Beware of Dog: Tale of dog attack a muddy mishap
FAIRFIELD — The owner of a great Dane that bit a 10-year-old boy told police he specifically put up the gated fence to keep people out of his Stratfield Road property.
And, because one of his dogs bit someone several years ago, he also installed an electric fence in the backyard. There were no signs warning of the dogs, he told police, because the signs keep getting stolen.
That assertion about his “Beware of Dog” signs was borne out over the weekend. He called police on Sunday morning to report that a new sign, that had been attached to the fence with zip ties, was stolen. A new sign has once again been posted.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which happened Oct. 22, but they say they’ve hit a roadblock — they’ve been told by the 10-year-old’s mother that they would not talk to officers without an attorney.
In the meantime, the dog has been home quarantined for 14 days, and the owner kept the digs inside on Halloween. If anybody witnessed the incident contact animal control officers at 203-254-4857.
The dog is licensed and has an up-to-date rabies vaccine, according to authorities. The boy received serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to police. The boy’s family initially said they would send copies of the medical records, however, those records have not been received.
According to the police report, the boy was with his 15-year-old brother when the attack happened. The 10-year-old went into the home’s backyard and was attacked by the Great Dane, Brody. The owner said he heard screaming and ran outside and grabbed the boy away from the dog. His other dog, he said, remained in an area of the yard where an electric fence is installed.
The older brother apparently did not go into the yard, and when police first talked to the younger boy, he said he had been attacked by just one dog. Later, however, police said the mother said the report was wrong, and that he had been attacked by two dogs. The older brother said his brother went inside the fence and the dog came from around the house and attacked. The teen had stayed outside the fence and yelled for help.
A neighbor heard and called 911, and the report states that both witnesses said they didn’t actually see the attack.
Although Stratfield residents over the weekend said the boy was still in the hospital, on Oct. 24, Animal Control Officer Paul Miller was told by the mother the boy was released from Bridgeport Hospital.
Miller also spoke to the dog owner, who said the fencing has two gates, with locking pins on the inside of each gate. A person needs to reach inside the gate in order to open it. He said he thought that would keep people out of the yard, but said he also had previously installed an electronic pet fence in the backyard.
The owner also told police he found the boy’s flip flops under a bush near a rear window of the house.
Stratfield School Principal Elizabeth McGoey said the school’s PTA was conducting a fundraiser.
No charges have been issued, and the incident remains under investigation, and anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact animal control officers at 203-254-4857.