Skip to comments.Part of 3-year-old's ear severed by dog
Posted on 04/03/2010 8:00:22 PM PDT by solosmoke
POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) - A 3-year-old Poquoson boy had part of his ear severed Wednesday after being bitten by a golden retriever, according the Poquoson police department.
Police say that Wednesday just before 5 p.m., police and fire crews were dispatched to a mobile home on Wythe Creek Road after getting a report of a dog bite. They found the child had part of his ear severed and transported him to a hospital.
Witnesses told police that the child wandered behind a storage shed near a short fence that divides two properties. They said they then heard a dog bark and the child cry out. The child then came out from behind the shed bleeding on the side of his head.
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Geez...just a few posts back a story about a Yellow Lab going off on a kid...now this...what’s going on here? Sounds like the beginning of an Alfred Hitchcock movie...
It is extremely rare for a Golden to do this. There must be more to the story.
More horror dog stories over here,this time it is a Golden Retriever...
“Geez...just a few posts back a story about a Yellow Lab going off on a kid...now this...whats going on here? Sounds like the beginning of an Alfred Hitchcock movie...”
There are about 13 thousand dog attacks in this country every day, and I have found that more attention is given to the ones involving a certain type of dog. However, I believe in personal accountability, so I do try to post every so often on the stories that otherwise would not be seen because they do not fit the stereotype. It happens so often, but all we ever seem to see here are the “pit bull” stories. I don’t want people to get a false sense of safety because they believe they have a “gentle” breed of dog. In my opinion, responsible ownership is the key to having safe dogs.
The most popular breeds are always higher on the bite numbers. Labs are the most commonly-reported breeds for dog attacks in many areas, but they aren’t nearly as newsworthy as other breeds, even though they can cause just as much damage. I will say, though, that keeping dogs outside without interaction can make them dangerous. Socialization is extremely important, no matter what breed of dog you have. In addition, a three-year-old should not be anywhere unattended, especially around a dog.
This is “news”?
This may be “news” to the family, but it’s not “news” for the rest of America, let alone Virginia.
Weird that anyone would care about this. Makes you wonder if there’s a larger agenda here ...
R U Chet in disguise??
It looks like the kid got his ear got on the fence and “grandma” is blaming it on the dog. Per the comments in the below article, police found no blood or any sign of evidence that the golden attacked.
“Police are not sure what dog is responsible for biting Christopher on his left ear, but his grandmother says it’s a golden retriever that belongs to one of the other neighbors.”
The grandmother also said the boy had bites on his arm and shoulder, and that the dog had jumped the fence to attack him. It also said the son saw the dog with the kid, as they were all playing in the same yard. I sincerely hope they haven’t found a way to make fences bite children, so logic has me believing it was just a dogbite.
Why don't you count up the number of fatal Lab and Golden Retriever attacks for any given year and compare that with the number of fatal pit bull attacks?
We had a wonderful black lab when my son was small - followed him everywhere. One day my son fell in a hole and couldn’t get out but was able to extend part of his hand far enough in the air and Lady grabbed hold of it and literally pulled him out. His hand did have some teeth marks but we were so thankful for that dog’s action.
Nope. Chet, even Chet in disguise, is strictly interested in pit bull stories...
“Why don’t you count up the number of fatal Lab and Golden Retriever attacks for any given year and compare that with the number of fatal pit bull attacks?”
Why don’t you count up the number of labs and goldens that are bought under the assumption that they be guard dogs or fighting dogs. Then from those, count the number that are chained their whole lives, beaten and prodded to bring out aggression, or generally neglected basic socialization and training. A different kind of owner makes a different kind of dog.
Perhaps you weren’t aware that bloodhounds used to be considered the most vicious dog in the late 1800s. This occurred after a certain type of people saw a popular play using bloodhounds as vicious mankillers, and the demand for such a dog began to grow.
For the record, the total average number of fatalities has not grown since pit bulls became popular. The average grows every few years by a few deaths to account for the growing population of both dogs and humans. Before pit bulls were popular, there were other breeds that took the number one spot, and they always were the most popular tough dogs. Take pit bulls out of the picture, and see that people still die every year in the same numbers. Places that have banned pit bulls have seen zero relief from dog attacks, even serious ones. The UK has even had an increase in dog attacks since their ban. Several countries have repealed their bans on pit bulls in favor of responsible ownership laws, after admitting the breed was never the real issue, as was proven by attacks when they weren’t around.
Being able to put the blame on a breed of dog has taken it off the owners, which are ultimately responsible for what their dogs do. Nevermind that 19 people died last year from dogs that were not pit bulls, let’s just get rid of pit bulls anyway and call it a day. That will make us so much safer. Even though the death toll will stay the same because other dogs will be replacing the ones banned, the owners get to stay and mess the new dogs up too, which is why places that have banned them have seen no relief. But as long as we aren’t having any pit bull attacks, we must be safer.
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