Dogs implicated in attack on Layton boy have been surrendered

Mar 27, 2019, 12:52 PM | Updated: 5:58 pm
dogs attack boy hand...
Credit: Layton Fire Battalion

LAYTON — Davis County officials say two dogs involved in an attack that resulted in a child losing his hand have been surrendered.

According to Davis County Animal Care and Control, all citations and notices of violation related to the dogs, two huskies named Polar and Bear, have been dropped. In a news release, animal control officials said: “the process of finding an animal rescue or animal sanctuary for the dogs has begun.”

KSL has learned the decision announced today came after county representatives met with the dogs’ owners and explained turning the animals over to them would prevent the case from being taken to court.

The huskies had been in quarantine since the attack, which took a four-year-old boy’s hand earlier this month. The owners had been facing charges of possessing dangerous animals and improperly containing animals deemed a public nuisance.

The boy who was attacked was airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital. His mother said he lost his hand and part of his arm below the elbow and also suffered bruising and other bites.

In a post on Facebook, Hope Elizabeth Brown asks everyone reading it to find compassion for her son and her family. She writes about her son, Austin’s, struggles since the dogs bit his arm off, detailing what parts of his arm the doctor could save, the extensive care and surgeries he has had and has ahead of him.

Brown writes that this day started as any other day with her son playing in the yard like he had for the last year, until she says her son tried to pet the dogs and instead was bitten. She says her husband and child screamed at the dogs, but they wouldn’t let go. Brown also says she is thankful the dogs won’t be coming back, and that her child is again safe.

The huskies’ owner was not identified in the statement from Davis County officials.

(Contributing: Kira Hoffelmeyer)

Today’s Top Stories


USGS posted two photos on Monday from a Civil Air Patrol flight which shows the Mauna Loa volcano e...
Chandler Holt

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa is erupting for the first time since 1984

The world's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa on Hawaii, is erupting for the first time in nearly 40 years. Though lava is flowing down one side of the volcano, the eruption in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not threatening communities.
12 hours ago
crowded zion national park...
Mark Jones

Seasonal shuttle service, camping availability announced at Zion

Fall shuttle service into Zion National Park ended Sunday. It will resume for 10 days beginning on Dec. 23 and running through Jan. 1, 2023.
2 days ago
Photo of a Utah highway petrol vehicle...
Mark Jones

More than 1,500 motorists stopped for speeding over Thanksgiving weekend

The Utah Highway Patrol says more than 1,500 motorists were pulled over for speeding during the Thanksgiving weekend.
2 days ago
snow on a mountain in utah pictured falling on a road...
Adam Small

Latest snow on Utah roads prompts police to encourage safe driving

As snow falls in Utah, police are urging drivers to maintain safe distances and practice caution regardless of how much snow falls this season.
2 days ago
winter storm...
Devin Oldroyd

UDOT warns winter storm bringing roadway impacts

The Utah Department of Transportation is warning drivers that an upcoming winter storm will impact the road from 6 am Monday to noon Tuesday.
3 days ago
Mountain Green Fire Protection District said neighbors reported a burning trash can next to a home ...
Waverly Golden

Trash can on fire at Cottonwood Heights home safely extinguished

Mountain Green Fire Protection District said neighbors reported a burning trash can next to a home in the Cottonwoods on Nov. 25. 
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Dogs implicated in attack on Layton boy have been surrendered