Pit Bull Fatally Mauls Michigan Boy

Police near Detroit say a family's pit bull terrier fatally mauled a 1-year-old boy and the boy's father killed the dog.

Eastpointe police Lt. Darrell Corsi says the toddler was attacked Wednesday afternoon at his home in Eastpointe, just northeast of Detroit.

Corsi says the boy's father shot the dog to death with a handgun. The child was pronounced dead at St. John Hospital.

Corsi says no one else was injured. The names of the boy and his
father have not been released.

Police are investigating the attack. It wasn't immediately known
whether charges would be filed.

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  • by Chase Location: San Diego on Jul 20, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    If you actually took the time to look up the information you will find that "pitbulls" have been responsible for less than 5% of fatal dog attacks, they are just the ones that get the media attention when an attack does happen. The owner of this dog did something to trigger this attack, either at the moment it happened or in the way he raised the dog. I own two "pitbulls" one is the american bull terrier and the other is an english staffordshire. I also own a black lab, and he has had more aggressive behavioral issues than either of my "pits". ANY DOG that does not get the interaction of other dogs and people can become a dangerous dog, furthermore an over-excited dog is just as dangerous. Dogs that jump up on people and "spaz" out and act hyper around people are in all reality expressing excited frustration that if not addressed, can lead to aggression. Most dog owners know very little about their pets and commonly mistake the signs that the animal has aggressive.
  • by Chase Location: San Diego on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    First, you need to determine what type of pit it was being that the "pitbull" is NOT a specific breed of dog. The american bulldog is a pitbull, the staffordshire is as well. Secondly, most pitbull breeds have been scored at 80% or higher from temperament studies (100% is completely docile in every way). If they investigate this further they are going to come up with evidence that this dog was not taken care of properly. Pitbull breeds are commonly high energy dogs and need room to run and need several daily walk to stop them from developing territorial issues. Furthermore, the american pit bull terrier is known for it's good human interaction abilities. These dogs are known to greet people with wagging tails and even smiles. There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. I am a dog behavioralist and deal mostly with aggressive or hyper dogs. PITBULLS HAVE BEEN THE LEAST OF MY WORRIES. A lab would have made the same attack. It was the owner, not the dog.
  • by Arien Location: x on Jul 17, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    it's too late now!!! hahahaha!!! and there's nothing you can do to STOP ME!!!
  • by Marie Location: Asheville on May 5, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    Why would any person put a dog before any child. what kind of point are they trying to make.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 26, 2009 at 12:53 AM
    WITN Moderators.... where's my post that was right under Don Wallace? ...Don''t tell me.. let me guess! ..Ahhh the crybabies have been emailing you AGAIN complaining about my submissions? ..Cowards... now exactly who would I be calling a COWARD?... (a. the whiners on WITN) (b. moderators) (c. both)
  • by RA Location: Arizona on Apr 25, 2009 at 12:07 AM
    I love my pit mix dogs! The ones that are inbred (like ALL dogs that are inbreeds) have "issues". However, NOT all have been in bred or trained to fight. They're very loving dogs. There's NO Bad dogs, Just Bad owners! I've been attacked by a golden retriever & a doberman pincher! I don't want them to be killed or to ban them & I had OVER 150 stitches from the golden retriever attack!! In fact I didn't want the golden retriever put down at all, but the owner insisted on it. Get a dog that's not inbred & TEACH it RIght then there's no problem! Again, No Bad dogs just Bad owner especially the ones that inbreed them or teach them to fight! I FEEL for the people who get hurt & those who are killed by them. But, place the blame where it belongs on the owner!!
  • by Catherine Location: fayeteville on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:50 PM
    Jeff, Isabelle Dinoire, the recipient of the first face transplant, underwent the procedure as a result of having her face mauled by her LAB. Also, are you aware pit bulls perform better on temperment tests than labs? Do some research before you make such statements.
  • by Joey Location: NY on Apr 24, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    In response to Jeff from Winterville, Labs are one of the most energetic breeds of dog. Maybe the ones you have seen as "gentle and loving" have been trained to be, just as any dog who attacks anyone has been trained in some way to attack. Pit Bulls are not inherently dangerous, and anyone who thinks they are have never been around any breed of dog. And you never hear the whole story in these "attack" cases. Does the dog really go up to a person it doesn't know and bite them? Or was the person teasing the dog? Was the person in the dog's territory? Were they threatening the dog? This is all important information. Dogs are pack animals, and they need to socialize with other dogs, as well as humans and other animals. By sticking our heads in the sand and saying that all pit bulls are dangerous, we arn't helping the problem that we created. People need to properly train their dogs, regardless of breed. People need to take responsibilty; it's not the dog's fault...
  • by Ed Location: Washington on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Dave, a pit bull attacked me once too. It's supposedly tough guy owner cried for days over that mutt. I made him clean the dogs remains off my sidewalk with a deck brush and a bottle of bleach.
  • by Dave on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    We should ban automobiles too! Over 100 AMERICANS GET KILLED EVERY DAY in automobile accidents according to the federal government (http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx). If we want to save lives, we have to give up our rights people. Also, it would take about 3 years worth of all Dog related deaths (meaning all breeds combined) in the US to add up to 1 DAYS worth of Automobile-related deaths! Also, Pit bulls have been banned from most of Europe I believe. If you're really afraid of pit bulls you could read about Europe, and maybe move there. Finally, a pit-bull attacked me once and I kicked it as hard as I could in the face. Man up America !

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