Friday, September 4, 2009
Toddler Mauls Pit Bull
Murray, 4, a 100-pound male pit bull, was injured on Saturday when a notoriously aggressive 2-year-old child attacked the dog near his home.
According to eyewitness testimony, the child leaped from the bushes, knocking the large canine to the ground. He then started gnawing on the dog’s back leg with his two prominent front teeth. Murray was initially confused and then began to howl in pain as the attack became more violent.
The attacker, identified as Evan Griffith, 2, has a history of this kind of behavior, according to one neighbor.
“Evan is a very naughty little boy,” said next door neighbor Marge Cutley. “I once saw him throw a cat into the wading pool. All the while he was laughing maniacally and screaming, ‘Kiggy, KIGGY!’ I was horrified. I immediately phoned the police.”
According to some, Evan’s misbehavior is not limited to animal abuse. Investigators are also looking into an alleged animal cracker throwing incident that left another child seriously cranky.
Evan’s mother, who could not be reached for comment, reprimanded the child following the attack, calling his behavior “unacceptable” and threatened further punishment “when [Evan’s] father gets home.”
Murray is resting comfortably at home, after relieving himself behind the neighbor’s hedges. He hopes to return to savaging local squirrels as early as tomorrow morning.