WARNING-VERY DISTURBING Pitbull Attacks 2-Year-Old
Pitbull Attacks 2-Year-Old
Posted by: Claudine Ewing, Reporter
Posted by: Marissa Bailey, Assignment Editor
Created: 7/10/2007 5:32:14 PM
Updated: 7/11/2007 5:46:36 PM
Lockport Police received a 911 call from a frantic City of Lockport mother Sunday afternoon.
The mother told Lockport Police that she left her two-year-old unattended for a short time and after hearing the baby scream, she ran to see what was wrong.
When she got in the room, she told Lockport Police the dog had sodomized the toddler. The mother screamed, scaring the dog and it ran out of the house.
One neighbor told 2 On Your Side, she heard the mother screaming "the dog is raping my baby." Neighbors ran to help, but only one man was able to get the dog and child apart.
Anastacio Castillo says "I tried to get the dog away from the baby, the dog was already inside the baby." When the baby was finally free, he was visibly sick.
The baby was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital where the toddler underwent reconstructive surgery.
The dog is being held at the Niagara County SPCA for evalution. An animal behavior specialist is scheduled to evaluate the pitbull.
The Niagara County District Attorney's office is assisting Lockport Police with the investigation.
Miranda Workman, behavior specialist at Purrfecr Paws in Amherst says "most likely this is not a learned behavior. Dogs in tact, not spayed or neutered have a higher hormonal drive."
She urges parents to never, ever leave their children alone with a dog.
Hear more by clicking video to watch Claudine Ewing's report.
Lockport boy allegedly assaulted by family pet
By Melanie Pritchard
Watch the story A disturbing story from Lockport where police there are investigating a bizarre case of sexual assault. The victim is a two year old boy. The alleged attacker is the family's dog.
His name is Bear. A young pit bull being held at the Niagara County SPCA after an shocking incident Sunday. "Initial investigation showed that the family pet male pit bull had sodomized the 2 year old boy." Det. Capt. Larry Eggert says the mother was changing the baby's diaper and briefly left the room. "She heard some screams, returned very quickly found the dog in the act of doing what it was doing. She screamed apparently that must have caused the dog to become afraid." The dog ran outside, still attached to the boy. Neighbors stepped in to help, beating on the dog to get it off the boy.
"July 1st started my 27th year here and I have never had an occasion such as this." Niagara County SPCA Executive Director Albert Chile has already received a number of phone calls about this case. "I've probably had 15-20 calls this morning.. 'kill those pit bulls.' Several people said investigate the family not the dog."
A DNA sample has been taken from the dog for analysis to verify what happened. Eggert says they've also turned to an out-of-town animal behaviorist for help. "That's the kind of thing we're looking for from them, some guidance. Tell us why the dog did what it did."
Police say the family has relinquished custody of Bear. Chile says the family apparently wants the dog euthanized, although he has not received an official request. "Unless there's some sort of an action taken by a third party, the owner of the dog has the right to decide whether the dog is euthanized or not."
The boy was taken to Women and Children's hospital where he underwent surgery Sunday night. Police say he may someday have to have more reconstructive surgery.
Last edited by Atlas; 07-11-2007 at 06:07 PM.