Dog Drags Newborn From Family Home

Postby amazincc » July 22nd, 2009, 7:58 am ... e%2F580819

Dog Drags Newborn From Family Home
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21) - A father was frantically calling 911 to report his newborn missing when he spotted the baby, bleeding from the mouth and clutched in the mouth of a family dog who had carried him from his crib to the heavily wooded backyard.
Four-day-old Alexander James Smith was rushed to the emergency room at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday with two collapsed lungs, a skull fracture, broken ribs and various cuts and bruises.

Dakota, a 4-year-old Native American Indian dog, took her family's newborn out of his crib and carried the baby into the heavily wooded backyard, authorities said. Alexander James Smith was hospitalized in critical condition with two collapsed lungs and a skull fracture. The incident was under investigation. Dakota was turned over to animal control.

His father, Michael Smith, said doctors were optimistic the boy would survive, but a day earlier they braced the family for the worst and had to use resuscitation paddles to get a heartbeat.
"They took us straight to a consulting room with a pastor and gave us pretty much what was the last visitation," Smith said in an interview with The Associated Press from a hospital waiting room.
Smith said he and his wife, Chrissie, had just put Alexander James (or A.J.) in his crib Monday afternoon in their Nicholasville, Ky., home and were preparing for a baby shower. When Chrissie returned to the bedroom minutes later, one of the doors was ajar and both the baby and their Native American Indian dog — a breed that looks similar to a husky — were gone.
Michael Smith initially headed to the backyard, knowing that Dakota, a mixed breed with wolves in its ancestry, had a reputation for stealing household items like cups and wallets and depositing them there. He spent 10 minutes looking among the trees and bushes in the two-acre fenced backyard before finding the dog and child about 200 yards behind the house.

"When you're running through the backyard and you can't find him, every worst fear comes through your head," Smith said. "We had to try to stay positive, try and find him. My guess is five more minutes and he wouldn't be here."
Jessamine County chief deputy sheriff Allen Peel said no charges had been filed, but the case remains under investigation.
"It's unreal," Peel said.
Smith, who is the owner of a security company where his wife also works, said the dog was treating the baby as a puppy and wasn't being vicious.
But he expects that Dakota, who was taken into custody by animal control, will be destroyed. The 4-year-old was one of three dogs the family had owned since they were puppies and had no history of aggression, even when playing with Smith's two other children from a previous marriage, he said.
"It wasn't a vicious dog attack," Smith said. "She had A.J. for 10 minutes on her own, and if you look at A.J.'s belly, there's about 100 little marks. All the dog had to do was one bite and A.J. wouldn't be here."
Associated Press writer Bruce Schreiner in Louisville, Ky., contributed to this report

I just saw the interview on GMA... I am SO glad that the baby will be okay. :)
Makes me angry though that Dakota will probably be destroyed. :sad2:
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 22nd, 2009, 8:21 am

I saw that on - had to google the breed of dog to see what it looked like 'cause I'd never heard of it before. Crazy story.
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Postby kera09 » July 22nd, 2009, 9:25 am

wow thats crazy.
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Postby LMM » July 22nd, 2009, 10:32 am


I'm curious, where are all the words like vicious, mauling, horrific attack, etc etc and so on and so forth? Oh that's right, only used in the case of a pit bull :rolleyes2:
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Postby BigDogBuford » July 22nd, 2009, 10:47 am

"A dingo stole my baby!"

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
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Postby amazincc » July 22nd, 2009, 7:18 pm

LMM wrote:Crazy.

I'm curious, where are all the words like vicious, mauling, horrific attack, etc etc and so on and so forth? Oh that's right, only used in the case of a pit bull :rolleyes2:

No, actually Dakotas owner made a point of NOT categorizing this as a "dog attack", but he did state that... UGH! ... they have a black Lab as well who would NEVER... :rolleyes2: lol

My third thought after hearing this story was immediately: THANK GOD this wasn't a Pit Bull!
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Postby Jackuul » July 27th, 2009, 4:55 am

A pit probably would have fought the other dog to the death to keep the child in the house to be honest. But then it would have not been given any credit and just seen as dog-violent.
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