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Dog to be put down after attacking 10-year-old

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. --- A dog that attacked a 10-year-old boy at a Plymouth campground on Thursday will be put down after a 10-day quarantine.

The dog is currently being held at the Marshall County Humane Society, where the director said her staff is checking for rabies.

“The dog has been vaccinated but still by law they need to be watched for 10 days,” said Nancy Cox, director at the Marshal County Humane Society.

The dog’s owner signed away his rights to the dog, on Monday, meaning it will be put down. Now, Cox is offering Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, where the attack happened, her organization’s help.

“At least maybe give them some different ideas or give my opinion on maybe their next step of setting some policies and enforcing some policies,” Cox said.

The pet policy at the park currently states the pet must be under control at all times and not permitted to create “a public health or noise nuisance.” It also states the animal should be on a leash at all times.

This pet policy is similar to other parks in Michiana, like the South Bend/Elkhart KOA, which states campers can have pets in the RV or cabin, but again, must be kept on a leash.

At another Plymouth campground, called Hidden Lake Paradise, the restrictions are much more specific. For example, campers aren’t allowed to have loud barking dogs, Rottweilers, Pit bulls, or other aggressive dogs.

“I’m out on the lot in the evening time, so if I see it I do request that the camper takes it and either puts it in a kennel somewhere in town or that they take it back home,” said Scott Elkins, Hidden Lake Paradise owner.

Elkins said he rather be proactive rather than reactive.

“A little child doesn’t have a fighting chance against one of them strong dogs, it’s sad to say,” said Elkins.

Cox said dog bites aren’t uncommon in Marshall County, but said this dog is just too dangerous to be in the public.

The Crittendon family said they met with a Marshall County prosecutor Monday afternoon to talk about next steps.

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