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Alleged Pit Bull Attacks Boy During Lacrosse Practice

The incident occurred less than two weeks after the Maryland Court of Appeals released a statement claiming pit bulls are dangerous.

In April, the Maryland Court of Appeals set a when it announced that owners face increased liability if their dog attacks—labeling them definitively .

Less than two weeks after the court’s opinion was released, a parent said a pit bull attacked and bit a boy at Tracey’s Elementary School during a peewee lacrosse practice.

On May 4 at about 9:45 a.m., the Green Hornets' 10-year-old boys lacrosse team was practicing at the school when a black dog ran out from the woods and onto the field.

According to Marc Griswold, a Green Hornets dad who attended the practice, the dog appeared to be a pit bull and aggressively barked at one of the boys on the field. The dog then bit the boy in the calf, drawing blood, he said.

“It was a bad event,” Griswold said. “It was not at all a peaceful dog. You would definitely run away if approached by it.”

While sitting in his car, Griswold heard parents shouting, “a dog just bit a kid,” and as he looked up he saw several parents facing the animal with lacrosse sticks.

Anne Arundel County Animal Control Administrator Robin Small confirmed the incident and said initial reports indicated the dog was a pit bull. Small said the investigation is ongoing, so she couldn’t definitively confirm that the dog was a pit bull.

Small said she couldn’t comment on other aspects of the incident due to the pending investigation, but did confirm that the dog was in Animal Control’s custody.

“The public is not at risk. We have the dog here [at Animal Control],” Small said.

A spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department said police officers responded to the scene and helped apprehend the animal.

Griswold said three officers worked together to contain the dog and used stun guns to do so, but a police spokesman could not confirm that information. Griswold also told Patch another dog was loose on the field, but did not attack any of the lacrosse players or parents.

Severna Park Patch editor Leslie Hunt contributed to this article. 

Kristel Rabideau June 21, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I am a passionate pit bull advocate and have two pit bulls of my own. I have also helped two other pit bulls find permanent homes by fostering them through a rescue that I work with. I greatly appreciate your comment, and you are absolutely correct. Irresponsible dog owners who have a chihuahua that bites people on a daily basis do not and will never get the same backlash as pit bulls and their owners. Owning a pit bull is a HUGE responsibility and should never be taken lightly.
Xiahko June 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Wow, that is the dumbest comment I have ever heard. Ignoramus has a new name, and it's Debbie.
Xiahko June 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
That's becausthe news writers are a bunch of idiots who couldn't tell the difference between and American Pit Bull Terrier(there is no such breed as a Pit Bull) and a Labrador retriever. They are the ones who give these dogs bad names, they are responsible for the thousands of their deaths(along with idiot owners) their hands are tainted with the blood of innocent family pets.
Xiahko June 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Hey idiot, there is no such breed as a Pit Bull. Educate yourself, you sound like a moron.
tom June 22, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I would flag the comments by Xiahko as "inappropriate", but decided it might be better for all to see a great example of someone in need of anger management and how easy it is to call people idiots and morons when hiding behind a screen name. It will never happen, but it should be common practice to treat someone with the same respect you would show face to face. Just because someone doesn't share your opinion doesn't make them less intelligent than yourself. It's a bit ridiculous to blame the reporter for simply providing facts. I'm not sure why this story took on a new life anyhow, since it's over a month old. Perhaps it was because of the report of a 9 year old child bitten by a pit bull on Tuesday in Severna Park. Or maybe that didn't really happen.

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