An Oklahoma toddler is recovering in the hospital after he was mauled by a pit bull Friday night, Tecumseh police said.
“I’ve seen dog bites in the past and experience pretty brutal dog bites with children but never a complete amputation,” said Chief JR Kidney with the Tecumseh Police Department.
When an officer arrived at 4-year-old Axel Foster’s grandparents’ home, he found the toddler’s grandmother in the driveway. He was missing his right arm just below the shoulder, police said.
The officer began applying his tourniquet from his vest. Tecumseh firefighters also arrived and began assisting with the tourniquet. Axel’s arm was missing.
“The child’s arm was still in the pen,” said Chief Kidney.
“I could see the arm inside, and one of the puppies was trying to chew on it,” said Officer Aaron McCormick in a police report.”
“When officers and animal control attempted to retrieve the arm, the dog became aggressive to them,” said Chief Kidney.
Kidney told KFOR ultimately, the dog had to be put down. It was shot and killed.
The boy’s arm could not be reattached.
The boy was trying to pet some puppies when the dog attacked.
Let me make this very clear:
If you have a pit bull near my children I will kill it.
I won’t be cruel about it. I will use a gun of sufficient caliber to ensure a quick and relatively painless death.
I’m just being honest with you about what will happen.