Baby Bridgette’s Dog Bites

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

She loves dogs, but there is one she was never allowed to be around because it had a history of biting kids.

Twenty-month-old Bridgette Stacy’s father tells us that his niece accidentally let this Chow/Husky dog, Shiba, inside his mother's house Wednesday night.

Bridgette was there visiting her grandmother and Shiba ended up biting Bridgette.

Now, the dog will be euthanized and sent to the Indiana Board of Health for testing.

As it turned out, Shiba was not vaccinated for rabies.

We heard from Bridgette’s dad and grandmother on Thursday.

The grandmother was crying hysterically saying she felt sick about her granddaughter’s injuries and also about losing Shiba.

Friday night, Bridgette’s mother showed us the damage to her daughter's face and says there have been bites before.

Bridgette loves her Cocker Spaniel dog, Barney, and just a few days ago she could not wait to see her grandma's dog, Shiba.

Dawn Wooten, Bridgette’s mother, said that Bridgette was excited to see Shiba.

When Bridgette’s mom says, “see” Shiba, she meant from a distance.

Wooten had always felt that Shiba was not a safe dog and says her daughter's mauled face is proof.

She understands that Shiba was accidentally let inside Bridgette’s grandmother's home, but she says she is bothered that Shiba's life has lasted this long.

She also said, “When a parent begs someone to put a dog down because a child is attacked, people need to listen up.”

It turns out a bite from Shiba has sent Bridgette and another child to the hospital before.

Memorial Hospital confirms Bridgette was there on December 20, 2006.

When Bridgette’s father was asked if it had happened before, he said that his ex-girlfriend’s kid had been bit and that it was just a nip.

Wooten says, “I love animals to death, but if someone came to my house and tore up my kid, the dog would be put down in a heartbeat,” said Wooten.

She also says the damage is done.

She is just happy to have her smiling, playful daughter standing before her.

Wooten read a comment from a WNDU viewer, saying her 7-year-old son was attacked by a Doberman and killed.

She said, “My heart goes out to her and I'm so sorry it happened.”

Bridgette's mom is hoping that this mother, who lost a son, can be an advocate for making sure kids are safe around specific dogs.

So far this year, the St. Joe County Humane Society has reported 211 dog bites.

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