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7-Year-Old Boy Injured While Shielding Two Younger Kids From Dog Attack

7-Year-Old Boy Injured While Shielding Two Younger Kids From Dog Attack

The German shepherd, seen on this photo, attacked a child near a white van in Homestead Thursday night. [Video Capture]

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

April 08, 2011

HOMESTEAD, FL – A 7-year-old boy was recovering from severe wounds after he shielded two younger boys from an angry dog Thursday night in Homestead and suffered the brunt of the dog’s attack himself, according to police.

Shortly before 7 p.m., the dog escaped from a business in the 100 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue, police spokesman Detective Fernando Morales said.

The business was closed for the day, Morales said, and the German shepherd-type dog escaped by digging a hole underneath the fence.

The dog ran across the street to the home where the 7-year-old, his 4-year-old brother and a 4-year-old friend were playing. Their yard had no fence, Morales said.

The dog attacked.

“Upon seeing the dog attack, the 7-year-old grabbed his brother and his brother’s friend, the other 4-year-old, throwing them underneath a vehicle, and shielding them from the attacking dog,” Morales said. “While he was shielding his little brother and friend, the dog began to maul the 7-year-old.”

The boy’s father heard screams and ran outside. He grabbed a shovel from the back of a truck and struck the dog until it ran away, back to the business across the street, Morales said.

The 7-year-old was taken by helicopter to Miami Children’s Hospital, where he was being treated for severe wounds to his head, shoulder and arms, Morales said.

The business owner came and secured the dog, Morales said. The owner was cited by Miami-Dade Animal Services, which also took custody of the dog.

Morales said Thursday night that police were not planning to file criminal charges because the dog had all its vaccines and the owner had tried to keep it secure.

The names of the dog owner and the children were not released.

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