Girl, 3, hospitalized after being attacked by Rottweiler in Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE — A 3-year-old girl is recovering in a Portland hospital after she was attacked by a dog at her grandmother’s home Thursday morning, police said.

The girl’s grandmother, 51-year old Pam Lapointe, had called police frantically stating the Rottweiler was attacking the girl, Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty said.

Lapointe was babysitting the child when the girl wandered within striking distance of the dog, which was secured to the side of a barn with a steel cable, Liberty said.

The dog aggressively lunged at the girl, snapping off his leash and he bit the child several times before Lapointe was able to intervene, the sheriff said.

Lapointe dove on top of the girl to prevent the dog from attacking her, Liberty said. When paramedics arrived, the girl could not be treated due to the dog’s aggressive nature.

Gardiner police soon arrived and shot and killed the dog, and Lapointe and the girl were transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Liberty. The toddler was later airlifted to Shriners Hospital in Boston.

Lapointe was not injured in the attack but the toddler suffered head injuries, Liberty said.

Liberty commended Lapointe for saving the girl’s life. The dog belonged to Lapointe’s boyfriend, James Baum, 52. The dog was five years old and weighed 120 pounds.

“Had she not shielded the young girl from the dog this event would have been much more tragic,” Liberty said.

The sheriff said the dog was taken to a local veterinarian where it will be tested for rabies. No charges are expected to be filed.

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Linda  Daigle's picture

owner responsiblilty

We owned a Rottweiller/German Shepard for 14 years until she passed a couple years ago. She was raised with love and patience, and had the sweetest disposition. I raised 3 three children, and their friends were always in and out of our house. Never a bark, growl or aggressive tendency. Truth be told, our Shih Tzu is the one you have to watch out for. Give love, get love, and that's what we had for 14 years.

Robyn Belcher's picture

This isn't a breed issue as

This isn't a breed issue as much as it is how the dog is being raised. Rottweilers are powerful dogs that need to be raised in a good home by someone who knows how to handle them.

Fred Stone's picture

Ban these dogs

The state of Maine needs to ban this breed of dogs, because there have been way too many attacks on children and adults. The last sentence says it all " no charges are expected to be filed".

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Ban all of them Fred

Dobermans, Pit Bulls, Shepherds, Weimaraners, Poodles and the worst Chiwawas ...

I have owned and still own Dobermans, had 4 and just lost my 2nd purebred German Shepherd of Rin TIn TIn bloodline, not once have mine ever made any aggressive move towards a person unless I command them to. One Doberman I had was a trained attack dog and was fantastic around children and folks, whereas I have met other dogs of bad nature whereas the owners should of been locked up and muzzled.

The problem is not with the dogs but the handlers themselves, the owners raising them and how they are trained and penned.

Rotts are the same bloodline as Dobermans, and both dogs are intelligent and obedient, I cannot say the same as the owners of those Rotts or about those that are not familiar with training and caring for large dogs.


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