Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Police investigate dog attack

September 28, 2006

Police are investigating an incident Thursday afternoon in which a 4-year-old boy was attacked by a dog outside his apartment at Lansing Heights.

Police said the boy was playing outside the apartments, near Main and West Mary Street, when a dog - a pit bull terrier mix - came out from a nearby apartment and chased the youth. It did not appear the boy had been bitten by the dog but did suffer scratches about the head.

The parents of the boy refused his treatment or transfer to a hospital by Leavenworth County EMS, but they were said to have taken the boy to a local hospital themselves.

Police said several citations would be issued to the dog's owner.

Lansing does not outlaw pit bulls, but the city does have a vicious dog ordinance.

The ordinance defines a vicious dog as "any dog which by virtue of its breed, training, characteristics, behavior or other factors the owner or custodian thereof knows or has reason to know has a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings, domestic pets or livestock."

Owners of vicious dogs are required to maintain an insurance policy of not less than $200,000 per incident against any claim, loss, damage or injury to any human being, any property, domestic pet or livestock resulting from the dog's acts.

In addition, owners of vicious dogs must comply with leash, muzzle, signage and registration restrictions.

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