Oregon Police responded to a dog bite incident that occurred in the 100 block of South 7th Street on Sunday morning, July 6 at approximately 9:30 a.m.
A Staffordshire Terrier owned by Jeremiah Pumfrey, 24 and Jillian Chapin, 25, both of Oregon bit a four year old boy. The boy was taking out the trash for his grandmother when the dog charged at him, knocked him down and bit him. The grandmother was able to get the dog away from the child and the owner subdued the dog. No ambulance was called to the scene.
The dog has been aggressive with Oregon animal control officer Ray Hawn earlier in the month and Hawn had to use pepper spray on the dog. Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said the safety of the public is top priority right now. “Our objective is the safety of the public. The dog is too aggressive and we have recommended it be euthanized. Although this is never an easy decision, safety is our top priority.”
The dog is currently on hold at Pines Meadow Veterinary Clinic for ten days pending a decision by the owners. The owners must agree to euthanize the animal or agree to keep the dogs confined for his life span.
If the owners chooses confinement according to city ordinances the area must be secure with no way for escape. Also, a lock must be out of reach of children. The dog can only come out of the kennel for medical treatment and must be muzzled or leashed. The dog could not be removed or transferred to another area or town without notifying the City of Oregon.
According to the American Kennel Club the Staffordshire Terrier is an extremely strong dog for its size. Classed by AKC as “American Staffordshire Terrier” and by UKC as “American Pit Bull Terrier,” the American Staffordshire Terrier is generally of larger bone structure, head size and weight then its cousin the American Pit Bull Terrier.