Boy in good con­di­tion fol­low­ing dog at­tack

Wounds re­quired three hours of surgery

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

A 7-year-old boy was at­tacked by a dog and had to be rushed to Emory Chil­dren’s Cen­ter on Satur­day.

Lyle Fox said his grand­son was stay­ing with his fa­ther, Austin McIn­trye, in Cov­ing­ton when the fa­ther’s pet Akita at­tacked the boy. The dog bit the boy’s leg, hand, stom­ach and shoul­der be­fore go­ing for his throat. Fox said his grand­son man­aged to turn his head so the dog was only able to bite the back of the boy’s neck.

911 was called and the boy was taken to the chil­dren’s cen­ter in At­lanta. The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the call, but turned the case over to the New­ton County An­i­mal Con­trol.

Fox said the boy was in good con­di­tion af­ter three hours of surgery for his wounds.

“(Mon­day) was a re­ally, re­ally bad day,” Fox said. “It was a very painful day for him. But he is do­ing much bet­ter to­day (Tues­day). He was able to walk around.”

Fu­ture skin grafts might be re­quired, Fox said, as well as other pos­si­ble surg­eries.

The dog, which Fox said weighed about 100 pounds, was taken by to the an­i­mal shel­ter. The NCAC could not be reached for com­ment.

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