GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — A ten-year-old boy is hospitalized after being mauled by two dogs in Anne Arundel County. WJZ has the heart-wrenching 911 calls made just after the attack.
Rick Ritter has more.
The boy suffered very serious bites to his face and his arms. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Both dogs were handed over to Anne Arundel County Animal Control. Now we’re hearing the dramatic 911 calls for help.
A fifth grade boy is scarred for life, and two dogs are now dead. It’s the aftermath of a brutal attack in Glen Burnie.
“Your heart truly skips a beat when it’s a child. Just devastating news when it’s a child,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police Department.
Monday afternoon, a ten-year-old Woodside Elementary student leaves an after-school program and walks home near Funke Road. Along his path–two rottweiler mixes–who investigators say escaped their owner’s yard.
“She believed they were secured in the home with a fix-foot privacy fence,” said Mulcahy.
Police say the ten-year-old boy was frightened by the dogs and ran before being attacked with serious bites and lacerations.
“Woodside Elementary School. Two dogs attacked a kid. You need an ambulance here immediately. He’s got dog bites all over him. He’s bleeding bad,” the dog’s owner said in a 911 call.
Police say the owner of the dogs intervened and called 911.
“One kid involved, two dogs. They’re my dogs and they’ve never attacked anybody before. They just jumped the fence and got a hold of him,” the owner said.
Both animals were signed over to Anne Arundel County Animal Control, where they were euthanized. WJZ spoke with neighbors off camera, who say the owner’s dogs were always on the loose and parts of their fence aren’t closed up.
Meanwhile, parents were sent home letters and left messages about the mauling, as the ten-year-old boy tries to recover from the traumatic attack.
“I know he’s certainly going to have a long road to recovery,” said Robin Catlett, Anne Arundel County Animal Control.
At last check, the boy remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police plan on revisiting the owner’s property to conduct a followup investigation.
Police say they had no prior history with the owner’s animals.