WILKES-BARRE — City police say they have identified the owner of the dog that attacked a 2-year-old boy at the Hollenback Dog Park on Tuesday night.
The news came via a post on the department’s Facebook page about 4 p.m. Friday. It starts by thanking “the very many of you that called in tips and information that greatly assisted in the positive identification of the owner and animals involved in the Hollenback Dog Park attack.”
Authorities did not release the owner’s name, however, saying charges are pending and more information would be posted later.
Officers added the public assistance “has helped us to order the animals quarantined by the owner.”
Hayden Davis, 2, required emergency surgery after the dog — described by witnesses as a Husky — bit into his upper right arm and tore muscles, according to mother Katelyn Davis.
Police have been looking for the dog’s owner the last few days.
Travis Pecorino, of Wilkes-Barre, was one of two men who helped the boy.
“I saw the dog tugging on his arm,” Pecorino recalled. “The dog kept pulling back and the dog’s owner did absolutely nothing.”
Hayden was at the adjacent Hollenback Park Playground when the attack occurred, his mother said. The dog park itself is an enclosed, fenced-in area.
“My son got close to the dog park and I yelled at him not to get too close,” the mother said. “He saw a dog and the dog just grabbed ahold of him.”
The boy had surgery on his arm at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and was released early Wednesday.
“He’s doing much better but in a lot of pain,” said mom Katelyn earlier this week.