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Boy continues to recover from dog attack

Boy continues to recover from dog attack

Mother of victim: 'I'll never own another dog.'
Boy continues to recover from dog attack
Big Boy was confined to a kennel behind 61 Chapel Place in Amsterdam last Wednesday.
Photographer: Daniel Fitzsimmons

AMSTERDAM — The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was attacked last week by the family’s dog said he’s recovering from his wounds and accompanying surgeries, but that she does not yet know when he will be able to return home. 

“[The doctors] aren’t giving a time frame right now; they’re just going by his time frame and recovery,” said Jasmine Tirado, 27, who was also injured in the attack. “I’ve been with him every day since his surgeries.” 
 
Tirado said the family has health insurance, and there are no fundraisers being organized to cover the cost of her son’s medical bills. 

On Aug. 23, Emanuel Sanchez was taking the family’s pitbull/boxer mix, named “Big Boy,” for a walk behind their Chapel Place home in Amsterdam. Samuel Lawson, Sanchez’s father and Big Boy’s owner, said that’s when the animal attacked, seemingly without provocation. 

Sanchez’s neck was severely injured in the attack. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center and later underwent surgeries on his neck and arm. 

"I don't know what the issue was or why he attacked," Lawson told The Daily Gazette on Thursday, adding that the animal never exhibited aggressive behavior in the past. 

Lawson, 38, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Tirado said Big Boy is scheduled to be euthanized by animal control. 

A portion of Tirado’s pinkie finger was bitten off in the attack, as she tried to pull Big Boy off her son. 

“They did repair the finger,” she said. “I’m missing the whole top part of my finger, from the top knuckle up is gone. But other than that, I’ll be fine.” 

Tirado was involved in a 2011 incident in Schenectady in which three dogs she owned escaped from her Hulett Street apartment and mauled a woman. That woman, Shirleen Lucas, suffered severe injuries to her head, arms and legs that required 200 stitches to treat, as well as cosmetic surgery, according to a Daily Gazette report from 2012.

Tirado was fined $2,200 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail in that case. All three animals in the 2011 incident were destroyed.

Tirado said Tuesday that the animals in the 2011 attack did not belong to her, but she would not discuss the incident or the more recent attack on her son further. She did say she’s been told by a member of the Amsterdam Police Department that she will not be charged in connection with the Aug. 23 attack, as was reported in other news outlets.

“I spoke with the detective that I signed over the dog to, and he said there will be no charges," she said.

Amsterdam Police Department Chief Gregory Culick did not respond to requests for comment. 

Tirado said her family is done with dogs in the aftermath of the attack on her son. 

“I’ll never own another dog,” she said. 

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