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Boy, 7, attacked by pitbull in town with pitbull ban

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ECORSE, Mich. (WJBK) - A 7-year-old is hospitalized after being mauled by his neighbor's pitbull in Ecorse. The victim's mother tells FOX 2 she believes the dog shouldn't have been in the neighborhood in the first place.

Donald Sutphin was seen playing with some other children outside a neighbor's house before the attack happened. .

That neighbor says the children were "banging on [her] fence with metal baseball bats and throwing rocks at [her] dog, and the little boy jumped into my yard after they were banging on the fence."

That's when the pitbull attacked.

The attack was so severe Donald nearly lost his eye. Donald is being treated at Children's Hospital.

Ecorse police have issued a vicious animal ticket to the dog's owner Tuesday and animal control later took the dog. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days to determine if he is aggressive or not. The dog owner faces at least a $500 fine.

Donald's mother, Melissa Harbin, feels more action should be taken. She wishes the dog would be put down.

"They were agitating him. You know, he's a dog. He's doing what he's trained to do," says the owner.

Even more enraging to Harbin, Ecorse has an ordinance in effect since 2006 that bans pitbulls in the city.

"They told me that they have too many animal activist groups that are coming after them over the pitbull ban and they are afraid of being sued," Harbin says.

The pitbull's owner says she didn't know about the ban and frequently sees other people with pitbulls, including another neighbor.
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