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    Boy's arm amputated after family pit bull attacks

    http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8740906


    PAW PAW, Mich (WOOD) - A 10-year-old boy had his arm amputated Saturday after the family dog attacked him.

    It happened in the 52000 block of Brachetto Drive in Paw Paw around 11 a.m. Saturday.

    Deputies from Van Buren County say the child was left home alone for a short time.

    His brother arrived home to find the family dog, a two-year-old a pit bull named 'Torco' attacking the child.

    The boy was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

    Authorities say the child had several puncture wounds and sustained injuries so severe that his right arm had to be amputated.

    Neighbors in the area tell 24 Hour News 8 that they saw emergency crews at the same home earlier this summer because of the dog attacking another person in the home.

    "We actually confronted him about it because we were very concerned for our own children," said Dave Bos, who lives across the street from where the attack happened. "It breaks my heart to see that a young child like that...had to lose his arm as a result of it. It's very depressing," he said.
    Another neighbor, Doug Resman, says he even tried contacting law enforcement about the dog.

    "They just said you have to wait until something else happens," said Resman.

    The neighbors say that the man injured in the earlier incident had to have stitches and that animal control was called but the family refused to get rid of the dog despite their concerns.

    "They are animal lovers, they have more than one animal and they just wanted to keep him," said Bos, "He (the dog owner) is a very nice guy and he didn't mean for this to happen. Unfortunately it did and you cant take back the inaction that you didn't take before."

    The boy's parents were in Indiana at the time of the attack.

    They were notified and police say they made their way back to West Michigan Saturday afternoon.

    The dog was put down after being taken to the Van Buren County Animal Control Shelter in Hartford.


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    How horrible. It's so sad when a child has to suffer for their parents' stupidity. They knew the dog was dangerous yet left their child home alone with it.

    Maybe the parents should have one of their arms amputated.

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    That's awful. I feel so sorry for that poor child. Shame on those parents for putting a dog before their children.

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    Another one??????????
    Wake up people.

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    Grrrr this makes me angry

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    and it goes on and on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kline View Post
    Another one??????????
    Wake up people.
    Get rid of the Pit Bulls and if you have one and have a kid get charged with attempted murder or murder when they attack your child.

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    Why are people so stuck on stupid with regard to pitt bulls?

    I just do NOT get it!

    This did NOT have to happen!

    fran

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    Poor child, people just don't get it

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    We start charging the idiot owners with attempted murder every single time their dogs bite someone.

    That is when you will see a drop in aggressive dogs.

    I am a dog lover. I love my beagles but I would not keep them if they were aggressive and prone to attacking people or other animals.


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    I feel terrible for the 10 year old boy, if his brother hadn't come home he could have been killed. Since the dog had already had atleast 1 attack before this IMO the dog should not have been around the children and the parents are responsible for what happened, just as if they left a loaded gun laying around for a kid to play with.
    maybe the police will listen a little better also in the future when neighbors voice a concern. This was totally preventable.

    VB

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    maybe one fine day.. we will all come to our senses and pass laws in EVERY state protecting us from these evil things. only then will i feel truly safe walking down the street. but sadly, i guess many more people, children, and other pets will have to be killed, in order for lawmakers to consider OUR freedom to be safe.. more important than the 'FREEDOM' of people to own vicious, violent dogs that randomly attack people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixies View Post
    We start charging the idiot owners with attempted murder every single time their dogs bite someone.

    That is when you will see a drop in aggressive dogs.

    I am a dog lover. I love my beagles but I would not keep them if they were aggressive and prone to attacking people or other animals.
    Amen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by becklynn View Post
    Get rid of the Pit Bulls and if you have one and have a kid get charged with attempted murder or murder when they attack your child.
    I couldnt agree more!
    Joann thank you for showing me all the beautiful things in this world especially yourself!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reb View Post
    maybe one fine day.. we will all come to our senses and pass laws in EVERY state protecting us from these evil things. only then will i feel truly safe walking down the street. but sadly, i guess many more people, children, and other pets will have to be killed, in order for lawmakers to consider OUR freedom to be safe.. more important than the 'FREEDOM' of people to own vicious, violent dogs that randomly attack people.
    Laws against specific breeds wont' change a thing...until we start PUNISHING OWNERS who are irresponsible, abusive and neglectful we will still have dog bites and dog attacks becuase the same irresponsible people who own pit bulls will go out and get another large breed dog, tie it up in the back yard or the basement, make it mean for 'protection' and then claim to be shocked when it attacks someone.

    Unless you are going to ball ALL large and medium sized dogs, then the problem isn't dogs but people who shouldn't own them in the first place.

    I don't know why this isn't obvious to everyone. Everytime we pass a law aimed at the symptom instead of the cause it fails.

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