8-Year-Old Boy Brutally Attacked by Family Dog for Jumping on the Trampoline

bulldogIt's the second time in two weeks that a child has been attacked by a family dog. In late March, a toddler was mauled to death by her family's seven pet pit bulls, and now, an 8-year-old boy in Massachusetts might lose his arm after his family's American bulldog latched on, and wouldn't let go.

The boy suffered severe damage to his brachial artery and was taken to two hospitals in an attempt to save the limb.

The attack allegedly happened after the boy got off the backyard trampoline and was making his way from the garden area into the house. When his arm got accidentally stuck in the gate, he called to his parents for help, but the dog got there first and started biting down, hard.

The boy's father told police that the dog had a history of "going crazy" when the kids jumped on the trampoline and had "territorial issues", as well.

Since they knew the dog had a violent reaction to trampolining, couldn't the parents have done something more to prevent this seemingly preventable tragedy? It's as if they just ignored all the warning signs.

There's good news, though. The boy has woken up from surgery and has been able to gently wiggle his fingers, an uplifting sign after the gruesome attack.

The dog, on the other hand, was removed from the home at the request of the father and has been euthanized.

What do you think?


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honey... honeykenzie07

they had no right to put the dog down. this was human error. they new the dog could be violent but had it around their kids anyway shame on the parents a innocent dog had to die

names... namestaken

The are many shames in this story...The fact the dog died is not one of them. I hope they shot it where it stood. Its an ANIMAL, not a person. Certainly not a dead or crippled child. For the life of me I will NEVER understand the logic of the first comment.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

Shame on the parents yes, but that is not an innocent dog. The dog had a history of territorial violence.

Lucky... LuckyMa113920

Namestaken just because you obviously don't like animals doesn't mean others don't. People get dogs forgetting they are in fact animals. The dog showed signs and issues BEFORE this happened. If the OWNER had done what he was supposed to do, his child would have an okay arm. This is NOT the dogs fault.

schlis schlis

If a domesticated animal is violent it needs to be put down. It's an animal, not a person.

youth... youthfulsoul

I think the dad did the right thing in having the dog put down. If he'd only been more proactive in response to this dog's crazy fits, this could have been avoided altogether. 

Karla C. Mulrenan

this dog didnt deserve to die. the dog needed to be given a treat and a pet in the tummy to teach him to not do it next time. 

nonmember avatar sublime

That is actually a picture of an American BULLDOG. they look very similar to pits.

subli... sublime213

That is a picture of a bull dog.. an American BULLDOG. They look very similar to a pit bull

nonmember avatar Ashle

The only option is a case like this is to put the dog down. This family cannot/should not keep the dig, a shelter would NEVER take a dog that bites, and it's completely unethical to give the dog away.

Also, XStar, that is an American bulldog. You are confusing it with an English bulldog. Please take the second word of your comment and recite it repeatedly in front of a mirror. And even if you were right, the last word of your comment would have nullified it.

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