Thursday, August 22, 2019
NEWPORT DE - A BULLMASTIFF ON A LEASH WITH ITS OWNER AT A DOG PARK CHOMPED DOWN ON A 6-MONTH-OLD ROTTWEILER'S LEG AND TRIED TO RIP IT OFF ...THE LEG HAD TO BE AMPUTATED!
The Newport family whose then 6-month-old Rottweiler lost his leg after being attacked by another dog feels the three-legged dog still hasn't received justice
The Rottweiler, named Milo, generated an online following after the family shared the story of the attack at a local dog park. In less than two weeks, a GoFundMe to help cover Milo's medical expenses raised more than $6,000.But the family feels the other dog and its owner have not been held accountable.
A dangerous dog hearing in Dover last week determined that the attacking dog, a large BULLMASTIFF, can return to its owner under a set of strict stipulations.
The owner, who did not attend the hearing, must pay a fine and fees of more than $1,000 and is on the hook for boarding costs since the trial date, according to a court docket report.
"It really frustrates me," said Kathleen Ramunno whose daughter, Maria, owns the Rottweiler. "It's definitely not what I was expecting." She and her family anticipated the dog would be put down.
The bullmastiff attacked Milo at Banning Park's dog park on June 23. "He just went full force," Ramunno said at the time. "If we would've pulled Milo away it would've ripped his leg off.
The day after the attack veterinarians determined Milo had multiple life-threatening fractures and his leg was amputated.
The bullmastiff was seized by Delaware Animal Services in early July and has since been held at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
Ramunno said she wasn't sure if the owner will reclaim the dog. Animal Services told her that it would be expensive to satisfy all of the requirements, which include using a muzzle and liability insurance.
The owner of the Bullmastiff did not respond to a request for comment sent to an email address she had previously contacted Ramunno through.
Ramunno said Milo, who also suffered from panic attacks in the weeks following the attack, is doing better. The money raised through the GoFundMe has covered his medical expenses so far.The family is considering getting him a prosthetic leg but it is concerned about the long-term impact on his joints. Now seven months old, Milo weighs close to 90 pounds and is expected to continue to grow.
"We don't know how this is going to impact his muscles with all of this weight," Maria Ramunno said. "It's not like we can take him for long walks." She said that Milo will go on walks around their neighborhood but has to stop multiple times and often only finishes the route with the temptation of a treat."It's very sad," Kathleen Ramunno said. "He received no justice."