PARENT OF CHILD ATTACKED BY PIT BULL APPLAUDS NEW LEGISLATION

By WVUA 23 Web Writer Kaitlyn Lynch

A bill passed by Alabama’s House of Representatives on Tuesday that now holds the owner of a dangerous dog accountable and retrain or euthanize the animal if it attacks hits close to home for the Tuscaloosa community.

In April of 2015, 9-year-old Titus Wilkerson was mauled by a pit bull while walking home from school.

The dog’s owner, Christopher Guyton, was penalized for his dog’s behavior and is currently serving one year in prison and will spend two years in Tuscaloosa County Community Corrections. The pit bull was also euthanized.

Wilkerson’s father had much to say about the bills passing.

“If it saves one life I think the lawmakers have done their jobs. If it just saves on life. And that’s what matters. Not just even children. This could happen to anyone,” Mario Wilkerson said.

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