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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  • by Somewhere Location: Colrain on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    I know in Colerain in the spring of the year you can go up town and get your dog it's rabies shot for 5.00. So their was no reason for it not to have it.
  • by Somewhere Location: Colerain on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    If the dog was shot in the head how could they do the test on the dog???
  • by INFO.... on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:34 AM
    THE DOG HAD RABIES!!! HELLO!! End of story. The Owners of the dog should be charged fully for not having their pet vaccinated. That's why it's the law. Can't "fix" rabies! Only way to test is to test brain matter!!
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 22, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Isn't it a law to have your animals vaccinated for rabies yearly? I think so!!! I hate that the boy got attacked however I do think that the owner of the dog should be charged because he/she obvisouly wasnt a responsible pet owner! If he/she didnt vacc. this dog, chances are they wont vacc. the next dog they get either! If you are going to have a pet, be responsible, they are living things to and must be taken care of properly!
  • by Voiceless Location: Winterville on Jul 22, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    What a bunch of redundant post. A child was bitten by a rabid dog! Seems everyone would rather argue about the breed of the dog than have compassion for a child that will be going through rabie treatments. Hope the young boy recovers quickly!
  • by BL Location: Pitt Co on Jul 22, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    to Dave...rabies is a communicalble disease, and it is the responsibilty of the local health department to treat these illnesses, not only rabies, but TB, sexually transmitted illness, etc... domestic dogs have an EXTREMELY LOW incidence of rabies ( even w/o immunization)so this is kinda rare, so not starting on rabies therapy is reasonable since there is a 7 day window...
  • by Learn a Lesson - Vaccinate Location: Eastern NC on Jul 21, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    It is obvious that this dog was quite used to being around children as he was an older dog and had been around kids his whole life & had never attacked. The reason he attacked a child is because he had rabies. Rabies is a horrible disease & it causes animals to go crazy and to attack anything that comes around them. If you've never seen a rabid animal, it's very scary. I hope people learn something from this & at the very least vaccinate your dogs & cats for rabies. There have been a LOT of cases of rabies in eastern NC this year & it will only get worse. They had problems testing the dog (with the quick test) initially that day because the dog had been shot & killed. If he had been kept alive they would have been able to get results quicker but regardless they should have started treatment immediately on the boy knowing that the dog wasn't vaccinated & wasn't acting "normal". I hope the kid is ok & that he will not be fearful of dogs for the rest of his life.
  • by do not assume Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    To Dave, how do you figure that the tax payers are now responsible for this bill. Do you know that this family does not have insurance or that they do not have money to pay the bill? Or are you assuming that because they are black they do not have insurance or have medicaid? Not all black or any other race of people need for you to pay for their medical care?
  • by Babe Location: Ayden on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    OK...I would never allow a child under the age of 13 or maybe older to pull a dog by the collar no matter what the size/breed. I keep mine (German Shepherd mix) in her pen 75% of the time. The other 25% is when I have her out on her leash with me and don't even let my family members yet get to close since she has basically been only with me since she was let out to rome when she was a pup. I know responsibility when it comes to children/people in general and animals. I had 3 Aust Shepherds that I never never let out when people came to house, even owner/boyfriend could not come in yard sometimes if they were out in the fenced yard, because he was mean to them. Its all in how you train and treat.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Was this dog under the care of a vet and being vaccinated yearly? Don't know if this would have prevented the boy from being bitten, but at least he wouldn't have to go through those treatments for rabies. Pets need routine care too, just like people. They're not just yard decorations.
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