Elm City Boy In Critical Condition After Rottweiler Attack

Posted on Aug 31, 2009
Is your child safe with your family dog? A recent North Carolina dog attack shows that even leaving your own family pet with an unattended small child could lead to serious dog bite injuries.

According to Eyewitness News Channel 9 and WRAL, a 5-year-old Elm City boy named Daniel Reason was attacked by the family's Rottweiler on Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors told reporters that the small boy had been on a swing set playing in the backyard with the dog when his mother went inside to check on his sibling. When she came back out, the vicious dog attack was underway.

The boy suffered serious injuries to his torso, lets, and head during the dog mauling. He had surgery at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville later that day, but will need further cosmetic surgery in the future.

"It is hard to explain. My kid is laying up there and he is really hurt. I just wish it was me instead of him," Douglas Reason Jr. said.

Friends of the family sad that the dog was newly adopted by the family - and that the dog had been abused by previous owners before being abandoned. However, the new pet was not fitting into the family well and they were considering taking the dog back to the shelter in the days before the NC dog attack.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office reported that the dog has been put down by animal control and that the North Carolina dog attack is still under investigation.

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