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Baby recovering, dog will live on, too

The sad and disturbing case of the infant who was critically injured when he was snatched from his bassinet and carried to the woods by the family dog, now appears headed for a happy ending.

The baby, A.J., is home from the hospital, and is expected to recover fully. Meanwhile, Dakota, the 4-year-old “Native American Indian Dog, ” remains under the care of Jessamine County Animal Control’s SAVE Center where they are working to find him a home, ZooToo reports.

“We’ve had some nice offers from private homes,” said Jenise Smith, the center’s director.

At the time of the incident, in Nicholasville, Ky., just outside Lexington, AJ was just 3-days-old, having arrived home from the hospital on Sunday, July 19. He was snagged by the dog the next day, and spent nearly a week at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, suffering two collapsed lungs, a skull fracture, broken ribs and various cuts and bruises.

The 4-year-old dog is one of three the family has had for years. Dakota had never shown signs of aggression to the family’s two other children, the Smiths said. The dog has she shown no signs of violence since being taken from the family.

On a less uplifiting note, the SAVE Center reported hearing that scammers were apparently at work, fraudulently attempting to raise money for Dakota. SAVE officials issued a statement last week explaining that “any other websites, emails, etc, soliciting donations for Dakota are NOT connected to the SAVE Center.”


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

I’m starting to not like everybody connected with this. (Except, of course, the poor baby and the dog.) The whole “Native American Indian Dog” thing is–well, it’s a crock o’poo. I suspect if you asked around in a group of Native American Indians (??) you’d find that they have the same kinds of dogs as us Non Native Indian Americans–assorted mutts, some specific breeds–you know, dogs. You might also find that Native American Indians, as a group, would not be all that enthused about coyotes or part coyotes as babysitters. The words “dangerous pest” come to mind.

Why do I have the feeling that these poor parents are just not too bright? They seem to have fallen for the “Native American Indian Dog” thing, and they seem to have forgotten anything resembling good sense about dogs and babies. They introduced into their home a dog who is not all that far removed from a heritage as a dangerous animal, and they trusted her around their children. She obeyed her instincts, a human baby has suffered, and now everyone is in an uproar.

Don’t cross-breed a dog with a wolf, coyote, or any other wild animal and then expect the results to act like a domestic dog.