Martina Jennings, 23, took her son to a hospital Friday because his foot was bleeding and told authorities she saw blood on the dog's face and chest, Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon said. The foot was amputated.
The boy has no feeling below the waist because of spina bifida, so he did not know the dog was biting him, Skeldon said. Spina bifida is a defect that occurs when the backbone and spinal cord do not close before birth.
The black-and-white puppy was destroyed. Skeldon said he questioned the puppy's ability to cause so much damage because its teeth weren't mature.
Jennings was being held in the Lucas County jail on the felony charge.
The phone rang unanswered at Jennings' home Saturday; it was unclear whether she had retained an attorney. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I feel so bad for this woman. I don't think that the same charges would have been made if it were any other type of dog. If a Golden Retriever had done it or a Lab or a Standard Poodle.... As someone who has worked with kids who have spina bifida - I know how easy it is for them to hurt their legs or feet and for it to go unnoticed. I worked with a little boy who broke his femur trying to bite his toenail - his mother didn't believe he had broken his leg until he flipped it over his shoulder. I think that this was a really, really unfortunate accident - but I honestly don't see why the mother was arrested for child endangerment - she did not KNOWINGLY put her child in danger. Poor boy, poor mom and poor puppy.
"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there... and I'm wearing milk bone underpants"
Its completely her fault. She never should have left them alone together-especially knowing the kid lacks feeling. Something as little as the dog jumping on him could hurt him. And how she said there was blood on the dog you know she wasn't watching them well at all.
she probally would have gotten in trouble irregardless of the breed since it was a pup anyway. I've seen so many people with goldens in labs getting in trouble lately I think it wouldn't have mattered the breed. I have some friends whos mom got in trouble years ago when there standerd poodle did loose it and bite the youngest ones face up.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
WOW this is so sad. At first I was thinking that the mom should not have been arrested because I have 3 small kids and things can happen so quickly like when you run to the bathroom! But you know what to make the little boy loose his foot... the puppy must have been shewing on it for quite a while...... don't you think?
I have to say I think it would have been put to sleep no matter what the breed and I do think that Pits just should not be in homes with kids just too many things that have happened. I don't think we hear about these things happening with labs ect because I don't think they happen that often like they do with pits.