Cocke Co. couple to pay up after dog attack

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The two owners of a pitbull mix and large male dog that attacked and nearly killed an 11-year-old Cocke County boy must now reimburse his family $376.

Jennifer Switzer and Anthony Lugar will remain on a 2-year supervised probation, a judge ruled Monday. The couple pleaded guilty in January to charges of allowing their dogs to run off, leaving Brandon Williams with serious injuries.

The hearing was the first time Brandon's dad Tony Williams encountered the couple.

"They had never come to Brandon to tell them how sorry they were," he said. "To me when you apologize that shows remorse."

Williams told Local 8 News he didn't agree with everything that went on in court Monday. His family has been through a lot including the recent death of Brandon's mother.

"This will be our fresh beginning," Williams said pointing to a home volunteers are building for Brandon and his father.

Brandon and his dad told Local 8 News they're excited and plan to move into the home as soon as it's ready.

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