Sunday afternoon, Lincoln County Sheriff’s office Animal Service Deputy David Martin responded to an Otis residence on a report of a dog that had attacked a two year old boy and the boy’s mother. Deputy Martin learned both victims were transported by ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City.
The investigation revealed the dog involved is a four year old male Belgian Malanois, which at the time, was an inactive drug detection dog for the Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department. It is still unknown why the dog attacked the child but when the mother attempted to pull the dog off the child she was then attacked. The next door neighbor was alerted to the attack when the mother threw a stick at his window causing him to look outside. The neighbor fired one round from his shotgun over the top of the dog that was still actively biting the mother. When the warning shot failed to stop the dog he fired a second round into the dog which stopped the attack. The dog was determined to be deceased when Deputy Martin arrived on scene.
The child was later transferred to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland where he was treated and released for multiple bite wounds. The mother remained in Lincoln City and was also treated and released for multiple bite wounds.