10-year-old recovering after mauled by dog

NEWPORT, Tenn (WVLT)-- 10-year-old Brandon Lee Williams is recovering at UT Medical Center after a dog attack near his Maple Lane home.

Brandon found a package in his mailbox belonging to his neighbor and walked up their driveway to deliver it. When he got on the driveway a pack of dogs met him and viciously attacked him.

The boy's father Tony Williams recalled, "Tony! Tony! They've got Brandon! That dog has got Brandon! And I go to the door to see what's going on because I don't really understand, but I go anyway, and there he is. When I get out there on the road he's just mauled. "

The boy was attacked by a female pit bull.

Tony added, "He was covered in blood, all this. This much of his ear was all that was left. Nothing here. The dog has got him locked and dragging him down the road like he's trying to eat him. Just biting him and trying to eat him. It's like a wild bear."

Cocke County Sheriff Armondo Fontes told us wild dogs are common in this area, "You have a pack of dogs that are just neglected and left unattended by the owner. You have several people that live in this small area, and when these dogs are left to run loose they form a pack."

The Cocke County Sheriff's Department came back to the area and found six more abandoned dogs.

Sheriff Fontes said, "What we're doing now is making sure the rest of the neighborhood is safe. We do have several children that live in this area."

"See you don't forget something like that when it's your own child. You see it on TV and stuff, but you don't believe it. When you live it and see its your own blood there, your own son, it really hits home," said Williams

Sheriff Fontes said the dog problem in this area is under control, but reminds parents to keep an eye out for their kids.

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  • by hoobie Location: Newport on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    There is no need calling animal control. I have a scanner and I hear the law try all the time to get them out to a scene with an animal and they can 9 out of 10 times ever get hold of them. The law just need to start shooting them and then arrest the owners. I have a dog and she has always been penned up. Time for tough law.
  • by Anon Location: Knoxville on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    Animal Control does not do anything but warn the owners so many times informing them that they have to have their dogs contain. It is happening in my neighborhood. Neighbors and us have been calling about this one dog, now it is to the point, where we have to carry a pellet gun to check our mail. There were more than 5 complaints on this dog. Now she has puppies, still running loose. Animal Control and Law Enforcement are a waste of time..
  • by Dog guy Location: Loudon on Aug 4, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    How about a little law enforcement and animal control? Fines and maybe a little jail time for irresponsible dog owners might go a long way.


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