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Officials euthanize dog for biting child

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - A dog was put down after reports it bit a seven-year-old boy in Quincy.

Quincy Police Deputy Chief Dennis Bingheim says the Adams County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of the dog bite Thursday in the 500 block of Washington.

Christina Dunford showed WGEM reporter Kendra Whittle the section of fence where her family's dog Freckles got out and bit a seven-year-old neighbor boy last week.   Now Freckles is gone after he was surrendered and euthanized on Monday. Dunford says Freckles loved lounging on the couch and was not mean.

"He's a cuddly little dog. That's all he was. And you can't put a label on a dog," Dunford said.

Megan Andrews sees things differently.  It was her son Blake who was bitten by Freckles. The puncture wounds are still visible on his back. She says she's relieved the situation is over.

"I understand that pets are like family and I somewhat feel sorry for the dog, but I mean it's to protect my son," Andrews said.

Sally Westerhoff with the Quincy Humane Society says when animal control officials consider declaring a dog to be vicious, one main thing comes into play and that's the severity of the bite.

"A bite is something that penetrates the skin and causes bleeding," she said.

She says after a dog is deemed vicious, the owner must meet a set of requirements for keeping it. That includes using a muzzle and making sure it has a specific enclosure.

"Then their option would be to do that or to surrender the animal to the authorities," Westerhoff said.

She says in the end  the pet owner has to be responsible.

"If you know the animal has that potential, then you do everything you can in your power to make sure it doesn't happen again," Westerhoff said. "And just like in this situation, the animal is going to die for it."

The dog's family said he had bitten once before.

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