Dog owner arrested after pit bulls attack boy

By Heartland News

BUSH, IL (KFVS) - A Bush woman was arrested after her pit bull breed dogs attacked a five-year-old boy Friday.

Tanya Holland, 45, faces reckless conduct and dogs running at large charges.

Holland allegedly let the dogs loose from chain, allowing them to run free.

Holland has been cited by animal control for violation of a leash law one time before about the two dogs involved in the attack.

Winston Bankston and his brother were playing on the playground equipment when the dogs attacked.

The dogs attacked the boy around noon Friday at Village Park in Bush.  The boy's nine-year-old brother was with him, but their mother had left to go to their nearby home for refreshments.  On her way back to the park, the victim's brother ran to her screaming that his brother was being attacked by a dog.

The mother was able to knock the dogs off her son and grab him, while a Bush city employee who saw the attack drove the city truck toward the dogs to scare them away.

A Hurst police officer soon arrived and shot both dogs, Thomas said.  One dog was killed while the other ran off.

According to a separate witness, the second dog charged the officer at one point.

Williamson County Animal Control officers later found the other dog and it was euthanized.

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