By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A 12-year-old boy was chased and mauled by two boxer dogs in the Deer Park community on Wednesday.
“The juvenile stated that he was riding his bicycle on Karly Drive when the two dogs ran after him,” said Chief Deputy Don Bass of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.
The boy tried to block the dogs with his bicycle and he was knocked down, Bass said.
“He has a large gash wound on his right leg,” Bass said, “and puncture wounds to his left leg.”
For his injuries, the boy received stitches.
When authorities attempted to pick up the two boxers, “the owners had locked the dogs inside of their mobile home and would not answer the door,” Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said.
On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office animal control unit was able to locate and pick-up the dogs, Said Bass.
“They will be quarantined at the Hancock County Animal Shelter,” Bass said.
Mississippi State Department of Health regulations require a dog that bites a human to be confined and observed for 10 days.
On Tuesday, Waveland resident, John Truitt, 47, was attacked by his pit bull.
Officers were dispatched to a residence on Harding Street in reference to a medical call.
Neighbors said they noticed Truitt lying on the ground and when they attempted to check on him, the pit bull began attacking, Waveland Police Detective Eddie Peterson told the Sea Coast Echo.
Arriving on the scene, officers and paramedics found Truitt lying on the ground with the pit bull latched on to him.
“It is estimated that the attack lasted 20 minutes prior to officers’ arrival,” Peterson said. The attack ended when the dog was shot by an officer at the scene.
Truitt was transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries.
He remains hospitalized in stable condition.