Saturday, August 16, 2008

Kentucky: Girl, 15, hospitalized after pit bull attack

Louisville, Kentucky

From the Courier Journal of August 15, 2008
Girl, 15, hospitalized after pit bull attack

A 15-year-old girl was attacked by a friend's pit bull last weekend in Fairdale.

The girl, whose name was not released, was hospitalized with multiple bite wounds. Her current condition was not available, said Officer Phil Russell, a spokesman for Louisville Metro Police.

The incident happened Sunday as the girl visited a friend in the 10000 block of National Turnpike.

The dog began biting the girl inside the house then chased her outside.

A passer-by stopped to help the girl, Russell said. The man shot and killed the dog, he said.

Jackie Gulbe, a spokeswoman for Metro Animal Services, said the owner of the dog was cited for having a dangerous dog and not having the dog properly restrained.

Gulbe said she could not release the owner's name because Metro Animal Services continues to investigate.

Normally, someone cited for having a dangerous dog would be required to register the pet as such, which costs $500 each year in licensing fees.

Gulbe said that the city will pursue the owner in criminal court since the dog is dead.

Louisville's current dangerous-dog law was passed by the Metro Council in December. It defines a dangerous dog as any that severely attacks a person when unprovoked; maims or kills domestic pets or livestock; is used in the commission of a crime; owned or harbored for the primary purpose of fighting; or is declared dangerous by the director of animal services.

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