Three Year Old Attacked By Pitt Bull: Owner May Face Felony Charges

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

Dog bite by Pitt Bull sends three year old to hospital. Tougher dangerous dog bite laws needed.

On the night of Saturday, February 16, a 3-year-old Texas boy was listed in critical condition from the personal injuries he received in an attack by a pit bull-boxer mix earlier that day in front of his home.

Late that Saturday evening, the boy, whose name hasn’t been released, was in surgery and the dog was being held by animal services.

Shortly before 1:00 p.m. on the day of the mauling, the child and his mother were walking to their Lubbock, Texas home’s front door. According to Kevin Overstreet, director of animal services for Lubbock, the dog charged across the road and attacked the child despite his mother’s attempts to protect him. The grandfather of the boy came out of the house and beat the dog until the boy was released.

Overstreet said that even though he received serious facial injuries, they were thankful the child’s injuries were not more severe.

According to Overstreet, he spend much of that afternoon working the attack and was finally able to track the dog’s owner down around 4 p.m. He voluntarily spoke with investigators and told them the dog was his after being contacted, Overstreet said.

Within 20 days, a dangerous-dog hearing will be scheduled that will determine the fate of the dog. Overstreet said that if the owners were shown to be irresponsible, it is likely the dog will be put down.

The owner of the dog may face felony charges.