carry at least a million in liability insurance, as well as special permits.. Wake up, people. These dogs are dangerous and unpredictable..

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DMC68 12/06/12 - 01:57 pm
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Fact Check....If you don't

Fact Check....If you don't know what prompted this you might not comment. Pit Bulls were Nanny Dogs, don't know what that is? Look it up, before Michael Vick these dogs were just dogs....Those who breed to fight should be locked up and the key thrown away better yet they should made to care for them in the aftermath! For the record ANY dog can be dangerous, before Pit Bulls it was Rottweilers, before them it was Doberman's, before them Shepard's can't wait to see what's next! I have been bitten by a poodle...are they next.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 12/06/12 - 02:35 pm
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Fact Check, indeed.. Go to

Fact Check, indeed.. Go to Dogbite.org and read up on the statistics.. This breed is a menace to society..

About the nanny dog myth, read on..

http://thetruthaboutpitbulls.blogspot.com/2010/08/nanny-dog-myth-reveale...

DMC68
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DMC68 12/06/12 - 03:45 pm
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WOW...you direct me to a site

WOW...you direct me to a site that has been compiling information since 2007, Really??? Not only that, this site is a "DOG BITE VICTIMS GROUP".....This is much like the entire election......Totally skewed. The entire focus in on Pit Bulls, much like entrapment I would say. I will do more research and get you some non biased sites for you to go read.

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rmwhitley 12/06/12 - 04:12 pm
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The breed
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is trained by the owner to be vicious. An inbred determination to assault is triggered by an owner who uses them to destroy. Owners must pay the consequences and not the children or innocent bystanders who become pawns. An Austrailian border collie will become a menace when it's owner is a menace.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 12/06/12 - 05:37 pm
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It's a site that documents

It's a site that documents dog bites.. What were you expecting? Of course it has victim accounts, however it is not a "victims group" like you describe.. It is a site that documents facts on dog bite facts and statistics, something that Pit Bull apologists are in complete denial of..

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TrulyWorried 12/06/12 - 11:45 pm
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Dog attacks girl

which happened several days ago - it would have been wise to just report an update on the girl's condition. Like this it looks like it just happened. AC hard up on news again?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/07/12 - 12:44 am
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Pits pose a special danger

These dogs can be as sweet and docile as any breed. The problem occurs when they resort to instinct and attack. They are not a Cocker Spaniel. What did the story say? When the officers arrived the dog was attached to the girl's face in a death grip. What other breed does this when they attack? What other breed has the jaw power? I witnessed one attack a cat one day about 15 years ago. I intervened and put the dog in a choke hold and choked until he passed out before he released the cat. Unfortunately, the cat was mortally wounded and died. No other breed I know of will do that.

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Young Fred 12/07/12 - 08:30 am
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Dalmations

Dalmatians have a notoriously bad temperament, especially with children. MeThinks the story of a dalmatian attacking a child would not make it to the “headlines”.

ItsAnotherDay1 – yes pit bulls have a very strong jaw, but is that worse than a mauling? Google “dogs mauling a child”.

Special care should be taken around any small child and the family pet. Special care should be taken when condemning a specific breed.

It's a common tendency to believe reported stories are a fair representation of actuality.

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sxf1973 12/07/12 - 08:46 am
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To all, both negative and

To all, both negative and positive, Pitbulls can be dangerous dog is put in the right(wrong) situation and that is just a fact. However, I am an owner of this breed and have been for 10yrs or more and several were rescue dogs, other raised from birth with no 1 incident resulting in injury. It all comes down to the dogs environment, and how you raise them. Do I think that the deserve extra attention, sure, but i also wouldn't leave a loaded gun laying around for just anyone to play with. You don't know what the situation was for that little girl and the dogs environment, i wish her a speedy recovery, but don't be so quick to say it was the breed, because i promise you, for all the statisticians out there, if you look at the owner of the dogs that attack and living conditions, it will reveal a stark statistic or its own!! I'm just saying!

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