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Friday evening, May 1, 2009 a 13 month-old girl was bitten on the head by a pit bull mix dog. News channel 13 reported that Virginia Beach, VA EMS transported the little girl to the local hospital via the Nightingale. According to police the girls injuries were not life threatening. Animal Control was called and is investigating the incident. The pit bull mix was the family’s pet.

Many dog bites happen with a family pet, it just so happens that this particular pet was a pit bull mix. Lately there has been much attention drawn in the Eastern Virginia and North Carolina area because of the pit bull attack and death to an Outer Banks, NC family’s golden retriever. This was popular news because it fueled many comments from both supporters and those who feel a ban on pit bulls is necessary.

The incident on the Outer Banks happened in Kitty Hawk and many residents have prompted the local government to ban pit bull breeds. On the other hand, pit bull owners and advocates across the Outer Banks are speaking out on behalf of the breed stating that the fears against the dogs are unfounded.

No matter which side you choose to take concerning pit bulls there are precautionary measures that a family can take with any type of dog to insure safety for your children. The Animal Planet website has some great tips on keeping your children safe around dogs. Some of their tips are to always keep an eye on your dog when it is around your children. Adequate supervision is the parent’s responsibility. Never allow your child to tease your dog or bother it while the dog is sleeping or eating. Any dog should never be viewed as a toy but as an animal which may be unpredictable.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more.

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