They’ve agreed to have their dogs put down but now the owners of two Rottweilers that attacked a little boy on Christmas Day might be facing criminal charges.
Hamilton police launched a criminal investigation into the incident, and say if the owners are charged it would probably be criminal negligence causing bodily harm, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The two-year-old boy was being looked after by a woman believed to be a relative when the dogs attacked him in a park. The tot suffered severe injuries to his face and other parts of his body before a neighbour, Mark Berka, heard him screaming and ran to help.
“I ran over and kicked the one dog because they were just pulling him apart,” Berka recalled. “The one dog was kind of a little more passive but the other one was just wanted to kill him.”
Neighbours said the dogs, a male and a female, had attacked other people in recent weeks. They’re currently in the City of Hamilton Animal Control Quarantine area, where they’ll stay until they’re euthanized.
The victim, who’s about to turn three, underwent extensive surgery and is recuperating at the Children’s Hospital at McMaster.
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