Crime

Toddler Attacked by Rottweiler in Downtown Rehoboth

In about an one-hour period Sunday evening, a toddler was attacked by a Rottweiler on Rehoboth Avenue followed by a man who was attacked by a pit bull in West Rehoboth.

Toddler Attacked by Rottweiler in Downtown Rehoboth

Photo courtesy Cheryl Blackman

Rehoboth Beach EMS crews responded to two back-to-back unrelated dog attacks Sunday evening, one downtown and the other in West Rehoboth.

An 18-month-old boy received a severe wound to the right ear when he was bitten by a Rottweiler in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue near Louie’s Pizza around 5:30 p.m. According to one bystander, the boy was sitting on a bench holding a French fry when the dog lunged at him. The boy was taken to Beebe Hospital. Police caught the dog and took the owner to the police station. Cheryl Blackman snapped this photo of the dog on her camera.

Lt. William Sullivan, police spokesman, said Sunday evening that the dog is currently in custody of the SPCA and he would have more details on Monday. No word yet on charges, if any.

About an hour later, EMS crews were sent to Norwood Street, then to the community center off Burton Avenue. A 50-year-old man received a serious cut to his forearm from a pit bull. He too was taken to Beebe Hospital. No details yet on what happened to the dog.

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Alan Henney

Written by Alan Henney

Alan Henney is a lifelong Rehoboth Beach seasonal visitor although born and raised in Washington, D.C. He worked several years in D.C. TV news and has been writing the “Rehoboth Weekend Update” for more than 15 years. He earned a BA in journalism with honors and an MBA in computer info systems, both from George Washington Univ. He is also a diehard radio geek. If you have a news story or question, please e-mail him at alan@henney.com