Dog Attacks Child at Wilkes-Barre Dog Park, Police Search for Owner

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A mother in Luzerne County is keeping a close eye on her 2-year-old son as he recovers from his injuries. The boy was attacked at Hollenback Dog Park in Wilkes-Barre.

Katelyn Davis says her son needed to be taken to the hospital after he was attacked. He's still healing and very shaken up.

Davis calls this one of the scariest moments of her life.

Wilkes-Barre Police say Hayden was bitten by a dog Tuesday night at Hollenback Dog Park. Davis says the dog would not let go of her son.

"I would never think that a dog next to a children's playground would attack another child," she said.

Davis says she'll never bring her son back to that dog park again but she showed us where the attack took place.

"My son's arm was inside the gate. I'm standing here yelling, saying, 'Let him go! Let him go!'"

Davis says she turned her back for just a moment and she couldn't believe what she saw because there are signs all over the park saying aggressive dogs are not allowed.

"So right there you should not have brought your dog in here, knowing that they're going to do harm to other dogs and the children," Davis said.

There is an area in the park meant for bigger dogs, but Davis says it wasn't in there. It was in a smaller dog park and it took four minutes for the attack to end.

"I didn't get there in time," said the victim's aunt Sarah Campbell. "By the time I got there, it was over and we just jumped in the car and rushed to the emergency room."

Davis shared a picture from the internet with Newswatch 16 to show us what the dog looked like. They say the owner left in a gray sedan. Police are still looking for him.

"It would give us peace of mind to see this dog euthanized. It's for the best, so it never happens to anybody, so nobody has to go through this. I don't want anybody to feel the pain that our family is going through right now," said Campbell.

If you have any information that might help police, you're asked to call 911.

19 comments

  • dish man

    You know whats funny about this is that the mom gets no fault in this, just like the parents in Florida who let their kid play by a sign that said their are alligators in the water no swimming. Its crazy no accountability on their part. By the looks of it too seems as if the kid reached into the fence maybe even pulled the dog and got bit..

  • Jody McAndrew

    wow, all I can say is people should watch their children and pets better than they do…I am sure the park was large enough for them to be in a totally different area.. But no, let’s look at the doggies Mommy It works both ways…

    • Dustin Hettrich

      This is a flat out lie. Not to mention, who the hell in their right mind allows a 2 year old to wander off alone at a park? Its a good 30-40 yards from the childrens play area to the fenced in dog park area. They want to euthanize the dog? How about find out the facts before jumping to conculsions!

  • shinky43

    Every town needs a good parks manager to clean up the dog dirt or the town gets inundated. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty if you don’t want your velcro sneakers covered in dog dirt

  • burtfan16

    Is it really a good idea to have children’s playground adjacent to a dog park? Who’s the flackin genius that came up with that planning?

  • donald fox

    It doesnt matter how it happened…. the dog attacked. If it wernt for the fence the dog may have killed the child. The dog is obviously aggressive and needs to be found. As for the owner why run you would want the dog caught if it were your child bitten….

    • Norman Vincent

      Yeah it does matter. Why the owner left I’ve no idea. Same as I have no idea why a parent would take a child to a dog park and turn away from the child. For all I know the child poked the dog in the eye.

      • burtfan16

        Do you know how to read……..Norman? The children’s playground is right next to the dog park. What do you think the mother tossed her child over the fence inside the dog park? I feel like poking you in the eye, jack hole.

    • gutterratt

      “The boy was attacked at Hollenback Dog Park in Wilkes-Barre.” It’s the way they wrote it. In an earlier another/article it did quote her saying that she took her son to “the dog park.”

  • Hope Moffitt

    OK LET THE BASHING BEGIN …. HERE’S MY TAKE ,…… WHY WHY WHY DID YOU LET YOUR SON STICK HIS ARM IN THE DOG PARK FENCE ? AS FAR AS EUTHANIZING THE DOG ? WHY ? DOG WAS IN FENCED AREA. BOYS ARM ENTERED DOG AREA. SHM. OWNER OF DOG, WHY DID YOU LEAVE ? NO COPS CALLED ? CONFUSED ABUT THIS WHOLE STORY. TOO MANY HOLES. NOW IM EXPECTING ALL KINDS OF FLACK. GO.

    • Diane

      I think on one side of the fence is a playground and the other side is a dog park. The little boy could have been playing when he saw the dog and ran up to the fence to pet it.

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