Foxy bites boy, goes to doggy jail

March 31, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

A dog that escaped from the back yard of a Pico Avenue home in El Centro on Friday afternoon chased and bit a 10-year-old boy riding by on his bike, police said.

El Centro police officers took the small collie/shepherd-mix dog named Foxy to the pound, where she has been quarantined. The child suffered a bruise on his ankle.

The department was tipped off about the incident by a man driving by who called on his cell phone to report he saw the dog chase and bite the boy.

The dog, which recently delivered four pups, is owned by a 19-year-old man who lives at the Pico Avenue home.

The man's mother, who asked to remain unidentified, said Saturday night no one meant to let the dog out.

"We were getting ready to have a huge yard sale and my friend that was helping didn't shut the gate," she said.


The mother doesn't think the dog should have been quarantined.

"I think it's a little ridiculous," she said. Although, she noted, the police officer who took the dog away was very polite.

As for the reason why Foxy chased the boy, the mother said, often children riding by on bikes have taunted and teased her son's dog and she feels the constant torment from the teens caused Foxy to act the way she did.

"For the record she's never bitten anyone … well yeah, except for that kid," she said.

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