Seven-year-old boy dies after being attacked, severely bitten by Rottweiler

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DODGE CO. (WITI) -- Dodge County officials have identified a seven-year-old boy who was severely bitten by a dog -- and later died from his injuries. The boy is Logan Meyer of Hustisford. The dog that had severely bitten the boy was a Rottweiler owned by the family; a dog that was being trained as a service dog. All of this unfolded at Meyer's Hustisford home around 5:20 p.m. on Friday, October 24th.

Logan Meyer

Logan Meyer

"We received a call from the mother who stated that he was bitten by the dog AND when we arrived on scene it was a horrific scene," said Dodge County Sheriff Patricia Ninmann.

Sheriff Ninmann says the child let the dog out in the yard to relieve itself.

"From that point on, we don't know what transpired to make the dog bite the young child," said Ninmann.

The boy suffered at least two dog bites in the head and neck area. The question for officials remains why.

"They arrived on scene and he was in the pen wagging his tail being a nice dog -- allowed us to go up and pet him did not appear to be aggressive at all," said Ninmann.

The dog involved in this incident has already been quarantined -- and is expected to be euthanized.

Neighbor Michell Krahn is deeply affected by the incident.

"My heart goes out to the family whoever thinking that this will happen. We have a dog and an animal is an animal and it can turn and you don't know why," said Krahn.

A Go Fund Me page has been established for anyone who wishes to donate in Logan's memory. A relative wrote on the site that the family was just starting its new business -- and was switching between insurance.

34 comments

  • Joanie Caldwell-Kenoshmeg

    Pitbulls and Rottweillers are fighting dogs breed that kill more humans than other dogs. Facts are facts. Training it to be a service animal? Please don’t gamble with your family.
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    • Jennifer

      Wow. You obviously have no knowledge of Pits or Rots. They fight & kill becasue they are trained to do so by their owners. ANY dog can be trained to attack & seriously injure or kill people.I’d like to know what happened that made the dog attack. While yes, it’s sad that this little boy died as a result of his injuries, it’s also sad that a dog will have to be put down.

      • CJ

        Any dog is only as good as the people that own them. True care for dogs requires extensive guidance through their whole life. Don’t blame the animal blame the owner.

      • maggiedog

        Pits and Rots (and other molosser breeds) are responsible for the majority of lethal injuries involving both humans and other animals (even though they represent <10% of all dog breeds). They were (and still are) genetically programmed to maim and kill and no one can train that out of the breed. The training only lulls some people into a false sense of security "my dog would never do that"…..Just like a gun, these dogs need to be regulated and registered and any time they attack, they should be euthanized and their owners held accountable. These animals have no business being around kids, period! If people want to have a dog and have kids, choose a safer breed from the other 90%…what's it going to take, people?????
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        Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada,
        September 1982 to December 31, 2013

        By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

        The combination of molosser breeds, including pit bulls, curs, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes, inflict:

        81% of attacks that induce bodily harm
        76% of attacks to children
        87% of attack to adults
        72% of attacks that result in fatalities
        81% that result in maiming
        Embody 9.2%+ of the total dog population

      • daisy

        WOW I can’t believe what you said ” sad a boy has died, but sad a dog will be put down” are you kidding me, a BOY DIED. he lost his life. a human being. pits and rots ALL need to be put down, I don’t care how they were raised and yes my family raised them to, but they are dangerous dogs and can NOT be trusted. all dogs can’tbe trusted, but they bite pressure isn’t as bad as those 2 breeds. I hate when my kids go near any big dogs but i cant stand for them to go close to these 2 breeds. I know a lot of people disagree with me, but I don’t care I have studied them and I think these 2 breeds arw the most dangerous. this mother will never get her son back, a life was lost if any dog ever bit my kid, no matter how badly, I would kill that dog instantly. no questions asked

      • Lainy

        Most dogs that “look” like a pittie or rottie to the untrained or biased eye are NOT pitties or rotties. When they are genetically tested, most turn out to be boxer or lab mixes. I have a dog that looks “exactly like a pit bull.” She doesn’t have an ounce of pit bull in her. All the hype and misinformation is about dogs who have not been tested.

    • Justene

      Little did you know that they are the sweetest dogs ever, will always be loyal to their owner and it takes a lot to make them angry. Yes some fight but not all STAFFORDSHIRES AND ROTTWEILERS are fighting dogs. So before you put your foot in your mouth think logically. I’ve had three staffys my whole life and I have a Staffordshire Rottweiler mix. And they are the sweetest dogs. Also the kid must of done something to the dog to set it off. The same with any other breed.

      • Jennifer

        Well said Justene. I know several Staffordshires & Rottweilers (as well as a few Dobermans & other “bully” breeds) They are all the sweetest, most well behaved dogs I’ve ever met. The only thing I fear from them is being loved/liked to death!!!

      • Xizzi Whelton-Perry

        I so so disagree with you. My neighbors had one and it bullied our entire family. The neighbors kept it on a leash in our shared driveway and if we went outside to sit in our yard, the dog ran trying to pull the leash out of the ground and was barking ferociously in attack mode with saliva falling everywhere like it wanted to kill us. I was so happy when those neighbors moved.

    • Colleen

      Incredible. You appear to know nothing about the dogs you are slamming and by spreading this type of nonsense you are feeding the paranoia that good owners of these breeds are trying to dispell. Breeds are not to blame and what you are overlooking is all dogs have this potential, even handbag dogs can have the potential for viciousness. You slam the fact that this was to be a service dog, which is a shame as any rottweiler of mine would make an excellent service dog. I feel tremendously sad that this has happened but until all facts are in stop sharing your hatred.

    • Jessica

      I don’t know where you have gotten your information but you are wrong. It is ignorant statements like yours that continue to make people afraid of these breeds. ALL animals have the capacity to bite/attack. After all they are animals. Shame on you for continuing this way of thinking. Please take the time to inform yourself before making such statements.

    • Ms Mitchell

      Joanie. That is simply not true. Those two breeds of animals are not bred for fighting. It is the human element that makes any animal a bad animal. I have see a poodle try to attack my daughter, miniature collies… like wise. Bad owners make bad pets. It is truly tragic that their young son lost his life. I myself have had several rottweilers and my youngest was 2. My rottweiler NEVER left her side nor the side of my other children. Best dogs ever. Last year I just rescued a rottweiler with my now 15yr old daughter and he is the most amazing animal ever! He is watchful and loving with my 1yr old grandsons and the new baby to the family. Loving and accepting to all that enter my home. Responsibility and proper training are key to owning ANY dog. Knowledge of the breed and the TRUTH behind the breeding and it’s start are key as well. Uneducated remarks to incite public paranoia is nothing short of fear mongering. Lack of knowledge in how to train an animal is how things like this tragedy occur and this type of training should be left to the professionals not someone trying something new.

  • Xizzi Whelton-Perry

    We have a siberian husky – they are very kid friendly and awesome pets – but an animal is still an animal and really can’t be trusted fully – they have different triggers that we do not understand. I feel so horrible for this family – and wish this had not happened. I know they must be devastated – cute little boy 😦

    • Ms Mitchell

      XIZZI, I respect your previous comment and I’m sorry you had to endure that. Great example of bad owners making an animal bad. I have in my lifetime had many breeds of dog and I have seen some very aggressive Siberian husky. Again, case of bad irresponsible owner = bad dog. training a dog doesnt mean hitting it or putting your hands on it in any sort of way. Truth is we dont know how these people were “training” this animal and we dont know if the boy was doing anything to the animal to make it feel it needed to defend itself. 7yr olds should not be taking their animals out until they too are trained to handle the animal. training a dog isnt just for the animal it is the training and changing the mind set of the human as well.

  • ACHILEUS ASTRALUPITHICUS AFRIKANUS

    This is horrible. Imagine having a pet black window the size of a puppy and playing with it…that’s what comes to mind… Coming from where hyenas will eat you alive I can say If you keep a dog like that or any large dog around a small child it’s borderline negligent. I don’t give a …… if it’s trained or not. Kids dead, go ahead roll the dice with your fragile toddler next to a rotweiler or doberman treating them like play dates. My sincere condolences. I am angry this child died becuase of a stupid pet. I hope peta’s head doesn’t explode when they kill this deadly breed. Horrible just horrible.

    • kathiedowe

      You evidently don’t know anything about Peta. They are terrorists that like to kill Pit Bulls. Peta kills many dogs. Look it up and get informed. If you are wrong about Peta what else are you wrong about?

  • laura

    I live in dodge co and as a single woman I owned a large male rottweiler that I purchased as a puppy. I am now a mother of 3 and as fabulous of a dog as he was they are incredibly powerful and very misunderstood. I never had a event of my dog being out of control but in the same breath I would have never trusted him alone with any child. A child is simply to young to contol a dog of that size no matter what breed it is. Being that was the family’s business the parents should have absolutely not had a 7 year alone with a powerful animal. It is a unfortunate accident my guess would be the dog thought he was playing mine used to smash 29oz fruit cans with its mouth for fun.

  • Phoebe

    First of all condolences to this family, that is a very sad and tragic thing that happened. I would hope that owners of all dog breeds can learn from this story and many others that no matter how well trained ANY type of dog may be, they are still dogs, there wild instincts can kick in at any time and therefore they may attack. Wild dogs go after the young and the week and this is why dogs should not be left alone with children ever….no matter how gentle they may be. All’s it takes is one bite to the rite spot and things can end tragically. Me being an owner of 2 rottweilers who are both gentle I know that at any moment something can trigger in their head and they can turn (just like any animal) it can be anything even a slight flinch from you that can scare them and they can go into defense mode. This is why they are never left unsupervised when there are children present and that’s just for safety reasons for everyone. It is too sad that people have to find out the hard way about this but maybe this tragedy will make people even more aware of the risks of leaving dogs alone with children. Once again, prayers to this family and may that little boy RIP.

    • Be careful with what you say please...

      It is so sad how people just make comments. This family is a very highly respected family in the dog training world. They’ve been featured on tv and deliver dogs worldwide. They are an amazing family and this is a horrific accident.

      • wtf

        Obviously..something..went horribly wrong…a dog is a dog..you cannot blame the child. .who would dare make the remark the child must have done something to provoke the dog..a well trained sevice dog would not be suspected of such horrific behavior..nothing can bring back this innocent child..the parents need their privacy..and yes the dog should be humanely euthanized..that would A no brainer

      • Elizabeth Bennet

        Pit bulls and Rottweilers are the top two breeds that kill people each year. Most of them are fine, but you can’t tell which ones will snap until it’s too late. Don’t gamble with your child’s life by owning a pit bull or a Rottweiler.

    • Sarah

      EXACTLY. Like why was a CHILD left to bring a large breed dog outside? I own two rotties and have 10 plus years of experience with them. The only thing bad about the breed is the people who thinks it’s fashionable to own them and have no business keeping them pinned up in a backyard for all of it’s life. The idiotic people who are making comments about putting these breeds down…how many people do you think report small breed bites? No one because they are small…of course people are always going to report larger bites FROM LARGER DOGS…jesus

  • moo

    animals always will be animals . parents always take a huge risk, when they let their kids to play with dogs. very sad to hear another tragic story.

  • Patrick

    Rottweilers are great family dogs. This dog was trained to hurt people. I’ve had many loving rottweilers even currently. my 3yo is her best friend. Do not let this skew your opinion. These are great dogs. This was not the setting a retired service belongs in.

  • So Sorry

    This is so sad. I can’t believe people jump to judgement of an innocent child just to make a point. The truth of the matter is dog or breed or whatever, a child should never feel unsafe in their own home to the point where statements like “he must have done something” are null! This child was being a child and no one dog or human should kill anyone!!! The dog murdered a child and so he pays regardless of breed. Sad story so very sad for the family! May he rest in peace! Prayers for the family in this time of sorrow and for strength from critics that should just keep their mouth shut!

  • Taco

    Why kill the dog? The kid probably provoked it. If a kid abuses an animal and kills it, we don’t kill the kid…why should the dog be different?

    • ella l

      that kid was only 7 years old. before he moved to dodge county, i went to the same church with him. he was the sweetest child I had ever met. Logan was only 7 years old, I doubt he knew that he was provoking the dog. Some dogs of this breed are known to be vicious at times. Don’t blame the child for being killed. Blame the dog who did the deed.

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