Pit Bull, With History of Being Chained 24/7, Mauls Pittsburgh Bicyclist

Posted on: September 24th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Aug. 27, 2010, an 11 year-old girl was playing with her friends in a Pittsburgh cemetery.  As she was riding her bicycle, a pit bull jumped a chain link fence and viciously mauled her.  According to an eyewitness, he saw the girl’s face in the pit bull’s mouth as he was swinging her about.  The Good Samaritan grabbed a baseball bat and fought off the pit bull which caused it to release its grip on the dog bite victim.

As is all too familiar to your PA dog bite attorney, this vicious and aggressive pit bull had a history of being chained.  In a KDKA News video, the pit bull owner claimed the dog was routinely chained “24/7”.   Just prior to this attack, the dog’s chain had been removed and it was allowed to run free in its fenced-in backyard.  KDKA further reported that the dog had a history of attacking other dogs and at least 1 other human.

The PA dog bite victim had wounds to her face, wrists and arms and was taken to a local hospital.  Eyewitnesses said that she was dragged 40 to 50 feet from the bicycle by the pit bull.  After the dog bite attack, the 3 1/2 year old pit bull was put down at the request of its owner.  Your Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer argues that dogs that are routinely chained become significantly more aggressive than dogs that are permitted to naturally socialize with human beings and other dogs.  Vicious propensities in dogs are only exacerbated by tethering!

More information on tethering/chaining can be found at www.HumaneSociety.org.  If you are in need of legal representation as a result of a dog bite attack, please telephone me for a free home consultation at 800-980-4842.  You can also reach me via my website at www.PADogAttackLawyer.com.