Tuesday, May 21, 2013
On May 13 a three-year-old child was attacked by a chained white and black pit bull at Gladsden Acres on Canvasback Drive in Summerville.
The mother advised that her son was playing with a group of children in the front yard of the property where the dog was chained. She said the group all ran into the back yard where the dog was chained to a tree. The pit bull charged the children who ran back to the front yard. Her son, however, tripped and fell at which point the dog got on top of the child biting him on his face and head. The mother said she and her friends ran to his aid, picked him up and rushed him to Summerville Medical Center where he was treated for his wounds. The youngster suffered a two-inch laceration above his eye requiring stiches and another to the side of his head.
The dog’s owner stated he was not at home when the incident happened and that it was “unfortunate.”
However, he told police, children play at his house every day and “they all know not to go into the backyard.”
He told police his dog remains chained at all times and that the dog was only doing “what he is supposed to do,” being protective of his space.
The owner did admit the dog had a prior biting incident with another child and he had dealt with Dorchester County Animal Control regarding that incident. The dog had been quarantined for a week following the previous incident. He assured police that the dog was up to date on all shots.
Police contacted DCAC and were informed that the animal control officer would get in touch with the owner and quarantine the dog that evening.
According to SPD’s Captain Jon Rogers, no charges will be brought against the dog’s owner at this time.