A seven-month-old baby boy was attacked and killed by a pit bull look-alike on Sunday. The infant was being watched by his step-grandmother in her home located on the 2200 block of Riverside Drive in Dayton, Ohio. It is not clear why the dog attacked the baby however, the pit bull look-alike was removed from the home by animal control.
A neighbor said the woman was banging on her door with the infant in arms desperately trying to get help. The neighbor frantically called 911 telling the dispatcher that the baby was not breathing and they needed help right away. Police responded to the call but the baby boy was already deceased.
Nearly a dozen family members and close friends arrived at the distraught woman’s two-story home as police were on the scene conducting their investigation. Some were angry and frustrated while others cried and hugged each other in attempt to bring comfort. The step-grandmother of the infant, although not biologically related to the child, was extremely emotional and very distressed.
A Dayton police report stated the same dog attacked a beagle on June 3rd. The beagle was on a leash being walked by its owner when the pit bull look-alike attacked. The beagle got away but not before suffering bites to its leg. The owner of the beagle did not want to press charges against the owner of the aggressive dog but did want the incident documented.
The dog was reported a pit bull but records at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center show an American Staffordshire Terrier is registered at the address. Reportedly, the American Staffordshire Terrier is the same dog as the American Pit Bull Terrier but is registered by a different kennel club.
At the end of the 19th century pit bull breeders sought the respect of the American Kennel Club (AKC) to recognize the canine but the AKC was reluctant to register fighting dogs. Finally in 1936 the AKC recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier but did not want the “pit bull” name associated with the breed. The “new” pit bull breed was called the Staffordshire Terrier in order to conceal its relation to the pit bull and its history of fighting.
In 1972 the breed’s name was changed to American Staffordshire Terrier to distinguish the larger American version from the smaller English version named the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The same year the breed register was also opened again to allow owners to list their United Kennel Club (UKC) registered pit bull as an American Staffordshire Terrier if they had not done so earlier but desired to.
People often ask what the difference is between the American Staffordshire Terrier and a “pit bull.” The answer is simple, there is not breed called simply a “pit bull.” There is, however, a breed called the American Pit Bull Terrier. Generally speaking, the American Staffordshire Terrier is nearly the same breed as the American Pit Bull Terrier. Today, the main difference is in appearance. The American Staffordshire Terrier is bred in part for AKC conformation and conforms to a stricter standard, particularly in size range. Conversely, the American Pit Bull Terrier is more often bred as a companion dog and has greater variances in size and other physical traits.
It is understandable for many why Pit Bulls have garnered a “bad name.” In North America between 1982 and 2013 records state 2,990 people have been seriously attacked, 1,777 have been maimed and 275 have been killed by Pit Bull breeds and mixes.
On Sunday in Dayton a seven-month-old baby boy was attacked and killed by a pit bull look-alike. The infant was being watched by his step grandmother when the attack took place. It is not clear why the dog attacked the baby but autopsy results are expected to be released today. The infant has been identified as Jonathon Quarles Jr. by the Montgomery County Coroner.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)