Puppy chews off baby’s fingers, mother charged with neglect

Posted at 8:10 AM, June 23, 2023

By: Briana Brownlee

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Court TV/Scripps News Fort Myers) — A Florida mother is facing charges after a puppy bit off multiple fingers of a baby girl, according to authorities.

Chloe Wisniewski, 21, is facing neglect charges four months after the Feb. 14 incident in Charlotte County.

Chloe Wisniewski mugshot

This booking photo provided by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office shows Chloe Wisniewski. (Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said the three-month-old pit bull puppy, named Apollo, had only been in the home for one day before it was left alone with the baby while Wisniewski claimed she was in the bathroom.

“I’ve been with the department for 25 years and this is the first time I can recall a dog actually getting into a crib or bassinet,” said Brian Jones with Charlotte County Animal Control.

“This is the first time I think I have heard of this in my 25 years,” said Criminal Defense Attorney Micahel Raheb.

According to court documents, the family found the dog on Facebook after the previous owner couldn’t take care of Apollo. The day after bringing the pup home, he gnawed off the fingers of the baby.

“Based on the demeanor of the dog we don’t think it was done with any aggressive intent,” Jones said.

On June 9, 2023, Wisniewski was arrested for neglect. Court documents revealed she went to the bathroom and left the puppy in the room alone with the baby who was in her crib.

“If you are going to bring a dog of an unknown origin don’t leave it unsupervised,” Jones said.

After investigators traced THC in Wisniewsky’s system, they believed there were inconsistencies in her story which led to her arrest.

pit bull Apollo held by animal control officer

This photo provided by the Charlotte County Animal Control shows pit bull puppy Apollo. (Charlotte County Animal Control)

“We should obviously follow the constitution and presume her innocent and the state will have to prove she knew what she did would cause her child to be harmed,” Raheb said.

As for Appollo..

“After that the owners decided that they didn’t want that dog back, the dog was not returned to the house, and believe he was re-homed,” Jones said.

Jones added that there aren’t any laws that state an aggressive dog is to be euthanized after biting someone. He said the goal is to save as many animals as possible.

Animal Control also wants to remind people to do their homework before getting a new animal.

Wisniewski had her first court appearance on June 17th.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Fort Myers, an E.W. Scripps Company.

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