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Three Children are Viciously Attacked by a Mastiff and Rescued by Police

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
A Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)

A Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A dog attack that occurred late last month in Hoquiam, Washington, has gained national attention.  A mastiff belonging to a family member attacked an 8-year-old boy, his 3-year-old sister, and their 15-year-old babysitter in their backyard.  The police were called to the scene, and the vicious dog attack was still underway when they arrived at the home.

Upon entering the scene, the police saw that the dog was mauling the boy while the babysitter and toddler were in a shed with a rake, trying to keep the dog away.  The police officer first shocked the animal with a stun gun and then, to put a stop to the attack, shot the mastiff three times.

All three of the victims were bitten, but the boy was the most seriously injured.  He got stitches on his head and thigh.  A veterinary technician went to the scene and found that the dog was still behaving in an aggressive manner. At the family’s request, the mastiff was euthanized, according to Police Chief Jeff Myers.

There are various types of mastiffs, such as English mastiff, Neapolitan mastiff, and French mastiff.  The dogs have hanging jowls and wrinkly, loose skin; the dogs can weigh up to 200 pounds.  According to legend, mastiffs were used as gladiator dogs in the gory spectacles at the Coliseum in Rome.  The breed makes many lists of most dangerous dogs.

Many dog experts say that mastiffs are not a fitting pet for a family with children.  The dogs are believed by many to be simply too large to safely interact with little ones.  Mastiffs do not like putting up with having their tail or ears pulled or being jumped on, and they don’t like chasing balls.  They are overall not considered to be compatible with children.  Statistics show that approximately one person per year is killed in an attack by a mastiff.

–Guest Contributor

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