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Family claims neighborhood pit bull bites teenager's hand

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Ellen Gray says her 18-year-old son, Robert, walks around his Mount Sterling neighborhood just about everyday and listens to music.

"This is one of his coping skills because of his anger issues and anxiety issues," says Ellen Gray, whose son was bitten by a dog.

But Wednesday evening, the teenager came home in a panic.

"My son came through the door with his left hand gushing blood," she says.

Gray says her son had to get close to a dozen stitches on one of his fingers after a neighborhood pit bull, that wasn't on a leash, bit his hand. Robert says he was simply minding his own business when it happened.

"I was walking down the road, listening to my music, minding my own business," Robert Gray explains the moment he was bit by a dog. "As soon as I felt a big clamp in my hand, I saw that dog run back."

But the dog's owner isn't buying that story.

"We've lived here in this house for right at five years," says Paul Arnett, whose dog bit the teenager. "He walks these streets every night. So why did she bite him last night? Unless she felt threatened."

While Arnett didn't see what happened, he's sure his 14-year-old pit, Boo, wouldn't do anything unless provoked.

"She's not an aggressive dog unless she feels threatened or you come on the property and she feels like she doesn't know who you are," Arnett says.

Arnett says he now plans to keep Boo in his fenced in backyard and that's exactly what the Gray family hopes happens.

Mount Sterling police say the dog must be kept in quarantine for the next nine days. The health department will then test it for rabies. Montgomery County does not have a leash law.

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