Doggone Dolphin Bites Boy
As Dolphin DE Jason Taylor was chasing down Byron Leftwich last Sunday, his dog Bull, a male Akita, was mauling a 15-year old boy in the latest off-field incident for the dog & gun enthusiast. Vicky Agnew has the troubling story for the Sun-Sentinel.
The attack was so fierce that Broward County Animal Care officials deemed the dog, a male Akita, dangerous, and said Thursday that it would be euthanized after the mandatory quarantine. They added that Taylor has been cited twice before, most recently on Oct. 7, for allowing the dog to run loose...The boy's forearms were heavily bandaged and one hand was in a splint Thursday afternoon. His father said the teen had no sensation in one of his hands.
Sherry Wallice, a board member of the Akita Club of America, said Akitas are known for their independence. If the dog was not accustomed to being tied up, he may have felt threatened by something the boy did unintentionally, she said.
The club says the following about Akitas on its Web site:
It is a Japanese breed believed to be a symbol of good health, prosperity and good fortune.
Akitas are inherently aggressive toward other animals and should not be allowed to run free. Off leash, they should be exercised away from other animals and people.
Broward County fined Taylor a meesly $212.50 for the dog biting incident.