FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Faulkner County authorities said pit bull attacked a 3-year-old-boy Monday afternoon. And they said that the victim's grandfather is the dog owner.
"When they arrived on scene the dog was kind of circling the child and being aggressive, so they went ahead and put the dog down," Chief Deputy Matt Rice said.
Chief Deputy Rice said that the 3-year old boy was at his grandparents' house off Highway 365, between Mayflower and Conway. When he went out to play around 1:30 in the afternoon Monday, the pit bull somehow broke free from a chain and attacked the boy.
"Not really sure why, did pretty severe damage to his head, face and ears," Chief Deputy Rice said.
Crews flew the boy to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Despite the severity of it all, Rice believes the boy will survive.
"From what I've been told, I think he will be fine, I don't think it's going to be life-threatening," Chief Deputy Rice said.
When THV 11 visited the house early Monday afternoon, no family was around for comment on this story. We visited once more Monday evening, and again found nobody home.
Rice said the pit bull that was involved has no previous history of attacks. He said, right now, this all seems to be just an isolated accident.
"It's just a tragic deal, just a 3-year-old child playing in the yard," Chief Deputy Matt Rice said.
According to Rice, the sheriff deputies cited Ricky Jackson for an old county ordinance dealing with an animal biting a human, and it just so happens, the county is currently working on beefing up that ordinance with a stronger one for vicious dogs.
Authorities have not released the boy's name yet, and because of that, privacy issues prevent Arkansas Children's Hospital from releasing his condition to us.