In Bay Pines, Florida, a young child trick-or-treater was bitten by a family’s dog after the child is thought to have turned the door knob to the front door where Lucy the dog lived. Reacting to a stranger coming to her home, the dog jumped on the toddler and bit him. According to Fox News, the injuries to the child were minor. The child had knocked on the door, and when no one answered turned the handle causing the door to open
Fortunately the three-year-old child and the dog were separated quickly. A neighbor Kelly Nelms told Fox News reporters she rushed over to help:
“He had some cuts on his face his little brother was freaking out the man was freaking out. They saw a little boy open up their front door and the dog was doing what dogs do and protecting their house,” Kelly stated. “I wouldn’t let my child walk up to anybody’s door by themselves and be the parent out in the street.”
Investigators have confirmed the youngster turned the knob in his exuberance while visiting homes on Halloween evening. His parents had remained on the street as the children approached the home.
Meanwhile, Lucy has to be spend the next ten days in quarantine at animal services and be separated from her family. Hopefully she will be returned to her home without being classified as a dangerous dog. There are no plans at this time to charge the dog’s owner, Damian Romero, who arrived home shortly after the dog attacked the child. He told police he left his front door unlocked but it was closed and secure.
Witnesses say several other children had visited Lucy’s home before the child was attacked and the front door remained secure.
(Toddler trick-or-treater injured photo of Lucy via Fox News screenshot)
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