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Pit Bull Puppy Chewed Off Baby's Toes While Parents Slept

December 13th, 2006, 10:49 AM,2933,236001,00.html

BOSSIER CITY, La. A pit bull puppy chewed off four of a baby girl's toes while the child's parents slept, police here said Monday. The parents were booked on charges of child desertion and criminal negligence and were being held in the Bossier Parish Jail pending an initial court appearance.

Police said the parents were sleeping on a mattress in the living room of their residence and the month-old girl was in an infant seat beside them when the puppy began chewing on their baby's toes.

Mary Shannon Hansche, 22, and Christopher Wayne Hansche, 26, told police they woke up to the sound of the baby crying, found her mangled foot and took her to the hospital about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

"They did not see the dog injuring the child," police spokesman Mark Natale said.

The girl underwent surgery Sunday at Sutton's Children's Hospital in Shreveport. There was no way to reattach the child's toes, Natale said Monday.

The puppy was 6 weeks old and had no record of receiving its shots and will be quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies. Natale said he did not know what the puppy's fate would be after that.

"The puppy itself was just several weeks old! I mean this was essentially a puppy," Natale said.

"This puppy might have been trying to nurse on the toes of this baby," veterinarian Michael Dale speculated. "I know that sounds a little far fetched, but that's the first thing that comes to my mind."

Teresa Miller, who sold the puppy to the Hansches, was skeptical the dog did it. "He didn't chew on anything while he was with me. Out of all of them (in the litter), he was the least chewy."

Another veterinarian, Dr. Valri Brown, said if the puppy chewed off the infant's toes, it would not have happened quickly. "It would have to be a period of time maybe at least an hour," she said.

Meanwhile, the puppy's been quarantined at Bossier City's animal control office for the next 10 days to check for rabies. Natale said he did not know what the puppy's fate would be after that.

When she is released from the hospital, the child will be placed in a foster home until the case against her parents is settled, officials said.

December 13th, 2006, 10:50 AM
some people should not have pets NOR children! it's preposterous! they can't even prove the puppy did it... sounds like child abuse to me. and puppy abuse!! what the hell is WRONG with people :confused: :yell:

December 13th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Yeah lots of weird stuff on the go there:frustrated:

IF the puppy did it, wouldn't you wke up at the first cry, so that it woudn't have gotten to that point:confused:

The poor child and the poor puppy. :(

December 13th, 2006, 11:00 AM
unless the parents were knocked out cold from pills or something?... :confused: stupidity knows no boundaries.

December 13th, 2006, 04:58 PM
something is very fishy with the reporting of this story.....i think this is another case of headline grabbing media outlets.....parents are charged with child desertion and do you desert your child if you are sleeping right next to the baby:rolleyes:

December 13th, 2006, 05:05 PM
wow!! that is probably the most bizarre thing i have ever heard/.

December 13th, 2006, 07:03 PM
oh my!!! who on earth leaves a puppy unattended with a newborn?!?! WHAT IDIOTS!

December 13th, 2006, 07:05 PM
a 6 week old puppy... with teeny tiny teeth... maybe the baby was mute? maybe the puppy was hungry? it's all so bizarre :confused:

December 13th, 2006, 07:41 PM
and the parents on crack.....:rolleyes:

December 13th, 2006, 07:44 PM
Poor kid had to sleep sitting up?

... and this little piggy tastes like roaaaaast beef...
(sorry but the completely absurd rubs me funny- we seriously need more news about great homes instead of drug-induced stupor houses :frustrated: )

jesse's mommy
December 13th, 2006, 07:47 PM
... and this little piggy tastes like roaaaaast beef...
(sorry but the completely absurd rubs me funny- we seriously need more news about great homes instead of drug-induced stupor houses :frustrated: )

I'm sad to say that I too thought the same thing. :o

There is something seriously wrong with this story.

December 13th, 2006, 07:48 PM
but... the drug-induced stupor houses are so much "more funnier", somehow :eek: :o

December 13th, 2006, 08:00 PM
I was trying to picture it ... sorry, no can do . :shrug:

December 13th, 2006, 08:13 PM
I totally agree with everyone that has posted, if they were such good parents they would have heard the baby crying in pain athe the first bite not 4 toes later, what a bunch og crap!!:mad: russte

December 13th, 2006, 08:44 PM
prin that was too funny....not to make light though:sad:

December 14th, 2006, 03:12 PM
Just a thought that at six weeks that puppy should have still been with it's mother. If it nurses that hard she would have soon set it straight.

January 23rd, 2007, 02:19 PM,2933,236001,00.html

Man such a sad story! Some families just aren't right for dogs or aren't ready they don't sound very responsible and wouldn't have the baby been crying! They wouldav'e waken up this story is ridiculious!:mad:

January 23rd, 2007, 04:43 PM
I heard that there may have been a ferret in the house as well as the puppy. It is all very bizarre and obviously the authorities don't think these parents are fit to care for this child.

January 23rd, 2007, 04:59 PM
I agree - the story makes no sense. The article also leaves out too much - I cannot imagine a small baby puppy chewing off toes and fingers. If the parents were high on something, THEY might well have done something they do not even recall and the puppy has become a convenient scapegoat. I cannot imagine a parent not waking up in that period of time if a dog was inflicting enough damage that the digits could not even be reattached (That is significant damage, even small children whose fingers have been say, somehow cut off or completely slashed in a farming incident of some kind, surgeons can often reattach if the child gets to the trauma center and the OR in time and the vessels can be saved. There is alot bizarre about this story and I think it is a good thing these parents are in custody, One can only hope the child is receiving good care!!! (and I do not mean just medical). Think back to small puppies that age "chewing your fingers". It could hurt an infant certainly but their teeth are not that well developed and I recall having a puppy chew my fingers at that age - before I would teach the dog not to do it - the teeth were just not that sharp tho I do not know the developmental situation re dogs as well as I do cats. And who knows a puppy that will chew on one item for that period of time. The baby would move and something else would grab its attention. I know they can do damage in that period of time, but it was usually a shoe - and a small piece - or a steak that one got into because I foolishly left the groceries on the floor.

No, this makes no sense!!