Rottweiler Owner Cited After Dog Attacked
CREATED May. 8, 2013
Elkhorn, NE -- A little boy is recovering after two rottweilers mauled him in an Elkhorn neighborhood Tuesday night.
The attack sent Gage Olsen, 7, to a hospital with head injuries.
The dogs are at the Nebraska Humane Society where they will be quarantined for 10 days and then euthanized.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Gage's father noticed his son staggering in the middle of the road.
He thought he was covered in mud, but it was blood.
He said the little boy was attacked while he was trying to catch up with his stepmother, who was on a walk in the neighborhood.
"We have no previous history on these dogs," said Mark Langan of the Nebraska Humane Society. "They appear to have been well taken care of. (There is) no aggressiveness in the past. The owners have been very cooperative during this investigation."
Despite that cooperation, the Nebraska Humane Society said Wednesday afternoon, the dogs' owner, Richard Willett, 59, will be cited for improper restraint of a dog, dog damaging property and menacing behavior.
All are punishable up to 6 months in jail and/ or a $500 fine.
On Wednesday, the boy's family left a note on their door asking for privacy while Gage recovers.
His father told investigators the rottweilers were secured by an invisible fence.
Action 3 News wanted to know just how secure those fences are.
"I think they cause behavioral problems," said Barbara Flick of the Good Karma Dog Center. "I think they are not safe in protecting dogs or the general public. I know certain dogs that will take the hit and receive the shock because there is a bigger incentive on the other side of the invisible fence."
Flick said homeowners use invisible fences for a number of reasons including homeowner's association restrictions, cost and the misconception that they are an easy tool to train dogs.
"You can train a dog to respect boundaries without the use of a shock collar," said Flick. "It just takes a lot of time and patience."
Investigators said Gage had four open wounds on his head and face. He was released from the hospital Tuesday night.
The dogs' owner wouldn't talk on camera, but told Action 3 News it's a traumatic situation.