Boy attacked by dogs remains in critical condition

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A 2-year-old Augusta boy who was attacked by dogs on Friday night remained in critical condition today, a spokesworman for Medical College of Georgia Hospital said.

Damien Chavous was bitten by four dogs after he climbed a 4-foot-tall wire fence that separates a neighbor’s backyard from his great-grandparents’ backyard.

The four dogs and another dog that was in a separate fenced-in area of the front yard were taken by animal control officers.

According to Diane Downs, director of Augusta Animal Services, the investigation into the attack is continuing, and animal control is waiting for its completion before it decides what will happen to the dogs.

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Frank I
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Frank I 07/12/09 - 07:46 pm
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nothing should happen to the

nothing should happen to the dogs.. as sad as it may be, the dogs were contained, it was the poorly attended child that was somewhere it shouldn't have been.. if the dogs are punished, so then should the child's parents, equally so

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/12/09 - 08:12 pm
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My prayers for the little

My prayers for the little boy, he is the only truely innocent person here. The homeowner shouldnt leave the dogs unattended for extended periods of time, but with the crime the way it is in this town, I dont blame her for leaving her dogs there maybe she was using it as a deterrant or keeping them there until she got her new place set up to bring the dogs with her!! I also feel for the person that didn't watch the child as good as they should have. Even I have had close calls when my son was 2, they get away from you in a flash, you have to constantly stay on your toes with a toddler. This person/people I'm sure are going through hell thinking of what they should have/ could have done differently.

guess who
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guess who 07/12/09 - 08:36 pm
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takeastand-what are you

takeastand-what are you talking about all of them dogs were in there own yard, it not the dogs owner fault. the little boy climover the fence in yard okay. god will take care of the little kid.

Purelaughs
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Purelaughs 07/12/09 - 08:49 pm
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Since when is a 2 year old

Since when is a 2 year old able to climb a 4 foot fence?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/12/09 - 08:51 pm
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I'm talking about the fact

I'm talking about the fact that as long as she didn't leave them there for days unattended and w/o food and water or keeping check on them and making sure they arent a problem nor able to get out, then I dont blame her for leaving her dogs behind when she moved for her own reasons such as a deterrant or preparing the new home. A lot of people just move and leave thier animals behind period not coming back for them, thats negligent. we do not know why these dogs were left, but as long as it wasn't done negligently then I dont see a problem. But for long term periods of time like leaving them there in an unoccupied place for months just because even though you feed then every so often, can lead to all sorts of problems, like what if the dogs do break the fence, what if one is sick and suffering and isnt checked on but once a week... etc.... a large tub of water and food for days or a week on a regular basis is a lil different then going on vacation for the weekend or working etc...

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TakeAstand 07/12/09 - 08:52 pm
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As far4 as what happened to

As far4 as what happened to the little boy, its in no way her fault, they were in thier own yard. I just went a little bit further in my comment on this new article from reading what others were saying n the first article about why she would leave her dogs at an unoccupied place.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/12/09 - 08:53 pm
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oh purelaughs, my son was a

oh purelaughs, my son was a major climber, he could have done it no problem!!!! now getting down the other side gracefully is a different story, thats a 50/50 shot!!! lol

Joeschlowe
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Joeschlowe 07/12/09 - 10:21 pm
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The Mother will have enough

The Mother will have enough grief to last a lifetime. The Child will have scars for the rest of his life. If it was my child, the dogs would certainly be shot. Lets hope he makes it.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 07/12/09 - 10:24 pm
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Seems the parents knew there

Seems the parents knew there were dogs next door. They obviously left him unattended. Responsible parents would have been watching the kids. Even more responsible parents, given the dogs next door, would have bought a taller fence that is impossible for a two year old to climb. Let's hope these parents don't invest in a pool.

bone
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bone 07/12/09 - 10:27 pm
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(sigh)

(sigh)

Joeschlowe
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Joeschlowe 07/12/09 - 10:40 pm
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Hey Fedup, Have you been in

Hey Fedup, Have you been in control of a 2yr old before?

tdp
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tdp 07/12/09 - 10:49 pm
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As the parent of a

As the parent of a preschooler, I agree that he must not have been very well supervised if he was able to scale a 4 foot fence. Although I don't believe the homeowner should face charges since the dogs were contained in the yard, I certainly believe the dogs should be put down. I have 2 dogs & neither of them would ever maul a child like that.

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robaroo 07/12/09 - 11:20 pm
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This tragedy is not the dogs'

This tragedy is not the dogs' fault. The pack mentality says that they should all attack an "intruder" into their territory. I also feel sorry for the parents. Small children do things that older children wouldn't do because they don't understand what they are doing, and adults can't watch the kids every second of every day. I believe that every accident can and should be prevented, but it's hard to find someone to blame for this one.

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Hearts for Animals 07/12/09 - 11:23 pm
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I am the owner of the dogs..I

I am the owner of the dogs..I have some questions of my own.
I know there are usually several children over there at the same time....how many were there that day..other than a baby that Jessica was preparing a bottle for? And there are always a few adults over there all the time...where were they?
Let's clear some things up....we are all in shock over this...to throw stones at me..and obviousley from the next door neighbors direction..what good is it to say things that are not true....other than to try and put the blame on the dogs? Or me? Someone on the other side wants to blame me,but I did would not leave a toddler alone at all, or with other children. I have seen them many times in the front yard,sticking their hand through the fence to pet the dogs in my front yard and they have come over to play with my grandson and the dogs..the kids were not afraid of the dogs..but at the same time...no one in their right mind would go into someone else's yard with a dog in there when they weren't at home ...these dogs are not vicious..why they did what they did ...who knows...this child did what no one can comprehend him doing...I don't believe he was alone

Joeschlowe
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Joeschlowe 07/12/09 - 11:50 pm
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RE: no one in their right

RE: no one in their right mind would go into someone else's yard with a dog in there when they weren't at home
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Two Year Old?

Mudfish
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Mudfish 07/13/09 - 12:41 am
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I believe that the other

I believe that the other article said that it happened at night. If so, why was the two year old out there at night?

KSL
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KSL 07/13/09 - 02:16 am
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Think about this, if the

Think about this, if the story was about a two year old who got outside at night and ran out into the street, only to be hit by a car, you would be all over the mother or the other adults in charge, not the driver of the car.

KSL
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KSL 07/13/09 - 02:18 am
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Certainly a two year old

Certainly a two year old dashing into the street could/would happen a lot quicker than climbing a fence.

Jonas
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Jonas 07/13/09 - 02:59 am
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no way the child should have

no way the child should have been unsupervised like that. The family of the child is at fault for this. It is sad and I hope the child pulls through but the truth is the truth.

peace4784
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peace4784 07/13/09 - 09:36 am
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If dogs have teeth they will
Unpublished

If dogs have teeth they will bite. The dogs were vicious because they attacked the child. If that was my child the dogs would be shot dead with no questions asked. The same goes for a human who harms my child. There would be no debate. The only opinion that matters is mine. The life of my child is more valuable than any animal or human child molester or pedophile. People have lost their minds by treating animals like they are human. A precious child made in God's image is probably near death because of a vicious animal being catered to by a troubled human. Then, some have the nerve to try and justify the actions of an animal. That's insane.

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