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Woman, Son Injured in Pit Bull Attack

Washington Post

February 18, 2000 -- A St. Mary’s County woman and her 2-year-old son were severely injured when a pit bull attacked them yesterday afternoon at their home, Maryland State Police said.

Belinda Lynn Quade, 25, told police she was in the driveway of her house in Mechanicsville when she saw a neighbor’s pit bull “mauling” her son, according to state police Sgt. Daniel Truitt. He said the dog had broken free of its chain.

Quade lay on her son to protect him, police said, and the dog attacked her. Quade ultimately grabbed the dog and threw it inside a nearby car, police said. Both mother and son suffered bites, authorities said. Quade was flown to Washington Hospital Center, where she was in stable condition last night. Her son, who was not named, was in good condition at Children’s Hospital, authorities said.

Animal control officers from St. Mary’s County seized both the attacking pit bull and another dog that remained chained during the attack. Both animals belong to the neighbor.

An investigation was continuing.