BALTIMORE - Neighbors in the 2000 block of East 30th Street describe 4-year-old 'Boosie' as a vicious dog, but the owner's family paints a much different picture.
"It was my mom's baby," Tamathia Davis said. "I couldn't be scared of something that was my mom's baby. I was never really scared of him."
Davis says the pit bull attacked her mother in April.
During the 10-day period Boosie was quarantined, Davis says she did everything in her power to keep officials from returning the dog to her mother. According to a statement from Animal Control, the dog was impounded for biting both Douglass and her nephew.
The statement goes on to say, "Animal Control did not feel the dog was a threat to the public and the owner was adamant in getting the dog back so after vaccinating it for rabies, we returned the dog to the owner."
"In my heart, and in my dad's heart, we believe that if she didn't get that dog back, that she was going to die. She loved that dog so much. We did believe that," Davis said.
Davis said when she got the call early Friday, she couldn't believe it.
"I just dropped to my knees and prayed, and asked God to spare my mother's life. He could take me. Not my mom," she said.
Davis said her mother suffered from cerebral palsy and was recently regaining strength. She says the 56-year-old raised the dog since it was a puppy, and loved him as a child.
"I just told my dad last night, that if all dogs really go to heaven, I can see my mother in heaven saying, 'Boosie, I still love you,'" she said. "'I know you didn't mean to do this. I know you didn't mean to hurt me.' Because that's how much my mother loved that dog."
Davis said the attack doesn't make her feel differently about pit bulls as a breed. She says her mother raised Boosie the best that she could, but she could not afford things like obedience class.
The dog died shortly after being tranquilized by police on Friday.
Animal Control is still investigating what led to Friday's attack.
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