Debate is swirling in Maryland after a pit bull attack left a 7-year-old girl with serious facial injuries, and tensions are high between those who believe the animals are dangerous and others who think owner negligence is to blame. The owner of the dogs involved in the attacks may face criminal charges, ABC affiliate WMAR reports.
The young victim was injured by a pair of pit bulls while she was riding her bike, and experts say that the amount of force such animals can exhibit is substantial. Dr. Kim Hammond, who works at a local animal hospital, told the news outlet that they can apply nearly 500 pounds of pressure - something that poses a threat to young children.
Some people who have pit bulls believe that if they are cared for correctly, they do not pose any danger. While that may be partly true, Hammond tends to disagree that an owner's attention is the only factor at work.
"It's not just the owner. It is the owner plus the breed," she told the news source.
Individuals that live close to an aggressive dog may want to buy animal repellent or pepper spray. Such devices have proven effective in preventing injury sustained from an attack.