Wednesday, June 14, 2017



A young boy was attacked and severely injured by a dog Tuesday night and the dog was subsequently euthanized, according to Pueblo Animal Services.

The Pueblo Animal Services Animal Law Enforcement responded to a call for assistance from the Pueblo Police Department just before 6 p.m. following a report of an 18-month-old boy being attacked by a dog at a home on the 2400 block of Winnipeg Street.
PAS said the father of the boy reported his son was in the living room with the family dog, described as a "MIXED BREED PIT BULL-TYPE DOG," as he was in the kitchen and someone knocked on the door.
The father then said that he heard barking and growling from the dog, and when he got into the living room, the dog was attacking his son.
He was able to grab his son and get him outside.
A neighbor who heard his screams for help called 911.
PAS said the boy was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries to his head, face and neck. He was later flown to a hospital in Denver and is expected to undergo surgery.
The dog was surrendered for euthanasia to PAS.
PAS said rabies testing will be conducted through the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
The dog attack Tuesday night was the second serious incident reported to PAS in less than a week and the 13th so far this year in Pueblo.
Of the 13 dog attacks on humans this year, 11 have involved pit bull-type dogs, according to Lindsey Vigna, lieutenant of animal law enforcement for PAS.
Last year in Pueblo, there were 20 total serious dog attacks reported against people.
Vigna said there are safety measures citizens can take if they find themselves in a confrontation with a dog.
"We always recommend if you are approached by a strange dog, or a known dog for that matter, don't make direct eye contact, try to position yourself in a sideways manner so you're not directly challenging the dog," Vigna said. "You want to be loud and stern with your voice, tell the dog, 'No, go home!' but you don't want to seem overly excited either because that's going to amp the dog up."
Vigna said it's best to remain on your feet and use your hands and feet or whatever you can if attacked.
"If for some reason the dog does get you on the ground, you want to mainly focus on protecting your head and neck area. And tucking your thumbs in almost like a fist because for whatever reason, thumbs, they stick out there, and usually thumbs are the ones that go," Vigna said. "And yell loud for help. It's really survival. You're just going to do whatever you can to make sure you can get away out of that situation."


Anonymous said...

Let's teach 18 month old babies how to defend themselves against a pit bull. Yeah, that makes sense!

I have a better idea! Let's get rid of pit bulls!

Anonymous said...


Lindsey Vigna commented on another incident that happened just days ago in her jurisdiction...

"We don't ever really have a definitive, specific confirmation on breeds," said Lt. Lindsey Vigna with Pueblo Animal Law Enforcement. "I mean we can say in our experience they appear to be pit bull-type dogs."

That attack happened June 9, 2017. The pit bulls were amped up from a thunderstorm the day before, according to the victim's daughter.

The pit bulls were not vaccinated, so of course, rabies is suspected.

Getting back to Lindsey Vigna, it sure seems that she is trying to downplay the role of the breed of dog in these attacks. Yeah, you can try Lindsey, but it will be really hard to overlook. Today is June 15th, and there have been 2 separate severe attacks on human beings by pit bulls.

Anonymous said...

The animal control officer said, "usually thumbs are the ones that go" ??! Maybe it's good advice in general, but it sounds so insensitive to be saying it after the toddler was attacked by his own family's pet right after an elderly lady lost her thumb among other injuries in a pit bull attack. Common element in both incidents: vulnerable victims attacked by powerful & aggressive dogs. Pit bulls put grown men on life flight helicopters & even in the grave. If one of them is mauling you, preserving your thumbs may not be an option. You may be dependent on a good Samaritan bystander just to save your life.