Anderson, SC - As city council members of Anderson endure an onslaught of pit bull spamming in preparation of an upcoming ordinance designed to regulate pit bulls, a local paper shines a light on why Anderson must enact legislation to prevent future attacks. The story begins with a boy named Tommy.
Teresa Krebs, Tommy's mother hopes the tragic incident of her son will prompt city officials to draft stricter ordinances for pet owners.
Tommy was munching on a peanut butter sandwich next to his half sister's pit bull that was lying down. Like all dogs, the pit bull, named Mustang watched the boy eat. According to Krebs, the dog then stood and looked up at the boy. Tommy stretched his arms out toward the dog and Mustang lunged and bit his cheek.
In the next room, Tommy’s little brother, Cody, 6, was playing with his siblings when he heard the attack. "I heard growling and screaming," Cody told police. Stacey Roberts ushered the children back into the bedroom while her boyfriend, Gary Smith, restrained the dog, which was still attacking Tommy.
According to Krebs, the dog ripped a 3-inch strip off Tommy’s cheek. The family never discovered the piece of skin, but Cody has his own theories. "It’s in Mustang’s belly." Tommy was rushed to a hospital and treated for the skin laceration. He will require reconstructive surgery to repair his appearance.
Mustang was held for a 14-day quarantine period at Animal Care and Control to ensure that he was not infected with the rabies virus. By order of city ordinance, Mustang’s owners were charged $1,000 in fines for dog’s release. But the dog was not released. Animal control determined the dog was too dangerous to go home.
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