Isaiah Aguilar of Sabinal went to retrieve a balloon blown up for him by his sister when the tied-up pit bull attacked.
BY MICHAEL WALSH / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 4:54 PM
Forget the dog – beware of owner.
A Texas toddler was mauled to death by a pit bull as the canine’s owner watched the bloodshed from his doorway and did nothing to stop it, according to the child’s parents.
Isaiah Aguilar, 2, was playing with his sister outside his home in Sabinal, Texas, shortly before the attack. The girl blew up a balloon for her younger brother, but it blew into their neighbor’s backyard. Little Isaiah chased after it toward a tied-up female pit bull.
“My daughter (saw) somebody open the door and look out and said he just shook his head and shut the door,” said Richard Aguilar, the boy’s father.
The child’s screams drew his father and brother to the scene. By the time they arrived, the bloodied youngster was no longer breathing, reported local ABC-affiliate KSAT.
“He had bites all on his arms, puncture wounds to his stomach, and bites on his neck,” Aguilar said. “There was a lot of blood.”
Aguilar was almost attacked by the dog before seizing his dying son and calling for help. Another neighbor performed CPR to no avail.
Police arrived and brought the child to a hospital in Uvalde, where he was declared dead.
The pit bull is under quarantine in Uvalde until tests are performed on the boy.
A judge will decide what will happen to the dog and its owner, officers said.
“I just want all this to be a nightmare,” said Isaiah’s mother, Lisa Gonzales, as her family gathered around to console her.
American Pit Bull Terrier
*The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff