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Akita dog attacks boy

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An 11-year old Ohio boy was hospitalized after being attacked by a neighbor’s akita dog. The dog was being walked by its owner, but pulled away from its owner to attack the boy, who was riding his bike nearby.

Interestingly, local authorities reported being called to the owner’s home in December in order to break up a fight between some akita dogs that she owned.

The boy was hospitalized with multiple bite and puncture wounds.

This story highlights the dangerous nature of akitas who are being recognized as a dangerous breed of dog. They certainly do not have the notoriety of pit bulls, but their great size and power and aggressive nature make them just as dangerous.

Akitas were one of the breeds of dogs being singled out for special attention by the insurance industry, as I noted in a January 3 blog entry.