“He bit him (the boy) on the arm,” Lehman admitted. “Yes, he did. And he didn’t have his rabies vaccination.”
But Lehman said most of story that the 39-year-old father told Sgt. Mark Cruz was not true.
Lehman said the father never requested that she put up her dogs. She said he called her on March 25 and told her he was coming to Beeville. He never requested that she put up her American bulldog. The animal, she said, is not a pit bulldog.
She said the father and boy arrived at her house that evening, and she was not at home at the time. Her children let the man and boy into the house, and she arrived minutes later.
The power was out that night and she had her doors open to allow a breeze through the residence. She said the father sat the boy on the floor and never mentioned her dogs. And the father never picked up the boy when her dog came into the house.
Also, the child never was thrown to the floor.
“He has a big dog too,” she said of the father.
“I do feel bad and I’ve offered to pay the hospital bill,” Lehman said. But there was nothing she could have done to prevent the attack on the boy. She said the dog entered her house and attacked the boy within two minutes of when she arrived. She never thought the dog would bite anyone. One of her children went outside to get something and the dog came inside and immediately went to sniff the boy.
“My dog has never bitten anyone,” Lehman said.
“This makes me look like a terrible person and I’m not a terrible person,” Lehman said.
The owner said she was going to have the dog put down the night of the attack. But her mother asked her not to do that.
Lehman said the dog lived with her mother until two months ago and never caused any trouble. She said her children do not want the dog to be put to sleep either.
“The information in the police report was not true and my attorney is taking care of that,” Lehman said.
The lawyer has told her he intends to file charges against the victim’s father for giving the police false information.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.