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Pit bull attacks child 2nd time; Animal Control will euthanize dog this time
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Posted on 03/30/2010 10:59:54 AM PDT by Chet 99

Pit bull attacks child 2nd time

Animal Control will euthanize dog this time

By Baylie Evans bevans@wyomingnews.com

CHEYENNE -- A 10-year-old boy is home recovering from surgery after a neighbor's pit bull attacked him and bit his leg last week.

This is the second time the dog has attacked the child in the last year.

Last Thursday, William Wyatt Kunert was on his family's porch at 599 E. Fifth St., in south Cheyenne, getting ready to ride his bike with some other neighborhood kids. His 2-year-old brother, Jordan Martinez, was beside him at the doorway.

That's when the neighbor's pit bull, which lived two doors down the street, "jumped its 4-foot fence and came straight at my son," Wyatt Kunert's mother, Lindsay Kunert, said.

Wyatt pushed his brother out of the way and tried to slam the screen door closed, she said. But he closed the door on the dog, with its head and shoulders inside the home.

The dog got hold of Wyatt left thigh from behind, dragged him outside and started shaking his leg violently, she said. She grabbed the dog's collar and tried to get the dog to let go of her son, but couldn't.

"I was just screaming," she said.

The owners of the dog then ran over to help and punched the dog in the head until it let go, she said. It took about three or four minutes before it finally let go.

As soon as she realized how bad her son's injury was, she called 911.

"(The wound) was the size of my fist, and I could see bone," she said.

Wyatt Kunert was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and then to surgery to repair his muscle fibers and stitch him up.

He was released Friday afternoon. Doctors told Lindsay Kunert that her son should recover fully within about a month, but he will always have a scar.

The owners of the dog have surrendered it, and it is currently at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter under observation to be sure it doesn't have rabies.

Around the same time last year, the same dog attacked Wyatt as he was walking his bike home from school.

That time, the dog bit his face around his eyes and cheeks, causing him to need several stitches and leaving scars.

"Animal Control was called at that time," Lindsay Kunert said.

Court records show the dog's owner, Duane Padilla, was cited the first time, in April 2009, for keeping a vicious animal. He paid the fine and never went to court.

Lindsay Kunert said she didn't pursue a lawsuit because she hoped her neighbors would make good on promises to pay her for her lost wages. They didn't, she said.

This time, Padilla and a co-owner of the dog have been cited for keeping a vicious animal and for not having proper vaccinations for the dog.

Lindsay Kunert said a lot could have been done to prevent the second attack. She said she feels Animal Control failed to follow up after the first attack, which allowed a dangerous dog to live in a neighborhood.

Whether an animal is impounded after it bites someone is left up to the discretion of the Animal Control officer who responds.

In this case, the officer issued a ticket after the dog attacked Wyatt the first time, but did not impound the dog or follow up on whether it had been properly vaccinated.

It is still unknown whether the dog was properly vaccinated at that time, said Rick Collard, the executive director of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

"Based on what I can see ... we did what we were supposed to do," Collard said of the first attack.

It is certain, he added, that the dog was not vaccinated when it bit Wyatt last week.

Now, because the owners surrendered the dog, it's up to Animal Control to decide what to do with it. The shelter doesn't adopt out vicious dogs, so it will be euthanized, Collard said.

Padilla expressed regret about what he called an "unfortunate accident" when visited at his home on Monday.

"I'd rather get hit by a car myself than have that kid go through that," he said.

There was a 4-foot chain link fence around the property and two "beware of dog" signs posted. Several small bicycles were in the yard.

There was another pit bull on the property, but Collard said that is not a concern for Animal Control.

"That (other) one didn't do anything," he said. "Dogs aren't any different than people. Certain dogs will do certain things, and other dogs won't."

Lindsay Kunert said she plans to get a lawyer this time.

"We may never see a dime, but it's just the principle of it," she said. "I'm going to make it my mission to try to make some changes to laws in town."


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1 posted on 03/30/2010 10:59:54 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

A second time? The dog should have been put down after the first time. There really is no reason to have an animal with the potential for destruction that a pit bull has when there are dozens of breeds of dogs that can provide the same level of companionship without the ability to rip off the face of someone if they have a bad day.


2 posted on 03/30/2010 11:02:33 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: DemonDeac

After just one attack I would have had that dog down. I’d never trust it again.


3 posted on 03/30/2010 11:03:59 AM PDT by FreedomFerret
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To: Chet 99

There should be no second chance when a dog attacks a child. You put them down the first time.


4 posted on 03/30/2010 11:04:48 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Socialism is for people who've given up.)
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To: Chet 99

It’s hard for me to imagine that a dog can attack a person and not be euthanized after the FIRST attack. I think there would need to be some very extenuating circumstances (dog protecting owner, dog on it’s own property protecting property, dog injured and reacting to being handled). The real problem here is that many places don’t seem to take steps to make sure a second attack never occurs.


5 posted on 03/30/2010 11:05:30 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Chet 99

I love dogs!
Having said that I agree with others that the rule is “one strike and you’re out”. The dog should have been humanely euthanized the first time.


6 posted on 03/30/2010 11:07:23 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Class of '98 needs no sarcasm tags!)
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To: Chet 99
"I'd rather get hit by a car myself than have that kid go through that," he said.

I think we'd all have preferred you get hit by a car than have your dog attack a kid twice.

7 posted on 03/30/2010 11:12:59 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Chet 99

According to some Freepers pitbulls haven’t ever attacked or killed anybody!

Animal control officer feeling that pitbull lovin’.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd5uvK8TfOA

Pitbull turns police car into big chew toy!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2480658/posts

Woman’s arm almost severed in dog attack
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2477556/posts

LA reporter rushed to hospital after bite from pitbull (while doing story to show pitbulls are safe)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2475856/posts

Great-grandma mauled by Lynn family pit bull
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/pitbull/index?tab=articles

Boy attacked by pit bull; Child remains in hospital
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2472680/posts


8 posted on 03/30/2010 11:15:07 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Chet 99
Wyatt pushed his brother out of the way and tried to slam the screen door closed...

Having been savagely attacked once before by the very same animal, this boy showed remarkable and heroic courage to FIRST get his little brother out of harms way before looking out for himself, when he saw it charging at him again. I am not at all sure I would have been able to exhibit such bravery when I was ten years old, and I am certainly thankful that I never had to find out.

May God watch over him as he rcovers.

9 posted on 03/30/2010 11:16:05 AM PDT by WayneS (VT Class of 1986)
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To: Chet 99

I was bit by a dog when I was six, back then you had to have many shots, they rotated, stomach, arm, rear, for many days including Sat. & Sun. + the tetnus shot. We couldn’t find the stray dog. I have Shelties now but wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a stray or menacing dog that entered my property and posed a threat to my kids, myself or my dogs. There would be NO second attack.


10 posted on 03/30/2010 11:19:55 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Make it stop, please.)
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To: Chet 99

The dog has only attacked this one kid. Has anyone asked why? I’m betting the kid did something to make the dog hate him.


11 posted on 03/30/2010 11:20:06 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Chet 99

Four foot fence?


12 posted on 03/30/2010 11:20:18 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: Chet 99

Still waiting for a pack of feral and rabid chihuahuas to attack someone at the ankles.


13 posted on 03/30/2010 11:21:40 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Chet 99

I don’t like law suits, but in this case I hope she ends up with Padilla’s house. She should go after he idiots at Animal Control, too.


14 posted on 03/30/2010 11:21:49 AM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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To: LongElegantLegs

Now THAT is a post. That’s the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen here or anywhere.
My son says I’ve got a Spongebob face, laughing at your post. gee thanks kid.


15 posted on 03/30/2010 11:24:42 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: bgill
Has anyone asked why? I’m betting the kid did something to make the dog hate him.

I wondered how long it would take for some dog lover to start blaming the victim.

16 posted on 03/30/2010 11:27:42 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Chet 99

Did they give it Viagra? How do the attacks make you feel? Tell me how you are coping with this recent attack. Is there anything we can do to help you feel better about the situation? It is not your fault Chet, don’t blame yourself. You had no idea that Pitt Bull would ruin your family.


17 posted on 03/30/2010 11:28:04 AM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: Chet 99

After reading this article if anyone on here thinks pit bulls should be allowed in neighborhoods they should be banned from posting on FR forever.

Oh wait, we have Obamacare now. I guess the pit bull lovers on here will now point to that as a reason we shuold live with these unpredictable vicious terror beasts.


18 posted on 03/30/2010 11:29:30 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: from occupied ga

Yeah, those evil instigators of pitbull attacks are just that...evil. It’s never the pitbull’s fault. The dog and its breed are just mis-understood and was abused when it was a just a pup. Just give that dog a little community service and he’ll never attack again. The dog even said so and I believe him!


19 posted on 03/30/2010 11:31:28 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: muleskinner
I don’t like law suits, but in this case I hope she ends up with Padilla’s house.

Probably rents - Most pit bull owners are lawsuit proof.

20 posted on 03/30/2010 11:32:39 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Chet 99
Lindsay Kunert said she didn't pursue a lawsuit because she hoped her neighbors would make good on promises to pay her for her lost wages. They didn't, she said.

Lindsay Kunert said a lot could have been done to prevent the second attack.

Like Kunert filing a lawsuit as she should have in response to the first incident. Pit bull owners should be sued until they give up these wild dogs, make it too expensive to own them. Civil penalty for any pit bull off its leash should be $20,000 first offense.

21 posted on 03/30/2010 11:34:19 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Chet 99

This dog should have been put down the first time.

My daughter was bit by a black lab... one of the gentlest dogs there is.... daughter was 5.... the dog was about 6 months old... still a pup. We were all right there, talking, while she sat on the ground petting the puppy. All of a sudden it lunged at her face and bit her. She got 14 stitches in her lips. She had a mark on her neck and one on her forehead, but not bad enough to need stitches. It was over in seconds.
We don’t know if the dog had a sore spot that she touched, or what....
the Dr. did a fantastic job... you cannot see scars at all unless she points them out.

My brother in Law kept the dog in quarentine, as the law instructed, for 10 days, then he put him down. He said he couldn’t take the chance that the dog would bite again. It was sad, but he did what he had to do.

This dog should not have had the chance to attack again. I shudder to think what damage he could have done to the little brother, had he gotten ahold of him.


22 posted on 03/30/2010 11:36:11 AM PDT by NC Belle
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To: bgill
The dog has only attacked this one kid. Has anyone asked why? I’m betting the kid did something to make the dog hate him.

Give it a rest. That is rediculas.

23 posted on 03/30/2010 11:36:21 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Chet 99

Also the owner needs to be put down. Doesn’t give two sh1ts about what he’s allowed to happen to his neighbors that he’s directly responsible for.


24 posted on 03/30/2010 11:37:02 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
The dog and its breed are just mis-understood

LOL in my previous post I used the code phrase dog lover instead of "moron." Yep everyone knows that dogs are rational logical magical creatures, not animals at all, but just little furry humans and that they would NEVER attack, maim, mutilate or kill anything unless they were "provoked."

25 posted on 03/30/2010 11:37:46 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They are ver sweet.


26 posted on 03/30/2010 11:41:04 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: from occupied ga

That reminds of the parents who think their children would never attack or kill anyone.


27 posted on 03/30/2010 11:41:28 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: ichabod1
They are ver sweet.

Best with mam tom (or so I'm told)

28 posted on 03/30/2010 11:42:11 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: bgill

Probably rode his bike back and forth gettin him mad. Kids used to do that to my dog, and then wondered why he bit them.


29 posted on 03/30/2010 11:44:14 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Oh, now, many of them are ver sweet.


30 posted on 03/30/2010 11:45:24 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

They’re not wild - they’re OVER bred, if anything.


31 posted on 03/30/2010 11:46:05 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
That reminds of the parents who think their children would never attack or kill anyone.

Same attitude, but I think pit bull owners are even more obtuse. People that own these things are dangerous idiots. Put down the dog and put the owner in jail for the same amount of time had the owner directly attacked the victim and done the same damage.

Suing is mostly a waste for these people because they usually have no assets and if it weren't for food stamps (debit cards now) to subsidize their lifestyles, then they would be able to afford dog food. Their pickup trucks are usually one payment from the repo man, and any spare cash they have the spend on beer, lotto tickets, cigarettes, and occasionally a self indulgent vacation.

32 posted on 03/30/2010 11:48:45 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Secret Agent Man

What about the fack that the owner has another one o dem tings dere in de fense. He say it don bit like that other one, him, but how do you know?


33 posted on 03/30/2010 11:49:19 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: Chet 99

2nd time?? Why would any parent allow a pit bull to live after biting your child in the face?? That dog should have been shot and killed on the spot.


34 posted on 03/30/2010 11:56:14 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: ichabod1
They’re not wild - they’re OVER bred, if anything.

As in way too many of them. One pit bull left in the world should be sufficient to cure the overbreeding problem.

35 posted on 03/30/2010 11:57:29 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: from occupied ga

My thoughts as well. I get so tired of this same story over and over.....and then the pitbull apologists coming in and saying “any dog can be made mean”...”the animal was probably provoked. When was the last time you read an article about a golden retriever killing/mauling a kid?

Another repetitive story I’m really tired of is the 40 year old guy who meets an underage girl on the internet and they set up a rendevouz....and, of course, the “girl” is an FBI agent. Don’t live next to pitbulls (especially if you have kids) and don’t set up meetings with underage girls on the internet...that way I won’t have to keep reading these same stories over and over again.


36 posted on 03/30/2010 12:30:13 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: Chet 99
A while back I wrote a positive article about a pit bull saving my BIL’s life.
As much as I hate to admit it,I do not allow my family over to their house for any reason.
The last two times while I was there,the dog[100lbs]kept lunging at me.I do not know if it was playing or not,but accepting the force of a dog that size was not easy.
Yes I had one hand on a handgun at the time but it could have turned ugly at any time.Me being the bad guy of course.
I love dogs,but I love my family more.
If anything were to happen to my immediate family over a “short”visit,It would mean a divorce for sure.I am not a totalitarian per se,but doing something like that is unforgivable.
I do feel sad that a once good breed of dog has been,more or less,ruined.
37 posted on 03/30/2010 12:30:56 PM PDT by xarmydog
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To: gunsequalfreedom

So is your spelling. lol


38 posted on 03/30/2010 12:36:40 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: northwinds
and don’t set up meetings with underage girls on the internet...

WHAT??? You mean that there aren't a bunch of horny 13 year old girls looking for sex on the internet? I'm totally disillusioned.

On a more serious note, if you don't want to move and a pit bull person moves in next door, there aren't many alternatives. arsenic, but then they'll know who did it. Same holds true for 12ga even more so. ice pick in the gut might work if you do it at night, but we're back to someone knowing what you did. The penalties in GA are much worse for killing a dog than for letting your dog attack someone.

39 posted on 03/30/2010 12:37:33 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: verity

Spelling is not the subject at hand...but nice try to change the subject. Very liberal of you.


40 posted on 03/30/2010 12:49:30 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Chet 99

Pit bull attacks child 2nd time; Animal Control will euthanize dog this time.

They need help? I’d make the trip.


41 posted on 03/30/2010 12:49:56 PM PDT by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I made it an issue.


42 posted on 03/30/2010 12:52:54 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Chet 99

Any dog gets one bite.

Then, a bullet in its head.

No second chances and no do-overs.

Dog owners who object to their dog being put down might as well get the second round. Engraved, for posterity.


43 posted on 03/30/2010 12:53:50 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: from occupied ga

“Suing is mostly a waste for these people because they usually have no assets and if it weren’t for food stamps (debit cards now) to subsidize their lifestyles, then they would be able to afford dog food. Their pickup trucks are usually one payment from the repo man, and any spare cash they have the spend on beer, lotto tickets, cigarettes, and occasionally a self indulgent vacation.”

Did you mean to omit Meth?


44 posted on 03/30/2010 1:06:53 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: ichabod1

“Probably rode his bike back and forth gettin him mad.”

You’re probably right. Damn kids! Probably rode past the house several times laughing and carrying on! What right do they have to ride their bicycles anyways? The dog owner should sue the kid’s parents for keeping annoying children in the neighborhood!

(Do I really need a sarc tag?)


45 posted on 03/30/2010 1:07:43 PM PDT by Nik Naym (My new business plan : open a chain of stores that sell hot tar, feathers, rope, and lamp posts.)
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46 posted on 03/30/2010 1:32:59 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: Chet 99

I have been told, repeatedly, that attacks like this are rare.


47 posted on 03/30/2010 1:35:23 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Jack Hydrazine; All
DOG BITE LAW STATS
48 posted on 03/30/2010 1:38:32 PM PDT by Fawn
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To: Chet 99

Mr. Padilla should be put to sleep with his dog.


49 posted on 03/30/2010 1:38:58 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: WayneS

Amen! Wyatt is a brave young boy, protecting his little brother that way.


50 posted on 03/30/2010 1:41:35 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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