Eastern Kentucky Child Mauled By Dog

KNOTT COUNTY, KY -- A serious situation in eastern Kentucky, where a 3-year-old has been mauled by a dog.

Family members tell 27 NEWSFIRST three-year-old Hunter Sloane was outside his family's home in the Raven Community of Knott County when the dog attacked.

The boy's grandmother, Joyce Jacobs, told WKYT-TV 27 Newsfirst she was outside supervising the child at the time when the dog attacked without provocation. Ms. Jacobs also said the boy's mother was in the doorway at the time of the attack. "If we hadn't been there, that dog would have killed the boy," said Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs says she and her daughter were able to intervene in time, or she says the injuries would have been more severe. The grandmother also said that the dog in question belongs to a neighbor.

The little boy was flown to a hospital in West Virginia with what family describe as a severe bite to the side of his face and ear.

Family says they don't know why the dog, who they describe as friendly, attacked the child. The dog has been taken by animal control.

Hunter Sloane is now in stable condition at a West Virginia hospital.


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  • by ben Location: lex on Oct 4, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    And no, I'm not ignorant about the issue, in fact, I bet I have done more research on the issue than any of you... Yes I know that Labs are recorded as biting the most people every year. But one must also consider than labs are the most commen breed in the USA and that these "bites" arn't the same thing as "Deaths" which pits and rotties are over 90% of. Think twice next time you call somone ignorant. Let me know if you want to continue this debate and I'll bring some more facts and links.
  • by TJ Location: Winchester on Oct 2, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    I dont care how the dog was raised or how the child was raised this was a CHILD... bitten by a dog. This child did not deserve the pain and suffering and most likely the scars that he will have all his life.. I cant believe ppl on here post comments on how our children should be protected when they are abused or killed but then on this case want to defend a dog... call the child a brat, say it wasnt taught right.. Plz!! let me say one thing.. I have 4 children that I take very good care of and my children will always come before my dog. I would never defend my dog over my child or any other persons child. We are talking about CHILDREN and DOGS here there should not be a human being on this planet that would defend a dog over a child. Plain and simple.. get your priorities straight!!!!! And who cares how you spell things correctly or your grammer is not correct *** LEE*** that has nothing to do with the child being mauled by a dog.
  • by linda Location: pileville ky on Oct 2, 2007 at 07:09 AM
    gail yes i know dogs are made by our heavenly father.but he didnt make them to share peoples homes and beds.why do you think they shed hair in summer and grow hair in the winter?he also made snakes and spiders etc.would you want to eat and sleep with them?
  • by lena Location: ky on Oct 2, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    I agree with the childs mom.kiss your dogs in the mouth.because you know where its mouth has been in another dogs butt.
  • by linda Location: pileville ky on Oct 2, 2007 at 04:57 AM
    i just read some of your alls comments.seems like some hasnt noticed how people are about dogs and cats.they love and treat them like they gave birth to them.its so nasty to go through a drive through and see the driver in front of you with a dog head sticking out of its window and you have already placed your order but dont have the stomach to eat your food.and seeing a woman have one in a wallmart sitting in a buggy where a baby sits.the manager made her take it out and they cleaned the buggy.the area i live they have took over peoples homes they sleep with them.they will bite without being provoked.i know because i have seen it more than once.i never got bit but had to take rabie shots for just beening around one if you have even a cut place and a dog has rabies you can get it to.i know someone that takes theirs to a vet for medicine because it lets stinkys.the one they showed didnt anyone notice how it was slobbering?it doesnt look great to a lot of people.sick is more the word.
  • by Tina Location: KY on Oct 1, 2007 at 09:38 PM
    I think we all can be thankfull the little baby is ok...sometimes as a parent or a grandparent and we have animals that has grown up with the children..we dont suppect that the animal would turn on a child..I am sure the grand mother or who ever was caring for the little boy did not expect the dog to turn on the baby...we never know some other wild animal could of came down and done something to the dog...and when the little boy came out maybe the dog was just defencive...and you know how children are maybe the litle boy had some kind of food in its hand and wonted to share and then decided to pull it back and the dog just wonted it...so i think everyone needs to stop all the blame and just be thankfull the litttle boy is ok...now lets just pray the dog has not been exposed to any kind of deseese so the family can go on with there lives...May God Bless you all...
  • by Kenny&Ashley Location: Whitesburg on Oct 1, 2007 at 06:37 PM
    You know, it's really sad when people blame their own ignorance on a poor innocent dog. If the dog was so "aggressive" maybe you should have been watching your grandkid a little more. We are the proud owners of two pit bulls, and they have never bitten anything but themselves...so for you people posting comments about you thinking it was a pit, then maybe you should own and love one before you make false accusations. There is no dog born aggressive, its all about how the owner raises them. Maybe we need to think about animals rights too before we go chaining up a poor little creature that was made to run free... If your dog was actually payed attention to and taught right from wrong (yes animals can be taught this too)you would not be having this problem right now.
  • by SDK Location: Eastern KY on Oct 1, 2007 at 06:22 PM
    First of all, if someone has a pet they should keep it in there own yard. If it doesn't stay then they need to invest in a fence. From what the article says, the grandmother was watching the child. It is a shame that the neighbors let their dog run wild. It does say the child didn't provoke the dog. That remains to be seen. I know some animals are aggressive, but usually someone provokes them. I hope Hunter is doing well and doesn't have longterm scars. EVERYONE keep your pets in your yard. If not then don't own them.
  • by tamera Location: raven ky on Oct 1, 2007 at 01:58 PM
    you people who left comments, about my child he is very well taken care of and his grandmother was watching him very closly and i got to him very fast. thank you very much and for the rest of you who care more about the dog then children you can go to perry county animal shetler and kiss the dogs A**
  • by Lee Location: Corbin on Oct 1, 2007 at 12:28 PM
    People - watch your spelling and grammar. Some things are spelled differently than the way you actually say them with your true country grammar!

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