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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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Michelle Danna-Christian February 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Wonder if the white dog had Rabies? Do we know if the dogs were current on their rabies vaccines? Protocol for a bite, of a human, is to test dog's brain, so hopefully we will all know sooner or later......If positive, we have rabid wildlife right in our back yard! I would highly recommend everyone to make sure their pets are current on rabies vaccines especially NOW! Do not approach any wild animal, as, if it lets you close to it, is an odd behavior and could attack you, now exposing you to Rabies......which is Fatal to those who are bit!
teresa February 23, 2013 at 02:12 PM
i am so sorry for the owner that she got bit we may never know the reasone why, it is a sham the dog had to be distroyed but they did what they had to do.people have to be resposible for there dogs but like i said we dont know why he would bite his owner,very sad.
runymede February 23, 2013 at 03:24 PM
The Maryland legislature has initially labeled the Pit Bull breed as inherently dangerous......but I believe that that has been revised....
Concerned February 23, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Really its not the breed, its how they are treated, trained, loved....any breed will become aggressive if not trained and treated with love.
Al Day February 23, 2013 at 05:12 PM
I tend to agree with that but with one proviso: the owners of this breed generally are the type to buy them for the purpose of training them to be agressive. I liken it to some sort of satanic cult following of danger in otherwise peaceful communities. Or perhaps for mis-guided attempt at personal protection or sometimes to irk the neighbors. The breed does lend itself well to this use/misuse. And as such this breed needs to be watched for possible agressive behavior and dealt with accordingly. And by that I mean there ought to be agressive law enforcement in cases where such behavior is reported by anyone. In this particular case the owner is the victim which makes it somewhat puzzling as to why that owner did not notice the behavior prior to the damage caused to her. All dog owners need to be aware of others when they obtain pets of any kind and remember the animal comes second to other humans including themselves, neighbors and service people who have to work in the same area as the pet. Letting animals run loose is not only dangerous but downright rude. If you love your pet remember others may not feel the same way.
Tony Solesky February 23, 2013 at 09:18 PM
With over 80 million dogs in the USA there is no statistical basis for these events that is common to these injuries other then breed. All kinds of dogs gite and are mistreated and abused. These episodes happen specifically because of the breed of dog both by how it reacts to normal treatment and abuse. The word breed means inherent. All dogs known as mutts are the remnants of a pedigree dog. A pedigree is a legal document that attested to the dogs physical and behavior traits and a pedigree is necessary because no dog breed is a function of a natural desire on the part of the dog to reproduce only with other dogs of its same breed. Anyone who thinks it is all in how you treat them is in conflict with the term breed, what breed means what breeding achieves and why dogs are sold at different prices. As far as a "potential" law change that is coming from the house, what most fools miss about the bill is, it will not allow a responsible dog owner to use their own insurance to cover the cost. If you are a responsible dog owner then you didn’t know and if you didn’t know this could happen the insurance company says we don’t pay. It is not like if my car drifts into yours and it is covered, This is what most people believe. I have been at this for almost 6 years. I won my case, I have no reason to keep on about the issue except to concur public ignorance. I would like to see patch do follow up on the past Pit bull maulings and tell us about what restitution was made
Dakota Priest February 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I hate them God Damn dogs. Weren't they trained to attack our american soliders in one of the wars? Sorry if i pissed some people off but I have a right to my opinion . But let it be known if any dog ever attacks one of my chidren it will never do it again to another.
Jason Danaher February 24, 2013 at 01:06 AM
the dogs were used in WWI by the americans/british to alert and attack germans, One dog was even awarded a medal of honor. Also they were know as the nanny dog at one time
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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