A four year old boy is lucky to be alive after a vicious dog attack.
The boy was mauled in the face by a PIT BULL.
KPVI News that Works for You reporter Deanne Coffin explains what happened.
Four year old Ricky Hamann survived five hours of surgery and has over a thousand stitches.
“He had a big gash, it comes all the way through, completely through. It severed the nerves in his face. He’s got another gash right here that severed the whole lip, another one, he’s got cuts, bruises all over his face. It’s swelled up,” says Greg Hamann, Ricky’s Father.
Bannock County Sheriff’s Office says that just after three on Sunday afternoon, a four year old boy was attacked by a Pit Bull at a business just off of highway 30.
“His mom said that she was making something to eat in the kitchen area and Ricky come running up to ask her a question, and the dog just turned on him. Bit him in the face, she tried to get the dog off. It wouldn’t break until it heard Shaun, which is her boyfriend come running in and then the dog took off,” says Hamann.
Ricky was rushed by ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center and underwent extensive surgery.
The three year old Blue Nose Pit Bull is quarantined at the Pocatello Animal Shelter.
“He’s pretty sore. He’s confused. He loves animals, always has. He’s got a sweet displacement with them, so I’m sure he’s very confused on what happened and why it happened. His face hurts,” says Hamann.
Deputies say the owner of the dog voluntarily gave up the dog to the animal shelter and is cooperating with investigators.
Ricky is in stable condition at Portneuf Medical Center.
The incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this point.