Pit Bull Mauled 9-Year-Old to Death in Vicious Attack

Pit BullA nine-year-old New York girl has died after being viciously attacked by a pit bull while playing in the backyard of a home in Long Island. Reportedly, three police officers showed up at the home in response to a frantic 911 call and witnessed the dog attacking the child. As one officer entered the yard the pit bull immediately charged toward her. The officer fired several shots, killing the canine.

Detective Michael Bitsko of the Nassau County Police Department said the reason the dog attacked the girl so violently and then turned on the officer is unknown. However, after the dog was distracted the remaining two officers hurried to aid the child. She was rushed to Franklin Hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead around 1:42 p.m. None of the officers were hurt.

Neighbors and witnesses described a traumatic scene of failed attempts to free the child from the pit bull’s clenched jaws. Her two friends were running and screaming for help as the dog continued to maul the nine-year-old. A next door neighbor said:

I saw two girls run into the street screaming for help as the attack continued. Everybody on the block tried to help, it was really horrible. When the ambulance came, they put her on the stretcher and put a mask over her face. . . . This is a horrible tragedy.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the pit bull is a progeny of the English bull-baiting dog. These dogs were bred to bite and hold large animals around the face and head, such as bears and bulls. The ASPCA wanted to clarify that in no way does this mean pit bulls are automatically aggressive; some were selected and bred for companionship and work while others were specifically for fighting.Pit Bull

Even dogs that were bred to fight other animals were not taught to be aggressive towards humans. The canines needed to be handled routinely by people, therefore that type of behavior was not acceptable. If a pit bull demonstrated aggressive behavior towards people, it was immediately killed to avoid passing on such traits. The ASPCA stated research on pet canines confirm that dogs which are aggressive to dogs are no more likely to direct aggression toward people than those that are not aggressive to other canines.

Neighbors of the little girl who was mauled to death say the pit bull was otherwise gentle. The community was shocked to learn of the tragic incident and are horrified at the outcome. Anthony Tyron Jett, who lives at the house, described the dog as gentle and said:

Kane was a good dog, that’s what I don’t understand.

Pit Bulls have long been hailed as vicious animals, however, according to the ASPCA, the dogs which were selected for and trained for companionship and work have long been popular family pets. They have notable qualities such as affectionate, gentle and loyal.

Canines that are isolated from positive interaction with people such as being restricted to the outside are more likely to be aggressive; socialization has a powerful impact on a dog’s behavior.  In order to reduce the risk of negative behavior, pets must be integrated into owner’s homes and family.  Reportedly, when young dogs learn how to interact, play and communicate with people, as well as other dogs, they are less likely to demonstrate aggressive behavior as adults.

Many pit bull owners believe these canines are not vicious at all.  Last year a two-year-old Pit Bull was hailed a hero by the owner after he saved a deaf teen from a deadly house fire. The dog smelled smoke and rushed to alert his sleeping owner; a teenager named Nick Lamb. Ace licked the boy’s face persistently until he awakened. The boy was home alone and did not hear the smoke detector blaring because he had removed his hearing aids before taking a nap.

Unfortunately, this is not the testament of Kane who recently mauled a nine-year-old girl to death. The child was pronounced dead just four hours after the vicious attack. Three officers arrived at the home to find the dog’s attack still in progress. One of the officers, after the pit bull charged towards her, fired several shots and killed the dog.

By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


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15 Responses to "Pit Bull Mauled 9-Year-Old to Death in Vicious Attack"

  1. DaxtonAngel   November 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm


  2. Mary   November 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    A child was hit and dragged behind a car driven by a drunk driver until her body was unrecognizable and the drunk driver didn’t stop driving until police shot and killed him.

    When the news article of the child’s death by a drunk driver was posted, equal time was given to a local bar tender who quoted unverified statistics of the millions of drunk drivers who have never hit or killed anyone. This bar tender also stated that his drunk drivers leaving his bar will never injure anyone because he knows them to be friendly and socialized and safe. The bar tender (pit bull owner) also stated that the drunk driver had bad parents who abused him so that is why his drunk driving was dangerous although all other drunk drivers should be judged by the deed, not the drunkedness.

    News media that reports an attack by a pit bull is reporting A PIT BULL ATTACK STORY, then they allow time for the pit bull cult to dismiss the injuries/death but the NEWS MEDIA does not give equal time to the National Pit Bull Victims Awareness coalition or dogsbite.org or Daxton’s Friends or Animals24-7.

    News media must allow equal time by Victim Advocate groups following pit bull attacks as the truth. The lack of equal time for pit bull victims is unconstitutional. Free speech. No pit bull attack can be reported without truth by pit bull victim groups.

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  5. merese   November 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Pitbulls are the Jeckly and Hyde dogs of the dog world. Unpredictable sudden attacks are the norm and they happen in family raised unabused GOOD natured pitbulls all the time. Quit making excuses. They are great dogs until they aren’t. Stop gambling with human life. Count the coffins.

  6. merese@aol.com   November 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    What is really creepy and unacceptable is when someone is killed or injured by pitbulls they keep going to aspca and completely ignore the nonprofits that have an alternative view. Real journalism requires giving both sides of the story. Daxtonsfriends dot com dogsbite dot org voicesofthevictims dot org nationalpitbull victim awareness dot org HELLO Journalists.. We know about these orgs and it is not hard to reach someone to give both sides of the story. Not giving the voices of both sides of this scenario shows a gross bias. The victims groups might not make excuses for pitbulls being the number one killer again this year and being responsible for close to 90 percent of the maulings.

  7. Kris King   November 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    What the ASPCA really thinks about Pit Bulls:
    “ASPCA: Shelter Guidelines for Pits
    There are many guidelines presented in the 19-page document (which appears to be a PowerPoint slide show), as well as a brief history of the pit bull and the results of selective breeding to achieve the “ultimate canine warrior” designation. Some of these results directly correlate to the safety guidelines, such as the pit bull’s genetic “unpredictability” (specifically when attacking), dog-aggression and high prey drive. We’ve listed a few of the guidelines below:

    There are “cases of experienced handlers who had developed good relationships with the dogs over a period of months still being attacked without warning or obvious provocation.”

    Pit bulls “ignore signs of submission from other dogs” and “give no warning prior to attack.” They add that this is “different than normal dog behavior.”

    “Today’s pit bulls” have multiple names including: “Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1936), American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC 1972, Am Staff), American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier.”

    “These dogs can be aggressive towards humans and more likely to cause fatal attacks to people than other fighting type dogs.”

    “Pit bulls will climb fences, chew up stainless steel food and water bowls, destroy copper tubing of automatic water systems and conventional cages, and attack other animals through chain link fences.”

    “Pit bulls can break through conventional cage doors and destroy typical epoxy paint on the floors and walls.”

    “Pit bulls require special housing considerations” and “isolation from other animals if dog aggressive or have a high prey drive.”

    “Install a panic button in rooms housing pit bulls along with other restraint equipment in any room housing pit bulls.”

  8. Julia Dolan Green   November 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Unfortunately, Cherese, you can’t go to the ASPCA is you want accurate info on pit bulls.

  9. Pit Bull Aware   November 9, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Since bully people are sociopaths and therefore are unable to feel empathy for the pits’ victim people and dogs, maimed and killed daily from coast to coast by these “kill or die trying” pits, let’s use this visualization to help the bully people understand how the victims feel.

    It’s very uncommon for pits to suffer the degree of injury or the fatalities that they inflict on their victims.

    Now that’s not fair!

    We should, to be fair, decriminalize the attacks on pits wherever they are found.

    The pit bull is leashed, on a public sidewalk. Two men slip silently from behind a parked car and attack. A battery powered chainsaw could be used to quickly inflict pit bull type injuries on the leashed pit.

    Pit bull is in its own fenced yard but is repeatedly stabbed with a spear, through the spaces in the fence.

    Or owner returns home from work to find his pit hacked into pieces inside the house. Blood smeared 5’ high on the walls gives indication of a prolonged futile struggle to stay alive.

    Fatal attacks on victim dogs, when caused by pits, are not legally crimes in most areas.
    So to be fair, these injuries caused to pits would be decriminalized as well.

    Police arrive.

    Let’s use some of the excuses that bully people use when pits attack their victims.

    The officers explain that “these attackers are not at fault, as they were raised improperly.”

    “Yes your pit was killed brutally, but we must look at the entire picture.”

    “The recent thunderstorm might have startled the attackers. Sure, that makes sense.

    “Seeing the pit bull might have startled them so they couldn’t help but chase her through the house for 25 minutes, chopping off hunks of tissue, amputating limbs.

    “Perhaps the attackers were playing and got too excited, they were playing with machetes and the dog died when they played too long? Your pit bull was killed because she entered another’s yard.

    “Humans have been attacking and killing dogs for thousands of years, so it’s natural for humans to kill dogs.”

    No one will be charged with a crime as killing inside homes, or on public sidewalks, or if the victim enters another’s yard, with no aggression, just like this poor child? The attackers may have to pay a small fine but they can even keep their tools.

    You continue to see them in your neighborhood. Now don’t be a hater!

    Remember: “You hate what you don’t understand”.

    If you spent time with the attackers, you’d learn to love them.

    The attackers love to give slobbery kisses. They’re not usuallybhuman aggressive, the only pit bull dog aggressive!

    Take photos of the attackers wearing cute hats, tutus, They are such sweet angels! Snuggle buddies too!

    Does this sound crazy?

    Do you think it’s insane, hideous,
    cruel to permit pits to be maimed and killed in their own homes?

    Then it is also insane, hideous,and cruel when pits kill their victims (dogs, humans) in the same way!

    Since dog fighting is now illegal, make it illegal for people to breed more dog-killing expert gladiator fighting dogs, or to own unsterilized pits and bully dogs.

  10. Pame Ashley   November 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    The ASPCA had to come up with a new lie since the previous lies keep being disputed by pit bulls. No human killers were ever culled. There is documented history of pit bulls killing over the centuries with no culling being done. Let us pretend that the ASPCA Lie had some truth…Where are the gentle pit bulls? They aren’t being advertised or promoted anywhere because pit advocates say only bad owners have killer pit bulls.

    ASPCA…..Which is it ??? Owner blame or killers culled?? Where is the proof of either?

    ASPCAs, Beast Friend’s, Animal Farms killed this child with their lies. They have completely contradicted their previous statements.

  11. Bob Tarpey   November 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    How many times are we going to hear pit owners say this after their animal kills a child. “he was a good dog and never showed any signs of aggression” I am sick of it. This what this breed was created for and its doing its job. There is a reason the breed is banned in 40 countries and on all military bases. BAN THE BREED END THE DEED!! how many more kids have to die like this before we do something . its disgusting.

  12. Hayden Grace   November 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    You Are sick bastards! Putting crap like ” they were raised to not be aggressive ” and ” they save people’s lives” in a story that a little girl dies from having her ENTIRE FACE RIPPED OFF in a sustained attack that even 10 adults could not remove a dog from her? Shame on you

  13. Bob Tarpey   November 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ”

    Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

    It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.!!

    It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.!!

    Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.!

    A pit bull type dog is what it is and does what it is.You can no more alter it genetic makeup then you can a collies to herd, a hounds to track, a retriever’s to retrieve, a labs to swim, a pointers to point, a sled dog to run and pull.

  14. miaj27   November 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    There is absolutely no need to be “fair to the breed” and mention a story about a “heroic” pit bull. Where do you people get this idea that you have to advocate for pit bulls? It is unconscionable for you to do that, ESPECIALLY on an article about a child who was killed. Is that all she meant to you? Is that REALLY the best you can do? A bunch of lies and misinformation and outdated information from the ASPCA?

    Wake up and do something to help for gosh sakes. This is a crisis. More than 70 attacks in less than 30 days!! You have the power to advocate for public safety and change people’s lives. Find some real information about pit bulls at http://www.nationalpitbullvictimawarenessday.org/ – that’s the source you should be using.


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