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July 10, 2014

Child bitten by dog expected to make full recovery

NEW CASTLE — Adrian Osorio is being called a champ by his family.

The 5-year-old North Beaver Township boy was bitten in the face and hand Tuesday afternoon by a neighbor’s dog. Bear is a St. Bernard-Akita mix.

His father, Tomas Osorio, of 3172 Wampum Road, said he had just returned from work when his son asked to go outside to play baseball.

“Usually when he goes outside I’m out there with him,” Osorio said. “He’s been good about staying in the yard so I let him go out by himself. I could see him from the window. Everything was fine.”

In a heartbeat, that changed.

“I heard screaming,” Osorio said. “Adrian had gone around the house to where the neighbor’s dog was tied in its yard. He couldn’t have been outside for more than two minutes.”

Osorio said the dog bit his son in the face, leaving tooth marks about a half-inch below the boy’s right eye, the left side of his lower lip and top lip. The dog also nipped the little finger on the boy’s left hand.

“It was an image I’ll never get out of my mind,” he said. “Blood was everywhere.”

Osorio said an ambulance was called about 1 p.m.

“They stopped at Jameson and gave him pain medication then took him right to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He got there between 5 and 5:30 p.m.”

Adrian underwent three hours of surgery.

“They wanted to be sure his eye was not damaged since the cut was so close under the eye,” Osorio said. “The doctors believe he will have a full recovery.”

Osorio said he and the boy’s mother, Laura Shaner, stayed with their son until about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Then he left to go to work. Shaner remained, keeping Osorio updated.

Osorio said his son told him he had been trying to play catch with the dog at the time he was bitten.

“My son has been around that dog a lot.”

He said the dog’s owner, Delta Lynch, who has had the dog since it was a puppy, told him she did not think that it would bite.

Efforts to reach Delta Lynch Wednesday were unsuccessful.

The dog is quarantined in its home pending an investigation.

Pennsylvania state police, who were called, were not available to provide information.

Osorio said the neighbor provided paperwork proving all of the animal’s shots are up to date.

He is not angry with the neighbor, Osorio said, but would like to see the dog put down.

“I’m worried about other children in the neighborhood.

“The house is close to a playground and children walk past the yard. On July 4 there were about 30 kids in the area,” he said. “The dog is tied in its yard when outside, but the neighbor’s yard is not fenced it.”

Osorio said he anticipated his son could discharged from the hospital as soon as Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s improving, even from Tuesday night, but he’s looked better,” Osorio said of Adrian. “He has a long road yet to go. He’s only 5, but he’s been a real champ through this right now.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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