Pit bull deemed vicious after attacking Wausau girl
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
The Wausau Police
Department tells Newsline 9 the pit bull that attacked a young girl has been
deemed vicious. This new label carries some stiff consequences for the owner.
The incident raised
questions about the safety of the breed.
"As the victim was
approaching, another child warned her, 'hey, you're getting too close,' but she
already was too close," said Wausau Police Department Captain Bryan Hilts.
Police added the girl
was transported to the hospital, and the pit bull was taken to the Marathon County Humane Society.
Now, Wausau's police chief has declared that dog
vicious. That means the owner will have to put up a sign, warning people, and has
to put up a double fence in the yard. The dog must also wear a leather collar. If
nothing else happens for 36 months, the vicious label goes away.
"Any breed of dog
could be determined to be a dangerous dog, it's not breed specific, it is
behavior dependent," said Hilts.
Marathon County Humane Society
leaders tell Newsline 9 pit bulls have a bad reputation.
"We see pit bulls that
come in for bite quarantines, but just as often we see labs, all types of dogs,"
said Marathon County Humane Society Shelter Operations Coordinator Lisa Held.
Experts say if you think
your dog may be aggressive, be careful.
"Let people know,
'please don't approach my dog, he's not comfortable with other people,'"
said Marathon County Humane Society Executive Director Mary Kirlin.
As for the pit bull in
this case, Wausau
police say they won't require him to be put down. But they said the owner can
decide to do that, if they don't want to follow the rules.
Newsline 9 asked Wausau police for the
name of the pit bull's owner, but they refused to provide that, citing an open