Saturday, June 3, 2017

Oregon: Girl, 10, mauled by neighbor's Bull Mastiffs; dogs she had played with many times without incident

OREGON -- A 10-year-old girl was severely injured by dogs in Klamath Falls, according to police.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday evening, officers were dispatched to the 3800 block of Shasta Way on Thursday night for a reported dog attack.


According to deputies, a young girl was playing with her neighbor’s dogs while her father was next door at his home. As it grew dark the father checked on his daughter and found her injured by one or more dogs.

The girl had reportedly spent time around the four Mastiffs on multiple occasions without incident, and there had been no reports of aggressive behavior from the dogs in the past.

Investigators said they have not yet determined if the four Mastiffs were the actual dogs involved in the attack.

According to KCSO, the girl was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center before she was transferred to a Portland-area hospital.


KCSO said the incident doesn’t appear to be criminal in nature, but the Klamath County District Attorney was notified.


How can the Sheriff immediately declare that there is no criminal investigation; that they're just there to document "the tragedy". This is extremely short-sighted on his part. He doesn't know. 

What would make it a criminal matter is if these dogs have been trained as guard dogs, which would mean the dogs' owner could be charged with reckless endangerment. Why would you let a little girl play with guard dogs? OK, that's one possible option the Sheriff hasn't even explored yet.

Another thing to look at is where he got these dogs. It says in the article that animal control hasn't responded to any 'aggressive dog' calls.. what other calls have they responded to? Had he just adopted/purchased them? If so, what was he told about these dogs' history? Was he told they weren't good around children? Was he told that one (or more) had bitten someone or attacked/killed a pet in the past? Were they used as protection dogs EVER?

There are a lot of unanswered questions that need answered before Sheriff declares it just a "tragic accident".


(KOBI - June 2, 2017)

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