$60K settlement after pit bull named Munchie attacks teen

A 14-year-old Alabama teen and his family will get some relief after a Halloween party that went horribly wrong when the boy was bitten by a pit pull.

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Atlanta-based law firm Zagoria Law, which specializes in personal injury cases, settled the violent attack case for $60,000.

According to court filings, the 14-year old attended a neighbor’s Halloween party in Phenix City, Alabama.

He was playing in the backyard of the neighbor’s home when the owner released his pit bull into the yard.

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The boy was bitten by the dog, named “Munchie,” and suffered injuries to his left wrist which required suturing. He later had to undergo additional treatment after the area became infected.

May 9, 2012-DECATUR: A two-year-old Pit Bull mix runs around an outdoor pen at the DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement kennel in Decatur on Wednesday May 9th, 2012. Pit bulls are no longer a restricted household pet in DeKalb County, a zoning change that should help the county focus more on all dangerous dogs and possibly improve the adoption rate from its shelter. The DeKalb County Commission unanimously agreed Tuesday to lifting the ban on pit bulls - part of the zoning codes, not animal control ordinances - after more than a year of weighing the issue. No other metro county has a ban on the breed, and DeKalb's was less a ban than a source of confusion. Code enforcement officers who cited owners had simply to point out "pit bull" is not a breed of dog to have their tickets tossed. Phil Skinner pskinner@ajc.com

May 9, 2012-DECATUR: A two-year-old Pit Bull mix runs around an outdoor pen at the DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement kennel in Decatur. Phil Skinner pskinner@ajc.com

David Zagoria, Zagoria Law Founder and Principal, suggests using caution with pets at holiday celebrations, particularly when children are in attendance.

“When a dog owner releases a vicious animal into a backyard where children are playing, the potential for disaster is evident,” Zagoria said. “As this case shows, it only takes one vicious dog to ruin a neighborhood holiday celebration,” said David Zagoria.

Pit bulls have long been a controversial dog. Only four years ago, pit bulls were banned as household pets in DeKalb County. The ban was lifted in 2012.

Pit bulls are now one of the three most popular dogs in the nation, with a population of about 4 million.

In her recently released book about the controversial dogs, “Pit Bull,” (Knopf, $27) author Bronwen Dickey, argues that one of the reasons for the high number of pit bulls cited in attacks is precisely because they are so large in number.

Another reason, she said, is the dogs are frequently misidentified. Pit bull is an all-encompassing term for the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, any mixes of those breeds, and any dog that resembles those dogs.

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Samantha Falconer
Samantha Falconer

Not sure why the teen was awarded so much. The dog bit him once on the wrist and it happened to get infected, that could happen with literally ANY dog bite. The dog didn't rip off his hand and I highly doubt the medical bills equaled anything near $60,000.

Mary Ann Redfern
Mary Ann Redfern

Pit bull doing what pit bulls do on a regular, daily basis across the USA.  Sad and preventable, but not at all surprising to those who realize that pit bulls were BRED in old England specifically to kill each other in dog fighting pits for BLOODSPORT with gambling.  Pit bulls are dangerous and that's a fact, obviously.

palepadre
palepadre

Halloween Party. So, the noise, and the number of people. And the fact that they were in costumes, probably added to the Dog's confusion. And it was the Dog's territory. Turned out to be a bad combination. Just an after thought.

Nacole Carter
Nacole Carter

You said it perfectly. I do not blame the dog.

Mary Ann Redfern
Mary Ann Redfern

@palepadre It was a pit bull doing what pit bulls do, what they were bred to do a couple hundred yiears ago in old England.  Don't make it more complicated than simply what it is..a PIT BULL.

Mary Ann Redfern
Mary Ann Redfern

@Nacole Carter I blame the pit bull.  I blame every pit bull that ever ate a human or animal.  It's the BREED, the BREEDING for the kill.  Enough said.

Mary O.
Mary O.

@mary ann redfern You really need to do some homework on this issue if you are going to continue to post about it. You are misinformed and what you are saying doesn't help anyone. It only makes people more afraid of something that they don't need to be afraid of. I'm sorry if you have had a personal trauma or someone close to you has, but step back and try to get a little perspective on the situation. Also, per capita labs are the most dangerous dogs, but they don't get a bad rap because humans dont abuse them and cause the issues for them that we do for pits.

Samantha Falconer
Samantha Falconer

So I'm assuming you blame the breed and breeding of every dog that ever attacks someone.