Father of dog attack victim hails Good Samaritan

Twelve-year-old boy received 30 stitches after Rottweiler attack while walking home from school.

A dog bite on his arm sent Kevin Buitendyk for more than two dozen stitches.

The father of a boy wounded in a dog attack last week is saluting the Good Samaritan who came to his son’s aid.

Last Wednesday, 12-year-old Kevin Buitendyk was walking home from school on Beaver Street at around 2:30 p.m. when a leashed Rottweiler heading the other direction lunged at him and bit down on his upper arm, ripping through his flesh.

It took 30 stitches to repair the gashes in his arm. The police report would later describe the animal as being twice the size of Kevin.

Just down the road, Navee Thandi had been standing, chatting on his phone. He was about to head inside when he heard a scream. Just down the street he saw Kevin, clutching his arm and walking back and forth.

A nearby dog, which was on a leash, “was still lunging at him,” Thandi remembered. “It looked like the dog wanted to eat the kid.”

Thandi, who has his Level 2 First Aid, rushed over to help. As the man who walked the dog left the scene, Thandi ushered Kevin inside, wrapped his arm in a towel, called 911 and tried to distract the boy, who appeared to be going into shock and was pale and clammy. For around 15 minutes, Thandi tried to distract Kevin from his wounds, asking him about school and watching YouTube videos of bloopers.

“It worked for a bit, and all of a sudden [the pain] would hit him.”

Thandi, 36, said “it was a simple thing to do,” given there was no one else in the area, save the dog-walker, who he said took off after the incident.

But Kevin’s father Paul called the Good Samaritan a “hero,” for helping his son.

“That guy was super nice,” he said. “He was so good with my son.”

Paul Buitendyk said his son is now recovering at home, with a bandaged arm and wounds that he said will scar.

After arriving on the scene, police found the dog at a home several houses down. The Rottweiler was removed by animal control, which is still investigating the incident, according to the Fraser Valley Regional District.

On Sunday, Kevin called the dog-walker to forgive him. Paul said the conversation went well and the man was “very remorseful.”

Just Posted

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Fraser Valley developer offering to build barn owl nesting boxes for free

Gore Brothers says anyone with a suitable building can help the threatened raptor

Langley’s oldest and last strip bar shuts its doors

The Alder Inn, in operation since 1957, has reportedly been purchased

Fraser Valley Bandits winless streak hits eight

CEBL club still looking for first-ever franchise victory

Abbotsford posts $29 million cash surplus in 2018

Reserves continue to grow, but finance chief warns more will be needed

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Dinosaur statues from defunct Dinotown theme park stolen in Chilliwack

The dinosaur figures once graced the theme park but were destined for Chilliwack fundraiser

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

Update: Show of support after pride flag was taken down by Township of Langley

Township statement said flag was removed due to “confusion” about whether it was on private property

Most Read