Dog bites North Pole boy

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole boy is recuperating after being bitten five times by a neighbor's chow dog Sunday afternoon.

Dave DeLany said his 9-year-old son Billy had been playing outside with the children of a neighbor when a younger child inadvertently let the dog out of the neighbor's house.

''The dog went after Billy,'' said DeLany, who did not witness the attack. ''Chased him, knocked him down, bit him (and) knocked him down again ... he had five separate puncture wounds.''

DeLany said his son was bitten above the left elbow, on the back and three times on the right thigh. The bite on the left elbow required eight stitches. His son was taken to the emergency room for treatment and is now at home on antibiotics and painkillers.

Borough Animal Control Officer Stephen Rice said the dog has been quarantined at a veterinary clinic since Monday. After a 10-day quarantine period, the dog will either be euthanized if the owner requests it or brought before the Animal Control Commission. The commission can choose to euthanize the dog, dismiss the case or release the dog with protective restrictions.

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