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Dog bites off tips of fingers of 2 people in Sikeston

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A dog attacked a Sikeston Humane Society worker Sunday morning, according to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. A dog attacked a Sikeston Humane Society worker Sunday morning, according to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.
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A dog attacked a Sikeston Humane Society worker Sunday morning, according to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

A white Japanese Akita was seized on June 13 after it bit two people.

According to the police report, an owner of the dog says he and one of his friends were trying to play with the dog when it attacked his friend. The owner tried to get the dog off of his friend, but initially could not. He tried again and the dog bit off the tip of his index finger. The friend had bites to his upper right arm/shoulder area and the dog continued biting him until the owner stepped in a second time.

They reported the bite to Sikeston DPS that same day.

The owner has contacted Heartland News and disputed the portion of the police report that indicates someone was playing with the dog. He says he warned them not to touch the dog.

Officers took possession of the dog and took it to the Sikeston Humane Shelter to be monitored for disease.

The dog remained at the shelter until Sunday when a worker went inside to feed the animals. The Akita had broken lose and was running free inside the building.

The dog attacked the worker. He was only able to escape the dog attack after jumping in the bed of a pickup truck. The worker had severe bites to both hands and the tip of his left middle finger had been bitten off.

After an extensive search, officers found the dog in a field not far from the shelter.

“From what I was told, the dog was loose on the property and as the dog was coming around the power plant next to the shelter, Sikeston Police Department saw him, identified the dog that had bit and shot it on site,” Sikeston Humane Society Director Trace White said. 

The dog was still in an aggressive state. Rather than risk further lives in trying to catch the dog, the decision was made to put him down. An officer put down the dog in a quick and humane fashion, according to Sikeston DPS.

White also said Akitas are not known to be aggressive dogs. However, their nature depends largely on the environment in which they are kept.  

"The dog came in for biting two people previously, not to be surprised though," White said. "It was a dog that was kept on a chair virtually 24/7, un-neutered, no formal training, which, you know, you mix those up and you've got a perfect storm for a dog bite."

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