Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2014

Authorities take dog after it bites child

BLUEFIELD — A charge of felony negligence was pending Monday after a dog reached a neighbor’s yard despite being chained and bit a 7-year-old boy on his arm and leg.

The incident was reported after 1 p.m. when a dog bit a boy on Toledo Street in Bluefield.

The incident occurred on the 2200 block of Toledo Street in Bluefield. Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department said police had been called previously about the dogs being kept there. The dog’s owner had nine dogs, some of the pit bull mixes. The dog involved in Monday’s incident was a mix between a Labrador retriever and a chow.

At the scene, the 7-year-old boy’s father, Mohammed Alotaibi, 27, of Bluefield said he had just returned to the city when he heard of the incident and rushed home. He took his son, who had bites on his left arm and leg, to a local hospital. The Bluefield Rescue Squad was on the scene.

Adams said the dog’s owner, Lori Regan, no age available, would be facing a felony charge of negligence. The city’s animal control officer was dispatched to take the dogs away.

Adams stated that the dog had been tied up, but got out through a hole it had dug under a fence, crossed an alley and got into a neighboring yard. The chain was long enough to reach that distance.

“We’ve had a few calls before,” Adams said. “Of course, what happened is uncalled for and could have been prevented.”

Nine dogs, mixed breed pit bulls and other mixed breeds, were on the property.

“The charges would have nowhere near as bad if she hadn’t been warned before,” Adams added.

A neighbor who declined to give her name said the dogs had been a continuing problem because “they get out.”

“We all knew this was going to happen,” she stated, adding she did not allow her children to play outside unless she was present.

A juvenile girl who considered the dog her personal pet pleaded with authorities not to take the dog, named Magic, away.

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