Something reeks here and I don’t think it’s puppy poop! Let’s look at some facts.
First of all, the family is living in very depressed conditions if their bed is on the floor (or their couch is a mattress on the floor)and the baby is sleeping in a car seat sitting on the floor. Nothing against having no money (hey, I’ve never been even within spitting distance of rich and I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) but why bring a puppy into this situation? And why would anyone sell these people a puppy?
Next big fact — it’s a 6-week-old puppy! I’ve lived around big dogs all my life and I don’t care how big the dog is going to be when he’s grown, at 6 weeks it would take a whole lot longer than an hour to chew off 4 baby toes! Those puppy teeth are sharp but come on!
So what do I think? I think it was rats and I think it took a LOT longer than an hour of torture! I suspect the parents are somewhat lacking in the parental skills necessary to safeguard a baby and they thought they would blame the puppy because, after all, he is a pit bull! Why not blame him? Everybody knows how “vicious” they are don’t they?
And if you believe that puppy chewed off those toes, well, I have a couple of bridges I could sell you for a paltry million or so!
Last bit of evidence to throw in here — Lynn H. who sent me the article also made a few calls to Louisiana to try to uncover some truth. As it turns out, no one seems to have done much in the way of investigating this couple’s claims, including the reporter who admitted that he hadn’t spent a lot of time on it. So if anyone wants to call the police who are handling this case, here’s the phone number: 318-741-8605. Of you do call, please be polite. These cops may be perfectly nice people trying to do a hard job. Just keep in mind that they may not understand much about dogs or what a 6-week-old puppy of any age can or cannot do.
Meanwhile, there’s a puppy sitting in puppy jail wondering what he did wrong. How unfair. I hope someone in Louisiana steps in to show him what a real home can be! And yes, I feel very badly for the human baby too. At least now, the state agency has stepped in to prevent her from being passively abused any further. Can the same be said for the furbaby?
Here’s the article from The Shreveport Times:
Parents arrested after pit bull gnaws child’s toes
By John Andrew Prime
A local child is in the hospital, her parents are in custody and a dog is in the pound after the puppy gnawed four of the infant’s toes off Sunday, Bossier City police say.
The unidentified month-old girl was taken to WK Bossier Health Center by her parents with injuries that promoted staff there to call the police, city spokesman Mark Natale said.
“She had a severe injury to one foot, with most of the toes missing,” Natale said. “Patrol officers who responded notified detectives, and after our juvenile detectives unit looked into it, they determined the child, who had been sleeping in a baby carrier next to her parents, had been bitten by the family’s pit bull puppy, who appears to have gnawed on the child’s foot.”
Natale said the family had brought a mattress into the living room to watch television, and had fallen asleep.
The incident was reported to police around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, and that afternoon the child underwent surgery at Sutton’s Children’s Hospital, Natale said. He said the girl will survive but her foot was maimed, and the child is now in the custody of state social workers.
The pit bull puppy has not been destroyed but is in a 10-day quarantine, since it was too young to have had rabies shots, Natale said.
The child’s parents were arrested on state misdemeanor charges of child desertion, Natale said. He identified the parents as Mary Shannon Hansche, 22, and Christopher Wayne Hansche, 26, both of 700 block of Anthony Street. Early today, they were transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security facility in north Bossier Parish, Natale said.
That criminal offense, Louisiana Revised Statute 14:93.2.1, says “Child desertion is the intentional or criminally negligent exposure of a child under the age of 10 years, by a person who has the care, custody, or control of the child, to a hazard or danger against which the child cannot reasonably be expected to protect himself, or the desertion or abandonment of such child, knowing or having reason to believe that the child could be exposed to such hazard or danger.”
If convicted, the parents face only a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in prison.
There’s more information in this article that ran on Boston.com.
La. police: Puppy gnawed off baby’s toes
BOSSIER CITY, La. –A pit bull puppy chewed off four of a baby girl’s toes while the child’s parents slept, police here said Monday. The parents were booked on charges of child desertion and criminal negligence and were being held in the Bossier Parish Jail pending an initial court appearance.
Police said the parents were sleeping on a mattress in the living room of their residence and the month-old girl was in an infant seat beside them when the puppy began chewing on their baby’s toes.
Mary Shannon Hansche, 22, and Christopher Wayne Hansche, 26, told police they woke up to the sound of the baby crying, found her mangled foot and took her to the hospital about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
“They did not see the dog injuring the child,” police spokesman Mark Natale said.
The girl underwent surgery Sunday at Sutton’s Children’s Hospital in Shreveport. There was no way to reattach the child’s toes, Natale said Monday.
The puppy was 6 weeks old and had no record of receiving its shots and will be quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies. Natale said he did not know what the puppy’s fate would be after that.
“The puppy itself was just several weeks old! I mean this was essentially a puppy,” Natale said.
“This puppy might have been trying to nurse on the toes of this baby,” veterinarian Michael Dale speculated. “I know that sounds a little far fetched, but that’s the first thing that comes to my mind.”
Teresa Miller, who sold the puppy to the Hansches, was skeptical the dog did it. “He didn’t chew on anything while he was with me. Out of all of them (in the litter), he was the least chewy.”
Another veterinarian, Dr. Valri Brown, said if the puppy chewed off the infant’s toes, it would not have happened quickly. “It would have to be a period of time — maybe at least an hour,” she said.
Meanwhile, the puppy’s been quarantined at Bossier City’s animal control office for the next 10 days to check for rabies. Natale said he did not know what the puppy’s fate would be after that.