Headline — 07 April 2018 — by Albert J. Ciego
Relentless Rottweiler attacks boy, 3; he may lose his right ear

BELMOPAN, Thurs. Apr. 5, 2018– Three-year-old Jake Brown is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a Rottweiler guard dog despite the efforts of his father, Darren Brown, to shield him. The dog attacked from all angles, biting the boy on his ears, on his back, and on his head and arms.

The doctor who is treating Jake at the Western Regional Hospital fears that he will lose his right ear.

In an interview with our colleagues at Plus TV News, Darren Brown said the incident occurred at about 6:30 Tuesday evening at Mae Gordon Park, near the University of Belize entrance, in Belmopan. Brown said that he and his son were walking in the park when he saw the dog trotting towards them. He said the dog suddenly went into attack mode, and the target was his son.

Brown said he tried to shield his son, but the dog went around him and attacked the boy, which caused them to fall into a nearby drain. He said he picked up a piece of stick, about 20 inches long, and he hit the dog on the head with it every time it attacked.

He said that throughout the attack he was fighting off the dog, and he was backing away from it, trying to take his son to safety at a nearby house.

Brown said the dog owner came and tried to call off the dog, but couldn’t control it. He said that he managed to make it into the yard with his son, and the dog owner was able to lock the gate, thereby separating them from the dog, which still made attempts to attack them.

After the dog’s attention was drawn away, the boy was taken to the hospital, where he was admitted.

Brown said that he is glad that he was present when the attack occurred, because sometimes, the boy‘s sister took him on walks, and he doesn’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t been there.

He said that the experience was very traumatic for his son. He said the dog’s owner said that it is the first time that the dog has behaved in such a manner, and that they will euthanize it.

The owner of the dog said that it had gotten all of its shots, but the veterinarian must take it through some procedures, for 12 days, to determine if it has any diseases. This will be done so that appropriate treatment for the boy can be administered if any disease is found.

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