My Niece had 9 stiches, and scars that may be around for life. The doctors do not have an answer as to how long the scars will remain.
The scars are on her face. They will follow her to every sleep over with her friends, to every class, to every family reunion, and to every job interview she has. My Niece, Rebecca got the scars because she was brutally attacked by a pit bull in Springfield Oregon.
It was her friend from school whose family has the pit bull as a family pet. While a huge majority of pit bulls are owned by less than desirable owners, and the pit bulls are themselves abused and attacked, that is not the case here. This pit bull is owned by a safe, loving, friendly family. I do not know where they got the pit bull. Was it from a rescue service? Did it have special ‘socialization’ training? I do not know the answers to the questions I have.
I do know that there is much debate about the ‘safeness’ of the pit bull breed, just like there is debate about numerous breeds of larger dogs. I just read another ActiveRain blog from Florida and learned that some insurance companies are no longer allowing owners of properties to purchase rental insurance if they rent to pet owners with certain breeds of larger dogs.
Before this attack on my Niece, if I would have read a blog about a pit bull attacking a child, I would have immediately empathized with the family/child, and felt bad for the dog as well. But I’m not feeling bad for the dog that attacked my Niece. The required 10 day quarantine has ended and I’m not sure the dog is safe for small children, or anyone else, for that matter.
This unfortunate situation has left me questioning just how safe large dogs are.
What I’ve learned from this situation is how tenacious my 10 year old Niece Rebecca is. She wants to be a Veterinarian. I thought this horrible attack with a large dog gripping the entire left side of her face, with teeth less than an inch from her eye, and a trip to the hospital would change her mind for sure. Nope. She still has loyalty to and wants to learn how to best care for our four footed friends.
You go Rebecca!