It was a scary day when Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann had to rush their 4-year-old son Kash to the hospital after their very own dog Sinn bit him, nearly blinding him in April.
At the time of the incident the Real Housewives of Atlanta star refused to name the dog’s owner, but on Thursday revealed to People that her pooch was the one to blame.
In a recent episode of the reality show, the couple explains what happened that day.
Kash, now five-years-old and his older brother KJ, 6, were outside playing with their Husky-Boxer mix, while their father, Kroy used a leaf blower for some yard work nearby.
Agitated by the noise from the gardening tool the dog became violent, leaving Kash with a scratch just one millimeter away from his eye.
Recalling the events of that day, Kroy said, “Being right there, it was just wrong place, wrong time, wrong circumstances—the perfect storm. Had one thing been different, it wouldn’t have happened.”
The dog was immediately removed from the residence following the incident, but after extensive consideration returned to the house eight weeks later under new guidelines.
Since the incident, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star says the biggest change has been that they now know what to look out for and hope that viewers can learn from their experience.
“We’ve thought our kids, no matter how nice dogs are, they are capable of anything and can not communicate to us in another way than through action—be it barking, growling, biting, scratching, or running away,” Kroy says. “A child sees flurry, fluffy, fun, slobbery … they don’t see danger. And we didn’t either, as adults who had always owned dogs but never gone through something like this. But you have to understand those triggers. Whether it’s loud noise, their tail being pulled, whatever it is, it should be on the forefront of everybody’s mind. Not as fear, but just awareness.”
The Biermann’s, after watching security footage of the incident, ultimately decided that Sinn did not ‘attack’ Kash, but nipped at his face in an attempt to communicate. They also spoke with nearly a dozen behavioral specialists, child psychologist and dog-bite survivors before making the decision to keep their pet.
In the end, seven months and multiple surgeries later, Kash is healthy and 95 percent healed, even getting a puppy for his birthday in August.