Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dog put down after pre-schooler bitten on throat


From ONE News

The dog which bit a three-year-old boy in the throat in Ashburton this afternoon has been destroyed.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Ashburton Hospital after the attack but was later transferred by helicopter to Christchurch Hospital.

The boy is in a critical condition after being bitten by a family member's Doberman-Staffordshire-Pitbull cross while in a lounge at an Ashburton address.

The boy was bitten on the throat and it is thought the dog was trying to get chocolate the boy was eating.

The dog was picked up by Ashburton District Council and put down.

Update January 19, 2012 - The following article is from Radio New Zealand:

Toddler critical after dog goes for throat

A toddler attacked by a dog in Ashburton remains in a critical condition following hours of surgery on Wednesday.

Police say it appears the pitbull doberman staffordshire cross was trying to get a chocolate the three-year-old boy was eating and bit him on the throat.

The attack happened at a family member's home in King Street. St John Ambulance was called about 12.20pm on Wednesday.

The toddler was initially taken to Ashburton Hospital but has been transferred to Christchurch Hospital for surgery.

Ashburton District Council's regulatory manager Richard Wade said the dog has been put down by animal control at the request of its owner, who is a relative of the boy.

Mr Wade said the dog had been registered since 2006 and had never come to the council's attention before this incident.

"As far as we were concerned, it was a normal family dog."

Update January 19, 2012 - The following article is from Radio New Zealand:

No further action taken over badly bitten boy

Police say no further action will be taken against the owner of a dog that seriously injured a boy in Ashburton.

The doberman pitbull staffordshire cross bit the three-year-old on the throat as it tried to get a chocolate he was eating.

The attack happened at a family member's home in Ashburton about 12.20pm on Wednesday.

The boy has undergone emergency surgery and remains in a critical but stable condition in Christchurch Hospital on Thursday.

The dog was has been put down at the owner's request.

Police say their inquiries have been completed.

The boy's parents have thanked road workers and St John Ambulance staff first on the scene for helping to save their son's life.

Update January 19, 2012 - The following article is from ONE News:

Breed not a factor in dog attack - expert

A dog expert does not believe breed was a factor in an attack on a toddler in Ashburton yesterday.

The boy is in a critical but stable condition in Christchurch Hospital after the attack by a family member's pet dog in a lounge at his aunt's house yesterday afternoon.

It appears the Doberman-Staffordshire-Pitbull cross was trying to get chocolate the boy was eating and bit him in the throat.

New Zealand Kennel Club director secretary Richard Brown said the breed of the dog does not determine the nature of the dog.

"The nature of the dog I think is more down to the training and the behaviour of the people that look after it," he said.

Brown said parents should always keep a close watch on children playing with dogs.

"It's possibly not a good idea to be eating near a dog, particularly if it's not trained," said Brown.

"A dog, just like any other animal, has its own space and you don't want to get in the way of a dog and its food."

Ashburton Council Regulatory Manager Richard Wade was on the scene shortly after the attack and said the dog was well-behaved.

"The dog didn't behave in any kind of aggressive way, in any way, shape or form to the dog handler," said Wade.

"He was very easily picked up, very compliant."

Wade said there was no reason for the dog to be on the council's radar because it was registered and microchipped.

"It was a normal family dog."

The boy's parents released a statement today thanking those that came to their son's aid.

"We would like to acknowledge the quick efforts of the Ashburton road workers and the St John paramedics that were first on the scene to help save our little boy's life," they said.

"We are also very thankful to the crew from Garden City Helicopters, who transported our son to Christchurch Hospital, as well as hospital staff."

The dog was put down at the owner's request.

Police are continuing their enquiries into the incident.

Update January 21, 2012 - The following article is from ONE News:

Preschooler bitten on throat remains critical

A three-year-old boy who was attacked by a dog in Ashburton remains in a critical but stable condition this morning.

The boy is in Auckland Hospital and was attacked by a family member's pet dog at his aunt's house on Wednesday afternoon.

It appears the Doberman-Staffordshire-Pitbull cross was trying to get the chocolate the boy was eating and bit him in the throat.

The dog was put down at the owner's request.

Police are continuing their enquiries into the incident.



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