Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ST. PAUL MN - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL/HUNGARIAN VIZSLA MIX ATTACKED A 2-YEAR OLD BOY AS HE APPROACHED TO GIVE THE OWNER A HUG





UPDATE:  http://kstp.com/news/toddler-pit-bull-bite-st-paul/4176822/

As any parent knows, it's hard to keep up with a 2-year-old.
But Chad McLellan says he was right there when his son Maxx was attacked by their neighbor's dog.
“Thank God I was there,” McLellan said.
“This wasn't just a nip. This was, 'I'm going to kill you,’” said Jen Neubauer, the boy’s mother.
Fourteen stitches and 12 staples later, Maxx will be OK. But his parents are upset that, for the next 10 days, the dog will continue living next door.
“It should have been removed from the house immediately,” Neubauer said.
According to St. Paul Animal Control, a 10-day, in-home, rabies quarantine is required before they make a ruling whether the dog is dangerous.
“So every day we come home and as we try to heal, we have to look at that dog,” Neubauer said.
“Yeah, it feels horrible. The day it happened, I just wanted them to take him and put him down,” said Deborah Dinzeo, the owner of Mac, a Pit Bull/Hungarian Vizsla mix.
She says it wasn't unusual for Maxx and his dad to visit from next door, and Mac the dog was always friendly.

She said Maxx was approaching her, she put out her arms to give him a hug, and as soon as she touched him, the dog attacked.
Debrorah says she will put Mac down after the 10-day quarantine unless someone is willing to adopt him.
“Because I can't trust him now. I can never trust him again. What he did was so horrific to me and so scary. I still see it in my head and I'll never be able to trust him again,” Dinzeo said.
Until then, these 10 days are tormenting both families.
“It feels horrible, because I look at my dog and, ‘Nine more days I have to put you to sleep. Now eight more days,’” Dinzeo said.
“Especially when people live close, next to each other, it is traumatizing,” McLellan said.
http://www.kare11.com/news/local/dog-attacks-2-year-old-hugging-neighbor/251762403



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