NEW INFO: Child Has 1,000 Stitches After Dog Attack

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A 5-year-old Wilson County boy has 1,000 stitches after being attacked by the family dog.

Deputies say Daniel Reason is still at Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he is in serious condition.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office says animal enforcement deputies were sent to 6056 Webb Lake Road after they got a call about a young boy being attacked by a Rottweiler. It happened Tuesday afternoon.

Daniel's father says his son was trying to free their rottweiler after it's chain got tangled ina fishing pole. That's when the dog started attacking. Two other family dogs began fighting with the rottweiler to help save Daniel.

Emergency responders say the 5-year-old had wounds on his head and torso. The child's mother, Heather, also had dog bite wounds on her legs. The child received surgery and is recovering.

The dog has been put down.

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  • by antiignorance Location: fort lauderdale on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Let's just get something straight here. People need to stop blaming the breed of the dog as an explanation for why a dog might attack. It has nothing to do with it. All dogs are capable of attacking and doing damage. Yes, some breeds can do more damage. For instance a Standard Poodle can do much more damage than a chihuahua. But let's leave the pitbulls, boxers, bulldogs,and rottweilers aspect out of it. That's just ignorance. It's equivalent to looking at our prison ratio's based upon ethnicity and then deciding we are just going to target certain races as more likely to commit crimes. It's called profiling and it's illegal to do with people so why is it okay to do with dogs? I know. Because they can't speak for themselves.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Please refer to Canine homicides: July 2006 to present. This URL Please count Pits and Rots in the reports. Thanks!
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    Some seem to confuse the argument about people kill people not guns as also relevant for breeds of dogs that can maim and kill. The gun after all has no mind of its own and so is under the full control of its owner. Not so the dog! Why do some of you act so arrogant with respect to your supposed absolute control of these breeds. Your arrogance is exactly why these problems occur. The history of Pits and Rots is not one of beauty and tenderness. Those asking me to do research should do some of your own and not just read what suits you on the internet. A dog bred to kill as successfully as the Pit is a killer dog plain and simple. You can dress it up, you can pretend you have control but its as much a charade as a Tiger Show in Vegas. I have some marine biology friends in Florida that love their killer wales but even they cringe about the coming day when shamoo beheads the tourist bent over the tank for a kiss.
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Aug 27, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    I'll stick to my shit-zu. I hope the child recovers.
  • by C on Aug 27, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    If such an attack happened to my child, I really could'nt care less what breed of dog was responsible. I would,however,make it my business to leave that particular dog in an even worse condition than he'd left my child in.
  • by dog owner Location: N.C. on Aug 27, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    My family has owned several big dogs over the years and never had problems until recently. You just never know. What amazes me is that the majority of these comments are about the dog what about this child, he didn't deserve this. Stop placing blame and pray for this little boy's recovery, that's what is most important!!
  • by kaz Location: williamston on Aug 27, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    Pete that is a really good idea and if it’s done, it should be for all dogs. The problem is people who actually take care of their animals and take the time to train them would be the only ones who carry the insurance. Do you really think a person who fights dogs would put insurance on it; he/she is already fighting them so there is no concern for the law. It's kind of like gun control you can ban every gun in America but people who don't follow the law are still gonna get them and use them to do harm, while the person who obeys the law is the one being punished.
  • by Dave Location: L.A. on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    Pete, I am a home owner and have plenty of insurance through Nationwide. Making such a sterotype is akin to me asking why is it that most grifton residents are crack dealers. Completly lacking in truth. There are insurance companys that will not insure owners of so-called dangerous dogs. There are a few left that realize that it's a load of crap and that a dog will only be as dangerous as you teach it to be.
  • by Malachi Location: Monteiro on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Ok, if a dogs is caught in it's chain, who goes to help the dog? The PARENTS you don't send a five year old to help the dog! It was an incident that didn't have to happen. A five year- old should have told the parent. This should be a lesson to all familys with dogs and a child. My condolences to the dog.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    How is it that most owners of dog's deemed dangerous breeds rent and have no insurance(note I said most not all)the owner of a dangerous breed of dog should be made to carry x amount of insurance on the dog.By the way if they do own a house just notify their insurance policy holder and see how fast they get dropped.

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