Wednesday, January 21, 2009
UPDATE 01/21/09: Police officials are still trying to piece together the tragedy of Olivia Rozek, who was a twin born the day after Christmas. Police have yet to speak with the child's mother, who is still too distraught to answer questions. The family got the 4-year-old male dog from a Chicago rescue group in November 2007. The animal was turned over to Kankakee County Animal Control and will likely be destroyed.
The family also owned a female husky. The department will be looking into whether that dog will remain in the home. A separate article, however, states that the female has been given to family members in Southern Illinois. At the end of the article, and in bold type, the Daily Journal editors state: "Comments on this story were turned off because too many of the posts violated The Daily Journal's commenting policy."
The family of Olivia Rozek has created a memorial website.
01/20/09: Baby Pulled Off Bed, Killed by Family Dog
Bourbonnais, IL - A 3-week-old child was mauled to death by the family dog. The child died late Monday in Chicago after being transported from a Kankakee hospital. The child's mother called 911 about 5:45 p.m. Monday to report that the family's siberian husky had pulled the infant off of a bed in the master bedroom and dragged the child into a hallway. The child suffered multiple bite injuries to the head.
In 2008, husky type dogs killed 3 toddlers, two of which were only several days old. Alexis Hennessy, 6-days old, was attacked while lying in her crib by the family dog named Shadow. Jane Doe (victim remains unnamed), 2-days old, was bitten while lying in a bassinet by the family husky. And Abraham Jonathan Tackett, 2-years old, was killed after wandering next door and being attacked by a chained husky-mix.
09/25/08: 2008 Fatality: 3-Day Old Infant Killed by Family Dog
09/07/08: 2008 Fatality: Alexis Hennessy, 6-Days Old, Killed By Family Dog
04/30/08: 2008 Fatality: Abraham Jonathan Tackett, Killed by Chained Dog
| 1/20/2009 5:00 PM |
Huskies also have a high prey drive
They are well known for killing and attacking other pets
When they kill people, they seem to go after the babies more. Not like pit bulls that take on anything and will go through a window to attack someone
But the high prey drive/killing children seems to go hand in hand
| 1/21/2009 2:13 AM |
Odd...A few weeks ago Karen Delise triumphantly declared that DBRFs dropped 33% in 2008 and were "statistically insignificant".
Who would have thought 2009 would start off with 5 DBRF's in less than 3 weeks?!
| 1/21/2009 6:37 AM |
I just don't understand the mentality -- having a large breed dog around a baby! I don't understand why these people even take the chance. They are so blinded by their love for the damn dog that they forget that their baby is completely helpless. A friend of mine had a dog that didn't like children and had to be crated around children, and then she got pregnant. She was a maniac dog lover, and I was not surprised when they didn't get rid of that dog right away, but they finally came to their senses. No dog is as important as another human being. Never!
| 1/21/2009 12:19 PM |
A baby was killed a few years ago by the family husky in R.I. The Boston Globe did an article on the story, quoting an animal behaviorist from Tufts who said that Northern breeds, like huskies, have a very high prey drive, and it was quite expected that an infant would be at risk around one.
So, essentially, there was an increased and breed specific risk to keeping a husky or malamute around a baby. I don't know why we can't publicly have these conversations regarding certain breeds of dogs...it could save a child's life.
| 1/25/2009 11:30 AM |
Officials probe death of baby involving dog
Police and state officials are still trying to piece together what happened when a 3-week-old Bourbonnais baby girl was killed by the family's pet Siberian husky on Monday.
On Friday, Bourbonnais Police Lt. Greg Kunce said the department was still waiting to talk to the family.The family has not been in the house in the 1600 block of Sunridge Drive since the incident.
The dog in the attack was still being held by Kankakee County Animal Control, which wants to talk to the family. A second dog was taken to family in southern Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services completed a home survey Thursday and reported they didn't find anything out of the ordinary, Kunce said.
The family dog dragged Olivia Rozek, who was a twin born the day after Christmas, by her head from the bedroom through the hallway.
Police received a 911 call at 5:45 p.m. that a girl had been mauled by the dog.
The mother told police that the twins were lying on the bed while she was in the kitchen preparing supper. She heard her baby cry and then saw the dog walking into the hallway with the baby in its mouth.
| 3/03/2009 6:20 PM |
Around 2003 a 25 day old baby was killed by two Huskys. One had been with the family for 6 years. However, they were unaltered and had been bred. It has been noted that Huskys have only killed infants and I had heard that a special study was being done. It could be because they are closer to the pack mentality than other breeds. They see the infant as an intruder. This case the mother walked outside with the pest control guy and left the baby inside with the dogs. She had brought the dogs inside, they were "resident" dogs, living outside the family. Needless to say, the dogs were blamed and no charges filed against the mother. It was like the dogs should know better. If the mother had left the baby in a tub of water and it drown, would she not have been charged? Same thing here but the dogs were "humanized" instead. It was determined that one dog did the deed and the husband took the other dog back. Then he went to pick up his wife from the mental ward at the hospital.