LUMBERTON — No charges have been filed against the owners of a dog that bit a 2-year-old in Lumberton on Saturday.
The child, whose name was not released, was bitten outside of a home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park by a neighbor’s pit bull. According to Lumberton police Capt. Terry Parker, the dog was secured on a chain and the child came within reach of the dog.
The child suffered serious facial injuries, but no update was available on her condition this morning. The dog was picked up by Animal Control and has been quarantined.
The male pit bull was among two dogs chained near the mobile home while children were outside playing.
Contrary to initial reports, the dog’s owners, Amy Chavis and Nicholaus Jacobs, say their dog, which they got about two weeks ago, had been provoked before the bite occurred. They said the dog’s ears were being pulled and it was being hit with a stick when it attacked. Although they were not home when the bite happened, they said relatives were at the house.
The bite was one of four that has occurred in Robeson County since Saturday. In all four cases, the victims were children.
On Sunday, a 3-year-old, Mathias Mallol, was bitten in the face by a pit bull at his grandmother’s house on Raider’s Circle in Maxton, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey. The dog, which belonged to a family member, was also chained in the yard.
On Monday night, another child who is about 4 years old was bitten at her grandmother’s house near Odum Road by a family Rottweiler, Sealey said. According to Health Director Bill Smith, the Rottweiler was shot by a neighbor and its head was submitted for rabies testing. Smith said the child suffered punctures to her ribs.
Both of those children were airlifted for medical treatment.
Also on Sunday, an 11-year-old was bitten on the left hand by a stray dog in the McPhail Road area in Lumberton. The child was treated and released from the hospital.
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