Dog Rips Off 4-Year-Old Boy’s Lower Arm & Hand In Attack

‘Freak accident’ or vicious dog? Thousands try to save dog that bit off boy’s hand | The Sacramento Bee

‘Freak accident’ or vicious dog? Thousands try to save dog that bit off boy’s hand | The Sacramento Bee

Breaking news in Layton: Dog bites four-year-old boy, severing his hand above wrist.

"Bear, who was playing with what he thought was a toy - he bit down too hard and didn't see that there was a child on the other side of the fence", Jessica Nusz, a friend of the dogs' owner, wrote in the Care2 appeal with the hope that enough signatures will convince authorities at Davis County Animal Control to release the dogs, who have been in quarantine since the incident took place.

Animal control crews were not able to locate the arm and believe the husky may have ingested it.

The boy's injury came as a shock to the owner of the huskies as it was the dog's "first bite incident", Layton City Police PIO Jason Cook told PEOPLE Monday.

Authorities couldn't find his hand and are nearly certain the dog ingested it, he said.

He was then airlifted to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he was declared to be in serious but stable condition.

"I think this is one of those innocent child play moments where the dogs have probably been in the backyard many, many times", Cook told the site.

Authorities said the boy's family tried to limit the bleeding until emergency workers arrived.

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A severed limb can be reattached, but that is not a likely option for the boy.

Officials added that both the dogs were reportedly properly fenced in the house.

Nicks said animal control officials will look at all the facts in their investigation, KSTU reported. Both families had recently moved in, he said, according to The Associated Press.

The injured child, who has not been named, had his entire hand and two to three inches of his forearm bit off, Cook said.

"He'll kind of grow into his dexterity", Cook said. "It's just a sad turn of events for the young, little guy". The 8-year-old dog was taken in for a 10-day quarantine following the mauling.

The husky who attacked the boy will be quarantined for 10 days, said Rhett Nicks, director for Davis County Animal Care and Control.

"The dogs should not suffer due to negligence of a parent", a person commented.

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