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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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    granny1

    almost 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    what a hero, i pray you have a long and properious life.there would be no dog to put up period.

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    rajajuvera

    almost 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    Thats just rediculous! Why can't they charge the owner of that mutt?! They say he tried to keep it secure.........um the dog DUG a hole under the fence. He could have made it an electrial fence, maybe when put the fence up making sure it went further down in the ground. I know owners can't plan these things but if your gonna have a vicious dog like this then nothing should be over looked! That little boy was a true Hero! Way to go!

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    DonovansMom

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    very brave guy he is a hero

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    Mikfly

    about 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    What an awesome lil guy! Credit to his dad also for getting in there so quickly to knock the beast away.

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    Hamburger

    about 3 years ago

    60 Comments

    What a brave little guy protecting his little brother and friend. Kudos to him and a speedy recovery.

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    Rogue1

    about 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    Wow! What a kid! I am so proud of him and so sorry it was neccessary. Get well soon little hero. I hope this little brother and his friend will always appreciate the sacrifice this little boy made. The dog owner should be financially accountable for whatever he needs in his recovery. If thats my kid , this dog is dead.

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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Great job by this young boy, hope that he heals quickly.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    What a smart courage's boy.... (100 thumbs up!)

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    expsgt

    about 3 years ago

    294 Comments

    Way to go kid! Keep up the good work! You did a great thing!

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    MeanStreets949

    about 3 years ago

    2318 Comments

    That kid had a lot of guts........calling him a hero is an an understatement. God's blessings and speedy recovery!!!

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    T_9

    about 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    It is a blessing to know that there are people like this in the world. And yes, we do need more children like him. I pray that he has a full and speedy recovery. A True Hero!

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    Catwoman911

    about 3 years ago

    7254 Comments

    Bump KMueller

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    Bump sdyoung82, You got it.....

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    pcekpr962

    about 3 years ago

    368 Comments

    Such AWESOME bravery. A true hero. Wishing him a speedy and full recovery.

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    BC916

    about 3 years ago

    120 Comments

    What a brave young man. Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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