A criminal charge was filed this week against a Ceylon man after authorities say his dog bit a child.
Last summer Ceylon’s mayor said the number of dogs roaming the streets concerned him.
Authorities say a dog got loose from 304 South Dresden Street in Ceylon.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office tells KEYC News 12 the incident happened on August 24th, and was reported to them on the 28th.
Court records indicate Santos Delarosa is charged with a misdemeanor after the alleged dog attack.
“11-year-old boy, he was walking down the road, when he got bit by a dog that…and he ended up getting 7 stitches,” said Deputy Jean Vath of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement says the dog got away from its owner, ran around the house, and then attacked the 11-year-old boy.
“The owner was cooking out outside with his family, the dog was in a kennel–he was going to put the dog on a leash; lead it to where he had a front lead in the front yard tied to a post,” Vath said. “When he went to put it on the leash, it got away. By the time he (Delarosa) got around the house, he heard the child crying.”
Authorities say the animal involved is current on vaccinations, and the owner is paying for the child’s medical expenses.
The Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Delarosa still has custody of the dog.
No one was home when KEYC News 12 knocked on Delarosa’s door today. A phone number for him was unlisted.
Court documents indicate Delarosa is scheduled to appear in Martin County Court on the misdemeanor charge on October 21st.
Court records listed no legal representation for Delarosa.
Authorities say Delarosa’s dog could be classified as “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” at a later time.