Saturday, September 27, 2014

NEWARK DE - A FAMILY PIT BULL ATTACKED THEIR 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER - LIFE-FLIGHTED TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA



SURGERY TO REATTACH EMILY'S ARM WAS EXPECTED TO LAST 4 HOURS BUT TOOK 12 HOURS.

ANOTHER UPDATE

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Authorities say an 8-year-old girl suffered critical injuries when she was mauled by her family's PIT BULL  in Newark, Delaware.

The girl is the daughter of Newark City Councilman Todd Ruckle."She's such a friendly girl. She loves animals and my heart goes out to her family and I feel awful," said Dee Wagman, family friend.


Ruckle family

It happened around 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the unit block of Adelene Drive.

The victim and her 15-year-old sister were in a room with the dog when it attacked. The older girl called 911, but police say the dog prevented them from escaping the room.

"That's very heroic to step in and put yourself in harm's way to protect someone you love," said Dave Knight, neighbor.

The 8-year-old suffered severe injuries to her arm. She taken to a hospital in critical condition and was later flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The dog was eventually shot and killed by a Newark officer after police say it was aggressive towards them.

Wagman says her children would often play over at the victim's house.

"They would ensure me that the dog was locked separately and they would have no contact with that dog," she said.

Councilman Ruckle was just elected in April.

As for the attack, it's still under investigation.

http://6abc.com/news/girl-8-critically-injured-in-pit-bull-attack-in-delaware/326994/



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a complete and utter shock that a pit bull attacked a child!

Do these pit bull owners intentionally deny reality? Do they not hear of other children being attacked by pit bulls, and life-flighted to hospitals? Or do they choose to believe the myths surrounding pit bulls, perpetuated by nutters. Best, most loyal, most loving, lick you to death, nanny dog EVER!

RSM said...

A CITY COUNCILMAN had a pit with his kids? JFC. What is wrong with this world.
I hope she is OK and doesn't lose an arm. I always wonder what happens to these kids, that get life flights, but are never heard of again?

Dayna Hamilton said...

Well well well. A city council member got the wake up call. This would be a story worth following up on. Will the family continue to deny the pit bull legacy? Will the pit bull community blame the family for training it to attack their child?

Anonymous said...

Another article said these folks were just watching the dog and didn't own it, but that the kids knew the dog. Seems even more idiotic. When will they start charging people with criminal negligence and other crimes for allowing this to happen?