In Layton, Utah, two dogs involved in an accident where a 4-year-old child had his hand bitten off, will not be euthanized.
According to AbcNews, the dogs have been surrendered to Davis County Animal Care and Control and charges that were filed against the owner, will be dropped. On Wednesday, Rhett Nicks, the director of Davis County Animal Care and Control, stated the two huskies, named Polar and Bear, were given to the county “and the process of finding an animal rescue or animal sanctuary for the dogs has begun.”
An investigation began on March 3 when a 4-year-old boy had his hand bitten off by one of the dogs. The child lost his arm from the elbow down and suffered multiple bites on his face and jaw.
It wasn’t a black and white situation…the dog was not running loose at the time, and technically the boy wasn’t injured as the result of an outright attack. The dog was inside of his owner’s fenced yard when the incident took place, and the child put his arm, which was inside of a sock, beneath vinyl fencing. When the dog grabbed hold of the “sock” and pulled, the child suffered a serious injury.
Rhett Nicks, director of Davis County Animal Care and Control, told the news agency, “It’s difficult, I won’t lie. A lot of these cases are not cut and dry.”
Initially the owner of the dogs had been cited with possession of dangerous animals and abatement of public nuisance animals. During the investigative process, a petition to save the lives of Polar and Bear; over 243,000 supporters have signed.