Dog bites by Targeted Breeds are reported with far more veracity by the media than bites by other breeds. Although ANY dog can bite, we want to bring some balance to the issue of dog bite reporting by highlighting under-reported dog bites. We support breed-neutral dangerous dog laws to make our communities safer and to hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for the actions of their pets.
A 7-year-old boy sustained facial wounds Tuesday in a South Anchorage attack by a family friend’s dog, which police say had also attacked him a few years earlier. APD spokesperson Dani Myren says dispatchers were informed at 8:36 p.m. Tuesday about the attack, which occurred at the friend’s home on the 9000 block of Amanda Circle. Myren says the boy and his father were visiting the home when Dexter, a Rottweiler/Labrador retriever mix, attacked the boy. “It sounds like he had some pretty severe facial lacerations as a result of this dog incident,” Myren said. The boy’s father and the dog’s owner drove him to the Jewel Lake fire station, from which he was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center for treatment of what Myren said were non-life-threatening injuries. Myren says Dexter also reportedly attacked the boy two or three years ago, in an incident where he may have provoked the animal. “Apparently the child had some scarring as a result, and now the child has been bitten again,” Myren said.
MONTREAL — A 4-year-old girl was attacked and bitten in the face, arms and legs early Monday in L’Assomption. The person walking the dog was also bitten during the attack when he tried to pry the animal off the child. The incident took place around 9:30 a.m. on Mariani St. in a residential sector of the suburb north east of Montreal. The dog, a Neopolitain mastiff breed, apparently leaped on the child for reasons unknown and then turned on its keeper. Police in L’Assomption who were called to the scene shot at the dog, as it was a menace, Constable Alain Benoit said. The dog ran under a porch after it was shot and the police had to call the canine unit with Berger Blanc to get the dog out.