Mexico woman bitten by dogs, hospitalized

MEXICO — A local woman was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after she was bitten while trying to separate her two fighting dogs.

Police Chief James Theriault said Katie Child was in her apartment Thursday afternoon when her full-blooded pitbull and a golden retriever/pitbull mix began fighting.

“She tried to get between them and stop the fighting, and both dogs bit her on the hand,” Theriault said.

Animal Control Officer Anne Simmons-Edmunds, with the help of Mexico officer Holly Poulin, arrived and quarantined the dogs.

Simmons-Edmunds said Friday that under state law “all dogs that bite are required to be quarantined for 10 days, whether they bit a stranger, their owner or another dog."

“In this case, the owners have agreed to quarantine the dogs within their own apartment,” Simmons-Edmunds said. “They put each dog in a separate room, and in 10 days, they'll be brought to the vet's office for a checkup. If the vet says they're OK, the dogs will be released.”

Simmons-Edmunds said the fight likely occurred as the result of a dominance issue between the dogs.

“The pitbull was actually the father of the other dog, and neither have been neutered,” she said. “While it's hard to say exactly what happened there, it sounds like it could have been one dog trying to assert its dominance over the other.”

Theriault said Child “was bleeding like a stuck pig,” and had to be hospitalized.

“Med-Care later told me that after a few stitches, she should be OK,” Theriault said, “but it was a pretty nasty looking bite.”

mdaigle@sunjournal.com

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Jenn O'Neil's picture

Here come the "experts"...

saying that the breed is to blame. Oddly enough, I live in the same town as this story, have 2 pit bulls in the my house, and have not encountered these problems. Why? Because they have been spayed and neutered and trained. They get exercise and aren't stuck in an apartment all day. They are no more a "round in the chamber" than my cat is. And I don't see an article in the newspaper when the dogs who live in the home behind me start fighting with each other. Wonder why? Oh, because they are mutts and not as interesting as a story. Hmmm...

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

You haven't encountered problems YET

.A 9-year (1979–88) review of fatal dog attacks in the United States determined that, of the 101 attacks in which breed was recorded, pit bulls were implicated in 42 of those attacks (42%). A 1991 study found that 94% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked, compared to 43% for other breeds. A 5-year (1989–94) review of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. determined that pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds were implicated in 24 (29%) of the 84 deaths in which breed was recorded.

A 15-year (1991–2005) review of dog attack fatalities investigated by the Kentucky Medical Examiner determined that pit bulls were implicated in 5 of the 11 fatal attacks (45%). Another 15-year (1994–2009) review of patients admitted to a Level I Trauma Center with dog bites determined that pit bulls were most often involved in these attacks: of the 228 patients treated, the breed of dog was recorded in 82 attacks, and of these, 29 (35%) of the attacks were by pit bulls (all other dogs combined accounted for the remaining 65% of attacks)] In 45% of the attacks, the dog belonged to the victim's family.

Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.

Jeanne Boelsma's picture

Not because it was a Pitbill

Having two intact male dogs in one household is a recipe for disaster. It does not matter if they are pitbulls or cocker spaniels. Especially with the first dog having established dominance and a young male coming of age. Unfortunately, these dogs will probably receive a death sentence because of the irresponsibility of the owner.

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

I knew it was a pitbull as

I knew it was a pitbull as soon as I read the headline. I'm sure the owner has said in the past "it's all about how you raise them" NO. Pitbulls are an inherently vicious, dangerous and unpredictable breed regardless of how you raise them. Next time it might just be a toddler's throat that gets shredded. Wake up.

Tom Wheeler's picture

Pitbulls and Pit mixes

I realize that Pitbulls and Pit mixes can be loving canine companions, but having one is like keeping a round in the chamber of your Glock when its in your holster.

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