Sunday, April 27, 2008
Nampa, ID - A 3-year old boy was bitten in an attack involving three pit bulls while visiting a house on Windmill Avenue. Investigators said the child went into the backyard of the residence alone, near the dogs. At some point, the dogs became aggressive toward the boy and he was bitten.
An adult resident of the house saw the boy with the dogs and got help from another adult. They moved the boy away from the dogs and called 911. The child was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred to a Boise hospital. Information on the number or severity of the bites is unknown.
What is known is that the attack happened on owner property, setting up a complicated route to the victim getting recourse.Three dogs were taken by animal control officers to the Canyon County Animal Shelter, where they will be held pending a hearing by the Nampa vicious dog board. The article goes on to note significant, previous dog attacks in the region, each of them being pit bull attacks:
- November 2002: A 9-year-old Caldwell boy and his mother were hospitalized with dog bite wounds after a confrontation with a pit bull.
- March 2003: An 8-year-old girl was riding her bicycle in an alley in Caldwell when a pit bull climbed over a 6-foot fence, knocked her off the bike and attacked her.
- July 2003: Investigators said a 4-year-old Caldwell girl was bitten by a pit bull and taken to the hospital for treatment of severe head lacerations.
- April 2007: Three pit bulls reportedly attacked a mother of two that was trying to protect her two children and family dog. The attack left bite marks on the woman’s arms, hand and foot.
- June 2007: A pit bull attacked its owner and her 11-year-old son in their Boise home, sending them to the hospital for emergency treatment.
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| 4/27/2008 7:13 PM |
"Any animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animal without provocation."
Uh, isn't this the definition of a pit bull? Dog aggressive, prone to attack without warning. You don't train a pit to fight, it either is game or it isn't. So by the very definition of the law that is already on the books, all pit bulls should be considered vicious in that town.
| 4/30/2008 8:16 PM |
This was the parents, or gaurdian of the child were completely neglegent, has any one here noticed that a 3 year old was wandering around, and got into the back yard where the pit bulls were?? I dont care what any one says, those pit bulls were protecting their property, and that child probably stood about two feet taller than those dogs, and they were intimidated!
| 5/01/2008 7:18 PM |
Anonymous, (2nd comment), you’re missing some information about the law.
Parents and guardians, of course, have obligations for their child’s safety. At the same time, the law recognizes that children have a propensity to move on their own legs, to explore by their own independent will, and to discover hazards without the ability to properly see and understand these hazards. For this reason, 'Attractive Nuisance' law stipulates that reasonable adults secure hazards from the interests of children. The onus of responsibility is upon the adult owner of dangerous property.
Communities typically build this responsibility into codes and ordinances wherever practicable. For example, a typical stipulation for swimming pools includes a code requirement for a 6’ fence. Where unattended pit bulls are concerned, a locked enclosure should be a matter of common sense.
The article indicates the child was a guest at the house, not a trespassing intruder. The owner of the pit bulls was aware of the child’s presence, was aware of the presence of pit bulls, and was negligent in providing for the child’s safety. It’s up to the district attorney to determine if this meets the standard for criminal process, but I can’t imagine a litigation attorney who wouldn’t love to represent this child in civil proceedings.
| 5/03/2008 3:11 AM |
A 3 yr old is not two feet taller than a pitbull dog. Also I must agree pitbull dogs are notorious for being unpredicable animals. These dogs should not be left unchained, we have neighbors that have pitbulls and one of them jump the 6 feet fence around your yards. I live in Nampa and now learning the visious dag cirteria for this area this dog meets it. I will not be so hap to except the dog catchers relectance to take the dog next time it jumps the fence and is running the neighborhood.