Boy Airlifted to Hospital
Ft Lupton, CO - Seven-year old Jesse Shaffer was playing football with other children in a backyard when he was severely bitten in the face by a 3-year old chow-mix, said Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis. Shaffer was flown by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Aurora, where he underwent emergency surgery on his face and head.
The children had been playing in the yard, with the dog there, for hours, Grannis said. The football went behind a shed and when Jesse went to get it, the attack occurred out of eyesight of witnesses. The dog, named Oso, is currently being held for observation by a local veterinarian. The owners of the dog were cited for not having a dog license, not having rabies shots for Oso and for having an animal that created a danger. Grannis added that the owners were being cooperative.
In a separate article, Jesse's mother, told reporters that their insurance did not cover the helicopter flight or much of the care at Children's Hospital.
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