Davie, Florida boy Mauled by Two Rottweilers
Broward County, FL - 10-year old, Christian Franco, was violently attacked by two rottweilers when he entered a neighbor's backyard to retrieve an errant ball on Friday. Neighbor George Evans, 54, who heard the boy's shrieks across the street in the Shenandoah community and ran to his aid.
"He was covered in blood," said Evans. "You couldn't even see his face. He was bitten all over."
Christian underwent about seven hours of surgery Saturday. He had a grapefruit-size gouge on the lower back quarter of his scalp, gashes on his forehead and right thigh, a puncture wound on his right cheek, numerous bites on his hip and back and a left eye swollen shut.
Doctors at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale told family after surgery that the boy would remain in intensive care for several days while he is watched closely for internal bleeding and infections. His eye probably will heal, but he will undergo a skin graft to restore his scalp, said Benjamin Mendez, the boy's grandfather.
The dogs -- 2-year-old male rottweilers named Buddy and Bear -- were quarantined briefly Friday evening before police determined the attack was an accident, said Davie police spokesman Lt. Bill Coyne. Mayor Tom Truex said Davie does not have a dangerous dog law.
State Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, is leading an effort in the Legislature to allow municipalities to tighten controls on dangerous dog breeds.
Broward Animal Care and Regulation officials cited the owner, Victor Cantelmo (who also has a knee-high statue of a black rottweiler by his front door), for not having his pets licensed or vaccinated. According to a Broward County Animal Care database, Cantelmo has four dogs whose registrations expired in 2005.
Rottweilers are known as calm, strong, agile, guard dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. Neighbors say that Cantelmo moved to the neighborhood with his wife and two teenage daughters about four years ago. Cantelmo is a retired New York City firefighter.
Too bad Cantelmo failed to review dog bite fatality statistics for the last 20 years. Had he done so, he would have learned that rottweilers are second only to pit bulls in their violence, particularly toward children.
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