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Child victim describes pit bull attack

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

It's been a little less than a week since a pit bull attacked a boy in Casey County. In the aftermath is an empty dog house, a chain on the ground, and a nine-year-old boy with more scars than just the ones covered by his bandage.

"I thought I was going to die," states Garrett Carrier, while fighting off some afternoon drowsiness.

Garrett is now home and resting after getting roughly a hundred stitches after the attack. He says the neighbor's dog, Titan, got loose and he went to let the neighbor know.

A knock on the door set the whole chain of events in motion.

"He (titan) really hates people knocking on the door. I turn around, and he goes for my neck. I raise my arm up really fast that way he wouldn't get my neck, and it would've killed me," described Garrett. "I started hitting him and stuff."

Finally, the dog released Garrett's arm, leaving him stunned and bleeding from the big gashes in his arm. The nine-year-old then ran to his friend's house to get help.

"I was screaming please help me, don't let me die," said Garrett, adding he was already in shock, "so I couldn't feel nothing in my arm."

The friend's mother called 911, and at the same time called Garrett's mother, Crystal Sims, who was away in Connecticut. Sims says she and her husband made the 14 hour trip in just 11 hours, fearing the worst when they got to UK Hospital.

Since the attack, Titan has been kept in quarantine and Garrett says he hopes he never sees the pit bull again, and according to the family of the dog owner, Garrett may get his wish.

"He is not taking his dog back. He doesn't want his dog back," explained Della Haggard, the mother of the dog owner.

Haggard continued to express her regret that this happened and said the whole ordeal has been tough for everyone.

"It's tearing all of us up, okay, and that's all I can say."

Still, Sims says the nightmare is far from over.

"he (Garrett) still can't feel his forearm. He can make a fist, but he can't relax his fingers."

As for the nine-year-old, he loves to play sports and he knows he has a long recovery ahead if he ever wants to play again.

"They said I wouldn't probably ever get a 100% strength with my arm ever again," sighed Garrett.

While he says he wishes this never happened, Garrett and his family have received a lot of love. Volunteers helped put up a wooden fence around Garrett's backyard that separates his house from the dog. The family says they've also been shown a lot of interest in several special events to honor Garrett.

The first benefit bike ride will be August 11th in Stanford. The next will be a four-wheeler benefit ride on the 25th.


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