5-year-old boy severely injured in dog attack

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SILVERDALE, Wash. — A 5-year-old boy was severely injured in a dog attack near Silverdale Tuesday and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said.

Two Rottweilers were involved in the attack in the 5000 block of NW Apex Road, west of Silverdale, where the dogs lived, the sheriff’s office said.

The dogs have been turned over to the custody of Kitsap Animal Rescue.

Officials said this was an unfortunate accident. The boy's mother was watching the dogs for someone else.

Investigators said the boy was playing with the animals when one of them attacked. The boy's mother laid on her son to protect him and was bitten as well, officials said.

Authorities originally identified the child as a girl, but later said the victim was a boy.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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      • Debbie Bell

        So if a particular pet food is causing illness or death we should talk about the pets suffering, but not mention the type of pet food? Are all pets foods the same? Of course not.

        We talk about breed of dog since some breeds are so very much better at maiming and killing than others.

        For example setters and Brittany dogs are not good at killing humans or other dogs.

        When people insist that all breeds are the same, some gullible people actually believe that garbage. They treat bully dogs like normal dogs and then sometimes severe injuries happen.

        • CatSkill Lakely

          Dog food is an inanimate object and each piece is a clone of the next. Dogs are living beings with a brain that they utilize making them individuals. Genetics that indicate looks are not linked to genetics that indicate aggression, making the breed is irrelevant. That is why scientists and geneticists and all reputable canine behavior experts agree that dog aggression towards humans is not a breed issue.

      • shonna

        Because it is very important so people know which dogs are the most dangerous. Do you not want people safe? Some dogs are more deadly than others and we the public have evrey right to hear about it.

      • shonna

        Posted 4:21 PM, January 13, 2015, News Staff,

        Updated at 05:23pm, January 13, 2015

        fOR all you asking “cant you read” Well there. The story didn’t say what breed it was at first.

  • Skip

    The dogs should be killed asap, before another attack. The owners should be charged with assault or attempted murder. Hope the child survives.

    • Lara

      Almost ALL dog bites are caused by unsupervised children. Stop blaming the breed and blame the real monsters. TEACH your children to respect animals!!! The mother was inside. NOTICED a commotion and came outside!!!!!!! As a medical professional and dog handler I have SEEN it ALL. The BOYFRIEND is incarcerated. Watch your KIDS you made them! Will bet another WELFARE case😜

  • Debbie Bell

    Bully/mauling dogs don’t ‘snap”, they just do what they were bred to do. But don’t call it an accident.

    If you throw something across the yard, don’t be surprised if your Golden Retriever picks it up and sort of brings it back to you, even without training. She didn’t just “snap”, she’s doing what she was bred to do.

    It’s the humans’ fault if they let bully dogs around humans and the humans get attacked. But don’t call it an accident!

    It’s the humans’ fault if someone tosses a hand grenade across the lawn, and the Golden brings it back. Kaboom! The Golden didn’t ” snap”. It was just doing what it was bred to do. But don’t call it an accident.

    • gregk9

      This was a Rottweiler attack, not a bully breed attack. Rottweilers are not bred to attack! Unless this mother ordered the dogs to attack the child, it was an accident. The story doesn’t indicate what type of ‘play’ was involved. The colossal error here was letting a 5-year-old out in the yard to play with a pack of Rottweilers that didn’t even live there.

      • Bobbie Irish

        Rottweilers are number two, way behind the bully breeds, but right there, for violent attacks and killing humans, especially children. A 7 year old boy was killed by the family owned Rottweiler a couple months ago in Wisconsin, amongst other attacks last year by Rotties. Bad breed to have around kids. Bad breed for an inexperienced caretaker to be responsible for. Pray for the child and family

  • lee77

    “Officials said this was an unfortunate accident.” There was nothing “accidental” about the mother exposing her child to those two overgrown monsters. She should be prosecuted for child endangerment and lose custody of the child who was attacked and any other minor children she has.

    • Andrew

      A Rottweiler is not a monster, they can be one on the most lovable breeds alive today. They are also calm, trainable, courageous and devoted to its owner and family. Loyal and protective, it will defend its family fiercely if needed. Serious, even-tempered, brave, confident and courageous, this breed needs an owner who is strong minded, calm, but firm and able to handle this dog’s massive size. The Rottie is a docile, natural guard dog with a laid-back, reliable temperament. It is highly intelligent and has proven its worth beyond question in police, military and customs work over many centuries and can be trained for competitive obedience. I myself lived around Rottweilers my whole life and never seen one attack a human

      Sources: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/rottweiler.htm

    • Lara

      O yes I am not misundstanding your statement. The Monsters are the MOTHER & KID!!! Almost all dog bites are caused by unsupervised children. Stop blaming the breed and blame the real monsters. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO RESPECT ANIMALS🐶