The father of the three-year-old boy who was involved in Wednesday’s vicious dog attack in Richmond is worried about the trauma the incident has caused his son.
Jordan Kelly says his son Jayden now has an unmistakeable fear of dogs in the wake of the attack by the Rottweiler cross.
“When he was with me the last couple days, he’s been saying stuff like ‘Run, the dog’s coming’ and ‘Dad, run the dog is going to bite us’. But I told him that the dog is in doggy jail and it won’t get him anymore.”
“It breaks my heart. He’s so young. He’s only three years old and you can see the trauma in his mind. I’m sure he’s suffering from some PTSD.”
Kelly says both Jessi and Kati Mather are recovering at home, and he’s thanking the Good Samaritan Ken Brodie for stepping in.
“Just him climbing that fence and helping probably saved Kati from injuries that could’ve been life threatening.”
As for the dog, Kelly says all factors need to be considered before a decision on its fate is made.
“In most cases where the dog attacks three people, a dog is usually euthanized, but you have to think about the owner, if it was taken care of or if it was neglected. But I don’t think it was at all. The dog’s owner was very good to him and the dog had a good life, and he’s never attacked anyone before. You have to look at everything.”
The dog is still in the care of the Richmond Animal Protection Society.