I'm still not convinced that these mutts are of any practical use around the house. P-B proponents argue that they are great for home protection, which sounds much like gun lobbyists. Of course the easy difference is that gun owners don't shoot themselves accidentally as often as these beasts turn on their owners ... plus they don't leave steaming piles of poo in the neighbor's yard. So I guess I'd rather have a gun.
Still, this is a tragedy and one for which the father (at least) should be prosecuted. This particular animal had bitten people in the past, so they should have gotten rid of it long ago. I've known wolves (Shane, for example
) with a sweeter disposition than most pit bulls.
Pit bull kills seven-year-old in Minneapolis Home
BY MARA H. GOTTFRIED AND EMILY GURNON
A 7-year-old boy was attacked and killed by a pit bull in his Minneapolis home today, police said.
The dog had bit people twice in the past, said Minneapolis spokesman Matt Laible.
An animal control manager who has worked for Minneapolis for 17 years doesn't recall any other fatal dog attacks in that period, Laible said.
The male dog, named Face, was tied to a post in a basement at 3530 Humboldt Ave. N. when he attacked the boy, Zachary King, shortly after 1 p.m., said Minneapolis police Lt. Amelia Huffman. Zachary had severe bites to his throat area, she said.
The boy's father, also named Zachary King, tried to intervene and the dog bit him in the arm, Huffman said. The elder King then shot and killed the dog.
The father and son were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where the younger King was pronounced dead, Huffman said.
The father, 30, was treated and released from North Memorial, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police haven't determined what caused the attack.
Animal control officers removed a female pit bull and five puppies from the home afterward, Laible said.
In 2005, Face bit a trespasser on the family's property, but because of the circumstances it was considered a "provoked bite" and didn't lead to action from the city, Laible said.
In 2006, Face left the family's yard and bit a man, Laible said. That bite was considered minor. The city's animal control department officially notified the dog's owner that any further incidents could lead to the dog being declared dangerous, Laible said.
A Minnesota Health Department study published in July found the number of people seeking treatment for dog bites in the state increased by 40 percent from 1998 to 2005.
The report also showed:
-- Children ages 1 to 4 were most often bitten.
-- Victims were familiar with the dogs in the majority of cases.
-- Bites occurred most often in the home (48 percent) and the yard (18 percent).
-- Attacks happened more often during the summer.