Pit Bull That Bit 4-Year-Old in Face to be Put Down

Girl returns home after undergoing reconstructive surgery.

The 4-year-old Dublin girl that was bitten in the face by a pit bull last Friday returned home in good health Tuesday, the girl's mother said.

The family asked not to be identified to protect their privacy, but they shared how the pit bull attack happened and its aftermath.

While visiting friends in San Ramon, the girl walked to the neighbor's front yard and up to the pit bull. The dog then clamped down on the 4-year-old's face, tearing her nostril and cheek muscle.

The dog's owner was able to intervene, and the girl was rushed to Children's Hospital in Oakland.

She underwent successful reconstructive surgery to repair the damage and is expected to make a full recovery. Her father's is a firefighter, and his colleagues rallied around the family at the hospital.

"She's doing great," the mother said in a phone interview with Patch. "It was just one of those freak accidents,  but she's a warrior girl, a trooper."

The dog's owners released it to , where it's being quarantined. After a 10-day review period, which began on the day of the attack, the dog is expected to be euthanized, said Lt. Joe De Costa.

The family said there is no ill will felt toward the owners of the dog.

"We are healing together," the mother said. "They have been traumatized by this. Hopefully (healing together) sets a precedent and people follow our lead."

Andrew Kavalaris January 13, 2012 at 09:39 AM
I agree with Ms. Rodgers when it comes to the reporting of dog attacks and the bias that bully breeds receive. Too many ignorant people have made a keen assumption that this breed of dog, without question, is a vicious and violent bunch. When in reality all dogs carry the same genetic traits when we trace them back to their origins as undomesticated wolves. In the case of Pit-bulls, people tend to seek out examples that reinforce their stereotypes and thats how these stereotypes survive, when in reality violent actions and triggering instincts are true occurrences for all animals. (humans included) I do not value human life over the life of a pet but the argument that I am trying to put across is that this dog's death will be in vain and it won't bring closure to this unfortunate event. From what I've read in the report the child entered the yard and was attacked by the owner's dog. To me this sounds like the dog was defending its territory or simply felt threatened by the child. I am not aware of whether or not the dog was tied up or not but in the general circumstances the child was trespassing on property and unfortunately approach the dog too closely. Before there are any other rash comments made, I am well aware that the 4 year-old doesn't know any better. I know its a saddening suggestion, but in my opinion it is likely the child's parents fault for likely not supervising her well enough. I do however feel for the child and the parents both for what occured.
Amy Miller January 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
It is was irresponsible of both parties. NO dog regardless of breed should be roaming freely without a leash, unless in their own home or yard, and no child should be left unattended, especially when there is an unleashed dog. I don't disagree with the action of putting the dog down, but it does make me sad. If I lived in a neighborhood with a dog that is not always supervised, and has a history of attack, I wouldn't feel safe. It's an unfortunate outcome of the mistakes made by people.
Amy Miller January 13, 2012 at 09:20 PM
When I said own yard, I meant fenced in back yard.
Debbie Dugorepec January 23, 2012 at 04:45 AM
The families are both good friends. The pit owners did extensive research to get the right pet and from excellent breeders with no negligence. The owners were very good with their dog. The young girl is also friends with this family. The dog happened to latch on because it's the instinct of the dog. Take a look at Siegfried & Roy. They loved and cherished that beautiful tiger. One day it just happened to latch on and hurt it's owner. It's a gene - it's an instinct. Pit bulls have this same thing. In this case, it wasn't the dog owner's fault, it wasn't negligence, it wasn't the girls fault - and yes, the mother, father and both families were right there when this happened. Makes you thing about the whole story a little more clearly now.
Debbie Dugorepec January 23, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I love your comment about an owner saying "My dog would never do that." Until your dog does it, you don't know what they'd do. I have labs and I wouldn't say they would never do that because I don't know. In this case, the owners of the pit bulls were excellent dog owners. They did their research and took their time finding the right breeders for their dog. The owners in this case surrendered their dog immediately and even said that they would have killed the dog with a shotgun if it were readily handy. Both families are wonder people and both families are really healing together.


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