Wednesday, January 14, 2009
UPDATE 01/14/09: In response to the recent fatal attack of Alex Angulo by his foster family's rottweiler, Rep. Rosemary Mulligan (R-Des Plaines) said the Illinois House committee that oversees the Department of Children and Family Services might consider tough legislation outlawing dangerous dogs in foster homes. DCFS officials are awaiting results of an independent inquiry by a Child Death Review Team before deciding to make any changes.
Correctly, Cook County Public Guardian Robert Harris added, "There should be a whole protocol for issues of pets in general."
01/14/09: Child Welfare Agency Questioned
The case of Alex Angulo continues to grow more tragic. After being tossed around to several homes, in 2007 he was placed into the home of a 77-year-old woman who had just renewed a foster-care license that was originally granted in 2000, according to DCFS officials. Though Alex had some behavioral issues, he showed a positive attitude in school and overall, state records showed that the foster home seemed to be working.
After the placement, workers found that Alex's foster mother was "maintaining a safe and appropriate environment" for the boy. His foster mother loved the boy like her own son, records noted. But in December, a Juvenile Court judge determined that Alex's foster home was not a good fit in the long run because of his foster mother's advanced age. The goal was to move him to a home in which the parents could eventually adopt him.
One week prior to the move, Alex was killed by the foster family's rottweiler.Kendall Marlowe, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said, "There was an understanding that the dogs lived outside, and the child would not have unsupervised contact with the dogs." Cook County Public Guardian Robert Harris said those precautions were not enough. "Don't place a 4-year-old in a home with two big wild dogs," Harris said. "You don't just say, 'OK, the kid won't go out into the yard...'"
01/12/09: All Three Dogs Euthanized
The rottweiler that killed a little boy has been euthanized, as have the other two household dogs. 4-year old Alex Angulo was a foster child who had been placed in the home by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) about a year earlier. It seems the agency knowingly placed the child into a home that hung "Beware of Dog" signs. Tragically, Alex was scheduled to leave the home this week to be placed with an adoptive family.
01/11/09: Father Discovered Body
Chicago, IL - In a developing story, a 4-year old boy was reportedly mauled to death by a family rottweiler. Three dogs were removed from the home; two rotweillers and a poodle. One of the two rottweillers is believed to be responsible for killing 4-year-old Alex Angulo. A fire department spokesperson says the boys' father was out front using a snow blower, and the child was in back playing with the dog when the dog attacked.
Neighbors said the family had put in a fence recently, trying to make sure the dog did not get onto the sidewalk or into the street. A 'Beware of Dog' sign also hangs from the fence. Other neighbors reported that the dogs were menacing and that they were afraid of them. It is unknown if any of the dogs had a prior bite record. The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating an allegation of neglect in connection with Alex's death.
In 2008, DogsBite.org did not record any U.S. fatal dog attacks by rottweilers.
10/18/08: Rottweiler Inflicts 3,000 Stitches on Victim; Judge Frees Dog
04/07/08: Surgery Helps 6-Year Old Recover from Rottweiler Attack
| 1/12/2009 11:49 PM |
This is the second child killed after being placed in a home with dangerous dogs. A 2008 fatality was 5 year old Pablo Lopez, who was placed with an aunt and uncle by 'Child Protective Services' in Hidalgo County, Texas. Pablo was killed by that family's pit bull. http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2008/06/2008-fatality-boy-killed-by-pit-bull-in.html
These agencies (IDIOTS!) have no excuse for sending these children to slaughter.
| 1/13/2009 9:30 AM |
You got that right Dude. There should be an inspection of any home prior to placement of foster children. Any caseworker who approves a foster home with dogs like this should face criminal negligence charges.
| 1/13/2009 11:01 AM |
Last week in Zachary, La. a Man rescued a 10 year old boy from two pit bulls. He cut one of these animals with a knife to get it off the kid. of course the idiot owners are worried about the dog rather than the kid. This was not covered by the local media in Baton Rouge. How many days will we go this year before we see a report on a child or old person mauled or killed by one of these animals?
| 1/13/2009 4:46 PM |
Interesting...I met a woman today in Petsmart, while I was looking at the cats up for adoption...she told me that a different Petsmart refused to adopt out a cat to her because she had a Rottweiler.
So the humane adoption agencies do a better job protecting cats than DYS does protecting children. How terribly, terriblly sad.
| 2/21/2009 9:17 AM |
We need to get the bully breeds included in child endangerment legislation. In my opinion any parent who has one of those breeds and a child get biten or mauled, the parent should be charged with endangerment and the children placed in foster homes. Sounds cruel to take children away but it's better than having them die.
I know of a case where two breeding rotties killed a 2 year old girl. No charges because the child "solicited" the killing by coming into the dog's territory. Laws need to be changed so that children are not blamed for their own deaths. That is what I am working on.
| 4/13/2009 4:37 PM |
Mother of foster child killed by a dog gets $260,000 from state
4/25/2002 -- WARE, Mass. (AP) The state has agreed to pay $260,000 to the mother of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a dog while in foster care last year. Kyle Ross was mauled to death by a Rottweiler last June 9 outside his Springfield foster home.
Diana Ross, who has two other children in foster care awaiting adoption, told the Springfield Union-News that the out-of-court settlement had strengthened her resolve to get them back. "They figured they'd pay me off and I'd forget my two kids, but I won't," Ross, 28, told the Union-News. "I'm going to keep fighting."
In addition to the money, which will be paid over time into several trust funds, Ross received a face-to-face apology from the leader of the state Department of Social Services and the right to comment on the new department policies for screening foster parents.
Kyle Ross' death triggered a three-month state investigation of 3,776 foster homes and the closure of eight because of aggressive animals and other problems. It also prompted new regulations about how foster parents are selected and what pets they can have.
The settlement of the wrongful death claim was mediated through the state attorney general's office. It explicitly states that the department is not admitting liability for Kyle's death...
| 9/17/2011 5:16 PM |
I knew this kid and even taught him in Sunday School. He WAS with a GOOD family before the courts drug out the paper work for so long until they decided to move him to a DIFFERENT home even though the one he was in was with family members. This is such a tragedy.