Boy, 7, Killed After Attacked By Pit Bull In Mpls.

August 16, 2007

(WCCO) Minneapolis A 7-year-old boy is dead after being attacked by his family’s pit bull in Minneapolis, according to Lt. Amelia Huffman of the Minneapolis Police Department.
The attack happened at the 3500 block of Humboldt Avenue North in Minneapolis.

According to police, Zack King Jr. went to play with the family dog in the basement of his family’s home when it attacked him. Police say the dog severely bit the boy in the throat.

The 7-year-old’s father, Zach King Sr. tried to intervene and was bitten severely on the arm. The father then shot and killed the pit bull.

Police said two girls were also in the home at the time of the attack and one of those girls called 911.

The boy was taken to North Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The grandfather of the boy said the male pit bull, whose name was Face, was kept chained in the basement

According to the city of Minneapolis, Animal Control has had two other contacts with this family regarding the pit bull that attacked the boy. In 2005, the dog bit a trespasser on the family’s property. The city considered that a “provoked bite” and it did not lead to any additional action.

In 2006, the dog left the family’s yard and bit a man. Although the bite was considered minor, Animal Control officially notified the dog owner that any further incidents may lead to the dog being declared dangerous.

According to police, it was normal for the boy to play with the dog. There was another female pit bull in the home and five puppies that were not involved in the attack. Those dogs have been taken by Minneapolis Animal Control.

A state report based on hospital discharge data and medical records from the Minnesota Hospital Association showed a 40 percent reported increase in victims of dog bites seen in hospitals and emergency rooms in the state from 1998 to 2005.

The study, released in June, found that about 3,600 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2005, compared to about 2,600 in 1998. The number of those hospitalized saw a smaller increase, from 89 in 1998 to 95 in 2005.

Three-quarters of the victims were familiar with the attacking dog, the study said.

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