PEMBROKE NC - A 1-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL BELONGING TO A FAMILY MEMBER ATTACKED LINDA MALDANADO CAUSING SEVERE INJURIES TO BOTH ARMS - BOARD OF HEALTH TO MEET CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF PITS FROM COUNTY POUND
A Pembroke woman was severely injured and flown to Duke Medical Center today after she was bitten by a 1-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL THAT WAS A FAMILY PET.
Linda Maldanado was at a home near The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a family member who owned the dog when the animal attacked her, causing severe injuries to both arms, according to Bill Smith, director of the Robeson County Health Department.
Smith said Maldanado was treated at Southeastern Regional Medical Center before being flown to the Duke hospital. Smith said hospital officials characterized the bite as the “worst” they had seen inflicted by a dog. Amanda Crabtree, public relations officer for Southeastern Health, said privacy laws prevented her from disclosing the nature of the injuries.
Smith said although the dog had been vaccinated against rabies, its head was removed so that its brain could be tested for the disease. He said the dog’s aggression, which suggests it could be rabid, prompted that precaution.
“You never know if the vaccine is effective,” Smith said. “I would assume that the vaccine took and that it was OK, but we just want to be sure due to the severity of the attack.”
The owner surrendered the pit bull, named Rowdy, to the Health Department. According to Smith, the owner has three other pit bulls. Smith said the veterinarian who vaccinated those animals said they all showed signs of aggression and should be kept on a short leash.
Smith said the Board of Health, which will meet April 22, is expected to consider a policy concerning the adoption of pit bulls from the county pound.