Child still hospitalized after attack by dogs

2017-06-10 | Niagara Gazette

June 10--The young victim of an attack by a pair of Rottweilers will apparently recover from his injuries.

Though the boy remains hospitalized at Gates Vascular Institute, his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening. He is expected to face a long recovery.

The two adult male Rottweilers who attacked the 7-year-old boy have now been euthanized.

The dogs were put down at the SPCA of Niagara shelter late Thursday afternoon. Shelter Executive Director Amy Lewis said there "was no other choice."

"We can't in good conscience put those dogs back in to the community because it was a severe attack," Lewis said. "And the child was badly injured."

Lewis said the owner of the dogs voluntarily agreed to surrender them and have them euthanized after consulting with SPCA staff.

Falls police said the dogs had originally been slated for a 10-day quarantine but the Niagara County Health Department approved having them euthanized.

Falls Police Capt. Michael Trane said officers were called to a home in the 200 block of 70th Street at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday for a report of "two dogs attacking two children."

"When the officers arrived, they saw that it was actually a young woman struggling with the dogs to free the child," Trane said.

Police Lt. Jason Sykes was the first officer on the scene and he said he heard screams that drew him to the backyard. With his service gun drawn, he saw that the woman was struggling but realized that the dogs had lessened their attack.

"She was able to pull one of the dogs back," Trane said, "and (Sykes) was able to grab the child and carry him out of the yard."

Sykes got the child to paramedics who were standing by and the victim was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

"The child suffered several severe injuries to his head and face and was bleeding extensively," Trane said.

He was treated at Women and Children's Hospital before being transferred to the Gates Vascular Institute.

Lewis said Rottweilers, as a breed, are trained to protect and may have been doing that when they attacked the little boy who was playing a game of chase with a younger relative.

"As far as we know, this was the first incident of this type with these particular dogs," Trane said.

The captain noted that the injured child had been at the home before and had previously played with the dogs with no incidents. He said the owner of the dogs will not face any charges in connection with the attack.

"The owner (of the dogs) was heartbroken over the incident," Trane said. "We don't have any reason to believe there was criminal negligence here."