Kennett boy attacked by pit bull

By Tyler Profilet - bio | email

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - The city of Kennett just passed an ordinance banning anyone in town from owning pit bulls.

However, that didn't stop a pit bull attack on an eight-year-old boy in town on Tuesday.

Cody Collins is doing well now after suffering puncture wounds to his right ear and both of his legs.  He was bit several times before fighting the dog off.

His mother says he has trouble sleeping because he is still sore from Tuesday's attack, and she is shocked a pit bull got out in a town where that breed isn't allowed.

Crystal Collins said her son Cody went to ride bikes with a friend across town and hadn't been gone more than 15 minutes when she got the call that he had been attacked by a pit bull in Darnell's Trailer Park off of EE Highway.

"They really didn't know bad the bites were, but the ambulance was on it's way to pick him up," she said.

Crystal says the bites were bad.  One to his right ear that went all the way through along with puncture wounds to both legs.

Cody says the experience was terrifying.

"I ran into the house and it was still following me, but luckily I got into the house," he said.

Crystal says the dog left more lasting damage than the scars from the bites.

She said Cody is more scared of dogs, and fears this attack will stay with him the rest of his life.

Kennett Police say the dog was so aggressive, that when paramedics arrived at the scene, the dog tried to attack them.

The dog owner now faces up to a $500 fine and up to nine days in jail.

Crystal says it's a stiff penalty, but it still doesn't go far enough.

"Who's going to be next? What if it had been a little kid, smaller than him? It could have killed him," she said.

The dog owner is scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday.

The dog is currently being held at a local vets office and will stay there for the next ten to fourteen days before being euthanized or moved out of the city.

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