What started out as a cheerful Sunday afternoon quickly took an unexpected and terrifying turn.
"My neighbor called and said something was wrong, and when I got back, it was already over with, and the county and the Elba P.D. was there, and the dog was already laying on the ground,” said Billy Marx, the victim's uncle, who lives down the street.
His nephew, five-year-old Carter Nicholson, was attacked by his family's PIT BULL. It happened in Carter's backyard on County Road 235.
"Law enforcement got there and transferred the kid to Enterprise Hospital, and I understand the child had to be transferred to Birmingham for surgery,” said Chief Deputy R.W. Whitworth with the Coffee County Sheriff's Office.
Family members said Mack was still chained up when he latched on to Carter's leg. His mother rushed out of the house, stabbing the dog several times with a kitchen knife to stop the attack.
"We have complaints all the time about pit bulls, you know. People just don't trust them. I don't trust them,” Whitworth said. “I have some people tell me it's the way they're treated. I have people tell me it's the way they're trained."
A family member helped put the dog down at the scene. Marx and Whitworth confirmed the family also has a puppy of the same breed and plan to give it away.
"I think it's all how you raise a dog, you know,” said Marx. “Any dog will bite you, but he's just a big dog, and that's a little boy, and [the dog] might have grabbed him just to start playing with him, and then when [Carter] started screaming, [the dog] might have got upset or nervous. That's just how those type of dogs are."
Marx said Carter and his family may have to spend Thanksgiving at Children's of Alabama, but he said Carter is expected to fully recover and could be released in a few days.