CANADA -- A mother is urging for an American Bulldog to be put down after her nine-year-old son suffered serious injuries in a vicious attack.
Tania Reid said she received a phone call while at work saying that her son had to be airlifted to hospital from Simcoe County to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto after being attacked by the bulldog close to their home in September.
She said she was “terrified” and “confused” when she saw her son Justin Reid arrive on a stretcher at the hospital.
“He was bandaged and bleeding,” she said. “He was quiet. He was probably in shock. It was something I wish I never had to see.”
“His left eyelid – his bottom portion – had been peeled away from his face. His tear duct was completely severed. At that point in time they didn’t know if they would be able to fix it. He had a gash on his left cheek by his eyebrow, (it was) quite deep.”
The child also suffered injuries to his back and arm in the incident.
After the incident, Tania Reid said the bulldog “needs to be put down” as it poses a “threat” to other children in the area.
The incident took place on the driveway of a family’s home after the dog escaped. The kids of the home frequently played outside with Justin Reid and his brother.
UNKNOWN HISTORY OF DOG
According to Tania Reid, the family has only owned the five-year-old American Bulldog for a few months so it is not known if the dog has a history of any prior attacks.
Following the attack, the dog was quarantined to be check for rabies but was later returned to the owners.
When CTV News Toronto approached the home where the dog was, the woman inside said she did not want to speak about the matter at hand.
Tania Reid said she is very happy that her son is going to be alright but still feels “very angry” about the situation.
Three weeks after the incident Justin Reid was able to return back to school in good health.
Speaking with the Ontario Provincial Police about the matter, they said a charge under the dog owner’s liability act is before the court and if convicted the owner could face a fine of up to $10,000 or six months in jail.
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Tania Reid posted on Facebook October 15 at 5:44pm ·
My 9 year old child was viciously attacked and mauled by an American Bulldog on Wednesday Sept 27th. He recieved extensive injuries to his face, eye, teeth, arm, head and bruising to his shoulder. He required several hours of surgery, plastic, opthalmology as well as dental.
While we were waiting for him to be transferred to a bed in the emergency department an OPP officer came in asked us what happened. I was not there when it happened but my oldest son was. I called him over to tell the officer what he seen. The officer then told us because it happened on private property no crime had been committed and left us there.
Two days later the health department contacted me and they had no information on the dog, the address, the owners, or extent of my son's injuries. They told me the process was to quarantine the dog for a period of 10 days to observe for rabies. The end of the observation period came and the health department then contacted me to tell me because the dog was not immunized when it attacked my son, the owners were required to immunize their dog within 14 days.
This happened very close to our home. The dog remains where it was.
This is incredible to me - that they gave the dog back. This was an attempted murder by this dog - not a 'simple bite'. There has got to be a law where she lives where a dog that causes serious bodily injury to a child can be ordered to be destroyed -- regardless of where the attack occurred.
Tania Reid posted on Facebook October 15 at 6:41pm ·
No crime committed??? Damn right there was....THIS IS MY SON!
Tania Reid posted on Facebook October 21 at 7:23am ·
Why has the dog that attacked my son been allowed to continue to a pose a risk to our community?! What is the penalty for attempted murder? This dog and all the others that have proven to be dangerous must be dealt with!!!
ENFORCE THE DOLA!!! Thank-you for your support 😘
Tania Reid posted on Facebook October 24 at 7:17am ·
He was wearing his bike helmet.
Tania Reid posted on Facebook October 24 at 8:51pm ·
His tooth was shattered into pieces, a huge force trauma from a direct bite. About an inch laceration that had to be stitched up as well.
Tania Reid is with Len Hodgson and 2 others in Toronto, Ontario.
October 27 at 11:54am ·
This moment right here. Imbedded in my memory forever. The moment I had to see Jordan in pre-op, say goodbye and not see him again or hear anything from 1pm -5pm Thursday Sept. 28th.
Tania Reid is at Sick Kids Toronto. October 28 at 9:19am ·
Shortly after 5pm Sept. 28th we were able to see Jordan in the recovery room. I can't speak for Ramona Jakucinskas, Len Hodgson, or Mike Lawson, but I was a frenzied mess!!!
Jordan was pretty out of it and slept for a couple hours after. We were not able to see the repair until the following day when they removed his bandages....
Tania Reid posted on Facebook October 29 at 7:42am ·
Why has the dog that attacked my son been allowed to continue to a pose a risk to our community?! What is the penalty for attempted murder? This dog and all the others that have PROVEN to be dangerous must be dealt with!!!
ENFORCE THE DOLA!!!
Thank-you for your support 😘
Please share we need to stand together for change!!!!
(CTV News - Oct 17, 2017