Pit bull bites child in Pasadena

May 24, 2012|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

A pit bull attacked a 9-year-old child Wednesday night in Pasadena as the boy played on his bike, police said.

The child was with his mother who was visiting a neighbor in the 200 block of Armstrong Lane around 8:18 p.m. when the dog bit the boy on his lower leg. The child was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the dog's owner was able to get the animal away from the child. Animal Control officers took the dog into custody. An investigation continues.

The attack follows a late April ruling of the Maryland Court of Appeals that declared all pit bulls dangerous. The decision means that victims of pit bull attacks can make a legal claim without having to prove that a dog's owner knew the animal had a history of being dangerous. Instead, the ruling requires victim to show only that the owner or landlord knew the animal was part pit bull.

Animal activists argue that action against pit bulls should be based on an individual animal's behavior, not broad-based discrimination against the breed. They oppose the ruling and want Gov. Martin O'Malley to push for legislative action to override the court's decision.

ywenger@baltsun.com

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