2 who saved boy from dog praised

April 24, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

An electrical worker and a cable company employee are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a 4-year-old Ellicott City boy who was attacked by a neighbor's Rottweiler last week near his home.

Owen Alexander of the 3800 block of Yellowstone Court suffered deep lacerations to both legs from the attack on Wednesday and was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital for treatment, county police said.

Owen received 51 stitches in his legs and was released Wednesday night, Linda Alexander, his mother, said.

Had it not been for the two rescuers, Mrs. Alexander said her son's injuries could have been worse.

"I'm thrilled he's OK. But I'm sad it happened at all," she said.

Police said two Rottweilers were in a fenced wooded area near the Alexander home when Timmy Croker, 4, the son of the dogs' owner, opened the gate.

Michael Croker, the dogs' owner, was not at home during the attack.

Rock, the larger of the dogs, ran through the open gate and attacked Owen, tearing the boy's boots and socks off as he tried to escape, police said.

Susan Starobin, who was baby-sitting Timmy Croker, said he ran to her and said, "Rock is chewing up my friend."

Fran Sparzak, a Comcast cable system locater, was several feet away from where the attack was taking place when she heard Ms. Starobin screaming.

"I thought I just saw two dogs fighting, but then I heard the little boy crying for help," Ms. Sparzak recalled.

"He was trying to get away, but the dog kept flipping him around by his ankles."

Ms. Sparzak called to Jerry Lark, a Bray Electric Inc. worker, who beat the dog away from the boy with a shovel and drove it back into the fenced yard.

A county animal control officer later leashed the 11-month old Rottweiler and took it to an animal control facility in Columbia, where it will be held in quarantine for 10 days.

Owen's mother, who did not see the attack, had nothing but praise for her son's rescuers.

"They are absolute heroes," Mrs. Alexander said. "They saved my son's life."

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