Boy Killed, Mother Injured in Pit Bull Attack
More about the Pit Bull Attack
Police say the boy and his 24-year-old mother were visiting a friend on the 900 block of Edwardsville Road in Felton, Delaware around 4 p.m. Wednesday when the attack occurred.
The boy was playing alone in the friend’s yard. Three pit bills belonging to the friend were also in the yard. According to police, the dogs attacked the boy suddenly. His mother rushed outside to try and save her son while the dog owner called 911. The mother was bitten on both arms several times in the process. Two repairmen working on the house also attempted to rescue the boy.
Emergency crews and state police responded to the accident but were unable to save the boy’s life. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His mother was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries.
The three pit bulls were given to the SPCA for further observation and handling. Authorities say the boy had been around the dogs several times in the past without incident.
Dog Attack Statistics
According to the American Humane Association, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites in the United States each year. Nearly 800,000 of those bites require medical treatment.
Male dogs are overwhelmingly (92% of the time) responsible for fatal dog attacks. Of those fatal attacks, 94% of the dogs were not neutered.