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Pit bull attacks 5-year-old girl

ALBANY, Ga. -- A 5-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull terrier Wednesday as she was playing with her friends near 407 Lockett Station Road, Albany police officials said.

According to Albany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks, the children ran from the dog, which had escaped from a nearby fenced area.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, fell and was attacked by the dog, receiving injuries to her head. She was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of injuries were unknown Wednesday night.

Banks said the owner of the dog, whose name was not disclosed, has been charged with animal at large and for not having a rabies tag. The dog was taken to The Albany Humane Society and placed in quarantine, where it is to remain for 10 days, she said.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 2 months ago

Parents: Please teach your kids NOT to run from a dog. The dog's natural instinct is to chase. If they would have walked away slowly the dog probably wouldn't have attacked. Thank you.

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Jacob 1 year, 2 months ago

If the idiot owner had taken reasonable precautions, there would be no issue of the child being bitten to start with. Loose dogs should be shot on sight.

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lynnf 1 year, 2 months ago

Gee, do you think those kids were carrying? Everyone should know not to run away from a dog. It activates their prey instinct. Of course dogs should be contained and controlled by their owners, but sometimes accidents happen. That's where the common sense comes in.

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VSU 1 year, 2 months ago

"Gee, do you think those kids were carrying?" I don't know, this is Albany, Ga. anything is possible.

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dmyers80 1 year, 1 month ago

I have 5 kids...2,3, 7,8.and 9.... Try telling a child NOT to run from something they're afraid of... Hell, I'm 32 and I'll run from a pit bull!!

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LoveNormalDog 1 year, 2 months ago

The things that work to prevent attacks by normal dogs don't work with pit bull type dogs. Standing still -- they grab you anyway. Roll up in a ball on the ground -- they scalp the child. It's time to stop pretending that pit bull type dogs are like real, normal dogs. The only effective way to prevent a pit bull attack is to never be within about 600 yards of a pit bull...or to shoot it as soon as it approaches, in particular if you have a child or a normal dog with you.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 1 month ago

Any dog has the instinct to attack even small dogs. Sometimes small dogs can be meaner than a pit. Not buying that bull... (no puns intended)

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 1 month ago

Plus, dogs cannot tell their side of the story so you may not have all the facts. I witnessed a 5 year old try and throw a rock at my dachshund yesterday while my dog was playing with me in my yard. As soon as the little girl saw me she threw the rock back on the ground and took off. The little girl and her mother don't speak english so I really couldn't tell her mother about it. I have a feeling that some of these dog attacks, not all, are from kids pestering the dogs. If someone was pestering you wouldn't you fight back?

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alleebrin 1 year, 2 months ago

All dogs that are instinctively vicious should be eradicated! So many owners are too dumb to have them!

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alleebrin 1 year, 2 months ago

All dogs that are instinctively vicious should be eradicated! So many owners are too dumb and ill-prepared to have them!

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VietVet1 1 year, 2 months ago

"But my Pit Bull is friendly and would never........" something I'm sure the owner has said several times.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 2 months ago

Same story different week. I keep telling u those pitbulls r no good. You never here about a golden retriever getting loose and mauling a kid. Owning a pitbull is a sign of defiance against the man plain and simple. Lets call a spade a spade. If u value you and yer kids safety u would not allow them in yer city.

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Gollygee 1 year, 2 months ago

"The girl, who identity has not been released..."

Once again, the Herald is lacking a proofreader.

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tiredofit 1 year, 2 months ago

I have had a number of pit bulls went to hospital picked up my first born with one in the front seat of the truck he has never ever even growled at the child which is 8 years old now,has never been aggresive towards anything but another dog. Dogs are like children all how you raise them, Always said they ought to beat parents for raising stupid children same with dogs. Anything that you don't take time up with let run wild will turn out badly.

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LoveNormalDog 1 year, 2 months ago

Right, typical pit bull owner response. Since it didn't happen to ME, it doesn't matter how many other people it happens to. Have you ever heard of Darla Napora? If not, google it. It might make you think a bit...

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alleebrin 1 year, 2 months ago

OMG! You have no clue! If I, a stranger, were to walk up to that baby, you'd get a reaction from that dog, I'm sure. And if that baby cried because of me, that dog would tear me apart. That's what's called the dog's genetic instinct. You people with pit bulldogs are so stupid!

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Mr_Heatmiser 1 year, 1 month ago

"....he has never ever even growled at the child..."

....said the owner of EVERY SINGLE pit bull who has ever mauled or killed a child.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 2 months ago

So tiredofit, what % of pit bull owners do u trust to properly train their dogs not to rip kids faces off? Most of them havent figured out how to use a belt to keep their pants up much less a dog leash. U know how when u find a lost object, its always in the last place u looked for it? Well pit bulls r always the best pets according to their owners UNTIL they attack. Why risk such a potential menace to society. Theres 100s of dog breeds. Pick something besides pitbulls. Ill bet u a coke there will be another attack in the alb herald or ajc within a week.

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tiredofit 1 year, 2 months ago

It is not my job to properly train your dog not to rip a childs face off or your child to pull his pants up, I speak of experience of owning several of these animals. They are protective of their owners. That being said you cannot say that all are bad because of a few. It lays in the responsibility of the owners. Simple.

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DRTexas 1 year, 1 month ago

Oh. The heck yeah! that 5 year old deserved it. That poor dog with a bad background should be rehabilitated and the owner should get in trouble for raising a bad dog. The only thing pit buls are good for is fighting and protecting drug houses. Not everyone is as responsible as you and children are at risk. I agree that most attacks are prevoked, but a 5 year old needs to be taught and maybe spanked, but not scalped or killed. I have raised 4 kids and I have always had large dogs. Some breeds just have no place in society.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

The dog owners who do not responsibly care and contain their animals should face a judge with the intent to enforce the law and protect the public. Sentence, confiscate and enforce the law to the maximum amount. No excuses. Publicize the heck out of it and let the word go forth. Until there is a dedicated effort by police managers and judges in this community to enforce the laws there will be limited personal and public safety.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 2 months ago

So yer ok knowing there r bad owners and therefore potentially dangerous pits out there but yer fine with jt? Not yer problem right? Heck of a good attitude. Try to sell that load to the kid in the hospital pal

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WTFwtf 1 year, 2 months ago

Just came across this story. No joke. Pit bull owners>>>>not rational people

"Vegas woman arrested for sex with pit bull"

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alleebrin 1 year, 2 months ago

Might have known a real pervert would show up! It's not easy to have an intelligent discussion without having sex enter into the picture. Good going, WFTwtf; you're a real gem!!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

Damn man, we didn't need to know that.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 2 months ago

@tiredofit "cant say all r bad bc of a few". But you can say all r GOOD bc of the few u owned? Yer logic is that of an 11 yr old

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tiredofit 1 year, 2 months ago

FryarTuk someone that gets it,WTFwtf lets band cars,guns,beer,hammers,srewdrivers, anything that can harm if in the hands of a idiot. same logic of a 11 year old

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oldster 1 year, 2 months ago

Pit bull dogs have been bred to have the mental and physical characteristics to kill, to be aggressive, and protective of their turf. To have these dogs as pets is highly questionable.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 2 months ago

So owning a pit bull is similar to owning a gun? Only responsible people need apply? Hmm...

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waltspecht 1 year, 1 month ago

In my lifetime I can remember when inbreeding by indescriminate profit oriented individuals created killers out of Saint Bernards. Few years before that it was Dobermin Pinchers, same reason. Now if you want to meet a possessive, territorial, protective dog, you might want to meet a Chesapeak Bay Retriever. It is what dogs are bred for that makes them what they are. I have known Staffordshire Terriers (true fighting dogs) that were the sweetest, lovable puppies until the day they died. They were bred for that temprement. My Wife's Uncle had an American Pit that was exactly the same way. It is the breeding, and the owner's desire of what the dog should be that make them what they are. Problem is indiscriminate breeding and the idiots raising the dogs. If a dog owner is responsible, and he has a properly bred dog, there usually isn't a problem. However, any breed can be made into a problem by man. I can remember when the little Mexican dogs were so messed up in their breeding that they were vicious ankle biters. All in the name of breeding them to sell as fast as possible and not tracking trates and linniage.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 1 month ago

Tiredofit. Guns beer screwdrivers dont kill people bc they r things, not living. Pit bulls can kill all by themselves. Nice try trying to lump yer cause into the 2 nd amendment issue. Ok so you fly yer dont tread on me flag but lets inject some common sense into this. Pits are made to be very viciousvand humdreds of innocent kids r hurt by this specific breed every year. So they have clearly begin to infringe on the rights of others. That sir is where i draw the line

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tiredofit 1 year, 1 month ago

WTFwtf I agree with you now,( Pits are made to be very vicious), my point is that a dog, gun most anything can be used as a weapon therefore it is the responsibility of the owner,driver,enabler,chief,captain to take actions not to cause harm. Not a 2 nd am issue

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WTFwtf 1 year, 1 month ago

But when pit bulls get out of their fences they are on their own and out of the responsible control of their responsible owner. And guess what dogs get out of fences bc thats part of being a dog. Why would a reasonable person want a dog that is bread to fight and kill? Bc they r cute or mine would never do that, is not a good enough reason. Ill say it again, pits r great pets all the way up until the point they attack a kid or adult or another dog. Ask the owners whove had pits attack they all say the same thing. " he/shes never done that before"

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dmyers80 1 year, 1 month ago

A pit bill should be no different than a gun you should go through a background check and have to have a permit... and to take a page from the Terrel County playbook, at least $250,000 insurance!! This will not completely stop the attacks but it will weed out a lot of the morons!!

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erock 1 year, 1 month ago

Antifreeze, a hypodermic needle and a hotdog are very effective tools for eradicating pit bulls.

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Oldguy 1 year, 1 month ago

These dogs have been breed for years to be fighters. Ask your veterinarian if they have any special considerations when treating pit bull dogs. You will probably find that they muzzle them before any treatment and some still try to bite. It is a case of improper breeding and idiots that own them.

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