Bare Hands, Mop and a Rock
Kannapolis, NC - A 6-year-old boy was recently attacked by a pit bull outside his home in Rowan County. The dog had broken free of its chain from a neighbor's yard. The mom wrestled the dog off her son then the dog turned and attacked her. Brian's older brother, Johan, pulled Brian into the safety of the home then hurried outside with a mop to help his mom, who was still under attack.
Johan, 9-years old, hit the dog with the mop until the stick broke, but the dog continued to attack. It wasn’t until a neighbor who heard the cries for help, and approached with a rock in his hand, that the animal stopped. The owner of the pit bull, Nina Barkley, said she "rescued" the pit bull three months ago. Then she proceeded to chain the animal up as a "pet." In a separate article, she said "the dog was not mine." The dog instead belonged to a family friend who is serving jail time.
Prior to the attack, the pit bull named "Pug Pug," had been chained up to the same tree in Barkley's yard as her other pit bull. No one knows how Pug Pug slipped out of its collar. The animal was taken to Rowan County Animal Shelter in Salisbury and is expected to be put down. Meanwhile, Brian was taken to a hospital and underwent reconstructive surgery to his face. His mother received 21 stitches and bandages on both arms. His brother Johan managed to escape without injury.
Barkley received a citation for owning a dangerous dog that caused injuries requiring medical treatment costing more than $100. She also told reporters that she was being evicted.
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