British Columbia, CA – On August 23, 4-year old Emma Cranford of White Rock was suddenly attacked by a pet pit bull while attending a family gathering. “Bite is not even the word,” her mother Elizabeth Cranford told Peace Arch News. “She latched onto her neck and took a chunk. The bottom part of her right ear, right up to the chin was demolished.” At the time of the attack, Emma was visiting her uncle’s home for a barbeque. The pit bull belonged to her uncle’s girlfriend.
A day earlier, Emma had sat next to the pit bull reading.1
Elizabeth said the unprovoked attack on her daughter “totally” changed her opinion of pit bulls. Rejecting the antiquated notion of “blaming the owner” when a dog is aggressive and believing that the pit bull breed itself is the problem. Both of Emma’s parents are now calling on the B.C. government to ban pit bulls, just as Ontario and Winnipeg have. This determination by Emma’s parents, “I want to fight this to the end,” sparked a flurry of media and public attention.2
Just after the news coverage of Emma’s attack, as well as a separate pit bull attack on 4-year old Hayden Bush in Kelowna, Miss Universe of Canada joined the debate supporting a pit bull law in B.C. Sahar Biniaz was crowned Miss Universe of Canada in May and plans to make her support of a pit bull law a major part of her reign. Sahar Biniaz herself is a pit bull attack victim. She was attacked by a pit bull at the age of 14; a year after her family adopted the animal.
On Friday, Peace Arch News reported a rare story, Dog Attack Victims Share a Universal Bond,3 which covered the beautiful meeting of Emma and Miss Universe of Canada at Emma’s home. “I can understand what she went through and she’s very brave,” Sahar Biniaz said. She contacted Emma’s family after learning about her attack and continues to pledge to raise awareness about pit bulls and dangerous dogs. “This is why my title is so valuable,” Biniaz said.4