Third boy injured in dog attack
According to Yediot Tel Aviv, the government has categorized American Staffordshire Terriers as one of eight dangerous canine species.
By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 8, 2007 13:22
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A 12-year-old boy in north Tel Aviv was attacked by a neighbor's American Staffordshire Terrier ("Amstaff") and was hospitalized with injuries to his right hand recently - the third incident in as many months in which dogs of this species have attacked children, reports Yediot Tel Aviv.
A five-year-old boy in Haifa and a 10-year-old girl in Tekoa were also attacked in recent months by American Staffordshire Terriers, a species that is closely related to the even-more fearsome pitbull terrier.
According to the report, the government categorized American Staffordshire Terriers as one of eight dangerous canine species after a four-year-old girl was killed by her family's pet in 2004 in south Tel Aviv. But this classification does not prevent the dogs from being kept as domestic pets.
In the latest incident, the north Tel Aviv boy was out walking his own dog near his home when the terrier ran out from its yard and attacked him and his pet. The boy's right hand was severely injured and his dog was wounded in the leg and ear. The boy's mother heard his screams and ran out to see her son lying on the sidewalk bleeding. Charges have been filed with police after the mother approached the dog's owners to find out why the animal was unrestrained, and was allegedly physically assaulted by them.
A municipal spokesman said any resident who is bitten should immediately notify the city, to allow the municipal veterinarian to act on the matter.