East Toledo girl bears battle wounds from Pit Bull attack
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:47:01 GMT —
16 stitches, several other puncture wounds, and some really bad road rash; it's safe to say that 11 year old Sara Beth Mcadams feels lucky to be alive.
I thought I was going to die. I thought nobody was going to come to the rescue, the 11 year old recounted.
The Pit Bull attack started when Mcadams was riding her bike on Dover Street in her East Toledo neighborhood.
One [Pit Bull] came out of a whole under the fence and attacked me and I fell on the ground on my knees and it started biting me and then the other one jumped over the fence and started dragging me, said Sara Beth.
About 30 seconds later, a neighbor heard the girl TMs screams and came running with a shovel.
He hit the two pit bulls several times, but the dogs were unrelenting.
It wasn't until police showed up that the action subsided.
Police on the 11 o clock news said they shot her [the Pit Bull] twice, but she had five bullet wounds in her, said Eddie Williams the son of the dog TMs owner.
While he admits that the dog that was shot and killed did have aggression problems, he says the second dog that now waits in quarantine at the dog wardens office, is mild mannered and would not hurt anyone, but this isn't the first time something like this has happened.
William TMs neighbor Mike Brown still bears scabs and soon to be scars from when the same dog attacked him not two weeks ago.
They're pretty aggravated dogs and they're just mean, said Brown.
After spending last night at the hospital, Sara Beth is home now, sore and recovering from her many injuries.
We looked, but couldn't find the man who ran out into the street with the shovel to help, but today the Mcadams family's message to him is simple and powerful.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and may God bless you because you blessed me with my daughter's life, said Caroline Mcadams, Sara Beth TMs mother.
Thank you for being my heroes.
The dog that survived will remain quarantined at the Lucas County Dog Warden TMs Office for ten days to be evaluated.
Dog Warden Julie Lyle will then determine if the animal should be euthanized.
Tuesday the Lucas County Commissioner TMs office will vote on giving Lyle the authority to perform behavior evaluations on all Pit Bulls to see if any can be adopted out before putting them down.