An 8-year-old boy from Deerfield Beach in Florida was severely injured in a dog attack involving a pit bull in October, according to sources. Nicholas Garvey was riding his bicycle in his neighborhood when he was attacked by Jada, a pit bull belonging to Jeanette Peterson. Neighbor Sharon Haynes was able to eventually pull the dog off the young boy. Nicholas suffered a broken arm and was covered in lacerations.
“If the animal tasted human blood, I believe it should be put to sleep,” Nicholas’ mother, Teresa Rose told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Haynes used the boy’s bike and a cast-iron tool to fight the dog off the boy. Nicholas came to her door looking for help while under attack.
“The first thing I grab was his bike—I start beating the dog with the bike, telling the dog to get off him,” Haynes said.
Peterson was fined $648 for the bite and failing to register and vaccinate her pet. She claimed that neighborhood children had shot the dog with a BB gun in the past.
“If you do something to a dog, they’re going to remember,” she said. “She’s a lover, not a fighter. She’s innocent.”
Do you think the punishment to the dog owner was appropriate? Do Peterson’s claims about her dog being abused hold ay validity?
Wooten Kimbrough, P.A—Orlando injury attorney.