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One Dog Killed, One Captured After Attacking Edgemere Owner

The dogs were on the loose in the Edgemere-Fort Howard communities Friday after seriously injuring an Edgemere woman.

Baltimore County police officers shot and killed one pit bull and captured another Friday evening after at least one of the dogs attacked the animals' owner earlier in the day.

At about 2:40 p.m. Feb. 22, police responded to the 7600 block of North Point Road in Edgemere for a report of an injured person, according to a statement from spokesman Officer  Shawn Vinson.

Police determined the injured woman was attacked by at least one of her pet pit bull dogs. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment.

Both dogs ran off after the attack. Police officials alerted neighbors in the area of the possible danger of the two dogs—one white, the other brown—running loose in the Edgemere-Fort Howard communities.

Police and Animal Control employees searched the area for the dogs. About five hours later, the white dog was found in the 8200 block of North Point Road. The dog continued to exhibit aggressive behavior and was shot and killed by officers, according to the statement.

A short time later, the brown pit bull was found and captured by Animal Control personnel, who will hold the animal pending an investigation.

The condition of the dogs' owner is unknown at this time.

Vinson said police officials would provide updates on the situation as more information becomes known.

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funnyguy February 24, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I live in the area and I have seen big dogs running wild in my neighborhood, I am conscience of wild dogs and I will shoot your dog without batting an eye if he try's me. Keep your stupid ass bitches away from me and my family.
John A. Malagrin February 25, 2013 at 07:49 PM
All I ever hear is that pit bulls are not dangerous and that they only become mean because of their owners' mis-treatment. Give me a break! This breed has something inside them that makes them snap. Maybe, not all of them, but enough of them to cause deaths and serious injuries to owners who are good owners. And these pit bulls go crazy when they attack and you almost have to kill them or beat them on their heads to let them go of their grasp with their claws and teeth on the victim. Owning a pit bull is like own a wild wolf. It may be friendly for awhile, but its instinct comes out to attack and bite. I don't care what anyone says about this breed, when I see a pit bull on the loose, I am very careful and go to the other side of the street.
runymede February 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM
In my neighborhood, there is a fourteen / fifteen year old boy that walks his Pit Bull. The dog is leashed only by a flimsy neck strap not a sturdy breast strap. And on some days the boy rides his bike while the dog walks beside the bike. I shudder to think what would happen if the pit bull ever breaks loose and attack another dog or person if the pit bull is in a foul mood.
JenG February 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Why does everyone assume pit bulls are inherently dangerous?! I have 4 in my neighborhood who have lived here for years & have never attacked a child or another animal, but yet we have had a Rottweiler, German Shepard, & Jack Russel all owned by the same people that have chased & bitten several children. Dogs need to be trained properly & treated properly. If it aggressive by nature it shouldn't be kept as a pet, but most of it chalks up to owner ignorance as to their dogs treatment or temperament! Ignorance is not always bliss!
michael mooney March 04, 2013 at 05:57 PM
There is nothing inherently dangerous about the breed. What IS dangerous is that any time one of them is involved in a bite incident it is worthy of national news coverage. One of the breeds that most commonly sends people to the ER is the Chihuahua but you never hear of this in the news (it is not sensational enough). How about a survey of every ER bite that involves something OTHER than a Pit. You will very likely find the frequency of bites per cappita involving a Pit almost disappears when compared to all dogs. This is the finding behind the recent court ruling overturning the Solinski ruling. Now EVERY dog owner is responsible for their dogs action with no racial profiling (of a dog breed) Do some research folks - the Staffy was originally called the Nanny dog because they were originally used as 4 footed baby sitters!

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