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Mother tries to blame stray dog to cover for pit bull who bit 2-year-old

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DES MOINES, Iowa — On Sunday, two-year-old Gabrielle Looney was bitten on the face by her mother’s boyfriend’s pit bull. The couple took the injured little girl to the hospital, where her mother did the unthinkable. She lied to doctors and police about what happened to protect the dog.

“She tried to say that this injury to her child occurred from a stray,” says Des Moines Police Sergeant Jim Butler, “And that’s not something that sits too well for me. First and foremost we all love our pets, but we have to take care of our children first before the family pet.”

WHO reports that the dog, a two-year-old named Bowser, was seized by the city. It does not appear to be licensed or vaccinated.

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“I will more than likely deem the dog dangerous vs. vicious or high risk because the dog according to the code did bite once at or above the shoulders of a human being,” Sgt. Butler says.

Bowser’s owner, John Houston, says he just moved in with his girlfriend and her daughters a couple of weeks ago, and Bowser and Gabrielle seemed to get along just fine.

“They were always like best friends,” Houston says. “She’s a baby, messy eater, drops crumbs so he’s always sticking around her, stuff like that. They play together. She tries to ride his back all the time. Stuff like that.”

But on Sunday, Houston says, Gabrielle tried to kiss Bowser on the nose and he snapped at her.

“Truthfully, I really don’t know what he was thinking. I know that he understood that he was wrong,” Houston says. “He ran into the corner and laid down, like with his ears down. He knew he was in trouble.”

Houston admits he and his girlfriend lied to police and hospital staff about what happened to protect Bowser, and only came clean when they found out Gabrielle would have to go through a series of painful rabies shots if the dog that bit her was not identified.

“After they told us the procedures, after all that then it was like, ‘Yeah, we have to. It’s the right thing to do,'” Houston says, “I was going to end up putting him into the shelter anyway that night. Because it’s like you can’t trust it. If it happens once there’s a possibility where it can happen again. And the kids are more important.”

While Houston says he doesn’t want Bowser anymore, he also says he doesn’t want Bowser to be put down.

“That’s my best friend,” he says. “I’ve been through everything with him.”

Because the mother lied to police they say she could face charges for filing a false report and interference with official acts.

10 comments

  • Family__Court__Hates__Men

    Mom won’t get in any trouble. Women are never held accountable by the courts, but her boyfriend will likely be BUTTT__PPHUCKED by the system because that’s the way it is. Either way, people who own pit bulls or allow their children to be around pit bulls are pphucking idiots. Pit bulls are just cockroaches with fur and should be exterminated as a breed.

    • athynz

      “FAMILY__COURT__HATES__MEN
      Mom won’t get in any trouble.”

      She filed a false report and interfered with the investigation. Yeah she’ll have some trouble to deal with.
      “Women are never held accountable by the courts, but her boyfriend will likely be BUTTT__PPHUCKED by the system because that’s the way it is.”

      Only for abusive jackwagons like you Timmay.

      “Either way, people who own pit bulls or allow their children to be around pit bulls are pphucking idiots.”

      Not at all – unless those pits are trained to be aggressive.

      “Pit bulls are just cockroaches with fur and should be exterminated as a breed.”

      Timmay is an abusive woman-hating P O S and should be exterminated for the good of the public.

  • Lisa

    You main job is to protect your children! A two year old is completely dependent on you as a parent to protect, care for them and provide a good environment. This mother has failed in so many ways!

    Mother and ‘boy friend’? Two year old and pit bull? Where is the father? Why are you not married?

  • athynz

    While I hope the dog is not put down the dog does need to go. And for those who are inevitably going to post here whining about how pit bulls are an aggressive breed and should be exterminated this dog does not deserve death – after all it could have killed the little girl and did not. The mother however – she should be held accountable for lying to doctors and police about the source of the girl’s injuries.

      • David

        So you fancy yourself as a fighter, a human pit bull. That’s a big stretch for a loud mouth fat little hobbit. You are a dumb animal, but that is as far as the analogy goes.

      • athynz

        “DAVID
        So you fancy yourself as a fighter, a human pit bull. That’s a big stretch for a loud mouth fat little hobbit. You are a dumb animal, but that is as far as the analogy goes.”

        IOW you are to scared to say these things to my face rather than from the safety of the space behind your keyboard. Got it. Message from the cowardly whining troll received loud and clear. Besides I never claimed to be a “human pit bull” – those are your words. I’m saying that you lack the stones to say those words to my face, something you’ve proven time and time again. You also said you were going to hurt me for your own amusement – thus far there’s nothing. Come on David carry out your threat.

  • Josh

    Article says ‘she tries’ to ride his back……..not a good thing. Parents should teach their children to not do that. Maybe the dog got fed up with her type of playing. And parents wonder why the dog snaps?

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