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.