Man, Dog Injured in Pit Bull Attack in Edgewater

The aggressive dog was taken into custody by Animal Control.

Police responded to a call for an aggressive dog in Edgewater Sunday.|Photo credit: Patch file
Police responded to a call for an aggressive dog in Edgewater Sunday.|Photo credit: Patch file
Anne Arundel Count police say a 52-year-old Edgewater man and his 10-year-old Chihuahua were both injured Sunday in a pit bull attack in the 400 block of Lakeview Avenue.

The victim told police that two pit bulls came into his fenced-in yard at around 2 p.m. Sunday and one of them attacked his Chihuahua, Charlie. The victim separated the animals and threw the aggressive pit bull over the fence, according to police. 

The man received cuts on his hands while separating the dogs, and Charlie was victim to puncture wounds and possible leg and neck injuries as a result of the attack, police said.

Officers searched the neighborhood and found the aggressive pit bull, a dog named Tyson, with his owner, about one block away. The dog was with his owner, an 18-year-old man. 

Charlie was taken to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic to be treated for his injuries, and was kept over night. Tyson was taken into custody by Animal Control. 
Mary Vecellio December 24, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Pitbulls and other breeds get a bad rap and have a bad reputation due to the HUMAN who trains them! Many animal pets are NOT vicious by nature but their HUMANS train them to be that way -- and the pet suffers the consequences when the HUMAN is at fault!
Jess Hurley December 24, 2013 at 08:57 AM
Again, please allow me to clarify that THIS FAMILY DID NOT TRAIN THE PIT BULL TO BE AGGRESSIVE. Every animal has the capability. Big and small. The owners love Tyson and are very gentle and loving with him. He is generally a sweet dog. But he is an ANIMAL. Thank you.
Pam Hamburg December 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM
I never thought I'd own a pit bull, but last spring I adopted one who had been neglected. He doesn't even look vicious, rather, he looks goofy. People comment on how beautiful he is. Since he's still a pup, he occasionally gets rough in his play. He is disciplined promptly. My whole little neighborhood (55+) knows him as my son walks him regularly. I take him to our local dog park for more exercise and socialization with other dogs and owners. It's the only place where he can run off leash. We don't use a tie down in our yard. The most I've seen him do is sniff out other dogs, then get into the play stance to see if the other dog will play with him. He's a sap when it comes to little kids...he'll wash their faces with kisses. He happily greets people who come to the door, even if they're strangers. Some vicious watchdog, huh? Like someone already said, in 10 years it'll be another breed. Personally, I'm more afraid of chihuahuas than the big breeds. Many have 'little dog' syndrome.
Ed December 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM
I speak as someone who has had a chihuahua (mix) attacked by a pitbull twice. The first time he was giving a 20% chance to live and made it and the second time he was killed. Both times he was on a leash and the pitbull ran out of a home. Pitbulls aren't inherently evil, but they have been bred to kill other dogs. So you can't exactly be surprised when they do. The continued effort of the pitbull lobby to deny that is, if not evil, horribly irresponsible. Tigers and elephants aren't evil, but not every idiot is allowed to get one and put them in their backyard. And the same should be the case for pitbulls who themselves are the biggest victims of the lack of regulations involved in getting them, because of fightinh, etc.. I would say to responsible pitbull owners, that instead of trying to spread the idea that they don't pose a risk, you should work towards some kind of special license so that they don't fall in the wrong hands.
Dataslave December 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM
What breed of dog were they, pit bull can mean a number of dogs especially when the media's involved. And @ Joaanna McGinn, you're talking about World War II land mines, but you don't seem to know spit about World War II otherwise you would know that the classic pit bull was often depicted as a "nanny dog" not a baby killer, that dog is not "bred to kill" it's the pitbull's owners fault for letting them run lose, and it's the owners fault for training them to be aggressive, so shut your pie hole.
Larry Cor December 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Every incident like this draws the anti 'pit bull' obsessed fanatics like 'Joanna McGinn' (the actual number is probably even tinier than it seems, as they use different screen names) with their BS myths and bogus 'statistics'. The debate about Breed Specific Laws against the vague category, not a breed, of 'pit bull' is over among educated, informed, non-hysterical people: *no* animal science or veterinary organization supports BSL. Science's view on it is clear. However, some of the arguments against the anti 'pit' fanatics also fall flat. I have no reason to disbelieve Jess Hurley's personal account of the dog and family involved. You don't have to 'train' a dog to be dog aggressive. Many dogs are that way naturally, and training *against* such behavior can only go so far. And if a dog aggressive dog escapes and attacks someone else's dog, it's a natural reaction for the owner of the smaller dog to stick their hand in between, and then they get bitten too, even if that was not the attacking dog's intent, and it never would have attacked the person otherwise. So while I've no reason to disbelieve Tyson's owners treat him well, and never intended for this to happen, the fact remains he was illegally loose, and something bad did happen, and they have to take responsibility. And that might include losing Tyson losing his life. That's the way it is. If you have a dog aggressive dog, it has to be contained *all* the time. We have a dog aggressive dog, in the vague category of 'pit bull' (though obviously not an actual APBT), and she's not even allowed in the yard. She gets all her exercise on long walks on a strong leash. She's been attacked three times while on her leash by non 'pit bulls' illegally off their leashes, two of them bigger than she, one of them insanely aggressive. I got bitten (bruised, no puncture) that time, sticking my hand in to try to separate them. It's a reflex reaction, but 100% the fault of the *owner* who let the other dog loose, illegally, even if they had no bad intentions and treated their dog well otherwise, and their fault their dogs had to go to vet, as well as the slight bite wounds my dog suffered. Human aggressive dogs shouldn't be kept at all; dog aggressive dogs may be, but have to be contained, always. It's not about breed.
Elizabeth Bennet December 24, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Pitbulls are not like other dogs. They tend to be far more dog-aggressive and see other dogs as prey. Pitbull experts will tell you never to take a pitbull to a dog park. Google Diane Jessup, who has been training pitbulls for over 20 years. Her website will tell you how to house a pitbull to make sure it doesn't get loose. You should also carry a breakstick, to get your pitbull to release when it bites another dog.
Jess Hurley December 24, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Knowing both families, my heart goes out to both of them. This isn't your typical "dog attack" story. These people are kind, loving and responsible people. ALL of them. Tyson's family would NEVER allow him to run loose. Unfortunately, this situation was out of their hands. But they aren't careless or vindictive. And I can't put into words how amazing Charlie's family is. They are so thankful that he's alive, yet are heartbroken for Tyson's family. They are compassionate, animal-loving people who are sincerely concerned for Tyson. They aren't pushing for a ban on any specific breed of dog and are flabbergasted by the amount of coverage this is receiving. As an update, I saw Charlie today in his yard. He's getting around and taking care of "business" as usual. LOL
Pame Ashley December 25, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Pit bulls do this every day, this is the tenth attack I have read this Christmas morning and I haven't finished searching yet. Yes, those of us affected by pit bull attack make every conceivable effort to contact the new victims of attack to bring them into our support groups and we also go to comment threads following attack to inform the unknowing public how often this happens and how it is ALWAYS bully breed dogs doing the severe attacks. I have seen the results of pit bull attack with my own eyes, brutal, bloody, gruesome, deadly. Then there are the sociopaths who also troll the attack links to call victims liars, call pit bulls nanny dogs, call victims the aggressors, lie about everything about the attack in order to allow more attacks to continue..for what reason? only they can say. It is certainly not to protect anyone or give sympathy or money to the people affected by pit bull attack. It is certainly not to protect pit bulls or they would be actively demanding breed specific legislation holding pit bull owners responsible for prudent fencing, leashing, muzzling, liability insurance and prison sentences for severe attacks or deaths.
Debbie Bell December 25, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Can pit mongers please explain to us how they justify the continued breeding of dogs specifically created to maim and kill dogs FOR NO REASON and proved to be the best at maiming and killing dogs? We only need to look at which dog ALL USA dog fighters still choose to know that pits are the best. Dogs fight, but normal dogs stop fighting when one submits. Even when male dogs fight over a female in heat, the loser dog is permitted to escape and leave, ALIVE. This means normal dogs are not good at USA dog fighting style, the "kill or die trying" type. All dogs can bite and fight, but before the pit infestation of our community, we never had dogs maimed and killed in public, we never had dogs break into yards and homes for the sole purpose of reaching their dog victim. That's because pits are different. Pit bully people have an astonishing ability to NOT have compassion for others, not other people, not other pets. Proof is their continuing promotion of the breeding of more pits and their refusal to offer or accept any breed specific ways to reduce the breed specific pit crisis. A pit escapes and goes "pit bull" attacking an innocent dog, and the pit mongers say "What's to change? Death is natural." So let's try this. A strong muscular teenage boy has low IQ, but is fascinated with pit bulls, and making things go red. You're are walking your leashed pit bull on a public sidewalk and you both are attacked by this mentally challenged boy, who repeatedly stabs your dog with a pitchfork, while you get severely injured trying in vain to save your dog. The boy is sweet and cooperative when the police arrive, and then police say that since he only killed a dog, his parents will be fined and encouraged to watch him better. The boy is sweet, affectionate, gives big slobbery kisses, Heck, you'd love him if you'd spend with him! Want him to be your neighbor? Want the family to keep having kids, hoping to have move sweet, affectionate, dog-killing boys? Now that dog fighting is illegal, it's time to make breeding more fighting dogs illegal too.
Debbie Bell December 25, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Jess Hurley. Thanks for caring about both families. Question: Do you want these attacks to continue, day in and day out, year after year? They will, if we don't do something to reduce the pit bull overpopulation. Your description of the family who owns the pit is common. Pits do not need to be abused or trained to kill dogs to mature to become dog killing experts. If you are young, if your dog experiences have all been since the pit bull invasion, you may not realize that normal dogs do not kill each other. You may think that dogs entering other areas to kill is normal. It is not. Had the pit's family chosen to own a Brittany Spaniel or a Keeshond, this attack would not have occurred. Pit bulls are not bad when they are driven to escape to reach and then maim or kill dogs, they are doing precisely what pits were and still are created to do. While it is nice that both man and dog survived, several months ago one pit's neighbor was not so lucky, found dead in his own back yard, part of his lower leg chewed off, his small dog dead at his side. Check out the death of Juan Campos, Katy Texas. This was simply the work of a "good" pit bull in action. Become pit bull aware. Spend some time on pit forums. Many good pits mature to become dog aggressive, without any encouragement at all. I cannot find any pit breeders who are trying to reduce dog aggression in their dogs. "Pits are the warriors, the gladiators of the dog world." "Dog aggression is what makes a pit a pit." Read the pit bull books from before the "new and improved" history of pit bulls was written in the 1980s. Good pits kill dogs. Stratton, Joseph Colby, Armitage, Semencic all love pits for what pits can do: kill dogs. While they insist that pits weren't created to bite /kill humans, read between the lines. Colby's book tells of shipping dogs by rail and mentions that notes can be attached to the shipping crate. The only example he uses: "Dog will bite."
Sarah Yates December 25, 2013 at 08:53 PM
"The truth is, just like with people, you get what you raise." 1) Even with humans, there are inherited traits. Everyone knows that 2 children raised very similarly will be very different in how they respond to that raising. Great parents can have very troubled kids; lousy parents can have very successful kids. Nature plays a role as well as nurture. 2) Dogs are far more shaped by inherited traits than are humans. Humans have never been subjected to controlled breeding programs. Even slave-owning societies never did this. Dogs have been extensively shaped by controlled breeding. Virtually all dogs are the result of people tinkering with canine traits and tendencies. The basic dog is a short-haired tan dog, around 40lbs, with a semi-curl tail. EVERYTHING else is a breed or type developed by humans. With dogs, you do get what you raise. But you also get what other people chose to focus on or ignore. A beagle is the result of people who valued a small trailing hound that gives voice readily. Beagles are less ideal as apartment dogs than, say, a Chihuahua, because the beagle can run for miles and tends to bay/howl quite loudly. Pit bulls are the product of people who valued a medium-sized bulldog with a very high pain resistance and an aggression switch that gets stuck in the "On" position.
Pam Hamburg December 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Blessed Jesus! All I have to say (then I am done with this convo) is that Sarah, your #2 is WRONG. Selective breeding WAS done to African American who were slaves. Do some research before making such an uninformed comment, okay? Secondly, I do feel for both of these families...it seems to me that it was an isolated type incident. As I wrote before, my pibble is still a puppy at one year and sometimes plays roughly. But he IS disciplined about it and these incidents have lessened considerably. Thirdly, I have encountered chihuahuas that have been aggressive as hell and scared the life out of me. I've also met very nice ones, lucky more of the second, rather than the first. Finally, let's put Akitas, Dobies, Shepherds, Rotties, etc., back on the list. But. LEAVE MY PIBBLE ALONE! He'll 'attack you' with kisses. Merry Christmas. Yeah, it's okay to say it, too!
Pam Hamburg December 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM
When will the media publish so and so breed attack, not just pit bulls? Hmmmm.
Jess Hurley December 26, 2013 at 02:24 AM
I am not defending pit bulls. I am defending the owners of both dogs involved. But I will say this: a few years ago, in Millersville, there was a problem where little dogs were being attacked and eaten. The story was that they were looking for a coyote, fox or pit bull. In the end, the truth was that it was a police officers German shepherd that had gotten loose a few nights in a row. It was never publicly reported. I'm not even sure if the officer "told on" his own dog, past the point of bragging. My point is that EVERY animal has the capability to attack. The larger dogs cause more damage and some dogs don't stop after they've injured their target. I am not naive. I am not young. I have a very healthy fear of dogs (and some cats, to be honest). My point entirely was to say that not all owners of these breeds are bad. The first reaction was to blame the owners by saying they had raised Tyson improperly. That simply isn't the case.
Tony Solesky December 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM
The word breed, literally means how my dog will physically appear and instinctually behave. The species is Canine and any of them will mate to each other with no instinctual interest in reproducing other poodles or pit bulls, they will mate to any other dog. A breed is a dog that man makes mate to the dog he want his to mate to. This is done to produce a dog that will be physically able to do and instinctually willing to perform, the tasks man is breeding him to. The resulting dog is called a breed. In this instance a pit bull, a dog bred to fight other dogs in the Pit, bred from other dogs with the instincts and physical power to take on a full sized bulls in the banned sport of bull baiting. Responsible people don’t own pit bulls or think that a loose dog should equal a threat to those around it or that a fence or a leash is meant to be a barrier between such life and death peril to humans or our pets. You cannot train just any dog to fight or to do what you want it to do. That is completely false. These incidents happen because first people own these type of breeds with these false beliefs. Everything else that happens is normal to dogs. The will escape and roam and get lost. That does not equal attacking people or pets or that anything is at risk other then the roaming dog from traffic etc. This is what fences and leashes are for. Pit bulls are not pets and were never bred to be pets. Who ever heard of a lose poodle doing this. Complete nonsense. Ban the breed end the deed. Lastly there was never another time in history where it used to be the Rott and now it is the pit bull. That is completely false. Before the mid seventies you had an average of one fatality every 3 years. Today we have an average 31 per year for the last 13 years. The death toll is actually kept to these outrageous numbers because we have Shock Trauma who can save you in the Golden Hour. The actual death toll otherwise would be about 550 per year. In Maryland alone we had 42 trauma level incidents in 2011 and 37 last year. And we had a fatality from a Pit bull in our state this November, 2013. Conversely had they had these medical advances in the 70’s the death toll would have been even lower. Just to round things out the first pit bull mauling ending in a fatality reported in the US is in the Sun Paper Baltimore 1844.
Tony Solesky December 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM
More appalling among these post, is people who anthropomorphize their pets. Dogs are animals , animals are bred and are owned and they have masters. Humans do not, there is no comparison, none. Never compare a dog to a human or racism or any other of these sociopath behaviors. You do this because when you confine your dog to what it is, a dog and compare your dogs breed to others of the same species but a different breed, you have no debate point but rather the basis for why these events happen. There is a reason for the term breed and the names “Golden Retriever” or “ Pit bull” and it is applied to dogs appropriately and should be used in our decision about what we will own and should not own. It is not coincidence that only certain breeds can be trained to guide the blind and thusly only certain breeds have the instinct to be trained to be aggressive. Even among those that can be trained for aggressiveness only one is the king and has the intentional genetic defect bred into it to not stop once it starts. All of the aforementioned good dogs or bad dogs is the result of breeding not training. Training is merely the direction of instinct.
Sarah Yates December 27, 2013 at 02:15 AM
"All I have to say (then I am done with this convo) is that Sarah, your #2 is WRONG. Selective breeding WAS done to African American who were slaves. Do some research before making such an uninformed comment, okay?" There's a difference between the reality that some slaveholders did interfere in the sexual/reproductive lives of their slaves, and the sustained, widespread and ongoing controlled breeding practices used on domestic animals such as horses, dogs, cows, etc. "When will the media publish so and so breed attack, not just pit bulls? Hmmmm." When a Chihuahua or Golden Retriever kills another dog, or rips an arm off a grown man, the media will be happy to broadcast the news far and wide. It's not a conspiracy, it's a difference in what happens during a typical dog attack and what happens during a typical pit bull attack.
Pam Hamburg December 27, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Pit bulls (pibbles) were once known as 'nanny dogs' for guarding children. The dog in The Little Rascals was a pibble. Yep, all are aggressive, right? Don't believe me? http://www.ywgrossman.com/photoblog/?p=676
Tony Solesky December 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM
@Pamster, No I don’t believe it, nor should you, because it is not true. The fact is the most supportive group on the planet for Pit bulls, "Bad Rap", who is trying to rehabilitate the Michael Vick dogs, came out this year during dog bite prevention week and said it is not true. Go to their website. But first use logic, there has never been a time in history where any one or organization has ever suggested leaving a child in the care, custody or control of a dog. Certainly you won’t find that to be true today. One would have to ask then, if it was true, then and now it is not, (once true) wouldn’t that tell you the dogs are dangerous now? They are dangerous for sure and they have killed more children and people then all other dog breeds combined. Nonetheless the nanny myth is not supported by Bad Rap. It was made up in the 70's and had gotten enough people killed that now the prominet organizations are telling the truth to avoid the lawsuits that are resulting from people who lost children to the myth. Please go to their website this in the may bulletin 2013.
Dataslave December 27, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Oh my god @sloesky SHUT UP, like really, you don't even know the breed, you do know that in media the term "pit bull covers like 12 breeds, on 3 types of dogs (hounds hearding dogs, bull dogs etc) if you want to hold a breed accountable, get breed statistics, not "facts" from reputable media organizations.
Tony Solesky December 27, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Dataslave, Anywhere in the world much less the US where Pit bulls are banned, they are identified by the specific breeds from the pit bull group that are targeted. All you need to do is google pit bull bans and Dangerous dog regulations in the US. There is no dispute from the dog owner in this case it is a Pit bull or the victim. Further, how is it that people that advocate for Pit bulls identify them as Pit bulls . What is Pit Bull awareness day then? If you own one of these breeds and you are making your judgments by these not well thought out obstructionist views I suggest you become a bit more of a Dataslave instead of a Mrsinformationslave.
Dataslave December 28, 2013 at 01:12 AM
@ Solesky Aww did your son help you come up with that one? Cute. I did my research, I had a long essay that went into depth on your problems, I'm not going to post it, Cause it's fun gathering info on self righteous people like you. And sometimes, The pounds of flesh that are found lying around, are fun to keep to ourselves. ;D
Tony Solesky December 28, 2013 at 02:50 AM
@Dataslave, should you change your mind I have a public Face book page, use my own name anywhere I post and would be happy to post any essay you write about me and post it as a share on my face book page as well. I have plenty of young white females who advocate for Pit bulls offer to do the same all of the time.
Pam Hamburg December 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM
@ Tony: Did you even look at the website I posted the link to??? IT IS TRUE. I can find dozens more...if only I had the time. Believe whatever you want. Last time I looked, we lived in a free (so far, anyway) country. I have better things to do with my time, like go out and play with my oh so vicious pibble.
Dataslave December 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM
@solsky what does it matter that they are young and white? Ohh I get it, breedism is an allegory for your racism.
Tony Solesky December 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Pamster, No I did not look at the site you posted because even BACRS in Baltimore will tell you that that is a myth. There is no reputable Pit bull Advocate organization that supports that myth. There is much published on the issue but you have to vett these things out> I always go to the otherside who actually rescue the breed. Call BARCS in Baltimore and ask for yourself. The nanny dog is a myth and a dangerous one even logically.
Tony Solesky December 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Breedism. Perhaps you should look up racism. Breeding is by mature racism because you are forcing an animal to mate to the mate you choose to get the result you want. A dog breed does not and cannot exist in nature because it has no instinct to reproduce as the breed it is. It will mate to any dog. You are silly and not very much of a slave to Data Mrsinformation.
Pam Hamburg December 29, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Tony, my friend, try Googling (instead of stuff like pit bull bans worldwide and all of the negative stuff, much of which are LIES), 'pitbulls nanny dogs'. Try reading all those sites. Or keep your little closed mind. I know you won't because you don't want to even hear the other side. Just like a typical liberal yuppie that drives a Prius (so green that the battery is made out of known hazardous materials and needs to be replaced every 5 years or so), uses light bulbs containing mercury that's been a hazardous substance for years and requires special disposal like the old mercury thermometers, yadayadayada.
Jess Hurley December 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM
What is everyone's point? They should add pit bulls to the list of topics not to discuss along with religion and politics. You aren't going to change each other's minds and your jabs make your points invalid.


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