Skip to comments.Girl recovering after being attacked by pack of Chihuahuas
Posted on 03/07/2013 8:31:50 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
SALEM, OR (KPTV) - A 6-year-old girl is recovering after she was attacked by a pack of Chihuahuas in Salem.
The attack happened Wednesday night on 17th Street Northeast near Nebraska Street, according to Salem police.
The girl was taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK.
Four of the Chihuahuas are now at the Marion County Animal Shelter under a 10-day quarantine. Once that is finished, a veterinarian will evaluate each dog for either adoption or euthanasia.
William Van Aken, the victim's father, said he and his daughter were on a walk to her school.
"We were only two blocks from the school when the five dogs just ran up barking and they ran straight after her and I thought they were just going to come up to us and back off, but the biggest one jumped up and bit her in the shoulder," he said.
A school crossing guard who was nearby chased the dogs away.
Neighbors said the Chihuahuas would routinely get loose from their yard and roam the streets.
"They actually tried to come at me and bite me but I was with my dog and he started barking at them," said neighbor Ryan Cade.
Since no one could say which dog out of the pack actually bit the girl, all but the quietest one were confiscated.
"It was bound to happen," said neighbor Barbara Gault. "We've seen them chasing after people all the time."
The dogs' owner told FOX 12 that children in the neighborhood often let the dogs out. He also said he understood it was time to give them up.
No ankle is safe!
Send out a couple big tom cats, they’ll make short work of the great Chihuahua menace of 2013...
Yo quiero meedle schoolers.....
This “daddy” must be a metro-sexual. Raised by his Mommy with no Dad in sight.
they think they’re wolves...
Motto: "Think Big."
The dogs' owner told FOX 12 that children in the neighborhood often let the dogs out.
I had to run a gauntlet of weiner dogs on my way to school as a kid. Neighbor had two of them. They never bit us, but they would run up and bark, and always with that worried look on their faces that weiner dogs have.
I expect that some ethnic restaurant owner will volunteer to “adopt” the dogs.
We need to ban Chihuahuas. At the very least we need to ban people from owning 2 or more. Why do homeowners need more than 2 Chihuahuas for protection? The Deer Head Chihuahuas or assault Chihuahuas should be banned altogether.
Miniature Chihuahuas could potentially be concealed Chihuahuas and require a concealed Chihuahua license.
All Chihuahua owners should have to register their Chihuahuas and be fingerprinted.
Maybe Chihuahua owners should take anger management classes.
I could go on but these types of liberal talking points bore me.
The father should have been able to keep the girl from being bitten by picking her up. I have to wonder why he didn’t. Doing that would have been my thought. (Stomping on the rats would quickly follow.)
I freakin’ hate Chihuahuas...
I’ve got a nine-pound orange tabby queen who poops bigger than a Chihuahua. But she’s a lover, not a fighter (at least outside her species).
There was a chihuahua on Dog Whisperer - had the most disproportionately over-sized equipment I’ve ever seen on a dog - I do not want to try to find a picture.
What kind of father needs a crossing guard to rescue his little girl from chihuahuas.
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