Two Baltimore sheriff's deputies shot and killed a pit bull last night as it was attacking an 7-year-old girl who was bleeding from multiple bite wounds, police said.
"They saved the girl's life." said Lt. Fred Jackson of the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office. "That dog would have killed her."
Jackson said two deputies, Chris Carter and Simone Miller, were on foot patrol about 9 p.m. in the Carroll Park neighborhood when they heard the girl's screams in the 1400 block of Ramsay St. Jackson identified the girl as Kayla Mitchell.
When Carter and Miller arrived, they found a pit bull clamped on Mitchell's lower right leg and a man beating the dog with a stick in an attempt to free her. Carter attempted to pull the dog off, but when it would not release the girl, he shot the dog twice in the head, Jackson said.
The dog then turned on the man with the stick, forcing Carter to shoot it a third time. The dog then turned toward Carter. Miller stepped in and shot the dog, hitting it for the fourth time in the head area.
When the pit bull turned on Miller, Carter fired the fifth and fatal shot at the dog's head.
Jackson said the girl had been bitten in the upper left thigh, lower leg and ankle, and was "bleeding profusely." Two residents applied pressure to the girl's wounds until an ambulance arrived to transport her to Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric unit, Jackson said.
Two other pit bulls were seized by animal control officials from the house in the 300 block of Calhoun St. that the attacking dog had escaped from, he said.
"People in the neighborhood are extremely happy because the dog had been terrorizing the neighborhood," Jackson said.
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Tree removal marks streetscape start
City workers have begun to remove trees along North Charles Street in Mount Vernon and Mid-Town Belvedere as part of a streetscape project that will include new sidewalks and ornamental lighting, according to the Department of Transportation.
A spokeswoman for the agency, Adrienne Barnes, said that the trees need to be taken out to excavate the sidewalks, and although "they looked healthy, they really aren't."
Transportation officials said they will be replaced with 166 trees along Charles from Madison Street to North Avenue. Letters were sent out to residents to warn them that the project will take until December 2008 to complete.
"The city of Baltimore is investing a lot of money into this area," according to one letter sent out by the transportation department. "Please be patient with our contractor during the construction phase."
The project is similar to other streetscapes done elsewhere in the city, such as along Harford Road and York Road near Belvedere Square.
New concrete sidewalks will be accented with brick highlights, utilities will be upgraded, new curbs will be built and streetlights will be replaced. Barnes said the project costs $10 million, with $8 million coming from federal grants and $2 million from the city.
Man found guilty in 2006 killing
A 24-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced in November after a Baltimore Circuit Court jury found him guilty of killing another man on a city sidewalk during a dispute, according to the city's state's attorney's office.
City prosecutors said the verdict returned Thursday night marked the second time that George Jenkins of the 300 block of Ilchester St. has been convicted of shooting a member of the same family.
A jury returned guilty verdicts of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence, prosecutors said. Jenkins is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 8.
Prosecutors said that about 1 p.m. on June 20 of last year, Jenkins stepped from a sport utility vehicle in the 300 block of E. 27th St., on the border of Harwood and Charles Village, and shot Demithrius Nushon Spears in the face with a .45-caliber handgun. Spears died two days later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The prosecutors said that on Aug. 11, 2002, Jenkins shot and wounded Spears' brother, Jerry Davis, and pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder. He was sentenced in that case to 20 years in prison, with all but five years suspended, prosecutors said.
The state's attorney's office said in a statement that they believe Jenkins killed Spears in a dispute over the 2002 shooting of Davis.