“According to Falmouth police the child was playing in the kitchen Sunday morning when the family pit-bull terrier attacked her, biting her in the face causing major trauma,” boston.com reports. “The father tried to pull the dog off but couldn’t. Police said the father got a pistol from a nearby room, but realized it wasn’t loaded . . .
He then grabbed a knife and started stabbing the dog, which was fatally injured.
Police and medical personnel were called to the home at 8:54 a.m. The child was flown to a Boston hospital.
Police said the family had the dog for five years and it had no known history of aggression.
Cape Cod Times reports on the girl’s condition:
Doctors performed the first of what will be multiple surgeries on 1-year-old Remmy Goulart, of East Falmouth, on Sunday night, according to a GoFundMe campaign called Rally for Remmy.
“Remmy is stable this morning after undergoing surgery last night. She is recovering well,” a posting read Monday on the Gofundme site, which raised more than half of the goal of $10,000 the first hour it was online
Leaving the question of a pit bull suitability as a family pet to one side, a couple of important points . . .
Firearms stored in the home are required to be locked up ( edit: no reference to being loaded) in Massachusetts. Bay State gun groups opposed this “safe storage” law on the grounds that it would leave them unprepared for an efficient emergency defensive gun use (DGU). Ipso facto.
This incident also brings home the need to home carry.
While the odds of needing a firearm for an assault at home are low, we spend most of our lives in our homes. It’s also where our most loved ones depend on us for protection. And when you need a firearm at home, you need it fast.
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