Child injured in 'vicious' dog attack

Jake Old • Apr 4, 2017 at 6:19 PM

An 11-year-old boy was injured when two large dogs attacked him in Gladeville on Monday afternoon, according to Lt. Scott Moore of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy was apparently walking home after getting off a school bus near his home on West Richmond Shop Road when a smaller dog began to act aggressively toward him, Moore said.

“The child had a hoodie sweatshirt, and he was trying to shoo the dog away,” Moore said. “Then, two larger dogs, both half-pit-bull, half-Rottweiler, aggressively approached him and viciously attacked him.”

The boy survived the attack thanks to two adults who witnessed the attack and intervened, Moore said. One person had a shovel and used it to fend off the dogs.

“In my opinion, they saved his life,” Moore said. “If it wasn’t for them coming in, he might not have made it. We’re thankful someone saw and was able to help.”

Moore said that officials have identified the owner of the dogs. The dogs were euthanized with the owner’s consent after the attacks.

“The child sustained multiple injuries to his body, and he was transported to a hospital,” Moore said. “This was a truly vicious attack, one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Charges could be pending in the incident as the sheriff’s office continues its investigation, Moore said.

“Our department is going to be consulting the district attorney’s office for charges that could come out of this,” Moore said. 

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