By Mike Fletcher of the Kokomo Tribune, from WISH
A 10-year-old boy bitten by a pit bull terrier last week is back at home, recovering after being hospitalized with several bite wounds. According to Greentown police, Charles Beedy, a student at Eastern Elementary School, and his 12-year-old sister were walking Thursday in an alley in the 400 block of West Grant Street in Greentown. They were heading home when the attack occurred, Town Marshal Jeff Bennett reported Monday.
As the kids approached the rear yard of 419 W. Grant St., the male pit bull, white with black spots, jumped a 4-foot chain link fence and bit the boy.
His sister ran to the safety of another neighboring fenced-in back yard. The owner of the dog, Mike Patton, was in the back yard at the time of the attack and is cooperating with the investigation, Bennett said.
Patton could not be reached for comment.
Bennett said this is the second documented dog bite by the 4-year-old dog. The first victim was an adult.
The boy received numerous punctures and lacerations to the back of his head, legs and feet, Bennett reported.
Beedy was transported to Howard Regional Health System by the Greentown Ambulance and later transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He has since been released and is back home with his family. The pit bull has been impounded at the Kokomo Humane Society and is expected to be euthanized, Jean McGroarty, executive director of the Kokomo Humane Society, said Tuesday.
Joe Cross, of the Howard County Health Department, will make the final decision after reviewing the incident, she said. Cross was out of his office Tuesday and unavailable for comment.
Fortunately, McGroarty said, the child knew what to do when attacked, thus covering his head and not running away.
"He knew what to do," she said. "He covered his head, preventing further injury. That's probably what enabled him to come home so soon."
The humane society is hoping to better educate children about dog attacks through a bite prevention program for elementary kids throughout the county.
"We want every child in Howard County to know what to do in this situation," McGroarty said. "Children are told not to approach the dog and don't run away.
"Dog bites for kids are really prevalent," she added. "They are at the right size and sometimes they run when dogs approach. We tell them to be calm as can be when approached by a dog."
The dog owner was issued two citations for Greentown dog ordinance violations, and the case will be forwarded to the Howard County prosecutor for review, Bennett said.
This is second pit bull to be put down this year after biting a child.
On May 29, a pit bull terrier mauled and killed 9-year-old Savannah Gragg and was destroyed that same day with the consent of the dog's owner. Gragg was pronounced dead at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis several days after the attack.