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Child Seriously Hurt In Dog Attack
Girl Pulls Rottweiler Off Of Her Brother

POSTED: 4:45 pm CDT September 9, 2009
UPDATED: 9:52 pm CDT September 10, 2009


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 7-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by his dog.

After school, Cardarius Dawkins and his 10-year-old sister went into their back yard at East 34th Street and Brooklyn Avenue and the family's Rottweiler attacked Cardarius.

"I heard these screams, I thought these children were playing, and then the screams continued and they turned to screams of terror. Then I realized that nobody's playing, something is wrong -- somebody needs some help," one neighbor told KMBC's Lara Moritz.

"The dog just kept coming. It wasn't like one bite -- it just kept coming. He would go from the arm and the legs and stuff like that," neighbor Larry Linsley said.

Another neighbor grabbed a baseball bat, but she said 10-year-old girl is the one who saved her brother.

"I got in the car with one of my neighbors. I grabbed my bat, we came around, and the sister had gotten the dog off the little boy," neighbor Lamia Hicks said.

Cardarius was taken to a hospital with serious dog bites to his face, police said. The 10-year-old girl was not hurt."

I hate it for the little boy because he's in very serious condition. He's going to need some surgery, and I'm sure he's going to be traumatized for the rest of his life," one neighbor said.

Animal control officers took the Rottweiler and another dog chained up in the yard. The Rottweiler has been put down.

Child Taken To Hospital After Dog Attack

September 9, 2009
Meagan Kelleher, FOX 4 Web Producer

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KANSAS CITY, MO - A seven-year-old child was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after Kansas City Police said the child was bitten by a dog in the area of 34th and Brooklyn.

Police said the child had facial lacerations from the attack.

According to neighbors, the boy and his sister came home from school when they tried to enter their home through the back door. A rottweiler which had been chained in their own backyard then attacked.

"The 10 year old sister was beating the dog, trying to get him off her little brother to help out," said neighbor Lamia Hix.

Kansas City Animal Control officers confiscated two dogs from the scene.


Boy Attacked By Family Dog
Sister Helps Pull Pet Off Of Brother

POSTED: 5:06 pm CDT September 9, 2009
UPDATED: 5:48 pm CDT September 9, 2009

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A young boy has been taken to an area hospital after a family dog attacked him late Wednesday afternoon at his home near 34th Street and Brooklyn Avenue.

Neighbors said one of two rottweilers owned by the family attacked the boy, who is believed to be 6 or 7 years old, shortly after he got home from school. The boy's sister was reportedly the one who was able to get the dog off of the boy.

Firefighters said the boy's injuries looked bad, but he was conscious when they took him to the hospital.

Sister rescues boy from family dog

Posted on Wed, Sep. 09, 2009 10:23 PM
By CHRISTINE VENDEL- The Kansas City Star

A 10-year-old Kansas City girl rescued her younger brother from a vicious attack by the family’s Rottweiler Wednesday afternoon in their backyard.

The 7-year-old boy suffered severe wounds to his face, according to neighbors who saw him after the 3:45 p.m. attack in the 3400 block of Brooklyn Avenue. He was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The dog just kept going at him and kept at him,” said neighbor Larry Lenzy, who heard desperate screams, looked over his back fence and saw the horrific attack. “It was brutal. I couldn’t do anything. I was helpless.”

The older sister wrapped her arms around the dog’s neck as she pulled the dog back, Lenzy said. The dog was pulling the boy toward another Rottweiler chained nearby.

“Get off my brother!” the girl yelled.

Eventually, the dog let go, Lenzy said. The boy ran inside and locked the door.

Neighbor Lamia Hicks also heard the screams, grabbed an aluminum baseball bat and ran to help. But the attack was over. Hicks watched rescue workers load the wounded boy into an ambulance.

“He was a bloody mess,” Hicks said.

The dog did not attack the girl. The children were home alone, said police Capt. Donna Greenwell.

Neighbors told police said they had seen the dog running loose earlier in the day. The kids may have been trying to corral it when it turned on the boy, neighbors said.

When police arrived, the girl begged officers not to shoot her dog.

“She kept saying it over and over. Please don’t kill my dog,” Lenzy said.

Animal control workers tried to shoot tranquilizing darts at the dogs but missed. Workers then used pole-leashes to get the dogs into waiting trucks. The dogs didn’t appear to be full-grown, Greenwell said.

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