Two boys recovering from dog attack

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By Jesef Williams

When Brenda Harrison’s fiance heard screaming coming from the house next door, the couple hurried over to find out what was going on.

What they saw was two boys being attacked by two pit bulls outside that house on Unity Church Road.

The boys, both 10, had been in the front yard playing when the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, Harrison said. The boys are cousins.

Harrison remembers seeing both dogs attack. However, one pit bull was more vicious than the other, she said.

One boy suffered injuries to his ear and back and the other was injured on his leg and arm, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

“One boy was bleeding from the leg,” Harrison said. “The other one – half of his ear was ripped off.”

The mother of one of the boys, who lives at the home, was screaming while trying to get the dog to let go of her son’s leg, Harrison said. His cousin was able to make it inside.

“They were trying to get inside but the dog was obviously latched on and not letting go,” Harrison said.

Harrison helped keep the boys’ wounds wrapped with towels until an ambulance arrived.

The boy with the ear injury was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. His cousin was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital.

Both were released Thursday, according to hospital officials.

Lancaster County Animal Control came Thursday to take custody of the dogs. They will be euthanized in 10 days if they aren’t claimed by then, director Joel Hinson said.

“Both are here at the shelter and are being quarantined,” Hinson said Friday. “We haven’t heard anything back from the owner.”

Both pit bulls had been kept at the home for several months. Harrison said they usually remained in the front yard, which is enclosed with a fence. She said she never saw the dogs act like that before.

Hinson said this is the first time the two pit balls have been held by Animal Control.

County Council will consider an ordinance Monday night that would designate three dog breeds, including pit bulls, as dangerous. Council members Jack Estridge, Wayne Kersey and Wesley Grier have been working on a committee to form the ordinance for at least a year.

Contact Jesef Williams at 283-1152 or jwilliams@thelancasternews.com