Two young boys injured in dog attacks this week with incidents on the rise
STRAIT (FOX 2) – Detroit Animal Care and Control’s message couldn’t be clearer or more urgent after dogs broke loose and mutilated two boys in separate cases this week.
“Owners need to wake up and make sure they know where their dog is outside at all times and that they are locked up and tied up,” said Lori Sowle.
A dog described as a German Shepherd Mastiff mutilated a 5-year-old boy near Houston Whittier and Chalmers on the east side of town on Monday. The boy was playing in his cousin’s yard and it took two adult parents to remove the boy’s dog.
His injuries required surgery.
“It wasn’t a picture I wanted to see – it was horrible,” Sowle said.
A pit bull mix took a bite out of 12-year-old Deacon Ashmore outside his home on the west side of town on the same day.
“They put me behind my leg,” he said.
Sowle runs Detroit Animal Care and Control who spent three days trying to find the dog that attacked the 5-year-old.
Now they are given a warrant to take it away from its owner. They’ll likely do the same with the dog that bit Deacon Ashmore.
There were over 400 dog bites reported in Detroit in 2020. There have been over 150 this year.
About 80% of dog bites in the city come from owned dogs, not stray dogs, she said.
Sowle also says you don’t have to own a dog to have a role – if you see a dog on the loose, report it.
“If a dog displays threatening, chasing, or attacking behavior, you should call 911,” she says. “You should be able to walk your street without fear of being attacked by a dog, you should be able to play in your yard without fear of being attacked by a dog.”
Sowle said Detroit Animal Control should be contacted as soon as possible at (313) 922-DOGS.