Monday, September 5, 2016

HAWTHORNE, PUTNAM COUNTY FL - A PIT BULL MIX ATTACKED A 22-MONTH-OLD BOY - THE CHILD HAS SIGNIFICANT INJURIES WHICH ARE CONSIDERED LIFE-THREATENING



A 22-month-old boy was in surgery Monday in Gainesville after being mauled by a dog at a Hawthorne home, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
The child was taken to Shands UF Medical Center in Gainesville about 2 p.m. with “significant” injuries to his face and arm.
The boy went into respiratory arrest on the way to the hospital, but was revived. He was stabilized at the hospital, but his injuries were considered life-threatening.
By 8 p.m. Monday, authorities said the boy had “improved significantly” and was expected to survive. He will likely need reconstructive surgery and will be in surgery for a few more hours Monday.
The attack occurred at a friend's home on Melrose Landing Boulevard while the boy's mother was inside sleeping and the boy was in the backyard. The home is on rural property far from medical services.
The boy was driven to a convenience store by his mother and a man who called 911 on the way. Putnam County paramedics met them at the store and drove the boy to Gainesville.
"We're hoping for a good outcome," Putnam County Capt. Gator DeLoach said.
Deputies and animal control officers have secured the PIT BULL MIX that attacked the boy, along with six other dogs on the property. It is still being determined if the dog involved in the attack will be quarantined or euthanized.


DeLoach said the dogs, which all appeared to be pit bulls, are being housed at an undisclosed location outside of Putnam County.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has been notified and is investigating.
Decisions regarding criminal charges against the boy's mother or property owner will be made as the investigation progresses, DeLoach said. 


“We've got our criminal investigations bureau here along with crime scene investigators and Putnam County code enforcement and animal control as well,” DeLoach said.

He added that this was the first time the Sheriff’s Office has responded to that address for animal-related issues.


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A 22-month-old boy was in surgery in Gainesville after being mauled by a dog Monday at a Melrose home, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. 
Deputies and animal control officer have secured  THE PIT BULL MIX  that attacked him. It was still being determined if the dog would be quarantined or euthanized. The child was taken to Shands UF Medical Center in Gainesville with 'significant' injuries to his face and arm. 
The attack occurred at a friend's home on Melrose Landing Boulevard while the boy's mother was inside sleeping and the boy was in the backyard. He was driven to a convenience store, where Putnam County paramedics met them and drove the boy to Gainesville.
The boy went into respiratory arrest on the way to the hospital, but was revived.  He was stabilized at the hospital, but his injuries are considered life-threatening. 
"We're hoping for a good outcome," Putnam County Capt. Gator DeLoach said.
DeLoach said there were six or seven other dogs on the property at the time.



3 comments:

Fed Up said...

Hey! This reporter actually included a very telling graph. I wonder if they'll be made to take it down.

Farmer Jane said...

Sigh... Not surprisingly, this is my neck of the woods. Just a skip and a jump from where Roy McSweeney was killed a few years ago. This area has taken a big hit lately. The Koch brothers closed down the plywood plant that was the main employer in this very rural community. There is a lot of poverty, unemployment, and drugs, especially meth. Putnam is one of the poorest counties in the state. There are a lot of rough red neck types. It's so bad that my kids went to high school in a different county to get a better education. Pit bulls are truly the dog of choice. It's a very scary place to live, and an even harder one in which to sell a house.

Farmer Jane said...

I forgot to add: Did you notice the captain of the paramedics? His first name is Gator. He's running for Sheriff. You just can't make this stuff up.