Chows Guilty of Consistent Fatality Rate
Lake County, FL - Chows and chow-mixes hold a steady level of attacks that result in fatality and have for many years. Chow type dogs and children do not mix. A grandmother recently had to learn this the hard way after her Chow lab-mix attacked her grandson. The boy's injuries required that he be airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital.
Young Caleb Koons, 6, was treated and released after suffering wounds to his forehead and cheeks. Lake County Animal Services took the dog into custody. Rene Segraves, the organization's assistant director, said it will be quarantined for 10 days, then Caleb's grandmother, Tammy Koons, will have the opportunity to reclaim it. Presumably so that the child can be attacked again?
While Segraves must abide by county laws, she apparently has not looked at dog bite fatality statistics -- possibly in her whole life. As the assistant director of an animal control agency, she has also not heard the often-repeated fact that chained dogs are more likely to be aggressive. Her following comments leave us wondering, "Can cities trust animal agencies in matters of public safety?"
Segraves said that Chow-Yellow Labrador mixes can be aggressive, but that the dog, who was chained up when it bit Caleb, appeared to have lived with Koons for five years without incident. "Who knows why it did what it did?"
In other news:
Boy Seriously Injured in Rottweiler Attack
Yakima, WA - On the same day, another dangerous breed, a rottweiler, attacked a young child in Yakima. The 5-year old boy was seriously bitten by the dog. The boy's mother rushed to beat the dog back with a stick after she looked out the back window and saw the boy's head in the dog's mouth. The boy was treated at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
Unlike other recent Yakima area attacks that involved pit bulls, the boy did not have to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. But it was a close call. Police said that if the damage to the boy's ear had been any worse a helicopter would have been called. As usual, the dog's owner told authorities he was unaware the dog was loose.
Over a 20-Year time span (1979-1998), the combination of pit bulls and rottweilers, accounted for 60% of fatal dog attacks. In 2007, the same combination accounted for 71% of fatalities with pit bulls (60%) leading rottweilers (11%) by a landslide. Chows mustered in their usual count (6%) in 2007 as well. These dogs, along with some other fighting breeds, are inappropriate around children.
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