Teen saves brother from rottweiler mauling; stabs dog with scissors

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An East Bay mother is warning other pet owners to be careful with their pets after her 4-year-old son was attacked by the family’s Rottweiler. The incident happened on Dec. 29 at a home in Richmond.

Ning Laset said her son, Kaizen, was playing with his brother under a blanket on the couch when the dog went under the blanket at bit the child multiple times on the scalp and head.

Laset said her 17-year-old daughter rushed to help.

“My daughter she grabbed scissors to stab the dog in the face so he could let go of my son,” Laset said.

Kaizen received more than 60 stitches at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. He spent three days in the hospital.

“He’s so strong,” Laset said. “He never complained that he’s hurt.”

The dog was taken by Contra Costa Animal Services where it was euthanized at the request of the family. Captain Jane Andreotti said the attack was unprovoked and that the Rottweiler was a stray dog before it was found by a Good Samaritan and later put the dog up for adoption where it ended up with the Laset family. Laset said they acquired the dog through a private adoption after seeing a social media post and meeting with the dog’s trainer.

“What we want to do is educate people to remember that socializing any animal, especially with children, to the success of that animal in that home,” Andreotti said.

Laset is now warning others to be careful with the pets they adopt.

“He was such a smart and good dog. I’m in shock,” Laset added. “Just be careful because you never know. We got lucky. The next family might not be as lucky as we are.”

Andreotti said families wanting to adopt a pet should go through an animal shelter. She advises people to know the background of the animal, if possible, and to make sure the animal is licensed, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered.