Sunday, March 9, 2008
Agawam, MA - A 4-year-old boy, badly bitten in the face last week by a bullmastiff, is recovering at home. Gilbert Hall, the boy's grandfather, had been watching the 150-pound dog for an friend when the boy's father, George Sidor entered the home with his son. Sidor had been petting the dog when it lunged for his son, biting him in the back, and as the boy turned, it bit him in the face.
Halls said that, "the dog was going for his eyes." Sidor managed to pull the dog off his son, and the boy was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he received 80 stitches. Georgie is expected to have his stitches removed today. The plastic surgeon is pleased with the boy's progress but he still suffers nightmares and is afraid to return to his grandparents' home.
Hall said the dog, up until the attack, had been very friendly. He adds that "Everybody thought he was fine. It was a good thing we had been in the room at the time, you never know what might have happened." Hall said the attack was the worst day of his, and other family members' lives.
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| 3/11/2008 7:43 PM |
I am so sorry for this poor child. I was attacked by a bullmastiff last summer while walking my dog in my neighborhood in Minnesota. I was bitten over 10 times and taken by ambulance to the ER for treatment. I will have permanent scars on my arms and leg from the attack. I cannot understand why anyone would have a large dog like this. Would you have a 100 plus pound cat in your home? I hope that at some point, there can be stricter legislation to help protect the victims in these tragedies. People should be held accountable for these attacks.