Owner Shoots Attacking Dogs
UPDATE 03/18/08: Authorities will have a harder time trying to determine if the dogs that severely mauled a 3-year-old boy and bit three adults in rural Washington County had rabies since the owner shot and killed the animals before they could be quarantined. Officials had instructed the owner to secure the dogs. Public health officials now hope there is enough of the dogs' brains left to send the heads to a lab to determine if the animals had rabies.
Anthony Jeremiah Jewell, who turns 4 next month, was in serious condition at OHSU Hospital with bites to his chest, side and back after being attacked by two large bullmastiff-mix dogs. He was having trouble breathing after Sunday afternoon's attack and was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital. Because the owner killed both dogs, the boy is now at further risk. Susan Field, spokeswoman for Washington County Animal Services, said:
"Not only is this a serious issue in terms of injuries to the boy, but the owner taking this kind of action now negates the opportunity to do the 10-day observation. It now puts the four bite victims at risk."
Three adults were bitten in the process of trying to pull the dogs off of the child, including: the child's mother (Chandra Lee Jewell), the home owner (Timothy Ray Pitts) and Larissa Lynn Leedy. Leedy told deputies that she was trying to put a harness on the female dog, "Shy," inside the kennel and had closed the door but not latched it. The male dog, "Chad," jumped against the door and popped it open and both dogs ran toward Anthony and attacked.
Leedy also told deputies that the dogs were not licensed and she did not have any shot records for them because she administered their shots herself. The deputies told Leedy and Pitts to keep both dogs secured and quarantined until contacted by an officer from Animal Services. However, when the animal officer arrived Monday to take the dogs, Pitts had shot them. Pitts declined comment and called the Sheriff's Office when reporters arrived at his house.
03/17/08: Bullmastiff-Mix Dogs Attack 3-Year Old Boy
Hillsboro, OR - A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after being attacked by two dogs. Reports say a woman was putting a leash on one dog, when another charged at the gate, causing it to open. Both dogs then ran into the kennel area where the boy was playing and attacked him. He was taken by LifeFlight to Oregon Health and Science University. The dogs were described as bullmastiff-mixes and have no history of acting violently prior to the attack.