UPDATE: Waiting and hoping: Young dog bite victim seeks help

Finding the dog may prevent the need for rabies treatment

Article Highlights

  • Call the Marco Island Police Department if you have information that could help Avery at 389-5050 or Collier County Domestic Animal Services 252-7387.
  • If it was the first time the dog bit anyone and the dog has a rabies vaccine, the dog and owners may not face any fines or fees, reported Collier County Domestic Animal Services authorities.
  • “I wouldn’t sue. I’m not that kind of person.” Florence Krauss, mother of dog bite victim
Avery Beauchamp, 11, of Isles of Capri, shows the wound as it continues to heal about five days after a dog bit him during a cross country meet held between several schools at Mackle Park Saturday, Sept. 26.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Avery Beauchamp, 11, of Isles of Capri, shows the wound as it continues to heal about five days after a dog bit him during a cross country meet held between several schools at Mackle Park Saturday, Sept. 26.

Waiting and hoping, Avery Beauchamp, 11, sits in Mackle Park at about 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, just off the path where about five days earlier he had been running in a track meet and was bitten by a dog. Avery says he wants to avoid a series of four or five rabies shots by finding the dog owners to see if the dog had a vaccination. He needs to know by Tuesday, Oct. 6, said his mom, Florence Krauss of Isles of Capri.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Waiting and hoping, Avery Beauchamp, 11, sits in Mackle Park at about 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, just off the path where about five days earlier he had been running in a track meet and was bitten by a dog. Avery says he wants to avoid a series of four or five rabies shots by finding the dog owners to see if the dog had a vaccination. He needs to know by Tuesday, Oct. 6, said his mom, Florence Krauss of Isles of Capri.

— Monday evening update:

Collier County authorities are urging the owners of the dog who bit a young boy nine days ago to come forward.

"There would be no fine issued as the dog was being walked on a leash. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the tenth day since the bite happened. Our hopes would be just to see the dog alive and well and close the case," stated Dana Alger, an animal control supervisor with Collier County Domestic Animal Services.

The victim of the bite, Avery Beauchamp, 11, of Isles of Capri, is recovering from the bite and his mom, Florence Krauss says she is waiting until the last minute before her son must receive rabies treatment as advised by the family physician and Collier County Health Department.

Avery's parents said they will wait until as late Tuesday afternoon as their medical providers will allow before beginning the first in a series of a rabies treatment shots that must be given in the hospital to oversee whether the boy has any adverse reactions to treatment.

"It may only be a one in a million chance that the dog was sick, but I can't take that chance," Krauss said.

Anyone with information about the dog's well-being is encouraged to call DAS at 252-7387.

Posted over the weekend:

Avery Beauchamp, 11, was bitten by a dog the morning of Sept. 26 at Mackle Park and he said he was OK at the time — but when it comes to the rabies inoculations required if he doesn’t find out if the dog had the vaccine — he said he’s not so fine.

“I don’t want to cause any trouble,” Avery’s mom, Florence Krauss, stresses as the two returned to Marco’s Mackle Park Thursday evening to see if any information could be found about the dog and its owners.

The difficulty in finding the dog and its owner, at least in-part, she says, is that at Avery’s young age, knowledge of canine breeds aren’t helping to narrow down the search.

Mom and son are relatively certain the dog was a German shepherd, but not 100 percent, they say. Avery said the dog had a large nose, likely with brown and black hair and was about to his hip in height, so likely more than 45 pounds.

Avery initially described the couple who had been walking the dog at about 9 a.m. that Saturday morning as in their 30s. However, upon more questioning, he thinks they may have been older than that and possibly in their 40s or 50s. He believes the woman had shoulder length hair and wasn’t able to describe the man.

“It was so fast. There wasn’t exactly a lot of time to look,” Avery said.

The park was full of people of all ages at the time as a track meet was being held between several schools. First, all the girls had run by and then came all the boys, including, Avery, who was toward the end of the line of middle school students running the two-mile cross country stretch. Because he was toward the end of the line, no one saw what happened.

“I was jogging ... The dog was all scared from all the kids running past it ... It was quick, pretty good bite though,” Avery says, recalling the event.

“You can just imagine this dog,” said Florence, moving her head left to right “vroom, vroom,” mimicking the action of dozens of kids running by the dog one after the other.

Avery was jogging around the back edge of Mackle Park’s lake, when the leashed dog lunged at him and bit the left side of his hip, near his pelvis.

“Knowing me, when they asked if I was OK, I said I’m fine because that’s what I say when people ask ... It’s just a habit,” said Avery.

However neither he nor the adult couple checked to see if he was bleeding or if the bite punctured the skin.

It was reasonable, his mom explained, that he didn’t pull his pants down to check in front of strangers and a biting dog.

“I think he did well by moving on,” she added.

Avery finished his lap and went to Marco Island Charter Middle School’s Principal George Abounader.

They then went to find Avery’s parents, who were accompanied by a friend of the family that urged they take a look at the wound.

All decided it was significant enough to warrant a look by paramedics, who happened to be at the park for another incident, Florence added.

Park personnel called the police. However, by that time, the couple with the dog were no where to be found.

Avery’s parents took him to the hospital and he has since visited the Collier County Health Department and his physician — all who suggested that Florence either find out if the dog was vaccinated or give Avery a long process of rabies inoculations beginning Tuesday.

Florence said she wants to reassure the owners that it’s safe to come forward.

“I wouldn’t sue. I’m not that kind of person,” Florence said.

She added that they have a family dog and she understands dogs’ behavior.

If it was the first time the dog bit anyone and the dog has a rabies vaccine, the dog and owners may not face any fines or fees, reported Collier County Domestic Animal Services authorities.

If the dog doesn’t have a rabies vaccine, the animal will have to be quarantined with a vet or DAS for 10 days.

While the Krauss family hopes they can prevent Avery from suffering through a day in the emergency room to ensure he doesn’t react to the first of four rabies inoculations Tuesday, authorities say they also hope the situation serves as a reminder to dog owners.

“People just need to be considerate and know their dog’s behavior,” said Mindy Matusiak, Mackle Park’s recreation program supervisor.

Matusiak said before the cross country meet, she had walked around the pathway to clear it for the runners.

She says the addition of the fenced dog runs coming to the park in December should help as dogs and their owners will have their own area.

Florence Krauss said she was taken aback by people commenting on her son’s situation as a warning about the dog park, Canine Cove, which is currently being constructed.

She said being from Isles of Capri she didn’t even know about the dog park.

“People took this as a political thing and I’m like come on, just help me find the dog,” Krauss said.

Police Chief Thom Carr said he thinks the dog park can be a great thing for the community, which has been looking forward to it, but he cautioned people as well. “There is also a need for responsible owners,” Carr said.

Call the Marco Island Police Department if you have information that could help Avery at 389-5050 or Collier County Domestic Animal Services 252-7387.

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Comments » 15

Smeg writes:

Byron donated this park so we would have a place to exercise our animals. Keep your children away from our park.

marcoislandres writes:

I have two small children and it's impossible to walk around the park without encountering dogs, It's always a concern to me when passing people walking large dogs, the path is 6 foot wide so the dog and children pass within a foot or two of each other. I don't care how good the city's insurance is I don't want my child's face getting bit because of an irresponsible dog owner.
Every day there are more dogs walking around the park as word gets out that you can walk them there, I have never had a problem with our neighbors from Goodland and Isle of Capri using the park we pay to maintain but as we get into season many of them will be using the park for their dogs and all of Mackle park will be one big dog park and sooner or later someone is going to get seriously hurt.
Maybe the city can give the kids a one day a week dog free park. Or maybe we can get a fenced in walkway around the park for them to use.

Smeg writes:

"Maybe the city can give the kids a one day a week dog free park. Or maybe we can get a fenced in walkway around the park for them to use."

Fence in the kids and let the dogs run free. Perfect!

P.S. You're foolish to think you're anonymous on any NDN blog.

marcoislandres writes:

Smeg, where do I say I think my postings are anonymous?

ezeee writes:

Now that Canine Cove is in the works perhaps the council should revisit this decision to allow our canine friends access to our parks. This dog was on a leash and a child was injured, lets not waite until someone is more seriously injured. These parks were designed for people/children.

kazbahone2 writes:

in response to Smeg:

Byron donated this park so we would have a place to exercise our animals. Keep your children away from our park.

In this post you state this park was donated to
exercise our animals...keep your kids away.

When we moved here 5 years ago I began walking at the park every morning ...until it turned dog friendly.
Dogs are fine but I am terrified of them ...so
I stopped walking in the park.

Babies in strollers and kids playing doesn't mix
with unfamiliar dogs who are protecting their masters from what they perceive as danger.

I wish it would go back to being a people park in the play area and walking path.

Pets are great but Children are precious and we
as adults MUST protect them.

Jerri

waterday writes:

We have other options for a dog park, and wonderful park on North Barfield, with a lake and walking paths.. THIS IS WHERE THE DOGS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLACED, Our s----- council.. and the city will pay the price for putting a dog park at the local kids park.It is a great idea, (at a different location on Marco.. we have other park options) and should be changed immediately, this happening before the dog park is even open should be a wake up call. People do not have common sense, and pets do not act proper at all times, and many dogs are nervous around kids, and large crowds and the dog bites will happen again and again. Marco, please speak up and put this much needed dog park.. at the other park on North Barfield, or find another location. Your kids or grand kids could be next and it could be a more serious attack or horiffic bite scarring a kid physically and emotionally for life. Wake up Marco, this is a s----- place for a much needed Dog Park!

fortl writes:

it clearly was't the kid who lunged at the poor dog.
How come dozens of kids ran past and this one got bit. It was the actions of the kid lunging at the dog. The kid needs the shots and perhaps some jail time and remedial counseling. At the least the kid belongs on court supervised ridilin.

deltarome writes:

Hisacia, your words are just that, WORDS. When you say "I would bet my life that this dog doesn't have rabies..", you aren't really going to die if the dog has rabies.
The child's parents have everything to lose if the child gets rabies.
Dog Park 1, People 0

dogbitesos writes:

in response to fortl:

it clearly was't the kid who lunged at the poor dog.
How come dozens of kids ran past and this one got bit. It was the actions of the kid lunging at the dog. The kid needs the shots and perhaps some jail time and remedial counseling. At the least the kid belongs on court supervised ridilin.

YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL...SOUNDS LIKE MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE ON RIDLIN!

u2cane writes:

Could have been someone visiting from out of town. My questions is, if there was an event such as this going on, why would you not rope off, or block off access to the area that the kids were running? Why do you have the general public in an area where you had kids running a race? Maybe I don't understand, but I think better organization of this event would have helped. I also don't understand why the owners of the dog would walk thei dog when such an event was going on, unless they didn't see or understand that kids were running a race when they started walking the dog. All around weird event that was poorly run. This still doesn't mean that dogs should be banned from the park, just that people on both sides of this need to use a little common sense to avoid things like this. You know, a little common sense goes a long way and too few people in this world seem to have it. So much for natural selection.

fortl writes:

re: dogbite You must be a teacher, just the kind of worthless person I hated my whole life.
Dogs have rights too.
And under our new leader Obama his czar supports animal's right to sue. Beware !!!

bigkillsh writes:

forti just one thing to say you are an a--.

u2cane writes:

bigkillsh writes:
forti just one thing to say you are an a--.

You forgot the word Dumb

strike3 writes:

To who ever owns this dog. All I can say is thanks! Thanks for getting all the grumpy old d-bags, animal haters, and over protective parents panties in a bunch. Most parents teach their kids to stay away from strange animals. The stray cats on the island pose a much greater risk to kids than a leashed dog.

u2cane has the only comment here that makes any sense. Common sense? Whats that?

marcoislandres....maybe the city can give the younger residents of the island one day a week free of old people and kids. Or at least ban the old people from driving and make them stay home.

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