‘Freak accident’ or vicious dog? Thousands try to save dog that bit off boy’s hand – Kansas City Star

An online petition that seeks to save two dogs after one bit off a 4-year-old boy’s hand Sunday in Utah is nearing 100, 000 signatures as of Wednesday morning. The child had put a sock over his hand to play with the dogs, described as Huskies, through a chain-link fence in his backyard in the 3:30 p.m. incident in Layton, Utah, The Gephardt Daily reported. Despite hours of searching, police could not find the boy’s severed hand. “There is fear that it was probably ingested by the dog that bit him, ” said Jason Cook, a battalion chief with the Layton Fire Department, KSTU reported. The boy’s parents provided first aid and the boy was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital for surgery. Neighbors and Layton officials said the two dogs had no history of biting or other aggressive behavior, The Gephardt Daily reported. Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star #ReadLocal Both dogs are now in quarantine for 10 days to check for rabies, which is standard in dog bite cases, said Rhett Nicks, ....

“The dog thought it was a toy. It’s not the dogs fault, ” wrote one person who signed. Some petition backers said the parents of the 4-year-old, not the dogs, are to blame. “The dogs should not suffer due to negligence of a parent, ” a person commented. “This is ultimately the parents fault, the child should never have been unsupervised, even in their own backyard, ” wrote another. Nicks said animal control officials will look at all the facts in their investigation, KSTU reported. “We look at the whole situation, ” Nicks said, according to the station. “We try to look at every situation that could determine the animal dangerous, as well as could mitigate the fact that the animal is dangerous.”. .

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