4-year-old boy had his ENTIRE right arm torn off after putting his hand in his grandmother’s “pit bull”
A young boy from Oklahoma had his entire right arm ripped off after putting his hand in a pen to pet puppies at his grandmother’s house.
Axel Foster’s arm, just below his shoulder, was torn off during Friday night’s horrific dismemberment at his grandparents’ home in the town of Tecumseh, near Oklahoma City.
âI have seen dog bites in the past and have had pretty brutal dog bites with children, but never a complete amputation,â said Chief JR Kidney of the Tecumseh Police Department.
Axel Foster, 4, was rushed to Oklahoma hospital after pit bull tore off his right arm
The vicious animal cut a limb just below the shoulder while the youngster was with his grandparents in Tecumseh on Friday evening. The pit bulls were kept in an enclosure, above
The vicious pet was later shot dead by animal control officers, pictured
âThe child’s arm was still in the enclosure. When officers and animal control attempted to retrieve the arm, the dog became aggressive towards them, âsaid Kidney.
When officers arrived at the house, they found the grandmother with her grandson in the driveway.
Police and firefighters arrived and applied a tourniquet to the wound.
Emergency services arrived to find the boy’s arm still in an outdoor enclosure, pictured, where the dogs had been kept
Police and animal control attempted to retrieve the arm but the dog was aggressive towards them
Doctors tried to reattach four-year-old Axel’s arm, but the operation was unsuccessful
“What if he doesn’t make it?” Axel’s mother, Destiny McDow, reportedly spoke out loud at the time.
Officer Aaron McCormick detailed in his police report: “I could see the arm inside and one of the puppies was trying to chew it.”
The boy was taken to hospital to have his arm reattached, but the operation was unsuccessful.
âWe ran to the hospital. When we got there the nurses confirmed that his arm had been dismembered from his body, âMcDow told KFOR. âI don’t know what he’s going through. I’ve never been there. But he’s only a child.
âPutting an end to just wanting to pet puppies is just devastating,â said Chef Kidney. “What kind of Christmas is this kid going to have now?” What kind of life, in general, is this child going to have now? ‘ he thought.
âPutting an end to an innocent thing about wanting to pet puppies, it’s just devastating,â Chef JR Kidney said, pictured. “What kind of Christmas is this kid going to have now?” What kind of life, in general, is this child going to have now? ‘ he thought.
The family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Axel’s medical bills
âWe ran to the hospital. When we got there the nurses confirmed her arm had been dismembered from her body, âAxel’s mother Destiny McDow said at right. âI don’t know what he’s going through. I’ve never been there. But he’s only a child.
The dog that mutilated little Axel was shot.
The Tecumseh Police Department and the Social Services Department are now trying to determine if Axel was properly supervised at the time. Otherwise, the grandparents could still face child neglect charges.
âI hope it was just an accident that the kid was able to get to the paddock, but we’ll look at everything,â Kidney said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe An account in which Dow explained how his baby boy is still not out of danger: “He has had two surgeries and is still fighting not only to keep his arm but his life.”