An 8-year-old girl was attacked by a PIT BULL Wednesday while playing outside her home on Milwaukee’s northwest side. It happened near 81st and Daphne streets.
Not only did the girl suffer serious injuries, but the dog has a history of attacking children.
"He left this open when I had it shut,” the dog owner said.
WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino followed the owner of the pit bull Wednesday afternoon into her backyard as she explains how the 80-pound dog got loose from its cage. She said a crew from AT&T accidentally left the gate open and the dog, Indio, ran out Wednesday afternoon.
"I was yelling at him to come back, come back, but he wouldn't listen,” the owner said.
The owner agreed to talk with WISN 12 News but did not want her face shown.
Her dog ran straight toward a child down the street. “He started biting her in the stomach area and on the arm,” the owner said.
The girl was riding her bike when all of a sudden she started screaming for help.
Her father said he went to go see what was wrong and before he knew it, the pit bull was trying to get into his home.
The girl's parents said it was terrifying trying to get the dog off their daughter.
The owner said this isn't the first time Indio has attacked. A few years ago he bit a 5-year-old child who needed 21 stitches.
"Why did you keep him when he attacked in the first place?” Palladino asked.
“Because I thought I'd give him a second chance,” the owner said.
But now the owner said she's glad Indio will be put down.
"He should be put down because he should not be attacking anybody. He should have known that that was wrong,” the owner said.
The owners were cited a few years ago for the first attack. Milwaukee police said they will probably be cited again for this latest incident, but criminal charges are not likely.