Solesky Family Releases 911 Call at the Center of High Court Decision, Tracey v. Solesky
The 911 call portrays a life-threatening attack upon a young boy by a neighbor's pit bull. The Solesky family hopes the 911 call will inspire Maryland legislators to resolve that this never happens in the New Year.
Towson, MD December 17, 2012 -- Anthony and Irene Solesky, the parents of a young pit bull mauling victim at the center of Tracey v. Solesky, an appellate court decision that declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous," release the 911 call of the attack upon their son. The life-threatening attack inflicted by a neighbor's pit bull occurred in a residential alley on April 28, 2007 at approximately 5:22 pm. The YouTube video portraying the 911 call is just over nine minutes long.
Back in August, during a Special Session, the Maryland legislature attempted to diminish the high court's decision by advancing an emergency bill. The effort did not succeed. On January 9, the General Assembly meets for the 2013 Session and is expected to again introduce legislation that will reduce the appellate court's decision. Prior to doing so, Anthony Solesky urges legislators to listen to the 911 call and to resolve that this never happens again in the New Year.
After watching the video, Mr. Solesky told DogsBite.org, "My stomach dropped and my heart began pounding. I had to collect myself," he said. "My son's life was almost taken that day. No parent should ever have to endure this." He added that his wife wouldn't watch the video, "she's already lived it." Anthony Solesky looks forward to the upcoming 2013 Session. "This 911 call vividly illustrates a life-threatening attack by a pit bull. I feel armed and ready for January."
The video portraying the 911 call combines parts of five different raw audio tracks including: two 911 calls from citizens, transmissions from EMS 1, Medic 11 and Baltimore County Police. The video was created and edited by DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. The Texas-based nonprofit submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the young mauling victim and created a website to help preserve the high court's decision.
Media members can access the raw audio files at the following links:
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Through our work, we hope to protect both people and pets from future attacks. Our website, www.dogsbite.org, was launched in October 2007 and contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dog breeds. Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs. Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most. Our website hosts important dog bite studies, U.S. dog bite fatalities and other key bibliographies. In the Legislating Dogs portion of our site, we offer examples of breed-specific laws and documentation of the constitutionality of these laws. The Victim Realities section provides a glance into the unforgettable histories victims leave behind and much more. DogsBite.org operates out of Austin, Texas and can be contacted via: 512-650-8510 or . Research contributions and active website participation stems from individuals that span the United States of America and across the world.