Pit bull attacks boy
by Gary Kent
Apr 04, 2012 | 2581 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — The owner of a pit bulldog could be ordered to have the dog put down or moved to a location outside the city limits if ordered to do so by the municipal judge here.

According to a report filed by Sgt. Mark Cruz, the attack took place at about 8:30 a.m. on March 30 at a residence in the 1000 block of East Clare Street.

Cruz said he was called to police headquarters by Police Chief Joe Treviño where he spoke, by telephone, to the 39-year-old father of the victim. The San Antonio resident said he was visiting the woman, Crystal Lehman, at the time on the condition that she keep her pit bulldog outside the home while he and his son were there.

The father said the dog owner complied, keeping the animal in the back yard. But at one point, someone went outside and left the door open.

The dog then ran into the house and attacked the father’s 3-year-old son.

The father told Cruz that the animal bit the boy on the right arm several times before pulling him to the floor and shaking him.

The adults managed to stop the attack, and the boy had to be taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville for treatment.

Treviño said the father had agreed with the owner that he would not file charges if the owner would have the dog “euthanized.”

Lehman apparently refused to do that, so the father filed a complaint.

Animal Control Officer George Keilman had the animal quarantined after learning that the owner had not kept it current with its rabies vaccinations.

“The normal procedure is to have the animal quarantined for 10 days,” Keilmann said. “If the dog dies within that 10 days, we have the head sent off to determine if it had rabies.”

Treviño said the complaint filed by the father was the owner “having a vicious dog.”

A hearing date has been set before Municipal Judge Joe Salinas. If Salinas rules that the animal is vicious, Lehman will have two options. One is to move the dog to a location outside the city and the other is to have the dog put down by a veterinarian.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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April 04, 2012
A few corrections to the story. I am the boy's mother and I was also there and witnessed the entire attack. We chose to leave the local hospital and received treatment at Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kenedy after waiting for almost 2 hours in the ER. Also, as parents, we would hope that the judge in this case will order the dog be put down. A dog of this nature should not be allowed into someone else's home and have the ability to attack another person! We are very thankful that our son will recover from his physical injuries but he is still traumatized and talks about it frequently throughout the day at random times.

To keep a dog that could attack again vs protecting others isn't a hard decision to make in my opinion but the dog owner thinks otherwise.