CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C.
On May 5th, 2014, 1-year-old Nyhiem Wilfong was killed after being attacked by a chained Rottweiler in Caldwell County, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said the attack happened Sunday at the child’s grandfather’s house in Kings Creek.
Nyhiem’s grandfather, Ervin Patterson, was watching his grandson while his mother was job hunting.
Family members said he and his 5-year-old brother were playing at his grandfather’s house in the yard when the attack happened.
Animal control officers said the older brother suggested playing with the new dog, which was chained in the yard.
Family members said they have only had the dog, nicknamed Kobe, for three weeks.
They told Channel 9 they thought the boys were playing on a swing set when the attack happened.
Ervin Patterson said he was sleeping when he heard his 5-year-old grandson screaming about the attack.
“He said, ‘Papa, the dog is on the baby.’ So I jumped up off the bed and ran up there to get him. I called 911 and tried to do CPR but I couldn’t do nothing else for him,” said Patterson.
Investigators said the boy suffered serious injuries to his head and face.
Shirley Patterson, the boy’s great-grandmother, said the children went out to the swing set, so she assumed that is where they were playing.
The sheriff’s office said they will forward their investigation to the district attorney and let him decide on charges.
The dog was seized and is being held at animal control. Officers estimate the dog weighs 120 pounds.
Rottweilers require intense and rigorous training from a very early age. These canines need a physically strong, consistent leader or handler. Their size and power should always be taken into consideration in all situations and circumstances. Due to the delicate nature of interactions with other animals, it is not recommended that Rottweilers participate in dog play groups or dog parks. They need a secure fenced yard. Invisible fencing is not appropriate or dependable to protect the dog as well as children and other animals that may wander onto the premises. Proper fencing is not only to protect the dog, but for the public due to the Rottweiler’s intense guarding instinct. They can also be trained to accept visitors eagerly; however, if they sense anything out of the ordinary, interactions can quickly escalate to aggression. A slow and gentle introduction to strangers is a highly recommended as a safety precaution. Despite all the positive qualities Rottweilers possess, they can be difficult to own and may not work well as family pets, especially if there are small children in the household.
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff