Dog that attacked Renton boy will be returned to owner



Posted on April 21, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 11 at 10:02 AM

RENTON, Wash. – A dog that attacked a 10-year-old boy, leaving him with 27 stitches on his face, will be returned to its owner.

Rian Hebert, 10, loves dogs. He has two of his own. But he's now a little apprehensive after a neighbor's dog, named Spike, bit him in the face.

“I can’t smile because of my lip,” said Hebert, lying on his couch with a swollen face.

“Just happened really fast,” said Hebert.

Hebert said he was helping his neighbors corral Spike when the dog bit him in the face.

“It hurt so much, I started screaming,” said Hebert.

Hebert's mother immediately jumped into action after hearing the screams.

"'Oh my God, Oh my God.' I just grabbed him and said it would be okay,” said a visibly shaken Shyann Laborde.

Paramedics rushed Hebert to the hospital, where he received the stitches and was released.

Renton Animal Control officers placed the dog in quarantine.

“They torment the neighbor’s dog," said Laborde from site of the attack, where her son’s blood in still on the ground. ”Everybody is afraid to let their kids out when the dogs are roaming."

Laborde doesn’t want animal control officers to allow the dog back in her neighborhood.

The dog’s owner refused to comment Thursday about Spike.

The Renton Municipal Code is very specific when it comes to dangerous dogs. A dog “that inflicts or has inflicted death on a human being without provocation … has been previously found to be dangerous …”

There  are no reports of Spike biting anyone else and police have never been called out to his owner’s house for the dog, according to animal control. The dog may have bit Hebert because he touched the dog’s backside, a police report indicated.

“They should take him because they never control him,” said Hebert.

Hebert is planning to head back to school with stitches in his face and a story for his friends.