2 dogs maul boy near school in Glen BurnieBy WMAR Staff – 7:12 AM, Apr 14, 2015
Boy bitten by 2 dogs at Glen Burnie school
By Lowell Melser – 4/14/15
LOWELL: THE TWO DOGS WERE ONE-YEAR-OLD ROTTWEILER LAB MIXES. CERTAINLY A FRIGHTENING ORDEAL FOR THE LITTLE BOY. WE SPOKE TO THE DOGS OWNER EARLIER. HE SAID HE IS DISTRAUGHT OVER THE ENTIRE SITUATION. HE HAS NO IDEA WHY THE DOGS ATTACKED, BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID HE FELT HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO TURN THE DOGS AND AND HAVE BEEN PUT DOWN. .
POLICE SAY IT WAS 4:00 MONDAY AFTERNOON WHEN A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS WALKING HOME AFTER SCHOOL. ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE WAS ATTACKED BY TWO ROTTWEILER LAB NEXT DOGS THAT HAD JUMPED THE FENCE. THEY MILLEY JUMPED ON HIM, NOT TOO MUCH THE GROUND, AND IT HIM SEVERELY.
11 NEWS TALKED TO THE DOG OWNER. HE WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR ON CAMERA INTERVIEW. HE SAID HIS DAUGHTER WAS WATCHING THE DOGS. WHEN THEY ESCAPED . SHE CALLED HIM AND HE CAME HOME TO HELP HER LOOK. HE SAYS IT WAS HIS DAUGHTER WHO MADE THE DISCOVERY. SHE CALLED FOR HER FATHER WHO RIPPED THE DOGS OFF THE BOY. SHE WAS IN SHOCK. THEY HAVE NEVER SHOWN ANY KIND OF AGGRESSION OR GROUND.
Boy bitten by 2 dogs at Glen Burnie school, fire officials say
Pet owner decides to euthanize dogs
Two dogs jumped a fence and attacked a boy Monday afternoon at a school in Glen Burnie, fire officials said.
Paramedics took a 10-year-old boy to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center after he was bitten by two large dogs on the property of Woodside Elementary School around 4 p.m.
“They ultimately jumped on him, knocked him to the ground and began biting him pretty severely, several portions of his body, very serious injuries,” Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.
Fire officials said the boy was suffering severe upper extremity trauma on his head, arm, face and chest. Fire officials said the boy’s injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.
WBAL-TV 11 News spoke on Tuesday with the dogs’ owner, who was very distraught. He said he has no idea why his dogs attacked, as he said they were friendly. He also said because of what they did, he felt he had no other choice than to put the dogs down.
The dog’s owner, who identified himself as Aaron, spoke to 11 News over the phone, as he was not available for an on-camera interview.
He said his daughter was watching the dogs – 1-year-olds Sasquatch and Grizzly — when they escaped. She called him, and he came home to help her look. He said it was his daughter who made the discovery. She then called for her father, who ripped the dogs off the boy.
“She was in shock, because the dogs have never showed anger or never growled,” Aaron said.
Dogs attack fifth-grader at Glen Burnie school
Frightened boy ran, owner called 911 and waited for help to arrive
4:50 p.m. EDT, April 14, 2015
Anne Arundel County Animal Control has euthanized two dogs that attacked a 10-year-old boy Monday afternoon at a Glen Burnie elementary school.
The boy was attacked in an open area near a portable classroom at Woodside Elementary School, at 160 Funke Road, around 4:04 p.m.
The fifth-grader was walking home from school when he saw two dogs, possibly Rottweiler mixes, weighing between 60 and 70 pounds, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.
The boy was frightened and ran, prompting the dogs to chase after him. The dogs attacked the boy causing serious bite wounds and lacerations to several parts of his body, Mulcahy said.
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.
Many property management companies, landlords, and insurance companies have policies against Rottweiler ownership. Some communities have restrictions or bans against the breed. Proper research needs to be done prior to ownership to ensure the dog will be allowed.
Rottweilers are prone to entropion, ectropion, hip dysplasia, cancer, and ACL issues. They can overheat easily and hot temperatures can be deadly. They are average shedders and require little grooming. They are large dogs, weighing 75-130 pounds and have a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Labrador Retrievers have been described as having descended the St. John’s Dogs of Newfoundland or “Newfies”. These water dogs were used on boats to assist fishermen in pulling in nets and saving drowning victims. Because of their outstanding temperament and qualities they were adapted and trained to help hunt and retrieve fowl. They are superior retrievers and one of the most common breeds today. Labradors are often chosen to be service dogs or guide dogs for the blind.
Labrador Retrievers are popular pets due to easygoing nature and are favored by even non-hunting families. Labradors are very trainable and it is recommended that they start training while in puppyhood. If they are socialized in the kind way all puppies should be, Labradors grow up to be incredibly friendly, obedient, patient, and energetic dogs. Labradors are great playmates with children and other dogs. They enjoy exercising and being active outdoors. Being bred to retrieve in lakes and the ocean, Labrador Retrievers are excellent swimmers and love water. They will share, enjoy socializing, and love being treated like one of the family. Labradors thrive on companionship and enjoy being part of family.
While Labradors are not known for having issues with aggression, some lines have a number of less desirable traits. Some pups have difficulty focusing their attention, and their over-friendliness can become annoying. Their over-friendliness can even become dangerous as they reach adolescence and joyously jump up on people to greet them. These problems are easily solved by skillful use of rewards while the dog is still a pup. It’s important to train a Labrador pup – with reward based methods – that all four feet belong on the floor, and that sitting is the best way to greet people. Labradors learn incredibly quickly to do anything the owner rewards, be it with food or with attention. A Labrador pup will quickly learn to concentrate and even do a long ‘stay’ once they understand that this is rewarded behavior. This trainability means that owner mistakes can easily train annoying (though harmless) behavior, more so than with many other breeds. You don’t have to punish the Labrador pup, but owners should be careful not to reward any behavior that will become annoying when the pup gets bigger.
Without regular exercise Labradors can become obese and bored, which can lead to destructive behaviors such as chewing on things. Labradors do not make great guard dogs because they have a tendency to be friendly to everyone. They do have an acute sense of smell and an alert instinct and to alarm owners that someone may be entering the yard or house.
Another problem with the Labrador is that shelters often use the breed’s name to disguise the fact that a shelter dog is part pit bull or some other ‘bull breed’ mix. It can be impossible to tell by looking at a ‘Labrador mix’ whether it is in fact part Labrador or if it’s really a ‘bully’ mix. If you decide that the Labrador is the breed for you, the only way to be sure you are really getting a Labrador is to buy a pup from a reputable breeder.
Labrador Retrievers are large dogs, weighing 55 to 100 lbs. They are average shedders and have minimal grooming requirements. Labradors have a life expectancy of 10-12 years. They are healthy, overall, but are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections, and eye disorders.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS
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:
- 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