10-year-old has serious injuries after dog attack

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A 10-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital and two people are sitting behind bars after a dog attack near Maple Lane in Newport Wednesday afternoon.

Cocke County Sheriff's Office says the boy has serious injuries after the pit bull mix mauled him.

Deputies say four to five dogs were also in the area. A neighbor shot one of them, and now animal control has the rest.

Jennifer Switzer and Anthony Lugar are facing charges for having animals at large causing bodily harm.

The boy was flown to UT Medical Center.

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  • by Josh Location: ohio on Sep 10, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    first im a pitbill owner and i have ignorant people who think pitbulls are some kind of killers. idiots, and i know anthony lugar and the dogs and they wasnt fighting dogs or ne thing! what was the kid doing on his property? what was the kid doing to the dogs to make them mad? think about that!
  • by Jessica Location: TN on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    @ Joanie: I believe you might need to get some professional help. Bully breeds were originally bred to optimize the tenacity, intelligence and affection for humans with protection. They were used as baby sitters, hunters, game dogs and FYI - the first dog awarded a medal in the armed forces was.... a pit bull. I am an athiest, so your threats do not bother me, however these dogs are amazing, the real evil is the ignorance and stigma surrounding them. evil doesnt beget evil, ignorance begets ignorance. Educate yourself before you speak, otherwise you end up sounding like a lunatic. Yes, children need rescued from horrible situations, but so do other animals... including dogs, cats, chickens, bears etc. Empathy should not be limited to your own species. And as a last note - the dog that attacked the boy was not a pit bull. It was a lab/hound mix. The person who identified the dog's breed, the sheriff, has no expertise in breed identification or animal behavior. Again, I ask the media to be more accurate. If you need an explanation as to why - look above at the fanatacism of the comments posted.... misinformation breeds ignorance and irrational behavior/beliefs. As a teacher, animal behaviorist and pit bull activist - I am constantly facing these kinds of adversity and would appreciate if you could stop inciting it.
  • by Tammy Location: Jasper, TN on Aug 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM
    We have setup a donation site for our 10 year old nephew Brandon Williams. http://www.mountainsideshephe​rd.com/Brandon_s_Page.php Brandon was attacked by a pit bull mix and another dog on August 4th and he is facing multiple surgeries at UT Medical Center. 100% of all donations will be given to Brandon on September 9th. We will keep you updated with weekly totals and updates on Brandon's recovery. Thanks to everyone who donates.
  • by Joanie Location: Nashville on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    Evil begets evil. These dogs were bred for evil purposes by evil people. They frequently and suddenly revert to their genetic fighting roots and MAUL. I thik is a sign of how selfish people have become that they demand to keep this breed. It is proven that pitbulls cause more death and injury than any other breed. Ironically news reports on a 7 year old girl are out today that is having her 57th surgery trying to recover from a pitbull attack. She still looks like a mualing vicitm and will have a difficult tiem finding a date or mate and will be teased for life. WHY not care about other people instead of minimizing these atttacks? I ask the pitbull advocates which one of their family members or loved ones would they say it is okay for a pitbull to attack? Denial is not just a river in Egypt, but KARMA is real and those who defend this breed, when they could be rescueing children in fostercare, or helping mauling vicitms will pay. Karma is real. Sins of the fahter fall on the sons. Anyone who believes in God would not own a pitbull. YOU CAN get another breed.
  • by ilona Location: ny on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    its very sad wht happen't to that 10 year olt boy my prayers are with him.... but i get so sick of reading and hearing how certain breeds should be done away with... its the owners that make them that way... how about doing away with ppl that make them vicious to make money on those dogs like pit bulls ...rotties ..and german shepards
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      by Michael on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to ilona
      While yes Lucy Rottweilers, Dobermans and German Sheperds are on the list of attacks, maulings and deaths, but the pit bull shares first place among all of these categories.I think you are the one that should become informed and look at the facts. Think with your head instead of your heart.
  • by Lucy Location: New York on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    Ignorance is bliss. People who "lump" pit bulls into an agressive breed that likes to bite, hold, rip and tear, is just showing ignorance. All dogs have the potential to be agressive. They are ANIMALS. People, are the ones who are responsible for the animals demeanor and behavior. To let any dog run loose, especially with other dogs, is asking for an attack to happen. There must be an alpha dog in the pack and agressiveness is part of any breed being the alpha dog in a pack. Grow up, read and become informed before making ridiculous remarks. Dobermans and Rottweilers and shephards all attack about the same amount as pit bulls. Become informed before airing your ignorance.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    Instead of bickering about pit bulls, do you all just stop and think of what this child went through. I just want to let the family know that we are praying for your child for a speedy recovery, God Bless ya all!
  • by Michael Location: Johnson City on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:24 AM
    Bob, The stats don't lie pit bulls are at the top of all list for attacks, maulings and deaths. The frequency of aggression is the problem with these dogs.
  • by Sandy on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    Pit bulls are special and need special owners, special treatment, special programs (free/low cost/pay the owner to spay and neuter, free/low cost training, free dogs to maybe become a non-lethal "pet." I don't call that a pet. Now we'll hear that they're just like other dogs, but then we still need to be special people to own them. These dogs don't NEED to be trained to be aggressive. The dogfighters created a breed that is genetically predisposed to be aggressive and to like to attack bite hold, shake rip and tear. They need to go away.
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      by Jessica on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:56 AM in reply to Sandy
      Pit bulls are not genetically predisposed to be aggressive. I think the general public could benefit from a small introduction to genetics and phenotypic plasticity. When these dogs were used for fighting, rules stated that when owners went into a pit to end a fight, if a dog bit a person it was automatically killed. By killing dogs that could not differentiate between aggressing toward a human vs a dog, the genetic predisposition for agressing toward people was ultimately removed from the breed.
  • by Bob on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    Not all pits is bad. I have worked with all breeds of animals. Yes there has been labs been in and have mauled people. All breeds can attack.
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