Children taken to hospital, others injured after dog attack

WAVY/Liz Palka

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two 11-year-old boys spent time in local hospitals after a dog attack in Norfolk late Monday night.

Emergency dispatchers got a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. regarding three “vicious” pit bulls in the 800 block of Johnstons Road, according to Officer Daniel Hudson, a Norfolk Police Department spokesman. That’s in the Chesapeake Gardens neighborhood.

WAVY/Liz Palka
WAVY/Liz Palka

The incident involved three dogs that bit two adults and two children. Two of the victim’s were treated at the scene and both children victims were taken to area hospitals. One 11-year-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for wounds that were not life-threatening. Darius McGuire said his son was taken to Sentara Lee Memorial Hospital to be checked out.

“He’s been in pain,” McGuire said. “He’s made a decision that he doesn’t like dogs anymore, because of the situation.”

McGuire said his son, Elijah, did not have serious injuries. Elijah is dealing with bruises, scrapes, and swelling around his lower legs. He said doctors put his son on antibiotics as a precaution.

McGuire said Elijah’s best friend was more seriously hurt by the pit bulls.

“I went to see him today,” McGuire said Tuesday. “He’s bandaged up. He’s got a limp.”

McGuire was not home when the incident happened. He has learned Elijah and his friends were finishing a basketball game when the dogs start running toward them.

WAVY News’ Liz Palka spoke to another victim, Jarrod Holmes. He said his neighbor and neighbor’s girlfriend heard screaming and looked out their window. At first they thought Elijah and his friends were playing with the dogs, but then realized the children were being attacked. Holmes and another residents ran to help.

“I happened to have a bat right there. We went over, he picked up one of the kids off the ground, put them on the back of the car and the other kids followed,” Holmes said. “And the dog started coming back so we placed ourselves between the dogs and the kids, and they were growling, and they came up and one got me in the abdomen and up on the neck and then he hit him with the bat.”

After the dogs ran away, Holmes said the dogs attacked another man down the street. That man had a large bandage up and down his forearm.

The dogs’ owner told they are pit bull mixes and are between two and five years of age. She said they were penned up in her backyard and somehow got out. She said the dogs are “family dogs” and that they had never been vicious before.

McGuire said he went to the owners’ house on Tuesday. He said the owner he spoke to was upset and apologetic.

“Do I believe criminal charges should be brought up? I’ll leave that to the law,” McGuire said. “But I don’t think the dogs should be given back to the owners.”

Hudson said all three dogs are currently under a 10-day quarantine and were transported to the Norfolk Animal Shelter. Hudson said charges are pending against the owners and a magistrate or judge will decide what happens to the dogs.

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