Dog Bites 8-Year-Old, Could Be Put to Sleep

A German Shepherd escaped from its owner's yard in Baldwin Park and bit an 8-year-old boy Monday night.

An 8-year-old boy was allegedly attacked by a dog while playing catch at Sierra Vista High School in Baldwin Park Monday night, according to authorities.

Two dogs escaped from a nearby home at approximately 6:30 p.m. One dog, a German Shepherd, allegedly attacked Anthony Cardenas as he ran to retrieve the baseball his 13-year old brother had thrown. The other dog, "a small white one, sat there and barked," said Anthony's mother, Cynthia Cardenas.

The dog bit the boy's head, leaving welts and scratches on both sides and puncturing the back of his right ear, requiring him to get two stitches, Cardenas said.


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"I was pulling into the driveway after coming from the market," said Cardenas. "I got a call from my husband saying my son had been bit and to call 911."

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When Cardenas first heard the news, she was shocked.

"He looked OK at first, but was shaken up and crying," Cardenas said.

Because Cardenas lives close to Kaiser Hospital, she drove Anthony there herself while her oldest son and husband held the dogs at the park, she said.  

The fire department and animal control arrived on scene at about 8 p.m. and the owners later signed their dogs over for quarantine, according to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC). According to a DACC press release, prior records show no complaints of violence associated with the dogs.

Both dogs will be put in quarantine for up to 10 days, the offending dog will be put to sleep, said Cardenas. Patch did not verify this information with animal control by article publication.

"It wasn't a good situation for anyone," said Cardenas. "The lady had to give up her dogs and she was crying."

Cardenas said that the hospital bills associated with her son's injuries were covered by her insurance.

"If there's no infection and the injuries don't get any worse, I won't press charges against the owner," said Cardenas.

Things could have been a lot worse, said Cardenas. She normally takes Anthony with her to the market and her 4-and-a-half-year-old plays ball at the park.

"If it had been my little one, that dog would have torn him apart," Cardenas said.

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Jared Morgan September 25, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Do you think the dog should be put to sleep?
JAY LO September 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
No! Fine the owner, let her pay any medical, quarantine the dog, but...don't take away a family member.
Mortician Gomez September 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Don't put the dog asleep the injury does not look like a bite mark but merely a scratch. The mother is just over exaggerating. I understand he got hurt and he's only 8 but there's no need to go crazy.
Mortician Gomez September 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Cardenas needs to calm down because she shouldn't press charges because it wasn't the owners fault that they got out. And seriously those "bite marks" weren't all that serious like she said they were. I've had cousins that have gotten worse stitches than his.
Angie Franco September 27, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Since when do scratches require stitches? I dont believe the people saying not to be put down would respond the same if it were their children. It would be different if the dogs had just gotten loose and scared some people but that is not the case here.
Tmara September 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
This dog is not mean at all!! I know because I have met this dog. I usto be to terrified about dogs big dogs to be specific. I met this dog I would say a couple of months befor and I met him and he was very nice, playful and I slowly got over my terrible fear of big dogs. I don't believe that a gentle giant would do somthing like that. He wouldn't even hurt a fly he most likely thought that the little boy was playing you don't know what could have been going threw the dogs mind because He was just a pup
Sarah Ramos September 27, 2012 at 01:36 AM
You are right nobody knows hoa anyone would react if that would happen to a family memeber let alone your child. But when I read the caption Bites I pictured a different outcome than the what I observed in the pictures. None the less it's sad that it happend but glad that the little boy is doing well. If the dog can be rescued then rescue it. I myself was bitten by a dog too and required stiches but I didn't ask for that dog to be put down. My sister also got bitten and scratched in the face when she was eight, but my parents didn't request for the dog to be put down.
Tmara September 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
The dog does not deserve to die just because u guys are upset. I know that the kid is not mine but how would u feel if u murdered someone's family member. I would feel really bad. You should feel good that the dog was not vicious or else the boy would have seriously been injured and would have needed more than just stitches. So calm your selves.
Mickey Gomez September 27, 2012 at 01:53 AM
This is being exaggerated. I had a worse but mark and didn't even get stitches. Those aren't even bad. Leave the dog alone it's just a puppy
Rogelio sandoval September 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
He shoudnt be put to sleep becuase it wasnt the owner's fault they got out and the scratches arnt even bad, they look like you could put some cream on it and its healed. Tr mother is over exaggerating.
Prettie Gal September 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Why don't you all think of the trauma that this poor kid has been through?? Ok don't put the dog to sleep. But the dog's owner should pay for the medical expenses and keep that dog securely on a leash. So he won't harm another person.
Jorge Carrillo September 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
This dog shouldn't be put to sleep. He's just a puppy, and he surely wasn't attacking the boy. If a dog that size was intentionally going for the boy, the wounds would have been a lot worse. Additionally, this is the first account of any "violent" activity from this dog. It would be inhumane to take its life after such a small mishap.
Carlos Aviles (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Another update about Chico: http://patch.com/A-y220


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