Pit Bull Attacks Children in Maryland

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    A Prince George's County man is facing charges after police say his pit bull attacked a 13-year-old boy and his 6-year-old cousin near Cosca Regional Park in Clinton, Md. (Published Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013)

    Two boys suffered injuries in a pit bull attack in Clinton, Md., Monday, News4’s Pat Collins reported.

    The pit bull was off leash when it approached a 13-year-old boy and his 6-year-old cousin as they walked across a football field about 5:15 p.m.

    The older boy put his cousin on his shoulder, but the dog kept jumping at the younger boy, so the 13-year-old jumped on the hood then the roof of a car for safety with his cousin still on his shoulder.

    Their grandmother chased the dog away with a stick, at which point the 6-year-old ran into a nearby house, but the dog followed him, Collins reported. Neighbors followed and used a blanket and a belt to get the dog out of the house.

    The teenage girl who was with the pit bull left the scene with the dog before officers arrived, police said.

    The 13-year-old suffered a bite to his lip and scratches on his arm. The younger boy also was injured.

    The pit bull was taken by Animal Control for rabies testing. It could be put down, Collins reported.

    The dog’s owner, 20-year-old Drew Byron Street, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with a violation of the Prince George’s County law that prohibits possession of pit bulls, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.