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Seizing Teen Attacked By Pit Bull In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia teen who was having a seizure was attacked by her own pit bull inside her home Wednesday.

The incident happened at about 11 a.m. in the 5200 block of Arlington Street in the city’s Wynnefield section.

Authorities say 19-year-old Kiers Parks, who has a history of seizures, was seizing on the floor when the family dog attacked her for some reason. The dog ripped off the teen’s ear.

The victim’s mother’s fiancée found her on the floor and called for help. She was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for treatment.

Police recovered the girl’s ear and brought it to the hospital on ice. It was not immediately known if doctors were able to successfully re-attach the victim’s ear.

The dog has been removed from the home by the SPCA.

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  • VietVet

    In a sort of clumsy, canine way, the dog could actually have been trying to help the girl. We’ll never know. Doga (and most living things) are always guilty until proved to be innocent, not by law, but by public opinion. Give the dog a chance !

  • kate

    i agree this animal is blamed just because it is a “pit bull” — i do not doubt during the seizure the person made contact with the dog spooking it. i heard the mother or relative say the dog has been nothing but trouble. excuse me– has the family tried to train it or is abuse the only way this animal has known. people just expect to obtain a dog any breed and think it is going to train itself and be taught how to act around people. if you cage or pen an animal up all day every day what does anyone expect. i don’t even think this animal looks like a pit bull but whatever this animal will probably be put down and that is a pity,

  • Bob

    I wonder, would the news have read differently if this teen, (or adult) had been bitten by a Lab type. Imagine. As it happens, with past stories of this sort, the news reports have ben known to mislabel the breed and call it a Pitbull. Perhaps some of these accomplished reporters should gain some knowledge into breed types. Is it possibl;e that the media, with the current love for sensational stories know how much the pitbull stories add to their ratings? I wonder if while this person was siezuring, is it possible that the dog was hit by mistake? Additionally, I would guess (realistically) that this dog was abused.

  • Jo

    We don’t really know what happened but it seems likely that the dog got scared & accidentally hit when he went to investigate the flailing kid. He might have even thought they were playing. I hope they don’t put him down for what is more than likely just a terrible twist of fate.

  • Ashley

    Pit bulls are the most loyal nanny dogs on the face of the earth! the person having the seizure must have done something to the dog or it would not have reacted this way. Many pit bulls are used as service dogs – seizure dogs, in fact. Pit bulls are America’s dog. No pit bull would ever do this unless it thought its own or its human’s life was in jeopardy. YOU CAN’T BLAME THE DOG, people, so don’t even try!

    This family knew this girl had seizures, why did they let the dog near the woman if she was going to flail around and scare the dog?

  • Mama

    Poor babies. (both of them).

  • Shannon

    Sure wish people would stop ranting about how pits are dangerous. They are the most loving and loyal dogs. It’s all about the training they receive. But most people that say bad things about them, have never owned one, or even given one a chance.

  • Taz

    The dog looks like a boxer not a pit bull!

    • Samuel A. Maffei

      Yeah, I thought it was a boxer too. I bet’cha that this is just a generic “pound” photo they use. Now, that’s some responsible journalism (cough).

      • Lou

        It definitely is some type of mix breed, not a pure pit. No one will ever know what really happened, and unfortunately the animal gets blamed.

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