Pit bull that mauled toddler is euthanized by Animal...

Arundel Digest

May 15, 2001|By From staff reports

Pit bull that mauled toddler is euthanized by Animal Control

The pit bull dog that mauled a Brooklyn Heights toddler in her bedroom last week was euthanized yesterday by county Animal Control officials after its owner consented.

Benzo, a 1 1/2 -year-old unneutered male pit bull, had been confined at the Animal Control facility in Millersville since he bit 2-year- old Jasmine Nikole Powell on the throat Wednesday. The toddler was listed in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. The dog will be tested for rabies today.

Animal Control officials sought to destroy the dog after the attack, but were unable for four days to contact owner Ronald O. Powell, 27, Jasmine's father.

Tahira S. Thomas, county Animal Control administrator, said a county animal enforcement officer who was responding to a report of a pregnant female pit bull dog named Tara on Powell's property bumped into Powell outside his home in the 5200 block of Kramme Ave.

Powell told the animal control officer that he had given Tara to a friend, Thomas said.

The dog also attacked a 5-year- old Brooklyn girl last summer.

Powell's daughter was attacked early Wednesday at their Brooklyn Heights home when the dog leaped a 3-foot gate in the kitchen, ran into her bedroom and grabbed her by the throat, her father told police. Thomas said her agency is investigating the attack.

No one injured in fire at Arnold home yesterday

A one-alarm fire originating near an outside floodlight burned through the attic of an Arnold home yesterday morning, causing $85,000 in damage.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story home in the 1400 block of Brenwoode Road shortly after 9 a.m., county fire Division Chief John M. Scholz said.

Homeowner Michael John Cannell, notified of the blaze by a passerby, escaped injury.

The fire had traveled from the outside floodlight through the house's siding and an exterior wall into the attic. The 28 firefighters from the county, Annapolis and Naval Academy had the fire under control by 9:33 a.m., Scholz said.

The Fire Department is awaiting an electrical engineer's inspection of the floodlight before determining the cause, Scholz said.

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