published Thursday, August 4th, 2011

East Tennessee boy's ears torn from head during dog attack

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A 10-year-old boy flown by medical helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being mauled by a dog was listed in serious condition this afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Brandon Williams, whose ears were torn from his head and sustained bite marks to his entire body, was attacked by a pit-bull mix Wednesday at a home in the 1000 block of Branch Drive in Newport, according to a Cocke County Sheriff's Department report.

The dog's owners, Jennifer R. Switzer, 21, and Anthony L. Lugar, 22, both of 1009 Branch Drive, were arrested following the afternoon attack on a charge of allowing animals to run at large with serious bodily injury, according to their respective arrest reports.

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XGSBoss said...

Throw the book at the dog owners since apparently we can't wipe out the pit bull as a species.

August 4, 2011 at 5 p.m.
potcat said...

`` My 76 yr. old Mother went to get her mail Monday and saw and heard a Pitbull dog running and growling toward her and she started running to get back in the house, a car (thank God) was passing by and stoped to run the dog back. Momma lost her house shoes and when the dog catcher showed up and took a report and went and gave the owner of the dog a warning to keep his dog tied, he brought Mommas house shoes back and they were tore apart.

I am so upset and worried about this, i can't even sleep.

August 4, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
TraceyJones said...

People will never learn.... it's not the BREED! ANY breed of dog will attack someone. My mother used to have a Chihuahua when I was growing up, that would go after ANYONE that stepped foot on or near our property. But because it was a small dog, no one payed her any attention. The only reason pit bulls get all this negative attention when they attack, is because they're big, strong, and have high energy levels.

I have a pit bull mix myself and she is the biggest BABY ever! She plays with my kids, my cats, and my other dogs all the time and never so much as growled at anyone. Yes, she'll bark her head off if someone she doesn't know comes in our yard, but she's actually more scared of them than they are of her!

The way a dog acts is all in how they're raised to behave. If they're trained properly, get a lot of exercise and love, a pit bull (even mixes) wouldn't ever hurt anything or anyone. But if they're left unattended and have to fend for themselves all the time, then yes, ANY dog will attack.

My heart does go out to this little boy, though. It's terrible that this happened to him because of dog owners that refuse to keep their dog contained and train it the proper way!

August 4, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Just another reason for me to carry my Kel Tec .380

August 4, 2011 at 7:36 p.m.
sunnydelight said...

Never have I heard of a chihuahua ripping off a childs ears. I'll also carry my Kel Tec .380 just in case my local Taco bell doesn't train that little guy not to bite anything other than a Taco.

August 4, 2011 at 8:53 p.m.
potcat said...

I also have had a PitBull and am a animal rights activist. I got him as a puppy and he was NEVER mistreated, but he would fight any male dog he could get ahold of. we had him fixed and that didn't help.

Tracy Jones..you are a very stupid person and don't know squat about dogs.

NC.. let be tell you, my Mother was not the bad guy and if any thing happens to her, my whole family will go to jail. If any harm comes to her, God help the owner,dog,and the county dog catcher.

Something just might happen this week-end, we are not going to wait till after the fact!!!

August 5, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
DebbieBell said...

Even if no human was ever injured by a pit bull, pit bull fighting abilities and instincts help no one. One problem with the pit bull breed was that it was intentionally bred to not give warning before attacking. One minute the dog might be fine, calm; the next the dog could be in 100% fight/bite/maiming mood. How can you safely temperament test a dog breed like that? You cannot. This is hard for those who love and live with pit bulls to comprehend. The woman who raised the chimp in Connecticut could not image her Travis biting the face from off her neighbor Charla Nash either, but it quickly, tragically happened one day. Pit bulls are the dog of choice for dog fighters for a reason. The surprise attack method helps win dog fights. Their instinct to not quit fighting, even when the other dog is down and submits is part of that too. Most normal dogs will stop fighting when one quits. Many dogs will stop fighting before significant injuries occur, especially when dogs of the same size are involved. Not pit bulls. Never let your pit bull off leash, ever, for your pit bull's sake. He cannot help himself, any more than a beagle can help himself when he smells a rabbit. His instinct is to bark and sniff. He is not vicious when his instinct kicks in. The pit bull is not angry or vicious when his instinct to bite, tug, chew, crush kicks in either. But he can maim and kill without being angry or vicious. These behaviors feel "good" and "right" to a pit bull, because it is instinct.

Every pit bull website states that, even with early socialization, unpredictable dog aggression may occur in pit bulls. That's why they recommend that pits never go to dog parks. Unless you plan to fight dogs and hope that dog fighting will against be legal someday, these fighting skills and instincts help no one. Free, mandatory spay/neuter/microchipping for all pit bulls and all dog aggressive dogs. Let the experts at maiming and dog killing become extinct.

August 5, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
dao1980 said...

This should be simple.

Destroy the animal, jail the owners.

The owners of this animal should be classified as violent offenders, and treated by our judicial system as such.

August 5, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

I'm with you, dao1980...this whole story is terrible...poor child.

I don't care WHAT one says about a pit bull...they are not safe to be around ANYONE.

August 5, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
LibDem said...

Any dog will bite. They have no fists and their debating skills are limited. Biting is their one defensive/aggressive skill. I've had dogs forever. You have to take great care with them. Chaining a dog in the yard will often create an angry animal. You'd be angry too.

August 5, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
Panthress said...

potcat...sunnydelight.....patriot......I'M WITH YA'LL 1K%!...IF I EVER AM UP AGAINST ONE, IT'S DEAD!....my 9mm AND 357 will take care of 'em!...as the old saying goes: "ANYTHING WITH TEETH CAN/WILL BITE!....pure AND simple!...

September 12, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.
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