A pit bull attacked and killed a man attempting to give CPR to its owner in West Virgina. East Wheeling police officers said they were forced to push their way into the home and then found the pit bull next to one unconscious person and the badly injured man.
West Virginia Police Lieutenant Phil Redford said local authorities currently believe that the owner of the pit bull had a heart attack and the unidentified man killed during the attack, graciously attempted to offer life-saving aid. Both of the individuals were ultimately pronounced dead a short time later at an East Wheeling hospital.
The pit bull was removed from the residence by Ohio County Animal Control officers and secured in quarantine. Additional details about the fatal pit bull attack, including the names of the victim and the dog owner, will not be released until the next of kin for each individual have been contacted.
The East Wheeling pit bull attack is the second fatal encounter between the dog breed and a human in the Pittsburgh suburb in the past 30 days. Last month a toddler girl after being mauled by a pit bull.
Wikipedia has this to say when describing and detailing the pit bull dog breed.
“Formal dog breeds often considered of the pit bull type include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Bulldog and Bull Terrier are also sometimes included. Many of these breeds were originally developed as fighting dogs. After the use of dogs in blood sports was banned, such dogs were used as catch dogs in America for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt and drive livestock, and as family companions, although some owners still bred and used them clandestinely for dog fighting. This practice continues to this day, but is illegal in many nations.“
According to the website Dogbites, which tracks dog attacks, 25 fatal pit bull dog attacks occurred in America in 2014. The fatal dog attacks by pit bulls or pit bull mixes accounted for the vast majority of the noted human deaths via dog attacks on the website. Most of the fatal pit bull attacks cited for last year happened to young children.
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