Nebraska Humane Society investigators Wednesday cited the owner of two dogs that attacked a 7-year-old Omaha boy.
Richard Willett, 59, of 21814 Daylily Circle, was cited for improper restraint of a dog, dog damaging property and menacing behavior by a dog. All of the citations are City of Omaha Chapter 6 ordinances relating to animal control, said Mark Langan of the Humane Society, and are punishable by up to six months in jail and or a $500 fine.
Willett signed over ownership of both Rottweilers to the Humane Society, which will hold the dogs for a 10-day period to check for rabies. The dogs will then be euthanized based on the serious attack.
An investigation indicates that the dogs got through the invisible fence in their yard and then attacked the boy, Langan said. Both dogs took part in the attack.
Langan, vice president of field operations, said the boy was taken to Lakeside Hospital for injuries to his head. The boy was treated and released, he said.
“We have the dogs in custody ...,” he said. “This was a terrible thing, as you can imagine. We’re hoping the boy recovers as quickly as possible.”
The dogs attacked the boy, whose name has not been released, while he was walking in a wooded area south of West Dodge Road near 218th Street. The boy was somehow able to escape from the dogs and return home, arriving covered in blood, Langan said.
The dogs, which were owned by neighbors, are licensed and are current on vaccinations, Langan said.
“The owners have been extremely cooperative,” he said.
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