PARADISE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR CANADA - A FAMILY PIT BULL ATTACKED AN INFANT ONLY A FEW WEEKS OLD
Police are investigating another incident involving a Pit Bull.
The RNC have confirmed for VOCM News that an infant was bitten by the family pet at a home in the Elizabeth Park area of Paradise yesterday afternoon.
Paramedics and The RNC were called to the home at about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Police would not release any details about the victim, but a source told VOCM that the infant is only a few weeks old.
Constable Geoff Higdon says the baby suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The infant was taken to the Janeway Hospital, but it is not known if the child has been released.
The dog was seized and is in quarantine while the RNC investigation is ongoing. Taking the animal is normal practice in such cases involving the Animal Health and Protection Act.
It is not known if charges will be laid in connection with the investigation.
Dog Trainer Ken Reid says pet owners need to take extra precautions when bringing a baby into the home. Reid who is known as this province's dog whisperer says familiarizing your dog to children and being able to read the signs of how your dog reacts to certain situations is extremely important.
Reid also says the the fact that the dog involved in biting an infant in Paradise is a PIT BULL has no bearing on the story.
He says reputable studies show that two per cent of any dog breed can display aggressive tendencies toward humans or other dogs. He says a Pit Bull is no different because dog bites occur every day and this could easily have been a Golden Retriever or a Newfoundland Dog. Reid says the fact that it was a Pit Bull has no bearing on the incident.