Charges will not be filed against owner of Richlands dog that bit daughter & mother

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Onslow County Animal Control says they will not press charges against the owner of a dog that attacked a 4-year-old and her mother Monday in Richlands.

The mother was bitten trying to get the dog off her daughter.

Animal control was called to remove and treat the dog, which had to be shot by another neighbor trying to stop the attack.

The dog is now back in the custody of its owner, but according to North Carolina state law, has been deemed a "potentially dangerous" dog.

No charges will be filed against the owner because the dog was on the owner's property and not running at large or violating any animal control laws.


A dog was shot by a neighbor after deputies say it attacked a four-year-old girl and her mother.

Onslow County Sheriff's Office Major Chris Thomas says it happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday on Coral Ridge Road outside of Richlands.

Thomas says the girl was playing at the neighbor's yard when the English Mastiff bit the child on her left arm and wrist. Her mother heard the scream and jumped the fence to get the dog off her child.

The major says the Mastiff then attacked the mother, who was bitten on the arm, wrist and hand. The dog's owner came outside and tried to get it off the two people, but couldn't.

Thomas says another neighbor arrived with a gun and the owner told them to shoot the animal. After the dog was shot, it let the mother go.

The mother and daughter were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital and Animal Control took the dog, which was still alive when it left. All Animal Control would tell us this morning was that the case was under investigation.

Neighbors say the mother and daughter are back home today.

Thomas says no charges have been filed against the dog's owner.