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Dog Attacks Spell Trouble For Pit Bull Owners

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A 16-year-old girl is hospitalized Tuesday night, following a dog attack in Grayson County, Tx.

The attack happened around noon at a home off FM 697. The dog, an adult Pit Bull, was chained in the backyard at the time of the attack. The left side of the girl's face and right arm were mauled. She was airlifted by PHI air medical to Children's Hospital in Dallas with non-life threatening injuries. She did recieved trauma lacerations to her face and arm. The owner shot the dog five times before it released the girl. KTEN is told, the dog was given to the family by a friend.

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Dog attacks spell trouble for many owners who love the Pit Bull breed. As KTEN's Jhen Kordela reports, some experts are sick of the focus on Pit Bulls.      

Meet "Clutch."

"He lived with me for a month, so I knew his temperment," says Michelle Crouse, an obedience trainer. "He was a wonderful dog. He was good around kids, great around other dogs; which I was very pleased with, since he was in the pound for over a month."

Good with trees and costumes, but Clutch couldn't live down his Pit Bull reputation. June 5th of last year -- the fateful day his life took a turn for the worst -- a meter man came to his home in Bonham, Tx.

"The dog came out, sniffed him on the legs, and he waved his hands up in the air, and he got nipped on the finger," says Crouse.

Crouse, who specializes in animal aggression, says Clutch probably felt threatened by the man because his owner was holding a baby. A legal battle ensued. Clutch didn't live to see the end of it. Now, Crouse wants to clear up the notion that aggression is pegged with the breed.

"Unfortunately, the drug dealer's choice right now is the Pit Bull, and that's a big problem," says Crouse.

"The reality is, that we are more the typical owner than the type of owner that makes the news," Laura Dapkus, a dog owner.

People like dog owner, Laura Dapkus, who own several dogs, including Pit Bulls and other Bull breeds.

"This is one of the least human-aggressive breeds out there," says Dapkus.

And, for Crouse, who owns "Bonnie"-- that couldn't be closer to the truth.

-Jhen Kordela, KTEN News.