6-year-old attacked by pit bull in Middletown

Chasitey Combs, of Middletown, said her 6-year-old daughter spent two days in the hospital last week after being bit by a pit bull in the 2000 block of Winton Street.

“If it (the bite) would have been a couple of inches closer to her eye I don’t think she would’ve had an eye it was so bad,” Combs said.

Combs said the attack happened around 10 p.m. Jan. 5 while she and her two daughters were visiting a friend’s house.

According to a police report, while the mother was taking her 19-month-old daughter out of the car, the pit bull attacked the 6-year-old as she opened the home’s door.

The girl had lacerations to her left cheek, above her eye and on her nose, and her face was also swollen, according to the police report. She was taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment, where she stayed for two days.

“There was blood everywhere… I was in so much shock I thought I was going to pass out cause there was so much blood,” Combs said. “She’s traumatized, she doesn’t want anybody near her face. She’s so scared I think I’m going to have to do counseling for her it’s that bad.”

Jessica Gibbs is the owner of the pit bull, according to the police report. The Butler County Dog Warden did not return calls by the Journal-News asking if charges would be filed against Gibbs.

There were 88 incidents of dog bites in 2013; 74 in 2012; and 76 in 2011, according to The Middletown Health Department.

“Any dog is capable of equally as much damage as another dog,” said Max Webster, an advocate with Cincinnati Pit Crew. “It’s all in how they are managed.”

Cincinnati Pit Crew volunteer are working to change the stigma that pit bulls are vicious and threatening. Advocates take in unadoptable dogs and work to rehabilitate them, with the goal of making them adoptable, according to Webster.

“It’s a shame things like that happen,” Webster said of the Middletown incident. “But it’s almost unavoidable when there are people out there that just don’t know how to handle a dog and unfortunately that dog ends up being a pit bull.”

Webster recently adopted Sasha, a pit bull mix. The dog was aggressive and couldn’t be around other dogs or people, Webster said.

“She was found in a crack house. … She came from a bad situation,” Webster said.

Now, Sasha is a member of Webster’s family.

“She’s my kid, she’s my baby I tuck her in at night and kiss her,” Webster said. “I use her as a therapy dog where we go to hospitals and nursing homes and visit with patients there. Her calming energy is perfect for that situation.”

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