A second child within a month is in critical, but stable condition following an attack from two German Shepherd dogs.
According to Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak, deputies responded to a report of an animal bite on Tonckawa Hills Lane at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday after a four-year-old child suffered injuries from dog bites at his residence.
Responding deputies and EMS personnel located the child, who had been bitten multiple times by two family-owned dogs.
According to family members, the child and others were playing in the front yard when the dogs managed to exit the backyard fencing and attack the child.
Hanak reported that the child was initially transported to Texas Children’s Hospital in Katy, but was later transported by aircraft to the main campus of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he remains in critical, but stable condition.
According to WCSO, the two dogs were surrendered by the owners to Brenham Animal Shelter due to the aggressive nature of the animals.
The incident is currently under investigation by WCSO Sgt. Mike McAnally.
The agency did not release details regarding the 4-year-old’s injuries.
This is the second time in just 17 days that a local child has been mauled by dogs and sustained serious injuries.
•Mason Swain, 5, was recently mauled by two pitfalls on Jan. 24. He lost one ear due to the attack and suffered severe facial trauma.
According to a friend of the family, Linda Perry Clements, who also organized a GoFundMe in Mason’s name, Mason entered into a hyperbaric chamber Monday.
“Surgeons feel that this will be greatly beneficial in speeding up the healing process of the skin graft,” Clements said in an update.
As of press-time Tuesday, “A Miracle for Mason” has raised $21,050 toward his medical care.
According to WCSO Lt. Mark Whidden, that incident is also under investigation by detective David Blakey.
Animal attacks are uncommon in Washington County according to Whidden, who has seen three cases of this nature in the past 18 years. The latest attack changes that total to four.
“We’ve had some animal attacks. In the 18 years I’ve been in office, there are three total that I’m aware of that are this serious in nature,” he told The Banner-Press on Jan. 31. “There could be more, but those are all I know of.”