Family Dog Chews Off 10-Year-Old Girl’s Toes

CRETE TWP., Ill. (STMW) – Authorities investigated a “bizarre” incident last week in which a 10-year-old girl’s toes were chewed off by the family dog while she slept in their south suburban home.

Around 7 a.m. on Dec. 22, the girl yelled that her foot was bleeding when her mother came into her room to wake her up for school, the Joliet Herald-News is reporting. The woman saw all of the toes were missing from the girl’s left foot and administered first aid while her husband called paramedics.

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Crete firefighters and Will County Sheriff’s deputies responded and the victim was transported to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer, Ind. According to reports, the girl suffers from spina bifida, which “causes numbness in her lower extremities (and she) has basically no sensation beneath the waist.”

She has also had a sore on her left foot for more than a year that will not heal, despite being examined by doctors and specialists.

The girl’s father told police nothing was out of the ordinary and the girl’s foot was intact when she went to bed around 9 p.m. the night before. The family’s 2-year-old black Labrador retriever has always slept at the foot of the girl’s bed.

Crete firefighters had the 44-year-old man check the dog’s mouth and muzzle, but did not find any trace of blood.

The family said the dog has never been aggressive toward the girl or other people, and deputies noted the animal “showed no aggression” toward them while they were in the house.

A Will County Animal Control Center officer examined the dog. On Tuesday, they reported the animal had been brought in for a 10-day observation since records showed it was overdue for vaccinations.

Animal Control “determined that the dog was acting true to its nature by removing the wound from the victim as it would in the wild” and the incident was not a violation.

The dog was described as non-threatening and will not be put down.

The Department of Children and Family Services was also notified to document the incident, but told sheriff’s police they did not plan to investigate.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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  • Education: Look into it.

    re: ‘the truth’

    Based on your impressive inability to spell ‘digits’ I’d say you’re an expert at everything in life. Great advice. Why aren’t YOU working for Animal Control?

  • Cristopher

    You are an idiot, the truth. Learn how to spell.

  • Mayv

    I’m so glad to see they realised WHY he chewed off her toes! That sweet dog was just tending to a wound on her foot that wouldn’t heal! He showed no aggression whatsoever and this was NOT a malicious mauling done by a canine who’d been maltreated or starved.

    “The Truth” knows nothing about truth or compassion, it seems. Apparently, neither does A. Gabriel. Canines (and other non-human companions) have been shown to HELP children who are chronically ill. Sheesh!

  • Diane

    A smart dogs natural instinct….only the smart dogs will chew off infection and other ills. The dog was actually trying to get rid of the sore infection. The dog would not know he or she was hurting the person, to the dog – he or she is helping the person. The parents should find a really nice home for this smart dog….it will happen again. Not the dogs fault….its love to do this for the person (dog’s mind). As disgusting as it sounds.

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  • Michael

    This is not the first time that this has happened.
    We certainly do not give enough credit to the animals that surround us.

    • beevee


  • Jack

    People showing support for the dog is ridiculous. The foot would have gotten infected and killed the girl if her parents didn’t notice.


    • Somesmartazz

      Which is EXACTLY why the dog chewed of the toe. Its called gangrene great stuff till you have it and lose a limb.
      Animals instinctively know these types of infections by smell. And will chew of toes or infected bits as losing a toe is way better than the foot or leg.

      • beevee

        that is somesmartazz, not jon, that I agree with.

      • beevee

        gangrene or not, a year old festering wound stinks even to humans.

        I completely agree with you!

      • jon g.

        You are an imbecile. It was a sore that didn’t heal; not gangrene. The dog did no one any favors by biting the girl’s toes off. Not surprised your level of intellect is on par with the dog’s.

  • Human

    Put the truth down before he tries to spell “digits” again.

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  • SallysF

    Will county sure seems like the place to live lately. Dogs can eat toes, men can kill people for walking their dog on the lawn….runn by a lot of idiots.

    You can have Will county I’m staying away!

    • SallysF

      sorry for the typo I meant “run”

      • beevee


  • kat

    Only got away with it because it’s a lab. Had this been a pit bull type dog that did this, people would be demanding it’s head!

  • Adam

    Wouldn’t it have been better for God to keep the dog from chewing her toes off instead of “blessing” her after the fact?

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  • beevee

    People are idiots.

    Q: did you know that God didn’t create dogs?

    A: he already had one.

  • beevee

    um, i donget.

  • beevee

    Yeah, and what happens to people who leave dogs chained in a yard so long that the dogs skin grows around the chain, and the poor animal is so stressed that it chews it’s OWN toes off?

    Think about it. If you can.

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