Bartlesville boy recovering after getting bitten by pit bull chained up in a neighbor’s backyardBy Will Dupree – 9:35 PM, Apr 8, 2015 BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – A six-year-old boy in Bartlesville is recovering after a neighbor’s pit bull bit his face and his arm.Crystal Fugate said her son, Malachi, and his twin brother got off the school bus Tuesday and went into a neighbor’s backyard. She said they wanted to pet a dog there, which was chained up behind the house to a light pole.”He thought the dog was going to lick him in the face, and it bit him in the face,” Crystal Fugate said. “Then, while he was on the ground, it bit him on his arm.”Fugate said a neighbor ran her son back home after hearing him screaming.
“I’m just glad that he’s okay,” she said. “I’m glad that this is all he got even though every time I look at him, I want to cry.”
Pit Bull Bites Boy in the Face
Officers found dog which is a two year old brown and white pit bull. The dog was secured in the back yard by a cable attached to a tree. The owner of the dog was identified as Stacey Moreno who apparently lives at another address. Police issued the owner three citations (1) No city license (2) No rabies tag (3) Owner shall confine all vicious animals. The dog was also ordered quarantined for ten days. Stacey Moreno was arrested on an unrelated Bartlesville municipal warrant.
Bartlesville ambulance took the six year old boy to the hospital. He had several lacerations around his right eye along with a bite mark on his right forearm.
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.
The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group BADRAP recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements (https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399 )13. In 2013, in the United States, 16 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS
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:
- 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