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Dog That Bit Child In Baldwin Park Sent For Adoption

He was evaluated after finishing quarantine. He passed his temp test, rescue was called and a waiver was submitted for adoption

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UPDATED 10/18/2012: Authorities said Chico the German shepherd that was involved in the attack of the 8yr boy passed his temp test, rescue was called and a waiver was submitted for adoption.

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After finishing a initial trial period in which he presented no aggressive behavior, Chico, the German shepherd who allegedly bit an 8-year-old at Sierra Vista High in Baldwin Park, will be evaluated on Tuesday to determine his eligibility for possible adoption.

According to Aaron Reyes, deputy director of the Department of Animal Care and Control of Los Angeles County (DACC), Chico's temperament and behavior will be assessed under different circumstances to determine if he can be adopted.

Chico made ​​headlines last September 24, when he allegedly attacked a child who was playing in Sierra Vista High School.

The German Shepherd had escaped from a Baldwin Park home with another small dog, who was also put under observation by the authorities after the incident.

According to the victim's mother, Cynthia Cardenas, the dog bit the boy on the head, leaving him with bumps and scratches on both sides and piercing the back of his right ear.

Authorities later said it was unclear whether the injuries were caused by bites or scratches.

"The boy was running after a ball and it is likely that the dogs were doing the same," said Reyes. 

According to Chico's owner, he is still a puppy and loves to play regularly.

"Both dogs completed their quarantine period," Reyes told Patch. "Both dogs have been well behaved thus far while in our care. Staff has reported no instances of aggressive behavior while at the animal center so that is promising as we look to possibly placing them with a rescue group."

"The small terrier was reported as not being directly involved in the incident on the ball field, so his placement into a new home may be quicker than Chico's,"  Reyes added.

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D. L. G. October 09, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Yeah but what about the child? I bet hes scared of dogs now and has nightmares. My child went through a similar situation only it was on our street and it was the neighbors dog. He was scared to go outside beyond our fence for about almost a year. Nothing was done to the dog.
JAY LO October 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Why isn't he being returned to the owner?
Tmara October 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yes I agree that the little boy will be scared, but he got minor injuries. He will soon be okay with dogs unless they keep him away from dogs wich is a bad idea. I think the family should be happy that they still have the little boy just a couple of scratches like the report says its not as bad as some other cases. I don't believe that just because of one incadent that could have been an acedent make Chico pay! He most likely was just wanting to play. Even the animal control officers say that he didn't show any sign of aggression! I hope and pray that they don't put him down
Carlos Aviles October 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Authorities said Chico the German shepherd that was involved in the attack of the 8yr boy passed his temp test, rescue was called and a waiver was submitted for adoption.
Tmara October 20, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Yea!! See this dog isn't mean or aggressive! He's just a puppy. This attack as so they call it. This was most likely just a dog wanting to play. I hope Chico ends up happy, even tho I'm pretty sure he would have been happier with his rightful owners. Lets hope that the owners can still go visit there dog.

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