The father is clear and firm: if he sees the dog, he will kill it.
The dog he's referring to is the pit bull that mauled his six-year-old son, ripping open an arm, leaving bites on his sliced-open face and a tear duct that had to be put back together by a surgeon.
It's a too-familiar story: the boy was playing with friends. He was bouncing on a trampoline. A neighbor had a pit bull chained to a stake. The dog, watching the bouncing boy, yanked the stake out of the ground when it saw the boy climb down from the trampoline. In a flash of teeth, it was on the defenseless child.
A brave 12-year-old girl was able to free the boy from the dog.
The boy's parents say that after the dog bite incident, their son stayed home from school for weeks. He refuses to go outside alone any more. When he hears barking, even from his own dog, he shrieks and cries.
They say he's just waiting for, and expecting another attack.
It may well be for the young boy that the stitches he received will hold together the smallest scars involved sustained in the horrific incident. The kind of fear created by an attack of that sort can last a long, long time.
The newspaper article about this dog bite incident includes some useful safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control for kids and everyone else:
- Don't approach an unfamiliar dog
- Don't run away from a dog and don't scream
- Be motionless when approached by a dog with which you're not familiar
- If a dog knocks you down, roll into a ball and be still
- Don't play with a dog unless an adult is there to supervise
- Avoid direct eye contact with dogs
While dogs are wonderful pets, they can also inflict great harm when they're not properly trained or restrained.
Source: TriCities.com: "No decision in Bristol dog bite case": April 18, 2011