08/03/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Kansas City, MO—A boy remained hospitalized on his fifth birthday, Monday, August 1, 2010, the day after he was viciously mauled by a group of Rottweilers Sunday. The violent dog attack occurred around 2:30 a.m. in a house located in the 3500 block of Terrace Street, according to information provided by NBC Action News.
Reports indicated the unidentified child’s mother, whose identity was also withheld, went to clean a house and brought her son along with her. At some point during the job, she fell asleep. It was only in the early hours of the morning that she seemingly heard the commotion in another room.
The mother apparently grabbed her severely wounded son and ran across the street to seek aid from neighbor Dave Haggard. “I saw a woman I had never seen before with a limp child in her arms covered in blood,” Haggard said, noting that the child had “huge puncture wounds all over his legs.”
The child was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital to be treated for his severe injuries. A physician at the medical center even reportedly told police that the boy’s wounds were the worst he had ever seen, as a result of an animal attack.
While the owner of the Rottweilers responsible for the brutal attack could not be reached for comment, friend John Davis alleged he was very shaken by the episode. “Anytime a small child gets hurt like this, no one wants to see that so,” Davis said.
Animal Control officers detained the dogs after the incident and eventually euthanized. David Park of the Community Service Department, who made the decision to have the dogs put down, reviewed photos of the child’s injuries and spoke with neighbors and the dogs’ veterinarian prior to doing so.
The owner’s request to keep one dog was denied after a city records revealed that it had attacked another woman in 2007.
“Deciding to destroy a dog is a hard decision but I’d certainly hate to release the dogs and have it happen again,” Park said.
The dog attack remains under investigation.
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