OCALA, MARION COUNTY FL - SHERIFF'S K-9 ATTACKED HIS HANDLER'S 7-YEAR-OLD BOY WHEN IT WAS LEFT UNSECURED AND UNATTENDED IN A YARD WITH 3 CHILDREN PLAYING
The son of a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy is recovering from being wounded by his father's service dog, which required nearly three dozen stitches.
According to a MCSO report, on the afternoon of Sept. 29, Cpl. Alan Lee, a K-9 deputy, contacted his supervisor, Sgt. Tyson Collins, and told him that his son, age 7, had been bitten by his dog Zeus. Lee said he was on his way to the Timberridge Medical Center off State Road 200, where his son would be treated.
Collins went to the hospital, where Lee told him he was in the backyard playing with his son and his fiancée's two children, ages 10 and 8. The children went into a barn in the backyard of the property in southwest Ocala while Lee went inside to get a drink. Zeus was left in the yard “unattended and unsecured,” according to the report.
Zeus went to the barn doors and one of the children let the dog inside. Lee's son, who was in a loft area, was yelling at one of the other children and Zeus went upstairs and bit the boy.
Lee heard the commotion and went to the barn and called for Zeus, who responded immediately.
The boy had puncture wounds to the neck, arms and back. At the hospital, he received stitches and was given antibiotics and was released, the report notes.
Collins verbally counseled Lee about the importance of never leaving his canine “unattended and unsecured in any location,” and also “made him aware of public safety issues pertaining to this,” the report noted.....READ MORE.....