Family of baby bitten by dog: ‘Praise God for the many miracles;’ Child still critical

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Photo of the dog accused of attacking a child in Evergreen on March 4, 2014. (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

EVERGREEN, Colo. — A young boy attacked by a family dog in Evergreen on Tuesday was in critical but stable condition, the family said in a statement Thursday.

“Our family would like to praise God for the many miracles already at work in our baby’s life,” the statement read. “At this time, our son is in critical but stable condition receiving the very best care at Children’s Hospital.  We send our deepest thanks to our friends, family and the community for the outpouring of prayers and support.  We kindly ask that the public respect our privacy during this crucial time of recovery.”

The family was not identified.

The 14-month-old was airlifted to the hospital about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday after being attacked at the family’s home in the 4700 block of Pine Road, deputies said.

Later, the sheriff’s office confirmed the dog had been contained inside the home and captured by Animal Control. It was taken to an animal shelter, where it will be observed for ten days for any signs of rabies.

A decision about whether the dog will be euthanized will be made after that.

One neighbor said the owners of the American bulldog kept it on a tight leash and it was never seen running around the neighborhood.

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10 comments

    • Jason Alan Aloysius Sauvain

      My cat half the size of that dog could do that damage. Very small children and animals should not be left alone. like mentioned earlier here, its still animal no matter how domesticated. it takes years for them to understand a family members intentions. Small children tend to poke and pull at animals and until they are either that docile by nature or accustomed to it, it is not a smart situation.

  • Ann Pirie

    Lest we never forget dogs are animals and have animal instincts, no matter how docile or loving they appear. So sorry for this tragedy. I hope the baby recovers without scars, physically and emotionally. It is a tough trip for this family to deal.

  • Beverly Stecklein (@boxcaranne50)

    A 14 month old is not always kind and gentle with any animal. Little ones should never be left alone with any animal ever, and even with an adult nearby an ear can be pulled , an animal hurt or startled and their reaction is a nip or bite to protect themselves. I so hope this beautiful dog is retrained and readopted into a childless, or grown children, home–and that this child gets the help he needs. Parents PAY Attention!!!

  • Taylor Marie

    FOX News……PLEASE STOP showing this picture of this poor dog….We have seen enough of him.. Praying for a full recovery of the toddler. This breed or in fact any animal should never be left
    unattended with small children!!!

  • Stacie Decker

    The kid was probably poking, jumping on, or irritating the dog in one way shape or form. A dog just don’t attack a kid especially the family dog unless it has had enough. I feel so sorry for the dog.The parents are so to probably blame for this and unfortunately, the kid and the dog are paying the price of stupidity

  • Imogen Steele

    So tragic. Babies and dogs should always be supervised. I learnt this when I bought a book before Oliver was born called ‘Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant: An essential guide for dog owners who are expecting a baby’. Hope it might help save someone elses baby avoid such a tragedy.

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