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Dogs attack boy, 5, as he plays at neighbor's

The boy's injuries weren't life-threatening, paramedics said, but he was flown to Bayfront Medical Center's trauma center for treatment.


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 25, 2000

PORT RICHEY -- Karen See tried to sooth her 5-year-old's nerves as he was loaded into the back of a Pasco Fire Rescue ambulance on his way to a waiting Bayflite helicopter.

See had Charlie Timmony's blood on her shirt and arms, and tears in the corners of her red eyes. Peering over paramedics tending to the boy's wounds from a dog attack Monday evening, she tried to be upbeat.

"Have fun in the ambulance and the helicopter so you can tell your friends at school," See called out to her son.

Charlie's head was wrapped in white gauze, stopping the bleeding from two separate bite wounds he had on the top of his head and the side of his neck. Paramedics said his wounds weren't life-threatening, but he was being taken to Bayfront Medical Center's trauma center in St. Petersburg for treatment.

Apparently, Charlie was out playing ball in front of his grandparents home at 11125 Pine Tree Lane at 6:30 Monday evening. Next door, in a fenced-in area, were two dogs, named Shadow and Sheeba.

Witnesses said Sheeba is a brown boxer and Shadow is a mid-sized black dog, and both somehow got out and began running around the area.

Neil Gamble, Charlie's grandfather, said one of the dogs ran Charlie down, knocking him to the ground and biting him on the head. Gamble and a neighbor then began kicking the dogs, but Gamble said one got to Charlie again as he tried to get inside the house.

"He's got some pretty good gashes in his head," Gamble said.

Pasco County Animal Control officers were taking the dogs away Monday night. Sheriff's deputies were also investigating.

-- Staff writer Matthew Waite can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6247 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6247. His e-mail address is

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