Dog bites child at Davenport Skate Park-UPDATED

Published: Jun. 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The father of the boy says the dog's vaccinations are up to date and his son will not need rabies shots. That information was revealed after a meeting with police, an animal control officer and the girlfriend of the dog's owner.

The father tells TV-6 that the dog was still taken into custody for quarantine. The Humane Society of Scott County says it is a requirement to quarantine the dog for ten days.

UPDATE: Shawn Skinner tells us they attempted to meet with the dog owner last night, but animal control was not available to assist. They are working with police and animal control to set up another time to meet. He said the owner of the dog is willing to quarantine the dog, but that has not happened yet. He says the owner does not appear to have a permanent residence.

UPDATE: Caleb Skinner often enjoys going to the Davenport Skate Park with his father.

"I've been skating since I was a little kid," he says.

The 9-year old and his father Shawn had only just arrived to the park, when a white pitbull charged at Caleb and bit him on the arm.

"My dad came rushing over and he finally got the dog off," remembers Caleb.

"A dog just kind of came out of nowhere and latched onto his arm and knocked him down," recalls his father Shawn.

Worried about his son, Shawn didn't have time to gather information from the owner, something he admits he would have done.

"At least her name, where she lives, if she had records of rabies shots and things like that," Skinner says.

The family has tracked down the name of the owner and is working to contact her and determine whether or not the dog was fully vaccinated.

"All we are concerned about is making sure that the animal either has a vaccination or we can observe him for ten days," says Caleb's mother Christine.

The Humane Society of Scott County says it's important to get the owner information in this case.

"Dogs and cats have teeth," says executive director Pam Arndt. "The potential is always there where a bite may occur."

Arndt also believes owners should always leash and control their pets and pay close attention to their behavior.

"They may be frightened, they may not like all the noise that's going on, or they may not like being around a crowd of people," she says.

As for Caleb, he is receiving medication and working to get back on the skateboard.

"I mean look at what happened to my son," says Christine Skinner. "No parent wants to see their child have to go through this."


A family from Rock Island is looking for the owner of a dog that bit their son at the Davenport Skate Park over the weekend. KWQC's Gabriella Rusk will have more on your TV6 News at Six.