Thousands sign petition to save husky who bit off 4-year-old boy’s hand

2019-03-07 13:56
Polar and Bear. (Photo: Care2 Petitions)

Polar and Bear. (Photo: Care2 Petitions)

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Animal lovers are clamouring to save the lives of a pair of huskies – one of which accidentally bit off the hand of a four-year-old boy from Utah in the US. 

Over 100 000 people have signed a petition to save the lives of Polar and Bear, who have been in quarantine since the incident took place last Sunday and may be euthanised.

In an attempt to play with the dog, the young child, whose name has not been released, put a sock over his arm and stuck it underneath the fence that separates his backyard from the neighbour’s yard where the two huskies live, Layton City Police spokesperson Jason Cook told People.

“Bear, who was playing with what he thought was a toy, bit down too hard and didn’t see that there was a child on the other side of the fence,” Jessica Nusz, a friend of the dogs’ owner, wrote in the Care2 appeal. “With him being a dog, he thought it was a tug of war.”

It was Bear’s first reported bite and those supporting the petition say he and the other dog should not be punished for the accident. “No dog should be punished for protecting or being on their own property, especially not knowing that it was a human,” one person wrote. “They don’t deserve to be put down. It wasn’t an act of aggression,” wrote another.

They’re hoping that enough signatures will convince authorities at Davis County Animal Control to release the dogs back to their owner.

It was the boy’s father who called 911 after the incident. When authorities arrived, they found the child’s entire hand and about 5-7cm of his forearm was missing. His father was trying to stop the bleeding. The child was immediately flown via helicopter to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

“He’s a tough little boy, he wasn’t even crying,” Cook told People. “He never even shed a tear in the helicopter.”

Emergency personnel failed to find the missing limb for a potential re-attachment, leading to speculation the dog swallowed it.

Sources: people.com, globalnews.ca, twitter

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