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Dog Had Rabies, 7-Year-Old Will Undergo Treatment

A 7-year-old Bertie County boy will have to undergo rabies treatment after the dog that bit him last week tested positive for the disease.

De'Ante Bloodworth said he tried to bring his cousin's dog Ace inside the house by the collar when the dog bit him near the top of his head. The gash on his head is about six inches but not life threatening.

The child's grandfather shot and killed the German Shepard..


Seven-year-old De'Ante Bloodworth spoke to WITN from his hospital bed in the children's ward of Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

"He just attacked me," Bloodworth said of a relative's dog.

When asked how he was feeling, he said he was "fine."

"Not real bad," Bloodworth said when asked if his injuries hurt.

The boy was surrounded in the hospital room by his mother, brother and grandparents.

Bloodworth said he tried to bring his cousin's dog Ace inside the house by the collar when the dog bit him near the top of his head. The gash on his head is about six inches but not life threatening.

"So he went to go grab his collar and then it slipped away from him the first time," said Trey'Veyon Bloodworth, the victim's 10-year-old brother. "Then he grabbed it again. He got mad and he jumped on him and it bit him in the head."

"I was hysterical, like what's going on?" said Randa Bloodworth, De'Ante's mother. "How bad is it? Is he going to be okay?"

Randa Bloodworth says she was at work when she heard the news that her son was bitten by the relative's German Shepherd.

The grandfather later shot the dog. The Bertie County Sheriff's Office said remains were sent for testing to see if the canine had rabies.

In light of the situation, Randa Bloodworth says she is happy the dog was put down.

"If he got my son, then he would get anybody," said Bloodworth.


Previous story:

A seven-year-old boy is recovering after being attacked by a family member's pet.

Bertie County Sheriff Greg Atkins tells WITN the child was handling a German Shepherd when it turned on him, biting him in the head. The sheriff says that caused a six- to eight-inch gash on the child's head.

Authorities say the boy was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where Atkins says the boy is doing fine. The sheriff says the child could be released Friday or Saturday from the hospital.

Atkins say the boy's grandfather shot the dog in the head after the attack. That could complicate their investigation on determining if the dog had rabies or not.


Original Story

A young child had to be airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital Thursday night after being bitten by a dog.

It happened after 7:00 p.m. in the 200 block of Thompson Street in Colerain, Bertie County.

First responders say the six or seven year-old boy was bitten by a German Shepard on his head.

Neighbors say the boy is from Ahoskie and was visiting grandparents.

The extent of the child's injuries are unknown, but they're not believed to be life-threatening. The child is expected to be released from the hospital sometime Friday or Saturday.

We'll update the story as more information becomes available.


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