Update: June 15th, 10:05 a.m.
This story has received dozens of comments both here on the story and on the NBC25 Facebook page.
Here on connectmidmichigan.com, t00abeach says, "Pit bulls are NOT a dangerous breed its their humans that dont properly train and socialize their dogs. That would be like blaiming a child for stealing when their parents never told them it was wrong. We have a pit bull that is the most gentle loving dog ever, he might lick you to death but bite? NEVER!! Punish the owners NOT the innocent dogs.!!!!"
On facebook, Debbie McIntosh-Realtor states, "...u know what is even more troubling to me, is if you pit bull owners were given a choice, your child, or your pit bull, you would most likely give up your child and keep the pitt bull....call me a hater, because I am brave enough and educated enough to say, yep, I hate the breed...and my children are not allowed around that breed ever..."
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Update: June 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson has just informed NBC25 that the dog owner has been given tickets for two misdemeanor charges: dog at large and dog biting or attacking a person. The woman will appear at District Court for the charges. During the court hearings, it wil be decided what will be done with the dog.
The child was bit in four different areas of his body. He is continuing to recover at this time.
Update: June 14th, 12:33 p.m.
The Huron County Sheriff reports that when the dog attacked, the child attempted to get away. At that point, the child ran into the street and in front of a passing truck. The truck driver slammed on the breaks to avoid the child. Fortunately, he missed the boy. It was at that point that the dog's owner was able to get ahold of the dog's cable and stop the attack.
Update: June 14th, 11:22 a.m.
The Huron County Sheriff says there is, "some differences of opinion as to the breed of the dog." The owner cannot provide paperwork that proves the dog is a pit bull, but the Sheriff says their investigation shows the dog in question is at least a pit bull mix.
A 12-year-old child is recovering after a pit bull chased him down, pulled him off his bike, and mauled him.
The Huron County Sheriff reports a deputy was called to the scene on Filion Road around 1:20 Monday for reports of the dog attack.
When he arrived, he learned that the child had been riding his bike on North Van Dyke Road, when the pit bull broke free from its cable, and began chasing the boy. The child fell off his bike when the dog attacked, and the dog then bit him several times all over his body.
The dog TMs 34-year-old owner came running from the house, grabbed the severed cable, and was able to get the dog off of the child.
The child was taken to the Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe where he received several stitches.
The pit bull has been quarantined for at least 10 days at the Thumb Animal Shelter while the investigation continues. The sheriff TMs department will meet with the dog TMs owner Tuesday to discuss possible charges.
Recently, a Michigan lawmaker proposed a law that would have outlawed pit bulls in Michigan. That proposal was soon stopped. Meanwhile, Saginaw County is considering a dangerous dog ordinance that would charge certain dog breed owners more money to own a dangerous dog.
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