UPDATE 10/24/08: The victim has been identified as Marquies Barnes. It is now reported that the boy was playing with friends in a neighborhood when they apparently got too close to a pit bull that was tied up in a back yard. The dog bit Barnes on the face and the back of the head. Deputies said the incident appears accidental and charges are unlikely.
10/24/08: Child Playing with Dog
Orange County, FL - In a developing story, a 6-year old boy was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center after he was mauled by a pit bull. A spokesperson with Orange County Animal Control confirmed the attack on 11th Street in south Orange County. The spokesperson said the child was playing with the dog in a neighbor’s yard when it attacked him. According to witnesses, they had to beat the dog with a shovel and sticks to get it to release the child.
The child was airlifted to ORMC in critical condition. The male pit bull was seized by Orange County Animal Control. The spokesperson added that Animal Control "definitely plans on exercising the animal laws to the extent with this case."
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