Tuesday, December 5, 2017


OZARK (KFSM) -- A woman's 2-year-old son was attacked by a dog, and now she is begging police to have the dog put down.
"It's not the dog's fault," Whittany Letourneau said. "It's the owner's fault."
Letourneau sent 5NEWS several photos of her son's injuries. She said he has 12 bite marks on his face, and that the attack happened last Tuesday (Nov. 28) at Aux Arc Park in Ozark.
People in town told 5NEWS that this is not the first time this dog has attacked a child. Ozark police said the dog belongs to a homeless woman. Hayden Vasquez said the same dog bit his face back in June. The 12-year-old was playing outside at an apartment complex, and said the attack left him with cuts on his left cheek and right jawline.
"If people ever see her, they may need to watch out because she might get that dog back again," Vasquez said.
His grandmother, Lori Greene said he had to get 19 stitches.
"Nothing has happened to this dog, and it has bit somebody else last week," Greene said. "I'm afraid it's going to end up biting a baby, killing a baby or somebody else, who knows."
Letourneau did not want to go on camera, but said over the phone her toddler is traumatized.
"He wakes up at 2 a.m., screaming at the top of his lungs, 'please mommy, don't let it bite me.' My son loved animals," she said.
Police put the PIT BULL in quarantine after the attack last week. The veterinarian at the animal hospital where the dog is being held tells 5NEWS the dog has not displayed any vicious behavior and said the animal will likely given back to the owner Wednesday (Dec. 6).
"That dog needs to be taken away from her," Vasquez said.
His grandma added, "I think the dog needs to be put down because it's going to end up hurting someone else."
The 2-year-old's mother said she also wants the dog to be put down.
Ozark police said there is a vicious dog ordinance and leash law in place. If a dog is deemed vicious, it is not allowed to live in city limits. To read the full ordinance, click here.
The Ozark City Council will consider stricter pet ordinances in early 2018.


Anonymous said...

Animal (outta) Control sez the pit "has not displayed any vicious behavior", because biting two people unprovoked isn't vicious, or that it's only vicious if the attack is launch at Animal Control personnel?

Maybe pittie just attacks kids. Maybe Animal Control personnel would like to offer up a two year old of their own to test the doggie's loving temperment?

Anonymous said...

Since the pit bull hasn't shown any vicious behavior at the Veterinarian's office, we're going to give it back to the irresponsible homeless nutter so that the pit bull will have a third chance to attack a child.

The pit bull has already shown vicious behavior but the two victims don't count. It is really disgusting how far nutters will go to protect vicious pit bulls and do nothing to protect children.

If the pit bull is returned to the irresponsible homeless nutter, I hope that the Veterinarian gets sued into the ground since the nutter doesn't have any assets.

Anonymous said...

The veterinarian can and should report what he/she actually sees. Pitbulls, as we know, attack without warning and may be very friendly when not attacking. That is why shelters often do not recognize the danger of certain pitbulls.