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Nov 18, 2010 8:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

Owners of pit bull that attacked two-year-old boy say the dog never showed signs of aggression

Two days after a Paso Robles toddler was attacked by a pit bull the dog's owners say their pet has never shown any signs of aggression.

Two-year-old Jay Weeks was playing in his backyard when the dog grabbed ahold of his head through a fence.

The toddler needed several stitches and bandages to close the wounds.

The pit bull's owners are apologizing for what happened but they insist it is a one-time event.

"The one on his lip actually went all the way through," said Jerry Weeks, Jay's dad. "You could see through his gums and his teeth through his lip."

Stitches and steri-strips cover two-year-old Jay Weeks' face as he continues to heal from Tuesday's attack.

The 6-year-old pit bull, named Tank, grabbed the toddler's head through the fence.

"It looks like it got him once and he opened up his mouth and tried to get him, a better grip on him," said Weeks.

Animal Services visited Tank's owner Thursday and it has put the dog on quarantine for the next 10 days.

The owners did not want to appear on camera but they did apologize for what happened.

They have had the dog since he was 5 weeks old and insist he has never bitten anyone.

The couple says Tank is great with people and kids, including their own little boy who is almost two years old.

They have also put a new fence in place to keep this from happening again.

As for the Weeks family, they are still waiting for the results from Tank's rabies test, but say they are thankful that Jay is expected to be okay.

"If the dog would have got a good hold the first time, I mean it could have pulled him through the fence and could have been a lot worse than this," said Weeks.

During the 10-day quarantine the dog must stay in the house or on the property with the owner's supervision.

After that, Animal Services will return to the home for another evaluation.

The County says it considers several factors when deciding if it will seize or euthanize a dog, including the animal's history of aggression and the circumstances surrounding the attack.


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