Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WESTFIELD MA - JAKE, WHO IS THE HIGH SCHOOL'S UNOFFICIAL MASCOT AND THERAPY DOG, WAS INJURED AND NEEDED 40 STITCHES AFTER A PIT BULL GOT AWAY FROM ITS OWNER AND ATTACKED HIM AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY

Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

(WGGB/WSHM) -
After getting attacked at the Westfield High School graduation last Friday, Jake the therapy dog is back in good spirits and headed back to school today.

Jake received stitches after he was bit by A PIT BULL  at the ceremony. 

It was a warm welcome back for Jake after being out of school for three days.  Students we spoke with Wednesday said that it felt like forever. 

"It's sad seeing him all stitched up, but I'm glad he's back," said Michael Butler, a sophomore.
Jake has been the school's therapy dog and unofficial mascot. 

Last Friday night, Jake walked in the graduating senior class.  Shortly after another family's dog got away from their owner,   IT HEADED STRAIGHT FOR JAKE. 

(Western Mass News photo)

"And he attacked Jake and he was pretty hit.  It looked like Jake was hurt, but it didn't look that bad," said Principal Dennis Duetted

However, the damage was deep and sent Jake to the emergency room.  He would later head home with more than 40 stitches. 

While Jake was only gone for three days, students said that they really felt the loss of not having him around.

"He's just a huge part of our school and not having him for three days, everybody just missed him...sad.  Well, he greets the kids every morning getting off the buses and getting dropped off by cars or walkers, so they're used to seeing him in the morning.  Kids just tend to flock to him," said Anne Stewart, a sophomore.

Jake will have his stitches removed next Friday, but until then, he will continue to bring joy to Westfield High. 


http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/32178095/westfield-school-therapy-dog-returns-after-attack


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the pit bull will continue to bring bites, pain, stitches, and dog fights.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh! Bad PR for the Pittie Promoters! All those impressionable young witnesses watching!

Quick, how are they going to blame Jake for this attack? I'm sure they'll come up with something soon.

Dayna Hamilton said...

Why do you need a therapy dog at a school? Why were people allowed to bring their own dogs to a school graduation? I like dogs. At least I like my own, but there are days when I feel like the country is going to the dogs, literally.