Thursday, August 3, 2017

NEWAYGO MI - DEVIN BATES, 12, WAS OUT RIDING HIS BIKE WHEN HE WAS VICIOUSLY MAULED BY 2 LARGE DOGS SAID TO BE SAINT BERNARD/LAB MIXES - OVER 250 HORRIFIC WOUNDS ESPECIALLY TO HIS NECK, FACE AND LEGS!!!


(WOOD) — A 12-year-old Newaygo boy is in critical condition after being attacked by two dogs near his home.  Rose Bates, the victim’s mother, said someone came to her house to tell her about the incident.

A courtesy photo of Devin Bates, 12, and members of his family. Bates was seriously injured when he was attacked by two dogs Tuesday, Aug. 1 in Newaygo County. (Photo courtesy of Matt Bates)


“A black truck came in our driveway and asked me if I had a son named Devin,” she said. “I said, ‘Yeah, it’s my boy. It’s my 12-year-old.’ He’s like, ‘Well, he’s down at the end of the road. He was viciously mauled by two dogs.'”
It was a horrendous attack that left Devin Bates with gashes in his legs, arms and neck. The holes in his neck were three to five inches deep.
“You’re mad and upset and you want to just take care of your kid. … I feel like I should’ve been there even though there’s nothing I could’ve done,” Devin’s father Matthew Bates said.
Rose Bates said her son underwent two five-hour surgeries — one to repair the injuries to his neck and face as well as his ear, which had to be reconstructed with plastic surgery. The other surgery involved moving a vein from his left to right leg to repair a main artery.

He’s currently connected to a breathing tube, which his parents say is expected to be removed Thursday. He could be in the hospital another week as his wounds heal.
His parents say the dogs broke off their cables at the home. They said they’ve been concerned about the care of the dogs for some time.
“That’s my kid. He’s up there because somebody didn’t take care of their dogs. It’s not right,” Matthew Bates said.
Newaygo County Sheriff Undersheriff Chad Palmiter said Devin was the only witness and the department is still trying to piece together what happened.
“Where the child was at, how it occurred, where the dogs were at at the time, whether they were chained up.  It’s our understanding according to homeowners that the dogs were chained up when they left and that when they got home, they were not,” Palmiter said.
It’s unclear whether the SAINT BERNARD AND LAB MIXES will be put down, but Palmiter said the dogs are being held with the county. The owner turned a third dog, identified by authorities as a pit bull, over to police on Thursday.
The owner was issued two citations for a dog at large with no license.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Saint Bernard Lab mixes put this kid in the hospital, not the innocent pit bull.

I do not understand people that leave their dogs outside while they're away. That makes no sense to me. Even if there was a fenced in yard, you have absolutely no control over what happens to your dogs, or what your dogs do.

What can I say, I'm a responsible dog owner. My dog is not anyone else's problem.