A Pit Bull, named Kingsley, belonging to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards, attacked her niece, Alexia Umansky, over the weekend. The reality star has issued a statement that she is contemplating putting the dog down, RealtyTee reports.
The Inquisitr reports that Kyle Richards’ daughter was viciously attacked, leaving her in need of multiple surgeries. TMZ stated that the 18-year-old daughter of Kyle Richards had to undergo two surgeries over the weekend at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center as a result of the attack. According to TMZ, Alexia was released from the hospital.
Kim then released her statement of what happened between Kingsley and Alexia, including a declaration of her love for her family and concern about their safety and welfare.
The reality TV star told Radar Online that the bite occurred mainly because of “the girls entering my bedroom after I already told them my room was off limits.” She explained that, while Kingsley and Alexia had become very close, Alexia has been away at college for months and Kingsley had become very protective of her [Kim] in the meantime.
When guests are at her home, she said, Kingsley stays in her bedroom and all who enter the house are alerted that the dog should not be bothered.
The initial report by TMZ stated that the Richards family was hanging out at Kim’s Los Angeles home when out of nowhere, Kingsley attacked Alexia, biting her “numerous times," the worst bite occurring on her right hand. The Pit Bull bit her hand so hard that it actually bit through the skin of her thumb — straight down to the bone, according to TMZ.
David Utter, a dog trainer who appeared on the show and gave Kim tips on training Kingsley said that Kim is an “unfit owner” who ignored both his warnings and the warnings by Bravo producers of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” who advised her that the Pit Bull should be muzzled at all times.
Utter told The Inquisitr that Kim played with fire, allowing Kingsley to run free around the house without any restraint and putting guests in great peril. He expressed his indignation that three people had become bite victims of Kingsley.
He's not advocating that Kingsley be put down, he said, but he thinks the dog should be immediately taken away from Kim. However, the Los Angeles City Department of Animal Services will only get involved if Kyle's family complains about the most recent attack.
“At this point I am looking at options to what the next step is for Kingsley,” Kim stated. “As many of you can relate, he is my best friend. This is a very difficult decision and time for all of us, but the safety of my family always comes first.”