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Elm City boy in critical condition after dog attack

Posted August 27, 2009

— A 5-year-old boy, who was attacked Tuesday afternoon by his family's Rottweiler, is in critical condition.

Daniel Reason suffered multiple bites to his head and torso, his mother, Heather Reason, also had bites on her legs, authorities said.

The boy underwent surgery Tuesday evening at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

His father said Wednesday the incident had been “horrifying.”

"It is hard to explain. My kid is laying up there and he is really hurt. I just wish it was me instead of him,” Douglas Reason Jr. said.

Wilson County Sheriff's Office animal control officers took the dog into custody while the incident is investigated, authorities said.


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 27, 2009

    I don't think we're off topic at all. The whole conversation is whether its logical to increase penalties or tighten restrictions on ALL pets that have the potential to kill in short order. With the strength of some of these dogs, and with their rock hard bodies, its next to impossible for a human to defend themself from one of these dogs. I would go so far to say that you should be a licensed handler to deal with some of these breeds. They are dangerous animals. Just as trained lions or elephants in the circus are well behaved, they do lash out periodically with deathly consequences. That's the subject and it is well on subject as this boy is unfortunately a prime example of the subject.

  • pinklady-1 Aug 27, 2009

    whatever02...good point...

  • whatever02 Aug 27, 2009

    I agree pits and rotties have the worst reps and are stronger than most and can do more damage. If those were my choices, I would walk past whichever one was wagging the tail looking friendly and non-confrontational. First choice would be to avoid altogether. and we've gotten WAY off topic.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 27, 2009

    whatever02, would you bet your family's life on it? If you and your children had two paths to take to get to your car, which would you take? Would you walk past a strange Pit Bull/Rottie? Or would you walk past a strange Lab or Collie? When you don't know the upbringing of the dogs, you don't know which is worse. But I guarantee you the consequences would be much worse if the Pit Bull/Rottie attacked.

  • pinklady-1 Aug 27, 2009

    "Personally if someone moves in next to me with one of these breeds the dog is going to be "lost," rather quickly. "Hmmm, I wonder why Precious doesn't come home?" Nowadays you cannot depend on the laws of society to protect your family."
    August 27, 2009 8:26 a.m.

    you might want to rethink that...stealing a dog in nc is a Class I felony...of course, it is funny to me to think that you would even be able to steal someone's pit or rottie...

  • whatever02 Aug 27, 2009

    I am NOT trying to minimize that sweet child's injuries or the family's horrifying experience. They are neighbors of mine. Where I was going is that they NEVER expected that to happen, no one does witha sweet tempered dog of any size but it happens. And also that you never know what dog, any dog, any size dog, is going to have a moment and snap. and yes a 6 week old lab pupply killed an infant in Oklahoma so it happens. Google it if you don't believe me DeathRow.

  • Harley Girl Aug 27, 2009

    They live next door to my mom, Sunday the 5 and the 2 year old walked the lenght a football field through a tobacco field by themselves, one of the children didn't even have on any underwear, we never saw the dog in question, but there are two other dogs that are that are quite mean, one of them charged my dad, the parents in question had no idea where there children were. I don't by the story about her stepping inside to check on another child.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 27, 2009

    To whatever02 and beachbum1, glad you had good experiences with your huge, steel-crushing dogs. And bad experiences with little puppies that nipped at everything.

    Both of you tried to make your point that big dogs "can" be sweet. But both of you, and many people on these boards, TOTALLY miss the point. The "bad" little dogs you mentioned in your post, could either one of them have crushed the skull of a child or ripped out the throat of a fully-grown adult? NO. NEVER! Yes, these little dogs were agravating and might "nip" you. But you life would not be in jeopardy.

    But if your Pit Bull or Rottie ever had one bad moment in its life, it could EASILY KILL an adult. It doesn't matter to us how aggravating your dog is when it chases or bites at us. But if your dog is capable of ripping out my entire throat and ripping most of the flesh from my bones, THAT'S a problem.

  • whatever02 Aug 27, 2009

    Mine was supposedly a chihuaua (spl?). I think it had fice mixed with it. Tore the curtains down, snarled, tried to bite when you got close to her. We opened the door, she took off and we never saw her again. She was awful. The most gentle dog I ever had was a 120 lb great dane/dalmation mix. I'd get another tomorrw if I could find one.

  • beachbum1 Aug 27, 2009

    Very sad all the way around, the most vicious dog I have ever owned (and we had German Sheperds and a Rotti) was a 5 lb mutt. She would bite anyone and everyone.