Aug 14, 2003 Pit bull launches devastating attack, consumes girl's thumb

Romeoville - An eight year old girl was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.  The pit bull took out a large chunk of her nect and her thumb was bitten off.

When first responders could not find the girl's thumb, they took the pit bull to the hospital where the girl had been taken.

As the hospital had no means to euthanize the pit bull, police shot it in the hospital parking lot so surgeons could retrieve the thumb.

Surgeons at two different hospitals were unable to reattach her thumb.

Police decided not to file charges agains Bernie Shuberth, the pit bull's owner.

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