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Family “Pit” Attacks Toddler & Mom

WILLIS — Early Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery County recorded yet another Pit Bull attack. This one occurred in the 100 block of Straughter at Rogers Road. Willis Police responded along with Montgomery County Hospital District. They arrived to find an 18-month-old male, bitten in the face, neck, and side. His mother was also bitten and scratched, but not severely.

MCHD transported both to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The boy remains in critical condition as of this writing, but is expected to recover. The mother was treated for her injuries, which were not as severe as the child’s.

According to Montgomery County Animal Cruelty Officer Tim Holifield, the mother had been in the yard with the child, who was in a wagon. She went inside to get a glass of water, and when she returned, the dog was attacking the child. It is unknown how the canine was able to get free of the chain it was on, but when police arrived, the dog had already been secured.

Both mother and child lived in the home, but did not own the dog. The dog is owned by an unnamed man who is currently in the Montgomery County Jail.

Animal Control took the dog for a 10-day quarantine / evaluation of rabies. After that, it will be up to the courts to determine the dog’s fate.

Texas law says a dog seriously injuring or killing a human must be put down. There is one exception, besides police dogs, or dogs securing property. In addition, Mr. Holifield said the Pit Bull that killed another child Sunday, just two days earlier, would be put down. That dog was signed over by the owner to Montgomery County Animal Control. Even though that dog was in a fenced area and chained, and could have been an exception to the law, the owner decided it would be too difficult to take the dog back into the neighborhood where the child was killed. The owner also said it would be too difficult knowing the dog had killed a human.

 

 

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  1. Kellog

    This is a tragic accident for the family and the tragedy will continue with a community blaming the breed and not the owner. These dogs are not bred to kill. That is the ignorance that will cause fear and in humans that are not willing to look at the situation as a whole. First of all you never leave a child unnattended with any dog. That is just not safe, even the family pet can get agitated and bite. Clearly the owner of this dog has to be held responsible. It is the humans that have done so much damage to this breed.This is very sad for this child whose life will never be the same but but the blame where it lies on the owner and not the dog that is chained 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year.

  2. Lionstone

    I know it’s not really the dog’s fault, but I don’t understand why ANYONE would have a pit bull.

    It’s always the same story: “He was just the sweetest dog until he ate the baby one day.”

  3. bbarr

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    Our hearts go out to this child and family. Sadly,this animal was breed for one thing…killing. I love dogs, but would not have one of these near my family(or our dogs). If one enters MY yard, it’s dead.

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