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The family of nine year-old Nikkita Douglas, who was savaged by a Pit Bull Terrier
near her Norris Green home, spoke of their horror at the sudden increase. Her
gran Nora Kelly said "It's very worrying, I still hear owners say, 'it's ok, the
dog won't bite', but we know that's not always the case. There's not enough
being done, I still see American pitbulls being walked around our streets even
today. "The courts need to be stricter with owners, not just give them a
slap on the wrists."
January 12th 2005 - two year old Anna Knuckles pictured to the right, savagely mauled by another Japanese Akita dog
Two year old Anna Knuckles was savaged by another Japanese Akita dog in Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Despite the toddler needing 100 stitches in her head and face, the police said they were powerless as the attack had not taken place in a public place, as the child was visiting a neighbour with her dad. Anna's dad, Ken, said "with the help of a workman that happened to be at the scene, I managed to get Anna away from the crazed Akita hunting dog, but Anna was unrecognisable through the torn scalp and blood. If the workman had not have been there, she wouldn't have stood a chance." Without that help Mr Knuckles said he would not have been able to pull the dog off his daughter.