Monday, October 31, 2016

Australia: Michelle Simpson, 50, charged after her two pit bulls mauled 9-year-old girl

AUSTRALIA -- A 50-year-old woman has been charged over an attack on a nine-year-old girl by two dogs in Bassendean in Perth last month.


Midland Detectives allege the woman from Eden Hill was the owner of two Staffordshire pit bull terriers that injured the girl as she was playing at Success Hill Reserve park about 4.45pm on September 9.

The girl suffered serious injuries to her head, face, legs and buttocks and required surgery.

Her 16-year-old brother managed to pulled the dogs away and the girl required extensive surgery.

The two dogs when they were younger

The parents of the little girl told Nine News that the owner of the dogs – Michelle Giblet – told their daughter to stop screaming and stay still during the attack.

They said she did nothing to help during the horrifying ordeal.

The girl’s father told Nine News shortly after the attack that he would push for law changes which would see owners of dogs who attack penalized for assault.

Both dogs were put down.

Michelle Louise Simpson (aka Michelle Giblet) has been charged with unlawful wounding and is due to appear in the Midland Magistrates Court next month.

Note: Nine News identified the pit bull owner as Michelle Giblet, which is the name I used in the September 2016 post. However, now they're identifying her as Michelle Simpson. 

(ABC Online - Oct 31, 2016)