Sheriff's Office identifies family members attacked by dogs on Onondaga Nation

Published 06/26 2014 11:37AM

Updated 06/27 2014 12:13AM

Town of Onondaga, Onondaga Nation (WSYR-TV) – The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office has identified the family members who were attacked by two dogs on the Onondaga Nation on Thursday morning.

The Sheriff's Office says the people injured were in town from California visiting family:
  • 4-year-old Tukwet Norte, listed in serious condition
  • 10-year-old Hunwet Norte, listed in good condition
  • 18-year-old Susan Hill, listed in good condition
  • 30-year-old Isaac Norte, suffered left forearm bite, but was not admitted to the hospital
The dogs – owned by the children’s grandmother – attacked five family members for no apparent reason, according to Onondaga Nation Fire Chief Harold Smith.

Sheriff’s Investigators say 10-year-old Hunwet Norte and 4-year-old Tukwet Norte were playing lacrosse in the front yard of a relatives home on Webster Road when Tukwet fell down.

While the child was on the ground, one of the 90-pound American bulldogs approached him.

When the 10-year-old lifted the younger boy off the ground, the dog attacked, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

"So he grabbed on to him and started to pick him up and at that time, the one bulldog attacked the 10 year old, and started biting him on his inner thigh," said Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputy Herb Wiggins. 

During the attack, the second dog jumped in and bit the 4-year-old in the chest. 

The boys’ 18-year-old sister, Susan Hill, intervened and tried to cover up the 4 year old, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

"That was a heroic action on her part, to be able to jump on that child and cover him up. And I can't imagine what more damage that dog may have caused to the four-year old had she not done that," Wiggins said.

They say the children’s 30-year-old father, Isaac Norte, was eventually able to kick the dogs away from the children.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene on at about 10 a.m. and the dogs’ owner told Sheriff’s Deputies that they should shoot the dogs.

Both dogs were shot, one by Sheriff’s Deputies and the other by Onondaga Nation Patrol officers.

The dogs are being taken to the health department to be tested for rabies.

Deputies say the dogs had been attending obedience school.

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