6-year-old hospitalized after pit bull attack in Bradenton

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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 9:14 am | Updated: 9:15 pm, Wed May 15, 2013.

BRADENTON, FL. - A 6-year old boy is recovering after being bitten by a pit bull in Manatee County.

It happened in the 1100 block of 36th Avenue West at a friend's home the victim's family had been staying at.

Deputies say the boy's stepmother found the dog biting him. As she tried to get the dog to release, the owner came in to help.

The boy is reportedly in stable condition and undergoing procedures at All Children's Hospital to determine the extent of the injuries to his forearm and the back of his neck.

The pit bull's owner says the boy was afraid of the dog and he may have tried to feed him some cotton candy. He says his niece was involved in a similar incident with the pet, but he's still a good dog. “She was very afraid of the dog. She don't come over here a lot. Food was involved that time also. He's a good dog. He's well trained and he does listen to his owners, but we wasn't here.”

Animal Control has possession of the dog now. According to the owner, it's being quarantined for 10 to 30 days pending a dangerous dog investigation.


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  • WLB posted at 1:01 am on Sat, Jun 22, 2013.

    WLB Posts: 1

    So this ugly land-shark (and it is UGLY even for a pit bull!) attacks a 6-year-old child and sends him to the hospital and had already attacked the owner's niece in a similar incident, but the owner contends "he's still a good dog!" A GOOD DOG??? If these are the actions of a "good dog," what in the name of all that's holy would that 4-legged demon have to do to be considered a bad dog?

    If the parents of this little boy have any sense, they have already contacted a personal injury attorney to sue this irresponsible pit freak for everything he has! Of course, being a pit bull owner, I doubt he has a proverbial pot, but if he works, his wages can be garnished.

  • Karen White posted at 10:33 am on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    Karen White Posts: 1

    Why do they continue to call these critical maulings "dog bites". This dog was trying to KILL the child. Attack to the back of the neck. Comparing this to a dog bite is like comparing a water/squirt gun to a 44 magnum.

  • DeeMan posted at 9:20 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    DeeMan Posts: 1

    While anti BSL, pro pit advocates celebrate what they consider victories. We mourn another death . Thus far this year there have been 11 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. In every one of these deaths only one breed (type) of dog has been the killer .The pit bull has been the only type of dog to take human life so far this year. Please Pray for the families and loved ones of the following .(Beau Rutledge, 2 years old)(Jordyn Arndt 4 years old )( Claudia Gallardo, 38 years old ) (Tyler Jett, 7 years old ) (Monica Renee Laminack, 21 months old) (Daxton Borchardt, 14 months old ) ( Ryan Maxwell, 7 years old ) (Isaiah Aguilar, 2 years old ) ( Esile Grace, 91 years old ) (Christian Gormanous, 4 years old ) (Betty Todd, 65 years old ) What kind of people find celebration while lives are lost. At this rate within the next 10 to 20 days We will be adding another innocent victim to this list. Please join Us to bring regulation that will reduce the mauling and killing.https://www.facebook.com/ProtectChildrenFromPitBulls?hc_location=timeline

  • kidrobot27 posted at 6:24 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    kidrobot27 Posts: 1

    I think the dog should be put down. The owner is inarticulate and sounds uneducated. He doesnt know what a "good dog" is. A good dog is a dog that, no matter what, wouldn't think to harm a human. Our daughter was bitten in the face when she was 10 yrs old by a friends dog. 300 stitches, and two plastic surgeries later she still has a huge scar that will be with her the rest of her life. I also think the owner should be charged. Since the owner knew about a previous incident with the dog. Dogs that bite shouldn't be kept as pets, and should be treated as deadly weapons.


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