A puppy who scratched a child in Peru, Indiana, has been designated a dangerous dog. As reported by the Kokomo Tribune, in May the 10-month-old English bulldog pup jumped on a five-year-old girl, knocking out a baby tooth and scratching her.
The pup belongs to Jessica Stanley who insists that her puppy is friendly; she explains that he was likely just trying to play:
He’s more likely to lay around and eat our shoes than attack anyone. He’s a puppy. I don’t understand deeming a 10-month-old puppy a vicious animal. I’ve seen cases where a dog has bit a hand off. He’s not like that. He’s very, very docile.”
The pup got through a loose fence board before jumping on the child – the little girl’s parents called animal control to report a dog attack and the pup was seized. Animal Control Officer Greg Douglass explained why the puppy was designated as a dangerous dog:
Because there was bodily harm done, you’re talking about a vicious dog situation. I felt that with the amount of harm that was done to the girl, regardless of any puncture wounds, it was a vicious attack.”
The Peru Board of Works has upheld the vicious dog designation and that means that the puppy has to be given to someone who lives outside of the city. The pup’s owner can appeal the board’s decision – if she does, a Miami County judge will make a final decision.
(Stock image of an English bulldog)
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