Dog bites Marco youth in the park

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  • Dog was a German Shepherd and owners were a couple in their 30's, boy reported to police

— A child suffered a dog bite at Mackle Park during a track meet late Saturday morning. Marco Island police officers responded to the reported injury to help the young boy, but so far have been unsuccessful in locating the dog or its owners.

The Marco Island Charter Middle School student reported running along the path near the back of Mackle Park behind 406 Worthington Street at about 9 a.m. when a man and a woman walked by with a German Shepherd on a leash. As the boy ran past, the dog lunged at him and bit him on the right hip. He reported that the dog owners asked if he was OK and he said he was, wrote Marco Island police officer Jim Hassig in the follow-up report. When he told his mother about what happened they noticed the bite had broken the skin.

“The wound did not appear to be deep, but definitely broke the skin,” Hassig reported. The boy’s mother was encouraged to take her son to be treated by a doctor. The couple who owned the dog was described as being in their 30s, but neither the dog involved or its owners have been identified.

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FECOYLE writes:

When the libs started their quest for dogs in the park I said this would happen. There are a lot of Dog owners who are dont really care about anyone else. I have had numeruous e mails with a councilman over this issue but the libs won & this is the result

gingerblue writes:

Yeah, because *all* liberal people wanted a dog park. And no conservatives wanted one.

Just for your information, *this* liberal owns several cats, which all stay INDOORS and away from kids.

DonMarco writes:

Stop canine assault (At Common Law, an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact) and
battery (Law. an unlawful attack upon another person by beating or wounding, or by touching in an offensive manner).

If the law was that every dog that bit a child had to be euthanized, then dog owners would get more serious about keeping others safe from their dogs.

In an instant, my daughter was put in the hospital by a dog. The girl at the end of our block still bears the scars of a dog's quick bite that almost ripped half her face off.

Dog owners just don't care. They think their animal is safe because they feed it and their chances of getting bit are low. They have nothing to lose.

They think nothing of exposing others to the risks. Some dog owners purposely buy a breed or size of dog for its intimidation factor.
When something does go wrong they contrive extensive cover stories about how the dog was sacred or confused. The fact is that dogs have issues too. They can misbehave and they can be bad, just like their owners.

Don't put up with canine assault or canine battery. Call the police, make a report and sue, sue, sue.
Instead of your kid having to take his chances walking down the street it should be the dog owners doing the worrying and reining in their dog.
Let's change this!

u2cane writes:

Dang, this made the news? What no butterfly attacks or nothing on Marco? I'm conservative and a dog lover and I do agree that some, notice I said some, dog owners don't know how to properly maintain their dogs in public. That doesn't mean that all dog owners should suffer. I mean if your s----- and don't know how to act in public does that mean nobody should go out in public? Why should your stupidity stop the rest of us from having fun. Also, we let s----- people breed, so maybe we should just stop letting them breed and only people with a certain IQ can breed. Would solve all the worlds problems just like stopping dogs from going to the park, right FECOYLE? I'm a conservative with common sense, don't give conservatives a bad name.

bluebill2 writes:

It's getting harder and harder to jog or even walk the the park; on some days there are more dogs than people on the track. I've witnessed lots of close calls between dogs and people and dogs and dogs. It's safer to walk the streets!

suntan writes:

Parks are for the people with dogs so they can enjoy the outdoors with their cute pets. Keep the kids inside in front of the TV, they don't need to intrude on the pet walkers..

katieb writes:

Great post u2cane. It is really unfortunate that the owners of this dog did not take better control over him while a child was running by. It is their fault....not libs, conservatives, the dog or the kid. But keeping dogs out of the parks is not going to change the amount of dog bites that occur. Responsible dog ownership will. This could have happened anywhere. By the way, do you know how many times my dogs and I have been assaulted by kids? Are we going to keep them out of the park?

Smeg writes:

My dogs are well behaved as long as children keep their distance. Byron Milk donated this park to us and we will defend it. Unruly children must stay away. My dogs have never bitten an adult.

Marconian writes:

Lets nip this in the butt Right now,(Pardon the pun) but as we blog, the fence work for the canine area is being erected at mackle park.
to avoid future incidents could a separate entrance and dog run area be created for the canines and owners. just a thought and secondly it doesn't sound like the dog bite was much more than a nip, calling the cops when the boy said he was fine was probably the will of a parent who was and is against the dog park anyhow. But to avoid this type of situation animals should have there own entrance away from the civilian areas....

condoseller writes:

...woof !

coolhandluke writes:

gingerblue writes:
Just for your information, *this* liberal owns several cats, which all stay INDOORS and away from kids

Wish the repubs would stay inside away from kids.
Or at least stay out of airport bathrooms looking for little boys.

playballonK writes:

why don't dogs bite clowns?
- because they taste funny.

dogbitesos writes:

I am truly upset by the comments of those who are IGNORANT of the consequences my son faces if the dog and/or it's owners are not found within the next 6 days. As it stands, his first Rabies shot will be administered in the Emergency Room on Tuesday.

It is sad how people can overlook the severity of what happened in order to voice their political opinions.

dogbitesos writes:

in response to suntan:

Parks are for the people with dogs so they can enjoy the outdoors with their cute pets. Keep the kids inside in front of the TV, they don't need to intrude on the pet walkers..

Apologies if I'm wrong, but you haven't raised children, have you? TV is one of the leading causes of obesity in America. Are you saying that we should keep all children inside, deprived of fresh air and exercise so that the people with "cute pets" can enjoy the outdoors?

dogbitesos writes:

in response to playballonK:

why don't dogs bite clowns?
- because they taste funny.

"Funny" as in Rabies shots are fun?

happy6 writes:

dogs bite...sometimes...that is the end of this!
car wrecks happen, hurricanes happen and sometimes people elect a dumb/useless council...
and sometimes the owners and the voters are s-----...as in this case. the clown that had the dog on the leash probably never expected a kid to come running up behind the dog...too bad this happened....it was an accident and i doubt very seriously if it had to do with republicand or democrats...but i'll bet the dog was an obama supporter...dumb.

dogbitesos writes:

in response to happy6:

dogs bite...sometimes...that is the end of this!
car wrecks happen, hurricanes happen and sometimes people elect a dumb/useless council...
and sometimes the owners and the voters are s-----...as in this case. the clown that had the dog on the leash probably never expected a kid to come running up behind the dog...too bad this happened....it was an accident and i doubt very seriously if it had to do with republicand or democrats...but i'll bet the dog was an obama supporter...dumb.

THE OWNERS HAD BEEN ASKED PRIOR TO THE EVENT TO PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL AS THERE WAS A CROSS COUNTRY MEET ABOUT TO START. THEY CHOSE TO STAY PUT AND WITHOUT A DOUBT ALL THE BOYS RUNNING TOWARD AND PAST THE DOG MUST AND DID UPSET THE ANIMAL! UNFORTUNATELY, MY SON WAS AT THE END AND GOT THE BITE. THEY SHOULD HAVE FOUND AN ADULT AND OR THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD TO BE SURE HE WAS OK. INSTEAD, THEY JUST LEFT. OBVIOUSLY, IF THE DOG/OWNERS ARE NOT FOUND MY SON WILL HAVE HIS FIRST RABIES VACCINE IN THE ER ON TUESDAY.

cmonmanreally writes:

in response to suntan:

Parks are for the people with dogs so they can enjoy the outdoors with their cute pets. Keep the kids inside in front of the TV, they don't need to intrude on the pet walkers..

suntan, you are so incredibly the epitome of a geriatric freak or a single, never been married loser ("Put the kids in front of the TV"). The park is for the community, which includes kids. It was a cross country meet for kids in the community in which the dog walker did not have any compassion nor courtesy to move off the pathway when 150 runners approach. This is a situation where the owner of the dog panicked (and should now be found to face charges)! It is people like you who deter kids and families from coming to the park. You and your negative attitude towards kids. I advise people like you to STAY AWAY from any areas where kids are since their happiness and laughter may be contagious...you wouldn't want to enjoy life...

cribguy writes:

Yeah,you tell that darn SUNTAN.I'm so rigid that I
did not detect any sarcasm in his post either.

playballonK writes:

I've tried sarcasm before on this site - had a whole bunch of people whose position I supported start sending me nasty blogs.
Best leave the sarcasm for more intelligent, less uptight blog sites.

suntan writes:

People on this site can not tell SARCASM in a Post even it jumped up and bit them. Some of them are DUMBER then DUMB.

marcoislandres writes:

Parks are made for kids, why should I have to worry about how responsible a dog owner is? my kids are more important then your dog.

DonMarco writes:

In response to:"I am truly upset by the comments of those who are IGNORANT of the consequences my son faces if the dog and/or it's owners are not found within the next 6 days. As it stands, his first Rabies shot will be administered in the Emergency Room on Tuesday."

Get a private investigator working on this fast. Do not wait for the police.

marcoislandres writes:

Years ago we owned a boxer and a girl in our town was bitten badly by one and the police came by with the girl to see if it was our dog, it was not our dog but why can't the Marco police do the same? All dogs need to be registered with the city right?

ilikemarco writes:

Why don't we just admit that the dog park was a bad idea to be placed in Mackle Park. They put erasers on pencils for a reason. Let's use one for a change and not continue to try to justify a bad idea. Wait until the season starts and the dogs get here.

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