August 23, 2019
Updated: July 11 at 11:47 a.m.

Toddler airlifted to hospital after dog mauling

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PRESCOTT — A 2-year-old boy in the village of Prescott was airlifted to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids after being mauled by two of his family’s dogs July 5.

Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Casselman said the child was home with a family member while his parents were at work when the family member heard a commotion. When checking on the child the family member reportedly found the family’s two German shepherds had attacked the child.

Casselman said due to the child’s life-threatening condition, LifeNet was called in to transport him.

The dogs were initially under quarantine by the family. However, Ogemaw County Clerk Gary Klacking said he informed Animal Control Officer Scott Friesorger July 8 to remove the animals from the home and place them in a shelter in Ogemaw, Arenac or Roscommon County. Friesorger said he would have liked to remove the dogs sooner. However, he said he was unable to without the support of the county because the county does not have a contract in place with an animal shelter.

According to Friesorger, the dogs will be euthanized and will be tested for rabies because the owners reportedly did not have adequate vaccination records.

The incident is under investigation. Undersheriff Leigh David said once the investigation has concluded, the case will be forwarded to the Ogemaw County prosecutor for a determination on possible charges.

Casselman said also assisting on scene were Ogemaw County EMS and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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