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Baby critical after dog drags it from house

A four-day-old child dragged out of his crib and into the yard by the family dog remained in critical condition yesterday at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Michael Smith and his wife Chrissie say when they checked on their baby Monday afternoon, he was not in his crib.

Smith told the Associated Press he headed to the family’s wooded, two-acre backyard, knowing that Dakota, a mixed breed described as a “Native American Indian Dog,” had a reputation for stealing household items and depositing them there.

Smith said when he found the dog, it was treating the baby, named Alexander James Smith, as a puppy and wasn’t being vicious.

Despite that, the infant suffered two collapsed lungs, a skull fracture, broken ribs and cuts and bruises.

Jessamine County chief deputy sheriff Allen Peel said no charges had been filed, but the case remains under investigation. He said he expects the dog, named Dakota, to be destroyed by animal control, which took him into custody Monday.

Smith said the 4-year-old was one of three dogs the family had owned since they were puppies and he had no history of aggression or problems with Smith’s two other children from a previous marriage.

Comments

Comment from Elena
Time July 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

They better not kill that dog. It is not her fault. That is something that my dog, Connor, would do. Connor loves all toys that make sound. He picks them up in his mouth, whimpers, and carries them around the house. He tryed to do this with fake baby dolls, the kind schools use in health class, but we kept a close eye on him. The family thought that Dakota thought the baby was a toy. The family should have been watching their dogs and new baby closer. You are supposed to carefully introduce infants and dogs, and keep them separated for a while. Any of their dogs could have done that. Dakota is not agressive. She needs a loving family, and anyone who understands her story would want that too. I don’t want the baby to die, but it is not the dog’s fault. It is the family’s fault. Dakota is a good girl.

Comment from silvia mitchell
Time July 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Can any rescues or sanctuaries step up and advocate for this poor animal??? I tried writing and calling the shelter and from what I’m reading it seems they are going to kill her

Comment from Brani Bomb
Time January 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

These people are idiots! Leaving your newborn in a crib upstairs.. not smart!

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