Friday, August 8, 2008
Cody was transported to Jane Phillips Hospital, but was dead on arrival with multiple dog bites. The little boys' death made front-page news in Bartlesville, where Cody's death was the first fatal dog attack, but only the latest in a string of violent attacks on children by aggressive dogs. The history of attacks prompted the City of Bartlesville to start requiring licenses for all dogs, and special licenses for dogs with a history of biting.
The new dog ordinance was not in place at the time of Cody's tragic death. But it would not have prevented his death either. The pit bull that killed Cody did not have a history of biting. In the case of this pit bull, its first bite was deadly. Additionally, previous attacks on children in the area had largely been by loose dogs. The pit bull that killed Cody was chained inside a pen. Police were told the dog had not shown aggression in the past.
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