ROCK HILL SC - 2 PIT BULLS ATTACKED A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY WHEN HE ENTERED A YARD TO PLAY WITH ANOTHER CHILD
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A 7-year-old attacked by a dog gets a trip to Levine Children's Hospital and 50 stiches.
The family says the child is recovering, and the dogs are being called vicious by police.
The owner tells a different story.The victim's family wouldn't comment further or do an on-camera interview, so WCNC went to the house where the attack happened.
Reporter Sarah Hagen was greeted by an intimidating chain-link fence and "beware of dog" sign. Then the owner came out, and welcomed the crew in to meet the dogs.
"They are not vicious. If they were, by definition, y'all would be ate up right now," said owner Emanuel Dow.
Dow says his dog did attack-- but there's a reason why.
"The kid came over, don't even know who he was. I have a policy-- I need to know who is in my yard. They will bite-- when provoked. When the kid was afraid, screamed and hollered and ran, and they took that as an act of aggression."
But, he says the dogs are far from "vicious", as was stated in the police report.
"They are groomed, they have their shots, they love children-- all the kids in neighborhood come here, but I introduce them. Just like I did with you."
At this point, what's next for the victim and these dogs is unknown.
"I am worried. When I told the family they might kill the dogs, everyone in the house cried; they are part of the family."
Dow says he hopes the victim has a speedy recovery.