Boy, 10, helps girl survive dog attack in North Augusta

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 3:00 PM
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A 5-year-old North Augusta girl is recovering after the family pit bull attacked her Monday afternoon, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities credited the quick thinking of a 10-year-old boy, who saw the attack and tried to get the animal off her. Sgt. Dave Myers said the boy first tried to punch the dog, then went into the house, grabbed a knife and started stabbing it.

When that didn’t work, the boy yelled for help, catching the attention of a neighbor who was able to loosen the dog’s grip on the girl by hitting it with a chair, Sgt. Myers said.

“The little boy really stayed with the whole incident and never quit until he got the dog off,” he said.

Sgt. Myers would not identify the children. He said the girl was admitted to the hospital with injuries to her neck, cheek and chin area but is doing fine now.

“We don’t know what provoked the attack,” he said. “It was a young family pet from what we understand.”

He said the dog was turned over to Aiken County Animal Control.

The girl, who was playing in the back yard of an Ashley Circle home, and the boy were alone at the time while the adult watching them was on a quick trip to the store to get medicine for the girl.

Any charges would be pending an investigation, which is normal procedure when an incident happens and children are alone, Sgt. Myers said.

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sueboo418
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sueboo418 12/30/09 - 04:06 pm
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Ok, so the 10 and 5 year old

Ok, so the 10 and 5 year old were left home alone??? If so, whoever was responsible should be in jail right now.

disssman
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disssman 12/30/09 - 04:33 pm
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And now you know why these

And now you know why these dogs are banned in England period, along with rotweillers.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/30/09 - 04:42 pm
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sue ... it appears that

sue ... it appears that whoever was responsible judged the kids abilities correctly ... it was the dog's temper that was misjudged. The 10 year old is hero and hopefully the 5 year old will recover. The dog needs to be put to sleep.

jackragg
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jackragg 12/30/09 - 04:43 pm
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disssman. What about the Jack

disssman. What about the Jack Russel who chewed up the baby's feet a few years back? Should we ban those too? How about we stop blaming the animals and blame the owners?

AtlasShrugged
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AtlasShrugged 12/30/09 - 04:46 pm
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Ban pit bulls!

Ban pit bulls!

sunflower61
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sunflower61 12/30/09 - 04:48 pm
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i agree rackragg, any dog can

i agree rackragg, any dog can be vicious. Pit bulls get a bad rap, i know many who are great pets and loving with children and other dogs too. Its a shame that this dog was put in the wrong hands.

jackragg
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jackragg 12/30/09 - 05:08 pm
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Way to articulate your

Way to articulate your argument AtlasShrugged. How about we ban people? According to the arguments against pitbulls we should ban them based on the viciousness of their attacks. Then to follow that same logic we should ban humans too. And how do we know it was a pitbull? the media is notorious for calling dogs pitbulls when they clearly aren't.

"The mainstream media’s sensationalized and sometimes inaccurate reporting of dog attacks is one problem. According to the National Canine Research Council, an organization that’s done extensive research on dog attack fatalities, newspaper and media accounts of dog attacks are often seriously flawed and/or incomplete in the recounting of the events and circumstances that directly contributed to the attacks." from:http://news.bestfriends.org/index.cfm?page=news&mode=entry&entry=38EFF77D-19B9-B9D5-9DB10102A46F9BD8

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/30/09 - 05:09 pm
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What kind of IDIOT has a
Unpublished

What kind of IDIOT has a pitt bull as a family pet. They should be driven into extinction!!! Pitt Bulls do not get a bad rap.. they get what they deserve- their species was bred to fight.. that's it.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/30/09 - 05:12 pm
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When I go out, I like to

When I go out, I like to leave a roaring fire with little bottles of gasoline sitting around for my children to play with, unattended. I'm thinking of getting a nice bowl of razor blades with colored marbles mixed in. When I go out, I like my children to be entertained.

jackragg
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jackragg 12/30/09 - 05:50 pm
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Idiots like me and thousands

Idiots like me and thousands of other responsible pet owners who have never had a problem with pitbulls. TrunkinRanger do you own a gun? What kind of IDIOT owns a gun!!!!!! Guns were made for killing. Do you own a car? What kind of IDIOT owns a car? More people are killed by cars a year than pitbulls. Do you own a house? What kind of IDIOT owns a house? More people die in house fires a year than are killed by pitbulls.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 12/30/09 - 06:07 pm
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Pit Bulls should be banned in

Pit Bulls should be banned in Georgia. At least 80% of Georgia residents would agree. The only purpose for these animals is to accompany hood rat thugs, gang members, and drug dealers.

yak11
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yak11 12/30/09 - 06:08 pm
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sue...10 years old is MORE

sue...10 years old is MORE than competent to watch a sibling. Did it for years

nofrills
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nofrills 12/30/09 - 06:17 pm
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I dont care what breed you

I dont care what breed you have. All dogs will bite if provoked or trained to do so. The story doesnt begin to explain to you what this dogs has been through or what kind of people owned the dog. Do you know if this dog was trained to be mean? Dont punish the dog for doing what its trained to do, go after the owner and pray for the kids. I own a pit and I trust him with the littlest baby to my grandpa. He is a member of the family and I dont think you could ever get him to bite. I also own two Chihuahua's who will not only bite you but will repeatly bite you as you try to get away. so do we ban Chihuahua's?

jackragg
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jackragg 12/30/09 - 06:17 pm
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80% ? And exactly where did

80% ? And exactly where did you find that information? Or are you just making up numbers? And for your information I am a pitbull owner and have been for years. I am none of the things you mention and actually am quite the opposite. Dogs are dogs. I could make a poodle vicious if I mistreated it. By blaming the animal you are only showing your lack of intelligence.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/30/09 - 06:21 pm
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jack ... the article didn't

jack ... the article didn't give enough information for most of the assumptions that have been made ... even yours. If you are right the dog was known to be vicious and/or mistreated then the owners are at faulth and should be hung by their thumb nails. But at this point I would not trust this dog anymore and it should be put to sleep.

donnymack
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donnymack 12/30/09 - 06:22 pm
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Whoever was responsible for

Whoever was responsible for those chidren need to be locked up. First you learn in parenting 101 never leave unattended children that young outside. I happen to like the Pit Bull breed, but like some one said,they are not a family dog. They are so inbred today as are most breeds,that they are growing into a very unreliable breed. Other breeds as well I would not recomend,that being Springer Spaniels,Cockers and Bittanies,becuse they are very suseptable to a thing called the rage.They will go off without any signs whatsoever and it doesn't matter who is near they will be in trouble. Oh well enough about dogs and inbreds.

georgia2005rebel
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georgia2005rebel 12/30/09 - 06:26 pm
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In the state of South

In the state of South Carolina, there are no set age limits, but the officials say that no child under 8 should be left alone. Since the boy is 10 and I know this doesn't make it right, he is old enough and technically the girl is not home alone. And the dog was only a year old and grew up with the little girl. The dog was not put in the wrong hands, its just the breed of the dog that makes it unpredictable.

nofrills
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nofrills 12/30/09 - 06:37 pm
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The dog was almost two and he

The dog was almost two and he wasnt treated like a family dog. he was left outside all the time. he had no real training except down and stay. To say its the breed is so wrong. So my Chihuahua's bite because its the breed? I have lots of friends who have the sweetest little Chihuahua's you ever want to meet. My dogs bite because when they were puppies we all thought hitting momma and letting them come after us was funny. Now we live staying away from momma. We dont put them to sleep instead we deal with our dogs in a responsable matter and not a person has been bit

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/30/09 - 06:45 pm
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nofrills ... just because a

nofrills ... just because a dog lives outside or has no real training doesn't automatically make the dog vicious or tell us that the owners where mistreating it.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/30/09 - 07:21 pm
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If they are so safe why are

If they are so safe why are most maulings and killings done by pits? and every single one says, he was always so sweet and even played with my kids. Obviously something is different about pits than other breeds or the majority of morons who raise them, Is it just that most irresponsible owners choose pits? Any dog can attack, but what explains how so many of the beloved pets (pits) turn for no reason so often?

wise
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wise 12/30/09 - 07:23 pm
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As a former Pit Bull owner I

As a former Pit Bull owner I would have to say its the owners fault. Just like any other large animal you have to train them. Pit Bull's a very smart a learn quickly. My Pit was potty trained at 6 weeks. He was very human like. If this dog was being trained to be aggressive then thats what may have triggered the attack. If a dog is rewarded for acting violently then thats what they are going to do.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/30/09 - 07:24 pm
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I hope the young girl has a

I hope the young girl has a speedy recovery and no lasting scars physically or emotionally. Kudos to the young man for his heroic efforts and I'm glad he didn't end up being a victim too. I hope it doesn't also emotionally scar him as well.

wise
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wise 12/30/09 - 07:25 pm
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To ad my Pit grew up with my

To ad my Pit grew up with my youngest daughter and she could lay on top of him with no problem. He was her best friend. He also liked to give hugs.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/30/09 - 07:29 pm
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wise ... at this point

wise ... at this point nothing has been made public to suggest that the owners mistreated or trainned this dog to be vicious. And the fact is most dogs don't have to trained not to be vicious. This attack was more than just knocking the girl down or clawing her while playing with her. Re-read the article ... this was a prolonged and vicious attack. While the owners may very well be at fault ... this dog is danagerous either way.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/30/09 - 07:37 pm
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Also, most people do allow

Also, most people do allow their kids to lay on top of dogs pull their tails and ears and generally aggrevate the hell out of them and the dog never does anything, then years after they get older and tired of it and turn, then the owners wonder why. Same goes for people who think its cute to get their puppies to play fight and play fun..sick em.. then one day the dog grows up and when he gets [filtered word] for any little reason...he does just what he was taught to do...sick em. I'm sure its a combination of both the dog and the owners in most cases.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/30/09 - 07:44 pm
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TakeAstand ... I believe you

TakeAstand ... I believe you are most likely right in that it was a combination of the owner and the dog. It seems from other posters that a pit bull needs special training that these owners didn't give and as a result the attack happened. Maybe we should require that pit bull (and some other breeds) owner take special training before they can own the dog. If I had of bought a pit bull I wouldn't have known what special training was needed even though I have been around large breed dogs all my life.

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CobaltGeorge 12/30/09 - 08:13 pm
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"said the boy first tried to

"said the boy first tried to punch the dog, then went into the house, grabbed a knife and started stabbing it." There is a big ? at this point. Has anybody tried to break up a dog fight or one that is getting aggressive with some one. If this boy was stabbing him, it was causing this dog pain. That is where the ? comes in. I do believe that the parents acted irresponsible leaving them alone. ( Then to make a judgment, I would have to know the parents personally) There is a lot of Rush to Judgement here.

ron_rlw
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ron_rlw 12/30/09 - 08:21 pm
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Cobalt ... your dealing with

Cobalt ... your dealing with a 10 year old. I know from experience that once a large dog bite down it is almost impossible to prey the mouth open. The 10 year old most likely was trying anything he could think of to get the dog off his sister. The neighbor used a chair.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/30/09 - 08:41 pm
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No matter what, this was a

No matter what, this was a bad situation and my prayers go out to both of them. Hope it will be nothing but a memory when they are 70.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 12/30/09 - 09:20 pm
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poor dog.. another innocent

poor dog.. another innocent animal will have to suffer because of the irresponsible owner!!

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