HN PHOTO: Woman applying pressure to the injured dog’s wound…
HERE’S AN UPDATE FROM KRISTINA REX, WBZ NEWS:
AND HERE’S ANOTHER UPDATE FROM BOSTON 25 NEWS:
INITIAL HN REPORT AND OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SCENE:
MASHPEE – The two dogs were said to have been playing inside the park when things heated up and there was a fight. Nearby adults were trying to break it up when there were two redirect bites and injuries. The other dog was also injured…
HN NOTE: A redirected dog bite often happens when two dogs are fighting and concerned handlers jump in to break things up. It’s called a “redirect” bite because the handlers were not the intended target. It is common for two dogs to be playing and suddenly begin fighting after one dog becomes heated. It is during these common situations that redirect dog bites are likely to occur. It’s not official, but today’s unfortunate incident appears to have started off as play and escalated, with the two adults being inadvertently bitten during a “redirect.” HN will update with the official word on this incident as it becomes available. In this case, HN responded to the scene because one of the adults reportedly was severely injured. HN is a staunch advocate for all dog breeds and redirect dog bites happen with all breeds. These observations are also based on my experience as a lifelong handler of large terrier breeds.
One man suffered a serious bite wound and was bleeding profusely according to radio transmissions. His condition was described as “priority two” and he reportedly will need a lot of stitches, but is otherwise expected to be okay, according to sources. The second adult bite victim was described as being in “priority three” condition. Both adults were transported to the hospital. [UPDATE – According to sources, the second priority three patient may not have needed to be transported after all. I may have missed the second patient getting down from the ambulance because some irate woman was yelling at me at the time. Again, this is a DEVELOPING story and HN will update with official details as soon as they become available…]
As you will see in the following HN Video, the injured dog was alert and being attended to by a woman applying pressure to its wound. The dog was then placed on a stretcher and loaded into a the Mashpee Animal Control Officer’s van. It is understood the wounded dog was then transported to a nearby vet.
The condition of all three bite victim’s is unknown at the time of this report. HN will update this story with official details as they become available.