Florida boy ‘fighting for his life’ after Rottweiler-mix attack

Florida boy 'fighting for his life' after Rottweiler-mix attack

PORT RICHEY -- A 4-year-old boy was being treated for a serious neck injury at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday being bitten by a Rottweiler mix Sunday afternoon.

was bitten around 4 p.m. Sunday by the , a Rottweiler mix, at 9136 Suffolk Lane, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

St. Joseph’s officials could not release information on Jasper’s condition Monday, citing privacy laws.

Jasper’s grandmother, , and her boyfriend, , the dog’s owner, beat the dog with a shovel to stop the , the sheriff’s office said. Jasper was in serious condition when he was flown out Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.

On Monday morning, Jasper’s 17-year-old aunt, , said he was “ for his ” at St. Joseph’s, adding that the family had started a prayer circle.

“You just get a bunch of people to pray for him,” she said. “We’ve done it before (for another family member) and it worked.”

Farr spoke outside the home of Jasper’s mother, , who was unavailable for comment.

Debow lives about a mile from Plaisted in the Jasmine Estates community just east of U.S. 19.

People who answered the door at Plaisted’s house on Suffolk Lane declined to comment Monday morning.

After Jasper was flown to St. Joseph’s, Pasco Animal Control seized the dog, which was put under a 10-day rabies quarantine, the sheriff’s office said.

Once the quarantine is complete, Plaisted can decide if he wants to keep it, investigators said.

Farr, Jasper’s aunt, said she is unfamiliar with the dog.

“I just know the breed,” she said.

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