Sept 28, 2011 - I found the original article in the Gadsden Times through Google Newspapers Archives with a great picture of Jonte Bishop.
The incident occurred on Feb. 3, 2005 - Jonte Bishop, 8, and his brother, LaMonte, were playing on their porch and the neighbor's dog jumped their fence and came up on the porch. Upon seeing the aggressive behavior of the dog, Jonte pushed his brother inside the house to save him from being attacked. Unfortunately, Jonte was unable to get inside in time before the dog attacked him.
His mother, Karen Bishop, said her son was treated at a Birmingham Hospital and had 29 stitches on his forehead and near his eye. He will likely need cosmetic surgery to reconstruct his face.
GADSDEN AL - A STANDUP CITY!!!!!!PROACTIVE IN LOOKING OUT FOR THE WELFARE OF ITS CITIZENS!!!
Feb. 25, 2005 - The Gadsden Police Department, which oversees the city's animal control division, announced that the law will now be enforced. Sgt. Lonnie Russell, who oversees the city's animal control division, says he needs the help of residents - "One of the problems we're having is we've got to know where these dogs are and we're asking for the public's help."
City officials already were looking into more enforcement, but a recent attack on an 8 yr old child, Jonte Bishop, has prompted the dept. to take a proactive approach toward enforcing the city ordinance concerning vicious dogs. Sgt. Chris Haney, a juvenile detective investigating the Feb. 5 dog attack of Jonte Bishop said it was discovered that children were playing near a fence and the pit bull jumped over the fence to go after the child. "IT'S OUR DUTY TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN. THE CHILD IN THIS INCIDENT DID NOT RECEIVE ANY FATAL INJURIES, TO WHICH WE ARE VERY THANKFUL. WE ARE AWARE THIS INCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE!"
Residents are asked to report vicious dogs by providing a name of the owner and the address of where the dog is located. The law requires a dog defined as vicious be confined indoors or confined in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure with secure sides and top attached to the sides. The dog can not go off property unless it is caged or muzzled and on a lease. Warning signs must be displayed in a prominent place on the property and $100,000 liability insurance taken out on the dog.
DEFINITION OF A VICIOUS DOG:
*Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked or to cause injury to or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals.
*Any dog which because of its size, physical nature or vicious propensity is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to humans and which would constitute a danger to human life or property if it were not kept in the manner required.
*Any dog, which without provocation, attacks or bites or has attacked or bitten a human being or domestic animal.
*Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or any dog trained for dog fighting.
*Any pit bull terrier, which shall be defined as any American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.