Pit bull owners and advocates frequently claim that a child teased or taunted the dog prior to the serious mauling. The most common phrase, however, is, “The child provoked the dog.” A Google Search shows over 36,000 results for the term: pit bull child provoked. The term is not limited to children. In an NJ.com article about Maria Zaldana, “70-year-old must have provoked pit bull attack,” pit bull owner Jason Reid makes this claim:

The co-owner of the dogs, Jason Reid, showed up at the Associated Humane Society of Newark facility Saturday and told D.J. Infield, the manager and chief animal control officer, that Maria Zaldana, of Jersey City, must have provoked the dogs, Infield said today.
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Zaldano suffered a partially torn scalp, numerous puncture wounds and the skin was torn from the left side of her face and her right knee and calf.

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