Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dog that took tot from mom to be put down


CHATHAM -- A dog that ripped a baby from her mother's arms and tossed her to the ground will be destroyed, Chatham-Kent police said yesterday.

Tina DeWael was carrying her six-month-old daughter, Georgia Wellman, on her hip and walking beside her eldest daughter, Shania Wellman, 10, around 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

They were heading home on Taylor Avenue when a leashed pit bull-like Presa Canario and its owner came toward them.

Without warning or provocation, the dog jumped and latched onto the child's arm, grabbing her up to her elbow, and then spit her out on the nearby grass.

"I couldn't think, I was in shock. I couldn't even move," DeWael said yesterday, shaking her head while still in disbelief over the attack.

Despite being stunned and shaken, DeWael fought off the dog, punching it when it started to move toward her daughter again.

"I was screaming my head off. I just couldn't believe it," she said.

"You'd never think he'd (the dog) do that and grab a baby."

Nine stitches were used to close the bite marks on Georgia's left arm.

It wasn't the first run-in DeWael's family had had with the 45-kilogram dog.

Her daughter, Shania, was bitten by the animal two weeks ago.

"It's just crazy," DeWael said.

The dog's owner surrendered the animal to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It will be held in quarantine for 10 days before being destroyed.

The dog's owner, who lives next door to DeWael, could face fines from the OSPCA for allowing the dog to attack or criminal charges.

Police described the animal as looking like a pit bull, but twice the size. Despite the resemblance, the dog isn't under the same restrictions as pit bulls because it's classed as a different breed.

Cradling her battered and bandaged child in her arms, DeWael said she's grateful the damage wasn't more severe.


Blogger Conners said...

It was a Presco Canario type, but the press added, it looked like a Pit bull. In all attacks, they always have to add something about the Pit bulls and that jars my pickles.
The baby received 6 stitches and this was a second bite from the same dog to the same family. Where were the owners of the dog and why was the kids allowed near the dog?
It sounds like the dog was loose... which leads to what happened to the leash bylaw?
Something doesn't make sense and again they don't blame the owner of the dog (although the family of the bit children are going to sue the owner)but the dog still gets put down.
Another preventable accident wher the dog gets blamed by the owners lack of action.

4:51 AM  

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