published Friday, November 25th, 2011, updated Nov. 25th, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.

Pit bull bites 4 year old in Chattanooga

A 4-year-old boy was bitten around the neck this evening by a neighbor’s pit bull while playing in his yard in the Silverdale area, Chattanooga police said.

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The attack happened around 5:20 p.m. as the boy and his father were in front of their residence at 7354 Old Cleveland Pike. The dog reportedly broke loose from its owner’s backyard, ran up the street and attacked the child, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said.

The boy’s father, Chris Binshaw pulled a knife and stabbed the dog to get it off his son. The dog’s owner, Eric Robinson, then grabbed the dog and put it back in its cage.

The child suffered non-life threatening injuries but his current condition is unknown. Charges are pending further investigation, Weary said.

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westie79 said...

I don't like pit bulls. They are never NOT dangerous. According to mathematicians: A cannot be not A. Think about it. Regardless of what the pit bull owners say.

November 25, 2011 at 9:33 p.m.
littleturtle said...

Think about what, Westie? "A cannot be not A?" Makes me wonder for sure. Anyway, part of the problem of this whole situation is that he put the dog "back in its cage." A caged dog is usually a neglected dog, and neglected dogs are trouble through their owner's fault. Right now I am listening to 5 neighborhood dogs barking their heads off at 1 AM, and their owners are doing nothing but screaming at them. Yet my dogs are happily and soundly asleep beside me not causing a problem. A loved, trained, and happy dog is rarely a problem dog. A caged, neglected, and untrained dog of any breed can immediately be a problem. And do not get me started on untrained children that will grab or hit dogs and have no better sense to stay away from a dog's food bowl. Responsibility is the key here. Don't get a dog as a lawn ornament, treat it like family, train it basic commands, and don't let it run loose. Any owner who takes a dog that just got stabbed and throws it back into a cage didn't deserve to have the dog in the first place. I wish the child and the dog both well, but of course we all know how this will turn out for the dog. But maybe dead is better than stabbed and laying in a cage in the cold.

November 26, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.
steve_smith said...

"And do not get me started on untrained children that will grab or hit dogs and have no better sense to stay away from a dog's food bowl."

Wow. More empathy for another species. Just wow.

There is a segment of our culture that is sick . . . self-loathing to the point of hating humanity. I'd bet if the irrational, unconditional love of animals that our culture seems to flirt with existed at the dawn of civilization, we'd still be naked, hungry brutes with wood plates in our earlobes digging in the dirt for roots and dancing around stone totems by the light of the moon. Oh wait - I think a sizable number of those folks are still around.

November 26, 2011 at 1:59 a.m.
rhythmco said...

if you own a pitbull and your dog does something like this, then YOU are responsible. You should have sense enough not to own one. Period. They are potentially destructive and extremely strong. They can be hard to contain. They are masters of breaking leashes and chains. ANY dog can turn on someone but these are the worst....if you MUST get proof go work in an emergency room or google some stats for pitbull attacks.

Ask yourself: How many news articles must you read before you decide not to put yourself, your children and your neighbors in danger? Just how bad do you want to be another statistic.

November 26, 2011 at 7:01 a.m.
littleturtle said...

Well, Steve, I do feel sorry for children who are bit. And the child in this story playing in its own yard minding its own business gets total sympathy from me. I'm not talking about babies who don't know better or those attacked for no reason. I'm talking about 6 year olds who purposely torture dogs because they can get away with it, then when the dog finally defends itself it gets a death sentence. I personally know of a dog who can't walk straight because of back issues from being thrown down stairs by 10 year olds, for fun. Look hard on YouTube and you can find videos of kids throwing dogs off overpasses, for fun, and laughing when the dog is laying on concrete crying in pain. When a baby or small child doesn't know better, it is a sad situation, but still should have been controlled by the parents and/or dog owners. The down owner in this situation above should have been the responsible one. Babies and dogs don't mix. I don't care how cute your baby is, and how trained your dog is, don't leave them unsupervised and expect everything to be fine. Dogs are dogs, they are not people, they do not reason, and they will defend themselves. And when you are a child torturing a dog for fun and the dog defends itself, then the dog usually dies and the kid gets babied and hugged because that "mean evil dog hurt you." I'm saying that it is not always the dog's fault. If that makes me "sick" then so be it.

November 26, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
sweetdream20 said...

I'd like to see an actual picture of the dog. The news would call a border collie a pitbull just to create sensationalism...

November 26, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
smittysmitt3434 said...

As someone who lives right down the street from where this occurred and has seen the dogs in question numerous times, I can assure you they are pits.

November 26, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.
steve_smith said...

littleturtle

That seems eminently reasonable.

November 26, 2011 at 8:53 p.m.
BravesDave said...

I have had so many idiots tell me "my pit bull isn't like that" over the years. Seriously. Get real. Yes they are. Just give it time. You're playing with a rattlesnake that just happens to bark and wag its tail. In a perfect world it gets you instead of an innocent child. Sprout a brain!

November 27, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.
Dog_Fri3nd1 said...

This is the reason why I think pitbulls should always be kept on a leash. Aggressive dogs like these always pose a danger to children and adults alike. I hope the child does not suffer any long term trauma or fear for dogs.

Sherwin - http://www.hipetusa.com

February 22, 2012 at 10:57 p.m.
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