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UPDATE: Mother of Dog Attack Victim Wants Dog Owner Punished

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

UPDATE 1/24/12 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Bitten, bruised and badly frightened -- a little boy attacked by a dog Monday night was home healing Tuesday.

As he's recovering, the controversy surrounding the dog is just getting started. We got a first look at the devastating injuries caused by a dog that's bitten before.

“He has bite marks on his ear where the dog bit through it," the boy's mother Melinda Quintanilla said. "He has marks under his eye where a tooth went through and a bit on his leg."

She is still badly shaken after a visit to a friend's home ended with that family's dog attacking her 6-year-old son Dustin.

“Oh, my God, that dog is going to kill my son, my only son is going to die," she said of her reaction. "I grabbed my son and run."

Dustin was rushed to the hospital where he was treated and released, but Quintanilla can't release her anger.

While the dog, a Rottweiler-lab mix, has been taken away, she wants the dog's owner dealt with, as well.

“I am pressing charges and I hope the owner of the dog goes to jail and gets some kind of sentence out of this because he's only 6," Quintanilla said. "He don't deserve to go to a plastic surgeon."

“That dog shouldn't have been up there," Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry said. "This is the fourth bite. I want to be able to show this owner had to know this was an aggressive dog and it bit three other people, and now it bit two more yesterday.”

Sperry paid a visit to the Cabell-Wayne Animal Control following the paper trail on this dog as he seeks criminal charges against its owner.

“I want to be able to show an owner you picked this dog up after it bit another individual,” Sperry said.

“Now, my son has to live with the scars now. He's terrified of dogs now,” Quintanilla said.

The dog has been quarantined at the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter where it will stay for 10 days.

So, what is the procedure after a dog bites someone? We talked to Cabell-Wayne Animal Control. They said anytime a dog bites,
it must be quarantined at the shelter or local vet for 10 days away from other animals and all people.

After that, an owner can petition to get their dog back unless a case is made that the dog is vicious. Then, a judge can rule for the dog to be euthanized. In this case, animal control says the owner has signed the dog over to animal control and asked them to euthanize it. That will happen after the end of the 10-day waiting period.



UPDATE 1/23/12 @ 11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three dogs were taken from a Huntington apartment Monday evening after a 6-year-old boy and an 24-year-old woman were bitten.

It happened about 5 p.m. at an apartment along 21st Street and Eighth Avenue. According to a police report, the victims were walking into a friends apartment when the 6-year-old was bitten. Officers say the 24-year-old woman was bitten on the thigh while fighting the dog off of the 6-year-old. The boy suffered bites on the face, ears and leg. Both were taken to the hospital.

The dog is a Rottweiler-lab mix. It, along with two other dogs, were removed from the home by the dog warden.

Officers say the rottweiler-mix had also bitten twice before. Neighbor Nathanial Gue was a victim.

"The dog needs to be taken to the pound and put down," Gue told WSAZ.com. "You can't have an aggressive dog, especially in a neighborhood with a bunch of kids."

Huntington Police Officer Daniel Wiles said dog owners must practice common sense.

"If he (the owner) thinks the dog is going be like this, he needs to have it restrained in a cage or not have that type of dog," Wiles said.

Charges have not been filed against the dogs' owners at this time. The case has been turned over to Huntington Police detectives.

Both of the victims have been released from Cabell Huntington Hospital. No word on their conditions.

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ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 6-year-old boy and a woman are in the hospital after being attacked by a dog.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com it happened a little after 5 p.m. Monday at an apartment in the 2000-block of 8th Avenue.

They say the 6-year-old boy was seriously injured in the attack. A woman was also injured while trying to get the dog off the little boy.

Both victims were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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