Child Attacked By Dog

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

A child is recovering after a dog bites him in the face.

The dog attack happened Friday morning in the Raven community of Knott County. 3 year old Hunter Slone is now in stable condition at a West Virginia hospital.

We spoke with Elsie Bolen, Hunter's great-grandmother, and she told me that Bear, the name of the dog that attacked the boy, is generally a very friendly playful dog. But Friday when family heard the boy screaming outside, it became evident, that Bear might not be as friendly as they thought.

On most days, you might find four dogs barking at this Knott County home. Friday evening, one of those dogs is quarantined after an animal control official says he attacked a three year old boy, biting him several times in the face.

"He just broke loose, got loose, went over the hill and went mad, crazy or something," Bolen said.

Family members say three year old Hunter Slone was playing outside with his dog, Bear, when they heard him screaming. They came out, but the dog had already caused several puncture wounds to the boy's face. Hunter's great-grandmother says Bear has never done anything like this before.

"I never thought he'd bite anybody. He's a play dog," Bolen said.

Friday, the playing turned violent. Knott County Animal Control officials say children should always be supervised when playing with animals.

"Family should watch when the child's around in any case you know. You should never leave them by themselves because you can never tell what may happen," said Jamie Mosley with Knott County Animal Control.

Hunter was air lifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia. He's listed in stable condition.

That dog is currently being held at the Perry County Animal Shelter. Staff there say he'll be quarantined for 10 days, before a decision is made on whether he will be put down.

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