by No Dogs Allowed
Baltimore, MD - Fifty-six-year-old Terry Douglass loved her four-year-old pit bull, Boosie. In fact, Ms. Douglass loved it so much that she insisted upon taking the dog back from Animal Control after it had been placed under quarantine for biting her and her nephew. The dog had even bitten Douglass before that incident; the first attack occurred two years ago, and left Douglass with permanent facial damage.
“Whenever my mom would open her mouth, her cheek would open with it,” said Douglass’s daughter, Tamathia Davis.
On Friday, Boosie delivered the coup de grâce blow to his owner. The dog attacked the wheelchair-bound woman when she fell in her kitchen, as she tried to pick up a glass of water.
Douglass’s children said they knew the dog was dangerous and feared it; they even begged AC not to return Boosie to their mother, but their plea fell on deaf ears.
Baltimore County animal control officials stated that the dog had not been declared vicious, and that all animals can bite.
Davis said her mother had not been a dog lover prior to adopting Boosie four years ago, but believed she became attached to the pit because she suffered from empty nest syndrome.
“My mom had gotten to a point in her life when she felt like her kids didn’t need her any more, and she latched onto this dog,” she said.
Last year, the Maryland General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would prevent people from keeping pit bulls as pets.