Wednesday, March 30, 2016


This dog owned by Christino Heine of Ottumwa, Iowa will be put down after attacking a boy who required surgery and more than 1,000 stitches.  Heine, who was keeping a breed banned by the city, will pay $551.25 after pleading guilty to three simple misdemeanors. (Ottumwa Police Dept.)

Police said Terry White, 10, was nearly killed in the attack.
"I tried to push him away from me and he just kept on going and I kind of got dizzy," said Terry White.
Terry said the moments right before the attack are fuzzy. He does remember seeing another child losing control of a leash that was holding the pit bull named Snoopy. 
"I felt like i was going to die," said Terry White.
Snoopy broke free from the leash and charged at Terry.
"I was trying to think of God like if he would have watched over me. I was thinking about him," said Terry White.
The dog's teeth clamped down around Terry's left arm causing serious injuries. First responders rushed him into surgery that night.
"He kept telling me that he felt like his skin was falling off of him. Some of his marks were, it just looked like it ripped his skin right off his body," said White.
The attack happened outside the owner's house on South Fellows Avenue.  Owning a pit bull is illegal in the City of Ottumwa.
Christino Heine pleaded guilty to keeping an illegal animal and failing to show proof of a rabies vaccination.  Heine's brother spoke to KCCI on his behalf.
"We were inside when that happened, and I heard that scream. The boy was against the gate, and the dog was on him," said Heine.
"Do you have anything to say to the parents of the boy and the boy himself?" asked KCCI reporter Ryan Smith.
"We feel sorry for him and sorry for what happened," said Heine. 

"I have no doubt that in this case the dog would have killed the child if another adult wouldn't have come outside and got the dog off the child," said Ottumwa police Chief Tom McAndrew.


On the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2016 the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a child that had been attacked by a dog. Officers responded to Ottumwa Regional Health Center ER to conduct an investigation. 

Officers learned that a 10 year old male had been attacked by a PIT BULL in the back yard of 118 South Fellows Street in Ottumwa. The child had been bitten several times during the attack which resulted in injuries to his left upper arm and shoulder, left thigh area and his left hand. 

It was determined the Pit Bull got loose from another child as the child was attempting to place the dog in a crate outside the residence. The dog then observed the victim and attacked. A relative of the dog owner heard the victim screaming and pulled the dog from the victim. 

Officers seized the Pit Bull and quarantined it due to the owner lacking proof of rabies vaccination. 

The owner of the dog was determined to be:

Christino Lajiman Heine, 32, of 118 S. Fellows Ave. Ottumwa Iowa

He was charged with the following:

Animals That Bite
Keeping Prohibited (Possession of a Pitbull)
Failure to Have Evidence of Rabies Vaccination

He was arrested and released on police citations and made to appear on 04-04-16

A child has been seriously injured in a PIT BULL attack, his mother confirmed.
The little boy will survive, his family reports, after being attacked by the dog on Ottumwa's east side earlier this week.
The school-aged child and his family have not yet been named publicly, but Ottumwa Police Department officers have been conducting interviews with the boy and his mother. His injuries were considered serious, requiring multiple stitches and hospitalization. An officer said the bites he photographed as part of his investigation were extremely severe.
After the interviews Wednesday, a family member told The Courier they would let the child decide if he was comfortable talking to the media publicly. He appeared in good spirits Wednesday afternoon, however.
Pit bulls are forbidden from being kept in Ottumwa city limits according to city code. The current disposition of the dog is unknown, but it did not appear the dog had been euthanized. The boy did not know the dog that attacked him, his mother told the Courier.
Police say they will likely issue a media release with further information and specific details Thursday, when they expect their preliminary investigation to be complete.

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