Thursday, September 28, 2000

Family Doberman attacks toddler

16-month-old hospitalized in good condition

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEARCREEK TWP. — A 16-month-old Warren County boy is recovering from multiple bite wounds to the head after the family Doberman pinscher attacked Wednesday morning.

        Emergency personnel were called just after 8:30 a.m. to a home in the 2700 block of Harlen Road, township police Sgt. William Fritz said.

        The toddler's injuries appeared severe at first, so a medical heli copter took him to Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

        However, Alec Olson was in good condition at the hospital Wednesday afternoon and was expected to be released today.

        His mother, Constance Olson, was home at the time and called 911.

        A dispatcher said there had been no previous calls of any kind at the Olson home.

        The 6-year-old male dog, one of two Dobermans the family owns, was being held at the county animal shelter.

        The family's female Doberman apparently wasn't involved in the attack, Sgt. Fritz said.

        He said he didn't have details of how the attack occurred, and said police did not plan to file charges.

        Dog Warden Nathan Harper said the dog would remain in the shelter for a 10-day quarantine period, then the family would decide its future.

        The Humane Society of the United States says about 4.7 million people are bitten annually.

        Children are the most common victims of severe attacks.


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