A pit bull is under lock down in Lockport, New York after being involved in what may be the first recorded canine sexual assault case on a human. The victim is a two year old boy and the family’s dog “Bear” is the alleged attacker.
Det. Capt. Larry Eggert says the mother was changing the baby’s diaper and briefly left the room. “She heard some screams, returned very quickly found the dog in the act of doing what it was doing. She screamed apparently that must have caused the dog to become afraid.” The dog ran outside, still attached to the boy. Neighbors stepped in to help, beating on the dog to get it off the boy.
“July 1st started my 27th year here and I have never had an occasion such as this.” Niagara County SPCA Executive Director Albert Chile has already received a number of phone calls about this case. “I’ve probably had 15-20 calls this morning.. ‘kill those pit bulls.’ Several people said investigate the family not the dog.”
A DNA sample has been taken from the dog for analysis to verify what happened. Eggert says they’ve also turned to an out-of-town animal behaviorist for help. “That’s the kind of thing we’re looking for from them, some guidance. Tell us why the dog did what it did.”
Police say the family has relinquished custody of Bear. Chile says the family apparently wants the dog euthanized, although he has not received an official request. “Unless there’s some sort of an action taken by a third party, the owner of the dog has the right to decide whether the dog is euthanized or not.”
The boy was taken to Women and Children’s hospital where he underwent surgery Sunday night. Police say he may someday have to have more reconstructive surgery.
“Bear” the pit bull remains locked up at the Niagara County SPCA after police said he sexually attacked a 2-year-old toddler.
Animal experts said it is possible that the dog attacked the little boy without being trained to do so.
“I don’t think it would be that difficult to do physically,” said animal behaviorist Dr. Dan Estep.
It sounds like an unbelievable story, but Anastasio Castillo said it happened.
“It’s hard to believe,” he said. “You had to be there to see. It was nasty and ugly.”
Castillo was walking home, passing by the victim’s City of Lockport home when he heard the boy’s mother screaming for help. He ran inside and said he saw the dog sexually assaulting the boy.
“I had to beat up on the dog to take him away from the baby,” he said.
Dr. Estep said it is rare for a dog to have sexual contact with humans without human encouragement or training.
“I think it’s a question that needs to be asked,” he said.
Police believe the dog acted alone. Their investigation continues.