A father faces multiple charges after fatally shooting the dog that viciously attacked his 4-year-old daughter last Saturday, reports local media.
Nevaldo Ford was inside his grandmother’s Phoenix, Arizona, home when he heard the blood-curdling screams of his daughter Zaynah. Ford ran outside to find his dog, a pit bull named Tobin, latched onto the child’s head.
“My baby is bleeding, I can’t even see her face, I don’t know where all the blood is coming from, I just see a big hole in her head … I pulled him off my daughter; I threw him, as soon as I threw him I grabbed my daughter and ran inside,” said Ford.
Ford called 911 and while waiting for ambulance grabbed his grandmother’s rifle and walked back outside, shooting the dog four times while it was inside its kennel.
“I didn’t even know him at that point. He wasn’t the dog I raised,” said Ford. “I just knew he was going to attack someone else.”
But Ford has been previously convicted of identity theft, a felony, and is not permitted to own or have access to firearms. When the police arrived, they arrested Ford and charged him with animal cruelty, endangerment, felony possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, assault by a vicious animal and discharging a firearm within city limits.
Nevaldo survived the attack but suffered serious injuries, including a punctured skull and doctors say she will be permanently disfigured.
“No matter who shows up, the ending result is still gonna be this: A dog attacks a child, you think he’s gonna live?” asked Ford.
What are your thoughts on this case? Was he right to shoot the dog even though he was a prohibited person?
(This article was written by freelance writer Brent Rogers)