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Terrifying video footage shows four-year-old boy attacked and bitten by a pit bull

Doctors reported finding many small puncture holes on the child's leg and say that those are minor injuries.
UPDATED FEB 21, 2020
(Source:Getty Images)
(Source:Getty Images)

A little boy is tragically attacked by a pit bull dog on the streets of Chongqing, China. This case adds to the series of Pit bull attacks on kids.

The four-year-old little boy was attacked by the dog who was chained to a tree when the boy was passing by the pet shop last weekend. In the video footage of the severe accident, a pit bull is seen grabbing the leg of the little boy while the bystanders and the pet owner are trying to free the boy from the dog's mouth. The child is finally taken away to a chair nearby and later to a hospital for the treatment. 

Police confirmed that the four-year-old who goes by the surname Wu was attacked by a pit bull outside a pet shop at Dazu district. Mobile phone footage taken by a bystander shows the pet owner,Li, struggling with his dog to free the boy from its sharp teeth.

According to a report by Daily Mail which quotes the Chongqing Morning News the boy collapsed on the road when the dog caught hold of his right leg and refused to let go.  Li watching the little boy in the dog's vicious grip was desperately trying to distract his dog and even tried putting a stick in its mouth. Wu was taken to the hospital and doctors reported finding multiple small holes in his right leg that were bleeding. A police statement read that the boy had only minor injuries despite the disturbing scenes in the video. 

According to Regulations of Chongqing Municipality on Dog Management, Li was given a 500 yuan (£58) penalty and a verbal warning. He also agreed to pay for the boy's medical expenses including physiotherapy if needed. 

There are different rules for owning a pit bull in different countries. Public education website claims that in the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. Pit bulls not only have the highest bite numbers on their own, but compared with the total numbers of dogs registered for each breed, they have disproportionately higher percentages of attacks. With an increase in pit bull attacks of 830% in the past 7 years, pit bulls are one of the biggest public safety issues in America today. 

In Australia: They must be muzzled when in public, wear a special red-and-yellow collar, and may only be handled by a competent adult over the age of 18. The dog must live in a secure enclosure when at home, and the owner must post "Warning: Dangerous Dog" signs on their property". 

In Canada, Ontario has a provincial ban on the pit bull dogs. In the UK it is against the law to own one, according to GOV.UK. It is possible to get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) for having a banned dog against the law. The dog will also be killed. 

In few states in the US, it is unlawful for any person to have, own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the city any pit bull or restricted breed of dog. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at least 4.6 million American are attacked by dogs out of which 30 die as the consequence.  

In many cases, the pit bull has is wrongly blamed in dog bite incidents, attributing the pit bull with an unfair and overstated number of incidents. The pit bull is not technically a dog breed; breeds that are commonly referred to as pit bulls in the U.S. are American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bully.