It'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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