Pit Bull Strikes Again; Bites Another Child

by Janet Kim

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After biting a child, a pit bull mix, sentenced to be euthanized, was given a second chance at life. However, luck may have run out for the dog who was accused of attacking another child less than a month later.

It’s become an all too familiar scene on Watts Lane in West Nashville, where there was another report of a dog attack on Tuesday morning.

“It’s the same dog we picked up about a month ago,” said Metro Animal Control Officer Terry Jones.

Same dog, except this time it involves a different child.

“It doesn’t feel good at all anytime someone gets bitten, whether it be a child or whatever, it doesn’t matter, it’s not a good feeling, and when it happens the second time or the third time, it makes you feel really bad,” said Jones.

Last time, the victim was 11-year-old Sylvie Kendi, and this time it’s Gladys Simiyu’s 13-year-old, who was bit in the stomach while heading to the bus stop.

“He was pretty scared; it was a pretty scary experience,” said Simiyu.

What’s scarier, she said, is that a lesson wasn’t learned the first time.

“It’s really upsetting because if it happened before you would think they would take precautions,” said Simiyu.

The pit bull mix, Lucy, was set to be euthanized two weeks ago, but her owner was able to get her released. He claimed the dog had been provoked and let out. It’s reasoning authorities said likely won’t save her this time around.

“I think it’s high time that the owners do the right thing; get the dogs out and got their business out and take it somewhere else,” said Eunice Nwani, whose daughter Kendi is still recovering from her bites.

Metro Animal Control said Lucy was able to be released last month because no vicious dog charges were filed against her.

This time, they have been filed, and the owner has surrendered not just Lucy, but their other two dogs.

Lucy is expected to be euthanized after 10 days of quarantine and observation. There is a chance the owners could stop Lucy from being euthanized, but this time it would require heading to court.

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