Additional information about the dog that attacked 17-month-old boy in Greenwood, Mo

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — In a Lee’s Summit Animal Control report obtained by FOX 4, it shows that on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the two-year-old boxer/pit bull mix dog known as Leo, and owned by Shannon Cottrell bit a neighbor, a 17-year-old girl. The bite was reported by the teen’s mother.

The animal control investigator arrived at the hospital to gather information from the neighbors and then filed a report on the bite.

The report lists the following:

The teen was bitten around the neck and face area

The girl had gone over to a friend’s house to visit. When the dog bite victim pretended to ‘play kick’ her friend and then bent over laughing, the dog lunged at her and grabbed her around the face and throat area. The friend was able to grab the dog and pull him off.

After the accident, the teen’s mother received a call from Shannon Cottrell, the dog’s owner. The teen’s mother did not want the dog put down over the incident. She was informed the dog would be quarantined for the required ten days.

When Leo was brought in for quarantine, it was discovered that his rabies vaccination was overdue by more than seven months.

At first, the teen and her mother thought she would have to have surgery, but on October 3, the investigating officer with animal control learned she did not need surgery. When the officer inquired about the injuries to the teen, the mother and her teen said that the teen had acquired two stitches on the left side of her face, in the area behind her ear. The doctor stitched that wound due to it being so deep, they said. The investigator was told it was large enough to insert your thumb. The other wounds were left open to heal.  The injuries sustained on the teen’s neck were only approximately 1-2 ML from hitting her carotid artery, the teen’s mother reported.

Leo’s owner, Shannon Cottrell was arrested Tuesday night related to the October 2014 case. She was written a nuisance animal ticket at that time. When information was presented to the prosecutor that Cottrell had relocated the dog to Greenwood and failed to notify Lee’s Summit Animal Control as required by the dangerous dog ordinance, the judge revoked her bond on the pending charge and issued a new warrant. She was given a $3,000 cash-only bond.

Sgt. Chris Depue
Public Information Unit
Lee’s Summit MO Police Department

1.  The dog involved in Greenwood is the same dog that bit a person in LS in October of 2014. After that bite the dog was deemed a dangerous dog, per the LS ordinance.  I got a copy of that bite report today from our Animal Control Unit and I have it in the review process as we speak for disclosure. Probably be late tomorrow before I have that report approved to release.  During that bite incident, the owner was issued a citation for a public nuisance animal, that case is still pending in Municipal Court with a court date in August of 2015.

2.  The owner of the dog relocated the dog to Greenwood without notifying LS Animal Control as required by the dangerous dog ordinance.  Our animal control officers did a compliance check at the LS address where the dog was located in February of 2015 to confirm the owner was abiding by the conditions of the dangerous dog ordinance.  Sometime after that, the woman relocated the dog to Greenwood.  It is our policy that if the owner of a dangerous dog relocates the dog to another that we notify that city that a dangerous dog is being relocated into their city.  We can’t do that if the owner does not notify us of the move, as required by the ordinance.

3.  Sometime after the bite incident in Greenwood, the owners of the dog took it to a vet facility and had it euthanized.  We have confirmed that with the vet that euthanized the dog. That vet’s office is working with us to make sure that the dog’s remains are being tested for rabies as per protocol.

4.  Greenwood PD is handling all follow up on the bite case, they are functioning as their own Animal Control unit, our Animal Control officer was only on scene as part of a mutual aid request to locate and impound the animal. We are not handling the bite report or investigation.

5.  Information will be presented to the LS Prosecutor in regards to the relocation of the animal for the consideration of additional charges.