11-year-old recovers from vicious attack; dogs euthanized
A Gladeville Elementary School student is recovering from serious injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after two dogs mauled him Monday afternoon.
The 11-year-old was viciously attacked in his driveway after he got off his school bus on West Richmond Shop Road.
According to Wilson County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) Lt. Scott Moore, the student was "viciously mauled" by two dogs, both part pit bull and Rottweiler. Moore said at first a small dog "came after the boy," and the boy tried to shoo him away with a sweatshirt he was carrying.
"Then two larger dogs appeared and aggressively approached the boy and started attacking him," he said. "It was very vicious."
Moore said the dogs had on some sort of "shock" collars but were not confined or on a chain. Moore said at first a female adult observed the attack and tried to "get the dogs" off the boy but was unsuccessful, and she ran to find another neighbor.
"It was an adult male, and he had a shovel," Moore said. "He started to strike the dogs, and finally they got off."
Moore said the interventions "probably saved the boy's life."
"The child sustained multiple injuries from head to toe," he said.
Moore said witnesses observed puddles of blood, and the two shirts the boy was wearing were ripped off and drenched in blood. According to Moore, the child was dragged from his driveway.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency arrived at the scene and transported the young man to the hospital. Moore said the dogs lived at a house that was situated near the boy's driveway. Animal control arrived at the scene and took possession of the dogs. The dogs were euthanized with the owner's consent, Moore said.
There are pending charges and WCSO detectives are working with the District Attorney's Office in this case that is under investigation.
Moore said that investigation will reveal if the two dogs had been vaccinated for rabies. Moore said information given to him revealed the two dogs had some previous "violent tendencies," but he was not sure the extent of those.
Moore said from what he was told, the boy will have a long road to recover from such sustained multiple injuries. The student is listed in stable condition.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to this child," he said.
Moore noted it is a "duty and responsibility" for dog owners to take "whatever means necessary, and whatever measures, to ensure the safety of their family and everyone else."
"Any breed of dog can have the capability of being aggressive, this is a terrible situation," he said.