FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A 10-year-old boy going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions was sent to the hospital with dog bites last week, after he entered a fenced yard containing a great dane, Fairfield police said.
The boy, accompanied by his 15-year-old brother, was ringing doorbells on Stratfield Road around 4:45 p.m. Oct. 22 when he came to a rear yard surrounded by a fence with two gates latched from the inside, police said.
The homeowner said he heard a child screaming and ran outside and grabbed his dog while the child exited the property, police said.
The brother told police he was outside the gate yelling for help.
The homeowner said his other dog was in the yard, but stayed back behind an invisible fence, police said.
The boy’s mother told police her son said he was attacked by both dogs.
Witnesses told police they saw the brothers going door-to-door, but no one saw the entire encounter with the dog, which is licensed and vaccinated, police said.
An ambulance took the child to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The boy, a Stratfield Elementary School student, told police he was selling magazine subscriptions for school. The dog’s owner said the child didn’t appear to have paperwork in his hands, police said.
Citing school protocol, the school’s principal declined to answer questions about the child, police said.
On Oct. 27, the dog’s owner called police to report someone had stolen a Beware of Dog sign from his property.
At the time of the original incident, he told police he had tried to keep signs up, but they kept getting stolen.
The Fairfield Police Animal Control Office is investigating.
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