‘Vicious’ dog who bit boy ordered muzzled
A local woman whose dog bit a 3-year-old boy in the face last month outside an Aspen business must keep the animal muzzled at all times and refrain from bringing it to work, a judge said Wednesday.
Kristina Henrikson pleaded guilty to keeping a vicious dog and was fined $100, according to Aspen Municipal Court records. In addition, Municipal Court Judge Brooke Peterson ordered Henrikson to pay all of the boy’s medical expenses, records state.
The incident occurred July 11 outside the business in the 400 block of North Mill Street, where Henrikson works, according to a police report. When officers arrived, they saw the 3-year-old being held by his mother while blood seeped through a bandage on the right side of his face, the report states.
Henrikson told police the family passed by the business and the boy asked if he could pet her 18-month old pit bull/black lab mix named Apollo. She said he could and the petting occurred without incident, according to the police report.
The family then passed by a second time and again asked permission to pet the dog, which Henrikson again allowed.
“She bent down with Apollo as (the boy) attempted to pet him and without provocation Apollo bit (the boy) in the face,” the police report states.
Henrikson told police the dog had never bitten anyone before.
The boy was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he received seven stitches to his cheek and four more to close wounds on his lip, according to the report.
The dog’s vaccination records from Arizona showed that his rabies vaccination had expired 12 days before the biting incident, the report states. Consequently, the dog was quarantined for 10 days according to state law at the Aspen Animal Shelter.
Henrikson said Wednesday that Apollo is a rescue dog she’s had for about a year and a half and that she’s had no other similar problems with him.
“It was a snap reaction,” she said. “He was in my lap (and) it was a protection thing. He’s not a vicious dog. He’s a puppy.”
Henrikson also said she’s apologized to the family.
Attempts to reach the family, who live in Texas, were not successful Wednesday.
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