Update: Bountiful 7-year-old back home after being severely bitten by family dog

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah, Dec. 27, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Bountiful child was transported to the hospital Friday morning after being bitten by a family dog.

Radio transmissions from first responders identified the victim as a 7-year-old boy who was bitten by a black Lab, one of three dogs in the residence, according to the child’s mother.

The boy’s injuries were characterized as “pretty severe,” by medical personnel, who transported the boy to Primary Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Captain Greg Stewart, South Davis Metro Fire, confirmed the incident to Gephardt Daily, and said that the injuries appeared to be “mostly cosmetic,” and not life threatening.

“It wasn’t a critical injury,” Stewart said. “The child was in fine condition, and was talking to medics. Animal Control was working with the family to determine what would happen next.”

In a Friday night e-mail the child’s mother confirmed to Gephardt Daily her son’s injuries were “cosmetic” and he had already been released from Primary Children’s Hospital. “He was stitched up and is home and resting, and even in the hospital was asking for the dog to comfort him,” she wrote. She said that out of the family’s 3 dogs the one involved in the incident was the “quietest and most well mannered.”

“It was a horrible mistake. The dog wasn’t aggressive before this and I have no fear he will be aggressive after,” she said.

“If my husband was home, so I didn’t panic as moms do, I wouldn’t have called for an ambulance and we would have taken him in ourselves.”

We will have more information as it becomes available.


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