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Petition seeks to keep dog that bit off boy's hand alive

By Brittany Tait, KSL TV | Posted - Mar. 6, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.

LAYTON — A Davis County woman is trying to save the dog that bit off a child’s hand Sunday.

Jessica Nusz has known the two huskies involved since they were just a few months old.

“Polar and Bear are hyper as most huskies are,” Nusz told KSL TV. “They are playful. But they let me pet them whenever I come over to visit.”

Nusz started a petition, that as of Wednesday morning, had more than 85,000 supporters.

“People from all across the globe are signing this petition to save these dogs,” Nusz said. “We have received signatures from the Netherlands, Brazil, United Kingdom and even as far away as South Australia.”

Nusz told KSL TV the huskies are young – just 1-year-old.

The dogs will be quarantined for 10 days at the Davis County Animal Care and Control facility. Officials there said their goal is not to jump to euthanization.

After a detailed investigation, a judge will make that decision.

On Sunday, Bear bit down on the 4-year-olds hand, after investigators said the child stuck his hand under the fence with a sock covering his arm.

“They probably just thought it was a chew toy,” Nusz said.

Numerous neighbors echoed concerns; one neighbor told KSL TV they fear the Davis County Animal Care facility is neglectfully releasing dangerous animals back into domestic situations.

Nusz, however, believes Bear deserves another chance.

“I really hope all these signatures convince investigators to save these dogs,” Nusz said.

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