Sheriff's Department: Show calf attacked by pit bull
According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a calf belonging to a youngster who was raising it for show was attacked and severely injured by a pit bull Wednesday morning, June 25.
The boy's father, John Sprigg of Nelson, said Thursday, June 26, that the calf is still alive, but far from recovered.
"We're giving her 5 ccs of penicillin, but she's not eating. She's trying to drink water, though, so I take that as a good sign," he said.
The calf's right ear was badly damaged and both the left and ride side of the animal's face and nose had severe lacerations, according to the incident report.
Sprigg's daughter discovered the injured calf Wednesday morning when she arrived to feed the injured calf and two others.
When sheriff's deputies arrived, they observed pit bulls in the area, one of which had blood around its mouth, under the chin and all over the chest area.
According to the report, the owner of the dog said he would take it to a Sedalia veterinarian and have it put down and bring appropriate proof to the Saline County Justice Facility for verification.
Sprigg said this was not the first incident involving the dogs. Several days ago, one of them allegedly jumped up on his son, but did not attack. Sprigg said he learned of the incident in a phone call from the dog's owner, who said he would put the dog on a chain.
The incident report said the dog had apparently broken the chain during the night and was running loose when the attack took place.
The report was referred to the Prosecuting Attorney's office; at press time, no charges had been filed.
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