A teenager was taken to a hospital Thursday evening after a pit bull ran from a Beacon Hill house and attacked him, according to a police report.
The boy told police he got off a Metro bus at 5:20 p.m. and was walking home when the dog ran out of a house in the 3200 block of South Portland Street and attacked him in the street. The dog bit him on the right forearm, right calf, stomach and left hand, causing numerous puncture wounds, according to the report, which was released this weekend.
This attack occurred a few blocks or so away from where a friend of mine used to live, and he watched in horror one day as a neighbor's two pit bulls escaped their old chain-link pen, ran up the street, and mauled and killed his cat. Animal control paid a visit to his neighbor, who just yelled at them as if he were the victim. No citation was issued or anything.
This story comes just days after a very long, tiresome thread about pit bulls on the Beacon Hill mailing list. The discussion went something like this: When you see a pit bull on the loose in your neighborhood, should you try to approach it if it seems friendly and take it back to its home, or should you shoot it in the head? (The latter suggestion was later withdrawn.)
I don't have a strong opinion on this, though it does seem that people should take a lot greater care to prevent their dogs from running loose (and there should be penalties for offenders). Also, if you keep your dogs cooped up in a pen or tied to a rope in your yard all the time, maybe you shouldn't really have dogs?
Yes, these arguments are always tiresome.