Dog shot, killed after boy injured

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A 5-year-old child was attacked by a 4-year-old Rottweiler June 16, and the dog was then shot by a person who owned a concealed carry permit.

The child was taken to Socorro General Hospital for lacerations and bites and a substantial part of his right ear was ripped off, but the boy has since been released from the hospital, Socorro Police Department reported.

“We were called out. When we got there the (paramedics) had already picked up the child,” said SPD patrolman Justin Gonzales.

Officers said the owners of the dog had not realized that the dog had escaped from its chain.

The incident, which happened at 200 S. Fifth St., caught the attention of a journeyman for Socorro Electric Cooperative, who was working in the area. The journeyman fired two shots, killing the dog with a 9 milimeter caliber pistol.

“He was just working and heard yelling, didn’t think anything of it,” Gonzales said. “It kept getting louder and louder, so he told his boss ‘I’m going to go check what’s going on.’”

At this time, the dog is still being tested for rabies and other diseases. SPD Capt. Angel Garcia said it will take some time for the results to be confirmed.

The dog’s owner is facing possible “vicious dog” citations,” Garcia said, adding the citations would be determined by whether the dog had been vaccinated.

“They still have a duty to control their dog inside their property,” Garcia added.

The dog did not have any identifying tags on it at the time.

The child was a neighborhood friend who came over to play with another child, the officers said. When the boy dropped some spaghetti and tried to pick it up at the same time as the Rottweiler, the dog became aggressive and attacked the child.

Although the incident was vicious in nature, officers said they have not had specific attack issues with this particular breed of dog in the past.

“It could be any kind of dog,” Garcia said. “We have problems with different types of dogs all the time, whether it’s running at large, a vicious dog or not on a collar, whatever it is. It’s just a variety of dogs.”