Lacey, WA Mother “Shocked” After Family Pit Bull Attacked 4-year-old son

2015-04-05_19h44_07Lacey mom says vicious attack by their ‘super cuddly’ pet dog on 4-year-old son was a shock

POSTED 10:48 PM, APRIL 2, 2015, BY

SEATTLE — Just a day after the family’s pit bull attacked her 4-year old son, a mother is sharing her side of the story:  She says the dog never showed any sign of aggression before the unprovoked assault.

She said Thursday that in the two weeks she had the dog, “Smash” got along well with her sons.

“Smash was super cuddly, the nicest dog you would ever imagine, and never once snapped … never growled, nothing,” said Evans.

That all changed Wednesday when Smash suddenly attacked Evans’ 4-year-old son, Gavin, at their Lacey home and went after his face. Evans said she tried to stop the dog, but it was too late.

“When he bit my hand, I fell and then that’s when he attacked Gavin,” said Evans.

Gavin is now recovering at Harborview Medical Center. His mother said he has a broken jaw and missing teeth but is doing remarkably well since the attack.

“I didn’t see it coming, and they (her sons) were never in his face ever, never left alone, nothing,” said Evans. “I don’t know what happened yesterday.”

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4-year-old Lacey boy airlifted after attack by family bulldog

LACEY, Wash. – A 4-year-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe injuries Wednesday after he was attacked by his family’s 102-pound bulldog in Lacey.

2015-04-05_19h45_00Deputies and medics responded to the boy’s home, in the 300 block of Trailblazer Street SE, at about 11:15 a.m. after receiving reports of a dog attacking a young boy, said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Arriving at the scene, medics found that the child had been severely bitten about his face. He was taken first to St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and then airlifted to Harborview.

The child was in stable condition when he was airlifted and his injuries are not considered life-threatening, Ziesemer said.

The boy’s 26-year-old mother also was bitten on the hand when she attempted to get the dog off her child.

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4-year-old Lacey boy returns home after vicious attack by pet: ‘He’s not scared of dogs, but leery…’

POSTED 10:04 PM, APRIL 9, 2015, BY

LACEY, Wash. — It’s been just over a week since he was attacked by his pet dog, and now 4-year old Gavin Evans is back home from the hospital.

Gavin suffers from a broken jaw and missing teeth, but his mother, Alissa, said he hasn’t skipped a beat since returning to his Lacey home. He’s already running around and playing with friends.

Gavin and his family had their pit bull, “Smash”, about two weeks when the dog attacked him in their backyard and ripped at his nose and face.

Smash is now in his final days of quarantine, and is expected to be euthanized sometime next week.

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Pit Bull Attacks, Mauls 4-Year-Old: ‘He Ate Me’

INQUISITER – 4/12/15

Pit-Bull-Attack-670-665x385A 4-year-old boy is recovering after his family’s adopted pit bull brutally attacked him, mauling the young child and leaving him with life-changing injuries.

Gavin Tobeck of Lacey, Washington, was attacked by the pit bull named Smash on April 1, according to the Daily Mail. The incident led to extensive injuries across the young boy’s face, as his cheekbone, jaw, and the bridge of his nose were broken. Tobeck lost five baby teeth and three adult teeth when the pit bull lashed out at him, an attack that was only stopped when a friend of 29-year-old Alissa Evans, the boy’s mother, threw hot coffee on the animal.

Evans described the attack in stark terms, noting that she can no longer trust the dog.

“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I literally thought that my son, that I was watching him die.”

Doctors at first thought that Tobeck wouldn’t make it, as KOMO News reports, yet after a six-day-long hospital stay, the boy has proven them wrong. Though a rib was taken to fix his eye sockets, Evans notes that her son could have suffered far worse in the attack. If the pit bull had wounded him just a millimeter further to the left, Tobeck would have been killed instantly.

4-year-old dog mauling victim returns to Thurston County home after two surgeries

The preschooler has asked his mom to check and ensure Smash isn’t upstairs or in the backyard, Evans said. She tries to assure him that the dog will never be able to hurt him again.

The family adopted the 102-pound dog March 16 from a friend of their neighbor. Smash is 1 1/2 years old; although authorities originally called him an American bulldog, Evans said he’s a “blue nose pit.” She added that he’s not registered and doesn’t have papers, but she knows he’s a pit bull.

Susanne Beauregard, director of Thurston County Animal Services, said Smash is a “Pit Bull XL,” a line of pit bulls bred to be extra large.

As of late Thursday, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said the dog was still in quarantine, and would be euthanized “after they make sure rabies isn’t a factor.” Evans said her understanding is that it could happen as early as Saturday; Ziesemer said a firm date has not been set.

“There are people who are trying to fight to get him,” Evans said.

But Evans said she believes ending the dog’s life is the right thing because he turned so quickly on her son.

Evans said Smash was raised with kids and had never bitten a person until last week. She said she was outside and only a few feet away from the dog and boy, who were playing in the backyard, when she saw something that she’d never seen before: The dog was ready to attack Gavin.

150401_bulldog_bite_lgIt is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.

Research is advised before selecting an APBT as a pet. They are often on the list of dogs that many landlords/property management companies do not allow. There are many American towns that have breed specific legislation or restrictions on certain breeds, including theAPBT. There are also many countries that have enacted restrictions or bans, such as the United Kingdom, that include the breed.  It is wise to make sure your pet will be allowed into your community.

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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:

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Alaskan Malamute

Chow Chow

Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Shar Pei

Siberian Husky

Wolf Hybrid