Updated Wednesday, May 8, 2013
ST. GEORGE – A young boy sustained significant injuries and required surgery after being attacked by two dogs Monday.
St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said the St. George Communications Center received a call concerning a dog attack around 5:30 p.m. in the area of 1300 West and 360 North. Police and medical units responded and found a 10-year-old boy had been bitten and attacked by two Rottweilers. Two women, the owner of the dogs and her 10-year-old daughter, had also been bitten.
Despain said the dogs attacked the boy after he went into the backyard where they were kept. The yard was gated and fenced and contained three Rottweilers. (It was later confirmed that the boy fell into the yard while playing on top of a block wall with friends.)
“We don’t believe the boy taunted the dogs,” Despain said, but for whatever reason, two of the dogs started attacking the boy, leaving him with “significant injuries” that required surgery later that evening.
The owner of the two dogs noticed the commotion in the backyard and went outside to try and separate the boy from the dogs. At this point the dogs began to bite her arms. The dog owner’s 10-year-old daughter also became involved when saw her mother dealing with the dogs outside.
The girl took a kitchen knife outside with her and ended up cutting one of the dogs during the ordeal, though Despain said the cut to the dog was relatively minor. During the exchange the girl received bites to her hands.
“The owner is pretty distraught over the whole thing,” Despain said. “It’s a pretty scary deal.”
The dog owner and the two children were eventually able to get away from the dogs and waited for the police to arrive. The 1o-year-old boy sustained the most significant injuries.
Despain said the boy is expected to recover from his injuries and may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As for the dog’s owner, Despain said she “didn’t necessarily do anything wrong” and that the attack may simply be an unfortunate event, given what is currently known about the incident. However, an active investigation is underway to determine the cause.
St. George Animal Control has taken possession of the two dogs involved in the incident.
Update: St. George News contacted the St. George Police Department for confirmation concerning how the 10-year-old ended up in backyard with the dogs. Sgt. Despain was unable to verify the details as the investigations reamins active. As for the dogs, they remain in the custody of animal control.
Despain also said St. George city code only allows for two dogs per household. Anymore than that requires a kennel license.
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