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Debate Over Bite: Family Wants Dog Put Down After Son Bitten 2nd Time

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SALISBURY, Md. - Janell Nock says he likes to shoot hoops and play tag with friends in his neighborhood off of Jersey Road.

But after Friday, his mom won't let him play outside anymore. That's when Nock, 11, was bitten by the neighbor's pit bull.

"I was terrified when it happened," said Nock. "When it saw me running, it charged at me."

Nock says he was near his front door when the dog got a hold of his leg. His sister came outside, hitting the animal away with a broom. The family claims, it's the second time it's happened in a year.

"He's trying to kill my son. I can't live here like that," said Fayetta Collick, Nock's mother.

Collick says she's considering filing charges and wants the dog put down. 47 ABC spoke with a lawyer about the current laws.

"They've been deemed to be inherently dangerous and it imposes liability not just on the owner but also on the landlord that allows a tenant to have a pit bull," said defense attorney Nathan Long.

After speaking with Nock, we went to the neighbor's house to ask some questions about the dog. The owner spoke with our crews, but didn't want his name or face on camera.

"The kids go behind the house where rocks, sticks and all that they play behind there and that's the dogs territory," said the owner.

We told him that there were scratch and bite marks on the boy's leg, the owner denied those bite marks were from his dog.

"It's not bite marks. Bite marks would be on both sides not just one," said the owner.

If Collick does file charges, lawyers say it presents an issue as far as timing. General Assembly passed a bill saying pit bulls would no longer be considered *"inherently dangerous" and all dog owners would be liable if their dog bites someone.

Under the bill, owners would then have a chance to rebut that liability if they can convince a court the dog didn't have a violent past.

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