The attack last week left 19-month-old Riley Ireland with deep gashes that police said weren’t life-threatening, but left the child hospitalized.
“Riley's right arm was ripped open in several spots by the dog’s teeth, as it attempted to drag him thru the gap in the fence by his arm into its own yard to do what we believe would have ended up being a fatal mauling,” Riley’s mother, Miranda Martinez, said on the family’s GoFundMe page. She said the family’s dog defended Riley and made the attacking dog let go, giving her time to scoop up her son and call 911.
The dog’s owner — Fern Clement, 60 — agreed to voluntarily have her veterinarian put down the dog, since this was not its first sign of aggression, Caldwell police said. Clement has also been charged with a misdemeanor for having a vicious dog. An arraignment on that charge has been scheduled for May 16 in Canyon County Court.
The attack happened at 9:30 a.m. April 27 in the 1900 block of Beach Street while the boy played on a swingset, police said. Caldwll Police Lt. Joey Hoadley said the dog stuck its head through a hole in the family’s fence and grabbed the boy . Martinez said the dog knocked down a slat in the wooden fence.
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Riley is the son of Martinez and Randy Ireland. A GoFundMe page, Riley’s recovery from mauling, had raised more than $4,000 by Friday, but Martinez said Friday night that donations are no longer being accepted. The page remains online, she said, to share Riley’s story.