Special Report filed by AAF Correspondent: Scott TingleyAnimal Attack Files Special Report
from The Bergen County Record

      12-year-old recovering from attack by pit bulls

Thursday, October 12, 2000

The Associated Press

MAPLE SHADE -- A Maple Shade boy was recovering from his wounds Monday after being attacked by four pit bulls.

Steven Small, 12, was bitten and scratched on his arms and legs Saturday night while standing outside Amato's Pizza II here. The dogs had escaped from a fenced area next to the home where they live, which is next to the restaurant. The gate had been left unlatched, police said.

Small was released from Kennedy Memorial Hospital on Monday, said spokeswoman Nicole Pensiero.

Two men who came to the boy's aid also were injured. They were treated at the hospital and released.

The four dogs were being held in quarantine at the Burlington County Animal Shelter in Westampton, said Maple Shade police Lt. Russell Springer.

Police are investigating the incident. The results will determine whether police move to have the dogs destroyed or return them to their owners, he said.

The owners, Christina Potts, 27, and Sondra Suszko, 37, have not been charged with any crimes, Springer said. Charges are pending completion of the investigation, which will include interviewing witnesses and neighbors, he said.

On Thursday, a Bergen County family's pet Rottweiler attacked an 18-month-old boy and hurt his grandparents, who had tried to rescue the child.

Closter police said Thomas D'Ambrosio was in a stroller in the family's driveway being watched by his grandparents as two of the family's Rottweilers ran loose. One of the dogs dragged the stroller, then pulled the boy from the stroller and dragged him around.

The boy underwent surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center and was in fair condition Monday, a spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, children in Hackensack and West Paterson were attacked by pit bulls.

Copyright © 2000 Bergen Record Corp.

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