A bull mastiff is a huge animal that can weigh up to 250 pounds and was breed specifically for the purpose of being a watch dog. For that purpose they are the best. They rarely bark or bite preferring to use there massive bodies to block, charge, knock down then stand on top of any invader holding them in place. A true Bull-Mastiff is a cross between a Bulldog and a Mastiff but sometimes people will use Pitt Bulls in the cross instead of Bulldogs. I wonder if these were actually Pit Bull Mastiffs which I know less about then the traditional mix but they look scary as hell. I don't know why these dogs went after that kid in such a radical manner. Either they are Pitt mixed or the kid had spent some time teasing them through the fence. Either way, it is not the norm to be bitten by a Bull-Mastiff.
A 10-year old boy attacked by a pack of the dogs over the weekend was released from intensive care Monday and is listed in stable condition.
The boy was mauled by three Bull Mastiffs Saturday when he jumped a fence to retrieve a ball kicked into a neighbor's yard. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The boy's uncle said the children did not believe the dogs were a threat. "But this time either it was the ball or him going closer to the house that set them off," Brady Russell explained.
Police say the a group of children were playing outside when one of them kicked a ball over a fence at a house in the 4200 block of S. Kenny St.
There were four Bull Mastiffs in the back yard. Three of the dogs attacked the boy and bit him on both arms, neck, and head. Neighbors saw the frenzy "a bunch of family members with a lot of kids, running barefoot, running frantic" Sarah Abdol explained.
The boy's uncle forced a gate open and went after the dogs "I only saw one actually biting him" Russell said. "The two females I was able to push off easily; the male took a little more effort."
The boy suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Seattle Fire Department responded and took him to the hospital. Animal Control responded and impounded the dogs. The Seattle Animal Shelter is required by law to keep the animals for ten days.
The boy's uncle said he does not believe the animals should be put down.
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BigDogBuford wrote:I really, really hope they don't put the dogs down because I'm super scared of the precedent it would set. If it had been a burglar instead of a kid, everyone would be singing praises for these dogs because they were just doing what dogs do.
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