An investigation is underway after a 4-year-old Utah boy lost his right hand while playing with a neighbor’s husky in his backyard.
KTVU reported that the young child, whose name has not been released, put a sock over his hand and reached under a fence to play “sock puppet” with the dog when the husky bit off his hand and ate it.
Emergency responder Jason Cook called the incident unfortunate because the neighbor’s two huskies were properly fenced.
The child was separated from the animals by a 6-foot-tall vinyl enclosure. The fence is solid, and Cook said the dog would not have been able to see the child when it bit the boy’s hand and ripped it from his limb.
According to People, the horrific bite came as a complete surprise to the dog owners, who described their pets as “docile pets” that have never “demonstrated any aggression.”
This was the dog’s “first bite incident,” according to the pet owners. Paramedics were called to the scene on Sunday afternoon and rushed the child to Primary Children’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery to patch up his arm.
“He’s a tough little guy. He never cried the entire time in the ambulance or hospital.”
Authorities could not find the child’s hand and believe the dog may have “ingested” the limb.
Doctors amputated the lower part of the boy’s arm after the dog bite.
Kellie Henry, a neighbor who shares the same fencing with the homeowners, said the two huskies often bark at her children but didn’t recall any issues in past. Henry told KSL:
“I mean, I think any dog who has a hole right here would do that. But it’s scary to think about how easily it could have been my kid.”
The two huskies have been quarantined while authorities determine whether or not the dogs are dangerous.
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