I love dogs, but certain breeds should perhaps be bred out. Some movement has been made in Australia to stop importation of pit bull terriers. I have yet to see anyone who owns one who doesn't look scary. There is a little poetic justice in the following tale, the owner had his thumb bitten off. I hope the kid will be ok.
A 10-year-old boy is in a critical condition after three pit bulls escaped from a US home and went on a rampage, authorities in Illinois say.
The dogs, who then attacked another six people, were later shot dead by police.
No charges had been filed today, but McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said the location was being treated as a crime scene.
Neighbours said the attacks started late yesterday when children going door-to-door for a fundraiser arrived at the home of Scott Sword, 41, who owned the dogs.
"We had music playing, and I heard this bizarre sound," said Debby Rivera, who lives three houses away.
"I looked out the window, and I saw a young boy. The dogs were just jumping on him."
"The screams were horrible," she said. The dogs were "relentless, like they were possessed".
The pit bulls attacked the two children, and when the dogs' owner tried to stop them, the dogs turned on him and bit off his thumb, Nygren said.
The boy's father also tried to protect his son and was attacked. The dogs went after another neighbour as well.
"The scene sprawled over a couple blocks, it was a very chaotic scene," said Lt Michael Douglas of the Cary Fire Protection District.
Residents threw rocks at the dogs and honked car horns to try to distract them from attacking.
Police later arrived and shot the animals.
Jim Malone said he and a neighbour tried to beat the dogs back with baseball bats.
"He'd hit them, they'd run, and they'd come back," Malone said. "This went on for 15 minutes."
The boy who was attacked was hospitalised and remained in a critical condition today.
His friend, also 10, was in a serious condition.