While there were prior dog bite cases, we believe that this case was the firstinstance where the attacking dog is described as a bull terrier.
A small piece of timber such as a 2" by 4" or similar piece of framing, etc.
In addition to the maulings in Maryland, there have been at least two instances of serious maulings by pit bulls that have reached the appellate courts of the District of Columbia,
since 2005. Accordingly, within a hundred mile radius there have beennine serious mauling appellate cases involving pit bulls within the last thirteen years.In Maryland the vicious mauling of young children by pit bulls occurred as early as1916.
Bachman vs. Clark,
128 Md. 245; 97 A. 440 (1916). In that case, a ten-year-old boy,John L. Clark, was playing on the north side of a street when a pit bull (“bull terrier”) cameacross the street from its owner’s property and attacked him, inflicting serious injuries. The pit bull refused to release the boy until a witness picked up a “scantling”
and struck the dog,killing it. Similar to the testimony in the present case by the boy’s mother, in that old casethe mother described the aftermath of the attack on her child as follows:. . [H]e was unconscious, in such a condition that she did not know whether he was living or dead . . . Blood all over him.
at 247, 97 A.2d at 440.Over the last thirteen years, there have been no less than seven instances of seriousmaulings by pit bulls upon Maryland residents resulting in either serious injuries or death thathave reached the appellate courts of this State, including the two boys attacked by the pit bullin the present case.
Five of the pit bull attacks in Maryland have been brought to theattention of this Court, and two have reached the Court of Special Appeals.The first two attacks to reach this Court were reported in
Shields v. Wagman, et al,