Pit bull puppies named Jager and Meister bite 12-year-old girl more than a dozen times

Posted April 28, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — A 12-year-old girl suffered more than a dozen bites when she was attacked Friday afternoon by her family’s two pit bulls named Jager and Meister, according to the Maine State Police.

The 7-month-old dogs, who were taken to a Kennebunk animal shelter, were named for the German liqueur, Stephen McCausland said in a press release issued Sunday morning.

The case will be turned over to the York County district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed.

The girl, who was bitten on her legs and shoulder, was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH., the press release said. Her younger sister and another girl suffered cuts and bruises, but were not bitten. The girls climbed onto a pickup truck in the yard to escape the animals.

Information about the 12-year-old’s condition was not available Sunday morning.

The incident took place at the home of the girl’s mother, Catherine Sargent, and her fiancé, Rory Downs, at 260 River Rd, according to Trooper David Coflesky. Adam Horr, 41, of Dover, N.H., ran to the girl’s aid and was able to get the animals off by kicking and hitting them with a broom, but he also was bitten. Horr was treated at the scene.

The pit bulls belong to Downs and have been raised in the family since they were young puppies and had not shown aggressive behavior in the past, according state police. There also were two other dogs at the home, which were not involved in the attack.

The trooper said the dog’s shots were not up to date and the dogs are now quarantined.

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