Boy hospitalized after canine assault in Springville

Linn County Sheriff’s Workplace automobile. (File photograph of the Gazette)

An 8-year-old boy was hospitalized over the weekend after being attacked by two canines in Springville.

The boy was attacked Friday afternoon by a “pit bull mastiff combine” and one other “pit bull combine,” in line with Maj. Chad Colston of the Linn County Sheriff’s Workplace.

The boy was handled at UnityPoint Well being-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids and transferred to the College of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa Metropolis.

“The kid was bitten on the pinnacle, face, legs and arms. Some fairly ghastly accidents,” Colston advised The Gazette on Tuesday.

Colston mentioned it was evident from the accidents that each canines attacked the boy, however a motive couldn’t be decided because the boy and a buddy have been enjoying video video games alone within the room on the time.

“Nobody (grownup) noticed it, and nobody is aware of precisely what occurred,” Colston mentioned. “We’ve got an 8-year-old boy who’s our solely witness, and with the variety of bites the boy acquired, each canines bonded.”

Colston mentioned that as of Monday, the boy was nonetheless hospitalized with critical chunk accidents, however was usually enhancing.

Linn County doesn’t have a breed-specific animal ordinance, however it does have a “vicious animal ordinance” for “uncommon” circumstances like these, Colston mentioned.

“The canines, as a result of nature of the assault, have been deemed vicious by ourselves, (Linn County) Public Well being and Cedar Valley (Humane Society). It is a collective factor,” he mentioned.

Each canines have been seized and quarantined, one at a veterinary clinic and the opposite on the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Colston mentioned the canine house owners have been cooperative.

“At this level, we expect it is actually affordable for these canines to be declared vicious, and we have not had any pushback from house owners after what occurred,” Colston mentioned. “The massive unknown is what occurred? Was the canine enjoying with a toy and the kid tried to take it away? It is onerous to say, and it was a shock to the house owners. We’re considering that is an unlucky accident.”

House owners have a few days after receiving a discover to enchantment the vicious animal tag. The discover was served on Monday. If there isn’t a enchantment, each canines might be euthanized.

Breed ban controversies

The assault in Linn County comes amid a push in neighboring Benton County and a few of its cities to repeal banning breed ordinances.

Benton County and the cities of Keystone and Vinton have bans on pit bulls. Final month, Keystone pit bull house owners acquired a verbal warning of the ban. Along with town ordinance, Benton County has its personal ordinance that prohibits pit bulls and different canines which have “the traits” of pit bulls.

The warnings got here after a 2-year-old woman was attacked June 18 by a “stray or deserted pit bull-style canine” in Keystone. The woman was taken to the hospital and her father contacted authorities. Police took the canine to a veterinary clinic in Belle Plaine. The canine’s proprietor was by no means recognized and the animal was euthanized.

Benton County Sheriff Ron Tippett advised The Gazette final month that the workplace didn’t ship any official discover to residents, solely a “verbal discover” to remind them of the ordinance. He mentioned there was no plan to get the canines out.

Keystone Metropolis Council took no motion this month after residents begged to be allowed to maintain their canines.

In Iowa, dozens of cities have breed-specific bans like Keystone, together with Belle Plaine, Cascade, Centerville, Columbus Junction, Council Bluffs, Monticello, Ottumwa, Vinton, Walcott, Waukon, and Winterset. However some cities have repealed race-specific ordinances lately, together with Sioux Metropolis, Muscatine, Maquoketa, Anamosa and Ely.

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