Friday, December 2, 2016



(WRDW/WAGT) -- A three-year-old is preparing for his fourth surgery after a PIT BULL wanders into a family's back yard and attacks him. His family is devastated, but is hopeful this almost tragic incident will serve as a reminder for both parents and pet owners alike.
"It's awful. I want to forget. You know, it's one of those things I'll never be able to forget."
A day of playing outside turns into a nightmare for Sherri Guzman.
She and her husband were inside their Raborn Road home in Hephzibah Sunday afternoon, worn out from a day of playing ball with their three-year-old son Andrez. The back door was propped open, giving their energetic son enough room to run inside when he decided his day of playing was done.
Their quiet Sunday afternoon would soon turn to chaos when they heard cries coming from the backyard.
"Together we stepped towards the door and we heard dogs growling and we heard a lady screaming for help," Guzman says. "We run around the corner of the house and about 30 feet from the corner of our home, we saw a bunch of dogs jumping around and the neighbor lady was letting him off the ground."
She says the next thing she saw is the single-most traumatizing sight she's ever seen - her three-year-old son bleeding profusley from his head. She recalls several deep, gruesome cuts to her son's face close to his left ear and an everlasting sound from her injured son.

"He kept saying, 'Mama, I've got blood on me.' And I could see his head was covered with deep cuts," Guzman says. "There was part of his skull showing in multiple places and his nasal cavity was open, I could see into his nose. And at that moment, I thought I had lost my boy."
After a life-saving cranial surgery, hundreds of stitches and five days worth of prayers, Andrez and his family are still at the Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta. Guzman, a stay-at-home mom, says she'll be staying next to her son's side until they leave for home. She told me before the interview it had been her first time outside since Sunday night.
We talked about the dangers of letting pets prone to aggressive behaviors wander, but also about the importance parents should put on watching their children.
She wanted to remind pet owners the dogs they know can be sweet and cuddly. But when their animal instincts kick in around strangers or if they feel threatened, you never know what can happen.
"It is easy to just get really comfortable," Guzman says, "and we think, 'Well, these animals have never growled at us, therefore they are not dangerous to us.' But that's not the case and we learned that the hard way."
She's also hoping other parents will be reminded that constantly keeping an eye on your growing child might save their life one day.
"They will be saved," Guzman says, "from having to watch their child suffer like we have watched our son suffer."
But for now, she's grateful to hold her son close in her arms. Whether it's in a hospital bed or his own at home, she says she'll be watching and holding him closer after nearly losing him for good.
Guzman says Andrez will be going through his fourth surgery before the end of the week, but doctors believe he'll be okay. They're hoping to be out of the hospital by early next week.
An incident report shows THE PIT BULL AND HER FOUR PUPPIES WERE ALL INVOLVED IN THE ATTACK  and remain quarantined by Augusta Animal Control. State law requires dogs involved in attacks must be quarantined for 10 days to be checked for rabies.
It is not sure yet if any of the dogs will be put down following the attack. The incident report shows the mother does not want the mother to be returned to her control following the 10 days, but it does not list anything about the puppies.
A court date has been set for Guzman and her neighbor, but it is not sure yet if the owner will face any charges.
We'll keep you updated as this story develops.


Farmer Jane said...

This article has me mourning the demise of real journalism. The actual events that took place are horrific and should not have happened. These dogs should not be pets. However, after wading through this piece, I can only hope that the author is doing this as a hobby, and is not dependent upon their writing skills to make a living. I try not to be a grammar freak (I'm not perfect, either. I have trouble with commas, and other stuff), but, wow. At least I can use the same tense throughout a sentence, never mind a paragraph.
When the author is writing about an attack such as this, the reader should not be reminded that there is an author. One should be thinking only of this poor child and the outrageous fact that he was playing in his yard and was attacked by someone else's dogs. One should not be wondering where the author learned how to write, and how they landed a job where the editor (is there still such a thing as an editor?) allowed this article to be published. Have our standards really fallen so low?

I'm done. I hope this poor child recovers quickly and ALL of the dogs are put down. I would also hope that the mother would quit blaming herself and put the blame on the idiot neighbor who made the horrible choice of keeping pit bulls, and then allowing them to run rampant.

I have to add a PS to my rant. I know, dear Decatur, AL, that you don't write these articles, merely copy them from the source. Also, I am not so critical of you and the others that post here. We are not professional writers when we comment on these terrible crimes. Someone writing an article for an actual news report should be held to a higher standard. Now, I will go back to bed, and get up on the other side...

Anonymous said...

CUll the man-biters! And their offspring!